Tune Tour Episode 1: Tune Hotel KLIA2

We’re so excited to share with you the first of many Tune Tours that Yusof and Shafa’s family is going to explore and experience. Read more to learn about *drum roll* the Tune Hotel KLIA2!

As you know, KLIA2 is Malaysia’s airport for low-cost airlines and what a convenience to check-in to also check in in a low-priced hotel just beside the airport!

The lobby area is typical with all the waiting area chairs that will make you comfortable while waiting, a bar, a common area and a convenience store in one place.

The reception area, however, is divided. There is a specific one if you’re travelling in groups and individual. That made our checking-in and checking-out experience a bliss – it was so easy.


We availed two standard twin rooms – one for our family and the other one is for Shafa’s Mom (Yusof’s family couldn’t join us this time because of another event).

The cute decorations in our room is the first thing we noticed. It made us wanted to decorate our room in our house too! Our toddler, who only speaks when he’s in the mood, was also super excited and kept talking about the pictures in our room.

The safe box was neatly located at the bottom of the side table, in the middle of our twin beds. The downside: our toddler played with it every single minute.

The bathroom in our room was super small but also super neat! There was no cupboard, but there’s a place to hang your clothes.

*Updated information (thank you Mr. Syahrol Ikhwan Mohd Fadzil from Tune Hotel):*

All the hotel rooms are air-conditioned with a ceiling fan (Guests are able to use both during stay, no extra charge). Only few rooms are without ceiling fan (Premium Room and Garden Room).

The view of our room was not the airport side but we managed to see some flying planes. Our little one seems happy with the room and view, so no worries!

As mentioned, KLIA2 is a few walks away to the hotel. You just actually have to cross a road. We tried that ourselves – it was really near and walking distance, but it was a lengthy walk for senior citizens like my 69-year old mother. I was also having a hard time babywearing my toddler with all the walking! But surely, as any other airports, wheelchairs will be available if we need one.

Being near the airport, this means that Tune Hotel KLIA2 is also near to pharmacy stores, retails stores, ATMs and currency exchange available in the airport. Also, if you’re craving for other food aside from the ones in the hotel, restaurants like Burger King and the likes are also within reach.

In the morning, we had our breakfast at Makan – the hotel’s cafe. The food. Was. Great! You have the option to eat inside the cafe or outside.

In the morning, we had our breakfast at Makan – the hotel’s cafe. The food. Was. Great! You have the option to eat inside the cafe or outside. The breakfast buffet opens at 4am until 10am. In addition to a nice nature view, it was so convenient if you’re having an early flight in the morning, right? Special thanks to one of the staff – he gave us some tips about Makan & Tune Hotel KLIA2. Check out below live video, recorded on Facebook!

What are your considerations when looking for a hotel? Budget? Convenience? Location? Let’s talk in the comments section.

Ayam Gebuk Lunch Set @ CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort – A Hot Level Tolerable By Everyone

We got a chance to visit Cinta Sayang Resort and fortunately avail their Ayam Gebuk Lunch Set from the CS Cafe!(This is really a sweet deal) But before we go to the food details, let me just give you a quick tour of this beautiful place.

The CS Café in Cinta Sayang Resort has a very beautiful view. Sitting from our table, we were given a chance to see the overlooking view of the golf course.

The inside of the café has a very calm and relaxing feel but not limited to that! They also have cute decorations that will definitely help brighten up the place especially when you are with the family.

Speaking of family, you all know that I have a toddler and sometimes bring one in cafes are a struggle. But here, they made sure that the place is very family and kid friendly. There were many types of seating available but they have one in particular that we love because it is perfect for active toddlers as well as those sleepy.

Now for the food! Ayam Gebuk is a dish that is made with chicken and curry leaves. It is the sauce of the chicken that makes it special. Their sauce is just perfect for me as it is hot but just the right level for Malaysians.

This meal set comes with an ice lemon tea that is just perfect with the meal too! It is very refreshing.

Of course we will not let this lunch pass without dessert! And we found out that they also have a promotion for the cakes, although the promotion was only valid from 5pm – 9pm.

So we went in and added a cheesecake and a tiramisu cake with this lunch set.

Our son loved their cheesecake! This is definitely a meal we look forward to having again next time.

Long Distance Inter-Country Bus Trip In Europe

We have been browsing what was the best mode of transportation to travel from The Hague to Lille (note: this is inter-country between Netherlands and France). After a thorough research, we have decided to travel by bus. Specifically, we chose OuiBus!

You see, when travelling with a small toddler, the trip needs to be in a budget and convenient. Any bus trip sounds perfect! And it would be easy peasy to research & book. Or so we thought.

We almost booked Flixbus, but then we found out that toddlers need to be safely strapped in a car seat. And it’s not provided by Flixbus. Plus, travelling 13 hours flight with a transit in between? Definitely inconvenient to drag a car seat along (though we did some research on how to bring car seat along throughout long distance flight and extensive trip, we just can’t bear with it).

