Thursday, June 12, 2014

Malaysia (Part Three)

Previous Post: Malaysia (Part Two)

This time I'm gonna review all of the food I tried during my 3-days stay at Malaysia. Be ready to really want to go to Malaysia as soon as you finished read this post! 

Yong Tau Fu at Food Republic, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang

Yong Tau Fu is a chinese soup dish you could also easily find in Singapore. A various kind of seafood based frozen food is displayed alongside with a lot of vegetable choices. Once we chose our food, the chef boil it in a soup broth then after finished we can enjoy Yong Tau Fu with various kind of sauces. According to me, Yong Tau Fu in Singapore and Malaysia usually do taste better than the one I found in Jakarta.

Tom Yum Fish Head at Restoran Gou Lou, Jalan Alor

On our second day in the city, we wake up early and were willing to have breakfast before heading to Melacca City. So we walked to Jalan Alor just behind our hotel, My Hotel. Not so many restaurant which is open in the morning but luckily we found this Restoran Gou Lou which serve noodle with fish head with 3 choices of broth (tom yum, clear soup, and milk soup). I choose mee hoon with fish head and tom yum broth and the taste is divine and oh so delicious! Even the mee hoon was already taste like tom yum without me eating the broth.

Ochado, 27 Lorong Hang Jebat, Melacca City

We walked and walked around Red Square at Melacca City and feel so thirsty but luckily we found this milk tea store in the corner of the street. We bought their Roasted Milk Tea and what I love about it is the tea taste strong! 

Mc Donald's, Melaka Sentral

The funny thing is, when we wanted to go back to Kuala Lumpur, the bus ticket back to KL was all sold out except this one bus at 11.30 pm while we already ready to go back at 6 pm. So we have to wait for 5 and a half hour before we could go back to KL and there aren't so many convenience place to stay except Mc Donald's so there we were! At least we could taste Pai Epal which isn't available in Indonesia.

Restaurant Meng Kee Grill Fish, Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

After two and a half hour safe journey we finally arrived back at Kuala Lumpur and after taking a break for a moment in the hotel we decided to enjoy food in Jalan Alor again, at 1.00 am! We decided to try this grilled fish, sauteed kale, and tom yum fried rice. Although we have to pay around 57 ringgit for all of that food, it was all tasted so delicious especially the tom yum fried rice and the grilled fish's sauce! Yum!

Tous Les Jours, Bukit Bintang

Finally it was our last day at Malaysia and we spent the last day at Bukit Bintang, doing window shopping and try some cafe and restaurant. For breakfast we love to enjoy it with coffee, plain croissant, and a spot in the corner of Tous Les Jours with big window which serve the view of busy and buzzing intersection at Bukit Bintang. It was a really memorable breakfast, I supposed. 

Snowflake, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang

Who wouldn't love taiwanese dessert? Especially after a long walk while traveling? They say this is the best taiwanese dessert in Malaysia? But I don't know, maybe you could give me another name which you think is as delicious as Snowflake or maybe better than this?

Heritage Food Village and Isetan Food Market, Basement Level of Lot 10, Bukit Bintang

This is a place where a lot of traditional food stall come together in one convenience ambience oh I can not describe how much I love it. There are a lot of choices and all looks so yummy! It took us half an hour to finally choose that BBQ duck and prawn mee and we did satisfied with the taste. But the most important thing is you will find Isetan Food Market inside this place and a showcase full of sushi will make your mouth water and your eyes shine! We bought kani maki, yes, just a standard sushi, but I swear I never taste something better than that. The rice melted perfectly and the nori tasted great! It is a must try I can say. 

At the airport in the evening, I tried Old Town White Coffee, well I may say it tasted just the same as another kopitiam but they served their food super fast and I appreciate that! So, how? Are you craving to go to Malaysia like, right now? 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Malaysia (Part Two)

 Previous Post: Malaysia (Part One)

Done with Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, we walked a little bit further around the surrounding and accidentally found Kuala Lumpur Textile Museum, a place that wasn't listed on our itinerary in the first place. But well since we still got quite much time and the admission fee is free, we decided to enter the museum anyway. The museum was about Malaysia's traditional textile and the story of the making process described with artistic displays, documentary videos, and digital stories. I think every country supposed to do this, a simple idea yet supported by a great execution.

Then we moved to our next destination, Central Market. For us, Central Market was quite reachable on foot from Kuala Lumpur Textile Museum. Once you walk and notice a light blue building from a distance you can be sure that you have found Central Market. The market is neat and air conditioned and sell various souvenirs in a cheap price. Just beside Central Market, there is also a market called Kasturi Walk. There you could find various kind of Malaysia street snack, yum yum!

We loveee to try food! And Malaysia possess the best diverse culinary world because the diversity in  its society's ethnic. It feels like I want to jump into every restaurant I found! We tried Restoran Yusoof dan Zakhir just outside Central Market. And that was bread with curry sauce, beef masala, and of course teh tarik. For me, it's easy to feel full once I consume this kind of food. Even though I like spicy and lighter menus better, but this one is a must try!

