Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chiangmai & Chiangrai part III~*

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Say Hi to this big guy!

 DAY 2- Mae Sa ( Elephant Camp

9am sharp in the morning, Benz , our taxi driver picked us up from our hotel and started the second day's journey. He suggested us to spend our day for some outdoor activity. So we decided to greet some friends from the nature. It was an hour ride from our hotel to Mae Sa, the Elephant Camp.

Here, comes the points.Since the first day i met Benz , i had told him that we do not want to go to those places which had been commercialized due to their incredible huge difference in pricing for the tourists. So, without any hesitation, he brought us even further up the hill to a , erm, i called it a village, where i can see a bunch of people sitting there and i saw some elephants were having fun themselves at the river. I see no tourist at all. I started to feel uneasy and i kept telling myself i have to go back to the more commercialized one as i saw just now when we were on the way up to this village. Benz seems like sense my anxiety, so he walked up to us and told us that this is a place where the locals do their own business by training their home raised elephants. OK... so that's basically what i asked for initially... not until the moment when i see no one other than 2 of us at that village. Immediately, i suggested to go back to the tourist side where we saw earlier, at least, there are way more people and more elephants there too...

Well, Benz seems bit disappointed with my last decision. Guess he must be getting commission from the village people but anyhow, i still think we will be more enjoy with bunch of people then just us with those working people.

Another 10 minutes, and we reached Mae Sa (Elephant Camp). They have 2 different packages:

Package A: Elephant rides+elephant show+water rafting+buffalo rides+lunch
Package B: Elephant rides+elephant show+lunch

You can choose ala carte as in only elephant rides or any other single activity with different pricing.
We took package A with the add on of Karen Village and paid  MYR 500 for 2.

The elephant ride is totally different from what i experienced before. They really bring us to the forest and walk across the river.

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The elephants are smart and they can walk perfectly on those narrow bumpy hill road despite their huge body size and the burden on their back! Respect!

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There are few fruit stations that offer the tourists to get some treats for the elephants along the journey. Be sure to get some for yours as that's the only treats the elephants will get during their working hours.

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They get so excited when they reach the fruit station hoping to get some treats from their guests. I love feeding them the sugar cane. Their long long trunk will move towards you whenever you call their names!! How adorable !!!

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I enjoyed the rides so so much.

Next, we head to the Karen Village. The Karen are a tribal group who have historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar (formerly Burma) side of the Thai border. The Karen women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. They are actually the wives of those men who are working with the elephants.

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Karen Village is just 5 minutes walking distance away from the elephant ride.
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Why do the woman have long necks and why do they do it?

This is a very common question from most of us. The biggest reason why the Karen women put themselves though the neck lengthening routine is simply tradition. In the early days, the women put on the brass rings are to protect themselves against the wild attack too.

Anyhow, most of the young Karen women are breaking this tradition. Hopefully, this tradition will not be forgotten by years.

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They have good knitting skills especially when you see a ten years old children can knit all by herself. These colorful scarfs are made by them.
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After visiting the Karen Village, we head for lunch at the cafeteria.
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The food wasn't too bad. Once filled up our empty stomach, it's the elephant show time. I am meeting the cuties again!!! Before the show start, i was lucky to meet the trainer for their rehearsal. This little calf here know how to dance very well!!! I am not joking .. they actually dance with Gangnam Style in the show!
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During the show, the elephants were arranged to line up according to their size and they can perform very well.They can draw, can sing, can dance, can wave, can greet,can massage and etc.

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Look at this! sooo adorable !!
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These smarties can really entertain the guests and their sense of humanity are very high!
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I think the buffaloes doesn't like each other.. thats why...

One thing i would like to mention here, those workers there were actually ask for tips and they kinda sounds like ordering you to pay them actually. Normally, we do tips but when you were being asked to pay certain amount of tips to EACH of them as like they are commanding .. i started feel uneasy. I understand they actually get paid but they can only earn more through tipping , anyhow, asking for tips that way is not pleasant at all.

Well well.. i gave the tips but of coz not with the amount they had been asked for. They actually asked for 100 baht EACH...


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Ended our day with overload happiness and satisfaction with the natures...

PART I 
PART II

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yes, i do 'bake'! No-Bake Cake~*

Baking seems so complicated and a waste of time to me. Why do i need to spend so much money and waste so much time to just making one cake that's just for my satiation of  my sweet tooth after a heavy meal while i can just pay a few dollar at any favourite bakery shop and grab one of it or just hop to a cafe and order one. So basically, that piece of cake is gonna be like taking  few hours just for the preparation and it gonna be vanish after few bites.

Over this 20 over years, i never hold a whisk , like honestly *thinking twice*, yeap, never.

