2019 Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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ABOUT PEKANBARU

Timezone : UTC+07:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

It was a year delay that I thought of taking both my parents for a short trip, so decided to go Pekanbaru because of the short flight time (1 hour from KL) and the many choices of delicious food, especially nasi padang. Took Air Asia flight from KLIA2 to Sultan Syarif Kassim II International Airport, Pekanbaru. Bought the ticket during promo period so manage to secure a return ticket which cost less than RM1000 for 5 (4 adults, 1 children + luggage + insurance + seat selection). From the airport to the hotel (airport is already within the city), you can take a taxi which cost around 50,000 Rupiah and the ride will take you roughly around 30 minutes. When leaving the airport to leave Pekanbaru, please note that if you want to eat or buy some souvenirs, please do so before going into the international boarding area as there’s only 1 small stall inside and the area is very small (only to accommodate passengers of 1 plane).

ACCOMMODATION

Booked 2 rooms at Fox Harris Pekanbaru via Agoda. The hotel is quite new and located opposite Novotel Hotel Pekanbaru and Ciputra Mall. There’s a mini mart nearby (love going to mini mart and buy local products!) and a lot of restaurant as well mostly selling nasi padang (Halal). The hotel is suppose to link to Sadira Plaza, which was being renovated when we were there. The room is modern, clean and comfortable with free wi-fi.

Image source: agoda.com

GETTING AROUND

Getting around Pekanbaru is convenient. Basically we just use Grab to go places and the fee is very affordable. We even ask the same Grab driver to drive us to few places without needing to call another Grab driver. He is happy to wait for us and drive us to our next destination.

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Trans Studio Mini – The one in Pekanbaru is not as big as the one in Bandung, hence the word ‘Mini’. We went there by Grab and seems that the Grab driver is not aware of the existence of this place. To go here, you can tell the driver (Grab or taxi) to go to Transmart, as Trans Studio Mini is located on the 3rd floor of Transmart. We, not only my son but even the adults had a great time (since my husband and I manage to ride the rollercoaster as my parents help to look after my son for a while) 🙂
  • An-Nur Great Mosque
  • Soeman H.S. Library
  • Taman Wisata Alam Mayang
  • Anjungan Seni Idrus Tintin
  • Waterpark Boombara
  • Riau Fantasy, Labersa Waterpark
  • Museum Sang Nila Utama
  • Kebun Binatang Kasang Kulim

SHOPPING

  • Pasar Bawah – a famous place in Pekanbaru to buy t-shirt, souvenirs, telekung, dried food etc.
  • Ramayana – a place to consider to buy souvenir
  • Kembang Sari – famous for its cake and brownies. Love the pisang molen. There’s few branches available within Pekanbaru.
  • Vizcake Outlet – famous for its cake and brownies. Love the pineapple roll. You may refer to the official website for the list of branches. We stop by 1 of its branches on the way to the airport.
  • Ciputra Mall – located next to Novotel and opposite Fox Harris Hotel. Have cinema, hypermart, Matahari department store, indoor games for the children, es teler 77 (love the es nangka), etc. Bought few HotWheels storage box at the hypermart (really worth it. Cheap and I still can’t find it in Malaysia)
  • SKA Mall – the biggest mall in Pekanbaru
  • Living World – a new mall located close to Ska mall

FOOD

  • Es Teler 77 – A place that I will always look for whenever in Pekanbaru. I simply love the es nangka! Recommend to try Mie Ayam Pedas
  • Rumah Makan Raso Situjuah – Discovered this place from Tripadvisor, and we decided to give it a try. Love the food at the price is very affordable. Was charge around 215,000 rupiah for 4 adults!
  • Sate Bundo Kanduang – You should try sate padang as it is a bit different from the one in Malaysia. The gravy is spicy, quite similar to sate bulayak’s gravy which I had earlier in Lombok. If you can’t take spicy food, you can opt for kuah kacang.
  • Pondok Gurih – one of the most famous place to eat in Pekanbaru. We didnt manage to visit this place as we were still quite full from lunch
  • Pondok Patin HM Yunus – one of the most famous place to eat in Pekanbaru. We didnt manage to visit this place as we were still quite full from lunch
  • Restoran Garuda
  • Rumah Makan Kayu Manis
  • Rumah Makan Pak Abbas
  • Nasi Padang Pak Nurdin
  • Rumah Makan Melayu
  • Pondok Asam Pedas Baung
  • Rumah Makan Sederhana
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Melaka .. again & again! – 2017 & 2018

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Why Melaka again? Because Melaka is only 3 hours drive with places to visit and food to eat (one main reason I went there was to eat chicken rice ball at Ee Ji Ban). So basically in December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018 I was in Melaka!

