East Coast Trip (Day 2)

Woke up quite early to get a head start on the day.

Headed to Kopitiam Kita, an extremely popular joint with the locals, for breakfast. The crowds there were astounding.

Where: Kopitiam Kita
4357-A Taman Desa Jaya
Jalan Pengkalan Chepa
15400 Kota Bharu.

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Here, they have all the rice from almost every district in Kelantan. All packed in little packets & grouped according to district of origin.

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Pretty cool presentation, but be fast. The packets practically fly out the window basket.
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We picked the following:

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Grabbed the last packet there was before taking this photo. Empty basket must mean this rice is popular, therefore it must be good.
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Another rice that was the last packet in the basket.
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After breakfast we headed for the Siti Khadijah market. This market is a landmark in Kota Bharu & only women sell fresh produce under the dome of the market’s atrium.

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We bought keropok (fish crackers) here & some souvenirs.

Then it was time for lunch!

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Where: U-Lang Corner.

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Next, off to do some sightseeing at the following temples:

1) Sleeping Buddha
2) Sitting Buddha (found this by accident so considered as “bonus” attraction)

Then off to Pengkalan Kubor for duty-free shopping & for Thai goods.

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Bought some chocolates & snacks before heading to another beach, Pantai Seri Tujoh.

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There’s sand along this beach. Yay!

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Had a picnic of keropok & chocolates here!

We headed back to the hotel to unwind and relax by the hotel’s pool before going for dinner.

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Bought this much today!!!

And then it’s time for dinner.

Where: Kengsom Thai Restaurant

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Then off to another branch of Hayaki for supper!!

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After supper we drove about aimlessly & ended up back at the airport (it’s just a small town).

& saw people sitting in the middle of the road watching football 😳

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End of Day 2.

East Coast Trip (Day 1)

*Long overdue post*

Our trip to Kelantan for food, sightseeing & shopping.
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Behold, Android Kit Kat who replaced HY in photos as she was unfortunately unable to join us at the last minute.

Checked in at Subang Airport to board a Firefly flight to Kota Bharu. Flight got retimed, resulting in a 3 hour delay.

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At the boarding gate.

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In-flight refreshments. Compliments of Firefly Airlines.

The first thing we did when we arrived in Kota Bharu was to go and have our first meal.

We had: Nasi kukus (steamed rice) and nasi ulam (raw herb rice).

Where: Hayaki Kopitiam.
2880-G, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 15000 Kota Bahru, Kelantan

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Nasi kukus (bottom, wrapped in paper) & nasi ulam (top). Both local specialties.

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Close up of the nasi ulam.

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Close up of the nasi kukus with spice-fried chicken.

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Iced teas.

We checked into our hotel (which was just across the road from this Hayaki outlet) then headed out to the beach (Pantai Cahaya Bulan) for some sun.

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This beach has no sand. Only rocks as erosion by the sea & waves has washed away most of the sandy shore.

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Stopped for coconut juice & satar which we could buy from little cafes and stalls along the beach.

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Coconuts.

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Satar. Fish & grated coconut wrapped in banana leaf & grilled.

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What satar looks like, unwrapped & fresh off the grill.

After the beach, we headed back to town to have dinner at the famous Yati Ayam Percik. They are famed for their nasi kerabu (another version of nasi ulam usually served with blue rice) but unfortunately they were out of blue rice when we got there so we settled for the white rice version (which, in my opinion, tastes exactly the same as the blue rice :P), and ayam percik (roast chicken served with a creamy sauce made from coconut milk and yellow ginger -kunyit-, among other ingredients). Both are also local specialties.

What: Nasi kerabu and ayam percik.

Where: Yati Ayam Percik
Jalan Long Yunus, 15200 Kota Bharu, Malaysia

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Dinner. Yums!

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Nasi kerabu. White rice instead of blue. Still yummy tho.

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Ayam percik with lots of the creamy sauce.

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Budu (fermented fish sauce that’s a Kelantan delicacy, staple).

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Drinks. Sirap bandung (rose syrup with milk; aka goo leng peng) & asam jawa (tamarind) juice.

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Ayam percik roasting on the grill. Kelantanese like their meats grilled.

After dinner we just drove around town and walked along the riverside before heading back to the hotel to call it a day. Full next day of shopping, sightseeing and eating.

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Night view of Kota Bharu from the balcony of our 30th floor hotel room.

End of Day 1.

Edo Ichi, First Subang

Our post-trip lunch and settle-money session.

We had: individual bento sets and fruit juice.

Where: Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant
First Subang Mall (SS15/4D)
Subang Jaya, Selangor

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Promotion on fruit juices that day. Buy one, free one.

