Thursday, November 16, 2017

What Can AirAsia Offers Your Travel-Geekness?

Henry Tan | 4:49 PM | 5 Comments so far
Greetings, citizens of Earth! How are you guys doing? Everyone is alive and well? Can you imagine suddenly out of nowhere someone commented, “I’m dead, but I’m doing good.” That’ll seriously turn my day upside down, for sure. Okay, I hope all of you are doing good because today we are going to talk about T-R-A-V-E-L-I-N-G stuff. We are reaching towards the end of the year and what the heck are we doing sitting around doing nothing? We should start planning to go travelling, baby! Forgive for my over excitement on this matter but I’m just trying to pump up the travelling spirit in you.



Okay, before we get down to business, have you heard that Traveloka Malaysia is on a cheap flight ticket mission? Well, it’s not really that surprising because they do give out crazy promotions all the time. So, maybe after this you can check their site and take a peek at what they’re offering. So, enough of the side news there, let’s focus on today’s entry. One word: AirAsia. If you didn’t know, AirAsia is the local airline brand that is making news a lot lately, especially just recently the big man himself launch his autobiography and I heard the receiving was great. How is AirAsia being so the IN thing, right now? Well, let’s explore that, shall we?

Low cost, baby!

We often hear how AirAsia the one and only low-cost carrier in Malaysia and apparently, it’s not a bogus statement. AirAsia is putting the word “low cost” in almost everything that they can put it on. You can go and check Airasia flights tickets online and you will wig out over some of the cheap stuff you’ll find. By stuff, I mean the price tickets of course. Anyone can fly with them. They had research made on this and after some digging, I found out that AA (I’m just going to stick with AA from now on) has the lowest operating cost compared with other competitors - 29 of ‘em, low distribution costs, lowest cost per average seat per kilometer of 2.13 U.S cents and pretty much low prices.

Efficiency is key to your heart

Efficiency is what makes us want to travel frequently, right? I mean, imagine, if you went through a very crappy process with the airlines especially, it’ll just ruin the whole thing. Before you could even get to your destination, you would be thinking of going home and binge watch something. AA played their cards right by taking notice of the little things in order to make their flight operation and system work as efficiently as possible. Again, I did some digging and found that some of the measures that AA took to keep their efficiency reputation on point are like minimizing turnaround time, multitasking employees that could attend to the customers at all times and its point-on-point services.

It’s one of the popular ones, duh

I can assure that AA is one of the popular or top airline brandings out there. Whoever lives in Malaysia will know who or what AA is. The fact that it is low cost and efficiency puts the branding at the top. Thus, having a well-known brand to carry you around when you are out travelling gives you that sense of easiness, you know. You know you will not end up on some messed up end of the world by some weird airlines. It’s like the concept of your favourite food. You have trust and comfort with it regardless of which part of the earth you are staying. The branding says it all.

The staffs are Da Boss

AA has been known to keep their staff up and ready to serve at all times. Yeah, sometimes staffs have their bad days, right? It’s human nature, but AA has a clearcut reputation for keeping their staff well ready to do their job in whatever situation that is being put on them. Not only they are trained to do multiple tasks, but the policies they have are also well-established in turning their staff into one heck-of-a-boss.


So, that’s it for today’s entry about AA. All the good stuff, right? Just because I put in the strengths does not mean there is no weakness in it. Everything in the world comes in two and opposites. Since the title is what AA can offer you, I’m giving you the down low on what you can benefit from them. Yes, they have a weakness as well, but if you zoom out and see the bigger picture, AA does provide you with a good travel experience. So, go on and check airasia flight schedule to book your flights now! Adventure waits for no man!


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Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner 2017 @ Sunway Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 1:57 PM | | | | 4 Comments so far
Christmas is coming when you start to see turkey again! Baby and I went for the preview of Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Sun Cafe, which will be available in both Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya. So if you are wondering where to celebrate Christmas Eve, read on!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
24th December 2017
7:00 pm until 10.30 pm

Adult - RM88 nett
Children - RM58 nett
Senior Citizens - RM65 nett

Available in both Sunway Hotel Georgetown & Seberang Jaya


No worry if you are looking for a place to celebrate the last day of 2017 with a big feast, New Year Eve's Buffet Dinner is available at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya too. The time and price would be the same as the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. 



