Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Boys Room

With Hannah walking independently and loving to put things in her mouth.. I was forced to fo through cleaning of the boy's room which is definitely her favorite.

Out the dangerous bit size toys.. broken ones and accumulated dusts and sands. So here is the result of part if the morning work.. phewww...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Full Cleaning Morning Result..

Thought just want to capture my full morning cleaning result before havoc moved in again heheh....

I quite like the airy feel of our living cum dining cum kitchen area.... the kitchen cabinet once completed does give ample storage space. The full high area is just there because hubby does not want dusts to accumulate. Its a bit hard to reach so I am just gonna store very rarely used items.

Display areas just to store our tid bits ... example like myself with simple souveniors I got when giving talks or do visits but it does look mundane so we been thinking to just collect ship models when we go on holidays next. It kinda make the display more exclusive looking.

Ok.. gotta start house clean again..  byeee. ..

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More to come...

Now that she got 8 lovely pearly whites.... I spy some more to come :)

Oooo add trying to hold her own bottles and trying to stand on her own.. bravo Hannah!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Display Cabinet

Jz a pic a few mins before installation of the brand new display cabinets for our knick knacks.... hope all will be finished by today.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet after 2 Days

Well... the contractor is still taking their time... still need to install some if the doors. Hope this Saturday it will all be finished alkng with thr display cabinet.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Day Before... Kitchen Cabinet Story

Well.. thought of capturing the kitchen before its transformation tomorrow. ... this is after throwing all the junk out and scrubbing a bit... u can see the cabinet laying on the floor. . It would take an estimated 2 days for it to be done.

Well... we shall see tomorrow. Oooo on another development. . Hannah is trying to step independently. . Few days ago she tried a step lunge style.. yhis morning at breakfast almost 4 steps.. then with my mom 5 steps.. yeayyy.. a bit late at almost 1y 1m but not bad nonetheless :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Exora Car Door Problem

Well... I bet u are wondering why the tittle on defect but the pic is a thosai.... hahaha me too ;)

Had an off on off again prob with my Exora car door actually.. my side aka the driver. It started a few weeks ago... when I corner a bit to the left.. the open car sign snd signal came up.. very annoying.

We been slamming the door since then thinking perhaps the door was loose. Anyway it came down to boil yesterday when the signal wont came off and I can feel that the door is not sticking well..back at home I cant even lock up the door.

So this morning.. gone to a service centre near to where I work.. Eon Proton Sales and Service Centre Padang Midin.. my 3rd frequented service centre after Kemaman and Kerteh actually. It was nice n roomy.. lotsa worker.. free refreshments as well.. saw some nasi lemak n hot drinks wow!!

Anyway been preparing for a couple of hours of servising. Been imagining they would need to open up the door and repairing the sensor but .... 5 mins later.. all finished kak!

Well.. I am impressed.... they prob is on the hinge that had become loose. So tighten that up and the Exora is good to go. No cost too yippeee ;)

Anyway... so just 5 mins to be late to the office is just a shame. Thought to kill up time for a thosai breakfast then hehe :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

2nd Exora Service @ 10, 000 km

Am in the office car currently on the way to KB.... bored and lotsa time to update my blog :)

Last Sunday my Exora reaches 10k... timely esp a new Proton Service Centre just open at my kampung Kerteh Terengganu... beats going to Kemaman and waiting there...

Overall okla... alhamdulillah... my Exora still perform beautifully... paid around RM 135 this time for minyak hitam n gasket? Add on RM 20 for full car cleaning and vacuum.

Bet also today is a dark day as Ron95 also hike 20 cents... well... have to say its inevitable but quite dissatisfied with the stupid comments MP made.. I think Malaysia got lots of stupid politicians.. with the aim of becoming a develop nation... we need to have leaders with world class mentality.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Review on My Samsung Galaxy Grand



Well... Its been nearly two weeks since I had the Grand, I think I need to do a review here, a quick jot on what I like and dislike on the Grand. I only compare it to my Samsung Tab.. both almost similarly price at around RM1000. Cheap when compared to the more sophisticated Samsung offerings such as Notes etc, but my devise is more important to me towards making calls, check my mails, blog a bit, surf website when I was driven towards long journey meeting as well as small games.

Like
- the size is just right.. at first glance people always mistaken it as a note haha (not that I care tho)... as well as I could be discreet when snapping pics during meetings, factory visits, minister visits :P
- 2 sims.. that's the major point for me, no more lugging 2 phones.. the official and my personal ones.. both of whom I don't pay.. the office, of course office would pay (with unlimited internet to boot) and the personal hubby would pay (RM5 monthly.. usually we only use it to call and sms each other)..
- 2 normal sim slots.. I don't like to cut up my sims ... if yours is micro sims, perhaps you could consider the Grand Quattro
- Got flashlights (haha.. none there for my Nokia Asha, old gen Blackberry and Tab)...
- Excellent video quality with good audio
- Better battery life than the tab.. but again perhaps cz I didn't play as much game on the Grand


Don't Like
- the device memory is small 4MB.. so it feels a bit sluggish when compared to my Tab... even when playing simple games such as Baby Babsy (for my Hannah there) ..
- even when I add on the extra 16MB memory.. it still stores application on the miniscule device memory.. need to google a bit, perhaps I could change placement of the application to sd memory
- the quality pics also is not sharp as the tab...
- you need to focus longer time when taking pics.. else it would be blurry (1st pic of the boys when I took time to focus and the 2nd one is blurry cz I just snapped)

Well, overall I am happy. Had already given my Nokia Asha to my mom and the office BB after I transfer the pics there perhaps to the office cabinet.. Tab I would keep for the boys to play during long haul journey as well as for me to read the iQuran with but at least now, I could leave it at home and just bring my Grand everywhere during my work day.

Had also transfer Pao to her/his new home at my Grand.. easy peasy, just save and then log out of your old device, then install the application at the new device and then log in using your email.

