Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pontian: Restaurant Heng Heng and Kedai Kopi Keng Guan Hiong

Hello there! This would be my last post from Pontian. I am leaving this small town for good after 4 weeks here. As I was really bored, I explored a few food places around this area, including day trips to Batu Pahat and Johor Bharu (JB)! Unexpectedly but predictably, I've grown rounder after stranded here for weeks. Oopss!!

So tonight I am gonna share 2 famous restaurants in Pontian town, which can be found in other Pontian food blogs! These 2 places are apparently very famous, as I saw a lot of Singapore tourists there during my visit. 

#1 Restaurant Heng Heng (兴兴)

This restaurant is famous with its Wantan noodle, which is a specialty in Pontian too! In Pontian, they mainly serve Wantan noodle in ketchup, unless you request for soy sauce version. I requested for ketchup with a little spiciness. Really curious about the taste!

It's almost 2pm and there are still a lot of people here.

Apart from noodles, they also serve otak-otak for each table. They will count according to the amount that you consume later. It is around RM0.80-RM1 per piece. Sorry, my memory don't serve me well recently. I decided to try one and it is just so-so. 

The noodle is served!! It is typical Wantan noodle combination, with fishballs! How does it tastes? It's sweet but won't be too over as I requested for some chili to be added. Overall, it is fine. I still prefer my soy sauce Wantan noodle XD Good to try though! 

Can't really see the red colour in this photo. 

Address: 766, Jalan Parit Mesjid, Taman Anggerik, Pontian, Johor. (It is not too hard to locate! )
Opening hours: 9am-6pm (closed on Fridays)

#2 Kedai Kopi Keng Guan Hiong (琼源香)

I have been craving for good coffee and went to try out this famous coffee shop, which is quite near my hotel! I have read about the sourness of coffee in Pontian and feel really interested to try it out. To be honest, I am craving for a cup of Ipoh White Coffee now! How I miss Perak! Haha...

There's also a lot of people here! Why is it crowded everywhere I go??

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pontian: Joe Burger Station + Sri Delima BBQ & Steamboat + Pontian Seaside

Pontian, is a small town, located in southwest Johor. This district has 2 towns, which are Pontian Besar and Pontian Kechil (district capital, which means more happening place). After exploring, I realized that there are no malls or cinema here. So, it is time to explore something new during my free time!

Here's to share some of the food I've tried for dinner and my current favourite seaside.

#1 Joe Burger Station (halal)

This is a shop run by Malay family and it seems to be very famous! They have lots of tables by the road side and there are a lot of people dining in when we arrived. Apparently, a lot of food blogs recommend this place too! So we decided to try out. 

I was craving for Roti John for a while, so I decided to order that instead of burger. They serve noodles and western food here too! My other colleagues ordered chicken chop, burger and lekor. They are all really good! Or is it because I skipped lunch? =P

Roti John (RM6) -- The bread is slightly crispy! So good! I can imagine how good is their burger by having this. haha... I tried the lekor too and it is good too. A place worth trying if you are in Pontian.

#2 Sri Delima BBQ & Steamboat (halal)

To be honest, every night we have problem identifying what to eat for dinner. A colleague found a steamboat place which looks fairly decent and we decided to give it a try. It ended up just walking distance from our hotel and it is buffet style. RM22 per pax, with bottomless drink. Their choices are quite standard. One thing I like is they have satay! We can grill our own satay and there are two types of sauce - rempah (marinated with spices) or honey. Nonetheless, the satay is good! 

The environment is quite nice as they have indoor and outdoor setting. However, there are a lot of birds flying around and we were really worried while eating. Don't wish to have any additional "spices" in our food! XD Oh! Not to forget that they serve ice cream here too! That goes my diet mission in Johor. 

We have 2 types of soup - tom yam and clear soup. Save us from choosing which soup to order. 

