VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 12-13

The Friday (Day 12) morning was rather dull. I was waiting for 12.30PM on Friday to do my supervised ART before my departure to Singapore. I used an app to do the test.

On Saturday morning, I heated up the frozen glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom that I bought from Mandarin Oriental for breakfast. Check out the IG’s post below for the photograph of the gigantic glutinous rice. I should have put some chicken floss on the glutinous rice, but I did not because it seemed messy.

Supervised ART using CLEA app

I used the CLEA app to perform my supervised ART. Indeed, it is an easy app to do the test. The customer support team was friendly and spontaneously answered my questions. No issues to use the app for Malaysia and Singapore custom clearance.

The result came back about 2 hours later, and I downloaded the softcopy of the result. Also, I printed it out if the airport staff or immigration required them. Actually, the airport staff would check together with my vaccination details and flight booking information.

Tayar pancit

I was unfortunate on Friday noon when I was about to pick up the lunch takeaway from Mandarin Oriental, KL. I noticed it when I was about to lock the front gate of my house. The front tyre went flat, not totally flat, but you know it is something that needs to be fixed before continuing the journey.

Just nice, a group of workers from my neighbour setting up the automated gate. I went over and asked for the men to assist me further. A group of four strong men came over and checked out the tyre. And their Chinese boss came around too to check out if we needed other tools.

Blessed day

It was totally a blessed Friday. Without them, I would not know who else could help me. We spent an hour getting it fixed. I took four cans of drink, gave them, and thanked them. Next, we headed to the petrol station to add air to all the four tyres. According to my aunt, she did not do that for almost two and a half years.

Very late lunch

On Friday, there was another problem when I headed to collect my takeaway; the Mandarin Cake House at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur missed my paid orders. They made us wait for another 20 to 30 minutes to get the food ready. I wrote a review on Google review. My guess are they bo chap about any non-positive reviews because of being a 5-star hotel?

Their food is delish and generous in portions. My aunt and I shared the nasi lemak and the fried carrot cake with XO sauce as our late lunch. I like their sambal udang and rendang ayam.

On Saturday, I went to Aeon Maluri to takeaway my lunch, and I bought some pieces of bread for my Sunday breakfast before my departure. My aunt could not decide whether she wanted the burger from KFC or Texas Chicken. I guess she has not tried Texas Chicken before, so I suggested that we buy one each and share it. I let her choose the burgers based on her preferences. Read below for my food tasting.

Then, I went to one of my favourite bread shops, Lavender, which opened in Aeon Maluri. Sorry, I did not take photographs of the bread that I bought.

KFC Zinger burger vs Texas Burger

Food tasting: half of both burgers.

Last day of cooking

On day 12 dinner, I prepared the classic fried onions with eggs and the stir-fried cauliflower. It looked meatless, but we still have the overnight KFC fried chicken.

Here are a few more photographs that I took before I left KL.

Anna, bye-bye

KL skyline at night

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 3

My initial plan was to do banking on the third day; unfortunately, I had another task to do at home, and I postponed my plan to the following Monday. The morning clouds were quite beautiful. I took a photo of them from a different part of my house.

The day began with a big breakfast at home. My aunt told me to eat fruits and bread instead of having an empty stomach. I complied and prepared a cup of black coffee to go with the bread.

Cleared my stuff at home

Next, I began clearing off some of my stuff. First to let go was the secondary school’s magazines. It has been years sitting in the box, and I think no point in keeping those anymore. While flipping through the magazines, I found myself being part of the editorial board for 2002. I could not recall what I had done for it.

Next, I have a box of books to be donated or given away. However, I cannot do it this round. I will post them on Facebook before my next return to Kuala Lumpur again. I need more time to arrange for pick-up. I will put up other items too to give away. Maybe, I will post some books to be donated in Singapore too.

Also, I found my primary school’s pencil case. It was a luxury to have one last time because of the multiple compartments on the pencil case.