Had also transfer the Pocket Budget.. usefull for me to track my spending.. then my Net Diary, need to repurchase cz I need to diet (its a calories counter device, great for me to track what I am eating).. need to also install the Qiblat and Azan as well as iQuran Lite. No more Candy Crush... am stuck and no longer addicted. Bejeweled Blitz I need to pay so am just installing the Jewel Saga. For the kiddies, the phone would be for Baby Hannah so Talking Baby Babsy.. I Read Stories (good storybook application).. perhaps I try to install Angela the Cat this time and some girly games :)
 

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Happy Eid Mubarak 2013

Well.... its the 3rd day of raya and tomorrow I need to start working. That the peril of getting a new fussy boss. As usual, there won't be any visitors to thr office and I will surf the internet as usual.

So.. whats new? Ooooo I bet using my samsung grand for a week snf am very satisfied. Bigger but not too big screen ensures I br discreet ehen taking pics and big enuff for me to read emails n surf the net when I am on the move ;)


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Spanking Brand New Galaxy Grand is HERE!!!!!

Well, couldn't wipe the smug smile on my face at the moment. Am deliriously happy as my Grand is here. It arrived last Thursday after two days of buying it from Superbuy but I wasn't here at my office, had a meeting in Kuantan so had asked my staffs to keep em for me.

When I arrived at work today, I was a bit apprehensive as I had a bad experience with Superbuy before with my Tab. Had waited almost 3 weeks and need to ask before they deign to reply saying the colour I wanted (white) wasn't in stock. Was really pissed then but Superbuy does give great bargain, so when I finally had the itch for a Grand, I bought it from them too.. but now I am more proactive, asking them first as well as wouldn't hesitate to screw them if they didn't perform again.



Anyway, its here and I am deliriously happy. Got the Grand with the free c-pen, also bought a 16GB micro SDHD for the extra memory as well as a pillow for Hannah :) .. from Lelong.com, bought the cover with freebies Grand protective Screen Protector too!

Well, after a bit of a struggle to open the back (had to ask my staffs for help).. so, I decided to just slot in my 2 normal sims, the add memories as well as battery for the 8 hours first time charge. Am observing that the back is plasticky, no wonder people are complaining about this aspect of Samsung.

Well, that's it for the first review. Will update later when I had the chance to explore my Grand a bit :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Decluttering

That's our half story supposedly study and TV room. After two years, still cluttered. Hope I can get tru it these Raya weekends :P


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Ops, Bought a Grand!

Thought I would KIV it next month, but what can I say.. When the hankering is there, I need to scratch the itch.

So, I had decided against Asha 501. Why? Cz although its two sims, its micro sims. I don't want to cut up my sims. yeah, stupid reasons right but WTH. Anyway, one of my staff got hers, and I had a chance to play with it. Advantage.. Small and light. Disadvantage? The display not so nice and when I try to play Zombie vs Plant, it feels sluggish. Well, its not for me but definitely good for teenagers and younger gens (ops, does that mean I am "matured??"..

Anyway, I had no qualm about my Samsung Tab.. But its a tad too big. Like me on the go and had to be discreet sometimes when taking pictures, tab is definitely a no no. But it is great for games and reading my Lite Quran, just nice as a novel. I would also prefer my kids playing games on it as it won't strain their eyes so much like hubby's note.

So, why Grand. Well.. I need two sims (my office and personal sims). Tired of lugging around my blackberry and nokia asha (first gen) and tab. Don't want a too big screen so that I look like talking to a book.. But not a small one so I can read the snowballs of emails while on the move. That why Grand is a must have list for me.

Am buying it from Superbuy. Had a bad experiance with them when I bought my tab, but.. Their offer is too good to resist.. A hundreb buck below published price and a c pen as freebies. Ooo.. I am aiming to just jot notes at meeting on my grand. Been losing most of my hardcopies not actually, haha I am not a tidy person.

Hope I will get it in the next few days. Before weekend hopefully. I will transfer my Pao to the new phone (don't want my Pao to starve in my tab).. Will upload iQuran lite to.. As well as aps for Pocket Budget and MyNetDiary (calories counter).. Ooo and Candy Crush. For the baby Pocoyo and Talking Pocoyo as well as Read Me Stories. Definitely the standard ap FB etc etc.

Hurmm got too much gadgets nowadays. Will definitely keeping the tab for the kiddies. BB will stay at office cabinet. While Asha will give to my mom.

Hehe.. Huhu.. Gotta keep track of my spending lah :P

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New Kitchen Cabinet?

Well, since occupying our house.. After 2 years only we been eyeing to build a kitchen cabinet. A simple one but really look nice on the drawing.

Also our washing machine went kaput. It was hubby's company one (ops!) since 2003. Nearly ten years of service. Thank god now washing machine are cheaper, we bought a 10 kg Samsung one at around RM1.2k. I still remember I bought one for mom at around 2K about 10 years ago, and thank god it is still going strong.

What else, our rought DIY hanging for the clothes had collapsed, so add on a wardrobe too!

Wonder how much all these would cost.. Huhuhuhu..



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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Maggie Ketam Again

No baby Hannah, no my sis. I had work outstation this week so left them at my mom's. Alone and no mood for Bazaar Ramadhan fares, so its maggie ketam again for me.

A quick stop at Giant KT for the ingredient, Mee Sedap Kari (nice and full of condiments), 2 crabs (RM8.. And they don't look all that fresh).. A pack of sawi (RM2) .. Altogether around RM16.. Yeahh.. Ah well, bests buying them in a way cz a meal for two costs me RM50 in Pantai Cahaya Bulan Kelantan.

Well, should be more than enuff for me. More towards eating the crab. As they aren't that fresh, might need to cook the crabs a bit longer I supposed.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hankering for a Nokia Asha 501

Well, I have always been searching for a dual sim phone. One that caught my eye is the Samsung Galaxy Grand around RM1100 but it came out just a few days after I purchase my Samsung Tab so I been keeping mum.

Apart from the tab, I had the obselete blackberry of my office since around 3 years ago (wow, shelf life of handphones now are really brief) and the first gen of Asha bought around 21 Jun 2012.

