Ramadhan 2020 in the midst of Covid-19

Muslims are unable to perform congregational prayers especially Terawih in this holy month. I am sure other religious practices such as Sunday Mass are equally prohibited for the time being. As for myself, I have been performing Terawih ever since I became a mother – so this is a norm for me. But lately, I banyak tersasar. The mental drain and physical lethargy gets overwhelming towards the evening. I tend to sleep early at night.

There is no Ramadhan bazaar. There are only online options which is a bit limited and risky as in you need to find a reliable seller that sells tasty food as opposed to newbies who just wants to test the water. I miss legit taufu fa and apam balik crispy. I miss ayam percik, nasi kerabu, laksam and nasi dagang. I can’t seem to find sellers that sell less spicy popia sira, kuih bongkol (at least that is how Sarawakians spell it) and delish air kathira.

I ordered online food for Iftar yesterday since I was Working From Home (WFH) from Jaykam Katering Enterprise. I couldn’t really order online on days I work because the runner/rider’s timing might not coincide with mine. I do not want to trouble them in case I don’t reach home on time. Unless they can deliver to the clinic before 5PM. I tried the menu from this seller because I was craving for asam pedas tetel and paru goreng. Ee wanted Laksa Penang as well. On top of that, I tried their Jus Delima (pomegranate juice). The food was very spicy for my Sarawakian taste buds. Even my Malaccan husband had difficulty to tolerate it because he has a low threshold too. I bought other dishes too and I spent RM44 from this seller alone including runner service fee.

I also bought desserts from another vendor but since the food is disappointing, it is best not to leave a review.

My firstborn Ee has managed to fast for one whole day which is an achievement. It has been a few years of ‘half-day’ that we think, as parents it is time to take it up a notch. Thankfully, due to COVID-19 he does not have to endure school in Ramadhan as it is closed. The hot weather and tight schedule might put him off. Yes, it may defeat the purpose of fasting but I’d like my kid to observe fasting as something fun and memorable as a child. Not of pain and punishing.

As for the little one, she has more vocabulary than ever and often copycat her brothers words. She will commence her daycare session probably this Friday with necessary measures, of course. I hope she will be OK.

Melaka – Langkawi – Penang – Melaka

Finally, my husband could take leave after slaving himself for 4 months working non-stop. He is at the near top of his career ladder. This translates to still having to work on the weekends. He chose Langkawi & Penang for our mini year-end vacation and we invited his parents to come too.

This time we tried using Malindo Air and depart via the Batu Berendam airport in Melaka. It’s a small airport which has 1 mini cafe and 2 other tuck shops. The toilet and musolla was enough for the number of visitors and most importantly, clean. Parking was FREE. For now.

The flight took about 1H 40mins from Melaka to Langkawi. Our plane was a little, cute plane that gives off this Jurassic Park vibe to it. We did not order any inflight meals cause the journey is very short. We checked into the Greenish Hotel (will write about that later) and went about our days. For this trip, we decided to take it really easy. Since we have been coming to Langkawi for almost every year, this time we ditched the cable car and The Aquaria.

We still went to Langkawi Wildlife Park because its fun to feed the animals. They have a new attraction which is an augmented reality studio. Honestly not impressed. Please do not waste your time and money there.

HIG complex is a must. This is where apart from selling chocolates, they sell local health & cosmetic products, kitchenware, glassware, duvet etc. All this at a tax-free price. A construction is ongoing at site. Not sure what they’re building.This time since I am in a weight loss programme, I have been more cautious in my selection of chocolates. I spent more on dark choc varieties. However, my favourites like Hersheys, Bounty & Maltesers made it into the basket too. I am not a fan of Daim.

Meals were simple. We had nasi campur at various places including the famous Kak Yan. Then there’s Laksa Kaw which was a disappointment. The recipe is just off. It made me wonder whether that nice Rossabina laksa we had is the same owner of this Laksa Kaw (rebranded?) because the location is the same.

We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Langkawi and departed to Penang via the passenger ferry. Mr Husband booked the tickets online and had them printed out early. The tickets were scanned at the autogate and we get to wait at a very big, comfortable, air conditioned hall. Impressive!

Adult RM70.00

Child RM51.30

We were allocated numbers for our seats. So, no rush. Toilets are OK. They even provide complimentary puke bags for passengers. The 3 hour ferry ride went by smoothly cause they had movies on. Plus, air condition was working great. Bring a jumper if you are sensitive to cold. I was worried initially upon boarding because we were bombarded with a string of dangdut videos on the public TV screen as entertainment. I had thought it would last for the 3 hours of our journey. Thankfully they switched to an English movie as we set off. ha ha ha.

