I've been searching for almond milk for ages and finally found it at a nearby grocery store. I don't know if I hadn't searched hard enough but yea, I finally got it. Yes! Why do I bother looking for almond milk? Well, read on!
First of all I have a high bad cholesterol level. Not too alarmingly high but still a little bit off the scale. Doctors have advised me to reduce it otherwise the level will be getting higher and I will have health complications later in life. So, no! I want to be a healthy old nut. Haha.
So that brings me to oat and almond milk. Oat has been known to reduce cholesterol level and can be easily found in any hypermarkets or grocery stores in KL. Almond milk howeverrrrr, is a little hard to find. So, I was soooo happy, I felt like jumping when I finally found it - not too far from my house ... and I've been searching for it high and low - duh!
What is so special about almond milk?
Yea, so what is sooo special about this almond milk huh. Good thing is, almond milk does not contain cholesterol (Yay!). So, when there is no cholesterol, there is also no chance of me increasing my cholesterol level. Just so you know that taking oat and almond milk alone will not help reduce bad cholesterol if you don't watch what you eat other times.
Other reason why I chose almond milk over cow's milk is that it doesn't upset my stomach. Almond milk doesn't contain lactose. So, I'm a happy girl because I don't have gas problem after consuming it.
There are lots of other benefit of almond milk. But the two I mentioned above were the reasons why I personally prefers almond among all other types of milk out there.
Ooo yea, one more thing I forgot to mention. Almond milk is low in calories too and that only means I'm not going to gain much weight from consuming almond milk almost daily. :)
How do I consume almond milk?
Good question. My favorite way (and the easiest) is to soak oat in almond milk overnight. I also throw in chia seeds and a bit of cinnamon in the mix. Keep the mix in the refrigerator. The next morning when I'm ready to eat it, I top it up with banana or blueberries and pour a little bit of honey for some sweetness. I can't really eat the mix without honey in it to be honest. So yummy and healthy! Give it try!
I'd say it's about time! I believe many of you still holding the old driving license which is basically a piece of paper with all details on it then the paper is laminated with plastic. In fact, this driving license has been in used in Malaysia since 1989 without any upgrade! That's 25 loooong years!
So, last year in around July Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) has introduced new driving license with improved security. Gone were the days where your driving license needed to be laminated. Now, the new one looks and feel pretty much like your Mykad.
And starting from July last year, anyone who has to renew their driving license will get the new one at the same fee. Yes, the fee is still the same! You don't have to pay any extra money. Thing is, you can only get it directly from JPJ offices nationwide. You can't get this if you renew your license at any Post Malaysia branches...yet. There, you will still be issued with the old type of driving license.
That's my new driving license. The expiry date will be adjusted to your birth date.
It doesn't just look and feel better (sturdier plastic) but have higher security too. Your information on the card is protected with High Secure Hologram. So, when you hold it in your hand, you'll notice the hologram of Malaysia and JPJ logo. A sign that your driving license is a genuine one.
Getting the new driving license is quite a breeze.
I think this only applies if you renew the license at any UTC center. I went to the one closest to my place in Sentul and I've got my license in about 35 minutes from the moment I took waiting number until the new license is given to me. Don't bother going to JPJ center in Wangsa Maju. Just too may people there and the queue is ridiculous! I know because I went there to try to renew my license.
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Back to UTC in Sentul. I went there after 3 pm on a working day. I actually went a few days earlier but system was down so they couldn't do any transaction. Darn! So, when I went there again, thank god the system is working.
One you arrive at the ground level of the UTC Sentul. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor. Go out the door on the left. You'll see Post Malaysia first. Then JPJ right right next to it. Easy peasy!
So there weren't much of a long queue at JPJ UTC Sentul. When my number was called, I went to the counter. Pay the necessary fee for my license and the expiry date will be adjusted to my birthday. This is compulsory and I think it is a good move too. Easy to remember when to renew my driving license next time!
Then I go and placed myself in a short queue in front of a door.
