Whether tackling her to-do list as head of strategic partnerships at Zalora Malaysia or getting the kids ready for school in the morning, Sarah Illyas runs a tight ship at home, together with her husband Agha Babar Mazhar.
Life as a busy mum with three small kids has only upped Sarah's multi-tasking game over the years, always ensuring a method to the madness and a clear goal in sight on even the most hectic days. The morning of the family road trip, for instance, is far from chaotic in her household.
“We always complete the packing and loading the car the night before a trip – it makes things much easier for us at the start of a long day of travelling,” she shares with a smile. “I’ve had years of practice to perfect our family morning routine so that things run smoothly.”
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On The Road Again
A versatile choice for a family road trip, the BMW X3 gave Sarah and her family a great head start to their weekend getaway to Janda Baik, just a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur.
"Even if it's just for a short weekend trip, we always pack enough bags and luggage to last a whole week, especially for Ayaan, Arissa and Ayden," Sarah quips. "It was great having a lot of boot space in the X3 for our bags, the kids' toys and the floaties for the pool."
Although the short drive seemed a lot longer to the eager young bubs in the backseat, Sarah and her family made the most of it, relaxing into the welcoming feel of cushy Vernasca leather seats with foldable armrests and watching views of bustling highways and cityscapes outside eventually give way to windswept green hills and small winding roads.
"As a family, we love having a lot of space in the car, whether it's for Ayden's baby seat or just so that all three kids are comfortable throughout the journey. It really makes a difference when you travel with young kids."