Waterfall play at Hutan Lipur Sungai Sendat

We came here last in 2014! 🤣🤣 The place did not change much! Entry fee is still RM2 per adult, RM1 per kid and RM3 per car. It is rather clean as compared to the public parks in Klang Valley.

The best thing – we came at the right time with no crowd and we were initially the only two families playing at the chilling waterfall. They had better time playing ’cooking’ at the bottom part. Towards the end, they went into the chilling river and little waterfalls before they saw a frog and screamed like they saw zombies. 🤣🤣 They forgotten about the rocks and ran across them. 🤣🤣🤣

We spent two hours there. Hubby and I ate while waiting for them. They had their packed lunch in the car on our way back!

Video: https://youtube.com/shorts/kq5nCt9yqEo?feature=share

Big sister’s quarantine journey

In an unfortunate event, the C+ is back. This time on Noelle. 😢😢😢

This is not unexpected as in this week itself, three classmates were confirmed positive; and they were the girls that she hang out with during recess, co-curriculum’s lunch’s and waiting time. So, Noelle’s the fourth student in her class this week.

Actually we suspected something amidst last night when she was lethargic and unlike her usual self. She slept at the isolation room, which she already planned to this long weekend (luckily). I kept checking on her before bed (she was already asleep). I felt her body warmish, but I didn’t bother to wake her up. I just let her sleep. At around 4am, she came to our room and told me that she couldn’t sleep. That was the time I told her to take the Covid19 test. The dreaded line almost immediately appeared once she put the droplets of saliva on the test kit. I quickly woke hubby up, we sanitise most touch points and get Noelle’s things ready. Etc…

When Nikki and Norrah woke, we tested on them. So far, it is negative and we really hope it will stay as it is. 🙏🏻

As of now, Noelle is her usual self. And being ‘Noelle’, she is usually active when she is supposed to sleep. She’s probably having an enjoyable time in the isolation room now as we supplied her with anything she needed and we allowed her to chat with her friends plus watch YouTube. One thing good is that she is pretty independent. She is still in positive spirit (which is vital now). Both sisters played clay art virtually with her just now. And I told her I will give her online tuition in the next few days. 😂

I just hope that it doesn’t spread across the household, especially to Norrah. 😞😞😞

Day 1 of quarantine

As of now, the ‘statistics’ for Noelle’s class stands at 6 positive cases in this week. 😓😓😓 (Noelle’s number 4)

If you think you won’t get Covid again after getting it, it proves wrong – as the case number 5 had her first Covid in Feb.

Despite we felt Noelle being warmish, the whole day she has been taking her own temperature – it has not reach 37.4. So, there’s no fever. She is almost asymptomatic for now (and we hope it will remain as it is). Besides nourishing her with home cooked and boiled drinks, we gave her vitamin C, probiotics and a lot of ‘love’. I even gave her Mimi snack and toblerone. 🙄🙄🤣🤣

Noelle has been very independent, non-fussy, non cranky and seems to enjoy her first day of quarantine. Her bff has been chatting/Google meet with her occasionally (really thankful to the bff’s mum for allowing this – she was also the one I broke the news to first, as Noelle eats with her bff and they get quite close). We are constantly on chat via Google chat (I installed on my phone so that she can contact me immediately if anything). Also, to call me, she just needs to click on her papa’s fb messenger to connect to mine.

I think only Nikki is feeling down that she can’t get near to jeh jeh. She actually wanted to help us bring food to Noelle, which we prohibited her and she cried. 😓 But, we let her prepare jeh jeh’s pyjamas.

We are also constantly monitoring both the younger ones and fed them the same goodies (except the junk food😛)

Thankfully it is the weekend, and a longer one. Hubby has been helping around.

get well soon my dear girl <<

Day 2 of Noelle’s quarantine

Still double line. Ok, as expected – don’t expect miracle to happen here. But thankfully, Noelle didn’t ‘suffer’ much but just slight flu. Her nose just ‘runs’ occasionally (seldom hear her sneeze); can see her wiping her nose very often. So, I made her her comfort drink – onion juice.

She woke up at about 5am, eagerly waiting for Nikki and Norrah to play air dry clay, which they did before hubby brought the two out to buy some stuff (detergent and vitamins). Also, with them two out, I forced Noelle to nap – which she eventually managed to nap for an hour plus.

