Monday, August 15, 2016

Get Ready To Wonderstruck With These Extraordinary Ipoh Hotels!

You know that blissful feeling when you wake up after a long night’s sleep in a hotel bed, slip into your warm fuzzy hotel-issued slippers and robe...and think, why can't we wake up like this every morning?! Ahhhhh.. the joy of staying in an amazing hotel room! Now I'm planning to have a little family trip in the next couple of months.. We are still contemplating on where to stay. So get ready to wonderstruck with these extraordinary Ipoh Hotels that I wanted to share with you guys!

Ipoh is commonly known as the gateway to Cameron Highland. Even so, this city has a special charm that makes Ipoh is worth to be selected as your favorite holiday destination.

Join the whole package of adventurous nature, stunning Orang Asli culture, mouth-watering delicacies, and artistic city, there are various Ipoh Hotels ready to pamper you.

Commit to the perfectness, these special Ipoh Hotels are presented extraordinary. The charm of each hotel will surely make you wonderstruck! Be ready! Apart from these hotels, you can simply check for more.

Ipoh Bali Hotel
Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim 12A, Off Jalan Tambun 
Here is the place for embracing Bali taste in Malaysia. Built into Bali architecture, using original material from the god's island, the guest can experience remarkable times in Ipoh. The hotel tastefully decorated with antique yet luxurious wooden furniture, also beautified with 60-year-old Frangipani trees to freshen the ambiance.

The Bali taste Ipoh hotel hosts 12 rooms with the tropical setting and features plush amenities in 4-star hotel standard, comprising AC, TV with satellite Astro, minibar, electric kettle, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and ironing facilities. Selected rooms come with balcony or garden with pleasant lounge, also the bathroom with bathtub. The facilities comprise spa and salon, also a restaurant with stunning rooftop venues.

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh
2 Hala Datuk 5, Off Jalan Leong Boon Swee 
This boutique hotel will surprise you with the eclectic concept. The appearance of this hotel really looks like a high-class boutique that mixing the Malaysia's colonial heritage to the modern urban decoration. Each floor is tastefully designed in distinctive theme. The first floor is Adventure Themed inspired by the Malaysia's Safari Expedition circa 1800's, the second floor is more majestic embracing the industrial era, whereas the third floor is Excelsior Themed with vibrantly colorful display fashioned with butterflies.

The outstanding Ipoh hotel hosts nearly 100 eclectic rooms complemented with amenities that suits to the urban traveler, such as TV, minibar, USB port, Wi-Fi, and in-room safe. As the additional features, there are Oldtown White Coffee Grand as the dining outlet, Myth Eatery and Bar that offers continental delicacies, also M Shop to cater the shopping lover.

The Happy 8 Retreat
This is the Ipoh hotel with an outstanding combination of art, nature, and technology. Stepping inside the hotel brings you surrounded by nature and art. From the facade to the interior are designed with artistic taste, showing the natural theme using such as wooden and stone material.

There are 2 the Happy 8 Retreat hotel in Ipoh: one at Pasir Putih (at Jalan Shah Bandar, Taman Happy) offering exclusively 5 guestrooms feature a private garden with bamboo trees and outdoor bathtub. The other is at Old Town (Market Street no.46), offering 13 artistic guestrooms with modern amenities, pervades TV, electric kettle, and minibar. The property has an on-site restaurant to humor the guest, together with a bar and coffee cafe. There is also yoga class to complete your retreat here. 

Sarang Paloh Heritage Stay & Event Hall
Jalan Sultan Iskandar 16 
The heritage Ipoh hotel consistently presents the outstanding culture of Ipoh Old Town. It is housed inside the iconic Yick Woh and Oversea Building, may take you back to the old era of 1930 while step inside the property. The decoration is full of antique wooden furniture from the old days. Most former guests compliments the rustic setting and the quiet environment at the Sarang Paloh Heritages Stay since the name "Sarang" means "nest" that literally images the essential of the nest as the perfect place for staying and living.

The entire rooms are tastefully decorated with wooden material and warm golden lighting. The concept is inspired by various resident birds of Perak. Some amenities you get inside the room are AC, TV, Wi-Fi, electric kettle, and in-room safe. Tropical garden, coffee lounge, and event hall are also available in this 4-star Ipoh hotel.

