3d2n at Bukit Gambang Resort

Day 1: Bukit Gambang Safari Park

After a 3 hours drive (we stopped at Bentong for early lunch), we arrived at the resort to check in (early, because off peak season). Then we proceeded to the safari park.

Short review: it is pretty run down; but it ‘won’ our hearts with our first encounter with free-roaming animals (though the animals were so ‘lazy’ to roam 🤭🤣). We went for all five shows that they have on a daily basis. They love the ‘fire show’ the most! Video <here>

Actually only ‘we’ (adults put ‘expectations’) – the kids have no bad reviews; they enjoyed it a lot!

Day 2: Bukit Gambang Water Park 081118

Mini Sunway Lagoon; but they need to improve on cleanliness. Otherwise, it is good and worth the price (less than half price of Sunway Lagoon water park)!

Noelle went almost all the slides- including the adults’ ones because she finally over 110cm! If not because Nikki cannot join, we would have played many more rounds!

We spent closed to 5 hours there! 🙄🤭🤣 Video <here>

Random photos from Bukit Gambang

– First time packing in less than 24 hours before the trip 🤣 – Noelle helped with choosing their (Noelle, Nikki and Norrah’s) clothes

– very the least OCD with their food – only brought flask and veggie pasta for Norrah, their usual snacks and apples (they are in apple phase now😂)

– no surprises for them on their activities pack – their usual colouring stuff and books (only a new card game – Grand Dame)

Many many things happening in ‘our’ (people) lives – for example, the case of a ‘holy’ man preying on kids – reminds us to spend time connecting with our kids. They grow too fast, time with them is too precious to ignore. There are unpleasant moments in the trip but that does not make our trip bad!

Guess this is our year-end trip for 2018; looking forward to next year’s? 🤭😝

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Something which Noelle picks up both at home and in school – recycling habits

When we were packing our bags before checking out, Noelle picked all the empty bottles and insisted that we bring them home ‘to do something’. And so we did!

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Noelle teaches mama how to ‘ease’ in social scene

When we were in Bentong for lunch, we bumped into Noelle’s school mate dining in another table. She insisted that she wanted to say ‘hi’ and for me to go with her. 🙄 (aiyo…actually I dun enjoy doing that 😂). And so we went!

Second born gets her first visit to dentist

Nikki’s first visit to the dentist (2y10m+)

😂😂😂😂😂😂

Nikki actually chipped one of her bottom tooth few weeks back when she jumped down from the sofa! 🙄🙄 clumsy ‘super girl’ 😝 Also, compared to Noelle, Nikki stubbornly doesn’t want us to brush her teeth (kononnya independent🤭).

So, gan cheong Mama is abit ‘Gan cheong’ lor…’will she lose her first tooth faster than Noelle jeh jeh (who hasn’t seen a dentist before, and even afraid to🙄)?’

Nikki braves herself today – and said ‘yes’, assuring us that she will meet the dentist when we enter the dentistry. The dentist gave a quick check – everything is normal! ✌🏻(Phewww). Just have to keep the chipped tooth area clean always.

>> We asked Noelle if she wants to have a check – no, she doesn’t want to; and ‘respectfully’ 🙄 we left without pursuing further. (Personally I do check her teeth on a daily/weekly basis; so far ok. Plus she will definitely get her tooth check in school next year – she won’t get to run away that time! 🤭🤣)

Living every child’s dream: Princesses 👸👸👸for ‘an hour’

The last time we took an official family portrait was when Nikki just turned 1 yo and also few days after I found a positive pregnancy test (with Norrah). I would admit that I wasn’t at my best at that point of time because of morning sickness. Nikki was slightly bald, at that point of time (the photographer remembered 🤣).

Fast forward, Norrah is now 14mo+.

Recording today’s moments (because the photos won’t come so fast; and my dory memory) –

Both Noelle and Nikki were very excited when we told them about the photo shoot. (Noelle still remembered the last time we took the shoots.) They were more excited when I decided to let them dress as princesses. In fact, Norrah was also cheering when she saw her dress this morning! 😁

I was telling hubby that we could ‘expect’ Nikki to be the ‘spoiler’. But I was soooooo wrong! Nikki was in her best. When the photographer greeted us at the doorstep, Nikki was telling the lady that she is Rapunzel and her props! (I did put on some make up for them – and hence, warned them that they shouldn’t cry or else the make up will melt down – they will turn as zombie 😂). Noelle was her usual self. The timid one for today was Norrah! 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄It ended up we couldn’t really take the few types of shoots that we expected.

