Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Sky Zone Miranda, Miranda + 10 x Free Pass Giveaway!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend? Then head over to Sky Zone Miranda, the largest trampoline park in the southern hemisphere to experience a day of thrill and the freedom of flight! Located in Westfield Miranda on the ground floor opposite JB Hi-Fi, the two-storey purpose-built venue is home to a full range of trampolining activities with over 100 interconnected trampolines that lets you literally bounce off the walls. 

There are two key activity types at Sky Zone Miranda: Sky Jump, which offers several different zones for jumpers to explore and test out their anti-gravity techniques, and Sky Climb, a recent concept introduced at Sky Zone featuring over 10 climbing walls of varying themes and unique handgrips to challenge beginner to advanced climbers. Both Jump and Climb sessions go by the hour and cost $18 per person respectively ($16 for the Jump if you already own a pair of Sky Zone grip socks - no socks, no jump). Choose to go for either the Jump or Climb, or combine both ($4 saving) for two solid hours of adrenaline-filled fun.


Sky Jump. Source: AC Verve

Sky Climb. Source: AC Verve

The boys and I recently went to check out Sky Zone Miranda on a weekday morning; given it was the school holidays, the place was filled with excited kids of all ages (adults included) squealing with delight as they discover the various activities on site. On arrival, we headed straight for the general check-in area to the online booking counter to obtain wrists bands and paid for the grip socks needed for our jump session. Walk-ins are welcomed however if you want to avoid disappointment and potentially long wait times, you can secure your session on the Sky Zone online booking site. Booking confirmation is immediate though if you need to amend your booking, you will not be able to do it online - call Sky Zone and speak with one of their friendly staff who will be able to assist you. 


General check-in area

Sky Zone grip socks

Jump sessions start on the hour and I highly recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your session; we had taken the wrong entrance into Westfield and spent a good half an hour finding our way to Sky Zone Miranda - there were no clear directions to the venue within the shopping complex and when we finally located it, the lift was out of order and we had to carry Xavier's pram down the flight of stairs to the check-in area and within the facility. If you're late, your jump time will be cut short as we duly discovered.

Jono and I started off at Stratosphere, the general jump area with interconnected trampolines that lets you run, jump, fly and bounce off the walls - this is the jump zone to start learning the basic skills of jumping and warm up that inner child in you before progressing on to the other zones. The pumped up music and energising vibe that fills the air is sure to get you fired up and moving. We both took turns at jumping, bouncing from one trampoline to the next. It was good fun but boy was it hard work! In just mere minutes, I could feel my abdominal and legs muscles burn, needing to stop every now and then to catch my breath. You definitely get a workout jumping without even realising it! Sky Guards patrol the zones managing the flow of eager jumpers to ensure safety rules are adhered to whilst everyone is having fun. 


Run, jump, fly and bounce off the walls at Stratosphere

Jump the mega trampoline of interconnected trampolines

Jono striking a pose mid-air

To practice your flips and tricks, head over to the Big Bag, a giant inflatable crash pad where you can put your newfound skills to the test. Alternatively, the Foam Pits with its pool of huge foam squares makes for a safe place to fall into though you might find getting out much more difficult than falling in. Monkey-climb on the ropes, bounce and balance on the 'toadstools' or challenge a mate to a game of knockout - plenty of fun for everyone.


Practice your flips and tricks at the Big Bag and Foam Pits

Fun-filled activities for everyone in the Foam Pits

For the more sporty folk, there's 3D Dodgeball which combines the exciting ball game with anti-gravity bringing a whole new level of challenge into the mix, and Sky Slam Basketball for you add new heights to your slam dunk.


3D Dodgeball

Sky Slam Basketball

Kids enjoying the school holidays at Sky Zone Miranda

The Wall is for the more advanced jumpers where acrobatic and parkour skills can be tested on Olympic-grade trampolines. Show off your mid-air poses and push your limits in this performance area specifically zoned off for the advanced bouncer. 


Show off your acrobatic skills at The Wall

Prior to commencement of your Climb session, there is a compulsory safety briefing all climbers must attend. Closed-in shoes are required otherwise you will be refused climb. Clip on your safety harness and start scaling the different themed walls to the top. You can even time your climb or race a friend up the wall.


