Saturday, 31 January 2015

World Hijab Day (Feb 1st)

Feb 1st, 2015: An open invitation to both Muslims & non-Muslims to wear the hijab for a day. 
https://www.facebook.com/WorldHijabDay 

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia is an island state and the second smallest in Malaysia, after Perlis. Penang consists of the main Island and Seberang Perai, which takes up partially of the mainland.
Penang is a tourist destination, the architecture of Penang reflects the 171 years of British presence on the island.

Attractions in Penang:
Batu Feringghi, Pantai Teluk Kampi / Teluk Kampi Beach, Pulau Aman / Aman Island, Pulau Jerejak / Jerejak Island, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, Penang City Hall, Penang Hill, Penang National Park, The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and many more.



Attractions in Penang: Batu Feringghi, Pantai Teluk Kampi / Teluk Kampi Beach, Pulau Aman / Aman Island, Pulau Jerejak / Jerejak Island, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, Penang City Hall, Penang Hill, Penang National Park, The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and many more, penang, travel, tourism, penang island, penang hotels,




Attractions in Penang: Batu Feringghi, Pantai Teluk Kampi / Teluk Kampi Beach, Pulau Aman / Aman Island, Pulau Jerejak / Jerejak Island, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, Penang City Hall, Penang Hill, Penang National Park, The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and many more, penang, travel, tourism, penang island, penang hotels,

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Makam Mahsuri / Mahsuri Mausoleum

Makam Mahsuri / Mahsuri Mausoleum is the most visited place in Langkawi due to the Mahsuri legend. Mahsuri, was a young woman, married to a local leader and was accused of having an affair and sentenced to death without any trial while the husband was away.

It is believed that the young Mahsuri bled white blood, which was interpreted by the local people at that time as innocent.

Mahsuri laid a curse on Langkawi Island, for the next 7 generations to have bad luck and will not prosper. Now, the seventh generations have supposedly passed, Langkawi began to prosper as a tourist attraction.

Walking around in Makam Mahsuri, you will notice the classic Malay architecture, the wood
Malay houses. In the complex is a tomb, which is believed to be of Mahsuri's.

The entrance fee:
RM5/adult and RM2.50/child for locals
RM10/adult, RM5/child for non-local.


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Air Hangat Village / Hot Spring Langkawi

Air Hangat Village / Hot Spring Langkawi is situated along Jalan Air Hangat, about 14km from Kuah, Langkawi.

It is a modern complex with three hot water wells and a jacuzzi center comprising of 12 jacuzzi. The complex has a big garden arranged with beautiful trees, flowers, a small playground and reflexology walking paths.

You can soak your feet in the therapeutic water of the hot springs, has effective effects for skin diseases, gout and joint aches.

The admission is free.
Opening Hours: Daily: 9.00am - 6.00pm

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Rambutan

Rambutan is a South Asian fruit, growing in topical climate, especially in Malaysia.
Rambutan comes from the word Rambut meaning "hair" in Malay language.
It is an evergreen tree growing to a height of 12–20 m.
The fruit is fleshy and it has a taste of sweet and sour.
The rambutan fruit is a family of the Lychee fruits.
Rambutan fruits is used in cooking and desserts such as: cocktails, drinks, ice cream, cookies.


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MARDI Langkawi

MARDI Langkawi - is a agrotechnology park and is just 10 minutes by car from Kuah.
The park offers a Farm tour shuttle, Fruit tasting corner and photo session.
* The park is open everyday from 8.30 am -5.00 pm including public holidays except Friday, Aidilfitri & Aidiladha.

The admission to Mardi Langkawi:


Recreational (Basic Entrance) (MYR) 20 10

Mycard Holder (MYR) 7 3

The agotechnology park offers a big variety of Malaysian fruits such as: Star fruits, Cempedak, Guava, Water apple(Jambu), Sapodilla, Musk Melon,Pomelo, Mango, Jack fruit, Rambutan, Pulasau, Mangosteen,Grape, Papaya, Pineapple, Durian, Dragon fruit and Banana.