China Town is within walking distance from Central Market so we directly go to China Town once finished with our food at Restoran Yusoof dan Zakhir. It sells cheap souvenirs & goodies, but the best is the street food! When I walked along China Town, I saw a lot of tourist enjoyed their meal and beer along the restaurant at China Town's street. And we tried this Portuguese Grill Fish booth which catch our attention. We ordered Portuguese Grilled Clam and it tastes like heaven I can't get enough of it! :'-)

We closed our day at Kuala Lumpur City Centre gazing at Petronas Tower which shine so bright. At Kuala Lumpur City Centre, you could also find a mall called Suria. We did a little window shopping there, then have a quick rest just outside the mall right at the park which have a magnificent fountain. It's easy to fall in love with a city even when it is your first time visiting, isn't it?

Next post: Kuala Lumpur Cuisine.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Aduh mejanya nakal, ya!"

I will write in bahasa only for this post, since I think it will be clearer this way. 
Apa yang akan saya tulis hanyalah hasil persepsi dan kesimpulan pribadi, bukan fakta atau hasil penelitian, jadi saya tidak bermaksud untuk menyinggung pihak manapun. Saya hanya ingin menulis agar menghasilkan suatu kesimpulan untuk saya pribadi atas konsep-konsep acak di otak saya yang mulai terlihat benang merahnya.

Suatu saat saya bertemu dengan salah seorang teman saya dan tidak sengaja kami berbincang tentang pola dan budaya pendidikan informal dari orang tua kepada anaknya mulai dari bayi hingga remaja. Satu hal yang sering kita, orang Indonesia, jumpai di sekeliling kita, dan kita tidak pernah menyadari akan adanya kejanggalan atau kesalahan dalam tindakan tersebut adalah: jika ada seorang anak balita bermain tidak kenal aturan dan karena kecerobohannya sendiri si anak terbentur meja, adalah hal yang lumrah jika orang tua berusaha menenangkan si anak sambil berkata "Aduh jangan nangis ya. Mejanya nakal sih, sini mejanya dipukul dulu." Secara tidak langsung saat orang tua memperlakukan anak seperti itu, yaitu membela kesalahan anak dengan menyalahkan hal/benda lain terlebih dahulu, orang tua juga menanamkan pada si anak bahwa dia selalu benar dan dia boleh menyalahkan hal/benda/orang lain terlebih dahulu atas kesalahan yang dia perbuat sendiri. Hal ini rupanya, akan tertanam kuat dalam memori anak dan akan menjadi dasar sifatnya hingga dewasa.

Coba lihat ke sekeliling, perhatikan dan renungkan apakah hal - hal berikut sering kita jumpai di sekitar kita: a. seorang siswa protes kepada gurunya saat dia mendapatkan hasil yang buruk dalam suatu ujian karena dia merasa sudah belajar dengan keras dan menjawab dengan sangat tepat, b. seseorang yang lebih tua marah kepada seseorang yang lebih muda karena si anak muda memberikan kritik atas perlakuan orang yang lebih tua, padahal sudah terbukti jika orang yang lebih tua memang pantas menerima kritikan tersebut, c. seorang pelayan di sebuah restoran tidak meminta maaf dan malah membela diri dan menyalahkan pelanggan tidak jelas dalam memberi instruksi pemesanan menu, saat pelanggan mengeluh karena si pelayan salah menghidangkan makanan.

Apa kejadian - kejadian di atas memang lumrah dan sering terjadi? Atau saya saja yang merasa begitu? Yang jelas, menurut saya kejadian - kejadian di atas sering saya jumpai dan saya mulai melihat benang merahnya dengan pola asuh anak saat balita. Jika memang hal - hal kecil yang sering di lakukan orang tua saat anak balita seperti membela anak dan menyalahkan hal/benda lain atas kesalahan yang dibuat sendiri oleh si anak akan menjadi sifat dasar si anak, tidak salah jika kejadian - kejadian di atas lumrah dijumpai. Saat terjadi masalah atau hal yang tidak disukai oleh seseorang, pola pikirnya akan cenderung   melakukan pembelaan  diri dan menyalahkan orang lain terlebih dahulu, dan bukannya berusaha tenang , mengevaluasi diri sendiri, dan mengambil pelajaran dari suatu kesalahan atau kegagalan. 

Jika benar sebegini besar impact dari kalimat yang wajar ditemui sesederhana "Aduh mejanya nakal, ya!" saya rasa ini saatnya kita mengevaluasi diri sendiri: apakah kita harus membesarkan anak dengan pola asuh yang sama dengan ibu kita dahulu atau masyarakat pada umumnya atau bahasa gaulnya follow the cultural stereotypes, ataukah sudah saatnya kita memikirkan sebuah tujuan dan strategi sebelum memutuskan semua tindakan sesederhana hal - hal yang sudah umum kita jumpai di masyarakat seperti langsung memiliki anak setelah menikah, tanpa belajar terlebih dahulu apa efek yang ditimbulkan oleh hal - hal kecil dan pendidikan informal yang kita berikan pada si anak?