Archive for January, 2008

This year we had our company Chinese New Year staff gathering meal at Hotel Equatorial Penang. The buffet lunch venue was at the Coffee Garden which overlooks the swimming pool and waterfall.

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Chinese New Year Decorations around Penang

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events, Sights

Although Chinese New Year falls on the 7th of February 2008, decorations for this special occasion is seen in most parts of the town. This sign board is most appropriate since 2008 is the Year of the Rat.

Decorations of beautiful lanterns and lion dance competition at Gurney Plaza.

Bird’s eye view of Hotel Equatorial lobby.
Gigantic lantern at the main concourse of Queensbay Mall.

This dragon stands up in the entrance of an apartment and a pagoda tower beautifully lited up.
Ushering in the Chinese New Year is a stream of red… lanterns, lion dance, banners and red rats.
Unfortunately, my finances too -.-
But still, Happy CNY!

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This year we celebrated dad’s birthday at the Spice Market Cafe in Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. Located in Batu Feringgi, Penang, the resort went through a major renovation lately.

This cafe with indoor and outdoor sitting is located in the Garden Wing (we choose to sit indoor cos its cooler). At the entrance of the cafe, you will find a displayed of many different types of spices and utensils.


There are many stations serving a mix variety of food – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Western and Japanese. At the cold station is a variety of seafood – baby lobster, prawns, mussels, yabbies and flower crabs.

The Japanese station offers variety of sushi,  freshly cut sashimi – salmon, tuna, tako and unagi.

Here are the various types of food from the ‘hot’ stations.


The last stop is the desserts and sweets corner. Choices are endless, with mouthwatering cakes, ice-cream, fresh fruits and delicious pancakes.



With efficient service and the quality of food, this is one of the better hotel buffet around town. At RM87.00++ per person (during weekdays), it is worth the money. Diners paying by certain credit card are also entitled to a discount.

It is an enjoyable evening and we definitely would be returning to Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa again to try out the various dining outlets.

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Yamaha Launch FZ150i at Genting Highland

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Events, Hotels, Motorcycle, Sights

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. recently launched their new motorcycle, the FZ150i under the theme “Innovation and Power”. Under “innovation” comes the first fuel injection engine for locally assemble motorcycle and as for “power” comes 150cc. The bike comes with delta box frame and is liquid cool. With all these features we thought it will cost a “bomb” but they tag it less then RM8,000. Killer for those bike enthusiastic who cannot dig too deep into their pockets. This model comes in three colours – red, black and green, all metallic and all the colours were vibrant and catchy. More information can be found at their official web site This model was definitely well receive by the audience and everybody give a standing ovation at the end of the launch.

As for this colour……….. well, is their “concept bike” and cannot be found on the road!!!. Luckily, hubby took the opportunity to take a snap shot with it before they ship it to their warehouse.

After the launching we were treated to their annual dinner. Food and drinks were plenty. We were even treated to an early “yee-sang” dish. The “God of Prosperity” took time out to hand each of us a mandarin orange and an any-pow – guess the aim was to give us early prosperity.

The launch was held at Genting Highland Convention Centre. As it was near Chinese New Year, the hotel and the theme park was decorated with Chinese lanterns.

Happy Chinese New Year everybody!

What is “Kampar Fish Jelly”? Well everyone will presume something sweet. Actually it is Yong Tau Foo, which is mostly found in Kampar, Ipoh and KL. There are a few shops selling Yong Tau Foo in Penang and we usually visit this shop located in Sungai Nibong town (near Queensbay Mall). The clean and brightly lited shop is airy though it is located in middle of a row of shops.

Yong Tau Foo is basically fish paste stuffed into varieties of vegetables and tofu. The fish paste is very fresh and springy.

Fried ingredients are served separately and the rest of the ingredients comes in a bowl of clear and tasty soup. All goes well with choices of white rice, yam rice and even Hakka noodle with minced pork.

Another side dish – Beggar Chicken.

It was an enjoyable Yong Tau Foo lunch with glasses of  barley drink (foo chook yee mai).

Kampar Fish Jelly
Jalan Jerjak

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Rainforest Bakery

   Posted by: CK Lam    in Bakery, Dessert, George Town, Penang


The first meal to start the day is having breakfast and what’s more with bread products. We find it nutritious and it goes well with various spreads, both sweet and savory or with meats, cheeses, and vegetables.


Recently we found out about Rainforest Bakery, located along Chulia Street in George Town, Penang.



All the bakery products are preservative free. The proprietor, Mr Tan Boo Geok and his wife is very friendly and goes to great length to share with the customers the different types of healthy and organic bread. The bakers are their twin sons, Jerry and Jesse.


There are  abundant choices of bread made from rye and seeded products too. Do check out the many choices – Ciabatta (RM6.30), English Bloomer (RM4.20), Poppy Seed Bloomer (RM5.20), English Muffin (RM4.50), Volkron Brot (RM8.80), French Baguette (RM3.90), Cinnamon Roll (RM1.70), English Scone (RM5) and Foccacia (RM3.70).


Nowadays we have been patronising this bakery whenever we need to replenish our supply of bread.

Click here for the Map Location (updated 29/5/09). Business Hour:  Monday to Saturday from 9am till 8pm. Tel: 04 2614641

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