Friday, September 30, 2016

Kids On Board Lady Martina Water Limousine

21 August 2016 - On Board the Lady Martina

The last time I'd been on board Lady Martina was 3 years ago when my good friend YB Yap Soo Huey invited us for the ride.

We decided to go again since I haven't brought my kids there before, and also since Wen and her family were here in Penang so it would be fun to go together.

Lady Martina is a water limousine ride from Straits Quay-E&O Hotel and vice-versa.
You can purchase the tickets at rm10/each when you make a purchase at SQ. A RM50 receipt entitles you to purchase a max of 2 tickets and RM100 receipt entitles you to purchase a max of 5 tickets.

The timing of the ride was a bit off to me as you can only choose either the 12noon ride or the 3pm ride. Both are super hot hours you know.

We chose the 12noon ride as it was before the kids nap time so it was a safer bet.

Everyone happy and hyped up before the ride.

Took a family photo of Straits Quay while waiting for our ride.

A photo of Wen, Ian and Ethan. Baby Riley was at home with pho-pho.

My 2 boys. 

 Love this photo. My kids love Ian yee-cheong, that was why all of them wanted to sit near him. ;)

 Walking the steps down to the jetty.

Ready for the ride. 

 Love this photo of us 5. Everyone was looking at the camera! ;)

Yes, we had the whole limousine to ourselves on the ride to E&O. 

And off we went.....bye-bye SQ.....


The boys enjoyed looking out the window. 
To tell the truth, it was a little stuffy in there even with the open-back. I think it was because of the wind direction and we could not feel the wind in the limousine unless you sit in the open deck behind. But if you do, you would get sun burnt of the noon harsh sun. Haha. 

Me attempting to do a wefie of the 5 of us.

 I think they enjoyed the ride.

We took a few photos in the open deck behind. 
Look at how Khye still squinted his face even with his shades on, will tell you how harsh the sun was out in the open deck.

My sis and her family. ;)

We picked up some passengers at the E&O Hotel, and then we took the ride back to SQ almost immediately. The journey was about 15-20 minutes each way.

The boat ride from E&O to SQ, the wind direction was better and it was a breezier ride compared to earlier. You could finally see our hairs tousling against the wind.

This is the only pic I have of the Lady Martina this round. Oops.

Here you are, a better photo of it, taken from the SQ website. Haha. 
Lady Martina 2 - resize

Overall, it was a good experience and my kids enjoyed it. It was the highlight of Shern's school holidays. 
I'm going to add this to the Cuti-cuti Penang series, and the Places To Go In Penang With Kids

For more details of the Lady Martina service, please refer to the SQ Website here

Thursday, September 29, 2016

All Smiles for Khye at the Dentist

8 July 2016 - Khye 3 yrs 10 mths

Khye fell down and chipped off both his front tooth at age 23 months old, just a month shy of 2 years old. Since then his teeth gradually became kinda 'dead' and a little 'bad' which also spread to his other 2 nearby teeth.

It also led to him having the Gingivostomatitis/Gingivitis with a swollen lips due to abscess when he was about 2 1/2 years old. 
We brought him to the dentist and it was recommended that he was way too young to be put under GA to remove his tooth that cause the abscess. And during that time, Khye was scared stiff of strangers touching him, especially his mouth and there was no way the dentist could pull out his tooth without causing a big scene, and made him phobia of dentist forever. And I certainly do not want that to happen!
So we decided to just wait and see if the abscess happens again and how frequent would it be. And I'm pleased to say that since then, it was all good. :)

And then suddenly, since Khye turned 3yo, he was all grown up with potty training success and all. 
And so I brought Khye for a long-due routine dental visit.
Dr. Tow has now moved to Living Smile Dental Surgery (no more in Smile Bay Dental). Since I feel that she is good with kids, I like that Khye has a good experience again.

Dr. Tow as usual is great with him. Look at how she makes interacts with Khye. She told Khye that the chair is an airplane and she is taking him for an airplane ride.
And with that, she won Khye's heart. ;)

I also liked that she explains every step of what she is going to do with his teeth to Khye. 
Here, she showed Khye how she is going to use this device to brush his teeth. She first brushed it on his hand to show him that there will not be any pain.
And so Khye opened his mouth and allowed her to check and cleaned his teeth!

They guided him to gargle. 

She told me that one of his teeth needed to do some filling and asked Khye to return. 
But before we left, she gave him a sticker and that made him very happy.

