A Kinokuniya book haul

It was an impulse purchase.

There was this unexplained urge to head on to the Kinokuniya website and go crazy on book shopping. Perhaps it was partially motivated by the fact that I lost my Popular membership card. And my Watson card. I ended up paying for the Kinokuniya Privilege Card as well at Rm38/annum. I honestly feel it is worth the money. I get another 10% discount on top of the online price.

This time I am less greedy. I was realistic and bought only 4 books. My choices are very business-like this time. I bought one fiction thriller to ease the intense reading materials. Ok, that is still intense. I actually wanted a chick flick but I’m not sure what is recommended nowadays. Maybe it’s because I’m old, my friends are old, most of us are married and stuff. Gosh, I miss the thrills and butterflies of love birds. I used to enjoy the shopaholic girl series. Recently, I loved the Crazy Rich Asian movie – so something along that line? Light, lovey-dovey themes.

It seems that now I like reading more than playing games. One of those recurrent phases in life, only hoping that it will last longer. This haul costs me a total of RM234.67 with free delivery to Melaka. My package was couriered by DHL Express and reached me in less than a week since all of my books are in stock. I hope to get more during the Christmas season.

So what have you been reading lately? Share with me.

Walter Mitty and Negative 25

The main moral of the story talks about taking chances in life and not letting others having control over yours. I suppose it is a feel good movie for introverts and daydreamers where one is able to get out of their shell, although driven by desperation, to achieve their goals.

As a student of psychology, I was obviously drawn to the human interaction part of the story and one scene that stuck out to me was when Walter hiked up the mountains in Afghanistan to meet Sean just to ask about the whereabouts of Negative 25.

After much elaboration on Sean’s part and to Walter’s dismay, viewers soon discovered that the picture has been with Walter all the time. It was in the wallet, given as a gift by Sean to Walter, which Walter had thrown away in the bin at home. He disposed of it as a reaction to a bad day at work. Here comes the interesting part.

SEAN’S REACTION

Yes, he was upset with Walter’s move. Not so much of being upset by Walter throwing away the wallet but that Walter did not get to see the picture. I had a difficult time to digest that response. I was even doubting my English if I comprehended the scene correctly.

What ensued next was even more mind-boggling. Sean, despite being disappointed of Walter’s actions, he still included Walter in his precious moment of luck when he managed to catch a glimpse of the snow leopard on his camera. He then proceeded to invite Walter to play a football game with him and the natives of the mountain.

SEAN HAS A BIG HEART

The psychology behind this response amazes me. I really need to find out the theory behind it. Because, if this was an Asian sinetron, I doubt you’d see this sort of exchange happen. In fact, it’ll probably be a saga of revenge till the 7th generation!!

Any other scenes you find interesting?

September Birthday Party

We didn’t really get to do a big celebration (Peringkat Jenjarom) for my birthday in August due to my semester exams. So we went for Hi Tea instead last weekend to lump in both August & September babies celebration.

Checked in Putrajaya Marriot Hotel

I wanted to splurge and pamper myself. So I booked a room at this 5 star hotel with free breakfast for two. It had the usual amenities expected from this high end abode . There’s FREE WIFI, complimentary beverages, good entertainment, luxurious looking toileteries, a bathtub, a Super King bed, a sofa (fit for Ee) and a beautiful view. The receptionist was super helpful too. Said he was from Batu Berendam.

Price per night from it’s own website : RM225/night.

It was a very big room. After the husband and kids retired to bed, I soaked myself in the tub using the Doterra Spa Bodywash. I even put on Spotify in the bathroom for ambience. I enjoyed the view and the late night brew.

The next morning we had breakfast at The Zest, the house restaurant. Ee’s rate was originally RM28 ( children) but being the house guest, he had a 30% discount. Hence, I spent only RM19.80 for his breakfast and it was a buffet! The spread was wonderful and tasty although husband said there was something wrong with the pastries that morning. A bit hard he said.

