TourDirections Penang is going to launch their hawker food page starting from Char Kuey Teow, so they listed out a few famous char kuey teow stalls in Penang for reference. As you know ( You MUST know!!) that Penang Char Kuey Teow is the no.1 ranking of "must try Penang Food" among the others, such as Hokkien Mee, laksa, wan tan mee, nasi kandar etc. There are so many stalls of Char Kuey Teow, which one is the recommended one? 

As a local, we don really have much preference, becoz for us, Penang Char Kuey Teow is a label for Penang so actually we can have a delicious one every where in any corner of Penang. Honestly, if the char kuey teow is ODD or not tasty, it wont survive in such a big competition in Penang. Anyway, there is a list from TourDirections Penang to ease the tourist for food hunt when in Penang. 

  • Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow
  • Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow (Jalan Dato Keramat)
  • Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow (Jalan Chor Sin Kheng)
  • Wa Hong Cafe Char Kuey Teow (Kampung Jawa)
  • Siam Road Char Kuey Teow
  • Bukit Mertajam Duck Egg Char Kuey Teow
  • Kimberley Street Char Kuey Teow
  • Jalan Johor Hawker Centre Char Kuey Teow
  • Padang Brown Char Kuey Teow
  • Sin Wah Char Kuey Teow (Pulau Tikus Market)
  • Kheng Pin Café Char Kuey Teow (Penang Road)
  • Ali Char Kuey Teow Basah (Bukit Mertajam)
So during my last holiday, I tried my first " char kuey teow" food hunt session. LOL its sounds so funny for a food hunt of char kuey teow as a penang lang for 22 years haha. The first station: Siam Road Char Kuey Teow as recommended by most of the people. Siam Road CKT ( Char Kuey Teow) is using charcoal instead of gas to cook for the char kuey teow, which makes it so famous becoz it locks all the traditional taste of char kuey teow in a small plate. 

Siam Road CKT is actually a roadside stall. So everyone will wait for the food at the coffee shop at the Siam Road while waiting for 3pm. Oh yeah, Siam Road CKT started at 3pm onwards until sold out, so don come too early yo hehe. it was only 2.45pm, and it was full house adi in the coffee shop @..@ 

while waiting for the CKT, we ordered a bowl of  dou fu hua , beancurd jelly which costs us RM2.50, it is nice to have something refreshing in this bloody hot day haha. 

The dou fu hua was very smooth and the black sugar was not too sweet for us. But I prefer the " lao ban dou fu hua " that I had in Singapore before. 

The outlook of the coffee shop. Plz noted that the parking lots are so limited. We had a hard time to search for a parking space =..=  it located between the intersection of Jalan Anson and Siam Road. 

Dang Dang Dang, the famous uncle arrived at his usual spot for his business sharp at 3pm. He was so nice when I asked his permission to take photo haha. And before he arrived, there was a long queue adi. So please be patient for a plate of CKT, if you were late, you might need to wait for up to 30 minutes for the char kuey teow. worth it? depends on own preference. 

Char Kuey Teow cooked by charcoal as the main fire source. Saliva are drooling again~ Ingredients of the char kuey teow? kuey teow, tauge, shrimp, Chinese sausage la chang ( pork). Eggs are on self preference. I ordered 1 plate with eggs and 1 without eggs. 

The landmark of the Siam Road Char Kuey Teow. Uncle you are so famous for that lo haha.
Cooking char kuey teow is not easy at all, uncle did not stop his hand at all from the moment he started the business. salute !

The price for the char kuey teow~ all in RM
translation: big portion RM5.50, with eggs RM4.50 ( small) , small portion without eggs RM3.70
for girls, a small portion is enough. If you wish to have a truly original char kuey teow, small portion without eggs is a better choice. 

Deng Deng Deng, the delicious Char Kuey Teow came to me after 20 minutes of waiting ( such a horrible queue). But for me it was worth becoz it is one of the most famous Char Kuey Teow stalls in Penang. the smell of the CKT was not so impressive, but it really made our taste buds felt "alive" when we put it into our mouth. The portion is just nice for a person. 

what is so special about this char kuey teow? something that you should not miss in Penang.
 Penang is the best spot to fill your tummy with all kinds of delicious food at a cheap price. This is why ppl entitled Penang as " the heaven of food". 
*Better than Serdang, Im starving here T..T  haha. cant wait to go back Penang again. 
Goodbye ^^

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Siam Road Penang Char Kuey Teow
Location:  Siam Road in Penang island
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 19.219
Business hour: Tuesday to Sunday, from 3pm onwards until finish

