30 March 2021

We Bought a New Stroller from Ergobaby!

Before this, I never knew Ergobaby had other babies related products other than their famous Ergobaby baby carriers - which are the most important baby items for us to date. It is a lifesaver when your baby becomes cranky (whether at home or outside). Put them on with a baby carrier and they almost immediately calm down and goes to sleep. 

I remembered going through a lot of reviews back and forth when deciding which brand to get for baby carriers but ended up with Ergobaby although they are slightly more expensive than other brands. I was more comfortable with getting a genuine one (even though had to pay more) because I did not want to go through any "accidents" due to faulty/lousier materials. I was not gonna take any risks, to be honest. 

When this brand was mentioned for stroller suggestions, I was a little surprised! So, I spent an entire day doing more research and watching videos, and comparing strollers.

I don't know how most people do its comparison when it comes to strollers (or car seats and whatnot), but for me, every stroller that caught my attention - I compared them with Babyzen Yoyo+ and I try to get one that is closest to Babyzen Yoyo+ (if possible) but with the price around RM1,000. 

I saw a video where this lady was doing a comparison between a Babyzen Yoyo+ (exactly like our previous one) and an Ergobaby Metro+ Compact City Stroller 2020. She mentioned that she has tried quite many different types of strollers and these two are her top favorites (I think!). 

At the end of her video, she said that she actually prefers the Ergobaby Metro+ Compact City Stroller 2020 because she finds it easier to use and handle. 

She lives in Hong Kong and she uses the stroller with her baby everyday to everywhere. Very similar to my situation. Not that I am based in Hong Kong. But I need to use the stroller every day with Sofia and no, I cannot carry her in and out every day because hello, she is already at the 10KG mark (she is not overweight please), and my back is gonna break if I do it every day. Heh. 

So, when she said she preferred the Ergobaby to the Babyzen, I was very interested to find out more. To cut the long story short, I finally texted Adrian and told him that we would go for the Ergobaby and he texted GoodealBB and reserved one unit. 

Here is another read on the comparison between Babyzen Yoyo+ and Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller 2020 - if you are interested. 

We went to the shop to collect it the next day and now, I am happily enjoying it. 

The back wheels are bigger than the front wheels so it really feels very steady and super nice to push around. Also, it's a bonus that the black color and material make it so chic and pretty please. I am a sucker for pretty things - no surprises here. 

In all honesty, I would have chosen red but the shop only has black - so black it is. Luckily the black very nice indeed. 

When folded, it is slightly smaller than the current one though a bit heavier, heavier is good cos it is a lot steadier. 

Here's a video of how to open and close it by Adrian and like any other strollers, you need to practice to make it a smooth thing to do. So yeah, that is our take on our current stroller (hopefully the last one so no need to buy another one). 

Till next time, bye now. 

28 March 2021

Jiashi Restaurant (Relocated from Song River Cafe) at Gurney Drive, Penang.

If you are a true Penangite, you would have known or have eaten at this famous breakfast/lunch place at Song River Cafe by Gurney Drive, Penang.

Don't worry - not too late for you to go try it to be a true Penangite - because I found out about it not too long ago also ni so still got time for you to be self-declared a true Penangite. Heh. 

They do not serve dim sum - in case you are wondering. They serve Chinese food meant for breakfast and lunch. Closed for dinners (if I am not wrong). 

I thought that it was a bit too noisy from where we were seating (the front of the shop) as could hear cars drove by and dust etc. Not very bagus. 

The previous place the front side was quite covered so can hardly hear any like engines of cars driving by and definitely not much dust flying everywhere. 

He says: It's alright. A bit too much egg and no bitter gourd.
She says: It should be called fried egg with bitter gourd. I mean seriously, those thin-sliced bitter gourd is like so few la, please. Disappointing. 

He says: Not my type of food and not much taste also the soup. 
She says: Can find better beehoon soup outside. Nothing special. 

He says: So-so only - but got a lot of baby oysters. 
She says: Quite generous with the baby oysters in my opinion. This is a one-person portion by the way. 

