Visit Hokkaido – Day 4

Day 4 seems to look good. We were greeted by sunshine with cooling wind instead of rain. Japan’s streets are really worth photographing. Be it portraits, street photography or landscaping.

Today we planned to go Hokkaido Shrine. Thus we planned for Maruyama Zoo, since its quite near to Hokkaido Shrine.

 

To go to Maruyama Zoo.

From Tmark City Hotel, walk 8 minutes to Susukino Station Namboku Line各停towards Asabu → Odori Station, Tozai Line各停towards Miyanosawa . At Maruyamakoen Station

then walk about 3 minutes 円山公園駅前(バス)[円15]動物園線towards 円山西町2丁目行 (Bus) → 円山西町1丁目(バス)Maruyama Zoo

Cost: ¥460

Travel Time ≈ 40 minutes

You’ll see these animals floor tiles at Maruyamakoen Station.

 

Take JR Hokkaido Bus (En 15) and get off at “Dobutsuen mae” bus stop, walk 1 minute.

Regular closing day December 29, December 30, December 31

Purchase admission ticket from counter at a reasonable price of ¥600. Children is free of charge (below age 16).
*get a zoo map from the ticket counter*

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo (札幌市円山動物園 Sapporo Maruyama Dōbutsuen) is a municipal zoo in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It opened on May 5, 1951.

The zoo is located within Maruyama Park in western Sapporo, and is the oldest zoo in Hokkaido. Sapporo Maruyama Zoo covers an area of 22.5 ha. 177 kinds of 924 animals are bred in February 28, 2014.

The Maruyama Zoo is one of the most nature-oriented zoos in the nation.

The zoo is very well organized with animals kept in different sections.

High Mountain House

High Mountain House (高山館) is one of Wakwak Asia Zone (わくわくアジアゾーン).

Himalayan Bear

(shy) Red Panda

Tropical Rain Forest House

Tropical Rain Forest House is one of Wakwak Asia Zone. Sun Bear, Lion-tailed Macaque, Black Macaque Monkey, Leucopsar Rothschildi, Silvery Gibbon, Asian Small-clawed Otter, Asian Arowana, Malaysia Tapir, Orii Fruit Bat are bred at Tropical Rain Forest House (熱帯雨林館). Tourists can observe various animals in the Southeast Asia rain forest. Many animal species that are in an extinction crisis.

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Malaysia Tapir

Frozen Zone House

Frozen Zone House (寒帯館) is one of Wakwak Asia Zone. Amur Tiger and Snow Leopard are bred at Frozen Zone House. The Amur Tiger inhabits along Amur River and seems to be height over 250 cm.

Snow Leopard

Amur Tiger

Anthropoid House

3 Borneo Orangutans and 2 White-handed Gibbons are bred at Anthropoid House (類人猿館). As for the borneo orangutan, the name of male are Teijiro (弟路郎) and Hayato (ハヤト), and the name of female is Rainbow (レインボー).

Borneo Orangutan with a baby around her arms.

Waterfowl House

Humboldt Penguin, White Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Black-crowned Night Heron, Heron, White Stork, Japanese Crane, Hawaiian Goose, Alopochen Aegyptiacus, Ruddy Shelduck, Cape Barren Goose are bred at Waterfowl House (総合水鳥舎).

Black-Crowned Night Heron and White Stork

Humboldt Penguin

Sea Animal House

1 Larga Seal and 2 Harbor Seals are bred at Sea Animal House (海獣舎). The name of the Larga Seal is F (エフ), and he is a male. Originally they inhabit the Bering Sea or the Sea of Okhotsk. They live mainly on fishes and are a great eater very much. As for the name of Harbor Seals, a female is Gg (ジージー) and a male is Chiharu (ちはる). They are a mother and a son. The Harbor Seals inhabit the Pacific and the Atlantic coastal place, and a neighborhood of Cape Erimo is the largest habitat in Japan. They live on fishes.

so cuteee…look at the innocent face!

World Bear House

3 Polar Bears are breed at World Bear House (世界の熊館). The name of male is Denari (デナリ). The name of female are Lara (ララ) and Candy (キャンディ). Originally they inhabit the Arctic Ocean coast and are omnivorous animals. They hunt mammals such as seals mainly. As for a big individual, it seems to be length over 3 m and seems to be weigh over 800 kg. It is said that they are the largest carnivorous animal on the earth. However, they are animal species that are in an extinction crisis. The Polar Bear is a representative animal of Maruyama Zoo.

this is the first time I’m seeing a real polar bear!

Tropical Bird House

Phoenicopterus Ruber, Chilean Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Mandarin Duck, Philippine Hanging Parrot, Bycanistes Cylindricus, Keel-billed Toucan, Ppeacock, Waxbill, Euplectes Orix, Pin-tailed Whydah, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Guara, Toco Toucan, Six-banded Armadillo and Ring-tailed Coat are bred at Tropical Bird House (熱帯鳥類館). There are many beautiful birds.

Yezo Brown Bear House

2 Yezo Brown Bears are bred at Yezo Brown Bear House (エゾヒグマ館). The name of male is Dai (大) and the name of female is Towa (とわ). Originally they inhabit Hokkaido and are the largest animal in the natural world of Japan. A big individual seems to be weight over 140 kg.

Yezo Brown Bear

Yezo Deer and Wolf House

6 Yezo Deers and 4 Timberwolves are bred at Yezo Deer and Wolf House (エゾシカ・オオカミ舎). As for the Yezo Deer, the name of males are Megumu (恩) and Ayumu (歩), and the name of femals are May (芽), Amanda (アマンダ), Isabel (イザベル) and Michi (道).

The name of the timberwolves are Jay (ジェイ), Leak (リーク), Yuki (ユウキ), Sho (ショウ). They are all male. Originally they inhabit the forest area in the northern North America.

