How To Make Korean Side Dishes


Growing up in a Korean household, I never went hungry. There was always some kind of banchan (side dishes) and bab (rice) in the fridge. Some days we would find an assortment of banchan’s that included my favourite, Jangjorim – braised beef soaked in sweet & salty soy sauce and other days it was just kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage) and kim (roasted seaweed). As long as there was fresh cooked rice available, the banchans were in the fridge for us to whip out whenever we were hungry. The rice cooker was always on as we had rice with our meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find it odd to have rice and side dishes for breakfast? In Korea, this is the norm as Koreans like to have a hearty breakfast with their rice, soup and side dishes. Apparently having a cup of coffee and a donut is not as satisfying. Despite growing up abroad, my parents were very traditional and raised us very Korean. (Later on, they loosened up a bit but by then I was over 21!) This meant sending us to the dreaded Korean school every Saturday morning, stressing the importance of the mother tongue and banned the use of English at home. Now that I am older  and “wiser”, I am so grateful that they “forced” us to go. Although my Korean is not perfect, I appreciate that i can somewhat understand, read and write my language. Funny how i am applying the same principle to my kids now. When they are old enough, straight to Korean school they will go! (They will hate me for it, but Im sure they will thank me later as i did with my parents…hehe). Anyway, I wanted to start practicing my banchan skills so that later on my kids (including my husband, the other kid), can also grab banchan from the fridge and feed themselves when they can’t wait for meal times. Less work for this mom, yay!

Unfortunately, my mom is continents away to physically teach me so i had to katalk (korean messenger) to get her recipe instructions as well as google some resources to assist me in this challenge. My moms recipe was catered more for toddler/baby taste buds hence omitting a lot of the msg, sugar, etc.. Since the side dishes will be eaten by myself and hubs and i wanted more flavour, I looked into other cooking websites. There were several that i checked out but I liked the layout and detail oriented instructions at crazykoreancooking the most. You can check out their website here – as I used them for reference.

Keeping her occupied as i cook in peace

Initially, i wanted to make four to five banchans but after cooking up a storm all day, i only produced three. The most time consuming dish was the jangjorim. This seriously took all day just to make one lb of beef flank that will probably be gobbled up by my husband in 15 minutes. —.—; At least it was well appreciated. 🙂


I wont go into too much detail on the recipe and instructions of how to make the three banchans as you can refer to for a step by step breakdown. I must say that I really applaud recipe bloggers! Not only do you have to cook the food that you are blogging about but you have to take pictures of everything – from the ingredients to the step by step process and after you’ve finished cooking, cleaning and placing your dish to look visually appealing, you have to write about the whole process and finally edit your draft! That is a LOT of work. I couldn’t even blog about the banchans i made the day of as i was too exhausted from cooking, cleaning and taking care of the kids! Anyway, this is my first attempt at trying these recipes and i am proud to say that they all turned out quite good! Eh-hem, superstar housewife right here. ^.^ (Thank you to my mom and crazykoreancooking for the help as well!)

So the first banchan i made is called Jangjorim – braised beef boiled in sweet & salty soy sauce. My favourite and a popular side dish for many koreans as we love our meat! If you find this side dish at a Korean restaurant then you’ve hit the Lotto because most restaurants don’t usually offer it as it is very time consuming to make.

I bought beef flank for this but you can also use beef brisket. I soaked it in water for about 5 minutes to get some of the red blood out but you can leave it in for longer if you want to completely strip the blood out.


Then i combined green onion, onion, radish, garlic, mirin and beef in a pot of water bringing it to a full boil for about 30 minutes.


In another pot, i combined soy sauce, brown sugar, green chili and garlic and added about 5 cups of the broth from the other pot. Dump the beef in the soy sauce pot and boil in low heat for another 30 minutes.


You can also separately hard boil some eggs and add it to sauce. Shred the beef in small strips and add it back to the sauce. I let the peeled eggs and beef sit in the sauce until it has cooled down.


Tada ~ Your finally product! I put it in a jar and sealed it so i can store it in my fridge for about a week (Either the jar is too big or i should have bought two lbs instead of one).


For more details, you can find the full recipe here –

The next banchan i made is called Myulchi Bbokgeum (anchovy stirfry). You will often find this side dish at most Korean restaurants as it is easy and quick to make and rich in calcium. I bought the “jan” myulchi which are tiny anchovies as it is easier for my toddler to eat. You can find the recipe here –

finished product!

