Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
Posted by: Jamie Liew
September 17th, 2013 >> Posts
so after ignoring so many queues for the famous so called “best patbingsu” in Seoul, I finally tried it. Meal Tops are normally available at Hyundai Departmental stores. and usually on the top floor.
their shop concept are the same so it’s easy to recognize. my menu pictures is with Megumi I think T_T. but anyway, this place is easy to find. there’s one Hyundai Departmental store right at Sinchon!
they are famous for their normal shaved ice patbingsu which is really just shaved ice, a lot of red bean and 2 pieces of ddeok/rice cake. there was coffee and matcha as well but everyone seemed to had ordered the normal one. we ordered the strawberry one. but to be honest, it was quite mediocore. T_T. after having Homilpat that is. but the queue is AS long. really. and I even read reviews from Koreans saying that Homilpat is better because it is made out of milk so it is soft. but the problem is that it doesn’t go well with the red bean for me. whereas patbingsu’s like these are more… original and Korean =D. so for the more Korean taste, I think this is good. there’s another really good one at Hongdae sold at this cafe but it was really expensive haha.
the patbingsu and this ice cream filled crepe both costs 7,000won. it’s pretty filling actually! but still, the taste is quite expected and nothing was special =S.
but the thing I must praise must be their red bean. and ddeok. delicious red bean and ddeok! but please don’t order the strawberry bingsu =S. opt for the normal one!
Megumi came to look for me after parting for almost half a year!!! T_T. <3 her. sent her her birthday present today without telling her. hopefully she gets surprised! teehee. she doesn’t read my blog so it is fine to say it here teehee.
here, a picture of myself after quite.. a long time. hahaha. must dress cutesily to go out with a cutesy girl ^^.
Posted by: Copykate
September 14th, 2013 >> Posts
The famous Potato Head Beach Club is a must-go destination in Bali. Lucky for us that Bali Ayu Villa (will do a separate review on that later on) is located at Jalan Petitenget so we could walk back after a couple of drinks at Potato Head since our driver was off duty by then.
Dressed in our maxi dresses and ready to go! ^^
We had our dinner and pre-drink at Waroeng Bonita, a romantic candlelight outdoor restaurant which is classier than any other ordinary waroeng. In fact the name waroeng does not justify for its lovely ambience!
For some reason all the diners there were ang moh.
Maybe Asians don’t like dining outdoor? Or the atmosphere might have given a false impression that it’s an expensive dining spot?
Or maybe they’re just afraid of mosquitoes? LOL. Make sure you bring along a mosquito repellent spray and spray it on your legs whenever you’re outdoor. These nasty bloodsuckers sure are infesting the island!
We had our eye on it when we drove past it on the way back to our villa. Went back to the room and looked it up on Tripadvisor, good review so we decided to eat there!
Surprisingly the food there wasn’t as expensive as we thought. Just slightly more than an ordinary waroeng’s price but not within Italian restaurants’ range.
Love all the lights and candles!
Waroeng Bonita offers a selection of local and western dishes. We stick to Bali cuisines.
Stir fried squid with sambal and vegetables was yummy! Couldn’t have enough of it.
Green curry fish. The curry was perfect to go with the steam rice.
Me, Angela, Mei Yan before heading to Potato Head.
Here we are! We have heard so much about this place! Finally time to witness for ourselves its greatness.
We were already mesmerized by the place the moment we stepped in. It’s beautiful and classy just as expected.
Actually the best time to visit Potato Head should be evening, the ideal time to watch the sunset. However our schedule was packed with other activities which could only be done in the daytime so all drinkings have to wait after the sun goes down.
Anyway Potato Head is like an exclusive private club where rich bitches get their daddy to pay annual monthly membership fees to go to! You get the idea?
There was even a big swimming pool where you could dip yourself in, show off your new bikini while you sip your martini.
We were told that it was full house when we arrived around 11pm. But there were daybeds available provided if we spend a minimum of 500k rupiah. I was like hell yeah, why not??? For only RM150 which could be spilt among the 3 of us. Plus I absolutely love daybeds!
Hence we got ourselves a daybed at the far end near the beach. Awesome because we could feel the breeze and hear the waves. But the downside to it is that we were too far from the router to be able to detect the wifi. LOL.
