Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dragon? 龙来也?

On Oct 8, there is an asteroid explosion over Indonesia, raises fears about Earth's defenses.

Looking at the youtube video above, if this happened during ancient time, could the large dust cloud with daylight fireball be the white Dragon in Chinese ancient story beliefs? Especially the fireball reminded me of some dragon drawing which the dragon is able to 'spit' fire. Furthermore, if this happened at beach, could that be the origin of Neptune of ancient Chinese story? Interesting eh ;) Luckily the earth is save from this incident, or else Armageddon will become true :)

小行星在印尼上空爆炸‧烟尘如巨龙空中盘旋。看到youtube的报导,想到如果这个情景发生在古时候,那弯曲白烟会不会就是传说中的白龙呢?龙的传说是否就此来的呢? 那火球是否就像传说中在喷火的巨龙呢?而如果发生在海边的话,是否就变成了海龙王的故事呢?有趣吧 :) 不过幸亏这次我们逃过这个大难,否则大家此刻可能已经烟飞灰灭了。感恩。

SN, 谢谢分享 :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Local singer Meeia 本地姜符琼音

Just got to know this Malaysia singerMeeia 符琼音 who won prices in a Taiwan singing contest. I listen to some of her song, which I think is quite good :D It reminded me of a person's quote: "Malaysia is full of talent too, just there is no chance for them to showcase. So they have to go oversea."

Some of her song in youtube:

A Mandarin song 夢醒時分 (原唱陈淑桦):

An English song, Listen of Beyonce:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jem - It's Amazing

Have some task pending for long? Come on, listen to this song, and start your action plan. We never know when is the last day :)

The official video is here.

The lyrics:
Do it now
You know who you are
You feel it in your heart
And you're burning and wishing

At first, wait, won't get it on a plate
You're gonna work for it harder and harder
And I know 'cause I've been there before
Knocking on the doors with rejection (rejection)
And you'll see 'cause if it's meant to be
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream

It's amazing, it's amazing all that you can do
It's amazing, it makes my heart sing
Now it's up to you

Patience, now, frustration's in the air
And people you don't care
Well it's gonna get you down
And you'll fall (fall)
Yes you will hit a wall
But get back on your feet
And you'll be stronger and smarter

And I know 'cause I've been there before
Knockin' down the doors, won't take "No" for an answer
And you'll see 'cause if it's meant to be
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream



[Chorus x2]


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Detox - First day

Due to unhealthy diet during Beijing trip, I would like to try plant-food-only detox again. If possible, it should be carried out for two weeks. It is not easy to find 2 weeks for that, where there need to be no long meeting and no gathering/farewell meal.

On Oct 24, I'd decided to start the body cleansing, although there are still few up coming activities but very less.

The meal menu:
I cooked a big bowl of vegetable soup with olive oil [Choy sum, leafy lettuce (油麦菜 Mak Choy), fish meat, wolf berry].
Breakfast: Vegetable soup.
Lunch: Vegetable soup and 2 cups fruit/vegetable juice (whenever I mentioned fruit/vegetable juice, it is from Tom Wu's recipe)
Dinner: Vegetable soup, added more vegetable and asparagus.

Nothing much special. Two toilet output which I sometimes also can achieve by eating more fiber product e.g. psyllium husk.

Monday, October 26, 2009

About detox

Some said, beside internet and communication business, next cycle of business opportunity will be health related product. Well, it is undeniable that health awareness is increasing in terms of physical exercise or food. Yoga/pilates, ionizer, water filter system, health care product, gym and lots more. (Can tell by the high jump price in face mask because of the H1N1).

One of the popular practice is Detox. That day a friend asked about the detox diet I'd took, and I would like to share my experience and comment today :)

1. Carrot/Orange juice
Before I started my detox, there was a colleague who tried carrot/orange juice detox formula.

How to do
Her formula is just drink carrot/orange juice (the fruit fiber was separated and not consume) for 1 week. 2-3 days before start, slowly reduce your diet using light diet e.g. porridge and juice. After finish, slowly increase diet by taking light diet again. This is to let the stomach to slowly adapt to the fluid diet changes. According to her, first two days of the diet will be the hardest, but after that you will get used to just drinking juice.

My opinion

I do not dare to try this one at all. I am not confident to live for 7 days with juice with no fiber. Her main purpose is to reduce weight and clean the colon. On the contrary, I want to gain weight. Her opinion is it works well on her body.

