40 hours Christmas in Singapore : Putien & Dian Xiao Er Must Eat

November 2018 : A quick Singapore spree before flying off to Taiwan

Long story cut short! Lets see how we spend our 40 hours in Singapore! 

1pm : Off to my favourite restaurant “Putien”, a one Michelin star restaurant in Singapore. We went to the one at Vivocity so we can have a stroll at the rooftop after the meal.

I wanted to order everything in the menu…. *clap clap*

Drunken cockles SGD 10.90 Probably the freshest cockles i’ve had. I love how they served the cockles on top of a bed of alcohol goodness. Awww aww aww

Iced bitter gourd SGD 7.90 Served chilled and crunchy. Dipped in the sweet chilli. Absolutely a 100% must order starter

Deep-fried duck with yam SGD 17.90 Yam + Duck = Love

Putien Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees SGD 14.90

Putien Lor Mee SGD 10.90 I’ve always love heng hua dishes. It is as if you are slurping a combination of all the goodness from pork, prawn, clam and all the veges that are braised in hours. Highly recommended too!

Putien Crispy Oysters SGD 17.90 Fresh and juicy oysters covered with a thin egg batter, whipped up to perfection! One of my must order too!

Braised Pig Intestine SGD 14.90 Say no more! Even my mother and brother who dislike intestine approved it! I absolutely love how the intestine are braised to perfection, it is not chewy but al dente in all the good ways. Thumbs up!

Best eaten with the special blended chilli

Putien Bian Rou Soup SGD 4.90/pax 

100-Second Stewed Yellow Croaker SGD 14.90 It is best known for its tender and boneless texture. It is almost like melting in your mouth with a hugh explosion of flavours! Full marks!

I love Putien <3

4pm : We went for a stroll on the rooftop and they are having doggy graduation ceremony there. So cute!

And all the unlighted Christmas decor!

We were all lazy so we bought some grocery food and just dozed off

11am : Good Morning! We rock the second day with my brother’s recommended restaurant called Dian Xiao Er.

I like the touch of the interior design featuring the olden days. So much feel! 

Start off with the best dish of the day : 

Herbal Roast Duck. Duck is roasted perfectly, crispy skin tender juicy meat infused in the herbal essence gravy. 100/100

Golden Lotus Roots w Pumpkin. Heavy coated with butter and egg yolk. A sinful and satisfying dish. Fatty level 99

Poached spinach with century and salted egg. This dish is always one of the must order if it appears in the menu

Mongolian pork rib. Family love it too!

Braised yee mee with scallop. Thumbs up!

Double-boiled wintermelon w conpoy. Light but flavourful

I had Bengawan Solo pandan cheese roll as dessert no.1 before proceeding to Orchard for my second nostalgic dessert.

Hello Orchard. Orchard is full of christmass decor with Disney as the theme for this year. 

The old school street ice cream of Singapore. Are you the ice cream with cracker person or the ice cream with bread person?

And my third dessert along the street of Orchard — Cream Cheese Mochi Haagen-Darz! SOOO GOOOOD for a cheese and mochi person like me!

They have real mochi bits in the cream cheese ice cream!!!! #screeeeamm

And the street came alive when the sun sets. Lets the picture do the talking :

This is how we end our 40 hours in Singapore. Thankiuk le bro for the food <3

Hello Taiwan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penang & Hatyai Short Travel Guide

Sorrry!!! Haven’t been able to blog for soooooooo long. So so so long.. I’ve always try to put some effort to do some blogging but i have too many pending travel posts and tooooo many photos to filter so I think i’ll go with the simplest one. A very random Penang & Hatyai short trip.

So a random and not too informative blog post but I guess better than nothing right? Hohoho. I have been neglect the blog for so long i feel soooo guilty. 🙁 So it was a very random short trip to Penang and my siaopoh say she will drive us to Hatyai for leisure. Why not?! I haven been to Hatyai and yes sure I would love to set my foot there.

Hello! Long time no seee <3

Arrived at Penang around noon and siaopoh bring us for nom nom session. Forget about all the touristy places and must go places in google. Let the local bring you for the real goodness!! But that also means that I have no idea where the place is. Hahaha!

