Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SukaSucre Sweet Table by Dato’ Fazly Yaakob

I’ve heard of Dessert Table, often placed at birthday parties, weddings and any kind of celebration but Sweet Table?!? Hemmm…. My curiosity got the best in me. To top it off, it is by Dato’ Fazly Yaakob, the singer, actor and now celebrity chef.

Not sure of what to expect, I head to SukaSucre located in Wisma RYU in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. White base décor with a touch of earth tones welcomes guest from all walks of life, from toddler to food connoisseur, all came to sample the food and see for themselves the Sweet Table art by his truly. And so did us.

We were prep that it is themed as ‘From Rembau to Paris’, ‘dimana Rembanya dan dimana Paris nya’ was the first thing that came to my mind (and I bet to all those attended as well).

‘Rembau’ basically reflected in the banana fritters, banana snack (cokodok pisang) palm sugar and ice cream stick (ais krim potong); local delicacy (Dato’ Fazly Yaakob’s hometown to be precise) and ‘Paris’ are macaroons, caramel, chocolate, red velvet and etc. And the concept was similar to shell-out, eating with bare hand (make sure it is clean first lah).

Some of the unique menu available are Pasta Daging Lerai Ala Cendawan Kukur, Pasta Daging Salai Lemak Cili Api, Kerabu French Toast, Butterscotch Latte, Corn Teh Tarik dan Green Tea Honey. I have to admit I fell in love with Corn Teh Tarik.

SukaSucre Bistro
81, Jalan 2/90, Wisma RYU
Taman Pertama
56100 Kuala Lumpur

Operation hours
Sunday  : 12–7PM
Monday : Closed

Kuala Lumpur, Lah Fam Trip is in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur Tourism Board and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Jom Visit Kuala Lumpur lah!

If you are ever unsure of what to do or where to visit in KLCC, you can either drop by at Aquaria and meet friendly sea creature or take a walk at the Skybridge, connecting Petronas Tower 1 to Tower 2 (the view is breathtaking, you won’t regret it). Whatever it is, you will not regret it.

#TravelTips 1 : Aside from the KLCC Skybridge and Aquaria (both located in the building), you can also visit the Petrosains which is located inside the Suria KLCC Mall itself as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

#TravelTips 2 : There are also Petronas Gallery located inside the mall.

All you animal lovers and city dwellers, if you ran out of ideas on where to go (especially those with kids), head over to Aquaria KLCC and meet 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures. And my personal favourite will be the Lion Fish, Jelly Fish (love to see how they glide) and Puffer Fish (do you know I have eaten one before when I was in Japan). Best experience would be when I walk into the walkalator tunnel with shark and manta ray swimming across.

Some of the highlights in Aquaria are the Amazing Rocky Shore touch pool, Red-Bellied Piranha exhibition (this is the only place in Malaysia granted permission to see one), Rare Sand-Tiger Sharks, the 10 foot long gigantic Arapaima and the gentle Green Sea Turtle. That one activity might thrill our young friends (adults too perhaps) are the feeding of the sharks at Aquatheatre, Flying Rays at the Living Ocean among others.

#TravelTips 3 : Check out the feeding time upon arriving so that you can plan well.

#TravelTips 4 : Check out activities that they have so you can allocate your time accordingly.

In paying tribute to World Ocean Day, KLCC started an awareness campaign called Blue Ocean, Green Action striving to educate the young about the importance of wildlife, the environment and its relationship with people.

#TravelTips 5 : It is important to educate the young ones on our environment, get the Aquaria team to explain more.

Opening hours
10.00am – 8.00pm
Last admission 7.00pm

Entrance Fee
Adult - RM69
Child - RM59
Senior Citizen - RM49

“ As an internationally recognised landmark, the PETRONAS Twin Towers symbolise the courage, ingenuity, initiative, and determination, energy, confidence, optimism, advancement and zest of a nation. ”

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003)

Little did I know that the Petronas Twin Towers are depicted through its outline, which resembles the letter "M" for Malaysia. But what I did know is that Tower 1 was build by Hazama Corporation Japan where else Tower 2 by Samsung Engineering & Construction Korea, and that the Towers were completed in 1996. This iconic building is ranked the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remains the tallest twin towers in the world by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Its famous double decker skybridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, remains the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The skybridge is open to all visitors however the tickets are limited to 1000 people per day and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

#TravelTips 6 : Start your day early and get the tix fast.

