Monday, 12 March 2018

KUANTAN CNY TRIP

Pantai Telok Cempedak

We  went to visit our kid #2 in Gambang last Chinese New Year.Since she started her pre-U studies there,we had come to Gambang / Kuantan 3 times in a month!Now,you can tell..who actually suffers from homesickness…the daughter?Mama…or abah?Ha ha..

The other 2 girls joined us as they were having 5 days school break for CNY.We spent 3 days 2 nights at Kuantan…just relaxing ourselves…and enjoying local food.

Let’s just talk about the highlights of the trip…lemang,pantai....& makan..

LEMANG TO’KI,BENTONG

We paid a visit to Wan & Atuk at Semenyih,Selangor prior to the Kuantan trip.We drove along KL-Karak Highway and made stopover at Lemang To’ki,Bentong to have our breakfast.The google map led us to the main (former) shop.They do have a few outlets around the area,understandably.

You won't miss the signage..

Their lemangs are among the best.This is the place where you can have lemang all day all year round!(Ooops…Monday is their off day)What a heaven..

You can see the preparation and step-by-step cooking

Freshly made everyday!
 
Long queue...pay before makan..

The lemang goes well with rendang,curry and ayam bakar.


Price depends on the size of lemang


Remember to 'cop' your seating 

The place is quite crowded.A famously hang out place for 'bikers kental’

TELOK CEMPEDAK

We stayed at D’Embassy Serviced Residence Suites,which sits nicely on the hillside of Bukit Pelindung.Pantai Telok Cempedak is just a mere 5 min drive from the apartment.

We stopped by this beach before checking in…Telok Cempedak is adorably known as TC by the locals.


White sandy beach..clean & well maintained

For those who had been to TC in 1990’s,it was a place for picnic and swimming.Now,it is less for the beach and more for the McDonalds,KFC,Subway and Starbucks.Locals come here from evening till night time to hang out…which leads to massive traffic jams from Kuantan direction

Live performance from local buskers

Crowded especially during festive days (CNY)

Despite of the crowd,you’ll be able to find a place to sit and enjoy the sound of crashing waves



Strong wave

Strong wind..

We-fie time




You can enjoy a 350 metre long boardwalk linking this beach to Telok Tongkang Beach.The latter was almost deserted.

Beware of the 'company' along the boardwalk..



Lastly,do remember to leave only your footprints...and not the rubbish!Love our beach..

FOOD HUNTING IN KUANTAN 

We did try some of the recommended eating places while in Kuantan.Although we're not the self-proclaimed food enthusiasts,as visitors we love to try local food whenever we visit new places.

Breakfast at Eda Yassin Nasi Minyak Warisan,Tg Api 

4.2 km from our hotel (D'Embassy Serviced Residence Suites).


Nasi minyak,nasi kerabu,nasi dagang,laksam...everything East Coast has to Offer,you name it!Lots of local delicacies too..


U  have to line up to 'tapau'.If u want to dine in...no need to queue



Lunch at Warung Poksu & Moksu,Peramu

8 km from our hotel.
If you're going to Tanjung lumpur,the stall is next to Peramu Police Station.


Don't forget to try satar,a grilled fish paste wrapped in banana leaves.


Ikan celop tepung (ICT) & satar-recommended!

Dinner at Burgerak,Taman Marina

2 km from our hotel

At our first thought,Burgerak might mean burger yang bergerak?...or Burger Food Truck?
Wrong!!Burgerak actually stands for Burger Anak Kuantan..ha ha

We nearly missed the place as it was dimly lit,barely visible from afar..




Burrito with spicy cili padi sauce-recommended!

We also had our meals at regular eateries like Pizza Hut,McD & sea food restaurant (at TC) to meet our girls preferences.Being not-so-adventurous foodie,they would like to stick to something their palates used to..

Enough of my ramblings on the trip...so long,folks!

BALING BELAKANG SEPT 2017; EAGLE RANCH RESORT, PORT DICKSON




Sebenarnya,percutian  kali ni adalah treat trip to kid # 4 yang baru habis exam UPSR.Upah penat-lelah & bertungkus-lumus untuk exam..ha ha ha..
Perasaan kali ni…tak lah seteruja seperti trip sebelum ni ke PD.Sebab? 2 members Casa Nayafana takde bersama (kid # 1 is overseas, & kid #3 having a ‘bengkel’ for her PT3 exam).Kira..tak cukup korum lah..
Anyhow…takpelah…there we went…the fun-tastic four of us!
Kali ni..kami booked Eagle Ranch Resort…sebab konsep resort ni yang lain dari resort/ hotel-hotel di PD.Resort ni dah lama wujud…kami jer yang baru nak sampai.

