During my holiday in Perth, Western Australia I had a chance to tour around Mandurah. The tour is very special to me because I am touring around Mandurah via small boat. On top of that I had the opportunity to steer the boat for the first time. The place which I tour around on boat is a residential area. When I tour around the place reminds me of Sentosa Cove in Singapore. During my tour around Mandurah, I managed to took some pictures and videos. I have compile it into a music video alike. Here is the link to the video.
On Monday 27th of March 2017, my younger brother and I went to Asian Market Cafe for lunch buffet. We arrived 11:30 am however the door is closed cause the operating lunch hours are from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Anyway little information about this restaurant, it is located in Swissotel The Stamford and It is also Halal-certified restaurant. This restaurant featuring Singapore local favorites and contemporary regional delicacies. There is a dress code to it which is casual wear.
Before I continue, allow me to make a disclaimer. I was not being paid by Asian Market Cafe or any of their affiliate partners. My post is based on my personal opinion and judgement and in fact this post was posted randomly. Usually I post food review for the purpose of recommendation and critics only. So once again I am not being paid for posting this review. Anyway let’s get back to my post.
When the restaurant door was open, we were being ushered by a friendly staff of Asian Market Cafe to the dining table. The restaurant is very clean and the interior layout was neat and spacious but a bit dull due to color contrast. Easy to move around with my wheelchair in the restaurant. We were disappointed with the table, as they said it was full house and we got the table that is facing the wall, infront of the clearing station. However, we saw a peaceful table right at the corner and request to change, but we can’t as it was “reserve” to other guest. After we have gotten our table, my brother start to hunt around for food to start with. Our plan basically to try as much dishes as possible. Here are the list of foods that we tried:-
- Assortment of Sushi and Salmon Sashimi
- Cooked Seafood (scallops, mussels and prawns)
- Variety of Salad (seafood salad and Indian salad)
- Chicken Rice and Tom Yam Fish
- Otah, Black Pepper Crab, Mee Goreng and Chinese Fried Rice
- Egg Drop soup
For item number 1 and 2 we feel it is alright and satisfying because the ingredients being used such as the salmon can taste totally fresh, but only the seafood we could taste the smelly fridge. However for item number 3 onward, it was very disappointing for both of us. Seafood salad the taste is fine only need a little bit more seasoning, but for the Indian salad it was tasteless and the chickpea did not boil well enough. Before we tried the Laksa, looking at it were already disappointing to us. The gravy was too watery and my instinct tells me that the amount of coconut milk being used are less. When we taste, it tells us more thing about this dish that it lacks of dried shrimp paste and the Laksa leaf.
As for the Chicken Rice, the rice was cook perfectly as in Al-Dente texture, but the fragrance of the typical Singapore chicken rice is not there and the rice doesn’t really taste like a Chicken Rice to me, is totally lack of ginger and garlic flavor. My brother is a sucker for chicken rice, he knows that the rice wasn’t looks good and even myself couldn’t identified whats more is lacking. He said that the rice should have chicken fats, as it will give the rice a flavor, slightly fragrance and also shiny to it. It taste more of like eating plain rice. We realize that the plate for the buffet was not clean and covered with little spots for most of the plates. There is black stain marks, chips on the plate rim and no side plate on the table for the dirty cutlery.
My brother did pick 1 dish known as Tom Yam Fish but after we tasted it, we were wondering where is the taste of Tom Yam? and it taste like sambal fish, only more to mild side. As for the dessert some are alright but some of it was totally bad because it taste way too sweet and also too heavy for dessert. I was thinking if the chef could tweak some of the dessert a bit but still looking at the same concept as Baba Nyonya/Malay/Asian food. For example, instead of tauhwe, maybe could reconstruct to soya panna cotta with mint grassjel or maybe ice chendol could transform into cake or jelly base. lastly, the fruits, it was totally no taste, not sweet. it feels like that the fruit is not ripe enough. We only taste the fiber of the fruit instead.
Overall, as for big restaurant in Big 5 Star hotel, i would only give 1*/5* rating. Service staff are friendly, but only during entrance, i was expecting the manager or team leader or any staff to mingle around the guest, ask for feedback about the food, service and ambience of the restaurant. In the hotel industry, we should have people-oriented and not work oriented, have some passion in the job. i would give the service 3*/5* rating.
March 24 2017, I am somewhere in Orchard area and I am hunting food for dinner. I was thinking of eating noodle for dinner since I already had rice for brunch. My budget for dinner is $6 only even though I have $10 in my wallet. So today my mission is to hunt for a meal including a drink that will cost me $6. If less than that will be better then I know that my mission is successful. I decided to try to hunt some food in Lucky Plaza.
