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WITH ALESSAN­DRA ALWI

mas­sages, and en­joyed the beau­ti­ful blue ocean and all it had to of­fer. I’m more of a city girl, but some­times when the go­ing gets tough, I head to my happy place – the pool! Wa­ter calms me and as a true-blue wa­ter baby I could spend all day and night float­ing in the deep end.

I guess trav­el­ling is very much em­bed­ded in my DNA. As the months passed, I grew to ap­pre­ci­ate the won­ders of the world. My par­ents, with me in tow, em­barked on other oh-sochic ad­ven­tures. Next up was the city of love and fash­ion – Paris. Mummy, Daddy, and I bathed in the lovely sights and sounds of the famed French city, which in­cluded a lit­tle re­tail ther­apy on Rue Sain­tHonoré and lots and lots of crois­sants. What a mar­vel­lous trip that was!

Af­ter that we hit the States, where we strolled the care­free streets of Los Angeles, Florida, and San Diego, as part of my in­tro­duc­tion to “Glo­be­trot­ting 101”. Head­ing to Florida only meant one thing in my dic­tio­nary: Dis­ney­land! A mag­i­cal place where dreams come true. We had the time of our lives on rides such as “It’s A Small World” (my all­time favourite), the mag­nif­i­cent carousels, and many oth­ers. The weather was per­fect, I was not too fussy, and my par­ents were in their el­e­ment. Dis­ney­land l db brings out the h child in ev­ery adult, don’t you think?

The adren­a­line-rush was con­tin­ued with us shim­my­ing down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Boy, was that an ad­ven­ture! The women were chic, the shops filled with fab­u­lous fash­ion, and tiny me felt very much part of the fash­ion scene. I think we even saw Tay­lor Swift and a Kar­dashian, or two.

We kept on rack­ing up travel miles with a visit to Lon­don, to at­tend my fa­mous fairy god­par­ents’ wed­ding at Kens­ing­ton Palace. It was a glo­ri­ous gala and I felt re­ally stylish in my glam­orous lit­tle Gucci jacket. (Eat my fash­ion dust, tem­per­a­men­tal Lon­don weather!)

Af­ter gal­li­vant­ing around that part of the world, we de­cided to ex­plore a fas­ci­nat­ing lo­ca­tion a lit­tle bit closer to home – the kawaii city of Tokyo. The bustling streets and people of this in­cred­i­ble place was com­pletely mes­meris­ing. Even their food was adorable. Ev­ery­thing had an el­e­ment of quirk in it. And for an im­pres­sion­able baby like me, Tokyo was a whole new world. In­deed, the Ja­panese turn ev­ery­thing into an art and I for one ab­so­lutely love the way they take fash­ion into their own hands. Trends are never fol­lowed blindly but gone against.

I’m turn­ing into quite the in­trepid trav­eller, and yet, as much as I love trav­el­ling, its end­less mo­ments of fun and mer­ri­ment, home is still home, and there’s sim­ply no place like it.

Good news! I will be turn­ing two this June and a lit­tle birdy sung to me about a pos­si­ble birth­day fi­esta in Is­tan­bul. Wouldn’t that be lovely? But one thing is for sure, this will be my last birth­day as an only child.

In Septem­ber this year, Mummy, Daddy, and I will be wel­com­ing a baby brother or sis­ter. I can’t wait. Imag­ine all the wildly fun things I could teach my sib­ling, show­ing him or her the ropes – around the world, of course. We must im­me­di­ately start plan­ning where my brother or sis­ter’s first ad­ven­ture away f from h home should h take place. An ex­hil­a­rat­ing ski voy­age in Gstaad? Cruis­ing through the sunny Greek Isles in­dulging in tan­ta­lis­ing mous­saka, kleft­iko, and toasted pita with tara­masalata? A trip to Ice­land to see the cari­bou, seals, and po­lar bears, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the won­der­ful Aurora Bo­re­alis? Oh, the list could go on and on.

Well, I’ll be off to Paris next month, that city where fash­ion lives and breathes. Through all the fun we have had, my par­ents have al­ways in­stilled in me that one must live righ­teously. I know I have not even turned two yet but I am lucky to have two grownups who love me so much, and soon a lit­tle brother or sis­ter for me to dote on and in­tro­duce the whole wide world to.

“Front-row baby com­ing through!”

Mount Soledad

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