Post CB: New Norms at Happy Fish Swim School

It’s been slightly more than 3 months since we last attended a swim class. Back in March, we opted not to stop our swim lessons even when there was a surge in local cases. But then Circuit Breaker (CB) happened.

The kids missed their swimming lessons a lot during CB and though we have a bathtub at home, it just wasn’t the same. In the end, we bought a water play ‘pool’ just for them to frolic in the water.

Fast forward to 3 months later, the government finally announced the resumption of swim classes. We couldn’t wait to get back into the pool but of course there were people who tried to persuade us to wait and see. As a result, we were slightly apprehensive. It’s been months since we last swam and surely the kids had forgotten everything they learnt. We ain’t sure about the new safe reopening measures of the swim school and the condition of the pool as well after so many months.

The kids woke up at 7am and bugged us to get out of the house. To say they were very excited was an understatement.

We had been informed previously that we would only be admitted 15minutes prior to the start of the class so we timed our arrival. Only 1 parent is allowed to enter with each student.

There was the usual temperature taking and Safe Entry declaration. But the staff was pretty efficient and there wasn’t a long queue. One thing the staff must take note of is the way they sanitized our hands. The girl who admitted us was spraying the sanitizer at the eye level of the kids. Very close to Lè meimei’s eyes. Many sanitizers on the market have high alcohol content of at least 60%. This can cause a chemical burn bad enough to result in serious damage to the cornea.

Otherwise, the staff had obviously been hard at work in creating a safe environment for the little happy fishes. They had rearranged the layout slightly to adhere to the social distancing measures.

Benches with alternate seating
More space between changing tables
Sanitized lockers
Dividers between tubs
Time limit set for shower rooms
Bath tub placed in each cubicle
Face shield for coaches
Designated lanes clearly marked out

The pool looks very inviting because the existing mucky water had been drained, the floor scrubbed and repainted and all the non slip mats lining the walkway replaced.

Previously, the pool was segregated into 7 smaller ones. 6 concurrent classes and an area set aside as practice pool. The practice pool is now removed, with only 5 concurrent classes and the boundaries for each class widened. A lane had been set aside for each class for the coach. Instead of 6 pax per class, there’s only 4 students now. Each pair of parent-child must be at opposite ends during the lesson to minimize contact.

With all these measures in place, the swim school is made as safe as possible. As parents, we really appreciate the efforts put in by Happy Fish in ensuring a safe return to the pool. If you are still holing up at home, unsure of whether it’s okay to resume swim class, I hope the measures implemented by the swim school had reassured you. Covid 19 is here to stay for a while. Life has to go on.

Welcome to the new norms.

Eat, fight, cry, play, repeat

Today was Ez’s Centre closure day. I planned to take the kids to watch Frozen 2 because we wanted to do so in Beijing but it was too expensive (each ticket was 80rmb). A couple of days ago, I came up with this fantabulous idea of bringing them to Dreamers @ Jewel for the movie and thankfully managed to get what the hub and I usually deem as good seats (last row, unobstructed view).

Then today came. We took the bus to the airport. Like 2 stops later, the kids started bickering. Lè meimei did not like Ez’s legs near hers. Ez was complaining that he wasn’t anywhere near her. So she started crying. In she went into the baby carrier but of course the leg space issue continued. Tsk Tsk. Luckily, she managed a short nap before we alighted.

Though we left house like 2h before the movie, we managed to dilly dally till we had to rush to get our popcorn. There’s a current promotion for a free 32oz popcorn if you are a Changi reward member (login to the app and get the coupon). 500 pax per calendar month. We managed to get that even though it’s almost mid month. The girl at the cashier was awesome. She saw the kids and asked if I want to split the popcorn into 2 cups. We did and I’m sure we averted a meltdown in the cinema because they didn’t need to fight over who would hold the tub.

