Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mengidam nenas. Ada makna kah?

I think I've stated in this blog some where in the early pregnancy that I've never had any kind of cravings. Well actually soon after I have completed the 1st trimester cycle I've gradually started to have the feelings of fondness to every meals that are served with pineapple. However I don't think that was some sort of cravingness since the urge to have the so called thorny fruit was not that critical.

I had Hawaiian Chicken Pizza at Pizza Hut and Asam Laksa at Laksa Shack without any bad feelings. Err.. Well I do worried (a bit) since pineapple is an absolute No No during pregnancy - according to our great great great grandmothers lah. I've asked my gynae regarding this and luckily there's no scientific research that proves this tho. But it's a good thing to obey the elders, she quaoted. My hubby lagi best, he was the one who gave me the green light to have all that because from his manly understanding; they are in a very small portion and I'm having it along with other food and it was cooked to the highest temperature bla la.. =p

As days went by, the anxiety to have dishes with pineapples suddenly arisen. Nak makan nasi minyak ada acar nenas, nak makan KFC's double zinger burger baru tu ada nenas, nak minum Minute Maid Tropicale tu pun ada nenas, pajeri nenas lagi la bernenas nenasan. Ada banyak lagi makanan masam manis dalam dunia ni but why it has to be the pineapples! I asked my elder sis and she advised me the same thing, Not to take it. Some people seems to be just fine with nenas during pregnancy but some of them not. It's better to play safe, she said. I agreed half heartedly.

And yesterday an office mate treated the whole division with yummy luncheon and one of the menu was scrumptious dory fish with pineapples? Arghhh.. Bersabarlah wahai mama!

Oh by the way, the tiny one in my tummy turns 19 weeks few days ago (its gestational week is advance by a week). I went to PCMC accompanied by my darling Faheem and my lil sis. As expected I gained 4kg plus this month! Hoho. The sugar level was ok, Alhamdulillah.. The baby weighted 263g and actively waving his hands to momma when the doctor was scanning my bulgy belly and guess what, it might be a SHE!

If it is a boy we can clearly notice his scrotum by now but for the lil one inside my womb, it seems to be a flat surface with 3 lines. I'm sure you guys are imagining it now =p Well well. I know it's still early to overjoyed with the gender news but I'm just so exited to know that the second baby's gender is visible now. There are many cases where the scanned result is M/F but you actually delivered the opposite sex baby. It's totally common. So let's just wait for the next appointment with the gynae. Tak sabar nak shopping baju baby dah ni. Year End Sale plus Black Friday!

Mengidam makanan masam = mengandung baby perempuan

Lets see whether the elderly was right, in my case! :)


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi. Room Rate and The Resort Views.

We've spent our 1st babymoon trip for this second baby at Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi, not that truly Colmar in France. Heee.. This is definitely an unplanned trip. Hubby was back in KL last 2 months to settle few issues that the wifey was unable to resolve by herself i.e banking stuff, the home, the ride. Upon completing all items in the to-do-list, hubby had suggested a babymoon trip. I was electrified with that plan, who doesn't?

After few days of searching the web we have decided to spent the babymoon at Universal Studios Singapore. I even surveyed the AirAsia tickets (RM800 return tickets for three that would be on me) and hubby contacted the Resort World Reservation and Hard Rock Hotel Singapore for bookings but the flow suddenly came to a halt when we realized the package would only be cheaper if we make bookings via MasterCard. Hubby only has Amex and Visa and the wifey is left with only Visa. MasterCard da potong last year sebab tak guna sangat.

Lepas berhari2 buat dunno je pasal trip tersebut, tetibe encik suami tersayang ajak pergi Bukit Tinggi. I'm saying NO at that instant. Why? Err.. actually da bnyk kali review pasal Colmar Tropicale ni time nak pergi holiday dulu2. And sadly, I noticed the bad feedbacks were much more than the good ones (at Colmar Tropicale). Sorry YTL for I have to claim it here! =D

However, hubby insisted on going somewhere just nearby KL, nice and cooling to treat the beloved wifey and that active lil boy with good food in a soothing environment. I was on leave that Friday. We woke up early to do the routine grocery shopping and the short discussion during picking up packets of carrot has led us back to our home, express hotel booking, express packing and within 1 hour, we were here!

Pinky window pane. Nice one!

So simple yet so mesmerizing..

