Sunday, September 16, 2018

Happy Malaysia Day 2018

Today I felt a sense of nostalgia. We never officially celebrated Hari Malaysia as a public holiday until in 2010. This year's election campaign also brought back this oldie but goldie song "Sejahtera Malaysia". Before we had Astro, Youtube and online streaming, RTM1,2 and TV3 is all we have. This song was played very frequently on TV during that time. Looking through Youtube, I am so glad someone uploaded this version which I loved so much.

Selamat Hari Malaysia!





Sejahtera Malaysia
Puji dan syukur pada Ilahi
Anugerahnya tiada terhingga
Kedamaian kemakmuran
Malaysiaku bahagia

Dengan tekad untuk berjaya
Berbakti pada nusa dan bangsa
Kami junjung cita-cita luhur
Perpaduan seluruh negeri

( korus )
Seia sekata sehati sejiwa
Menghadapi cabaran
Kami sedia kami setia
Berkorban untuk negara

Bersemarak Malaysia tercinta
Kibarkan panji kebesarannya
Kami rela menjaga namamu
Sejahtera Malaysia





Monday, June 04, 2018

Where to Dispose Used Batteries in Johor Bahru

Ever since we moved to Johor Bahru 3 years back, I had been searching high and low for a place which accepts used batteries for disposal. We had quite a lot of used batteries being kept and accumulated in the storeroom as I refused to just throw them out with the rubbish.

I was hoping with the opening of IKEA Tebrau last year, I can then dispose the used batteries there, as the ones in Mutiara Damansara has dedicated disposal bins for batteries. Alas, the IKEA here does not have it as well.

Desparate, I asked for help in a forum. Someone directed me to the Jabatan Alam Sekitar Negeri Johor located in Danga Utama. I paid a visit to the place, with one bagful of used batteries. The building wasn't that hard to find, partly because I am quite familiar with the commercial area.



Inside, next to the customer counter, is a huge clear plastic bin, full of used batteries. They have categorised what type of batteries to put, such as phone batteries and accessories, but doesn't look like the people are bothered to segregate them anyway. The bin looks like it had been accumulated and not emptied for some time.  At least it is a proper place for us to dispose used batteries responsibly.



Address :

Wisma Alam Sekitar,
46, Jalan Pertama,
Pusat Perdagangan Danga Utama,
81300 Johor Bahru

Meanwhile, let's hope for more of such places in Johor Bahru which accepts used batteries, powerbanks, fluorescent lights and other forms of e-waste for disposal!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Where to eat Near Legoland Malaysia - Part 2

I did up a blog post some time ago, now renamed as Part 1 as there have been new eateries around Bukit Indah, Nusa Bestari and Eco Botanic, these are the places relatively near to Legoland, and if you do not wish to eat at the Mall of Medini.

AnMour Cafe (non halal)

Food : 8/10. This Johor established restaurant serves great western and fusion cuisine for the family. One of our new favourite places to bring the elder kids to. Plus points for free bun with brown sauce as appetizers. Packed during weekends and peak hours.

Air conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? I will probably say not stroller friendly. It is quite cramped inside as it is a relatively small cafe. They have ample baby chairs but don't think they can fit a stroller inside the restaurant.


Yi Jia Taste (Non-Halal)

Food : 8/10. Eco Botanic is a relatively new housing and commercial development, and is located right next to Educity. This restaurant is a slightly upmarket version of Yi Jia restaurant which I covered in Part 1. They have nice ambiance, and good food though a little pricey. They also serve complimentary chilled plum juice which is a hit with the kids.

Air conditioned? Yes. You may need to bring along a shawl, depending on which table are you seated.

Baby or toddler friendly? Yes.


Kuching Style (Non-Halal)

Food : 7/10. Their Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee is good. However, some others like Nasi Lemak is a miss. Closed on Mondays.

Air-conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? Yes. The restaurant is spacious, and can fit in strollers. They have quite a number of baby chairs as well.