Renting a car seat alone was also a difficult option, at least if we search it online. And we’re definitely not backtracking to return the car seat!

And so we thought, to make life easier, why not go for a train ride? And so we did our research again. The price was way above our budget. We got stuck.

Then we stumbled upon OuiBus. It did not require our toddler to be strapped in a car seat! Yay! The price was also reasonable. Double yay! Only problem: the price kept rising every time we accessed the website. It’s like seeing stock exchange, changing by the minute!

After persevering doing research, we stumbled upon a website that also offers Ouibus, and price was fixed! So we booked our The Hague – Lille trip with OuiBus via a website called BusBud. Highly recommended!

Below is some of the sceneries from the bus trip. Not much, as we were busy with our toddler.

And below is the station where the bus halted. We only had time to take pictures when we were queuing for restroom!

That’s all the sharing we have for our long distance inter-country bus trip in Europe. Hope it helps!

How To Have A Remarkable Keukenhof Gardens Visit

Visit to the Netherlands is incomplete without Keukenhof Gardens. It is the most popular place among tourists, and you really have to plan ahead if you want to visit this place. Below are the tips that would help your visit.

1. Consider strollers for children & wheelchair for senior citizens

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is so large, it provides you with map for you to plan your visit. Since we have a senior citizen without wheelchair (it’s fully booked!), we need to cut our journey short. It’s still beautiful, though!

2. Book your ticket & pay your parking online

We’re serious when we said it’s popular among tourists. Thank God we bought everything online! The only downside was that we travelled by car, and the que was SUPER LONG during exit. It was about 2 hours getting out of the car park!!!

Alternatively, you may consider getting to Keukenhof by bus. It is accessible by bus from train stations of Haarlem, Leiden & Schiphol.

3. Plan your trip between mid-March to mid-May

Keukenhof is open annually between these period. We did not do our research well back in 2015, where we paid Netherlands a visit during September. Lesson learnt, we planned our trip on April for the year 2018!

Better still, plan your visit there during the Flower Parade (which we missed). Surely a whole lot fun!

4. Expect variety of gardens, not long field of tulips

The Keukenhof features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. The map provided will show you exactly the location of each garden, so plan your walking tour beforehand!

However, it doesn’t contain the long fields of tulips many visitors expect. We know a lot of tourists expected this, because we were one of them. Ha ha!

There are tulips fields outside the Garden (mostly privately owned). There are even some that can be seen from the Garden, though the view is quite far. These fields may have restricted access and are not included as part of the Keukenhof ticket.

5. Best place to picnic!

Keukenhof Gardens has a lot of stalls, but just imagine the sea of people swarming the area! Plus, it is quite limited choices for us Muslims, so we decided to picnic. There are a lot of free space where we can sit around with our family and enjoy our food!

Enjoy your Keukenhof visit!

Giethoorn With Loved Ones!

Planning a family trip in Netherlands? Head over to Giethoorn! It’s a small scenic village in Netherlands with plenty of activities for the whole family. Our age groups ranges from 1-year-old to 69-year-old, so it is indeed great for everyone!

However, if you do plan to enjoy all the beautiful sceneries, we would highly suggest you to bring strollers for the the little ones, and wheelchair for the senior citizens who are easily tired / legs problem. It’s because the scenic walking route is quite far for them.

While you’re there, rent a boat trip for the whole family to enjoy! Our boat were quite big to fit everyone, and Kak Fay was really brave to be the captain. Well done!

Just remember these boats don’t have breaks, especially the big ones are hard to stop. So just ignore those people who stares at your big boat that happens to bump everywhere, and enjoy the fun!

Top 5 Things To Do In Brussels & Bruges

Planning for a short trip to Brussels and Bruges? Here are what we would recommend for a 2 days 1 night trip!

1. Frederick Blondeel

We know, many Malaysians would’ve visited Godiva and the likes, but Frederick Blondeel is said to serve one of the best hot chocolates in town!

When we were there, we saw the long queue for the ice cream, so we decided to try the ice cream instead. They were awesome!

Aydeen, however, did not know how to “taste” the ice cream, so he decided to eat the whole ice cream and cried (or should we say scream) when it’s finished. Oh well.

2. La Grande Place

This is a must-visit place in Brussels! La Grande Place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here, you may find the Town Hall and many souvenir & collectible shops, including Hard Rock cafe & Starbucks (yes, we are Starbucks collectors).

3. Minnewater

Sadly, this is the place that we were not able to visit, due to time constraint. But then again, there are loads of canals in Bruges (including our AirBnB stay) , so we’re not missing much 🙂

What makes Minnewater special is the story behind it. Minnewater is also known as the Lake of Love. The nickname comes from a story of a girl name Minna who died trying to escape from an arranged marriage into the arms of her lover Stromberg. Local legend says that lovers who cross the lake’s bridge will experience eternal love.

