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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gold Coast: Whale Watch


June to October is the best time to go whale watching. Since we were going on the month of August, we grabbed this opportunity to add whale watching into our lifetime experience. Although I must say, the price for this experience doesn’t come cheap. We took the combo ticket which includes the whale watch and one time entry to Sea World.


We were strongly advised to take the sea sickness pills to prevent us from getting, well, sea sickness as wind was pretty strong that morning. And hell, I was so regret! That stupid pill caused me extreme drowsiness for the entire day! I think even the real sea sickness wouldn’t be that bad. We need to be really concentrated and focused because the whales might leap up the surface anytime but my eyes were so heavy! I tried so hard to stay awake because I didn’t want to miss a single thing!


During the 3 hours cruise, we managed to watch a couple of whale’s movements which they termed it as “the blow”, “tail slap”, “tail lifts” and “breach”. A lucky day for us indeed :) But sadly, the drowsiness ruined my whale watching experience a little :(

The cruise terminal is located beside Sea World. So right after the whale watch, we entered to the Sea World since we were there already. But my memories about Sea World were all blurry as I was drowsy, drowsy, drowsy all the way…. @@ My knees were so weak, I swear I could sleep on the floor or anywhere I don’t care! What left in my brain was the picture of the happy dolphin face, the handsome jet stunt performers and … fish and chips?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gold Coast!

What are the first 5 words that come across your mind when you hear Gold Coast?

My answer is - sun, sea, sand, beach and bikini.

The 5 words spell S.U.M.M.E.R H.O.L.I.D.A.Y! But instead of summer, we opted to experience the winter in Gold Coast. Reason is simple – because we get to experience summer all year long in Malaysia. Haha!


But if you are a hard-core beach bum, I’d say summer is definitely the best season to visit Gold Coast. In fact, I wished it was summer during our visit there because their beaches are so amazingly gorgeous! Crisp blue water, soft sandy beach… a good opportunity to flaunt your bikini and abs! :D Well actually you can still swim and hangout by the beach in your skimpy bikini during winter as the temperature in the afternoon is pretty comfortable. Around… 21 Celsius? And it’s pretty sunny too.


But for us Asian or rather, Malaysian, it might still be a little bit cold for us to go out in a two-piece. Speaking of that, we looked silly walking down the street in our thick jacket and jeans while the locals there were in their sleeveless tops and shorts! From what I experienced, the weather in Gold Coast during August (end of winter) is:

Morning – cold

Afternoon – warmer and sunny with strong wind

Night – very cold. Even colder when the wind blows.
Brrrr… 4 seasons in one day, as they called it.



I’m amazed at the fact that they can still preserve the most beautiful side of their beaches when they have millions of tourists flocking in every year. There is surely a reason why it is one of the best holiday destinations in the world :)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Surprise Bel!

“The pump you brought is not working!”

“F*ck, why these balloons are so hard to blow??”

“Ok stop laughing! Keep blowing!”

“This is my first blow job ever!”

“My brain is out of oxygen…(panting)”

These were the scenarios during the setting up progress! Lol!

Nothing fancy though, just some balloons on the floor and a cake.


Looking at the Bel’s surprised and teary face, it was all so worth it! Oh yes, that silly girl cried the moment she entered the room and saw the cake with 29 candles lighted on it :)

….or maybe she cried because she was thinking “WTF? After all these years, all I got was a cake and some lousy balloons. The balloons somemore cannot float in the air one!”

Lol! But I’m pretty sure she was genuinely touched and happy, and it was rather out of her expectation because her actual birthday was 3 weeks ago.


We love you Bel! Many hugs!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Girls just wanna have some fun!


BFF

Bikini

Chicken Rice

Durian Cendol

Mille Crepe

Satay Celup

= The ultimate food-and-fun girlfriends weekend getaway to Melaka!


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Because the excitement, the fun, the bonding... is simply indescribable!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bali: Must go!

There are simply too many fine dining restaurants and posh hangout places in Bali with prices that won’t make your jaw drops. ‘Affordable luxury’ is the best word to describe. If I were to plan a short getaway for birthday or anniversary celebration, Bali will definitely be in my top list!

Because I would loveee to go back to these few places :

Sardine Restaurant


Meal with a green paddy field view! Or so we thought… because the paddy was harvested! So what’s in front of us was a big brownish pond instead of nice & tall paddies. There were some "greens" left for us though… the grass on the side, yes thank you.

Ignore my lame pun because the actual fact is, the view was lovely even without the green paddies. The decorations and lightings along the paddy field set a tranquil and relaxing ambience. They also have the best background music – insect sounds. Real one! Add in some random froggy’s croaks and there you go, the best nature music.

Sardine has definitely brought my dining experience to another level. They made our first dinner in Bali a very memorable one.

P/s: The usherer/customer service (not sure what her job title is but definitely not a waitress) was so pretty and hot! Candy for the eye, hehe :P

Pp/s: Come to think of it, we can actually do something like Sardine in Malaysia! For an instance, at Sekinchan! Loads of paddy field there. Investor investor, where are you??

