Thursday, 22 September 2016

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Holiday

Kuantan Riverside Morning View From Megaview Hotel

It has been more than 15 years we last went to Kuantan, Pahang for a holiday. As it was a long weekend, we decided to make to trip to the east coast Sungai Lembing Kuantan and Kuantan Pahang for a short holiday.

Bentong Pahang Town

Our holiday started with a very early morning drive from Kuala Lumpur. We decided to take a short detour to try out some talked about food in Bentong for our breakfast. More of this in our food trail.

Sungai Pandan Waterfall Sungai Lembing Kuantan

After a quick breakfast, we continued our journey towards Sungai Lembing, Kuantan where we made a pitstop visit to one of the popular Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we were a little disappointed as there was very little upstream water flowing down this picturesque waterfall.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang

After a short stay at the Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we continued our journey to Sungai Lembing town where we had lunch at one of the restaurants (more of this in our food trail section) at the town centre before checking into the Pollock View Resort for a night stay.

Sungai Lembing Muzuim Kuantan Pahang

We took the opportunity to make a trip down memory lane at the Sungai Lembing Museum where we got a first-hand understanding of the history surrounding this little kampung town called Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We were told that there is a mine tunnel where we can explore first-hand the lives and experience of tin miners in the early days. So after our museum tour, we headed to the enter the very cooling and damp tunnel.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We really had an insight towards the lives of the miners working in such dangerous environment although, at that time, it was touted as the best paying job during that era.

Sungai Lembing Suspension Bridge Kuantan Pahang

After that, we head over to the suspension bridge of Sungai Lembing which we thought was a little frightening as this bridge is not only used by pedestrian but also motorcycles as well.

Sungai Lembing Noodle Factory Kuantan Pahang

It was a real nice experience though as on the other side of the river, we could see some cottage industry namely the famous noodle manufacturer and the home of the Mountain Spring Water TauFoo.

Sungai Lembing Tomato Noodle Kuantan Pahang

Before heading back to the Hotel, we had dinner at another restaurant which was recommended by a local we met earlier which said that this restaurant offers the most original Tomato noodles which are a popular dish in Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to call it a day as we plan to trek Sungai Lembing popular Bukit Panorama the next morning to witness the sunrise which is acclaimed to be a sight to behold.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

We woke up at 5am and after a piece of toast and a cup of instant coffee, we made our treacherous journey taking a step at a time to reach the summit of Bukit Panorama to see the first light of the day.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Sunrise Morning View Kuantan Pahang

Although feeling exhausted on reaching the summit which is already packed with people, we soon find ourselves overlooking at some the cloud bedded scenery on top of the hills. It was really worth all the effort to look at this beautiful view.

Sungai Lembing Food Mountain Spring Water taufoo Kuantan Pahang

After trekking down from the hills, we made our way to the Sungai Lembing food court, where we had one of the smoothest and silkiest Mountain Spring Water Tau Foo for breakfast before checking out of the hotel to make our way to Kuantan town.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

We were told that on our way to Kuantan town, we should make a pit stop at Sivan Temple at Gua Charas where there is a statue of a Sleeping Buddha inside the cave. We reached there at 1230 pm and were not told that the best time to visit this Gua Charas is from 11am to 12pm as there is a light shining from the top of the cave directly at the Buddha's head at 11am until the toe at 12pm.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

It was another trek up and a journey that takes us deep into the Gua Charas where we finally witness the Sleeping Buddha. After a short prayer, we then headed back to our car.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Address Pahang

We then continued our journey to Kuantan where we decided to take up a special promotion offer for a twin bedded Executive Deluxe room at Megaview Hotel Kuantan which is located at 567, Jalan Besar 25000 Kuantan which is next to the Kuantan River.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan River View Pahang

One of the nice feels is that this hotel; which is located by the river offers a very relaxing ambience for our holiday and being a public holiday, going to the hotel was a breeze.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