Next, I found the gift that I bought from Japan. I found a little deco at a small shop in Kyoto when I was there watching the sakura. It is sakura season now in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

I wish to travel to these places again and would love to travel with my loved ones and some friends. The interesting places, foods and things that we would like to do were growing in the Excel sheet during the Covid-19 period, and we added more whenever we watched the travel introduction on Youtube. But, now it seems to be a dream only.

The last items that I would like to share today are all the mobile phones I used in the past years. My current Malaysian number is not my first mobile phone number. I changed it a few times before that. I guess I have been using the same mobile number since 2003 or 2004. It has been almost 20 years.

Simple lunch, alone

I cooked myself a bowl of noodles with some fishballs in the afternoon before I resumed clearing my stuff. And, later I ate half of the Hawaiian chicken, personal pan pizza, and some mushroom soup from Pizza Hut brought home by my aunt.

The weather in Kuala Lumpur is scorching, so I tend to drink more water here to stay hydrated. This was the fourth adjustment I made when I was in Kuala Lumpur.

Prepare for dinner

For dinner, I tried to cook the ayam pongteh based on an online recipe. Refer to the link in the reference for the recipe. It was my second time trying this recipe. I saw my kitchen has a bottle of bean paste taucu; it is one of the ingredients for this recipe.

I lightly pan-fried the potatoes and the chicken before stewing them for a while to make the potatoes a bit softer.

The colour was quite dark because I did not have any measurement tools for cooking. I did not know how to agak-agak (estimate) the amount for the first time. In the end, I put too much bean paste taucu. I managed to balance the taste of this dish but not the colour.

Next, I found some beancurd puff in the refrigerator. So, I cooked mixed vegetables using the beancurd puffs, Chinese cabbages, wood-ears and some fish cakes.

The fifth adjustment was cooking with agak-agak (estimation) measurement and needed to remind me to add a bit of sugar to balance the savoury taste. My family uses salt, sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce in most dishes. When it comes to marinating the meat, I was told to add a bit of wine, fish sauce and sesame oil. I found the meat’s taste odd when the fish sauce was added, so I omitted it.

I took a rest after dinner and did not continue with clearing my stuff. Before sleep, I would watch some news, which I would not do in Singapore, while drying my hair before going to sleep.

Reference

DePizza

The Nasi Lemak Pizza, a locally inspired, nasi lemak favor pizza. You can try this pizza at DePizza, which situated next to the Singapore River at Raffles Place. The restaurant is on the second floor facing the Singapore River.

The pizza comes with sambal paste as the sauce base of the thin crust pizza. So, it is a little bit spicy for some of the people. It topples with cucumber slices, some chicken meat, slices of an egg, and some anchovies.

According to a food blogger, the homemade sambal sauce was impressive, that is quite okay. The blogger mentions that “the fragrance of the pandan and coconut cream was also strong enough to cut through the denser cheese.” I did not entirely agree with it because I did not get the taste of having some coconut cream together with sambal paste. (Reference: https://sethlui.com/depizza-singapore-fusion-pizza-singapore/#ixzz661WzpCKA)

I am not sure whether the cheese has overtaken the pandan and coconut cream smell. Besides that, the waiter took very long to serve us the Nasi Lemak Pizza. I think they need to improve their services a lot.

We ordered the mushroom-based pizza that is most likely is a vegetarian Additional order is the truffle fries. The texture of the fries is quite hard, maybe it deep-fried too long. It did not taste good, and it was such a waste with truffle on top of the fries. Maybe, if you can find a pizza crust from the supermarket, you can do it yourself at home.

This experience made me recall the days when I was in Tasmania, where I bought the pizza dough and made my pizza. If I can find the thin pizza crust from the supermarket, I am sure I can try to make a pizza with my oven. It is because the ingredients used to make these pizza seem to be simple, just like the mushrooms pizza below. I quite like this pizza as compared to the Nasi Lemak pizza.

