Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ice Milk

This is the Chinese version of air bandung. i like how i is presented-much like the three layer tea back in Kuching except this one is two layer.

The bottom layer is grenadine syrup and then top with mildly diluted ideal milk. i had thought it would be a "heavy" drink with the amount of milk in it but surprisingly it was really refreshing. It tasted really good and different from the Malay version of air bandung that is more than often too sweet.

Highly recommended -Available at Bali-Bali , Sungai Dua, Penang. It is called "guleng peng" (direct translation-ice milk) so if you intend to try, don't go and order "teng lang bandung" (direct translation-chinese bandung).

** This is the second time i camp in coffee bean within a week!! I couldn't make it for the last flight back to Kuching so , here I am stuck in the airport.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2008

I'm sorry it took me a while to blog about this. To be honest, i haven't had more than 10 hours of sleep for the pass 3 days that i ended up sleeping in the exam hall this morning. My lecturer was nice enough to woke me up tho ;p

I started my journey from hostel at about 8.30A.M and finally arrived at Butterworth around 1.45 P.M. The distance isn't that far actually, but when you're taking the bus, it involves a lot of waiting.

From the jetty, i took the ferry over and then the Rapid directly to Queensbay to collect my bib and my goodie beg.

The girls at the collection counter were really hot and the guys too were good looking but that didn't add any cream to the disappointing goodie beg. In fact, i think it's more appropriate to call it a plastic beg.

Women's Half-run Goodie Beg : T-shirt, Bib, Runner's guide, Digi Beg, DiGi pen, Toilet Seat Sanitizer, Chi-kit-teck-aun pills and tissue paper.
Men's Half-run Goodie Beg: T-shirt, Bib, Runner's guide, RM50 Adidas voucher, 10% Chocolate boutique voucher, Analgesic cream, Chi-Kit-teck-aun pills and tissue paper.

I seriously doubt if the organizers have problems with their mathematics because it was obvious that the value of goodie bags are somewhat imbalance.

I also think the graphic designers made a poor job in designing the banners.

I could hardly see the word "Penang Bridge International Marathon"! Plus, the number of DiGi Banners on the road side totally outshine the PBIM banners. It almost felt like it's DiGi International Run.

and the t-shirt looks almost similar to my high school's PE t-shirt.

What's with the small logo of Penang?!

After taking the goodie bag, i went to buy all the necessities i need for the marathon and was planning to have a high-carb dinner. Unfortunately, i was too tired, lose my appetite and only bought Auntie Anne's pretzels and egg tarts for dinner. That's nil carbohydrate.

Me and my friend had agreed to meet at 6.30 p.m at her place so i went to wait for the bus at around 5.30 p.m. Like I say, taking the bus (or public transportation for that matter) involves a lot of waiting and my bus didn't came till 2 hours later. I was tempted to use the taxi but that would ripped RM 20 off my pocket and I was on a tight budget. So, i waited for the bus and only arrived at my friend's place at 8.30 P.M. Needless to say, I was exhausted. I had been carrying my backpack with my laptop for almost 9 hours!!

I had the food i tapau-ed plus two KFC chicken my friend bought. We rested a while and it was not long after that i found myself in toilet having a major explosion of diarrhea. I came out of the toilet rather weak and had to rush to pack my stuff because by 9.40 P.M , i had to leave to Queensbay Mall. My friend is volunteering so i had to go early. My stomach was still not feeling alright so i went to get myself diarrhea pills. I finished the whole thing before the run.

I camp in Coffee Bean the whole night together with the many runners. It was hard to choose a drink there because caffeine would cause dehydration and i didn't want drinks with milk as well. I finally settled for the tea and only drank half of it because tea contains caffeine too, just lower.

Funny thing was that, the mall was close for public that night.I mean, it's logic to think that the mall should be open for public to use the toilet right? So since i couldn't use the toilet in the mall, i went to the nearest mobile toilet. It was close so i went to another but it was also close. I could not sight any toilet anymore and i went to the information center and asked the volunteers. Only to have them reply me " I don't know, I don't know." and did NOTHING to help.

I didn't had anything for breakfast, except two bananas, two Power Bar and yogurt drink. The only food available there was nasi kandar which is a big no-no for my stomach condition and i didn't have any appetite as well.

It was around I got bored waiting in Coffee Bean and went outside. There were quite a number of interesting performances but I was so turned off with how the organizers shooed them without respect when the full-marathon was about to begin.

