Published on June 14 2014

Since I don't have a lot of photos, I decided I'll just do a re-cap for this short trip.

The hybridThe hybrid

The hybrid

Woken up to breakfast at a food court on Jalan Kebun Sultan. 5.30 a.m. one bus of tourists were crowded in this food court bathroom to brush teeth.

This fascinating thing above a cross of pohpiah and lohbak. A pohpiah with lohbak fillings (instead of vegetables). A lohbak with pohpiah skin (instead of soya). Whatver... Quite regretted I bought this thing because I don't like fried food cold. Just... yuckkk

P/S: Not because the marriage didn't work out. It's because the meat was disgusting.

Still I had a good laugh before I went back to the bus to eat bread:

Seriously, PIRATED DVD ADS?

Seriously, PIRATED DVD ADS?

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha

Despite 95% Malay of Kelantan's population, the town of Tumpat, noteworthy for its number of relatively well-off Siamese villages is not only where the minority ethnic Thai inhabitants of Kelantan mostly centered, so does the state's two hundred or so Buddhist temples.

During this trip, we visited the 4 temples.

Time 8.30 a.m.

One of the 25 temples in Tumpat, Wat Phothivihan has the longest and biggest Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. It measures 40 metres long and 11 metres high. Also the most popular.The devotees of this temple are mainly ethnic Thais, and the temple itself is a typical Thai Buddhist temple.

Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)
I lost the guess the statue's sex game

I lost the guess the statue's sex game

We also visited another temple in Tumpat called Wat Pikhulthong where the giant Buddhalila stands. This 60 metres high statue took 10 years to finish. Unlike majority of Tumpat temples, strong Indian influence can be seen from architectures and statues of gods and monks of this temple.

9.30 a.m. now.

Wat Pikhulthong

Wat Pikhulthong

Indian influnceIndian influnceIndian influnce

Indian influnce

Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)

Third temple in Tumpat we visited is Wat Maisuwankiri, also known as The Dragon Boat Temple because of the two dragons at the boat statue.

Unlike the two previous temples we visited, this temple is all gold and shiny and big and luxury. Donation from Thai King...

Wat Maisuwankiri

Wat Maisuwankiri

Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)
Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)
Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)

The last temple we visited is Wat Machimmaram with a Samadhi Buddha tall at over 30 metres, 22 metres wide on a lotus base of 47.5 metres - the largest sitting Buddha in Southeast Asia. This Chinese influenced temple was built in 1991 but only completed in 2001.

This temple is our tour guide's favorite. Oh, his name Bernard He talked a lot but all the aunties and aucles on the bus ignored him lol

Wat Machimmaram
Wat MachimmaramWat Machimmaram

Wat Machimmaram

Ok, no more temple.

12.30 p.m.

We were at Siti Khadijah Market and I finally can eat. I mean to try out the local cuisine of Kelatan. I ate two servings at lunch because of the hybrid I had thrown away when my mum didn't notice. *Starved*

Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)
Kelantan cuisineKelantan cuisineKelantan cuisine
Kelantan cuisine

Kelantan cuisine

I ordered a 2-in-1, Nasi Dagang (the brown) with udang galah and Nasi Kerabu (the blue) with solok lada (chillies stuffed with minced fish and grated coconut). I have also tried the Laksa Kelatan. I chose to eat laksam (the thicker noodle) because I remember I have never seen it in my hometown but I used to had it when I was studying in Johor.

Lastly, drained everything down with the cap ayam (chicken trade mark) orange-flavoured soft drink and we were ready for some shopping.

Named after Prophet Muhammad's entrepreneurial wife, this rainbow-colored bazaar is mostly run by women.

Lady bosses
Lady bossesLady bosses

Lady bosses

Dodol

Dodol

After checked into hotel and I went to gym and showered, we hit Pantai Cahaya Bulan in the late afternoon.

5 p.m. at the beach

Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)
Re-cap Weekend at Kelantan (7th & 8th June)

Dinner was at food court again. Boring.

8 p.m.

Sunday morning was just breakfast at hotel rooftop (laksa was good and love that they have my favorite soft boiled eggs) and more shopping at Rantau Panjang along Sungai Golok. Did you know that this place is duty free? And there is even a nice cafe here with beautiful macarons!

More lady boss

More lady boss

We left Rantau Panjang for home around 1 p.m. I was so excited with shopping and eating until I forgot to have a look at the famous river that separates Malaysia and Thailand!!! I couldn't find Nasi Tumpang during this trip so I think I will definitely be back in the future and also to see Sungai Golok.

