Two years of hiatus?!!
Friday, 7 June 2013
Hola! My goodness...a couple of years passed by and I did not realize that I have neglected this blog of mine. I apologize for the long hiatus. Will try and update as soon as I can.
Just Simple Sharon
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Kedai Runcit Pogunsavat
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Finally, my parents open their very own sundry shop which is called Kedai Runcit Pogunsavat! Congrats to them and a BIG thank you to all relatives and friends who support us. May God bless all of you!
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Dad got admitted
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Dad is admitted today for his keyhole surgery as his cartilage is torn due to a bad slip he had last 2 weeks.
Mum left for Vietnam this morning (which dad supposed to go).
Hope dad will recover soon.
Hate to see him in pain.
Take care dad.
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Kid's Bedroom Ideas
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Our kids are growing up and eventually they will need their own room.
I have been searching through the web on bedroom ideas and I like these for my girls:
And my son, these are in my mind:
We'll see how it turns out.
posted @ 10:31 am, ,
Britney Spears Abs Workout
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Try this and you will be amazed on how your abs transformed!
Mary Chey, this video is for you!
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Biggest Loser 30 Days Challenge
Sunday, 3 April 2011
My colleagues (Mary, Valerie Grace, Eliza and I) and friends (Susan Wong and Valerie Aziz) are participating.
So, we weighed ourselves on April 1st.
I weigh 68.5kg (yes, I added some weight thanks to constant pigging LOL).
The challenge is about who will lose the most weight wins.
The prize is not that much (RM10 X 7 people) but what makes it more challenging is that you do not want to add weight as any additional weight will be penalized RM10 per kg.
So, everyone will shiver on the final weigh in which will be held on the 3 May.
I hope this will be a continuous thing.
Good luck to all!
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March School Holidays
Friday, 18 March 2011
The kids are having their first semester break from 12 - 20 March.
We went to Taman Buaya, Tuaran (photos will follow soon).
Just a quick note that an ice cream costs more than a softdrink.
Hubby bought 4 drumstick ice cream and 4 softdrinks which amounting to RM25.00!!!
Seriously causing an arm and a leg.
We are currently at Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa.
It was an impromptu plan.
We dropped by at Desa Cattle and also Dreamworld Resort.
Will try to stay there one day.
Now, we are enjoying the cool breeze while sipping a glass of teh tarik by the window of Topion Cafe.
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New arrival - Chriscylla Alliandra
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Congrats to James & Tina for the new arrival of their daughter.
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Windbell Seafood Restaurant
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
|Fried Ikan Basung|
|Part of the spread|
|The famous kaikiok. Little S could finished up a bowl or two.|
|Make your own chilli for dipping.|
No.20 Jalan Selangor
Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu
Tel: 088 222305
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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
It's the 1st day of March and I could hear myself breathing.
When did January & February pass?
Oh my, what have I accomplished so far?
Will update you in a bit. Maybe longer.
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Live Life Enjoy Life
Monday, 28 February 2011
I pretty much agree with the title "Live Life Enjoy Life".
Time is too short to be angry with anyone.
Time is too short to be jealous of anyone.
Time is too short to be miserable,
Time is too short to be sad.
Since we only live once, I'd say grasp that thought and be merry.
Not forgetting to say a lil' prayer along the way.
We never know when our destiny will end but continue to..
Love our loved ones unconditionally,
Respect our parents/in laws without reservation,
Grow together with our children,
Be happy, have fun and think positively.
posted @ 11:27 pm, ,
Bruce Allan's 3rd Birthday
Sunday, 20 February 2011
posted @ 10:53 pm, ,
Perdana Park opened its gate to curious public (including my kids who kept on asking me when can they try on the new playground) recently.
I managed to see the much talked about musical fountain.
It was nice.
Am looking forward to go there for a jog (am just saying it to push myself).
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011
We celebrated the V day as a family.
Hubby took us out for a dinner at Burger King in the city (as per kids request) and then followed by a movie, The Green Hornet.
It was a nice V outing.
You know I love you.
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Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, 14 February 2011
I wonder how it is like to celebrate Valentine's Day.
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My blog becomes public again
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
posted @ 9:58 am, ,
Back to work
Monday, 7 February 2011
Its the first day of work today after a longggg CNY holiday.
Since Shayna is unwell, so I only send Selina to kindie today.
Hubby is not well as well.
He has sinusitis which makes him sneeze all the time.
Poor hubby. Will see if I need to bring him to see a doctor.
Selina was great. Gave me hugs and kisses and waved goodbye.
I feel blessed.