Just a bit over a year, I saw the newest Asha offering yesterday. Cute and compact, it just retail at RM299. Wow! Yeah I gotta admit it won't be really great as the note but it will suffice cz I just need its two sims (tired of lugging both the blackberry n nokia asha 1 around), a bit of FB just to vent frustration and record whatever on my mind and browse the internet.. Oo and definitely getting emails notifications). It had a disadvantages tho.. No whatsapp which me and my work circle use quite often nowadays. Anyway it got Bejeweled instead which I quite like rather than Candy Crush that often got me frustrated and now retired at level 147 hehehe..

Anyway, will think for a few days more and will update if I decided at last to get one :)



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Monday, July 1, 2013

Never judge a car before driving it


Cilok this from Star yesterday.. yeah, my thought exactly!

One Man's Meat
By PHILIP GOLINGAI

Many people have this fixation against Proton to the point that even when it comes up with something good they are not willing to give it a try.

WILL you ever get back to that ex-girlfriend who cheated on you with a butch? I did. Kind of.

Actually, what I did was worse. I broke my promise never ever to buy a Proton. I wanted to upgrade my Perodua Alza to a bigger MPV as I have an army of family and friends from Sabah who expect me to drive them around when they visit Greater Kuala Lumpur.

I asked my colleague Andrew Fernandez, who is a motoring writer, which MPV should I get. He recommended Proton Exora Bold.  Immediately, I shot down his suggestion, saying I will never ever buy a Proton. “But …,” he said. “No, I will never buy a Proton. I hate it,” I said.



Here’s a brief history of my love-hate relationship with Proton.

When I exchanged my bumpy, underpowered and claustrophobic two-door Suzuki Jimny with a Proton Wira Aeroback, my new car was a joy to drive. I was in love with it as it was faster, less bumpy and had more room than the Jimny. 

If you asked me why I had fallen out of love with the Proton, I can’t really pinpoint the reason. Perhaps it was because every few months the power window will become “powerless”. Or was it because my Wira had two accidents. Not Proton’s fault. I blame it on karma. A drunk neighbour rammed it at the back when it was parked outside my house. A few months later, my sober sister had an accident near my house. 

I began to hate driving the car. I swore never ever to buy a Proton.

I asked a motoring enthusiast why I hated the Proton.

“There are not many issues with the Proton Wira. Probably it was a combination that you were ‘forced’ to buy a Proton (because of its unfair price advantage) and it was not perfect,” he said.
“Proton has that famous power window problem. I remember covering a press conference by Proton (Group managing director Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir) and he told a story about him travelling back home in a Proton taxicab from the airport,” he said.
“The driver opened his door instead of winding down his window at a toll booth for fear that the power window mechanism would stop working due to overuse. It took Proton years to fix that power window problem.”

According to The Star’s report in October 2011, Proton Holdings Bhd finally moved to erase any doubt over defective power windows by offering a lifetime warranty for all new Proton models registered from Sept 1, 2011. Syed Zainal said Proton wanted to erase the prevailing stigma that the national car company was synonymous with failing power windows.

“It’s been going on for years and it’s still a negative perception for those who have never even driven or owned a Proton vehicle! “The power window problem was actually fixed quite a while back, around 2006 or 2007. All of our models since then have not had any (power window) problems,” said Syed Zainal.

Now back to the upgrading exercise.

The most obvious and affordable choice was a Nissan Grand Livinia. Early this year, I test-drove it. But it felt as if I was trading a medium-sized girlfriend with a medium-sized girl. I decided against trading in my Alza for a Grand Livinia. I was also not keen on a Toyota Avanza as that MPV has been around.

Last month I asked Andrew, the motoring writer, what MPV should I get since I was not interested in the Grand Livinia and Avanza.

“Proton Exora Bold. Raj owns one,” he said, and he pointed at our colleague Dorairaj Nadason, who has a column in The Star called “Why Not?”. “Many people have this fixation against Proton to the point that even when it comes up with something good they are not willing to give it a try. They should at least try the Exora and see what the car can do.”

Andrew said for the RM80,000 price you were paying, the quality of the Exora Bold ride was worth RM150,000.

“The handling is right on par with the best European MPVs. The turbo, which was introduced a year ago, completes a fun-to-drive package. In a nutshell, for a RM80,000 car, it is punching way above its class,” he said. Dorairaj raved about his new Proton Exora Bold. And I was sold. I decided to take a bold decision and test-drive the MPV.

I felt that the RM80,000 Exora was bigger and faster than my RM65,000 Alza. On that day, I called my favourite car salesman and told him to arrange to trade in my Alza for an Exora Bold.

I’ve been driving the Exora Bold for a week. My weekend drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was a cruise. The 1.6 turbo-charged MPV drove like a 2.0.

My two complaints are that the gear selector lever is loose and it can’t fly. My MPV is about to reach 1,000km and I hope when I send it for servicing, Proton will fix the loose gear selector lever.

If not …

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Exora Climbing Up Genting


Seems hubby still loves to test the Exora.. last Friday around 12 pm we went for a Genting trip.. thought to stay up there, but all the hotels were fully book, so went down to KL for dinner and sleep then at 9 o'clock Saturday started back to Kerteh, hehe what a crazy trip :)
 
 

 
 Hurmm... the fuel indicator is there cz I forgot to refuel at Temerloh R&R when the fuel indicator is stating we have only up to 58 km of fuel.. hubby is happy to give me hard time on it cz I blabber to him as he forgot to fuel up during our Johor trip earlier heheh.. Anyway, when indicator neared the 50 km marks, had to use the Trip button indicator as apparently Exora fuel indicator won't show the mileage below 50 km.. Had quite a tense time as hubby teased me from when the Exora fuel indicator number vanished til we stop at PETRONAS Karak to fuel up, I believe around that time, estimated fuel left would be around 7 - 8 km only heheh :P

Anyway, so we fuelled up to the max, around RM100 and mileage shown when full was 613 km, pheww...

