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 RM10 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 πŸ˜€

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

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Hotel on the Park, Genting Highlands

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

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

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

It was a short family trip to escape from the hot weather. HAHAHA πŸ˜€

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

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

 

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

Room Layout

The Sixers is suitable for friends or family gathering.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My room number was #3434 πŸ˜€

Lift and room is only accessible via room access card.

 

 

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

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

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

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

Room facilities:-

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

The open bathroom has 2 wash basins.

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

(No complain about the water pressure and temperature πŸ™‚Β  )

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

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

Hotel on the Park at night.

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

A covered pedestrian corridor linking the hotel to Sky Avenue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This hotel has several photo spots.

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

 

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

Hotel on the Park

Address: Genting Highlands, 69000 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Book your room HERE

Eat & Play @d’Tempat Country Club, Seremban

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

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

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

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

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

How do I get to enjoy these facilities?

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

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

1) Swimming Pool

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

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

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

2) Aqua Gym

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

3) Children’s Wading Pool

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

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

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

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

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

4) Sport Facilities

Indoor Badminton & Squash Courts.

Room for Table Tennis

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

 

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

5) Gym

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

6) The Sphere (Bowling)

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

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

Shoe rental is at RM2

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

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

Promo of the month (August)

7) Snooker Room

photo courtesy d’Tempat Country Club

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

8) Children Playroom

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

9) Reading Room

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

10) Mini Theater

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

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

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

1) Haruta Japanese Cuisine

Modern-contemporary styled Japanese restaurant.

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

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

photo courtesy of d’Tempat Country Club

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

2) The Blossom Palace

photo courtesy of d’Tempat Country Club

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

3) Movida

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

These food are well presented.

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

4) Garden Terrace

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

 

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

A must try Chef William‘s creation of :-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur 2017

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

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

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

 

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

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

Child (3 – 12 years): RM45

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were total of 3 inflatable playground here.

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

Information about the species of dinosaur is shown here too.

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

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

Play the role of paleontologist at price of RM10.

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

A glimpse of Ceratopsians (Horned, Frilled Dinosaurs).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He proudly showed his completed art work.

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

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

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

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

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

Verdict:

Toilet facility is available here.

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

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

Time: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Ticket Hotline: 03-2170 6333

Website :

www.dinosaursalive.asia

background information

A short video I made about the dinosaurs. Hope you enjoy watching it. πŸ™‚

 

Half Day Trip to Port Dickson (Pantai Cahaya Negeri, Wan Loong Chinese Temple & Pusat Ikan Hiasan)

The kids were longing to go to the beach.

When are we going to the beach, mummy?

Well, Port Dickson would be an ideal and nearest beach to go. It is just 30-40 minutes drive from Seremban. We decided to go early in the morning to have our breakfast at the beach. Yay!

1) Pantai Cahaya Negeri

There are many stops along Port Dickson beach. However I chose Pantai Cahaya Negeri because I felt it is cleaner and less crowd. Furthermore, there’s ample of parking lots here.

Despite cleaner beach, I also like that there’s a public toilet & bathroom here. It will be convenient for beach goers to wash up. There’s a fee of RM0.50 (for usage of toilet), RM1 (for usage of bathroom). I wouldn’t say its very clean, but still acceptable.

 

We were so lucky, that morning was quite cloudy after the heavy rain at dawn. Moreover the beach was really empty. Probably due to the fasting month. It was really nice to stroll along the beach with such nice weather.

 

Pantai Cahaya Negeri is a popular beachside destination between 5th and 6th mile of Port Dickson, served by a considerable number of resorts, hotels and apartments perched along its coastal strip. Some claim this to be PD’s best beach – balancing natural beauty, tranquility and public facilities. The sea waters here are also quite clean, reflecting bluish green with good visibility. Meanwhile, the soft, powdery sand here is notably inviting, gleaming white when lit by the afternoon sun. A recreational park occupies a small cape at the eastern edge, with panoramic views of sea along its perimeter, and a wooden bridge that leads to a small mangrove island (Pulau Burung) off the coast.

We chose a nice spot under the tree to have our picnic! πŸ˜€

Hahaha! We bought some packets of Nasi Lemak, Fried Bihun, Steamed Pao, Steamed Siew Mai and drinks before we head to the beach.

The kids were so excited about the picnic and play at the beach. Although this was not the first time, but it is a rare occasion.

Spending time with your child is what every parent should do. Because they grow up really fast without you realizing it.

We didn’t walk across the lengthy wooden bridge. But if you have spare time… why not?