2. Plant food only
How to do
Got to know this link from a friend. From the link page 3, it is "A less extreme cleanse involves removing hard-to-digest, unhealthy and/or heavily refined foods from your diet. Avoid caffeine, sugar, fried foods, junk foods, dairy products, meants, starchy foods and processed foods. Focus on eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables - raw is best - 30 grams of fiber, 24 grams of soy protein and no less than 64 ounces of water every day for a minimum of two weeks." Read some of my previous Chinese blog post on this 排毒的第一天 and subsequent day. I didn't follow the recommended product in page 4 of this link, not enough budget :p So I consume only fruits and vegetables for two weeks , either raw or quickly cooked in soup, plus the NutriFresh.

My opinion

I am more comfortable with this less extreme approach. I still remember during the last two days of the detox, my face skin was really soft, less oily although work in air conditioned office all day long, just rinse with water after work and it was clean, no facial product is needed. Unfortunately, I experienced few days diarrhea after that, which could maybe because I seldom take 'hot-nature' vegetable during that period e.g. ginger, pepper, herb/spice. My body is too 'cold' 寒. After knowing this, when I first know Tom Wu fruit/vegetable juice recipe with 'hot-nature' plant e.g. ginger, I have confidence on his recipe in his book 吴永志-不一样的自然养生法. You may also go to youtube and search for some TV video on Tom Wu by key in his name 吴永志 in the search option.

While taking this detox diet, I consumed no rice nor vermicelli (no starchy food), I feel hungry very frequently, almost every two hours, especially I have not known Tom Wu's recipe yet. The lucky thing is I do not have much long meeting during that period, so can eat at my cubicle whenever I felt hungry. I just started this detox again on Oct 24 with some new implementation. I will share this detox experience soon :)

3. Banana Soy Juice
This was popular in Japan some time ago, where there was very high demand on banana at that time :)

How to do
Referring to my blog post
自制豆水, there is a quick summary on this detox method. The summary is translated here:

Day 1 - 2: Consume soy bean juice + banana blend only. 200ml for each meal. Use fresh soy milk and fresh banana. (After discussion with SN, we think it should be okay to take Tom Wu's recipe also, as long as no solid food in these two days.) Recommended to start this during the weekend, as it will be more difficult to do this during working day.

Day 3 - 6: Soy + banana blend for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, you may take normal meal, highly recommended high fiber and more plant food.

Day 7: Soy + banana blend and normal breakfast meal. For lunch and dinner, same as Day 3-6, you may take normal meal, highly recommended high fiber and more plant food.

My opinion

This has some effect on me although it is not as great as Excel-way detox. Especially after every soy + banana blend, there will be healthy nature call. Some of SN's detox experience using this and Tom Wu's recipe. This could be a good option to start with.

4. Master Cleanse
You may wikipedia for more information also.

How to do
Refer to this website for details.

My opinion

I bought the cayenne powder but do not dare to try this yet, same reason with the carrot/orange juice detox method. A colleague tried this and he felt this is really effective in loosing weight. If not mistaken, he did it for the minimum period recommended only.

Hope this is helpful, start to consider detox diet? ;)

便便是万能的-快测 'Check your output' summary

Referring to my blogpost 便便是万能的 and 便便是万能的(2) , here is the summary card from the book. I probably will translate them to English when I can squeeze some time later :)

Click on picture for clearer version.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Serenity 用宁静心拥抱世界

Extracted from a forwarded email, content by Sheng Yan Fa Shi, illustrated by Miss Zhao Ting Ru.

Hug the world, with serenity.

Our mind mastering us, it is powerful. We should be aware of our thoughts from time to time.

We deal with a lot of people everyday. Argument and conflict is unavoidable. There are other external factors affect our mind, which interrupted our heart's serenity.

It requires a lot of wisdom to keep one's serenity, which is not easy to be achieved.

When we stand on top of the hill or at the beach, the open ended view open up our mind and heart, keep us stayed away from hectic of a living.

So there is a saying, The world is the size of your heart/mind.

Our heart and mind, can be as huge as the field, ocean or sky, to accommodate more things, and unlimited freedom.

"If one's heart/mind is closed, the bitter his/her will be. A open and happy mind will turn bitter into sweetness in life"
In Zen, 平常心 (direct translation will be Common Heart, it means Act Normal) means we are very clear of our environment. Its good and bad. Its beauty and ugly. Its true and false. But we are not affected by all those. Our mind will not influenced by the situation.