As usual, we started off the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner with soup. Two types of soup were available, namely Creamy Seafood Chowder and Roasted Tomato Soup. Garlic bread and butter are being served too! 


Next, we had the fresh seafood on ice. Salmon, tiger prawns and mussels are available to go with various sauces such as Tabasco, lemon wedges, superior soy sauce, wasabi and dijon mustard. Don't you think the tiger prawns are like Nemo (clown fish)? 😂



Right before the main course, some greens are necessary as well to feel less sinful. Sunway Hotel serves colorful garden salads such as the Crispy Seasonal Lettuce, Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Cheese Platter as well as all the salad dressing. Cold dishes like Chilled Shrimp with Cilantro Salsa in Glass, Pickled Beef with Shredded Gherkin and Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad were being served too. 


For the main dishes, Sunway Hotel serves the best of both world, the American Station and the Asian Station. We had the Classic Pilaf Rice, Oven Baker Marinated Tiger Prawn, Chicken Fricassee, Roasted Beef with Smoked Pepper Sauce, Pan Seared Butter Fish with Buffet Herb Crust and Red Onion Relish, Farfalle Sausages Primavera, Roasted Baby Potato and Broccoli Polonaise. 



Personally, I like the Chicken Fricassee topped with white sauce. Fricassee, a French style of cooking where the chicken were being sautéed and braised. This way it browns the chicken and keep it moist and tender! I can hardly find it elsewhere in Penang!


The main highlight of Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner of course must be the Oven Baked Turkey with Homemade Gravy, Stuffing with Cranberry Sauce, Mushroom Sauce and Minty Black Pepper Sauce. Don't miss out the live show where the chef prepare right at the carving board.  


A feast is not complete without a sweet ending. The Assistant Pastry Chef from Sunway Hotel, Chef Huzaimi will impress you with his finest creations, such as Christmas Mince Pie, Tradditional Christmas Stollen, Christmas Log Cake, Chocolate Truffle Cake and many more! 




Overall, I think the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Sunway Hotel is suitable for family and friends gathering, whereby the price is affordable, given that it is a 4-Star hotel. Festive season can be packed of people, so be sure to make reservation early to avoid disappointment! 


04-370 7788 - Seberang Jaya
04-229 9988 - Georgetown



Happy food hunting!
And Merry Christmas in advance! 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What Food To Eat At Fisherman's Wharf Penang Food Court

Henry Tan | 4:58 PM | | 16 Comments so far
The food court located along Karpal Singh Drive Penang has recently changed to a new management and also a new name, from BSP Waterfront Food Court to Fisherman's Wharf Penang Food Court (槟城渔人码头). The new name certainly sounds better and professional. Read on to find out what food to eat here! 




Fisherman's Wharf Penang Food Court can be easily found at the end of Karpal Singh Drive which is just next to McDonald's. However, the entrance and the ample parking space are located along Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong. Even though the car park is free of charge, but the management still hired security guards! 👍👍👍




Fisherman's Wharf Penang faces east with a decent sea view of Penang Strait. Many Penangites enjoy brisk walking or cycling along the Karpal Singh Drive which connected to Fisherman's Wharf Penang, so it would be convenient to take meals there.   




There are variety of food to choose at Fisherman's Wharf Penang, be it the local delights, seafood and even food from other countries! Trust me, you will have to walk around and have a look first before deciding. But be sure to remember your table number so that they can deliver it to you!




Apparently the tables and seating are a little lesser than the previous, but I felt that it is much better now given that it looks more merrier. The newly renovated lighting and decorations makes Fisherman's Wharf Penang more livelier




Baby and I went there a few times before it was being renovated. So recently we went there again recently and I have to say that we were amazed by the environment, lively, much brighter and the food stalls are more standardized. I believe you would be the same like me, cannot decide what to eat when given too many option! So this post will be a guide on what we ate!  



Special Cowboy's Double Saddles Chicken @ Burger Station

I know McDonald's is just nearby, but in case if you want to try something new and you are craving for burgers while your friends or family are not, Fisherman's Wharf Penang is the place to go! Burger Station located right at the entrance so it's easy to notice upon arrival. 


The menu was simple with just 6 burgers to choose, if you want to try the unique ones then go for Terriyaki Wasabi Chicken Burger, otherwise go for the Cowboy's Chicken Burger, or Special Cowboy's Double Saddles Chicken if you are starving!


