Sunday, May 22, 2016

Our awesome family weekend getaway at Dorsett Grand Subang Jaya


Welcome pack for the kids

I don't know about you, but I am the kind who enjoy short trips away from home. Even when it is just in a town nearby.

Once in a while I do plan short getaway trips on the weekend for my family. A one night stay may sound like too short but amazingly you can really spend quality time with your family if you are focused on your time and not worry about the daily routines and chores that you usually need to do at home.

Last weekend, we visited Dorsett Grand Subang in Subang Jaya and enjoyed a one night stay at their beautiful hotel.

We were there under the Kids Stay and Dine For Free Weekend Getaway package and it was amazing!

Totally loved it.

Well, Dorsett Grand Subang has been one of my favourite hotels actually, mainly because it exudes this comfortable and friendly home-away-from-home feeling. The location is just nice as it is not really smack in the middle of a city but still just a short distance away from major malls or eateries. It's like it is hidden away in this little nook and it feels so private.

Everyone is so welcoming and friendly too. Really makes you feel comfortable from the moment you step into their lobby. And yes they have delicious food as well!

Anyway let me tell you a bit more about this brilliant package that they are offering all year round. I think that it is perfect for families with small children, as it caters to all the needs of the family.

Right click and save this into your computer to have a better view of the details :)

The flyer above tells a lot about how awesome the package is, but let me also tell you more through my own experience...

Here is our newly renovated room. The mattress was divine!

Bella standing outside the glass window that separates the bathroom and the bedroom. Those are rubber duckies that they put for the kids to play with :)

View from our room. The lake garden is accessible from the hotel. Lovely.
A little colouring kit from their sponsors, Faber Castell and UHU.

They are so thoughtful with the kids amenities. They have rubber mats, stools, plastic cups and even protected sharp edges on their furniture.
Kids toothbrush for the kiddies!
They even give kids bath robe and kids room slippers. Loveee!
Posing sikit before everything becomes messy haha.
Cupcake decorating session. For group bookings with more than 5 families, the hotel can arrange group family activities like this at a separate cost.
Swimming time! We loveeee their pool. So chic and modern and best of all easy to keep an eye on the kids!
The Barbecue Delight buffet that we had for dinner. With the package, adults pay RM115 nett per person but kids can eat for free!
Early morning at the little garden beside the pool.
The Kids Playroom that they have for entertaining kids.
Every kid loves building blocks right?
The kids corner at The Emperor restaurant, which is very convenient for the kids to play while parents enjoy their buffet Dim Sum!
A small part of what we enjoyed at the Family Dim Sum Brunch. So delish!
Group photo before we parted ways. 

Thank you very much to Phyllis and Kelly from Dorsett Grand Subang for hosting us over a great weekend! We really enjoyed it.

I hope this post will give you some ideas of where to go with your kids for your next vacation :)

Every parent will love a child friendly hotel like this right? :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Have you heard of Mamee Jonker House, Melaka?

Do you love Melaka?

Well, I guess many of us Malaysians do.

We are proud of its heritage, and it is so honourable when UNESCO dubbed Melaka (Malacca in English) as a world heritage site too (I hope this statement is enough to make my non-Malaysian reader come and visit us :)

There is something romantic about its street, particularly around the Jonker Street vicinity. When I say romantic I don't mean the lovey dovey type, but more to the nostalgic, relaxed vibe that it brings.

I just love how the various culture intertwines, and I love imagining how it may have looked like once upon a time during its glory days.

Gah..I think another visit is due soon.

Anyway yesterday, Bella and I was at Jonker Street for a brief period together with some other amazing blogger moms like Ainie from MrsPuex blog , Jue from Mamajue.com , Salma, Syamiera from Syamieraosment.com , Kak Nannie from KitePunye.com  and many other lovely ladies.

We were at the Mamee Jonker House in particular.

Have you heard of it?

Don't worry, I did not know about it either, until Haziq and a bunch of his PR friends from Mamee Double Decker took us in a nice cosy bus and gave us an opportunity to spend some time getting to know the awesome little museum/activity center with our kids, in conjunction with their 45 years anniversary celebration.

So apparently Mamee Jonker House is a concept store that has been around since 2013 (!!) and kudos to the company, the place is perfectly setup on Jonker Street and inside a beautifully preserved vintage building.

