Our Lombok and Gili Trawangan beach holiday

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I first heard of Lombok from a good friend, she went there last year and her Lombok photos was mesmerizing.

Since our kids loves to play with water and we’re thinking somewhere with nice beaches and so Lombok it is ūüôā

The night before our trip we had our annual office dinner and I was involve as a committee..so came back late and I was practically rushing to pack everything in our suitcase (this is where I forgot to pack our sunblock sheesh).It didn’t help my baby boy decided to wake up too at 3am because hey mommy is awake why not play with her..hmmph!

Long story short, we boarded our early morning flight and arrived approximately around 11.30am at Bandara Lombok International Airport. The flight took us about three hours. Good thing we’ve arranged earlier an airport transfer to our hotel. Now, that took another 45 minutes ride (by this time I look like a zombie haha but rest assure still very excited hee)

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We choose Living Asia Spa & Resort Hotel at Sengigi, West Lombok for our four days and three night stays here. Upon arrival we were served juice drinks. Husband thought of requesting a room with private pool but it was fully book, nevertheless the receptionist gave us a room with a beach and pool view and get this, the pool is right in front of our door steps! Of course kids was the most happiest.

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The first day we just lazed around the hotel while kids had their fun in pool for hours (and I get my much needed nap). That night we had a delish seafood BBQ buffet and was entertained by live acoustics band.

On Sunday, after a hearty breakfast for all , kids jump in the pool while I get my dose online inspiration/pinterest.

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Lombok has three beautiful Island: Gile Meno Рthe quietest island, less crowd most beautiful I was told,  Gili Air Рwhich has the largest local population and Gili Trawangan- being the most popular among all three.

Later that  afternoon we then make our way to Gili Trawangan. The much anticipated island we heard so much about. We booked a tour guide from the hotel and two supir came to pick us up. The nearest jetty from our hotel was about 20minutes drive.

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We booked a private speed boat to Gili T simply because we wanted to reach there fast. But boy was I nervous (and had a mini seasick) throughout the ride as it accelerate and quite bumpy, and dang those waves looks scary to me. Kids was all right, happy with the speed -.- unlike their mommy. Thankfully that took us slightly over 15 minutes to reach the island.

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The rest I let the pictures speaks for itself ūüėČ

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That’s me with my girl Mia >>snorkelling..

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No prize guessing who had the most fun.

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We found out no cars/ motorbikes allowed on the island. Only bicycles and pony rides like this we took are prohibited.

Locals calls it the “ferrari ride” LOL. Took us around the island for a good forty five minutes.

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By six thirty pm our boat arrived to pick us back to Sengigi Lombok. It rained later that day..hence the gloomy look.

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Unbelievable – we came back and kids are still pumped and jumped right back in the pool for another round of funnnn.

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Monday we took the same supir to bring us for sightseeing around Sengigi.

First stop was at the traditional weaving village РSukarara (situated at Central Lombok). All handmade and beautifully weaved fabrics  which I was informed takes months to complete.

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We then head for lunch at ……. Lesehan Taliwang Irama, where we had the locals -Ayam Taliwang dish. Oh! I must mention among the best part of Lombok is the muslim community. If Bali is well known for Pulau Seribu Temple, well Lombok is famous for Pulau Seribu Masjid. Mosque can be found every corners in this Island.

We then take a drive to Kuta beach, South of Lombok. Just chillaxing at the Novotel Kuta where we had a few drinks and desserts.

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While Mia and I went for the hotel spa, our boys waited us under this gazebo. The massage and facial cost only RM90 for both of us. What a steal right?!

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Day four – and our last day in Lombok, we just enjoyed the surrounding of our hotel beach view and kids had their last dip in the pool.

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Lombok has been good to us, definitely coming back to check out the rest of the Island.

 

p/s: On another note, very very sad with the devastating news of the missing Malaysian Airlines (MH370) on Saturday 8th,March. My prayers and positive thoughts to the victims family.

Oh its Tartan !

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made a simple skirt and knot headband for my almost eight years
old girl.

happy how a simple tartan fabric like this one turns out looking tres chic on
her.
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Hello 2014

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Inspired from Beci Orpin “Find & Keep” book ,I got myself busy making this “Hello” cross stitch at this Iphone5 casing.

Here is my version >>
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>> My 2013 #memostatigram

Truth be told, I’m more active on instagram as compared to my other social media. Yes most of time we snap pictures, write a few caption..and bam, its on live feed. Anyhow, I’ve join the statigram hashtag memostatigram (that’s your best ‘likes’ moment in instagram world) . Looks like my youngest baby Mukhriz makes the cut! hehe and boy he’s growing up fasttttttttt..

 

 

 

 

Off to the Museum

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Mia has been asking me for the longest time to bring her to visit  our national museum. One fine day, I finally make the time to bring both Mia & Mike (sans husband and baby) here. Kids below 12 years old can enter for free, while adults (with MyKad) are charged at only RM2. Cheap right? !

Its been ages since I last visited this place. When we stepped in, I must say..I was pretty impressed. So much has been changed. It was bright and looks spacious, and nicely done too- the arrangement and few new interactive media. And to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of history, but I believe it is important our kids to learn the olden times and its history background. Now as I’m a parent I understand better hehe.. So my dear children, learn your history!!

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Mia couldn’t stop asking me the why, the how, the when,…endless. But we totally had fun discussing it. Mike was curious as well as he actually finished reading “Curious George goes to the Museum” so he was hoping to see dinosaurs’ skeleton but there was none. ¬†Good thing he wasn’t disappointed but carry on exploring the museum like a champ.

At the end of the day, we had another round of ice-creams. Yes, before we entered the kids had one each. I say why not..it was indeed a hot sunny day.

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I made a bag

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One of my greatest purchase at Sham Shui Po, (HK largest fabric market) was leather. It has been in my shopping list for the longest time. Luckily I found shop selling tons of nice soft leather on my way back to MTR. There’s many types,sizes and colours to choose from, obviously that didn’t make it easier for me – as I need to decide & buy quickly ( catching up flight back that evening!) .

Leather as we know ain’t cheap. Furthermore I took the risk of just buy it and think later how to sew ’em (truth is most of the time that has always been the case..haha buy,think later LOL). And boy I’m glad I take the chance heh. So one fine evening, kids went to bed early (hurrah!) and I got myself busy – measure and cut , one of my favourite cotton and leather to turn it into a bag.

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Good thing about being frugal and the love of upcycle stuff, I kept an old zipper I ripped it of from my worn-out handbag. To be honest, I actually forgot where I kept it, so that night when I went to bed I was doing a “mental search” where could I hide/stash the zipper. I loathe working on a project and half way thru having to go to store to get stuff – major turn off!

Yup found it and get my hands busy ripping those fugly faux leather.

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To make it more in.ter.esting, I decided to made tassels. Easy and cute add-on if I may say so ūüôā (how to diy leather tassels go here)

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Long story short, I made my very first cotton & leather fold over clutch. It was beyond my expectation and damn glad I didn’t screw it up too! This by far is my fave project for this year (and 2013 almost coming to an end!) , more reason I got it done by two days. For a busy wife & mommy this is a huge success for moi.

Fits all my on-the-go stuff.

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Now, let’s see whatelse I can make with the rest of my leather hmmm..