Malaysia Vlog: Quick Trip to KL and Malacca City

After two months of being lazy, LOL. Here is my trip to Malaysia last September 2018 with my family for three days and 2 nights. Also, I would like to thank Harold Tan of Travel Okay Travel Tours for arranging our 2-day tour.


This trip was one of the most spontaneous, spur of the moment because my little sister’s in town. Personally, the highlight of this trip was the Batu Caves. I mean, would I even have the patience to climb stairs? LOL. But it was really worth the steps. Also, the night out at Bukit Bintang was my favorite too because of the food wise, my first time in a hawker place because I didn’t go to one when I was in Singapore (I know!!! Checkout my post on that one.)  Anyway, sharing you some photos and of course, don’t forget to watch my vlog.

  • Hotel Review: Platinum Suites/The Face Suites:
    4/5. Great place to stay, gorgeous rooftop but the only thing that’s really concerning is the service lift that goes down. Always took us longer than expected. All the rest is good though.
  • Food Review:
    A. Nasi Kendar Pelita – 4/5, good local food place. Very reasonable price.
    B. Deep Blue Rooftop – 5/5, exceptional place and delicious food. I love everything about this and will definitely go back.
    C. Restoran Pei Zing – 3/5, well I wasn’t feeling the vibes of a local Malaccan food. It was more of a typical Chinese resto.
    D. Xin Ji Kitchen – 5/5, I love every dish that we ordered, exceeded my taste buds. LOL. I love hawker places.
    E. The Whisky Bar – 5/5, love the place and the cocktail that was served to me. Refreshing as the bartender says.
  • Tour guide: Tourland
    2/5. Sorry to say but it wasn’t worth the price we paid for the tour. The two tour guides were just there for the sake of being there, and they weren’t very engaging or entertaining, let alone ourselves to figure out where we were. We could’ve rented a grab car instead, oh yeah, we met a grab car driver on the way to Mitsui, and he told us everything we should’ve gone to which he seems very knowledgeable.
  • Airline: Air Asia
    2/5. First time to ride an international flight with Air Asia and it was the worst flight of my life especially heading back to Manila, airplane was already moving but the cabin luggage still open and people still standing. One FA was very rude to me as well as much as I want to expose his face I’d rather not go down the hill again. LOL.
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The beautiful Batu Caves
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OOTD: Plains and Prints
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Made it on top!!! So gorg!!!
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Royal Selangor, Pewter Factory.
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Deep Blue
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3 hours drive to Melaka (Malacca City)
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The beautiful Stadthuys
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Petronas Tower shining brightly using Fujifilm XA-5
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Triplets, momma and her daughters.
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At Platinum Suites/Face Suites infinity pool overlooking KL Tower

Until then!!! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and to this website for updates. In a few days time, I’d be editing my Korea vlog!!!! YES!!!! THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME!!! God bless you.

 

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Chef Jay’s Patisserie: “In Your Dreams” by Glitz and Switz

Who loves cake? Don’t we all? Well, it’s kind of hard not to, right? Especially if the main ingredient is CHOCOLATE. I’m not a fan of dark chocolates though – I know what you’ll say, heard it a lot of times from friends but hey we all have different taste buds. LOL. Instead, I love milky chocolates. Continue reading “Chef Jay’s Patisserie: “In Your Dreams” by Glitz and Switz”

Make A Wish, Katrina

So another year, another reason to wish for something. Yes?

Happiest birthday to me! ❤️ I still can’t believe I turned thirty-four this year, almost turning forty soon. Yet, in all honesty, I still feel like I’m in the mid-20s. Yep, I mean, I do look like one don’t I? LOL.

Early this year, I was already planning my birthday trip to Thailand for my birthday, but I couldn’t seem to have that urge to book a ticket even though Thai Airways went sale. Also, I already planned nearby trips in between my birthday month so I couldn’t spend anymore cent. I kinda have this gut feeling that I should stay put and let the Lord surprise me on which He actually did.

Sharing you snippets of my birthday weekend!

Brotzeit: Barkada and HS friends plus my cousin. Forever grateful to these people who have made a mark in my life in the past two decades. What more could I ask for? Also, it was prolly one of my favorite intimate birthday celebrations. Though missing some who couldn’t make it, specifically named Karlie she had a valid excuse. LOL.