Dreamers was a very good idea because of the designated play area. This marked my maiden experience of watching a movie while sitting on a step. I wondered if I can convince Shaw to let me pay half price in future. We don’t need a seat. Lè meimei spent the entire movie going up and down the slide while Ez spent half the time telling me that the show was so sad. I think her bum bum must hurt a lot.

Lunch was a stressful event because they were over stimulated, tired and hungry. The funniest thing was that Lè meimei refused to go into Tula while Ez wanted to be carried. So I was attracting quite a bit of attention while walking around.

Thanks to technology, I managed to locate the free play area on Level 2 and the kids spent almost an hour going up and down the slide again on repeat till the hub came to rescue us. Thanks to blog posts by fellow mummies, we could now access information quickly. Last time, my mum seldom ventured far because she’s bad with directions. If only they had smartphones then, we might have had more fun exploring Singapore.

Dinner was a homely affair at my parents’ place. It’s been a long time since we went back there for dinner. A sumptuous meal awaited us. No matter how old we are, no matter how long you have been away, home is always where the heart lies.

PS: This post is almost devoid of photos because I managed to max out my 3gb space on WordPress.

Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum

We spent a couple of hours at this ex fire station turned museum. One can expect to see the mundane stuff we see in a fire station in Singapore. There’s a display of the fire trucks, new and old, the gears such as the water hoses and their parts, helmets and fire fighting jackets. There’s also a rack of ‘uniforms’ the kids can put on and lots of helmets for the little ones. While most of the fire engines are “do not touch”, they do have one specially for the little ones to climb up. The experience comes complete with buttons to press and switches to flip.

Then that’s where the similarities ended. While the ones we can visit every Saturday in Singapore are fully operational, this is not. I am quite impressed with the exhibition on level 2. By the way, this museum is wheel chair accessible as there’s a lift. There’s also toilets and a diaper changing table.

While we are fortunate enough not to have to worry about bush fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and even earthquakes, this also translates to being inadequately prepared for the elements when we are on holidays overseas. The exhibits are big on information and yet not boring. The hub stayed with the kids while I had a quick walk around. Words and kids don’t go too well.

But fear not, there’s a kids corner to keep them occupied. There’s lots of colouring pages of assorted fire-fighting related theme, colouring materials, puzzles and even toy fire trucks to keep the little ones entertained.

This museum is only opened on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm.

Here’s the address.

Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum (Central Fire Station)

25 Murray St,

Perth WA 6000,

Australia

Whale watching @ Augusta

Augusta is about an hour’s drive from our accommodation. Previously, the hub had arranged for the tour to be on Thursday but because of the storm alert, it was cancelled. That day, it rained cats and dogs (and that’s an understatement actually). Trees were uprooted and roads were closed due to ‘ponding’. During this period of thunderstorms which brought us lots of rain, even the ferries to Rottnest Island were canceled.

We decided to try our luck at rescheduling the whale watching to Friday, the day we had to drive back to Perth City. We drove there with all our luggage. Heard lots of horror stories about carsthat got broken into for mere tissue paper so we were quite apprehensive about leaving our bags there. The hub used the Doona travel bag to ‘cover’ our luggage. Theoretically, the first thunderstorm had past and the next one was only due on Saturday so we thought it would be alright to proceed. We thought wrong! Haha.

During our one hour drive down to Augusta, it was raining intermittently. Not thunderstorms but more like an intense drizzle. Wind speed was alright too. The trees weren’t bending over like the previous day. However, when we got to the boat, it was pouring.

The boat ain’t those open air kind. There’s 2 levels with sheltered seats. You don’t have to pay extra to sit next to the skipper. There were 2 other families. One from Aussie and the other family from Malaysia. The Daddy from the Malaysian family got sick too and he retired to the lower deck midway.

Grey skies

Our handsome captain

Cheeky – motion sickness hadn’t kicked in

We got Lè meimei this gray jacket from Target. Very thick and very warm. Only $15! What a steal!

Back to the whales.