When one's mind is cannot be influenced easily, his/her mind will be peaceful, and understand himself/herself very well. He/She is very clear on what can be done, what cannot be done, what should be done, what should not be done. This is what we call Wisdom.

To keep a serene mind, do not let the environment influence your mind.

The easiest way to do so is to pay attention to our breathing, the nose condition when we inhale/exhale. Pay attention to our feeling. As long as we focus on our body feeling, the heart will be calmed down.

Worry is not bad thing to do, in fact, it cultivates a calmed mind.

If we have wisdom to handle our life, our mind will be always calmed. No matter where we are, what we are doing, we can be self-controlled, calmed and relax.

Close your eyes and think, can things be better if you were calm? Were you easily affected by people surrounded? Were you get angry/annoyed by trivial issue?.
"If we can't accommodate other, we have not enough love.
If we can't accommodate ourselves, we have not enough wisdom."

Chinese text by Sheng Yan Fa Shi, illustrated by Miss Zhao Ting Ru.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Smile 2 :)

Read this from a forwarded email, it cheer up my days, hope so do yours :D

Tips to Stay Young n Happy Always
1. Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight, and height.

Let the doctors worry about them.. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain get idle.
'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!

6. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourself.
LIVE while you are alive.

7 Surround yourself with what you love:

Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:

If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ristorante Bravo Italiana, Penang

I like food, Japanese food, Hong Kong food, western food, Italian food, Malay food, Indian food, almost all kind of food :) In Penang, I enjoy the hawker food the most but also visit some restaurant from time to time.

A best friend and I visit Bravo Italiana near I-avenue, Bukit Jambul, Penang. We reached there around 12.30pm. Surprisingly there were only two guest, whose are my friend and I *chuckle*. Well, some restaurant in Bayan Lepas area is packed only during weekday, when the factory is operating.

[Click on picture for a clearer one]

A quick glance of the restaurant.

We ordered set lunch, at RM 16.90 or RM 24. The food, in clockwise direction from top left:
1. Garlic bread + soup. The soup is quite nice, with quite a number of mushroom and olive inside. The bread is crunchy and smell nice too. Dipping the bread into the soup is what I usually do :D
2. Fish and chip.
3. Mint ice cream and coffee. As usual :)
4. Spaghetti in olive oil and herbs. I think this is good, if the chef can give few more brocolli will be even better :D The portion is quite huge, just suit people who would like to gain weight like me :D

The menu is typical Italian food menu we can found in Penang I feel. If there is raviolli, risotto, or tivolli will be even better :D

As what I would normall do when dine in Italian restaurant, a tiramisu before or after the meal :D

I personally feel this is quite good. I am not sure what is actual Kahlua taste, the waiter said they are using Kahlua. I feel there is hardly alcohol taste, although there is some bitter taste. I will try this again if I revisit this restaurant :D

Set lunch at RM 16.90/24, tiramisu RM 12.80.

Ristorante Bravo Italiana
01-01-11,Complex I-Avenue, Medan Kampung Relau 1,
11900 Bayan Lepas,
Tel/Fax: 04-6410499

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A story

This is a forwarded email available in both English and Chinese version, hope it can keep your heart warm for the rest of the day and keep a balance life :D

4 years ago, an accident took my beloved away and very often I wonder, how does my wife, who is now in the heavenly realm, feel right now? She must be feeling extremely sad for leaving a husband who is incapable to taking care of the house and the kid. 'cos that is the exact feeling that I have, as I feel that I have fail to provide for the physical and emotional needs of my kid, and failed to be the dad and mum for my kid.

There was one particular day, when i had an emergency at work. Hence, I had to leave home whilst my child was still sleeping. So thinking that there was still rice leftovers, I hastily cooked an egg and left after informing my sleepy child.

With the double roles, I am often exhausted at work as well as when I am home. So after a long day, I came home, totally drained of all energy. So with just a brief hug and kiss for my child, I went straight into the room, skipping dinner. However, when I jumped into my bed with intention of just having a well-deserved sleep, all i heard and felt was broken porcelain and warm liquid! I flipped open my blanket, and there lies the source of the 'problem'.... a broken bowl with instant noodles and a mess on the bedsheets and blanket!

