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It was a horribly hot and humid weekend! (>_<“)
Headed to Johor over the weekend as our photos are ready for selection already! Both Beebops and I were a little excited and a little worried about how the pictures might turn out. Thankfully it turned out fine. 🙂
We had our lunch at Old Town White Coffee at City Square first.
The monkey with his funny faces while waiting for the food.
Mine was chicken char siew (roast meat) with dumpling noodles & his was Nasi Lemak.
And a cuppa Old Town White Coffee Gao (Strong) each to prepare us for the use of our concentration and eye power when choosing our pictures!
I enjoyed the photo selection process as we were both quite sure of what we didn’t want in our pictures and we agree on almost all the choices together.
We were given 141 pictures to select from and after close to three hours of choosing we made our choices. *gasp*
I wonder how long it would have taken if we had more differing views.
It was close to dinner time and we headed to a place which was recommended by my colleague.
The skewered BBQ food and Claypot Lou Xu Fun (老鼠粉） are their popular dishes.
So we ordered the recommended dishes and a plate of sweet potato leaves.
We waited quite long to be served our food as the place was rather packed. And we both got a little restless and was kind of spacing out as we were mentally tired from the photo selecting.
I am not too sure if I was due to that that the both of us felt that the food tasted normal and not really worth the wait.
The Claypot Lou Xu Fun had a good serving of minced & sliced meat and nicely braised Chinese mushrooms. The prawns used were not fresh prawns but were those that has been dried and soaked in brine before as it was dry and tasteless. The soup base of this claypot lou xu fun wasn’t as flavorful or tasty as it looks.
The sweet potato leaves was cooked with most of the stems which is usually removed as it is very tough and fibrous.
For the skewered BBQ food, we ordered prawns, chicken wings and abalone mushroom.
The mushroom & chicken wings tasted quite nice but the prawn was dry and not sweet tasting.
If you are in Johor and would like to try the food at the restaurant, below is the address.
It is along the street of The Store at Taman Sentosa, on the left hand side if you turned in from the main road.
Restaurant See Hai 101 Grill Chicken Wing – 新四海101海鲜楼串烧
Bag: Argyle Centre, Hong Kong
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And the inspiration was from Inspiration Monday…
I was looking through my pictures and realised that I must have missed out sharing my visit to the Ostrich Farm in Desaru. Pardon this abrupt post about Desaru from out of no where. ;p It would be classified in the Malaysia – Desaru category for easy reference.
We checked out of our hotel and made our way to the Ostrich Farm. From Kota Tinggi town to Desaru, we solely relied on the signboards along the way to lead us there. A usual 20mins drive to the Ostrich Farm became a 45mins drive as we missed an important turn and travelled off course for a while until we felt that it couldn’t be so far that we made a U-turn back and this time kept our eyes wide open for the signboards.
Entrance fee into the Ostrich Farm is RM12 and it includes a short presentation by the staff of the Ostrich Farm.
The Ostrich Farm sits on land almost equivalent to the size of two football fields and is home to more than 500 Ostriches of all age and sizes.
And this pen had ostriches which were less than a year old.
One of the owners of the farm who gave us a brief introduction on the ostriches and the farm.
It was hard and strong enough to support my weight without cracking under pressure when I stood on them.
The owner demonstrated how he removed the egg from its shell. I guess he wanted to use the egg shell into souvenirs like lamps which could be found in the gift shop at the entrance, hence he used a drill to drill a clean round hole on the shell and pierced a hole with a nail on the opposite end of the shell to allow the egg to flow out.
The owner poured the egg out into a big plastic container and you can clearly see that the ostrich egg was HUGE!
The size of one ostrich egg is more than 20times the size of one chicken egg!
After the presentation, we walked around the farm on our own.
Until the staff offered me a bunch of vege to purchase did the ostriches stop in their steps to take pictures with me!
Actually they are rather friendly birds but they get overly excited when they see a bunch of fresh vege in front of them and suddenly you see three to four heads stretched very close to you and they all start pecking away at vege very quickly.
If you have not tasted Ostrich meat or Ostrich egg before, you can head to the cafe at the entrance of the ostrich farm to cool down to a glass of cold drink and some Ostrich meat satay, Ostrich meat burger or Ostrich egg omelette.
We ordered the omelette and burger. The omelette tasted pretty much like chicken egg but it was a bit more foamy and airy but i am not sure if it was due to the preparation method. But the ostrich burger was nice and tender and tasted pretty normal without any gamy smell or taste.
If you would like to visit the farm, you could do it very comfortably on a day trip to Desaru. The drive takes about 1.5hrs – 2hrs from after the JB Checkpoint and I have listed down the details of the farm below so that you could use google map to help you plan your route.
