It’s Open!! Malaysia’s First Animation Theme Park – “MAPS”

So, today’s the day!Welcome to MAPS (Movie Animation Park Studios), Asia’s first Animation Theme Park! 


Opening its doors for the first time today, you can start to experience its 6 themed zones, 15 thrilling rides, 23 interactive attractions, and meet some of your favourite cartoon characters. 


It’s only their ‘soft opening’ but from Casper the Ghost to The Smurfs, there’s a lot to be done and a lot of fun to be had! 


Located in Ipoh, about 2-hours away from Kuala Lumpur, who wants to start planning a trip?! 


Look out for their special opening packages running now as I will say that the entrance ticket comes with quite a high price tag so look out for more special offers to come! Happy Monday everyone, S x

Children’s party invitations made just for you in Kuala Lumpur.

It’s party time!!!Or at least, it could be soon!

A new little business here in KL has started creating personalised Evites for all your party celebrations; from invites to thank you cards, they’re helping you to help the environment by designing online invitations that you can then send out via FB or WhatsApp! Perfect! 

Just give them the theme, details, and the rest will be delivered to your inbox! Check out their FB page here for more details or to make contact with Paula! I think it’s time to start organizing that next celebration! S x

“Connected Cafe” – a new KL eatery, perfect with little ones

As I’m always on the lookout for new places to visit, I want to give a little shout out to this new cafe in Mont Kiara.


With its colorful exterior, Connected Cafe KL offers coffee enthusiasts its very own house blend, fresh juices, a breakfast menu and plenty of light bites and desserts! 


While I can’t comment personally on their food, I can tell you that they have a kids menu and also a play area in plain sight, so mums and dads can grab a coffee and a bite to eat while the little ones are kept busy with toys!


 So nice to see this happening more and more; I’m always so appreciative of an eatery that welcomes families and has a dedicated play space! 


Pass by if you’re in the Solaris area and let me know what you think! 


With sweet treats like this, it’s gotta be trying out! Check out their FB page here for the full menu, opening hours and more! Enjoy, S x

Father’s Day specials in Kuala Lumpur

We celebrated all the wonderful mums, and now it’s the turn of all those superhero dads! Lovely to see that Kuala Lumpur has so many venues offering something special for the dads this coming weekend; from affordable pub meals with free beer, to afternoon teas and 5-star sit down meals…. The choice is yours! Wishing all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day, S x

St. Regis Kuala Lumpur:

Father’s Day is around the corner! Treat your dad to Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room from 16 – 18 June. To make a reservation, please email thedrawingroom@stregis.com or call +60327276660

Hard Rock Cafe KL:

Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur Is offering a FREE mocktail on the 18th of June 2017 when you order 1 main course! Only valid for this coming Sunday!

There are also prizes to be won if you click, share, tag!

Take a photo with your dad, use hashtag #fathersdayathrckl
Share it on our instagram @hardrockcafekl
Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur:

Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur

Naughty Nuri’s would like to lend a hand to give him the celebration he deserves! Early reservations will get RM 88 cash voucher from Naughty Nuri’s, limited to first 100 reservations only!

1. Make a reservation at Naughty Nuri’s through private messaging Naughty Nuri’s Facebook page (above) starting with “I want to surprise my dad” followed by the required reservation details as below.
2. Lucky winners will be chosen and contacted via FB with further information on the surprise arrangement.
Note: Limited to reservations on 17th June 2017 OR 18th June 2017. Latest reservation by 15th June 2017, 11:59pm.

=====Reservation details=====
Outlet:
Date:
Pax:
Time slot:
17th June 2017 – 11:00am // 1:00pm // 6:00pm // 8:00pm
18th June 2017 – 11:00am // 1:00pm // 6:00pm // 8:00pm
Terms and Conditions apply.

Movida Kitchen:

MOVIDA Kitchen + Terrace, K-Gallery, Kepong

Celebrate this Father’s Day at MOVIDA in Kepong!

They have a special family platter for just RM118nett. Book your table now!

