Friday, 7 January 2011

The one with... R&R trip to Damai Laut 2010.

OK it’s time to add new entry to *my travelling stories* at the right side bar there of this blog.. :) So this time I’m gonna do a brief review on my recent family trip to Swiss Garden Damai Laut.

What happened was, normally come year end I will need to utilise the remaining annual leaves I have for the year because they cannot be carried forward to the year after. Except for 2009, of course, coz all my leaves have been utilised for my wedding and honeymoon. Heeee~*

For 2010, I had 10 days left so I applied it straight 20 Dec to 30 Dec. Saje tinggalkan 31st tuh sebab bila fikir2, alah nanti 31st mesti tak ramai orang kat office so masuk tunjuk muka, type2 sikit, then balik lah.. kan? Skaliiiiiiii, dapat public holiday pulakkkk.. Wahhh best gile!!! :D

Applied leaves in late November, last minute terus kalut buat plan nak pergi holiday. Coz kalau takde holiday plan kan.. kalau kena kacau dengan office people, mesti kita takde reason, and susah, to say “NO” to any request. Especially si encik husband yang busy musy skarang ni. So if he’s being disturbed by office matters, I will indirectly feel disturbed too. So terus cepat2 buat plan.

First week cuti plan pergi Singapore for just me and husband. And another trip to somewhere in Malaysia for me and the 2 K’s during the 2nd week cuti, preferably a beach trip. Mula2 ingat nak pergi Penang, duduk kat Feringghi tapi sebab school holiday banyak standard rooms yang dah fully booked, tinggal room yang mahal2 saje.. So cancel plan. PD is too common. Langkawi is too far. So sudahnye decided to go Pangkor. Tapi Pangkor pun based on my previous trip, hotel kat situ macam biase2 je and nothing much to be done (sebab bawak budak kecik kan) -- well don’t talk about Pangkor Laut Resort lah kan. Yang ni kalau nak pergi, berdua adalah lebih baik. Hehehehe :P

So sudahnye, Swiss Garden Damai Laut it is.



So we made move in the morning around 11am.. With few stops -- breakfast la.. driver mengantuk la.. khayr poo poo la.. co-driver nak wee wee la.. Finally managed to reach around 3pm. It’s quite easy to find the resort cause the signboard is everywhere. But.. the resort is like SO far deep in from the main road! Sepanjang jalan tuh rasa macam “Eh biar betul?”

- budak comot in the morning before we made the move -

- this is basically what you will see throughout the journey from the main road to the resort -

So the resort is quite cantik, I mean I had no expectation whatsoever. The resort is private on its own, in the sense that it has its own private beach and you are basically stuck there coz like I said, its located quite far deep in and secluded from other areas. Kira macam Berjaya Resort in Redang la.. tapi Redang tu lagi cantik, there’s no doubt about it.

The main thing I noticed about Swiss Garden Damai Laut is that they have a very big pool area (yeay for Khayr!), private beach, beach games and activities, kids corner (yeay for Khayr again!), some sports activities and few in-house restaurants for eating options. We’ve eaten at their coffee house and ordered-in once, to be honest, tak sedap for the ridiculous price they charged. Well biase lah kan hotel food mesti lah mahal. Tapi, serious tak sedap ok. And buffet spread in the morning for breakfast, hmmmm.. let’s say that, I didn’t mind having to skip breakfast. If you know me, I’m not a fussy person when it comes to food.. But this, it’s hard for me to accept. So for dinner, we drove out. Which took around 20km journey altogether. That’s the bummer part. But anything for better food, aite? ;P

Oh, they also have a boat trip to Pangkor, which takes around 10 minutes. But on the day we were supposed to go, it was raining heavily pulak. So terpaksa cancel plan.

Anyway, that’s all I have actually. It’s a R&R beach trip so we did nothing much except having a good quality family time :) Tapi seriously, bercuti with a baby yang baru dapat kaki, wah! sangat penat ok.. :P

Here are some more pictures.

- his first trip to the beach -

- at the kids corner -

- at the pool.. khayr dah pandai kayuh2 kaki.. :) -

- budak comot takmo duduk diam -

- family portrait :) -

So all in all I had a great time.. Especially there's this one time after mandi pool Khayr terus tertidur kat pool bench tu, giving chance for his mama and abah to have some time to relax by the pool as well... ;)

On the way back to KL, we made a stop at Lumut to do some shopping and also at Tronoh for lunch break with the dearest friend of mine -- Tazz! :)

Travelling with Khayr, the main things I was a bit concerned about was:

1. How is he gonna behave during the travelling time.
2. Will he be able to sleep well at night (sebab tempat lain kan..).
3. What about his food.

Well thank God, things turned out to be a-ok. He slept mostly throughout the journey in his baby chair.

When he's awake, then I had no choice but to bring him to sit in front with me when he started to be restless in his chair.

In terms of sleeping at night, we brought along his favourite pillow and blanket.. and when we asked for a baby cot from the resort, they gave us the play pen almost similar to what we had back at home. So all the more I think Khayr had some 'security' there.

In terms of food, hmmm this is a bit tricky. Coz Khayr still doesn't have all the teeth he needs to chew properly. So for the first day, it was still ok because I brought his porridge which was already being heated up at home. And I brought extra frozen porridge for him as well though I doubt how was I suppose to heat it up later. What I did was, I heated it up by soaking the tupperware in a just-boiled hot water but dang, it took a while until the whole food is properly heated-up. Any idea on how to tackle this issue, sharing is caring please?