S-9, Kampung Simon 81620,
Tel: 02-6-07 8265846
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily
I was in JB over the weekend and drove past a banner on the road which was for an event ” Street Food Festival”.
It sounded like a great place to head to for delicious Malaysian dishes and off we went.
We arrived at the location of the bazaar only to be greeted by cold gusts of wind and heavy rain. The rain dampened the mood significantly as there was much of a crowd and the tables prepared in the middle of the walk way were empty as it didn’t have much shelter over them.
The food stalls were lined up in tents stretching more than 300meters in distance. I didn’t managed to take much pictures as I was struggling to keep under the shelter of our umbrella and I couldn’t quite dig out my camera from my disorganized bag. If only it wasn’t raining so heavily when we first got to the Street Food Festival Fair, I would have bought more food to try and nibble on.
Only when we stopped at this fried rice stall to order our food did I take some pictures.
Opposite the fried rice stall was this sugar cane juice stall which looked like they have been juicing those canes to no end.
We found a table under a leaky shelter and ordered oyster omelette to complement our prawn fried rice.
When I mentioned that it was a leaky shelter, it wasn’t just droplets here and there. But it was a major leak like a mini waterfall!
The rain became a light drizzle and that was when we hear continuous loud explosive noises and they were having a fireworks display right above us!
The fireworks display went on for more than 10 minutes before heading back to the tents to finish up our food with smiles on our faces for the unexpected feast for our eyes.
At Jusco Tebrau City, we stumbled upon these Christmas hats that matched the outfits that we were wearing for the day!
I was so tempted to get this cute Christmas Tree hat!
My outfit for the day. I bought this t-shirt at the Disney Store when I was in Milan. Admittedly it is hardly an item that serves as a memento for Milan, but who could resist a Mickey T-shirt? :p I kinda miss Italy recently and hence decided to wear this Tshirt. I sure hope I wouldn’t reach out to this top everytime I start missing anything Italian!
T-shirt: Disney shop in Milan, Skirt: A&F, Booties: Taiwan, Bag: Longchamp
Most people choose to stay in Desaru as it has more to offer with its beach and resorts.
However we chose to stay in Kota Tinggi town as we had planned to go on the fire fly tour at night, which boarding point was only a 10mins walk away from the hotel we stayed at.
The town of Kota Tinggi is a small quiet town which hasn’t seen much development since the last time I was there close to a decade ago apart from a handful of new buildings. The hotel we stayed at Mayres Hotel is conveniently located at the corner of the major junction of Kota Tinggi town and has to be one of the tallest building in the town, making it impossible to miss when you drive through town.
The rooms are clean and simple. Nothing much to rave about but decent enough for a night’s sleep without much complains.
If you do have plans to stay at this hotel, I would suggest that you visit their website and make your bookings from there as Beebops made his booking through hotel booking sites and it was almost double the prices of the hotel’s website. Moreover if you would want to take the firefly tour, you can get a room and tour package.
We rested a bit before walking out to make bookings for the firefly tour and grab some lunch-cum-dinner at a nostalgic looking food centre. It reminded me of the old Maxwell market. There are a couple of seafood restaurants in the town which are usually packed with the day tour folks. I ate at one of those seafood restaurants before and the food isnt too expensive, but the both of us didn’t felt like having such a heavy dinner.
Our dinner was really inexpensive! Total of less than RM20.
It would have been even lower if we hadn’t ordered the sting ray, which was RM12.
After dinner we strolled around the mini night bazaar at the river front while waiting for our firefly boat tour.
The firefly boat tour takes about an hour and there are two timings according to the staff at the counter, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. We chose the latter timing in case the skies were still not dark enough for the fireflies to appear.
The boat we took looks like the one below except that the seats were all facing the front unlike the one below which faces inwards. If you are given a choice, I would suggest that you do not take the one with seating arrangements like the ones below as throughout the boat ride, you would have to turn 45degrees to 90degrees to see the fireflies.
All passengers of the boat are given life vests to put on, albeit a little damp. ;p
The boatman gave us a quick briefing of the ground rules in the boat and a reminder that flash photography is not allowed during the boat ride. I did not take any pictures in the entire boat ride. It would have been impossible for me to capture any pictures of the fireflies as it was pitch dark in the river and taking a picture with flash would definitely not capture the glow of the fireflies and startle the little fireflies.
Sad to say, there were still these “ugly” people triggering their flash units, either they are lacking in basic comprehension skills or have never been introduced the function of flash suppression on their cameras. Mind you some were DSLR owners. *shrug*
Other than the blinding flashes of lights, it was really beautiful to see the faint and flickering glows on the trees in theriver. At the first sight, it looked like your eyes are playing some tricks on you as it looked a little blurry and fuzzy. But when the boat moves closer to the trees, you can see these tiny lights on the branches and if you are lucky enough, you can see a couple flying really really close to you.
