What To Eat at Genting Highland- Delicious Thai Cuisines > choice#1

We have been making few staycation trips at Genting Highland just to have feel of living and enjoying view up the hills.

Within month of August 2019, we make 2 trips. Each stay around 2 to 3 nights using AirBNB booking facilities for homestay. Only one of the homestays provides induction stove for cooking which we decided not to spent time on cooking but just eat out and explore food places.

I will share one good place, we hunt for food up here.

Choice #1: NOK SOKMO GENTING TOMYAM – Restoran Masakan Thai dan Masakan Kampung

Location: Genting Permai, in front of GEO38 Condominium.

Latitude Longitude: 3.386584, 101.774920

This restaurant serving delicious halal Thai cuisines which most of the night time all tables are taken. Make sure you come early for dinner (before 7.30pm) so your order come quick and no need to wait for vacant table.

We ate few times there just because of its satisfying flavours and at affordable price.

Ordered same dishes were never bored for me laa.  Hehehe. So this was the food that we ate repeatedly.

Tomyam Ayam, Telur Dadar, Kailan Ikan Masin, Kangkung Belacan and Ayam Pad Krapow
Tomyam Ayam, Telur Dadar, Kailan Ikan Masin, Kangkung Belacan and Ayam Pad Krapow
Ikan siakap masak tiga rasa at Genting Permai
Ikan siakap masak tiga rasa at Genting Permai

Price range for all of the above within RM91 – RM94, with 5 bowls of plain rice and ice water or maybe with additional 1 or 2 glasses of teh tarik and kopi O. Food deliciously cook and worth the price. Cheaper for that 5-6 lauk.

It is cheap and good food especially in Genting now the food price is expensive.

You may explore other foods which they also serve ‘masakan kampung’. tapi belum try lagi sebab yang atas tu sedap sangat. ;P

OTHER MENU:

Aneka Nasi Menu at Genting Permai
Aneka Nasi Menu at Genting Permai
Masakan Ayam at Genting Permai
Masakan Ayam at Genting Permai
Masakan daging and seafood at Genting Permai
Masakan daging and seafood at Genting Permai
lain - lain specialty at Genting Permai
lain – lain specialty at Genting Permai

 

 

 

Cendol di Kota Bahru Kelantan @ Best Cendol

For this year Raya Aidilfitri, I went back to my parents in law hometown Kota Bahru, Kelantan.

I went to try one of best cendol in Kota Bahru called Best Cendol. It is a food truck at a parking and they provide you with table and chair if you want to eat in the cendol.

best cendol kota bahru kelantan
best cendol kota bahru kelantan
best cendol kota bahru kelantan
best cendol kota bahru kelantan

The cendol comes with pulut nasi. A bowl of cendol is RM3.50 which I found a bit expensive.

best cendol kota bahru kelantan
best cendol kota bahru kelantan

I ate one bowl at the place and I also took away 3 cendols.

best cendol kota bahru kelantan
best cendol kota bahru kelantan

I like the taste of the cendol and the big red beans were really tasty.

Location:

Latlong: 6.12685,102.24191

Best Cendol Location on Google Map

Contact Details:

Telephone: 019 267 2116

Best Cendol Facebook homepage.

 

 

Add-on seat purchase for confirmed flight booking

We are prone to make mistake when being too careful or over cautious in doing something. In my case it happens when doing online transaction which having a countdown clock. Afraid that i might missed the deal due to longer time taken especially during flight booking.

Sure you know for flight booking we must confirm on the date and time of departure, arrival, guests list/ details, credit card info for payment and etc.

Always the time that i need to call my partners to know if he is okay to travel on that date and time. After getting price/rate that i wanted – browsing  session pulak been chasing to expired before can confirm. That is normal … phewwww!!

Whenever i want to browse the airlines portal to see their offering i will use incognito window so that it cannot track my searching.

All incognito mode will do is erase your browsing and search histories while in private mode, as well as dump any tracking cookies you pick-up during your incognito session. If you’re unsure how to turn on your browser’s added privacy mode you can find instructions online for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. – pcworld.com

Always make sure to register and login upon making a purchase so easier for you to track, monitor and manage your bookings.

This time i only bought seat for departure but forgot to buy seat for return flight. Soon after realised i try to add on seat purchasing from Manage  Booking features but unable to do so. Only available add on option for insurance, baggage and flight date.

