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Sunday, April 20, 2014

6/4/14 Brew 32 Coffee House, Georgetown

A weekend visit to one of the most popular cafe in town. 

Say Hi to "Yu Fah" if you're passing by the area! She will be waiting for you near the entrance. 
*if you watched old HK comedy movie before, you'll know what I mean* 

The interior. Sorry for the bad lighting, not sure what was causing the vertical flash lines.

Durian Crepe, RM12.90
This is the first time I've ever found a durian crepe in Penang. Unfortunately, I don't like it. Some how it doesn't seem to hit the spot. 

Bailey's Caramilk, RM10
A milk beverage with a hint of alcohol in it. Again, my first time seeing alcoholic milk beverage. I like the aromatic smell it has. Worth trying. 

Iced Chocolate, RM10.90
Nothing special. Normal.

Iced Blended Vanilla, RM10.90
Lack of taste. Sad.

Rating | 6/10
This is a rating from a non-caffeine drinker because none of us tried their caffeine drinks. I think the beverages were just average, nothing special and wasn't really that great. There's not much seating available for groups either. Environment wise, not much to say either because there's more places that offer better theme than this one.

No.32, Jalan Green Hall, 
10200 George Town, Penang
Phone | 012 - 400 9633
Opening Hours | Sunday to Thursday 10.30am - 10.30pm
Friday & Saturday 10.30am - 12am

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5/4/14 Hiking to Muka Head LightHouse

Hiking was actually on my to-do list. So, yeah, I can tick that off! It's a very rewarding journey I must say. There's this thing that boggles my mind though. 
What's the difference between trekking and hiking?

Well, lucky for you. I've got the answer with the help of google and if you're wondering too, here is the answer. 
Hiking is an outdoor activity of walking in beautiful natural environments on pre-charted paths called hiking trails. There are day hikes and overnight hikes. 
Trekking is a long journey be undertaken on foot in areas where there are usually no means of transport available. Trekking is not necessarily mountaineering; it is walking for a number of days, usually on uncharted paths, in challenging environments which are likely to be hilly or mountainous.
So, I think it's right that we assume we had hiked for few hours. 

The beach view at Taman Negara entrance

Geared up and ready for hiking!

Trail guide for visitors



and after an hour, we have reached the Monkey Beach

It's important to bring sufficient water if you're there! If you don't, don't worry, they do sell drinks along the beach including big ass mineral water bottles.

People and their gadgets nowadays. LOL
Just love the effect of the GoPro camera

Had a long rest at the beach before we started our hiking journey again, to the Muka Head Lighthouse which was 30 mins away from Monkey Beach. The journey from the entrance to the beach wasn't really that tiring but the one from the beach to the lighthouse was.... overwhelming. I can't feel my legs after all the stairs. There wasn't much people going up there either. Only saw 3 other people when we reached. It was already afternoon and I guess it's not the best time to be on top of a hill but luckily it was cloudy that day. We were a bit worried about it raining but thankfully it didn't either.

And we chilled at the top of the mini lighthouse for awhile. Enjoyed the view and the breeze. 

The view inside the lighthouse was quite beautiful. I didn't notice it until I checked the pictures online and saw many people actually took photo with this window. I probably was too occupied with climbing the stairs so I didn't notice my surrounding. I decided to follow the norm and do the same thing. 

It's a refreshing activity to do during the weekend. Would love to hike again if I had the chance. To Pantai Kerachut next time! 

3/4/14 Eastern Wishes, Bayan Lepas & Coffee Element #2, Ayer Hitam

Here's a funny story. I actually planned to eat at Eastern Wishes for a really long time. And for two times when I wanna eat there on those fateful night, it's closed. They're closed every Monday, and I do my best to forget that. Maybe it's the effect of Monday blues. But finally, I can haz them foooddddddssssssss! If you don't know already, I simply love Thai foods! 

Tabtim Grob, RM3.50
When I first heard about the comments from my friends, I have mixed feelings about it. Some of my friend say it's terrible, some said it was really good. When I tried it, I thought it was great and I understand why some people don't like it. It's because of the jack-fruit taste. I actually wouldn't choose to eat jack-fruit even if it's sitting in front of me but this isn't half bad. 

Cendul, RM3.50
Sorry for the diluted cendul picture. They put a lot of brown sugar and it was a little too sweet for me. If you're in Penang, there's like an overflowing number of great cendul out there.  

