Our 3d2n in Melaka with our 3Ns

Day 1 at Melaka

We started our journey ‘early’ so that we can have lunch at Melaka. We did make a toilet break just before arriving at the toll to Melaka.

We arrived at the ‘famous’ chicken rice ball shop at Melaka Baru- with ample parking – but to find it closed! 🙄🤣 So, we diverted to the secondary famous Wilson chicken rice – normal chicken rice. But the roasted chicken was sliced so finely that – it got Noelle eating the chicken, which in turn influenced Nikki to eat too! We topped more chicken after that!

We went to Jonker Street to walk around but with whining Noelle as she wanted to get to the hotel! It was really hot, so we just went into some (pariah) cendol shop- fortunately just ordered one bowl.

We ended up in 7 eleven before heading to hotel!

Upon arrival at hotel (we stayed at Bayou Lagoon Park Resort), Noelle and Nikki were to excited to get to the water theme park. But, papa needed a quick nap (both of them of course power napped in car). Thereafter, we had a great time in the theme park! Noelle was the super energiser rabbit, going up and down the slides none stop! Nikki was not bad too – but she needed us to accompany her (so I took turn with hubby).

After the ‘swim’, we went out to the ‘famous’ satay celup! Fortunately, I brought (home) sushi for them! Noelle wanted to try the satay sauce – by dipping her sushi into it! She tasted a little and drank the whole glass of barley! 🤣

We headed back to hotel and call it a day as everyone’s tired!

Day 2 at Melaka

We did a touristy thingy! We went for a ‘cruise’ – the Melaka River Cruise. I confirmed with Missy Stella Tay that the river cruise is not just along a longkang before heading to the place!🤣 (because hubby’s colleague whose hometown is in Melaka never heard of the cruise . 🤭🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ man!)

I didn’t really time our journey but it took us around 30-45 min to and from the main ‘jetty’! It wasn’t as hot as expected – but rather windy! While the kids were excited about the boat ride, eventually they were ‘bored’ because their ‘heart’ was left with the water theme park! 🙄 (check out their website for prices – we only paid for ourselves and Noelle)

After the boat ride, we headed to Nadeje at Plaza Mahkota for lunch cum birthday celebration!

We went back to hotel for nap and went to the theme park again. For dinner, we headed to Ujong Pasir (as suggested by Stella) – as we were looking for decent Chinese cuisine, which is a little more child friendly to our kids’ appetite!

**it was such a coincident that Stella messaged me on some plants during our journey there! So, I took the opportunity to ‘kacau’ her! Thanks a lot to some of the reviews/suggestions she gave us!

Day 3 at Melaka

We said that it will be our LAST time at the water park on day 2; Noelle initially agreed. But right after we got back from our hotel breakfast and watching people in the water park from our balcony, she couldn’t resist! Actually, we expected! 🤣 We made her/ them to promise that we will get back latest by 1030am as we need to check out (or else our bags will be thrown out of the room🤭😂).

So we went to the water park, check out, head out for lunch and then drove home!

Video of the girls enjoying the slide ride <here> These two sampat girls had the most fun in these three days!

Nikki from being timid with the giant slides to (this morning) saying NO to the kid slides 🤣; and since yesterday don’t need us (mama or papa) to accompany her on the giant slides as long as jeh jeh comes along!

Noelle, no need mention, played like crazy – not sure if she went on the slides more than 100 times!

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Overall, they were all good during our road trip – sitting at their seats respectively, entertaining themselves. Some memorable things that we did in car:

– Noelle is currently learning ‘even and odd’ in school, therefore we spot the car numbers in front of us, and she will let me know if the number is ‘odd or even’. She brought her annual peppa pig books and read them occasionally.

– Nikki was in her ‘pretend play’ mood – so she storif-ied herself and acted herself! The funny story she told – ‘I wanna o c!’ which shocked my hubby like mad (because he thought she really wanted to 💩). She also observes a lot – for example, she observed a truck carrying cars and she questioned us ‘why the cars are on top one?’

– Norrah occasionally cried and just required me to sit next to her (she just want to watch my face🙄). Her favourite ‘toys’ in the car are her blanket, empty bottle or plastic bag! 😂

Happy birthday to our dearest Norrah!

Happy 1st birthday to our little darling Norrah!

How one year just glimpse through!

How much you have grown,

How much love you have planted in everyone’s heart,

How much laughter you have brought to each of us,

Thanks for making me us a papa, mama and jeh jehs again!

One year ago, we celebrated our birthdays in the hospital – the waiting, pain and shiver! Plus the feeling of ‘missing’ my two girls and hubby! Sweet and sour birthday for me last year 🙄😂

This year, of course, we have a more pleasant day! 😂 I have not been in this mood to celebrate my ‘own’ birthday for years. But I am referring to Norrah’s birthday, most of the time (I just tumpang happy, keih ley feih🙄🤭). Hope you had a good day today! 😆We will celebrate our birthday every year until the year you (Norrah) say ‘cukup mama, I want to celebrate with my (boy)friend(s)!’.

<But I was rather ‘sad’ this morning when Norrah didn’t want to ‘friend’ or anti- me! She only got better with me after her morning nap!>

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes!

