North Park, Wynyard Quarter

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Beer-battered Catfish Tacos ($14)
Soft shell corn tortillas with beer-battered catfish, guacamole, black beans, fennel and citrus slaw
I must say, it’s a huge mess to eat. Not the best taco I’ve had, but it’s alright. I’d describe it as fish and chips in a taco… without the chips.

Grilled Beef Burger with fries $19
Su Yin and Lance said the burger was nice, apart from having troubles eating it with all the dripping sauce and overload of ingredients in a burger.

Beer-battered Fish and Chips $24
I can’t remember what the fish of the day was, but it was super fresh and sweet. I don’t like having it in small pieces though, too much batter. The salad greens were yummy.

North Park

37-49 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland CBD, Auckland
09 300 3222

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Ramen Taiko, Mont Kiara Shoplex

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I was so exhausted from travelling back from Singapore and going for a food review at night, but boy, no regrets. No regrets at all!

When mum and I reached the restaurant, we saw two outlets side by side. Ramen Taiko and Taiko Sushi and Salad Bar. Well, you can sit in Ramen Taiko and order from the Sushi and Salad Bar and vice versa.

Ramen Taiko makes me feel very homely. It’s not a huge restaurant but the food is spectacular for the price you pay.



Iced Lemon Green Tea
Their signature drink. It’s more refreshing than the ordinary Iced Lemon Tea.

Mini tofu appetizer
Absolutely appetite opening, a light sweet and sour dip.

Aigamo Smoke (RM18)
Fragrant smoked duck breast with scallions
Other than it’s a little bit dry, it’s quite flavourful and I wouldn’t mind ordering it again.

Taiko Gyoza (RM12)
Pan seared homemade pork dumplings with chives, cabbage, dried shrimps and turnip.
Thin and smooth dough skinned dumplings served with rice vinegar. Stujnning gyozas.

Taiko Buta Kakuni (RM25)
Signature braised pork belly with spices and light soy sauce
This would be perfect with some Japanese rice. It’s like comfort food, Saturday night on the couch, just rice and some braised pork belly. Gosh, heavenly, don’t you think?
Its a little salty on its own of course, because you’re meant to eat it with rice. Gosh, like I’ve said before.. I’m not the greatest food writer, I take better pictures than I can write.

Salmon Ginger Roll (RM30)
4 rolls with avocado, crab stick, cucumber and tobiko wrapped with salmon.
You’ve got to put the whole thing in your mouth. No time for dainty princesses and formality, stuff the whole roll into your mouth and blend it in your mouth. Hahah, okay, maybe not literally blend it, but mix it up to even out the flavours. It’s amazing.

Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM32)
Wrapped with Vietnamese rice paper is mango, crabstick, egg, the softshell crab.
I love this so much. It’s different from the usual maki with rice. Without the rice, it’ll make more room for other dishes.. Like their ramen . Heheh, I’ll come to that in a bit.

Taiko Chasu Ramen (RM22)
Signature curly egg noodles with mild pork broth topped with sliced Chasu, spring onion, soft boiled egg, bamboo shoot and sesame.
Springy noodles accompanied with aromatic pork broth. I love the noodles and the soft boiled egg. Perfectly done.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (RM20)
Milky white pork broth Ramen served with sliced Chasu, soft boiled egg, corn, bamboo shoot, fish cake, spring onion, grilled seaweed and sesame.
I don’t quite fancy the idea of the corns in it, but asides from the corn, the ramen is delicious. The soup is milky but it’s not too heavy.

Goma Hiyashi (RM25)
Cold Ramen with tomatoes, egg, BBQ pork, cucumber, crab sticks, corn, seaweed, yellow mustard and sesame, served with house sesame sauce.
This is my favourite ramen of all. Its like eating a salad ramen, with ramen noodles being the main ingredient. The sesame sauce matches perfectly with the cold ramen and the other ingredients makes the whole dish refreshing.

Curry Rice (RM18)
Rice served with Japanese curry with pork, potatoes and carrots, served with Miso soup.
As for those who aren’t so keen on ramen, they have their Japanese curry rice. This is decent curry with heavenly pork cubes but I still like the Chinese and Indian curries though.