Tip: If you go to the beach and you need to wash off the sand before getting into the car, use talcum powder. It washes off effectively. Ya…its faster than water too. πŸ™‚

2) Wan Loong Chinese Temple

Kampung Teluk Kemang, 71050 Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

We left the beach as its getting hot. We head over to Wan Loong Chinese temple to pray. Wan Loong Chinese Temple is a Buddhist temple. It is nice temple located at a slope by the roadside. Visible from the roundabout.

Wan Loong Temple is located along the 7th mile of the Port Dickson coastal road, just opposite the PD World Marina Resort. This Chinese temple, with its opulent architecture and imposing fortress walls, is hard to miss at left along the main road, if coming south towards Malacca from PD town. The temple name means ‘Dragon of the Clouds’, but it pays homage to several oriental deities, including Kuan Yi (goddess of mercy) and the Monkey King.

A pond filled with tortoises.

3) Pusat Ikan Hiasan Port Dickson

Jalan Kemang 8, Kampung Baharu, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Operation Hours:

8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday ~ Friday)

10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Contact Number: 06-6621089

This research centre is now open for public viewing. Comprised of varieties colorful ocean fishes and corals that are well kept in tanks.

They recently set up this Turtle Conservation Centre.

Research on the turtle eggs hatching method.

This was the first time I get to see a real turtle. An up close one! As you know, the turtles are very precious. I was so thrilled πŸ˜€

Turtles of different ages and species are put in different water tubs.

Don’t you think that these baby turtles are so cute!! I believed there are people who cannot tahan the cuteness and start putting their hands in or probably catch it. I hope you would not do that ya.

The activities of reproduction and conservation of coral species from the sea (Port Dickson) is done here. I could see some beautiful corals, sea horse, clown fish (nemo).

 

This is a nice and educational place for children and adult. Although it is not big, but I like how well they maintained the place. “Protecting fisheries resources and ensuring national treasures are preserved for future generations”

Clown Fish (Nemo) is one of the popular fish here.

Visitors get the chance to touch starfish & sea cucumber too.

Pantai Cahaya Negeri β†’ (5 min.) Wan Loong Chinese Temple β†’ (5 min.) Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD, are all linked together in a same route. Therefore, it is quite convenient.

4) Restaurant Yit Hin

Medan Selera Bandar Port Dickson
Jalan Pasar Lama, 71000 Port Dickson

Operation Hours: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm daily, closed on Tuesdays

For lunch, we drove to PD town (about 15 minutes drive from Pusat Ikan) for chicken rice which claimed to be best Hainan Chicken Rice in Port Dickson. I kinda agree on that. The fragrantful rice is abit oily but its fluffy. Steamed chicken is firm yet smooth. I like the ginger sauce to compliment the chicken and rice. Besides that, I felt the chili sauce is rather different from others. Apparently, they uses free range chicken or we usually called it ayam kampung.

The stall and dining place may not look appealing. But the chicken rice is good!

 

It was a well spent day. And what matters most are all the mentioned destination are free. No admission fee required. Isn’t that great!

Another destination that I would like to recommend is the Army Museum Port Dickson. Yes, it is free too. πŸ™‚

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Day Trip to Tanjung Sepat, Selangor

Mom & I have not been to Tanjung Sepat before. Traveling to Tanjung Sepat from Seremban only requires about 1 hour driving journey, via Sepang route. I must thank the person who created ‘waze’. It really helps me to explore new places.

Since it is just an hour drive, therefore a day trip is doable. Furthermore Tanjung Sepat is just a small town.

Tanjung Sepat is a town in Kuala Langat district in Selangor, Malaysia. To give you a brief idea on whereabout, it is actually in between Sepang and Pantai Morib. Tanjung Sepat is primarily a fishing town.

Printing out the Map would be helpful to anyone of us.

I assumed dragon fruits are grown widely at Tanjung Sepat because we saw some dragon fruits plantation farm on both directions of road as we were approaching the town. You can also visit the farm (Multi-rich Pitaya Dragon Fruit Farm).

We arrived Tanjung Sepat at 10+am for an early Bak Kut Teh. I was told that it could finished before 12 or sometimes by 11am.

1) Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh

Lot 2260, Jalan Besar, Lorong 7, Selangor, 45300 Tanjung Sepat, Malaysia.

Operation hours:- 8am – 12pm

Contact Number:- 012-682 6626

Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh is the wooden hut on the right of the photo. It is quite near the wet market. Roads are pretty narrow here although its a 2 way road. There is a small vacant lot for car park, but it was full. Therefore I parked slightly further, and walked over.

