一家四口花费低于一万马币!8天7夜澳洲柏斯亲子游 Part 1

自2019冠状病毒疾病(COVID-19,冠病)爆发以来,我们已经在家隔离三个星期了。这段时期每个人都留在家里没去公司上班,也不能去旅游。我想当疫情好转后,大家一定会一窝蜂出去旅游的。所以我便写下年前和家人的澳洲柏斯之旅以便大家参考。
在柏斯之前,我们曾经到过澳洲的悉尼 (Sydney),墨尔本(Melbourne),黄金海岸(Gold Coast)和塔希马尼亚(Tasmania),所以对于澳洲也有一定的熟悉了。柏斯(Perth)是西澳(Western Australia)的首府,亦是澳洲的第四大城市。这一次我们选择了带两个小孩去西澳主要是知道那里的步伐比较慢,很适合一家大小放松地慢游。
我们一家人浩浩荡荡从 KLIA 2 乘搭 AirAsia X 班机去到柏斯国际机场。我们原本是定农历新年时飞的,但是AirAsia X 取消了原班机而让我们重新选择班机时间,所以我们选了三月学校假期旺季期间的飞机票。那时候的正常票价是RM1500 一个人,但是我们四人一行只花了少过RM2000就可以飞了。

三月柏斯气温大概十五到三十摄氏之间,正好是一家人出行的好时候。澳洲和马来西亚时差两个小时,到达柏斯国际机场时是当地凌晨5点多。柏斯国际机场的检验跟澳洲其它城市一样严密,我因为带了一罐小女儿食用的婴儿奶粉而被问了一大堆疑问。好不容易出了关后,很多商店都还没开门。另外,机场的手推车也要另外付费的。所以我们没有逗留很久,找了一下方向便走去等候乘搭免费的 City CAT Free BUS到柏斯城市中心。
说到City CAT Free BUS,总共有四条CAT巴士路线(红、蓝、黄、绿)贯穿珀斯市东西、南北。珀斯为降低污染,除CAT以外,在繁华的市中心亦提供免费的公共运输系统,搭其他公车只要上车和下车都是在市中心范围内完全免费,多好的公共福利啊。

New Menu @ Elements Kitchen & Bar, TREC KL

Looking for a cool hangout place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur? Look no more, Elements Kitchen & Bar located at TREC KL is here for you. Offering a selection of fresh and delectable dishes that offer rich flavors amidst a casual setting, Elements Kitchen & Bar is where great conversation flows.
Let's have a look at the new menu of Elements Kitchen & Bar that's available since Mar 2020.

Garlic-ky Pizza ( RM 17)
We don't mean to be cheesy, but this cheesy garlic pizza stole a pizza our hearts! Comes with thin crust pizza that is topped with the generous amount of garlic and cheese in it.

Macho Nachos ( RM 20)
The ultimate Nachos layered with chili con carne, jalepeno salsa and generous portion of meat with cheese on top. This is a man's best friend!

Truffle Fries (RM 20)

Amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe

My younger girl turns 7 and she requested a chocolate cake. Since we were staying at home, I decided to bake one for her. There are many different chocolate cakes and I have made an amazing chocolate cake that is moist and coated with buttercream. Scroll down to see the recipe.

Amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients
Chocolate Cake

1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 and 3/4 cups (350g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)
1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil or melted coconut oil)
2 large eggs, at room temperature*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
1 cup (240ml) freshly brewed strong hot coffee (regular or decaf)

Chocolate Buttercream

Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe (Inspired by Starbucks)

Anyone here tried Starbucks’ Lemon Loaf before? I love it as it is Full of lemon flavor, moist, dense, and rich.
Since we are asked to stay at home, I thought why not we try to bake this lemon loaf at home? So here's the recipe I used to bake the Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe:

Ingredients

The Lemon Loaf Cake
1/2 cup butter (113 gram), room temperature
1 cup sugar (200 gram)
zest of 2 lemons
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (195 gram)
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (120 gram)
2 tbsp lemon juice (about 0.5 lemon)

The Lemon Syrup
1/4 cup icing sugar (50 gram)
2 tbsp lemon juice

The Lemon Frosting
1 cup icing sugar (120 gram)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp milk

Basque Burnt Cheesecake Recipe (as Good as Tokyo Restaurant)

