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.

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to RM165 off your first trip.

https://abnb.me/e/2D0WnkzXPZ?suuid=c835808e-2593-4161-9c64-aaefc0487572&slevel=0

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.

Malacca Premium Outlet, Cendol Bakar & Rojak

Perhaps a valuable lesson to teach your young uns is of how to do window shopping – and that was exactly what we did at Malacca’s newest shopping attraction  – Freeport Malacca (Premium) Outlet.

10606390_10208044487780358_1734597302690142124_n

It has the usual things  – the windmill was pretty. My boy loved it a lot. We tried on shoes and clothes but we did not buy anything. Ntahlah .. tkde nafsu nak beli apa2. After all we are saving our mullah for our ‘delayed honeymoon trip’ next month.

12509823_10208044465659805_9019675667019906570_n

This also means skilfully distracting our boy from going into Toy World and making up creative excuses for him to not go on the carousel or indulge in money related activities. kedekut.

993856_10208044483340247_4728874573069274443_n

10307409_10208044487100341_4710827132632547253_n

We did have lunch at the foodcourt though. Expensive. Whadya expect? But since Ee finished his spaghetti meal – it was worth every penny. Despite not buying anything, we spent nearly 2 hours day strolling and checking out every store – comparing prices from what it should be outside the outlet. I’d say it’s quite  a bargain for the quality of things one could get from there. Perhaps they’d be even greater discounts during festive seasons. At least I know now where to get a nice pair of Santa Barbara Polo Racquet shoes …

I loved the open concept. I wish there were more trees or shady areas. Perhaps it will be in many years to come.

Our adventure did not stop there. We also made a pit stop at Cendol Bakar Drive thru. Ordered 2 VIP cendol before heading off to Alor Gajah to buy its famous rojak. A day well spent.