Singapore Trip II

June 28, 2006

Our initial plan for the 2nd day was to go to Sentosa Island. But the weather was wet and gloomy.

Since we cant go out, we ordered breakfast from the hotel. Again, it was one lousy and dissapointing meal.

After breakfast, we’ve decided to go shopping since the weather show no sign of turning bright. Took the cab to Takashimaya, reached there at 10am, just nice. Orchard Road is actually just near by the hotel that we were staying. It’s the GREAT SINGAPORE SALES!! Hubby did his shopping first and then we were at MNG. WOoola..all 50%, hubby was good enough to look after the kids where I spent about 1/2 hour inside by myself. Bought 5 pieces, total cost me S$150. Good bargain. Didn’t want to stay longer, a bit guilty for hubby to look after the kids alone.

Hubby said ” You better buy what you want and think is special, sign to the card, I’m not coming back again!” (Haha, how wonderful!)

But I didn’t go to any other boutique. We just window shopped. It’s difficult with two kids hanging around when one wants to browse through rack of cloths or try on shoes. So I just gave up on the shopping, moreover it’s not a necessity for me to buy so much be it on sale or not. 😀 All the shopping complexes are almost the same, you see one, you see all, unless you are a die hard shopaholic looking for good bargain. For us, we don’t really have things to buy in mind, just go for stroll.

We had early brunch at Taka, hongkee style. Ordered Wonton Mee, Duck rice and flavoured chicken rice for the kids. This time the food more edible and at reasonable price. After brunch it’s still raining and we can’t cross over to Paragon. Hang around at Taka a little longer. Later we went over to Paragon. Wanted to get WH shoes at Metro, but he refused to try on any new shoes. Once taken out his old shoes, he would cry and wail so loud until we gave up. Bought a pair of new Barbie shoe for JS.
Happy feeding himself.
JS and her new shoe.

Hubby was so sexy and a super man. I found my hubby super sexy when he attends to the kids personaly. 😀 He not only carried my handbag, he carries all the shopping bag and the diaper bag. JS walks sometimes, but most of the time she sat on hubby’s shoulder. It must be real tiring for hubby. JS sometimes refuse to walk telling us that she’s tired or she just walk too slow. Regretted not bringing the stroller along. I only have to carry WH on my sarong sling, even that I can feel his weight. Felt so tired after a little walk and we found a place to have coffee and rested a while before continuing our window shop. Walked along Orchard Road, went to another shopping complex and we were just too exhausted and decided to head back the hotel. We were back by about 2pm and the kids took their nap.

I went downstairs to Kinokuniya to shop at my own leisure during the kids nap. Bought 10 books, mainly in Chinese for S$100. I don’t know why the books in S’pore is cheaper than M’sia even after convert and somemore got 20% off. Hubby wasn’t too happy with me buying books. But when I bought the cloths from MNG, he didn’t complain much. Strange. I’m a book worm, I love my books far more than the cloths. HAHA.

Called my aunt who’s staying in Hougang. Too far for us to visit. Decided to meet outside for dinner. Aunt suggested “Lau Pa Sar” . We reached there by cab at about 7.30pm. Had seafood. Quite yummy. Aunt and Uncle bought us dinner. Again, so “pai seh”, didn’t buy them anything and they bought some cookies for JS and WH. Worst, we left the cookies with aunt, and they actually took a bus to the hotel to give it to us after dinner , which was quite late already. Somemore my cousin needs to go school the next morning. Didn’t have time to meet up another friend Renee, suppose to join us on Saturday, but I think it was her hubby’s birthday, so she couldn’t make it. Too little time, wanted to do too many things… impossible. After dinner we were quite tired maybe due to the day time walking, headed back to hotel to pack. JS was feeling much better on the 2nd day to be able to enjoy the trip.

