The Coffee Bar, Bandar Sungai Long

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Situated at the centre of the Sungai Long prime area, near UTAR but with limited car park slots, a nice place to have coffee and food. A simple relaxing place to hangout with nice coffee. I visit this place on 2 occasions and I would be back for more!

They serve western food, mainly waffles, spaghetti, salad and other main courses. I find some of the descriptions on the dishes hilarious, introducing the food with a little touch of excitement and “obvious, right?”. Or maybe it depends on your tone when you’re reading it. ^^

Just one particular note, I noticed that some of the tables were not level (coffee may flow out a little) and some chairs were shaky. Just becareful.

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Vanilla Latte (RM10.90)

I would love to recommend trying their Latte. I was taken by surprised of the smoothness of the froth milk which brought to me a satisfaction of having this cup of latte. Of course the strength of the coffee was also to my liking at it was not too strong but yet there is a nice coffee taste, although mine has a dash of vanilla syrup. You can rehydrate from your coffee with free plain water served.

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The Honey Bee Waffle (RM12.90)

Waffles! On the first page of the menu. You can have it sweet or savoury, we went for the sweet one.

At first cut, excited and happy with the sound of the crunch and YES, it is crunchy! It has a pungent taste similar to Chinese egg cake 鸡蛋糕. However, it leaves an after taste (if eating the waffle on its on) which can be covered by the fresh fruits, vanilla ice cream and drizzles of caramel sauce.

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Tossed Mixed Salad (RM6.90)

A typical salad with rather good portion of varieties. It’s served with lettuce, cherry tomato, capsicum, croutons, onions, and sprinkles of cheese powder. There is no need to mix the vegetables as its name says it all, tossed-mixed-salad, it is has been tossed mixed for you. Anyway, there is no space for you to tossed mixed it.

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Chicken Bolognese (RM7.90)

Minced chicken in bolognese sauced cooked with spaghetti and topped with cheese powder and parsley. I liked that the sauce is not too overwhelming with thickness nor too disappointing with watery sauce. It was good enough for me to finish to the last bits.

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Vegetarino Creamy (RM7.90)

Tried the red, try the white! This dish’s name got me tongue twisted. Simple creamy mushroom spaghetti with the sprinkles of cheese powder and parsley. Nothing fancy but has an appetising taste. Not like some creamy spaghetti which gives you the “I had enough” feeling. This is one that I do not mind going back for.

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Midnight Chocolate (RM11.90)

The cakes in the chiller are not in the best attracting display but it does contains moisture of cakes. Unable to see clearly of each cakes outlook and texture, I went for the safest flavour. A typical chocolate Mille crepe. Fortunately this cake did not pull my midnight gloom out on a bright day. *Haha, trying hard to blend cake’s name with my descriptions.* The happiest thing to happen when you eat mille crepe is that it cuts easily with your fork and does not collapse easily. Tick-tick, woohoo!

Note: WIFI password on the receipt.

 

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
47, Ground Floor,
Jalan SL 1/3, Batu 11,
Bandar Baru Sungai Long,
43000 Kajang,
Selangor, Malaysia.

Operating hours: Everyday 10.00am – 10.00pm

Website: www.thecoffeebar.cafe

Eight Acres, Raub, Pahang


Eight acres, situated about 36km from Bentong town or about 24km from Raub town, is a place of calming nature filled with fun adventures and activities.

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A place suitable for city-livers who would like to be in touch with nature yet prefer proper amenities or people who wants to seek a quiet serene environment to blend with nature.


This is basically what you can see or do around the area. This map is not scaled to actual. So actually all the places are just rather near to each other. No problem walking around except for some slopes at certain areas.


A place that you will need to recognize is the main building where most common areas are located. It houses common rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on the first floor.


Tatami hall greets you with a spacious living area for relaxing or playing board or traditional games. All board or traditional games are provided free to play. If the weather is too hot, there are portable air conditioner available for use.

Next to the Tatami hall is the dining area. This is where your meals are served. Plain water (hot or room temperature) is provided as well for consumption throughout the day. Can drinks or package snacks are payable but it’s self service based on trust.

Looking out from dining area is a deck for dining or resting. A souvenir shop on the left for you to purchase some stuffs for memories or a foldable hammock we enjoyed lying in.

