Saturday, May 09, 2015

London - May 2015 (Day 1)

Somehow I ended up having to go to London for a one day meeting (!); and so I extended the trip to include spending some time with my siblings while I was there. The brother was there studying for his Masters and the sister happened to be in town for her exams.

The first thing I did in an attempt to beat the jet lag when I landed, was to visit the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road. This museum advertises itself as 'the free destination for the incurably curious'; and although I was really tired, I found the visit very interesting.

My brother joined me after his classes ended, and off we went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, 20 miles north-west of London. Now I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan so this was very exciting for me! It was really interesting and exciting to see how the movies were made- the props and various other elements of the films- up close. Strictly for fans though - I think one would be quite lost if you weren't a fan!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the studios tour! :)













Thursday, April 30, 2015

Red Hunt!!

Something different happened this year- the Annual Dinner (cum Townhall and Away Day) was held in Penang!

Themed the 'Red Hunt'- it was a logistical nightmare for HR but it was such a fun and grand affair! We really know how to throw a PARTY! There was a DJ and we took over the beach with cool light boxes cum tables and bean bags. 

There was also a treasure hunt through the streets of Penang- which was great fun; and we won first prize! Yay!!





I got to stay at the Parkroyal hotel, which was quite nice. Hope to be able to bring the family here some day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dinosaur party!

The little boy is crazy about dinosaurs; so a dinosaur-themed party seemed appropriate to celebrate his 6th birthday!




It was a lot of work planning for the party; but it was a lot of fun as well. Thank God for the internet- which makes we wonder how we got anything done in the past! It's amazing how creative some people are. I especially liked the cute names for the food- like Dino Eggs, Dino-mite Sticks and Dino Bones!

One cool idea I found on the internet was this- freezing little plastic dinosaurs in water-filled balloons, and getting the kids to 'excavate' the dinosaurs by melting or hacking away at the ice. We used little tools like plastic screws and hammers (from their toy toolbox) and used plastic scoops and syringes to take in water to melt the ice. Overall it was a messy affair, but it was pretty entertaining to watch. I think the parents might have had more fun that the kids! Haha!



Happy 6th birthday, my darling!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hello Kitty Town & The Little Big Club

Our trip down south also included a trip to Hello Kitty Town and the Little Big Club (think Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, etc).

It was so-so; strictly for younger kids, and of course, Hello Kitty fans. Unlike Legoland, I can't imagine coming back here again. There were things like fun activities, rides and shows; which I guess were enough to keep younger kids occupied for most part of a day. It wasn't crowded when we were there- which really helped, given the overall rather small space of the entire attraction.



Haha! Cheeky Badtz-Maru!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Legoland

We finally made our long awaited trip to Legoland, staying 3 nights at the very cool Legoland Hotel. It was a stressful few days leading up to the trip, as our little boy was running a high fever again. Even in the car on the way to Johor, we had to make a stop to give him a dose of Voltaren. Yikes. We pressed ahead, and thank God he felt much better when he got there.

The hotel was really amazing and cool! The lobby was really awesome, and it made everyone felt like kids (whether they were one or not). There was Lego everywhere- bricks for playing, sculptures, decoration, etc. Check out the photos below!




We decided to enter a competition to build a bouquet of flowers out of Lego, and after we submitted our entry, we realised that the winning entries looked like these! Alamak.. I don't even dare to post a photo of my entry here.. *shy* Haha!


The hotel did a great job of catering to kids and families. We stayed in the Kingdom Theme Room (the little boy's choice), and it could accommodate 5 people comfortably.

We spent 2 days at the theme parks; regrettably though we did not spend enough time at the Waterpark as we were having too much fun at the main park! Oh well, maybe next time!


The Driving School was a mega-hit with the boy!


Miniland was awesome!


We spent hours here- building our own race cars and racing them. Super fun!  


Star Wars! The Millennium Falcon! Need I say more?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Trip to Ipoh - Dec 2014

We made a short trip to Ipoh at the end of the year, staying first at the Roots Eco-Resort. It was the rainy season which meant that the river was swollen and the weather rather dreary. The villa we stayed in was nice, but gosh some of us were almost bitten to death by the mosquitoes! Yuck. I am so not a (tropical) nature person.. Even the mosquitoes can sniff me out.



Some other places we visited were Kellie's Castle- which made for rather nice photo opportunities (despite it being in ruins and all), and Gua Tempurung- which I went in for a bit and then chickened out. It was dark, and the steps were wet and steep; I just didn't have the courage to go deeper into the cave (what more with a little girl in tow). The hubby and little boy were braver, and ventured slightly further in. Good for them!





Sunday, December 28, 2014

Royal Selangor

We finally decided to make a trip to Royal Selangor, and it turned out to be more interesting than I expected. There were also a few interactive exhibits which made it quite fun for the kids.

We let the kids attend the 'School of Hard Knocks' (great name!), where they pounded away and made an ice cream bowl each, haha!




Pewter LOTR goblets- lovely!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

VBS 2014: Knights of Kristonia!

So the little one is finally old enough to attend VBS! Yay!

He had a great time, and truly- one can really see the labour of love that has been put in to make VBS happen. There are a great number of wonderful people in our church. May God bless them all.

I will let the photos do the talking :)






Wow!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Short trip to Port Dickson

We took a short trip to Port Dickson with our cell group members- and it was a good break, although we didn't really get to bond with the other members that much, to be honest.

We started the trip off with a visit to the Army Museum which had jets, helicopters, army trucks, trains, etc on display, and it was honestly quite interesting. Sadly though- as with most things Malaysian, the upkeep and maintenance wasn't something to be proud of. Sad, really.




We stayed at the Avillion Admiral Cove, which features a marina, but does not have a beach. There is a public beach a short distance away, but it was really dirty. Yuck!

If one needs a short getaway from KL, Port Dickson fits the bill, I suppose. One can't expect too much though!