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Ushering The New Year in Taiwan

It’s a totally different feeling in a different country when I ushered in 2017. The last New Year ushered me in to Taiwan, where I have been living for the last one year. My adventures brought me to a place where I could discover my roots as a Peranakan (Straits Settlement Chinese), not knowing any ancestral Chinese practices prior to 5 generations ago. My great great grandpa had immigrated to Malaya (What Malaysia was prior to 1963 when we combined Sabah & Sarawak to form Malaysia) from Fujian (Hokkien, a province in China) in the 1800’s, sent my great grandpa, Peter Lim Teow Chong to Penang Free School where he also became the school captain, and onward to Kuala Lumpur with historical records of him being the first court interpreter in 1901.

I started an intensive Mandarin course that intensified not only my language capability but my own understanding of a culture that was not quite there for me not knowing why things are done in ways that couldn’t be explained by my Western influenced late dad, neither could it be articulated by my late mom for she was always busy making food or going out to play mahjong with her friends. Questions like why do we celebrate Chinese New Year or why do we have to have specific kinds of foods served during then or why do we do things this way and not that way, never really had an answer because the customs and practices were handed down by parents and grandparents and their parents who were educated and taught in English. The culture began to unfold itself from what’s ingrained in the Chinese characters as I will be finishing my 3rd term after Chinese New Year.

Grabbing my monopod (because I left my tripod in Malaysia), a chair and thermal mug of hot chocolate, my housemate and I went up Xiangshan ?? to the lookout platform and made our way through the enthusiastic crowd who had already gathered an hour before to find a place to park till countdown.

Sorry for the vibrations as I had to jostle with the crowd to get that window of opportunity to capture this. Hope you had a great start to the New Year!

Crispy Oyster Omelette – A Decade in Business!

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Oh-chien (Hokkien pronunciation) or Ho Cheen Tahn (Cantonese pronunciation) is a favourite dish amongst the Chinese from the world over & in Malaysia, there are lots of varieties of this oyster omelette. Bringing you my favourite oh-chien hawker whom I had been patronising for more than a decade, Mr. Yee opens his stall for business in the cluster of hawkers at Sang Kee Restaurant in Makhota Cheras, Selangor. Returning from his break of 4 months after he moved from Ampang, his unique omelette cannot be rivalled anywhere.

This month, Tourism Selangor brings you to the crown of Cheras to bring you the people’s favourite!

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The batter of potato starch is poured onto the grill to make the base while the eggs that have been whisked with chives & diced Choy Poh (preserved radish) are added onto the batter. Mr. Yee then pushes the batter aside before throwing in a generous amount of diced garlic onto the grill. His wife assists him by scooping a ladle-full of big oysters & handing them to him in a sift. I counted them. Mine had 10 pieces & they were succulent & juicy! He adds a few kinds of sauces & pepper before tossing them about to seal in the flavour. He artfully uses both hands holding wok ladles in each to stir-fry & coat the batter with oil. Finally, he takes the crispy, golden brown batter to cover the oysters & picks them up onto a plate. Served with a dish of chilli sauce for that zing though it’s not spicy, it complements the taste of the eggs, choy poh & oysters.

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Mr. Yee also does Lobak Ko – a kind of Chinese carrot cake & I have been eating his special omelette since he had a stall at Taman Desa for a number of years before moving to other locations in the 12 years that I have known of his amazing oyster omelette. Nowhere else does it this good & if you have not tried this style of omelette, you will never know what you have missed. Watch how he cooks it here:-

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The coffeeshop restaurant is at Jalan Temenggung 1/9 in Bandar Makhota Cheras & you can use these GPS coordinates to get there:- N3 03.051 E101 47.426.

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He’ll add in something special if you tell him you were sent by Pummkin!

Butter Coffee & Drunken Noodles in Banting

Banting is a town near Port Klang that bridges coastal areas like Morib & Tanjung Sepat. On our way to Tanjung Sepat, one stopover that you should not miss is the Banting Butter Brew coffee & Rice Wine Mee Sua, situated side by side at a row of government-owned shoplot. The coffee brew has a legacy of 60 years, left behind by the keeper’s father of Hainanese descent. The specialty black coffee is brewed & then a dollop of butter is added to give it a creamy taste. They serve the usual fare of toast with kaya (coconut & egg jam) & butter & half boiled eggs throughout the day.

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Beside this shop is Wo Jia Restaurant & I ordered their special Rice Wine Mee Sua, vermicelli noodles in rice wine soup served with an egg poached inside. It was absolutely divine as the wine in the hot soup brought out the flavour of the vermicelli & egg. My friend ordered a Pumpkin Pan Mee, hand-pinched noodle with pumpkin in soup.

