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Friday, March 27, 2020

How I Survive Staying At Home Alone During Covid19 Curfew? A Guide for An Introvert

Friday, March 27, 2020 5 Comments



For an introvert person like me, the word social distancing and stay at home is something common. I have been practising this in our daily life. So, with this MCO thingy that everyone huh hah about....its easy breezy for me since this is basically my day to day life.

I went out twice to replenish my food stock and survive with what I have bought until now. I already opt for frozen vegetables instead of the fresh one. Hoping, I don't need to go out of my house ever again until at least 14th April 2020. Since I am one person who always expects the worst to happen most of the time, I end up preparing myself for the worst all the time. This doesn't mean, I am one of those who did panic shopping. In general, my home always stocks up well. huhuh... The only regret, I didn't buy any mung bean. I could have eaten fresh bean sprout by growing them at home. hehehe.

So, how did I killed my time, be a good citizen and try to stay alive confining myself at home?

1. Watching Drama




Watching Korean drama and variety show becoming part of my daily life. Just watch happy. romantic comedy or anything makes your heart flutters and happy. Don't watch thriller, horror or sad movie. I don't want to end up depressed alone at home. I would say my circle of friends is super micro small. I am not sure about others, I learn most thing about life through watching Korean and Chinese drama. 

2. Online course

I always believe in not living my life mindlessly. Apart from watching a drama, I also take a free online class. I am currently studying Korean and Mandarin languages. I was thinking of taking SEO class but one at the time. Since my brain kind of old version, so I don't want to overwhelm myself. I strictly allocated 1 hour a day for each class. I practice both languages by watching the drama from South Korean and China Mainland.

3. Reading



One hour reading session is a must for me. I am seriously afraid to forget about how to read one day, just like how I struggle to write words using a pen since I am used to typing using a keyboard. I have many book collections at home. Sort of mini library in my house. Reading helps me to think and do a brain exercise. It's also a way to improve myself in a way of my thinking and do things. I allocate some time to read the book out aloud too. Just to ensure I still remember how to speak. Hahaha.... living alone sometimes ....this is the only thing I can do to ensure I still able to speak. WTH!😂

4. Hobbies



I consider online content writing as one of my hobbies. My blog is a channel for me to express my true feelings. Other than online writing. I also love to DIY scented candles and essential oil mixology. Sometimes, I will do finger knitting for fun too. I love to try new things and I am still learning.

5. Stay Healthy




I just recovered from knee surgery. I got myself a few stitches on my meniscus and the doctor took out some of my lose bone which has been disturbing my nerve. The doctor has diagnosed my knee aged 20 years older than my original age. Since I am not at the age to get a knee replacement, yet...the Doctor asks me to care and take good care and try to sustain for at least another 6 - 10 years. As much as I have a bad knee, I don't give up to stay healthy as much as possible. Especially, when my back pain is getting super worst due to my weight. So allocated one hour daily to be on the treadmill, which I most of the time did a 3km walk and some pilates for 30 minutes. I don't want to overwork my knee. I just want to stay healthy and avoid to be in the hospital ever again!

6. Stay connected




As I mentioned, I don't have a circle of a friend whom I can communicate just like a normal person does. I basically have been living my own world most of my life, until now. Why? I have practising social distancing in most of my life. isk isk isk... I used to seldom contact my family. It will be very rare occasions for me to do that. I think, am getting older now. I now have an active group chat with my sisters. During this time especially, we have been communicating through the group chat constantly. We keep updating each other with the latest news, as well as exchanging views on the situation. We also check on our old parent who is far away from us. We are all worried sick about them, but that's all we can do for them.


7. Keep myself updated



I try to keep myself updated with current news and what is happening to the world. Mostly through online news and also from the Facebook feed. So, at least I am not really live in the cocoon without knowing what is really happening around.

