When you have a husband who is still a kid inside, you will find toys like these around the house. These figurines are all over my house.  It does drive me crazy when I have to wipe the dust on the cupboards and tv stand. There are actually more toys inside the store room, brand new inside the boxes, unopened.

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School break is over.  A week went by so quickly which is good because going to school would keep missy busy.  We did not go out of town during this one week except for a one day road trip to Jeram which is near Kuala Selangor to check out a new resort.  Missy went to play at her friend’s house and they had loads of fun chatting and checking out her friend’s new squier 51 guitar.  The tweens are so into music now and they know every song that’s playing on the radio.

As she and daddy love visiting the zoo, we decided to check out Zoo Negara on Saturday, together with our friend and her 3 kids.  The last time we were there was missy was 6 years old.  Ticket prices have increased to rm44 for adult and rm16 for children.  The fee includes the entrance fee to the Panda Conservation Centre.  We were pleasantly surprised to see some upgrading works being carried out at the entrance to beautify the zoo.

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However, once we were inside, our joy turned to dismay.  The animals look sad and dirty in their small ‘cages’.  Some of the animals seemed lifeless, probably due to the heat and also the small space.  Some have skin problem too.  The sea lion show was a let-down. The birds and the bear cat (binturung) segments are still the same, just like what we saw 6 years ago. The live show was conducted in Bahasa Malaysia only and I wonder if the foreign visitors understand at all what was being transpired during the show.  The reptile area was closed as they are doing some upgrading works.  The kids were not happy.

The only highlight was the pandas.  The daddy, mommy and baby pandas are very cute.  They really enjoy their lives in the airconditioned center by eating imported bamboo, playing and sleeping all day.

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Nevertheless, the kids had a great time eventhough it was 35 degree Celsius that day.  We left at around 1.30pm without even visiting the lions and the elephants as it was too hot.

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I don’t think we would go back to visit Zoo Negara for a few years to come.  Taiping Zoo and Melaka Zoo are better choices if you plan to bring your kids to see the animals.

Happy Lantern Festival everyone.  Below are the mooncakes from Ming Yue Confectionery in Ipoh.  The queue was a few shophouses long when my mom was in Ipoh to buy them.  The mooncakes are so soft and delicious.  Now I understand why this place is packed all the time.  They are also famous for local cookies.

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A friend of me share this on Facebook recently and I love it a lot.  Am posting it here to get inspired and also as a reminder.

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My friend Annie is the one who introduced me to this Kampua noodle,  a famous Foochow cuisine. It is usually served with slices of barbecue pork (char siew), similar to Wanton noodle.  Annie told me that this Instant Kampua noodle is the closest to the real thing one can find in the coffeeshops in Sibu.

A packet of the Kampua noodle from The Kitchen Sibu comes with soy sauce, fried shallots, lard and vegetable oil.  All you need to do is cook the noodle with a pot of water.  When done, drain the noodle and mix it with the seasoning.  I like to add some vegetables, beancurd and fishball to mine, as per the photo below.  Don’t they look like aluminum bronze guitar strings to you?

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The noodles come in dark soya sauce and white soya sauce.  I prefer the dark soya sauce.  The Kitchen Sibu Instant Kampua Noodle / Meepok contains no preservatives and they have a short lifespan of 3 months.  My family love this instant Kampua noodle.

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The above is how the packet looks like.   You can check out https://www.facebook.com/thekitchensibu for more information.  I am glad that there is a man sellling them at the market near my home.  He only comes on Monday so I usually get my supplies from him unless Annie goes back to Sibu for holidays, she would bring back some for me.

This is a very easy recipe and is my family’s favourite.   I made some over the weekend to go with our spaghetti.

I followed the recipe from Justonecookbook.com.  The ingredients are :-

  • 4 potatoes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 Japanese cucumbers
  • Kewpie mayonnaise (the amount is up to you)
  • Fresh ground black pepper

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Firstly, cut the potatoes and carrots into smaller pieces and boil them until you can use a fork to go the potatoes smoothly.  Drain.  Mash the potatoes and leave a few chunks for texture.  Mix in boiled egg together with carrots and cucumber which have been cut into smaller pieces.  Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper.  Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.  Super duper easy eh?

I used a vintage pyrex dish to serve the Japanese potato salad.  It belonged to my mother-in-law and she has kept this for over 30 years.  So precious!

When I was a kid, there were a few potted aloe vera plants in my home.  I used to see my mom using aloe vera to treat skin injuries on me and my siblings.  Whenever we cut our fingers, got bitten by mosquitoes or had sunburn, my mom would cut a piece of aloe vera and used the inner gel of the aloe vera to apply on our skin.  It was so soothing and cooling.

This medicinal plant is full of nutritious benefits and has many beneficial effects on health.  Besides using aloe vera gel on the hair, face and skin, we can also drink the aloe vera juice.  There are many health benefits from drinking this juice that is full of vitamins.  The aloe vera juice promotes healing and helps to repair the damage to the stomach and intestine.  People with digestive issues should take this juice as it also aids the body in reducing inflammation. Aloe vera juice also enhances the overall immune system and helps to protect against all forms of illness.

The best Aloe Vera Gel Drink is Okyalo Fresh aloe vera drink, which contains premium REAL aloe vera pulp and Fresh aloe vera gel.  This pure aloe vera gel drink is 100% natural and contains no powders and no preservatives. The plants are harvested from the plantation and directly transported to the factory to ensure its freshness.  Okyalo Fresh Aloe Vera Drinks are manufactured by Okeyfood Co. Ltd, a leading beverage manufacturer and are available in over 30 countries.

