A Day With Selangor Javanese Community at Banghuris Homestay: Kampung Style Breakfast

I visited Banghuris Homestay with Sahabat Media/Santai Travel in 2013 for the launching of Voluntourism Program in Bagan Lalang, Sepang. It was a very memorable experience where we were treated to first class kampung hospitality. You can read all about my adventure in Banghuris Homestay HERE.

And so, when I was invited again for a revisit by Tourism Malaysia Selangor this year to Banghuris Homestay for their ‘A Day With Selangor Javanese Community at Banghuris Homestay in Conjunction of Nasi Ambeng Festival‘organized by JKKN, I couldn’t resist. I knew I had to say yes. Deep inside, I knew without a doubt that it will once again be a fantastic experience although the program is completely different from my previous visit.

Banghuris Homestay won The Best Homestay Award in 2014 by Tourism Malaysia and is an abbreviation of three kampung names; Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchoh and Kampung HuluTeris. Basically it is three villages forming a homestay with 80 participating houses providing homestay service. It is about 35km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 97km from Kuala Lumpur. The nearest tourism attraction to Banghuris Homestay is Sepang Gold Coast, which is about 15km away. Definitely a much more laid back choice of accommodation instead of the commercializes and expensive chalet should you want to spend some time in Sepang Gold Coast.

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Our journey began as early as 7.30am from Shah Alam and here’s part of the the media entourage. ;) Us ladies posing with the kain batik provided by our host. How’s that for a kampung girl image? ;) Can you spot me in there?;

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Upon arrival, we were taken to a kampung house for breakfast by our host.

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Tuan Haji Wasir Wagiman, Manager of Banghuris Homestay, fondly known as ‘Wak’, giving his welcoming speech and introducing us abit about Javanese culture and their food.

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The breakfast served is catered to give you a complete kampung experience where the breakfast spread was carefully laid on the floor and you are required to sit and enjoy your meal communal dining style. :)

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Here’s the traditional dishes served as our breakfast.

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The common Nasi Lemak and Sambal Tumis. Being a fan of all things savoury, I enjoyed this dish very much and had three plates of it. The coconut rice was rich and flavourful while the sambal was surprisingly more on the sweet note. I would go for the fourth plate, but I was feeling rather shy to add anymore onto my plate. :P

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Lemet Singkong Gula Merah is a traditional Javanese dessert made from steamed rice flour, brown sugar and ripened cassavas as the filling. Wrapped up in banana leaves, the texture is very chewy and tasted very sweet. I’ll be honest, I’m not really a big fan of sweet stuff so I find this dessert a bit overwhelming on the palate. However, I’m happy to report that everyone else seems to enjoy it a lot.

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Tumtuman. Similar to the Lemet Singkong Gula Merah this coned shaped dessert is also made from steamed rice flour, but instead of cassavas, it was made with sweet, ripe bananas. Wrapped in banana leaves, this moderately sweet kuih is irresistible and provides instant comfort to a growling tummy.

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Lempeng Tepung is actually the humble flour pancake. It’s bland to be eaten on it’s own but to die for when taken with savoury or sweet dips.

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Taucu Ikan Bilis. I foolishly thought this was supposed to be paired with Nasi Lemak so I had these as my Nasi Lemak gravy along with the sweet sambal, only to be told that it was actually meant to be the accompanying dip for the Lempeng Tepung. Silly me. But the taste was good, even when I paired it wrongly. :P

I enjoyed the kampung style breakfast very much, and after chit chatting with our friendly host who insists on giving us all the food that we couldn’t finish, it’s time for a little trip around Banghuris Homestay. Since the Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015 is going on, there are plenty of things for us to see and to experience, and so, off we go to our next stop.

Right now Banghuris Homestay is offering RM250 (per pax) for a 3days 2 night package that is inclusive of meals and planned activities. Great for kids during school holidays and for those who wants to experience a kampung life.

