Monday, December 31, 2012

Kisah Suami, Suara Dan Bibik.

Last night my Bibik told me, that yesterday was her first time of experiencing a telephone conversation (via fixed line) with my husband. She said she was so shocked hearing his voice sebab kasar and garau sangat macam suara orang jahat. I just laughed out because it reminds me of something else..

I received the very first call by my soon-to-be-boyfriend (later a charming husband) when I was in University Malaya, location:  beside my faculty. Hehe. It was raining and I just put down my umbrella. And yup, he sounded sangat lah garau. Not that friendly kind of voice. Macam suara orang marah and tak puas hati pun ada. Ape kes first time call suara dah macam tu kan? Tambah2 lagi, I'm a sensitive kind of person. I analysed a person's voice much more deeper than any other average person does. Haha. So sudah mula timbul sedikit perasaan menyampah di situ. Maybe I should delete this guy from my list. Haha.

To cut a long story short, I asked him weather he can talk softer to me next time. He was just fine when we had a face to face conversation, he is indeed among the nicest spoken guy I've ever met (that's why I fell over him, hee) but he simultaneously turned to a different person when he voiced over the phone. And he said,  
"Err... Saya memang macam ni.."

We got engaged. I asked him once again. Can you please talk a lil bit softer.. Manja2 sikit ke. Lovers always talk extra politely to each others you know. Da la suara awak garau, halkum besar sangat saya paham but please..? Kekeke.. Unfortunately he replied with a crooked forehead,
"Susah la.. Macam mane nak cakap camtu.." 
But he promised to TRY. That was such a good news to me.

Later we got married. I asked him for the last time. Can you please talk a lil bit nicer, softer, a tad more cuddling to the beloved wifey perhaps? If you think I'm that special someone sampai you proposed me to get married I think you should do that. The more manjer you are the more I like it. I ended the sentence with this..
"Or sayang nak tengok saya emo?" 
Yeahh.. The last sentence got the killer word. He talk softly since then!! Like seriously ok.. Hahaha. I guess mane2 husband pun tak nak tengok wife die emo2 kan. Balik kerja penat2 mesti mahu dibelai dimanja etc etc. bukan? Thank you hubby for making an effort to talk comel2 to me from the very beginning of staying together until now. Tho sometimes you forgets,  but you tried to re-align the speech melody when you perasan there's an awkward gap between each questions you asked and the anticipated answers from myself. You know me better =) Really appreciate that!

A loving papa to Faheem and Ayra who his current addiction is the Fantasy Football. His fantasy team has been on top of the fantasy league for weeks and hari2 lah he mentioned that thing to me, with proud. Whatever.. As long as he's happy =p

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Lunch. Fisherman's Cove at Starhill Gallery.

I attended a course at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur last week.
And we were seated at Fisherman's Cove during lunch! 
I was more than excited as I'm wishing to go there for quite sometimes.
(since the day I saw the discount rebate from our credit card newsletter, hehe)

The appetizer. The entree. The Dessert. The pink guava. The coffee.
Everything were heavenly. Seriously.
Wish to bring the family here. But I'm not sure whether the husband is ok with the location.
Bukit Bintang? Traffic jammmmmm!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Flying KLM for the first time.

Do you know how much I miss blogging? To be able to deliver anything interesting from your heart and mind to finally make it to the keypad and virtually publish it here? Gosh.. the time constraint is really killing me. Office schedules are super tight. Whilst after-office schedules (home) turns to be pretty much similar in behavior too, (hectic-ness) as I have two small kids to look after to. Including the maid. Hey I need to monitor her too! And the husband that is currently abroad? Sorry that I've always ignored your texts hubby. I'm just.. too busy doing too many things (yes, you are married with a perfectionist and pls tell me that you are ok with it).

Ok. I should stop all the flowery words. I have 20 minutes before the boss is back from lunch followed with a meeting half an hour after that. It's about my Jakarta trip! Ah.. First of all I wish to thanks the loving and understanding hubby for making this trip such an enjoyable one. I opss me and Faheem really appreciate it and we really enjoy it to the fullest. This trip was intentionally set as not-a-vacation. It was just a week of getaway from chaotic-ness and sakit kepala-jiwa-raga-ness I had, merely from the office lately. Pfft!

