Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Happy Birthday to me!

Thank you all who remembered my hatch day! I had received your loads of love! Thank you very much! It's your love that makes me grow stronger everyday :)

The extensive weeks of celebration had ended today and I am officially 36 years old this year! Seriously I still cannot believe how time flies and I tell myself that I am really blessed with a "childish" look... 

I mean.. Do you not agree I don't look my age? Kekeke ^^

I had fallen in love with this picture and my new perm. I wish I can style my hair as nice as this everyday :P 

Thank you all my family, friends, cousin, Laogong and children for the wonderful celebrations. I am very fortunate to be loved by you all! I always believe that friendship and kinship don't come easy and ought not to be taken for granted. I will spend the rest of my life to love you all back! ^^ 

My Weeks of Celebrations

Lunch and High Tea at MBS with 姐妹 Xia and Wen on 18 April 2015...

Dinner with my piggies.. Yvonne and Pearl on 24 April 2015... 

Love from office! 

Staycation @ Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour...

Birthday High Tea with my buddy 同窗 on 27 April 2015...

My birthday outing today (28 April 2015) with my cousin, her children and my children...this is my first time celebrating my birthday with Nephew Keith whose birthday falls on the same day as mine! 

My sweet and thoughtful Cousin Kherray even bought us cakes!!! Thank you my closest and dearest Cousin! Both my kids and I had so much fun today that I am already looking forward to our next play date together! 

My birthday dinner celebration with my family tonight (on 28 April 2015). We had the free firehouse ice cream as "the cake" this year! 

Happy Children = Happy Mummy! 

"Ice cream cutting" with my darlings! 

I used to hope to achieve many things during my new age-year but now I feel that nothing is more important than good health and true happiness. 

But I still wish to achieve something different every year. Since year 2013, I managed to do some things I usually don't do...

Year 2013
1. I never dare to take challenging roller coasters or exciting theme park rides. But that year, I  took the Battlestar Galactica ride during my birthday celebration as a form of conviction.
2. That year is my first overseas trip with friends. I went to the country I always wanted to go to - Beijing, China.
3. I slimmed down 16kg in 3 months! 
4. I experienced HFMD outbreak at home where my hubby and two children were infected with HFMD. 
5. I extracted all four of my wisdom teeth via GA.

Year 2014 
1. That year was my first time traveling with one friend. I went to Taiwan in Feb with Yvonne.
2. That trip was also my first trip I didn't do any pre-trip itinerary planning.
3. I decided to apply for posting and successfully got into a new division from Sept onwards. 
4. I had my first staycation with Yvonne and another first staycation with my Uni friends.
5. First time experiencing Chicken Pox outbreak at home. And I finally had my chicken pox!!!
6. We lost someone very special to us...:(

Year 2015
This year is going to be a very exciting year for me and I going to have loads of first times! The following are just some of my exciting happenings this year! 
1. Change of job
2. First time Travelling with Qiuling and First time experiencing organic farming! Will share more when the details are firmed up. 
3. First "Solo" Travelling! Visiting Net in Bangkok! 
4. First overseas trip with Uni friends Ivy, Sandra and Russ (even though it's only legoland for a start...)
5. Yay! I finally did my Root Canal and Crowning!

And many many more happenings in the pipeline or brewing in process...

The thought of all the new happenings made my heart beats faster! Hope it does for you too! If it does, please stay tune to hear more about my solo trip and organic farming trip! 

Meantime, happy holidays to all those who have plans or no plan for the coming long weekends! ^^

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Birthday Staycation across the Causeway @ Hotel Jen, Puteri HarbourJB

First started writing this blog post on 25 April 2015 at 10.39pm. Hello from TVG at AEON @ Bukit Indah. Why did I write first part of this blog there?

Hahaha, that was our first time experiencing such ridiculous movie-watching experience. We were actually "locked in" the cinema area in AEON @ Bukit Indah. Surprisingly, the shops reacted really fast when the announcement was made to close the shopping mall at 10pm. We only managed to buy the 11.50pm tickets and had wanted to sleep in the car first. But we saw the gate at the cinema pulled down and we had no choice but to wait in the cinema till our movie starts. 

Laogong and I usually watched movies past 11pm in GV @ Vivocity, Plaza Singapura and even Bishan. But never once we had to be locked up in the cinema area after the malls' official closing hours. Maybe this is because the law-abiding Singapore is safe even past midnight... 

Laogong was queuing for drinks now in case the food counters also closed before the movie starts. The popcorns looked tasty but we were too full after overeating at the Seafood Buffet at the hotel. I waited at a seated area. Lucky we didn't had to stand for an hr plus.

