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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reunion dinner of the Year of Roaster at Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant (蓬莱茶房台湾料理)

Chinese New Year is slightly more than a month away but reservations for reunion dinners were filling up fast and most restaurants were fully booked. In line with the festive season, we had chosen to have dinner on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year at Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant. Reunions Sets were offered from RM388++ onwards depending on number of pax.

It was the 2nd time we dined here , the service wasn't pleasant as the waiters were not attentive even though the restaurant was not fully occupied. The desserts were served after 30 minutes of waiting time. Food were with good quality yet the price of reunion dinner set is at high edge. We opted for RM588++ set and the final bill was around RM800. Based on the food menu of restaurant, each food was priced approximately 20% increment compared to foods' price during non-festive season.To save on feast of Chinese New Year period, I think fast foods, western foods, Korean/ Japanese foods might be cheaper and more budget-saving compared to Chinese restaurants.

Tea set




Cute toothpick holders

4 dishes platter with Taiwanese snack foods including:
fried spring rolls, Taiwanese sausages with cucumber slices, meat with salad sauce and stir-fried octopus


Assorted vegetables with lily bulds and almond flakes

Shark's fin soup with crab meats
The soup of our choices had finished with this being replaced.
Abalone chicken soup

 3 Variety Supreme Chicken or Three Cup Chicken 
 3 Variety Supreme Chicken or Three Cup Chicken 
Steamed fish with  with their special starchy soy sauce with chilies, spring onions, garlic, etc


 
Prawns cooked in two different styles: fried prawns with salad cream and fried prawns with peppers
Fried prawns with salad cream 

Fried prawns with peppers

Braised pork meat with vegetables to be paired with array of mantou


Braised pork meat with vegetables

The waiter recommended the Taiwanese eating style where the pork meat was placed inside the mantou with sprinkles of peanut flakes


The desserts came with red bean soups and pancake.
Red bean soup with two glutinous balls which was over sweet for us.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Korean Fish-Shaped Waffle Frozen Yogurt Dessert @ Aboong; Queensbay Mall

Cafe Aboong's trademark treat uniquely combines three well-loved Korean desserts – fish buns, frozen yogurt, and chocolate fondue. The hype of this Korean Fish-Shaped Waffle Frozen Yogurt Dessert has increased and expanded from Korea to Malaysia. I had tried this with friends during last visit to Penang.

Commonly known as Taiyaki in Japan and Bungeoppang in Korea, the fish-shaped Waffles are filled with Azuki Bean filling or Custard. The fish-shaped waffle reminded me of the fish shaped waffle with red bean fillings from San Shu Gong; Malacca.

The fish buns with red bean fillings from Malacca.


The ordering process was easy with a display how you select the fish bun flavours (chocolate waffle/ original waffle), followed by selecting the fillings including red bean, custard or nutella. Finally, you can select your frozen yogurt flavours. The cashier introduced us to try the special flavour -mango as it's still with promotional price, hence 3 of us decided to order two Aboong Korean Fish-Shaped Waffle Frozen Yogurt Dessert to share.


Waffles were made upon ordering, hence waiting time is around 10 minutes to be served.
As shown in photo, frozen yogurt was filled into the open-jawed fish shaped waffle.

The frozen yogurt with chocolate flavour waffle tasted creamy and tangy, felt like eating ice-cream.
Mango flavour yogurt which was slightly sour, yet appetizing.
Warm waffle with crispy texture with cold frozen yogurt was an interesting match.  The frozen yogurt disintegrated instantaneously when placed into mouth, leaving a slight sour after-taste.
We thought of choosing red bean filling but the cashier said it will turn out to be weird taste, therefore custard was selected.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Boxing Day Gathering @ Take Eat Easy Modern Bakery and Café

There’re several cafes opened nearby my living area such as Take Eat Easy Modern Bakery and Café which is popular for the fruit juices squeezed in light bulbs. Some neighbors have told that the breads are freshly baked and tasty, yet I haven't tried their breads before. Take Eat Easy Modern Bakery and Café is located at the ground floor of Wisma Fiamma. Upon arrival, I noticed there’s purple alien mascot at the right side of the café with short description of pastry chef consultant, Frederic Oger being displayed. 



Take Eat Easy Modern Bakery and Café


However, upon arrival on the Boxing Day, there weren’t many cakes available. At the entrance, there were rows of bakery with various types of pastry, donuts and loaves of breads. One of the cinnamon twists with sugar sparkles like snow on top of them caught my attention. As shown in the photo below, there weren't much selection of pastry left.



Christmas Gingerbread house


Pastry and breads



Cozy environment which is suitable for group chat and gathering.