I once told him that I wish to travel by air apart from the conventional MAS or AirAsia. So he got me Emirates last year. Alhamdulillah.. And this year I managed to travel via KLM for the first time. This was not in the plan tho. Why KLM? Because the traveling date and time clashed either with AirAsia or MAS. Planning a trip to Jakarta (one of the busiest traffic on earth) is crucial. The frequent traveler husband has been traveling KL-Jakarta for every weekend so he's familiar with the Garuda City. The in-bound and out-bound itineraries should be certainly during the off-peak hours. Or you will be left depressed (firstly with the long queue at the immigration) and then getting stuck in the massive traffic jam. That would be the last thing to face during any trips right?

So this is my simple review.
I wish we may experience the same thing (or even better) during future flights with KLM!

The headrest cover was there. Cleanliness checked! 
The seat was clean and comfy too. Or maybe we were just lucky that the flight was quite a brand new? It's a European flight, so the leg room was spacious. That leads to keselesaan. Yeah..

Royal Dutch Airlines. Flying blue but not feeling blue.

Something that caught my eyes. The stewards were such good looking guys. Hehe
But the stewardess were quite berusia lah. But they were very friendly! 
Lagi friendly dari stewardess MAS or AirAsia or even Emirates.

 Everything is sooo blue. Loving their plain blue uniform.

The so called in flight moslem snack was obviously not an Asian portion snack.
It was big and delicious. I only had a quarter of it and I'm already full.

I spent the whole 2 hrs of journey watching Casino Royale (tough guys to make me awake? haha) as the little guy had fallen asleep moments after take off.

Fully charged iPad to get him entertained but he can't tahan anymore longer. ZZzzzz...

Happy faces of my only boy. Glad that he enjoyed it. Alhamdulillah. Again, thank you for planning this trip papa. I foresee many trip afterwards? Hehe. Anyhow, my first time experience with KLM went very well. From the seating to the services to the F&B and also the journey itself. So if you were to travel to Jakarta from Malaysia, you might put KLM in the list too (Jakarta is a transit point for KLM flights traveling outside Asia).  Glad that I'm finally done with this entry.

More entries coming in! Yeahhh.. Right..

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Salam Semua by Aaron Aziz & SleeQ. Why so sweet!

I've been repeating this song for 50 times now I guess. The lyric is so sweet.
I'm not a die hard fan of Aaron Aziz tho. But anything with family bonding inspires me the most!
Teringat kat encik suami yang jauh di mata tetapi sangat dekat di jari (sms).
Miss you loads sayang! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Unplanned lunch at Alessio, Publika

For those who follows my Instgram you might have seen this picture. This is just a simple food review for those who are in the midst of finding a cozy place to dine in during lunch. We was at Immigration Center few weeks back when decided to have an unplanned lunch-together with my ex school mate. She was working-from-home that day and her house was quite adjacent with the Dutamas compound. Pening jugak at first sebab banyak sangat restaurant but hubby suggested Alessio as the eatery looked pretty enticing from the outside.

It was noon and they provided lunch set, perfect. I ordered fish and chips while hubby the pineapple fried rice (I love anything with fun fries while hubby, it was lunch hour so he had to have rice, wajib). The pineapple fried rice was sangat sedap! There's plenty of pineapple cubes in there. The fish and chips pun not bad. The fillet was crispy and well tossed. The tartar sauce was nice too. Luckily the meals didn't turned us down. Feels like visiting Publika once again. I wish to try out Plan B and PickNik. Oh makanan!

Faheem enjoying the wide & free space!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jakarta Trip for First Timers. Good Info!

I found this on Trip Advisor and thinking of sharing it here as I found it pretty informative. I know it's way too long to read through but you may check out the sentence at the end of every para. That's my writing and it's simpler of course. Here we go! 

Jakarta is an amazing and wonderful city. Do not be put off by the bad press it sometimes receives and enjoy a stay in one of the most vibrant, friendly and surprising cities in Asia. - Travelers know this best!

You will most likely be arriving at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. You will have two forms to complete. One is for immigration and the second for customs. Check before you arrive if you need a visa in advance, can obtain one on arrival, or are entitled to visa free entry. Indonesia is also strict on enforcing that your passport has six month validity remaining. - Standard SOP. Small matter.

