Monday, August 12, 2019

Langkawi Geopark Discovery Centre at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park



Langkawi was declared as a geopark by the #UNESCO since 2007 and I was fortunate to attend the launch of the new Langkawi Geopark Discovery Centre at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Themed as ‘Making The Past Present For the Future’, the centre showcases flora and fauna, socio-cultural, with facilities such as exhibition centres, amphitheater, a mini library and a gift shop. The Langkawi Geopark Discovery Centre provides information on Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi landscape as well as the famous Legend of Mahsuri, Matchinchang, Mat Raya and Mat Sawak.


During this event, OBIT was also being introduced. A trilobite, an ancient fossil arthropod, one of the earliest and longest living marine species 300 million years. It is from Palaeozoic Era a.k.a Trilobite Age which existed 540 million years. Obit can be found within the Machinchang sandstonean is the oldest fossil in Malaysia.


Kilim Karst Geoforest Park Langkawi are limestone formations that are over 500 million years old. You can experience this geopark by taking a boat ride around the mangrove area where you get to see not only the limestone formation but also the brahminy kite eagles and white-bellied sea eagles, otters, mud crabs, squirrels, monkeys and monitor lizards. It is situated about 20 minutes from Kuah Town whereby aside from mangroves and karst stone, one can also experience fossils filled caves with stalagmite and stalactites. Few caves that you can wander around with a certified guide will be the Crocodile Cave, Cave of Legends and Bat Cave (minus Batman and Robin).

Langkawi was the first Global Geopark in Southeast Asia being awarded the UNESCO Global Geopark status and there is only 147 geopark worldwide. Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark comprises Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, and Kubang Badak BioGeo Trail.


Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park
It is the oldest sedimentary rock in South East Asia known as Machinchang Formation (aged Cambrian period 550-505 million years). These rock layers form the mountain range of Machinchang which is famous for the legend of the fight between Mat Chinchang and Mat Raya.

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Caves were made here, as the karstic hill forms coastlines arches and islet. Langkawi Archipelago has at least 90 significant geosites such as Pantai Pasir Hitam or Black Sand Beach that contains rocks and minerals that is rich in black mineral called tourmaline, dropstones at Pulau Tepor, Kilim and Sungai Itau’s well-preserved fossils among others.


Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park
It represents the Chuping Formation Limstone of Permian (290-250 million years). The limestone was formed into marble due to granite intrusion during the Late Triassic Period. Tropical weathering played a very important role in the birth of Langkawi landscape.


It also has information on the mangroves and its habitat, geoparks around the world, seascapes as well riverscapes of Langkawi island among others. I highly recommend for you to drop by Kilim Geopark and take the boat ride. I love it so much when I was there.



Operating hours
Monday to Sunday : 9am – 5pm

Boat fee
RM200 – RM500 for a boat and tour guide (for a group of minimum 8pax)






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Friday, August 9, 2019

Outdoor Activities in Langkawi



We all already know about the Legend of Mahsuri, the LIMA airshow, the Kilim Geopark, the chocolate and Pyrex Cik Kiah shopping, and etc. I guess the only thing for me to do is to share on outdoor activities that you can do in Langkawi (some of it are pretty new and some has been there for quite some time but not being highlighted enough).


Claimed to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, where one can ‘sky-trekking’ from tree to tree (reminded me of Chewbacca, I don’t know why) by either ‘flying’, swinging, gliding and dangling on the various obstacles course suspended to unleash the inner child in you. Skytrex Langkawi offers 3 circuits namely the Island Extreme (Advanced), Eagle Thrill (Intermediate) and Little Legend (beginner – the one I did). It is suitable for team building as it has a reasonable meeting room as well (for briefing/grouping).


Little Legend is designed with 23 obstacles for all age group (including children) and it is 3 to 5 meters from the ground and not to worry the maximum weight is 100kg (just incase there might be people asking kan). Eagle Thrill, an intermediate course is designed with 29 challenges at the height of 11 meters from the ground. It includes 8 ‘flying fox’, 5 horizontal challenges, 5 climbing obstacles and 5 descending tasks. The advanced course, Island Extreme consist of 30 of challenges to test your stamina and patience. It is also the largest circuit with 33 challenges at the height of up to 15 meters in the air comprising 15 ‘flying fox’, 5 horizontal challenges, 3 challenges of climbing and 3 descending challenges.

Excited? Make sure to include Skytrex in your itinerary for Langkawi.