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

In 2017, wanted to stay at Hatten Hotel but mistakenly book a room at Hatten Place instead! Only realize its not the correct hotel during checkin at Hatte Hotel! However in 2018, booked a correct room at Hatten Hotel.

Hatten Place, Melaka – room booked was small (but there are also suites) however room is clean. Have an infinity pool overlooking the Strait of Malacca. Kids pool was under a roof so they can swim even when the sun is out! The Hotel is also linked to the new mall, Element Mall.

Hatten Hotel, Melaka – Booked a Deluxe Suite, room size is Ok (although not that big for a suite but good enough for me & my family and since all rooms are actually suites). Pool is also good and clean but please make sure to wear swimming attire. We had our breakfast at the Sky Lounge overlooking Malacca city (which is quite famous if you google night time in Melaka). Food is a bit limited and I do believe they need to improve their sambal for nasi lemak. The main reason to stay here is that most shopping complex and tourist attractions are within walking distance and so does Ee Ji Ban (the famous chicken rice place!)

INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

Everytime I went to Melaka, there’s always a new thing to discover!

  • The Shore Oceanarium – An interactive marine life exhibit where your are also given a quiz to solve and can win a prize at the end of your visit! Ticket price: Adult RM33, Children 3 – 12 years old and senior citizen RM23.50. The entrance fee also incluse free magnet (Received 3 magnets since there were 3 of us)
  • Melaka Zoo – Visited Melaka Zoo 2 years in a row since my son loves animals! At first we took the train however it ended really fast and we are not able to really see the animals so we walk another round and the little boy was happy! Ticket price: Adult RM22.50 or RM16.90 (with MyKad), Children 4 – 12 years old RM16.90 or RM6.75 (with MyKad).
  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Shore – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Jonker Street – refer to my previous post HERE
  • River Cruise – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Stadhuys – refer to my previous post HERE
  • A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Maritime Museum of Malacca – refer to my previous post HERE

FOOD

My no one recommendation would be Ee Ji Ban (located on Jalan Melaka Raya 3) which is a famous Halal shop selling chicken rice ball. I would also recommend to order the sambal sotong (squid) and udang (prawn)!

ee ji ban chicken rice ball

More reading on Melaka from my previous post:

2017 Spring Getaway – Perth, Australia

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ABOUT PERTH, AUSTRALIA

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Timezone : UTC+08:00 (same as Malaysia)

Seasons: Summer (December – February), Autumn (March – May), Winter (June – August), Spring (September – November)

Currency: Australia Dollar (AUD)

Visa: Required for everybody who is traveling to Australia, except for Kiwi’s

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GETTING THERE

Went to Perth in September 2017 (Spring) by Malindo Air and bought the tickets during promotion period. Each ticket for adult includes 30kg check-in luggage and meal. For infant it includes 10kg checked-in luggage. Meaning total luggage for me, my husband & son was 70kg! The plane took off from KLIA (and not KLIA2, reminder to those who will be traveling to Perth on Malindo Air) and safely landed at Perth International Airport after 5 hours and 50 minutes. At the airport, make sure to grab ‘Hello Perth’ booklet for discount vouchers and purchase local SIMcard to stay connected!

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From the airport international terminal, you may choose to take a taxi or bus to go to your hotel. At first we were planning to take a taxi but took the bus instead since we were assisted by locals on how to go to the hotel we were staying at using the bus (we save around $40 but we need to walk to the hotel with 2 luggage, a stroller and an infant on a baby carrier – since he refuse to sit on the stroller).

The bus number that we took was 380, fittingly named after the Airbus A380 and it has dedicated luggage racks and runs daily between the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in the Perth city centre and T1 and T2. However, it is a limited stops service with connections to other services available at few points.

