Monday, July 18, 2016

Pekan Nanas Seafood & Fishing Garden

Some weekends ago, we tried a new seafood place in Pekan Nanas. The husband said that this area is now easily accessible since the Nusajaya highway was built. By the way, Nusajaya is now Iskandar Puteri.

There is a fishing pond at the restaurant, so it's quite a fun pre-dinner time activity.
RM20 per hour. You'll be given a rod with line, and some worm baits. The guy will hook the worm for you first, and off you go!

Some jolly kind folks offered us gonggong.
It was my first time eating one! They said the snails were just simply blanched with no seasoning at all. It was amazing! In case you don't know what it is,
"Laevistrombus canarium (commonly known as the dog conch or by its better-known synonymStrombus canarium) is a species of edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc"
Taken from wiki.

This is the Asian escargot. I must say, it was gooood. 

There is also a charcoal BBQ pit which is free for use. You can bring our own seafood and cook there! How awesome.

 The prawn fishing ponds.


After the husband and the boys caught 5 prawns, we settled down for dinner. 
Among what we ordered, pineapple lobster and spring chicken.

This place is really a hidden gem!

Zoom Park's Indoor Playground

Darren's latest favourite playground. It is above the trampoline play floor in Zoom Park building.
Fee is RM18 per child per hour.
This is the infant and baby area. There is a merry-go-round that is perpetually spinning (slowly of course), a ship that rock very slowly (made me sleepy just looking at it), a small pool of balls and some other rocking toys.

Then there's the main area for bigger kids up to 12 year old.

Shoots up balls.

The boys had fun, like they always do in ANY playground...haha.

Coiled Rope Vessel and Cement Cross Fridge Magnets

Ah, where was previous zen creations. Here's a peek at the processes.

Quite tedious, this one. I found a couple of metres of cotton rope coil in my twill stash and gave it a try. Using a glass jar as my mould, I start coiling from the center of the jar's bottom, with UHU glue. Those ribbons is to facilitate easier removal of the rope vessel later.

Hmm, don't know why it looks senget here. 

Turns out the UHU glue was not holding the coils well, so I decided to hand stitch all the way up. This one need patience. It felt as if it was endless.
So, not selling this one. Nah-ah. It's MINE.

Next up, cement cross magnets.
I put up a search request for this IKEA ice cube tray on Faebook. It's not available anymore in their stores by the way. And a friend had one to give away! So down it came from KL to my craft station.

First, I marked a height in each of the moulds so that every magnet is about the same thickness.

Then I poured the cement grout mix. Forgot to take a picture. Basically it's mixing 1/3 cup of water with 16 soup spoon of cement grout powder. Mixed until it is the consistency of a toothpaste.
After the cement mix are all in each moulds, I place a small piece of magnet in the center and adjust it so that it's flat and even. These are super strong magnets from Daiso.

After curing it for 2 days, the crosses are removed from the mould. They come off quite easily!
Then I sandpaper the sharp edges and also uneven surfaces to make it smooth and flat.

Lastly they are painted in acrylic paints.

Quite easy to make!