Showing posts from May, 2017

Visiting Bondi, Manly and Coogee - Which Is The Best Sydney Beach For Some Family Bonding?

I've always admired the beach. The white sands, the salty air, the clear blue waters - the beach have this enigmatic feel that can instantly wash your worries away. Back in the Philippines, I make sure that I visit at least one beach every summer - either to bond with my family or relax with my friends. I did not expect that beautiful beaches are so accessible here in Sydney. So close that we only need to drive for an hour to get there. (Deep inside, I wish we could afford to live near the beach).
So far, we have visited 3 of Sydney's most famous beaches - Bondi, Manly and Coogee. They are so accessible that we can either drive the car going there, ride the train or ferry or take the bus. No need to spend for expensive plane tickets, go for a long drive or book hotel rooms just to enjoy the sea breeze. Since we really love having some fun family bonding time, we love searching for new beaches to explore. So among the three we have visited, which one tops our list? To give you an…

How Migrating Changed Leon's Life and Our Parenting Style

On my microblog, or simply The Mommy Roves' Facebook and Instagram pages,(please follow if you can) I've always talked about how our lives changed since we have moved here in Australia. From basically working every day for eight years, it has changed to spending each minute of my day taking care of my small family.

Yet, it was not just me who experienced several adjustments. While I was struggling to manage my time learning chores, taking care of Leon and doing some freelance work online, my two-year-old son, Leon was also adjusting. From being in the hands of his grandparents (my mom and mother-in-law) and carer all the time, he had to migrate to another country and live independently with his parents.

All of us struggled, especially during the first month. For Leon, it took awhile for him to realize that his usual carers, his wowa Rose, Nanay Juvy and Lola Mama are not around to comfort or spoil him. There were moments he's cry and look for them as if waiting for a littl…

Our Quick Trip To Canberra

It has been a month since we went to Canberra and finally, I found time to write about it. Silly but I just found out that Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory is the capital city of Australia. I've always thought that Sydney was the country's capital, but in reality, it is just the most popular. Anyways, our friend, Fenrich invited us to drive our way to Canberra to see some attractions and for the boys to visit the Ferrari car show (I know, right). We rented a self-driven KIA Carnivale to drive two families to Canberra and availed an affordable 2-bedroom hotel room for us. It was a 3.5-hour drive from our location in Paramatta, including the 30-minute stopover for lunch. Canberra has a quieter, more relaxed vibe compared to Sydney and I enjoyed our stay. Here are some of the things we did.

History Learning in The Australian War Memorial
 I have never seen a War Memorial as intricate, yet as high-tech as The War Memorial in Canberra. We found ourselves getting…