Disneyland Hong Kong - Part 1

Good Morning!

Nampak tak semangat nak update blog? :P Ok, hari ni nak cerita tentang holiday tak terancang ke Disneyland Hong Kong. Tak terancang sebab flight tickets, hotel and theme park tickets semua beli less than a month from the departure date. Ni semua pengaruh iklan Disneyland dekat Disney Junior channel 613 tu ler. Pergi pun 3 hari 2 malam je and memang pergi Disneyland semata-mata haha. Big boss busy, schedule pack, dapat date dia from 31 Dec 2013 to 2nd Jan 2014 tu pun sebab confirm dates tu orang cuti, so big boss pun kenalah cuti kan. Ok lah dari takde, dari melangut dalam rumah je hehe.


I dah tak ingat banyak sangat about this trip sebab well, dah almost a year kan baru nak update story. We had an early morning flight from KL, so sampai Hong Kong pun pagi lah jugak. Unfortunately, check in hotel tetap lah pukul 2pm. So yeah, dari pagi tu sampai pukul 2 petang kami melangut dekat lobby hotel, sadissss. Tapi takpe, lobby dia best jugak, ada sofa best nak lepak tidur, ada TV so kids boleh la layan cerita Disney. Cuma kalau dapat katil lagi best lah kan hehee. It was super peak period that time, so to get an early check in adalah impossible. And lagi satu, bila lama dekat lobby, lama jugak the kids dok keluar masuk Disney store tu. *Pengsan!*



Morale of the story, kalau dah plan nak sampai awal dekat Hong Kong, make sure pagi tu ada activity. Or better take 2-days pass ke, sampai-sampai boleh terus masuk theme park. After all, one day memang tak cukup, tak sempat round habis satu park tu pun. T____T.

One funny thing is, ramai orang dekat hotel tu suka datang tengok muka Aiman and Adam and cakap, "wahhh so round eyes!". Hahahhaa. Sebab depa semua mata sepettt. Siap ada satu budak ni, tak pasti lah from China ka, Korea ka, Japan ka, tak berkelip tengok muka Adam. Punyalah lama dia melangut tengok Adam. Haha.


Ok sambung. From HK Airport to Disney Hollywood Hotel, kita naik cab. New Territories line, the green colored cab, cost about HKD$100-120 macam tu kot, tak berapa nak ingat dah. But if you want a cheaper mode of transfer, of course naik train lah, but since we only have 2 adults to control 2 kids, with luggage and twin stroller, train is definitely not a good option for us. 





Disney's Hollywood Hotel kita book siap-siap online, through website Asia Travel. Kena rajin sikit google for info and compare which websites offer the best rate. Dah la pegi super peak period, booking pun last minute, memang gigihlah browse cari hotel rate yang paling best. Husband pulak cakap, "Disneyland only", makna kata tak payah nak bersusah payah study benda yang di luar Disneyland haha. Ok la, logik jugak sebab time tu New Year and memang the town SANGAT-SANGAT packed and crowded dengan umat manusia. 



Entrance tickets Disneyland pun book online, straight from the website. Slightly cheaper and save the queuing time compared if you were to buy over the counter. 

Ok ni yang paling penting, jangan lupa beli SIM card dekat airport siap-siap hehe. If you are an avid smartphone user lah. Spesis kejap-kejap nak Insta, kejap-kejap nak Tweet, FB, Blog dan segala-galanya, sila beli SIM card terus. I bought mine from this 1010 outlet, located in the public area of Hong Kong International Airport, Terminal 1, Aisle F, Level 7, departure hall. Hah, hafal ni. Tapi I tak ingat berapa harga, dalam HKD$100 kot, tapi I ingat I cakap nak beli one week data plan. Bagi jer iPhone dekat orang tu, nanti dia tukarkan sim semua siap, setting semua sekali. Settle. Boleh berbahagia guna Insta lepas tu hehehee. Kita beli satu je, sebab husband punya phone connect through hotspot, so jimat lah hehe.



Alrite, kita sambung lagi later. Ni baru cerita upon arrival, belum lagi hotel review and Disneyland itself. Aiman panggil ni, dia nak lunch. Tapi baru 11.20AM. T_____T










I'm backkkk!

