August 11, 2017

Adventure Zone!

So at the end of July, we celebrated our friend Chia Yin's birthday and to make it a fun family day out, she opted to have lunch at Golden Sands hotel, followed by a kids' outing to Adventure Zone! The last time we were here was more than a year ago for Hannah's 7th birthday.

Have a look at some of the photos from the birthday festivities:

Of course Helene was at the scene when it came time to sing the birthday song, blow the candles and cut the cake! Haha.

Birthday girl with her family:

And us!

Of course the kids couldn't wait a minute longer after lunch to go and play! At first I put Helene at the toddler area, thinking that she would be too afraid to on the big slides. But before anyone could catch her, she was all the way up on the colourful slides and slid down without even taking a mat! She wasn't afraid at all, and after that, nothing could stop her from following the older kids! She wanted to go on the blue slide as well, but the people there stopped her as she was too small. So daring lol. Even Heidi who was too afraid to go on either the colourful slides or the blue slide last year attempted both this year. So far none of the kids dared to try the red slide yet, maybe next year :)

Here are some photos so you know what I am talking about lol.

Toddler area:

Colourful slides:

Heidi on the blue slide:

After their time was up at Adventure Zone, the kids went outside to play some frisbee.

We ended the day with more yummy food at Sushi Zento. Helene was konked out on my lap by then, but she woke up in time to have some dinner.

I made a short video clip which pretty much summed up the fun day we had!


August 1, 2017

Colouring contest champion!

Last year, I blogged about Hannah winning a consolation prize at Penang Sports Club's annual children's colouring contest.

When we asked her this year if she wanted to join, she was quite enthusiastic about it so we signed her up. Since the beginning of the year, she has been participating in the art co-curricular activity at her school every Friday afternoon so she has improved a lot in her art.

This year, she decided to use crayons instead of colour pencils as it would make the colours really pop, and she even has highlighter crayons for brighter colours.

The kids were given an hour and a half to complete their artwork so she got to work with her crayons.

One thing we learnt from last year's contest, is to make sure to colour in the whole paper and not to leave any white areas - it was an observation from last year's winners.

Here she is with her finished piece:

And all that hard work paid off! She was aiming for one of the trophies (awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place), but she never expected to win first place! She told me before they announced the results - "Mummy, my heart is beating so fast!". She couldn't stop smiling when they handed her the trophy, and for anyone who knows Hannah, she does not smile readily so she must have been really happy! Haha.

Congratulations Hannah! We are all very proud of you!

July 5, 2017

Hari Raya long weekend

Last weekend, we had a long weekend as it was the Hari Raya public holiday on Monday and Tuesday. So including Saturday and Sunday, we had 4 days off!

On Saturday, it was our friend Steven's birthday. The adults had celebrated with him the night before at Ferringhi Garden, so the next day, it was a kiddie day with Uncle Steven! We had lunch at Texas Chicken 1st Avenue (which is really good, by the way!) and proceeded to Redbox karaoke after that. It was free for the kids, but they were the ones who really enjoyed themselves, singing and dancing. Helene especially couldn't keep still and was dancing away. I was supposed to bring her to dinner that night with my aunt, uncle and cousin but she fell asleep and slept through dinner time after all that dancing!

The next day which was Sunday, we took the kids to watch Despicable Me 3 together with our friends again. We attempted to bring Helene to the cinema for the 2nd time, but like the first time, she couldn't last through the movie. So I had to bring her out halfway again. We had McDonald's for lunch after that, all the kids' favourite!

On Sunday afternoon, we had planned a picnic on the private beach of Penang Swimming Club (PSC) as Hubby's partner is a member there. We didn't tell the girls until the last minute so they were super excited!

Love this shot of the 3 of them looking over the sea:

 Helene was super excited!

While the kids had their fun in the sea and sand, the "aunties" had their picnic on the beach haha.

Then on Monday, the same picnic group went back to PSC again for dinner and karaoke. It was a very nice view from the Captain's Restaurant where we had dinner.

Helene as usual was up to mischief. She mixed salt and pepper from the shakers together with water and was force-feeding it to everyone around!

Poor Aunty Liz!

 After dinner, the kids had Baskin Robbins ice-cream. Only RM4.80 per scoop at PSC :)

Then it was karaoke time. No surprises who hogged the microphones :p

On Tuesday, we didn't have anything planned, so we headed to Youth Park! Love how blue the sky is and how green the grass.

