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An afternoon to kill at Plan B, Ipoh

It was a much awaited day to visit Plan b at Ipoh (at Jalan Panglima),since it's nearest Plan b from Penang (No, I have never been to any of their outlets around the Klang valley). Although we have Ben's, but I thought that the concept between Ben's and Plan b maybe slightly different. In terms of food served, I see the consistency in them. They turned the old shop lot at the corner of the old town of Ipoh into a place where I could sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil of the quiet town.

In fact, it was not part of the itinerary that day to drop by Plan b, as most of my friends wanted to try authentic Ipoh food instead. Since there was not much to do with a filled stomach while waiting for dinner time, we ended up with A Plan b at Plan b. So, there is always A Plan b. :)


(photo courtesy from a friend)
The bottle display.  The lights/lamps fascinated me.  THINKBIG. That's the wi-fi password, which happens to be the same as Ben's.

The bar, and the cake display.

The…

Tea time - Souffle and French Toast

The talkabout town in Penang - Miam Miam

So far, I have not seen any other restaurants selling souffle. I believe it's the mixer that would determine if the the dessert is good or not. I ordered the classic vanilla souffle. From what I tasted, it's basically, flour, milk, butter, egg whites/yolks, sugar and vanilla essence.



French toast was served in a nice dessert bowl with fresh thick whipped cream, together with maple syrup.



I would think this french-japanese casual dining restaurant caught a  lot of attention. Almost "all" penangites would at least go once to have a bite of their spaghetti or souffle. This place serves plain water, which is good :)


Walking around Binondo in Manila - The oldest chinatown

As I was around Intramuros, I walked to Binondo, which is the chinatown of Manila. It took me ~20 mins, (plus a bit of getting lost) to get there from Intramuros entrance crossing the Pasig river via Jones Bridge. Alternatively, we can get there via LRT Carriedo station. Just follow along Ongpin Street (thank God for google maps), and as I go home, I followed the BDO lamp posts which end up led me back to the train station.
There isn't much to see in the chinatown ,but at least they had the typical Chinatown archs all over. And of course, things are cheap, and there are plentiful of wholesaler shops, mainly made in china products. There was eRobinsons store there, which sells cheap 7D mangoes, PHP106.



New mall, they call it Luckytown Chinatown. I'm surprised to see this in the midst of 168malls. Other than this mall, there was plentiful of malls, ie. 168 malls, 999 malls and not forgetting the road along Divisoria. It's really massive. But beware of pick pockets!
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 In the…

5-min Healthy Vanilla Egg Custard

It was my attempt making 'full use' of the DAISO ramekin, measuring spoons, whisk and silicon cups.
And there I go, instant microwaved vanilla egg custard.



Ingredients:
1 Egg
1 Cup of Whole/Full cream milk
2 tablespoon of sugar
1 drip of vanilla essence

Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredient together and whisk it well
2. Microwave it for 30 sec (high) and another 1 min of low.

5-Min Microwaved Chocolate Brownies

I'm pretty fascinated every time someone post a video or a photo of a microwaved brownie in a mug. It got me so excited to give it a try on my mini microwave oven. The thought of eating a cake from a mug would be quite difficult, thus I switched it to a microwavable dish.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of self rising flour
2 tbsp of melted butter
2 tbsp of granulated sugar
4 tbsp of water
2 tbsp cocoa powder (I replaced it with a sachet of Swiss miss chocolate drink)
1 egg - somewhat, adding the egg would rise the cake, right?
1-2 drops of vanilla essence

Steps
1. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and sugar with  whisk/fork
2. Add the melted butter, egg and water. Mix it well, and lastly the vanilla essense.
3. Heat it in the microwave oven for 60-90 secs.

We can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream too :)



Too much of dates? Bake a Date Cake!

I'm one of those that goes to a bake shop and hardly mess around in the kitchen, this time, since my mom was baking a cake, so i thought might as well bake another one, while the oven is still hot.

While fumbling around google to look for last-minute recipes, I referenced one of the recipes I found, which I thought, it's fairly simple enough to follow. I never bake a cake with flour before. The most I did was from the premix where I only added oil and eggs.

I brought back some dates from work since it's the month of Ramadhan, we were given small packets of dates daily to break 'fast'.

Here it is, my improvised recipe:

Main Ingredients
250 g Butter
150 g Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
250 g Self rising flour
6 g Baking Powder - i made a mistake by adding the baking powder since I'm already using a self rising flour

Date mixture
More than 10 chopped dates
10 g Sodium Bicarbonate
150 ml Hot Milk

Deco
2 tsp pink/white sugar powder(for dusting on top)

I'm going to summarize t…

A belated post for Mother's Day Lunch at Lunarich, One Precinct, Penang

It has been 6 months since last I blogged.!!! Wow, that's really inconsistent.
I better start kicking my own butt and move on.