Qi Fu Vegetarian 

Food : 8/10. If you are looking for vegetarian restaurant, there are a few located in Nusa Bestari and Bukit Indah, but we like Qi Fu's food, especially their vegetarian sushi rolls

Air Conditioned? Yes

Baby or Toddler Friendly? The restaurant have baby chairs, but fitting in a stroller may be an issue.


Ramen Kingu House (Non-Halal)

Food : 8/10. The funny thing was that I had been living in this part of Bukit Indah suburb, and despite passing by Giant so often, I did not notice this Ramen House until it was recommended by a friend. It is located next to Pariss Hotel and you could just missed it as it is also next to a very vibrant coffee shop! Their specialty is their Ramen, and while they do serve other type of Japanese food, their Ramen wins hands down. 

Air-conditioned? Yes

Baby or Toddler Friendly? Yes. Ample place to put baby stroller, they also have baby chairs available.


Roi Spoon and Pan Galbi Restaurant (Non-Halal)

Food : 9/10. FYI - This is a Korean restaurant, which sells fusion cuisine such as Bulgogi pilaf, Szechuan pasta and pumpkin pasta. They recently added on some authentic Korean food. One of them is Pan Galbi, which is BBQ meat served in a pan. The food has been consistently good, and Pan Galbi being one of my favourites. They also have free flow serving of banchan and ice cream. 

Air conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? Definitely yes! The restaurant is spacious, with ample place for you to place a stroller. There are quite a number of baby chairs available too. What is the plus point of this place as compared to others? They have their own playroom for the kids! Kids can play or watch TV in the room, while the adults can chit chat and enjoy their food. Win-win for all!



Sawadee-Sarn (non Halal)

Food : 7/10. They have very good crispy egg omelette and salted egg squid. Their tom yum soup is the creamy coconut type though, so if you only want clear tom yum soup, you should head over to Chotiroj (featured in Part 1) instead.

Air-Conditioned : No. I can say it is partially air conditioned but because the restaurant is not the closed type you will feel some heat from outside.

Baby or toddler friendly : Probably not. The restaurant is located along a very busy road along Nusa Bestari so you really need to watch over your child if he or she is the wandering/running type. 


Chao Fu (Non-Halal)

Food : 7/10. This restaurant prides itself with selling the freshest seafood noodle, with the fish coming all the way directly from Pontian. They sell simple kid friendly dishes such as fish porridge, fish noodles, sliced fish soup with rice etc. Closed on Tuesdays.

Air conditioned : Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? They have sufficient baby chairs. If you need to put in a stroller, they can accomodate by moving the tables around.



Chicken Delight

Food : 7/10. Another Johor established fast food restaurant, though not as famous as Marrybrown. Their fried chicken is very crispy and tasty, can order with rice as well. If fried chicken is not your fancy, they do have other options such as fried rice and noodles. 

Air Conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? Yes. The restaurant is spacious, with ample space to put strollers. They also have baby chairs available. If you kid gets restless, you can distract them with the wall-mounted mini aquarium.



Grandma's Kitchen (Non-Halal)

Food : 8/10. This restaurant sells chinese cuisine, they have some signature dishes. Service is fast though parking may be an issue as it is located near two more chinese restaurants. Pricing is mid-range to expensive, depending on what dish are you ordering.

Air conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? Yes. They have ample baby chairs. For strollers, if the table is near the corner it may fit a stroller. 





Paper Restaurant 

Food : 7/10. A family lunch favourite, as it has all sort of dishes to cater for everyone's preference. From pasta to western to chinese food, it is single serving, though they have a sharing platter, mostly fried wedges/fries/chicken wings. My favourite is their waffles, they serve it like a sandwich, instead of the bread, it is replaced by waffles. They also have kids meal available. 

Air conditioned? Yes

Baby or toddler friendly? They have ample baby chairs, but to fit a stroller inside the restaurant may be a challenge.


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CNY German Cookies - Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year is again round the corner!

