Valued Voice

Valued Voice
For Influencer Who Wants To Earn USD..Click and SIGN UP Through this LINK

Friday, December 13, 2019

What and WhereTo Eat In Tianjin?

Friday, December 13, 2019 3 Comments




As a Muslim traveller, I don't have a problem to find food here in Tianjin. There is so much Halal food here. 




If you read my previous entry on Tianjin, I did mention stay in Holiday Inn Express Heping, Tianjin. Just like many other Holiday Inn Express chain, you can't expect good buffet from them. To me the variant kind of dull. It's not Halal. I use my creativity to toast the bread and hard-boiled egg to make my own sandwiches every morning. hahaha

I am proven a living survivor in anywhere I travel. Always crack my head if cant find suitable food to eat. Travel with instant food in my bag from Malaysia is so unusual for me. Unless, if I know the food is super damn expensive and the place I am visiting is to remote for me to find something to eat.




Tianjin Chestnuts


I don't know that Tianjin Chestnuts is super famous. It's common to see people lining up day and night just for a bag of Chestnuts. I discover this while strolling along the Tianjin University Street. This place kind of opposite the place I stayed. So I was there a few times and was very curious about the long queue. One morning, I decided to join the queue and bought a bag of Chestnuts for myself. OMG! can't get enough of this. Different from the chestnuts I ever ate before. Tianjin Chestnuts taste sweet and savoury at the same time. You will get addicted.

Another famous snack is sunflower seeds. I don't try that since no patient to peel that with my teeth. Kuaci je pun....Too small and tiring for me! hahaha


Chinese Pancakes or Crepe (Jianbing Guozi)


This is another common snack in Tianjin. The pancakes batter made of mung bean, egg and some special sauce. Chilli and Soy sauce is very famous here too. They will ask you if you want spicy or non-spicy. You can choose between Crispy Crackers and You Tiao. I have tried with both fillings and my vote goes to Crispy Crackers filling. Check out the process of Chinese pancakes being prepared in the video below.  By the way, I bought this from Halal Snack Shop





You can subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you are interested to receive more updates on latest video soon. https://www.youtube.com/CindyrinaRina



Ear-Hole Fried Cake (Erduoyan Zha Gao)


You won't miss this at all. They sell this almost everywhere. Basically a rice cakes with some filling like red bean, lotus paste or custard. I just can't get enough of this too. It so small and you can't eat just one of this. The rice cake is so soft and chewy. Taste better than Tteok from Korea. The name of this cake is kind of interesting with the direct translation means Ear Hole. I don't see any hole in this cake at all! hahaha...Too lazy to google the history of this cake name.




Stuffed Meat Buns (Goubuli Baozi)


The name is so weird which literally translate as 'Dog Doesn't Care' or 'Ignorance Dog' mmmmmm...wanna try also scared leh, who knows the stuff in dog meat inside. hahaha.
Did I try this? Yeah!!! found this at one of the halal stalls. To me, this is just a steamed bun. Frankly speaking from my point of taste bud, I  think the 'Pau Ahmad' or 'Tanjung Malim Pau' is more delicious than this. hahaha

Talking about Dog...I remember buying a few bags of roasted peanuts which called " Dog Poo". hahaha...seriously, most of my colleague said it's super delicious. It's delicious to me too. Regret not to buy more though! I remember buying it at one of the groceries stores and the store owner's son told me the name which really put me off on the spot. Almost put back to the shelf and he keeps convince me to give it a try. Which I did? The next day bought a few more. Gosh! so addictive! The name really put me off. But the taste? I want it again and again. It's so tasty!

Disclaimer: No dog injured or killed to make this dishes. huhuhu




Rolling Donkey


I recognised this snack since I ate this during my Beijing trip. Oh! if just now I talked about Dog, now we have donkey too. They just love to use the animal name. Don't worry! No donkey died to make this snack. It just a layer of sticky rice dough with red bean paste and then roll in the soybean powder. I love this too if I get the fresh one!




ShouliGao (Flour Dessert)


I bought this because it looks so colourful and pretty! hahaha..Sucker! right?
Taste? Not my style at all. Totally not as delicious as it looks. muahahaha..I basically bought, took some photo and then sat at one corner struggling to finish the whole plates with 6 pieces ShouliGao.I don't want to waste food! My mission is to accomplish ZERO FOOD WASTE. God will punish me for wasting the food! Serious, our 'Putu Piring' or 'Putu Bambu' taste more delicious than this. That flour base tastes nothing like our putu piring or Bambu at all. I don't know how to describe but it just not my style. The colourful topping just a various super sweet fruit jams which you can get your whole leg chopped off! huhuhuh




Tanghulu


I think you can find this at Jonker Walk too right? I love hawthorn. This sugar-coated hawthorn, I would be happy if I have someone to finish the rest of the fruits. I can't finish in this alone though.




