Midday promotions at Urban Retreat Spa, The Curve

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Monday could be our last honeymoon (without little 17chipmunks). So, we decided to go for a body massage. We remembered previously we enjoyed at the Urban Retreat Spa somewhere in March. Thus, we decided to return. This time, the feeling was “different”.

 

Upon arrival, we were asked what could they do for us. I immediately asked do they have couple package (which we did last round). We were then shown the different prices – buddies deal (aromatherapy): RM258 for 90 minute and RM289 for 120 minute. We decided to go for the 2 hour session.

 

Unlike the previous round, we were not asked the kind of oil we would like to use (since it was aromatherapy massage). We were not given welcome drink as well. The foot wash was so simplistic. We were then led to a room where we had our massage. Personally, my massage was really below expectation – in the sense, the masseur was getting in and out of the room so frequent that I find it disruptive (for hubby, there wasn’t this issue). In addition, I was craving for head and shoulder massage a lot, but it came out to be disappointing. Nevertheless, one plus point is that they maintained their silence (unlike the boutique massage parlours in SS2 where the Chinese masseurs will be chit chatting).

 

After the massage session, we were given ginger tea. Then, at the counter, I was curious of the price for a single person 2 hours session, and found it was merely RM139 (under the midday promotions – 11am to 4pm). This means for two persons it will be RM278! How could this be cheaper than the buddies package? Marketing gone wrong? I asked the cashier, who then calculate over and over again on her calculator. Luckily, we were charged the RM278, instead of RM289. Good thing – they did not charge service tax. Given this is the case, it is more worthy to go for this massage than the Bali Ayu massage at Paradigm Mall.

little 17chipmunks’ last day at the nanny’s today!

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First day (18 March 2013): The day I cried, and cried, and cried after leaving her there (as though she is not returning home, and it was just next block!) – After baby returned home, she cling, and cling and cling on me!

Last day (28 January 2014): I smiled, and smiled, and smiled after I left her! – She is a grown up girl! Although I couldn’t totally agree with how the nanny handles her (especially feeding part), thanks for the patience, care and love that you have shown Noelle. And thanks for “adhering” to my way – I have taught one old folk how to handle a fully breastfeed baby (this includes refusing to give her a pack of FM to keep for emergency)!

Each a cup Weekday & Weekend RM1.99 deal

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It has been some time since I last drank each a cup. We happened to be at Paradigm Mall for dinner, and then out of thirst, I sought for a drink. Then, we bumped into each a cup, which was having this weekday & weekend RM1.99 deal. Too good to be true? Yeah, I bought a cup of milk tea (without toppings) for only RM2 (round up). But, guess what? The milk tea is not freshly brewed; the staff merely poured out from the fridge and then sealed the cup. That’s what it calls – you get what you paid! Anyway, it is drinkable – just that it is not freshly brewed! I guess drinking at coffee shops for a glass of milk tea would be more worth than this.

Double boiled red beans, mung beans & barley with sweet potatoes for my 12.75mo

PicsArt_1390572287464Got this idea from my mil who usually boil tong sui for us (adults) during weekends.

Steps and ingredients:
1. Soak red beans, mung beans and barley for at least 6 hours.
2. Cut and diced the Japanese sweet potatoes & local sweet potatoes.
3. In the ceramic pot (of the double boiler), put in the soaked red beans, mung beans and barley + diced sweet potatoes.
4. Add in a handful of red dates and a handful of wolfberries.
5. Fill in water into the ceramic pot until 90% full.
6. Double boil for 1 and half hours.
7. Cool down and serve.

*No sugar added; and it is sufficiently sweet for lo

Steam banana muffin/cupcake for my 12.75 mo

71451_10202120737372770_1861190782_nThis isn’t something new, but I think I have modified the recipe – as in I didn’t add in any sugar and salt (as I am against giving my lo sugar and salt at this point of time).

Steps and ingredients:
1. Sieve one cup cake flour with one teaspoon baking soda and one teaspoon baking powder. (We can actually make our own cake flour by combining all purpose flour and corn flour. This saves up the hassle and money to get cake flour on purpose – follow this link to learn how: http://joythebaker.com/2009/09/how-to-make-cake-flour/)
2. Beat two eggs.
3. Mashed the bananas (I used four bananas as it was rather skinny bananas).
4. Add the beaten eggs and mashed bananas into the flour mixture. Mixed it well.
5. Add one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.
6. Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake moulds until 90% full.
7. In preheat steamer, steam for 15 minutes.
8. Once it’s done, open the lid slightly to release the heat for a few seconds. This is to avoid the cupcakes from shrinking due to change of temperature.
9. After releasing the heat, remove the moulds from the cooking pot or wok immediately and transfer to a cooling rack. Remove cupcakes from the moulds to cool down.

Notes:
Lined cupcake moulds – I actually placed cupcake sheets onto foil ware.
The cupcakes are naturally sweetened, i.e. banana.
LO enjoyed it!

Spin the wheel of fortune at Aeon Big by spending a minimum RM88

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I was in Aeon Big this morning to do grocery and Chinese New Year shopping. It was after I paid my items, which cost approximately RM111, I was told by the cashier that I get a chance to spin the wheel of fortune. For each RM88 spent, there will be a chance to spin the wheel. I didn’t look closely to what are the main winning items though. I was just overwhelmed that I had this chance. So, there I went, spin the wheel – and got one 1.5l bottle fruit juice – fruit10 Calamansi and Aloe Vera (never heard of the brand before – but I guess it is a form of promotion for them).

 

Well, don’t miss the chance if you happen to be shopping at Aeon Big between 20 to 26 January 2014 – especially during this festive season.