[Post-] Birthday lunch @ Nando’s Autocity

Look at my face. If you think it’s a happy thing about turning 27 at this point of time, then think again.

A bitter smile of a 27 year old who’s still in denial about her true age. But hey, yesterday I went to cheer myself up and forget the sad fact that I’ve been one year older, in Autocity, or precisely, at Nando’s.

I was wishing for something simple yet I loved (and something you cannot find in the campus in towns nearby) like Subway or Domino’s pizza or Baskin Robbin’s milkshake.. but my roommate suggested Nando’s, and since it’s her who was driving us to Juru, so I just agreed. I dont know if I fancy Nando’s so much, the only time I had dined Nando’s was during one of Iris’ staff farewell party back in the working year.

We had typical peri-peri chicken and soup and iced chocolate, which wasn’t too bad, even though it was a bit more expensive than I had planned to spend that day. Anyways. It was nevertheless good, when you dont actually find these fine restaurants everyday and rather been eating boring food in the campus all times and nearby towns are practically hopeless. Driving half an hour the highway to Juru is usually worth it when you actually eat alot there, hehehe.

OK lah, I really dont know why I’ve not been that much excited about blogging anymore.. probably you have noticed it. I’m only keeping track  of significant things here for the sake of diary of my life, and stop blogging about crappy stuff. Good thing that Project Alpha is over now :P

Korean Buffet at Seoul Garden

Early this year I already blogged about this Korean BBQ & Steamboat buffet restaurant in Autocity Juru when we had class makan-makan party :) (read here). It was my first time dining there, and my second time was yesterday, when the roommates and I wanted to have some good time eating together while all of are still here (some of us are graduating this semester, so it’s like a farewell party to them plus our celebration for finishing final exam and plus K.Haiza’s birthday – okay, was on 2nd May actually but that time all of us were too busy with exam and projects so.)

Food variety at Seoul Garden: Different types of meat, fish, chicken, squid, prawns for BBQ grill (a lot of spice and flavor variety to choose), fish/meatballs and steamboat nuggets, vegetables, icecream, fruit, dessert – can make your own fruit salad, cendol, all the sweet stuff. Also, soft drinks and juice.

The 2-in1 grill pan and steamboat maker. Yum, the soup for steamboat can be chosen from a few flavors like Ginseng, Tom Yam, herbs etc. I dunno why but everytime I came here people automatically opt for Tom Yam. So there come the process of grilling meats and refilling stamboat pot and eating like mad and refilling again continuously for as many hours you can.. the lunch buffet time starts from 11am to 4.30pm.

I made my own Lai chi kang :)) which is the most delicious in the universe :D Couldnt help but finishing 2 bowls in a row. Also ice cream.. yum! Although, I must admit after the cold dessert, I barely managed to continue eating no more. >.<

The blueberry cheese cake which we had to bring back rather than finishing it there, coz we were *too* full and there was totally no space for cake T_T.. BTW the dining area is pretty nice here, I must say. The staff are also constantly helping should you need to change the grill pan or refill the soup. The only thing not favorable is you have to bear with smoke from the grill coz it’s right on your dining table.. so your tudung & clothes will end up smelling BBQ :P

Az, next time you come here I’ll bring you makan at Seoul Garden kay? ^_^

Penang Spotlight: Penang Ferry

I’m in the middle of studying for A.I. test this coming Thursday, and it’s been more boring than I thought, so after half an hour I usually get distracted either to sit on the computer or lay down in bed reading yet another novel or totally doze off. Yeah yeah I so much love multitasking :)) and I am very good at it!!! *proud* Okay okay multitasking, procrastinating, whichever you feel like calling (v_v;), but anyway, out of nowhere I feel obligated to make another post for Penang Spotlight, and now let me introduce you to our old school Penang Ferry!

No offense, but seriously, they are really old I just couldn’t believe that they never upgrade, probably ever since Penang ferry began its service in the 1920s to ship people from Butterworth Pier in the mainland to Port Swettenham, downtown Georgetown in Penang island back and forth. The ferry service used to be the only way of communicating before the Penang Bridge was built in 1987 (a post about Penang Bridge coming up later on, maybe next month :P). And before 1920’s, I have no idea what people had used to cross the straits.

It makes sense that the ferry route takes the nearest distance between Penang island and Malaysia Peninsula mainland. Each ferry ride takes 15 minute to reach the other side. Good for recreation or sightseeing.

Now take a closer look.. can you see those tiny ferries?? :)

Despite the ancient look, the ferry service remains a crucial means for crossing the straits, given that Penang bridge isn’t that convenient as you may guess. Like traffic jams that can trap you bumper-to-bumper, or if you want to cross between nothern part to northern part, or when you’re a pedestrian/with bicycle, or when no public transport really crosses the bridge at all! Like, from my place or even Butterworth in the mainland, there’s no bus to cross by bridge, can you believe that?? Therefore you have to take the ferry. Unless you take USM shuttle bus from Engineering campus in Nibong Tebal to the main campus in Gelugor, then again it only serves during weekdays (two trips a day back and forth, morning and evening). THAT answers why I never really went to Penang island in previous semester before I got the Kelisa back to me! Anyways. I’m meaning to talk about ferry now. Back to ferry again, there are currently 8 ferries in service, they’re named after islands in Malaysia like Pulau Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, etc. Rates are as follows:

Pedestrian: Adult RM1.20, Children (between 5 to 12 years old) RM0.60
Vehicles: Bicycle: RM1.40, Motorcycle): RM2.00, Trishaw: RM3.00, Car: RM6.50, Small Lorry:RM13.20

The rates are only charged if you’re heading to Penang island. Going back to the mainland anyhow, is free of charge :) There are also monthly passes, student passes and free disable people passes for your convenience.