Another must-do thing if you happened to be around Tasik Temenggor along the East-West Link... eat fresh water "seafood"! Grik is landlocked so the fish are from the nearby lake. I think I ate 3 frogs that day and forgot about the photo again.

4 p.m. super full "tea"

I hope this gives you some inspiration for places to visit for a weekend away!

"Seafood" form Temenggor Lake

"Seafood" form Temenggor Lake

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Published on June 9 2014

Overlooking Royal Belum

Overlooking Royal Belum

I had to stop for at least a photo of this jaw dropping scenery at the East-West Highway R&R even though every one on bus was waiting for me. Mandatory.

Remember when I was young, my teachers used to tell us creepy stories of elephants and monkeys and wildlife etc. encountered along this road. Especially at night. The day I had to hold my urine for hours in traffic jam here, I can't believe all those bs. By the way, it was 15 years ago, so it might still be true. It's now a busy road with a crowded R&R and long queue at toilets.

I departed to Kelatan at night so I literally had been sleeping all the way to the destination. I like the day time journey better because you get to see this beautiful place that make you impossible to fall asleep.

I also learnt that this is the jungle where the communists had hidden and the route the Japanese had cycled to the major cities in Malaysia after landed from Tumpat. So it is true this place was scary.

P/s Will update the photos from this trip in the coming post :)

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Published on September 15 2013

Beef tataki 25, Maki sushi 18, Unadon 32

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Sashimi special 50, Okonomiyaki 20

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Shabu-shabu 35

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Green tea 1, Matcha red bean smoothie 10 and Cold floral sake 50 - alcohol of the day for the 18th birthday celebration, finally legal!

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Brought along my Instax since I heard this restaurant has beautiful interior. Glad I did get some worthy shots.

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We did it again: unaware of the closing time! The restaurant has emptied when we left.

I don't usually splurge on Japanese cuisine but the food at Isaribi Tei is gorgeous and my favorite is the sashimi. Also the Okinomiyaki that has soba noodles inside. I hate miso soup but I fell in love with theirs, not your usual salty type!

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<Below pictures are NON-FOOD RELATED> taken at the pre-war house restaurant compound

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Published on September 14 2013

September is definitely not a usual month for rainy season. I won't mind the sky is grey if the weather is cool. I hate hot days but this is Malaysia, gotta love the sunny weather that brings business and money.

Lovely weather is time to wear my Mango knit top and Style Weekend by Zalora nude laser cut scallop leather pants.

Feeling awesome cuddling with my giant furball.

CATURDAY Raining Cats

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Published on September 13 2013

A collage compiled by a mutual friend. She says it means Happy Birthday.

How cute!

A Birthday Collage, Best Wishes

Oh, big G is me! Taken in front of Gurney Hotel after Paris's vet visit.

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Published on August 3 2013

CATURDAY Ren's Sushi Tea Time

My boy loves sushi!

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Published on August 2 2013

I own an Instax, finally! Well, million thanks to Guinness Malaysia. Officially in love with Instagram contest :/

INSTAGRAM #madeofmore
INSTAGRAM #madeofmore

P/S Excited when I got to know I just won this camera, I went to the shop and ask for the film that compatible with my Piano Black. The way that guy shouted "Piano Black??!", twice. Then I found out why was he sounds more excited than me, Piano Black is very much more expensive than other Instax.

Sigh, I can't tell him I got it FREE!

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Published on April 28 2013

Use ZBAPJ2Q to take 15% off on top of sale!

 

Shoe sales are hard to resist (or I don't want to resist) I gone cray cray when I see my sizes are available

SHOPPING Zalora Malaysia Shoe Haul

I paid for my first purchase which I entitled for free shipping and then... ooopps I discover another two pairs must-buys. I am supposed to pay RM 5 for second parcel. Later, I received a text message reminding to prepare RM 30. I thought I don't have pay shipping fee for same day order (like when I was in US) but Ta-Q-Bin asked for RM 35 when COD.

So yeah, I still paid RM 5 for my second order. Conclusion is, Zalora system can't combine same day order :(

First package when everybody went out and GDex left me a sorry note. Second package, which delivered by Ta-Q-Bin was lucky to came in late afternoon, we were back that time. GDex came again the next day, they gave me a ring but I was sleeping like a dead zombie so I didn't pick up the call, good, second sorry note. I can't wait until Monday to get my stuff so I went to their office Saturday morning to pick up by myself.