We returned to Living Smile two weeks later to get his filling done. Look at Khye in all smiles while waiting for his turn. 
23 July 2016
To do a filling would take a longer time compared to just cleaning his teeth. Dr, Tow was worried that he might not open his mouth long enough and so she even prepared the movie Frozen to be played on the screen. haha. 
But it was all good. As usual, Dr. Tow explained every step to him before she proceeded and thus this made Khye felt good and knew what to expect. 

And so it was a good dentist trip. Khye got his fillings done in a flash!

This time, Khye chose a pinky My Little Pony sticker sheet for his reward! :)

Thank you Dr. Tow for being so very good with my kids always. 
I totally recommend Dr. Tow if you are looking for a child-friendly dentist!

LivingSmile Dental Surgery
No.4, Lorong Selamat
Georgetown, 10400 Penang

Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday (9:00am – 6:00pm)
Sunday & Public Holidays (Closed)

+6 04-228 8686
+6 013-506 1515

Pls click below to view more dental related posts:-

Shern's visits to the dentist - First Visit, 2nd Visit, Lost 4 baby teeth In A Mth

Friday, September 16, 2016

Khye's 4th Somewhere Over The RAINBOW Themed Birthday Party

Khye @ 4yo - 4 September 2016

My little sunshine turned 4 yesterday. 
We had a small celebration for him earlier at home, and it was a party I know he enjoyed very much because he himself requested for this party theme - Somewhere Over The RAINBOW!

As usual, I'd been quite last minute in doing the deco preperation. Although the execution was only done about a week before the party, I'd done some research and googling on what I wanna do as decorations. 
I used my trusty Pinterest to look for ideas, and the ideas given were amazing. 
You can view my Pinterest Board to see where I got all the ideas. 

First things first, the invitation. I got this free online , printed it out and then wrote the details in. That was it. 

These were the stuff going on in my craft room for the whole week. 
My table was a mountain of mess and I needed the space so I worked on the floors at midnight after the kids are all asleep, especially the baby. 

Bought this plastic test tubes from Rip-roaring Party Supplies. I wanted to fill them up with colourful M&Ms but then realized I bought the wrong size and the M&Ms couldn't fit into it!
Luckily, the colourful soft-candies fit, thank goodness.

Cut out some rainbows and punched out some clouds and the 'rainbow seeds' tags.

Tied them up with some baker's twine and it looks awesome. 
Gave 1 tube of these to every family that came. ;)

Then I made another type of rainbow seeds for the kids. This time, the M&Ms in packets for each of the kids that came! ;)

This is the setup of the bunting on the backdrop, the bunting in rainbow colours with little rainbows on it. 

And this was how the dessert table looked like.
I think it looked great, with the rainbow colours props adorning the dessert table. 

This is the awesome one-of-a-kind Rainbow birthday cake I decorated. (Read all about the birthday cake in my previous blog post here)

Some photos of the food and deco on the dessert table.




Besides the food on the dessert table, we had some chicken curry, fried noodles and yam cake as well. All of the food was homecooked by my ex-colleague from 01 Bakery. Pm me to get her details. Her food is yummy as usual.
This time around, there were praises for her cempedak cake and yam cake which were new items I ordered.

And this time around, besides the Dessert Table, I also decorated a small little area at the entrance dedicated to the birthday boy Khye.

I'm loving how it turned out.
Everything wooden on this table are from Daiso, except the letter K which is from Typo.  

Colourful rainbow clouds streamers hanging on the wall with many photos of Khye.

I love the 'Somewhere over the rainbow' verse I printed off the net and framed in a simple wooden Daiso photo frame. . It reinforce the rainbow theme.

A large alpha K that stands for K H Y E.

The packet rainbow seeds for the kids. 

And the test tube rainbow seeds for the families.

Now for some group photos.
Let's start with some photos of the birthday boy. 
I can't help but the post all the 6 photos here. You can see how happy he was, with all his hands movement. This boy really enjoyed his very own party which he had been waiting for it for months! 

Next is a family photo.
So glad to have a photo where everyone looks at the camera. :)

One of the birthday boy with the grandparents. 

The gramps with my 3 boys.

Us and yee-pho joining in.

With Aunty Pat and Aunty Roz.

With 4 kam-pho and 4 kau-kong.

With the Mah family.

With 3-kau kong and 3-kam pho and 2 yee-yees and bfs.

With my childhood friend Elly and family.

With Adrian and family.

