Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Traveling to the Southern Thailand Border - Dannok

It's been a while since I've gotten my passport stamped, thus, I thought I could do a day trip at the southern Thailand border. Being a frequent traveler to Thailand, I've always booked a van service to take me to the border. This time, it's really my first time trying out going to the border by foot.

It wasn't a good day for me as I forgotten to bring my umbrella.
Thus, I bought a not-so-nice one that day.
Moreover exchange rate is really bad. It's like 8.30 rate.
Then, I didn't know how to get the immigration form. So i chose the easier way to go to the shop and get it printed out (I later found out from my next trip that i can walk into the office to get one)

I started my walk along the shops to take a look at clothes, food, and also I bought a floor mat (funny, i thought it was nice). Also, not forgetting 7-11 for the cold drinks.
The weather was really crazy that I stopped at McD for free wifi and aircon, and the samurai pork burger.

 Seriously, tahpau-ed Pork Leg rice in McD.

After much rest, I seriously continued my 'walking journey' to MBI and Asian Cultural village.
Have heard a lot about mface, mbi, mcoin and decided to pay a visit to this place.

I walked really far for this, while stopping by tesco lotus.
It's not difficult to find, as it's just along the main road of the small Dannok town.
It's on our left hand side from the immigration border.

I was greeted with love locks.

Then, there were many pandas.
It's day time. So, no lights ok?

Hello Kitty along the way

The famous Koh Kae peanuts
(i manage to buy from tesco lotus.. yay )

The famous Dinosaur park.

Interestingly, we can use mcoin to transact anything within the Asean Cultural Village. Thus, it's seriously a cashless place, provided if you have invested in Mface. I didn't enter any of the parks as it require entrance fees as I find it not really worth it (or you may call it cheapskate).

Felt a little stupid after snapping so many pictures under the hot sun.
So decided to leave the Asean Cultural Village, and i was there too early, thus there weren't visitors there. It's just some crazy Malaysian (me) walking towards the place (Most people had transport to the place)

I was finally in the aircon place.
Decided to walk to the MBI international resorts to have a look at the things. I see many malaysian stuff though.

Had an awesome boat noodles with chicken rice. Unlimited supplies of fresh leaves/vege.
When it starts to get dark around 8pm, I started walking back to the border, dropped by to see some clothes along the way and grabbed some snacks at the night market.

Oh well, it's a good thailand experience for a day trip.

Happy International Women's Day

Wow, it's been 3 months since I last updated my blog.
Today is a special day. 8-Mar-2016.
It's international women's day!

Had 50 cents discount for wearing purple at the cafe today. :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Uncle Albert's Traditional English Fish and Chips, Straits Quay, Penang

Whenever I go for fish and chips, it reminds me somewhere far, like the Fremantle fish&chips or the fish & chips at Bondi Beach. I have never liked the frozen fish and chips fillet, so, the fish and chips at Uncle Albert's is good for me. Well, it has almost the same style as Blue Reef's, except that over here, there is a free soup and iced lemon tea (I cant remember if it's for orders before 8pm or so)

This place is perfect for a weekend!
While strolling along the marina, and shopping at the flea market,  at the same time, there are many restaurants for pit stops!

So, here I am, trying out this place, after so long (they have already opened since 2013).
While reading about this place, it seems that this restaurant started in Greentown, Ipoh. So, Penang is the 2nd branch. (I would believe so)

The soup of the day

The generous portion of fish and chips with iced lemon tea.
I honestly cant remember which fish I have picked, but probably the cheapest from the menu (halibut, perhaps).  However, it's really a satisfying dinner.

Had traditional coconut ice cream from the flea market (same pasar malam vendor- but shes selling at RM7 instead of RM6 - in pasar malams)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A belated birthday post for 2015

It's probably my first year taking annual leave on my birthday. Indeed, it's special, without needing to think much about unfinished work on that day.

On my birthday eve, it's my first time going to G Kelawai rooftop bar, for a drink.
Too bad that it rained, that I couldn't sit outside for the night view. Since I reached just before 10pm (it's a wed), I didn't had a chance to go for free drinks since it's ladies night (8pm-10pm, I think)

Very quiet place, which is very suitable for chit chats.

The night couldn't end with my favourite Chulia Street wantan mee.
This street reminds me of Thailand, with many hawkers selling till late night, after midnight.

The day started with an Italian meal, which ended with a nice dessert. 
(well, it didn't actually started with a meal, it started with me running errands -> dental appointments and car servicing)

Having a small, miniature birthday cake, having the whole karaoke room, selecting and singing unlimited songs. 

