Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bangkok trip - tips and information

Been a loooong time since my last travel...
This time it's Bangkok!
Just thought I could share this few info with those who's planning a trip there.

Rabbit card

Used for travel on BTS skystrain system or other mass transit network. 
Just like our touch n go card.
200 bht on purchase with 100 bht credit inside.
50 bht - issuing fee (non-refundable) , 50 bht - card deposit (refunded on return of card)

Free local sim card
We got ours from tourist information center at the Don Mueang international airport.
* It contains free data plan for first 24 hrs.
Data plan is really handy for finding your way around and looking up travel info.

Itinerary planning tool
Discovered this website 
which I used for planning this Bangkok trip. Also available as mobile app.
It offers some very cool features like selecting from available attraction with coordinate, maps, opening hours and adding your customize itinerary if it's not available from selection. 

Bon voyage!~

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vivo American Pizza & Panini @ Aeon Bukit Mertajam

I was scouting out the new Aeon Jusco at Bukit Mertajam and stumbled across this new place - 
Vivo American Pizza & Panini. 
And you're right, OF COURSE I had to try it out!~

Located on the ground floor, opposite Secret Recipe

Welcoming interior and atmosphere

I actually visited Vivo twice in two consecutive weeks. 
That's HOW MUCH I enjoyed their food. 
Simply put: good food, affordable price and wide variety.

Here's a compilation of what I had on both visits.

Vivo salad RM8.90
I prefer their Caesar salad over this because of the dressing.
Still, their salad is clean very well so you won't taste any bitterness 
and the bread crumbs just make it all the more enjoyable.. 

Chamomile tea RM4.50 
Bonus: comes along with a yummy cookie

Ice lemon tea RM4.90 & Mango delight RM11.90
Their drinks are in bigger portion than most eateries and at a reasonable price too. Happy~

Cream of mushroom soup RM4.90
Lots of  mushroom chunks. Absolutely satisfying

 Classic Caesar salad RM9.90
Fresh greens, bread crumbs AND salty chicken strips!! Love love love.... 
Pardon the picture, only remember to take one when we were already half way through....hehe

 8" Smoked chicken BBQ RM13.90 
Thin crunchy crust with generous toppings. 
Because of the thin crust I can finish one on my own. MORE PLS!~

Creamy mushroom (vegetarian) RM14.90 
I'm not a fan of white sauce, but this is just nice (not too jelak) 
probably because of the mixture with tomato sauce and al-dente pasta PLUS endless portion of mushrooms
This is a dish you might want to share if you're a small eater.

 New York fish & chips RM18.90
When I saw this among the signature dish, I was like how good can a fish & chip be?? 
But, my sister HAD to try it out, so...
Well, turns out it is better than normal fish n chips.
The coating is crunchy but not burned, 
while the fish still maintains it's texture and flavour (no stinky fishy smell).
Still, I'd recommend other dishes, unless you absolutely must have fish and chip.

* Saw in several blogs that Vivo is giving out discounts/ promotion vouchers to guests who like their FB page on the spot until end of July 2014. 
Not sure how true this is, as I've dined there twice and the staff never mention....Kek sim >O<
 So, do ask and let me know ;)

 Vivo American Pizza & Panini
Address: G10, Ground Floor, Aeon Mall Bukit Mertajam, 
Jalan Rozhan, Alma, 14000 Bukit Mertajam Penang.
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Popular Book Fair 2014 - BookFest Malaysia, KLCC

The annual popular book fair is here again!
Still thinking whether to go or not, 
since I've already hoarded quite some books from various book fairs 
this year. Hmmm....

For those who's going, here's information on the Popular BookFest 2014.

BookFest @ Malaysia 2014 officially launches on 25 July 2014. The exhibition will open from 10 am to 10 pm daily starting from 26 July till 3 August 2014.

How much is the entrance fee? 
Admission is RM 2.50 per ticket. 
FREE admission is given to students 18 years old & below and senior citizens 60 years old & above.

Where is the venue?
Hall 1 - 5 (Ground Floor), Grand Ballroom & Banquet Hall, Level 3.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KLCC, Malaysia.

