Lil sis, momma and poppa came to visit and arrived in the morning of Tuesday 20th. As they arrived we bid farewell to Lorraine and Tim!
By the time of their arrival, I hadn't seen my dad for 18 months and it had been almost 12 months since I-Lin and my mum were here. And my sister was bringing someone special with her - her little baby bump!
I'm really pleased that the run up to their visit was a busy and fun time for us what with entertaining the Eastwoods and the Food and Wine Festival and the Grand Prix as that made the time go by fast. And before I knew it we were heading to the airport and I had that flurry of excitement in my round tummy.
Here we are examining the baby bump but this photo was taken after a big meal so we're not sure if it's baby bump or food baby! Either way my sis definitely looks different at 18 weeks pregnant.
The poor love is suffering from lots of sickness too. It's relatively uncommon (so I've been told) for the sickness to linger at this stage of her pregnancy but there are always exceptions and it seems she is experiencing some of the more unpleasant aspects of being a mummy to be.
Dad enjoyed the coffee here and the fresh seafood including the huge king prawns we had at Claypots (twice in 2 days!) and the wonderful Wagyu steak at The Station Hotel. Mum loved the unagi donburi at Nobu and the second time we went she was adamant she wanted one serve all to herself and wouldn't share it. Now my mum actually has a teeny appetite and rarely eats one whole main dish herself and we also enjoyed numerous entrees but she did eat probably about 95% of this unagi donburi! She also enjoyed fresh oysters and the king prawns and fish we had throughout the two weeks.
You can see how happy they look with their food in the photos - you can tell I'm their daughter as I am the same!
I also enjoyed taking ma and pa out shopping. We don't send each other gifts for birthday and Christmas as the postage costs just don't make it worthwhile so it was nice to be able to catch up and spoil them with some goodies whilst they were over here.
We're a family of Crocs fans. I don't wear the clogs and admittedly avoid them but I do love the flip flops and other more shoe like items they have.
Here Daddy Chan is a bit bored of shopping and has had enough so is entertaining himself with the giant Croc whilst Mama Chan is trying on shoes.
I have two very vivid memories which never cease to make my smile, of conversations that occurred during these last two weeks.
The first took place in Sorrento when I-Lin and I were discussing baby names and laughing at some of the names some poor kids have. We read about three brothers called Jet, Fuel and Diesel...anyway Daddy Chan chips in and says, "Well, there's a famous movie star who has called their child Sunday Roast"! We can only assume he means Nicole Kidman who has a daughter called Sunday Rose.
The second one was a conversation Steve and I were having with my parents about visiting China in the future and going on a tour to see the sights. Steve started listing what he wanted to see, "The Great Wall, pandas, Shanghai to visit our friends Rakhee and Paul (who have recently moved there) and the teriyaki soldiers"...Tasty soldiers indeed!
There just wasn't enough time to get round all the restaurants and for Dad to cook lots of things! But I'm really grateful for the time we did have. They left this afternoon for Hong Kong where they will spend another week. I miss them terribly.