Monday, April 2, 2018

Penang 2018 - Part 3 , Straits Quay & Ali Capati Corner


After freshen up, we got ready and went to Straits Quay It's our third visit here, and we never had enough of the beautiful scenery of the marina. 




Pretty scenery...just reminded me of the series "Revenge" on Netflix..


We had a seafood lunch in the mall by the marina and overlooking the marina, and the beautiful yachts.



After lunch, we decided to stroll along the marina, enjoying the cooling sea breeze while sight-seeing. Love, love, love the shades of blue..!



My heart and soul...!


In the evening, we decided to go to Little India for some warm, crispy chapatti..nyums! We also planned to meet up with my in-laws, (who just arrived and stayed in town) and to meet up with husband's Swiss uncle and aunts who are in Malaysia for their annual vacation.


Early dinner for us!

If you love fresh capati and roti jala served with various types of curries and kurma, then Ali Capati Corner is the must visit place, ok. It's the best capati in Penang, claimed by many.




My favorite would be their chapati, eaten with their thick chicken curry.  I had two of those, nyums!  I also tried their roti jala, it's sedap as well :)






After capati, we headed to the famous Penang Teochew Cendol of Penang Road. But instead of the original stall located at Penang Road (near Chowrasta Market), we went to their restaurant franchise instead, in Gurney Plaza since my husband wanted to do a bit of shopping there.




To be continued...


LOVE,
Nadine

Friday, March 30, 2018

Penang 2018 - Part 2 , The Miami Beach


Day 2 weather was bright and sunny, and we started the day with having breakfast at Makan Kitchen. The buffet spread was awesome, with lots of varieties. They even have a separate buffet spread for children, how thoughtful and cute! :) 



 

Mine, the first round..hehehe



The cute sandwiches @ children buffet spread..



After meal, we went up to our room and changed. We decided to visit the Miami Beach, which is situated across the road from our hotel, interconnected with a flyover from the swimming pool area. This was our first visit to Miami Beach as usually, we will stay at Tanjung Bungah area whenever we come to this island.



The beach is quite pretty with lots of large rocks by the beach side. we went during the tide so the area for twinnies to play with the sand was quite limited. Nevertheless, they did not complaint at all, just enjoyed playing with the sand and the waves. My husband even joint the twinnies to play.





We enjoyed the beach until it was noon, where the sun was scorching hot and our tummy started to feel hungry again. Since the weather was pretty good, we decided to visit Straits Quay and have lunch there.

To be continued...

LOVE,
Nadine

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Penang 2018 - Part 1, Double Tree by Hilton Resort, Hameediyah & Kapitan Restaurant

Penang Island and us is no stranger. At least once a year, we will plan a trip up North to spend few days in the island just to relax and enjoy good food there.


This year, we took the advantages of March's school break to bring the kids to the island again, for them to get their vitamin C (sea), and for us both to take a break from work and relax, apart from indulging in good food. Penang food are to die for!



The kids excited faces were priceless!


The journey to the Island is quite smooth as we left KL mid of the week. The weather was sunny and bright. Since we arrived during lunchtime, we decided to go to Georgetown for lunch. Our first Nasi Kandar indulgence was from Hameediyah Restaurant. Their thick gravy and the crispy chicken is to die for! 




 Diet what???


Once the craving has been satisfied, and the tummies were fulled, we proceed to Batu Ferringhi to check-in the hotel. This time, we decided to stay at Double Tree by Hilton Resort, which was just opened few months back. As usual, we were greeted by the delicious cookies upon arrival.




My kids, while waiting for our room..


We spent the entire evening by the swimming pool and kids pool. Let the kiddos enjoy puas2! Hihi.




Later that night, we went to Georgetown again for dinner. We decided to dine in at our favourite restaurant, Kapitan Nasi Kandar, in Little India. We had our favourite Claypot Briyani, chicken and mutton. Nyums!!




That pretty much sums up our first day in Penang Island. To be continued... :)

LOVE,
Nadine

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nadine Little Garden


Gardening has been my passion since we moved in to our own house few years ago. I've started a mini garden at the backyard previously but often it's being vandalized either by stray cats, snails (i hate them the most!) and bugs.


