Visit Bangkok 2018, Patra Boutique Hotel.

Many Malaysians were seen traveling to Bangkok, Thailand. Probably because its nearer and more affordable. Food wise also suits our taste bud.

Last year my friend and I traveled to Bangkok, we stayed at Pratunam area. This year, we also chose to stay at Pratunam area. There are plenty of nice boutique hotels ranging from RM100+ per night stay.

This year we chose Patra Boutique Hotel. I often check reviews from tripadvisor before confirming a hotel.

Upon arrival at Don Muang Airport, collected our luggage, then head to the assigned location to pick up my tourist 4G sim card (8 days unlimited internet) which I purchased in advanced from KLOOK. I felt it is more convenient although you can also purchase from the counters there. Sales representative from KLOOK will help me to activate the sim card on my mobile phone.

Pick up process was simple and quick.

via DMK Don Muang Airport (DTAC Counter)
  • DTAC counter is located located opposite to the International Arrival Immigration exit
  • Present your Klook voucher to any DTAC staff at the booth to have them scan your QR code for redemption
  • Pick up is available 24 hours

From Don Muang Airport, we booked a Grab Car to our hotel. Distance was about 24km. Fare was much cheaper than the airport taxi. But due to the heavy traffic in Bangkok, you may need to allocate around 1 hour to reach.

Since our hotel is located at Soi 19 of Pratunam, many taxi will not want to stop right in front of the hotel because of the narrow road. Only one car could drive thru. Pray that there’s no car from the opposite direction. LOL! They’ll usually stop at the main junction. Hence you’ll need to do some walking…around 5 minutes.

IMG_20180504_143127

Located at the heart of Pratunam, you don’t have to worry about food, convenient stores, night market and morning market. (7-11 store is just opposite the hotel)

When I go to Bangkok’s 7-11 store, I felt there’s so much things to buy. LOL!!

IMG_20180504_143017

IMG_20180504_150149

There’s this Chicken Rice and Mango Sticky Rice right in front of the hotel which operates from afternoon till night.

IMG_20180504_142228

The check-in process was quite fast because there wasn’t crowd during my arrival. Upon check-in it, as usual our passport will be required and also a refundable deposit of 1000 baht.

IMG_20180504_144018

IMG_20180504_142035

The hotel lobby is bright and spacious. We didn’t bother to book the hotel breakfast because we would prefer some local street food instead 🙂

IMG_20180505_071032

Am standing in front of this wall with painted map. I think it looks nice and colorful.

IMG_20180504_142110

Just in case if you want to send a postcard to your loved ones or last minute souvenir of handmade magnet and keychain.

BKK 20181

IMG_20180504_135941

Our Superior Room size 26 sqm. equipped with two single beds. Modern interior and a comfortable stay. Moreover it looks clean too. The air-conditioned room includes Free Wifi, TV, Refrigerator, Kettle, Phone, Hair Dryer and a Safe Box.

BKK 2018

IMG_20180504_141604

Bathroom Essentials

IMG_20180504_140033

BKK 20183

After much walking the whole day, return to the hotel for foot massage.

BKK 20185

It is convenient to hail a Tuk-Tuk here. But we will usually compare the rate with Grab. To avoid kena cut-throat lar.

IMG_20180504_220033

IMG_20180504_220641

Night became more livelier with all food stalls setup on both sides of road.

BKK 20189

Our Thai dinner opposite the hotel. Delicious local fare with affordable price. (Tom Yam Noodles, Grilled Pork Neck, Salt Baked Fish)

BKK 20182

If you are a fan of Japan’s Tokyo Banana, this is really on par to that. You can get them from the 7-11 store. And its cheap too!

map

This is the hotel’s location. On our last day here, we booked the hotel’s cab to the airport which cost 450 baht fit 2-3 passengers incl. luggage.

Patra Boutique Hotel

Address: 74 soi juldis 19, pecthburi road, payathai, rajathevi, bangkok 10400, Thailand

Telephone: +66(0) 95 226 6324        +66(0) 2 253 7084

Fax: +66(0) 2 253 7080
Email: info@patraboutiquehotel.com
Advertisements

Halloween Ghost House Dinner @Avillion Admiral Cove

Every year, on 31st October marks the actual day of Halloween. What is your plan today?

Over the centuries Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.

Halloween is celebrated in various and creative ways depending on each country’s cultural influences. The common yet popular among the children would be trick or treat and also dressing Halloween costumes.

43326550_869999516722833_8632919329073004544_n

This year, I am glad to be able to join a Halloween Theme Dinner.

In conjunction to this spooky celebration, Avillion Admiral Cove has organized a Ghost House Dinner which held at their Bourgainvillae Cafe.

Halloween Dinner2

Okay, I tried to put up the best in me… LOL!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Demon, Grim Reapor, Vampire and not forgetting a Hantu Pocong! 😀

Jet was initially feeling excited to go to the party, then repeatedly hide behind me upon seeing the team. He claimed they look scary. LOL!