For more details of the airport, visit https://www.perthairport.com.au

VISA

Visa is required for everybody who is traveling to Australia, except for Kiwi’s. It is quite easy to apply for it. Just go to https://www.australiavisa.my/ , fill in the form and make the payment. You can choose either to get a regular visa (RM26) or express visa (RM50). I manage to get my visa approved within the same day of submission (regular visa). Make sure to print a copy of the visa even though in your email it will state that you do not need to print it. I was asked to show the printed visa twice, once at KLIA and also at Perth airport during check-in (because they are not able to find my son’s details).

GET CONNECTED

If you would like to stay connected, you can purchase Optus or Vodafone simcard at the airport. The counter is near the arrival hall gate – you will see it once you exit arrival hall. When we were there, my husband and I purchased Optus simcard. We decided to use the simcard for 6 days so we purchased a 7 days package which is worth $15 (there’s also different packages based on number of days you would like to use it). The package includes free call & text to any Australian number, plus 1GB data daily.

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BIOSECURITY AND QUARANTINE

For most Muslims traveling abroad, it is very common that we will bring food from home, just in case it is difficult to find Halal food. When traveling to Australia, you can bring food but you need to make sure that you declare it in the declaration form – else if you get caught, you might get fine.

Here’s a list of foods that we bring to Perth. Before flying, I have printed a list of foods that we are bringing in and put it all in the same luggage. All food that we bring passed the inspection – actually they don’t really inspect much. Only the chicken rendang was being inspected and it got through.

  • Brahim’s nasi lemak
  • Brahim’s fried rice
  • Brahim’s chicken rendang
  • Maggi & mee sedap instant noodle
  • Nescafe 3-in-1
  • Biscuits
  • Knorr’s instant porridge
  • Infant formula

From my own understanding, we can bring in food which are commercially prepared & packaged, shelf stable, no refrigeration required to store the food, and for personal consumption. However, you may visit this link for more details: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/bringing-mailing-goods#check

ACCOMMODATION

If you are planning to stay around Perth CBD (CBD stands for center business district), it is good to find a hotel which is close to the bus stop so that you can go around CBD for free (using CAT bus or any buses if you are traveling within the free transit zone – FTZ). Would also help in getting to places outside of CBD if you are taking public transportation.

For our 6 days 5 nights holiday, we stayed at Season’s of Perth which is located at Pier Street and booked it through Agoda. Before decided to booked the hotel, we read reviews saying that the hotel was old, dirty and smelly, the receptionist was rude, etc but we still booked it since we like the location, the room is big (36 m² – good for an active infant) and it was RM800 cheaper compared to another hotel we were considering as well.

When we reach the hotel, the receptionist was very friendly and polite. Please note that the deposit for this hotel is $100 per night (max $400). However the receptionist only charge us $50 per night.  When we entered our room, we fell in love with it. Clean, big, comfortable room! Lucky we didn’t really focus on those negative comments – or maybe we were just lucky to get the nicer room. 🙂 Halal eateries is also close by (Insan’s Cafe, halal kebab, etc) and same goes to Woolworths – for your groceries shopping. Will definitely stay here again if we have the chance to visit Perth again next time 🙂

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* Image source: https://www.agoda.com

Other hotel which I did consider staying was Pensione Hotel. This hotel is just opposite of Season’s of Perth. However please note that most of the rooms are very small. The biggest room is 26 m² and it is also the most expensive room (Premium King Room – right image). I am OK with small room but since I brought along my almost 2 years old son, I prefer to stay in a bigger room so that he will have space to play and run around. This hotel is also quite new compared to Season’s of Perth. Read good reviews of this hotel as well.

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* Image source: http://www.pensione.com.au/perth

Another hotel that was on my list was Bailey’s Motel. Even though it is a motel instead of a hotel, the rating on Agoda is 8.2=Excellent and the room is big. Fridge, kettle, microwave, stove, cutlery, etc. is also provided. The motel is also close to Yellow and Red CAT bus (Wellington Square). The motel provide free WiFi and free parking, which most hotel doesn’t provide and some might charge for it.

