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When I had my first full time job after graduating from university, I went to Kings Island in Cincinnati for the first time, and thought that it was so awesome I should get a season pass. I mean, being able to go to an awesome amusement park that’s only half an hour away at anytime, why not?

That dream never materialize due to me having lost the job (remember 911?) which subsequently meant that I had no money and having to move out of Cincinnati.

Well, that was more than ten years ago, and now I finally have season pass to an amusement park, and it’s every as awesome as my initial Cincinnati dream – a whole year’s unlimited entrance to Sunway Lagoon!

Sunway Lagoon!
Sunway Lagoon, here we come!

To be honest, I didn’t know that Sunway Lagoon offers annual pass until I read it on Bobo’s instagram. I left a comment, one thing led to another, and thanks to the good people at Sunway Lagoon and Nuffnang, I got a pair annual pass for myself and Haze.

The pass is priced at RM 300 for adult and RM 240 for kids aged 11 and below. Compared to the entrance price at the gate of RM 150 per pax, the pricing of annual pass really offers great value.

the rides were not disappointing
the rides were not disappointing

We parked our car at Sunway Pyramid, had a meal at Texas Chicken, then went into the park.

First thing to do is to load some money into the entrance wristband that comes with a barcode. The wristband is used not only to identify that you did not sneaked into Sunway Lagoon illegally, but the barcode embedded on the band is also a form of cashless transaction you can use to purchase food, use the locker, or pay for premium rides (such as bungy jumps). Any leftover credit can be redeemed at exit.

Sunway Lagoon is now also practically a zoo
Sunway Lagoon is now also practically a zoo

Sunway Lagoon has five different major areas – waterpark, amusement park, wildlife park, extreme park, and scream park.

We managed three out of the five during this visit.

The amusement park has many rides that has no-bag policy, so a locker is pretty much a requirement unless you have someone in the group who wants to watch over them. Most rides don’t have particularly long queue, and the pirate ship now goes 360 degree! You’ve been warned.

We also ended up spending a lot of time at the wildlife park, which is actually a zoo in itself. There were tiger, panther, snakes, turtle, goat, rabbit, quite a few species of primates, a huge variety of birds, otter, raccoons, and more. I do wish that some of the habitats were bigger though.

of course, there's the waterpark
of course, there’s the waterpark

The waterpark was of course, where Sunway Lagoon got its name from, and when you’re there, you just have to try out the massive vuvuzela slide and the “5D” waterplex where you get to have water splashed on you in front of a cinema-like screen equipped with articulated chairs showcasing a wild ride.

In all it was a pretty fun afternoon, we will go back there again for sure. The annual pass is pretty neat!

Well, it’s that time again. The holy month of Ramadan starts on the 18th June, 2015, our Muslim friends fast during the daylight as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

As a nation of people who loves our food, many restaurants and hotels also offer Ramadan buffet in this period to allow Muslims and also non-Muslims to enjoy a meal together.

Ramadhan at GTower
Ramadhan at GTower, Anura certainly enjoye

This year, G Tower started early and invited the media to have a sample of their buffet spread more than a month prior. I was happy to be part of the group.

First, the most important bit: the buffet will be held at GTower from 20th June till 14th July 2015 and priced at RM 95 NETT for adults.

traditional kuih muih on the spread
traditional kuih muih on the spread

Like many such buffet offerings, GTower will be serving traditional Malaysian cuisine with quite a few live cooking stations  under the direction of Chef Sherry, who has more than 20 years of experience in the kitchen.

ulam, salted egg, and salted fish
ulam, salted egg, and salted fish

Starting appetizer, there’s assortment of salad, kerabu pucuk paku, sambal, keropok, papadum, telur masin, ikan masin, jeruk, and a pretty good selection of ulam-ulam as well. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of tempoyak, but I’m hopeful they will have it on the actual spread.

traditional dishes that goes well with steamed or briyani rice
traditional dishes that goes well with steamed or briyani rice

Many main dishes are served in clay-pot to keep retain the freshness, and they comprise of rice selections such as nasi briyani, fragrant rice, nasi ulam, and so forth. Ayam panggang berempah, daging masak hitam, and dagang salai masak lemak cili api, sambal udang petai (i love this!), ikan pari, tenggiri masak asam, and more can be found.

The best dish of the night for me was their ayam percik istimewa, and for the fans of roast lamb, kambing bakar enak is available (seemingly every Ramadan buffet places now has roast lamb).

pastry, roast lamb, popiah, and other goodies
pastry, roast lamb, popiah, and other goodies

Not all the live cooking stations were available for this tasting session, but there will be mee rebus, mihun sup, rojak singapura, and popiah basah upon request. The rojak wasn’t something I enjoyed though, as I prefer the Penang version.

Overall, the spread should satisfy anyone who loves Malaysian cuisine, and the pricing seems to be in-line with the location and dishes offered. So if you’re planning a buka puasa event, GTower should be in your consideration.

map to G-Tower, KL

Address:
GTower
199 Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.1590, 101.7200
Tel: 03-2168 1919

It goes without saying that I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to seeking for food, there’s almost no place too far or too difficult if the food is awesome. And to accomplish my craving for good food, my tool of choice is often my trusted Japanese lady – the MR2 that’s older than most recent new graduates.

toyota MR2 in glauco blue

I’ve been driving this car going to and from kopitiam, restaurants, work, Penang, Ipoh, Bukit Tinggi, Genting, and other places for some ten years now. While I try to be safe and ensure that my 4-point seat belt is used properly at all time, there’s always that extra protection that one needs to feel truly covered.

