January 19, 2019

Mantin original Coconut Shake, Seremban…Your body will thank you

In the searing heat and humidity of Malaysia, coconut shake — both refreshing and a smart choice for long, sun-baked afternoons — are moving into wide circulation.

Creamy, fragrant and refreshing, this drink is the perfect thirst quencher and body cooler. The flavor profile for coconut shake completely changes depending on the sweetener or ice cream. At Mantin, it’s the true-and-tested dosage of vanilla.

When coconut is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 1, 2017

ChaTraMue, Bangkok…Thailicious tea

Who said non-alcoholic drinks are safe? It’s 2:00pm in Bangkok and I’m sucking down Thai tea without regard for the diabetic onslaught that will follow. May my blood sugar levels be damned.

Thai iced tea is one of the first things people fall in love with when dining at a typical Thai restaurant. This tea is bright orange. It will look like you took a handful of carrots and threw them in a blender with some water. Cha TraMue has outlets and kiosks all over Bangkok. An array of flavours, they also have the option of adding tapioca pearls…just like bubble tea. The tea flavours really stand out and not as sweet as most other Thai tea.

So delicious and sooooooooo worth it! #Addicted #ThaiTea. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 1, 2010

Empire Hotel Brunei…overwhelmingly grand but underwhelmingly lacking in delivery

White marble. Gold accents. Luminous and breathtaking architecture. With a hotel with such sublime luxury, you would expect it to provide you with the heartfelt service experience of the majesty of Brunei Darussalam.

For starters, a quality hotel will have some Mystery Floors, because asking the doorman where the Italian restaurant is located will not help as he is as unaware as us.

When you send your shirts for pressing, be sure to mark for them to send it back to room 5325, otherwise they will take the liberty of delivering it to Cape Town for you. This will guarantee that you get kept awake for 1.5 hours that night to continuously repeat the description of your shirt till you emphatise with your pet parrot.

My stay was also educational. I learned from the staff in Spaghettini that there is no fizz in the bottle of San Pellegrino because the bottle is made of plastic and not glass. Wonder if the fact that the expiry date is a few days away has anything to do with it?? While you are in Spaghetinni, stay away from the lamb rack but you must have the chicken liver bruschetta.

Speaking of restaurants, Pantai is superbly located at the beachfront. The fish and chips make a good impersonation of banana fritters. This is the first 5-star restaurant that serves your starter, the spring rolls after everyone’s finished the main courses.

The room service staff will not leave you alone in your room until he has cleared the tray they brought you the room service food on. Took me 3 eternities to convince him I did not order any room service.

If this sounds like a stay in the dark side, it’s not. The staff members were extremely hospitable and they were clearly trying their best. They were warm, patient and friendly. It clearly boils down to training (or the lack of it). I speak the true truth and say it as it is.

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