The last banchan i made is called Gajinamul (steamed eggplant) but i improvised and added cauldiflower for more veggie options so that i can feed my toddler more vegetables in her diet. You can find the recipe here –

This is just side dishes…Now, off to cook the main dish! >.<

Making these banchan’s was a lot of work! I don’t know how Korean moms do it. It is definitely easier to just buy premade banchans from Korean grocery stores such as Hmart but having tasted the difference between homemade and store bought, homemade is definitely a lot fresher and you can make more to store away so give it a try! Thanks for reading.




Let Me Take A Selca: Korean Selfie 101

selfieBefore the birth of Selfies, there was Selcas.

Selca is the Korean term for selfie, a shortened version of two words – self & camera – combined together. Similar to the definition of a selfie, it also means to take one’s photo with the intention of posting it on social media. If there is one thing Koreans are extremely good at, it is taking a hellavu great Selca.

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Selfies might be a recent global phenomenon that has currently overtaken social media but in Korea, it is a past fad that has been perfected with years of practice. Korea’s obsession with selca’s long started before the birth of Instagram or Facebook, using platforms such as Cyworld (a Korean social networking service) from back in the early 2000’s to showcase one’s face. The practice of displaying one’s selfie for public viewing quickly led to what Koreans have termed an “ulzzang” culture. The word Ulzzang literally translates to “best face”. Basically, individuals would post their selfie on ulzzang communities such as Ulzzang Zone (a popular online forum) for ratings and popularity polls. It is said that some even get scouted to become celebrities in the Korean entertainment industry. It’s no wonder the whole nation is trigger happy.

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In Korea, it is not uncommon to see people at public places snapping away in varying angles for a ridiculous amount of time for the perfect selfie. In fact, it is completely the norm and the public is unfazed by what to me seems quite odd and somewhat ego-centric behavior. Similar to how girls will whip out their mirrors in public, be it at a coffee shop or a bus station and spend hours just staring at their face – a culture shock to me as i was not raised in Korea. But as the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”; so when in Korea, do as the Koreans do and unabashedly take that selfie until you get it right! Ain’t nobody judging!

Presenting 7 types of poses that Koreans love to snap for the ultimate selca!

1.The Victory Sign Selca: The infamous V sign is a staple when it comes to taking selcas. As soon as a camera is in sight, whipping out the V is automatic like its second nature.


However, recently it seems they’ve upgraded the V sign and switched it to a heart sign. This hand motion is created by pinching your thumb and index finger together and pivoting the two slightly to form a heart shape as shown below. Apparently its the current rage in Korea!

I heart You!

2. The Puffy Face Selca: The idea of this is to look cute by puffing out your cheeks and enlarging your eyes kind of like a blowfish but its supposed to make you look adorable. This takes some serious skills. Try puffing your face, smiling and at the same time puckering your lips a little? Took a while to get this one down as I kept laughing at how ridiculous I looked.


3. The Pouty Selca: This ones a little tricky and if you don’t do it right you end up looking like a retarded duck. To get that cute pouty look, try saying the word “Blue”. The formation of the word will slightly protrude your bottom lip giving you that desired pout.

I suck at pouting. #selfiefail

4. The Glasses Selca: A selca collection is never complete without a picture with glasses. A trend often set by kpop stars, glasses are worn as an accessory rather than for its aid in vision. Therefore, before you start grabbing your reading/night glasses or whatever’s laying around the house, keep in mind what is trending at the moment. Currently, the craze in Korea are the Harry Potter looking glasses.

These are not Harry Potter Glasses, but close enough..

5. The Ugly Selca: Yes, you read that correctly, the ugly selfie. Koreans will purposely post ugly selfies just to get a reaction. Even the prettiest girls will post hideous selfies of themselves just for fun. So, i tried too. My favourite part of the selfie series! 😛 Flattering much?

well, how YOU doing?

6. The Face-Half-Cut-Off Selca: I never quite understood this one. What is the point of taking a selfie if half your face is gone? Apparently, its supposed to look like art. Either that or its supposed to highlight a facial feature one feels most confident in, be it your forehead, lips or your right eye. My sister actually likes to take these types of selcas, but then again she is an extremely talented artisteI

Do I look artsy?

7. The Wink Selca – This one is probably universally used and not limited to just a Korean thing. You simply just wink, hold the pose and snap! Wink selfies are fun to take as it shows a playful and upbeat side of the individual.


