Sunday, July 22, 2018

[Review + Discount Code] Durian Delivery - 100% Bao Jiak !

Love it or hate it, this spikey green fruit with a distinct smell, also known as Durian (The 'King' of fruits) is in the season again and this time, it is a good time due to the bumper crop and yes at a more afforable price!

The durians and I had a love-hate relationship. I loved it when I was a child but there was a period when my mum had so much love for durians and us, we were eating durians on almost a daily basis. To a stage, I puckered my nose whenever I smelled durians near me. I stopped eating for a few years until 7 years ago when I went on a Desaru Trip with my gang, the love for durians rekindled.

Yesterday, together with Cynthia (Ilovedefamily) and Jennifer (Dinomama), I invited them over and welcomed the weekend with a durian party, with a supply of fresh and good quality durians from Durian Delivery!

With young kids and everyone's schedules were different, instead of lugging the whole gang to durian stalls, be stuck in the long queue while eyeballing the juniors, I will prefer to enjoy licking the creamy fruit off my fingers in the comfort of my home while the kids were happily playing with each other after they were done with eating.

I do not know how to choose how good a durian and would usually leave it to the professionals at the durian stalls and if I am in luck, I would have met with a honest and good durian seller. With Durian delivery, to enjoy the fruit in comfort was made much easier. 

Sent to us was Red Prawn (RP) and Old Tree Hand-picked Mao Shan Wang (aka Musang King). The boxes were sealed in bags when they were delivered to my place. When I cut open the bag, just the interior of the bag smelled heavenly! Seems like we were going to have durian intoxication.

The fruit was really soft, fleshy and creamy. RP was on the sweet side if you have a taste bud for that. We tried eating OT- MSW then follow by RP, RP apparently did not tasted as sweet as we first took as OT MSW's intense aroma and taste masked over RP's. Try it! Probably, that is why some people did mentioned before leave MSW to the last to eat, savour the others first.

Red Prawn Durians

MSW was really mouth-watering with it's creamy and bitter-sweet taste! I preferred this taste to sweet flesh. But having said that, the three boxes of OT-MSW had a mixture of different bitter-sweet level. 

The seeds clearly distinguished which breed the durians were. MSW definately have much thinner seeds wrapped with thick, creamy flesh.

Not only the adults were enjoying, our juniors were enjoying the durian feast as much as us!

When I asked them for a photo, their hands immediately went straight for the durians and started eating!

These happy faces, I bet you would feel like having a box of durians right now after seeing those wide smiles on their faces.

Happy E !

The older boys, Xav and D

Vera's first taste of durians and she loved it! 

Of couse, I was all smiles, enjoying the durians with great company!

Jennifer and I also took the chance and have an advanced birthday celebration together since her birthday is less than 2 weeks away and we are both August babies. How we loved it! The cake we plated was the best among the OT-MSW, the box with more intense bitter-sweet tasting durians.

MSW Birthday Cake !! 

The purchase is quite straight forward, go to the website , it will be updated on a daily basis on the availability of the different types of durians. Choose the type you like and select your preferred delivery date and time frame on the check-out page.

A group of happy beings! Thank you again, Durian Delivery !

Delivery charges as follow:
Same day delivery: $9.70 per location
Same day express delivery (within 2 hours, add $5): $14.70
Next day delivery: $6.90
FREE delivery with orders more than $120
Watsapp: 93874394

Why go for Durian Delivery:
Fresh and good quality durians and the convenience if you are not driving like myself. The durians are picked up straight from Pahang and arrives in Singapore about 5pm daily. Hence, you can opt for the time slot from 5-8pm if you would like to have the freshest.

Durians are conveniently delivered right to your doorstep, all de-husked. You do not even need sit down with the parang and risk having the kids to go near your while trying to pry open the fruit or your hands pricked by the thorns. 

Should the option of your durian order is not available, Durian Delivery will call you up to check if you are fine having your orders replaced with an upgrade. And if you are wondering what does the AA+++ or AAA++ means, if it is only written MSW with nothing else, means the durian is from a young tree. But if you read MSW AAA++ or AA+ etc, it means that the fruit is from an old tree.

Good stuff must share because I love all of you for staying with me these while! Upon checking out, enter "Xavvylicious10" to get a 10% off any purchase !! Don't say I bo-jio ! Discount code is valid till 31st October 2018 !

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-la

Our last trip to Penang was in 2011, when Xav was around three years plus. 7 years later, we made another visit and this time, it was Vera's first. We had planned for a 5D4N stay in Penang but this time round we decided on a hotel away from town and nearer to nature. I decided to "sacrifice" some of the hunting for those must-eat in Penang food. Afterall, how much can the kids' eat if you agree with me? On the contrary, they can go without food as long as there is play! Hence, we decided on a 2 nights stay at Golden Sands Resort (Penang) by Shangri-la, located right on Penang's world renowed Batu Ferringi Beach before we made our transfer to Lexis Suites Penang.

Right after we touched down, the staff from Golden Sands Resort, Penang, were all ready to pick us up as we had ask to arrange for airport pick up to the hotel. Finally, after about an hour's journey (factoring in slow traffic condition),we arrived at the resort.

The staff were welcoming, warm and friendly and  before we could walked into the Cool lounge, the sighting of the pool got the kids really excited, checking in was seamless too! And guess what made me happy, free wifi all around the resort of course so that I could update my Instagram stories about our stay, go search for #JSinPen, if you would like to trace back on our Penang adventures.

We were totally impressed with our Executive Suite , which had full length sliding glass door allowing us to step out to the balcony, where the magnificant view of the beautiful landscape of the resort and the tranquil sea with sound of gentle waves greeted us,  it was a suite with a view!

The room was spacious and luxurious! I have pinned them on my instagram highlights - Golden Sands Resort. Even the balcony was spacious with a beach chair laid facing the sea and I loved that the balcony was stretched all the way to the other living room where there was an additional pull-down bed! Xav 'chope' that bed immediately for the two nights stay while Don could not be any happier because he usually sacrificed the comfy bed for the couch so that there was no need for us to 'fight' for space. This stay, he could comfortably rest on the big and cosy bed!

Cute animal towels with Polly the parrots added a smile to the kids's face ! 

From the balcony of the living room, the two lagoon-style swimming pools, amidst the lush greenary definately looks inviting! It was no wonder the kids were so eager to get changed into their swimming gears and jumped right in!

I loved the shallow pool for children though supervision was needed but we did not need to be so stress that the pool may be too deep for her. The vibrant blue canopy right above, is just perfect to  filter the scorching sun rays without having to compromise the skin to sunburnts thereafter. Play for as long as the kids wanted, no wonder we had a hard time pulling Vera out from the pool!

Look for for some pool activities organised by the staff of Golden Sands Resort too and managed to catch Xav in action for 'running' on water.

Splash Zone is a "zero depth', outdoor water play zone made up of two slides with a landing pool, tipping water bucket, animal sprayers, water cannons and the ground was designed to be anti-slip for the young guests. Thumbs up for all the consideration of making it so kids friendly! We did not managed to play in here because she simply refused to get out of the shallow pool!

How can a family friendly resort do without an indoor playground? Golden Sands Resort had it all in  mind! Adventure Zone is the largest indoor playground in Penang with the facilities built on 10,300 square feet, catering family-style activities.

The highlights of Adventure zone were Hyperglide Astra Slide, the drop slides - Double Drop Slides and Demon Drop Slide which is a 24-feet vertical drop. When I walked up and looked down, I felt a lump in my throat, alright, I chickened out. I would suggest you go slow first, start off with the Hyperglide Astra Slide first before you try the other two.

Overview of Adventure Zone (Ground Floor)

Believe it or not, Hyperglide Astra Slide could be exhilarating too! But seemed like a breeze for the kids!

The old 'kids' gave it a try together !

And the young ones together.

For Double Drop Slide and Demon Drop Slides, long sleeves top are compulsory. So do wear a light, long sleeve top else bring your sweater, if you are planning to take on these slides. Do not forget your socks too!

Demon Drop Double Slides was the one that made Xav's heart beat faster than usual. Initially, he resisted a little when he was seated right at the edge. I was standing somewhere near him but when I looked down, my heart nearly popped out.

It took him a few minutes to remain compose and he accepted the challenge and off he went, not once but a few times. Soon, he got the momentum of it.

apart from the above, there was also an obstacle course surrounding the premises for the young challengers to complete. On the upper level of Adventure Zone, houses Kids' Club, which offers entertainment like Nintendo Wii, a 55 inch TV for movies, playhouse corner, soft toy and board games. We were totally into the slides until we forgot to check out the upper deck.

As for Vera, she was happy to compete with us down Hyperglide Astra Slide and making new friends at the "Toddler Zone" which caters to kids 4 years and below, with a ball fountain, ball pit, padded corner climber, over-under hurdles and more!

Adventure Zone is open daily, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.

A resort by the beach can never go wrong! Golden Sands Resort Penang, was built on the lovely Batu Ferringghi Beach, known to have softer and finer sand as compared to other beaches as shared by some of my Penangite friends. It was so convenient to hit the beach as it was right behind the Splash Zone.

Back in Singapore, we hardly hit the beach. Imagine the kids were on cloud nine when they were in touch with the sand and sea!

It was not just a beach for sun-tanning, it was a beach with a variety of water sports for you to choose from and Xav got his first ever experience riding on a jetski! He was asking for more after 20 mins.

And we did ventured out to George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was only 20 minutes drive away and we took the complimentary shuttle service made available for all guests of Golden Sands Resort. It is recommended that you make the booking one day before. 

Dining options, right next to the resort lobby, it was an open-air venue where Garden Cafe served international spread during breakfast. Garden Cafe has a seating for 235 and I like it that it is strictly a non-smoking area.

