Bangkok Day 1 (My Hotel, Platinum Fashion Mall, Talad Neon Night Market)

On beginning of April 2017, my friend Wei Chi & I we both traveled to Bangkok for a short 4D3N trip. It was our girl trip of the year.

During the MATTA fair, Wei Chi bought the ground package from our local travel agency which includes hotel stay, transport to & fro airport & 1/2 day tour in Bangkok.

Our travel time from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2) was around 11am. But ee arrived the airport earlier due to the enforced ruling of hand luggage weight. Hence, an early breakfast we had at the airport before we depart.

Early breakfast at Family Mart. (located at the departure floor)

I made an advanced purchase of sim card for my mobile phone in order to stay connected when I’m in Bangkok. It will be cheaper to get a local sim card rather than using the roaming service. I bought it through Klook. It is a reliable travel website. Why did I buy it here instead of buying from Bangkok airport? Buying through the web, is slightly cheaper and most importantly it save the hassles of waiting or queuing (in case there’s any).

Pick Up:

The telco provider from AIS is one of the most recommended one. I do agree on this because my phone line was at 4G throughout my entire trip.

We were transferred to our hotel at Pratunam via vehicle arranged by the local agent. Nevertheless, it is also very convenient to hire a meter taxi from airport to the city. With bulky luggage, I preferred to go by car instead of train. The traveling time from airport to Pratunam, took at least 1 hour due to the heavy traffic in Bangkok. Traffic jam is something common in Bangkok.

Don Mueang Airport → My Hotel Pratunam:-

Please go to Basement 1 of the Airport and take a city line to drop yourself off at Phayathai station. The cost of city line 15 – 45 Baht /ride depending ten distance ( The fare to myhotel should be 45 Baht/ride). Then may I suggest you to take a meter taxi to myhotel Bangkok within cost around 50 Baht. And now you can check in all luggage at Makkasan station to the Airport. ~info extract from my hotel web.

The check-in process was quite fast. Staffs were quite friendly. Apart from that, the hotel offers complimentary tuk tuk service to main road. Because the walking distance from this hotel to main road may take around 5 minutes.

My Hotel Pratunam is located in the heart of Pratunam shopping district. There are convenient stores like 7-11 and Family Mart within 2 minutes walk.

My Hotel is a simple boutique hotel suitable for light travelers or travelers who do not intend to spend much time in the room. We were in a ‘Standard Room’.

  • Electronic room keycard
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Refrigerator
  • Built-in desk
  • LCD television
  • Bathroom with shower and water heater
  • Set of coffee and tea with electric boil water.
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Free Wifi (but unstable connectivity)
  • Complimentary breakfast (do not have high expectation ya)

We were so hungry by the time we arrived our hotel, because it has past lunch time. So hungry that we made a choice of room dining.

The food prices were quite reasonable. We had Rice Topped with Stir-fry Pork & Basil (50 baht) & Tom Yam with Milk (Dory Fish) (39 baht). The rice was good but the tom yam was just average.

We took the hotel’s tuk tuk service to main road and from there we still need to walk around 10 minutes to Platinum Fashion Mall, our first stop of the day.

We saw some sort of flea market in front of Platinum Fashion Mall. But I wasn’t sure if this is permanent or just temporary.

We walked into Platinum Fashion Mall for more cooling shopping spree.

Platinum Fashion Mall is like an indoor version of the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It specializes in wholesale fashion clothing and accessories, with floors of shopping space, packed with some 2788 shops. You’ll save more buying in larger quantities.

We began at 5th floor where the children wear is.

I then stumbled upon this shop named Sun Star located at 222/1238-42, Zone 2, Soi ORCHARD, 5F

This place made me go gaga! Looking at all the cute stuffs…I just couldn’t decide what I want. For 3 items & above (with same code number), you are entitled for wholesale price which made quite a big difference in price.

I was walking around this children clothing floor to search for pajamas. They have nice children pajamas here. Price around 250 baht/set, may cost more if the size is bigger.

Our early dinner at Yum Saap located at Floor 6F, Zone 2, Soi WALL STREET, Room 222. We had Tom Yam Mama Noodle & Green Curry Rice. The food here is not bad. (Shopping Complex price). There’s also a food court at the same floor.

At Platinum Fashion Mall, you can really spend hours shopping here. Do not hesitate to buy when you see something that you like otherwise you may not find it again. Some shops allow bargaining especially if you buy 3 or more pieces.

Operation Hours:-

SAT, SUN, WED : 08.00 – 20.00
MON, TUE, THU, FRI : 09.00 – 20.00

Website: www.platinumfashionmall.com

A free tuk tuk ride from Platinum Fashion Mall to Talad Neon Night Market. The ride is only available from Wednesday to Sunday (7-9m) . (there’s a counter at side entrance of the mall, towards the pedestrian bridge)

Otherwise the walking distance from Platinum Fashion Mall to Talad Neon will be around 10 minutes (550m).

Talad Neon is a new night market opened since December 2016. The place is brightly lit. Comprising stalls of homeware, clothing, food & beverages. Mostly mend by the youngsters.

Wow….a hippy haircut at a night market?

There wasn’t much clothing during my visit. But I do noticed that there are varieties of handmade stuffs.

HAHAHA….interesting drinks!

Talad Neon is only open from Wednesday to Sunday. (5pm-12am)

For more info:- www.facebook.com/taladneon

Tuk tuk ride back to Platinum Fashion Mall. This was my first tuk tuk ride experience although it was my second time traveling to Bangkok. But indeed a good experience! You really must try once to experience the ride lar… 😀

Walking from Platinum Fashion Mall back to hotel took around 15 minutes.

While walking back, we spotted some street paddlers. We couldn’t resist these good looking grilled prawns. They looked so tempting. So, we bought one for supper. It was really fresh & crunchy. We also bought Mango, which tasted so sweet and juicy.

There goes our Day 1 trip.

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Dine & Shop at Hello Kitty House Bangkok

Hands up if you are one of the Hello Kitty fan 🙂

Hello Kitty is an official Sanrio character. I adore Hello Kitty for its cuteness. I believed everyone has an inner child in them. hehe….

Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe at Sunway Pyramid, I didn’t get the chance to visit. But during my recent travel to Bangkok, I tried to insert Hello Kitty House into my itinerary. There are many theme cafes at Bangkok now.

I was told that Hello Kitty House Bangkok is a cafe cum shop cum spa place.

Hello Kitty House is opened at Siam Square One. It is a multi storey building located along a busy road. Besides that, it is strategically located near BTS Siam Station. Its just a walking distance.

 

Jeng jeng jeng….we were here at Hello Kitty House Bangkok for a tea break.

The dining hall is furnished with pink pastal color chairs, walls and warm lighting making it looked so sweet & lovely.

The staff lead us to our seats. But as soon as I sat down and quickly placed an order, I couldn’t stop taking photos. LOL! Every angle and corners are worth taking photos. Its just too lovely.

Assorted cakes of the day were displayed here.

I also went upstairs. As I walked up the bright white color staircase leading up to the following floor ………………

I reached the upper floor which look grandeur and romantic! The upper floor is much brighter due to the tall windows surrounding the hall.

Apart from that, the chairs, the windows…..all are of Hello Kitty. Literally melts. I wonder if anyone throw a wedding reception here. Feels so romantic lar.

Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel

The colorful menu.

I ordered the sandwich set which comes with a drink for 250 baht.

Ham & Cheese Kitty Sandwich

For drink, I chose Hot Chocolate with a kitty face. Aiyohh….how to drink la….must admire kao kao first before damaging it.

My friend chose the Hello Kitty Tumbler set for 399 baht from the monthly promo. I assumed the monthly promo may varies each month. The set comes with a Fries, a drink filled in the hello kitty tumbler. There were choice of 3 designs.

the cute tumbler that filled with Iced Milk Tea.

Everything is about Hello Kitty here…even the theme song that is constantly repeating, I could still remember and hum the song. Tell me about it…I know it can be annoying to some people. 😀

More posing 😀

After done with our light tea break & photo taking, we went downstairs at lower ground floor for more hello kitty merchandises.

very nice to see, but not so nice for my wallet. Because the prices were not cheap…moreover with out poor currency 😦

This is a very nice place even if you are not a hello kitty fan. Furthermore, I think this place is meant to attract girls… 😀 😀 😀 mainly for the ambiance and the hello kitty character…but not really about the food. Hello Kitty is main, food is secondary.

 

Hello Kitty House Bangkok
Address: 388 Siam Square One Building, LG, 1st & 2nd Floor, Siam Square Soi (Alley) 7, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
Contact: +662 115 1335
Business Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm

 

 

Visit Hokkaido – Day 3

Continuing from Day 2 of my Hokkaido trip which I’ve dragged so long…

On third (3rd) day, we’ve insert Curb Market into our itinerary. One would think about ‘market’ when it comes to freshness of ingredients/ seafood.

The Curb Market, which opens at 6AM, is comprised of approximately 60 stores selling a variety of items ranging from fruits to fresh and dried fish. It also offers sushi and other restaurants serving reasonably priced dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients from the market. Products are made available at the Curb Market as soon as the bidding ends at the Wholesale Market.

From Susukino Station Namboku Line各停Asabu 2 min (non-stop) , Odori Station Tozai Line各停Miyanosawa 9 min (5 stops) Nijuyonken Station. Walk About 8 min , 700 m to Curb Market

Cost: ¥250

Upon arrived Nijuyonken Station, we asked one of the working staff to give us directions to walk to Curb Market. As we walk, we passed by a post office along the road. We thought it would be a good idea to post a postcard back home in Malaysia.

Spectacles are provided for people with eye sight problem.

I chose the famous clock tower to post back home. If I’m not mistaken, the total price for postcard+postage(stamp) was around RM10. I received the postcard within 1-2 weeks time.

The post box where we dropped our mail. 🙂

Scenery along the way. The road is less busy compared to Susukino or Sapporo.

Stores line up the market offering fresh fish, vegetables and fruits, meat, Hokkaido confectionery. Most fish stores come with a dining hall, so you may taste crabs and other seafood that you choose right on the spot. Operation hours from 6am to 5pm. But the restaurants usually operates after 7am.

Ashley & I randomly pick a restaurant and sat in for our lunch. Looking at the menu, its definitely not as cheap as Otaru, the one we had the day before. (Day 2).

of sushi & sashimi

Crab meat rice (donburi)

Our authentic Japanese lunch meal.

Not forgetting the huge scallop (using Ashley’s palm as comparison). The scallop was lightly grilled. So delicious and juicy because it was very fresh.

Japanese Rock Melon for sale.

After the lunch, each of us bought a slice of Japanese melon which cost ¥200 each. It may be abit costly due to our poor currency, but left no regrets. Because it is so sweet and juicy. 

We left Curb Market and back to Sapporo Station.

Everyday also so many steps. Seriously if you wanna slim down…can consider traveling to Japan. 😀

At the Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we spent some shopping time at Pole Town.

Pole Town is a long hall featuring many unique Japanese clothing and accessory brands, often very well priced, and ranging from traditional kimono style to hip-and-trendy fad stores. Also underground (with escalators leading up to the Tanukikoji Shopping Street), the thoroughfare features bakeries and cafes, too.

Kindly refer HERE for floor guide.

At this Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we felt like there’s no end. Endless walk! At this moment, we couldn’t take it anymore. Hence we needed a break.

We stumbled upon this place and had a tea break at Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi. Its a Cafe cum Bakery.

Assorted freshly baked buns. I could smell the aroma of it.

I think this was the most luxurious tea break throughout the trip. LOL!

Ashley had the Tea Set for ¥1407 which comes with a pot of tea and selection of cakes. The cakes were delicious!

I, on the other hand would like to have something savory. I ordered a salad with tomato soup which comes together with their freshly baked bun for ¥1296 and a glass of drink for ¥92. Nevertheless, the food was good.