At first I was clueless as to what I have to do after I pay for my driving license fee. The person there told me that my name will be called to take a picture. But I have a feeling that this wasn't the case as I saw a short queue forming in front of a door. I peeked inside and immediately understood that one has to go inside the room to get their pictures taken. Just follow the queue and enter one by one.
You have few options when taking picture. If that day is your bad-hair day. Hehehe. You can opt for your picture to be taken from your Mykad. Or you can bring your own passport sized picture for it to be scanned. If you are absolutely gorgeous (hate you :P), then just take your picture then and there! Since I'm not the gorgeous type, I brought along my passport sized photo.
Once the picture has been taken or scanned in my case.I walked out of that room. Wait outside for about 5 minutes. Later, an officer came out of another door and called out my name. I approached him and he handed my new driving license. Yaaay! I got my new driving license in my hand.
Ok, I have a new driving license. Big deal?
It is kind of of a big deal. Apart from the improved quality and security, the new driving license now has dual language. One is Bahasa Malaysia (of course) and the translation in English. So, this new driving license is accepted internationally. If you are a traveler like me, then it is a huge deal as I no longer need to obtain international driving license in the case that I want to drive overseas.
Oh, if you simply want to upgrade to this new driving license but your expiry date is not yet due, please note you can't do so. You have to wait until the expiry date is due to renew and get this new type of driving license. A reminder though, for now you can only get the new one from any JPJ offices and branches. Post Malaysia will offer this service soon but I'm not exactly sure when.
Yes, Morib which is roughly 75 km away from Kuala Lumpur has its own Gold Coast. I spent a weekend at Gold Coast Morib Resort with a few friends a few months back and here is my review of the place. (Sorry, this has been long overdue)
Gold Coast Morib Resort is THE only resort in Morib that has its own water park smack in the middle of the resort itself so far. Yerp, you read that right – a water park. But don’t expect Sunway Lagoon scale here. The water park at Gold Coast Morib Resort is just a nice decent outdoor water park that the whole family can enjoy and have a bit of a chill without worrying much about a huuuuge crowd and super long queue. Oooooh yeah! Definitely the kind of water park that I like. Read: short queue even on school holidays.
First, where exactly is Gold Coast Morib Resort and how to get there. Obviously, it is in Morib - been known for the loooong stretch of beach overlooking the Straits of Malacca in Selangor. To find your way here is a bit tricky because the signage is NOT on every corner of the road. Unless you are soooo familiar with the area, I suggest that you navigate your way using your trusted GPS system or in my case, I use the handy app – Waze. Found my way there with no hassle at all!
Mind you it was a school holiday when I went there. I arrived at around noon. Although there seems to be ample parking space provided but it was quickly snapped up later in the evening with a few tour buses too. Most that made their way here were families.
So my friends and I headed to the reception area for check in process. We were given access cards to our rooms and also wristbands to enter the water park. We bought our package from Matta Fair which includes 2 days 1 night stay, 2 days entry to the water park and 1 buffet breakfast. Sweeeeet!
Room for 2 is quite spacious in my opinion.
Once we left our bags in the room, it’s time to check out Gold Coast Morib Resort water theme park. Each of us was armed with wristbands, ready to venture into the wet zone. Ok, here is a warning though. If you came here looking for a thrilling-super-speedy-super-high water rides – well, you won’t get it here. All you will get is a decent water rides and a swimming pool that your kids would absolutely still love. No wonder the guests that made their way here were mostly families with kids.
One good thing when it comes to Gold Coast Morib Resort water theme park is, if you seem to lose sight of your kids, well you can find ‘em in just minutes! The park is not that big, just a few glances here and there, you can easily spot your kids somewhere in this water park. That’s going to be a huge relief huh!
Gold Coast Morib water theme park.
What I really like about Gold Coast Morib Resort water theme park is the fact that you can repeat the rides that you like in literally no time at all. Unlike a water theme park of much bigger scale, you have to walk quite a bit to the starting line aaaaaand patiently waiting, waiting, waiting in the queue for your turn to again have a go at the ride. Such a waste of time isn’t it?! Good news, that ain’t going to happen here at Gold Coast Morib Resort water theme park. Rest assured you get to enjoy being wet without the hassle of waiting in that loooong queue.
