Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Explore Malacca Day One

Many long-distance express buses operators a few daily trips between Penang and Malacca Sentral. We planned to explore Malacca city on 8.3.2014 by bus. After booking a hotel online, we started our journey in an express bus. It was our third visit. The charm of this historical city never fails our expectations.
When we reached Malacca Sentral, we took Panorama to the Clock Tower. It costs us RM1.50 per person. If you choose to take a taxi, it will cost you RM20. Express bus, domestic bus and taxi are pooled together in this terminal for the convenience of passengers travelling around Malacca.
A windmill. It is well-known in Malacca. Malacca has variety of interesting sights and landmarks.
Malacca is one of the historical city in Malaysia.It has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008. Dad and mom love the architecture and the history of this city.
Cheng Ho's replica ship. The iconic landmark at Jonker Street. Girls, Cheng Ho had a weighty influence on Chinese International Relations of the day. In the mid-15th Century, he was entrusted to bring the Emperor’s daughter, Princess Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan of Malacca.
We decided to have our breakfast at Low Yong Mow (榮茂茶室). A traditional Chinese coffee shop. It is a popular dim sum restaurant in Malacca. Don’t miss out Malacca dim sum during your trip. According to sources, the business at Low Yong Mow exceptionally good on Sundays.
This restaurant serves varieties of steamed dumplings.
Siew Pao or steamed pork bun is a must-try. The steamed bun is perfectly soft and juicy.
Lo Mai Gai 糯米鸡. This is one of the must-have items whenever we go for dim-sum. It is a savoury steamed glutinous rice dish which are commonly found in dim sum restaurants. The Lo Mai Gai here was soft and flavourful.
Century egg porridge. Dad and mom love the fish porridge with extra century egg, ginger and spring.
Along with the dim sum food, there was even a plate of Ampang Yong Tau Foo.
Steamed seaweed roll.
Stuffed bitter gourd. Dad and mom were a bit disappointed. The bitter melon was too old. Difficult to chew and bitter tasting.
Deep fried yam dumplings. One of our home cooked meal years ago.
It is good to accompany this tasty breakfast with a cup of Chinese tea. The service here is friendly and efficient. Dim sum also fresh due to their quick turnover.
After breakfast, we wandered slowly around Jonker Street. Visiting Malacca is an unique experience with a rich historical and cultural. We took photo at Taman Warisan Dunia Jonker Walk 鸡场街世遗公园.
Water Buffalo Statue at Taman Warisan Dunia, Jonker Walk.
Taman Warisan Dunia. It is a small park dedicated to a local who won the Mr. Universe Asia body building competition.
After much walking around and sweating, we decided to take a break in Jonker 88 for the famous cendol dessert. Jonker 88 is located at No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka,Malaysia. It also serves dishes and desserts like ice kacang, curry laksa, nyoya laksa and yong tau fu.
We did not order too much food as we wanted to have our lunch later. We ordered one normal cendol and one durian cendol to try.The durian flavoured cendol is the main attraction at Jonker 88. Blended ice with cendol, red beans and durian "jam" on the top.
If you are not a fan of durians, you can opt for the normal Gula Melaka Cendol. Gula Melaka is the secret of all nice desserts in Malacca. Do you agree?
As we stepped inside, it was packed with both locals and tourists.
This cafe is called "Museum Cafe" as the owner exhibit various kind of antique as well as old photos inside the shop for the customers to see when enjoying their foods.
Gula Melaka or coconut palm sugar is not just the icon of Melaka but a very important ingredient to many amazing Malaysian food. RM5 per bottle and RM6.20 per packet.
After that, we spent a lot of time wandering around the streets and souvenir shopping for fun. Sometimes, small decorating project can freshen up our home. What a budget decorating with bottles. 
There are some craft shops with handmade souvenirs. Our family members love this souvenir very much. We picked up lots of handmade souvenirs here.
When our stomach started growling, we went to Hoe Kee’s Hainan Chicken for lunch. It is next to the San Shu Gong shop which sells traditional biscuits, candies and stuff.One of Malacca's  signature food is Chicken Rice Balls.
Chinese Style Restaurant Interior Design.
Girls, it was good to have lunch at spacious restaurant with good interior. We had a nice lunch here. Malacca trip became one of our memorable gastronomic trips. It was a typical walking trip. 
Finally we dropped by Nadeje for their famous crepe. Mille crepe is more fondly known as thousand layer cakes. 
What a great place to unwind and relax.
