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Second Nando’s Outlet at tHe Spring

October 20th, 2016 · Nobody Surrendered

Not only Viva… The egg hatched at tHe Spring too! Now you don’t have to join the crowd at Viva, you can join the crowd at tHe Spring.

The interior feel is different from Viva. You get purple half circle sectional sofa in Nando’s at tHe Spring. When the day is getting darker, the light from the chandelier gives the place a feel of coziness.

Left: A must-have in Nando’s, the chicken! How can you miss this? It’s the only reason for you to come otherwise why come here?

Right: New items on the menu, the sweet potato chips are so yummy and addictive. Meanwhile, the spinach is quite refreshing albeit being rather tasteless and mushy, it is not too bad.

Left: Some of the Nando’s signature sauces.Which is your favourite?

Right: Caramel cheesecake… Goodness! It was sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Funnily, at first I wanted to have just a taste of it but ended up I was scrapping it bit by bit with fork and into my mouth *LOL*. Great to go with Americano or tea.

So? You have two places to choose now to Nando’s in Kuching. Just hope the good quality will maintain.

Categories: Food Porn

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

October 8th, 2016 · Nobody Surrendered

Was fortunate to be able to stay at Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai, during my previous trip to Shanghai in July. First time in my life staying in such luxurious hotel in a very strategic location. Can easily walk to Nanjing Road, the main shopping street of Shanghai.

Les Suites Orient ON THE BUND is a life style boutique hotel with an unparalleled location on the city’s most famous boulevard.
With panoramic views of the famous Bund, the Lujiazui skyline, as well as the 16th century Yu Gardens, the property has a sweeping eye over both the old and new. Guests can enjoy a view from any of its rooms and suites, while enjoying Western and Asian cuisine at Cafe Dongxi.

These photos are taken across the road of the hotel. Didn’t take photos of the lobby because didn’t want to look like a ‘sakai’ *LOL* Immediately entering the hotel, I thought I’m heading into a spa.

I stayed in 12th floor. Upon going into the room… WOW! I was blown away! This room, Bund Studio, was booked for about RM700 per night from Agoda. The bed is so comfy, the minibar is well-stocked, fruits and bottled water are complimentary. Coffee making machine is available for you to brew gourmet coffee. The tea bag they stock is Twinnings while coffee capsule is Illy.

The bathroom has bathtub and spacious shower cubicle. While enjoying the bathtub, you can watch TV or enjoy the view from the window. The bathroom itself is huge! On the mirror, there’s digital clock and outdoor temperature/weather display built-in. There’s a sofa, writing desk , and TV in the room too.

The toiletries are by Gilchrist & Soames. The lotion is moisturizing; the shampoo and conditioner gave me soft and easy to manage hair; and the shower gel is not drying.

The view from the room and bathroom. Great view isn’t it? Too bad it rained and always gloomy out there. Just too bad, the city is pretty polluted that you hardly see blue sky. Imagine if the sky is blue… That will be one amazing view.

Left: Breakfast at Cafe Dongxi. A very cozy place for breakfast serving a combination of Chinese and Western specialties.
Right: You can also enjoy free snacks and fruit in the Lounge on the 3rd floor. This was where I spent my early evening at because I’m just too lazy to go out to find food after work.

Left: The view from the lounge’s window.
Right: Very cozy lounge.

The service is good, staff is friendly. WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge. There’s a fitness centre and business centre.

Overall, if you have the budget, this is one good hotel that you can stay when you’re in Shanghai.

Address: 1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai 200002 China

Categories: Going Places · Pearl of the Orient - Shanghai

Sweet Surrender’s Hong Kong Airlines Experience

September 24th, 2016 · 2 surrendered

WOW! Record! 14 days from the last post! Man… Crazy weeks! Finally get to settle down for a bit after two intense weeks. Was on leave for one whole week but it was gone with a snap, I didn’t even get the chance to enjoy the holiday and it’s gone.

Going to share my experience flying with Hong Kong Airlines. The inaugaural flight was on 28th May. We now can fly straight to Hong Kong from Kuching. Flight time isn’t comfortable but better than none. Be sure to catch some sleep on board. The flight is about 3 hours and you’re flying a full service, 4-star airline. Imagine how much time you can save without transit?