Rock Bar


We queued 2 hours for this!! There is a price (and time) to pay for good stuffs. Rumour has it that the queue usually starts at 4pm. So it’s wise to be there early if you don’t want to miss the sunset time or if you want to skip the long queue, be their hotel guest! By the way, Rock Bar is located inside Ayana Resort and Spa. Needless to say, their room rate doesn’t come cheap. I have checked - the rate for their resort view room (the most affordable room option) starts from USD215.10 per night.


It was about 7pm when we finally get to enter Rock Bar. Obviously, we missed the sunset but instead of being upset about it, we compensated our 2 hours wait by having drinks and finger foods and chat and hang around till late night. Our chat and laughter were accompanied by the sea breeze and the sound of waves all night long – mmmh, just perfect.

Potato Head Beach Club


We were walking through a pathway with walls decorated with old and vintage windows when Nic said “Are you ready to be impressed?”. Yes we were. Very much. I felt as though I have entered into another world. A world with no worries, just fun and laughter. And party till the dawn!!
The pool, the beach, the music beat, the drinks, the food, the people, the sunbed, the starry night sky, the cool sea breeze… this is where you’ll want to live forever! Ok, maybe not forever but it is definitely the coolest place to have a few beers and a lot of gossips!

By the way, we managed to secure a sunbed where I almost fell asleep on if Nic wasn’t blabbing non-stop beside me. Hehe! The sunbed is probably the best option because you can sit and lie down however you want, and just chill out.

Now, who wants to bring me back to Bali??

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Peanut Butter Cake

… the sneaky way!

I was appointed to make a dessert for the Raya Potluck gathering at Nic’s. Unlucky me. Because as much as I love to eat dessert, I had never NEVER made/baked any dessert! Except maybe Red Bean Soup?

Initially, my dear friends were requesting for Tiramisu. But as I read on to the recipes on the internet, I actually need an electric whisk to do it. In fact, electric whisk is a very basic and a must-have tool in baking but I don’t have it, not even the manual one. And I don’t have an oven to save my life. Very pathetic, I know. So I promised myself to must however get an oven for my future kitchen! There are so much things that I can do with an oven! Not to mention, I’ve been longing to have my own kitchen for the longest time! Wait you all, I’m going to wow you all with Pumpkin Bread Pudding and Maple Cheesecake! *downloading recipes*

For the time being, I shall just go for no-bake dessert recipes. I found a Chocolate Truffle recipe on the internet which seems pretty easy to do but while I was looking for the ingredients at Jaya Grocer, I found something even better – the Jell-O Peanut Butter Cupcake box (read: Dessert for Dummies Box). What caught my eyes were the big “No Bake” words on the box! Still need an electric whisk but I decided to try my luck with manual whisk. So alongside with the PBC box, I also bought a manual whisk and a tray.

I was supposed to do a first trial before the day comes but I got no time and I only bought one box! So die-die also cannot fail!


Basically, all ingredients are provided in the box except for fresh milk and butter. The steps are also printed clearly on the box. So what I did was just instructing Chris to follow the steps mix and whisk and refrigerate. Pretty fun actually! I could see Chris was enjoying the whisking job very much :D

I’m sure baking is fun! Omg, I really REALLY can’t wait to have my own kitchen and oven!


So this is the outcome. Ignore the presentation please, thank you. The filling was a little too sweet for my liking but overall, it tasted alright. To my relief, my girlfriends were pleased and a little impressed too (I think). Not after I mentioned to them about the Dessert for Dummies box though. Lol!


I tried to act up as if I’m a baking pro but when they started to ask “What ingredients you used for the filling?”, I answered “Well.. ermm….peanut butter, flour, sugar and….(shit what else?)” and there, I could see Nic was staring at me with a suspicious eyesight and I knew I have to tell the truth! See I told you, I’m sucks at cheating! Sorry girls, I used the shortcut way this time! :P

Again, wait till I have my own kitchen I’ll make you all Honey Glazed Pineapple Cherry Sweet Crumbly Amazing Yummy Tart!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

11

… kickass years baby! Yee haw!

Don’t worry, you are not going to read very cheesy words or phrase here because I have decided to skip that entirely and make it short and sweet.

The truth is, after so many years together…. you think still got cheese meh??

No cheese... but we got a lot of honey….. ♥

I'm sorry, did I just say it’s not going to be cheesy?


You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life

| You’re still the one, Shania Twain |

Let’s step into a new exciting journey together with love and laugther :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How I gained 3kg in 3 days at Bali!

I kid you not! Steer away from this country if you are a diet freak!

Nah, I’m joking. No! I’m actually not!

Just look at what I ate……….


Nasi Campur | Warung Made
Gado-gado | Warung Made
Emping | Warung Made
Chicken Quesadillas | Naughty Nuri's
BBQ Pork Rib | Naughty Nuri’s
Grilled Fish | Warung Made
Babi Guling! | Pak Malen’s
Baked Salmon with Tomato and Zucchini Confit | Potato Head Beach Club

And that’s just half of what I eaten at Bali!

