Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Visit to the New 1 Utama Jusco

Yesterday was the first day of Hari Raya here. Normally during festive period like this in KL, traffic should be lesser... well, the roads were quite empty actually but not the malls!!! We went to 1 Utama thinking that most people would have gone for holiday since it is school holiday and most people gets 3 days off since it coincide with our 54th National Day.

The newly renovated Jusco in the old wing has not even been completed but they opened for business anyway so they can cash in from the festive sale. They revamped the whole place which sees the supermarket on the same location as the departmental store. Previously it was located on the other end of the mall.

Jusco has moved their Eneos which housed all the house improvement items as well as car accessories such as savini rims and a car cleaning service. The departmental store now are much spacious and brighter.

Too bad it was so darn crowded so we decided to go off when we can't beat the human traffic!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Feast for one last time?

Now that we are down in KL again, how can I refrain from feasting on those yummy food??? When we arrived on Friday evening, my mom already prepared yummy dinner for all of us. Then on Saturday, we went for scrumptious breakfast at Taman Yulek, this time trying on a new stall selling curry noodles.

Last night for dinner, we went back to Taman Yulek again for Hakka cuisine which turned out to be quite good too except for the price. I walloped a big bowl of Hakka yong tau foo even though I was not that hungry. ^^ We are planning to go for some Japanese ramen this afternoon at Pavilion latest attraction, Tokyo Street.

Now, where am I going to get some safe diet pills for women? Coz I seriously think I need to go on a diet once we returned to Penang!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Busy with house stuff

In 2 days time we will go down to KL again. Looks like this year we travel quite frequently to KL. It is only August and we have travelled down more than 4 times! Previously, the most we will make 2 trips a year. Well, it is a good thing as we can visit my parents more often. :)

Since we will be going away and SIL will be moving over from her rented apartment, I'll have to do all the cleaning before we leave. I have been doing lots of washing the past few days... scrubbing the bathroom, the toilet, the room and etc until my fingers are all sore and painful. :(

I have not even change the sheets in my room! I've wanted to change a new set of matouk so when we returned, I don't have to think about sleeping on dirty sheets.

Will see if I can get that done tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tokyo Street @ Pavilion KL

The next day after our nightmare, I brought the kids to Pavilion to meet up with a friend who came back from LA for a vacation as well as to get my dad some stuff since we'll be visiting him that evening. We stayed at Crowne Plaza so it was quite near, about 10 minutes walk only.

We had some fried fritters and soy bean drink at the food court before we went up to walk about the mall. It has been a while since we shop there. Most of the time we only go to the basement where Lavender is located to get the yummy bread.

While strolling, we saw some banners about a Tokyo Street opened on the 6th floor. Curiosity kicked in and we decided to check the place out....

We have no idea that they actually made the entire place (next to Parkson) to look like a street in Tokyo! It was indeed a very exciting to find so many Japanese shops and restaurants located in one place! *grin*

My son was so excited to see this giant red lantern hanging just right inside the entrance...

As it was already lunch hour, there were many people mingling around the shops and some even has a very looooong queue queuing to buy whatever that was on sale...

Especially the pearl milk tea stall!

If I have not already full to the brim, I would have gone for this Japanese hotpot restaurant, SUKIYA as it is eat all you can! 

Fancy some Japanese crispy crepes???

And the replica Japanese dishes on display can really make you go hungry all over again!

And these miniatures are so darn cute too!

Last but not least... how to not feeling all Japanese when Daiso is the anchor tenant in this part of the mall????

I am so praying for my hubby to have more business trips to KL so I can go jam this place during our stay!!!

Well, if you can't go to Tokyo, you can always go to Tokyo Street at the Pavilion! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Courtyard Marriot in Milpitas, San Francisco

The day when we arrived in San Francisco, we hired a car and drove down to Santa Clara where hubby is supposed to have meetings the next day. We checked in to Marriott Courtyard in Milpitas and stayed for 3 nights. This hotel is one of nearest to The Great Mall which housed a few Premium Outlets.... which obviously was my destination the next day when hubby goes off to his meetings!

There are a total of 3 levels and we have chosen the ground level so that it is easier for us to move in and out and not have to wait for the elevators... since we have quite a bit of luggage!!

In most hotels or motels in the US, they usually offer guests 2 queen beds in a room which make sharing a room with kids a whole lot better! Most of the rooms are spacious too!

Besides the comfortable beds, most rooms came with a work table and a big TV as well as Internet access. Since this was booked under hubby's company, we get free Internet access. In some hotels, we have to pay for Internet access which is a bummer... :P

Unlike most Asian hotels, the vanity table in US hotels are mostly outside the bathroom+toilet... and coffee making facility is a standard thing too.

We like this hotel a lot for its strategic location (walking distance to Great Mall) and they boast an indoor heated pool, gym as well as free hot beverages 24 hours a day. Should you want to heat up some drinks or food, you can utilize the microwave oven located at the lobby.

There is also a guest laundry and free ice cubes on the ground floor. However, not everyone get complimentary breakfast! The complimentary breakfast is only for the 'registered' guest so if there are family members who wished to dine together at the coffee house, they will have to pay. Weird policy!