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Because wine is life. LOL.

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…The last time I will ever jager again. I took one and a half shot because Florence couldn’t finish hers. Never doing it again. Gah. Am I too old now for shots? LOL
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Beers from Brotzeit are so good!!! Cheers!!!

And to my surprise, my best friends got me this beautiful cake. AS IN ANG GANDA. They know me too well… What a beaut! The cake was from Lucille’s PH.

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Dress: Zoo Label

The rest of the night was history. I want to share more especially the bonggang gifts but let’s just say… I wanna keep this celebration more privately this time. I feel loved by these people and grateful for all the BEAUTIFUL and THOUGHTFUL gifts they have given me.

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Through the years!

Grid x Griddle: Church Friends and College Group. As much as I want a one-night celebration I know, I couldn’t handle much and wouldn’t be able to eat. I’ve tested that already. LOL. I chose Grid and Griddle because I know how much my church friends like game night and the kiddos in my college group will be able to enjoy the place. Plus, I know one of the owners. Gladly to advertise the restaurant. I did a food review on this one, you may click the link.

I wasn’t able to take photos of the food but I’m so glad Jepoy did. Here are some of the food from their set menus.

Apparently, the kiddos enjoyed the place, how kid-friendly Grid x Griddle is!

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The Chang family. Cutest little boy!!!
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The kiddos… Oh hi darling, Louisse, my goddaughter!!
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My college groupie. Almost complete.

I appreciate everyone who came and even stayed longer to salubong my birthday… Overwhelmed and again thanks for all the thoughtful gifts, in fairness kilala nyo na akong bookworm and wine lover, LOL. There’s one thing though, I still haven’t figured out who gave the PIZZA from COAL? If you are reading this, THANK YOU.

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My church friends! Growing groupie. Missing the rest of my D-Group!!!

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I still feel awkward whenever the mandatory cake comes in. LOL.
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Cheers to more Rosé sans the wine glass. LOL

Lastly, with my dearest family. Just a simple dinner at Cafe Ilang-Ilang.

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Thinking of what more can I wish or pray for? Aside from the fact that I still am praying for my heart’s desire.

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Make a wish, Katrina.
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Oh to be thirty-four.
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Koko’s favorite little girl wants to blow the candle. Love you, babe!

I realized, the LORD has a beautiful plan afterward. The day after my birthday, I was supposed to head to La Union for a short getaway with my cousin but had to cancel it due to an Okada overnight stay with my best friends and my favorite kiddos. Soon on my vlog. Anyhoo, I came to realize one thing as Paul, the apostle, noted in one of his books,

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:11-13

There’s nothing more meaningful than to have the heart of acceptance to whichever season GOD brought you in. As far as I know, HE will go through it with you. TRUST me. When people asked me, what’s your wish? I’d tell them in a heartbeat, “to continuously SEEK HIM..” And they would tell me, “Yeah, yeah, yeah but the one wish you would like for Him to give you?” Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say, “A lifetime partner is what I still wish and pray for.” But, it’s not what I need most in my life though, what I need is GOD . Only He can fill the hole in my heart that no man can.

Another thing that I learned this season is to treat yourself with kindness and love. It’s okay to not feel okay, but it’s not okay if toxic people get in the way of your sunshine. It’s not even okay for them to make you feel guilty when you start to pull away from their pessimistic world just because you deserve better treatment. When that happens, you know what to do. Give extra love to yourself, a pat on your back, you’re worth is more than that.

This will also be the last time I will gather around with my friends to celebrate my birthday, not because I don’t like to celebrate it with everyone, hello it’s me, kidding. I just want to have a different kind of celebration next year and the upcoming years, something a bit more meaningful to my soul.

Moving on, after a week of my birthday, GOD surprisingly gave the best birthday gift ever. Another vacation trip, not a solo trip this time but with family!!! Since my sister came home again, my family and I decided to have a quick vacation trip to Malaysia. Yep, vlog will be up soon. Perhaps, the Lord didn’t want me to be alone on another getaway. I remember the start of the year when the Lord spoke..

