Dining Experience @Jigger & Shaker, d’Tempat Country Club Sendayan

New Name, New Menu, New Atmosphere, giving you a total brand New Impression.

Jigger & Shaker, occupying the former Movida premise has officially open to public on 8th February 2018. Selected a good date, the opening ceremony was by the honorable Dato’ Lee Tian Hock.

BISTRO . BAR . ENTERTAINMENT

The open concept environment has gorgeous interior with a casual yet vibrant ambiance and terrace seating overlooking the swimming pool.

Serving International Food (Pork Free), giving us a wider choice. Menu is made suitable for both young and old.

J & S, the initial to Jigger & Shaker.

J & S Chicken Nachos

Guacamole, Salsa, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, Chicken Bolognaise & Mozzarella.

This can be a great snack if you wanted something light for sharing. Great to pair with a cold glass of beer too. I enjoyed munching them.

Sausage Platter

3 types of Sausage (Lamb & Chicken) served with Roasted Roots and Chef’s specially made sauces.

Linguine alle Pescatore

Olive Oil Base Pasta cooked with Prawns, Shrimp, Squid, Mussels and Clams, cooked in White Wine.

Pasta was al-dente, not too dry, flavors were well executed too. Hence its one of my favorite dish that evening.

Home-Made Pizza, Gamberetti Pizza

Hand toss Pizza topped with Cream Sauce Base, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Shrimp and Broccoli topped with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Hands up if you are a thin crust lover. Pizza at Jigger & Shaker met the criteria of thin crust pizza.

Full concentration. The baristas were seen preparing our drinks.

Barista putting some final touch to our cocktail drink.

Varieties of drinks were served here. Be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. How knowledgeable are you into cocktails. It seems the House Cocktails are one of the specialty here.

Not any classic cocktails that we used to hear, but a twist in flavors and ingredients. At Jigger & Shaker, they served craft cocktails. Where element is handmade or tailored specifically to the drink. If you look at the menu, there’s a long list of cocktails. 🙂

Love Story

Vodka, Watermelon liqueur, Passion fruit & Lime juice.

Dark Glass

Rum, Black tea, Kaffir Lime, Calamansi & Palm Sugar.

Bo-berries Carafe (serves 2-4 person)

Vodka, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mint leaves & Lime.

For non-alcoholic drink, they also served some unique milkshakes. Above is Kaya Milkshake with hint of pandan flavors.

Apple Crumble Cheese Cake topped with Crushed Walnuts & Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzle with Caramel Sauce.

After meal dessert is my favorite session, because I have a sweet tooth. Its undeniable that I love this piece of Apple Crumble Cheese Cake. Its so compact and gives us the different kind textures on every mouthful of this cake!

Matcha Chocolate Lava Cake with Green Tea Ice Cream

Chocolate lovers would love this. Ideal to be eaten immediately when its served warm. Check out the oozing rich and chocolatey, chocolate lava.

Worried about getting bored? Fret not. Live band from Art Trio Acoustic Band will keep you entertained on weekends (Friday – Sunday) from 8pm-12am.

I was told that this is the Valentine’s Day set menu. Sounds delicious. Since they are trying to maintain the food quality, thus it is only limited to 20 couples.

Chef Sam, being the main chef, also an important person behind the kitchen, is serious in his culinary skills ensuring the quality of food. It was a pleasure to meet the person who put much effort in serving us the food.

Jigger & Shaker

PT12653, Jalan Pusat Dagangan Sendayan 1,
Seremban (City)
Tel: 012-278 5236
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*solely based on writer's own opinion*
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Pedicure & Manicure Experience @The Color Shop, Palm Mall Seremban

The Color Shop at Palm Mall Seremban is now more than just a hair saloon. Recently they’ve added Nail Care & Design (Nail Saloon) into their premise. Meaning to say, ladies and gentlemen can have a nice hairdo plus nail care under the same roof. Kill two birds with one stone! 😀

Located at Level 2, the same floor as GSC cinema.

Ever since I became a mother, time is really precious to me. I rarely have time to indulge myself in hairdo, body massage or nails. One week ago, I pay a visit here for a good self pampering to groom my nails. Our nails are just like our face, body and hair which requires good care too. Hence, I must really enjoy the session.

Ling, the friendly Manicurist here has several years of working experience back in New York.

I sat on the comfortable couch, then Ling explained the nail services that are available here.

For your info, Ling uses mostly products are of OPI brand. Only the nail color, there’s a choice of OPI and BANDI. Both are already a well known brand in nail care line.

I started off with a good foot spa then followed by pedicure.

I was told to sit on this sofa. Little did I know, its not just a sitting sofa, but also a massaging chair. Wow…this is really a bonus to customers! During the whole process, you can enjoy a good back massage. Sit back, relax and leave the rest to the professional.

Ling added sea salt into the foot spa tub which was filled with warm water. Sea salt are known to be a natural cleansing agent.

She begin with applying a later of OPI ‘mask’ onto my leg, then cling wrapped my legs and finally wrapped with warm towel. This is the ‘steaming’ process. This step took approximately 20 minutes.

Then Ling started shaping my toe nails.

This foot spa tub device works like a Jacuzzi. Just soak your feet in. Bubbles and heat provide soothing relief to the soles of your feet, it also includes soft-touch massager.

Next, Ling proceed with removing cuticles and dead skin. Cuticle oil was also added during this step.

Then, removed the warm towels and cling wrap. Ling applied OPI scrub for exfoliating.

Using the foot file, Ling removes dead skin from my foot and especially heels. (Foot Scrub)

Lastly, towel dry the leg then applied moisturizer. I can feel that my legs are much smoother now.

The whole session also includes an additional 10 minutes of foot massage by the skillful Manicurist.

Ling handed over the color palate. Choosing which color suits my toe nails. Varies from pastels to bold colors.

If you fancy some studs or bling bling stuffs on your nails.

Ling applied a layer of ‘base coat’ before proceeding to the actual selected color.

I chose a pastel pink for my toes. Ling commented that my nails are so short. LOL 😀

The above is Gel Nail Polish.

What is the difference between a gel nail polish and a traditional nail enamel?
Gel nail polishes are formulated differently from traditional nail color and cure under artificial light, so they dry faster and last longer. Gel nail polish lasts up to two weeks without chipping or peeling, and retains its shine as well. 

After application, we need to cure the nail polish. The curing stage requires a special nail drying light. The curing process took 30 seconds.

Lastly, top coat is applied to protects nails while giving them the strength to take on your daily activities, without chipping, peeling or looking scratched.

The above process took approximately 1.5 hours.

Pedicure – RM40

Foot Spa (inclusive of 10 minutes foot massage) – RM80

After beautifying my toe nails, next we proceed with Manicure. Ling proposed French Nail because I told her I just want a simple one.

Trimming ,shaping and buffer my nails before applying the gel color polish.

Ling ensured that she always sterilized her tools.

Ling was very detailed when she did my nails. She applied polish away from my cuticles.

My simple dimple looking nails. They looked very presentable and its still in good condition over almost 2 weeks.

(To protect your fingernails, use your fingers when you type on keyboard instead of finger tip)

Manicure – RM30

Gel Color – RM50

French – RM10

photo by Ling

Besides nail services, hair removal service (hand, leng, underarm) is also available here. Above are the photos showing before and after hair removal. For more info, you can give them a call.

The Color Shop

Lot L2-37,Level 2,Palm Mall,Jalan Sungai Ujong, Seremban

Contact Number: 06-765 6151 / 019-2239828

Business Hour: 10am – 10pm.

Chinese New Year is coming soon. Its time to pan leng leng. Give them a call to make an appointment.

I’ve already done my reservation to give my nails a new look for this Chinese New Year 🙂

**Latest update – 11 February 2018. Done my manicure and pedicure with gel polish on my nails. Love the natural colors on my fingers that suits all occasions and clothing too. 🙂

Hotel Review : Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

Last year, during the year end school break, I planned a short trip to Ipoh together with my family.