Oh decisions..decisions! xD


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

3 Ways How You Can Pick a Stroller You DON’T Need!

Becoming a first-time parent has a somewhat weird feeling associated to it. On one hand, it’s really exciting, and on the other, it can be quite nerve wrecking! For me, I was particularly overwhelmed with the sheer amount of baby products out there and the different variations of a particular baby product. At that time, like Shazwani did in her post here, I had also created a list of baby products I should be getting for the new addition to the family. However, when I started going through my list, I faced a major hurdle when it came to the strollers. There were just way too many strollers to choose from, so my husband and I ended up spending a good amount of time researching to make sure we picked out the best stroller for our first child. It was during then when we figured that we should create a resource to help parents pick out the right stroller for their family’s needs; and that’s how Mommy Stroller came about.

Instead of providing tips on how one can pick out the right stroller for their needs, I thought it’d be fun to contribute a guest post on how NOT to pick the right stroller. These are common mistakes made by many parents, so be sure to not practice them. Let’s dive in!

#1 Purchasing the Cheapest or the Most Expensive Stroller 
 Depending on individual circumstances, different parents have different shopping preferences. Most however opt to go for the cheapest (to save money) stroller, while others go for the most expensive (supposedly “best”) stroller. Unfortunately, neither one of these reasons for buying a stroller work well. The right way to shop for a stroller is by figuring what your needs are and how you really plan to use the stroller. After all, you don’t want to end up spending $500 on a double jogging stroller when you won’t be using it to jog or explore the outdoors with your little ones. In such a case, a double umbrella stroller would likely work best.

#2 Picking Something that Meet Your Immediate Needs 
Another great way to pick a stroller you don’t need is by picking a stroller only to meet your immediate needs. This will meet your needs in the short term, but may or may not in the long term. The most common mistake I’ve seen involves parents who do child planning and know that they will be having more kids in the near future, but still end up purchasing a single, non-expandable stroller for their first child. Such a purchase usually only lasts less than a year, up to the point when the second child arrives. If you know beforehand that you will be having more kids in the near futures, it’s best to get an expandable stroller like the Baby Jogger City Select. You can read my review of this stroller here.

#3 Buying a Stroller That Comes with All the Fancy Features
The innovation and new designs in the stroller industry are pretty amazing, especially if you compare strollers a few years back and those that are in the market today. There are even self-folding strollers out in the market today! Amazing right? While all these fancy features are “nice to have”, they are rarely essentials. In fact, if you’re like me, you’ll rarely make use of these features even if you had a fancy stroller. I would recommend going over what is important to you and from there, pick out a stroller that matches your needs (rather than wants) as closely as possible. For example, if all you are looking for is an umbrella stroller that you can use to run errands, you can get a pretty high quality stroller for less than $150 versus a fancy stroller that can almost double the cost.

Yes, stroller selection is extremely confusing given the number of options out there. However, that shouldn’t be an excuse or reason that parents use when they end up picking a stroller they don’t need. The truth is, even with all the many different stroller choices out there, with some planning and rational thinking, every parent should be able to pick out the right stroller that meets the needs of their family pretty easily. So, the next time you want to purchase a stroller (or any baby product for that matter), be sure to go over the 3 points discussed in this post to help steer you towards the right product. What about you – have you bought a baby product that you were excited at the time of buying but just don’t find a use for it after a while?

 Who’s the Writer?

Evelyn is the main person behind Mommy Stroller, which focuses on helping parents figure out which stroller they should get. Evelyn and her husband, Paul, decided to blog about strollers after the overwhelming feeling they experienced when trying to pick out their first stroller. Both of them enjoy spending time with family and friend, live music, and going on jogs with their kids (in a stroller). You can also connect with the Mommy Stroller crew on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ariani Lebaran 2016!

Assalamualaikum and hello!

First off, Selamat Hari Raya! Wow...we're already in the mid of Syawal month. Cepatnya masa...Rasa macam baru je Ramadhan! huhu.. So far, this year our Raya was not really meriah as before because Ayden had chickenpox just a week before Raya! So we had to quarantine him from everyone with kids, thus no beraya for us! Sobs...