I used to blog about places that I have been, but after a while, I realised that there is nothing superb to share, thus, I ended up keeping the pictures in my picasa album, doing nothing about it.

Since the last 10 yrs I blogged, I have seen many other food bloggers who blog really well, equipped with big cameras and  photos uploaded are usually very attractive, edited with watermarks.

Anyway, this is Lunarich, One Precinct, at Bayan Baru, Penang.
It was a lunch I had with my family for mother's day, supposedly.
I was quite disappointed that lunch sets are only available during weekday lunches (that makes me thinking to go again some day).


It was taken so long ago, that I don't remember the exact name of the food we ordered.


Purposely taken, to make the pizza looked huge. I think it was vegetarian pizza. I love the basil leaves laid on each of the…

Responsible Blogging - Penang Shan Children's Home Association

It's the 3rd home for today. :D
Bloggers and the public visited this home as part of the project on 3rd Feb 2013.
The event was partly sponsored by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.

Penang Shan Children's Home is another home, with the objective to maximize the attractive opportunities that are stored in the children; to make something happen; to change the ways that things are and to create something that no one else has ever created before for the children, to explore for opportunities; to provide guidance and course correction; maintaining focus on being consistent and persistent.


To help this home:


1. Adopt-A-Child Program
The average monthly expenditure per child amounts to RM400. This includes lodging, education, meals, transportation and pocket money. Interested members of the public can contact the home. 2. Do…

Responsible Blogging - The Children's Protection Society

It's the continuation from my earlier blog post on the Ramakrishna home, on the CSR program that the bloggers had to visit the orphanages on 3rd Feb 2013.
Children's Protection Society is located at Scotland Road, and the objective of this home is to provide children at risk with a safe, supportive and conducive environment. Most children do have families, but mostly broken.



Again, the event was partly sponsored by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.

We can lend a helping hand to this home with the following:


How to help Children’s Protection Society?

1. Become a Volunteer:
Learning and Tuition is always needed – many of our children have missed a substantial amount of school due to their backgrounds, and often find it difficult to catch up with school work. If you are prepared for the extra challenges which many of ou…

Responsible Blogging - The Ramakrishna Ashrama home...

As part of the CSR project, responsible blogging organized an event for a day to the homes, to distribute daily necessities such as food and beverages, with some items from some sponsors. It was held on the 3rd Feb 2013.

Ramakrishna Ahsrama is an orphanage caters for both boys and girls (6-20 years old).




The event was partly sponsored by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.

I was not personally present during the event, but I was invited to blog about the homes. :)

So, let's make a difference.
If you wish to help in this orphanage, please do so.....


Sponsoring a Child Program:
The estimated cost to support a child at Ramakrishna Ashrama RM1,500 per annum.
The breakdown cost:
Education: RM500
Food: RM600
Maintenance: RM300
Miscellaneous: RM100

Donation via CIMB. (CLICK the link :D)
Donation to The Ramakrishna can be done only …

Share tea Heritage, Beach street, Penang

Beach Street buildings have been going through major face lifts. Many years ago, most of the buildings were mainly for offices, and right now, there are now more choices for  a cuppa drink or meal.

I still couldn't understand the bubble tea craze in Penang. The idea of having a plastic sealed drink with a thick straw seems to be a 'cool' thing for the old and young.
For WongKok Char Chan Teng members, there is a 10% discount for meet fresh and share tea. It seems that they are under the same 'umbrella'.

Extra Pearls Taro drink. I realised that I'm not a fan of taro drinks. I still prefer Chatime's Grass Jelly Roasted  milk tea or Share tea's Green tea with Red beans.
Very interesting Plum Potato fries. Both flavours at one go. Sweet and savoury. 
And the other many series.. too many choices to pick

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013

The first weekend of 2013 has come to past.
Time indeed flies, and I just remembered I had a week of reflections of 2012 few weeks ago.

It was a year of change for me in 2012. Many things changed; responsibilities grew, work life gets a little more stable (I'm glad with my work schedule since 2010 - a blessing in disguise for me), people around me changed, and etc etc..

The highlights in 2012 for me, is definitely my KK trip, that I managed to conquer Mt Kinabalu in May-12.
It was lot of pain and hardwork, trying to maintain some "stamina" with p90x after work, but was glad that the hard work was worthwhile, despite the fact that I grew too much body muscles. Year end health report showed that I need to lose more fats, and gain ZERO muscle mass. Oh man, I'm a fat and muscular woman!


And some other trips, which was memorable to me:


Krabi Island Hopping. Wanted to go to the islands in Thailand very much, since I missed the chance in 2012 while visiting Phuket due to ra…