Available on 16th – 30th June 2017
For reservation, please contact Boey 016-958 2055 or Thiaga 016-294 4316
Ploy @ Publika:

This Asian restaurant out at the popular Publika, is treating dads this weekend to free-flow beer, all day long!
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur:


Treat dad to a lavish Father’s Day Brunch Buffet of Asian and Western cuisine at Lemon Garden this Sunday, 18 June 2017 from 12noon to 3pm.
The buffet is priced at RM168 nett per adult and RM84 nett per child. For reservations, call 03-2074 3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com.


Donkey & Crow Irish Pub:

Donkey & Crow Irish Pub Kuala Lumpur
This is a new one for me but it looks like they’re ready to celebrate all the dads!
A FREE beer of glass of wine plus a FREE Uber ride to the pub (if you type GOTREC.

Available exclusively for the Father’s Day celebration happening this Sunday.

Pullman KLCC:

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences
Keep Daddy happy through a sumptuous buffet lunch selection at Eccucino. Remember, dad dines for FREE when accompanied by 3 persons or more!

RM125.95 per adult.
Kids eat free (under 5 years old) and pay 50% off (6 to 12 years old).

Le Méridien KL:

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur has some cute gift ideas for dad with their home made chocolate selection.

Or you can take dad out for a special dinner at any of the hotel’s restaurants and stand a chance to win a lucky draw gift from Biotherm Homme Supreme Force Range. (see below)

Intercontinental KL:

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Show dad how much he matters this Father’s Day. Check out multiple Father’s Day dining specials on offer for this coming weekend.

Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur:

Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Take this opportunity to make Father’s Day a fun-filled activity with your family at Seasons Coffee House.

Treat your dad to our special Father’s Day hi-tea buffet on 18 June 2017, only RM68.00 nett per person. Call us at 03-2697 8888 to make your reservations or for more info.

 

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur:


Spend this Father’s Day with daddy dearest over a delicious 7-course meal and a glass of pouring wine at Si Chuan Dou Hua on 18 June 2017.
Available from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm at RM118 nett per person. For reservations, please call: 03 2147 0088.

Palace of the Golden Horses:

Palace of the Golden Horses
Father’s Day is just around the corner. Show appreciation to the hero of your life by celebrating this special day with a delicious meal.
Call now at 03-8946 4888

Got a spare 3 hours? Inspired travel from Kuala Lumpur…

We love Kuala Lumpur and adore discovering different parts of Malaysia. But, the fact that KLIA keeps us so well connected with international flights, means our time here has also allowed us to venture into some amazing cities in other countries, right here on our doorstep.
 
Flying long-haul isn’t for everyone which is why I’ve put together this little travel collection that will transport you to some beautiful vacation spots right here in Asia, all with a short, direct flight from KL.
So, got a spare 3 hours? Every destination here can be reached from KL in just about that! So what’s stopping you? I shall take great pleasure in adding Borneo and Vietnam to this collection once we make it there, but until then, I hope you feel inspired enough to take the time to travel, explore, discover….. Enjoy, S x
 
Bali, Indonesia
(Direct flights from KL to Bali: 2 hours 50)


 
Bali is quite simply an amazing island with such diversity that you won’t know where to start!
Having lived there for more than three years before moving to KL, I know the island like the back of my hand, and can say that if you’re up for veering away from the typical tourist areas of Seminyak and Kuta, then that’s when you get to see the real beauty of Bali. From the black sand beaches of the East coast, and the rice fields of Tegallalang, to the hidden beaches in the south around Nusa Dua and The Bukit, to the West Bali National Park, there is something for everyone. There are waterfalls, and beaches, and volcanoes and just a little bit of everything to enjoy.
With children check out:
Bali Bird Park
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Sundays Beach Club (with a fun ride down the cliff)
The quieter beaches (and stunning sunsets) of Jimbaran
Peekaboo play café with tots (for when you need a break from the sun)
Waterbom Waterpark with slightly older children
Family hangouts like The Joglo, The Living Room, and Watercress Café
A Sunday family brunch at one of the 5-star hotels in Nusa Dua. 
 
