Tag Archives: hot springs

Mr. Confidence

15 Aug

Z, grinning, coming off slide with rubber ring. Poring Hot Springs, Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

[tweetmeme source=”@mummy_t” only_single=false]Sometimes, something happens which makes you look at your child with new eyes.

This morning, Z and I were at Poring Hot Springs, the sulphurous waters which seethe out of the jungly lowlands in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu. They function, if not as a panacea, at least as a salve for muscles recovering from ascending 800-plus metres of said mountain then descending more than 2 kilometres of it.

In a single day.

After a 2am start. Continue reading

Hot Springs, Tamarinds and Tricycles

3 Apr

Tricycle in Boac town square, Marinduque, the Philippines

A tricycle. Can carry eight people plus luggage, if you're Pilipino.

So here we are in the Philippines, on the little island of Marinduque to the south of Luzon, experiencing the Pilipino Easter in all its crazy pagan-Catholic magic. Flagellants, crucifixions and, erm, an Easter Sunday beauty contest? Only in the Philippines…

And, best of all, Z has his grandparents along too!

We bumped into Granny and Grandpa a little ahead of time, while we were choosing doughnuts in Lucena port, ahead of our ferry to the island. And Z’s face when he saw my father was a picture.

Not so much ecstasy, or a desperate leap into his arms (which part of me had feared), but a relaxed, calm, “pleased-to-see-you” look followed by a babble of anecdotes. Continue reading