Skytrex Langkawi
Jalan Teluk Yu
Kampung Kok
Langkawi, Kedah

Operating hours
Daily from 9am – 6pm




Ahh…. This one is suitable for honeymooners or a group of friends celebrating a joyous occasion. Where you can either join with another group of perhaps charter the whole boat for sunset dinner. So there are 2 things you can do here, one is the sunset dinner cruise and the other is the saltwater Jacuzzi, both are not to be missed.

The sunset dinner cruise takes 3 hours in total that includes and open bar free flow (softdrinks only for us), buffet dinner (mihun goreng, nasi goreng, BBQ sausages, garlic bread and etc) then of course there’s the popular saltwater Jacuzzi.


Few type of boats available, Sea Splash is the first and the only Non-Alcohol Cruise in Langkawi, then there’s Sama Sama Langkawi, a family cruiser suitable for event, and a few fleet of catamarans.

Romantic huh, try lah.

Your Cruise
Royal Langkawi Yacht Club
Jalan Dato Syed Omar
Langkawi, Kedah

Operating hours
Daily from 9am – 6pm




The latest venue/activity in Langkawi, Paradise 1-1 is a manmade private day-resort island where you can chillax, enjoy water sport activity or perhaps have your wedding here as they cater for private small function up to 1000pax. Paradise 101 is located near Telaga Harbour at Pantai Kok in Langkawi and can be accessed via boat shuttle, the journey takes approximately 10mins or less.


Paradise 101 Island offers a Paradise Day Pass, which cost RM240 per adult and RM120 per child (at the time of blog post) which includes welcome drinks, roundtrip to the island, towels usage, access to the floating water park, volleyball ground, kayak and water sports (at a discounted rate). Whereas for couples it is at RM450 and RM660 for families (2 adults and 2 kids). An evening pass costs RM70 per person that comes with a welcome drink at the OMG, live-band entertainment and access to the sunset decks. Additional charges for motorized sport and zipline.

Highly recommended for company event and wedding (especially wedding).

Paradise 101
Telaga Harbour Park
Pantai Kok
Langkawi, Kedah




This is fairly new to me as I have never tried a jetski tour before (and here I thought one only do jet ski joyride, boy was I wrong). The lowest package is RM600 for 4hours (abit steep huh and this is for riding alone, with passenger is RM700) inclusive of insurance coverage worth RM5,000,000.


The 3 islands are situated near Pantai Cenang; the starting point itself namely the Pulau Singa Besar (Island of Big Lion) where you may encounter monitor lizards, deer, eagles, hornbills etc. the 2nd island is the Pulau Beras Basah that has a nice beach for swimming and snorkeling. Rebak Island is the last island where you will be able to check-out the lifestyle of rich and famous (yachts and sail boats dock here). You can also lepak for a yamcha session before heading back to the Pantai Cenang.

Mega Water Sports
Pantai Cenang
Jalan Pantai Chenang
Langkawi, Kedah

Operating hours
Daily from 9am – 6pm



Are you all set for Langkawi?



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Monday, August 5, 2019

Pantheon, an esports Centre : 1st NVIDIA platinum certified iCafe in Malaysia



I told myself that I must write about this place, it is gonna be a good content and guess what, I forgot all about it… until I was cleaning my phone, transferring all the photos then only I realized that I have missed out this article. Aiseyyyy…. Age catching up ke Lily (eyes rolling).


What makes me think this place is content worthy?
Adam!
Yup! Adam Faisal…. I recalled him seeking my advice on esport stuff for his thesis and I was giving him ideas and tips of which doesn’t much weight I think (as esport if fairly new to me, huhu). He did explain and all, and I do now that Syed Saddiq supported this but it never register what is esport all about. I have a vague understanding but I doubt it is of any use if anyone were to ask me. But nah-ah… now I understood clearly what esport is all about and how it will pave the future of sport and IT (or is it IoT? Hemm…). Anyway, if you are into esport, this place is huge and…. Wait for it ‘legendary!!!!’.


I was already mesmerized the minute I step in into Pantheon, this is way before the owner explain what is it all about, what his investment like, the future of esport and…. The stuff they have. The stuff they have to you awed me. I was practically gawking… kid you not. OK ok ok… gawking might be abit dramatic, I was with ‘ooohs and wows and a lot of nodding’. Obviously lah kan, he spend 5mil to build this center, 5 juta hokkay! He has investor and all but influencing and convincing the investors are not easy job tau.