 
Sorry for the blurry pics, with Hannah harness in from on me like a baby Kangaroo, cant really be a good photographer. Well, think Exora CFE performed beautifully climbing Genting.. of course its not as powerful as hubby's Kia Sorento but its not so bad. It can climb and even overtake others. I even saw an Exora CPS climbing up at ease.. so not so bad. So, this put out the myth that some forumers says that Exora puttered out when climbing Genting.

Yeay! Exora pass the test again. Thinking of climbing the Cameron and off to Penang next :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Exora Fuel Consumption

Fuelling up at Petronas Bandar Baru yesterday.. Half a tank at RM50 gives est 320 km. Full tank would be around 640.

That would mean:-
A trip from Kerteh - Bt Payung (my weekend home) 100 km
B.Payung - KT 5 days a week.. 20@2@5: 200 km..
Bt Payung Kerteh again 100km
That'll be 400 km..

Balance 240.. A trip to KT and another around 3 days to work.. So for me, a full tank RM100 would mean 1.5 weeks usage. Not bad I'll say. For me, using gas guzzling old Sportage and a bit economical 1.8cc old Peugout, its not so bad.

Ooo.. And I am only using RON95.. Its cheaper and also unleaded, just what Exora need unleaded fuel. Don't think I want to spend Ron97 for the Exora.

Think hubby enjoy the driving experiance of Exora too. Been hinting about going to KL before fasting months start. I am not so keen, being an avid traveller myself due to work.. But, why not eh?! :)



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Thursday, June 6, 2013

First Exora Service @ 1400 km

Well, actually it shoulda be at 1000 km but apparently Kerteh - JB - Legolang - Seremban - KL - Kerteh is more than that haha..

Hubby did most of the drivings. People said to preserve the engine, the first 1000 km should be driven at 100km/h only. Well, I drill that to hubby but he only managed to disicpline himself the first 100 km.. Then usual 110 - 120 and then reaching 140 at @ PLUS.

Well, overall I am satisfied with the Exora, big space, ample rooms and lotsa nooks and crannies to store small items and drinks, really an advantage when you have kiddies with their small toys, snacks and drinks.

I drove Exora a bit on the way to Seremban. I must say, good power. You wouldn't realise that you could get up to 120 soo quickly, and a bit heavier on the pedal would get you up at 140 with no effort. However, when you slowed down and then need to push the pedal suddenly, I must say I did feel the engine strains a bit.

So, the first service cost RM140, it might cost more but hubby being a bit frugal decline the engine oil treatment stating it is still new, so we saved around RM50 there. The complaint about Proton Service Centre is unfortunately true. Tho the frontman at the SC we went to is cool and nice, the first registration as it was our first time servicing the Exora took 30 mins. Then, another 2.5 hours until we got our Exora back.

They did asked us if we had problems with our Exora, and acted surprised at taken aback when we said all are well. Make me curious that perhaps there are some unfortunates that had problem with their Exora. Alhamdulillah, thank god ours is tiptop.

We did thought that the reverse camera look a bit unaligned but apparently, all exora are like that.

What else.. Well the buttons on the steering wheel is just ok. For searching stations, changing mode, volume and bluetooth for the phones, nothing fancy.

When we got back the Exora, is was raining a bit, so yeah its true, Exora is a bit noisy when it rains, the roof sounded like tin roof. Ooo, also as the engine is turbo, there are a bit of woowoo sound when we shut the engine.. The fan is cooling down the engine. I read in the forum that this makes the Exora too noisy, but I had experiance hubby's diesel powered Sorento, trust me Sorento is noisier.

What else, hurmmm I also like Exora fuel economy. Our trip to Johor would be around RM250 or 2.5 tanks. Yeah diesel is cheaper but its still better than my new Peugeout. For RM80, I would usually get 2 trips KT Kerteh and to anf fro my office for five days so that would be 115@2+15*10 so 250 + 150 aka 400 km. Ops, actually for RM80 Exora stated it could go around 480.. Ah well.. Its a big car.



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

.. And We're Off...

In the Exora now, aiming for our first destination Segamat. Overall, am satisfied with Exora with hubby as driver, Kimi as co captain, my mom and I and baby Hannah on the 2nd row and Haikal conquering the last seat.

Exora is spacious, ample leg room for the 2nd row. Haven't tried the 3rd myself but for Kimi and Haikal its ample space. The dvd is just ok. We got the Exora Bold so there's leather seat, a good thing for us with young kids, esp with the splashes of milk, snack foods and sometime barfs.

The reverse parking camera is also a plus. However, still need to use our parking skill first as it didn't account for side obstacles.

Radio and sound is just fair. Seats are fairly comfy (will update you later after I finished the 8 hours drive).

The dashboard is definitely boring. Jz functional, and nothing special. Quite like the led lighted display actually, so the meter is easily read. Also there's a meter stating how many km left with fuel. With full fuel, it states 450 km. We shall see if its a fuel saver machine.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Exora in Da Houz..

Think the happiest when Exora is home, definitely would be Kimi n Haikal.

Now both would have their own seat. At the back of the car, with clear view of the DVD. I can imagine their excitement to settle down tonight during our half way journey to JB.. Kerteh to Segamat would take around 4 hours. Then we will be staying at KopTown hotel. Kinda like budget hotel nowadays than actual hotel because they are newer, good new beds, cheaper, better tv as well wifi. Like KopTown is offering RM88 per room with 1 breakfast. The only downside of budget hotels everywhere is some rooms do not have window so a bit stuffy.

Anyway, haven't seen my Exora in person yet. Will do a review tomorrow when I had an actual physical experience on it.


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Here She Comes! My Exora..

The past few weeks I had been busy, then hubby decided to indulge Kimi's wish to go to Legoland again during school holiday and for that, we will need a new ride :)

Things to do for buying cars are easier now that in 99 when I bought my Iswara. Payslips and IC jz to be scanned and emailed. Sms's to follow up status to Proton dealer and bank.

