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Family, Ivan, Izac, Photography, Playtime

Euro Fun Park Revisited

Ferris Wheel

I spent the Deepavali weekend over at mum’s place with the kids. Yesterday evening, we decided to give the kids a treat and brought them to Euro Fun Park since we didn’t have anything planned for them for the long weekend. The park set itself up at Aeon Bukit Tinggi’s carpark, like the last time they set themselves up at the 1Utama carpark when we brought a duck-walking Ivan almost 3 years ago.

Ride #1

Like previously, they charged entrance fees of RM3 for adults and RM2 for kids 3 to 12 years old. On top of the entrance fees, we have to pay for rides as well… mostly costing 2 tokens (RM2 for 1 token). Needless to say, the kids had fun and for just a short 2 hours of fun we spent about RM140 in total.

Ride #3

I guess it’s considered money well spent, as going for a short trip away from home would cost much more than this. And what’s more, the photography buff in me just couldn’t miss this chance of trying out panning technique on the merry-go-round.

Izac on Merry-Go-Round

As you can see from the picture, I was wondering why Izac’s got that stoned face while Ivan was absolutely ecstatic! I was afraid that he got scared on some of the rides. It turned out that he was merely so tired that he conked out as soon as we reached home.

Family, Mommy, Papa, Special Occasions

My Special Day

Day Time

I celebrated my birthday back at my mum’s place. By now, I think you guys should have guessed that I love going home to my mum’s place, and I try to do it fortnightly. Hubs doesn’t follow us as he has to work on weekends as well. This is a place where I can totally relax and have some free time to myself even without having to leave the house (ie. I can sleep in on weekends). The kids would be fully entertained by Has and Amat.

FoodMore Food

As you can see from the pictures above, my mum bought me a cake, cooked chicken rice and taugeh, tapau-ed roast duck and liver(?) and made some red eggs for this birthday girl. I feel so pampered by her *hehehe*. We didn’t go out, just had a nice lunch at home. Very relaxing.

Mum & IzacCandle Blowing

Night Time

Hubs called me at the last minute asking if I wanted to go for dinner at Shangri-La Hotel. We have membership card to this hotel and since it’s expiring soon, this is a good time to go for a meal there. We went to Zipangu which serves Japanese food. It’s truly an experience to dine in this restaurant, service was excellent and the ambiance was great (not to mention the price too! *LOL*).

Dinner @ Zipangu

We had the Zipangu Course, an order of Wagyu beef and Sashimi Moriawase. The dinner was great, not quite stuffing us to the brim, mind you, but it was enjoyable. I particularly liked the foie gras and the wagyu *hahaha*.

Hokkien Mee @ Petaling Street

After this meal, hubs could still stuff himself with Hokkien mee from Lien Bee at Petaling Street, one of our favorites if we happen to go to Petaling Street at night. This hawker operates in a backlane just near Sinma, and they used to fry their food using coal (this last visit not using coal anymore).

Our date ended after hubs stuffed his face *keke*, and by then he was already darn sleepy (due to pou-ing his latest TVB movie during the day and not sleeping like he should). After we sent him home, I went back to my mum’s to complete my weekend there. Bliss!

Family, Photography, Travel

Port Dickson (Day 2)

(Backdated post, day trip on 3rd & 4th May 2008)

… continuation from here.

The next morning, I woke up quite early, about 6-ish am as I planned on catching the sunrise. So I took out the camera and stood at the balcony… waiting and waiting. Eh, how come no sunrise? When I finally gave up and decided to go downstairs and have a look at the water chalets, lo and behold, sunrise on the opposite side *keke*.

Sunrise @ PD

It was quite peaceful watching sunrise when it’s all hushed and quiet. I tried sms-ing my friend and Jazz to see if they’re awake, but no reply. So I went down and had a walk.

