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Monday, October 20, 2014

Of Weekday and Weekend

If you are constantly living in a big rat race, how bad are you yearning for the weekend? Although, I do enjoy weekend holiday but  I also love going to work as much.(That's an understatement..haha)  You know why? To me : Working day = Cost saving day!

The expenses I need to fork out over the 5 working days are food and petrol, albeit I only need to refuel once a week. Yup, that's how fuel-efficient my car is. (Also because I don't need to travel like 10km to work) For my breakfast and lunch, usually I will not spend more than RM10/day.

*Yup,you can still have a bowl of dessert everyday, provided you had a nasi lemak priced at RM1.50 earlier.*

My weekday saving actually contra with the expenses that I will  use over the weekend..Sometimes, I tend to overspend especially going out with the kids. I cannot apply 'no toy policy' all the time. Mom can shop but kids cannot, doesn't sound fair to them, right? Hehe

Nevertheless,  I still longing for the weekend (told you earlier is understatement) as it is the best time to beat stress and also doing something I enjoy.

Things to do to occupy the free time. It can be cost free or expensive. How about you?

1) Shopping - 'You're right,shopping won't fix the problem. But it will put me in a better mood for when I actually have to deal with it.'

Some loots from Typo. I got myself a mason jar, glass milk bottle and colorful paper straws which I have been looking all around. Glad I found it.

Is an expensive retail therapy..Haha. Guess which item is the most expensive one? Hmmm..No prize for the correct answer.

2) Food - 'Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.'- Hippocrates

Drive out  to look for food during the weekend, agree?

3) Cafe Hopping -
I know some friends who love checking out themed cafes, seems to be a rising trend! Or need a coffee fix every day? Me - Not coffee but a cup of hot and rich chocolate drink. Hot chocolate  always more expensive than coffee so I have to refrain myself from buying in a cafe but making Milo at home..Is a comforting drink for me, as always.

4) Books
A cost free therapy. Stay at home and make yourself a cuppa of tea while reading peacefully.

Recently, I applied a book loan from Mamarazzi. Cost and  interest free, thanks Kathy!

5) Sleep -
Also cost free therapy.Getting a good sleep is a must. But not every day you get to sleep soundly.

Last but not least,self improvement. Yes, I am still learning, in fact learning is a lifetime process. So keep learning!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My latest obsession - Lego Minifigures

Yes, that's my latest collectibles after Hello Kitty! Why now when Lego has come along way over the past, almost 80 years. Even before my parents were born.

I started to grow fond of the minifigs after watching The Lego Movie. Yea, 'Everything is Awesome'! Indeed is so awesome watching a brick-blocked world which turned out to be incredibly fun and excitement ,thanks to the seamless CGI effects.

The minifigs each is designed with a simple facial expression - it can be fun, cheerful, grumpy and some is meant to plaster an evil face like Lord Business.

I still remember Lego was the first branded toy that my parents bought for my brother. At that young time, I wasn't keen playing with it. I wasn't patience enough to put those brick pieces together and my brother who was very good in it shoo me away from messing up the colorful bricks.

Minifigure is less tedious and simple to assemble. They are usually packaged as three separate parts relatively the head, torso and legs. If my little ones have no problem of putting these pieces together, so am I, right? Haha

Do you know minifigure is more expensive than any other Lego products? Yup, each of them has special designed mold which to produce different parts of the figs. Don't forget some of them carry special accessories (such as guns, swords or their pets) and these needed further decoration.

You will probably see more  minifigs in my photos because they simply represent me considering I don't always plaster my face in a pic.**chuckle*

And for that, I can foresee my pocket hole will get bigger.

The first day I brought him out for dim sum..

'Hope is the dream of a waking man.'- Aristotle

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Outdoors and nature is a place of wonder and discovery for children.

The kids discover a gigantic tortoise!

Mami, that's a HUGE turtle!”, exclaimed the girls.

It's actually a tortoise, not a turtle and we explained that to the kids. They were just so amazed by the size of the tortoise and the markings on it's shell. This is a petting zoo which allows kids to go in and interact with non-dangerous animals and the kids had a lot of fun discovering new things for the first time.

They've never seen a tortoise before – like most other city kids, the outdoors and nature is a place of wonder and discovery for them.

Will it bite me?” asked the little one tentatively, who wanted was scared to approach the giant tortoise. It was almost bigger than her! We checked with the park ranger and got the confirmation that it would not, as long as you don't go in front of it.

Thus, we gave the green light for the kids to gently pet it and they oooh-ed and aaahhh-ed in amazement as they touched the hard shell of the tortoise.