8. Pray to God



I may not look like someone as religious or even as a devotee, but never once forget my creator. In fact, I make it as part of my daily routine to embrace myself to my belief and religion. Communication with God is a must! Five times prayer? It doesn't take much of your 24 hours a day, though. Just make sure to pray sincerely and live life as a kind human.

Well, that's what I have been doing at home throughout this time. I try my best to be a good citizen and adhere to what best for everyone. Like I said, I am an introvert. So for the extrovert, mmmmm...maybe its time for you to be a YouTuber or a tik tok star. Who knows you may end up discover your hidden talent and make money out of this.

We can go through this together and please be a good citizen. It's an easy job, just stay at home.



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

How The Movement Control Order Extension Effect to Malaysian People ?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2 Comments





Warm up the Car Engine and Check on Mailbox

I woke up this morning with a sound of 'sore throat' car engine. It seems like the owner is trying to start the engine but failed. In the end, the car owner ditched the car. This reminds me of my own car which I have been ditching for quite sometimes now. Time to visit my poor 'silverbot'.

Armed with 3 ply tissues - one to press the lift button for going down, one to open my mailbox and one more to press the lift button for going up to my house. Face mask? Obviously!


I went back up and quickly head to the bathroom for a morning shower. Purposely skip it before going out. 




Movement Control Order Extended


Grab my morning coffee and check my news on my phone. WTH! The MCO extend for another 14 days. I more or less expected this to happen. Since it came true, I am sad as much as other people too.

It is heartsick news for everyone. I am not talking about those family who unable to brace themselves and stay longer with their own family. You are damn lucky, you know? Some can't even see their family for quite sometimes. Those housewives who are grumbling about what to cook and what to eat. Let me tell you this, while you are cracking your head what to cook and how to please your spoilt brat at home, there are many others who can't afford to eat. Not even a piece of bread for goodness sake! They don't have a comfortable home. Forget about having choices like you do.

Stop Complaining



Wake up! Face this situation like an adult. Whatever situation you are facing in your house is something you shouldn't be complaining. 

For those who are 'Working From Home', don't even dare to complain. At least you have a job and will be earning a salary. For those whose company offer a 'pay cut' option. Take it! At least this is a way for you to support your company during a tough time. At least they don't cut you forever. You will still have a job after all this MCO is over. Please understand, as much as you have commitments to pay and so on, same with the company. The company is not a charity organization This is the time to take out some of your reserves since this is considered an emergency situation. Don't be selfish!


Self Reflection



You don't have a reserve? Well! I would say shame on you then. What you have been doing to spend recklessly and its time to do some self-reflection. Aah...don't you dare give reason to all this. Point everything back to you! Your life is your own decision! You make all this happens to you. Don't ask people to understand you, when you failed to understand yourself!


Unemployment




For the jobseeker, brace yourself to face this situation. Even if your company decided to cut you off after the MCO due to downsizing, don't be angry and upset. The company need time to rebuild. Get yourself ready to grab opportunities. You won't go hungry if you keep on trying and keep your faith. Stay positive and more good things will come to you. 

We are facing a global situation. Try to play your part to revive our economy domestically. Be it in your household as well as play your role for the country.

How to revive our economy?


For the company - Please hire only local people. Don't go import and hire foreign labour. Please take an example of South Korean, Japan and Indonesia. Most of their workers are their citizen.

For the citizen - Please buy locally made products and give priority to travel domestically. In this way, we will help to build up our economy. 

Don't just expect to be a receiver forever. You have to be a contributor in order to receive. Get out from your comfort zone and face the hardship to improve your life.


My dear friends! this is much better than have to face the Malayan Emergency in the year of 1948 to 1960. So stop complaining and start planning for what is next!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top 5 (Dai Chow) Chinese Restaurant in KL You Can't Miss

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1 Comments


In Malaysia, we are spoiled with choices when it comes to food selection. Most of Malaysian are well known for their food hunting hobbies during the weekends and public holiday. We hunt for good 'makan place' and enjoy the food until our heart content.

