Oceanus Waterfront Mall

Oceanus Waterfront Mall is one of the best shopping centre to go for in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. It is just very close to Imago Shopping Centre in the City centre.

This was taken in the Oceanus Waterfront Mall at Kota Kinabalu. It was my first time visit there last year while celebrated Last Year Christmas and I love the beautiful ocean as well as their Christmas decoration in town. The decoration was pretty much the same with oversea but their style and culture are quite different.

Do you know that Sabah Ocean, Mountain and the Island are very very beautiful. It is a lot of better than before. Sabah Kota Kinabalu are very city feeling and the foodies are very tasty as well. In addition, Kota Kinabalu Shopping Centres have hotels and apartments where let the tourists and visitors to feel very convenient nowadays.

Oceanus Waterfront Mall is perches on a strip of recently-reclaimed land next to the existing Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, opposite Marina Court Apartments.


If Oceanus Waterfront Mall lives up to the press releases, which encapsulates the best-case scenario of the developer and people behind the mall, it certainly will contribute positively to the landscape of Kota Kinabalu.


Otherwise it will simply join the ranks of Warisan Square, The KK Waterfront, Anjung Senja and Suria Sabah, which were all lauded as groundbreaking waterfront developments at the time.


But as Kota Kinabalu’s development is seemingly measured by the amount of shopping centres and luxury hotels it has, then with the opening of Oceanus Waterfront Mall the city is pushed up a notch on the ladder of development.


When you visit Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, I am recommended you to have some relax in the Oceanus Waterfront Mall. It is reminded me of the Singapore Vivo City Harbour Front Singapore. (#vacation#dream#summer)

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Best foodies and desserts in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Dragon-i Restaurant

Braise Pork hand made noodles

Dragon-i Restaurant is a very good Chinese restaurant in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia. It is located in the Imago shopping centre. This restaurant is where people will find a Memorable Culinary Experience Awaits in Malaysia. Their famous food are included braise pork hand made noodles, dumpling, Chilled Drunken Chicken with “Hua Diao” Rice Wine, Double-boiled Chicken Soup, La Mian with Shanghainese Deep-fried Pork Ribs and many other dishes.

Wong Kwok Restaurant

Wong Kwok is the best restaurant for Dimsum in Kota kinabalu Malaysia. They have 2 branch. One is Luyang and another one is in Suria Sabah Shopping Centre. It is located on the Ground level in the Suria Sabah Shopping Centre and it is just right opposite to the Upperstar restaurant. Apart from Dimsum, they do sell the individual meal as well. Their fried rice and the braise port are very good taste and it is good to have a try when you travel to Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

Crowd 99 Cafe

Crowd 99 is very famous in ice-cream. Malaysia is a very hot and humid country where people are always looking for a frozen food such as ice cream, ice blended and many other. Using only dairy-free and fresh fruits for their sorbets! However, they do have seen coffee as well. Their coffee are very nice and it is worth to have a try.

I would recommend for the matcha ice cream, fresh milky ice cream and the coffees 🙂

Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant

This restaurant is very famous in seafood. It is also located in the Suria Sabah Shopping centre in Kota Kinabalu. It is just in the food court.

When you come to Sabah, you must eat three kinds of pork, beef, and fish. Among them, pork is tasted at Jinshayuan raw meat noodles. Fish Tart Kee Seafood Restaurant Fish with rice noodles, pork and beef, we should all have heard of or eaten, but the fish and fish are very rare, the fish head even covered laksa, meat and bak kut teh, must eat Sabah Gourmet layout, especially Fatt Kee fish rice noodles are so popular with local people, you will know after eating!

Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant is located in Luyang as well, the Chinese base camp in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is relatively close to Sabah Kota Kinabalu Airport, but it is a bit far from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Because of the itinerary, we are from the Hilton hotel called the local Grab (similar to Uber) pick-up. The fare will be more than half cheaper than calling a taxi. The driver who happened to pick up the bus lives near Luyang. It is a Hakka in Guangdong. It is a 10-minute drive along the road In light of Sabah’s humanistic style, it is even more mentioned that Faji Fish and Fish is a restaurant that even the local people like very much.

Although Fatt Kee Fish Shop is open until 10pm, the hot items are sold out at noon. At noon on a sunny day, the whole shop is full of enthusiasm, and the outdoor steps have iron plates and shelters. The battle looks like a full-flowing water table. Although there is no air conditioning and it is hot, it is still difficult to find the fish and fish. The customers are willing to sweat and eat, it is because it is worth to have a try their seafood as people can’t get this taste from their country.

It seems to be consumed by locals. Of course, there are several tables like tourists who carry their luggage to eat. In addition, the fish and rice noodles have also been eaten by celebrities and businessmen across the Taiwan Strait, and there are many in Taiwan. Well-known food shows come here, both food enthusiasts and lovers James have reported.

In the center of the store is a spacious open kitchen with a large number of employees and very efficient staff. With clean hands and feet busy, they bring out a bowl of bowls of scented fish and rice noodles. There are various parts of fish and fish by the window. Some nouns I don’t even know.

In the simple terms, FaTT Kee fish dishes only sell fish dishes. The most famous fish dishes are rice noodles and noodles. The soup has two soup bases: tomato and Tom Yam Palace. If it is the first time, the waiter will Skip the selection part directly, that is, fish miscellaneous in each part will be served, so when ordering, just tell the waiter whether the noodles are noodles, the soup is still dry, and the soup base can be selected.

The back of the menu is mainly used by locals to order meals. You can choose the fish species and fish parts separately, especially the fish head rice noodles are ordered by customers of level. For first time visitors, I will and always recommend the classic fish rice noodles You can also order some fried snacks

Fish and Rice Noodle + Tomato Soup Base (Small) RM23 (about NT $ 170)
You can choose the size of the tomato soup base. The tomato fish rice noodles are not only full of color and aroma, but also sour and sweet. It is a bowl of rice noodles with all colors and flavors.

In addition to Huang Chengcheng’s natural soup color, in addition to cooking with a lot of fish bones, boldly adding fresh tomato cubes, there is a sweet and sour finish after the entrance, and the fragrant fragrant is so refreshing and elegant. With light rice noodles, it has a kind of lightness, even in the hot climate of Sabah

In addition to the miscellaneous fish in the soup, there are a few thick pieces of fried fish. It is strange that the fried fish is soaked in the soup. The skin will not soften when it bites. Instead, the fish sucks the soup, but the characteristics of the fish are compared Like eating swordfish, the fiber is more astringent. Many unintelligible fish miscellaneous, some are crunchy, some are tender, some are smooth and filled with gelatine, which is really a good bowl of beauty.

Fried Mangosteen RM5.5 (about NT $ 40)
When ordering snacks, it was a bit embarrassing. Just looking at the name of the fried fupi, the name would be fried tofu buns, etc. I did not expect to wrap the fukin with fish paste and fry it. Looking at the wrinkled rotten skin Fold, you know it must be crispy. After being seasoned, the fish paste tastes salty, and the rotten skin is crispy and crunchy. When it is bitten, it will become crunchy, but the fish paste has strong teeth. At that time, I was thinking about it. If the chicken stalls are sold, the business is definitely good!

Fish and rice noodles + Tom Yam soup base (large) RM45 (about NT $ 330)
The Tom Yam soup base has no size. It only has the price of shrimp and no shrimp. It is recommended that you order the Tom Yam soup with shrimp, because the authentic Tom Yam soup lacks shrimp and shrimp heads.

“Tom Yan” is actually the meaning of Dongyanggong, which is what we call Thai hot and sour shrimp soup. Although the appearance of the soup looks like Thai flavoring, the taste is very different. Kota Kinabalu The miscellaneous Tom Yam soup does not have the prominent smell of lemongrass, but the sour and spicy taste is obvious. The focus is to cook the soup with a lot of fish miscellaneous, fish meat and fish bones. Such a thick soup base is best suited with oil noodles. Instead, it cannot be supported by smooth rice noodles and looks thin. After the oil noodles are soaked, it feels soft and soft, and with crispy bean sprouts, it slightly neutralizes the greasy taste of hot and spicy soup.

The bowl of noodles is quite solid, not only soup thick noodles, fish and fish and shrimp, there are always ten kinds of ingredients, the stomach is not big enough to eat this bowl of Tom Yam fish noodles, although the price of a bowl of NT $ 300, this Low price Sabah can be considered an expensive meal, but I still think it is very very worth it!

Apple Juice RM7 (about NT $ 50)
Fat Kee’s juices are fresh and fresh. In addition to apple juice, there is orange juice. Fruits in tropical countries are really sweet. A glass of freshly squeezed juice costs only 50 yuan.

Best travel attractions which is called Cijin Island kaohsiung must visit

Cijin Island is a very small island in Kaohsiung Taiwan. Kaohsiung is belong to the Southern area in Taiwan. It is just 15 minutes ferry ride outside the famous Kaohsiung Harbour to the Cijin Island. Although it is a very small Island, this island has become a favorited destination for those people whoever had visiting the city. The island is famous not just only for historical and cultural sites, but also for the fresh seafood around the night market. It really is perfect for any type of travelers; no matter if you are visiting for a hiking trip, sightseeing, cycling, photography etc. Cijin Island has something special for everyone.

Cijin Island is one of those destinations that always has visitors and it is the best tourists attractions in Taiwan, it is because there is so much trip to do in the island. Those who love a good hike usually make their way to the famous Cijin Lighthouse that is located on top of the hills. The hike is not difficult and it is easy to navigate around the trails, so it is very suitable for many people. Cycling around the island is also a preferred activity in Cijin Island; some of the best places that can be explored include the Cijin Windpower Park and the Cijin Seashore Park. Exploring an island is not completely without a dip in the water, and because the water in Cijin is quite warm, many love to relax while soaking their feet or taking a swim by the beach. Lastly, it is also important to try some seafood in the port area of Cijin since it is known to be very fresh.

Which Month and what season of the year will be the best for visit

There is four seasons in Taiwan. They are Winter, Autumn, Spring and Summer. Taiwan season is totally opposite with Australia seasons. For example, When Australia is on Winter, Taiwan is on the Summer season. Many people are wondering that which season would be the best visit Cijin Island. In my personal experience, the best time to visit Cijin Island would be between September and February of the years. That would be when the summer about to end. It is because Summer is the season of raining which is not able to explore much on the island while raining so it is very best to visit between September and February which was Autumn, Winter and Spring season. I am not recommended to visit between June and August as the weather is too heat with raining. You may wondering that why Winter would be good to visit. Well, Kaohsiung won’t be freezing during the winter. It is totally different with Taipei City.

Please note that during the summer seasons, the ocean wave is pretty strong due to the weather

Introduction of the Cijin Lighthouse

Lighthouse

According to the photo taken above, it is taken from the Lighthouse in the Cijin Island. Aside from the scenery, Cijin is also famous for its historical sites, including the Cijin Lighthouse and the Cijin Fort. In 1883, British engineers built the Cijin Lighthouse, which was used for the military during their conflicts with France. The lighthouse went through several reconstructions during the Japanese colonisation, and it is now open to the public. The Cijin Fort is also a historical site in the island that must be on the itinerary. The fort was originally built in 1720 and has witnessed quite a lot during its time. Since it was destroyed in the war, the fort was reconstructed in 1991 and is now one of the most famous attractions in Cijin Island that offers a magnificent 360 view.

The History of Dr. James Laidlaw Maxwell Monument in the Cijin

Basically James Laidlaw Maxwell Senior Chinese name called 馬雅各 and he was born on 18 March 1836 in Scotland. March 1921 was the first Presbyterian Missionary to Formosa (Qing-era Taiwan). He served with the English Presbyterian Mission.

Maxwell studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and completed his degree in year 1858 with a graduation thesis of The Chemistry and Physiology of the Spleen. He worked in London at Brompton Hospital and at the Birmingham General Hospital. He was an elder in the Broad Street Presbyterian Church before being sent to Taiwan by the Presbyterian Church of England (now within the United Reformed Church) in 1864. He donated a small printing press to the church which was later used to print the Taiwan Church News.

On 16 June 1865, at the urging of missionaries H.L. Mackenzie and Carstairs Douglas, he established the first Presbyterian church in Taiwan, this date now celebrated by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan as its anniversary. First of his mission centred in the then-capital Taiwan Fu (now Tainan city); in 1868 he moved near Cijin and now part of Kaohsiung where his work place, both medical and missionary, became more welcomed. In early 1872 he advised Canadian Presbyterian missionary pioneer George Leslie Mackay to start his work in northern Taiwan, near Tamsui.

