One day in Penang, Malaysia

Just want to quickly write about my recent trip to Penang, Malaysia. Quite different from the rest of the country, once you are here, you’ll feel the culture contrast especially by the Chinese. But then again, mosque and temples and also churches coexist in this small island. One word, dense. Culturally dense hence you’ll get a little bit of everything in menu choices. Let me start you off.

Morning drive from nearby Alor Star to Penang and arrived just in time for lunch. Our first stop was Restoran Kapitan. If you need recommendation, I gladly urge you to try tandoori chicken and briyani rice. Very filling indeed. Of course, you have to get teh tarik in every restaurant in Malaysia. That’s like world’s best hands down.

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After lunch, I really have to force myself to walkaround town because of all the calories I’ve gobbled down. So I just went to the nearby Kapitan Mosque. It was built by the Indian Muslims who first settled down in the earlier days. Also I was told it’s the biggest mosque in Penang. No picture as we were drenched in sweat due to great hot Asian tropical weather.

 

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Then! We were blessed with rain showers later that evening so I was more than delighted to walk further around the town. Now people, if you are like me who love artsy and taking photos, let’s walk more and more to find wall arts around town. Here are a few that I found!

 

 

Now that it was late evening, but it’s still very nice and sunny with occassional showers (how can you not love the weather???) we made our way to a local cafe just to chillax before going back. We found a total gem in Georgetown. I would not talk about the price because I do admit it is pricey no matter how I want to justify the place. But in all seriousness, it’s a great place to take five with a drink (only one! :(…. ) I had an iced coffee and my friend had a smothie. Oh, and the place is called Awesome Canteen. I do like their service and decorations sooo yes, I would recommend this cafe!

 

Last but not least, please treat yourself to local delicacy called pasembur. I was too tired to find a famous place of this but surprisingly you can just find the meal everywhere. I came to Penang for the food and would totally stay for daysss to try everything my friend had listed down for me 😦 But if you only have a day, I strongly recommend you to see the town on foot and splurge yourself with all the goodness around town. Defo will come back soooon!

 

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London places to eat!

London is home to many famous tourist spots in the UK and also famous for shopping. I recently had a short trip to London so this time, I really wanted to do something not so common, not tourist-kind of trip but but foodie trip to London for people who love love trying out new food! Well, I only went to London for one and a half days so not many I can squeeze in a day. But I am sure you’ll love my suggestions xx

 

  1. Roti King

 

Location: King’s Cross, London.

If you have been to Malaysia and love Malaysian food, you’ll know all about their roti craziness. I am nuts for them too ❤ This is the only place in the UK (that I know of) that serves authentic roti canai where they make it from scratch! Also you can catch the roti-maker in action when they made your order. My friend and I only ordered roti canai but one serving is enough for two. It is beyond delicious. SO SO GOOD! I didn’t try other dishes because only roti canai was all on my mind but if I see other customers having a heap of varieties on their table! Not sure how they finished them all, but it just tells how goooood everything is.

 

Also, may I remind you to order teh tarik for the drink? It really adds to the Malaysian feels and also goes very well with roti canai. They have loads of roti selections, my suggestion would be roti tissue, roti telur and roti canai special.

 

If i need to comment on anything, it has to be the size of the diner. You may need to queue up for as long as one hour before getting a seat. I suggest go alone or with another person because you can cut the wait as they can always fit in one/two more people. For me, it is totally worth the wait when the food is so heavenly good. Good luck!

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The famous roti canai & teh tarik ❤

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Malaysian slang combining four different languages!

 

2. Rasa Sayang

 

Location: Chinatown, London

 

Well do I have enough of Malaysian food or do I have enough of Malaysian food? Just after a few hours at Roti King, I suddenly felt the urge to try more foods. It’s just a happy coincidence that I went for a walk to Chinatown since they have several Malaysian restaurants here as well. Here, they serve all kinds of rice and noodle dishes, if you are familiar with Malaysia, you might know laksa which you can’t get anywhere else! Rasa Sayang is originally a title of traditional folk song, very famous in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore alike since they share quite the same culture and heritage.