Not only the char kueh tiao is superb! Better than all the siam road and sisters char kueh tiao… the prawn is so fresh and the kueh tiao is.. what we always say… the wok flavour! You know what I mean right.. Not only the CKT is fabulous, the assam laksa, the spring roll and the kueh is nice tooo! 

And then we went to kek lok si… Nice view! And after Kek lok si.. continue eating… 

Penang Hill Duck Meat Kueh tiao tng.. a soup based flat noodles soup with duck meat, a local delicacy in Penang, we went to the one at Penang Hill, Air Itam. Located at the alley with a big tree and people are just feasting at the alley with simple table and chairs. So nostalgic. Yums! Simple is elegance.

We then ended our night with happy talks! The next day we woke up late and had our brunch at Sih Jing San Kopitiam, just a few walk from Red Rock Hotel. 

The Hokkien Mee is nice, the char kueh tiao is nice. Banana pancake is normal. Highly recommend the hokkien mee <3 And so, we began our road trip to Hatyai!!!!

So, how to go to Hatyai from Penang? 

  1. Buy a car insurance from some petrol station that stated insurance for sale
  2. Register and fill up the visa form with passport
  3. Pass the immigration and put RM 3 inside the passport while going through immigration. It’s some kind of bribery style but its a norm already. If you don’t put the RM 3 inside the passport, they will throw your passport back and ask for it. Same thing anyhow have to pay for “entrance ticket”
  4. When passing through immigration, all passengers have to get out from the car for them to have a look
  5. After the immigration of passenger, the driver have to queue at another immigration to verify the vehicle.
  6. Once you passed the immigration area, you can buy your sim card right away just outside the town. One sim card with unlimited internet quota cost you only 150 Baht

And you are done! Welcome to Dannok, then Sadao and Finally Hatyai!

We were hungry after a 3 hours drive and decided to feed ourselves first. Water View Restaurant. I would say its a must go places if you happen to come to Hatyai! Its located at Sadao, an 1 hour drive from hatyai, but if you go from Penang you will definately pass by the place and make sure you make it a stopover to have a meal. 

Beautiful places. Instagramable and unique. You dine at a floating platform where food is served with speed boat and dining with lotsa scary big fishes swimming underneath you. Yes. I can easily spend the whole afternoon here.

We had our meal. Our first thai meal… the food is not extraordinary yummy but its okay. Its the environment and service which makes you feel worthy. We ask the waiter to take a pic of us on behalf and after a while, he came back which a powerbank indicating my phone is out of battery. Its a definitely WOW WOW service! Thumbs up!!   

my siaopoh and I

We then continue our journey and arrived Hatyai after an hour. Checking in Siam Mansion. A very comfortable and clean boutique hotel but we had a bad experience that night. I’ll talk about that later. 

We rest a while then proceed to the famous Greenway Night Market. 

One of the largest and busiest night market in Hatyai but… I was a bit disappointed about the street food there.

Its more like a food court with a money card system.. and… most importantly is.. the food is just so so.. we have a quick one and proceed to shopping…. We only get to shop around 4 lanes of the shopping street and its closing already…… whyyyyyyyyy~ soooo earllllyyy! What to do, go back rest lor

And the disaster came. We arrived to our Siam Mansion around 11 and we couldnt open our hotel door… AND the WORST THING IS… THERE IS NO ONE WORKING THERE FROM 10pm till 8am. WHYYYY??? Not even a staff!! We ask the security for help and no one can help.. so we have to keep bugging the security guard… and he called a house keeping to come.. and the house keeping say she cant help, she don have the key and so on… so in conclusion, we waited and keep bugging for about 3 hours before we can get in our room. Disaster!!!! We ended our night with a tired heart

and the next day! Its fried chicken day! The BEST fried chicken in Hatyai! 

I have no idea whats the name of the shop. There no tourist there, just local people feasting. Local brings the best food! The fried chicken is light fluffy and crispy. Eating alongside is the famous laksam, thin noodles served with variety of homemade broth… soooo good!! and the vege is free flow. Take what you want to eat. This is probably the BEST FOOD i had throughout the whole trip. I can easily devour 3 pieces of chicken!!!! 

Fried Chicken I love youuuu!

The weather is extremely hot and killing. So we decided to loiter at the mall instead. And it is here that we bought a lot of local products! and…. food of coz!

my ever wanted lippie NARS powermatte! 

And shopping!! 

