Raub day trip (near Bentong)

Posted by vivien | Others | Wednesday 20 January 2016 5:24 pm
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Went to Raub on a Wednesday and it took us 1.5 hour to reach Raub from KL. Raub is situated just 30 minutes away from its more famous neighbouring town – Bentong. If ever you visiting Bentong, you may take a short day trip to Raub. Both town are famous for its durians especially musang king. My trip to Raub is mainly to experience how handmade soap is produced and also trying out some of the food in town.


The fastest way to Raub from KL is thru Bentong town, 30 minutes drive from Bentong


Arriving on the premise of “Soap Maker Raub” which is in a residential area to get first hand info on how handmade soap is made. I was given a house tour. Surprise… behind the house are vast land area and there are 2 chicken pen with egg-laying hens.


loot of the day: 3 fresh eggs collected for the day


there are many plants next to the chicken pen, ie eggplant, pumpkin etc, spot the small purple aubergine in the above pic


what a beautiful big bunch of banana at the back, and that is the gate leading out to chicken pen behind


nice long papaya as well


that huge bunch of “monster” is a passion fruit plant which climbs from ground flour towards the balcony on top floor of the house


many passion fruits like above, but there are not ripe yet


3 noisy but friendly Belgian Malinois shepherd dog


and they have bees as well, the bees are kept for dual purpose, producing honey and also to increase pollination of fruit plants in the garden. The bees are stingless bees, ie there won’t be accidents of getting stung


the longish plastic-y looking tube thing is entrance for the sting-less bee


whereas to the top of the trunk is a wooden box which the honey are housed, it is deviced such so that the honey can be easily harvested from the box.


My visit to “Soap Maker Raub” is to see first hand how one of their best seller – “Perak Activated Carbon Soap” is made. “Soap Maker Raub” also provide DIY handmade soap courses and sell handmade soaps. For handmade soap lesson, each student can bring back 1kg bar of soap, which can be cut into 10 pieces, each weighing 100g. The DIY handmade soap course may differs in terms of process/ingredients from which you will see in following photos. If you are interested, their contact details are listed in end of this post.


“Perak Activated Carbon Soap” contains extra virgin coconut oil EVCO, palm oil and cocoa butter. It is made using low temperature method of soap-making, ie the above mixture of 3 oils will have to be about 35 Celcius before mixing in the rest of the ingredients.


Soap making may sound fun, but safety precaution is a must, and it is advisable to be performed only by person who has chemical/lab knowledge. The strong alkaline that is used in soap making is very pure and corrosive, in fact alkaline is more corrosive than acid, and will become blind if it alkaline touch the eye, thus eye protective mask is a MUST, respiratory mask is recommended as well to protect from alkaline vapour/fume.


This is the step that all need to be EXTRA careful, put protective google and nose mask on especially for first timers. The alkaline powder is weighed into a non-reactive glass container.


then put in the distilled water. Be VERY CAREFUL as the alkaline will start bubbling and producing much vapour and fume. Open all the windows and door of the room to ensure the room is well ventilated , and fan blowing air away from you, ie to blow the alkaline vapour away from you, as the vapour may cause throat irratation etc. Lift the funnel slightly to let the vapour out from the side else the vapour in the bottle might push the funnel up which will be very dangerous. Once the water are all poured in, put the cap on, and gently shake to melt the alkaline powder in water.


Cool the bottle and mixture down by soaking the whole bottle in water. This is also while waiting for the oil mixture to cool down.


oil and alkaline mixture are both cool enough for mixing


Pour all the alkaline water into oil mixture


Mix using an immersion blender, correct method has to be employed in this step to prevent the mixture which is still very alkaline from splattering. *Reminder: Wear protective eye goggle


Coconut shell activated carbon which has deep cleansing properties is added to the soap mixture


Pour soap mixture into mold


We covered and let it solidify before cutting into small soap bars


Normally handmade soap can only be cut after 12 hours. Above is the solidified soap. For people not able to stay till next day for soap cutting, an option of soap being mail ordered to you is available.


beautiful bars


To be cut


wow, so many bars of soap


Soap maker Raub’s “Perak Activated Carbon Soap” can be bought for RM25 each


All the soap produced by them, from left:

Perak Activated Carbon Soap, deep cleansing properties

Bentong Ginger Soap

Sabah Seaweed Soap, moisturizing effect with honey in it

Raub T3 Soap, for whitening

Soap for pets, for anti-bacterial

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Normally, handmade soap has to be left to cure for 1 month , allowing it to fully dry and harden. All ingredients of their soap are from Malaysia local farm, no artificial perfume, coloring and preservative

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All the soap contains extra virgin coconut oil which is extracted from fresh coconut without heat treatment.


Besides visiting “Soap Maker Raub”, we went to try a few food, first is curry noodle


It is located in 15, Taman Emas, Sempalit, Raub


Young man cooking the curry chicken which normally ready everyday around 10am – 10:30am


nice huge wok of curry chicken


they also selling local “dao1 ma2 qie4” which is hakka pan mee, this is famous noodle in raub, can be found in many coffee shop here, not bad as well


the curry noodle is nice and piping hot, however i would recommend to order the normal one with chicken pieces, and not with drumstick as the meat inside the drumstick is kinda bland. Actually we didn’t specify to have drumstick, but they gave us drumstick which is more expensive.


Another famous restaurant in Raub, Ah Loong Cafe


wanted to try their dao1 ma2 qie4 as well, but it was sold out, the famous Hong Kong “god of cookery”  Liang Wentao dined here as seen in above pic


My pork noodle, the soup is dosed with slightly a bit too much sugar? Taste just ok, RM5


Wanted to try the famous raub kuih shop in Bukit Koman, Raub as well, but there were not open that day, saying Astro AEC will be coming to film him 2 days later…

Soap Maker Raub: 

Phone/Whatsapp: 011-2913 2234

Email: soapmakerraub [at] yahoo [dot] com

Facebook: Soap Maker Raub

Ah Hen Curry Noodle:

15, Taman Emas Sempalit, 27000 Raub

Business hour: 10:30am – 4pm

Telephone: 013-9508 363    

Ah Loong Cafe Pork noodle:

313-A,Kampung Sempalit,27600Raub,Pahang.


Business hour:7am-1:30pm

Raub famous kuih:

4,Bukit Koman,Raub27600,Pahang D.M.

Business hour:10:30am – 3pm

Telephone:012-7276236/017-3716236, call ahead as there are sometimes not open

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Bangkok 4 days 3 night trip 11 – 14 November 2015

Posted by vivien | Others | Tuesday 1 December 2015 10:05 am
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Money exchange: 100 baht for RM12.25


MAS golden lounge, so much food!!


Fresh milk / low fat milk / fresh fruits


Bangkok_5Bangkok_6 nasi lemak with all the condiments!


my first round of food, the nasi lemak is quite good that i go back for seconds, the President Rondele Herb cheese is quite nice as well


lots of business travellers in this lonunge


our hotel in Westin Grande Sukhumvit


view towards the window




bath tub


Pier 21 food court in top floor of Terminal 21 shopping mall, a really nice food court, best among 3 food court we went, the other 2 is MBK food court and Platinum shopping mall food court.


All the food court we went to require us to buy coupon card. all the food are paid using card and the remaining value can be refunded


papaya salad stall


the blended fruit juice in Pier 21 of Terminal 21 shopping mall is cheap, cheaper than road side, my mixed berries smoothie made with fresh strawberries etc is only 30 baht, very nice and not overly sweet


very nice oyster omelette, crispy and nice, only 50 baht


pad thai, taste sweet, not nice



sticky mango rice stall


mango sticky rice, 70 baht for this whole mango portion, 35 baht for halved portion


the fruit juice stall i just mentioned, really nice and cheap blended fruit juices Bangkok_22

som tam


papaya salad with sweet corn and salted egg, 50 baht, not spicy as i asked for less spicy


basil chicken with rice add egg only for 37 baht; tomyam with egg; somtam; my passion fruit blended only 25 baht


coconut ice cream is very cheap as well




fish porridge ~ 50 baht

Bangkok_28 Som Tam Nua menu


Som Tam Nua restaurant in Siam Square, a famous restaurant, even recommended by CNN as Bangkok’s best som tam restaurant, we took sky train from BTS Sky Train from Asok to Siam, followed by short walk to this restaurant, there is also a branch in 4th floor of Siam Centre



somtam with salted egg, 85 baht, nice and really spicy, in Som Tam Nua, we should have had a full meal in this restaurant instead of just som tam and milk tea, but with just the 2 of us and many to try food lining up, we can’t possibly eat so much. This start off just mildly spicy, and it gets really really… spicy, MUST TRY! Bangkok_32

colorful desser in MBK food court, 6th floor in MBK, also went to Tokyu departmental store in MBK which is alike Malaysia’s Jusco/Isetan, nothing much there.


mixed beef soup in MBK food court, don’t like this, it taste like Bak Kut Teh herbal-ish, but with a sweet undertone, not nice at all



a road side stall near our hotel

Bangkok_36 salt crusted talapia fish, only 200 baht ~ RM24, looks too big for 2 person, but we ended up finishing it as it is moist, with very light hint of salt inside, very nice. Where to get this in Malaysia?


juicy meat


tom yam with pork, 60 baht, the tom yam soup which i like best among the 4 tomyams we tried, this is clear type of soup


Start of 2nd day in Bangkok, we took BTS Sky train from Asok to Chit Lom, then walk quite a distance to Platinum mall/Pratunam area. Above is a small alley across from Shibuya small, someone same side of the road with Platinum mall


pork rice, 50 baht, the more expensive one we had, no egg and little vege to be seen


We did pass by the famous SabX2 wantan mee stall, but the waiting line is long and look very touristy. Instead, we went for another round of pork rice in another alley near SabX2.


50 baht as well, but this one comes with egg and much more vege, thumbs up


trying their mama noodle with mixed meat Bangkok_44

just okay, namely poshed-up instant noodle, topping it up with balls and meat


Platinum Fashion mall 10am-6pm which i didn’t bought much from, it will be very nice place if you are looking for evening gown, around RM180 for very nice embellished one but i didn’t buy as can’t try on the gown…


a meal in platinum mall food court, the tom yam kung is not bad, whereas the cashew chicken rice is not nice


banana coconut dessert is quite nice

Bangkok_48 The famous After You Dessert Cafe, many branches in Bangkok, this one located in 7th floor of Central World shopping mall. There is reputedly many roadside stalls which sells salt crusted fish outside Central World Isetan departmental store from 6pm onwards, we were here around 4pm, the stalls are not open yet ):


many types of dessert



shibuya honey toast


surprisingly not very sweet, it is buttery and very nice. Thereafter went to Union mall taking BTS Sky train from Siam to Mochit, then taking MRT interchange to Phahon Yothin Station, bought items from only 1 shop, the stuff there are like Sungei Wang’s, quality is mostly just so-so, and not a big shopping mall


Start of 3rd day – breakfast: an OEM coco cola which taste almost exactly like the real thing

Bangkok_54 spicy pork rice and my prawn basil rice, add egg, 60 baht each. This is a homely restaurant just next to Westin hotel which owner speaks Mandarin

After breakfast, we spent hours finish up browsing all the shops in Terminal 21 mall. I like this mall, the lower 2 floors are of famous mid-range brands like Jaspal, Rockport, H&M and the like, whereas the upper 4 or 5 floors are small boutiques which sell unique and quality clothing etc.

After finally browsing all the stores in Terminal 21, we went to Bangkrak market behind Shangri-la hotel {BTS Sky train from Asok to Siam, then interchange to MRT from Siam to Saphan Taksin}, nothing much there, or maybe we reach there too early at 3pm plus when the stalls are just starting to open.


