Jun 22, 2017

18 Jalan-Jalan MyTOWN Shopping Centre

Hubs had to meet a client last Sunday so I was left to my own devices for a few hours. Yippee! He dropped me off at MyTown Shopping Centre, Cheras near IKEA's entrance. I hadn't planned on buying anything but committed several shopping crimes, all related to cookware. IKEA does that to me ... aargh! Anyway, it was the earliest store to open. Hence, my adventure began there.

I explored the rest of the mall after that. There was Daiso, Padini, Brands Outlet, Parkson ..pretty much the same brands you get in other malls. I was most amused by the many massage chairs lining several corners of the mall. I had made hubs sit in one of these once when he was feeling grumpy one day - for real. It worked wonders and we often laugh about it looking back.

Massage Chairs

MyTOWN is an odd name for a shopping centre; I wondered why it was named so. Their website offered no answers, hence it remains a mystery to me.

The mall has a nice food court called Food Empire on the 3rd floor. Hubs joined me for lunch. There's Japanese, Thai and local food. We tried Mee Jawa at Malay Fusion and ordered a piece of fried chicken from Nasi Campur Suria to share. The bowl of noodles had a generous amount of ingredients. It was okay taste-wise. Unfortunately, the fried chicken was raw in the middle. Before we could return it, the alert staff stepped forward and offered us a new piece. We thanked her and were touched by her move. May she be blessed in her line of work - she's great with customers!

Food Empire, MyTown Shopping Centre

Food Court at Level 3 MyTown Shopping Centre

Mee Jawa from Malay Fusion

On my walkabout, I saw YL Old Taste Cake House. I would have bought a piece to try had I not baked a luscious chocolate cake topped with Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate a couple of days before. Haha. No cravings for another cake this soon!

Homemade Chocolate Cake

The Raya decor is really cool with slides for children to play with. That said, I can't believe that Raya is days away. Another long weekend coming up for us.

MyTown Shopping Centre

I really enjoyed my time here. So much that I've already arranged a date with my cousin to visit this place again. This shopping centre is bright and spacious with a decent number of shops already open. Good place to hang out.

Well, that's that on my Sunday.

My next adventure - I've tickets to watch Transformers this evening. Can't wait for that. 😉

Jun 13, 2017

24 The Sweet Soups At Ramadhan Bazaars

Another reason I love going to Ramadhan Bazaars -  the warm, sweet soups! There is a good variety being sold. I have yet to try the coconut milk pumpkin dessert which I saw at Jalan Kuching but I will get to it one day. In the meantime, these were the common few I settled for as a long weekend treat.

Yup, it was a public holiday for us in KL yesterday!

I enjoyed lots of 'we' time with hubs. We watched Tom Cruise's The Mummy, which fell short chemistry-wise between the hero and his love interest. I would rate it as 'not too bad-la'. Hubs said, "4 out of 10".

We lunched at our regular chicken rice stall in Taman Tun, then headed to the MRT station nearby and checked out FamilyMart, a Japanese convenience store. I read about the place from a blog I was following. We tried the yummy Matcha ice cream; good stuff, not sugary sweet. I was pleased to see my favourite  Korean mochi buns being sold here. It is cheaper than the ones I usually get at a bakery in DPC. However, the Tohato caramel corn snacks are pricier here compared to Daiso.

Anyway, back to these local desserts. I'm sorry for getting carried away with my weekend activities!

Pictured below - banana in coconut milk with sago pearls. Some call this Serawa Pisang. This is fairly easy to make, a matter of cooking bananas in coconut milk for a little while along with one or two pandan leaves for aroma. Sago is mixed in to complete the dish. Some sweeten this with plain sugar, some with palm sugar - a personal preference thing.

Pengat Pisang Bersagu

Slices of jackfruit in coconut milk with sago is another delicious version of this local dessert. I gave it a try but admittedly, much prefer the one with bananas.

Bubur Nangka Bersagu

Black glutinous rice dessert is pretty much a regular buy in my household. This sweet soup is actually blackish red. I couldn't get a better shot because of bright sunlight so it turned out pink instead.

Bubur Pulut Hitam

Finally, there's hubs ultimate favourite - mung bean dessert!

Bubur Kacang Hijau

Are you a fan of warm soupy desserts? What is your favourite?

Jun 7, 2017

22 Melaka : Stamp Museum

Once the home of Dutch dignitaries, now a stamp museum. For some, paying RM3 to catch up on the postal history of Melaka may not be an exciting way to spend the holiday but it is different with me.

I was formerly an enthusiastic stamp collector. The hobby slowly slid out of my life as the world connected through the internet and letter writing became obsolete. I stopped having penpals. To continue purchasing new stamp releases direct from the post office seemed a meaningless activity. Handwritten letters, to me, were the heart and soul of stamp collecting. I guess I'm just old-fashioned!

Melaka Stamp Museum

This museum is a simple two-storey setup with information boards and stamps on display. The ground floor houses a stamp store and the ticketing counter.

Information Boards

As you enter the gate, you will see several olden day postboxes displayed within the compound. Pictured below is one of it.

A Postbox

It took us only 20 minutes to explore the place. There isn't much to see if you have no interest in postal history but just as important if you want to show kids how regular people communicate with the outside world back in the old days, before the era of computers and besides using the telephone or telegram. Ticket prices for kids are RM2 each.

For me, this was more of a trip down memory lane and I gladly parted with my money to help maintain this place.

Melaka Stamp Museum
(Around the corner from A Famosa)
Address: Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000, Malaysia.


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