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There’s only 3 more days in 2019, time flies, but it’s still not too late to write about the diving trip at Komodo Islands that I went back in September. This is the first part of the trip – a visit to view the famed Komodo Dragons.

Welcome to Rinca Island, here be dragons
Welcome to Rinca Island, here be dragons

Since there’s no direct flight from KL to Labuan Bajo, the Western fishing town of Flores closest to the Komodo National Park, we took the flight from KL to Bali, and then Bali to Labuan Bajo.

A note though, never fly Lion’s Air if your life depends on it. Other than the plane being old (which is acceptable), the service level is downright bad. On our return flight the computer system broke down and the ground crew refused to check us in manual method until the plane landed, which delayed things further on an already delayed flight, almost made us missed the connecting flight back to KL.

Anyway, back to dragons.

My dive trip was arranged by Melanie from Flow Dive Centre in PJ.

After spending a night at Labuan Bajo, we headed on to our liveaboard (more on that boat in next post), and the first destination was Rinca Island – one of the three largest islands included in Komodo National Park.

a bit of forced perspective doesn't hurt any dragon
a bit of forced perspective doesn’t hurt any dragon

All visitors to Rinca island must be accompanied by a local guide, and it was obvious from the get go that it’s for our own good, preventing stupid tourists such as us to get ourselves into trouble with these magnificent creatures. These things looks almost like your usual monitor lizard but just, wayyyyy bigger, like size of a crocodile.

There were some pretty sad looking deer around the park too, and we were told that these were dragon food, which kinda explained how they look the way they did, dohhh.

a guide is definitely mandatory for dragon sightseeing
a guide is definitely mandatory for dragon sightseeing

The guide did his best in explaining to us about Komodo dragons, their behavior, life cycle, and even helped us take some pretty neat photos. Wikipedia does a better job than I ever can, so I’m not going to even attempt, check out the entry here.

The tour lasted some 2-3 hours, we walked around the foot path to the top of one of the hills, where more dragons were loitering around. The view on top was quite neat, worth it.

the pink beach is due to all these coral bits (I think)
the pink beach is due to all these coral bits (I think)

As a bonus, we also got to stop by a tiny island comprises entirely our of sand – and they’re pink! Yes, the famous pink beach of Komodo National Park.

pink beach island
pink beach island

The pinkness of the beach is from a sort of red coral bits making up part of the sand. Makes for a good photo if you pump up saturation a bit, otherwise they’re not exactly overwhelming to be honest. One of those things that looks better on instagram than in real life, oh well.

map of komodo islands

Some diving photos and what we managed to see underwater on this trip to come, it was a very tiring and overly satisfying few days of diving.

Most everyone knows that Kota Kinabalu, being located by the crystal clear and beautiful South China Sea, is famous for  seafood when it comes to .. well, food. One of the ways to enjoy this sea bounty without having to bring a crowd to a seafood restaurant is by heading to one the few fish noodle restaurants in the city.

Today, we look at one of the more famous shops – Restoran Wan Wan.

Wan Wan fish noodle, Kota Kinabalu
Wan Wan fish noodle, Kota Kinabalu

Wan Wan is located at Bundusan, some 15 minutes away from the city center, which coincidentally, is also nearby another one of my favorite seafood restaurants – the original branch of Welcome Seafood.

Parking isn’t an issue in this part of tow, and being only some 12 mins away from airport, it’s not a bad idea for pre-flight meal, which was what I did.

Wan Wan runs a bit of a self-service kinda operations. While you do get to order from the server and have the food served to your table, you do have to get condiments and cutlery DIY style.

home made noodle with chunky fish fillet
home made noodle with chunky fish fillet

For lunch, I chose jewel garupa with extra fish skin to go with their version of dry noodle.

The fish were certainly worthy to be labeled “KK standard”, fresh, succulent, and certainly super fresh tasting. At Wan Wan they do it super thick cuts too, which I thought retains more of the fish’s own juiciness. The “kan lou” noodle was springy and makes for good companion to the seafood for sure. Soup was packed with seafood sweetness, with very minor tomato note, quite different the stronger tasting Fatt Kee, but rather nice in its own way.

