Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another idea materialised! : SYAZWAN CHAIR

I love sketching. I love designing cloth, furniture and practical solution for daily life. I always wanted to study industrial design but I guess it wasn't that famous in the 90s (or I have limited resources back then), so I just settled for architecture.

Beside my lil book of howtos, I also have an "Idea Book" that I keep in my drawer at the office. It is full of sketches and of course, ideas. One day, my dad browsed through the sketches and he saw "Syazwan chair". It actually an S-shaped chair [and the S is for Shamrizal - my dearest husband), but later I changed it to Syazwan, name of my kids.

5ive of us went to my in-laws house on Saturday and when we came back, my dad said,"Come here, I want to show you something". To my surprise.... I saw Syazwan chair at the corner of the porch. THE Syazwan chair. Yes, he hired a carpenter to build THE chair. They bought two types of wood, cengal emas and meranti. My dad chose cengal emas (it is a very solid wood and the chair is sooooo heavy!). They made the chair within a few hours.

I love it. I love it. I love it.
I can look at my hubby (OK, or my kids) whenever we spend our lazy Sundays - reading or chatting - on THE chair. It is easier to teach my kids to read and write, and suap nasi there.

I was informed that a couple of our neighbours dropped by and captured some photographs of THE chair during the construction.


Friday, December 11, 2009

chocolate pudding

One boring evening, I surfed the web on any recipe that uses CHOCOLATE as the main ingredient. And I came across a very simple CHOCOLATE PUDDING recipe. I SMSed myself the recipe (going paperless now) and I gathered the ingredients in 5 minutes (I told u it is simple.. I have it all in the kitchen). I made the pudding twice for the whole family. They like it very much and the kids fought over it.

Thanks Kak Hana for ordering 300 cups of chocolate pudding for Irfan and Ifrah's aqiqah. I made it for fun. Experimenting on the possibility to start a chocolate pudding business. But, Naahhhh.... It is time consuming and we have a lack of fridge space. Plus, I am pretty occupied with works and 3 kids so NO, I dont take any order (*hint*hint* for Azah and Wana). LOL.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hotel Review 02 : Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore

I have a chance to accompany a group of VVIPs to Singapore for an official visit in August 2009. It was a very fun trip although it involved protocols from the moment VVIPs arrived at KLIA until the moment they took off from KLIA after the trip.

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore. One of Singapore hotels with Halal kitchen. So I was told. This 5-star hotel is located at the heart of Singapore. About 15 minutes from the airport.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food are great. I like the room. They have kiblat direction sign. The interior is very clean and neat. I have yet to post my review in TripAdvisor.

Hotel Review 01 : Imperial Boutec Hotel, KK, Sabah

I travel a lot to Borneo in 2009. And for every trip, I will make sure I stayed at different hotel. Don't ask me why. I just enjoyed doing it.

Imperial Boutec Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel located at the 7th floor of the famous shopping complex - the Warisan Square - in the middle of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Only 10 minutes from the airport (RM30 for taxi). I reserved a court-room without knowing what it is (I guess that is the bad side of an online reservation). FYI, court room is a windowless room. RM170++/night. It is only a 5-10 minutes walking distance to Philipino Market (and seafood stalls at night).

Boutique hotel
is a term popularised in the States and the UK to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded hotels by providing personalized accommodation and services / facilities. Sometimes known as "design hotels" or "lifestyle hotels". Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. They usually are considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 50 guest rooms.

You can surf the net for the detail on room prices, location and all. And you can [click here] for my honest review on this hotel via TripAdvisor. I am not putting it here, just sharing photographs.
I just love to experience the different ambiance, detailings and the hotel concept.

Nabil loves Bean