Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Brompton Cultural Ride 2015 de Malaysian Way

The month of February wasn't really good for me I was admitted twice into a hospital, first for a freak accident and then a dengue attack for 3 and 7 days respectively. After more than 2 weeks of recuperation I was eager to take part in this event by My Brompton Malaysia.
Selamat Pagi Malaysia we are ready to pedal, it was before 7 in the morning at a corner of Sultan Abdul Samad Building where we meet.
Malaysian Cultural ride by My Brompton Malaysia. Photo courtesy of KK Fong.
A lap on KL Car Free Day route was slow and easy.
The event coincided with KL Car Free Day and a stop at Petronas Twin Towers was a must.
A simple and typical Malaysian breakfast at a backlane of Tuanku Abdul Rahaman Road.
The gather of My Brompton Malaysia was awesome and I hope to see more of such gatherings in the near future. Cheers.
Some of us extended our ride to explore inner Kuala Lumpur and it was fun seeing lovely vicinity of Bukit Nanas with our bicycles.
Somehow the ride took us to Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the canopy walk with our bicycles was an experience. What a lovely piece of jungle preserved in the heart of the city.
Telecom Museum was another fun stop.
Nothing like an Indian banana leaf rice and a cool beer for lunch. Photo courtesy of Norman Choy.
See you again soon My Brompton Malaysia.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dim Sum at Restoran Pudu Cafe

It was the seventh day of Chinese New Year, Tuck Cheong was all sold out by 9.30am and the next place I could think of was Restoran Pudu Cafe at the wet market of Pudu.
Yes it still opened with plenty to eat, we managed to grab a table for three and enjoy a pot of Chinese tea with some dim sum.
Lo Mai Kai to share...
The Indonesian lady would be uttering "goreng goreng" dim sum as she moves around the shop with the food.
 It was another nice old school dim sum in Kuala Lumpur and the few surviving ones in town.

Restoran Pudu Cafe might sounds western but is's an old school with mostly senior citizens in the shop.
A common sight of daily lives of seniors and how they spend their morning.
It's always packed with regulars and early birds in the wet market.
the runing bill....
Restoran Pudu Cafe
45, Jalan Pasar Baru
Kuala Lumpur
GPS : 3.134051, 101.714431

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

My First Brompton aka Bekay

Frame: Steel
Suspension: Standard Block
Fork: Steel 
Number of Gears: 6 
Shifters: Brompton Shifting 
Chainset: BSR 6 Speed 
Pedals:Brompton folding on left. Aluminium cage flat pedal on right 
Brakeset: Brompton dual-pivot callipers with Fibrax cartridge pads 
Brake Levers: Brompton Aluminium 
Handlebars: S Type 
Wheelset: Brompton standard 6 Speed BSR 
Front Tyre: Brompton Kevlar 
Rear Tyre: Brompton Kevlar 
Saddle: Brompton Standard 
Seatpost: Brompton Standard 
Accessories: Nil 
Weight: 11kg
I decided to buy a Brompton sometime September 2014 via an online purchase and having a friend to bring it back home from England. And it was only after having several units of folding bikes and a plan to travel oversea with a folding bicycle that prompted me to buy the most compact folding bicycle.
Trying out the brand new B and mind you the shifting of gears is different from others and one has to get use to it. Similarlly one has to get used to its folding mechanism but slowly and surely one shall master it.
I named this iron horse as Bekay (BK) basically because of it colour. Why B because it for Brompton or Brazil and "K" because it's for Kedah the state that I was born that's "Hijau Kuning". As time goes by I tend to like BK for its agility, convenient and portability.
I have never regretted taking up this lovely hobby of pedalling small wheels, it has taken me to many places and events. They were all memorable and interesting. I hope it will continue to bring me more joy and allow me to see more beautiful happenings in the future. Let's cycle and hApPyCycling.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Restoran Top One at SS2 - A new Steamboat Outlet

A new food outlet is opened at SS2/10 a.k.a.Wai Sek Kai, the up and coming glutton street of SS2 and it's a steamboat restaurant.
We were there on the first day of the opening not by invitation but walking in coincidentally. Things weren't going smoothly on this day the boat was having difficulty to boil the soup as the flame contact with the pot was too far apart.
The presentation of the ingredient was up to mark with a variety of ingredients, charging at RM16.00 person for a standard portion.
An extra order of a portion of thinly sliced pork meat.
Pan Mee & lots of green veggies.
Side orders like prawns balls, fish balls, cuttlefish balls, balls with minced pork etc etc that you can choose.
The pinched Pan Mee noodle was something interesting to savour while eating a steamboat meal. Most of us gave a thumb up for this Pan Mee.
Home prepared steam chicken is highly recommended by the proprietor and yes we love it just like the homemade taste and it went super with the red chilli paste below.
My family in-laws surely like spicy stuff and they enjoyed this paste very much with the steamed chicken
Restoran Top One
Jalan SS2/10
(A few doors away from Kayu Nasi Kandar)
Petaling Jaya

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Lunch at Restoran Township Sekinchan after a Cycling Exploration

After a good cycling exploration in Sekinchan where we visited a couple of interesting places in this town famous for its fishing & paddy produce, obviously we were very hungry and were gamed for a good local meal. Here we were at this relatively new restaurant crowded but some of us managed to grab some tables while others had theirs at the other restaurant which was a few doors away.
It's a shrimp delicacy even though the prawns were small in size but the fried was awesome. I really like this dish.
Fried mantis prawns with dried chilli was also delicious.
A steam fish simple yet gorgeous. It was fresh and tender.
A leafy green veggie that was stir fried to a perfect liking.
More delicious veggie - slices of bitter gourd fried with eggs that was not oily and it was yummy.
A soup with thick Lala clams - another super duper nice sea food. Basically the food in Sekinchan is good and pricing is reasonable .

