Holiday at Park Royal, Penang 2014

During last June 2 weeks school break, we went to Penang beach for a 3D2N holiday.

We drove through the Penang second bridge. This bridge has less traffic. Though it took a bit longer to reach the island, it had no traffic jam. Great, right?

After having lunch, we checked in to Park Royal hotel. Our Deluxe room was upgraded to Family suite. The room is fantastic.

My best friend Su In and her family treated us to the nearby the Ferringhi Garden restaurant. We were like having dinner in a garden oasis. We stunned at this paradise, resort kind of atmosphere.

Until now I can still remember this plate of grilled seafood platter. I wish I can go there again in future for its nice food, good service and beautiful ambient.

Park Royal buffet breakfast was good especially it had many types of fresh juices. Why I said fresh? Because it tasted like what I always drink at home. So, I took 4 glasses of fresh juices and 1 glass of fresh milk, salad, yogurt with nuts, Penang white curry, porridge, and American style breakfast.

After taking such a scrumptious dinner and heavy breakfast, I must do something to burn calories. The pool in Park Royal is awesome. Why I said awesome? Because the water temperature is so close to body temperature. I had no problem soaking for 2 hours in the water.

This trip, we spent all our time in the hotel only. We truly enjoyed our stay there. It was so relaxed and comfortable. 


Four happy kids

I find these pictures in my collection and I think it is worth to share here. Because these happy kids will laugh at themselves when they look at these picture in future.

Adeline and Jefferson are my best friend Su In's kids. Adeline is ten, same age as April and Jefferson is six. I love seeing all these pictures as they tell me the children have a good time playing together.
This picture was taken at the lobby of Park Royal Hotel, Penang. The kids hadn't really warmed up yet.

They got closer after having fun in the water.

So good to be kids, they laughed so happy at the slide.

Due to raining, they stopped playing for a while.

Su In treated the kids with some pizza.

I love this shot at the beach side so much.

This picture will be even nicer if Jefferson was able to jump together. He was playing at the back.

Kids were happy if they had good company to play together.

Su In's family were visiting us in Taiping early this year too.  This picture was taken at Sentosa Villa, Taiping.

This picture was taken at Matang Mangrove Forest, Taiping.

Same place but different pose.

April and Adeline were not ready for camera, but Jefferson looked so cute here.

My children and Su In's children are not meeting each other often, because Su In is staying in Penang, and we are staying in Taiping. Each time the children met, they were having lots of fun. They just didn't realize they were making memories in each other growing up years.

Apparently, tomorrow 17 August is Adeline's 10 years old birthday. Auntie Yan wishing you a wonderful birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Adeline. 


Durian buffet at Bao Sheng

Last June school holiday, we spent a good time for 3D2N at Penang.

The best thing was my husband had made my wish came true. He took me to Bao Sheng Durian Farm located at Balik Pulau for durian buffet. Yeah! I love durian. He knows it, but he never bought me any before. Only his father bought me durian during its season. My husband said that he is sucks in choosing durian. That is why he took me to durian buffet to fulfill my umpteen times complains on him for not buying me any so far.
May loves durian, but April doesn't. April loves mangosteenLuckily, there were some mangosteen available in the durian farm, April and May had a feast on those FOC mangosteen.

We bought RM55 per pax that excludes Red Prawn and Hor Lor. Children could eat for free.

My husband, May and me took 6 to 7 durian that day. All were DURIAN CONNOISSEUR (Level 2). 

These durian were from durian trees 40 years or older

I had totally forgotten about my weight that day. All in my mind was the thick and wrinkle flesh durian. I really couldn't resist my favorite, the king of fruit.

Wow! When will be my next durian buffet? I must ask my husband again tonight.On our way back to Taiping, I bought 4 durian kuih and 1 Hor Lor for my father in law. The total damage was (RM55 per pax * 2) + RM45 (Hor Lor)  + RM8 * 4 (Durian Kuih) = RM187.
• Durian trees 40 years or older
• Thick and wrinkled flesh
RM55/pax - Excludes Red Prawn and Hor Lor
RM65/pax - Excludes Red Prawn
RM75/pax - All Kinds of Variety
150 Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 012-411 0600 / 012-401 0800
Business Hours: Only available during the durian season, call to check the schedule. They are usually awake around 8.00am.


Crazy over oats

I have got bitten by overnight oats. I have it as breakfast every day, be it at work and at home.  It makes me feel full and energetic for my first half day.