Sleeping Babes

When I went back upstairs, my mum was just waking up so we decided to go for breakfast, just the two of us. The rest of them can eat chicken rice which my mum is preparing in the pressure cooker (yeah, we brought some food to feed the children). After breakfast and feeding the kids, we went down for a dip in the pool. My friend Jenny went to Glory beach but found the sand to be yucky, kinda like mud they said. So the pool it is. By the way, the pool is small, and there were so many people there… *sighs*.

Splashing

With Jen & Marcus

Right after having fun in the pool, we headed back up to the room at 11 something, showered and finished up the food. All of us went home on our own, no point following cars which will only slow us down.

More photos can be viewed >>here<<.

Family, Photography, Travel

Port Dickson (Day 1)

(Backdated post, day trip on 3rd & 4th May 2008)

This is a really backdated post. We had a weekend away at Port Dickson on the Labour Day weekend. The trip was suggested by Jazzmint as Mr Hon was back from Vietnam. We had a total of 4 rooms - Jazz, Jazz’s friend, my friend and myself. We booked the Premium Tower Seaview at the Legends Water Chalets. The rooms were quite nice, it consist of a king size bed AND a queen size bed, and Jazz got special rate for it, so it was quite worth the price.

Our room

I was working that Saturday so I met up with the rest later in the evening. Jazz went along to the ostrich farm with her friends, which I skipped, as I’ve been there twice before. After reaching the hotel at around 4pm, we proceeded to the room which was already checked in by Jazz, and kinda did nothing and rested. We wanted to catch the sunset at the beach so we planned to leave the hotel at around 6pm.

Dig dig dig

When we reached the beach next to the Avillion, I was surprised at how clean and deserted that stretch was. The Legends had no beach and Glory beach next to it was yucky. The kids went straight to the sand and the sea. Initially, Izac didn’t want to touch the sand (like when we went to Koh Samui, he didn’t want to go to the beach the whole trip). After a while, seeing the other kids having so much fun, he finally gave in. All of them had fun digging and doing what kids do best… flinging sand…

Arggghhh!! Sand!!!

OK... I love it now...

I didn’t bring the tripod and the sun was setting, so most of my pictures turned out quite blurry. Jazz also didn’t bring her tripod but it didn’t matter as her battery was running low and she stopped taking pictures *LOL*.

Sunset @ PD

So when the sun finally went down a fiery red, we left the place and went back to the hotel to shower. My friend and I didn’t join Jazz and her group for dinner as my mum brought some food and we ate in the room. Some of the kids were too tired anyway.

To be continued…

At School, Family, Ivan, Izac, Ramblings, Special Occasions

Term 2 Starts & SIL#2’s Birthday

Two weeks is over in just a blink of an eye… today Ivan goes back to school like all the other kids. I just hope he won’t kick up a fuss like the last time he had a short break and refused to return to school after that. I guess he should be missing his teachers and classmates.

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Last Thursday, we celebrated SIL#2’s birthday. It was just a simple one, hubs cooked bak kut teh at home and I bought a cake from San Terri Cottage (love their Footy cake to bits!). Yeah, my hubs can cook pretty well, but mostly pork dishes (need I say more?).

SIL#2's Birthday Cake

So, we had bak kut teh followed by cake cutting after some personal friends arrived. Izac just loves cakes and pastries, you can see him already eating the cake with his eyes! He loves to stand with one leg crossed over like in that picture too. Picture above was taken by Ivan the photographer, looks like tonnes of candles on that cake but she’s not 30… yet!

It was quite uneventful as the birthday girl just ate the cake, sat for a while and then disappeared upstairs to her room once again. She’s kinda like a hermit crab sometimes *LOL*.

Family, Playtime, Ramblings, Scrapbook

Whoopsie!

Splashing

Whoops… has it been a week already?! I meant to post on Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday… (well, you get the picture) but somehow or other, I went to sleep night after night after night. Must really get out of this lazy habit coz I do have tonnes to say.

Last Saturday I actually went for my company’s annual dinner… if you’re interested about that event, do read all about it >>here<<. Beware though, I think it’s more of a rant than a review *teehee*.