A ladybird cake :)

 And, I went for free cocktails on that night again  :)

Life is always pretty and sweet when old friends are celebrating together with me. Something I'd cherish in life, valuing my loved ones :)

And a group picture at my favourite cafe :)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Fashion Tips and Tricks for Women

I'm writing something different today.
It's not about food.
It's not about a tourist spot.
It's just some fashion tips for women.

Simple to follow, as I'm not an expert ,but it's just somewhere I read and came about.

So, trying hard to look professional, I am going to share some of the best fashion tips for women.

(Okay, don't stop reading from here even though I'm not a fashionista)

Old things must go!

(oops.. sorry for the mess)

This is WHERE you should start as there is no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a really good look at your clothes. Ask yourself a one simple question – if you were in a store, what items from your closet would you want to buy? It is a very simple but quite efficient game you might want to play once in a while.

At the same time, it's difficult to execute it. If you want to stop spending hours getting ready in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and colour coordinated. And there are many charity organizations who collect old clothes, so we don't really need to worry about our old clothes going into the waste.
Some people even post it in forums and facebook groups to sell them (well, it works for some of my friends!)

Stretch new shoes painlessly

I have always have issues with pumps. Sometimes to the stage of buying a size bigger for my feet.

The most effective way to tackle this problem includes the freezer, whether you believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes and put them into the freezer overnight. You will be able to see a huge difference in the morning.

Be smart when buying a new jacket

Ahem.. my old profile pic with a denim jacket.

Buying jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule that you need to follow – it needs to fit your shoulders. That’s all. If it is too tight or too wide, leave it in the store because it is that one thing that is very difficult to alter and not to mention a waste of money.

An afternoon at Black Kettle, Beach Street Penang

I have always like Christmas season.
Christmas decos, winter-like atmosphere, gifts, cakes and all the sweet and pretty things.

It was way past lunch hour - and it's sort of a late lunch at Black kettle, with very limited food selection to choose from the menu.

Nevertheless, there were ample of breads and cakes from the counter to choose.

The classic egg Benedict. Not too bad with cooked spinach.

The xmas feel environment makes everything so cozy.

I find that the latte is slightly different from the other places I've been. Very little amount of milk.
the art latte got dissolved pretty fast.

 Very strong alcohol taste in the tiramisu's italian lady finger - deeply sogged.
Not a very generous piece that it gets 'finished' very quickly within a few minutes by 4 ladies :)

Ze beef burger.

and the healthy fruity pancakes

Overall, this place is spacious to hang around, without worrying about not finding a table.
What i love most is free and easy parking on Sundays.
I probably wouldn't want to go on a weekday unless it's a holiday :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The other day at Alor Setar.... Tiffz Coffee Gallery..

Cafes have been sprouting in Penang, and somewhat it spread to BM, Butterworth, SP and even Alor Setar... The last i remembered, Alor star doens't have Starbucks or Coffeebean, thus, it's still less competitive to open a cafe business there.

All I remember is Blackwood from Kedah.
Besides Blackwood, there are many cafes around, and after going to a few cafes, I finally found a coffee place that I enjoyed (that comes together with the ambience/environment/people).

So, this cafe is called Tiffz Coffee Gallery, located at Pekan Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar (located above Bank Rakyat) and there is a day market along the road. Since it only open after lunch, I only had coffee and the well known waffles+ice cream. I would probably be back again for dinner some day.

The cafe is situated on the 1st floor of the row of shop lots, thus climbing up the stairs is required, and you need to look up higher for the signboard.

It had really nice cushions around, but hopefully, it also goes into periodic cleaning/washing. :D

If i remember correctly, the waffle cost RM12, which I thought it's still reasonable as compared to some places which sells RM15 or RM16...
Then again, my favourite waffle place is still Leomag - cheap and good and awesome. 

The usual latte that i have, and the other one is Americano

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Saffron, Lot 33, Prangin Basement

I found a really nice place for food which is really worth for those with big and huge tummy since it's a semi buffet dinner. We could order any main course and we will be entitled for the unlimited salad/soup/desserts. This place is Saffron and it's located at the basement of Prangin mall (below Parkson)

Pumpkin soup. It's not all the time the same soup. sometimes it's just mushroom soup.

Salad with olives and eggs.

The promotion keeps changing. Sometimes we could add on for coffee, sometimes we can't. The last time i went, there was promotion for citibankers, but now, not anymore.

 And some of the food that we ordered. I been here for another two times, but I think i probably stop going there for the time being, as the food isn't that consistent, but to me, it's really worth if you have a big tummy to start with.