For those who likes it spicy, there’s tomyam soup base, and of course there are prawns, and quite a few other choices of fish to choose, there’s even fish paste noodle too.

jewel garupa is always one of my favorites
jewel garupa is always one of my favorites

If you love fish noodle and likes your fish chunky, this is certainly a place to check out.

map to wan wan fish noodle, kota kinabalu

Address:
Wan Wan Fish Noodle
Lorong Bundusan,
Hsk Industrial Centre,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.924120, 116.092525
Tel: 088-716 698
Hours: 6:30 am to 2:30 pm, close on Tuesdays

I’ve personally been on several live aboard diving trips before, usually in tropical water and on pretty “basic” facility and level of service. After all, the aim was mostly for diving.

However, if you’re looking for this sort of experience in Mediterranean with top notch level of luxury, then check out Luxury Yatch for Charter at Croatia.

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These yachts are 55 and 49 meters in length, with 6 cabins comfortably takes up to twelve guests.

Other than enjoying good food and sun tanning on board, there’s also a host of water sports to be enjoyed while on the trip, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jetski, and more. Other fun activities includes fishing, board games, and with My Mustique, there’s even a jacuzzi.

For a larger group of up to 36, consider checking out Freedom – a 48.2 meter yacht with 20 cabins – 2 triple, 14 double, and 4 twins. Again, there’s water skiing, jet ski, donut ride, a jacuzzi, and even a small pool on the main deck

More details and pricing information is available on the website at https://www.goolets.net/luxury-yacht-charter-croatia/

If you’re looking for an experience of a life time, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Festive season’s here, and it is the time of gathering with friends, family, and as always, food makes up a major part of the agenda.

When it comes to feeding a group of hungry souls, it’s always not a bad idea to get some that offers great value, and this is where dahmakan comes in with a plethora of  yummy dishes at an affordable price – starting at just RM 12!

Use the code BETASTY063 for your first order and enjoy 25% discount, don’t say bojio!

dahmakan meal, starting at RM 12
dahmakan meal, starting at RM 12

For those who thinks dahmakan has a pretty limited delivery windows, well, it’s not true anymore.

You can now order your food to be delivered anywhere from 9 in the morning to 10 at night, and meals can be delivered as soon as in an hour’s time too.

a few clicks, sit tight, and food is delivered
a few clicks, sit tight, and food is delivered

So just fire up the phone or dahmakan.com, choose what you want, sit back, relax, and get served!

dinner made easy by dahmakan
dinner made easy by dahmakan

I made an order to test out the combo and some of the newer items on the menu – kam heong chicken rice, rojak buah (fruit with prawn sauce), tealive drink with glass jelly, and a salted caramel biscuit as well.

rojak buah, salted caramel biscuit, kam heong chicken rice, and tealive
rojak buah, salted caramel biscuit, kam heong chicken rice, and tealive

The result was a rather satisfying full meal, who says delivered food must be boring?

dahminum too, choose a drink to go with your meal
dahminum too, choose a drink to go with your meal

Additionally, you can also order drinks (dahminum?) and desserts (dahmanis?) separately to spice up your lunch/dinner, or even have them for those in between meal time snacks.

how about desserts?
how about desserts?

Due to the growing popularity of dahmakan, they’ve also started to partner with different brands to pair with their meals. Take a look:

dahmakan with extras!
dahmakan with extras!

For those who hasn’t check out dahmakan’s menu for a while, do take a peek cos now there’re more items to choose from than ever, including drinks and combos to make it a wholesome meal right at the comfiest place on earth – home.

Remember, use the code BETASTY063 for your first order ya!

Penang hokkien mee, or prawn mee as it is usually called here in Klang Valley, is one of the more iconic dishes from the island known for its good hawker food. While prawn mee is quite available this part of the country, its sister dish – loh mee, is quite a bit trickier to find.

Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it's Loh Mee stall
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it’s Loh Mee stall

Hence, whenever I find a hawker stall offering Penang loh mee, I’d usually give it a try. This same opportunity presented itself when I was at Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam looking to have kuih teow soup a few weeks ago, forgetting that it moved to nearby Hock Seng kopitiam.

As per my usual style, I ordered using Penang Hokkien, and the operator seemed to understand, passing my pseudo authenticity check.

Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments
Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments

Luckily though, the loh mee turned out pretty good. It came with appropriate condiments of minced garlic with vinegar and sambal, as well as proper ingredients with sliced pork, prawns, hard boiled eggs, kangkung, bean sprouts, and those really thick starchy soup.

I like mine with mee + meehun mix
I like mine with mee + meehun mix

Overall taste was on point, though I’d probably give Johnny’s version a slight upper hand due to the availability of more ingredient choices, but this one was definitely sufficient to satisfy cravings.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194