The season for whale watching in Augusta begins in June and ends in August. After that, you will depart at Busselton Jetty from September onwards to catch a glimpse of the whales. Each session is about 2 hours and they more or less guaranteed that you will see a whale or two. If you are really unlucky, they will give you a DVD with photos FOC. The package also includes biscuits and tea. There’s 2 departure timing, one at 10am and the other at 2pm. Bring along a jacket and no high heels please.

There were only a couple of boats out at sea. Initially, the waves were still manageable. Ez and Lè meimei could still stagger around cheekily. Then once the boat ventured further from shore, the kids began to get quieter and paler. The skipper (aka the captain) communicated regularly with the other skippers on alleged sightings then they would close in. We had quite a few false starts and kept changing directions which made us even more queasy.

Ez started complaining of a tummyache. Then he got crankier. He insisted on heading back but we barely started our ride. Then Lè meimei stopped saying “Wah” to everything and instead started making retching sounds. Poor her. She absolutely had no idea what’s happening. She just clung onto me and told me by pulling on my Tula to indicate she wanted to get in. I started feeling sick too. I blamed it on the 2 ice cream I had in the car. That ice cream promised us a gay time but obviously it’s not so wise to eat them when one’s heading out to a choppy sea.

Not having much of a gay time cuz ice cream and choppy sea don’t go well.

The guide saw us struggling and offered us a puke bag. Thank god for that cuz I puked the ice cream out in no time. Then the hub got sick too. Poor him. He only had an ice cream but he puked way more than me. He grabbed my puke bag and proceeded to puke his guts out. He puked so much that he filled the puke bag. 🤢🤮😰

The above were some of the photos captured by our guide using my iPhone. Because by the time we saw the whales, the sea was really choppy and we had to hang onto the railings to keep us from being flung off our seats. Of course by this time, the hub was so sick that I had to hold onto both kids so it was impossible to get any shot. We just wanted to get back to shore.

Such a miserable experience.

If you think you have sea legs, you should experience it yourself. Book your tour here.

Ez emerged champion because even though he was crying and complaining so much, he didn’t puke. This little guy is not bad at all. Really. Cuz he ate half my ice cream and he only ended up with a queasy tummy. Lè meimei fell asleep and only woke up to puke after we left the boat.

After our puking stint, everyone was hungry and we went to have some fish and chips. It was really good and everyone passing through Augusta should try it. Much better than the ones we had later on at Cicerello.

The average wait was about an hour. You could call ahead and order in advance. This place has baby chairs though not too many and comes with FOC chilli and ketchup (in case you wanna BYOS). Here’s the website. Check the opening hours before you head out to avoid disappointment.

Lè meimei became a chips-eating machine on this trip.

And with a full tummy, we wrapped up our Margaret River experience.

Onwards to Perth City.

Prequel: The trip

When one ain’t too domesticated, packing for a trip becomes a real headache because there’s so much to bring and so little space. Multiply that for the 2 kids and myself. Guess it’s a no-brainer that I’m having an extremely hard time not to overpack! But it seriously doesn’t help that we are lugging along the Doona and a car seat plus 2.5 huge ass luggage.

This time round, we are heading to the great outback. Our first time there in ‘winter’. Theoretically, it ain’t wintry yet but the temperature plummets at night and it’s really cloudy most days. So being the kiasu parent, I brought quite a few cold wear for them. Please forgive me if the weather turns out to be as hot as SG kie. We shall just sweat buckets there.

Ez is really looking forward to Perth. He thinks he can buy himself a tow truck there (previously saw one in Taiwan but he didn’t want it yet had been harping on it since the last trip). For doing odd jobs (like fetch my stuff) and being on his best behavior (think not snatching Lè meimei’s toys or hitting her), Ez had earned himself $14aud. He thinks it’s a huge sum. He shall learn. Soon.

An exciting journey awaits.

