Monday, May 23, 2016

Penis Soup and Reconnecting Forgotten Friends with VW

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Some people say I travel too much, some keep asking me why I always travel and how do I cope with my schedule. For myself I always believe that there should be a balance between work & play and we should reward ourselves once in a while to keep our motivation going

I planned a drive up to Penang for the weekend, and this is actually my 4th consecutive week travelling (Cambodia/Indonesia/Genting the previous weeks) and it’s been pretty awesome! I actually planned out 6 destinations in 2 months (Singapore & Korea ahead) and yeah I know it maybe a bit too much for some people, but this is just what I like to do!

Why Penang? It is a great place with food, beach and friends which I haven’t connected with in a long time. If you have your chance of getting around, I would definitely recommend to reconnect with those friends, it’s only a drive away anyway!


As for this trip, I am blessed as Volkswagen Malaysia sponsored me a Passat 118kW (160PS) TSI for a week, which I could use to drive up to Penang (Petrol Kao Tim Leao WOOHOO!) So yeah I’m gonna talk a bit of the car in the first segment of this post. 

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I would say, the Passat is definitely eye candy on the street and it is great for the younger generation or as a family car. It is a 4 door sedan packed with a 1.8L, 4-cylinder petrol engine with a DSG 7-speed direct shift gearbox.

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Classy! With multi-function buttons on the steering and cruise control

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Pretty Simple Dashboard in the car with a Start/stop button

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Pretty big trunk space

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A 360 interior of the car

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Okay la this one a bit lebih

So I drove up to Penang, testing out the car’s performance and it’s pretty great and responsive. You’ll have a smooth ride of up to 180km/h and starts to shake slightly after that. As from 0-100km/h, it takes about 8 seconds+

The first thing which I did when I reached Penang, was to meet up with my fat bro, Chung. It has been months since our last meeting and the first thing we always do together, Drink! Ain’t nothing better than to have a nice cold Guinness

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Ice Cold Guinness

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And of course in Penang you have to try out their best delicacies! We stopped by the famous Bomba Beef Noodle Soup. They’ve relocated to 156 Lebuh Carnarvon, but the noodles are still as good as ever! Another specialty they have is their Fried Oyster, which is super light and crispy at the edges. Slightly different compared to the normal Fried Oysters you get at other shops

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Bomba Fried Oyster

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Bomba Beef Noodles


Aside from Chung, I also met up with Alvin, and what did we do? Drink! Man this trip is getting so alcoholic but it’s so good! We started off at the famous Antarabangsa Shop where you can get really cheap booze, and headed off to Flamingo beach to chill off the evening with more beers!

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Alvin argued on the best Fried Oyster, so he brought me to Air Itam’s Reservoir Garden’s Fried Oyster which is arguably the best juicy fried oyster in Penang. And damn it was super juicy! 

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Juicy shizz!

Of course, a trip to Penang is not complete without heading to the party scene at night. Chung and I decided to meet up with Janice which we haven’t seen in ages, and we headed over to V.A.C. at beach road. Such an alcoholic day, has continued into an alcoholic night.

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With the lovely Janice

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Made some new friends Veryn & Venezzia

To end the night, This is a thing that you definitely must try at Penang! Ox Penis Soup (Torpedo soup) at Sup Hameed. They’re known for their wide range of soups and it definitely is a must after a crazy night out!

What I can say is the Penis soup is delicious (no kidding), slightly chewy and if you can eat intestines and other inner parts of an ox, I think you wouldn’t have problems eating this!

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Yums! PENIS SOUPPPPP

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PENISSSS

Another great part of this trip is to reconnect with my long lost blogger friend, Jolyn. It’s been already 3 years since I met her during her wedding, and now she’s busy making babies!

Jolyn invited me to her place where I could finally meet her adorable daughter (and one more son on the way). Super cute and once she warms up to you, she will not let you out of her sight!

And to top it off, some lovely Bukit Mertajam Chicken Rice with Asam Soup. Crazy combo but really delish!

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With the fam

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Less than RM30, Mana boleh dapat in KL macam nih?

All in all, it was a great trip to Penang reconnecting with all these lovely friends, and I would like to thank Volkswagen Malaysia for allowing me to take the car up!

If you have friends who have broken off from you, maybe its time for you to reconnect? :)

Happy 26th Birthday To Me

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I have no idea how I'm gonna craft this post honestly.
22nd May, the day I was born. A year after my 1/4 Century birthday bla bla bla bla

Oh I'm just gonna cut the crap. I wanna thank everyone for the awesome wishes, the free drinks from Joshua, Mervyn and the Vintry Crew, The delicious Banana Leaf Rice from Evon & Eiran, and the awesome birthday party from my SMK SS 17 group! 

Thanks so much for making this 26th birthday memorable and also for those who have been helping me through these past tough few months.

I love you all! :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Escape to Bandung

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This would be the 2nd time I'm heading to Bandung, as honestly it is a really great place to getaway from Kuala Lumpur. Located near Jakarta, its surrounded by hills, volcano's and hot springs. The best part is, there is no HAZE over there! only fresh air and a cool breeze ranging from 22-30 degrees.

