Thursday, April 19, 2018

THE UPHILL JOURNEY TO THE FAMOUS PENANG HILL STARTED


24th MARCH 2018 ~ After the heavy breakfast of nasi kandar, we were so ready to embark on the journey to get up to the top (was that the top?) of famous Penang Hill. We were lucky there was just a small crowd when we arrived so the queue to buy the entrance tickets was bearable.









the latest entry ticket rate





Then everybody had to queue to get to the platform before the tram arrived.








The tram finally arrived. The place was already upgraded and the tram used was the modern one which should be faster.








The coaches were full of people but it was speeding up quite fast so we did not have to stand up for long.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MY PENANG GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE - KAMPONG BARU NASI KANDAR


24th MARCH 2018 ~ When in Penang, you have to eat like the Penangites do. Breakfast is heavy like lunch, and everybody eats nasi kandar 24/7.


This place was definitely a popular eating outlet as the a long queue was already formed when we arrived there in the morning. Nevertheless, the service was quite fast so people wouldn't have to be too long in a line.




Roti canai/paratha was also one of the must-buy from this place it seemed.












Basically nasi kandar comprised of rice, chicken/meat/fish, other side dishes like vegetables and boiled egg and A LOT OF curry gravy.









Literally translated nasi kandar means rice that was carried on a pole and balanced on one's shoulder. One end of the pole hung a pot containing rice, while on the other end, another pot containing curry or other dish. This was how the food was sold in Penang by street peddlers a long time ago but that could be seen anymore. People eat nasi kandar in proper restaurants now.






We managed to finish all the food on the plates and that should provide us with enough energy to go up Penang Hill after that amazingly heavy breakfast. Just by looking at the photos of the rice has made me go hungry now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MY PENANG GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE - EATING ALL THE NAAN BREAD AND A MINI REUNION AT KAPITAN RESTAURANT


23rd MARCH 2018 ~ Another (mini) reunion took place during dinner with one of the classmates of UPM TESL class of 1993, Puan Mawarni Mustafa, who was accompanied by her husband. She could not make it for the gathering done earlier and it was kind enough of her who insisted to see us on the island despite her busy schedule.


The meeting took place in one of the popular restaurants in Georgetown, Kapitan, with a huge neon signboard which claimed it served world class naan bread. We made the right choice as we ordered three types of naan. At first I was shocked to see the size of the bread which was as big as flippers and had doubt we could finish them. However, we surprised ourselves as everything was successfully gobbled down. We needed to renew our energy as we had travelled thousand of miles just to get there.


















I would have to thank Puan Mawarni and the husband for spending their time with us. After not seeing each other for almost 25 years, I was glad I made the journey up north this time and got to meet many friends. Hoping this could happen again, later if not soon.

Monday, April 16, 2018

MY HOMETOWN GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE - KACANG POOL HAJI


Another ex-classmate of Budiman SMS Muar class of 1986 was here in town so it was time for another dinner date. It was Kacang Pool Haji this time, the food he had requested the last time we met. So went to this stall beside the Larkin Bomba (Fire Station), and sat and chatted for almost 1½ hours but there would still more things to gossip about.




Thanks Mr. Shamsul Akmal Shamsuddin for the time and company. Please inform me earlier next time when your are coming to JB.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ANGKLUNG PERFORMANCE FOR JOHOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM 2018


15th APRIL 2018 ~ SMK Taman Universiti's Angklung Group was invited to perform during the closing ceremony of Johor International Youth Forum organised by and held at SMK Tasek Utara, Johor Bahru.


We happily accepted the invitation as we had already started practicing since January. In fact, we were excited to get the chance to perform outside school and this was our second time going out.


This was an international event as there were participants from other countries like Indonesia.





the VVIP of the evening:
the director of Johor State Education Department





certificate giving ceremony







I have to thank a friend of mine, Puan Rashida Ali, for recommending us to the organizing committee as without her, this would not even be possible. Later I will have to give her a treat at McCafe.

And the practice sessions for the Angklung Group will resume after this. There is still a lot to improve and we have to try and play other songs as well. And hoping to get new musical notes of a few new songs from our angklung maestro from Solo, Indonesia.