Zurich CoPilot

And this is where Zurich CoPilot can come into play.

In essence, the CoPilot is one card that has many roles. For RM 280 (plus GST), it provides three key features:

Zurich CoPilot

Safety : Legal Assistance

  • Unlimited access to professional legal assistance
  • 24/7 legal assistance & services
  • Easy, convenient & interactive

Protection : Insurance Solutions

  • Protect yourself, your loved ones and your passengers
  • Safeguard your personal valuables
  • Ease your financial burden

Convenience : Other Services

  • Prepaid electronic cash card services through Touch ‘n Go
  • Simple, convenient & secure by just a swipe away
  • 24 hours roadside assistance across the country

In case of any trouble on the road, such as collisions or any fender-bender, the CoPilot holder can call to get advise on legal proceedings and insurance policy solutions. This can be done via phone consultation, face to face, or even court representation.

CoPilot will be available soon, stay tuned for more updates at www.copilot.com.my or contact CoPilot hotline at 1300 30 20 10

Zurich branch network

There’s also Pilot Plus to protect your passenger(s) while traveling in the same vehicle, Pilot Protect to safeguard personal valuables when traveling in own vehicle, Auto Pilot to ease financial burden when any mishap happens, and On-Time Arrival – the all important round the clock roadside assistance across the nation (this is probably most important for me).

Head to a Zurich branch near you to find out more. Coincidentally, the nearest branch in PJ is at SS3, a mere 5 minutes bicycle ride from me!

There are 6 branches in Klang Valley, so you don’t have to travel far to get to one. I find it better to speak to representative face to face, but if you prefer, there’s always the choice of doing it via phone/website as well.

Head to www.zurich.com.my for more.

When it comes to pork noodle, there is a family that dominates PJ/Sunway/Subang area. I was told that the operators of the famous stalls at Kean Fatt SS3, Subang Jaya SS15, and Ah Or at Sunway Mentari are all related.

SS3’s version is basically my go-to pork noodle (due to location) when I have the patient to wait, but I thought, why not try them all out and see if they are really similar. Hence we got ourselves at Ah Or Pork Noodle last weekends.

Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari
Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari

Ah Or is located at Sunway Mentari, the place where it’s easy to spot and harder than hell to get to due to confusing traffic pattern. It also doesn’t help that the location stated on Google map is wrong (as 10/5/15). But with some luck, we got there anyhow.

The restaurant is as basic as you get, with one pork noodle stall, plenty of plastic tables & chairs, and nothing else.

how can you resist this?
how can you resist this?

The stall itself indeed does look like the one at SS3, with the rather unique label of “Penang Pork Noodle” in Chinese. Well, I’m from Penang and there’s really no such thing as Penang Pork Noodle…

The menu here is slightly wider than Kean Fatt, you get to choose between wet/dry, and a choice of yellow noodle, meehun, kuih teow, loshu fun, and even meesuah.

Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg
Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg

We went for our usual – soup version with kuih teow and an extra egg.

Well, it tasted about 90% similar to the one at SS3 which I’m familiar with, with the exception of intestine being much softer, but liver slightly more cooked. The soup is still has that sweet savory taste, and the half boiled egg perfectly done.

The wait time was some 20 minutes, actually not too bad for a Saturday. Would not mind to go again for sure.

map to Ah Or pork noodle at Sunway Mentari

Address:
Ah Or Pork Noodle
No. 3, Jalan PJS 8/17
Dataran Mentari, Sunway
Selangor
GPS: 3.078034, 101.612104
Tel012-428 8680/012-613 0479

Last week while doing some work on the new house, we found ourselves at Taman Berkeley looking for something to eat for lunch and spotted this unassuming hawker stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley that offers beef noodle.

Tongkak beef noodle stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley
Tongkak beef noodle stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley

The banner outside stated “tongkak beef noodle”, which didn’t mean anything to me initially until I recalled that a friend told me her hometown serves the best beef noodle, and she’s from Tangkak. So naturally I’m assuming Tangkak = Tongkak in hawker style spelling (that or it infringes on some other places’ copyright).

We ordered two bowls.

glorious beef noodle
glorious beef noodle

Both the soup and the dry version are very similar. You get to choose from kuih teow, meehun, or yellow noodle. The soup is laden with various cuts of beef, tendon, brisket, white radish, and bits of salted vegetable.

available in both dry and soup version
available in both dry and soup version

We ended up really liking it, I’ve never been to Tangkak and can’t verify if this is “authentic” nor can I make a fair comparison, but I find myself really enjoying the meat, particularly due to how soft and tender they are (just like most Klang BKT with pork). The bits of salted vegetable and radish too adds to the dish, and if you like a bit of kick, there’s the home-made chili sauce on the side.

I will next try the other beef noodle place at Taman Berkeley.

map to taman berkeley, Klang

Address:
Restoran Taman Berkeley
Leboh Bangau & Jalan Lang,
Taman Berkeley, Klang

GPS: 3.058252, 101.463231