Lamb Dumpling


I went into one of the Xinjiang Restaurant to eat this. It looks a lot. But seriously, I can just sit there and finish the whole plate even after slurping a bowl of Beef Lamian. This is so addictive, especially with some chillies oil. I did this a lot during my Xining trip. Call me Dumpling addicts! hahaha..But I only eat Lamb dumpling. Not so big fan of chicken or beef.




Beef Lamian


Don't need an introduction. I ate many of this during my trip to Lanzhou and Xining until I got fed up with anything soupy. hahaha..I ate this because the restaurant is nearby the Hotel I stayed.




Fried Noodles


I tried this on one of the cold night which made me lazy to walk further from my hotel. The Muslim restaurant located right opposite the hotel I stayed in. Not bad! But I was so struggling to finish this alone. I ate until feel so damn bored eating. It's not that I don't feel thankful for my food, just don't understand why the Chinese love too big portion in every meal served? Why? Can't you serve moderate portion? Woman or Man there....they can finish this without any problem. I was damn struggling and feeling like crying to finish this. Can't waste food ma!




Sour Fish Soup

I discover this by accident, while looking for a toilet at one of the shopping malls near Bingjiang Shopping Street, then decided to head down to basement food court. I found a Halal Sour Fish Soup. I fall in love not only with the young guy who prepares this but this soup is super delicious and refreshing taste. I ordered the set with rice and who knows there are noodles at the bottom of this soup. Die! I need to finish a bowl of rice together with this noodle. They really serve a generous portion here. The fish meat is so fresh and the black fungus kind of chewy too. The pepper taste and sourness of plum really delicious to eat during cold days. 





I went back to the same stall during my last day before heading to the airport in the evening, to taste the Mala (Sichuan) Pepper soup but the person who took order misunderstood me and serve me with tomato soup version. Aiyakkk!!! I really hate tomato soup in the first place. Forcing myself to finish the tomato version fish soup. isk isk isk Not that bad for my hungry tummy. I purposely skip the buffet breakfast at my hotel and waited for the mall to open just for this. huhuhuh

Address? muahaha. IMA forgot to note down. All using my memory and only found the place after a few rounds lost my way on the second visit. hahaha




Inner Xinjiang Muslim Food


OMG! I seriously missed all this food from my Xi'an trip. When I saw this restaurant...I was like...take my money. I don't care how much is the bill. I will eat my most craving Dapanji (Big Plate Chicken). I ordered half chicken Dapanji, 2 sticks of grilled lamb and some warm nan bread. I really finish all this until the next table staring at my lonely table. Yeah! they ordered a lot and waste lots of food. Me? I just wobble all clear! muahahaha...ZERO Waste mission ma! Red Dates tea is free flow is delicious too. huhuhuh

Sorry! if you think I went to Tianjin but ate Xinjiang food. I just craving for this food people! Craving for Dapanji for super long time. Craving satisfied and this Dapanji is super delicious than what I ate in Xi'an. Gosh! I really need to save up and brave myself to Xinjiang soon. Let muster my courage to visit that place in few years time.




Mahua


This fried twisted dough is a famous snack in Tianjin. People buy this by boxes people. It must be super nice, right? I don't try this one at all since I need to buy a big bag for this. I am just afraid unable to finish this by myself. I just imagine the taste is like our very own Mahua here too. kekeke...can't taste this? Just use my wild imagination! hahaha

There is so much other food you can try in Tianjin. If you are a non-muslim, abundance of food waiting for you. Even if you are a Muslim like me, you won't end up in the Hotel room eating pack instant food. Just prepare lots of money and enjoy!!!!

There are a few famous Food Street in Tianjin you can explore :

Nanshi Food Street 

Address: located West of Heping Rd. 

I visited this place with hope but the result was a total let down. It so touristy and I just don't feel comfortable to even explore further. The price is expensive too. You won't miss this place because the building is like a palace-like classic building with rows of stalls selling snacks and food.

Heping District Food Street

Address: Liaoning Rd, Heping District

I don't visit this place but just pass by. You can give a try though! I would go if the weather is not that cold at night.

Shiyue Food Street

Address: near Zhonghan Park , Hebei Distirct

Actually, the place itself is a nice environment but just happen during my visit the place is too quiet since it's after the Golden Holiday.