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This row of shoplot is located near the bus stop & parallel to a huge monsoon drain. Perhaps the authorities should look into beautifying the area that hosts delectable street food along this entire row of shops. The outdoor seating beneath the big trees is quite a pleasant experience. We forget that when we live in & around concrete jungles. I got the shopkeeper to relate his thoughts to my friend who could speak Mandarin so if you speak the language too, do watch the video!!!
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Banting Butter Brew is in a shoplot called Sin Guan Huat & right beside it is Wo Jia Restaurant. My entire meal for two only costs less than RM15.00. Unbelievable but true. You have got to try it yourself to see what value you are getting. You can find them on Foursquare or at the coordinates here:- N2.810275, E101.502419. Make this your definite stopover as the trade of his butter brew is dying since his son has indicated no interest in continuing his business. The very few heritage trades of Hainanese left in Selangor”¦”¦

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Day 5 – Pure Joy of Relaxation at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie Resort – My Selangor Story 2011

Retiring to a comfortable room when you are travelling, makes all the difference in your stay. My room had twin beds, which I share with Olyvia, a software engineer from Jakarta. The bathroom was spacious & had all the amenities you’d find in a five star resort & the soap was what I loved most. Soaps with a higher content of glycerin makes it super luxurious on your skin & did I enjoy my bath time in the bath tub! The room even had its own steam iron & ironing board, not every hotel equips the room with such & it enabled me to iron my dress in the quickest time possible without having to wait for the delivery by the housekeeping department if it was the conventional way.

The thermostat of the air conditioning can be turned down to 10?C should you wish to fully utilise the efficacy of the comforter provided but we set it at a comfortable 22?C.

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Our bedroom

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The bathroom!

As this was our final day of the tour, we made our farewells & vowed to keep in touch to journey with each other through our blogs. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the sponsors & organiser of My Selangor Story 2011 for making this possible. My stay with each one of the resorts has opened my eyes to many possibilities within my profession to promote Selangor when I go overseas as an ambassador for ISO Standards in Diving Services for Malaysia. I thank you for making me feel important as a guest & may the contest be a platform for me to pitch my skills as a writer & producer for the assignments that I will embark on hereon!


This best sums up the 5-day journey of mine.

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Here are our sponsors who made our 5-day tour splendid!
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Day 4 – Gruelling Course at Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort

Our first activity before breakfast was to trek into the dipterocarp montane forest. Andi Kus & I preferred to take photos of life that enfolded around us & we stayed well behind the troupe as they marched pass us. Minute plants caught my attention & as giant fungi looked out of place, the jungle began to tell us a story of symbiosis. Moss that is found only at a certain height above sea level was seen here. Ferns that begin with a tight curl, unravel themselves in splendour the deeper you go into the forest. Every life form supports the ecosystem & make up the food chain. We are to take nothing but pictures, leave nothing behind but footprints. That’s not always the case with me. I left a scent & took 5 leeches back with me. Andi Kus didn’t get a single bite even though he was beside me taking the same shots! Now how is that possible??? *shudder!*

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Moss

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Moss on semi dead wood

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The leeches paled in comparison to what followed after breakfast. An obstacle course called ”˜Tears of the Sun,’ designed to test your endurance & team spirit, was part of surviving the My Selangor Story 2011 tour. Zul, our team trainer called out Ridha to lead the bloggers into a Bollywood dance as the theme song ”˜Jai Ho,’ from Slumdog Millionaire came on the superb sound system. Then everyone had to get out of a knotted circle to run to the starting line of the tremendously challenging course…..

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Hills & ditches, everyone got wet. Climbing over wooden fences, inclining & declining wooden slopes only to be dropped vertically into the ditch again. Crossing every pool of water caused everyone to depend on one another. By the time they reached their 5th ditch, each one learnt to make the best of it by…….dancing & acting! Watch the video! The superb showmanship by medical student, Shaleh had me in stitches. At the end of the obstacle course, the differences in culture, ethnicity & countries bore no more obstacles to friendship & camaraderie. In the name of cohesion, we danced to celebrate the completion of the most gruelling task, not in the course but in trusting our lives with another on the journey.

Watch the video of bloggers in action!

We got ready & clean to go for the closing lunch reception that the wonderful sponsors at Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort prepared for us. The General Manager, Ruddin Salim expressed that it was a pleasure to have us but I feel that the pleasure was ours to be invited for the journey. Najib reiterated that he never says goodbye but when will I see you again. The presence of the GM, Assistant GM & all the Fun & Adventure marshals & trainers who made us feel belonged & welcome was more than just the hospitality that came with their jobs. It came forth because of the love they have for the work that they do. I want to thank & appreciate all the physical effort of Zul & his team for working through the night to set up the course & trail for us & the group after us. His tireless work make him the best in a class of his own. Thank you for making it mean so much to us!

We savoured yet another lavish spread of buffet lunch at Rajawali Coffee House in Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort just before the bus departed for Day 4 of our journey at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie Resort for a sumptuous offer…

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Rajawali Coffee House

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Main dishes!

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Mousses & soufflé!

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Cakes!

 

My Selangor Story 2011 – A Story Worth Telling

My travels have never been short of dramatic & in my profession, I’ve seen things & encountered things that sometimes baffle even the scientists I work with. When you work in an environment that requires 110% of your alertness, you will begin to notice the life around you. And holding two complementary professions means that I get to be at many places & write about them at the same time.