3rd day. Sunny day. Finally we can go Sentosa. Didn’t plan to stay long. Just wanted the kids to see the Dolphin Show and go to the Underwater World. The rest, hubby’s not so keen. So it’s just nice to fit into our schedule. Walked to the MRT station at Clarke Quay. About 10 mins walk from the hotel. Took the MRT to Harbour Front station. Reached there at 9.30am. The MRT was quite vacant even on a Monday morning, maybe is past rush hour. The last time I ride on one years ago was a bit crowded. Had breakfast at one of the cafe at Harbour Front Plaza. We took the cable car. Reached the Dolphin area at 11am, just nice for the 11am training show. We thought we are going to miss it, coz it was a long queue when we queued for the cable car ticket.
In the cable car.

After dolphin show, we went to the Underwater World. The kids enjoyed it there. But hubby and me were just too tired already. Went back to Harbour Front Plaza for Chinese Lunch. Ramen and Xiao Long Pao and Pork Congee for the kids. Again need to take the MRT back. From the MRT station to the hotel, I’m already panting for breath while walking. Feel so tired and heavy under the hot sun. By the time we reached the hotel it’s already 1.30pm. Luckily we manage to get to extend the check out time again till 3pm. Rest a little while and have to get ready to go.

The kids didn’t get to use the swimming pool due to bad weather and time constraint. So let them “SWIM” in the bathtub instead just to sastify them/fulfill their request.
“Swimming” in the tub in full swimsuit and goggle.

Took a cab to Grand Corpthorne to board the 4pm bus. The food they served is better than the nasi lemak we got on the way there. JS was good, I’m surprise that she got friendly with a few passengers on the bus. She talked and sang to the uncles and auties and the korkor and che che. Not shy at all. We reached PJ at 9pm. The kids were good again throughout the journey back.

The kids especially WH was good with all the outside food we offered him. He just took in whatever we gave him plus bread. There goes my worries of his meal throughout the trip.

Didn’t manage to take many pictures. Too busy handling two kids, attending and entertaining them. Hubby was too busy with his new video cam and sort of abandon his good ole camera, but at least we got video clips for memory. We didnt cover much of Spore. Our purpose is to go for a relaxig holiday. Mainly to shop (more of window shop) and to Sentosa for Dolphin and Underwater world, it’s a trip more for the kids, just want to get away for a while. 🙂

One thing good about Spore is that eveywhere is spotlessly clean. One trip to the toilet, JS asked ” mummy, the toilet clean or not, smelly or not” I can just assured her “Clean” Because back in Malaysia, we try to avoid the public toilet as much as possible. It would either be dirty, stinky or wet. Floor wet, toilet bowl wet, each time we visit, I’m so afraid that JS’s pants will get wet, but no such problem in Spore. The public transport is excellent. Just need to hop in to any cab, they wont refuse to sent you to your destination, unlike in M’sia, need to check with the driver first if they will bring you there. MRT is fast and efficient and clean. All are well maintained. All our cab rides during the stay didn’t cost us more than S$4 each ride. It’s actually quite convinient to travel with kids in the public transport in Spore. Dare not think of that in M’sia. M’sia still a far way to catch up.

Today JS asked me again. “mummy, when we go Spore holiday again?” “When can we stay hotel again?” “Next time, dear”

The kids are down with cough and a little flu now. Maybe lack of rest and water during the trip. Anyway, though tiring, it was a pleasant trip. No, we didn’t came back with extra baggage (which is good, which mean I didn’t overspent on shopping)

I know we are not ready for those tour packages yet. Too tiring for the kids. They still cant do without their afternoon nap, and too much activities in a day will wear them down. Glad we went for our own free and easy trip which we can arrange our own activities, more accomodating to the kids.

Good bye Spore. The tired look on hubby’s face.


Singapore Trip

June 28, 2006

We are back from our 3D2N holiday in Spore. We had a lot of fun, but very very tired as well.

Friday night, we left for Subang after hubby got back from work. JS has got a cough after she got back from school. A little worried if she could make it for the trip next day. (One of my big fear was of any of us get sick prior the trip. Praying and hoping hard it won’t happen, but still it happens no matter how careful and precautious I was) Dropped the maid at my parent’s place before going back to my in-laws. (Don’t want to leave the maid with MIL, scare after come back got a lot unhappy incident) Didn’t sleep well throughout the night because JS’s cough became a little bad.

