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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A trip to Jenjarom: Fo Guang Shang Temple | Selangor

It is my first time to visit Fo Guang Shang Temple in Jenjarom even though I have been staying in KL for 20 years now. It was during the Raya week that my parents wanted to have a trip to this beautiful and sacred place. Basically, you just type "Dong Zen temple" in Waze and it will bring you there, easy peasy.

The temple was built in 1994, in a 16 acres of land. Every Chinese New Year Celebration, the whole temple will be decorated with beautiful lighting and different themes each year. There is also calligraphy writing activity in the hall that you can learn and write.






There is a exhibition on Venerable Master Hsing Yun's calligraphy for a month during our visit. We are so glad that we got the chance to see his work.


A lot of cute statues placed everywhere in the temple. Just can't take my eyes off these cutie.



After the temple visit, we drove to one of the famous biscuit shop in Jenjarom. It is called Heritaste, located just 3 mins from the temple. They are famous for its peanut biscuit. You just can't miss it when you are here.

Their main products are the peanut biscuits (kacang tumbuk) and kacang pipang. It comes in various packaging with different sizes. 

I preferred this packaging. It is smallest size and easy to give out to friends & family.

Heritaste
40, Jalan Intan 2,
42600 Jenjarom,Selangor
Tel: 03-3191 3764
For more information, visit their Facebook page.


Next stop, we went to have lunch in this restaurant that I found it through foursquare. The food served are fresh and price is quite reasonable except the crab. I would recommend if you were to order their seafood, ask the price in advance. We ordered the oat soft shelf crab, it was really delicious but when the bill came we got a shock on the price of that dish. Other than that, the price is quite reasonable. 


旺记海鲜 (Restoran Makanan Laut Wang Kee)
Lot 581, Lorong 23
Sg. Jarom, Kuala Langat,
Selangor
Tel.no: 03-3191 1654



Monday, August 01, 2016

2016 Top 3 Best Hotels in Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu might be considered as one of the most affordable destinations in Malaysia. There's a lot of reason to visit this city, either to embrace the picturesque nature scenery of the South China Sea and the Terengganu River, enjoy the recreations in various spots, savor the Syariah trip by visiting the Islamic heritage park and themed park, or even doing the business matters.

Despite any reasons, you have to get a good rest while staying in Kuala Terengganu. For the best retreat, it is definitely offered by the best Kuala Terengganu hotel. Today, I would like to share with you the 2016 Top 3 Best Hotel in KualaTerengganu.


1.       TH Hotel & Convention Centre Terengganu
Source: TH Hotel Website
This hotel is located at Jalan Lapangan Tembak, Gong Badak 21, TH Hotel is claimed as the 4-star Kuala Terengganu hotel focused on Syariah value. This hotel lies in the widespread land of the size more than 7 acres, engaging the tranquil environment aside from the crowded city. Even though, the hotel still within close proximity to the airport and Telok Ketapang Beach.

Source: TH Hotel Website
Source: Expedia.sg website
Notable as the #1 hotel in Kuala Terengganu by TripAdvisor, this is the affordable hotel for any matters. There are 182 classy decorated guestrooms with modern amenities. The entire rooms are designed with luxury sense shown by the golden color scheme. En-suite plush amenities are provided such as AC, sofa bed, flat TV, working station, electric kettle, mini fridge, full body sized mirror, also a modern bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer.

Source: TH Hotel website

Source: TH Hotel Website
The swimming pools are available both indoor and outdoor, where the outdoor pools also complemented by wading pool with a playground that is very attractive for children. Other facilities presented by this exquisite hotel are a restaurant, lounge, shuttle service, and also business and convention center.


2.       Hotel Grand Continental Kuala Terengganu
   
Source: Grand Continental KT Website
This hotel settled at Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Daerah 8 - City Center, the 4-star hotel is very strategic with the quick access to surrounding areas. Sultan Mahmud Airport is within 25 minutes driving away from this hotel. The China Town, Pasar Pasang, and Redang Island Jetty are located even closer, only 10 – 15 minutes drive away from the hotel.

