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Monday, April 29, 2013

Belum Forest

Recently I attended a friend's wedding in Kelantan. Yeah, I guess it's the farmost friend's wedding I've ever gone. Instead of went to wedding, I explored more of Kelantan even though I've been there before but it was long time ago.

After the wedding, I went back the next day. Guess what? I saw this Belum Forest and stopped here.

Pretty interesting to explore, I suppose. Actually, I stopped at Banding Lake earlier to eat lunch and explore the place but too bad, there was no food sold and nothing much to see.

The place was breezy and I feel fresh when looking at those green trees. Love it!

Yeah... here I am.

Banding Lake

Time to order food. I was starving! :)

Nice decoration. Unique.

The restaurant.

A nice place to eat with beautiful view.

Keith told me that this one suppose to be near the sunlight, so that they will shine!

Keith's fried rice.

My black pepper chicken.

Amri's lamb chop.

Heaven, resting with teh tarik!


Resting here was like heaven. I wanted to stay longer but time was flying fast. If you go to East Coast Malaysia, you must stop here for lunch, some refreshing cold drinks or coffee. Maybe, someday I might even stay here for 2 days. A place that can give me a peace of mind!



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nasi Ayam Budu

I know many people just can't resist the temptation of the food, and me too! So this time, I'm going to share with you one of the special meal you can get in Penang -- Nasi Ayam Budu. 

Don't get it wrong, it's not the chicken rice, but they simply put in one sentence 3 main things in this meal nasi/ayam/budu. Which means you get plain rice, fried chicken and budu (a sauce made by anchovy). At first when I heard about it, I thought it was chicken rice but when I tried it, I was wrong. 

If you come to Penang, you MUST try it. Instead of this Nasi Ayam Budu, you can also eat some other Malay-Thai foods which are also good but Nasi Ayam Budu is the signature there! :)


This is how it looks like.

The yummy fried chicken with a lot of onions!

The budu which you eat it with some chilies and lime. Yummy!

How to find this place? Yes, it's a bit hidden from the main road. If you know where is Old Town in Bayan Baru and where is Sunshine Square, it will be much easier for me to give the direction. Opposite the Old Town, you will see a Char Koay Teow stall which is Char Koay Teow Liz. Turn into that junction and go further in, and you will find this shop.

Click here for the direction.


It's a must TRY if you come to Penang :)

Bon Appetit...




Friday, April 26, 2013

Picnic at Batu Ferringhi

This post has been pending for so long since I could not wait to post about my travel and share with you. Sharing about the travel experience is something you cannot find in the travel website including the Astro channel -- Travel & Living :P

I mean the website and the tv channel usually get paid promoting the good thing about places where else I'm sharing not only good but bad things that happen there not to scare you but to advise.

So, instead of telling you about my other travel trip I will share with you this picnic which was not planned properly and it was a very last minute plan and preparation. Thanks to Keith, Miza and Fariza for making it happened.




The last time I came here was with Cik Wanie, Mama and another blogger. To my surprise, it was a bit crowded and I hardly find a good place for us to sit and enjoy the food. Oh yes, I did not plan to swim there since I have swam in the clearer water in Thailand and Mabul :P

We just reached and could not wait to eat the Nasi Lemak. Starving! Haha.

The menu! So tempting isn't it? Most of them prepared by Miza except the fruits and chicken helped by Fariza and thanks to my sister for the nasi lemak (coconut rice).

The mayonnaise omelet. Prepared by Miza.

The mixed spices chicken. Finger licking good! Prepared by Miza and Fariza.

Taking picture...

Busy with handphone or busy preparing???

Oh ok, injured my foot when I was busy taking pictures and I didn't see the coconut tree root was hidden underneath the sand and I accidentally hit it and scratched my foot. Look not so serious but it last for weeks. Pretty deep the wound.

The host :)

The yummy sambal bilis and sotong!

I went to the stall nearby for coconut! Not a good one if I compare with the one I had in Bali!

Relaxing my mind by looking at the sea... how serene...

It's cool to just hang out with friends for a picnic like this. Talking, laughing and eating. You just enjoy yourself and it can help to release your stress too.

Life should be this way... it's short and you just need to be happy and enjoy. Appreciate every moment you have and don't be sad. Bad things might be happen to you (like some incidents that happen to me: car got stolen, dengue fever, reschedule exam alone, back pain and cramp, dad admitted in the hospital, sister with some virus attack and admitted to the hospital too and many more) but you must accept it and if it is a problem you just need to solve it one by one, don't run and hide. 

Be happy! :)




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Phuket - Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape is the island's most photographed and perhaps best-known location. Every evening, large tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island's southern hill in order to watch the sunset at its peak. On the top of the hill stands a busy car park where vehicles disgorge crowds of people from every corner of the world. Cameras flash, fingers point and lovers cuddle as Phuket's most fabulous free show is re-enacted nightly – the sunset. 

That's all? No. 

Promthep also has a lighthouse that houses interesting historical maritime artifacts and commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs. The lighthouse/museum is air conditioned inside and if you go up to the outdoors viewing balcony you can see the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day and of course a whole raft of nearer islands such as nearby Koh Kiaow with its Buddhist monastery. The view from the cape is like a huge eternity pool from which you can mentally project the far-flung shores of Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of the cape’s promontory but most stay up in the viewing part for sunset. By the car park there is a handicrafts shop and a series of stalls that sell shells, batik, snacks, sarongs, shawls, toys and beachwear.


Thailand flag.

The path to see the sunset.

Beautiful! I was so amazed by this great view.

Dusk.

Thank you to my tourist guide for taking me there. It's breathtaking and amazing. I didn't speak much except keep taking photos more and more. I just love the sunset so much!



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Phuket - Thai's Pineapple

Thai's pineapple is so different. They so different size which are small and big and the taste is totally different too.

They might look the same as Malaysia's pineapple but you must trust me when I tell you that they are much sweeter than ours!

For my observation, the small one is crunchy but less sweet but the big one is very sweet and less crunchy. Of course I prefer the big one. 

You will be surprise if I tell you the cost for one pineapple is only about RM0.50! Yes, I'm not kidding and it's unbelievable, I know... Compared to ours, the quality is better and the price is a lot cheaper.

I'm not a fan of pineapple but for Thai's pineapple, I'd definitely eat them a lot. So, every time I go to Thailand by van, for sure I won't miss the chance to eat it. That is the disadvantage if you fly to Thailand. You won't have this kind of experience like looking at some rural area, villages along the road and eat this sweet pineapple!



I will definitely eat it again when I go to Thailand this July! In fact, I already missed it so much :)



Monday, April 22, 2013

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. It's the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.

But too bad I could not spend so much time there. It was because of the big boat package for Maya Bay and Phi Phi Island. The boat spent 2 hours at Maya Bay and just an hour for Phi Phi Island. It was include lunch time! Do you think I have much time to spend since I need to hurry to get the seat or else I won't have a seat to sit for the whole journey back to Phuket.

When I reached there, I was starving. The buffet was so good!

Then I just walked to the beach with my friends. Just for the sake of taking some pictures.

...and Keith got this! Haha.

Blue skies.

Walking back to our boat.


I wish I could spend more time in Phi Phi Island rather than 2 hours at Maya Bay. I want to go there again, but this time different trip and different plan. I want to enjoy the beautiful scenery there as much as I could :)


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