Malacca 2017

This is a throwback post to December 2017.

As parents to 3 not-so-little and energetic boys, we decided that our short getaways should be less of a hustle, always eating, fun filled somewhat relaxing kinda trip.

We took a coach from Singapore all the way to Malacca. A total of 4 hours trip with short toilet and refreshment breaks in between. It was a test for the boys as they had never tried the coach on long trips before. But they were excited so it was all good. They slept most of the journey there (I purposely made them go to bed late the night before just to tire them a bit more).

We were not very impressed with our hotel, The Shore Residences (a 4-star hotel) as housekeeping did not do a good job. We had to look for a broom and dustpan (housekeeping did not answer our multiple calls) just to sweep our room clean (it had bits of food here and there and hair all over the floor! Eww!). We only found out later that The Shore Residences is a sub management of The Swiss Garden hotel which is just beside it. They are sharing the 9th floor pool which is super cold even on a hot sunny December! Impossible for any human to spend time appreciating the open high rise view. Totally wasted. But other than that, the location is superb. The famous Jonker Street was just around the corner. We got to a lot of places easily. And if you are not driving in Malacca, Uber or Grab (which was our choice) is the way to go. Don’t fall into the cab scam. The drivers will mark up the travelling prices and they do not do meter charge to the extent of charging per head for the ride. Most of the Uber or Grab drivers are really friendly. Start a conversation with them if they are quiet. They will recommend some places you should go to while you are there. If you are lucky, they will tell you where to get the best Asam Pedas (Spice fish dish) or where you can get the must eat kueh keria (deep fried sweet potato). Anyway, let me share some of the beautiful yummy food pictures we had there.


Thirst quenching mango fizz


Bam! The must eat golden kueh keria! Simply wonderful. We queued 2 hours for these. Soft and smooth. Totally worth it! Oh, we miss you beautiful kerias.


We had this Asam Pedas Sting Ray from a small warong (small family owned cafe) by the road near Hattan Hotel. It was delicious.


Klebang coconut shake. Coconut flesh blended with coconut water together with some ice cubes topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One of the must have too!


Putu Bamboo Pandan. Steamed rice cake stuffed with palm sugar and steamed in bamboo tubes.


We do not have A&W here in Singapore, so we just had to get some when we saw it at the mall.


Food is affordable in Malaysia. So why not?


Burger Abang Burn. The stall is only opened at night. And it was just opposite our hotel. Convenient calories I would say. Yums!


The only food we had in Jonker Street. The tasty chicken rice balls!

We miss Malacca. It is a beautiful historic place rich with local culture and heritage. People are warm and friendly and it makes our stay so wonderful. Even though the kids did not really get to play around much, they truly enjoyed the trip . We took the trishaw ride with the loud music, managed to snap some photos near the Maritime Museum, got onto the Malacca River cruise at night from just outside our hotel – how cool! where we get to see the the beautiful well lighted Malacca. We would definitely visit Malacca again. So little time, so much to do! Hopefully the boys are bigger and better at walking and spending longer time outside without having to get back to the hotel for a nap every now and then with a better warm pool too.


Favourite Sci-Fi Horror at the moment


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Just completed the 2nd Season of Stranger Things. I am truly fascinated by the casts’ talents. And I am actually referring to the young blood of the show – Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp.

They started when they were barely teenagers and they are now able to pull out wonderful performances just by fighting monsters and Demogorgon.

One of the other reasons why I can relate to the show is how it’s taken out from the 80s nostalgia. The walkie talkies, arcades, big hair, recorders – major throwback!

Anyway, the ending was quite awesome. Don’t mind if there isn’t going to be a season 3. Will definitely miss it. But I do have a few questions about the ending of season 2…

Is the gate closed for good?

Will Eleven lead a ‘normal life’?

What’s next for Kali?

Where in the world is Doctor Brenner?

What is the Mind Flayer’s next move?

For now, I’m going to let the boys enjoy the show…. (I was contemplating on allowing them to watch the not so comfortable love scene though…)



It started out with a decent gesture. Something that most people will not pay much attention to. A thank you text that lead to a lot of other texts and you know you will have to put a stop to it before it gets out of control. Marital affair is nothing but messy.

Infatuation – an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something.

We are both married. Although marriage is hard work, I am very much in love with my partner.

So he tells me he admires me for the choices I make and compliments me on my looks. I try very hard to keep my replies to his texts friendly and professional. I don’t deny the fact that compliments always brighten my day. And the texts eventually get a bit off topic, to the extent that I knew he had an affair before which cost him his first marriage. You can sense when the conversations get a little deep. He started to sound creepy. We are in the fitness industry and I am sure we will have to work together at some point of time. And I do not want it to be awkward. I tried to reject his offer the best I can without hurting his feelings. Well, that didn’t work.

I confided in a few people that I trusted. And of coz, I told my partner about it. Do I need to be nice to him? Is he going to help me in the future somehow? Is maintaining this friendship that important to me? Do I really need this?

But I realized that as far as men goes, you must tell them straight in the face that you are not an interested party to make them understand.

My last text to him was….

“You know what? I am going to be straightforward with you. You took me being friendly for all the wrong reasons. We should stop texting each other. We can talk in class but I guess that’s about it. I am not interested in doing this thing that you are doing. And I am not interested in you. I think you should treasure your wife and family more. I’m sorry.”

And his reply…

“Thanks for being frank! Still, I apologize for crossing the line. Will respect your decisions.”

And this was about a month ago…



I started chewing ice since I was a little girl. It wasn’t so much of a habit until just recently. I discovered I craved ice and I can be chewing it throughout the day. I understand that ice chewing is a serious addiction. I may be suffering from anemia (I have not done any blood test to determine this) and it’s not doing any good to my teeth. I’d try so hard not to chew on it but the urge would become so overwhelming. At this point of time, I am not sure how to quit on it.

Sharenting: Do you share too much about your children on social media?


Sharenting (or over sharenting) is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children. It is related to the concept of “too much information”.

It is a common sight on everyone’s Facebook feed these days, parents constantly posting photos of their children. Birthdays, first days of school, festive celebrations, are all subject to sharenting. Most of the time, there will be random photo of a parent and child sharing a moment together. Parents will also post personal thoughts about their parenting joys which could be from how proud they are of their child, and at times parenting woes like how they are unable to cope with the children’s demands.

But have we ever thought if sharenting is appropriate. Are our children aware of what we post online about them without their permission? Does it compromise their safety and privacy? How is it going to affect them in the long run?

As parents, we should take into consideration how our sharing will affect our child later in life. We often want to share memorable milestones in our kids childhood. Some of the photos are probably harmless while some others could turn into a source of embarrassment when they are much older.

We must always consider our children’s right to privacy.

All photos posted have basic information attached which reveals where the photo was taken. So even if you may not have disclosed your child’s full name and other personal information, simply by posting the photo anyone can see what your child looks like and has access to other personal information.

Keep certain milestones special and within the family.

Last but not least, as a general rule, before your post anything about your child, make sure you are not doing it to boost your own ego.

Well, I guess its time for me to start on some housekeeping…