First of all, we needed to book a hotel beforehand. I needed a with good location and look comfortable. But not too expensive, because we won’t be spending too much time in room. Did some homework by comparing rates between a few reliable 3rd party hotel websites and not forgetting to read reviews by travelers from tripadvisor.

photo from Hotel Excelsior

Finally I made a decision too book Hotel Excelsior, Ipoh.

Established in 1983, Hotel Excelsior is Ipoh’s first international hotel that is strategically located in the heart of the city center of Ipoh.

Its an old hotel. But recently Hotel Excelsior has undergone a face-lift with a complete renovation, which gave me confidence. Furthermore this hotel met my criteria.

 

Hotel Excelsior is about 10km from Simpang Pulai toll exit.

If you are driving, free car park (for hotel guest) is also available at this premise, a multi storey car park. Do take note that the ramp might be quite narrow to bigger cars.

The check-in process was quite fast, especially when you’ve already booked your room. Staffs are quite friendly too.

Dulang Coffee House located at Ground Floor, serves international buffet breakfast, lunch and ala-carte dishes for dinner.

I booked the Family Room (Triple), which comes with 1 Queen size bed and 1 Single size bed at a good rate of RM270 per night.

Room size is 36 m² , sufficient space for us and kids to move about and also play.

Air-cond was working well and the free wifi signal was strong too.

Bathroom amenities

Our bathroom completes with shower room and also a bath tub. There are hot and cold water tap.

The kids just love the bath tub very much whenever we are on hotel stay.

Apart from that, the room is also equipped with mini refrigerator, electric kettle, hair dryer, ironing facility and free bottled water.

City view from our room.

Excelsior Palace (5th Floor).

We settled our dinner here on one of the night. It is a Chinese restaurant (Non-Halal). Nice cosy environment for family gathering. Besides that, food here tasted quite good and the prices are not too expensive. Do check out the value price Set Lunch (RM14.90/set), which is available daily.

The above dishes cost RM107.60, before 6% GST charge. No service charge here.

Nearest Shopping mall is Ipoh Parade which is just 500m away.

7eleven convenience store is just 50m away.

Not forgetting also the both famous dim sum restaurants. They are just 160m away from the hotel.

Verdict: In my opinion, this hotel and room is above my expectation. Beds are alright and the location is not noisy.

Hotel Excelsior Sdn Bhd
43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel : +60 (5) 253 6666
Fax : +60 (5) 253 6912
Email : reservation@hotelexcelsior.com.my
Web : www.hotelexcelsior.com.my

 

 

Drive Thru Soft Serve Ice Cream @ -11° Soft Serve, Seremban

Drive thru service makes life easier and convenient especially for places with insufficient of parking.

Thus, we often come across drive thru service at fast food outlets.

Today I came across an Ice Cream Vendor who applies drive thru concept to his soft serve ice cream. I decided to check it out because I saw there’s a durian photo attached to the kiosk. Well, that’s because I like eating durian. 😀

I didn’t try the drive thru service. Instead I chose to park my car at the vacant road shoulder, without obstructing traffic.

This kiosk only serve soft serve ice cream. Only one flavor at the moment. I was told that, they will change flavor every fortnightly. The upcoming flavor would be Matcha.

Do check out their Facebook for updates, to know what is the current flavor.

The ice cream is serve in cup. Hope in future they will have the option to serve in cone too.

This cup of soft serve ice cream is priced at RM8.50. Price may vary depending on flavors. I was also told that they uses real Durian flesh to produce this Durian flavor ice cream.

Its not too sweet. However the smoothness of this ice cream, hmmm…I wouldn’t say its 100% probably 90%? I do like the taste, the durian flavor is there. The durian taste even stays on my palate for a shortwhile.

Do check it out if you are nearby.

-11° Soft Serve

No.84, Jalan Tan Sri Manickavasagam
70200 Seremban.

