Thursday, August 31, 2017

Glamping at Tambun Lost World




Let me be frank: when I first bought our Glamping package a month ago, I did not had much expectation of Tambun Lost World. I did check out the feedback on TripAdvisor and read many good reviews, however I thought it is just another water theme park and I am personally not fond of water sports. (However, subsequent pictures would proof me wrong :))


Turned out that our 2d1n experience at the park was a really pleasant one and I would certainly want to go back again; friendly staffs (except for the frontdesk experiof nice at the hotel which was quite a disappointment), well maintained park with lots of shade (love how they preserved all the old trees and have them blended into part of the theme park), loads of activities & a neat campsite, altogether delivered a wonderful experience for our family. 



Moments like this where's little ones roaming happily, simply priceless.


The view from our campsite taken during my morning walk. Tranquil.


The theme park, on the other hand, offers quite a good range of sports. It has a large water park for the kids, a huge wadding pool for youngsters and adults, a few hot spring pools, a man-made volcano over the hot tub and even a man-made waterfall with 3 hot pools with water temperature ranging from 37°c to 39°c each.




The biggest hit at the park would be the tube rides. E and C went totally ga-ga when they saw the large tube tunnels which offer the option of closed tunnel, semi-open, open tunnel or dark tunnel. We went on both days and took a total of 8 rides. Lol, not for the faint-hearted parents! 


When we had enough of Adrenaline rush, we rented a tube for RM6 (RM20 for deposit) and had a nice river cruise that took us around the park. We paused mid-way to visit the petting zoo.



Once we were all done with the water activities (wish I had time to take more photos), we took few rounds of the roller coaster rides, giddy wheels and there are pirate ship, marry-go-round too. C was particularly fancy of this one.


There is an "ipoh street" within the theme park that sells hawker food and drinks, so we got our snacks and juices whenever we needed to replenish our energy. Fairly priced I would say (slightly more expensive compared to the outside kopitiam for sure, but not cut throat prices)


As the night fell, we took the duo for the free bicycle rides near the park entrance (available between 7pm-10pm) and watched the percussion performance on the stage. We wanted to dip in the hot spring again at night but both E and C were exhausted from the whole day of activities, so we just went back to our camp to enjoy our barbecue dinner.

What is camping without barbecue right? We ordered the BBQ package with the staff earlier and they had it all prepared at our preferred time. We had 2 tubs of fried rice, 6 food skewers, half a dozen of chicken wings, 1 whole river fish in spicy sauce, 6 sweet potatoes, 8-10 marshmallows and 4 cans of cokes. All in for RM99. Quite a worthy package if you ask me. :)





The HIGHLIGHT:
It has to be the zip line, or flying fox which took us from one end of the Boga lake to another end. E and I tried it together and it was really fun! Not scary at all, just fun.
There are quite a number of activities that we did not try due to the limited time, such as the swan boats, kayaking (free for glamping guests), horse riding, catopia (lots of big, furry cats), tiger feeding show, the cave. Well, we can leave those to the next visit. 






I received a number of questions about glamping, so let me share my replies here:

What is Glamping?
Short for "glamorous camping", it is a readily built tent with modern amenities hence making camping a much easier and comfortable experience. As the duo had always been asking us for a camping experience & they love water play, I thought Tambun Lost World would have been a good choice. I was proven right. They absolutely loved it!

What's inside the camp?
It's quite a spacious tent equipped with 2 single beds and 1 double bed, locker, fans and lamps. Perfect for family of 4 or a group of 4 adults. We have a shared bathroom, which is about 500m away, it's clean and brightly lighted.


Were there lots of mosquitoes or bugs?
No, bugs can't enter as long as you keep the zip tightly closed, so not to worry. Unless if you leave the tent wide open! :)

Is it safe to stay in a tent?
We were provided with a locker and pad lock to lock up the tent when we leave to the park. Fairly safe I would say, but it would not be the same compare to staying in a locked hotel room. So, make your own choice wisely ;)

Was it hot in the camp?
No. On the contrary, it is quite cooling at night with just 2 stand fans.

What's in the glamping package?
Our package is for 4 pax which includes:
2 days morning & night park entrance 
1 night glamping stay 
1 free breakfast at the Garden Terrance
Free access to kayak, zip line (which are charagble other wise)

Our breakfast at the Garden Terrace.


How can I get the package?
You can purchase directly through Sunway lagoon website, or get it through Traveloka (which has better offer)

The BBQ are not included in the package, we paid RM99 for a family package.

Was it scary to sleep in the dark?
Not if you leave the light on :)) However, personally I enjoyed the dim moonlight and the harmonious sound of nature. It's really depending on individual. If you are truly city folk who can't sleep without Aircond, then perhaps this may not be quite suitable for you.

Was the common bathrooms clean?
Yes, or at least it's acceptable to me. The bathrooms are separated from the toilets and are equipped with hot water, shower heads & hair dryer; shower amenities and towers are provided in the camp. 

Here's the exterior view of the bathrooms.

Why we choose camp over hotel?
Well, because the duo had been dying for camping experience, and I would very much love to expose them to nature (in a safe manner as I'm not ready for the real wild myself). At first they were scared with all the noise at night, but after awhile they found the "nature orchestra" calming and fell asleep quietly. 

That's all for my sharing, hope you find it useful and if you happened to book your glamping trip at Tambun, pls do share your experience with us!

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Cheers,
PH



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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Batik Painting at Central Market!





