Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mama’s Kitchen Helper

I always enjoy having Sarah in the kitchen with me, as she loves to watch and help out from time to time; she needs guidance and supervision in using kitchen tools before she can handle it well.

In the beginning I let her do simple tasks from chopping veggies to cracking eggs, and later to the difficult one, which is stir-fried some dishes. I am so proud that Sarah has slowly overcome the fear in using the hot wok, and now able to cook a simple dish for dinner.

She is indeed a good helper; and now I know why mom always enjoyed my help in the past.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ninth Birthday

We just celebrated Sarah’s ninth birthday in September at our humble house; the dinner was attended by our loved one.

We are glad that the foods turned out nice, and our effort in decorations was able to ‘wow’ the kids.

I’ve planned some simple games for Sarah and her cousins; the kids had great fun engaging in all the activities. To add to the merriment, they were “awarded” with a small prize after each game.

We all treasure the times we get together, what a fabulous day for everyone in the families.

And we concluded the event with the cake-cutting ceremony and photo session.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Eighth Families Trip-East Coast

The east coast was chosen as our families’ vacation spot this year; there might not be many landmarks in and around but when you travel with bunch of family members, there bound to be lots of unforgettable moments to savor with loved one.

We stop by at Bentong for breakfast, then found ourselves checked in to a decent and restful beach-front resort at Balok two hours later; I can said that our unit is clean, spacious and comfortable.

Once settled down we paid a visit to Natural Batik Village. The kids loved spending time with batik painting. Sarah had tries her hand on it before, hence she’s using bold colors in the artwork this time.

After dinner, we went back to hotel to enjoy the beach. The place is just pristine, the water is clean and all the kids have loads of splashing fun time.

Day-2 was jam-packed. We headed straight to Cherating early in the morning for a river cruise trip; it was a leisure boat ride along the mangrove forest to explore its ecosystem. We got lucky, our boatman was humor, speak good English and have a very sharp eyes; he’s able to lead us to spot a snake, blue crabs and some primates from far distance. 90 minutes well spent on this educational tour.

Our next stop was the near-by Cherating Turtle Sanctuary - to let the kids see the sea turtle, and learnt about their conservation; another eye-opener for them.

For afternoon itinerary we visited the Pahang Buddhist Association (Wan Fo Dian) in Kuantan, for mom and dad to seek blessing. It is not the most grandiose temple I’ve ever been, but the holy place is well-maintained and its surrounding is fairly tranquil.

And then we proceed to a local shop renowned for their dried seafood. Of course, I won’t miss the chance to buy some snacks and crackers as souvenirs.

The kids woke up early in the morning on third day with only one thing in their mind, the beach again! There's nothing kids love more than playing at the seaside.

We checked out before noon and stopped by at Karak for lunch on the way home; and these group photos just aptly summed up what a wonderful outing it is.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Disney On Ice 2016-Penang

We always wanted to bring Sarah to Disney On Ice show, given that she has missed out previously; and after five years of yearning, it finally retuned to Malaysia.

Although the event was held at Penang but we know we must go, before (we reckon) Sarah could outgrow the show.

I’ve never been to Penang, so it’s kinda “kill two birds with one stone” for me; it took few hours of travelling and we were amazed when finally our car crossing through the iconic Penang Bridge. We stayed at heart of this beautiful island – the George Town, where most of the sightseeing attractions were close by.

Penang Hill was our first stop, where riding up in the tram through the peak was just breathtaking!

The next attraction is the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. The grandeur architecture of this temple was simply amazing, amid the picturesque hilly surrounding. Alas, due to planning error we arrived at the closing hour, so we just had a brief stop before heading back to hotel. We ordered room service for dinner and the meal turned out surprisingly good.

The first itinerary on the next day is the reason why we are here – the Disney On Ice show!

I must say it is truly a magical and awesome performance all-round; it’s packed with world-class skaters with amazing sets, costumes and stories.

Sarah was totally immersed into the shows, and relives all the classical moments through the songs and dances. We were so glad we made the trip.

After that we visited the Snake Temple. What a letdown, nothing much to see here and the arrogant restaurant owner across the street made us walked off in huff.

Just before sunset we drove to the famous Clan Jetties to see how their ancestors lived in the old time. The place is unique as the plank walkway extended to the sea; it worth spending time to absorb and relax in these special atmosphere. It’s an eye-opening for Sarah.

As usual, on the last day after breakfast she will always wanted to take a dip into the hotel pool; the roof top pool is well maintained and it has great view of the George Town skyline too.

We spent some good time swimming before checked out. Mission accomplished.

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