We had Cowboy's Chicken Burger (RM7) and Special Cowboy's Double Saddles Chicken (RM12). Cowboy's Chicken Burger comes with lot of mushrooms that give different textures to the burger, while the later one comes with two layers of grilled boneless chicken thigh with cheese






Spicier Laksa @ Mr Laksa

This may not be the best Laksa in Penang but certainly good enough to ease your craving without having to wait at those touristy places. Baby like their Laksa as it is reddish, spicier and appetizing with the pineapples stripes. 


We ate the regular Laksa (RM5) with added shrimp paste (虾膏). As much as baby likes it, I prefer mine to have plenty of shredded fish and less spicy. So if you are the same like me, remember to remind the boss when you order it. 




Ice Kacang

Since the laksa was spicy for me, so we had Ice Kacang too. We don't usually eat Ice Kacang unless we just came from somewhere super hot or we just ate something spicy. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a pile of shaved ice with various ingredients added surely is attractive. I like mine with a lot of crunchy crushed-peanut which gives the fragrant and sweetness upon chewing




Char Koay Teow

Again, it may not be the best in Penang, but I reckon that it could be a temporary fix too. Good thing about this stall is that they let you choose the size of the prawns upfront as the price varies too. I don't fancy big size prawn since the flesh tends to be more tough, then be sure to get the normal size prawn upon order. 




Hong Kong Style Cheong Fun

I usually would only take Hong Kong Style Cheong Fun when we go for Dim Sum, but somehow this stall caught my attention with the various ingredients options. The one that WOW-ed me the most was the Peanut Butter Cheong Fun (RM4), but I could only be daring enough to try the Egg + Prawn Cheong Fun (RM6). 


I was surprised that Cheong Fun could be cooked together with egg, hence out of curiosity, we tried it. Basically the Cheong Fun filled with the fragrance of egg but it makes Cheong Fun thicker too. So at one point, I thought I was having steamed roti telur dipped in soy sauce. Anyhow, a good try though, next time I will be trying peanut butter one! 




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By the time we were leaving, Fisherman's Wharf Penang Food Court was filled with all aged of people, be it with family or friends. I took a quick glance at what dishes most people ordered but I couldn't tell cause all are even! 


The next time we visit, I will try the colorful chairs near to the seafront or even the bar stools with candle light facing the sea at Beer Garden. Overall, I think Fisherman's Wharf Penang Food Court is much cleaner and comfortable now. Hopefully the management is able to maintain the standard.





Any food you would recommend here 
please comment below!




Till then! ;)
Happy Food Hunting!
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Asian Hotpot Buffet Dinner @ Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang

Henry Tan | 5:57 PM | | | 3 Comments so far
Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang has kick-started their Asian Hotpot Buffet Dinner with FREE flow of beer every Wednesday starting from 1st November 2017! Calling all steamboat and beer lovers, book now and enjoy your big feast! 





Thanks to the invitation from Sunway Hotel Georgetown, baby and I went to try out their newly promoted Asian Hotpot Buffet Dinner, which held in their in-house restaurant, Sun Cafe. The last time we were there for their Ramadhan Buffet back in 2016





As usual, we started off with the appetizers. Yes, I know what you might be thinking! And yes, even if is a hotpot buffet dinner, appetizers and desserts are included as well! These appetizers are the kind of thing you can start with while waiting for the soup to boil in the hotpot! 





Some simple main dishes were being prepared too, just in case if you need something fulfilling to fill the empty stomach. I am a steamboat/hotpot person, so I just took a little here and there for the sake of tasting. I wouldn't want to waste any of my stomach space if you know what i mean. 😂😂😂





Like the name suggests, it's a hotpot buffet dinner, so eat-all-you-can! We had both Tom Yum and Clear Soup on each sides of the hotpot, but trust me, they were both equally good, or at least up to my liking and expectation. Ingredients wise, I wouldn't say it's impressive, but certainly good enough to have a good feast. I ate quite a lot of beef, fish, prawns as well as squid balls.   




I am more to a wine-person than a beer-person, but October has been harsh on me, so it was definitely a good chance for me to cheers to the beginning of November! Besides, nothing beats a cold chill beer with hot spicy Tom Yum soup! Perfect combination especially if is raining outside! 