Basque burnt cheesecake is so popular here in Malaysia especially after Tokyo Restaurant introduced it. Cheese lovers would surely love this soft, creamy and rich flavour cheesecake.
I used to bake quite a lot before married. However, I have stopped baking for awhile after becoming a mother. Since the Movement Control Order happening in Malaysia, I have picked up my old hobby and baked my first ever Basque burnt cheesecake for my family.
Surprisingly it is really easy and fast to make. We have chosen Anchor brand for their premium cheese and dairy products. The ingredients was so easy to get too, as we could just order from Bake with Yen.
Here's the Basque Burnt Cheesecake Recipe that I would like to share with you.

浪漫土耳其之旅 Part 10

来到浪漫土耳其之旅最后一天了,我们带着依依不舍的心情踏上归程。
回到新加坡,又要和朋友告别了。他们飞回去槟城,我们飞回去吉隆坡。
我想在早上拍摄 Jewel,所以选了较迟的班机。可惜,原来 Jewel甚至vortex 早上是关闭的。所以我们便随便乱逛拍照后便飞回来吉隆坡了。
特别感谢好朋友规划这次的浪漫土耳其之旅。吃,喝,玩,乐全部都准备好了,让我们全程无忧地享受这次的旅行。土耳其每一个地方对我来说都是奇景,它比我想象中有趣,好玩。虽然旅程有几天是蛮累的,但是我真心喜欢这一次的自助旅行。当中我最喜欢所有小镇的风光明媚和热情的人。那些风土人情是城市里没有的。就如我生长于城市里,也不会对陌生人特别热情一样。不是无情,只是现实生活把我们磨练成冷酷的人。

浪漫土耳其之旅 Part 9

这一天是 浪漫土耳其之旅的尾声了。我们选择在民宿附近的餐馆吃早餐后便去参观一直出现在伊斯坦堡景象的加拉達石塔(Galata Tower) 。
加拉達石塔初建于1348年,耸立在金角湾上。
登其顶上,可以远眺波斯普鲁斯海峡和金角湾。由于我们到达的时候还早,排了一会儿我们便买票登上加拉達石塔了。
走在塔外,我们看到伊斯坦堡城里的风景,还有海上的船只。塔外通道蛮狭小的,所以必须小心为妙。不久前就有游客跌下去塔外而死亡。在这里没有限制时间,所以我们逗留了一会儿才走。

浪漫土耳其之旅 Part 8

这一天在民宿里随便煮早餐吃饱后,我们搭有轨电车到加拉塔大橋(Galata Bridge)。这座桥全長約490公尺,橫跨金角灣(the Golden Horn)並鄰近博斯普魯斯海峽是 一座兩層式設計的橋樑。 上層規劃讓汽車、路面電車與行人通行,下層則為伊斯坦堡當地著名的小吃集散地點,橋樑中間 的部分則是活動式,可以打開讓船隻通行。
由于还早,我们看到很多钓鱼客在桥上钓鱼,还和一些人聊了起来。蛮开心的。

过后,我们便乘船去位于亚洲区的卡地科尔(Kadıköy)。 卡地科尔是土耳其的都市,在伊斯坦堡对面,博斯普鲁斯海峡的南端。

House Cleaning Tips & Tricks with Kleenso

For the first time in my life, my family and my Malaysia's fellow are under Movement Control Order due to coronavirus outbreak(COVID-19). We are ordered to stay at home at all time by the government. With the isolation at home, it is very important to clean our entire house to prevent the spread of virus.
If you don't know where to start, try these cleaning tips and tricks.
  • Clean the floor and other surfaces
Vacuum, sweep, and mopping the floor to get rid of dirt and debris. A good floor cleaner help to ease the job. Proudly made in Malaysia, Kleenso Serai Wangi Liquid Wax Floor Cleaner is formulated with eucalyptus oil, citronella oil (Serai wangi/lemongrass) and lemon extract. It can even repel household pets such as flies, ants and cockroaches.
While most floor cleaners uses harmful chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acid or solvent to clean, Kleenso Serai Wangi Liquid Wax Floor Cleaner is free of such chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that reduces the risk of nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous systems.

