A very promising start on Day 4. I woke up in Hotel Maharoba feeling as though I am going to rock and shake more of Hokkaido. Maybe my instincts or gut feelings, but certainly after 3 days of exploring this part of Japan (Chitose & Hokkaido), I actually slept tight out of tiredness. Really tired battered by winter and the “long walks” while sightseeing, a big "yeh-yeh" as well because Hokkaido's winter has mellowed down. "Joy To Hokkaido" and "Here I Come Sapporo", morning was broken like the previous mornings with buffet breakfast. Comparatively an unlimited spread of Japanese and Western dishes as in Niseko Hilton Village, buffet is such a sheer waste for me. But logically, breakfast while travelling is essential to fuel up energy. So, I kicked in some food. Thereafter, Sapporo was all mine.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Initially, whenever I am invited for a blogger or media event, I was on Cloud 9. Call it over-excitement if you like, naturally, for the time and effort put into blogging, one must feel proud and honoured as if we have achieved the moon and sky. Blogging many claim is a hobby, but we all know that the underpinning truth is otherwise. Somehow or rather, any blogger for the matter will and should jump to the sky if their blog gains popularity and is recognised by sponsors as well. I beg to differ if you won't admit, for me, it was akin walking into new doors of opportunity.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time for a hot shower, time to pack, time for breakfast and time to depart from Hilton Niseko Village to Noboribetsu the next morning. Breakfast was wonderfully satisfying. Plenty to tuck into (Chitose & Hokkaido Day 1), the one I loved the most was porridge alongside the spicy and salty condiments. Incredibly a pleasurable breakfast for a typical Malaysian like me, to end my meal, I couldn’t resist the simply irresistible “Made In Hokkaido” desserts. Washed down with another helping of hot coffee, I then dashed through the massive snow to hurriedly hop into the coach. Literally trembling to my bones despite bundled up in multiple layers, thank god, I bounced back to warmness once the journey started.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Kids these days? Seriously, I don’t know what to say. Look around and I'm sure you know what I mean. I am not referring to the adorable/super darling kids you admire on social media (more at Bread Tuna Pizza). Please. For god sake, don’t fall for that crab (Thai Green Crab Curry). I am referring to the real kids in the real world we bump into daily in the neighborhood, within the family and almost anywhere. I call them the golden emperors and empresses. Yea, boy and girls as well - the pampered lot given the best in everything, including education, electronic gadgets, birthday parties and co-curricular activities. Also, apparently the super smart/super cute ones, highly bragged by parents. But you know what, sad to say that these tiger mums and tiger dads can’t do much or are lost at instilling discipline, mannerism and good values in their kids, though they don't think twice before criticising other parents.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
No plans whatsoever, just on an ad-hoc basis I dined at Coliseum Cafe. However, admittedly, I had a reason why I was back to Sunway Pyramid - the closest mall from where I stay and the mall I frequent every few months once for shopping (L'Óccitane UV Shield) and then, generally, a meal is also on the card at any of the eateries (Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe). On this particular Saturday, it was not about food or shopping, but to watch the sensationally spoken about horror movie "Conjuring 2". Despite coaxing my other half to accompany me, he wouldn't budge from giving up watching his Manchester United game. Asking my girlfriends was another sheer waste of time because they had a whole list of questions I couldn't and I got tired of answering, Eventually, I decided. Movie on my own for the first time ever. Done.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
One of the most difficult things for us when we travel is catching up on our beauty sleep (Colombo Sri Lanka & Chiang Rai Thailand). As it is, even back home, sleeping sometimes is a struggle, but worst it can be in different hotels compared to the comfort of our own bed and unlike some people who can easily doze off literally almost anywhere. Therefore, despite a tiring long haul and immediately embarking on sightseeing the next morning upon arrival at Chitose, we couldn't easily shut down for the day even at the luxurious Hilton Niseko Village.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Semolina Rava Ladoo &.Mutton Gosht). Also, every now and then when friends came calling, I made it a point to put up a decent meal despite rushing and sweating in the kitchen. However, over the years, the enthusiasm fizzled out. I realise it is pointless entertaining those who have never invited us even for a small meal, moreover, when it came to their festive season, they prefer to holiday or celebrate within their own family.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
How time flies. More than a year passed by so quickly for me to eagerly pack (South Africa) for another love-travel lust with my imperfect soul mate in a tour group. Everything planned 6 months earlier, this 8 days 6 nights travel will be our first full blown winter holiday compared to the summer coldness I couldn't tolerate previously in Norway & Denmark and in Turkey where I experienced snow for the first time during my solo travel (Century Sultanhani Caravanserai & Koru Hotel, Bolu).