What I love most is how they manage to keep the Malacca signature within the premise, but at the same time build it to represent their brand brilliantly.

There are a few major spots not to be missed at Mamee Jonker House - the World of Good Taste mini museum, The Noodle Doodle, The Little Monster Kitchen and the Mamee Cafe.

Yesterday, the kids get to make their own Mamee Monster snack and pack their own Mamee Chef cup noodles (I actually have some reservations when it comes to instant noodles butI let it loose yesterday...hehe. Chill lah?)

OK from here, I think I'll just let the photos do the talking :)


Posing in the bus. We won a hamper! :)


The house facade. It is exactly on Jonker Street so I don't think it is easy to miss. I think la.


Greeted by Mister Potato and the cute and gendut Mamee Monster. LOL.


Getting ready for snack-making. Yup, that's Irma Hasmie!


One pose before they begin.


Making the dough for noodle.


And watching it turn into noodles!


Signages to the activity areas.


An old school sundry shop setup, as what it was in the 70s, I think.


The vintage sign.


And what I had for lunch. The food in the cafe are all so yummy, I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a place to dine at Jonker Street. Yum.

Yup, the kids definitely had loads of fun and mommies enjoyed making new friends too. Thank you again to the team at Mamee Double Decker for this amazing opportunity. 

I hope that this would also give you an idea of what to do during the next school holidays!


Friday, May 06, 2016

The wear and tear of life.


I am currently writing from a hotel room in my kampung, Kota Bharu.

I admit that I am don't come visit that much, but when I do I make sure that I spend the whole time catching up with my extended family here.

I am lucky to still have a grandma and grandpa from both of my parents side (they both come from Kota Bharu, so its a kill-two-birds-with-two-stones thing everytime I come and visit).

Things have changed a lot since I was young. Frankly I prefer the moments with my extended family when we are all little and innocent while our mothers and fathers are still young and energetic.

These days it is hard to gather everyone, and everytime it happens I don't feel like it was as "happening" as the old days.

Maybe everyone has grown old and grown up and are left busy tending to our own little family instead.

Anyway, my Tok Wan (grandma at my mom's side) has deteriorated so much since we last met.

Age has apparently caught up with her real bad. She is just at her early 80s but it seems like her body is degraded so so much.

The last time we met she was still able to move and have a decent chat. Now it breaks my heart to see her bedridden and barely able to speak.

I was not prepared to see her in such a different state, but alas that it the truth. That is what happens when you meet people occasionally over months. People change, and when it is physical you can really see the difference.

I controlled myself to not get too emotional, seeing her so helpless and frail.

I could not imagine how her children (my mother and my aunts and my uncles) may feel. If it breaks my heart this much, it may actually break their hearts even more, even when they choose to show it openly or not.

Such is life. And such is the fact at how our physical, our body is nothing but a depreciating vessel. Wear and tear happens, even to the healthiest of humans. Human is God's most magnificent creation, but the it also does comes to an end, just like all other things.

On the bright side, I am glad that she has lived a long and happy life. I always wonder what is her mind, now that she spends most of her time resting on her bed, barely able to speak but being able to listen to conversations.

Perhaps she would feel like joining in, but her body just won't allow her anymore. Perhaps she would like to share a piece of her mind but now she is not able to. Maybe she felt like she should be making tea for her guests and her children, her family like she always do. Is she OK with that? How would I feel if it is me?

Those kinds of thoughts.

And the fact the you too will someday become that way.

Frail, fragile, helpless. Worn out. Beat by life.

That's the reality that we all should always remember.

The fact that life is so temporary. How it comes and how it finally goes.

Things like this is a good reminder to us the young. Sometimes we are too caught up with the present, with things that may not even matter, we forgot to check and realign.

I pray that Tok Wan is happy. That she is contented with her long life. That God will reward each and every good deed that she has done in her life handsomely. That God will make it easy for her to leave this wretched world when her time finally comes. 

Nothing but the best for her. 

Amin.
“Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” - The Prophet Muhammad (saw)
(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim) 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Brand-new episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airing today!


I have never really thought that my own child would have an imaginary friend.

Even if she does, I would have never thought that it would be in a form of a superhero.

Like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Yes, Bella's imaginary friends are the complete gang of TMNT, and her favourite ones are Leo and Donnie.