It was a very relaxing couple staycation so far. We didn't have to worry the kids barged into the room in the early morning, though we still woke up early to watch sunrise and enjoyed the Harbour View we upgraded the room for. Laogong was really sweet to surprise me by upgrading the room to Harbour View on the spot. He said let's enjoy the hotel to our fullest ^^ since we don't always have luxurious staycations...

With the Harbour View, we could lie in bed enjoying the beautiful sunrise...

And when the sun was too glaring.. We closed the day curtain and washed up for our first meal of the day...

We were greeted by two adorable teddy bears at the entrance to the Harbour Cafe where our breakfast buffet was. I suddenly missed my prince and princess and imagined how excited they would be if they see these two teddies.. Likely they would love to give them a tight cuddle!

The table system was really cute. To show that the table is reserved and the guests are busy getting the food, just keep make sure the table card reads..

We walked the cafe one round to "mentally make a list" of the food we wanted to eat.. There were a wide varieties of food we wished to try.  And so we charged at the food! 

I used to start my buffet with the raw food or cold cuts and ended up running toilets after each meal. However, a friend of mine told me to always start with warm cooked food before aiming for the raw and cold items. Since then I don't run toilets after each buffet.

See my happy face with my yummy food!

First round - cooked warm food

3 types of Indian curries.. I didn't take a lot of Indian food because lately I happened to have loads of them in Singapore... 

I really love the live noodle station which made this yummy Laksa Yong Tau Fu! 

After the warm food, I went on with 
4 cheese cream crackers and cold cuts 

Cereal Mix with Nuts

Like always I ended my buffet with warm porridge..

There were lots of pretty looking pastries and bread too but I only tried one chocolate pastry coz I don't have a sweet tooth. Heehee.. That's why you don't see me eating pastries during my high-teas too...

After our superb breakfast, we continued our lazy morning in bed and watched "Escape Plan" on HBO channel. And yes, we have free wifi in the hotel room and meal areas too so we could upload our Facebook or play our iPhone games wherever we were. 

We knew we need more than just lazing in bed during our staycation. So we decided to drag ourselves out of bed to do some "healthy activities". Laogong is a big fan of suntanning so he put on his surf pants to head for the infinity pool on the hotel rooftop. I decided to make use of the RM100 rebate coupon for massage services, which was given to us during check-in. Hehehe...

The 90min deep tissue massage was relaxing and only costs me RM180 after the RM100 rebate! Good deal right? The discount coupon is valid till 31 May 2025. Book a room at Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour to enjoy the cash rebated massages!

Went to Infinity Pool to looked for Laogong and saw him enjoying his one for one Hoegarden and immersed in the beautiful scenery...

It was still some time before the Seafood Dinner Buffet so we decided to take a stroll by the Harbour and browsed into the weekends pasar malam stalls. 

Before that, we suddenly remember a MUST do in Msia and headed for the 7-11 alike mamak shop at the entrance of the hotel to indulge in the sinful...

MAGNUM that costs only RM4!!!

Nom Nom Nom...

Stroll by the Harbour ... So beautiful right?

Our loots for the kids...

Selfie stick and remote for my upcoming "solo trips"...

You can never imagine how good spread we paid for the All-famous Seafood Byffet Dinner at the hotel's Harbour Cafe. I won't say the food is superb nice but for the price we paid for, I definitely don't mind coming back here again! We only paid RM108 (about S$40+) for this...

Grilled seafood

Chilled Seafood

Unlimited freshly sliced Sashimi

Sea salted Whole Salmon

Roast Beef

Cold Plate 

Loads of Pastries 

Dual Chocolate Fondue (Milk/White Choco) 

5 different types of ice team flavors

They also have the live noodle stations, Indian food counter and crepes too!!!

I think a plate each of these was already worth more than the price I paid for...

We were full until cannot move... Hahaha and headed to AEON for our movie date!

The next morning we were still full and didn't have too much of our breakfast but did really enjoy each a bowl of the very funny laksa...hehehe...

It was a great birthday staycation with just Laogong as it is not easy to find couple time for each other these days. I hope my next job will allow me to have my staycations still.. After all, we work so hard to build a home and future with your loved ones. What's the point if in exchange you have no more time left for your loved ones? 

Couples out there, maybe most of you do not agree with us leaving our children behind to grab time for couple getaways. But you know in your hearts that marriage cannot be sustained by merely doing your parts in parenthood /parenting. The more effective to sustain a marriage is to continue to have your regular pak tors to rekindle the courtship passion over and over again...

Thank you Laogong for the wonderful birthday staycation! ^^