(at Jalan Lobak, nearby 14 floors Templer Flats)

Operation Hours: 10am – 7pm (daily)

Review : Sanctuary Asia Spa @d’Tempat Country Club, Seremban

As a Full Time Working Mom, to have a balance lifestyle between work, home and children can be quite stressful. I tend to look for ways to de-stress or occasional self pampering session option like Spa.

Recently, I chanced upon Sanctuary Asia Spa at d’Tempat Country Club, Seremban. Thus, I had a wonderful spa experience which I would like to share here.

I was served by Lindri who then explained the types of therapy and package available here.

On going promotion for month of December. Club members will get to enjoy more discount. Best kan?

Above are the available treatments and prices.

Thus, I took up the 3 hours package treatment. Read on for more details.

The reception area and the corridor leading to rooms are spacious and brightly lit.

Sanctuary Asia Spa, is designed with contemporary style and subtle touch of Balinese to Rejuvenate, Retreat and Relieve your senses.

I was also told that, these are the products used during the therapy; massage.
Avocado & Milk, were among the favorite massaging cream.

The techniques used at the Sanctuary Asia Spa include acupressure, skin rolling and flicking, firm and gentle stroking, percussion and application of essential oils and also the use of stone massage. The combination of manual therapy and aromatherapy encourages one not only to relax, but to also help loosen the facial restrictions, stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the flow of blood and qi.

Hall for Foot Massage.

But for some who prefers some privacy, rooms are also available for Foot Massage too.

Whilst the Waiting Room is spacious and relaxing.

There are total of 5 individual rooms. Rooms are equipped with sauna, bath tub, shower room, wash basin, cupboard and 1 unit of bed for massage.

Above is the room for 2. Total units available here are 2 rooms. Ideal for couples. The difference between a single and couple room is that, room is more spacious and it comes with Jacuzzi. Apart from that, the room look so luxurious!

I was arranged to have my session in this room. The room has a peaceful and relaxing ambiance. Plus points to the soothing music and calming essential oil. Furthermore the masseur was attentive , which made me feel more comfortable to begin the session.

It started off with Foot Bath.

Then, proceeded to Sauna for a good sweat out.

A sauna’s heat also helps to open your pores, which promotes sweating and cleanses your skin. The high temperatures promotes blood flow and circulation, which can make you feel energized after a sauna.

This session lasted about 30 minutes. However if you feel uneasy, you can opt for a shorter duration.

I was attended by Maya, who is friendly and skillful. She is from Indonesia and has several years of working experience as a masseur. She commented that I have very stiff shoulder. What I like most is that, not much of talking or chit chatting. Just relax yourself and enjoy the whole session. I literally fall asleep.

The above session covers; Balinese Aromatherapy Massage, Balinese Green Tea Scrub, then followed by Yogurt Conditioning.

I skipped the Traditional Balinese Facial because I wanted more on massage 😀

After all the above, I then continued with Milk & Flower  bath in a tub of warm water. Frangipani flower is widely use in Bali. It is Bali’s signature flower and it smells nice too.

I was offered with this spa salt. Put small amount of spa salt on wet body and rub gently in circular motion. Rinse off with clean water. This fine spa salt is to nourish and moisturize during exfoliating for smooth,clean and healthy skin.

Guests will also served with a cuppa warm Ginger Tea after the session end.

I love this pampering session very much. Do bring along your loved ones who really deserves a good pampering session and I assured that she’ll really appreciate your effort. 🙂

Last but not least, this will be the highlight of this post.
Now its the time for my blog to do a little giveaway to my dear readers before we end the year 2017. Thanking you guys for your loyalty throughout these years.

1 No. of Cash voucher worth RM338 (for Signature Royal Balinese Massage-2 Hours) to 2 lucky winners here. Winners will be pick randomly and be announced on 1st of January 2018. (only for Malaysians)

Its very easy. Follow the steps below.

  1. Where is Sanctuary Asia Spa located?
  2. Share this post on your Facebook.
  3. Answer question (1) together with your name & email address on the comment box below.