To solve this i contacted Malindo call center, they gave me option where they reserve the seat that i intend to buy and within 2-3 days someone from payment department will contact me for payment purposes.

In mind should i wait and how can they get the payment thru calling? does it mean i need to give my credit card info? what is the mechanism? does it safe?

what i was told is that seat have been locked for my booking. Since i don’t want this to cause me so much hassle. i told them that meantime i will drop by at their ticketing counter and make payment there.

Wise decision to make.. drop by at Subang Airport counter and make payment. All reserve seats already entered by call centre reps. So all settled.

Am not sure what happen with the online system in my case. Actually members could add on seats from Manage Booking…. sigh!!! whatever..

valuable experience learnt through hard way!

Be Cautious – Some Mobile Apps can auto-deduct credit card

Most companies nowadays will have their own mobile apps (ios or android) as one of platform to reach and promote businesses to clients.

I remembered in 2009 when started using iPhone, most actively used and downloaded apps was more to games, photo editing, kids learning apps, wallpapers and youtube.

Then later on apps usage evolved to messaging (watsapp, telegram) social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram), online shopping (Lazada, Zalora, Shopee,Carousell) , movie ticketing with scan barcode (GSC, TGV), video streaming (Tonton, Netflix), Transportation and mapping services (Grab, Uber, Waze, Google Street) Hotel bookings (Booking.com, Agoda, Trivago, airbnb) and Restaurants (nando’s, McDonalds, Food Panda).

hohoho… that’s why mata cepat rabun .. to much staring on mobile screen.

By having this apps most merchants offer lots off perks in a way to enticed users on continuous apps usage and make transactions with them ..off course 🙂

Perks can be in term of coupon, cash vouchers, redeemable point collection, priority entrances, contests and etc.

No doubt using apps can simplify and ease users experience compared to browsing on the web version, which will need more time to get into exact search within various of other information. By having the apps merchants can zoom in users to its available products and services by put more interesting offers on the plate in front of you.

We as user must be extra careful when using apps because if we didn’t look carefully apps can directly deduct our credit card. Here just want to share my experience, which one of “hotel booking apps” auto deduct my credit card just in one slide (or not even blink).

At first for few times I received repeated email mentioning that my account will entitle discount up to RM300 with given coupon code.

I have been ignoring these emails until two days before expiry i browse the apps to see does it worth the offer. When i clicked at the property comes the “slide for confirmation”.. and yaa in mind… from here where should it guide /bring me so that can key in the coupon code.

But that slide was not the feeling as if am are sliding balcony door with the “sea view hotel” it just so miserable when automatically i got message from the bank “your transaction successful” … whatttttt!!!! OMG what should i do next???

First call the bank and here their responds;

  1. ‘you have to call the merchants, only them can cancel transactions
  2. why didn’t request for TAC before approved? – ‘Some merchants apps will have this feature which once you have successful transaction record with them it can override TAC for future transaction”
  3. As security measures can bank improvise my account requirement so that each transaction will require TAC validation before can proceed?.. “cannot … up to merchants” – so crazy .. does merchants are their only clients not their account holder meh? .. sigh..

Lastly contacted merchants;

  1. Apps will remember your credit card info last transacted if you saved the card info. *** and saved button is small which you cant easily notice.. (last phrase by the customer service reps.. hahaha)
  2. This procedure will allow easy access and transaction to their frequent clients.
  3. If want to compare and hotels browsing suggested to use website version rather than apps.
  4. Make sure to delete all saved credit card info to avoid future “slide to confirmation” transaction feature. This also can cause misinterpretation – i would suggest to use “slide to payment” instead.
  5. Hotels policy cancellation normally wont allow refund for any cancellation less than 3 days. Lucky this merchant they gave me two options; if hotels allow to cancel they will refund back to my credit card; or if hotels not allow merchant will absorb the cost for this one time and credit with same value to my apps (not card) for future stay.
  6. But luckily with their help hotel allow me to cancel without any payment charges.

Aside from this incident am happy cause get to solved my problem without cash burn, provide feedback to the bank, be more cautious when using apps and share with you all!!

Theme Park Exploration at DisneyLand, Tokyo

We allocated 2 days for Disneyland but still feels that need 3 days at least to have full blast at this park only.

Tokyo DisneyLand – Attractions and shows, meeting your favourite Disney characters. Seven  (7) fun filled themed land offers more than can be enjoyed in just 1 day!

Disney Castle @ Night

1.0 World Bazaar

Elegant buildings from the Victorian era line the streets and welcome you to the good old days of America at the beginning of the 20th century when Walt Disney was born.

Bazaar World, Disneyland

Disney Day Parade

2.0 Adventure Land

This is a land of adventure thrilling encounters await you from the wild beast deep in the jungles to the pirates along the dark waterways of the Caribbean

 

Boat Ride

3.0 Western Land

The wide open west of the frontier days is recreated here. The dreams and romance of the pioneers begin here.

Train ride

4.0 Critter Country

Along the river of America rises a red mountain where lots of critters have made their home

 

River Cruise

River Cruise

 

River Cruise View

River Cruise

Boat cruise by the river

 

 

5.0 Fantasy Land

In this fairy tale land where dreams come true. go on magical journeys with Snow White, Peter Pan, Winnie The Pooh and other familiar heroes and heroines.

6.0 Toon Town

A happy town where the characters from Disney Animated films live, work and play

 

7.0 Tomorrow Land

Experience a journey to the distant universe or an unforgettable musical show in this land of the future and mankind’s dreams.

 

Buzz Lightyear Disneyland Tokyo

 

 

 

Space Mountain -This space mountain ride will give you heart attack. Make sure you are fit to ride this roller coaster in a dark space.

Space Mountain – Disneyland Tokyo

Star Wars Simulation

Must wait!!!!! Dreamlights – Nightime parade Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade

Parkwide – Happiness is Here

This is where the happiest night parade takes place where we enjoy the fun and excitement of this parade with all of favourite Disney characters.

The lights to the castle is specially design for Disney Christmas Stories.

Night view @ Night Parade

 

This post still incomplete will add more photos soon. 🙂

Discover Tokyo Disney Resort – Japan

Disney Castle – Disney Resort Tokyo

 

Visiting Disney Resort always our first aim when decided to go Japan. This is the main venue in our Japan Itinerary. We allocated 3 days to discover the park of our Day 5 and 6 (Disneyland) while Day 7 to Disney Sea.

Tokyo Disney Resorts offers two type of park entertainment with few themes for us to explore;

  1. Tokyo DisneyLand – Attractions and shows, meeting your favourite Disney characters. Seven fun filled themed land offers more than can be enjoyed in just 1 day!
  • World Bazaar
  • Adventure Land
  • Western Land
  • Critter Country
  • Fantasy Land
  • Toon Town
  • Tomorrow Land

Must wait!!!!!  Dreamlights – Nightime parade Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade

2. Tokyo DisneySea – Come and explore seven themed ports of call filled with breathtaking shows, unique attractions, fun shopping and fine dining.

  • Mediterranean Harbour
  • American Waterfront
  • Port Discovery
  • Mysterious Island
  • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Lost River Delta
  • Arabian Coast

Must wait!!! Fantasmic

It took 45 minutes travel time by bus from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Disneyland. It’s accessible by train and you shouldn’t be worried cause Japan transportation system just superb.

Terms that you need to familiar with;

  • Disney FASTPASS ticket (with time and no time restrictions)

Entry Ticket 

From my google research it was advisable to purchase tix in advance to avoid crowd which counter might closed to a certain entry daily limits. Some also experienced where tickets they bought from other online parties are invalid. After reading all those we decided to purchased advance ticket through Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) which you can find their counter at any AEON.. (i guess)

  1. Single Day Passport – enjoy 1 day either DisneyLand or DisneySea (Adult 7,400 yen and Child $4,800 yen)
  2. Multi-Day Passport – purchased for 3 days Magic Passport
  • Tickets price for adults – Yen 17,800 and Child – Yen 11,500 while children age 3 and below are free for  admission
  • Enjoy Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea for 1 day each on 2 consecutive days. Select park in advance. visit either park or both on the third consecutive days.

 

Pathway to DisneyLand

Disney Resort Line

This convenient monorail circles Tokyo Disney Resort, stopping at 4 stations to link the Parks and hotels. Trains operates every 4 to 13 minutes.

Actually if want your full blast experience of Disney Resort, should consider staying at the hotel within that area. Here are hotels by Disney;

  • Disney Ambassador Hotel
  • Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
  • Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

There also have other official hotels within Tokyo Disney Resort Line route – to Bayside Station by taking Disney Resort Cruiser to reach the Parks vice versa.

  • Sunroute Plaza Tokyo
  • Tokyo Bay Miahama Hotel
  • Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
  • Hilton Tokyo Bay
  • Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay

 

Tokyo Disney Resort Map

will share our park discoveries in my next post!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden + Shibuya Crossing

Day 3 @ Park in Japan

Shinjuku Gyo-en is a large park and garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. Afterwards, it became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. The  144 acres park area are located within the city.

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest and most popular park located news Shinjuk Station. Park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it.

picnic and enjoying the view

Inside park itself you can explore three different types of garden which are Japanese Garden, English Garden and French Garden other than its Green House, forested areas, lawns, restaurant an information center and an art gallery.

Japanese Landscape Garden – featuring large ponds dotted with islands and bridges. Well manicured shrubs and trees surround the water together with several pavilions and the Kyu Goryotei (also called the Taiwan Pavilion) which was built on the occasion of the wedding of the Showa Emperor.

The park’s other main gardens include a symmetrically arranged formal French garden, and an English landscape garden featuring wide, open lawns surrounded by flowering cherry trees.

We spent around 900 yen (around RM 33.00) for the entry tickets (2 adults, 2 seniors and 3 kids). Admission ticket for 1 adult is 200 yen (ard RM7). Opening hours from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Closed on Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3. There are no closing days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November).

You may browse their official website before your visits. http://www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english/

Shinjuku Gyoen

We did lots of walking on that day from Okubo to the Park. Walked for 11.32km with 15,733 steps .. so healthy journey. amazingly kids didn’t complaint – they really enjoy the day.

Shibuya Crossing

 

We also passed by Shibuya Crossing. We went on Sunday evening and road are closed for cars.. lots of people walking on the streets, tourist taking photos and us too.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices (TMGO), Shinjuku

Building and architectural structures view

TMGO also known as Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building or Tocho’. Located in West Shinjuku, Tokyo. It is the headquarters of the government offices.

I guess in Malaysia consider same as Putrajaya where most Government offices are stationed.

The tallest building in Tokyo and the second tallest building in Japan, the TMGO was conceived as a high-tech center from which Tokyo could be led into the promising twenty-first century.

It was said that the design of the building was meant to resemble a computer chip,while also evoking the look of a Gothic cathedral. But am not really aware of that point during my visit and that surrounding area was already enough with stunning tall building bricks.

The design structures of the building are so nice for photo taking.

TMGO, Japan
The Metropolitan Government Building

 

TMGO walkway

Yoyogi Park & Takeshita Street, Tokyo

Yoyogi Park is one of the largest city parks, featuring wide lawns. ponds, and forested areas located in Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It is known for its ginko tree forest, which turns intensely golden during autumn. Other than tourist attractions, local citizens came here for a jogging, cycling, picnic and other outdoor activities.

Distance of Yoyogi Park and Takeshita Street from our airbnb homestay was not that far, making us plan for this park visit on day 1 of our Japan trip. Our homestay is near to Okubo Station and Yoyogi Park is 5 minutes walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. It is located next to Meiji Shrine.

It’s a free entry park and the toilet facilities are clean. Make sure you bring a bottle of water for clean up. Here are some of the photos taken;

Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park

Golden leaves
Golden leaves

Park free entrance
Park free entrance

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine

parents at yoyogi park
parents at yoyogi park

parents at yoyogi park
parents at yoyogi park

 

Takeshita Street is just 15 minutes walk from Yoyogi Park. It is claimed as one of the busiest and brightest shopping streets in Tokyo.

walking distance from LRT to yoyogi park
walking distance from LRT to yoyogi park

The street is mainly filled with independent stores and smaller brands as well as a few small department stores, meaning there is a seriously huge range to choose from. There are varieties of shops from selling :- Shirts, costumes, socks, Make up and Skin cares, and some street foods.(refer here https://tokyocheapo.com/entertainment/harajuku-takeshita-street-guide/)

We just stop for some munchies and didn’t go further in 😉

Takeshita Streeta
Takeshita Streets

Ate some hot fries at takeshita street
Ate some hot fries at Takeshita street

Day 1 – Japan Trip