I love this part of the cafe especially, where 1/3 of the cafe had glass ceiling right above, allowing the natural sunlight to pass through while we could still enjoy the greenary that surrounds. This cafe only operates from 6.30 a.m to 11 a.m. 

We were were totally spoilt with the array of choices offered but be sure to give the Kapitan chicken a try! The curry was at the mildest level of spiciness yet fragrant with the blend of the spices. The meat of the chicken was really tender, I could easily slide it off the bones.

Always love freshly cook-on-the-spot omelette or a Sunny-Side Up! 

The very friendly staff gave his most vibrant smile. =)

One for the donut

In the evening, dinner was at Sigi Bar and Grill on the beach in the evening and Jenn requested for a table by the beach, no regrets except for the dim lightings after the sky turned pitch dark. 

This kid and family- friendly style restaurant offered both indoor and outdoor dining.

From freshly grilled seafood, oriental food, Malaysia's local favourite like satay and more, the kids were given choices to go for pizza or pasta and even bbq chicken wings. 

Freshly grilled seafood, sausages, chops and others

We were in for a sumptuous buffet and not forgetting the extensive range of desserts on the dessert table. But I would prefer desserts like tiramisu to be served in individual cups than in a whole tray. I felt that it did not look appetizing with the anyhow scooped presentation left behind. 

Tasty grilled lamb anyone ?
Photographed by Jenn

We fell in love with the mersmerising sunset and watched the parasailers drifted across the
glowing skies as we dined. We had been on and off running to the beach and sent our phone cameras
clicking away. 

It was truly a blessing to enjoy those moments with the family and friends, in that moment, with Jenn and her family. How often do we get to have such moments, these moments were indeed precious. 

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-la bagged two awards in 2012, for "Most Family-Friendly Hotel" as well as "Best Family Stay" category for the Expatriate Lifestyle Best of Malaysia 2012 Awards. I will highly recommend Golden Sands Resort, if you are planning for a Beach Vacation in Penang. This award winning resort offers much more than I have mentioned above. Thank you Golden Sands Resort for having us and we will definately be back again. Totally perfect for a beach vacation!

Batu Ferringgi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia.
Phone: (60 4) 886 1911 

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Unearth the nature of wonders with Canon Singapore and D'kranji Farm Resort

D'Kranji Farm Resort , I have always wanted to visit this farm but have procrastinated as it was quite far and out of the way for us as we do not drive but that's not the main concern. Whenever I mentioned my intention of going, Don would comment that why would I want to go there and feed mozzies!

Due to the historic Trump-Kim summit, the very weekend after we touched down from Penang, my solo-parenting started as Don was pre-occupied with his duties and I think I was good to bring both kids and join Canon Singapore in their event without having him to roll his eyes at me ! (giggles) And did I tell you, I finally made it for Canon Singapore outdoor events! The previous two years, my travel dates kept clashing with the event dates. So,  here we go !

Photo credit: AM Collective

All the way to the north-west region of Singapore, the morning was great, we were all well prepared with mozzie patches sticking onto us front and back, neck to legs down and I wiped a drop or two of Young Living Purification essential oil all over our limbs and clothes as well for double protection.

We had a short briefing to update us on the latest Canon camera models available in the market before we headed out and about on a photo challenge, to decode the clue cards with the assigned cameras. I was assigned with Canon Powershot G9X. which was slim and light, easily held with one hand as my other hand was holding on to Vera.

Xav and Vera were so excited hunting for the answers to the clues around the farm, it was educational for them at the same time to learn more about plants and identify and getting their senses involved while I was busy capturing moments and making memories for them. Come make your guesses!

"You certainly can't miss my intense aromma and flavour. Besides, I am always used in Spicy Food. " - Curry leaves

"I may woke up a sweat when you bite into me and I have 7 times the vitamin C level of an Orange." - Chilli 

"The fragrance of my leaves is distinctive, I am often found in desserts and drinks."

Found it - Pandan leaves 

Amongst the many different types of herbs, plants and trees were identified by the little ones and they got pretty excited to see a chilli plant, having tiny chillies srpouting all over.

Photo credit: AM Collective 

Me and my happy farmers 
Xav and Vera were in for an unexpected surprise! Uncle showed them a big, fat and active caterpillar! The kids loved it and as usual they are much braver than me when comes to handling creepy crawlies! Watch the clips here.

Photo credit: AM Collective
We ended the tour with a koi milk bottle feeding session, a simple activity yet it brought smiles and laughter to the kids. It tickled them much when the kois were sucking food from the bottles!

We returned to the room and had our beautiful pictures printed out using the Canon printers and planned to do up a layout with the printed pictures! #PIXMAprintsbetter 

There were alot of activities and workshops that you can do at D'Kranji Farm Resort, such as In-house farm tours, terraiums workshop and I think the carnivorous workshop is really interesting! There are many others, click

Not the most convenient place in terms of accessibility but definately a place where you can retreat to, experience a farm stay at the countryside and get in touch with nature. Thank you Canon Singapore once again for having us.  

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