Follow the signs for foreigners and visa on arrival. If you can obtain a visa on arrival then you need to pay and obtain that first before proceeding through immigration clearance. Should you not require a visa or already have one in your passport head straight to the immigration desks for foreigners bypassing the visa on arrival booths. Outside of peak hours arrangements may vary so just ask one of the staff. In general they are helpful, and will point you in the right direction. - I'm going on vacation. So this is actually nothing. 

Once clear of immigration head to the baggage reclaim to collect your bag, porters are available for a small fee. There are also a range of ATMs so that you can get your local currency. Having collected your baggage head towards the customs exit. The officer will want your customs form and will normally direct you to have some or all of your bags x-rayed. This area can be quite crowded and chaotic so remain calm but be assertive enough not to allow too many people to get ahead of you in the queue. Outside there are money exchange and transport booths. The rates at the exchange booths are reasonable but you will find better shopping around in the city. The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah, and contrary to popular belief it is this currency that you will need to get by. Shops do not accept American Dollars and there is no real advantage to having Dollars against other currencies. Hotels will convert Dollar quoted rates to Rupiah anyway. - The porter would be my husband. Yeay! Crowded and chaotic environment are very well expected at Jakarta. I need to be extra cautious with everything around me, everything attached to me. 

There are a wide range of transport options however if you are a first time visitor it is recommended to get your hotel to arrange the transfer. For more experienced or braver travellers use the local taxis outside. Ignore the touts who will approach you and head towards the taxi line. Taxis have improved a lot in Jakarta over the years however the most well known and safest company is the Blue Bird group of taxis. Their taxis are blue unsurprisingly and a bit more expensive than others but safe, clean and modern, They always use the meter. Other safe taxi companies include Express (white), Gamya (green) and Cipaganti (burgundy). - Ok. As hubby mentioned earlier, same thing with his Indonesian colleagues, only Blue Taxis!

To get to the city will take a variable amount of time dependent on traffic and the time of day you arrive. Jakarta is notorious for its traffic and for good reason at peak times. At off peak hours traffic is not such a big problem. To make the experience as pleasant as possible avoid travelling from the airport between 0700-1000 and 1600-1900. Journey time to the CBD, will normally take 45 minutes off peak and 2 hours or more at peak times. It is definitely worth picking flights that arrive at off peak hours if you can. - Super massive and extremely congested traffic are pretty well expected too. I'm going to a country who has billions of human in there. Sabar and time management is key.

It is definitely best to pre-book a hotel on a first visit to any city, this applies to Jakarta, and there is a huge range of good quality accommodation available ranging from top quality five star establishments through mid range hotels and budget hotels. Make sure you have the hotel's address and phone number. If the taxi driver does not know the hotel name give him the street name and all should be well. - Will be staying at hubby's huge serviced apartment. Save cost. 

For a first time stay it is recommended to book a hotel in the Thamrin area of the City, home to the major shopping and entertainment areas. Getting around at peak hours can be difficult and time consuming so location is key. Some of the biggest malls of 5 Star hotels attached, such as Kempinski at the Grand Indonesia, Hyatt at Plaza Indonesia, Ritz Carlton Jakarta-Pacific Place and Pullman at the new Central Park Mall. For a less expensive version with similar benefits try the Harris Hotel at FX Sudirman or possibly Ciputra Hotel attached to Ciputra Mall (although this is a little bit further from the city). - Hubby has went to most of the places and that is why I'm planning to go there. Most of Jakarta POIs are just are a walking distance from the place he's staying.  

Once you have safely checked in to your hotel. You will want to explore the city. Jakartans divide their city into geographic areas: south, north, east and west and central Jakarta. South and Central is the main CBD, shopping and entertainment area, North Jakarta contains China Town and also the port and old Jakarta areas. West and East becomes more residential but still with plenty of shopping and entertainment. - He's in Jakarta Pusat. Meaning the center of entertainment. I bet Faheem gonna love his trip!