Last post dated January 15, 2014 and today's date 17 November 2014. About 10 months blog terabai. Ni bukan level bersawang dah, sebab kalau dia ada rupa fizikal macam rumah, most probably dah macam rumah hantu. Hehe...

Lots of stuff has happened since the last time I posted and to recap each and every of it is obviously impossible. Blame the thousands of photos residing in my external hard disk; I just don't know where to start from.

Birthday Adam? Melbourne trip? Long overdue hutang of Hong Kong trip perhaps? Or my new baby business named Shilashower Creative Events? or the story of Shilashower Berhenti Kerja? Haha yes you read it right. I quit my 8-5-fulltime-with-benefits office job few months ago.




I'm not really sure of my current position now, maybe a bit of everything between surirumah-baker-party planner-barista lah kot. :P I do what I like, that's for sure. No more cubicle-bound life, no more crazy morning traffic (hence no random cursing to others kehkehkeh), no more bloody expensive daily parking fee and life is much better and happier now, alhamdulillah. Well I guess this 'berhenti kerja' story deserves its own separate entry, so nanti lah ok.


But for those who has been following my Instagram Shilashower, walaupun blog dah terbiar paras kronik, thank you so much. :) I've got so addicted to Insta that I rarely post things on my blog anymore...Kesian blog ni. I'll try to gather my blogging mojo and hope to keep this place lively as before. No, as few years back, not just before. Because before sounds too recent when it's actually not.

What else? Adam and Aiman is about to end their school term in Brainy Bunch for 2014 and we have yet to decide which school to go for next year. But if you were to ask them, they will say "Brainy Bunch only Mommy. Don't want other Aunties, other friends, other school". Aihhh. So much that we want to try for other learning methods, the kids seem reluctant to try new things and to meet new people. And I pun taknak lah repeat another series of school-refusal-drama. Tengah fikir tak habis lagi ni. Isk isk isk.


Ok lah, till the next entry. Maybe I should start sorting the Hong Kong photos for the next blog post. Yeah, you guys, please pray for it. For the post to be updated real soon. Not the next 10 months, hahaa.

And owh! Don't forget to follow my new adventure as a kids party planner on Shilashower Creative Events! (Instagram: shilashowercreativeevents). 





Bandung - Day 2

Morning people! (morningkan ajer laaa walaupun korang mungkin baca ni tengah malam tiga hari selepas entry di tulis haha).

Ok kita sambung cerita Bandung. Tak banyak cerita pun sebab pergi pun 2 hari, memang teruk sangat kalau tak completekan karangan 250 patah perkataan ni hihi. Entry Bandung -Day 1 klik dekat SINI. :)

Day 2 memang kami dah target nak pergi Pasar Baru then buat second trip to factory outlets Jalan Dago, sebab banyak benda target hari sebelum tu tak sempat beli. So dengan konfidennya kita set time 8am gerak pergi Pasar Baru and by 12pm mesti dah kena settle sebab nak ulang factory outlets and then Kartika Sari lagi. Petang 5pm dah nak kena pi airport sebab flight kami berdua petang tu jugak. Kawan-kawan lain dia orang semua balik petang esok, so banyak masa lagi. Kami kena balik jugak sebab nak pack barang untuk next trip dengan anak-anak heheheh. 


Pasar Baru ni banyak tingkat (they called it LANTAI), 9 kot tapi punya berjam kami kat situ, kami just tawaf 1st and 2nd floor je ok? Imagine betapa besarnya sampai nak pusing semua pun tak cukup masa, padahal macam dah habis masa siang kat situ kot. 1st floor macam kain telekung, kain sulam ke apa macam tu kot then 2nd floor yang kain lace, cotton dan anak beranak sekalian. Yang ni memang rambang mata terus. Dari konon-konon nak beli 3-4 helai, terus beli tah berapa belas helai cotton, siap beli kat satu family untuk buat baju raya semua heheheh. 



Duit tak cukup jangan risau, duit RM diterima. And ada ATM machine untuk withdraw duit kat situ, janji ATM kad Malaysia dah activate untuk buat international transaction. Itu call je hotline belakang ATM kad. I guna Maybankard, senang, serata dunia boleh withdraw. Conversion rate murah dari nak pegi money changer kat negara orang (even Pak Wawan sendiri tak galakkan kita tukar duit RM dekat money changer depa sebab banyak tipu and mahal of course).