Saturday, we all got up early eventhough the bad rough night. Need to get ready and catch the 9.30am bus at Menara Axis in PJ. FIL dropped us there. 5 mins before leaving the house, I started to have tummy ache and realized I have forgotten to pack “po ji yuan 保济丸 ” ( I have also forgotten to pack my own cardigan and underpack hubby’s clothing). Tried to go toilet, but not able to relieve. Hoping and praying again I won’t need any stop throughout the 5 hours journey.

Boarded the bus at 9.20am, and it left on time. The Aeroline bus is very comfortable. The lower deck lounge is even better. Despite not enough sleep and a bad cough, JS was in good spirit and quite excited about the journey. We have got 3 seats. The adult’s cost RM80 while for JS’s RM50. 1 meal is served. Nasi Lemak with rendang and acar. Butter cake and coffee/tea/milo is served and each got a bottle of mineral water. Toilet is for light usage only.
Ready to board

Shortly after the bus left, I suddenly had a full bladder, the tummy ache has got better just some light cramp occationally. Tried to use the toilet twice on the bus, but it was very small and cramp and I just couldn’t do it on a moving vehicle. So I sat uncomfortably with WH on my lap. JS also got sicker along the way, she tried to sleep but woke up many times maybe due to not able to breath properly. And she complaint about tummy ache as well, so I kept massaging her tummy till she fall asleep and repeated it over again when she woke up in an awkard sitting position due to my very full bladder and I dare not eat the nasi lemak scared will get tummy pain and needed the loo. Luckily the bus stop at a rest area after 2 1/2 hr or so (couldn’t remember) at Paroh. Was a big relieve to me, as least no more full and pain bladder and can sit comfortably but still got a little tummy ache. Luckily they sell “po ji yuan” at the stop area. Got some just in case I need it. When almost reaching Spore, JS vomitted once, but luckily we came prepared with plastic bags. Overall, the kids were quite good throughout the journey, eventhough I didn’t pack any games or books for them. Just some cornflakes and my breasts were enough to keep them quiet. WH slept most of the time on the bus.

Reached Spore at about 2pm. No jam, easy pass through at the 2nd link immigration and custom check point. The bus stopped at Grand Corpthrone Hotel (Waterfront Plaza). Took a cab to Novotel Hotel in Clarke Quay. The hotel stay we redeemed from Credit Card Points. Got a standard room, but nice view. Can see the swimming pool and Spore River.

My tummy was quite obedient, didn’t give me much problem throughout the journey, only after check in it gave problem. 😀 Else I would need many stops along the journey. (My worst fear is to be sick or have tummy upset during travelling) Novotel Hotel is just next to Liang Court, across the road is Clarke Quay pubs and dine area. There’s a McD, 7Eleven, Kinokuniya, an Electrical Shop and some other small shops at Liang Court. Had our late lunch/tea at McD. And it rained while we were at McD, so we can’t go anywhere further. JS was also not feeling too well, can see that she wants to participate, but her breathing was shallow, her chest was tight and looked really sick. I knew she was suffering, because each time I had my asthma attack I had shallow breathing like hers. So we head back to the room for the kids to nap. Didn’t have a solid plan for the night. Called my gal friend, WL. Wanted to meet at Takashimaya, but couldn’t confirm. So later WL came to the hotel to look for us.

The kids woke up late, so we just hang around Clarke Quay area. Had dinner at one of the seafood restaurant. Ordered Sri Lankan Crabs, Yong Chow Fried Rice for the kids, a soup, a vege and a fried squids. WL got her friends to join us for dinner. The food except the crabs were bad and dissapointing. I think I can cook better fried rice than what’s served. When the bill came, it cost us S$200 over, very expensive for that standard. WL wanted to buy us, but we too ‘paiseh’ to accept. (WL, Thanks for your hospitality!) After dinner, we went for a boad ride at Spore river. The tickets were complimentary from the hotel. We called in a night after the boat ride.
With my best friend Wai Lai.