The scariest journey to KL

Last Thursday, hubby has to go to KL on a very short notice and all of us decided to tag along... all because the kids can enjoy the hotel stay and also a golden opportunity to visit my dad who was hospitalized. Everything went smoothly and traffic was not heavy that day... probably due to the fasting month, less people are travelling.

Then we have to stop mid way to fill up petrol. After filling we moved on but something unpleasant greeted us the moment we move out to the highway. Our dashboard light went off out of a sudden and the fuel gauge failed to show even we have pumped to full just a while ago. However, we did not suspect anything and just thought the fuse blew off. A few minutes later, we detected some odor and asked baby if she has pooed and she nodded her head. Hmmm... so I asked hubby to stop at the next R&R.

Brought baby out for a diaper change but discovered she did not pooed after all. So we hurried back to the car. I asked if hubby checked all the lights and he said everything are working fine except the signal lights. No choice. We moved on. It started to rain and it got heavier. We saw at least 2 accidents on the way and was telling hubby that we are lucky our car can still move. Suddenly, hubby felt the car lost it momentum and the wipers somehow having difficulties in moving and then he can't accelerate at all!!!! OMG!!!! Sensing something is wrong I told him to quickly pull over to the road shoulder in any case the car decided to go dead! And I was right... the car stalled right after we pulled over!!!!

Scary thoughts invaded us immediately. The rain is getting heavier and we knew something has gone terribly wrong. We suspected we were running on the battery and now it is almost flat. Coincidentally, we stopped just right in front of the PLUS signage so we quickly make a call to inform them to send us help. The kids started to get cranky as we are all being couped up in the car without air-conditioning. I made a frantic call to my dad and he told us to get out of the car as it is extremely dangerous to stay in the car by the highway. There has been many incidents where trucks ramped into stationary car which causes deaths. *shiver* Too bad we do not have any roadside assistance plan, else we will not be so worried.

And baby decided to poo! Arrgghhh! Talking about bad luck! (I do start to wonder if it has to do with the Ghost Month???!!) I have to quickly change her and think of our next course of action. The side of the road actually slide down so it will be tough to bring the kids down and moreover it is raining...

While we continued to wait for PLUS to come to us, suddenly a car pull over in front of us and a guy came knocking at our window. We thought he was being sent by PLUS but after a few exchanges, we found out he was one of those 'hungry hawks' that scout around the highway for business. He told us he owns a car workshop and he can help us get our car tow to his workshop which is nearby. He suspected either our alternator or battery has broken down.

Initially we are hesitated to take up the offer as we have heard just too many ugly stories involving those highway tow-trucks and unscrupulous workshops staff trying to squeeze money from victims of broken down vehicles. Then PLUS rang us and told us that help will not come so soon as they have to attend to the other 2 accidents before us. *sigh* Now, we are left with no choice!

It is getting late and the rain is getting heavier...

We gave in and took up the offer so the guy called for a tow truck which has to be paid separately. We were towed to Rawang and made a U-turn to exit at Bukit Beruntung. We've never been there and that place was a complete alien to us....

Once we arrived at the workshop, the tow truck left after we paid him (RM80). The surrounding did not look too good... that place is deserted. There were hardly any souls walking around and all the other units are empty and filled with filthy rubbish strew all over the place.

To me, the workshop is like a 'front' as it does not have anything except a few broken down cars 'under repair'. Those cars were covered with thick dust and we suspect that they are for show only. The engines were taken out. *shiver*

One of the staff helped to take out the alternator and checked. Discovered that it has carbon inside... which translate to - we have to get it changed! The 'owner' said he will go look for the part and drove off leaving us with lots of ???

He called a few minutes later and told us it cost RM388 for a re-conned unit so out of desperation, we agreed. He drove back and after his staff fixed the new unit, it failed to charge the battery. So how??? Have to go look for another unit!!!!! It was already 6pm then and the kids are getting extremely restless as well as hungry. There's no way we can go get food since it is raining so heavily and that place is in the middle of no where!!! What a shitty feeling!

Another guy came with a new unit but the socket was not the right size so he has to take it back. Then the 'boss' went off again leaving us behind. We waited and he brought another unit back and said 'this one cost RM450'. So, do we have a choice?????!!!!!

We felt really threaten since we were all alone in that place. Out of security, I called my dad and sent him all the info of where we are and blah...blah...blah just in case something unpleasant happened. And when the sky turned dark, I pestered hubby to contact his uncle who is staying near Kepong to come keep us company. It is better to have another person we knew who has a car in any case we have to abandon our car or leave it over night. All kind of thoughts came...

It was almost 7.30pm, still raining heavily and there is no way they can tell us if the new unit of alternator will work so we tried threatening the 'boss' back by saying, that if he can't get the car to start then we'll have to call another tow truck and tow our car to KL. And within 15 minutes, our car came back to life. Hallelujah!!! We quickly pay the guy and drove off.

Hubby uncle came but he can't find us (even after we sent a MMS of the map) as the place was so dark and there were no street lamps. Therefore, we decided to meet up with him at the petrol kiosk at the main road.

It was such a relief when we finally arrived at the hotel... Can't believe we survived this ordeal. Anyway, things like these can happen anytime, anywhere and it is just pure luck it happened to us on the North South Highway in the middle of no where! :(