 If you are visiting the Agrotechnolgy park during the fruits season, in May - July, you will have the opportunity to see fruits at its full bloom, otherwise you will see only the fruits which are an all year season such as: Guava, Star fruits, Jack fruit, Musk melon, Pineapple.














Friday, 30 January 2015

Self cooked: Curry Mee

The curry mee is a popular dish in Malaysia. It is made up of thin yellow noodles and curry soup.


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Adapted from the Original recipe from Classic Asian Noodles By Lee Geok Boi  (online preview)

Ingredients:

Hokkien mee 600 g
Bean sprouts 300g


Spice paste

Shallots 250g peeled
Garlic 100 g peeled
water 180 ml
Meat curry powder 1 cup


Chicken curry sauce

Water 1 liter
Grated coconut 500g
Tamarind paste 3 tbsp
Cooking oil 4 tbsp
Cinnamon 6 cm
Cloves 2
Cardamom pods 2
Chicken 500 g chopped into small pieces
Salt 1 tsp

Curry soup
dee-fried soy bean puffs 4 large pieces
chicken stock 750 ml
salt 1 tsp



    Method:
    1. Prepare spice paste. Place shallots and garlic in a blender and process with a little water until fine.
    Set aside. Mix remaining water and curry powder together to get a thick paste. Set aside.

    2.Prepare curry sauce. Mix half the water into grated coconut then squeeze through a muslin bag or cloth lined strainer to extract coconut milk.Set aside.

    3.Mix half the remaining water into squeezed coconut, then squeeze again through a muslin bag or cloth lined strainer to extract second milk.Set aside for use in curry soup

    4.Mix remaining water into tamarind paste. Strain liquid and discard solids. Divide tamarind juice into 2 portions.

    5.Heat oil a pot and saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, ground shallots and garlic until fragrant. Add curry powder paste and fry until oil separates from paste. Set half the fried curry paste aside for use in curry soup.

    6. Add chicken, salt and 1 portion of tamarind juice to pot and bring to boil.

    7. Add first coconut milk and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer until chicken is cooked.

    8. Prepare curry soup. Rinse deep-fried soy bean puffs in cold water and squeeze dry. Cut puffs into bite sizes pieces, as they will swell in soup. Place all ingredients, second coconut water and remaining portion of fried curry paste and tamarind juice into a pot and bring to boil.

    9. Prepare to serve noodles. Bring a pot of water to the boil and blanch bean sprouts for 10 secs.Drain well and divide into serving bowls.

    10. Return water to the boil, then blanch Hokkien mee or rice vermicelli until tender but al dente. Drain well and divide into servings bowls on top of bean sprouts.

    11.Ladle hot curry soup and deep fried soy bean puffs over noodles on top with curry sauce and pieces of chicken.
    Serve immediately



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    Bean sprouts & soy bean puffs replaced with my daughters favorites: shrimps, cucumber and boil eggs.

    Added chili and spring onions for garnish.

    Langkawi Seaview Hotel

    Langkawi Seaview Hotel, 3 stars hotel  is a new and modern hotel, 5 minutes  distance by car from Kuah Jetty. The rooms are spacious, suitable for family with children.
    The breakfast is satisfactory. The rooms comes with a view to the sea or the scenic hill view of Langkawi and provided with a small balcony to enjoy the surrounding.

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    De Baron Hotel, Langkawi

    De Baron Hotel, Langkawi is a 3 star hotel located in Kuah city.
    Rooms are equipped with the basic tea/coffee, a minibar and a fridge.
    De Baron Hotel provides a big garden and 2 swimming pools that comes with a children platground.
    Near by attractions: Pekan Rabu , Dataran Lang Langkawi (Langkawi Eagle Square) and Kuah Town.
    Breakfast is reasonable.