Here some top 5 restaurant list, especially for our foodies who are craving for authentic delicious Chinese food to bring you back to the old-time taste and some home-cooked that you miss.

Photo Credit to @gankimpoh

1. Chong Yen Steamed Fish Head Restaurant


Address: Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin 4, 22-24, Jalan 2/89C, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 10am - 4pm (Closed on Sunday)

When it comes to satisfying your craving for a steamed fish dish, it got to be at Chong Yen Steamed Fish Head located in the light industrial area of Jalan Chan Sow Lin. 

The steamed fish here only served with two styles. For those who are more in light taste, bud can go for a classic style which is the fish head steamed with minced ginger and lots of minced garlic. For those who have a thick taste-bud can try the steamed fish with fermented soya bean.

The steamed fish dishes portion here are perfect for 2 people sharing. You can order some Yong tau foo and other assorted vegetables of the day as side dishes for a complete balanced meal.


photo credit to @limjenjen

2. Sek Yuen Restaurant Jalan Pudu


Address: 315, Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 11am - 2:30pm , 5:30 - 10pm (Closed on Monday)

Old school food is the best ever! This place is one of the oldest restaurants in KL. It has been existing ever since the year 1948 which means they have been serving the customer for over 70 years. Such a legend! Starting from a humble one lot and now has expanded up to a few shop lots to cater to countless loyal patrons especially during the weekends.

Specialised in traditional Cantonese food and maintained wood-fired stoves to cook all the food. Their legendary signature food which always goes sold out daily is 'pei pa duck' (roast duck). Another old-time favourite such as the steamed tofu and fish paste is also a must-try. 

Many famous celebrities such as popular HK stars such as Eric Tsang, Richard Ng has visited this restaurant. So it not surprised this restaurant has been named as the world's best Chinese Restaurant by FoodieHub (a site alleging to be the world's largest global network of food experts) in the year 2015.



photo credit to @hungrybabes

3. Chuan Kee Hakka Restaurant


Address : 14, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Batu 3 Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hour : 11:30am - 3:00pm , 6:00 - 9:30pm (Daily)

If you are a Hakka, then Chuan Kee is one of the most familiar places you have been frequented to enjoy awesome Hakka styled dishes. This place has been around since 1980s and still going strong due to its regular patrons as well as the new one. 

One of the most popular dishes is Claypot Stew Lamb Brisket which cook to tender and the gravy described with one word....SUPERB! For those who love steamed egg custard, here they did it to silky smooth texture and melt in your mouth. You are not in visiting any Hakka restaurant and walk away without ordering the Yong Tau Foo. Here they don't just use fish paste but also minced salted fish and some blended toasted squid too.


photo credit to @jasonkiahkeat

4. Hau Kee Seafood Restaurant


Address : No. 12, Jalan Kaskas 2, Taman Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hour : 4:00pm - 2:00am (Daily)

This place may look tacky to some of you but this place has been very popular and people who have tried their food will keep coming back. If you asked any Cheras people, they will recommend you to check out this place.

Some of their popular dishes such as dried shrimp with intestines, 'Bucket of Chicken' or in mandarin called as "Yi Dong Mei Wei Ji", rack of lambs, crab with Chinese herbs and Goji Berries



photo credit to @jiakpapa

5. Hup Kee Seafood Restaurant


Address: 4A, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul,55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hour : 10:00am - 10:00pm (Daily)

One of the oldest Chinese restaurant in Jalan Ipoh and totally family favourite place. This place is another gem of 'Tai chow ' restaurant. Many describe the food here is very delicious and never been a disappointment.

Some of the popular are Assam Fish, Prawns with Yam, Spinach Soup, House Special Tofu and also Kerabu Paku Pakis. 

Recently, I read news the Federal Territory Minister has declared four areas within Klang Valley as "coronavirus red zones". The area mentioned, Lembah Pantai, Kepong, Cheras and Titiwangsa. The deployment of police, law enforcement and military personnel in these areas will increase to ensure residents comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO). 

