2011 Xmas

Like the annual migration of the birds, come every Xmas the gangs of KL, Muar & Spore will travel down south to Jb to celebrate Xmas with the Jb gang. We started our journey on Sat to Muar then to Jb on Sun morning. We had some hearty breakfast at Pesta a new place that we haven't tried before. The journey was ok and we had a pitstop at Ayer Hitam as well. Then just as we were approaching Skudai toll, disaster struck. There was an irritating noise (not Lucas la) I repeat an additional noise from the car.  I knew that this was bad , so I quickly slowed down then swerved to the side and inspected the damage. The alignment of the fan belt was out and part of the belt was already sliced off. First thing I did was to call the insurance company, couldn't get through. Then tried calling Annie to source for a local workshop.

Incidently, there was a vintage car show going on at the toll offices nearby, so I sought for help. It seems that PLUS provides their services for free offering their tow truck services from toll to toll only beyond that we had to source ourselves. They gave me a no. , so I tried to call them yet after awhile no trucks had arrived so I tried to find one close by, I found a truck just by the road. Asked the guy, it seemed that he was covering the event. Since he was idle might as well help us to tow our car to the nearest workshop. Luckily Philip knows someone from his kampong & was willing to help us out. So we towed the truck to Kebun Teh Lama, while we removed the luggage then Ah Ma and the rest waited for Kwan Yew to fetch them to Kim Teng Park. The sky was cloudy whole day log, just hoped that it won't rain, else!!!!.

Once I reached the workshop the guy remarked I was lucky again as he normally goes out kai kai with the wife every weekend. He went & bought some sparepart for the belt & he finished the job within 10 min. Philip & Chris was around to accompany me back to Kim Teng Park later yet Kwan Yew has not come back as he had to go out to Senai to come to Skudai toll.

Finally managed to settle down have a good & tasty lunch of Johor Laksa & Lontong washed down with some Peters concoction. Dizzy already. Went to check in at Crystal Crown the the door handle broke. Argh....! Went to Jaya Putra at Philips house for dinner makan, yummy food.





After the party at Jaya Putra we thought we would be going back to Muar tomorrow morning. Sigh! Mana tau Annie keep asking us to go to Kim Teng Park for the annual BBQ event just for the family members only. So we had to concede and had a late check out so that we can stay for the BBQ , stayed till 9plus and we left for Muar. Reached at 1130pm, sigh... tired Lucas was cranky in the car as well.






Another signboard change???

Since Brandon had finished his program so he's free to join Ah Ma in Muar. Ah Ma and Ah Kung came down to do some shopping then also met up with the JB gang and we had dinner at Pavilion Madam Kwan's. Aiyah forgot to bring camera again. Took a day off , went to Dr. KK Wong's office for the test on Wednesday to confirm our suspicions and it's confirmed. Looks like another coming and its due on 24 July 2012. Unexpectedly met some ex-college mates from Systematic College during my ACCA program. Luckily we exchanged contacts and I managed to link them trough Facebook. Its amazing what technology can do. Anyway they are also having their 3rd child which I think will be due sooner than us. Had Ampang Fong Fong Yong Tow Foo(tasty and reasonable price as usual) for lunch and TooWoomBa Deli & Meats(pricey, taste not bad) for dinner.



BB 8 weeks

Clever Graduation

After spending 500 bucks to the holiday classes at Clever in Genting Klang, it has finally come to and end after 15 days of fun and discovery.Brandon was happy to have kids around him to interact with and the teachers are young people who was fun to be with. I had a phone call from his teacher fearing that Brandon will forget the instructions given to him and the stupid note will always be in Chinese that I had to check using a dictionary word for word. So the instructions were for him to get ready with dinner eaten by 630pm on Sat 18 with the full gear of the "Clever" program T-Shirt and long pants at Mun Yee School, luckily I had washed earlier so he could wear it again.





I've won from Pang on Vimeo.

Lucas throwing tantrums

Lucas is on his way following this kid also. Diana Tan was around to witness Lucas performance last night, except I couldn't get out the camera in time. If you watch this you can imagine wat happened last night.