Boy, was I mad! I was so furious that I took a clothes hanger, charged straight at my child who was happily playing with his toy, and give him a good spanking! He merely cried but not asking for mercy, except a short explanation:

"Dad, I was hungry and there wasnt anymore leftover rice. But you were not back yet, hence I wanted to cook some instant noodles. But i remembered you reminding me not to touch or use the gas stove without any adults around, hence i turn on the shower and used the hot water from the bathroom to cook the noodles. One is for you and the other is for me. However, I was afraid that the noodles will turn cold, so I hid it under the blanket to keep it warm till u return. But I forgot to remind you 'cos I was playing with my toys...I am sorry Dad..."

At that moment, tears were starting to run down my cheeks...but I din want my son to see his dad I dashed into the bathroom and cried with the shower head on to mask my cries....

After that episode, I went towards my son to give him a tight hug and applied medication on him, while coaxing him to sleep. Then, it was time to clear up the mess on the bed. When everything was done and well past midnight, I passed my son's room, and saw that he was still crying, not from the pain on his little buttock, but from looking at the photograph of his beloved mummy....

A year has passed since the episode, I have tried, in this period, to focus on giving him both the love of his dad and mum, and to attend to most of his needs. And soon, he is turning seven, and will be graduating from kindergarten. Fortunately, the incident did not leave a lasting impression on his childhood memories and he is still happily growing up.

However, not so long ago, I hit my boy again, with much regrets. This time, his kindergarten teacher called, informing me of my son's absence from school. I took off early from work and went home, expecting him to explain. But he wasn't to be found, so I went around our house, calling out his name and eventually found him outside a stationery shop, happily playing computer games. I was fuming, brought him home and whack the hell out of him. He did not retaliate, except to say, 'I am sorry, Dad'. But after much probing, I realized that it was a 'Talent Show' organized by his school and the invite is for every student's mummy. And that was the reason for his absence as he has no mummy.....

Few days after the caning, my son came home to tell me, the kindergarten has recently taught him how to read and write. Since then, he has kept to himself and stayed in his room to practice his writing, which I am sure, would make my wife proud, if she was still around. 'cos he makes me proud too!

Time passes by very quickly, and soon another year has passed. It's winter, and its Christmas time. Everywhere the Christmas spirit is in every passer-by...xmas carols and frantic shoppers....but alas, my son got into another trouble.. When I was about to knock off from the day's work, the post office called.. Due to the peak season, the post master was also on an edgy mood. He called to tell me that my son has attempted to post several letters with no addressee. Although I did make a promise never to hit my son again, I couldn't help but to hit him as I feel that this child of mine is really beyond control. Once again, as before, he apologized, ' I'm sorry, Dad' and no additional reason to explain. I pushed him towards a corner, went to the post office to collect the letters with no addressee and came home, and angrily questioned my son on his prank, during this time of the year.

His answer, amidst his sobbing, was : The letters were for Mummy.

My eyes grew teary, but I tried to control my emotions and continued to ask him: " But why did u post so many letters, at one time?" My son's reply was: " I have been writing to mummy for a long time, but each time I reach out for the post box, it was too high for me, hence I was not able to post the letters. But recently, when I went back to the postbox, I could reach it and I sent it all at once..."

After hearing this, I was lost. Lost at not knowing what to do, what to say....

I told my son, " Son, mummy is in the heavenly kingdom, so in future, if you have anything to tell her, just burn the letter and it will reach mummy. My son, on hearing this, was much pacified and calm, and soon after, he was sleeping soundly. On promising that I will burn the letters on his behalf, I brought the letters outside, but couldn't help opening the letter before they turn to ash.

And one of the letters broke my heart....

Dear Mummy,

I miss you so much! Today, there was a 'Talent Show' in school, and the school invited all mothers for the show. But you are not around, so I did not want to participate as well.. I did not tell Dad about it as I was afraid that Dad would start to cry and miss you all over again. Dad went around looking for me, but in order to hide my sadness, I sat in front of the computer and started playing games at one of the shops. Dad was furious, and he couldnt help it but scolded and hit me, but I did not tell him the real reason. Mummy, everyday I see Dad missing you and whenever he think of you, he is so sad and often hide and cry in his room. I think we both miss you very very much. Too much for our own good I think. But Mummy, I am starting to forget your face. Can you please appear in my dreams so that I can see your face and remember you? I heard that if you fall asleep with the photograph of the person whom you miss, you will see the person in your dreams. But mummy, why haven't you appear?

After reading the letter, I cant stop sobbing. 'cos I can never replace the irreplaceable gap left behind by my wife....

