Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is finally here!

I recently published a post thru ExpatPost about the Oktoberfest celebrations in Dublin. And since having my little boy around, my Oktoberfest celebrations has never been the same. For one, I don’t go there in the evenings anymore. Kids are not allowed to get inside the fence after around 5 or 6 PM. Plus, I don’t think I’d want to since the autumn winds are quite chilly over here, too.

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It might rain any minute now..

Despite that, I still try to drop by the Oktoberfest tents a few times over the 18-day festivities. Continue reading “Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!” »


Review: The Dunboyne Castle, a weekend at County Meath

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Personal experiences at The Dunboyne Castle

As I am stuck at home with no traveling plans (yet) for the rest of 2016, I thought I’d write about the local trips I had for this year. It’s not as if I just sobbed miserably at home. I didn’t. I just wished I could’ve taken more international flights before the year ends.
The first local trip we had this year was a visit to County Meath at the Dunboyne Castle. Continue reading “Review: The Dunboyne Castle, a weekend at County Meath” »

The bane of my existence: Irish Tourist Visa

Irish Visa

Things you need to know about the Irish Tourist Visa

One of the things I never liked about my current Passport is that it interferes badly with international traveling. To start, most international trips should be planned months ahead. Apart from the finances, traveling logistics often include Visa application. And sadly, it seems that my Passport needs a Visa everywhere. Ok, I am exaggerating. But you do get my point, right?
It may sound easy to apply for a Visa. In most cases, it is. Just troublesome. But in certain cases, the experience is similar to a nail-biting thriller that will leave you hanging in your seat!
Ireland seems like a popular travel destination these days – evident from their evolving food scene. Continue reading “The bane of my existence: Irish Tourist Visa” »

Review: Chez Max (Baggot Street)

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French dining at Chez Max!

Having a toddler has its advantages. Especially for a child who loves food, eating out is now our chance for some peace and quiet. These days, my husband and I try to go back to the places we loved to dine before my son was born. Restaurants and cafes with very limited space used to be a far distant memory. And I feared I might need to wait for my son to become a teenager before we can go back. Lucky for us, that didn’t happen. My son is a toddler who loves food and that allowed us to go back to places such as Chez Max at Baggot Street to dine for a meal!
Last Sunday, we went out for lunch and made a reservation to be safe. Continue reading “Review: Chez Max (Baggot Street)” »

Spending the weekend at Dublin city center

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Last weekend at Dublin City Center..

Last weekend, we missed the Luas to go to Dublin city center. And because the sun was shining brightly, we decided to go for a walk. Before my son was born, my husband and I rarely use the Luas – especially during the spring/summer season. And since my son is no longer a baby and the weather still warm, we decided to use our feet to go to the city center.
It was great. We used the time walking to chat and appreciate the refreshing breeze outdoors. Apart from that, we also noticed that preparation for the Oktoberfest is now ongoing. Booths and food stalls (I failed to take a photo of, too busy chatting with my husband, 😆 ) are already setup. In case you are interested to know more about Dublin’s Oktoberfest celebrations, watch out for my article on ExpatPost tomorrow (16 September 2016) about it!
We went to mass at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral located at Dublin city center. As usual, my husband and son stayed inside for the first half of the celebration. We were lucky we were seated beside the candles for prayer offering – allowing my son to keep still longer than usual. But that didn’t prevent him from running around the Church ( 😐 ). So eventually, my husband took him out and I was left inside to finish the mass.
After the mass, we have to wait a couple of minutes till the shops open at 11 AM. We decided to drop by a local Starbucks shop to wait and grab a bite, too. On our way to Starbucks, I had to appreciate the fantastic weather outdoors and snapped a couple of photos of some attractions at Dublin city center! Continue reading “Spending the weekend at Dublin city center” »

Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)

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Personal dining experience at Il Fornaio IFSC branch

I can feel the cold winds of autumn are just around the corner – literally. Each day, the nights are getting longer and colder. Yellow leaves are starting to fall down into heaps around the pavement, too. For my son, that’s a great “toy” to play with but for us, we knew that the weather will now turn for the worse.
Whenever we find ourselves with an unexpectedly sunny day, one of our default places to go to is Il Fornaio at the IFSC. It is an Italian cafe with reasonable prices and yummy food items to choose from. Apart from that, our Italian friend loves to dine there. She mentioned once that the staffs were like her pseudo-family while she’s in Dublin. And I can say that they were really the nicest bunch of people, too. Continue reading “Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)” »

Random thoughts: The result of change

Dublin alley

Last Saturday was totally crappy. It was raining so hard – I had to drag myself out of bed so I can go on with my errands for the day. Saturday is “grocery shopping day” and unfortunately, it is also a day when most of our important commodities run out. There are days when I move grocery day to Sunday but then, we already made plans – I don’t want to delay it. Not to mention that if I missed grocery day on Saturday, it also meant that cooking our meals for the week will also get delayed. Oh well, adult life. Parenting life. No matter what you call it. When the weather is crappy, it is only called crappy day!
Since Saturday weather forced us to stay indoors, Sunday was the only day left for a family day. My husband and I both work. And I am blessed to be able to work from home. But even if I technically stay at home to see my son the entire day, it is not the same as spending time with him. Continue reading “Random thoughts: The result of change” »

Review: East Restaurant (Dublin, Ireland)

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A great Thai/fusion dinner at the East Restaurant in IFSC!

While we are still in the nicer and warmer days of summer, we try to make the most of it. Especially when the temperatures reach more than 20 degrees Celsius, it is kind of depressing to stay indoors while the rest of Dublin is outdoors having as much sun as they want!

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Travel local: Going places around Dublin

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Can’t fly to travel? Then do long weekends in Ireland instead!

As you are aware, I am in a bit of an international travel hiatus right now. Before this, we managed to go to Rome for Christmas last year. This was documented through another travel website called ExpatPost. Finances are going well but I guess it’s part of that so-called adult life not to spend all the money on trips and travel (boo!). Especially now that we have our little man to save up for, my husband and I decided to cut on our trips this year.
It sucks. Especially now that I managed to live in Europe and have easier access to countries I used to dream of going to. I still have A LOT of places I want to go to! But on the other hand, it led me to do things differently when it comes to traveling. It paved way for me to visit nearby counties around Dublin instead – local travel! Continue reading “Travel local: Going places around Dublin” »