In fact, Kleenso Serai Wangi Liquid Wax Floor Cleaner can also be used to clean other surfaces, such as kitchen tiles and fan blades.
It is easy to use, just add 2 caps of Kleenso Serai Wangi Liquid Wax Floor Cleaner to 2 litres of water, and clean away!

Japanese & Korean Beauty Box - nomakenolife

Beauty Box was so popular in Malaysia back in 2012 and 2013. Back then, I received beauty boxes every month with loads of surprises by paying just a minimal subscription fees. However, the beauty boxes in Malaysia was not doing well and many of them are discontinues.

So, when nomakenolife approaches me early 2020, I quickly agreed to subscribe because I love receiving Beauty Boxes. I love to unbox my beauty boxes because most of them would contain beauty surprises that I love.

I subscribed to the February 2020 version of nomakenolife beauty box. nomakenolife is a monthly Japanese & Korean Beauty Box that contains 8-9 items of Korean and Japanese cosmetics plus skincare. It comes with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE too.
Let's scroll down to see what I got in my February 2020 version of nomakenolife beauty box.

1) Melliesh 3-way multi heart


This cute balm from Japanese brand Melliesh is a multi-functional balm. It can be used for your eyes, lips or cheeks! The case even has a small mirror so you can apply your makeup on the go. Melliesh 3-way multi heart comes in pink, cherry red, rich brown or cassis berry.
I received the Cassis Berry ones. It's so cute in packaging and easy to carry around with me.

This balm is 17g and is retail at $4.97 USD.

2) Medius heart eye mask

This Korea heart-shaped hydrogel eye mask will take care of the delicate skin around your eyes. It also has an amazing rose scent!

Secrets to Looking Younger - Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

Nighttime is the most important repair time for the skin. Not just beauty sleep, this restful period allows for natural skin repair mechanisms to kick in. Hence the right night routine skincare makes this process even more effective.
Murad has launched the new Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream recently. It is a breakthrough, anti-ageing formula that works to combat common concerns while we sleep. It let us rediscover our skin's youthful capacity just by applying the cream before going into our beauty sleep.
The amazing technology behind Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream? Powered by Retinol Tri-Active Technology (a fast-acting Retinoid, a time-released Retinol and a Retinol booster), the lightweight, quick-absorbing cream helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture for a smoother, younger-looking complexion come morning.
Delivering long-lasting moisture and hydration, its blend of Swertia Flower Extract and peptide-rich Red Algae Extract create a lifting and firming effect to help improve elasticity and redefine facial contours. Wake up to revitalised, refined skin with restored luminosity.

Cartoon Network Characters Deliver Kids Hygiene Message: “Be Clean. Be Cool!”

Cartoon Network has launched an animated public service announcement focusing on good hygiene practices, in support of worldwide efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Designed to be a fun way of helping children understand the importance of keeping healthy, the music video will run on Cartoon Network (Astro Ch. 616) and Boomerang (Unifi Ch. 555), initially across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It’s also available on Cartoon Network’s social channels and YouTube.
The rap features iconic characters from its shows: The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go!, Adventure Time and Ben 10. Messages include covering your mouth when you sneeze, trying to avoid touching your face and washing your hands properly. Be clean. Be cool!

Guess Pringles Chips’ Mystery Flavour to Win RM20,000 Cash Prize

Everyone loves a good surprise, especially one that’s about snacks. And when it comes to snacking, Pringles is a firm favourite at parties and gatherings galore. Known around the world for its unique saddle-shaped, stackable chips, Pringles exists to bring out everyone’s playful side. Whether you’re craving for a snack with a kick, or something tangy and spicy, each well-seasoned Pringles chip is a crispy delight, and never greasy on the fingers or in the mouth.

For the first time in Malaysia, Pringles brings snack lovers a brand-new Mystery Flavour! Available for a limited time only starting from 1st March, Pringles Mystery Flavour comes in a white can, so the guessing game begins even before you start poppin’!
Specially-created to challenge Malaysian Pringles fans’ taste buds, the Mystery Flavour cans will be available at major retail stores as well as e-commerce sites across the nation from 1st March until 30th April 2020. And to make it even more exciting, one (1) lucky winner will bring home a cash prize worth RM20,000 if they guess the Mystery Flavour correctly!
“It has been more than 40 years since Pringles was introduced to Malaysians. Today, it has become one of Malaysia’s favourite chips when it comes to snack time. For the past decades, we’ve stayed true to our brand’s DNA, “Once you pop, the fun won’t stop!” This is why we continuously create and release new, exciting flavours of Pringles chips to make each snacking experience fun for everyone in the family,” said Bose Sanjib, Marketing Director of Kellogg’s South East Asia.

