Road Trip Around The City

It was 6am on a beautiful Sunday morning. I am usually not awake yet at this hour on weekends, but that day was an exception. My daily routine mainly revolves around indoor activities with my children, so it’s great to have something to do outdoors once in a while. We had made plans to have a picnic at Putrajaya Botanical Garden and proceeded to prepare our food and drinks in a picnic basket that morning.

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I love that the Honda CR-V’s boot space is large and spacious! We managed to pack everything in the boot, together with the girls’ bicycles.

 

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Our next activity involved animal petting at Farm In The City. Even if it is short distance, travelling with young children can be pretty challenging but I like that the Honda CR-V has all that my family needs in one car. To make the car ride even more enjoyable, I played our favourite songs from my iPhone, thanks to the built-in USB port.

The animals in Farm in the City are free to roam in their own enclosures and my girls really enjoyed feeding and touching the animals. They even get to do a little bit of ‘longkang’ fishing and ride on a pony!

 

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After that, we went to the newly opened shopping centre in Cyberjaya, D’Pulze for lunch. We discovered an indoor playground for kids and after about 2 hours of jumping around and diving into the ball pits, it was time to head to our last destination of the day.

We took the girls to Putra Square in Putrajaya for a bicycle ride. It was such a great spot for family activities with a breathtaking view of the Putra Mosque.

 

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At the end of our road trip, we were quite surprised that our tank was still half full as we only pumped RM50 of fuel. My husband was pretty sure that the ECON mode that he used has helped to improve the fuel efficiency - all the more reason to love this car.

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Getaway in Style

So there’s this contest that FashionValet x The Luxe Nomad are running for bloggers to win a stay at the luxury Paresa Resort Phuket.

I’ve seen the photos of the resort and it’s ah-mazing, guys.

I mean, just look – the view, the sea, the suite, the private pool and everything. Sigh… it’s so romantic.

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I miss having a romantic getaway with my husband. The last time we had one was on our 5th wedding anniversary, which was 2 years ago. And it was only for a night. Tak cukup! Hehe. We’ve been busy being daddy and mommy (even to each other sometimes) that we somehow forgot to be just husband and wife. It’s kind of hard to do so when the kids are around. So really, I’d like to win a stay at Paresa Phuket on The Luxe Nomad with my man so we can spend some time together, just the two of us. Plus, it’s our birthday this month (our birthdays are only 11 days apart) so it’d be a perfect gift for the both of us.

I’ve already picked out a head-to-toe outfit from FashionValet that I’m going to wear on one of the days if I win this contest. Something casual and breezy but still chic, in light neutral tones with a pop of color.

 

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Top – Aere Oliva Oversized Buttoned Cuffs Top in Ivory
Bottom – Scha x FV Plumeria Skants in Peach
Scarf – dUCk Georgette Scarf in Chocolate Cookie Dough
Shoes – ShoesShoesShoes Liza Kinked Mule Wedges in Nude
Bag – Mischa CDG Pouch in Holi Pink

This contest ends today tho, so hurry and blog about it now if you wanna join! Hehe.

They are going to choose 2 winners – the 1st prize is 4D3N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM1,000 FV voucher and the 2nd prize is 3D2N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM700 FV voucher.

So exciting!

You can read more about the contest here: http://www.fashionvalet.com/fvtlngetaway.



Lavender

Guys, we have lavender growing right here in our own country! See?!

*jakun mode*

 
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I never knew we could grow lavender in our climate until that day when I was in Cameron. I was like, “OMG, lavender!! I’ve always wanted to go to Provence to see lavender field!”.

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Okay so it wasn’t exactly a huge field with rows and rows of lavender like in Provence; it was just a small garden. The lavenders were gated some more and no one’s allowed to walk through them unless if you’re a bride and groom couple who wants to take wedding photos in there (there were actually one when we were there. Everyone was like eee tak aci, nak jugak).

The rest of us pengantin lama can just take photos from outside the gates, thank you.

 

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These lavenders didn’t have any scent tho, which I thought was a tad weird. I had to take a closer look to check whether they were ori lavender or not. They were ori alright.

But whatevs – scent or no scent. The most important thing is, we have lavender here!

Malaysia boleh! Hehe *tiba-tiba*



Sun, Sand and Sea(food)

Went for buka puasa at Aroma Ikan Bakar in Jeram yesterday. Not the best seafood place I’ve ever been to, but for the past few weeks we’ve been having iftar at malls and hotels (besides at home of course), so it was a nice change of view and venue. Sun, sand and sea! The kids enjoyed it the most.

 

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IMG_8909Hubs and his bffs. They’ve been friends for more than 15 years and still hang out almost every week! Sheesh.
(I’m secretly jealous coz I don’t even get to hang out with my friends once a month)

 

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Can’t believe we have less than 2 weeks to enjoy this holy month. Let’s make the most of every remaining days guys, especially the last 10 nights of Ramadan!



Europe Trip Part 3: Paris

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been really busy these past few weeks working on a project and helping out with my SIL’s wedding and stuff. Phew! Wedding is a lot of work. Fun, but a lot of work especially when you don’t have a wedding planner. But we got a lot of help from my husband’s relatives that came all the way from Kedah a few days before the event. Couldn’t thank them enough! Glad things went well despite the last minute preparation.

Anyway, here’s the final part of our Europe trip (it’s a continuation from Part 1: Rome and Part 2: Florence posts).

Our last destination was Paris. Paris!

Sigh… I love Paris. No matter how many cities I’ve been to (not that many apparently), Paris will always be one of my favourites. There is just something magical about Paris – the architectures, the sidewalks, the parks, the cute cafes, the patisseries, the shops, the fashion and of course the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been to Paris a few times and enjoyed each trip, but this time it was extra special because it was my first time with my husband. It felt like we were on honeymoon!

 

IMG_4226We stayed at this hotel. Galeries Lafayette is only like 3 minutes walk from here (and so is the metro station). No need to guess la where we went to, first thing after checking into the hotel.

IMG_3577 Angeline Cafe at Galleries Lafayette. I’ve been wanting to try their signature Mont Blanc dessert and hot chocolate ever since my sister posted a photo on her instagram a few months ago. My Godddd… They make the richest, thickest, smoothest and creamiest hot chocolate. I love it!

IMG_3580Hot chocolate on a cold day. If only I could curl up on a couch with a good book while sipping this…

IMG_3610I totally underestimated Paris weather because I thought it’d be warm and sunny just like in Rome and Florence. It wasn’t. The weather was around 9°C, which was cold (and wet) and I only brought light jackets and cardigans.

IMG_3634Thank God for Zara. Bought this cute pink coat and wore it right away. Then I felt a bit out of place when I saw most Parisians wore black coats. I mean, c’mon, I know it’s cold, but it’s still spring! Heh.

IMG_3656Paris also got tuk tuk!

IMG_3650Champs Elysees

IMG_3619Went to check out Disney Store at Champ Elysees for Frozen Elsa doll but there were none left. They only had the soft toy version. Didn’t get them because my girls don’t really play with soft toys.

IMG_3631If Italy is famous for their pastas, pizzas and gelato, France is famous for their pastries. I just love feasting my eyes on those sweet, decadent desserts. So hard to choose which one to have coz they all looked tempting!

IMG_3632We had this bruschetta instead :P

 

IMG_3671One of the famous monuments in Paris, Arc de Triomphe

IMG_3661We saw this and thought it’d be more fun to get around the city on the hop-on hop-off bus than the metro. Plus, we didn’t get the chance to ride on one when we were in Rome and Florence.

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IMG_3674Upper seats, please.

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IMG_3712Weather was beautiful. Thank God it didn’t rain the whole day.

IMG_3722I still get excited when I see Eiffel Tower, just like the first time. C’est magnifique!

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IMG_3752When I saw this, I immediately remembered reading somewhere that Nutella crepe is a must try in Paris, so we ordered one each.

IMG_3767Mine was crepe with banana and strawberry slices + vanilla Chantilly cream + drizzled with Nutella. I usually don’t really like crepes (I prefer pancakes) but this one was sooooo good. The crepe was made fresh, right in front of my eyes. Best crepe I’ve ever had!

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IMG_3823The obligatory jumping picture.

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IMG_3834Hubs saw these boys playing football with their dad and decided to join them for awhile. A dog even came out of nowhere and tried to chase the ball. So cute!

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IMG_3853One of the things I like about traveling to Europe during Spring/Summer is this. 8.30pm and the sun is still up. More time for sightseeing!

IMG_3929Next stop.

IMG_3886Louvre museum

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 IMG_3970Took the metro to La Vallee Village the next day.

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IMG_3933Rocking my rockstud

IMG_3993 Brunch first before shopping.

IMG_3991 I love Pret A Manger’s sandwiches (and salads).

Didn’t take a lot of pictures at La Vallee Village because I was busy shopping for my sister’s customers. Was a bit challenging because my sister was at Champs Elysees at that time. I spent 3 hours at Ralph Lauren outlet alone! Phewww.

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IMG_4099After La Vallee Village, my husband suggested we check out Disney store in Disneyland, in case they still have Elsa doll because it was just one metro station away from La Vallee Village. If only he’s this semangat to find a designer bag for me. Sigh.

IMG_4101Of course there were no Elsa. We’ve searched for Elsa dolls in 3 cities and they were all sold out! Apparently, they were sold out everywhere, even online. Gila ah Frozen fanatics (we managed to get Anna dolls, Frozen t-shirts, Elsa tiaras, and Elsa & Anna figurines tho). 

IMG_4217Last day in Paris.

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IMG_42041(Gelato) flower for me

IMG_4198Pretty and tasted not bad too, but cannot beat Italian’s gelato.

IMG_4173Maaaaakan je kerja aku :P (French croissants are the best. So light and soft and flaky, walau dah sejuk)

IMG_4246Decided to have one last cup of Angelina’s hot chocolate and a dessert. This time, we tried their Millefeuille.

IMG_4230Stopped by Pierre Hermé to tapau some macarons before heading to the airport.

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And that’s the end of our 10-day Europe trip.