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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bali Holiday - Day 1

We're back from our Bali holiday!!  Our first "real" holiday with the 4 of us - me, hubs and the 2 girls. Yup, Erin didn't get left behind this time. ;-) 

Overall a great holiday but also a tiring one. Travelling with 2 kids is definitely more taxing on us compared to travelling with 1 kid. There were the inevitable "both-kids-crying" , "both-kids-whining" and "both-kids-fighting" moments! Those moments had me thinking I reeeally want a holiday minus the kids. 

But then again, there were the "both-kids-screaming-out-in-delight-moments" too, which made me think..... I love this!!!  

So, definitely both ups and downs but thankfully the ups made up for the downs.  

And here's my usual day-by-day recap:

Day 1
Taxi came to the house at 6.45am.  Yay....our holiday has officially started!  Oops, 5 minutes later, realised we forgot the stroller.  Asked taxi driver to turn back.  Quickly load stroller and and we are off again.  OK....and now holiday has started!

In the plane
 I was pretty well prepared for the 3 hour flight. Colouring pencils, colouring books, story books, snacks, milk for Erin, pre-loaded shows on the Ipad - checked! 

At the Bali airport, we took a taxi to our hotel in Kuta - Grand Megah Hotel.

Note : Always buy a ticket at the taxi counter! While we were queueing up (just 2 couples ahead of us), some taxi drivers approach us. They were wearing the same uniform as the guys at the taxi counter and they asked us "you want taxi? we are same company".  Thankfully, we decided to trust our instincts. Bought at the counter and the price was about half of what those taxi drivers quoted!

Some photos of our hotel
Stayed for only 1 night. Nothing great and we won't bother staying there again. 

Lobby area


Pool area

After checking in, we took a cab to our favourite eating place in Kuta- Bubba Gump. The Bubba Gump that we have in Malaysia is definitely no match. 

Porky Ribs!

We had their boiled shrimps too

Just look at this - when I lifted the bone, the meat just fell off!!
So gooooood

 Erin practically slept through the meal

And woke up happy  :-) 

After lunch, we just strolled around Kuta area.

Watched sunset

At night, both girls spent ages enjoying the bath tub.
My favourite thing about the hotel is the tv screen there!

Then a little bit of Ipad before bedtime

--End of Day 1--

Forgot to add earlier - As this is my 3rd trip to Bali and hubby's 5th, we skipped practically all the touristy stuff. Main objective is to relax and just spend time together :-)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Burps and Giggles, Ipoh

After hearing so much about Burps and Giggles in Ipoh, I finally got to visit it yesterday!
If definitely didn't dissapoint at all. I was really impressed how something as mundane as old shoplots can be transformed into something so quirky yet so lovely and unique.
Will let the photos do the talking here :
 The signboard
 The exterior
Love the colourful paper umbrellas!
 The place where we sat
That's Erin showing off her latest word "There!!" to my SIL.  Big achievement for my little late talker ;-) 
 Bar Counter
Love how there's a real living tree in the middle of the eating area
See the row of old switches? Just like my grandparents house!
Super Simple Cardboard Signs  

My latte (RM10)   :-)  
Chicken Burger (RM16)
First time I see a knife stuck into the burger like that! Useful to cut up burger for sharing though.
The burger itself was good. I was pleasantly surprised that the patti was a whole chicken thigh instead of  minced/processed chicken.  
White wine for hubby
My idea of a relaxing afternoon tea is coffee. His is wine. *roll eyes*
One of the little corners
Partial Group Shot -  My 2 girls with their cousins, aunties and uncle 
Marilyn Monroe painting on the outside wall
Nice 3-D effect! (back half of the bicycle is real, front part is painted on the wall)
Sidelane to "Sekeping Kong Heng"
Princess #2 got to be carried by SIL. Princess #1 followed her cousins to the petshop. Aaah....the joys of a family trip :-)
Price wise, it was not cheap at all especially for Ipoh standard. 1 chicken burger, 2 plates of fries and drinks for all was a whopping RM280.  (thx Suzan sis!)  But come to think of it, the food prices were quite alright (targeting the RM26 Wagyu burger next time. he he), but the drinks prices were a killer.
Definitely a great experience and Yayy.....this place scored some brownie points for my hometown!!  :-) 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Self Feeding

Erin is at the stage where she likes to self-feed. The good thing is it gives us time to eat our own meal in peace.


The bad thing??  The mess of course!

When eating out, we better fast-fast run after the meal!!  He he.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cupcake Making Session

Elyssa was thrilled when I said we were going to make cupcakes yesterday  :)

Helping me pour milk into the mixer

Pouring cupcake mixture into liners

I doubled the cupcake recipe so I think I ended up with about 40 cupcakes. After the cupcakes cooled down, it was time for the fun part - frosting!  And what else but PINK frosting. Ha ha.

Elyssa's 2 cousins came just in time for the frosting session.

Busy at work
Elyssa caught in the act of licking the frosting  ;-)
I gave the girls some colourful sprinkles and mini smarties to work with.

 Girl concentrating hard on their cupcakes....

3 cupcakes from 3 girls for their darling Ku Jie
No prizes for guessing which one belongs to Elyssa ;-)

And these are mine! 

More cupcakes -

It was a good session indeed!