With Alex and Lucas. We miss you Josie. ;)

With Peter's best friend, Justin and family.

Then, it was the singing of the birthday song and cake cutting session. 

Watch the short video clip of the singing of the birthday song. 

And then Khye cut his birthday cake again with his friend, Lucas.
They used to go to the same pre-school and now look at both of them, all grown up. Awww...

If you'd noticed, the last few group photos were without hubby and baby Vern. Why?
Because this little monster baby was throwing a huge tantrum halfway after we sang the birthday song. I guess he got too cranky as it was way after his nap time. So hubby brought him upstairs for a little nap. 

Khye giving a kiss to his beloved 4 kau-kong. 
He loves to play with this good-natured boy of mine. ;)

The kids were happy occupying themselves with the Hot Wheels and Thomas tracks and other games/toys in the 'playroom'

You can see how much Khye enjoyed himself juz by his expressions.

Shern had a good time playing with Jaden too.

Shern showing Jaden his 3D ship book!

After most of the guests left, the birthday boy and koko took a photo of his presents.
Thank you very much for the lovely presents and ang pows. 

We pratise opening only 3 presents on that day. He would then play with them until the following month in which he will get to open 1 present a month. This way, he will enjoy and appreciate his presents more. ;)

Kids playing with Aunty Pat and Roz's present with yee-yees and bfs.

Daddy helping to fix one of the present. ;)

Thank you Aunty Siow Sen and Uncle Justin for your present. This present is loved by all members of the family, including baby Vern. haha.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to celebrate with Khye.
And with that my middle prince turns 4 two days ago.

And this is what I dedicated to him on my personal fb page:

"Dearest Yiu-Khye,
In 4 blinks of an eye, you turn 4 years old today!
You have been waiting for months for your birthday. You have been asking when is it gonna be Sept because you knew September is your birthday month.
We had a small party for you earlier and you were very happy to see the rainbow cake, just as you requested months and months ago.
I told you yesterday that tomorrow (today) is your real birthday because it is 14 Sep and you are going to be 4 years old.
Your reply "Again? 4 years old again? Oh my" with your hand smacking on your forehead. Your reply cracked us up!
Yes, it is your birthday today again and so you can bask in all the happy things we are going to pamper you with today.
When we asked "What would you like to eat today on your birthday?"
Your reply, "Cold Milo ais, and mee-mee, and rice with bak-bak and fish and vegetable".....yes, this boy is easy to please.
This dear little sunshine boy of mine loves rainbows and butterflies and his favourite colour is pink. But tiu also loves to play 'tickle and fight' with his koko.
You have a good heart and always think of your koko, asking for an extra lollipop for his koko whenever he gets one. Bless your little big heart!
Your most recent milestone is that he is off wearing diapers at night. Not considered a milestone yet as there are still a few accidents once in a while so let's see how it goes.
Your current favourites besides rainbows (you drew hundreds of rainbow drawings), are ABCs, The Sound of Music album (you sing the songs in the car every single day!) and you love your Chinese class.
All your teachers in his Chinese class love you as your enthusiasm for the class makes them very happy.
You surprised us when you could read some chinese characters on signboards when we go out, and also say some short sentences in chinese when we converse in the car.
You have a knack of learning things and your kindy teacher just told me last week that she is amazed by your joy of learning and told us to nurture your joy.
Yes, we are going to nurture that and more.
Thank you for being such a joy in our family and to everyone.
Happy 4 years old my Sunshine boy and 4 years old is such a lovely age to be.
We love you so very very very much and happy birthday again Sunshine boy!
Love you lots,
Mummy, Daddy, Yiu-Shern koko and Baby Vern."

May you grow up healthy, and happy.
Happy 4th Birthday again my little sunhine Khye!

***Please click below to view their previous birthday party posts:

*Shern -
1st TRUCK themed Birthday Party
2nd Red and Blue TRAIN themed Birthday Party
3rd COLOURFUL themed Birthday Party
4th PIRATE themed Birthday Party - Part 1Part 2
5th TRAIN themed Birthday Party - Part 1Part 2
6th LEGO Themed Birthday Party
7th HOTWHEELS Themed Birthday Party

Fullmon OWL themed Party
1st SUNSHINE themed Birthday Party
2nd MICKEY themed Birthday Party
3rd ALPHABET themed Birthday Party

1st KOALA themed Birthday Party

Credits: The nice and clear photos are by my friend Alex Yeap