2017 comes to an end

2017 comes to an end; and our final ‘countdown’ ends by 10pm – because we need to send the kids to bed plus we (hubby and I) are tired too!

We choose Paradigm Mall as our final spot to chill for this new year eve- because it is near our home and there’s no need to stuck in the traffic! And it was certainly the right decision – as it has activities which suit the kids ranging from sand art, face painting, bouncy castle to live performances. They had free flow of pop corns and cotton candy too! Anyway there won’t be fireworks when the clock strikes 12am; instead they will be having balloon drops.

In the year, my largest achievement (actually my hubby reminded me) is being able to handle three kids ALONE (even going out of home)! I am thankful that my kids generally behave ‘well’ when they are alone with me! (But of course they aren’t angels all the time!)

Noelle has been a good big sister so far; though she wrestles more with Nikki nowadays. She gives me a lot of sense of achievement – by her independence and ability to take in what I have taught her in the past years. She has become very chatty and able to relate many things to me – she has certainly become a companion to me this year.

Nikki has been THE joker at home this year. She brings a lot of cheer to everyone at home! And we are so proud of her learning ability! Her ability to converse make me understand her more; and I believe we will be closer in the year ahead!

Norrah, THE baby of the family, has generally been an obedient baby! At times, I think we ‘torture’ her more than she tortures us! Thank you baby for being an easy baby so far – and able to adjust to our ever busy schedules! Thank you for obediently sleeping through the night – only to wake two or three times a night to suckle!

And to the man of the house, thank you for working hard throughout the year to put food on the table! Thank you for spending your limited time with us. And thank you for not ‘forcing’ me to do things that can cause doubt and unhappiness in me!

In 2017, I spent 365 days with four of you- and that makes you all my everything! ❤️

Thank you 2017 for the wonderful family memories that we experience together! I believe there’s good even in every bad situation – as we grow stronger to become better partner/family!

#thingstobegratefulin2017

We will be looking forward to the new adventure that 2018 will bring!

Happy New Year, in advance!

Our Christmas at Farm in the City

Instead of mall hopping this year, we went to the ‘farm’ aka Farm in The City! We bought the discounted tickets months back in Citta Mall!

Guess many parents had the same idea too! The place was crowded but manageable!

Noelle has leveled up her ‘bravery’ this time round but Nikki was fearful (except for fish feeding) – different stages of kids and different kid behaves differently (our role is nurture and encourage them, just to remind ourselves)! <video>

This is our third visit, by the way! And Norrah’s first!

Train ride and Christmas dress up at Paradigm mall

They took a train ride aka Paradigm express that cost RM5 each. The ride goes about 5 minutes. (I was telling Noelle that a real train ride cost less than that 🤣) <video>

And they got into Kids Christmas costume that was free.

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m a little surprised that Noelle wanted to participate because she never like costume before (but the reason she did was because she has this costume thingy in school yesterday – which she had fun and was telling me)! Nikki of course participated without hesitation since Jeh Jeh did so!

We had a short fun time there!

Sampling Stroopwafel by Mama ❤️ Grace

Through Daily Homecook Meal fb page, we gotten samples of Stroopwafels by Mama ❤️ Grace. It was actually sent to our doorstep today! Thank you very much!

The 23m21d immediately wanted to test it!

And guess what’s her review? <video>

Personally, I think it is GOOD; not too sweet (‘sweet’ though for a toddler). Guess it is best to go with coffee! The packaging is nice and I was told that it will come with its logo soon. 3 packs are going for RM58 now!

My eldest girl got home from school and I offered her a piece of Stroopwafel after her naptime. She asked for another piece after that! That will give you a hint if it is ‘yummy’!

Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement but a gratitude post for letting us try the product!

3d2n Cherating trip – 2017 year end and Norrah’s first road trip

We planned this trip about 1-2 months ago. We didn’t really check on the weather and then we saw news about heavy rain and flooding. Fortunately, the weather was great when we were there 3d2n!

We stayed in Residence Inn. It is newly refurbished and we happened to stayed in their new building. Everything was pretty clean and new! So, we had a pleasant stay! We all slept in a king sized bed (everyone fits in one!)

Our stay comes with breakfast and the breakfast came with authentic Malay cuisine like nasi kerabu (on first breakfast) and nasi lemak (on second breakfast). The fried chicken and rendang chicken on the different days were so good! They serve the other food like porridge, bread, cereals and fruits!

Other than that, nothing really special – no kid play room or whatsoever! And it is not any near to any food outlet. It is 5 minutes walk from the beach!

Day 1

Our first stop – Hai Peng Kopitiam at Kuantan for lunch – not much choice on the menu but food is served efficiently!

We couldn’t check in yet; so we dropped by at the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary – just a small exhibition maintained by the government! Entry is free.

After checking in, they didn’t want to nap; so we rested a while before swimming at the hotel’s swimming pool!

Dinner was at Restoran Ah Low (guess the only Chinese restaurant in Cherating). Food was poor and service was slow (price average) -but no choice.

Since it is located by the beach, so we enjoyed the cool breeze before heading back to hotel to call it a day!

Day 2

We spent the whole morning at the beach, which was 5 minutes walk from our hotel. Despite playing for more than an hour, Noelle threw a big tantrum 🙄 when we left! Because of that, we decided not to return to the beach!

We drove to Kemamam for lunch only to realise almost all shops/ restaurants/ supermarkets and even a mall were close because it was a Friday -plus their weekend is Friday and Saturday! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Fortunately, we spotted a Chinese Western cafe – so we had our lunch there! No pork served!

Our evening was spent in the hotel pool before driving out to eat. We decided to get back to the only Chinese restaurant there – but decided to leave as no one entertain us despite Noelle finished her pasta there! We went to a Malay restaurant called D’Cherating located in front of Legend Resort. We called it a day after that!

Day 3 also makes the end of our ‘holiday’

We spent our last half day in the hotel before checking out. We stopped by at Hai Peng kopitiam in Kuantan again for lunch. We actually wanted to try the other noodle shop next to the kopitiam but Noelle wanted to eat the kaya bread! 🙄

The journey back was ‘tough’ – Norrah was crying a lot and we had to make a pit stop to calm her down! Thereafter, I have to nurse her most of our journey back – thanks to my ‘big’ boobs and ‘flexible’ body 🙄 she was nursed while strapped in her baby car seat! (But the other boob became engorged🤦🏻‍♀️) Then the other two kids took turn to cry! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I wished I was driving instead! 😫

More drama when we arrived home…but all in all, everything has settled. Quickly cooked soup for them (eat with plain rice – as requested) and maggi for hubby and I; finally Norrah slept at 7pm!

Once again, we travel with our faithful Inayou Cooker!😊

Luckily we did; cos really nothing (much) suitable for them to eat!

Healthy and yummy snack – Petit Miam Yoplait and Dairy Farmers

I received a text last week from Lions Drink & Dairy that they will be sending us some samples. And today they arrived!

They are a dozen each of Dairy Farmers and Petit Miam Yoplait squeezed pouch – different flavours! They are my kids’ favourite! My eldest girl prefers this compared to its competitor brand – more natural fruit flavoured taste (compared to ‘tooth paste’ taste on the competitor brand😂)!

And of course, my middle child loves them too! Her remark was ‘good’ <video> for the Petit Miam Yoplait banana flavoured ! She even ate the Dairy Farmers thick and creamy caramelized fig – which she can’t stop eating. She was beyond words to describe it, I guess ! <video>.

Thanks Lion Drinks & Dairy for the samples!

Disclaimer: This isn’t a paid advertisement but the samples are free, of course! And we are not required to write a review on the products!