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Alice in Wonderland
09 Oct 2017STORIESBY SweetEscape

We all know her as a beautiful actress who has graced our screens with her acting performance, but with us - Alice is all about her journey as motherhood and what it means taking her bundle of joy along on a vacation in her most favorite place ever, Bali.

“We’re no strangers to the paradise that is Bali. We actually went there when Alita was in my belly. This time around, we were excited to bring and introduce her to this gorgeous nature in our own country. We loved to let her know all the best sensations of playing along with the sand, sea and the sun.”

Alice admitted to having her doubts and fears of traveling with her baby. It’s her first time taking the trip with Alita but this new momma had done her fair share of prep work prior. “I was scared but felt up to the challenge at the same time. I did a lot of googling, blog reading and even asking people around for traveling tips. You can say I was very well prepared,” she said.

All of her diligence sure paid off, because Alice and Alita had a total blast during their trip to Bali. Not only did everything went smoothly with Alita, but Bali too displayed the best weather during their time there. “Alita had a great appetite and we enjoyed our time there very much. It’s so worth it!”

Furthermore, Alice shared with us some tips that she learnt on how to have your own relaxing time while keeping your little ones entertained. “It’s all about waterplay so make sure you prepare floats, water guns and other toys. Kids always love water so keep them entertained while you relax and keep watch or simply play along with them,” she said. Waterplay keeps children active and have positive impacts to their appetite and immune system, she further shared.

We also asked Alice what her most treasured memories from her family Bali trip. “It’s watching sunset on the beach and visiting the zoo with Alvin and Alita,” she recalled. “To have SweetEscape photography service along means a lot to us. Especially since Alvin and I love photography, so there’s an extra appreciation for good holiday photo results,” she told us about bringing us along.

“Everytime I look at our Bali photos, I can’t help but be reminded of such a precious time that we shared as a family. It’s like going back to a happy place, a happy time in an instant. This gives me such positive energy and happiness, simply through a glance of a picture,” Alice said.

For this reason, Bali will always remain as a special place for this beauty. She told us, “I always come back to Bali, because of everything it has, from beautiful sceneries, chic accommodations and eateries, clean fresh air and that siesta ambiance that makes everyday feels like holiday!” Simply said, Bali is Alice Norin’s wonderland.

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Cara G. McIlroy's Tips For Traveling With Young Kids
20 Mar 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

If you live in Hong Kong, you might have heard of Cara G. McIlroy. For this edition of SweetEscape's Travel Diary, we had a chat with this Hong Kong-based Australian supermodel, TV presenter, Asia's Next Top Model celebrity judge, and–most importantly–mother of two (and soon-to-be three!), about her latest family trip to Koh Samui, Thailand.

How was your stay in Koh Samui?

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui
by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

Our stay in Koh Samui was lovely! The hotel was especially amazing, the kids love the pool area, and it was so great because the pool was situated in the middle of the rooms so the kids can just spent the whole day enjoying the pool. The food was wonderful too! They had a good choice between Thai food and Western food, and their service was totally amazing.

What was the highlight of your trip to Koh Samui?

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui
by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

We love to swim by the beautiful beaches or at the pool in the resort. That's basically all that we did when we were there: Wake up-Eat-Swim-Repeat, except for the one day that we went to Koh Samui's Elephant Sanctuary, which is a new, cruelty-free elephant sanctuary where you can see the elephants just being--well--elephants! You don't see any saddles on them or the elephants being pulled or pushed around. This is something very important we want to show to our children.

Was it challenging to travel with young kids? Do you have any particular preparations that you did beforehand?

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

It's always kind of challenging to travel with kids. I always make sure to bring them a lot of healthy snacks because their eating habits can get a bit chaotic when we go overseas. Of course my husband and I love Thai food and to try new stuffs, and we always encourage our kids to try the food first, but they might not always like it, so we always have a backup plan with our healthy snacks to make sure that they still eat healthily.

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As for toys, now that our kids have grown a little bit older we don't bring too much, just a few night-time toys and books to read at bedtime. We also bring some colouring books and colouring pencils for them to play around with during the flight. We don't want them to use tablets too much as we encourage them to be more creative and active.

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

Stroller is always a good idea, especially if you're travelling with really young children between 0-2 years old, so that you can just put the baby there to sleep while you relax. Bring a lightweight one that you can quickly turn into a carrier when it's impossible to push the stroller.

Most importantly, don't forget to bring bug spray when you go to tropical locations! The last thing you wan't is your kids complaining that they fell itchy or they have rashes. Sun screen is also important when you go to sunny destinations.

How long do you think should a family holiday be?

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

I think 5 days is a great time to really unwind and relax. Of course with places as beautiful as Koh Samui you'd want to spend a couple weeks, but I think 5 days is just nice for you to settle down and to really enjoy the destination. If you don't have kids, you can stay longer and try the more adventurous activities such as motorbike riding, yoga classes, etc.

What's your biggest concern when travelling with young children?

by Anne for SweetEscape in Koh Samui

I think my biggest concern would be jetlag, especially when you travel to places with such a big time difference from home. Kids can get really cranky when their sleep cycle is messed up. Also, having them eat enough and be settled. Travelling could mean losing your children's eat and sleep routine, but sometimes that's just something you have to sacrifice to create beautiful memories with your children.

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