Kain lace nak yang RM15 semeter pun ada sampailah yang meriah-meriah macam nak buat baju kawen tu. Paling mahal pun RM200 semeter tu pun dah lawa gila, penuh beads, kristal tah apa segala. Ini lace lawa ok, bukan lace sinetron Indonesia yang ibuk-ibuk mak tiri pakai tu hahahah.

Sebab barang pun sampai dah tak cukup tangan nak pegang, jangan lupa beli extra luggage dekat tingkat 7 kalau tak silap. Sebelum tu adalah 2-3 round Pak Wawan tolong pergi simpankan barang kami dalam van hehehehe. (Disamping menjadi supir, Pak Wawan so cool tolong angkut barang dan jaga baby Malik sekali, bagus gila ok? Efisyen hehe).


Tapi iyerlah, dah nama pun Pasar Baru, sorgaaa beli kain, murah dan bermacam pesyen, mana nak cukupppp 8am to 12pm tuuuuu. Sudahnya, sampai pukul 3pm kita orang kat situ hahahah. Jadual waktu yang ditetapkan dah ke laut, pukul 3 memang terus balik hotel, solat, checkout, lunch (super late!) and then pergi Kartika Sari. Nak tapau segala brownies kukus and pastries yang super sedap tu. Alhamdulillah, semua sempat and pukul 5pm ngan kami sampai airport Bandung tu. Airport dia kecik je, boarding gate dia tak bukak awal sangat sebab takde tempat yang luas nak menunggu. Flight pukul 6.40pm kot macam tu, pukul 6pm baru dia bagi masuk departure hall gitu. Cuma itu lah, naik Airasia kan, kang kalau lambat checkin dia pangkah buang nama kita pulak. 


Takde apa pesanan sangat, cuma bab makan tu hati-hati lah yer. Alhamdulillah kami semua balik sihat walafiat, tadek kena diarrhoea ke apa. Oh lagi satu, korang jangan terkejut la dengan trafik dekat Bandung, dia punya mencilok tu tahap tiba-tiba eh tingkap van orang sebelah betul-betul tepi tingkap van kita. Boleh pas baranglah kalau nak. Punya rapat gitu dia orang punya bersesak kat jalan, tapi driver dia cam cool je lagi cilok sana-sini. Awal-awal tu seram jugak, tapi lama-lama ok haha. Conclusionnya, syukurlah trafik jem Malaysia belum tahap begitu, tapi ada harapan satu hari nanti. T___T




Ada yang tanya sesuai tak bawak budak-budak, kalau tanya jawapan jujur I, memang I kata TAK. And syukur sangat kita orang tak bawak budak-budak hari tu. Sebab sesak sangat every place yang kita orang singgah, nak tolak stroller tu macam impossible. Kalau nak disuruh jalan, kalau kita leka ada harapan boleh hilang ok? Panas and berdebu jugak. Lagipun selalu kita pegi sana (kebanyakkan nya lah) pergi dengan niat nak shopping. Tak mungkin lah boleh nak shopping dengan aman damai, nak take your own sweet time belek barang sana sini kalau ada budak. Kalau nak bawak jugak, my advise tolonglah jangan leka. Jangan sambil lewa. Kalau hilang hadoiiii boleh nangis. After all kita sendiri tau behavior anak kita macam mana, so pandai-pandailah fikirkan anak kita tu sesuai dibawa atau tidak. Kalau nak practice, cuba lah pi shopping dekat area CHOW KIT tu bawak anak. Haaa macam tu lah lebih kurang hehehehe.

Last but not least, ini number Pak Wawan: 00 62 22 93470568

So itu jer la cerita Day 2, hahaha bukan ada yang best sangat melainkan membeli kain dekat Pasar Baru. Lepas ni nak cari mood sambung entry Hong Kong and then cuti-cuti Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2014, destinasi pertama Teluk Chempedak and Hyatt Regency Kuantan. Hehhehehe. Tahun 2014 antara azamnya nak banyak berjalan hahaha. :P














Adam & Aiman: Your 1st Day of School

Adam & Aiman Sayang, 


(Read WE = Mama & Ayah)


We can't believe that the day has finally come. Like finally-finally-finally. Well, after several episodes of playschool-registration-cancellation, we decided that this must be it. Even until now, we are not quite sure whether we are ready for this, but it comes anyway. You boys are going to school. Ohh, how time has flown. 

