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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

London Budget Trip: Summer 2015 (Part 2)


Assalamualaikum wbt..


The first thing we did before we fly here was plan our days and places to visit. As the cost of this journey was quite expensive to ordinary people like us, we listed all important places to visit within reach (by tubes,of course) and the most important thing, to ensure Iman has the most memories here as this is his first time as compared to Irfan.

Since we are here during Irfan's 3rd birthday, so we planned to bring him to his most favourite shop - M&M World London. So the journey begin. We left early in the morning right after peak time (where people rushed to the office).

1. Buckingham Palace and Royal Horse Guard

This is a must visit place whenever any of us reach London. From Hounslow Central Station, we head to the Hyde Park Corner Station. The weather was really good so we walked down the pedestrian lane to the palace.



Here come the Royal Horse Guards. They marched along the Constitution Hill. The kids were so excited watching the horses marched. The Guard Changing ceremony happens every day in July (when we were there) at 11.30am. We recommend visitors to arrive by 11.15am as the guards and music will start playing at this time. However they still have some provisional dates every month. Schedule can be referred here.  


Us at the Green Park
2. The M&M World London

After the ceremony ended, we rushed to Irfan's favourite shop. The M&M World London. We took Piccadilly line at Green Park Station and stopped at Leicester Square Station. This character shop is about 5 minutes walking distance from the station.

Come on Papa! -Irfan



Look at that birthday boy's expression
It was very lucky of us to fulfill Irfan's birthday wish this time. He has been asking about this M&M Shop every day and night. Iman was too small to understand all of this but yet, we will keep this as part of his memory.

3. Covent Garden

After doing a little shop in M&M World, we then head to the Covent Garden while searching for some lunch packs. 




Covent Garden is famous with its iconic and historical market place where here located many of famous designer brand shops as well as street performance and artists selling off their drawings and handicrafts. 

4. The Horse Guard Parade

Each of us has listed at least one place we wished to visit when we are here. Irfan did his. So do I and Mr Hubby. He really wanted to visit the Horse Guard Parade since the past 2 years but we have never had chance to do that. 

Eventhough it is raining that afternoon, we still chase for the tubes and went here. This Horse Guard Parade is a parade ground near Whitehall used for royal parades and ceremonies.


Yes Sir! - Irfan

Finally, his dream has come true!
 We spend an hour here and when the sun is back, we head to north Paddington, searching for the London's Little Venice.


5. The Little Venice

It is very hot and sunny on that day yet we still rush to our last place planned for the day. The Little Venice. It is located north of Paddington where the Grand Union and Regent's Canals meet. There lies waterside cafes, eateries and pubs. I was very excited as I have been eyeing this place for quite sometime and finally I managed to step my foot down here.




And that's a peace from my sleepy boy
Our second day on this trip was really tiring. But we managed to follow all as planned. Thank you to my three men for making this long day a wonderful one. Till we meet again on the next post for more ideas of places to visit in London!








Sunday, 9 August 2015

London Budget Trip : Summer 2015 (Part 1)



Assalamualaikum wbt..

Having my graduation ceremony coming in London during Summer 2015 makes us plan earlier as the budget will be slightly tight. Our Ringgit were dropping at that time and four of us are going at the same time (me, hubby, Irfan and Iman). So here we go. I am sharing here how we plan our budgeting trip this time.

1.  Flights - Emirates

We flew with Emirates for the first time as usually we took different airlines. A few months before flying, I compared a few airlines based on COST, TRAVEL TIME especially TRANSIT/ CONNECTION TIME. After searching through Brunei Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch, I finally decided to pick Emirates.


I decided on our seating arrangement and meal option for kids, infant and ourselves through online. There are quite a list of meal choices including vegetarian. The most important thing is that they served halal meals. 24 hours prior to departure, I checked in online and that has made my life much easier where we only need to be there 90 minutes before the flight, just to deposit our baggage.

Bye bye KLIA!