So on Sunday, since both kids were feeling fine (meaning no flu or whatsoever), I decided to bring them to SIL#1’s condo for a swim. Ivan always jump for joy when he hears the word “swim”. He just love to play with water, but when it comes to asking him to take a bath… aiyooo! Izac had tonnes of fun too but he was only allowed in the pool for a short while as it was quite windy and the water was cold *brrrr*.

As always, I invited my mum to bring her kids over coz Ivan will be quite bored if he were to only swim with Izac (not to mention that they are fighter c*cks). The kids really had fun as there is a slide at the pool too. I plan to bring them swimming every other weekend since it’s really a very good exercise for them, and it’s more relaxing than to go jostling about in shopping complexes (which means I can spend less too *hehehe*)!

It was a quiet day, just hanging out and swimming, then for dinner we went to Carrefour’s food court. When we were there, I saw those cutie kids sofa which I have been eyeing on for quite some time now (didn’t I just mention about not spending money? *duh*). The price tag shows RM165 but when i asked the lady if there’s any discount on it, she immediately lowered it to RM120 per piece… so I bought 2! They just look so cute!

Izac's Sofa

Ivan's Sofa

Both of them

I think these are really a good buy as we’re kind of lacking place for people to sit in our living room, the sofas we’ve had for years and years have either been thrown away or sold to people at dirt cheap prices. Even then hubs didn’t make a move and get new sofas. So I guess these 2 little one seaters will have to make do until I finally drag hubs out and buy a new set.

Family, Scrapbook, Travel

Pearl of the Orient

(Backdated post, trip on 22nd - 24th September)

So Engrossed

Remember the last post I mentioned about a wedding in Penang? Well, I figured that since I’m going to have to make a trip up north anyway, I’d make it a short trip there with my mom, my brother and his wife and the kids. It’s been a long time since we went there.

We managed to book two suites at The Northam under company rates with one of my colleague. The suite was really nice, with timber flooring which I absolutely love! It was really spacious and clean, the kids had a blast running to and fro between the 2 corner suites (one being occupied by my colleague and his girlfriend).

The first night (we reached Penang about 7pm) I left for the wedding with some colleagues while mom and brother arranged their own dinner. The wedding was a huge one in one of the multi purpose hall of a church. Serving the food was DIY (they just dump the dish on your table) as I think they had really limited waiters. It was quite an experience as weddings were done in a grand way in KL.

After the wedding dinner, we (my colleagues and I) adjourned to the infamous Gurney Drive for some supper (left the kids at the hotel). As I left, I could hear Izac bawling his heart out. Kids kinda have a 6th sense about their mommy going out without them as he was practically guarding me when I went back to the hotel to change into comfy clothes. Ivan on the other hand, was too busy playing with Has and Amat to care about mommy going out *LOL*.

I must say that Gurney Drive is a really nice place to hang out at night. They have drinks like Soy Bean, Lin Chee Kang and the likes which comes in huge cups, and cost a mere RM1 each. Other than that, we also had Assam Laksa (which is just so-so), Oh Chien, some mixed chicken innards and deep fried CHICKEN SKIN! Think of all the cholesterol we were consuming!

After a little bit of lepak-king, we went back to the hotel. The kids were already fast asleep and my brother was online (he brings his notebook EVERYWHERE!).

Family, Izac, Mommy, Scrapbook, Special Occasions

Nemo On Ice

sleepy head

(Click here for layout & credits.)

Sorry for the short hiatus. I’ve been feeling pretty tired for the past week and each night as I lay down to nurse Izac, I tend to fall asleep as well. Even today (err… last night). I just woke up just now at 2.30am when Ivan needed to go shee-shee and decided that I MUST blog *LOL*.