After we settled our meal, we walked to BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store which is located at Sapporo Esta JR Tower. (About 15 minutes walk from Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi.

BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store occupying from floor 1-4, housed wide selections of electrical items, mobile phones, cameras, toys, household items, cosmetics at a competitive price. The business hour is from 10am-9pm.

How to get there.

The store is quite well organized. Ashley and I spent hours at 2nd and 4th floor. 😀

We literally “WOW” (dropped jaw) upon entering the store.

Some additional info for shoppers to get some rebates.

If you have extra time, do drop by the 100 yen shop at Level B2 and Uniqlo at Level 5. The outlet is big and has a wide range of items.

Ashley was eyeing on these corn snacks that she said ‘we must buy this’!. We bought them at 100 yen shop.

Shops start closing by 9pm (very punctual). From there we took the train from JR station, Sapporo back to Susukino ¥200

On our way walking back to our hotel, we stopped by this small restaurant for our late dinner. They only serve soba (buckwheat noodle).

**There were some conversation problem when we were at the restaurant. We wanted to order ‘take away’. Because the staffs only speak Japanese and don’t understand English. We ended up having a good laugh! 😀 :-D…later we were told not allowed to take away, because the noodle will be soggy.

Ashley had the soba with tempura. She said the the tempura (prawn) was good.

Myself had the soba with egg

Soba was al-dente topped with fluffy egg and tasty soup. It was simple and so delicious. Moreover the portion is big too. If I’m not mistaken it was less than 1000 yen. That night was quite chilling, therefore nothing beats a bowl of warm noodle. It feels so comforting.

Sometimes I feel that small or not popular restaurant may serve some nice and delicious food too. Perhaps some luck too. 🙂

Visit Hokkaido – Day 2

A kid free trip can be hassle free. Hence, it also made both mummies missing their beloved child badly. Everyday, without fail a video call back home just to see their face and hear their voice. Tell me bout the separation anxiety! 😀

Day 2 of the Hokkaido trip will going to cover Otaru.

the daily sight as we walk from Tmark City Hotel to Susukino station.

It was before 9am. Many shops were still closed. So, we decided to pick a random cafe at Susukino station to get a quick breakfast. Need my caffeine fix. LOL! A thick toast & a cuppa drink(tea/coffee) which cost ¥918/person.

The Japanese are so well-discipline when getting in and off the train. Unlike the Malaysians who often rush to get into the train before people inside got the chance to get down. Probably because of our poor timing/ unpunctual public transport made us don’t want to miss any ride.

Susukino is our nearest connecting station from Tmark City Hotel. So, from Susukino we took the subway to Sapporo. Cost ¥200

At Sapporo station, we were unsure where to buy the train ticket to Otaru. To our relief, we asked from the information counter.  Although there’s a language barrier, but giving hand directions will help too.

Hence we took the local train with reserved seat for total cost of ¥1160/way. Traveling time from Sapporo to Otaru took about 40 minutes. Very clean and comfortable ride.

This line go along the sea shore line between Zenibako station and Asari station. A beautiful view that you may not want to miss.

Yes. We’ve reached Otaru.

Weather was all good when we arrived. A lil breeze too.

This is the bus schedule & fare. In case if you want to return Sapporo by bus.

This is Otaru station. Where the buses and trains meet here 🙂

Otaru is like a small town, I felt. You can download or printout the map of Otaru from HERE. Alternatively you can also get a colorful map from the information counter as you arrived at the station.

We decided to make our 1st stop at Sansaku Market, which is just opposite to Otaru Station (direction – 10pm clockwise).
This market is quite small. Not only they have seafood shops but also small restaurants serving fresh seafood. The seafood are what you sees below.

After a stroll at these fresh seafood market, both Ashley & I said “I want to eat now. Here!” 😀 We randomly chose one which we sees it has more crowd.

Sat on the tatami section and read the menu.

This a free snack. Guess what? It looks ugly but its quite yummy and can be addictive. Its dried squid with its ink!

Assorted sashimi platter. Consists of prawn, salmon, scallops, mackerel, squids and crab meat. The sashimi was really fresh and delicious.

A bowl of rice topped with vibrant colors of sea urchin (uni), popping salmon roe, salmon slices, crab meat was something unforgettable. It was my first time eating raw sea urchin. Not quite used to that taste.

This serving cost ¥2000, comes together with a bowl of scallop soup.

A satisfying meal that cost ¥3000. Dirt cheap!

At Otaru, there are four Otaru Stroller’s tourist buses, which connect Otaru Station with all of the tourist’s spots. The buses run every 30 minutes around the city center and once per hour in the less central areas. The fare on both tourist and regular buses is a flat 220 yen per ride or 750 yen for a one-day pass that is valid for one day usage.

We bought the one day pass. ¥750

The interior of stroller’s bus looking quite unique.

The bus made its first stop at Otaru Canal

Otaru (小樽) is a small harbor city, located northwest of Sapporo. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansions make Otaru a pleasant day trip from Sapporo.

So, this is the popular stretch of canal. Actually its not very long. Otaru Canal, 1140m in length and 40m in width, was completed in 1923 after nine years of construction work. Otaru Canal (小樽運河, Otaru Unga) was a central part of the city’s busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Large vessels were unloaded by smaller ships, which then transported the goods to warehouses along the canal.

This place will gives you a totally different kind of atmosphere during the day & night, also during winter (snow) time. At night, this path will be lit up by gas lamp. Sounds romantic.

My travel buddy & I

traditional rickshaws for hire, with a certain fee. Not quite sure bout the price and coverage area.

Opposite Otaru Canal is Otaru Denuki Allay. Where you can find restaurants here too.

After the canal, we walked to Sakaimachi Street (境町通り, Sakaimachi Dōri) is an attractive, preserved merchant street in central Otaru, a short walk from the canal area. Many of the buildings along Sakaimachi Street have since been converted into restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, boutiques and museums.

*sigh, it was a wet, rainy afternoon*

We stopped by for the 7 layers ice cream, which I’ve seen people blogged about. Its located next to Museum of Venetian Art.

