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Friday, December 28, 2012

Yna's Birthday Treat : Crab Lunch & Shopping Spree

Today's treat is likely for us all tapi plan mulanya nak bawak Yna for her birthday shopping. She's into dancing,,,,,so adalah few things yang dia nak. 

We both are crab lovers so we went to Eastern Crabs Restaurant for a treat! Yes.....this time it's the kinda crab yang I nak. Terkejut jugak tengokkan harga crab ni , RM98 seekor. Mak! Aiii!! Nak makan punya pasal , we ordered 2 ekor Hong Kong Typhoon Shelter crab.

Our lunch today. Shark's Fin soup + Fried Kailan + Deep Fried Squid + White Rice + Steamed Pau + Fried Rice + Chicken Chop with rice + Fish & Chips + Ice Lemon Teas + Ice Milo + Chinese Tea. The food here is just so so. I've tasted much more delicious Chinese seafood. The chilli crab was good though. Portions were small. Harga? Hmmmm.....very expensive lah. Bill came up to RM450+. Service was excellent. 

Time to crack those crabs open!


  
Only me & Yna yang makan 2 ekor ketam ni. MP tak kaki.

Lepas makan , it's shopping shopping time! Merata pergi. Final stop , makan Baskin Robbins di Ampang Point. 

Some for me , for MP and for the kids.

Gold Adidas & Gold Ed Hardy for me. White Adidas & Pink Ed Hardy for Yna.


Lama tak shopping. Hari I shopping kasut for myself. 4 pairs for me *smile*.



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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Yna's Birthday Treat : Trip To Temasek

Been away from this new home of mine for a long time. Seriously don't have the time to write. My time on the net pun limited. By the time balik dari vocal teaching , too tired and too lazy to go online. Having a Black Berry mobile , makes it much more easier to get my FB notifications & etc......tak perlu online. Tu yang buat lagi malas nak buka laptop. 

Ingatkan December ni boleh relax tapi ada last minute job untuk Anugerah Juara Lagu , January depan. Rezeki,,,,,Alhamdulillah. Mula plan nak buat Xmas party untuk warga-kerja studio kat rumah tapi kena cancel due to this last minute work load. 

It's long overdue but am posting anyway. Second week of November , kawan-kawan Yna dah cuti sekolah tapi sekolah Yna belum cuti lagi....Walaupun belum cuti sekolah , we're already in the holiday mood. I planned a short trip to Singapore for Yna and her girlfriends. It's a pre-birthday treat for Yna laaa....

Ni masa habis latihan tarian di studio Teacher Nana di Setapak. It was on a Friday nite , lepas kelas tarian terus gerak ke Kota Damansara as we are following a tour group to Singapore that night. 

Push-off dengan bus dari KL pukul 12 malam. Dalam bus tour organizer gave us mineral water & light snack. While waiting to push-off tadi , we had our late dinner already. Dalam bas memang tidur all the way. Siap bawak bantal & selimut segala....hehehe! Sampai R&R Gelang Patah around 5am. Dengan ferry dah pernah , dengan kereta dah pernah , dengan keretapi pun dah pernah sampai Singapura. Ni 1st time pergi Singapore naik bas.

We freshen-up kat R&R ni. Nak mandi , solat semua boleh. Selesa. Tour organizer siapkan breakfast Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng for us all.

Masa kat R&R ni tour organizer dah distribute White Card for us to fill in upon entering Singapore. So while having breakfast , isi White Card. Nanti dalam bas tak kalut baru nak isi. I have 5 kids punya White Card and 1 more including mine untuk diisi........isi form , antara perkara nang paling aku sik suka bah.....shishhhhh.....

By 8am semua dah siap sedia nak masuk Singapore. MP was a sport. I thanked him sebab setuju ikut trip ni walaupun banyak lagi kerja lain dia nak buat....hehehe! Bukan apa , since MP ada......dia boleh tengokkan si Ashel while I attend the girls.