Info on Banghuris Homestay, should you interested in staying there:

Banghuris Homestay
Jalan Tailong
Kg. Hulu Chuchoh
43950 SG.Pelek
Sepang Selangor

Phone: 03-31421019

Email: [email protected]

Next up: A Day with Javanese Community in Banghuris Homestay, The Air of Festival.

So what did we do next? There are plenty of interesting things we did, so for now, stay tune for the next post.

Traveling in Style with XES Shoes

It’s no secret that I haven’t been staying home much these days. As a family friendly tourism activist and a social media influencer, I’m always on the go and joining media trips with my family to broaden my horizon. I absolutely love traveling and getting lost in my own country every now and then. It’s not only fun, but it also lead to self discovery.

Problems? I’m all woman and absolutely vain. I can never sacrifice style even though I’m traveling. I like to look good and make good impression. I always believe in dressing well as there is no second time in making first impression. You’ll never know who you will meet while traveling…so yea…I always want to look my best, even when I’m backpacking. Apart from my identifications, my travel essentials usually includes; smartphone, DSLR camera along with power banks. I also have contact lenses, basic makeups stuff, and shawl to accesorize myself with so that I could look different even when I wear the same outfit for two consecutive days. (You can’t help it if you are backpacking, you know).

Yes, I’m vain. I like to look good, but at the same time I like being comfortable too. Style without comfort is just plain foolish, and so when it comes to footwear while on the go, I opt for shoes from XES.

XES has more than 90 outlets branched out across shopping and retail complexes including Jusco, Giant, Tesco, Carrefour and various celebrated malls. The core business operations revolve around retail chain store management as well as local and export original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and are led by a seasoned top management, marketing, merchandising, accounts, logistics, operation, IT, HR and Research and Development department of more than 500 personnel in total. With the efforts and strength of a good team work, employees work together to place the XES brand in a competitive level within the shoe-manufacturing industry.

The XES brand prides itself for developing perfect and affordable footwear for family everyday use. It continues to generate collections after collections of ladies’, men’s and children’s shoes that widely appeals to the masses for its style, comfort and value for money factor. There are 2 different shoe concepts developed by XES. XES Studio caters to the lower-medium income group whereas XES Premium provides for the medium-high income demographic. Different shoe concept caters to varying circumstances which include but not limited to casual, semi-casual, formal and sports under the house brands of XES. XES also carries selected distinguished shoe brands such as Scholl, Lee Cooper, Bum Equipment, Scorpion and Neckermann.

My husband and I have recently acquired a few pairs of shoes, courtesy of XES Premium. And we decided to wear it during our weekend media trip with Tourism Selangor Malaysia to Banghuris Homestay in conjunction of Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015, a combined effort with JKKN. (I’ll be blogging about that soon, ;) so stay tune for more). Studying our A Day with Javanese Community at Banghuris Homestay program itinerary, it was rather packed and required a lot of walking, but at the same time, there is formal activities like press conference going on at night and you are required to dress up in a semi-formal outfit. So…we opt for footwear that looks nice and at the same time, comfy to wear for long hours.

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My husband’s casual brown shoe by XES and my Black Foldable Ballerina Flat by XES. I can’t comment much on my husband’s brown shoe as I’m not the one who wears it. I can only say it is both comfortable and smart and suits all occasion, but I have a lot to say about my Black Foldable Ballerina Flats.

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I’ve been wearing the XES Black Foldable Ballerina Flats for quite some time now, and I’ll be completely honest with you. The first few weeks wearing it is absolutely terrible and horrifying. The shoe kinda ‘bites’ and rubbed onto my skin like crazy as most new shoes would have done, but once it’s broken in, it is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn.

I can never wear heels to save my life, so flat shoes suits me very well. I wear this pair very often and my most recent experience with it have been nothing short of incredible. It’s not only stylish, but wearing it to walk for about 8 hours straight with mere breaks in between brings nothing but soothing comfort for my feet. The synthetic leather texture is soft to the skin, enabling me to walk with comfort and catching up with the rest of the media entourage with ease. Even chasing media friends who were playing the traditional Galah Panjang game( a chase and tag game) is easy when I’m wearing my flats from XES. The quality is seriously amazing.