Be-Jewel-ed@ Changi Airport

Omg! To say that we were in awe of Jewel at Changi Airport is an understatement! How on earth did they manage to put all my favourite retail shops and restaurants (plus lots more I haven’t heard of) in 1 place?! For the longest of time, I had been intrigued by this pandora charm lookalike piece in the middle of Changi Airport. So glad the hub managed to get the preview tickets!

Though it was a mad rush for me to get home and get everyone ready for the 4pm entry, I’m glad to report that actually there’s no need to rush as once you get in, you are really on your own. Seriously, if I had known that there’s going to be a workshop on a Friday, I would have asked the hub to get the tickets for Sat instead. Such a mad dash to get everyone and everything in order is bad for my heart. So stressful okay.

I super love the HSBC Rain Vortex! Standing at 40m, it’s the world’s tallest indoor waterfall! We entered from B4 of Lobby F and I must say the initial contact was a spectacular and breathtaking one. The night view portrays a totally different feel!

We also had a sneak preview of what’s in store for the kids at the Canopy Park! As it’s gonna be a paid attraction, one can expect lots of interesting stuff for everyone. You will need to pay when the attraction opens on 10th June.

I wanna grow old with the hub like these two.

There’s also a small TV room with little chairs beside the restroom at the Discovery Slide. And because Lè meimei was trying to tell me that she wanted her milk fix, we left everyone at one of the benches dotting the park to explore the nursing room. It’s huge and thoughtfully designed. Really. There’s even a sink in the nursing room cubicle. You can find a hot and cold water dispenser here so you don’t have to lug bottles of water along.

Because of the high volume of visitors, the nursing room was in quite a state. It’s painful to see the new facilities being ‘abused’. Waste paper carelessly thrown and pieces of rubbish everywhere. Someone had even ripped off some of the leaves that were part of the decor. It was only day 2 and already the fixture in the toilet was damaged. 😡 More love please, people!

Dinner was at Gochi-so Shokudo. Menu might be considered as limited and not all dishes are equal. Nonetheless, I love the one I had (D6) on the menu. I can’t remember its name though.

Princess Kalyssa wasn’t too impressed with Ez’s masterpiece but nonetheless, she gave him the most encouraging smile when he showed the piece to her. You need to up your game to impress your date, son!

The kids had so much fun doing this on repeat. So drama. But we couldn’t stop giggling along with them. Took lots of photos here not because it’s the prettiest part of the Jewel but because these kids were so happy here. Anyway, this was just in front of A&W. The wait to get to the front of the counter was around 45min and there’s another 35min wait for the food. And the person we asked only started eating at 6pm. The other snaking queue was for entry to the Pokémon Centre. We went to the one in Japan already so not too interested in vying for a spot to get in. Yet.

All in all, the Jewel is indeed something for all Singaporeans to be proud of. This is certainly going to be a hot favourite for future play dates. Looking forward to the opening of the Canopy Park so that the kids can have another avenue to knock themselves out. So please don’t charge an arm and leg because we really really like what we saw and hope to be there as often as possible. Not to mention, I’m really looking forward to Shake Shack. So say hi to us should you meet us there kie! This is definitely going to be one of our favourite hangout!

PS: The cover photo was taken by the hub. Can you see what he was trying to achieve in this photo? Nice.

Onederful Lè meimei

Presenting the birthday girl…

May your Onederful journey be an awesome and enriching one.

Thank you everyone for taking time off work on a weekday night just to accommodate to our dinner timing. Lè meimei’s birthday celebration is a success because of all of you.

❤️

And to all the mummies who are still contemplating a second child, it’s really really possible to love them as much as when you only had one. A mother’s love is boundless. Anyway, sleep is overrated. Only the weak (the hubs) need them.

PS: This unicorn cake may look decent but frankly speaking, it ain’t worth its price tag. The chocolate sponge cake indeed taste like bland old sponge. Dora Keiki 👎

Lots of love,

Your mummy, Daddy and favourite kor kor

Review: Fanpekka

I’m sure everyone had been to AEON Mall Tebrau City except for the mountain turtles us. Seriously. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The mall is huge! So many shops (lotsa big names) and many yummy food. Situated about 20 minutes by Grab from Suasana Suites, it can be a tad too far when we have 2 cranky and overstimulated kids (the return journey was so tortuous).