It is a short school holiday, thanks to the National Independent Day, kids have a week long break so I decided to take a few days off to arrange for a short trip. Time to learn more about our own homeland through cuti-cuti Malaysia, which literarily means travel in Malaysia.  :)

(Of course I may opt to leave them in the day care, but what better way to learn but to walk the walk and experience the outside world?)

We have one extra day before the planned trip, to fully utilize the promotion period (until 31/8) for the newly launched MRT line which links the urbur townships from Sungai Buloh to Kajang with the city center and other parts of the Klang Valley I decided to take the duo to Central Market, or better know to the local as Pasar Seni (central art market) for a visit, and to get our hands dirty with some batik painting. I have read about it sometimes ago and the reviews were mostly good. So here we were, paid just $1.80 (adult) and $0.90 (kids 6y and albvoe) for the comfortable ride from Damansara Mutiara station (eCurve) and reached straight to Pasar Seni station.

We approached the friendly information counter staff and asked for direction (save us time to search!), and Aina Artwork Studio  was easy to locate -just head straight and it's at the end of the exit door.


We choose our frame each - RM10 for a small frame and RM15 for a big frame, there were plenty of template designs to choose from, E picked a Nemo fish while C was insistent with hisbiscus flowres, and I was attracted to the Helaconia drawing which reminded me of our garden.



After a brief introduction by the helpful staff. We started painting right away.

Painting time! C painted her hibiscus leaves in different shades of green.


Everyone was so concentrated to make the best painting, just look at E..



Cute little Nemo fish by E.


And we were all done 30 minutes later!





Pretty happy with their creations. Not bad for a first timer:))



If you are interested to try out this DIY activities too, just head straight to Pasar Seni & look for Aina Artwork. They open 7 days a week, from 10am - 9pm except some special public holidays such as Merdeka Day or Hari Raya.

The collage below shows the progress of my helaconia painting.. it's indeed pretty easy as we were "guided" by the template made with wax (that would be the next class I aim to join - batik drawing with wax!)


Before leaving, we decided to be tourists for a day - let's shoot a picture for memory! :))


Authentically Malaysian - 3D heritage buidling postcards! 


Happy Merdeka, my fellow Malaysian! 

Getting there:
Aina Artwork
Central Market (Pasar Seni)
Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 
50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia




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Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Teacher's Days! handmade specials..


I have always find teacher a noble profession. It's a job that requires lots of patience, passion and dedication (without any of these one may goes insane).

I'm glad I had caring teachers in my tender years who had guided me tirelessly and coached me both in studies as well as sports. My primary school days were filled with exciting adventures & wonderful memory, a large part of it was thanks to my teachers.

Anyway, it's Teacher's Day and I thought the teachers deserve appreciation from their students for the great effort. C has shown so much improvement in her study; she looks forward to going to school every morning and reading her new book to me whenever I'm home, what more could a mom ask for? :)  On the other hand, E is so fond of his school teachers, especially the science and computer teachers (they are his absolute favorites!). 

So when I suggested to make some DIY gifts for the teachers, the duo excitedly agreed.

Instead of a card, we decorated a "Thank You Bag" using plain brown bags and sharpies (I got the brown bags from Daiso for RM5.90 for a pack of 5). We then filled them up with our hand-painted flower pots & a packet of sunflower seeds. You can read about the making of the DIY hand-painted flower pots here.

Wa-la.. Done!


I especially like this blue hair boy by E :)
He still has few more bags to make as his school's celebration is scheduled on a later date.




As we ran short of the terracotta pots, I've bought some cute mugs as additional gifts. Hope the teachers like them as much as the painted pots. :D


We still have a few more brown bags to decorate (and I shall update this post once they are ready), but as of now, we just want to shout-out-loud...

"Happy Teacher's Day!"
to all the great teachers out there, thank you for the hard work!



If you are parents, I would encourage you to spare sometime to prepare something for your little one's well-deserving teachers too. Let's spread the love around and they may boomerang back to you in the most unexpected way. ;-)


Cheers,
PH


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

{Making of a Princess Dream} DIY Belle's Costume


We watched Disney's latest debut, Beauty and the Beast, in the theater lately and both C and I were captivated by Belle's gorgeous golden gown. So light, so dazzling.

So in attempt to construct a princess dream for my little girl, I gathered my tools and started cutting.

Here's the outcome, took me 3 weeks to complete it - well, I only managed to sew 1 or 2 hours a week, plus the embezzlement really took quite some time.


She's loving the dress. Made me the proudest mom on Earth :D

This is not a complete tutorial (pardon me but that is really extremely time consuming), it shall gives you a pretty good idea what you need and how to to re-create this dress.

The bodice. I used this light cotton for inner lining, need something breathable for our hot weather.


Exploring the effect of the front pleat.

Patience is what it takes. Needle by needle, pleat by pleat.

Almost there. The bottom skirt is actually a dress that I made for C when she was little, it's just perfect to be used as the bottom for the skirt by removing the elastic. Initially I wanted to make the dress longer, but on a second thought, this length is just nice for her without fear of tripping over the long edges.

Attaching the embezzlement was the most tedious part as I am not really good with hand-sewing, but since I can't find the right sparkly ribbon I wanted, I settled with these golden color embezzlement. 

Fit for a princess dress, don't they? ;-) 

C even helped to sew some of them *note: parental guide needed when using needle & thread* 

She was eagerly looking forward to wearing this dress. What can I say? It's totally worth it to see her proud smile and spontaneous dance move right after putting on the dress. I'm pretty sure today will be remembered forever by both of us.. :)

Be happy. Be merry. My Little Bell.

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Xoxo,
PH



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