Monday, June 29, 2009

2nd stopover-Taiping lake garden






Stopover in taiping lake garden before proceeding to kuala sepetang and then to penang.It had been a while since i went to taiping and i could say that the place still had not changed.Love the serenity of the lake garden and it is definitely the best place to relax before continuing our journey.Me and my wife had talk about the possibility of buying a piece of land in Changkat Jering for our retirement as it was part of our retirement plan to own a piece of land c/w small house in a village.Living in hectic,complicated and fast pace KL , sometime i miss having a simple life where you could spend an entire day tending to your ochard or fish pond at the back of your house and where you don't need a brick wall to avoid your neighbour from intruding your house .Changkat Jering definitely fit the profile of our retirement getaway.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yik Mun Kuih Pau , Tanjong Malim




my wife with xplorer Jr


owner of YIK MUN with xplorer

Mention Yik Mun in Tanjung Malim and it will probably tell you that it served one of the best PAU in malaysia.The restaurant is located at the traffic light junction on the old north-south trunk road in tanjung malim(traffic junction on the way to proton city).Initially i was a bit sceptical about this famous Kuih Pau , not a fan of kuih pau initially as for me a kuih pau will always be just a kuih pau , nothing more and nothing less.But after biting into one , the first word that came out from my mouth is , WAHH HOLIAUUU!!!!(cantonese word for GREAT!!).All the sudden i knew a few word of cantonese , and my wife smile sheepisly at my antics.he he .the bun is super soft and its nothing like i had ever tasted before compare to the other Kuih pau and the filling was also generous and delicious.

Watching my antics with my camera , the owner Mr Kok Jek Ming approach me and ask me on wheter i'm a reporter.We had a lovely chat afterward and me and my wife was suprised with the humbleness and the hospitatily shown by him.According to him , he was the third generation of the KOK family who run the business which was started by his grandfather after migrating from Hainan , china in 1926.

Overall experience = A

address
YIK MUN1, Jalan Besar , Tanjung Malim,
35900, Perak, Malaysia.
tel:05-4596380

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Coincidence or fate?


What is the probability of meeting someone in a foreign land and then meeting him again a few weeks later in malaysia just to found out that he's your long lost relative , considering the timing , the population of malaysia and that country and the fact that you met him twice - the odds are almost impossible and yet it had happened to me thrice during the 31 years of my life.Maybe things like this will kept on happening to me and i do hope that i could win the national lottery this way soon , looking at the odds it could might happened to me,ha ha ha.

1)I met this gentlemen in Stockholm , sweeden at the Arlanda Airport on my way back to KL ,he introduce himself as Mr ###### and was in a business of selling electron microscope.We had a brief casual chat and to my suprise a few weeks later i had met him again on my weddeing day and he had introduce himself as one of my relative.What a coincidence!!!

2)I was on my way back to penang on a bus.There was this one lovely lady sitting next to me , we spoke briefly and i didn't even get her number.A few month later the same lady sat next to me and this time i got her number and that lovely lady is now my wife.What is the probability of that ever happening to you , almost impossible!!!!.Coincidence or Fate!!!

3)I had went for a dinner at RESTORAN MUARA(as per my blog post 3-4 days back) with my family.There was a family sitting directly next to me and they had offered to look after my baby while me and my wife having our dinner.We had a brief chat and didn't exchange any contact information and then suddenly 2 days later i receive a comment on my blog post by RERAMA SALJU stating
"Errr by d way...baby cute you ke yang we all pinjam masa kat Muara aritu?"
Please refer the picture above which was sent by RERAMA SALJU.

LIFE IS FULL OF SUPRISES

Friday, June 26, 2009

Taiping Lake Garden

taiping lake garden

I feel so tired after driving from KL to penang, a journey which normally took 4 hours for mere mortals took me 8 hours .As usual being an xplorer the journey matter most than the destination.I had met a few interesting people along the way and among them the humble tauke and founder of the famous YIK MUN KUIH PAU tanjung malim (the best kuih pau in the whole of malaysia).In total i had made three pit stop along my journey today - tanjung malim , kuala sepetang and taiping lake garden which add up an additional 4 hours to my journey.Overall i feel satisfied although a bit tired.Will blog about it tomorrow.

Michael Jackson dies

I was in shock today when i open the CNN and found out that Michael Jackson had died due to cardiac arrest.The world truely had lost a KING , may his soul rest in peace.

(CNN) -- Entertainer Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, CNN confirmed.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.

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Lt. Fred Corral, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. Thursday.

He also said Jackson was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.

Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles, California, Thursday morning.

Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.

"I can only tell you that the family members are crying," Oxman said.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.

Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.

