Saturday, August 31, 2013

On Board Lady Martina Water Limousine on Merdeka Day!

A beautiful clear, non-hazy, Saturday morning. Perfect for a boat ride. ;)

Thanks to our good buddy, YB Soo Huey, my friends and I got to be one of the first few to enjoy a ride on the Water Limousine from Straits Quay to E&O Hotel.

Taking photos while waited for the other 20+ people. 

The jetty was bumping up and down as so many of us stepped on it. I hate unstable ground, as I have motion sickness.
Ok, a photo with YB just before we boarded Lady Martina.

Me on board at last, and with no motion sickness pill. *proud of myself*
Bye-bye Straits Quay.
A photo with my friends at the back of the boat, erm...water limousine.

We sped off from Straits Quay jetty...

'Til we saw that the Citibank building?
Then we saw Komtar....

Actually on board, Komtar was kinda 'lost' amidst all the other buildings because Komtar is located inner into the town, and is not along the beach line.

This is the panaromic view of the skyline from our view.
Photo credits: Catherine Tang.

About 15 or 20 minutes later, then we saw the E&O Hotel nearby Komtar.

I actually didn't realize E&O Hotel looks so grand. It reminded me of The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.
E&O Hotel looks so much more grand and pretty from the coastline, then from the entrance. Spot the E&O Jetty on the left. And also a little bit of the Malaysia flag on board on the top left corner of this photo, just right for Merdeka Day today. ;)

This is the Lady Martina. 

I likey the E&O Jetty because it doesn't bump up and down and it was very stable, just like I was on solid ground. But heard that it takes a lot of money to build this jetty. But is OK i think because people like me appreciates it. Lol. :)

There you are, the much appreciated non-bumpy, solid ground E&O jetty. :D

The beautiful and grand and colonial-looking E&O Hotel.

Love the rocks on the coastline.
My good friend Peen and I walking hand-in-hand. We haven't done that since primary school. :)

We had some drinks in E&O Hotel. Some of them had brunch, but I only had a Mocktail called Eastern Greetings which tasted yucky. Too lime-y and soury taste.

After about 1 hour, we boarded Lady Martina again for our journey back to Straits Quay. This time, we said bye to E&O Hotel.

The skies got more beautiful, with bluer skies and pretty clouds. But it was hot on the boat, too hot for the outdoor seats.

A photo of YB Yap Soo Huey and me ;)

Then Pat came to kacau. Haha

Ok, I think this is the only photo I had of our group of friends.

It was a beautiful morning. Good friends, good weather.
Thanks Soo Huey for this experience!
And I'm so proud of myself for enjoying the water limousine ride so much, even without taking any seasick pill! Yay!

I'm definitely going to bring Shern for this ride once they launch it next week. He's going to love it!

OK, Let me end this post with a beautiful photo of the Pearl of the Orient skyline, photo by talented Catherine Tang.

And ohhh....HAPPY MERDEKA Malaysia!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Singapore: Day 1 (PEN-SIN)

Ok, time to write about our Singapore trip before I forget all the details. My memory's been really bad these days. I always forget where I put my mobile phone and I can't call it because mostly it is on silent mode. Very exasperating! lol.

Sorry, I digress. This Singapore trip was the first overseas trip we took as a family of four.
Just hubby and I taking care of a 4yo and 11mo baby and I thought it would be a gruesome trip, but it turned out to be a great trip.

Packing for the trip took me a week in advance! As I knew, packing kids and baby stuff is so troublesome with so many things to pack - diapers, milk, thermometer, medicine, swimsuits, hats, sunnies, toys and activity kits, etc and even baby scissors!

I packed 2 medium-sized checked in baggage (see the 2 pink luggage below, well, that's ours!. Hubby carried a backpack and me sling over my Emily Storksak diaper bag.
And we chose to bring just one stroller, and to babywear Khye when Shern sits in it when he is tired. (turned out Shern sat in it pretty much the whole time. Can't blame him 'coz we really walked a lot in Singapore.)

9 August 2013

We took Air Asia because it was the cheapest (less than RM1k for ALL of us round-trip, including baggage charges and 2 nasi lemak!).

Look at my 3 boyfriends who accompanied me to this trip. *wink*

Getting ready to drop off our luggage and to check-in.

The only mistake I did was to book the flight on Singapore National Day itself *smack own head*, so I prepared myself for jam-packed Singapore on that day.
Look at Khye's happy face in the stroller while the 3 of us munched on McD at the airport for brunch.

Shern was excited watching the planes and flying as it was quite some time since he last flew. (the last time was South Africa trip in Dec 2011).

With Air Asia, we always need to walk to our planes. I was happy to note that after the airport reno, there were ramps so more stroller-friendly, and not walk down the stairs.

