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Having had a couple weeks to test drive the iPhone 6 with U Mobile’s network, I must say that the combination of both the device and the network comes together pretty good in delivering a positive user experience.

I really have very little brand loyalty, the only motto in my consumer life – may the best deal and specifications win. And when it comes to smartphones, my number one priority has always been the camera. Which brings us to the latest offering from Apple – the iPhone 6s.

iphone 6s camera

The latest iPhone has the most significant update to its camera module, with 12 megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation active on both photo & 4k video shooting, many reviews claim that this is the best camera mounted on a phone at this moment. Which to me, is a very tempting proposition.

U Mobile Microcredit iPhone 6s

With the rise of USD against the Ringgit in recent months, it is not surprising that the price of flagship mobile phones will be quite a fair bit more expensive than they were a year or two ago. That is the unfortunate reality that we are living in.

While many of us will use our credit cards to finance our purchase, and perhaps some has the benefit of utilizing “easy payment” schemes, U Mobile now comes up with an even more attractive plan to enable ownership of latest smartphones with U Mobile MicroCredit, which is available for both prepaid & postpaid users.

U Mobile MicroCredit repayment table

So what is U Mobile MicroCredit?

It is basically a financing plan from U Mobile that doesn’t require a credit card or even down payment. For example, take a look at the table above, if you are to get an iPhone 6S with full selling price at RM 2,25.60 (with GST inclusive) – you can either choose from paying an upfront payment as low as RM 175.60 with a monthly installment of RM 118 for 36 months, or you can loan only RM 1,000 (RM 48 monthly for 36 months), or if you want to pay it all in 12 months, or 24 months, or .. well, you get the drift.

The plan is as flexible as you want it to be, really.

subsidised iphone6s umobile

The good news is, you don’t have to pay for the full price either. The table above shows the subsidised price for the various models of iPhone 6s & 6s+ if you subscribe to the U Mobile iPlans. Monthly fee for the iPlans are basically the number next to the “i” plus 6% GST. These plans are loaded with pretty good data quota too

  • i40 – 1.5 GB (40 mins)
  • i60 – 5 GB (60 mins)
  • i90 – 7 GB (unlimited minutes to all network)
  • i130 – 10 GB (unlimited minutes to all network)

In addition to getting a subsidised price and using U Mobile MicroCredit, there’s another trick up the sleeve in which you can utilize to better afford the latest & greatest iPhone 6S – by trading in the old device.

Here’s how much you can get from trading in (valid from 16/10/2015 to 30/11/2015) –

  • iPhone 6+, RM 1800
  • iPhone 6, RM 1600
  • iPhone 5s, RM 700
  • iPhone 5, RM 400
  • iPhone 5c, RM 150
  • iPhone 4s, RM 100
  • Galaxy Note 4, RM 1050
  • Galaxy Note 4, RM 550
  • Galaxy Note 2, RM 200
  • Galaxy Note 1, RM 200
  • Galaxy S5, RM 450
  • Galaxy S4, RM 250
  • Galaxy S3, RM 150
  • Xperia Z3, RM 850
  • Xperia Z2, RM 500
  • Xperia Z1, RM 300
  • HTC One M8, RM 450

* you also get extra RM 100 rebate if you traie in old iPhone and upgrade to iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s plus.

With all these info, now it’s the time to whip out the calculator (or fire the calculator app on your smartphone, of course) to figure out the financial route to owning arguably the best camera phone there is on the market. Head to www.u.com.my/iphone6s for more info.

Shin Kee beef noodle at Pudu is one of those stalls that has been around for a long time that I’m pretty sure the surrounding area has seen more changes than inside the small restaurant itself over the years.

Shin Kee beef noodle near Petaling Street
Shin Kee beef noodle near Petaling Street

After all, the only significant difference Shin Kee is now compared to years ago is the addition of air conditioning & a slight extension to seating areas, which is welcomed by customers for sure.

The selection here is quite simple – dry/wet with several types of noodle to choose from, including yellow noodle, mihun, kuih teow, and the all important “lou she fun”.

minced meat, tripe, beef balls, simple affair really
minced meat, tripe, beef balls, simple affair really

For lunch, I picked the dry version of lou she fun which comes with a side of beef balls, tripe, and some sliced beef. The clear soup is surprisingly flavorful despite its look, and the beef ball springy and rather tasty. Blending the minced meat to the noodle gives it a more complex and character which I really enjoyed as well. The only thing missing here is the availability of extra beef tendon, really.

Ahfa having that "give me my food now" moment
Ahfa having that “give me my food now” moment

In addition to the “mixed” beef noodle that we had, you can also opt for only beef balls or beef slices as well. A normal portion goes for RM 7, while “extra” goes for RM 9. I recommend spending those extra RM 2 everytime.

map to Shin Kee beef noodle at Pudu

Address:
Shin Kee beef noodles
7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.145037, 101.696815
Tel012-673 7318

This is one of those write-ups that was somehow kept in the draft mode for way too long, but never late than never, and this is especially true when it comes to awesome food that can be enjoyed by everyone – so today, let’s talk about Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan in Penang island.

selection & price list plastered on the wall
selection & price list plastered on the wall

To start with, you have to appreciate the location where Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan is located. At the tail end of the island, you’ll have to travel for probably close to 45 mins to 1 hour from the heart of the island to reach this place, depending if you actually get lost or not.

