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Holidays

This is the life! ...is the expression that goes along well, with deep and long sign that savors the moment of contentment. It is my favourite expression from my son, that whenever I hear it, it gives me a feeling of well accomplished role as a mother.  It then made everything around me bright, cheerful like field of vibrant colorful flowers. How I wish this feeling would never last!  But everything here on earth has its peak moments, and peaks always come with its contrasting deep or lasted times, fading away until it vanishes.  Which before happens, I always make sure I could save these good times as memories, in whatever way possible. For I would like to be able to go back to it and enjoy again at any time, especially in moments when cheering up is required.
Campsite at Berny Rivera, France

This blog is about our holiday in France that happen during May Bank Holiday in United Kingdom and a weekend easy climbing weekend break in Snowdonia South Wales.  I supposed to post it months ago, but things happened. I still have this good feeling about it, and like I said, it is one of those good memories to recall, to bring out the happy feeling – the result of well planned holiday.

Our holiday did not cost us a fortune.  It does not have to be, especially if it with a child. Kids have a straightforward requirement on their holidays.  They just need to be happy by always having something to do. It is that simple but could be tiring for being active is must. Anyway that is a good thing for a healthy lifestyle.

We drove most of our way to and from our holiday destination in France.  Part of it is through the Eurotunnel. We have prepared ourselves for the journey.  We have our gadgets and books in the car.  We have music from our headsets. We also have pillows, so we doze happily sometime during the journey.  It was relaxing chill-out journey.

The opposite when we reach the site. We were welcomed with lovely view of the colorful flowers. This was followed by a lovely sunny weather the next day. So that we are not worrying about meals, I planned, packed and we brought meals with us to last for days. All is left for us to do, is think what to do on the next day base on the weather.  We had played tennis, badminton and table tennis in the evening. We swam a lot when the day is a mix of dry and wet weather. They enjoyed the slides while I learned to swim in good front crawl style.  My son attended three holiday clubs in the week.  He learned to roller skate and played his guitar after dinner, as a practice in preparation for tis Grade 1 exam.  We also practiced our karate moves for few times in the week. We cycled through the fields and we had a day of shopping.   Although we missed trying other activities like climbing, riding the pedalo, and fishing, overall we all enjoyed a very active holiday.




Many think of a holiday is like a “get-away”. From a young age, I had formed this principle: "Time is the most precious resource, everyone has it but when it is gone, it's gone forever." that time is precious so I would like to gain benefits to whatever life brings me.


So what could be an ideal holiday?
  • It is a good reward for the hard work I finished.  Though may not be obvious, holiday for this purpose can revitalised our whole being which has a productive effect when back to work. I work as a software support/analyst, which spend most of the time sitting down in front of a computer. My husband is the same. My son is eight years old, so as he gets older, he spend most time sitting down too in classes. So a holiday which has target to hike to the top of a mountain and rock climbing on a gorgeous weather is appreciated. We enjoyed our weekend in Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia, North Wales, United Kingdom (25th August 2014).

    The rocks are called "Adam and Eve", the peak of Tryfan

    The view below.

  • It could come as “bonus” if my holiday comes with learning.

  • I hit a jackpot if I could come back from my holiday with something I enjoyed doing and had become a part of me, as it made a better person, like when I learned to swim in front crawl style. I now swim to practice this with my son, thus helps me to become fit. Off course, as I do it frequently, it leads to my better shape body. This August, after our climb I feel stronger and thus more confident. It shows in my posture.

  • The most important it should deliver us all to a happy feeling and leaving us happy memories.  Knowing what every individual requires in their holiday ahead of time is a must.  Holidays don’t need to be expensive t at all to deliver these benefits to everyone.  Requirements could be as simple as cooling of in the hot day by a very unusual way. See how my son cools off during one hot days while he is waiting for us as we prepare for our moutain to Tryfan (26th August 2014).
    Mummy, I like abseiling!
    Nice Rocks!


If you are looking for unsual place to visit for your holiday, I do recommend to try www.tripadvisor.co.uk. For those who have kids, why not try sites with static caravans like eurocamp.co.uk or haven.co.uk.


In the shortest way to describe, holiday is about making ourselves feel good or happy. So why not have everyday a holiday. Why can't we have the best everyday? I think this is very much possible by customizing our lifestyle to give us the best gain we could have.


What food is right to eat?

Health experts say that “five-a-day” of fruits and vegetables is not enough. To benefit from the fruits and vegetables, an adult should eat more and at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables. More in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26818386.

But all year round, fruit diets is recommended. So there is not much new about, this aside from the amount of recommended intake.