Took a photo before we parked our stroller there for them to stow.

In the plane, Shern sat at the window seat as he loves to look out the window. Hubby sat in the middle so that can entertain Shern and also help me out when needed, while Khye and me sat on the isle seat.

Air Asia steward/stewardess did not provide me the Infant Seat Belt until I asked for it. I always want to buckle up Khye too for just in case scenarios. (I think I watch too much 30 Seconds To Disaster!).
Fyi, the Infant Seat Belt is buckled up through my seat belt.

It was a smooth journey for me as Khye fell asleep the moment we got on the plane. I also nursed him when the plane took off (to prevent ear pain) as it was Khye's first time flying.

Shern just sat at his place with the seat belt on and looked out the window when the plane took off. He had fun as he was busy with the train and activity kit I packed for him.

After we landed, we collected our luggage and went straight to the taxi stand. It costs us about SGD20 from the airport to Oasia Hotel in Novena, and took about 20 minutes.

Shern standing against the deco wall for a pic at the hotel lobby.
(I'll talk more on Oasia Hotel in a separate post!)

We freshened up ourselves in our hotel room. We all showered and changed our clothes, and when we were ready to go out for some food nearby, guess what?
I realized we forgot our was at the airport!!! *bang head on the wall*

What to do? We needed to go back to the airport for it!
Luckily it was about 3pm by then so it was off-peak hours. We hurriedly took a cab there as I shuddered to think of the jam later in the day as they would be having fireworks and National Day events on.

Khye fell asleep in the car, and after a while Shern fell asleep too. They were both tired by then.
So hubby carried Shern out at the airport (coz no stroller yet :P), and Khye stayed asleep as I babywore him.

I reached the airport Terminal 1 Arrival Hall and straight went to the 'Information/Enquiry' counter and I told them about the uncollected stroller. They asked me to sign a form and asked for my passport and boarding pass.

Then at the side gate (meant for craft crew) they asked me if there would be any one to take care of Khye because only 1 person was allowed to re-enter.
I told them 'No' as hubby was carrying Shern who was asleep and there was no one else beside me.
So I told them that either they let me in together with Khye, or I could wait outside there and they help to bring my stroller out to me. They let me in straightaway hearing that! Haha.

Once in, I spotted my stroller near the Air Asia counter. Yay, reunited with my stroller! ;)

Then, we were contemplating whether to buy our SMRT cards at the airport and take the MRT to Orchard Road to save some taxi fare. Then changed our mind when the ticket counter is at the next terminal and they told us the journey via MRT would take us an hour.
We were tired by then, and the taxi fare wasn't that expensive anyway, so we took the taxi to The Forum Shopping Mall in Orchard.

We were so hungry by then so we just stopped at the nearest food place which happened to be Secret Recipe and sat down for some food.

Shern had this mini burgers with stars and moons potatoes and a chocolate milkshake, while I had the Prawn Pasta. Hubby had the fish. All were just so-so but we were so hungry, we finished everything.

What did Khye had? My milk of course!

I wanted to go to this mall because this mall sells everything for kids. It's like a mall dedicated to selling kids stuff! It wasn't a big mall, but really specialized and I had fun spending a little time there looking at kids' stuff!

We then walked to the nearest MRT station which was Orchard Station, and it was quite a distance. We were so tired by then and it felt like an eternity on that 20 minutes walk.

Hubby saw a stall selling the old-school ice-cream sandwich and he bought a piece. I was too full to eat.

Upon reaching the hotel, we all showered again and by 8.30pm, lights off and everyone fell asleep. We didn't even watch the live tv on the National Day program. We were so tired.

I was about to end this blog post on Day 1 with us saying goodnight, but a mishap happened in the middle of the night.

Our hotel came with a baby cot for Khye. And guess what?
In the middle of the night at 3am, I heard a loud THUD, and saw that the base of the cot crashed down WITH KHYE INSIDE IT. Luckily the base wasn't very far off from the floor.
Khye was crying of course, not sure in shocked or in pain.
I switched on the lights and had a quick check on Khye. No blood and no bruise.

I told hubby to fix the base back properly and only realized it couldn't be fixed. The cot was faulty and they tied a raffia string somewhere there to secure the faulty area. I was shocked and upset.
I let Khye sleep beside us on the bed for the rest of the night.

The next morning, I called up the hotel reception to complain. The manager was off duty and the person just said sorry and changed the cot for us.
I was still upset but was glad Khye seemed alright, thank goodness!

So, this sums our experience in Singapore for Day 1.
2 mishaps on our first day there - the forgotten stroller, and the faulty cot!

Ok, tune in for our Day 2 @ Singapore. :)

To read more about our Singapore Trip, read click here.