There are numerous options for getting around the city but most are impacted by traffic.Travel at off peak times will save you lots of time and frustration. The cheapest means of getting around are the buses but as a first time visitor these are not recommended, nor are the motorbike taxis or motorized trikes. The best way by far for any distance is taxi. Simply hail one in the street, and use the companies mentioned earlier. Careful here, some of the less reputable firms disguise their taxis to look a lot like the ones from the safe companies, copies of Bluebird taxis are especially prevalent. The good companies will always use the meter and go the quickest route. Tipping is optional. Rounding up to the next nearest -500 or -1000 multiplication is sufficient.- Only Blue Bird or perhaps pinjam his kawan's car + driver. 

There are a couple of options which are not impacted by traffic, walking and bicycling. There are two car free Sundays a month when local Jakartans take in huge numbers to two wheels and cycle on the normally congested and polluted streets. If you would like to meet local people why not join them. Enjoy the weather, the temporarily clear air and get some health benefits as well. - I love the idea. But not in Jakarta. I won't be bicycling around the concrete jungle with 3-ply surgical mask.

A second option is walking. This is a great way to meet the local people who are overwhelmingly friendly, The pavements will be blocked by food carts, cars and motorcycles. There may also be significant pot holes and uncovered drains so care is definitely required. Not an activity for example to be conducted when under the influence of any intoxicants. However it is in some areas possible to enjoy a pleasant walk, and meet some of the locals. Menteng is a good area near the center for walking, as is the old town area in North Jakarta, Like any big city Jakarta has its dangers however it would be very unlucky especially in central Jakarta to come under any threat. One of the best elements of the city is its friendly inhabitants so don't be scared, A smile to an adult or a child will inevitably be returned. Wear comfortable clothing so you don't overheat. If you have breathing problems walking on a hot weekday is not to be recommended because of the pollution. Try it first on a cooler cloudy day or a Sunday morning. - Walking.. This applies to back packers I guess. 

Eating is plentiful in Jakarta and you can find every type of food at every type of price. Street food abounds however hygiene levels are not high so recommended only if you have a strong stomach and are partial to spicy food. Mall food courts are a good half way house as are local restaurants. Meals can be good value and authentic here. Also worth looking for are lunchtime specials in restaurants which are priced to attract local office workers on their lunch break and will normally include a drink (often iced tea) these can be extremely good value. Fast food, mid level restaurants and top notch restaurants abound so one thing is guaranteed. You will be able to find a tasty and safe meal within your price range. - As been advised by the husband, we will only be having home-cooked (that will surely prepared by me) or 5-star restaurants only. We're not going to be bed ridden for suffering stomach ache or anything else. Nauzubillah.. Hygiene is key. In shaa Allah..

Shopping is varied and a favorite occupation of Jakartans. There are a huge range of shopping malls, ranging from the high end with all the designer labels you could wish for. Examples of these are Plaza Indonesia and Plaza Senayan. Mid range which have mid to high end Western brands, good starting places are the massive Grand Indonesia and the newer Senayan City and Central Park Malls. There are also the malls that cater to the local middle class population such as Ambassador Mall and Plaza Semanggi. Whatever your shopping needs they will be catered for in Jakarta. The malls are also excellent places to find food that is of good quality and value, entertainment such as cinemas, night clubs and billiards (pool) halls. People watching is a pass time here so grab a coffee and take a seat and watch the tremendous variety of people that are using the mall as a hang out place as well as a place to shop and eat. - Initially I'm not into shopping. But hubby keeps on telling me of how cheap the stuff at Jakarta. He keeps on sending me pictures with price tags ok! And I told you I had lunch with his Indonesian mate yesterday and she also told me the same thing - The madness of shopping in Jakarta. Err.. Dah sampai baru update pasal ni I guess. Heee...

Traveling is fun. But not packing. Argh!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Probably the biggest fish fillet I have ever had?

Just back from Madam Kwan's at KLCC for a lunch break with darling hubby and his Indonesian office mate. I would probably go for Nasi Bojari or Char Kue Teaw but hubby insisted me to try out the fish and chips. Yours truly was busy chatting with Diandra so I simply said yes knowing that the picture on the menu looked pretty nice and it's Madam Kwan's. How bad can it be kan?