IMG_20181027_191448-01_resized_20181030_022812083

Do they look scary?

IMG_20181027_191528-01_resized_20181030_022811836

Some of the guests took effort to wear costumes too.

DSC06179-001

Jet & Grandma

DSC06180

That evening, we began with spooky jungle walk.

DSC06183

DSC06181

Halloween Dinner

Gosh….the Jungle Walk was indeed creepy. Trails was slightly muddy, with scary features and eerie background music. Grrrr….

DSC06189

Pheww…luckily the ghostly path wasn’t that long. After the Jungle Walk, the guests were lead to the dining hall filled with ghostly props.

DSC06192

Halloween Dinner1

DSC06207

DSC06194

Much effort they put for the overall setup.

DSC06185

DSC06201

Halloween Dinner3

Halloween Dinner4

It was a buffet dinner. Guests were served with varies food from starters to main course then desserts.

DSC06208

Entertained by Live band performance during the dinner session.

DSC06212

The Halloween Ghost Team

IMG_20181027_204748-01

The show did not end there. We even got a chance to watch a spectacular fire show by The Vampire Team! Everyone enjoyed applaud the show.

Watch the full video here.

IMG_20181027_184645-01_resized_20181030_022812678

All in all, it was a nice Halloween night. Wishing everyone Happy Halloween 2018!

 

AVILLION ADMIRAL COVE
5½ Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson,
71050 Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Tel: +606 647 0888
Fax: +606 648 2444

 

Baking Fun with Little One, Thomas & Friends Cupcakes

Honestly, I’m not really a baking person. LOL!
Because I felt there is so much hassle in baking. Or probably I am lazy. 😀

Recently, Jet asked me about baking cupcakes and he wanted to decorate the cupcakes.

Baking

I stumbled upon this Cupcake Decoration Workshop organized by Pastime, collaborated with Sugarcraft by mil which held at Book Garden Seremban Gateway.

I then signed up for Jet and myself. It was just a few hours workshop. But I noticed Jet enjoyed it and he did most of the steps by himself with a lil guidance from the teacher and me.

box

One day, when I was doing shopping at Jaya Grocer The Gardens Mall, I chanced upon this box of Thomas & Friends Cake Kit. It was placed at the baking section. The instructions sounded simple and easy with everything included in the box. (except egg). So, I took a box and decided to give it a try.

We did this over the weekend to fill our time.

IMG_20181014_164646_resized_20181022_111333737

Cake Mix Ingredients.

IMG_20181014_150104_resized_20181022_110943461

It says 10 minutes to make and 12 minutes to bake. So in total will be less than 30 minutes.

IMG_20181014_145924_resized_20181022_110942616

This pack contains ; cake mix, icing mix, decorations and cake cases.

Baking1

All I need was just a medium size egg and water. Then mix them up. Hand whisk the batter till creamy.

IMG_20181014_153350_resized_20181022_110944357

Spoon equal amount of batter into cake cases.  I only filled half of each cases.

IMG_20181014_154930_resized_20181022_110945375

Wow…it was golden brown and smells good too. (Pre-heat oven to 165°C Then baked in the center of oven for 12 minutes)

IMG_20181014_162648_resized_20181022_024925200

While letting the cakes to cool, lets do the icing mix. Just add cold water and mix until its smooth. Begin with adding 10ml water, then gradually add water if you prefer the icing to be more spreadable.

IMG_20181014_163118_resized_20181022_024925536

Yay, the cakes are now ready for decorations. Furthermore the cakes rise very well, aren’t they?

Baking2

Jet’s most interesting part was to decorate the cupcake.

Baking3

I spread the icing, while Jet did the decorations. Patiently arranged the stars. (Everything on the cupcake is edible, except for the cases ya)

IMG_20181014_165015_resized_20181022_111334156

Ta daa…all done! He was proud to tell that he made the cupcakes. LOL!

Baking4

Not bad wo, this cupcake mix. Tasted nice too. Nevertheless Jet had fun. So, next time can buy again. HAHA!

After You Dessert Cafe @ Siam Square One, Bangkok

As long there’s a space in your tummy to fill, you can eat non-stop in Bangkok. So much food to try in Bangkok.

I often see friends who visited Bangkok, definitely dropped by this Dessert Cafe. It is well known for its Shibuya Toast.

After You dessert café first opened in 2007. Till today, there are about 30 outlets opened around Bangkok.

My last year’s trip to Bangkok, I didn’t get the chance to come here because I went to Hello Kitty cafe instead, my favorite Sanrio character. So, this year’s trip I told my friend to include this cafe into our itinerary.

IMG_20180505_133557

Little did I know, After You Dessert Cafe, Siam Square One is actually next to Hello Kitty Cafe. LOL LOL!! At the main entrance, one is on the left, and the other is on right. 😀

IMG_20180505_145334

As I entered the cafe, I could see almost all seats are filled. The atmosphere look alike in Korea. 🙂

IMG_20180505_145319

IMG_20180505_145329

IMG_20180505_145344

Over here, you gotto queue up at the counter to make orders. Kinda like self service. But they will bring the food over to your seating table.