Nevertheless, everyone had fun this morning.

>> We had our brunch (after the shoots) at a cafe and to the bank. Haiyoooo…I didn’t like the ‘attention’ we got from onlookers. 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️

>> I decided to ‘dress’ normal (actually just t-shirt and jeans) – to look normal 😝

Snow White who prefers ‘Happi Puff’ more than apple(s) 🍎

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Just upon reaching one year old (respectively), Noelle and Nikki took their personal and our family shoots! How can we miss Norrah’s (albeit late, thanks to papa’s workload/available time🙄).

Taking their/our photos are very precious to us – because they grow TOO fast!

>> I have better shoots on Norrah alone compared to the photographer because Norrah wasn’t really ‘cooperative’ and ‘hangs’ on papa most of the time! 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄

>>These are unofficial photos 🤣 I can be a good photographer too? 🤭🤣

To our ‘King’,

Thank you for arranging the photography session! 😁

>> Noelle’s prop – wand (actually brought her shoes also but didn’t use)

>> Nikki’s prop – frying pan 🍳 🤣

>> Norrah’s prop – apples 🍎 which she refused to hold 🙄🙄

A day to celebrate – firstborn kindy graduation

Today Noelle ‘graduates’ from her kindergarten after (less than) a year stint (but she still needs to attend kindy until end of next month🙄😂).

Her walk-in video <here>

Sending her to kindy is more for her to learn her social skills and adapting to a school life – rather than for academic performance. We are proud that she achieves those objectives. She did improve a lot too ‘academically’ – mainly reading and writing (which she started near ground zero late last year). We are also happy that she continues to be cheerful in most things. We hope this will start her in positive direction towards (the lonnnnngggg) school life!

Oh ya, she was awarded ‘The Best in Cleanliness’ in her class! 🤣

I can’t deny that I teared today seeing how much our eldest daughter has grown up (ok, kindy only la…😝)!

Showtime!!!

After weeks of practice and nights of her making us dance with her….

Before concert

Mama: You scared or not later go on stage!

Noelle: But 9 Oct I went on stage, I am not scared!

Mama: But today ALOT of people will be watching you dance! 🙄🙄🙄

Noelle: 🤔🤔🤔

Mama: Never mind, if you scared, you just think of mama, papa, mei mei and Norrah, k?

Noelle: I am NOT scared! 🙄🙄

And yes, she proves herself that she hasn’t got any stage fright! Well done, baby! <video>

Today, we ‘celebrated’ as one for our Noelle Jeh Jeh! 😘😘

>> Didn’t manage to get wefie! 😕

Transition to seasoned food

2018 is the year I slowly ‘graduate’ Noelle from ‘bland’ food! I introduced to her more cooking seasonings.* I am happy to say that she is accepting it well! (During my lazy days, she will just go with bland food – same food as her toddlers sisters 😝). Moving forward, as she enters to different phases of life – she will get to enjoy more kinds of food. I am still glad that I kept her diet ‘clean’ for her first 5 years of life. 😁😁😁

Today she wanted Yee mee. And I was a little ‘hardworking’ to ask her if she wants it soup (bland type) or those with sauces – and she choose the sauces one. So, she had ‘char Yee mee’ topped with sweet potato pork cutlets. I served her with chopsticks – so she was very ‘motivated’ and focused in her dinner! 🤣 <video>

Dessert after dinner and shower – strawberry banana ice cream

* YOU know ‘those’ days ‘people’ say if you don’t introduce seasonings early, it would be very difficult to introduce her next time and then she will be a picky eater. 🙄 😝🤭

Marble sponge cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 egg yolks

1 egg whole

2 tbsp caster sugar

35ml oil of choice

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

40g cake flour

Meringue – 2 egg whites and 2 tbsp caster sugar

Method:

1. Mix egg yolks, whole egg and caster sugar

2. Add in oil and vanilla essence. Mix.

3. Sift in flour and salt.

4. Fold in the prepared meringue (separate to three times).

5. Divide to two portion.

6. Add in one tsp cocoa powder to one portion.

7. Pour one tbsp of each portion to the cupcake sheets.

8. Bake under preheated oven of 170 degree celcius for 20 minutes. (To make sure it is cooked, I lowered the temperature to 130 degree celcius and bake it further for 10 minutes).