So here is it, Im back again~ wish to write a short post about my current posting, which is an interesting one>> Geriatric posting. In layman term, elderly health. Before I start, I wish to share a video here which my Doctor shared to us yesterday in the lecture. Very meaningful lesson to everyone from this 3 minutes video

People said minor posting is actually a honeymoon phase during clinical years. Well personally I don feel "honeymoon" at all, as I had to wake up at 5.30am for 3 consecutive days to attend ward round in HKL until 7pm in the evening, totally exhausted. Luckily I finished my session in HKL and going to have my session in Hospital Serdang for next week. The nightmare ends? nope, there is another ahead during family medicine, which means I had to wake up at 5.30am again and repeat the same cycles in various health clinics.

Back to topic, is Geriatric fun? yes it is ( besides the torturing schedule). We spent time together with the elderly ( 65 years old and above), clerking them, monitoring their ability to handle daily activities and etc. Clerking an elderly is totally different from a young adult ( maybe worse for paed but I haven gone thru yet). Some of the elderly are having delirium ( confusion) or worse, dementia, which they could not obey to command and give irrelevant answer to questions. Hence, lots of patience is required to take care of them.

From geriatric, we can see how our community treat the elderly. FYI, the elderly proportion in Malaysia population is increasing drastically, which is 7.5% of total population in 2010. Some of the elderly have good care from the family, but most of them were neglected and isolated from the society. In the hospital, we can see how stress a family member as a caregiver to a sick elderly becoz they had to accept all the behaviours of him/her, and it is really heartbreaking to witness the love one to suffer especially from physical disability and cognitive impairment. I saw a lady once broke down into tears when she talked to us, as her mom had dementia and failed to recognise her.

Those people who still can receive care and attention from family members are the blissful one. In the video above, although the old man was living together with his daughter, but he received stigma from his daughter-in-law and isolated from the dinner because he had incontinence and created "troubles" to the couple. This is still consider as the better one, I had seen some cases which is worse than this, the family just abandoned the old man/woman in the hospital, and he/she had to be sent to nursing home after discharge as no one wish to take care of them.

Think about it people, this is a normal ageing process, everyone will get old someday, so why you treat ur parents like tis? The grandma I met in the hospital ( not my biological grandma, she passed away ages ago) had many children but non of them visited her during her admission. As a result, we, the "trouble maker" in the ward ( describe by some nurses LOL) were her best companion during the day. Not only her, but several of them in the wards. They grow old, they had problem in handling their daily life due to osteoarthritis, vision problem, tremor and fall easily. Falling is a big issues in geriatric, it is not easy to handle a hip fracture in elderly. Infection, immobility, bed sore, depression, is a cascade following the complication.

Look, life is actually a recycling process. when we are young and small, we cry to get attention so our parents can take care of our need. We cant control our bowel and urination, that is y we need pampers. Then we grow and start to learn how to walk, with multiple falls. Still, we need someone to feed us for food. Then our parents teach us how to dress ourselves slowly. Then we learn to recognise words and speak. Then we go to school, makes frens, know how to socialise, make up ourselves in our best look, earn money, get married with the love one. We had all of this from our parents.

When we are strong enough to be independent, our parents are ageing and start to depend on us. They start to have confusion, forgetful. Then slowly suffer from several disease, they don look good anymore. Then start to have clumsy and unsteady walk, and fall. Please aware that one fall to elderly maybe FATAL enough. When they had pain, they refused to walk. Then they start to have isolation from the community, depression, and all this lead to delirium or worse, dementia. When either of this come, they start to behave like a child. they cant feed themselves, cant button their clothes, cant bath themselves. Slowly, they cant have normal speech intonation, they cant control their bowel and urination, which we call as incontinence. They cant express their feeling in a correct way, they start to feel frustrated with all the bad temper. In the late stage, they can only cry and shout to get our attention, and bedridden.

Some of the people gives up in the process to take care of the elderly due to severe stress, and some of the care giver commit suicide. Well I cant guarantee that I wont do the same, but I will make sure my parents get my attention all the time and always in a healthy condition. At least, I wont dump my parents just like that. * In fact I think my parents will dump me when they retired =..=.  if you think your parents are annoying, who is the one annoying the parents when he/she are small? who is the one crying all the time in the night? No one but us. All of us go through the same process, did our parents complain about that? yes they do. But do they give up on us? Nope they never. and this is the reason y we can enjoy our life here now. They feed up and raise us up with patience and love.