 
Lombok, Indonesia
(Direct flights from KL to Bali 3 hours)


While not as well known as the neighbouring island of Bali, Lombok should not be over-looked when planning a getaway. Lombok still has its beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, waterfalls and mountains, but is far less crowded. Add to this the opportunity to combine it with a trip to the traffic-free Gili Islands and you can really be in for a memorable trip.
 
Go south to the coastal village of Kuta for deserted white-sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and a part of the island that is relatively untouched. The family-friendly Novotel Resort acts as a good base if you’re travelling with tots with multiple pools, kids club and kids menus. From Kuta, enjoy Monkey Mountain, surfing, snorkeling and diving, a visit to the traditional Sasak Village for a taste of true island life, and take in some of the most stunning views from the ‘Sunset Viewing Point’.
If you fancy a slightly more upbeat time with restaurants and bars, choose one of many villas or hotels in Tanjung. Still with easy beach access, surf posts and perfect for hopping on a boat taxi to the Gilis, Tanjung has a bit more nightlife and more choice for dining out.
  
 
Siem Reap, Cambodia,
(Direct flights from KL to Bali 2 hours)


 Siem Reap would have to be high on the top of my list of favourite places we’ve visited. Instantly falling for the charm of the people and the beauty and sheer scale of the temples, this was a surprisingly easy place to navigate with children.
 
Needless to say, the must-see Angkor Wat needs to be on your itinerary, coupled with some of our favourites like Ta Prohm Temple (yes, Tomb Raider!) and Bayon Temple where ample space, rocks and trees will give children plenty of opportunities to run, hide and explore. Apart from these obvious historical stops, one of my highlights was a trip to Tonlé Sap Lake, which is definitely worth the hour trip from the main city. We visited the local school there and donated some supplies so if you want to go prepared, you can take along pencils and notebooks to give to the children on your visit.
 
In the evenings, wander the street markets, enjoy the hub of Pub Street or take in a show by talented young street artists as they perform in the Phare Circus with all proceedings going to charity.
 
Zipping around in tuk-tuks’ (remorks) was easy and fun and the children absolutely adored it. Look at getting a car and a driver from your hotel if you fancy making the trip up to the lake. It’s all very reasonably priced and well worth doing.  
 
  
Yangon/Bago, Myanmar
(Direct flights from KL to Yangon 2 hours 40)


This is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ sort of trips and never did I think I’d get the chance to visit Myanmar. But the sights are something that need to be seen to be believed, with golden temples galore that, even 18 months on, my son still talks about. While less developed for tourists than some of the other places on this list, Myanmar is a gem that needs to be visited and can be done so with children. While we haven’t (yet) done Mandalay/Bagan, we can definitely say that Yangon is worth the visit.
 
Home to the iconic Schwedagon Pagoda, you may want to visit it twice; yes it’s that stunning! We did a trip in the day and a second visit later in the week to see it by night! The Sule Pagoda is an easy temple to visit right in the heart of the city, and also allows you to wander around the Colonial Quarter of downtown Yangon. Hangout in the Maha Bandula Garden with kids and let them run around, play in the park and take a moment to people-watch! Kandawgyi Park should also be on your list of things to see – we loved it here, so relaxing and quiet and the beautiful Golden Karaweik makes for a great backdrop for photos. Grab a taxi (which are relatively cheap) and do a combined visit to Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, a massive reclining Buddha statue and the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda – both interesting stops while in the city.
We also chose to make the day trip to Bago and, if you have the time, please do the same!! It’s an amazing place with great attractions, almost on par with Yangon. The visit to the Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery is just an amazing experience so if you can start your day with this before heading on to places such as the shiny Kambazathadi Golden Palace, Shwemawdaw Paya , Kyaik Pun Pagoda and Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha, then you’ve seen some of the best of the best!
  
 
Phuket, Thailand,
(Direct flights from KL to Phuket 1 hour 20)

Phuket is undoubtedly the popular option when it comes to a little escape with the family to Thailand. With endless resorts to choose from, long stretches of beaches for lazy days playing in the sand, tours readily available to take you off to nearby islands, and the destination suddenly has everything planned out for you!
 
