Archive for January, 2011

Checked into Patong Resort  (website :  http://patongresorthotel.com/) . the first thing I did after entering my room was to devour the complimentary fruits , eh..it was after lunch time and I hadn’t had lunch mahhh… I then start to search for the TV. I  saw a large wooden TV  cabinet . I open the cabinet doors and EKKKKKKkkk where is the TV ? No TV ? huh ? this couldn’t be happening – what kind of hotel is this ? so laubeh one mehhhh Then ..errr…I found the TV

I wonder why are they still keeping the cabinet in the room and at such a prominent location too..

*****

Patong is a really happening place, wow ! more about that later !

 We took a walk down the street, stopping at eateries to look at the menu and the seafood on display. Mr Leader seemed to be not too keen with the simple common eating  area concept , well, as for us, the person who pays get the say. Finally after walking for about 15 minutes, Mr Leader seemed to have found a restaurant that met his criteria.

Tiger Inn has an interesting setting, it was like stepping into Wonderland, the setting had a jungle theme complete with tree trunks that came with human faces, elephants etc, well, this must be working as the place was brimming with diners.Before we even had time to open the menu,  someone had already called for Singha ( beer)What we ate that night :

Beef salad – this was good, the beef slices were  tender and tasty.i didn’t get a second helping. Gosh..these people must be hungry

Grilled squid – the aroma of  the squid cooked over grill was not present and  this was a bit chewy as well,  this was just ok lahTiger Inn salad- Special salad with mussels (250 Baht)  they got to the mussels before I did, so, I just got a taste of the salad san mussels, salad was good and I was rather busy looking out for the chili padi  in the dishFish with salad – the steamed fish was fresh and meaty but overall  I find the taste a bit bland Stir fried Chicken with cashew nuts (170 B) – the other version is with prawns. This was not bad, we had to fight over the cashew nuts though Tom Yam Khung- as this came in individual bowls, I opted out as 1) my tolerance to spiciness is a disgrace 2) I limit my intake of prawns. My colleague let me have a sip of her soup after assuring me that it wasn’t very spicy. This tasted good, not too sour, not too spicy – a rather toned down tom yam – a tourist friendly tom yam. Oh and there were a lot of ‘khung’ ( prawns) in the soup too.Grilled duck breast with coconut curry (200B) – when the dish arrived we didn’t know what it was, some even thought it was pork after tasting it. The duck meat was soft and didn’t have that ducky-ish taste. I hadn’t ate duck cooked this way before , This was nice

Green curry with chicken – (180B) . Green curry has such a unique taste, don’t cha think ? The gravy was  very  rich . Nice.I had to visit the ladies and saw this sign  Overall, a good meal, nice environment. We were happy with the food but not  too happy with  the live band, it started off really slow ( read : sleepy ) and got even slower when the singers took a break and we were left with the saxophonist belting even more sleep induced melodies. Luckily the tempo picked up after this and  we got out of our stupor..

 

Tiger Inn main business seemed to be accommodation rather than food , please visit their website www.tigerinnpatong.com

 Location :

Tiger Inn, 140 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket, 83150, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 959, +66 (0) 76 340 877 Fax: +66(0) 76 340 045

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I was given the assignment to decide on a makan place. Aiya….first I had to decide on the type of meal, umm.. maybe will go for western food, and as for location –I think I have exhausted the eateries around Kuchai Lama and it’s time to look for a change in venue, Sri Petaling seemed a good place to start ! That was how we ended up at Uncle R original Charcoal BBQ…

We studied the menu, the prices seemed reasonable   – grilled BBQ chicken for RM9.90, charcoal grilled BBQ lamb RM15.90 ( regular) &RM24.90 ( L), grilled salmon / cod RM20.90, mixed grilled chicken + lamb +beef  RM18.90 ( R) & RM25.90 (L), chicken combo ( with fried rice and fried egg) RM12.90 and the lamb combo RM15.90.

 We were a bit undecided on what to have for our dinner until we saw the promotional item : Christmas set lunch /dinner ( yes, I am so behind in my postings) @RM26nett. Did some quick math , the regular sized mixed grilled was priced at RM18.90 and fresh fruit juices at RM3.90, that’s already RM23, and got soup worrrr, ice cream worrr..aiyaaa…sure can finish one lah, why worry, we eat slowly slowly lorrr..Business was good that night, we saw a group of about 15 pax , and some smaller groups of fours and twos. The charcoal grilled pit was in front of the shop, we saw slabs of meat grilling over the fire and Uncle R ( Ronnie) himself was manning the grill. For drinks we had kedondong..hmm…nice. Apart from fruit juices , cincau, soya bean , beers and guiness are also availableThe garlic bread – this arrived at our table not warmed, so it was kinda hard and stale-ish. Mushroom soup – normal lah ..

The mixed grilled- the grilled beef was good, the meat was tender . I worry when I order lamb for sometimes this can be a bit ‘sou’ which is a put –off for me, luckily ,  this particular one didn’t have that undesireable taste , the soft ribs were cooked just right, not over dried but still retaining  the succulent texture and the surprise was the chicken, well marinated  and blended in well with the black pepper-ish sauce.Our dessert – Ice cream with wafer, checked the menu – this cost RM3.90

When the crowd thinned ,  Uncle R came to our table for a chat and apologized  for our wait for our meal and explained that due to the charcoal grill, the meal couldn’t be hurried. He also showed us the photos of classmate gatherings as well as the patrons of the shop which were on display at a corner of the shop.

Overall , a pretty ok meal.

 

Location : 49, Jalan Radin Anum Satu, Sri Petaling, 57000 KL,

Tel : 90563114

Uncle R is closed on Tuesday

Thaipusam 2011 @ Batu Caves

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Sights
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The best time to bring guests to Batu Caves (and wow them) ? Thaipusam !

 KTM Komuter had extended the line to directly service Batu Caves since July ( or was it June) 2010. So, it was rather convenient, I remember the year before we had to disembarked  at Sentul and then board another KTM train ( the normal slow train) to get to Batu Caves . And the best thing was – during Thaipusam, KTM offered special discounts for the train tickets, our ticket from KL Sentral to Batu Caves only cost RM1 !

Once we got off at Batu Caves station, the first thing that hit us was – The PM’s voice over the PA. We thought it was a recorded speech until we saw the PM in person at the dais. 

As expected- there was a big and colourful crowdPeople everywhere

 Devotees fulfilling their vows

Kavadi of various shapes and sizes

No age limit

Awesome feats

 Supporters and family members giving the kavadi bearer a much needed foot massage

This was the third time i witnessed Thaipusam at Batu Caves and it managed to amaze me each and everytime…for older postings on Thaipusam, please click here and here