After returning home and had lunch, they did art and craft virtually – hubby and the two just got the materials (design a bag) today. By then, hubby and I can’t wait to nap – so we push them to complete fast, told Nikki and Norrah to nap while we left Noelle alone to do her stuff (which I think she watched movie from laptop).

Hubby actually got her tealive and she ate fried rice for lunch. I thought she won’t ask for teatime, but she still did! 😅 After teatime, she did her tuition homework. She started writing her Covid diary, which I will read later. 🤣

Dinner as usual and she still take her usual fruits as night snack. 🤣 Good to see her continuing to eat like usual.

She didn’t really chat so much with her friends today as one (the one who also got Covid) went MIA and her bff was on her way to Desaru.

Hope she can sleep better tonight. Yesterday night, she said one of the neighbours was switching on the radio so loud that it affected her sleep.

Day 3 of Noelle’s quarantine

Boredom starts to creep in…🙄🙄🙄

Fortunately Noelle finally managed to sleep better, waking up at her usual 7 something (instead of 4-5am). But then, she can’t nap in the afternoon- lack of physical activity and hence she is full of energy. While she annoys me with some of her repeated messages/emoticons 😒🙄, I am also afraid of her mental health for these few days (after she stopped messaging me, I felt bad😣😔).

The girls started the day by playing playdoh, which took an hour or more. She had late morning snack but still able to take lunch before 1pm. (She is really making use of this ‘room service’, messaging me ‘hungryyyyy’ whenever she is hungry. 🙄🤣) After lunch, she was left alone to watch movie while the two other sisters played in the room themselves. Noelle managed to chat with her friends but short moments only.

I insisted her to shut the laptop at naptime – to rest her mind and eyes. Both Noelle and Nikki didn’t nap so we asked if they wanted to chat with one another; and so they did. Later on, she reminded me that I supposed to do virtual tuition with her. 🙄I was lazy but she kept bugging; so at the end, we did. We did maths today.

She still has slight runny nose and occasional cough. I continued giving her steamed onion juice, vitamin c, probiotics and fruits. She gets to enjoy some junk food (which she doesn’t get to eat/drink during healthy days😝). She never complain about the food I gave her; in fact she complimented tonight’s dinner. 😍🥰😘

I think she has been good in taking care of herself at age below 10 years old! Today I really felt like hugging and kissing her! 😔😔😔

I have to say that I needed more help in handling the virtual class than her. 🥲🥲

Day 4 of Noelle’s quarantine

Getting used to it…

Today I felt that Noelle is getting used to being quarantine. 🤣🤣 But she did tell me she misses seeing the sun and outdoor. She looks better too – lesser flu and cough (I feel)

Since hubby is working today (work from home because he can’t go office when someone is positive Covid19 at home), I am the CEO – chief ENTERTAINMENT officer. 🙄🙄🤣🤣 Luckily I managed to ‘korek’ a wau painting which I bought last year and they didn’t want to do that time. They enjoyed doing it today, which took them more than an hour and occupied them in the morning. 😊😅 After that, I taught Noelle how to play minesweeper. Before and after lunch, the two sisters played themselves while Noelle enjoyed her ‘me time’ with games and watching videos.

I put the two sisters to nap at 2pm and told Noelle to rest too. As expected, by 2.45pm when I peep on her, she wasn’t napping. So I told her to do her stuff and I gave her teatime. At around 430pm, we did tuition, which occupied us until dinner time. The same routine again – shower, clean up, night snack and virtual play/chat with her sisters.

And that’s our day!

it is the fifth day since Nikki’s last contact with Noelle. And we tested her – thankfully it is NEGATIVE. Tomorrow, Nikki will be able to go to school! So tomorrow, I will add my duty as a chauffeur.

Day 5 of Noelle’s quarantine

Slightly emo 😞

Noelle woke up later than usual. I was told because of the loud music and people talking loudly at wee hours that disturbed her sleep. I told her that if it has happened again, just scream ‘QUIET’ at the window. As a result of lack of sleep, I think she became slightly emo especially since Nikki went school, she thought of her friends and also she missing co-curriculum activities this afternoon. I then promised her to play badminton this weekend.

