Nov 30, 2016

11 Melaka : Chop Chung Wah Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

It was the longest queue I'd ever seen outside a kopitiam ; that made me curious. I crossed the triangular traffic island at Jonker Street to get a peek inside. Hainan Chicken Rice was written on the signboard.

"They're lining up for chicken rice balls!" I told my partner, rolling my eyes in disbelief. And that was that or so I thought.

We were up and about Jonker Walk early next morning looking for food. The skies were gloomy and it started to drizzle. Under the cover of a newly purchased tourist-priced umbrella, we scoured the quiet streets of quaint historical buildings for something to eat. We could tell we were in the wrong corner of town when it came to breakfast. Deciding to walk back, we passed Kedai Kopi Chung Wah again and this time, there wasn't a queue.

Chop Chung Wah, Melaka

It was 8am-ish. The shop had just opened. The rain was getting heavier so hubs and I made a dash for it, both agreeing that it was best to wait it out here. Only four tables were occupied with customers. We were welcomed in with a lovely smile and our order was taken - which was simply us showing a V sign with our fingers indicating we wanted food for two persons.

Whilst waiting, we watched an adorable child of not more than four years, possibly a relative of the shop owner, ambling up and down within the confines of the small building, greeting people she knew.

Two plates of rice balls and chopped kampung chicken was placed in front of us minutes later. I couldn't wait to tuck in! The chicken was tender enough and it was tasty. I almost asked for seconds but stopped myself from getting carried away.

Chop Chung Wah Kampung Chicken Rice Ball

Hubs and I enjoyed our meal in our own thoughts blissfully unaffected by the brisk activity around us that comes with the typical kopitiam style ambiance. It was cosy with us watching raindrops fall gently from the edge of the roof through an old side door that had been barred with a metal railing. The shop wasn't full so we sat awhile and enjoyed our drink.

Chop Chung Wah, Melaka

We left when the rain slowed to a drizzle. It was a yummy meal and a wonderful start to the day. We had a satisfied grin on our faces, plus a warm fuzzy feeling about the whole experience. It is another memory to be cherished.

This is what the whole place looks like coming in from the entrance.

Chop Chung Wah, Melaka

Below are photos I snapped whilst looking for a place to eat. The streets of Melaka on a chilly Monday morning.

A Morning Walk Around Jonker Street

Chop Chung Wah
is located across from this traffic island.

Jonker Walk, Melaka

The 'Don't Mess With Melaka' slogan is meant to be a stern reminder for people to keep Melaka clean. We saw these banners all around Melaka's tourist spots.

Don't Mess With Melaka

Chop Chung Wah
Address : 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
Phone: 06-286 0121

Nov 21, 2016

9 Melaka : A Night At The Wonderful Quayside Hotel

This is the hotel you'd want to stay in if you like rooms with a balcony to unwind; the view overlooks the scenic Melaka River. I was enamoured the moment I walked into the hotel lobby. No, I was hooked at the thought of staying here from the time I saw the photos on TripAdvisor.

Days Earlier

Haziq attended to my phone call to reconfirm the details of my room booking. He's that person who smiles over the phone. I felt it although I couldn't see him.

Fast forward a couple of days later, Hubs and I arrived at the heart of the heritage area in Melaka. My heart thumped with excitement and my eyes glowed with a happiness I cannot properly describe. Two people attended to me upon check-in, a young lady, possibly in her 20s, and an older woman. They were extremely helpful and friendly.

I knew I had arrived too early and wasn't particularly surprised at being informed that no rooms were ready. So I assured them that I was there only to register my particulars and would return after 2PM or 3-ish. They took my number down and said that they would call me the moment a room was available.

"I'm willing to wait for a good room, ya. You take your time. No worries one! " I said in my biggest smile. I was barely out of the door when they waved me back in. Lo and behold, less than ten minutes since I'd been there, I was already climbing up a spiral staircase to Room 205. How exciting!

The design is minimalistic with a large window that slides open to a balcony; I loved it!

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - Premium Room With Double Bed

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - Premium Room

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - Premium Room With A Balcony

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - Basic Amenities

A little about the 3-star hotel; It was once a customs warehouse. Now, it's a two-storey boutique hotel with 39 rooms.The whole concept of the hotel is warehouse-like complete with light bouncy flooring and walls non-too-soundproof. I was hardly affected by the noises made by my neighbours or the chatter from tourists walking past below the room. Guess all those years living in a village near the airport paid off!