“Tantalizing Tastes of Thailand” buffet by Chakri Group of Restaurants

Ramadhan 2020 is coming soon in April. This year, Chakri Palace is delighted to once again hold a buffet of Thai cuisines and local favourite dishes especially for “Tantalizing Tastes of Thailand” buffet promotion to be held at Chakri Palace Sky View Dorsett Hotel Hartamas, Imperial Chakri Palace KLCC and Chakri Palace Pavilion KL from 27th April 2020 onwards.
Engage your senses and be amazed with their dedicated team of Thai Chefs ever-scrumptious spread of more than 50 modern and authentic Thai & local favorites dishes spread.
Diners will be spoil by choices with the wide selection of local ulam-ulam and Kerabu, such as Thai Mango Salad, Thai Papaya Salad, Glass Noodles Salad, Chicken Salad, famous thai appetizer with seven ingredients “Mieng Kam”, Samosa, Crispy Thai Spring Rolls, Cracker and many more.
For the main course, guests may indulge in their signature Thai cuisine selections such as lamb in Thai green curry, prawn with butter sauce topped with salted egg, Black Pepper Beef, Tomyam seafood, Steamed Seabass in lime and chilli, and Pandan Chicken.

“RAIKAN 101 HARI BERSAMA AEON – SAMA SAMA LAGI BEST” AEON Group’s First Integrated campaign

Updated 17 Mar 2020 - In view with the current spike in the number of COVID-19 infection and the call by the government to restrict movement, hence the management of AEON has decided to call off the All Night Sale scheduled to take place on March 20, 2020 at 6pm to 6am on March 21, 2020. The AEON Campaign will still be held from March 20 to June 28 during the regular business hours.

In an effort to give customers peace of mind and also a pleasant shopping experience in view of the spread of COVID-19 during this season, AEON Group will spend RM 1.2 million to continue to undertake major sanitization and cleaning initiatives throughout the retail outlets and stores nationwide.

“The WHO just declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. In AEON Group, we are constantly placing our customers as our first priority. It is our responsibility to keep our customers and business partners safe from the outbreak., while at the same time, to spur the customer spending to drive up the economy,” said Shafie Shamsuddin, Chief Executive Officer, AEON Retail (Malaysia).


L to R: Mr Ajith Jayaram - Chief Business Officer of AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad.
Mr Yuro Kisaka - Managing Director of AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad.
Mr Shafie Shamsuddin - Managing Director of AEON Retail (Malaysia).
Mr Hiroshi Watabe - Deputy Managing Director of AEON BIG (M) Sdn Bhd.


The campaign known as “RAIKAN 101 HARI BERSAMA AEON – SAMA SAMA LAGI BEST” is aimed at offering customers great savings and the opportunity to enjoy value added services and experiences as they shop during the Ramadhan and Hari Raya season. The integrated campaign, a collaboration between AEON CO. (M), AEON BiG and AEON Credit Service, will kick off on Friday, 20 March 2020 and end on 28 June 2020. It will be held across all AEON Retail stores, including 28 AEON Malls, 34 AEON Departmental Stores, 22 AEON BiG stores, 9 MaxValu Prime stores, 74 AEON Wellness and 24 Daiso Specialty Stores.

R: Mr Shafie Shamsuddin - Managing Director of AEON Retail (Malaysia).

“We are blessed to be able to share the first ever joint initiative as AEON Group for our customers and community. We believe this campaign will not only benefit our customers with great savings and value added services, but also will benefit our SMEs, especially during this challenging market condition,” added Shafie Shamsuddin, Chief Executive Officer, AEON Retail (Malaysia).
The campaign which will be held throughout the country is also aimed at encouraging the usage of the AEON Member Plus (“AMP”) Card, the loyalty and prepaid card that can be used in both AEON CO. (M) and AEON BiG.

