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As a travel destination, this region in the world is definitely one that offers one of the widest variety of awesome food to be found anywhere. Hence it is no coincident that you can find many blogs and websites that talk about food and little else, such as this one you’re reading right now.
However, for someone who is planning to hop on a plane and head to Asia, the vast amount of information available online can sometimes be a little overwhelming – enter Expedia’s Food Guide
The website curates a small but very useful list of eateries that covers classic street eats as well as Michelin star restaurants that serves a good guide for anyone new to the countries.
As of writing, there are ten different Asian destinations in the list:
- Hong Kong
Expedia Penang food guide
Being someone from Penang, I naturally clicked on Penang to check out what’s in their recommended list and indeed places such as Feringgi Grill at Rasa Sayang as well as the Ayer Itam Laksa are listed.
Click on the listing and you’ll get further information, including price, hours, address, phone number, a short description, and even direction with an embedded Google Map.
If you’re visiting any of these destinations for a few days, this is definitely a decent list to start.
useful info of the location
Of course, being an Expedia site, there’re also useful links to check out, including a tourism guide, hotels at the area, and flights.
When you plan for the next trip, do check out Expedia’s Food Guide
When I first started penning this blog, I was a fairly recent graduate with just a few years of working experience. Living in KL, I constantly worried about reducing my credit card debt (stemming from furnishing the house I had just bought) while keeping up with the burden of mortgage payment at the same time.
That is when I got to know “my enemy who is also my friend” – compound interest.
See, if you owe the lender 10 bucks (RM10) and are charged an interest rate of 10% per annum, that 10 bucks will become 30 bucks by the end of 20 years for interest without compound + principal. But with a compound interest of just 10%, you would be looking at coughing up RM73! Incidentally, did you know that banks in Malaysia are permitted to charge daily compounding tiered interest when you miss your credit card payments?
Compound interest though, is not always your enemy.
On the other side of the coin, let us look at how compound interest becomes our best friend for investing.
You see, the formula works exactly the same way.
Invest RM10 today with an interest of 10% (which some unit trusts may potentially fetch), by the end of 20 years that same RM10 will be RM72. Or less optimistically, at 7% it’ll be RM40. This is after considering the fact that you’re not adding anything extra to the initial investment.
For this reason, compound interest has often been touted as the eighth wonder of the world when applied to money and investing. Compound interest can help us achieve our financial goals, such as being able to retire comfortably, becoming financially independent, or even achieving millionaire status.
My investment portfolio is still in its infancy, with some unit trusts bought via my EPF Account 2 thus far. However, as I look forward to growing my savings and investments to be better prepared for the future, I’ve now got my eye on several other unit trusts and private retirement schemes. The good news is I am still young and have plenty of time left to invest and take advantage of my friend (compound interest)!
Have you started taking advantage of your friend?
To learn more about the magic of compounding interest and how it can produce the right results for your investments, check out InvestSmart, an investor empowerment initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). In addition to providing you with knowledge, information and education, InvestSmart also organises stock market and unit trust seminars for retail investors. The seminars aim to encourage members of the public to take control of their finances so that they can be responsible for their own future and wealth, to equip investors with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to exercise good judgement and discretion in making investment decisions, and to encourage more informed retail participation in the capital market. To find out more, log on to:
When it comes to property website, iProperty.com is no stranger to most anyone who’s spent some time looking for their next house, apartment, or condominium. In fact, it was one most definitely one of my most-used website when we were looking for a new house a few years ago.
To me, the best feature of iProperty has got to be their search by map function, which makes searching for a place so much easier. As they say, real estate is all about location, location, location, right?
Well, other than location, it also helps to know which are the award winning properties, so you get a little extra in terms of recognition and additional selling point for the property you have your eyes on. For this, enter iProperty.com People’s Choice Awards – the most prestigious real estate award for property developers, as voted by home buyers and consumers. In another word, by the public, by us, the most important cog in the wheel of real estate development.
There are 13 award categories this year. They are:
- Developer Of The Year
- Best Emerging Developer
- Best International Developer
- Best Township Development
- Best Mixed Development
- Best Waterfront Development
- Best Residential Landed Development
- Best Residential High-Rise Development
- Best Luxury High-Rise Development
- Best Northern Development
- Best Southern Development
- Best Green Development
- Best Value Development
Since it is the People’s Choice Awards, you are the ones who actually get to decide who are the winners (in 2015, the awards gathered over 20,000 votes!)