Upon checking into the hotel, we find a pleasant nature tone that sets the theme for the hotel. The green colour denotes the natural feel of the environment.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The hotel itself is celebrating its 18th anniversary and we learned that they are refurbishing all their room in stages. We choose the newly refurbished room that overlooks the river.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The rooms were clean and have had in-room coffee and tea making facility.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Toilet  Pahang

Our room also came with a glass wall that separates the room and the bathroom to give it an upmarket feel and is really suitable for couples on holiday.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Rain Shower Pahang

Our bathroom also comes with rain showers for you to relax your tired muscles. One of the plus points for me is the water coming out of the faucet was very strong and when set with the right hot water temperature, it was a marvel to drain away all my tired muscle from all the trekking for the day.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Sunrise River View Pahang

The difference between the Deluxe rooms and the Executive Deluxe rooms is that the latter has a balcony and located on the 8th and 9th floor, while the former only have a windows view. If you are not really on a budget, the executive deluxe rooms will make your stay much more rewarding.

Kuantan Teluk Cempedak Beach Pahang

After a brief rest, we decided to venture to visit some of the popular destination in Kuantan, As Kuantan is located next to the sea, one has to visit the many beaches that are less than 10 minutes drive away. Our host brought us to the Teluk Cempedak for a brief walk to a rocky beach. Here the local council has erected a canopy walkway to the other part of the beach which was quite difficult to go some years back. As we walk along the canopy walk, we were greeted by monkeys along the walk, an advice is not to feed them as they can be quite aggressive if they didn't get what they wanted.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Dinner Ramin By The River Assam Sotong

After our short trip to Teluk Cempedak, we made our way to Tanjung Lumpur for some popular and Kuantan must eat food, but was disappointed as all were close for Hari Raya Haji holidays. See this we decided to go back to the hotel to check out the food at the hotel. (More on this on our food posting).

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

After dinner, we decided to take a stroll by the river. As it was a Public Holiday, there were not much going on there, we saw a few people fishing by the riverside. The cool and breezy walk were indeed therapeutic and relaxing.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

The next morning, we were awakened to the sound of the fishing vessel coming back from its fishing expedition which is quite a common occurrence this time of the morning. It was a nice sight to behold as the fishing vessel slowly trough along to the inner sanctuary of Kuantan.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Breakfast Toast and Eggs

We had a nice buffet breakfast which is included in our hotel stay. The hotel breakfast buffet offers some of the local delights like yellow rice with curry, make your own eggs (sunny side up, scrambled and more), Teochew porridge and other breakfast delights.

Pantai Batu Hitam Beserah Kuantan Pahang

After our breakfast, we went to another beach which is the Batu Hitam, beach in Beserah. It was a long white sandy beach and only a part of it; is where the Batu Hitam is at. Although it was very hot and sunny, the strong breeze from the South China Sea continues to blow away much of the heat.

We spent about an hour at the beach before heading back to the hotel to have our lunch at the hotel  and bid farewell to Kuantan, Pahang.

Overall, this short trip was a nice break for us as it is quite some time we took to the road to explore some of the special destination and awesome Malaysian food. With a nice and comfortable place to stay, it was indeed a welcome break from our routine. We look forward to our next Malaysian Expedition.

Direction to Sungai Pandan Waterfall Kuantan

 

Direction to Sungai Lembing, Kuantan


Mega View Hotel Address and Location



Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan Location



Batu Hitam Beach Location

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Caffe Bene IOI Puchong Mall - 2016 Seasonal Melon Smile Series

Caffe Bene IOI Puchong Mall Address

Caffe Bene which has over 1000 outlet across the world is well known for its Korean Bingsu Dessert. With the continuous demand for this type of dessert and drinks; Caffe Bene Malaysia have decided to use one of Malaysia seasonal fruit which is the Melon for its Melon Smile Promotion which started on 20 August 2016.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion

This Melon Smile series features four new menu items which are Melon Yogurt Bingsu, Melon Snowflake, Melon Parfait, and Melon Latte. All menu items feature the special melon base and fresh melon flesh which are scooped fresh at each outlet. 