We took turn once in a while to walk further in to reply our whatsapp, update our Instagram, Facebook and whatever. Bitches just can’t live a day without the Internet even during a vacation.
Beautiful palm trees everywhere.
There wasn’t a single day when we weren’t mistaken as Korean/Japanese. I think every Asian is a Korean or Japanese to them. LOL. I lied about being Singaporeans. Don’t judge! It’s not that we are ashamed of being Malaysians. It’s just safer this way because Indonesians don’t exactly adore Malaysians after all the maid abuse incidents :/
Ordered this only because of the rose petals. Looks better than it tastes.
Fries and wings. Look at those cheese on top of our fries! So yummy we finished the whole giant plate of it wtf.
Great vacation. I’m a happy girl!
My 2 babes loved the place and clearly enjoyed themselves too.
Bring along a scarf if you’re dressed sleeveless. It might get a little chilly at night especially at the beach area.
My favourite shot of the night to end this post with. Don’t miss out Potato Head when you’re in Bali! No entry fee applied. You spend on whatever you order. The cheapest drink should be around 110k rupiah (below RM40) if I’m not mistaken. Better still, spend above RM150 for the daybed. It’s totally worth it! :)
Address: Jl. Petitenget 2000x,
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia.
Address: Jl. Petitenget 51B,
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia.
Tel: +62 361 473 7979
Posted by: Copykate
September 4th, 2013 >> Posts
I have 800+ photos from my 4 days 3 nights Bali trip I don’t even know how it happened! Most of them are repeated shots which I’m still taking my sweet time filtering one by one.
An important tip for those planning a trip to Bali: make sure you hire a driver. You can easily hire one for as low as RM100 per day (per car, not per person. Cheap!!!) for 12 freaking hours! He will pick up from the airport and fetch you to anywhere you want. Just make sure you tip him at the end of the trip la since they aren’t getting paid much. Pity them.
We are glad we hired a driver since it was difficult to spot a taxi there. My friend Mei Yan was the one who contacted the driver. If any of you need the email address and number, just drop a comment and I’ll try to ask her :)
Decided to visit Warung Eropa for our first meal right after we landed. Read some good review on Tripadvisor and it was recommended by a friend who frequents Bali. Located at Petitenget, the famous Potato Head area which happened to be near our villa, Bali Ayu.
Here’s my “Welcome to Warung Eropa” pose wtf.
Here’s my “I’m a happy tourist who is finally free from the suffocating enclosed airplane” pose! LOL.
A lovely restaurant with wooden furniture.
Warung Eropa wasn’t the most appealing restaurant in the day time, but later that night when we passed by again it looked really beautiful from the outside :)
Nasi Campur Bali – 38, 000 rupiah.
Ayam penyet – 38, 000 rupiah.
Ayam panggang (roasted chicken) – 38, 000 rupiah.
38, 000 rupiah converts into RM12 which is quite cheap for Bali standard. I would recommend nasi campur at Warung Eropa.
Extremely satisfied with my first meal in Bali! Rendang was yummy, Sate Lilit was soft and tender and the sambal was spicy but highly addictive!
Was supposed to check in and wash up before going anywhere else but the driver advised us to go to Tanah Lot first due to time constraint. Unlike Malaysia, over here at Bali the sky turns dark after 6.30 so it’s best to reach your destination before 6 if you were to watch the sunset.
Omgosh isn’t that spectacular???
Perfect timing, perfect weather. No kidding, it looked even better in real life! Should have taken a panorama shot. The borderless sea that connects the sky, the temples that endures the ocean waves - the scenery was just so magnificent and breathtaking.
Love at first sight. Merely a few hours there yet I have fallen in love with Bali.
Captured the Tanah Lot temple before descending to the beach. Look at those tourists!
We spent quite a few minutes wooo and ahhh up there. The view was amazing!! Plus it was really windy that day, great combination with the waves.
Giant yolk. Beautiful evening.
One of my favourite shots. Nonchalantly ??? on the deep blue ocean. Oh ya it looks as if I was standing on water ^^
Poor Angela with our hair all over her face XD
I could stay there the entire evening and embrace the gentle breeze.
