iPhone Lighting Dock

NEW – JUST IN!! Introducing my little gift from my hubby!

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As expected from iPhone’s packing, it comes with the dock, a manual in many languages and a 1 year limited warranty.

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From the front, it’s just a simple white dock base with lightning pin. A slimmer version as compared to the old dock where it deeps in for specific-sized iPhones. With this new dock, it can fit for any size iPhone, even iPad mini! Continue to scroll down.

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You are to connect your cable to the back of the dock base and the headset out port for quiet listening. It becomes very useful when the headset out port on your phone is being covered by the dock base when your phone is docked on.

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A good news to me is that it is also compatible with some non-original lightning cable as I have a cable almost everywhere. You can also attach the cable to your computer instead of the power adapter to charge or sync it.

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The dock base is small and has a little weight for iPhone or iPad mini to stand firmly. Love it!

Price : RM149 / S$58 , available on Apple online store.

Kitchen Inn, Glen Waverley, Australia

Glen Waverley is a place that has many Asian food restaurants, typically Malaysian food. Some may say that this place is like a Malaysian town. To me, I’m not sure about that but surely very Asian. You will feel more of being in Asian country than in Australia.

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For Sarawakian, you may want to stop by this place where they serve Sarawak hometown food and also some dishes more famous from other parts of Malaysia. This is closest to home when you’re far from home. The owner is from Sibu, Sarawak.

Also, a specialty of this shop is their noodles are handmade here. So the noodles may not be the same as how it is back home but they are good as well.

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Kolo Mee (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

A typical food that most people will try when in Kuching. It doesn’t come with the curly Kolo Mee you have in Kuching but their handmade noodle, topped with minced pork, BBQ pork, vegetables, shallots and spring onions, mixed with sauces and pork oil. The taste is rather close to how it is back home. It’s rather good when source ingredients here are different from home.

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If you order Kolo Mee + Special soup, it comes with a rather big bowl of soup with pork ball, pork stomach, vegetables and spring onions, at a special deal of A$12.00 for regular and A$14.00 for large.

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Kampua (BBQ Pork Noodle) (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

It’s the first time I hearing this name and it’s recommended by a Sarawakian friend being a Foo Chow dish. It serves with handmade noodle, BBQ pork, spring onions and shallots, mixed with sauces and pork oil. I do not know how it originally taste back home but to me it tasted rather similar to Kolo Mee, yet still good.

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Sarawak Laksa (A$10.90)

Another typical-to-order dish in Kuching, the Sarawak Laksa. I was told that their laksa paste is from Sarawak. So, I had to try it. This time it’s not handmade noodle but meehoon similar to what we have back home, with chicken pieces, sliced fish cake, shrimps, beancurd puff, egg slices and bean sprout. Taste? Very close to home but I still feel something missing. I’m not sure whether it’s the taste of dried shrimps. Have a try!

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Foochow Fried Noodle Soup (A$9.50)

Another Foochow dish I have not tried before. Fried handmade noodle cook in soya sauce soup together with pork slices, sliced fish cake and vegetables. It’s not a surprising taste as it’s soya sauce soup which tasted similar to many stew noodle in soya sauce but a little dryer than this. The fried noodle is rather nice though.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
Shop 3, Village Walk,
O’Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley,
Victoria 3150
Australia

Operating hours:
Monday : Close
Tuesday – Friday : 11.00am – 9.30pm
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00am – 9.30pm
Public Holidays : Refer notice

Tel: +41 3 9886 3062

Other outlets:
469, Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +41 3 9328 2562

Pho Chu Le Vietnamese Restaurant, Springvale, Australia

There are a few locations in Melbourne has nice authentic Vietnamese food such as Footscray, Richmond and Springvale.

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This day, I’m here at Springvale. If you see this arch, you have come to the right place. No, we are are not at Chinatown. The arch at Chinatown will me smaller.

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There are a few Vietnamese restaurants but I’m usually brought to this one.

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These are the standard supplementary condiments and toppings that is given.

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Pork / Chicken Spring Roll

You can either order 10 of each or a mix of 5 each. It’s crispy on the outside and meaty on the inside, accompanied with lettuce and mint leaves on the side. It goes well with the sour sauce that the provided.

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Pho Ga (Rice noodle soup with chicken) (A$10.00)

If you’re not used to the Western portion, it’s really big as compared to what you get in Malaysia or Singapore. Its smooth rice noodle with chicken breast meat topped with onions, spring onions and shallot swimming in tasty soup. I love the soup which gives a happy tingle to your mouth. Definitely a “want-more” if your stomach could have more.

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They serve numerous types of pho, Vietnamese rice noodle with beef or chicken, soup or dry, and other side dishes. Pho bo (Rice noodle with beef) would be the most authentic of pho. If you take beef, you should try that. “Special” would mean other than meat, it also comes with some other parts of the cow or pig.

