Brown Rice Dumpling Recipe | Luxury and Healthy Bak Chang – Zongzi

Brown Rice Dumpling Recipe 

If you want a healthier option for rice dumpling recipe, give this new innovation of zongzi or better known as ‘bak chang’ a try. Born in my mom’s kitchen, let me present you the latest breakthrough in the world of Zongzi – made from brown rice, lean poultry, mushroom, scallop, lotus seed and nuts of a few kind. Go through the ingredients and you would agree, this is an absolute luxury and one of its kind!!

Brown Rice Dumpling Recipe
Brown Rice Dumplings

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Oriental Village Langkawi | Food, Shopping, Hotel

Oriental Village Langkawi

Less than 15 minutes away from Telaga Harbor Marina, not many would have guessed that Oriental Village Langkawi is the gateway to one of the most visited geoparks – Machinchang Cable Car Trail! Housing Langkawi Cable Car’s base station, it is also the home to eateries, adventure kiosk, spa, souvenir shops, duty free retailers and a wonderful green world.

Oriental Village Langkawi & Geopark
Welcome to Oriental Village!

I believe I am not first (neither the last) person to ask how the name of this place was derived i.e. Oriental Village. What do you think? If you were to ask me to name what constituted of Oriental Village Langkawi, then its location being on the east of the globe is a safe answer. That’s said, the horticulture is perhaps synonymous with oriental as the well-groomed pond taking the center stage whilst bridges of all kinds crossing the wetland. Whether a wooden suspension bridge, a traditional Chinese stone bridge or a red quaint concrete bridge, they are faithfully there to greet you!
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Langkawi Geopark (UNESCO) | Machinchang Cable Car Trail – Suspension Bridge

Langkawi Geopark

If you’re searching for an island with a combination of limestone, marble and sandstone, Langkawi Geopark is the destination to be! Surprise to many, the 550-million-year-old sandstone from Cambrian era that is the oldest rock formation in South East Asia is hidden on the peak of Machincang.

Langkawi Geopark - Machinchang Cable Car Trail
Breathtaking view is guaranteed!

Battling between myths and facts, an archipelago of 104 isles that made up Langkawi was believed to suffer over 7 generations of bad luck resulted from a curse by an innocent lady – Mahsuri. Seven generations had passed and today, Langkawi is prospering and rising as a popular holiday destination. Rich in geology and steep in history, the nature in Langkawi speaks for itself. The aftermath of the ‘curse’ retains the indigenous charm, making it the home to the lush greenery, virgin forest, enticing lake, unique caverns, stunning waterfalls and amazing mangrove. Aside from Pulau Dayang Bunting and Kilim Karst, Machinchang Cable Car Trail is the most visited Langkawi’s Geopark.

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Pulau Betong | Pantai Pasir Panjang (Penang Long Beach)

Pulau Betong Pantai Pasir Panjang 

If you’re tired of the over crowded beaches in Batu Feringghi, then check out the Penang’s Long Beach or Pantai Pasir Panjang in Pulau Betong.  Similar to his cousin Pulau Tikus, it is not an isle of its own despite preceding with the word ‘Pulau’. Aside from exploring a new idyllic beach to have fun, it is also great alternative when it comes to picnic by the beach.

Pulau Betong Penang - Pantai Pasir Panjang
Hanging staircase welcomes everyone

Kem Bina Negara Balik Pulau
Kem Bina Negara Balik Pulau

Pantai Pasir Panjang or literally translated as Sandy Long Beach in English is kind of self explanatory. This thin strip is only a few meters in width, the home to white sparkling sand, tiny crabs and pines. It occupies a stretch over a kilometer (I think), sits adjacent to Kem Bina Negara (Nation Building Camp) Balik Pulau at Pulau Betong. Located on the south western tip of Penang island, Pantai Pasir Panjang is precisely situated at the cul-de-sac of an unnamed road branching from Jalan Bahru (P237) near Pulau Betong fishing village (coordinates of Kem Bina Negara Balik Pulau: 5.300365,100.184644).
Sparkling sand and dead mollusc
Sparkling sand and shelled creature

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Langkawi Food Review | Tomato Nasi Kandar Restaurant

Restoran Nasi Kandar Tomato in Langkawi Food Review

To our surprise, Langkawi in the recent years is establishing more food establishments or eateries than before, as if it is hosting an international food fare throughout for 365 days every year. If you’re driving around the island particularly in the touristy hot spots, you can see signposts of tea house, biergarten, bistro, ristorante planted everywhere aside from the common variety such as seafood, Malays, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese and Nasi Campur or Nasi Kandar Restaurant.

Restoran Nasi Kandar Tomato
Nasi Kandar Tomato at Pantai Cenang

Teh Tarik from Tomato Nasi Kandar
Bubbled tea @ pulled tea – Teh Tarik

If you’re looking for an ideal place to try a plethora of local cuisine on budget in Langkawi, then Tomato Nasi Kandar Restaurant can be the one for you. Tucked away in the midst of the Langkawi’s liveliest street – Jalan Pantai Cenang, Tomato Nasi Kandar sits on the left side of the road after passing Underwater World and before Laman Padi/Sheraton Resort. This is also the best place to visit when you are starving after midnight or to catch up with buddies over a cuppa of coffee or tea.
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Air Itam Dam Penang | 7 Great Things to Do With Kids

Air Itam Dam Penang

Have your kids ever probe where is the source of the water we drink, we bath, we flush toilets? If they do, it is to take them to see the place where it begins. Even if not, it is still worth visiting a dam, preparing the answers for their future questions and saving you the trouble of putting thousand words to describe without a picture to imagine.

Air Itam Dam Penang
Overflow spillway (left) and a tiny glimpse of ‘waterfall’ (right)

If your kids had watched Transformer, I bet they had seen a dam. That’s Hoover Dam – an extremely touristy spot in Nevada/Arizona. Massive and complex. I was there with a well-versed tour guide but I didn’t completely understand all its functions aside from providing water storage, flood control and hydroelectric. All I know that this complicated facility site can do lots of great stuff.
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