Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Food Hunts in JB

I had my second trip to JB last December, following Tim back to his hometown to visit his family before he came to Kuching in January to visit mine. :) 

We stayed for about a week and it was nice and laid back holiday. Didn't do a lot of visiting JB, but we did enjoy a lot of food- many of which I didn't get to enjoy the last time I was here. I'm gonna shortly sum up our trip here in this food-filled post.

Wearing my floral denim button down from Taiwan //

We visited the newly operating Aeon Mall Kulaijaya and had lunch at their Vivo.

I always enjoyed Vivo and the food they offer. Their cheese baked are really good and they have a lot of variety. We had their cheese baked rice with fish and cheese baked spaghetti with seafood. Forgot the sauces that was on there. Forgot what pizza we ordered too lol but it had peppers and olives which I love, and pepperonis that Tim really enjoys.

Time to dig in!

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Christmas decorations at City Square Shopping Mall. The angels looked really depressed. :C

Lunch was at Summer Wind, a Tim's must-have during his teenage-hood. :)

It is a simple lunch place with choices of wholesome set, chicken cutlet and rice burgers of different variety. Tim had the Ms. Chicky Rice and Friends, a black pepper chicken chop set with rice, fries and mash potatoes. I ordered their Ms. Dory Burger, which was a rice burger with dory filet, fries and mash potatoes. Thank you for bringing me here love. :)

Had a karaoke session with Tim and Teri one night. :) It was a first time with Teri and she is a really good singer! Loved our session together because all of us love to sing. The rate was RM10 each for 3 hours which was such a surprise as it was a night rate impossible to be found in KL even on a weekday.

Had a family outing with Tim's family, granma and Tim's aunt's family one day. :) Visited the Tan Heok Nee Heritage Walk 陈旭年文化街 and had our lunch there before heading to City Square.

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We made a stop at the famous Hiap Joo Bakery which is recommended by Tim's family.

It is an authentic family-business bakery that bakes fresh, good bread and cakes daily and their bakes run out as soon as they leave the oven. We left with bags of bread and finished some before lunch lol. Tried the peanut bun and it was good. Heard the butter-milk bun was good too but didn't get to try it because when I wanted to it was already finished. Will surely make another trip back here when I visit again!

We had lunch at this classic coffee shop called Hua Mui that has been around since 1946.

Their Hainanese Chicken Chop and Hua Mui Signature Fried Rice.

Tim's little cousin Melanie with her Toast and Scrambled Eggs.

And lil cousin Adrian whom according to his parents, never takes pictures, actually posed for me with his french fries. And it was really cute how he kept following me around and wanted to ride in the same car with me awww. These two are too precious!

Awesome dinner with Tim's family having Hokkien Mee, steamed fish, toufu, chicken wings and so on.

Morning face picture taken the day before we depart back to KL. It was a day of food adventure with Tim around the area. :)

First stop was O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe. We went to try it because Teri recommended the sandwiches there. We had the O'Brien Big Club Sandwich. It had chicken chunks, coleslaw, crispy bacon strips, cheese and eggs and it was really good.

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe
Address : No. 73, Jalan Molek 3/1, 
Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru.
Tel No : 1-300 30 3000

Had a pleasant lunch at the Lavender Bistro and Bakery. It was a rainy afternoon but the company and the food were good I wouldn't want it any other way! I love this series of pictures we took for each other and in the second pic, I really like it when he smiles like that. :)

Wearing my polka dot from Mango which was a gift from Tim :)

Had their mushroom soup and we both love it when the mushroom soups are thick and chunky. Had garden salad with Balsamic dressing as my main while Tim had his beef burger with fries (I had to clarify that he was the one taking picture of his dish. Sorry Tim :P). We also tried an egg tart and a custard roll from their bakery.

After a home cooked meal, Tim and I went out to have coffee at My Liberica Specialty Coffee. It was cosy coffee place recommended by Tim's mum. :) Had their Oreo Cheese Cake, Mocha Latte and Tiramisu Coffee. Rates this place 4/5, I'm sure we will be coming back here again no doubt.

My Liberica Coffee
Address: No. 73, Jalan Molek 3/10, 
Taman Molek, 81000 Johor Bahru.
Tel No: +60 10-760 7792

Before heading onto the highway back to KL, we made a last stopp at Setia Tropika to have Indonesian fusion cuisine at Niniq. :) Ordered a Mushroom Soup, Braised Lamb Shank with Rice and also their Nasi Lemak. The food was nice and the cake we tried was nice too! When you visit do try their famous CCTV Cake, a chocolate mousse cake.

