Eid & Eat in Perth: Part 1

Alhamdullilah I was given the opportunity to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Perth this year. I arrived in Perth a week before Raya. Therefore, I was one of those lucky ones that get to break their fasts at 5.20ish every evening for that last week of Ramadhan. This is due to Perth’s winter season that starts every June and ends in August, so the days seem shorter than the nights, hence by the time I break my fast, the skies get dark quite early.

Though I was fasting, that did not stop me from going on road trips there. Thanks to the nice and cold weather, on my third day, my family and I went to a fruit farm called The Fruit Corner in Pickering Brook. Not only that we could buy fresh fruits and veggies, we were also allowed to pick our own apples and chillies from the trees (with some admission charges of course… I think it was around AUD 5 per adult).

That evening we went to Kailis’ Fish Market Cafe in Fremantle to break our fasts. Lobsters, prawns, mussels, seafood chowders, fish and chips (they even have a Fish & Chips flavoured ice cream and it was yummaayyy!) any seafood, you name it, they got it!

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Upon arrival. Our compulsory hang out venue. Makan2 Cafe.
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Fruit farm location.
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Abdul Matin and his red chilli
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An apple a day keeps the doctor away~
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Doya In The Appleland.
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Seafoodfoodfoodfood! Kailis’ Fish Market Cafe.

To be continued…

Just a heads-up: (typing…)

 

Stay tuned as Doya explores many more hidden gems around Malaysia Perth but for now, Annyeonggg~

 

May this Ramadhan brings us Nur & Barakah.

Due to the holy month of Ramadhan, I am not able to travel and/or go for food-hunting that much. Simply because:

  1. I can’t eat/drink from sunrise to sunset.
  2. I get overly sleepy and lazy most days.
  3. Partly unemployed therefore I cannot afford anything 😪😂✌️

However, on Saturday June 10th, 2017, I was invited by my bestie Miss Bellpolar to attend a volunteering event at an orphanage home in Shah Alam called the Teratak Nur Barakah. An annual event organised by Yeo’s Malaysia in giving a helping hand to those who need it more than the rest of us.

Teratak Nur Barakah is a welfare home that houses orphans, the poor and the recipients of zakat. The house was founded and began its operations in late 2009 and at present, it is accomodating approximately 28 boys and girls. Like many other orphanage homes in Malaysia, Teratak Nur Barakah’s sole mission is to save the faith and enhance their affection in the absence of these innocent children’s mothers and fathers. (Translated from: http://terataknurbarakah.com/v3/)

Earlier I did mention that I do get overly sleepy and lazy in this holy month while fasting, I could not turn down this invitation because I honestly do not remember when was the last time I volunteered for something like this. Hence, I thought this would be a good “wake up call” to diminish all my laziness.

When we got there, the volunteers had to gather and register in Yeo’s Malaysia Shah Alam Branch at around 1.30pm. Then we departed as a group by bus and arrived at approximately half past 2 in the afternoon. After a few thank you speeches from the organizers of the event and the founder of Teratak Nur Barakah, volunteers were then briefed on their duties. The duties include:

  • sweeping and mopping the house
  • cleaning the kitchen
  • cleaning the front yard
  • cleaning the toilet
  • folding the dry laundries
  • rearranging and cleaning the furniture in the house
  • entertaining the children (book reading, colouring and decorating the living room)

We completed all our duties at 5pm and got a half an hour break to freshen up, rest and pray. Then, it was SHOWTIME!! We collaborated with the children for a storytelling show and a group singing competition between the boys and girls. We had so much fun cheering, clapping and laughing, we did not realize that is was almost time for buka puasa (p/s – I am not a fan of the term ‘iftar’, its getting too ‘hipster’ for me 🙄😬✌️).

Our food was beautifully catered and as volunteers, it was our duty to ensure these children got as much attention as they can from us. They were our princes and princesses for the day! Thankfully, while waiting for the Adhan Maghrib, we had more time to mingle with them as we prepared their meals and drinks. One of the volunteers even let the boys watch some cartoon series on his phone. Our memorable night was then concluded with a ‘Duit Raya’ ceremony, some thank you speeches and group photos.

