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1st Anniversary of PerutBesi’s blog site!

Hurrah!! It’s almost one year since this blog kicked off into action 🙂 Tomorrow will mark the 1st anniversary of ‘The Ruthless Eaters’ blog site.

We’ll be celebrating our blog’s 1st anniversary with some delicious food, adventure, & friendship (as what our catch phrase is). At present, we are still planning on where & what to eat, but we’ll surely not miss this opportunity to celebrate this joyous occassion with some of our good friends!

This 1st anniversary will also mark the migration of our blog site. We’ve decided to move this blog to Blogger for its dynamic features 😀 This blog site wil officially operate at its new site effective 31st January 2008. Do stay tuned with us at: perutbesi.blogspot.com!!

We hope to bring you more food, adventure, & friendship items in the near future!! Cheers!

Anniversary

– Ruth & Anne

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DHL IT Services Annual Dinner & Dance 2007

The DHL Asia Pacific IT Services (Cyberjaya) had their Annual Dinner & Dance 2007 last Saturday at the KL Convention Centre.  The theme for that gala night was “Glitz & Glamour” & all guest were requested to wear their best for the night 🙂

The event was great 🙂 The best part, I think, was the entertainment, which featured Harith Iskandar & Reshmonu! 😀 Harith Iskandar’s slot was the best 😉 We had a roaring time of laughter & he kept the crowd entertained for about half an hour! Reshmonu’s slot was filled with groovy music & the floor was opened for dance as well…hehehe…not many people went up for the dance, but it was a great time nonetheless 🙂

The event also saw 4 lucky draw sessions, which kept the crowd hopefuly for something to be brought back with them 😀 Here are some photos of the event (I’ve some more which ain’t transferred yet):

Toby (GT gang friend), Ruth, Nat (my partner for the night)
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Cha Foo, Ruth, Nat
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The girls (all GTs except SYin, who’s EL’s partner)
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Sharp Aquos 42″ LCD TV (BX Series)
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Ahaha…yes! this 42″ LCD TV is my new baby!! I won it in the Grand Lucky Prize draw at the end of the night 😆 2nd prize!! It’s a true blessing & I really thank God for such a gift! 😀 Anyone would wanna buy this baby?? *lol* This event is truly a memorable one for me 🙂 It’s such a rare opportunity that I get to win something SO HUGE! Hahaha…

Kudos to the organizers of the event! All of us look forward to an even better & more exciting Annual Dinner & Dance 2008!!

* special thanks to:

  • Kris Wong, That Special Occasion, for the lovely dress designed
  • Linda Tan, my mum, who helped in getting the dress done up so beautifully
  • Rachel Wong, my sister & my personal make up artist!
  • Nathaniel A.K, for being my partner for the dinner 🙂
  • JS Low, my cousin, who loaned me the car for the night 😛
  • all my friends in DHL for making that night a memorable one!
  • GOD!! For the priceless opportunity & a wonderful time!

– Ruth

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PerutBesi’s 1st Day Out 2008!

It’s been just too long since the PerutBesi duo met up with the rest of our uni gang for food & fun 🙂 Since 10th January was a public holiday, Awal Muharam, we made it a point to meet up for a time of food, shopping, & some catch up 😀

We went all the way to Klang for Bah Kut Teh (pork ribs in herbal soup), but sadly, the one that was recommended by one of Yo’s colleague wasn’t opened today!! 😦 Too bad man. At the end, we had our ‘dose’ of Bah Kut Teh at Pulau …. Seafood Bah Kut Teh Restaurant, in Bukit Tinggi, Klang. The Bah Kut Teh there wasn’t all that nice la. It’s ok, edible, but nothing that special *sigh* Quite disappointed.

After our meal, we spent the rest of the day shopping at AEON/Jusco Bukit Tinggi, the newest shopping mall in Klang, which we heard is the largest Jusco around! Hmm…there wasn’t anything very special about that place, but it was just nice catching up with the gang as well as get some good deals on clothes 😉

We ended our shopping spree with a meal at the Black Canyon Coffee, a coffee house that also serves quite a variety of food 🙂 We’re very sure that the gang had a good time today. We surely look forward to more of such outings together! 😀

The Gang at Black Canyon Coffee
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Strawberry, Hazelnut, Coffee
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Black Iced Coffee
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Ice Cream Drink with coffee! *yums*
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Tom Yam Fried Rice
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Yummy chicken with Thai Sauce dip
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BBQ Chicken Wing
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Special Spring Rolls/Popiah
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– Ruth & Anne

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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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Lindt Swiss Chocolate (Dark Collection)

What would make a PerutBesi-an happy? Mmm…certainly food! But what makes us even more delighted are chocolates! Even more, good chocolates!! 😛

I had the pleasure to receive a box of dark chocolates from my friend, Nat, who just came back from Australia for a semester break. Wow… the chocolates that I received were wonderful! Certainly I can’t compare Lindt Chocolates with Godiva Chocolatiers, but this collection is certainly gooood… thank you SO much, Nat!! 😀

Named, Lindt Swiss Chocolate (Dark Collection), I found out that this collection costs almost RM70! *faints* There are only 14 chocolates in the gold-coloured box, which looks extremely classy, & I found it very difficult to move the chocolates from its comfort zone…haha…

(taken with my housemate’s camera phone)
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I believe very strongly that such chocolates are to be slowly enjoyed. Not everyone knows how to enjoy such yummilicious chocolates, especially when it’s dark chocolates. (I know for sure that my housemate can’t appreciate such stuff) Eating such chocolates sure reminds me that life is indeed ‘bitter sweet’ & I like it that way 😉

– 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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The Graduated Perutbesi Duo!

Yup, we’ve finally graduated!! Alas, it was a long awaited journey. The past 3 years of studying was indeed an enriching one 🙂 We’ll share more on our convocation soon! As for now, do check out more on our convo in our Perutbesi in the Work-World page. Stay tuned!! 😆

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– Ruth

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‘Oi Sam’ Sandwich-Maker Speaks…

Wow. I didn’t know that our dear Anne wrote a post on the simple sandwich that I made! It was her birthday recently, & due to my degenerating brain cells, I’ve somewhat forgotten to get her a gift, thus the sandwich.

I had a sudden craving for sandwiches, so I called up a friend & we went shopping together at Carrefour, Alamanda, in Putrajaya, for ingredients to make the sandwiches. After work on Wednesday, I went back, changed, & hopped into her car, filled with excitement. Somehow, being stuck in Cyberjaya makes me miss my artsy side of life, where I could express my artsy-side through food 😉

So, there I was on Wednesday night, prowling in the fresh market area for my ‘prey’ i.e. vegie & meat. 😆 I’m very fussy when it comes to choosing ingredients for my food, so I think I took more than half an hour to get all the ingredients:

  • 1 box Fresh butterhead (lettuce-like vegie, hydroponically grown)
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized Carrot
  • 1 packet of 12-slices Cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet of 10 smoked sausages
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • grounded black pepper
  • mayonaise (I have this in the house)

I woke up early on thursday morning & started washing the vegie, cutting them up, spreading the stuff onto the bread, & placing them in the oven toaster to melt the cheese. Wow. It took me more than an hour to complete everything, including cutting the sandwiches & wrapping them up with glad wrap (no nice containers in my rented place). Oh yeah, I made 6 sandwiches for 6 different people, including myself. 😀 I was late for work!! *faints*

Eating the sandwiches brought an indescribable level of satisfaction to my soul. The joy of making THE sandwich & seeing others eating them happily is estatic. Teeheehee 😀 There will be more home-cooked food coming up when I get my own space in Cyberjaya. I’m temporarily staying at my friend’s place, so I didn’t bring all my necessary stuff here 😛

 Stay tuned!

– 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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