Other places on the ground floor is the kitchen (for staffs only) and common restrooms.


Heading up to the first floor, gives you a spacious balcony for relaxing, 6 rooms that can fit 3-4 person per room, a common bathroom area with 2 toilets and 2 showers.

There are other small houses nearby for visitors stay depending on your privacy and view request or number of visitors.

 


Checking in at 1pm, our first activity started with an introduction by the owner of Eight Acres, Mr. Edward Kam (or Uncle Kam), giving us some insights of Eight Acres’s history and some of the plants and houses around the area. Short but extensive enough for you the understand the effort to bring life to this place.

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We then have some ABC (Air Batu Campur). Letting you body to cool before the durian buffet! Simple yet delicious.

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At around 3pm, durian buffet commences! We all swarmed around the “durian table” anxiously waiting to put our hands on the yellowish fleshy durians.

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After the durian, we can take a dip at the nearby waterfall. Definitely walking distance. It’s just across the main building. Cooling down the heat from the durian eating.

I think it’s also a nice place for children to get close around animals and even to play some exciting games. Here are some pictures of them!

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We signed up for a 2D1N Durian festival package which is RM280 per pax, inclusive of a durian buffet, 3 meals, and lodging. Additional fee do apply for some of the games.

If you’re interested, you can check out their website in the link below.

Address: Lot 7822, Mukim Gali, Off Sungai Klau, 27630 Raub, Pahang, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7877 5048

Email: info@eightacres.net

Website: http://eightacres.net

Thirdwave Cafe, Nexus, Bangsar South

New exploration at Bangsar South brought me to this place.

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This place is not decorated fantastically but it has different corner which can suit your mood or taste but what got me excited was the food. Let’s head right to it!

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Retro Scotch Egg (RM26.00)

I personally love this and would recommend it. It’s presented with runny yolk egg wrapped with chicken minced meat lay on shredded beets and carrot, and creamy mashed cauliflower, topped with a little alfalfa sprouts. The minced chicken is a little salty on its own but is balanced up with the cauliflower. Well combined dish!

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Avocado Smorrebrod  (RM23.00)

Smorrebrod is a Danish open sandwich which usually served with dark brown rye bread topped with your selected toppings. Mine is topped with half Australian avocado and dash of matcha powder, and poached egg, toasted nuts and feta cheese. A simple but rather filling dish.

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Darling’s egg (RM23.00)

It looks like a very simple “I-also-can-cook” dish but never judge a book by its cover. Chicken salami served on a bed of rocket leaves, accompanied with 63C eggs and crispy polenta. What you don’t see is the homemade tomato and French rose sauce. The sauce is a plus ingredient! Crispy polenta is cornmeal and the texture tasted like potato. Nice!

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Thirdwave Big Brekkie (RM35.00)

A large plate of many things: scrambled eggs, buttered toast, portobello mushroom, half avocado, Halloumi cheese, artisanal sausage, charred cherry tomatoes, and smoky beef bacon. If you don’t take beef, please inform the waitress. Sausage has a choice of chili beef or herbed chicken. Very full meal.

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They also have outside seating.

Overall rating : 8/10

Location:
Unit 1-11, Level 1 Nexus, Bangsar South
7, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603 2242 2126

Operating hours: 10.00am – 11.00pm

Micro-computer mini rice cooker

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Another mini rice cooker product from IDEAHOM. After more than a year from my last purchase of the 1.0L mini rice cooker, now I’m upgrading to 1.5L for more capacity for 1-4 person depending on what you want to cook and the volume of the ingredients.

This model comes with the cooker, non-stick coating inner pot, stainless steel steam box, spatula, measuring cup, porridge micro-pressure device, and power cable.

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Similar to the older model, its power socket is covered by a silica gel cover. It would reduce any water to enter the power socket.

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There are many types of mini cooker in the market and I like this type that works like a normal-sized rice cooker and does not require you to keep adding water to steam/cook. This model also comes with micro-computer that could switch to 4 different modes : cook (c), congee/porridge (p), slow cook (b), and keep warm (H).

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The timer has been pre-set for you being cook rice at 30 minutes, porridge at 60 minutes, slow cook for 90 minutes and keep warm for up to 12 hours. The maximum time for the cooker to be kept warm is 12 hours after which it power offs automatically.  The green and red indicator on the left and right would serves to inform you whether it’s cooking (red) or done cooking (green). Every time you change the mode, you will need to press on/off to restart the mode.