Almost like a painting. Guys make sure you visit Tanah Lot when you’re in Bali!
Tanah Lot is not exactly a sandy kinda beach though. There are stones, muds and big puddles here and there you gotta be cautious especially if you’re wearing slippers.
Don’t worry about getting your feet wet because the water there is clean. Climbing up some stones and walking on certain parts could be tricky if your shoes are slippery. We didn’t take the stairs up to the temple.
Beautiful sunset. Notice the barely visible heart shape?
There it goes, sinking to the bottom of the sea.
Wallpaper worthy purple sky.
Pictures speak a thousand words, but you have to be there to witness yourself the beauty of Tanah Lot.
It was truly an unforgettable evening.
Posted by: Jamie Liew
September 3rd, 2013 >> Posts
if you’re an avid Running Man follower you’d probably know this huge-ass Jjimjilbang/sauna in Yongin. it is no doubt super duper far but it is also super duper big and awesome. it is called the ???? Geongang Nara.
my army friend. =D. and us in the most.. unflattering clothes.
we had old kimchi stew and cold noodles! mmmm. it wasn’t like superb but it was good. at least on a hot day like that.
it look super foreign inside really. super pretttty =D.
some sauna room. there are various types. but as for this one, they didn’t have the ice room =S. I would say that facilities in Busan’s Spaland is still better as they provide soap and scrub towels and all but here you gotta buy everything yourself =S. and it’s about the same price haha
it looks like some bloody oven wtf. but it is actually the hottest sauna room. incredulously hot. I can feel the heat even from outside.
the pretty hall to the dining area! you can buy snacks and drinks and even patbingsu at the rest area but the normal thing to eat in a jjimjilbang will always be eggs and sikhye (rice drink).
the rest area!
what’s going to a jjimjilbang without doing the ??? goat’s head towel!
because I am silly like that.
want an iPhone so bad now. perfect camwhore tool!
and then back to Seoul =(. but we headed to Suwon first and it took like an hour =_____=. oh goodness.
Posted by: admin
August 25th, 2013 >> Posts
And the Gold Coast Morib Travelogue
Little clue did I have on how many hours I slept but surely my body felt it. I woke up to my dear faithful alarm, signalling the time for a "scrumptious" breakfast at The Venue
. I still remembered the breezy morning as I walked alone to The Venue. It felt like a perfect holiday morning.
Located next to The Pier, The Venue appeared to be spacious and well ventilated. The prospect seemed promising and the crowd had started buzzing around looking for tables or hunting for food.
Look at that dirty cutleries!
Before I picked up any food from the counters, I had a peep at all the selections served. Pitiful was the righteous word to describe. Not only that, look at the dirty cutleries, that was gross! It was not the end yet. You could easily spot and hear the buzzing creatures surrounding the food, not to mention some casual resting on them!
Scrambled eggs and chocolate puff
Nothing looked more promising that this scrambled eggs and chocolate puff. Fluffy and moistened, the egg was slightly tasteless; I had mine with some chili sauce. As for the chocolate puff, it was soggy though it looked otherwise. Filling was alright. I had some fried potato wedges, red bean, nasi lemak, rendang chicken, porridge and toast too. Were they good? Well, if you are not picky, probably they are just fine. If you were me, I won't choose to eat at all.
The rest started to wake up one by one and proceed to The Venue to fuel up their bodies. I had mine earlier, hence I got to take my own sweet time to shower and pack before we checked out and headed our way to our next adventure.
Here we were at Mr Perak's eatery
Our lunch destination was an exotic selection located in Banting. Little did I know what was coming. We turned into a sharp corner and entered into a wooden house area, followed by a brief walk through an alley before it opened up to a barren field area, hosting tables under the tall old trees.
Battered wooden house
As you can see, the place was quite a rundown. I couldn't see where was the kitchen either. It did not really matter actually; I was here to be surprised and amused.
Mr Perak's Toddy
In case you do not know, Cumidanciki.com
wrote about them too! According to Cumidanciki.com, toddy is the partly fermented sap of the coconut palm, which used to be a popular drink in South-East Asia and the central Pacific Islands, and the Indians use it as a substitute for yeast when making apam and other Indian delicacies.