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Sukiyaki set.

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Grilled salmon set.

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Chawanmushis.

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Yakiniku set.

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The settle-trip-money session.

And that wraps up our inaugural club trip. May there be many more to come!

Trip To Visit President (Day 3)

Last day of our trip so we didn’t start so early.

After checking out of the hotel, we left some chalk momento on a wall in the hotel specially allocated for this purpose.

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Then it was off to breakfast.

Where: Sin Hup Aun
17 Jalan Pasar
George Town, Penang

This place is known for the mamak mee goreng.

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The famous Jones Road Mamak mee goreng (or so the stall says). It’s pretty good so will trust their word 😀

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Mee jawa.

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Penang sar hor fun.

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Ban chan kueh.

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And drinks.

We saw these poles outside a shop near the restaurant, quite sums up the feeling that the holiday is ending.

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Sad sad sad 😧😥

Next stop: Biscuit collection from Him Heang.

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This is only SOME of our purchases… SC’s stuff is not even pictured!

And after we loaded the car, the boot was quite full.

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Him Heang is usually one of the last stops you make when you’re in Penang. This is to ensure that you bring back freshly-baked biscuits.

After the massive biscuit collection (which came to some RM 500+ for 4 of us!!), we set off to have brunch with President and say our goodbyes for this trip.

Where: Genting Cafe
2 Lorong Delima 6 (at Lrg Delima 3)
Gelugor, Penang

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Pasembur.

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Prawn mee.

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The chee cheong fun with peanut butter mixed into the sauce. Really yummy!

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Mua chee. The famous one from Gurney Drive. Eating this is seriously addictive.

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And the ever-famous Penang dish, char kway teow!

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With crispy lard. We likey!!

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And, drinks.

We left Penang around 1.30pm and everyone reached home by 8.30pm!!! Massive jams in KL because we got caught in the after-work traffic.

It was a great trip, and we’re now in talks for another similar trip… to some other place.

End of Day 3.

Trip To Visit President (Day 2)

Day 2 in Penang. Started off early as today’s agenda was to go hunt for murals.

First stop: Breakfast.

Where: One Corner Cafe.
Jalan Bawasah, George Town, Penang.

This place has one of the best prawn mee in town. But the wait for your order can take up to an hour. We were lucky to get ours within 30 minutes.

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The chopsticks were said to make the photo look messy, so we removed them for a retake. This time, all spoons must face in one direction!

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Chee cheong fun.

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Dry lor mee. Not sure how they meant this as dry. It looks quite soupy to me.

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Or kueh (yam cake) with the 3 tones of sauces…

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And drinks. Seems like everything today is 3-toned 😀

And that’s just breakfast 😀

We arranged with President to meet us downtown. While waiting for her, another round of yum cha at a mamak. Someone had a roti kosong too 😀

Then on to the mural hunt!

Next food stop: Ming Xiang Tai for snack break of herbal tea & pastries.

Where: Ming Xiang Tai
26 Gat Lebuh Armenian (at Lebuh Victoria), George Town, Penang.

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At first I thought it was flower tea, but it’s herbal… got ginseng, wolfberries, red dates… lots of those medicine-type stuff. Pretty good thirst quencher.

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Headed for the Chew Jetty next, then headed to Tan Jetty for lunch.

Where: Tan Jetty Thai Food
97-A Tan Jetty, Weld Quay
George Town, Penang

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Lunch was Thai food. Everything was super spicy!

After lunch, back to hunting murals. This time we didn’t stop until we left the place. No time to even stop for food :D.

Then it was off to Chowrasta Market for cendol / ais kacang & Penang laksa!

Where: Joo Hooi Cafe
475 Jalan Penang (at Keng Kwee St)
George Town, Penang

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Mmmmm… cendol and ais kacang.

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And Penang assam laksa!!! Slurps.

Had our dinner at Soon Lai Seafood, highly recommended by President. And now you know why she is the President. Because she knows all the good food places 😀

Where: Soon Lai Seafood
15 Lintang Batu
Jelutong, Penang

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Ambra juice by the jug.

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Butter nestum prawns. Oh so yummy. Eat until President also called me Prawn Face lol.

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Noodles.

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Sweet potato leaves. Vege is good for you.

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Heh ken. No idea what it’s called in English. Prawn something… but it’s deep fried prawn in batter.

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Drunken lala. Lalalalalalalalaa…

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And crabs! S ate most of the crabs, until President called her Crab Face lol!

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Look at all that crab egg…

Dropped off President after dinner, went in to say hello to her family & her doggie, Joey, then we headed back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep. Again, beyond caring if anyone snored or talked in their sleep.

End of Day 2.