 I believe that all of us like to ask our parents nonsense questions repeatedly when we were small, and the favorite question will be "Mom/Dad, how do I come to this world". Don laugh, I know you got the similar favorite answer like me: " I pick u up from the rubbish site". When they old, they start to be forgetful. yeah this is so irritating, me too at the same time. this is actually a normal process, our brain start to retire when we stop using it. For dementia patients, they can only remember things decades ago, and forget the recent event. Some of them, which I met one today, forget that the lady who sat in front of her is her own daughter. So please give more patience when they start to ask " who are you" repeatedly. this is really something heartbreaking.

From geriatric, we can know the importance of family relationship. A strong faith among the family members to take care of the elderly gives a big support to the recovery of the illness of the old people. Instead of one caregiver, everyone in the family should take turn to take care of the old one, so everyone can get enough rest and improve the relationship together. Communication with the doctors is very important to have a good plan for the old one in terms of healthy recovery. Treat your old one in the family sincerely.

 Luckily my grandpa still very healthy now and independent. I wont say he is physically fit becoz he was so reluctant to move around due to knee pain. Lazy grandpa!! XDD

Lastly, thanks to Dr Rizar, Dr Yau, Dr Alan and Prof Nathan for the teaching and guidance during this posting. Especially to Dr Alan as my group supervisor in this posting. We learn about nutrition, Barthel scoring, elderly care and a lot more during the posting. This is just a 3 weeks posting, but we learnt a lot of moral values than knowledge during this period of time. Geriatric is an interesting posting anyway and I really enjoy it. Next rotation~ Family Medicine.
What is the best way to visit Putrajaya in a short time by taking public transport? Forget about taxi, lets take the RM1 city bus tour in Putrajaya!

I knew this activities since a long time ago but I just have no time for it before, so today since Im free in the morning, I decided to get a solo trip to Putrajaya by taking the RM1 Bus City Tour at Putrajaya. For me it is very convenient and it is the best thing to visit Putrajaya becoz they had an excellent and awesome tour guide in the bus~ Pak Cik Halim, a retired yet energetic old man. I had a very good moment with the tour, and know some new frens from Australia ( my all time dreamland!!) and Taiwan. 

How to get the bus trip? It is a 2 hour bus trip, there is 2 session, morning 11am and the evening 3pm at Putrajaya Sentral. If you are from KL, just take KLIA Transit to reach to Putrajaya and head to the information counter for registration. And yes, it costs only RM1 per person for 2 hours guided tour.Please take note that this bus trip is only available on Saturday and Sunday only. 

Sharp at 11am, we hopped on the bus and start our city tour~ We passed by the Seri Wawasan Bridge, which we should have the opportunity to go down and take picture, but since it was raining we cant do it ><

The building for Ministry of Finance Malaysia. A different feeling in a rainy day

Here we reached our first station of the day: Putra Mosque ( more famous to be known as Pink Mosque) in Persint 1. There is 2 big mosques in Putrajaya.

The pink pink Putra Mosque. Free entrance from 9am to 5pm daily. What is so special about a pink mosque? well 80% of it is on the water than the land. Some sort of floating mosque? hehe
A kind reminder:  Please respect the Muslim practice during the visit to the mosque, and keep in silence as it is a place for prayer. 

For girls, we need to get a robe before we entered the mosque, rent it for free at the counter. Polite attire is encourage during the visit ( means not short pants and sleeveless top)

The lamp inside the hall of the mosque~ found myself irresistible to beautiful lamp decoration 

Dome of the mosque~ the unique feature for an Islamic building. Found that Islamic design is actually quite beautiful here. 

The interior view of the hall of the mosque~ this is the first time I entered the hall of a mosque, although I stay in Malaysia for ages =..=. Tall, spacious, impressive~ My beautiful impression to this mosque.  

Took a pic with the dome of the mosque. My first time to wear a robe~ we need to cover our hair to toes during the visit of the mosque, as a respect. 

The gate of the mosque. It is free of charge for visit, but do take note that non-Muslims may not enter the mosque building itself when they are doing prayer. 

Next station: Perdana Putra. The landmark for Putrajaya~ the gargantuan complex of Prime Minister office. not sure is it still available for entrance or not. 

Perdana Putra~ 
Here I really impressed with the far-sight of Tun Dr Mahatir who plan this intelligent garden city~ 

Putra Mosque from the Dataran Putra. 

