10th Wedding Anniversary at Casa Bonita Hotel

Prior to the pandemic, I’ve already planned out my 10th wedding anniversary celebration . We were both going to lose weight, organize a kenduri at our house and wear matching batik outfits for our photos. However, things happened. COVID-19 rules our lives. Mr Husband was busy with his public health activities whilst I was busy on the clinical side of things. We managed to squeeze some family time interim but honestly, it could have been better.

10 years living with another human being is not a small feat. Have I ever thought of separation during this relationship? Of course. Especially on my period. But Patience and Sanity usually pulls me away from it. Covid-19 or not, a decade of love needs to be celebrated. If he is not going to be the first to utter those words , wishes or gestures, then I will be the one to do so and sprinkle some romance in the air. It’s tiring having to kick it off every time but someone’s gotta keep the wheel of marriage running.

I started with the watsapp wish in the morning. Sending him a snapshot of my wedding anniversary gift to him. This is to also hint him to get me a present if he hadn’t thought of doing so. (insert annoyed face here) If he is not getting me a flower bouquet, then he’d better get me a present for my 10th wedding anniversary. Then just like an excellent PA, I laid out the plans for the day.

Me working half day –> fetch kids from grandma –> check into hotel , also in Melaka –> husband will drive from JB and reach hotel with whatever transport he wants —> husband will arrange for dinner

I chose Casa Bonita Hotel for our staycation for new years weekend.

CASA BONITA HOTEL is located strategically at where all the viral eateries are. It is at Limbongan where the famous keria is. The keria man is also selling laksa at his shop. Other famous stuff nearby is the avocado drinks, soursop drink, the asam pedas lady, the mee bodo at tengkera. All this within walking distance to each other. We had wanted to do that but the exhaustion from work got the better of us that we practically just enjoyed the room and the food delivered to us.

Our room is the family suite. It has 2 double beds, a living room with a mini dining table, a fridge and a bath tub. At least my kids can enjoy that whilst being stuck in the room. I booked our stay via Agoda of course at RM225/night for 2 nights. The total came up to RM551.57 including tax and service fees.

I had wanted to book dinner at the in house restaurant but in view of us being health care workers, I thought we’d better stay in our rooms and reduce the risk of contracting the virus. This is because if a HCW gets ill, it may cause inconvenience to the work schedule if the HCW needs to get MC and such. Mr Husband instead arranged for dinner in our room by ordering this meal box from another hotel, Bayview hotel. At RM88, we get a selection of food that make up a meal for our little family.

This promotion is seasonal. I enjoyed the chicken the most followed by its Xmas crepe. The cornish pie was a bit bland but passable for a hungry tribe. It was a meal worth the money.

As for presents, I got my husband a portable massage machine for his back. He got me a Samsung Tablet A 8″ 2019. Lovely, I had always wanted one. I think it could be useful for my studies. I am still exploring its features and scrolling through apps that might be useful for my side responsibility as a student. Do recommend me good ones.

I have already made a staycation booking for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration. I just hope nothing major will happen on that day.

Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

Nearly 9 years in Melaka and this was my first time to this tourist site even though I have been to the zoo countless times. We were aware that due to Covid-19, stringent measures are in place.

There were plenty of parking space when we arrived and upon entering the taman, we could see the traditional houses of the different states beside each other. To me, it was a great place with tremendous potential for more visitors. Even without the abandoned mini theme park and petting zoo. It is starting to look like something out of a horror movie.

The place needed its maintenance activities in check. The original houses were so beautiful but some parts of it were wrecked. The ASEAN part was technically ruined and risks being a breeding site for dengue. We have been bitten by Aedes Aegypti so many times there.

Of course, I wouldn’t know exactly what is required to keep the place up and running but if you’re a person with money and keen eye for entrepreneurship, perhaps this is one project you might consider taking up.

I loved the Sarawak longhouse best. It was the most vibrant, colourful and different as compared to others. Followed by the Sabah house and perhaps the Terengganu one after.

It took us just about an hour to finish walking around the whole place with minimal photo taking. It is good exercise. We then headed to the Big Bowl Ice branch at MITC to have a cold beverage and light lunch.

The milk pudding with fruits is more toddler friendly, I suppose. Haneem had that. These cold serves goes well with its fried food options. We love the paratha.

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..

Taman Kayangan Minci, progress report

Ever since the plant haul at Baba Wan Nursery, I have been quite obsessed in landscaping my garden. I discovered Gadek Nursery, a 25 min drive from my home. Gadek has more variety and they sell at a cheaper price too. I decided to get my hands into succulent care too. The edible garden will have to wait cause it is still growing.

I recorded all my expenses in a file hoping to later see how much did I spent in total for this new-found hobby. My latest purchase was a mini greenhouse. I think I slept on that purchase for a few weeks before I finally clicked the button Buy on Shopee. *money flew. less doterra for the month *

It would be an invaluable addition to the garden especially in rainy seasons. Furthermore I am on a mission to resurrect my Polianthes tuberosa which is taking ages to heal. I believe in you, plant! To further fuel the nerd in me, I downloaded an app called Plant Diary where I can make an inventory of what I have in my garden. It was exciting when I first used it but then I thought it was tedious to document it all.

I am calling my garden Taman Kayangan Minci. It will be a blend of Modern & Woodlandish sort of thing. I cannot wait for my flowers to bloom at its best – my hibiscus, petunia, zinca, Maid of Orleans, chrysanthemum and marigold. Once that is done, I can start on my edible plants. Tomato is still at its seedling stage.

I hope this garden is at its peak moment by December. It will be a wonderful backdrop for picture taking for my 10th wedding anniversary.

Hotel MetraSquare

The tourism industry seems to suffer a big hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. Hoteliers are resorting to various ways to boost their sales and such. Hence, I think the best that we could do is support them by holiday-ing close by.

Metrasquare is a 3 star premium hotel (recently upgraded), 30 mins drive from our home and located strategically in Ayer Keroh. That is where all the attractions are – Zoo Melaka, Taman Asean, Taman Botani, Mydin, MITC , Melaka Wonderland etc.

Mr Husband booked a One Bedroom Apartment Twin priced at RM130/night. We stayed there for 2 nights.

Complimentary breakfast and Wifi 

Room with two single beds, a balcony and separate seating area. Each apartment is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with Satellite channels, bathroom with shower, wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator and coffee/tea facilities.

I loved that it has WIFI because I really needed to get my assignments done over the weekend. The table was comfortable to work on and there were plenty of space for the kids to run around and make a mess.

Breakfast was served as an a la carte menu at the neighbouring premise, Ames Hotel (4 star ). You will need to walk a bit to reach the banquet area but it is worth the visit. It makes you want to book your next stay cation at Ames hotel , simply because of its beauty. We get to choose from the 4 breakfast options. We had American breakfast and continental most of the time with juice, hot beverages and fruits on the side. The breakfast was charged at RM15/pax. If you’re not keen for in house menu, visitors can also head over to the Old Town White Coffee Kopitiam, situated at the ground floor of MetraSquare Hotel. It opens as early as 0800H.

It was a very rooming in sort of stay cation as we only headed out once to Mydin for fresh air. Most of the time it’ll be like husband go out, buy the food whilst the 3 of us laze around in the room watching a movie or kids playing while I work. If I brought my sport shoes, I might be tempted to jog at Taman Botani which is like 5 mins away, depending on how fast you walk. By that I mean, less than 2 mins by car.

Generally, it was a comfortable stay. If only they had night lights in the room. Otherwise, it was almost perfect.