Five Great Avenue Food Street (near to WuDaDao)


It is more restaurant a cafe place since this place is quite a high-end area. But worth for people who love the posh environment.










Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6 Tips For Job Seeker in Malaysia

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 13 Comments



The recent news update from economist report predicted for gloomy prospects for job-seeker next year. For job-seeker, this news does not sounds encouraging at all. Don't feel very down easily. There is always an opportunity waiting for you. It is a matter of time for good luck to reach your side. You just need to have faith and keep on trying. 

Those days, I remember applying the job using a classified and recruitment ad from the newspaper. Arming with a handwritten letter to the typing the letter out.No mobile phone for people to contact me directly. Waiting next to a fixed-line phone is a routine for me before getting hired. That was during those eras. I have gone through that to apply for a job. People now are very lucky. We have WWW for us to search for a job. Many ways and wide range of online platform waiting for you.

I know its very competitive game for all job-seekers too. You just need to make yourself more visible across to the relevant online platform to get a higher chance of securing your dream job.

6 tips for online job seekers :


1. Be more pro-active 


Some candidates just search job opportunities and if there is no match, they just don't click apply. Well, be more pro-active by email direct your CV/Resume to the recruiter with cover letter and write to them sincerely. Do not write 'half-heartedly' such as " I am looking for a job" the attached your email. No effort from you at all and you expect a miracle? Dreams on!
I remember getting an opportunity from a recruiter who called me out of the blue for the job opportunity which I don't even apply. 

2. Avoid Scammer


You must aware that the employer pays the recruiter to find the right person for the role. Some scammer requested some payment for a background and qualification check. Nonsense! There is no such thing! No matter how great opportunities they have promised you, avoid this kind of so-called 'scammer' by all means. Many other opportunities are waiting for you. It should cost you anything to apply for a job.
.

3. Clean up your online visibility


Ensure your online presence appears as the best to your prospective future employers. Nowadays, most employers are online savvy. They will do the online search to understand who you are. I remember telling the interview, my hobby is online writing and sometimes did some product review gigs for fun. Nothing bad for being a blogger as long as you present yourself well online and offline. Your online image may sometime contrast with your job but all this can be explained carefully. To me as long as your online image doesn't affect your work, it is alright!

4. Build up Linkedin Network


Most people neglected LinkedIn when it comes to job searching. Many opportunities are waiting for you if you build up good networking in LinkedIn. Make sure you build up a good profile and it visible to recruiters in LinkedIn too.

5. Protect your Personal Confidential information


Some people think they have added in all information in the resume. Please avoid sharing unnecessary information such as bank account, ic number, physical address in your resume. We don't know how to secure the recruiters' process of our personal data. All this will only be required once you get the interview.

6. Widen your search


Don't bank in with only one platform. The most famous online job platform, maybe competitive for you. Why not try our some medium-sized platform?  The wider choices will increase your opportunity.

SeekersConsult.com is an online boutique recruitment place only for job-seekers. They various employer who hired them to find the right candidates for them. Not like any other online recruitment platform, they only advertise the job vacancy using their twitter, Instagram and FB page

If you are currently looking for a job opportunity, why don't check them out? Just select any of the open vacancies listed in their Social Media Networks and email your resume / CV to apply for your desired job.

Bonus tips, build up a good relationship with recruiters will gain you more advantage. Please make sure to attend the interview appointment made and present yourself well to the prospective employers. 


Share this post to any of your friends who are currently looking for job opportunities. Encourage them to email an introduction to SeekersConsult.com recruiter job@seekersconsult.com.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Safi Youth Radiance Worth or Not Worth To Try?

Saturday, December 07, 2019 22 Comments
This is my first time using this brand. I remember bought and recommended Safi to my Mum a few years back. She is still using this brand but from the different series. She even proudly recommended Safi to her friends too. I notice over the years Safi through Safi Research Institute has developed a different type of range and really innovative on their creation to cater to a different type of skin and age range.






I finally have the chance to try out Safi new beauty range. They just launched the Safi Youth Radiance series which boasted using the Beetox Technology, Saffron Gold and Lipo Vit-C.
Beetox? Saffron Gold? Lipo Vit-C? They really know how to select premium ingredients for Women skin. So, how these ingredients work for our skin?


The  3 main ingredients for Safi Youth Radiance :

Saffron extract - known as a potent antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits, improves and brightens skin complexion.

Lipo Vitamin C - boosted the potent antioxidants which proven skin lightening benefits. Fights free radicals and skin damage from UV and pollutant exposure.

