Friday, January 25, 2013

Conquered! Dessert places in Lintas

This is a food post!! Okay more like a dessert post!

Since last year Lintas has been blooming dessert shops! If you live in KK and do not know where Lintas is located then, I assume you live under the rock? So for those who live beyond Sabah premises, let me tell you that Lintas is a place where you can find practically anything. Banks, Saloons, fast food outlets, pubs, restaurants, and of course, dessert shops! Last week I finally managed to visit all of the dessert shops so here are some likes and dislikes about each of them

*All based on my personal opinion please do not feel offended in any way hahaha Most pictures are taken using my phone lalala

The first one of which brought 'dessert frenzy' into Lintas was ZenQ! When it first opened I was like, 'uh.. so many people really that nice or not?' that kind of thing, but I think one of my friends prompted me to go try it out and I actually liked it!!

Usually when you go to a new place you order either the chef's special or a signature dish. That was what I did so here is the ZenQ Signature (RM7.90 each). You can choose different bases (the flavour of ice) of your liking.


The standard ZenQ Signature Top with Pearls, Grass jelly, Q Yuan and crystal noodles

They also give you a tiny bit of milk to pour in. Usually I just skip it because I like it plain :/

After frequenting ZenQ a lot I finally concluded that I liked the ZenQ shaved ice (RM6.90. It's cheaper!!) the most! Sorry no picture hahaha probably because when it is served I swallow the whole bowl ASAP They also offer healthier dessert options such as barley shaved ice (something like that..) or black sesame soup. My friends (and the Fifits, duh!) always order the Matcha Shaved Ice which I don't like -.- They also have bubble tea and fusion drinks!

They also have these bread topped with ice-cream and fruits! Very good but slightly overpriced

Like: They give you many choices to choose from! Big portion too!
Dislike: They discontinued their loyalty card :( Sometimes the desserts are also inconsistent ie sometimes too sweet or too bland.


Next up is Black Ball! I've only tried three desserts so far and I'm much impressed! It's really similar to ZenQ (and very near too!) Blackball and ZenQ are both Taiwanese dessert chains therefore the menu is very very Taiwanese



One of the signature dishes. I forgot what's it called but it has corn in it!! CORNN!!! Unlike the usual ones I have in ZenQ, this one tastes lighter and sweeter, and I think that young kids and seniors would like it too!

If I'm not mistaken this is a Black Ball Signature...
I have to say that the Q Yuan (chewy tapioca balls. The orange and purple balls in the pictures) in Black Ball is much more to my liking. I like that it is not too chewy and it does taste more natural. Sometimes when I have it in other places I feel that I'm chewing plastic hahaha

They also have their special Bobba Milk Tea of which brings bubble milk tea to a different level!

Like: The corn dessert!! hahaha
Dislike: Service is slow -.- And I find that the working counter is so small that the workers have difficulty working at the same pace



Moving on to a shop that serves desserts made of local fruits! Justberrys! I had the most desserts in this shop because my parents like it very much -.- If we are having dinner in Lintas then we'd drop by the shop for some cendol.. And yes, you read it right, it's cendol!!! The one we usually order is the pandan cendol but they also have a durian cendol.The desserts are much more Malaysian-ized and (I bet) much more healthier.


Pandan Cendol (RM4.90). The parents' favourite hahahaha

(oh I'm bad with dessert names) Durian Frenzy? (RM12.50)
It's fresh durian served with vanilla ice cream, bits of durian cake and pamelo! A different taste compared to the usual durian ice cream :D It's quite filling though so it's best to share!


Another cendol hahaha and the other one is a Mango Loh (Shaved ice with mango and sago)
Justberrys also serve desserts such as steam milk custard topped with fruits and grass jelly. They have a wide range of fruits to choose from as well from durian to strawberry to honeydew! A good place for tourists to try out durian desserts as well!

Like: The desserts are made with fresh local fruits!
Dislike: The shop smells like durian (not that you can do anything about it since they serve durian desserts hahaha)


The latest addition was Lucky Bean. Tried to Google about their history but it seems like it is a local brand. To me their menu is very healthy hahaha and innovative at the same time. They serve the traditional tau fu fah with toppings such as green/red bean and grass jelly. A very bold approach I must say!

Apart from their tau fu fah, they've prepared herbal tea! Which is a plus for those who wish to have something less sinful. They also have a range of finger food such as wedges & fries. They serve waffles and pancakes as well so it's an all-in-one dessert shop serving a little bit of everything. The interior of the shop is cozy and very Sabahan. hahaha
I think it's one of the signatures (told you I'm bad with names)
Like: Very diverse menu! And they serve free plain water of which I think is a good plus to dessert shops!!
Dislike: Arggggh. They ran out of ingredients the other day but ahh.. that can be improved :D



There is also Yoyo cafe, Tutti Fruitti and Moo Cow in Lintas. Yoyo is pretty well-known so I'll just skip it. Tutti Fruitti and Moo Cow both serve yogurt ice-cream and I have only tried them in KL. So if you are craving for something sweet, go to Lintas!! lalalalala

That's all :D See ya!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Abdate - 1 minute

I bet it takes you one minute to finish reading this post.

Because..

I was going to tell you guys about school..
But I realized what time it is...
And that now I have to rush over to my grandma's place to get some rice..
Because we ran out of rice at home.
Then come back to bake a whole chicken ...
As Nick and I have tuition later in the evening...
So we have to rush and stuff and...
I'm running out of time!!

Okay I wasted your one minute!! Mine too!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Halls Gap Zoo & Mackenzie Falls

This is where you discover that animals are actually cute!! Well you probably think that animals are ALREADY cute but for a non animal-lover like me, it's a mind changing experience hahaha

Before visiting the Halls Gap Zoo, which is the largest zoo in Victoria itself, we went to visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn more about Australia.