* Tips for first timers :) 
1. Bring light food and drinks to avoid going in and out of the hall
2. Carry a trolley or luggage bag if you intend to get LOTS of books
3. If you're travelling light, take the LRT to avoid long queue and looking for parkings.

Happy Reading!~

For more details, you can refer to the official websites:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reliving childhood memories at Kamo Homestay 容县七号 @ Sauk, Perak

Kamo homestay is a traditional wooden house located in a quiet village, 
surrounded by nature in their most original state.
Knowing it's on my "want to go places", J brought me there as a birthday trip :D

Kamo homestay has a few specialties: 
sunflowers, bicycles, nature and make your self at home concept.

The owner, Kamo, returned to his childhood home 
and made it into a homestay to share the beauty of his hometown with more people.

Easily spotted Kamo Homestay~ corner house and flying flag with it's logo

Greeted by blooming sunflowers

The owner, Kamo, greeted us and ask us to make ourself at home.
Which I happily did. :D
Dropping my bags, I went off to explore the place with my camera~

Backyard planted with various vegetables

Lady's fingers (okra), egg plant and tomatoes...

Wandering cat

With the blazing sun outside, it's surprisingly cool indoors. 
I think it's because of the wooden structure and super cooling cement floor. 
Reminds me of grandma's house. 

Kamo had quite an interesting collection of books available for reading. 
I couldn't bring myself to stop reading once I started >o<

kha kiak (wooden sandals). SO nostalgic!

Later that night Kamo and guests made sweet potato balls 
with the potato harvested from the garden

Shower which leaves a deep impression because there's no water heater.
Can't recall when's the last time I had cold shower bath, plus blowing night breeze.
Ahhh ~ crazy yet fond memory.

Our bedroom for the night. No bed, just wooden floors.
There's actually a mat for us to spread out, but we didn't notice it until checkout. Silly us!

Anyway, I didn't think I could sleep well, but surprisingly did. 
We even took a nap before heading out.

Our window overlooking a garden of wild flowers

Map by Kamo for guests to explore the surrounding by themselves.

And here's the mode of transport, if you prefer - bicycles for guests.
I love the idea of cycling to travel. 
But since I'm really bad at cycling, 
we only cycle around the town and explore further places by car.

The last day of our stay, Kamo was working in his garden.
He shared some gardening tips and tricks and gave us some seeds for my garden.

It was a wonderful stay and we felt at home.
Exploring the surrounding is fun, just staying "home" reading, 
talking with other guests or even doing nothing is great too. 

Can't believe I already missed this place~
For detail directions on how to get there and other info please refer to Kamo's website.

Kamo Homestay 容县七号

Location:   7,Kampung Baru Sauk, 33500 Sauk, Perak, Malaysia
Rate RM30 / night

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DIY hemp string hanging lamp

Wanted to make this lamp ever since I saw it on pinterest.
After a looong search, finally found the hemp string needed at Mr. DIY shop.

And so the project begins...

Have all the materials ready: 

1. Glue 
2. Hemp string
3. Balloon/ inflatable ball (It should be the size you expect the lamp to be)
* I chose balloon so I can control whatever size I prefer
4. Newspaper to avoid the mess
5. Something to station the ball ( I just taped it to a basket)

1. Rub glue on the hemp string part by part, and start wrapping it around the ball.
You can also get a disposable plate and dip the string in glue instead of applying it to the string by section.

2. After almost and hour of wrapping, the lamp shade is done!!
In case you're wondering why the balloon colour is different, 
the white 1 burst in the process and I gotta start over with a new one. T_T
That's the drawback of using a balloon I guess....

3. Leave the lamp to dry until the shape is fixed. 
I left mine for one day. Then deflate the balloon. 

4. Pull the light source through the centre and fix it.
(I just tie mine with the remaining hemp string)

For the light, you can get a ready cord set and just fix the bulb, 
or get the parts (wire, socket, bulb) and assemble them yourself. 

Finally, hang your lamp wherever it's intended. 
And voila!! A personalised DIY hemp string lamp is completed  ~
I'm very happy with mine and it all costs less than RM15