And of course, thank you my lao gong for taking off and ‘planning’ the holiday away from home – that include the kids’ activity! Plus the ‘special’ gift that you brought home a week ago (though kena m16 from me upon gifting it🤭🤣)! 😘😘

<last year macam got nothing leh🤔🤔 😜but understood geh – cos all $$ went to paying the hospital bill 😓>

Baby teething oat biscuit

Baby teething oat biscuit

Ingredients: 1 cup (uncooked) rolled oat (blended), 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 banana (mashed), 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, 2 tsp cinnamon powder, 4 tbsp water

Mix and shape. Then bake under 200 degree Celsius for 30-40 min (depending on your oven). It is firm and hard!

I seldom explore new recipe for this baby 😜 but today I did! Happier to find her enjoying them!

Video <here>

It is mess free too!

Meets a ‘new’ friend

With my chicken tofu nugget recipe FAN! 😜

Hailing from Laos to our place…

Ok…kwah cheong!

Carmen came back to Malaysia for ‘summer’ break; so has been talking about this ‘meet up’! (We have known each other for 3-4 years on facebook)

Sorry for keeping you wait for a month! 🙄🙄 and making you come to my place (so that I don’t have to rush to pick Noelle)! Thanks for the gifts to the girls too!

A short and nice catch up!

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I was telling Nikki about this Aunty and her kids coming over. Before they came, she was asking ‘why so long one?’ But when they came, she turned a ‘weirdo’ self (tarik harga la tu)!! At many points, she tried to speak to aunty but then afraid of her! 🙄🙄she even tried explaining to Rae Han about the toys! I think Nikki will definitely be a better self when Noelle’s around with play dates!

Really too bad Noelle is not around; she will definitely have fun with Rae Han and Rae Wynn!

To our kids: live a minimalist life

We bought Noelle and Nikki sandals of different brands at the same time last year (or some time this year). But Nikki’s rather worn out. So we decided to get her a new sandal! Before we were at the shoe outlet, we were pondering if we need to get Noelle’s too despite hers still good!

Noelle even came with some ‘excuses’ for not getting Nikki one new sandal “She has the robocar shoes right?”, which we told her “but we are looking for new sandals rather than shoes for Nikki”.

When we were at the shoe outlet, Nikki chose her sandals – we decided that Nikki goes with the same brand as Noelle’s old one (seems longer lasting) and we asked Nikki to pick a colour. Then, she tried it! Noelle was repeating “Nikki needs a new sandal because hers spoilt already!” And we nodded “yes”! She even helped Nikki put on the sandals – after trying the new one!

Noelle did looked around to see if she needs anything. Fearing that she may be ‘sad’, I explained to her “Your sandals still ok. When it is ‘spoilt’, we will get you a new one. Or, maybe next year, when your feet gets bigger, you will need a new one. Some more, maybe next time, there will be better design and colour. Right?🙄” immediately, she showed me a 😁 face, meaning she agreed! And so we left with just Nikki getting a new sandal!

😊😊😊 Proud that she understands that we only get things that we NEED and not merely want. Having said that, we rewarded her with a magic colour at the cashier counter – without her even requesting for it!

** This is in line with us hoping that our kids will live a minimalist life! In life, there are unlimited wants but resources (I.e. money) are always limited!

Banana ogura cake

My first banana ogura cake dedicated to my darling baby Norrah! 😆😆

Credit recipe to Vanessa Lau 😬

– modified her recipe a little – replace corn oil to evco

– first time using water bath 😆

– i baked according to my oven’s ‘mood’ (temperature and timing) – so didn’t follow her timing

Thanks to KNS for confirmation that cream of tartar is not necessary for baking! 😛

No crack but shrink; it is soft in there; a little wet, I think should have bake a little more longer (though I baked for 70 minutes)

New semester, new big girl

#throwback pic , credit to her school photographer

Love this picture a lot – she looks so mature, self composed and has a good sitting posture

Once again – She’s already a winner in mama’s heart!

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We still do have our daily conversation after school but I am almost half or close to ‘dead’ most of the days – that we have gone off records!😂😛

Noelle has been adjusting well in her new class. In a way, her teachers have been psychologically making her think that she is now in the most advanced ‘level’ in her school – so she has to behave more maturely, which she is doing so on daily basis. Some include being more responsible to her school work and punctuality (record days she hasn’t asked me to send her to school – because if I were to, she will be later than usual – but still early la). In this semester, she shares with me a lot of what she does in school! She is much more prepared with her tingxie, ejaan and spelling. And she is always tell me ‘I am trying my best!’ which I believe she does! 😊

Some things she told me about her friends.

– Jeremy eats very slow!

– Jeremy is short like me!

– Jeremy is my best friend!

🤣🤣🤣 not sure why, but ‘boys’ are usually on her radiant of ‘best friends’; but more because of who sits next to her – currently Jeremy sits next to her

– Dawr always very forgetful one ah!

which I will respond ‘then try to remind her next time!’ 🙄🙄

– E Xuan comes late again because she can’t wake up

which I will respond ‘that’s why you also need to sleep early and don’t ask me to send you to school at the very last minute!’🙄🙄😒😒