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Comfortable enough for long hour walks. And the design is fancy enough to be fashionably stylish. The best part? This Foldable Ballerina Flats by XES is travel friendly. Under ordinary circumstances where my day is busy enough but I need a few pairs of shoes to go by but can’t allocate enough time to go home to change my outfit and footwear, I’ll just fold it up and keep it in my bag to change into it later.

So yes. If you want both comfort and style, I would recommend XES they have quite a collection. I believe there is something for everyone from XES. They will be revealing their new shoes collection soon somewhere in May which hopefully will have more comfortable flats. Here’s hoping I will be able to share with you more about XES soon. In the meantime, stay tune for my traveling posts.

For more information on XES products and collections, LIKE their Facebook page here: http://facebook.com/xesshoes

An Evening With Travel Writer’s Association of Malaysia at Hawdramawt Palace KL

I’m a family friendly tourism activist, blogger, social media influencer and a travel writer. One of my raising concern is that it is difficult to convince Malaysians in general to actually engage in domestic travel. More often than not, Malaysians are much more interested to go on holidays oversea rather than explore the interesting places in Malaysia itself. It’s such a waste. Malaysia have a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

There are a lot of beautiful places in Malaysia that you can visit with your family, even if you are on a tight budget. Malaysia is also undeniably rich with cultural diversity and foreign tourist can be seen at touristy spots, learning about Malaysia, but Malaysians themselves lacks interests, and so when my family and I were invited to A Night with Travel Writer’s Association of Malaysia, TRAM at Hadramawt Palace in Jalan Bukit Bintang, we said yes to it. It’s a chance to discuss our concerns regarding the tourism industry in Malaysia.

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Hawdramawt Palace, Kuala Lumpur. Picture courtesy of Mr. Badrulzaman Hanif.

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Speech by Editor of Santai Travel Mr. Azli Halim

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Travel writers spotted chilling out with each other

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Discussing concerns for tourism industry in Malaysia and making plans on how to attract more domestic travel.

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Time for some food

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Yemeni food served that night.

Belly dancing performance that night that got us all excited.

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Mr. Badrulzaman Hanif posing with the belly dancer.

It was pretty much a laid back and casual event, but it is nice to be able to catch up with fellow travel writers and tourism activists out there who have their own mission when it comes to improving the tourism industry in Malaysia. Thank you Hawdramawt Palace Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring the venue and the delicious food along with highly entertaining performances that night. It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for us travel writers to discuss our mutual concerns.

MyFest 2015 Selangor: Nasi Ambeng Festival

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Love rice? I certainly do, and here’s sharing a rice festival coming up in conjunction of MyFest 2015 and Visit Malaysia Year 2015; Nasi Ambeng Festival.

Nasi ambeng or nasi ambang is a fragrant rice dish consisting of white rice served with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on. It is cooked during important celebrations and served in a tray to be shared by four to five people.

I’ve been dying to try some and I’m going to bring my boys to experience Nasi Ambeng and the communal dining style with me.

Care to join us? Come and experience the unique, communal dining style and delicious food of the Javanese-Malay people at the Nasi Ambeng Festival

Info to the Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015 is as below:

Homestay Banghuris, Sg. Pelek, Sepang Selangor

National Department for Culture and Arts

+603-5510 2664

Happikiddo, Quill City Mall

If you are a mum, or dad…or expecting a baby, then you will probably know the hassle of buying all the kids and babies related stuff. It can be pretty tiring at times to shop for all your kids’ needs, especially with children in tow. But worry not, there is a new one stop baby and children store in town where you can buy everything that you need in just one place; Happikiddo Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

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Happikiddo, a homegrown mega concept baby store, launches the opening of its biggest store in Malaysia. Boasting a floor space of over 6,000 square feet in the newly opened Quill City Mall, this is the company’s fourth store. 

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Happikiddo’s newest one-stop parenting store offers over 100 international brands with more than 10,000 products. With trend-forward products hand-picked by mums for mums, the store encompasses everything parents and parents-to-be need under one roof. From baby food, educational toys, feeding essentials and toiletries to travel gear, apparels, books and nursery furniture, this store continues to uphold Happikiddo’s mission in making parenting fun and interesting with a refreshing twist.