And i saw this cath kidson limited jungle book bag…! 

So it was until 5pm then we decided to head to Wine Village. A very harmonious place perfect for photo taking and thats also the reason we came. Apart from that fairy tale alike place, they have animals as well. How cute! 

Picture perfect!

With a perfect siao poh photographer 😀 Thank you for photo siao poh!!! <3<3

So the 2nd night, we enjoy our 7 eleven food with a good movie. Oh nom nom nom!

3rd day morning… coffee and mcd pork burger before we headed back to Penang and back home. Travel with siao poh is more like a wefie trip.. weeee! 

And to end our beautiful hatyai with the signature After You Shibuya Toast! 

So in conclusion, please go to water view restaurant for the ambiance and to the local fried chicken for the best food you can ever get in Hatyai! 

 

 

 

 

WAK : The Present Tattoo Industry In Sarawak

What is your perspective towards the tattoo industry in Sarawak today? How has it progress? As for me, I have very little knowledge about tattoos, I have limited contact about tattoos industry but I love history and I absolutely adored things with stories behind and that is one of the reason I’m here today.

So basically this talk is organized by Blackout Tattoo Kuching, to share their insights and their knowledge about tattoos from the beginning; concentrating on Iban and Dayak tattoos which specially need to be preserved. 

with the tattoo specialists

So hows does tattoo industry progress throughout the 10 years? 

Having a tattoo today as compared to the past 10 years is more common, they are more well perceived. Unlike the olden days, people used to link up tattoo with gangster-ism, parents will yell at you or even hit you hard if they see you having a tattoo or intended to get one. However, 10 years later, tattoo is more acceptable, they are more to perceived as a piece of art rather than something totally negative. I am not saying that tattoo is widely accepted now but as compared to the past 10 years, it is much better.

Awareness and hygiene for the tattoo industry is getting better as well. Tattooist tend to be more knowledgeable and able to give more solid advise to the customers before they commit. Hygiene is something that everyone is very strict of. If you head to a tattoo studio with very poor hygiene, you might need to change one. Why is hygiene so important in the tattoo industry? The needles, the clothes and ink used are all tapped into your skin. If hygiene is bad, chances of getting health issue is higher because you never know who is the previous customer and how they dispose the tools used for the previous customer. Be alert!

What is the concern towards the tattoo industry in Sarawak today?

  1. Tattoo industry in Sarawak is way too behind. They came across the tattoo culture in overseas, in terms of machinery tools and mindset; we are way behind. A piece of tattoo art can be sealed at a price of 10 times higher than what the tattoo artist in Sarawak offered. The value of tattoo art is higher outside Sarawak.
  2. Borneo Tattoo preservation. We are afraid that no one inherit our real traditional/tribal/warrior/borneo tattoo. Some tattooist shared that nowadays people just tattoo whatever that they think its nice or maybe a fusion. They just mix and match the art instead of getting a proper traditional tattoo. Trend like this will lose the originality of the tattoos.
  3. Things are not meant to be tattooed anyhow. Some art are meant to serve a purpose or meaning and it is not meant for everyone. For example the head hunters tattoo “tagulun” (someone please help me with the correct name and spelling) is a tattoo symbolized the act and power of the head hunters. These tattoos are believed to have powers in the form or charms or even a taboo. If ones is not supposed to have such tattoos but they insisted, bad things will even happen to them or the people around them. The tattoo have the real design and the meaning behind it so do your homework or ask for advise before deciding one. 

How to improve tattoo industry in Sarawak?

  1. Educate the customers. Art is a constant change. Tattooist do not change or restricts the customers’ idea but they can educate and give proper advise. Consult them, know their motive of getting the tattoo and advice accordingly
  2. Be an apprentice. Taking an apprentice path to guide new tattooist the meaning of tattoo arts especially to all the Borneo tattoos that need to be preserved. Borneo tattoo arts will not stay unless the skill and knowledge have been pass on. So, they need to starting teaching people so that tattoo culture flows.

What is their advice to the customers before getting a tattoo?

Know your tattooist. Know them as in know their background, know their portfolio and the art they have delivered. Get a consultation and be very strict to the hygiene steps they took. Do not get a freelance tattooist, go to a professional one for all the right reasons.