The light from the fireflies are emitted from the organs located at the lower abdomen and the production of light is due to a chemical reaction in the firefly. The fireflies communicate through the different signals of light, from steady glow to flashing lights. There has been occurence of synchronised flashing lights amongst groups of fireflies.
It’s amazing what Mother Nature brings. 🙂
After our visit at Crocodile World, we chanced upon the signboard that leads us to Bob’s Homestay.
With lots of time still on hand before we could check into our hotel, we ventured into Bob’s Home stay.
As the name suggest, the accommodation provided here was a home stay, nothing too fancy but welcoming and unpretentious.
Entering the compounds of Bob’s Home stay, we were welcomed by a couple of cottages and Teepee looking chalets in earthly tones. It felt a little like entering a quaint little village by the straits.
Located at the riverside, you could sit at the garden and watch the world go by and the tides rise and fall.
It was low tide during the time when I was there. The small hut is the jetty that leads to the floating fishing area during the high tide.
The compound of Bob’s Home stay is rather huge with lots of space between the chalets for privacy.
Behind me is one of the type of the accommodation, The Lodge. The Lodge can fit up to 9 people, yes it is that huge, and about RM300 per night. Quite a good bargain if you have a big group of friends or family. For the extremely budge conscious, there is even a dormitory in Bob’s home stay for RM20 per night!
It looks like an interesting place to spend the weekend with huge group of friends and family as there are not much activities that you do in the area so it would be good to be able to have good company over a bbq dinner by the riverside. One thing you shoulddefinitely pack when you are intending to stay there is your mosquito repellent.
With that you will be able to soak up the kampung atmosphere fully without being distracted by the itch. 😉
One of the things that you can do in Desaru is to visit the crocodile farm, known as Crocodile World or Taman Buaya in Malay.
As we arrived at Desaru hours before we could check into our room, we headed to Crocodile World first.
Heading to Crocodile World was a breeze with the roads peppered intermittently with signboard like the one below to direct you to Crocodile World, aka Taman Buaya.
When I was trying to read up about Crocodile World, I came across many sites which mentions that there are more than a thousand crocodiles in the farm. This sign at the entrance “affirms” this.
We arrived at the entrance to Crocodile World and was greeted by many huge and heavy crocodile skulls.
Crocodile World was established in the 1970s and spans across 8 hectare of land in Teluk Sengat and houses more than a thousand crocodile in the compound.
There are a couple of crocodiles that are more than a decade old and the oldest of them all is 135years old, toothless crocodile, which we saw in our walk around the Crocodile World.
We took some pictures with the baby crocodile at the entrance, and I must say that they are quite nice to the touch as their scales are already very hard but in contrast the bellies of these baby crocodiles are cool and soft to the touch.
The entrance fee into Crocodile World is RM8 (~S$3.40) for adult and RM4 (~S$1.20) for child.
We entered Crocodile World with another group of 6 and the staff passed a wooden pole to one of the guys in the group and told him to use the pole to prod the crocodiles in their enclosures. This prodding basically causes the crocs to react rather aggressively to this intrusion and you can witness first hand the loud powerful snapping of their jaws and the strength of their swishing tails when they are in water.
Lying very still in its enclosure is the 135year old toothless crocodile.
And this has got to be one of the fattest crocodiles that I have seen!
Though the compound of Crocodile World is 8 hectares big, only a section of the farm was accessibly to the public.
With its affordable entrance fee, it is a good way to kill some time with those jaw snapping action while waiting for time to pass before you check into your hotel room.
If walking around Crocodile World worked up a bit of appetite for you and want to have a taste of those crocs, at Sengat Seafood, which is also owned by Crocodile World.
Lots 1289 & 1290,
Jalan Sembilan, Kampung Belading Teluk Sengat,
81940 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm
Entrance Fee: Adults – RM8, Child – RM4
Located slightly more than an hour away from the causeway, Desaru and Kota Tinggi is a popular location for many day trips to Malaysia.
It is also a popular location for couples who want a natural and vast open space as backdrop for their wedding photos.
After our filling breakfast, we took a very slow leisure drive to Kota Tinggi as the journey wasn’t going to be long and we still had a lot of time before we could check into our hotel.
Heading to Kota Tinggi is actually very easy as there are numerous signage like the ones below to lead you there. The rule of the thumb is when there is no signage just proceed ahead straight or look for the highway with the same number, in this case Highway <3>
In close to 1hr30mins, we arrived at Kota Tinggi town with too much time to spare before we can get our room!