For the females with children:
Don't do so much overtime. If you cannot finish the work, it must be some kind of problems within the company, and it is not your sole problem. Feedback to your boss. Endless overtime may not necessary be the answer to the problem. Take care of your health so that you can treasure and take care of your little precious.

For the married men:
Drink less, smoke less, cos nothing can replace your good health, not even business nor clients.

Try thinking this way, are you able to work till your clients are totally dependent on you? or your boss is totally dependent on you? In this society, no one is indispensable.

Take care of your health, so that you can take care of your little precious and your loved ones.

For those singles out there:
Beauty lies in loving yourself first.

With confidence and loving yourself, you will see the beauty in other things around you. You will be able to work better and happier. Don't let your health be affected by your work or your boss, so nothing matters more than your well being.















給 已經結婚的女同事:

給 已經結婚的男同事:

給 還沒有結婚的男同事和女同事:
美其實是從愛自己的身體開始 --(蔣勳,身體美學)。
無入而不自得 -- (孔子)。


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More exercise, Thai advertisement 趣味泰国广告

I like to watch Thailand's advertisement, innovative, funny but meaningful :D

I read from somewhere "Healthy inside, beauty outside". A human body health status is reflected at its outer shell e.g. skin, hair, nails, eye and etc. If the body is healthy, the skin will be smooth and shining, the face color is natural and healthy. This belief driving me to sleep early everyday, try to drink fruit/vegetable juice daily, be happy and do regular exercise :)

My dear friends and readers, wishing you good health too :)
No health, no wealth, nothing ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

On leave notice

My dear readers, recently my life has been busy with work, and continue will be to catch the deadline. I hope you enjoy my blog post thus far (I know you definitely was haha :p ) . I will try to post at least every two day :)

Upcoming next, besides some spontaneous post, I still have few sharing on Beijing food to write. Then it will be ... it's a secret for now, shhhh.....Stay tuned :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Carnegie's Advices of Happiness For Ladies 卡内基 写给女人一生幸福的忠告

I remembered I read somewhere, there is still no suitable English word for 幸福 (Mandarin pronounced as Xing4 Fu2), the word Happiness is the closest. Anyway, this book ( available in mandarin version only, guess probably is extracted from few Carnegie's book and translated.) uses story written by Carnegie to describe the concepts. Not all advice applicable to all ladies, as some maybe more related to US culture, business man family and etc, but most are interesting to think about.

The book content, if you understand mandarin.

第一章 女人处世的十二大基本技巧
第二章 平安快乐的要诀
第三章 做最有魅力的女人
第四章 让中意的男人喜欢你(婚前)
第五章 不伤感情地改变他(婚后)
第六章 做他事业上的好帮手
第七章 让你的家庭生活幸福快乐
第九章 做可人的职业场女人

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Penang Lorong Selamat Bak Hu Hokkien Rap :)

Enjoy :)

[Version 1 audio is clearer but no video, you can see Bak Hu aunty in Version 2 but audio quality is lesser]

Version 1:

Version 2 episode 1:

Version 2 episode 2:

Friday, October 16, 2009

2009-08-26 (2) Some map of Bali and Yogyakarta

Dear readers, this is the last post of my Bali + Yogyakarta trip. In this post, just some map for your reference from the brochure :) Of course the copyright belong to the brochure publisher. (Dealing too much with intellectual property in work recently, will not forget to mention copyright stuff in recent :p )

Well, if you read my previous blog post, conventionally, click on each picture for clearer version :)

Some map of Bali:

Some map of Yogyakarta:

Yogyakarta street map from Tourist Information Center.

That's it all. The end of Bali + Yogyakarta blog post :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009-08-26 (1) Goodbye Yogyakarta

Everything has an end, then only it can be started again. So, today is last day of my Bali + Yogyakarta trip. After our lunch, we departed to airport. It normally cost around IDR 30K- 50K, depending on traffic situation. The traffic was smooth and it is around 20 min drive, which cost around IDR 35K to reach airport.

A quick glance of the airport.

[Blur picture? Click on it for clearer one]

It mostly serve local airline, except Air Asia and Malaysia Airline. After checked-in, we have to wait for around 15 min for the airport tax counter to open. After paid airport tax, which is IDR 100K (~RM 36) per person. Please be reminded to check the airport tax before your trip, the rate has been increasing from time to time. Payment is in cash term only for the moment. After we paid the airport tax, well, hmm, the custom was not opened, we have to wait for another 10 min.