Some of the comments by friends

Ngi Heh Ma Kai Yin ?(Hakka)

It was one of those lazy weekends and Debbie mentioned that both the boys characters are very different, one is passive and the other active. One is smarter the other is.... not so quick. Anyway it was one of those remarks  that said the "haolian" face comes from the Teo Chew blood and the loud voice comes from the Hakka blood. So I decided that it's time that Brandon learn about his family dialect. So I asked him



Me: Brandon,你是什么人?
Brandon: Huh?我是华人
Me: Yeah I know but Daddy is from the Hakka dialect and so you are Hakka too.
Brandon : Huh? You kidding me, are you serious?
Me: Yes, you are Hakka . So you must learn Hakka OK?
Brandon: DOWAN.....
Me: No , you must learn la.. OK We start Lesson 1 ok?
Brandon: Ok la
Me : We start ha!, Me in Hakka is "Ngai" , Pointing at him You is "Ngi", ok now you try
Brandon: "Yai", "Yi"
Me: No....! again, its "Ng......aaaiii not "Yai". "Ngggg....iiiii" not "Yi", ok? you try
Brandon: "Ngggaiiii","Ngggii"
Me: ok , good. Now next time some one asks you, "Ngi Heh Ma Kai Yin ?" you say "Ngai Heh Hakka Yin"
Brandon: Oh it means I like to eat Hakka Mee?
Everyone in the car was laughing hysterically , hhahaha!
Me: You ah! only think of food only! No.. la you silly , it means I am from Hakka dialect, ok now you try again ah!"Ngi Heh Ma Kai Yin ? you say "Ngai Heh Hakka Yin" ok?
Brandon: "Yai Heh Hakka Mi"
Me sound exasperated : No! "Its not "Yai" its Ngai, Yin not Mi
Brandon: "Ngai Heh Hakka Yin"
Me: Sigh.. good , finally you got it but don't know for how long, will test you again tomorrow.

I managed to find a photo of their great grandfather from the net and hopefully will be proud that their Hakka Tai Kung (Datuk Pang Tet Tshung born 9 Dec 1923)was in the Sabah cabinet and was awarded not too long as well.
Other facts gathered but unverified of his
i) great grand uncle. Extract :- "Pang Tet Hyun, M.D 1922-2011 A retired physician, passed away peacefully at home on September 19, 2011, at age 89 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his loving wife Anna of 46 years. He will be deeply missed by son Anson (Sue), daughter Amy (Rob) and his adored grandchildren Ryan, Tia, Christopher and Aaron, who gave him much love and joy. Born in Jesselton, Sabah, Malaysia to Vui Chau, Pang and Khyu Sin, Wan, he was the eldest of seven siblings. He is survived by brothers Tet Tshung, Tet Chong, and sister Oi Tsu. He was predeceased by his sister Nyuk Tsu and brothers Tet Kong and Tet Fui. "
ii) great great grand auntie   Extract  :"PANG Len Yin  (彭蓮英) 1889-1979, sister of Pang Vui Chau from Hometown: “Ten Tong” Village, China , 廣東省 東莞市 鳳崗鎮 天堂圍村


PS: It seems the relative has stopped the maintenance of the site so cant see the pictures and history of the site from Mr Wong Fook Yee

Dec 1st weekend

These few months much has happened, tried to upgrade my Nokia 5800 but got it bricked now I can only hope they can revive it. Been getting poison here and there to buy a new phone. Sigh! I've got phones already just need a GPS ,so when I saw an offer from Everyday I bought it. Hmm... as for phones not really interested unless they launch a GSM/Wimax/ Android phone like HTC Supersonic or something like that. Or maybe a new tablet? or laptop? Noooo...... stop spending...

Last week we saw a program by Axian regarding Hainan Chicken Rice which rated the Loke Yun Ampang Village as the best in Malaysia. Sure boh... ? So we went there to try it out, looks clean and comfortable , service is ok, overall ok only la..I still miss the Spore chicken rice which I used to eat almost everyday while I was working there few years back.Looking for a place to park at Ampang Village is a real turnoff, Will I return: Maybe. Dunno where to go after that, so just go to Berjaya Time Square becoz Brandon has been asking to go Cosmo's World for the past few weeks so brought him there to try the rides.Luckily have Popular Card with me so I could get discounts. Brandon went on and on for the Bumper Car rides for at least 45 min before we convinced him to try the bigger rides. The worst that we tried was "Dizzy Izzy", the ride was fun initially but was just too long , made me feel queasy, luckily never vomit out the mornings chicken rice. Brandon didn't have much choice so we took a second ride on Dizzy Izzy, sigh.. old already! feeling really dizzy then went to the Food Court down at the LG floor .

