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In this site, you shall see the world through my eyes via the medium which I use, to capture what I see, imagine, visualize, dream, study and appreciate. I look forward to learning more about the art of photography and achieving marvellous results, telling the stories of my life. Enjoy!

Seriously…I need to be more diligent with my blogging. I am embarrassed to now post my Sydney photos that were taken more than 3 years ago – whilst I was still pregnant with Hayley!

I suppose you can say it was a babymoon for Boo and I. We left Kieran with his grandparents in Ipoh and flew off to Sydney for a reunion with Boo’s university mates.

In this post, you will see the must-have photos of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Rocks and of course, the beaches. And it wouldn’t be a respectable blog without hundreds of pictures of the food consumed. We sampled the famous Harry’s pies, indulged in seafood at Sydney’s Fish Market and best of all, discovered Australian Masterchef Adriano Zumbo’s cafe where we stuffed our faces with delectable macarons.

This trip was exceptionally memorable because of the 2 nights that we spent out of Sydney, exploring vineyards in Hunter Valley and feeding pelicans at The Entrance waterfront in Central Coast, amongst other excursions. It was also a real delight to catch up with some Ipoh friends who are now living their dream lives in Australia.

A HUGE thank you to the Cobana gang for planning the trip and welcoming me into your ‘family’! And a special shout-out to Mong Ling and Hai Liang who so graciously hosted us at their lovely place.

 

Last Christmas, my family decided to take the road less travelled and booked ourselves into an Airbnb homestay in a fishing village at Pangkor Island. We really had no idea what to expect, save for an accommodation by the sea and possibly the smell of fish greeting us in the morning.

Let’s just say that our trip to this little island off the coast of Lumut exceeded our meagre expectations and a huge thank you must go to the manager of Pangkor Home Sea Village, Mr Heon, who took such good care of us. Without him, we would not have tried the simple but mouthwatering breakfast fare just a few minutes walk from the homestay, especially the ‘kon lou laksa bai mien’ which I have not tried anywhere else in Malaysia. It is basically dried noodles with thick laksa-flavoured sauce, topped with condiments such as char siew and beansprouts. Yummy! Mr Heon also brought us to the BEST seafood restaurant on the island – Restaurant Pasir Bogak. We ordered simple dishes such as the salted egg squid, buttered chicken and pork belly with salted fish but in the words of a typical Malaysian, they were ‘peng, leng, cheng’ (cheap, beautiful, awesome)! My picky eater of a son actually wolfed down the squid and chicken which he otherwise would never have touched.

All throughout the trip, Mr Heon was our personal tour guide and chauffeur – ferrying us to and fro all the tourist destinations like the Teluk Nipah beach and the Foo Lin Kong Temple, at the same time pointing out all the good places to eat and giving us a brief history of Pangkor, him being a native to this island. He brought us to the hornbill feeding place which turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip and even secured the best price for our round-island boat trip through his many connections as a Pangkor boy.

We returned to KL thoroughly roasted and satiated by the sun, sea and sand. Thank you again, Mr Heon, for your hospitality and giving us such a memorable trip to your island.

 

Exactly a year ago, my family spent the weekend in Taiping with some of my husband’s childhood friends. We were pleasantly surprised by our lovely accommodation, Sentosa Villa, which was a gem hidden behind an unassuming housing area. Upon entering its gates, we were transported to a ‘kampung’, complete with a natural river running through it and wooden villas for the guests. We were greeted by durian and cempedak trees, and ducks and geese roaming freely in this oasis in the middle of the bustling town of Taiping.

We spent our days there eating (what else do you expect us Malaysians to do?!), boat paddling at Lake Gardens and visiting the Taiping Zoo. The kids had a blast and the adults relived our childhood memories of paddling aimlessly in swan boats around the lake.

It was a short yet memorable trip, made even more special by the people we went with.

Believe it or not, I have never actually been to the town of Seremban. Famous for its siew pau and hakka mee, my cell group mates decided to satisfy our never-ending food cravings by making a day trip to this town. Chay Thiam, our cell leader, had printed out maps for the drivers and had marked 8 places for us to stop and eat. 8 places?!?! We would be averaging a meal an hour!