Yezo Deer

Timberwolves

Chimpanzee House

9 chimpanzees are bred at Chimpanzee House (チンパンジー館). The name of male is Accky (アッキー), and the name of females are Gach (ガチャ), Jane (ジェーン), Chaco (チャコ), Susie (スージー), Tess (テス), Lady (レディ), Haru (ハル), Yuki (ユウキ). Gacha who was born in 1966 is the oldest chimpanzee and longevity very much.

Originally they inhabit a tropical rain forest in the African central part and live in groups.

Atmosphere of Chimpanzee House

Tropical Animal House

Hippopotamus, Eland, Masai Giraffe, Grant’s Zebra, Ostrich, Lion, Serval, Spotted Hyena, Sloth Bear are bred at Tropical Animal House (熱帯動物館). They inhabit the Africa mainly.

due to the cold weather, all tropical animals were kept indoor.

Masai Giraffe

Hippopotamus

Ostrich

Monkey Mountain

About 80 monkeys are bred on Monkey Mountain (サル山). Japanese Macaque inhabit the Japan, but they do not inhabit the Hokkaido. The height is about 60 cm.

Atmosphere of Monkey Mountain

Forest of Owl and Hawk

American Long-eared Owl, Yezo Ural Owl, Snowy Owl, Black Kite, Goshawk, Buzzard are breed at Forest of Owl and Hawk (フクロウとタカの森). The Snowy Owl is famous for appearing on Harry Potter.

Yezo Ural Owl

Rain again! *sigh* But it does not dampen our day!

Kangaroo House

Giant Kangaroo, Slow Loris, Galah, Rosella, Domestic Rabbit are bred at Kangaroo House (カンガルー館). They inhabit around Australia. The Giant Kangaroo seems to be height over 130 cm and can run at 60 km per hour.

Atmosphere of Kangaroo House

Zoo for Children

Zoo for Children (こども動物園) is roughly divided into 4 sections, Squirrel Monkey Dome (リスザルドーム), Forest of Dosanko (ドサンコの森), Forest of Beaver (ビーバーの森) and others. The Squirrel Monkey is bred at the Squirrel Monkey Dome. The Yezo Flying Squirrel, Yezo Raccoon Dog, Yezo Squirrel, Yezo Snow Rabbit are bred at the Forest of Dosanko. The other animals such as Guinea Pig, Chinese Goose, Duck, Silky Fowl, Okina Japanese Bantam, Japanese Long-tailed Fowl, Red Jungle Fowl, White Japanese Bantam, Ohiki, White Echigo Nanjing Gamefowl, Miniature Horse, Sheep are bred.

atmosphere of zoo for children

sheeps

Ducks

Yezo Raccoon Dog

Beaver

Guinea Pig

Miniature Horse

The Zoo for Children or we called it as Petting Zoo area was the best part, as everyone can get up close to these animals.

You can also shop for gifts and souvenirs here (Animal Science Pavilion). This place is kinda secluded at one corner.

We found Zoo Cafe inside the above building. We had our quick lunch here. Both of us had spaghetti, it tasted not bad. Price was quite affordable too. I saw some nice pancakes offered here.

Although its an oldest zoo, but it is so well-kept and clean! Hence, I felt its a child-friendly zoo. I’m not sure how people could only spend 1-2 hours here. We covered almost 90% of the zoo, we’ve already spend almost 4 hours here. 😀 😀 I also noticed there are several on-going upgrading works. Besides that, there is also a 7-11 convenient store in this zoo.

From Maruyama Zoo, we walked to Hokkaido Shrine (474 Miyagaoka, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0959, Japan).

 

crossing the woods through Maruyama Park.

Coincidentally it was also the Hokkaido Shrine Festival when we were there.

The Hokkaido Shrine Festival, also called the Sapporo Festival, has a history going back over a century. It is also one of the biggest festivals in Hokkaido. The festival runs from the 14th to the 16th of June. Stalls, entertainment and other attractions are set up through the park for those 3 days.

Assorted food and games with winning prize were offered here. Feels like a fun fair. But the prices are quite high for us, Malaysians.

Back to the main part, the Hokkaido Shrine. It is one of the most popular Japanese temple in Hokkaido.

“In 1869, Meiji Emperor issued the imperial rescript to build a new shrine in Hokkaido. Then, this shrine was completed in 1871.
Because, at that time, Japanese government began to develop Hokkaido, and a guardian god was needed.

The Torii gate (main gate) was set up on the northeast side of the shrine.
Because, Russia was advancing to the northeast of Hokkaido through Sakhalin and Kurile Islands.
This shrine was the guardian to defend against Russia.”

Now it is the main shrine in Hokkaido, and many worshippers visit here.

Unfortunately the place was closed for upcoming ceremony. We could only hang around at the entrance.

Apparently it was the 3rd day, final day of the Shrine Festival. We could watch this parade here! It was an eye opener to me. Their costumes are so colorful. (but it started to rain as the parade begins. 😦  )

On June 16, the final day, a line of more than a thousand people in colorful Heian period costumes parades around the city, along with four mikoshi portable shrines and eight floats. The parade starts at Hokkaido Shrine in Maruyama and reaches central Sapporo in the afternoon, passing along major avenues lined with spectators. Traditional dedication ceremonies are held at the shrine.

If you miss this year’s, fret not…it will be available next year 2018 (14-16 June). Thus, its an annual affair.

We then traveled back to Susukino.

Its was already late evening. Just the right time for dinner.

photo from web

While walking back to our hotel, we decided to settle our dinner here at Matsunoya Susukino.

about 5 minutes walk from Susukino Station.

We got attracted by the Morino Sample: Plastic food ; which was displayed at the front door.

photo from web

photo from web

We made a right choice. The food was good! Portion was on par with the price too!
Oh ya, apparently their tonkatsu is nice too. Do give it a try if you are nearby. 🙂

Matsunoya Susukino

3-1-1 Minami 4 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0804, Hokkaido
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Lunch @The Beast Cafe, Uptown Avenue Seremban 2

One may overlooked this place. Tucked in between restaurants and offices, we locate The Beast Cafe at a popular makan spot at Uptown Avenue Seremban 2.