The restaurant was filled with patrons when we were there before 11am. However we managed to get a seat too. Food was served pretty fast too. I read that majority people recommended the Seafood Bak Kut Teh. It is their specialty. We were left with no choice pork (kut). We were told that pork has sold out when the staff was taking our order. Therefore our pot of bak kut teh is filled with seafood! πŸ˜€

A claypot bak kut teh filled with medium size prawns, squids and chunks of fish meat. The soup was flavorful and the seafood was really fresh, especially the prawns…that it jumped off my spoon and landed on the ground ….*dangggg…. πŸ˜€

Another dish we ordered was the Pig Innards & Fish Paste in Salted Mustard Soup. All of us actually enjoyed this pot of dish more than the bak kut teh. The hearty soup was rich in flavors and has generous ingredients in it.

We also had rice, a plate of stir fry vege and tea. Our total bill came up to be RM69, which I felt its quite reasonable.

Tanjung Sepat is a small town. And that day was so sunny! *hot die*


It was just a 2 minutes walk from Ah Hock Bak Kut Teh to Pau Hai Yew Heng. So, I thought may be we could buy some pau first and coffee powder.

2) Perniagaan Pau Hai Yew Heng

405, Jalan Pasar, Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, 42800, Tanjong Sepat

Operation hours: 1pm – 6pm

Contact Number: +60 3-3197 4144

We arrived the pau shop about 12pm. This shop is famous for its homemade pau.

I read that you must not miss the Mui Choy (Preserved Mustard) Pao here.

In the making of pork pau. Price of these pau are at RM2.80 each.

Pau that are ready for steaming.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to buy any pau at 12pm, because I was told that the pau are not ready yet. I was told to come over to buy before leaving home. Furthermore I was told no need to place early order. And when I return at 4pm, most of the pau are sold out. My favorite peanut pau was sold out! Really disappointed lor… say lar if you don’t allowed customers to book. Attitude also more like…you buy what’s left lar. May be because fames edi kut 😦

The “mui choy’ pau is special, because it is not a common pau. However its not the best I’ve eaten so far.

Sis bought some roasted coffee from Kwo Zha B Coffee, which is just few doors away from the pau shop. They gave out some sampling too. Sis claimed that it tasted good.

These ol-skool Popsicles reminds me of school days! But price has grown 10 folds. Those days I bought it at RM0.10. Now, I’m buying it at RM1. Grrrr…..

Assam Boi flavor is one of the best seller. I remember I used to buy red bean, milo and assam boi flavor.

Jet enjoyed the ice popsicle that mummy used to buy during school days πŸ™‚

Mom bought some fish cakes and bahulu from this friendly uncle, while I bought some passion fruits sold in packs.

3) Qiao Local Products Shop

(nearby the lover’s bridge)

At this local product shop which is just nearby the Tanjung Sepat Lover’s bridge, there are many deco here which worth taking photos.

a wishing well

This street has the Chinese New Year atmosphere. With oldies song played loudly from the shop.

hahahaha! The copy, print and paste version of Penang’s wall mural.

Stacking up the traditional wine jars to form a Twin Tower. Tanjung Sepat Twin Tower I suppose πŸ™‚

There are varieties of dried ingredients sold at this local product shop. Mom bought some anchovies, dried scallops, dried oysters and keropok. Price wise doesn’t differ much from our town. But it looks fresher here.

Quench our thirst on a sunny day with a cup of cold sugar cane drink.

4) Tanjung Sepat Lovers Bridge

Tanjung Sepat Lovers Bridge once captured many visitors heart. Many visitor came over for this bridge. Why is it called lover’s bridge? Apparently its called lovers bridge because many couples seem to come to the bridge to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Unfortunately part of the bridge which made of wood collapsed sometime ago since year 2013.

Before this, visitors can still walk stand on part of the bridge (the concrete part). However it is totally closed now 😦

This is the scene at the Lovers Bridge.

5) Ganofarm Homestay

700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact Number: 03-3197 2393
(GanoFarm is not open for public during weekdays.)

It was just some 4 minutes drive from Lovers Bridge to Ganofarm.

GanoFarm Homestay provides more than just accommodation, it is also an important Malaysian based mushroom research company that cultivates, researches and develops, manufactures, markets fresh mushrooms and mushroom- based products. Oyster Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom, Lingzhi Mushroom, Black Jelly Mushroom. For those who are interested in learning more about the mushroom, GanoFarm is a good choice! You can read up quite a lot information about different types of mushrooms in the mushroom viewing and briefing corridor, resting corridor and a mushroom product gallery.

The Multipurpose Hall

Mushroom viewing & briefing corridor.