He says: Not nice and don't like this one. Tastes better ones outside. 
She says: This is my parents' favorite. An okay dish for me. 

He says: Tofu is soft like my pillow and the stir-fried eggplants tasted so appetizing.
She says: Family's alltime favorite! The tofu is soft and the way the diced eggplant is cooked, it is absolutely yummy. 

He says: Normal je. 
She says: Nice when it's hot, taste like any usual belacan chicken.

He says: Love this one - will order this again next time.
She says: Not too bad, but I think they used to taste better. 

He says: Typical fried stuff - okay okay only. 
She says: Don't order this. Hah. Cannot tase or see any shrimp inside. Macam a lot of flour. 

Total price for 6-adults: RM177.10

When they were still at the Song River Cafe (not too far away from current location), their food tasted so much better and I remembered that we would always leave the place feeling really full and satisfied. 

This time, we left the place full (because over-ordered again heh), but we were not satisfied, and most of our food came in 1-person's portion (but 2 bowls because separated into 2 tables), but to be billed at RM177 is a bit nonsense. 

We didn't even order anything seafood. 

The price is definitely hiked up after they moved to this new place. 

We used to love having breakfast at Song River Cafe but now, with the food quality drop and pric increased, I don't think we would be coming back anytime soon. 

Time to try other place for breakfast. 

Till next makan, bye now.  

23 March 2021

2D1N Lone Pine Boutique Hotel by the Beach, Penang.

This is a few-years-overdue-post and I decided to talk about it here because we (Adrian and I) remembered loving this hotel so much. 

Actually not so much of the entire hotel in itself because let's be honest, there is nothing to shout about their swimming pool and buffet breakfast. 

In fact, their buffet breakfast happens to be one of the worst hotel buffet breakfasts we have ever had. Their porridge was cold despite being in the pot that keeps food hot, their pancakes and waffles are soft and soggy and cold and there was a big long trail of ants entering one of their buffet items and no one did anything until I brought it up with one of their waitresses. 

It was a huge disappointment. I mean, they can do a lot better, please. I do hope got no such problems now anymore. 

Still, we love Lone Pine Hotel because of its newly renovated rooms (back in Sept 2019). We didn't have high expectations but because there were some promos going on at that time, we decided to book a room for one night to celebrate our third wedding anniversary, and then my family decided to book the same room, but their Deluxe Seafacing Room was upgraded to Premier Seafacing Room that could sleep up to 4 adults (ngam ngam for them). 

Deluxe Seafacing Room (2 adults and 1 baby): RM350
Premier Seafacing Room (4-adults): RM365

With one of the rooms being upgraded, that also means we could not have connecting rooms or be on the same floor. In fact, we were at a separate building. Heh. 

I wished we had stayed for 2-nights instead of 1, to be honest, but I hope more that we get to go stay again someday. Heh. 

Too bad their swimming pool is so boring and with 2-kids now, we would prefer to go to hotels with more "happening" pools. Heh. 

Here are some photos we took during that staycation.

Okay, so when Adrian and I walked into the room, our first impression was, "Wow!". The room is spacious and modern-looking and one of the things we love most is the bathtub on the balcony, with a daybed, a table, and 2 chairs. It is so perfect for chilling. 

The other thing is the bathroom - huge and practical and the lighting is so on-point, please. They use a sliding door to separate the room from the bathroom which is so genius because it makes the entire room feels even much bigger. 

The King-sized bed felt like it was super King or something. 

Okay, now you can watch this quick video of a very brief room tour. Heh. 

Till next staycation, bye now. 

19 March 2021

Island Problems at Campbell Street, Penang.

We have been eating (a lot) - mostly at home because of the pandemic but when we get to go outside to eat, it is very much treasured. 

We still try not to bring the kids out to eat (and to shopping malls) because hello, coronavirus is still here and vaccine pun not everyone get yet. 

