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What a fancy toilet seat at Borneo Rainforest, Bandar Sunway

I had my dinner at Borneo Rainforest Restaurant at Bandar Sunway, Malaysia. After drinking a glass of Ice lemon tea, I just I had to use the bathroom. To my surprise, the toilet seat was pretty fancy! I loved it -it’s something unusual as I don’t have anything like that at home. Perhaps I should get one for myself 😀


So much love for Arabic cuisines

I just love Arabic food – they’re so delicious and unique. I can feel the right textures and flavours in my mouth. My tongue just crave for more tabbouleh, fattouch, Shawarma, Kabssa and Kibbeh. Arabic restaurants are everywhere In Malaysia; just name any location you want! Check these out:




If you are planning to visit Malaysia, I’ll buy you one 😉

Have a great day!

Tamilok: Palawan’s Popular Delicacy

TamilokBalot may be very popular in Manila, but in Palawan, Tamilok is it’s most eaten and popular delicacy. The best part about eating Tamilok is that it can be eaten at the side of the beach or even in the jungle. For those who live in big cities, eating such dish is unusual and some even consider it as disgusting. Tamilok may look like a worm, but it is actually a mollusk. This “rotting mangrove wood worm” can either be eaten raw or fried. Try it with chilli sauce or vinegar; delicious.

According to the locals, Tamilok got its name from an incident of two Americans who saw the locals consuming this creature one day. One of them said “Tommy, look!”. After the incident, the locals named this delicacy ‘Tamilok’.

Filipino Local Snack: Balot

For those of you who have yet to try ‘Balot’, a Filipino popular snack, you probably want to try it one of these days. This fertilized 18 days old duck embryo is boiled and then sold on every street of the Philippines. Balot was introduced by Chinese traders, but then made into a local delicacy as it is cheap and easy to prepare. Balot is common in other South-east Asia countries as well, such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In the Philippines, the locals prefer to eat it with a pinch of salt and vinegar.

ImageThe dish got its name from the word Balot which means “wrapped” in the Tagalog language. Despite its unpleasant look, the egg actually tastes really good. It tastes like boiled egg, somehow different. Every part of the egg can be eaten, although the white may remain uneaten (depending on the age of the Balot). As for me, I tried the white; hard texture. I didn’t like it. The egg has a bad smell, which was why I almost vomited when I ate it for the first time. You’ll get used to it later once you eat it more often. But, due to its high cholesterol level, it must not be consumed every day. Consuming it once a week is advisable.

Some of you may wonder how do Balot vendors know when to get the fertilized eggs cooked. It’s simple: the eggs are kept warm in the sun and placed in baskets. After 18 days, they are then placed under the light to reveal the embryo inside. To know more on how it is done, check out Andrew Zimmern’s visit to the Philippines! 🙂

Some of the things you should know about Jounieh, Lebanon

Jounieh (Arabic جونيه, or Junia, جونية) is a coastal city which is located about 16 km north of Beirut, Lebanon. It is well known for its seaside resorts and also bustling nightlife, as well as its old stone souk, ferry port, and a cable car that takes passengers up the mountain to the infamous shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. There is a small hill named Bkerké above Jounieh and not far from there stands the Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church.

For your information, the residents of Jounieh and the surrounding towns are amongst Christian Maronites, making Jounieh the largest Christian Maronite city in the world. If you do visit Jounieh, don’t forget to stop by the bay of Jounieh, which is considered to be the most beautiful bay in Lebanon.

Coming to Jounieh? Make sure you have a comfortable stay while you are there. Here is a list of some of the hotels in Jounieh that you can check in:

1.      Reston Hotel

This hotel offers a high quality service and it is a harmony between the romantic and the luxurious. In fact, this four stars hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area.

What it offers:

24h Front Desk and concierge, Free Wireless Internet in lounge, 24h Room service, Daily housekeeping, Airport pick-up and drop off facilities, Taxi service, Tour operator, Car rental, Laundry and Dry cleaning service, Breakfast area, International Restaurant and Banqueting facilities.