I was so excited for this year's Raya because Ayden can finally walk! (Last Raya he was just 2 months old!) So that means he can now wear the classic Baju Melayu with songkok and sandals! Awww..cuteness! And of course, mummy also bought a lot of Baju Raya with shawls/scarves too! Mana lagi kalau bukan pergi beli dekat Jakel Mall kan! Semua ada..senang! hehe

Oh my god... Boleh gila kalau pergi Jakel. Semua nakkkk! haha. Especially kalau pergi Ariani! I gotta say, I really love Ariani’s new range of satin printed scarves! Very pretty!!! I seriously had a hard time choosing which one to get! So I ended up with 5! Heeee

Me wearing one of my Ariani purchases on the first day of Raya! I love this range! The lace look so real! - It's a printed shawl by the way!

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got the invitation to the Ariani Lebaran Fashion Show! The amazing event was held at The Grand Ballroom, St. Regis Hotel in KL, just a couple of weeks before Ramadhan.

Wearing Ariani square series scarf!

Sat next to the beautiful twin sisters!

Went there with my sister!

Ariani’s lebaran collection this year featured a combination of beautiful colours, materials and prints that are more unique, modern and elegant, with over 100 designs to choose from. Ranging from shawls to instant hijabs, Ariani 2016 Lebaran Collection includes hijabs in pastel and vibrant colours which are available in both plain and printed options, with price starting from just RM69.

In conjunction with Ramadhan this year, Ariani also featured a beautiful collection of telekung, known as Tarawikh Telekung Ariani X Siti Nurhaliza. This telekung collection is made from soft and comfortable materials, and they come in various designs and colours.

The last part of the fashion show is Ariani’s ready-to-wear collection. This year’s theme is Glam Lebaran and there are several special collections including The Maya Series, The Blooming Series as well as The Chantilly Series, which are priced affordably, starting from only RM179! There’s also The Premium Series RTW collection, which is specially designed for those who loves a bit of luxury and exclusivity. I love the minimal and elegant designs in this collection!

These are some of my fave collection. SO pretty!!

Oh by the way! Ariani ready-to-wear collection is also available in plus sizes! Yay! We are all shaped so differently so having a choice of sizes ranging from XS to XXXL is just great! I love how everyone just cheered and clapped loudly when the curvy models strutted down the runway. Yes, it's pretty refreshing to get to see real people with real body on the runway! Heeee

In case you guys still looking for Open House Raya outfits and shawls, Ariani RTW boutique is located at Wisma Jakel Shah Alam. Some of the Lebaran collections are also available online at Go check it out!

*Official photos taken from Galeri Ariani Instagram. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Buka Puasa at 9Kedondong

Remember last time we did Ayden's Aqiqah at 9Kedondong, Ampang? Well..apparently they don't just cater for weddings and events only..they also have a buffet feast for this Ramadhan!! At only RM 55 nett, you can eat everything that they have to offer!

So last Thursday we went there to check out their Ramadhan Buffet..we were there a wee bit late because of the traffic jam! Huuuu. You know how KL traffic can be kan... What else is new? Lol. I think we arrived around 7.40 pm kot? Not that late, but we had to break our fast in the car first. haha. A little tip, always have dates and water in the car during this month! xD

Anyway, this place is in Ampang Jalan Kedondong. It's a big white bungalow house, number 9. Hence their name; 9Kedondong. So this place being in the heart of KL city, I think it's just perfect for people who work in the KL area and don't know where else to break fast during the weekdays! Murah, sedap, dekat! Wah...dah macam tagline iklan apa je ni...hehe. But they're open during weekends too!

For me, for the price of RM 55 nett (adult) and RM 28 (Child: 7-12 years old), their variety of food is pretty awesome! Look!

Siput Masak Lemak + Keladi

Ikan Asam Pedas

Sambal Telur Puyuh!

Ikan Kembung Bercili

Daging Masak Lemak Minang

Ayam Opor

Sup Sayur, Sayur Kobis Goreng Puteri.. 
and other ulam-ulam kampung and kerabu

They have 9 stalls all together!