She takes them everywhere. Sometimes to school, carrying them in her pocket. They will have their own spot in the car, and she will actually make a fuss if I accidentally "sat" on them.

How amusing. Haha.

Of course her favourite show would be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Nickelodeon.

A brand new episode "Trans-dimensional Turtles" is debuting today at 6pm at Astro Channel 612, if you are in Malaysia like us, and what is awesome about it is that the turtles are going to be transported to back in time.

They'll meet their '80s alternate-reality selves and join forces to beat the '80s Krang and Kraang Sub-prime (I bet you'll know who they are if you are an avid fan like Bella!).

What is more awesome is that those '80s turtles voices are also going to be played by the same voice cast used back in the 80s too!

To celebrate, our amazing friends at Nickelodeon has also sent us some cool stuff from TMNT merchandise and a set of buildable TMNT MegaBloks toys.





She was over the moon to be receiving these awesome stuff, and mommy gets to wear this rad 80s TMNT T-Shirt (although she actually insisted that it was hers).

So don't forget to tune in to Astro Channel 612 this afternoon to watch the brand new episodes ok guys?

Have fun and cowabunga on!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Going crazy at a huge fabric market : Sam Shui Po, Hong Kong

I just realized that eversince I told you guys that I am into sewing, I actually have not talked about it so much here right?

Well if you follow me on Instagram there were many posts that I made about it, but for now I have not really shared anything about where to get the supplies, how to get started and all.

Maybe I should now eh?

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was in Hong Kong on a short trip with my friend. I actually did not intend it to be a shopping trip, but I definitely had this one particular place in mind which I really wanted to go.

I discovered about it from a fellow sewist Idoublera and from that point I knew that I just have to go and check it out.

So if you are ever in Hong Kong, and you love hoarding fabrics, anddd you love a bargain (as in bloody cheap ones) - you must go here!

SAM SHUI PO FABRIC MARKET, HONG KONG



Does my face tells it all?


No?

Ok fine.

Here are some more:

Rows and rows of haberdashery shops selling craft and sewing supplies, from threads to trims, to scissors to interfacing. Everything.





If you are into leather craft, you will cry at the sights of the leather craft supply shops. They are like freakin' a lot! I did not go into any one of them though, coz I am not a leather crafter. But if you ask me about the price, I am pretty sure that you can get a good bargain here.



Fabrics. Fabrics. Fabrics.




Ok the thing about their shops is they have it in different styles.

Most of the shops sells fabric by swatches. That means they only display their swatches where you go and choose and order it from them. Price wise, it is safe to say that you can save a lot if you order in bulk. I think it will still cost a lot cheaper than Malaysia.



There are also shops selling in pre-cuts, as well as in yardage. Many of them sells just by the road, or in their own shops. These are the shops that you want to go to.

For example, this shop Pattern Bee sells a lot of gorgeous chiffon fabrics at only HKD15 per meter. We went crazy. Even my mom who was in Malaysia went crazy hahah.



Another favourite shop for me is this shop named Uncle Korea. This is the place to go if you love woven cotton like linens and Japanese style fabrics. Best thing is : almost everything is sold at HKD10 per yard only.


I went crazy again. Hahah.

There is also another shop selling cute cotton prints also at cheap prices (HKD10-HKD20) per yard. But sorry I forgot to take a photo and their name. But it is just beside Uncle Korea if you want to look for them :)

There were also plenty of shops selling waterproof fabrics like these. They only sell in at HKD25 per 2 yard I think. All of them are mostly pre-cuts but you can ask for more if they have it yardage.


What I would advice is TAKE YOUR TIME.

Go there without any kid in tow as it is not really fun to bring kids, trust me. You will get so distracted, the kids will get bored and toilets or decent restaurants are not really easy to find. So if possible, try to work it out with your partner to take the kids somewhere else while you do the shopping. You'll thank me for this tip.

Take a close look at the fabrics they sell especially in the small shops or by the roadside. Chances are you will find one or two gems that tickles your fancy and is a great bargain.

Bring a shopping bag to help you carry those fabrics, especially if you take the MTR. A luggage bag does not hurt, in fact it would probably be a great idea.

Other than that, have loads of fun and go crazy haha.

Oh lastly, maybe this will help you get there too. Don't forget to look for Ki Lung Street!


Let me know if you are going, tell me about what you found too! :)

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