Monday, October 13, 2008

Foods for Thought

Ok here's a posting on some food for thoughts :p Well i start off with something that i didn't post in my recent Bali Trip that is Babi Guling. Its a famous Balinese food in Bali of course and its not easy to find it in Kuta town itself. I was kind of curious when my instructor mention to me about it cuz he say out of 6 trips he went to bali for diving but never tried it before. So well we divers decided to find a way to go get some of this food and well we manage to find one that's a little outside of kuta town center.

Now this is the Signboard for the shop that we went to have our Babi Guling.

As you can see well minus the ashtray.... It consist of pig skin that's fried till like a fish cracker, chop up pieces of serai leaf mix with spices, the satay like meat is just pork meat below the serai spices is the pork meat. and some chillies and some dried internal parts of the pigs. Babi Guling is actually not roasted like the Malaysian roasted pork but in fact they are actually stew in their special soup. Well from what i can see in the stall that is. I was expecting that they BBQ the pork or something but well i was wrong. So then they have all these internal organs of the pork friend and then dried up and serve together. Their soup was very sweet as they uses the Jackfruit as a main ingredient to make it. Well all in all if you get a chance to go Bali should find some and try it. They really taste good :)

Next on line... Well over the weekend I conducted a Swimming Technical Official Gred 3 Course with another lecturer and also my friend Yew Kee in KL. So well as what we always do we uses our allowance to go grab some nice food for dinner or lunch and 1 of the places that i brought him was the Daorae Korean restaurant in Bandar Puteri Puchong. Of course i've been here before with my sibblings and mom during my mom b'day but then this time i bring my friend to enjoy some nice food here too. This was done on the last day after the course ended and we came here for lunch. In the picture is the Menu and the table setting that we seated ourself in. Its a table for 4 and bigger table is also available.

The setting of the table was simple and the seaweed soup was complimentary. The sauces that's served are actually meant to go with the meat that we ordered. Inside the "Grilling pan" is the charcoal that's being used to cook our food.

Here's 2 of the dishes that we order Pork Ribs and marinated Beef Ribs They are not exactly too big in sizes but well its definetly not big enough for my appetite :p But with a few different type of meat i guess it will fill me up.

This one is a Prime Beef Rib Eye meat. Well before it was being cut to pieces it was a whole piece. and those potatoes and onions are just the garnish of the meat together with some garlics that's placed in some oil and heated together.

We also order a bowl of Beef muscle soup. It contains all the muscle of the beef which is quite nice actually. goes well with a bowl of rice too :)

And here's the free food that you will usually get when dining at a Korean restaurant. Usually they have around 8 to 10 varieties of small dishes in small plates where you can refill if you have finish it. The pancake was given to us free at the end of the meal. Well i dunno maybe they are trying some new dishes every table get 1 of it.

Now on the second night of the course we went to Ninja Jones. Well of course I've blog about it before but this time .... I ordered more different food :p First off the usual my favorite Salmon sashimi. Consist of Salmon meat, Salmon belly and the Salmon egg. Then the caterpillar like is unagi top with avocado and cucumber. Yummy stuff they are. :)

Next on line is the Grill Mackerel fish. We order 2 type of it 1 that's shown the natural fish grill with salt and the other was the with teriyaki sauce.(forgot to take picture of that one) Then the next one is also my all time favorite the Ika Teriyaki which is also grill squid.

Next on queue was the Beef. Yum yum and they are the best man i tell you. The cube is the Wagyu Beef which i have shown before this in earlier blog the second is the Kobe Beef. In case you don't know what's a Kobe beef go google it. that few pieces of Kobe Beef cost 130 buckeroos :p But damm its taste marvelous

Of course some smaller side dishes is the Sof

This raw fish... Initially i thought it was a kembong fish but then i don't even recall kembong fish can be make into sashimi like that :p then again i forgotten what this fish is being called it was recommended to us by the waiter there and he mention that its a new dish and the fish just got in today. Its not in the menu. The fish is superbly sweet and taste really good. Its garnish with slices of ginger and onions. As for desert we had this 3 in one thingie. Consist of Pumpkin pudding, fruits, tiramisu cake, a scoop of green tea ice cream and that 2 piece of long stick there is actually pure chocklate. Initially i thought when i saw it in the menu it was a pair of chopstick but then when it came.... it melted in my mouth hahaha :p Well this is some of the nice food we had.

Since it was a 3 days course so we had 3 meals right. On the first night we went to shangrila hotel for their buffet dinner. We decided to go check it out again since we haven't been there for quite some time already. But sadly i didn't bring my camera up but then again... the food there was.... lets just say they are degrading and we decided not to go there again to eat. Quite disappointed with their food now. Other then their oyster that is.