Hyaluronic Acid - Most women are well versed what Hyaluronic Acid benefits to the skin. A super moisturising agent that hydrates and locks skin moisture up to 24 hours.

I have tested two products from Safi Youth Radiance series :

* Safi Youth Radiance Anti-aging and Whitening Essence, 100ml, Retail Price RM55.00
* Safi Youth Radiance Serum Infused Moisturiser, 40g, Retail Price RM55.90



Safi Youth Radiance Anti-aging and Whitening Essence


A water-based formulation that has powerful moisturising and antioxidant agents that restore skin suppleness, softness and hydration. 

Product claimed :

* 3X Antioxidant power
* 6X moisture power
* Instant hydration up to 130 percent


How to apply Safi Youth Radiance Anti-aging and Whitening Essence?

Just like any other essence, just apply on cleansed skin and neck. Massage it in a circular motion until fully absorbed into the skin which not difficult at all since the product kind of quick to absorb into the skin. You will rest assure your skin is ready to accept the next skincare routine after applying this essence.

Texture and experience: Transparent liquid with luxurious gold flakes which is great for the skin. I love how light the product is when it touches my skin. Since this is a water-based product so it really absorbs super fast into your skin. The smells are so refreshing sweet smells. Really helps to prepare the skin for the next skincare regime absorption. 



Safi Youth Radiance Serum Infused Moisturiser


This is not like any other moisturiser from other beauty products. Safi Youth Radiance Serum is and infused moisturiser formulated to be lightweight, non-sticky and non-oily with fast absorption into the skin.

Product claimed :

* 280 percent  instant moisture
* 72 hours moisture retention
* 20 percent saffron power moist B5 complex
* 92.5 percent stronger skin barrier
* 75 percent improved skin brightening
* 67 percent improved skin elasticity

How to apply Safi Youth Radiance Serum Infused Moisturiser?

I would recommend this after applying the Safi Youth Radiance Anti-aging and Whitening Essence for optimum result. Just massage the products on a circular motion on your cleansed skin and neck.

Texture and experience: The white cream surprisingly transforms into moisture water droplets upon one application. I can feel the product penetrate deep into my skin and my skin moisturise for a long time throughout the day with Safi Youth Radiance Serum. This is not just talking. Fall in love with the texture of this moisturiser and it does wonders for my skin. I never use moisturiser in this kind of pump out bottle before, so I feel the packaging is really hygienic since we don't have to use fingers to get the content our of the jar.




Why I said Safi Youth Radiance series will give a fabulous result to your skin?



  • Safi Youth Radiance Anti-aging and Whitening Essence are basically can be used as a toner and Safi Youth Radiance Serum Infused Moisturiser helps to moisturise your skin up to 24 hours.
  • Do you ever encounter experience have to wait for your skincare products to absorb before going to the next skincare regime? I seriously lost my patient if that happens to me. Safi Youth Radiance series is a water-based formulation product for easy absorption and perfect for people like me who are always on the go. 
  • This skincare helps to repair your skin even at night, so use this with confidence.
  • If you are looking for visible results please use both products together in your daily skin regime.

Since the product claimed for youthful and luminous skin, I would recommend Safi Youth Radiance for women age 35 onwards. Do you believe it? I am turning 46 years old next year. Select a good skin quality skincare suitable for your skin is important to slow down your ageing process and enjoy your youthful look even in the mid-40s.

This range is a reasonable price for a good quality product with great ingredients which benefit the skin. To be honest, I always love the non-sticky and water-based skincare. This one? Worth to try for a better skin condition.

Safi Youth Radiance range developed specifically for Asian skin issue which combined the power of science and technology for the skin to restore to the natural best.

For Muslim, Safi Research Institute is known as the world's most advanced Halal Skincare Research and Development facility.

Where to buy your own Safi Youth Radiance series?


You can get yours at a leading pharmacy such as Guardian, Watsons, AEON Wellness. If you require information on Safi, please hop to their official website at www.safi.com.my.

Check out my video testing the texture of Safi Youth Radiance product below. Subscribe to my channel at https://www.youtube.com/CindyrinaRina

Friday, December 6, 2019

Creating an Easy Beauty Routine

Friday, December 06, 2019 0 Comments




Keeping skin healthy and hydrated is essential to maintaining a bright, youthful appearance. Creating a daily beauty routine is necessary for maintaining your skin's natural glow. A well-rounded beauty routine should include cleansing and moisturizing agents as well as area-specific products. With an effective beauty routine under your belt, looking your best will become easier each day.