All set and happy faces that morning. Currency exchange can be quite a pain in the wallet. For this trip I tak tukar banyak. I cuma tukar duit untuk makan RM500 and got only SGD200! Serious shopping was not in the agenda........just jalan-jalan di Kota Singa *wink*. 

Our first stop upon entering Singapore was to visit The Merlion Park di tepi Sungai Singapura. Spent around 40 minutes here. 

The Merlion in the background.

We were here around 9am-ish. Ramai tourists. Panas. 

There's another baby Merlion at the park.

Few mercu tanda Singapura ada di sekeliling Merlion ni. Antaranya is the awesome Marina Bay Sands.....In-Sya-Allah ada rezeki nak merasa stay kat hotel ni one day. The infinity pool at the top of the hotel is one of its major attraction. Katanya , those yang nak visit pool ni tanpa menginap di Marina Bay Sands , dikenakan bayaran SGD25 per person. Hmmmm.....perlu ke visit pool je dek non? SGD25 is like what....RM60+ per person to visit a pool? Tak payah lah. 

Satu lagi mercu tanda kat area Merlion ni ialah Esplanade , centre for performing arts on the island. There's also the historical Fullerton Hotel Singapore , used to be the General Post Office Building. The infamous Fullerton Bridge is also nearby Merlion. 

With 2 Singaporean tour guides on board , we were driven around Singapore City and lots of information on Singapore were being conveyed to us. In short , am lucky to be a Malay living in Malaysia :-)

Our next stop was Chinatown for some light souvenir shopping. MP sempat minum Kopi O dengan our tour guides.

Macam-macam boleh dapat kat sini. Hah! Rambang mata tapi.......kena tahan nafsu membeli.....3 for 10 Singapore Dollar....that's RM25 already  lorrr....not 3 barang Sepuluh Ringgit OK....

Sempat jengok this beautiful Buddha temple situated just round the corner of Chinatown. We were being advised by our Singaporean tour guides , kalau datang shopping kat Chinatown ni and when 'nature calls',,,,,one of the convenient public toilets are the ones located at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. 

 Another quick stop at Vis Konsep Chocolate Gallery.......macam-macam chocolate ada.

Next stop , Istana Kampong Gelam. 

Dulu istana Raja Melayu dari Johor. 

By the time sampai sini dah around lunch time. Another convenient spot if should you have the urge to visit the loo....hehehe! In the pic above,,,,,our tour group with 2 Singaporean tour guides , Encik Osama & Mr Nicky. Khabarnya , kalau mana-mana foreign company atau orang-perseorangan yang menganjurkan group tour di Singapura,,,,,at least seorang tour guide bertauliah atau pemandu pelancong warga Singapura yang certified mesti turut serta dalam rombongan tu. Kalau tiada licensed local tour guide dan kebetulan pulak rombongan Cik Kiah tu tak bernasib baik kena tahan pihak berkuasa Singapura,,,,,penganjur rombongan will be FINE! 

Across Istana Kampong Gelam is the legendary Masjid Sultan.

Since it was already lunch time , apa lagi.....jalan-jalan cari makan. Just across Istana Kampong Gelam , walking towards Masjid Sultan.....there's a Halal restaurant on your left serving Minang food. Katanya sedap tapi I tak pernah cuba. Bila dah kat area Arab Street ni , mesti cari my favourite restaurant to dine in the area. Perhaps next visit will try makan at this Minang restaurant. 

Kat perkarangan Masjid Sultan ni ada kedai-kedai comel yang jual souvenirs , restaurants and crafts. Memang tourist spot.

Sementara nak sampai ke restaurant yang dituju,,,,,,kenalah lalu Arab Street. Kain-kain kat sini , dari zaman dulu lagi.....superb. Choices memang menggila. Kain-kain yang bangga sangat bila beli kat Jackel , kat Euro Moda.....kat sini , lagi terror-terror. Baik kain yang harga semeter ratus-ratus kat KL , kain-kain yang blink-blink, French lace bagai jual kat kedai antik tepi jalan je OK. 