Now that we’ve established the various poses, the next step is to filter filter filter! Ulzzang fanatics swear by it. Filters will either make or break your selca. There are many filter apps that you can download to apply to your picture but the one that i am most familiar with and use besides instagram is called BeautyPlus. The filter i used for the selfies above were from snapchat. Hence, the flawless complexion. No, my skin is not that great, in fact its pretty terrible so i cheated. 😛 For more filter options, you can also check out the following link,

So there it is, I welcome you to the world of Selcas. If you are a selfie virgin, I hope that this will be a good intro and if you are a selfie pro, feel free to comment and let me know what other poses i’ve missed. Happy Snapping!






ThatMomLife: Death to Fruitflies!

Thatmomlife is a collection of my day to day experiences as a mommy to two energetic kids best portrayed in gifs and memes. Perhaps some of you can relate…

Lately, theres been an increase of fruit flies in our kitchen. It didn’t really bother me until i tried reading an article on my laptop screen only to have a fruit fly land on it. Then it decided to fly circles around me.

At first i was like…








But after a while, I was like…









Thats when i lost my shitz. Here is a mom finally trying to enjoy her quiet time after both kids miraculously went to bed at 7 pm and this annoying fruit fly has made it his mission to be distracting as f***k! Seriously killing my Zen moment right now Fruity!

Regardless of trying to keep the kitchen clean and waste free, these little buggers keep popping out of nowhere. Just when i thought i killed them all with my mosquito killing kungfu hands, another three pop out! I might as well call them the three musketeers because they got mad skills dodging my clapping hands, flying hoops around me. I just wasted 20 minutes of my life trying to kill them –.– and now they’ve disappeared. Enough of this nonsense! Before leaving the kitchen, Im like…


ThatMomLife: Independent Toddler

Thatmomlife is a collection of my day to day experiences as a mommy to two energetic kids best portrayed in gifs and memes. Perhaps some of you can relate…

When you are running late and your two year old decides to put on her shoes without mommy’s help. “No Mommy. I Do!” she exclaims.






5 minutes later…







and your toddler looks at you like…

dont give up








Really. Not today my child.









Ever since my kid turned two, she’s been little miss independent trying to do everything on her own. Its such a cute stage as you watch them learn to be self functional. Most days, i let her take her time until she’s perfected whatever it is she’s decided to do but some days… i just don’t have the time. Thats when mommy jumps in and expedites the process.

Hope you enjoy this new section to my blog.



My Battle with Postpartum Depression

blog meIts been a while.. again. I’ve been going through so much that i had started doubting my blogging ability and wanted to shut down permanently. With so much going on in life, who has the time to figure out the complicated world of wordpress, blog, come up with enjoyable content and to finally edit my writing to ensure that i sound somewhat presentable? That is until i realized, the whole reason i started blogging was because it was an outlet for myself to vent, inspire and share not only the ups but also the downs of my (kimchi) life.

So here it goes… This chapter, unlike the others has been dark, challenging and a test to my character and self worth.  After the birth of my second child, i took on a second personality. You could say that i identified myself almost like a Mrs. Jekhyl and Hyde. One moment I was happy, loving and optimistic and the next moment I became angry, sad and pessimistic. It was more than just experiencing various types of emotions. Most days I was just plain depressed. Post Partum Depression had taken over me. A mental illness that i never thought i would be battling day and night. It came as a shock when i realized that i was fighting such a toxic illness. I never had it with my first kid and i thought i was much stronger than that. I had been through worse situations but I guess taking care of a toddler and a baby with no support other than a full-time working daddy will top any hardships i endured in the past. All the glamorous celebrations of welcoming a new life into the world never prepared nor addressed the aftermath of taking care of not only the new life/lives but yourself, the mommy. And i learned the it the hard way.

Below is a brief definition of Postpartum depression as described by the Canadian Mental Health Association –

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is depression that may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child.

Depression is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood—the way a person feels. Mood impacts the way people think about themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them. This is more than a ‘bad day’ or ‘feeling blue.’ Without supports and treatment, depression can last for a long time.

Signs of depression include feeling sad, worthless, hopeless, guilty, or anxious a lot of the time. Some feel irritable or angry. People lose interest in things they used to enjoy and may withdraw from others. Depression can make it hard to focus on tasks and remember information. It can be hard to concentrate, learn new things, or make decisions. Depression can change the way people eat and sleep, and many people experience physical health problems.