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Besides the original Aloe Vera flavor, you can have a few choices such as the refreshing Pineapple flavor, super tasty low-calorie Peach flavor,  the new Mango flavor and many more.  Just head over to http://www.okyalo.com and order away.

Yes, you can enjoy the refreshing  Okyalo Fresh Aloe Vera Drink  with just a few clicks of the mouse. This tasty drink is suitable for all ages.  Boost your health with one of the best health drinks available!

 So yesterday was Merdeka Day and I thought I could have a relaxing day at home but I was wrong.  When I got home from work on Tuesday evening, missy told me that she and 3 of her bestfriends had made arrangement to spend a day at Kidzania on Merdeka day.  These girls just planned everything in school and went home to inform the parents.   A mother of one of the girls have some free tickets to Kidzania so the girls wanted to have some fun time together.   After a few whatsapp exchanges, everything was confirmed. It was so last minute and we had to cancel the morning tuition.  Kids!

The girls met up at 9.30am and had breakfast at McD.  Then the parents left the girls them in Kidzania for a few hours.  Hubs and I hung out at the Curve and Ikano until it was time to pick missy up.    It was tiring for us to hang out at the mall for so many hours.  However missy was thrilled to bits and had a great time with her friends.  They plan to have another trip to Kidzania after the finals.

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sunway

Sprawled 800 acres of the former mining land of Selangor State, Sunway Resort City or more popular as Bandar Sunway, is the first integrated township in Malaysia. The expansive complex boasts the complete cluster of business, education, shopping, culinary, entertainment, and residential districts.

The township boasts numerous hotels to pamper the tourist while visiting Sunway. But, if you want to experience the perfect journey in Bandar Sunway and then close the day by having the total comfortable rest, there will be only a few Sunway Hotels that value for the money.

Fortunately, we have 3 top choices of the best Sunway Hotels here. We will tell you how comfortable each place to stay is. Let’s check this out together!

Dorsett Grand Subang
Jalan SS12/1, Subang Jaya
Starts from RM306.28 per night

Notable as the #1 Hotel in Subang Jaya, the Dorsett Grand Subang obviously has the proven quality of the comfort. This 5-star Sunway Hotel is one of the city’s top-notch choices, which provides the high-class home in Bandar Sunway, especially for the urban travelers (check this hotel here!). It’s located on the nice spots, offering easy access to the major city’s attractions, such as the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park and the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.

Dorsett Grand Subang hosts about 478 exquisite rooms and suites. The whole rooms and suites are tastefully designed in modern contemporary accent, with the natural and calm colors uphold the comfort and the warm. The rooms here are so spacious it can contain the wide range of the exceptional amenities, including the AC, flat screen TV, spacious working desk, seating area on the window side with the stunning view to the garden and the city, electric kettle, shoeshine, Wi-Fi, minibar, and bathroom.

The endless comfort is aptly served here as the Dorsett Grand Subang proffers wide selections of facility. The 5-star hotel owns 4 dining houses to satisfy various appetites. The hotel also hosts the outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, premier lounge, wellness spa, and the business center.

Holiday Villa Hotel & Suite Subang
Jalan SS 12/1 no.9, 47500 Subang Jaya
Starts from RM224.77/night

Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites Subang is opening its door for both leisure and business travel. The 5-star Sunway Hotel is landed on about 6.8 acre landscape in Subang Jaya, known as one of the premier areas of the Selangor state. It’s only 2.5 km away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The 5-star hotel proffers the high-quality comfort throughout the property. The accommodations are provided as the rooms and suites in the total of 383 units. The entire rooms and suites are set in modern living style with the support of the sophisticated amenities; involve the AC, TV, internet port, mini bar, in-room safe, electric kettle, and the bathroom with shower or bathtub.

Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites Subang ensure your stay in Bandar Sunway will nothing but memorable. The hotel will spoil you with the impressive on-site facilities. Some of the highlights are 9 dining options, 5 swimming pools, gymnasium, sports courts, children’s playroom, video games rooms, music rooms, and the opulence meeting – banquet services.

Ruemz Hotel
Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, The Boardwalk, No.2, Jalan Taylor’s, Subang Jaya
Starts from RM102.12/night

Ruemz Hotel (pronounced as “rooms”) is the modern hotel that nestled within the campus environment, precisely the award-winning Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. It means the hotel is situated on the lakeside, surrounded by the educational center that also adjoins to the notable shopping center, Syopz Mall.

The 3-star Sunway Hotel upholds the comfort by providing 82 well-appointed guestrooms, including the Single Room for the solo traveler. Each room is attracting with the vibrant color accent and the modern amenities, such as AC, flat screen TV, electric kettle, writing desk, in-room safe (fit for the laptop), and private bathroom.

The 3-star hotel also caters the more comfort by adding the facilities on-site. The hotel owns the outdoor swimming pool and gym studio for the leisure needs. The Ruemz Hotel also serves the meeting facilities. Wi-Fi connection can be accessed throughout the area. The dining facilities are presented through the abundance of eateries inside the Boardwalk that situated in the Syopz Mall.

Don’t forget, if you are looking for another options of Sunway Hotel, you can check https://www.traveloka.com/en-my/hotel.

Been wanting to have a slice of cake since Monday and so I’m finally having it tonight.

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A slice of Velvet cake and hazelnut latte for me,  brownie for Missy and ice latte for hubs.

What a great way to de-stress at our favorite cafe,  The Hound.  Happy Weekend everyone.

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