Having dinner earlier didn't feel so good so had some Tomyam soup to have a better appetite. After makan , go home sleep.....




Dizzy Izzy from Pang on Vimeo.


Hold tight from Pang on Vimeo.

Wheely from Pang on Vimeo.

Spin Bucket from Pang on Vimeo.

Crazy Bus from Pang on Vimeo.

Yawn from Pang on Vimeo.

Yay! Holidays are here

Well, holidays are finally here and Brandon is happy to vegetate at home. Its only the mummy cant stand him having nothing to do so we signed up a holiday program with lots of activities like magic shows, kitchen science, sushi making & doraeyaki baking, careers intro like fireman, outings like Lake garden etc. Lucky for him its not for study but just play time for the next 15 days , 5 days a week from 930 till 1530, so he dun feel so "wuliao" and vegetate by dreaming at home. Every day the van will pick him up in the morning to class at Genting Klang (Clever) and drop him off after class.


Went back to Muar , last weekend and Sa-Yee bought him some kitchen science experiment kits to play with. Came back on Sunday because Brandon starts his class on Monday even though its a replacement holiday. Then went to 1U to try a new makan place called Xiao Ba Wang. Price wise ok, taste wise so so only. Will I return ? NO



City boy visits the kampong

Debbie has a colleague who invited her to their wedding reception at Kuang. Huh? ! so far , not really but really kampung area which has very nice houses and lots of land. Took the DUKE highway then PLUS using the GPS to get to the area. Got there but not in time to catch the ceremony. Brandon was engrossed as usual reading the Tintin comic on my phone.





Spore holiday Here we come!


Day1
Debbie had an assignment in Spore so we took the opportunity to make a short trip since Brandon had finished his exams. But it was tough as we had to rush through the birthday party and the next day , we had to start the journey down south. Got up and started lugging the baggage down and left abt 9+ then had breakfast at the usual McD near the SgBesi Hway then started the journey abt 1045. Made 4 stops at Kg Baru, Ayer Keroh & Kulai for gas then TnG at Tuas before reaching YMCA at 430pm.
After checking in had a rest before Reen n Choon came to pick us up for dinner at Geylang G7 for some Frogs Legs Porridge. I had a brief look see of the area and the whole place was selling Mainland China food, operated and patronised by the Mainland Chinese. Somehow their accent and behavior bothers me. Then Alicia n Andy brought us to the Marina Barrage the new happening place for Sporeans to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by flying kites @ nite???? yeah with blinking lights. On the way back Alicia kept asking Debbie to go shopping but we were tired from the journey and really needed our rest for the next 2 days.





Day2
We planned to go to Sentosa Underwater World to catch some shows like the Pink dolphins and also the Underwater World aquariums. After lunch at Food republic we took the MRT to Jurong for the Snow City and Spore Science Center. Finally dinner was at a Korean restaurant where we had a birthday celebration for Alicia n Brandon.




Trying out a new HD video service introduced by Fuzzyeyeballs

SentosaUnderwaterworld-Pink Dolphin


SentosaUnderwaterworld-Jellyfish

KoreanFood-BirthdayCelebration


Day3

Today woke up with our feet sore and back numb. I kept telling myself that I'm getting too old but in fact I'm too out of shape( I know.. I know.. ROUND is also a shape) from all the walking the previous day. Today its going to be worse since we would be walking whole day long at the Spore Zoo. The place was really big and kids had fun especially at the Splash Pool. Dinner was at Melben Crabs AMK



SporeZoo-Monkey show


SporeZoo-18SX


Day4
Debbie went for meeting and I took care of the kids till she came back which was at 330pm . Checked out at 12 then had lunch at Kopitiam with Alicia. Started journey back at 330pm reached Sban for dinner at 7pm then home at 930pm



Brandon's 8th Birthday Party




Had asked Brandon whether he wants a birthday party or not. Brandon's reply 'YESSS!! actually he doesnt entertain any of the kids , he just plays his PSP or Ipodtouch. Debbie and me had to take half day leave to prepare and buy all his party supplies and food. He invited all his playmates and their parents for his party.