 

I was actually very full with roti canai earlier but I can’t just go past Rasa Sayang without trying anything! I ordered curry mee and fried tofu as a side dish since I  suddenly remembered I haven’t had vegetables that day. Curry mee came in quite alarge portion for one but maybe because I wasn’t that hungry. I would love the broth to be thicker but love its spiciness and asian-ness of the broth <3! I haven’t heard of fried tofu much but I think it is one of chinese food in Malaysia. There is a sweet sauce to accompany my fried tofu which is the highlight of the dish! It is sweet and nutty, but I can see some trace of chilli. I tried to think of anything close to this but nope, this is new! Gotta try yourself! Lastly, I love the ambience of the restaurant and pretty much enjoyed their friendly service. Plus, I shared a table with an elder Singaporean man who lives in London and came down there just to get the taste of hometown. Great great time talking to him.

 

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Fried tofu with vegies

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Curry mee

 

3. The Muffin Man Tea Shop

 

Location: Kensington, London.

 

On the second day, I finally think I had enough of Asian dish and decided to go for sweet. There is one tea shop that I always see people posted on Instagram, of course out of many cafes on instagram. This one caught my eye probably because I heard it is the oldest tea shop in Kensington. Well, I am very glad a paid a visit! The location is not far from the shopping street and the shop itself looks so lovely and classic. I thought their speciality is muffin but I guess not? What people always have is the scone and also their selections of tea.

I ordered tuna sandwich, marble cake and Muffin Man scones with clotted cream and jam. Verdict: Super delicious!! Especially the tuna sandwich. I think the ones I had all this while were a bit watery with tuna and it always had this tuna fishy smell. I don’t really care about it but after this one, I am convinced this is the best one I ever had! The tuna filling is about right, not heavy with mayo, and fresh! I do suggest you opt for toasted bread though. The scones were great as well, only because I’m quite full on sandwich so I don’t enjoy the scones that much. Which brings me to my cake, which I had to take-away home. The price is quite ok provided that it is located in Kensington area. You’ll find similar price in other cafes anyway so trying out this one won’t hurt your wallet I promise.

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Their cake counter

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My tuna sandwich, scones and marble cake

When in Malaysia

I had a lovely time here during my visit, but that’s probably because I enjoyed my friends’ company :p Kuala Lumpur is bzzzzing busy as all other capital cities are, but to be honest, it is kinda off-putting and I didn’t feel to go out at all. I went to Seremban from Kuala Lumpur and I thought maybe it would be less crowded so I searched for a decent and quiet place for a nice chat with great local food.

I ended up having two cafes in Seremban, which were quite pleasant; given that they are not within a few minutes drive. I have not tried any other places but since I am quite satisfied with these places, a review won’t hurt 😉

  1. BROS CAFE

I was told that this is a Korean owned coffee shop with Korean staffs and Korean menu as well. Since I’ve been to Korea, I could see Korean coffee culture and how they tried to incarnate that in their cafe.

I would say that their choice of beverage is quite limited and overprice as well. The average price for a drink is over RM10 and yes, it is just a medium cup of coffee. Now, I do understand that the price in Malaysian currency would appear cheaper in Korean Won, but the feeling of paying that amount of money for that amount of coffee, at least for me, is really expensive. Fortunately, the coffee tastes good, and it comes with a small biscuit as well.

Looking around the cafe, I can understand people love this place. I love the interior decor and calm atmosphere. Some people could find it different but I love white so it suits me well. However, I found their staffs to be cold and lack of smiles. During my stay, I recall less than ten customers at that time whom they had all been served. If they improve on that one, I think it will be a superb experience. So all in all, coffee+price+atmosphere+service= 5/10.

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Mocha with a side of little biscuit 

 

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Order counter and till

 

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Interior on the second floor

 

2. Big Mouth Cafe

I have to say it is hard to find a best burger place unless you go to fast food chain, of course. I had too many Malay dishes so it was time I crave for something I used to eating, burgers, chips, ahh we do have our longing for these. This is the closest burger place I was introduced to in Seremban area. Well, practically I chose this one because of the unique decorations. well, it does pay off since it attracts customer like me! I do like pretty diners but yes, how the food taste is everything. I had beef burger with a milkshake. I liked my portion, the sauce was ok, the patty was a bit dry but I believe it was homemade. I do hope so. My milkshake was the best part of my visit! Finally, price is a lot more than I expected but as I enjoyed their service, ambience and also my very amusing company, I rate them 7/10. Love to recommend this place to you, just search Big Mouth on GoogleMaps ❤

 

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At the entrance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Famous Nasi Lemak

So turned out I had another opportunity flying with Malaysia Airlines but it’s such a huge different from previous one. For 1) I had an overnight flight. And 2) I was on different fleet. So the seating and entertainment system differ. I’d say this is a way better flight even though it’s an overnight one, which I always despise.