We’ve stayed at Karon Beach a couple of times which is situated between Patong and Kata beaches and a quick tuk tuk ride will take you to these for a change of scenery. Packed with great restaurants with the amazing food you would expect in Thailand, we’ve always found the beaches to be clean and safe.
If you’re up for leaving your resort behind and exploring, take a look at:
 
A trip up to the Phuket Big Buddah (Chalong)
A boat trip to Phi Phi Islands (The beach!)
A boat trip to Khao Phing Kan (James Bond Island!)
Kayaking and other water sports
A visit to Wat Chalong (Chaithararam Temple)
Elephant jungle trekking
  

Koh Samui, Thailand
(Direct flights from KL to Koh Samui 1 hour 40)


To date, this is my favourite getaway in Thailand. A far cry from the busy tourist areas in Phuket, Samui offers the same stretches of beaches and delicious food, but without the crowds. Add to that the most stunning views and daily sunsets that melt into the ocean, and you have yourself a perfect holiday. Less developed than it’s Thai counterparts, the island still has some beautiful spots to enjoy nature including several different waterfalls and jungle treks. Neighbouring islands also make for some great day trips and of course the water sports are ideal for some fun on the beach.
 
While the destination may lend itself perfectly to honeymooners, we had an amazing time as a family and would suggest some of the following activities:
 
A boat trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park
Chaweng Beach (which was near deserted!)
Snorkelling and kayaking
A trip to the Secret Buddah Garden
Grabbing a taxi to Na Muang waterfall and feeding the elephants
Lazing around in hammocks
  
  
Bangkok, Thailand
(Direct flights from KL to Bangkok 2 hours 10)


A trip to Bangkok is another possibility if you want something different from the coastal resorts and beaches. With affordable shopping and eateries it will give you a great taste of Thailand. The city can seem busy and crowded but there are some fab highlights to be seen if you only have a couple of days.
 
Kids will love the Children’s Discovery Museum, ‘Funarium’ (a giant indoor soft play centre which I know you guys all love so much!) Dinosaur Planet Theme Park, and then there’s the familiar KidZania, that we have here in KL.

To add a bit of culture to your trip check out the boat trips (I think we did the Chao Phraya Express Boat) to take in uninterrupted views of the city or you can venture further afield to witness the amazing floating market. A visit to Wat Pho, which houses the fabulous Reclining Buddah, is one of our favourites in the city and Wat Phra Kaew is another popular one amongst tourists where you can see the ‘changing of the guards’. The Grand Palace is another absolute must-see with beautiful gardens and lots of space for the little ones. Travel around by river taxi for a bit of fun, or take the MRT to zip around the city and you’ll avoid the worst of the traffic!  

Singapore, Singapore
(Direct flights from KL to Singapore 1 hour 5)

 
For a bit of city-hopping you can always op over to our neighbour, Singapour! While it is in driving distance (although that wouldn’t be in my 3-hour time limit for this album!) with over 30 flights daily, you can get your timing right to make it over for a long weekend.
 
While shopping may not be as economical as we have it here in KL, malls offer great facilities when travelling with children and often have free access to a little play area when little ones need a run around.
 
Needless to say, the city has some top attractions to visit whether you be travelling with children or not, but you’ll certainly be entertained at places like Universal studios, Singapore Zoo (which has to be the best zoo in Asia), The Singapore flyer for stunning views of the city, Gardens by the Bay and numerous museums which keep little hands busy! Spending time on the infamous Sentosa will offer places such as the S.E.A. Aqarium, cable car rides, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and some down time at the beach!
 
If travelling on a budget, there are a few things that we have tried out that fit perfectly into a few days in Singapore. While the Singapore Botanic Gardens are lovely for a nice stroll and some escapism from the city, what we loved even more (with young children) was their ‘Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden’! Full of fun interactive things for the kiddies to do, this will give you a good couple of hours of free fun – water fountains, tree houses, slides and rope bridges, a little maze, stepping stones, and interactive stations to learn about nature means it’s an ideal stop.
I’d also like to mention that SCDF have an amazing programme whereby on Saturday mornings they open several of their Fire Stations to the public for children to go and learn about what they do. Such a great initiative and so much fun! Take a change of clothes for the little ones as they get a chance to spray the fire hoses and are unlikely to escape getting drenched in water at some stage! Hats off to the fire fighters who give the kids rides in engines, showed us their tricks on the fireman’s pole and were extremely welcoming to us all 😉
 

Hi-5 has its very own school in Kuala Lumpur!