Address: 35A Boat Quay, Singapore 049824

Chic-a-boo

A fried chicken fast food chain by Aston. It offers some tender fried chickens, burgers, sides and set meals. In the set meal menu, it offers a combination of fried chicken and fish. Although, it may look odd walking into a fried chicken fast food chain and order the fried fish, the combo gives customers an option of instead just having fried chicken only, customers can choose to have 1 piece of fried fish.

I did not order this combo set, I ordered the 2-pieces fried chicken. On the menu, it is stated that we cannot choose which part of the chicken we preferred. It is all by your luck, maybe or what the kitchen can do is preparing the fried chickens with randomly picking up them from the tray or they can also go by its fried chickens’ weight? Hey, who is so free to weight them.

The set meal comes with a bottle of your preferred soft drink or mineral water, then 2-pieces of fried chicken which cannot choose the preferred parts and 2 preferred side dishes. I chose the potato wedges and I found that Aston’s potato wedges are nice than Chic-a-boo’s ones. But, I thought they should have used the same type of potato wedges or same suppliers. The coleslaw is just nice, not a really great one too. I was too full to finish up the coleslaw, anyway.

In my next visit in the future, I would love to try the chicken burgers which come with 2 favours to choose from, the black pepper or the chicken mayo. From the picture I took from my colleague who ordered the burger, it looked so promising with the thick fried chicken meat. At least, I get to eat all the meat without having to think about which part of the chicken I am eating.

Let us look at the size of the bun and the size of the fried chicken meat. It is a huge comparison, is it? I can try this burger anytime as Chic-a-boo has several outlets in Singapore.

Late June Kaohsiung Trip

I just came back from my first visit to a Chinese country and this trip is to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It was a four days three night trip with a group of colleagues and their family. The flight departed from Singapore in the early morning at 6.00am on Thursday. I went to the airport earlier with thought I can spare some private time at the Jewel Changi. Well, it was really private and quiet as most of the stalls were closed. Huh, it was not a 24-hour mall at all. What a miss!

Well, Pikachu is going to have its dance shows coming soon at Jewel during weekend, maybe I can plan a trip down to Jewel to catch some good pictures and watch the show.

Back to my trip, I hope I can quickly write up all the 4 days, unlike my Busan-Seoul solo trip last year which I did not manage to write all about it. I will try to keep it simple with more pictures because I did not manage to get the names in English and I do not write Chinese. Yep, bear with me if my pictures come without description.

Default picture from the Kaohsiung International Airport. The airport is not big at all and nothing much within the complex. We did not spend too long at the airport after clearing the immigration and waited some of them to get their sim cards for their mobile phones. There is a Family Mart convenience store and foreign currency exchange there at the arrival hall.

Our organizer has arranged the airport transfer, so the coach was waiting for us outside at the parking lots. Shortly, we headed to our hotel, The Lees Boutique at Wufu 1st Road, Xinxing District.

Since we arrived earlier than the check-in time, we did not manage to load our luggage into our hotel rooms. We left the hotel and headed to our first activity of the day. We planned to play for half a day at E7Play which is located at Lingya District, Sanduo 1st Road. We headed there by using Uber. In Taiwan, they are using Uber, there is no Grab.

Before the game started, my group had our first Taiwanese lunch at Dan Dan Hamburger, a fast food chain which is originated from Kaohsiung. We tried some of the set meals and it shared among 5 people. One of the meals we tried was the mee suah. It is quite delicious, peppery and starchy, even without putting the chilies sauce, it is already well tasted and quite filling for myself with a drink.

Then, we hit the games within this complex. It was kind of shocked when our driver said “huh, anything nice to play there?” 😅 Well, I ended up learning well with anyhow throw the darts, anyhow roll the balls down the lawn and anyhow play snooker.

After few hours later, finally we prepared ourselves back to the hotel to wash up and get ready for our night event, the buffet dinner at Hi-Lai Harbour. It is located at the level 43 of the Hi-Lai Grand Hotel, Chenggong 1st Road, Qianjin District. One of my colleagues took a nice picture of the sunset facing the sea from our tables.