Even though it looks crowded, but food was served not long after we placed our order.

I looked at tables around me, they would order either toast or kakigori (bingsoo) or both of them. All the desserts actually looked so mouth-watering and instragram worthy 😀

IMG_20180505_150228

Ice water is available for free.

toast

Extracted from the website, there are total 9 types of Shibuya Honey Toast here (1 is missing from the frame, Strawberry Cream Toast).

IMG_20180505_151611

I chose the Shibuya Honey Toast (195 baht), a rather classic one because I wished to taste the originality.

IMG_20180505_151542

 

IMG_20180505_152105

Now I understand why people like their toast so much. Although the toast is thick, but it is not dry inside. Crisp outside but has a very smooth and moisture bread texture inside. Cut into blocks, every surface is spread with margarine. It was so nice eaten together with the vanilla ice cream.

IMG_20180505_151144

My friend also ordered the Chocolate Lave (175 baht).

IMG_20180505_151356

Dive in your fork and watch the chocolate flow. The chocolate filling was rich and smooth. However I felt the size is abit small lar. 😀

IMG_20180505_151647

Durian Crumbstick (95 baht) looking interesting. Therefore we ordered one to kill our curiosity. Shaped like a real durian pulp, but its actually an ice cream. Very smooth and rich durian flavor, for durian lovers.

IMG_20180505_151439

For drinks, I had Hot Cappuccino (115 baht) served with a piece of biscuit, while my friend had Iced Latte.

IMG_20180505_145309

Merchandises like T-shirt, Tote Bags and Stainless Steel Cup are sold here too.

I will definitely come for the Toast again if I visit Bangkok next round. There are so many nice cafes in Bangkok now. So, if you are a cafe hopper, do plan it well. 🙂

Oh ya, there’s also a small kiosk of After You Cafe at Don Mueang Airport. But it only serve cakes and kakigori.

After You Dessert Cafe
Ground Floor
SIAM SQUARE ONE
Tel no. 02 115 1949
Operation Hours:  12:00pm – midnight (everyday)

 

Kiddo Science Seremban 2

DSC05993

When talk about science, I will remember about the white lab coats, microscope and the famous scientist Albert Einstein and his equation E = mc2.

Well, Science is the study of the nature and behavior of natural things.

DSC06017

DSC06019

Last weekend, I attended the opening day of Kiddo Science 12th outlet, also the newest outlet in Seremban 2. Kiddo Science is a learning centre having a Vision to empower children in the world to explore and discover Science through fun and hands-on experiments and a Mission to create a conducive environment for kids to explore, experiment and participate in self-discovery intelligence.

Kiddo Science has 12 centres throughout Malaysia.

Established in 2005, KIDDO SCIENCE aspires to promote science to children in a fun way. Kiddo Science “brings science to life” by allowing children to not only learn science but also feel it, making science discoveries an enjoyable adventure.

DSC06024

In order to make science more enjoyable, thus Kiddo Science practices these methods.

Hands-on Experiments: Full laboratory equipment and apparatus for children to experiment every week.

Holistic Learning: Not just teaching from book; but make things interesting with labsheets, fun facts, life applications, and most importantly, EXPERIMENTS!

Bring Science Home: Lessons do not stop at centre; let your child continue to explore with the experimental products at home with you.

Science Projects: Every child loves to be involved in a big and fun project; at KIDDO SCIENCE, they were given the opportunity from time to time!

Kido Science3

DSC05990

Kido Science1

During the opening day, Children as young as 4 years old till the age of 14 who signed up for the free trial class were given a tour and introduction towards science by the team of Certified STEM Teachers.

DSC06008

DSC06007

DSC06001

DSC06011

DSC05996

The experiment of Van de Graff generator, an American physicist Robert Jemison Van de Graaff invented the Van de Graaff generator in 1931. A Van de Graaff generator is a device designed to create static electricity . When the Van de Graaff generator starts charging, it transfers the charge to the person who is touching it. Since the person’s hair follicles are getting charged to the same potential, they try to repel each other. This is why the hair actually stands up.

DSC06025

During the trial lesson, children are divided into 3 classes according to their age range.

At Kiddo Science, the program levels are:-

Introductory Science (age 5~7 years old). Children as young as age 4 are welcome to join as long they could understand instructions.

  • presenting theories in fun and highly interactive ways.
  • developing their motor skills (coordination, precision,technique) which will improve their attention to detail.
  • nurturing their interest from a young age and thus cultivating inquisitiveness and open-mindedness.

Discovery Science (age 7~10 years old)

  • honing their ability to think scientifically when exploring new knowledge.
  • increasing their confidence through exposure to the critical aspects of science, such as chemical reactions and laboratory precautions.
  • introducing key scientific terminology and concepts in three languages: English, BM and Mandarin.