She has been ‘strong’ emotionally in the past few days. So, I really hope she can get through these two more days. And I know SHE CAN! Noelle, you can do it! 😘😘😘

She is better after her afternoon nap. Yes, she finally napped a longer one, more than an hour, I think.

I did revision with her in the morning, gave her some work that we then discussed in the evening. Her papa downloaded some games that interest them (but not get them addicted – my criteria set). 🤣

I would go tuition with Nikki soon. So, the night entertainment will be left to the papa! 😝😝

Day 6 of Noelle’s quarantine

Light in the tunnel

This morning she took the test and told us she was confused of the result. So, we told her to put on the stool and we will go closer to look. Gratefully, it was a negative. That gave her good spirit today and determined to complete her 7 days quarantine. 😊

And today she was pretty busy. One of her friends’ mum shared some homework and so she did them. She also did her artwork. She also had her usual virtual mandarin tuition this afternoon. I allowed her to come out of the isolation room to the laundry area to do the art. I also allowed her to skip nap today (so that she can sleep better at night; this morning she woke at 830am). Because of her work, I was also pretty busy – helped her get the art stuff (but she cleaned up herself) and she needed some help with her homework (besides all the daily chores, cooking and chauffeuring Nikki). I also took the opportunity to ask her give me her ‘contaminated’ Amber to wash, changed the bedsheet and washed everything else she used in the past few days.

I am thankful that this is coming to an end. Next, we will need to bring her to a doctor for a check up.

Day 7 of Noelle’s quarantine

The end of quarantine!

Today hubby went to office and hence, for the first time, Noelle was home alone when Norrah and I went to pick Nikki from school. Hubby kept her in chat when I drove to school, while Nikki video-called Noelle when I drove home. So, she wasn’t entirely ‘alone’. I also told her to take her first stepping out of her isolation room and laundry area. She did as told and she told me ‘it was AWESOME!’ 🤣🤣

While driving home, Nikki was ‘complaining’ that jeh jeh was going crazy during the video call. Then I told her – ‘jeh jeh has been stuck in a room with four walls and only allowed to go to toilet for the past 7 days’, and asked Nikki – ‘will you go crazy if you were the same?’ 🙄🤣 She immediately nodded but added ‘but I don’t see papa went crazy during quarantine!🙄🙄’ 😓😓

All three of them took a very long nap today (I didn’t bother to wake them up). They slept till 530pm. Noelle took the Covid test again to reconfirm the negative. And the first thing she wanted to do was swim. So, we went for a late swim! 🤣 The sisters also missed her a lot. They enjoyed so much today. Even Norrah who wanted to cry (because when she is last, she will cry) didn’t cry. 😅

We told her to eat dinner with us but she wanted to eat in the isolation room. 🙄🙄 I told her that would be the last meal served there. 🤣🤣 And tonight, she comes out to play with her sisters. But she will still sleep in the isolation room.

And this ends my Noelle’s quarantine journal. We can’t avoid the virus entirely; but we have successfully stopped it from transmitting to the household. I mark that as our success story.

Video: https://youtu.be/DHzpUibJ4D8

I survived the 7 days

I survived the 7 days….as the sole caretaker for three kids AND a Covid19 patient! 🙄🥲🤣

On Friday evening, hubby came back from home having chill and headache (the first symptom was exactly same as his first dose vaccine). He immediately stayed apart and took the Covid19 test. He was tested positive with faint second lines (he didn’t believe his eyes, tested twice). He immediately quarantined himself from everyone at home in our dedicated isolated room. On the next day, it was a clear double line. The rest is history…

> Keeping everyone safe. Though some said that getting Covid19 can boost later immunity (and don’t have to be worried about getting infected later on), sorry…I am not ready for myself and my kids to get it (intentionally). I am really fearful for Norrah as she isn’t vaccinated yet. In the week, I feel ‘staying at home’ wasn’t any safer anymore. 🤣 Luckily….hubby was away the past few days/nights before he was tested positive. He likely got it either from workplace, dining place with colleagues or the hospital which he was frequenting for physiotherapy. Or, he went somewhere without telling me?? 😒🙄(It is most likely the hospital because none of his colleagues got it.) He has hand eczema and never uses hand sanitizer (and sometimes don’t bother wiping or washing hands properly). I couldn’t pinpoint/blame this but it served as a reminder to the kids. 😛

We have minimal exposure to him during the week (except he kissed me 😒😒and luckily Norrah pushed him away whenever he wants to kiss her). We have earlier prepared the isolated room. So he quarantined immediately. We designated the outside toilet for his personal use. We put a barricade over the area. Hubby only came out to take his meals/ water/ his clothes/test kits which were placed on a stool. Everyone wears a mask in the living hall despite hubby’s in the isolated room. I kept the whole unit ventilated – keeping the wooden open at all times. Even when we slept, I kept a window (beside me) opened. Our greatest fear was passing the virus in the household. Fortunately, we PASSED!