The Beast Cafe gives cafe hoppers another option to hangout with family and friends.

Printed menu with photos as reference, made it easier for viewing. The menu comprised of breakfast, salad, main dish, finger food, drinks and desserts.

Apparently, Iberico Pork is one of the specialty meat in this cafe.

The Iberian pig is a traditional breed of the domestic pig that is native to the Iberian Peninsula. The pigs are allowed to roam in pastures and oak groves, feasting on natural grass, herbs and lots of acorns. Acorns are rich in oleic acid, the same found in olive oil. Thus an Iberian pig is refer as “walking olive trees”.

The Beast Iberico Burger – RM34.90

Iberico pork meat, sandwiched in between fresh lettuce and soft burger buns is served with fries. The meat is non-ordinary pork that we get in the local market. For burger, they uses pork belly. The meat is then nicely grilled to a perfect timing otherwise it will be overcooked and rubbery. In my opinion the meat is smooth and juicy, consist of fine marble fat that literally melts after chewing in mouth.

Other than burger, Iberico pork is also prepared in rice, pasta and rissoto.

with Modern minimalist interior.

The Beast Cafe is a cosy and quiet place with soothing background music.

English Breakfast – RM17.90

Consist of Toast bread, Mix Salad (with sesame dressing), Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Baked Beans. (Available daily from 12pm-4pm)

Aglio Olio with Prawn – RM17.90

Al-dente spaghetti is cooked with olive oil and mixture of homemade herbs. Garnished with fresh, plump prawns and Parmesan cheese. (Do request for more chili flakes if you like it spicier).

Hearty Cold Pressed Juice – RM11.90

(Carrot + Apple + Orange)

Cold-pressed juice refers to juice that uses a hydraulic press to extract juice from fruit and vegetables. It is popular among the youngsters. It is just a hype or healthier? Using a hydraulic press, will crush your ingredients in order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality. In this case, it is wholly made from fruit and vegetables, and are free from added sugars and preservatives.

Rose Latte – RM10.90

Freshly brewed cup of coffee made of Arabica Coffee Beans with hint of Rose flavor. I am not a coffee expert, but I am a coffee lover. This cuppa coffee was rich, smooth and aromatic. Nevertheless the rose flavor did not overpower the coffee taste.

Strawberry Smoothie – RM11.90

Fancy a glass of icy cold strawberry smoothie to quench your thirst? The Strawberry Smoothie here has the right ratio of strawberry and milk! Topped with a scoop of your choice of ice cream. Gives it a whole new flavor after the ice cream melts in the drink. Mine was topped with a scoop of mint ice cream. Hence I got a minty strawberry after taste.

Chocobanana Waffles – RM17.90

Stacks of Chocolate crispy waffles, slices of bananas, cranberries, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with a scoop of ice cream.

The Piggy Bank – RM19.90

I’m amazed with the cuteness of this dessert. Well, I assumed most of the girls and kids would fall for this. How much do you love your dessert. If there’s a chance, I would love to have a dessert after meal. Its just like there’s a sweet ending in life.

*lets break the piggy bank to get some content*

The pink coated outer shell is made of white chocolate.

It is filled with 61% Dark Chocolate Mousse, layered with Double Dutch Blackforest Cake and Pitted Dark Sweet Seneca Cherries. Not too sweet I felt. But if you are not a sweet tooth person, you may compliment it with the sliced fruits on dish. As strawberries and kiwis, they are more acidic, hence it balanced the sweetness.

Unlike some common desserts that we used to see, The Beast Cafe strive to serve some ‘up to trend’ desserts for the customers. Although The Beast Cafe serves Western cuisine, but in order to suit family diners with young and old, the thoughtful owner decided to make both Western and Fusion available on their menu.

 

The Beast Cafe

No 293 Jalan S2B13, Uptown Avenue
70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Number : 017-278 9122
Operation Hours:
Sun-Thu: 12.00pm-10.00pm
Fri-Sat: 12.00pm-11.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays
*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*nett price. NO service charge*
*non-halal*

Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms

Both Indoor & Outdoor theme park is not available.

Snow World has closed.

What else can you do in Genting besides shopping and eating, especially with kids around?

During my recent trip to Genting Highland, I added Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms into our agenda. To make it more convenient for your journey, you can either drop by this place while you are on your way up to Genting Highlands or when you are leaving home.

It is nestled directly at town opposite the Mawar and Bunga Raya Apartments. The farm can easily be reached by taking left from the roundabout past Hotel Seri Malaysia (before reaching Premium Outlet / Awana Skyway).

There’s car park area in front of this premise.

An admission fee or RM8 (adult), RM5 (child) is required.

As we entered the farm, we could see rows of strawberry plants on both left and right side. It is well organized.

strawberry flower and strawberry fruit.

Strawberry products are also sold here. Plucked fruits, Strawberry jams. However if you decided to have some fruit plucking, you may do so here. Self plucked strawberries will be charge at RM8/100 gram.

You will be given a basket and a pair of scissor to cut the strawberry from its stem. Jet had fun and so do I.

*Mom was looking for some good harvest 😀

Tip : Look for some plump size strawberry but not totally red yet. Unless you are gonna eat on the spot. Otherwise by the time you bring them home, its gonna be overripe, due to the changes of weather temperature.

“I want to eat strawberry!!!….cries Jet” >.<

From the Strawberry Farm, we walked to the Lavender Garden, following the route.

The Lavender Farm is free access.

There were 2 different types of Lavender seen here. Apparently, the dull purple one is has nice fragrant.

Other than lavender plant, products made of lavender is also available at this souvenir shop.

Morning Glory

do you spot a fat Garfield in the middle of the plantation? hehe..

Really love the colors.

Beautifully bloomed Gerbera.

The panoramic view here is really breathtaking.

Anthurium

I noticed that Gerbera & Chrysanthemum are widely grown here.

A flower that I adored much. It is called Hydrangea. I love its full shaped and especially the pastel colors.