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
By now, we had traveled thousands of miles by road from Colombo to Negambo, Kandy, Nurwara Eliya and Katagarama. Subsequently, departing from Galle/Koggala, another loop back to Colombo where we will be for 2 days before returning home. Honestly, I felt as though we were journeying often instead of touring other interesting places. That’s why, eventually, after the third day, we literally pushed the guide to take us to places not included in the itinerary and for which we didn’t mind paying on our own. The lame guide on the other hand, even from day one had a hundred and one excuses which then rang the bell indicating he is merely a driver rather than a trained tour guide.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
As far as I can remember, I have been cooking for the longest time. Cooking during the initial years was mainly due to the endless indirect hints from my Indian man who prefer home cooked meals instead of eating out. He of course didn't openly pester me but when I had to constantly listen to how spectacularly his mum and sisters cook, I had enough. I thought I made the biggest mistake in my life by marrying this man, not realising it is the same story across the board, if not all, in a typical Indian household. So, to keep his mouth shut and to prove a point I can cook too, I started rolling the pots and pans. Never mind I messed up massively with the dishes which was still acceptable with my man, eventually I learned to cook and here I am today as chef of my house.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Tough call. Really it is to ensure my skin is always hydrated and smooth. No matter how much of fruits and vegetables I include in my daily meals and drinking water throughout the day, my skin can never bounce back to how it was back then let’s say ten years ago. In my early fifties once my biological clock stopped ticking seven years ago, I have lost it. I have lost the “rhythm and blues” of my body system, I mean keeping my skin supple is not an easy feat as how it used to be. Still, for the longest time from those years till now, I have been faithfully applying body cream/lotion every day after showering (Botaneco Be Forest Body Wash, Body Shop Olive Oil Shower Gel & Himalaya Honey Body Wash). So, what else is new except at least every three months once replenishing body moisturisers from different brands though generally, I buy the affordable within 20 dollars products.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Banana Chocolate Cake & Bingka Pisang) anyone can make. Especially this version of mine without alcohol, or if you like, tip in some towards the end to flame it up before removing from heat. Speaking about alcohol, shhh! Just the thought of it is buzzing me up right now. Wish I still have the capacity like yesteryears (Orange Fruity Sangria & Grapefruit Sangria), whatever to the good old memories, to make this flambe, you don't need to search far and beyond for the ingredients. More or less, similar ingredients as for the Malaysian Banana Pancake & Malaysian Banana Fritters, come, follow me, I will show you the way to this sweet indulgence.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Love is such a significant word. Because of love, we compromise, we give in and we tolerate. The next question is what do we tolerate? Well, we tolerate the individual differences of the people we love, I am not saying we must give in all the time, but we learn to adjust and adopt. Otherwise, we end up battling love and too much of battling will lead to sadness and misery. Not easy I know, still, we try. Speaking about love, let me tell you that what to cook, whether you agree or not, is about compromising. And mostly, we women always put our family ahead even before we plan the meal for the day.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Bangsar? How unforgettable. Gosh!, looking back now, I remember being in Bangsar at least once a weekend mostly for clubbing and, every now and then, I didn't mind beating the traffic and the hassle of parking to dine at some of eateries (Plan B & Marmalade Cafe). But over the years, considering the distance from where I reside and the long crawl, rare became the occasion at Bangsar. Nevertheless, just a few weeks back, I returned to the familiar ground for an appointment. Thereafter, instead of rushing back home, I thought I might as well have lunch since I couldn't hang on to my hunger pangs.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