Now, if you're not a fan of water park. Then there are a few other activities than can keep you occupied here. ATV was on our list. So, my friends and I head out to the sandy beach. Walked out a short distance to where the action is right next to the resort, just a couple blocks away from the water park. If I remember it correctly, I forked out RM50 for half an hour ride. We went round and round the broad sandy beach killing time and stopped here and there for pictures.
Other things that you can do here.
That night after dinner at the Korean restaurant there, we spent time chatting the night away at The Pier. We did came earlier that evening as the stated operating hour is from 5 pm to 1 am but when we went there, the bar wasn't open. It's not until that night that we went again that the bar opens and we can order some drinks and food.
The Pier Gold Coast Morib Resort.
The breakfast the next morning was just so so. I don't remember any particular dish that I particularly fond of. We headed back to the water park for one last round before we head back home.
It was a nice weekend getaway for my friends and I at this Gold Coast Morib Resort. It would also make a perfect weekend getaway for the whole family as well I think. Kids would still love water no matter how big or small the water park is. :)
I hope it is still not too late to wish Happy New Year 2014! The start of the new year didn't went too good for me. I had to mend a throbbing pain after I had to extract a wisdom tooth. Still mending it now as the pain is still there. Ouch!
Despite that I'm very positive there will be good things to come this year. I have a few personal goal that I'm chasing and I hope I make it through. I hope I will be at the place I wanna be. I hope anyone out there to have the same positive vibes too.
Strive for your goals and keep moving towards it and you'll be alright. :)
Ok, I thing you should bring back from a visit to Tawau in Sabah is (among other things) ... seaweed. Yerp, seaweed. I'm not an expert in nutrition or anything like that but just do a short search in Google and you can read a lot about the benefit of consuming seaweed. I can tell you that seaweed is a highly nutritious food! Why don't go and grab some while you are in the vicinity of Tawau, Sabah.
Where to get seaweed in Tawau? Well, of course at their Pasar Besar (big market). Everyone in Tawau knows this place and any taxi driver can bring you here if you are interested to get seaweed. Once you arrived, head on the first level. There, you can see a lot of stalls selling varieties of seaweed. Yerp, seaweed here has a few grades.
Seaweed at the market in Tawau, Sabah.
Apparently the dark green one is of the highest grade. Grade AAA and of course is a bit more pricey than the rest of the lower grade seaweeds. How mush does seaweed of Grade AAA cost? Well the price tag is RM12 per kg. But one can easily get RM10 per kg without much bargaining (or should I say no bargaining at all?). So, I bought all the varieties of seaweed for my mom back home.
The seller was kind enough to wrap it all up in a box. Phew, that solves my problem of bringing it into the cargo! Just bring that box and checked that in at the airport. Total damage for 8 kg worth of seaweed? Just RM75. Trust me, you won't get that kinda price back in the peninsular Malaysia for 8 kg of high grade seaweed!
The same stall is selling other goods too.
So, the next time you visit Tawau in Sabah, don't forget to bring back seaweed as a gift!
I knew my trip to Mabul Island, Sabah would not disappoint me. It was everything I'd imagine it would be - a paradise!
Where is this Mabul Island?
If you don't already know, Mabul is a small island located in Sabah, Malaysia. This island is surrounded by clear blue water of the Celebes sea.
When the water tide is really low, one can walk from the beach aaall the way to the edge where the water is much, much deeper. But you don't want to go that far out as the fun is just near the island. See the line where the water is darker? Just don't exceed that border if you wish to just walk ok.
I enjoy watching the people of the island walk all the way out to get some good catch during low tide.
Unless, if you are a certified diver then you can venture deeper into the sea as this tiny island is also quite well known for scuba diving due to its close proximity to Sipadan Island.
Mabul is a looong way from Kuala Lumpur.