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
 Proverbs 19:21

 

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Thankful to my beautiful and strong mom, who taught me that all these things are but of GOD’s breath.

Sharing you our recent family photo. Let me tell you a tiny secret, it still makes me teary-eyed and a bit sentimental after we have this kind of photo, I mean, I wish my dad was also in the picture. I remember those times when papa was still alive, he always makes sure that he will bring me a cake and let me make a wish even those times when we were in crisis. I guess that’s why blowing candles on my birthday have a significant effect on my life. I was born into a family who celebrates birthday as if a holiday because for most of us it’s a time of thanksgiving.

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Yes, you could say I already love fashion back then. LOL. Goldilocks!!! Hihi.

When Paul noted his contentment with having more and less, I know for a fact that he is indeed rooted in Christ love. And that’s what I wish and pray for each year. To have that audacity to trust GOD in whichever season He brings you especially in this world of defiance.

To end this, I want to say I appreciate every single person who made my birthday each year a beautiful one. Thank you for always making time and how happy my heart really is because of the love you guys showed me. I appreciate the LORD for you, and I thank HIM even more for life He has given me. His faithfulness endures forever. Praise and Glory to GOD, always.

Food Review: Mendokoro Ramenba

So tell me who doesn’t love ramen on rainy weather? WHO! Errr. Nope, not mad here. Anyhoo… I’ve heard so many good reviews on this specific ramen restaurant which is located in Makati and is now opened in BGC as well. The only bad thing I heard of this place is because of this celebrity paparazzi incident – – let’s not get into it though. LOL.

Mendokoro Ramenba’s sister company is Ramen Yushoken in Alabang, which I’ve also tried way back in 2014, I think? Yes, ages ago. And yes, definitely worth the long drive. So when the hype of Mendokoro Ramenba started and hearing one of its owners is Elbert Cuenca, I was like – WE HAVE TO TRY IT.

After the Maarte Fair, I attended along with one of my best friends, Kriscia. Which, btw, was a success!!! Great job to all the Maarte Fair contributors! I told her since we’re already in the area, we could try the ramen place! (We are pretty much a foodie, just a foodie. We have several lists of restaurants that we want to try. SOON.) Anyhoo, also the weather at that time was in extreme heights, so it’s indeed a perfect timing. Yep, remember, Aug 11, 2018? That was the night.

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MAarTea Time at the Peninsula.

Mendokoro Ramenba is located at Salcedo Village, V Corporate Center Soliman, Makati. Which is beside La Creperie.

I love the concept of this place, the ramen bar is so profound. It’s very modernist, not your typical ramen place. I have to say the interior itself speaks of good quality ramen.

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The good thing about this one is you have to go to the cashier first, order your ramen, pay for it and then you wait for your time. It saves you a lot of time and makes it more organized.

So glad the time we got there wasn’t too crowded. It prolly took us 15-20 minutes to wait for our turn. Sans, I heard some waited for a very long cue.

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They cook it right in front of you. I think it’s also good to know how well maintained the place is? I mean, it safe to say, you’re in good hands especially with regards to cleanliness.

As you can see the time when we were able to sit in our place was also the time it started to get jampacked. Anyhoo… Eating ramen in front of everyone else can be a bit tricky and awkward.

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I love how each of the seats has their own condiments and necessities like tissue ready.
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The gyoza. Quite good. (P120)
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We both ordered the same thing. My personal favorite TANTANMEN!!! Could you spot the chili oil? Hihi. (P440)
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Char Siu is also yummy!!! (P140)

Ratings:

  • Food: ★★★★☆
  • Service: ★★★★☆
  • Cleanliness: ★★★★★
  • Value for money: ★★★★☆
  • Ambiance: ★★★★☆

So why did I give a 4/5 rating when it should be a perfect 5. Well, you could say I wanted a spicier taste on my ramen. Yes, I’m a chili-kind of a lover. LOL. I would definitely be coming back to this ramen place. I heard there’s a secret menu as well, hmm. Any suggestions? A little spicier? Overall, I like it, and I highly recommend it!!! Just be there before the rush hours.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you do have any suggestions or restaurant recommendations, please don’t hesitate to message me or comment down below. Don’t forget to follow my website as well as my other social media!!! Until then!! Happy Ramen, everyone!