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Saturday, 26 November 2022

To PUTRAJAYA and Beyond (Nasi Beriani Anwar Ibrahim)

The wait is over!

Picking up from where we left off last week we were indeed glued to the television later that evening when all polling stations had closed. In fact we stayed up till the wee hours of the next morning only to find Malaysia with a hung parliament.

For the next five days we watched and waited with bated breaths, waiting for common sense to prevail. In the end with a little bit of royal cajoling a unity government was formed, and Anwar Ibrahim took his oath of office before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara (National Palace) on the 24th of November 2022.

After the dusk settled we took stock of our country's position. For a start, our currency improved with our stock market seemed refreshed. With Anwar Ibrahim at the helm we held confidence that the nation will be led by an old hand.

Enough of politics, we rose early this morning and headed to IKEA Cheras to run an errand. We ended up with a few items we did not initially plan on buying, but that was the risk we took when we came here.

We then drove to Putrajaya and speaking of Anwar Ibrahim we headed to a food court in Presint 8 where the Prime Minister had lunch just the day before. I had the Mutton Briyani while Cat tried the Beef Briyani. 

Together with a round of drinks our prime ministerial lunch came to RM34.50 (approximately USD8/EUR7) which in our minds was quite reasonable. We then drove to Dataran Putra (Putra Square) in Presint 1 and took in the sights of Putrajaya in all its glory while casting a glance at the Prime Minister's Office. We do wish him all the best.

We then took a drive to Cheras where I had an appointment with a friend to acquire a pre-loved central processing unit (CPU) to be used with a monitor for our CCTV system. We had to wait for a while since Shawn ran into some problems with the CPU.

He eventually sorted things out, replacing the initial unit with a superior one, and with that we headed home. 

A week after GE15, and we wondered, have our prayers for a better tomorrow been answered? We sincerely hope so!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
IKEA Cheras - https://goo.gl/maps/Co2Eo1HNv8PyxC3y9
Medan Selera P8 (Presint 8) - https://goo.gl/maps/g2FaSEJXxmtd97Lb9
Putra Square - https://goo.gl/maps/VqFNo6mFo9hgHSR17
Ali Food Corner Damai Perdana - https://goo.gl/maps/fDnqDuvsN6bKjU9u5

Saturday, 19 November 2022

To The POLLING STATION (GE15: Today Malaysia Decides!)

Today Malaysia Decides!

As promised, we were up bright and early this morning to head to the ballot boxes and left our home at 8:00AM.

We wanted to make sure we were among the earliest to cast our votes and hailed a Grab car to the polling station at St John's Primary School.

We arrived a few short minutes later and found the polling station to be professionally managed without any large crowds. We headed to our polling channels (Cat and I were assigned Channel 4 while Brendan was assigned Channel 5) and waited our turn.

It was all over in a matter of minutes, and we were glad we came early. Brendan's friends were reporting large crowds forming at polling stations all across the country. 

We were thankful to all the volunteers for manning the polling station as well as law enforcement officers for keeping the peace.

We then walked down St John's hill and headed to our favourite breakfast spot, Mansion Tea Stall for Roti Canai.

We then walked to the Maybank nearby to replenish our Federal Reserves and headed home. We have done all we can, exercised our constitutional rights and will be closely monitoring the results. We will be glued to the television later in the evening when all polling stations are closed.

We pray for a better tomorrow!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
SK ST JOHN 1 - https://goo.gl/maps/tB8fr2hrkAiY8Qy79
Mansion Tea Stall - https://goo.gl/maps/p3rYE9Q7qS7APoUK6
Maybank (Jalan Bunus Branch) - https://goo.gl/maps/bh3RyqbTsSzqvAzV8

Friday, 18 November 2022

To KLIA and Back (GE15: Tomorrow Malaysia Decides!)

Tomorrow Malaysia Decides!

The 2022 Malaysian general election, formally the 15th Malaysian general election (GE15), is scheduled to be held tomorrow to elect the members of the Dewan Rakyat (People's Assembly) in the 15th Parliament of Malaysia. 221 seats in the Dewan Rakyat will be contested during the election. Between 2020 and 2022, the prospect of an early federal election was high due to a political crisis. Political instability caused by members of parliament switching parties or coalitions, combined with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, has contributed to the resignation of two prime ministers and the collapse of each of their respective coalition governments since the prior election in 2018.

This time around we pray that common sense prevails, and the next government is a fair and just one elected is by the rakyat, for the rakyat. May eternal damnation await those who play the race card!

Brendan's faculty gave him an extra week off for the mid semester break, and that meant that he will be flying back to Kuala Lumpur later today for GE15.

Today has been declared a public holiday so that Malaysians will have time to return to their respective polling stations. We started our morning with a leisurely drive to Tanjung Sepat (yet again) for lunch. This time we thought we would try something new and visited Restoran Ban Joo Hing.

It did not offer the same seaside views as Baywatch Restaurant and Sin Hock Heng Huat nearby, but we did not mind it all that much. We spent some time scouring the diminutive menu and with a little help from the waitress settled on the:

  • Spicy Fried Sting Ray for RM38.00
  • Sambal Fried Prawns for RM48.00
  • Chinese Herbal Paper Wrapped Chicken for RM48.00
  • Sweet Potato Leaves for RM12.00
  • 2 servings of Plain Rice for RM1.50 each
  • 1 pot of Chinese Tea for RM6.00

Our lunchtime seafood spread came to RM155.00 (approximately USD34/EUR33) which was quite steep by our reckoning, but it is what it is we suppose. 