You can actually view Kuala Lumpur city and skyline from the Skybridge.

Entrance Fee
Adult : RM85
Child : RM35

Working Hours :  9 am – 9 pm (closed from 1 pm – 2:30 pm on Fridays)
Visiting Days:  Tuesday to Sunday
Last admission: 8.30pm

Ticketing Counter : 'CONCOURSE' Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur, Lah Fam Trip is in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur Tourism Board and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Must visit temples in Bagan, Myanmar

I've covered Bagan, Myanmar a couple of years ago with a bunch of great friends and due to time limitation, we missed out horse cart riding and catching the magnificent sunrise in #Bagan (with hot air balloon flying over 2500 pagodas and temples). You can't imagine how ecstatic I was when I learnt that the activities we are about to do are this 2 items. The truth is, I can never be bored with Myanmar, despite that I have been here, I am still in awe and so many things and places that I have missed out. I am not surprise if I am still as impressed in my future trip here. Yeah, I foresee another trip here. Definitely.

For those curious few, the horse cart price for half day is K15,000 and K25,000 for full day, this is also highly depending on the season. The carts can be shared between 2-3 person. The question is whether is it worth it? My answer is : YES!

Ananda Pahto Temple

Revered as Bagan’s first of the great temples, Ananda Pahto Temple also boast as one of the most largest and most beautiful. Built between 1090-1105 by King Kyansittha, Ananda Pahto Temple; is a Mon and Indian architecture wonder in #Bagan. It is said to be the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of all Bagan temples. Ananda Pahto Temple was damaged during the 2016 earthquake and has since gone through restoration.

This beautifully symmetrical temple was also a monastery hence there are few buildings within the enclosure wall. Source says that ‘Six terraces rise pyramid-like to the central tower. The lower terraces have a complete numbered set of 537 Jataka plaques (scenes from the lives of the Buddha) in Pali; the upper terraces have a set of 375 Mon language plaques depicting the last ten Jataka. Including those on the interior, this is the largest Bagan collection of terracotta tiles.’

Jātaka  : It is a literature native to India concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. Jātakas are amongst the earliest Buddhist literature.

There are also four 30-foot-tall gilded teak standing Buddhas, each Buddha face the four cardinal directions. According to the local, it represents the enlightenment received in the present world cycle. Out of the four Buddhas, only the Bagan-style images facing north and south are original as the other two were destroyed in the 1600s by fire.

Shwezigon Pagoda

Circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines what makes Shwezigon Pagoda distinctive. Similar to other pagoda, the bell-shaped stupa was influenced by the culture of the Mon people. They were the earliest peoples to reside in Southeast Asia, they were responsible for the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Indochina.

King Anawrahta builts Shwezigon Pagoda to be a massive reliquary to holds a collection of relics, including the Buddha's frontal and collar bones, a copy of the tooth relic at Kandy, Sri Lanka, and an emerald Buddha image from China. Its beautiful staircases, gates, and a richly ornamented spire fitted with a large golden umbrella type finial embedded with gems, Shwezigon Pagoda is noted as the prototype for many other stupas across Myanmar.

Dhammayangyi Temple

This Dhammayangyi Temple is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. It was built to atone King Narathu own sins: he smothered his father and brother to death and executed one of his wives, an Indian princess, for practising Hindu rituals.

Aside from being the largest and widest of all the temples in Bagan, tragically the king was assassinated by Sinhalese invaders hence the temple was not completed. It is a heart-rending story as cruelty upon cruelty in the process of erecting this magnificent temple, it is also said that King Narathu commanded that the temple to be mortar-less, hence bricks are fitted together so tightly that even a pin couldn’t pass between two bricks. Those who failed had their arms chopped off. This can be validated and seen as one enters from the west gate, there are stones with arm-sized grooves that are said where amputations allegedly happened.

Rich in culture,  a site to behold and very instagrammable huh!

So, what are you guys waiting for?
Head to Myanmar now!

1st ASEAN Media & Bloggers Fam Trip in collaboration with Myanmar Travel Bloggers Club and Tourism Myanmar

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