Monday, March 11, 2019

Hearty Lentil & Vegetable Soup by Extra Petite.

I have been very into cooking lately - I think its ever since I followed Chrissy Teigen on Instagram and everytime she posts a cooking related Insta-story, something just clicked. And most of the things she cooks are usually very simple and it makes you feel like you also can cook like this. Or maybe its the fact that her kitchen is a dream kitchen. Oh wells.

So, be expecting more cooking related posts because this cooking train is not planning to stop soon.

Big convert of lentil soup over here since our holiday to OZ Land years back. I have been trying to get that right lentil soup that made us fall in love again but cannot wan.

This is the closest to it I guess.

I found this recipe through this blogger and her recipes are all very easy and direct so I thought of giving it a try. May I say that it was a success.

Husband loved it. Mother in law loved it. Win-win. Everybody happy.

Here are snapshots from my Insta-stories for your kind reference. Heh.


And there you have it - simple dinner on a weekday night.

It looks like it's not going to be enough to fill the tummy but it's so filling! Adrian went for round two and mom in law kept the extra for the tomorrow night meal. It's a win yass.

I did it.


And the next post I'll be sharing should be 'Homemade Chicken Nuggets by Yours Truly'.

Stay tuned to find out! 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Everything In Between.

I am back!

Okay, I have never left la so there is no coming back la. But I did sort of abandoned this space ever since the arrival of Alex. Guilty as charged please.

I still do find blogging very therapeutic but the lazy bug has gotten to me and I kinda let it stay. Heh. Or when I do have free time and got the oomph to blog, I usually (always) prefer to take a nap or watch Suits on Netflix. It's super addictive I tell you.

Anyways, here are some photos of what's been happening since February till now, sort of. So, really just everything in between. So much happened and I felt like I haven't even gotten off the roller-coaster yet. It's on a stagnant phase now - the cooling off period. Heh. From having the most expensive dim sum ever to a family photoshoot and seeing our little boy grow. He is nine months plus now.

I do, really do need a getaway.

When am I never needing one, right?

Photos are in random orders.

I have also been really interested in cooking, particularly western kind of food because way easier. Hah. And if anyone can grab Chrissy Teigen's cookbook, please let me know because I am dying to get one! And her pots and pans too!

I've enjoyed cooking so much that I try to cook something new every week - which is not realistic at all because every week sure got something on and cannot find the time to prep and cook one. So, it's been more like once every two weeks kinda thing.

Mister Koay loves it so I am earning the wife points correctly. And he does all the washing after so yay to me. Will be sharing the recipes and what I tried here soon. There's a few already. Hopefully lazy bug isn't here to visit again.


Till next time.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Random Pre-CNY things.

This is by far, the most not-happening pre Chinese New Year day that I have ever experienced. Heh. So funny because since Alex is going to experience it for the first time, I should feel different and towards a more excited mode, but it is not.

Hm.

Maybe because I am still at work and I have not gotten any lunch yet so maybe that mode will come later. Hah.

Also maybe because I don't feel good. at all.

It was low blood pressure and it's so annoying because I need and want to be 100% to enjoy this longgg holiday.

Argh.

Okay, enough for today.

I am going to cook spaghetti aglio olio all by myself for lunch yes.

Let's see if I can ace it.

:)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

3D2N Glamping at Glamz, Genting Highlands.

When I first saw the photos on facebook, I was mentally adding this place into the 'must-experience-list' and true enough, not long after that, the head of Khoo Family, Mr Khoo sent a text on a family trip to Genting and guess where he suggested us to stay.

Yes, Glamz at Genting!

We are such huge fans of glamping now because of the very good first experience that we had at Sunway Lost World of Tambun. Adrian and myself already love to go camping thanks to Jack and Carmen and now with a baby, camping seems a bit too dangerous ya. 

So glamping is the perfect kind of us because now we get to scratch that 'camping-itch' and we get to do it with our infant son. 

So, we had confirmed this trip by second half of 2018 and we were ready to place bookings and make payments. But the thing about Glamz at Genting is that they do not receive/process/accept any advance bookings of more than 60 days. 

Of course we got nervous because our travel dates are from 23-25 December 2018 and that is peak season okay - everyone wants to go somewhere that time. And we were so scared that other people would book the tents before us. #kiasufamily

But we have got good reasons for our kiasuness okay. 

Glamz at Genting has limited tents/rooms and once it's booked, that's it. Where can liddis. 

This is what they have:

ONE VIP Dome only
with private Jacuzzi
Monday - Thursday only (no public holidays) - RM 688 per night
Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays - RM 988 per night

- Room can fit up to 4 adults
- Inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults
- To add RM 100 per additional adult for inflatable mattress, blanket, pillow, bath towel, drinking water and breakfast. 

EIGHT Dome Rooms
Monday - Thursday only (no public holidays) - RM 350 per night
Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays - RM 450 per night

- Room can fit up to 4 adults
- Inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults
- To add RM 70 per additional adult for inflatable mattress, blanket, pillow, bath towel, drinking water and breakfast. 

