Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Goon Wah Restaurant : Kuchai Lama

This dish has been haunting me ever since I've moved back to KL. 

Placed on top of a stove to keep the contents hot, but you gotta eat it pretty quick 
to avoid eating overcooked or burnt food. 

Lou Shu Fan 瓦煲老鼠粉

By far the best Lou Shu Fan i've had in years. 
When translated , "Lou Shu Fan" means "Rat Tail Noodles" because of its precut shape. 
Generous with their toppings of minced pork meat, fried dried shrimps, green onions and fresh chilli! 


Cold Tofu 

This dish oddly reminds me of Thailand. Deep fried tofu sprinkled with sweet chilli sauce, strips of cucumber, mengkuang, and peanuts! Topped with some chinese parsley and sesame seeds, served with a side of century eggs and cold tomatoes. This is pretty good to snack on and to help you survive the wait for your main dishes. 


Deep Fried Seafood Noodles

Yellow noodles are deep fried while seafood and vegetables are stir fried with broth as gravy. Both will be combined upon serving. However, I felt like this dish would have been better if the noodles were more crispy. However, the sauce really pulled this dish together and the not-so-crispy noodles can be forgiven. 

Restoran Goon Wah XO 
Business Hours : 8am - 4pm (Closed on Sundays)

Location : 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Holiday Hack : Padang Point Beach

I always had a love-hate relationship with picnics at the beach. But after i discovered this hack and tried it out, my love for beach picnics has doubled - no space for hate!

If you are anything like me, I hate noisy crowds. Wishing for an empty or ALMOST empty beach all to yourself and your friends without having to go to a 5 star resort or the Maldives?

It's kinda hard to get that in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah now as our beautiful beaches are becoming increasingly popular with tourists.

Beat the system.

We packed our picnic basket and set out from Jesselton Point, the local jetty where we got a speedboat to Sapi Island. From there, we bought tickets for a ride on the Inter-Island Flying Fox which allowed us a free boat ride to Padang Point beach. You are not allowed on this beach unless you are participating in this activity.

So, we got our tickets at 10am and asked that we play the ride at 1pm. Hence, we had 3 hours to enjoy our picnic on a very quiet beach :)









 Remember to load up on sunscreen and liquids! 

Here are some basic information 
Jetty to Pulau Sapi : Jesselton Point 
Speed Boat company we used : Beach Bums
Items needed : Identification Card (Malaysian) or Passport (Travelers), cash, and sunblock

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tavern Kitchen & Bar : The Most Happening Restaurant in KKcity


Be spotted dining in Kota Kinabalu's most happening restaurant right now! 



Tavern Kitchen & Bar is chock full of fun activities daily, so no boring dinners with your loved ones and friends anymore. I went on a Friday night and had fun playing the limbo rock with guests from the other tables. All the while enjoying the local live band's performance. The bartenders entertained us with his fire tricks. 



   Highly trained staff ensures an enjoyable dining experience every time. 
Creating gastronomical delights for all is the Head Chef - Mr Marcel Lomangkok. 
Nominated at the HAPA Awards 2010-2012 as the Best Western Cuisine Chef.
So don't worry about your meal, you are in good hands.



Be greeted by their extremely friendly waitress and be shown to your table. 
I was spoilt for choice with their extensive menu! They had so many different cuisines.
There is definitely something for everyone's palate.



Mango Tango RM12 and Coconut Mojito RM32


Spiced Pumpkin Soup RM14.90

Crispy Squid Ring Salad RM16.90

Black Spicy Chicken Wingies RM15.90

Soft Shell Crab Burger RM27.90

Premium Aussie Striploin Steak RM52

Sweet Teriyaki Salmon Steak with Tuhau Fried Rice RM36.90


Boom Boom Sizzling Brownie RM18.90

Zesty Lemon Tart RM13.80


PERSONAL VERDICT
Interior :  5 stars
Cleanliness :  5 stars 
Comfort : 4 stars 
Service : 5 stars 
Food :  4 stars 

Total : 23 out of 25 stars ( 92% Satisfaction) 
I fell in love with the lively nature of this restaurant. Never a dull moment and the well trained staff made sure of every comfort a diner should be provided with. Well rounded menu for every tastebud, so even the fussiest of diners would be happy here. Excellent portions and presentation, taste is somewhat consistent on several occasions. 

I was impressed that local ingredients were so well integrated into their dishes! Who would have thought of Tuhau in their fried rice?! Give it a go, guys! 

Soft Shell burger here is the best i've had in Malaysia. No kidding. Loved that they found such an amazing batter to dip the crab in, and the complementing vege gave this dish the right amount of oomph! I will come back for more.

Could improve on the timing of food orders, for example, I ordered 2 starters (soup and chicken wings) and oddly, the chicken wings arrived last, after the mains were served. However, that was a tiny mistake, one that was easily remedied once i notified their waiters. 

Did i tell you their desserts are to die for? Scrumptious. 


