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Langkawi Family Trip

Diary of a SAHM – Days 526-9

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Penang to Langkawi by flight (around 30 mins)
*Upon arrival, we rented a car at the airport.
*After some negotiations, we managed to get a Perodua Viva at RM60 per day.

Day 1 

Eagle Square
*FREE, around 15-30mins

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Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise
*Around 15mins from Kuah town (by car)
*RM18 (Adult)/RM12 (Senior Citizen)
*RM6 for a packet of pellets, vege etc to feed the animals (should get this!)
*Estimate to spend around 2-3 hours here
*Plan your meals ahead; Not many eateries here or nearby – only one cafe inside (not many choices) and one restaurant outside the entrance (extremely expensive, mostly spicy food)

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Oriental Village – SkyCab 
*RM20 (Adult) / RM10 (Children), 45mins-1hr

*SkyBridge +RM5 (we didn’t go because the proper pathway was not ready yet and online reviews mentioned that it wasn’t easy/safe for the elderly or little children to trek to the site; about 10 mins from the SkyCab station)

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Day 3

Laman Padi Langkawi
*RM5 (Adult), around 30mins
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Mali-mali Beach Resort

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Day 4
Langkawi – Penang (by flight)


Moo… Woof… Meow… Oink… Baa… Tweet…

Diary of a SAHM – Day 490

In my previous post, I shared about Joshayne’s fascination with all things on wheels and how we seized the opportunity to teach him about various types of vehicles and their parts. Apart from that, we have also been trying to get him acquainted with various animals (and insects); and what better way to introduce him to the world of animals than to let him see for himself? Thus began our visits to “animal places,” i.e. zoos, farms, parks etc.

i. Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh Perak

We went to the Lost World of Tambun together with my parents in November last year. We only paid RM30 per pax as we managed to get discounted tickets; the normal rates were RM50.00 for adults and  RM43.00 for children under 12. We went during a weekend so there were many visitors but it wasn’t too overcrowded since it wasn’t a public holiday and the school holidays had not started yet. We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely stroll through the petting zoo and the entertaining tiger feeding show.

At the petting zoo, we were welcomed by Ruby, the super adorable raccoon. Then we walked through a transparent tunnel to look at different species of snakes in the serpentarium. Can you spot the cold-blooded reptiles in the following pictures?

*I absolutely love this candid shot!

The Bird Paradise, which boasted 500 birds from 18 species, was quite impressive. In the aviary, the birds roamed freely in a natural setting.


There were many other animals at the Rock Canopy, Rabbit Wonderland, Marmoset Tree House, Tortoise Kingdom and Rainforest Trail, etc.

Here are some of the pictures that Kiate managed to capture.



*Roar* The Siberian tigers @ Tiger Valley

ii. Penang Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm is a very famous tourist attraction in Penang. We visited the Butterfly Farm in January this year when Ain and her friend, Miriam, came to visit. Admission fees for foreign visitors were RM27 for adults and RM15 for children under 12. Domestic visitors (upon presentation of MyKad/MyKid) were entitled to a 33.3% discount. Even with the discount, I still found it overpriced (RM18); it took us less than 45 minutes to finish touring the whole site. To its credit, though, the place was very well-maintained and potentially educational IF you read the signs and paid attention to the guided tour. I didn’t get to do either as I was busy entertaining a little tot who just discovered the joy of stamping – undoubtedly the main attraction for him here.


We saw many beautiful butterflies, and even pupae (chrysalis) and caterpillars. In addition, there were also giant millipedes, lizards, ducks, frogs, scorpions, stick and leaf insects, spiders, etc. Joshayne was only interested in the ducks!

*Penang Butterfly Farm is currently closed to public as upgrading works are in progress. It will re-open in December 2015.

iii. Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute, Penang (Bayan Lepas)

This was one of our unplanned weekend trip (April’15) that turned out to be very enjoyable. The aquarium was well-maintained and there were many species of fish and other marine life here to keep the little one entertained for half-an-hour or so. The admission fees were only RM5 for adults and RM2 for children under 12. Joshayne was thrilled to see the fishes on display and kept pointing excitedly at them while saying “fish, fish”, “eye” and “tail.”



iv. Taiping Zoo, Perak

We went to Taiping Zoo on a Saturday, which was also a public holiday (Agong’s birthday) and the last weekend of a two-week school break; and as expected, the zoo was packed! Entry tickets (inclusive of GST) were reasonably priced at RM17 for adults and RM8.50 for children.

Daddy and Mummy were excited as this was our first trip to the zoo with Joshayne, but the li’l one was unimpressed – as evident in his “cool” expression (or rather, the lack of expressions) in the pictures below. I’m really glad that Kiate managed to capture pictures of the animals though; Joshayne responded positively when I showed him the pictures a few days later and he was able to identify some of the animals. In hindsight, his indifference during the visit could be due to the crowd and also the hot and humid weather (he was sweating profusely).

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At Taiping Zoo, we saw orang utans, chimpanzees, monkeys, bears, wild boars, elephants, zebras, camels, giraffes, deer, crocodiles, different species of birds, lions, otters, etc. I’m sure there were more, but I can’t recall all. Ops. Here are some of the pictures….

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v. Countryside Stable, Penang (Sg. Burung, Balik Pulau)

This was another unplanned visit (June’15). We went to Balik Pulau with Angelia and while eating durian at one of the stalls, we saw the Countryside Stable sign by the roadside. Since it was nearby, we decided to check it out. The stable was very well-kept and the admission fees were only RM5 for adults and RM3 for children under 12. We bought a tray of imported hay (RM5) to feed the horses. There were perhaps around 30 horses and ponies of various breeds, a few donkeys and two deer.  Joshayne was wary of the big animals and kept a safe distance.