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - The Lobby

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - The Reception Area

Quayside Hotel, Melaka - Me On The Higher Floor

The hotel is located smack in the heart of the touristy area of Melaka. It's next to the roundabout at the Dutch Square (Stadthuys), round the bend from Jonker street and is on the same row as the ship museum. Just behind the parking lot is the famous A Famosa fort, plus several museums.
 
Quayside Hotel, Melaka - View From Across The River

The rate for the premium room with a double bed at the time of booking, including taxes, was RM231.06. I had made two requests - on the form, for a higher floor and personally telephoned them to reserve one parking lot.

The CarPark

Parking costs RM10 per day and is located across the road beside the police station in an open air private carpark. The hotel will provide guests with a numbered key to unlock the padlock on the folding parking post barrier. The parking spot is yours for the entire day - this means that you are free to leave and come back to it anytime.

Other Costs

RM2 heritage fee.

Website: www.quaysidehotel.com.my
Address: 1, Jalan Merdeka, Quayside Heritage Centre, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka.


The view from my room balcony; day and night. 

Melaka River Daytime

Melaka River At Night

Hubs and I had an amazing time. It was good to get out of the city to refresh the mind even if it was only for a night. The balcony was our favourite spot - we dined alfresco with food takeaways from Jonker Street's vibrant night market, took in the sights and sounds of enchanting Melaka and chatted about life in general.

How did we find the stay? Fantastic! No complaints! 

Nov 12, 2016

19 Things We Did For The Man's Birthday

I started the day by making hard-boiled eggs. It was then rolled in red food colouring as a symbol of renewed life and happiness. Red is a joyful colour associated with prosperity and all things festive.

Tadaa...here they are:

Birthday - Red Eggs

Usually, we'd buy a small cake to sing the Birthday song. This year hubs asked if I could bake one, so I did ..even though I was skeptical about my cake decorating skills. 

I bought ready-made flowers from a local cake shop. The plan was 'simplicity' and 'fail-proof'. I baked a fuss-free zebra cake in a lovely shaped tin that looked like it was meant for jelly-making. Then poured thick melted chocolate over. It took me just minutes to assemble the flowers on top of the cake.

I was grinning from ear to ear by the end of it because for someone who doesn't do Birthday cakes, this looked pretty decent.

Homemade Birthday Cake

The leftover batter was used to make cupcakes which I gave away to our office peeps.

Zebra Cake

The celebration didn't end here. We had dinner at Thai Garden Village Restaurant in Kepong that evening. It was a quiet, chilly week day. We enjoyed ourselves and were well attended to by friendly restaurant staff. To tell you the truth, we couldn't finish the meal. The waiter kindly offered to pack it up for us to bring home. How nice!

What we ordered : Steamed fish, clear tom yum soup, butter prawns, kerabu chicken feet, the greens (kai lan) and red ruby dessert.

Thai Garden Village Restaurant, Kepong

Is that it? Oh nooo... we're finishing the occasion with a short trip out of town which I will blog about once I get back!


Do Something Today
That Your Future Self Will Thank You For
~ Anon

Nov 8, 2016

10 The Malaysian Women's Weekly Beauty Bus 2016

I enjoyed myself thoroughly at The Malaysian Women's Weekly magazine beauty bus event last year. It was exciting to finally meet the Editor of the magazine in person and I took the guts to ask for a wefie. I shared pictures I took in a collage on my instagram account, 'snoringsheep' and was blessed with a lovely prize!

So when I found out that the Beauty Bus was was rolling into town again, I marked my calendar. I didn't go all out like I did last year since I had other plans with Hubs. It was a five-minute thing. Hubs drove into the lane where the bus was parked at IPC shopping centre. I got off, queued for the goody bag and hopped back into the car again!

This is the Beauty Bus where ladies can get beauty tips from the experts first hand.

The Malaysian Women's Weekly Beauty Bus

Not a long queue in the morning. Besides the goody bag, we got to spin the wheel for an extra gift.

The Malaysian Women's Weekly Beauty Bus Goody Bag Collection

The goodies. I use these products when I travel. Sample size is perfect for weekend trips - light and convenient to pack.

The Malaysian Women's Weekly Beauty Bus Goody bag

I enjoy going for events like these. It's something out of the norm for me. Do you?

Nov 5, 2016

18 I Got A Backpack I Love!

Hello, it's me. ♪ Hello from the other side ..

