Surprise Mini Anniversary Getaway

Last Saturday, February 16th, marked our 5th wedding anniversary. I know this sounds very cliche, but really, how time flies!

I still remember clearly talking to this guy whom I barely know on the telephone for the first time (he was studying in the U.S at that time). He was actually my friend’s friend. My friend gave him my number because her phone battery just “magically” died (yeah right la. Haha). And suddenly here we are, already been married for 5 years and have 2 kids! How did that happen? (Umm no, don’t answer that).


Look how young and kurus we were back then. Sigh.

Anyways… My husband planned a mini romantic getaway for our anniversary. It was really so sweet of him! A week before our anniversary, my husband asked me where I wanted to go to celebrate our anniversary and I just told him to surprise me because I didn’t want to sound demanding – and because I knew Paris, Maldives or even Bali was out of the list. I almost wanted to suggest him to just get me a bag or shoes or something. Heh.

A day before our anniversary, I told my girls that they will be staying at their Atok and Wan’s place for a night.

“Tomorrow Ayra and Raina will stay at Wan and Atok’s house, okay. There will be bibik, aunty Wani and uncle Aizat too”.

Ayra was excited. “Yay! We going to Wan’s house!”.

I also told them that Atok bought Barbie Princess Popstar for each of them and Ayra was even more excited.

And then she asked whether we would be staying there too. I told her no, mama and walid have wedding anniversary. She said, “Wow, that’s amazing!”. When I asked her whether she knows what wedding anniversary is, she just said no. Haha. What a cutie!

I had no clue where my husband was taking me. I only knew that we were going to spend the night at a hotel, so imagine my surprise and excitement when we arrived at Villa Samadhi!


The villa is a perfect place for a romantic retreat, located right in the middle of the city (just a few minutes away from KLCC). It almost felt like we were in Bali. It was just perfect!



We stayed at the Luxe Crib and the room is very spacious with a waist-high bed.

There’s a big jacuzzi in the bathroom and a hee-ugee rain shower that could probably fit 3 people.

The staff were friendly too. Upon arriving, the staff were already waiting to pick up our luggage, and then we were given welcome drinks (lemongrass juice). My only complaint would be the bathroom lighting. I know it’s supposed to be romantic and everything hence the dimmed lights, but I could hardly see my reflection in the mirror. So hard to do my makeup! Ahh the little things I’m concerned about. Hehe.


Complimentary drinks and Villa Samadhi’s homemade cookies in the room


There’s even complimentary chocolates, placed on the bed.

Right after checking in, we headed to KLCC for lunch. My husband also booked a movie at 4pm because we haven’t been to the cinema in ages (that’s normal when you’re a parent).

Wearing L’adorn shawl, MNG dress/tunic, Zara chain belt, Zara pants and Forever 21 wedges

Had lunch at Yuzu (my treat!). First time tasting mango sushi (the yellow one). So nice!

I was happy with my food, really.

That night my husband asked where I wanted to have dinner. I had no idea. My cravings for sushi were already satisfied at lunch earlier that I didn’t mind where and what to have for dinner. He suggested Saloma Bistro. We had never been there so we decided to give it a try.

Wearing MimpikitaΒ β™₯ FashionValet peplum top, Tie Rack scarf and my favorite Zara heels.

The heels are actually a tad loose even after putting gel cushions (it’s half size bigger), but whatever. I still love em.

I was actually expecting the interior of Saloma Bistro to be very traditional, with kerawang and all that because it serves Malay cuisine. When we arrived, I was puzzled. Are we at a wedding or something? Because the table setting looks pretty much like the ones we see at weddings! You know, round tables, chairs covered in cloths and tied with big bows, and a stage in the middle. We honestly thought we went to the wrong hall.

My husband said we could still leave and go eat somewhere else if I wanted to (he suggested Mandarin Oriental) but I said it was fine. We were there already! Plus, it wasn’t easy walking in my loose heels, but of course I didn’t tell him that (I told him once and he asked why on earth would I wear an uncomfortable shoes. Men just don’t get it). And so we stayed and had our dinner there.