Mushroom-based Product Gallery

We bought some ‘black jelly mushroom’ home to cook. Eventually it tasted quite nice.

These are Ling Zhi drinks in bottle. I was reluctant to try. I think it tasted bitter? Anyone tried before?

We saw this bridge behind Ganofarm. There were also benches. You can sit down to enjoy the view and listen to the sound of waves.

6) Kuan Wellness Eco Park

408, Tanjung Layang, Kampung Batu Lapan, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia.

Operation hours: 9am – 5pm

Contact Number: 03-3148 1126

From Ganofarm to Kuan Wellness Eco Park took us about 12 minutes to reach. It was around 10km in distance.

The ecology park consists of a 3Β½ storey swiftlet house and a visitor centre, surrounded by palm oil plantations and tropical fruit farms which provide plenty of insects, the swiftlet’s favourite food source.

There’s a smoke free cafe here. One can savor the bird nest drinks here. We didn’t bother to try any. Because my reason to be here is to bring the kids to the mini zoo. πŸ˜€

Admission is at RM5 per person as a token of donation to the park.

You can buy the packet carrots or fish food at price of RM2 and RM3.

Hello lil cutie. πŸ™‚

Rabbits are allowed to hoop freely behind the fence.

You can feed these fishes with the purchased fish pallets. I noticed there were few different fish species in the tank. Oh ya…there’s Empurau too. πŸ˜€

Nevertheless, the kids enjoyed feeding the animals and fishes. I think we spent around 45 minutes here.

7) Lover Bridge Restaurant

At about 2+pm, we had our late lunch here. We only ordered some simple dishes here to fill our tummy πŸ™‚

Fried Bihun with Clams (Lala) was tasty with some good wok hei in it. Although the lala was quite tiny but the quantity was quite okay.

Fried Omelet with Oysters. Jet called this as ‘pizza’. HAHAHA! Unfortunately the oysters were very small. Otherwise it could taste better.

Seafood Beancurd soup in claypot was a comfort dish. Added some black vinegar to the soup to enhance the flavor.

The price was quite affordable.

This was our dining view. Blue sky and dust. HAHA! Apparently this was our final meal here. 😦

I was sadden by the recent news that the local council has demolished both the restaurants here to give way for development. *Sigh* 😦

8) Mr. Black

No. 7 , Jalan Bawal, Taman Mutiara, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.

Operation hours: 10am – 6pm

While on our way home, we drove pass Mr. Black. It is another handmade pau. Without hesitation, we made a pitstop to purchase some of the pau here.

Mr. Black offers better service. The pau content is quite unique unlike the common pau that we usually eat. We tried the Salted Fish Pau & Yellow Wine Chicken Pau. Surprisingly both of it tasted good! The pau dough is nice too.

 

Last but not least, we also bought some dragon fruit as we were leaving Tanjung Sepat. RM10 for 3. Price may varies according to sizes. I wouldn’t say it is cheaper here. But the fruit is fresh, sweet and juicy.

 

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 β†’ 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… πŸ˜€

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.

Dine & Shop at Hello Kitty House Bangkok

Hands up if you are one of the Hello Kitty fan πŸ™‚

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 β™₯

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. πŸ˜€

More posing πŸ˜€

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… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ 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 Lineε„εœAsabu 2 min (non-stop) ,  Odori Station Tozai Lineε„εœMiyanosawa 9 min (5 stops)  Nijuyonken Station. Walk About 8 min , 700 m to Curb Market

Cost: Β₯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. πŸ™‚

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 Β₯200 each. It may be abit costly due to our poor currency, but left no regrets. Because it is so sweet and juicy.Β 

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. πŸ˜€

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 Β₯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 Β₯1296 and a glass of drink for Β₯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. πŸ˜€

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 Β₯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! πŸ˜€ :-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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

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 Β₯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 Β₯200

At Sapporo station, we were unsure where to buy the train ticket to Otaru. To our relief, we asked from the information counter.Β  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 Β₯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 πŸ™‚

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!” πŸ˜€ 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 Β₯2000, comes together with a bowl of scallop soup.

A satisfying meal that cost Β₯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. Β₯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 (ε’ƒη”Ίι€šγ‚Š, 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 Β₯550

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

worth for instagram √ worth for the taste Γ—

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 drop by the above shops, remember to buy these biscuits as souvenir. I personally like both the biscuits. πŸ™‚

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.Β 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. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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 Β₯390

We also ordered 2 different slices of cakes.Β  Total Β₯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 Β₯610) from Otaru Station. Then, from Sapporo we took the Subway back to Susukino (Cost Β₯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 Β₯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 – Β₯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.