We were planning to try our luck on eternal love there. He he. Just kidding. Eternal love is gained by your deeds & efforts, not by visiting places, eh? 🙂

4. The Markt Square

This is the place to be in Bruges! The Markt Square is full of history. The most striking building is without any doubt, the Belfry. If you would like to know about the history of Bruges, you may also visit the Historium!

5. Try the famous Belgian Fries and Mussels!

Belgium is famous for its Belgian fries (they even have a museum for it) and mussels. While you’re there, why not head over to any restaurant or cafes, and try these out? You will definitely love them! 🙂

Hope these recommendations will ease your planning. Have fun on your short Brussels and Bruges trip!

How To Have A Perfect Road Trip In Europe

Renting a car is one of the best options to consider in Europe, especially if you are travelling with a baby or toddler, and to multiple countries.

For one, it is cheaper, if you are travelling in a group, and can share out the expenses.

Secondly, cheap travels such as busses & coaches sometimes require you to bring your own car seat, which is quite a hassle to bring in a 13-hour flight with a 1-year old toddler.

Here are the tips for renting car in Europe, especially for Malaysians!

1. Malaysian Driving License Vs International Driving License

Our Malaysian Driving License are usually accepted. However, it’s best to do a research on the countries you’ll be driving beforehand. For instance, France required an International Driving License issued by JPJ Malaysia.

The International Driving License is also very easy to apply if you already have a Malaysian Driving License. Just go to the nearest JPJ & say that we need an international driving license. There will be a fee paid. You will usually get your international driving license within the same day.

2. Book Your Car & Car Insurance Online Through Car Rental Brokers

For one, it is always save time & money to book your car online. You may find various options, and may even compare the costs between car rental companies. If you rent a car through car rental brokers, the choice is even wider!

Many car rental brokers offer insurance to be bought together with the car rental. It is highly advisable to get the fully-covered insurance, as we will never know what will happen (and how much expenses to be incurred) in rainy days. However, the choice is all yours!

Insurance that is bought online are said to be cheaper than those bought at the car rental company’s counter, so it may save your pennies!

You will need to declare if you plan to drive outside the car rental’s country.

If you plan to pick up and drop off the rented car at different locations, there will be an extra charge called “one way fee”, which differs between companies. This needs even more research and comparisons.

If you pick up or drop off your rented car at airports, there are usually “airport charge”.

However, do take note that there will be a few things that need to be paid locally, such as deposits and infant car seats. Again, the charges differs between companies, so do your research thoroughly!

Also, please do read all the fine prints. Certain companies have “miles restrictions “, while others don’t!

It is required to receive & return the rented car with full tank.

3. Driver’s Credit Card

Drivers, please DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD AT HOME!

It is key requirement that drivers bring their credit card together for deposits and other things that need to be paid locally.

4. Driving Opposite Side of the Road

Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road in countries such as Netherlands, Belgium & France, while driving on the right sight of the road in the UK! Flexibility is the key to drive in Europe.

5. Online & Offline Maps & Address

In an era of Waze, Google, pocket Wi-Fi and the likes, always expect the unexpected. Signal loss and data problem are real, people!

If it happens to u, and you don’t have an offline map, relax. Stop somewhere nearby and look for any local internet. Or just kill time while waiting for your pocket Wi-Fi to refresh quota. Travel needs to be stress-free!

Hope these tips will help you to plan your European road trip wisely! 🙂

The Emirates Experience – Viewpoint of Family Travellers

So many to write, so little time! As you may have guessed, Shafa is only writing her posts once Aydeen is sleeping or taking a nap. So here’s a quick write up on our Emirates experience!

1. Choosing seat

We are not a believer of paying to book seats pre-baby. After having one, we change our mind. We never thought there’s a science of choosing area when travelling with little ones!

For example, though Aydeen can’t sleep at the hanging cot provided in the front seats, the floor area is wide enough for him to play around. However, we don’t like them as we can’t pull the hand rest up. So we prefer seats behind them.

And latest tips we heard , the restroom in the middle is larger, making it easier to change diapers. Believe this: changing diapers for an active kiddo like Aydeen is like facing a war. Especially when he decided to scream at the top of his lungs. And jump all the way throughout. And play with your spectacles while pulling your hijab. Forget about looking hot.

2. Priority boarding

Just like any airline, those travelling with infants always have priority boarding.

As much as we wanted to shop around, after a few flights, we decided boarding earlier is the way to go with babies. Because you get to request a glass of water to prepare his milk, just in case your baby decides to scream when everyone else settles down.

And you get the top storage area for your stuff! Some people packed too much in their bags, making the top storage area impossible to fit anymore bags from other passengers. Pity the late ones.