ELEVEN Bell Tents
Monday - Thursday only (no public holidays) - RM 250 per night
Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays - RM 350 per night

- Room can fit up to 4 adults
- Inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults
- To add RM 50 per additional adult for inflatable mattress, blanket, pillow, bath towel, drinking water and breakfast. 


Here is an overview of Glamz at Genting and no, these photos are taken from Glamz at Genting's website. All the photos above these words are all taken okay. My skills are not so good in taking such nice photos please. 

Here onwards will be photos from our camera, taken by Vanessa and myself and others here and there. Heh. 

So, now you can see why we were kan-cheong to secure our room bookings? We counted chun-chun 60 days from our travel date and reminded Rachel the night before because so super kiasu, especially Vicky Khoo (my cousin who bakes amazing macarons). 

It didn't take very long for them to confirm our 8 bell tents for a total of 18 of us (and that's not even half of the full family okay) and boy, were we overjoyed when that happened. Some rooms have 3 persons staying in and some just two, and that's okay because we just needed to pay RM 50 for every additional person. 

Check-in time is standard like most hotels and Airbnbs - 3PM onwards and check-out is of course by 12PM. 

Okay, so here are some common areas and facilities that you can enjoy while staying there and photos of our vacations are included. Hah.

Glamz Dome
perfect for weddings (in my opinion)

Of course it's available for renting to do your event and things. If you are planning for a small wedding, this place is perfect for you and it's really really very nice, especially at night when the lights are out. Okaylah, maybe we will do our 10th wedding anniversary here. Heh. #eightyearstogo

This Glamz Dome can fit up to 350 pax okay. 

Pricing:
Monday to Thursday (no Public Holidays)
OptionsRateAdd On (Hourly)
Half Day – 6 Hours before 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 3,150RM 500
Half Day – 6 Hours after 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 4,500RM 500
Full Day – 15 hours
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 7,000RM 500
Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays
OptionsRateAdd On (Hourly)
Half Day – 6 Hours before 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 5,500RM 650
Half Day – 6 Hours after 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 7,500RM 650
Full Day – 15 hours
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 10,500RM 650
Public Jacuzzi and Sauna & Steam Room
common area for everyone but needs to be pre-booked with the Receptionist
 

Green House 
where I would love to have Alex's first birthday here (a girl can dream)

This is one of the event space available that you can rent for and it can fit up to 120 pax. So perfect for my Alex's first birthday please. But who is gonna travel all the way to Genting Highlands to attend a boy's first birthday right? And where we gonna find the thousands of ringgit to rent this place? Food not yet included some more. Heh. 

Pricing:
Monday to Thursday (no Public Holidays)
OptionsRateAdd On (Hourly)
Half Day – 6 Hours before 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 2,300RM 250
Half Day – 6 Hours after 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 3,200RM 250
Full Day – 15 Hours
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 4,000RM 250
Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays
OptionsRateAdd On (Hourly)
Half Day – 6 Hours before 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 2,800RM 350
Half Day – 6 Hours after 3pm
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 4,000RM 350
Full Day – 15 Hours
Total Booking hours has to include set/tear down time
RM 5,500RM 350
Reception
to do all check-ins and check-outs

Waiting Area
common area for guests

Kids' Inflatable Playground
only in the morning and noon with adults supervision please

Hallway of Bell Tents
where all of us stayed at

Our Bell Tent
with not-attached toilet (located just next to the tent)

Common Dining Area (Outdoor)
but we took over the whole place on the fist night because we've got BBQ party and other guests went out

Okay, so I thought I would share this information with you guys on marinated meat that is ready for you to buy, in KL. Sadly Penang doesn't have this kind yet. Heh. 

So, we wante dto do BBQ on the first night but we didn't want to go through the hassle of buying raw ingredients and spices separately then marinate and keep them in the fridge whatsoever. 

Since both Rachel and I were already in KL, my sister in law suggested that we go to Ben's Independent Grocer to get ready-made-marinated meat. So we went to Publika and boy I tell you. It's madness. 

I wanted to buy every marinated meat my eyes were laid upon. I kid you not. 

They are slightly pricier than normal grocery store I think, but worth it. Heh. 

Let us not forget about the 'Non-halal' section where they also have marinated pork belly ready for you. Just need to take, pay and go. 

SERIOUS LOVE FOR B.I.G. - please come to Penang thank you. 


By the time we settled down, it was already evening-ish and we all got ready for our Christmas dinner by setting up the table and getting the pit ready. 

The plates, mugs and cutleries were all taken from the pantry (available to guests staying there). We just had to wash it ourselves because hello, it's not 5-star hotel okay. This one is million-stars hotel (get it?). 

Because it's in the open and the stars are just above us and we can see immediately and nothing is between us and the stars? 

Heh. 


It was a very pleasant glamping experience. I thought it was going to be a challenge to enjoy it with an infant, but the place is really superb. The bed so comfortable Alex obviously had no problem sleeping on it. He slept through both nights till the sun came up. The weather also very syiok. 

It's located at the bottom part of Genting Highlands and we thought it was not going to be cold enough to our liking, but it gets really cold at night. Quite hot in the noon, but definitely not hotter than the city okay. 

Highly recommended.

So, please leave the city for few days and go enjoy the nature at Glamz at Genting


Till next time, bye now.