Wasn't very optimistic to get the car as my commitment is high. So, was surprised to know that the loan was approved. Me as main borrower and hubby as guarantor.

We pushed the dealer and banker a lot hehe! Less than a week (deducting some days I was on holiday).. Then last Sunday, I need to take another holiday to sign agreements and signed some docs at JPJ to sell off my car, get the NCD as well as buy my IC based registration no.

So.. See the elegant brown Exora there?! In prison and desperately need to get out :P

Can start pick it up at 4 today, hubby will do it as he is nearer. Then tomorrow, a quick sojourn to Tok Bali for an event, then back to Kerteh.. Drv down to Johor.. Stop over for a night rest at KopTown Bajet Hotel Segamat.. Legoland again?! Amansari Stualang Laut then BATAM!!!!!

Yeah.. massage here I come :)



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Monday, April 29, 2013

La Hot Spring, Jerteh, Terengganu

* This was written around a month ago, only gotta time to update and upload today. Kinda enjoy La Hot Spring :) ...


 

Gotta be in KB again today for work, in fact I am currently in Renaissance KB waiting for big boss and invitees to this dialog and dinner session.

Anyway, as I thought this week would be an unbusy week, I had bought my mom and 2nd son, Haikal to stay with me. When the directive come, I thought why not bring them along for holiday.

Since I have been stationed in KT for 5 years, I had been eyeing La Hot Spring signboard countless time on my way to and fro Terengganu and Kelantan. Thank god, today my curiosity is assuaged. I entered from Jabi point (also a place popular with Sate Jabi). And La Hot Spring is 30 km away, about 10 km before that is Lata Tembakah.. Another tourist spot - more like waterfall and small river type of thingy.





 

Bit blurry pic of the welcome sign there. If you squint, can still read it, I supposed :)

 
The road to La is surprisingly in good condition. As today is Wednesday, its not surprising that we are the only one there. It was a bit neglected, esp with construction going on. We found out later that there would be new rows of chalet and shoplots replacing the wooden shoplots previously located there.


On the furthest point is the main entrance. On the left would be the new rooms for accomodations. The spring is just right behind me. There are souvenir shops esp. balloon bathing thingy .. there's also around 2 shops selling food, but not much selection aka just Maggie mee for a hot meal, but their iced milo aint bad :)


I must say the small river in front of the hot spring area is very clean, wade height and very clean white sands, its ideal for small children to enjoy themselves while the adults enjoy the heatlh benefit of the hot spring. The stream is around below knee level so it would not be dangerous for small kiddies.



After the bridge, there are several huts each particitioned into 4 sections for people to soak their feet or whole body in. During our visit, only one was filled up. Apparently around working days, there are any visitors, like during that day is was only us, the caretaker did say around weekends and public holidays, you would not have the easy peasy calm time like today.


The individual pools, or during weekend, the foot spa cz too many people would be around haha..



This is actually the main pool. Small ain't it. What's special about La Hot Spring is the hot water is derived from the rock at the left of the picture there. Have to say it is very hot. I have been to Baling and Trolak for their hot spring, and I can dip my legs in. Here I cant. My mom can tho. She had a bit of cramped leg conditions.. and she really enjoyed the dipping telling me that she can feel the soothingness of the hot water. We had quite a long chat with the caretaker there. She was a resident nearby too. Apparently she had a heart condition and upon hearing recommendation started to use La... bathing in in for a few hours and drinking the main water. She said after a few months she was healed. It was apparently also good for those whom are paralysed. She said some Chinese from Terengganu would come weekly with big barrels of containers to get the source water, which will then be used for drinking and cooking.



View from opposite the rock. Yep, during workdays you would have the pool all by yourself, but during weekends, all spots would be filled... also on the rocks itself. The caretaker also said, it would be nicer to take a dip at night. If there are visitors, they would light the spotlight on. People would usually take midnight dips there.


Hmmm.. and now come the mysterios part.. apparently the place is also inhibited by bunians, the invisible communities that usually does exist among us. Bunians are usually friendly unless we do something bad. If you like, you could try the alternative medicines by the bunians... it is usually on Tuesday, and you have to check with the main caretaker first. However, this depend wheather you are deemed worthy for the treatments or else, the session will not take place. Weeweoooo... feel like I am living in XFiles here.


In a nutshell, La Hot Spring is interesting. Am leaving the brochure for you to ogle too. The rate is quite cheap aint it, but do not expect much. It is not that well kept. Perhaps when the new rooms under construction now, when finished would be better. However, it is cheap. But better to book first esp on weekends and PHs, it would be full. Be prepared to take the dip at night / midnight / early morning as during the day on weekend, it would be very full. Perhaps also bring the small portable stove to cook rice and simple fried fish as the stalls here doesn't provide much. Oooo.. the electricity aint that reliable too. So, ensure you hp is fully recharged.

That's it. Well, haven't been writing this comprehensive for a long time (been super busy too) but La does interest me. Need to go there again someday as mom is hankering for a long hot dip. Enjoy!

 
 


Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Blog, My Life

No Hannah this week, gotta go outstation so had to export her to my mom's.... meaning I gotta heaps of free time at night.

Had a chance reading back the entries on my blog. Wow! Time flies. I even dont remember some of the things I had posted and bought back such lovely memories.

Been neglecting this blog a bit, I gotta admit. Think I need to keep it alive again. Would be nice to reread again after several years, or even when the kiddies are bigger and able to see themself documented tru the years.

Think we all got lovely memories... but sometimes, we would be too busy on the supposed "important" things that we forget some things in life are free.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Candy Crush Saga - My Current Addiction

Hurmmm.. that's why I dont like it when my hands start itching to play games... but I am a sucker for tye kind of games that involves lining up pretty coloured things, with cute ditty and explosive when I got things right. That's why I was addicted to Bejeweled Blitz before.

