Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 111/ Food For Thought 219 - Weng Yin Seafood Village (九哩香海鲜村) @ Port Dickson

Since we had lunch at the hotel, we decided to drive out at night for some nice Chinese seafood at Weng Yin Seafood Village (九哩香海鲜村). It is located at 9 and a half mile along Jalan Pantai, on the left as we drove from Avillion Port Dickson. It was a busy Saturday night so we only got table at the non air-conditioned space rather than the nice chilly air-conditioned dining area. Still, we were too hungry to be bothered by the heat and went straight to order the food.  
The food were simple and nice. The Three Flavoured Fish stood out the most with its sweet, sour and spiciness tastes all in one fish. I liked the fresh crabs and Big Teddy whack most of the spicy Mantis Crayfish. Overall it's a good dinner with pocket friendly price tags. When you are in this beach town looking for seafood, look no further than this restaurant here... 

Spicy Mantis Crayfish with dried chilli for RM13 
Stir fried Kangkung for RM7
Kam Heong Crabs for RM49
Three Flavoured Fish for RM35

Address: Lot 4132, Batu 9.5 (KM15.5), Jalan Pantai, 71050 Port Dickson 
Tel: +6012 629 1178
Business Hour: 10am-2pm and 6pm - 11pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 110 - Avillion Port Dickson

This year's birthday I'd spent it at Avillion Port Dickson thanks to MATTA fair promotion. We paid RM700 nett for a 2D1N stay at the Premium Water Chalet (normal price about RM870), quite expensive still for a beach resort without white sandy beaches. But it's my birthday so what the heck I deserved a treat. The hotel is a lil dated but pretty well maintained. I liked the balcony with sun chairs facing the sea and watching sunset from the room. Another nice feature that I liked about the room was the en-suite open sky bathroom and Pangkin daybed. The four-poster king-sized bed is huge and comfy but the air conditioning needs improvement as it took a while to cool the room.  

Our room included the access to aVi Lounge (pictured below) which served complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktail. The lounge is very nicely done with the round seating area under the sun extended out to the sea. It was a lovely place to spend our afternoon although the sun was scorching hot.  

Fried rice from the Village Court

Beautiful peacocks roaming freely around the resort... and they are not shy to show off...

My favourite part of stay... Watching the sun setting right in front of me... It felt serene to watch the nature works its wonders... 

Evening cocktails at aVi Lounge... 

The next day we went to aVi Spa for some pampering. Big Teddy treated ourselves for a 60-minutes aVi Traditions Malay Healer massage (RM230 per pax). It was one of the best massage that I had in a long time. The room was extremely pleasant with the balcony facing the sea, giving us a very calming feeling. The masseurs were professional and we enjoyed it very much. They even let us have our ginger tea right outside at the balcony facing the sea enjoying the sound of the waves. 

Such a nice way to end our weekend getaway... Despite I'm another year wiser now... 

Address: Avillion Port Dickson, 3rd Miles, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Phone: +606 647 6688

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 109 - Kellie's Castle @ Batu Gajah

We decided to take a detour on the way back to KL and stopped by the famously known haunted building in Malaysia, Kellie's Castle. It is situated on the way to Batu Gajah town at the Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate, about 30-minute drive and 14 km south of Ipoh City. Given this year is the Visit Malaysia Year, the place was nicely done up with proper signage guiding tourists like us.  
There's a lot of fascinating haunted stories surrounding this castle. I'm not a big fan of paranormal stories so I'm just going to share about the known facts about this castle... 
This unfinished ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith in 1915. which he planned to build a 6 storey tower with Malaya's first elevator, an indoor tennis court and a rooftop courtyard for entertaining. However unfortunately, a virulent strain of Spanish Flu struck his 70 workmen he brought from India and many had died from the disease. The bad luck didn't end there... Before his mansion was completed, William Kellie Smith also died at the age of 56 due to pneumonia during a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. His family was too distraught to continue to stay in Malaysia so they went back to Europe after his death without completing the mansion. 
Because the place is unfinished and abandoned for a while, some parts of the house did feel a little eery for me, like the dimly lit laundry room and wine cellar. But hey it was afternoon and extremely hot when we were there so we didn't spend much time lingering around. At least now we'd been to one of supposedly most haunted places in Malaysia... in bright day light...  

Supposedly Malaysia's 1st ever lift shaft
Address: Chalet Mdkb Kellies Castle, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Gajah,Perak, 31000 
Tel: +605-255 2772/ 9962 
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
Admission Charges: RM5