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Sarawak Trip

Sarawak Road Trip 1: To Sibu

and so let the trip begins!!

We begin our journey at Cats FM radio station. We have quite a number of  our own radio stations here like Red, X, Travel etc… and we even have our own version of MyFM, Hitz and Era FM.

The trip was in conjunction of Visit Sarawak Year, CatsFM as the official radio station for the event initiating it by visiting the Resident Office of the main town/cities. (Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang).

So first stop, Sibu off we go!! It takes 6-8 hours to reach Sibu from Kuching.

While on our way we had a brunch at Serian Town of Samarahan Division which is an hour drive from Kuching. The town is famous for durians. Every durian season, Kuchingites will flood this town for some stinky goodies.

Another one and half hour drive from  Serian, we reached Sri Aman, the capital of Sri Aman Division.  No, it’s not famous for roasted pigeons. People don’t come here to eat pigeons, tho it’s not a bad idea. lol It’s actually the Town of Peace.

very Peaceful indeed… this was taken on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm.  (ಠิωಠิ|||)

It’s been many many years since I last stepped in to this town. I remembered it used to be very crowded. I guessed either the crowd move to the new part of the town or most of them are either in other nearby cities or in overseas. Or maybe I went there during Tidal Bore Festive which explains the crowd

Oh, Sri  Aman is famous for Tidal Bore, it’s a phenomena where waves as high as 3 metres go against the current and up the stream. Every year surfers will come here and surf on it every May during the Pesta Benak (which lies on the 16th this year).

Here are two videos on the Tidal Bore Fiesta.

This one on the Tidal Bore.

And this one on the Fiesta. So gonna visit the Fiesta this year!! > v < but but I’m lazy to drive all the way there. (//・_・//)

Anyway, it was a short stopover at Sri Aman, we skipped Betong and Sarikei (which famous for it’s Crystal Pineapple) and head over straight to Sibu. 

It took another 4-5 hours to reach Sibu from here. The road from here on was rather smooth and I have a pack of Choki Choki from Sri Aman to accompany me > v <

Woohooo!! I like Chokis a lot! Basically I just love chocolates.  \(@ ̄∇ ̄@)/

Ehh I slept 80% of the road, so I apologize for the absence of the photos of the scenery and road.  Hahaha there’s more roads to go, so no worries (n˘v˘•)¬

Every trip took hours so basically we always ended up in the new place at night.

And being young and dangerous, our #YOLO CatsFM crusiers only search and book their hotels upon their arrival at the destination.  (ఠ_ఠ) It’s a bad move and you will soon know why soon.

Oh oh looked what I bought from Sri Aman!! :D Our childhood snacks and toys.. okay maybe just my childhood lol

#feelkenatipu #givemebackmymoney

Well, that ends our first day.

Coming up next: Sibu!! Morning Street Walk and the Hunt for Sago Worms!!

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Kelantan Trip

Look at Kelantan On 2 Wheels

First travel post of 2014!! :D

This time somewhere not too far from us but yet one of the least visited by us, Malaysians.

The Forgotten Kingdom, Kelantan.

:: First Impression of Kelantan::

This is my very first time to step on the east coast part of Malaysia >v< I have heard good stories about the place.  Good people and unique food. And I love food!

Upon arrival, the friendly people from Tourism Malaysia Kota Bahru brought us to a warong place inside the Kampung Kraftangan (Handicraft village) for lunch. What a good start XD.

Deep fried catfish and deep fried chicken.

It’s my first time to eat catfish and I can say it’s good and has a very unique texture. :D Well, I love fish. LOL The deep fried chicken on the other hand was very tender and not oily at all but actually I was hoping it was deep fried with lots of spices. hehe

They say do what the Romans do in Rome, so we eat what the Kelate people do in Kelantan XD and eat it their way. With hands.

Kinda tricky tho as the rice was very hot.  At times, I feel like I’m juggling the rice more than eating. hahaha

Check out the other dishes I had. I have no idea the names of the dishes here except the one on top left, it is called Budu. It taste a bit like fish sauce but with a bit of sourness and sweetness in it. Goes very well with rice. :D

After a good lunch, we went on for a Volkswagen Combi Ride. I love this van. So vintage and hippy!

