Sunday, June 30, 2013


Since I was deliriously tired when I got off the plane after a 20+ hour flight, I forgot to record my parents and Linna reuniting at the airport after three and a half months of us being away. Today, Linna and I met up with AJ's parents (Memaw and PeePaw) so they could see Linna before we head to our cabin for a week. So happy I got at least one reunion on camera.

(Reunion with Grandma and Grandpa Saigh after 3.5 months)

We spent the afternoon at Edinborough Park
in Edina. Memaw and PeePaw climbed all
the way to the top with Linna!

(Linna's first time in a bouncy house)

See you next weekend Memaw and PeePaw!

Linna the lion.

She learned this by watching the lions and tigers yawn at the Singapore Zoo...

Totally similar, right?!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

GIVEAWAY: The three little pigs.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

We are giving away a family four pack of tickets to see the Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company's production of The Three Little Pigs! This is the company's first Mandarin production, and runs from July 4th - 28th. For your chance to win four tickets to the show, simply comment on this blog post below with your first and last name, and area of Singapore you reside in. Please only one entry per person, and this giveaway is only for people living/staying in Singapore. Enter by 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 30th for your chance to win! Good luck.

DATES: From 4th to 28th July  2013
Tuesday to Friday at 10 a.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.

PRICES: Tuesdays to Fridays $21/$18 excluding SISTIC fee
Saturdays and Public Holidays $29/$26 excluding SISTIC fee
Group discounts/Family Packages available

VENUE: DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT

TICKETING: SISTIC at 6348 5555 or

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My first flight alone with linna.

My little sardine in the bassinet on our
Air France flight from Singapore to Paris.
To say that our 20+ hour flight back to Minnesota from Singapore was an "experience", would be an understatement. In the last 48 hours, I cried (like Kim Kardashian ugly cry), had a meltdown at the airport, paid $120 for a taxi ride, and visited Paris. Needless to say, it' been a pretty eventful couple days.

It all started Tuesday when Linna and I arrived at the airport to fly back to Minnesota from Singapore. We flew Air France, and I was so excited about making a stop in Paris on the way home. When I was checking into the airline's lounge in Singapore (about an hour before the flight), I approached one of the Air France employees about Linna not having a seat assignment yet (I had a seat number on my ticket, but Linna's just read "infant"). The Air France worker simply said, "she doesn't have a seat".


Every flight we've EVER booked between Singapore and Minnesota, Linna has ALWAYS had her own seat. We bring her car seat, strap her in, and the flight is better for everyone involved. Now, this Air France lady was telling me I would have to hold my almost 2-year-old on my lap during a 13-hour, then 8-hour flight?! Of course you can imagine the tears and words exchanged, but to make a long story short, something got messed up in the booking process, and a seat for Linna was not reserved on the FULL flight. I cried on the phone with AJ, and was so close to getting in a taxi to head back to our apartment in Singapore. I was going to have to fly with Linna on my lap, AND the Air France workers were trying to tell me that it was too late to check our stroller at the gate so I couldn't use it in Paris. Could ANYTHING ELSE go wrong?! How was I going to do a 13-hour flight with a toddler on my lap, and then NOT have a stroller to use during our 1.5-hour adventure into the center of Paris?!

Yeah right.

Keeping herself entertained in the long line
at customs in Paris.
We eventually worked out the stroller situation so I could have it in Paris, and although I was extremely upset after everything that had happened, I snapped out of my tantrum and realized we were going to PARIS! I have the opportunity to visit a place I had only dreamed of going, so I just needed to buck it up and get on the damn plane. Which is what we did. However, in my meltdown at the airport, I never really made it clear to AJ whether Linna and I were flying out, or coming back to the apartment. Needless to say, Papa Saigh was a nervous wreck all night until I could get a hold of him from Paris.

Our flight to Paris was completely booked (even though a crew member told me there were open seats in first class - but whatever), so Linna ended up not having her own seat. The crew did set up a bassinet for her to sleep in... a bassinet with a weight limit of 22 lbs. (10 kgs.) that Linna was CLEARLY too big for. However, in my desperation, we ended up using it. Linna snuggled into the little basket for a couple snoozes. I'm very happy the bassinet didn't buckle under her weight, and although it was nice having a few hours with Linna off my lap, I didn't get to sleep because I was so worried about her waking up and falling out of the thing.

