The Choong Family

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Philip and his wife, Marilyn, from Malaysia, have made Beijing their home for almost 10 years. Their two sons Joshua (3) and Jeremy (4 months) were both born in Beijing. Philip is the residence manager of the newly opened Ascott Raffles City Beijing. Over the years, they have witnessed the rapid growth and development of this metropolis. Here are their family favorites.  

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Favorite Restaurant
Steak and Eggs would be our favorite breakfast place during spring and autumn where we can dine outdoors. We prefer Din Tai Fung and Bellagio for Chinese food.

Favorite Weekend Activity
We stroll a lot in the parks and gardens. Ritan is our favorite park – it’s not too big or crowded. Recently, we found that a new park by
Tonghui River, walking distance from Guomao, is excellent for a stroll with the kids.

Best Indulgence
Foot massages. Once our kids hit the sack, we get our sore and tired feet pampered.

Fun Daytrip
A drive to the outskirts of Huairou or Miyun to enjoy the fresh air and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Date Spot
Boating at Houhai, a climb up to Jingshan on a clear day or a nice dinner out while our ayi takes care of the kids at home.

Family Ritual
Reading to the children before bedtime,
followed by a recap of what happened during the day.

Lazy Sunday Activity
After attending Mass at South Cathedral, our tummies are happy with dim sum, usually at Oriental Plaza followed by shopping at
Sanyuanli market.

Rainy Day Activity
Spending a cozy time at home watching Thomas & Friends. Later, the whole family will assemble the railway tracks. Going for a swim is also one of our favorites.

Photo by Judy Zhou

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