Lastly, before exiting the farm there were rows of shops selling local products and souvenirs.

 

Verdict: Some people may think that paying the admission fee of RM10 is not worth because the strawberry farm section covers only 1/4 of the entire farm. But I personally think its worth paying. We spent at least 2 hours strolling the farm, admiring the beautiful flowers in a breezy weather and took lotsa photos. There are many photo spots here especially if you love taking photos. Professional photographer service is also available here. Not forgetting to mention, there’s also a small canteen here, serving local cooked dishes and beverages.

 

Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms

No. 1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Bandar Gohtong Jaya,, Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Operation Hours: 9AM–6:30PM

Contact Number : +60 3-6100 1152

Wanhoi YAMCH’A @Sky Avenue, Genting

With the newly opened Sky Avenue at Genting, you’ll be surprised with the food varieties. One should not worry about feeling hungry. Instead you will be spoilt with choice. Price from moderate to expensive, from Asian to Western food.

On my recent visit to Genting, I settled my lunch at Wanhoi YAMCH’A. I google about this place and discovered something cute and fancy here. 🙂

 

Wanhoi YAMCH’A is a restaurant inspired by the renowned Oversea Group. Serving Malaysian Cantonese cuisine.

Besides that, dim sum is also available at Wanhoi YAMCH’A.

The interior is quite classy yet modern.

Part of the menu to show you the prices.

Crispy Pork in Sweet & Sour Sauce (RM38.80). It tasted like ‘Ku Lou Yuk’, but this has a crispy texture because the pork is thinly sliced then deep fried. Next, its coated with caramelized sweet and sour sauce. Its quite an additive and appetizing dish.

Stir Fried Kangkung Special Sauce (RM28.80) was a mouth watering dish. It may looks simple, but the flavors were good. With the hint of spiciness from the cili padi (bird-eye chili), and shrimp paste to enhance the flavors of this dish.

BBQ Pork Belly (28.80), was alright. Not the best I’ve eaten.

The above dishes were eaten with white rice (RM3.50/bowl)

 

We wanted more. Hence we would also love to try their dim sum which claimed to made fresh.

Steamed Pork Ribs (RM11.80)

Siew Mai (RM12.80) . The siew mai however was just average, not memorable.

BBQ Pork Bun in Zhu Zai Shape (RM14.80). Consist of 2 adorable piggy steamed buns served hot in basket.

Pao dough has good consistency while the BBQ Pork filling was tasty. Glad that the pao dough wasn’t too thick.

Custard Pau (RM14.80)

“Wuek…I spit custard..” 😀 😀 Isn’t this pau looking cute? It is a steamed bun which is served hot. This yellow looking creature (pau) is filled with runny salted egg custard which literally ooze out once you take a bite. Very nice I felt.

A lovely pair of bird in a cage!! Salted Egg Yolk Lotus Paste Filling (RM15.80)

This dish really caught my attention.

The pastry is a buttery kind like what we had for Shanghai Mooncake. Its filled with smooth lotus paste.

Verdict : Food prices are on high side, food portion also quite small. But luckily the overall food taste was acceptable and quite satisfying.

 

Wanhoi YAMCH’A (near PictureHouse Cinema)

Level T2, Sky Avenue,, Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Operation Hours: 11am – 10pm

Contact Number: +60 3-2144 9911

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*imposed 10% service charge*
*Genting member entitled to 10% discount*

 

 

 

Dinner @Palsaik Korean BBQ, SkyAvenue Genting

When Palsaik Korean BBQ newly arrived in Malaysia, I heard about it through social media. I got attracted when friends shared about the 8 flavors of pork on a long tray. In Korean Palsaik [pa:sek] means ‘eight colours’.

Palsak Korean BBQ is now available at Mon’t Kiara (1st outlet), Scott Garden, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kota Damansara & Kepong.

Apparently, Palsaik is a popular Korean BBQ in Korea. When I was at Genting’s SkyAvenue, I didn’t want to miss a chance to dine here with my family.

Located at Lot No. T2C-08 & T3-08, SkyAvenue,Genting.

Seats are available at 2 floors.

It was on one Saturday night. Hence the crowd at 8+pm. We were put under the waiting list by jotting our name,number of pax and contact number. I wasn’t sure if they accept any reservation, but regretted that I didn’t try doing it.

Our waiting time was at least 30 minutes. But the outlet manager was very attentive and friendly to accommodate every waiting customers.

As shown on the wall, the signature 8 flavors pork belly.

Thus I ordered the 8 color set which is ideal for sharing. On menu stated, sufficient for 3-4 person. We did add on some other dishes as well. 8 Color Set – RM158

At Palsaik, the eight flavors are ginseng, wine, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste and hot pepper . All the color is naturally-derived, making the pork served at Palsaik 100% natural and free from coloring and any synthetic flavor additives.

The highlight of the night! Palsaik pork belly seasoned with 8 different special ingredient (75g per piece flavors)

The 8 colors set comes with a pot of Clear Clam Soup which is non-spicy. There were choice of 3. From non-spicy to mild then spicy soup. We added a portion of Ramen Noodle (RM8). Do note that the soup can’t be refill.

Complimented with some lefty vege (types of lettuce to wrap the meat). But surprisingly no banchan is serve here.

Leave the job to the professional. The trained staff will do the meat grilling for you.

As you can see, on the grilling pan its filled with kimchi + bean sprout (refillable), mushroom and enoki mushroom before the grilling begin.

Grilling begin from original, non-flavored pork belly, graduating from the lighter to the strongest flavor.

 

Egg Custard – RM14

Its a Korean version of steamed egg. The steamed egg was steaming hot and has a very nice fluffy texture. Suitable for children too.

Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice – RM28

Kimchi Fried Rice on bed of omelet was not bad. But its not volcanic at all. (not spicy).

