Busaba Heavenly Thai

Hailing from a small town that is quite close to the Thai border, some of our local dishes have already been infused with the Thai-styled of cooking, plenty of chillies, spices and too-hot-for-the tongue kind of food. So while I had an excursion to the big city of Kuala Lumpur, we decided to stop by one of the most talked about place a few years back — Busaba Heavenly Thai @ Bangsar Shopping Complex.

Busaba Heavenly Thai @ Bangsar Shopping Complex

The atmosphere at the restaurant is superb, there was just enough light to see your dishes and the people that are eating around you. Depending on the season and the mood of the person-in-charge, you will get to hear some Thai tunes, some Christmas-sy songs or even some of the latest from the popstars.

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3A Yong Tau Foo

Yong Tau Foo for the uninitiated is a Chinese dish made out of fish paste/pork fillings mixed with vegetables and is either fried or served with soup. Most of the time, you would be asked to make your choices first, then with regards to the method for cooking before being served 15-20 minutes later.

Fried to a crisp

I have frequented this restaurant for the past few years after being introduced by my friend. However, it is not an area famous for its ease of parking and smooth traffic. The yong tau foo is priced at RM1.20 (30-40ยข) each and you can choose as much as you want.

Soup-ed up version

Tip: If this is your first time, it is advisable to pick one of each, remember the name/shape/taste, then after having some, if it is to your liking, order more!

Singapore Fried Noodle

Actually it doesn’t really matter which Yong Tau Foo stall/shop is your favourite, each will have its pros and cons. Some will swear by the Ampang version, others not. If you feel that you have had enough of yong tau foo, there are also a few side dishes in which you could order, either to have it with your yong tau foo, or you can have it while you wait for your food to arrive.

Chee Cheong Fun (Flat noodles mixed with sesame seed in a sweet paste)

No 12 Jalan 19/3

Petaling Jaya

Opens from 11am-10pm

Closes on Monday

 

Dumb Ways To Die

Go check this video by Melbourne Metro, singing about safety while waiting for the trains — Dumb Ways To Die. It is a fantastic song and a nicely done video. Hopefully someone from my country picks this up and change the lyrics a little.

Hike without a GPS

Poke a stick at a big dog’s ass

Stand behind a reversing car

Pick a fight at a bar

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Try to fish with a dynamite

Driving fast in the middle of the night

Play tug-o-war with the iron gate

Swallow a few rotten eggs

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Plant a flag on a high voltage pole

Go naked when it is cold

Play around with a loaded gun

Stand under the hot sun

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Go to work without a safety helmet

Show a big sized thug the bird

Peddle drugs on the street

Bring home a stranger for a treat

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die

Go for a swim in the monsoon season

Hit someone for no good reason

Stand on the edge of a train station platform

Take some unlabelled medication

Cut across the tracks at the station

They may not rhyme but they’re quite possibly

The dumbest way to die

The dumbest way to die

The dumbest way to die

So many dumb

So many dumb ways to die

These are my lyrics, taken from work experience and from the local news, with some wild imagination thrown in. Send me some of yours!

Travel Accessories

Just a short post on what I would normally bring for my journeys. It is not a definitive list and I hope to add on to it as time goes by.

  1. Smartphone or just about anything resembling one, Ipod Touch for example. As long as they can function as a currency converter, GPS, translator and even the PDF that you keep as an itinerary.
  2. First aid kit, as long as it has band-aids, antibiotics, anti-diarrhoeals, antihistamines and some painkillers. Not necessary if you’re visiting cities as compared to the countryside.
  3. Swiss army knife or similar, your go-to device for blades, mini-scissors and screwdrivers. Just remember to check it before flying off. Some tourist areas prohibit such items too.
  4. Water bottle/canteen for rehydration purposes. It was particularly useful when I was touring in Europe as they have water fountains everywhere for you to fill up as needed. Free!
  5. Dry bags/Ziploc bags is a must if you’re doing any travelling by water. It also comes in handy when it rains, just remember to pack one big enough to handle your smartphone, passport and travel documents. Or you can bring along two.
  6. Travel adapter. This cannot be highlighted any further, with us relying on chargers for our phones, our iPads, cameras and laptops, it would be laughable when you fry them by using an incompatible voltage. I sometimes add on a power cord so that I can charge all 3/4 devices at the same time.
  7. Camera and memory cards. This still beats the iPhone anytime, allowing you to shoot more photos and share them once you get home. As for memory cards, bring along as many as you can, so that you can take photos of your Uncle Jim’s 118th scoop of gelato.
  8. Packing cubes or anything of similar function. To separate the dirty clothes from the clean ones.
  9. Toiletry kit preferably one that comes with a hook so that you can hang it on the door knob or the shower rod. Don’t forget to fill it up with soaps, cleansers, toothbrush, sunscreen and whatever you fancy.
  10. Raincoat. No matter where you are or when, you can be sure that there will be rain. Don’t forget to cover up your backpack too.
  11. Moneybelt for those who are paranoid about having their pockets picked. I find it a bit uncomfortable so I packed mine in a pickpocket-proof backpack. But if peace of mind is what you’re looking for, go ahead.

Couchsurfers:

  1. Towel, preferably the quick-dry type. Saves you the effort of having to share or use someone else’s towel instead.
  2. Cutlery. For those of you who prefer to cook and eat in to save some bucks while travelling.

Anyone else with anything to add? Feel free to comment below!

Swiss Bliss Update

I need your help with this. For those who are staying in Switzerland or those who have been there before. Planning to go during late August – early September 2013. This is my tentative itinerary — Swiss Bliss.

I think there are a few hectic days within it, one of them is the Golden Pass from Montreux to Interlaken, stopping by to visit Broc and Gruyeres all in one day with luggage on tow.

The mountain hiking day for Jungfraujoch and Thun would be another challenge, fitting both in one day. But since I’m only going to visit Thun Castle and Schadau Park, I think it is doable.

It would be good if you can help in giving me tips on food and lodgings. Budget-wise, spending on food is pretty much allowed. Lodgings would be around 2-3 stars. No need luxury, all I need is a place to sleep and bathe.

Thanks!

Beef Noodle & Kaya Toast

If you happen to be in Chinatown, Singapore or more specifically China Street, there are 2 shops that you should not miss, depending on what you prefer.

Hock Lam Beef Noodle

First up is Hock Lam Beef Noodles, located at #22 China Street. This is a really ancient establishment, reportedly to be about a century old! They are still using the same ingredients as the original founder did. I was there on a quiet afternoon just after the lunch hour, everything was served within minutes.

Interior

Some prefer the dry version but if you’re looking for the original recipe, for that you need to order the soup version. It is very much commercialized already. You pick the beef noodle set that you want and they will serve it up almost instantly. Even the drinks are pre-packaged.

Beef Noodles ($10)

I like the taste of the soup which really is the mainstay of any respectable beef noodle. Plenty of soy sauce was added to get the dark colour, the beef itself was chewy and not to hard/tough. By the way, you just can’t order it rare or medium-rare, they are all well done.

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