To conclude, despite being a lazy fasting hippo, I had a wonderful day and made plenty of new friends. This experience also had my head bowing down humbly as I feel ashamed of myself for all the petty complaints and fusses I have been making throughout my life. 

Picture courtesy of Yeo’s Malaysia.
All aboard!!!

Thank you for having me 😊

Front view of the home.

Colouring activity with the girls.

Colouring & reading activities with the boys.

Patiently waiting.

Minions waiting patiently again.

When you have enthusiastic bloggers amongst the volunteers 😂😂😂

My favourite picture. The boys watching Boboboi on the phone.

A good read. Translate it if you must.

For more details.

Just a heads-up:

If you think you are having a hard life, think again! God will not test you on things that He knows you cannot handle. Always remember that.

 

Stay tuned as Doya explores many more hidden gems around Malaysia but for now, Annyeonggg~

 

 

Impulsive Getaway: Hat Yai, Thailand.

Two weeks ago I mentioned that my friends and I loved taking impromptu trips. At one point we ended up in, Thailand. Today, I have decided to expose everything about our ‘Hat Yai Impulsive Getaway’.

Look, here’s the thing…our initial plan was to go food-hunting and sightseeing in Pahang during the Labour Day long weekend. We packed our hiking gear and were ready to leave KL at midnight with the intention to watch the sunrise on Bukit Panorama.

However, when three fickle minded people get together, it is a bit hard for things to go as planned. So BAMMMMM the road trip to Hat Yai was decided only two hours before we started the journey.

#throwback

From: Setia Alam, Malaysia

To: Hat Yai, Thailand

Date: 29 April 2017

ETD: 4:00AM

ETA: 3:00PM

 

We arrived in Hat Yai city late that afternoon and thankfully we managed to get a room at Kosit Hotel despite the busy Labour Day long weekend. After checking-in, we took a short break to freshen up before we headed out to the Khlong Hae Floating Market which was an approximate 20 minute journey by car.

After the floating market, we went back to our hotel area and took a stroll along the night streets where there was a festival of food and dance. It was a sight to see. That night I got to experience the wonders of THE famous Thai 7-Eleven which got me smiling from ear to ear, because Malaysia’s 7-E is nothing compare to what I saw in Thailand.

The next morning, I had one of the best breakfasts in my entire life which was only walking distance from our hotel. After our heart-warming breakfast, these three happy tummies bought ourselves new sunnies and some freshly cut fruits and we were all set for Songkhla (approximately 45 minutes from Hat Yai).

In Songkhla, there is a Golden Mermaid Statue which was sculpted based on a saga.  Once upon a starry night, there was a beautiful mermaid who combed her hair with a golden comb on the beach. However, she was frightened away by a young fisherman who was smitten by her beauty. He wanted to return her comb to her so he waited every day for her return, but she never came back.
(http://mermaidsofearth.com/mermaid-statues-mermaid-sculptures/public/the-golden-mermaid-statue-in-songkhla-thailand/).

Did I mention…I only had RM180 with me for this whole 2-night trip? Minus the hotel room and my daily food intake, I had less than RM100 with me. Do you know how depressed I felt when we arrived at the Asean Trade Bazaar??????? Food, snacks, drinks, clothes, skirts, bags, shoes, jeans, accessories. You name it! Everything was there! Nevertheless, with that tight budget of mine, I still managed to get myself a decent portion of sticky rice with fried chicken, one nice top and one palazzo pants. BOOYAAA!!! *do the doodle dance*

We spent more than 4 hours in that place, from one aisle to the other until our legs gave up on us. Since it was our last night in Hat Yai, I thought of giving my legs a massage treat with the remaining cash I had. To our surprise, Bell and I got ourselves a great bargain (since we were the last customers I guess) – RM35 full body massage each!

Frankly speaking, I am not the type of person who would gamble traveling to a foreign place without having my accommodation pre-booked as well as a limited budget but this time I took a chance and WHAT A TRIP THAT WAS!! Mind you, because we were entering Thailand via the Danok Immigration, the queue was too long, too long that I almost gave up and made a U-turn. However, I had to bear in mind that I came all the way with two other friends and we’ve come all the way, the least I could do is be patient and to remain sane.

