Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Experience at Philip Island - Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade

23 November 2013
Philip Island is only 90 minutes from Melbourne. For sure we didn't miss the chance to go to Philip Island. We purchased the 3 parks passes online which includes the visit to Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade. We also put it to visit on this day because we checked earlier the weather forecast was good.

But on the actual day it had some drizzle in the morning. We still set off to depart and along way it was actually a down pour. But to our surprise when approaching the island the rain started to stop. When we get down the car at Churchill Island Heritage Farm there wasn't any rain anymore. The timing was just so RIGHT. We also get to enjoy the daily farming activities in the farm like sheep shearing, whip cracking, working dogs and cow milking.

Some pictures taken in the farm :

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

The kids and the cousin

A picture of Yan Yan at the Heritage house


Cow milking session. 

Sheep shearing.

Love this place so much.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Puffing Billy Autralia's Favourite Steam Train

22 November 2013
My cousin needed to work so we have planed to go Puffing Billy steam train on our own. We left aunty house and took Metro line from Alamein to Belgrave with an interchange at Camberwell.

Upon reaching Belgrave station and we did a quick walk  for about 5 minutes and we were there at Puffing Billy. We were able to catch the 10.30am train. The weather was cold as it is located at the mountain area.

We boarded the train from Belgrave to Emerald Lake.

Our first experience sit on the steam train with the legs hanging out of the carriage sides

The train ride passed through the beautiful forests in the Dandenong Ranges

We love the open carriage has a lovely breeze..

It was roughly one hour ride and we reached at the Lakeside.

We bought some food and had a short break at Emerald Lake Park.

The kids had fun time feeding the ducks.

The beautiful park

The kids also get the chance to hand feed crimson rosella parrots. 

It was just a short break and it is time to catch the train back to Belgrave :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pledge an Act of Softness with Kleenex

Today is the 4th day for the brand new year. Schools have started and I am happy to see both kids are doing good.

As I look back 2013 might not be a smooth year for myself  and I literally didn't live up to my New Year's resolution from last year. But I am certainly blessed to have my family that keeps on motivates me.

I don't have any new year resolution and yet to discover what I would like to have happen in my life this year. Amongst the hustle and bustle of today's busy society, we often tend to over commit ourselves by wanting to do just about everything and be everywhere at the same time, juggling between work, peers, family and 'me' time. If we are often not making it to get-together, family outings, movie dates and the list goes on, then are we getting into the habit of making empty promises a tad too often? 

It is better to step up and turn things around today by making a pledge on the Kleenex Wall of Softness- a bold new reminder that even small gestures mean a great deal to the people in your life.

Spend some time and share the softness with your loved ones today.

 Pledge an act of softness to a special someone, fulfill that pledge and stand a chance to win a holiday worth RM5,000 

Joining Kleenex® to spread acts of softness by making the very first pledges on the Kleenex® Wall of Softness are local celebrities – philanthropist and World Vision’s Child’s Rights advocate Deborah Henry and award-winning actress Sharifah Amani. 

The Kleenex® Softness Store has been moving around Klang Valley to reach out to the public, advocating the importance of showing love and care with just a simple act of softness. To encourage the act of softness, the first 500 participants who visits the Kleenex® Softness Store would be able to walk away with Kleenex® tissues by just pledging their act of softness on-the-spot.

My husband was the first one who pledge his act in the family.

He received a Kleenex box the other day  that was the time I was in the hospital :(

Long story cut short, he unwrap everything and sent me this picture :

I told him I wanted the Kleenex tissue and the pillow. I complaint to him how hard the pillow in the hospital and the tissue quality in the hospital is very poor.

The Kleenex box to which my hubby really delivery everything to the hospital for me right after I text him. He hardly say how much he love me BUT a simple action like this would melt my heart. 

 His pledge and it has been full filled.

Upon my discharge I happily went home and after few days of enough rest I did something for my birthday boy. He is a January boy.

My pledge for Heng Heng :

 My pledge

I spent the weekend cutting, pasting and tie the strings. Not an easy task but I did enjoy it very much.

I am one satisfy mummy when I see his happy face.

 Yan Yan also did her part :  I will bring Chubby go to the park every weekend.

 Yan Yan with Chubby at the park. Look at Chubby and Yan Yan contented expression on the faces.

 All our pledges were made and fulfilled *happy*.

The Kleenex® Share the Softness campaign will run from 20 November 2013 till 15 January 2014 and aims to achieve 5,000 pledges, upon which Kleenex® will spread the softness to the underprivileged children of the Fugee School with a cash donation of RM10,000. Through this campaign, Malaysians will be reminded to bring softness into each other’s lives, and also to the lives of needy children in the Fugee School, a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to refugee children from Somalia.

“Fugee School is a cause that is very dear to my heart,” said Deborah Henry. “I believe very strongly that we can all make a positive difference in the lives of others hence the Kleenex® Share the Softness campaign is a wonderful way to show our love for others.”

( photo courtesy from Kleenex facebook page)

 Kleenex have just 1,513 pledges more to collect before reaching our goal of 5000! You can do your part by pledging your act at

My family and I love the #kleenexsoftness pledge campaign. I do hope you spare your time to pledge an act of softness to your family and your loved ones, actions do speak louder than words.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Melbourne City Tour and Markham Reserve Playground

We were glad to have my cousin and her family in Melbourne. We were blessed to get to stay in my aunty's house throughout the 9 days. Not only that, I am so thankful that my cousin actually helped me a lot in planning places to visit.

We arrived at Melbourne on 20th November. We landed in the morning, weather was 14C. We settle in and rested at aunty house, reunion with family. We have a family dinner at a restaurant and went for  grocery shopping after that. That was all about for the first day.

21st november
It was a fine day. Weather was good. We took metro train with my cousin bringing us around the city. Kids  love the Christmas windows, Santaland at Myers which is large department store, and the magic Christmas tree at David jones department store. Both are on Bourke street mall.

Morning walk at the Yarra River bank.

Toss the coin and make a wish at the National Gallery of Victoria

These white bins look familiar? These are Ikea bins :)

Dinosaur! Kids were excited to see the dino. It was a  shooting nearby the art gallery.

animated Christmas Windows display at Myer

Kids love the Christmas windows.

This year theme 'Gingerbread Friends'.

head up to level 6 to Santaland at Myer and visit Santa

ride the locomotive train

We also took the city circle tram touring around the city. In the evening, we went to the playground nearby the neighbourhood. The playground is just within walking distance from my aunty house.

Markham Reserve Playground. It is a big playground and fully fenced. The kids had lots of fun in the playground.

There is a  lot more to blog about our Melbourne family trip :)