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Kobe Beef Steak (神户牛肉)| Mouriya| Kobe, Japan

What you think about when some one says "Kobe" in front of you? I think lot of people will think about "Kobe Beef" or "Kobe Cow". Kobe beef is recognized as most expensive high quality beef worldwide.

 

Dinner at いろはかるた Izakaya 居酒屋| Kyoto Japan

Izakaya居酒屋is a place where Japanese gather together for eating, drinking, smoking and talking. To be more precise, it is a place for them to drink, drink, drink and drink non-stop. Since it is a place for drinking, many Izakaya provide drinking buffer (飲み放題 "nomihoudai") package. If you are to order a set package, many of them come with appetizer, main dishes, salad, dessert and some side dishes. The drinks are buffet type and you can choose from soft drink, wine, cocktail, sake and others. Most of them are alcohol. I have visited to many of the Izakaya during the stay in Japan. Most of the times were attended farewell or welcoming party with Japanese colleague. I have no chance to take good photo during dining with them.

 

Fresh Fruit Cheese Cake

For about 1 year, I have no chance to bake a fresh cream cake. Now, I am back to my little kitchen to bake something. Yeh! First fresh cream cake I baked this year for my lovely niece four years old birthday celebration, and I baked a fruit cheese cake for her.        

 

6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Air Ticket+Hotel) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (机票+酒店)