Choice of ice creams with price tag on it.

We ordered rainbow ice cream of course! Cost ¥550

From top layer onwards; grape, strawberry, green tea, melon, vanilla, chocolate, lavender.

worth for instagram worth for the taste ×

Each color, each layer are made of different flavors. I wouldn’t say that its super nice, because not every layer tasted good, but its definitely looking attractive. The texture of the ice cream is quite normal, I felt. I personally like the melon flavor most.

There are total 6 LeTao stores in Otaru. Each store is of different specialty. Apparently Otaru is LeTao head store.

LeTAO PATHOS is their largest store. On the first floor is a confectionery with popular products, including Double Fromage, a place where you can eat crepes and other sweets and purchase leather items by Somes Saddle.
On the second floor is a cafe where you can enjoy original cakes only from PATHOS as well as plates of pasta.

We came to Rokkatei & Kitakaro to shop for some confectionery. I personally preferred Kitakaro. They have varieties of biscuits, baum, and their popular cream puffs. Besides that, they also offered samples. At least you can try before you decide to buy more or less.

Baum sample by Kitakaro.

cream puffs by Kitakaro.

If you are a fan of Totoro, there’s a small shop here at Otaru, next to the Music Box Museum.

Otaru Music Box Museum

A museum that contains exhibits about the development of music boxes, a collection of several notable music boxes, as well as an extensive store that carries many different types. Outside of the music box museum, the steam clock was a gift from Vancouver to Otaru. Powered entirely by steam, the clock plays a chime every 15 minutes, and features the main steam whistle on the hour.

a large shop with a wide variety of music boxes on sale.

FotoJet Collage3Spoil with choice!!

FotoJet Collage1Every designs comes with different music.

Alternatively, you can also opt to customize your own by selecting your choice of music from the list of music displayed here-with an additional fee. However the choice of figurine model was quite limited.

Varieties of Fortune Cat. (these are not music box)

After spending at least an hour here, I couldn’t make up my mind. Hence, the price ain’t cheap, I end up empty handed. LOL! LOL! I didn’t buy any. 😀 😀

After a tiring day, we decided to take a break at LeTAO Cheese CakeLab, which is very near to Music Box Museum.

It was already late noon. Many popular items were already sold out by then.

Cheese made soft served ice cream was really good. Texture was smooth and tasted like having cheesecake in a form of ice cream.

Cost ¥390

We also ordered 2 different slices of cakes.  Total ¥730.

Left (Double Fromage Roll) Right (Double Fromage). Both having similar taste, but I personally preferred ‘Double Fromage’ as you can really taste its richness of flavor. The upper layer is creamy smooth no-bake cheesecake, and the lower layer is rich, tasty baked cheesecake. The cake texture is very light and the cheese taste is not overpowering too.

We wanted to try the nice tempura place at Otaru-Denuki (as recommended by people). Unfortunately the restaurant was closed on that day. It was already 7pm. Therefore we made our way back to Sapporo by bus (Cost ¥610) from Otaru Station. Then, from Sapporo we took the Subway back to Susukino (Cost ¥200).

By then we were already so tired with all the walking and traveling. Therefore we settled our dinner at a small ramen shop located near to Tmark City Hotel.

Choice of food/ramen is quite limited. With the help of one local diner, he suggested which to choose and also helped us to place order because the owner don’t seem to know a single word of English.

A bowl of Miso Ramen Cost ¥800

We opt for thin noodle. Noodle texture was crunchy. Serving was big, comes with rich flavorful miso+pork broth, pork slices. This bowl of ramen was such a comfort meal after a tiring day + cold weather. I reckon, this was one of the best ramen I ever had.

Total spending for Day 2 – ¥7443/person

**Otaru is a nice place to visit. Its peaceful and relaxing place. A trip to Otaru can be done in a day. Best is to depart early from your location in order to arrive Otaru early, so that you could spend more time at Otaru. Please take note that most of the shops closes at 6pm. Even the Otaru Stroller’s last ride is before 7pm.

Visit Hokkaido – Day 1

Hi Everyone. I just got back from Hokkaido, Japan. A place, where I’ve been aiming to go since last time. I traveled together with my friend, Ashley on free & easy basis. Not too difficult as I thought. Most importantly to book a hotel as early as you could and have plans on where to go when you are there. Most of the time we rely on Google Maps as we navigate. Having a portable pocket wifi on hand made our life much easier. We booked one from Travel Recommends, which offers you an affordable rate.

On July 2015, we booked our air ticket via Air Asia  which costed about RM1200 for to & fro inclusive luggage weight of 20kg.

We took the night flight at 11.15PM and arrived New Chitose Airport at local time 8.20AM (Japan’s time is 1  hour ahead of Malaysia time). The flight duration was nearly 9 hours. Very long hours hoh.

As we reach, I’m already seeing a wet day. I got the feeling, I brought the rain over 😀 😀 During the entire trip, it rain almost every day. *sigh*

After done with custom clearance and all, as soon as you step out of the arrival hall you’ll be able to see a doraemon sculpture.

airportUpon arrival, if you decided to go to Sapporo via Airport Bus, please follow the above arrow(direction) and go one floor down at 1F to purchase the bus ticket and wait for the bus there.

Click HERE for Airport Map

In this case, since it was still early, we decided to have our first meal at the airport. Heard people shared about some good ramen at the airport. So, we wanna check it out.

Hokkaido Ramen Dojo is located on the 3rd of New Chitose Airport’s domestic terminal building.

The Ramen Dojo houses 10 of the best ramen establishments from all over Hokkaido, each with their own signature style.

Due to the long hours flight and lack of sleep, Ashley & I were like a blur sotong. We thought Ramen Dojo is the ramen restaurant. So we joined the queue without knowing that there are several ramen choices until we were in the front of the queue. The long queue that we joined in was Ebisoba Ichigen, at the entrance of Ramen Dojo.

Ebisoba Ichigen has the most crowd. Be it local or tourist.

the menu has English translation in it.

