Saturday, October 20, 2018

Things to take note before you visit Cappadocia

The hot air balloon and mystifying landscape in Cappadocia has become very popular in recent years thanks to Instagram! It's been on my bucket lists for ages, and finally is now off my bucket list. Woohooo. Here's a few things I wish I knew before visiting Cappadocia, so you can refer to them to avoid same mistake. 
What to know before you go?

Best time to travel: April-June OR September-October 
During this period, it isn't peak season and the weather is moderate ( Just nice for a hot air balloon ride). June-August falls in summer can get pretty hot-up to 32'C, also the busiest time of the year flocking with many tourists, while December-February falls in Winter can be bitingly cold as the temperatures is going down to -6'C. 
How to get there:

Cappadocia is most easily accessible by plane and there are 2 major airports : Kayseri Erkilet Airport ( ASR) in Kayseri (about an hour drive to the city) and Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport ( Nav) in Nevsehir. We flew with Peagrus airline, a local flight from Kusadasi to Kayseri with RM176 and we were transferred to our hotel upon arrival. 

About hot air ballon 

1. The hot air balloon don't fly everyday 
Yes! The ride is very much depending on that day's weather and wind condition. The local Turkish holds the authorities to decide today's weather is it suitable for a balloon ride. As you know weather can be very unpredictable and if it's windy, the ride may be cancelled at anytime. Nothing can be done. So if balloon ride is one of your ' must-do list', I recommend spending a few days in Cappadocia as occasionally balloon ride are cancelled due to the weather. 

2. Many photos had been photoshopped
Many of the photos you see on Instagram are photoshopped with many more balloons than they are in reality. Only about 100-150 balloons fly each day and they do spread out to different direction depending on the wind, so it's difficult for you to get a perfect shot with the skies completely filled with balloon. Somehow you may try your luck and be ready before the balloon launching, you'll see them more densely!

3. Hot air ballon only fly on 6.00-8.00am
Let me warn you if you're not a morning person, it's earlyyyyyy! The local will pick you up at approximately 4.30am or maybe earlier, so you can witness the balloon launching and soon the ballon started to lift off. It's amazing!! 

Where to stay?

One of the most frequent question I got is: Are those hotels in Cappadocia very crowded/ touristy? Maybe, but at least not mine. The best thing about Cappadocia is the unique experience of staying in a cave hotel, isn't? I've chosen Cappadocia Cave Suites in Goreme, and this was the last room when I booked. Phewwww I nearly missed the chance. lol. So if I were you, I will make sure to book in advance because this Instagram places are likely to fill up first. The reason I booked CCS is because they offer large bedroom, and the bathroom is a treat! There's a jacuzzi bathtub which is perfect for relaxation. Perfect? I know right. 

And the rooftop terrace is filled with nice carpet, tables and many props that you can take photo with. It wasn't crowded as I thought, it was totally empty by time I arrived. How is that possible? You don't even need to get up earlier to avoid the crowd, is all yours! Best place you could ever imagine. 

How to pronounce Cappadocia?

Its not Cah-Pah-Do-Siah or Capa-Doc-Ia ( Oops...This was how I pronounced it earlier, awkward....) The correct pronunciation is Can-Pah-Doh-Kia. 

What mistake I made? 

I went in early October and it was fairly chilly at night and reasonably warm during the day time. We never expected raining day. But here's the unlucky thing, we were told by the locals that the weather was really bad and balloon ride were cancelled the day before we arrived in Cappadocia. It was pouring rain and I was worried that I barely got any sleep that night. I just had one day in Cappadocia. JEEZZZZZ the biggest mistake I've ever made...T.T So please make your stay for at least 2-3 days to avoid disappointment or pick the right month for the least likely chance of rain. 

What to see and do

If you think hot air ballon are all what Cappadocia is, you are completely wrong. Cappadocia has numerous attractions and activities to do, which are worth exploring. 

1. ATV Tour
If you're an adventure junkie, an Atv tour is a must! You get to explore many different valleys. But most impressively, you get the opportunity to watch the sunrise as roughly 100-150 balloons flying up to the sky, it was a magical experience indeed. Prices are affordable, and there's a local named Osman who will help sort out your booking if you hit him up! Add him on WeChat: osmanwolf. 

2. Camel ride 
My first experience on a camel. Head down the hill at the Goreme open air museum where you can find 4 camels sitting there.  TIPS: Confirm the price before you agree to take the camel ride! We thought it was 30 TL as written on the board ( Actually that's the actual price), and did not ask any further question but straight went for the ride. At last the man actually charged us 30 USD. WHATTTTTT? 

3. Hot air balloon ride 
Like I mentioned above, riding a hot air ballon is often the most popular activity to do in Goreme, so you really want to book in advance as the price is cheaper online about 130-140 Euro. Here I would like to recommend a few hot air balloon companies: Royal Balloon, Voyager Balloons, Kapadokya Balloons, and Butterfly balloons. Your flight will begin at sunrise, where your pilot will climb about 3000 feet above ground level. It is from this elevation that you will marvel at the beauty of Cappadocia below you. The standard flight is a total of 60 fascinating minutes. There will be a champagne celebration at the end of the flight, and you will be presented with a flight certificate. 

4. Shop at Grand Bazaar
One of the highlight was shopping in the grand bazaar. With it's colourful lamps, nice carpet, ceramic dishes and its maze of hallway, grand bazaar is definitely a joy to explore. You will be asked " Where are you from?", "Hello beautiful", "What can I help you?" more than 10 times. Anyhow if you would like to get something from their shop, you can always start bargain with them and you'll be surprise that you can get the item with very low price. 