Ok, so let’s get start shall we…


Virtual Reality
Yes… they have a few sets of these baby… and some of us tried, it was hilarious. If you ever come here or decide to do a birthday bash here (yes, you can block this place for event as well), make sure you get your friends to try this. Sumpah lawak.



VIP Zone
There are about 6 gaming sets (itu ke bebudak panggil? Basically CPU, monitor and etc lah) but whatr makes it cool is that the respective room is dedicated(?) to a brand. For example Omen by HP, Alienware by Dell, Legion by Lenovo, Predator by Acer and others. This allows you to try different gaming brand to see whether the suitability before purchasing one.





Racing Simulators
This one… you F1 lovers. Just come here lah… tak mau cakap banyak. Tengok gambar and imagine yek.




Tournaments Arena
Yes! The Pantheon has a 123-seater arena for staging tournament, you know how it looks right, screen on top (center), people playing beneath it. Viewers sitting circling the arena and there is also a commentator room. Giler lengkap hokkay.




Hemmm… what else? Well, they have PS4 zone, their chairs are all custom made and super comfy, and they also have high-end liquid cooling systems CPU. They have a lot more to offer (other than those I’ve mentioned), you guys just need to drop by and experience it yourself.


Oh! There are very very strict, only those above 12 years of age are allowed, unless accompanied by their parents. Students with school uniforms are a big NO-NO. So, don’t think you can ponteng and come here to lepak tau.



The Pantheon
Lot 2-27 ,The Square @One City
Subang Jaya
Selangor

Operating hours: 11am-11.45pm (daily)








Friday, August 2, 2019

Kota Damansara's Chocolate Museum




Little did I know that there’s a chocolate museum in PJ ie Kota Damansara. And little did I know, I can purchase all sorts of chocolate here… There goes my diet (dah lah dekat ngan office).

There are 2 museums, 1.0 and 2.0, and obviously the 2.0 is much better lah. I had fun and enjoyed the tour, it is not content heavy (ie dates, history etc), it is more on chocolate (briefly), collections, collaboration and the best part was the activity they organized for us. You know what, I think I gonna skip the museum content part and focus on the activity as I feel schools (primary, secondary, kindy etc) should make a trip here. The kids’ knowledge will be enhanced (on chocolate), though am not sure whether it’s a good idea to get their brain and them to be sugared high hahhahahhaaa…


They will first divide the group into a few team and each team will be given few types of chocolate/food décor to build…. a home! And once it is completed, you need to talk and upsell you home to others. Convince them that your home should be the winner. And the winner will bring home….. I pun lupa apa dia hahahhahahah…. I think it was like RM200 worth of voucher kot. Anyway, the activity was so much fun that I doubt anyone remembered how much the prize was.


There were debates, argument, justification, remodification and of course teamwork, but what I like the best was the presentation part. There was a love house, eco house, practical house, minimalist house, house withour doors, house without windows, house with and without gardens…so very very creative of them. And when one group finish presenting, the other group are allowed to ask questions with regards to that house… apa lagi kan hahahhahaaa… soalan-soalan cepumas keluar. Ventilation lah, loft lah, aexo friendly lah and many more. And this is when the team are supposed to defend their ‘architecture masterpiece’.



Basically what I am trying to say, it’s a great place if you want to learn/know about chocolate and you can bring your kids and family here too.


Chocolate Museum
2, Jalan Teknologi 3/5
Kota Damansara
Petaling Jaya
Selangor

Operating hours
Daily : 10am – 5pm

Entrance fee : RM10






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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Harimau Menangis Dish in Summit USJ




If I were to translate it to English it will be 'the crying tiger meat' 😏. Ask the chef I did and here is his reply ‘Harimau Menangis meat is the part on a cow that is so tender, juicy and nice yet it is hard for a tiger to reach hence the tiger cried for not being able to taste it’, so he said. Betul ke cerita ni?


This dish is famous in northern Malaysia as well as southern Thailand, in Thai it is called Suea Rong Hai and it is usually served with sticky rice. Their version of the story is that the appearance of the brisket cut to the skin of a tiger and called it “tiger meat”. When the meat is grilled, the fat that accumulates in the muscle fibers is melted by the heat and drops like a tear. Using their imagination, they named the dish “crying tiger”. (Source : Wikipedia)


Well, whatever the stories are, the meat is truly tender and juicy. This, I will not lie.

Many wondered, which part lah ‘daging harimau menangis’ nih?
After hours of googling, I have found out (or narrowed down) to the part that is berdekatan daging batang pinang or specifically di celah peha bahagian kaki belakang lembu.


