Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy 29th Birthday Wifey

I think this is the first year that I did not take leave on Wifey's birthday since we got married.
It is a special birthday celebration this year as we went honeymoon on Saturday 25th July 2008, 3 days before her birthday. Honeymoon because we left the kids at their grandmother's place.

It was a 1 night stay at Avillion Legacy Melaka. I think we've stayed at all Avillion chain (Port Dickson, Admiral Cove and Melaka) and this one in Melaka is the most so-so one. Since it's a honeymoon, I booked the Junior Suite room. It's priced at RM240++ with TM corporate rate. Normal price would be RM315++.

As you can see, the TM corporate is doing the checking in. The room is a bit gloomy and colonial style. Wifey loves the modern resort style room. Hence the mood for bedroom honeymoon is not there. It is spacious and I think the kids would enjoy it very much.

Since the mood for lovemaking is next to none, we head out for sightseeing in Melaka. First stop.. clocktower cendol. It is located at the center of the Melaka - World Heritage Site, where we spent most of our time at. Speaking of food, I forgot to mention that as we arrived Melaka at around 1pm, we had lunch at Lot 85 restaurant. Google it and you'll find lot's of info about this restaurant. A decent place for nasik campur.

So at around 4pm we had cendol. Nothing so great about the cendol. But since we are here as a tourist, we have to try all the "must eat" places in Melaka right? Another "must do" is to take picture by the trishaw, or beca in Malay.

From the cendol stall, we walked towards the Taming Sari Tower. Along the way we snapped a few pictures and as Wifey is complaining of itchy legs, we went for fish spa. It is priced at RM10 for 15 minutes. We never tried it in KL and don't know what to expect. Wifey is satisfied with the result, her legs are not itchy anymore and it lasted throughout the trip. She started to scratch again on our way back to KL.

This is the picture taken while queueing at the Taming Sari Tower. It is priced at RM10 per Malaysian. Non Malaysian will have to pay double the price. The view is superb from up there. But no honeymoon trip is perfect for us. During the trip in the tower capsule, we were stuck with some school kids who took it as a funfair ride. As the capsule starts to ascent, they will start screaming and we can hardly hear a thing that the operator is trying to explain.

It is 6pm by the time we ended our Taming Sari ride. We need to rush for the dinner spot and as we are hungry and exhausted, we took the trishaw ride back to the car park. The lady who cycled the trishaw charged us RM10 as the full one circle ride is RM20. Along the way we stop by at a place to buy some gula melaka and belacan melaka.

Dinner in Melaka has to be seafood. Usually it would be Umbai but since we don't want to waste time travelling during this honeymoon, we tried a new venue ... Muara Ikan Bakar Sg. Duyung. It is near the Jalan Padang Temu. Wifey ordered Siakap Bakar, Udang Sweet Sour, Sotong Goreng Tepung, Pepahat Goreng Cili and 4 pieces of Otak-Otak. All together with 2 packs of Nasi Lemak and 4 glasses of drinks, we paid RM62. Not bad huh?

As usual I would not disappoint the chef and always let the cats crying. And Wifey will always coclude her meal with a hot drink. So romantic kan? Dinner by the "muara" while enjoying the sunset.
After a full load of carbs and protein, we need to burn the energy and decided the Jonker Walk is the best place to do that. We are lucky to go there on a Saturday night as that is when the Pasar Malam is held.
After about 1 and half hours of walking, we head towards the boat ride jetty. Again it is charged at RM10 per person and the ride is about 4.3km. The Melaka Government has spent RM250million to clean up the river and it is told that they managed to turn the murky brown colour river to a green colour one. I doubt that they can make it to a clear colour but at least they've done something about it. They even spend RM900 per month for lizards and crocodiles food. They are now in the process of decorating the fixtures along the river. Good effort!

After the boat ride, we had a quick drink and head back to the hotel. We planned to watch a romantic movie titled 18 year old virgin, but a 29 year old couple that has gone through a long day like that just couldnt take it anymore. We slept soundly and woke up at 10am the next morning! Brushed our teeth and changed our clothes and rushed to the buffet breakfast and were told that we had 5 minutes to grab the food as they are closing the breakfast line at 10.30am.

We reached KL at 4pm and luckily the kids are not grumpy.