In the beginning year of 2013, we had travelled to Chiang Mai. It was a happy and unforgettable journey which gave us uncountable surprises. 真是一个美好的2013啊!在这2013的年头,我们到了清迈旅行。又是一个令人超兴奋,超开心的旅程,途中太多惊喜,是我们不想忘掉的回忆,所以让我们在这儿纪录旅程的点点滴滴吧。   This trip was last minute planned and ticket was last minute booked. Due to money constrain, we choose Chiang Mai as our honey moon trip. At first, I do not really exciting with this place as I thought it is the same as Hatyai. Since there was no other option, I gave this place a try and start our 6 days 5 nights trip. 这次的旅程是临时的计划,起初Camus建议到清迈玩时,我就想,去不去也可以,反正应该就像合艾那样的地方,泰国嘛,去过了啦。但由于想省些钱,去个较便宜的地方,所以就去看看咯。我们在农历新年前购买机票,订下酒店,再马虎的计划行程。就这样,开始了我们6天5夜的清迈之旅。   Due to our busy life in city, daily working pressure, previous rushing travel experience, we decided to travel with peace and most importantly, relax to the fullest at this trip. We do not plan too detail for the trip and just briefly list down places that wish to visit. Details itinerary will be planned on each travelling day, according to our mood on that day. 我们想在这次的旅程过着废人的生活,每天就只顾着好吃懒做。旅游宗旨是吃喝玩乐睡和大(排泄)!要知道,想过废人的生活并不容易。每天为生活而奔波,难得周末也为这为那而忙得透不过气,就连之前的旅程也是赶来赶去来玩的,所以,这次的废人旅程,对我们是多么的重要,我们希望能在这6天内,废得够!废得爽!废得乐!就这样,行程也不多计划,就随着当时地心情来玩,随着当时地感觉来走。   Before start our story, we would like to summarize those interested places that we went. Detail / zoom in map will be shown in each single post later. 以下地图大约说明我们所到的地方,更详细的地图会分享在之后的文章。 Places we went in chiang Mai Air Ticket Before purchase for air ticket, we compared both Air Asia and Thai Airway. Since both tickets gave not much different in price, we decided to purchase Thai Airway. With previous experience to fly with Air Asia, we are quite fare up with their service. Some time delay, some time cancelled, many thing are count by itemize billing, such as choosing a seat, baggage, meal and others have to buy separately. Thai Airway saves us from all these troubles. We spent RM2104 to purchase for tickets, although it was not as cheap as what we expected, but the service, departure time, arrival time and food did not disappoint us. 机票 好,就从机票开始吧。在买机票之前,我们考虑Air Asia和Thai Airway。由于Air Asia只便宜Thai Airway一点点,所以我们直接购买Thai Airway,这也可以省掉很多麻烦,不必而外买行李,而外买食物,而外这,而外那。也不必担心班机延迟,又可以同样的价钱购买早班机飞,迟班机回的选择。那机票呢,共用了我们RM2104的费用。说便宜并不是,但还是照就买了。Thai Airway的服务令我们满意,食物好吃,准时,座位等等,都没让我们失望。   Hotel Chiang Mai's hotels are too many for you to choose. We took few days to select the one that suit us. At the end, we chosen two different hotels that we liked. One is far from city, but very relaxing place, another one is in city, a thai style home stay. 酒店 再来,就说说酒店吧。我们用了两三天时间来做选择,最后决定订两间不同的酒店,一间是比较悠闲但离市区较远的,希望可以放松心情,享受郊外大自然的生活。另一间则是在市区内但也有泰国古木风味的,以方便在市区及附近逛逛。 First Hotel: 酒店一: BaanNamPing Riverside Village 59/1-4 Mu 7, Chonlapratarn Road, Tambol Koumung, Saraphi, Chiang Mai 50140, THAILAND Tel : 0066 (0)53 439 040, FAX 0066 (0)53 429 620 http://www.baannamping.com/home_en.htm Location of Baannamping hotel We booked the room through their website, superior room was 2900Baht per night, after discount was 2030Baht. They also free upgrade our room to deluxe room. We stayed there for 3 nights. Overall we are satisfied with the room, food and environment, but if they can clean off the dust around windows will be perfect! Breakfast is included in room rate, they serve lunch and dinner too, but slightly expensive. The only problem is distance, it took about half an hour from hotel to city. They provide motor bike rental service at 300Baht per day (not include petrol) as well as taxi service from hotel to city daily (also return to hotel) at 100Baht per trip. 我们是通过他们的网站订购的,Superior Room每晚2900Baht,30%折扣后剩2030Baht,又给我们免费升级房间去Deluxe Room。我们共住了三晚。房间是令人满意的,但当打开窗帘时,可见些灰尘。食物很好吃,但午餐及晚餐的价钱比较贵,早餐是包含在房价里的,很丰富,很好吃。周围环境也令我们非常满意。其中一个问题是离市区较远,大约半小时的车程。但他们也有提供租电单车服务,每天300Bath,不包括油费。 Second Hotel: 酒店二:Baan Hanibah 6 Moonmuang Rd. Soi 8 A.Muang Chiangmai 50200 Thailand Phone & Fax. : 6653 - 287 524   E -mail : baanhanibah@gmail.com We contact this hotel through email. Double bed room was 1450Baht per night. We stayed for two nights here. Environment at here is good, but be prepared to get disturb from big mosquito and noise from other traveler, as the room does not have sound prove. Walking to ThaPae Gata is just about 10-15 minutes. 这间是直接发邮件至他们的邮址来订的。双人房间一晚1450Baht,共住两晚。环境不错,徒步到ThaPae Gate大约10至15分钟。由于房间没有隔音,所以一切动作必须轻盈缓慢,以免吵到其他住客。一个难顶的问题是蚊子又多又大,坐在庭院享用早餐并不是好滋味。房里没有热水器供应,必须与其他房客共用大厅的热水器。 Summarize of maps
Instant Ramen Museum | Osaka, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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IMG_20130724_110521Instant Ramen Museum is located at Ikeda-shi, Osaka. You can experience making your own cup noodle here. If you would like to make noodle from sratch, here is the place for you too. Besides, the history of the chicken ramen development, which is the world’s first instant ramen, and the changes in many products over the years can be found here too. Entrance is free unless you want to buy cup noodle or attend the making noodle class.

