Perth Day 3

Fremantle markets is a must on a Sunday. It’s probably the most ‘happening’ place in Perth. If you’re not driving like us, you can take a bus from the city and stop near Fremantle markets.

Hung out at the Youth Park. KM wanted to do some reading while Z played and later ‘joined’ him. 

Drank this glorious detox tea! And we ordered a chicken paella so Z can have his regular dose of ‘rice’.

Then we head over to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

We had fish and chips and tonnes of seafood at Kaili’s. One of the most expensive meals we’ve had in Perth. But it was worth it.

Zion thoroughly enjoyed himself at the Little Creatures Brewery . There’s a big sand pit coupled with sand toys for kids. So parents can just chill and watch their kids entertain themselves.

We had a hard time prying Z out of that pit. We took him out and brought him to a nearby playground instead.

We took our first Ferris wheel ride as a family. I’ve never been on one and it was pretty nice to enjoy the sunset on the ride.  Z was exhausted and we had a chance to take a walk around Fremantle and take a train back to the city. 

The city centre was Super quiet and we ended up walking around quite a fair bit. We ended up with takeaway curry and rice to satisfy Z’s rice craving again. 

KM hung out at the local laundromat to catch up on his laundry so I won’t have to deal with it when I get back. It was a great idea! It’s not too expensive and relatively quick. He highly recommended it. 

Nature Care – Paw Paw Balm

I never knew the wonders of this balm. But I stumbled upon this at the local Woolworths during our trip in Perth. 

Recently, I have this horrible lip crack in the middle of my lower lip. It was especially painful when I wake up in the morning in our air conditioned room. I tried different lip balms and it doesn’t seemed to help.

So I saw this tube on my dresser and decided to give it a shot.  After 3 days, the crack doesn’t hurt anymore. My lips are plushed! 

This is really quite a good tube. I highly recommend this. 

Perth Day 2

Caversham Wildlife Park was one of the best experience with Z. It’s really cute to watch the world from his eyes.

If your kid is not really into Caversham Wildlife Park, Caversham is part of a bigger park, Whiteman Park. This park is huge! It has museums, play areas and other programmes for kids. I’m quite sure you can spend more than a day here. But note, you’ll probably have to drive around to access the different areas.

Also, food options are a bare minimum. I’m quite thankful that we brought along fruits, sandwiches and nuts that we bought the night before at Woolsworth. Zion loves his biscuits, strawberries and blueberries.

After the wildlife park, Z was fussing about and he wanted to have ‘rice’. My typical Asian kid needs his regular dose of rice.

We went to Good Fortune Roast Duck (354 William Street, Perth WA 6000) for dinner. The roast duck is really good and KM was quite thankful to eat some Asian food after an entire week of fish and chips. We headed back to our airBnB apartment after that and rested for the day ahead.

Perth Day 1

I think I’m pretty insane for doing this but yet I know, Zion will absolutely love spending time with us. This trip was planned last minute, so many hiccups that I can’t even count them.

But KM and I played by ear, we figured things out along the way, and Zion also grew up quite a fair bit.

Z and I took a red-eye flight so we can land early in the morning on Friday. We can head out for a pleasant brunch before meeting KM at Perth City.

Pre-flight: I cleaned up the house after putting Tiger at the carer’s place. Z threw a massive tantrum because I didn’t let him watch any more videos. (Had to let him watch Wheels on the bus while I picked up a work call). He was so tired after the crying, he fell asleep.

I took the chance to do one last load of laundry, vacuum the house, put away his toys and pack any last minute toiletries.

Since our flight is at 3.30am, we had to check in at about 1.30am. 12 am, I wore the carrier and gently put Zion on it. We hailed a cab and head down earlier. When we reached, we checked-in early, and Zion had the chance to take airport stroller (he’s really into special trolleys at this age).

I could push him around, fed him some snacks while he awed at the number of buggies moving about in the airport. (Never underestimate what inspires a little mind)

When I got tired, I ordered some Starbucks, while my little angel decides to play his toy cars, and make friends with the cleaning lady. When it’s finally our time to board, Z was a bit tired. His energy level was lower, and he was only excited when I told him, ‘we’re going to take the aeroplane!’ (Hands him his plastic toy aeroplane). I realised though this isn’t his first flight, it’s the first time he’s going to remember this trip.