Lunch out of the way we then drove a short distance to Mimi Dragonfruits to replenish our reserves of you guessed it, dragon fruits. By the time we got to Mimi it was pouring and she was kind enough to fetch us with her umbrella. We ended up buying RM60.00 (approximately USD/EUR13) worth of dragon fruits which put a smile on Mimi's face.

We then made our way to KLIA and waited for Brendan's flight (MH2513 which departed from Kuching at 1:51PM) to arrive. According to Flight Radar his plane touched down at 3:20PM and within half an hour he walked out onto the Arrival Hall. 

We then got back into Puteh and got home an hour and a half later. We will be up bright and early tomorrow morning to head to the ballot boxes, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Restoran Ban Joo Hing - https://goo.gl/maps/a7DgSnaxM43KcD588
Baywatch Restaurant - https://goo.gl/maps/ME1cnNngAc6Vkigq6
Sin Hock Heng Huat - https://goo.gl/maps/wRFaHCu3cn5HP3E39
Mimi Dragonfruits - https://goo.gl/maps/RphKwLDCdD4wDKDBA
Kuala Lumpur International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/ZKny1DBPGRpcAnXF8

Saturday, 5 November 2022

KUALA SELANGOR in 24 Hours

Kuala Selangor!

I took leave from work today to attend a regular medical check-up at KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital.
Since being hospitalised a decade ago for Hypothyroidism, a state in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone, I have been seeing the Rheumatologist every other month to check on my TSH, T4 and T3 levels.

Apart from being overweight everything checked out fine and we left KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital for Kuala Selangor. A little over an hour later we arrived at the Pasir Penambang of Kuala Selangor.

Kuala Selangor is a coastal town located about 70 kilometres northwest from Kuala Lumpur. Situated where the Selangor River meets the sea, the small town of Kuala Selangor is known for its fresh seafood, historical sites, and natural hidden gems. Looking to experience their fresh seafood we walked into Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti. An hour or so later we emerged with our bellies for and took a stroll. Be sure to catch our previous video on our seafood lunch.

We then walked over to our budget hotel and checked into Hotel Le-Shore where we had booked a room for the night. Our room was originally RM93 a night (approximately USD/EUR20) but we overlooked the fact that it did not have a window. Being quite the claustrophobe I decided to upgrade our room to one with a window so we ended up paying an additional RM89 (approximately USD/EUR19).

I spent the afternoon organising the videos and photos we had taken earlier then took a short nap. We emerged later in the evening and walked over to River View Seafood Restaurant for dinner. Be sure to catch our previous video on our seafood dinner as well.

The next morning we woke up and had breakfast at Warung Dimyati, a stall famous for its Roti Canai Pelangi or multicoloured Roti Canai. I had the blue Roti while Cat tried the pink Roti and we both tried their "telur goyang" variant (two half boiled eggs placed on top). Together with a round of Milk Tea, a variety of local cakes and two packets of Nasi Ambeng (for lunch later) it came to a very reasonable RM45.50 (approximately USD/EUR10).

In case you're wondering Nasi Ambeng is a fragrant rice dish consists of white rice prepared with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on.

We then headed back to the hotel and checked out and enjoyed a leisurely drive back to Kuala Lumpur. We hope to come again one day with Brendan to visit the many historical sites that exists on Bukit Melawati, as well as fully immerse ourselves in the tourists’ attractions here like the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Firefly Park, Sky Mirror, Blue Tears, and Eagle Feeding. Please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
KPJ Tawakkal KL Specialist Hospital - https://goo.gl/maps/3aVxJKbZnQ1YAERe6
Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti - https://goo.gl/maps/uQBLBaMY1y4vMa4g8
Hotel Le-Shore - https://goo.gl/maps/xxR4yCUnss8u4gUf8
River View Seafood Restaurant - https://g.page/riverviewseafoodrestaurant?share
Warung Dimyati Roti Canai Pelangi - https://goo.gl/maps/egASTPqJufz5mCH36

Friday, 4 November 2022

RIVER VIEW Seafood Restaurant

Seafood again!

We were spending a night in Kuala Selangor, and after our seafood lunch at Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti earlier in the day we decided on another round of seafood.

Why? Because When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So when in Pasir Penambang, we enjoy fresh seafood.

We first tried the restaurant beside the hotel where we stayed but were unsure if they were open. So we walked to the same area where we had lunch, and right beside it stood River View Seafood Restaurant. We read good things about this restaurant and knew we had to give it a try.

Just like Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti this restaurant too sat on the banks of the Selangor and had an awesome riverside view as well. As always we carefully perused the menu before finally deciding on:

  • 1 plate of Butter Prawns for RM27.00
  • 3-in-1 Steamed Red Snapper for RM33.60
  • Fuyong Egg (Omelette) for RM12.00 
  • 1 jar of Apple Juice for RM17.00 each
  • 2 servings of Plain Rice for RM1.30 each

This time our seafood spread came to RM92.20 (approximately USD/EUR19) which was a little cheaper, but taste wise was more in tune with our palate. The sunset was simply awesome, and River View has now become our new favourite seafood restaurant.

Thus ends our seafood extravanganza, please stay tuned for more eating escapades in our videos to come!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
River View Seafood Restaurant - https://g.page/riverviewseafoodrestaurant?share

Restoran Makanan Laut JETI

Seafood!