Step One: Cleansing Products

Keeping your face clean is essential so that bacteria and grime do not clog your pores. If you struggle with acne, try to use a product that targets pimples and blackheads. If you have sensitive skin, choose a gentle unscented cleanser. Make daily face washing part of your must-do routine and always remove makeup before going to sleep at night.

Step Two: Moisturizing Products

Your face is sensitive to elements that can dry it out like harsh winds, sunlight or dry air. Keeping it moisturized and hydrated keeps a healthy glow all year round and makes a better base for applying makeup and other face products. Even if you have combination or oily skin, moisturizers are an essential part of your routine to keep your skin from overproducing oils.

Step Three: Area-Specific Products

The last step in a beauty routine is targeting problem areas for your face. This may be under-eye bags or wrinkles and fine lines. Whatever your needs are, choose a product like wrinkle cream Memphis TN to treat those areas. In this way, you can keep your skin from aging prematurely and manage conditions before they become a larger issue.

Forming and maintaining a beauty routine may be a goal that you have been wanting to achieve for some time. If it has seemed impossible before now, make a decision to follow these easy steps to achieve the flawless look that you have been dreaming of. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Why Tianjin is a must visit place after Beijing?

Monday, November 25, 2019 0 Comments
I visited Tianjin as my Birthday trip in October this year. I didn't plan much for this trip. Just went on with this trip since my China Visa is expiring on early Dec 2019. (Just an excuse!)

I was aiming to climb up the Great Wall of China from this part of China but at the end couldn't make it. My back condition didn't permit to do so. So..I end up settled with just rest and relax trip with no self-challenge. I just use the google explore for a place to visit. hahaha


I stayed at Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Heping. The Hotel located right next to a metro station (Anshan Station). Just next to the hotel building. Very convenient as the place has some fast food at the annexe too. Getting a cab also not that difficult here.




As for the Hotel Room, to me as long as I have a comfortable bed, clean bathroom and no noise, everything seems reasonable. Anyway, I am not that kind who enjoy the hotel facilities and stuck in the room watch TV all day. I was out of Hotel room from 9am until at night. Basically, I just need a place to sleep. Breakfast? Well, they do have Buffet Breakfast which the selection kind of not that interesting to me at all. I have been eating eat sandwich toast, which I made from the buffet counter selection. I skip my breakfast on the last 2 days. Can't stand to see any sandwich anymore. hahaha. Price isn't that expensive here so overall reasonable to stay here since the location is convenient. I took time to even explore the nearby neighbourhood too. There are many local shops nearby too. Just cross the opposite main road it will lead you to another neighbourhood too. Just walk and explore the local life there. It's interesting to do that when travelling to other countries. 

Safety? I feel safe over there since Police is everywhere too. You can reach out to them anytime. I know language might be an issue for non-Chinese speaker but if you are in distress, language wouldn't be a big issue to get help at anywhere. 

In general, people were good to me during my stay. They just curious about my origin and trying to make conversation with me. As usual, I will just reply with my super basic mandarin skills. hehehe...Google translate? Well, I don't even use any of those since I have that impatient mindset. So troublesome for me to use that. hahaha

Where to Stay in Tianjin?


Holiday Inn Express Tianjin Heping
No. 26, Xizang Road, Heping District, Tianjin 300020 China.

Places to Visit in Tianjin

When I told my friend, I am going to Tianjin, they were like...What? Why? Its nothing to see there. It's a small place in China. mmmmm...wrong! This is the people who make comment without even experience the place. You got to experience and surprise yourself. Different people different opinion on many things. So don't take any comments blatantly without doing your own research. 

My honest opinion about Tianjin.

You shouldn't miss out of this place. People only see Beijing as a must-visit destination. Do include Tianjin to the itinerary since this city is only 40 minutes high-speed train ride from Beijing.

Historically, Tianjin is the most important port and also known as a doorway to Beijing. When I first step into Tianjin, I was mesmerized by the extraordinaire mix cultural of its building architecture. This place makes me curious about what is going on in the ancient time.

So? Its seems my routine when visiting other countries is to make Museum as my first itinerary. It just this time, I only got the chance to visit the Museum on the second day due to miscommunication with the Cab Driver. He drops me at the Ancient Cultural Street instead of Museum on the first day. I still enjoy my heart out on this trip!

Tianjin Museum

Address: 62 Pingjian Road, Hexi Qu, Tianjin
Check out their official website for operation hours to avoid disappointment.

