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Pak John Steamboat & BBQ Buffet Restaurant at IOI City Mall Putrajaya

When you don't want to decide what to eat for lunch and dinner...

When you don't know which restaurant to go to...

When you have three boys to feed (including your husband hahaha)...

When you want to eat a good variety of meat and vegetables...

When you want to eat steamboat and BBQ at the same time...
Tell you what, just go to Pak John Steamboat & BBQ Buffet Restaurant at IOI City Mall Putrajaya lah!

There are five types of steamboat soup base - chicken, prawn, miso, tom yam, curry.

Chicken and miso are great for kids. Prawn is great too if no one in the family has shellfish allergy. I personally avoid spicy soup base but if you want to fire up your taste buds, go ahead with tom yam and curry.

I quite like the idea of doing steamboat and BBQ at the same time. So there's soup in the steamboat bottom base where you can throw in an assortment of seafood, vegetables, mushroom, meatballs, etc, and a grill pan on top for grilling marinated meat (lamb, beef, chicken). Awesome, kan?

There is also a spread of cooked finger food such as fried bee hoon, fried rice, chicken nuggets, cocktail sausages, fries, etc. So while waiting for the steamboat and BBQ food to be ready, the kids can have finger food first. You do know children don't like to wait for their food, right?

And of course, a bowl of my favorite ice kacang dessert for a sweet ending! Or, maybe two. There are waffles too. And free flow beverages!

In summary, I find that dining at Pak John is all about let's eat and be merry! Free flow of food and beverages, good food, good times with family and friends!

Check out more photos and video on my Facebook album below. Let them tell you how dining at Pak John will be like.

Thanks to The Butterfly Project for organizing this gathering for family and friends! Thanks Sebrinah for the invite!

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Babywearing: What the Science Says

Using slings, wraps, or carriers might seem like one of those new 'crunchy mom' fads, but, as it turns out, babywearing is a practice that has been around pretty much since the dawn of the human era.

This ancient tradition was unquestioned for millennia, but then the world began to change, especially in the West. Strollers became the preferred way to walk around with infants and toddlers, while the rise of the automobile made car seats more popular than a baby carrier. And just like that, babywearing looked destined to be dropped in the cultural dumpster.

Thankfully, the trend has been reversing. A primary reason for this is that the science on babywearing is finally catching up with the ancient cultural wisdom.

In celebration of International Babywearing Week, We The Parents has compiled an infographic detailing 23 advantages to baby-wearing (source):

Babywearing: 23 Science-Backed Benefits

As you can see, it turns out that numerous scientific studies explore the benefits of wearing babies. Some of the science comes from closely related fields of child development and human biology, but there are also a growing number of studies which explore the direct link between infant-wearing and its positive results. In fact, it's becoming something of a hot research topic.

So keep your eyes peeled as it's predicted that babywearing will more and more become part of mainstream health and social care. The movement away from strollers and toward carriers has begun, and it will be interesting to see how far it goes.

Whatever the exact future of baby-carrying, one thing is clear, it's here to stay. I'd say that this is good news for moms and babies worldwide. Happy babywearing!

Experience Kleenex® Ultra Soft with your family today!

Think tissue, think Kleenex!

Kleenex has been my family's go-to tissue brand for quite some time. It's like how you call containers as Tupperware, diapers as Pampers, disposable sanitary pads as Kotex. So, wanna buy tissue or toilet paper, buy Kleenex. It's the terminology that sticks.

Being a mom with two active little boys, hygiene tops my list. I have boxes of tissues everywhere in my house to wipe dirt, crumbs, little hands, little mouths, etc. I have wet wipes, dry wipes and hand sanitizers ever ready and within reach whenever we're out and about. I'm doing all I can to keep HFMD at bay!

My two boys

Why Kleenex® Ultra Soft?

Easy! Just remember these points.

3 Signs of Clean

1. FEEL: Luxurious cushiony soft touch in each 3-ply thick sheet

2. SEE: Specially crafted CleanWeave* design removes dirt

3. CHARCOAL FRESH: Charcoal extract absorbs odor

Cushiony soft

Made from 100% high quality virgin fiber and woven with cotton extract, Kleenex® Ultra Soft Bath Tissue provides a luxurious soft touch to feel comfortably clean.

I usually clean my kids' bottom with water before I use toilet paper to wipe off any possible traces of leftover poop. So I prefer to use toilet paper that's soft and not harsh to their delicate bottom.

CleanWeave* design

The new specially crafted CleanWeave* design on each sheet helps remove dirt thoroughly. This interweaved pattern gives superior strength to help effectively lift dirt away.

This is great because then I can use less paper during cleaning, hence reducing the usage of toilet paper in the long run. No wastage and can save money! Truly a win-win situation for any mom!

Absorbs odor

With the addition of Charcoal extract, which helps in absorbing odor, Kleenex® Ultra Soft Bath Tissue provides a feeling of confident clean.

This is awesome! Who doesn't want a toilet that's free with foul odor after each toilet use, right?

Seriously, what more can I ask for? I'm a happy mama! Softest tissue ever with odor absorbing capability so good that it keeps everything smelling fresh and everyone feeling good.

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My boy's five-year-old birthday cake by Mommy Jasmine

This is a belated post about my son's birthday cake for his fifth birthday. Time flies! He's five already!

We did a little birthday do and I was supposed to find a home-based baker to bake the birthday cake but it totally slipped my mind!

Praise God that my church friend, Mommy Jasmine offered to bake her signature gluten-free birthday cake for my boy's birthday!

Before I confirmed my order with Jasmine, I asked my boy to choose a flavor. He promptly replied, orange. He also chose Lego Ninjago as his theme.

After discussing with Jasmine, we decided to go ahead with her signature Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake.

The three-layer orange sponge cake was divine! The crumbs were moist, fine, and the citrus-y aftertaste was invigorating. 

Too bad I forgot to snap photos of the elegant layers! We kept on eating and by night time, there was none left!

I also mentioned that I didn't want traditional buttercream frosting (yucky!) or fondant (full of sugar!). So Jasmine used Swiss buttercream frosting instead, which was lighter and more pleasant tasting.

The buttercream frosting between the layers wasn't too thick, which was really nice as you wouldn't feel that all you ate was cream. The Bahasa word for it was jelak.

Since this was a gluten-free cake, there was no normal wheat flour used to bake it. Jasmine used almond flour.

Not only so, it was oil-free and butter-free too! This was definitely one super nutritious cake which was super packed with fiber!

I loved the different hues of blue and cream buttercream decoration around the cake. Almond slices topped the cake beautifully.

My boy added three of his favorite Lego Ninjago minifigures on the cake.

If you need custom-made cakes for occasions and mooncakes, you should really check out the friendly and talented home-based baker, Mommy Jasmine.


This is not a sponsored post but I gladly blogged about this birthday cake because I think you should try it out too!