The restaurant itself is of a medan selara sort of set up, and Adnan bin Hassan is the corner shop offering the most selection of any stalls there.

Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan, Kampung Teluk Tempoyak
Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan, Kampung Teluk Tempoyak

There are usually quite a few selection of seafood to be chosen from, ranging from siakap, kerapu, bawal, ikan merah, janahak, udang, and ketam. Price list is clearly stated on the wall as well, which is always helpful. The fishes are supposedly supplied by local fishermen.

better get your share before your friends finish them all
better get your share before your friends finish them all

I liked the way they fish is grilled here, split down the middle with ample sweet and positively hot sambal plastered within the center, and more spicy & sour sambal served on the side just in case you can and want to handle more hotness. The seafood was plenty fresh when we were there as well.

Squid from the neighboring stall wasn’t nearly as satisfying though, so choose your poison carefully.

For those of you who complained that there isn’t any halal food entry for Penang, here’s one yah! Happy dining!

We’re also traveling to London on the 9/10/15 to 12/10/15 for a short 3 day 3 night trip, flying with Malaysian Airline, I will be meeting up a local foodie, Karen fromlavenderandlovage.com, it’ll be exciting!

map to Adnan Bin Hassan in Penang

Address:
Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan
Jalan Teluk Tempoyak
Kampung Teluk Tempoyak
11900 Penang
GPS5.277497, 100.288262
Tel: 019-413 2572
Hours: 6:30 pm to midnight  (Closed on Mondays)

One of the many wonderful dishes that mom makes when we were a kid involves fatty pork and meehun, and whenever she cooked them, we would finish it in record time. The succulent and overly savory pork with those soft vermicelli never disappoint, and I’m glad to say that I finally manage to do it at our own kitchen.

I present to you – fried meehun with canned stew pork, the sin food.

ingredients - meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi
ingredients – meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi

The ingredients are plenty simple and should be available from just about anywhere in the world with an Asian/Chinese grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • canned stew pork
  • choi sam (or any leafy vegetable)
  • half a clove of garlic
  • chili padi if you like it spicy
  • mushroom (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • soya sauce to taste
  • dark soya sauce (1 teaspoon)

fry the greens first
fry the greens first, then the pork

Cooking Instructions:

  • soak meehun in water for 30 minutes (or until soft)
  • heat up the cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
  • add vegetables (always add the stems first as they take longer to cook) and cook for a couple minutes
  • add canned pork and stir for a minute
  • add meehun, chili padi, soya sauce, and dark soya sauce
  • stir, and close the lid of frying pan for a minute to steam and avoid losing too much moisture
  • serve while hot!

add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit
add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit

The recipe is fairly simple and you really can’t go wrong. A big can of stew pork is probably good enough for four portions of meehun, do use appropriately sized frying pan for this job. We cooked for only 2 of us so the amount of pork we ended up consuming was a bit too insane.

fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom's recipe
fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom’s recipe

Happy cooking, and feel free to check out other recipes on this space too.

Just a few days ago I wrote about Mat Rock nasi ayam kunyit being one of the “old school” type of food trucks around KL area, well, here’s one event where you can now check out some of the “hipster food trucks” offering a menu usually geared towards a more international flavor – at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

food trucks are going to be at the LPGA Malaysia this year (photo credit: Sime Darby Malaysia LPGA)
food trucks are going to be at the LPGA Malaysia this year
(photo credit: Sime Darby Malaysia LPGA) 

The LPGA will be held at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) from 8-11 October, 2015.

In addition to world class golf actions, the KL Food Truck Festival is also going to be part of the festivities. There will be six different food trucks at the location:

  • Cowboys – Southern American cuisine
  • Burger Giler Power – burger
  • Thyme Out – Tex-Mex
  • Ken’s Food Truck – Western/European cuisine
  • Ninja Trucks – pizza
  • Wheeloaf – sandwich, panini

Wheeloaf, one of the participating food trucks at LGPA
Wheeloaf, one of the participating food trucks at LGPA

With food price capped at RM 10, these food truck offers not only an interesting array of choices, but they’re rather affordable too. You can try all of them without having to hunt individual trucks at their various locations. Personally I’ve had a taste of wheeloaf’s panini and thought it was actually very good.

Malaysia LPGA food truck bazaar
Malaysia LPGA food trucks (photo credit: Sime Darby Malaysia LPGA)

In addition to the food trucks, you can also feast on Executive Chef Arnold Kwok’s extensive F&B selection at the Courtyard and around the Festival at KLGCC especially if you prefer to have a more relaxing sit-down meal.

DJ Patricia K
DJ Patricia K 

On the entertainment front, DJ and television host, Patricia K will be at Sime Darby LPGA to spin her numbers. In all it should be a few days of good food, music, and freebies.

Michelle Wie (photo credit: Getty Images)
Michelle Wie (photo credit: Getty Images)

And lest we forget, there’s also the golf. The likes of Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie are going to be head to head on the green. There’s a huge screen adjacent to the 18th hole complete with live commentary and onsite emcee.

If you’re a fan of golf, or even just a fan of food, this event should be on your calendar. Single day ticket is at RM 30 each, and 10-11th October weekend pass is priced at RM 50. For every ticket purchased, you will get a free food voucher. For more information please head to www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com