The buffet dinner on the weekday is quite affordable and area is quite crowded too. The selections of food are good and always replenished. I loved their roasted beef and ham, Sashimi section and their soups. The seafood is one of the recommended dishes too and you can find different types of seafood available at the counters. Free flow for drinks, any kind of drinks basically and they served a great range of desserts too.

After a great dinner, it is always nice to spend some time walking around before heading back home. So, our first night, we went to Shinkuchan night market. It is a place where we started to crazily shopping around for beauty products and etc. I tried to look for clothes and shoes but in vain. It is not my style and quite limited outlet. I was a little disappointed because I thought it was something like those in Myeongdong, Seoul or the night markets in Bangkok, Thailand.

After the shopping spree, we walked back to hotel. It was a tiring night because I did not really sleep for the day before the departing time. The hotel bed was waiting for me! One thing I wanted to share, probably it was something that I did not know why, the air conditioner in the hotel was not really cold during the night even we lowered to 24 degree.

It is summer, so warm and yet the air-cond did not able to help to cool down ourselves. I am not sure if this is an unique thing about Taiwan that they do not on the air-cond in such low degree even during summer season. Are they used to it already or is it something to do with environmental concern?

Dinner at Pasar Malam

Since there is a pasar malam at Tampines Central and I invited my friend to come over after her working hour to join me for dinner and a drink to talk about our lives. I suggested her to have dinner at few restaurants in Tampines Mall and Tampines One. And, in the end, we chose to pick some local food from the pasar malam.

Ramly Burger
It has been umpteen years I did not eat Ramly burger. It is not an healthy food. I do not even remember when was the last time I tried the Ramly burger when I was a student in my home town, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

There are two stalls, one at each end, selling the Ramly burger and we simply chose one which ended up queuing for more than 30 minutes to get 3 burgers. The cook prepared the burgers in batches, each batch his team and himself can prepare 32 beef and chicken patties.

Takoyaki
Next, we bought six takoyaki with mixed favours. Somehow, I feel this takoyaki does not worth buying at all.

Thai Milk Tea
It is not as sweet as the normal Thai milk tea we usually can get from the Thai restaurants or those stalls in Bangkok, Thailand. It is slightly diluted and I find it just nice because I do not take much sugary food.

That night, our topics of gossip included stories about our normal day to day lives, work and people. Interestingly, I shared about someone I liked again (I used to like). Since, I was quite busy with another project and my previous group of teammates have not been making their stories about the client and me, things seemed back to normal. Moreover, the family trip with my friends to Tasmania and Melbourne in September gave me a strong influence that I need to find someone into my life. I am grateful the illusions and feelings which confused me back in August to October has gone. Although, I have been opened up to look a guy, a life partner after joining a seminar organized by the New Creation Church for Singles, I think it is something I can slowly work it out.

Old Chang Kee

Old Chang Kee, Chicken Porridge.

When it comes to the old label, Old Chang Kee, many of us surely tried all their fried food especially their curry puff. I like their curry puff too, occasionally we will order it for party or any other occasions. Also, I love the Old Change Kee, chicken porridge with the yau tiao. It is a breakfast set and always sold-out early.

The porridge is well tasted but I feel it would be better if they can adjust the amount of the white pepper in the porridge or put it as an option for people to add it if they want to at the counter.

The hot porridge mixes well with sesame oils and white pepper and eat it with the yau tiao, a Chinese fried dough, as you can see the long fried stick on top of my porridge. Dip the yau tiao into the porridge and it will become soften, easy and delicious when you bite it. It is a filling porridge or breakfast meal which it worthy to buy for breakfast and you can have late lunch.

Yoshinoya Hanamaru

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon
Address: Lot T-015B, Level 3, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was at Mid Valley on the 2nd day of the New Year with two other friends. It was a public holiday in Malaysia. My friend introduced this Japanese restaurant to us when we were asking for a location for that night’s dinner. It is located next to the Muji store at the 3rd floor center court.

