Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mee Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu

I'm back here in school. Its been a hectic few days. Had a good holiday though, it was more of a "holiday" holiday rather than a 'holiday' holiday. Stayed mostly in the hotel chillaxing. We had a day trip to Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia.

The journey itself is really fun despite me sleeping through most of it. We were supposed to get up at 5 in the morning to rush to Mount Kinabalu to catch the sunrise. *sigh* What an epic fail that was. Haha we left 2 to 3 hours past our targeted time.

On the way, dad noticed along the road this one stall that was briming with people. Being the ever so curious Malaysians (the concept is that when there is a crowd somewhere *especially in the context of restaurants* its worth checking out) we stopped by.




Turned out to be Mee Tuaran! I read about it on some random blog and vaguely mentioned it to my dad the day before. The 'random' town that we stopped by is actually the little town of Tuaran. You'll pass by this town if you're making your way to Kinabalu Park.



You can actually find info on Tuaran Noodles on Wikipedia too.
Tuaran mee, literally known as 'noodle of Tuaran' is a famous hawker dish of Sabah. The noodles is specially made from batter of egg yolk and flour, which gives the aroma of egg when fried. Frying usually takes about 5-10 mins in high heat that leaves a texture of golden crust at the bottom of the noodles. Local vegetables such as sawi are added in during frying. Before serving, the dish usually garnished with slices of charseow, i.e. the Chinese sweetened roast pork, and fried egg rolls.

Perhaps I was really hungry, but I thought that the noodles were really good! Its like a hybrid of Pan Mee added with Wantan Mee added with Kolo Mee. The handmade noodles were very springy and nice to bite.







As you can see the store is packed to the brim. The boss had to clear a table where they used to cut vegetables just so that we would have a place to sit. So nice of them to do that.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Au Bon Pain, Bangkok

Opposite the Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand) you'll find this very french styled cafe called Au Bon Pain. Apparently this place has branches all over the globe according to Google. I found concept rather interesting and the setup of the place was in stark contrast to the other asian-ny shops next to it (not that I have issues against asian looking shops, this cafe just stood out okay).

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My dad's cup of coffee. We stopped by this cafe because the Grand Palace was not opened yet. Had my first taste of pretzels. I was kind of disappointed because pretzels are.......well.......just biscuits.

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The entrance of the shop.

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Seating area. The place has a very clean posh feel to it. Reminds me of the cafes in Paris.

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The lady at the counter was very shy. But managed to sneak in a shot.

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Check it out if you happen to be in the area. Definitely a 'tourist' thing to do but still its a nice place to just chill and let the time pass. That is what vacations are for right? =D Food is alright (has that standard 'cafe' quality), you'll more likely be impressed by the interior. But then I just had a few buns so perhaps there's more to the food.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jettting off to Kota Kinabalu

Holidays here we come! Ok, I've been getting this alot where people go "Hei Stanley, you're always travelling all over the place ah!". I'm just really blessed this year to be given the opportunity to travel. Really, on normal times I very hardly ever travel.

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This Raya season brings me to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and will be heading to Miri, Sawawak on Wednesday. Woke up at 5.30, those of you who know me will understand how HARD it is for me to get up at that time. I'm no morning person.

Took a van, yes a friggin' VAN to the airport. Mom bought loads of stuff to send back to relatives, hence the van. After something that seems like a century we're actually going to use KLIA! Dad decided to fly with MAS this time.

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Its nice to have comfortable leg space once again and not having to run for your seats (though NOW air asia has fixed seats). We also get 'free' meals and drinks during the flight. I have to say MAS owns Airasia in this category. Well I guess you pay for what you get.


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Having a really good rest here. But I have loads of school stuff on my list which I have yet to complete. There's research and studying to be done. Imagine, I have a Chemistry test the morning I get back to school next week! *sighs*

Friday, September 18, 2009

KTJ Mufti Day & IU Night


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Wow, I've been here at KTJ(Kolej Tuanku Jaafar) for a month now. Like I've said before things here are pretty awesome. Today dad came over to fetch me back for the Hari Raya holidays. We had this Parents-Teacher meeting going on so he got to meet all my teachers.

