January 2020 - February 2021
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  • Day36

    Vietnam

    March 5, 2020 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    For the last two weeks we were in Vietnam. The first week in the crazy busy Ho Chi Minh City and the second in Da Nang near Hoi An. Ho Chi Minh is a cool city with nice restaurants, great shopping and a lot of hidden French colonial buildings. While being in Vietnam, the outbreak of Corona got worse and worse worldwide, so a lot of country’s were closing their boarders. In Da Nang we saw that Vietnam was expanding their actions against Corona by closing almost all tourist attractions. With only two confirmed cases when we were there, Da Nang and our hotel (Hyatt Regency) felt very safe for our family. Hyatt, with a capacity of 1500 guests, only had a occupancy rate of 15% so we had enough space around us 😄. In total there were only 45 cases in Vietnam with a population of 100 million people.

    On March 17th the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs asked all Dutch to return home, so we called the Dutch ambassy in Vietnam. When they told us that we could be quarantained in military barracks if they would find a Corona case at Hyatt, we knew what to do 🙈. She casually said that the good news was, that the tourists got three meals a day and there was running water most of the time with occasionally some WIFI and electricity 😳 OMG 😁!!

    Now what... going back to Holland was not our wish with 2050 cases and a fast increase of cases because of the slow reaction of the Dutch government 🐢. We were actually very very surprised at the weak measures they took in
    the beginning and how fast Corona was spreading in Holland/Europe. Also, some people can be soooo ignorant 😩. Wow! Stay at home!

    After some brainstorming we chose Singapore as our next destination. Why? The hospitals are great, they are acclaimed worldwide for their strict measures they take to fight the spread of Corona (only 430 cases), we can stay 3 months if necessary without a visa and we have friends living there. One challenge, we would be issued a 14-days stay-home notice. We have to show proof of our residence booking at the customs of Singapore and if you break the stay-home rule you will be convicted to a fine of 6400 euro or to imprisonment or both 😅. At booking.com we saw a occupancy rate of 99% in Singapore 😱 There were only 4 options with a balcony, so we chose the largest haha! 96 m2 for 14 days with two Jack Russell’s 🤣.

    Because the embassy told us we had to keep in mind that they could always decide not to let us in the country, we were a little nervous at arrival. I chose the line with a female customs officer and let Hubs do the magic 😜 We’re in!!

    During our taxi ride to the apartment, we saw that life goes on in Singapore. We truly hope that we can enjoy Singapore after the two weeks, carefully offcourse... And let’s hope and pray that everyone on our flight was in good health.

    So now we are two weeks in quarantaine. Plenty of time to finally finish up the photo uploads of our adventures in Thailand 🥰. Vietnam will follow soon, together with some short video’s. We just received the news that Singapore is closing it’s boarder tomorrow, so we where just in time 🤗. We will stay here for one month and then we’ll see...

    Dear friends and family from all over the world, please stay safe we think of you ❤️.
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  • Day35

    From Bangkok tooooo Vietnam!

    March 4, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We stayed at our favorite hotel in Bangkok, Lebua Tower, before heading off to Vietnam. The breakfast buffet and service always is so amazing there 😍. And for the first time during our trip, we arranged a nanny in the evening to watch over the kids so that we could have dinner together. The restaurant was one storey up so we decided to go for it. Our first date night haha! The food was yummie, the prices not so yummie... French fries 18 euro 😂 But it was so good it was worth it 😋Read more

  • Day29

    Chilling on Lanta

    February 27, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The island Koh Lanta was a bit of a pleasant surprise for us. We only read about the island being quiet and nice for family’s. When we arrived on the beach there was this instant “island chill” vibe. Colourful beachbars with lanterns, music and crystal clear water with a few paddle boarders. Very very nice 🥰

    No Corona on Lanta so we could enjoy everything in peace ✌🏽

    Kylo starts speaking English more and more. Amazing to see how quick he learns and adopts to the new environments everytime. Even Evan is learning English. He says ‘yes’ the whole time. He already forgot the word ‘ja’ 🤣
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  • Day27

    Emerald Pool

    February 25, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Wow this emerald pool was surreal! Super clear greenish blue spring water in a jungle surrounding.

    We forgot to bring Evan’s swim diaper so we decided to keep his normal diaper on... I allready got the image of a floating poopoo in the natural pool haha! OMG the cheap Thai diaper exploded after about 30 minutes of swimming 🙈😂. We were just in time to catch all the diaper flakes in the water pjewww... Nature barbarians 😝Read more

  • Day20

    Beautiful Krabi

    February 18, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    In Krabi we stayed at Ao Nang. It’s a beautiful place with incredible limestone cliffs and gorgeous sunsets.

    For some reason a lot of people in Thailand are in love with Kylo. They keep saying he is so beautiful because of his fair and light skin haha! (Everywhere in Asia they sell whitening creams to lighten their skin 😅)

    In Krabi there was no Corona case, so we felt safe. During our stay the hotel staff started wearing mouth masks as a hotel policy.
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  • Day17

    Boattrip!!

    February 15, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    The boattrip was fun. The boat even had a pool! Hubert wanted to go kayaking and guess who decided to join him at the last minute... our little chicken Kylo! So cool to see how our trip allready made him so much braver, so proud of him!Read more

  • Day14

    Overlap stone // Secret buddha garden

    February 12, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    What a natural wonder this huge ass stone is!! And the way towards it was steeeep! Kylo walked it all by himself.

    The secret garden is hidden away high in the mountains of Samui. It is secluded in the jungle with a lot of beautiful statues but also a little waterfall and stream flowing through it.Read more

  • Day12

    Elephant Sanctuary

    February 10, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We really wanted the kids to see elephants. So we were looking for an ethical elephant sanctuary. We found one in Bophut that provides a home for rescued elephants. They all had their sad stories 😞. Glad we could contribute to this way of enjoying these giant animals instead of riding on them.

    Evan loved it! He even gave the elephants bananas! Kylo was a bit afraid, offcourse haha our little chicken, but after a while even he fed an elephant.

    This morning Evan had a bit of a fever, 38.3 Celcius. We decided to go see the elephants but check him regularly. After a while he felt warmer, 39.3. So we immediately went to the hospital. At thatbmoment we had to act quickly, you never know what it could be. In the hospital his temperature had gone up to 39.8. The doctot checked him right away and thank god it was only a little throat infection! Kylo had a great time in the hospital, in his racecar 😂.
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  • Day6

    Koh Samui

    February 4, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Back to Bangkok airport for our second destination Samuiii. With mouth masks this time 🙈. Even Kylo wore his, every little bit helps... Finally to the beach for sandy toes and salty kisses 🥰.

    Evan starts talking more and more. His favorite words are “auto” (car) and “appel” (apple) Everything he wants, something to drink or eat, he calls auto or appel. So funny 😂

    Thankfully, no Corona cases reported yet in Samui and no mouth masks, so here the vacation vibe really started 😍.
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  • Day5

    Ayutthaya, the city of temples

    February 3, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Just an hour drive from Bangkok we visited Ayutthaya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). So many impressive temples! We went for a bike ride to explore a few of these ancient ruines. That alone was lots of fun. Also, it was Evan’s first bike ride!Read more