Friday, November 27, 2015

KOTA Dine & Coffee, When Francis Meets Rempah @ Fort Cornwallis Penang

There are so many creative ideas came up in Penang.
Recently, I've seen some people posted up about a restaurant named KOTA.
The name itself have attracted me, KOTA is referring to Fort in Malay language.
But when I found out the full name of the restaurant was KOTA Dine & Coffee, When Francis Meets Rempah, that's when I thought this cafe is really something special. Rempah is actually referring to spices & herbs in Malay language, which indicates that the whole concept of the cafe would be referring to dishes that prepared with herbs and spices.

KOTA, When Francis Meets Rempah is located INSDE of Fort Cornwallis, one of the biggest fort in Malaysia that still standing in Penang. It is also one of the historical building that attracted a lot of visitors daily.
It was built in the late 18th century in Penang that was initially planned to protect Penang from pirates and Kedah. But in the end, the fort was never engaged in the battle.
It is located at the northeast of Penang, which is somewhere near the Penang Jetty.

Fort Cornwallis is still standing and now a popular tourist attraction in Penang

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Halloween Buffet Dinner @ J-Garden Dining Restaurant, Penang Bay Avenue

Being one of the extraordinary restaurants, J-Garden Dining Restaurant serves Western style Japanese food instead of the typical Japanese food in Penang. In short, it is known as Japanese's western food.

J-Garden is located at Bay Avenue, one of the busiest areas around Bayan Baru near Queensbay Mall. Instead of the authentic or traditional Japanese cuisine, J-Garden go for Western Japanese cuisine instead to attract different crowd to their restaurant. The location of J-Garden is not visible from the main road because it is off Persiaran Bayan Indah, you will find it right behind Eastin Hotel. 

If you were to head to Eastin Hotel, you will be able to see J-Garden located on your left.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Shop & Sell with Shopee Malaysia

Do you love shopping online?
Or are you someone who sells stuff online?
Well now you can do both with Shopee Malaysia!

Coming out as one of the latest trends in Malaysia, Shopee is an online marketplace where users can do trades with their smartphones or tablets.
Standing different from all other websites like Lazada, Zalora and many more, Shopee is more personalized and you can be the seller too if you want.

It works like e-Bay, how you can sell your stuff online, but being different is their transactions are much easier and faster.
What's even better? The app is totally free for use to both sellers and buyers, how good is that?

What is Shopee?
Shopee is a mobile marketplace designed for both buyers and sellers to enjoy fast, smooth and safe transactions. With our in-app functions, you can easily turn your clutter into cash and share the fun with your friends! Plus, Shopee Guarantee ensures that the seller ships only after the buyer has paid, and the buyer’s payment is transferred to the seller only after receiving the product. We aim to create a simple and secure mobile marketplace for everyone to buy and sell, anytime, anywhere.

Shopee can be downloaded from the below links:

The layout of Shopee is rather simple and straight forward. There were so many categories for you to shop especially for women who loves shopping. Now everything can be done through your fingertips. 

Other than that, Shopee is very user friendly and much more interactive than other apps.
The moment you decided to purchase something or you have any enquiries towards the products, you can just text the seller directly and ask for information. 
It usually takes them around few minutes to answer to you. Pretty simple and straight forward.

Another thing that got buyers comfortable would be the Shopee Guarantee that guarantees the buyers get the items they ordered. Or the buyers can claim their money back from Shopee.

What even best would be the duration of the selling and buying process.
Everything can be done within your fingertips and it may takes you less than just 30seconds to complete your transaction.

Opened up Shopee and what attracted me the most would be the Men's Clothing.
There were so many on-sale items and they all look so fashionable to me!
Futhermore, they are all quite cheap!

For those new users, you will be welcomed with a "welcome treat".
With this welcome treat, you can enjoy an extra RM10 off when you spend a minimum of RM20.00 for your first transaction. Everybody will receive different codes accordingly. 

What are the benefits of buying and selling with Shopee?

  • Free for allShopee app is free for all smartphone users (Android and iOS) to download and use
  • Privacy mattersWith ‘Chat’ function, conversation is kept within the app and personal between seller and buyer. Does not require the seller to expose personal contact details to buyers.
  • Easy payment - Buyers can make payment for all items via credit card and online banking. No hassle of having to go to the machine to make payment. Sellers can avoid the hassle of having to cross check all bank transfer/payment made via credit card or online banking for their items. Shopee will do all the matching to ensure all payment is correct.
  • Shopee at your service Shopee customer service is always a call away to provide support for all matters regarding Shopee service from payment, to delivery status right up to product quality.
  • Expand your horizons -  With Shopee, as a seller you will be able to widen your customer base while for buyers, experience great deals and shop anytime, anywhere.
  • Social MediaShare your favourite items or your own store with your friends and family on social media.