I love Sekinchan and would love to come back for another night stay in this lovely town for the sunset, paddy field, fruits and of course their sea foods. Till then we shall meet again.
Restoran Township
Jalan SD1
Kampong Sekinchan
GPS : 3.504829, 101.099661

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Turkey - Istanbul We are back - Day 7

Good morning Bolu, the snow was still around and it is about 300km to Istanbul. Sekaan, the driver wasn't feeling well but thank goodness he was able to drive us
The white snow was still there as travel towards our next destination.

A break in our journey for toilet and refreshment.
I guess it is a popular spot to stop for a rest.
Generally 1 lira for a small glass of Turkish tea and snow is slowly disappearing as we approach Istanbul.
Here we are... Istanbul coming from the European side to the Asia side. The feeling of chaotic traffic jam began to effect the drive and it's really really bad just to cover a short distance.
The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge or simply the First Bridge is one of two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul,Turkey;  connecting Europe and Asia (the other one is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which is called the Second Bosphorus Bridge.) The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side)
Our first stop in Istanbul was at the Galata Bridge for a lunch & a cruise at Bophorus Strait. Bosphorus is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia.
The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul proper, site of the imperial palace and principal religious and secular institutions of the empire, and the districts of Galata, Beyoğlu, Şişli and Harbiye where a large proportion of the inhabitants were non-Muslims and where foreign merchants and diplomats lived and worked. In this respect the bridge bonded these two distinctive cultures.
All daily city tours in Istanbul include this bridge as it is the passageway to the Old City of Constantinople.
Our lunch at Mio Galata Restaurant as part and parcel of the tour deal, eating here at your own accord would be rather adventurous. They don't seems honest I guess this is in the city just be careful.
Grilled mackerel fish with rice... I like it especially we have been over dosed with its typical Turkish food.
The bus will wait for us here at Galata Bridge while to continue to walk the the cruise boat.
The Bosphorus Cruise - Beyond the Bosphorus Bridge there's plenty more to see: Beylerbeyi Palace, the village of Çengelköy,Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutköy with its photogenic Ottoman yalıs (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), Rumeli Hisarı (the mighty Fortress of Europe), the town of Bebek with its pretty bay, and Bosphorus University.
The excitement on the boat on the upper deck.
Cruising the Boshpuros and enjoying the beautiful scenery full of history fantastic architecture and lovely weather.
I need fresh air and I cannot stand the choppy sea, I was at this rear breathing slowly trying to enjoy seeing the seagulls following us, As far as scenery is concerned it was awesome except the sea sick.
North of the Fatih Bridge, second to be built across the Bosphorus, is Anadolu Hisarı (the Fortress of Anatolia), Küçüksu Kasrı (a fine little rococo palace), the Hıdiv Kasrı (fine Art Nouveau villa built in 1900 for the Khedive of Egypt), the pretty restaurant village ofTarabya, the town of Büyükdere (with its excellentSadberk Hanım Museum), and Sarıyer (with a fish market and several seafood restaurants on the shore).

During our visit in Turkey we saw quite a number of water closet with hygienic toilet seat cover. This one was seen in the boat we took for the cruise.
At Eminonu Quarter, a place where people love to hang around, do marketing or pass their time in Istanbul. I love the sight.
The Spice Bazaar Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city it is located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
We were here to buy saffron for a small package which cost US$50. We hope it's authentic and I believe it was. This guy impressed with his Malay Language and he picked it up from Dummies.
Even the locals visit this spice market, pricing is reasonable, people are helpful and we are assured of its quality and authenticity.
A business card from Aladdin.
Moving around the outside of the Spice Market and seeing the local market scene was awesome.
The Yeni Cami, meaning New Mosque; originally named the Valide Sultan Mosque (Turkish: Valide Sultan Camii) and laterNew Valide Sultan Mosque (Turkish: Yeni Valide Sultan Camii) after its partial reconstruction and completion between 1660 and 1665; is an Ottoman imperial mosque. It is situated on the Golden Horn, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, and is one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul.
The traffic situation in Istanbul was chaotic I think it's worst than Kuala Lumpur. We saw a impatient car going up pavement just to gain a short distance. And it surely took us a long while to reach the Grand Bazaar. 
The road to Grand bazaar was horendous and narrow we were late just made in time to enter the bazaar but no shopping was possible. At least we have been to Grand Bazaar......hehehe.
We were lucky to gain access into the bazaar. The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Bazaar’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Bazaar’) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it is listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors.
The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih and in the neighbourhood (mahalle) bearing the same name (Kapalıçarşı). It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı stop).
Let's forget the bus we shall walk to the restaurant and for the last night in Istanbul we shall have Chinese food.
Chang Cheng Chinese Restaurant is located near the Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka Blue Mosque. Well the food is Chinese no doubt but nothing like our own at home.