Saturday, November 22, 2008

Greetings from....

Salams, and Greetings from Pulau Corningware!!! (Ooops! I meant to say "Langkawi" ;))

First and foremost, thank you for all the birthday wishes for Hanna, and please accept my apologies for not counter-commenting, as I had asked the tuanpunya badan to do so personally. As I'm typing this, there are still a few which she had not counter-commented, and she asked me to let you all know that she would do it soon :)

I meant to post an entry on Hanna's birthday dinner with her friends first, but, alas, the pics are all in my notebook which I have not brought here with me. And of course - a posting on the kids' new gadgets, too ;). Yup, everybody is extremely happy with their new "toys". Will blog about these once I'm back in KL, okay, y'all?

Anyway, arrived here yesterday at 3:05p.m, and after getting our rented car at the airport, we checked in at the hotel. Hmmmm...I think our firstborn was not that happy with the hotel when she saw the reception area, etc. Well, if she was comparing Sh*ra*on Langkawi with Ho*da* Vi*la, memang la like cannot be happy one! Hehehe! One is 5 Star...this one is 5 Moon (borrowing Ayah's terminology on hotel ratings. Hahaha!)

The last time we were here last year, we stayed at Sh*ra*on for 2 nights and then at Be*ja*a for another two. The Sh*ra*on stay was fully sponsored as Ayah was having a meeting there. Nak tanggung sendiri...Aiyooo...bayar instalments boleh tak? Hehehe! We wanted to stay there again, but, because they're five of us (and Hanna is already 13, and considered an adult), we were told that we had to book 2 rooms. Errrr, thank you, but no thank you! Kalau satu room tu, okay lagi lah kot...

Ayah surfed the net and the ONLY hotel which could accept our reservation online for 1 room for 3 Adults and 2 Kids was Ho*ida* Vi*la. All other hotels required us to book 2 rooms. Okaylah...it's not The Ritz, but, it's nice (ish). Hehehe! I think we've got the best room - the last room, right beside the swimming pool and facing the sea. As Ayah puts it - we don't have to wear any slippers when we want to go to the beach. It's grass - sand - sea, right outside our door :).

It has the main bedroom which has 2 Super Single beds and a Sofa bed which can sleep 2, which has an attached bathroom. It also has the living area which has another sofa bed which can sleep another one, which has an attached washroom to it. It has two TVs, and one DVD player (even though the kids have brought their own). All in all, I think 7 people could sleep comfortably here. Hmmmm, next time when dah tambah anak lagi 2, we can book this place again. Hahahaa!

It was just an easy evening for us yesterday. Ayah brought the kids to the swimming pool around 6p.m and they then went to the beach to watch the sunset. Ayah said it was pretty breath-taking. Why wasn't I there witnessing this breath-takingly beautiful sunset with them? Well, while the kids and Ayah were doing all that, I was snoring away in the room - qadha' tido... Bliss! Hehehe! I only had about 3 hours of sleep the night before, packing EVERYBODY'S stuffs to bring to Langkawi. I had been pretty busy up to the day before and didn't have time to start packing earlier. Started packing at 11p.m, and only went to sleep at 5:30a.m!

We had dinner at Maya Seafood which is just about twenty metres from the Hotel main entrance. Unfortunately (or fortunately?!) we will not be indulging ourselves too much in seafood this time around, as Hilman has developed an allergy. He has developed some rashes above his upper-lips. According to the doctor, it's quite common amongst asthmatic kids. A kind of eczema thingy. Kesian Hilman coz' he's the one yang REALLY into seafood. So, to be fair on him and so as not to tempt him, everybody agreed to order a non-seafood dish each last night.

Anyway, we don't have any specific plans just yet, but, we're definitely doing stuff which we didn't manage to do the last time we were here. I was just reading Myheartbleeds's entry on her Langkawi trip with her girls, and we're definitely going island hopping, maybe tomorrow. The KLIM Geopark package seems interesting, too. And as the kids really enjoyed themselves at Telaga Tujuh Waterfall dulu, that would be in our itinerary, too. We're giving the Cable Car, and Mahsuri Museum a miss this time. The Pulau Payar thingy takes the whole day, and we decided to give it a miss, too. Insya Allah, ada rezqi next time.

But, errrr...somehow the "Corningware Package" which will probably take the whole day, too, IS in the itinerary, buleh?! Hehehehe...

Signing off now! Will post the pics when Hanna has transferred them into this notebook.

Have a great weekend, y'all!

38 comments:

Udin bin Bujang said...

Just wanna wish you Happy Holiday wanshana ...... enjoy your quality time with family, kids especially.

I am counting days, coming soon, my holiday with family to not-so-far-away overseas. :)

IBU said...

Nak kirim!!!

Bukan corningware lah. Nak berbotol2 minyak gamat, boley tak? Bukan balm eh. Minyak. Yg pekat tu. Pls, pls, pls.... Kat ghumah dah habis. Thanks much!!

Pp said...

wishing u a wonderful time with ur family~!
pulau corningware...hahaha...so true.
rasanya, tak sah jika tak shopping mende tu...
cuti2 ni, except for honeymoon la kan....hotel tu tak penting sgt. cuma nak balek tidor jer...
jika honey moon tu nak la the one with full ceiling mirror and water bed kan kan hehhehe.

Theta said...

Have loads of fun in Corningware Isle WanShana et al!
:)
The last time we were there was in June 2005. Still the honeymooning year ;)

We went around the Island in one day. That was a nice drive.

Haven't done the cablecar and the other touristy stuff. Must come back again for that, definitely!

Ezza Aziz said...

shana,
kirim boleh ke...coklat Daim tu jangan la lupa..akak ni peminat coklat tau...

Happy holiday and jangan dok tidok saja...

Madam Tai Tai said...

Hi Shana and family,

Have fun in Langkawi...yup the Land of Corningware and Queen Anne!

Jangan lak perhabiskan pinggan2 mangkuk kat dutyfree tu!

Waterlily said...

Hmm..Langkawi..one of my favourite local destinations! Have fun shana, take lots of photos and share ok!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Happy shopping girl! Beli banyak-banyak the latest corning tu... kat sini pricenya double.

Kalau nak beli chocolates tu... ha, better tengok expiry dates,ok?

Happy Holidays & have fun, fun, fun with your family!!!

Anonymous said...

Shana,
Betul kata Madam Tai Tai.. jangan habiskan pinggan2 tu. I nak gi jugak ke Langkawi this coming 29th.

Have fun...

Zae

hanakirana said...

Salam Kak Wan Shana,

Nak bagitahu saya dah ada rumah baru. :)

Jemput datang.

MAMAMIA said...

We nearly went there last weekend. But change of plan, pergi dekat aje. Kalau tak boleh kita shopping sama2 kan????

Ummi365 said...

Happy holidays!!!

Kmar said...

Shana,

Teringat masa bercuti kat Langkawi last August. I dok borong Corelle and now ´terkilan´ sebab tak beli extra set ... he.he.he... !!

Happy Holidays and kalau berenang tu kat laut tu, teropong le sikit, takut kalau ada ikan jaws!!

Desert Rose said...

Sis,
Jgn lupa diri dalam sessi membeli dan memebelah tu yea. Lg satu jgn la abiskan sume pinggan mangkuk tu, ingat2 kat org belakang sama ha ha ha

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

woww, still on holiday huh? ok i'll be brief. just need to check if you have received my email sent sometime last week. kalau takde hope you dont mind to send me one and i'll reply with all the contents from my previous email attached. thanks.

MrsNordin said...

I was thinking about you today and wondering whether you've gone to Langkawi. Sorry lambat baca lah... I believe you're back in KL already? Do you know about our planned reunion?

bella said...

Kak Shana and family,
Have fun in Langkawi and check out the crystals too...cheap cheap cheap...hehehehe..org pompuan kannn...

Ayah said...

My dear wife did shop, alrite. If u guys want to know, MAS had to offload a few passengers to accomodate all those corningwares as the plane was too heavy to take off!

:D :D :D

wanshana said...

Udin,

Yes, I had some great fun quality time with the family, thank you :)

Sorry for this very late counter-comment. Was pretty tied up with work after coming back from the short Langkawi break.

Here's wishing you a great time in Bandung and Jakarta with Ana and the girls. Happy Shopping!

wanshana said...

IBU!!!

Dah beli dah! Berapa botol nak? Bila gua boleh pass kat lu?

This can be a good excuse for another gathering ni... I've also bought the balm for Re*a (for her sinus ;))

wanshana said...

Pp,

Thanks. I had a great time shopping for the corningware indeed. Puas hati (for now, that is. Hehehe!)

Full-mirrored ceiling and water-bed?! Errr, NOT when the kids are around. Hahaha!

Anyway, the hotel was not that bad really. Quite comfortable and homely :)

wanshana said...

Theta,

Thanks! We had loads of fun alright :)

Langkawi has a lot to offer actually, and the kids (and their paents, too!) really enjoyed themselves.

You have to go there again soon. Sadia will definitely love the Wildlife Park, and the beaches. If she's okay with heights, she'll love the cable-car ride, too :)

wanshana said...

Kak Ezza,

Thanks! Dak...tak tidoq siang dah lepaih tuh :)

Alamak, sorry Kak Ezza...Terlupa nak beli chocolate Daim tu :(

Kalau ada rezqi, next time kat mana-mana duty free shops, Shana belikan, okay?

wanshana said...