He married with Mary Anne Goodall who died on January 1918 of Handsworth on 7 April 1868 in HongKong. They had two sons, John Preston and James Laidlaw Jnr, both of whom later also became medical missionaries. He retired in London in 1885 where he formed and became the first secretary of the Medical Missionary Association. He and his sons oversaw the construction of Sin-Lau Hospital in Tainan, the first western-style hospital in Taiwan. The younger J. L. Maxwell served in the Tainan hospital from 1900 to 1923, during Taiwan’s Japanese Era.

How to travel down to the Cijin Island

How to travel down to the Cijin Island? Well, this would be depending on where will you be coming down from. Firstly, getting to the Cijin Island from Kaohsiung City is very easy. Just take the MRT orange line and get off at Sizihwan MRT Station. From there, just head to the harbour and take Cijin Ferry; instructions from the MRT station to the harbour are available around the streets and it will take about 10 minutes to get there on foot. The cost to the Cijin Ferry is roughly NT$15 (approximately 0.50 USD) and the journey is around 15 minutes. Travelers can take a bike on the ferry so if you prefer to rent a bike in Sizihwan, so it wouldn’t be an issue.

But if you are drive, you wouldn’t need to worry about the ferry and you can explore much more surround the island by car.

For instances, when traveling to Kaohsiung, do saving a day for Cijin Island is a definitely a no-brainer. This island offers varieties of activities and sights for many types of travelers, starting from hiking, cycling, sightseeing, to eating. How can anyone say not to that? So, if you are planning to travel in Taiwan and looking for something to do in Kaohsiung, be sure to take a day trip to Cijin Island. You won’t feel regret to visit as it is worth of travelling. #vacation #dream #summer #Cijinisland

Hope you enjoy your vacation when you get there one day. Stay tuned for my next post 🙂

Taiwanese Pastry “Suncake”

Suncakes original flavors

A Suncake, or Taiyang Bing, is a popular Taiwanese traditional dessert originally from the city of Taichung, Taiwan. The typical fillings consist of maltose (condensed malt sugar), and they are usually sold in the special gift boxes as souvenirs for visitors. Some famous Suncake pastry shops always have long lines of people waiting to buy a box of Suncakes. Suncakes are round in Taiwan, and they may vary in size. They are characterized by flaky crusts. Most people eat them with Chinese tea, and some people dissolve them in hot water to make a porridge-like dessert. You can get the Suncake from any souvenirs shop or even in the food courts surround Taiwan.

A box of Suncakes

Some read my blog may think how the box of Suncakes looked like? Well, the box looked like the pictures shown above. There is 12 Suncakes per box and it costs NT$280 per box which is good. Taiyang Bing is just like the pineapples cake which is popular and people always buy as many as possible to bring back home as a souvenirs for their friends.

#Vacations #Foodtourism #Taiwanesepastry

Top foods and beverages must give a try in Taiwan

Pearl/Boba milk tea

Bubble tea also known as pearl milk teabubble milk tea or boba is a Taiwanese tea based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s. Recipes contain tea of some kind, flavours of milk and sugar optional. Toppings, known as “pearls”, such as chewy tapioca ball also known as pearls or boba, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, sago and puddings are often added. Ice-blended versions are frozen and put into a blender, resulting in a slushy consistency. There are many varieties of the drink with a wide range of flavors. The two most popular varieties are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.

Taiwan Beef noodles soup

Beef noodles is one of the best local food taste in Taiwan. You can get beef noodles everywhere in Taiwan. Taiwan is said to be the home of beef noodle soup, and you’ll find the world’s most expensive bowl here in Taipei. But visitors don’t need to spend US$300 for a bowl, as there are beef noodle shops on practically every corner, with each serving their own special recipe. If you try only one food in Taiwan, then make it beef noodle soup.

Despite my love for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and how simple and iconic it is, recipes always seemed incredibly complicated and intimidating to me–making the broth, figuring out the balance of infinite spices, getting that tender beef–where do you start? It was just one of those foods where, when I wanted it, I went out and paid someone else to make it, or convinced myself that I was actually craving something else.

Pineapple cakes

Pineapple cake is a sweet traditional Taiwanese pastry containing butter, flour, egg, sugar and the pineapple jam or slices. These small shortcrust pastries filled with pineapple paste are the tastiest after-dinner treats that go perfectly with a cup of tea. There are many companies that make their own versions of the snack, but the most famous is probably Sunny Hills. These make a great souvenir, as they can be brought home on the plane to give their friend for surprising them. While pineapple cakes had historically been produced as a ceremonial food, a combination of governmental promotion and globalization popularized the pineapple cake. Pineapple cakes have become one of the top-selling souvenirs in Taiwan.

