Monthly Archives: June 2011

Pia’s birth announcement.

I have to share with you the beautiful birth announcement my next door neighbor made for her daughter Pia. Pia was born in Japan so she wanted it to have a little Japanese influence–which you can see in the cherry blossoms. But she is also half-Chinese, which you can see in the characters spelling out her name.

Isn’t the little hat adorable on the sweet little thing? I love the hot pink and light green-blue color combination.  It’s such a joy to live next to her!

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Transcontinental jetsetting, kids edition: gear.

When traveling with little ones you have to worry about keeping them entertained, but you also have to worry about how you’re actually going to get them from point a to point b.

How brilliant is this nest bed — it doubles as a suitcase when not in use!

Another option: Travel crib light.

Also in the ‘folds into a little bag’ arena is this little bouncy seat.

This little booster converts any car seat into a stroller to help get your little one to the gate. (Moms seem to really rave about this invention.) You can then belt your child into their seat with CARES, the only FAA approved adjusted seat-belt for kids.

Or you can use this combo stroller / luggage piece!

Or if you check the stroller at the gate, it’s nice to have this bag.

If you spent a fortune on your stroller, you probably don’t want to just check it in a plastic sack so this might be worth it.

For adult travel tips, check out my other posts on Transcontinental Jetsetting for adults: part onepart two and reader’s edition.


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Everything but the kitchen sink, part five.

Oh my goodness!! There is just so much going on right now–this will be a long post!

  • Chinese Billionaire Tells Wife Via Twitter He Is Leaving Her. Chinese billionaire Wang Gongquan announced on the social media website that he was leaving his wife for his mistress, according to the Daily Mail. “I am giving up everything and eloping with Wang Qin. I feel ashamed and so am leaving without saying goodbye. I kneel down and beg forgiveness,” he Tweeted. The scandal has left the billionaire a laughingstock in China, according to the Daily Mail. The Wall Street Journal reports that Gongquan’s Twitter post was re-tweeted 60,000 times in 24 hours.
  • My Hong Kong. This gorgeous woodblock print book would make a great gift for kids here and back home. I love how it captures so many iconic Hong Kong scenes. Mention Yummy Mummy and buy 5 copies of the book at the regular price (HK$180 per book) and get one book free.  Each book is signed by the author, and you’ll get free local delivery in Hong Kong. Total cost for six signed books delivered to your door: HK$900 (17% off the retail price).

  • New restaurant gimmick. Like the rest of the yuppies of the world, I appreciate a “new” restaurant concept as at this point, they’re hard to come by. A Conflict Restaurant in Pittsburg that only serves food from whatever country we’re at blows with at that moment. They switch the country every four months. Discovered on the always lovely and inspiring StephModo. Currently being served: cuisine from Afghanistan. Next up: North Korea + Venezuela. I love how much you learn about a culture from its food and I love the way this makes current events a little more accessible.

  • Patterned curtains. I love these curtains! They remind me of my mother-in-law’s in her dining room, which I love. Grosgrain Fabulous has a whole tutorial on how to make them yourself.

  • DVF does maternity. She’s got a few nice pieces–the wrap dress seems to make a lot of sense with an expanding tummy. Can’t imagine a newly pregnant lady would turn one of these down!

  • Get your grill on. Yummy Mummy did a nice round-up of places to grill outdoors in Hong Kong–a great idea for people who want to entertain but don’t have the space to host people at home.

“Many see China’s rise in political, economic and military terms. But the Chinese renaissance is in its essence a moral and intellectual challenge to the modern world.”

“Ordinary Chinese people enjoy as wide a range of personal liberties as those anywhere in the Western world. But those with political aspirations contrary to the collective objectives of the state and society are severely constrained, even repressed.”

