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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby Bennett Gender Reveal Party

We're expecting! Matt wanted it to be a surprise, I wanted to find out. We decided to do reveal party to still have an element of surprise. We had our doctor write down the gender on a sealed envelope which we passed onto a friend, who helped order the balloons. Matt and I had no idea going into the party.

Ruth and I made the lips and 'staches.

Thanks Andrea for these yummy cupcakes!

The guests cast their votes. Almost all the girls voted for boy, and all the boys voted for girl. Matt and I also were divided this way as well. 

Girl's (plus Sean and Teddy) vote= Boy! The boys (plus Court and Allie) unanimously voted for girl.


Drum roll...

It's a boy! We were just as surprised as everyone there!

Baby Bennett is due to arrive August 27!

Thanks to Teddy and Allie for hosting! And thanks to Gillian and Ruth for your help with the balloons!

Balloons in Hong Kong: 
Simply Love (a great source for party decor)
7A Ho Lee Commercial Building
38 D'Aguilar Street
Tel: +852 2810 6223

Tissue pom poms made by yours truly but also available for purchase at Mirth.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Myanmar 2013: Bagan Part 3

Balloons over Bagan was on our last morning in Myanmar. The morning started off very early, 5:45 a.m. early. The hot air balloons have to go first thing in the morning while the air is still cool. Hot air makes for unstable conditions. It was expensive but worth every penny! Definitely book in advance and make note that they do not run year round! We did not have a reservation, but got lucky as a tour group that was supposed to be there had a delay in their arrival into Bagan. 
 All the balloons laid out to get blown up. Quite the production to see. There was a huge crew to get it all going.

 First they use massive fans to blow it up, then comes the heat.


The heat is on!  



After a quick safety drill and landing instructions, we were off!  




Sunrise is also a popular time to make your way to the temples

We really went right over the top of some of the temples.




 Time to land. I liked that our balloon was the caboose.


Some mimosas after we land while the crew packs everything up. 

Little kids selling postcards and drawings for US$1. Note- if I go back, I will bring candy, crayons and small toys to hand out to these kids. They were everywhere.

After the balloons, we decided to walk around a bit more before heading to the airport.

Fake 7-11

Local fire station.

 One last meal at the Weather Spoon. 

Gillian and I took a horse ride while the boys walked back.

Of course there is no direct flight (currently) back to Hong Kong, so we had to connect back through Yangon. Always try to take advantage of layovers, we headed to the 19th street food markets on Yangon for some grub.


Our waiters. 

Thanks Myanmar! We'll be back!

Balloons Over Bagan- book in advance!!!
Bagan sales desk is located at Wet-Kyi-Inn village next to the Nandar Restaurant and is open from 8am to 11am and again from 5pm to 8pm.
Tel/Fax: (+95) 061 60347, 09 49305905

19th Street (also called China Town)
Mahabandoola Road, due west of Sule Pagoda
Downtown Yangon, Myanmar