It has started to drizzle when we arrived at Bukit Tinggi. Luckily Faheem's Maclaren stroller (Techno XT) can be expended so that the little one is being covered from the rain. I've forgotten to bring along the stroller's rain cover, kalau tak mesti lagi secure kan. Papa hurriedly brought our luggage to our room, sampai tak nak tunggu bell boy pun. Risau sangat die takut Faheem demam kene hujan. Dah la he's going back to US in a few days time.. Mesti risau and rasa bersalah je hubby nanti..
This is where we were staying. One-bedroom suite which is an apartment equipped with kitchen and one bedroom (RM368 if I'm not mistaken, but I'm booking with govt rate so the rate was RM298). Murah kan! It was sooo spacious as what I've been expecting through the journey. I was thinking to bring along Faheem's tricycle tapi sebab kelam kabut sangat, unplanned kn.. So tertinggal. Kalau tak, mesti Faheem duk main non stop smpai penat tertido sendiri atas lantai kut! Oh the kitchen is just a kichen, you're prohibited from any cooking activity. Hehhehe.. Tapi pandai2 lah kan.. =D
The washroom. It's not that kids-friendly. Not that nice lah. Tapi okla when you are looking back at the room rate. Huhu. And the golf course/hill view from the balcony. Oh there was one wide balcony in the bedroom and the other one it's like a big window at the living room. The view was marvelous. The hill view was a bit hazy and blurry as the rain was pounding down during the picture was snapped. And I'm only using my iPhone to capture the moment..

The balcony in the master bedroom

Once the rain had stopped we went out to find something nice for dinner. And we had chosen La Flamme, an eatery that served variety of pizzas. I seriously wanted something with pineapples, just like the Hawaiian Pizza in Pizza Hut, and they have it. Tapi risau lah.. Sebelum ni da makan Hawaiian Pizza tu, I'm ok je. Maybe perut kuat kut, bak kata orang2 tua. Tapi lepas kene sound with my sis and a few good friends, rasa bersalah tak hingat =( Luckily the ones that we ordered at La Flamme was indeed satisfying! Tho with no pineapples.. Sigh

There's an entertainment show each nights..

Colorful horses!

Supper. Da penat bawak Faheem jalan sana sini, lari sana sini, we decided to take a break with a cup of cappuccino at La Boulangerie when suddenly this friendly Filipinos came by. We chit chat for a while and surprisingly they sang us Leaving on A Jet Plane!! Waaa.. Memang da bergenang air mata masa tu.. Feel habes mama Faheem terkenang papa yang akan balik US after the trip. Sobs.. Anyway, thanks guys..

Oh the arcade and video games center at Colmar Tropical were awesome! It was plenty of them and semuanya nampak baru and well maintained. Berkilat lagik! Bersih pulak tu..

Your boys will truly madly in love with this! My hubby was not an exception tho. Sempat lagik die beli few tokens sebab nak main motorcycle tu. Dengan Faheem2 skalik die bawak race =D

The black swan and white swan at the entrance of Colmar Tropicale. This might be the second place I'm seeing that huge swans for real. The first place I met one of them was of course kat Zoo Negara. Hehhe.. =D We can actually feed the swans. They were selling the swans' food at the merchandise store. Spotted the super nice view?

The view from the downstairs, while we were feeding the swans..

There are more pictures that I really wish to paste in here. There's mountain bikes for rent (hubby said the bikes served are from really good brands), the glamoures clock tower, the hit-them-and-you-get-this-huge-teddy, more restaurants including the Le Blason where we had our breakfast (the food was nice and wide variety) and lots more! But I'm seriously tied up with work right now. My own work tak setel2 lagi but then I need to attend meeting pagi dan petang. Balik rumah Faheem asik ajak main sama2, dancing sama2.. Haiyoo. A bit tense I really have to say! Rasa nak amik MC seminggu je, sobs. So this is what I managed to serve in my blog post today. Hope you enjoy it.

Anyway, we've got 2 FREE admissions to the Mini Animal Park and Japanese Village in Bukit Tinggi. But I refused to go since hubby is leaving in a few days time and I think the best way to enjoy that precious moment is to sit together and have a super nice conversation along with a good food to munch. Malas lah berjalan ke sana ke sini.. And he agreed with that =) Hubby's gonna be back for good in a month-time. Can't wait!

Friday, November 11, 2011

My husband cooks. Like seriously.

