Thursday, December 08, 2016

Fanpekka Johor Bahru @ AEON Tebrau City

If you have young children, or if you have a screaming inner child, this is the latest playground for you... and your rascals. The first Finnish concept theme park designed by Japanese, Fanpekka, lets children learn by play, through imagination, role-playing and good ol' fun.

Picture bombs!

The park front. Quite crowded on a Sunday. But by Singaporean standards, this is not crowded.
Paid RM110 for 2 adults with screaming inner child, and 2 screaming children. The fee is for 1 day. UNLIMITED.

Must chop passport, konon. For now, no need to wear socks. Maybe in future, be prepared to bring socks.
UPDATE: Socks are compulsory now. They can be purchased for RM6 or RM10, can't recall which is the price.

First section on the left.

Imaginative play.

Role-playing and pretend-play section. I'd go crazy as a 5 year-old here. 



Ice-cream shop.

The food toys got standard wan.

There is even uniform for kids to put on.

Mai tan!


Kids love the cashier machines.

This is another section where you can BUILD your house! Any 'unoccupied' houses will be disassembled and put away. How cool!

You build the house and fill it with furniture of your choice. Then play masak-masak.

This girl... needs a maid.

For CNY reunion dinner.

SO... the boys actually zoomed past all those sections and catapulted straight here. 
The whole section is like a ship on a sea of balls. Quite fun!

My 3 pirates.

There is a small section for kids who love to do DIY crafts. There are even assistants to guide the kid.

And a costume room! No wonder I saw girls in princessy dresses.

Why oh why, wasn't I born 5 years ago!

We didn't spend the whole day there, just 2 hours plus and I thought it was a waste since we paid for 1 day. Auntiness alert!

We walked around the new AEON wing a bit and I saw Kaison for the first time. 
Homaigod. Homaigod. It is like zakka Taobao! I did a brief patrol... me likey. Brief patrol because the boys and husband are not into looong patrols in any shopping malls.

Watch out Kaison, I will come ALONE.

And then we smelled something... 
By the way, is it smelled or smelt? 

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart. There was a queue of about 15 people, but by Singaporean standards, it is a short queue.

Within 10 min, we got our freshly baked tarts.

Definitely going back for more!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Kedai Kahwin or Bridal Shops in Johor Bahru

I think Johor Bahru is an awesome place to find wedding decor, particularly for Malay weddings and engagement ceremonies. No longer are the obiang kampung style, well, it is still available if that's your style, but I must say, the wedding decor scene is getting kinda nice and zakka nowadays!

I have 3 kedai kahwins that are my go-to places when I need supplies like ribbons, laces, buttons, beads, blings, faux flowers, decor items and wedding favors in the form of little boxes, glass jars etc.

My convenient favourites are i.Kahwins (super near my house), Pusat Pengantin Impian in Plaza Angsana (also near my house) and Kahwins at Jalan Simbang, Perling (quite near my house).

For really natural-looking faux flowers, so far SSF is the best. But last weekend, I found a shop that was like my faux flowers haven! It's PISB, located at Giant Tampoi, also near my house! It must be fate that brought all these kedai kahwins near me!

The shopfront. Inside, you'll find the usual supplies like ribbons, blings, wedding favour containers, baskets and decor items like a nice hanging bird cage stand. Stuff like that.

The faux flower section in front of the shop. I went a bit crazy here for the first time.

Got these hydrangeas for a friend's wedding.

Some of the most prettiest natural-looking faux roses I've seen.

Not many flower pot or planters variety that I fancy. This is quite sweet though.

Ooo... succulent. Plenty on Taobao. These felt quite heavy and solid. 

Other 'fillers'.

I bought a few items to decorate my friend's ang pow box. The little bouquets of roses on the box were actually cut and re-arranged. I just love how sweet and natural the flowers look!

So here are few of my favourite places now:

i.Kahwins - sewing, wedding & decor supplies, faux flowers
56, Jalan Padi Emas 4/1, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone:+60 7-230 0183

Pusat Pengantin & Kraftangan Impian - sewing, wedding & decor supplies
Plaza Angsana, No. L4-28, Jalan Angsana, 81200, Tampoi, Johor
Phone:  +607-232 4188

Kahwins - sewing, wedding & decor supplies, faux flowers
Address: PTD 100802, Jalan Simbang, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone:+60 7-238 6588

Romantika - wedding decor, home decor, faux flowers
Plaza Angsana, No. L4-28, Jalan Angsana, 81200, Tampoi, Johor
Phone:+60 7-232 6955

PISB - sewing, wedding & decor supplies, faux flowers
Lot B10 Giant Tampoi, Johor Bahru
Phone:+60 7-230 0183

UPDATE: Another kedai kahwin to add to my list! This is a bit far off from the town though. Located at an industrial area. Lots of parking spaces and less crowd if you like to browse in peace.
The Craft Decor -faux flowers and wedding themed decor
Jalan Kempas Lama 1, Off Jalan Kempas Lama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: +607-550 6811

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Darren's Kindee Graduation and Farewell

It all happens so fast. Before I knew it, it's my last baby's last day in kindergarten! This is always every mother's tears of joy and sadness at the same time because the baby is officially confirm double confirm NOT a baby anymore! Oh that cuteness...

For the farewell party in class, I thought I'd prepare a special gift for each of the teachers and kakak in the school.

I made him write on each card.

The gift.

And the following day, we kiss kindergarten goodbye.

He asked his best friend, "Why are you wearing lipstick?" LOL.

Then guess what happened the next day? His first baby tooth fell out! It must've waited for us to have a good picture of his graduation. Aww!

Growing up so fast in a weekend...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Forest City

Nowadays, I know what Johoreans do during weekends. They visit newly launched properties and enjoy free use of the facilities there. So we joined the crowd one weekend.

Just like Country Garden, Forest City's effort to attract potential buyers is massive. Even its area and future development are massive.

 Even in this scale, I could get lost. 

So errmm, like 90% of the visitors who are probably not intending to order anything from there, we went to check out their water park which was open for free use. Fun activities like jetski, banana boat and water ball walking are subjected to fees. 

We've not seen this interesting waterball walking thing before, so I let the boys try it. RM15 for 10 minutes.

You enter a deflated plastic ball and they pump air into it...

... until you are like a gerbil in an exercise ball.

Then you exercise like crazy.

 At one point, I hope they don't run out of air in there!

The kiddie pool park. 

Reminds me of Country Garden's pool.

Reminds me of.... Changi airport?

There was an artificial beach just next to the pool area but I didn't bother to check it out. Anyway, by 5pm the pool was closed (and every kid went 'AWWWWWWWWWW'). It was starting to drizzle too, so we left. 

Things are definitely brewing there...