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Big guitar and big name resort, the Hard Rock Hotel had expanded its wing in Asia. This time gets even closer to Equator. Located at the northern coastal town of Batu Ferringhi, Hard Rock Hotel is one of the latest hotels on Penang island aside from Eastin Hotel that sits on the opposite end of the island. Serving the tropical fans, Hard Rock Hotel in Penang is the #3 in South East Asia, after Bali and Pattaya. And what is the similarity of them all? Touristy beaches, beaches and beaches!
Featuring as a beach front hotel, I guess the ultimate attraction of Penang Hard Rock Hotel is the fabulous pool area. With the hotel rooms on ground floor having direct access to the charming pool via their balconies (patio), one can take a dip right away from their room. Imagine that these rooms come with a nice and huge pool. Big news!
Our exploration to the latest city mall in George Town landed us at Master Choo Kitchen. Being one of the restaurants residing at level 3 of 1st Avenue Mall, the name Master Choo Kitchen fancied us in the first place. Sounds fresh and authoritative, we then took a step closer to check out their menu.
Offering an array of tarts, dimsum dishes besides the Asian a-la-carte picks such as rice, noodles and vermicelli, Master Choo Kitchen’s menu appears similar to Dragon-i and Wong Kok restaurants.
As we arrived during peak lunch hours, it was full house. I guess people or Penangites generally love this eatery. Pricing is reasonable, in fact lower compares to Dragon-i while food variety, almost the same. Interior is designed far more superior than the plain Wong Kok, decorated with lanterns and dim lighting.
Holding two hungry stomach, we picked more than a handful of dishes to try. Ice blended peanut chocolate (RM6.90) and winter melon with sea coconut (RM5.00) were our picks for beverages.
Ipoh white coffee egg tart (bottom left) RM1.60
I’d say it a brilliant food innovation. We like it.
The charm of Taiping Lake Gardens that serves as the first public park in Malaysia attracted us to detour when we made our first interstate road trip to Ipoh with our little one. My last trip to Taiping Lake Gardens was perhaps more than half a decade ago so I couldn’t recall if there were any eateries near the lake.
Searching online brought to our attention that there are a handful beside the beautiful lakes.
We settled for Taman Tasik Food Court for lunch after making two loops. Within walking distance from the scenic stretch of rain trees, this eatery also has ample car park. Operating 24 hours as indicated on the signpost, it offers the choices of local hawker food including laksa, chicken rice, noodles, western, a fair bit of Thai flavors and bak kut teh.
Durian or fondly known as the king of all fruits in South East Asia, is a seasonal fruit. And if you are a durian lover, grab them now while it still lasts.
Local folks say that Balik Pulau has the most varieties in term of durian’s taste and texture. For Penangites who love to savor this lovely fruit and enjoy the scenic south-west of the isle at the same time, check it out at Anjung Indah. It is an oasis for public recreation, sits by Jalan Tun Sardon along the road heading to Balik Pulau township. Also featuring there now are other local fruits feasting e.g. mangoesteen and rambutan. White canopy shades equipped with tables and chairs are prepared for the fruits’ fans too.
When I was small, Taiping Lake Gardens or known locally as Taman Tasik Taiping was to be one of my favorite parks in Malaysia. My dad loves this green carpet that invited plenty of bamboos and charming raintrees to live there. Being one of the parks we visited often, obviously Taiping Lake Gardens was always being praised for its evergreen beauty. True. This time, it was my turn. I took my son there on a fine weekend and Taiping Lake Gardens is still ‘ever’ green literally. Another adjective that describes well is HUGE, so be prepared to walk more than a fair bit. Otherwise, one may drive, taking the tour of the scenic driveway loop.
Breathtaking landscape composed by former mining lakes and ponds blending in the view of hill ridges that takes the backdrop, this venue is not only perfect for leisure activities such as jogging, biking, boating, picnicking but is also picturesque for photography.
+1. Happy and Contented Babies. By nature, baby loves to be held/carried. Traditionally, some parents believe constantly held baby will be spoiled, fussy and always crying for attention. But researchers found infants in babywearing cultures cry much less.
+2. Smarter Babies. If the babies spend less time spend crying, what do they do with their free time? Babies learn! Worn baby is more quiet, attentive and alert, thus possessing an ideal state for learning.
+3. Physically Fitter Babies. Babywearing is like a womb outside the mother’s body. It stimulates infant’s vestibular system, the sensor that helps babies to breathe and grow better, besides regulates their physiology and improves motor development. Studies also reported that carried babies demonstrate enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
Despite of Chinese origin, Ramen is more popularly known as Japanese noodles. Ramen, as pronounced in Chinese/Mandarin means “pulled noodles” are commonly served in Japanese restaurants in today’s food arena.
The taste of ramen in Tokyo still lingers in my mind. And that brought us to explore QQ Ramen House near USM at Sg Dua in Penang.
Tucked away in the outstanding Yellow House commercial block, QQ Ramen House is just a few doors away from Pelita Nasi Kandar 24 hr Restaurant. As the name suggests, QQ Ramen House offers a variety of ramen. Be it the flavors of the broth, there are at least a handful ranging from hot, spicy, savory, tangy apart from the ‘dried’ ramen. Both are served with choices of protein fix such as pork, chicken, seafood, fishcake, egg and vegetables as well. The next best thing of the ramen’s companion is gyoza (jiaozi) or sometimes is referred as Japanese dumpling although originally a Chinese dish. Good that QQ Ramen House keeps them on their menu too.