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Monday, January 22, 2018

Places to Visit if you are in Kuala Lumpur (KL)

With Singapore being a food heaven, if you are planning a trip,  heading to the Capital of Malaysia and explore, you may want to add these into your itineraries to your trip.

Driving up to KL from Singapore may takes about 4 hours non stop driving and if you are going to take a coach it will be even longer duration with stoppages in between. There is still another alternative from Singapore to KL and that is by flight at an affordable pricing.

1. Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
2. Cheap Flight Tickets

Petronas Tower

Also known as Petronas Twin Tower. This 88 Storey high building was once the tallest Skyscrapers in the world bearing a modern islamic design and a visitor skybridge.

Petronas Twin Tower
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Address: Persiaran Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Suria KLCC

The dynamic, high rise City Centre in Kuala Lumpur that is known for its upscale fashion mall at  the foot of Petronas Twin Tower. Its a popular destination and one of the tourists visited places. The Anchor tenants are a five-storey high Isetan, Parkson Grand and even Marks & Spencer. In addition, Cold Storage Supermart is also there. Not to worry about entertainment, there is a 12-screen movie theater and this is the bigger Tanjong Golden Village Oulet in the country.

Suria KLCC
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Aquaria KLCC

An oceanarium located beneath Kuala Lumpur Conventional Centre and right in the heart of KL's City Centre, showing cases of marine life and animals from Malaysia as well as around the world. It has over 5000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures.

Inside the Aquaria of KLCC
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Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Center, 50088, Malaysia


Thean Hou Temple

Elaborated temple with vibrant designed. This 6 tiered temple featuring a prayer hall with 3 altars and ornate. It is located on 1.67 acres of land atop Robson Heights on Lorong Bellamy, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra. Building was completed in 1989 and was dedicated to the Chinese Sea Goddness Mazu, giving it the additional name Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Thean Hou Temple
Address: 65 Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra (Formerly Lornie Road), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sunway Lagoon

Enjoy your ultimate Theme Park experience there for both young and old. It consists of both wet and dry land activities. This was built on a former tin mining and quarry site. Their hightlights consists of multi zone access (water park, scream park, amusement park, wildlife park and extreme park) with water slides and world's largest manmade surf beach.

Sunway Lagoon
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

This communication tower is also one of the world's tallest landmark. Enjoy a scenic and panoramic view up at their revolving restaurant.

Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Address: Menara Kuala Lumpur, #2 Jalan Puncha, off Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petaling Street

Better known as the Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur and naturally pack with tourists as well as the locals. Well known for a shopping district whereby the entire place was warmly and vibrantly lit up after the dark. This night market (aka "Pasar Malam") consists of hundreds of stall selling all kinds of staff at cheaper rates. Remember to bring your Tote Bag and carrier if you are planning to fill your hands after walking through the streets.

Jalan Petaling
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Address:  Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bukit Bintang

Prominent and well known for its trendiest shopping and entertainment district, from five-star hotels to all day restaurants, shopping center, al-fresco cafes, bars, night markets  and nightclubs.

Bukit Bintang
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Address: Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 56100, Malaysia

Batu Caves

Located approximately 11km to the North of Kuala Lumpur. Visiting the limestone hill that contains a series of caves (3 major caves and smaller ones) as well as temples in Gombak. In the main caves and its surrounding features a 100 year old temple with idols and statues erected.

Batu Caves
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Address: Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor

Genting Highlands

And if you have a day or half to spare, you might even want to take a trip to Genting Highlands for its cooling temperature, themepark or some, even the Casino and outlet shopping mall for good deals. Bus journey should take about an hour.

Genting Highlands
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tao Heung 稻香

We are not getting any hotel breakfast package and decided to walk out to somewhere nearby (about 5 minutes)  to fix our stomach. It was actually recommended by one of the colleagues that had been there a number of times.

Tao Heung 
Interior was similar to any other chinese restaurant filled with round tables and chairs in a carpeted dining area. Being in Hong Kong, having Dim Sum for meal is quite common and a kind of must have. Comparing to Singapore, their Dim Sum place are always packed of elderly folks in the morning even though its on weekdays.

Tao Heung Interior
Menu of Dim Sum at finger tips! We just order the mainstream kind of Dim Sum Items and soon, trays by trays were being dished out.

Dim Sum in Trays
If you ask me, I still prefer the kind of Liu Sa Bao with bursting fillings once bitten on. The fillings did not much amaze me as I felt that there was not enough lava to go with the bun. Nevertheless, the salted egg grainy texture did complement the smooth fluffy bun very well.

Liu Sa Bao
Flaky crust at the exterior with a fluffy bites. Fragrant and tasted not too bad.

Polo Buns
Simply love the Cantonese style of Congee, smooth and stomach warming. Lean meat came in shredded form mixed with Century egg.