If you have a sweet tooth like baby does, various types of dessert are available too. Overall, I think if you like steamboat and beer, this has to be the place you go to! Be it a family and friends gathering or just to satisfy your craving, Asian Hotpot Buffet Dinner will be a good choice! 



Asian Hotpot Buffet Dinner
Every Wednesday

Adult - RM80 nett
Senior Citizen - RM65 nett
Children - RM50 nett

Kids eat free with every paying adult.
For reservation, kindly contact
Sun Cafe - 04-229 9988




Till then!
Happy food hunting! ;)
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 1 Penang 2017 @ 4D3N Star Cruises Super Star Libra

Henry Tan | 6:58 PM | | 38 Comments so far
Thanks to Hwajing Travel & Tours, baby and I had the chance to go on a 4D3N Trip from Penang - Port Klang - Phuket and back to Penang by Star Cruises Super Star Libra on 30th September to 3rd October 2017. It was also our first and ever Mid-Autumn Festival celebration on a cruise in the middle of the sea! This post will be all about our Day 1, read on! 

Day 1 - Penang




Since we need to gather at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, baby and I took Grab to the terminal as parking there for 4 days would be costly. One of the most important thing to bring of course would be our passport! A list of things to prepare as below:




Don't be surprised if you ended up dragging a big luggage on board. Since you will be spending most of the time on cruise, do bring along sport shoes so that you can enjoy the sport facilities such as gym, basketball court, ping pong and even driving range (golf)! 




After simple registration at the counter and gotten ourselves the cruise access card, we were ready to board Super Star Libra Star Cruise. Hwajing Travel & Tours prepared the sky blue lanyard for us to keep our access card as it is used as onboard identity card, onboard charge card and cabin key card. You definitely do not want to lose it as people can use it to swipe and spend just like a credit card!




Thankfully our cabin was on Deck 6 with window looking out to the sea view. Our cabin number is 06015A, which means Deck 6 and cabin number 15. The access card will also shown the assembly station, which is C1 for us and can also be seen from the emergency guide inside the cabin too.  




Everyday a Star Navigator will be available for you at your cabin to check out all the restaurants' opening hours as well as the schedule and venue of activities available that day. Subsequently, a copy of it can be taken at the Reception Counter at Deck 4. Once we left all our luggage in the cabin, we went to explore the cruise as well as taking tea break at Mariner's Buffet at Deck 9.  




As baby and I went with the bloggers group, we had a welcoming session by Kenny, the managing director for Hwajing Travel & Tours. Welcoming drink and afternoon tea were prepared for us at Boomers, Deck 8, while listening to the introduction and briefing by Kenny.




At 4.30pm, there was a mandatory safety drill where those that just on board are compulsory to attend. Life jackets are available in each cabin, so we were required to bring along and gathered at designated assembly station - C1. The crew taught us how to put on the life jacket and also what to do if emergency happens, such as the "Titanic" incident! 😂😂😂 I also learned that we need to shout "Man Overboard" if someone fallen off the ship. Interesting experience! 





After the safety drill, we went on to explore and get ourselves familiar with every single decks on the cruise, including the casino, duty free shops, restaurants and all the other facilities. Not sure if we were too excited to be on the cruise or what, we went for early dinner at the Mariner's Buffet. The buffet was okay and there's even Hokkien Mee available in case anyone started to feel homesick!  





After the early dinner, we went to the open air top deck to enjoy the wind and sunset. It was quite relaxing, free and easy to walk around and just enjoy the moment. More importantly, we also took quite a number of photos and videos just to capture our memories there. 




At 7.30pm, we went for dinner again with all the other bloggers at Four Seasons Restaurant at Deck 4, as Hwajing Travel & Tours specially prepared for us. The food was good as we got feast like a king where the main course includes Lobster Berempah, Kurma Lamb, Fish Curry and Honey Chicken. Our late dinner was way too fulfilling! 




There were a lot of activities going on at different deck of the cruise, such as the dancing session at pool deck, show at Stardust Lounge Deck 5, fitness training at the gym, live band performance at the crystal court and so on! But we were too tired and probably sleepy after the heavy meal, so we headed back to cabin to rest early. 

Check out our Day 1 Video!



Stay tuned for the other days!
Happy Cruising! ;)
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