I registered an hour earlier cause I was really sleepy and tired of the waiting. Upon registering, you'll be given the yellow wrist band and when you finished half of your run, they'll give you the orange one. That's Huai Bin's registration card by the way. He couldn't make it - No, he didn't chicken out. He's got a good reason ;p

The men's half run was scheduled to start at 4.30a.m while the women at 5 a.m. However, the lack of management made the women go along with the men at 4.30 a.m and only to be called back after 20 minutes or so. Thankfully tho', i didn't ran along.

Finally it was my turn to run. It didn't took me long before i arrive at the bridge. My initial plan was to run at a faster pace at the bridge but the plan was all crushed when the bridge was so hilly! Yes, all the time we had always thought the bridge to be flat right? It's only when you run on it, you know how hilly it is. Plus the fact that the wind was so strong made running a lot harder. It was almost like doing some superwoman thing, running-against-the-wind.

However, I was still quite confident I could finish the run in time for the pace that i kept for the first half of the run. The house music playing on my mp3 helped a lot and I was the leading 200 runners. Only, until the nightmare came. My toes started to chafe. I had forgotten to put vaseline there! I still continued running but the pain were excruciating and I stopped the St. John to asked for plasters. Only to have them answered me " We don't have plasters. We only have ice.". Holy cow, so they only expected people to have cramps?! And to have St. John saying they don't have plasters is like going to KFC and have them say they don't have chicken.

The problem didn't stop just there. Even after running half of the bridge, I still could not sight any water or sponging stations. I was starting to feel dehydrated because the sun is up. Out of the 11 water stations they planned, there was only THREE on the day itself. Seriously, someone could die with the hot sun and lack of water. There was no sponging stations at all for half-marathoners!

It was around 7 a.m, i realized i can not make it in time for the finishers medal because i was stopping a lot and i lost my pace but i still really wanted to finish the run. My toes was killing me, I was dehydrated and the next thing is I hit-the-wall. It was just simply impossible for me to run anymore even with the loudest house music playing. But sweeper bus was still out of the question and i was determined to finish the marathon.

I walked the rest of the course and seriously thought of committing suicide at the bridge. Coz when you're tired, you think of crazy stuff and the finishing line was still really, really far. I still manage to walk up to the 23rd km, and time was running out and they asked the runners to take the sweeper bus because the road is going to be open to public so i took the bus and it took me to the 24km. Bugger, I still have to walk another 1km. I thought, if i didn't took the bus, i could have officially finish the marathon.

It is often said that marathon is not a competition with others but rather a race with yourself. With all the circumstances i faced - no food before the run, diarrhea, no sleep for three days ( i had exam, remember?) , no water, no training and I still manage to made it through 24 km, it's amazing. and to be honest even tho' i arrived really late, but I never gave up along the way and for that, I believed , I had finished the marathon.

This marathon is definitely not the first and the last. I am planning to join the KL International Marathon in Mac 2009! I think i really need a pedometer! My birthday is next week, any kind and rich readers? Haha!

* Food posts resumes tomorrow!
** Jess, thanks for arranging transport for me to the venue and for the accommodation!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Back from the marathon

I am back.

I will have full coverage of the event soon, and it'll be a post full of complaints.

Stay Tuned!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Off to Penang!

I'm off to Penang for the Penang Bridge International Marathon.

To be honest, i didn't do much running this whole week - not only for the fact that this week is a taper week but also because i haven't had the time privilege for the past one week. It's been a crazy week studying.

I don't know if i can even finish half of the marathon considering I haven't been doing any proper training and my diet is just off! But I will try my best. Very cliche i know ;p

Wish me luck guys! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Best Durian

Word has it that, currently in Malaysia, the best durian is in Penang.

I don't know if it's a myth of fact, but i tasted the durian from Penang. Funny thing was that i had in KL instead of Penang. I love that in KL you can eat the durian at the stall itself instead of bringing them back home. Hehe

Verdict : 6/10. Thick and milky but it was just alright. I've definitely had better durian. Better than D24 tho'. Oh yeah, it also had the bitter after taste which i didn't like (but some of you might prefer it).

Have anyone tried the latest durian - Misai Kucing? I heard it could cost up to RM 100!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Nasi Lemak Famous

"Nasi Lemak Famous" is located at the right end of the open air food court in front of Bangsar Village. Strangely enough another famous nasi lemak - "Nasi Lemak Ganja" is located at the other end. I was meaning to try the Nasi Lemak Ganja but they're not open so i settled with this one.

The sambal was good and has the ooomph but it is not the best i've tasted. While the cuttle fish was cook to perfection. It would be A+ if the spicyness is doubled. ;p

My sister opted for the chicken- which i should have! The chicken was to die for! Man, i don't know they made the chicken so crispy and so juicy!

