Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The new addiction-Dcova cafe

Finally, Imma's back from a long hiatus!

Reason behind, simply because I miss blogging again! miss it so much that I told my hubby I need to pick it up again.

But, I wonder when will I disappear again. *Playing "leaving on a jet plane"in my mind like ipod without the shuffle mode on.*

Things have changed. I'm a mother now.A mother to a 9 months old baby Oscar. Which practically means many things have changed.
But wait, today I am not here to blog about the little rascal:) there will be time to blog about him:) but too much! I wonder If one page is enough for him XD

Recently the new cafes has increase to spiral in penang and we have been randomly budged into some of the newly opened cafe almost every weekend. The best way to rejuvenate yourself after 5 days of working days is having a nice brewed coffee and maybe accompanied by a nice hot plate of small bites, sometimes. At least it works for me:) to call the weekend as a good weekend.

So far,we have never been wowed over by a cafe like the one that we visited today. This café Is seriously good! its really good that if you just tap on the google for his name, you would see lots of good review and now it just add a number. And to be a good café isn't only about the food but the people! you could never find a cafe that you receive so much smiles from the staff when you step your foot in. At least I have never find any except in Dcova cafe.

Check out this café. This box used to be occupied by Lighthouse coffee but now Dcova café took over and making it looks more like a random café that you saw in those European town.

 
 
I will just let the pictures do its talking.
 
Dcova F&B is not over priced. It is reasonable for its quality and portion, in fact some of it is cheaper than other café.  If you have an eagle eyes, you probably can see the price from the below pic:P
 

                 

If you are a affogado lover, I can assure you that this is the best i can get in penang. For its price and taste. Not too strong of caffein, the ice cream adds to some sweetness, but it is just good:) Complements each other, I would say.




The birthday boy order the long black. He likes it bitter. And I ordered my café latte as usual. Well...café latte is quite ordinary. I have tasted the best so this is still ok:)

 
 
And here comes the main course. We ordered pasta. In fact they don't have too many varieties on menu. Only pasta, and steamed rice. Maybe for quality control? but Pasta is great for the pasta lovers like us. :) Didn't manage to capture a single photo for carbonara. This is the Elbiko pasta which is the signature dish for Dcova. Cheesy and scrumptuos!! unbeatable pasta! Pasta of the year!! whatever you want to name it! A must try!!
 

 

 
And what should I call this? Fungus mushroom aglio oglio pasta? well, I still prefer elbiko pasta! 
 
 
 
 
The little girl picked this for the daddy:) the double chocolate tart. I had a better one before so this is just ok for me:)
 


The walnut tart with ice cream. We were too full that we couldn't really indulge into this anymore.

 
 
I just need a photo of me in this blog:P caption locked!
 


The group photo of  2 families! we truly enjoyed ourself in this café, you can definitely tell from our face!



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chicken-filled weekend

Everyone who knows how to cook should have their secret recipe for chicken rice. Mine is rather simple but hubby loves it. The last time I cooked the chicken rice was like a year ago and recently he told me he wish to have chicken rice on his birthday which is still a long way to go..so I pull out my old recipe and try him his favorite chicken rice. But the rice wasn't as good as the previous one, maybe I cooked too much rice this round and the chicken gravy was insufficient to bring out the chicken aroma. Last time I was using one whole chicken for two person rice, so it really tasted good:)



Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 whole ginger, simply cut it
5 red onions,minced.
One whole garlic, minced.
Chicken
Soy sauce
Oyster sauce
Zhao Xing jiu
Salt and pepper

Steps:
1.marinate the chicken with soy sauce, oyster sauce, zhao xing jiu, salt and pepper.
2.Put the marinated chicken into fridge for about half an hour
3.heat your pan and throw in the ginger,onion and garlic.
4.stirred until fragrance then throw in your rinsed rice
5.stirred evenly and transfer them into rice cooker,add water as usual and cook your rice like how you usually cook them :p
6.meanwhile steam your chicken, you can add one cup of water.
7.when your rice is cooked,pour in some chicken oil or Essence from your steamed chicken
8.add some salt to taste.

Anyway, if you want, you can buy the ready chicken rice paste from hypermarket, save all the hassles:)

And here is my another chicken recipe to share, the roasted chicken for terry house warming on sat night.we were all suppose to bring one food for the potluck and this recipe is just too handy for a lazy saturday afternoon.my friend said it was nice but I think it could be juicier, if only I didn't have too much time before the party started, I roasted it a little bit longer than it should be. So lesson learnt.


