I was looking for a good dessert place, and I came to conclusion that Sugar On Top (Nagore Square) is a recommended place to go! I liked the way they compartmentalize the dining space so that we would have quiet and personal conversation/space and of course, the interior was tastefully done.
isn't this pretty?
Pretty generous serving - so you would feel that you RM20 is worth
The famous hokkaido matcha hotcake with ice cream (~ Rm18.90 - i think) . Seriously, i think this is good, probably because I'm a fan of green tea... and it's topped up with raspberries and blueberries (however, it's frozen)
Crispy charcoal waffle. At least it's 4 pieces, not 2 :)
Following the previous day trip to Dannok, I finally had a short vacation in Hatyai, This is probably one of my many trips to Hatyai, but this time, I didn't really spend a lot of time around Lee Gardens Hotel area.
I've never really blogged on the details of my journey to Hatyai, so here it is...
Going through the immigration is much easier compared to the immigration at the airport.
In the past, I have always gotten the immigration form (They call it the 'white card') from the money changers at Changloon. In fact, it is easily accessible at the immigration office on the left hand side. Parking is also easy and free while awaiting for our passports to be stamped.
Danok is always famous for pork leg rice. So here it is. I love the sweet and sour chilies.
The chicken kuih chiap along the way.
It tasted like bak kut teh compared to the normal kueh chiap dish.
After lunch, i finally managed to checked in to Wungnoy Hotel.
I would recommend this hotel, as it felt more like a resort than a high densed hotel like Lee gardens or Regency. Thus, parking a car is easy, just that there might be parking lots later in the night.
Since its still early in the afternoon, i went to the big market (parking is 10Baht per hour) and bought some local delicacies like cashew nuts, ikan bilis, and dried longan. And, of course, bought shoes and there are ample of imitations (bags, wallets and etc). I finally found monobo shoes and Kito sandals and it was ~180baht.
Surprisingly when I reached Samila beach, it was very windy. In my previous Countdown trip back in 2010, it was raining thus, i didn't really manage to walk around the place.
Not only it had the famous mermaid, but it also had another cat and rat statue, representing the cat and rat Island.
Things are different after 5 years. There are more tourists now (and I think from Malaysia too.)
And there are also horse rides, and more food/souvenir stalls available.
I remembered coconut ice cream was more tasty 5 years ago.
I forgot to ask them to remove the pulut rice. Very sweet for my liking.
It's really late and hurried back to Klonghae Floating Market. Traffic was better on my way back, but the journey was really long (> 30 mins to Samila beach from town).
I bought another coconut ice cream. This time, I'm smarter. I told her I only wanted the ice cream and nuts. Nothing. No extras please. :)
I bought this because of the mandarin duck clay. :)
It was too crowded and late that I seriously didn't had time to walk around :(
But i believe we can spend a few hours for a good dinner and souvenir shopping.
For dinner, I went to a shop next to Wungnoy hotel.
The tomyam was extremely spicy and I was literally burning from inside out.
I thought Minced meat with basil leaves would taste good, but I think I probably like the one from Khun Thai.
After a sweaty dinner (well, i'm glad that i'm just staying next to the restaurant). Had a good bath and rest before I proceed to West Side saloon for the best live music pub in Hatyai!! :) :)
Seriously, it was really good, and the drinks were cheap compared to Penang.
Besides, Thai and English songs, they even sing hokkien, mandarin and Cantonese songs despite that the pronunciation is not accurate.
It was an eye opener to me looking at the patrons. The ladies over there were open and daring, and the men can really sing and dance well... As for me, I sat quietly and enjoy the show :D :D
Late at night; tried the steamed egg from 7-11. I wish I have more tummy space for more food!
The next morning, we went for the famous dimsum + bak kut teh, which resembles like Chinatown.
Right after dimsum and checking out, I headed to Lee gardens /central area for shopping.
Not forgetting the nearby foot massage parlour.
Then it was, the place I have never been - Central Festival.
I find that the mall is almost like one in big cities like bangkok or chiangmai.
So, I would say, we can go hatyai for real thai experience now!
Very very lovely photo taking corners!
My trip ended with makro and tesco shopping - groceries shopping, snacks that we hardly see in Penang, or at a higher price.
OMG, this post was like 2 years ago, and now I decided to publish it now -27-Oct-2017. Well, better late than never. Now, I feel like visiting hatyai again, after more than a year...
Penang is indeed a food haven, where both tourists and locals are blessed with many good foods. When it comes to Peranakan or rather, Nyonya food, we could never forget Penang..... aside from Malacca and Singapore.
Nyonya Willow used to be located in a home at Sungai Tiram but now it's currently moved to Arena Curve. Getting there is a little tricky as the parking space around Olive Tree hotel is usually full, thus I'd recommend to park inside the Arena curve where the entrance is situated opposite d'piazza. I personally find that it's now situated in a more strategic place, as it's easily accessible and nearer to my work place.
As it was on a usual weekday lunch, we ordered a few dishes like jiu hu char (RM14) , lor bak (RM16), kapitan chicken (RM16), pork leg vinegar (RM18), perut ikan (RM18) and babi ponteh (RM16). I'd recommend the kapitan chicken and perut ikan, as well as their gulai tumis (I tried it earlier in my previous visit).
Our lunch spread :)
Half eaten pork leg vinegar (forgot to take picture earlier)
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.
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)
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 :)