One of the restaurants that I have been wanting to try is Island Problems

When I first heard the name from Adrian, I corrected him because it sounded a lot like Adrian had a problem telling me the 'real' name. So funny, please. He looked so confused because I was in disbelief. I remembered very clearly that he had to say a few times to convince me that the restaurant is indeed called Island Problems

He went there once and since then, I have been seeing IG stories and posts where people share their food and reviews of this place and I just had to try it. 

That day came and I finally get to try on a few 'famous' items on their menu but since we did not manage to try all this time, surely we will go back to try more okay - maybe dinner time next round. Who wants? Let's go together! 

Anyways, here is the link to their menu if you would like to look-see first and allocate your budget heh. 

If you see their menu, you can quickly assume that this restaurant-style is a very Japanese-Thai fusion kind and I don't know what the story is like for this Island Problems, but the inside of the restaurant is very western-ish (if I can reference it that way). 

They have a big bar that basically takes up the entire ground floor where people (usually couples I think) will dine at the bar while watching the people work. 

They also have this not-safe-at-all-open-concept-staircase where you will be led to the second floor with very minimal seating areas. Again, I want to point that this place is not kids-friendly - especially if you have a walking/running toddler. Their stairs are very modern and artsy and not safe. Again - the keyword here is not safe. Hah. 

But a very nice place to dine with your lover and/or friends. Oh, and please if you can, book ahead of time to avoid being turned away due to full-house. Their place is quite small and people can take some time to dine and talk and all, so better to call them and make bookings. 

Here are some foods that we ordered for sharing. We left the restaurant one and half hours later - feeling very full and satisfied. 

150g sliced Japanese wagyu, range egg, furikake with rice
He says: Too buttery for me, however the beef is perfectly cooked. But I would not order this again.
She says: Quite a small bowl for RM88 priced dish but then again, it's wagyu so what do you expect right. The sliced wagyu is buttery and salty and soft - almost melt in your mouth kind - but with enough texture, for you to chew and enjoy its goodness. The rice underneath is Japanese rice so what can be wrong with it? The answer is nothing la okay. 

Salmon sashimi, salmon roe served with rice
He says
: It's okaylah. A bit too much of the salmon egg. This is probably my best dish of the day. 
She says: I personally do not know how to enjoy sashimi with rice (yes, I don't eat salmon sushi also wan). I usually eat just the sashimi but this one I had to try because ordered already. The sashimi and salmon roe are very fresh so, overall quite a good dish. 

Chicken katsu, house katsu sauce, milky bread
He says
: The bread for me is the same as bangkali roti. But the fried chicken was quite well-fried.
She says: The chicken katsu inside is legit yummy. It tasted like any other really good fried chicken but this one got their house katsu sauce, so I think that is the thing that makes it yummy. I thought the milky bread could be a lot softer because it was quite dense. 

Tenderloin steak, house sauce, milky bread
He says
: Nothing special. 
She says: Tasted very similar to the wagyu, to be honest - buttery and salty. Milky bread same-same - will be nicer if softer.  

Truffle scrambled egg top with unagi served with rice
He says
: Oh this is actually my best dish of the day. First time having truffle with unagi and it blends well. 
She says: My absolute favorite of all the dishes we tried. The scrambled egg is cooked with truffle so can you imagine the aroma, and then you eat with the unagi and rice, and you just need to close your eyes and chew. It was so good! I never thought that truffle would go so well with unagi because it is not one of my favorite food combos. This one wins. 

Scallops, prawn, shrimp & salmon roe, creamy black pasta
He says: It's alright. 
She says: Our first dish - did not disappoint. I am not the creamy-pasta-person, but this was yummy. It did not have that overpowering creamy taste that most creamy pasta dishes usually have. It has a very nice seafood-y taste to it which I super love because I am a seafood person. 

Total bill for 4-persons: RM315

We ordered a drink each but no need to review because their drinks are not anything special. 

So, there it is - our honest reviews on the food. Personally, for me, I will definitely go back there to dine despite pricey tags. Also, just want to add that their portions are not super big or anything so if you happen to be quite a bigger appetite person, one order is not enough for you, probably the same case for me heh. 

