Monday, September 29, 2014

The Self-Service Laundry Experience


Since I was born, I never sent my clothes for laundry. I only visited laundry shop when I have to do dry-cleaning. During uni years, I was more comfortable to wash my clothes with hand wash and if I were too busy or too lazy (:P), I just packed everything up and washed my clothes using my mom's washing machine at home (my mom's place and my uni are only 10 minutes journey, fyi! hihi).



However, few weeks ago it was raining almost everyday. Dirty clothes started to pile up and the ones which has been washed took 2-3 days to completely dry. It was a headache and eyesore that I finally decided to go for a laundry. Being someone who is totally clueless, I went to consult my friends first. Most of them advised me to go for the self-service laundry instead of the normal laundry. More convenient, and we can get our dry and clean clothing on the same day.




Frankly, I was totally clueless at first. Did a bit of googling too, (nervous ok! tak pernah punya pasal...ahaks! :P) so that I have a rough idea on what to do, whatnot. Based on my findings, there are two well known self-service laundry chain in Klang Valley; Wash and Save and Clean Pro Express. I went to the latter, the Puchong branch during my lunch break.





First thing first, you need to bring:

1) dirty clothing (of course lah kan! :P)

2) laundry detergent & softener (OPTIONAL) - You can purchase at the machine there (RM1.00 for each box)

3) 50 cents coins (OPTIONAL) - They provide a coin exchange machine there.



I decided to give it a try...not bad, the softener smell so nice!
(RM2 in total for the detergent+softener)



Before you start to do your laundry, you get to choose which washer machine and dryer machine that suits your needs. There are 3 options based on the load by weight; 9kg, 14kg, 25kg.



Since my load was quite big, I opt for the 14kg washer/dryer and I choose for warm washing. So the amount that I have to pay was RM7 for the washer and RM4 for the dryer (RM11 in total).





When you have choose which washing machine you want to use, you can start to load your washing machine with your dirty clothes and close the machine. For operating the washer, you can refer to the step-by-step poster which was posted on the wall. 



As soon as your washing machine started to operate, you can have a seat and wait for it to complete before transferring the load to the dryer for the next process. I choose to sit on the bench provided in the laundry shop and read my favourite story book to kill time. If I am not mistaken, it took about 30 minutes to complete the washing process.




I chose lucky no. 9 as my washing machine and lucky no.18 as my dryer :D



Next, I transferred my clean and wet clothes to the dryer above and set the dryer before starting to dry my clothes. Again, you may refer to the poster on the wall on how to set the setting for the dryer.

(Note no. 1# Don't set the dryer temperature to be so high, otherwise some of your clothing might shrunk)

(Note no.2# Don't leave your clothes in the dryer too long after it finished drying or else your clothes will start to crumple)





There is also a general guideline on washing and drying which I think is good to read before you proceed to do your laundry activity such as which item is suitable, etc...



Overall, it took me 54 minutes (30 minutes + 24 minutes) to complete my laundry and have my clean, dry clothes, yay! And it only cost me RM13 in total (RM11 for washer/dryer + RM2 for detergent/softener). Not bad, aite? Kalau hantar dobi, they measure per kg, have to take note of the clothes that we send in and have to wait at least 2 days to get the clothes back...berbaloi la jugak :)


Love,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Johnny Rockets @ Sunway Pyramid

Two weeks ago, we dine in at Johnny Rockets (JR) restaurant for the very first time. For those who didn't know, Johnny Rockets Malaysia opened its doors on October 28, 2013 and the first outlet is at the Curve, Mutiara Damansara. That night, we went to the Sunway Pyramid outlet, which is situated at the Blue Cube building, which is the biggest JR restaurant in Malaysia so far.




As you came in into the restaurant, you'll come to a counter area where the receptionist/waitress will greet you and brought you inside the dining area.




Opposite the counter is the waiting area, where patrons will be seated first if the restaurant is full. This is also a waiting place for parents while their children playing at the mini playground provided by JR.




Hubby dearie watching the kids played..


Twinnies really enjoyed their time-out! :D


The restaurant is quite huge. As we went inside, we can see two levels of dining area with the kitchen counter is situated at the middle area. Too lazy to climb up, we decided to settle down at the lower ground area..


The view as we entered the dining area...



Split level dining...



self-us while waiting for our orders to come..


There are variety of shakes/floats/burgers to choose for inside the menu. I heard JR is famous for its shakes and chilli cheese fries. We ordered vanilla shakes, chocolate shakes and coke floats as drinks. As for the main course, we had...



Bacon Cheddar Single (substituted the fries with onion rings)



Chicken Tenders 

&



Rocket Single 

The portions were big and the burgers were equally good as the ones we usually have in TGIF. Wanted to try out the chilli cheese fries and the desserts but we were too stuffed! :P


Every half an hour, the "YMCA" performance is performed by the staffs of JR as part of the entertainment. This is what made them stand out than the rest of the restaurants with similar concept.



"Y...M...C..A"...




Faiqa Nayra also joined the crowd. Haha!



Overall, it was a nice dining experience for the family. Clean, cozy, and good food. A bit on the overpriced side, but for the portion they served I think it is quite fair. 


Abang & Adik yg lately suka bergaduh... Haha!


Love,



Monday, September 22, 2014

My Sister's Engagement Day

Alhamdulillah, my younger sister Hidayah finally got engaged with her high-school sweetheart in a simple Merisik-cum-Engagement ceremony held during the National Day leave recently.



Since it has been quite a while since the last time we organized any event at my mom's place, I decided to include a Tahlil for our late father (It's the 10th year he left us, btw...) and a doa selamat for my sister. The morning of 30th August, the tahlil/doa selamat ceremony started at 10.30am 



 My mom's friends from the yassin recital group



My twin daughters...
Nampak tak mata sembab? tak biasa bangun pagi la katakan. haha!




After the tahlil ended, the family members from the groom side came. I managed to help my sister with her scarf styling before I went down and joined the discussion/merisik ceremony.




With lovely Kak Ngah just after she got ready :)

I know, we ain't look the same. People always mistaken us as friends instead of siblings. We got that a lot! (and that made my sister annoyed every time because we are 6 years apart! kih kih! :P)




During the discussion... seen in this photo was the groom's father (in red baju melayu), my Uncle Hamid (the spoke person for our family; right at the corner, smiling and wearing specs) and my hubby (back view, on the left side :P).





The gifts from the groom's side in green/silver/black




The gifts from our side, hand made by our lovely mak :)



My sister purposely requested for a simple, combine merisik/engagement because they both had known each other for more than 10 years now and so does both of our families. It's just following the "adat" before proceeding to the important stage, marriage, insyaAllah in another few months.




Kak Ngah with her future MIL for the ring ceremony. She's been booked officially! :)


After the ceremony ended, everyone proceed to the buffet lunch before we called it a day. Alhamdulillah, all went out smoothly. Now that she is officially engaged, the preparation for Kak Ngah's big day officially started...bismillah..


Am so excited for her! hihi! :)



 With some of the family members after the ceremony



Kak Ngah with her fiancee...peace!
;)


Love,


Friday, September 19, 2014

Fried Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

Let me share with you dear readers an easy peasy potato dish (as easy as 1,2,3! :D) which can be served as side dish for your steak or grilled beef/chicken. This is one of my favourite potato dish and I made it earlier to compliment our black pepper steak for dinner tonite...



Fried Garlic Rosemary Potatoes



Ingredients:

Potatoes (cubed)
olive oil
garlic (finely chopped)/garlic powder *
rosemary leaves (chopped)*
black pepper*
salt*



Method:

1) fried the potatoes cubed with olive oil.
2) when the potatoes are almost cooked, add in all the other ingredients (*).
3) stir well till the potatoes are cooked.


seeeee, told ya'! it's easy as 1,2,3 steps literally! :D


happy trying and happy weekend all!

Love,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Twinnies 3rd Birthday Party

Same as last year, my twin daughters' birthday fell on during the month of Ramadhan this year. Because of this reason, I thought of postponing the celebration on the 1st Eid instead. (Glad we didn't, remember the chicken pox incident? huhu)



Instead, my husband insisted that we did it as an iftar birthday celebration close family few days before their birthday and it was seconded by my MIL, who offered to cook the main dishes for the iftar. Lama tak buka puasa sesama katanya... :) Since 7th July fell on Monday, we did the birthday iftar on Sunday, 6th of July (yes, I know it has been 2 months since and this is considered as super duper late entry! *tsk! >.<).



As usual, since I did not plan the birthday earlier, we only came up with the so-called theme on that Friday; which is: rainbow colors! I figured out it's the easiest theme for such a short duration...hassle free gitu! hihihi :D



Since both girls have a colorful tutu skirt each, we did not have to buy any birthday outfit. I just bought tiaras from Balloon Buzz as their accessories since twinnies currently love being "princesses". The evening before that Sunday, I went to Balloon Buzz to buy the "Happy Birthday" signage and some heart shaped balloons since twinnies love the shape so much (fasa girlie2 sangat dah masuk 3 tahun nie :P) for the simple deco.




Faaz and Faiqa were wide awake when I started to hang those deco and both of them got pretty excited. Faiqa especially kept on saying, "wow, lovely!" "good job,mommy" and few other words that made me kept on grinning. Hehehe, too cute!


They were wide awake even after midnite! :P


That Sunday morning was the busiest morning for me and hubs (semua last minute kan :P). We went for a quick grocery shopping, and went to book some additional food such as Murtabak Singapore and some kuihs. To blend in with the rainbow colors theme, I bought the Wondermilk Lola Cake in pastel colors (because the rainbow cake colors were too bright to match the twinnies tutus and the deco). Dah siap beli "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" candles in matching colors semua tetiba the girls requested for Frozen cake... T_T. Huwaaaaa!