As it seems that Candy Crush started to crop up everywhere (its even in Psy's new video Gentlemen".. i downloaded it and then got stuck with it. Now at level 70 and nowhere near the end heheh ;p

The game is free to download, however you only get max 5 lifes and if you losses, you either wait for it to be replenish (arond 30 mins) perlife, ask you friend for free lifes via fb requests pay up (around $1.99) which for Malaysian around RM6 and therefore quite steep.

So, i prefer to wait out. It kinda god cz i am forced to do other things while waiting tho it gt frustrating sometimes.

The games itself depends, some would be quite easy to do, but some esp those at the end of each level is quite difficult as you woild have limitations.. either no of moves, taks (claering up jelliesnor getting ingredients to the botom), or even marks in specified times. I particularly hate the chocholate which would multiple very quickly and makes things bit more difficult.

Hahaha.. yeahh i am addicted all righttt ;p





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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pao, the Modern Digital Tamagotchi

What the heck is Tamogatchi?! Well, if you do not know, perhaps.. You might be heaps younger than me, ayoyoyo.. Well, Tanagotchi is an egglike shape device dangling on a keychain. In it there's a small screen with your digital pet.. You need to feed it, clean it when it poops and play with it.

Anyway, well.. As I am new to the Aps world, I am quite surprised to discover Pao.. It ran along the same idea as Tamagotchi.. You have to feed it, clean it and play with it. Kinda amusing to see the two little me - Kimi and Haikal to enjoy Pao as much as I enjoyed Tamagotchi.

Anyway, my tab went sick and had to be sent to the Samsung clinic for a couple of day. I really worried about Pao and imagining him RIP. Thank god he is just dirty and extremely hungry with very wobbly eyes (that means he is really tired and hunggry and unhappy). Well, loads of snacks, health portion and sleep later had Pao towards his old self again.

P/s. Can't imagine what to tell my kiddies should Pao had died. Haha.. :P


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Train Track Kerteh - Gambang Nowadays..

Can't sleep so browsing my hp pic snapshots.. Came across this pic of the Petronas train track from Kerteh to Gambang.

Previously built to facilitate logistic of OnG products, if I am not mistaken.. It is just run for a year plus before it was used no more.

Pity isn't it. Would be nice if it could be used for short trip Kerteh - Gambang - Kuantan perhaps?

Here is a portion of the track that is near to our newly recultivated small crop of rubber plantation. Quaint view aint it? Nice for a wedding photoshoot. Here also there lies a sign. Beware of wild animals. Kerteh my hometown, is a modern OnG small town, but had to say we had wild life aplenty.. Wild boars and a while back, a strayed tiger even roam our backyard ;P

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Here or There? PhD?

I have soo many blogs that thruthfully I lost count of them. Even in this one, I had soo many drafts entry but yet to be unpublished. Been too busy maa... and now, my tab is at the hp clinic, no doubt I spend too many time playing game on it....  So there goes my aim to update more with a tab. Hahaha.. but I digress.

Anyway, my older aim is creating blogs according to my interest, but I am thinking I can't maintained it all, so I am thinking to just converge all my musings into my oldest and my most entered blog which is this one.

So... as of my earlier aim.. 2013 would be the year that I should have start my phD study. On June 1st, I will be 38 :( .. ooo getting old already, so if I start this year.. aim in July to send out my proposal.. 39... 38 (a year).. 39/2014 (a year) and 40/2015 (another year).. I should have fulfilled my desire to get a doctorate by 40 (or loosely before I am 41 haha)...

OK, that one is resolved, so where to study? So, getting the list from here: http://www.terbelog.com/2012/03/rankings-universiti-terbaik-malaysia.html


RANKING UNIVERSITI-UNIVERSITI TERBAIK DI MALAYSIA 2012 

1.Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (Rank dunia: 428)
2.Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (Rank dunia: 437)
3.Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (Rank dunia: 464)
4.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (Rank dunia: 523)
5.Universiti Malaya (UM) (Rank dunia: 596)
6.Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) (Rank dunia: 626)
7.Multimedia University (MMU) (Rank dunia: 891)
8.Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Rank dunia: 1222)
9.Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP) (Rank dunia: 1341)
10.International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) (Rank dunia: 1411)
11.Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
12.Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
13.Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
14.Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
15.Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
16.Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
17.Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
18.Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
19.Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
20.Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
21.Open University Malaysia
22.Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
23.International Medical University
24.Taylor's University College
25.Tunku Abdul Rahman College
26.Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia
27.University of Nottingam Malaysia
28.UCSI University
29.Monash University Malaysia
30.Malaysia Theological Seminary
31.Universiti Kuala Lumpur
32.Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus
33.Universiti Industri Selangor
34.Selangor International Islamic University College
35.Al Madinah International University
36.Wawasan Open University
37.University Tun Abdul Razak
38.KDU College
39.Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
40.Asia Pasific Institute of Information Technology
41.Help University College
42.Sunway University College
43.INSANIAH University College
44.Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
45.Segi College
45.University of Malaya Medical Center & Faculty of Medicine 47.Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia
48.Malaysian Institute of Management
49.Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
50.Disted-Stamford College

(Sumber: Webometric)

I was thinking UM, USM and UKM due to their top rankings, then, I was thinking the foreign JV ones Monash and Nottingham.. then... I rethink again..

- what the heck, those with these good quality cost $$$$ .. I am not that deep pocketed mind you..
- my workload is adhoc .. sometimes busy, sometimes not
- I am not so keen to travel so far to meet with supervisors
- the end is the PhD, nobody cares where you get it from (is this true)..

Anyway, met a colleague who had studied in UMK  (Uni Msia Kelantan) but suddenly my friend who is a lecturer there suggested why not UMT (Uni Msia Terengganu). Heck, why hadn't I think of that? Nearer .. and also new.. with better resources.. not bad semester fee (+/- 1,600) - near to where I stay.. OOOoooOooo revelation.

So, wish me luck. Am trying to immerse myself in studying again. Scrubbing my brains again. Surfing boring phd stuffs now.. good ones would be www.drotspss.blogspot.com (very casual and light.. not the bored to death sort of stuff phD holders usually sprouts on) as well as the FB: Doctorate Support Group. I am deeply impressed by DSG FB.. it embodies the 1 Malaysia spirits.. all races helping each other towards the completion of the study. Lots of sharing and caring - full of ideas and critical well meaning comments.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

iQuran Lite



Well, I am supposed to do seriius stuffs with my tab, but with soo many free and amusing aps out there, it is getting harder and harder... esp when you downloaded games forbthe kiddies and ended getting addicted yoyrself haha...

Anyway, tonite I am gonna write a review on a bit more serious stuff on my tab... the iQuran lite...

I like it because:-
1. It is conveniet, we bring our smartphone everywhere and it is such a hassle free things rather bring along your hard copy Quran..
2. No need for wuduk or ablution to touch it as its an ap, not a full blown Quran.. thought being in ablution is still the best.. earn extra brownies points..
3. You can check your reading... well, with almost no regular practise, think mot would find their Quran reading skills a bit rusty, with iQuran you can practise your reading. For eah ayat or word, you can preset how many times you want it repeated so that you cab double check n repractise.
4. It is free
5. Once you downloaded the audio, its there.
6. There is translation, so that you know what the heck are you reading,

Other aps I found beneficial for Muslim would be the qiblat direction (easy for those like me whom is always on the go and need to check our qiblah to perform prayers).. ooh and also prayer time.. azan reminder so that you know each time the 5 prayer time per day started.

Wel, that's it for me at the moment. Now, when can I finished my whole book of Quran :)




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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Test Seating the Exora

Why test seating you might ask... Well, the showroom we went do not have a test drive unit, so I just use the whole family to test seat the Exora haha..

Yeah, I been having problem with my new old Peugeout 306, it is an old car, bought secondhand when my beloved also second hand Kia Sportage went sputtering on me. I love that Sportage.. old but very convenient, nice height, but fuel is killing me. Another car which is hubby's, is a Sorento. Also bought second hand. Hurmmm.. I love first hand cars, but hubby loves second hands' ones.

My first and the only car in my name is my Iswara, bought in 1999 and been seating at my dad's porch for about 5 years as a secondary car.. Its been nearing its life anyway, and since my brother bought a new Persona, perhaps all and all, these factors pushes me towards a new car.



Why an Exora you might ask... well, got 3 kiddies now, and seeing me a big girl... my boys and new girl would be big boys n girls too.. so that make 5 of us including mr. hubby. Sometimes my mom or mon-in-law would follow us on trips.. that would make 6... 3 adults n 3 kids.. Exora comfortably seats 7... so that's an extra seats should any of my brother and sister own or in-laws to join in as well. What I like about Exora is its size, very comfortable. I tried the 2nd row passenger seats... quite roomy legroom... quite comparable to hubby's Sorento. 3rd seats was occupied by my sons, Kimi and Haikal, very roomy for the too, as well as average size adults. Also there's a convenient nook on each side where the boys could put in their individual food and drinks.. no more shouting of who's stealing whos's snacks after this :)


The first row seat is standard.. nothing much to shout about.. yeah, the complaint about too much cheap plastic look is true, nothing inspiring there, basic design consul.. even Alza's is nicer looking (we went to a Perodua showroom straight after the Proton one just to compare haha).. but Alza is a bit tight and compact for us. Kimi and Haikal do not even show interest to jump in the back seats of Alza to try it out. Ooo.. another thing I like about Alza is the bench style seating in the first row, bet Hannah could join me and hubby there, kinda bringing me back in the early 80s, in my dad's old Nissan, when I was being the youngest, would be the one privileged to be one of the front row passanger.. no aircond during that time, just a small fan, which ate my hair during one of our balik kamping trip from Kedah to Kelantan hehe.. nostalgic :)

Alza's seat.. exactly like the one we oogled.
 
 
Yeah, that fan there evoke the memory tho the interior should be nicer in the 80s.
 
Other things I love about Exora...
- aircon vents on every row... heaven, no more conquering of aircons..
- lotsa nook and crannies for the drinks, handphone, milk bottles :)
- very very spacious
- 2nd and third row could be reclined rather than just the usual stiff upright position..
- space .. oh?! did I mentioned it again :P
- $$$$$$
- we need a comfy ride cz there's a lotta plan to go Cuti-cuti Malaysia soon hehe :P

Since around 9/1/2013, Proton had rolled out a very nice alternative for those slightly tight on budget.. RM69K for a basic Exora (aka no premium accessories such as DVD, leather seats), but still retaining its safety features with CFE engine. Well, I do not know much about what CFE means, but in a layman term, it gives more turbo or boost power to Exora's 1.6 litre engine to help carry Exora body mass.. well, it is a big car so rationally, it would definitely weight a bit.

Perhaps the info I cilok from paultan.org would help explain a bit:-

Proton has added a new variant to its Exora MPV range. With the new Proton Exora Bold 1.6 CFE Standard, one can now have a turbocharged CFE engine in the more affordable Standard spec. Previously, turbo power was exclusive to the Exora Bold 1.6 CFE Premium, which remains as the range topper, six-seater Exora Prime aside.

The Exora Bold 1.6 CFE Standard is priced at RM69,000 on-the-road with insurance and metallic paint, which is slightly over RM10k cheaper than the RM80,012 Premium that was launched in December 2011. Further down the range, there’s a basic Campro CPS, manual transmission variant.

exora-cfe-std-spec

The Exora Bold Standard uses the same powertrain pairing as the Exora Premium and top-spec PrevĂ© – a turbocharged 1.6 CFE engine with 138 hp and 205 Nm of torque, paired to a CVT gearbox. 0-100 km/h acceleration is done in 11.3 seconds, while top speed is 185 km/h.

The listed performance figures are identical to the Premium, but since the Standard is 86 kg lighter (1,400 vs 1,486 kg) we won’t be surprised if it’s slightly faster.