Pork belly was grilled to perfection. Meat was tender and succulent. However the flavors were not really contrast. I couldn’t really taste much difference on each flavor. Perhaps you should try eating the meat on its own without any sauce and sides to taste its originality. I felt the food at Palsaik are not too salty and its quite mild. Nevertheless we enjoyed our dinner at Palsaik, and I was busy walloping the food. LOL! 😀

Palsaik Korean BBQ SkyAvenue Genting

Lot No. T2C-08 & T3-08,SkyAvenue,Genting Highlands ResortPahang, 69000 Pahang, Malaysia

Contact Number : 03-6101 3933

Operation Hour : 10:00AM – 11:45PM (daily)

Facebook page : www.facebook.com/palsaikgenting/

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*imposed 10% service charge, 6% GST*

			

Hotel on the Park, Genting Highlands

Formerly known as Theme Park Hotel. But after the refurbishment, it is now known as Hotel on the Park.

Hotels at Genting Highlands are selling fast, especially on weekends.

We planned this almost one month ahead. This newly opened hotel started operating on early July 2017.

It was a short family trip to escape from the hot weather. HAHAHA 😀

Hotel on the Park is a boutique hotel perfect for those who like to stay together. For the first time, Resorts World Genting is offering rooms which can accommodate up to six people.

Before checking in to our respective hotel, while on our way up hill..we pay a visit to Genting Highlands Premium Outlets. Quite crowded too. There’s still queue for Coach Outlet. The selections of brands are not bad. From average to above average depending on your budget.

 

I managed to book The Sixers (3 queen-sized beds (including a bunk bed). Accommodates maximum of 6.) at a price of RM440 (exclusive breakfast). You can get it cheaper sometimes. Price may varies weekly too.

Room Layout

The Sixers is suitable for friends or family gathering.

Check-in time: 3.00pm
Check-out time: 12.00 noon

Also available is Quads rooms which have two queen-sized beds and can accommodate up to four people in an approximately 260 sq ft space. Another room option for smaller group of people.

The hotel lobby at 6pm. Hence you see it quite empty.

The check in process was quite fast during my arrival time. However an amount of RM200 is required as deposit. But it is refundable upon checking out.

There were 3 working lifts (1 is blocked by the wall).

Food and drinks Vending Machine at the hotel room corridor. I seriously don’t know why they uses purple lights for the corridor. It looks creepy to walk alone. (think too much)

The lil kepochi is curious about the vending machine. Nicely choosing what he wants.

My room number was #3434 😀

Lift and room is only accessible via room access card.

 

 

It does not disappoint me that the room is exactly the same as shown on the web. Probably because it is still new. It looks neat and clean. Very cute and cheerful room, I thought.

Queen size mattress is laid on the raised wooden platform of tatami style.

There’s also compartment for you to store some small luggage.

A Queen size bunk bed. However a tall person has to be careful with their head, due to the low headroom. 😀

Room facilities:-

In-house Video/In-house Radio/Telephone/IDD Access/Tea & Coffee Making Facilities/Kettle/Open Top Safe-Box/Standing Shower/TV/Mini Fridge/Mineral Water/Free Room Wi-Fi/Bedroom Slippers/Fan/Hair Dryer

The open bathroom has 2 wash basins.

Shower area and toilet are separated. There are no wall hooks inside the shower area. Therefore I find it quite inconvenient. Where to hang my clothes le? Unless I undress myself before entering the shower area.

(No complain about the water pressure and temperature 🙂  )

Bathroom toiletries such as Bath Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Shaver, Cotton buds, Tooth Brush and Shower Cap are provided.

View from our room (Cable Car & First World). Lots of on-going constructions.

Hotel on the Park at night.

Since the hotel does not have a restaurant, we decided to walk to Sky Avenue which took around 10 minutes on foot.

A covered pedestrian corridor linking the hotel to Sky Avenue.

Sky Avenue, claimed as shopping and dining at 6,000 feet with more than 70 retail and dining outlets opened so far.

On top of that, Sky Avenue also boasts a world-class LED display that spreads across an entire atrium within the mall.

The Sky Casino is also adjoined to Sky Avenue. Have any of you tried Burger & Lobsters? I saw the prices ain’t cheap. But the queue is fantastic. Be it late night or early morning, there are people queing for it. I wonder what is the average waiting time or best time to visit.

Stay tune to my next post on my dinner post. 
A place worth checking out.

The hotel rate does not include breakfast. But you can get some quick bites from Eatopia, located at the hotel lobby.

Bring along your Genting member card. Because you could save some ringgits on each item. Do check out the Nasi Lemak Ayam (RM8-member price, RM9-non member), which tasted good I felt. Apart from the Nasi Lemak, Croissant with Tuna was nice too.

This hotel has several photo spots.

One of the favorite spot has to be this mirror effect one. You gotta get a quick shot. There will be people waiting for their turn.

 

Verdict: A fun boutique hotel with reasonable rates. Sleeping quality was alright. But light sleeper may think otherwise , if your room is facing the road. You may hear the sound of racing bikes. The hotel does not have its own parking lot. Therefore the nearest place to park your car is at Resort Hotel’s parking lot (within walking distance).

Hotel on the Park

Address: Genting Highlands, 69000 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Book your room HERE

Staycation @d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel, Seremban

If you are looking for a hotel within (35km) from KLIA/KLIA2, (70km) from Kuala Lumpur, (12km) to Seremban town, how about considering d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel owned by the established Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad  and managed by Matrix Hotels Management Sdn. Bhd.

This brand new modern contemporary hotel opened its door on January 2017.

Derived from the japanese word meaning “sky”, the hotel embraces the Sora philosophy, representing those things desired in our everyday experiences, particularly those things composed of pure energy – power, creativity and spontaneity.

For your convenience, there are ample parking space for guests who drives.

Convenient stores (7-11, 99 Speedmart), Food outlets (Secret Recipe, My Rail Coffee) are just a walking distance.

Nearest petrol station (Petron) is just 0.6km away.

Apart from that, this hotel is stroller & wheelchair friendly too.

Recently, I got an opportunity to experience this new hotel which I could treat it a staycation with my mom & Jet. We were greeted with a wide smile as he opens the huge glass door, welcoming us.