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*Image source: http://www.baileysmotel.com.au/

GETTING AROUND

  • TRANSPERTH – They provide the Perth metropolitan region with bus, train and ferry public transport services. As for the ticketing, there are few options provided, and some can even help you to save more especially if you are a budget traveler. There’s a standard fare, concession fare, DayRider (unlimited all day travel, can be used for bus, train & ferry, however please check on availability of this ticket – day and time), FamilyRider (a cash ticket that gives a group of up to seven people unlimited travel on the day of purchase, provided no more than two of them normally pay full fare. However please check on availability of the ticket – day & time. Wanted to purchase for my trip to Fremantle on Friday, however FamilyRider only available after 3pm on Friday). There’s also free buses provided which is call CATs bus. The normal buses are also free if you are traveling within the Free Transit Zone.
  • CATs bus – Free buses in Perth are known as CATs, short for Central Area Transit Services. There’s 4 different colours which have their own route – blue, red, yellow, green. It also covers different area such as centre of Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup. You may view and download CAT map here: VIEW CAT MAPPerth Free CAT bus route
  • Visit their website to learn more about their services, routes, fare, etc.: Transperth. You can also download their mobile apps, which I found quite useful. It will show you different route to reach your destination, plus how much you need to pay for the fare as well! To download, search for ‘Transperth’

Transperth Train Route

  • Car rental – there are a lot of car rental companies that you can choose from. Each have their own pros and cons and it also depends on what you are looking for. Please note that if you are traveling with an infant or toddler, using a baby seat is a MUST. Here are some of the car rental company in Perth: Bayswater Car Rental, Thrifty, Aries Car Rental. For Malaysians, international driver license is not required as Malaysia driving license is accepted in Australia. Please also note that you will need to pay some bond or deposit. Do check on that as well when booking for a car.

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Elizabeth Quay – To go here, you can take blue or green CAT bus and stop of Elizabeth Quay. Can also take any bus which stop nearby as well since there’s a bus station near Elizabeth Quay. At the jetty, you can take a ferry to cross to the other side, or just remain on the ferry if you are just want to enjoy the ferry ride.

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            Image source: mra.wa.gov.au

  • Swan River – Take a ferry from Elizabeth Quay jetty and enjoy the ride on the Swan River.
  • Bell Tower – Bell Tower is located near to Elizabeth Quay. You can just walk over to Bell Tower from Elizabeth Quay. Blue CAT bus stop no 2 (Barrack Square) is just opposite of the Bell Tower.

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  • Northbridge – Northbridge is an inner city suburb of Perth.  It is a vibrant and exciting area with cafés, restaurants, bars, shops, nightlife, cultural events and festivals. By the way, we were able to walk from Northbridge to Perth CBD.

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  • Crawley Edge Boatshed – This is one of the most famous icon of Perth! To go here, take bus 950 towards Qeii Medical Center and stop at Mounts Bay Rd Before Wingfield Avenue (stop id 23000). To go back to Perth CBD, cross the road to the bus stop opposite the road (stop id 10384) and take bus 950 towards Elizabeth Quay.

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  • King’s Park & Botanic Garden – Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre park located on the western edge of the central business district in Perth, Western Australia. There’s several options on how to go here, however we took bus 935 to Fraser Avenue King’s Park (stop id 17501). Went there at night since our day was full of other activities but it was too dark for us to go explore. Only manage to take Perth skyline and then immediately cross the road to go back to our hotel.

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  • Fremantle – Fremantle is a port city and known for its maritime history. Amongst tourist, Fremantle is a famous place where you can get cheap souvenir (scroll below to learn more)! Famous Fremantle attractions include E-shed (souvenir), Fremantle Prison, Fremantle market, maritime museum, shipwreck museum, etc. It is also famous for its fish & chips! Went here twice during our Perth trip! To go to Fremantle by public transportation, you can take a train on Fremantle line and stop at Fremantle station (not North Fremantle). There’s also free CAT bus in Fremantle.
  • Caversham Wildlife Park – Caversham Wildlife Park showcases many of Australia’s unique native animals, including koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats – providing visitors with the opportunity for a close-up encounter with some Australian icons! It is open from 9am – 5.30pm everyday, except Christmas. Admission fee: Adult $28, Child 3-4 years old $12.50, free for children below 3. There’s Halal food sold there. To go here, take a train on Midland Line and stop at Bassendean Station (Zone 2, around $4.70). Walk out from the station and you will see bus stops no 1&2 and 3&4. Walk towards stop 3&4 and wait for bus 955 or 956 to Ellenbrook (you do not need to pay for the bus ticket if your previous ticket is still valid). Stop at Lord St Before Youle-Dean Rd (Whiteman Park, stop id 15529). When you reach Whiteman Park, you can choose to either walk (around 1.7km) or take a free shuttle van. To take the free shuttle van, use the intercom available at the entrance of Whiteman Park and a van will come and pick you up. However the free shuttle van is only available on weekdays. To go back Bassendean train station, take the shuttle van back to the entrance and cross the road to the bus stop opposite (stop id 15526). Take bus no 955 or 956.