At one point it got so bad, i hated life itself. I could go on about all the depressing symptoms i had which was pretty much most of what is defined above but i don’t want to get into the mess and would like to focus on the healing process which i am currently going through. If it wasn’t for my VERY supportive and understanding husband, i probably would not be writing this blog right now. I would probably still be in a corner curled into a ball wallowing in self loath. A moment of praise right now for my hubby (you really get to know your partner when shit hits the fan, when you are both going through the lowest point in your life. That is when your character is tested) And boy was his character tested. Tested and stretched out like fruit by the loops (anyone remember that candy that you had back in the 90’s… shows my age —.—) Anyway, in short, he really came through for me, watched and played with our children when i couldn’t, pushed me to go the gym to clear my mind, and pretty much did anything in his power to make me happy. All the money in the world cant buy character and loyalty quite like that. And even though i know hubs doesn’t really read my blog much since he’s pretty traditional and not into social media, i still want to give a shout out and say, “Thank You Hubby! You and the two little munchkins are my LIFE!”

So there it is, out in the open. Hence, the lack of contact with humans, lack of motivation with blogging, and pretty much just lack of energy in general. Humans are such perplex creatures. Random thought. Anyway, just writing this has made me feel a bit free. I guess blogging is one aspect of the healing process. The other has been exercising several times a day to clear my head and getting some help from family members. I’ve come to realize i cannot do everything by myself. Sometimes it is ok to ask for help.

Anyway, thanks for sticking and following my journey with A lot of new ideas and projects coming that i hope to share soon enough but for now i will try to keep blogging consistent with the next one a bit more upbeat!



DIY Cooking: Miyeuk Guk (Seaweed Soup)

Korean Seaweed Soup

Im back!

Wow, its been almost a year since my last blog post. How time flies… so much for keeping up with writing after starting work. I don’t know how other mommy bloggers do it. Juggling work, household chores, a toddler, and a social life (that i barely have); trying to squeeze a blog post has been challenging. Much respect to consistent bloggers. Anyway, a lot has happened since last April and I’m happy to announce that i welcomed another healthy little princess 2 weeks ago! I now have two beautiful little girls that will be best friends for life! I’ve always wanted my daughter to have a sister since i grew up with 3 sisters and I’m happy that my wish has come true because girls really do have more fun!

At 27 weeks i think...
At 27 weeks i think…
37 weeks
taken at 37 weeks and a few days before i went into labour.

So I’m back into the blogging world since i will be on maternity leave for another year! (I love Canada). Its not easy with a newborn and a toddler but I’m hoping to share my experiences and everything in between here at

After the birth of my second daughter, all i’ve been eating is seaweed soup with brown rice. Not only is it nutritious for the body but quick and easy to make. In Korea, Seaweed soup is a must have for new mothers to help with postpartum recovery. The seaweed is high in Iodine and Calcium and helps detoxify and purify the blood. I personally like the flavour of seaweed soup and with the cold rainy season, its been my go to comfort food. Perhaps it has helped rejuvenate my body as I am not as tired as i was with my first child. Mind you, i still don’t get enough sleep but my milk supply has increased tremendously (they say seaweed soup also helps increase breastmilk supply). I should be happy that i am able to feed my kid breastmilk but oh dear lord, i am constantly dripping with milk (not a sexy picture i know). With my first, i barely had enough milk that i had to supplement with formula; with my second kid, i have too much milk! Is there no happy medium?

Anyway, adding to my DIY cooking series, below is my version of Seaweed soup. Again, i don’t really measure ingredients precisely but i’ve tried my best to guesstimate what i put in for the broth. I recommend a lot of tasting in between to get the right flavour you desire.

Miyeuk Guk (Korean Seaweed Soup)

Duration: 15 – 20 minutes


5-6 cups of water

1/2 lb of beef cubes

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1 tsp Sesame Oil

1 tbls soysauce or soysauce for soup

1 tsp dashida (optional) (korean beef stock)

1/4 cup of Dried Kelp (You can pick this up at any korean grocery store. Looks like this…)

Dried Kelp. You can pick this up at any korean grocery store.



  1. Soak dried kelp in water for 15 minutes or until the seaweed has expanded back to its slippery green form.
  2. Add water, beef cubes, garlic, soy sauce, dashima and sesame oil into pot and turn heat to medium.
  3. Scoop out the seaweed from the water and add to broth.
  4. Once soup is boiling, turn heat to low and let simmer for another 10 minutes.

Dinner is served! I like to have my soup with brown rice and a side of kimchi and fried eggs.

seaweed 2

Simple and easy. Enjoy!