> Keeping positive….hubby already tested positive; and we have to remain positive. We have to put up a positive front for the kids. I remained calm emotionally (almost emotionless🙄🙄) and I think hubby put up a brave front despite suffering from headache and sore throat. I told the kids that when someone falls sick, they would be particularly ‘down’. So, they have been diligently putting notes on his meals. They video called every night (despite just a room). He kept them entertained at night via the calls while I finished up the loads I have in a day. We kept each other hopeful in the week.

> Caring for the patient – hubby is not fussy at all. He eats and drinks whatever I prepared and cooked until he felt so bloated! 🤣I poured boiling water on all his used containers/bottles/utensils before I wash them. I used a separate sponge in hot soapy water. And when it is done washing, I poured hot water over them again. 🤣 His laundry – he placed them into a plastic bag. After two days, he will wash it in the washing machine and hang them himself (since washing machine just next to the isolated room). I just bring his clothes out to dry under the sun. And I tub wash the washing machine with bleach each time after wash. I only entered the toilet he was using to change mop water. He sprayed the toilet with dettol each time after use and I will sanitise each time before I ever use it. We try to avoid talking to each other face to face but via WhatsApp (anyway I got like 15-30 min sit down time every night). I read that the virus cannot last more than 72 hours on surface. So whatever it is now out of the isolated room is considered ‘ok’ as he never stepped out more than the enclosed area. I have ‘sanitised’ most of the touch points.

> Covid19 patient…I know he was feeling ‘guilty’ – kept saying sorry to me. 🙄🙄 I think he might fear I ‘disown’ him if anyone of us get the virus from him. Last year, we did joked that I will send him back to his mummy if he ever gets Covid19. 🫢🤣He was ‘positive’ that he will recover in 4 days but the persistent second line (though faded) kept showing. Then I felt he started to get ‘negative’. He said that staying in four walls can really get crazy. 🙄🙄 Then we joked about how he can now enjoy his phone, games and books without me nagging. He need not iron the clothes and vacuum the floor daily. And Noelle even commented that he was getting room service from me. 🙄🤣 Then I told him next time don’t send me flowers anymore because it seems like a SCAM to do more work. 🙄🤣 (he got positive Covid after sending me flowers in the afternoon 😒)He fear that he might get long Covid19. I told him ‘does worry help?’ 😛 This coming from someone who worries a lot. (If I am sarcastic, I will be ‘if you know today, why last time’ – translated from canto). During office hours, he continued to work, which kept him occupied. At night, he video called the girls. Other time, I am not pretty sure what he did! 🙄🤣 (I wonder if I am in quarantine, what can I do? He says maybe I will draw and paint murals in the isolated room’s wall 😂) He told me to get Lianhua Qingwen for him on Day 1 and I got him many other soothing sweets including Difflam. He had panadols on first few days.

> The kids…I try not to change their routine; just that Norrah has to follow me anywhere including school drop offs. She happily wake up early and prepare; but on the third day of school, I can see her tiredness already. I was so fearful she will fall sick. Nothing else change – we still arrive at school on time despite only having one toilet to use and the consistent morning rains. I woke them up almost the same time. The kids have been obedient and understanding; but they still get scolding from me when I was overwhelmed. 🙄 We were on our evening swimming routine and our homework session. They were always waiting for their evening video calls session with their papa (because they can play games🙄). I put them to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual. Four of us slept flip sides of the bed – head facing feet. No kissy for the week (and we dearly miss that). I continuously asked them to sanitise hand and keep mask on especially in the dining area next to the isolated room.