Since we had limited time in Perth (should stay there longer) and we didn’t rent a car (some places is unreachable by public transportation), we didn’t manage to visit places listed below. However since I have done some research, might as well share some of the details here.

  • Margaret River Chocolate Factory – Located in 3 different locations (one of them is Murray Street), The Margaret River Chocolate Company brings a taste of Margaret River to the city, combining hundreds of delicious, award-winning chocolate products with a range of gourmet products and homewares. By the way you can try some of their chocolate for free!!
  • Perth Zoo – Perth Zoo is widely known as a unique events and functions destination and can offer a host of amazing experiences. Thousands of visitors come to the Zoo not only to see the animals, but to be entertained by the many and varied events held in the Zoo’s spectacular setting.
  • Swan Valley – World-class wineries, breweries, distilleries, countless gourmet artisan goods, handcrafted wares, bustling markets, vibrant studios, top-notch eateries and endless experiences.
  • Western Australia Museum – will be close until 2020
  • Western Australia Art Gallery – Gallery visitors are offered unique and exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists, as well as the art of the world. Open Wednesday – Monday, 10 am – 5 pm.
  • Pinnacles – The Pinnacles desert is the major tourist attraction of the region. Attracting around 250,000 visitors every year, the Pinnacles desert covers an area of approximately 190 hectares, and contains thousands of limestone Pinnacles, some up to 5 meters high. The variation in colours and the stark relief of the Pinnacles against a backdrop of constantly shifting sand dunes creates an eerie landscape of ever changing moods often viewed at it’s best at dawn or sunset when the shadows create remarkable patterns and shapes that ripple over the sands. Entrance fee of AUD12 per car

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Image source: www.australia.com

  • Lancelin Sand Dunes – Sand, surf & sunset! Lancelin is Australia’s premier sandboarding destination. Pure white sand rises three storys high and entry to the dunes is free and open every day from sunrise to sunset. Board can be rented at nearby shops or petrol station for around AUD20 for 2-3 hours.

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Image source: www.lancelin.com.au/tourism/sandboarding/

  • Yanchep National Park – Yanchep National Park is located north of Perth. Its bushland and wetland are home to western gray kangaroos and rich birdlife. Trails include a raised boardwalk among trees inhabited by koalas. One of many caves in the park, Crystal Cave is an underground limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Busselton Jetty – Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the world, stretching almost 2 km out to sea from the town of Busselton. A day pass to the jetty (to walk, swim, fish, dive, etc) costs AUD2.50 for adults (17 and over) and free for kids (16 and younger). If you don’t feel like walking, there’s a train which you can ride. The train ride costs AUD13 for adults aged 17 and up and AUD6.50 for children aged 3 to 16.
    There’s a museum and interpretive centre at the start of the jetty is open from 9 to 5 in winter, and 8:30 to 6 for the rest of the year

Image source: www.busseltonjetty.com.au/

  • Araluen Botanic Park – Situated in the Perth hills with a north-south valley aspect, Araluen Botanic Park is home to many species of Australian and international flora.

Image source: http://araluenbotanicpark.com.au/

  • Cottesloe Beach – Cottesloe Beach has been the favourite seaside destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. With more than a kilometre (0.6 miles) of pure white sand, Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkelling and surfing.

Image source: www.australia.com/en/places/perth-and-surrounds/guide-to-cottesloe-beach.html 

  • Scarborough Beach – Scarborough Beach has the best white sand surf beach in the world. This Perth beach is the ideal Indian Ocean vacation destination to relax.

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Image source: http://www.scarboro.info/

  • Penguin Island – Located in the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just 45 minutes south of Perth is Penguin Island – a beautiful, unspoilt nature reserve home to WA’s largest colony of little penguin as well as dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans, ospreys and more.