Source: Grand Continental KT Website
There are nearly 200 guestrooms and suites; the Grand Continental Kuala Terengganu embraces luxury touch with specific contemporary decoration, alongside with the top-notch amenities. The standard amenities you’ll find in each room are AC, flat screen TV, sofa, working station, electric kettle, mini fridge, ironing facilities, and bathroom with bathtub, toiletries, and hair dryer.

Source: Grand Continental KT Website

Source: Grand Continental KT Website
As the 4-star Kuala Terengganu hotel, the Grand Continental Kuala Lumpur owns both leisure and business facilities to cater the traveler needs. Some highlights in the hotel comprise coffee house and restaurant, gym, boutique and shops, BBQ facilities, tour desk, various meeting rooms, business center, premium business lounge, and car rental.


3. Duyong Marina Resort

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

Duyong Marina Resort is the 5-star Kuala Terengganu hotel that offers a great retreat on the Putri Duyong Terengganu. The hotel nestled in a very serene place, complemented with sailing facilities for those dreaming of a getaway to the ocean. Even though it is closer to nature, this hotel is still considered strategic to reach vital areas, such as the airport, located only 7 minutes drive away from the property.

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

There are nearly 100 guestrooms and suites that settled in beautiful decoration as a chalet exuding the traditional majestic sense. Each guestroom and suite are complemented with ultra-modern amenities, including the entertainment system with plasma TV, and DVD Player. The bathroom already has a soaking tub. Each room also has the private veranda or balcony facing either the garden or the sea. 

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

Duyong Marina Resort presents a comprehensive retreat to ensure every guest can savor the best time while in Kuala Terengganu. The restaurant is available, with the open-air dining venue overlooking the stunning South China Sea. The other facilities on this 5-star hotel in Kuala Terengganu are the outdoor swimming pool, lounge, fitness and spa, children’s playground, business and exhibition center, as well as outdoor activity services. The Oasis Lounge and the swimming pool might be your favorite place to relax while staying with Duyong Marina Resort.

Source: Duyong Marina Resort website

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hurom Slow Juicer Review

Today, I am going to introduce you my lovely Hurom slow juicer that I bought from Taobao.com two months ago. Hurom slow juice is already available in Malaysia, so far I found it in Aeon Jusco, and it is selling around RM 2.4k-2.8k. The price is totally out of my budget so I decided to look through Taobao.com and bought it around 30% of the selling price here. The downside about buying electronic items through Taobao is that the plug is China's three pin design which is different from Malaysia. You need to prepare a travel adapter to use it.


The packaging I received was in real good condition. It was packed using a box in box method, I am really satisfied with it. I bought the HU-1100WN model in red colour. There are two colours to choose from, one is red and the other is gold.
2nd box

Original box
The Hurom juicer come with two types of strainers- Fine and Coarse, I use the fine strainer most of the time for pure juice, coarse strainer is used when you want to have some pulp in the juice.

I didn't know what is it until I saw the description in the manual. It is a tofu making container. Wow, this is really impressive. You can actually make tofu using the slow juicer and this container. 
Tofu making container
It actually comes with a recipe book with 68 recipes inside. Unfortunately, it only come in Chinese version. This is the downside when buying from Taobao because they cater mostly for the Chinese market and everything is written in Chinese. The recipe book contains photos with the instructions, even if you don't know how to read, the photos actually explain it all.

Here is my Hurom slow juicer with two containers. One is the pulp container and one is the juice container. One more thing that I need to mention here, this juicer do come with a safety feature. If you do not install it properly, the juice won't work. I mean it really won't start as if it is malfunctioning. I thought it was damaged when I first use it, but after a few adjustments here and there, I manage to master it. 

I love how Hurom squeeze the juice out and leave the dry pulp on the other side. It seriously dried the pulp when it blends.