Scale the many vertical themed walls of Sky Climb

Unique handgrips challenge beginner to advanced climbers

Almost...at...the...top...

Time your climb or race a friend up the wall

For both Jump and Climb, comfortable clothing is recommended. Frankly, I would don on form-fitting and breathable sportswear - after all, this is a fitness activity and almost guaranteed you will break a sweat. Make sure you empty out your pockets and remove any jewellery before your activity to prevent loss and injuring yourself or others (on site lockers available for hire).

Little people like Xavier aren't excluded from all the fun. The Tots Zone play area created for 0-5 year olds have inflatable bouncy castles and slides as well as blocks of foam for the little folk to explore. There is also a jump area specifically for toddlers only - if they can walk, they can jump with toddler grip socks. We will have to return once Xavier is older so he can join in the jumping too!


Tots Zone for 0-5 year olds

Xavier exploring the bouncy castle under daddy's supervision

Ready? 1, 2, 3...go!

There are plenty of break out areas to rest and relax as well as an in-house canteen serving food and drinks for you to refuel. Have a browse of the merchandise store and pick up a souvenir to bring home or have your picture taken in the photobooth for keepsake. Parents who do not wish to join in the activities can chill and watch the kids go wild from one of the viewing platforms. There's even a baby changing facility in the disabled bathroom which comes in handy when you have a little one. 


Plenty of break out areas to relax and refuel

Photobooth

In addition to jumping and climbing, Sky Zone Miranda is also bringing in similar programs offered at the other Sky Zone locations including Sky Fit - fitness classes on trampolines that combines advanced calisthenics with a 3D cardio and strength training programme - and trampoline courses catered for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels with Sky School. I'm definitely keen to try out Sky Fit - you get to burn up to 1000 calories in an hour while having fun jumping and getting a full body workout! Fitness enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies would be pleased to learn that the Enduro Ninja Warrior course is in the works of completion. The course combines parkour, rock climbing and ropes to create the ultimate obstacle course and is not for the faint-hearted. Access to the Enduro comes at no extra charge as it is included in your Jump time. 

Say goodbye to boring and free yourself at Sky Zone Miranda!


Jono and I were guests at Sky Zone Miranda with thanks to Mattia from AC Verve.




Sky Zone Miranda 10 x Free Pass Giveaway!


Thanks to the folks at Sky Zone Miranda, one lucky reader will have a chance to win 10 free passes for the ultimate trampolining experience. Bring along the family or a bunch of your mates to share in the experience, or keep all 10 passes for yourself and master the art of jump - either way, it's guaranteed you'll banish boredom and be rewarded with pure fun and exhilaration! 

To enter, simply follow The Moreish Life on Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter to be in the draw (existing followers will automatically be entered). Competition is open to Australian residents only and ends Sunday 15th May 11.59pm AEST. Good luck!

Congratulations D. Tran of Enfield, NSW for winning the Sky Zone Miranda giveaway!


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Cafe Rumah, Surry Hills

Since its opening earlier this year, Cafe Rumah has created a buzz in the Sydney food scene, attracting food enthusiasts and bloggers alike to its location on Campbell Street in Surry Hills. Though the name Rumah (meaning ‘home’ in Malay) suggests traditional Malaysian fare, Cafe Rumah is actually a Western-style cafe serving food with an Asian twist. The boys and I recently went to check out this new lunch spot on a Saturday afternoon arriving just a little past 1pm and sure enough, the cafe proved popular with groups of keen customers lingering at the entrance waiting to get in. 


Cafe Rumah on Campbell Street, Surry Hills

We spent the 15-minute wait time standing on the footpath digesting the menu while seeking shelter from the sweltering sun and was shortly seated at one end of the communal table with a group of Malaysians/Singaporeans. The venue is small with a mix of table and window seating and just enough room for us to cosily fit in Xavier’s pram. The decor of white walls and pale tiles on timber give the cafe a light and minimalistic feel with little bottles of baby’s breath adding a soft, fresh touch. Up the flight of stairs to the second floor lies 15sheets, a premium men’s boutique store that stocks an array of American and British labels including Descendent of Thieves and Weekend Offender. This retail store has been brought in from its flagship store in Malaysia by the folks at Cafe Rumah in keeping up with the growing retail-cum-dining trend to enhance the customer buying experience - you can browse the store and pick up a couple of items, ponder your purchases over a cup of coffee and cake downstairs and head back up to shop some more.


