Thursday, 14 April 2016

Spring flowers

The spring season is on in my country. Today received latest spring flowers from my garden. Today in the garden: tulips and narcissus. Romania has a big variety of flowers, is no need to travel to Amsterdam to pose with the tulips, you have the chance for it even in Romania.


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Easy flower to grow

The easiest flowers to grow in Malaysia, which I experienced are: the Japanese rose, hibiscus (popular in Malaysia as bunga raya) and orchids.

My small flower garden have the orchids, hibiscus, Japanese rose and a few more rare plants such as: Red rose which I brought from my country, the Yasmin flower, petunia and Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine).

I noticed that these flowers can grow good in Malaysia, especially the Japanese rose, all the year full of flowers and they grow very fast with little good care, water and fertilizer. They need the sun light. The flowers color can relax your eyes.

Hibiscus (bunga raya) are also growing everywhere in Malaysia and they can flourish under hot sun but my hibiscus are flowering more during the rainy season.

Orchids are my first attempt in growing them but seems so far so good. I am looking forward to see my first orchid flowering.

I plan to add a few more cactus plants to my flowers garden.
Orchids

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Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine)
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Chili paste - Sambal belacan

One of popular dishes and must have dishes when eating rice with fish is the chili paste - sambal belacan.

Most Malaysian considers sambal belacan as a must to go with their normal rice servings.

Sambal belacan comes in various recipes. Today I am going to share with you my simple sambal belacan I make for my husband.

Ingredients:

20 fresh red chilies
2 green lime
Half spoon salt
Half spoon sugar
Half spoon prawn paste (belcan)
20 g mineral water

The red chilies are cut in small pieces and pounded to be paste like. I use a stone mortar and pestle to pound them, giving you a feeling of a traditional dish. Nowadays people use the electric blender.

Once the chili paste is formed add the remaining ingredients and mix well. The paste is kept in refrigerator and can last for 1-2 weeks.





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Gardening

I always used to grow flowers and some important herbs for my cooking, but this year seems more favorable despite of the heat wave (El Nino) currently experienced in Malaysia for the past 2 months.

I have 2 small gardens in my front yard which caters for flowers, and at the back of house which consists mostly of herbs.  Because of the dry season in Malaysia and the heat wave (El Nino) the plants seem to struggle to survive. I water them twice a day but the insect and pest seems more to enjoy them at present, but thank God all under control with anti-insects spray, and some fertilizers.

This year I spend more money on taking care of the plants and even the water bill increased. Hopefully by end of April the weather will be back to normal and the rain season will come.

The heat wave (El Nino) affected drastically the rice planting season, which is delayed due to no rain for the past 2-3 months.

Also mango and durian plantation suffers due to the heat wave.

Not only the plants but even the humans are affected. I had never experience anything like this in my 10 years in Malaysia, so hot like now, which is continuing with no rain.

In Alor Setar, 3 times the school closed due to the high temperatures of 37 C continuously for 3 days.

Every landscape in the city seems yellow and dried.




Herbs and vegetables

I enjoy cooking for my family and I love to use my home grown herbs and vegetables from my small garden.

After my relocation to Malaysia, I was exposed to more herbs and vegetables, which I take as a bonus in my knowledge and started to eat more vegetables and herbs.

My favorite vegetables in my country was tomato, cucumber, pepperoni, radish, egg plants and broccoli and we have the chance to enjoy them during summer and autumn seasons only.

In Malaysia you can enjoy the vegetables all year long.

My dream is just to open my kitchen door, step in my herbs garden and pluck whichever plant I want, which already I started to work on and continuing to add more varieties to it.

Some of my vegetables and herbs that I grow in my graden are: Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi) and Chinese broccoli (Kailan).

I also have fruit plants such as raspberry ( brought here from my country)  mulberry, and mango.
herbs
Small lime tree

herbs
Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Lemon Grass (Serai)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Chinese broccoli (Kailan)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Curry tree

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Water spinach (Kangkong)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Japanese mint (Daun Kesom)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Peppermint (Pudina)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Raspberry

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Mulberry

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Ulam

Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Chilli

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Thai Basil (Daun kemangi)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Green Bean
Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Spadeleaf (Daun Pegaga)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Salad

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas 2015 - Malaysia

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Everywhere at malls and hotels you will feel the Christmas atmosphere, with decorations,  Christmas songs, Christmas trees, promotions for Christmas and many more.