We came to Kuala Selangor with the sole purpose of experiencing fresh seafood. With that in mind the first thing we did after arriving in Pasir Penambang was to head to the first seafood restaurant we could find.

Of course the fact that Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti sat on the banks of the Selangor river helped us make up our minds as well. After a long while perusing their menu we decided on:

  • Assam Steamed Jenahak [Snapper] for RM56.00
  • Nyonya Styled Squid for RM22.00
  • Oyster Pancake for RM18.00 
  • 3 servings of Plain Rice for RM1.50 each
  • 1 pot of Chinese Tea for RM4.50

Our lunctime seafood spread came to RM110.80 (approximately USD/EUR23) which was a little steep by our standards, but taking into account the Snapper cost half the bill put things into perspective. 

We will be having seafood for dinner as well, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti - https://goo.gl/maps/uQBLBaMY1y4vMa4g8

Saturday, 29 October 2022

SATURDAY Drive Around (Shah Alam and Beyond!)

We're off on another drive!

A week on and my lower back, although much better was still feeling a little 'pinched'.

We made plans this Saturday morning to drive to Plaza Damas for my month haircut, and at the same time have breakfast with my sister Imm. Alas she was feeling under the weather this morning and took a rain check.

We had breakfast at Banana, I had the Thosai (Dosa, or Dosai?) while Cat had the Roti Canai. Together with a round of drinks our breakfast came to RM11.80 (approximately USD/EUR2.50). 

I then headed to the barber and after a short wait (I was second in line) Santosh tackled what little hair I had left. The haircut was RM20.00 (approximately USD/EUR4).

We then took a leisurely drive south to Shah Alam. I had meant to take this short trip for a while now, and revisit places I knew from thirty years ago. 

I also wanted to search for an old friend (Zul) who used to be my drummer. Together with Gerald (the brother of my girlfriend at the time) and Wan Kelly we would often frequent the jamming studio at Seksyen 6 nearby.

I remembered Zul staying with his parents during our late teens at Jalan Rata 8/1F in Seksyen 8, Shah Alam so we drove there first. Unfortunately, I could not remember which house he stayed along Jalan Rata 8/1F. For all we knew they could have even moved away.

We then drove a short distance to Jalan Puncak 8/1H where I used to spend every evening playing football (or soccer) at the field there. In fact I have reason to believe an old friend Zuraidy is still here (or at least his parents are).

We then drove to Jalan Landai 8/2C, where I had lived with my girlfriend (at the time) and her family at the top floor of Block 3 to be precise. After a few years I moved out to Block 4 along and stayed with a couple of friends. One of them was Muhaya Sulaiman, a fellow Terengganuan who unfortunately lost his life in a road accident in the early 1990s. May he rest in peace.

We then headed to Seksyen 6 and parked at the 7-Eleven while I took a stroll along the Commercial Complex here. Gerald, Zul, Wan Kelly, and I would spend countless hours here at the jamming studio honing our skills while dreaming of making it big in the local music scene.

While we eventually got on with our lives Wan Kelly actually made it big as a musician. Sadly he passed away some years ago due to heart failure. May he too rest in peace.

I came across RedBrick Studio but for the life of me could not recall if it were the same jamming studio we went to all those years ago.

We then drove to Medan Selera Prima 2 in Seksyen for lunch. We wandered around for a while before settling on Eizayus' stall number S28 that served fried dishes. After perusing their menu we settled on the:

  • Tomyam Campur [Mixed Tomyam] for RM8.00
  • Ayam Goreng Halia [Ginger Fried Chicken] for RM6.00
  • 2 servings of Omelette for RM1.00 each
  • 2 servings of Plain Rice for RM2.00 each
  • ABC [Air Batu Campur] Special for RM6.00
  • Coconut Juice for RM5.00

What was the damage? Our simple spread came to only RM31.00 (approximately USD/EUR7). 

We then got into Puteh and drove a short distance across the Federal Highway to Seksyen 16 and visited a can making factory that I used to work when I was in my late teens.

I worked the night shift at the Hock Joo Can Factory (now the site of AEX Systems) for about six months while waiting for my A-Level results. An apprentice to the machine operator I worked from 8pm to 8am six days a week. 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

We then drove back home as my head swirled with memories from my distant past.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Plaza Damas - https://goo.gl/maps/MiR8gqfXTiRNfgco9
BANANA CURRY HOUSE @ DAMAS - https://goo.gl/maps/xkaQonqD6MKvX4zQ8
Jalan Rata 8/1F - https://goo.gl/maps/V6hcBLp3srDRVsX66
Jalan Puncak 8/1H - https://goo.gl/maps/SDnWLg5vNAzJzyR48
Flat PKNS Seksyen 8 [Blok 3] - https://goo.gl/maps/kYXgqZgBSiuJvNTD8
RedBrick Studio - https://goo.gl/maps/RGHXin6BLkfDAWgAA
D'Bubbles Corner - https://goo.gl/maps/pXNumxPHDKeYQPof8
[formerly Hock Joon Can Factory] AEX System - https://g.page/aex-system?share

Saturday, 22 October 2022

Saturday Drive Around (Tanjung Sepat and Beyond!)

Hello again!

We do apologise for not posting anything in a while. October 2022 had been an unbelievably bad month. I first sprained my lower back, then caught Covid-19 again which meant I spent a week from the 11th to the 17th at home in self-isolation. 