Recipe:

Ingredients:
Herbs like thyme, rosemary
Paprika
Salt and pepper
Butter
One lemon
Celery

Steps:
1. Marinate evenly your chicken with all the above ingredient except lemon and celery. In and out.
2. Tug in the lemon and chunks of celery into the chicken
3. Preheat your oven to 220c for 15 min
4. Roast your chicken for 1 hour and 20 min

Easy peasy:) next time I would bake my cheesy Patato along with my chicken!and lots of vege too!! Hub said I should cook him a whole roasted chicken one day but since both of us are thigh lover, so who would eat the poooor breast meat!?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

sleepless night

I have difficulty of having ample sleeping hours nowsaday. Last night was not an exception.
After clearing my bladder, I tugged myself back to my bed without a tad of sleepy mood. This is scary as tomorrow is going to be another long day. feeling baby oscar kicked vigorously inside me that makes me wonder if i would have enough patience to handle all the kid's crying and craving for milk every wee 2-3 hours when he was born. I wish i really could.

My friend helped me carry back my medela breast pump today from US and i was really excited to unwrap it but later comes to know that i am totally clueless on how to use it, and my excitement of mounting everything on became lackluster. I realize my passion and momentum of learning something new, regardless of work and lifestyle has been swift off bits by bits recently. Last time when i changed to a new job, I was determined to carry as much responsibility as possible but now just when i was about to change a job scope again, i told the new manager I wouldnt want to be too stress at these period, after all i still have a good 3 months to go and luckily he agreed.

Speaking of the new job scope, this isnt a really hard decision to make and in fact, i wonder if i made it too fast. My friend asked me can you guarantee if you would be happy? I said no, but at least i know i am not entirely happy now. at least not as happy as previous job that despite the heavy workload, i felt the satisfaction lies within, as well as appreciation. anyway, i believe things will get better.

just when i felt my life is getting mundane, i realize i might put the other burden to my hubby shoulder that he has to take care of things that i no longer care or do, which to my surprise that he told me he was feeling stiff on his shoulder and out of breathe this late evening, i told him..me too..but are you pregnant? he said "emm no..but just feeling a lil stress recently". darn! he is like rocking stone to me all these while and maybe that is making me more oblivious to his feeling or needs.  Not a good sign to see:( i dont want the ironman to collapse just yet.

Perhaps, now is the time to fix myself. hang in there hub! mummy will come to rescue!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

thank you!

I also want to be a baby! 
Baby oscar will be thrilled to see all the gifts that'd given from friends and my parents even before he was born..how lucky he is! thanks girls for all the very early blessing! can't help smiling seeing all the mini size clothes..mini is cute! isnt it!?

more gifts to come perhaps!!!!!???:P

Monday, August 19, 2013

natural or C?

We had a good laugh over the lunch today. 4 girls and 1 guys, frantically discussed on the pros and cons of c-section or natural birth. We have 2 experienced mother who try to persuade me on taking the natural birth. seriously I am still contemplated on going through the natural birth although i thought i had made up my mind.
Hubby said natural birth is good, not sure if it is because it is cheaper?:P but maybe i should have told him that our company covers all the medical fee if we go through the c-section. which is really attractive!!
Anyway, I have heard them saying natural birth gives a good massage over the baby, helping them to develop the lung better and you only need to endure the contraction pain which only last for a few hours, then you are free to walk the next day.. but on the other hand, set aside the labor cost that fully subsidized by company on C, i have heard that it actually reduces the risk on delivery complication and it is cleaner that they helped you to remove everything during your operation, and the pain after the delivery is durable too..
I have no right to debate on any of that now..if i would like to choose, i wish i can experience it once on the natural birth as that is the special gift that God gives to us as women, but I am afraid to take that reason and causing a risk to baby... another dilemma as a mother perhaps.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Being a mother journey

It is almost my 6 months of pregnancy and I admitted that I had never thought of blog on it, not to mention that i didnt blog on my marriage of being somebody's wife too. and now being somebody's mother. Maybe I feel that this is way too personal, just like I would never tell my husband all the mussy stuff in FB, no offence, but some people are bold enough to say them out loud.

For the first time in these 6 months, I am impelled to blog on this little baby inside that growing each day by days and my journey of being a mother, although I know now is just the beginning. A new clumsy mother to be. A mother who felt guilty because she didn't really enjoy over this whole pregnancy thing, the morning sickness and worn out feeling, at least in the first trimester, who used to doubt whether she could ever love this little baby more than anybody else in this world, including herself, a mother who so often feels like a child herself and wondering how to raise another child on her child-like way. A mother who fret of everything, like being too light on weight that if amniotic water supply is enough for the baby or being too heavy/puffy now that she looks ugly and the husband might start to look at other amoi.  And not to mention trivial little tings that never be my concern before, like the sleeping position.. seriously I would jump off the bed in the middle of the night when i found out myself lying flat as some of the forum mentioned it was bad for the baby. And paranoid over all the things i take in, like cafein. I used to drink 3 cups of coffee last time and now it downs to 0...there are so many worries that kicks in and sometimes i would become so vulnerable and over sensitive over the small things like if I would have to carry the big belly to do the house chores myself and started to complain if things unmoved without me telling the husband to do.. they will make me feel like i am the saddest mother in this world..My mum probably would laugh at me now that i havent seen the worst because she wasn't a very lucky pregnant lady before. 