Truly Asia Malaysian Ramadhan Buffet Dinner @ Sime Darby Convention Centre

The holy month of Ramadan 2020 is around the corner. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion.
This year, diners can enjoy Truly Asia Malaysian Ramadhan Buffet Dinner at Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC)The Ramadhan buffet promotion starts from 24 April to 21 May 2020. Feast during this holy month with SDCC with a variety of Asia Malaysian traditional flavours, in an authentic local ambience which guests can experience the Malaysian culture at its finest.
The buffet features a wide array of mouth-watering Malaysian favourites that one would expect such as Kari Kepala Ikan Salmon, Sotong Berlado Petai, Fried Fish with Vinegar Chili Sauce and Bubur Lambuk Berherba. The Oxtail Asam Pedas is also a local delicacy and a staple food for Malaysians, definitely a must try item for this Ramadan buffet.
There will also be 20 stations offering distinctive live cooking shows such as Sup Berempah, Masakan Kawah, Ikan bakar, Otak-otak, Teppanyaki, Sizzler, Hot Plate and assorted Cucur. All these highlighted dishes are prepared specially by designated chefs, where all ingredients are selected thoroughly to ensure the authenticity and originality of the dish. You can be sure to find something that will definitely tempt your palate.

International Women's Day 2020 with Mondelēz International Malaysia

International Women's Day is an annual event falls on 8 March, which is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. I normally celebrate this wonderful day with my mother and sister.
This year, I had a wonderful time celebrated International Women's Day with Mondelēz International (Malaysia) - the nation’s Favourite Snacking Company and global snacking power house. Mondelēz International (Malaysia) hosted various activities to educate and promote a healthy balanced diet for women at their head office at Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya on the lovely morning.
As a Company that aims to empower people to snack right, this vision translates to its winning growth culture. All around the world, the people of Mondelēz International are passionate about providing the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. Empowering its people to accomplish this begins inside, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. They believe that diversity must be more than just about gender. It’s about respect and the appreciation of diversity of culture, experience, and ideas.
Raja Zalina Raja Safran; Head, Corporate & Government Affairs, Mondelēz International Malaysia & Singapore

Mondelēz International (Malaysia) concerns about healthy eating responsibility for women and your wellbeing. As women, we are also mom, we take care of our kids, we have work and we have to perform at work. Hence, a healthy eating is important to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. We have organized an educational session with the Ministry of Health (MOH) called Health Eating Responsibilities (HER), which is MOH’s recently introduced initiative and overall nutrition advocacy for women which covers topics around healthy eating and its benefits to guide women towards a healthier, nutritious life with Mondelēz Malaysia being the first company in the country to organise this talk.” said Raja Zalina Raja Safran; Head, Corporate & Government Affairs, Mondelēz International Malaysia & Singapore in her opening speech.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Kicks Off 8th Anniversary in “City of Infinite Possibilities”

To all the kids out there, it’s time for infinite fun and madness! Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, award-winning indoor family centre, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is committed to making the city a place of infinite possibilities, one that will inspire and challenge children to dream big.
Happy 8th Birthday to KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

The enthusiastic ‘zupervisors’ of KidZania Kuala Lumpur made sure the children and their families had oodles of fun with an exciting selection of infinite-themed activities, edutaining workshops, entertaining performances and parade, where the children got to discover their potential and dreams to the fullest.
Four main activities and three workshops were featured around various establishments within the city, exclusively for visitors on 29th Feb 2020. The main activities include a Tealive Infinity Cups Challenge and Nips Straw Challenge by Kodomo Lion to improve the children’s movement and accuracy. Both activities are a form of sensory play to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills.

Miniature Malaysia @ MinNature Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of cultural diversity and heritage. We should embrace this uniqueness in every way we could. I am happy to find out that the newly opened Miniature Malaysia dazzles in every way as a magnificent masterpiece to promote the richness in Malaysian’s historical and cultural diversity.
Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur in JUMPA@Sungei Wang Plaza, MinNature Malaysia showcase Malaysia's iconic culture and landmarks such as the kampung/village life, Dataran Merdeka and even Ipoh’s own unique landmarks.
Managed by Miniature heritage exhibition company, Magnificent Miniatures Sdn Bhd, Its project director, Wan Cheng Huat said the launch is good timing with the government’s Visit Malaysia Year 2020.
“Tourist will have a good glimpse of the beauty of what Malaysia has to offer during their stay here,” he said.
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