Ramen Taiko Japanese Cuisine

Unit 15-0-2B & 2C, Mont Kiara Shoplex,
Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603-2096 1822

Opens daily
11.30am – 2.30pm
6pm – 10.30pm


Dreamworks Experience, Macau #Day 1 (Part 2)

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Don’t you think it’s so beautiful? Everywhere you look in Sheraton Macau is just beauty. They pay good attention to details! The ceiling.. The flooring, pillars..

Meeting the characters of Dreamworks. I just had to censor my face cause I looked pretty horrible here.

I really pity the guy in the dragon costume . LOL

My mum on the other hand, wants to chop the dragon off.

I really like their security guard uniforms. It’s super bright yellow, cheers anyone up instantly!

Merchandise counter !

After meeting Kungfu Panda, Shrek and etc, we wen’t off on a sightseeing trip with a really rude tour guide. Well she was so rude till it started to get amusing.
Tour Guide: OK, everyone here? Hi hi, nice to meet chu, let’s go. *walks off*
She didn’t even take a look at us when she greeted us, she was just looking at her paper.


We got on to a Venetian bus.

First stop was A-Ma Temple.

Miss Tour Guide told us one of the good things the Portuguese left them was the floor tiling.

There were so many people visiting the temple. Overcrowded, I tell you.




Next stop was Ruins of St. Pauls.

It was scorching hot, everyone stayed by the left side of the stairs under the shade. It was pretty funny.

The amount of tourists in Macau is unbelievable. There’s really, really, really a lot of tourists here!

Council meeting! Hahah, just kidding, it’s just our tour guide explaining about the ruins.

Meanwhile, mum and I…

Yeah, camwhoring away.






Their mosaic pavement tiling’s so cool right??

I’m pretty sure you know where this is.. Macau Tower ! 😀

I got a lil scared. Just a lil … How can staring down like this not make my knees weak? :X

After that we visited a garden nearby Sheraton hotel. Cow-Sheep war! 😛

I liked how they used wooden cartoon-like animals and buildings instead of realistic plastic animals. It looks so much cooler like this, what do you think? They had duckies, windmils, chicken and cows. A pretty neat farm. 😀

And a real dog… That’s really real.

We had a Portuguese dinner at the Millitary Club. Pretty interesting place, but doesn’t exactly serve you great food.

On the painting above, the English and Mandarin subtitles don’t even tally . LOL.

I liked their cabbage-inspired plates. They look like they were carved from jade from far.

This was probably one of the nice items on the menu.

AND THIS ONE. The name is so complicated, I swear. But it’s so darn good. Well, I didn’t like the cotton-candy-like sugar on top (It looks cool though), I loved the muesli thingi with custard something.. Oh god, I didn’t know what I was eating, it was just so darn delicious.


Dreamworks Experience, Macau #Day 1 (Part 1)

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Our flight was at 6.30am, so mum and I woke up about 3 something and left for the airport at 4am. It was a very early flight indeed and an unfortunate event happened on the aircraft. Thankfully it wasn’t us!

I was sleeping soundly next to my mum when someone shouted out: ‘拿钱出来!!’ (Take out the money!) Everyone woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep after that. I mean, hearing that phrase, I thought there was a terrorist or big time robber on board. Genius, couldn’t he say something like, ‘THIEF! GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY!’ Bloody hell, gave me an unnecessary fright! From then onward, everyone was wide awake and started to chatter among themselves.

This thief was a mainland Chinese, scrawny and scared-looking man. The men he stole from were double his size. He stole about RM500 from them when they were sleeping and one of their friends, a lady saw the incident. This sneaky thief gave her RM200 quickly, not knowing that she was one of their friends. Of course the lady quickly told her friends to catch this thief. Everyone witnessed the thief had 5 RM100 notes with him so he said, ‘Okay, I’ll give it back to you!’ But the men didn’t want to let him go so easily. They didn’t want to take the money just yet, and want to hand him over to the police when we touch down (Which was 2 hours from then). Mr. Thief constantly changed seats for no reason and were being watched by two big men. When we touched down, we were held up for a good half an hour. What an exciting way to start my Macau trip. Police came in and took photographs, asked questions.. They couldn’t find the 5 RM100 notes, so they turned the place upside down. But after a while, they let the rest go off.. Sadly, I don’t know what happened to the stupid thief after that. Not that I cared much. Sheraton Macau > Stupid thief


Couldn’t sleep after the loud noises, so I ate .. Super salty. Ugh.