Fanpekka is a Finnish theme indoors playground. Personally, I love the concepts @ work in this theme park and thus rate it above the Angry Bird Park. It has a good size play area and even though it was relatively crowded, the crowd was well spread. We were also lucky to meet a bunch of super nice and accommodating kids who didn’t mind sharing some of the stuff with Ez and Lè meimei.

This must be Ez and Lè meimei’s favourite section. In this area, the kids can assemble their own house. So depending on how ambitious your children are, you can have like a studio apartment or 2-3 room flat.

Ez and Lè meimei ain’t much of a builder so they could only take over the houses vacated by others. There’s plenty of miniature furniture for the kids to shift around from houses to houses and this kept them very busy. Ez didn’t want to ask people for stuff he wanted so he would just stand at one corner and out-wait the other kids. Though this area looks very simple, kids get to be creative in creating their own space, negotiate with others to get what they need, some barter trading did take place and certainly inculcate patience as exemplified by Ez. Lè meimei? She’s just happy that she could do her cooking/licking beside her favourite kor kor. Oh yeah, don’t leave your house unattended kie. The park attendants are very on-the-ball. They will take your house apart and remove all the furniture if it’s vacant for more than 15 minutes.

Another favourite of mine (not the kids though) were the various ‘trucks’ around the entrance of the theme park. I spied a post office, pizzeria, cake shop, florist, fire station, grocer and a restaurant. One could pop in and out to try out the different trades. There’s even outfits for the little ones to put on as they role play. Ez and Lè meimei loved the cash till very much and went around to collect money. Each truck has a mail box so if you are role-playing the postman, you can go around to deliver mail to the other vendors.

It seemed as if we had the entire place to ourselves but it’s just cuz there’s something for every one so no one had to fight for a turn.

Then we went up the castle. This ain’t as much fun for Ez and Lè meimei but we still spent a bit of time here. The moment you get to the second floor of the castle, you will see this wall of gear parts. Ez ain’t too interested in these but his sister liked them.

There’s another area with giant foam blocks. This is similar to the ones in the Angry Bird Park but no one was playing with these. We had the entire space to ourselves. Here’s the kids balancing on their make shift stage. They ain’t scared of bouncing on the stack of blocks but their mother was. This section wasn’t as exciting for us because Ez was scared of the slides. Both slides looked intimidating for them so we went back down by the stairs.

There’s a wardrobe with assorted outfits for the kids to don on to transform themselves into royalties. Ez and Lè meimei preferred to be shopkeepers so zero interest here. There’s also a room with this huge white table for events/parties.

The next area was a huge ass ball pit. Unlike their mother, the kids did not like ball pits. Ez refused to venture through the balls to get to the boat. Lè meimei entertained herself for a short while before evacuating the pit too.

I loved how this area looked. White and blue balls basking in purplish blue light.

N.I.C.E.

Ez loved one of these bikes. There’s a few of them around. You have got to have keen eyes to spot the abandoned ones and be quick enough to get to it before the others do. Here’s Ez moonlighting as a delivery guy to deliver burgers. His burgers only dropped a few times. Not bad lah.

The final area in the theme park comprised of a few ‘little houses’. One of them had a small shelf of books. Another housed 2 train tracks (missing trains though) while another had a table with assorted magnetic shapes meant for constructing different pattern. No photos for this area as I was hungry and the 2 kids cranky. They didn’t want to leave even though they were clearly hungry and tired.

All in all, this place is good for at least 3 hours of play. So do factor in enough time so the kids don’t feel pressurized to rush through each section. Ez and Lè meimei are still too young to appreciate some of the features in the theme park but there’s lots of potentials in there for them to learn through play and social interactions with other children.

