Katy Takes Penang: 2016 Edition

Every year since 2008, I’ve spent Chinese New Year in Penang with my mother-in-law’s family. The only year we didn’t go was the year Katy was born (on the first day of the Year of the Horse, no less). This trip was Katy’s second and I think we all had a lot more fun on the whole than we did during her first trip.

Will you just look at my little traveller in her moto jacket and leggings.

Will you just look at my little traveller, all ready for the flight in her moto jacket and leggings.

Having her own seat on the plane was a real game-changer. Every time she flew on my lap, Katy absolutely HATED it. This time we were armed to the gills with stickers, books, and an iPad full of Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger.

Having her own seat on the plane was a real game-changer. Every time she flew on my lap, Katy absolutely HATED it. This time we were armed to the gills with stickers, books, and an iPad full of Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger.

Flashback to 2015's trip, when Katy didn't even have her own seat. This was when we sat her down on the window seat briefly to get our hand-carry bags stowed away. (She was VERY disappointed to realise she had to spend the rest of the flight on my lap.)

Throwback to 2015’s trip, when Katy didn’t even have her own seat. This was when we sat her down on the window seat briefly to get our hand-carry bags stowed away. (She was VERY disappointed to realise she had to spend the rest of the flight on my lap.)

George Town is a coastal city, and is a lot less humid than Singapore although the temperature feels about the same otherwise. This means lovely sea breezes and adorable photo ops.

No day is complete until Katy gets to perch on her favourite seawall.

No day is complete until Katy gets to perch on her favourite seawall.

Here she is pensively looking out to sea on Day 2.

Here she is pensively looking out to sea on Day 2.

The main point of the trip was to spend time with family. Katy’s grandaunts and granduncles love her to pieces; she’s officially the baby of the entire extended family right now and everyone dotes on her so much. While it’s great that Facebook and WhatsApp make it easy for us to stay in touch, it’s just not the same as being in the same place at the same time. A big part of our time with James’ aunts, uncles and cousins revolved around good meals, both home-cooked and at hawker centres or restaurants. It was such fun for all of them to watch Katy power down her food, and marvel at how much she enjoyed eating the same things we ate.

The other point of the trip is to spend time together, just the three of us. Making memories: happy ones, tired ones, and many silly ones.

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Just a few of my attempts at taking a CNY OOTD photo of Katy…

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“Katy, let’s pretend we’re sleeping” “OK!”

She liked my sunglasses better than her own. I was amused.

She liked my sunglasses better than her own. I was amused.

Let's see if we manage to take this photo again next year!

Let’s see if we manage to take this photo again next year!

xxxx

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  1. Alli - February 16, 2016

    I love all of these photos! And I don’t know why, but year-to-year comparisons make me so happy. I adore those photos of Katy and James. And the “sleeping” one is one of my favorites of y’all.

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