Thursday, 23 November 2017

Gunung Diak Mountain Festival. Singkep & Lingga Highlights

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I was in Pulau Singkep and Pulau Lingga for Gunung Diak Festival 2017. One of the signature events of the annual festival is the 35 km mountain biking trail through the hills and villages near Dabo (Singkep) town. I didn't bike this time but am inspired to start training 😁 Over 100 cyclists from Malacca, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore joined the Indonesians for this year's event from 19 -22 Nov.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

元祖胡椒饼 Yuanzu Pepper Cakes. Longshan Temple. Taipei

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Buddy Benjamin said I must try 元祖胡椒饼 Yuanzu Pepper Cake near 龍山寺 Longshan Temple in Taipei, and so... here we are 😄

Taiwan Braised Pork Rice @ Seah Inn 呷三碗 Eat 3 Bowls

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I was down at Harbourfront this morning for an errand, so the natural choice for me is to have breakfast at Seah Inn hawker centre. I had lu rou fan and big intestine mee sua at 呷三碗 Eat 3 Bowls stall which I think can satisfy most people's craving for these Taiwanese food icons.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Xiamen Attractions from my 4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary

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Enjoyed a marvellous four days in beautiful Xiamen 厦门. A well planned city off China's Fujian province with lots of greenery, parks, lakes, bays, history and modernity. Not as congested as megapolis like Shanghai or Beijing - population and infrastructure are well balanced. A clean and green city with good air quality.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Taipei Locals' Favourite Pepper Cake 丞祖胡椒餅 Zheng Zu Hu Jiao Bing

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We tried a number of Taiwan pepper cake stalls during our Taipei trip and our favourite was Zheng Zu 丞祖胡椒餅 (off Chongqing South Road). Zheng Zu has the best combination of juicy peppery pork filling and browned crisp chewy crust of all the pepper cakes we tried during our week long trip.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Lu Rou Fan Braised Pork Rice. CNN's Best. Jin Feng Taipei 金峰滷肉飯

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Before our day trip to Yang Ming Shan, we swung by the famous Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan 金峰滷肉飯 for brekky - it's boiled rice topped with roughly chopped braised pork belly eaten with a variety of side dishes. It's like Singapore / Malaysia's "economy rice"  經濟飯 or 雜菜飯. But, the humble staple is revered as a food icon in Taiwan. They even have keenly contested annual competitions to honour the best LRF shops in Taiwan.

Pa Abib Famous Nasi Beryani at Tepian Tebrau in JB

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Thanks to Buddy Shannon's recommendation, I tried Pa Abib's famous nasi beryani in Tepian Tebrau food centre. Pa Abib's little stall is indeed very popular - there was a constant stream of long time regulars who come and take away packets of nasi briyani. Pa Abib opens at 4pm and is usually sold out before 7pm.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

肆源小炒 Humble Little Food Stall in Masai with Lots to Offer

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After running an errand in Masai, Johor this morning, we swung over to Mr. Tay's little stall 肆源小炒 for brunch. It's just simple staples with rice but the dishes were nicely done as usual. It's another humble but satisfying meal at 肆源小炒.

Barn 81 Cafe Taman Melodies JB. Tasty Savouries, Great Desserts, Good Coffee

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Daniel invited me to visit his Barn 81 Cafe in Taman Melodies in Johor Bahru. I enjoyed the food, desserts and coffee here.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Visit to Xiamen Air HQ. Behind the Scenes of China's Best Airline 厦门航空

Xiamen-Air-Headquarters-厦门航空

I had the privilege to visit Xiamen Air Headquarters in Xiamen on 3 Nov 2017. It’s an eye opening visit to one of China’s leading airlines and emerging global player.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Breakfast at Grace's Mama Nyonya. Desa Tebrau

Grace's-Mama-Nyonya-Desa-Tebrau

We went to Grace's Mama Nyonya for brekky this morning. We enjoyed their Nyonya laksa and mee siam, but the most memorable was their roti jala.

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