What is your vision of our tattoo industry in the next 5 years? Some mentioned they will like to have a tattoo museum to showcase the history of tattoo and to educate more people about tattoo arts. To make tattoo artist a more recognized career.

For me, a person who appreciates history and culture; I certainly think a tattoo museum will be a very educational one. All the tribal arts, all the warrior tattoos and the meanings behind, who to ask if you want to know right? We commonly only know the “Bunga Terung” tattoo arts that symbolized adult hood and maturity, the crab and tree tattoos that symbolized life, but what about others? There are tonnes of different tattoo arts with different meanings that yet to be taught.

Whats the tattoo art that you are most curious of? 

WAK : Visual Journalism by World Press Photo

Its not an everyday opportunity where you get to attend an event like that. Collaborate with WAK (What About Kuching), World Press Photo held an very liberal talk to showcase about visual journalism in the World today. For me, its a very fruitful day for me. Let me share with you more but first, What is Visual Journalism?

PHOTOGRAPHY SPEAKS. 

We often hear; let the photo do the talking. Photo speaks. A single photo can show so much emotions and information sometimes as compared to words describing. What is your point of view towards visual journalism? Freedom of speech? These two basically linked. 

World Press Photo is a non profit organization formed in 1955 in Amsterdam. They organized photo contest world wide to promote visual journalism and the importance of it, and how visual journalism helps to deliver information to the world today. 

There’s a few photos that really caught my attention and i would like to share as an example here to portray my own personal opinions.

This is a very popular photos “Tank Man”. Here’s a brief introduction about this photo. 

– World Press Photo

Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. As the lead tank maneuvered to pass by the man, he repeatedly shifted his position in order to obstruct the tank’s attempted path around him. The incident was filmed and smuggled out to a worldwide audience. Internationally, it is considered one of the most iconic images of all time. Inside China, the image and the events leading up to it are virtually unknown today.  — Wikipedia

Now, every photos is debatable. The motive behind, opinions from different angles, outcome of prevailing the photos to the society and so on. You will be shocked that although this photo is taken in China, there is very minimal citizens in China that knew or even aware of this. Now, question is.. why are they not aware? Is the government restricting the freedom of speech in China? Does government actually screen through the news and information to be fed to their own citizens? Does the citizens have their own right to know what is going on throughout? During the discussion, there is one particular man who actually voice out his opinion towards freedom of speech in china, particular to this photo as an example. He says, he thinks it is better to kept secret and control the freedom of speech to the citizens, if not, the country will go into chaos because the country is not mature yet. Freedom of speech, he got his opinion but for me, mine is a totally different one. Why is that particular country is immature? Because they are not exposed enough. Why are they not exposed enough? Because every information fed to them is filter as per the government preference. They have so limited knowledge about the world. Why is the information so limited? Because they don’t practice freedom of speech; or more like they do not agree of. Things do do happen overnight. So freedom of speech helps to grow the mentality of the country. But definitely, do it slowly. 

This photo also brings out the risk and courage of the journalist. How they protect the photo and to make sure it is broadcast. When this photo is taken, it was actually banned from published. The man had to steal the film and pass to his friend in order to avoid being confiscated during the check in the immigration due to his identity as a journalism. if he is not careful enough, the photo will be buried.

Another popular photo back in 1985. Criticism from every aspect. Some debate about the ethic of saving the women instead of taking the last photo of hers. However, in the point of view from the photographer, it may be the best choice if there is no choice but to just accompany her at her last few hours.

– World Press Photo

Omayra Sanchez (12) is trapped in the debris from the Nevado del Ruíz volcano eruption. While rescue workers, who could not reach her, were waiting for materials to arrive, she eventually lost consciousness and died of a heart attack. – World Press Photo

There is no right or wrong. Visual journalism leads to opinions and criticism from different voices and perspective. Being in the media/press industry is no easy. They take risk taking photos for the awareness of the people. Some even lose their life trying to protect the news and photos. A lot of them faces threatens and injustice acts; all for one purpose, to protect voices being call out, to hang on to the philosophy that different voices is allowed to be heard. So the least we can do is to respect them to bring us to the right ground of what is happening now. 

Its a very spiritual talk to be honest. It leads me to think of all the hidden efforts and hardships behind every words or pictures shown to the world today. Salute to all the medias!

And Thank you Sarawak bloggers for making this happen for me!

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