I wish I had more days off to just enjoy the hotel facilities and cafes. Alas, I have other matters to attend to. We checked out at 11 am the next day and I bought the birthday cake from Marriot’s in house cafe – The Oracle. It was an RM88 Orange Chocolate mousse cake yang tak sedap. So, jangan beli. Ha ha ha.

Hi Tea at Movenpick Hotel

Movenpick sounds very English. Hakikatnya, it is hotel tabung haji yang posh. We had a reservation for the Birthday Hi Tea at Temasya Restaurant. Although the selections were not huge, the readily available options were delicious enough. The Hi-Tea was served buffet style. Husband loved the Beriani. I loved the spaghetti, lamb, satay and well, almost everything.

Except maybe the desserts. Ada lain macam skit rasa jelly dia.

My sister, Nora and youngest brother, Matin enlisted the help of Shuke2 Planner to decorate our table. They also coordinated with the staff of Temasya Restaurant to sing the Happy Birthday song to my dad. What I did not expect was that I received a surprise chocolate bouquet as well! I was so not camera-ready as I did not have any makeup on and that my tudung is so kedut2. Damn those surprises.. although I secretly loved it.

Nora gave me a set of Mary Kay Hand Care set which I absolutely loved. It’s quite a routine just for your hands but I love the fragrance. I also received my backdated order of my MK feet lotion which emanates this minty sensation to it. My brothers gave me a chocolate bouquet and my mom gifted me a set of telekung with purple sejadah. Dad paid for the hi-tea. Ha ha ha.

The celebration does not end there as there are a few social engagements coming up. Lol.

  • November : Tok Teb, Matin & Ninie birthdays
  • December : Ee & Adils’ birthday, my 10th year wedding anniversary, KIV gender reveal party by Aunty L (Nora).

Until then, let’s doa for good health, good life and a world of happiness.

Much needed break

I needed the break to fully realign my life. So I requested for Cuti Rehat from my superior which was thankfully granted. I even made a list of what I wanted to do during the break. I have spent 2 of the days and this was what I did.

Massage at SinggahSiniSpa

It is really hard to find a good masseuse. One who knows how much pressure to put on your body. To be honest, I really liked the ones I have overseas. The pressure is just nice, perhaps as they have more experience massaging Western tourists. Local masseuse tend to press on your body too much despite you telling them to ease it.

At SSS, it was not too bad although I did came back a bit sore at certain parts of my body. As a start, I loved the place. It was very aesthetic, smells nice and the music they played on the screen made it so serene and relaxing. The place looked exclusive!

I did the full body massage for 45 minutes priced at RM80. I knew I was in for a good session from the beginning. The lady massaged my heels and the pressure was so on point, I felt so relaxed right away. She even gave me an effective ‘crunchy’ sound down my spine as she pressed down on it gently. That was when I knew I’d probably slouched too much while sitting down.

Wash & Cut at Heritage Hair Salon

A new semester calls for a new beginning. Hence, the hair cut. Plus, I wanted a scalp and shoulder massage badly. This time I went to their new branch at Lorong Pandan. It was a small and dainty place. There were no customers whilst I was there and so I had like an hour session of cutting and washing my hair. I could tell that the young lady was less experienced than the owner herself cause in the hands of the original lady owner, your head feels so free and light that you’d feel so smart. LOL.

I cut off my long locks of hair and now I look like an aging Rogue (X-Men) with a streak of grey hair at the front. Kinda cool, actually. The trip to the salon costs me only RM35.

Other activities

Incidentally, I found a nearby nursery that sells the Vonya soil and it only costs me RM6 per bag. I bought two. Since parking is easy, I would most likely get my soil supply there in the future.

I did my groceries in Tesco. I had a wonderful cashier. She scanned my items nicely at a considerable pace and did not disrupt the arrangements of my goods. I was such in a good mood spending grocery money that I decided to get cat food for the stray cat that checks in once in while under my gazebo. I am desperate to give that cat a bath.