Fanpekka is located on level 2 of the mall. Right opposite the Japanese Food Hall. Admission ticket of RM62 is for 1 adult and 1 child and an every additional adult ticket is RM10. Kids under 2 years old gets in free. Do bring along your child’s passport. They wanted to look at Lè meimei’s one even though she obviously doesn’t look like a 2 year old. And oh yeah, they are giving away a Fanpekka umbrella with purchase of a child’s ticket from 23rd – 31st March 2019.

Review: Suasana Suites JB

We went across the causeway again for our staycay! This time to Suasana Suites which is just opposite Komtar JBCC. This translates to it being literally across the JB checkpoint. Granted that you have to cut through a few buildings and navigate through the crowd but seriously, it’s all worth it!

Once you cross the busy road (with the use of the traffic lights I hope) outside Komtar, you will see this water feature in front of the Amari. Do note that for some reason beyond me, motorbikes do not adhere to the traffic rules. So watch out for them even though the light is in your favour. Walk into this building which has a Korean BBQ restaurant on your right. Go up the escalator and out the glass door between 7-11 and Toastbox. Suasana Suites will be on your right. The reception area is super tiny but they do have a baggage storage room behind the counter for when you wanna jalan jalan abit more after checkout.

We got the One Bedroom King Suite on the 29th floor. It comes with a huge living room, a dining table for 4, a small but functional kitchenette, a walk in wardrobe space where I can pump comfortably and a balcony (totally didn’t open those doors cuz it’s a potential hazard). There’s a kettle (looks very new and clean), a microwave, iron and hairdryer. Do note that this hotel doesn’t have a bathtub across all room types.

There was a construction site just below our room and Ez spent his mornings just chilling by the bedroom window to deliver blow by blow live commentary of what his beloved construction vehicles were doing. Because we were so high up and also cuz of the soundproofing, we were unaffected by it.

Ez loves this room! Firstly because he could watch TV! He said he liked it better than our house cuz the TV is not spoilt!!!! Another reason was that there are 2 point of entry to the toilet. You can get through via the adjoining bedroom door or through the one in the living room. He thinks it’s uber cool. So I had to remember to lock both doors to do my business in peace. Do be careful of wet floor in the toilet because it can get slippery. Gosh, sounds like I’m writing RAMs.

The above facilities can be found on level 33a. This hotel totally omitted the number 4 and replaced them with ‘a’. So there’s level 3a, 23a, etc. There’s pay-as-you-use washer and dryer. A reasonably equipped gym and a decent restaurant. The playground though small, is suitable for our little ones. Do note that they don’t provide pool towels but expect you to be dry before you get into the lift. So bring your own. Before I forget, the Toastbox which you walked past previously offers a 10% discount to tenants so just let them know your room number. They are open from 7am till 3am! So in my opinion, if you are early risers like us, there’s no need to top up for breakfast. Just head downstairs to Toastbox.

We absolutely adore our room at Suasana Suites for it’s perfect for young children. Lots of space for them to roam around. We brought a small pack of LEGO for Ez and a cooking set for Lè meimei. So they were pretty much entertained when in the room. Also much thought had been put into the furniture. The sofa can accommodate all 4 of us with room to spare, the coffee table had rounded corners and even the dining chairs worked out for Lè meimei. Suffice to say, we are coming back to this gem! Hope you will enjoy the room as much as we did!

Eat @ JB

For such a short trip, we ate a lot. Here’s a few of our recommendations.

Ho Sheng Kee (何成记)

This eatery located at level 6 of City Square serves very unique noodles. They offer 2 sizes for their noodles (medium and XXL). There are options for the sauce with choices of original, spicy, black sauce, black spicy and soup. We opted for the XXL black sauce version. The hub orders the wantan mee set while I got the prawn dumpling set.

The filling of the wantan is very generous. It’s really a big mouthful of meat. But I prefer the prawn dumplings more. The hub and I agreed that having a few leafy veggie in the soup makes a lot of difference to the taste. He much preferred my soup than his wantan version. Their lemon 爱玉 is worth trying. Their fried wantan and otah so-so only.