Niniq Bistro and Bakery
Address: Jalan Setia Tropika 1/24, Taman Setia Tropika,
81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +607-237 4800

And that was all for my food adventure in JB! I am thankful of Tim's family for their hospitality. :) They really took good care of me and kept me well fed lol. Tim visited Kuching awhile ago as well. May not be blogging about his trip here though because I didn't really take pictures here. Nonetheless I hope Tim enjoyed his trip back to Kuching and was showered with my family's hospitality as much. :) 

With all the love,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Taiwan Diary: Carton King 纸箱王 + 鹿港摸乳巷

On the second day in Taiwan, after our visit to Lavender Cottage we went to visit the Carton King Creativity Park 纸箱王创意园区. :) Carton King is a tourist attraction with almost everything in there made with paper/ cardboard boxes material and one very very pretty feature of the park is that they have tons of paper windmills all around the grounds.

The Animal Kingdom with animals all made up of cardboard. It's an interactive zone that when you walk past the animals their sounds ie. meeehhhhhh will be played lol.

Tim playing cool as tiger Jong Kook and imitate the signature of giraffe Kwang Soo.

Walkway surrounded with paper windmills. Love!

Paper parrot with its paper-made bird house.

Favourite picture of the bunch! Thank you Teri for snapping this for us. :)

At the open air center of the park where you will see paper-made models of monuments from around the world ie. the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower. A lot of nice pictures to be taken here. :)

On the sturdy cardboard-made rocking horses found in the display corner of the souvenir shop. Loads of other interesting things to see in the shops as well!

Cool displays of characters from Batman, Monsters Inc and Spongebob Squarepants assembled using paper blocks.

A huge cardboard box train for display.

In the souvenir shop they sold individual cardboard blocks of different alphabets and symbols. Tim formed an I-love-U and got it for me as souvenir. #melts

We really enjoyed visiting this park. There is also a similar themed restaurant where you sit on cardboard, eat and drink from cardboard using cardboard utensils which sounds really intriguing. We didn't eat there though but I think it would be a really nice experience. For more information, visit http://www.cartonking.com.tw/. :)

After Carton King, we visited 鹿港老街 which is a well-maintained old township and said to be one of Taiwan's historical landmarks. There are tons of shops selling all types of traditional pastry and tidbits. Some famous dishes found here are oyster pancakes 蚵仔煎 and yam balls 芋丸. That's our taxi driver there in the checkered shirt, who enjoyed his visit with lots of food bought lol.

Taxi driver told us that a unique tourist attraction was nearby called the Mo-Lu Lane 摸乳巷 (Direct translation: Boobies touching lane). The name itself was intriguing enough so we made a turn and went to see it. Taxi driver told us the come-about of the lane but apparently it was his first time there as well.

Story was, there was a narrow lane between two buildings that only accommodated a person's width one at a time. Back then, when people were passing through it and meet in the middle of the lane, they had to turn side ways to let each other through. And it's awkward when a men meet a woman because the chest area would brush against each other. Sooner or later the name of the lane hence became 摸乳巷.

Looking to where the arrow on the sign was pointing at, we saw this street. And we were like, okayyyy not as narrow as we imagined it to be. Not narrow at all so to say, and how would people brush chests on a street like this lol. When we were about to turn back and go home, I walked on and found the correct lane as below.

We were like, ohhhhhhhh now this makes more sense. Lol, cool isn't it. 

Last stop of the day was 新光三越 Shopping Mall and Sogo Mall. We had dinner there then went back to the hotel. Our taxi driver for the day was good except when on the way back, he started to talk about weird awkward topics.

He told us about his trip to China with a bunch of guy friends 'to do what guys do', and how his tour guide earns commissions for bringing the guys to the right places and offer protection against scams towards tourists so they could get what they wanted for the best bargain zzz. And then he went on and told Tim if the sister wasn't here/ was older then he could bring us to night clubs and that if I, the girlfriend wasn't here he could bring him to find some fun zzz. We girls in the backseat just dry giggled at the disturbing stories lol.

Went back to our hotel after that and then went straight to Feng Chia Night Market for the last time for more food and bargain shopping because it was our last night in Tai Chung *sobs. And once again we had this chicken thigh which I've recommended in my post earlier here. Tried a different sauce but was as good. Must have must have!

Stay tuned for more Taiwan! Good night readers xx.

With all the love,