Tuesday, April 04, 2017

清明节 扫墓

「清明时节雨纷纷 路上行人欲断魂
   借问酒家何处有 牧童遥指杏花村 」

今年的清明前夕,真的是雨纷纷。刚过的周日是扫墓日,也是夫家一整天的行程,因为要拜祭公公婆婆和家婆。

大清早五点钟起床,收拾后就先出发到芙蓉 Sendayan 华人墓园拜祭公公婆婆。每逢清明节这里都塞车塞上几公里,今年也不例外。八点钟,我们先抵达墓园就去坟前拔草整理一下,大概九点钟等人齐了我们才开始拜祭。

由于我是信奉主耶稣,我只带上了一束花作为我对前辈最高的敬意。
时太阳、时雨、时风……多户家人都放鞭炮,我们也不例外,平时宁静的山庄清明节显得热闹起来,有过年feel。
大概十点半左右,我们就收拾离开。

去吃个brunch后,11:30am 我们要赶去富贵山庄拜祭家婆。也是一样塞个两小时才到。匆匆忙忙拜了大伯公,就到坟墓去。

来到这里中午两点半,太阳顿时放光,晒得不得了,还好这里有很多大伞准备给拜祭的人使用。嫁进来前,我没见过家婆本人,她1998年就离开了。从她的相片和老公的描述看来,她应该是一个和蔼可亲,很勤劳的好妈妈。

我也一样买了一束花放在坟前来缅怀她。
家人准备的拜祭品除了元宝蜡烛,还有纸扎品,有洋房、汽车和衣鞋。
大概一小时后,拜祭完毕,回程也得塞车。半个士毛月这个小地方,只有清明节才那么拥挤。五点正回到家了。12小时的行程结束,爸爸驾车一整天也辛苦了。

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Less interest on Guitar

Kids passion span on things are very short, this minute with peer influence him on music he likes music, influence on gaming, he likes game, he can really play it till forgotten himself. Lately I have redrawn mine from Guitar class due to his is not that interest on it anymore. I plan to put him on some activity that can build up himself on mind body & soul.

Later if he feels he wants it back on music, I will put him back to music class. Meanwhile, will put his fender acoustic guitar at guitarcenter.com to sell it off to someone who likes guitar.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Earth Hour with Starbucks

#iPLEDGE WITH STARBUCKS TO SUPPORT EARTH HOUR!

This #EarthHour2017, I joined Starbucks Malaysia in supporting to spread the awareness of switching off NON-ESSENTIAL lights for an hour during Earth Hour day. To take this pledge, we need to change Facebook profile picture until Earth Hour (25th March 2017) as a way to spread awareness.

I witness to off light moment at Starbucks after my shopping. Starbucks will giving away a complimentary limited edition Starbucks Malaysia 18th Anniversary Tote Bag as a way to thank you in joining the pledge, at selected stores during Earth Hour when present the proof of pledge.

Here is it at Mid Valley 2, a nice tote canvas bag!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cycling

Rare day we can go cycling, that's why he can't on 2 wheels yet. This was taken last 2 week, I brought him out to the park and cycle. Because long time never cycle, the bike tyre is breaking wind even after we pump it.
After went few rounds in the park, we then sent the bicycle to a bike shop for checking and remove the extra wheels. Its time for him to learn on 2 wheel.
It was a simple & happy Sunday for him, because we not always stay outdoor :P

Saturday, March 11, 2017

RM10 for 4 Pink Magnum with Grab

In conjunction with International Women's day Grab is celebrating it by partnering with Magnum to bring pink ice-creams right to your door step.

Purchase an pack of four Magnum Pink Pomegranate ice cream at RM10 per pack via the Grab App starting from 8th March and will end on Sunday, 12th March 2017. Ordering hour extended from 10am to 6pm.

Parts of the proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).
Eat ice-cream + doing charity 💪🏼

I can't order it at my office area, a bit out-skirt there, so only manage to do it today, and very fast with 1 attempt search, a #GrabMagnum driver accepted my request.



Friday, March 10, 2017

5D3N: Koh Lipe + Hatyai trip

It was my first time in my life away from the clan on Chinese New Year. Yes, I went for travel. I believe many mom out there so longing for being alone and all by myself time.

This trip was confirm 2 weeks before travel date. It was a 5 days 3 nights road trip organised by tour agency to Koh Lipe + Hatyai, I went with my college-mate, so we got each other in accompany. Koh-Lipe is one of those many beach island in Thailand, this beach also one of the nearest to Langkawi, Malaysia and it also know as Thailand's "Maldives". I was in high expectation that I'm going to visit is real beautiful beach island.

Depart on 29/1 Sunday night 11pm, my night was spend sleeping in the bus travel all the way up North till Wang Kelian, Perlis border to Thailand. Another one was located at Padang Besar, because of huge crowd entering Thailand through Padang Besar, that's why tour leader brought us to enter at Wang Kelian.