Oh Gosh! is this means you can't enjoy your favourite Chinese Food during this MCO? Worry not! FoodPanda Malaysia Delivery can settle your craving to your doorsteps. 

Notes: To all Muslim friends the Restaurant listed above served 'non-halal' food.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Free Korean Drama and Korean Show Website List

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 14 Comments



Our PM has announced to the 'restricted movement control' from 18th to 31 March 2020 due to Covid 19. Most of us require to either 'Work From Home' or just 'Stay At Home'. For those who are require to 'Work From Home', please don't complaint. At least you still get paid during the period. For some unlucky who unable to work from home they were told to go for unpaid leave. You can't blame the company since you are working with a profit organisation, not a charity organisation. By law, they can do that except for certain level according to employment law. For those unfortunate people who go for unpaid leave, you shouldn't complain too. Why? At least you still have job waiting for you after the period is over. Think about the people who lose their job due to job redundancy and others. You are still blessed for sure! Stop complaining....you should have some savings to sustain for 14 days salary cut if you have been living a responsible working adult life. Enough nagging and self-realization. Here comes...the list of free home entertainments.

I bet it will be very boring and distressing for some of us to just stay home, right?
For those who have Netflix or Iflix, blessed you. But some of us who choose not to pay for such subscriptions, please find some Free website for Kdrama and KShow for you to enjoy during your stay at home days. You can enjoy your favourite drama and show free here. I just list down my top 3 websites and plus one bonus website.

1. Dramanice


You can watch Korean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Japanese, Chinese mainland movie, drama and some variety shows here. For me, it is easier to use Dramanice compare to another free website since they don't play too overwhelming ads except for their display ad which is no longer visible if you put the video in full screen. As for the pop-up ad, you can just cancel it before the video begins. Just click on the Dramanice title for the link.

2. MyAsianTV


If there is something wrong with Dramanice website, I will watch at this site. I put this as second since they will make you watch 2 ads before the show or drama started. Sometimes their server isn't that stable and makes the video lagging. But that's very rare. Other than, this site is fine too since they are up to date especially for those who are following the drama and variety shows. Here they have drama, movies and shows for your stay-at-home entertainment.

3. DramaCool

I seldom watch here but they are the same as both Dramanice and MyAsianTV. I will use this website if there is a problem with both Dramanice and MyAsianTV. But so far no problem at both. I would say this website are very up to date just this one takes too long to load. I hate it! I don't put the link here since it may ruin my blog. You can just google DramaCool and click on that link.


BONUS


4. KShow123


If you love Korean variety shows....you can count on KShow123. This website you can enjoy free Korean variety shows and laugh die with your favourite shows.

Please follow their Facebook because sometime they will move their website address elsewhere and the link here will no longer useful.

If you are working from home, please take a break sometimes and get some entertainment to prevent you from getting a silence depression during this social distancing period.
Since this is not a lockdown, so you can drive out once in a while but please avoid places with many people. Don't overeat and try to do some simple stretching and exercise daily.

We can get over this together and prevent this virus to spread wider. Hope this article helps. 



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What Do You Need To Get A 'Soft Girl' Look?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 15 Comments




Be gone 'VSCO Girl'! Here comes 'Soft Girl' invaded the fashion trends in social media.
If VSCO girls often use minimal makeup and like nude colour, I would describe 'Soft Girl' as peachy and pinkish

The 'Soft Girl' look innocent, girly and often look sweet and cutesy. They loved floral and heart patterns. Mostly donned with oversized sweaters and plaid skirts with heavy pinkish blush makeup on their face. Can you imagine that?

I recently, did some mind shopping at Sephora. Mind shopping? This is my own terms to replace Window Shopping. If you visit the shopping mall and visit most the stores and back home with nothing in hand, same goes when you do the online shopping. You browse the online store but end up check out with nothing. I call this 'Mind Shopping'! 

During my recent 'mind shopping' at Sephora, I listed some of the possible items to achieve 'Soft Girl' look using my imagination on my own face. 