Test results were really satisfying. Haha, in normal circumstances I would be in lalaland jumping up and down. But, everyone here is doing really well too if not better. Still its nice seeing the fruits of your labour.

Housemates are an awesome bunch of people too. Adam, Ozzie, Arshad and Ryan (roommate) would just be in the room messing around. I was there when my roommate made his first cup noodles, such a proud moment.

Alright, lets reel back in to the title. Mufti Day and IU Night happened around two weeks ago. Mufti Day is just practically a day where everyone is SUPPOSED TO dress up according to the theme, which means no school uniform! IU Night is a performance thing based on this year's theme "something something Medievel something Reflections of the Past". It a mix of the old and new. Rather self explanatory so I think.

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We get to wear 'medieval' themed clothes to class on this very special day.

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See what I told you? Very medieval right...

Later, we had lunch as usual. Brought the camera along for fun. I heard that last year the cafeteria catered food according to the theme too. We had satay on that day. Hmm...

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At night the whole school would gather at the hall for an expo kind of thing, with performances and speeches and exhibitions and stuff. The sketch was rather fun to watch. Taking pictures was not easy though. The ceiling is so high that the flash can't bounce properly. Gotta' experiment more on this. Still far from getting the hang of flash photography.

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I will be leaving for Kota Kinabalu, Sabah tomorrow morning! And will head to Miri, Sarawak a few days later. Will be travelling a lot during the November period too so there's loads of stuff lining up. Plus, I have not finished posting about Bangkok yet. Till next time!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Updates about life

Yes! I've finally figured out how to upload photographs while at school. Using Picasa now and it seems to work fine.

Life here at Kolej Tuanku Jaafar is pretty good. I might be getting the hang of it, and getting used to the sometimes hectic schedule (don't even get me started about Mondays). We had tests in the past two weeks. I'm off to a good start although I still marvel at how well 'that-certain-group-of-geniuses' do.

Few interesting events have happened like IU Night and House Singing, but I'll leave that to another day.

Now, about this picture. Its my favourite picture currently. I really like it taking into account how I came across this photo op. Remember that 'floating market tour'? Well, the reason why we had only an hour there is because they intend to jet us off to two other places (locations that I was previously unaware of).

Apparently, they had two other stops on their list which is the wood carving art centre and a place where you can ride elephants. Personally I thought it was a rip off so I just walked around the places to look for pictures.

At the elephant place, there was this little girl lazing away in a hut watching the world pass by. Lighting conditions were perfect with the contrast of the gentle light on her face and the darkened background.


Thanks for staying with me, more picture are on their way now that I've figured out the system. Until then, live long and prosper =D

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Quaint Little Noodle Shop

Dad and I arrived early at the Grand Palace, before opening time so we were hunting around for breakfast. Directly opposite the Grand Palace there are these row of shops where you can buy stuff. Pretty ok prices, some actually beat the prices at Suan Lum Night Market.

Then we noticed this small little shop selling noodles. Its run a family, and you can see them running around getting taking orders and serving bowls of noodles. The setting is very old fashioned and its a stark comparison to their neighbours who have relatively modern set-ups.

This is probably the only time during my entire trip where I had to put on an extremely thick face. These people HATE to be photographed! I was walking around the shop snapping some pictures and the young lady snapped at me and asked me to sit down.

I did sit down but still went on snapping from my seat and running to certain vantage points to snap quick pictures when she is not looking (lol). That my friends is an example of things that I am willing to do for a photograph!

The food on the other hand is pretty good. Its the peppery-soup kind of style served with bee hoon noodles and fish balls. Portion is way too small for us Malaysian eaters. I think my dad finished his in a few bites.

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Now here's 3 pictures with similar composition but different focal points.

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