This award is in its third year and it promises to be one of the most recognised and credible property industry awards in the country. By voting for the iProperty.com People’s Choice Awards, you stand a chance to walk away with attractive prizes worth over RM 20,000!
Cast your vote now at www.iproperty.com.my/awards by clicking the Vote Now tab, sign in with FB or iProperty account, and stand a chance to win the following:
- 2 x (2 Day 1 Night stay at KL Hilton vouchers worth RM 700 each)
- Sharp 32″ TV
- 10 (25L of Dulux Pentalite paint cans)
- 11″ Macbook Air
- Khind Noodle Cooker
- Khind Jug Kettle
- Khind Bread Toaster & more
Here’s how you vote:
First, log into http://www.iproperty.com.my/awards/vote-now and click Vote Now
Then, sign in with your iProperty account, if you do not have one, you can create one by using Facebook Connect. You then can update your phone number.
Go through each category and click on the nominated developers on top left, descriptions and more information will show up on the center graphic and right panel. Click on Vote for Us button to select your choice.
Go through each category (3 pages in total) to cast your votes
You get to review your selections one last time before submitting the final results. Choose wisely! All done. Now, it’s your turn to vote!
The voting period ends on November 11th, 11.59pm 2016, so don’t miss out! Vote now – http://www.iproperty.com.my/awards/vote-now
Winners of the consumer voting campaign will be announced via iProperty.com main social channels – FB / Google+, Twitter & Instagram no later than Nov 28th, 2016. Be sure to follow iProperty.com’s social media channels to see if you are a winner.
We officially moved into our KEN Rimba home a little over a year ago after going through the obligatory renovation period putting in our own touches to dress up the house the way we wanted it. We bought the house after learning about the project via an engagement with the developer for this write up on Sustainable Living at KEN Rimba a few years back.
our (almost) completed garden as of Q4 2016
One of the reasons we chose a corner unit is that we had wanted to make full use of the additional land on the side. The photo above is how our almost completed (pending lights) garden looks like as of current.
If you remember my Grow Your Own Herbs and Vegetable post from earlier of the year, you’d have noticed that our garden looks quite a bit different since then.
we actually DIY the whole garden, designed by Haze
The first version of the garden was a temporary solution. After a pretty long process of coming up with a design we both like, revamping was in progress by April.
We removed the grass, and started with putting in some railway sleepers as a curvy walking path to the pool area.
Then it was installation of power cables for lights later, and water piping for automatic irrigation system. Red bricks were used to mark the borders of walkways next.
building the water feature was the most labour intensive part
Then we installed some posts and started building the water feature with red bricks and concrete. This is the part that took the longest and also most labour intensive.
Waterproofing it alone took weeks of trials and re-applying even more water proofing agent. Luckily we got it all sorted out, the installation serves as a water planter as well as the filter for our koi pond.
We then procured some galvanised fencing and installed them to let creepers a wall to climb. We then installed the piping for the water planter and it was complete!
The whole project took slightly over four months as we worked mostly only during weekends afternoon. Everything was done by myself and Haze with zero hired help.
making full use of the extra land we have of the corner unit
We’re really happy on how it turns out, I think it’ll look much better at night when the lights are installed.
That’s how we utilised the 20 feet of land on the side. A pond, a pool, and now a proper garden.
corner unit with pool still available, always love the ambiance (Legian)
If you have your own 20 feet of land, what would you do with it?
The good news is, there are still corner units available at KEN Rimba, some of which comes with swimming pools as well.
Having a pool really gives the house that villa ambience, and it is also a pool that you don’t need to share with strangers.
master bedroom, guest room (ground), first room, 2nd room (show unit)
The corner units also come with extra two feet’s width in built up compared to intermediate units. There are three rooms upstairs and one on the ground floor. Enough for a family of 7 comfortably if you really want to maximise bed space, or use one as a study, a guestroom, or like us, a game/AV room.
living & dining room from the staircase column (show unit)
Every unit also comes with green features such as rain water harvesting tank. For corner units, that comes in really handy in watering your garden. We used ours to keep the koi pond filled up with rain water instead of tap water. I’ve yet to get a water bill at KEN Rimba.
Landscaping around the neighbourhood is well kept and it’ll get even better when the trees grow taller/bigger.
pretty mature but quiet neighbourhood at Legian
around the KEN Rimba neighbourhood
green is in
The corner units are priced from less than a million ringgit, if you’re in the market for a new home, this is a place to check out.
