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THE KEY BANGKOK HOTEL AT SUKHUMVIT SOI 19 BANGKOK THAILAND

You may think Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is not as big as it sounds but it’s 1.5 times the size of Penang Island and Mainland combined. However, Bangkok is more densely populated with endless attractions compared to Penang. Thus, it’s great if you know which would be the best location to stay based on your itinerary during your vacation. There may be over thousands of city & riverside hotels, boutique hotels, guesthouses or even hostels to stay in and it can be a little daunting for first-timers in Bangkok. To me, it’s not about the things you planned to do in Bangkok but the knowledge to fully utilize the mass transits to get to your destinations. With over 50 districts in Bangkok, I’ve chosen the district of Watthana with the convenience of having both the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) and the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT Metro) easily available. That’s the reason I’ve checked into The Key Bangkok Hotel.

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The Key, a 3-star hotel, is not much of a lavish hotel with complete facilities, but it’s just the right one for my basic necessities. Most importantly, a hotel has to be clean. Moreover, I realized that the housekeeping team has been a bit too hard working during my 5D4N stay in the hotel by replenishing all the used shampoo bottles, drinking water, beverage sachets and towels on a daily basis (when they stressed that we should try to go green and avoid changing towels daily). Though small in size, the hotel still has a comfortable sitting area with an indoor coffee house and an al fresco area to chill out.

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As for the room, I would say it’s quite spacious for a THB2000++ room with facilities such as a small kitchen (with plates, bowls, cups, glasses and necessary utensils), microwave oven, refrigerator, electric water kettle (complimentary coffee & tea sachets and two bottles of drinking water daily), TV, DVD player, safe deposit box, dressing table, working table, dining table, build-in wardrobe, hairdryer and bath tub with hot showers. Moreover, the washroom came equipped with hair shampoo, body shampoo, spa shampoo, hand wash and hand lotion bottles.

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However, there were two major setbacks in the room. One will be the toilet bowl which is too near to the wall. Thus, it will be quite inconvenient for huge sized house guests to do their “business”. Moreover, the blinds were not overlapping properly, resulting in the feeling of insecurity to prevent peeping toms from the opposite building. On top of that, there was no dish washer in the room. Though the housekeeper will clean up those dirty dishes, it would be great if they can provide that for long term house guests. As for WIFI, it’s not as stable as my personal 3G connection (though my Happy Tourist SIM card was not as smooth as it should be outside the vicinity of the hotel).

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Overall, it’s still a nice place to stay in with minimal sound pollution and the central air-conditioning can be rather cold. Moreover, Terminal 21 is just few minutes of walk away. You can access to a convenience shop right outside the entrance with two more 7-11 shops along the Sukhumvit Soi 19. Restaurants (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Western), street food, cafes, hair salon, gymnasium and massage & spa parlors are scattered everywhere nearby. Without taking the risk of missing my flight (12.00 noon) to get home, the staff was helpful enough to get me a taxi to Don Mueang International Airport for a mere THB400 at 8.30am.

Here are some peeps of what to expect surrounding the vicinity of The Key Bangkok Hotel.

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Name: THE KEY BANGKOK HOTEL
Address: 19-19/1-3 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Klong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Contact: +662 255 5825
GPS: 13.739016, 100.559948

DIRECTIONS:

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From Don Mueang International Airport (DMK): Take A1/A2 bus to Mo Chit Station (BTS Sukhumvit Line). Take the Skytrain to BTS Asoke Station. Use the Skywalk towards Exit 1 and walk downstairs towards Terminal 21. Walk straight towards “The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel”. At the road before the hotel, turn right into Sukhumvit Soi 19 and walk about 70m and you will see the “The Key” after a row of shop houses on your left. The main entrance of the hotel is via a smaller alley.

From Suvarnabhumi International Airport: Take the Airport Rail Link (ARL) to ARL Makkasan Station. Walk to the MRT Phetcheburi Station and use the Subway Train to MRT Sukhumvit Station. Walk towards Exit 3 near the entrance of Terminal 21. Walk straight towards “The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel”. At the road next to the hotel, turn right into Sukhumvit Soi 19 and walk about 70m and you will see the “The Key” after a row of shop houses on your left. The main entrance of the hotel is via a smaller alley.

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Cleanliness: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Noise Pollution: 5/10 (1-4 quiet, 5-7 average, 8-10 noisy)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

 

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10 REASONS WHY I SHOULD AVOID STRESS

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A workaholic is always a workaholic as they will always give excuses that they do not have the time off as their schedules are always tight and sparing a few hours of their precious time will be super impossible. Stop being a badass and make excuses for all your shortcomings as there will always be an endless chain of work to be done. How you make time for everything and anything are within your own control. Good time management is vital for your personal lifestyle, a healthy one. No matter how short a holiday trip it may be, it’s a NECESSITY and not a LUXURY.

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Now stop being a hypocrite that you do not have time in your hands to improve your own life. Our bodies need a break away from stresses of any kind. We often ignore the importance of proper rest and relaxation until our body had become so fragile even to execute some simple chores. One health guru frequently reminded me on my failing health, “What’s the use of you resting many times in a day and yet not getting enough of proper sleep?” He was right. A body needs long and undisturbed sleep on scheduled sleeping time AT NIGHT to enable our body the adequate time to repair, recuperate and grow. In this technological era, we tend to spend most of our time poking our heads into other people’s affairs than finding ways to make our life more beneficial, physically, mentally, spiritually and morally.

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I often ask myself these questions, “Am I being an idiot and taken for rides all the time? Do any company and friends appreciate my insane working attitudes to make their lives more profitable? If so, where’s the gratitude?” Most of the time, it’s all about money and secondly it’s about given opportunities. In the end, it’s about taking things for granted and forgetting about the roots on how a person’s life became more at ease and bearable. I have come to the state that slogging so hard for others is not my main priority now. I would rather take a break away from the hustle and bustle of a mad concrete jungle and spend my time doing what I loved most at a more relaxing pace – living my life to the fullest with more happiness and less stress.

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Here are my reasons to stay idle for some time until I’m fully charged for the next phase in my life:

Restructuring the body against burnouts – Staying away from any sort of work tend to give the body the required time to repair itself and the brain to be free from any commitment it had pre-programmed to do so. A carefree lifestyle can prevent one from falling into depression, anxiety, temperamental and more. So, let’s go for a work-free vacation now.

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Regaining fitness – You might not believe it but you tend to walk more during trips even if it’s just for a few hours. The wonderful thing is that you won’t realize that you are actually burning up more fat and calories~ LOL! Due to all those little sightseeing walks or even shopping sprees, you are actually being forced to walk more than usual, pumping up your heart for better blood circulations, thus making you feeling fresher than ever.

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Breathing a different air – Instead of sitting down on the same spot for years and breathing in the same stuffy air, it’s always great to send yourself onto a new expedition, to an unexpected destination out from the normal populated areas and into the wilderness of the sea, land and air. At least the lungs have enough fresh air to repair themselves. Let’s go Kakadu~ Wait! Where is that? LOL~ 😛

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Rekindle your long lost connections – When was the last time you met up with your great grand aunt who is from another state or country? Well, that might be quite hard as it might incur more time and expenses, unless you are quite financially stable. Let’s put someone closer to you, eg. your parents, wife, family, boyfriend, girlfriend or even close friends you had not met up for awhile. When was the last time you really spend time with them to build up closer ties and strengthen the bonds? Even a simple dine out for a few hours is enough as everyone will need at least some companionship in certain time of their lives.

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Finding that new inspiration – Staying at stagnant surroundings will make you a dull person without much creativity to venture into something new. Go out there to new places to find your inspiration. A complete stress free environment filled with lots of good food, good sceneries, great air, great companions, laughter and more will indeed rejuvenate the mind and soul to think more analytically in life.

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Collaborate your brain with your senses – Sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch are often manipulated under stressful environment. We are human after all. We tend to shut our senses out just because we do not like certain sensations behaving not to our own likings. Unless you own a sensory deprivation floatation tank filled with Epsom salt for a total floatation in nothingness so that your brain can have a good rest without sensing anything, there will always be stressful moments in your brain. Instead of shutting down your senses on the surrounding negativity, it’s always great if you could expand your senses more towards positivity. The sight of a beautiful yet tranquil venue, the smell of unpolluted air with a tint of flowery freshness, the natural sweetness of the water from a clean flowing stream, the sound of nature and the touch of nature’s fauna and flora, will eventually set your mind into a state filled with tranquility, peace and happiness. Isn’t that less tedious than trying to drown the natural senses of your body?

