Use of MyTeksi app in Kuala Lumpur

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Recently, I was introduced to use MyTeksi app to book a taxi. It has been a long time since I booked a taxi in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a user-friendly app where you can easily see if there are any nearby taxis. Once you input your location, you can see the drivers bidding for your booking. The successful bid will give you the car plate number, the driver’s name and phone number. You can also track your driver’s location.

I made a 2 days advance booking. You can call the driver to confirm the booking or wait for the driver to call you. What I liked was 10 minutes after I got on the taxi, a staff from MyTeksi called me to make sure that I got on the taxi. I got to know that not every person got that call. I’m not sure why but it gave me a comfort that my booking is in record. It was a rather safe experience which I would recommend others to try it, if you have not.

For more information, you can visit this website.

From the few taxis that I sat, they had the MyTeksi sticker and also EasyTaxi, which I have not tried yet.

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For more information of EasyTaxi, click here.

Have a safe journey!

Felda Residence Hot Springs, Sungkai, Perak

If you plan to go to Penang from Kuala Lumpur or the other way round, you can consider this place as part of your journey, especially if you just want to relax and recuperate from stress.

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Photo source: www.feldaresidencehotsprings-perak.com

 

About 90 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, a place in the middle of a forest of palm trees. A decently maintain place suitable for individuals, couples or family to enjoy. If it’s your first trip, I recommend that you arrive before night falls because the road heading to the place does not have street lamps.

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There are deluxe rooms and 1 to 3 bedroom villas. We enjoyed the spacious air-conditioned deluxe room with cable tv. However, the size of the tv is rather small for the size of the room where your bed is rather far from the tv. Well, if you’re not going to spend most of your time watching tv, it doesn’t matter, right?

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The hot springs, being the main attraction, covers a rather big area with different temperatures and usage. Only the main pool has cold water for you to cool down your body temperature and close up your pores. From the main pool, you will need to walk a small distance to other pools such as therapeutic pool, family pool, and mountain springs pool. All pools are warm or hot, except for mountain springs pool which is about slightly cooler than body temperature. Here are pictures of some of the pools.

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Some of the fun stuffs that you can do around the hot springs are…

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Egg boiling

You can purchase 6 eggs for RM5 or 30 eggs for RM20 to boil them yourself at the specific egg boiling hot spring. There is a board that indicates how long you should boil them for the type of boil you want. I accidentally touched the stone surrounding the egg boiling hot spring and yes! It’s hot!

Walk on therapeutic stones

The stone path at the therapeutic pool is somewhat different from those you see at the park. Other than feeling pain from the pointy stones, you will also feel hot from the hot water on the stone path. After few minutes, your feet will adapt.

Water slides

Even if you are not a child, *whisper* if there are no kids at the Mountain Springs pool, have fun with the slide! There are 2 different slide, where one is short and low and the other is higher and curved. The higher slide will rush you down faster, it is rather fun!

Cycling

There are bicycles that you can rent at the reception. You can only cycle around the residence compound which is not that big but if you have no idea what else to do, you can go for it.

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For food, there are some cafe’s around the hot spring area for some snacks during lunch and for dinner, you can only head to Meranti Coffee House, if you are lazy to drive out. The average price for 1 individual dish is about RM15-20.

Location:
Felda Sungai KlahSungkaiPerak35600Malaysia

Tel: +605 4388 801

Hot springs operating hours: 8.00am – 7.00pm

Website: www.feldaresidencehotsprings-perak.com

(Closed) The Friend’s Park Cafe, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

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First try at the Friend’s Park Cafe. Initial impression of this place from the shopfront wasn’t great but thought to try. Its decoration and settings aren’t all fanciful but comfortable enough for me. They have quite a range of food from western to local cuisine. To choose without thinking much, we tried their lunch set for RM9.90.

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Stir-fry noodle mix and fried rice

Their big portion surprised me and the taste, it’s quite nice for my taste. If you’re looking for the “wok fire” taste, it’s not there yet but it is quite well served with many ingredients. For the price, I’m not complaining. I will come back for more!

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The set comes with a cup of iced drink (with few choices such as iced lemon tea, iced green tea) and a scoop of ice cream (either strawberry or yam).

Overall rating: 6/10

 

Location:
3, Jalan Temenggung 23/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor

Tel: +603 8933 9411

Operating hours: 10.00am – 12.00am daily

Zi Xia Cave 紫霞洞, Gua Musang, Kelantan

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A trip to Gua Musang brought me to visit a temple in this cave. Its Kuan Yin statue was the main attraction that was published in the newspapers a long while ago.

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Its entrance welcome you with a nice fish pond with an old uncle statue fishing. You can either sit around the pond to a little rest or move on to the high flight of stairs next to the pond.

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Looking forward to visit the temple, my determination and small little breaks got me through the long flight of stairs.

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It’s amazing how this Kuan Yin is carved directly from stalagmites. As I was told, it was once a stalagmites that looks like Kuan Yin. It’s then someone did some touch up to today’s beautiful form. Now I see how it became famous.

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This is the original stalagmites form in another area of this cave. Interesting~~~!

Location:

Kampung Pulai, Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Restaurant Tom Yam, Serendah

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I was being brought to this place where it’s known as Serendah Tom Yam or Serendah 桥头 Tom Yam (桥头 = bridgehead). The place itself does not have a signboard. It’s kitchen is right in front of the restaurant while the outdoor seatings are at the side.

It was up to my friend to recommend the dishes with just very simple names with a delicious complex taste.

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Six-taste soup 六味汤
On a hot sunny day, let’s start with a refreshing six-taste soup. It can have it hot or cold. It’s a bowl of black grass jelly, with syrup jelly, and cendol (for those I can see). A nice bowl of herbal soup that is not very herbal-ish. I don’t think it’s meant to taste herbal-ish, though.

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Tom yam 
The famous dish of the day, Tom Yam. It’s a spicy tomyam but not spicy enough for some of my friends (that depends on your spiciness tolerance level) and it’s not the sour-ish type. It’s still good with rice. It’s cooked with 2 types of squid (white and brown), prawns, and some chicken meats.

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Foo Yong Egg 芙蓉蛋
Don’t let the plain old brownish fried egg fool you. It’s the brownish parts that makes it’s fragrantly delicious with a generous amount of sliced onions. I love the crispy sides.

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Fried chicken
This chicken is a quick snatch among us. Don’t be intimidated by the burned sides. It’s taste is well marinated and fried to a nice fragrant. The texture is not hard, although it looks so. This is like Chinese popcorn chicken. Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Fried fish
The crispy top with a soft and tender meat inside, topped with some minced sauce. The minced sauce has a sweet and herbs taste that goes well with the fish or your plain rice. I enjoyed nibbling through the side fins as you can still get the sauce taste after most of it has gone once you flip over the fish.

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Stir-fried kangkung
Stir-fried kangkung at the right texture that is still crunchy. It’s cooked with garlic and dried shrimps. Nice!

For all these, it costs about RM100.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
Off Jalan Batu Arang (Main trunk road #1)

GPS coordinates: 3.368337, 101.606927

Tel: +6012 619 0887

Operating hours:
12.00pm – 8.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Open on public holidays)