What Would Be The Three Things You Would Take to an Island?

Someone is coming to Koh Samui from Hungary and my mind went blank when the question came up, what would I like him to bring to us. He will meet up with my mother-in-law so basically I can ask for anything. I first thought of all sorts of pastries with cottage cheese in them but it is not so practical. Then there is a type of salt stick called Nogradi but it is sort of a nostalgia product so it is super difficult to get your hands on them. They were popular when I was a kid. When was that? Never mind…

So far, I asked for black pants for Zoard (I am guessing ZARA or H&M might have a pair for him); Old Spice deodorant for my husband and any color of Essie nail polish (I wanted to make it “fun” for my mother-in-law ).

What would you ask from your home town? 

Now for some more serious topics. Do you have a beanie brand that you really like?

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Aussie Kids Here I Come

When the hotel we live in (runned by my husband) has a full house it usually means we have to move to the last room available, anywhere in the hotel. Well this time even that last room is taken so we had to move out for a few days. I am not going to complain.

And I kept myself busy even though in the mornings we go back to our hotel until lunch time and I have to entertain Zoard which is not easy (for me) and at this hotel we are staying at, they gave away their last cot. It just means our quality of sleep became pretty bad. HAHA

On Instagram I became the moderator of a page called @AUSSIE_KIDS. So anyone reading this who likes to tag pictures with their son, daughter, niece, nephew little cousin etc. on it, follow this page and use the hashtag #aussie_kids.

You can also follow me if you like @krokovayeszter

Zoard became the brand representative of another cute company that specializes on moccasins. They were eager to find two little boys to market their moccasins so I assume the fall collection will have more unisex and boyish pieces. This is especially exciting for us because Zoard is bare feet day and night but we often talk about this phenomenon with my husband.  In general, we are doing the right thing of letting him walk around like a little son of Nature but these moccasins are soft shoes so we should use them at least when the pavement is hot. Anyways, for me this is more about helping an entrepreneur. We really do not need free clothes and shoes since Zoard is happy as one can be basically being naked.

Please take a look at the Litte Bean Footwear if you have a little one at home or you like to give presents to younger children.

I took pictures as well that I am not going to share on Instagram because if there is a series of pictures I only pick out one to share. In rare occasions two.

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He is saying two jet skis or two speed boats or two big airplanes… HAHA

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Here he only saw one jet ski or speed boat or big airplane in which case pointing is enough. 

Have a nice day!!

 

How Important is Gender to You?

- “What a cute girl you have!”
- “Thank you. He is a boy.”

When you have a newborn, you would imagine that all babies look like a boy baby because you are so genderless when you enter this world. I am just playing with the thoughts in my head but perhaps people with daughters get the “cute little boy” compliments more often in the beginning. Nobody ever thought Zoard was a girl when he was a newborn.

Later your child starts to have characteristics that make him or her unique. And I suppose when you constantly get the feedback that your baby looks like the opposite gender, you become uncomfortable about it. But why?!

I am trying to imagine the situation where someone would take me for a man. For example, I would be standing next to my husband wearing a hat and shorts and someone would gently touch my husband’s elbow and tell him that it is great that homosexuality is much more acceptable in Thailand because he really found a cute little boy for himself.

I would keep saying for months: “I really look like a boy?!”

I would be insulted because the message behind this remark would be that I may be a good looking BOY but I am sure an ugly woman. 

In case of your own child, maybe deep inside you think the punch was aimed at you for not being able to send the right signals to the world about your little one’s gender. 

I always say to everyone that Zoard is beautiful and beauty is strongly associated with the female world. Even when I dress him in blue people think I have a girl dressed in blue…

Of course I could do more to make him look more macho but I resist doing so because even when it comes to men I like to see feminine traits. I like when a guy is secure in his identity. Being a men to me does not come from the color of his T-shirt.

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One piece of domino. Is this unisex? Macho? Girly? 

Any thoughts girls and boys???

A Day in The Hotel We Live in

When you live in a five star hotel, nobody else has to feel empathy towards you. Seriously. I UNDERSTAND. Why would anyone think about how it must be tough for us that we sometimes lack privacy? I am not comparing ourselves to celebrities but I too have to think twice once I leave our room.

When more than 100 people work for a hotel, you know you will bump in to someone in less than two minutes. This is why, I decided to start a mini project. I will take pictures of Zoard interacting with others. 

Zoard likes to make the first move towards others. Once he has done this, he is really kind and friendly. The challenge for me is to make the situation not so uncomfortable when someone is too eager to become BBF with Zoard. 