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Happikiddo also announces its latest tie-up with celebrity and mum-to-be Elaine Daly. An actress, TV host and former Miss Malaysia Universe, Daly is currently six months pregnant and is due to welcome her first child in July 2015.

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The spanking new Happikiddo store also features a one-of-a-kind family café, designed to fulfil the dining and leisure desires of parents and children alike. Named Big Daddy Little Chefs @ Happikiddo, the café offers a thoughtfully-created menu comprising local and fusion dishes to satiate appetites of all ages. Dishes are served using melamine tableware by RICE, a chic and socially-responsible Danish homeware and accessories brand.

The café also boasts a well-equipped play area to keep children occupied while their parents sit back and have a relaxing meal. It runs baking workshops from time to time, and caters to birthday parties and celebrations of all budgets. 
Moving forward, Happikiddo is set to open more stores around Malaysia, with another slated to be launched end of this year.

Ladies and gentlemen, mum and dad, check out the video below to get an idea on how huge is the store and what they have to offer ;)

Happikiddo Quill City Mall

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Sugar and spice and everything nice. Something I’ve been eyeing for my baby daughter. ;) Lovely things, isn’t it? There’s so many things for baby girls. *sigh*

Below is the information on Happikiddo Quill City Mall should you parents wanna shop for your little ones:

Happikiddo Quill City Mall

Address: Lot No. 2.26 – 2.31, 2nd Floor, Quill City Mall, 
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel.: +603-2602 1596
Website: www.happikiddo.com (their website is currently undergoing a revamp and will be ready soon)  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Happikiddo 
Instagram: @thehappikiddo
Twitter: @happikiddo

Be Stylish with XES Hi Tea

I’ve forgotten how long it has been since I really enjoyed myself at an event. More often than not, the events that I’m invited to is those no-nonsense kind of launching for certain products, where things are rather formal and solemn. If not that, then it is those media trip with tight itinerary where I scarcely have time to breathe.

Yes, it’s been awhile since I had fun at events, and I thought I wouldn’t have anymore chance to have some crazy, let your hair down kind of event until I was invited to Be Stylish with XES Hi-Tea.

It was actually a very laid back and casual event with romantic garden-like backdrop where invited guests were invited to witness the winner announcement for the Be Stylish with XES Contest that was held back in February 2015 during XES Chinese New Year Luncheon in XES Premium Outlet in Quill City Mall, but there was also plenty of activities prepared for the guests to participate in.

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The winner for the contest is announced by the lovely Ms. Sabrina Quigley Chin.

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And the winner for the said contest was Ms. Jane Chua, by the way. The prize presentation was presented to the winner by XES Ambassador, Miss XES Elegant 2014/2015, Miss Mico Pun. The lucky winner walks away with RM888 cash prize and RM1,388 worth of products. XES also provides 10 sets of RM188.00 of cash voucher and cute stuffed toys as a reward to 10 lucky fans chosen by winner’s choice.

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Activities prepared during the Hi-Tea includes portrait caricature by a bunch of talented artist that goes by the name of ‘Aku Napie’. Nice? That’s mine and my son’s caricature portrait. You may check out the caricature artist’s blog here: http://robolism.blogspot.com or follow the instagram account here: http://instagram.com/akunapie.

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Fun tatoo stickers

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And of course, the live performance by a local Busking group, Heart to Human. I enjoyed this the most. Sang and danced to the music with blogger friends who were present. Gosh, I really do hope that the organizer did not think badly of us. We were quite a party animal then, and to think that it was supposed to be a sweet and demure kind of tea party. :P

Here’s sharing the video of the event that day. ;)

Event Video: Be Stylish with XES Hi Tea at The Place, One City Mall.