> Keeping my sanity – I kept myself busy with work so that time can pass fast, which it did. I told no one except KNS because I didn’t want unsolicited advice/help. 🙄🙄 And I know KNS trust that I can do it myself. I don’t want to trouble people too (I do what I can do myself) and I don’t want to be occupied with the phone messages when I was already busy. I wrote things down (THIS) to free up my mind. I cooked things that I want to eat. I kept my vitamin intake ongoing (actually just added soluble vitamin c drink; I don’t take vitamins per say except from natural food). The kids have been tolerant to me – that I told them to give me some time off, and they did.

As of today, Dr Noor Hisham (via MySejahtera) has actually released hubby’s quarantine. But I chose to keep hubby in the isolated room for another day. 🤣🤣 There’s much to do when he comes out tomorrow…..

Hopefully this is the end of the chapter!

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Meals plan

Day 1

Breakfast: Kaya toast + guava + honey lemon

Lunch: Fried rice + loh hon guo

Teatime: Apple + soluble vitamin C drink

Dinner: Noodle soup with meatballs and egg +loh hon guo

Supper: Honey lemon + vegetable cracker + rice cracker

Day 2

Breakfast: Char siu pau + dragon fruit + honeydew + honey lemon

Lunch: Basmati rice + chicken soup + blanched broccoli + boiled sugar cane

Teatime: Apple + watermelon + dragon fruit + boiled sugar cane + soluble vitamin C drink

Dinner: Chicken soup noodles + blanched broccoli + tofu + boiled sugar cane

Supper: Honey lemon + Chocolate cream biscuit

Day 3

Breakfast: Ham and egg sandwich + apple + dragon fruit + honey lemon

Lunch: Salmon macaroni + loh hon guo + honey lemon

Teatime: Apple + honeydew + watermelon + loh hon guo + soluble vitamin C drink

Dinner: Basmathi rice + steamed fish with tofu + blanched Yau mak with fish cake and shiitake mushroom + loh hon guo

Extra drink: coconut water + loh hon guo

(No need supper because he was bloated by the drinks I gave him 🤣)

Day 4

Breakfast: Toast with tuna cutlet + banana + honeydew + watermelon + barley lemon

Lunch: Spaghetti with baked beans and minced pork + boiled roselle + barley lemon

Teatime: Orange + watermelon + apple + boiled roselle + soluble vitamin c drink

Dinner: Basmathi rice + blanched lettuce and mushroom in soup + honey lemon

Extra drink: Barley lemon

Day 5

Breakfast: Tau sar pau + sun melon + watermelon + boiled sugar cane

Lunch: Korean sweet potato noodles + honey lemon

Teatime: Dragon fruit + apple +soluble vitamin c drink

Dinner: Onion rice + air fried bbq chicken + vegetables and tofu soup + honey lemon

Extra drink: Boiled sugar cane

Day 6

Breakfast: Toast ham bread + apple + guava + chrysanthemum tea

Lunch: Braised yee mee + honey lemon

Teatime: Guava + dragon fruit + soluble vitamin c drink

Dinner: Basmathi rice + fried Ikan kembung + sweet peas, Yau mak, egg tofu and fish cake soup

Extra drink: chrysanthemum tea

Day 7

Breakfast: Toast bread + half boiled eggs + apple + sun melon + barley

Lunch: Fried Taiwanese sausage rice + honey lemon

Teatime: Pineapple + watermelon + soluble vitamin C drink

Dinner: Ramen soup with fishballs, egg and veggie + honey lemon

Extra drink: Boiled barley

Video: https://youtube.com/shorts/iPDsbIEHcmg?feature=share

Winning a trolley load of books

We woke up today with a surprise inbox message that we won a trolley full of books from Big Bad Wolf Books! 😅😅😅

The setback was we have to ’retrieve’ the prize from Seremban TODAY. Initially, I hesitated. 🙄🙄 But after a morning swim, I made up the mind to go! 🥲😬🤣 since hubby said just 45 minutes drive!

I can go myself but they wanted to follow 😛

And so we were here AGAIN!

We actually took an hour to wipe and arranged the books (plus I climbed very high to take the picture) on Friday for the entry. I told Noelle it was worth the effort! 😬

these are old books but old books don’t deteriorate in the knowledge/value they give! 🙂

Thank you BBW!

Photos: https://youtu.be/0R_Y_K_fAAw

Today supposed to be a day to chill before school resume tomorrow. I woke up at 5am, thinking of so many things to do – including weekly groceries. Luckily I managed to wash one washroom before I read the winning message.