This year I decided to try baking some German Cookies. I have seen pictures and recipe of these cookies being circulated the past few years but never got the chance to bake them. I am always attracted to the cute animal design, each made in accordance to the year of the zodiac. This year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, the design shared on Facebook is simple and cute, thought I will attempt it with the help of my eldest. 

Recipe is adapted from GoodyFoodies, design is adapted from Facebook.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15-17 minutes (per batch)
Makes about 30-40 (depending on the size you make them)

Ingredients

125g butter, softened at room temperature
40g icing sugar, sifted
125g potato starch/flour, sifted
80g plain flour, sifted

Decoration

Koko Krunch for the ears

Chocolate chip for the nose (don't get the Hershey ones that will melt when baked, you don't want the cookies looking like a dog with runny nose!)

Black Sesame Seed for the eyes 

*Note - I thought I can be a lazy mum and use an edible ink pen to dot the eyes, but turns out I can't do that, the cookie is just crumbles whenever I tried to apply the eyes on it *


Method

1. Preheat oven to 170°C (no fan). Line baking tray with grease-proof paper.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the potato starch and plain flour, and mix to form a soft dough. The dough will look sticky like photo below, but soft enough to pinch off and roll into a ball.



4. Roll the dough into small balls (about 2-3cm diameter), arrange on the baking tray and lighty flatten each piece.

5. To decorate the cookie for Year of the Dog :

(Ears) Attach 1 piece of Koko Krunch on each top side of cookie
(Nose) Attach 1 piece of chocolate chip on the middle section of cookie
(Eyes) Using a pair of tweezers or your fingers, gently position and place the sesame seed above the nose.

If you choose not to decorate, you may use the traditional method of pressing the back of the fork on to the dough to create the classic cookie design. Remember to dip the fork in water before each use so the dough won't stick onto the fork.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 mins on middle rack (Change to setting with fan). It takes 15 mins if you're making 2 cm ones and 17 mins for 3 cm ones . 

The cookie will still look pale yellow when it is baked. Don't worry! This is normal. Allow the cookies to cool on baking tray and store in an airtight container once cooled. 



So here is my final result of German Cookie, the left is classic design, the right is Year of the Dog design. My elder girl got lazy after making first batch (she just wanted to roll the dough!) so poor mummy had to decorate the rest of the cookie before just switching to the classic design LOL. I also made the mistake of using edible ink pen for the eyes, but it did not turn out well so I have a batch of 'blind' dog cookies as well. 



It is a very simple recipe to make, can't go wrong, especially for a noob baker like me! I like how it crumbles and melt in my mouth. If too lazy to do fancy decoration, just stick back the classic design.

This recipe is a keeper, hope to be able to do it next Chinese New Year!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Autumnz Silicone Breastmilk Collector Review

It felt like not long ago I had stopped my breastfeeding journey ever since R self-weaned at one year old. In end July 2017, I had started back my breastfeeding journey once again with the birth of J2.

I thought I had experienced it all throughout my 3 other breastfeeding journey so I did not bother doing anymore research. However, a picture posted by a Facebook friend piqued my curiosity. She had just delivered, and her photo showed a strange looking cup with breast milk inside. I asked her what it is, and she told me it is a silicone breast milk collector, or some calls it silicone breast pump. She also mentioned the original brand who came up with this silicone breast pump is Haakaa, but there are plenty of generic brands out in the market, which she is currently using as well.

I did a brief Google search on this silicone breast pump, and then right away search for this item on Lazada. There were many options and different price range. The original Haakaa costs around RM100 on average, while the generic brands was going as low as RM15. I decided to go for Autumnz Silicone Breast milk Collector, as the Haakaa was beyond my budget and I don't really trust the generic brands. I am currently using Autumnz's storage bags, so I am comfortable with this brand.



So how it works is pretty simple - The milk collector works as a suction, just attach it to one side, and it will draw milk by using the suction function. Once done, just detach the milk collector and transfer the milk into a storage bottle or bag.