I haven't gone missing. I slowed down on the blogging front for awhile because I didn't have the peace I needed to gather my thoughts for a proper post. I had this and that to take care of - also not the kind of person who would gurgle words out anytime like a journalist has to because it's their job. The piece wouldn't carry any of the enthusiasm I feel if I did. I thought it would be a tragedy to do so even on my mostly-unknown blog. This corner of my world may not mean anything to a lot of people but it's home to my thoughts and my life experiences. It holds my tears, joy, momentous occasions and the things I learned. It is my little online treasure chest.

There's so many stories I wish to pen down so that the future me, the one sitting on a white rocking chair admiring the flowers in the garden with a hot cup of tea, could look back and be reminded of the wonderful life I had led and grin to myself in a silly manner as I recall those moments in my head.

That said, I am really happy to sit down today to tap out this piece on my keyboard. I'd been looking around to buy a backpack for the past few months. The two backpacks I currently own are super worn out; the material has thinned so much from frequent use that you can see pinholes of sunlight coming through when held against a sunny blue sky.

I dragged my friend to a cheap bag store thinking that I could get something there since I wasn't at all a fussy person but maybe I am, balking at the gaudy designs that stared back at me. I walked out empty handed. A couple of months and several stores later, I was still empty handed!

And then I saw it - on Cindyrina's blog , princesscindyrina.com. She doesn't run giveaways often but there it was, a lovely, classy backpack fit for a lady who wasn't into camping out with mosquitoes or trekking through the jungles of Borneo - it was perfect for me, the leisurely weekend traveler! I wondered if the law of attraction was in cahoots with the universe to make this happen for me. Either way, I believed it was a huge sign for me to take part and that I did!

Guess who made the winners list? ..Me-lah. Hehe!

Me and My New Backpack

There was a knock on my door yesterday. A Poslaju personnel stood in front of me; I was looking surprised and confused in an old pair of shorts, messy hair and a t-shirt that smelled of fresh garlic (I was cooking!). I had totally forgotten that the backpack was arriving this week. Haha!

"Ada apa kat dalam?"  The Poslaju guy asked me what was inside assuming I had ordered something from an online store.

"I pun tak tau. Takde orang bagitau pun nak hantar barang.." I replied, clueless as to the contents of the large package.

A Red Backpack From Cindyrina!

The Back of the Bag

Haiyo! I only realised what it was when I tore the sides open and saw it. Gasp! I was so surprised that the bag was this big! It is the most beautiful backpack I had ever seen and am proud to now own. Needless to say, I am excited to bring this along on my Melaka trip. Yup, you heard me. That's my next travel plan.

Before I end, thank you so much for making my day, Cindyrina ! ツ

A little note was attached. Aptly put. If you have to worry about anything at all, let it not be about failures. It is after all, past.


I will be back to blog-hopping next week ...soon!

Oct 17, 2016

21 Projek57 : A Movement Of Hope

Have you heard of it?

I didn't until this Merdeka Day (Malaysia Independence Day) when I joined a 'Raise The Flag' giveaway organised by Cebion Malaysia and was blessed with cool t-shirts for me and four of my friends. I was ecstatic.

Projek57 - A Movement Of Hope

A little curiosity and googling told me these weren't just any t-shirts. It was part of an initiative aimed at reminding Malaysians about the principles of 1957, the year Malaya achieved independence - Progressiveness, Unity, Tolerance, Diversity. A Movement of Hope founded by two guys who wanted to remind Malaysians how amazing our country was and can be if we worked together.

They are reaching out to people through community projects and the sale of t-shirts plus other merchandises that carry messages of patriotism.

Projek57

Then there is the charity part. 40% of profits gained from the sale of these items are used for empowering single mothers and underprivileged children. Neat, right?


Projek57
Facebook : www.facebook.com/projek57
Website : www.projek57.com

Just spreading the word on a good cause.

Oct 12, 2016

22 Eat Out : Salon Du Chocolat, Publika

My aunt was in KL for her medical review at GH. It's a half yearly thing. This was more than a month back, and I was tasked to find a place to 'lepak' (hang out).

Salon Du Chocolat popped into my radar whilst I was googling for yummy food in Publika. I knew it'd be the perfect place to bring my aunt and cousin since it was something none of us had tried before - waffles covered in smooth, creamy chocolate sauce drizzled on with a beautiful design.

These were the items we ordered. The stick waffle arrived first. One of the cheapest items on the menu.

Waffle Stick

The half moon waffle was absolutely gorgeous. We scooped every bit off the plate going, "Dark chocolate, mmmmm!".

Half Moon Waffle with Milk and Dark Chocolate

Then, there is this glorious wrap filled with fresh strawberries and chocolate crispies inside.

A Chocolate Wrap with Strawberries and Rice Crispies

The Inside of the Wrap

Finally, isn't this pretty? Pizza waffle with a small glass of chocolate heaven to dip the fruits in.

A Pretty Pizza Waffle by Salon Du Chocolat

Salon Du Chocolat at Publika Mall is a place that I love for its cosy ambiance but sincerely wished there were private corners where we could have heart--to-heart conversations with friends.

Salon Du Chocolat, Publika Mall

I misplaced the bill so I left the prices out. The waffle stick didn't cost more than RM15. The rest were between that and RM30, if I remember correctly.


~ On a need-to-know basis ~
My aunt shoved me a brown envelope that contained her medical report. "Nahh..." she said. I declined to look at it. "You're fine." I said.

Should I be assigned to cook and care for her again, the details would have been necessary, I thought. Other than that, I have never needed it to help anyone and have always preferred leaving people to decide for themselves if my knowing would really make them feel better. I didn't want her to feel that she had to report everything to me.

Some people are going to come into our lives for information, at times demanding, on the pretext of caring. Once they obtain it, they walk away. Not with any real intention to make anyone feel better. It is only a need to satisfy their curiosity and perhaps to be on the forefront of spreading the news as though they are or had been very much involved in the situation of helping.

The questions I ask myself  - Why do I need this information and what do I intend to do with it? And before I do ask - Will my asking make the other party feel better about themselves?  I do this to stop myself from unnecessarily hurting others. I have learned that some questions are best left unasked if it benefits no one.

As it was, my aunt said that she was in the clear. Happiness!

Sep 29, 2016

15 Snacking : Baked Cheese Tarts

The Japanese Cheese Tarts interest ruled my Facebook news feed for a brief moment with oohs and aahs, only to disappear as fast as it started. I'm late to the party as usual, preferring to take my time with all things new. Experience has taught me that long queues are never worth it when it comes to food. 
   
After breakfast one Sunday morning, whilst heading to the car, Hubs and I walked into Berry's Cake House in Damansara Perdana out of curiosity. Hubs saw the Japanese Cheese Tarts first, alerted me to it and minutes later, we were paying for two of the tarts.

Berry's Yummy Japanese Cheese Tarts

Light, creamy with a tart crust that made a great match - yummy flavours. Nothing over-powering. Worth the buy at RM3.00 per piece. We found it delicious.

Berry's Cake House - Japanese Cheese Tart

Berry's Cake House
Address: 2A-1, Jalan PJU 8/5G, Perdana Business Centre, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7722 4120 | Business Hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 10pm.

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A week later, I was at Mid Valley Megamall to catch up with a friend. I chanced upon Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart during my walkabout and proceeded to purchase two to take away at RM5.80 per piece.

Tadaaa! It is pretty.

Hokkaido Cheese Tart, Mid Valley Megamall

It has a richer and creamier texture. The cheese ooze factor was definitely more. I found the crust plainer in taste and as you can see, thicker too. It was nice.

Hokkaido Cheese Tart

Hokkaido Cheese Tart

Address: Centre Court, G Floor (beside Secret Recipe Malaysia), Mid Valley Megamall.

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We prefer ...

As with all things, it is a matter of personal taste. For me and Hubs, Berry's will be our go-to for Japanese Cheese Tarts because we were hooked at first bite and found it addictive.

"Ling, Berry's one is much nicer! The crust and the filling was delicious together!"  Hubs proceeded to give me his thoughts on the matter. I agreed. Both crust and filling was awesome to us.

That said, we're not big fans of cheese tarts rarely ever buying any. The cheesier and richer it is, the more we go "ugh!". You can imagine how we feel about no-bake cheesecakes. No, no!

Have you jumped on the Japanese Cheese Tarts bandwagon yet?


Sep 21, 2016

30 Eat Out : Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Eat And Prosper

It's Fatt Fatt Fatt, not fat fat fat but I think that's debatable. A number of Chinese eateries in Malaysia include the word fatt or 8 into the restaurant name because it means prosperity. At the rate I'm enjoying my food, prosperity is hitting me smack in the waistline ..now lack of. The restaurants? They prosper pocket-wise. Fatt fatt them, fat fat me .. haha!

My Malaysia Day started out with brunch at Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt in Taman Tun - opposite Maybank. Hubs and I love coming here for the chicken rice. The seller is a nice chap who is passionate about what he does. He doesn't hesitate to ask us to try out his new creations or help out fellow friends in the food business even if he is the busiest man! It's not easy waking up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare food for the brunch crowd. I should know - I'm exhausted after organising a party for just twenty!