This was how i thought. At least, now i am totally thinking of the other way round.

Thanks to No-Bake Cake.

And... this is the very first cake made by myself .

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I swear, it taste REAL GOOD! I never thought that the first trial turned out this good and everyone love it so much !

It took me less than an hour to make this. What satisfied me the most is how good i felt after the cake formed perfectly in shape and the feeling of getting lot of praises from the eaters ;D It's awesome!!

Here's the recipes, move your ass and go get ready to make your very first cake too! GoGoGoo!

Ingredient:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
200mL whipping cream/heavy cream
Oreo biscuits
Chocolate bar
Strawberry
Almond flakes

You also need:
Food processor
Whisk Bowl
Cake holder

To make the crust: First , decide on what biscuit you like the most. Oreo,peanut,lemon,or digestive biscuit. Then, crush the biscuits with a food processor or just put them into a plastic bag and crush it by a spoon. Stir the butter into the crushed biscuits until well mixed, tip into the cake holder and press down well to cover the base and sides of the holder. Chill it for at least 30 minutes to allow the crust to set. Now, proceed to the filling.

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To make the filling: Pour the heavy cream/whipping cream into a bowl and warm it until diluted. Whisk them until the mixture forms soft peaks.Then, mix it with any flavour that you like. Here, i chose chocolates flavour as my filling. Whisk in the melted chocolate until the mixture thickens, but taking care not to over-whip. Spoon the mixture into the biscuit case and spread out evenly. Chill it until the fillings set. Set the strawberries on top of the fillings after 10 minutes and let it chill again.

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Once the filling is set, sprinkle some almond flakes on it and your cake is ready to be serve!

This is kinda addicting. After that first cake, i tried making it into cupcakes too. The steps are all the same , it just the different container that i use to make the cake.

TADAAA!!!

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SOOO GOOD!!!!

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I am gonna make another one today!! Let's do it!! Enjoy!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai (Part II)

Walking out from the hotel with the guidance of TripAdvisor, i chose the best nearby local food- Mr.Kai Restaurant.
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It was about 15 minutes walk to the restaurant. Along the way, we realized that houses in Chiang Mai are unique as they built their houses by their own preferences. Unlike Msia, we can't simply change the property design unless you are rich enough to bought the whole land and built your own house. Else, if your house suddenly appearing 3D in a row of houses, welcome to the saman world.

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The property price in CM is jumping from MYR 100K in average.

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Walking under the big hot sun is not fun thou (39 celcius!!)... If it's not because of these nice houses designs and wall arts that kept up my courage to keep walking, i will just surrender and call up a red cab... Make sure to bring an UV protection umbrella with you and check the weather forecast before you travel. We walked like Iron man on the first day because i forgot to bring umbrella over!!

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The 15 minutes walk finally ended. That's the big square bright yellow banner of Mr.Kai Restaurant!

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This place was crowded when i reached. Mostly are foreigners.

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They have varieties of foods. From appetizers to main dish to the desserts.

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We ordered Khao Pad, mushroom plate, and Khao Soi.

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Khao Pad is fried rice. Fried rice is the basic for the Chinese. I believe that if the fried rice taste good, the others from the menu will not be too bad.Fried rice recipes will vary widely, depending on which countries' fried rice you have tried. This Thai version fried rice is worth to try although i still prefer the Malaysian's ;)

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This mushroom plate is good to go with the Khao Pad. 

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This is probably the best i have tried in Mr.Kai's Restaurant, Khao Soi.  Khao Soi is a curry mixed with coconut-flavoured noodle soup which is famous in the Northern Thai. 

I think that Mr.Kai Restaurant mostly visited by the foreigners. I don't see many locals dine in the restaurant, so i assumed that the rating was high due to the votes from the foreigners. Personally, i think that the food that i ordered were just average , but i love their fruits blended especially the coconut shakes and the guava shakes.

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Continue searching for the nearby attractions by TripAdvisor...

One thing..

Never be so dependent to the location map showing in the TripAdvisor as most of them are not accurate. (I ended up wasted time walked to some random people's house or standing at the middle of nowhere while the phone's navigator is buzzing me with "You have reach your destination" for sooo many times)

Best nearby at that moment : Wat Chedi Luang

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Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin.

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Wat Ho Tham

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Chiang Mai is overflowing with ancient Buddhist Temples (Wats). Every temple has their story behind . Visiting temples blindly is definitely boring but not until you truly understand their history. Well, if you are going by yourself without tour guide, at least Mr.G can help you understand the temples more. This will definitely a huge credit in your trip!

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There goes my first day in Chiang Mai.

*I spent the rest of my first day in hotel due to the cruel devil call regarding of my FYP...*

To Be Continue...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai 2015

I am back from ChiangMai!!