Cat was thankfully spared, and this time around I caught the Omicron variant, which was nothing more than a bad flu, nothing like the miserable Delta variant we had caught in November 2021.

Having sufficiently recovered from both the back sprain and Covid-19 this weekend we decided to take another long drive to our favourite seafood place in Tanjung Sepat. Along the way we stopped by Mimi Dragonfruits to stock up, before heading to Tanjung Sepat.

The seaside town of Tanjung Sepat used to be a fishing village but due to the slow but systemic pollution of the Straits of Malacca, this activity has become less intensive, but still an essential part of daily life here.

Usually a sleepy seaside town during the weekdays it is inundated with tour groups by the bus loads.
We had been to Tanjung Sepat last month, but an unfortunate incident meant that we had to delete the video from that trip. No matter, we move on and learn from our mistakes.

We arrived early and decided to have brunch but instead of Baywatch we decided to give Sin Hock Heng Huat Restaurant a try. It being our first time we took our time perusing their menu before settling on the:

  • Sambal Fried Squid
  • Sweet & Sour Fish
  • Sizzling Bean curd
  • 2 servings of white rice
  • 2 glasses of Iced Chinese Tea

What was the damage? Our seafood spread came to RM88.60 (approximately USD/EUR19). And what was our verdict? Truth be told our tastebuds was more suited to Baywatch next door.

We then got into Puteh and drove a short distance to the fisherman's wharf, where we walked along what's known as Lover's Bridge. The blisteringly sweltering day however made sure our visit was short, and after reaching the end of the jetty we doubled back hastily. As we headed back to Puteh we chanced upon an extremely cute mural of an elderly couple taking a wefie.

We spent the next two hours or so stuck in traffic as we attempted at first to have a drink at ZUS Coffee in Bukit Tinggi, then at Shah Alam. We failed to find parking at both branches, and we eventually ended up having a drink at a Petronas station.

We continued on and after another half an hour arrived at Guitarlicious to pick up a guitar that I had been eyeing for an awfully long time. With that we end our post for today and promise to bring you more in the days to come when we visit Brickfield for Deepavali (or Diwali), so stay tuned!

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Sunday, 18 September 2022

SUNDAY Stroll (To PUDU and Beyond!)

It's Sunday again!

In our previous post we planned to acquire a second DJI Pocket 2 (pre-loved unit) as backup to our current unit from a seller we found on Carousell today. The seller backed out of the deal at the eleventh hour, so we ended up with no fixed plans for today.

In the end we slept in again and only got going at about noon. With nothing much planned we walked to the Bandaraya LRT Station and caught a train to Pudu for a fare of RM1.60 each (approximately USD/EUR0.30). We then walked to Pudu Plaza, but since it was already lunchtime, we decided to first have chicken rice at the Fatt Kee Roast Duck & Chicken stall across the street.

Maybe it has been a while since we were last here, but we had the distinct impression it was not as delicious as we remembered. Oh well, our lunch including a round of iced Chinese Tea came to RM25.40 (approximately USD/EUR3.50).

While we had lunch it began to rain heavily and by the time we were done it still did not subside. We put up our umbrellas and walked across the street to Pudu Plaza, our main destination for the day. We had run out of sliced cheddar cheese, so we walked into The Store supermarket to get a several dozen slices that were on sale for RM16.39 per two dozen (approximately USD/EUR5).

We then walked into YL Camera to ask about the DJI Action 3 camera and was told that it would only be out on sale in November. We can hardly wait! Since we were there we browsed around, and I took a fancy to a camera sling bag. The Tenba BYOB 10 camera bag usually retails for RM329 (approximately USD/EUR70) so when the salesperson offered it to me for RM200 it was a deal I could not walk away from.

Fearing another sweet deal we paid for the bag and quickly made our way out of Pudu Plaza.

We walked for a little while and found ourselves at the bus stop in front of the D'Majestic Place along Jalan Pudu. With nothing planned we decided to catch a Rapid KL bus #450 for a fare of RM1.90 each (approximately USD/EUR0.40). We got down a few stops later and after a short walk we found ourselves at Sunway Velocity Mall!

A mall that we were not familiar with, we strolled around for a little bit before we decided to have a drink at O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Cafe. Déjà vu! our beverages cost us RM27.75 (approximately USD/EUR6) which was again a little more than what we paid for lunch. Oh well, it is what it is.

We spent half an hour at O’Brien’s enjoying our drinks while indulging in some people-watching. I then thought of paying the Adidas store here a visit to see if they have the jersey of my favourite football (soccer) team in my size. Alas the Adidas store on the ground floor did not have football jerseys we made our way up to the third floor to see if the store there had it.

Yes! The Adidas store on the third floor had my size and I was the proud owner of a Red Devils jersey. We then made our way down to the first floor and walked across the Maluri Link Bridge. We then walked for a while and considered catching the train from the Maluri MRT station, but this would have involved changing lines midway through our ride.

We then walked a little further and caught the train from the Maluri LRT station that would take us all the way back to the Bandaraya LRT station again. Fifteen minutes later and for a fare of only RM2.20 each (approximately USD/EUR0.40) we were back where we started from.

A short walk later we arrived at our condo, a little tired but elated that we had spent a productive afternoon.

Catch you in our next post!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

Friday, 16 September 2022

FRIDAY Frolic

It's Malaysia Day!

We commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on this day in 1963. This event saw Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore unite into a single state. As such today was a public holiday.

Truth be told we slept in and only got out and about close to noon. We first thought about having lunch at Capital Cafe but the large crowd that had formed dissuaded us. We continued along Jalan TAR and decided to make it across the Sogo-Pertama Crossroad and pondered our next destination.

We caught a Rapid KL bus #170 at the Menara MARA Bus Stop and eventually got off at the Pasar Seni Bus Hub for a fare of only RM. We then walked over to the Pasar Seni LRT Station to reload our Touch 'n Go cards but could not figure out how the kiosk there worked.

We then walked across to the Pasar Seni MRT Station where we found another kiosk and managed to reload our Touch 'n Go cards. For those of you interested in riding the Rapid KL buses around Kuala Lumpur please be sure to buy a Touch 'n Go card from any LRT, MRT or Monorail station since these buses do not accept cash nor have any pay wave devices.

We then walked east along Jalan Sultan and turned left onto Jalan Tun H S Lee past the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. We had a sumptuous lunch at Sin Kiew Yee comprising of Sweet & Sour and Ginger with Spring Onions fried dishes with white rice and a round of Chinese Tea for RM28.00 (approximately USD/EUR6).

Lunch out of the way we then began an impromptu walkabout that took us along Jalan Hang Lekir then onto Jalan Hang Kasturi. We walked across Jalan Tun Sambanthan and entered Central Market where a long procession of temporary stalls was erected selling of kinds of knick-knacks.

We walked the entire length of Central Market and exited its northern facing doors before walking onto Jalan Hang Kasturi again. We then walked across Lebuh Pasar Besar headed north onto Medan Pasar and past its Old Clock Tower. We continued northeast onto Lebuh Ampang and turned right onto Jalan Tun Perak.

Here we stopped by Rush Roastery for some beverages at cost us RM33.00 (approximately USD/EUR7) which ironically was more than what we paid for lunch. Oh well, it is what it is.

We then across Jalan Tun Perak onto Lebuh Ampang and darted into a small alley before emerging onto Jalan Melaka. We then walked northeast onto Jalan Ampang before merging onto Jalan Munshi Abdullah.

We were on the home straight! We walked across the Jambatan Jalan Munshi Abdullah and past Jakel Mall until we reached City One Plaza and eventually got home.

We will be on another walkabout this Sunday morning as we attempt to acquire a second pre-loved DJI Pocket 2 from a seller we found on Carousell, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Capital Cafe - https://goo.gl/maps/foZaxzwZbMF5uHrZ9
Sogo-Pertama Crossroad - https://goo.gl/maps/baXFVQdxYHn5s5i26
KL 36 Menara MARA Bus Stop - https://goo.gl/maps/9TE2GkeTGZPbXzSF8
Masjid Jamek LRT station - https://goo.gl/maps/r4ErYbzNHLsGN2cp8
Kota Raya Complex - https://goo.gl/maps/mUk1D9fqMoggUemJ8
Guan Di Temple - https://goo.gl/maps/SH94h3FjtVCNJfut7
Pasar Seni Bus Hub - https://goo.gl/maps/RBMyAwh3n1jaQzPv9
Pasar Seni LRT Station - https://goo.gl/maps/P58cVGfG5xEV5ndA7
Pasar Seni MRT Station Gate B - https://goo.gl/maps/UukfUkjMZhuC1KyD8
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple - https://goo.gl/maps/nLneP4A9L8BhztAr7
Sin Kiew Yee - https://goo.gl/maps/vPEDKrDXkucRabkB7
Central Market - https://goo.gl/maps/N8SaeVvt51X8Mm3ZA
Medan Pasar Clock Tower - https://goo.gl/maps/FAVRKUxkJaD4DLuH6
Rush Roastery - https://goo.gl/maps/H3ANF6yJzeTC2x938
Jambatan Jalan Munshi Abdullah - https://goo.gl/maps/6qbeUVNfEQbhnsRCA
Jakel Mall - https://goo.gl/maps/ZdExiFmTPc9wCih87
City One Plaza - https://goo.gl/maps/rvLJBVwWt2DZt42u7

Sunday, 4 September 2022

MANSION Tea Stall

It's time for Teh Tarik!

We moved in to our present home sometime in 2005 and in that time have always been coming here to Mansion Tea Stall, which in our opinion has the best Teh Tarik in town. This and Syed Bistro have always been our default Mamak (Malaysian Indian Muslim) restaurant.

Before the days of YouTube we used to blog about Mansion Tea Stall before here and here.

Brendan was only six when we first came here and everyone here got to see him grow from a boy to a man. Each time we visit the first thing they will do is ask "mana anak?" or "where's your child?". It was no different today, and we had to explain that Brendan was away visiting a friend.

After greeting everyone we sat down and ordered the Roti Canai Telur Goyang (roti with a half boiled egg on top), Maggi Mi Goreng, Iced Tea and Teh Tarik. Our brunch came to RM13.50 (approximately USD/EUR3).

Apart from the best Teh Tarik we are also of the opinion they serve the best Roti Canai and Chicken Curry as well. Don't believe us? Then come on over and give them a try.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

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📍 Location:
Mansion Tea Stall - https://goo.gl/maps/g9D5JCDrTQfxDBJ59


Festival Seni @ Jalan TAR

It's Sunday!

The whole of yesterday morning was spent at a Perodua Service Centre in Jalan Chan Sow Lin so there was nothing interesting to film.