A good crepe cake sticks together and doesn't fall apart. But girls,sometimes life does not always work out the way we like it to be. When things are falling apart, everything cracking right up the middle, get a head-start on prayer at home. Falling doesn’t mean failing. We give thankful praise because we believe that in fact things are not falling apart. Nothing happens beyond the understanding of God.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A good fellowship with elders and dinner at Boiled Chicken Restaurant

Before the Sunday worship began on 5.1.2014, we were having lunch with brother Fu Xiang and sister Guo Yin. They are God's faithful servants who serving the Lord with all their hearts. Girls, it was pleased to have a meal with our elderly family members in Christ. We always have lunch together when we visit Kuala kangsar Gospel Hall.
As the weather had been extremely hot and humid these few days, having porridge for lunch was ideal. Dad and mom love to have these preserved eggs with pickled ginger.
Bi Hun Soup tasted good and definitely worth the try. It  was definitely a good choice to beat the hot sunny weather.
Original soup base Pan Mee. Pan mee has been our family's all time favourite. 
Pan mee (板麺), literally translates to "flat flour noodles" and can either be served with soup or dry. Dad and mom favorite version is the chilli pan mee.
Enjoying a bowl of chilled tong sui on a hot and humid day. Dad and mom used to make a simple syrup and bloomed the (biji selasih ) seeds into the sweetened water.The seeds of biji selasih expand when soaked in water.
Dad preached at Kuala Kangsar. Gospel Hall. Girls, the entire Bible truthfully is “the word of God.” The teachings of the Bible guide us in our growth. They describe God's will for us in our daily living.
Lydia and Priscilla, fellowship is an important part of our faith. Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn and show the world exactly what God is. We took a group photo with brothers and sisters in Christ.
After the worship, we went to Kolam Ayer Panas Trong in Changkat Jering. This hot spring has been featured in newspaper and magazines. Kolam Ayer Panas Trong operates from 9a.m in the morning until 12 midnight daily.
We soaked our legs in the water from the hot spring. It depends on how much you want to donate. Each visitors will be given a large pail of water to soak their feet which can last around 30 minutes. 
Mom always soaks my feet in warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil for about 15-20 minutes at night. Virgin olive oil is one of the most natural ways to get healthy heels. Girls, according to Traditional Chinese medicine, soaking feet in hot water can increase blood flow upwards and relieve stress.
After that, we went to Bukit Mertajam to fetch po po. We decided to have dinner with po po at Boiled Chicken Restaurant 诚 蚝油滑鸡(首馆).
Boiled Chicken Restaurant located at Jalan Gemilang 1, Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang Bukit Mertajam Penang. Their business hours is from 10.30am - 9.30pm.
Chinese salted steamed chicken. The chicken is moist and tender. The`sauce also goes well with it. If you love chicken, this is the perfect choice. It costs RM11.
Blanched beansprout. It costs Rm4. Dear girls, dishing out blanched beansprout is not an easy job. We need to get the correct texture with the right crunch. Dad and mom really hope both of you can improve your kitchen skills and cooking techniques.
Soy eggs which costs RM2.40. A soy egg is a type of Chinese egg cooked in soy sauce , sugar, water as well as other optional herbs and spices.
Fried Bean Curd RM2.40. There are many kinds to buy and multiple ways to prepare bean curd.
Fried Plum Sauce Pork . It costs RM5.00. Fried Salted Sliced Pork is great when eaten with a bowl of steamed rice. That little bit of sweetness from the rice makes it so satisfying.
 Loh bak or Chinese five-spice pork rolls (卤肉). It costs RM3.60.
Deep fried Crispy Mantis Shrimp is our favourite seafood.In Bahasa, mantis shrimp is called udang ronggeng. It costs RM5.
A small plate of sambal prawn. It costs RM5. Unfortunately the prawns were lacking in freshness.
Vegetables Lettuce Garlic Oil. It costs RM4. This Chinese lettuce is known as Sang Choy in Cantonese and “sheng cai-生菜” in mandarin.
Pork ball soup. It costs RM2 perbowl.
Our table was full with wonderful dishes that we ordered. Dad and mom thought that we ordered a little too much.
We felt great to have dinner with po po. Besides that, the prices were very reasonable and the portions were generous. Dear girls, cherish every moment we experience with elders because of the wealth of knowledge they receive. The elderly have made their mark on life. They have a wealth of wisdom to share, experience to relate, expressions and advice on life to share.