 

The hotel lobby is bright and spacious, while the White Nest Lounge has comfortable seats in case you would prefer to be seated here to enjoy a cuppa coffee.

At the hotel lobby, the scent of lemon grass plus light music which was played at the background, made me feel much relax.

The room check-in process was fast. As usual, the check-in time is at 2pm.

The walkway toward our room was bright, with natural sunlight and ventilation. For safety reason, the room is only accessible via a room access card.

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel has total of 4 floors with 72 rooms ranging from Deluxe to Superior Deluxe, inclusive of 8 Executive Suites.

Apart from rooms, there are 3 meeting rooms that are available to accommodate up to maximum of 60 persons. These outlets are named after avifauna species i.e: Kingfisher, Hornbill and Sparrow – aligned to the ‘sora’ aspiration and motives.

Superior Deluxe (1 King size bed, with room area of 25.45m²)

Executive Suite (1 King size bed + 1 Single size bed, with room area 36.32m²).

My room, Deluxe Queen (1 Queen size bed, with room area of 21.83m²). Modern and chic design.

Our room is located at 3rd floor. So, the noises are very minimal. Moreover this area is quite peaceful and its not congested.

As we enter the fully air-conditioned room, it is bright and clean. The first thing Jet did was to hoop onto the bed and make himself comfortable. No doubt the bed looked so inviting. White bed linen, fluffy pillows, comfortable mattress, one would not resist lazing and sleeping on it.

There’s a wardrobe with hangers to place your clothes and also spaces to place your bags/luggage.
Fret not about your crumpled shirt or dress, because the room is equipped with steam iron and ironing board that is nicely placed in the wardrobe.

Bathroom; standing shower (with rain shower), towels and toiletries.

– Electric kettle, coffee powder and tea sachets are provided.

– Hair dryer

– Complimentary bottled water

– Safe Box

– Mini Refrigerator

– Free Wifi

As you can see, there’s a long working desk, which would be ideal for business travelers. Also a wall mounted LED TV.

These are the list of TV Channel Programme.

d’Sora got their brand printed on bedroom slipper, pillow case and many more. 🙂

The room is inclusive of breakfast at Feather Lite Cafe.

Feather Lite Cafe also offers all-day a la carte dining. (do check out their monthly promotions)

Feather Lite Cafe is divided into air-conditioned dining area and al-fresco dining area.

Simple breakfast is served here. Other than these, we also got our toast bread with butter & jam, sliced watermelon, coffee, tea and juice.

I got my breakfast fixed. I personally like their fragrant Nasi Lemak with sambal and the coffee is rich and nice.

This is something that I’m going to highlight. Because I am saving the best for last! 😀

For full review of d’Tempat Country Club, kindly click HERE.

Complimentary from the hotel, as an in house guest, we were given the privilege to enjoy the recreation facilities at d’Tempat Country Club at no additional cost.
Also a benefit of 10% discount on Food at restaurants in d’Tempat Country Club.

d’Tempat Country Club is located within 5 minutes drive from the hotel. However if you decide not to drive, the hotel do provide shuttle service for guests. Jet got so excited during the ride and claimed that he want to go home via van 😀

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel is not just an ordinary boutique hotel for business travelers. It is also suitable for family with kids. Hence we had a good bonding time together! Furthermore I would like to emphasize that the bed is very comfortable. Ensuring you a good night sleep.

 

Thank you d’sora for the hospitality to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

In conjunction to Merdeka celebration, the hotel is having a promotional room rate starts from an affordable price of RM178nett. For your convenience, you can book your rooms online.

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel
39, Jalan Metro Sendayan 1/2,
71950 Bandar Sri Sendayan,
Negeri Sembilan DK, Malaysia
T +606-775 8888    F +606-775 6868
E info@dsora.com.my

Website: www.dsora.com.my

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/dsoraboutiquebusinesshotel

Eat & Play @d’Tempat Country Club, Seremban

d’Tempat Country Club is not any stranger to most of the Serembanian.

Hosted numerous events during festive seasons and school holidays, the past few years which eventually draws much crowd.

“Nestled within the thriving new township of Bandar Sri Sendayan, d’Tempat Country Club is the neighbourhood’s best kept secret. It’s the ideal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Seremban town, offering the perfect setting for recreation and relaxation.

Sprawled across 6.33 acres amidst a verdant landscape, d’Tempat Country Club is the largest family-oriented country club in Seremban with a full range of facilities and amenities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool with aqua gym, a bowling alley, badminton, tennis and squash courts, fitness centre, and a host of dining options. A spacious ballroom and multiple function halls make d’Tempat Country Club the ideal place for weddings, events and special celebrations. d’Tempat Country Club is managed by Matrix Country Club Sdn Bhd, a member of Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad.”

A clubhouse that complete with recreation facilities suitable for both adult and children.

How do I get to enjoy these facilities?

These facilities are only open to club members. Or if you are a guest of d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel, you get the privilege to use the club’s facilities.

Simply walk to the reception counter at Lower Ground Floor (next to the grand staircase) register yourself by providing your membership card otherwise a room access card with room number (for hotel guest), and the staff will pass you a wristband. This is to ensure that you are a registered user.

1) Swimming Pool

If you look at the bottom left of the photo above , you’ll notice that there are Jacuzzi pools.

The Olympic-sized swimming pool gained much popularity among visitors and club members here. The depth of pool is 12meter consistently throughout the whole pool.

Besides that, the poolside deck provides ample space for lounging and poolside dining, surrounded by tropical greenery and a fragrant herb garden.

2) Aqua Gym

The only aqua gym available in Seremban, it provides both relaxation and a fun, low-impact workout especially those who are seeking rehabilitative exercise (physiotherapy).

3) Children’s Wading Pool

Apart from the Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s wading pool with water slides is also one of the attraction here. Its like a mini water park.

archived photo

Jet enjoyed both the children pools. Whilst I enjoyed supervising him. LOL!