Front of house

The menu at Cafe Rumah has been kept to a manageable size with a handful of breakfast items and a selection of sandwiches and salads for lunch. Service was friendly and fairly fast from order to serve which was much welcomed as my tummy was beginning to groan in hunger. 


Cafe Rumah menu

The Asian Cuban was a definite crowd pleaser - the ham and roast pork which you would normally find in a Cuban sandwich have been cleverly replaced with its Asian equivalent of luncheon meat and five-spice roast pork wedged in bread coated with mustard spread, sliced pickles and Swiss cheese. Beautifully toasted till the bread surface is crispy golden and cheese melted, this sandwich is packed full of porky flavour with each bite. Greasy, yes, but that was what I expected of a Cuban sandwich. Cut through the grease and wash it down with a refreshing cold pressed juice or soda - we sampled the Energy Blast (orange, carrot, lemon and ginger) and 15sheets Special (yuzu and mint soda) which were both delicious and thirst-quenching. Loving the tangy yuzu flavour in the soda!


Asian Cuban ($14)

Mummy, can I have some?
Energy Blast ($8) and 15sheets Special ($6)

The Kopitiam Brekkie is my clear favourite, bringing back many fond memories of this breakfast meal my paternal grandparents would serve at home when I was little. You have the option to go for the basic house made kaya and butter toast, or have it true Malaysian-style with two free-range onsen eggs for an extra $4. Add a dash of soy sauce and ground white pepper, mix it up and slurp. Ah, bliss :)


The Kopitiam Brekkie ($7) + 2 Onsen Eggs ($4) 

Add a dash of soy sauce and ground white pepper, give it a quick mix and it's ready to eat!

Traditionally, the kaya toast and egg combo is served with a strong cup of local coffee or tea that is sweetened with condensed milk though you won't find such beverages on the menu; instead, order a barista-style coffee made with beans from Cabrito Coffee Traders or a pot of T Totaler teas. The quality of the coffee was variable depending on which staff made it - the first flat white we ordered at the start of lunch was good however the second cup was over-extracted, tasting horribly bitter.


Flat White ($4)

For those who prefer a lighter lunch, opt for the salad - there are four to choose from each uniquely different with its own Asian influences, and you can mix and match your salad depending on the number of scoops chosen (1/2/3 scoop at $6/$11/$15 respectively). Our 2-scoop salad was made up of the Spiced Pumpkin (cooked pumpkin with sultanas and pepitas mixed with sage, garam masala and curry leaf drenched in honey vinaigrette) and Chinese Chicken (shredded cabbage and chicken tossed with sliced apple, onion and shallot topped with plum dressing and coriander garnish). Both salads were fresh and light tasting.


Salad 2 Scoops ($11) - Spiced Pumpkin and Chinese Chicken

Cafe Rumah also offers several ‘kuih’ (Malaysian sweet and savoury cakes and pastries) that varies day to day. Quantities are limited so get in early if you're keen to sample some. The Pandan Chiffon Cake with its light and fluffy texture was most popular with almost every table in sight ordering a slice. The Steamed Tapioca Kuih comes in three pieces - these little yellow delights are rolled in grated coconut and chewy to the bite with just the right level of sweetness.


Pandan Chiffon Cake ($5) 
Steamed Tapioca Kuih ($5)

Cost $68 all up for our food and drinks which was reasonable for Sydney’s cafe standard. Overall, the service at Cafe Rumah is good and food decent though whether it can maintain its current popularity and survive the competition from the plethora of cafes already established in the area remains to be seen. I’m keen to come back and try out their take of the Malaysian snack Roti John (omelette sandwich with mince meat and onion) and those delicious sounding baked-to-order Madeleines filled with kaya!


Cafe Rumah Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato