Sep 25, 2017

20 Eat Out : Amelio, Desa ParkCity

It's been too long since I last saw my cutie-pie months old nephew Damien and my lovely cousin, Jo. Coincidentally, it was Jo's Birthday so I treated her to lunch. This was last Friday, which was a public holiday for us.

We had such a great time at Amelio restaurant. The waiters were attentive and oh-so-kind, regularly checking in on us to ask if we were comfortable. The food is great too!

Although it was tempting to eat in an air-conditioned space, we chose to sit outside, embracing fresh air, sun and beautiful scenery.

Me, Jo, Amelio

Hubs and I shared a plate of tender Whisky BBQ Pork Ribs and a juicy Teriyaki Pork Burger. My pictures don't do justice at all - the BBQ pork ribs was so delicious that I wished I had the whole plate to myself!

Whisky BBQ Pork Ribs

This pork burger is delicious too, moist on the inside and with the teriyaki sauce poured over, it's something I would consider ordering again.

Teriyaki Pork Burger

Jo ordered the Pork Burger with BBQ Sauce and Bacon whilst her hubs ordered a classic big breakfast of eggs, sausage and bacon. They enjoyed their meal too.

Pork Burger with Bacon

Big Breakfast

Drinks were chilled refreshing lemongrass tea which I hadn't thought to take pictures of but am still thinking about today as I write this post, craving for a glass.

Amelio, Desa Parkcity
Address: FF-07, The Waterfront, 5, Jalan Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52220 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 3-6280 7212

After lunch, we took a short walk to the carpark at the back where a circus was being set up. Tickets are priced from RM39 onwards and was already on sale in front of Aeon Maxvalu. Based on past reviews, this is one show you shouldn't miss because the acrobatics are amazing!

Swiss Dream Circus, Desa ParkCity

Before meeting up with my cousin for lunch at Amelio, hubs and I popped into Three Little Birds Coffee on the ground floor and ordered this awesome hot chocolate. This little cafe offers a great view of the lake and garden at Desa ParkCity. It is a nice place to chill.

Hot Chocolate, Three Little Birds Coffee
That's about it on my date with my cousin and little nephew who drooled over our meal with his mouth open, hoping we'd offer him a taste. Not so soon, tiny one!

Sep 22, 2017

18 Only Beautiful People At Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

Sunny smiles and a down--to-earthness that gave us the warm and fuzzy made my vacation incredibly memorable, or should I say magical?

The year is almost at an end. Hubs and I decided that a holiday was long overdue. So, off we flew to Langkawi for some rest and relaxation. Our two nights stay at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa was nothing short of exciting. We were on the #MyPelangi special rates promotion package which included breakfast, airport transfers and late check-out.

Rooms With A View Of The Pool

Check-in was remarkable. The hotel receptionist led us to the lounge area where the necessary forms were completed there and then. We were promptly attended to with chilled drinks and a wet towel. I was momentarily stunned by the VIP treatment!

Pelangi Lounge, also the Check-In Centre

An hour later, we were taken to our garden-view room on a buggy, passing rows of blooming bunga raya shrubs.There's even a poultry farm and an exhibit of a typical Malay house.

On The Way To Our Room

Bunga Raya (Hibiscus Flower), A Squirrel, The Poultry Farm and A Malay House

Arriving at the kampung (village) styled double storey building, we were welcomed into the corner unit on the ground floor - an enchanting room with old-style decor that begged for photos.

Garden Terrace Room at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

Cosy Room, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

It was spacious, the doors leading outside to a large balcony -  I pictured myself lounging on the chair with a book and a glass of mocktail in hand, wearing a wide straw hat for effect.

Garden Terrace Room Balcony, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

Here is a look at the bathroom and the things that were provided. Hair dryer, bath essentials, umbrellas, ironing board, hangers, safe box and even an electric mosquito repellent!

Bathroom and Snacks

The beach, located along Pantai Cenang, is a dream with breathtaking scenery - the perfect setting for romantic evenings. We caught the rainbow and the sunset here, sweetening our experience.

Clean Sandy Beach at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

Beach Scenery, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

Poolside, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

The resort is impressive, but what captivated me most about Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort is really the winning personalities of the people who work there.

There were so many occasions they touched our hearts - like the time a concerned staff waved a buggy down for us after we were left stranded at the workshop beside the resort having gotten caught in a thunderstorm, the genuine welcome we felt at Leisure Centre when they greeted us with open arms, coffee and cookies, the Pakcik who came to pick me up but still smiled warmly when he found out that he hadn't been informed that I had cancelled the airport transfer, the lady at reservations who remembered my room number although it was already the next day!

Lakefront Rooms, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

Countless others made our day with enthusiastic greetings of "Good morning!" I cannot list down all the moments they made me feel like hugging them so I'll sum it up as this - Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi is about good vibes and making sure that every guest is attended to with TLC (tender loving care).

Lakefront Rooms, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

The picture below was taken at the Leisure Centre where kids and adults can plan and enjoy lots of activities with the assistance of resort staff.

Leisure Centre, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

I enjoyed the buffet breakfast. It was a good spread catering to many types of eaters.
 
Breakfast at Spice Market, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi

A short distance away from the resort are duty free shops, beachside hotels and restaurants - it was quite lively in the evening. I shopped for chocolates and had the most amazing dinner but that's a story that will have to go into another post.

To be honest, we were sad to leave this place but on a brighter note, it is now stored in my head under "Fond Memories".

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi
Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-952 8888
Website: http://www.meritushotels.com/en/meritus-pelangi-beach-resort-spa-langkawi/index.html

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Sep 14, 2017

21 We Bare Bears 1001 Expo : So Cutelah

" We're young at heart, right? .. Let's go to the We Bare Bears expo! "  My aunt chimed in with a big yes. Hubs was as enthusiastic.

Hello, everyone! We're from 'We Bare Bears'.

We made it a mission to wake up early one Sunday morning to get there before the crowd of exuberant little people did. Imagine how thrilled kids will be to see these bears. Next thing you know, the place will be filled with, " Mummy, let's go here! Papa, let's go there! "

It was an hour drive to Eco Forest which was near Malaysia's famed Broga Hill. Lucky us got great parking spot up front so we didn't have to walk far to the expo.

In case you're in the blur, like me, 'We Bare Bears' is an animated series produced by Cartoon Network. I have yet to catch an episode. All I know is - There are cute bears in Semenyih and it was going to be fun exploring the place!

We registered our names at the counter for an entrance wrist tag to get in. No payment necessary.

We Bare Bears 1001 Expo

Eco Forest is a new gated and guarded property development by EcoWorld. This bear expo is a great way to draw people to the remote area for a peek at what's being offered - lots of beautiful greenery, of course ..and a row of double-storey show houses.

Anyway, let's not get distracted. Check out the cuteness of these bears! I could feel the air of festivity, the joy of being with family, the mood to photograph. It was a stunning landscape of inflatable bears.

We Bare Bears

We Bare Bears - Oi, Look Here-Lah

Yes, I Do Think They're Cute!

Hmmph! Leaving Already? Stay Longerlah.

This is Malaysia's first and tallest inflatable bear stack according to The Malaysia Book of Records. Look! Much taller than the houses behind.

We Bare Bears - Tallest Bear Stack

We Bare Bears 1001 Expo, Eco Forest
Left: Close-up of Highest Bear Stack

Besides bears, there are other interesting structures like the more permanent bird tree sculpture, animals such as rabbits and a lion made from plastic foliage and a giant inflatable duck.


The Scene At Eco Forest, Semenyih

We Bare Bears 1001 Expo

See how huge the duck is?

Eco Forest

That's not all we've been oohing and aahing over. The landscape was peppered with cheery flowers. I know my blogging friend Nancy will love this!

Beautiful Flowers at Eco Forest, Semenyih

The exhibition ended on 3rd September 2017 but I hope they'll bring it back soon. I know a lot of families with kids will enjoy this.

Sep 6, 2017

14 Eats : YL Old Taste Cake House, MyTown

I mentioned earlier in this post that I would get one of these cakes to try and I did with a girlfriend, over Merdeka weekend!

It's Taiwan's traditional taste sponge cake, freshly baked. I was excited to see a tray filled with wobbly chocolate cake batter going into the large oven they had placed in front of the store where it was visible for us to see. Ooh, I wish I could stay and watch the cake rise to it's full glory but 40minutes is a long wait.

YL Old Taste Cake House - Original Flavour

Jen and I ordered the milky fragranced original flavour cake, sold in a huge chunky piece at RM15 per box. A plastic knife was included in the bag. Had I seen the knife earlier, I would have returned it. Jen and I were going:

"You've got to be kidding. We don't need a knife for this. We'll tear it apart with our bare hands!"  And om nom nom nom to our heart's content.

The cake was fluffy and lightly flavoured. We didn't keep it in the refrigerator. It stayed fine the two and a half days we took to finish it.

YL Old Taste Cake House, Original Flavour

YL Old Taste Cake House is located beside the escalator at IKEA's corner on Level 2 of MyTown Shopping Centre (Jalan Cochrane, Cheras). There are four flavours to choose from: Original, Cheese, Chocolate and Walnut Coffee.

YL Old Taste Cake House, MyTown Shopping Centre

YL Old Taste Cake House, Cheese Flavour

That's that on the Taiwanese traditional cake.

Then, there's this local aunty-uncle cake that I love. I call it that because I have no idea what it's really called. I haven't seen it in bakeries. It's usually sold by the roadside with a van parked next to it (or not), near other hawker stalls - some aunty-uncle will be manning it. It looks like flat chiffon cakes, folded and filled with cream and yummy jam.

Flat Cake, folded and filled with Cream and Jam

I wish someone would market this extensively as our local traditional cake ..yum stuff! 

 

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