It just a kindergarten, hello? What's a big deal about it? -- some may say that. To us, this whole thing marks the real beginning of your journey in becoming who you are. Rockstar? Pilot? Engineer? Rugby Player? or whatever you choose to be when you grow up, this is just the beginning of your new adventure. Your first solo year to be exact; independent of Mama, Ayah and everyone else at home. 

Weeks before even until the night before your first day of school, I explained that you boys will be going to school, see new friends, learn new things but worry not, you guys will still see each other anyway. Abang nodded quietly, trying to take it all while Adik replied excitedly, "Ok yeay! nak pergi school. Abang don't cry ok? Mummy tinggal sekejap saja". Little did you know Adik, that you will be away from the comfort of home, where everything is new and everyone is different.


On the first day of school, we were all very excited, nervous and scared altogether. I told you, "Don't worry, everything will be fine". Trying to act all cool and relax, the truth is I was the one who worried and scared most. In a sudden, I got worried for so many things. Will you ask for help if you need one? Will things be too hard or too easy or too anything for you? Will the teachers and other kids be nice to you? Will you be brave enough to protect yourself? Will Abang be able to protect Adik and vice versa? And to Aiman particularly, will the teachers understand your boisterous energy? What if you get hungry for every one hour? Oh my Aimannnn. 

We walked to the school, very slowly (trying to delay the time eyh?) and both of you held my hands tightly. Stood in front of the glass door and as expected, both of you hesitate to go inside. I guess this the point when you realized that Mama and Ayah will not be staying with you all day, and there your tears waiting to stream down your face anytime soon.

We kissed you both on the forehead, gave you one big hug and waved good-bye *and you burst into tears*. Sorry kids that we just had to walk, leaving the crying-Adam-and-Aiman to the Aunties. But I promised that it will only be a quick few hours away from Mama and Ayah and will pick you up on time.

It's day 4 of school today. Abang looks much better now, happy about going to school but Adik, he doesn't seem to be adapting well. I know you will have struggles, or probably feel insecure, but knowing you Aiman, I believe you will be able to handle whatever comes your way with full of confidence. You just need more time to adjust sayang, Insyaallah everything will be fine.

Very deep inside, it's a bit hard to let you go and to trust someone else to look after you two, even for only a short 4 hours. My heart is torn between wanting to have you all day with me, where I can protect you from the crazy world (it's not everything nice as seen) and wanting to let you go out there so you can experience more things than just being home. But I believed, school will teach you many new things, on top of what you have learned so far. There's a lot more to discover about the world we live in and may this be among the first steps you took, that will bring the very best in you.  


Only few important notes that Mama and Ayah want you to remember, always:

1st - It's ok to be different because not everyone in this world will share the common things with you. Even Abang and Adik are different from each other, embrace the difference kids.

2nd - Don't be afraid to try something new because you never know how pleasantly surprise things can be. Try Haris, try the new adventure.

3rd - Always follow the instructions BUT it's ok to speak up when necessary. :) Trust me.

4th - Do anything you want or maybe better than anyone has ever done it as long as you be the best of you. Survival in life is about becoming the best you, not the best in class. Remember that, please.

5th - Mistakes just happen. But don't forget to say sorry and learn from it.

Last but not least, regardless if the notes outgrown from just 5 to hundreds, one last thing that you boys should always remember is your FAMILY.  No matter what, we will always be here, ohhh in fact we are here since you were just one minute old. I'm your Mama first but always your bestfriend, remember that. Ok fine, if Mama says no, go ask Ayah - as the tagline said. I'm OK with that, as long as you talk to any of your family members. Or Maktok, Tok Wan, Tok Abah, Jaja, Yaya and the list goes on. :) We love you kids, to the infinity sampai tak boleh kira!


With lots of love, to the moon and back, 

Mama.





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