It was truly an amazing experience that I hope I could stay longer. I'll be posting more about my experience in Turkey so stay tuned! >>>
Friday, October 19, 2018

Viking Steakhouse @Tanjung Bungah

12月份~最期待的就是美丽的圣诞节!这时候不想到大伙们人挤人的餐厅,又想要一个环境优雅的地方共度晚餐,Viking Steakhouse实在适合不过!经过一番精挑细选,谨慎谨慎再谨慎,终于发掘这家坐落于Tanjong Tokong的餐厅。拥有很多的面积空间,外观精致得像一家5星级高级餐厅,想必你和我的想法一样:“一定很贵吧?”。那您就大错特错了!我保证价钱亲民到你不信,还能享用高品质的美食,赶紧看下去~

餐厅分成上下两楼,室内和室外,大约可以容纳72人。整体室内设计高贵雅典,再配合融合的灯光,桌面的烛光闪耀着,这种浪漫情调最适合情侣或是家人好友共进晚餐。不过千万别被这些设计吓到哦!Viking是属于Steak house, 绝对不是fine dining, 不用高消费的!所以点餐都是Ala Carte,可以依据个人喜好挑选前菜和主餐。话不多说,我们就一起看以下几道十分推荐的菜肴吧!

French Union Soup RM13

浓香的异国情调-法式洋葱汤让您餐前开开胃。厨师使用了顶级牛肉高汤熬制,再把新鲜切片的洋葱放下锅,细心煲出这一味汤!味道别出心裁,还真是第一次喝到呢 !

Fruits & Berries Salad-RM28


Venus Clams-RM22

Tomato Chili Mussels- RM22

Viking steak house可不只是著名steak哦,他们的海鲜餐也是一流的,尤其是这两道贝类的。 蛤蜊本来就很美味,再调配生姜米酒的煮法,那就更甚了!虽然汤底有点微辛辣,但是依然保留着蛤蜊的原汁原味,好吃到舔手指!但如果说您想要尝试不一样的或者是没那么辣的,不妨可以考虑Tomato Chili Mussels。光听名字就知道是以番茄为主打,味道都是各有特色!

Hachis Reginherus RM22


Grilled Bamboo Lobster with Chimichurri sauce- RM188

好戏在后头!来啦~吃大餐怎么可以没有新鲜龙虾的份呢?光看龙虾的卖相,都口水流不停了!服务员一端上来,香味扑鼻,非常诱人食欲!重点是价格只是RM188就能二人享用,超级划算!这只800克的烤竹龙虾是用了盐和胡椒做调味,与自制的Argentina Chimichurri sauce 搭配,绝对是完美结合!如果说想要低消费,却还要吃龙虾!这还有一个选择哦~

Baby Lobster Aglio Olio-RM39

什么?才RM39也有龙虾可以吃,你说好不好?这道是我最极力推荐的,意大利面的味道很特别是由小龙虾和白葡萄酒White Chardonnay Wine 一起烹煮。 如果想要品尝其他的意大利面,他们也有Smoked Duck Breast White Source Spagetti, 这样一来你就可以不用剥虾壳。白酱熏鸭意大利面带有奶油香,也衬托出面条的顺滑。鸭肉含有微微烟熏的味道,口齿留香~都是一级棒的!

Capers Cream Salmon RM39


Ribeye RM32/100g 

T-Bone RM22/100g

当当当~ 说了那么多这才是主角~来到Viking一定要尝试他们最拿手的牛排,也是最后一道主菜!客人可以自由选择牛排的熟度,不过到底几分熟的牛排才是口感最佳的呢?我建议5分熟(medium), 肉的中心为粉红色,大概占25%区或,口感不会太嫩,有层次。Ribeye可以搭配原来的酱汁Brown Sauce, 不过当然你也可以多尝试其他口味 例如,Argentina Sauce ( Chimichurri), 红酒酱(Beaurre Sauce), 辣根酱(Horseradish)等等, 只需多付RM3.

这样一家氛围极佳,兼具美味与美酒的餐厅,价钱又那么亲民!我们都还在等什么?不说了~我这就去订位啦!喜欢轻松愉悦的就餐环境一定要来这里!地点还靠近Tanjung Bungah 海边,饭后喜欢的话还可以到海边散散步!

Viking Steak House
Address: 546-D, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Business hours:  open daily 3pm-12am ( closed on Tuesday)
Contact: 017-3366087
Facebook page: Viking Steak House
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Boutique hotel in the heart of Geogetown: Yeng Keng

It is very rare to find a nice boutique hotel in Penang which comes with beautiful antiques furniture that sits so comfortably within its surroundings. Let me do the introduce, the Yeng Keng hotel is a 19 room restored heritage hotel located in one of the oldest surviving buildings at the heart of heritage city of Georgetown. The surrounding area is buzzing with heritage buildings, street walls and funky bars, which I personally think this place is certainly a great place for your vacation stay. 

Why would I said so? Perhaps we allow the pictures to do the talking? As you can see, antique furnitures can be found peppered all around the hotel, and instansly we felt at home! 

Guest hotel lobby with white marble table tops

Communal areas with natural light casting in

Each room has its own layout and design, and to be honest I've never been to a hotel quite like this.As we relaxed on the guest lounge sofa, we were served with some light refreshment. Complimentary tea, coffee, cookies and fruits are provided all day long for the in house guests, thoughful uh aren't they?  Despite the fact that isnt' a premier luxury modenist hotel, but by it's own unique design and homey atmosphere, it is more than enough to stand out from the rest to impress me!

So yeah, back to months ago Eliza and I actually went for a night stay in Yeng Keng Hotel. Our mansion hotel room was located on the first floor, connected with a communal areas outside. Everything is well equiped and provided. