Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Visiting Melaka Maju 2010

Alhamdulillah, praise to Allah as we've been given another opportunity to spent our family time together..this time----- in Melaka! Yeay!

It was a last minute booking actually. Most of the affordable and great hotels were fully booked due to the school holidays, while other available hotels were way out of the budget and not reasonable. Alhamdulillah, managed to get one - Puteri Resort. Quite satisfied with the hotel, just about 2km from Air Keroh exit plus everything is within short distance- zoo, crocodile farm, botanical garden etc.

Arrived there about 3pm but our room is still not ready yet. Waited for 15mins, then we had some rest before heading off for Melaka River Cruise after Maghrib. We parked our car at Jalan Merdeka jetty, and the queue is very long! The ticket costs RM10 both of us and RM5 for Maryam. Cruising Melaka River wasn't that interesting though..but managed to get to know the history of some places along the river such as Dataran Pahlawan, Museums Spot etc although the sound from the recording tape wasn't that clear and loud enough for us sitting to the front of the boat. The scenery also was not that nice although we've been cruising at night. Maryam seemed to get bored and yawning once in a while maybe because she's still tired with the 2hours journey I guess..huhu..

Day 2 - After breakfast, we headed to the Melaka town. Start off with Menara Taming Sari and ended our mid day at A Famosa. Were quite lucky as the weather was very wonderful, the sun started to rise up high as we headed back to our hotel, Alhamdulillah. Had our lunch at the Halal Section in Newtown. Average.

Get ready to be 'on air'...

View from above...
After Asr', we went to the Crocodile Farm, which was located about 5 mins from Puteri Resort. Also dissapointed with the facilities and we realised that they only have just one type of crocodile and it wasn't properly maintained and taken care of. I think the only interesting part people went here was only to go the water playground.

Get to know the same species of crocodile..
We went to the Night Zoo although it was raining cats and dogs. Thought it was like a safari, but quite dissapointed actually as nothing much we can see at the night zoo. We had to take the train to get around the zoo with just some explanation by the staff, only if you can hear it from behind! She just torched the lights to some of the animals along the way. Since it was raining, none of us dare to stop and the finished the tour in only 15mins! What a waste of RM10!huhuh...

Day 3 - Visited the Mini Malaysia & Mini Asean before we headed back to S.Alam.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What's so special with Ayam Penyet?

I've just had my very first taste of Ayam Penyet last night at Seksyen 9, Shah Alam. It's Ayam Penyet API - with its tagline..simply the best..blazing hot, smashed..

For those first timer, the recipe was actually originated from Surabaya, Indonesia. The special is that the fresh chicken was marinated with various herbs and spices and will then be smashed and fried. The set of Ayam Penyet includes some tempe and fried beancurd, boiled kangkung, cabbage and not forgetting the hot sambal belacan and its crunchy brown fried fritter.  

Ayam Penyet Set..
Overall, nice food although the chilli ie sambal belacan was really really hot! Pity Maryam, accidentally eat the plain rice with some chilli in it, causing tears and watery nose..huhuh...

Looks like you can make it yourself at home, isn't it? Fried chicken, sambal belacan and just few simple boiled vege..hhmm...maybe I'll try myself one fine day...

Dinosour @ Malaysia?

It's Dinos Alive!

We've got the chance to visit the exhibition organised by Pusat Sains Negara (PSN) last Saturday, Alhamdulillah. I'm quite surprised to see there were so many cars being parked alongside the road before we entered the PSN entrance gate. Ingatkan ramai orang KL/Selangor balik kampung! 

The entrance ticket for the Dinos Alive is RM10 (Adult) and RM5 (children). But if you come as a family of 2 adults & 2 children, you just have to pay for RM25! The rest of the exhibition in the PSN was FOC if you choose not to enter the Dinos Alive.

You'll see two large dinosours once you got inside the atrium. The dinosours were actually moving (their heads and tails were moving and not walking), complete with the loud dinosours's sounds as if you were at their world! Some of the children were holding tight with their parents, scared of the sounds. Surprisingly, Maryam was quite amazed and enjoying the view & sounds of both dinosours! hehe..

Two large dinosours in the middle of the atrium

Maryam seronok dapat jumpa dinosours!
 There are many other types of dinosours alive in the Level 2. You'll get to know their family and species as all being displayed next to the dinosours. Overall, the exhibition was great although we're not fancy of those creatures..hehe..hopefully a great experiences for the little girl Maryam.

Besides the Dinos Alive, there are other sciences models being displayed in PSN. Some areas were closed for constructions and for redesign purposes. As some of the sciences model and experiments were meant for the visitors to expose and experiment, most of it were broken and cannot be used/experimented anymore. I believed some of the visitors were over excited and have been use it to hard or maybe most of it were not being well maintained. Quite dissappointed actually for those first timers there.

Trying to solve..
If you're interested to go to the exhibition ie. Dinos Alive, you still have the time until May 2011. This time around, PSN is open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00pm including Public Holidays except for Aidilfitri, Aidiladha & CNY just to cater for the special exhibition.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nak presents!

source: google

Every time she sees the tree above especially at any shopping malls, she would scream and try to run and get the items below the trees...yup, the presents! She will ask either me or her dad to get her the presents....

Ummi...nak presents!
Tak ada apa2 inside the box la Maryam, kotak kosong je..
Nak..nak presents jugak! Satu je..satu je..huhuh

How would you actually explain about the Christmas to your child(ren)..Children just love the colourful decorations, presents etc..

So far, Maryam didn't ask many questions yet when I answered her that we don't celebrate Christmas..we are Muslims, and only celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha.

For some of my colleagues in the office, with children about 4-5 yo, they just ask many questions..Care to share some?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pink-eyed Maryam

Pity her. The night where we arrived from T'ganu, she showed symptoms of having the conjunctivities (or sometimes known as pinkeye). Her left eyes and inner eyelid started to become pinkish and a bit swollen. She also showed some itchiness and tearing eyes.

Since our journey took more than 4 hours long, Maryam started to become a bit cranky and wanted to go to bed early. While she's asleep, we noticed that there's disharge coming out from the eyes, and yes, we were quite confirmed that she's definitely need to see her Dr Musa for treatment the next day.

She's given the needed oitment and to be put as frequent as possible, once in every 3-4 hours. Knowing her, I only managed to put the medication on her twice since yesterday! But Alhamdulillah, she's getting better although her right eyes has started to swollen as well this morning. She heals on her own! hehe..

Not sure where did she got infected from. But according to some readings, it can be caused by bacteria or viruses that are contagious. Some might also be spreaded when kids swim in contaminated water or share contaminated towel. huhu...maybe dah start since at Awana but not that visible kot. But I noticed that her eyes showed some tearing, which I thought banyak sgt swimming- kena air kot..takda lah ingatkan dah start sakit mata. Huhu...kesian anak ummi.

Alhamdulillah she's fine towards the evening and now, sleeping soundly as she refused to take her nap for the whole day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A week in Awana..

Alhamdulillah, Maryam and I had the opportunity to accompany Ayah to our '4th' home. Heheh....Currently Maryam has 3 diff home; which sometimes makes me difficult to figure out and search for anything especially her toys or clothes that is missing or misplaced. But definitely I can be quite sure that it will not be left at any other places; it can be either in her grandparents' or our own house. huhu..

Her daily routine here would be swimming, spend time in the playroom (Smarty club), our cosy room to do our own learning activities.

Enjoy the photos!
Just arrived; posing at our inside-the-room bath tub. Her 2nd alternative place for her swimming time when it's raining outside.

Maryam's new bunch of friends; we spent time together especially in the pool =)
Happy birthday to both Daniel & Qayyum! TQ for the great dinner!

Lucky Maryam b'cos she managed to found a 'real walking' Mickey @ EC Mall, Kuantan 

Busy playing @ the Smarty Club

Our 1st lunch meal @ the Waterfall Cafe. Just had the Kids Meal (but worth it sbb banyak!) since others are expensive as expected! Huhu..

Swimming time!

Will be going back to KL/Shah Alam today. Huhu..Hoping that we will have the chance to go for holiday again next time, insyaAllah.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Minnie dah ada 'friend'

Sebelum ini. Maryam ok je with her new toy. Quite sometime dah pun, I think that was about many months back, when her new friend arrived to our new home. But lately, she often says that her friend, Minnie has no friend.

I think Maryam said it first to her Ayah.

Maryam: Ayah, kesian Minnie la Ayah..dia takda friend
Ayah: Maryam kan Minnie's friend
Maryam: Bukan. Maryam bukan friend Minnie...Maryam kakak..(huhu...)

Maryam with Minnie in her new bike, October 2010
Later after that, she starts saying the same thing to me and also her Opah. And the conversation was about the same and continue..

Opah: Maryam kan boleh jadi Minnie's friend
Maryam: Bukanlah Opah, Maryam bukan friend Minnie
Opah: Kalau macam tu, siapa Minnie's friend?
Maryam: Hmm...Minnie's friend tu macam Mickey ke, Donald, Daisy..Pluto..Goufy...

During our stay with Ayah in Terengganu, Alhamdulillah..Maryam found her Minnie's friend!