Well. It was tasty. The fish (I think it's Dory) was FRESH! But.. The fillet was so huge! It actually comprised of half the portion of my plate. Covering all the pity french fries beneath it. At first we thought it was probably the tepung that made it looked like my hubby's palm but nahh it's not. It was the fish filet itself. Hohoho. That explains how I get so full right now. And I have a meeting to attend to in the next 5 minutes. Gosh!  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The best tauhu bakar I have ever had in my whole life..

I had this sinfully appetizing tauhu bakar at Jombali weeks back.
I bet that was the best I have ever had, like seriously.
Tauhu bakar is a must grab whenever I visited bazar Ramadhan all these years.
Apart from tauhu sumbat!
But this one at Jombali defeated each and everyone of them.
The tauhu was super crispy, the heavenly nut was growing me nuts.
And that thick black sauce or gravy or whatever it was, just complemented each other.

Feels like having another one today.

Off to meetings. Ah 11.10 already!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Bag Spa. My first attempt for handbag cleaning services.

I have a favorite handbag. Which is a purple Coach. The charming husband bought it for me at Katy Mills during our trip to Houston last year (ahhh rindunya shopping like mad! Remember this.. Houston Trip) Why it turned to be my favorite? I just fell in love when I first saw it on the new arrival desk at the outlet entrance. It has 2 types of handle so it may be treated as a hobo or tote or what ever that please me. The only drawback is, it has fabric material. Senang kotor (I usually prefered leather bags than fabric. Easy cleaning, long lasting).

Me being a cleanaholic, I've tried my very best to take a good care of the bag. Until one day I went to dinner with husband's family and somebody took my bag to give space for Faheem. And.. Yeah. Things happened. Enough said. I told my husband that I wish to get the bag cleaned and he asked me to make a survey for the service. The nearest place would be at My Bag Spa. Initially I planned to send the said bag to the branch at One Utama. But the husband wanted to go to Mid Valley that weekend. Luckily My Bag Spa just opened another branch at The Gardens!

This is the bag. Being hooked by the handbag holder.
Hubby is the one who bought me the ruby red sparkling holder. Sweetness!

We're having trouble finding the outlet at The Gardens Mall. We searched at the directory in the mall itself but to no avail. Then we browsed the website and called the place yet again it was forever engaged. I called the other branch and let them informed about this. We went to Maxis centre tanya pasal iPhone5 kejap then I received a phone call from My Bag Spa The Garden's branch. The outlet (or rather I call it the counter) is located at P1 - by using the elevator at CIMB.

He checked the bag in and out and he also measured the length and width. The service price was RM280. Okla tu compare to the price of the bag minus the 1 year plus of depreciation. I'll be getting the bag in 2 weeks time. That Chinese from China informed me that oil marks will remain even after the servicing. Ada la dua calit minyak dek pergi dinner haritu. Takpela.. Lets think positive. It is the mark of love, like stretch mark. Hehe. Hopefully I'll be getting the bag in a tip top condition soon!  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Breakfast at BreadTies, Taman Melawati

Last weekend-breakfast before the charming husband is working abroad once again.
BreadTies had been featured in Jalan Jalan Cari Makan a week before that. I'm watching it without the husband company (he's the biggest fan of JJCM) as the sportsman was busy with futsal tournament that Sunday. I texted him right away when I noticed BreadTies was my kind of eatery (I love savouries and pastries!) And also knowing that the next weekend will be his last, so I'm not into cooking, not at all. He replied OK at that instant. Yeay!
Darling Amanda. Geramnya!

We had the simple breakfast meal. Wholemeal toasted bread with scramble eggs and soup in artisan bread (I've had the same thing at Espressoup years back. But the bread here is bigger and sedap-er). Faheem ate almost half of the soup and bread. Until it was almost 11am and hubby told me that he needs heavier brunch since we are planning for more activities later that day. So I ordered penne carbonara. Oklaaa.. Not bad. After all the food is ok (That's all I can say since we went there for breakfast. The food is more or less the same if I were to make it myself) Haha.
But I really love the interior design. It looks spacious, clean and classy.
With thick wooden chair and tables. Nice!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kesabaran Mew Choo buka hati saya - Lee Chong Wei