Hi Gina,

Thank you :)

Sikit lagi I nak perabihkan Corningware kat Kedai Haji Ismail Group tu...Nasib baik I teringat pesanan you. Hahaha!

I was not really into pinggan mangkuk and stuff before this sebenarnya. It was Ayah who persuaded me to get the complete Queen Anne Hari Raya set 12 years ago from Shahjahan London(I'm sure you know this shop kat Royal Oak tu, kan?). He was also the one who pushed me to start collecting these Corningware sets the last time we were in Langkawi. I'm sure glad he pushed me to get them.

Now, masa Raya and masa gathering boleh hidang using the QA. As for the Corningware, I'm collecting a few sets bit by bit so that can use for a small scale makan-makan. Seronok tengok pinggan mangkuk cantik to hidang for friends and family :)

wanshana said...

Waterlily,

Thanks! We sure had fun :)

Yes, Langkawi is definitely one of our family's favourite local holiday destination, too. There are so many places to go to, so many different things to do!

Insya Allah will upload and share the photos soon :)

wanshana said...

Ja @ DDI,

Thanks! Dah jenuh dah shopping, Ja! Seronok!!!

I'm not into the new Corningware even though the design is quite nice and unique. I dah start collecting the Herb Country design tu, so, I'm sticking to that. Hope to build up my collection bit by bit. Insya Allah, nanti khenduri kawin anak-anak I, boleh hidang kat semua orang guna my Herb Country sets tu. Hahaha! (Yeah, right...I can just imagine mata Ayah terbeliak reading this. HAHAHA!)

wanshana said...

Zae,

Jangan risau - I dah suruh Kedai Haji Ismail tu reserve 15 sets for you. Hahaha!

So, you're going tomorrow. Have fun fun fun in Langkawi! Relax and enjoy the time with your family, dear :)

wanshana said...

hanakirana,

Thank you. Akak dah bertandang kat rumah baru you. Insya Allah akan bertandang selalu :) Nanti akak change the link address to your new blog, okay?

Take care, and keep warm!

wanshana said...

Mamamia!

I say, why change of plans? If not, sure habis licin Kedai Haji Ismail tu dikerjakan kita berdua... Hehehe!

Hope you and your family had a great break wherever it was that you all went to :)

wanshana said...

Ummi365,

Thank you!!! It was a Happy Holiday for us alright :)

wanshana said...

Kmar,

Tak per...Banyak lagi Corelle kat Langkawi tu. Tak akan putus bekalan punyer. Hehehe!

Next time balik Malaysia, boleh ajak Jose gi Langkawi lagi. Gi lah masa Tour de Langkawi. Sure dia okay ajer :)

Masa mandi laut tu I was looking out more for gamat, than shark actually :)

wanshana said...

Desert Rose,

Phew...nasib baik akak banyak beristighfar masa membeli-belah tu. Kalau tidak, memang lupa diri (dan suami!) HAHAHAHA!!!

Don't worry - banyak lagi untuk orang-orang belakang. I also simpan untuk shopping next year pulak :)

wanshana said...

Hi Kerp,

Nope. Holiday's over :( But, we had a swell time while it lasted :)

I checked my e-mail today but could not find your mail. I didn't check my spam/bulk mail though. Maybe it's in there? Anyway, I'll e-mail you soon, okay?

Enjoy your weekend :)

wanshana said...

BJ @ MrsNordin,

Yup, I'm back in KL :)

And yup, just got to know about the reunion. Only checked my e-mail after reading your comment :) Thanks!

Insya Allah, I'll be there. So excited to meet up with the gang!

wanshana said...

Bella,

Thank you. We really enjoyed our Langkawi break. And the weather was just nice for our activities (it rained on the last day, but it was okay because most part of that day was spent kat dalam Kedai Haji Ismail. Hehehe!)

Hmmmm, crystals? Don't start giving me ideas, dek oiii... I do have quite a large collection of crystals (which I collected from my Car Boot trips in the UK dulu), but I've never bought any crystals from Malaysia. Maybe can start now? ;)

wanshana said...

Ayah,

Hmmmm, not sure if it was the Corningware OR the bottles of minyak and balm gamat which were heavier?! (Or just the weights of us one family - after indulging in all those yummylicious Langkawi food! Hehehe!)

P/S : Thank you for the Corningware sets, dear. Luv ya loads! Mmmuuaaahhh!!! Errrr, next year boleh start collect crystals pulak, tak? ;)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

a bit too late for email kak shana. i'll do it here- You and Ibu are cordially invited to join us tomorrow @The Terrace, The Curve tomorrow lunch onwards. some familiar names in the blogosphere will be there. feel free to join us. please convey this messsage to Ibu. thanks.

jabishah said...

So Kak Shana, apa pattern baru CW kat sana? We stayed once at HV. What I like & remember abt the place is the beach. Very close by kan?

Enjoy your hols, ke dah blk dah ni?