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Image source: www.penguinisland.com.au/

  • Rottnest Island – Rottnest Island sits just offshore from the city of Perth. A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White-sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. Strickland Bay is known for its surf breaks, while reef breaks occur at Radar Reef, off the island’s far western tip.

Image source: www.experienceperth.com/region/rottnest-island

SHOPPING

  • Woolworths – A place for your groceries shopping. My usual shopping list from Woolworths includes chocolates & coffee!! 🙂
  • Target – Went to target just to buy Hotwheels! Manage to get Hotwheels at only $1 each, meaning its half of the price selling in Malaysia!

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  • E-shed Market (Fremantle) – E-shed is the place to go if you want to buy some souvenir since the price is way cheaper compared to if you buy from Perth CBD. E-shed is actually a warehouse that houses several shops. The most famous shops inside are Megabes and Assin. There’s also food court and Halal food is available there. E-shed is located quite close to Fremantle train station. Parking is also available nearby. However please note the E-shed is open only on Friday, Saturday & Sunday + selected public holiday.
  • Fremantle Market – Fremantle market is a busy indoor market selling fruits, food and drinks, souvenir, etc. Megabes (shop selling cheap souvenir) is also available here!

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  • Watertown Brand Outlet – The venue for outlet and specialty shopping, with all the best brands at all the best prices, it is Perth’s home to outlet shopping (basically similar to Johor Premium Outlet). You can go here on Yellow CAT bus and stop at Sutherland Street (stop no 17). There’s 2 food outlet selling Halal food – Ispa Kebabs and Nenem’s (do try their gozmelez. Delicious!). Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 530pm, Friday: 9am – 9pm, Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm
  • London Court – London Court is an open-roofed shopping arcade located in the central business district in Perth. There’s souvenir shop & cafe along the whole stretch of road. We didn’t buy anything here but it is definitely a nice place to take photos!
  • Chemist Warehouse – you can get cheap perfume, vitamins, skin care products, etc here! There is one Chemist Warehouse located in Perth CBD (Murray Street). It is also close to Insan’s Cafe (in case you want to eat Halal food afterwards). To come here, you may take Red CAT bus and stop at Murray Street (Red CAT stop no 25). There’s also other branches that you may visit example Northbridge (can take Blue CAT bus stop no 8). For opening hours, please refer to their website because different branches will have different operating hours. When we were there, I bought few bottles of perfumes and also lotions for my son (since he has eczema). Regret didn’t buy more lotions since the price are wayyyy cheaper compared to those selling in Malaysia! Bought Cetaphil, Aveeno and Dermaveen.
  • Joondalup Laketown Shopping City – This is a Perth’s major and largest shopping centre, located in Joondalup, a satellite city in the north of Perth. The Centre is home to Myer, Target, Kmart, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, as well as over 300 specialty retailers, a cinema, two food courts and multiple outdoor dining options. For Muslims, there are 2 eateries selling Halal food – Kebabbque and Maya Masala. To go here by public transportation, take a train on Joondalup line and stop at Joondalup station. The shopping centre is just outside of the train station.

FOOD

  • Danish Patisserie – Delicious pie & pastries and the best part is, the food is also Halal. It is close on Sunday and open on the remaining days. However please note on the opening hours; Saturday (7am – 11am), Monday to Friday (6am – 2pm). Click on the link to visit their website for more details.
  • Corica Pastries – Located in Northbridge and selling the most famous Halal apple strudel in Perth. To go here, you may take the free Cat bus and stop at Blue CAT bus stop no 8 (Aberdeen Street). Their opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 5.30pm and Saturday 8am – 12pm

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  • Charcoal Chicken Express – The food sold here are Halal and it is famous for its lamb rib but if you don’t eat lamb (just like me) there’s chicken as well. To go here, take bus 960 towards Mirabooka bus station and stop at Dianella Plaza (stop id 12838). Opening hours: 10am – 8pm
  • Insan’s Cafe – Halal food & own by a Malaysian. Located at Murray Street and located close to our hotel. By the way, we went here almost every day 😛

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  • Pondok Indah – Halal & own by an Indonesian
  • D’Ankasa – A Malaysia restaurant located in Perth CBD, selling Halal food. We went here once and ordered chicken rice and nasi lemak!