I even thought of giving away my win – trying to figure out who stays in Seremban and even thinking of asking hubby’s buddy if he is in Seremban. 🤣 The 30 minutes swim made me ‘think clearer’. And so we went.

Half way the journey, I realised that I didn’t bring my wallet. 🫣 I thought it was in my bag but it wasn’t. Then my mind went to think – did I drop my wallet yesterday? So freaking stress 🙄🥲🤣 It was like – I want to go collect my prize now and I want to go home to see if my wallet is there. (When I am stressed up, they will get snapped by me. 🫢🫣) Next, I was thinking if BBW need my Mykad. Hubby said he has my soft copy’s. (But at the end, they just look at my facebook messenger 🤣).

We arrived early and had our brunch at ‘Yi Poh’. Then since it is in Lotus Seremban, we did our weekly groceries first. I was also thinking if the message is a ‘scam’ because it was sent from a personal account and the person hasn’t reply me. So, I went and asked the staff to confirm. 🤣

After doing groceries, we were still early. I asked if we can start the haul earlier since we were coming from PJ. Luckily they agreed. We took 1.5 hours to settle the haul. I sweated so much there. 😅

We drove home immediately. I told hubby to settle the kids to nap after their shower (around 2sth) while I get the groceries done and prepared dinner (so I just took down frozen satay to air fry and decided on fried tomato rice). A total relief to find my wallet at home! 🫣🤣

By 4pm, I was finally done with the kitchen stuff. Since hubby is having backache🙄🙄, I went down to carry all the books – three big IKEA bags. Thanks to my faithful grocery trolley, I just needed two rounds. Next, it was wiping each book, which took me about an hour. In between, I told them to settle their Mandarin tuition homework and packing their school bags. (I woke the two elder ones up)

I had a 20 minutes break before started cooking dinner. We had our dinner early and finally settled by 715pm.

I think I will drop on the bed soon! 🤣🤣

But I am thankful for a ‘lifetime’ experience and hopefully a childhood memory for the kids – that we actually did a winning trolley of books together! 😚

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Our winning entry: https://www.facebook.com/1618058788/posts/10223821723043849/

A return visit to 99 Wonderland Park

We came here before Covid19. The ticketing price doubled/tripled because they brought in some endangered species, namely crocodile, Tapir and sun bear. If you go in the day, there’s nothing much to shout about because you can’t watch the water fountain light performances (but my family are lazy to go out at night 🤣🤣 and we don’t like crowded places). The walk is about 2km and we walked two rounds to maximise our ticketing price! 🙄😛😂 (Norrah is above 90cm, despite STILL below 5yo and so she has her own ticket also).

Compared to Farm in the city, this place is less interactive – though we can still feed some of the animals like ostrich, deer and Mara. Besides the entrance fee, every other rides need additional fee like buggy ride, boat ride and train ride. It became more commercialised.

Photo: https://youtu.be/Uwzax70tYHQ

Upgraded to ceiling fans

Super busy day!!!

Every year hubby sets aside some savings to upgrade our little home for the comfort of everyone. Last year we upgraded water heater for the second bathroom (which came in handy as both girls go school and need to shower at the same time).

This year, no difference. We upgraded ceiling fans for the master room and dining hall. We also changed almost all lights in the house. But this year’s upgrade is super duper exhausting. First need to set up/ arrange the things nicely. And then so much cleaning to do plus the runs to drop and pick up the girls, speeding up clean up for the master room – so that the girls can nap and Noelle can have her mandarin class, and cooking lunch plus dinner.

Norrah was a pretty good girl – helped me with lunch preparation, completing her own worksheets, playing herself and finishing up her lunch without fuss. With the mess around, I couldn’t leave Norrah alone with hubby but to bring her along during pick up. Actually she is happier to go than stay at home. 🤣🤣 When returned her, I told her to nap herself and she did!

Glad to say – all settled by dinner time! I can’t wait to drop dead in bed- cos Aunty didn’t nap and woke since 4am. 🥲

Photo: https://youtube.com/shorts/OM39a3zMHxE?feature=share

Hiking Bukit Sri Bintang

Our second and last hike for this Raya holiday. If not because of the moving hikers (in and out) plus cars parked along the road, we won’t know the entrance to trail. There isn’t a signboard. We followed a group of hikers to one of the entrances (there are many routes, it seems).