out of so many things that i mentioned and never listed above, except from the house chores thing that i knew i would still feeling sad and crying a river over it..i believe I was probably too free to worry on those little stuff as my baby is going to be ok...at least I am not in the worst frame like some of the mother is enduring right now. 
I was an avid reader to a blogger but i stopped following ever since i stop blogging myself,but yesterday my friend shows me her post that she was having preeclampsia on her 30 weeks of pregnancy and she might give birth anytime to a wayyyyyyy too premature baby, i was dumbfounded. she is short, tiny, bubbly girl but now she looks so BIG to me. She built herself up like metal, strong and tenacious. Or maybe, there is nothing much you can do when you are in this position but just to learn to be strong. 

And this reminded me back to the little hiccup i had in my forth month of pregnancy..the bleeding experience that will put every pregnant lady in gushes. and of coz put me on bed for almost 2 weeks until i finally learnt to embrace everything in, accepted that it wasnt as bad as I have thought. But the feeling of seeing blood flowing down you in first sight and nights when you laid on your bed with nobody else around you but only you and that little lives inside you that you not knowing whether he was still there was somehow..frightening. I remember how many times i ask him to stay with me and sobbing alone in the dark that makes me somehow felt that i do want to be a mother..not matter how much I feel myself wasnt ready before, and how much I hate myself from being fatter and fatter each days goes by...above all these, I wish and pray he could stay with me, more than anything else. But luckily God hears me or maybe He pity that i wasn't strong enough to put me into harder test that He let me go with good news that it was just polyps and to like it or not, i might bleed anytimes again during pregnancy. 

and now, I still have that frail confident whether i could be a good mother to him, whether he is going to be healthy physically and mentally which i hope he will be..but one thing I am quite sure is me and husband loves this little baby already. 

baby, no matter how much your father sometimes feels that his wife is getting a little bit lunatic, over suspicious at times but we both know that he just doesn't understand because he is a "father", but at least we should thank him for serving your mother like a queen most of the times so your mother doesnt have to walk around and you could listen to some baby music and sleep soundly. 
We will see you after 3 months. til then, eat more, sleep more and be a happy baby.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The memorable cream cracker layered cake

A bunch of backlogs piling, and scarcely have time.

But I give it an exception today not because the fond memory i had on this recipe back in my uni time, but also upon many requests on this recipe, thus I will make time to blog again.

The recipe is shared by my old buddy, Jenny. I vaguely remember how it was done though she wrote me her recipe some times( years!) ago, but no where to trace now. So with this vague memory, I put this out myself and hopefully the outcome is a pleasant one. And luckily it did.

so here is the recipe.of my memorable cream cracker layered cake that helped me reminisce back my uni life , one of my friend called it lagsana..but regardless the name, it was a fairly easy recipe and you would grin after you know it.


Ingredients:
A. 
cream cracker ( 27 pieces)

B.
1 can of luncheon meat( mah ling brand is the best)
1 big onion

5 eggs
1 can of ideal milk/evaporated milk
a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar

Steps:
1. Smashed the luncheon meat and chopped finely the onion
2. break the eggs, beat it and add in the milk, salt and sugar. Mixed well. leave aside
3. add a dribble of oil into cooking pan, and stirred in the onion. cooked evenly until fragrant.
4. shift in the luncheon meat and add a little of black soy sauce(optional).
5. Prepare a square pan, soak the cream cracker into steps 2 for a few seconds..probably 10?
6. lined up 9 pieces of cream cracker to form the first layer
7. Spread the cooked luncheon meat on the layer top.
8. continue until you finish you luncheon meat, for me, I make a 3 layers but the top layer must be your cream cracker.
9. pour in the remaining ingredient C.
10. steam it for 25-30 mins.
11. leave cool before you cut it.

easy peasy, isnt it? :)




Monday, January 7, 2013

Banana week

I am not a baking person. And I took 30 years to realize this.

Recently I love to close my sleeping time by going through some recipes and banana bread recipe is one that caught my eyes as i had all the ingredients in my kitchen.

But ended up I baked two banana breads in one short weekend.

The first time, I blame on not having a nice bread pan and the second time, I can almost certified myself as a baking dimwit. But it isn't that bad actually! I think it is not...emm. I hope not. =S

Anyway, i love the pervasive banana aroma that filled my kitchen in the last 20 minutes baking time. If only I could make the time cease in that last 20 minutes and never have to face the outcome. After all, the genius said the most important is the process and not the result isn't it?emm..again, it isn't that bad. =S

Here is the recipe video that I took the reference. But the banana bread that I bake with this recipe is a bit hard but....moist? Feel free to try.
http://allrecipes.com/video/673/banana-banana-bread/detail.aspx?prop24=VD_RelatedVideo

The unflattered image of my first trial.