Overnight oat is so easy to prepare. I just need to spend 5 minutes to mix soy powder with warm water. Soak rolled oats, chia seeds, nuts and raisins with warm soy. Put all in jar or container and keep it in fridge overnight.  Cut fruits on the next morning and place it on top of overnight oats.

There, my on the go, healthy and yummy breakfast.

With pineapple

With apple

With steamed Japanese sweet potatoes

With bananas

With water apple and mandarin orange
Out of all overnight oat recipes, I love overnight oats with bananas, kiwi and apple the most. I actually don't find pineapple and orange go well with oats.What say you?


Horlicks Doggie Cookies

I found this Horlicks Doggie Cookies recipe long ago. I didn’t bake it until recently. First time, it wasn’t really successful. Sigh! Very seldom Yannie is successful in her first attempt, why ? Oh! Why? These pictures were all taken at my second attempt.

I like this batch of Horlicks Doggie Cookies, as they were cute, lovely and yummy. April wrapped some and gave it to her baby sitter, and I also gave some to my gym buddies.

I would love to bake this again, may be on Christmas, or may be on Chinese New Year. Love this recipe as there is no added sugar, the sweetness is from Horlicks, Coco Crunch and Chocolate Chips.

In fact, I was the one preparing everything, the girls were just helping to stick ears, noses and mouth on the doggies.

Baking something nice together with the girls is a great bonding moment.

Horlicks Doggie CookiesIngredients:(makes about 48 cookies)
180g butter, soften at room temperature80g Horlicks (original flavour)200g top flour or cake flour25g corn flour25g milk powder100g chocolate chipssome chocolate ricesome Koko Krunch
  1. Pre-heat oven to 140deg C. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Sieve top flour, corn flour and milk powder.
  3. Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
  4. Put in top flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form dough.
  5. Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.
  6. Insert two pieces of Koko Krunch to form the 'ears', chocolate rice for the "eyes", and a chocolate chip in the centre for the 'nose'.
  7. Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may take another 5 to 10 minutes more for the cookies to be ready.
  8. Leave to cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
Why don't you bake on this Raya festive?
Here I wish all my Muslim friends "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri", and all non Muslim friends "Happy Holidays". 


Why I say so?

I am a proud wife.

12 years ago, when we were still in boy-friend and girl- friend’s relationship, he had done many things that touched my heart.

After getting married, after I had conceived and after I had given birth to 2 daughters, he still did many things that could make me feel loved.

Many times, he made me feel so blessed being his wife. Let me just pen down one of them which happened not too long ago.

My ten years old (standard 4), April was given an assignment of the “Rekabentuk dan Teknologi” subject. The assignment was to make a basket by using newspaper that was folded into long strip. Her papa spent an evening to fold many newspaper strips.

I felt guilty for not helping any. Therefore, I offered to help her to weave the basket.

We had to follow the technique “Anyaman”. I skipped my run in the gym to work on this assignment together with April. We ended up not so happy that evening, because the basket that I made having too many holes and out of shape. I was too shy to take picture of the “Anyaman” basket, as it was actually a total disaster, I reckoned.

Bad mummy still forced April to bring it to school and close the assignment regardless of the poor mark that she might get.

Then, when I happened to see the “Anyaman” basket that her friend brought to school, I felt terribly bad and decided to redo one before the closing date of the assignment.

I told my husband about the plan that I was going to redo another basket for April during our pillow talk. Lol!

On the next day, apparently was my husband’s off day, I came back from work. April ran to me happily. She said to me that her papa had spent one whole afternoon making one new basket for her, and this one was in great shape and no hole in between the newspaper strips.

I was amazed by his hard work and great effort in making this not-so-easy “Anyaman” project a successful. At the same time, I felt so lucky for having him as my children’s dad.

He completes for my incompetency.

That is why I say so.


A proud wife

We were celebrating our 12th Wedding Anniversary in May this year. I ordered “盆菜” from Flemington Hotel and jelly cake from my friend. Both are yummy!
For the past 12 years, I never have a single day regretting for marrying my husband. He is a wonderful husband to me and the best dad to my two daughters. Because of marrying him, I again have two supportive mother and father. They are my parents in law, they love me as much as my two late parents. 

Needless to say, now we have our most precious princesses April and May.  I just hope they will build a strong sisterhood as what they have seen in Frozen movie.  

I have found my Mr. Right when my daughter wrote an essay with the title “The person whom I respect the most -- my father” whilst all her friends wrote about “my mother” under the same title. Boo hoo!

My husband knows well that the best gift a man can give to their children is to love their mother.   So I know I am so right to be my husband’s wife.