How to get Shopee?
Go to the link below and download the app (iOS & Android)

When can I start the shopping?
IMMEDIATELY, with below link!

Can I get any discounts?
Of course! Just follow the below instructions:
Code value: RM10.00
Usage: Shopee marketplace - storewide
Terms & Conditions: 
Valid with minimum spend of RM30. 
Valid for one-time use only & applicable to all items in the Shopee marketplace. 
Promo code must be entered at the Checkout page. 
Applicable to payments involving Shopee Guarantee (credit card, onling banking & bank transfers only).

More info:

Monday, November 16, 2015

PG Gold Museum (Public Gold) @ Bishop Street, Penang

Being the one and only GOLD museum in Penang, Public Gold Museum is now opened at Bishop Street, Penang. One of the busiest street during the weekdays at George Town area.
This museum is located right next a Public Bank branch, where they will have Public Gold trades during weekdays while the museum will be opened everyday including Public Holidays.

It was a fine Sunday afternoon that the famous blogger Valyn Lim from came to find me for lunch. And it so happens that I was planning to visit this Gold Museum on that day itself, so in the end I pulled Valyn Lim to join me along for the museum tour.

PG Gold Museum is rather visible along Bishop Street, if you are standing at the side of St.George's Church, you will be able to see the museum within your sight.

The museum opened up somewhere in January 2015 hence it pretty fresh to the locals and also foreigners if you have not visit Penang for quite some time. During weekdays, the building will be busy doing gold trades for all the investors who invested in Public Gold fund, while the museum is opened daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm including Public Holidays

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Orient Fitness Gold @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

My blog is always about food and eating all around Penang.
Sometimes I do get very health-concerned and my friends do asked me how do I maintain my health and body even I am a big appetite person and I eat so much.
My answers are all the same, go to the gym, workout  harder.
The more I eat, the harder I workout, the longer time I spent at the gym.

Not many big fitness centre in Penang that could offer good pricing and comes with wide range of equipments and fitness classes, but Orient Fitness do.
Orient Fitness Gold is one of the latest fitness centres that popped up in Penang. It is located at one of the most iconic shopping malls in Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall.

As one of the biggest tenants of Gurney Paragon Mall, Orient Fitness Gold has taken up quite some space of the mall located on the 6th floor, other tenants on the same floor would be Sushi Zanmai, Pasta Zanmai, Brown Pocket and many more.

A picture taken during the Grand Opening, and I dropped by to look around.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Koay Teow Th'ng @ Lebuh Melayu, Penang

Being one of the Kochabi in Penang, this Koay Teow Th'ng stall has been selling Koay Teow Soup around the neighborhood for thirty over years at Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) off the junction of Lebuh Melayu. 

Recommended by the famous food blogger CK Lam from
I was eager to try it out for quite some time as I'm someone who is really into hawker food in Penang. I have also drove passed this stall for many times before I have finally tried it myself.

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I've order a bowl of Koay Teow Soup (Large) for RM4.00 and another bowl was mixed innards (chicken gizzard, pork intestines) and some blanched choy sum for another RM3.70. The total was RM7.70 and I was really full as the portion was really big.
One big focus would be the comfort broth that boiled with chicken and pork bones that made it tasted rather rich and flavorful. The fragrant garlic oil, fried garlic and lards are also some of the important ingredients that made up this bowl of delicious koay teow soup, you may consider to ask for more lards if you are one lard lovers like me. But please be moderate on taking lards for health purpose.

There are so many hidden eateries in Penang that made this state so special. This stall is only one of the many. Despite being hidden in one of the most quiet street in Penang, this stall is still full of customers even late at night. You may consider coming to this place for dinner or supper. 

Koay Teow Th'ng @ Lebuh Melayu, Penang
Address: Intersection of Lebuh Melayu and Lebuh Pantai, George Town, Penang.
Business hours: 7:00pm - 11:00pm (Closed on Sundays)
GPS: 5.412694, 100.335886

Google Street View

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pink Elephant Ice Cream @ Queensbay Mall Penang

I still remember when I saw some of these interesting videos on Facebook and I'm really attracted to this Fried Ice Cream, which is one of the famous Thai desserts that I have been looking for.

And then I was hoping that I can find it when I go to Hat Yai during May 2015. 
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any stalls selling the fried ice cream despite I was there searching for 4 days.
In the end, I was back with disappointment as people kept telling me that I should have that fried ice cream thingy if I were to go to Thailand. 

Recently, I've heard that Queensbay Mall has opened up a rather interesting stall selling special kind of ice cream.
At first I thought it was just some kind of ordinary ice cream that selling rather common ice cream, or it could be special with some different flavours or what. 
What really surprised me was when I found that that they are selling Fried Ice Cream
And it's from Thailand! That got me rather excited and desperate to try it out!