Right after the custom gate is the departure hall, just a room around 900 square feet with only chairs, few TV and toilet. Oh yes, if you think you need food while waiting for the plane, please bring your own food and drink :) Luckily we took lunch and have some biscuit with us, or else we will probably starve to death :p

When I walking to Air Asia plane (Oh yes, you have to walk to the plane regardless which airline you are taking), I saw a very long queue outside of the arrival custom clearance. Look at picture below :)

I remembered I read from some travel forum that the arrival custom officer efficiency far way need to be improved, now I see it with my eyes :) I was taking domestic flight from Bali to Yogyakarta and don't have to go through this :)

Some view of Yogyakarta:

That's the end of my relax holiday vacation. Hope you will have one too ;)
Goodbye Yogyakarta.

PS: Since this is the end of the trip, why is the title marked 2009-08-26 (1)? Stay tuned, this is not the last post yet :D

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Everyday is a unique day :)

Everyday has special meaning to different people :) Since I realize the meaning of 母难日 from a Buddhism camp, I seldom have the idea of having birthday party or huge celebration. On the contrary, I felt real wishes from family and friends will keep my heart warmer :)

This year, there are wishes from the IM, sms, email and people greeting, from east to west, from south to north, around the globe. This is the power of globalization eh ;)

There were few surprises. Some old friend still remembering this day. Oh yes, real friend will remember (sometimes there will be delay also, people in this century is busy, sometimes I do forget friend's birthday too :0 ) Most friend know I am not into big/expensive birthday gift except warm greetings or a birthday song, but there are few small gift of surprised which really light up my day, lavender cake (although I still felt lavender taste like body lotion :p ), lunch, dinner, beach walk with starry night (my first starry night in Penang :D ), and this karaoke card, which arrive today, right on the dot :)

Oh if you are my reading, you will be saying, since when I became John haha :p SSSP and HY I know you will say that :p

Thank you all my friends :) Rememberring this day and a sincere wishes is always the best gift for me :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2009-08-25 (8) Food in Yogyakarta

It's time for some food I taken in Yogyakarta :D The food posted here is not in correct date sequence. Please read all in clockwise direction, starting from top left.

1) McDonald chicken and rice, with its typical cup :) The taste is okay, similar to that in Malaysia.
2) KFC meal set, organic rice with fried chicken. The chicken is similar to crispy fried chicken in Malaysia but not spicy. The organic rice is very delicious. Have not hear someone ever said rice is delicious before? ;) It is fragrant and the texture is good. It reminded me of the nice rice during my Cambodia trip :)

We tried one of the local chain restaurant inside Malioboro Mall as its name shown in poster above. The food are:

1) Nasi .... eei, I can't recalled the name and the receipt is not with me now, no way to check :p I can't remember the taste, it should be normal then ;)
2) Soto ayam rice set. Nice to try once.
3) Fried Kuei Teow. Surprised to see here also got kuei teow. It tasted okay, but I think the one I have in Malaysia is better :)

The food we took at Malioboro Mall food court. I missed out the fried sambal kangkung, that is really good taste.
1) Nice fruit juice. The left most is avocado juice with some chocolate syrup, followed by guava juice, mango juice then, eei sorry I can't remember the name again, I just realize I have not jot down the name, too hungry maybe :) I have not seen that fruit in Malaysia before, bigger size than grapefruit, and the taste is nice, not sour. Highly recommended by the seller. IDR 10K (~RM 3.60) per cup. *drooling*
2) Bakso and other stuffed-meat dish, a bit similar to Yong To Fu of Malaysia.
3) Nasi gado-gado. Frankly I am not in favour of this :p I see most of the l

1) We took a break at Mirota Batik. Another place for souvenir, batik and house deco item. Some merchandise price is acceptable.
2) The coconut juice with added syrup. We did not know they will add red syrup, so when you order coconut in Indonesia, if you remembered to remind them not to add red syrup for you.