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Don’t be a sleep deprived idiot – Do you agree with me that whenever your eyes are opened, you tend to think too much, worry too much and stress yourself endlessly? After a full daylight of putting your brain into all the tedious tasks, it’s about time to give your brain and body the necessary time out during nightfall. Without the minimum 8 hours of proper sleep, your health will be at risk. It had been found in medical researches that a patient deprived of proper sleep tends to fare worst in a blood test. Your cholesterol and blood pressure level will hike up crazily with constant dizziness and headaches. Your movements may become haywire with constant body aches. So, shut down whatever you are doing and have a proper rest now.

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Expand your boundaries for better knowledge and efficiency – There’s the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words.” We indeed need more colors in our life instead of accustoming ourselves with the hues of black in our concrete jungle. Visiting Mother Nature’s wonderful creations away from the populated city will eventually set your mind to look at scenarios differently. A clearer mind will logically boost up your creativity, productivity and analytical thinking. After all, the sky is never always blue. It changes from violet, orange, red and pitch black with occasional some rainbow colors along the horizon. Even the fishes come in different shapes, colors and sizes. With the knowledge from your little exploration in a peaceful state of mind, you tend to be more efficient in doing the best. It’s the best stimulant and it’s free.

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Less regrets in your life – It’s like a bucket list where you will plan out a list of things you will do before you die~ LOL~ The main purpose of creating your list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. At least, we have a goal towards what matters most to us. If you do not find the time to do what you love while you are alive, you might regret it at your death bed. It’s a taboo for many to think about it but this is a reality. I’m sure no one will have the last wish as “I wished I had spent more time at work and stop wasting time on vacations.”

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Inner self studies – Regardless of whether you are a female or a male, everyone tends to have their “PMS” days with unpredicted mood swings. Just because you are not in the best of your moods, would you bark on everyone who passes by? Is that how you would like others to treat you when they are in their worst moods? It’s all about “to forgive and to forget” and not like a grapevine protruding its “tales” into an already complicated environment. Sometimes, we need to sit quietly at one corner and study ourselves well with the five “W”s and one “H”. Depending on your personal self studies, questions might include the examples as follow. Why is everyone treating me this way? Who are they? Where have I gone wrong? What did I do wrong to deserve such treatments? Which action have I executed wrongly? How can I rectify myself to be a better person?

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As for me, I will always storm the 5 “W”s and 1 “H” questions in my head, especially when I don’t have any personal time for a healthier lifestyle. Why am I not having the required rest I deserved for all the hard work I had put in? Who are stopping me from going for a vacation? Where have I gone wrong that I don’t have time off? What did I do wrong to deplete myself from having some rest and relaxation? Which are the best solutions so that I can have more time for myself? How can I find ways to make the existing system become self dependent without my presence? Well, it’s a never ending process anyway and the questions will be double folds or triple folds within each question you have in your mind. Those are stresses too right?

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In fact, you can always control your own life by being in the present and temporary put on hold any future projects. Just pack your bag, clear your mind and go for your personal relaxation now. Towards the end of the day, you will find that you had become a rejuvenated person filled with more energy and brain juice to pursue on any oncoming projects. Moreover, you will become a better person with more conscience to move towards a rightful and fruitful journey in life.

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THE FIRST EVER PENANG INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL MART 2012

The Penang State Tourism, supported by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA), Association of Tourism Attractions Penang (ATAP) and Penang Tourist Guide Association (PTGA), recently held the first ever Penang International Travel Mart 2012 (Penang ITM) over a period of 3 days from 4-6 July 2012. With buyers from 13 countries across the world, namely from Australia, Cambodia, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam and of course our Malaysian counterparts, it was a unique opportunity for the local travel trade to meet, network and showcase their products for the international travel industries. On top of that, visitors were able to have the in depth experience to explore George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. This year, “Culture, Food and Heritage” has been chosen as the theme as it truly captures the essence of Penang and has always been the main factor that has drawn travelers worldwide.

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With centuries old of unique history and heritage from the various ethnicities that had settled here, Penang of course has the reputation of being the “Food Paradise of Asia” amongst the gourmets throughout the world. Visitors were treated with a variety of sumptuous dishes for dinner at the Penang Equatorial Hotel on Thursday night. The dinner was graced by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng, Penang State Exco for Tourism Development & Culture, YB Danny Law Keng Hiang, MATTA President, Dato’ Mohd Khalid Harun, MAH (Penang Chapter) Chairman, Ms. Mary Ann Harris and a few dignitaries.

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After a short speech by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng, buyers from the various countries were presented with a customized souvenir in the shape of our Penang ferry. There were some performances by a traditional dance group and the hotel’s house band.

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We were treated with a buffet dinner thereafter with dishes that included CNNGo’s world #7 ranking assam laksa, oh chean (oyster omelette), chili crabs, char koay teow, roasted whole lamb with nasi briyani, chicken & lamb satay, pure sugar cane juice, ice kacang, sup kambing, roti Bengali, boneless tandoori chicken, beef strip loin steak, grilled tiger prawns, grilled red snapper with fresh dill sauce, grilled herbed vegetables, corn on cob, baked Idaho potatoes with condiments, golden phoenix fried rice, gado gado, sotong kangkung, taukua sumbat, German style potato salad, a selections of fresh greens with different dressings, cucumber salad with minted yoghurt and an array of local and Western desserts plus fresh fruits.

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AN EYE OPENING VISIT TO PERFECT FOOD MANUFACTURING SDN BHD AT ALOR GAJAH @ MALACCA

I’m sure the name Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. might not ring a bell in the minds of many consumers but the name “Julie’s” would. The company is actually behind all the Julie’s biscuits products sold in more than 60 countries throughout the world. During the recent A Date with Bloggers in Melaka event organized by 1asiafoodguide.com and bestmelakaguide.com, we had “A Date with Julie’s”. Romantic isn’t it? Well, it was as we got up close and personal with Julie’s production processes. LOL! Foreign bloggers from Singapore and Philippines joined the Malaysian bloggers team from as far as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru gathered under one common roof for the first time to have a better understanding on the mission and vision of this biscuit manufacturing organization. The company’s motto “Baked with Love” says it all as they sincerely did share out their lovely bakes from the heart~ 🙂

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From a humble beginning more than 3 decades ago, the brand Julie’s has today become a well known household brand by winning many distinctive awards such as the Superbrands Award, Putra Award and Asia Excellence Brand Award, to name some. Throughout the years, the company has also received numerous certifications such as the ISO 1901:2000 (design, modeling, manufacture and delivery of products & services), HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points), HACCP (Ministry of Health), OHSAS 18001 (British Standard for Occupational Hazard & Safety Management Systems), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), ISO 22000 (interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programs & HACCP principles) and the latest being the HALAL (permissible food based on Islamic law) certification.

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After a short briefing on the company’s profile by Mr. Ng Teng Chai, General Manager of Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (Julie’s) and staff, we were then taken on a tour to the production line. As there was a rule against any recording in the production room, I’m sorry to say that there would not be any photos available here to share out but I’ll try my best to get every detail in here as possible. As food safety and hygiene are extremely important in their daily operations, we were required to dress up with protective gears from head to toe. This is one of the standards set to ascertain all activities carried out within the premises have the required quality and safety at all stages from primary production through processing, storage and distribution prior to reaching the consumers. Even with the “bathing cap” to prevent hair droppings, mouth piece to prevent unnecessary bacteria, below knee covered overcoats and shoe covers to prevent foreign matters, we were also required to wash our hands with anti micro-organisms hand lotion and rolled with adhesive tape prior to entering the production room. Upon entering the room, we were again asked to sanitize our hands with some antiseptic lotion. That’s how serious Julie’s is in hygiene to ensure their food safety.

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Here’s a group shot of the future “operation room surgeons and nurses”. LOL!

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Upon entering the production room, you can feel the intense humidity from the long line of conveyor belt baking ovens. We were shown all the stages of producing the aromatic biscuits, from ingredients weighing, mixing, fermentation, forming, baking, cooling, metal detection, sandwiching, wrapping, weight checking, cartooning and right up to storage. Thereafter, the end products would be dispatched to respective retailers before being sold to consumers. Below is the summarized overview of the whole procedures.