#3 Pontian Seaside

It is located near terminal bus Pontian Kechil. Along this seaside, there are a lot of seafood restaurants, either Malay or Chinese. You can come for seafood hunt! To be honest, I haven't get to try any. So wait till I give a try then I'll share =)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pontian: Kemangi Restaurant (Mee Gulung)

Hi all!! It's been a while since I update this blog. Have been going to different places for the past few months. Hong Kong trip, Kuantan working trip, and guess what, I am currently in Pontian (Johor)! Travel too much this year! Oopss.

Pontian is a small town in southern part of Johor. I will share more about this town in later post. Today, I would like to share about my visit to this restaurant called Kemangi Restaurant, which serves Mee Gulung.

What is Mee Gulung?? Sounds special right? Will show you in a bit.

Kemangi Restaurant is easily located as it is just by the main road side. It is a halal restaurant and they serve a variety of food! Fried rice, noodles, ayam penyet, tom yam, etc...  From a short review online, I noticed that they serve something special, which I never heard of -- Mee Gulung. It is noodles wrapped by omelette, served with sweet/spicy gravy (Kemangi version) or soup based (something like Mee Kung Fu)

I went there with my new colleague and ordered Mee Gulung Kemangi. Was really looking forward to try it out. =) The food was served really quickly! 

My first time trying this type of noodles! It was served with seafood and vege. This costs me RM7! Good deal, especially in such a restaurant with good environment. The taste is not too sweet nor spicy. Just nice and its very stomach-calming! Was really hungry before dinner XD

Friday, January 20, 2017

Itinerary: Bali 4 days 4 nights trip

Hello!!! It has been a long long time since I last update this blog. Caught up with work and money constraint and  hence lesser time to travel. XD Finally, I have time to update on my Bali Trip last month -- a random, 4 days 4 nights trip in November 2016 with my hostel mates. 

As one of us has pretty tight schedule, we have only 4 full days to travel. Thus, we booked a night flight on friday night and reached Bali at midnight. Trying to spare more time to travel on Saturday. Flight ticket was bought pretty last minute and it costs me RM616 for return ticket. Could be cheaper if buy during zero fare. Air Asia has sales every week anyway. 

So let's start with my journey to Bali!

Day 1: KL-Bali (Check-in hotel and sleep!)

As I'm traveling alone from Kuala Lumpur, I've decided to park my car at Bandar Tasik Selatan station and catch the KLIA Express to KLIA2 (RM38.40 one way)

Our flight got delayed for 30 minutes... The friend who flew from Singapore had to wait for an hour in Bali airport to meet us. Poor thing... We booked a driver -- Mr Bagus and he waited to pick us up from airport to hotel. Was a little sad with the delay as he had to stay up to pick us up and the next day we have a full day tour. No extra charge! Very kind of him.

Our hotel for first 3 nights -- The Kana Kuta Hotel.

Pool view from breakfast place. I love the coffee served during breakfast. Best coffee I have tried in Bali. Too bad I didn't manage to get the brand.

Day 2: Tanjung Benoa (water sports) - Lunch (Babi Guling) - Pandawa Beach - Uluwatu Temple (for sunset) - Adi Spa - Dinner @ Jimbaran Bay

We had breakfast in hotel and then proceeded with our first stop of the day with water sports activities at Tanjung Benoa. To be honest, I think that this is the spot that I don't really enjoy throughout my Bali trip. Expensive and nothing special (maybe because there's no crystal clear water, which makes me feel disappointed). We spent a lot of time waiting for our turn under the hot sun, and our parasailing was forced to cancelled due to the weather. In the end, we spent about RM260 per person for Jetski, Banana Boat and Rolling Donut. 

Tanjung Benoa

We ended our water sports activities around 2pm and we were all starving. So, we asked the driver to bring us to try Babi Guling. As we were rushing time, he suggested a shop nearby instead of going to those famous Babi Guling restaurants. We ordered nasi babi guling special to try... Was really excited to try it since it is so famous. 

While waiting for our food to be served.....