Today we decided to take a walk along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) which is closed to all vehicles every Sunday from 6:00am to 11:59pm to accommodate the Festival Seni (Arts Festival) that hosts various art stalls and street buskers. 

We left our home and proceeded to walk along Lorong TAR headed north to its very end before we turned left onto Jalan Dang Wangi for a short while. We then made another left turn at the Sogo-Pertama Crossroad onto Jalan TAR. 

We then walked south along Jalan TAR and upon reaching the intersection with Jalan Esfahan we found barricades along the road marking the start of the Arts Festival. We walked the length of Jalan TAR taking in the sights and sounds from the stalls and various performers to the very end.

At the intersection with Jalan Melayu we found another barricade which marked the end of the Arts Festival. We then turned left onto Jalan Tun Perak headed southeast until we reached the Masjid Jamek LRT station. Here we turned left again onto Lebuh Ampang past our favourite banana leaf restaurant, Restoran Kader and continued northeast to its very end before walking onto Jalan Ampang.

We continued along Jalan Ampang for a bit before walking across the Klang River onto Lorong Bunus Satu where we had brunch at Mansion Tea Stall. After our meal we continued onto Jalan Masjid India headed north until we reached Semua House.

Here we hoped to take away our dinner from Burger King which alas had closed down. As an alternative we walked over to Tepui Corner but they were only serving drinks. We then walked along Jalan Bunus 6 and entered City One Plaza. We walked up to the food court on the second floor to find most stalls closed.

Oh well, we guess we will have to order our dinner with the Grab app. We then headed home and ended our walkabout.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022

MERDEKA Day Parade 2022!

It's Merdeka Day!

Hari Kebangsaan, or National Day is the official independence day of Malaysia. It commemorates the Malayan Declaration of Independence of 31 August 1957 and is defined in Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia. 

Fondly known as Hari Merdeka or Independence Day, it has been a practice for thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life, as well as age, race and religion, to converge to Dataran Merdeka to together celebrate our National Day each year.

The pandemic put paid to the celebrations of 2020-2021, and with this year's theme of Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama (Malaysian Family: Stronger Together) we were determined more than ever to join in the festivities.

We woke up at the crack of dawn and made our way out of our condo at 7:00am headed along Jalan TAR to its absolute end only to find Dataran Merdeka packed to the proverbial rafters. 

All along Jalan Raja were tens of thousands of revellers eagerly waiting for the parade to start, we later learnt that some came as early as 4:30am!

So we doubled back along Jalan TAR and finally found a spot along Jalan Raja Chulan beside the bridge. There we waited for an hour and a half for the parade to start.

The parade started at 9:00am and lasted for about an hour and a half, and we then headed home.

Less words, more footage... enjoy the raucous and joyous parade!

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

N/B: Midway through the parade we switched cameras from the DJI Pocket 2 to the Lumix GH5. It being our first time and all we were unfamiliar with the audio settings, and when we got home, we found the audio to be rather shrill and 'jarring'. Try as we might we could not fix it in post-production, and please accept our sincerest apologies.

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📍 Location:
Dataran Merdeka - https://g.page/dataran-merdeka-kuala-lumpur?share
Jambatan Jalan Raja Laut - https://goo.gl/maps/jSmxppXizFFB8L4y5

Saturday, 27 August 2022

KLCC Walkabout

It's the weekend!

Our weekend began with a walk south along Jalan Munshi Abdullah headed to the bus stop in front of Jakel Mall. We had a hankering for some Borsch soup and knew just where to get it. 

We were caught by surprise by the sudden emergence of the Rapid KL bus #300 that we did not have time to film it, and hastily got on board. Since it was a double decker bus, we made our way to the upper deck and got ourselves seated at the front.

The bus drove along Jalan Munshi Abdullah then turned right onto Jalan Dang Wangi before it then turned left onto Jalan Ampang.

In a little while we got off at Hotel Maya bus stop beside Wisma Selangor Dredging and walked northeast along Jalan Ampang. At the KLCC intersection we continued northeast onto Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.

We arrived at Megan Avenue 2 and made our way to Central Asia Restaurant to have a Caucasus inspired Uzbek lunch, complete with the Borsch soup we were hankering for.

An hour later we made our way southwest along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng before continuing onto Jalan Ampang at the KLCC intersection. We then walked across Jalan Ampang and made our way into Suria KLCC.

We then exited onto the esplanade outside of Suria KLCC and made our way to the Simfoni Lake, and KLCC Park. We spent some time exploring but the heat was a deterrence for us to continue any further. Also we noticed quite a fair bit of paths and walkways cordoned off, which further cut short our walkabout around KLCC Park.

Oh well, we'll be back some other time when the weather and cordons were less prohibitive.

We then walked back into Suria KLCC and out again onto Jalan Ampang where we waited for a free GoKL City Bus, specifically the Green Line that would take us to Bukit Bintang. After a little wait we boarded the bus and eventually got off at Wisma Cosway across from Pavilion.

We then waited for another free GoKL City Bus, this time the Blue Line that would take us back to Jalan Munshi Abdullah. We caught the Blue Line bus and alighted at the Capsquare bus stop.

We then walked to Semua House to get ourselves some refreshments from the Tea Live stall before walking into City One Plaza to get ourselves a couple of shawarmas for dinner.