And this suddenly reminds me of the husband. I once asked him why did he choose me in the first place? I knew he got selection of girls during the days we were still in the progress of knowing each other. Ramai lagi yang cantik, yang outspoken, yang bekerjaya, yang kaya, yang muslimah, yang sama2 satu negeri dengan nya etc. And he replied, I was the chosen one because I have the most patience amongst all. For each troublesome issues we faced I just cried and things will get well soon after that (little that he knew I was deeply sadden with every incidents that happened).That crying and being extremely patient last for numerous times until I decided to stop crying and started to believe that I should be heading on a different path. And that was the biggest turning point for him. He suddenly realized that he just can't live without me; being his loyal back bone at all times. To cut a long story short, he admitted he was wrong, he promised to be good and the apologizing session soon after that followed with a (never expected) marriage proposal, that had taken place beside a lake, under a tree. Heee..

Remember the quote?

Patience is key.
If you love something, let it go.
If it comes back to you.
Then it's yours forever.

And that is so true. Oh, congratulations LCW!
Image: kate's blog

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Top Pregnancy Apps for iPhone users

Faheem was playing with my phone when suddenly he left this page for mama and running towards the fridge to get his Vitagen. I just smiled looking at these apps. Ohh.. That special 9 months I spent looking vigorously to every apps once I laid my back on my bed every single day. To be reading the tiny buds week to week development and imagining how does the growth takes part in reality.. That is beyond any enchanting words one might find in a dictionary. 

Come quick dear weekend.
I need another quality days with the kids.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Cabin Wangsa Melawati (Food Review)

We have been here twice. The first time was the day after it has been featured for the first time in Jalan Jalan Cari Makan TV3. Just realized that The Cabin is situated nearby the every day home-office route so we decided to give it a try. Kalau jauh tak da kerja la nak singgah lepas penat2 balik kerja kan. We were quite surprised with the ad hoc customers they were receiving that day. The power of televisyen! Fuh..

The entrance

 There's a staircase for those who wish to dine on top of the cabin
(yes, the kitchen is in the cabin).

There's a futsal court beside the eatery. Hubby loves this spot of course. There were kids playing barefooted and the husband started story-telling how cool his kiddy life was back then. Main bola kaki ayam best gile feel habes syok gaban bla bla..


Spaghetti bolognaise yang tak pedas. Faheem loves it. But we didn't really fancy that. Biasa2 aja.. Mama buat lagi sedap, kata suami saya. That huge sausage was prepared by the staffs themselves. Banyak Faheem makan. So I considered sedap la tu. The chicken chop, I always preferred a griiled one rather than a deep fried. But they didn't serve a grilled one. Boleh laa.. Tapi gravy sikit sangat and pekat sangat. I know the chicken has been deep fried, but it seemed too oily for me. It wouldn't turn out that greasy if they tossed it longer time I guess. No?

Hubby's beef burger. According to him the beef patty was nice and tender and thick. He was full all night by having that! Huhu. Anyhow I wish they can replace the potato chips with fun fries. Sebab takde feel makan burger with potato chips. Lain lah kalau chips kat O'Briens. Yang tu sedap! In a nutshell, the food is ok and we gonna visit this place again. Why? Because of the location, the cleanliness, the price and not so bad selection of foods. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe

Scrumptious Classic Triple Decker with Cheese
This has been my every Friday lunch meal with the husband for the past month.
It was so yummy, healthy, the service was fast, the ambient was nice.
And got 20% discount using our credit card. Yeahhh..
Most probably we will be having the same thing today. Ah TGIF!

Hello weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mazda 5 Review

Typical Mazda's smiley grill. Boring..Tak futuristic langsung. Haha

Aha, sun roof. I don't have any idea why the husband seriously in love with this thing. Pantang tengok kereta with sun roof. Excited habes. Hmm.. Maybe jugak he is the kind of people who always maintains a cool temperature. He loves heat! Hehe. I mean beliau bukan sahaja susah nak marah, tapi badannya pun maintain je sejuk. Orang lain tengah hari masuk kereta cepat2 nak bukak aircond. Tapi encik husband relax je. Tak berpeluh pun! Kalau pergi gym atau bersukan barula nampak peluh..  