2 big bowls of ramen for both of us. Cost: ¥890 (with extra egg)

The portion was big and the noodle was crunchy. Loving the egg and pork slices. Ebisoba Ichigen is popular for its rich shrimp soup base. No doubt the shrimp soup base was so rich in flavor. However I find it abit tad salty for my liking.

Cheese Tart after meal is considered as dessert. HAHA! We locate Kinotoya at Domestic Terminal Building 2F.

One could easily got hooked by the aroma of these freshly baked tarts. Priced at ¥183 each, these tarts are undeniable good! From its pastry to its overflowing creamy & cheesy filling.

The airport itself has so many things to shop. We’re not gonna explore on Day 1. Will leave it for Day 6. (stay tune)

Done with ramen and cheese tart, so now we are on our way to our hotel at Tmark City Hotel Sapporo. One could reach there by train (JR Rail) or bus.

We decided to travel by bus. The journey took around 1 hour.

Via Hokkaido Chuo Bus to Sapporo. Cost: ¥1,030

CHUO BUS Timetable

Since it was our 1st day here, we weren’t quite familiar with the place + the rain & big luggage, We have no idea where the bus stop us. So, we decided to hail a cab to bring us directly to our hotel

Cost: ¥780

The check-in process was quite fast. Hotel staffs were quite friendly and helpful too. However the so-called “Double Room” doesn’t look so double with a small queen size bed. Room size of 16 m², movements are quite constraint. But that doesn’t hold back our stay here. Because the room was clean and amenities were quite complete. We are gonna stay here for 5 nights. Cost: ¥51,120

This room is fitted with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. One channel in Chinese while the rest were in Japanese.

The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub.

Vending machines for your convenience. Of hot and cold drinks, chocolates, noodles, bread, cigarettes even ice cream!

After getting some rest, we walked to the Sapporo TV Tower which took us around 19 minutes by foot. In between, we stopped over at MOS Burger for our super late lunch. Cost: ¥390 (ala-carte burger)

TV Tower rateAdult Cost: ¥720

It is 60 seconds by elevator from the third floor to the observation deck, 90.38 metres above ground.
The entirety of Sapporo city unfolds beneath your eyes, set to a background of the magnificent Ishikari countryside,
the far afield Japan Sea, and Odori Park, where flowers bloom in the four seasons.
Command a panoramic view of the YOSAKOI Soran Festival, Sapporo Snow Festival, and White Illumination.

Below are some photos taken from the observation deck.

view of Odori Park. We skipped Odori Park as it was raining.

What I observed here, roads and buildings look so organized. Viewing from such high height, made me feels like looking at mini 3D model structure. 😀

Verdict: Feel abit not worth to visit during the day. For night view would be better I suppose.

From Sapporo TV Tower, we walked to Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade about 11 minutes by foot.

The Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade, close to the Susukino train station, is amongst the largest and most historic malls in Sapporo, with more than 200 individual stores and a great and varied choice of eateries (think conveyer belt sushi). The unique take of this mall is that you will find old and traditional merchants selling kimonos, tea or incense side by side with modern stores specializing in computers and software or state-of -the-art electronics and digital cameras – all of which lends it a bazaar-like quality. Many items for sale here are even cheaper than in the 100 yen shops. Check out the Donki’s Store for strange merchandise. Plenty of games centres and coffee shops.

We did not spend much time here because we were getting tired of walking. LOL!! So tired till we decided to pack our dinner back to our hotel.

garaku curryWe packed our dinner from Garaku Curry. Feeling lucky that one of the staff actually understand ‘take-away’ in English. 😀 The restaurant is located at 1st floor. You may not miss out due to the big font of its name. The restaurant is quite small but can be crowded during dinner time. A nutritious soup made by adding 21 spices to a slow-stewed base of pork stock, chicken and vegetables is served with choice rice. Both the large-cut vegetables and the tender meat are delicious. Choose your level of spiciness upon ordering. I took up the challenge and ordered ‘hot’. It was very spicy but ‘shiok’ too! Waiting time around 20 minutes. Cost: around ¥1100

As we walk back to our hotel, I spotted Hello Kitty construction barrier! So cute and nice! Throughout the trip, I spotted 3 different designs at different locations. So much effort in just construction barriers. I guess the Japanese takes everything seriously.

Everyday, we’ll walk pass Susukino be it morning or night. Because Susukino is the nearest subway station from our hotel. Susukino is the heart of Sapporo’s night life. Bars, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Cafes, and live houses mingle with a variety of Hostess clubs, Cabaret clubs, Go-go bars, and other red-light establishments.

We notices the big difference between day and night. Susukino comes to life at about 6pm and carries on well into the wee hours of the morning.

Our packed dinner from Garaku Curry.  This place was recommended by a blogger I read. I would suggest you to do a reservation. We packed our dinner at around 6+pm, and the restaurant was already filled up with diners. And some waiting to be seated. Nevertheless, It was very delicious. The soup was so flavorful and spicy. So yum to go with rice. You will be ask to choose your spiciness level for the soup/gravy. Don’t under estimate the spiciness. I was greedy and chose the higher level….I end up having sore throat the following day. HAHAHA!

There goes the Day 1. We knocked out pretty early that night. So tired la…No more night owls. 😀

Total spending on day 1 ≅ Cost: ¥4703

Short Getaway to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Would like to apologize for the less frequent updates here.

Today, I’m gonna write about this long overdue post. HAHAHA! 😀

Sorry….my bad…

It was actually about my plan of a short getaway with my family during Chinese New Year. Okay la…I know that CNY has over for like 2 months! =P

Wanting to go for hotel stay but didn’t want to travel far or get caught in the jam during the festive season, I decided to book a stay at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. Afterall its a new place to everyone of us.

Nestled along Port Dickson’s pristine Pasir Panjang beach, Lexis Hibiscus consists of 639 pool villas comprising tower rooms and water villas. Each villa is spacious, tastefully decorated with modern conveniences and comes with its own private dip pool and steam room for luxury and privacy. Complementing the rooms are a wide range of beach and water activities, all focused around the tallest sea water fountain in Malaysia at 400 feet.

