Family Time in Singapore and Thailand – Captured on Instagram

Posted on March 28, 2014 by

Our trip back home to Singapore this January/February was a very special one.

It was the first Chinese New Year with my whole family together in quite a few years. Joining us for the first time in Singapore was my sister’s boyfriend Gary and their one-year-old kiddo, Dominic (also my current favorite person in the world). We spent our time showing Gary around the city and I loved seeing that look of awe in his eyes, the kind you get when you’re in a place for the first time. Baby Dominic, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about where he was; he was just too excited to be surrounded by so many of us.

In the three weeks that we spent with my family, we celebrated Chinese New Year with a traditional reunion dinner, explored every corner in Singapore from Chinatown to Little India, took Dominic to the beach, feasted on our favorite chili crabs, hung out with old friends, partied at a Korean bar (and downed way too many soju bombs) and even hopped over to Thailand for a quick family vacation. We laughed, drank, danced and ate like there was no tomorrow.

And the best part? I had my computer shut the whole time. Putting my work aside and making time for my family is definitely the best perk of this job and I am extremely grateful to have this life I’ve built. This trip in particular made me realize how important it was to spend time with my loved ones.

To share some memories from this trip, here are some of my iPhone photos:

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands

 The skyline of Singapore has changed so much since I first left home in 2005 — now it’s dominated by the biggest hotel in the country, Marina Bay Sands.

With my sister and Gary in Singapore

Hanging out with my sister and Gary at Marina Bay.


Singapore's Masjid Sultan

Masjid Sultan along Arab Street, the Muslim quarter in Singapore.

 Orchids in Gardens by the Bay

We found plenty of this orchid – Singapore’s national flower – in Gardens by the Bay, the newest attraction in town.

My favorite chili crabs

 If Singapore had a national dish, it would be the chili crabs. This is what I miss most when I’m away from home.

The quintessential dish in Chinese New Year

On Chinese New Year Eve, families usually get together for a reunion dinner. The quintessential dish in this dinner is the yu sheng, a mixture of raw fish, carrots, green vegetables, plum sauce and crackers. The key lies in how we eat it: according to traditions, we have to mix it all up using chopsticks, tossing the yu sheng as high in the air as possible, thereby bringing in more wealth and luck in the coming year.

My adorable nephew

Baby Dominic thrilled to be surrounded by us!

Reunited with old friends

I love hanging out with my old friends back at home – they always make me realize how loved and blessed I truly am.

Patong Beach in Phuket

We chose Phuket for our family vacation because we didn’t care where we went, we just wanted somewhere cheap, near and convenient. In order to spend time together as a family, booking a house rental was the perfect solution. We decided to try out short-term apartment rental with FlipKey, a new holiday rental website, and definitely enjoyed our experience in our two-bedroom house.

Chalong Temple, Phuket
We took a day-trip to explore the other parts of Phuket and had a great time seeing it from new perspectives. Chalong Temple in particular was extremely impressive in terms of architecture and atmosphere.

A street vendor in Phuket

One of my favorite things in Thailand: the streetside pancake vendors.

Thai food in Phuket

Food, food, food — it’s everywhere in Thailand and you don’t even have to go far to get good food. We feasted on cheap and delicious Thai food everyday: from pad thai to grilled seabass and chicken with basel leaves.

Nightlife in Phuket

 Nightlife in Phuket.


About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

5 Responses to “Family Time in Singapore and Thailand – Captured on Instagram”

  1. Scuba Jill March 29, 2014 9:47 am #

    Beautiful family! The Thai food looks luscious.

  2. Encarna April 1, 2014 5:19 am #

    Hola Nellie, bonito reportaje, ahora que estás en Granada tambien podrias poner un post de esa ciudad tan maravillosa.

    • Nellie April 6, 2014 12:44 pm #

      Claro que si! Es raro que casi nunca escribo sobre Granada, ya es la hora!

  3. TRAVELTHERENEXT April 6, 2014 6:52 am #

    I used to try and avoid stopping over in Singapore but it's grown on me and in recent times, I've actually enjoyed it.

  4. Kristy April 7, 2014 11:56 pm #

    The chili crab is super delicious and a must try dish when you go there in Singapore and also the sweet chili!

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