1) Some local 'kuih' we bought from road side stall. Similar taste with that of Malaysia, except we will not be given cilipadi in Malaysia *chuckle* So you think you can eat really spicy food? ;)

We dined in Pizza Hut of Malioboro Mall before departed to Yogyakarta airport on the last day.
1) Oh yes, avocado juice again :) If you read notice the story behind it, it is about donating to a kid a day meal through Pizza Hut, if you would like to donate, just mentioned when paying bill and it will be included. The avocado juice is IDR 14K per cup, slightly higher cost than food court, but bigger cup also :)
2) Quadza pizza consist of 4 flavors - meat lovers, classic favorite, supreme and beeforn. The crust is nice, although it is typical Pizza Hut thick crust but it is crispy, much better than that of Malaysia :D IDR 61818 (~RM 22) for large pan pizza crust.
3) We can't finish the pizza, thus have few pieces for take away, the box looks nice :)
4) puff pastry mushroom cream soup, taste okay. IDR 15455 (~RM 5.50).

Monday, October 12, 2009

2009-08-25 (7) Jalan Malioboro

This will be a long blog post, as Jalan Malioboro is considered a long street in Yogyakarta *chuckle* Don't worry, most of the story are composed by picture ;)

Some of the street view:

[Blur picture? Click on it for a clearer one ;) ]

Oh yes, if you follow my Beijing photo in facebook, here is another photo of Bata shop at oversea :D

'Es campur' is some sort like 'ABC' (Ais batu campur) in Malaysia. It is blended ice with some ingredient like red bean, grass jelly, corn, peanut and etc, with some syrup either brown sugar syrup, pepsi-taste syrup, condensed milk on top.

If you would like to try some street food, it is not expensive :) I have no chance to try it, this is one of the limitation travel with seniors :)

Some local biscuit and snack. I always like to taste local food, but not in this trip, I also can't figure out the reason, just don't feel like want to try :)

Taken this while I crossed the road near post office. It took me around 10-20 minutes to walk from Ibis Hotel to Yogyakarta post office near Jalan Malioboro (junction of A. Yani St and P. Senopati St.). I believe you can find Yogyakarta map online easily. Or else left me your email address, I can email a scan copy to you :) Tourist information center is in between Ibis Hotel and post office. The stuff in tourist information center is very friendly, they will be very happy to provide you a street map and explain the direction to you. By the way, post office is called Kantor Pos. A lot of the locals cannot understand post office :)

If you are tired walking, can consider to take bus. It is around 2 stop from Ibis Hotel to Vredeburg Ford stop. I cannot remember the bus fair, it is reasonable :)

The bus stop.

Pay the bus fair before enter the bus stop. There is always officer helping you out especially tourist. We told the him we would like to go post office, and he will tell us to board the bus when it arrived. There are few bus of different route. Interested to find out if the bus stop looks a bit higher than normal one? Look at picture below:

Step on the red-highlighted board to get into the bus. The bus entrance is a bit high, it is hard to get into the bus from the floor :)

We reach the post office before it closed. This is the biggest branch in Yogyakarta. It is comparable to that in Georgetown Penang :) If you would like to send post card in Yogyakarta, there are two options:
1. Buy stamp at stationary shop, e.g. a shop near Ilmu Sari of Jalan Malioboro, then may passed to hotel receptionist to post for you (If your hotel provide such service, Ibis hotel does).
2. Buy the stamp at post office and post there.

I initially would like to try option 1. When I asked for the stamp price, the shopkeeper told me the price is IDR 7500 (~RM 2.70) for one postcard. I remembered I read online it was around IDR 5K, thus I was hesitate to buy, then decided to go to post office, since it is within walking distance. The post office officer explained to me the price vary depending on the country region. to send to Malaysia and Singapore is IDR 5K (~ RM 1.80), to Japan is IDR 6K (~ RM 2.10 ), UK IDR 7.5K (~RM 2.70) and US IDR 8K (~RM 2.90). I wondered if the stationary shopkeeper know about this, or they just want to save the hassle of explaning? Anyway, it has always been good experience to visit local post office. Look at Tom and Jerry first day cover below, very nice right?

Although I am not big fan in stamp collection, but I think this Tom and Jerry set will be nice to have. Surprisingly this set was sold out quite some time ago, as it looks cute. Frankly, I have not feel racist issue here. You may say I have not stay long enough, but.. hmm, just my personal feeling of the racist crisis always being brought up at my motherland especially during voting season.

Saw some student visiting post office before I left :) The school uniform just looks familiar to that what I have had last time in secondary also :D

If you know 德安堂, there is one here at Yogyakarta too :D

Here is the end of a day tour of Jalan Maliobory. Enjoy your day :)

*Due to some human error in scheduling the auto-posting, this post came out the last. Anyway, this posting date will be change to the correct sequence few days later.