So that's the food for thought :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My BALI trip Experience. Day 4,5 & back

Hola !!! its been a week yes yes its only a week hahaha. Well i did some wrong posting on the last post. All those happen actually on the 3rd day while i was at bali which is also the second day of diving. So today me going to post the Mola Mola hunting and Manta Ray hunting dive :p well we don't really hunt to kill just hunt to view that's all. :p So today the 3rd day of diving which is also the 4th day of the trip we travel 1 hour 30 min from our hotel to the dive site which is at Sanur. From here the Jetty we take a boat ride of 1 hour plus to our first dive site which is Crystal Bay at the island called Nusa Penida. This dive site is also most renown in the world as a very very dangerous dive site with occasion death for those who don't use a dive guide even though they are divemaster or instructor. Well anyhow... The main aim for today dive is to see the elusive Mola Mola fish also better known as the Sun Fish. So we got 3 dive 2 in the morning lunch break and 1 more in the afternoon. So the 3 dive is divided this way 1st dive we go Crystal Bay which depth can go up to well 200 over meter and hopefully see the Mola Mola, 2nd dive we go to manta point which only have a depth of 14 to 18m depending on the tide. 3rd back to see the Mola Mola again if we don't see on the first dive. Worse thing is we got to wear damm thick wet suit. i was wearing around 7mm thick wetsuit well it was actually 2 wetsuit. I was wearing my 2/3mm wetsuit and another 5mm wetsuit over it. The water is that cold there at the dive site.

Here's picture of the day 3 agenda.

First picture is showing the Jetty where we board our boat to go for our mola mola hunting. Then see my 2 instructor they are wearing 1 wetsuit and the blue color wet suit is the 5mm wetsuit that each of us is wearing.

At the start for our first dive what we saw is.... well the first picture show it. Alot of Dead corals but surprisingly lots of marine life. See the corals.... of cold water....

This picture is just a random Fish that happen to swim so close up to me and let me take a picture.. The other picture is showing how many other boat from Bali that's here to try their luck to try and catch a glimpses of the Mola Mola fish.

Now second one... you see this is the Mola Mola. and we only manage to see it on our second dive trip here. On the first dive what we all did was just hanging on for dear life on the corals so that the underwater current won't drag us downward which is dangerous. We were relaxing around 20m on the first dive. On the second dive on the same site the guide decided we shall go down deep to around 30+m for 10 min if we don't see it we will just leave. Sorry don't have much picture of the Mola Mola cuz we all were bz taking video instead. So this Mola Mola was spotted at the depth of 35m - 40m. So imagine we only get around 3 to 4 min time to see this nice beauty. These big fish come here every year to bali is for this Angelfish to do cleaning on them. That's why the place Crystal Bay is also known as Mola Mola Cleaning Station. Same for the Manta Ray.

This picture was taken after the first Mola Mola dive which didn't wielded any result. We see no Mola Mola on our first dive so we proceed to head for Manta Point to find the Manta Ray. Here on the first picture i am just trying to capture the wave that's hitting the wall of the island and how high the spalshes goes up to. Second is a natural Rock formation which is nearer towards the manta Point. The dive site for Manta Point is around 20 min away from Crystal Bay.

The boatman is offering a prayer while on our way to manta Point and the Next picture is our lunch served on board the boat.

This is manta Point drop off site. Upon arrival we see only sandy bottom not much corals or marine life here. But i manage to spot a couple of nicely hidden stingray at the sand. Try to spot then in the picture. Upon waiting for around 5 min we spotted our first couple of Manta Ray, We feel so lucky to be able to see them so fast and tis a big one too not a small ray. Later around 20 min later we saw another smaller fella more like a babies but still bigger then a human being size.

Just some of the Manta Ray Picture even with one that is fully black in color. They are really a magnificent sea creature.

After a good diving trip for all of us its about time to call it a day for our diving in Bali. So here's a picture of some of us while writing up our log book and the other picture is all of us waiting for the shop to deliver our T-shirt that we bought as a souvenir's.

Here's 4 exposure of Sunrise the Next morning before we leave later in the day. This is taken at 6.20AM in the morning in Bali.

Just part of the 4 exposure.

Well on the way back to Kuta Town on this day we drop by 1 of the royalty house garden. that's the View of the Right and Left side

This picture is taken from inside atop a small hill that show the whole of the garden. Entry fee was errr 5 Ringgit if didn't recall wrongly. Then that was lunch Nasi Dagang where the driver brought us to go eat. Price well something like Malaysia for me this plate of rice plus 2 drinks was at 12,000 ruppiah.

We head to Ubud first before we reach Kuta for some sight seeing and shopping. Its a nice town located in the inland of Bali. I love this place cuz lots of japanese girls hahaha :p Me and my instructor Cyrena was saying okay if i see any handsome japanese guys must tell her and vice versa. :p

Here's Some of the Souvenir that you can grab off Bali.

Well here's the Day Itenary for my bali trip. On the last day there's aint much photo cept some food only where we went to eat at Warong Made 1 of the most famous restaurant in Kuta Town. Other then that its more of Shopping day before we leave back home in the evening at 8pm. Luckyly no delay from Air Asia. Best part there was only 3 people leaving on the next day and when we are at the airport we really got to dig every single penny we got to pay for our airport tax that was 150K ruppiah. Originally our instructor told us it was 100K luckyly mange to save some suppose to be for meal. So ended up meals pay by credit card. cash wise... 3 of us me, E-mee and KC came back with 1000 ruppiah each only. :p