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Retreat at Maxwell Hill, Taiping

Ah, it has been really long since I actually went for a good retreat. This time around, a few church friends & I went up to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) in Taiping 🙂 We were there for only 2 days 1 night (29-30 December 2007) as I can’t take leave on the 31st of December…bah.The journey from KL to Taiping wasn’t too long. We were pretty much excited cos it was the first time that this group is out for a retreat together…heehee… I can’t recall why we we ended up with Maxwell Hill…hmm…but we sure enjoyed our short little break there 😉

There were 8 of us in total, 3 guys & 5 girls (we went in 2 cars). Thanks to a friend in Taiping, David, we got everything arranged for us nicely & all we had to do was just to pay & have fun! Hahaha… 😆 We stayed at The Nest, a bungalow situated right at the top of yet another ‘hill’. The hike up to that bungalow was pretty tough as we had our bags & all, but it was enjoyable indeed. Heh.

Well, to cut the story short, the few activities that we had up there were sharing, worship, prayer, makan, UNO card game, & definitely a time of catching up (since we basically meet up only once a year when everyone comes back from overseas). We also went around Taiping town on our 2nd day for makan, makan, & more makan in the 2hours that we had before we left for KL again.

I reckon pictures will speak for itself 😉 (though I didn’t take that many with my camera this time around…) I would highly recommend this place if any of you would want a quiet & serene place to relax & shy away from the busy city life.

How our room looks like + the guys (Jinn, Nick, Chris)
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Lunch Day 1 at The Nest
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After lunch, we went for a walk… (L-R: Gloria, Nick, Yith, Jes, Chris, Hsu)
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This was something that I found interesting…I like the formation of the leaves 😛 Ferns!
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The evening sky on Day 1
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Dinner Day 1 at The Nest- steamboat! Yummilicious! Food at The Nest is GOOD! 😆 The home-made fried beancurd items were exceptionally delicious! 😛
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Group photos taken on Day2 at The Nest
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2nd best cendol in Taiping town- Bismillah Cendol
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Somehow I feel that the cendol ain’t that nice although the place is pretty packed. I much prefer the one that I had in Kuantan…hahaha…I’m yet to find the most delicious cendol, but frankly speaking, I’m not a great fan of cendol, so it won’t be my priority to hunt for the nest cendol after all! 😉

I reckon this will be the last post from us for the year 2007. The year has been an exciting one, with loads of events, adventures, & transitions (from uni life to work life) for both Anne & myself. We hope that our dear readers will stay tuned as we continue on our journey for more food, fun, friendship, & adventures!

PerutBesi would like to wish all its readers a very Happy New Year & a great year ahead!!

– Ruth

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Weekend down south…

I made a trip down south to JB with a friend, James, this recent weekend (Saturday-Sunday). The trip was indeed a short one, & quite a rushed one, but it was all good 🙂 We were there to visit our friend, Mabel, who just came back from Aussie for her uni-break.

The entire trip was focused on eating, catching up, & sleeping…hahaha. Our first meal was beef noodles & duck cooked in soy sauce (lou ngap) at Cathay! The beef noodles were pretty good, I’ve to say. It’s different from the Seremban one, but the meat was tender & the flavour was yummy! The duck was also very delicious! Too bad I didn’t manage to take any photos throughout the entire trip using my camera as there were some problems with my camera batteries.

We also had the irresistable ice kacang at Taman Pelangi (with chocolate sauce!) & the ice jelly (finely shaved ice with lemon flavoured jelly, watermelon cubes, & canned fruits of all sorts) for tea on Saturday 😛 Yums! Enjoying such delights really make our day 😉

I have to recommend the dinner place that we went to. This restaurant is called San Low. It’s located at Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, & it serves very yummy fried baby squids, fried bee hoon, & many other dishes 😛 If you are around that area, you have to stop by that restaurant for a meal (usually opened for dinner). It’s well patroned by locals & Singaporeans alike, & I reckon the price isn’t too steep 🙂

I had such a wonderful time with my friends & family there that it was kinda sad to leave that place on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be at least another 300+ days before I can meet up with Mabel again. Bah. I look forward to more makan & catch up trips like this. It may be rather tiring, but it’s something that keeps me refreshed to face a new week ahead! 😉

Darling Mabes, James hon, & Ruthie
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– Ruth

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Hunt for Beef Noodles

Last Tuesday (11 December 2007) was a public holiday for Selangor (Sultan’s birthday). I had a blast of a day! I decided to make a trip to Seremban…a totally mad idea, to meet my friend, Nat, & also to makan! Teeheehee 😆

My housemate, Edwin, was very gracious to give me a lift to the nearest KTM station & I took a train all the way to Seremban to meet Nat. 🙂 We had the famous Seremban beef noodles in town….this time around, we went to this shop called Yee Kee. It’s a slightly more ‘posh-looking’ shop that sells beef noodles. The noodles are not too bad, really, but I reckon nothing beats the classic market ones!