Masih lagi berjalan on the way ke restoren untuk makan tengah hari. Lalu North Bridge Road , where one of my favourite restaurant is situated , Zam Zam. Tiap kali datang Singapore , mesti singgah sini. Kalau tak makan.....bungkus. Am always here for the Murtabak Singapore. Murtabaknya sangat-sangat famous. Kali ni datang tak makan kat sini.......on the way balik dari lunch , singgah tapau 3 keping Murtabak Daging. I bought yang SGD7 sekeping. 

Akhirnya , setelah berjalan pelan-pelan dalam 10-15 minit,,,,,,,sampai ke destinasi yang dituju. Yes! Lemak Siput Sedut ada!!!! Inilah yang dicari bila datang makan kat sini. Kat sini makan nasi campur. Masakan Melayu ala kampung but of course it has Indonesian influences.

Restoren Hajah Maimunah ni ada few branches kat Singapore. This one is located at Jalan Pisang. Satu lagi branch Hajah Maimunah yang I suka pergi is the one yang dekat Joo Chiat.
Something caught my eye after we finished eating our lunch. There's this restaurant betul-betul depan Hajah Maimunah yang bentang tikar je.....hmmmm......kena makan bersila ke kat kedai ni? Tak pulak kepoh nak pergi tanya hari tu.....

After lunch , we're all set to go to Sentosa Island!

Sampai Sentosa Island dah pukul 3 petang. Rugi laa pulak kalau masuk Universal Studio sebab by 9pm dah tutup. Usually Malaysians will go in USS at 10am and stayed on till closing hours. Plus , MP still thinks that it's too early for Ashel as he'll have to pass on many rides but what about Yna? Well , dia dah faham. Sebab dia datang dengan adik dia , so she has to sacrifice sikit. She can wait. She's OK with it. 

Bukan kata USS , Genting Highlands pun MP reluctant nak bawak Ashel for the same reason. Ashel ni lain sikit. He wants what he wants. Kalau tak dapat dia akan menangis , merengek , meronta. Nanti tak dapat ikut kakak dia naik certain rides,,,,,buat dia bantai menangis , terpekik terlolong depan-depan orang ramai....tu yang MP tak gemar and has no patience to deal with. Yna dulu lain. Dia tak reti minta apa-apa. Very easy child. Tak payah cuak kalau bawa Yna pergi ToysRus ke , pasar malam ke , shopping mall ke......she'll never asked for toys & etc. But not Ashel. Bila dia dah ambil , that's it! Kadang bila poket tengah kering , seram je bawak si Ashel....walaupun pergi Giant Bukit Antarabangsa ni. Ada sekali dia terus pergi tukar pakai kasut Ed Hardy kat Ed Hardy Kids , KLCC.....RM400 a pair! Bayar je lah. 

Window shopping ke Hard Rock Cafe......cari fridge magnets. Ada......tapi tak ada yang bertulis Hard Rock Singapore. Hishhhh.....tak nak lah.

Then took the kids to Candylicious. Candy heaven!

Look at the candy trees....

Memang boleh leka kat dalam kedai candy ni. Hampir terlupa misi utama ke Sentosa Island.

Bila our group sampai kat Pulau Sentosa ni , it's a free and easy time for us all. Ada yang masuk Universal Studio , ada yang round-round Sentosa Island. We took the opportunity to go to the beach. Mula nak beli tiket to watch the Songs of the Sea show at 7:40pm tapi tiket habis. Tickets were sold at SGD12  - SGD15 per person. 

Ada 3 pantai utama kat pulau ni , the Siloso beach , Tanjong Beach & Palawan Beach. All open to the public. Siloso Beach is definitely the liveliest. A fun-filled beach with bistros and bars around. Malam lagi happening with party goers having their booze after dark. Tanjong Beach pulak terletak kat paling hujung pulau. Ada Tanjong Beach Club , very stylo. More to the romantic atmosphere , sesuai untuk honeymooners , couples & for total relaxation. Palawan Beach sits in between Siloso & Tanjong Beach. It's much more of a family beach.

Took the kids to experience the Luge & Skyride. Tickets were at SGD12.50 per person / per ride. Mula-mula kena naik skyride up hill......then turun bukit dengan luge. Thrilling!