A close look at Toddy
The whitish concoction tasted like coconut, except that pang of bitterness of alcohol hit you as the end note. Sweet and easy, just how I like my alcohol to be. If I were to pick on one point to improve on, it would be the temperature served.
Mr Perak's Curry Iguana
The most exotic dish we had was this curry iguana. Showered generously by curry, this fierce looking creature was tamed into chunky pieces of meat. Sinking into the unfamiliar texture of iguana, my teeth was excited about the tenderness portrayed. Resistance was almost inexistent as the soft bone was least intrusive. Me likes? VERY!
Mr Perak's Curry Wild Boar
Who have not heard of wild boar? I am sure you do. This Mr Perak's curry wild boar was a MUST TRY. The meat was so tender that it fell apart easily at the gentle poke of your fork. Yes, no joke! Despite the similarity in taste, I found the use of spices for the curry complemented both iguana and wild boar. Spiciness was subtle, in fact, it was too flavourful to eat on its own.
Mr Perak's Malay Style Fried Bihun
Hence, we needed some sort of carbs to counter the excessive load of sodium chloride. Personally I think it was quite opposite of what I thought it would be. This bihun was nowhere close to subtlety. Don't take me wrong. This bihun was good stuff. The touch of soggy ikan bilis and dried chili was apt but it was a flavourful dish too!
Mr Perak's Curry Lamb
Mr Perak's Curry Chicken
Curry lamb and chicken made its way to our table too but it was nothing close to exciting. So if you happen to be in Banting, please visit Mr Perak
for some curry iguana, wild boar and bihun. Just blindfold yourself if necessary XD
Be adventurous, be you!
Posted by: Jamie Liew
August 22nd, 2013 >> Posts
I was dumb to come to a pancake shop without ordering pancakes. but since it was my first time here I will definitely make my 2nd visit. it is located near exit 9 of Gangnam station.
this place is incredulously famous. some people think it’s overrated but it was so far so good for me. I really liked how perfect everything was. but I wouldn’t spend an hour waiting for it. maybe 20 minutes is fine haha. apparently the boss of this shop was a successful guy working in a huge Korean company but he found the perfect recipe for pancakes and he flipped pancakes instead.
picture from rimi.kr
you call this the huge alligator. it costs like.. around 25,000won according to some other websites and apparently you need a few people to share this because it is just too huge. they have like 8 different types of dipping sauces for your pancakes and 4 different scoops of ice cream. I felt this is good for 4 people seriously.
picture from ladylike.tistory.com
I came in the morning where nobody was there and suddenly people started pouring in and they ALL ordered this. it is called the split decision plate. you order one and share it! =D.
the not very spacious American styled restaurant requires a lot of wait if you’re here mid day.
hi Soohyo! my Japanese Korean friend came to visit! =3.
but at 10am and where no restaurants were open because Koreans GENERALLY do not eat breakfast outside; butter finger is definitely your best pick. there are tonnes of brunch places but breakfast? so far, only at butter fingers and some other 24 hour shops.
happy girl with my.. apple cider.
I forgot what I had ordered but we both ordered a singles thing which was recommended. I don’t do heavy breakfast but that split decision plate looks so good T_T. I will DEFINITELY go back pfft.
om nom nom nom nom. you don’t have to order a drink if you don’t want to since they provide water haha.
don’t know what’s wrong with naver maps T_T but anyway its at the shops opposite American Apparel!
Post 1- Pre-Trip Thoughts
Posted by: dblchin
August 19th, 2013 >> Posts
is one of the most enjoyable places to dine -in at Boracay, great food with relaxing ambience.
Located in Bulabog Beach, the place where we caught a glimpse of the sunrise, this resort style hotel provides a different set of dining experience during the noon.
Under the glinting sun, we were sheltered in comfort as we sat down for lunch
Everyone's default reaction was to catchup with social media.
The food was immensely tasty and the portions are huge. Signature dish was served right after the broccoli soup, the steak was tender and yummy and the grilled prawns was succulent. What got my taste buds longing for more was their Ice-cream, the pastry-like textures adds a delectable flavour to it.
We were each given a nice souvenir to bring home, made by a collection of beads and stones this doll-like pendant is said to ward off evil and bring good luck. The person also mentioned that the string necklace is of excellent quality and is colour-fast thus it will not fade regardless how I tampered with it.