The navy jeans covered menu with some meaningful words: Take Your Time, be happy , live mighty

The service was friendly, albeit the delay in food and drinks. As most of my friends had their foods served after almost half hour of waiting time, I thought my ordered pasta would be served late as well. Unexpectedly, my pasta (spaghetti with tuna, crab meats and fried prawns) had served shortly after I placed order. A sumptuous meal for me! The foods I took costed me around RM40, which considered quite pricey yet the quality of food was up to my expectation. 


The fresh fruit juice squeezed into a light-bulb looked container with an interesting name i.e. fat killer.

A great 4 hours spent with the bunch of old friends and look forward to meet again!


Address:
Ground Floor-2, Wisma Fiamma, 
No.20, Jalan 7A/62A, Bandar Manjalara, 
52200 Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Top 12 Activities to Do During Your First Trip to Hua Hin Thailand | 4 Days 3 Nights in Hua Hin Itinerary

It's always a blessing where you don't have burden (family, personal life, work, etc. ) to have a short getaway at the age of mine. 7 days 6 nights of hopping onto a flight to Hua Hin and Bangkok trip was a great reward to myself after the tiring work. Since the short getaway to Krabi happened to be a pleasant and relaxing, my friend and I had an impromptu trip to Hua Hin and Bangkok in last June. Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel was our accommodation in Hua Hin and they did offer free shuttle bus at certain hours towards Railway Station, Hua Hin Night Market, Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village and Hua Hin Beach.

Apart from sharing my 4 days 3 nights itinerary spent in Hua Hin, there's a list of activities or places to go in Hua Hin; Thailand:

Top 12 Activities / Places to Go in Hua Hin; Thailand
1. Sight-seeing at historical place related to Royal Family- Maruekatayawan Palace
2. Have a glimpse of Greece at Santorini Park
3. Get close to animals with Swiss Sheep Farm
4. Sight-seeing at Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village
5. Stroll along the night markets of Hua Hin-shop for souvenirs, pamper yourself with massage service from locals and write a postcard to friends/yourself
{ Hua Hin Night Market, Cicada Night Market, Chatsila Night Market and Chatchai Night Market}
6. Enjoy Thai cuisines at Hua Hin
7. Wine-tasting and visit to Hua Hin Vineyard
8. Visit to Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
9. Stroll along Hua Hin Beach
10. Scenery viewing at Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)
11. Photography and sight-seeing at cultural heritage- Hua Hin Railway Station
12. Other places to visit: Hua Hin Market Village



1. Sight-seeing at historical place related to Royal Family- Maruekatayawan Palace

Mrigadayavan Palace: Palace of love and hope is one of the top highlighted Royal palaces which had been published in most websites and magazines. It is comprised of 3 charming beachside groups of wooden pavilions used as a summer palace by King Rama VI (King Vajiravudh, 1910-1925). The palace had been neglected since King Rama VI passed away in 1925 and being ordered by King Bhumibol for renovation to be carried out for this palace in year 1965.
It's a historical place with information provided to let you understand the events happened in Maruekatayawan Palace. The visit towards the upper floor of Maruketayawan Palace was with entrance fees and rules like cameras were forbidden and remained silent during the visit had to be abide to. The craftmanship of the artisans and delicate architecture were really amazing and I saluted the efforts that they placed in remaining the palace's glory by seeing how well it's maintained. The landscaped garden was also one of the place we loved to stroll along to take photography while enjoyed the sea breeze.







2. Have a glimpse of Greece at Santorini Park; Cha-am


Santorini Park is one of the popular tourist attractions in Cha-am/Hua Hin, Thailand and it's opened since May 2012. It's the ideal place for photography session as we have met several pairs of couples and pre-wedding shooting session during our visit to Santorini Park Santorini Park is inspired by the architecture in Santorini, the place which I dream of visiting one day. The vivid and colourful Santorini Park with most buildings are painted in white with blue windows, stone-paved streets with blue borders and lots of decorative miniatures that provide you endless photography opportunities.
An artsy place which would remind you of Greece whitewashed building with windows painted in blue. Since budget-wise is cheaper at Thailand, it's a good idea to visit to Santorini Park to have a glimpse of Greece.



The miniatures which I had longed for yet did not purchase due to each costed 400++baht.
Check out the Hollywood Studio, Haunted House or just having fun with photo-snapping.
My favourite photo with the blue windows and doors of whitewashed buildings.