Experimental Science (age 10~12 years old)

  • providing them the proper training in laboratory equipment, apparatus and technique to improve their experimental skills.
  • giving them hands-on opportunities to “create” science they have learned.
  • preparing them to familiarize with secondary school syllabus, thus giving strong foundation before facing major exams.

To make things more interesting, every month they’ll be teaching different themes.

DSC06037

DSC06038

Kido Science

Kido Science2

Lead by the co-founder of Kiddo Science, Marcus Ooi, he did some experiments during the opening day. The most interesting one would be the demonstrations using ‘Dry Ice’. Judging from the children faces, he managed to introduce Science to make it more fun and interesting.

Unlike those days, Children these days are very smart. They love to explore and are curious in everything. You will never imagine how much questions they may ask in a day. Therefore an early exposure will provide early knowledge to the children in order to enhance their knowledge too.

DSC06016

37707726_300698320676269_2046746908059238400_n

There will be another round of Trial Science on 29th July 2018. So, don’t forget to sign up for the one time trial and the good news is there will be 50% off registration fee if you sign up the program on 29th July 2018. Come and get the experience to be a little Scientist. 🙂

 

For further information, please visit or contact them at:-

Kiddo Science Seremban 2

Address : 326, 1st Floor, Jln S2 B8, Uptown Avenue, 70300 Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, N.S.

Contact Number : 016-421 0629

Brunch @PD Fung Hai Kopitiam

DSC05646

Gloomy sky on Sunday. Hence, the weather was really nice to take a stroll at the beach. Took a drive to Port Dickson.

DSC05664

We picked seashells, sat by the beach listening to the sea waves. We also spotted plenty of baby crabs.

However we couldn’t stay long, it starting to get hot as it approaching 11am.

We shall proceed to brunch. Recently found out about this kopitiam when someone shared it on social media. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what to eat during the day in Port Dickson, other than fast food.

DSC05666

PD Fung Hai Kopitiam is a Hainanese Kopitiam located at Port Dickson town. Few doors away from Public Bank. I want to give it a try because I love Hainan Chicken Chop. 🙂

The kopitiam was crowded upon our arrival. Luckily managed to get a vacant table as the previous customer has settled and about to leave.

A lady came over to take our order. She informed us that, Hainan Chicken Chop require some waiting time. I saw some customers eating half way, some were still waiting for their food to arrive.

DSC05668

Charcoal Grill Bread (Roti Bakar) came first to fill our tummy.

DSC05671

Sandwiched in between was kaya spread and a slice of butter. It was nice and old-skool.

DSC05669

I ordered a cuppa Milk Tea (Teh Susu) while the rest ordered Ice Lemon Tea. The Ice Lemon Tea was good.

DSC05675

Mee Hailam came before the rest.

DSC05672

We ordered 2 plates of Hainan Chicken Chop.

DSC05673

Fried de-boned chicken thigh then drenched in brown onion gravy, fried potatoes, tomatoes and peas. Meat was juicy and tender. While the gravy tasted good as well. I felt it was worth the wait. We enjoyed eating this Hainan Chicken Chop. Moreover I like that they served it with lots of gravy! 😀

DSC05676

Singapore Fried Mee Hoon may not look good in appearance. Furthermore it look lumpy. But has the ‘wok hei’ and tastiness is there.

 

Verdict : We waited quite sometime for the food to arrive. I think the kitchen could not manage big volume. Be prepare for the waiting time especially on weekends. However the food was good. Total bill came to RM47.

 

PD Fung Hai Kopitiam

Address: Jalan Pantai, Kampung Bahasa Kapor, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Operation Hours: Open daily (11am – 4pm) Closed on Thursdays
*solely based on writer's own opinion*
*Cash term*

Scarborough Fish and Chips @Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi

Before this, I read many positive reviews about Scarborough Fish and Chips at Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi. Many claimed that their Fish & Chips is very nice.

Therefore during my recent trip to Langkawi, I pay a visit here for some light snacks. Tanjung Rhu is at another end of Langkawi island. Hence driving from Kuah to Scarborough Fish and Chips restaurant, it may take about 30 minutes drive.

IMG_20180326_105737-001

This restaurant is quite secluded, road was rather empty and quiet. With few units of chalets along the road. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is located 1.2km away from this restaurant.
Scarborough Fish and Chips restaurant is the blue color house. But you may miss it if you didn’t aware of its signage.

IMG_20180326_105829

Apart from the fish & chips, the restaurant is located along the beach (Andaman Sea) which is a bonus point.

IMG_20180326_110009

Apparently Fish & Chips is the specialty here. Made to order with not only one type of fish. But varies from Dory to Salmon which allows diners to choose according to their budget.

On menu, apart from fish there are also choice of meat, pizza and snacks. Not forgetting they also serve an affordable breakfast set from RM10 onward.

DSC05297

I ordered the Deep Fried Snow Fish – RM30.

DSC05299

2 slabs of fish battered with tempura flour was served hot. Flavors was good and its fresh. As you can see it is served with home made chips and some mixed salad as sides.