Let me start with the cabin crews. I’ve come to a conclusion that Asian airlines have the most polite cabin crews. I don’t fly business, nor would I ever buy a business class ticket. Even so, I’d love to be treated at least in a decent manner. I’m not asking for a business class smile… (maybe it’s similar to this 🙂 but a hundred times sweeter) 😚 just serve my food like you enjoy it… mihmihmih

We departed at almost midnight and so it’s sleep time for me. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep well on planes no matter how exhausted I am. There always light coming in my way and that icy coldness I couldn’t stand. I always end up getting a runny nose in flights so… there are tissues everywhere ha ha. I tried to clean up my area so the person next to me doesn’t feel disgusted! Since it’s already midnight, we get a snack box which they called Sky Snack (thought you might wanna know…?) I didn’t take a picture of it because I don’t want to disrupt the old man next to me eventhough I dying to do so T.T 

We had a muffin, tuna sandwich and a oat bar in the box and of course refreshments to wash them down. I was starrrrrrr…ving so I finished all except muffin. I wanted to have it with a nice cup of hot tea but I couldn’t get one because of turbulence. So i waited and waited…. until the muffin is all cold and dry and I dozed off.

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I woke up to a beautiful view of the moon in the sky and the smell of breakfast. Our breakfast was nasi lemak , a famous Malaysian dish. It’s composed of rice, prawns, chilli paste, fried anchovies and hard-boiled egg. It was delicious! While it might not live up to the actual taste in Malaysia, I think it’s a good one for a flight meal. Again, there’s a turbulence so I couldn’t request a hot tea. And I still keep my dry muffin…until I gave up waiting and in the end, finished it. Sad muffin story. Turned out, the turbulence took up most of the flight time and my awake time so that’s why I never get my cuppa 😦

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The in-flight entertainment is better than the last one I had. I watched Home, an animation movie, and it’s really the highlight of my time onboard! So hilarious and I literally had to press my mouth to not make any loud ugly laughing sound but it’s really funny! 😂😂😂 Anyways, the movie and tv show selections are enough to make myself indecisive. I only watched one movie and I didn’t finish it because they shut the entertainment system before landing. That means around 30mins not doing anything on the plane! Well, I could read but I still want my in-flight entertainment to go on. Heads up, they collect all headphones before preparation to land. But I use my own earpods to watch the movie.. until they shut it down 😦

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P/s: This is not Home!

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I would love flying with them again!

Onboard Malaysia Airlines

1)Incheon Airport is huge, but I didn’t have enough time to explore every nook and cranny. If anything, I’d like the toilet to have more cubicles (but it’s too late for any layout changes now 😴)

If you find yourself at Incheon Airport sometime soon, go to the second floor. They have a tourism centre where you can try out traditional clothes and there’s a background of Korean house if you wanna take a photo! Too bad I was rushing for my flight.

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2) In case you didn’t know, Malaysia Airlines was in two major air disasters last year, both resulted in loss of all lives onboard and their 777 planes. I bet you know, it was all over the news. I remembered myself feeling so traumatised by the news and I cried because I don’t think I can fly anymore. My breakdown went on for a few days…..before I embark on another last-minute holiday. Err..what are the tears for?

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Anyways, I was onboard B777. It looks old, but I don’t mind as long as it’s safe to fly. Even the entertainment system is tricky. I looked around, everyone wasn’t so sure as well. It was a daytime flight, so eventhough I was sleepy like cray cray, it’s hard to sleep during the day. The seating is 2-4-2. I requested a window seat. And I hoped no one is sitting beside me. Too bad 😦 But he’s nice and we’re already friends on facebook ha ha! The seats are ok, well-padded and just nice for a girl with an average height. I will be concerned about the leg room for a tall person though. The guy beside me is really tall, but he is skinny so that’s a huge phewww for him, from me.

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The cabin crew are quite friendly. Their service is fine. I mean what do I expect. I fly economy, not business. The flight meal was nice. I got a chicken pasta. May I add that everything onboard Malaysia Airlines is halal, just like the Middle Eastern airlines. I’ve flown this route with Malaysia Airlines before, and I must say that the flight meal used to be more than what I got the last time. I could put aside some snacks so I can have it later. Now I can finish everything in a go. Or, was I just hungry? hurmm…

Anyways, I’ve finished everything but I tried to eat sloww–ly but continuously. Because there’s a guy next to me who didn’t even finish his food…. it’s either he’s full or he just doesn’t eat much, which, judging from his size, I pretty much think it’s the latter. Which also makes me either… too hungry or I just eat a lot… and I pretty much think both are true mih mih.