Drool .. the Exora Standard CFE - this is my quote :P

Like the Premium, it comes with ABS, EBD, dual airbags and all round disc brakes. Also missing are leather seats, reverse sensors, Bluetooth and DVD functions for the ICE system, steering wheel buttons, cruise control and auto folding wing mirrors.

I hope to trade in my old Iswara (was told that I could only get max 3K for it).. and then transfer my NCD (No claim discount) to the Exora.. Hurmm, just gotta wait a few more months to get some small stupid loan settled first before I could comfortably pay the Exora.

Hubby loves a Cross Touran, but well, it is very expansive, near RM170K.. I don't believe in spending that kind of money especially when he's on a new job and not a permanent staff yet.. perhaps not yet. We compromised in a way, I would buy an Exora, and he would buy a second hand Cross Touran.. haha 2nd hand again :P

Anyway, wish me luck! Hope to post my new Exora pics soon or at least by year end, god willing :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Testing Out My Old New Slow Cooker

A brief history about my slow cooker.. Got it when my 2nd is just a baby, around 4 years ago. Thought of cooking moi or rice porridge for him using it, but never did haha.. He already love the nestum cereal. Thank god that I got it by redeeming my Maybank Treatspoint so, don't feel the loss at all :P

Well, my youngest Hannah is an eater as well. She loves porridge so I gotta brush up the cooker so today is the day. As its the first time, just boil plain rice with water, just to try out. Its a simple machine, just plain on and off button, so need to experiment a bit. Read that some had high or low button on it that would cook as fast as two hours or eight hours on it.

Think mine is the superslow one. Perhaps my moi would take 8 hours. Gotta buy some potato and carrots too, just to give extra taste to the baby. Need to find out about some mini blender to.. Found out some like Phillips cost around RM 250+.. Need to find cheaper alternative lah.

Also found put some other use for the cooker such as heater for kuah or soups for the laksa during event such as Hari Raya etc as well as scrumptious beef stew. Have to experiment soon :)

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Still Crazy on the Tab

Well, still exploring my tab... am loving it. Already redeem a bluetooh headset via my Maybank treatspoint this morning.... a samsung one for treatspoint 27,000... okla, better get it free hehe...

Samsung also got loads of aps, am driving myself crazy downloading games for the boy, till got a lot more space haha...

Anyway, need thinking wheather to use my BB at least for the next few days.. got a function la, kinda odd without the bluetooth headsetla....

Friday, March 8, 2013

Testing My New Samsung Tab

Am testing my tab capability for me to blog. Well, think my Haikal is treating it as his. That's his face the morning he discovered my new tab hehe....

So, my likes and dislikes on the samsung tab:-

Likes
1. Definitely a just nife size for me to read during my frequent road journey
2. Lots of aps... definitely games for the kids, quran and journals for ke once I start  my phd..
3. Think putting in pics for the blog would be easier..
4. Can disguised itself as a notebook.. not too bulky or look like a phone from the first glance....

Dislikes
1. Also the size ... a bit embarrased answering phonecall with it.. like talking to a book haha.. definitely need to invest in a bluetooth headst ;p
2. Lots of typo...
3. 3g reception worst that my BB in my Kerteh home.

Overall, I am well satisfied. Though the day I bought my tab, the new Samsung Brand is just out, but I think the 7 inch tab would suit me better. Just the perfect novel size for me, not too big or small...

Hope to pen more hotel review after this, with better and more pics definitely.

So, now its the 3rd phone for this blog... my beloved N70, the trusty Blackberry Bold.... and finally Samsung Tab :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Samsung Galaxy Tab & My Grouch with Superbuy

 
I believe I updated my online purchase of the Tab 2 7.0 a few weeks ago via Superbuy. Was patiently waiting, in addition I was very busy too when I realised its already two weeks as opposed to 5 - 7 days period before it should be in my greedy hands.

Well, nope. So I called, happily and positively thinking that its on the way, BUT!!!! I was told my colour selection is not available and they are still waiting and they cant give the date. If I want to change colour, I will have to wait another week to get it. WTF??!!

Yeah, they offer near RM100 discount via Maybank link.. but 3 weeks waiting period??!! WTF.. I asked for a refund straightaway.. Wahhh.. very bad lah..

I concur that mine might be an isolated case, but why no courtesy in informing me of the no colour availability. I wouldn't be so pissed off then.. Grrrrrr...

Anyway, after lunchtime, I just dropped at a phone shop besides my offices, yeah, I paid the RM 1099.. add on another RM50 for the clear screen and cover, but yess! I got it in less than 1 hour.

Buck up Superbuy, be more pro active please.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Express Trip to Batam

Since we were already in JB, its kinda a shame if we didn't jump on a quick sojourn to Batam. Hubby is hankering for a full body massage after hard day work and me joining in the ride too! Was quite bz these past few weeks, and loads more coming sooo...

We left the kiddies and mom at the Bayu Marina Resort and went to the jetty terminal at Stualang Laut - 15 mins away.

Thank god, we managed to captured the next trip at 9.30. We don't want to bother so just bought a return ticker for the last trip back at 7.45 Batam time. Think both cost around RM120. However, we need to valided the ticket at Batam ferry for additional Rp 110k each if I am not mistaken. Haha.. I estimated the value cz hubby is paying, so I don't know the exact value :P ..

About 2 hrs later (is it? Trip back we got in about 8.15), we arrived at Bandung. Bought a taxi ticket to Nagoya shopping at Rp40k.. Bought some clothes, then.. Spa time!

We went to Secret Spa just in front of Nagoya entrance. We go for the full Balinese package and both went poorer for Rp 560k each (around RM350 for the both of us).. Wow! Love it! 2.5 hours we came out fully rejuvenated.

Finished at around 4, we went back to Matahari for shopping. I rue the decision. Not many things are there, didn't buy a lot except a zipped wallet ordered by my brother (Rp 100k.. Think they murdered us there). Shouldve stick to Nagoya!

Well, anyway.. It is a very fruitfull and well worth trip. Would love to go there again, but hubby was aiming Bangkok next. Wow! I loikeee :)

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