My friend and his friend wanted to try this restaurant sometimes ago but it was full house. During our visit, we waited a while for a table for three people. I went to this restaurant again a week later, when two of my Singaporean friends came down to Kuala Lumpur for weekend. My friend wanted to have Japanese food and her boyfriend suggested to try this Japanese restaurant too!

The Yoshinoya offers the rice selection and the Hanamaru offers the udon and tempura on their menu. On both visits I tried their udon selection instead of the rice because I do not find the rice selection is attracting.

First visit, I tried their on of their udon on the specialties menu, Mentaiko Mayo Bukkake. Mentaiko mayo, the cod roe mayo is quite commonly used as sauce for udon and pasta in some Japanese restaurant. It comes with soup and dry version. For this first try, I tried their dry version, while my friend’s boyfriend tried the soup version on my second visit. Both of us gave our thumb up!

I love the mentaiko taste which goes well with the plain udon and it does not require to add extra sauce as it has a strong taste, a little salty, savoury. They put quite a generous amount of the mentaiko mayo to mix with the udon. My friend asked me if a bowl of udon would be enough for me as dinner. Initially, I thought it would not, but I was wrong, the mayo can make my stomach feel filling and the udon is thick, springy and generous amount.

I recommended to my Singaporean friends to try during my second visit to this restaurant a week later for our lunch in Mid Valley. Her boyfriend said the same thing and to him, it is worthy to eat here.

The second udon which I tried Tori Dashi Udon from their standard menu. And, I made a wrong choice because the clear and plain soup is tasteless. Their soup broth is made of dried kelp and sardines, so I wonder why the soup can be tasteless. Besides that, the shredded chicken meat are tasteless too, I feel it would be great if I added some soy sauce to make the whole bowl of udon tastes better. This udon needs some improvement.

I tried the chicken karaage, the common Japanese fried chicken and it is just alright for my taste bud. I saw another table was having 4-5 chicken karaage on their plate. My friends tried their tempura too. The price for the fried stuff is not expensive.

The restaurant serves drink as well and you can check out the drink counter at the center of the restaurant, otherwise, the Japanese green tea available too. The food may look small in portion but it is still filling with other add-on from the counter. This Japanese udon restaurant seems like a fast food restaurant. I am not sure if this restaurant is an Halal restaurant or not and they do have Malay people eating in this restaurant.

I feel thankful to have two groups of great friends trying out food with me over this weekend. Thank you so much for my friend who introduced this Japanese restaurant and then I recommended my Singaporean friends to try the same restaurant too. Also, thank you for my Singaporean friends for the lunch treats. If time permitted, I will try the similar concept restaurant in Chinatown, Singapore!

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Just like normal Sunday, we will head out for lunch especially whenever I am back in KL. It is more convenient for me to settle my lunch outside and get prepared to leave for Singapore. One of the choices is the Pizza Hut. We ordered the set lunch for two persons which consists of a bowl of spaghetti, a pan pizza, a side dish and two mushroom soups.

Their Chicken Bolognese is very delicious, saucy and rich. I like it and will prefer the pasta to be cooked al-dente.

The side dish for this visit, we are able to try something new from Pizza Hut. They offer the creamy fondue with garlic bread. It looks pretty good with the presentation. The creamy fondue is rich and it goes well with garlic bread. Eating the garlic bread alone, do not have much taste, unlike the traditional garlic breads.

Address: 52, Jalan Jejaka, Taman Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pizza Hut

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, I went to the Pizza Hut to grab my late lunch with my aunt. We bought two sets of combo 2 which consists of a personal pizza and a bowl of mushroom soup. It costs MYR7.90 for this promotion combo set.
Pizza Hut
We chose chicken sausages and sliced chicken for our pizza.

It is really a simple pizza with chicken sausages and chicken ham, cubed pineapples and different sauces. The mushroom soup which I think could be instant mushroom soup and it is thick.

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