DSC05294

I also ordered some Chicken Nuggets (RM12) for the kids. The chicken nuggets are not the processed meat that we got from fast food restaurant. But its made of real chicken meat. It was crispy and tender. The kids love it.

IMG_20180326_110423

The beach here is definitely less touristy compared to Pantai Cenang. Seawater was translucent clear that I could see tiny fishes swimming ashore.

Such a relaxing view. Serene and breathtaking, even the dog is enjoying his relaxing life.

IMG_20180326_110641-01

Love this selfie shot I took with the dog. Feel so lovely. A very friendly dog I met. Probably owned by the restaurant owner. 🙂

Scarborough Fish and Chips Restaurant

Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 21:00 Location: Lot 1388, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
Tel: +604 959 4667

*solely based on writer's own opinion*

Hotel Review: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel

IMG_20180325_091035

Early this year, we went for a family trip within Malaysia via flight. It was Jet’s second time boarding on plane since he was 2 years old. But during that time he barely know much. Now he’s more bigger and chatty, he enjoyed the ride and know what’s going on.

IMG_20180325_103707

As we arrived Langkawi Airport, Jet said, “Mummy, lets look at the map”. 😀

At the airport arrival hall, there is a row of counters offering car rental and travel packages within the island. If you want to save some hassle, you can pre-book before you arrive. For my 3days 2 nights trip, I rented a car from this company. I was given a rate of RM140 (during non-peak season). Meaning its RM70/night. Very good price! However the price may vary during school break or festive holidays. I got a Proton Saga FLX (Auto). I wouldn’t say the car condition was tip top but still acceptable.

IMG_20180325_190436

Seems like hotels at Pantai Cenang are more expensive. Therefore I changed my mind to book a hotel at Kuah. I got to know about this hotel from my friend who was coincidentally traveling to Langkawi a day later than me. Driving distance from airport to Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel is about 14km (approx. 30 minutes). From Pantai Cenang to Kuah will only need 14.2km. Since we got a car to move about, so I thought staying in Kuah wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Car Park is available at this premise. But quite limited. Otherwise full, you can opt to park at the opposite car park lot at RM5/entry. It is waiveable for hotel guest.

IMG_20180325_173607

“Initially it was known as Langkawi Yacht Club. In 1999, the royal patron of the club Sultan of Kedah state conferred the ‘Royal’ title to the club. Over the years, the club has grown in its stature and become one of the top favorites to the yachters from all over the world.”

At year 2015, the club undergone a major renovation. Level-1 there will be a lobby and a reception area. There are total 32 boutique rooms. So, I can say that our room is pretty new. 🙂

IMG_20180325_162804

Hill View Family Room.

We booked the room for RM622 for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast via Expedia. The 31 m² area room with 2 Queen size bed.

IMG_20180325_162838

There’s also sufficient space for luggage.

Other amenities are kettle, instant coffee, bedroom slippers, complimentary drinking water in bottle, television, free wifi, refrigerator, in room safe box.

IMG_20180325_163100

The Family Room does not have seaview but only nature view. We could see monkeys climbing the trees ……………

DSC05311

also spotted the Macho Eagle flying around here. Not one but a few of them.

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club

The bathroom isn’t big. Only standing shower.

IMG_20180325_163024

Bathroom Amenities.

IMG_20180325_174324

The Swimming Pool is divided to children pool and adult pool. The swimming pool is onlooking the sea and yachts. What a breathtaking view!

IMG_20180326_085156

The AL-fresco breakfast area.

IMG_20180326_085346

The breakfast served was quite simple and not too much varieties unlike some hotels that serve like a feast. But it has the common ones like egg, toast, sausage/bacon, baked beans, hash brown, cereal, yogurt, nasi lemak, juice, milk and coffee.

IMG_20180326_085956

I like that they served Nasi Lemak Bungkus (nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaf). It was very delicious too.

If you are lazy to drive out for dinner, you can also dine at Charlie’s Bar & Grill. A restaurant serving Western and also Asian food.

DSC05288

Dataran Lang/Eagle Square, one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. This 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most recognizable monuments.

“The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as an emblem of the island. According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi. “

It is just situated 690m away from the hotel.

IMG_20180326_084722

IMG_20180326_193212

I enjoyed taking photos of this hotel view, be it during the day or during the sunset. Really love this breathtaking panoramic view. I do not have any complains about this hotel. All of us enjoyed our stay here.

Apart from this, Langkawi is a duty free state. You can buy lots of chocolates and liquor at really good price here. But for liquor there’s a restriction of 1 liter per person in case you are bringing it home.

4 Best Duty Free Outlets are:-

  1. The Zon Shopping Paradise (at Pantai Cenang)
  2. Coco Valley Langkawi ((at Pantai Cenang)
  3. Langkawi Saga Shopping Centre (at Kuah)
  4. Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping (at Kuah)

 

IMG_20180326_092917

We enjoyed traveling together now. Just that traveling with a little one, mummy has to be like a hawk, more alert to guard them. Now, Jet kept telling me to go Langkawi. Looks like he really love this place. I also like Langkawi. This is my 4th time in Langkawi. Its not just an island mainly for snorkeling or swimming. But there’s more to explore.