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The non-stick inner pot is a high temperature spraying aluminium alloy Japan Daikin coating, and the cooker has 3D honeycomb heater plate which heats up fast and evenly. So becareful if it’s not covered.

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Additionally, this model comes with a porridge micro-pressure device which helps to store the vaporized steam water instead of dropping all over the table which I find it untidy on the older model. To keep it tidy, I lay a piece of cloth under the cooker to absorb any excessive dripping or water splatter if you overfilled the cooker.

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It also comes with a user manual for some simple references like volume of rice and water for rice or porridge.

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Details of the product
Rated voltage : 220V – 240V
Rated Frequency : 50Hz – 60Hz
Power : 300W
Rated capacity : 1.5L
Net weight per box : 1.4kg
Product size : 178 x 166 x 216mm

Price : RM148

For more information, you may visit Ideahom Centre at their website or here’s the product page.

Places to visit in Kuching, Sarawak

The Kuching town is small enough to walk around in less than a day to 2 depending on how much you want to see. Here are some places we went around the town that took us about half a day.

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  • Cat Statue

You cannot miss taking pictures with cat statues in Kuching. Kuching or Kucing means cat in Malay. They can be located at a few inter-junctions but the main one is located in front of the Grand Magherita Hotel.

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  • Chinatown at Carpenter Street

Chinatown, one of the oldest streets in Kuching, welcomes you with an arch facing Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg. This street continuously connects to Jalan Ewe Hai where you many Chinese owned shops, such as shops that sells furniture, jewelries, pawn shop, café and restaurants. The funny thing to me is that if you see a shop selling jewelries, you will see a few more nearby. How competitive.

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  • Tua Pek Kong Temple

Siew San Teng Temple, more famously known as Tua Pek Kong Temple, built in 1770 which survived Japanese invasion time in 1941. It is easily spotted at the inter-junction of Jalan Main Bazaar, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Leboh Temple.

If you wish you make light offering or offer incense, walk through the doorway beside the altar to the back to purchase. Also, inside the temple area, there is an old water well that is now beautifully protected.

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  • Main Bazaar

At the Main Bazaar, you can see many souvenir shops. Sarawak being one of the place that produce birds’ nest and pepper, you can also see many shops along this road selling them as well. The other famous item at this street is the Kuih Lapis (layered cake). The original layered cake is brown in colour but here, they sell them in many different colours, decorations and tastes. You are allowed to try them before buying.

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  • Waterfront

Opposite Main Bazaar shops is the waterfront where there lies a long walkway gives you a chance to stroll by the Santubong River. It’s quite in the morning and a few fruit stalls opens from afternoon. It is the most lively at night when colourful lights light up, restaurants open, and street musicians play. There are also river cruise that give you a short tour to sightsee from the river.

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  • Square Tower

Physically matches its name, was initially a detention camp built for prisoners but was then converted a fortress and then a dance hall. At the time we were there, it is not open for public.

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  • Old Courthouse

At the end of Jalan Main Bazaar, after Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, sits on old courthouse that was built in 1874. It now houses the tourist information centre, café, and museum.

In front of the clock tower at the old courthouse, you can view in line the Charles Brookes monument, Square Tower and the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building.

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  • Sarawak Textile Museum

This building being named The Pavilion was previously a General Hospital up to 1947. Now, this two-story building tells the story of textile production in Sarawak with exhibits of old decorative cloths and clothes made using many different types of textile and metal strips. They also show the traditional clothes of different ethnics in Sarawak.

 Operating hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm

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  • General Post Office

Being built in 1931 with Corinthian styled columns is now a post office. Its grand outlook stands out to attract from afar with the expectation of it being a museum rather than a post office.

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  • Wall art by Ernest Zacharevic

Located at Jalan Power near the India Street, a group of wall-painted orang utans welcome you to pose with them. Another beautiful art by Ernest, other than those at Penang and Ipoh.

 

Some of the recommended places outside of Kuching town that we didn’t have time to go. It would take about 1 day each.

  1. Sarawak Cultural Village
  2. Bako National Park

There are many more places to visit. For more information, visit the tourist information centre at the Old courthouse or log on to the Sarawak Tourism website.