Century Egg & Lean Meat Congee
Thin rice roll was flexible and smooth drenched with light soy sauce adding some taste to its plainness. Although it was thin, the fillings inside were well cradled. By having a cut on it, fillings were still in tact and not falling off easily.

Chee Cheong Fun
Siew Mai was awesome! Springy prawns topped with some fish roes and refreshing bite without being too greasy.

Siew Mai
It was a good recommendation and I wasn't disappointed at all. With so many outlets around, I guess it will be easy as a returning customer in Hong Kong.

Tao Heung 稻香
Location:  Restaurant 3, Podium Level 1, Coastal Skyline, 12 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island.  東涌東涌海濱路12號藍天海岸平台1樓3號

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Novotel Citygate

Novotel Citygate is the only Airport Hotel that brings a New Hong Kong Experience. Strategically located with only 5 minutes away from Hong Kong International Airport with their shuttle bus service.

The Hotel is link to Citygate Outlets shopping Mall with more than 80 units of merchandise running on year round discount. On top of that with direct access to the Mass Transit Railway ( MTR ) it is only 2 stops away to Hong Kong Disney Land and approximately 28 minutes to Hong Kong City Centre. Not only that, with a 5 minutes walk away you wcan get to Ngong Ping cable Car and enjoy your journey across the greeneries to Big Buddha and Wisdom Path which is also close to Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo, Tai O Fishing Village and Discovery Bay.

The Standard room is about 28sqm which I felt is already very spacious, modernly equipped with Wireless Connection and LCD Flat Screen.

Interior
Interior design was compact yet catering all the needs with half open concept kind of washroom with Mirror and washing basin on the outside. I love the cozy environment in the room and Internet Stability services (at least my video calls won't disconnect intermittently as compared to other hotels I had stayed over the past few days).

Toiletries

Washing Area
Queen Size bed is clean and comfortable.

Queen Size Bed
And out of my Window views, I get to see Aeroplanes flying and landing down at intervals without having much noise pollution as the windows were well insulated.

Overall, it was an enjoyable stay with convenience, I won't hesitate to recommend such a comfortable environment to anyone who will be in Hong Kong.

Looking out of my window
Novotel Citygate
Location: Citygate, 51 Man Tung Rd, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Amara Singapore [Media Tasting]

On the 15 February 2018 from 6pm at the Grand Ballroom in Amara Singapore, there will be a one-time reunion dinner opened to all guests celebrating this Lunar New Year’s 2018 Earth Dog.

Thereafter, guests can choose from a sumptuous line-up of culinary haven with affordable 8-course menus. The Golden Prosperity at S$68++ or Joyous Abundance at S$88 per person with a minimum of six persons per table.

For guests that wish to enjoy extra posh and private dining experience, they can take up the Imperial Fortune reunion package at S$1,888++ for a table of 10 persons. This includes with a fully equipped family karaoke system. Apart from that menu is made interesting with dishes like sea urchin, black chicken ginseng soup and cod fish.

Salad

Kickstarting our CNY Buffet dinner with the ascetically coiled Angel Hair Pasta adorn with flowers and bright orange fish roes. Personally, this is my favourite of all Starters. Though chilled, the pasta was springy and had a pleasant whiff of truffle oil, it also marries well with the use of Kombu.


Chilled Angel Hair Pasta with Truffle Oil and Kombu
No, that is not Wasabi on top of the Drunken Chicken. In fact, these silky chicken was adorned by the use of ginger mix and wolfberries. Presentation in its color is definitely catchy.

Drunken Chicken
No strong alcohol taste here and chicken was pretty tasty in its juicy form, blending in well with the ginger mix..

Tenderness
As the saying goes "As Cool As a Cucumber", this was refreshingly prepared and dressed with Sesame and fish roes. Besides being crunchy, there was a twist to the taste with some spiciness.

Cucumber with Sesame Dressing
There are 2 kinds of Homemade dishes for Salmon and one of it is Beetroot Salmon. We know the benefits of beetroot and some even turned off by the taste of such healthy root. Surprisingly, the beetroot taste was still alright.

Homemade Beetroot Salmon
When the orange meets the orange! The use of Sweet tangy orange with salmon was great.

Homemade Mandarin Orange Salmon
Hot Selection

Seafood lovers, these Black Pepper Crayfish might be a take.  Meat was plump and fleshy. The sauce brings a tad sweetness and was not too peppery on the crustacean. 

Black Pepper Crayfish
Pen Cai has a good significance for the Chinese New Year and it represent abundance and richness. Over the years, it had grown its popularity and comes in different varieties. This is one pot Chinese dish of Cantonese origin is traditionally served in large wooden, porcelain or even metal basins due to the communal style of consumption and I believe this is how the dish name "盆菜" came about. To buy this separately, the standard size will cost $188 while the larger size at $288. They do have Non-Vegetarian Pen Cai available too.