After the kids are done with the Skyride & Luge ride.....hujan pulak. The plan was to walk to Palawan Beach. Nak mandi laut! So we waited for the rain to stop but it never did. After awhile hujan pun reda.....still drizzling but we decided to hit to the beach anyway. Bought raincoats and off we went to the beach.

About 15 minutes of slow walking from the Beach Station , we arrived at Palawan Beach.....by then hujan pun mula berhenti.

Dapatlah the kids main-main air kat pantai....see the 2 towers in the pic above? Am going there!

To the left of Palawan Beach , it's the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. It's like Cabo da Roca in Portugal being the Westernmost Point of Continental Europe. Cool.

I just had to take the kids there. Something educational there. MP wasn't game for it. Just few minutes walk from where we were at Palawan Beach. Had to cross a suspension bridge to reach a small island where the 2 towers were situated.

Yes! We were at the very spot!

Later the kids had a splashing good time at the man made beach till dark. It was hard to get all of them out of the water.

Happy faces in Sentosa Island.

Catching the beach tram to Beach Station.

The short beach tram ride....

.......and next we have to catch the Sentosa Express at Beach Station to go to the Waterfront Station to meet the rest of our tour members. Our coach will be picking us up there. Pics above is Beach Station and view from where we were waiting for the Sentosa Express.

Travelling via beach tram or Sentosa Express is free around the island cuma jangan terlepas ke Sentosa Station *where Vivo City is* , kalau dah terlepas ke sana , kena bayar dalam SGD3 , *I think* to get back to the island.

Meeting point at the Casino area....wohooo! Kat sini we're free to enter the casino regardless whatever religion and nationality you are cuma Singaporeans je yang kalau nak masuk casino ni,,,,,kena bayar levy. Levy untuk 24 hours is SGD100 per person. 

Selain dari food & drinks for me & my entourage in Singapore.....only bought t-shirts for each kids and fridge magnets. That's SGD25 in total. Then bought 3 keping murtabak daging and that's SGD21 all together. All in dah SGD46. Oh! Yes!.....I did spent my cash masa di Candylicious buying some candies & ice-creams for the kids. Also bought the Luge & Skyride tickets for Yna & friends. That's a hefty SGD50. Hmmmm.....patut laa habis.....hehehe! From SGD200 that I have with me , balik Malaysia cuma tinggal SGD4 dalam my purse.....basically RM500 gone in a day! 

It's OK....adat lah , dah pergi tempat yang currency lagi tinggi dari kita. Ni baru Singapore , belum ke London & Europe lagi. 

Yna's been to Singapore few times and Ashel's first time entering Singapore. I'm glad that Yna was happy with this pre-birthday gift for her. Yna & her girlfriends had quite an experience in Singapore , that I can tell. 

Owh! In case you guys are wondering....this organized budget trip to Singapore only cost RM150 per person , 16th November - 18th November 2012. Jumaat malam bertolak ke Singapore - Sabtu whole day round-round Singapore , malam bertolak balik ke KL - Ahad subuh pukul 5 pagi sampai KL. My friend yang buat trip ni. Next trip to Singapore will be on 18th - 20th January 2013. 

Overall I spent more or less RM1,700 for this birthday treat for Yna. Kalau buat birthday kat KFC ke , kat Berjaya Times Square like last year,,,,,lagi banyak I belanja. Puas hati sebab I worked hard for it. Tak minta MP to top-up cash or anything. Semua dari duit yang I dapat dari mengajar vokal dalam skala kecil-kecilan ni :-)

Singapore Tour for 7 pax                          = RM1,050
Dinner @ Kota Damansara (16th)           = RM     80
Food & Shopping in Singapore (17th)    = RM    500 
Dinner @ Johore Bahru (17th)                 = RM      50
Adalah yang kecil-kecil like breakfast drinks & duit toll dari Ulu Kelang ke Kota Damansara.....

I have more plans for Yna's birthday this year.......all for her. I love my daughter.




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