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We are in Abu Dhabi Airport now waiting for further instructions. There was a medical emergency and we had to stop in Chennai for the passenger to seek appropriate medical attention. Thus now we missed our airport transfer and probably need to put up one night here for the flight tomorrow. Another option is to spend another 10-12hrs on and off qatar until we reach casablanca. I guess it’s a good time to explore Abu Dhabi airport ;)

*Update: we are putting up a night in Abu Dhabi and catch tomorrow’s flight to Casablanca. We had to cancel our car reservation and was quite stumped when we couldn’t find any more car rentals to rebook. We thought of all the possible ways to tweak the itinerary and decided to sleep on it. Then alhamdulillah after refreshing the pages, the car rental website is back online and there are actually cars available for hire. We will miss our day one on the itinerary which is to jalan2 Casablanca and Morocco Mall. This we will attempt to do on the last day insyaallah.

Taking photos have proven to be a bit more challenging this time because we carry more stuff than we usually do. Usually the most we’d carry are two luggage. I will have my handbag and Terry, his back pack. This time we have additional stroller, boostapak and car seat. Keeping out hands quite full. We should be able to take more photos once we have a car and can leave all these and extra hand carries behind. I look forward to take more photos!

We boarded Virgin OZ Airlines to AbuDhabi. It’s good. The entertainment system, the food surprisingly, and the seats are pretty comfy too. The flight attendant fixed Salih’s carseat without much trouble and Afya was able to use her boostapak. During the delay, we were adequately updated on the current status and how long they estimate the delay would be which was really good.

Packing list

Travelling with family of 2 adults, a 5yo and <2yo for 30days

2yo still breastfeeding and in diapers

First Aid

  • Paracetamol for adults
  • Neurofen for kids
  • antihistamine
  • plaster
  • tummy ache medicine
  • diarrhoea meds
  • chi kit teon (sp?)
  • minyak cap kapak
  • charcoal
  • lozenges
  • lucas paw paw
  • vapour rub
  • ORS

Toiletries

  • Shampoo for me
  • make up bag
  • flight ‘spa’
  • contact lenses
  • Top to toe for kids
  • lotion for kids
  • Sunblock
  • Toothbrushes and tooth pastes
  • Mini hair brush
  • Hair clips and ties
  • Facial wash
  • Diapers – whole bag
  • Wipes
  • SNUGG Diaper Clutch
  • Laundry detergent
  • 2x microfibre towels

Documents, Printouts and Copies

  • Passports, ID and drivers license/permit (and copies)
  • Flight/Train/Ferry tickets
  • Hotel reservations
  • Car Hires

Gadgets

  • Olympus PEN + spare battery + charger + spare memory + 45mm/kitlens/20mm
  • Gorillapod
  • S2 + spare battery + charger
  • iPhone + charger
  • iPod
  • iPad + car holder
  • car charger adapter
  • notebook + light charger
  • luggage scale
  • travel adapter

Clothes

  • 5 days worth
  • swimsuits
  • warm jacket
  • light jacket
  • hats + beanies + gloves
  • socks
  • Rollasole as spare
  • clothes line

Food

  • small compact food containers
  • cutleries
  • collapsible water bottle
  • small axion (dishwashing paste) and tawashi
  • instant noodles and brahims
  • my coffee and keep
  • bag clip

Portablility

  • Stork Toddler AHI + silver sharpie
  • Bebe Sachi Wrap
  • Stork sample
  • MacLaren Volo
  • Baby seat for Salih
  • Boostapak for Afya
  • Neck pillow for all

MISC

  • Money belt x2
  • beach toys/small toys
  • foldable shopping bags x3
  • umbrella

Remember to:

  • activate atm cards and credit cards
  • clear fridge
  • store away valuables
  • complete shutdown except CCTVs and router
Video

Wow. Traveling Morocco with a Baby

This video has a really good concise info on things you need to know when you’re traveling with a baby ;) I wish to make videos like this too Insyaallah

Spur of the moment 45mm lens

It was last couple of weeks when I decided that I don’t need the 45mm lens. We were hopping from one camera shop to another last night and ended up at the camera shop on the LG floor of Empire Gallery.. wanting to buy a second spare battery but ended up not buying it coz the price wasn’t right. Then my palm itches to try the 45mm that was casually displayed at the store along with other m4/3 lenses that I am quite familiar with.

I wasn’t quite impressed at first. Shutter speed was almost the same as my lumix 20mm…

I have to step further to take a portrait shot.. (boo..)

The SA said you can be further to take a good portrait shot like it’s a positive thing. It suddenly hits me that there are times when you don’t want to to get too close to get a shot. I do have to be ‘in your face’ with the camera all the time when I intend to take portraits of my kids, and they are always very aware of what I’m doing and run off..  I lost the composition.

then he added.. watch for the focus speed… and I did.. and I just got to have it.

Enough said.

Time: Waaaaay pass bedtime

 

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