Happy Halloween



So what is this silly ang moh festival anyway, why is their holiday being celebrated the world over that people find it hip to celebrate. I could only try to understand based on our Chinese version which is the Hungry Ghost Festival of which we had been warned since young not to make fun of or celebrate it with fun but with caution and all sorts of pantang. Well of course due to modernisation there are sexy girls performing getai performances but that's another story. Passed by Bangsar Village Grocer and saw the price of the Giant pumpkin on display costs RM1199, gila!

Didn't plan much for the current weekend as we try to keep it free and easy where we just have dinner at Bangsar then jalan-jalan near Bangsar Village. At first wanted to try Nyonya food at BabaLows, Mana Tau! not open for dinner so turn back to and settled for Mdm Kwan's Nasi Lemak. I must say the things there quite pricey leh! Most important is Lucas was able to go kai kai or else he will drive us crazy at home.




Weekend at KLCC


Ah Kung hasn't been visiting KL for awhile and since Sa Yee have a wedding dinner to attend , Ah Kung tagged along for the ride. We thought of going to KLCC Chilli's for dinner. The place was being renovated that even Sa Yee got lost in KLCC. While Sa Yee went for the wedding dinner at Ave K, we were feasting at Chilli's. Had to wait an hr to makan so stayed awhile upstairs at Kinokuniya . Then to kill time, just shoot at people passing by.

Tua Ee Bird Day


Had a last minute plan to go back "MaPo" to celebrate Tua Ee's bird day. Arggh!! Had a headache the night before so I turned in early. Woke up rested and packed to leave , didn't really decide which place to eat as we left at 8am. Decided to have breakfast at Seremban Pasar and planned to order in small portions so we can order more variety.Ordered Hakka Mee, Mee Hoon Sotong, Beef Noodle and a chicken rice for Brandon.


Pumped some gas after toll and found that we were too early so decided to detour jalan-jalan abit. Went to Baba Charlie Nyona Cake which was right across Tengkera Mosque. Bought some kuih then off to Jusco for some free air-cond and also transit to meet up with the rest of the Muar/Spore gang. Once everyone had arrived we proceeded to Amys Heritage decided by Debbie . Had a bit of trouble looking for the place and was quite satisfied with the food that we had, though a bit pricey. The boss was quite chatty telling us a bit about the food and Nyonya restaurants in Melaka. Unc Ah Choon loves the vege lemak as he kept sipping the lemak gravy. Had some tasty cendol too. After lunch kaypo abit next door for some wedding supplies for Ah Na then rushed back Ma Po so that can buy some supplies at Parit Jawa. Sorry I took a nap once reached , didnt follow them. Diner was cooked by Ah Ma, yummy chilly crabs.

PWC Family Day at Bukit Tinggi Resort

Another Family Day event organised by PWC. Actually the initial response was not encouraging so they extended the invitations to friends as well as extended family. So invited Auntie Ah Tay along as well. Never been there and didn't know which turning to turn out also. (Exit 805). So planned to leave by 730am , then I left slightly early to withdraw cash and pumped gas then took out the car seat and picked up Yati as well. Well the journey uphill was not very forgiving to the car as later on after a few car rides the car was up on smoke after the climb up to the Japanese garden. Which explains why Yati jumped to another car ride home, (hi hii scared my car rosak). Had some makan breakfast and lunch at the convention centre, which was a bit confusing as didn't get much help getting to the place. Skipped the tele-match and treasure hunt as we had kids which was a hassle, so the girls took a long time queuing for the fake tattoo which Brandon also had one. Right after he got home he took it off immediately , scared teacher scold woh! Well after long and torturous walk after the Japanese garden , Brandon collapsed and slept at the bakery when we reached the French village "Colmar Tropicale". We had spent some time at the Animal farm too which was Brandon and Lucas favorite as they had fun playing at the playpen. After a long day , we returned home but not directly as Debbie thought we'd be too lazy to move once at home so went to JJ awhile before having dinner at Ind. Area before reaching home at 940pm. More than 12 hours out , even more hard working than in office.