Bear in mind, I imagine a sweet, innocent and cute girl during my shopping.

1st - Face Primer




Beauty Amplifier Smoothing Primer from Sephora Collection, RM63 is a perfect base to achieve smooth skin and also to get that flawless look when you apply the foundation. Just apply this after your daily moisturiser skincare steps. 

2nd - Foundation 




My all-time favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation, RM180. I personally use this in my daily makeup. It works really well on my skin. I love the 24-hour-wear-makeup ability of this foundation and it really helps during travel abroad or long haul flight. No need to do much touch up. Moreover, it gives good coverage too. Highly recommended since I have been using this for 6 years now.

3rd - Concealer




For those who have many flaws like me, such as dark spot you can apply this Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, RM120. This vegan super-blendable concealer will give you full coverage with a flawless matte finish look.

4th - Loose powder




Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder, RM160 is perfect after that heavy steps from 1,2,3. This easy to use loose powder, perfectly suit any skin tones. It will give you an airbrushed effect and a long-lasting silky smooth complexion effect.

5th - Eyeshadow




Since we need to achieve the sweet and peachy eye look. I love the colour selection from Too Faced 
Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection, RM205. It comes with 18 colours selection mostly peachy pinks, corals, bronze and some pops of purples. It really will give you a perfect blend for that sweet innocent eyes on our 'soft girl' look.

6th- Eyeliner




I personally bad in drawing eyeliner. I usually opt for an eyeliner that will easily glide and the tips of it are really important to me. KVD Vegan Beauty Tatto Liner Liquid Eyeliner, RM93 is simply perfect for me. I don't recommend this for the sake of mind shopping. This eyeliner is an award-winning vegan liquid eyeliner with an ultra-precise brush tip. Totally easy application for an amateur like me. You won't regret to own this one!

7th - Mascara




To imagine the look won't complete without big curl eyelashes. We don't need the fake eyelashes. Since it supposes to be a sweet look, not a doll or overly done makeup. A Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, RM135 kind of enough, since it will give you a pushes the limits of curl.

8th - Blusher




Blusher is the most important part of the 'soft girl' look. I recommend my personal favourite blusher Jill Stuart Blooming Dew Oil In Blush 01 Peony Bouquet RM180. Peony Bouquet is a good choice since it gives you the baby pinks look. You will get that instant radiant glow effect with this blusher. It will give you a sweet, shy and cute look.

9th - Lips




I am a lip balm person, but you can try out this Dior Addict Gel Lacquer 550 Tease, RM143. This Dior Addict Gel Lacquer is weightless feel and easy to wear shines glides.

The makeup would not complete without a perfect outfit. Try to be creative with your fashion. As long as you have that 'Power Puff Girl' or 'Hello Kitty' inspired. You are good! I would recommend to go for a simple solid high-waist pleated skirt with soft colours and pair it with a crop top.

Well, if you really wanna complete that 'soft girl' vibes in you, hair accessories will be perfect.  We don't want to be overly accessorized, so just clip-on some cute hair clips along your hairline.

You are in trend!

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Cloud 9 New Berry Twist Has A Very Satisfying Flavour

Monday, March 09, 2020 14 Comments




I am still in Cloud 9, a box of chocolate reached me at 11pm when I was craving for a night chocolate snack. As far as I remember Cloud 9 Classic taste is caramel, peanuts and soft nougat coated with rich chocolate.  Plus another signature taste of caramel, cereal, crispies and peanuts wrapped in rich chocolate really something a bar of craving chocolate satisfied.








This year 2020, Cloud 9 has a new flavour addition a New Berry Twist chocolate. When I have the first bite of this new Cloud 9 flavour, I really can't get enough with just one bite.




If I would describe to you in words on how this new berry twist Cloud 9 taste? 

Well... imagine a bar of chocolate indulgent of rich milky chocolate-filled layers of sweet caramel, soft nougat, full of nutrition almond, crunchy nuts and a burst of flavourful raisins and tangy cranberries.