At least, it is better at second trial.

Before I clobbered myself with too much fattening food, I finally bought my alphabet stamp at the cheapest price I had ever seen, RM25 after discount, Material shop sell it at RM45-50 if not mistaken, and now i got it at the nearby cafe.with this stamp, I could imagine how happy my scrapbook or handmade card are to forever get rid of my ugly handwriting. Hooray!

And the waiter made me this latte with a very warmhearted message, kh said the waiter knew I didn't smile for whole days.

I think that is true. I was battling with my emotion that had gone through its roller coaster ride these few days, I was really chirpy on Friday receiving one very good news from the office and even heard good news from good friends but today it slides down to valley but it was gladden with the little cafe latte and my long finding alphabet stamp.

Actually that little cafe latte experienced buzzed me with the story that I heard not long ago. A child quarreled with his mum and dashed out from the house and out of cold and hungry, he met one old uncle and the old uncle brought him to one cafe and treat him a plate of hot noodles. The kid was immediately in his teary eyes and keep praising the uncle on how good the uncle treat him and started to tell the uncle how strict and unthoughtful his mother is, after hearing all the rambling, the uncle paused and said: son, with only one bowl of noodles, I had become the greatest person for you,but your mum had been cooking for you everyday but you might never said a thank you and now she is the worst mum in the world. Is she really that bad or you had taken it for granted?. Remembered this story, I felt a bit guilty for kh as he always tried to cheer me up but ended up, i was effortlessly cheered by other things like the message on cafe latte.

What a mess I am sometimes. Maybe... I was the banana bread myself if I weren't a human:(

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The lists

We woke up late on the first day of a new year. Last night, we went to joe colleague house at gurney paragon for new year countdown after having a good filling new years steamboat with my family.


The col family is really wealthy but they were really down to earth, they definitely can live in a more lavish life style but they didn't, I heard from joe, the husband hp had been served him for years, and he still treating it like precious.

love the group pic!

me and ing chin in the party:) we can see the whole gurney view here:)


Looking back 2012,we definitely had spent almost every penny that we have earned, I almost checked every bullet in my wishlist but I realize my wishlist is extended every year, there is always new things emerged and scrambled the plan.

I just love new year, it gives hope to people, a hope to start something anew, a hope to fix thing and a hope to try again. And here, I effervescently strutting out the good things I gained in the past year.

1.the Bali style shower head
I always fancy on the big shower head as it gives you so much pleasure during shower, it isn't a very costly item and I could have close this checklist earlier but I marked a price in my heart and only buy if it is really a cheap deal and finally during a home trip to Terengganu, we found one with a price that we couldn't complaint anymore.

2. The wooden floor
I like everything in cottage/vintage style, and wooden floor exudes a very shanty sentiment to your house, we managed to get a good timber floor deal at one furniture fair, though embellishing a house of our size isn't cheap at all, but I'm glad to see the outcome. I love love every bits of it.


3.color laser printer.
Well, we could print any handmade card or photo, anytime!!


4.A husband
If i would have to pick the most poignant memory last year will nevertheless be the day when we finally tied a knot after 4 years of gf-bf relationship. A marriage didn't only bring me a husband but the whole family, now I have extra pair of parents, 4 more sisters, nieces and nephew, cousins and friends. The family is getting bigger and I definitely like that! And not forgetting that I'm getting a human irobot who promised to vacuum the house every week. He made a promise since he stopped me from buying an I-robot:( well, as long as somebody cleans then I'm happy:)



5. buddies
Thinking back, the greatest achievement I had over the passed year was I brought people together. I brought cat, lee Fueng to the gang and not forgetting yoong Fuang too , but of coz they are a bunch of easy people to mingle with. I'm not claiming the credit now, but I'm really happy our family is growing. Most of them are not mere colleague but also good friends who share every secrets together.

6. The business trip
People said I was lucky as I was sent to state for business trip when I joined the new team. I guess I was. Las Vegas to new York trip was an eye opening to me, I finally saw the statue of liberty with my own very eyes, and  fostered a closer relationship with my team mate throughout the trips. I had great time!


7. Technical marketing or application engineer
One thing, I have to admit is I think my forte is people. My ex boss told me before, he think I'm a very adaptable person who fits into everything I do, but what I think is when I grow up to be older and hopefully wiser, I slowly know what I love doing and what I can do. But to live, I choose the one I love doing, I love working with different people and i love marketing since I was born!. So when I joined the new team, I don't care if it was app engineer or technical marketing, I like the job not the title, and I don't give a damn care on whether the job title was changed from time to time. Don't be surprise, some people do care.

8. Things I learnt.
I think if you have lived a good 30 years, you should be an adequate philosopher yourself. And i learnt so much from joe and people around me. I have learnt that do not judge a person from what other people say unless you totally understand that person. I have been judged for "almost" my whole life and most of the time, those are the people who don't understand me and if there is a chance in the future for me and people who judged my wrongly to cross path, I'm sure they will get to see who I really am. I talked about this with one of my friend last year, he told me he thought I wasn't serious in relationship before as I broke his friend heart but when he got to know me, he knew he was wrong. There must be a reason for everything that happens. It is amazing as I knew he was prejudice to me before, so often, when we don't like a person, no matter how hard we hide it, they would still smell it. It is just human instinct. So don't explain to those who doesn't understand you, because they will not listen, put more action than words, as that was what people see.

9. More times
Changing life style is a way that earns me more time. I have more times to do things I like now. I felt it and I hope this year will be the same too.

10. Plants
Some died and added with new members. And I even revived one of my withered plant which I almost gave it up. And hubby told me, planting isn't about taking care of it but to make it alive. Point taken.



11. Weight!
Bad bad thing. But I need to shed some of it off.

12. Puzzles
I finished my "starry night over the Rhone" puzzles, finally. Hubby said he was impressed as I always is a hangat-hangat Tahi ayam kind of person,but this time, I could spend hours sitting there to fix puzzle up. But actually i just to have a new painting to hang!



13. Eco bike
We added a bicycle, a fold-able Eco bike on joe birthday. No more cycling alone or having other one running at the back.


And as for the things I should do more in this year? I haven't bundled up a good list but I hope they will be a good one when I looked back in the end of 2013.

I love a word I heard today, let the best of 2012 be the worst in 2013:) well said! So if you think you survived through 2012, but you actually lived through it.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Last day of 2012


Today is the last day of 2012. The morning wasn't started great as we fought again, over the trivial stuff. Again.
There were little little arguments going on these 3 days, and I was feeling a bit tired. But I wont let anything to ruin my last day of 2012!

Morning, I went down to have breakfast with Ing chin at cafe, chatted for an hour, came back to cube and to realize there isnt too many emails in mailbox, at least nothing related to work:S guess everyone was taking a day off before new year is coming. I talked to my friend on her family, and i talked to her on family i saw, just realize mine was far from the worst. Some of the family ended up in divorce, some doesn't talk to each other for years, some neglected their spouse, some quarrel everyday, but mine, sometimes i forgot what we were fighting for, maybe the reason to fight was too small to remember. I felt that I make a few good changes in this year, I was happier and cleared with my direction, compare to a few years back, when so often i woke up in maze, wondering what should i do to sort love out, wondering who would i ended with so i could stay happier.

And I have more confident this year, I have gained it from some of my very good friends, they make me feel that I am important to them, and i get so much care in return, so as a result, I tend to ignore those doesn't treat me well, I never feel so attached to some group of people before( did i mention i live like a nomad when i was young? :)), whom you know wont judge you, whom you know will give you the most honest feedback, whom you know will not care what others say about you, they accept the worst part in me and cherish the good in me and yes, I found that i have exposed lots of bad part in me in front of them, but i felt good. I am comfortable to what i have now,and that, I would need to thank to the one who quarrel with me this morning and friends whom I chose to be with this year. Thank you! please accept my profound gratitude:)

2012 is good too as i finally got my dream job, not entirely like how i imagined it to be but it is closer to what i wanted to be. Being a technical marketing exposed me to lots of new thing i never saw before. I missed being in SV family, there are lots of good friends and i have built the network that makes my work easier to handle. But when i came out from this family, I felt that i was totally standing alone unshielded in a world that completely strange to me, with lots of uncertainties and incertitude around me. But gladly, i met lots of new friends who helped me up. Thank you!

2012 served me good and i don't wish for better in 2013, just please please please, be it as good as 2012!

happy new year:)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Millie crepe making

The week had passed with its slowest pace I ever had felt it before. This is the last week of 2012,the Mayan prediction has proved to be fraud,Christmas is over and ensued by another new year, but I'm still feeling uber lazy to do something useful, all I want is holiday and more holiday! Anyway, I heard from radio days ago that every human has 3 days, yesterday, today and tomorrow, if your yesterday is equally same has today then your tomorrow will likely be the same too,so do something different. I was inspired and decided to come home earlier on Friday to make my day more useful.

I was hankering over making my own Millie crepe but I knew it wasn't just a cinch, unless you have ample time yourself else you can choose other easier cake to make.
I refer to a Chinese written recipe which was linked from a friend blog but I think to make an easier batter, you can refer to this video instead.Isn't everything easier with Internet?:)

My Millie crepe still needs a lot of improvement, the batter for every crepe was fine but I should add more sugar to my cream,and of coz be more generous on my cream!!

I will continue making my Millie crepe until I was fully satisfied, but as I mentioned, the process was sucking too much time but gladly, I wasn't as busy as I was before now:)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Merry Christmas


It has been sometimes.Leaving this corner in solitude.

and when i came back, a few old comments were patiently waited me for its moderation and even, some were a few months back.

anyway, at least i saw them now. Thanks for dropping by anyway:)

I love Christmas, looking forward to it but when it passed, I was appalled by a thrill of fear of how fast it became a day in history. But ponder from a good side, i knew i was finally settled and belonged now, from family and friends. at least that was what i felt.