Must See Places In Kenya: Maasai Mara


One word – SAFARI. An african safari is generally a desired bucket list for many and after experiencing it again, I can see why it is so popular. I am happy to say that I helped my husband check this one off his bucket list.  Although I’ve gone on several safaris with my parents in Kenya when i was but a wee little child, I don’t actually remember much nor did I fully appreciate the beauty of it back then. Now returning to Kenya, I wanted to take it all in – Lions, cheetahs, elephants… bring it! (Im happy to say we saw these animals and more!)

hippos and alligators!

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Headed to Maasai Mara, we booked a one night two day stay at Camp Naibosho (we could have booked for a longer stay but it would have been more expensive and i could not stay away from my baby for more than one night. Despite the fact that she was in good hands with my parents, something about being a mother makes it difficult to part with your offspring). Anyway, Camp Naibosho not only impressed my husband but we were both blown away with the entire experience – from the camps hospitality to the intimate safari, it was amazing.

Below is an overview of our mini adventure.

Initially we had booked our safari through Encounter Mara after hearing great things about the camp. However, due to reconstruction we were moved to a different camp – Camp Naibosho – which has also been rated very high on trip advisor and thus we had no problem with the relocation. We opted for the road transportation from Nairobi to Mara instead of flying to Mara. Although the drive was about 5 hours long compared to a mere 1 hour flight to Mara, it was significantly cheaper so we took that route. Lets just say if I had to do it again, I would pay the extra and fly there. The last two hours on the road was so dusty and bumpy, i thought my head was going to roll off my body from bopping around so much.

the bumpy long, long road


Once we arrived, we were greeted with a cold glass of lemonade and ushered to our tent. So this was not just a tent. It was a luxury tent. Equipped with a flushable toilet, shower head, running tap water and a king sized bed, one might easily forget that they are in the wild … until night falls.

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Screeching, scratching, roaring, trampling and thrashing noises were all that we heard inside our tent all night long. Forget sleeping. The noise was so terrifying, I just wanted the sun to come up. Wildlife was very real and very close. The only thing dividing us was the thin cloth of nylon that magically shielded us from the wild. After dozing off a couple times, something magical happened. Silence happened. Morning had arrived and the sun was getting ready to rise. Can I get a Good Morning??! I peeked out of our tent to see if any animals were lingering about and wow. (Think Lion King, when the monkey blesses Simba up on the cliff, where the sun is rising and the animals below are bowing. Ok so not like that. There were no animals in sight. Maybe a few gazelles here and there but the way the sunrise hit the savanna was so.. MAJESTIC! Its too bad i didn’t take a picture of it. The picture probably wouldn’t do justice anyway).

morning tea

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Anyway going to wrap it up. (sorry, i have to run and take my daughter to swimming class so gotta cut this short) Because we were pressed for time, we decided to pack our breakfast, jumped in our jeep and off we went to finish our safari with our awesome private maasai guide. This guy made sure we were able to see the animals up close and personal. We even got lucky and was able to witness lions eating their breakfast – fresh buffalo meat (that they probably hunted down at night). And of course loitering near the lions for a chance to nibble at left over meat were vultures, jackals, and hyenas… It was pretty cool to witness this in the flesh!

breakfast in the wild

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Forget zoos, If you decide that safari is what you want to do, i highly recommend checking out the following camps. You will not be disappointed. “Life is short, live everyday like its your last.”

Encounter Mara –

Camp Naibosho – www.naibosho,

To read about Must Visit Places In Kenya: Lake Naivasha click HERE. Eventually, I’ll blog about Must Visit Places In Kenya: Mombasa when I can. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Carpe Diem!


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3 Travel Tips With A Baby

My baby enjoying the beach


I took my baby to Africa. Thats right. We survived a 36 hour journey from Vancouver to Nairobi with two 9 hour flights and an overnight layover in London with our 10 month old daughter! Call me crazy, but it had to be done. Visiting my parents in Kenya, showing my husband and daughter the home and school i grew up in, seeing the beautiful wildlife in Maasai Mara and getting some sunlight at the white sandy beaches in Mombasa was ALL worth it!

However, traveling with a baby is not so easy. Therefore, i’d like to share 3 tips that i hope will help should you decide to travel internationally with your baby. The following advice is just based on my personal experience.


Flying to Mombasa beach!

