[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? ^_^

Career Fair 2010 @ USM Engineering

Aiyoh.. so many events this week T_T (UIA’s Ummatic Week, theater in USM main campus, and here we’re having Career Fair, duh). I hope I can catch everything all!

Tomorrow we’re attending a talk by Intel. Earlier I was sort of planning to live in Penang after graduation, and particularly having met many classmates who used to work in Intel (before pursuing Masters in USM) is somehow convincing me that I should go work in Intel Penang, too.

BTW for more info about the career fair in our campus here (I still can’t believe this deserted campus is having a huge event participated by many big name companies all over =_=) please do check www.usmeccf.com

See you around.

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! :)