*hippies’ signature tagline *

Actually, I wanna drive one and go for a road trip to Bangkok with my comic blogger buddies in KL!! hahah sounds like fun right? hehehe Any sponsors? LOL

We went to the beach for hi tea. We had Colek, the dish on the bottom left, it’s deep fried seafood served with a sweet chilli sauce with grounded peanuts. Very nice ^ O ^ but not as nice as the dish beside it.

Maggie Kari Ketam (Maggie Curry Crab), this one is pure awesomeness. The Maggie noodle was springy and curry was strong. :D And with the addition of crab.

Purrfect!! :3 I can eat this every day XD

Our tour guide told us, that the one I had wasn’t the best one in town. OAO !! I was like…

I wonder how good is the best one in town. Must really try it one day.

After the crab high tea, we rest a while before visiting a Honey “Museum”

Learned something new about the different types of bee hives and how unique and different are the one they have here. They even sell honeys here. If you’re a fan of honey, do drop by and have a look. ^ V ^

Dinner was served too.

The famous Kelantan Nasi Kelabu (top right). It actually tasted like Thai Southern Rice Salad. Not really that fancy it as I’m not fond to the grassy taste of it.

And no, they don’t eat owls. That’s just their pet like Harry Potter. Unchained and un-caged, the owl can move around as he wishes to. Awesome! I wanted to pet it but afraid it will peck me LOL

Just some shots of the street outside my hotel. It’s interesting where all the shops here have Jawi writings on it even the Chinese coffee shops. Hmm I think it’s the only state in Peninsular Malaysia with such practice?

Many outsiders who never visited Kelantan thought that pork is very hard to find in this state where 90% population are Muslim. I actually found one pork satay stall just by the road side and only few metres away from this Muslim mixed rice stall. I heard from the locals, there are even a market where pork are sold openly with other stalls and the local Muslim are okay with it. Suddenly, I feel home. ^_^

:: First Bicycle Ride ::

Our trip this time is very different as we gonna travel on 2 wheels. It’s been ages since I last cycled. It feels so good to back on 2 wheels.

I love having fresh natural wind blowing to my face~~

Okay, not this kind of natural air >_<

Along the way, there’s a few places of interest such as Batik workshop, and Kriss & Dagger maker workshop where they showcase the production/manufacturing of the products.

We also get to see Malaysia’s top Top-spinning players display their skills.

Interesting part is that the top can go on for one whole hour OAO

A River Fisherman and a Trained Monkey preparing some extra food and drinks for our lunch. :)

And here’s the other dishes waiting for us.

 Come guess which plate is mine?

Left or Right?

After that we went back to Hotel to be entertained with Shadow Puppet Show and Dik Barat.

Something different about the Shadow Puppet Show we had. Looks familiar right? hahaha that’s the famous Darth Vader and Storm Troopers. Modern touch to traditional show. ^_^ Tho the literal translation of the names into Malay language is kinda weird.

Imaging this..

On the other hand, Dik Barat is a very interesting performance tho where a bunch of guys will sit in a circle and sings their hearts out as if they trying to force the heart out of their mouth. Lol. All their veins can been seenon their face and neck when they sing. Something like this.

Something like a traditional type of Linkin Park.

Good show must comes with good food. :D And we had some really nice one that night.

That’s Potato Porridge on the top left. A weird but good combination. First time trying such mixture.

Super Duper sweet jelly dessert on the top right. Kelantan people or Kelate love sweet food. Most of their food are sweet and some like one-bite-can-get-diabetes sweet. Something different from what I expected. I always thought Muslim food are more towards spicy.

Oh that white looking dish on the bottom left is Laksa Kelantan. Very different from other laksa. Not sour, not spicy, not too milky too.