I actually don't feel 100% well.
My stomach is rumbling.
Maybe wanting food or wanting to poop.
I hope today will be a good working day.
Have a great Monday to all.
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What a long hiatus
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Yes indeed what a long hiatus.
I wanted to blog but couldn't find the right time to actually sit down.
I wanted to blog about so many happenings but time was not on my side.
But I promise to myself that in 2011 at least I make the effort to jot a few words in.
At least I could reflect back what I have done.
Welcome back Just Plain Sharon.
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A Parent's Wish
Friday, 2 July 2010
To our dear children - Sean, Selina & Shayna,
On the day when you see us old, weak and weary,
Have patience and try to understand us.
If we get dirty when eating,
If we can not dress on our own,
Please bear with us and remember the times
We spent feeding and dressing you up.
If, when we speak to you,
We repeat the same things over and over again,
Do not interrupt us.
Listen to us.
When you were small,
We had to read to you thousand and one times
The same story until you went to sleep.
Then we do not want to have a shower,
Neither shame nor scold us.
Remember when we had to chase you
With your thousand excuses to get you to the shower.
When you see our ignorance on new technologies,
Help us navigate our way through those world wide webs.
We taught you how to do so many things,
To eat the right foods, to dress appropriately,
To fight for your rights.
Then at some moment we lose the memory
Or the thread of our conversation,
Let us have the necessary time to remember.
And if we can not, do not become nervous,
As the most important thing is not our conversation,
But surely to be with you and to have you listening to us.
If ever we do not want to eat, do not force us.
We know well when we need to and when not to.
When our tired legs give way
And do not allow us to walk without a cane,
Lend us your hand.
The same way we did,
you first tried your faltering steps.
And when someday we say to you,
That we do not want to live any more.
That we want to die!
Do not get angry.
Some day you will understand.
Try to understand that our age is not lived but survived.
Some day you will realize that, despite our mistakes,
We always wanted the best thing for you
And we tried to prepare the way for you.
You must not feel sad, angry nor ashamed
For seeing us near you.
Instead, try to understand us and help us
Like we did when you were young.
Help us to walk.
Help us to end our way with love and dignity.
We will pay you by a smile and by the immense love
We have always had for you in our heart.
Mummy & Daddy
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Invited readers only
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Dearest invited readers,
I apologize for restricting this blog for security purpose.
Nowadays, people can just google your name and voila..it leads them to here.
The security purpose is merely to deter those culprits/hackers to gain access to any info.
It has not happened to me yet (God forbids) but as safely precaution, I may just as well give access to my selected readers.
For your information, this blog is meant to bring back memories of what transpired along the journey of my life.
Hopefully, blogspot will not discontinue this great service of theirs.
Thank you for your understanding.
Just plain Sharon
posted @ 7:37 am, ,
Thursday, 6 May 2010
I apologize for the hiatus.
Been very busy with kids, work, travel, etc.
Will update this blog very soon.
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One year difference
Friday, 5 February 2010
I flipped through my pictures when I saw my pictures way back in 2009.
I compared with my current picture.
Can you see the difference?
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Friday, 1 January 2010
I have been overweight since I was in high school. I tried all sorts of diet and one thing I never disagree on is the power of exercising. I was an athlete back in school days. I was a short distance runner. I took part in 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m. My favourite would be the relay race. I was active back then.
Then, when I was 15 years old, I started to gain weight since I slowed down in sports. I turned to food for comfort. My parents enrolled me to one of the residential schools here in Kota Kinabalu. I was really overweight but I didn't bother to look after my own appearance. So, one day, when we were at the Physics lab, each student was to be weighed. I was nervous as boys in our class were wicked (hehehe). When it was my turn to go on the scale, all the boys (well we had like 23 students in our class) rushed to see the scale. I still remember one of the boys said,"Adada Sharon 72kg!! Punya berat ko!!". I feel humiliated.
So I told myself, I need to lose weight. I cut off my meat intake. I only take fish and chicken. I started to jog. First time it was not easy. No energy, feeling lethargic, tired. But I was determine to reach my goal. I then found a buddy of mine who is also a good friend to accompany me in my daily run. We ran non-stop from our school to the nearby Park and then back. I could remember my T-shirt was drenched in sweat. I feel satisfied.
I did the jog for a year and I managed to shed some weight off my scale. I was 10 kg lighter. I could even wore my mum's blouse. It felt great to lose all the weights. Of course hard work pays off. But my diet was wrong. I was starving myself.
Then after form five, I didn't do any workout. The only thing I did during the "waiting for SPM result" was eating. I think I piled up the weight I have busted my ass to shed.