Anyway, XES Premium will be launching a new collection soon. I managed to get a glimpse of what they will be revealing soon in May 2015. ;) But will only share about it in details soon when things are official, or there will be no surprises. :P So, ladies and gentlemen, til then… Stay tune for more. ;)

Picture credit to blogger friend Ms. Nisa Kay. :) Check out the lovely lady’s blog here: http://nisakay.com

For more information on XES products and collections, LIKE their Facebook page here: http://facebook.com/xesshoes

Top 5 Luxurious Resorts in Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its breath-taking natural beauty and scenic attractions. Numerous international visitors head to Malaysia on an annual basis in order to experience comfort and so it is not surprising that there are lots of luxury resorts in the region.

A list of the best luxury resorts in Malaysia is given below:

Pangkor Laut Resort

The world-class Pangkor Laut happens to be a privately owned island situated three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia. The area has formed over a period of two million years and has now become the site of one of the top resorts in the world, nestled amidst the shade of lush green forests. There are no other resorts nearby and visitors are free to enjoy the secluded bays next to the pristine beaches, the colourful evening skies and the serene ambience of the region. Natural beauty, luxury and an age-old wilderness combine together to form an environment at Pangkor Laut where magically memorable and peaceful moments are common. Out of the 300 acres of the island, just a small portion has been used to develop the Resort along with its eight different Estates. The wooden buildings tend to blend effortlessly into the forest background and tourists are sure to be amazed by the roofs which open up to allow trees to continue their journey skywards. The whole region respects nature and rewards visitors in countless memorable ways. Prices start from around 900 RM but you can get discount codes at Expedia to slash the prices.

Four Seasons Langkawi

The Four Seasons Langkawi is the ideal resort for tourists in Malaysia who wish to experience the comfortable sounds of the Andaman Sea and enjoy the pristine sunset views on the beach. There are ninety-one separate large-sized guest accommodations which happen to be a fusion of contemporary resort elements and traditional Malaysian design aesthetics. The décor consists of soaring ceilings, timber floors and sprawling open verandas. A few of the villas and all the lower-level pavilions include secluded outdoor showers and bathing areas that evoke the sensation of a gentle tropical rainfall. One of the main attractions at the Four Seasons Langkawi is the Restaurant Serai which serves amazing Mediterranean and South Italian cuisine. The dishes are all created with the freshest ingredients and natural spices and herbs. Four Seasons Langkawi redefines the whole spa experience offering total escapism that leads to a healing of the mind and the soul.

Shangri-la’s Tanjung Resort and Spa

Located seven kilometres away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, the Shangri-la’s Tanjung Resort and Spa is a beautiful resort that embodies the best of accommodations in Malaysia. There are six different dining and beverage venues at the resort, catering to varied tastes. The accommodations are exquisite and the guest rooms at the hotel provide access to stunning views of the majestic landscape encompassing the hotel. Guests are going to be pampered by the wide range of amenities on offer. On-site spa services are available for guests and the hotel provides one-stop service offering various meeting facilities and support for smooth events. Guests can choose from 10 function rooms or a larger ballroom capable of seating 1,200 people.

Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton is located in Kuala Lumpur and enables guests to experience the finest sights, sounds and flavours that Malaysia has to offer to tourists. Situated downtown in the Golden Triangle business district, the Ritz Carlton Hotel showcases the rich traditions and culture of the Kuala Lumpur region. Every visitor at the hotel is able to indulge in soothing spa treatments and they can dig into sumptuous and award-winning cuisine available at the site. There are also provisions for the visitors to experience amazing comforts right in their rooms. Apart from twenty-five meeting rooms, there are four distinct restaurants at the Ritz Carlton.

Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort

This resort is located on prime real estate – the great stretch of Batu Ferringhi Beach. Tourists will be able to experience lots of attractions nearby, including the Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Penang Museum and Art Gallery and the St. George’s Church. The resort has two wings which are integrated effortlessly within a wonderfully landscaped 30-acre tropical garden, embodying the best of contemporary Malaysian design and architecture. Guests can avail the on-site spa that offers full-body treatments, dining and a cocktail bar, a business centre and a fitness centre.