:: Second Bicycle Ride::

Another morning ride and I love this ride a lot. I get to cycle by the sea under shady tall coconut trees, with sea breeze, cows by the road side, and kids playing on the field. Ahh that peace and calm feeling…

It was a 30-45 minutes ride to reach homestay/fishing village. There’s a very old school store and I bought a Pulut manis (sweet glutinous rice with santan) from there (the one on the bottom left). Omg!! Very nice :3

Took a small walk around the village. We even found a small bomb shelter left from WWII there.  (top right photo)

Too bad it was monsoon, else I feel like …

But still sitting on the beach was good enough. After chilling for a while, we cycling back to the hotel before the day starts to get hot.

Later that day, the hotel arranged a high tea session with a cultural show for us. I saw this poor baby monkey there. Poor thing lost her mother, she died somehow, so the hotel people adopted it. It’s soo tiny. >_<

I had some local food while enjoying the show.

Took a walk by the beach before the sun sets. Missing 7 members of  my travel group, hence I replaced them with sea shells. Hope to see you all soon in 2014. >v<

Friends come and go but some you know they will be there for you when you in need of them even you do not meet them often, or contact often or have not even meet in real life before. > v <

Sometimes I find how friendship works is weird.

Food, food and more food. All the calories burned during cycling came back in an instant. After the relaxing walk by the beach. We went for a steamboat + seafood dinner. One word, yummy!!! Maybe because Kelantan (Kota Bahru) is located just next to the sea, so all the seafood were very very fresh. And I love seafood!!! (I’m a cat, duh)

Dropped by Wakaf Che Yeh (Che Yeh Night Market) before the night ends. It’s already 11pm at night and the place still very crowded. It’s basically like your night market in KL but opens until late night around 1am. I heard there’s another market which is located near the Thai border that has many Thai products * v *

Found Red bull selling at RM1 only hahaha super cheap tho the taste a bit dilluted. And that’s my Potong (cut) ice cream that cut off a long block of ice cream, champagne flavor.

Then, it started pouring..

Okay lar, at least it was not during our cycling session. hehehe

:: Last day ::

It was my last day in Kelantan. To complete the trip, one must really try their signature Teh Tarik Madu (Honey Pulled Tea).

Just look at the foams on the tea. How was it? AWESOME!!! :D Wasn’t as sweet as I expected it would be (which is good). My teeth can’t stand food or drinks that is too sweet.

The fish soup was good too. :D Seriously, a must visit!!

We dropped by a meat floss factory nearby and I met a friend over there who was the same color with my outfit fur of that day. Hahaha honestly I almost die as the weather was super hot and I was wearing long sleeve.

After that, we went to the last stop of the day and the trip, the famous Central Market of Kota Bahru, Buluh Kubu Market. I shoudn’t have taken a photo from the top as it was too mainstream. Should have thought of that earlier. >_<

Kelate people are warm and friendly, the food was unique and tasty but one thing I don’t like is they are selling turtle eggs in Kelantan. :(  Hopefully, this practice will stop one day in Kelantan before the turtles extinct (which they are going to).

It was a great few days in this forgotten kingdom. There are lots more places I didn’t manage to visit during this trip. Will visit again one day. If you thought of escaping the noisy and busy city of KL, you can try put Kota Bahru into consideration. ^^

They have homestay programs too if you’re interested in knowing more of Kelantan as a Kelate.

Nevertheless, a big thank you to Tourism Malaysia Kelantan and Air Asia for this wonderful trip.

AirAsia is flying to Kelantan daily from LCCT, KL and 3x per week from KK, Sabah. 

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Macau Trip

Air Asia Macau Trip Finale: My love, Portuguese Tart

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Honestly, I still miss the hotel room a lot T3T. Highly recommended for those who gonna visit Macau. Sheraton and Conrad Hotel is comfortable.

A few more stops to drop by before we going back to Malaysia.

Macau Tower Bungee Jump!

First stop, the famous Macau Tower and the location for the world’s highest bungee jump. A freaky 233 drop.

It was early so it’s rather quiet.

Haze from China :(

MonsterMiao VS Salted Egg Man

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My best travel mates ever.

An interesting sign I found on the glass of the tower. XD

Another floor up is an semi open deck.

Quite a cozy place to chill out.