I've tried to re-plant 5- 6 times afterwards and tried hard to maintain the mini garden but it was tiring and sometimes, frustrating. Also, I was caught in one of the toughest project (work-wise) for 1.5 years which I spent sleepless night and weekends at the office that I don't have time at all to maintain the garden.


So at last, I decided to plant the easiest plants at the backyard and started micro-planting few plants in the small pots and see first if I managed to grow them well before transporting it to bigger pots or on the ground. FYI, I love to grow plants from scratch i.e from the seeds instead of  "anak pokok" as it trains me to be patience, to be perseverance  and appreciative. The satisfaction of successfully harvesting the flowers/leaves/fruits from these plants are priceless!!



Just like what I am currently feeling about our lettuce plants; the latest edition of my little garden. Falisya helped me to plants the seeds last December, and now we already started to harvest the 2nd batch of the lettuce leaves. #majorlove




The butterfly blue-pea plants at the backyard also started to bloom it's flowers, about 15-20 per day. It was lovely, and a friend even told me it looks like the secret flower garden of Wakanda (if you watched Black Panther, you'll understand :D). I took the opportunity to dried it and keep it in a container so that I can use it as tea/juice/food coloring :)




LOVE,
Nadine

Friday, February 23, 2018

My Childhood Girlfriends


I am a KL-born, and during my early childhood I grew up in Selayang, Selangor before we moved to Gombak, Selangor when I was 4 years old. I always addressed myself as "Gombak girl". (Paling bangga masa zaman iklan "Kasut Gombak" tu, u olls! LOL!)



I attended a Chinese Kindergarten when I was 5-6 years old, and my first best friend was Chinese girl named Ti Cai Ling (I wonder where she is now...). It was during primary 1 that I have a group of girlfriends and it started with the 3 of us; Zarina (Ina), Zahirah (Ira) and myself (yeah, I'm the odd one! :P). I am not sure what made us closer in the first place, but one common thing that we have was that the three of us lives in the same phase of our housing area. "Budak Fasa 2" they called us :)



Eventually, we learnt that our houses also is not very far to each other. Ina's parents and my parents are neighbors and we also have the same hometown (how cool is that?!) and eventually we got to know Ira's parents as well. After school, with these two I often spent my time at the playground or playdates at our houses. We attended the same Quran class with Ustaz Hassan and me and Ina would cycled to an Indian teacher's house in Phase 2 itself for tuition classes. It was fun but sometimes it was scary whenever we bumped into stray dogs which sometimes do chased us!! >.<



It was in Primary 2 that Wan Mardiana (Wan), a new girl from East Coast joined our class (Standard 2M) and Wan's mother happened to work in the same office as my mom. Although Wan lives in another phase of our housing area, but as our mom car-pooling to work everyday, we became close. Automatically, there were 4 us; the girlfriends. Ecewah! :D



We maintained to be in the same class until Primary 5. In Primary 6, I was transferred to a special class, which consist of top 3 students from all primary 5 classes. Sort of "kelas harapan" for UPSR. Being someone who was introvert and shy, I found myself being awkward with these new sets of friends. Whenever I have the chances, I will hang out with the next door class instead, where my Primary 1 to Primary 5 friends were in. At times, I also planned my duty roster to take care of Standard 6G just to be close to my friends; the perks of being the Assistant Head Student of my primary school..hihi! Me and my 3 girls here were un-separable :)




Although we went to different directions came secondary school, we did catch-up once a while, especially during school holidays. Playground and night markets were our meeting places. Time flew, from secondary to university years, from singlehood to marriage life and eventually motherhood. Alhamdulillah, we still keep in touch till today although only my parents were the ones who still lives in the same house all these years; all thanks to social medias, smartphones and internet!.



and this year, we celebrated 30 years of friendship. 30 YEARS!! :)


Love all of you ladies to bits, Ina, Ira & Wan! 
*hugs*



 From left: Wan, Ina, myself and Ira (2018)

 *will post our childhood photo here once I found them..hehe*


p/s: There you go, Ira! A special post about you all. Ada orang complaint that I never blogged about them before. Oh yes, she's one of my avid reader :)