Pedestrian in upper deck.

Vehcles in lower deck.

On a side note to my Postcrosser friends who read this, I have a couple of Penang ferry postcards for grab. Let me know if you fancy one for your collection! :)

Makan2 Party for MSc ESDE Class of 09/10 @ Seoul Garden, Autocity

Yippie! The plan was from last semester actually, we were supposed to have a bye-bye-see-you-again-next-sem kind of gathering after the final exam, but it turned out that everyone was either too excited to go home right after the exam or… well, everyone was too excited to go home, period. Therefore the postponed lunch finally happened the other week recently :) And it was my first time eating Korean barbecue and steamboat buffet at Seoul Garden.

And it was my first time being in Autocity too, in fact.. (oh yeah, now you must be thinking I have really been living in a jungle for one whole semester and never went out to see civilization.. hm, maybe it’s half true). It’s about 20 minutes away from our campus via PLUS highway. And you can say, for someone who has left KL for a year and never been any near to big city ever since, and has almost turned into a cave-man inside her deserted campus in the middle of palm estate.. Autocity is like wonderland! Many decent restaurants (and fast-foodies) are sitting side by side, well perhaps I’ll make a separate post about Autocity for future Penang Spotlight entry :) Coz now I’m saving space to tell you about my class party only.

Here’s the Korean style hot plate, or whatever you call it, where you use to cook steamboat nuggets and grill meats of many choices of spices and kinds. And soup choices too. So convenient really, since everything is in bite-size so the food can easily go from the plate right to your mouth. Well, in case you need a plate, they do serve plates, don’t worry, and many of them actually, and the service people do their good job really, to keep changing your plates :) and even change the hot plate too, soon it gains stains of burnt meats (because of too busy eating…).

Choices of meats (constantly restocked). And plates, too. Besides the barbecue and steamboat, there are variety of salads and fruits, desserts, ice-cream, and soft drink. Yeah, I think that’s all. The buffet lunch time is from 12pm to 4pm (plus minus, I am not that sure either, coz we left by 3pm and we were too full already). Bring your student card so you can get a discounted price of RM25.10.

Class photo after lunch. Hmm.. a few people missing though. More photos of happy people eating and camwhoring can be seen in my Facebook album, and Fauzi’s.

Ok thanks bye.

USM Engineering Campus – Part 1

Oh yes Penang is one of Malaysia’s famous touristic places and has one of the biggest cities. The capital Georgetown is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Malacca. It IS a very beautiful and historic place.

penang

But you aren’t likely to feel you’re in Penang with all its fun when you actually find yourself living in the farthest spot from the city and nearest the border of Perak :(

penang1

Unless I didn’t choose to go for Engineering course and be placed in the Engineering campus in Nibong Tebal, I would instead have been delighted to be living in the island and center of the city in the main campus. Agh.

And some more, Nibong Tebal is purely a jungle than a town! No public transports come inside the campus, and the nearest town is Parit Buntar (yes, in Perak state actually). You have to call a taxi to bring you to bus station in Parit Buntar. Then again there’s no direct bus to Penang island crossing the bridge. You have to take one hour trip to Butterworth and take a ferry to Georgetown. Yes, FERRY!!!!!!!! It sounds fun only if you just take ferry, not those very long journey that simply makes you feel as if you’re traveling to another state. I was in the main campus last week to do the medical checkup since our campus here doesn’t do X-ray thing, and USM provides shuttle bus to go there actually, but only 2 trips per day, 8.30 am from Eng campus and come back at 11am from main campus, and 3pm from Eng campus and come back 5pm from main campus. Thing is, I MISSED the morning bus!! T_____T And since there’s no other free day to go, and I had my classmate Fiona with me, we decided to turn it into an adventure and took taxi, bus, and ferry to go there. It took damn hours to really reach there instead of 1 hour by shuttle bus (use bridge, like many other cars do, and I still can’t understand why no public bus goes there by bridge). But we managed to catch the return bus at 5pm, fortunately. One day of traveling to Penang, and you say we’re living in Penang? BTW Nibong Tebal to Georgetown are at leats 35km apart.

OK, nevermind that. I just have to get used to the fact I’ll be living in the jungle for at least one year. It’s not too bad, actually. Think nature, no noise and air pollution. Coz here in this campus everyone is riding a bicycle. I have never seen lots of bike users like this in any other place in Malaysia before. It’s like a new discovery :)

One of the many bikes

One of the many garages in the hostel area (we call it Desasiswa here, = Student Village).

Yes, BICYCLES ONLY :)

My bike!!!!! :D :D Who would have thought that I ended up riding bicycle again lol. Oh yes, Coffeebeanie, it's red color ;) How come did you guess PINK?? :o

bicycle path

Path for bicycle only to go to school buildings. I can't remember if I have seen such environment and biking society in other places in Malaysia before. For a moment, I thought I was in Holland instead of Nibong Tebal :))

bicycle path

Palm trees, lakes.. (though seen in picture is rather a flooded field after a rainy day). Hmmm yes as you can see we really live in a jungle.

lembaran blok 1

Desasiswa Lembaran Blok 1

My hostel building. My room is at the top level, no lift, hence another means of exercise apart of the bike. I live a healthy life now!! :P I have 3 roomates here, well USM hostel here is not as “posh” as UIA hostel I was living in past years, but trust me, it isn’t too bad either. I guess I’ll survive here for one year. Or actually, my course seems to last for 1.5 years. Agh.

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