I put the milk collector up to test right after my delivery at the hospital. While breastfeeding my baby in the nursery, I placed the milk collector on my left side while baby nursed at the right. Within 15 minutes, this is how much colustrum I managed to collect, without much effort! Even the nurse was impressed!




I ended up buying one more so I have a pair, in which I can use interchangeably either when I nurse or pump. 

It has been 2 months of regular use, and below is my observation of using this milk collector:

PROS

  • No assembly required - Just the milk collector and cover will do
  • Easy to clean. It is made of 100% food grade silicone, and is safe to use with sterilizer. 
  • Easy to use - No instructions needed, just attach and let the suction work.
  • Affordable - This may not work for all moms, but I have seen some moms swear by the milk collector doing the job of a breast pump. The Autumnz brand cost around RM30 each, definitely cheaper than Medela or Avent pump.
  • No more wet t-shirts or wet towels - I still remember the early days nursing my eldest i just had to stuff towels under my t shirt else it will be wet. Now it is a thing of the past!
  • No more balancing act - When I was nursing my 3rd baby, I would try to balance a storage bottle on my knee/tummy to collect leaking milk. I really think I could work in the circus back then!
  • Compact, good for travel - Nowadays I will pack one milk collector, one storage bottle and one ice pack into this Tollyjoy thermal bag, which I can use it anytime I nurse.


CONS
  • Hard or tricky to make the suction work - I have came across forums and even Youtube stating which is the best way to attach the milk collector. Most of the days I don't have this issue, but there are bad days whereby I had to try at least 5 times to ensure the milk collector won't fall off. I'd probably say it is trial and error. I also found that it works better on an engorged boob.
  • Milk collector tumbling down - Argh! Nothing worse than having your half-filled milk collector tumbling down while nursing, resulting in spilled milk, a cranky baby and upset mummy. After this happened twice, I learned my lesson and decided to empty my milk collector when it is one third full to avoid any accidents. 
  • No secured cover - The round cover on the milk collector is just literally a cover. It does not in any way prevent the milk from spilling out if you knocked over it accidentally. I strongly recommend transferring the milk into a storage bottle or bag immediately after use.

Overall, I am very happy with my Autumnz Milk Collector, it has helped me to collect and store more milk without the hassle of balancing act, and definitely a life-saver when it comes to relieved engorgement. I only wish this was available much, much earlier!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poke Bowl for Kids

The Star recently featured an article on Poke Bowls that piqued my curiosity. I live in Johor hence it is my first time to come across this fascinating dish. I really wish I could try it one day...

I noticed some of the ingredients are also my kids' favourite food - avocado, salmon, cherry tomatoes. Inspired by the Poke Bowl, I made this dish for my children.

Ingredients

1 piece salmon fillet
1 avocado
5 - 6 cherry tomatoes
white rice/brown rice, cooked
1 tsp chia seeds

Optional
Garlic lemon butter sauce or
Kewpie sesame sauce

Method
1. Cook some white/brown rice.

2. Pan fry the salmon fillet until cooked. Let it cool and cut into small pieces.

3. Scoop out one avocado and cut into small cubes

4. Slice cherry tomatoes into half.

5. I make my own lemon butter sauce by heating up butter then mix in some lemon juice and stir.

Assembling the dish

1. Scoop rice into a small rice bowl, filling it up to half a bowl, or whichever amount your child can eat. Do not fill up to the brim of the bowl, else the toppings will fall out.

2. Arrange the salmon, avocado and tomato (and any other ingredients) around the bowl.

3. Add sauce and sprinkle chia seed on top of the dish.

4. Dish is ready to be served.



For my first attempt, my kids gave me a thumbs up! My eldest, being a fussy eater, quickly finished up her dish and asked me to make more of these. I am so happy!

I have thought of adding japanese cucumber and some dried seaweed in my next attempt, hopefully they will like it as much.