The nearest airport to Mabul is Tawau. I took Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau. It took me about 2 hours and 50 minutes. Then from Tawau airport I took a van and was driven to another small town called Semporna. It took me another 1 hour to reach Semporna. Finally, I reached a small jetty in Semporna and a speed boat was already there waiting for my arrival. The boat journey took 1 hour before I finally set my foot on Mabul. Phew!!
Activities in Mabul Island.
If you are not a diver like me, well there are a lot of things to do in this small island.
1. Watch sun set.
Very dramatic sun set on my first day in Mabul.
2. Read your favorite book while sipping coconut water.
3. Walk around the village of Bajau Laut.
4. Night walk. It gets better if there is a full moon. I got lucky as I saw one!
5. Fresh sea food! You can buy it fresh from Sea Gypsy of Mabul. The price is relatively cheaper here.
6. Just snorkeling and swimming in the blue sea. How can you not want to jump in that water?
Well, that's just me chillin' out.
7. When the water tide is really, really low. Walk out to the sea and discover sea life that you don't get to see every day.
Petronas Twin Tower or KLCC as it is widely known is the tallest twin tower in the world. The 88-storey twin tower is a sight that cannot be missed whenever one is visiting Kuala Lumpur.
How high up can you get to the top and view the pinnacles quite up close? Well ... you can reach as high as Level 86, the highest level a visitor can go and you will get to see the top of the tower from its twin. How awesome is that?!
Getting the ticket for the tour to the top is quite a challenge. The queue to buy the ticket is already a few metres long even before the counter opens at 8:30 am. One word of advise, if you want to get the same day ticket, better come really early and queue up. Otherwise, you can always drop by anytime you are visiting KLCC and bought the ticket earlier with your preferred time slot.
Thaaaaat's the queue!
You see many slots are no longer available at 9:20 am. If you haven't bought a ticket in advance, your best bet is to come really early in the morning.
Two tickets for my sister and I. We were soooo ready to be amazed.
So once you secure yourself a ticket, be sure to make your way to the entrance gate at the time stated on your ticket. Each and every member of my tour group was given a visitor tag of the same color. Mine was blue.
First stop was the Skybridge at Level 41. Before entering the bridge, there was a short and brief information and facts about the bridge given by the staff and then we were let free to roam the bridge on our own for about 20 minutes.
The view from Level 41 was already breathtaking. However, the view here is only limited to the left and right side of the bridge. On one side you can see KLCC's Park and on the other is the water fountain at the entrance of Petronas Twin Tower and you can also see the traffic in Jalan Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee. Also in view are the surrounding buildings nearby.
KLCC park can be clearly seen from one side.
Fountain at the entrance of Petronas Twin Tower from the other side.
After 20 minutes was up, our tour group were called and were directed to took a different high-speed lift to reach Level 86. The is where the observation deck to view the pinnacles of Petronas Twin Tower is located. I was soooo awed with the view that were presented outside the glass walls once we arrived.
My sister at the signage of Level 86 Petronas Twin Tower.
Visitors are allowed to roam this level for about 20 minutes or so. The main attractions is of course seeing the pinnacle from its twin. My sister and I were lucky because the sky was soooo clear that day and the pictures that I took turned out quite well. More pictures after this.
Not only can you see the other twin tower but also the majority of Kuala Lumpur area.
Two of Kuala Lumpur's most famous towers in one frame. I bet the view would be more dramatic if this picture was taken during sunset. But to take such a shot without the steel frame of the window glasses proved to be much of a challenge to me. Haha.
One of the twin towers. Kuala Lumpur Tower is also visible at the back.
A replica of Petronas Twin Tower is displayed in the middle of the room.
Soon after we were ushered back to the same lift and we brought back down. We exited through the gift shop. So, it was worth all the wait to get the tickets. The view of the pinnacle was of course sooooo awesome! The whole tour was well organized despite the number of visitors and the number of available tours in one day. The staff were all warm and friendly from the one at the ticket counter to the one at the gift shop.
More information can be found at Petronas Twin Towers.