To everyone who celebrates the Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas  and a very happy and prosperous New Year 2016.



How to grow chilies from seed

Malaysia is known as a hot and spicy country due to its dishes and of the famous "chilies" grown locally.

I love gardening and growing my own plants from the seeds and attempted to grow them from seeds here in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.

I planted the chili seeds in February 2015, using a makeshift pots with plastic pet bottles.

When the sprouts grow and looked stable, I transferred it into bigger pots, and in October 2015, the chilies has already matured and started to produce the first chilies.

The seeds I used for planting, are just ordinary seeds from the dry chilies I use in my dishes.




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Impiana Hotel Ipoh

Impiana Hotel Ipoh is a four star hotel in Ipoh, Perak.
Overall, it is a good hotel, a bit older design.
A peaceful stay, good staffs and acceptable breakfast.
Free WiFi in rooms, but a bit unstable the connection.

Address:
18, Jalan Sultan Nazrin Shah, 30250 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Phone: +60(5) 255 5555 



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Pullman Hotel, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


The hotel, a five star hotel, is situated in the heart of the commercial and entertainment hub of Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.  Situated nearby are the Menara Telekom, Mid Valley Mega Mall, Pantai Medical Center and University of Malaya.  

It is near to the Federal Highway, connecting the city center and Klang. Despite the near location to the highway, the hotel is very peaceful with no noise from the busy highway.

I highly recommend the hotel to any one, which has a comfortable room, good services & good breakfast.
You can  join the Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program and get best rooms rates and latest promotions.

Address: No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Nasi campur - Mixed Rice

After 10 years in Malaysia, I started to enjoy the Malay dishes. One of my favorite food is "Nasi campur" - mixed rice (commonly refers to a dish of a scoop of white rice accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes such as meat, vegetables, peanuts, curries, soup, eggs) especially served during lunch time.

I also enjoy cooking my own "nasi campur" - mixed rice at home, mostly referring to recipe books or youtube videos recipes. Other than that, I love to eat in restaurants with menus which I cannot prepare easily at home.

However, when cooking at home, the downside is that you have more food wastes, budgets and so on...but if you go to a "nasi campur" restaurant there you could enjoy more types of vegetables, various types of curries/soups, meat baked/boiled/barbecue/fried and many more dishes.

Some of the famous "nasi campur" restaurants that I have visited are Top D'Gurun and Bawal Goreng Panas.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh is a family oriented fun and entertainment destination.

It is a destination perfect for a getaway fun holiday. In the Lost World of Tambun, plenty of activities are available to ensure that you will not get bored.

Some of the activities in the Lost World of Tambun are:

  • Water Park features: Waterfull Beach Garden, Adventure River, Cliff Racer, Tube Raiders, Explorabay. 
  • Tiger Valley features: live animals shows by instructors, and there are 2 tigers.
  • Petting Zoo: a mini zoo
  • Amusement Park: Storm rider, Dragon Flights, Perak Parade, Giddy Galleon, Adventure Express, Lupe`s Adventure.
  • Adventure Park: Leap of Faith, 13 High Ropes Course, Zip Line, Wild Woosey via Feratta
  • Swan Lake
  • Tin Valley 
  • Hot Springs and Spa


Operation Hours:
Open Daily: 10 am - 6 pm
Tickets are available online: http://sunwaylostworldoftambun.com

Address:
No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh,
31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Malaysia
Theme park tel:
Hotel tel:
Fax: +605- 542 8899
Email: lostworldoftambun@sunway.com.my

Lost World Entrance Tickets
RM41.58–RM47.55

Ticket Inclusive Access to:
  • Lost World Amusement Park
  • Lost World Water Park
  • Lost World Tiger Valley
  • Lost World Petting Zoo
  • Lost World Tin Valley
  • Lost World Hot Springs & Spa
  • Lost World Lupe’s Adventure
Some of the images taken at  the Lost World of Tambun

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