Both the nasi lemak costed more than RM 10 ( I can't remember the exact figure) which is a bit pricey for the portion. The drawback of the place is definitely the atmosphere. Now, i'm not trying to say that i expect it to be like a 5-star hotel. But something there just don't seem quite right for me.

Related Post :
Nasi Lemak Cheras

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Penang Famous Chendol

I felt like i'm not fit the term "foodchoholic" when my friend,Jo asked me if i knew about the famous chendol. I never knew Penang had a famous chendol stall too!

He wasn't sure of the place but somehow we ended up there after a little walking. (It's at this small junction near the jejantas to Komtar ) It's hard to miss the place because it is so packed despite being located at a little junction where cars seems to pass non-stop.

There you can see almost every patroners take photos while eating. C'mon, how could you not take photo at the stall Phua Chu Kang and his on-screen wife, Rosie visited?

The taukehnio have very quick pair of hands. I swear she can prepare at least 20 bowls of chendol in 1 minute! The chendol was dissapointing tho'. It wasn't cold. It is not sweet at all! Too much coconut milk!

( Jess and Jo )
The chendol itself isn't anything to shout. But if you're visiting Penang, i would recommend you to visit this place at least once for the experience of eating at the small junction where cars honk for way at the customers who happily sip their chendol. ;p

Related Post :
Chendol Menara Jam
Jonker's walk chendol

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Red Garden Night Market

Red Garden is dubbed the biggest food night market ( so the brochure claims ;p ) and strategically located in the heart of Penang. The exact location is right opposite Peking Hotel, Penang Road.

It is an understandable fact that Red Garden is packed every night - with endless number of hotels and motels surrounding it with Cititel being the top notch one.There's also performances that are supposedly to "entertain" patrons but i don't find it entertaining tho'. No offence.

There's a wide variety of local Penang food for you to choose.

From the famous Char Kueh Tiau,

To fried oyster.

It didn't took me long to decide on what to eat. ;p

Char Kueh Tiau RM3.50

It is so well fried that you can taste the flavour on each and every piece of the kueh tiau. I love how in Penang they can remain the crispy texture of the bean sprouts in their char kueh tiau. Tho' i'm not a fan of chinese chorizo sausage but it definitely add flavours to it. Seriously, i would pay even if it's RM 10 per plate ;p

Fried Oyster RM 6.00

Generous portion of oysters and the sambal was really good. Spicyness was perfect. I heart!

Fried Hor Fun RM 3.50

Hor fun is actually this big piece of flat noodle - much like kueh chap back home. Personally for me, i don't like it fried. It taste better with soup.

Fried Cantonese Mee
RM 4.00

Jess' other half ordered this. You would have ask tho' why he didn't order the char kueh tiau or any other dish significant to Penang. Well, my friend. He's a Penangite, so i guess he must be sick of the food in Penang dy. Hehe.

Taiwan Fried Chicken
RM 4.00

It's a tad over fried but they're forgiven for the generous chilli powder! :)

Though you're spoilt for choices, i'm quite sure you won't want to order this.

"Oil Vegetable".

My Marathon training log :

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Deepavali : Original Indian Cookies

This post is dedicated to David, who requested me to write about food on Deepavali. I'm sorry it's a little late.

This is actually my first time tasting original Indian cookies. My Indian friend was kind enough to bring me back some cookies from her hometown ;p

A must during the festival itself. My mother made good muruku but it's of improvised version where it's crispy and not hard. The Indians love it hard tho. ( This sentence sounds wrong. Lol)

This is the Indian version of bola salji or better known as kueh mo-mo. It is made of pounded green beans and ghee and then moulded into bite-size balls. It melts in the mouth and this is my favourite.

I thought this one looks quite cute. it's actually made to imitate the green apple but it tasted nothing like the green apple. The "black stick" is actually one of the spice you put into the curry. (I'm not very good with the names of traditional spices) The cookie is to be eaten whole - together with the spice in order to get the full taste.

A normal cookie but it has strong milk powder taste and ghee.

The Kueh Ros was however a tad dissapointing. It's tasteless. I'm not so sure if it's suppose to taste like this but i like the Chinese version of Kueh Ros.

The strong ghee taste in the cookie totally outshine the taste of the strawberry jam. So it tasted more like butter cookie rather than strawberry jam cookie.

I notice all the cookies has at least a taste of spice in it and they usually substitute butter with ghee. However, I'm not quite used to cookies tasting like cumin seeds or bunga cengkih.

It was nevertheless a good experience for me since I have never tasted the authentic Indian cookies. ;p

My marathon training log :