Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Capsule by Container Hotel @ KLIA2

HOTEL REVIEW

What would you normally do when you have a few hours of free time at the airport?

A) Shopping, or window shopping
B) Sit at a Starbucks/cafe, Facebook-ing until phone/laptop's battery flat
C) Sit at any place of the airport and take a nap / Sleep at the lounge or Departure Hall
D) Try not to go to the airport too early!

I believe most people will choose "D", but how about those who are waiting for a connecting flight which is more than 6 hours, or even longer? Besides being "Try not to book a connecting flight which is more than 6 hours", you can actually spend your time at:


  1. Tune Hotel KLIA2 - 10 minutes walk from the Arrival Hall, suitable for those who have another flight the next day. Price: Starting from RM190++ per room per night
  2. Plaza Premier Lounge - Located within the KLIA2, suitable for traveller who are waiting for a connecting flight within the next few hours. Price: USD41 for 2 hours use of Lounge or USD54 for 3 hours use of Single Room with bed and shower (As per website). Wifi, light food, tea & coffee are provided.
  3. Capsule by Container Hotel - 15 minutes walk from the Arrival Hall, good for travellers who don't mind to share bathroom and not too fussy on the sleeping environment. Clean towel and locker is provided. Shampoo and shower gel in the bathroom. Price: RM45 / 3 hours or RM70 / 6hrs or RM90 /12hrs.

My friend and I actually paid RM15 for the use of shower at the Capsule by Container Hotel. That's pretty cheap, right? Not only we got ourselves freshen up but also got a chance to see what Capsule hotel is offering.

Similar to the its sister's hotel -- The Capsule Hotel at Jalan Delima, KL, the rooms is constructed and modified from reuseable freight container, each contain several CapSpace. The idea are inspired by the Capsule hotels found in Japan and the use of sustainable materials for building the hotel rooms.

How to use Capsule Hotel?

Capsule by Container Hotel

Constructed by freight containers and many steel / racks

Shower

CapSpace and the lounge

My friend enjoying his moment

CATEGORY: Youth Hostel / Backpackers / Airport Lounge

PRICE: RM45 - RM90 (RM15 for Shower Only)

FACILITIES: Shared Bathroom, Common Area

PHONE: 03-76102020

WEBSITE: www.capsulecontainer.com/

LOCATION: Level 1, Gateway @ KLIA2 (Next to Taxi / Bus Station of KLIA2)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Container Hotel @ Jalan Delima, Kuala Lumpur

HOTEL REVIEW

The Container Hotel is located not far away from the heart of Shopping Districts in KL -- the Bukit Bintang area (The Pavilion KL, Lot 10, Sg. Wang...etc). To be exact, this hotel is situated at Jalan Delima, just next to the famous Levain Boulangerie Patisserie. The hotel is built by the cargo containers and concrete sewage pipes, decorated in modern, colorful, industrial concept.

It is simple, with shared bathroom for 2 types of rooms here: The Dormitory (Or called the "Outgoing Dorm", great for backpackers. Each dorm sleep 4, RM35/pax/nite) and The Adventurous (The concrete culvert or "Sewage Pipe", sleep 2, RM110/room/nite). For those who don't want to share with others, the Container Hotel do have a few Double Room (a.k.a. "The Conservative") are available which is fitted with a Queen Size Bed and en suite bathroom. RM165/room/nite.

The Container Hotel

The Container Hotel

You can rent a bike here at a small fee

Washroom

Game Corner at 3rd Floor

The Adventerous Rooms -  made from concrete culvert or "Sewage Pipe" is an instant hit
Only 7 rooms available

Adventerous Room
Very small, only fitted with a super single bed - Yay for couple! :P
Luckily the bed is very comfy and is air conditioned.
The sound isolation inside the concrete culvert is surprisingly good!

Washroom

Upper deck

Aerial view from 3rd Floor

The Container Hotel

For other types of rooms, kindly take a look on thier website.

CATEGORY: Youth Hostel / Backpackers / Modern Boutique

PRICE: RM35 - RM165

FACILITIES: Game Area, Common Area, Cafe (Chatime Bubble Tea)

PHONE: 03-21104388

WEBSITE: www.containerhotel.com.my/

ADDRESS:
Container Hotel
No 1, Jalan Delima,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Hot Rod Sausage House & Beer Garden @ Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu

NON-HALAL | HOT DOG & BEER | WARISAN SQUARE

Hot Rod at Warisan Square serves one of the best pork sausages (hot dogs) in Kota Kinabalu. The Texas-inspired hotdog bar also offers some sandwiches and a selections of beers. To order a hotdog, first, choose between a Hot Italian or Smoked Garlic Sausages, then pick the sauce from Truffle, Carbonara, Bolognese and Chili Corn Beef Sauce. With fries, all hotdogs priced at RM21.90 except for the Truffle Sauce which is RM24.90.

Go for the Truffle Sauce and you will never regret. I had that during my another visit and trust me, it was so so good!

BTW you can order sausage only, always ask the bartender to find out more!

Menu

Hot Rod 

Shandy and Orange Juice

Hot Rod

Smoked Garlic Sausage and Chili Corn Beef Sauce

Yum!

Hot Italian Sausage with Carbonara Sauce

Hotdog

FOODIOT'S POINT: 78%

BUSINESS HOUR: 3PM - 1AM (DAILY)

ADDRESS:
Ground Floor, Lot 2, Block A, Warisan Square,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

MAP:

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Sup Payau (Deer Meat) Bibiq Corner @ Tawau Airport

HALAL | LOCAL FOOD  | 8AM - 9PM | 017-8619114 | TAWAU AIRPORT

Within the air terminal's area found this Malay food restaurant specialised in deer meat, or "Daging Payau" in local dialect. Restoran Bibiq Corner is a fame among the people of Tawau, Sabah. They would suggest you to visit this restaurant to try out their "Sup Payau" (Deer meat in herbal broth) - eat together with plain rice or noodle.

The deer meat is produced from a local deer farm and not hunted from the wild. But its OK if you do not want to try out deer meat, the restaurant serves other local food too such as fried noodles, rice and other local favourites.

Sup Payau with Rice

The meat was tender, after cooked over long hours in the herbal broth which was warming 

Do not miss this homemade chilli dipping sauce

Bibiq Corner

FOODIOT'S POINT: 75%

CONTACT: 017-8619114

LOCATION:
2 minute drive from Tawau Airport

MAP:

Friday, 26 December 2014

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage" Themed Restaurant @ KLIA2, Malaysia

HALAL | FRENCH-AMERICAN LIGHT MEAL | ALL DAY | KLIA2

Nanny's Pavillon is a Pancake restaurant orginally from Bandung, Indonesia. They have a few branches back in Indonesia all with different themes, for example: Bed Room (can I overnight there and save me hotel money?), Playground, Kitchen, Laundry Room or even a Sewing Room! At the newly opened Gateway @ KLIA2, the theme of this French-American inspired restaurant is "Porte Baggage" - which means "carrying baggage". It is all decorated with colorful luggage bags, suitcases, postcards, badges and comfy sofas.

I cannot really recall what are offered in the menu because most of the food was sold out during our visit during lunch hour.

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage"

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage"

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage"

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage"

Nanny's Pavillon "Porte Baggage"

BigFish

Patrick's Float Cappucino
Delicious~~

Nanny's Chicken Salad
With Romaine Lettuce, grilled chicken breast and cream sauce

Aunty's Sausage Baked Rice

Aunty's Sausage Baked Rice
With white sauce and Mozzarella Cheese

Nanny's Chicken Salad

FOODIOT'S POINT: 70%

BUSINESS HOUR:
24 Hours

PHONE:
03-4065 0168

ADDRESS:
L2M-23, Mezzanine Floor,
Gateway @ KLIA2,
64000 Sepang, Selangor

Saturday, 13 December 2014

[Event] Cupping Session with INCH Coffee Movement and The Art Factory 2014 - Part II

I will try to share with all of you as much as I learnt during the Coffee Cupping Session (one of the workshop organized for The Art Factory 2014) with INCH Coffee Movement. My sifu today is David Lee, he is the Barista and Co-founder of INCH Coffee Movement.

Tomorrow 10AM they are going to have another coffee workshop which will teach you how to brew coffee. If you are interested, just go there tomorrow morning and get yourself registered on the counter! Fee is RM150 per pax and that's included some handouts and the most importantly -- you get to try Specialty Coffee for FREE!!!

What is Specialty Coffee? Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) defined Specialty Coffee as the following collection:

Specialty coffee can consistently exist through the dedication of the people who have made it their life's work to continually make quality their highest priority. This is not the work of only one person in the lifecycle of a coffee bean; specialty can only occur when all of those involved in the coffee value chain work in harmony and maintain a keen focus on standards and excellence from start to finish. This is no easy accomplishment, and yet because of these dedicated professionals, there are numerous specialty coffees available right now, across the globe, and likely right around the corner from you.

In short, a Specialty Coffee involve a chain of relationship between the farmer, green coffee purchaser, storage, supply chain, roaster, barista and finally, the consumer! Every step/process must be taken care. It is important to make sure a high cupping score and expensive coffee bean fulfilled the above criteria before it is called a Specialty Coffee (not to confuse with commercially available - prepacked "Gourmet Coffee" bean).

Back to Coffee Cupping. Why we need cupping?

Explained David: Coffee quality can be very subjective based on personal preferences, and it can be inaccurate. Therefore the coffee quality must be quantified - via cupping. Cupping is an international language to know and to discuss about the quality of coffee - it is like a standard, which the whole world follow. The higer the cupping score (by professional) the higher the quality of the bean as well as price. My friend Boon Siong who are a coffee fanatic, recently asked his younger brother to bring back few bags of green beans from Australia which has score of more than 80% -- Specialty Coffee and the bean was home-roasted by him accordingly to bring out the right flavours.

Cupping Forms
Front: Cupping Forms used by Specialty Coffee Association of America - more pro, detailed & complicated
Back: Cupping Forms designed for amateur like us
In general, Scores are given based on 10 criteria: Aroma, Flavours, Aftertaste, Acidity, Balance, Body, Sweetness, Clean Cup,  Uniformity (meaning that all cups of coffee must taste similarly) and Overall,

David let us see the difference between a bad quality coffee bean, water washed coffee bean (good) and sun dried (with the cherry attached) 

INCH Coffee Movement 

INCH Coffee Movement

Awesome Cookies is aweeeesome!!!

The barista is preparing...

INCH Coffee Movement

Concentrate

I am a good student :P

Study

Students of the day

Barista demostrated how to do cupping correctly
During cupping it is important to be able to identify and isolate the different senses - senses of bitter, sour, sweetness... etc. The correct way is slurping - as fast / loud as you can using a spoon
The objective is to sprayed the coffee across the entire tongue and nose passage which immediately can tell you the intensity of the senses.

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