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  1. Allyson Scott

    It is amazing that you are managing to do all these, things, go all these places, work, look after kids, maintain a sense of humour…AND share your experiences on the blog! Love reading about what you’re doing. The question remains, how many rolls of washi tape do actually fit in a suitcase?

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much for reading! We are having a blast, if there are a few things falling through the cracks! 🙂

      The answer: not enough.

  2. Joy Dale

    What an adventure for your family! You mustn’t question, this is an amazing experience for both the babies. I love hearing about your trip too.

    Cheers,

    Joy

    • wonderpens

      What an adventure, for sure. We are having so much fun, and I can only hope the kids are also! 🙂

      Thanks for reading, as always.

  3. Cecily

    I enjoy so much seeing your slice of life and the wonderful adventures you bring your children on. I’m sure this is instilling in them an appetite for adventure and travel!

    I do hope though, that you realise that an trip through Asia is also extremely educational. I’m not sure how to interpret your comment about a “proper educational visit touring Europe” because how could one not learn while touring a region with arguably equal history and culture, and a unique outlook to living? Much of our educational system here in Canada is Euro-centric, and understandably so, but there is plenty to learn outside of that system too.

    • wonderpens

      Oh, Cecily, you are (of course) absolutely right about everything you’re saying about Asia and Asian history and all of its unique cultures and stories and architecture and ways of doing things. Doubly so in that it’s an opportunity for our children to learn, as we learn, more intimately about our business and the relationships we have with the vendors we’re lucky enough to work with.

      It was a bit tongue in cheek—-perhaps too much so, as I’m always learning—-for the blog, in that I value and am learning to value so much of my own heritage and culture, being Chinese, and very, very much want my children to value this as well, but it’s arguably, in Canada, a much stronger advantage in our education system to learn about European countries and their histories. So often in Grade 10 history class we learn about WWII in Europe, and to have gone to Poland or Germany or France and to have seen some of this firsthand would be a tremendously rich experience for a child to bring back to his classroom, but perhaps we don’t get a chance to look at how Asian countries fared and the experiences of the Chinese or Japanese in the same war. We learn about immigration patterns in geography class, but sometimes that has to do with immigration from Europe to North American, rather than, say, immigration from China into Hong Kong. Of course we do live in Canada, and our history is very much tied to that of the UK and Europe and the United States. That’s all to say, though, that while I couldn’t agree with you more, that a trip to Asia has so much to offer, in our great and amazing country that I couldn’t be more thankful to live in, there are sometimes more traditional educational opportunities that could, in relatively meaningful ways, influence a child’s experience through the Canadian education system, for better or worse.

      Thank you for reading, as always. I always so appreciate your support and your thoughts.

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