You can check out my old post here: http://www.seraphsam.com/2015/01/first-2015-trip-bandung-indonesia.html

The main purpose of this trip is to go for one of my close friend, Cantya's wedding, This would be the first Indonesian Javenese wedding that I'm attending and it is definitely an eye opener. I headed over there with Celestine using Airasia, as it was the cheapest for that period (RM400 return)

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Chillin at the airport.

As we arrived at Bandung, Cantya booked us a room at Meize Hotel, which was located around the city centre. and since this is Celestine's first time at Bandung, we decided to visit the landmarks around town as we didn't have a car this time (since Cantya is busy with wedding preparations)

So first up, Food! We're foodies and Indonesia has plenty to offer! Bakso, Lele Bakar, Babi Guling and more! A meal on the roadside will cost about RM3-5


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The scenery around our hotel

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Flags at Jalan Braga

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Jalan Braga

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Pop up Cafe's

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Tauhu Bakar (Tofu)

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Cumi Goreng (Fried Squid)

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Babi Pedas Mampus (Spicy till die Pork)

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Ken Ken's Babi Guling

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Babi Guling

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How Happy she is =D


And of course in Bandung, its very famous for its Factory outlets. There are plenty them to go to for clothes, which I literally became a shopaholic woman


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Our hotel is about a 1km walk away from the factory outlets


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Art for Sale

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Random Chocolate

Damage done:
1 Tailor Made Full Suit - RM500
Guess Jeans - RM90
Ralph Lauren Polo Tshirts - RM90
Assorted Tshirts - RM100


Of course coming to the main reason of our trip, the wedding itself! Cantya is Javanese as I said earlier, and I would say it is like a mixture of a Malay wedding (Buffet Jamu Selera) with some Indian Elements (They'll be on the stage where we will then line up to greet them). There were plenty of people in the Selaras Wedding House, and it was something totally new to us

Definitely it was such a beautiful wedding!

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#OOTN

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Celest and I

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With Cantya & Docko

That outfit they're wearing is freaking heavy!

The following day, Cantya and Docko took some time to bring us out, and i'm really grateful we're able to spend more time with them especially when they're so busy


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At Docko's shop Dreadocks

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Enjoying a beer at Halfway Bar

It was a great time spent at Bandung. I would definitely come back again for more beer, food and the mountain tops especially since we weren't able to see it this time

Once again, Congratulations Cantya and Docko! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Getting Super Wet at Cambodia

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*pic credit to songkran2015.com

NSFW NSFW NSFW

Okay lah, all you horny pervs can get lost cos this post isn't what you will want to read. I know the title is a bit wtf but yeah I did get super wet at Siem Reap, Cambodia for the Sangkranta Festival! (Songkran Festival)

This year, 13th April marked the Cambodian New Year and Cambodians party pretty hard as it is the biggest festival of the year. Why was I there exactly? I'm actually part of the Angkor Beer Street Party's Event Team over there handling the main event! 

It was a 4 day street party where there were plenty of water fights and something I didn't expect, POWDER fights!But of course, even though its kind of a workation, i still had plenty of free time myself to roam around to explore Cambodia

You can check out my video here:


As for the first day we arrived, we pretty much had the whole day to ourselves so we started our exploring around Siem Reap


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Arriving at Siem Reap with Andy

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Pub Street where our main event is happening

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Enjoying a cool $1 Mango Shake under the crazy 41 degree heat

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Some random laundry shop


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Beer Pong time!

As the event day came, we had to work for 4 nights in a row, as I said, Cambodians party really hard and the festival goes on and on and on! I was in charge of the 360 roving team which allows the fans to come around, snap a 360 selfie and post it up on Facebook with Angkor Beer's Branding. pretty cool huh?

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The event stage

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With my Brand Ambassadors

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This is how my 360 selfie's look like. Awesome huh? 
come ask me and i can quote you accordingly for your events =D

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Weapons of Choice: Mild Pig Powder HAHA!

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We got the big guns!

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One of my favourite BA's


This is how crazy it is


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Fueling up with Didi, SK and Leo


After the crazy parties, I decided to do some cultural visits to get to know more about Cambodian culture and history. First stop, The Angkor National Museum, where you can learn a lot of its history and legends before going to Angkor Wat itself. Sadly no photography was allowed in the museum

Cost: $12 USD

I would recommend coming here first so that you'll understand Angkor Wat better when you head there. 


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One of the rivers near Angkor National Museum

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Angkor National Museum

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Selfie Time

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Hanging out with Asura

So of course after learning so much on its history, you definitely have to visit Angkor Wat for the full Package. Me and SK got a tuktuk to fetch us up ($20 for the whole day) to bring us to Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is actually just one temple, but there are plenty of other temples surrounding Angkor Wat which will be included in the package

Cost: 
$20 Tuktuk (Full Day)
$20 Angkor Visitor Pass (1 day)


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Tuktuk ride to Angkor Wat

We started up at Bayon Temple, pretty amazing with the four faces of buddha

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Baphuon Temple

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Ta Prohm Temple (Where roots grow all over the temple)

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And of course, Angkor Wat!

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The Churning of the Milk Sea

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This is the face: Ok Lah Kao  Tim adi

I didn't post up all the temples on this post cos I guess it'll bore you too much! better to just head there and see it for yourself!

This Cambodia trip was really fulfilling. You can get up here with a shoe string budget and you'll still be treated like a king! Definitely a place I would visit again as its so memorable!

next stop: Bandung, Indonesia!