Ta-daa! My plate of nasi babi guling special (~RM10). 

It comes with pork satay, minced pork, crispy skin, etc... I don't really like the skin. Only enjoyed the satay and meat. It was served with chilies and hence quite spicy. Overall, I don't really fancy but it is a good experience trying out. Just wondering if the famous stall's would taste better or not. Ahh....

Then, we went to Pandawa Beach for a walk. Pandawa Beach is more of my kind of beach, with greenish blue sea and white sands. It was once known as secret beach due to its location, which lies behind the two cliffs with poor access. There are a lot of tourists visiting Pandawa Beach now... You may need to pick low season for a more peaceful beach. =)

I enjoyed walking on the white, soft sands. ^_^

Overview of Pandawa Beach from the cliff area (near the Pandawa statues)

After that we were supposed to go to Water Blow at Nusa Dua but our driver suggested us to skip that and go to Uluwatu Temple right away in case we missed out the sunset. Hence, to choose between Water Blow and Uluwatu Temple, of course we choose the latter.

Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu in Balinese, is a Balinese sea temple. It is one of the six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. It is known for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. Uluwatu Temple is one of the top places on the island for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, and you can watch Kecak dance performances over here too!

With such amazing view, I can't stop myself from "WOW" "WOW "WOW" while walking along the cliff walkway. The entrance fee for uluwatu temple is IDR40,000 but it is really worthy! Spamming photos taken at Uluwatu Temple as the place is too beautiful!

Look at this view! Heartmelts...

Aww... I can stay here all the long just to listen to the sound of the sea slamming on the cliff. 

Group Photo while waiting for sunset. 

Bare in mind... You have to be very be careful with your belongings here. Monkeys will just come attack anytime, anywhere. Our driver kept reminding us and we managed to escape in one piece =)

Not a perfect sunset but it is worth waiting after all. 

Heart this place very much

After that, the driver brought us to a spa place - Adi Spa. The price is really expensive and we bargained so hard to get IDR300,000 per person for an hour of Balinese massage. It is actually very over-priced but we were like stucked there with the driver (who looks pretty keen for us to try) and the workers. We looked at other spa's places for pricing and realized that we paid almost twice more than the actual price. =.= conned... 

The environment is quite peaceful actually.

After an hour of spa, we finally can go for dinner @ Jimbaran Bay. I was actually quite sad that we couldn't make it for sunset at Rock Bar. Choosing between Rock Bar and Uluwatu Temple, I decided to go for Uluwatu Temple, which is the must-see. Typical tourist thought. =)

The driver brought us to a seafood place to dine at the beach @ Jimbaran Bay. We were quite exhausted after one whole day of tour, both mentally and economically. Hence, we just ordered some simple dishes like fried rice and grilled chicken to fill up our tummy. Food here isn't cheap either. Maybe of the location I guess. However, I do enjoy the environment here. The sound of the ocean is so soothing.

The restaurant that we dined in.
The open air seating. Too bad it was drizzling when we arrived. So we got our indoor seats instead of this romantic one. XD

Day 3: Barong & Keris Dance - Batik Shop - Kintamani (where we had lunch) - Coffee Plantation (Luwak Coffee) - Tirta Empul Temple - Tegalalang Rice Terrace - Naughty's Nuri (Dinner)

Early morning of our day 3, we heaeed out around 9am (was supposed to be 8.30am =P) to watch Barong & Keris Dance. It is a traditional dance, and they have written storyline in different languages available for your reference while watching. It really helps! Easier for me to understand the content of the show.. I wouldn't disclose any of the show content... You are suppose to come here to explore if you're planning one. haha... Entrance fee is IDR100,000 per pax.

Our group photo with the Barong. 

