Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Back dated story

A visit from Oma Belanda is the most happiest moment for Hakim and Aishah.
Yes..of course..present, present, present..always. Even though they were here for only 2 weeks but we managed to do a few activities with them. To Kota Klias, Beaufort and Swimming at Pacific Sutera. Hakim and Aishah was really enjoyed it. My MIL will coming back to visit us at the end of January till early March next year.

With Tante Petra and Oma Belanda

With Oma.

What do they saw?

A group of wild Proboscis Monkey

2 monkeys on the tree

The boat cruise

The Jetty

Weekend activities, as usual swimming the whole day

Japanese Friend

The most enjoying person in the swimming pool

She is started to trust the floater.

After 2 days of swimming, we become brownie because of sun burnt and sick.
But it was fun.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Reality Check on Car-care Myths

I find this article from Yahoo.com. Keep on reading..

Source: Yahoo by Consumer Report.Org.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, it's not what you don't know that can come back to bite you; it's what you know for sure that ain't true. When it comes to maintaining your car, misconceptions abound. And even the best intentions can lead you to spend more money than necessary or even compromise your safety. Here are common myths that can do more harm than good:

Myth: Engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.

Reality: Despite what oil companies and quick-lube shops often claim, it's usually not necessary. Stick to the service intervals in your car's owner's manual. Under normal driving conditions, most vehicles are designed to go 7,500 miles or more between oil changes. Changing oil more often doesn't hurt the engine, but it can cost you a lot of extra money. Automakers often recommend 3,000-mile intervals for severe driving conditions, such as constant stop-and-go driving, frequent trailer-towing, mountainous terrain, or dusty conditions.

Myth: Inflate tires to the pressure shown on the tire's sidewall.

Reality: The pounds-per-square-inch figure on the side of the tire is the maximum pressure that the tire can safely hold, not the automaker's recommended pressure, which provides the best balance of braking, handling, gas mileage, and ride comfort. That figure is usually found on a doorjamb sticker, in the glove box, or on the fuel-filler door. Perform a monthly pressure check when tires are cold or after the car has been parked for a few hours.

Myth: If the brake fluid is low, topping it off will fix the problem.

Reality: As brake pads wear, the level in the brake-fluid reservoir drops a bit. That helps you monitor brake wear. If the fluid level drops to or below the Low mark on the reservoir, then either your brakes are worn out or fluid is leaking. Either way, get the brake system serviced immediately. You should also get a routine brake inspection when you rotate the tires, about every 6,000 to 7,000 miles.

Myth: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.

Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won't hurt, but it won't improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it's often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don't waste money on premium.

Myth: Flush the coolant with every oil change.

Reality: Radiator coolant doesn't need to be replaced very often. Most owner's manuals recommend changing the coolant every five years or 60,000 miles. Of course, if the level in the coolant reservoir is chronically low, check for a leak and get service as soon as possible.

Myth: After a jump-start, your car will soon recharge the battery.

Reality: It could take hours of driving to restore a battery's full charge, especially in the winter. That's because power accessories, such as heated seats, draw so much electricity that in some cars the alternator has little left over to recharge a run-down battery. A "load test" at a service station can determine whether the battery can still hold a charge. If so, some hours on a battery charger might be needed to revive the battery to its full potential.

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.

Reality: That might have been good advice for yesteryear's cars but is less so today. Modern engines warm up more quickly when they're driven. And the sooner they warm up, the sooner they reach maximum efficiency and deliver the best fuel economy and performance. But don't rev the engine high over the first few miles while it's warming up.

Myth: A dealership must perform regular maintenance to keep your car's factory warranty valid.

Reality: As long as the maintenance items specified in the vehicle owner's manual are performed on schedule, the work can be done at any auto-repair shop. If you're knowledgeable, you can even do the work yourself. Just keep accurate records and receipts to back you up in case of a warranty dispute on a future repair.

Myth: Dishwashing and laundry detergents make a good car wash.