Zoard likes it when he can watch someone or even help out like he did today. Picking grass with one of the gardeners was something that really suited him:

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He prefers to be independent and he does not stand in line to be picked up with a few exceptions. All buggy (golf cart that takes the guests up and down the mountain) drivers are a saint and he knows that hanging out with them is a treat. So even if others are decorating the reception (which is also quite cool…) he will prefer a saintly driver:

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If I am not around, which is almost never than selfies are popular with Zoard but how much nicer it is when I offer to take a picture (which I will do more in the future).

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How would you describe your child when it comes to socializing?

 

 

Always Remember That You are Absolutely Unique.

As I get older I wish to blend in more and be less of a rebel. Especially, now that I am a parent. At the same time, it is fun to be unique. 

On Sundays, we not only have the ritual now to leave the hotel we live in but we also try to have lunch at the same place whenever it is possible. 

Since nobody who is reading this blog post lives on this island, it does not matter what the place is called. Plus I forgot. Imagine a hidden, tiny Japanese restaurant. They have maybe three tables in front and three in the back. You have to wait for your food for 40 minutes in average. Our trick is to be the first ones when they open at noon. 

The owner is a very old-fashioned Japanese guy. He does not want to get rich by owning the best Japanese restaurant on the island and for this reason, advertising and having space for parking is not important for him. 

We are probably the only ones who come to his restaurant with a child this young.
Do people give Japanese food to toddlers where you live? 

This was actually one topic we are kind of unique in. At least here so let me know your thoughts. The other topic is related to my last post. What do you think about styling the way your children look?  By styling I mean making an effort when it comes to the clothes and accessories your children wear. How much do you spend on your childrens’ wardrobe and what is your opinion on the matter?

I actually do not have a clue on how much I spend on Zoard. What I do know is that I try to shop for his new clothes when they are on sale. I did my last big shopping for him on Black Friday. And we bought a few things for my new hobby. I started understanding that if I wish Zoard to represent a small clothing company than I need my pictures to be a little less unique. We also “had to” buy some black, white and grey clothes for him in Malaysia. I think Thai children are wearing Angry Birds and Doremon most of the time which is not the look I am going for. 

Zoard is going to be representing a brand called Little Faces. And they actually liked the picture of Zoard being quite colorful. Here is their website. I will write more about them when we will start getting cute clothes from them. I am practicing every single day to improve my skills as a photographer and I am really doing it with great passion which is very good I think. Here is the picture of Zoard that was chosen (five other children will be representing Little Faces for the fall):

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The picture was cropped when I entered Little Faces’ brand representative search. You can see all my pictures on Instagram: krokovayeszter is my account name. Or you can click here

Toddler OOTD

I remember that last year I did not know what OOTD stands for and now I am using this abbreviation! Outfit of The Day.

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I took this picture this morning. As you can see, Zoard never wears shoes. He has a very warm Mini Boden star patch cord pants on because I took this picture for Instagram to symbolize that summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. I will post this picture probably closer to the end of this month.
Zoard does not own a black beanie so for now, I use my Bonds underwear as a hat.

Would you like to see more OOTD posts? 

How Did You Meet Your Latest Friend?

Today I am going to start off by posting a picture to replace the one I picked yesterday as a capture to close my blog post with. Hopefully this one will be more friendly looking… HAHA

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And now tell me about your friend, the one you met some time this year maybe?! Last year?! The last one you met.
 
Yesterday I was reading an email from a girl whom I met in Barcelona and she was asking if I have met any friends yet. I actually thought for a moment that that is a very inconsiderate question to ask. I was murmuring to myself doesn’t she understand my situation?!

Well maybe it is hard to picture the way we live here or maybe I am not doing something right.

Side note: I am sure I had hundreds of people read my blog at least one time and nobody ever commented: hey I live on Koh Samui too!

I looked at several expat communities but it is not helping me out if I find friends in Bangkok…

The hotel we live in is fully booked as we speak so why don’t I just dig in and find a cute friend among the cute looking hotel guests?!
 
Have you ever been on a holiday or in a nice restaurant where you ended up being best friends with the general manager’s wife? It does not work this way. Even if I open up to someone who is here for a short time, the person is going to go back! I recently met a super adorable Australian family. They had a son Zoard’s age, they were cool and very kind but they went back to Melbourne and they did not mention moving to Koh Samui… 

The whole truth is that I am not even that eager to start a conversation with anyone because I do not want to end up liking them and seeing them leave. I already have pen friends. And many people on Instagram are beyond nice. Oh speaking of Instagram…

See the picture on the right corner? On the top. That is my latest picture from Instagram. I tried every single way, to type in above it that this is a picture from my Instagram. No luck. How will anyone know that if they click on it, they find my Instagram account? Ideas, anyone? Maybe You will know…

Alright back to you and your friend. Come on make me jealous! HAHA