Mum didn’t bother much, she was pretty upset though.. She was just about to fall asleep.


Using my S4 camera only! Look so gorgeous, eh?? 😀

They look like they came out from a TVB show. 😛 If you know what I mean.. Hee, I secretly took the photograph with my S4.

Main entrance of Sheraton Hotel, Macau

Looks like you’re booking for tickets to a movie eh?

For VIPs, media and members.

Pretty nice to have a lil’ lounge at SPG side.


My media passes! (Yes, that’s a media pass to watch the movie Turbo too)

I dislike waiting at the lift.. It’s extremely cold. But thankfully the lifts are super efficient

Our room!


Don’t you think the white outlines of the drawers form a camera shape ?

Our view from the room……… Not exactly very good lookin’.

Okay, we get a glimpse of the pool. Not that bad.

It’s so amazing, isn’t it? I love how they have odd shaped ‘holes’ with stoned edges instead of the regular rectangular.

Koi Kei bakeries everywhereeeeeeee.

Xin, Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central

Operation Hours: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm



6 types of soups you can choose from for the hot pots (Steamboat)
I took the  sichuan one. It’s spicy! 😀



I was just looking at him slice meat for about 5 minutes… SO COOL ..




Their signature cocktail – sour plum mojito is absolutely refreshing.


Ahhh!!!! The char siew is unbelievable! Perfect Iberico Pork from Spain with just enough fats and lean meat, thick enough.. Ahh, blissful life, I tell you.

I only have this much time to update till here today.. :X Time to do my assignments now ! Taaa

Bali #Day 2

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MORNING !! Well, it’s 9am, time to go explore Bali ! ^^

I love small details of our room number . Bali is known for their wood crafting too. Ain’t it lovely?

Managed to snap this beauty before heading out to watch the Barong dance.

We arrived at about 9.30am .. A lot of people are buying tickets to the dance too !

It was quite a long wait for the show to start, we waited for a few more audience to come in .

That’s Barong . Isn’t it just adorable ? Haha .

One of the servants dancing . This is when the devil starts to possess her . She gets all confused and angry all of the sudden.

Although tourists understood no shit of what they said , we all understood the dance . (Besides, they gave us leaflets on the synopsis of the dance) I know a few words they said, but the music overpowered their voices, I couldn’t really make out the sentences.

After the dance, we went to look at the Kuta Palace (If I’m not wrong)

And then we went to the market nearby to shop !

I love their Police Post . Absolutely striking .

For lunch, we went to Naughty Nuri’s Warung for some pork ribs !

41, Jalan Batubelig, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, Bali
(62) 0361 847 6722


I wanted to order their Chili Con Carne too .. Apparently that’s one of the popular dishes  But it finished already ): Boohoo .

Mum’s definitely enjoying it .

We also ordered their fried rice . Heavenly. Never tasted such flavourful fried rice in a long long time . And it’s so simple. Rice, veggie and sliced chicken . :O

I bought a beautiful Karimba/Kalimba/Mbira . The soundbox is made of coconut with a piece on wood on top . The little girl who sold it to me said it’s a Karimba . But I’m google-ing it as I’m writing this .. It originated from Africa ? Errr .. Doesn’t matter, I bought it for 20,000 rupiah. Pft .


Her cute-ness and manja-ness can beat any salesman .

OH AND I FOUND ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL TREASURE . It moved so fast, I could only snap 1 photo of it .. Not very clear but STILL …

Next door was this shop which sells only Bob Marley merchandises. Anything Jamaican , you can find it here . Stickers, scarves, clothes, badges .. Posters … ._. And this isn’t the only one . So, Bob Marley fans, you know where to visit to get these items .

If I have someone to play congkak with everyday, I will get that . Oh god, it’s so beautiful.

Hey, here’s a random photo of a guy roasting Luwak Coffee.

This fake Crocs slippers have been with me for 5 years . Been to Thailand and New Zealand with me too . Best slippers to travel with .

Temple visiting after lunch . First stop – Tirta Empul !

This is the only temple that lends us a really nice sarong . And this cloth belt that comes with it . We donated a few bucks to them .

Bathe in this water and you shall be purified !!!! And clean .

Dinner time wasn’t very interesting .. We went to Dirty Duck Diner (Bebek Bengil) . Not very satisfying ..