You can book these resorts online at Agoda or Expedia. Groupon Malaysia also provides discount offers for many of these spas and resorts time to time. Check here latest deals from Groupon at Savingmart.my.    

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your luggage and get going. These luxurious accommodations in Malaysia are waiting to welcome you and pamper you with the best treatment.

My Love Affair with De Xandra Perfume

Who says you should only smell sweet when you are out and about?  Alot of people, especially ladies likes to use perfume when they are out and about. But I’m different.

I like smelling sweet while I’m sleeping much more than I like to smell sweet when I’m out and about. Fragrances makes sleeping much more pleasant, relaxing and pleasurable. There’s plenty of air freshener and aroma theraphy oil in the bedroom, but even that does not seems to be enough for me. As of late,  I’m quite taken to wearing perfume while I’m sleeping.

So here’s wearing these, and only these to sleep ;)

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De Xandra perfume from Chettaki Omey and my Chinese Valentine’s gift from my husband, the porcelain bracelet bought from Melaka during our lantern festival night rendezvous last month.

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This De Xandra perfume is actually generic EDT perfume. Mine is inspired from Gucci Flora. The perfume is characterized by fresh notes of agrums in the opening, combined with beautiful peony. A heart introduces balanced aromas of rose and osmanthus, while a base is created of patchouli and sandalwood. Truly sensual, this perfume makes me feel like a sweet, sophisticated and sexy princess.

You know what’s the best part about wearing this perfume apart from making me feel good about myself? Well, my husband loves it on me too and couldn’t help but stealing kisses from me and inhale my scent as I lay in bed asleep. Seriously speaking, he is much more amorous to me when I sprayed this perfume on rather than not. Phenomenon factor, I guess? But whatever it is that makes the magic works between us these days whether the perfume contributes to the loving behaviour or not…I absolutely love it, especially after 13 years being together as husband and wife. One would have thought passion would waxed and wane but things goes differently for us. :)

I usually spray on this perfume just before going to bed and the scent would still be there after I woke up 10 hours later. I noticed that this perfume is pretty much long lasting. The scent can last up to 12 hours and not easily washed off. I usually take a shower after waking up and the scent still linger. Amazing, isn’t it? For a generic perfume, this is definitely high of quality.

De Xandra line of perfume are all Halal and it is prayer friendly. So I guess this perfume is a good option for Muslim brothers and sisters out there as you could still use it while performing your prayers.

Although I use this perfume mostly to sleep as it helps me sleep soundly and helps me relax, this perfume is designed for those who are always on the go and is travel friendly. The 35ml cylinder shaped bottle can easily fit in handbags or backpacks and is a great item to have while you are on the go to keep yourselves fresh throughout the day.

Interested in having De Xandra perfume to keep yourselves fresh throughout the day? Check out the details below. Don’t be shy. I assure you the perfume doesn’t cost a bomb at all. In fact, it is much more affordable than your regular designer’s brand.

Fanpage : facebook.com/chettakiomey

Instagram : instagram.com/chettakiomey
Website : www.chettakiomey.com
Phone No : 013-2644310 (Lia Omey)

Teratak Tempoyak Nda Gopeng, Perak

Are you familar with the term tempoyak? For those who are not familiar with the term, tempoyak is actually the local fermented durian paste. Tempoyak is quite common especially in Pahang and Perak and can easily be obtained from the local wet market. The Tempoyak, or rather the durian paste generally taste sour and salty with a lot of nutty durian flavour. It is not usually eaten on it’s own and is usually used in cooking traditional fish curries (Gulai Tempoyak).

It takes a skilled cook to make a great curries out of Tempoyak paste. And here’s one fabulous place where you can enjoy Gulai Tempoyak at a fraction of the price; in Gopeng, Perak.

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Keep a lookout for this sign

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Tetatak Tempoyak Nda is one of the food tourism attraction in Gopeng, Perak.

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What’s interesting about this place is that the restaurant provides full, authentic kampung dining experience where you can either choose to dine al-fresco

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Or inside the kampung house itself. Note: you’ll need to take off your shoes if you opt to dine inside the restaurant.