We hailed a Grab from the ferry terminal to our hotel Seri Malaysia (another blog post) and just stayed within the compound till our flight back to Melaka the following day. In short, we did not go sight seeing considering that it was New years Eve and people might get drunk on the streets. One thing I have to mention, even though this hotel is rated only 2 stars – the breakfast buffet is worth 3 stars. Even better than Greenish Hotel in Langkawi.

We finally reached home with a bang! Turns out that our flight coincides with the Melaka Welcomes The World campaign. So, we had kompang and all of the tourism entourage making a fuss over us handing goodie bags and what not at the airport. My kids of course enjoyed the attention.

Malindo Air delivered its best this time around – flight was punctual. I loved that we could travel easily from Melaka to Langkawi without having to drive up to Kuala Lumpur, spend money on overnight parking and catch a plane from there.

Now we can just land in Melaka, get back into our car and just drive another 15 mins back home. We had time to at least rest a bit before we got back to work and school the very next day. Let’s hope there will be more flights from Melaka to other places in the world. Our family would love it!

Ee just turned 8 years old

.. and he is bragging about his height.

.. I have just another 20cm to go before I get to be as tall as you, Mummy

honestly, not looking forward to that. Ha ha.

As always, we have a mini family celebration followed by parties on both sides of the family. For his birthday dinner, nucleus family level – we went to Rest Haus Restaurant located in Taman Lagenda, Melaka. It has an open shoe policy before entering the premise. I would personally recommend their daging salai set (smoked beef) & ribeye roll. Their macaroni cheese is superb too.

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A few days later, we celebrated Ee’s birthday with my husbands family at my brother in laws new flat unit he rents out for his homestay business. We bought the Indulgence Cake from Secret Recipe and I ordered additional desserts from an online homebaker on Instagram.

I was craving for Pavlova and creampuff, so I ordered those. Total of my purchase were RM90 for 46 pieces of creampuff and 16pcs of pavlova. I paid for the deposit online and completed the transaction once I picked it up at a location in Muzaffar Height. I am contemplating to order the creampuff again for next year. Ha ha ha.

The following weekend was Ee’s final birthday bash with my side of the family. Initially I had wanted to arrange another swim at the villa but the rates were super expensive since it was a school holiday. Hence, for minimal fuss, I decided to just go somewhere for a hi-tea buffet. Ditching our usual venue i.e Sama Sama Hotel, this time I thought we should give Verandah Restaurant at Cyberview Resort & Spa a try.

Making a reservation was easy and for me, reliable because they utilize the TableApp. The journey there was peaceful as the traffic was not congested. Yelah, nama pun gi resort kan. I brought Ee and Adil’s (his cousin) themed birthday cake there too.

This time I ordered the cake from Anisskekhouse.

This homebaker now has 2 physical stores located one at Kip Mall, Bachang and the other at Bukit Baru. The boys wanted a Doraemon adventure in the land of dinosaurs sort of thing and was glad that she knew exactly what to do. I was pleased with the results. The cake was banana chocolate with buttercream icing and for a size of 7 inches, the price totaled to RM70 with self pickup.

Verandah restaurant buffet spread was super wonderful. My folks love it, my brothers kept giving a thumbs up. I was binging on the protein and veges instead of the carbs. Would definitely go there again! We were a party of 8 adults (including 2 senior citizens), 3 paying kids and 1 kid for free.

A paying adult is RM68.00 ( as advertised) but on our receipts marked down as RM64.15

Senior citizens get a 30% discount. Children pay half of the adult amount.

And surprise, if you pay with a Maybank card, you get an additional 20% off the total bill. I honestly was not aware of that! Total after discount was RM457.00 This promotion is of course at a limited time only. And I also just knew that if the timing is right and you know where to look in the world wide web, some app or sites offer vouchers to eat here for a cheaper rate.

The party at Verandah Restaurant was the end of Ee’s birthday celebration. He received lots of presents and birthday ang-pow. His dad gave him a sim card so he could play his video games. He got a remote controlled helicopter of which only the dad could operate it well. His remote controlled car became Ninie’s favourite toy for a day.

In a few months time, we will be celebrating Danial’s bday pulak. He is Ee’s uncle. And that will be another great celebration.