I treated myself to breakfast at a kopitiam and had a hearty breakfast. White coffee, nasi lemak, 2 half boiled eggs and a single Kaya/Butter toast. Very huge appetite! For moi !

Then, at home I rearranged the bookshelves and exercise equipment. I couldn’t help bragging to my husband that I could move the machine. All it needed was sheer will and incredible strength. I am in the middle of doing a make over of my personal study into a mini library for the family. I think it’s good influence for the kids.

I am anticipating a lively weekend too. We will be celebrating birthdays! Hooray..

The Lace Boutique Hotel

The long weekend is here. PKPP is extended till the end of the year. Malaysians are saying bye bye to their passports already. I have decided that we will not go back to Kuching this year for our annual trip. Instead, we will just go for short trips in Semenanjung Malaysia. And that was what we did.

It was a 3D2N stay in Johor Bahru. Mr Husband booked our staycation abode at the Lace Boutique Hotel he stumbled upon Agoda at a very good price. On the first night, he chose a one bedroom suite priced at RM130/night and on the second night a 2 bedroom suite for RM 150/night. Both without breakfast options. It was a huge price drop having seen it’s original price at the website. Perhaps the CEO was being benevolent and wanted more Malaysians to travel interstate and stay at the hotel. Stimulating the economy, they say.

Lace Boutique Hotel is owned by a YB Datuk Paduka Hjh Rokiah Hj Omar. From what I gather online, she is an entrepreneur with an impressive portfolio. Such as in the motoring business, hotel and saloon. All branded under the name Lace.

Lace Hotel is covered in gold-ish decorations. It gave me the Las Vegas & Empire Classic vibe. I was honestly surprised that both rooms that we booked has a bathtub.

The boutique hotel has a terrific location. You will never go hungry as there are loads of eateries at the area of Kpg Melayu Majidee and is of walking distance. The hotel is also in the heart of the city near the main road making trips easy for anybody outside of Johor.

The rooms were clean. The amenities they provided were plenty and enough. There was a microwave, kettle, plates, cutleries and even a complete set of teapot to make our own coffee and tea. The rooms were spacious and the bed was comfy. The air conditioning was wow!.

This location is also FOOD PANDA and GRABFOOD friendly!!! I know cause that was one the things I checked first. The riders can deliver your food to the hotel as it is so accessible. Of course you can always go out in your car and get food or take a walk.

The swimming pool was at the rooftop and the kids loved it. I was not sure where the cafe was as we did not have breakfast there. It was generally a wonderful stay despite a few small bumps. By that, I mean:

  • On the first night, the WIFI was not working at our floor. The TV was also not getting a good reception as they were using some sort of internet TV. The shows keep on buffering.
  • The bathroom could use an additional ‘ambience’ light. I know moms or ladies would appreciate soaking in the tub at night while watching the night sky through the big window with that sort of light in place.
  • Enough shower/bath gel. As opposed to 2 bottles of shampoo and conditioner without the shower gels. Texture dia rasa lain. Oh well, maybe for my future trips I should consider bringing my own travel-sized bath gels. Although I really love the hotel ones especially if they have nice bottles.

That should be it. Very minor problems.

For this trip, we were very relaxed. We did not even go to Legoland. Instead, we spent most of the time in the room (since husband has things to sort out about work), goofing around & sleeping. We only went out twice to go to the Johor Zoo and Ikea Tebrau.

Ended our Johor trip at Tanjung Piai. Took a few photos as momento.

If I was a Johorean, this would definitely be high up on my list for a mini weekend getaway with the girls or something. It does look high-end exclusive yet a bit abandoned from far. Probably because the glass windows have not been regularly cleansed for some time. Or maybe it has but it still looks stained with mold. Otherwise, the interiors are truly Instagram-mable and worth checking out.