Overall rating : 9/10

Location :
Shop 51, 268-274 Springvale Road,
Springvale, Victoria, 3171,
Australia

Operating hours : Every day 8.30am – 9.00pm

My Veggie Restaurant, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

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One of the vegetarian option in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya is this restaurant. It has many choices from Asians, Westerns and kids meal. You can either order dishes to share or individual portions. It have a vast varieties that will spoilt you for choices. It did to me! However, as there’s only 2 of us. We had a taste for something soupy.
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Veggie Bak Kut Teh (RM17.90)

This is always our top choice. It is also their recommended meal. It is a bowl of herbal soup with mushrooms, bean curd slices, vegetarian meat and lettuce. Supplement with a bowl of brown rice. It’s always an appetizing dish for me.

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Assam Laksa (RM13.90)

Also a recommended dish by the restaurant. This is my first time having vegetarian Assam laksa. A spicy soury soup with vegetarian fish, and rice noodles topped with pineapple and cucumber stripes, chili and mint leaves. I love the how the soup taste thick like the non-vegetarian Assam laksa. I would love it more if it’s more sour because my tolerance level towards sour is quite high. Still, it’s appetizing! Yum!

Overall rating : 8/10

Location :
LG-75, Lower Ground Floor,
IOI City Mall, Sepang

Tel : +603 8328 0739

Website : http://www.myvegetarian.my/

Operating hours : 10.00am – 10.00pm

Dazzling Cafe, Singapore

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This cafe’s soft opening on 18th April started with a long queue. I’m not sure about the first day but now they have a queue ticket system. A few days later, my friends and I thought the queue will continue but we were lucky we manage to get to a table on a Monday evening. (Note: For soft opening, they will be open at 11am – 8pm from18 April – 6 June).

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Most of the shops around this cafe are yet to open. So currently there is less light from the building but if you take the seats inside, it’s better.

Their signature design that would capture many photo takers is the rabbit ear chairs. Not all tables have that chair but you get it, you’re lucky. Otherwise like us, unfortunately not so lucky. Sorry no photo.

I knew about this cafe when I visited the shop in Taipei. Their main dishes are the desserts. So let’s start with them.

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Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast (S$19.90)

One of their top dessert (from Taiwan’s top list) is Honey Toast. You get to choose how your toast would be made; soft, regular or crispy. We chose crispy. The crispy toast is served on green tea purée topped with green tea ice cream and Azuki beans covered with a layer of cream and green tea drizzle while finished with a green tea macaron, green tea almond crisps and a few cranberries. Yes, you can see that I have repeated “green tea” multiple times. You will need to really love green tea to enjoy this dessert because its matcha taste is very strong. For me, I am overwhelmed by it. As for the toast, recommended to eat it while freshly made. It will gradually lose its crisp to the ice cream and air. What I like of this dessert is although it’s covered by a layer of cream, the cream does not leave an oily after taste.

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Valrhona Chocolate Waffle (S$12.90), additional Mochi topping (S$2.00) and Bailey’s or Chocolate ice cream (S$2.50)

I look forward to trying this waffle since I missed my chance when I was in Taipei. Flower waffle sandwiched with mochi, topped with cream, chocolate chips, Valrhona chocolate drizzle and Bailey’s ice cream. Accompanying at the side with maple syrup. Valrhona is a premium French chocolate brand, if you’re wondering what it is. It’s enjoying to munch with chewy mochi and Bailey’s ice cream. Its chocolate is not sweet if you have sweet tooth but I liked it. What I least expected but I don’t know if it’s meant to be that way is the waffle is not crispy and aromatic enough on its own. So I suggest that you should eat all ingredients together and it’s still an enjoyable dessert.

Okay, let’s come back to some of their appetizer and main dishes. It’s nothing too fancy but it serves rather good ingredients.

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Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce (S$18.90) – chef’s recommendation

It’s a simple dish of spaghetti with cod roe in white wine cream sauce topped with dried seaweed flakes. Although it does not have a lot of ingredients but it’s appetizing because of the cod roe’s crunch and cream sauce’s saltiness.

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Buffalo Wings (S$15.90)

Mmm… Spicy spiced wings. For my poor tolerance level for spiciness, it’s a little spicy but it’s pungent taste could satisfy my taste bud. It’s a try for me.

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle (S$24.90)

The only risotto on the menu but its name was quite attractive to lure us to try. As describe in the menu, mixed wild mushrooms, red onions, garlic, simmered in white wine reduction topped with fresh black truffle shavings, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Fragrantly cooked with pungent truffle and onion taste at every mouth.

Go for a try! or if you’re in Taipei, try it there too! ^_^

Overall rating : 6/10

Location:

Capitol Piazza
15, Stamford Road
#01-85, Galleria,
Singapore

Tel: +65 6384 3310

Operating hours (after official opening):
Monday – Thursday 11.00am – 12.00am
Friday – Saturday 11.00am – 3.00am
Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am