Since I am an avid traveller - not necessary abroad, it can be stuck in the traffic jam, this new Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut is a perfect companion to satisfied your hungry pang or snacking urge.

In short, I am confident to say this new Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut is really satisfying explosion chocolate indulgent!




In conjunction with this new chocolate bar, Cloud 9 introduces its #OldWorldCharmWithANewTwist campaign that celebrates the 'ol days made better with a new twist. Just like our favourite childhood games but with a modern twist to make them not only memorable but more exciting and relatable today. It the same with our fashion mix and match of vintage clothing with the latest styles!

Most of us loved Cloud 9 chocolate bar but now it has a modern twist with exciting fruit and nut berry twist.

Good news to all Cloud 9 lovers! You can try this delicious New Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut as well as take a walk down to memory lane by revisiting old world charm at Cloud 9 roadshows. On top of that, there will be special Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut truck making its way around Klang Valley. Don't forget to stop by their roadshows and visit the truck to have your first bite of this awesome flavourful chocolate. For a short period, you can get Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut at an introductory price.

For further details on the whereabouts roadshows and trucks location, please get an update at official Cloud 9 's  Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/Cloud9Malaysia

With this new addition, Cloud 9 now has five chocolate bar variants :

  • Classic - Caramel, peanuts and soft nougat coated in rich chocolate
  • Plus - Caramel, cereal, rice crispies and peanut wrapped in rich chocolate
  • Overload - caramel and soft nougat stuffed with a load of peanuts wrapped in rich chocolate
  • Crispies - Wafer bar wrapped in chocolate and packed with peanuts, rice crispies and caramel; and don't forget its wafer cubes option, Cloud 9 Wafret Twins, coated with chocolate and filled with either vanilla, chocolate or kaya pandan flavoured cream


Here come the latest addition Fruit and Nut with its timeless combination of satisfyingly rich chocolate, crunchy nuts and fruity tanginess waiting for you to try out!

Cloud 9 Fruit and Nut is available in two sizes: A single-serve bar RM1.20 and Buddy pack with 12 big bites at RM6.50 which you can share with family and friends.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin China] 4 hours Drive from Yangshuo to Longsheng

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 15 Comments
Finally, able to sit in front of my PC to finish off Guilin Travelogue. There will be 3 more episodes coming up after this. 
As I was trying to finish off my travelogue to China, everyone is aware there is this life-threatening virus invading the whole world. Airlines and Hotel have been affected by this. Airlines have been reducing the airfares. some even offering free seats. 

Tips: Don't travel for the sake of updating Social Media and be proud of. Travel wisely and aware of the situation before you go ahead to fly out. Whatever situation lies ahead of you out of that journey only you responsible for the consequences.

Reminder and Disclaimer: I travel to China during last Christmas. Safely back to Malaysia before the CoronaVirus news break. My travelogue to China is just to share travel experience. I don't mean to urge you to travel to the place and expose you to the virus. Please don't email me with your brainless question on why I keep writing about China during the virus outbreak. 





I have planned to continue my journey to Longsheng rice terrace from Yangshuo. I requested the hotel to arrange for a car to drive me up to Lonhsheng rice terrace. The driver will come to pick me up around 12:00 noon from Yangshuo hotel.


I had a simple breakfast which is fried egg and some milk coffee. Then decided to explore around Yangshuo in the morning. There are few options to explore this small town and villages nearby- rent a bicycle or scooter or just walk like me. I decided to explore by foot.



Loving the peacefulness of this small town here. I walk around town until reached one small local market. I was looking forward to trying the must-try famous local breakfast, 'oil tea'.


I found one stall selling 'oil tea'. Bravely, sat down and order one for me by pointing to other tables who are enjoying their 'oil tea'. The lady came and put down a bowl full of some rice crisps which look like some sort of cereals. Then another lady came by with a big kettle and pour down the hot tea into my bowl. As the tea reaches down to the crisps bowl, I can see the rice crisps pop up. I read this taste a bit bitter and for those who can't stand herbal drink may not like this. My expectation was kind of like drinking the herbal drink with the hope I won't get so much of disappointment.