Then, the driver drove us to a batik shop, with some people processing batik at a side. We did not spend much time there as batik stuff are expensive and we are running out of money. Not our main interest of the trip anyway. =D
Colouring of the cloth

After that, we proceed to Kintamani for lunch at Pulu Mujung Warung. Usually, drivers or tour will opt for buffet at Kintamani.. We are trying to find something more special and hence we ended up here. I kinda like this place as they serve organic Indonesian dishes, which is nice. However, my other 2 friends who prefer heavy taste find them very tasteless. Haha... But, there's one thing that all of us like - the Mount Batur view with breezy cold wind.
Lunch with such a view - best in life!

Monday, July 25, 2016

RM300 for a 2D1N Hatyai Trip: Day 2 Itinerary

Let's continue with Day 2 Itinerary for 2D1N Hatyai Trip (Click here to read on Day 1 Itinerary)

FIRST STOP: Kim Yong Market

We woke up early in the morning and walked to Kim Yong Market, which is located about 800m away from our hotel. It is a local market, so expect to see people selling vegetables, fruits, kuihs, etc....

Uncle, why you photobomb me. =(
Outdoor area, Kim Yong Market.

Huge mangoes are everywhere! 

Indoor areas of Kimyong market.

Sis bought a corn as breakfast. Our all-time favourite - corn!

Barbeque pork! Must have for all Thailand trip of mine. XD

We also bought some kuih (dessert) to try. Some are different from those in Malaysia. Yumzz... You need to walk and see carefully to look out for hidden gems. Coincidently, we met our cousin and family there! Had a walk with them and ate our food in their hotel room @ Asian Hotel, which is just 2 minutes walk from the market.

After that, we planned to go to another market to buy nuts and chips back. However, no Tuk Tuk driver is willing to fetch us there because there are only 2 of us T_T. Hence, we decided to cancel that plan and proceed to Lee Garden area for last minute shopping. 

SECOND STOP: Burapha Bird's Nest-Shark's Fin (东方燕窝-鱼翅)
It is walking distance from Lee Garden and we stopped by here for a bowl of bird's nest. Shark's Fin is a BIG NO NO. We ordered the cheapest bird's nest to enjoy as our morning tea break. Haha! The main reason that we stopped by Burapha is that the shopping malls are not open yet and we need something to pass time. Clothes aren't attractive out there hence we decided to EAT!

The menu. Oh man! The shark >.< Poor thing

Here's our bird's nest (RM10 each) and they served us some ginseng tea as complementary drink. Nice. =)

They are selling different type of bird's nest and you can purchase if interested. 

THIRD STOP: Last minute shopping!!
At 10am, we left for last minute shopping at Odean, 7-11 and Watson. After that, we rushed back to hotel to clean up and pack our luggage. We checked out at 12 noon sharp! XD After keeping our luggage at the lobby, we walked to our lunch place.

FOURTH STOP: Kan Eng Restaurant (甘英餐室)
Kan Eng Restaurant is a famous restaurant for Thai food among tourists. We wonder how good is it hence we decided to give it a try. This restaurant is located on the way to our brunch place on the first day (Chok Dee Dim Sum). We spotted it on the first day hence we have no problem to find our way there for lunch.

Small shop with yellow signboard

It was so crowded when we reach. Luckily we found an empty table to fit 2 of us.

We ordered 4 dishes to share. Yes. 2 girls, 2 rice, 4 dishes. =P 

Seafood Tom Yum. 
This is quite a decent bowl of  Tom Yum as it suits my taste (spicy, but not too much)
Minced pork with basil leaves. This is a typical thai dish and it is very well cooked. Nice.

My all-time favourite stir fried coconut (椰心) with prawns. 
Sweetness of the coconut melts my heart away. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RM300 for a 2D1N Hatyai Trip: Day 1 Itinerary

Hello! Finally have time to update on my spontaneous trip to Hatyai during Hari Raya long weekend. I bought the ticket after the announcement of the holiday. Thankfully there are still few tickets left for me to grab! I went there with my sister and the whole trip costs us about RM850 (include a lot of shopping). 