Spicy prawns with asparagus and celery. Believe it or not, my darling husband made this for dinner yesterday. Mind you, apart from chicken curry ok! I was delighted, seriously. Tho I'm not sure about the taste, technically speaking the garnishing is an A from me =D Knowing the most loved Mr. Z for the past few years, he only cooks Maggi kari at his best. Memang sedap, totally his signature dish la tu. Dengan bawang putih banyak yang amat beserta asap2 tumisan memenuhi segenap ruang di dalam rumah. Even the kitchen hood pun surrender for him =p

But now, after several months in the states he proves me that he can actually cook. Thanks to his colleague who used to study in Tulsa back then (students who studied abroad usually knows how to cook. No?). He also spent 4 years working at Turkmenistan that resolves to -- by hook or by crook he has to cook since halal food was pretty hard to get. Unlike USA, halal restaurants can be found within a click on your iPhone and it's not expensive at all. However the mother tongue is seriously in need for a truly Malaysian nutriment every now and then. And that is why they really enjoy cooking in their fully furnished apartment =)

As far as I can remember he has mastered tomyam, telur dadar, black pepper beef, spaghetti, nasi goreng etc. Oh to my surprise he made nasi goreng for dinner when he's back in KL last month and it was beyond my expectation, sedap ok! And he promised me he's gonna cook us dinner when he's back for good by the end of next month. That time mama Faheem da start nak sarat, and it's just a bless when a husband willingly to be in the kitchen? Alhamdulillah.. Kalau macam ni, berpantang nanti tak payah balik kampung pun takpe. Papa bole je masak untuk mama kan! Heee..

The beloved smoochy moochy munchkin at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dubai International Airport. My first experience!

One of the long-dormant draft in my list. Teehee..
Been here in Dubai with the darling husband during transit for our Houston trip.

Top from left: The roman pillars and ceiling were glittery shone. Exclusive habes! Right: The elevators. I have no idea how tall is this airport but the floor buttons are numerous! We get confused with the floors each times we're using it. Hehe. I think it was merely because we get overjoyed with the scenic view of the airport (first timer katekan..) and sort of missed focus about where we were heading to actually =p

Bottom from left: I'm not sure what was this. Macam tempat santai2/lepak while having tea with the arab's style la kut. Teringin sangat nak duduk2 and snap few pictures but the 16hours flight was forcing our legs to walk straight away to Le Meridien Dubai. We need shower and good sleep! Right: The complimentary meals for all who's flying Emirates. It's FREE so please don't expect more than what should be expected ok =)

The walkway heading to the departure hall

Beloved husband checking in

First Class and Business Class Lounge. Of course la lagi elegant dari yang KLIA punya =D

Hubby checking-in the business class lounge

The Dubai souvenirs. Burj Dubai and Burj Al-Arab were top in the list but the three of us just can't stand the extreme heat outside the airport! =( Baru faham why are the arab women wearing that burqa, covering their whole face: to totally protect them from the heat and dust. So tak jadi pergi.. Sob sob.. Nak beli abaya cantek mantek pun tak jadi sebab my hubby's colleague yang nak bawak kitorang pergi tempat abaya murah2 tu kebetulan balik KL on that weekend. Hopefully ada rezeki lagi pergi Dubai lepas ni..


The FOC Maclaren strollers for your traveling-with-baby convenience, in the airport.

Papa asyik mention pasal kurma pelbagai perisa ni kat Dubai..

That's all I guess. Need to make each posts as short, simple but full of infos starting now as I have tonnes of draft entries! What an eye sore, seriously.. By the way, next entry would be the Le Meridien Dubai and the restaurants they have. Stay tune!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Yang tak sedap itulah sihat..

New breakfast meal for a week.

Post Shredded Wheat.

No sugar, no salt, no artificial flavor.

Just a spoon of plain wheat with milk.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Manhattan Fish Market Ampang Park. A total disappointment..

I was craving for Manhattan's Flaming Prawn last week and rushed to it's nearest outlet at Ampang Park during lunch hour. The ones in KLCC has been closed nearly a year ago due to uncertain causes. Maybe tak laku kut? But the ones in Ampang Park has always been crowded with Manhattan's fans. Outrageous rent fee? Err.. Ntah lah. Nak pergi Pavillion takut jam. Oh I'm really hoping that they would reopen a brand new outlet at KLCC one day. More parking space definitely!

Ok ok. Referring back to the post title.
This was the most anticipated dish that arrived on our table that day.

I ordered the Manhattan Flaming Prawn but what I got were those mini prawns!! Seriously I've never encountered such a petite prawn served at MFM =( And for this signature dish? Never. I got so frustrated seeing them. Kecik and not juicy at all. I was starving, so I finished them off, half heartedly.

And this Fish and Chips was my sister's meal. Look how lame and saggy the salads were? Geram sangat tengok. I paid almost 60plus bucks for this lunch and I really regret it. Most probably I will stop going to MFM, well for the time being. And started searching for other places that may serve me Flaming Prawns with the same great taste or even better! Urghh..

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