Dan Bing

Dan Bing is defined as Taiwanese egg crepe and it is one of the Taiwanese daily breakfast. Dan bing is a traditional Popular Taiwanese breakfast food that is usually sold by street vendors every morning. Since everyone is in a rush to get to work (sometimes waiting with their scooters running), the vendors have to be able to make every order to go super fast, and once you get the hang of it, you can make it pretty quickly at home, too! 

Basically, a dan bing is a thin crepe with an egg on top. There’s multiple variations; my favorite is just to mix a little sesame oil and a lot of chopped scallions into the egg. Feel free to try different fillings in the egg mixture (e.g. chopped ham, crumbled bacon, corn) or on top of the cooked egg before rolling it up (e.g. shredded cheese, rou song [pork floss], cilantro), but I wouldn’t put too much in because you want to make sure you can still roll it up easily. Soy paste and sweet chili sauce are the more traditional sauces, but you can also try oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, or even ketchup.  

Fan Tuan

Fan Tuan

Fan Tuan means the rice rolls and it is also one of the traditional breakfast in Taiwan. White sticky rice is packed down flat on the table and layered with the standard ingredients of pickled radish and mustard greens, chunks of braised egg, a bit of pork floss, and a crisp cruller. A cruller is deep-fried dough, like an elongated donut minus the sugar. They’re often eaten by themselves with a side of soy milk. For the purposes of the fan tuan, it’s fried twice and cut into bite-size pieces. Pork floss is dried meat, mashed so finely and dehydrated so that it has a texture of cotton. Egg is braised in soy sauce, which adds salty depth, and pickled radishes and mustard greens create a dimension of tartness. 

Glutinous rice is wrapped around your choice of fillings, such a fried egg, pork floss, and pickled mustard greens. The result is a dense, filling, and savory breakfast that will definitely get you through the day! 

Taiwanese Snow Ice

Mango Snow Ice

Taiwanese Snow Ice or Xue Hua Bing (雪花冰) is flavored ice with a milk base that is shaved razor thin. The ingredients are frozen into a block and then the Snow ice Shavers shave the block into tiny strips of “snow” that melt in your mouth!  Then you top it with whatever you want, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, tapioca pearls, popping boba, grass jelly etc.

Taiwanese Snow ice is different than Snow Cones or Hawaiian Shaved Ice.  A lot of these use water (ice) and fruit flavored syrups while Taiwanese Snow Ice puts uses milk and puts the flavoring right into the ice block.  Taiwanese Snow Ice Shavers also uses a very sharp blade to shave the flavored ice really thin.  It’s called snow ice because of it’s fluffy consistency.

Taiwanese Style Sausages

Taiwanese Style Sausages

Taiwanese Style Sausages is one of the entree food in Taiwan. You can get from any night market in Taiwan as it is part of the street foodies as well. You can’t walk 10 feet at a Taipei night market without running into a sausage vendor that sometimes has five different types available.  The basic Taiwanese sausage has a slightly sweet taste with a beautiful crisped skin.  When you take a bite, the skin bursts filling your mouth with juice.  You can find everything from the mild to the wild with flavors including pig’s blood, squid ink, and even ones made with fish and little roe stuffed beneath the skin.  I’m rather partial to the plain sausage – haven’t worked up the nerve to try the fishy ones yet.

Papayas Milk

One of the popular Taiwanese drink that you’ll find street vendors selling is Papaya Milk.  It is kind of like a tropical papaya Smoothie or Shake.  One of my early childhood memories is of my parent took me to a street vendor (in Taiwan) and buying me for my first cup of Papaya Milk.

In Taiwan, there is two kind of papaya milk. One is a cane of papaya milk and another one is fresh papaya milk. The best options and best taste would be the fresh papaya milk.

Conclusion

For instances, if you are thinking of visit Taiwan one day, and don’t know what foodies and beverages to have a try, or you have been to Taiwan and never try of these food listed above, please do considered to have taking a try. You will never feel regret after get a taste as it is the best local foods to experience. Please don’t go to Taiwan for Western food as it is not the best way to do so as you could get Western food anywhere in your town.