Happy kids on the swings!

And one big kid too haha!

So that was the end of our Raya long weekend where we cuti-cuti Penang! Looking forward to the next long weekend!

June 21, 2017

Hubby's 40th

Hubby turned 40 this year, so to celebrate it, we had not one, but several birthday celebrations for him, and some surprises too!

The first was what he thought was a colleague's house-warming party, but what he didn't know was that it was a disguise towards having a surprise party for him! He was pretty suspicious when he saw the balloons, but he played along like a sport :)

The ploy was to get him to go downstairs to bring up some guests, and when he came up again and opened the door, everyone would shout "surprise!". So I guess he was pretty surprised (or maybe embarassed lol).

Anyway, the next day was to be the surprise which I had been planning for weeks together with our friends and Hubby's family. Initially his sisters were asking what to do for his birthday (we had successfully planned a surprise 40th birthday for his twin sisters a couple of years earlier). I said that it would be very difficult to plan and execute as Hubby is quite sharp and not easy to "bluff". So since we were already planning to have dinner with his friends on that night to celebrate his birthday, I told them why not do a combined birthday with his family members? That way it would be easier to execute.

Hubby told me later that he honestly did not suspect anything until we stopped by at his parents' place  just before going to dinner and he realised that there was nobody home. I already pre-empted my sister-in-law earlier that he would probably call his mum and to make sure that she knows what to say. So when he called his mum, she told him that she was having dinner with her friend. That in itself already rang suspicious bells in his head as she is almost always home on Saturday evenings. She cooks and the whole family comes to have dinner. So for her not to be there, and even my father-in-law was not in, was rather strange to him.

So he already started questioning me on the way to the restaurant, and I said I didn't know anything but my heart was beating so fast! The secret was so well-kept until now that it would be a pity for it to be ruined at this last moment! He even called his niece and tried to get her to tell him what was going on lol. So by the time we got to the restaurant (he chose Daorae at Tanjung Tokong), he more or less suspected. We didn't see any of his sisters' cars however. We went upstairs and he didn't see any of their shoes as well (we took the private room which was tatami style so shoes had to be removed).

And here's where it was a genius touch to the plan. Daorae's private rooms have dividers which could be opened up and closed according to the size of the party. So we actually used up 3 rooms, but when we arrived, they closed the partition. So when we entered the room, we could only see our friends, who he expected to see anyway! He told me later that at that point, he really thought he was over-reacting and there would be no surprise.

So we sat down and took pictures, looked at the menu etc. We only had Hannah and Heidi with us as Helene stayed with my parents. But that's the next part of the surprise :)

Here were his family members, patiently waiting behind the partition! So after about 10 minutes sitting down and chit-chatting, the partition suddenly opened and they all shouted "surprise!!". He admitted that he was really, really surprised! They even hid away their shoes so that he wouldn't see them.

After we had ordered and the food came, the second surprise arrived - Helene! I couldn't let her miss her Daddy's birthday (especially since she loves birthdays so much!). My parents brought her in holding a small cake and she gave a kiss to Daddy.

Hubby must have thought - why is my cake so small? And for so many people! Wait, the next part of the surprise was coming!

Everyone then proceeded with dinner, and of course taking lots of photos!

When dinner was almost over, here came the 3rd surprise of the evening - the actual birthday cake! I ordered his favourite Mango Charlotte from Mon Delice. My parents picked it up on their way to the restaurant.

He was happy before, but now he's very happy haha.

And that ended the surprises for the evening! More photos - Hubby with his siblings.

On his real birthday, we had a simple meal at Coffeesmith Karpal Singh Drive. We wanted to go to Macallum Connoisseurs but they were fully booked that afternoon for a private event. We ordered a waffle so I secretly told the waitress to put a candle on the waffle.

In the evening, we had another Mango Charlotte cake, a gift from his nieces! So we sang happy birthday and cut the cake at home, much to Helene's delight! Haha.

The two elder girls also made him "cards", quite spontaneous I must say :)

Family wefie!

More than a week later, the celebrations were not yet over! Our usual karaoke gang had another small birthday celebration for him and another friend, both 40 years old this year.

Happy birthday to our dearest Hubby and Daddy! Wishing you good health, wealth, love and happiness for many more years to come!


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