Thursday, December 08, 2016

Fanpekka Johor Bahru @ AEON Tebrau City -UPDATED

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.

There's also a reading nook. 

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. They seem to be made of polyurethane fabric.

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.

UPDATE (1 June 2017) Darren and I built a house.

Moving his furniture in.

His kitchenette.

These are a few items in the playhouse area and I thought was really adorable!

Choices of kitchen sets.

A blender!

The chairs.


Cutlery, tea set, fruits, vege, cutting board, sushis etc..

Household stuff. Washing machine, brooms, brushes, and iron.

SO... the first time we were there, 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.

UPDATE (1 June 2017) : Weekday school holiday. It was blissfully NOT crowded at about 11.30 am when we reached. The crowd only started to come in after lunchhour. 

There are also many sections in the castle and ship area. If you climb up the castle, you can play with giant foam blocks or do this..

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!
UPDATE (1 June 2017) - went with Darren and spent 6 hours there. Worth. Every.Cent.

I now know you can easily and literally spend the WHOLE day there. If you get tired, you can rest anywhere, especially this area. 

We walked around the new AEON wing a bit and I saw Kaison for the first time. 
Homaigod. Homaigod. It is like zakka fest! It's filled with pretty household and decor stuff in Japanese/Korean/Scandinavian style which I absolutely love! 
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 (post pandemic update)

This post was from 2016 and there are some updates post pandemic 2022.

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 Kaison, Romantika and Kahwins at Jalan Simbang, Perling, all 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.
(this section is now inside the shop itself)

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:

Kahwins - faux flowers,wedding & decor supplies, sewing craft
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 Phone:+60 7-232 6955
Paradigm Mall
AEON Bukit Indah (next to TGV Cinemas)
Toppen Tebrau City, next to IKEA

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

Pusat Pengantin & Kraftangan Impian -faux flowers, wedding supplies, sewing craft
Plaza Angsana Level 4 (right above Badan bookstore)

The Craft Decor -faux flowers, wedding themed decor, home decor
Midvalley Southkey, Level 3(M)
Jalan Kempas Lama 1, Off Jalan Kempas Lama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: +607-550 6811

Kaison - faux flowers, home decor, home textile, stationery, plush toys, bags etc
Paradigm Mall
AEON Bukit Indah
AEON Tebrau