Pic source : Google


So, if you want to try this famous and rare dish, head on to Summit Bamboo Garden Chinese Thai Restaurant, do call before going over or you might be the one crying instead. Hehhehheee….


Summit Bamboo Garden Chinese Thai Restaurant
The Summit Subang USJ
Persiaran Kewajipan
USJ 1, Subang Jaya
Selangor




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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Extreme Sport in 1Utama Mall



Did you know about this?
I only knew that there’s a rock climbing place in 1Utama but I never knew that there’s 2 other extreme sport venue in the same mall. Like seriously?!?!

I plan to do all these sport one day (bila pulak tuh), anyone wanna join me?


FlowRider 1Utama
This is the one I saw on a celebrity’s Instagram and I thought it was in Sunway Lagoon but NOOOOO…. It is in 1Utama, less than 7minutes drive from my office hokkay. After standing there for 5 minutes, looking at how the kids balancing themselves, how to ‘ride’ the wave, I am pretty sure I can do it too (NOT!).

OK! I know what you guys might be thinking, where should I change, what should I bring, blablabla… Basically bring your swimsuit, your changing clothes, your toiletries/make up and etc. There is a changing room at Flow Rider where you can change and surf so worry not hokkay *wink*.


FlowRider 1Utama (LG Floor)
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
Selangor

Operating hours
Monday – Friday : 10am – 10pm




AirRider Indoor Skydiving
This is even more scarier than the above, yet you will feel safer lah as the ground is only a few meter down. This is also something I want to do (banyak pulak benda nak do). Mt beautiful plan is that I start with Skydiving and end my day with surfing, lunch in between lah. Waddaya think?


FlowRider Indoor Skydiving (2nd Floor)
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
Selangor

Operating hours
Monday – Friday : 10am – 10pm




Camp 5
Alang-alang dah main air, dah terbang, we might as well indulge with climbing waima badan tak berapa boleh nak lift myself up. But sis cuba. Here’s the thing, my ex-colleagues seem to like this place and I feel I should also give it a try…. On the kiddo height/difficulty lah. Hahhahahaa….

On a serious note, I think I should pick up one of this sport, to build my confidence and fight my fear. So how now? I start with skydiving, then wall climbing and end with surfing? Or should I remove one of this activity. Awat semua nampak best nih?!?


Camp 5 (5th Floor)
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
Selangor

Operating hours
Monday – Friday : 12am – 10pm




It's a Hit Rooftop Baseball
It is South East Asia’s 1st and only Automated Baseball and Softball and it is in Malaysia. Gempak dak? This is the place where one can distress easily, literally. Asalkan jangan hit a person with the baseball bat lah yek. Hahahhaa…

Don’t think I will be doing this as a sport but I think I should give this a try, looks like fun and I have never played softball nor baseball before in my life. They say its fun, betul ke?


It's a Hit Rooftop Baseball (UR601)
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
Selangor

Operating hours
Monday – Friday : 12am – 10pm




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Monday, July 22, 2019

Spicy Durian Pizza at Damansara Utama




YUP! Spicy Durian Pizza.
If you hate durian and do not like spicy food then this is a definite NO-NO.


And if you are like me, hate durian but don’t mind tempoyak and absolutely love spicy food, then this is a must try. Am I even making any sense here? Hahhahaa…. The pizza contains of the spicy durian paste as the main ingredient, mango and passion fruit puree in replacement of tomato puree and fruits as toppings. And you think it might taste awful right (at least that was my first thought) but no wor…. It is amazing delicious. I kid you not. For those who want to give it a try, you should drop by but do call before hand.


Aside from the famous Spicy Durian Pizza, Fruit Farm in the City also sells durian ice creams that is made with 100% durian flesh priced at Priced at RM1 for original kampong durian, RM3 for Musang King durian + kampong durian and RM5 for Musang King durian ice cream.


As their name stated, Fruits Farm in The City also sells… FRUIT. Fresh fruits and organic fruits, there’s mangosteen, banana, duku langsat, pineapple and many more.


Fruits Farm In The City
104-G Jalan SS21/35
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating hours
Mondays-Thursdays : 10am - 11pm
Fridays to Sundays : 9am - 11pm








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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kuih Jongkong - A Mandailing dessert






Jongkong.
My favourite dessert that is synonym to the Mandailing ethnicity.