En-routing from Nurwara Eliya (Negambo & Kandy) to Katagarama, instead of just staring out of the windows throughout the monotonous long journey, we informed the tour guide that short stops will be appreciated at some of eye-catching places should we be passing by. For whatever reason, the guide didn’t seem pleased, but since we persisted, he couldn’t say no. In fact, such a coincident actually just after that, we spotted Rawana Water Fall which seemed the spot locals and tourists were flocking towards to. We hurriedly got down at the corner of the winding road, walked closer to the gushing from high up there water, stood around to admire the serene view and then continued our journey until we came across an ancient temple further down after an hour.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
As we hit the road again towards the next destination on the third day (Negambo & Kandy), we had a couple of in-between stops. First thing in the morning, the guide took us to a sort of departmental sari shop where you can buy nice colourful saris as well as other clothing. Packed with mostly Chinese tourist who were over excited wearing a sari and taking countless number of pictures, we on the other hand, casually browsed the things. I didn’t buy anything neither was I keen to know if the tour buddies shopped.
Monday, July 4, 2016
I'm back home. I returned late last night from another travel-lust (Indian Spicy Crab Soup) which certainly was an absolute amazing exposure to a different culture. But let you tell you that people everywhere are the same because you meet the great, the good, the bad and the ugly characters. Still. travelling is a fantastic learning curve and experience (South Africa, Turkey, Norway/Denmark, Cambodia/Vietnam & Italy) to explore the world and to expand the mind. By travelling, I have learned to be more adaptable, complain less, appreciate my country and most importantly, appreciate my own life. Right now, I am still busy with unpacking and clearing the pending house work, so I shall stop at this point and let the recipe speak for itself (Krabi/Phuket). Showcasing the quintessential Thai flavours (Thai Green Vegetable Curry, Thai Chicken Green Curry & Thai Massaman Curry), Thai Green Crab Curry is spicy, tangy and wonderfully aromatic with basil leaves (Pepper Basil Crabs).
Friday, July 1, 2016
Hi there foodies,
How have all of you been? Hopefully, you are feeling as positive as I am and hopefully you have been cooking as well. Right. I of course have not stopped cooking, I suppose when you work from home, laziness shouldn't be the lame excuse not to cook. For me, it is a pleasure cooking for my other half because for the years I was working full time, the poor man got tired of eating out. That is that, meanwhile, let me let the cat out of the bag. Quietly behind the scene I have been saving, thus, you won't be surprise if I say I am embarking on another solo travelogue (Sri Lanka, Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Myanmar & Solo Travel To Bangkok).
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The first stop for the day once we departed from Negambo to Kandy was at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. A must visit if you are within the same route in Sri Lanka (Maetaeng Elephant Park (Chiang Mai), there are a couple of activities in this huge area (Lion Park Johannesburg) to occupy your time for at least a few hours. We arrived at about 10.30am and walked towards the river alongside all walks of life people (Istanbul Topkapi Palace) in the scorching heat for approximately 500 yards via the dusty road lined with souvenir and clothes shops on both sides.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Hello all you great people,
For the next 15 minutes at least, let’s forget about beautifying our face (Medlite Laser Treatment) and for once, pay attention to our feet. Hopefully, I can also keep it short and sweet instead of diverting to other topics like I always do, come, let's get going. But, before I pin my thoughts on Rosken Skin Repair & Heel Balm, if you really don't mind, please take a good look at your feet and then honestly ask yourself how do do feel? Are you feeling proud or you are disappointed you don’t know what to say? Aha, that’s right. I believe some of you have been diligently caring for your feet, whereas the rest of us have conveniently ignored the wear and tear of our soles as well our feet - says it all as the foundation of our mobility.