AND YES I DID LEARN. Not much pictures inside the building itself but the interior and setting is really nice. But it's really nice to read about how Australia was found and stuff and also about the Aboriginal people and their way of life.

Best of all, you don't have to pay for entry!! It's like a Cultural museum but it is designed very nicely! Cozy too!

A tree outside the Centre... Cute?
Cakes we had at the Cafe there. It's made of traditional spices. Probably the best cakes we tasted in Australia
Now it's time to look at animals. And some poop hahahahaha

Greeted by a proud peacock! He was standing at the entrance wanting some air-cond HAHAHA



Meerkat!! It's cute! LOL

Probably the ugliest looking reptile I have ever seen in my life. I am sorry but you really EWWWW lah
When you enter a part of the zoo (which is the main part where you can see almost everything. You can call it 'the wild' LOL) there will be deers running around with you!! I would like to think of them as tour guides hahaha

Now you might be thinking, 'what the crap is this lady talking about?' I show you.


see?
That's my mom at the back guarding her tiny pack of animal feed from getting snatched by the deers. No they are not that aggressive but they keep stuffing their wet noses at you so it's kind of gross. And we only have one tiny pack of feed (it's AUD$1.00 I think!) to go round the zoo. Surely we had no intention to feed the deers -.- Some of the visitors just threw their pack of feed to the deers because they were afraid that the deers might attack them HAHAHA



Tried to feed this wallaby but then he was chilling..
'What you looking at, mate?'

And so we feed animals like an Emu. HAHAHA

This one no need feed. What it needs is exercise. Or we could give it a roast!


The Tasmanian Devil!!! I never thought that I would see a real one in real life HAHAHA I thought it would look like Bugs Bunny's friend but .... my expectations were very off.

Deer following us because it can smell that mom has food. Somehow this picture reminds me of some fairytale story setting lol

My official favourite animal, THE WOMBAT!!!!
And the reason I like it? Because it sleeps, and it hides in its hole most of the time. And I bet it eats a lot too if not why it's so round. Kind of sounds like my type HAHAHA Very cute also it looks like it can serve as a faithful... pillow

Porcupine? My dad is crazy he said he wanted to touch it zzz

Probably the nicest picture I took of a bird in my entire life

Kwang Soo! (Running Man fans you know what I mean!)

New animal of which is imported from North Borneo. Does nothing much but eat and poop.

Llama Llama Llama!!! Okay it's actually called an alpaca but who cares to me it's a llama!!! This also I never thought I would encounter. I learnt about llamas (wah, sound so serious) when I watch Jimmy Neutron HAHAHA And when I was young I wanted to ride on one -.- Now cannot ride lah for sure, but I did get to feed it.


Mulberry sheep which made me smell like sheep/lamb/yong sao for the whole day D:

WHEE I TOUCHED A KANGAROO!!! -.- Trust me I have never been so enthusiastic about animals in my life D:



After that, we headed to Mackenzie Falls. The one and only waterfall which made my jaw drop, and then I never had the strength (due to overwhelm-ness lol ) to close my mouth.


Vineyards along the way....


It might look ordinary...
Maybe you might think 'Oh it's gonna look like the ones in Sabah....'


BUT IT'S NOT!!!!!

There is a trail of which you have walk to get to the bottom of the waterfall. It's not a short trail so of course when you reach there you are already tired and you probably want to get back to your car and have some cola. But the moment I stood directly opposite the waterfall, I felt so free I wanted to jump into the water, which is of course not allowed because you might get swallowed by the water. IT WAS SO BIG! Which made me feel so small and I was humbled by its beauty.

Why am I sounding like I'm writing about a handsome king of the waterfall?? -.-

Honestly after that I started to wonder about how God actually created things like this gigantic but yet so pretty waterfall. That is a mystery that should not ever, be solved.


Proof that I actually went there and that the pictures are taken by me and not stolen from any website!!!

Next post - Naracoorte Caves! Watch out for the enormous wombat!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Otway Fly Treetop Walk

This was before we went to see the Twelve Apostles.

Otway Fly Tree Top Walk is actually one of the famous attractions in Victoria. It takes about 2.5 Hours to get there from Melbourne. There is also another thing called the Otway Fly Zip Line Tour, of which Nick and I were supposed to go but sadly, they were fully booked :( We were supposed to pre-book but then we weren't sure whether we would arrive there on time for the tour.


There is no tour for the walk, you wouldn't get lost that easy after all. The walk is about 2km long and it takes about 1 hour to finish. The cool thing is that you are walking on a steel canopy 30 Meters above the ground. Not advised for those who are afraid of heights hahaha

But you might meet slender man somewhere...

Snake captured from the prehistoric section

Oh wow

How the canopy looks like



And on the canopy.. slender woman will be standing right behind you...


That's the spiral tower. Which brings you 47 Meters above the ground

How it looks like from one of the canopies.
The interesting thing about this walk is that it is very calming. Yeah I need a break from the week in busy Melbourne. You are almost one with nature (knowing that you are as tall as the trees lol) And do you guys remember that we learnt about the different layers of the forest back in lower form Geography? About what kind of plants and animals that you can find how many meters above the ground? Here you can see exactly what it looks like (except that there are no animals, only trees) The most amazing things is when you are at the peak of the Spiral Tower, feeling the freeze, and one with the trees, shaking together when the wind slaps onto your face. lol

For more info about Otway Fly, click here.

Next post: Victoria Zoo and Mackenzie Falls!!!

*Do bear with me because school has just started and I feel that this semester is going to be more hectic than the previous one! I'll try to update as often as I can!!