Seafood Tomyam Soup, RM20
A must try at every Thai restaurant, IMO. Though it is a little too spicy for me to handle, still worth a try.  

Sambal Petai, RM13
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One of my favourite dish! Can't get enough of these! 

Crispy Black Pepper Squid, RM16
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I have a habit to look at foursquare's tips before I do the ordering and this dish was super recommended. It doesn't look appetizing and it doesn't look like the normal fried squid that we have eaten before... but wait for it... Oh, you're in for a surprise. You don't know how crispy and tasty this is. I've never tasted anything like this! Do try this in your next trip to Eastern Wishes and you'll be grateful for this. 

Vietnam Pork, RM18
I find the pork quite heavily coated with flour which I didn't like. Taste-wise it's sweet and fragrant with serai fragrant. Although it looks really red, it's not spicy. 

Rating | 7/10
Overall, I think just one dish won my heart over, that is the crispy black pepper squid which I think is one of a kind. For the others, it was just a little above average. The restaurant was crawling with people and was quite popular with the locals. I guess it's a common place for everyday dinner. 

i-Avenue (1-1-49), 
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Phone | 04 - 641 0191
Opening Hours | Tuesday to Friday 11am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm 
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm 
Closed on Monday

After dinner, went for dessert! We actually wanted to go to Fa Guo Shan but for some reasons... it's closed down that day. My luck with closed shops... But afraid not, there's still a lot of place to hang out in All Seasons Place and we went to Coffee Element as I was determined to go back there again to try their chocolate drinks and also the other cakes. 

Read my first visit & review of this place in this link

Royal Dark & White Chocolate, RM12.50
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The chocolate was actually sitting on top of the table next to the cashier and it caught my eyes. I didn't knew it was my "chocolate drink", I thought the chocolate was for sale, like take-it-and-go way but it's not.

The concept is special I think because I've never had a hot chocolate that actually needs me to melt chocolate into a hot cup of milk. The chocolate is of course handmade. The experience was new and the beverage was more than what I had expected. Love it to the max! Give it a try if you're really into chocolate drinks. 

Orange Lemon Meringue, RM8.50
Yet another orange flavoured cake on the menu. Love the citrusy taste especially in the cream. 

Oreo Cheesecake, RM?? 
Not sure if I like their cheesecake. The cake was too hard and jelly-like for my liking. Taste wise... it's Oreo... Uh.. yeah.

I really like the fact that this place doesn't serve mille crepe like most of the cafes in Penang. Plus, how they serve their chocolate drink is a plus for me too. 

All Seasons Place (6G-2-17 & 6G-AF2-17), 
11500 Air Itam, Penang
Opening Hours | Monday to Thursday 10:30am - 11pm 
Friday 10:30am - 12am 
Saturday 08:30am - 12am 
Sunday 08:30am - 11am

Sunday, April 13, 2014

25/3 Twelve Cups, Georgetown

It's my second time there and was there again for their mille crepe after our dinner at Kapitan in town.

With Aleena, Yee Vern, and Sherlyn

This blog post is going to be really short. Again. 
Wow, I'm getting so good at being bad at writing blog entries lately. 

Hokkaido Chocolate Crepe, RM10.50
It was the most recommended mille crepe and I have to admit, ordering this was not a mistake. Definitely one of the best flavour I've ever tasted. 

French Vanilla, RM10.50 
However, this was a let down. Just ordinary.

Rating | 7/10
A good place to hang out if you want to be out till late because not many cafes close down this late (12am). Also a good place to chill out with friends in town. The only down point of this place is the limited parking. 

12, The WhiteAways Arcade, 
Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Malaysia
Phone | 04-262 6812
Opening Hours | Monday to Sunday 10am - 12am

And that's it, gonna end this post with a selfie. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Love's birthday X Antipodean, Bangsar

It's Thursday night... and it's just a few days to go till his birthday. I wasn't planning on going back to Selangor for it.. (which I think is quite mean. Only realizing it when I typed this down) until Weng Seng told me that he's driving back to KL after his work on Friday. Opportunity has presents itself right in front of my goddamn door. Suddenly, the urge to follow him back becomes so strong that I just decided to just do it. I'll follow him back and celebrate the big boy's birthday. The only problem was that, I told my dear that I wasn't going back to celebrate his birthday with him and there was going to be no surprises (at least, that's what I thought at that time). He made plans and I (would rather not think that I) had screw up his plans for the weekend. 
As a girl, I was a bit emotional for awhile and got into a very conflicted state with myself because of the last minute transportation problem and also about his plans. In the end, I did it anyway. I went back to see him. Even though he complains about my last minute changes (which actually discouraged me to go back), he still told me to just come back and that is that. 