Haaa ini saya sooka! LCD display at both head rest! This is what every family cars should have.
Oh we didn't test drive Mazda5 that day since the test drive unit is not available on Sunday.
Ini sangat menawan hati! Dashboard yang sangat kemas.
Besar kan LCD display tersebut, built in GPS for sure. That part husband tersayang paling suka.
Speedometer pun sporty. Tak silap Forte punya speedometer ala2 macam ni jugak.

We are eyeing for Honda Stream actually. RSZ model tu sporty habes kan. But Stream got no aircond at the back. Same thing with Toyota Wish. And according to my husband and office colleagues, interior Wish sangatlah bosan. For those who doesn't really mind about the interior, then it's ok. But for us, interior is a tad more imporant than the exterior since we will spend more time inside rather than staring the outside. That's from our point of view lah. Different people got different opinions right.

But Mazda5 got aicond at the back. 10 extra marks!

This is one of the most interesting part. The middle seat at the mid row 3-seater can be transformed to a 2-seater with arm rest or, without the arm rest just as you wish! It can be flipped into a compartment just below the seat. How creative is that. Mazda5 also comes with auto door. Niceeee.. Got 3 or 5 years warranty for the auto door (tak ingat). The auto door got equipped with this auto sensor thingy. The door will slide back to open position when it senses something is blocking its way (the kids especially). But then this type of safety applies to the adult too. Orang dewasa pun boleh terkepit pintu kadang2..

I think the posterior view of Honda Freed is pretty much nicer than Mazda5. Mazda5 ni betul2 nampak macam family car kan.. Biasa2 saja. In terms of exterior, Honda Stream wins. Dah usha my officemate punya Stream few weeks back. Tapi tak sempat test drive. This weekend insyAllah we're gonna visit Honda show room once again. Just to get some ideas plus loan calculation etc. Btw Mazda5 priced at RM157k whilst Stream is around RM158k. Masih lagi dalam range yang tidak mampu buat masa sekarang. Takpe, kita amik feel je dulu..

Upcoming post: Honda Stream & Peugeot 3008

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Honda Freed Test Drive Review

Weekend activity. This is hubby's hobby.
But the wifey suddenly found it to be quite interesting too.
So why not?
Done with routine groceries shopping terus terjah Honda show room.

The typical Honda grill. Comel bukan. Dah la kecik je. Cuteness!
Alamak dashboard bosan amat. So yesterday. Huh. Freed only comes in 1 spec - the lower spec. The higher spec has been discontinued in Malaysia cos banyak lagi MPV yang murah2. So they decided to back off. Berapa ramai sangat Malaysian family nak beli a 99k small MPV kan? Grand Livina, Innova, Avanza jauh lagi murah - tapi segi empat macam peti ais jela design nye. Ops ni suami saya cakap, not me!

Hubby loves the 2-2-3 seating, with a gap at the middle seat (like Naza Ria). Memamg practical for families with toddler yang tak boleh dan tak akan duduk diam dalam carseat. The seat material sangatlah biasa2 sahaja. City jugak the best tho non leather. Hehe. Tapi the ergonomic seating position memang terbaik lah. I guess almost semua MPV pun begitu bukan? Kalau sedan jalan jauh sengal2 la jugak sendi tu..

Anakanda tersayang yang tak duduk diam. Lagi excited bila die tengok mama and papa tengah busy discussing with the sales person. Dia tahu die bole pergi ke mana sahaja, buat apa sahaja, sentuh apa sahaja, tarik apa sahaja, melompat ke mana sahaja tanpa ada orang menjerit namanya seperti selalu.
Luggage area memanglah terhad. Mana2 MPV pun sama. Nak masuk stroller memang kene lipat seat belakang. Stream pun macam tu. Alah susah2 beli Thule storage tu tepek kat atas siling.

Again. Boring nya.. Tapi design belakang Freed cantik jugak. Overal exterior nampak sporty jugak. Tapi interior terlalu biasa. Menyampah tengok pun ada. Auto door pun tak ada. Tapi kalau ikut current budget yang ini sajalah yang termampu buat masa sekarang. Tapi my sincere advice to encik husband yang amat dicintai, maybe we should on hold dulu MPV ni. Next year economy da elok sikit kita upgrade yang elok sikit kan. Sabar jelah dulu..

Next entry, Mazda 5 Test Drive 


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