Here I am again~ actually I had no idea how many times I have been to here~ since im the only local in the bus besides Pak Cik Halim and the driver, I shall act like Im a visitor too haha

Next station: Seri Putra~ the official residence of Prime Minister of Malaysia. Not open to public recently.
Mr.Obama just had his lunch last month here according to Pak Cik Halim haha.
outlook of Seri Perdana~ 

The garden in front of the Seri Perdana~
 If you are observant enough, you will notice that the lampposts are different for each different street~ that makes Putrajaya a bit unique than others ^^

Our transport of the day~ just find " SEWA KHAS" on the digital board of the bus will do. 
well they will do a headcount everytime before departure, so we no need to worry to be left out during the trip. The bus is air-conditioned and comfortable. 

we also went to Istana Melawati but too bad we din get down to take photos~ it is a beautiful golden palace haha. Our king ( Yang di-Pertuan Agong)  did not live there, He lives in the palace in KL near Duta. If you have interest, maybe you can read some about our royal family in Malaysia coz it is different from other countries ^^ 

Then we had a short break when the bus drove into the main street, city centre of Putrajaya. 

selfie on the street~ should have better photo quality if it was a sunny day~ Putrajaya looks the best in hot sunny day with the awesome blue sky and white clouds~ 

have a hot or cold drinks over the 1 Malaysia mini mart~ some of the foreigners were curious with the "1", is it means that we want to be no.1? nope, it means that Malaysians should be united as one so we can make our beloved Malaysia a better one. 

After a short break, we went to the final destination of the day~ Putrajaya International Convention Centre ( PICC), dominantly located at the end of Putrajaya main street. from PICC we can have the best view of Putrajaya City at the highest point. Internet describe PICC looks like an UFO, but for local we think that it looks like a tortoise than an UFO, haha XDD

The breathtaking view from the top of PICC~ notice the Perdana Putra with the green dome? ya PICC and Perdana Putra is in a line with the Putrajaya main street. Maybe it is some sort of Feng Shui believe but I have no idea about it. 

A closer look of the Seri Gemilang Bridge~ The most beautiful bridge in the day time in Putrajaya. ( night time the no.1 is Seri Wawasan Bridge for the light show sorry Seri Gemilang). 
Although I love hot sunny day for a better photo quality, but the windy day give a comfortable feeling to everyone during the trip. 
And we were so lucky enough to have a free watch for aircraft performance when we were in PICC. Don have the photos coz my camera failed to catch the beautiful moment. I think there is a happening in Putrajaya that time. 

the overall look of Seri Gemilang Bridge during my last visit to Putrajaya. so now you agree that big hot sunny day is the best time to have photo shooting in Putrajaya right? haha

The PICC. I don get the chance to PICC during the last visit months ago as they were having convention that time. So do check with the schedule ya.

Finally, after 2 and a half hour bus trip, we get back to the origin Putrajaya Sentral. selfie with Pak Cik Abdul Halim who is a excellent tour guide to this trip ^^ Thank you so much Pak Cik haha. 
For any inquires can contact Captain Abdul Halim Hamzah at 03-8733 7344 or 017-880 3395, or visit the webpage of Perbadanan Putrajaya / Tourism Malaysia. 
* please note that the bus tour is mainly in English, chinese translation service is not provided

Putrajaya, I will visit you again, becoz Im not satisfied with the photos without my beloved blue sky and white clouds haha. Besides bus tour, there is also bike tour available in the parks in Putrajaya, such as Taman Wetland and Taman Botanic. Highly recommend to have a night bike tour at the night becoz Putrajaya wont disappoint you ^^ 

May take a cruise at Tasik Putrajaya too with RM30/person.  Putrajaya lake is an artificial lake. for me this city is young and beautiful, but at the same time as it lost the natural beauty of a city that it should have. well everything have both sides, don care so much and just have fun ^^ 
最近的甜品店还真的有如雨后春笋般地冒了出来呀~ 尤其是我的母校北海钟灵中学那一区,选择多到有时候我们真的不知道吃什么好。不过你问我是一个好现象吗? 如果不是那么靠近钟灵,也许是个好现象。现在中学生的生活,只能用奢侈来形容了。 

回归正体,上个假期回来的时候,刚好遇上了好朋友雯和zerga。然后呢?就来个惯例的“饮茶”。但这就是一个最大的问题了,因为我们都是晚上9点过后才得空,但又因为刚吃过晚餐不想去冬炎面那里。chatime 我们已经怕了,LP MTB 喝咖啡又怕晚上不能睡,想吃甜点但我这个人有点奇怪晚上很容易牙痛。结果就是一帮难搞得家伙。最后呢雯就提议去吃豆花。想想下,挺不错的,就OK 啦

