My AirAsia Free Seats

If I had 10 AirAsia FREE SEATS, I would go to…. *drums roll*

Yes.. JAPAN once again because to know Japan is a choice, to fall in love with Japan is out of my control. Hence the yearly visit to Japan BUT this time to Nagoya !!!! Yaaahoooooo ~~~

and I shall discover Nagoya’s Best Kept Secrets !!! smirk

It is always my dream to bring my parents and siblings and of course the two little monkeys, my nephew and niece for a holiday together and we have never done this before. We never have a whole family holiday. Not even once simply because we have a HUGE family – Parents, Big Bro + Wifey, Big Sis, 2nd Bro and Little Bro who looks like my elder bro.. hahaha.. two little monkeys and that’s already 10 including myself. That is not all yet. Now I’ve a fiance whom will be my hubby in few months time and his family, my extended family. You say big or not? So to travel together at the same time would be kinda impossible and costly, but if I have FREE tickets, I am sure they will be delighted to go without any complains. smirk

Okay. WHY Nagoya out of so many places?

#1: None of us have been there before. So, we are going to explore the place together and I’ve decided we should go in October for their annual Nagoya Festival which fall in autumn (super nice weather). There will be a parade with more than 700 participants, some of whom play the roles of local heroes, including the three national heroes—Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu—and bears a remarkable resemblance to a picture scroll from those days. Various events, such as dances and concerts, are performed in and around Hisaya-Odori Park, while other fun events take place all around the city of Nagoya.

#2: I’m taking Japanese language class now (Just started and I am still very noob and cannot understand most of the time), hoping I can at least understand and probably will be able to communicate with them by October? :D :D

#3: Anyone will fall in love with the beautiful view of Nagoya with its Autumn Leaves everywhere especially in Tokugawaen, Shirotori Garden, Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens and also Nagoya Castle.

#4: In the same month, October, Nagoya has this one performance everyone must not miss, which is the Osu Street Performing Festival which includes street performances such as saru mawashi (monkey tricks) and banana no tatakiuri (bananas sold the traditional Japanese way) as well as unique performances that include rock music Kabuki and a kinpun show (a show using gold dust) and also most importantly, the parade of oiran (courtesans) wearing beautiful clothes.

#5: FOoOOoOOoOd

(a) Hitsumabushi
It is a marinated and barbecued eel, cut into small pieces and served on a bowl of hot rice. Do you know that it is not just a popular and special dish in Nagoya, BUT eel is said to give stamina to the Japanese and get them through a summers work schedule too.

(b) Matcha Kakigori
Japanese desserts never fail to amaze me. I’m definitely going to bring my family to try this massive delicious dessert at a little shop that specialised in matcha desserts in the underground shopping arcade underneath the station.

(c) Tebasaki
It is a MUST HUNT, MUST TRY, MUST EAT marinated Chicken Wings with secret recipe sauce only in Nagoya you have the chance to try it.

The list shall stop here… until.. my real visit to Nagoya. Meanwhile, you can keep on searching by grabbing the FREE SEATS that AirAsia is having promotion now.

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Food Hunting: KY Cafe at Sekama

I’ve been eating out A LOT lately, simply because:

#1: Fiance loves food.
#2: I love food.
#3: We love food.
#4: Who doesn’t love food?

It was exactly a week ago when the two of us just finished our class and we were very, very hungry at 9pm+. We just wanted some food, at reasonable price instead of those RM10+ per serving kinda food. Kakaka.. So..

#1: Milo Iceeeee for us.
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#2: Kueh Chap for him.
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#3: Kolo Mee Red for meeeeeeee with eatdieme many many maaannyyyyy cilipadi O.O
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Some referred KY Cafe as blue shirt kolo mee cos they are always wearing blue when they are at work. I say real real one. Just in case you don’t know this place, it is just opposite LIDO Star. Now I know you know where. Kakakaka.

31st August 2014 is on Sunday. So, Monday is said to be the replacement holiday. I know some have even taken leave today to make the weekend even longer.. and some are flying to Danang for holidayssssss.. I envy max. I also wanna gooooooooo.

Soul Searching: Be Contented

Few days ago, I heard about a news of a friend whose husband passed away during a race. She was just few minutes behind him before reaching the finishing line. I was speechless at the time I found out about this news. How fragile can life be?

