personal Travels

Knock knock! Who’s there?

Shades of Vanille has been rather quiet. The last two-three months have been quite the ride for me. I know that I have been mentioning on the blog in my last few posts about the upcoming holiday we will take and that I will write about here, well THAT has come and gone too. Our try out for french-living that lasted for a whole month. My reason for not writing : un-motivation. Or so I thought because as it turned out, I was going through an emotional crisis; a first trimester that wasn’t meant to be :( i think i will leave it at that as there is nothing more to say. As for our break in France, I will try to compress the photos in one of my upcoming posts if you’d like to see them.

Moving forward, my 37th birthday a few days ago was all I hoped for it to be. Just good comforting company for the whole day and night ;) I realized that the older I grow, the lesser I need. And the more private I become. You start to want intangible things that make pleasurable memories for you. For now, it is good like that for me. And, as the clouds in my head begin to disperse, I see no reason not to continue as I meant to.

So post midweek, I just want to say Shades of Vanille is back in gear :) And for this occasion I’d like to mention a special shout out to the MY Monsieur for picking up the cue ever so subtly and his surprise for me. A one night stay at a boutique hotel downtown. No frills and no gimmicks, it was sublime! This little piece of haven right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city really made it a wonderful birthday treat.


How obscurely cute is the circular structure? I missed it a few times while just going round it !

Scene 2: IMG_3885How lush is this? Don’t know, we slept like babies :)

Scene 3:IMG_3888The best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted just because it’s my birthday ;)

Scene 4:rooftop barThe rooftop bar

Scene 5:


Hotel facade by night.

Final scene:


Oh well, we were happy although it’s not really clear here. Hmm…perhaps a new iphone is in order? <hint-hint>

Food Travels

Maison Francaise

IMG_2679Any dinner setting with sparkling water on the table is a sign of pure indulgence that is awaiting. Again, while still on a lookout for a perfect eventful dinner in KL, we came across Maison Francaise. A very posh restaurant that used to be a home! It is a spanking villa lookalike with a terrace spotting the sights of the city’s iconic twin towers, no less.IMG_2680IMG_2681IMG_2695For starters, we had an amuse-bouche;IMG_2689A little thin wafer crisp bread, smoked salmon and cream, half a tomato and garnish. Tasted like no other.

Followed by the lobster bisque;IMG_2690Forgive the tad-too-much orange tinge, but the intimate light setting could only produce these shots. This soup is magic. It’s very light and titillating to say the least. And when you bite into the first piece of the succulent lobster, you won’t know what hit you! We loved it!

Now, on to the main courses, the Monsieur and I opted for seafood. Les poissons;IMG_2697 Seabass on a bed of tomato sauce perfumed with orange. Can you imagine the work that goes into that? And the fillet is grilled ever so perfectly. Crisp on the outside, tender and fragrant on the inside. Ahhh…the joys of eating ;) Ok I’ve realised that I actually do not have a picture of the Monsieur’s dish. I was totally occupied with eating mine.

Last but not least, desssert! This part of the meal is usually optional for me as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but since we dancing to the tune of french cuisine, it seems abit of a misgiving if I missed a step. So here goes;IMG_2701IMG_2698Piece of art? Perhaps. Explosion on the tongue? Very much so. I don’t know what is it about French cuisine that makes explosion on the tongue sounds overrated. To be honest, I get irritated too sometimes when I hear this phrase but I have to tell you, it is true. It’s like you are forcing your tongue up and working all its tastebuds in one spoonful. It is so hard to describe as you take in the taste of each ingredient being carefully prepared and infused into the dish. I’ve never liked the marriage of chocolate and pistachio ice cream so much!

Hats off to the Executive Chef, Thierry Le Baut who is kind enough to take some time to speak with us and even presented Little Man with his very own chef hat;IMG_2706IMG_2703

Maison Francaise is located at No. 5 Changkat Kia Peng 50450, Kuala Lumpur. You can find their website here. I can promise you a delightful dinner, hosted with charm and genuine smiles by their amicable chef and his staff.


Motherhood Travels

The Amazing KidZania!

When we were in Kuala Lumpur over the holidays, we decided to give KidZania a try where Little Man could experience a different kind of play. Play with purpose or meaning if you’d like where kids get to experience real life jobs and get paid for it if they did it well within the time given.They will be paid in KidZania currency for each stint completed which in turn could be exchanged for gifts at the end of the 6 hour block of role-playing. You can choose between the morning shift of 10-3pm or 3.30-8pm. They really aim to get kids acquainted with real job situations :)

Since KidZania was situated a little further from the city centre, it allowed us a good ride and view across the city on their metro system. 45 minutes later, we were on site. This is the part where things got a little exciting, for me as well!

I have never seen anything like it and a part of me wished I could have joined in the play! The whole area is 3 storey high with various stations or “jobs” that children could have. There were post offices, fire stations, petrol kiosks, dental clinics, an airpot and flying school, ER and ambulances, restaurants and eatery chains and even a DJ booth! Wow, that certainly brought back memories.  Here are some pictures if you’d like to see:IMG_2762


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builder at work
chef in the making



aviation school
seems like pilot is a very popular vocation





So for those of you who’d like to bring your kids there, I’d strongly recommend it. It is worth the trip. And for those who can’t travel to have a go, fret not! Singapore will soon be opening its own KidZania in Sentosa Island sometime this year! Either ways, it would be a worthwhile trip for you and children alike as demonstrated by Little Man in the picture below:

Yipeee! He was most excited about the train that just arrived behind him
us in their mrt


So that was quite the highlight of our trip this time round in KL. It was a wonderful break and we had so much fun just hanging around for play. For other places to bring your children during the school holidays, go here.