Luckily I brought along his cerelac for back-up. For breakfast, there was no issue as Khayr can have a soft texture type of food like the honey star soaked in chocolate milk, waffle, bread, fruits and yogurt. And he had his baby biscuits for snacking, as well as bits and pieces of our food. He's still breastfeeding so I do not have any problem when it comes to milk time.

So, there you go. Hope you find this useful.. :P For more information about the place, you can check here.

Okie dokie. Till later~*

Tak sabar nye nak tunggu habes working hours!! Off to lunch, bye!

p.s. A special shout out goes to my dearest friend Alin, Happy Birthday!!! :) We all miss you here. Hope you have a great time celebrating it for the first time with Wil as husband and wife.. Looking forward to seeing you some time later, if not sooner. Muahmuah.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The one with... baby k in action :)

Here's a video of my baby k trying to imitate us talking on the phone... by using his abah's stokin busuk. hehehehe.

Ok that's all for now. Sekarang mahu balas komen2 in my previous posts. Sorry that it takes me a while to do so!

Till later~*

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The one with... my 10 m.o baby k.

Tomorrow, 5 January 2011 at 1.16pm my baby k turns 11 months yaw! And that means, in 1 month time he'll be my 1 y.o TODDLER!!! sobs. Khayr, can you please stop growing up so fast?


So as always its the time to re-cap his developmental milestones during his 10th month of life.

1. Sangat2 aktif especially now that he can officially walk. Its like his feet is itchy or something that he MUST walk all the time except when he's asleep of course. Kadang2 rasa comel pun ada sebab kat rumah tu rasa crowded when Kerol, myself and khayr are all walking at the same time. Hehe. And he's like a sneaky little thief walking around the house always with something in his hands while giving us this cheeky smirk look on his face. Gerammmm!!! :)

mula2 curik stokin abah.

lepas tu punggah plastik pampers pulak.

then next thing, play with the water bottle.

haishhh. active. sneaky. comel. nak marah pun tak sampai hati tau. tu belum lagi tiba2 dia dah ada kat atas tangga.

or kat dapur tengah punggah plastik.
** sorry gambar memang susah nak get a clearer one sebab asyik la bergerak si budak kenit tuh. and yes, the above pictures are taken on the same night as you can see he's wearing the same baju. he's like everywhere in the house!

so, alhamdulillah khayr dah boleh berjalan. he can even stand up on his own from sitting down / squatting down position without having to hold onto something.

2. remember that i wrote before yang of all things, khayr is quite left behind when it comes to teething? well well finally the time has come and it has been a nasty one. this month alone, he had 2 bottom teeth PLUS 2 upper teeth coming out! guess thats why this month he's a bit cranky, clingy, and recently, was down with fever and flu. huhu.

3. he loves to shake his body to the tune of music. hehe. gedik!

4. he now knows how to imitate some of our actions or words. like kalau kita batuk dia pun sibuk laaa nak batuk, over pulak tuh. and when i check his temperature using the ear thermometer, after that he will take the ear thermometer and put at his ear as well. awwww so comel ok. and he knows how to pronounce 'mamamamama' already! yeay.

5. tak suka tengok kartun sangat. but movies, tv series, and video clips haaaa yang tu dia suka. lagi satu iklan.

6. his appetite towards solid food tak menentu. kadang2 makan banyak. kadang2 makan sikit. he now knows how to spit out his food as a sign that he does not want the food anymore -- either he dislikes it or he's full. yang pasti, he's quite a small size baby, ikut macam abah dia waktu kecik. coz mama dia waktu kecik sangat bambam and debab. hehe.

7. on top of solid food, masih fully breastfeed.

8. understand simple instruction like 'no' and 'give that back to me / bak sini kasik kat mama'. tapi kadang2 the way he shows that he understands it is by crying. haaaa yang ni kira category cengeng sikit laaa my baby k. tak dapat benda sikit, nangis... huhu.. salah siapa? ye semua orang salahkan mamaaaaa jugak. sigh.

9. loves to play 'hide and seek' and kejar2..

10. suka campak barang.

11. sangat suka explore sana sini, especially now that he can walk. macam haritu pegi bercuti, masa mula2 sampai kat bilik hotel, dia lah manusia yang paling busy jalan sana sini check itu ini. hehehe.

hmmmm i guess that's the obvious ones i can remember for now. sigh my baby has grown up so fast, somehow i miss the little helpless baby he was, not capable of moving. hehe.

okie dokie, till later~* happy 11 month old my dear baby khayr. mama & abah love you so much, more than words we could ever say, more than actions we could ever display.

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

The one with... welcoming 2011 and 1432H..

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!

Skimming through all my 1st January posts, I'm surprised that I did not have any for 2010. Hmmm how come eh? Maybe masa tu I was heavily pregnant (*lame excuse* :P).

Anyway, I don't normally have any new year resolutions for I feel that resolutions can be made at any point in time throughout the year. But in view of the new year spirit (both the 2011 and 1432H), my resolution this year would be,

  • to be better than who I've been..
  • to have better than what I've had..
  • to get better than what I've achieved..

New year eve was spent quietly at home with hubby.. counting down and exchanging new year wishes and hopes, with baby k being in his deep sleep.. I could never feel so blessed...

Till later~*

Here's to my other 1st January posts:

2010 -- takde. hehe.