After Lunch we proceed to check out their rooms, we were mainly introduced to family suites that includes a small open concept kitchen and living room.
The furnishing is simple and very resort style, some rooms come with balcony and you can catch a good glimpse of the seaview.
Since there is a full length mirror, I might as well grab the chance to do a #OOTD.
For blog post on the zebra stripes cover-up and monokini please click here
With our nice tour guide Juniato, his hair is 1 of a kind!
Another Family suite that is way bigger than the one I've mentioned earlier.
304 is the key entry access to room 304A and/or 304B, 304A is the main room that comes with the equipped facilities: kitchen, living room, balcony, bedroom etc where 304B is another small bedroom.This creates privacy especially for double-date couples travelling together.
As shameless as it may sound, ending this blogpost with a picture of me posing in a provocatively but cmi way.
While everyone was tired and resting at the waiting area, I dragged William to a secret corner and took some exclusive 'me' footage. Nice or not?
ok bye bye!
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Contact tel: (6336)288 1601 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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Posted by: dblchin
August 12th, 2013 >> Posts
Hello Crystal Cove!
(Entrance Fee 200 php)
I love island hopping, there is so many different island to explore and you'll be so wrong to think they are all the same.
Every island offers an unique experience that no other can match.
This time round we have arrived to Crystal Cove, like a cave within cave, we managed to unCover little adventures on this island.
Unlike Krabi island hopping, the good thing about Boracay is that their island are not yet tainted with horde of tourists, glad that the numbers stays low because it'll be darn hard for us to get a decent picture of the great landscape.
and gorillas even.
A very primitive sculpture alongside with superhero chin.
Atsuko having helluva time flipping, jumping and making silly faces.
Hot girls engaging in a bull fight. (shameless beyond epic proportions, lol.)
erm...ok, I was reluctant to pose for this shot but after tremendous peer pressure I decided to put my palms on the hot sculpture to brace the scorching sun.
If you are lucky, you'll get to see the locals whipping up food to serve themselves /the guest.
Oh yes did I mentioned that you can actually dine in there too?! Have a taste of their local delights!
As for the dining fees, I'm not too sure about that, do enquire their staff when you are at the door.
As we venture into the heart of Crystal Cove, we caught on a vast view of the sea. It feels majorly awesome to be leaning against the barricade to let the seabreeze caress my face.
Attempted to climb behind the counter pretending to be a server but I couldn't get the door open, so I reposition my role back to being a posy tourist instead.
The stairway leading down to our very first cove.
Even thought a fraction of water is caught on camera, you can already see vivid rock silhouettes beneath the crystal clear waters. Is completely mind boggling!
After saying goodbye to our first Cove and we started trekking to other parts of the island.
The exploration is endless!
As we head down to our 2nd Cove, Han Joo and I spotted a supermodel moment of Valyn's and couldn't resist taking a shot of her.
During our 2nd Cove, we were encouraged to take a dip. So without giving a 2nd thought, I pass my camera to the crew(working there), strip down to my swimwear and headed to relax for a brief moment.
The rest joined shortly after, we had numerous shots, mainly taken by the crew.
Because we had so many cameras on hand, I guess it kinda stirred his enthusiasm as a photographer. Or maybe we are just too hot. (way beyond hope)
When is time to eat, is time to eat.
As we docked at Tambisaan Beach, were we were hosted by the locals. Here are some yummy delights that were served.
Our lunch was a quick one because we have 1 more area to cover, the 'Puka Beach'
This is probably the best beach I ever set foot on because everything was what I've imagine of a purrrfect beach.
Soft sand, clean waters, good location for jump shots, not forgetting the breaking away from our busy urban life.
We spent our time just lazing by the shore, soaking up the seawater.
The sun created a beautiful depth of gradient right behind me: a mixes of Seafoam Blues, ahhh the works of nature.
Unfortunately, the luxury of time to frolic is soon over and we were called to climb onboard and head back to our residing areas.
Before I head off to say goodbye lets have a taste of the jump shot captured by my Sony NEX F3.