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion

With the new menu series; it is hoped that it will put a smile on all its customers’ faces and spread the joy around! This seasonal menu will be available until the end of October (31 October 2016) or until the season ends.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion Melon Snowflake

Melon Smile Series Melon Snowflake RM 26.50 This dessert is a sweet shaved vanilla snow ice drizzled with melon syrup and topped with fresh round melon balls, dried cranberries, and coconut slice.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion Melon Yoghurt Bingsu

Next on is the Melon Yogurt Bingsu Double Sized Bingsu RM 27.35. It is made from Crushed melon-base ice and topped with fresh round melon balls, dried coconut slice, dried cranberries and one scoop of our creamy yogurt gelato.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion Melon Parfait

For a French twist to the dessert, they had the Melon Parfait RM 15.80. An Ice blended melon base with melon chunks topped with whipped cream, fresh round melon balls, dried cranberries and coconut flakes.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion Melon Latte

The last one is the Melon Latte RM 12.80. A Fresh melon blended with melon base and milk making it smooth, creamy and a refreshing drink.

Caffe Bene Melon Smile Promotion

Caffe Bene
IOI Puchong Mall (New Wing)
next to Sakae Sushi
Operating Hours:
Daily : 10am – 10pm

Caffe Bene FaceBook: www.facebook.com/caffebene

OTHER OUTLETS:
Sunway Pyramid
Damen
Solaris, Mont Kiara
Gamuda Walk
Jaya Shopping Mall
Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka
Gurney Mall, Penang
Viva City Megamall – Kuching
Imago Shopping Mall – Sabah

Caffe Bene IOI Puchong Mall Address and Location

Friday, 16 September 2016

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Address

For those staying around Shah Alam, D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet which is located at Sri Acapella Service Apartment, 1, Jalan Lompat Tinggi 13/33, Seksyen 13 Shah Alam Selangor is a familiar restaurant that serves Steamboat and BBQ Buffet in Shah Alam.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Interior

One of the specialties of D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam is the seafood and meat marinade that are used to marinate the dishes. Chef Shanizam is the head chef which has more than 15 years of international culinary experience.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Outside

The decor is one of a simple setting with an alfresco dining area. We heard that the restaurant is usually packed on weekdays. So make sure you make a reservation before hand if you plan to visit this restaurant on a weekend.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Roast Lamb

Besides the BBQ and Steamboat offering, D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam also offers a buffet spread which includes the signature Roast lamb as its key highlights.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Ayam Goreng 65

Other dishes included are the Sup Tulang, Ayam Goreng 65 and others rotational dishes.


Fried Rice

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Sauce

There are a number of varieties of sauces which the Chef has whipped out for you to choose from.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Otak Otak

You can try out the chicken on skewers or the Otak - Otak.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Prawns

For the seafood, there are Prawns, 

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Crabs

Squids and Crab for those seafood lovers.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam ShellFish

while there is an array of shell-fish which includes the lala, mussels, cockles, bamboo shellfish for you to choose from

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Chicken Meat

There are also a number of marinade chicken dishes for you to barbecue in.

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam FishBall

Assorted Fish Ball

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Taufoo

Taufoo


Vegetables selection


Noodles Selection

D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam Rojak

After the Steamboat and BBQ session, you can make your own rojak.


or just tinker on some fresh cut fruits to cool off your body.


or just enjoy a cooling cendol or ABC or ice cream.


There is a number of ongoing promotion by the D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Shah Alam which is RM33.00 + for adult and RM9.90 + for children


 or you can take advantage of the Syok Sunday Family promotion going at RM22.90 + (adult) and RM9.90 + ( Children)



D'Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant Address;