Going around at first floor in Lucky Plaza I saw a small Malay cafe. The name of this cafe is Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria. I have been to Lucky Plaza numerous times and I ever saw this cafe before. I think this cafe has been around for many years but strangely I have yet patronize this cafe. Since I have yet to do so, I shall make it happen today to give a try.
This cafe is small and simple. There are few tables and chairs in the cafe. Even though it is small, it is just enough for me to move and squeeze in with my wheelchair. Menu can be found on the wall and most of the food are common Malay fried food and common western food. However there is one food that catches my attention to give it a try that is Mee Wak Katok.
Little history about Mee Wak Katok basically this noodle dish was once famous back in the 1970s. Back then this Mee Wak Katok was prepared by a Malay man who traveled around in some parts of Singapore with his little food cart. Some say why it is call Mee Wak Katok because he always seen in his shorts when he peddled around with his food cart.
I try Mee Wak Katok before back in 2015 at Amoy Food Court located in Tanjong Pagar but that stall was closed. I was been told that Mee Wak Katok is basically fried noodle that has gravy cook with chili paste. Now I came across Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and it serve Mee Wak Katok. The price for this dish is $4.50 and there some sambal can be found in the dish. That will make it spicy however you can order it to make it more spicy if you want. Anyway as for my drink I just order mineral water and that cost me $1.20. In total I spend $5.70 for my simple dinner.
In conclusion my mission for hunting $6 dinner is successful. In fact the food that being serve by Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria is not disappointing at all. For your information I did ask around some of the people who are working in shops at Lucky Plaza about Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and most of them say the food is nice and the prices are consider reasonable too. Next time I will make a comeback to try others.
Last 5th of March 2017 I went to Perth, Western Australia with my younger brother and my uncle. It was a treat by my uncle. In other words my flight ticket and hotel accommodation are free. As for food expenses most of it are free cause it was a treat from my uncle. The only thing that I spend are buying souvenirs and some snacks. This is my first time to Perth, Western Australia and I am so excited about it. By the way traveling to Perth is happen to be in my bucket list and now I have fulfill it.
The airline which I took is JetStar Airline and my flight is 2:30am on Sunday. For me I prefer to take flight at late night because I felt it is less crowed on the road to the airport and also less people in the airport. Usually I have this habit whereby I like to be in the airport much early. For example if my flight is on Sunday morning, I will be in airport on Saturday before midnight. This is because I always want to avoid taxi midnight charges. Anyway traveling to Perth via air took 5 hours and 10 minutes and I need to apply visa in order to travel to Australia. I
We arrived Perth at 7:40am and after done checking with immigration and collected our luggage the time already show it is 8:30am. My uncle’s friend who is residing in Perth came and fetch us in the airport. Before we head to the hotel, we went for breakfast. Most people say that to find Halal food is not that difficult in Perth. That statement is absolutely true cause the place we have for breakfast is a Halal cafe. The name of the cafe is simple and interesting and it is called The Sarapan. I will be doing short review about The Sarapan and few other food places I been to.
After breakfast, we then head our way to the hotel for check in. The hotel which we put up at is Pan Pacific Hotel located at Adelaide Terrace. This hotel I was been told is a 5 star hotel and had a great service and facilities. I will be sharing review about this hotel soon. However as we arrive Perth too early, we unable to check into our room yet as it is not ready for us. Since our room is not yet ready, we decided to hang out in the lobby for a while before we decided to go out for sightseeing. It is good that the hotel could help to keep our luggage in their safe room while we are away.
Sightseeing place that we went to is Fremantle whereby we go there to shop
souvenirs for ourselves and our family and friends. The place sell all kinds of souvenirs from postcards, key chain, bags, clothes and many more. The price are cheap and reasonable. Of course there are some exclusive souvenirs which are worth to buy for yourself and loved ones but the price is little pricey but it is worth to buy. We had fish and chip for our lunch somewhere in Fremantle but too bad I did not took the photo of the restaurant. I manage to take photo of the food instead.
After we are done with shopping for souvenirs, lunch and sight seeing, our friend fetch us and drove us to one of his Malay friends currently residing in Perth for barbecue. His friend name Izwan really had a nice and simple house in Perth. What I enjoy most is doing star gazing at the sky. In Singapore it is hard to find stars around. After the barbecue dinner, we head back to hotel and call it for a day.
From the beginning of 2017 I started busy over something. Busy in making life meaningful not for me but for others who in need most. The thing that make me busy is I am running a campaign for a social cause which is building a water station to provide clean water for the Filipino community in the Philippines. I have this idea since 2013 but the idea came into planning when I was on holiday in Philippines with my big brother and his wife and his son last September 2016 even though I been to Philippines many times.