(I finally uploaded the photos… :P)

A bowl of mixed beef noodles (dry) costs RM5.50
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The beef balls ain’t too bad too… that costs around RM3.50 for a small bowl
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Green tea costs roughly RM2 & it’s not too bad in fragrance 😉
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I guess, what’s best is not the food, but the fellowship & time of catching up with a friend. It’s one of my best days for this week & I surely look forward to more fun at the end of the week as I’ll be heading down south to JB & probably Singapore!

– Ruth

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Trip Back to Kuantan, 20-23 October 2007

Anne & I were back in Kuantan last weekend for our industrial training presentation. The trip back was a very refreshing one, despite the minor load of the presentation 🙂 It was a pity that Anne couldn’t join some friends & I on a short holiday prior to our presentation as she was not feeling well at that time. We were in Bentong, Kuantan, Kemaman (Terengganu), & Karak for the 4days 3nights trip 😛

Below are snap shots of our little trip:

Day 1, 20th October 2007
– Stopped by at Bentong around lunch time for the famous ice kacang. This little coffee shop is situated at the main road of Bentong, opposite the Bentong bus terminal. A bowl of ‘ice kacang special’ costs RM3.50. The ice cream is ‘home-made’! Really delicious! 😛

Bentong Ice Kacang
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– Stayed at Holiday Villa on our first night at Cherating. The chalet that we stayed in was cosy & it was directly facing the swimming pool!!

Outside our chalet: Joey, Yo, Ruth
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– The weather on our 1st day was nice 🙂 We had a lot of fun at the beach!

Ruth, Wen, Joey
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– We drove to a place called Pantai Cherating, about 20 minutes from Holiday Villa, for dinner that night. The name of the restaurant is ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’. Interesting name, eh? Indeed, the yummy food there is something that we won’t forget! 😆 After dinner, we actually did something quite interesting 😀 We went on a trip to see the fireflies. The fee/person was RM15 for a one-hour boat ride…*wah* It was kinda fun, but the mosquito bites were really something that we didn’t enjoy at all!

Directions to Can’t Forget Restaurant from Holiday Villa:
1. Holiday Villa on your right, go straight for about 10-15 min.
2. When you see a sign that reads ‘Pantai Cherating’ on your left, take the first right turning immediately.
3. Go all the way straight. You’ll see Cherating Bay Resort on your right & Residence Inn on your left. Keep going straight. You’ll pass a horse ranch on your left.
4. Take the right turning after the horse ranch. You’ll see a lot of small restaurants on both sides of the road. Keep going straight.
5. Almost to the end of the road, you’ll see the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’ on your right!

Menu
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Seafood Tom Yam (~ RM15)
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Marmite Prawns (~ RM15)
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Kam Heong Style Crabs (RM17 for ½ kg)
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Stir-fried Choy Sum with Salted Fish (~ RM8)
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Fried Squid Rings (~ RM10)
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Joey, promoting the restaurant
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Yo & I in front of the restaurant
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Boat trips available
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Activities available at the beach area
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Day 2, 21st October 2007
– I woke up early to catch the sunrise before heading off to the nearby Malay stall for some good nasi dagang 😛 The view of the sunrise was pretty! If I had woken up earlier, I would have caught an even nicer view…

Sunrise
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Lovely Waves at Cherating
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Nasi Dagang
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– While I went out to church that day, the rest went to Kemaman. They visited the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam, went to a very beautiful beach called Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, & even had the chance to see how batik is made!

Vietnamese Coffee at Hai Peng, Kemaman
(This is how the coffee is brewed. The coffee beans are grinded & placed on a special filter, while the coffee slower trickles into the cup. Professionally, the cup should be transparent, but this is a typical kopitiam… 😆 )
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Pantai Teluk Mak Nik
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– After church, I had a taste of the famous cendol in Kuantan. This stall is parked outside a row of shops along Jalan Beserah. It’s not that difficult to locate it, but you just have to be observant to spot this stall 😉 The prices are very reasonable, so no worries!