Endless photography opportunities as long as your partner is photography enthusiast and camera is not out of battery :)

3. Get close to farm animals at Swiss Sheep Farm

If you love to get close with farm animals, you might find Swiss Sheep Farm worth to be visited. Activities like riding horse and feeding animals are available here. As there're many photogenic setting in Swiss Sheep Farm; European-style farm with many Western cliches such as European-style building, Dutch Windmill and English photobooth, we had a great time here. Oh yea, there' re many background suitable for lovers such as paddocks of love, frame of love, love sculptures and etc.



Do enjoy the swing before you leave Swiss Sheep Farm.


4. Sight-seeing at Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village

Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village; a themed shopping village inspired by the Good Old Days of Hua Hin let you have a glimpse back in time with the vintage vibes and traditional-looking shops. Another good place for photo-enthusiast. If you have ample time during evening, you may drop by Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village to have a relaxing walk.




‘ka lor jee’ (similar to Japanese mochi) icecream is sold by one of the hawker cart 


5. Stroll along the night markets { Hua Hin Night Market, Cicada Night Market, Chatsila Night Market and Chatchai Night Market}

Roaming around the night markets in Thailand was the evening activities which you could eat the local cuisines/ snacks, find the souvenirs, get massage service and etc. Hua Hin is a small town yet it has many happening night markets such as Hua Hin Night Market, Cicada Night Market, Chatsila Night Market, Chatchai Night Market, etcetera. Cicada Weekend Night Market is the most favourite night market I had visited in Hua Hin and had many things that I missed out exploring.

Cicada Night Market is divided into four venues: Art A La Mode, Cicada Art Factory, Amphitheatre and Cicada Cuisine. Art A La Mode is where art and craft vendors alongside the paths on the site sell items of clothing, handmade bags, fashion accessories, souvenirs, crafts, used items and cards. The foods here required coupons to be purchased at counter. 

Wooden phone case which the designer would draw according the picture you show to him on it upon purchase. Unfortunately, only for Samsung and Apple Iphone models.
Awesome Tower Bridge Lego
Would have purchased it if the price was lower.

Elephant magnets
Regretted for not purchase one for my mom.

The handmade tak tor toys caught my attention. 
The shop had handmade home decoration items as well.

Chatsila Night Market and Chatchai Night Market were mainly my source of souvenirs to be bought back for family and friends. Below're the shopping hauls' photos. The foot therapy service had been enjoyed at Chatchai Night Market on the last night before we left Hua Hin. Hua Hin Night Market is located in the midst of the town and leads up to the railway line, near to the both Chatsila and Chatchai Night Market.

Lovely painted postcards


6. Enjoy Thai cuisines in Hua Hin


Here's the list of places which I had eaten the local cuisines in Hua Hin: Pak Jua Mango Sticky Rice, Koti Restaurant, Jek Be Ak Restaurant and Friendly Kitchen Thai Food. The Thailand cuisines here were considerably affordable and large portion. 








7. Wine-tasting and visit to Hua Hin Vineyard

Without flying to Australia/ Europe countries, you could have the wine-tasting experience pairing with tapas at Hua Hin Vineyard. A great place to enjoy the view of vineyards and have a cozy chat. You could stroll along the vineyards or rent a jeep tour from there. Elephant rides are offered by Hua Hin Vineyard with fees incurred. Read more by clicking the link above.



8. Visit to Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

There are two popular floating markets in Hua Hin, namely the Hua Hin Floating Market and Sam Phan Nam Hua Hin Floating Market. Both floating markets are built in 2011, located near to each other with less than 10 minutes drive. Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is not like the floating market in Bangkok if you expect having full of boats selling food and fruits. It is just a lakeside market which rows of stalls are built around a huge man-made lake. I personally think the time could be well spent else where than this floating market because you could also get the items you want to buy at night markets in Hua Hin.



9. Stroll along Hua Hin Beach


Hua Hin signifies “stone head” in English due to large, smooth rocks at the North end of the beach. Since Hua Hin is famous as a beach town, why not allocate some time to stroll along Hua Hin Beach. Horse riding is the main activity offered at Hua Hin beach. Well, I prefer strolling along the sandy beach while enjoying the sea breeze. 




10. Scenery viewing at Chopsticks Hill/ Monkey Mountain (Khao Takiab)

Khao Takiab is located in the southern part of Hua Hin and it's lucky to have the rental car service to reach there as it's quite far away from our accommodation. Khao Takiab is also named as Monkey Mountains as many monkeys could be seen here, there and everywhere. So beware and hold your camera tight. Khao Takiab is also named as Chopsticks Hill.