Non alcoholic drinks from 7 eleven

I hate the approaching of new year because it will mean starting on achieving your KPIs and such. I personally dislike the fact of having to churn ideas for my Creative KIK project. Choose somebody puh-leez!! It is difficult to come up with something great when you are forced to do it. Creative juices do not come on demand, it just flows when it feels right.

I am already bogged down with other commitments on top of my periodically renewed motivation to lose weight. (meh) The stress got to me so bad that I felt like I needed to drink down my sorrows. Lol.

So I went to 7eleven to gush down on its non alcoholic beverages. Initially, I just wanted to get the IT’s Aik Cheong series but I ended up getting other drink choices.



Inevitably, I broke the rules of diet. I drink my calories.

I did not manage to get the whole set. Here I am missing the red ( long black) & pink ( hot chocolate with marshmallow) one. It was sold out at that particular 7E outlet. Must be sedap. The cappucino does not differ much from the instant 3 in 1 recipe. In short, its good. If you’re looking for something new and yummy, I would definitely recommend the teh tarik & maccha. The teh tarik was amazingly kaw.


Next is this brand, VIDA.

Out of the 4, I loved Clear Cider the most. At first, I was a bit puzzled with it being in the halal fridge. But then it has the logo – so its safe for muslim consumption. I dislike Clear Honey. Its like if that was the only drink left in the fridge with another option being plain warm mineral water to quench my thirst or allay the spiciness of food. I would still op for the latter. Perhaps other people would enjoy it more.

Next is this funky, colourful smooth milky latte-like drink called Olatte. I only managed to get the apple & peach flavour. The pear (in blue) is probably sold out, I don’t know. I loved the apple. The drink is Made in Korea and is certified HALAL by Jakim.

Finally, the ZERO sugar drink with at least 10kcal ONLY in one serving. Branded as CELCIUS. This is the drink I least enjoy. Despite the low calories and no sugar, it just tasted so artificial. The orange flavour was almost like those cheap orange soda you get during Eid or in hampers. I was almost not convinced that it was Zero Sugar.

7Eleven is currently having this We Bare Bears Campaign. You collect a certain number of stickers to redeem what I think is a cup for free. You get one sticker for every RM5 spent in 7Eleven. So, Good Luck!

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Myeongdong Topokki Taman Lagenda Melaka

I think I am in my Korean phase – a phase where I am infatuated with everything Korean from the latest drama, variety show, gossips, songs & food. This phase will pass too but until the enthusiasm wears off – I am on a mission to fulfill that K-void. Even my makeup has taken on a Korean vibe to it.

FYI – I have been binge-watching Youtube videos of Hong Jin-Young with her charming, aegyo personality who appeared in various variety shows in Korea.

On top of that, just last week my family and I tried Korean street food at a new halal outlet called Myeongdong Topokki in Melaka.

Honey Jujube RM7.90
Green Tea RM3.90 ( refillable x 3)

The concept is that it has a counter where you order food and then collect at the kitchen when your number is called. It would have been a better experience if I could see the menu beforehand so that (as first timers) I will not freeze or deliberate too long on my choices upon ordering. It would have been ugly if the queue was long.

I ordered the trending snacks youngsters nowadays seem to enjoy. For my husband, I took the liberty to order him a set of Bulgogi Beef Deopbab. Basically, it is rice with marinated beef alongside side dishes of kimchi, soup and green tea.

Bulgogi Beef Deopbap RM18.90

My son Ee had the regular corndog.

Corndog RM 12.90
Ganjang chicken RM10.90

I ordered a Cheese Topokki. Of course, this is because I have been influenced by the numerous clips I see on Youtube. I find that topokki is not to my liking but at least I have tried. I think it’s the spiciness that puts me off. Koreans really love their gochujang (chilli paste).

Cheese Topokki (large) RM15.90

We enjoyed the Ganjang Chicken most. It is not spicy. I would definitely order a bigger portion on my next visit.

As for drinks, I had iced green tea. Customers can refill their green tea up to 3 servings ! Ee had honey jujube drink which was equally nice.

In short, this is a child friendly eatery. It is clean and exudes the young, cheerful vibe. Food is not bad but a bit pricey for street food. But we have to remember, this is an imported menu after all – haruslah harga mahal sikit. Parking spaces are difficult to come by. Customers tend to double park. Apart from the minor glitches, I think it is worth trying.