Opposite Bangkrak market is Jok Prince in Bangrak selling pork porridge, 4pm onwards, it may be a bit difficult to find this shop, just look for shoplot number 1391 along Charoen Krung Road


price list


40 baht for our basic pork porridge, nice!!


the famous T&K restaurant in Chinatown, near MRT Hua Lamphong station, we reach the restaurant at 5:15pm and it was already open although some websites mention the restaurant open from 6pm onwards





nice BBQ cockles, 60 baht


tom yam which i find has a distinct sweetness which i not really fancy, like them spicy and sour, not sour and sweet, the squid texture is very spongy and different from those in Malaysia


grilled prawn, 150 baht


fried rice with egg, 50 baht, skip this and just order their plain rice, this doesn’t taste fried at all, like some rice with butter, not nice


kangkung/morning glory, not bad


an affordable seafood meal in Bangkok, about 470 baht ~RM57 for all the above including 2 luo han guo drinks

Bangkok_72 4th day: Went took MRT train from Sukhumvit to Kampheng Phet station, taking exit 3 to reach Or-Tor-Kor morning market around 8am, most people would take the other exit to go Chatuchak market. Wanted to browse this morning fresh market before going to Chatuchak which is just across the road from this morning market


lots of fresh fruits and food, even a covered food court with lots of food


freshly steamed crab


marinated crab used in som tam


otak-otak like parcel 25 baht, laksa, both quite nice


flowers sold in Chatuchak market

Bangkok_78 first round of coconut ice cream in Chatuchak, 40 baht


some food stall


pad thai with shrimp in Chatuchak market, 100 baht, quite expensive


of the 2 tries of pad thai in this trip, i find they have a distinct sweetness to it, adding chili flakes and dried peanut will mask the sweetness considerably and make it taste much nicer. But overall, don’t like savoury food which taste sweet


the famous coconut ice cream just out of Kampheng Phet MRT station. We walked in Chatuchak market from 9am – noon as had to catch plane on 5:10pm, all in all only manage to browse only one third of the whole market, mostly clothing sections – ie sections 5, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, didn’t get to browse section 22,24 which are clothing as well. If you notice, the clothing are mostly in even number sections. Didn’t get to browse other housewares sections as well. A whole day would be suffice to browse all the sections as Chatuchak is opened till 6pm. I did bought 2 very nice denim aprons which cost only RM30 each


40 baht with 2 toppings, complimentary small cup of coconut water given as well, like this better than the earlier coconut ice cream in Chatuchak, as i find this had less creamy taste from diary, but more of a clean sorbet-like coconut ice cream


price list of taxi only 250 baht for our trip from Westin hotel to airport, but our earlier taxi ride from Bangkok airport to westin hotel cost 650 baht, don’t know why the big difference as both taxi charged per meter, perhaps some taxi meter runs faster?


power bank can’t be placed into checked in baggage!

Bangkok_86 CIP lounge, so much food! : fruit yogurt, sandwiches, pastries, shrimp on rice, roast chicken with potato and carrot, roasted peanut, tomato juice etc etc. Yum~


in CIP lounge


going back KL


my loot of clothing, not including 2 pairs of shoes and lots of snacks. For clothing/shoes + snacks, 1 spent about 13,000 baht, around RM1500 with prevailing rate for 100 baht = MYR12.20


Jonker 88, Malacca

Posted by vivien | Others | Sunday 23 August 2015 10:55 pm
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a very popular restaurant, we were there on a Saturday, and had to line up almost till outside of the restaurant


nyonya laksa, nice


cendol and ABC, cendol is better than ABC


Manila, Philippines 4 days 3 nights trip (10-13 June 2015)

Posted by vivien | Others | Monday 10 August 2015 12:44 am
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took the 10:30am flight from KL to Manila, reaching Manila at 2:30pm, making it a 4-hour flight. Above is first dinner with fresh food bought from the supermarket – salmon belly, the cheapest cut but tasty nonetheless, don’t seem to get such cut here in Malaysian supermarket + maya maya fish (snapper) with simple roasted vegetables (red pepper + green pepper + green zucchini + tomato drizzled in oil, sea salt and black pepper) Yum~


view from serviced apartment where we staying


interior, with kitchen!