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The end products would look like these little packages with crunchy biscuits inside. In the production of these biscuits, no preservatives have been added. Only permissible natural colorings have been added and these colorings are ten folds costlier than artificial coloring. Anything displayed on the shelves for more than 9 months would be taken back to ensure the freshness of all Julie’s products. Rejected products would not be resold on the market place, resulting in roughly a million ringgit worth of product being destroyed yearly.

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Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (Julie’s) produces 4 types of biscuits, namely crackers, sandwiches, wafer rolls and assorted biscuits in tins. You can purchase any of these products practically off the shelves in any of the leading supermarkets, hypermarkets or even grocery stores throughout the world. More varieties such as the upcoming productions of Sultana Biscuits would be available soon. Do keep a look out for the launching.

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On top of their “Aloha” principle in instilling a clean and harmonious working environment, Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (Julie’s) also carries out their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by sharing their successes with the community by executing their “Share the Love” campaign frequently. Apart from rewarding those “unsung heroes” with some little tokens of appreciation for working at odd hours or days to have a better living, they also have many sponsorships and charity drives to help out those underprivileged society. It’s all about friendship and solidarity in expressing “LOVE” as one entity in humanity. Some of their achievements and events can be viewed at their official website.

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After a brief lunch at the cafeteria, we adjourned to the main entrance of the factory and took a group shot of the Julie’s management with “A Date with Bloggers in Melaka” participants.

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Eventually, we had to bid farewell to the management of Julie’s with Mr. Ng Teng Chai, General Manager of Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (Julie’s) personally handed out some giveaways for our memorable visit to the factory.

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Coincidentally, I have a true story to share out here. I’m a pet lover and I owned 5 cats at home now. Johann L was the latest stray cat to be adopted into the J Family Kitties on 10 May 2012, barely 9 days away from my trip with “A Date with Bloggers in Melaka”. He was all run down with injuries sustained from some dog bites and is still recovering from those bad wounds. I can’t leave him there to fend for himself right? Our first encounter was with Julie’s and he loves the biscuits ever since. No doubt human food would not suit animals for a long period of time, but I still do pamper him with small bits of the biscuits from time to time as it was that moment of fate that brought us together. What a lucky fella! 🙂

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Lastly, I would like to thank to Perfect Food Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (Julie’s) for sponsoring the event as well as giving us the first hand opportunity to witness the production line.

Name: JULIE’S @ PERFECT FOOD MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD.
Address:
AG 6876 Jalan Industri 4, Kawasan Perindustrian Alor Gajah,
78000 Alor Gajah, Malaysia.
Contact: 606-556 1401
GPS: 2.361314, 102.20007
Website: http://www.julies.com.my

 

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AN INSIGHT INTO A DATE WITH BLOGGERS IN MELAKA 2012

Criz Bon Appetite together with a few bloggers from Penang had the privileges to be invited to join other bloggers, Facebookers and student chefs from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johore, Singapore and Philippines respectively on a field trip organized by the management team from “A Date with Bloggers in Melaka” to the historic centre of Malacca (Melaka), which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 July 2008 together with George Town, the capital of Penang. The trip included visitation to Julie’s biscuits manufacturing factory (Perfect Food Manufacturing S/B), hands on cooking lessons on producing some of Malacca’s local delicacies, food reviews on local Hainanese, Portugese and Nyonya cuisine as well as visits to some of the heritage and historical sites in Malacca. I’ll just write a brief here while elaborating more on individual eateries soon at Criz Bon Appetite.

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As for those of us from Penang, we started off our journey late due to some bus engine malfunctions and departed only at 1.00am on the Saturday morning. However, luck wasn’t at our side and the replaced bus also broke down an hour later. Eventually we had to hijack a passing bus and managed to reach Kuala Lumpur by 5.15am. After having an expensive breakfast experience at Petaling Street, we left for Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) at Bandar Tasik Selatan, KL via Pudu Sentral LRT station.

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We spent around 2 hours at TBS utilizing the hi-speed broadband before leaving there by a charted bus for our visitation to Julie’s biscuits manufacturing factory (Perfect Food Manufacturing S/B) located at Alor Gajah, 20km away from the Malacca Central. We were given some briefing on the company profile by the GM, Mr. Ng Teng Chai and staff. Eventually, we were all dressed up like operation room surgeons for a tour into the production line. We had some buffet there before ending up for a group photography session. Everyone was given some biscuits to bring home.

