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.

Ninie’s birthday marathon. She is Two

Costume bought at Kaison

She was like a princess. Her birthday celebration was ongoing for at least 2 weeks held at Peringgit, Melaka (DIMA@MITC) & in Kuala Lumpur (Dorsett Residences) with the respective clans. Oh, and a prelim birthday dinner at Vivo, AEON Bandaraya Melaka.

PREBIRTHDAY MARATHON

VIVO had a makeover and it was looking great. Basically it was the 4 of us going out for dinner on the 6th of November itself – having western dishes.

Meatball was delicious but Ninie just wanted fries.. the beef lasagna was also to die for..
A mom very enthusiastic listening to Ninie reciting the dua before meals

PERINGKAT PERINGGIT

This was a shared celebration with her grandfather (husbands dad). We hosted a dinner at an Arabic restaurant in MITC called Dima. As usual we had Maghot Lamb, Mandi Chicken & Lamb. 3 big jugs of juices too.

I ordered Ninie’s cake from Wahdelicious. She is on Instagram . The theme was baby shark. The deco is using fondant whilst the cake is Oreo. There are other options available. I would consider other cakes in my next order as I felt Orea was too sweet for my liking.

Basically I contacted her through watsapp via a link of her instagram. She would ask for a design that I have in mind. Pay her a deposit online and complete the transaction upon pickup at her residence in Bukit Katil. It was a smooth interaction. I was happy with the outcome.

This cake is priced at RM120.

It was a really simple celebration. Wait till you get to the party we had in Kuala Lumpur.

PERINGKAT KUALA LUMPUR

This was a celebration of My Tribe. Lol. It was also a conjoined party between Ninie and her uncle, Matin. Furthermore, it was Matins convocation that particular weekend. Hence, we booked a room at Dorsett Residence, Kuala Lumpur for a mini staycation. I made my booking through the Agoda app and managed to secure a Dorsett Queen Studio Residence with FREE WIfi & Breakfast for 2 at RM364.91 for one night.

Breakfast is packed with people. I mean the spread is delicious hence there is no surprise in that. They have a notice at the front door suggesting hours that some visitors may want to swing by to beat the crowd.

It has a beautiful kitchen, mini washing machine (which we dont use), 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. one of the bathroom has a bath tub which I used to soak myself. The view was acceptable meaning we had to see the constructions nearby. Despite that, I could still enjoy star gazing before dozing off at night.

It is walking distance to Pavillion and all sorts of eateries which means parking and traffic is horrendous because its in the city – hence Dorsett adopts the automated parking space like Japan.

The residence has a pool at Level 30. There is also a cute little gym for fitness enthusiasts.

My little family traveled from Melaka at noon and arrived nicely for check in by 3pm. Check out is at 12noon. I brought with me sandwiches and fruit tarts I ordered from my friends aunt & the latter from a colleague I knew in my previous workplace. Her IG handle is @hidayah_tan_509.

The fillings I ordered : Tuna chilli, Scramble egg cheese, chicken fillet, chicken grill (spicy)
Single Filling (24pcs) RM 35 per box
Double Filling (16pcs) RM28 per box
Double Filling (24pcs) RM42 per box

Order from Puan Aisyah 019 680 1585
Fruit Tarts : RM1.30 per piece. I ordered 50 pieces.
Do visit her Instagram

The initial plan was to also cut the birthday cake that my sister wanted to sponsor. The cake sadly did not arrive on time. Very poor services and the baker was not even apologetic in the first place – saying the cake has been sent by the runner and that there is no such thing as a refund. We were disappointed, frustrated, angry. Somehow, we received another call a few minutes later and it turned out that the cake was still with the runner and has yet to be delivered. This time she apologized profusely.

Ninie received a lot of presents that day

Seeing the very positive comments on this bakers social media account, we decided to forgive her as this could be a one off mishap. Thankfully, the cake was delicious. So, I will not name this baker. But you guys can enjoy the picture. We ended up cutting the cake at 0700am the next morning just before my brother, Matin heads off for his convocation.

Ninie is Two
CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER
ALL SIBLINGS OF THIS TRIBE HAS NOW GRADUATED !!

We had a convocation celebration dinner at a nearby buffet restaurant, Chatz Brasserie in Park Royal Hotel. Dad was generous and paid for everyone. I have no idea how much it costs per pax but you could always check with the hotel.

November has been great. Next month we will have an EE Birthday Marathon. Hurray..