Feeling much relieved when I saw there are 2 lifeguards patrolling the swimming pool. Anyhow parents should be responsible in keeping an eye on their children too.

You can register yourself at the reception counter which is in front of the changing room in for the usage of locker and towels. Also to obtain an electronic key wristband (waterproof) to open and lock your locker.

The changing room is equipped with lockers for you to keep your belongings, toilets and bathrooms, also a sauna room.

4) Sport Facilities

Indoor Badminton & Squash Courts.

Room for Table Tennis

Spacious indoor Tennis Courts which looks clean and has very good ventilation. (natural wind)

 

I like the idea of having indoor courts. Be it rain or shine, it will not interrupt your game.

5) Gym

Offering unobstructed views of the verdant landscape, the gym and fitness centre feature a variety of state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical cross-trainers and free weights. The gym also features an aerobics and yoga studio as well as separate steam rooms and sauna facilities for male and female guests.

6) The Sphere (Bowling)

The Sphere is located at ground floor, next to Matrix Gallery. This bowling alley comprised of 10 lanes which is open to public.

Each game price is at RM6 (public) RM5 (members).

Shoe rental is at RM2

You are required to bring your own sock, otherwise pay RM3 to purchase from the counter.

I would say its a great sport to have some fun with family and friends.

Promo of the month (August)

7) Snooker Room

photo courtesy d’Tempat Country Club

Snooker room is adjoining to The Sphere. It is only opened to club members at a chargeable rate of RM7/hour.

8) Children Playroom

The children playroom is kept clean. Surrounded with vibrant colors, equipped with a TV that broadcasts age-appropriate shows and programmes, including Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

9) Reading Room

Tables, chairs, book shelves. The reading room is spacious, quite and looked cosy too.

10) Mini Theater

A mini theater that has comfortable seats (fit up to 30 people) and nice sound system.

A screen showing list of movies and screening time is available outside the theater room.

Apart from all the mentioned facilities above, you should also try out the restaurants here. They are all located at lower ground floor.

1) Haruta Japanese Cuisine

Modern-contemporary styled Japanese restaurant.

Offering you a value for money dining experience. The ‘All You Can Eat Sushi’ not just sushi…but more than that, priced at only RM38nett (adult), RM19nett (children & senior citizen). The ‘All You Can Eat Sushi’ is only available on weekends. (For full review kindly read HERE).

Otherwise on weekdays, they offers Bento Set and Ala-carte at an affordable price too.

photo courtesy of d’Tempat Country Club

VIP rooms are also available here. The adjoining room could fit up to maximum of 20 people.

2) The Blossom Palace

photo courtesy of d’Tempat Country Club

A Chinese restaurant with nice ambiance offering you Pork Free Cantonese delicacies. À la carte and seasonal menus are available here. Apart from that, it is an ideal place for hosting both casual dining and banquets.

3) Movida

Movida offers casual all-day dining and a place to unwind after work. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, this poolside venue is the best spot to see and be seen as you delight in an alfresco dining experience with the family or enjoy a drink with good friends and great music within a lively atmosphere.

These food are well presented.

Don’t forget to try their pizza which has very thin crust and filled with generous cheese!

4) Garden Terrace

Prepared by the local chefs, Garden Terrace is place for truly Malaysian Cuisine.

 

The new creation of ‘Signature Dishes’ at Garden Terrace is available daily.

A must try Chef William‘s creation of :-

Jemput-jemput Vadei – 6pcs (traditional Indian Vadei served with homemade chutney) ~ A unique way to have vadei & chutney. Whilst the flavorful vadei has very fluffy texture. Tasted good on its own.

Durian Cendol (special mamak cendol with durian puree) ~ the special part about this cendol is not just the durian puree, but its also prepared with gula melaka kurma.

Not forgetting Chef’s Roti Canai & Teh Tarik which tasted good too.

Together with Chef Razif (in photo), Chef Masitah and Chef Asyikin serving you these delicious Masakan Melayu ala Thai.

Ayam Paprik (Thai spicy and sour gravy with vegetables and chicken)

Steam Fish with Tom Yam Paste (Steamed dory fish served with Mae Pranom Thai Paste)

Mixed Tom Yam Soup (Spicy Thai Spicy & Sour soup with vegetables, chicken, prawns and squid).

The food were flavorsome and suits my taste bud. I enjoyed the food here.

Just incase you are not sure, d’Tempat Country Club membership is open to the public. Above are the packages price.

Don’t forget to also check out the August event which is happening on 31 August 2017 in conjunction to the Merdeka celebration. Coupon booklets (RM12) can be purchase on the spot. But for early birds (till 29 August), you get to enjoy discount of RM2 for each booklet purchased.

Event that is soon happening at Residensi SIGC from 26 August till 10 September (6pm – 10pm). The highlight would be the 10,000 LED Roses on display.

I had a fun filled day with Eat & Play facilities here at d’Tempat Country Club.

Lunch @Hovin Coffee & Bakers, Seremban

When Hovin Coffee & Bakers formerly located at Seremban town (near Public Bank), I couldn’t get the chance to pay a visit. Reason because I rarely go to town and also due to the limited parking space over there.

Now that Hovin Coffee & Bakers has moved to this new location, it gives me the opportunity to pay a visit during lunch hour. This new location of their cafe would be nearer to my work place. Precisely, it is located opposite to Asia Laksa, Senawang. Nearby to Senawang Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC).

photo by Hovin Coffee

Hovin Coffee & Bakers is a simple cafe that offers good coffee and food at a reasonable price. Despite the price, staffs are friendly too.

Often cafes serves pasta, sandwiches. But at Hovin Coffee & Bakers, they also served rice. I’m glad they did, because I’m a rice person. 😀

I was told they have some newly added dishes which are not shown on their menu booklet. Perhaps they should have a simple printout copy showing what are their latest added dishes. I saw the lunch deal on their chalkboard written:-

 

photo by Hovin Coffee

I chose Curry Chicken Rice set, that come with a drumstick, curry potatoes, slices of cucumber and a bull’s eye egg topped on the rice. The curry chicken rice was delicious, I felt.