Emirates interior. We are ready for take off!
We requested bassinet for Iman, eventhough I know he is slightly tall for bassinet. Irfan watched movies and play games through out the journey. He slept too when he is too tired. 

Irfan and his child meal
Collective gifts from our 4 flights with Emirates
2. Travelodge Hounslow Hotel

We picked budget hotel and is way out from London city. But this hotel is 2 tube stations away from Heathrow airport where I think is good. I prefer to travel shorter distance to airport as we have big luggage and Iman's pram to push along. However, the cons was this hotel is about 50 minutes away from London city by underground tube and I don't mind at all as we are used to travel by tubes before.

Hounslow Travelodge
Hounslow Central Station is 3 minutes walking distance from the hotel

The room was really good for our short stay
Another good points about this hotel is: its location near to a few halal restaurants and treaty shopping centre as well as a few of my favourite shops too (Primark, Clarks, H&M, Next and Mothercare).

 High Street Market
One of the shop in Treaty Centre
Clarks! I am a happy mommy :)
High Street Shops
3. Underground Travelcard

The cheapest way to travel in London is to travel by underground tubes and overground busses. We bought travel card as we don't plan to rent a car at all. Plus with Oyster travel card, we have unlimited travel access for busses and the tubes depending on the package we selected.

Oyster card
Oyster Visitor Card
However, I highly recommend to visit TFL website before deciding which card fits us best. Till we meet again in the next post on places to travel in London.





Sunday, 2 August 2015

Online Shopping for Kids and Mommies : KiddieStyles

Assalamualaikum and Salam Syawal..

Have been a very long time I have not been blogging. Banyak things happen to share with other bloggers lain.

2013 kami balik ke Malaysia, settling down. 
2014 Farah deliver my second child, Harris Iman 
and yet 
2015 baru la ada sikit masa nak ber-blogging balik as Iman pun dah mula berjalan dan main sendiri.

Deliver Iman comes dengan new hobby (as hobby yang tak pernah luput is shopping. I shop a lot). Some of my friends suka bertanya, mana Farah cari baju both of them yang sangat gaya abang-abang. Oh well dulu, beli abroad, besides that locally-wise, memang I am big fan of Mothercare. But saya hanya shop masa sales sahaja. Kedekut jugak makcik ni kan..nak yang berkualiti and cantik. But kedekut..

Both Irfan and Iman's attires Farah beli anywhere yang I  boleh dapat murah. Tapi memang I preferr yang tak ada teddy bear. I love wording t-shirt. Toys tak payah cakap lah.. Kalau semua nak beli yang mahal and branded, boleh kering la poket makcik..hehehe

Thus terdetik masa maternity leave dulu, why not I share my passion in searching for attires budak-budak (kasut, baju and segala toys) on instagram. But of course it should make money in return, walaupun sikit as in return. Yang penting hati gembira dan puas.

Visit us on ig: kiddiestyles




Suka betul Farah tengok baju kids yang colourful gini. Ceria betul life.

Mommies flare chiffon dress

Baby wrap, blanket dan bean bag
Toys
Selain baju dan kasut, toys dan mommies attires pun ada. Just simply visit and follow us on ig. Trust me, it is all worth buying :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Am I Too Much or Is It A Normal Habit as A Mother?

Over the weekend haritu, sempat la belek handphone Encik Hubby. Wahhh rasa kelakar bila tengok gambar tak berapa candid yang disimpan oleh Encik Hubby. Photo of mine tengah mabuk shopping baju Irfan. Sekali tengok macam tindakan luar kawal lak. Tapi bila diingat balik, on that day itself, Encik Hub memang ada tanya, "You mengucap dan beristighfar tak tadi sebelum start shopping?" Dengan muka senyum perli dia tanya. I remembered answering him, "I did! Sebab tu banyak ni je.. hehe"

 

Ahaaaaa.. here I have decided!
I realized having this kind of hobby and stress releasing activity since I got this little child of mine. Mama love you, honey!