3 simple rule about diet.
  1. Eat as much fruits in season. Buy fruits in season for your week consumption. Put it in the fridge and get out what you can consume in the day or two. Eat fruits while fresh. 
  2. Eat food of nutrition equate to your activities. Our family always like to have big meals, with little snacks or even none in the day. My husband and I work as software analyst which confined most of our time in front of the computer. As my son move on the next level in school, he spends more time inside the classroom learning the academics. So as we experienced, as time goes and so as our age, our body metabolism slows and keeps more food as fat off course. We then feel sluggish, and suffering rather enjoying activities like cycling or hiking. But before it is too late or harder to accepts changes, we decided to modify our lifestyle: when I could not last a very energetic Karate class when learning the kicks; while my husband found that he needs to buy new trousers with bigger waistline, we changed the amount of food intake. It is not easy, but we still did it. Now we eat little or just the amount of food that will supply the energy for like a given activity, like for just sitting down in front of the computer. We always pack energy cereal bars, just in case of an energy crash and whenever going out weather just shopping or cycling. We try to cook our meals, so we are sure to get good quality food in taste and nutrition for a low price. (see moreish.acilegna.net for ideas and sample recipes). 
  3. Avoid temptation. Hot summer weather and I am thirsty! Good thing we have cold water. I do remember the time I got addicted to Coke. Somebody offered me Coke soft-drink with ice cubes in it, and this started my craving for soft-drinks. I had no idea of how I manage to come out of this addiction, but I am so glad I am off it for a very long time. My son only drinks water and hates fizzy drinks. I hope to keep it that way. Also we tried not to stock of food we do not want to start a craving for it, except for very delicious chocolates. We do need little treats sometimes.

Routines That Gives A Good Feeling 

Summer holiday is a very long break! The scary part is getting bored. Which now, it is impossible to happen to anyone in the family. We continue with our routines which have our sports (swimming and karate) and schedule for exercises in place. It is already build in our lifestyle and we will be sad to miss it, for we could feel the awful effects on our body. We tend to have a little longer of this instead. My son enjoys the holiday club packed with activities like Barracudas, while I continue to attend to my routine office and house work in the week. When times we are together, we still do the old routines of ten-minute mental math. When times he is at home and better to stay indoors, he do his typing lessons via bbc.co.uk/typing, practising his guitar or just enjoying a good read. Rather watching the television or playing computer games, we sometimes play board games, gardening, cooking his favourite summer treats like, crafting, or twiddling on his gadget. We could lost him to his legos or minecraft. The family or sometimes just the boys also goes cycling in the woods while I am enjoying peace and quite in the garden.

Routines that gives a good feeling can help in managing daily stress.


Saving time is also saving money

Although it is more important for me to save time before saving money, I noticed that by saving time, I am actually saving money while getting a lot of things done.  

One good example is my way of choosing my clothes. Since we are brought up to iron our clothes, by the time I am working and choosing my clothes to wear, my choices has to be the non-iron garments. If I like a style but unable to find a non-iron style of it, I buy clothes and my very kind mother would sew it for me. Which was a good bargain with my clothes made for free. It has been a very good value for me when after 15 years, I am still able to wash-and-wear these clothes which colours has not faded.

Another time saving tip is to spend your time on sure things.  For example, rather spending time shopping for something you know it is impossible to get from any off-the-shelf of any shop, you may want to try making it from the resources around you. If you have the time to learn to craft, why not try it. If you don't like spending money on materials, you can try get these for free from freecycle.org. Whatever happens in the process, make sure you learn from it.


One for all: Go for the best gadget that can do a lot.

Gadget, the genie of the era. We love gadgets! I love my gadgets! I adore when it works. So to get one, like a pocketable smartphone that can be a GPS, camera, music player, organizer, note taker or recorder, a web browser in desperate situation, I do take time to research the best one for the money and from whom best seller who do well in support. Gadgets are not cheap. So buying that will make life easier is the best way to justify spending money on it. We bought my son 3D Nintendo DS when it was launch because it has a better quality in displaying graphics. We also bought him some math games for it, which he needs to unlock a level to receive extra games from us. Desktop at home is a must for us, to do serious research, shopping, learning other things like typing for my son. A tablet at home made it easy for us to get answers via internet, a portable board game for two when on the move, gaming pad, and quick shopping.

As a housewife, a good appliance is a must. We love home cook food. But to cook a delicious dish could be time consuming. I have modified recipes like bolagnese sauce, mash, shepherd’s pie, carbonara to give it more flavor and texture that my family prefers. The cooking process is more tedious. So to spend less time in cooking any of these recipes, I cooked in big amounts, pack it a serving and freeze it. This mean we have good freezer and a microwave to warm the pack before serving it. For recipes, you can subscribe at moreish.fashionyourlifestyle.com.


All should make lifestyle light and easy, like "riding the breeze"

All of these, whether is about spending on the best gadget, getting the best holiday for all, choice and eat the right amount of food; you are to make your life feel better while save money, if you invest a little more time collecting and weighing choices to arrived at the best decision for yourself. It is this simple: If you are interested and happy on what you are doing, you will spend more time in having it more and often, utilizing what you already have, thus filling your time with good and healthy activities for your whole being. And so at the end of the day, all what left is feeling of content.


Live life wiser and get the most of it! Go get the best times anytime!