 

Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel
Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar,
07000 Kuah, Langkawi,
Kedah, Malaysia

Tel: +6049664078 

Email: reservations@langkawiyachtclub.com

Website: http://langkawiyachtclubhotel.com/

Makan Makan @Ipoh 2017

End of last year I made a short trip to Ipoh for a short gateway.

People said Ipoh has many nice food. Although I spend a day at the theme park, but I try my best to cover as much as I could. In this post, I will share what I had, be it nice or not so nice. 🙂

As soon as I reached Ipoh at around 4pm, our first stop was Ipoh Hor Fun in town.

1) Restoran Thean Chun

DSC04597

Restoran Thean Chun is an old shop located at Ipoh Old Town.

DSC04592

It was crowded during weekend. May be because it is a well known place among tourists.

DSC04590

I noticed that most of the workers here are quite elderly. They are in charge of the drinks.

DSC04587

The one thing that everyone said must try, is the Caramel Egg Custard. I would say its very smooth and nice. But abit tad sweet if you are not into sweet stuffs.

DSC04588

Do not miss a chance to have Ipoh Coffee when you are in Ipoh. The iced coffee is rich.

DSC04595

We also ordered 2 bowls of Kai Si Hor Fun, Steamed Chicken and Ipoh Bean Sprout. Total price was about RM37.

DSC04593

Plate of plump and crunchy bean sprout.

DSC04596

A bowl of Kai Si Hor Fun (flat rice noodle with shredded chicken and prawn. The hor fun was smooth, prawn was fresh while the broth was quite flavorful but not that rich. I felt it was okay, but mom claimed it just average. Its all depends on individual’s palate.

The good thing about Thean Chun is that, it not only serves one food, but it has quite a variation. E.g: Curry noodle, Pork Satay, Popiah. Moreover opposite the restaurant is the tourist spot, The Concubine Lane.

Restoran Thean Chun

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
Operation Hours: (Open daily) 9.30am – 4pm,
9.30am-12am(Sundays)
Phone: 05-255 3076

2) Tong Sui Kai

DSC04636

Just as the sky gets dark, this street became alive. With long stretch of food stalls on both ways. It is named Tong Sui Kai in cantonese. Literally translated as Dessert Street. Not only serving desserts but wide choice of hawker /street food. If your stomach has big space, then you got the chance to try more food.

DSC04637

We were there at about 7.30pm. Crowd start to build up later at 8pm onward.

DSC04638

Each stall has its own number. Same goes to the dining tables. Please remember your seating table number. You will need to inform the food seller for them to bring over your food.

DSC04639

Assorted Siew Mai & Fishball.

DSC04640

Braised Duck Feet. You can skip this. Because it wasn’t that nice. Meat was tough.

DSC04641

Char Kuey Teow was quite nice. But can’t remember which stall. As we seated, the Char Kuey Teow lady came over to approach us. LOL!

We ordered Kerang Rebus, Keropok with Rojak Sauce and Sotong Kangkung from stall No.28 which I felt quite nice. Then we ordered drinks and Longan tongsui from stall No.27. I didn’t order any shaved ice dessert because nobody wants to share with me 😦

Tong Sui Kai

Address: Jln Sultan Ekram, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak.
Operation Hours: 6pm – 2am (Open daily)

3) Nam Heong Ipoh Soho

Makan Makan Ipoh

Just before we depart to Lost World of Tambun, we decided to have our breakfast at Nam Heong Ipoh. We thought to give a try at Nam Heong Soho instead of Nam Heong at Ipoh old town.

IMG_20171127_092213

No doubt the place is cosy, air-conditioned and spacious.

DSC04654

DSC04651

Self ordering basis via iPad.

DSC04657

Drinks are not bad especially coffee.

DSC04666

Wantan Mee – RM9.90

DSC04665

Dry Curry Noodle – RM9.90

DSC04668

Wat Dan Hor – RM10.90

DSC04659

Egg on Toast – RM4.90. Egg on toast is a popular thing in Ipoh.

DSC04660

Egg Tarts (6pcs) – RM12.50

DSC04669

The food prices here are on the higher side. However I felt that the food are just average.

On recent news, Nam Heong Ipoh Soho has brought in 6 robot waitress to serve the diners here. It definitely draw more crowd over the curiosity.

Nam Heong Ipoh Soho

Address: Block B,2-15, Ipoh Soho, Shah,, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Operating hours: 8am-6pm (Monday-Friday) 8am-10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone: 05-246 0521

4) Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum

This dim sum restaurant is just a short walking distance from the hotel we stayed. We decided to give a try to Ming Court instead of the popular Foh San which is just opposite to each other. Both are equally crowded.