Closing date will be on 31st December 2017. Come and try your luck 🙂

The Sanctuary Asia Spa is a true sanctuary where you can enjoy the tropical Asia distinctive environment, while rejuvenate your body and soul with the sensual healing touch of aromatherapy massages and facial treatments. It creates a unique treatment concept that blends traditional cultural therapies with a balanced philosophy of health and well-being.

Located at the Lower Ground Level of d’Tempat Country Club, the Spa operates daily from 10:00am until 10:00pm and is open to the public.

 

Lunch @An Viet, The Gardens Mall

Ăn Viet, which literally means to “Eat Viet”, is a casual dining restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food.

Apparently the first outlet is at The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City which opened on 11 November 2015. While the second outlet is at Sunway Pyramid which has a bigger dining area.

Mid Valley has been my favorite shopping mall, hence I visited their outlet here. I often see crowd when it comes to peak hour ; especially during lunch and dinner period. I tried to be earlier yet it was full house. I gave my name and number of guest to the staff, as I was told to come back in half an hour time. Making use of the waiting time, lets go for grocery shopping at Jaya Grocer which is just few doors away.

At An Viet, their motto is to Minimise Global Food Wastage and at the same time for each person who finishes his or her entire meal, Ăn Viet will set aside RM0.10 for Food Aid Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that collects and distributes food to those in need.

I really like their move! Eat what you can. Eat for good cause.

Their food menu comprised of appetizer, rice and noodles. Quite a varieties too.

Vietnamese Drip Coffee with Condensed Milk (CÀ PHÊ SỮA) – RM8.90 (Cold)

If you like Vietnamese Coffee, you should give this a try. Its quite rich and aromatic.

Lemongrass & Ginger Drink (XẢ GỪNG) – RM7.90 (Hot)

This drink is available in jug as well as cold too. If you are not a lemongrass person, you may find this drink too strong of lemongrass. Otherwise its a healthy drink.

Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Pork (BÁNH TRÁNG NƯỚNG) – RM9.90

This is like a savory pancake with very thin and crispy crust. Filled with minced pork and it has a lil spiciness in it. It was grilled. Thus its not so oily.

 

For the main dish, it comes in ala-carte and sets.
We went along with set menu, which I thought its value for money. The set menu comes with rice/noodle + Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll + Clam in Coconut Broth (for single serving)

Claypot Fish & Pork Belly with Caramel Sauce (CÁ KHO TỘ) – RM21.90/set

Gravy taste was nice, so does the pork belly. But I dislike the fish because it has plenty of bones.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (GÀ NƯỚNG XẢ ỚT) – RM19.90/set

The were 2 big slabs of chicken meat skewed in lemongrass and put to grill. The chicken meat was nicely grilled and well marinated.

I like both the side dishes that comes in the set menu.

Clam in Coconut Broth, tasted light and appetizing. Because of the sourish and spicy after taste.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll, filling is very fresh and crunchy wrapped with thin translucent rice paper.

I want this! (car) I want that! (aeroplane). Kids were thrilled when they saw the kids menu offered here.

AEROPLANE – Set comes with Chicken Wing, Fried Spring Roll, Fried Egg, Prawn cracker, Rice and a Vitagen drink.

SPORT CAR – Set comes with Pork Chop, Fried Spring Roll, Braised Egg, Prawn cracker, Rice and a Vitagen drink.

Actually I was quite pleased that they actually served kids set here. They served it in attractive way. The food portion is quite big for kid. Moreover the price is just RM14.80.

Most of the dishes here uses Fish sauce. If you love to cook and would like to get a bottle of this good quality Vietnam Fish sauce, you can purchase it here too. At price of ±RM25 (sorry, I’ve forgotten the exact price).

Verdict : Apart from the crowded and busy ambiance, I do feel that the food here is quite good. There were many other dishes that I wish to try out someday.

 

An Viet

LG203B, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2201 1181

Operation Hours: 11am-10pm

Website : www.anviet.com.my

*solely based on writer's own opinion*

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

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*