There are also cakes and fruits for desserts, too :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bangkok 2015 :)

It's another trip to Bangkok and I still find that this place is fun to visit again!
I have yet to blog about my trip back in 2014 and now again, I need to post for 2015 trip instead :)

Just want to share the places I went.

Day 1: Sukhumvit, Nana area for dinner/supper/drinks.

Since it was an evening flight, when i reached BKK, it was just in time for dinner/supper/drinks. I had boat noodles at the stalls along the main Sukhumvit road outside Soi Cowboy, followed by roadside food/drinks like bbq pork, fruit juices, fruits and Holly's coffee! :)

Visited a pub called Bangkok beat, alight from Nana BTS, they are really cheap drinks/promos during weekday. Beers were like 75B.

Day 2: Jim Thompson, MBK, Chinatown, Wat Pho/Wat Arun/Grand palace area, Khaosan Road.

Wanted to visit the Jim Thompson museum the last trip, but again, was too lazy. This time, I manage to get there and it's pretty simple to get there. Just alight from National Stadium BTS. There is a tuk tuk to fetch u from the BTS stop.

MBK is walking distance from the National Stadium BTS. Walked over through Tokyu dept store.
Had lunch at MBK food court. Did manicure there too! It was only 250B for the nail art so it's worth getting the nails done within 30 mins.

Took a taxi over from Siam Centre area to Chinatown. I had a long stretch of walk from one end of Yaowara road to the other end. 

Chinatown - indeed a food haven in Bangkok.

The walking trail didn't ended, as I was crazy enough to continue my walk to the grand palace area. Moral of the story: Take a taxi to Wat Pho instead.

Due to the weather and since there weren't much time to walk around, so most of the time, we kept walking without stopping by. I just got to know that the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phrakaew) are barricaded by walls. Same goes to Wat Pho (sleeping buddha). Honest speaking, despite the fact that I'm not a Buddhist, I find that the design/architecture of the building is truly amazing.

Somewhat I managed to capture some interesting views along the way.

Finally find a nice bench to sit and rest.

 To get to Wat Arun (temple of the dawn), we need to take a boat ride over (I think it's 3B per trip). Wat Arun was under renovation. So I didn't get a good picture of the place.

Back to the busy tourist area. 

Not very clear sight of the Grand palace from the field. But i'm amazed how pretty it can be from the field. (did some running there too..)

My walking trail continues to Khaosan road for dinner and sight seeing.

Khaosan road, again, is filled with tourists. Many foodstalls. Many bars. Many souvenir stalls. Many stalls selling clothes too. I didn't get anything yet on my 2nd day, as I was still awaiting for my trip to Platinum, Central world and JJ market!!!

 The paad thai is not very nice ler. The roadside stall that sells outside the hotel taste way better.

Day 3: Shopping time:  Platinum/Central World/Emquartier

Shopped till tired at Platinum. Visited Novotel :)

A typical lunch at Fuji restaurant.

 There was a Yukata photoshooting organized by Isetan and Canon at Central World.
Had a free photoshoot wearing the Yukata. :)

We can get to Central world via Siam/Chidlom BTS.

EMquartier IMAX. Oh i love super heroes.
To get there, drop off at Phrom Pong BTS. It's opposite Emporium Dept Store.

The state-of-art helix garden. Impressive right?
I did not need to use the escalator while walking along the restaurants that was built like a spiral.

After a tiring walk for two days, it's good to get our legs some rest and massage!

Went to a massage center around Sukhumvit area for 250B. Most of the time, i give only 20B for tips. :)

Day 4: Siam Paragon/Siam Center/Siam discovery(under renovation)/Central world/Big C/Central dept store

 It's always busy. Traffic jam most of the time.

Muhammad Ali

I have never failed to take pretty pics of with the fishes and the wax figurines at Siam Paragon.

At the Erawan Shrine, there is the famous 4-faced buddha. Many would pray and if their prayers are granted, they would return and you'd probably see a group of dancers behind the devotee.

Not forgetting, i did some snack shopping at Big C (there are also some cheap clothes) 

Day 5: Chatuchak (JJ Market)/Terminal 21

Took the MRT and stopped at Kamphaeng Phet MRT, directly outside the weekend market.
Literally shopped from morning till 6pm, where the national anthem was played. All stood still.

coconut ice cream not to be missed.

It was a tiring day. Stopped by Terminal 21 for dinner. It's an interesting mall, every floor has different country theme, like Japan, San francisco, London and etc, just like you are at the airport. Every floor's toilet has a different theme too. Worth the visit, but not for shopping.

Day 6: Rest/Free and Easy

It was the last day before going back home. Totally sat and rested at a nearby cafe and had a little window shopping at Emporium before I say bye-bye to Bangkok :)