This trip was totally ALLSOME! First trip that i departed with a backpack and back to Malaysia EMPTY HANDED *long story*

We only spent about MYR 1.5k per person for the whole trip and it could be lesser! We had all the good foods, good accommodations, good transportation and good experiences!

 I will include everything here and also list down some tips for those who is planning for Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai trip here ;)

We took a morning flight. It was a 2.5 hrs journey from KLIA 2 to the Chiang Mai airport. It's just good enough to recharge the energy and spirit for the first day in CM.

We arrived the airport and had warm greetings from the staff. Walked out from the airport from gate 8 and we saw a lot taxi-meter. However, taxi-meter here don't seem like a real metered taxi as they don't use the meter for far as i experienced. A man walked to us and offer a ride for 200 baht. From the map i searched earlier, the hotel that we booked is just approximately 4 km from airport, so we offered him a 100 baht and that made the deal. A 100 baht here worth a lot to us as he explained everything about CM in detailed , where to go, what to eat, and even bring us to get our SIM cards done! He suggested us to take the AIS card and reload for the internet data and it only costed 150 baht to get the unlimited data for 7 days! Here, i must say that their telco is far more better than ours as they really have the good speed and the coverage is almost everywhere. We managed to deal at 600 baht /day with Benz (our taxi driver) for the following days.


First day checked in  - B2 Thippanate 
Add: 67/6 Thippanate Road, Haiya, Muang, Wua Lai, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000

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B2 Thippanate is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies 7.0 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. It is quite near to the airport , so for those who arrived in the wee hour, i think this is quite a good choice for you. Of course, do remark on your reservation that you will be arrived around that time when you make the reservation online. I booked through Agoda.com and it is only about MYR 60/night (included tax).

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Its interior looks more like a serviced apartment to me , simple yet nice. They  provides Wi-Fi at both public area and in rooms.

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The room is big and clean. No noise pollution at all since it is located inside a residence area.

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In this trip, i learnt that no toothpaste and toothbrush provided in every hotel that we checked in. Be sure to prepare yourself for that.

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To get out from this to the nearby attractions and markets, you can either rent a bike or a scooter from the hotel, or you can just walk. It is just about a 10 minutes walking distance to Chiang Mai Gate where you can enjoy the local street food there. If you are there on Saturday, you can even go to the Wualai Road Saturday Market.

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Let's explore this beautiful city!


-To Be Continue


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Life goes on~

Allergic hit me again. This time, i had alien lips for 1 month.

Adopted Royce ( mini pincher) but gave away for adoption again due to some sad reasons. Never have a peaceful petting life.

Hair keep dropping. Still dropping. Never ending dropping process. Botak soon.

Sprained my leg from slipping down from the staircase once finished the final exam due to the excitement. Left leg again. Say Hi to Osteoporosis soon.

Ah boy ( 10 years old loyal.smart.lovely BEST labrador in my life) passed away.

Darker and darker. Melanin is hanging over. No mood.

Life still move on...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Prosperous Goat Year with Swiss Garden Hotel & Residence KL

I never get bored of Lou Sang , especially with great people under great ambiance.

Here goes the fifth Lou Sang of the Goat Year ;) 

Venue:FlavoursSwiss-Garden Hotel n Residence (03-21413333)


Here, guests may start with the delecious startes like Fish Maw and Mango with Thai Sauce at the appetizer corner. 

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The main buffet counter is lined with great selection of classical and fusion Chinese cuisine.

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Enjoy the end of the dinner journey with flavorful Chinese desserts such as Honey Dew Pudding and the CNY treats.

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As for the CNY special offer, they have prepared 5 selections of Yee Sang such as Fortune Jelly Fish Yee Sang, Golden Seasoned Scallop Finger Yee Sang, Prosperous Salmon Yee Sang, Auspicious Swiss-Garden's Yee Sang and Fatt Choy Australian Abalone Yee Sang.

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Let the chef prepare the Prosperous Salmon Yee Sang to kick start our prosperous CNY dinner!

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Secret that lies in the sauce which makes it taste fruity is where our experienced Master Chef Ow have incorporated some special ingredients like ribena, lemon sauce, apricot jam.

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Yee Sang
Date: Available daily from now to 5 March 2015.
Time: 12pm-9pm
Venue: Green Treats Delicatessen
Price: RM48++ onwards (half) / RM58++ onwards (full)

CNY Buffet Dinner 
Date: Available daily from now to 18 February 2015
Time: 6.30pm till 10.30pm
Venue:  Flavours Restaurant.
Price: RM88++/adult and RM48++/child (5 to 12 years)

 CNY Reunion Dinner
Price: RM1188++ to RM1588++  per table of 10 pax.