Finally, I can do a group photo for new shoes.

SHOPPING Zalora Malaysia Shoe Haul

Trying out my new babies...

SHOPPING Zalora Malaysia Shoe Haul

Lame excuses of buying so many shoes in one go:

(to prove my sanity)

Dolce Soles Heels with buckles in Bright Pink (Candy color addict's pick)

Chunky heels!!! Buy!!! I saw a blue/pink version of this shoes but I didn't click. It disappeared when I return to that page but bright pink is just fine for me since I don't really care about the color. So long as they are chunky xD

Dolce Soles Criss Cross Embellished Stilettos in Light Gold

Gold!!! Color does matter, occasionally.

Dolce Soles Platform Wedges With Gold Piping in Black

I don't know why I keep buying wedges shoes...

Dolce Soles Patent Ribbon Ballerina Flats in Light Green

It says light green in product details, looks mint blue in display pic but the real stuff is between blue-green that I call turquoise, the mermaid color. Since I cannot buy turquoise jeans, I bought shoes instead. I'm so in love with everything pastel recently.

Zalora shoes are worthy buys. They carry many mid-priced shoe lines (below RM 100 picks) like Dolce. I don't expect genuine leather kind of stuff, at least they are all good quality.

RM 15-20 a pair during UP TO 70% sales is totally a *STEAL*!!!

I'm glad I subscript to their newsletter, always keep me posted on goof deal!

Major headache below...

SHOPPING Zalora Malaysia Shoe Haul
SHOPPING Zalora Malaysia Shoe Haul

One of the big big shoe box for my pink chunky heels got damaged during delivery. Totally ruined (flat out kind) and impossible to repair. Trouble looking for another box this size now.

PS. I keep shoes in boxes, with pictures on them and staked up along the corridor. I hope they will mention "handle with care" in the future!

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Published on April 17 2013

The main purpose of this Thailand trip is actually to celebrate Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year. I have always been fascinated by the idea of throwing water at random strangers on the street when I heard friends talking about it. My first experience in photos below...

Streets of the eve,

JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand

Strategies, you know

JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand

Young fighters forming alliance

JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand

Free foam party in front of Lee Garden Plaza, taken from McDonald's

JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand
JOURNEY Songkran Festival 2013 Hadyai, Thailand

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Published on April 16 2013

Nothing much about the first day. Departed at 5 a.m, finally dozed off in the crowded van that I paid 100% fee when I only got 70% of the seat. Being sardinized, I was grumpy the whole journey I cursed so much silently for I didn't want to be the only one who talks too much, nobody else was complaining, anyways. Furthermore, I have been told to bear with the festival situation.

 

I used to traveled in a van with 20 persons to get back to the hostel after class (highest record) while I was studying in Parit Raja but at least that was for the mere 3 or 4 km. Imagine being stuck in a van with 13 persons including the driver for HOURS!!! In term of safety, is this even allowed on the road?! I know you want to make more money but it is just not right to sacrifice your customers comfort and safety!

 

Luckily Tesco was there to save the day: Junk food shopping (Works on carb addicts at least)

 

PHOTO DIARY BELOW <3

I'm leaving!

I'm leaving!

Thai border

Thai border

Tangled skyline

Tangled skyline

We stayed at...
We stayed at...

We stayed at...

Needed local currency!

Needed local currency!

Friend was preparing for water war

Friend was preparing for water war

Tuk tuk

Tuk tuk

Charges

Charges

From tuk tuk

From tuk tuk

Happy menu

Happy menu

Happy food

Happy food

JOURNEY: Hadyai, Thailand First Day Re-cap
More happy food

More happy food

Lost in translation...

Lost in translation...

Buddhism at Tesco Lotus

Buddhism at Tesco Lotus

Log Terrace Restaurant

Log Terrace Restaurant

The entrance

The entrance

So blissful from our table

So blissful from our table

Time to order

Time to order

Kangkung, mix veggies, CHICKEN LEG TENDON!

Kangkung, mix veggies, CHICKEN LEG TENDON!

Deep fried pork leg

Deep fried pork leg

Steamed fish, with lots of hidden chili

Steamed fish, with lots of hidden chili

What's in my place

What's in my place

Chicken leg tendon and deep fried pork leg were some best food I had! First time eating and I am already soooo addicted to these two dishes I might go back for more.

And oh, lastly, a selfie of OOTD~~~

JOURNEY: Hadyai, Thailand First Day Re-cap

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