They have the Live Cook Stall where they serve Mee Goreng Mamak and Kuey Teow Goreng. They have the Desserts Stall, Rojak Stall, Drinks Stall, and Cucur Stall. - Their Goreng Pisang and Cucur Udang is the besssssstttt! Me likey! They also have the Sup Stall as well, where you can get Soto, Sup Daging, Mee Sup and Bihun Sup there.


Oh, and Nasi Kerabu Stall too! 

And for the lamb lovers, don't forget to singgah the Kambing Golek Stall!

Dah macam kenduri kahwin...Ramainya manusia! hehee

Surau is provided too! But for the ladies, I suggest you to bring your own praying attire/telekung because they only have a few. So it's better to bring your own

Oh and exclusive for my readers, if you buy for 10 pax, you get 1 pax free! For bookings, kindly contact Mr. Haziq at 017 225 0705 / 016 886 8311

Selamat berpuasa and berbuka guys! hehe ;)

- pictures credit to Razzwey


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The awesome way to cook!

Having a baby has changed my life 360 degree! There's no such thing as me-time anymore, and I lose lotsa sleep of course, and I definitely don't get to go to the bathroom alone anymore and taking a shower is kinda like a luxury not a necessity! haha. And one thing for sure, I definitely don't really spend hours in the kitchen to prepare and cook food! It's either I'd order a take out, or I'd just eat simple food like breads or if I really have to cook, I'd make sure it's fast, easy and convenient! In this case, I'd use an automatic cooking solution of course!

You know last time, the air fryers are all the rage in cooking! No more dunking food in deep fat. Which is so great because less oil equals healthy food! And now, we have the fully automatic stir fryers guys! Which is so awesome too, because now you can stir fry, pan fry, saute, toast, and braise using less oil as well, with no fume and stains on your kitchen walls! How awesome is that!! - This is a fast, convenient and awesomer way to cook! Oh, gotta love technology!
Recently I got my hands on the new KHIND Stir Fryer! It is one of their Signature Series collection. There are 6 products under KHIND Signature Series. They are the Stir Fryer, Hand Blender, Bread Toaster, Coffee Maker, Noodle Cooker, and Jug Kettle. This premium collection is designed to combine both contemporary and luxurious exterior, just perfect for any kitchen! This series is all about stainless steel and the premium outlook, yet affordable by every household!

I have been using this KHIND Stir Fryer for quite awhile now.. And I have to say I super love this product!!! I can just set the time to cook something...and leave it, and go check on my baby (Read: He's at that separation anxiety stage). So having this kind of technology really really save my life! I just throw everything in the pan and I can do my thing without any worries that I'll over cook or something! Just set the time and it'll cook everything by itself! It is soooo easy to use! And the best thing about this Stir Fryer is that it is super easy to clean! Since becoming a mom, I love everything that doesn't stick and easy to wash! My time is precious! haha 

Anyway, let me share with you guys a simple but delicious recipe I made using KHIND Stir Fryer; my all time favourite Macaroni & Cheese with chicken

The ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp chopped yellow onion
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp of coarse dry parsley
  • 1 tbsp of coarse dry coriander leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • some shredded mozarella cheese 
  • 1 cup diced chicken breasts
  • 3 slices chicken ham
  • 3 cups macaroni
  • 3 slices of cheese


Press the ON button and press the "BRAISE" function

Adjust the timer to 15 minute, and press "START"

Add butter

 Add chopped onion then garlic. Fried till fragrant

Add water and milk

Add slices of chicken ham 

Add chicken breasts

Add salt, dry parsley leaves and coriander leaves

Add macaroni 

When timer left 5 minute, add slices of cheese

After adding more milk, leave it for 5 min. Ready to serve!

Look! It doesn't stick!!! Sooo easy to clean, I love! What a great invention! Campak-campak all the ingredients...and tadaaaa masak sendiri within 15 minutes! haha 

There you have it! 
A five star classic mac-n-cheese recipe that's so delicious and so easy to make. Having this can make my Saturday Night more fun while watching The Vampire Diaries! hehe

Interested in getting the stir-fryer for yourself? Visit to get it sent to you! And exclusively for my readers, enter [SSB15] during checkout to entitle for a 15% of discount! This promo code is valid until 31st July, 2016 guys!

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