Day 2 - 30/1/2017 (Monday)
After immigration checkpoint, we proceed at Pak Bara pier, after a light meal. Board on a catered speed boat that bring us to Lipe island that need an hour time. Half way we stopped by Koh Adang, holiday feel starts the minute when I see the beauty clear blue beach and step on the soft sandy beach. Koh Adang is basically nothing here, tourist just stop to take photo of the sea and stone.



By noon, we reach Koh Lipe, there is no jetty here, we got to get down from boat stepping into sea water and walk across. Our luggage was taking care by the beach boy.



Our hotel just right in front of where we got down boat, it is by the beach side Varin Beach Resort, 2 minutes away from Koh Lipe Walking Street. Beautiful beach, scenery and people of cause, you can simply find lady in bikini and hunk at the beach side having sun bathing. It is busy and happening here at Pattaya beach compare to Sunset beach and Sunrise beach.



Welcome drink and Hotel Reception






Check-in our room


Since it is a free and easy day, after we check-in, we heading to the Walking Street to feel the local. Basically things or food selling in beach island is slightly expansive. The walking street is the only place you can go about in Lipe, others are all surrounded by resorts and hotels.

Walking Street




By walking, 30 minutes you can finish touring the whole street that selling varieties sea foods, local snack, beach equipment, massage center, saloon, café and even have hospital here. The sun is scorching hot here, we just choose one of the restaurant and have some light meal.



Pad Thai and yummy fried chicken during tea-time


After shower and short rest time, is about evening dinner time. We dine in the hotel banquet hall. Thailand food is famous for tom-yam and sweet sour. We have vege, egg and seafood dishes with rice.




Watching sunset in the evening after the dinner, as we strolled by the beach. We continue leisure walking at the "Walking Street" to feel the night life here.


Day 3 - 31/01/2017 (Tuesday) - Island hoping + Snorkeling

About 10:30am gear up, pack the bag and we board on speed boat.



First we went on the stone island called Koh Hin Ngam.
*A small island on the south of Adang Island. The island is full of black shiny rocks. In the center is the forest. Although other islands are famous for their white sand beach, KohHinNgam is still the most outstanding island with no sand in Satun province.
Look at the beautiful stone with natural colors, this piece of stone island is being protected now, we not allow to take back the stone or stack up the stone in high, else you will got fine. We do not need to wear our sandal here, step on the stone is too comfortable for our feet and its like doing foot massage.
*It is believed that whoever takes any rocks from the island will be cursed by the island guardian spirit called “Chao Pho Tarutao”, but those who can make a tower with 12 rocks, their wishes will come true.* *info from Google

Group photo before we left

Proceed to another beach side Koh Rawi for snorkeling and lunch. Basically this beach side do not have any building or beach activity, just like a pit stop island for picnic.


After lunch we went to 2 places for snorkeling, even you do not know how to swim, just put the gear on and the diver will pull you out along with a float, to see the beautiful corals and fishes under the sea. Lipe Island do not have much colorful fishes, mostly are corals and sea urchin. We have been warn do not go near sea urchin, they can shoot and poison you with their sharp spine. I do not have water resistant camera to bring along during my snorkeling. To compare with, our Redang Island undersea is much nicer.

After 1.5 hours snorkeling, we back to resort for rest. Quickly took shower and went to nap.


BBQ Pork satay, quick bite before dinner

Dinner time, we have it in one of the seafood restaurant at Walking Street.








Day 4 - 01/02/2017 (Wednesday)



Time to leave the beautiful island after breakfast. Again, board on the catered speed boat back to the mainland.

Followed by lunch, sight seeing and shopping along the way to Hatyai. We went to Kuan Yin temple up the hill, at the hilltop where there is 360 degree panoramic view of Hat Yai City and Songkhla. Thereafter we went to shop for local goods like SiangPure oil, Thai rice milk soap bar, Zebra pot, Thailand souvenir, snacks and taste bird nest.

We reached Hatyai town - Aloha hotel about 6pm. Without wait any longer, after drop our luggage, we went out to Lee Garden area to eat & shop. Here is the only place happening at night in Hatyai town. Local food, fashion and souvenir can be find here too. Of course not forget the full body Thai massage in our room before sleep (350 baht). It called a day here at Hatyai.






Day 5 - 02/02/2017 (Thursday)
Breakfast on own, check-out hotel and ready to go back. Immigration at Thailand and Malaysia took about 2.5 hours time to clear. We have late own lunch at Sg. Petani and dinner at Restaurant Jia (家好月圆) Kampar. Since its still the CNY, we have been served with lou-sang dinner and their signature Curry chicken bun.



The VIP tour bus that served us at this trip.

Reach home at 10:30pm.

-Trip end-