2.      Aquarim Hotel

This hotel is ready to offer you both luxury and comfort. Located in the heart of Jounieh, the Aquarium Hotel is just a short distant away from the popular shopping areas, attractive tourist sites and nightlife entertainment places.

What’s hot here?

Aquarium Hotel offers you a beautiful pool, which is located by the sea. Sit tight and relax!

Churchill Rooftop Pub/Restaurant that offers you excellent food and beverages, so you can get together with your friends and family at night after your tiring exploration around the city.

3.      Madisson Hotel

Located 100 meters away from the sea-shore and just 3 kilometres from the Casino du Liban, this hotel offers you nothing but convenience and comfort during your visit to Jounieh. It is also 20 minutes from downtown Beirut. What’s cool about this hotel is that you don’t have to worry about finding a parking each time you come for a visit. 


Fitness centre, Jacuzzi, Sauna, etc


Horse riding, Scuba diving, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Hiking, etc

Pizza Hut delivery, straight to your hotel room in Saudi Arabia

American fast food restaurants are famous in Saudi Arabia. You can find Pizza Hut in Sultana Street and Al Hazim Road. You should try the Arabian version pizzas as they taste different and trust us, you would like the food offered in all these fast food restaurants. Just make a quick order and wait for you pizza to be delivered straight to your hotel room.

Sit tight, relax and perhaps have a Shisha 🙂



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Sea cucumber delicacy in Southeast Asia

About Sea Cucumber

Big and slimy, sea cucumbers are made into a popular delicacy in Southeast Asia and it is also considered good for health. They are high in protein and lower in fat; so, you don’t have to ask the waiter if it is fattening or not! Sea cucumbers can be cooked with vegetables such as mushrooms and cabbages.

How to prepare a Sea Cucumber

Once captured, it’s time to prepare it for serve. Before cooking it, the belly of a sea cucumber has to be cut first; its guts are then removed. Once you have done these, you have to boil the sea cucumber several times to ensure that it is clean. A clean sea cucumber is then ready for sale at the market and can normally be found in the cold food section. Sea cucumber can be boiled with other ingredients; it can either be served as soups or stir-fried. Bear in mind that Sea cucumber is flavourless; you can choose to cook it in any way and with whichever types of food you want.

Medicinal benefit

Sea cucumber is believed to have the capabilities in treating any kinds of illnesses! In fact, the Chinese have been using sea cucumber in traditional Chinese medicine.

Horse Semen Shot in New Zealand

Beer? Sounds good. Horse Semen? Euwww no thanks!

Did you know that a pub in Wellington, New Zealand known as “Green Man” has introduced an apple-infused horse semen shot which tastes like custard? The shot is very popular among the ladies and guess how much does it cost? Horse semen shot would cost you $300 for vials of semen; that’s pretty expensive. Although Lindsey Kerslake (founder) has never tried the shot, he is confident that his product tastes good, just like a milkshake. He believes that shot drinkers can have the feel of a stallion themselves when they drink this shot. If you wish to try horse semen shot, we advise you to drink it one shot rather than taking a sip because if you do so, you’ll probably vomit. Likewise, try your best not to feel disgusted and you’ll be fine: D

How to prepare an Australian Pavlova


The Australian Pavlova was invented in 1935 by a chef from the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia; his name was Herbert Sachse, and he created the Pavlova to celebrate the visit of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. The Pavlova is one of the country’s most popular dishes.

Cooking Time

75 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 cups caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 200ml pure cream
  • 250g frozen raspberries, slightly mashed


  1. Heat oven to 200°C. Draw a 24cm (diameter) circle on a sheet of baking paper and then place, pencil-side down, on a baking tray. Dust lightly with 1 teaspoon of cornflour.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) and beat constantly until thick and glossy. Add the remaining 3 teaspoons of cornflour with the last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
  3. Spoon meringue onto baking paper. Shape into a circle, using the pencil mark as a guide, with a slightly higher edge and a low centre. Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven and open oven door. Cool completely in oven (Pavlova may sink during cooling).
  4. Slide the Pavlova onto a serving plate.
  5. Spread with cream and top with raspberries.
  6. Your Pavlova is ready to be served.

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