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.

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka

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We booked a Studio during our stay at this resort. It has 2 single beds which we pushed closed together and towards the wall to accommodate the 4 of us. Mr Husband paid RM293.50 for a 3D2N stay including breakfast , tax and 2 adult entrance ticket to the waterpark for FREE. We still have to pay RM20 tourism fee upon checking in. 

3D2N = RM 293.50

The hotel was understandably packed as it was the long holidays. Our breakfast on the 1st morning had to be held at the convention centre because of the huge number of people. It was only the second day did we get to sit in the coffee house.

Breakfast selection was acceptable for the price you’re paying. You have the rice/noodle option, toasts with jam/ butter, porridge, fruits, basic cereals and coffee/tea. It was OK. 

Checking in was a breeze. This resort uses a ticketing system to serve their customers. Service was fast. Our room was located on the 8th floor in the Amari Villa. Despite the large volume of people staying in the resort, there was no difficulty (for us) to get into a lift. Bayou Lagoon has an in house convenience store just in front of the elevators which was convenient when you’re desperate. Otherwise, replenish your supplies elsewhere. 

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Our room has a strong WIFI connection, a mini fridge and complementary beverages. To us, having a fridge is a blessing. We are not allowed to bring the room towels to the water park, so either bring your own from home or rent one in the park itself. 

Our tickets came with the price of the room. Otherwise, the fees are as below;

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As you can see, there are other attractions available but because of time constraints ( we still have a few houses to visit for Eid), we just went into the water park. 

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Bayou Lagoon is a relatively small water park compared to the bigger ones out there. Families with young kids would enjoy this place. Teenagers and young adults? Maybe, depending on what thrill you’re looking for. What I loved about the place is that they don’t scrutinize your swimwear. Meaning, it is ok to wear a clean T-shirt and pants. One need not wear a burkini for instance. Janji pakai baju. 

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This place does not have lifeguards. So swim and play at own risk. There is an eatery inside. You can reload your tag with RM50 at the entrance and once you’re in the park, transactions are scanned through your bracelet. I am not sure if you could collect any balance from the counter once you’ve exit the park. That perhaps, is a question other visitors can answer. 

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Ee enjoyed going down the water slides. He is a lot more braver the last time we brought him to play in a park. Ninie on the hand, occupied and entertained herself by scooping water into her little bowl. Occasionally, I would give her duck float a little push around the ankle pool. In case, you’re wondering, she is not butt-nàkéd. She is wearing a diaper. But we don’t let her take a dip into the pool for hygiene purposes. 

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If I could improve my trip experience any better, I would consider the following;

  • buy own bottled mineral water in advance. their convenience store is expensive. A bottle of 2L drinking water costs a freaking RM6.
  • bring a few extra blankets cause my kids, being self-centred (lol..egoistic lil brats HA HA) like to keep the blankets to themselves. They ain’t wanna share. And while you’re at it, bring personal towels that you can use inside the water park too.
  • diffuse the room with EOs of your choice. the room does smell a bit musty when we first arrived. It got better but the experience could be enriched with my doTERRA oils preferably the Wild Orange/ Peppermint. 

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.

Review : Anggun Ayu Spa Royal Bali, Bukit Katil

I walked out of the spa feeling like a battered fish. Nearly served with fries. Dahsyat kan perasaan tu? Ha ha ha.

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I found this spa on Instagram. And then an old blog review which praises mountains of the place. Indeed, the place is pleasing to the eyes especially with the sound of Gamelan music in the background. The scent was mystical. Everything felt magical.

Until the masseuse stepped in.

I have had a Balinese massage before. In Bali itself. It was what I remembered as very relaxing, very soothing and pleasant experience. The pressure on your body was just nice and you don’t feel violated. Hence I was expecting a similar experience in this spa. Unfortunately it wasn’t as nice on the massage part.

I understand that you need to engage with the client. It is very comforting to know that you are asking if the pressure was alright with me but once I say, “It’s a bit too hard” – please take note and lighten the pressure instead of saying “It’s because your body have not had a massage for a very long time, it’s angin“. And it doesn’t help with the repetitive question of “sakit tak?” if you know that my answer will be “yes, sakit” and still keep that sort of pressure on me. I almost had doubts if the person massaging me was an android or something cause everything sounded so monotonous and scripted.

I was hoping to just you know… sink in my thoughts but she started asking me about the election. And what startled me most was when she asked me Who I voted for’. That is just overboard.

The Scrub on the other hand was a better experience although at times you feel like your modesty is being violated a bit. Terpampang susu kantung kat depan. urghhh.. Perhaps I need to try more spas to ensure whether this is a common practice of otherwise. It felt weird. After the scrub, I get to soak in the jacuzzi for 20 mins. My 1 hour 30 mins session ended with a lemongrass drink. The package cost me RM200.

WILL I GO THERE AGAIN?

I will think about it.

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Zoo Melaka. With the baby this time.

Ninie has not been adventurous as a baby. Her older brother Ee, at her age have already had his first flight experience from Sarawak to KL. Ninie have not had that opportunity yet and I doubt she’ll get the chance to travel SEA countries as much as Ee. This is because Mr Husband is in a study program and his leave days are confined to only 14 days a semester. Even if we could clear our schedule, we have Ee’s formal schooling to think about.

But we did not want her to miss out on the fun. So we brought her to our favourite zoo. ZOO MELAKA.

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TICKETS

ADULT (MYKAD) : RM15. CHILDREN (MYKID) : RM6

We arrived at 10AM on a Saturday morning just so we could beat the crowd. We had a heavy breakfast at home and brought our stroller. Baby Ninie is already 6.5Kg. Too heavy to put her in a carrier and walk.

Toilets were plenty. There was even a surau. I don’t remember seeing it there before. We skipped the bird show cause we have seen it a gazillion of times.

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There were deers and kancil almost everywhere. Also monkeys. Ee of course enjoyed the elephants. I, on the other hand was mesmerized with the shape of the giraffes pËnis. The giraffe looked ready to mate but it just wouldn’t get on with it. So I had to leave. Mr Husband loved the safari trail cause he could do his 10,000 steps on the pedometer. Baby Ninie was oblivious to her surroundings.

We finished our visit by 1140AM. Our parking coupon was well timed. Yeh, you need a coupon to park there. As always, the mandatory picture with the turtle statue before we head off for lunch at the nearby McDonalds.

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