Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cycle For Compassion - KASIH Hospice Care Society 2017

Extracted from Kasih Hospice Care Society's website for you to know more about this organisation.

KASIH HOSPICE CARE SOCIETY,KUALA LUMPUR & SELANGOR(KHC) first launched its services in 1997 with its trained volunteers visiting patients in hospitals on a regular basis to give them emotional and spiritual support. It later established its medical team in 2005 to fill a perceived service gap for those people wishing to remain at home whilst living with a life threatening illness. Most of the people who access our service have advanced cancers but there are some who suffer from serious non cancer illness such as AIDS, Motor Neurone Disease, End-stage organ failure,etc.

Palliative care is active holistic ‘whole person care’ with particular focus on pain and symptom management whilst also looking into the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient.Our team of committed doctors, nurses and volunteers give skillful and dedicated care to those who are very ill, irrespective of race, religion, age or financial status.

We are a non-governmental organisation with a not-for-profit philosophy and our services are free of charge. We are recognised as a service provider by the public and private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding region.We assist people to maintain control over their lives and provide a home visitation service for those who require it. We support people of all belief systems on a non-denominational and non-discriminatory basis.

Helping others wherever one can, according to their needs, is the true expression of compassion. KHC aims to offer this gift of friendship, companionship, emotional and spiritual support to those individuals and their families who are facing life-threatening illness in a holistic manner.

KHC views palliative care as a social responsibility as well.The organisation provides training programs for volunteers and the public which aim at cultivating wisdom and compassion through service whilst also equipping them with knowledge about End of Life care.

Our Vision

Helping others through compassion to live well and die well.

Our Mission
KHC serves those with life threatening illness and their family through medical, emotional and spiritual support based on compassion and skillful means.

Our Motto

With Compassion, We Serve
Our Objectives

To provide medical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families, at hospitals or at home and eventually to provide an in-patient service.

To create public awareness and interest in providing skilful hospice care through training.

To provide a platform for volunteers to actualise spiritual cultivation as charitable practice.

On 14th May 2017 a charity ride to create awareness for Kasih Hospice Care was successfully organised and the response was encouraging.
The participants started to gather before dawn at Bandar Utama, BU4.
Some of the red shirt marshalls on the road.
Finally a group photo session before it ended. I stole a wefie.

Below is a video clip of the event.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sri Banting De Old Iron Monster of Selangor

During my younger years we used to come across the term tin dredging sometime we could see it in action or we could read about it occasionally. It was the British who introduced this large scale method to boost Malaysia's tin mining industry.
Thanks to Robert for inviting me to join the group to search for a defunct tin dredge somewhere at the proximity of Dengkil and KLIA. A GPS coordinate was provided and the meeting was made possible. All the while I thought there is only one left in Perak and never realised that there is one more in Selangor.
Two went on foot while the other two were on bicycles. We followed a path starting from an illegal dump site and it was running along the water edge.
We were delighted to see the dredge from a distance as it is still floating majestically on the pond and I was eager to get closer to it.
The name of this dredge is called Sri Banting secretly hidden in a quiet big pond. We could hear dogs barking as we came near it and I was worried that the dogs could be aggressive.
Fortunately the dogs were not able to reach us as they were separated from the land and the dredge. The two loud barking dogs sounded fierce but I think they are friendly as their tails were wagging continuously as they barked.
You just need a couple of pulls on the rope to get across to Sri Banting but nobody suggested to do so hence we were safe from the dogs.
View from a small floating pontoon that could connect to the dredge. 
Robert setting up his Mavic for the challenge.
This drone is small, portable and lovely to bring about for aerial photography.
SK & Robert were all set for their fun to view from the top. 
Dahon Speed P8 came in handy in this tough terrain as Anne and myself went on nosing around the surrounding trying to get different angles of Sri Banting.
The 4,800 tonnes iron monster is amazingly beautiful, it was built in 1974 and stopped its operation in 1997. The other surviving tin dredge in Malaysia is in Tanjung Tualang, Perak. I hope this piece of heritage could be preserved and kept for the world to share its history.
A short clip of the morning.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Merchant's Lane 美真林 - A Great Place to Chill

It was Sunday and after a short outing at the KL Car Free morning we went scouting for food in the city. We decided to visit Merchant's Lane again.
Soo was gamed for a hefty meal and had Breakfast comprising of fried eggs on toasts, chicken sausage, baked bean, hash brown, sauteed mushroom and cherry tomatoes.
Jason got himself a cake and a coffee
While I got myself something to share together with a cup of lemongrass & ginger drink.
Port Klang - Battered deep fried calamari, dory fish and prawns served with sweet chili sauce
I love this trendy place and I got to know that it was a brothel in the early years. Hat off to a group of youngsters whom took this venture and made this awesome hideout possible.
Merchant's Lane 
On the 1st Floor
No, 150 Jalan Petaling
59000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS : 3.140947, 101.698049
Business hours: Daily 11.30am – 10pm
Tel: 03-2022 1736

Friday, May 05, 2017

Restoran Meng Kee 明记家乡小食, Old Klang Road

Restoran Meng Kee is located at Jalan Kelang Lama on the main road itself and is directly opposite The Scott Garden. We were there on a Wednesday evening after 15km of cycling from Lake Titiwangsa. The food was ordered and served unexpectedly fast.
A pot of stewed black soy sauce pork trotter together hard boiled eggs was the first lovely dish on the table and it was good though sinful but irresistible.
Poached lettuce simple yet nice to eat and a compulsory green on the table.
This steamed la la clam dish is gorgeous, fresh and yummy. The gravy is heavenly, another recommended dish to indulge when in Meng Kee.
A portion of herbal kampong chicken was good but nothing to really spectacular about it.
Delicious steamed fish head with finely chopped ginger together with a little of chopped chili padi on the top. We enjoyed it to the max leaving only the bone behind. No wonder it is their signature dish.
Car parking at this area could be challenging but not for us we came with our bicycles hence there is no issue at all. Happy food hunting, enjoy the awesome Tai Chow food and reasonable pricing at Meng Kee. By the way, on the way back to Titiwangsa before the Federal Highway intersection I saw another similar shop "Restoran Meng Kee" I guess it is their branch outlet.
Restoran Meng Kee
Old Klang Road
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 012-676 3623
GPS : 3.094139, 101.675293