This is the forth year I was having a Christmas party at home, it didnt give me too much headache on the guestlist as I dont want to make anyone feeling left out in this merry merry festive season. Like last year, we had steamboat at home with every guest "volunteering" bring one steamboat ingredient or food to the party, and the rest, we could figure it out eventually, but the only difference this year was we were having satay celup instead( Lee fueng sponsored the satay gravy, bought all the way from Malacca though she wasn't able to join the party. Thanks lady:)) thus, i feel more free this year compare to previous years, didnt have too much to prepare though. Most of the faces were the same, except we did have a few new guests this year. a blessed and fruitful year indeed.

Christmas never failed to make me felt blessed and lucky, looking at the gifts given from friends and people around me, it's not that I must have been a good girl this year, but He must be loving me so much that he granted me nice friends around me. So what can i ask for more?:)

Merry Christmas Everyone, may we have another good and blessed year ahead.



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

韩国之旅

我的部落格缺席了很多事情,结婚前的准备,结婚当天的点滴,虽然可以弥补,可是我没心。结婚一个星期后,我们去了韩国度蜜月。一个9天8夜的旅程看是很长却一下子咻的一声完了。问我韩国好玩不?我觉得如果选对了旅行的时间,它会是很不错。我们去的六月初是炎热的夏天,和马来西亚没两样,如果那些喜欢韩剧里雪白茫茫还是凄美的下秋风景的人还是不要在意多花少少钱买秋天或冬天时的票去韩国,会值得多。


启程的前一夜赶工赶到临晨三时, 小歇了三个钟头后又爬起身准备等待阿猫来载我们去机场。有人送机的感觉真得很棒,就好像小学生去郊游时带着妈妈准备的丰富便当上路一样,有一种自豪的幸福。 ^^


在lcct等到2-3pm终于可以上机了,飞到Incheon Airport 已经是韩国时间九点多(他们的时间快马来时间一个钟), 等到我们的行李时都已经是1030pm. 最后一趟的Airport Limosine bus 6011 号应该也是1030pm, 而最后一班的airport subway 是11pm, 所以没法子,我们只好下租airport limosine taxi,和司机.讨价还价后还是得被砍到80000(~RM240). 如果时间允许的话,选择bus或 subway真的会节省多。6011 airport limosine bus 才10000won(~Rm30). Subway 则是19岁以上就一律1050won, 不管到哪一个站。但还是要确定住的宾馆附近有subway,这样就会方便多。


Subway(Seoul Commuter Train)站:http://www.nsubway.co.kr/korea/seoul/seoulsubwaymapen.htm
Airport Limosine Bus No.6011站:  http://cowindrea.byus.net/worldnet/wr/Downloads/pdf/Incheon-Airport-Bus-6011.pdf


Subway站看是很复杂,可是好在首尔的每一站都有适量的英文翻译, 所以还不至于太头疼.当地铁快到达时站里就会播出一些音乐来提示等待的乘客, 很不错. :)  阿祖说首尔的整个城市规划到 地铁形式都很像香港,所以去过香港的朋友就更不需太当心了:)至于 地铁的票费,可以到任何一间7-11或便利店买T-Money, 一张卡差不多是3000(~Rm9), 如果想要添加数额,可以和店员说"recharge", 而且T-money卡也可以用在其他城市如济州岛或busan.


第一天夜晚我们下榻了位于首尔最繁忙地方的Namsan guesthouse, 南山客栈有三间, 南山1到南山3. 我们住的是最陈旧的南山1. 我没看到南山3, 但和南山2 相比下,南山1 不只旧而且要走上坡(有太重的行李就比较辛苦), 地方也比较小.但价钱算是很不错了55000won(~RM 160). 
http://www.namsanguesthouse.com/index_e.html

首尔正式的第一天, 天气很好,但我刚新买的黑色皮夹就显得多余,真的浪费.南山客栈 最近的 地铁站就是明洞exit4. 每一个exit走下去就是underground行人道让你越过对面的马路,真的太方便了!! 


在韩国的第一杯咖啡:),这杯之后我就爱上了韩国人炮制的Americano:)






我们的第一站是首尔第一间天主教堂, 就位于明洞市区.没太大的惊喜,但可以去看一看.


热闹的明洞是乎什么都有,咖啡店,烧烤,小食,化妆品,时尚店,真的很热闹.但只有在1030am 之后到11pm 才有比较多人潮.我的朋友告诉我每一间的 skinfood, natural republic, Etube house 等都不要放过,因为他们会给很面膜sample即使你没买点里的任何东西, 可是很遗憾的,这次的赠品很多都是facial cotton, 而且拿了赠品走进去就会有人一直一直的跟着你, 真的很烦.除非你有很多的东西要买.