After a 13-hour flight, we arrived to Paris on time. We had a 7-hour layover, so I was determined to make it into the city for a couple hours. We made it through customs in about a half hour, took about another half hour to find our stroller and a taxi, and finally made it into Paris... after a 2 HOUR taxi ride!!! Traffic was so bad on the way into Paris. While Linna snoozed in the cab, I watched the meter run and our time to spend in the city tick away. A $120 (90 euros) taxi ride later (I knew it was going to be expensive, but this fare was hard to swallow), and we only had about an hour and a half to spend in Paris. Here's what we did...

(We checked out the Louvre! Didn't have time to go into the Museum,
but we did get to see the pyramid out in the courtyard.)

My love bug with the "love locks".

Checking out the "love locks" on the Pont de l'ArchevĂȘchĂ©, in front of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame.

Notre Dame.

People waiting to get into Notre Dame. We were crunched for time, so we didn't make it in.

Waiting for her crepe at a little cafe in Paris.

Our first chocolate crepe at a cafe in Paris. Yummy!

My first cappuccino in Paris. So good on a chilly day (about 50 degrees/10 degrees Celsius).
Linna and I were in shorts and short-sleeve tops... completely under-dressed. Oops!

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel from afar. We had to get back to the airport.

Not bad for an hour and a half in Paris, eh?!

I feel incredibly thankful and lucky to have been able to visit Paris with Linna, but we are very happy to be home in Minnesota! Our flight from Paris to Minnesota was a little bit better, as there were open seats on the plane so Linna could have her own. However, she wouldn't sleep in her seat without her carseat, so Mama Saigh got to hold her sweaty, sleeping babe for 6 our of the 8 hours of flight time. Linna wouldn't let me put her down, and without AJ there to help me, I even had to carry sleepy Linna to the restroom with me. Talk about a challenge. Other than being a cling-on, I am so thankful that Linna was seriously an angel on both flights. She was SUCH a good girl which made this experience "do-able".

I feel like this trip challenged me in many ways. My patience was tested, I was exhausted at the end, but I feel pretty good about making it through my first flight alone with Linna. Seeing the happiness on my parent's faces when we got off the plane made the experience totally worth it. I have a feeling that there's a reason I had to get through so many challenges during this experience. I NEVER thought I would be able to make it through 20+ hours on a plane with a toddler on my lap. Flying alone with a child in their own seat is tough enough. But I did it! I'm really proud of myself, and a little shocked at being able to handle it all. Can you imagine how "easy" all of my other solo flights with Linna will be after this experience?! We are so happy and thankful to be home.

Oh and yes, on future flights we will be CERTAIN that Linna has her own seat:)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

First trip to the singapore zoo.

AJ and I took Linna and "the girls" to the Singapore Zoo today. It was the first time for everyone, and I have to say that this is the coolest zoo I have ever been too. It's an actual rainforest zoo! I bought an annual pass so I can take Linna back during the week (pays for itself in about three visits), and kids under three are FREE! This is the kind of place you can visit multiple times and not get bored. They have a great water park, so many exotic animals that you can see up close (REALLY close), and it's about a $15 cab ride from our apartment. We still have to check out the Night Safari, and the River Safari at the zoo, as we've heard only great things about both experiences. Can't wait to go back!

Croc. Right below us. Scared out of my mind to hold Linna near this edge to see it.
NO safety nets, no glass... notta! Just us and the animals. Cool, but freaky!

More crocs in the water.

White Tigers.

Checking out fish with Papa and Py.

Hippos swimming. Very cool.

Zookeeper and tortoises. 

Linna in the outback with kangaroos.

There was nothing except bushes standing between
us and the bouncing kangaroos!

An animal is escaping. Rarrrrr!

Monkeys everywhere!

Hey hey we're the monkeys!

Mad case of hemorrhoids.

Reminds me of our cabin on the lake in MN... except with wild animals in the water
that we probably don't want to swim with.

Cooling off. It was SO hot!

Chimp and seal show.

Lots of wild animals all around us.

"Inuka" - The first polar bear born in the tropics.

Jungle all around us. So pretty!

Rhino booty.

One of my favorite parts of the entire zoo - The zebras.

Feeding giraffes. Linna was sleeping, so we'll have to feed the giraffes next time.

Another favorite - The giraffes. Gorgeous!

We walked up to hear these lions roaring!

These two lions (both boys) just got done doing the "dirty".

Sleeping leopards.

Bug did a little shopping!

Walking to the water park with her girl Py:)

After just a half-hour nap in the stroller, plus the heat, and the loud kids... the water park
was a bit much for Linna.
Me, my amazing zits, and one of the Ducks of Sandy Hook Elementary and the Singapore Zoo!