Photos are all taken with iPhone 12 - it looks so nice because so ngam the place we were seated had such a great backlight. Heh. I am actually not pro at all in food-photography taking. 

Till next makan, bye now. 

17 March 2021

Goodbye WhatTwoEatHere!

So, we have decided to bid farewell to our food-blog of which has been inactive for one year (I think). 

We started WhatTwoEatHere because back when we were still not married, we both enjoyed eating, and doing reviews on them makes so much sense and it was fun. 

Well, we still enjoy eating but now with two kids to handle, there is just no priority whatsoever to take photos at all. We usually just dig right in. 

But shutting it down brings a certain kind of sadness to me because of all the hard work there leh - all those words and photos. We decided not to continue paying for its domain (.com) and return it to .blogspot.com which is still absolutely fine. 

There are 170 posts on WhatTwoEatHere, but we will no longer be posting food reviews there, because it is a lot easier (and practical) to do all kinds of reviews here, since this is my main place. 

Moving forward, we will do our food reviews here - those that we can stop and take photos of before we jump right into eating it of course. Again, we are not food experts but we know what we like and what we don't. We don't represent everyone, but I would like to think that our tastebuds are same-same but quite different so some of you may be able to relate. 

Like, you like it but your other half does not like it. 

Trust us, we've been there, done that. 

Maybe for the sake of the many years with WhatTwoEatHere, here are some facts. 

  • The idea to start a food-blog together happened when we were having lunch at Kampar Fish Jelly Restaurant at Sungai Nibong.
  • Yes, our first post was on Kampar Fish Jelly. 
  • We started on 22 February 2012. 
  • Many of you did not know this, but I wrote every post - yes 170 posts, but the "He says" was written by Adrian himself - using his own words and style. 
  • Some posts were sponsored by the restaurants but most of them were on our own. 
  • We did not say good things because we were paid to review their food - it was all honest opinions. 
  • We were once invited to a hotel to do their food reviews but we had thought that it was on their buffet line so we went ahead and ate their buffet foods - then, they started bringing out their special 'Raya' meals. We were of course a little embarrassed and so full after that. In our defense, they should have communicated clearer on what they wanted us to review, instead, they left us seating there waiting, and we were hungry. Hah. 
  • Le Roy helped us with our "logo" and we even made name cards to give out - shameless us. Hah.
  • Few months after launching the food-blog, Hooi San helped created a cartoon us. 
  • We even printed a WhatTwoEatHere banner - we were so into the food-blogger idea. Hah. 
  • Most of the food photos that we took were from my iPhone and some with Sony's camera.

So yeah, watch out for this space for more yummy food reviews and travel stories (hopefully) and maybe some other babies-related posts. 

Thank you for staying with us all this while and reading our nonsense. Hah. Hope you are entertained and you get the information that you need. 

Till next time, bye now. 

16 March 2021

3D2N PARKROYAL Penang Resort.

We had initially booked for a night at Angsana Teluk Bahang for a quick staycation with Adrian's family but we canceled it when the Government announced the MCO 2.0 - then, we booked for a 2-night holiday at PARKROYAL Penang Resort when the MCO was lifted and people can go outside again. 

PARKROYAL Penang Resort was chosen because they have a few attractive promotions ongoing and we decided to go ahead and book with the hotel directly through their website. 

We booked the 'Rediscover Your Penang' promo and decided to take the bigger room to accommodate more of us. 

There were a total of 5-adults and 4 children (under 6yo) and we booked a Premier Seaview Room (RM655.60 for 2-nights) and Family Seaview 1-Bedroom Room (RM743.60 for 2-nights). 

Then, I sent an email for additional requests like a baby cot for each room, rooms to be connecting (if possible), and to be on a non-smoking floor - which turns out all rooms are non-smoking at Parkroyal, and for any complimentary room upgrades. 

A few days later, they emailed back and confirmed all the abovementioned and upgraded both our rooms to a higher room category.  

The Premier Seaview Room for Joe Sern, Jaryn, Jacob, and Joash was upgraded to a Family Seaview 1-Bedroom room, while our (Adrian, MIL, Alex, Sofia, and myself) Family Seaview 1-Bedroom Room was upgraded to a Family Seaview 2-Bedroom Room. 

We could not get the connecting rooms but we were on the same floor. 

The Family Seaview 2-Bedrooms Room comes with a King-sized bed and two single beds - no bathtub and no trundle bed - huge balcony space and huge bathroom space and we have got 2 TVs. 

The room was clean but there was a funny pee-like smell when we first walked in but the housekeeping team quickly came over and sprayed air freshener all over the room. I did not really smell it but Adrian did and it was bothering him a bit too much. 

There was also no minibar, the fridge and 'pantry' area was hidden in the cupboard - which honestly was not very smart because we had to boil our water (using the kettle provided) on the work desk which was quite far from the pantry cupboard - what a funny not practical placement.

The bed and pillows were okay, and the bathroom is a win, please. I love (so much) the big vanity area with plenty of space to put our things. The lighting was amazing to put makeup on or to pinch pimples etc. It does not feel crowded in there, so for me, that is a huge plus. 

The table and chairs on the balcony was another plus for us - because it is our new 'staycation thing' to do (not that new lah actually) - to bring our drink and put on some songs and chill outside. Sometimes we converse, and sometimes we just do our own things, together. 

They have 2 big swimming pools (one with water-slides) and plenty of beach chairs for you so no need to go earlier and 'jom' seats. Heh. They also have grassy areas to play futsal, badminton, and ping-pong, and hammocks. 

Entrance and exit to the beach also equipped with a place to wash your feet (or your body if you want heh). 

Buffet breakfast is a-okay - quite a lot of choices. The original price per adult is RM70 but our promo comes with a 50% discount so we paid RM35 per adult. Let's just say that I would not pay RM70 for the buffet breakfast, but RM35 okay can. 

We spent close to two hours in the Koko-Nut Kids' Club on our check-out day and I was honestly very impressed with it. You have to book your clots in advance because they are usually fully-booked - but really if you have children, you would want to send them there to play a while. Super fun! 

If not mistaken, you can leave them there to play if they are 5-yo and above or something, and free of charge okay - for in-house guests only.

Overall, I can (and probably will) come back for staycations here. The rooms are newly renovated (if I am not wrong) so it is really nice. 

For now, let you all have a virtual feel of the room for 13-seconds first. Heh. 

Till next staycations, bye now. 

09 March 2021

Dreaming of Holidays.

I have lost count of the number of times I've dreamed of going on holidays with family and friends - and my dreams were always cut short by Sofia's kung-fu kicks. I would wake up immediately and tell Adrian about my short dream - short but was enough. Hah. 

We always ask ourselves where would be the first place we would go once it is safe enough to travel - and the top 2 destinations are either Japan or Australia. 

Japan - because Adrian has never been and I have and it is so nice please, and also the fact that people of Japan are very clean and proper so even if it's safe enough to travel and all, we would still prefer to go to a country that is more "risk-free of covid-19". Hah. 

Australia - because we have been to a few parts of OZ and loved it. I would like to go to Perth again just because my first time there, I was having bad morning sickness with Sofia and didn't really enjoy it to the fullest, and the fun fact that I actually forgot to bring most of my clothes because I was too focused packing for Alex and Adrian. Oh, wells. This time, we will most likely go to Tasmania and maybe Sydney since we didn't spend much time in Sydney the last time we went. 

Ini semua cakap angan-angan can okay please. 

Then again, if you ask me, I would vote for Japan because it is really a very nice country to visit. I've been to Kyoto and Osaka and it was lovely, and I have stayed in mountain resorts with private onsens. 

And also cos I deleted ALL my Japan photos from Google Drive and there is absolutely no way to retrieve them back because of more than 60 days already. So sad okay!

So, we need to go back to make new memories together, and to help me heal my sadness over so many Japanese photos I took in 2014! :(

But in all seriousness, this travel-deprived-feeling is getting to me. Thankful that we get to do some domestic staycations for now. 

Till next time, bye now.