The food was not bad, but it was nothing to shout about either. It still felt like we were at a wedding! It’s buffet style with mostly local cuisine and a few international ones. There was a 1-hour cultural dance performance too, and it was quite enjoyable (tarian Zapin comel la). We had a good laugh because we were the only Malaysian there! Everyone else were tourists. My husband even said, “Rasa macam kat Malaysia” while watching the performance. When I asked him where did he think we were, he said Bali. Haha. Yeah, we were kinda like in Bali earlier. πŸ˜›

Breakfast the next morning (buffet only for starters)

We chose Eggs Benedict from the A la Carte menu

Nice place to chill out, reading books

Or you know, reading your Twitter timeline.

And then our little getaway was over.

(I’m wearing MNG lime-colored shirt and Tie Rack scarf that I bought on our honeymoon 5 years ago!)

It’s really nice to be able to spend some time off from being “Daddy and Mommy”, and just be “Husband and Wife” for a while. I hope we can do this every year!


  1. selamat ulang tahun anivesari kakak~~~

  2. Salam, akak silent reader adik punya blog. And love so much you blog. Akak just nak tanya macam mana cara adik pakai tudung tu ya nampak menarik sangat dan simple. May be akak ketinggalan zaman. Bole kasi tutorialnya x?

  3. I love your last phrase. Sometimes we forgot to be the husband-wife because we are too busy playing mommy-daddy. n

  4. I love your last phrase. Sometimes we forgot to be the husband-wife because we are too busy playing mommy-daddy. n

  5. Happy anniversary to you!nthe part yang ‘men just dont get it’ tu so funny.and so true >,<

  6. Happy anniversary to you!nthe part yang ‘men just dont get it’ tu so funny.and so true >,<

  7. happy anniversary to both of you! semoga happy selalu dan kekal hingga hujung nyawa. i’ve check out the villa web. sekali tokleh bawak kanak2. alahai. sayangnya. tkda saper pulak nak jaga. sobsobsob.

  8. hepi anniversary to u & muaz..sungguh berisi muaz skrg..hehe

  9. Happy Anni!…u’re so pretty and so lucky!….

  10. happy anniversary dear… more and more love… nsaw u last saturday at TGV KLCC… hehehe… apparently we were in the same hall.. hansel and gretel… hehehe… πŸ™‚

  11. SubhanAllah. You are such a beauty Iza πŸ™‚ and the place, amazing! I always ‘study’ ur blog before going back to Msia to plan for a small getaway πŸ™‚

  12. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Haha really? Btw Gretel lawa la kan πŸ˜€

  13. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Alhamdulillah. Thank you πŸ™‚

  14. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Thanks Iva! When are u coming back here?

  15. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Ahh itulah. Last year dia dah elok kurus macam baru2 kawin. Start raya, diet hancus! Huhu

  16. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Ameen. Thank you for the wish. Yes, the villa doesn’t allow kids. Just for couples which is why it’s a perfect place for a romantic retreat πŸ™‚

  17. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    They will never do, don’t they? -___-

  18. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Yes, i think taking a time off and just be with each other once in a while is healthy for the family!

  19. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Wasalam. Thanks kak. Saya tak penah buat tutorial tudung sbb pemalas n i don’t really have the time. Huhu. But i think my sis is working on one (dia pun pakai tudung like me) so let’s wait for her vid k!

  20. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Terima kasih adik!

  21. moga kekal ke hujung nyawa Iza…jeng jeng jeng…anything happen tht nite?felt like your 1st hornymooon tak? hehehe….:)n

  22. Happy Anniversary Iza πŸ™‚ You’re so cute although you have been two kids.

  23. sis nk request.. buat tutorial hw u wear ur scarf… it looks so comfy n stunned on u..

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  25. Happy anniversary πŸ™‚

  26. Insha’Allah in may πŸ™‚

  27. Just found time to drop by your blog after almost 2 weeks not being able to do so! Anyway, just 5 words to say : KORANG NI SWEET SANGAT LAAAAA! <3

  28. Oh and, 16 February 2013 – that’s when Adeena was born! πŸ˜‰ Happy belated anniversary babe (and Muaz)! πŸ˜€

  29. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    Aww thanks Thara! Wah senang la ingat birthday Adeena – the same date as our wedding anniversary! πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Iza, minat dgn top you, nak tau u pakai amik size apa yer, so takde tersalah beli…hehehe!

  31. Iza@ThePinkStilettos says:

    I selalu pakai UK10, tapi i pergi beli size UK12 so it’s a bit big on the shoulders that I had to pin it.


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