Reality: Detergent can strip off a car's wax finish. Instead, use a car-wash liquid, which is formulated to clean without removing wax.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Singapore-Bintan Short Trip

Tickets was bought on February during the Air Asia '0' fare promotions. We choose Singapore. We doesn't know what to do at Singapore. Introduced by one of our B&B guest, that we should go to Bintan Island, tranquil and relaxing place. Friday the 13th, We landed at the Changi Airport around 5:30pm and took the MRT to Bugis Station from Tanah Merah. We are a bit rush to catched the time. Thinking of doing the Night Safari of Singapore after wards. The weather was not so good. It was Raining

MRT map

When we reached Bugis Station, We tried to find a taxi stand. The shopping mall was so crowded and we were thinking maybe we should asked around. First we asked this young teenage Chinese girl, Where is the taxi stand? she answered, arrrrr..she pointed to one direction. We go straight to the place where she just pointed. We saw people are just crossing the road and we did not saw any taxi but just a bus stop. We just follow them to crossed the road, maybe the taxi stand is there. When we get to the other side of the road, we did not see any taxi. Then we asked an middle age man who was standing and waiting for the bus. He told us, you have to go to the other side of the road look for North bridge taxi stand, HUH!..finally we get direction. Then once again we have to crossed the road to where we came from. We just looking around and look for the sign of North Bridge sign . We found it, a long que where people standing and waiting for a taxi. Relief..This will happen if you travel you own. But it was a good experience tho. We get into the taxi and straight to our hotel, Oxford Hotel. Its a small hotel but clean and comfortable.

After we checked in, we directly continue our journey to the Night Safari. It was very nice and good experience for me and the children.. hahahaha..watching wild animal at night with the tram. But a bit disappointed because the animal show was canceled due to the weather condition. It was a bit raining that night. We could not took a lot of photos since it was warned to switch off our camera while watching the animals. So just a few photos taken for that night. Overall, we like the Night Safari experience. We had our dinner at Ulu-ulu restaurant and took a taxi to Orchard road. We heard that Orchard road have their beautiful street lights and decorations for Christmas that why we just want to look at it. Its also an area where you can called heaven for shoppers. So many shopping complexs . Hmmm..Our children was so tired and fell as sleep.

Take a photo with the Night Safari eyes.

The Night Safari tram

Before starting our night safari journey

Have some snack and drink

Sitting on the Zebra chair

This suppose to be a big Christmas tree and a Santa Claus but our photo is not so good taken.
We are inside the taxi when the photo was taken.

The road was full with this kind of lights and different colors

Good Morning!
Next day after breakfast at the hotel, we took a taxi to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to get our ticket 1 hour before the ferry departure time to Bintan Island. Bintan is one of the Riau Islands of Indonesia, has tropical forest and beautiful white beaches, 45 Minutes with ferry from Singapore. Staying at Nirwana Beach Club, one of the resorts of Bintan Resort. At Bintan we just enjoying the scenery, swimming and fill in our tummy with foods. We were lucky, cause the 2nd day at Bintan was sunny day. Only at night was a bit drizzling.

The Nirwana Beach Club

Our Cabana.


enjoying the sand and small wave

Hakim & Aishah 1st time swimming in the sea

My Gardens

The Big Swimming pool

happy face

Aishah with her spec.

Enjoying water splashing moment

Both in cold after swimming too long

Our favorite lunch.

Simple Dinner at "Pasar Ole-ole" local food-1st night

Calamari and fries.

My lamb chop
Dinner at Beach Club Restaurant for our last night in Bintan Island

Back from Bintan Island on Monday, 16th Nov. Arrived at Tanah Merah, Ferry terminal around 1230pm and we have long que for the imigration check point. We were thinking of doing the Duck Ride of Singapore but the weather was not good, raining season. We decided to go straight to the Changi Airport and waited for a few hours before our Air Asia flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

Big Playing ground for children at Terminal 3, Changi Airport.

Safely reached home at 9:30pm and so tired.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Aishah's birthday together with my niece called Izza last Saturday.
Just wanna share a few photos from that night.

The Princess's cake and mini cup cakes by Deana
Thanks Deana for the wonderful cake.

2 in 1, birthday celebration.
Aishah is 4 and Izza is 11.
Sorry izza, your face was blocked by the princess.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

She is 4 today

Happy Birthday Aishah.
We'll celebrate her birthday this Saturday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

8th Years Anniversary


Another year for our wedded bliss.
May our love continues, warm and bright;
May it shine throughout the years;