Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Day 1 - Korea Cycling Adventure - Ara Bicycle Path to Seoul

After months of planning, we finally kicked off the tour flying from KLIA 2 to Incheon International Airport. We reached Korea as per the schedule touching down early in the morning around 8plus.
Fenn's bag could fit in all our Dimpa bags & a Vicinta bag. We shall see this yellow bag in 13 days time.
The first place we visited was Hanjin Courier Service as we have enquired earlier that our bags for our bicycles could be couriered to Dong Yang Motel, Busan (our last accommodation for this tour). 
Next was to collect my pre-paid sim card which I have purchased online for 30,000KRW for a Basic Plan of 1G data and usable within 1 month. Please use the data wisely or else the data will be used up before you complete your tour. Wifi is easily available and shift it wifi mode whenever possible.
Our plan was to board a train from the airport and disembark at Cheongna International City Station which is the nearest to the start of Ara Bicycle Path to Seoul and that is 4 stops away from Incheon International Airport.
One for the album at Cheongna International City Station and we were eager to start our ride. The weather was superb, by the way our team comprised of Joseph a.k.a. Jotaro or Joe, Anne Cheong, Fenn Siah & my wife Jocelyn (Jo) and myself.
We found the starting line of the 4 Rivers Bike Path and it goes all the way to Busan for a distance of 633km. We will be using part of it to Busan where we will be staying there for 3 nights before we fly back to Kuala Lumpur. In between the 2 cities we have 16 days to spend.
The first stamping booth for our 4 Rivers Trail Cycling Tour Passport purchased at 4,000KRW.
Let's stamp the first one onto the passport.
I am truly impressed with the cycling culture in Korea, I saw so many amazing things as I rode along Ara Cycling Trail, the crowd, the facilities, the infrastructures and the enthusiasm.  
Mobile bike servicing like this is seen along the trail.
Hardly could I see any pot hole on the trial, the scenery is amazing and Ara Trail is basically flat and easy.
The Saturday crowd was amazing there are small wheels seen but not many.
Guess it's the beginning of summer time and camping is so popular among the Korean.
Seoul here we come as we emerged from the cycling trail heading towards Seoul Hotel 53.
The Route - 57km
A clip of Day 1

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Something Exciting for Daddy this Coming Father's Day @ La Casa Restaurant

Mother's day is over it's time for Father's Day and come June 19 it is daddy's turn to be spoilt. 
La Casa Restaurant is tucked in a not so busy part of Mont Kiara at Jalan Kiara 5 in a building known as Verve Shops Mont Kiara.
The ambiance is conducive and relaxing with its high ceiling and beautiful decors.
I was fortunate to be invited to savour a special menu for the coming Father's Day celebration while the Chefs were busy preparing the master piece for us.
Big Boy Special is created to make your dad a happy man with a string of adventures for him to enjoy. A portion that is good for two persons to share and all for RM68.00.
An interesting concoction with a mix of orange, lime & mint soda. (It comes with two glasses in the order).
A well smoked barbecue chicken wings, tender and juicy.
Smoked duck with goat cheese pesto and tuna with smoked olive.
Grilled Italian sausage with sweet honeydew with mashed potatoes, fresh tomato confit, soft roasted capsicum.
And on the standard menu you can get other delicious food like this Pan fried Norwegian salmon on bed of spinach and grilled pasta drizzled with teriyaki sauce (RM42).
Smoked chicken in Presto (RM26) - chicken strips and pasta served with light Presto cream sauce.
Slow braised Lamb with Gnocchi (RM42) - the meat was well braised and went well with the gnocchi.
If you are in the mood for a duck indulgence then you should try La Casa Duck Confit, the meat is tender and the taste is just perfect, served with sauteed potatoes & apple-&-orange salad (RM42).
Baked Fish Papillote (RM48) - a seasonal fish fillet with assorted seafood like squid, mussel, prawns baked with white wine in tomato broth. Another yummy choice and most importantly they were fresh.
I opted for a mango ice cream instead of a cheese ice flavour. It so soothing and yummy.  Make a date with La Casa Restaurant and your dad will be very happy with all the pampering he is going to get. Cheers!
Please note that Big Boy Special will be available from June 13th until June 24th, 6pm onwards.
La Casa Restaurant has also laid out a Special Menu in conjunction with Father's Day solely for dinner only on 19 July 2016. So don't miss this opportunity to savour this carefully crafted menu and what more it's specially for the fathers.
La Casa Restaurant
G-5 Verve Shops Mont' Kiara
8 Jalan Kiara 5
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03 6211 8875
GPS : 3.167314, 101.646846
Tues-Fri, 10am-11pm
Sat-Sun, 9am-11pm

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Koay Teow Th'ng, Food Court Air Itam, Penang

I was back to Air Itam for exactly a week and have been keeping my mum and sister accompanied during this period. My duty was to ferry my mum to the market every morning and Air Itam Market is her favourite.
For the last few days I have been having my breakfast at the stalls in the market and today I stumbled into this particular Koay Teow Th'ng stall at the food court directly opposite the market. It is one busy food stall and without any hesitation I placed an order.
As expected the waiting time was slightly longer but it was definitely worth the wait. A clear soup noodle with delicious minced pork meat, fish balls and slices of fish cakes. It was not the best Koay Teow Th'ng I have tasted but it was still yummy and would not mind coming back again.
I understand that this stall have been in business for ages and now it is operated by its second generation, the hanging yellow "Koay Teow Soup" sign may looks old but not the amended pricing on it.
 The ingredients at the stall tell you that the food here is selling well, the distinct heap of minced meat caught my attention that led me to indulge in this noodle. So go and try it out at this corner in Air Itam. But remember to park your car in a proper parking lot, the other day my bowl of noodle cost me RM20.00 because of a parking summon of RM15.25....

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sausage and Ribs Shack, Taman Midah Cheras

Well it's my birthday my lovely wife insisted that we eat out and have a small celebration among ourselves. Thank you my dear and we were somehow at Sausage and Ribs Shack for a wonderful dinner. Please leave your shoes outside before you step in.
Sausage and Ribs Shack is popular for their home made sausages and their pork ribs. It is located somewhere at a funny corner of Taman Midah in Cheras.
It was 7.30pm and it was already crowded fortunately we have made a reservation and the table was ready for us. We forgot to bring our wine.
We have only pre-booked the spare ribs and the rest of the dishes were ordered on the spot.
Coral salad with roasted sesame dressing to start with and a good start indeed.
Since it was a dinner to celebrate my birthday, I ordered a Weihenstephen, a dark light beer to go with my porky meal. The wine we supposed to bring along would be better.
Soup of the day was Pumpkin soup with garlic bread, sweet and tasty.
Here is the BBQ Spanish pork spare ribs - full rack, it was obviously looking very enticing and everyone was waiting to mouth it as soon as the camera was kept away.
The mum did the cutting before anyone can lay their hands on it.
A plate of mixed home made sausages platter, another great dish and most of us preferred the one of the darkest colour it must be the beef sausage.
Then came the spaghetti Aglio Olio with bacon and  mushroom, we shared and like it too.
Two servings of this Portobello mushrooms were placed on the table, another yummy taste of  a well cooked mushrooms.
Our second plate of spaghetti was Aglio Olio with tiger prawns, it tasted the same as the previous one except it came with 2 prawns.
I am 58 going 59 next year, there is no stopping the figure will continue to go up and all I wish is that my body will stay healthy so that I can continue to do the things I like to do.
Sausage and Ribs Shack
9 Jalan 2/105, Taman Midah, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +603-91743866 / +6016-2292168
GPS : 3.089674, 101.726550