I used to use the Cosway Slow Juicer, but Hurom actually yielded more juice and has a thicker texture. I really like it!

The best part is Easy Cleaning! There is a reverse button that you can use for cleaning which makes it more easier to wash the juicer and without leaving all the pulp stuck in the sink. It also come with a drying stand where you can hang all the parts on the stand to dry easily.

I personally do not like eating cut fruits but I love juices very much. This is why I need to get this baby quickly into my home so that I can have juices everyday. Normally I make a few bottles of juice and store in the refrigerator. From my observation and experience, the maximum days to store fresh juices in refrigerator is 3 days before it turns colour. I would recommend to store your juices a maximum of 3 days but you can try to store longer and try out the taste later.

This is my experience and review on my recent buy on Hurom Slow Juice. I hope you like this post and it gives you info when comes to buying a juicer,


Love,
sufen 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Sekinchan One Day Trip Itinerary

Since it is a long holiday this week due to Hari Raya, I would like to share with you my recent trip to Sekinchan. It isn't my first time to be in Sekinchan but it did changed a lot since my last trip 4 years ago. Sekinchan is now a popular tourist spot, one and half hour's drive from KL. Normally I make a short trip to Sekinchan since it is near and you can actually cover most of the popular locations in a day. I would recommend to visit Sekinchan during Friday, Sat and Sunday as most of the popular eateries will be closed on weekdays.

Here are the places I have visited this time:
1. Paddy Factory & Paddy Museum (PLS Marketing (M) SDN BHD)
2. Pantai Rendang
3. Ah Ma House ( Cake & Biscuit Store)
4. PTP Prawn Crackers
5. Restorant Jiann Chyi


It is easy to travel around Sekinchan however you will need a car to drive around. Just print out a map here and you are ready to go!
This is an old map that spotted in one of the tourist spot
Paddy Factory & Paddy Museum (PLS Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd)
Lot No 9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, Ban 2, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603-3243 6558 / 016-205 6558

Entrance to the factory


Paddy Museum that you can visit with a fee of RM 5. It introduces you the process of rice making.

After the tour, don't forget to get yourself an ice-cream in their shop. I love their Yam ice-cream the most. 

Don't forget to take some photos at the paddy fields before you leave. If you go around Oct, you can see a sea of green paddy fields.

Ah Ma House
Address: Lot 10376, Jalan Tali air 5, Kampong Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 019-378 3300

This is a place where I will drop by to buy their cake (阿嬤鸡蛋糕) & kueh ka pek. They do sell other biscuits like pineapple tart, kuih bangkit and others. It is a house located around 500m from Paddy Factory, it decorated in a way like those traditional kampung style.






PTP Prawn Crackers
Address: 274, Lorong 10, Bagan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +6016-662 1522 /+6012-234 7274

If you like some homemade prawn crackers, here is the place that you should pay a visit. The factory is operated at the back of a house, it is hard to find the place as there isn't any signboard, we followed waze to the place and we found a small banner hanging outside.  


Storing of prawn crackers' dough before it is make into prawn crackers

The finished products
Pantai Rendang 
There is a small temple located at the Pantai Rendang, this is also the place made famous by one of the TVB series where they shot a few scenes in. It has now become a popular spot for tourists to come over and make a wish and tie the red rope on the tree. 



A small jetty for the boat to stopover.
Buying seafood is one of the activities that we look forward every time we come over here. However on our last trip, due to bad weather, there isn't much variety of seafood and the prices was hike up too.

We had lunch at Jiann Chyi, one of the recommended place by Ah Hian since my usual restaurant is closed that day. The food was not bad, quite delicious, however price is a bit higher than the one I went usually. Don't forget to order their fried shark meat and chilli prawn.

On my last trip, we didn't cover most of the places as it was a weekday, most of the places are closed. I hope to come back again on the weekends. However bear in mind that if you visit during the weekends, it will be packed. 

Hope you enjoy my post!

Love,
sufen


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