From The Rock beachfront spa resort in Hua Hin, you can view a hill with a prominent golden Buddha from far. You need to walk on the sandy beach along the seacoast leading towards the mountain. There's a temple at the top of the hill, but we just went to Khao Takiab Chinese Temple due to the sudden change of weather. It's quite quiet here and it's best to have few companions when you go to visit this place. Just to remind that not to expect too much from Chopsticks Hill/ Monkey Mountain, you got to see some shrines, small temples, some views from the beachfront and from top of the hill and thats's all.




The Gold Buddha Statue

Monkeys were spotted along the staircase towards the temple at the top of the hill.

Before rushing down the Chopstick Hill


The view of fishing villages from the Monkey Mountain/ Chopstick Hill

The view of the beachfront hotels at Hua Hin from the Monkey Mountain/ Chopstick Hill

11. Photography and sight-seeing at cultural heritage- Hua Hin Railway Station

Hua Hin Railway Station is worth for a quick visit since it's exclusive of entrance fees and you could visit any time in Hua Hin. Just slot in some time for this iconic cultural heritage in which you could see the old yet well maintained train station with waiting room for Thai Royal family (in the past). A landmark of Hua Hin which is definitely worth for a visit and it could be a good cultural heritage for sight-seeing and photography.


The Royal's waiting room

Similar to Jiu Fen in Taiwan, you could take countless photos at railways.

The iconic building which you could see in the various Hua Hin Postcards.

12. Other places to visit: Hua Hin Market VillageHua Hin Market Village had been visited during our visit as we had almost 1 and half hour free time due to Phra Nakhon Khiri Royal Palace (Khao Wang) closed for renovation. A shopping mall where you could shop for good quality of clothes and beauty products. Well, I had gone back with a photo with the icons of "I love Hua Hin" .. LOL...





4 Days 3 Nights in Hua Hin Itinerary :


Day 1:

  1. Bangkok Airport - Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel  ( Drop by for lunch at a restaurant )
  2. Cicada Weekend Night Market
Day 2:

  1. Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel Breakfast Buffet
  2. Hua Hin Railway Station - walking journey from Royal Pavilion Hua Hin
  3. Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
  4. Hua Hin Hills Vineyard for wine-tasting pairing with Tapas at The Sala Restaurant
  5. Lunch at Friendly Kitchen Thai Food
  6. Hua Hin Market Village
  7. Hua Hin Beach
  8. Koti Restaurant for dinner
  9. Hua Hin Night Market, Chatchai and Chasila Night Market - Window shopping
  10. Simple birthday celebration for my travel partner. Complimentary cake has been given by the Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel for the birthday girl.

Day 3:

  1. Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel Breakfast Buffet
  2. Maruekatayawan Palace; The Palace of Love and Hope
  3. Santorini Park; Cha-am
  4. Swiss Sheep Farm
  5. Chopsticks Hill/ Monkey Mountain (Khao Takiab)
  6. Jek Be Ak Restaurant- delicious dinner
  7. Hua Hin Night Market, Chatchai Night Market, Chatsila Night Market
  8. Royal Pavillion Hua Hin Hotel - Skybar with free redemption of  welcome drink
Day 4:

  1. Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel Breakfast Buffet
  2. Pak Jua Mango Sticky Rice
  3. Patra Boutique Hotel, Bangkok

Places that we did not manage to visit or not include in itinerary: Phra Nakhon Khiri Royal Palace (Khao Wang) , Camel Republic, Vana Nava Water Jungle, Pa La-U Waterfall, Huai Pa Lao National Park Protection Unit 3 and etc.




Bye, Hua Hin! 
Hi, Bangkok!


Accommodation:

Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel

Advantages:

1) Free shuttle service with schedule and pre-booking needed from hotel to Hua Hin beach, railway station, Cicada Weekend Night Market and Plearnwan Eco-Vintage Village.
2) Bus / minivan service from Bangkok-Hua Hin is just next to the hotel.

3) Attentive staffs and good service
4) Spacious room
5) Free welcome drink and free complimentary birthday cake for the guest who has birthday here

6) Walking distance to Hua Hin Railway Station, Hua Hin Night Markets and nearby has Family Mart Convenience Store

Skybar

The welcome drinks given were quite refreshing. 

Disadvantages:
1) Limited choices of breakfast buffet and repeated choices of food
2) Nothing much to view from its skybar

Transport:

Rates given were in 8000 Thai Baht [ 2000 Thai Baht per day tour -8 hours ] including for.

-Air-conditioning vehicle- Toyota Camry
-Chauffeur Driver
-Express Way
-Gasoline used
-Tax and services charge

 Contact person: Mr.Roong

 Contact number: (+66)0623298789
 Email address: roongsayam@gmail.com