CNN Analyst Roland S. Martin spoke with Marlon Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson.

"I talked to Frank Dileo, Michael's manager. Frank told me that Michael last night was complaining about not feeling well. He called to tell him he wasn't feeling well.

"Michael's doctor went over to see him, and Frank said, 'Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don't know what happened.' When they got to him this morning, he wasn't breathing. They rushed him to the hospital and couldn't bring him around."

The music icon from Gary, Indiana, was known as the "King of Pop." Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time.


sourced from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/25/michael.jackson/index.html

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Trip for tomorrow

Just came back from work and found that my daughter was still asleep.I had tickled , kissed and huggged her in an effort to woke her up.In the end i fell asleep besides her and this picture was taken by my wife.
I will be going to penang tomorrow to visit my inlaw and along the way i will be making a pit stop in Kuala Sepetang Taiping to sample the Famous Mee Banjir Udang . Most probably will lepak for a while at the taiping lake garden before continuing to Penang.On saturday i will be going to kepala batas, penang(it was not in kedah as i mention earlier) for a lunch at one of the famous ikan bakar stall there.If you are looking for an authentic kampung style dishes , this is the place.Will update on it later .
Have a nice weekend !!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Restoran Muara,Tanjung Harapan,Port Klang









I had went to the Restoran Muara , Port Klang last sunday for dinner.Although it had been strongly recommended by my colleague but i could say that i had been to a better place before.Due to its close proximity to the coastal area i would expect that the seafood would be as fresh as possible but things seems to be in the opposite direction here and there is not much food variety to choose from.I'm very sure that i will get mixed reaction from people for my negative comment on this restaurant but believe me , i'm no stranger to seafood and ikan bakar as i'm always on a quest for the best food and the best dining experience.I used to live in the coastal area and the definition of fresh is alive and kicking.Nasi lemak dia sedap tapi seafood dia kurang skit.Need to improve alot on the quality and variety of food. Overall experience is C-.

Muara Ikan Bakar Tanjung Harapan
Jalan Sultan Hishammudin,
Kawasan 20, Bandar Suleiman,
Pelabuhan Klang Utara,
42000 Port Klang,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-3176 6829



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Snippet

I woke up quite early today at 6, played with my daughter who had already woke up and head up to my fish pond to relax and surf the net for my daily dose of online news.With the 80's music playing and the sound of splashing water from the pond on the background , i'm totally at ease with myself.life is good and alhamdulillah for it.UUrrmm, the fish from my pond looks fat , maybe i will fish one or two tilapia and grilled them for breakfast(which i did last weekend and it was delicious).Not sure my plan for today but most probably will be heading to the FRIM waterfall today with my family to relax and enjoy the weekend with my daughter.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

kopi luwak (Coffee Luwak,civet coffee or weasel coffee)

Raw KOPI LUWAK bean
ASIAN PALM CIVET(Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

I had watch the movie BUCKET LIST played by jack nicholson and morgan freeman yesterday,by the way it was a great movie and was tempted to find on wheter LUWAK COFFEE really does exist.Suprising it really does exist and the coffee was made using coffee bean which was defecated by the ASIAN PALM CIVET(Paradoxurus hermaphroditus).WHATTT???!!!,Yes!! , they processed the bean which had been collected from animal dung.

It seem that by natural selection the civets will only consume the best and the sweetest red cherrie coffee bean . The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but a unique combination of enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are defecated, still covered in some inner layers of the berry,then washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process. Light roasting is considered particularly desirable in coffees that do not exhibit bitterness, and the most pronounced characteristic of Kopi Luwak is a marked reduction in bitterness.

Kopi Luwak had been known to be the most expensive coffee in the world due to its rarity and it could cost you between RM 100 to 400 per cup!!!!.I had never imagine animal dung could be that expensive.You can buy Kopi luwak either processed or raw bean (for your prosessing pleasure , ha ha) from ANIMAL COFFEE or you can go the following address in Jakarta to sample a cup of COFFEE LUWAK.

Pacific Place Mall LG No. 9
Jend. Sudirman St. Kav. 52-53
Senayan Village, Kebayoran Baru District
South Jakarta City, 12190

I had been to indonesia a couple of time but i had never come across KOPI LUWAK but i will definitely try KOPI LUWAK if i go to indonesia in the future.