On the flight: since I’m so gung-ho to take a red eye flight (why not take a Budget one?). Z was angst that the plane was too small, he can’t sit on my lap, and he needs to be buckled up during take off and landing. Basically, he cried and fussed and stood on his seat during takeoff (and I swear I wanted this to be my last flight EVER). But I managed to nurse him, and he calmed down. Fell asleep and when he woke up, the sun was up, and we were about to reach Perth in an hour. Fed him more water and this time, I read him his books and kept my secret weapon before we landed. Landing was a lot kinder to me. I gave him a small box of raisins. Raisins are pretty big deal to him since he doesn’t get them very often. 

Zion at Changi Airport

Landed at Perth’s international airport. We had breakfast and chill before heading down to the city.

We took the bus to the town centre. Each ticket cost about $4.30. Took us about 45 mins and Z enjoyed watching the scenery. We alighted at the Elizabeth Quay bus interchange and decided to take the free city shuttle (known as the Cat buses) around town.

When we’re done, KM’s last business meeting ended, and we met him at the interchange.

We went to the Hay Street Mall. Z had a ball running around and laughed so much!

Managed to capture the beautiful sunset. So thankful for this wonderful trip.

Chicken Broth 

One of the essential backup plans for meals is my homemade chicken broth. I’ll freeze them in my breastmilk bags (I bought a ton of them back in Bangkok) and each time I need to cook something healthy for Z, I use this.

  • 3 chickens (just the carcass would do) 
  • 2-3 onions 
  • 5-6 stalks of celery 
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1-2 Bay leaves 
  • 6-8 peppercorns 
  • 5 cups of water

I use a pressure cooker to cook for about 1 hour.

Cool and pack them into my breastmilk bags (I use Boots). Each batch I would have about 5-6 packs. 

Each pack is sufficient for 1 meal for Zion.

Some meals include:

  • Chicken macaroni soup
  • Chicken porridge (just add the defrosted broth, 1 piece of chicken thigh, rice and some veg in the rice cooker)
  • Chicken / pork noodles soup
  • Chicken rice 
  • Wanton noodles soup 

If you’ll like to read more cooking hacks, let me know! 

Playground Fun | Blk 55 Stratemore Road

Finally met up with Beth and these 2 had a blast. Z loves playing with her and I pray that these 2 will continue to be good friends  as they get older. 

This playground is pretty new and it’s age appropriate for 2 – 5 years old. The slides are pretty easy and the kids have no problems handling the playground by themselves. 

The only thing parents have to watch is to make sure that they don’t run out to the car park near by. 

Condition: 9/10

Suitable for age 2-5 years old.


A place where kids and creativity combined. I ran out of ideas this weekend to entertain Z when I recalled this particular place. We went to the Farmers market a couple of months back and stumbled upon this centre.

Playeum is a creativity centre for kids aged 1-12 years old. Kids learn through play and creativity. 

There’s a couple of sections in the place:

Lego Wall 

Z was stuck here for a good 45 minutes.

Make believe 

Kids can role play here. There’s a ship and some handmade paddles for the kids. Cardboard houses and outfits are also available for kids to play pretend.

Kinetic sand 

He loved the kinetic sand section. I Guess Z is very much a builder. 

Reading corner 

It’s a nice cosy corner and we read quite a number of books available there till Z got sleepy. 

There’s also a workshop corner where kids get to pick up ‘ingredients’ like cotton wool, ice cream sticks and toilet paper rolls. They can build anything they want using these stuff. Plus, glue guns, sewing machines are available on hand.

We hung out for about 2+ hours. Z was sleepy and we decided to head home. The overall experience is pretty good but I doubt Z can stay anything longer than 2 hours. 

If you’re interested, you can check out their site at Playeum. It’s located at Gillman Barracks. I’ll recommend parents to check out their scheduled activities before heading down, to make your money’s worth. 

Tickets are sold at $22 per child, including 1 adult. Another accompanying adult would cost additional $10. Bring along snacks (cause there’s nothing convenient nearby), beverages.