*For Sea activities like Helmet diving, banana boat ride, Snorkelling, island hopping interested parties please email your reservations to @marsmandrysdale.com or call +632 8880228 for further enquires.
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Posted by: dblchin
August 11th, 2013 >> Posts
Hi Everyone, is Dblchin again!
This post is all about the outdoor activity we did during our Boracay Trip but first let me introduce you to the awesome breakfast at Christina's.
Situated near the sea, infact very much seaview, this restaurant serves a wide variety of servings.
Among the huge selections are hams, Cheeses, pastries and not forgetting large portion of fresh fruits. Aside from the buffet spread we are also given a few breakfast platter to select from the menu.
Here's my pick from the menu: Toast, bacon, Scramble Eggs, shrooms and tomatoes.
Incase you are a lottery addict, please feel free to use my room number for your 4D inspiration.
Right next to me is the honeymoon suite, as I walk past towards the stairway leading to christina's, I realised they have an extra courtyard.
So keep in mind for Boracay Regency honeymooners, if you are looking to look a larger resort you could consider this.
My #LOTD, keeping my makeup simply and neat: brows, mascara (waterproof) and a tinge of blush.
I sweep my hair back to a classic french braid and bobby pin the stray ends, it helps when the sea breeze comes along.
Since I'm island hopping today I need to wear light because is going to be a hot hot day.
A option to protect your face from the sun, bring along a sunhat that comes with chin strap because is going to be very windy out there.
Please do not try attempt to wear covered shoes or wedges because, the seawater is going to get in the boat and soak your sneakers, wedges and what have you. Beach Slippers are the best.
Getting ready to head to the beach.
My companions, Hanjoo and Atsuko
The locals wished to stay fair too! lol.
...and then u see me wet!
Thats the headgear for helmet diving, it weighs between 3-6kg. Very Heavy on dry land and still heavy deep down sea but I had so much fun feeding the Fishes!
Here's a compilation of pictures taken from Karen's
Quality of Valyn's camera seems to look better than Karen's, if you would like to know the brand of her underwater camera, is Lumix Panasonic Dmc-tz10. I'm hoping to get one myself too!
See the school of fishes coming towards us, we had a fun time feeling, touching and of course feeding them. Well, thats the only way to lure them over.
The waters at this section is around 4 meters deep, guided by an experience diver we placed our heads in that heavy helmet I've mentioned earlier as we head down, surprisingly this huge thing helps to regulate oxygen and we are able to keep ourselves dry and breathe freely inside. Unfortunately, the helmet supposedly to feel much lighter in the water is still feeling pretty heavy underwater.
One of the divers took a starfish up onto the boat and I managed to take a few photos before throwing it back to the sea, I'm so afraid it'll die!
Delighted to touch a starfish!
As we head for our snorkelling segment, I excitedly put on my equipment and waited almost impatiently.
Without a word, I jumped straight off the boat to snorkel.
Karen and me having a great time !
We also did the Banana Boat ride, thanks to pictures from Valyn because I didn't managed to take any with mine.
We were cruising nicely on the banana boat when the skipper decides to get real naughty and tries to capsize the boat, I already had anticipated this so I tighten my grip instead. Unfortunately Hazel couldn't hang on very well and she sorta got fling off the boat, into the sea of course. It took her a while to climb back onboard as we cruised back to the our meeting point.
Do stay tune to my next post, it'll then be part 3!
*For Sea activities like Helmet diving, banana boat ride, Snorkelling, interested parties please email your reservations to @marsmandrysdale.com or call +632 8880228 for further enquires.
Posted by: Jamie Liew
August 9th, 2013 >> Posts
there is nothing I like better than honey bread in cafes! the best one is at Coffine Gurunaru and the other one that I always have is at Angel in Us. which Kate calls Angelanus because of some video she watched. pffft.
they serve a good standard honey bread where they call it maple syrup bread or something but you can always say honey bread and they’d give you the same thing ^^.
if you’re a fan desserts, this is one you should not miss. there are places where they serve this with ice cream instead and it is REALLY GOOD as well. but since I am a big fan of whipped cream and ice cream, both is good. except the one above does not have enough whipped cream to satisfy me teehee.
the “UFO”s in Korea feels more like a fat iphone. with advertisements on the display. yes, with adjustable sound.