Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No Q For Book Lovers

Besides being a food lover, I am also into books!  But not all kinds of books, only selective ones.  Before the computer was "born", I was an avid book reader. When I eat alone at home, there would be a book beside me... when I go to my "private small cubicle", I would be holding a book too... and yes, before I go to sleep those days, I would be reading some chapters and sometimes when the storyline gets more and more exciting, I would be reading even when it was after midnight.
Books pending... yet to be read...

Well, as time goes by and the latest gadgets come to "live"... I spend less of my time reading books but more into reading blogs and social media networking (the one that starts with a capital F).... but nevertheless, I still manage to squeeze in some of my day's time to read... 
I received a small package sent from Singapore recently. 
My books which I ordered through this online store called noqstore.asia has finally arrived!
My favourite author is Sidney Sheldon but since he has passed on, 
Tilly Bagshawe is the one I am following now.... 
Her writing style is almost the same with the Sidney Sheldon.
Here's her three books that I have ordered and arrived!

And now to benefit my readers... you can also order books in this website here by quoting REANA and get an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases at NoQ store... valid from 11 August till 31 December 2014!  More than 14 million books are in store for you... No Buy never mind, at least go and take a look!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Tropical Fruits And A Homecooked Meal Before Departure

Leaving Ipoh without enjoying durians is unheard of.... due to some recommendation from friends, some from FB to confirm this too, we came upon this special uncle with one leg.  He is well known for selling quality durians in Ipoh Garden...he sells at the pavement of one of the shops along the Shell Petrol station..
He doesn't have many durians... but I heard most of them are good taste!
Among durians, he also sells mangosteens and duku langsat..
The fruits are now in season...

My boys patiently awaiting for Uncle to choose the durians...
 
Uncle is now performing his task....
 While Andy is looking on.....
Uncle asked him nice or not each time he opens one... 

Soon all are opened and ready to be packed... 
We bought 4 for RM37.... cheap!
Before my boys left Ipoh, a homecooked meal was prepared ....
This is their special request dish....
With durians as desserts and a homecooked meal, 
I hope they find this homecoming trip a worthwhile trip!
Till we meet again... 
Not sure when but I hope it will be soon! :)


Things You Need to Learn When Travelling Abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad either as a first time visitor or on a subsequent visit, there are a few things you need to learn. Here are some useful tips for you:

Security & Health
  • Bring Several Copies Of Your Passport: If your passport gets lost or stolen, you want to be absolutely sure that you can still be able to prove your citizenship and travel back to your country.
  • Register with Your Embassy: This can be helpful when you are travelling to a country with a less-than-perfect safety record. If you encounter problems during your stay abroad, your government can easily contact you and get you to safety.
  • Check-In With Your Insurance Carrier and Doctor: Double check and make sure you have all the proper vaccinations and have renewed all your essential prescriptions. Also make sure you ask your insurance provider whether your policy covers overseas emergencies. If it does not, you will want to add additional coverage through supplemental insurance.
Luggage & packing
  • Pack an Extra Set Of Clothes: You don’t want to look like your Hotpoint washing machine broke down, or like one of those travellers decked out in J’adore Paris gear because the airline got a little careless and lost your luggage and left you with nothing else to wear. Make sure you always have an extra set of clean and comfortable clothes, who knows when you'll get the chance to drop by a laundromat, so always be prepared?
  • To Check Or Not Check Your Travelling Bag: Each airline has a set of rules regarding how many bags travellers are allowed to bring on board at no extra cost. Make sure you know your airline’s rules to avoid paying any incremental fees.
  • Bring Some Snacks: Travelling abroad can be a lot of fun, but eating foreign foods can sometimes be a little tough. Bring small snacks to tide you over before you find that perfect food cart or restaurant.
Money
  • Look Up The Monetary Conversion: Finding out that the Danish Krone is equal to just 15 cents and not 20 cents as you earlier thought can be a nasty surprise. Do your maths before you travel to get a good sense of the current conversion rate. Remember that the rate that applied three years ago might have changed a great deal by now.
  • Always Have Local Cash: Not all countries are like your country and you might be surprised to find that many joints as well as transport facilities such as trains and buses do not accept credit cards.
  • Go to the bank or ATM: The conversion centres located in airports or large cities tend to be complete rip-offs. The conversion around banks and ATMs tend to be more exact with less fees charged.
Local Research
  • Buy Tickets in Advance For The Places You Would Like To Visit: Buying tickets in advance helps you to avoid those long maddening lines and find more great deals.
  • Download Apps Before Travelling: This helps you to avoid downloading charges by your wireless carrier and get free apps before leaving.
  • Get Good Guidebooks: Guidebooks include maps, key words and phrases that give you enough details on interesting sites to visit so that you don’t have to purchase a pamphlet at your venue.
  • Research Events going On: This helps you to identify great events that will be taking place while you are visiting. Do some research on festivals, natural events, ceremonies, national dishes and so on.
Ultimately, you want to unwind and relax when you travel abroad. Having a few things sorted out in advance helps you have a great time without worrying too much about the nitty gritty stuff.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Independence Day In Malaysia