TAVERN KITCHEN & BAR
ADDRESS: Lot G-93, Aramaiti Street Walk, Imago Shopping Mall,
KK Times Square Phase 2, Jalan Coastal, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

EMAIL ADDRESS: contactus@tavern.com.my
TELEPHONE NO: +60-12-5860093

Alternatively, 
Book your table at Tavern via TABLEAPP 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa : For A Peaceful Getaway

Entrance to the resort

Nestled in the quiet town of Miri, a coastal town of Sarawak, 
is the prestigious Miri Marriott Resort and Spa. 
Famous for its flawless service and amenities, spacious room 
and luxurious settings for a honeymoon, vacation and business trips.  

Poolside view of the Hotel 

Lobby and Reception 

Walk way overlooking the sea and pool 

Chefs preparing meals for buffet 

Famous Sarawak noodles is served here

Extremely large buffet area

cosy indoor dining area

Have your own private corner with the family 

Enjoy the pool and sea view with their outdoor dining area

Kiddy pool 

Pool Bar 

Our room for 2 nights! It was so comfy that i got out of bed late for breakfast! 

Good little spot for us girls to relax and chit chat

Ah... an outdoor balcony just for us! Here we enjoyed the morning breeze.

Who can say no to a bath tub? 

Yes, enough space for two girls's worth of toiletries. 

World famous spa right at your doorstep - Mandara Spa  


Mandara Spa - Enjoy a manicure/pedicure treat right here 

Mandara Spa - enjoy their floral foot soak and massage here

A must-try here is their Asian Head Massage - A Thai poultice filled with exotic leafs, flowers and lime essential oil is dipped in warm coconut oil and used on the scalp for complete relaxation.

An outdoor tub and shower is a special treat for you and your loved one.

Gym rats rejoice! You still can work out with their fully equipped gym 

A studio for yoga and dance fanatics. 

Unwind with friends at the bar, fully air conditioned. 

Special tip : Hotel staff promise the best sunset view from this balcony at the bar

Personally, I fell in love with this hotel the minute i got to the lobby. The very helpful staff came forward to welcome us by taking our luggage, served us a cool drink and check in was really quick. 

Our room was spotless. Although it was quite a walk from the main building, I was thankful as i quickly realized how peaceful it was as it was far from the pool and bar. I truly had quality time with my close friend, and most importantly, a really good sleep. 

Just 2 days of quiet time and a really good spa session at the top-notch Mandara Spa left me rejuvenated and energized for the real world in Kota Kinabalu city again. Coming back here soon as i hear they just upgraded their rooms to be more comfortable, spacious and trendy! YAY! 


Miri Marriott Resort and Spa
Facebook : Miri Marriott 
Phone: +60 85 421 121




Thursday, March 10, 2016

Explore Sandakan with Four Points by Sheraton

Sandakan is the second largest city in Sabah, after its capital city, Kota Kinabalu. 
Located on the northern east-coast of Sabah ( Borneo ) , Malaysia.  
It is facing the famous Sandakan Bay and is one of Malaysia's port town. 

World renown for its wildlife conservation efforts and eco-tourism, 
Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary, 
Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkeys Centre 
are among the few wildlife attractions located here.

My journey here took me a good 6 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu city. 
On the way, I even had time to stop by Tuaran for their famous local noodles - Tuaran Mee. 

It was fairly easy to locate the hotel. 
Situated at the old part of city centre, next to the Harbor Square. 

Come, let me show you what i got to experience 
in this ultra luxurious 4-star business hotel. 

Serene seaside city of Sandakan from the top of Four Points Hotel by Sheraton 

VIP Lounge 

Bathroom and the most comfortable bed (my fav!) of the Deluxe room

The living room of the Ambassador Suite. 

The dining room and bar area of the Ambassador suite. 

Their living room and dining room of the Presidential Suite. 

Wonderful place to chill with a pint. 

The Best Brew has a pretty good selection of wine and cigars. 

Simple yet interesting decor of the bar. 

quiet corner at the pub. 

The sunsets at the infinity pools are apparently quite famous amongst the locals.

Even in the afternoon sun, the infinity pool looks so inviting. 

Healthy smoothies, green salads with meats, chinese and malay cuisine, and of course, continental breakfast is served.

Breakfast with a view of the Sulu Sea. 

Who isn't happy with a world-class breakfast to start your day of exploring?
Model : @calistaleahliew  

Everything sweet and delightful is found in this quaint bakery. 

Pops of color and heavenly scents of cakes! 

 My Personal Verdict 
Interior :  4 stars
Cleanliness :  5 stars 
Comfort : 5 stars 
Service : 5 stars 
Food :  4 stars 

Total : 23 out of 25 stars ( 92% Satisfaction) 
I truly love the extremely (because it's impolite of me to use the word 'f-ing') comfortable bed! 
I didn't even want to leave the bed to explore the historical city or food hunt. 
Dear Four Points By Sheraton, please take me back to your bed. 



FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SANDAKAN 
Location : Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan, 90000, Malaysia 
  Phone: (60)(89)244888  or  1-800-18-1220