KL Bird Park

Last weekend wanted to give Brandon some activities, so I suggested going to the KL BirdPark which was at Lake Gardens. Before leaving, the sky looked really cloudy and I was having second thoughts about going. After breakfast at Old Town, it still didn't rain yet, so wanted to ajak Auntie Tay to follow us. When we got there , there were lots of people around , mostly tourist. So paid for the tickets, which cost me 20/adult and only 10/child, Lucas was FOC. Mana tau ?!! After an hour or so, the rain kept coming and coming till we decided to go home. Potong stim only! I had to run back to the car to get the umbrella and I was soaked wet. So had to cancel the outing prematurely then we went out later to One Utama. What a tiring day!

PS. Brandon complained sick and took 2 days leave from school

Early Lantern Festival 2011

This year the lantern festival was celebrated in Muar wif BBQ dinner. So got to our usual makan place in Parit Jawa again to stock up on the fish supply for the month.


Super Peak Holiday-Raya+Merdeka+School Holidays


Had planned a holiday for Brandon and didn't planned to go far. So I thought of Ipoh because of the Lost World of  Tambun and also Ipoh is famous for having good food. I planned to go on the 1st day of Raya to avoid the jams and leave early in the morning. Woke up at 6am then moved the things to the car and pumped gas. Was a bit off schedule but never mind as we reached Auntie Ah Tays sisters house around 9+ Jalan Papan then onwards to have breakfast.


At first we tried Ming Court, failed because too many people and no tables available, Foh San , failed again, Yoke Fook Mun, failed again, finally Chef Fatt and looks like we would be turned away again till we finally managed to secure 1 table. Ah.. finally some dim sum breakfast and then on wards to Lost World of Tambun but had to pump some gas first at Bercham.


We reached there about 11am and had to wait for nearly an hour to buy tickets, So slow! All because of people paying using cards which has promo price. They should have another counter paying cash mah! Stupid. Anyway got there and planned to go the other attractions like Petting zoo and Tiger Valley but knowing Brandon after he sees the Water Park , he kept pestering to go in the water. After having a few rides at the Amusement Park then proceeded to go the locker machines which didnt really comes with instructions and the guy behind me had to teach me to use the machine. Brandon had a fun time and we all had sunburn when we finished and left about 4pm to check in at Ritz Garden. Actually it was because of Lucas had dozed off after dipping into the hot spring spa else we would have stayed till closing time 6pm.


We saw a few reviews about the hotel had China girls operating in the hotel but I didn't really care as long as its new and affordable as I had tried Tower Regency and Regalodge but they were out of family rooms. The rate was RM200 /night and it had lots of facilities like swimming pool, cinema and library with free wifi access. Well after the 1st night we know why, the room was facing the traffic which was noisy due to the motor bikes vrrooomm vrooomm sound on Merdeka celebration. Complained to the front office about the security siren but when we switched to the Family Premier Deluxe on the 3rd night that costs 350/night the environment and furnishings were totally different.


The food trail in Ipoh was crazy with long queues at Lou Wong, Onn Kee, Cowan Street , Fifteen Tower and all the other famous places finally we settled for lesser known places like Thong Sui Kai, Kam Kee, Wooley Food Court etc. But managed to go to Thean Chun and Kong Heng at Old Town






The next day we went to 2 places which was Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang and Gua Tempurung which was  exhausting and hot whole day long. Brandon made a new friend Kevin Yong Kok Keong which was Auntie Tays nephew. He joined us for the trip.


Extending the trip for the 3rd night wasn't planned ahead as we thought the trip back would be jammed and hectic so extended another night and we had some light activities like visiting Jusco Kinta Shopping Centre.


Then  when it was time to leave on Friday morning the car was so jammed with food we could hardly find space. Once we arrived in KL we made a stop at Pan Heong at Batu Caves for some lunch.