另外一个贪小便宜Tips就是如果你真的想买很多东西,记得要分散来买,因为明洞里每走几步就有一间skincare的分行, 这样你就可以大言不惭的拿赠品,还有每付钱又有赠品拿.^^ 别说是我教的。




还有就是在明洞市区你会看到很多穿着红衣的翻译人员所以真的不用担心会迷路.而且很多店的工作人员都会说华语来满足那里大量的中国游客, 所以买卖方面都不会太困难. 可是这仅有在明洞,其余的地方就真的是语言不通了. 


不懂路?找他们就对了:)




GyeongBokGung palace:
首尔最大的王殿, 入门票才每人3000won(~Rm9)还可以走到Korean hanok village去看看.


门后卫拍照.为什么韩国人都比较高??是拉骨了吗?


韩国的hanok village门口.






9.6.2012 晴


夏天的早晨来的很快,晚上也比较短。早上五点多天就开始亮了,我们离开了南山从明洞乘着地铁到Seoul Station。开往Busan的ktx从八点多到一点多,但票售的特别快,我们只能买到最后一趟时间. 


Seoul Staion's KTX


香蕉牛奶打包上路.这个真得很好喝!在任何一个便利店都可以买得到(~RM3).其实还有其它口味,但香蕉口味的最棒:)


到了Busan已经是下午4点多,会说英语的人真的很少,我们好不容易用全韩语的地图找到了旅店. 这家旅店很不错,地点说复杂也不会太复杂.只是位于在很happening的Bujeon 2-dong, Bujeon有点像KL bukit bintang 区,但不知道为什么,在韩国你不会有人心惶惶随时怕人打劫的担忧,因为就真的比较安全. 但这里卖的东西都不必明洞便宜,所以我们决定走到Seomyeon station的underground shopping去看看, 这也很近我们的hotel.很方便.这里卖的东西就比较"明洞化", 比较便宜,种类也很多.




听朋友说Busan好看的就是全球最大的Shinsegae Centum City department store还有Haeundae Beach海边. shinsegae里还可以去汗蒸幕, 如果有时间可以去试试 听说脱光光的很好玩:P 


很幸运的我们误打误撞得走进一间烧烤店用餐, 这里的店都没有英文翻译,好彩这间的烧烤真的很好吃! 真的好吃过首尔的烧烤!不懂店名,只有照片.店员们都很亲切,虽然只有一个会说英语,但可以看得出他们对游客都很有礼貌,烧烤也不会贵,因为分量真的很多.~RM120就能享受美味又厚德韩牛肉, 猪肉,酸菜汤, 小食和饭.真的比首尔便宜!!










吃完了,我们走到对面路的小食档口买宵夜,就这样我爱上了Gimbap, 韩国寿司.




韩国电视台大多都是韩国节目,终于找到一台中国台播着唐山大地震,一部我很久就想看的电影.很感动.(洒了一滩牛马泪在床上)


10.6.2012  晴


说真的我和阿祖都很怕死,因为对韩国路线不熟,所以我们很早就起身出发到Busan机场,从angel hotel租taxi到Busan Gimhae机场只有10000won(~RM30). 想起第一天晚上到机场被砍了RM240的经验就心有余悸,再加多多的不干!我可以用那个钱买很多化妆品哩!! 生气!生气!不管阿祖怎样劝我忘记,我就是不行!现在想起来还真的很不爽.


Gimhae airport 里还挺简单的,很容易走.哦,还有就是如果你乘去济州的航班是jeju air的话,checked-in的行李重量可以到达15kg


韩国的汉堡包很不错!可以试一下!:) 


就在Gimhae 机场的sweet bun coffee cafe






等了四个钟头,自拍了很多照终于可以上机去济州岛了:)


朋友的介绍下,我们先前定了济州岛的Tae Gong Gak Guesthouse, 这是一间很值得一住的旅店.(~Rm200 per night)

Tae Gong Gak guesthouse: http://www.lepotel.kr/

这是我们的房间.

如果济州机场在北部,那他就为于岛的南部.从济州机场的 exit 5 出去,就会看到600号巴士.车费是按地方而订,我们住的地区因为很远所以一个人是5000won(RM15).从机场到客栈大约需要一个多小时左右.


提示:如果不赶, 其实可以先从机场租Taxi去附近的Love Lane Musuem和mysterious Road看看,这样会比较顺路.除非真的有很多时间在离开济州岛前, 因为这两个地方可以花上一个小时来好好参光.Love Lane Musuem是比较适合成人去的地方.其实还芒有趣的.Mysterious road就位于Love lane门口直走不到五分钟的路程.


Love lane Musuem入门票: 9000won(~RM27)






三个裸女....




在Tae Gong Gak(TGG)放了行李之后我们就又搭600号巴士到Jeju convention centre下站,再走到附近的jointed lava 海边去看看.