I could describe Tianjin is the best city since it has more than 70 museums for you to explore. I manage to cover only four from this trip. Unfortunately, during my visit it was raining and cold day throughout the whole day. My umbrella doesn't work well too. Yeah! it got blown up by the strong wind. Haihhhh.... I still brave myself through. I was a worth it journey!


This place is spectacular huge. I spent the whole day here. When I feel tired to walk around, I just walked out at sat at the nearby bench. I even have a quick nap due to very tired. It has segregation between different sector such as Art, Science and Technology, Natural History Museum. Each section is huge and you can spend at least 2 - 3 hours each.

I was there since morning and still unable to cover all. Why? First, it closed at 4 pm. Second, most of the section is well-translated English descriptions. It is really interesting and worth to read through. Especially for someone like me who always have an interest in China history.


I learn about every era that transformed Tianjin into the cross-cultural city today. It was an interesting learning day from the primitive days to the last dynasty of China. The opium war to the spread of Catholicism to the boxer rebellion. It makes my entire stay in Tianjin more meaningful as I appreciate each place in different ways since I knew the origin and history of each.

The Tianjin Art Museum is a new place in Tianjin and if you are an art lover or even for a person like me find this place is interesting. It even has a display of the world's finest porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasty. Interestingly, I basically explore all 4 levels of this museum and enjoy reading the good description of the display.

Natural History Museum and the Science and Technology Museum is not just for kids educational. I spent my time there too. It's ashamed that it almost closing hour by the time I reached this place. Oh! by the way, all Museum I mentioned in this post is just next to each other. That is why I mentioned you could spend your whole day time here. There are a huge lake and fountain outside the museum. I manage to catch the musical fountain dance during my visit. Yeah!!! I was out there standing in the rain before the strong wind blown away my umbrella. Hahaha...


The Ancient Cultural Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

Address: Gongnan Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin


This place supposes to be on the second day but the cab driver seems impatient to make this as my first destination. So...I just follow my destiny here. Too bad! I don't find any love here hahahaha..Who on earth find a Mr Right at 'Ancient Cultural Street' OMG! I must be so lonely and desperate hahaha...Ancient Uncle many here. Too many choices of ancient Uncle and Aunties here. 


The atmosphere here is kind of enjoyable and relaxing day for me. Just wander around this long street with buildings of traditional Chinese styles during Ming and Qing Dynasties and make yourself lost into this place. I explore every nook and corner here. In fact, went there thrice and never get enough of this place. I just love to see the colourful beads, stones, gems and some ancient relic. Most of it is a replica. But still interesting here.



If you are into calligraphy and arts, this is the place to buy some art paper and brush. You can sample many street foods here. I tried my first Tianjin must-try street food, Jianbing Guozi and Erduoyan Zhagao here. I will write more on the Tianjin food in a separate post. Subscribe to my blog to get the latest update notification.


It's a mixed feeling when you are at this interesting Ancient street. You get that traditional atmosphere and at the same time the modern days in one street. The souvenir here is worth to buy too. The price pretty much standard anywhere. Bargain? If you that kind of person...go ahead! I am sure you will get a good price.

Most enjoyable for me to sit at the bench in front of the main entrance and watch rows of tourist from different China province lining up to start the exploration. I just sat there and watch them while eating the snacks. Most of them are a senior citizen who joins the group tour. I even saw the tourist guides gave them a briefing and even told them off. Some of them not easy to manage, though! The old people have their own mindset. It's not like they are small kids who will follow you with some threatening words. I feel it's amusing to watch a cleaner who cleans the dustbin and collect every single cigarette bud and rubbish. It's really clean here. The public toilet is alright here compare to Lanzhou and Xining.

Tianjin Folk Museum

Address: Ancient Cultural Street, Nankai District, Tianjin

You can find this place somewhere in the middle of the Ancient Cultural Street. Don't give this place a miss. It worth to drop by here. Just a small museum and it's free. The cab driver is not wrong at all to drive me here on the first day. Since there are many museums in Tianjin, you just need to give them a specific address. It was my mistake from the start. I should have told him, I want to go to the Museum in Hexi District, not Nankai.


Here you can see the display of traditions and present daily life, trade, arts. religion, cultural and clothes. It displays the improvement of daily life from the ancient to the modern days. For example the weddings gift and clothing. There is some paper cutting, weaving and arts too. It will take less than an hour here.

Temple of the Queen of Heaven 

Address: Gongbei Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin


You won't miss this temple since this place is inside the Ancient Cultural Street and near to the main entrance.  It really a calm and peaceful place here. I paid 10 Yuan to get away from the crowd and it really worth my 10 Yuan.