Perfect Livin Weekend


After complaining about the mosquitoes and moldy toilet door. We figured now is the best time to go and find out about the products and offers at Perfect Livin 2011 - Home and Lifestyle Exhibition. 
It was held at PWTC and it was free entrance fee.  So went early to the Mall to park the car and had breakfast at McD before proceeding to the exhibition hall. It is quite distressing as we had to walk through some construction for a pedestrian walk way and the cars were not slowing down for us to walk across. Got there register myself and I got a free gift which is a small cup with cover from Tupperware. Then upstairs to get across the bridge to the other exhibition hall at the other side of the river. It was still early and not many people were around. So proceeded to look see and when we finally found an exhibit stall selling bathroom doors. Finally let Debbie decide as she wanted a better looking (more expensive door) compared to Ah Kungs new bi-fold door. I must say it really looked better but doesn't really match the rest of the house which is old and in need of a renovation. Sigh! might as well buy a new house but that's another story.




So proceeded to book for the magnetic mosquito netting and also the bathroom door. In the meantime , Lucas and Brandon try to find some activities to kill some time while waiting for us. Ah! now that's finally done proceeded back to the Mall for some lunch at the Food Court now at the basement level. Becoz of the Ramadhan month the place was like a ghost town, as you can see the tired looks of the stall attendants. Had our lunch then wanted to go home but Brandon needed his fix for the day. Huh? go home? so boring! So took him to Ikea at BU so he can play at Smaland for an hour while we have a cuppa upstairs while waiting for him. Surprisingly met my ex- colleagues from SL but didnt talk much , duty calls. After picking up Brandon from Smaland,  Debbie went shopping with Lucas and I accompanied Brandon to Popular Bookstore so he can browse some comic books and I waited for him for 2 hrs. Before we left Ikea decided to have some dinner at Sakae Sushi.
After dinner we were so tired but we still have another stop at Ecogreen for Debbie to buy some organic produce esp some chicken for Brandon as the doctor commented his skin rashes is probably from consuming antibiotics filled chicken. During that time Lucas was entertaining the staffs there by being himself.
Afterwards proceeded home and rested. Ah! another fulfilling but tiring weekend.


A meal with Lucas is just, "Sigh! Bo see tiam"




Summon back to Muar

Tua Kim birthday celebration at Star restaurant so had to go back this weekend. Got back to Muar by 11am then went to Parit Jawa (must do event) for lunch then bought some fish from Parit Jawa market(another must do). Secretly caught some of the traders making a deal at the pasar. These guys have to whisper to make a deal.



Brandon was the photographer for the night

Mines free stay

Its that time of year again to utilise our annual free hotel 1 night stay and we chose to have 2 std rooms at the Mines Wellness Spa (fka Mines Beach Resort). But first had to bring Mum to the dentist pay then send her shopping at Giant then send her back.So busy missed my lunch also. Fortunately dropped the kids at the Mines shopping center and checked in. Nothing much to do just relax and jalan-jalan and makan-makan at the Mines Shopping Mall. Much much better already, rest and relax  then go home.




Visit to the NSC

That's National Science Centre of Pusat Sains Negara.

The day began with a cloudy day and a slight drizzle.
I had promised that I would bring out the kids to have some fun and I thought this would be educational as well. Brandon likes to see the Dinosaurs as well but I think he has forgotten he has seen it before. First thing in the morning had to force Brandon to wash his school shoes before we went out. Wanted to order McD for breakfast as usuak but they didnt want to deliver becoz of the rain. Duh! isnt that what they are supposed to do to take away our inconveniences rather than doing something that's convenient for them. So instead we went to the newly opened Old Town kopitiam along Jln Pahang.



Went to pump gas but got stuck at Bulatan Pahang made a quick exit at Hospital to cut the queue. Then off we went! reached there and bought the tickets and we made our way to the top of the hill. Went through all the exhibits excluding the aviary and the other mini farms around the complex. Finally left for lunch at Desa Sri Hartamas , and settled to eat at Aoyama didnt have much choice so caught a quick one and left to reach home to rest.


Night Time Snacks

Those who have seen Lucas during mealtime would know he's a TAMCHIAK Glutton adventurer and will put anything he sees into his mouth.
Come and see
Do I look cute or naughty?
Yummy
I think needs some seasoning
Menu of insects
Lucas favorite munch

In this instance he's just munching on plastic toys given by Ah Yee to Brandon. Come on la, what kind of parents do you think we are !