Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Eating Out

everyday is so expensive when you need to take a cab as well. Taxi fares are fixed and I spend RM16 a day just on the taxi, another RM10 for the food and perhaps RM4 on a drink. I get free WiFi. Alternatively, I can spend RM20 on the cab and perhaps RM5 for fried noodles+a drink but without WiFi. Thank goodness for my Dutch study grant. Initially I thought I would have a ball with my grant but due to the high cost of food, taxi and other miscellaneous items like bedspreads, cutlery and what-not, it pretty much leaves me with just enough to fly to KL once in a while.

Regarding the internship, it's going pretty well. My colleagues are nice and my boss is really quite encouraging and helpful with teaching me how things work. I must say that I really enjoy business lunches!!! I don't usually take pictures of these lunches though as I don't think that's very professional:-P I like the fact that I actually like what we are selling. So much more satisfying than selling stainless steel pipes or something;-)

Last week, I went to Langkawi with my parents. Langkawi is really so much prettier than I remembered. I always scoff when people go to Langkawi because come on, qua beaches and snorkelling, Langkawi is rubbish compared to the islands on the east coast.  The nature in Langkawi is lovely, it's still relatively undeveloped, the locals are friendly and quite honest. It possesses a certain mystical charm, perhaps caused by limestone islands and the green water. I love that there are so many hornbills there, living literally outside our window. Monkeys are another common sight.

 -pulau beras basah/ island of wet rice-

I think my parents had a pretty nice time as well and we're going again in January- this time with the Dutchman;-)

Whoops, what's a food blog without food?! I am just so bad at taking photos when we eat out. I eat out everyday but only have a couple pictures.

Oh right! I also know where Dutchman and I are going to get married now;-)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Travel Blog

This is slowly becoming a travel blog!

I have NOT been cooking AT ALL. I'm currently doing my internship at a Fortune 500 company and accomodation provided by the company does not come with a kitchen. All meals are taken at the staff cafeteria (or out, most of us eat out twice a day despite the staff cafeteria being free...) . Food there is pretty bad, not a lot of variety and barely any vegetables. The internship itself is great and people are really nice.I'm out almost every evening because there is no Wi-Fi in the staff quarters and dongles don't work either due to the location (on a hill, reception is so bad you can only surf the net, no MSN/Skype).

Later ~

Monday, 13 September 2010

Hong Kong

What an AWESOME city!

That's just somewhere the Dutchman and I can see ourselves living. Pretty good pay (ie. one which will not only buy you a comfortable life in that country but one which would mean something in euros), vibrant, clean, ALIVE. Similiar to Singapore but bigger, better and with nature.

 The Dutchman has a friend living there so we spent a lot of time with him and his girlfriend. The first night, we went to this grimy place (which I later found out was Chungking mansions) where there was a pretty good Indian restaurant. It was probably not a place we would have found ourselves. Then, we went to party on the 29th floor of a hotel (I think the bar was called Azzuro) in Lan Kwai Fong which was awesome! Quite expensive but nice (great view from the rooftop). We didn't dance though as it was just way too crowded to do so. Again, something we wouldn't have done if Dutchman's friend didn't take us as we're not really into clubbing.

-Ngong Ping-

The next day, we decided to see some pink dolphins (again, recommended by Dutchman's buddy) near Tai O Island (west of Lantau Island). This took the entire day as we had to wait in line for over an hour for the cable car and it was stifling hot. Worse still, the stupid thing 'died' along the way (temp maintenance).

-really yummy roast goose, i'm salivating already!-

When we finally arrived at Ngong Ping, we had to get on the bus to Tai O (about 20 minutes?). Tai O is a quaint fishing village, not unlike Kuala Selangor or something. Very different from Hong Kong. BTW tourist sights are really quite cheap in HK. We went on a boat trip to look for dolphins and it was only 20 HKD (2 euro) per person! It was so cheap that we went twice when we didn't see pink dolphins the first time (we didn't see any the 2nd time too :-( )

It was just fun, walking around aimlessly, checking out the market, just spending time together. I was pretty much in a good mood the whole time we were in Hong Kong (except this one time at the mall ...but ok:-P )
-lots of dried seafood here, even a shark!-

We came across this man who was selling some little pancake thingies and there was this humungously long line so of course we had to try it! We were the 3rd last people to get a bag (only 10HKD/1 euro) before he finished his mixture. It was nice but nothing really amazing, in my opinion.
Our last full day in HK was pretty uneventful. I told Dutchman's friend that I wanted to try dim sum at this place with 1 Michelin star (apparently the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant, priced at about 15 euros for 2 people) but I couldn't remember the name (Tim Ho Wan) so he made some calls and took us to Fook Lam Moon which was also nice (also 1 Michelin star) but not as cheap. Still fine though and the experience pretty much made up for it. It turns out that Fook Lam Moon is actually a celebrity hang out which I should've guessed the minute we saw the paparazzi hanging outside.

