Wednesday, April 23, 2014

E/// Teambuilding (2014): Penang Island

If last year we had our division's team building session in Sibu Island (read it here), this year we travelled up to the north of Peninsular Malaysia. This time, we had our CD RAN teambuilding at Hard Rock Hotel (HRH), Penang. Because Penang island is well known as food heaven and Hard Rock Hotel is one of the famous hotel in Malaysia, it was no surprise that this year we had a large number of participants for our teambuilding. Hehe :D

Prior to the teambuilding event, we had a pool on whether we interested to drive or to go there by express busses, like the previous years. Of course the majority preferred to drive! so that we are free to explore best makan place in Penang. So we had smaller groups of cars; car-pooling to Penang Island. We were told to meet up at the HR Hotel by noon. I joined my sisters and brothers in NTO and 8 of us (4 ladies and 4 men) went to Penang by Alphard. Havoc all the way I tell you! :))

Us, the first 4 to arrive at the office at 6.30am.
In front of E/// Musolla, baru lepas solat Subuh together-gether..hehe

Since we need to be at the hotel by noon and after considering the morning traffic condition (we went on a working day)plus a pit stop at Tanjung Malim for breakfast, we then decided to meet up at the office by 6.30am for Subuh prayer and started our journey by 7am. It was a smooth journey to the North except that we had to stop by the highway (somewhere in Perak) due to a small glitch. 

Us...macam-macam ragam. Haha!

Since the Penang Second Bridge (Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge) has just been opened to public two weeks prior to our trip, we decided to go through it for the first time. The bridge is longer, 24km stretch and it connected Seberang Prai in Penang mainland to Batu Maung in Penang Island.

Alhamdulillah, we safely arrived at 1pm and headed straight to Starz Diner, the restaurant in HR Hotel for our buffet lunch. I was so hungry and I was rushing to send out some statistics reports to the customer (oh yes, I still have to work!) that I didn't have time to snap much photos...

Dah sampai, yay!

my only photo during lunchtime; my appetizer. hihi!

While we have our meals, the secretaries handed us our room keys for check-in. After lunch, we went to one of the Rockin' Meeting Room for our CD RAN Employee Meeting; which was the highlight of our teambuilding session.

Spotted me and my laptop?
Well, speaking of multi-tasking..ehem! 
Haha, I was sending my reports and listening to our HOD's speech at the same time :D

After the meeting and briefing session, we check-in into our rooms. I shared the room with my bestie in E///, Miss Nini :). The room we had was nice, the music from the sound system welcomed us...the room filled with loads of rock star's deco/photos too! Unfortunately I forgot to snap the whole room view as I was so busy replying emails once I got into the room :P

The lovely view..

The complementary fruits and chocolates from HR Hotel...

The snacks..

The toiletries in the bathroom

After praying and settling down with my work, me and Nini decided to went down to Hard Rock Shop and claimed our HR t-shirt. This year, our management has decided to give us a Hard Rock T-shirt each as our teambuilding t-shirt and we have to wear it on our BBQ dinner the following night.

Since the evening activity was free and easy, we the ladies decided to spend our time swimming. It was so convinient having a room connected to the swimming pool...kluar sliding door dah boleh terus lompat masuk kolam! hihi :)

That night, we planned with our gang to explore the Penang food - part 1. Well, Penang is food heaven, it would be a waste not to please our cravings. There were 8 of us so you can imagine how many types food on our "MUST TRY/EAT" list! But of course we can't fulfill all of 'em because we only have limited space in our tummy and limited time too! So it was so funny and interesting how we argued on which food shall we eat first and which restaurant/place shall we visit first...memang havoc! 

So stay tuned to the next update and I shall share with you our makan-makan story that night ;)

Till then,


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Tea Party Birthday for The 1st Quarter

End of last month, I got the invitation to attend a tea party birthday organized by the company am working with. This was a birthday celebration for the staff of E/// Malaysia who were born between January to March (1st Quarter of  the year). The party was held at our TimeOut Room (our chill out room in the office, will blog about it if I have free time :P).

This was the second year we had this celebration for the staff. Usually, it will be celebrated between the small units only. I was among the earliest to arrive since the TimeOut room is situated opposite the Musolla. Lepas solat Asar terus masuk situ. Hihi..

The food spread and the simple but cute banner :)

This year they even have goodies and party hat for us. Feel 20 years younger! Heheh! :P

The cute  (and nyummy!) birthday cake :)

The tea party started with a simple speech by our Country Manager. Since I'm having the "earliest" birth-date among all who were born between January to March in our company, I got the honour of cutting the cake on behalf of all :) After the cake was distributed among us, we took the time to mingle with colleagues from different departments and units, as well as the management team...of course while enjoying our meal.. :)

Speech from Todd..