Vegetarian Treasure Pot (Pen Cai)
Here comes the Roasted Chicken in Spicy Sichuan Sauce. The chicken was nicely roasted to its golden brown crispy skin and tasted good.

Roasted Chicken with Spicy Sichuan Sauce (Whole)
Smoked duck was infused with Camphor and Tea Leaves. Tasted not too bad.

Smoked Duck with Camphor and Tea Leaves (Whole)
Pretty popular during the dinner as those plump asparagus was wiped up soon we reach the dish. Nevertheless, this this was kind of unique on its own apart from other CNY dishes we are expecting. Beef was tender and do not have any gamy taste. It was served in good bite size chunks.

Beef Bourguignon
A Chinese New Year celebration can never be completed without "Lou Hei". The CNY Chinese Reunion dinner packages include the Salmon Yu Sheng Set which was specially arranged in the Shape of the Dog. Prices are at $68 for standard size and $88 for a larger size.

Lao Yu Sheng
Dessert Station

It's the season for Chempedak and the chef had taken this opportunity to present desserts that make up of this fruit. I was overwhelmed with the fragrant of this tropical fruit and a varieties of dessert made from it. I thought it was a very daring try by the Chef to invent this.

Chempedak Cake
Swiss Roll was pillow soft and fluffy with cream and chempedak chunks as fillings.

Chempedak Swiss Roll
Perhaps this is my favourite out of all desserts. Simply love the texture and bite from the Agar Agar. It will be better if I can have it chilled.

Chempedak Agar Agar
Pudding was wobbly and filled of Chempedak bits. It tasted good with milk and was topped with assorted berries like blue berries, strawberries, raspberries and black berries.

Chempedak Pudding
Take your portion of Creme Brulee topped with berries! Sweet!

Chempedak Crème Brulee
Last but not least, presenting Butter Cake with Chempedak Bits and packed of its fragrance. However, it can be better if the cake can be a little bit more moist.

Chempedak Butter Cake
Only the Pomelo Tang Yuan is exempted from the Chempedek taste.  Marking the customary occasion, every guest will be served this special rendition Chinese Festive Dessert, Tang Yuan. This little balls was prepared in sweetened soup with Pomelo fleash and mint leaves.

Pomelo Tang Yuen

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Buffet
Time
Adult*
Child*
(6 -12 years)
Reunion Dinner
15 Feb 2018, Thu
 6pm – 10.30pm
$88
$43
Lunch
Mon – Fri
12pm – 2.30pm
$58
$29
Dinner
Mon – Sun
 6pm – 10.30pm
$78
$39
Hi-tea
Sat – Sun
11.30 am – 2pm
2.30pm – 5pm
$42
$21


Many thanks to Amara Singapore and Lindy for the invite.

Amara Singapore
Location: 165 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088539

Friday, January 12, 2018

Royal Park Hotel

With so many trips to Hong Kong, I have never been to Shatin. If not for my job, I would never have known that such place exists.

Staying in Royal Park Hotel was a good choice as it is conveniently located in the heart of Shatin, easily accessible to MTR Shatin station as well as New Town Plaza, which is the largest shopping complex in Shatin offering a comprehensive range of shopping, recreational and entertainment facilities with over 400 shops and cinema.

On top of that Hotel is just 30 minutes from China by rail and 40 minutes from the Hong Kong International Airport.

Lobby of Royal Park Hotel
Executive Room was spacious with twin or double bed satisfying the comfort of the guests. Simply love the writing desk area and sofa resting area, it comes in handy for us who wants to work after business hours.

Executive Room Facing the Buildings
Writing Desk Area


Sofa Resting Area Beside Bed
With about 4 nights at the hotel, in terms of amenities and cleanliness, I must admit that I'm pretty satisfied. The only peeve I had was perhaps the Internet Connection line that is not very stable and its tough to work during after office in the Hotel.

Toilet

ROYAL PARK HOTEL
Location: 8 Pak Hok Ting Street, Shatin, Hong Kong


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nyonya Chendol

The snaky queues of the Nyonya Chendol had caught our attention and we decided to have a bowl of it after our meals.

The menu of the stall is pretty straight forward as there are only 4 choices available. The original chendol or with corns, red beans and Durian.

Nyonya Chendol
Being spoilt with a variety of chendol in Malacca a few weeks back, my expectation of Chendol could have been more. In fact I find this chendol filled of Coconut Cream and was not up to my expectation. Even though Gula Melaka was used, I still find that the dessert tasted "Jelat" overall.

Original - $1.50
On a side note, the coconut jelly used was green and plump in size. I topped up my portion of original Chendol with sweet corn.

Sweet Corn Chendol - $2
Here's what we had ordered.

Our Order

Rating:  2.5  / 5

Nyonya Chendol
Location: 116 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588172