The food was pretty good. No regrets! I'm officially a dim sum convert! Bill was about 50 euros for 6/7 dim sum dishes.

Uh oh, gotta run. Cafe with Wi-Fi is about to close. Ta!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Pulau Lang Tengah

Lang Tengah was once a very quiet, laid back island. So quiet that there were just 2 other couples other than  ourselves.
-sari pacifica beach-
Not anymore. When we were there, the resort (D'Coconut Lagoon) was completely full with Dutch and Italian tourists. The coral in the area was in a sorry state, although this is probably attributed to global warming which caused cloral bleaching and led the Malaysian authorities to closing some of the islands within the marine protection zone such as Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang, Pulau Payar (which belongs to Langkawi), Pulau Tengol and so forth.

There were not as many colourful fish as before. I remember when we first went there in 2007, we saw such a huge variety. I saw colourful rays, brightly coloured fish, Nemo's, sharks and even a pod whale. Mind you, I didn't even dive, just snorkled off the beach. We still had a nice time though.

We swam, we snorkled, we drank heaps of cocktails and we talked. Lots. *sigh* I miss the Dutchman right now.

Honestly, don't really remember what the 4 of us did over there. Most days, we'd wake up, have breakfast and then snorkle for a bit. Then, we'd shower and just hang out til it was time to go to bed.
 -seri nyonya in paradise-
Travel Tip: Don't go to D'Coconut, instead go to Sari Pacifica. While D'Coconut looks nice enough in pictures, it is dirty (yellow water in the bathroom, smelly toilet, bedbugs etc.) and just somehow.. not very professional (few staff, things not working properly etc.).

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Fraser's Hill

The MIL loves everything British- tea, pretty China plates, Laura Ashley and afternoon tea so we brought them to Fraser's Hill. We had wanted to go to Cameron Highlands. However, the bungalow there is under renovation and Cameron Highlands can be quite crowded. We didn't regret our decision to go to Fraser's Hill because it was so quiet and pretty. We were probably 1 of the 3 groups/couples there.

Our bungalow (photo taken from the HRH website)

 The view from our bungalow. Gorgeous! Definitely NOT child-friendly though
No idea.

Jeriau Falls

We also had afternoon tea at Ye Olde Smokehouse but while the place is very charming, RM9 for a lousy cappuccino (half the size of Starbucks) is a bit much for a decaying place. 

The bungalow also provides catering. For dinner, we had a 3-course meal (mushroom soup, chicken chop and strawberry pancakes, RM18 p.p.) and breakfast was 2 eggs and chicken sausages (RM8? p.p.).

HRH Bungalows also has other bungalows in Fraser's Hills in their portfolio. The one we stayed in cost RM1000 per night (weekends)/ RM500 (weekdays). It's quite old inside so don't expect anything fancy but I will say that I liked it very much. The view is worth it:-)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Dinner at Sage

I took my parents and the bf to Sage for dinner as a thank you to my parents.

We all took the 3 course set (RM150 nett) and brought a good bottle of wine from home (corkage only RM30 or something).

I don't quite remember what we had as I didn't bother taking notes and it was quite an eventful month!

- amuse: something with clams and mushrooms. liked it quite a lot. not so popular which dutchman who hates mushrooms and who can barely tolerate shellfish-
- my starter, cappelini with scallops, prawns and other shellfish. not bad but quite filling-

-dad's starter: i really liked this. the abalone was really fresh-

-Wagyu carpaccio. Plain. No taste. Yuck. -

-smoked salmon. quite boring and too filling according to mum-

- my main: beef rossini and foie gras in a red wine sauce. Rich, but not really tasty somehow? but what do i expect from a RM150 dinner, right...)

-wagyu cheek, again just ok-

-both the dutchman and my dad ordered the lamb shank with couscous. this was very tender and quite yummy according to them-

- please don't ask me what this is. something tropical, something with passion fruit. 3 of us ordered this and mum ordered the hazelnut tarte (no picture)-

All in all, nothing special. Not even good. Never thought "Wow". Service was intrusive. They cleaned our plates before our entire party had finished. Will never go there again. Bill came to about RM680.

Pfft. What a waste of my money. Pah