How is 'oil tea' taste?

I would say to me it taste uniquely strong. A bit bitter and spicy at the beginning and a hint of sweet once the sweet brown ball puff is fully soaked up. I think the ginger made it taste spicy. The lady shoves some salt for me to sprinkle in my 'oil tea' bowl. I added some salt for some taste.   Seriously, if you are looking forward to getting nutrition benefit then don't focus on good taste. hahahaha...another word...I won't drink this again muahahaha...I don't really hate this but just something I can only try once!

How the 'oil tea' made?

'Oil tea' is prepared by frying tea leaves with garlic, salt, ginger, chilli and some other herbs in an iron wok. Oil is added to fry the ingredients and then all the mixture is pounded with some wooden pestle to release some flavour. Then boiled the pounded tea until it looks like a broth.

How 'oil tea' was served?

Its all depends on the shop owner. Mostly will serve it over a bowl of puffed rice, chopped scallion, coriander and some crispy peanuts, then sprinkle some salt over it.

Locals usually don't drink this by itself. They will enjoy the 'oil tea' with some local snack. As for me, I got myself some osmanthus jelly cake to go with this bittersweet tea. No! It doesn't taste oily at all. It just likes drinking a herbal broth.



After my 'oil tea' adventure, I continue my exploration nearby but my eyes were seriously searching my nice cafe for a cup of hot Cappucino. I need to clear this 'oil tea' taste in my mouth. huhuhuh

I found one nice cafe and sat down sipping my hot coffee while observing the locals who pass by that cafe. It was a quiet cafe and I enjoy my time there.

I made a move around 11am to clear out some of my things before check out and wait for my driver downstairs at the lobby.



I walk around for the last time at the Li River opposite the hotel to kill my time while the driver is finding his way to my hotel.


My driver is very punctual. Arrived at exactly 12:00 noon. I read the drive from Yangshuo to Longsheng will take around 2 hours. Hell no! The journey took around nearly 4 hours. I pass through more than 30 tunnels along the way. The road is cutting through many karst mountains.


The driver who picked me at Yangshuo is from Longsheng. I could imagine he started his journey early in the morning to pick me at Yangshuo and drive me up to Longsheng again. After around 1 hour drive, he told me he would like to stop by for a quick nap. He stops at some military training camp. I alighted from the car and walk around the place while giving him some peace for a quick nap. My driver quick nap is as important as my life too. hahaha

The driver just rests for about 30 minutes before continuing to drive for another one hour then he stops to have some meal while I shop for some snacks at the nearby convenience store.

Then continue another one hour journey to the Longsheng tourist station.



The driver then told me to get down to pay for some entrance fee to Longsheng village. I paid around 80 Yuan. I was told it a low season so it was a half-price entrance fee for me. He then drives me up to road like worst than Cameron Highlands old road. It's a small road up steep mountain climb and as the car climb higher, I could see a nice view. But still, it was too dangerous to drive up and I don't even want to imagine driving up and down at night. Dangerous!

The driver stops me in the car park area. I will be on my own from here find the place I booked. No car allowed to enter from here. You will be greeted by many local mostly mountain people waiting to be your potter. I was there during low season. So many of them don't really have things to do. If you carry luggage, it is advisable to hire them to carry for you with some price from 50 to 100 Yuan. At least can help them a bit. It will be around 20 to 30 minutes hill and staircase climb from here. Dragging your big luggage from that car park up isn't a joke! Seriously, not a joke! It will be a rough dragging and carrying it up the steep staircase too.



I was with a small backpack. So I don't hire any of them. They keep saying ..."You don't know where to go! You don't know where to go! " in Chinese of course! hehehe..I understand them and replied in Chinese to them that"I know! I know!" hahahaha...
I came in totally prepared with my hiking pole in one arm. I walked towards the Ping'An Village which is the highest in the mountain. Trying my best to stay positive.