哪里有得吃豆花? 北海钟灵中学对面的商业区 OLD Town 旁边就有一间新式豆花店叫做 soft soya, 之前都没有吃过。现在的豆花再也不是白白的豆花了,有很多配料了。
那天晚上忘了拍大门招牌,不过就在 old town旁边而已,这就是最好的地标了嘻嘻

Soft Soya 的菜单,有最简单的豆花,也有加了仙草,芒果之类新式豆花,而且价钱也算公道。还有一些饮料~


soft soya 的内部设计,有空间感,不会让人觉得拥挤。而且墙壁上的作品我也很喜欢,特别是那个四季画~

椅子和沙发区~ 整间soft soya 是以白色为主题,所以让人感觉很整洁有时尚感,可以舒舒服服地好好聚一聚的地方。有分为冷气区和非冷气区。

咸酥鸡~ 2人份,大约RM5

Deng Deng Deng 
豆花吃起来蛮滑嫩的,不过因为配料太过丰富的原因反而吃不出豆花原本的味道。其他的配料也是中等级,还蛮喜欢吃的~ 最重要的是整碗吃起来并不会太甜腻,适合这个喜欢吃甜品但又饱受牙痛之苦的我~

冷豆花+仙草+芦荟+芒果+龙眼 要价大约 RM7/8
不好意思,忘了真正的价钱,收据不见了 T..T

要价大约 RM5

就这样,我们在Soft Soya有一个愉快的小聚会~

Softsoya Cafe
10am-10pm ( 不过那天我们呆到半夜12点还是很多顾客)
12, Lorong Teras Jaya 8, Kawasan Perniagaan Teras Jaya, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
( beside Old Town opposite to Chung Ling Butterworth)
012-466 6112
在新加坡这个寸土如金的地方,想要拥有一个舒适干净又便宜的旅舍其实不是一件难事。新加坡拥有很多 backpacker 背包旅馆,大部分都集中在牛车水一带。价钱位于 RM40 至 RM100 之间。在我们寻找住宿的地方时,无意中看到了 AGODA 中正在做促销的 Mercury Backpacker Hostel, 一间四人房平均下来才RM55 一个人。大略看过大家的评价后,便定下了我们在新加坡第一晚的住宿. 

Mercury Backpacker Hostel 坐落于 Lavender 地铁站附近,大约3-5分钟的步行距离而已,还算方便,只是位置有点偏僻,但也算幽静。好在新加坡是一个安全的国家,我们在新加坡3天里也没什么大麻烦。
大约下午2点多,我们就check in了。Mercury Backpacker Hostel 的旁边是Fragrance Hotel. 
大厅~ 墙壁上五彩缤纷的小纸张都是顾客们的留言~ 好多哦

抬头看见了很特别的灯饰~ 怎么形容这件旅馆呢? 就麻雀虽小,五脏俱全吧~ 最喜欢这里的颜色搭配

早餐区~ 这里早上7点至10点会给顾客们提供早餐,选择比较少,就烘面包,咖啡,奶茶之类的。这里只是拿食物的地方哟~ 用餐的地方在底楼的小客厅里。早餐区也提供免费的热水和普通饮水。电视机里显示的是旅馆里 CCTV 的状况,所以很安全。
钥匙的deposit $30, 和一个上锁的橱柜。虽然只是一个小小的旅馆,但保安措施也不差,都是由精明环表出入的。绑在手上就不怕弄不见啦~ 

下面没有标签的,都是AGODA 网站上拿下来的照片。因为空间太小了,没办法拍照。

三人房的照片~ 在底楼那里

Mercury Backpacker Hostel 的外观~ 

旅馆外大街的街景~ Lavender street. 

就是他!! jacuzzi!!!
这么小的一间旅馆拥有那么棒的设施啊!!而且坐落在顶楼的天台上,晚上在这里聊天泡澡看星星一定是最美不过了。感觉上很想象? 是啦我们没有福气享受,太早出门太晚回来了。 按摩池的使用时间是早上 10点至晚上 10点,顾客是免费使用的,至于有没有服装限制我就不懂啦~ 


共用的浴室~ 新加坡的浴室就是干净。记得自备洗刷用具。水力不错强~ 有热水供应的

服务方面还算满意,就只是当中有一些小小的插曲产生了一些小小的误会。Mercury Backpacker Hostel 有提供免费的行李寄存服务给顾客,我们就寄放了2天。check in check out 的过程还蛮顺利的。

Mercury Backpacker Hostel
57, Lavender Street Singapore 338714
+65 6396 0500

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