Forever. The Daughters.

Last weekend I had The Visit from my parents. As usual, I’d be hoovering the place 2 hours prior to their grand arrival and getting the clean sheets in the guest bedroom. This time my younger sister tagged along together with her 2 year old son, Adil. I stocked the fridge with yogurt drinks for my dear nephew and loads of snacks for my sister. They love to eat. They’d be looking for food at midnight.

The main agenda for The Visit was actually to the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO). Although in the end, only my parents went. I didn’t think Hazeeq would enjoy being all cramped up in the car for 2 hours. Adil on the other hand was a handful. He’s like an energizer bunny on an automated recharge mode. He never gets worned out. So parents went on their date to JPO. My sister and I just shopped at the nearby Tesco for new clothes and scarves.

It was only later in the evening when the parents finally came back. We were in the middle of enjoying our tea with cekodok pisang when suddenly two big plastic bags fell on our laps. One each. My sister and I, both in our early 30s and late 20s, both earning our own paychecks, both have babies of our own were grinning cheekily at the Fossil shopping bag.

‘ooooooouhhhhh.. gifts!’

Immediately, it was like an edited scene out of Frozen as Princess Anna (my sister) and Queen Elsa (et moi) became super excited with our presents. They were both handbags of the same colour and size. The parents did not want us to fight over the colour of the bag. Not that we will pun , kan? he he..

Both of us were elated with the handbag and stuck to the rule. The rule of just saying a big hearty thank you and never ask why. Cause we know – in our parents eyes, we are forever their daughters.

Thanks Mom. Thanks Dad.

Kitty Kitty Itinerary

 

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” –

G.K. Chesterton

We went to Johore for our anniversary. A rough itinerary of what we did with Baby Zeeq.

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Some thoughts;

SILKA HOTEL

Not bad for a 3 star hotel although Ive seen better. The lobby was comfortable but the room we got had a smell. Like tabacco. We were offered a different room earlier, one with twin beds but hello.. Baby Zeeq is still co-sleeping with us hence we need the room with the King Size bed. It was otherwise clean and doesnt have a dingy stench to it which makes Solat comfortable on the carpet.

There were confusions on how many nights were booked for that room despite already having a proper and early booking through Agoda.Com. I mean, what is so difficult? Dont you guys communicate with each other?

On one particular morning, we didnt even have breakfast coupons and eventhough the receptionist said to just mention our room number, it didnt feel right to swallow down the food and we noticed the staff at the restaurant flipping through their papers looking for our room number. We felt illegal to be there to be exact. We were not thrown out or anything. We just felt we did something wrong.

Location otherwise is superb. theres a nearby Tesco and giant Hypermarket. Also the famous Sate Wak Radol a few minutes away.

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All in all, the stay wasnt a total disaster. However, I wouldn’t choose the same hotel if  I were to make a trip to Johor again in the future.

LEGOLAND

I wished I was warned earlier that no outside food was allowed within the area. I risked a packet of my crisps being confiscated at the entrance gate though the guy manning it was kind enough to let me keep the other packet. God bless him. Thank god I didnt bring a whole crate of drinks or prepare a picnic basket to Legoland.

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We spent approximately 2 hours inside. We didnt get on all the rides partly because Baby Zeeq was either to small for the rides or him just being cranky. We did enjoy the 4D movie to which we went in twice –  one show after the other.

Perhaps we will reconsider coming again when Baby Zeeq is bigger and understands the concept of theme parks.

HELLO KITTY LAND

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Amazingly Baby Zeeq was in a good mood to participate in all the activities. We got on the teacup ride, painted cookies, made jewellery et cetera. We even managed to rescue Kitty from the Dark Towers and got a certificate.

BARNEY/THOMAS & FRIENDS

Hightlights of this place : the Barney show which features Barney with a medley of sing-a-long songs. Our favourite was the Raindrops song. Perhaps the Thomas section was more interesting as they had lots of ride suitable for children under the age of 2.

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Still, we made Baby Zeeq wore a tutu!

The trip was ok. All the tickets were booked in advance through the internet. Total money spent for tickets and rooms were MYR707.00

Hoping for more wonderful trips to come.

Love,

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YASMIN MUSTA