Eat Drink Macau/Hong Kong 2013

Mar 9, 13 at 5:11 pm

Here is the summary of my latest version of HK/Macau chapter, my best HK and Macau trip so far in terms of food hunting. More to come and links will be added from time to time. Remember to check back again for new updates!

Day 1
– Eat: Margaret’s Cafe e Nata (玛嘉烈蛋挞)
– Eat: Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利来咖啡室) @ Ruins of St Paul
– See: The famous street of Rua da Felicidade (福隆新街)
– Eat: Gelatina Mok Yi Kei (莫義記) @ Rua do Cunha, Taipa
– See: Taipa Houses – Museum (龍環葡韻住宅式博物館)
– Eat: Casa de Pasto Seng Cheong (城昌饭店)
– Stay: Hard Rock Hotel
– See: City of Dream’s The House of Dancing Water (水舞間)

Day 2
– Eat: Breakfast @ Hard Rock Cafe
– Eat: Dimdimsum Dim Sum Specialty Store (點點心點心專門店) @ Mongkok
– See: Starbucks (星巴克咖啡) @ Mongkok (Starbucks with movie theme)
– Eat: Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳) @ Mongkok
– See: Apple Store, Hysan Place @ Causeway Bay
– Eat: Wing Kee Noodles (榮記粉麵) @ Causeway Bay
– Eat: Se Wong Yee (蛇王二) @ Causeway Bay
– Eat: Lucky Dessert (發記甜品) @ Mongkok

Day 3
– Eat: Mui Kee Congee (妹記生滾粥品) @ Mongkok
– See: Wong Tai Sin (黄大仙祠) @ Wong Tai Sin
– See: Sai Kung Waterfront and Public Pier (西貢公眾碼頭)
– Eat: Chuen Kee Seafood (全記海鮮菜館) @ Sai Kung
– See: The streets of Sai Kung
– Eat: Tung Po (東寶小館) @ North Point
– Eat: Lee Keung Kee North Point Eggette (利強記北角雞蛋仔) @ North Point
– See: Ding Ding Tram from North Point to Central
– See: Lan Kwai Fong
– See: Star Ferry

Day 4
– Eat: Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) @ Jordan
– See: Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛) @ Lantau Island
– Shop: Citygates Outlets
– Eat: Yue Kee Restaurant (裕記大飯店) @ Sham Tseng

Day 5
– Buy: Duck Shing Ho Egg Rolls(德成號蛋捲) @ North Point
– Eat: Good Hope Noodle (好旺角麵家) @ Mongkok
– See: Lamma Island excursion
– Eat: Rainbow Seafood Restaurant (天虹海鮮酒家) @ Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
– Eat: Tao Heung (稻香) @ Carnavon Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui
– See: Ozone Bar @ Level 118, The Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre

Day 6
– Eat: Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳) @ Mongkok
– See: Starbucks (星巴克咖啡) @ Central (“Bing sutt” theme)
– See: Pottinger Street (砵典乍街) @ Central
– Eat: Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) @ Central
– Eat: Sing Heung Yuen (勝香園) @ Central/Sheung Wan
– Eat: Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) @ Central
– Eat: Kwan Kee Store (坤記糕品專家) @ Sham Shui Po

Saigon Stories – Com Tam Cali

Dec 15, 12 at 1:13 am

Our first lunch in rustic Saigon was pretty memorable. We were famished and thought of getting our lunch at Ben Thanh market since it is nearby our hotel. So, we were walking along Lê Thánh Tôn street towards the market when we stumbled upon this small cafe/restaurant called Cơm Tấm Cali and immediately, we were sold.

The ever friendly staffs ushered us in and we duly got our seats. As we noticed, the staffs spoke very little English but luckily there is English translation in the menu so we were not completely lost. Also, the apparently signature dishes also plastered on both side of the walls, making our decision-making process even more simple.

Com Tam Cali
Bún Chả Cá Nước

Saigon Stories – Cho Ben Thanh

Dec 2, 12 at 6:13 pm

Chợ Bến Thành, or popularly known as Ben Thanh Market to tourists, was our first stop when we got into Ho Chi Minh city. It is a mere 10 minutes walk from where we stayed (Hoang Hai Long Hotel).