Qoute of the day:-
"SHITS HAPPEN AND THEY ARE DARN EXPENSIVE"



Friday, June 19, 2009

1st time father

xplorer jr with her grandmother

I had a sleepless night yesterday as my baby refused to sleep.Being a father is more difficult than i think , the difficulty comes from the unpredictability of the baby and the fact that its more of an intuition kind of things rather than a straight foward common sense. Sometimes your baby will cry for no particular reason but i'm sure there is a reason for it , only it doesn't seem obvious.With a presence of a small baby around the house , my whole family including myself suddenly started conversing in baby talk , sayang became cayang,busuk became bucuk ,seorang became coyang,berak became biyak and much more.I'm not sure who in my family started this but seeing my baby make me geram, sayang dan rasa macam nak peluk kuat-kuat .Maybe this baby talk is a way of expressing your deep love towards your baby.I'm not sure if there is such thing as baby talk in other language.If there is maybe my readers can point it out.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paris

the louvre


Arc de Triompe
at the street of champ elysee facing arc de triompe


notre dame cathedral
Pont neufe

I went to paris for the first time in april 2008.I had been to europe before and i had imagine paris to be somewhat sofisticated and cultured.The immigration process was smooth and the immigration officer didn't ask a single question unlike in UK where they ask you a million question.Pick my rucksack from the conveyor belt and board the subway to GARE DU NORD change train at CHATELLE LE HALLE and then to MARNE VALLE(disneyland) . On my way to Gare Du Nord , i was looking for a perfect PARIS that i had always imagined it would be.Sadly it was "indah khabar dari rupa" , i had never imagined Paris to be like this . Honestly it was a bit dirty especially at Gare Du Nord but then you could find the same scenario at our PUDURAYA.I will not talk about my trip to EURODISNEY as i had touch about it in my posting earlier.

Only after spending 2 nights in EURODISNEY i started venturing paris on my own.The subway system was a bit confusing at first and it was quite efficient as you could literally get anywhere within Paris.Only after i had enter the touristy part of Paris like the LOUVRE , EIFEL TOWER , NOTRE DAME , CHAMP ELYSEE that i found the Paris that i had always imagined it would be, hip , trendy,cultured and full of arts.Eifel tower was very lovely especially during spring time and it was even better at night.There are two side of paris actually , if you visit Paris via a guided tour you will only see the perfect side of Paris, whilst venturing Paris on your own you will see the other side of paris.The other side of Paris is actually not that bad , but it tells you a different story of living in Paris.A story which tells you that life could be hard in PARIS.

I feel that the 5 days that i spent in Paris is not enough as there are so much to see and i had only covered Paris on the surface .

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Damnoen Saduak, Thailand floating market







I had actually lost count on how many time i had been to thailand , but rough estimate could be more than 15 times.Me and my wife love to go to thailand because of its food , culture and most of all because its cheap. RM 1000 could strecth you along way in thailand if you plan your journey properly.Damnoen Saduak (Thai: ดำเนินสะดวก, lit. Comfortable travel) is a district in central Thailand in the province Ratchaburi .This town is famous worldwide for its floating market.But sadly i could say that the real element of floating market is lost because it is too commercialized as a tourist destination.I can say that the total existance of the floating market is to cater to the tourist dollar but still it is a unique and memorable experience to ride on the small sampan amid the peddlers along the small channel.Riding on one of the khlong you feel as though you are being transported back in time but then you will feel that you are being transported back in the present after hearing the peddlers shouting "Sir , very cheap watch , cheap cheap , good good ".You can find almost everything here that you can find in any night market in thailand but bargain hard as things are almost double its price here.
Actually Damnoen Saduak is not only about the floating market , if you have time you should take the boat cruise which will take you around the village which is literally built on water . It is like being in venice but in small scale and hence the name venice of the east is given to Damnoen Saduak.
The below information is an excerpt from http://www.asiatravel.com/floating.html on how to get there
By Car: From Bangkok you can take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Rd.) and turn left at Km. 80 for another 25 kms. along Bangpae-Damnoen Saduak Rd.
By Bus: There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal. Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 06.00 hrs. onwards. Fare is around Baht 49 (one way) for air-conditioned (tel . 435-5031) and Baht 30 for normal buses (tel. 434-5558). The most suitable time to be at the market is from 08.00-10.00 hrs.
Arriving at Damnoen Saduak, you can either walk on the passage along the canal on the right hand side or take a both at the pier nearby to Floating Market area at the price of Baht 10 per person. Those who want to see all the three of the Floating Markets, Ton Khem, Hia Kui, Khun Phithak may hire a boat at the price of Baht 300 per hour. It is recommended that the fare should be settled before starting off.
The visit to this market, especially noted for its fresh fruits from surrounding orchards, can be combined with a tour of the great chedi in Nakhon Pathom or Rose Garden which is on the same route, the show time at the Thai Village in the Rose- Garden is at 15.00 hrs. and admission fee is Baht 190 per person. This trip can be arranged through a travel agency or tour counter in most of the hotels in Bangkok.