At the hotel lobby during check in. The lobby was so lively. CNY deco, performances by the ground staffs, balloons giveaway to the children, not forgetting the quite a number of guests. The process of checking in was pretty fast. Probably because they have many working staffs. Moreover I’ve paid for my room during my purchase via Lexis website.

I got the ‘soft opening deal’. I paid RM680 (without breakfast) for a night stay at Sky Pool Villa. Why am I willing to pay so much for a room? Lets continue reading………………………………

This is where Sky Pool Villa located. Not on the sea. “But I thought there’s a pool attached to the room. How lar?”

Let’s see………………………..

Situated onshore, this Sky Pool Villa offers a more spacious area, yet sharing the same modern contemporary style of the other designs. The room’s brighter tone and sleek furnishing truly enriches and dignifies its aesthetic quality and effect. Apart from a wide view of the beautiful waterfront, its functional layout, impeccable finishing and space optimization creates a succinct visual appeal that is contemporary yet timeless.

These are the key points:-

  • 96 sqm
  • located in the tower block
  • every unit has panoramic sea view
  • 2 king beds
  • private dip pool and sauna in the balcony area
  • spacious bathroom

The spacious bedroom can fit 4 adults. (psstt….the day bed also can sleep in)

Spacious walkway for wardrobe & wash basin, separating the bed and TV area.

Spacious bathroom with standing shower & bath tub. The bathroom and toilet are separated.

The nicely arranged basic amenities which look quite attractive.

TV inside the wall.

Oh ya, not forgetting that the Wifi signal was quite strong too.

This was the main attraction. A private pool all to ourselves. I have to admit that the pool at Lexis Hibiscus is much smaller compared to Grand Lexis. But this one has panoramic view lor.

View from our room at 3rd floor. I couldn’t capture the full top view. The arrangements of sea villas are suppose to look like a Hibiscus.

This is how the arrangements look like. A better vision for you.

You can also take a stroll along the beach.

There’s also a sauna room here for your usage.

Children can’t wait to get into the pool. Wanna go for a dip into the pool during this hot weather? YAY! Definitely.

After dinner, before return to our room, we brought the children to the indoor playground which is located next to the Spa centre. There was an admission fee of RM20 (if I’m not mistaken) for 1 hour.

Inclusive of one free coloring activity.

There were also activities like nail painting, DIY greeting cards, etc..with a minimal fee of RM5 onward.

The next morning, we brought the children to the playground and some bubble play. HAHAHAHA! Bubbles are not free of charge. Need to pay money also. Can’t remember the exact price. It was between RM8-10/small bucket.

These Popsicle are sold here. It is so lovely to watch them when they both are in good terms.

A heartwarming gesture, we received these CNY goodies from the hotel.

Here, I attached the room layout for a better understanding.

We didn’t took our dinner here. Instead we went to a Chinese Restaurant named, Weng Yin which is merely 5 minutes drive from this hotel for some Chinese ‘dai chow’. Prices are all stated on the menu. So, no worries.

Overall, we were quite pleased with our stay. The room, the facilities and the services. Although the price was quite steep, but it was a relaxing family trip and how often do you get to spend on family trip. Its about the quality time spent.

LEXIS HIBISCUS

12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, 
Pasir Panjang 71250, 
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan,
Malaysia.

Tel :   +606 – 660 2626
Fax :   +606 – 660 2628
Email :   reservations@lexishibiscuspd.com
Website    :   www.lexishibiscuspd.com

Dinner & Sunset @Yellow Cafe Langkawi

I did some homework few days before traveling to Langkawi. Just in case I do not want to end up paying hefty price for some lousy food.

I found out about this place which located along Pantai Cenang having quite a numbers of positive feedback in terms of environment and food. Therefore this place has to be in my itenary. Yellow Cafe is like a hidden gem. Without a signboard of its name, I doubt I could locate it. It is situated beside Langkapuri Inn passing through the rooms of Langkapuri Inn to locate this cafe.

The owner of this cafe decided to name his cafe as Yellow Cafe based on a nickname ‘Yello’ he gotten from Thailand. Simple and easy to remember isn’t it?

Using yellow as its theme color, we are expecting to see yellow here and there. 😀 😀

“Yellow Cafe is divided into three dining concepts: the Steak House Restaurant is comprised of an indoor section with dark wooden furnishings; the Cocktail Bar offers large comfortable sofas, while the Beach Front Lounge is perfect for lounging with a number of triangle Thai pillows, plush beanbags, and hammocks.”

My friend and I decided to sit here and this was our view. I could feel the fine sand below my feet. 🙂

You can also watch the ongoing beach activities. E.g: para sailing, banana boat.

Our surrounding.

A cold beer with nice view feels so good.

At Yellow Cafe, they served mostly western food. Considering this area as tourist spot, the food prices are considered affordable. Their non pictorial menu was rather simple and straight forward.

We ordered a 12″(30cm) size pizza. I chose Tacchino (Turkey Ham, Mozarella, Olives, mushroom, tomato sauce) RM31

The pizza had a very thin crust. Buttery & crisp. The toppings were sufficient to cover every slices of pizza we had.

There were only 2 types of spaghetti served here. The bolognaise would be rather common. Therefore I chose the latter. I ordered for Spaghetti Serena (Chicken & Mushroom)RM24

The al-dente spaghetti was tasty, creamy but not cloyed. The amount of mushrooms and chicken were quite generous too.

Both dishes were on sharing basis. I enjoyed the food here. The food prices here ranges from RM20 – RM60.

The atmosphere here at night.

During peak periods, the cafe also hosts live bands performing a variety of music genres such as reggae and salsa.

Well, be prepare for the sunset view. The sunset here was around 7.30pm. Quite late huh..

The sunset at ‘Andaman Sea’

Beautiful, isn’t it?