with washer and dryer! No more bringing loads of dirty clothes back Manila_6

Vikings in SM Megamall, seems to be very popular among the locals, look similar to our Jogoya, buffet style food. SM Megamall is the largest mall in Phillipines, and 3rd largest in the world.


my first meal in the mall, salmon sinigang soup in food court, soup is sourish like chinese salted vege soup, quite appetizing


saw this hand sanitizer machine in the toilet


they have Crate and Barrel here, an American chain store selling housewares


Dinner in Linguini Fini, they have branch in Central, Hong Kong, Manila, and recently open a new outlet in Hanoi, their food is really nice especially the complementary bread, could be the best bread i have tasted, the bread is not served warm, but room temperature but still tasted really good


antipasti and Insalata menu


pasta menu


pappardelle “Nose to Tail Bolo” pork testa, veal and oxtail ragu with parmigiano Reggiano Manila_14

crispy calamari salad with mixed greens, pickled chili, red onion, cucumber, roasted lemon citronette, PHP 255


this pappardelle dish is really nice!! the pasta is cooked just right with biteManila_16

interior of the restaurant


3rd day in Manila, i cooked garlic fried rice for breakfast


went Mall of Asia which is next to sea, for tea time, we had dessert in Lugang


Mango Supreme with mango pudding, fresh mango, coconut and mango ice cream Manila_20

the mango supreme is satisfying enough although the coconut ice cream tasted like vanilla ice cream :S the drinks however are horribly sweet especially my fruit tea punch, couldn’t finish it


nice blue sky in MOA eye, looks like we are on the cloud, just next to Mall of Asia


another view, just next to sea, but can’t see it from the above pic and the pic was taken while seated


SM Mall of Asia, another mall under the SM group


since it is too early for sunset and we already finished browsing in MOA, thus decided to walk around 20-3o minutes to an area called Dampa where lots of fresh seafood are sold, just buy the seafood from some really persistent and slightly pushy seafood vendors and bring it to be cooked in one of the nearby restaurant at a charge, we bought seafood among the 3 rows of seafood vendors and chose Cuzina Seafood Haus as the cooking charges looks to be reasonable


cooking charges etc menu


view from inside the restaurant, the seafood vendors are just few steps away


the prawn are really fresh, cooked chilli garlic style, the sauce is too strong tasting for me though, the clams in ginger soup style which is quite good


lapu lapu fish steamed in soy sauce, ie chinese style, fish is very fresh Manila_29

one of the seafood stall, some of the seafood seller are very pushy though, especially the crab section, they are literally holding out live crab out to us from both side of the lane when we walking past those stalls, quite scary.


one of the 3 rows of seafood stalls Manila_31

walk back to Mall of Asia for sunset viewManila_32

Sunset viewing crowd in SM Mall of Asia Manila_33

Before flying back Malaysia on Saturday afternoon 3pm flight, time to check out Salcedo community market, happens every Saturday 7am – 2pm, a must visit, so many nice food here although some may comment the food here is more expensiveManila_34





even embryo


pots of herbs for sale


dairy and cheese


got to have more mango before leaving Phillippines, the mango shake here is very refreshingManila_40

sausage sandwiches


pancakes, the cream cheese one quite nice, whereas the cheese one is tasteless, as if there is no cheese inside


from left: tofu-fa, perogies and hungarian sausage sandwich, the pierogies is quite nice


in Starbucks, the tuna pandesal is surprisingly very nice~Manila_44

– prevailing peso to myr rate during this period is about 100 peso = RM 8.45 to 8.5

– Bought the Air Asia ticket one way KUL to Manila about 1 month before travelling date at RM345 including 2 meals and insurance.


Ratha Raub Curry, Raub, Pahang

Posted by vivien | Others | Sunday 17 May 2015 8:26 pm
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Been missing the spicy appetizing sauce of their chicken curry since having it in their Damansara Uptown branch.

The curry gravy is still as good and spicy. Yum, it would be perfect if it was kampung chicken instead of soft normal chicken though.

Just ok with their fried chicken and other stuff taste just ok as well.


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