July 29, 2012

Tea Garden Restaurant, Johor Baru…value for money has hit a new LOW

The meal reminded me of an airplane dinner.  It tasted pretty much the same!  It was airplace food for theme park prices. Do yourself a favour and give this a miss. You will be  miserable, spend a small fortune and leave feeling hungry and ripped off.

We ordered the fried fish fillet, since that’s always safe.  Wrong!  At least I can rest easy that I doubt any fish died to make my meal.
The menu portrayed a decent piece serving, but they should have served the plate with a magnifying glass. The fish was unbelievably over-breaded.  Maybe they buy leftover fish slices from other restaurants and rebuild the fish, who knows 

They should call this place the Rip-offGarden Restaurant. Never again. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

July 22, 2012

Chien Chi Tow Healthcare, Singapore…before I knew it, I was in a state of Nirvana

“Chien Chi Tow incorporates Chinese Martial Arts and Chinese Tui Na techniques, and is excellent for neck, shoulder, back and lower limb conditions” its website says…and how true.

The environment is ok – no frills. Treatment rooms are small (like their prices), separated by curtains, but clean and comfortable. The massage was so restorative, corrective, and stress-relieving. The masseur – Zhengliu Ying – targeted the pains in my lower back without neglecting the total body massage. Before I knew it, I was in a state of Nirvana.

I do not know how often I’ll be getting massages, but if I have the time I will definitely come back to her. At least I know the quality won’t be hit or miss. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

July 21, 2012

Bakmi GM, Jakarta…fast and easy on the wallet

This popular chain – they have 20 outlets – is an icon in Jakarta. They serve comfort food – a variety of Bakmi food (Indonesian noodle house) and it is easy on the wallet.  I consider this place as a fast food restaurant because they are fast, suitable for hungry people (like me most of the time)

The Bakmi SPC GM Bakso (meatball noodle) is one of my favourite meal – very simple and yet delicious. The noodles were soft without being mushy and the meat were seriously tasty. I always enjoy my Bakmi GM with a bottle of Teh Botol Sosro “Apapun makanan nya, minumannya, teh botol sosro”(Sosro: brand of sweet tea, “whatever the food is, drink sosro”-slogan). 

I wasn’t blown away but if you wanna take a quick an inexpensive meal, Bakmi GM is the place to go. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

July 15, 2012

Tsui Wah Restaurant, Hong Kong…Crispy bun heaven


This local eat house (Char Chan Teng) was packed with people…always a good indication. Even by Hong Kong’s standards, this place has a very extensive menu, so diverse that you can almost find anything….from Indian curry to Japanese udon noodles, Russian borscht, Malaysian curry, spaghetti with sliced beef, hot dog, or pork sandwich, etc.

Wading through the pages and pages of impressive sounding dishes, we eventually opted for:

Crispy bun served with sweet condensed milk




The savouriness of the butter and the sweetness of the condensed milk combined is sensational. The bun is toasted to a crispty texture as well, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

The Tsui Wah crispy pork chop bun with french fries was amazingly delicious. The lightly toasted butter bread sandwiching a thick juicy pork chop coupled with a portion of gherkins and lettuce generously slapped with butter and mayo. The mere thought of it makes me drool! SO GOOD! The beef brisket was awesome and highly recommended.

Not all the items were memorable, though. The king prawns in xo sauce with tossed noodles was forgettable and the longan and red dates tea was a blend of sweet and bitterness. Let’s just say…it’s not my cup of tea (no pun intended)

Definitely recommended – if you are lucky enough to get a table!! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


July 7, 2012 SK telecom Ubiquitous Museum, Seoul…the future has arrived

Wow! This is a concept museum where you can experience the future of communication and IT upclose and personal. T.Um is operated by SK Telecom, Korea’s largest Information Communication Technology(ICT) company. It is truly a fascinating place to visit. I had so much fun here.

Our guide, Stephen, speaking in fluent English handed us a special mobile device called the T.Key and we were asked to create a special cyber avatar called T.Me which folowed me as I experienced different rooms in the museum. Everything is very much hands on and interective. It would definitely make a person appreciate how far technology has improved over time and what our future years will look like. I came away from the experience feeling more knowledgeable and appreciative of life imitating art.  Oh, did I mention, much smarter too.

The only disappointing thing for me was that a couple of the front-liner female staff were downright rude.

If you have not been there, you must plan on paying a visit.  You’re guaranteed not to be disappointed.  I have seen too many museums, and never imagined the wonderful experience with this one.  It’s like a Disneyland attraction for geeks. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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