After thinking, we decided to buy the frozen figurine set to add to the cake. Quite expensive (RM60 for a set and you can't buy it separately) but we had no choice. I then rushed back to Balloon Buzz to add some Frozen balloons to compliment the cake.




The pretty cakes and the additional deco... :P


Few hours before the iftar, I arranged the items and did the table settings. This includes arranging the gifts from us and the grandparents to the twins. Less did I knew that it get both of the girls excited. Faiqa especially, kept on asking to open her present...tak sabar2! It took me some patience to convince her to open her present later...heeeee. But it was fun to see how they looked forward for their birthday celebration. They kept on dancing and jumping near the deco and kept on peeping on their cake in the fridge. They knew less about birthday last year....



"Please mommy, can I open my present???"


The guests (husband's siblings and close relatives which stayed nearby) arrived by 7pm and we had our dinner iftar as soon as the Maghrib azan started. After we had our Maghrib prayers, the birthday celebration started... 




Falisya blew the candles off while Faiqa was ready to cut the cake instead...




The girls with Faaz (and the cousins at the back) were ready to cut the cake.




We had a family photo taken shortly after the cake cutting. 
A quick one because the girls were too eager to eat their cake!  Haha!





The crowd that night. Twinnies were lucky that Uncle Faris and Kakak Tasya were kind enough to entertained the crowd with their songs. Falisya even sang "Let It Go" song with them. Sporting adik malam tu :)



The best part that night was opening the gifts. Twinnies were so excited and were soooo into it. Each time they opened a present, they will screamed happily..suka sangat! Hahaha!




Macam-macam gaya ada... :D




Before the party ended...twinnies with some of their gifts. Sorang admiring the bracelet she got and the other smiled with satisfaction. Hihi. :)


***********************************************************************************


To my lovely daughters, 


Faiqa Nayra & Falisya Nayla.



Happy 3 years old! 


Mommy and Daddy are so, so lucky to have you two both as our twinnies. To be able to witness and raise both of you from day 1 in the womb are wonderful and priceless experience. Alhamdulillah...

May both of you grow up healthy, wise, beautiful in & out and be good muslimah...aamin!


Mommy, Daddy & abang Faaz love both of you so much, munchkins!


p.s: Less arguing and fighting please...hehehe :P


The girls with their ponies, birthday present from your truly :)



Love,

Monday, September 8, 2014

E/// Merdeka Raya Brunch

Three days prior to our 57th Independence Day, the company I am working with organized a "Merdeka-Raya" Brunch at our office's cafeteria. This year we combined the Eid celebration with our National day. On that day, all employees were encourage to wear traditional clothes as our MerdekaRaya outfit. It was nice to see not only Chinese and Indian but also our Swedish colleagues were sporting enough and wore our traditional baju kurung and kebaya on that day :)






Our brunch started at 11am. Prior to this, all employees were required to stand before our national anthem ; "Negaraku" was played. We sang the song proudly ;) Alhamdulillah, there were variety of food served during the buffet brunch that I had two rounds of food myself...hihi *blush*




My first portion - Fried Mee and Nasi Arab



My second portion:
 Nasi Impit Kuah Lodeh, Lemang with Beef Rendang, Satay and BBQ Mutton with black paper sauce. 
Nyums!


Yeah, I'm a big eater like that. Bear with me ya!
:D




Halfway through our meal, our Head of Country (Todd A.) gave a farewell speech for our two longest serving employees; Heilyn and Sivasundareswary who left E/// after 39 and 38 years of service. I wasn't even born yet when they first started working with E///! Hat's off to both of you! It's so hard to find this kind of loyalties nowadays..





With colleagues from different departments after we had our desserts. Hihi.



Since it's a Friday lunchtime (which is longer than the usual lunchtime) and since we gonna move out from this Cyberjaya office in few months time, we decided to have a photography session in the premises. 

 




Wonder what will be the deco for our new place since we will only occupied few floors of the building, unlike here where we have the entire building to ourselves.

Will it be the same as current (influenced by Swedish deco since we are Swedish company), or will it change???


Hmm...



Oh by the way, since I did not shopping much for this year's Eid I wore the same peplum kurung I wore for our Raya Luncheon last year (click on the link to view), with a simple twist. Instead of the blue skirt, the blue ribbon on my peplum and yellow scarf, I wore my red engagement skirt, omit the ribbon on the peplum and wore my favourite white poppy scarf from ForHawwa'. 




Last but not least...the selfiesssss or self-us, is a must since it is the "in" thingy right now. Haha!


Well, surely we will miss the building, the environment and all the sweet memories here in Cyberjaya office when we move out. Although the new office will be closer to my house, I'm a bit sad to leave Cyberjaya.....


for its free underground parking spaces and NO TRAFFIC JAM. 


The new place?


*Cries* T_T



Love,