I look all smiling, right? But I cried after that because it was a tiring climb. hahahaha...Gosh! plus...I was lost. I reached the Ping'An village but couldn't find the place I stay and feel super helpless. There is signage in English. But as usual my bad sense of direction kind of fail me at first. I found one local and she pointed up to the place. Oh my God! further uphill? WTH! The place is nowhere to be seen from where I was standing. Not even in this photo.

Uwaaaaa...just now so confident told those locals, I know the place. What is this???

Finally, after the sweat and tears walk and climbing up the countless steep staircase, I found the place. Luckily the owner can speak English. She is one of the mountain people here. After the check-in process, she led me to the staircase. I was like...more staircase? The climb seems like never-ending. I asked her which floor. She said my room will be on the 6th floor since I booked the rice terrace field view. I was not so sure whether to cry or to laugh.

Yes! I have to climb up and down starting from now. What did I get myself into? All I know, throughout my 2 nights stay here....I never leave my hiking pole behind. Seriously, its like a nightmare plus a good heaven dreams.



Where to stay at Longsheng?

Longji Holiday Hotel
Address : No.2-868, Ping'  Village, Longji Town , Longsheng

I chose this hotel since it stated only 15-minute stroll from Longsheng Rice Terrace and the people there are able to speak English. The review is also not bad.

What do you think about my room here? Nice? I love what I saw when first opened the door. Read below and you will know how I feel about staying in this room.


This is the view from my balcony. It will be golden beautiful if you visit this place during May to October. I was here nearly to winter. Most rice has fully harvested. I read this place will be super brown and dried look during the end of Dec. I was there during that time. huhuhuh...God Bless me! Let's check it out tomorrow.

Don't hope for a restaurant or cafe here. There are some of those but mostly inside the Bed and Breakfast place which is scattered around here. Thinking about climbing the staircase again and it was super duper dark out there. I rather stay in. The place I stayed also have a good Restaurant and I was able to order a good vegetarian food here.

My dinner for that night, the lady cook some of the fresh vegetables from their own farm. I eat in for lunch and dinner for 2 days.


Mushroom and Sawi soup


Egg fried rice with some diced bell pepper

As I mentioned, its a low season and not many visitors here. I only saw a French couple and their 2 children during my dinner. I heard they are checking out tomorrow. I will be the only guest here then. OMG! scary to imagine I am the only one occupied the whole 6 storeys old building for another night. I am a rich Malaysian Woman in my own way at Longsheng who rented the 6 storeys building for myself. muahahaha... No need Rich Man. I am Rich! Rich! Rich! hahahaha...


It was only 6pm and the sunset very early here. The fog starting to cover up the rice terrace view. It was really cold to the extend I am not sure how to sleep with this temperature. The heater in this room only faces in one direction which is not even the bed. WTH!
The floor tiles, I can 't imagine stepping on it to visit the toilet. WTH! The temperature shows 9 Degrees but the feeling was like in the minus degrees. I wore two layers of thermal wear and a winter jacket and cover myself in a thick blanket. I still feel super cold. I was wondering if it snowing outside at night. huhuhu... Make things more dramatic, it was heavily raining outside around 12 midnight until the morning. Gosh! is this a blessing from heaven? I don't know what to say....brave the cold weather Rina. What to see the next morning if the fog covers the rice terrace. Aihhhh....



The place is nice indeed but I can't imagine sleeping through the night at that chilling cold to the bone weather. I guess that building doesn't have proper heating during the cold winter. I was breathing out smoke even on my bed.  I thought won't make it back to Guilin City and imagine myself freeze to death here! Other than that this place is really surreal and peace of mind.

Check out my next post on full view of Longsheng rice terrace on the end of Dec month. I end up hospitalised 5 days for knee surgery after back from this trip. isk isk isk ...I am still recovering from the surgery and still walking using the crouches as I published this post.

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