My weight has its ups and downs. Mostly ups by the way. I tried taking one meal a day. I did lose some weight but it crept back on when I was tired constraining myself not to eat. I didn't fancy exercise at that point as I was busy with work.
When I got married, I let myself go. Eating was a new hobby. I love to shop for t-shirts and baggy pants to hide my flabs. After 3 kids, I hated the way I looked. I envied those who could don beautiful dresses. I was 84kg in February - chubby, flabs everywhere and to sum it up I was fat. I was worried..dead worried about my health state. I have 3 very active young children and I have to keep up with their stamina. Furthermore, I can't fit into my favourite jeans. I shared my affliction with BFF, Val. She said "Let's sign up for gym". And yes I did (Val didn't sign up - yet. I guess it's easier for her to maintain her slim figure) . The few days were the hardest. I was so tired. But after 3 days of working out, I was full of energy. I woke up 5am every morning and feeling refreshed. Then people started to notice. That's my real motivation.
To date, I weigh 66kg.
I have another kilo to kill.
It feels great to receive nothing but praises.
I have not been working out for 3 months now.
I just focus on what I eat.
Watching Biggest Loser is part of the motivation as well.
The best part about losing weight is that I could shop for clothes!
For those who wants to lose weight, IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!!!!!!!!
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January - The Norsaters came to visit. Martin & Carolyn were in town with their son, Ryan. It was good to see them. Also, the month of January is also the month of many birthday babies. Stanley Peter, Andrew Liew, Roy Nadzrie, Osmand Danny to name a few. Andrew invited us to their birthday dinner at Dowish Restaurant. It was great to see everyone there.
February - My BFF, Tinaka's baby girl, Izara Hanne was born on the 8 February. This month also seeing my friend, Saharom Salim got engaged to my colleague, Efarina @ Pam on the 14rh of February. Enrolled my big fat ass into a gym at month end.
March - My birthday coincides with World Women's Day. I also share my birthday with Vera Biusing, Nicholas Spiji, the late uncle Johnny Bosuin and the latest I know, Sharma D. Pillai. Cool! In this month, I lost a colleague in a tragic road accident. May your soul rest in peace Stanley Kuansin. And I got inked! I was in KL for MATTA Fair.
April - Hubby's birthday.
May - We celebrated JFF (Jaua Family Foundation) Mother's Day at my parents' house. I was in charge of the goodie bags. Had so much fun looking for the perfect combo to be put in the bags. Also, its the month of Kaamatan. This year, my parents in law hosted the Lajangan's Family Kaamatan Gathering. It was a blast.
June - My mum's birthday. I did the planning with my siblings as mum turns 55. It was supposed to be a dinner (since bro Ian couldn't come back due to work) and Girl has to go back to the hostel. But dad insisted having it at home. Ordered cake and cuppies from Anies. Perfecto! Also, hubby and I went for our much needed vacation in Bali, Indonesia! We want to go back! So much fun. We spent one night in KL before returning home.
July - After coming back from Bali, I went to Penang for work purpose. Enjoyed the food very much. Not doing any good to the weighing scale though. Tina & James got engaged. JFF Father's Day hosted by uncle Pius Jaua. As usual my task is to look for goodie bags for the gentlemen. Attended the Sabah Environmental Night.
August - SIL, Tina and James got married. Family retreat at Nexus Karambunai. It has been our family's annual do. Nexus is great for family vacation. Kids love the place.
September - My cousin's Sheila got engaged. We stayed the night at Keningau and returned to KK the next day. I also attended the SBG night at Imperial International. Hopefully, next year will be better. Our first visit to MV Doulos! Also, I started my baking.
October - My only sister's birthday and my youngest brother's convocation. Also, hubby and I went to Thailand! Selina's 4th Birthday.
November - Sean turns 5 years old. Went to Brunei for work purpose. Blog on hiatus mode (again!)
December - I'd say it was the busiest month of the year. Stayed at Grand Borneo for a night just to enjoy the Christmas shopping but having kids with you the shopping part has to be scraped off and focused on the kids demands. The arrival of Christian Alliano James Paran. Christmas gathering at Kepayan, JFF and Spiji's. Wedding of Ben & Emelda at Tambunan. Our 8th year wedding anniversary on the 28th Dec. Shayna's birthday party on the 30th Dec. I told you I was busy.
I hope 2010 brings better wealth and health with God's willing.
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Happy New Year to all of you!
May this year offers better wealth and good health.
May God bless all of you!