1. Its better to pay more for comfort and convenience than cheap out and suffer the consequences. When booking our flight to Nairobi, we could have opted for the cheaper airfare at $1000 per person with a less reputable airline. However, this consisted of three layovers at three different cities with several hours in between each stop. This didn’t give us any time to rest or freshen up before catching the next 9 hour flight. It’s already hard enough flying 9 hours at a time twice! After careful consideration, we chose to fly with British Airways (a well known brand) for $1700 per person. In exchange this gave us one layover in london and an overnight stay at a great hotel (which is also an additional cost) to rest and freshen up for our next 9 hour flight to Nairobi the next day. Suffice to say, it was worth every penny.

In London!
Checking out London with my family


2. Plan ahead. Book ahead. Know what to expect! Going to an unfamiliar territory without proper preparation can be disastrous. Although I grew up in Nairobi, I had left 14 years ago and it was probably not the same Nairobi that I once knew. Hotels, transportation and accommodation were all booked prior to landing in Nairobi. I wanted to be prepared. It was me and my husbands first visit to Africa with a baby. To be honest, I was more terrified than excited for the unknown. I mean… it is Africa. Regardless of the fact that it used to be my home, it is a third world country and for that reason alone i had to be prepared for my baby. The following are essential items that I brought with me on this trip and highly recommend should you ever travel to a third world country.

  • Squeezable baby food. Buy enough to last you for your entire trip, factoring your flight duration and layover time
  • Sippy cup or water bottle – baby will need to stay hydrated. I used this thing religiously.
  • Breastmilk – Whether you breastfeed or pump, giving your baby breastmilk helps fight any germs and sickness she may encounter there. Unfortunately i had to pump since my little one refused to breastfeed and oh my lawd, it was a nightmare trying to access clean water to wash and sterilize her 6 bottles and on top of that lugging around my breast pump everywhere i went. So not sexy.
  • Pack and Play – This is a must!! I had the biggest argument with my husband about packing this big thing and shipping it to Kenya. He thought it was ridiculous and an inconvenience but once we got there he was so thankful that I had my way in lugging this giant thing around because you NEED it. At 10 months, this little monkey crawls everywhere! Not only did it help contain her, she was comforted to know that it was her little space -sleeping SO well in it every night. In addition, I was able to put a mosquito net over her playpen everywhere we went (Beware of Malaria! if you are in Africa…)
  • Baby Blanket – Babies are attached to their blanky. This is not an option but a requirement.
  • Hydrasense Nose Sucker – I forget what the real name is. Anyway this thing is GOLD! During the trip my poor darling caught a mild cold and this nose sucker helped enormously when she was all stuffed up. I do caution not to use it too often though only if she cant eat and breath properly, suck those boogers out!
  • Lots of onesies (short and long) – Depending on what country you go to, pack a lot of onesies! For Kenya, the weather was so hot i wish I packed more short sleeve onesies. Dont pack pretty outfits for your kid just for pictures. It is NOT practical. Dont be me. My daughter was so hot, she got very annoyed when I tried to fit her into cute little outfits. She was all about her comfortable cotton onesies which I started running out of and had to hand wash.
  • Diapers – Lots and lots of diapers. Yes it takes up space but it was worth it. On our returning flight, the space that took up diapers was replaced with souvenirs!
  • Baby sunscreen – You need this stuff. Lather your baby in this because the last thing you want is a sunburn and I didn’t want to chance not finding a good solid sunscreen in that country. Bring a hat too.

There’s a lot more to add to this list but that would take me all day to add so I’ve just listed the essentials above that I found extremely handy.

She’s ready to travel
At Safari Park Hotel, where you try different types of meat.
Giraffe Park


3. Leave your stroller at home and bring the ERGO baby carrier! If you don’t have an ERGO baby carrier, make sure the one you have is a good sturdy one because you will be carrying your baby EVERYWHERE and you don’t want to end up with a back injury. Lesson learnt – Many countries are not stroller friendly. From London to New York to Nairobi, pushing your stroller around the city is quite inconvenient and challenging. These cities have stairs everywhere, barely any ramps and half working elevators that are scattered in random corners of the buildings. In addition, swarms of people are not very empathetic to your gigantic stroller that hogs the space of three people. Bringing your stroller will be more of an Inconvenience than a convenience. You’ve been warned.

Relaxing with my baby girl
Checking out Safari Park Hotel


There you have it. After experiencing a journey to the other side of the world with a 10 month old baby, I conclude by saying that traveling with my baby wasn’t such a nightmare. It wasn’t easy but with patience, careful preparation, and a solid partner aka hubby and baby daddy, it was doable and definitely worth it. Dont let fear hold you back from experiencing life.

Beautiful beach in Mombasa
Lake Naivasha with pelicans and hippos
Safari at Maasai Mara.

Happy traveling folks!