When I’m in a cafe, I would definitely prefer a cuppa coffee over juices or sodas. Therefore I requested for Hot Latte with an additional RM2 to upgrade my drink. Barista must be in a good mood today. Hence he made a nice coffee art on my drink. What does it resemble? It looked like a smiling plant.

You can also check out the counter for bake of the day. (cakes, muffins, pies)

I am delighted to know they serve Salted Egg Yolk Croissant (RM7.90) here. Look at the oozing salted egg yolk lava upon cutting the flaky and buttery croissant. It was awesome! There was also Matcha Croissant which I’m keen to try. I wonder if there’s lava in it too. 🙂

 

**New menu was published on October 2017.

Made another visit here and discovered their new extensive menu with more varieties of set lunch.

Buttermilk Chicken with Rice. Complete your set which includes a cup of Honey Lemon drink. But I will usually opt to upgrade my drink to coffee.

A cuppa Hot Cappuccino with a neat coffee art!

My colleague had their Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce. The food portion is quite generous compared with the price paid.

I always appreciates the fine coffee art done by the barista. Hence I would slowly sip it down without damaging it. 🙂

Hovin Coffee & Bakers

24, Jalan Cattleya 11, Pusat perniagaan Senawang Jaya 2
Seremban.

Operation Hours:

9:00AM – 7:00PM
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact Number: 017-229 9638

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hovincoffee

*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*cash term*
*pork free*

Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur 2017

Do you still remember the movie Jurrasic Park at year 1993 directed by Steven Spielberg? I watched it when I was a kid. I felt it was the best movie that I’ve ever watched those days.

Last month, my Unimate Jeanly mentioned about “Dinosaurs Alive in KL”. Without hesitation, we ended up with gathering cum dinosaurs tour. On the other hand, Siew Sian was so sporting to even book train tickets to travel from Butterworth to KL together with her children to make this gathering happen.

A week before the meeting date, I told Jet that mummy is bringing you to watch dinosaurs. He hooray-ed with excitement. But I think I am more excited than him. 😀

 

Located at Malaysia Tourism Centre (Matic) in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur is where they gonna homed these dinosaurs. This exhibition was held from 14 July 2017 for 6 months period.

A sight of T-Rex with roaring sound was placed above the tent, with buildings of KL as background. “T-Rex Takes Over KL”!
Ticket Price:-
Adult: RM75
Adult MyKad: RM50

Child (3 – 12 years): RM45

Child MyKad (3 – 12 years): RM30
Child Under 3 years: Free

Seniors (Over 60 years): RM50
Seniors MyKad (Over 60 years): RM40

Special Needs: RM25
Special Needs Carer: RM25
Groups (10 or more): 10% Discount
School Groups (20 or more): RM25
For Malaysians with MyKad, you could enjoy the special rate.

As we entered the hall, we were greeted by the huge T-Rex and Sauropod, with much roaring sound. The hall looks like Avatar world. LOL! With neon lights, forest like surroundings and crickets sound.

In an air-conditioned big tent, there’s over 40 life-size, primordial creatures with life-like reptilian skin. They roar, breathe and stomp.

If you begin from the right side, there’s an inflatable playground for the kids to have fun.

There were total of 3 inflatable playground here.

A typical Sauropod had a large barrel-shaped body, a long neck, a small head, and a long, powerful tail. It stood on four tree-trunk like legs.

Information about the species of dinosaur is shown here too.

There were some games with prize. But each game was priced at RM10.

This game is RM10 for 3 balls. You gotto aim the balls into the dinosaur mouth in order to win prize. However if you failed to aim any, you will still get a stalk of toy flower. 🙂

Play the role of paleontologist at price of RM10.

Special outfit and tools are provided. Then you get to bring home the mini size fossil.

A glimpse of Ceratopsians (Horned, Frilled Dinosaurs).

Velociraptor(Meat Eater) and Iguanodon(Plant Eater).

For some light refreshment, there’s also some food stalls with seating tables and chairs.

Other than that, you can also watch the video documentary. (on the right of picture)

Pick your lucky dinosaur game at RM10. Every dinosaur will have a number under its feet. The numbers will indicate the prize.

Jet chose the green dinosaur. Let’s see what he got.

Jet’s number fall into the group of ‘7, 9 , 11’. Therefore he got a ball! 😀

Although there’s a fee of RM10 for each of the above mentioned game and activities, but this sand art activity is free of charge. Hence you see the crowd here.

There were only 3 designs to choose. All the designs are of dinosaurs which is related to this exhibition.

Jet did the sand art by himself with some guidance from me.

He proudly showed his completed art work.

Stegosauria was a group of armored dinosaurs that had rows bony of plates running along their backs.

Hadrosaurids are also known as ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs on account of their wide mouth parts. Many Hadrosaurids were able to walk on both two and four feet, using all four feet when grazing, but using two feet to run.

Gifts and Souvenirs counter, so that you will not go home empty handed. Goodie bag at price RM70 with dinosaurs merchandises 😀

A group photo with Jeanly & Siew Sian, together with our children.

I didn’t get the chance on the assembling dinosaur bone wood craft which was free too (the crowd area at the background) because Jet starting to fuss.

Verdict:

Toilet facility is available here.

We parked our car at the car park area opposite to (Matic) for RM2 (weekend). Total spending time was about 2+ hours. This dinosaur exhibition has draw much crowd from families with children. The curiosity and excitement to watch huge size dinosaurs, also a good introduction towards Jurassic world. Quite fun also lar, when you watches the macho T-Rex roaring. Staffs are quite friendly and attentive. However I felt that the price is abit high. Would love that if the price is inclusive of all activities inside. Imagine if you have a big family. That would be a big sum.

Address: The Lanai, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Time: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Ticket Hotline: 03-2170 6333

Website :

www.dinosaursalive.asia

background information

A short video I made about the dinosaurs. Hope you enjoy watching it. 🙂