September birthday weekend – event planner in the making

My sister, brother in law and dad shares the same birthday month and this year I plan to make it a special event. My preparation started almost a month before the planned long weekend. The big theme is to have a birthday bash in a bungalow that has a pool.

I decided to book a villa in Famosa Resort, Alor Gajah through Airbnb.

I managed to secure a nice, modern looking house at a 50% offer rate at RM563.37/ night including tax and service fee. The accommodation has 5 airconditioned rooms, a small kitchen, a kiddie pool + adult pool, a BBQ area and most importantly a karaoke machine.

We swam in the pool until our skin shrunk like dried raisins.

Most of the villas here have their respective owners but we came to realize that they also have caretakers which help to maintain the house. Ours were using the services of Azra Maintenance. This company is like the housekeeping service in hotels. They clean up after each visit including the pool and such. Hence, being able to provide clean towels and mini soap bars to guests.

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Prior to checking in, we spent a few hours at the nearby Safari Wonderland. I purchased our tickets online at a discounted flat rate of RM28/person. The queue to redeem the ticket however was a pain in the arse. People were cutting line like no ones business. I had to speak up at one point. Thankfully, there was no altercation. The culprit acknowledged the mistake but stayed in the line in front of everybody nonetheless. The Safari was small and very hot. Some of the animals looked like they need more food, interaction and jungle-like atmosphere. We managed to catch the bird show and made a really quick trip to monkey island.

Lunch was at the nearby outdoor eatery Cendol Bakar.

I pre-ordered the birthday cake 3 days in advance from Aniss Kek House which has a physical store at KipMall Bachang.

I bought a 9″ Russian Black and White cake for RM90. It was delicious. We had to cut the cake early at my place because we couldn’t transport the cake to the villa without risking it melting in the car.

I also planned a birthday bouquet surprise with my brother in law for my sister. I requested an extra parachute chocolate bouquet for my dad as well. Alhamdulilah we managed to find a seller on Instagram who could deliver to our villa.

Bellablossom also have an FB account.

The price for each unit including delivery was RM100/unit. Both September babies had no inkling at all of the surprise. My brother in law was so pleased with himself as we collaborated in the surprise. HA ha ha.

InsyaAllah this will give me the right momentum to plan a birthday party for both of my kids end of this year. Ninie will have something with wings whilst Ee will have a superhero element to his party. Wish me luck.

My Mom’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday. She is 60.

Mother wanted to celebrate her birthday at Sama Sama Hotel. Again. She really loved the HiTea buffet there. It will be my second time going to the hotel but I think my parents have been there quite a couple of times. The rate so far is still the same.

Adult  RM65/ Children RM45

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We went a bit extra this time by getting her helium balloons, a bouquet of roses and presents. She even got a birthday sash. As usual, my younger sister L plans out the events. Food was great, what more can I say.

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As for presents, my sister and I got her crystal bracelets from this store near my place. The place is called Crystal Corner. When I first walked into the store, I wasn’t really sure of what to buy. Or how to buy. The lady there was nice to help me out.

She inquired about my budget and suggest I start on the low side. Which was less than RM500. Low pun berlubang jugak poket. She then mentioned that people buy crystals for various reasons. It can be a piece of accessory, a house decor, for work, for health or for love relationships. I told her I plan to buy for my mom. I suppose the best indication, InsyaAllah, is for her general health. If not, purely an accessory. 

I ended up purchasing 2 types of bracelet. One made out of Tourmaline stones and the other, Green Rutilated stones. The total price after a 20% discount, amounted for just over RM300. Coincidentally ,the store was having a 20 year anniversary sale, so I was eligible for a PWP RM20 promotion bracelet. I chose a brown one for myself. I wished I chose something better though. HA ha.

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I plan to make a second trip there next month to get something for my birthday. I kinda fancied the Tourmaline bracelet. It looks so pretty. Of course, gold accessories is best but I have yet to find something nice to my liking. Upon purchasing the crystals, the lady did some sort of cleansing ritual in this big bowl which let out this loud ringing sound. Having read up on several websites later, I find that there are several ways of ‘cleansing’ and ‘resetting’ the crystals of its purpose. As a muslim, I will not delve further into that for fear of syirik but I guess it would be interesting for some. Perhaps, it would be enough to just follow instructions to keep the crystals clean, ‘neutral’ (if it is appropriate to say so) and exert its beneficial properties without having to overclaim or be too mystical about it.

Anyway,

The Hi-Tea Birthday Party was great. We have another get together in September to celebrate both my sister and Dad’s birthday. That will be in Melaka. This time I will plan the event and of course I would tell you about it too.

Pak John Steamboat and BBQ, IOI City Mall

We traveled all the way from Melaka to IOI City Mall Putrajaya last weekend in Starving Mode just to try this outlet since we heard so many positive reviews about it. Especially from the Butterfly Project Malaysia members.

We were not disappointed. 

GE-11, Ground Floor, IOI City Mall,
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City,
62502 Putrajaya, Sepang,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 012-251 8289‬, 03-8957 1128

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The buffet restaurant is located outside the mall on the G FLoor. That would be FYI for those who are not familiar with this mall. Ntah berapa kali belek email, betul ke ni.. betul ke.. terus rasa mcm nak makan kaki baby..

PakJohn is certified HALAL by JAKIM.

It boasts of having over 160 selections of food to choose from. With 6 different soup to cater our preferences. For a buffet, I feel that the price is affordable if you can spare at least over 60 minutes there to just eat. We spent about 90 minutes there. Sebab nak makan semua.

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Mana satu kuah yang tak pedas (not spicy)?

Chicken, prawn and miso..

We opted for chicken soup.

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Rich selection of poultry and seafood. Because I was kind of like on a diet – I ate a lot of protein on that day. Mr Husband had rice and the kids well, I was surprised that Ninie could also enjoy the food. We were so worried that the kids would vomit. The experience of this indoor BBQ gets more delicious as we tried the many sauces and dips from the sauce station.

My best attempt to be a thick skinned blogger and take the video of the sauce station. Cepat sgt sis keliling.  

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That would Ninie, the girl who ate and ate and ate. And can you see that burnt surface of our BBQ tray? Well.. they even replace those things from time to time so that your BBQ will not be hangus despite the many margarine you lather onto your meat. Nice touch, kan?

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There are also rows of vegetables for constipated people those who are into healthy food and needs more vitamins for better bowel movements and skin complexion.

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Mr Husband had 2 helpings of the white rice. There were also fried rice and bihun. And gosh, you should have seen the ramen counter! You just want to sit there for 24 hours and try everything.

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My son Ee went wild over these sticks of fried balls and such. Freshly fried foodbites dipped with the many sauce, is that not foodgasm??!! BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF IT. Wait till you see what they have as part of their premium selection of which the is already included in the price you paid for. No caj asing2. 

I personally love the Lamb Slices and Smoked Duck. I think its a good idea to have these items ordered over the counter to prevent wastage. I also tried the dim sum which was new to me as I wasn’t very sure on how to eat them. But it ended in my stomach anyway. hehehe..

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For dessert, we had those fluffy waffles (which you also order at the respective counter). The waffles are really that sedap because my husband say so. For someone who thinks everyone else’s cooking is horrible including those viral ones you see circulating over the internet – that waffle compliment is a thumbs up. Hey pakjohn, I want batter recipe.

On top of the waffles, we had multiple cups of ice cream, cendol and cakes.

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And to wash it down, of course, unlimited supply of drinks at the drink station from soda to juice and plain cool water. They even have hot drinks and Mr Husband wrapped it up with a cup of hot MIlo. I of course had my Pepsi. Diet lah sangat.

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Thank you Pak John and The Butterfly Project for the recommendations. We were so full and bloated that we decided to stay the night in Putrajaya. Well we kinda had an idea that we will need an afternoon nap anyways after the great food. Plus, we could visit my sister at Panglima  Garang as well.

So if a good day eating outside A LOT and NEVERENDING for at least 2 hours with the family and friends is your kind of thing eventhough you are on a diet…  Do have Pak John Steamboat and BBQ Buffet in mind. There is always something for everyone.

GE-11, Ground Floor, IOI City Mall,
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City,
62502 Putrajaya, Sepang,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 012-251 8289‬, 03-8957 1128

Lunch at Kelab Tasik Putrajaya

Dad really wanted to have his meal here.

We arrived there at 1215 noon with the sun blazing hot and the first thing that caught out attention was – it was a big open space area with no air conditioning. Ee was already, “aduhhh. panaslah”. But Dad said walk straight to the indoor area – and we found this small place which could fit probably only 40 – 50 little people inside  – but thankfully air conditioned. Although it does get warm once the carbon dioxide from all the exhaling fills the room.

The occasion was to celebrate my Mom’s birthday (31.07.1959) and myself (05.08.1983). I bought presents for my mom and my sister. From BOdyShop of course. I got Mother a tub of Ginseng Masker + Moringa Bath Gel (travel size) + Scrub. I got my sister, the fresh white musk EDT. As for myself, I bought the Atlas Mountain Rose EDT. Everything costs me just above RM300 and I received an RM45 voucher in return. Gift wrapping was FREE for members. *thumbs up*

I bought last minute flower bouquets from Turba Rose, which was located at Kota Fesyen Melaka (MITC) in the same row as MK Curtains.

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At Kelab Tasik Putrajaya, we managed to squeeze ourselves at the round table. Meals on average was between RM24 – RM35 per plate depending on what you want. I had salmon. The rest had chicken chop, fish and chips, cordon bleu and sirloin steak.

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Food was OK but I wouldn’t really go there anymore. Price was befitting to the food. It’s just that the ambience felt weird. Rasa macam sardin posh kena himpit ramai2 gittew. Tahukan Malaysia ni panas, should provide more indoor area. Yes, it’s nice to sip your coffee while looking at the lake but …. not when it is 34 degrees outside.

Next get together we are probably going to have it at Sama-Sama Hotel again. For hi-tea.

The Long Weekend – from Tambun and Cameron Highlands with love

Melaka had a 3 day holiday and so we took the opportunity to bring our kids to both Tambun and Cameron Highlands. As parents I think we were both equally, physically exhausted. BUT EMOTIONALLY ELATED. Ee had fun and I’m sure Ninie enjoyed the new environment stimulus.

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Started the morning with McCafe. YUM

It was not easy travelling with a baby and a 7 year old. Thankfully Ee is not the type who would throw a tantrum in public. He is a silent protester though – like tak nak makan, tak nak participate, tak nak tu.. tak nak ni. All this done with his head hung low and melepek takde mood kinda face. Still manage to pisses me off sometimes.

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At Tambun, Mr Husband insisted on carrying Ninie in the body carrier padahal dah bwk stroller. Dahlah panas, pastu penat. Subsequently he doesn’t have the mood to play in the water. Hence Ee too doesn’t feel like playing in the water. Prior to this, we had always arrive at Tambun by 10am – only this time we were a bit late. This is our 3rd visit to Tambun. Maka matahari dah naik, orang dah ramai – in conclusion, tak berapa best when its only you and the kids. Especially the meragam puteri lilin baby.

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BUT do not get me wrong – TAMBUn is a fun place. We would still go but perhaps with better planning. It has a water park, a fun fair like area, mini rollercoaster, haunted house, petting zoo, lake activities, a spa, adventure parks with glamping sites and many more! All this for less than RM100 per entry for an adult with MYKID. We bought our tickets online and got our tickets for less than RM60. Kids less than 90cm gets to enter the park for free. Nice kan?

Cameron Highlands was physically exhausting as well. Nak sujud peha sakit. We went to the Brinchang Tea Plantation and of course our favourite Kea Strawberry Farm. We didn’t get to enjoy the strawberry related food this time because of the crowd but we managed to have Carrot Cake and a pot of tea at BOH Sungai Palas factory. Mr Husband macam biasa order carrot cake mcm bela arnab 100 ekor. Pastu penat nak makan. When I asked why did he have to order that much (2 slice kontot je pun) , he said a blogger reviewed it to be super delicious. OK. Fine.

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The highlight of this trip was probably our hotel stay at Bedrock Hotel ( a review coming soon). It was a hotel I chose and splurged on because I do not want to risk Mr Husband booking hotel yg tah apa2. It was one of the best nights I had as I get to soak myself in an Epsom Salt bath with the Goblin OST playing in the background whilst the kids and husband is asleep. BLiss.

Travelling with kids requires proper planning in terms of the timing to enter the parks and interesting sites. Refreshments in the car. I was glad I brought mini plastic bags to keep Ninie’s diapers in the car. I wish I brought sugar cubes to further add taste to my tea and complimentary coffee in the hotel room. Mr Husband kinda used up all of it. Hmph. But it’s OK.. ni sume experience.