Overall, I like their service, flight meals and movies choice. I just hope that they provide a wide variety of drinks. And I’d be grateful if they could provide the headset at the very beginning (although I can just use my earpods– I just knew– the guy told me) and don’t collect them before landing. In fact, let us enjoy the entertainment contents even after landing, until taxiing or until we feel like leaving the airplane.

I will fly Malaysia Airlines one more soon to my next destination. Hope it’s a good one 🙂

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3) I was in KL Airport for a good 6 hours+ layover and took some time to explore the area. There are so many chocolates but I didn’t get any,I don’t want to carry anymore extra bags. But, there is a promotion at Victoria Secret…! It’s such a good deal, so I got myself some body mists. These ones, I don’t mind one more bag. Then, I killed the remaining time at Harrods Cafe. I of course got a nice cup pot of tea, yum ❤

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Obligatory shot by someone who can only afford a drink at Harrods 😦

p/s: more Seoul posts coming!

Book: Me Before You

I bought this book last year but couldn’t find time to read it. My plate had been crazy with tonnes of assignments, revisions, group projects, graduation thesis and student council. Its’ semester break now so I’ve decided that I need to catch a breath and I need to detach from anything academic. Not gonna read anything engineering related anymore period.

I’ve been staring and wanting to read this book but I knew I couldn’t focus and finish it before. Finally I started reading and it took me three days to finish. I tried squeezing in reading amidst my other routines so I could finish asap. This is the given synopsis.

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

One thing that I realise I enjoy the story is that I felt an overwhelming flow of emotions at the ending. That is a rare response from me because I swear I lack of emotions. I don’t cry at movies or books and I’m not even impressed of what my friends claimed as the best movie ever :-/ mihmihmih. I don’t cry at the end but I can somehow feel the sorrow and it feels like I’m mourning for whatever happened to the guy.

The cover and synopsis however gave me an idea that the story is about some cheesy and cliche love story between a rich man and an average jane. The synopsis tells nothing about what comes next after the accident, which covers 90% of the story. I knew nothing about quadrilepgic or the seriousness of the case. From my reading Will is wheelchair-bound, has to be spoon fed, cannot shift his body on his own nor controlling his own bowel and bladder. Every time I caught on his limitations, I was like.. really?... and then… that too?… 😐 That sounds really terrible and I really sympathise with what the accident had turned him into.

What impressed me the most is that Lou falls for this guy. The guy that I feel so sorry for because he’s got so much plans for his life but he’s spending his life on the wheelchair hating every second of it. When Lou started working for Will, I understand his anger and raving but it goes on until….. the end. This book feels real because she falls for a guy when he’s at his worst. But then again does it happen in real life? I have so much respect for Lou. She loves Will so much that she wants to be with him even with his current state. While I’m reading, I couldn’t stop hoping that he will get better. In my mind, it was all, “no it cant be that bad, he will get cured..” But, it hit me hard when I learned that he is incurable. He’s never gonna be like a normal person again. No running nor walking for the rest of his life.

So I think, okay he cannot be cured but there must be something else, something good at the end of it. I so hope that he regain his will to live. But here’s the catch. If he wants to live he wants it like everybody else. Healthy and able to move around or else he rather die. But I really really hope that he changes his mind with Lou around. I was very close to the end but I stopped and I peaked at the last page. I was so surprised that all the effort put into, all Lou and Will’s family trying to avoid amounted to that ending. I felt angry but anyways, I hope there’s another side to the story and kept reading on…..

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There’s no other side. That is all there is. What makes me so angry is that Will rejected everything he had in his life and chose to dwell in dissatisfaction for his disable life, as if it was not worth living. I know I can’t never experience his sufferings because I might decide the same thing. But to think that I’m one of those people who keeps on hoping that he will continue to live, makes me feels unappreciated. Even with his final moments with Lou, he was inconsolable. I still think to this day, he never should have done it. He had so much to look forward in his life IF he could just think of the people who care and love him. I need to stop being mad at Will. It’s only a story!

p/s: Me Before You will be made into movie and released in two years and Sam Claflin will play Will. Good luck hating that Will! 😛