DSC04815

Ming Court dim sum is pretty ol-skool, from environment to dim sum. I got the feeling that I’m dining in Hong Kong with Cantonese speaking servers, sharing table and crowd.

DSC04814

Servers will fill the tray with dim sums and approach the diners from table to table. You can see the real item and pick your choice of dim sum. Be it deep fried, steam or dessert as well.

DSC04816

The dim sum prices aren’t expensive. Moreover the dim sum tasted good too.

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum

Address: 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
Operating hours: 6am – 12.30pm (Closed on Thursdays)
Phone: 05-255 7134

5) Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)

DSC04821

When you mentioned about Dai Shu Geok, many people would be referring to the Yong Tau Fu. It is actually a food court with Big Tree next to it.

DSC04818

Spotted the busy kitchen with constantly frying the stuffed items (vegetables/beancurd).

DSC04817

Everything looks so nice and tempting. Pick your own stuffed items then fill the basket which later pass to the person in charge either to take away(dapao) or dine there. You can also add on noodles on top of these yong tau fu.

DSC04819

It surprises me when the total bill came cheaper than I expected to be. If I’m not mistaken, the yong tau fu here is priced at RM0.80/piece. In Seremban, a piece of Yong Tau Fu could easily price at RM1 – RM1.30.

DSC04822

If you are having Yong Tau Fu here, do not forget to order their Assam Laksa too.. Which cost only RM3.50/bowl. The above photo was bowls of assam laksa with condiments before adding the broth. The broth was rich in flavors!

Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)

Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31650 Ipoh
Operating hour: 8.30am – 5.30pm (Open daily)
Phone: 012-524 5408

6) Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken

DSC04823

Salted Chicken (Salt Baked Chicken) is a famous dish in Ipoh. At Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken, the salted chicken is readily packed so that it is convenient for buyer to bring it home or as a souvenir. In Ipoh, there are many many seller with different names. I have tasted several salted chicken, some were either too salty or the meat was tough. Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken is not too salty with hint of Chinese herbs and the chicken meat is tender too.

Price : RM21 (whole chicken)

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken

Address: Ayam Garam Aun Kheng Lim, 24, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Operating hours: 9am – 7pm (Open daily)
Phone: 05-254 2998

7) Guan Heong Biscuit Shop

IMG_20171128_124400

Before we leave Ipoh, we decided to drop by Guan Heong Biscuit Shop to purchase some local biscuits to bring it home as souvenir and sendiri makan.
“Guan Heong” is the FIRST BISCUIT SHOP in IPOH town with 100 years of heritage (since 1918) and is famous for its Meat Floss Biscuit, Hawaiian Biscuit and Salted Bean Biscuit.

IMG_20171128_124357

A small shop that is packed with varieties of biscuits.

I did blogged about their signature meat floss biscuit, sometime ago. You can read it HERE.

Guan Heong Biscuit Shop

Address: Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
Operating hours: 9am – 7pm (Monday-Saturday) 9am-6pm (Sundays)
Phone: 05-241 2399

8) Pun Chun Restaurant

People usually made a pit stop at Bidor before or after visiting Ipoh. Approximately an hour drive, to try the famous duck noodle here at Bidor. Hence this restaurant can be quite crowded during peak season. i.e: long holidays/long weekends.

At Pun Chun Restaurant, they not only serve Duck Noodle, but there are also wantan mee, chicken rice and local biscuits are available too.

IMG_20171128_164226

We ordered the soup version as well the dry version (kon lou). RM8 per serving.

IMG_20171128_164257

For dry version, it will serve with a plate of springy egg noodle in dark soy sauce plus a separate serving of piping hot bowl of herbal duck soup. If you want to have a good taste of the duck soup itself, please avoid ordering the soup version. It taste rather bland. Kinda sad too that the flavors wasn’t as good as I had it 6 years back.

Oh ya, the Iced Coffee is definitely worth ordering.

Pun Chun Restaurant

Address: 38-40, Jalan Besar, 35500 Bidor, Negeri Perak
Operating hours: 6am – 9pm (Open daily)
Phone: 05-434 1554
*solely based on writer's own opinion*

If you have your favorite makan place in Ipoh, why not share it with me and readers here. Thanking you in advanced. 🙂

Jalan Jalan Japan 3rd Store @Centerpoint Seremban

Ever wonder how to get rid of stuffs when your house has space constraint?

Ever wonder that your unwanted stuffs may be useful to people who could not afford or not willing to spend at retail price?

Inspired by the Japanese,it started off with “Recycle Trend” during the 90’s in Japan. It was first created by Bookoff Corporation. Thereafter Bookoff Corporation has expand to more than 800 outlets in Japan and overseas.

Japan is a rich nation where people are able to earn high income but lack of personal storage. Hence it is necessary for them to sell fairly new stuff at ‘Preloved’ store.

Preloved is defined as previously owned or used. This concept will create a better environment and less wastage too.

DSC05514

Mr. Daichi Shuzui is the Director of BOK Marketing.