The first night sleep was not really comfortable. Four of us had to squeeze in a Queen’s size bed. Imagine kicking hubby in my sleep and he elbowed me on the head. Next morning, we called the reception to ask how much an extra bed cost. We found out it’s FOC for kids below 3, but our room is too small to fit in another bed, so we got upgraded to SUPERIOR ROOM, all FOC. We had also asked for a late check out as late as 2pm, because our bus back is at 4pm. Should have asked about the extra bed earlier. Never asked, never knew.
Bigger room, with King’s size bed for the 2nd day.

To be continued…

Going Away…

June 23, 2006

YES!! We are going away for our FIRST EVER family holiday. When I say first, which means without any of the other family members tagging along, and without the maid and we are not going back to my hometown, but for a real holiday. It’s just the 4 of us.

Our holiday destination…. Not far, just “next door”…. SINGAPORE lah! We are going back to Subang tonight and will leave for Singapore tomorrow morning taking the Aeroline. I still haven’t finish packing…GOSH!

This is also the first time we travel with the kids long distant in a public transport. Most of the time hubby drives. But we wanted to let them try different transportation. We have tried the train, now is Aeroline (bus), then later we can let them take the plane. As it’s the first holiday for the family, we decided to go somewhere near first. See how we can cope before our next trip to somewhere further (Hong Kong Disney? Australia? Not too sure yet)

I’m excited yet a lot of worries…

We have to travel light. Unlike when hubby’s driving, we can dump everything into the car. The food basket to potty to extra lungages. Now we have decided to make do without the stroller. 2 lungages and perhaps 2 hand carries. Can manage ah?

No porriadge for WH for the whole trip. He will have to make do with what we have. A good transition to wean him from porriadge??? Not sure, let’s see when we come back. I’m worried he would not have enough, but I would have to take it easy… it’s holiday man.

I’m worried they don’t get enough rest. We have already timed it so that we can board the bus which is not too early and not too late. We have to make sure we reach there in time for their nap, and also for coming back that we won’t arrive here too late. Arhhh…so much to consider. I’m sure we will be wasting quite a lot of time in between.

The most headache part…packing. My list is so long. It’s unlike going back to Subang, all things are ready and we drives (so can bring more things), it’s not like on board of a plane (where you can request for games, snacks, water etc etc). It’s a bus trip, I worry….

Packing list goes:
– Extra cloths for the children, just in case they wet/dirty it, then we get extra change.
– Sweaters, hats to socks.
– Extra shirt for me, just in case I get wet cleaning them.
– Kid’s paracetamol (just in case).
– JS’s bolster (She can’t sleep without it)
– Diapers (counting how many do I need)
– Formula milk, milk bottle – though WH is breastfed but JS is a milk bucket, she can drank many bottles a day. I’m thinking how to pack the milk and easily accessible. Is the formula dispenser enough to last through the journey? Checked with Aeroline, they have got water provided, so no need to bring water. Got the refill type of formula, so I don’t have to bring a can.
– Kids’ drinking water is also in the list.
– WH’s breakfast cereal. Perhaps a litte bowl and spoon too??
– Snacks, a game or two and book for the journey
– Camera, charger
– Video cam
– Toiletries – for the kids especially
etc etc etc

I’m looking forward to a holiday so so much, but when think of packing, it can really be a bit “potong steam”.

First Train Ride

May 8, 2006

Last weekend we have decided to take a commuter train from Seremban back to Subang since the kids has not ride on any real train before. We drove my Kancil and parked at the train station in Seremban. JS was very excited about it, even WH also likes it every much but he doozed off soon after we boarded.

Along the way, we passed by some cow sheds, JS happily singing “Old McDonald Have A Farm”, she was talking about “Thomas the Tank Engine”, told her the commuter train we ride is different, as Thomas is a steam engine train and the commuter is an electric one.

The whole journey was tiring. It took us 1 1/2 hour to reach KL Sentral, waited a while to get a transit to Subang, in total we spent 2 hours to reach our destination, compare to driving only take us 45 minutes. It was quite pack after Nilai stop. These group of youngster (3 college students) just sat down and chat, gossip loudly ignoring one senior citizen that has to stand. Youngsters today just not civid minded. Hubby tried to offer his seat by asking JS to sit on his lap, but JS refuse and make a fuss, neither does she want to let a stranger sits beside her. So the aunty refuse to take the seat upon seeing JS fuss. Saying that “let’s not spoil the girl’s weekend”. So young already so self-centered, will have a long and hard way to teach her to be more civid minded and not like most youngsters nowadays. A bit “malu” my girl is so not well behaved in this sense.