Sales enquiries: 1300-22-9933
In my previous job, I had the opportunity to travel to East Malaysia on quite a few occasions, and one thing that stuck in my memory is that there are whole different sets of restaurants and popular dining areas in Borneo than what I’m used to in Peninsular Malaysia, and one of the more prominent one that I remember till today was the ubiquitous SugarBun.
SugarBun Borneo Asian Food at Menara Hup Seng
Well, now you can find SugarBun right here in KL at Menara Hup Seng (opposite Shangri-La KL & behind Mercedes) to get a taste of what Borneo’s most successful franchise restaurant has got to offer. They are also opening their second outlet in Klang Valley at Ara Damansara on 15/10/2016. So if you’re into some no-nonsense Borneo cuisine, keep reading.
Sabah Giant Garoupa Mee Hoon Soup
While started out as an ice-cream parlour back in 1979, over the years SugarBun has expanded its offering to include many dishes sought after by Sarawakians & Sabahans alike. On the outside it looks a little bit like fast food joint or even a food court, but what they offer is rather different from what you may expect.
I had the opportunity to try some of their dishes a couple weeks ago, and I gotta start with my favorite – Sabah Giant Garoupa Mee Hoon Soup (RM 28). Cooked with generous portion of Sabah giant garoupa slices, the deceptively simple dish carries a broth thick with seafood sweetness that will satisfy anyone who loves seafood. The fish slices too were perfectly cut and came with chunks of those springy garoupa skin that I really enjoy. At RM 28 it is certainly not a “fast food” friendly price, but this is not fast food and you definitely get a more than decent value from the quality of seafood offered.
You can also order this as a soup to go with rice.
Sabah Giant Garoupa Fried Rice
Another rendition that utilise the same awesome seafood is the Sabah Giant Garoupa Fried Rice (RM 20). Deep fried giant garoupa meat is served on top of pretty fragrant fried rice, very simple and satisfying. I think a few chili padi with soya sauce should come with this, but they do offer sambal, which compliments the dish quite well.
authentic Sarawak Laksa
Laksa Sarawak (RM 12) is arguable the most famous streetfood from Borneo, and at SugarBun Borneo Asian Food, they have a version that is authentic and true to its origin. You get the shredded chicken, prawns, strips of omelette, bean sprout, and of course, those thick meehun. Haze loves it, and she’s like the no. 1 fan of any type of laksa.
If you’re looking for a certified halal version of authentic laksa Sarawak, this will definitely fit the bill.
For those who wants something on the go, SugarBun’s fish burger (RM 9.50) should fit the bill. The patty is made from pollock and together with their blend of sauce and slices of fresh cucumber, made for a pretty satisfying meal you can enjoy while being vertical. I also thought their bun was pretty soft and airy too, which is a plus.
the classic – Borneo Eco Fish Meal (tilapia)
Another notable fish related dish is the classic Borneo Eco Fish Meal (RM 20). Here you get a portion of rice, some acar, and a properly deep fried tilapia fish with some sambal and dark soya sauce on the side. This felt like something you get from a mom & pop restaurant than an air conditioned chain restaurant, in a good way, of course.
This was actually the first dish I had at SugarBun many years ago when they came to West Malaysia (at PJ SS2 if not mistaken), and I’ve always enjoyed it.
Chicken Mushroom Claypot Meal & Broasted Chicken meal
If comfort food is what you crave for, the Chicken Mushroom Claypot Meal (RM 14) should be on your short list. You get a side of rice with a clay pot full of chunks of chicken and black fungus in herbal soup, not entirely different from grandma’s kitchen.
To complete their almost-fast-food image, SugarBun offers broasted chicken (RM 12) with or without saucy kano (RM 15). I had to google a bit, but broasting is a cooking process that combines broiling and roasting, which is distinctly different from deep fried. The result is a lighter crust and less oily product. I thought they taste pretty good.
If you want to get a taste of what Borneo has got to offer right here in KL, this is definitely the place to go.
P/S: this post is brought to you by SugarBun
SugarBun Borneo Asian Food
Level 1, Menara Hap Seng,
Jalan P. Ramlee,
GPS: 3.152761, 101.707296
Tel: 03-2022 0003
Hours: Mon – Fri 7.30 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm