Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lost Paradise Resort @ Penang

 Lost Paradise Resort is a hidden gem, nestled within 90,000 sq ft of seafront land and surrounded by a huge garden rich with a myriad of tropical trees and flowering plants. Located in Batu Feringgi, Lost Paradise Resort is just 15 mins drive from Georgetown, UNESCO’s Heritage City.


Opened in July 2014, Lost Paradise comprised of 40 suites & rooms which are designed from a mix of Balinese & Minangkabau architecture and each room is distinctly themed and stunningly designed.


Most suites face the beautiful blue Andaman sea and are within steps from the soothing waves.


Each room comes with aircon, LED TV, private bath, and complimentary WIFI.   


The most luxurious room in Lost Paradise Resort is the Royal Family Suite.That is one of the indoor bathroom with transparent door.


Here is another one with different concept. The ladder is for the guests to hang their clothes and not for climbing.

The very humble and friendly owner who greeted and welcomed us with a sincere smile.
 He is Dr Chew, who runs the resort and Singapore Children Specialist Centre in Penang. Together with his wife, Melody, they run Lighthouse Academy which is within the resort offering American homeschooling program for the special children. FYI, revenue from the resort is channeled to the school's fund.


It is interesting to walk around the building and the lobby as surprises everywhere. From the tile to the table, chair, bed and the decorations, everything is procured by Dr Chew and his wife during traveling. I have to say some of the collections are very unique and I guess it is not cheap.

Complimentary breakfast is avaiable for all guests. The resort serves Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, Chinese and Western food. 

Guests can enjoy the infinity pool or take a stroll in the tropical garden. For those who like adventure, activities include kayaking, fishing, island tour and hiking activities can be arranged. Moreover, if you need some suggestions, they will have a whole lists of beautiful places you can go which is less reported by the media and less known to the tourists.


Lost Paradise Resort
Add: 262, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604-8904800

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jeruk Madu Pak Ali @ Penang

For the last day of our visit,  we stopped over at Pak Ali factory. FYI, Pak Ali Jeruk Madu is well known among local Malay. The current CEO of Pak Ali Jeruk is Alias bin Ali. He has been in marketing, catering, food and beverage industry for 20 years.

Jeruk madu= honey pickle

The founder is Ali Omar, or we called him Pak Ali. In the early day back to 1985, Pak Ali started off his business in small scale, helped only by his wife and family member. 

In 2009, Pak Ali set up his first factory in Lot 420, Perda Tasek, Simpang Ampat with 7000 square feet. By that time, he only had 6 workers but monthly production of pickle achieved 10 tonnes. With all the hard works, he had 85 trained workers in July 2014 with monthly production of 120 tonnes in current factory covering 54,131 square feet.


After a brief introduction of the founder and the business,  we were given permission to visit the factory's production.


The first section is the store for finished product. They put the pickles in a big plastic bag before putting in the white bucket. 


pile up of white sugars
Next, we headed over to the workers' changing room to get into the wet area/ processing plant.



The only area where you saw all the women sitting down to peel and cut the fruits. The process of peeling and cutting up the fruits according to size requires 35 people daily. They each have to cut at least 150kg of fruits a day.


Lot 652-655, Kawasan Perindustrian IKS Perda-Tasek,
14120, Simpang Ampat, Seberang Perai Selatan,
Pulau Pinang.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Penang Jawi Peranakan Heritage Cuisine @ Jawi House, Penang

Jawi House is located along a historical road, formerly called 'Malay Lane', in Georgetown. The early Muslim communities here were Orang Tanjung (people of the promontory) or Jawi Peranakan (locally born Malay Muslim). Peranakan means locally born or indigenous in Malay and refers to the offspring of Indian, Arab, Turkish and Persian migrants who married local Malay women. Jawi is a term used by Arabs to mean 'Muslims of Southeast Asia' n particular Malays who used the Jawi Arabised script, since the 11th to the present century.

Jawi House is restored according to UNESCO world heritage city guideline by Intersocietal and Scientific (INAS) and launched by TYT Tun Tan Sri (Dr) Hj Abdul Rahman bin Hj Abdul Abbas, Governor of Penang on June 9, 2013. The building is owned by an Indian Muslim brass and coppersmith before it was brought by the Al Iman society. It is a traditional Southern Chinese house with an eclectic Penang Peranakan Muslim interior.


Jawi House demonstrated the cooking method of lemuni rice during the visit.


Herbal Lemuni rice (Vitex Trifolia), is long grain basmati rice cooked in coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and tualang or telang flowers (clitoria ternetea), served with chicken curry, egg, cucumber, fried anchovies, sambal or chilli paste. It is a traditional postpartum or confinement food for Malay women to improve blood circulation, replenish iron in blood after delivery and increase energy. Lemuni is also an ancient 1000 years old Ayurvedic alternatives medicine for enhancing blood flow, asthma, joint pains and normalising digestive systems.


Jawi House specialises in Peranakan Muslim heritage cuisine, reminiscent of hybrid Muslim communities which occupied this early Muslim enclave more than 200 years ago, before British occupation in 1786.


That's the authentic Lemuni rice. (The picture is taken by my friend). I have been told the herbal lemuni rice is not found anywhere else other than here. It costs RM16 per dish.


That's my lemuni does not look appetizing as picture above...difference between professional and non-professional. xoxo

Operation time:
everyday except Tuesdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Last Order is at 9:00pm

85, Armenian Street,
10200 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

David Brown Restaurant @ Penang Hill

David Brown's at Strawberry Hill, a quintessential British colonial Restaurant and Tea Terraces is a hidden gem at Penang Hill. 

David Brown's now stands was believed to have been originally leveled by Captain Francis Light for planting strawberries which grew well here until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1941.

Amidst the lush greenery, this 'hill upon a hill' restaurant standing on Strawberry Hill provides the perfect setting for meaningful memories - whether it is wedding, lifestyle parties or just chilling out with loved ones and friends.

David Brown’s offers a view of almost every significant landmark in the Penang island. 


The well-manicured garden with iconic lily pond sets the scene for al fresco dinning for 50 guests or more.

The interior of the restaurant is thoughtfully furnished with comfortable old world furnishing of a past elegance and can accommodate 40 guests.

Besides authentic heritage ambience, David Brown provides fine British cooking and a selection of Penang Specialties.   



There is a variety of hors d'oeuvres, steaks and chops, fresh puddings and pies and traditional roasts in the menu, which also offers a vegetarian selection.

Recommended to come in the late evening so that you can enjoy the view before and after sunset ^^


For reservations, call:

David Brown’s Restaurant and Tea Terraces
Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 04-828 8337
Fax: 04-826 6337
Opens: 9am to 9pm daily

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