The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Định citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Bến Thành Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985. – Wikipedia

Ben Thanh Market
View of Ben Thanh market from side

Weekend Getaway – Sekeping Serendah

Nov 8, 12 at 2:33 am

Last year, we chilled and relaxed at this place. This year, we planned an even shorter getaway that is only 45 minutes away from KL. Even though it’s near, we still had to wait for about 5-6 months before this came to reality. It’s not that Sekeping Serendah is hard to book, but making everyone to commit to the date is harder than we ever thought. Fortunately, it didn’t seem a long wait to me as I had quite a number of stuffs to do in between the date. So that day finally came, and we gathered yet again.

It was pouring that day, and we were caught in horrendous jam for about an hour before reaching Sekeping Serendah. Thank goodness we didn’t lose our way as the map provided by Sekeping management is not really helpful at all. Fortunately, I recorded a video of the journey, so for future visitors to Sekeping Serendah, you can watch the video that will bring you right to the doorstep. (Refer to the video at the of the post)

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We stayed at Foundry (Warehouse) that sleeps 14 person. The house is pretty bare (no walls except for the toilets) and everything is pretty much open concept. Keeping things to simple and minimal, you have a kitchen with basic things like fridge, stove, kettle and cutlery. Some of these things are not in good condition, take for example the fridge isn’t cold at all and the stove is only half-working.

Sekeping Serendah

Krabi Random

Oct 7, 12 at 1:43 am

Krabi La Playa Resort
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#1 Room in Krabi La Playa Resort. I was dead worried about the condition of the hotel prior our arrival. Thank goodness, it turned out just fine. And everyone loves the big swimming pool.

Aonang Beach
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#2 Aonang Beach. We were supposed to have our team building here on one of the days, but it didn’t materialize. Still, we were here on one of those nights to release the beautiful “kong ming” lantern on the eve of Mid-Autumn festival. Sweet.

Kong Ming Lantern

#3 Kong Ming lantern. Kindly provided by tour agency. I never expect this to be a hit among us. I guess everyone was more excited flying it up than writing our wishes on it. One of the surprises that we had for the lads.

Chicken Island

#4 Snorkeling at Chicken Island. Not a very great spot for snorkeling but everyone was having fun in the water.

Poda Island
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#5 One of the island hopping is Poda Island. It’s a great spot for photo-taking. We took numerous shots here. Thanks to the great sunny weather!

Phra Nang Beach

#6 Phra Nang Beach. The last of the island hopping excursion. A totally chillax place. 🙂

Phra Nang Beach
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#7 Another view of Phra Nang Beach.

Phra Nang Beach
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#8 Still at Phra Nang Beach. Playing with iOS 6 Panorama feature. 🙂

Krabi

#9 A visit to the lagoon during our Hong Island excursion. It’s beautiful.

Pakbia Island
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#10 Pakbia Island. At one of the stops during our Hong Island excursion. The beach is littered with a lot dead corals. Still, the view is to die for.

Pakbia Island
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#11 Another view of Pakbia Island. I love panorama shot!

Hong Island
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#12 Hong Island is our last stop. Here we chilled to the max until the cows come home. 🙂

Hong Island
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#13 White sandy beach at Hong Island. Terrific!

Hong Island
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#14 Low tide reveals all the dead coral.

BBQ Pork

#15 We were looking for anything PORK, and sniffed our way to this stall. Hmmm, perfectly marinated grilled pork skewer! Life’s simple pleasure… 🙂

Save the Turtle!

#16 Everyone reluctant to go down initially but ended up excited like a school boy when we saw scores of baby sea turtles.

Tiger Cave

#17 Tiger cave. Our visit was cut short due to time constraint.

NZ 2012 – Video Compilation

Aug 30, 12 at 12:04 am

I thought it would be kind of waste not to make some videos along our journey in NZ so I actually got myself a tiny but powerful video camera – GoPro HD Hero. Armed with all the right accessories, I took quite a number of videos and here they are… some of them which I duly compiled for your viewing pleasure. All the videos are in full high-definition. Enjoy!

Part 1 – Journey from Christchurch to Tekapo. [Day 1 Story]

Part 2 – A view of Lake Tekapo, Church of Good Shepherd, Mount John Observatory and Astro Cafe. [Day 1 Story, Day 2 Story]

Part 3 – Journey from Pukaki to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park with gorgeous view of turquoise Lake Pukaki and the jaw-dropping scenery along the way. [Day 2 Story]