With that we end our post for this week, but please stay tuned as we hope to cover the Merdeka (Independence) Day celebrations in a few short days.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

CENTRAL ASIA Restaurant

It's the weekend!

We had a hankering for some Borscht and knew just where to get it. Located within Megan Avenue 2 just a few hundred metres away from the KLCC intersection was Central Asia, an Uzbekistani restaurant that we had read about online.

A diminutive, little restaurant with several tables and two eating berths Central Asia was able to weather the turmoil of the past two years thanks in part to its takeout business. We also read that it draws a fair number of patrons during the weekdays from the many offices nearby.

We carefully perused the rather extensive menu and quickly settled on:

  • a bowl of Olivye Salad for RM8.50
  • a bowl of Borsh for RM14.50
  • a plate of Plov for RM16.50
  • 4 skewers of Shashlik for RM36.00
  • a can of Coca Cola for RM3.50
  • a pot of Uzbek Black Tea for RM5.00

We also took away:

  • Uzbeki bread for RM5.00
  • Beef Somsa (Samosa?) for RM6.50
  • Chicken Somsa (Samosa?) for RM6.00

Our flavoursome lunch from the Caucasus came to RM101.50 (approximately USD/EUR23) which was a little pricey by our standards but it being a novelty meal from the Caucasus and all we felt it was well worth it. 

An hour later we emerged from Central Asia eager to resume our KLCC walkabout.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Megan Avenue 2 - https://goo.gl/maps/gwLueMXvJAKWu9gp6
Restaurant Central Asia - https://goo.gl/maps/ac4wCFJyt3UZUjKm9

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Thursday, 18 August 2022

New Gear Day

New gear day!

During our recent trip to Penang our little Lumix GX85 broke down. The shutter mechanism was jammed and after asking around found someone who could repair it.

So while waiting for it be repaired we managed to acquire a previously owned Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III as a back-up camera that came with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens from our trusted camera shop, Altech Camera. We did not film that particular visit.

Then we came upon a nifty lens to go with the Olympus EM10, the M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0 lens that Altech had for sale. Without hesitation I hailed a Grab car and headed over to acquire the lens.

Then a few days Danny the repairman called to inform that the repairs were done. He even personally sent the camera to us (since he had an errand to run in the general vicinity) and we were overjoyed that our precious little Lumix GX85 came back alive!

So we thought we'd make a short video on the newly acquired second hand camera and lens, and to celebrate the return of our precious little Lumix GX85.

We will return to regular programming in the posts to come, so we hope you will excuse the diversion.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Altech Camera - https://goo.gl/maps/Xxko6oUWhQc9k4ar6

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Friday, 12 August 2022

ETS Train Ride (Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur)

We are going back to Kuala Lumpur!

The last time we rode the ETS to Penang, so this time we rode it back instead.

After spending time at Penang Sentral having brunch at KFC we made our way to the Butterworth station at 12:00pm and ten minutes before the departure time we were allowed to board.

At precisely 12:45pm we left the Butterworth station. The next four hours or so was very pleasant and while Cat took a nap I continued working on our video edits, even managing to render one video.

For a fare of RM80.00 (approximately USD/EUR18) it is double the price of a bus ticket. The ETS does shave an hour off the travel time, and it does provide a difference perspective as it travels through some amazing landscapte. Whether paying double is worth it is
debatable.

As we reached the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur we decided to disembark at the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station instead of KL Sentral as it was nearer our home by Grab. We arrived at 5:07pm and with that end our post here.

With that too ends our Penang trip that in our zest yielded twenty posts! We will be going back soon (minus the camera).

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
KTM ETS Butterworth - https://goo.gl/maps/4m1GKqVskLfZorfbA
Penang Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/U5Qyv59oAKFj8aQ39
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - https://goo.gl/maps/K2K9GTHziUQvSJsm7

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Leaving for KUALA LUMPUR

We are going back to Kuala Lumpur!

Five glorious days went by in a flash, and we were already packing and getting ready to go.

Since there were no buses to get us to Penang Sentral we had no choice but to hail a Grab car. We had three luggage bags between us and thought it wise to hail a six-seater car just in case.

To our surprise the 'car' that picked us up was a luxurious Toyota Vellfire! We loaded our bags and enjoyed very comfortable half an hour drive across the Penang bridge to Penang Sentral. The fare including toll fees came to RM48.50 (approximately USD/EUR11) which we thought was remarkably reasonable since for the same distance the 'consortium' of Penang taxi drivers would have charged us RM63.40 (approximately USD/EUR14)!

We arrived at the Butterworth station at 10:am and since our ETS train back to Kuala Lumpur was only due to depart at 12:45pm we had plenty of time. We then walked across to the walkway that led to Penang Sentral.

Here we decided to have brunch at KFC. We spent the next two hours here eating as I began the arduous task of editing our videos.

At 12:00pm we made our way back to the KTM ETS station. It was at first very quiet until the ETS train bound from Kuala Lumpur arrived, causing quite a crush at the turnstile gate. The crowd grew massive to the point where the turnstile gates failed and the departing passengers were diverted to the manual gates.

Ten minutes later we were allowed to board, and at precisely 12:45pm we left the Butterworth station. The next four hours or so was very pleasant and while Cat took a nap I continued working on our video edits, even managing to render one video.

Half an hour before reaching Kuala Lumpur it began to rain heavily which forced the train to slow down. As we reached the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur we decided to disembark at the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station instead of KL Sentral as it was nearer our home by Grab.