*nice stuffs are worth waiting, but they won’t stay long either*

Yellow Cafe Langkawi

*pork free*
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday 11:00 – 01:00 (closed on Tuesday)
  • Address: Pantai Cenang, PO Box 121, 07000 Langkawi
  • Tel: +6012 459 3190

A unique experience staying at Tubotel Langkawi

Hi…I just came back from my 3D2N trip to Langkawi with my GF. This trip was meant to be a relaxing trip and a short getaway from our busy life. On the first night we stayed at ‘Resort World Hotel’. But on 2nd night, my friend suggested we try Tubotel Langkawi. Well, from the photos…it looks pretty interesting. The concept I meant. Tubotel is located 6km from airport, 1.2km from Pantai Cenang.

“Tubotel is the first budget concept hotel of its kind in Asia, in a panoramic paradise, on a tropical island. A genuinely unique experience of no frills packed with tubotonnes of thrills… everyone should try it, even it is way below your budget!”

We booked a sea-view room at the rate of RM180 which inclusive of breakfast for 2.

 The check-in procedure was quick because we’ve made the payment through Agoda. These colorful tubes are meant to be bedroom. These are the rooms with sea-view
These are the rooms with garden view. I suppose the rates would be cheaper than sea-view.
Given a key to our Room No. 4, we were lead to our room.
Our neighbors. 😀 😀
Our room at night.
My jaw dropped opened seeing the actual room size. HAHAHAHA! I was like…omg..where should I place my luggage? Totally blank. There’s a small empty space or void under the bed where you can place your luggage.
This tiny room is sufficient for 2 adults. And equipped with 2nos. of power socket, 2nos. mineral water, 2nos of towel, an electric fan.
I was aware about the ‘shared bathroom’ basis, which was my turnoff. But at the same time I wished to have an experience putting up at something different, just like the backpackers.
View from my room.
You can also watch the sunset directly from your room.
Not only sea-view but I’m able to sight flying planes across my room too. Because the airport is just a short distance from here.
A beautiful bloomed morning glory greeted us at the garden.
The dining room, where we had our breakfast on the following day.
You can also choose to dine at the Al Fresco area. Unfortunately it was a wet morning that we got no choice but to dine indoor.
Pick your choice of breakfast from the list above.
Each breakfast set is served with home baked bread with butter & jam, a cup of coffee & a glass of orange juice.
I had Ham & Mushroom Frittata (smoked turkey ham & mushroom) while my GF had 2 fried eggs with roasted tomato & chicken sausage. The breakfast was good as its made to order.
The calm sea after the heavy downpour.
Below are some photoshoot of ourselves before leaving this unique place.
Mattresses are usually laid here…so that travelers could laid back and relax while enjoying a good sea view.
wefie in our room
Each room comes with a different wall painting. And we got a sexy bikini lady. LOL! 😀
My Summary
  • Did not experience bad services
  • More suitable for backpackers, light or solo travellers
  • Nice sea-view
  • Although the room is small…but there are space for you to roam around outside.
  • dislike the fact about shared bathroom. haha….
  • Wifi is provided for free at the lobby area.
  • Wasn’t aware about the Jacuzzi.

tubotel-services1Website : www.tubotel.com

Eat – Wedding – Sight Seeing

As mentioned earlier…I was at Ipoh for only a day trip. The main reason was to attend Alex’s cousin wedding. Well…we do not want to waste much time, but to fill the entire day with food and also sight seeing. Fully utilized the day since morning and get caught in the jam while traveling home. LOL!!

We decided to travel early…at around 7.45am..ermmm….actually not really early also lar hor?

With Alex’s driving skill…we reached Ipoh safely at around 10+am. LOL!!

Our plan was to go for dim sum breakfast. We would like to try Foh San’s dim sum at the new premise. Just because Saturday was a public holiday for Malaysians…Ipoh was so crowded over that weekend! I waited for a vacant table for like 15 minutes? Was that consider fast?! And I need to stand in front of the table…like chup-ing a seat liddat. *sigh*

Our dim sum breakfast. Not bad I felt. The selections of dim sum are not bad. Many choices. I like their siew mai. Big, juicy and meaty. We did not order much…because we still need to go for a wedding lunch at 12pm.

Restoran Foh San Sdn Bhd
51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh Perak.

Business hours: 6.30am to 2pm (Closed every Tuesday)

After the dim sum breakfast, we went to Ching Han Guan Biscuit Shop 

because my mom wanted to try their biscuit with meat floss,lotus paste & salted egg yolk filling. Unfortunately it was sold out at 12pm!! *disappointed mode* Huhuhu…sorry mummy… Apparently the boss said they only bake from Monday to Saturday. So on Sunday they’ll sell to people who has pre-ordered in advanced (at least a day). Okay..noted! Therefore…I end up buying the “Sek Kei Ma” and “Hap Tou Sou” (Chinese Walnut Cookies). Their Sek Kei Ma was just average. But the Hap Tou Sou is very nice!

Ching Han Guan Biscuit Manufacture

145, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah (Hugh Low Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Tel No : 605-254 5126.

Attended Alex’s cousin wedding at 12pm till 3+pm…

After the wedding lunch, we decided to try our luck to see if this ‘popular’ tau fu fah is still available. This place is a hype among tourists I guess.

The price list.

I queued. Cars can queue too. They’ll come to take your order. How come people in car queue gets their order faster wan?! Becos human queue is longer. *stupid me* I was unlucky lor…..the last 2 bowls of tau fu fah goes to the person who queued in front of me. *sigh*

Didn’t get to try their signature* tau fu fah…so I tried their soya bean + cincau lor…. They call it Black White. But I call it Michael Jackson. Hmmm…sorry to say..the soya bean..hmm..although it has nice soya taste..but I felt its overated lar… I can get a nice soya bean here in Seremban pasar malam also…nonit to queue so long summore. ^_^

It was rather early for dinner. None of us feeling hungry yet. Googled for place of interest. Found Gua Kek Look Tong which is not very far from town.

Opened in the 1970s, Kek Lok Tong is the most recent of the Ipoh cave temples and perhaps the most spectacular of them all. The temple is set in a huge cave in the limestone outcrops behind Gunung Rapat.