Thanks to Weng Seng for the ride home. It was a 5 hour drive from Penang to KL. I was lucky because I actually slept right through the journey.

It was already 11pm plus when he arrived to fetch me from WS's house. 
It's been a long time since I last felt that nagging feeling to want to meet someone that badly. Being apart for a month physically. It wasn't our first time being apart for a period of time. It's just that I took it easier last time because we just started officially dating when he left for work in Singapore. I tried to occupy myself with things to do during the weekend so that I don't feel that awful. I've always spent my weekend with him, almost every week. It felt weird without him next to me on a Saturday or Sunday for a month. It feels so darn good to finally being able to feel a loved one's warm touch or embrace after I've been alone for some time. Butterfly fluttering in my stomach constantly on that night.

Wow, I make it sound like my 1 month = 6 months. 
I'm just feeling a little poetic and romantic today, so bear with me although it's not my usual style. 

We went to Antipodean for some healthy brunch. It was almost 11am when we ordered our food, thank goodness we made it just in time before they change the breakfast menu. 


Menu on the wall. Be sure to take a good look at it before you sit down! I noticed that the waiters some times get pretty impatient when waiting for us to order but they do it in a polite way, which was acceptable and understandable. The place weren't too big so there were limited seats available and obviously, not enough for a weekend morning. Though the queue for a table for two definitely requires less waiting time. 

A weird photo of the counter/the interior. I'm sorry for the bad picture.

Food arrived quite fast. We were preoccupied with taking pictures, maybe that is why it didn't feel like we were waiting much.

Eggs Malborough with Salmon, RM23
I ordered egg benedict originally, but I guess they heard wrongly. Despite that, I didn't regret they made that mistake though. I love salmon, it wasn't too salty like how I was afraid it would. I just love the runny egg texture on the bread with the combination of slightly salted salmon. Oh nom nom nom.

Big Breakfast, RM20
Almost every table has this big platter of goodness. Even though it looked ordinary, it doesn't taste ordinary. Well, unless you're a superb cook at home, so in that case you can do this at home. I was falling head over heels for the mushrooms and mash potatoes! The scrambled egg was fluffy and no overpowering butter taste, just how we love it. 

Rating | 9/10
I heard the place was overrated but I don't think so. It's definitely a good place to spend on eating healthy and delicious food!

20, Jalan Telawi 2, 
59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Phone | 03-2282 0411
Opening Hours | Sunday to Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday to Saturday 8am-11pm

How lucky for ME and how unlucky for HIM to have our car parked in the alley near Dipndip. Have been craving so much for the super melty triple chocolate on crepe ever since my first and last visit.
So much for dieting. Hahaha!

Incredibly irresistible selfies of ourselves. Haha!

After our brunch and dessert, we went to do a little shopping and a quick meet up with some friends. Took a polaroid group picture but too bad, I didn't take a picture of that polaroid picaz! 

Finally, our last place of the day. Burgertory. Celebrating with his family.

A very special fuwa fuwa birthday buns for the birthday boy! 

All I can tell you is, a lot of pictures were taken that day until he got fed up with it!
No pictures of the burgers were taken with my phone though. But I swear, the burgers were incredible. I'm definitely going back there again for some super awesome juicy burgers and definitely do a review on it.

The DIY birthday card given with his gift which is a GoPro. 
He's been talking a lot about it for as long as I can remember, decided to assemble an "army" to buy it for him. 

I'm very glad that you loved it dear, although you kinda spoil your own surprise. Well, at least you were speechless when the surprise was spoiled. Guess it's not completely ruined. Have fun with your little toy and remember all of us every time you use it. Hahaha!

Hope you had a great time for your birthday this year. Well, of course you did, I mean how many celebrations have you had thus far? A number far greater than an ordinary human I bet. LOL. Instagram says it all. 
I hope everything goes well in your way and may there be heaps of happiness befalls on you every single day. 

Thanks for sending me off on your birthday although I feel reluctant to. 
See you again soon! Which is in... a few weeks time. 

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