With Tinie from Supply team, the February baby..

Some of us who were presence that evening
different ages, different birthdates, one celebration :)

Mine :D

Thanks E/// Malaysia for the nice gesture. Hope to be invited again for next year's party ;) 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Faaz Naqi's Sports Day

Brainy Bunch International Montessori (BBIM) has organized its Sports Day in mid March for two consecutive Saturdays (with two sessions each; morning and noon). BBIM Putra Heights (Faaz's school) together with 4 other branches have their Sports Day on the second Saturday; 22nd March 2014 (the morning session).

This year, the Sports Day was held at Dewan Sri Saujana, UNITEN, Bangi. Since my husband is currently on his oversea assignment, only me and the twins were available to give support for Faaz. My in-laws were away for a holiday and my mom was not well at that time. Since it started pretty early in the morning and it was scheduled to finish by noon, I brought along our helper. Just in case if the twinnies were restless, I had someone to look after them while I captured Faaz first sports moments for his daddy...

Falisya was so ready to cheer up for her big brother :)

After sending Faaz to her aunty, we went to register ourselves, got our goodie bag which included breakfast and colorful clapping hands for cheering up. We then went up to the 2nd floor where all the parents seated. We chose to sit at the middle of the hall.

The Sports Day started with the marching of the flagbearer and it was followed by the marching in of each of the BBIM branches according to their color and theme (this year's theme is "Under The Sea"). 

The three flag bearer marched in proudly

Of course for me, the moment that I've been waiting for was to see the BBIM Putra Heights team marched into the hall. Their theme is "Octopus", where one of the students, Adam Mikael (which is also my blogger friend - MommyNadia's eldest son) is being strolled on a special platform as he became the Octopus mascot. Sooo cute!!

It was not long ago before I spotted my son marched in politely into the hall. Tunduk siap! Hihi. Out of sudden I had this mixed feelings; thinking that it's another phase of my son's growing up life, and his daddy missed to see this live...

oh well, a typical "first time mommy" syndrome. Hehe :P

We tried our best to wave to Faaz from above but he did not see us. I saw him glancing all over the hall looking for me. Hihi, poor little darling...

The view of the hall as all 5 BBIM branches lined up in colors and theme. Very nice!

The highlight of the first round of this sports day was the performance by all students, dancing to the beat of "Under The Sea" song from the animated movie, The Little Mermaid. For weeks I knew Faaz has been practicing the steps and it was amazing to see how he put some efforts onto it although I know Faaz doesn't fancy dancing that much...

These photos sent by Faaz's class teacher, Uncle Bob few days before the Sports Day :)

and before the sports games started they announced the winner for best mascot. The winner went to BBIM Putra Heights! Yay!! I think they deserved to win (not bias ok!), their mascot was the most creative among all. Well done to the aunties and uncles of BBIM Putra Heights *Claps!* :)

The games started off with playschool group first. It was cute to see kids at the age of twinnies in action. So cute! Soon came the turn for regular and star classes. The host then announced that we, the parents were allowed to go down to witness our children in action closer. Alhamdulillah, we all went down and looked for Faaz.

Faaz and his friends, lining up before the matches begun..

Abam Faaz's cheerleaders. All wore pink that day in support for Faaz! Hihi

Abang was so happy that adik came to cheer for him...awww :)

In total, Faaz played 3 matches; The Ring Game, The Fishing Game and The Balancing Game. I managed to record Faaz in actions although I forgot to keep silent during the recording as I was too excited that I cheered for him erm...quite loud >.<  *shy*

In between the games, we did came to Faaz and I asked her sisters to give a can of milo to Faaz, in case he was thirsty. Faaz was happy that the twins brought him his favourite drink that he kindly willing to share the drinks with them. He also shared it with friends too! Awww,so proud of you son :)

Faaz posed before gave some of the drinks to his friends whom obviosly waiting to get a sip. Kesian, if only I bought more cans! Memang ada satu je tinggal...

Faaz in action, for his last match :)

Soon, came the moment that the kids look forward; the prize giving ceremony. As expected, Faaz so shy when Madam Ladyana gave him the medal. See lah his reaction...hahaha! Sabar je la :P

But it was totally different when I asked him to pose alone...

My proud boy with his first medal. Well done, son! :)

There were also matches for parents as the closure of this sports day. However, we made a move earlier because twinnies were restless. Before we went back home, I took some photos of Faaz as a memory of his first sports day :)

Faaz and his sisters... :)

Faaz and Uncle Bob! 
As usual, he was shy when he's around adults. :))


Monday, April 7, 2014


Nickelodeon Channel has never been a stranger to me. It was among my favourite Astro channel when I was a teenanger. I love watching the family-comedy shows but the show I've always looked forward each year was none other than the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards show.

For those who did not know, the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is a slime-tastic extravaganza where kids get to pay tribute to their favourites across the worlds of film, television, music and more. Apart from the signature green, gooey and slimy liquid, being a teen at that time of course I looked forward to see my favourite stars (singers and actors) being honoured and performed at the show...boyband especially. Haha!

Can't believe Nickelodeon is now in its 35th year globally and 16th year in Asia and my favourite award show has turned 27th this year. How time flew! Since I started my "official" Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) role last Monday, and coincidentally the 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (KCA) premiered on Astro 612 (Nickelodeon Channel) on that Monday evening, I decided to throw a simple pizza party and make a date to watch the show with my kids. I also invited my eldest niece to join us as well :)

Besides pizza, we have mushroom soups, garlic breads, BBQ chicken and carbonara pasta as our pizza party menu. Nyums!!

and being a sweetie, my niece Tasya also brought home made cuppies as desserts. The twins loved it! :)

The show started at 6pm Malaysia time, sharp. This year's award was hosted by the Hollywood hunk; Mr. Mark Wahlberg!

*sigh* :D

My niece was glued to the show while my son was serving himself some pizzas :D

Kicking off the KCA this year was internet sensation Todrick Hall with a pop performance medley featuring celeb cameos by Pharrell Williams, Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson, along with aerialists, cheerleaders and a step team. 

Celebrated magician David Blaine made his live awards show debut by facing his greatest challenge ever – slime – in an unforgettable moment that literally knocked his head off. Scary but cool! Faaz jaws were wide open when he saw the stunt! Haha!

Faaz was totally glued to David Blaine act while Tasya texted the results to her friends who can't watched it.

Among the award winners that received the orange blimps were Adam Sandler for Favorite Movie Actor; Jennifer Lawrence for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for Favorite Movie and Frozen for Favorite Animated Movie (Faaz and twinnies cheered happily as Frozen is their current favourite animated movie! :D).

Adam Sandler thanking his young voters :)

Faaz favourite hero, Robert Downey Jr. a.k.a Tony Stark (Ironman) won top honors for Favorite Male Buttkicker and Miranda Cosgrove took home the blimp for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for her role of Margo in Despicable Me 2. In the television categories, Favorite TV Actor to Ross Lynch and Favorite TV Actress to Ariana Grande. 

In music categories, orange blimps went to Selena Gomez for Favorite Female Singer; Justin Timberlake for Favorite Male Singer and One Direction nabbed Favorite Music Group and “Story of My Life” for Favorite Song.

Tasya and Faaz were glued to the TV the whole show :)

The highlight of the show was a special Lifetime Achievement Award presented to the Kids’ TV hitmaker Dan Schneider. The Award was presented to him by the stars of his mega-hit series iCarly (Nathan Kress, Noah Munck), Drake & Josh (Drake Bell, Josh Peck), Victorious (Victoria Justice, Avan Jogia, Daniella Monet, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett), Sam & Cat (Ariana Grande, Cameron Ocasio, Maree Cheatham, Zoran Korach), Kenan & Kel (Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell) and Zoey 101 (Chris Massey).

He never failed to make us laugh, on the Big Bang show or live show! Haha!

Of course, the KCA won't be complete without the gooey greeny slimy! Most of the presenters that night had the splash of those slimy thingy as surprises! Hihi :D

Wahlberg maintained throughout the show that he would be an unslimeable host, a challenge that was put to the test against worthy opponents like Williams, Kaley Cuoco and Jack Reynor -- all of whom got doused themselves in green goo. Ultimately, not even Optimus Prime could save Wahlberg from the massive drenching delivered by none other than Kevin Hart and the host’s own kids! Haha!

Gotcha!! :D

The star-studded telecast featured additional celebrity participants, including: Chris Rock, Jim Parsons, Jayma Mays, Kristen Bell, Chris Evans, Nicola Peltz, Shaun White, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Carlos PenaVega, Zendaya, Debby Ryan, Andy Samberg, America Ferrera, Sophia Grace and Rosie from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Will Arnett, Bella Thorne, Jake Short, Lea Michele, LL Cool J, James Maslow, Peta Murgatroyd, John Cena, The Bella Twins, Ross Lynch, Kendall Schmidt, cast members from The Haunted Hathaways, Instant Mom, The Thundermans, and many others.

For those who missed the show, fret not because you can still catch the re-run of the KCA via Nickelodeon Channel (Channel Astro 612) at the following time:

  • 1.30pm on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014
  • 7.30pm on Friday, 4th April 2014
  • 5.00pm on Monday, 7th April 2014
  • 11.00am on Thursday, 10th April 2014
  • 2.30pm on Saturday, 12th April 2014
  • 12.00pm on Friday, 18th April 2014

Happy Watching!! :)