Monday, January 28, 2013

Colbie Caillat: You Got Me

This is a theme song from the 2010 movie Leap Year which I have only just watched yesterday (and again, today). It is the usual romantic comedy - gorgeous Irishman with a beautiful accent (I am still feeling lovey-dovey like a love struck teenager, which is healthy for a bored mom, haha!) but the one thing that made me awestruck was the beautiful scenery of Dingle, Ireland. Seriously, I have no idea if I can go there someday but it is in my list of Places-To-Go! By the way, apparently, the leap year tradition is real - a woman can propose to a man on the 29th of February without being rejected... HAH! If only...!

You're stuck on me and my laughing eyes
I can't pretend though I try to hide
I like you, I like you
I think I felt my heart skip a beat
I'm standing here and I can hardly breathe
You got me yeah, you got me
The way you take my hand is just so sweet
And that crooked smile of yours
It knocks me off my feet

# Oh, I just can't get enough
How much do I need to fill me up?
It feels so good, it must be love
It's everything that I've been dreaming of
I give up, I give in, I let go, let's begin
'Cause no matter what I do
Oh, my heart is filled with you

I can't imagine what it'd be like
Living each day in this life
Without you, without you
One look from you, I know you understand
This mess we're in, you know is just so out of hand
I hope we always feel this way
I know we will. 
And in my heart I know that you'll always stay
Oh, you got me, you got me
Oh, oh, you got me, you got me

Rattle Ball!

My First 2013 Project!

Kimi loves playing with the ball I made him, now that he is a bit older. This made mommy so happy and triggered her to make another one!!! This time, I made a small sized one, using the same pattern from I also added some buttons in plastic bottle caps to provide some rattling sound as the ball rolls. To cute-sify the ball, I sew on yellow buttons. However, this attracted my lil-one to chew on them which I believe are hazardous if the buttons were accidentally torn away. Hopefully he will leave the buttons alone... Hopefully...!

A half-ball cap!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast

Date: 12 January 2013

It was about 32 deg C and I was wearing 2 layers of black shirt... Superb! Anyways, we started our journey at 8 in the morning and made our first stop at Mount Tamborine signboard for a group photo. We were tempted by a few "Garage Sales" signs but managed to avoid them (Good Job!). While we were busy posing, another car stopped for pictures too and not-so-surprisingly, they were 2 Kelantanese men. They were not really excited to see fellow Malaysians because, I guess, Malaysians are everywhere here in the Gold Coast. Unlike if you were somewhere in the US, due to small population of Malays, it is something exciting to bump into a fellow countrymen (Source: Mom).

Our first destination was the Glow Worm tour. What makes this tour different than the one in Springbrook is that:
1) You don't have to wait until night time so it is perfect for visitors with time constraint (they close at 5PM).
2) No jungle trekking required thus is perfectly safe for young children.
3) They are not wild glow worms (is this term correct?). They are breaded to increase their population.
4) The cave is man-made. Springbrooks's is a natural cave with an awesome view which you can't enjoy in the dark (too bad).

We also enjoyed the Froggie Tour... Met up with some Australian frogs.

This one is a rubber froggy... 

Later, we explored the famous Mount Tamborine Skywalk which was actually not a stroll-in-the-park as I expected. With a stroller, it was quite hard to walk on the gratings and dirt paths. But it was a good experience, nevertheless. (Apart from being drenched with sweat, BO, dehydration... all was good...)

Air pleaseeee.....  
I was not kidding about the dehydration thingy! 

Before returning home, we had Nandos in Harbour Town where Hasben grabbed a Lacoste T-shirt which he was eyeing for quite some time. Had our prayers at GC mosque where Kimi had a good, refreshing bath that I was really jealous of... Reached home at 10 PM and was sooo thankful for the lovely shower!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba

Date: 29 December 2012

This park is located quite close to the city. We always pass by it on our way to Clifford Garden Shopping Centre but after a year in Toowoomba, we decided to explore it and have some photo shoots. The park provides 1 BBQ shelter for the public, a playground, a rose garden, and a little observation tower. We also found Thomas the Engine with a body of a hedge! Adorable! Definitely a good place to spend the evening with family and friends.

Oh yeah, during Carnival of Flowers back in September,free open-air cinema was held here at night and this year, the movie aired was The Muppets, followed by awesome firework displays to mark the end of the festival. Back then, it was too dark for us to enjoy the park though.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ice Blended Mango!

This is one of my favourite drinks... Fresh mango blended with ice! I nearly always order it when eating out in Malaysia. Here in Australia, mangoes are summer fruits. They are a bit bigger and redder than Malaysian mangoes, but just as juicy. Now that summer is ending, you can buy mangoes at a cheaper price.

Anyways, I was just writing to show-off (haha!) my homemade mango blend which cured a bit of my homesick-ness. It took longer to make as compared to drinking it, but definitely worth it! Sluuurrppppp.... (Notice my tumblers? They are some of my Boxing Day shopping conquest from Myers... Made the mango blends 5x more yummy! *winks*).

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My 28th Birthday!

Date: 23 November 2012

Well, it is expected that I write about my New Year 2013 celebration or resolutions, but since I have been procrastinating on sooo many stories, I'll just have to go with my birthday for today's entry. As a child, birthdays are something exciting and a day to look forward to. As you become older (literally!), it is a day you would rather pretend did not exist... Haha... Although I am far from my family and friends, Facebook is a perfect medium for the birthday wishes to reach me, thus pretending that this day did not exist was quite impossible. So here I am, trying to remember how I turned 28 - more than 1 month ago.

Hasben was very enthusiastic to make this day as memorable as possible. He forced me to name a gift, no belated gifts, he said, as it would not be as special. Bless his heart... The truth is, he was fed-up that I could not remember what he got for me last year because I requested to postpone until I found what I wanted - and until now, I still couldn't remember if I even got a 27th birthday present!! (-_-)"

For lunch, Hasben treated me with a special Turkish cuisine at Sofras Restaurant, located in Toowoomba town. We even got a free dessert platter, on the house - it is important you tell the waitress what you are celebrating, you will never know your luck! After lunch, we circled the whole town for an iPad mini - they were mostly out-of-stock due to Christmas being just a month away. Yup, iPad mini - I said no thanks, Hasben said it is Okay - oh well, rezeki jangan ditolak... Woohoohoo! So I am at the moment writing this story using my 1 month-old iPad mini that Hasben bought from Myers. Since then, I have been playing all sorts of games, which I think is just not good for my social life (like I have any - tangan di bahu, mata ke atas: cliche, I know, but this is the trend now for sarcasm, ahaks).

And finally, for dinner, we had a ladybird birthday cake at home with a special birthday song + "guitar playing" by Hasben and Kimi. I really enjoyed getting old after all!

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