I remembered the first time I travelled to the Philippines, many of my friends, including the locals of the Philippines, advised me not to drink water from the tap because I might suffer from diarrhoea as the water may be contaminated even after it was treated. Therefore the advice is to boil the water or buy bottled drinks. During my holidays in the Philippines, I can see lots of stocks and supplies of water in the supermarket. For me personally, I can afford to buy bottled drinks from the supermarket but for many locals it is a luxury to buy one especially for those in the poverty.
I was thinking to myself if there anything that can be done? Therefore I start to do some research through online and talked to my local Filipino friends who told me that even when there are existing water refilling stations, the vendors tend to take advantage by overcharging. Then I also found something serious whereby an online article publish in 2015 says that ‘A lack of clean water and sanitation in the Philippines kills 55 people every day’ .
After been doing some research online annd by talking to the local of Philippines, I finally know what I need to do. I decided to build a water station that provide clean water to the poor Filipino community for free. Therefore I create a campaign to do fund raising via crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. I am seeking your support by helping me to share this post to your family and friends and hoping that you could make little contributions to it. Your help through contributions and promoting means a lot to me who managing it and to those who will benefit from this project. Below is the link to the campaign.
Link to the campaign:
Dalisay Water Station
Thank you so much and appreciate it a lot for your time and contributions.
2 days before Chinese New Year on 26th of January 2017, I met one of my Chinese customer somewhere at Somerset. She was very excited to see me. She told me she got something for me and I was wondering what it is that make her so excited about. She gave me love letter and let me tell you this is not what you think it is. For some of you who did not know it is one of those festive cookies that you can get during festive season such as Hari Raya or Chinese Lunar New Year.
In Malay we name it as Kuih Kapit and in English it is known as Love Letter. It is consider a wafer biscuit as it is crunchy and crispy. I have not been eating this biscuit for very long time. The only time I remember how it look like was in a form of wafer roll and the taste is coconut flavor. However I realized that now the Love letter have additional flavor to it. There are Chocolate Nutella and Peanut Butter flavor which was given by my Chinese customer.
However I notice that these kind of cookie such as Love Letter hardly been made nowadays for festive seasons. I remember when I was a child back then during Hari Raya house visiting, I always saw Love Letter on the table. To me Love Letter is consider one of the traditional festive snacks and the legacy of this cookie should be continue to the next generation. Hope that these kind of cookies would still continue to be exist.
I always go to One Katong Mall or in short known as One KM to hang out and do my work at the same time. My usual hang out spot will be in Starbucks. Usually I will hang out there from early afternoon till midnight. During my hang out sessions in Starbucks, I can go hungry easily and therefore I will look for foods that are available in One KM. There are quite a number of food stores are available in One KM. Recce all the halal food stores in One KM will be my mission. I will start with the basement.
On the basement of One KM, there are some halal food stores you can get. Some are cheap and some are little bit pricey. I start with something that is consider cheap. There is one food store that is very new to me that is Encik Tan. This food store offer local halal Chinese food. The food that being served are mainly noodles such as Wanton noodle, Fishball Noodle and Laksa. Here you can view the full menu that being served by Encik Tan.
Encik Tan has a signature dish and it is called Signature Noodle. The name sounds little weird to me but I am not going to try that at the moment. I going for my all time favorite noodle, Wanton noodle. Wanton noodle cost $4 and I find it fairly cheap or in fact this is the cheapest Wanton noodle I can get in Geylang Serai area. That $4 does not include with the drink. If you were to include drink that will cost you almost $6 I think. Since my drink still in Starbucks, so I don’t really need a drink.
Anyway Encik Tan has few other outlets located in Singapore. So one of the outlets I go to is located at One KM on first basement. The place is not that spacious and it rather small I must say. One of their outlet located at Bugis+ is more spacious for you to dine in. Even though it is small, the place is well kept clean. When I ordered Wanton noodle, I was being served with 2 bowl. First bowl consist of the noodle and the char siew chicken and the second bowl consist of soup and Wanton in it.
The noodle portion which I get is consider a lot and definitely will make me feel full. I like the taste of the char siew chicken. The noodle I ordered is spicy since I request for it. The chili which the staff gave to me is sweet and spicy and it goes well with the noodle. As for the soup it is a little bit tasteless and therefore you need to add some pepper to it to have some taste on it. As for the Wanton, I was given 3 pieces only and as for the taste is OK. I recommend to scoop out the Wanton and mix it in your noodle to have better taste.
Overall dining in at Encik Tan is not too bad even though the place is small but it is well kept clean. The price you pay are quite affordable which is similar to the price you dine in at hawker center. The price that I pay is worth the money as it make me feel full at the end of the meal. I definitely coming back to try out the others on the menu such as Signature noodle and maybe Rojak. Personally I rate everything 3 out of 5.