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Cendol Campur (RM1.20/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, & peanuts.
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Cendol Campur Pulut (RM1.50/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, peanuts, & baked glutinous rice
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Day 3, 22nd October 2007
– Before checking in to the next hotel, Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, 3 of us friends headed to Hai Peng Kopitiam, Kuantan, for some coffee. Hai Peng, Kuantan, is situated opposite Public Bank & Am Bank in Kuantan. I can’t recall the road name, but it’s a road apart (parallel) from Jalan Besar. According to Joey, this branch of Hai Peng serves better toast & somewhat more fragrant coffee as compared to the Kemaman branch.

Hai Peng’s Ice Coffee
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Toast bread (lightly wholemeal) with Butter and Kaya
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Half-boiled Eggs
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Delicious bread & coffee!
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– In the evening, we went to Teluk Cempedak (TC) for a stroll & supposedly to climb some rocks, but the weather didn’t permit us to do so in the end *aww*

Joey & Ruth at TC
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Ruth & Yo on top of some rocks
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– We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called ‘The Cottage’, on the row of shops before Public Bank & Am Bank. Joey wanted to have the petai fried beehoon, which is only available in Kuantan in 2 places, Meng Yang coffee shop (closed that night), & The Cottage.

Petai Fried Rice (yeah, she changed her mind)
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Claypot Loh Shu Fun
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Seafood Tom Yam (the one at Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant is still much better)
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Day 4, 22nd October 2007
– Before heading back to uni for our presentation, we made our final food-stop, roti canai at Kubang Buaya. This stall is a really humble Malay stall & no one would have ever known of its existence, but I assure you that it serves pretty delicious roti canai at just RM0.70! The stall is located at Jalan Kubang Buaya 56.

Roti Canai (RM0.70/piece)
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Roti Telur (RM1.30/piece)
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The Roti Canai Stall
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– After our presentation, which was in the late afternoon, we spent some time with some friends at the cafeteria before heading back to Petaling Jaya. The journey home was a very peaceful one & the entire 4days 3nights was certainly a trip that we’ll cherish for a long, long time.

The journey home…
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– Ruth

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Penang Hokkien Mee

This is one of the best Penang Hokkien Mee (a.k.a. prawn mee) I’ve ever tasted. Each bowl of this noodles costs at least RM10! Yeah man, it’s no joke! 😆

My friend’s aunt was the cook behind this fabulous dish 😉 In it were noodles, pork slices, small prawns, large prawns, squid slices, hard-boiled eggs slices, kangkung, beansprout, pork ribs, chilli sambal, & fried shallots! *yums* You can’t get it anywhere else man…but her house! Hahahaha… 😆

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p/s: Readers who want the recipe, drop a comment & we’ll see if we could get it for u from her aunt 😛

– Ruth

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Restaurant 33, SS 3

There’s this restaurant in SS3, Petaling Jaya that offers a wide range of Chinese ‘tai chow’ food at a reasonable price. The taste isn’t too bad, & their service is good 🙂 Every weekday, there’ll be a ‘today’s special’ whereby certain dishes will be offered at a cheaper price. If I recall correctly, on Tuesday, the lemon chicken costs only RM8 (normally should be around RM12-15, I think).

They also have set dinners for 2-3 ppl, 4-5 ppl, & 6-8 ppl. The sets are pretty much static, but if you’re going for a simple dinner & don’t want to pay so much (and think too much on what to eat), this place is quite a good option.

Last weekend, my family had a taufu dish, a vegie, & a herbal chicken dish, which were quite good. We paid less than RM35 for this (not the set dinner). I think the chicken & the asparagus & pork costs RM12 each… can’t recall clearly 😀

Taufu (beancurd) dish
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Stir-fried asparagus with roasted pork
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Herbal chicken
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-> If you know where’s the pasar malam area in SS3, PJ, then you’ll be able to see this corner restaurant. It faces a football field.

– Ruth

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Taman Tun’s own Ipoh

Last Friday, 3 colleagues & I had lunch at this Chinese coffee shop in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). Apparently, the hor fun there is good wor, so we went there to try it out 😛 (I love it when my colleagues are SO into food like me! :lol:) Furthermore, it’s claimed to be the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice in TTDI! 😉

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I dare say that the food there is pretty good! Hmm..can give it a 7.5/10 for now…keke. The chicken is nicely done & I like the gravy that comes with the chicken. The tauge is also the authentic Ipoh kind!! Fat & short!! *yums* They had the prawn dumplings, which is pretty good as well…hmm…I think it’s better than the one in Subang that I recently had 😀

Here are some pics that I took:

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“White” chicken
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Beansprout
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Prawn dumpling in ‘choy sum’ soup
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Price list
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Check it out for yourselves someday!

p/s: It’s opposite the TTDI wet market.

– Ruth

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