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Strawberries dipped in chocolate

A few afternoons ago, after gotten some work done, I walked past an MBG fruit store while I was going to get my car. Their strawberries were on sale, i.e. RM10 for two packs. Each pack was 250g and the strawberries looked pretty plump and juicy. So I bought two packs. As I walked towards my car, the idea of making chocolate-dipped strawberries came up. I was pretty sure my 5yo would love this idea!

There we go! Milk chocolate bar and fresh strawberries.

I used this method to melt the chocolate bar: Add about an inch of water in a pot and bring to simmer. Break the chocolate bar into chunks and put them into a heatproof bowl (this bowl has to be bigger than the mouth of the pot with hot water). Put the bowl in the mouth of the pot, without touching the water. Stir the chocolate chunks occasionally as they soften and until all of them melt to your desired consistency.

My 5yo is a big fan of fresh strawberries.


.....and eat!

He was so happy!

Get Lost, Naturally at The Sticks Eco-Glamping Retreat, KKB

What is Glamping?

According to the dictionary, glamping is "a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. Glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life's luxuries".

Wikipedia says, "glamping is a portmanteau of glamor and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st-century tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of camping."

Get Lost, Naturally at The Sticks

According to TimeOut KL's article about glamping sites in Malaysia, when your perfect weekend getaway includes nature, but also the modern luxuries of everyday life, there's glamping. The Sticks at Kuala Kubu Baru is listed as a great venue if you want to check in for an off-the-grid weekend retreat in the jungles to experience eco-glamping.

My husband and I brought our two boys (4yo and 1yo) for a one-night stay at The Sticks after Christmas last year (2017). The Sticks, located at Lot 213, Jalan KKB - Fraser's Hill, Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor (Google Maps) is a full-board retreat so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy their delicious servings of home-cooked food. You can also go for jungle trekking and whitewater rafting or just chill by the river before lazing around in hammocks or tendok (half tent, half pondok or hut in Malay).

What did we do?

We didn't come prepared with gears for jungle trekking and whitewater rafting. So, we just went for casual walks around the retreat.

Chilling by the river.

Strolling around the retreat with the boys.

Where did we stay?

We stayed at the Serengeti Tent (a tent on a wooden platform, with attached bathroom).

What did we eat?

English Breakfast

Home-cook Style Lunch

BBQ Dinner

More photos below!

More info

Address: Lot 213, Jalan KKB - Fraser's Hill, Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor (Google Maps)
Website: http://thesticks.my/
Email (for enquiries): bookings@thesticks.my
Facebook: @thesticksguide
Instagram: @thesticksguide

Goodbye 2017!

The collage above is generated from my Instagram feed based on the most number of likes. It somewhat summarizes my 2017 in a nutshell.

First row (from left to right): babywearing my newborn; bibs from local brand (support local!) Bows & Blings; cloth diapering my newborn.

Second row (from left to right): trying my best to use chemical-free baby products and Four Cow Farm is one of the choices; doing art & craft with my preschooler (check out this album); healthy desserts (also milk booster for breastfeeding mom like me) - chia oats from BlackNbeige Cravings and Lacteatkies lactation cookies.

Third row (from left to right): blogged about my postpartum essentials; more milk boosters (seen here is Topfer organic nursing tea, Mom More Milk Lactation Hot Chocolate and Lactation Brownies); nursing top (support local!) by fellow mommy pal who's also the founder of Milk At 27.

By the way, apart from babywearing and cloth diapering, I'm also an ardent fan of JuJuBe and Lularoe. You can check out my posts on Instagram.

As a reminder to myself, I'm posting "The Last Time" poem here.

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
You will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you have freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.

You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don't forget...
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
Your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day,
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.

One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night,
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.

One afternoon you will sing "the wheels on the bus"
And do all the actions,
Then never sing them that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.

The thing is, you won't even know it's the last time
Until there are no more times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realize.

So while you are living in these times,
Remember there are only so many of them
And when they are gone,
You will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.

See you next year!

Check out my compilation of annual posts since 2007.

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