Aheemm, excuse me for a second as I need to say out loud – I MISS BABI GULING!!
I know it’s bad for the artery but just, it’s really really so good that I don’t mind gaining an extra 0.5kg for this. Never mind, I can do 100 x sit-ups to compensate later.

And emping too! Extremely crispy! Couldn’t stop munching on them. We tapao-ed a pack back to Malaysia but I didn’t get to eat it, hmmph!

Credits to Nicole for recommending all the atas eating places! And Budi (our driver in Bali) for bringing us to this awesome babi guling stall and Naughty Nuri’s :)


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kei Villa, Seminyak


Staying at villa with a private pool is something that I had always wanted to experience. So at the very beginning stage of our Bali trip planning, I told my travel buddies this little wish of mine without hesitation and I was glad they were up for it too! We started our villa hunting about 1 ½ month before our travel date which was pretty last minute and I gotta tell you, it wasn’t all easy peasy job.

There are wayyyy too many villas in Bali! Big one, small one, new one, old one, crazy expensive one, cheap one, balinese style, modern contemporary design, castle-like exterior, sun/sea/garden/beach theme……… pening! And in what seems like a million of options, we had to choose ONE that we can call our home in Bali for 3 nights! There I was doing my part - sitting hours in front of the computer screen with a full row of window tabs, scrolling up and down checking prices and reviews in tripadvisor, booking.com, agoda, send enquiry…. And also at the same time exchanging infos with my spicy candy, Nic. Fuuuuuu! That was probably the most “enjoyable” part of the trip!
Welcome to our Villa :D

This is it! The cherry of all honey pies! (Ignore if you don’t understand this self-created phrase)
Master bedroom and 2nd bedroom have a fair share of pool view.

Kei Villa! Great location (in Seminyak), good reviews in TripAdvisor, price is within our budget (at booking.com), new, modern contemporary design – all checked! You are the ONE!
Bicycle ride anyone?
Living room.

Everything turned out as what we saw in the website. What you see is what you get. If I were to really pick a bone in the egg (as the Chinese saying), it would be the 2nd room’s sliding door which didn’t function very well that we had to call to reception to send people over to fix it for 2 times. Faulty door aside, everything was almost perfect. Service was very prompt too.
Happy breakfast, happy morning!

Breakfast is included, as most of the villas do. The breakfast option was pretty standard. Taste-wise, just ok. I did not have a high expectation anyway but it was lovely to wake up to a hearty breakfast and fruit juice all readily served on the dining table ♥
Pool area.

We dipped in the pool every night to make our money worthwhile.

which..… is not true!

We wished we could but there were simply too many hip hangout places out there that we must go! In fact, total time we spent in the pool was less than… 1 hour? But we did chill out (and camwhore) at the poolside very often during our 3 days stay.

Beach alone.

A plus point for beach bums, Petitenget beach is just about 5 minutes’ walk away. But you have to actually walk further to find yourself a bench to put your things and rest AND you will need to pay a small fee to the “person in charge” there. Just remember to negotiate the fees with them.


Cheers for a great stay in Bali!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beach Shopping

One of the very few photos we took on our first day.

It never came across my mind that Bali is a shopping paradise! You would think that Bali is a place that you can get a lot of handmade and handcrafted things but they actually have far more than that. I mean fashion boutiques! There are a lot one of a kind and unique boutiques with own branding selling trendy clothes, accessories and beachwear!

This is the bikini that I bought at Oberoi Street

We spent about 2 hours shop hopping at Oberoi Street on our very first day and if only we didn’t have to rush to Sardine for dinner, we would have shopped till the closing hours! Everything looked delicious but not all came with an affordable price tag. Yet, I got some lucky finds that evening – a lovely dress, a shawl, a set of bikini and a dreamcatcher necklace. 800 thousand… just like that!

Indonesian Rupiah, by the way.

At Ku De Ta

Ok, so to the beach we went to get away from all the shopping traps!

But… don’t you know that there is a thing called Beach Shopping? Now I know! We were literally surrounded by a bunch of Indonesian ladies selling handmade accessories, shawls, sundresses and they even provide hair braiding, massage, manicure and pedicure services! One stop services, by the beach, great! But the big boss was neither me nor Chris, it was Nicole! Not hard to guess eh :D Besides buying a lot of accessories from them, she also did pedicure and hair braids #likeaboss

Lazy afternoon ~

And price negotiation is a must! Their 1st price is always sky high and unreasonable! Nic was the price negotiator while I was the currency convertor.

While Nic was busy doing pedicure and hair braids, I camwhore-d sendiri.

When the wind blows...

Bought some shawls as souvenir. The sweet pastel colours were too lovely to resist.

All in all, we spent about 3 hours at Ku De Ta. We were there for breakfast actually but we hung out a little longer than planned. But as I said, flexibility is what we had.

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