Yes, this is where people pay one and half thousand to jump down from a tower. And it only takes 4 seconds to reach the bottom.

If you have no money, I provide free jumps without gears. XP Only from Miao XD

You can opt for the skywalk which is cheaper and less scary.

See! even kids join the fun.

but still it is very tall. O_O

Our Chingy here is the weird one.

And in a blink of eye…

she signed up.

See how happy she is. XD

Crazy Dragon Chingy.

This is the machine that gonna save the jumper’s life.

The best way to enjoy a friend experiencing suicide…is with a coke..not coca cola but..

Karma Coke.

Love the design of the bottle :D

and here she goes…

burning RM300 each second down. XP

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Post jump interview:

Me: How is it?

Chingy: Okay okay only. Not that scary. I wanna go other place and jump.

Me: . . . . . . . . crazy.

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*put the crazy Chingy a side* It’s time for Lunch!!

Miramar Portuguese Restaurant

Last Portuguese meal before we leave.

Olive!! I don’t like it hahahaah

The girls love it tho.

Salted Fish Mashed Potato. Like salted fish, it goes well with rice.

Salad! …with olives.

tomatoes, carrots, onions yay!!

olive …nay hahaha…

I believe this is beef. I don’t eat beef. Allergy.

Non halal!!!

Roasted piglet. Poor piglet, didn’t even had the chance to attend kindergarden.

I’m not really a pork person either hahaha..

OMG OMG!!! CRABS SALAD!!!!

C.R.A.B.S !!!!

a little sour tho because of olive =.= but still CRABS!!

I thought this will be favorite dish until..

this showed up. Seafood Porridge!!

Fish, Prawns….CRABS !!! OMG CRABS!! CRABS!!!!

One spoonful and you feel like you’re doing mud bath with seafood. Yums!!!

Can I have this for breakfast everyday? XP

Fruit Punch to end the meal.

We’re sooo full after the lunch, can barely move. What more to say about putting another spoon of food into our mouth.

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That’s what we thought. Then the tour guide told us she’s bringing us for Portuguese Tart.

What?? Heavenly Portuguese Tart!!!!!!??

What is “full”? No such word existed in my dictionary before. Lol lol

and off we went.

Located near Taipa, the Lord Stow’s Bakery. Freshly made Portuguese tarts! I bought like a dozen of it.

Portuguese Tart has always been one of my favorites. I don’t eat any other tarts beside portuguese tart.

So how could I wait any longer, right?

I took a bite straight after getting my tarts.

It’s Fabulous!! I think I can finish the whole one dozen on my own.

Soooo good!!!

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I think I had fall in love with the Portuguese tart. <3 Miss it soo much right now while blogging this.

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Taipa Houses Museum

Last stop of the day and the trip, the Taipa Houses. These houses used to be the admin offices during Portuguese colonization time. Glad they maintained and well kept the place. Now they are all museums and galleries. I think it would work great as cafe or restaurant too. hehehe

It’s quite a famous location for the locals to take wedding photos. That day we bumped into 3 different pairs/groups. And most of them looks very young, younger than me. In my cat opinion.

Why you all get marry so soon?? Even my readers are getting married one by one. O_O

You can see from the photo bus it’s actually drizzling and I took the photos in the rain. LOL

Just for you all. See how nice I am. XD So please comment, like and share my post. :P

After lurking around for a while, we were sent back to the airport. Good Bye Macau!

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Well that’s end of my trip to Macau. :D  Check out my other Macau post if you haven’t.

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If you’re interested in Macau, feel free to book your tickets now at AirAsia

and if you need data when you’re there, do check out TuneTalks Data plan. They have a few plans for you to choose from as Macau’s own operator data is actually rather pricey.

Beside of the good pricing from Tune Talk,  you can actually use the balance when you’re back in Malaysia, not wasting the money. XD

Thank you Macau Tourism, AirAsia and Tunetalk for this amazing trip! ^v^

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Stay tune for more trips.  Coming up next:

:: Cycling in the forgotten state of Malaya, Kelantan ::

:: Roadtrip across the Lost Kingdom of Sarawak ::

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