Here's a breakdown of my spending (exclude shopping):
ETS ticket from Taiping to Padang Besar = RM84 (per person)
Train ticket from Padang Besar to Hatyai = RM10 (roughly.... it is actually 80 baht)
Hotel (Aloha hotel)                                   = RM80 (per person)
Food (calculating main meals only)          = RM80 (1 breakfast, 1 brunch, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
Transport to floating market (by Tuk Tuk)= RM18 (roughly... 300 baht for 2 person)
Transport from central festival to lee garden= RM12 (roughly.... 100 baht for 2 person)
Transport to bus terminal                           = RM12 (roughly.... 100 baht for 2 person)
TOTAL: RM296 per person
RM300 for a 2D1N trip to Hatyai, Thailand! And by taking ETS, we avoided the raya traffic jam! Happy =D

Let's talk about the itinerary in detail. This post will be on Day 1 as there are a lot of photos to share =)

Our journey started at 6.20am, taking ETS from Taiping to Padang Besar, Perlis (Border of Thailand). The journey took us about 2 hours 50 min. That's why I love ETS. Speedy journey during peak season.

Selfie on ETS! =D So excited!

We reached Padang Besar KTM station around 9.10am. If you follow the exit sign, you will exit to Pekan Padang Besar. If you want to take train to Thailand, you should turn left when you get down the train and go to the end. With my experience, you can follow the crowd if you take the morning train here. As a lot of people will be taking the connecting train to Hatyai which is at 9.50am. If you are not confident, you can just ask people around you. (Survival tips: Ask whenever you feel lost. People are willing to help and guide you. If you fail at your first attempt, try another person. =D)

So we were stucked here for about 40 minutes as the officer doesn't allow us to go into the immigration office. Duh.... They passed us the arrival/departure card to fill in while waiting. People who waited with us were as frustrated as us but we have no idea what happened and just have to wait. =(

You have to fill in the Thailand arrival and departure card. So.... Please bring a pen along with you. Being very careless, I took out my pen from the bag in the morning and left pen-less at the waiting area. Luckily I get to borrow a pen from a kind lady who was standing in front of me that time. Nice people everywhere. *feeling positive*

The train to Hatyai arrived at 9.40am and we were still stuck at the platform awaiting to go into the immigration counter. So nervous..... Then, I saw people holding the ticket to Hatyai and I still haven't get the tickets! Luckily, a lady told us to go to the end of the platform to get the ticket first.. If not, we will not be able to get on board. So grateful that the lady told us before the officer allows us to swarm into the immigration office. 
Ta-daa! Bought this ticket for 80baht. 

Then, after I bought the ticket, the officer finally allowed us to go in. We queued up and get verified by immigration counters of both countries (Malaysia and Thailand) in the same office. After getting our passport chopped, we immediately board on the Thailand train to Hatyai.

The more ancient looking train but it is comfortable. Not like our old KTM train. 

After an hour, we reached Hatyai Railway Station, which is located not far from the central and just 2 streets away from our hotel. 

Brought empty luggage along hehe...

With sis. Exhausted face as we woke up too early to catch the train.

Aloha Hotel is not far from the railway station. Just 5 minutes walk distance. 

Surprisingly, the service was great and we get to check in early at 11.20am! Woohoo! Lucky us!
One special requirement of this hotel is that they requested to keep our passport throughout the stay. I tried to get back my passport as I feel insecure but the receptionist assured us by giving a receipt for us to bring around. So yeah.. Throughout my visit in Hatyai, most of the time I'm passport-less. 

So this the room that we stayed for a night. Not much comment about this room. It's slightly old but clean. They let us choose whether to have king size bed or twin bed, so we chose the King! =P Quite spacious. It would be cheaper if book earlier. 