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We then departed to our designated lodging place to check in. My team mates who consisted of the Penang bloggers and chef students from the Berjaya University College of Hospitality and Malaysian Institute of Baking were assigned to Motel Sayang Sayang, just a stone throw away from the famous Jonker Walk (Jalan Hang Jebat).

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After a short rest and freshening up, we walked to Uncle Keong Delicacies for some desserts and light meals. It was great to be served some chilled desserts on such a hot and humid day.

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Immediately after that, we adjourned to Eleven Bistro to savor our Melaka Portuguese dinner. The amount of food served here were humongous. Almost every dish came in large portions, including the Sambal Crabs. We were given a model ship each for our visit.

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After a short rest back at the guesthouse, we departed to Mahkota Parade for the welcoming ceremony, officiated by YB Datuk Wira Latiff bin Tamby Chik, Chairman of the Malacca’s Tourism, Culture and Heritage State Committee. More souvenirs were given by Julie’s and Mahkota Parade.

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The function ended slightly around 9.15pm and some of us managed to linger around the shopping complex for a speedy shopping spree. Well, Nadeje Patisserie, the milli crepe cake house was our target, having a 10% discount given earlier by the management.

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Upon leaving Mahkota Parade at around 10.00pm, our next move was to get back to our respective guesthouse and have a free and easy stroll down Jonker Walk to savor the local delicacies. The night ended with stuffed tummies.

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Surprisingly, my team mates all managed to wake up rather early after a hectic schedule the previous day. By 8.00am, we were already hitting the streets for some sightseeing adventures on our way to breakfast at Cheng Ho Café along Jalan Tokong. It was a nostalgic walk down the Malaccan heritage trail, witnessing the historical structures such as the Kampung Kling Mosque and many other unique architectural and colorful buildings with nicely drawn wall arts.

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Breakfast at Cheng Ho Café was simple with just Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli, Omellette, watermelon and hot beverages.

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The actual action began right after the breakfast as the café was within the premises of the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum. Although the entrance was RM10 (adult) and RM5 (child), we had the privileges to tour around the 3 level museum for free. It was a great experience to learn more on the history of Malacca and the Cino Malay cultural exchange which brought about the trade and commerce, agriculture, industry, fishery, culture, religion and much more in the region.

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We then had a changeover to yellow t-shirts sponsored by Julie’s and headed down to the Malacca Hainan Association for some food demonstrations and hands on practical lessons. Two of the main highlights were the making of the Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls by the women wing of the Association and Suncakes by the proprietor of Mei Zhong Yuan Confectionary S/B.

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Lunch was also provided by the skillful Hainanese ladies from the Association, Nyonya cuisine by Restoran Anak Nyonya and beverages by Jonker Gallery.

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The lunch gathering was graced by the Chief Minister of Malacca, Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali b. Mohd Rustam. Appreciation certificates signed by the CM were also presented to the sponsors and participants. The lunch ended slightly after 2.00pm.

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While waiting for the next review at Mei Zhong Yuan Confectionary S/B at 3.00pm, we went for a quick shopping spree along the heritage stretches, grabbing whatever items we like. After a short refreshing and repacking at the motel, we headed to Mei Zhong Yuan Confectionary S/B for the review. It was a simple one with us getting samples tasting on some of their signature confectionaries.

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We left the Jonker Walk area around 4.00pm and headed down to Kota A’Farmosa for a nice group shot. There were many interesting sights surrounding this historical site.

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We left Malacca at around 5.00pm and with the weekend traffic jams along the Seremban/Nilai highway stretch, we arrived at the TBS slightly after 7.15pm. We bid each other farewell before departing to our own destinations. The Penang bloggers left for home slightly after midnight, arriving safely back in Penang at 4.30am.

It was a fun-filled but tiring journey for us Penangites but it was a great experience to mingle with old and new found friends. If only we have more time, we could have tied in a closer bond between every participant. All are without lost as we managed to receive many sweet memories from our short visit to Malacca. Thanks to the sponsors for these lovely take home gifts and souvenirs.

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Even my cat loves the smell of the cheesy puff sandwiches given by Julie’s. Thanks for the great hospitality ladies and guys. Let’s hope we can have trips like this in the near future. Until then, let’s keep in touch always~ 🙂

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