This place is also known as Tianhou Taoist Temple or Tianhou Temple. This place is famous for Mazu, The Goddess of Sea and Queen of the Heaven worshipping. This place was constructed in 1326 for marine sacrifices by sailors and fishermen and it served since centuries.


After tired walking around, I sat near one of the statues for a quick nap. Yeah...my leg was worn out and my back was hurting at this point. Since I was away from the crowd, so I feel peaceful here. Even have time to imagine the ancient time here with my own imagination. 

Italian Style Stree

(EE TA LI JIE ....well that was what I told to cab driver and he replied Hou!!! EE TA LI JIE.... hahaha)
Address: Marco Polo Square, Hebei District, Tianjin


If you still have energy after exploring Ancient Cultural Street, just walk around the HaiHe River which is located opposite the street and you will reach Italian Style Street. I couldn't afford to do that. My walking quota has reached the max for the day. Tired like hell!  I visit this place the next day. 
I went there for my birthday. Can't afford to celebrate my birthday in Italy, I settled with Ee Ta Li Jie. hahaha... Enjoyed shrimp pizza with cuppa coffee with an Italian song in the background. I convinced myself, I am in Italy. Self Hypnotized success! The feeling was real to me. muahahaha

I was hoping to meet my dreams Oppa here too. But seriously...all I met are Ajussi (old Uncles). mmm....only old uncle has money to loitering around this place? I will just keep dreaming then. Dreaming is always fun because I can end it without hurting my own feelings. kekeke


To me it just a row of Italian Architecture Building with some Al Fresco style cafe, restaurant and fountain. There are a few shops selling souvenirs and other than that nothing special about this place.


I thought this place is more happening during the night. But to my disappointment, it was not as what I thought at all. I visited this place at night before taking the HaiHe River Cruise. Many places not open and it so quiet even the Starbuck have few people in it.


Overall, a great place for a change of atmosphere here. Recommended to visit for a cup of coffee or even enjoy some beer here. 

Tianjin Haihe River

Address: Ancient Cultural Street is along the Haihe River. All you need to do is to cross the main road.




Haihe River is well known as 'Mother River' of Tianjin and have a huge contribution from ancient times to Tianjin people. I visited Haihe River a few times during my stay in Tianjin. Just love the atmosphere here. Really a great place for a morning or evening stroll. Day time or night time this place seems never sleeps. It cleans and has lots of activities. Very lively especially at night.




Along the Haihe river, you can find Haihe Park, Haihe Cultural Square, Haihe Fountain Amusement Park and Tianjin Eye.

This is a great place for leisure for local residents here. Many beautiful trees and flowers blossoming here. At night everything will be light up beautifully.

In the photo above you see the first catholic church called Wanghailou. This placemark a historical event where the first uprising against the foreign occupation starts here in the year of 1870.




You can take the day or night Haihe River cruise. I took the night cruise which I will write more in my next post. You can see different architectural influence along the river. That is why, in my earlier post, it is important to visit the Tianjin Museum before you explore the rest of Tianjin. Due to its strategic place, Tianjin went through few foreign countries colonial. The colonial begun right after the end of the Second Opium war. You should read Tianjin history on how the Opium War has begun.


You can see the traces of building architectural influence from Russian, Japan, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, France and Great Britain. All this along the Haihe River. Advisable to take the Haihe River cruise (whether day or night time) to see all this.

Five Great Avenues 

Address: Just tell the cab driver you are going to Wu Da Dao. They will bring you here

This is another great place to admire the European-style architecture. I have a fun day walking around this place while on and off did some cafe hoping here. There are many nice cafes here.



You can see the European influence in all building and cafes here. This place is known as Tianjin's rich and elite area. As many rich people build their home.


If read the history, there are two China's presidents and seven premiers or acting prime ministers resided here from the 1920s to the 1930s.


What are the attractions at Five Great Avenues?

Machang Avenue or Ma Chang Dao in Chinese is the oldest and the widest road among the Five Great Avenues. You will find the former residence of the British Overseas scholar here. It looks like a Spanish Villa style.

Muna Avenue or Mu Nan Dao in Chinese is where 74 buildings and 22 former residences of celebrities live. This look like a 3-floor western classical mansion with a basement.

Da Li Dao is another building worth to visit since its look like a French Roman style and they use Chinese wood carving as deco here.




I just walked around the street here since the weather is not that hot. Just walk into one of this cafe if you feel tired.



By the way, the photo is not related to my write up since I just wrote randomly based on what I read during my visit. I can't identify my photo which and which anymore. But all the photos were taken during my recent visit to Wu Da Dao. 