Back in July, I flew to Hong Kong from Kuching for work. The flight departed at 6.30am on an A320. The leg space was spacious enough. They do provide you with antiseptic towelette when you are on board. On the seat, you can find blanket but since it’s a 4-star airlines, there is no pillow provided. Hence, bringing your own neck pillow is a good idea. Also, do not expect other classes for this sector, it’s a mono-class sector. You won’t have your own entertainment panel also. However, the food was surprisingly better than our 5-star airline!

Reached Hong Kong and then connected to Shanghai. Flew this route with Hong Kong Airlines also.

Was expecting a small plane since but wow… It’s a big one, I think it’s A330. I’ve not been on a big plane since my Europe trip back in 2013 ;p

Instead of sleeping, I watched movie. Meanwhile the food was amazing too! I love the douhua (tofu pudding) the most.

Photo taken on the way to Shanghai.

Aside from using Hong Kong Airlines flying to Shanghai, I also flew back from Nanjing to Hong Kong with it and then Hong Kong to Kuching. Good thing, my colleague and I were “upgraded” because of some special arrangements made by the captain hehe… We got more leg space. However, the food from Nanjing to Hong Kong was a let down. We’re served with pork burger, pathetically thin pork patty sandwiched in between the flattened buns. Didn’t taste good and look pathetic. Our roadside burger tasted and looked better. Forgot to take photo of it, I was too tired due to flight delay that day because of the storm.

Why not flying to Nanjing from Shanghai? There’s high speed train for it, no need to fly at all.

However, because the flight was almost full on the sector going back to Kuching from Hong Kong, I felt quite uncomfortable and air was as if not circulating. A bit of torture on the way back but what to do? It’s economy class, that’s the thing you have to live with. That explains why I like to travel during low season as I don’t like to be squeezed into a small area with so many people.

Overall, it was not bad. The only downside is the pork burger I mentioned.

Categories: Asia's World City - Hong Kong · China's City of Culture - Nanjing · Food Porn · Going Places · Pearl of the Orient - Shanghai · Review It!

Anchor Say Cheese Signature Series at Taka Cake House

September 10th, 2016 · Nobody Surrendered

Anchor, I’m sure everyone will think of butter. Now, they have European theme Anchor-branded desserts with the tagline “Connecting with Loved Ones”. Apparently they do have a range of desserts last year too which was Japanese inspired.

You can find the dessert all over Malaysia in selected bakeries. In Kuching, you can get it at Taka Cake House. The limited edition desserts are created by Fonterra’s own in-house patisserie chefs with Anchor butter, cream cheese, milk, and cream.

Left: Cheeznie (RM6.30), cream cheese sandwiched between two slices of decadent chocolate brownies and topped with chopped walnuts.
Right: Almond Rosa (RM6.30), a buttery almond butter sponge cake with a rich layer of cream cheese.

Lady Marmalade (RM3.20), a sweet bread with an orange cream cheese filling topped with orange candied peel.

First Love (RM3.20), a sweet bread with a brown sugar cream cheese in the center sprinkled with brown sugar for added crunch.

I like all of them. They are moist, fluffy, and most importantly, less sweet.

All these only available for a limited time only, from now till December 2016. By the way, buy two boxes of Anchor’s signature desserts, you can get a limited edition Anchor spoon.

Where can you get these delicious desserts? Other than Kuching, you can also get them at RT Pastry branches in Klang Valley, Bread History (Penang), The Bakers Hut (Seri Manjung), Born n Breads (Ipoh), Patisfrance and Yeast Pastry (Malacca), Veluxe Cake House (Skudai), Fung Seng (Muar), Port View Euro Bread (Kota Kinabalu), and Hot Cross Bun (Miri).


Categories: Food Porn

Rising Ramen at CityOne

August 31st, 2016 · Nobody Surrendered

Rising Ramen use to be at Jalan Song. Now, they moved to CityOne.

Went there few months back but only update about it now hehehe…

If you go there, ramen is a must to have. That’s their signature. Price is higher now of course because of the location. The taste was not quite the same. It used to be very salty butless salty now. The smell wasn’t as strong too. I prefer the one now than previously. Maybe they had adjusted their recipe, otherwise the mall will smell of ramen, pork some more!

Just a quick update. Very busy days ahead. Luckily it’s a holiday today.

Categories: Food Porn