I brought Ivan to see Nemo on Ice on last Saturday. We went with my mum, Eleena, Haslina and Selamat. The initial plan was to bring Izac as well, but I am not sure that he can sit through the entire show without disrupting everyone’s concentration. He does not even watch much cartoon at home when his brother watches. So at the end after some coaxing from my mum, I decided to leave him at home. My only consolation is that I will bring him there next year if there is a show.

The show was pretty good (it’s MY first time to Disney on Ice, so can’t compare). Ivan was totally thrilled at all the colors and Nemo! And you know what, he didn’t make any demand to buy anything (good thing about him lah) that day, but just looked at the things they were selling there. The memorabilias were sold at crazy prices too… popcorn or drinks at RM20 - RM30 per pack?! (but of course they do come with a Nemo-on-Ice bucket). One complain though… I think the performers should have at least stayed back for a little while after the show is over and all the lights are switched on. That way we can take some pictures mah. I should have bought the most expensive ticket as those seats have the most picture taking opportunities. From where we were (lower tier, right in front of the stage), I couldn’t get any decent pictures with the Canon Ixus 60.

However, we all enjoyed ourselves. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, just for the look on Ivan’s face.

Family, Scrapbook, Special Occasions

Mah-Mah’s 55th

pyjama-clad dinner-goers(Click here for layout & credits.)

Yesterday, at the last minute, SIL#1 called up and asked if I’d like to join them for dinner as it’s MIL’s 55th birthday. Initially, I declined as I thought it would be a death-wish going with 2 kids and no maid (the last temp just left yesterday, it’s a long story, will write about it later).

So after thinking over for just a minute, since they were going to make it easier for me by coming up to Klang (kids are staying with my mum), I said okay but I would only be bringing Ivan. With that being done, I went in search of some clothes for the boy to wear for this outing and what do I find? None… nada… zip… no gai-gai clothes available. Maria (the temporary maid) did not pack any gai-gai clothes for them from home. Aigh… how laa?

Being a fickle minded person, in the midst of searching for the clothes, I decided to risk it and bring Izac too. It’s my MIL’s birthday after all, and I’m sure she would like to see both her grand children instead of just Ivan. What to do but dress them in their best pyjamas (as if there’s such a thing as best pyjamas *LOL*). In the meantime, I called SIL#2 to ask her to bring their clothes since she’s coming from there.

So when I reached there, the restaurant’s situated at the new Citibank building in Klang (didn’t get the name of this place), I saw that it was quite deserted, not many occupied stores yet. So I thought, “What the heck… just go in like this lah.” And so my kids went for dinner in their pyjamas. Err… you must be thinking, Wah… lazy mommy stikes again!” *hahaha*.

Now, please tell me, have you ever let your kids go to dinners in pyjamas? Wonder what other people thought of them when they see them in pyjamas *LOL*… must be thinking what kind of mom they have…

Family, Special Occasions

CNY Reunion Dinner

nullchoo choo! choo choo!

This year for reunion dinner we went to Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant in Genting. Anticipating the crowd, we reached Genting around 5.00pm and booked a table for 5 adults and 2 children at 9.00pm (normally I would’ve kicked up a fuss regarding late dinners as the kids would be very grouchy by then). Since it is Chinese New Year, I thought I’d forego getting the kids to sleep early and moreover, we can always let them have fun with the rides and time would fly by fast enough. Additionally, hubs brought a suckling pig for his friend who works there to roast for us and they needed time to prepare it.

nullsee my buck teeth?

Little did we expect people to flock to this particular restaurant and seeing that it’s reunion dinner, people seem to not eat and go as quickly. Everyone was waiting around the entrance and complaining that they are not getting their booked table on time. Understandably, we couldn’t expect the waiters to shoo people off when they are still eating or drinking. By the time we got to our table around 9.40pm, with all the waiting for food and all, we finally ended our dinner way past 12.00mn! SIL#1 jokingly told the waitress that we started eating last year (Lunar Calendar) right through to this year.. *LOL!*. Now that’s what we call bringing “eat, drink and be merry” from last year, all the way to this year!

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