All in all, this is by far the most impulsive and mind-opening trip I have ever experienced. I would love to explore more parts of Thailand for the food and scenery. On the other hand, I don’t think I would ever want to drive from KL and go through that three hours wait at the Danok Immigration ever again.

 Khlong Hae Floating Market. Gossshhhhhhh it’s like I stepped into food heaven. I could tell my eyes were sparkling the whole time, from one boat to another.

Mmmmm foodddd 😍😘😋

Songkhla. Upon arrival. First things first. Coconut Ice Cream. ☑️

The Golden Mermaid Statue. I have a half-Thai friend who told me that there was a myth following this statue. Supposedly, if you touch the statue, the mermaid’s spirit would follow you around. Don’t worry I haven’t got any fishermen trying to return a comb to me until now.

Asean Trade Bazaar.

Danok Immigration. For first timers like me, this is where your patience will be tested. 

Just a heads-up:

  1. If you are planning to drive into Thailand with your Malaysian car, you can organise your car entrance permit and insurance at the RTC building in Kedah. Compulsory: car grant letter, passport, IC, Driver’s licence and an authorisation letter from the car owner (if you are not the owner/the owner is not travelling together).
  2. At the Danok Immigration, please park your car at any available spots before the immigration booths. You are required to line up individually to get your passport and car entrance permit stamped (This was where my patience was tested for 3 hours). Do not get too intimidated by the strict-looking immigration officers, just continue to be polite and things will be fine. Plus, there are plenty of experienced Malaysians that would help you out, you just have to ask around, “What do I have to do? Where do I go? Is this the right lane?”

 

Stay tuned as Doya explores many more hidden gems around Malaysia (and if I’m lucky, than outside of Malaysia!) but for now, Annyeonggg~

 

4 hours in Malacca..

My two good friends and I have a habit of taking impromptu trips around KL (which always leads to areas outside KL). Our impromptu-ness once led us to Hatyai, Thailand.

However, this time we departed from KL at around 7pm on a Saturday night and ended up at THE famous Jonker Street Night Market in Malacca approximately two hours later.

MISSION: To hunt down for good food and coffee to wheedle our hungry bellies (because we only had some fruit loaf, Bahulu and plain water along the way..)!

As three hungry zombies, we strolled along the busy night market, we arrived at a beautiful hidden gem called ‘The Calanthe Art Cafe’ which was tucked deep in one of the alleys.

Breathtakingly Cool. Pretty. Relaxing. Nature-friendly. Artsy Fartsy. And of course it had the Hipster vibe to it.

Interior.

Coffee Butter Chicken Rice. All in one, the name itself, got me like “Aaahhh exactly what my tummy needs!” 

3 out of their 13 States Coffees.


Hafidz, Bell and I. Enjoying good food with good company surrounded by good ambience, what more can I ask for?

Unfortunately, we arrived in Malacca after 9pm and by the time we finished our meals at Calanthe it was already 11pm. We didn’t have much time to explore other cafes due to all the eye-catching street food and accessories displayed along the Jonker Street Night Market (which closes at 12am)..

However, The Calanthe Art Cafe deserves a thumbs-up. I would definitely give this place a 9 out of 10 for their looks, service, creativity in menu as well as their affordable price range. It’s a cafe that I will definitely visit again to try out other items on their menu! As my BFF/guide, Miss BellPolar would say, “It’s a must for me to come here every time I’m in Malacca”

Just a heads-up: 

  1. It is RM19.50 (one way) by car from Shah Alam to the Ayer Keroh (for Bandaraya Melaka) exit via the PLUS highway. Since this highway is now fully Touch n Go/Smart Tags operated only, please don’t forget to top up your cards for the return journey in case there are NO “tambah nilai” lanes available (Can you tell we had troubles looking for places to top-up our card at 3am on a Sunday morning? Hence this tip!) . 
  2. Though there might be a thin chance you could get a parking on the road sides, we wanted to have a “peaceful mind” (plus we were superrr hungry) while walking around the night market, therefore we paid RM10 per entry (for Saturdays) on the available paid parking spaces near the Jonker Street Night Market. 

Stay tuned as Doya explores many more hidden gems around Malaysia but for now, Annyeonggg~