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.



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.



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!



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 😉


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



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 ❤



At the entrance!








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…..






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! 😛

First time with Etihad!

Such a long overdue post. And I’ve been talking about London quite a lot now. I visited over a year ago and I just felt like reliving the memories. Hence, this post!

I went there in winter, and I have to recommend this. Yes, go to Europe in winter! The tickets are so cheap you can just buy the ticket on a whim and jet off the next day! Kidding but I kid you not, it is cheap (esp for people travelling from Asia). So, my flight tickets costed me….. $700! more or less. Now, maybe $700 is not cheap for some people, but I live far from the Europe, more than 12hrs flight away. So it is quite reasonable for me 🙂 I travelled with Etihad from my home country. I always travelled with my national airline before, so that was my first experience on another airline. My verdict? Awesome airline!

They are amazing. I always travel economy, but this! This was a whole different level. They treated you really nice and their seats are huge. I have a normal Asian size and physique, so that might be why it felt so big and cosy for me hiks! It felt like a sofa. Very comfortable and can be reclined enough for a good sleep (deep sleep I must add). I’m pretty sure that was A330 I was in. I enjoyed my flight meals as well. Too bad, I didn’t take pictures of my flight meals. I’ve always wanted to compile all the flight meals I had in ALL my flights because I don’t get to travel often because I’m only free on semester breaks and let’s be honest, students have no money 😦 Anyways, it was good. But my biggest regret was that I requested for a low calorie meal. So they didn’t give me the delicious normal meal like the person next to me is having. They substituted with a lot of fruits and bread (healthy ones I think) and basically more fruits…. It’s really my fault that I asked for low cal. Thank god that was just supper. The next morning, they gave us a tasty breakfast and thank GOD! they gave me the same meal as what the others were having. That’s weird.. but they didn’t give me low cal! Ha ha I forgive you for that.

The cabin crew were friendly. Until now, I’ve tried other airlines but I still think that Etihad has the nicest cabin crews. They are the prettiest too! Hehe. I remembered having sickness and I asked for warm milk and paracetamol. They served me right away and checked for my condition a few times afterwards. They gave my milk in a nice mug! I so appreciate it because I got served in a small plastic cup with no handle, the milk’s up to the brim and quite hot to hold. That’s another airlines but you get my comparison now? I had a red-eye flight to Abu Dhabi for my stopover. I had sleep, watched fun movies and tv shows on the entertainment sections and I landed with a happy tummy.

Sadly, Abu Dhabi Airport is a huge let-down. I only stayed in one terminal, so there were limited stores and restaurants. I had to go to a cafe to get a seat, only to be served with a horrible vanilla latte. Such a huge let-down because I was really hungry, I needed coffee to stay awake and beat the time difference and because it costs me $6. I’m a student, even a small amount is precious 🙂  Anyways, I may have to come back because I would love to fly with Etihad again. Only can hope the airport is better now!