Impressive!

So natural and cooling inside. Hmm…I don’t see any fans inside. LOL!

Buddha Statues.

This is at the back of the entrance-a beautiful landscape garden. It look so heavenly. Feel so calm and it looks like a poster.

Goose went for an evening walk ^^

One of the pond is filled with water lilies. So pretty.

One of my favorite shot. I always feel water lilies are very pretty and calm.

This miniature ‘Fuk Luk Sau’ is so cute. Do pay a visit at Gua Kek Look Tong when you are in Ipoh.

For the complete set of photos…click HERE

Kek Look Tong
Gunung Rapat,
Ipoh, Perak
05-312-81129

Opening hours
Daily, 7am – 6pm, including public holidays

Ok lar, time for dinner lor… Ipoh is famous for Bean Sprout Chicken.

I referred to this informative blog about Ipoh (Motormouth From Ipoh – Malaysian Food & Travel) , he mentioned that his favorite place would be Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitia. Without hesitation, we came here for dinner.

Apparently they do not serve rice. So, this is what they have…to be eaten with the steamed chicken. – Kuey Teow Soup. The kuey teow is smooth and slippery.

This serve as appetizer. Fancy some chicken feets? Braised chicken feet. Its tasty and not hard. I think one of the ingredient is star anise.

What’s special about Ipoh’s Bean Sprout. They are fatter and shorter. Hehe….and crunchier too.

A plate of steamed chicken. Quite smooth and not overcooked.

The above meal for 4 eaters with 4 cups of herbal tea cost RM49. Not bad!

Huh…only left 3 steamed chickens? It was just 7pm when I left. Good business huh.

COWAN STREET AYAM TAUGE & KOITIAU
44, Jalan Raja Ekram,
30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 6012-520 3322 (Ah Meng)

Business hours : Opens for dinner only, from about 7pm onwards. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

***That’s all for a day trip*** 😉

Play Tourist…..at Melaka

Lets play tourist in Melaka! Just like them….hehe…

Visit tourists spot, take photos like a tourist, eat like a tourist, speak like a tourist…….

After visiting Zoo Melaka, to watch giraffe..we head to Melaka town. It was on weekday, so the crowd was lesser compared to peak seasons ie: long weekends.

Melaka is known as “Bandar Bersejarah” (Historical Town). Therefore Melaka is commonly chosen as the location for ‘rombongan sambil belajar’ during my school days. Is your school the same too?

We parked our car at this open air car park opposite St. Francis Xavier’s Church and walk over to Jonker Street for lunch. Hmm…not far..just about 5 minutes of walking distance.

Boat ride at Melaka river. Not sure what’s the price for a ride.

Noticed some new hotels here.

Wow….Hard Rock Cafe is now at Melaka!

At Jonker Walk on a sunny afternoon.

We wanted to come here for lunch. At Hoe Kee Chicken Rice to let my friends savor the Chicken Rice Ball. Too bad their chicken rice ball has ran out of order. They only have loose rice. Which I thought it wouldn’t be any special if we order loose rice. So, we decided to go to another shop. If I’m not mistaken, there are 3 or 4 shops serving chicken rice ball at Jonker Walk. Perhaps there are more.

We ended up settling our lunch at Famosa Chicken Rice Ball. I wasn’t quite satisfied with my lunch here. The chicken rice ball were not that tasty and firm as Hoe Kee. While that plate of roasted pork (siew yuk) was quite dry. T_T

Fancy stuffs that I’ve spotted along Jonker Walk. They are for sale.

This is one of my favorite Durian Cendol at Lao Qian Ice Cafe located at Jonker Walk.

Ochado is now available at Jonker Walk!

I like its nostalgic furnishing.

The Stadhuys at the heart of the historic quarter of Malaka.

We are on our way to St. Paul’s Church, skipping the museums. hehe…

St Paul’s Chuch is the church ruins located on top of St. Paul’s Hill. It was originally built in 1521, by the Portuguese. It became a fortress in 1567, until 1596. After the Dutch siege it became St Paul’s, before it was known as Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Annunciation). It has been used as a burial ground for the Dutch.

In 1952, a statue of St. Francis Xavier was erected in front of the ruins of the church in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his sojourn in Malacca. A day after the statue was consecrated, a large casuarina tree fell on it, breaking off its right arm. Incidentally, the right forearm of Xavier was detached in 1614 as a relic

View from St. Paul’s Church; Melaka town, Menara Taming Sari, the sea…and did you spotted a Star Cruise?

Interior of the church with Old Portuguese tombstones leaned against the wall.

Ahh…do you recall these? I used to buy it as souvenirs for my friends. You can request to write names or any wordings as long as the space is sufficient.

Remains of the old Portuguese fort A Famosa around St Paul’s Hill.

Then we walked to Menara Taming Sari with the fare of RM10 (for Malaysians) The 110 metre viewing tower was designed based on the legendary Taming Sari Keris. It will be the 1st tower in the country to have a fully revolving structure. The air-conditioned viewing cabin will be able to accommodate 66 people at one time.

And my friend bought this group photo for RM35! Huhuhu….

We were all quite exhausted walking the whole day..lazy to walk back to where we parked our car. Moreover we would like to experience the trishaw ride. I’m impressed on how they decorated their trishaw. Looks like wedding car. LOL!! A ride from Menara Taming back to The Stadhuys, the fare was RM15. During peak season, they’ll doubled the price!

Night scene of Melaka River, The Stadhuys, St. Francis Xavier’s Church.

We had our dinner at Portuguese Settlement, Melaka. We went to Restaurant No.88. One of our friend was having sore throat. Therefore we did not order any spicy dish. Else the Portuguese style cooking is pretty good. Above we had Butter Prawns (fresh and juicy prawns coated with creamy sauce), Fried Calamari(crunchy calamari with crispy batter), Salted Egg Crabs (not my liking.)

Mission accomplished! Alex’s friends has stepped into Melaka city although we do not have much time to cover more places. 😉