3. Free carry buddy, hygiene set & toys

This is my favourite! Since we were having transit to and from KL, we have a total of 4 flights. Which means, we have 4 sets of these stuff! Carry buddy is the cutest ever and very handy!

4. Stroller at Dubai Airport

Upon availability, this is very handy and is quite necessary, as the journey to transit is very far at Dubai airport. There is even a person pushing Shafa’s mother on wheelchair!

5. Big, spacious airplane

We ride Airbus A380 for most of our trip. Superb! There’s even stars at the ceiling when lights off. Ha ha!

Can’t wait to share more!

The Travelling Baby

It’s been a long time since our last post as a couple. And yes, we have a baby now!

So sorry, many things have happened in between.

1) loss of Shafa’s late dad

2) Shafa’s 1st pregnancy

3) coping up with being new working parents

4) handling a few businesses during free time

And now that Aydeen (our baby) is 1 year, we are now back to travel writing & photography!

For today’s post, we would like to share a few tips on travelling with a 1-year-old baby! Hope it helps with preparation of new parents who are travellers, like us!

1. Train the baby to travel

Yup, that’s what we do every weekend. Aydeen loves car seat. Aydeen loves going out. And he loves shopping. Of course, he loves food the most. Ha ha!

P/S: see this picture, he’s a perfect shopping companion, even in Promenade Palace, The Hague! :p

2. Vary his taste pallet

Every travellers know how different food are from our home, and how it is equally important for us to try on every local food possible, especially if we are writing about one! So from the very beginning of his solid food introduction, we are making sure Aydeen has varied tastes of food: from Malaysian food, to western food, and varied tastes of grains, rice, bread, vegetables, fruits, fishes, eggs & poultry. Also with loads of plain water! And of course, eating his own healthy snacks 😊

P/S: As you can guess from the picture, Aydeen ate most of the scones at Mark & Spencer, Oxford Street. We only tasted a bit 😦

3. Make him love strollers & various types of baby carriers

If you have the space at your rented car’s boot or extra hands for other types of transportation, it is best if you could make him love the stroller.

For one, it is always more convenient using strollers , especially if lots of walking involved! And it saves your baby’s well-being in rainy weathers due to most strollers have rain covers (I saw most Londoners do use this type of transporting baby the most. Their babies are all dry and not affected by winds during the rain, whilst our baby got a little bit cold when we didn’t put on the rain coat for him, but not too wet, since his jacket is waterproof).

Whilst using stroller is more convenient, we recommend bringing along your baby carriers together. This is because, there are times that babies don’t want to sit in a stroller. Plus, it is especially easier to put the baby to sleep. In our case, we bring both adjustable sling carrier as well as soft structure carrier. Why two? Because Shafa personally love the adjustable sling carrier, while Yusof prefers the soft structure carrier. And we take turns, if it’s permissible. 🙂

P/S: isn’t the yellow dinosaur rain coat that Aydeen was wearing in Lille, France (last picture) the cutest? 😊

4. Prepare loads of food & drinks

If your baby is a big eater & drinks a lot, such as ours, you will need to have a specialised bag to fill in his favourite food, milk, and plain water. Our must have is his favourite travel snack in a container, sometimes we also pack bread, and definitely his milk. Everything need to be in place, or else he will scream at the top of his lungs. Very demanding, yet a very happy boy we have. 🙂

P/S: The red container in the picture at Schiphol Airport is Aydeen’s favourite snack, at the moment 🙂

5. Baby’s usual hygiene set PLUS a very good lotion

The hygiene set is your usual diaper-changing, bath and grooming set. If you are travelling to cold countries, do ensure to bring the very best lotion for your baby (of which you can share too). In our case, we brought Shaklee baby lotion, and it works perfectly well for our baby! He didn’t have any issues with his skin throughout the journey , which is unbelievable, because both of us usually have skin issues when visiting cold-weather countries. Yusof got the time to put on his skin, and it feels better than any other lotions he tried before! We are definitely going to buy stocks of the lotions for ourselves too!

Hopefully this post is useful for everyone. Will share our journey soon!

Movies with Love!

Hi again!

It’s been such a loooooong time since our last update. We pretty much want to get back on track for our coming September trip! Woohoo! And we also have 1 getaway trip this month end. Hope being well-disciplined in blogging by then!

Well, there’s so much that we want to share: Our September trip planning, places surveyed for December family gathering, August long weekend getaway plans, etc (it sounds like everything is about travelling, lol!). But yeah, there are others that we’re keen to share too: things learn at job (a couple coming from Supply Chain & Engineering really have loads to tell!), family well-being & progress, cooking & baking, photography, etc.

But of course, again we stopped our post in draft, and left it unpublished for a while until today. Let’s just read our post in Europe trip. See ya!