After that, we headed out for brunch! Without buying SIM card this time, we navigate ourself around with a map! I downloaded a map from internet and used it throughout the trip. And... we managed to survive and didn't get too lost! *CLAPS*

FIRST STOP: Chok Dee Dim Sum 好运肉骨茶

I've looked up and down on the web to search for good lunch place and I saw this restaurant in almost all blogs. So, I've decided to give it a try! Dim Sum & Bak Kut Teh for brunch! A lot of people commented that the dim sum here is cheap and nice. Hmm... Let's give it a try. We decided to walk to the restaurant from our hotel and it took us about 20 minutes to search for direction. 

After 20 minutes walk under the hot sun, we found the restaurant! 

We were directed to the shop opposite, which is owned by the same restaurant. Another dining area. 
Thankfully, it has air conditioner to cool us down before enjoying good food =)

I ordered a cup of iced coffee as my daily caffeine dose. But it is kinda disappointed. Oh well.... Let's wait for the food!

We have to ordered the food at the counter at the main shop, which is, we need to cross the road to get our dim sum ordered. Whereas, for bak kut teh and drinks, we can order at our table. 

Food came faster than we expect! 

Tourist photo =D

The Bak Kut Teh is just so-so to us. A little too salty.... But the pork rib is very soft! There are good and bad in a bowl.. 

Let me show you close up of the dim sum. ^_^

Super cute prawn dumplings (虾饺)

Corn with some meats (玉米卖?)

I don't know what is the name.. but it's minced shrimp wrapped with seaweed.

Fish Roe Dumpling (鱼卵卖)

Salted egg yolk dumpling (咸蛋卖)

My all-time favourite - custard bun!

Look at the salted egg yolk! Yumzzzz

Guess how much this meal costs us? 

It is only 300 Baht! 
Ohhh---Emmmm-----Geeeee!!! So cheap! 
If we were to order same dishes in Malaysia, we will need to pay at least RM50. 

Address: 58 25, Soi Lamai Songkraw 1, Hat Yai, Hat Yai District, Songkhla, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily 6am-12pm, 5-10pm

Second Stop: Shopping @ Odean Shopping Mall, Central Mall, Lee Garden Plaza

After brunch, we walked all the way back to the central for some shopping. Time to burn some calories before we have second round. We explored the malls, but nothing seems very attractive to us. The malls are a bit old and perhaps supermarket is the more happening place as I see many tourists grabbing snacks and instant noodles to bring home. 

We walked along the street and spotted a coconut ice cream stall. Every thailand trip needs to be completed by coconut ice cream. The must-have dessert. =) 

Ta-daa! This coconut ice cream (50 baht) is just alright. 

THIRD STOP: BIG C Supermarket & Klonghae Floating Market

After walking around lee garden plaza, we decided to find a Tuk-Tuk to Big C Supermarket for a scroll before heading to Floating Market. Then, we faced a problem. No Tuk Tuk driver wants to drive us as we have 2 persons. Luckily, another group of travelers decided to join us and make it group of 5. So we get a deal to get to Big C and floating market for 300 baht per group for a return trip. Yes. The driver waited for us at Big C and also floating market, then sent us back to the hotel. Quite worthy to me.

Big C Supermarket is just like TESCO and other supermarkets. But this is where you can get cheaper snacks. If you want to buy a lot back, then maybe you can consider coming to Big C. If just 1 or 2 packets, don't have to come all the way. Save the Tuk Tuk fare and get those at 7-11. =D

We spent about 30 minutes at Big C Supermarket, then headed to floating market, which opens over the weekend, starts at 3pm. We had 1.5 hours to explore the floating market. So....... We quickly jumped down the Tuk-Tuk and walked towards the crowd. 

They have a market area, which sells food, clothes, shoes, etc.......

And here's the floating market area. If you are expecting similar floating market as in Bangkok, this might disappoint you. It has its own style.

Boats are parked nicely and you can walk around and choose which stalls to buy from. 

It is not shaded, so expect to be exposed under hot sun. 
Tips: Bring along an umbrella. This will helps you to block the hot sun. Prevent sunburn =D