It was very enlightening to see the kids experience new things and get involved with the outdoors. It made them very happy and they were so enamoured with the hard shell of the tortoise that they immediately had a thousand questions:

How did the shell get so big?

How old is this giant tortoise?

What does it eat?

It just opened up an idea of a big, interesting world out there and they got really interested in the outdoors and nature.

It's always good to let your children go outside and experience new things too! The joy is very real and I found out that it's very universal too!

I came across this video and thought it was very cute! The reaction that the little girl had is very much the same as my two little girls, when discovering a new animal that they haven't seen before. It's the joy of experiencing new things and getting inspired by the outdoors. The video is called Little Bridgette discovers a real-life rabbit – watch it, it'll cheer up your day. :)

It makes me want to take my girls to experience more new things and that's what we've been doing every weekend. We drove down to Bukit Tinggi on Sunday to eat at a restaurant that has the appeal of having a mini park attached, with ponds for freshwater fish and a very wide river bordering the area. The kids had a lot of fun there and they kept asking why different fishes have different names and the reasoning behind the names.

They also got to see real life geese for the first time (who honked angrily and tried to chase them) and it's just an all around wonderful experience.

If you have kids, you'll find that it's very rewarding to also get them outdoors to experience new things! You'll find that kids have are very open to experiencing new things and they're always very curious about the world around them.

I also found a lot of interesting mom-related content on Friso Growing Up Together on Facebook! There's a lot of engaging content about topics which all moms experience and it's a community where there's a lot of sharing of the joy of raising kids as well as suggestions of fun things to do with kids too. It's a wonderful resource and a great place to discuss and share parenthood stories too! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our weekend at Kidzania, Kuala Lumpur

How was everyone weekend? Hope you all had a fabulous one!

Especially thanks to Astro Lifetime Asia for giving us free passes to visit KidZania, Kuala Lumpur again, making our weekend was well spent. Our maiden visit to this educational and entertainment theme park was in Year 2012, with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia being the 3rd KidZania state in South East Asia and the 11th in the world.

I was pleased to see more establishments been added, which were not available during our last visit and now are introduced to the kids for further discovering and exploration in the new institutions.

The children at Lifebuoy Health Institute, learning and understanding the process of making hand wash.

LHDN Tax Office,KidZania Branch -  another new establishment being spotted.

Well, certainly a great effort by the government as an early exposure to the children.

One worth to highlight is the operation and coordination at each establishment was greatly improved. They did the visible yellow floor marking to indicate where the queue starts and numbered tag is given to the children who are lining up to prevent other children cut in the queue when the next session is about to start. I thought this has clearly making things run smoothly together.

Nevertheless, we stumble upon a rather unusual incident when my kids were lining up at Vitagen Milk factory. A considerate parent was in the queue and HB politely asked her if my kids can proceed to the front.Surprisingly, she told us she was queuing on behalf of her kid. Hmmm...

We were dumbfounded as we knew adults are not allowed to queue as stated in the signage, probably she didn't notice it or it was her first time here. When the polite staff came out to distribute the numbered tags, she highlighted to the lady about the rules and her kid has to queue up again when he came back from another establishment.

Put them in jail for not listening to Mami!

The kids eager to find out of how mineral water is produced.

Looking great there, after the staff has briefed them earlier about the process of filling up the water in the bottle.

Look, Ma! I got my mineral water.

Cadbury Chocolate Factory - For children who is 8 years old and above.

And Oreo Cookie Factory too. Big E chosen to make the chocolate since we have plenty of Oreo cookies at home..haha. .

Also because she is not willing to fork out another 10 kidZos for the cookies.

At Z-Mart. The little cashier, packer and shopper.

Knowing there is a vain pot in our house, it is a must visit place for her.

Getting ready for manicure session.

Pharmaniaga Citrex -  Vitamin Research Institute

In the lab, the children paying full attention  to the process of making Vitamin. At the end of the session, they are rewarded with kidZos and Vitamin C tablet too.

As always being one of the most popular establishments getting overwhelming response from children.

Yea, the little brave fire fighters ferried to the fire scene to put out a fire.

Driving school but for older children. Both my kids still can't enter this establishment.

But overall, they get to play and experience at more establishments compared to their last visit.

KidZania, Kuala Lumpur
Curve NX
18 Jalan PJU 7/5,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Tel : 1 300 88 KIDZ (5439) / +603 2203 9666 – Outside Malaysia
Fax: + 603 7839 9488
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