This is the chicken rice we ordered that day and the one below, the week before.

Steamed, roasted and with some char siew - all delicious.

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Chicken Rice

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Chicken Rice

The spicy squid dish at the Nasi Lemak stall had us drooling so we asked for a plate of that too.

Spicy Squid

We finished our meal with two pieces of durian tarts for dessert - something that was introduced to us weeks earlier which was made by a friend of the nice chap. It is yummy stuff. Not overpowering at all - light, creamy and can I say duriany?

Durian Tarts

And finally, some pictures of the place - a little old, but we like coming here because of the people.

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt, Taman Tun

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt, TTDI

I am always fond of eating in places where there is this feeling of warmth.

Sep 13, 2016

21 KindMeal.My - Meat-free Food Options At Your Fingertips

This isn't a sponsored post. I'm just spreading the word on a good thing.

Have you heard of KindMeal.My, an online platform which promotes meat-free dining ...with perks?

KindMeal.My

For the record, I am not a vegetarian. I am just someone who makes a conscious effort to be responsible with my eating habits - a big part of that being not to waste food.

Sometimes I feel like a nagging mum! I admonish myself with thoughts like:

For every vegetable we push aside on our plate, it is the farmers' hard work and months of sweat that we so carelessly toss away. Every piece of meat we discard for whatever reason, means a life callously sacrificed.

It's motivated me to be a better foodie. Reading about KindMeal's efforts made me think about reducing my meat intake. I already love vegetables so this is achievable. I don't have to include meat into every meal!

The thing about KindMeal is that they make looking for meat-free dining options so easy. No more hunting for vegetarian restaurants or meat-free offerings the hard way - googling and googling! It is even more attractive with discount coupons that can be downloaded and used immediately - no upfront payment required and no need to print it out either. Read the FAQs here before you begin.

Via Kindmeal, I discovered this interesting food - a triple-flavoured dosa called Tiranga Dosa by Radhey's, a vegetarian restaurant.I have bookmarked this to try!

Tiranga Dosa - Meat-Free and Exciting!

KindMeal is an interesting place for both foodies and bloggers alike. The following information should interest my blogging friends - free meals for blogging about the meal! Details can be found here ; so far there are participating restaurants from Klang Valley, Perak and Penang. I hope it spreads across Malaysia soon.

There is a reward system in place where KindMeal foodies can collect points and win gifts. See? So many good stuff going on.

How's that for encouraging meat-free dining? I'm on KindMeal's web version right now but will be downloading the app onto my mobile soon for a more convenient experience.

Sep 5, 2016

14 Eat Out : The Yums At Franco, The Curve

We celebrated Malaysia's Independence Day with food. Surprisingly, none of it local! Thai, Fusion and Western cuisine ruled the week. 

Jen, my best bud, stayed over for three nights. We had a great time catching up with life, did a bit of window-shopping and tried out restaurants we had never stepped foot into before. Franco, being one of these places.

I've always wanted to come here. Franco is a French Japanese fusion restaurant that has 'fine dining' tagged to its name. The food, as we expected, is pricier than what we would usually go for but it is a special occasion and we didn't feel that it hurt the wallet too much.

We had Squid Ink Rice. It was a beautiful combination of strongly flavoured seafood that matched the plainer-tasting egg and rice. I absolutely loved this dish! So sedap-lah (delicious-lah).

Franco - Squid Ink Rice RM29.05

Franco - Yummy Squid Ink Rice


Then, we ordered two desserts. Ahem, stressed is desserts spelled backwards ; surely more was the way to go! The warm vanilla souffle was beautifully made. It was yum at first bite and I wished I'd ordered the chocolate one too but we were already half full as it was.

Franco - Vanilla Souffle RM16.80

The Adzuki red bean with Matcha softee is a delightful treat to end the meal. I must say that I found great satisfaction in having the souffle along with a teaspoonful of matcha softee; it was a matcha made in heaven!

Franco - Adzuki Red Beans With Matcha Softee And A Pancake RM19.65

To end, some pics of the cozy restaurant, our drinks (lemon tea) and the fish pond we saw out back.

A Cozy Ambiance At Franco

Fish Pond At The Curve Shopping Mall

FRANCO at The Curve

Address : Lot G49, Ground Floor, The Curve Shopping Mall,
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Telephone : 03 7732 7623

 

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