Hari kejadian tu…. Hari Jumaat…cuti umum sempena Awal Muharam…we kind of expecting crowds at PD due to long weekends.But suprisingly,it turned out that the PD was ‘significantly less traffic’ on that day.Hmmm..tak pastilah kenapa?

Sebelum check in,kami singgah di tempat makan favourite kami… Coybow Place...

Lokasi baru-towards the Blue Lagoon Beach

Kawasan memanggang jauh sikit dari tempat makan...jadi baju tak beraroma ayam..
Simple rice & bbq chicken


Nasi ayam dan koboi berpisah tiada?Grrrr




Lepas solat Jumaat…terus ke Eagle Ranch Resort. Lokasi dia agak jauh dari jalan besar…kira terperuk lah. Yet…it’s still waze / GPS assessable.

Belakang tu reception counter.

The check-in process cepat dan lancar.Walaupun,dah buat pembayaran untuk tempahan,pihak resort memang akan request cash deposit sebanyak RM100.Emm…part tu,memang kami overlooked sebelum buat booking…

Kami menginap di bilik paddock chalet 




with balcony overlooking the horse paddock.



Our room was quite dated and both the aircond and TV remote controller were not working when we checked in. But this was sorted out promptly by maintenance after we complained (thumbs up to that!).Rupa-rupanya takde bateri dalam remote controller tu…cis!Alahai..TV  ada pakej NJOI…standard lah untuk hotel 3 bintang kot?Emm..asyik-asyik dok tengok TV1,TV2,TV3,TV9,Al-Hijrah…dan CJ Wowshop…bosan pulak..Oh ya…dalam bilik takde telefon (?pelik)…Terpaksa call hotel reception pakai henfon..tak sure lak bilik lain macam mana.. 

Jom tinjau keadaan sekitar resort....ada pelbagai jenis penginapan

Paddock terrace

Kampung House

Swimming pool bawah bilik...boleh terjun tiruk dari tingkap??

Cowboy-themed teepee



Petang...lepak-lepak jer..

Jumpa cikgu pulak kat sini.Bukan murid2 je nak release tension post UPSR..

Tak ramai orang kat pool sini...anak-anak enjoy swimming


Another pool kat level atas...with strict swimming attire rules.Budak2 sempat cecah kaki jer..ha  ha

Lewat senja kami keluar menghala ke Pasir Panjang untuk dinner..Mr husband..as usual nak shoot sunset kat jeti Pasir Panjang.We had planned having sunset dinner at Medan Ikan Bakar Kg Telok Pasir Panjang.Actually,just outside pintu gerbang resort…di sebelah je…ada Rock Mountain Restaurant…boleh jugak makan di situ..kalau malas nak keluar jauh-jauh.
 






Menunggu sunset dinner
Keesokan paginya,breakfast di hotel. For a paddock chalet which can house 4 people, I found it rather kedekkkutt  for this resort to give complimentary  breakfast only for 2 people.And for the additional ‘guest’ we had to pay cash at the entrance of the restaurant.Kami minta agar pihak hotel charge saje dalam bil…we would pay at the time of checking out (Lagi pun dah letak deposit RM100,kan?).Tapi,diorang insisted us to pay cash then and there.Untuk adult it’s RM20.30 & kid RM10.30.Pasrah je lah.. Breakfast was average & there was not much variety.Tapi,Alhamdulillah…syukur…makanan dia ok,not that lousy…dining area pun bersih,no flies (we read macam-macam dalam reviews)


Di belakang tu..dining area

….Kami checked out tepat jam 12 tengahari.Sebelum jam 12,kita dah perasan housekeeper berlegar-legar sekitar bilik…so..paham-pahamla..Masa checked out tu,kena tunggu kejap..receptionist kat kaunter tu akan roger (with walkie-talkie)  kat housekeeper yang tengah check bilik kita.Agak berdebar-debar jugak…walaupun tau memang takde barang-barang yang rosak atau hilang.Pas tu,receptionist kasi signal…line clear…Alhamdulillah.Deposit RM100 dipulangkan semula dan kami pun pulang dengan perasaan legaaaa… 

Sebelum pulang..


Band Wagon Room







Kesimpulannya…percutian kali ni seronok jugak…especially untuk anak-anak yang 2 orang tu…dapatlah unwind themselves from hectic  school / college routines.Sana sini kekurangan tu…adatlah ..tak lah sampai mengganggu emosi dan mood percutian..

And it’s amazing how an activities-devoid weekend at the ranch can rejuvenate you…..