Background
The word 'Mandailing' is derived from the word ‘mande’ which means 'mother' and hilang; 'lost' hence, the name Mandailing is associated or meant - ‘lost mother’. I learnt that ethnically Mandailingnese are actually part of the Batak people, where the Bataks are mostly Christians, whereas the majority of the Mandailingnese are Muslims.

The Mandailingneses are known as the great travelers hence the migration of the Mandailingnese to Tanah Melayu (now known as Malaysia) in 1803 and 1845 was during the Padri War came as no surprise. Later in 1860s the overlord of the Mandailings was entangled in the local Klang War (Selangor War) which led them to fled to Perak; Belanja and Tronoh, while some decided to stay in Hulu Langat area.


Ingredients

Rice flour
Cups water
Pandan leaves
Pandan colouring a extracted from pandan leaf
Coconut milk
Caramelise palm sugar (gula Melaka)
Salt to taste
Parched banana leaves




Mix rice flour, water pandan extract, pinch of salt and pandan colouring into a bowl and whisk it. Gently the stir/cook it over low heat and until the mix thickens.

Fold leaf to one side forming a pouch, put floor mix.

Add + coconut milk + Caramelise palm sugar (gula Melaka).

Seal pouch and secure with a toothpick.

Steam for approximately 10 minutes.

Final and ready dessert.



This dessert is best eaten cold in my opinion, especially in Ramadhan. 
Yum Yum...



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Monday, April 29, 2019

Kerinci delicacy | Masak Lemak Umbut Pisang



I have always been interested in culture and heritage, hence being invited to attend Eat. Travel. Write covering on 3 ethnicities ie Minangkabau, Kerinci and Mandaling definitely excites me. My focus will be Kerinci and Mandailing. Why not Minang you might ask? Well, being born in Minang family (my dad being orang nogori and mom, 1st generation born in Malaysia. And both my maternal grandparents are from Padang, Sumatera)... I figure I should just interview my mom’s family and write about them instead (eksen giler… hahhahahha).



Background
Kerinci is a regency/kabupaten in Jambi province, in the island of Sumatera, Indonesia. It was once known for its cattle, cinnamon and gold mining. Due to the rich natural and agriculture resources, this province was colonized by the Dutch in early 1900 of which eventually it led to migration to Tanah Melayu (now known as Malaysia).

Aside from the colonization, migration of those in Jambi and Sumatera at large is because of the pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca to perform the hajj where they travel overland in Sumatera and continued to Tanah Melayu before continuing to Mecca. The long journey might have led to some staying back in Tanah Melayu to earn enough money to further their journey to Mecca and others, made Tanah Melayu their home. Those that have decided to stay permanently in Tanah Melayu are the founder of Kampung Kerinci in Kuala Lumpur. It is learnt that different groups were alloted different sites to establish their settlements or perkampungan, hence Sungai Gahal and Sungai Lui were apportion to the people of Kerinchi. Where else some live Hulu Langat, Kuala Kubu and other parts in Malaysia.

I was rather surprise that despite us knowing Kerinci people is close to us (after all, we have Kampung Kerinci in KL) just like the Javanese and Minangs, we strangely don’t much about them; let it be culture, heritage or even delicacy. Hence, I exremely ecstatic when I got to know that we will be learning and sampling few of Kerinci dishes. And it tastes GREAT!



Masak Lemak Umbut Pisang dengan Ayam
This is abit technical as I too need to google… and break it down for you guys.

Umbut = Edible soft shoot of a tree stem (banana tree, palm tree, coconut, areca-nut and etc.)
Pisang = Banana
Ayam = Chicken
Masak Lemak = Coconut milk gravy with turmeric and bird’s eye chili

How is it being cooked, just like any other masak lemak dish but with umbut pisang and chicken, the kick is the spiciness and thick gravy and of course – the umbut!





Sambal Tempoyak Ikan Bilis
Unlike the usual masak lemak tempoyak that I know (and love, despite the fact that I don’t eat durian), this particular dish needs to be tumis (stir-fry) first with the standard shallots and garlic, add the anchovies and then the tempoyak. Cook in low heat till the sambal/chili is cooked (naik minyak)

Tempoyak = Malay condiment made from fermented durian

Ikan Bilis = Anchovies





Sambal (Belacan) Kerinci
This is also unique as this Kerinci dish doesn’t use belacan but daun Palembang (daun ketumbar Jawa) or cilantro instead. They also add ikan tenggiri or mackerel fish of which they’ll fry and then flossed/pulled it before adding into the sambal.

Belacan = Fermented shrimp paste condiment


My favourite?
A.L.L




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