P.S: There’s free WiFi at Ho Sheng Kee. How nice.

Kam Long Ah Zai Curry Fish Head

We walked over (about 2 junctions away from City Square) to this eatery after the Angry Bird Park. This shop sells nothing but curry fish head! Luckily the kids were asleep as there’s really nothing for them to eat other than fried bean curd skin and plain rice. When we arrived, we thought it’s going to be a long wait but luckily, this entire lot in front of us belonged to the same clan. There’s also seating space on the second floor. And because there’s only curry fish head, the turnover rate for the tables is quite fast.

Kinda unappetizing to see this lot of decapitated fish heads so I advise you not to look.

We ordered the medium size and added on a platter of bean curd sticks (not necessary actually). Our fish head hardly had any flesh. Guess it’s an anorexic one. I recommend topping up a bit to the fish tail. Or maybe you will have better luck and will get a fleshier one than ours.

See there’s actually a lot of bean curd sticks in the pot already so there’s no need for an additional order. Halfway through the meal, Lè meimei woke up and I had to feed her. It was a struggle until the owner took pity on me and offer us the use of a baby chair! Omg! Yes! A baby chair is soooooo important during meal times for my sanity’s sake. Did I mention that this Ourone&only storage container is so useful when traveling?! It has a capacity of 90ml despite looking so flat and small. Fits perfectly into one’s pocket if you wanna pack light.

I like her Richell water bottle too. So girly. So sweet. It came together with a drinking cup where you can press lightly for the water to spurt out . We taught Lè meimei how to use a straw after using that cup for a few times. Very easy peasy. Then Ez woke up and he was super duper cranky. I had to forgo the rest of my curry. If given more time, I will slurp it all up. This is definitely a must visit eating place if you are a curry fish head lover like me.

Address: 74 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru.

Open from 8am to 4pm

You Kee XO Restaurant

Back at KSL Mall, we found a couple of nice eating places too. 有记 is one such gems. Located at the same level as Tesco, this eatery is at the open space part of the mall. One must order the char siew even though they looked a tad sunburnt. Skip the normal roast duck and instead try their pi pa duck (琵琶鸭). They also have suckling pig where the skin is so crunchy but sigh they are so fattening. It’s a good milk booster though. My breast milk was so thick after eating here. I recommend their daily soup too. I tried their 霸王花 chicken soup. Very flavorful.

Huge urns contains little pots of yummy soup.

Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh

Right across the street from the You Kee outlet is another must try! This Bak Kut Teh place is claypot style. You get to customize your soup by choosing items as top ups into the soup. This translates into soup of slightly different taste depending on the items you choose.

We ordered a claypot sesame chicken for Ez. A side of preserved vegetables and added on bean curd sticks, pork liver and intestines and meatballs into the soup. The portion was huge. Too big for 2 adults and 1 kiddo. Flavorful soup which ain’t overpowered by the taste of pepper. The sesame chicken was not exactly wow kind and the portion was kinda small but Ez loved it. However, I wouldn’t order the preserved vegetables again cuz the colour looks abit off (almost neon green).

王奶奶

This eatery sells very affordable and yummy noodles. It’s located on the same floor as Tesco. Walk all the way straight past the supermarket. Ez loved the ngong hian and he slurped up quite a big portion of noodles. The hub had the curry version. Do try their 3 colour tea or coffee too. Not too shabby.

Sunny Cha

We had something similar in Taipei. We spent a lot of money at this tea shop because it’s very nice. Elantra is their signature drink but we find it too sourish. The hub likes Star Dust which has a very nice colour combi but I still find it too sour. Rose Honey is Ez and my favourite. Very refreshing and it’s not too sweet.

We returned home pocket empty but tummy oh so satisfied. We will definitely be back again for more yummy food.

Bye JB! We love you!