其实去过美国7-miles drive 的朋友应该都会像我这样感觉到这里和7-miles 有点相像.如果哈韩足有兴趣的话,还可以再走多15-20分钟到附近的The seaes Hotel Resort去看secret garden 里Ha-Ji Won和Hyun bin亲吻时坐着的凳子. ^^




到了可以吃晚餐时已经10点多了,很多店都已关店.TGG的客长, sylvia介绍我们到附近一间道地的店,不是当地人应该都不会到这里吧.店面很简陋,但食物真得很好吃.我们点了店里出名的韩国水饺,gimbap还有Teobokki.真得都很赞!




Teobokki


11.6.2012  晴


Sylvia帮我们租了一辆Taxi(9am-6pm, ~RM210). 不懂是不是司机不会说英文,还是路途很弯曲,我们都坐得很不舒服,头很晕.去了几个地方后就打算回酒店休息.


JeongBang Waterfall(入门票: 3000Won ~RM9)
没什么太特别但还是应该去看看的.


路途中我们停下来吃午餐,这是济州最好吃的鲍鱼粥(10000Won,~RM30),真的很鲜甜叻!好吃好吃!可惜太大碗我吃不完,至今还遗憾着,早知道打包!*自锤!*






再多注,真的很好吃啊!!!!不要错过咯!!!会后悔一世的!


Seongsan Ilchulbong(日出峰) (入门票:忘了:()
风景很不错的一个地方,爬上山顶需要45min. 秋天或冬天去看看应该很不错,夏天就绿油油一片,和马来西亚的森林没两样.网上很多很美的照片都是从直升机上拍下来的,所以别期望可以看到一个火山出口.^^




Manjanggul Cave
听说这个也值得一看,但因为我和阿祖都去过Gua tempurung所以对我们来说没什么特别.


Trick Art Musuem
我想我最开心的就是来到这里吧!其实就是一个歪曲你视觉的musuem,其他地方如首尔都可以找到,所以不一定要来济州才可以看到。



可爱的小胖..^^


All-in house
对那些没看过ALL-IN韩局的人来说,这里的风景其实也是不错的.海风有点冷哦,记得带外套咯.


济州岛其实真得很大,大过新加坡2.5倍,如果可以四天三夜的住宿时间是最好了.因为可以到其他的地方如Osolluc Tea Farm, teddy bear musuem, Alice in the wonderland musuem 等看看.我们没时间所以放弃了其他地方.


12.6.2012 - 15.6.2012 晴
从济州岛会到首尔, 我们下榻了靠近Insadong的Bee won guesthouse 还特别选择了榻榻米房间.

Bee won guesthouse: http://www.beewonguesthouse.com/en/

Insadong不像明洞,这里卖的东西都比较传统也比较艺术.我爱艺术所以这对我来说都还是一种享受.还有就是这里很出名茶艺所以到处都有品茶的地方. 因为前几天的赶路,我们决定在后几天里放慢脚步好好的游览首尔的每个角落,从南大门到东大门再到明洞,有时走累了就找些坐下来汤杯咖啡,连原本想去的Nami island计划都取消, 或许因为我们都了解到夏天的都不会太特别,两排冬季恋歌时拍的树在这个季节里就像槟城某个角落的, 却要花上坐渡轮,再坐巴士的精力. 倒不如等下次在冬天时买个机票再来这里参观的好.

最后的几天都在购物着,说真的如果想买韩国品牌的护肤品如Laneige还是去明洞的Lotte Department store 的Duty Free 部门买, 就在第九层, 但记得带护照还有机票咯!( soft copy 的也可以,只要可以证明你在韩国的出入时间).

Lotte Department store不难找,就在明洞的Shinsagae 附近. 



韩国真得有很多值得吃和买的东西.到了最后一天我们才发觉韩国紫菜真得很好吃。


还有这家monoffin muffin


cheese口味不错!(2500won)


首尔大多地方都可以看到angel-in us cafe, Tom and Tom cafe 还有 Bene cafe. 但还是觉得Angel 比较好.:)


我的韩国第二杯americano咖啡。上瘾了!


还有大发现就是Omarket的brownies. 真得很后悔没有太早发现!!!




这些都可以在7-11或lotte Mart找到。


还有就是位于明洞的Issac Toast, 我特别爱她的Ham, egg and cheese Toast. 如果你走到了明洞的Stamp Musuem, 就真的很接近.




Stamp Musuem前面.






还有别忘了韩国炸酱面!找了很辛苦终于找到了.:)


就是这家位于明洞的一品香中华店可以吃到炸酱面.




每一次的旅行都给我不一样的体验,不管多累都好,只要是和阿祖一起走的我都觉得比较轻松。但每次离开家几天又会开始想念家里的家人,朋友还有屋前的小花。:) 很期待下一次的新体验。


。台湾。