If I’m not teaching my students to dive, I am out there filming my next blockbuster……..and that’s to film the amazing coral reefs & everything that moves therein. If I’m not filming my blockbuster, I’d be stalking birds & bugs in the jungle. If I’m not in the jungle, I’d be pestering the fishermen to find me the elusive Sea Apple (sea cucumber) or documenting culture wherever my assignments take me. I’m guided by my sense of adventure, moved by my emotions for the living, inspired by the love of God & activated by the cameras & gadgets that I hold in my bag.

If I can as much as show you, the stuff that magazines ask me to write about, or scientists pay me to discover, I would show you the splendour of Selangor through my lenses & the excitement through my expressions in my blog. Will you vote me into the 30 to be a part of My Selangor Story 2011???

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Footnote:- If the music in my blog is drowning out the video, the embedded player is on the top right column of the sidebars. Just press stop…..or play again if you like!

Choosing The Right Backpack with Lafuma

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Choosing an appropriate backpack is not easy considering the kind of traveller that you are & the frequency that you would be using a backpack while you travel. Listed here are the common considerations before you take the plunge & spend on a backpack that you end up stuffing into the storeroom after your trip, never to see the light again. Backpacks are designed to take your load on your back & free up your hands to climb/walk/trek with a walking stick or a camera. Your first task is to determine the kind of travel you intend to do.

What kind of trip:-

  1. Laid-back, backpacker accommodation, no frills trip with many stopovers or trekking from town to town, crossing river or bridges.
  2. Jungle or mountain trekking. Beach or town accommodation.
  3. Semi-comfort, self-planned, single destination, one resort/accommodation, day tours.
  4. Luxury travel, first class air travel, accommodation-in-style – backpacks are not for these kinds of trips. Get a luggage with wheels instead unless you need to fly to your destination before hiking.

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What to look for in a backpack:-

  • Sturdy straps – apart from comfort on the shoulders, the bag should fit your torso.
  • Compartments – to keep accessories, wet & dry items when you need to move from place to place, drinking bladder for hikes etc.
  • Zip construction – plastic don’t rust but is less hardy to use & abuse. Waterproof zipping systems prevent leakages from rain even with rain-cover on.
  • Material strength – High technology materials like those used for parachutes are very strong & light. Heavier construction material can withstand rough use.
  • Weight – Overall weight of bag determines how difficult your treks will be. The key is to pack light!
  • Colour – Bright colours grab attention but is easy to spot if someone carts away with it. Dark colours hide dirt & is less conspicuous to thieves.
  • Capacity – 30 litres for a 3-day trip, 40 – 60 litres for a 5-day trip, 60 – 80 litres for an expedition in the North Pole!

Branded or copies:-

Choose branded bags – they have warranties & tested construction. The last thing you need is for your bag to tear at the seems & have all your personal effects spreaded out in full glory or worse, over a cliff or while crossing a jungle. My choice is Lafuma & they are located in Bangsar.

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I chose Lafuma Sakya 25litres for a 3-day dive trip to Tioman. It comes with a separated mesh between my back & the bag, allowing air flow to take the heat away.

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Watch this video as Mr. Ng elaborates on the features of different kinds of backpacks to give you an idea of what & where to pack your belongings for your next trip!

Lookout for the upcoming posts of other travel-friendly items from Lafuma & Lifeventure in time to come!

I Got A Pair of Cocoons!

Updated with embedded video!

Being out in the sun may be great for many but without adequate eye protection, the harmful UV rays & glare may cause permanent sight damage. Sometimes, we forget how important our eyesight is & we tend to take it for granted when we are outdoors. I went to get for myself, a pair of Cocoons, a trusted brand of polarised glasses found only at Peak Vision Optics before I went off to the Indian Ocean to work under the sun. What a big difference it made for not having strained eyes & I didn’t squint in the intensity of the sunshine!

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Cocoons OveRx polarised sunglasses are designed to securely and comfortably fit over a wide range of prescription eyewear frame sizes and shapes. The patented frames are constructed from extremely durable ballistic nylon and feature the Polaré lens system that exceeds the highest level in lens quality, the Class 1 European Standard for optical clarity and performance. All styles feature adjustable Flex2Fit® temples that enable each wearer to custom contour the temple shape for an exact fit that is extremely comfortable and secure. All Cocoons sunglasses feature a manufacturers limited lifetime warranty.

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The Vistana collection receives a new glossy frame finish for 2010! Vistana® departs from traditional over prescription sunglass designs to achieve fashion driven frame styles without sacrificing the desired and proven OveRx® performance. The patented collection features scratch resistant Polaré® polarised lenses with Dynamic Base Lens Technology that eliminates the need for separate side shields.

Here’s why you need proper polarised glasses. Watch this 2 minute video of how Mr. Yap from Peak Vision Optics, demonstrates the difference between a good polarised lens & a mediocre one.

To get a special 10% discount on the Cocoons eyewear, just mention that you got the offer from Pummkin’s Pitch (blog) to Mr. Yap & he will fit you with a Cocoons to make you the most dashing gruppie in town! (Gruppie is the pummkinology for ”˜growned-up professional!’)

Peak Vision can be found at The Gardens, Mid Valley & in Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas. Call +603-2287 6078. Don’t forget to ask for the special discount!