I had a good time with Wifey. It has been so long that we last spent time just the 2 of us alone. Wifey was thinking that this may be a good annual event. I totally agree. Thanks Wifey for being my companion for the past few years. I pray for more of years like this. Love you.... :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Time Management

I am entering my fourth week of working normal hours. And since I am so good at it, the big boss extended my term in normal hours for the next 5 weeks or so, until September where my team will be working permanent EU shift for the month. I know I'm going to do well in that "special task" job. People like me, you can dump me in any kind of working environment..I'll adapt to it in a blink.

But it does took some adjustment to my working habits. During shift I am supposed to settle 10-15 tickets and work to resolve it within 8 hours. In this "special task" I'm supposed to screen 200-300 tickets. The first day doing that I tried to screen all of them in one day. I ended up going back home at 11.30pm at night.

Now I'm starting to adapt to the normal 8 hours working environment. Come in at 9am, coffee break at 10am, lunch at 12pm, resume work at 2pm, surf the net 50% of the afternoon and go back at 6pm. It is a matter of time that I'll get back to my habits when I was in GITN where I go to work at 8.30am, breakfast at 8.45am -10.30am, surf the internet until lunch time, snooker or watch movie during lunch time, come back to the office just to continue surfing the net and by 5.20pm I'll be ready to open the ping pong table. Those days....

Now the issue is I don't get to spend as much time with the kids as when I was working shifts. I'll usually leave home by 8.30am where Arianna is still asleep. I'll reach home by 7pm, after that long hours I will usually fall asleep after I have my dinner. Knowing Arianna, she misses her parents throughout the day and she will have the energy to keep on playing with us until midnight. And I will be entertaining her while I am not even half awake. I don't feel good about it especially every morning when I am getting ready to work and see her sleeping in the bed. I always thought that she is not having a good dream. It breaks my heart if she is awake by the time I'm leaving for work and she will wave me goodbye. Maybe she has the idea that Ayah is going to work now and will be playing with her later today.I wonder if she will eventually "makan hati" and give up on that hope. Every morning I'll promise myself to dedicate more time for the family at night and the same cycle repeat itself everyday. I am being sad for the child who is clingy to her mother. If you guys know how clingy Wildan is to me, then you would be able to imagine how he will react when he is able to talk later to this kind of environment. Even I can't imagine how things are going to be.

And again I promise myself to spend more time with the kids tonite......

snapped by Arianna using the IXUS. not bad huh?

I have a conference call tonite at 9.30pm :(

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pasta Zanmai

My brother is leaving to Miri this coming Friday and as a farewell treat, we had dinner at Pasta Zanmai One Utama. This is to celebrate Wifey's upcoming birthday as well.

If you google Pasta Zanmai over the web, you find lots of good reviews about this restaurant. Well maybe we ordered the wrong item but to me the food is good but nothing to shout about.
The price is reasonable... I think... because my dad paid for it :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy 9th month birthday Wildan

It's true that people say when it comes to the 2nd child, you'll be taking less picture of him/her compared to the 1st child. This is one of the many things that I feel bad about. Too many thing clouding my mind nowadays. Lucky I have a kid with 4 teeth (2 top + 2 bottom) that is now learning to stand on his own to cheer me up all day and nights.... late nights!

Happy 9th month old birthday Wildan! And happy 348th month birthday to Mummy Esah!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Some more Melbourne pictures

Pictures of the kids mostly....

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Some pictures from Melbourne

This time you can click the pictures to view it slightly bigger.

This is my sister and her only nephew. She is still single and available. But she will only go on speed dating :D

This is us taking the City Circle tram ride. The City Circle tram is free for public use. Convenient enough to get you around the city. Since it is free, it is always full. Don't bother waiting for the next one... it will be full as well. So apa lagi.. sumbat saja la!

My daughter behaved very well on the tram. Siap pernah dia tanya... "kenapa orang tu busuk aaa Ayah?" Imagine how stuffy it is in that free tram.

Melbourne is a city of art. I think Wifey can elaborate more on this grafiti.

Staple food for Arianna in Melborne. Cone with strawberry cream filling.

While waiting for the tram. Yang ni bayar punya.. so less people.

Family picture.....
Father and son....

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