29 Feb 2012

Sports on ice/snow. (Korea Part 2)

Incheon Grand Park - Sledding

This was very exciting for our kids. We walked quite a distance to get to the sleds as the drivers of shuttle buses were on a lunch break.

.Came across this lake which was out of bounds in order to protect migratory birds.

Notice how my kids managed to get into the "out of bounds" area? Don't blame me, we didn't understand the Korean signage till we were told later. haha..

First things first....Snow angel. Dang, my kids have waited a life time to do this, and so they did. :)

And down this slope they went over and over and over and over again.

Can you tell it's lunch time? coz this is me going down that whooeeee fast slippery slope (for adults) almost all by myself! Yee hawww!

Lo takin a tumble while trying to snow board. The guards came running shouting "Hajima! Hajima!" (Stop it, stop it). Of course, they didn't understand (while I pretended to be dumb tourists) and so the guards gave up and left us leaving the kids to snowboard, slide on tummies, backwards forwards to their heart's content.

A walk back as the sun set. Almost a whole day at the park!

Sliding on Ice....somewhere during our road trip to the east.

We stopped by this little icy playground where the kids got to slide on these boards on blades for free.

Here they've tied a few boards together to form a train. Laughter and screams filled the air and my heart. :)

We went skiing on a Monday, but the crowd was still huge! It took a while for the girls to get accustomed to walking in their ski boot and carrying heavy skis!

 Jo carrying her skiis after coming down once.

 Nel with our friend who volunteered to teach us for free (and she also got us more than 50% discounts on almost all fee and rental!)

 Here Nel coming down on her own

 I skiied down this slope!  As I was halfway up in the lift, the instructor told me that the beginner's slope was closed and I was on the way up to the intermediate slope. *gulp*. And so I found myself skiing down this.

 Kiddos on a cable car ride up.

And after we had a really really good meal and this restaurant. Highly recommended!

Kiddos got very excited with these icicles.
Finally for Nel

There was something wrong with your skiis. After a few skis on the beginner slope we decided to head towards the higher one. At that point the instructor tried to put on your skis but they refused to fit somehow. I tried too but it wouldn't click. So you decided to turn back on your own and go look for grandma. We were worried coz there were hundreds of people in that ski area. The instructor said it was dangerous too and you might get lost... but you went, and I decided to trust you.

After I'd finished skiing some nearly 1 hour later I went looking for you. I headed towards Popeyes and found grandma and Jo but you were not there. I asked "Have you seen Nel?" and the answer was "No, she never came here."

Panic filled my heart...I took off my ski boots and wanted to run out there in my socks to look for you. AhMa was kind to lend me her shoes. So I put them on and went running around like a mad woman looking for my precious child. I went into all the marts and restaurants and rest areas and didn't find you. I looked everywhere, searching for a striking pink jacket, none in sight. Never had such fear filled my heart. 

As I shouted "Nel...Nel..." I prayed hard. After continuous searching for about 20 minutes, I spotted a pink jacket some distance away, and I found you trying to put on your skis. I hugged you and I cried. but you answered so calmly "Why are you crying mum? I was just here looking at the rabbits and chickens in the little play area." I replied "coz I don't ever want to loose you and I love you."

You told me how you couldn't find grandma and after giving up searching you decided to try and ski on your own knowing I'd find you somehow. One day soon we'll try skiing again Nel, this time, you're sticking with me ok.:)

                                                                                                               Love you, 


gail said...

Nothing like the fear of losing one's child.

Do the children miss the snow and cold weather or are they happy to be in the heat of home?

Martha said...

we miss the snow, and yet are happy to be at home. Thank God it' not too hot these few days becase of rain. :)

Carolyn (Lil' Dahling) said...

I cried reading that last part. I felt your fear and when you finally found her it was such a touching moment.

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