Hi-5!I’m sure most of you are familiar with this famous children’s TV series and it’s catchy songs and music, am I right? 


While you may have seen the programme (or even their stage show) did you know that we have the first-ever Hi-5 School right here in KL?! I didn’t, until recently!

Photo courtesy of Hi-5 House of Learning – fun with Hi-5 puppets
 

Based out in Damansara Heights, the “Hi5 House of Learning” uses all the Hi-5 songs, themes and puppets to help deliver an education based on both British and international curriculums. 

Photo courtesy of Hi-5 House of Learning – cosy library corner

The school has amazing facilities including a salt chlorinated heated pool, fitted soft play gym, climbing wall and interactive white boards.

Photo courtesy of Hi-5 House of Learning – play time!

The school puts a large focus on creativity and, beside their regular education programme, they also run enrichment classes which are open to the public both after school and at weekends. 

Photo courtesy of Hi-5 House of Learning – music room!

With thanks to the expertise of a Music and Performance teacher, children can take part in the exclusive Hi-5 Performance club which develops singing, acting, speaking, music and confidence and also have the chance to perform on stage at the Hi-5 concert. Other clubs offered include Mandarin, yoga, basketball and cooking, to name but a few.
 
They have a great programme running for the holidays for 2-8 year olds which would be the perfect way to to try out some fun activities and see this lovely little school. Check out the flyer below for their holiday programme and more details. S x

Free Dance Trials for Tots in KL!

Any little wannabe dancers around?!For the next 2 weekends, The Parenthood is offering FREE trials to their KinderDance and KinderTots classes!

It’s a great opportunity to get little feet tapping and to introduce the younger members of the family to music, movement and rhythm. Kinderdance International Inc. is a very well established dance programme in the US so it’s great to see it also being offered here in Malaysia. 

FREE Trial classes are on the 10th and 17th of June 2017 as follows:

10.00am to 10.45am for age : 3 – 6 years old

10.55am to 11.25am for age : 24 – 36 months old

For more information and enquiries, pop over to The Parenthood on Facebook! Have a great weekend everyone! S x

“Fantasy Rainforest – Show time in Putrajaya.

I can’t quite believe I haven’t been to see this… yet!

Photo courtesy of “Fantasy Rainforest”

The Fantasy Rainforest is a show that’s been running since January last year at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre and looking at all these amazing photos, it’s something I need to go and see!

Photo courtesy of “Fantasy Rainforest”

I can imagine how mesmerizing the lights, music and costumes would be for my children; add to that the talented acrobatics of the cast and a story depicting life in the Malaysian rainforest, it’s got to be worth a visit. I also think it’s safe to say that it won’t just be the little ones that enjoy the performance!

Photo courtesy of “Fantasy Rainforest”

The show is an hour long and is performed twice daily at 12.30 and 6pm. If you go before I do, let me know how it is! S x.  

Photo courtesy of “Fantasy Rainforest”

Visit their website here for tickets and more information. 

A visit to the ‘Pink Mosque’ in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The Putra Mosque, aptly nicknamed the ‘Pink Mosque’ is not to be missed on a trip to Putrajaya, the man-made city less than an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.


Whether it be seen from a boat trip as it sits majestically on the waterside, or going for a visit to see the stunning detailed architecture inside, it really needs to be added to your time in the city.

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Our twins love the short boat trip offered by Cruise Tasik Putrajaya which gives a great overview of the city, but visits to the mosque are also possible free of charge. Needless to say, you do need to be appropriately dressed to enter the mosque but there’s a little kiosk offering the  complimentary use of hooded cloaks that you can borrow for the length of your visit. Anyone been?! S x

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