Sunday afternoon, we took the train back to Seremban. Suppose to meet my friend from S’pore at Sentral, but she couldn’t make it on time. It was a good experience for the kids.

Weekend At Fraser’s – Part II

April 25, 2006

Continue from part I

Sunday morning, all of us woke up at 8am. Breakfast already ready. We had Hanainese Toast Bread with Marmalade, Coffee, Sausage, Sunny Side Up and Fried Beehoon. All from Mrs Leong’s kitchen.

After breakfast, changed the kids and went to The Paddock. JS has wanted to ride on the horse. They just opened at 9am , and we were the first customer. JS was expecting some small tiny pony, but when she looked at the big full grown horse, she got a bit scared. When she’s about to mount on the horse, the horse turned and stared at her and frighten her quite a bit and she refused to go up for the ride.

Meanwhile, WH saw JS’s crying, he also followed and refuse to ride the horse as well. But we force him to. So eventually he went for a round, fussing all the way on the horse

WH with ta ku ma (SIL#1)

Since we have bought the ticket, and no one else wanted a ride, so hubby has to go for it.

The same place, 2 years ago, when JS was 15th month.

After the ride, we headed back to the cottage, packed and ready to go home. Didn’t want to have lunch there because of the winding road down, with full stomach, it will be quite unbearable. ( So we missed a chance to taste Mrs Leong’s yummy Hainanese Chicken Rice and Scones – maybe next time lah).

Again, on the way down, I kept burping and feeling dizzy. Real motion sick. JS as usual.. vomitted again and we have to break journey a few times.

Decided to have lunch at 1U Dragon-I. Head straight to 1U. After lunch the kids already very tired and not able to do much window shopping. Both SIL went ahead with their shoping spree while we sent my PILs back to Subang and we headed back to Seremban right after there.

Sunday is also the first time I didn’t cook porriadge for WH. For lunch, he had baby jarred food top with whatever we having at dragon-i. He’s still not use to eating what we are eating, just playing the food and nibbling it.

Weekend At Fraser’s

April 24, 2006

2 weeks ago, SIL#1 made an arrangement for a family trip to Fraser’s. (Yes, my family trip always include my parents-in-law and both my SILs and sometimes my BIL- SIL#1’s hubby. SIL#1 is the one who does all the arrangment and planning for all of us.So far, except for the time we go back to my hometown in TI, we have never really go for a holiday just the 4 of us, DH, JS, WH and just me, never even once we travel only with JS before I have WH. Anyhow we haven’t been travelling much lately. The last time I went for a trip with DH alone was Dec2003, we left JS behind with the babysitter)

We were quite excited to be able to get away, eventhough just for a short 2D1N stay. So all packed and ready to go. We went back to Subang on Friday night so that we would have more time for the next morning.

Saturday, we started our journey at 9am leaving Subang. Took the NKVE to Rawang, and from there took the coastal way to Kuala Kubu Baru and make our way up to Fraser’s Hill. Since it has been 2 years since we last went up (the last time I was 2 months preggie with WH), I have actually forgotten how winding the road up the hill is. It makes all of us including the maid car sick and dizzy and I dreaded for the journey to over. JS even vomitted twice on the way up. I just feel like vomitting, burping all the way. Worst still, JS is very talkative and didn’t stop chatting all the way from KL, asking a lot of questions. On the way up will, she kept asking “What sound is this” , I have to answer “Insects” “Monkeys”, I was just too sick to entertain her. We stopped at The Gap for a while, but they are closed for renovation. Anyhow, getting down from the car and did a little stretching and standing on flat ground did help to make me feel a little better. We reached hilltop at about 11.45pm. Took us 2 1/2 hour, and very tiring. Why we have to go through all the hazzle and dizziness to go up?? Because it’s a nice place for relax, nice weather, just like the countryside in UK, slow pace. The place we stayed is Muar Cottage. A very cosy and private little English-style cottage of 3 rooms just nice for the family. We always find that Muar Cottage is the most beautiful bangalow in Fraser’s. Not too big, just the right size to give it cosiness and also very upkept compares to the other.