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New Arrival - Christian Alliano James Paran
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Introducing our new nephew, Christian Alliano.
First cousin of Sean, Selina & Shayna.
The proud parents are Charlene Christina Tahing & James Paran.
Born on the 16 December 2009 at Hospital Likas.
Congrats to Tina & James.
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Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I came to know about the tragedy when Jadda posted his status on FB.
I then switched the channel to TV3 and found out more about the incident.
Although I am not close to Paival, but being human I couldn't hold back my tears on what had happened to his family.
Each day, I prayed for miracle to happen.
And I left the same comment in Paival's FB.
I followed his status in Twitter.
Just want to know the development of finding the victims.
I praise Paival for continuously giving updates through his Twitter although he was in the midst of emotional distress.
May the dearly departed rest in peace.
Raihana and Athirah are still missing.
Paival wrote his recollection of the tragedy in his blog.
Paival if you are reading this, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved mum, sisters and bro in law.
May their souls rest in peace.
posted @ 8:10 am, ,
Char Siu Dish
Friday, 27 November 2009
Hubby was craving for porky dish.
I remember my colleague Mary posted this ChaSao recipe in her blog.
500g of pork/meat
Singlong Char Siu Sauce
A dash of pepper
A dash of sesame oil
1) Marinate pork/meat with Singlong Char Siu Sauce for 1 hour. Add in pepper and sesame oil.
2) Then, sauteed the pork/meat in a non-stick frying pan.
3) Add in a little bit of water if the pan is dry.
4) Turn the meat until cooked.
posted @ 11:51 pm, ,
I know my blog has been in hiatus mode since October.
So here is an update.
We celebrated Davies's graduation at Dowish Restaurant.
Tukar angin pasal selalu di Metro saja. LOL.
Mum pre-ordered so we just waited for the food to be served.
It was nice having all my siblings together.
Yalah, bukan senang mau kasi kumpul semua.
Food was superb.
Semua kenyang oh.
Service at the restaurant - excellent.
Worth every dime you pay.
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Happy Birthday Girl!
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
One day, mum broke the news that she was pregnant.
I was thrilled to have another sibling.
But it came into my senses that it will be another boy.
I didn't put in my hope as I was afraid I will be disappointed.
Mum was pampered by my siblings.
Whenever her car came into the driveway, all of us would go out.
Brother Richard opened the door for mum.
Brother Ian escorted mum out of the car.
Brother Kevin was in charge of her bag.
Brother Davies was still a child that time.
I observed all these at the entrance.
I was studying in KL so I didn't get to see mum's growing tummy.
Since handphone was a luxury back then, I called home by using the public phone every week.
One day, I called mum to know how she was doing.
She answered me "I'm okay already."
I was stunned and asked her "Okay already?"
Mum explained "Ya Nong, mummy sudah beranak and congratulations, you have a baby sister!"
I was still in the statement 'mummy sudah beranak'.
I haven't digested that I have a baby sister.
When it did sink in, I was in emotional state and disbelief.
Kalau buli tu telephone ada tangan, sia mau dia peluk sia.
When I went back to see my baby sister, I arrived around midnight.
I went straight into my parent's room while my bags were still in the car trunk.
She was awake.
Mum said to her "Ko tau kakak ko balik ah."
I held her and the first thing I did was to see whether she was real.
I checked in her nappy.
Yes!!! Its a SHE!!!!
I whimpered when I kissed her cheeks.
It was a magical moment for both of us.
Since I was studying, I missed her first step, her first coo, her first burp, her first laugh.
I missed all her baby firsts.
But I didn't want to miss her first day of school at kindergarten as well as primary school.
So, I sent her to school almost everyday.
Being the youngest and super manja to us, she cried everytime I dropped her at her school.
I think mau 3 months juga lah.
In view of the fact that we are 18 years in age difference, sad to say we are not that close.
I am married with 3 kids.
She's in the hostel.
Hopefully we could be as close.
I am working towards that.
Happy Birthday Girl.
You know I love you!
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My brother's Convo
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
He took Marine Biology as his major.
I know he put a helluva effort to achieve his studies and he did it.
Am so pleased.
My parents and my brother Adrian witnessed his proudest moment.
I could not make it as I was late.
So I came after the ceremony.
And so was Kevin.
Brother Richard wanted to go but he had work commitment.
Youngest sister Shirleen was at school taking her PMR.
Congrats to you bro!
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Engagement - Sheila & Don (20.09.2009)
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I woke up at 6am.
Hubby gave the kids a bath while I prepared breakfast.
Cooked fried rice and as for the drink, Milo.