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On our way home, we saw this aviary by the river bank. We parked the car and came out to admire the beautiful birds (for FREE). They were amazingly colourful. It was the highlight of the day for Joshayne.

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vi. Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, Penang (Balik Pulau)

I first came to know about this goat farm through a blog. It was highly recommended for families with young children and received many favourable reviews on TripAdvisor. After waiting for months, we finally had the opportunity to visit Saanen Dairy Goat Farm last weekend. And indeed, it lived up to our expectations. Visitors are welcomed to tour the farm and feed the goats for FREE. How awesome is that!

Joshayne took a while to warm up to the goats; but with a bit of coaxing, he finally mustered up the courage to feed them. He fell in love with the guinea pig (pictured below) though – he reached out to stroke it without any prompting from me. Besides the goats and guinea pig, we also saw chickens, rabbits, dogs, sheep, and also cows (on our way home).

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*Joshayne enjoyed the fresh goat’s milk; he finished the whole bottle within minutes (probably because it was chilled). RM7 per bottle (250ml).

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From BM to SP – Visiting Uncle Kevin & Family

Diary of a SAHM – Day 142

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@ Melody Home and Hard Rock Hotel, Penang

Diary of a SAHM – Day 120


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JD’s First Road Trip

Diary of a SAHM – Day 98

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On our way to Klang to attend Mayvern’s wedding…

“Oh oh oh Balik Kampung…”

Joshayne’s 1st “overseas” trip…
(i.e. over the South China Sea)
Destination: Kuching, Sarawak
7th-15th December 2013

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Flying with an infant soon? Remember to bring along your baby’s IC or birth cert. We almost missed our flight because neither of us thought of it. It simply did not cross our mind until the moment we took out our ICs to check in. Special thanks to HY who (i) fetched us to the airport,  (ii) rushed back to our house to get Joshayne’s IC and then (iii) speeded all the way back to the airport. We were just in time to board the plane before they closed the departed gate! What an experience!

The following are snapshots of our one week back at home~

Window-shopping with Mummy @ Spring…
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… and OneCity.
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Joshayne meeting the FAMILY….
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…and church friends.
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Visiting “Vid Ku” @ Medtown Pharmacy
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Joshayne with Daddy, Mummy, 公公and 婆婆 @ Home
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 Bu-bye Meow City….
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Papa and Mummy’s Visit =)

Last Saturday, my parents attended my cousin’s wedding at Segamat, Johor. After the wedding, they came to visit Kiate and I before flying back to Kuching the following Tuesday. We had a great time catching up! And we were very fortunate to have this opportunity to celebrate Mum’s birthday with her. Blessed Birthday, Mummy!!! And thanks, Papa and Mummy, for coming to visit. Love you~

6.41pm on Sunday, 11th November 2012 : Eagerly awaiting the arrival of Papa and Mummy from Segamat.


9.28am on Monday, 12th November 2012 : With Papa and Mummy at my cozy li’l home. This was taken after a simple breakfast of cake and Milo/coffee – just before we headed out~


First Destination: Hutan Bandar MPJBT

Second Destination: Legoland Malaysia – Check out the crowd!!!


10.48am on Monday, 12th November 2012 – Chilling out at BlackBall, Legoland Malaysia. We had BlackBall Signature 大黑丸 (grass jelly ice, grass jelly, yam ball, taro Q, pearl, red bean) and Boba milk tea.


Third Destination : AEON Bukit Indah – Shopping!!! We spent around SEVEN hours here (around 11am to 6pm). Wow~

Fourth Destination: Jeju Korean BBQ Restaurant, Bukit Indah



6.47pm on Monday, 12th November 2012 – Dinner at Jeju Korean BBQ Restaurant to celebrate Mummy’s birthday. We had 15 Korean side dishes (free) with rice, Korean seafood stew and 烤肉.


Fifth Destination : Johor Premium Outlet – shopping AGAIN!


Final Destination : Home Sweet Home~

~Blessed Birthday, Mummy dearest~

A summary of our day: (A) Home – (B) Hutan Bandar MPJBT – (C) Legoland Malaysia – (D) AEON Bukit Indah – (E) Jeju Korean BBQ Restaurant – (F) Home – (G) Johor Premium Outlet – (H) Home.


=) Thank God for a great time of fellowship, journey mercy and good weather. We’re blessed indeed~

Attractions @ UTM, Skudai

Welcome to UTM, Skudai – The Main Entrance


UTM Deer Park



UTM Taman Tropika / Tasik



UTM Stadium and Swimming Pool


UTM Observatory (Balai Cerapan), the highest peak in UTM


UTM, Skudai Campus Map – Click image to enlarge.

Dating with Hubby @ Legoland Malaysia 21.10.2012

FREE tickets to Legoland Malaysia. Yeah!!!
*Special thanks to HsiangLung.

Kiate: Proudly presenting to you…. Legoland Malaysia!!!!

Hubby and I at the main entrance. *happy*


Kiate: Look! It’s Lego Mindstorms set yo’. Let’s get one, O.K.? Ops… wait. Check out the price… It’s… it’s… erh… RM1299.90!!!!!


Legoland ponchos – the hottest selling item of the day!!!

Einstein: Achoo… don’t mess with my moustache!

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Riding Lego train with my beloved~

And the sun finally made an appearance~


@ 4D theatre                                                                帅啊!! Love this pic~

There were many thrilling rides, but as promised, we DIDN’T go on any… really! The only ride (if it could be considered that) we took was the Lego train which moved at a crawling speed.


Thank you, Jesus, for blessing us with free tickets. We’re really thankful for this opportunity to take a break from our hectic schedules  just to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. You never cease to amaze us! We’re blessed indeed~


Dating with Hubby @ iCity, Shah Alam

01.10.2012 @ iCity, Shah Alam