This is the place that attracted us so much that make us want to go again and again
MIL and the kids at the front patio
There’s even a fire place in the living room.
We got to stay in the biggest room, because there are 4 of us. Still the 4 of us got to squeeze in the bed.

By the time we reached, lunch was almost ready. It’s prepared by the cottage’s caretaker, Mr. & Mrs Leong. (I find them a loving couple, in their fifties, working side by side, wife will do the cooking, husband will do the washing and also make sure that we are alright and serves us) We had chicken chop with fries and salad follow by chocolate puddings as dessert.

After lunch, dear hubby went to the garden to set up the tent for the kids to play. The weather is just nice this time, not too chilly , no rain and not too hot.

The kids are very excited. Especially for WH, he just roamed around, exploring the place.

The kids had tea at the veranda (So English) and then very reluctantly went for their nap. They woke up at about 5pm and dear hubby suggested we take a drive around. So all of us cramped into hubby’s car and went for a joy ride (bumping ride). First stop at The Paddock, but was closed, so decided to go back again the next morning. Then went to the tiny town for a while. Didn’t even bring WH to see the Ye Ole Smokehouse.

Went back to the cottage at about 6.30pm. Everyone bathed and waiting for dinner to be served. We had fishcake taufu, fried chicken, stewed chicken with mushroom, steamed fish, green vege and ommelette for dinner followed by fruits as dessert. Yum yum home cooked food from Mrs. Leong.

After dinner, dear hubby down with stomach ache again ( I think he’s got gastric) and called in a night early. FIL also slept early. Leaving the women behind. SILs and MIL played cards while I entertained the kids .Got the maid to massage me a little. Went to bed at about 10.30pm.

JS woke up at 1pm. Coughed and vomited (the weather too humid even I need my inhaler). So have to clean the mess before we really settled down for the day.

To be continued…

PD Trip

April 17, 2006

We didn’t go back to KL this weekend and it can be quite boring to stay at Seremban, basically no place of interesting to go. Already went to Jusco in Seremban 2 on Saturday night. Sunday, no where to go. Instead of sleep the whole day and clued to the idiot box, dear hubby decided to take a drive to PD, he wanted to have seafood lunch there, particullarly crabs.

Left home about 11.10am, reached PD at 11.45am. JS was excited about going to the beach and she has been asking for it many many times since she heard about many stories of beaches I have told her and we never really got a chance to go.

Went around PD town, couldn’t really find any decent seafood restaurant, mostly not opened. Maybe they operate only at night and we don’t really know the place. After a few rounds, only manage to find two. So we settle at one … quiet restaurant, and we were the only customers. Wanted to order noodles/fried tanghoon… but they have none…so we have to settle with rice instead.

1) Green vege
2) Deep fried sotong
3) Steamed fish
4) Steamed crab
5) Egg fried oyster

The crabs are a real dissapointment. Skinny and not so fresh, as the flesh is not sweet. Again the whole meal not cheap…cost us about RM112.

After lunch, we proceeded to the beach. Dear hubby bought a kite for RM10, again JS has wanted it because she has seen it in Barney’s show. We just had a short stroll there for about 1/2 hour. As a paranoid and over protective parents, we found the weather too hot for the kids…afraid they would get sick. Brought JS to pick some shells too…not those spectacular one…only very simple and plain..yet she treats them like treasure…her very first shells!!

It was just a very short trip, to sastify JS’s “taste” of the beach, as she has wanted so much to go. We got home just in time to keep the laundry…as from very sunny weather when we left home, we brought home heavy rain the moment we reached the gate. 😀

WH enjoying the feel of walking on the sand.
Prince and princess been shaded with the umbrella. Dear hubby teaching WH how to fly kite.
JS enjoying the beach…behind is the chalets of Avillion.

DH flying kite
JS’s treasures.