Sunday, January 19, 2020

Goodbye Gymrama

(Post on something else as I haven't finished compiling Ipoh food photos)

After 3 years of attending gymrama classes, the girls are stopping.

No more Saturday mornings for me of scenes like this:




I had been asking them for a month whether they wanted to continue and every time the answer was NO.  Final answer was... maybe but MOSTLY NO.

So oklah, close this chapter.  Hopefully they did reap some benefits - stronger and more flexible bodies, the ability to face a panel of adult judges (they had 5 rounds of grading competitions) without much batting of eyelids.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ipoh trip 2019

Our last trip for the year-end holidays was Ipoh.  Tried a new apartment this time - Manhattan Condominium.  The pictures tell why hehe.

This is our water playground!

And this is our giant slide

Kids asked to stay here next time we visit Ipoh, :)  It's 15 mins to town which isn't near, but by KL standards that isn't far either.  Only thing I found ourselves making the 15min journey for practically every meal!  I need to plan eating places around this place next time.  Besides eating what did we do... well the kids like Sam Poh Tong for the turtles and fish. As before they aimed tomatoes at the smaller, cuter turtles.  SE formulated a new strategy:  She used part of her tomatoes to create 'distractions' - i.e. aim at the larger turtles nearby so that they would be busy eating and not trying to snatch from the small ones.  She proudly reported that many small ones thus had a chance to finish their share of tomato. 

We are busy feeding selected turtles

I'd previously noticed the stairs up were blocked.  This time they weren't so up we went.  Ahh... I hadn't been up there for many years and it was the first time for the kiddos.

Mummy says the rocks behind will be a good background

Dawdled since we had plenty of time.  Then we hit Concubine Lane.  Had a good time dawdling here too.

Pretty area in front of shop

So many snacks to buy.

JE: I want this durian candy
SE: YUCK!


Had a look at Platform 9 1/2, the new Harry Potter-themed cafe.  It was crowded. Maybe will visit next time once the girls start reading Harry Potter.

This Harry's owl

Snapped some photos for fun.

Do you see anything yet? 

And that was the extent of our sight-seeing in Ipoh. The weather was hot and the girls turned down a visit to the park. Next post on the food.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Sekinchan 2019

Drove over to Sekinchan for a day trip.  First up was lunch at Cha Po Tion.  Reached the town without noticing any makan places so quickly punched this into Waze (it was the most catchy name!) and headed there.  Crabs and lala were especially good and it was cheap.

Us and food. Too much food

While I had visions of taking photos in the middle of golden paddy fields, the paddy had just been cut.  AGAIN.  Of the three times I have been to Sekinchan, I have NEVER ever seen paddy!  The plants ALWAYS had just been cut or just reached the stage of resembling young lalang/weeds.  Grrr.

Tried a new destination for us, Ah Ma's house.  It was ok lah since we didn't have much to do.  But probably won't visit again.  Small place only.

Us with lollipops

And a keropok tree behind us

Next it was the Paddy gallery.  I had a few targets in this place - banana chips, fish cake, keropok, ambra juice.

We like driving this thing!

Final destination was the beach.  First a customary photo at the Wishing Tree.

Hello from Sekinchan!


It was still too hot.  Not that it deterred the kids.  JE was keen to fly a kite and got it up in the sky in minutes.

Check out my kite!


Also had a go at blowing giant bubbles... The good thing is, you don't need to blow at it.  The brisk sea breeze will do that part of the work.

See how big this can go

Little girl at the beach

Actually a day trip is rather tiring.  The journey is a good 1.5 hours.  Maybe next time we will plan an overnight stay.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Obviously belated post.  (Was feeling lazy).

We hit some malls to check out the Christmas deco.  First was IPC.

Nice!

Got sleigh


The bear theme at Curve of course can't go wrong.

A beary merry Xmas!

Check out this giant bear!

1u wasn't too bad but we were rushing for a movie.  Went over to only this smaller display area.

Tell me when picture has been taken

Not surprisingly, the best was at The Gardens.  They continued with their popular concept of creating settings for people to take photos.  

Try out this dreamy scene...


Like a carriage from fairyland!

Dreamy winter scene

One last one


Merry (belated) Christmas 2019!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cut hair

Girls being girls, they always want their hair long. But their hair was getting too long and messy.  And SE developed a habit of putting hair in her mouth.  So it was snipping time.

We have a good place to cut hair near our house, but it's usually crowded and the people there always seem to work very slowly (to me that is, haha).   Another thing is we are mostly at our apartment.  So my maid organised this...

Don't cut too short ok!

My turn to cut Jojo's hair


All done!

Looks good to me! 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

At lunch

Oh no she has found the hidden drawer where they keep the order chits and other supplies!

Oh what's inside?


This girl loves messing around with things and will NOT listen when told to stop. 

Wow so many things in here

I will just write on THIS paper. For now

Luckily food arrived shortly after and she could be persuaded to leave that drawer alone.  I get quite frazzled if our maid isn't there and I have to deal with my two kiddos.  (Hubby will usually be in his own world with his phone and thus pretty useless)

Saturday, December 7, 2019

PD Windmill farm

A whole post dedicated to this one place!  It's relatively new and set up by the Farm in the City people.  There weren't many visitors at all the day we went - saw only two other parties.  So did we like it...

This is proof we were at PD Windmill Farm!

First up, guinea pigs!  Now this is my first time seeing these given prominence in a petting zoo.  Still, why not?  They were cute and fat.


Come little creatures, I feed you


The girls were squealing away initially, scared of these eager little animals.  Must be because they rarely get visitors bearing food.

Shoo, get away from me!


And this was another first... a CAT house!  Haha.  Again, why not.

Pet pet pet

Bunny rabbits we always like.

I call this one Fluffo

There were lots of props for taking photos.

Giant drink dispenser

Giant tissue box
Behind these was actually a haunted house.  It wasn't a good one by any measure, but we are VERY scaredy people and screamed through the whole thing.  Bet the guide never had a group who were so scared and stepped through that slowly!  Oh he was needed to go with us and press buttons to activate movement (it was that low-budget heh. Well not that scaredy-cat me knows how a good one functions)

Pumpkins! And a haunted house


I loved this playground.  There was a treehouse with slides and swings.  So well-designed.

Treehouse

Swings at Treehouse

After that took more photos around.

Blue for me, pink for you

Do you prefer a big bicycle?

Or a small car?

If we didn't have an eye on our checkout time, could easily have hung around longer.  As usual it helped that I always set low expectations, but we enjoyed this place!

Until the next time