  • Read: The War Against Girls. Since the late 1970s, 163 million female babies have been aborted by parents seeking sons. Today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121—though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. In her new book, Mara. Hvistendahl argues that, not surprisingly, these imbalances lead to very unstable and highly violent societies–men need us ladies to keep them both happy and in line. I really appreciate her initial premise, but it seems like her reasoning gets quite skewed when she starts making political arguments, like making it illegal to find out the sex of your baby beforehand, while allowing abortion to remain legal.

“The dual-career issue remains the No. 1 reason for refusing assignments.”

“Some 20 years ago, financial compensation packages for expatriate families were more robust, with higher salaries and other perks like drivers, club memberships and first-class airfare for home leave so a spouse could afford not to work. Today, while packages are lower over all, “companies are being more proactive” in helping spouses find work, Ms. McNulty said.”

“More than 80 percent of those not working wanted to work, and those who worked were found to be more likely to report a positive impact on adjustment, family relationships, and general heath and well being. They were also more willing to complete or extend current assignments or to go on new assignments than nonworking spouses.”

“A failed relocation or early return can cost about $1 million. That figure is multiplied with group moves, which are on the rise, Ms. Marshall said.”

  • Golden Gate Proposal. If you made it to the end of the post, I feel the need to reward you with these awesome pics. How in the world did he get permission to do this?

He was smart enough to tie the ring to a string! San Fran I do miss you! Discovered on Cup of Jo.

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Transcontinental jetsetting, kids edition: plane entertainment.

Whenever I see a solo mum on a 16 hour flight (or really any length of time) with a little one, my heart just goes out to her, really it does.

Milkbomb Tee. It would be beyond adorable if you paired this tee with Janelle’s ‘Wailing baby survival kit‘ for your plane neighbors.

When my sister and I were very young we flew from Portland, Maine all the way to Tokyo to visit my grandparents several times. My mom always had a little bag of gift-wrapped toys, gifts and games for us to open every hour or two on the long journey–whenever we were getting cranky! Sometimes it was nothing more than a wrapped pack of gum. Jordan of Oh Happy Day! does the same thing for her son only with crepe paper = clever and time saving. She also has some great kids travel tips. So does Courtney.

(Picture, Oh Happy Day!)

If you don’t have the time to hit the dollar store for all these little trinkets, consider buying a Think-Ets pouch.

“Think-ets is an amazing little travel game for creative storytelling and many other easy-to-learn games. Take 15 tiny treasures from all over the world and use them 10 different ways, including for hilarious storytelling, mind-bending memory games and even a challenging strategy game.  Think-ets is ideal for home, restaurants, waiting rooms or pool-sides”

Here are a few fun ideas of other things to keep your kids entertained plane-side:

Pencil roll. (I saw this in person yesterday and it is totally homemade–the colors are so pretty!)

Natural scented travel size playdough.

A felt storyboard for traytable play.

A tray table cover might be a good investment… keep the germs away = less sick kiddos. 

Why not get the little one his own headset that actually fits and stays on?

Maybe a nice classic travel Etch n’Sketch?


Finally, having your own bag can be really fun!

Pop-up (fold flat) dollhouse. This is so beautiful… it may be better for bigger kids or adults who are young at heart!

For adult travel tips, check out my other posts on Transcontinental Jetsetting for adults: part onepart two and reader’s edition.


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Lo&Sons: New travel bag?

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I think this may be my new travel bag. While in everyday life, I’m partial to leather bags, I love that this is so lightweight. It’s awesome how it fit over your travel bag and then zips on the top and bottom of the handle to secure it. I also love that their is an outer zipped pocket for your passport. And it’s great to have a zipped pocket for shoes–would also make a great gym bag. I think I would put my knitting in the shoe slot! They really thought this out. By the way for two more days enter ACUPOFJO (where I found this) upon checkout for 40% off — without the discount it seems like highway robbery to pay this much for a nylon bag. Also, one more nit: they bill themselves as globetrotters but don’t offer international shipping?! I just bought one to try it out… will let you know if it replaces my giant green Cole Haan “Brontosauraus” as my ‘don’t leave home without it’ bag.

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