Celebrating and ushering in Merdeka  aka Independence Day at a party last night till the wee hours in the morning.., ok, my maximum time limit is 1am... By then my body battery seems to start deflating... Don't ask me why... I want to stay awake but the body says otherwise...
Anyway exhausted or not, I had a good time down south! 
Here's wishing all my readers ...
Happy Merdeka Day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Morning Glory In Perak Stadium, Ipoh

After the scrumptious dinner, the next morning we went to take something simple at the Perak Stadium food court.  Lots of stalls opened in the morning and certain food were very "eatable" if you know what I mean.   We like to come to this section for food...
Normally this section will be crowded during the weekends... 
But since it is a weekday, the crowd was not around...
I forgot I was on leave... no wonder it was so peaceful here... 
 Andy waiting for the rest of the food to arrive...
 We ordered a bowl of stewed beef to share out.. RM7
Over this stall, we ordered our drinks....
Tau Foo Far mixed with soyabean.... RM1.70
It is called Pak Pak (White with White)
Min Chu Wanton Noodles...
My son ordered 1 1/2 portions of noodles for me!!
He said one portion is too small... 
Well, maybe he is right after all !!
Individually bowl of wanton (dumplings)
For the three of us, the noodles cost RM13.20
Bowl of fried minced meat to go along with our noodles... RM7
Our food for 3 persons.... 
Ok, what are you waiting for? 
Let's get started!! 
Ready, Get Set.... GO!!
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Scrumptious Treat In Kok Thai Restaurant, Ipoh

Laksa feast over and my girl safely back in college, we took a slow drive back to Ipoh.. it was raining heavily then. If not for my son who was the driver that moment, I would have panic for sure if I were to drive in such a heavy downpour. Nowadays my eyes are not so sharp as before and the heavy rain sure will worsen my sight on the roads...

We reached home around 5pm... soon it was time for dinner?  So fast?  But we did not go out till it was 7.30pm... and we were still undecided where to go... .  My son has 101 suggestions and finally somehow, we landed ourselves in Kok Thai Restaurant.. by then our stomachs were "very ready" for FOOD!

      Andy's Orders..... 
All Tasty Food!
Claypot Seafood Varieties... mushrooms, sea cucumbers, fish maws, oysters .. etc..
"HOI MEI POE" 

Assam Curry Seafood consisting of fish, prawns, cuttlefish and vegetables...
 Braised Yam...
Dragon Green Leaves...
(Siew Loong Choy?)

Four dishes for four persons plus drinks plus GST comes to RM102 ($34)
 Thank you for the Scrumptious Meal, AA...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Finally Tasted The Laksa In Farlim

Heavy brunch in my previous post meant no lunch for us... but it did not happen that way....

It was around 2pm when we passed by this Tin City in Farlim...  then something suddenly caught my eyes....Since I was not the driver, my eyes could "wander" left and right ... Quickly I told my driver to make a U-turn ...  I was so happy that I finally managed to locate this stall.... 
 The Tin City which is developing into a city in no time..
And the laksa stall is just opposite the Tin City...
Open only on Sundays!

This is IT!
The laksa stall is right at the end of this row of shophouses...  
Wasting no time, we got down and made orders....
The one and only road side stall in Farlim...
Andy did the choosing...
 Our table and seats at the five foot way... 
Just look at the fish servings.... 
I would like another bowl of this again!!
Ordered some crispy varieties...
I like this type of noodles...
We ordered three bowls of Laksa only.... 
But we ordered two rounds of the crispy fish varieties!
How was the laksa taste?
My answer is... 
I will drop by here again and again....