Our first pit stop was the Seremban Market. On the highest floor, there is a food court that holds treasure for the tummy – hakka mee, ‘yau yu mai fun’, Chinese-style rojak and more. Immediately after we scarfed down our food, we were off to our next destination – Restaurant Yi Poh, for pig stomach’s soup and more porky delights. I am no big fan of pig stomach but the soup here was seriously delicious! And directly opposite the restaurant, we have Kedai Siew Pau Asia or Siew Pou Master which serves an array of pastries like egg tarts, kaya puffs, char siew buns and of course, the infamous Seremban siew pau. Again, I have tasted many siew paus and egg tarts but these were definitely one of the best that I’ve eaten.

With full tummies, we ventured out of Seremban town to visit the Jelita Ostrich Show Farm. Trust me, this turned out to be the highlight of our trip! We fed the ostriches with corn kernels, tested the strength of ostrich eggs by standing on them, rode on an ostrich and even watched an ostrich race ala Prince of Persia. I think the only thing we wished we could have done was eat an ostrich omelette. The children (and adults too!) also had fun feeding the other animals there such as horses, geese, ducks and rabbits.

After such an exhausting excursion, it only made sense to travel back to town and feast on Haji Shariff’s pasembur, ice kacang and cendol. The place was packed when we arrived but the service was excellent – we received our food within a few minutes. Having quenched our thirst, we prepared to make our way to Mantin to sample their pau. Unfortunately, the pau shop was closed and we decided to call it a day.

Thank you Sia Chay Thiam for organising such a wonderful trip and thank you cell group members for making it an unforgettable one!

It was absolute bliss to leave work and escape to the cool weather of Cameron Highlands, even if it was just for a weekend. My escapade was made sweeter by the fact that we were travelling with my husband’s childhood friends from Batu Gajah and hubby was turning the big 4-0 that Sunday too!

I suppose you could say it was a reunion of sorts, as we had friends travelling from the UK, China and Singapore to join us on this trip. With our children in tow, it was a truly wonderful trip as we gorged ourselves with food in true Malaysian style.

We visited the usual must-sees such as the Kea Farm Market, where a box of strawberries was going for as a low as RM3 each! High tea at YTL’s Cameron Highlands Resort was a delightful experience and the boys, being boys, over-estimated their tummy sizes and stuffed themselves silly. We visited the Strawberry Farm, hoping to handpick some but were told that strawberries were not in season. Hmm…then why was there an abundant of strawberries at the markets being sold at such low prices? And a trip to these highlands is never complete without the winding journey to the picturesque Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation with its glass-windowed cafe overlooking rolling hills of tea bushes.

All in all, it was a truly memorable trip made special by the company of old friends, good food and excellent weather!

The first time I was at Pangkor Laut Resort, I was pregnant with my 1st child. My husband and I wanted to enjoy our final months of freedom and pamper ourselves silly.

Two years down the road and we’re back again at this beautiful and idyllic island – with our 2 year old in tow, plus a couple of nieces, my parents, my sister and her husband. As expected, this was a completely different type of holiday where you can kiss goodbye to lazing by the beach and sleeping in till noon.

Nevertheless we all had great fun, the kids especially. A great thank you for the excellent service and friendly staff at Pangkor Laut Resort. Perhaps we’ll come back to this wonderful resort next year – with our new baby girl in tow?🙂

This was my first road trip with my new fellow cellies and I decided to bring my 2 year old son along, though I wasn’t quite sure how he would fare such a long journey. You see, not only was this a trip for fellowship and sightseeing, but in true Malaysian style, it had to be a food trip.

We started our food fest in Sungai Buloh and travelled to Tanjung Malim for good ol’ home cooked food. We then drove all the way to Sekinchan for fresh, needless-to-say mouth-watering seafood. Along the way, we wolfed down prawn fritters, ‘pisang goreng’, ‘lekor’ and ‘mentarang bakar’ and managed to view beautiful migratory birds flying over paddy fields.

At Sekinchan, we were pleasantly surprised by a small strip of beach which housed the most interesting self-made ‘playgrounds’. Who would have thought that those stackable plastic chairs used in restaurants could be so creatively transformed into swings? As you can see, not only did the children love it, but the adults had a go too!

Thank you Chay Thiam, George, Siew Kim, Sharon Y, Derek, Tony, Boo and little Kieran, for making this one of the most enjoyable and memorable road trips that I’ve ever embarked upon.

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