They were newly-wed. Beautiful couple. No one sees this coming, but it just happened. Both of them were very outgoing and cheerful. They brought lights and laughters to the people around them. I don’t know what she has to go through but I pray that she will be strong and be loved by everyone around her. Oh Lord, please give this beautiful child of Yours, some strength and love. ♡

Food Hunting: People’s Fair 2014

It used to be Kuching Food Festival, until this year, I saw the banners along Jalan Padungan, it says People’s Fair. For Kuchingites, we would normally call this yearly event – Kuching Fest. Initially, I was quite delighted that Fred finally can join us for Kuching Fest since he would be here for Kuching Marathon, but status changed, responsibilities increased and hence he has no choice but to stay back in KL. It’s okay Fred.. I will show you what you’ve missed.. you’re lucky. The two of us cannot explore too much and it was the last day of People’s Fair 2014, so we only bought this much.
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#1: Fried Chicken, Shihlin’s XXL Crispy Chicken Style @ RM5.00 per pack.
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#2: Salted Fish Meat Bun @ RM5.00 for 3 from the Original Salted Fish Bun Stall.. but when we sat down and look into the paperbag, they actually gave us 4 or 5 pieces. I guess could be the last day promotion.
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The salted fish meat bun was said to be the “talk of the Kuching Fest” for being unique. But.. I felt that the saltiness and its oiliness are a bit too much for me to handle in that bun.
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#3: Tiger Radler @ RM6.00 per bottle but @ RM10.00 for 2 bottles from the Tiger stall so of course we chose the latter one >.< I've been wanting to try this since the first time I saw when we were out with Fred them in some ulu place I didn't recall. Hahaha.. Finally tried and tasted. Conclusion: I prefer Pear Cider over this :D :D but this is so much better than beer itself la. :)
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#4: Pineapple Fried Rice @ RM4.00 from Very Nice Restaurant. Very yellowish but no pineapple flavour :(
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#5: Bacon Mushroom @ RM5.00 for 3pieces from Barnana Stall.
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We have tasted a better one elsewhere >.<
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#6: Lamb Rack (half) @ RM12.00 .. The menu stated Special Price wor.. and it was recommended by Sin’s friend so we were expecting it to be gooooood.
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Cooked by angmoh but maybe we were there too early. The flavor could be better if it was dipped longer in its sauce. But still.. good food for that kind of price ;)
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That was my 2nd time there this year. The first one, we were there for their Fried Porridge but we still prefer the one at Twin Stars Stutong. We also had Lin’s Taiwan Sausage but unfortunately this year, the price increased to RM2.50 and the sausage was shorter :( However, it was the companion whom we met that made the eating trip better. Haha. So, what was the good food that you had at Kuching Fest this year that I missed out? I heard about the Ice Cream in flowerpot. Is it worth the money? O.o

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Food Hunting: BBQ Korean’s No.1 at Plaza Merdeka Kuching

Today’s radio stations are still airing emo sad songs. :(

To add on to the emoness, the fiance and I went to Plaza Merdeka, one fine evening, to have our dinner together at BBQ Korean’s No.1 which is located at Lower Ground Floor. We heard many good reviews about this restaurant, so off we went there.

The interior.
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The restaurant was empty at the time we were there. No one serve us when we were at their entrance though they have many staffs in there. So, we chose our own seats.
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To be safe, we ordered their popular dish – Chicken Meal Jerk BBQ Meal Set @ RM19.50
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Each meal is served with fresh garden salad, rice of the day (which we have no idea what is it and they didn’t seem to intro to us too :( ) and one side of our choice. They have Kochi, Calamari, Pomme Frite, Grilled Corn, Pineapple Grilled Kochi or Mashed Potatoes. We were just being pointed at the menu on the side dishes, so we roughly chose a grilled pineapple.
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We were hoping the food is good since the service wasn’t. Unfortunately, we were served a COLD FRIED RICE . The rice of the day is BELOW the room temperature !!! The chicken was served at room temperature. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be served that way. I thought BBQ is supposed to be served HOT? No?
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Then, we ordered tea, wanting to share.
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It was served in a cup :(
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Pardon my innocence. I saw the picture in the menu and I thought it will be served in a pot instead :(
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Next, the emo-oily room temperature Mushroom Soup with an over baked butter baguette @ RM7.90 WHY ARE THEIR FOOD ALL AT ROOM TEMPERATURE??!! Not sure about you but I felt any soup below HOT is awful. What more this is creamy type of soup !!!!
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In the menu, they have few choices of Premium Sauced Chicken. We ordered the one with “atas name” called Paris Chicken @ RM14.50 for 5 pieces.
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It says in the menu – Tantalizing Crispy Wings marinated with special made sauce, tossed with saute garlic, leek and sliced chilies BUT.. upon separating them, we got two wings, two drumettes and one super tiny drumette :( *felt cheated*
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Overall, my personal experience was BAD. Maybe because I read many good reviews saying this restaurant is 9/10 kinda rating and I was hoping for the food and service to be at that high rated but unfortunately, we were NOT being served that well and the food was really awful because they were served at room temperature and below room temperature !! My personal rating would be 2/10 and that 1 is for its interior and another 1 is for the location of this restaurant in Plaza Merdeka.