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The restaurant may look rather small on the outside

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But it could easily accommodate large crowd.

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Teratak Tempoyak Nda serves authentic gulai tempoyak in claypot.

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The gulai tempoyak set.

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The set usually comes with a plate of rice topped with a homely omelet and a side of ulam of the day and a spoonful of authentic sambal belacan.

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There are plenty of Gulai Tempoyak to choose from over here. Bestsellers are usually the fish variant of the curries. There’s tempoyak ikan patin, ikan keli and of course, the common ikan kembong. But if you’re to ask me, I would highly recommend the well famed Tempoyak Ikan Patin for the whole gastronomic experience.

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Not a fan of fishes? That’s fine. Just give this a go: Gulai Tempoyak Udang Galah. (RM9.90).These plump and fat fresh water prawns are naturally sweet and fresh. The tempoyak curries does nothing but enhance the taste and will have you ask for more steamed white rice to go with em.

Those who can’t do without modern delicacies, no worries. Teratak Tempoyak Nda is also offering some western food selection here.

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Burger, sausages and the good old greasy fries for those who really want some Western fare.

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And if you dropped by during tea time and wants something light instead of the heavy rice and Gulai Tempoyak, just pick this off from the menu; steamed or toasted traditional bread with butter and kaya (creamy and rich jam made from coconuts and eggs).

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Or if you want something unique and filling, try this Maggie Kerabu. the Maggie Kerabu is actually Pre-fried instant noodles, tossed in Thai fish sauce and assortments of shredded things like sourish mangoes, cabbages, celeries and topped with crushed peanuts and seafood like cuttlefish and prawns. The instant noodles is served piping hot, but it is nice to be eaten cold too. Taste-wise, it is a tad spicy with a hint of sourish Tomyam flavour, but you could request to omit the sliced bird’s eye chillies if you can’t take spicy food. This Kerabu Maggie is definitely worth your money and of course, the calories count.

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There are plenty of beverages sold here in Teratak Tempoyak Nda, but I’d recommend ‘Bittersweet‘ (RM3) for you to cleanse your palate with. It is a special, one of a kind drink concocted from lemongrass, apple, mint leaves and asamboi.

Overall, the dining experience here in Teratak Tempoyak Nda is wonderful. It can be likened to the ‘balik kampung’ feeling where the staff treats you like their own family and ensure not only that you have the best food but the full Malaysian hospitality experience while you are there.

If you are ever in Gopeng Perak, do drop by:


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Teratak Tempoyak Nda
No 12, Kampung Pulai a/c,
31600 Gopeng
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Red Lobster, Quill City Mall

Where can you enjoy delicious lobsters at a fraction of the price? Here’s where; Red Lobster, Quill City Mall.

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Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. It has history dated back to the 1960′s and with more than 700 locations in North America, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Japan.

Red Lobster is most famous for their live Maine and Rock lobsters. I brought my son for a food tasting here in Red Lobster, Quill City Mall and we really like what they have to offer. Bonus: Service is superb here. So yes. If you want my opinion, it will worth every penny paid if you’re to dine here.

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Lobster Bisque (RM11.90 per cup, RM19.90 per bowl). Very rich and creamy with a generous amount of lobster meat chunks. It is a tad salty for me but the accompanying Cheddar Bay biscuit complemented it well.

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Seafood Marinara with Grilled Lobster, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Butterflied Fried Shrimp and Lobster -Crab-Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms. The platter provides a wholesome meal, definitely. Everything was fresh and flavourful and not entirely overwhelming on the palate.

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Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream was divine and definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss if you have sweet tooth.

Overall, the dining experience in Red Lobster Quill City Mall is pleasant. The staff are eager to please and very attentive too. Definitely will be going back for more to try other lobster dishes that they are offering soon.

For more info on Red Lobster, like their Facebook page here : https://www.facebook.com/redlobstermalaysia

Red Lobster
Lot G-02, Ground Floor
Quill City Mall

Contact: 03 2602 1946

Business hours: 10am to 10pm