Now,  let us go shopping to the shopping street.

BinJiang Dao BuXingJie

Address: Just tell the cab driver you are going to the BinJiang Dao. 


If you are taking the metro just take metro line 3 to Yingkoudao station and take the Exit from B1 and cross the pedestrian bridge on your right.

Very huge shopping mall is everywhere here. You just need to start your exploration and get ready with your money here.



I totally love walking through the pedestrian streets here. But if you asked me to choose here or Ancient Cultural Street? Well, I prefer Ancient Street Cultural. I walked into some of those big shopping malls but it really not up to my expectation when it comes to the merchandise and the vibes. Some even look like they are closing down. There are big ones like Joy City and Isetan but still, don't like the vibes. 


I prefer to walk around outside the building and enjoy some of the architectural because of some of the building as old as 100 years.


You won't miss this Old Xikai Catholic Church if you are around BinJiang Dao. This church is also known as St Joseph Cathedral, Tianjin and was built by a French missionary in 1916.

There are many other places which I skip due to the location is far away from the city such as the Great Wall of China from this part of China and Porcelein House which is not that far from BinJiang Dao since I find not worth to pay for the entrance fees. 

Transportation in Tianjin is relatively cheap and convenient. I mostly took a cab and metro to most of the places. 

Language is not a problem to a non-Chinese speaker like me. I just show my print out Chinese word just in case the cab driver doesn't understand my Chinese slang. 

You can check out my next post on HaiHe River at night soon. You can subscribe to my blog for the latest update.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Fit Mee Healthy Korean Fried Noodles

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 0 Comments
This is the final 2 packs of Konjac noodle bought from my recent Jakarta Shopping haul. I never imagine Konjac noodles can taste this delicious. After tasted the green crumple stick rubber band the other day, I was being sceptical for this one. It's not from the same brand as last time. Plus this one is much cheaper. Ya Ya...that kind of mental attitude cheap means not delicious and anything expensive is super delicious. Diva mentality overloaded. Bad attitude go away! Well... that's me always using reverse psychology with hope for the opposite result. huhuhuh



Since this is cheaper than the other one, so I bought 2 flavours from this brand. One is Korean Fried Noodles flavour and the other one is my favourite Mee Soto. But I manage to cook only Korean Noodles before I temporarily closed my kitchen. Yeah! My kitchen will be closed for at least for 2 weeks starting the date of this post. Reason? Not that I am lazy. 

IMA! accidentally burnt middle fingers with a hot pan while preparing the Konyaku Korean Fried Noodles. It is a bad burnt! isk isk isk...Let it fully heal first before I start preparing my own meal again. From now on it will be salad and fruits all the way. huwaaaaaa....feeling the 'goatie' vibes already!


 Now...let see...

How to prepare Fit Mee Fried Korean Noodles?



As usual open the packet, I was greeted with crumple rubber band strand-like but this time is white not the green one like Ashitaki noodles. 

It has 4 small packets of condiments - Seasoning powder, Vegetables, Chilies and sesame oil with soy sauce.


1st Step - Boiled the noodles with the vegetable for 3 minutes. That's what the instruction us to do. Since I have experience with Konjac noodles already...chewahhhhh!!! hehehehe I boiled this a bit longer so I don't need to chew harder. hahaha...I boiled this for 8 minutes just like Ashitaki.
I forgot to boil this together with vegetable though. 

2nd Step - Since this suppose to be a fried noodles style the instruction the preparation basically the same with how we prepare the old-time favourite Indomie. But as usual, I don't follow the instruction really well. I have my own mindset and expectation for everything. I sauteed the minced garlic until fragrance then adds in oyster mushroom, boiled noodles and finally the spices. Stir-fried again for 2 - 3 minutes. Finally served with blanched Choy sam and my heavily spiced fried tempeh.




Tadaaaahhhhahahaha!!!! my Fried Korean noodles are served!

How does Fit Mee - Fried Korean Noodles taste?


Amazingly taste like Japchae. One of my favourite Korean Potato starch noodles dishes. I never thought this will be well seasoned. The savoury taste of sesame oil and the hints of chillies really works great in these dishes. I was really great to stir-fry this. Gosh!!! I should have to buy more of this flavour! Again that regret feeling.

Which part the process to prepare to cause the unfortunate accident to my right middle fingers?

It was during the process to throw in the leftover oil from the tempe frying before use the same pan to stir fry the noodles. isk isk isk isk

Lucky the meal turn out with full of happiness and low in calories too! hahaha