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Restoran Woo Ng Kee the Old School of Chinese Cuisine in Kuala Lumpur

It's Lai Yoong & Wei Xiang's birthday and thank you to Lai Yoong for inviting us for a sumptuous makan at this old restaurant at Taman Eshan, Kepong.
This is one of the oldest restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, they still serve traditional dishes like cold dish of jellied chicken with other ingredients. Restoran Woo Ng Kee has been in the business for more than 60 years they started from a road side stall in Pudu. Today they are hidden in an old development in Taman Eshan, Kepong.
Stir fried Kai Lan with minced meat and preserved veggie a.k.a Mei Lan, Mei Lan, Wo Ai Ni" (梅蘭梅蘭,我爱你). Simple yet delicious.
Claypot of Kangkong veggie.
Garoupa Fish Head Soup (沙窝鱼头) - The broth is so tasty with natural sweetness from the concoctions of ingredients, together with a lovely feel of rice wine (Shao Hsing Hua Tiao Chiew 绍兴花雕酒). My best bet for the evening, I like the lovely flavour of herbs.
A dish of exciting sea maw, mushrooms and green veggie.
Braised pork knuckle - popularly known as Pig & Dog Friends" (猪朋狗友) which was sinful but yummy. Many years ago dog meat might be popular among some of the customers but not in this present day.
Pei Pa Aromatic Duck (枇杷烧鸭) was tender and delicious.
Restaurant Woo Ng Kee 
545, 546, 547, Jalan Ehsan 3/7, 
Taman Ehsan, 
52100 Kepong, 
Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-6274 2305
GPS Coordinates: 3.221117, 101.623911

Friday, April 28, 2017

Busan 2017 - Day 10 Our Last Day in South Korea

Our last day to hunt for more cherry blossom and a list of places was laid out to visit. From Busan Station we took a train to Pukyong University Station for Igidae Park as our first itinerary of the day.
The surrounding of the university is scenic we were greeted with the lovely flowers and traffic was relax on a Sunday morning. We had to look for breakfast before we could go any further. We seems looking lost in the inner neighbourhood and thank goodness a Good Samaritan stopped by and offered us help.
Mr. Beh, an ex-service man is so friendly who came to our rescue. He recommended a local eatery shop which apparently has never had any foreigner customers before. Mr. Beh left us in the eatery shop, we were in the dark as to what we will be eating, communication was just totally difficult. We could only pray for the best.
We were anxious in the beginning but after a while everything seems to go on well. Two friendly customers offered us a traditional drink, "makgeolli" to try (something like Malaysian toddy). I love to try it again and hopefully I can find it in Malaysia.
The breakfast turned to be gorgeous, the broth was absolutely delicious. We survived the anxiety and walk out of the shop with full satisfaction. Mr. Beh then came back and offered to show us around as it was free.
The sole lady boss became friendly and generous, she gave us free cans of soft drinks after our meals.
We delighted to have a wonderful local tourist guide to lead us.
He took us through narrow roads with lesser vehicles as the local would normally do everyday.
Igidae Park where we did not indulge in the scenic trail walk but just to have a brief view from the starting point as we were told that there isn't much to see if we were looking for cherry blossom.

Let's get up higher for a better view at Igidae Park.
After a short while at Igidae Park, Mr. Beh headed to Namcheon-dong. 
The trail was easy and nice to ride on, everywhere were not far apart. For once, I am relieved from leading the group and rested from monitoring the Oregon. 
Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Road located at GPS: 35.14348, 129.11021, of course we were filled with excitement upon seeing the beautiful street full of the cherry blossom.
Shortly after finishing the street at Namcheon-dong we were at Gwangalli Beach, a beautiful clean beach popular among the youngsters and filled with romantic restaurants and cafes.
Thank you Mr. Beh for your kind hospitality, we wish good luck in his retirement and hope we can meet again in the future.
Now we were on our own and our next place was Oncheon Stream Park where we have to connect ourselves to Dongnae Station.
A quick bite at the roadside shops outside Dongnae Station before we made our way into the park. Oncheon Stream Park is located at GPS: 35.20098, 129.0791
This stream park is full of colour and crowded with people, it is truly lively and exciting.
We had a good time blending ourselves with the people and the atmosphere. 
We were at the lower part by the stream and later on to the upper part cycling along the trees full of cherry blossom.
Oncheon Stream Park is a must-see spot at any time of the year and it comes to life in spring.

So much of cherry blossom and we have to leave Oncheon Stream Park.
Everyone of us love this seed pancake, I went for a second helping because it's so yummy. Now that I am back in Malaysia and drooling as I am thinking of it.
Parking our iron horses at the entrance of the Busan International Film Festival site while the ladies went shopping.
At the famous 40 Steps Street remembering the Korean War. Busan was the place of refuge where the Koreans fled to escape the brutal war from fighting and in the hope to meet relatives or friends.
After 10 days in the Republic of Korea or better known as South Korea, we were on our way back to Malaysia at Busan International Airport. It has been a great and memorable trip. We hope to be back for more adventure in the near future.
A video clip of the Day 10