Penang Baby Friendly Resturant | Sg Dua Plus 2 – Wanton Mee

With the arrival of our little one, we have been looking for some decent places to dine the hawker food. Our requirement is simple, as long as it is a clean and baby friendly (particularly without cigarette’s smoke) preferably with air-conditioned, we are good to be there. Despite so, the simple rules leave us out with limited choices since hawker centers and Chinese kopitiams are ‘polluted’ yet food varieties are plenty!

Tucked away in the Desa University Complex near USM Penang
Tucked away in the Desa University Complex near USM Penang

Plus 2 Restaurant is not a new venue to us, we frequent Plus 2 pretty often for their Chinese of family style dining. This Chinese restaurant somehow suits our appetite as well as our pocket. Our favorite are Marmite Chicken that is served with mantou and curry fish aside from their nice wanton mee. But it was only recently, we found out that Plus 2 also serves wanton noodle for breakfast. Something that we overlooked in the past!
'Dried' wanton mee
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Taiwan Jinshan Township | Old (Ancient) Market Street – Shopping and Eating

Jinshan (金山) or literally translated as ‘Gold Mountain’ is popularly known for its scenic cape, beautiful beaches and appealing hot springs. With the blend of geographical advantage and a well developed traffic network, Jinshan is a town that connects to Shimen and Danshui in the northern-west, leads to Wanli and Keelung southward and heads to Yangmingshan on southern-west. Due to its proximity to Jinbaoshan (Chin Pao Shan) private cemetery, Jinshan also draws many tourists to visit the memorial garden (tomb) of the famous Taiwanese pop vocalist – the late Teresa Teng (鄧麗君).
Less crowded in mid morning
Little that visitors know about Jinshan Old Street or officially called as Jinbaoli Street. Hidden parallel behind
the main road (Zhongshan Road) of Jinshan Township, Jinbaoli Street the oldest street in Jinshan, possessing the history of 200 years old. Recommended by a friendly local in Yehliu for the ancient market charm and duck meat noodle, we decided to explore this rural market street of Jinshan after visiting Yehliu. It is best to visit in the morning.

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Taiwan Keelung Miaokow (Temple Entrance) – Eating Market | Street Snacks | Seafood

Visiting Keelung is never complete if one does not take a glance at Miaokou (at times written as Miaokow) Eating Street. Fame for the best place in Taiwan that offers street snacks especially seafood, Keelung’s Miaokou has a steep history started since Japanese occupation. The story began with some regular vendors selling snacks near the entrance of Dianji Temple. As the demand from Keelung townies increased, this had attracted more vendors that eventually turned the temple’s entrance to be a food market.
In the heart of Keelung near Dianji Temple
Open and fresh
Miaokou or literally translated as ‘Temple’s Mouth’ occupies several square blocks of Ren 3rd Road, Ai 3rd Road and Ren 4th Road in Keelung Downtown. Some people even joked that Miaokou has attracted more foodies than pilgrims!
All kinds of shellfish!

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Sarawak Cuisine in Penang | Carpenter Street Cafe – Kolo Mee and Laksa

Highly recommended by a Sarawakian friend, Carpenter Street is a restaurant tucked away in a strip of retail mall in Bayan Baru township. A stone throw from the unofficial icon of Bayan Baru – Sunshine Square, a few strokes of horn bill on its facade describes it well – an authentic corner to dine Sarawak’s signature dishes namely Kolo Mee and Sarawak Laksa.

Carpenter Street - adjacent to Am Bank in Bayan Baru
Carpenter Street – adjacent to Am Bank in Bayan Baru

Kolo Mee that resembles the famous Penang hawker food – Wonton Mee is a bowl of dried noodles with slices of BBQ Pork (char siew), minced pork, vegetables, garnished with deep-fried onion and fresh green onions. Claimed to be the number 1 food in Kuching, Kolo Mee offers the savory taste with a blend of sweet end, a great choice to dine at any time of the day.
Menu and Food Introduction
Kolo Mee

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Babywearing

Babywearing? Before I had my baby, this term sounds real alien to my world. What is it all about?

Thanks to Wikipedia for the definition. Babywearing simply means a practice of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a form of carrier. And in today’s world, it is a comfortable and convenience carrier; be it a pouch, a wrap, a sling, a mei tai or even a buckled-on soft structured carrier! Babywearing is not something new, it has been practiced for centuries but gaining popularity in recent years as the parents (substantiated by research) discovered lots of TLC advantages and benefits after adopting babywearing.

Cool Momma with two free hands! (one on cart, the other with camera)
Cool Momma with two free hands! (one on cart, the other with camera)

Every parent is looking forward for a happy baby and naturally, baby likes to be held. In order to keep a contented baby while parents are engaged with daily tasks of living, babywearing hits the nail on its head! Serves as a transport to some parents, many others are also babyweared to put their fussy newborn/baby to sleep/nap, wash dishes, do laundry, check email, update blog and shop for groceries. I am none other than one of them in the club!
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