At ten past five we arrived and again hailed a six-seater Grab car for a fare of RM32.00 (aproximately USD/EUR11). This time a diminutive Perodua Alza picked us up and got us home within ten minutes.

We miss Penang already, and hope to go again but this time without a camera in hand so that we can realise appreciate it for what it is. See you soon.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/NKCPhBhGrd6kCsnw6
KTM ETS Butterworth - https://goo.gl/maps/4m1GKqVskLfZorfbA
Penang Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/U5Qyv59oAKFj8aQ39
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - https://goo.gl/maps/K2K9GTHziUQvSJsm7

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

NEW WORLD PARK Food City

Penang Day 5!

We made it a point to spend our last night in Penang at a typical Penang Chinese food court. New World Park is a food court that we walked past two nights ago on our way back to the hotel from Gurney Drive, and a place that we had seen quite a few times during our numerous bus rides.

I spent the entire afternoon working on the large volumes of footage we had captured the last five days, and in the blink of an eye it was dinnertime.

We left the hotel at seven in the evening and walked along Jalan Hutton until the intersection with Jalan Transfer where we turned left. We wanted to check out Lorong Popus, a location where we had read online about a possible homestay unit.

We scoped out the area in a quiet neighbourhood and should Hutton Central or Hutton Suites be unavailable for future trips the homestay at Lorong Popus will be a handy backup.

We then headed out of Lorong Popus back onto Jalan Transfer before darting left onto Jalan Dinding. We walked the entire stretch to its end and ended up on Jalan Hutton again.

We walked northwest for a while before turning left onto Jalan Swatow. We had arrived at New World Park Food City!

A large food court with remarkably lofty ceilings that provided excellent air ventilation, we were soon immersed in the sights, sounds and odour of the place. We walked around for a fair bit checking out the food stalls and eventually settled on:

  • Grilled Lamb Chop for RM21.00
  • Fries for RM9.00
  • Char Kueh Teow with Duck Egg for RM9
  • Tonic Soup with Rice for RM9.00
  • A large plate of Lor Bak RM13.00
  • 3 Pepsi plus a large Carlsberg for RM28

Our (almost) typical and delightful Penang dinner came to RM89.00 (approximately USD/EUR20) which was a little steep by our standards but it being our last night and all we decided to “go out with a bang”.

We will be heading back to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow and will miss Penang and its food tremendously.
Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6
Lorong Popus - https://goo.gl/maps/X9QUxATdAcMYErJL7
New World Park Food City - https://goo.gl/maps/3ma8BRh6nUWjXHEq7

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

PENANG Runaround 7 (Weld Quay - Gurney Drive - Beach Street)

Penang Day 5!

Our penultimate day in Penang, we did not have any specific plans other than having breakfast at Roti Canai Jalan Argyll nearby.

We had actually slept in this morning and arose at a quarter to nine. We eventually got ready an hour later and arrived at the breakfast destination at ten in the morning.

A round of Roti Canai and a drink for everyone came to RM13.00 (approximately USD/EUR3). We then headed to the bus stop in front of the 7-Eleven at Jalan Penang and caught the Rapid Penang Free CAT bus all the way to Jetty Bus Terminal B at Weld Quay.

Here we switched over to the Rapid Penang #101 bus for a fare of RM1.40 each (approximately USD/EUR0.30) to Gurney Paragon Mall at Gurney Drive. We paid the H&M store a visit in search of a T-shirt that I took a liking to, but it was not to be found.

We then hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM13.00 (approximately USD/EUR3) to the Birch House Heritage Building. Located at Dato' Keramat Road, and now part of Penang Times Square it was built in 1908 to house the office of Eastern Smelting.

We all had drinks with fries at McDonald’s for RM18.30 (approximately USD/EUR4) then walked over to 1st Avenue Mall. Here we visited another H&M store and found the T-shirt I was looking for.

We then walked over to the Komtar Bus Terminal and caught another Rapid Penang Free CAT bus to Padang Kota Lama. Here we walked across Light Street and headed to Merlin Hotel.

We had lunch at Nasi Kandar Merlin that came to RM31.50 (approximately USD/EUR7), which consisted of a plate of white rice with fried chicken and a generous sampling of all their curries.

Lunch out of the way we decided to walk back to the hotel via Lebuh Campbell and it being our penultimate day in Penang stopped by Lebuh Keng Kwee to take home three packets of Cendol that we enjoyed at the hotel later.

We hope to have dinner tonight at a typical Penang Chinese food court, so please stay tuned.
Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6
Roti Canai Jalan Argyll - https://goo.gl/maps/671fsERVbboSr5BG7
Penang Road Bus Stop - https://goo.gl/maps/oxGfvHvHiBF13gEDA
Jetty Bus Terminal B - https://goo.gl/maps/KiFXp5JXgjQg33pHA
Gurney Paragon Mall - https://goo.gl/maps/GftuVn9h1vdnopkL7
Birch House (Heritage Building) - https://goo.gl/maps/ffQZVCdExE75xTUH8
1st Avenue Mall - https://goo.gl/maps/3oHi4CmVYukBWycP8
Padang Kota Lama Bus Stop - https://goo.gl/maps/KjcvKZpeMGqzY8io6
Nasi Kandar Merlin - https://goo.gl/maps/xToBZujtw4m3Hok66
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul - https://goo.gl/maps/gqFpnwggNyDTABit5

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.