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I visited this museum to make my cup noodle. After seeing through the ramen history and development process, I bought two empty cups from vending machine inside the museum, 300 yen per cup. Then I was arranged to sit at "art class corner" to draw and decorate my cup. After finished, I proceed to collect my ramen and choose the ingredients I like. You can choose 4 out of 10 ingredients. Then you can choose your soup base before proceed to final packing.

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It is fun to make your own cup noodle, I did not join the making noodle class as it is reservation at earlier time. Overall, it was a fun experience here and I will enjoy my cup noodle with Camus after return to Penang.

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Japan Instant Cup Rice PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2013 20:47
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IMG_20130722_214459It is not healthy to eat instant noodle, I know. It does not contain nutrision and not good for digestion too. I try to avoid eating it but once a while, I think no problem. One night, when I shop for my dinner at nearby convenient store, I can't find any bento available. At that time, I found instant cup noodle rice which was quite special. I bought one and bring back apartment for my dinner on that night.

It is rather convenient and fast to cook. Just add water to the cup rice and cook it in microwave oven. You can consume it after 2 minutes. Inside the cup rice, it has dried egg, dried shrimp, shallot and dried meat. It also came with a pack of sauce oil for you to mix with the rice after cook. So, if you do not want to eat instant noodle, you can try instant rice.
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Next post, I would like to share about making your own cup noodle. You can choose what ingredients to put in your cup noodle and what soup base you like. Stay tune!
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Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip PDF Print E-mail
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IMG_20130721_103322After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner.

I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land.

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We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner.

After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner.

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After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

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Fresh Sashimi | Hypermarket Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:55
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IMG_20130709_182045I have just passed my first weekend in Japan. This time I am in Osaka. For my first shopping, I bought a lot of foods, not for one day, but for one week. Since this time I will at here for only 3 weeks, so I bought some to bring back to Malaysia too.

On Sunday, I bought a pack of sashimi for my dinner. 6 types of sashimi in a box. Although it is from hyper market, but all are very fresh. I like salmon and prawn the most.

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Just now, I tried the pre-pack sesame cold noodle. During summer, they have different kinds of cold noodle. This cold noodle is instant pack that I bought from same hyper market. Taste not bad too.

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Others food that I bought include can coffee, yakult, biscuits, egg pudding that I like so much, fruit juice, milk tea that I miss so much, varient kinds of pocky and more.

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Caramel egg pudding

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I wish I can go for next shopping soon so that I can grab for more foods! Japan foods, I miss you so much!!!

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Kobe Beef Steak (神户牛肉)| Mouriya| Kobe, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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KobeBeef_14What you think about when some one says "Kobe" in front of you? I think lot of people will think about "Kobe Beef" or "Kobe Cow". Kobe beef is recognized as most expensive high quality beef worldwide.

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BIG Lobster at Red Lobster | Odaiba, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Last few weekend, I had a trip to Odaiba with my colleagues. That was the fourth time I visited to Odaiba, a man made island in Tokyo. It is one of the popular tourist spots in Japan, famous with shopping and entertainment district. Rainbow Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Aqua City and the Palette Town Ferris Wheel are few famous spots in Odaiba. Of course that are not the all in Odaiba. Cool

While we walk around Aqua City, we found a restaurant that is serving lobster. Looking at the display set, it was so tempting. With a reasonable price of the set, we decided to give it a try.

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Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Farm | Kodaira, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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BlueberryFarm_13The summer holiday in Japan has started on last Saturday. It is an one week holiday. I am very happy that I have a great time to enjoy and rest on this long long holiday.

Today, I have visited to a blueberry farm to pick blueberry. This is the first time I visited blueberry farm in my life. Full with excitement, I arrived in the farm.

In my mind, blueberry is sour. I don't really like sour fruits and I prefer sweet and nature taste. But out of my expectation, the blueberries are so sweet, juicy and tasty. I really have a shock and wonder, "why are blueberries sweet?" Haha...

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