One more easy to cook item for the kids on my list. Yay!



Friday, December 30, 2016

Pokemon Go locations in Johor Bahru (Part 3)


I told myself this post must be out before the end of 2016, and YES! I made it just in time!

I managed to visit a few more places during the school holidays in November and December, and this time I not only will cover the places for hunting Pokemon but also places with lots of Pokestops and Pokegyms.

Taman Sutera Utama



I hardly go to Taman Sutera Utama as I really dislike going through the heavy traffic and countless traffic lights, especially during weekends. Besides, not much reason why I need head over to Sutera Mall when I live near Bukit Indah with the choice of AEON Mall, Tesco and Giant.

However, there was one day in which I had to make a trip there to run an errand, so might as well turn on Pokemon Go to see what is in store. As you can see, my reference point is the City Outreach Church Pokestop. There are altogether 2 Pokegyms within the commercial square, and some Pokestops scattered around it. 

Sutera Mall itself has a Pokegym but I did not venture inside the mall to find out. One day, perhaps one day.

Taman Abad

Again, I hardly go over to Taman Abad. Firstly, it is quite far from my house. Secondly, KSL Mall is not somewhere I will usually go (see reason above). It was so happened I had to attend a function in KSL Hotel hence the reason I am there.



The Pokestops and Gym are all within the mall and hotel itself. Probably a good way to kill time if you are bored but the gym is very active. I could only remain there fast enough to collect coins before I got knocked out by another team. 

Taman Desa Tebrau

Here, my posting is specifically referring to AEON Mall Tebrau City and its vicinity.

Dear husband decided to bring us to AEON Mall Tebrau City for a change (yay!) and I took the opportunity to see what is in store.


From where we are coming from, my photos taken while all the cars are queuing up to go into the car park. There is a Pokegym at Tesco. The other side facing main road heading to AEON Mall, there are some pokestops as well.


Inside AEON Mall, there is only one Pokegym but quite a number of Pokestops. We were having lunch inside one of the restaurants that so happened was a Pokestop as well, so hubby and I ended up eating and spinning till our bags are full lol.

Eco Botanic and Educity

I can't recall how we ended up in Eco Botanic and Educity one day but the reason I am sharing this location is primary due to the Pokegym.


Educity and Eco Botanic is considered a more quiet place as compared to Puteri Harbour. I believe it is also a great place to fight and conquer the gym, as chances of being kicked out immediately is quite slim. Eco Botanic itself have two gyms  almost side by side, one can easily accumulate 20 coins there. Sadly for me, we were not there to battle at gym so I did not have chance to collect my coins :(



Kota Iskandar and Puteri Harbour

People always ask, 'where to hunt Pokemon in JB?'. Most common answer will be Danga Bay, followed by Puteri Harbour. Finally I had the chance to visit Puteri Harbour during Iskarnival Sama-Sama event in November. 


First, we pass by Kota Iskandar, which had quite a few Pokestops and Pokegyms, though all very scattered across the area.

When we arrived at Puteri Harbour, not only it is a happening place due to Iskarnival, but also a very happening place to catch Pokemon!



There are two Pokegyms in Puteri Harbour, and both were very active on that day itself. My conquered gym lasted less than 5 minutes, and as a result I had to settle to collect coins for one gym only.

People were not kidding when they say you can find lots of Pokemon in Puteri Harbour. All I can say is this - This place is INFESTED with Magnemite and Voltrob!


See what I mean???

I caught enough Magnemite and Voltrob to evolve them into Magneton and Electrode respectively. I also caught Magmar, Shellder, Cloyster, Ponyta, and not to mention my first ever Pikachu. I missed Charmander though, he ran away (boo-hoo!)

One day I plan to go back to Puteri Harbour again, hopefully they will spawn Seel, which I only caught one so far.

This is my Pokedex as of today :

My happiest is when I got Jynx and Lapras from 10KM egg. I only have one baby Pichu, hoping to hatch baby Pokemon next year!