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  • Kaili’s Fish and Chips (Fremantle) – Famous for its Fish and Chips!
  • Cicerello’s (Fremantle) – Similar to Kaili’s, Cicerello’s is also famous for its fish & chips. It is located close to Kaili’s

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  • Chocolateria San Churro (Northbridge) – A very nice cafe to just relax while enjoying a cup of coffee and churros!
  • Halal Kebab – can’t really recall the name of this place but it is located on Murray Street, opposite of Insan’s cafe

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  • Ice-cream! – Enjoyed ice-cream on a cold windy night! LOL
  • Twilight Hawkers Market – located along Forrest Place in Perth CBD, Twilight Hawkers Market is the original & biggest Street Food Market bringing the tastiest street food from around the globe to the heart of Perth. It it open every Friday, 4.30pm – 9.30pm, October to April each year. We didn’t have a chance to visit this market since we went to Perth in September.

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Image source: www.facebook.com/Twilight-Hawkers-Market-220654328006092/

USEFUL LINKS

Hello again Melaka! – 2016

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My last post on Melaka (also known as Malacca) was in 2012 (You may read my post by clicking on this link: Melaka 2012). So let me update what are the new interesting places to visit when you are in Melaka.

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

Went to Melaka for a short getaway (3 days 2 nights) and stayed at Bayview Hotel Melaka. My comment? Spacious room (deluxe) with jacuzzi! Limited choices of food for breakfast though but acceptable. Nice location. Not sure the attraction is within walking distance since we drive there and also drive to the places we wanted to visit.

* Image taken from Agoda

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INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

Since my husband & I have visited the ‘usual’ attractions, example The Stadhuys, A Famosa or Porta de Santiago, etc. and this time we have a 14 months old infant with us, we decided not to go to those places (we will wait until our son is bigger and can understand better). This time around we only visited few places (to shop :p). If you would like to read on other attraction, visit my previous post as mentioned above.

  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – offers over 70 fashion, sport and accessories brands in some 180,000 sq.ft. The outlet is set in an open air mall featuring a lake, fountains, carousel and windmill with architecture loosely themed on Malacca’s Dutch heritage. Brands open at the centre include Nike, Cotton On, Esprit, Puma, G2000, Carlo Rino, Clarks and many more. Description and images are taken from their website http://www.freeportafamosa.com/

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  • The SHORE shopping gallery – a shopping complex with few other attraction especially for kids such as Oceanarium, 6D Motion Ride, Toy Museum. The Sky tower is also located here – http://skytower.theshoremelaka.com/

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  • Jonker Street – a place to be at night! Street market with interesting stores. Also don’t forget to buy some Nyonya pineapple tarts!

FOODS

The only special place we went to for dinner was Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant. The food was delicious and Halal so no worries to Muslims! Must try!

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We also went to search for the famous kuih keria & Klebang coconut shake but the queue was soooo loonngg!! Instead of waiting, we went back home

Lunch – Nasi Beringin!

Looking for a place to have lunch? Head on to Menara Mutiara Bangsar, Level 2 food court for a delicious Nasi Beringin! Advisable to go there before 1.00 pm because they might run out of food! Parking is also an issue, but this nasi beringin is a must try!

Nasi Beringin

Nasi Lemak – Village Park Restaurant

Looking for the best nasi lemak within Klang Valley? Head on to Village Park! Their nasi lemak is considered as one of the most delicious nasi lemak you can find!

Nasi Lemak

  • Village Park Nasi Lemak
  • 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • 03-7710 7860
  • Opens: Mon-Sat 7.00 am – 8.00 pm ; Sun 7.00 am – 6.00 pm

 

Kopitiam Kita – a MUST visit place in Kelantan

If you are going or already in Kelantan, you MUST visit Kopitiam Kita. What is so special about this place?? Well, they serve the most delicious and famous food for breakfast from all over Kelantan! Basically the food comes from different part of Kelantan, so this place is considered as a one stop center. What to expect from Kopitiam Kita? The best of nasi belauk, nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, laksam, roti titab, nasi tumpang, etc.

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  • Kopitiam Kita
  • 4357-A, Taman Desa Jaya, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, 15400 Kota Bharu
  • GPS coordinate: 6.129589,102.249001
  • 019-9810888
  • Open everyday; 7.00 am – 1.30 pm (advisable to go early