    Address:
    de BARON resort,
    Bandar Baru BARON,
    07000, Kuah Langkawi,
    Kedah Darul Aman.
    Tel: +604 966 2222 / +604 966 2223

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    Peninsula Residence All Suite Hotel

    Peninsula Residence All Suite Hotel is a 3 star hotel, located in Damansara. Kuala Lumpur.
    The rooms are very spacious, recommended for family with children.
    It comes with a small kitchen/pantry with washing sink, refrigerator & microwave. If you plan a long journey you will enjoy the suite. Breakfast is reasonable.

    Address:
    10 Semantan, Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara,
    Pusat Bandar Damansara, Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia 50490
    Tel: 03-2084 1515


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    Bahagia Hotel Langkawi

    Bahagia Hotel Langkawi is a 3 stars hotel situated in Kuah. Overall, it is a good hotel, new, the suite offers a spacious room and nicely designed.
    The bathroom has a jacuzzi. The food served (for breakfast) need to improve in varieties, if you spend more days there, you will notice that basically it has the same menu. Has a small shop inside with drinks, pastries and even cosmetics.  If you plan to stay here, remember to bring your own toiletries (soap, shampoo) as they will no provide you.
    Near by attractions: Pekan Rabu, Pandak Mayah (commercial area), Langkawi Plaza, Kuah, and Langkawi Parade.

    No 68 - 78, Persiaran Bunga Raya, 
    Langkawi Mall, Phase II, Kuah, 
    Langkawi, Malaysia
    04-969 8899
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    Thursday, 29 January 2015

    The Body Language Handbook by Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch

    The Body Language Handbook  by Gregory Hartley  and Maryann Karinch 

    Book Summary:

    Ever wonder what that raised eyebrow, nervous twitch, or lazy slouch really means? Is it profound and important...or a meaningless quirk?

    In The Body Language Handbook, the authors use candid photos of real people in stress-free situations, then juxtapose them against others showing the same people responding to different kinds of stimulus to illustrate the power of body language. By going step-by-step from the holistic to the detailed, you'll quickly discover when body language indicates something significant, and when an itch is just an itch. 


    You'll learn how to:

    * Identify the basic mechanics of human communication.
    * Observe what is culturally normal...and when determine"abnormal" matters.
    * Read changes in body language.
    * Avoid misunderstandings.
    * Project the right message.
    * Protect yourself from manipulation.  

    The Body Language Handbook will not only teach you how to read the body language of others, it will also make sure you send the signals you want to send. Increase your power of communication at the office, in a courtroom or classroom, at home, and in any social setting--even the poker table!


    Sunday, 25 January 2015

    Jetty Kuala Kedah

    Kuala Kedah Ferry Terminal provides regular services daily to and from Langkawi.
    The Operation hours begins at 7.00am and the last departure at 7.00pm.

    FARE
    TYPE ADULT ECONOMY CHILD ECONOMY
    ONE WAY RM 23.00 RM 17.00
    TWO WAY RM 46.00 RM 34.00

     If you come with your own car, you can let your car in one of the special parking spaces.
    A day's parking fee is around RM15.
     If the weather and the sea condition is bad, the ferry will be cancelled, though rarely happened.

    Tips:
    In case if you have seasickness try to buy a ticket for a big ferry instead of a small one. Inside the ferry, plastic bags are provided for those who cannot withstand the seasickness.
    You can can also opt for ferry services from Kuala Perlis, which will reduced the traveling time at sea to about half. Kuala Kedah to Langkawi takes around an hour and 45 minutes.


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    Airis Sanctuary Resort

    Airis Sanctuary Resort is situated in Pantai Tengah, Langkawi. Nearby attractions: Underwater Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, Cenang Mall, Rice Museum (Laman Padi).

    Rooms rates are reasonable, clean but small sizes. recommended for couples. If you are going to spend more time outside and just needed a place to rest the Airis Sanctuary Resort will be a great place to come back to.

    The breakfast is simple, a mixture of Asian and basic Western. You will be fascinated of the view, the exterior design and landscaping, a  large lake and a very large swimming pool for adults.

    Nearby are a lot of shops and restaurants within walking distance as well as the public beach.
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