I packed our suitcase last night so we were not in a rush.
We left at 7am and arrived before 9am via Kimanis Road.
Little S was drowsy and threw up.
She needed to be cleaned.
I called the hotel and asked whether we could check in early.
Fortunately, our room is ready.
So, we went to the hotel first and then made our way to Uncle Paul's house.
Some family members from Penampang came a day earlier.
Hubby brought his camera along so he went and took some pictures.
Don's entourage came around 11-ish am.
Everyone get acquainted.
Don looks smashing in his white shirt and black pants.
As well as anxious.
Everyone took their seats in the living hall.
Uncle Pius filled in as the speaker on behalf of Uncle Paul.
Discussion was short and sweet.
No disagreement of some sort.
It was smooth sailing.
Then, Sheila came out.
She looks beautiful in her white satin sleeveless dress with a maroon waist strap.
Exchange of rings ensued.
A prayer was held to bless the engagement.
Uncle Paul gave a speech.
It was an emotional one.
Sheila is the firstborn and of course, letting go your first child to be married is hard.
But instead of losing her, you gain another child, a son in law.
That's what was indicated in Don's dad's speech.
Well, everyone is happy of course.
Happy that Sheila has found her beau.
Happy to know that most of her cousins/aunties/uncles were there to witness her engagement.
Happy to main mercun (opsss).
I am happy for you cuzzie.
Congrats to you and Don.
Awaiting for your wedding date.
You have 18 months.
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posted @ 11:06 am, ,
Baking Day 2
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Nice but a bit sweet.
Sean helped out.
Did the cornflakes cookies but didn't managed to take photos.
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Met many friends and relatives.
Congratulations Pat & Michelle!
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A first-time baker
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
We bought the oven and mixer a month ago and I haven't got any clue when to start baking.
So, believe me or not, I baked for the first time on the 6 Sept.
Hubby and the kids helped me out.
Hubby did the mixing and kids assisted me in putting the cookies on the baking tray.
I didn't know I had to space out between cookies.
Ended up being the "crowded" cookies.
Then, we did muffins.
Turned out alright.
After that, since we have a box of cornflakes and Frosties, I remembered Mary's recipe.
So, I took out the cereals and mixed in a bowl.
Then, I mixed with butter and honey.
180 C for 10 minutes.
posted @ 3:54 pm, ,
My answer would be "Never."
Hubby suggested that we should go and visit Doulos with the kids.
posted @ 2:28 am, ,
29 - 30 August 2009
We were here last year.
Kids had tonnes of fun so we decided to stay here again.
This time, we went with Fui Fui and kids (family friend), Margaret and kids (one of Bobbie's bestfriends) and Bobbie (SIL).
We told our kids the night before and they were all excited they woke up early the next day.
Kids couldn't wait and kept on asking when daddy is going to move from the house.
We moved from the house and arrived half and hour later.
We checked into our room and before I could laze my bum on the chair, kids were already demanding to go to the pool and asked me to change their attire to swimming attire.
I just followed their orders.
It's fun to see them in excitement.
So, we went to the pool.
As soon as I found a strategic place to settle, all the kids were already in the pool.
The rest of the families joined soon after.
You don't hafta ask and yes I had my margarita by the pool during Happy Hour.
At night, we went out to Gayang Restaurant for dinner.
Then, on the way back, all the kids were snoozing.
The next day, we had breakfast.
Then the kids cycled around.
We met an old friend, Johnny, who is also a Tour Guide.
He came with his family.
The kids had another round of swimming before we check out.
This place will always be our retreat.
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8 August 2009
We attended Shania's 1st Birthday last year.
Last year, I brought along hubby together with Sean and Selina.
This time around, just the girls and I.
Hubby had company at home.
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The lucky man is James Paran from Tenom.
Both of them are working in KL.
The wedding reception was held at 1Borneo Ballroom.
And then the next day another reception was held at the Family Residence in Kepayan.
You can view more of the pictures in my FB.
posted @ 1:14 am, ,
Kids love Selvert in Wisma Merdeka.
The staff are so friendly and nice.
They play cartoons so that kids won't get bored.
My kids love to be pampered.
Who doesn't right.
posted @ 12:57 am, ,
Had the opportunity to attend the Sabah Environmental Award since one of our hotels was nominated.
The ballroom was fantastically decorated.
Food was nice.
Datuk Masidi's speech was brief and straightforward.
Entertainment was great.
Few songs sang by Amir Yussof.
A stand-up comedy gig by Desmond.
This guy could really make you laugh out of your seat.
We had fun.
We didn't win though.
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