In Malaysia, it is known as Jalan Jalan Japan store. A store selling preloved goods from Bookoff Corporation Japan. I was told that, goods are arriving at the rate of five to six containers a month.

Jalan Jalan Japan first landed at One City Sky Park, USJ on November 2016. Second store at 1 Shamelin Mall, September 2017 and on year 2018 the Seremban folks is expected to see them at Centerpoint Seremban. Feeling anticipated?

DSC05509

Located at this newly refurbished mall is where we gonna find Jalan Jalan Japan store, Seremban.

DSC05518

Welcoming people from all ages to join this shopping spree.

When it comes to shopping, everyone got excited and energized. 😀

With all these Japan goods, it eventually made you feel as though you are shopping in Japan.

DSC05519

Lets begin with stationary section which is on the left hand side as you enter the store.

Well, you need some patience here to do a lil of hunting. Treasure can be off your sight. Some items are in really good condition , almost like new.

Jalan Jalan Japan

Stamp Set (Pokemon/Hello Kitty) – RM3

Tokyo Disney Enamel Pin – RM3 for 5 pieces.

DSC05520

DSC05529

The above purse, pointed by Jet are only RM1. What a steal. Price start from RM1 onward. Really a good bargain.

DSC05527

Small Bags; i.e Makeup Pouch.

DSC05526

Fabric, i.e: handkerchief.

DSC05528

Home Deco.

DSC05530

Children Tableware. Plates, Bowls, Cups and many more. Of Disney and Sanrio characters.

DSC05531

DSC05532

We found this Car Serving Plate which cost only RM6 for 2. Grabbed it without any hesitation. LOL!

Jalan Jalan Japan2

More plates, pots and pans. Mom grabbed the Rilakkuma Porcelain plate for RM3 each. Also a set of 4 pcs Winnie The Pooh Ramekin Souffle Cups for RM12.

IMG_20180519_150100

Look, I found this adorable Alien Pillow from the character of Toy Story.

Jalan Jalan Japan1

Raincoat is also available too.

Jalan Jalan Japan3

Children party dresses, Children Winter coats are available at only RM15 per piece. If only wearing for once, why not considering a preloved piece?

DSC05543

IMG_20180519_150933

Clothing are price at RM5 onward.

Jalan Jalan Japan6

All clothing item undergoes a hot steaming process, cleaning them, and clothes emerge odorless and are ironed and prepared for shipment to the stores.

DSC05535

We also noticed that the clothing are well categorized according to sizes.

DSC05537

Baby items are not left out too. As a mother, I understand that baby items can be really expensive. Hence, getting preloved items may save alot. Not forgetting that its all from Japan. They got variation of strollers.

DSC05536

Baby Booster Seats.

DSC05560

Baby Carrier or Babywear.

DSC05561

Baby Car Seat

DSC05558

Baby Play Gym

DSC05540

Children Tricycle.

DSC05542

DSC05541

DSC05544

DSC05548

Selection of Children Shoes. I’ve always wanting to buy a pair of rain boot for Jet. But its very rare to get one in Malaysia. Here, there are a variety of it. But the sizes and designs are limited.

Jalan Jalan Japan4

From boot to slipper. Slipper was self pick by Jet himself. He claimed its very nice. LOL!

Slipper – RM3

Boot – RM5 (RM10 for bigger size)

Jalan Jalan Japan5

Women and Men shoes

DSC05554

DSC05552

Kimono at price of RM20

DSC05553

Children costume. The above Police set which comes with a pair of long pant cost only RM15.

DSC05557

Children Luggage

DSC05555

Children Bags

Also available plenty of women’s bag including some branded handbags.

DSC05568

DSC05569

Surprisingly small furniture are also available here.

DSC05565

There’s a section for Golf Equipment,

DSC05562

Racquets,

DSC05570

Inflatable Children Pool, Surfboards and many more….

DSC05564

Gym Equipment. Other than outdoor equipment, musical instruments are also spotted here.

DSC05571

This section will be the favorite section for the kids and some adults. Toys, Board Games and collectible toys; i.e: Manga Anime, Ultraman.

DSC05573

DSC05574

DSC05577

Bought the Sylvanian Families House with Light for just RM70.

DSC05578

DSC05579

DSC05575

Soft toys are also available at the toys section.

DSC05580

The friendly cashier gave me a wide smile as I approach to pay my items. 😀

I can spend hours here to check out the items.

DSC05584

Total spending for 3 big shopping bags was RM157.

So, did you spot anything you like here? See you soon during the official opening date on 2nd June 2018.  Be there early to pick your favorite item and if you are the lucky one, you can go home with some cash prizes during this opening day!

Here’s the overview of the store.

 

At Jalan Jalan Japan, we sees #quality #variety and sememangnya #hargagiler 😀

Jalan Jalan Japan

3rd Floor, Centerpoint Seremban, Jalan Dato Siamang Gagap, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/JalanJalanJapan.Malaysia