We started out with a steep hike down and followed by a steep hike up before we reached the first peak (a view overseeing KL Tower and sight of Merdeka 118). We made a pit stop before moving to the next peak. We constantly moved upwards on two steep trails. Not long after, we reached the other peak that oversees KLCC tower. Next, we chose the wrong trail that brought us downhill in 15 minutes (actually we didn’t know that we have arrived at the bottom of the hill until we suddenly remembered the renovating bungalow we saw upon arrival🤣). All done in an hour.

The girls especially the elder twos handled the slopes well without us holding them. The hiking that we went so far, has well trained them to be more versatile. They become more aware of each of their steps. Nikki did slipped twice because of the slippery downward slope. In fact, I slipped once too while moving up. It was rather muddy this morning as it rained in the wee hours.

There are many trails in this hill. We will most likely be back one day to reach the highest peak.

because of the steep hill (plus Norrah wanted me to hold her today), I kept my phone in the bag most of the time when hiking 🤣 so fewer photos while hiking this round. There are many mushrooms that we saw along the way.

We had shaved ice after our picnic in the car. 😛

Video: https://youtu.be/cxBnap_AVis

Our first visit to Ara Damansara Park

Last day of Raya school holiday!

(Nikki: Still got Saturday and Sunday right???🙄🙄)

I wanted to bring them outdoor. Somewhere not so near but not far. 🫢😛🤣 Actually I have known this park for some time – Ara Damansara Park. Not many reviews on it. So today I decided to explore it (as it satisfies my criteria – not very near but not far😂).

It is located JUST opposite of the Ara Damansara mosque (where we bought lemang). There are parking but limited spots (as in if you go on crowded day). So, today our parking is just easy and right in front the entrance. Only few families around at our time.

Impressive park, on our first visit. 😂 The water lilies pond is eye catching upon arrival. Nice walking paths, but some spots are muddy. Overall about 2km walk. The girls had fun running up and down the little hills/slopes. There is a little river stream. I did put my foot in and it sunk (my daughter ‘scolded’ me ‘what are you trying to do?’🙄🙄🤣🤣). 🫢🤣 So, ’no’ to playing in the river. They had fun playing both the exercise equipment segment and the playground. And they had a good sweat.

We ended with a picnic under their ready made canopy. It was really relaxing. The park is filled with Nikki’s Aunty voice. 🙄🙄🙄 Even Norrah said ‘she is so noisy!’

Later on, we dropped by at Citta Mall for toilet. And we got a quick run at Village Grocer. It didn’t end just like that. We went swimming right after we arrived home.

Now everyone can nap like a log! 🤣

Video: https://youtu.be/XXmH9HJN3yk

A visit to Eco Grandeur

Dragonfly park and Grandeur Lab @ Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam

We thought this place is pretty near. 🤣🤣 It took us about 30- 40 minutes drive from our place (same distance as Cyberjaya). It is nearing Kuala Selangor, which is rather secluded. But the best part is there was almost nobody, especially at its Dragonfly park. (Just few families came and went off to take photos)

It is named Dragonfly park because of the shape of the park, though we do see some dragon flies around. It is about a 2km walk to complete the whole park. It is a new township and very European feel.

The kids enjoyed the place because we allowed them on the playground (since no one there). They were happier to able to go under the bridge (tunnel).

After completing the walk, we drove to Grandeur Lab (actually we somehow walked pass it when completing the Dragonfly park walk). Most shops were closed today except for a Chinese cafe, Jaya Grocer, Gong Cha, Caring Pharmacy and a coffee shop. We had our mini picnic at the bench (I brought wraps) and they had ice cream, bought from the supermarket.

Photos: https://youtu.be/o6NDmMUOsdg

Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya

Today supposed to be an outdoor day but it was raining in the morning. So, we made an impromptu visit to Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya with the main intention to browse/buy books from Book Xcess. We did that actually – spent close to 1.5-2 hours there.

But we actually found the setting of the building (though many abandoned and empty units) more impressive for photo taking! 🤣🤣 it is called ‘Instagramable’! 😛

Video: https://youtu.be/_Uq8mxyqfn4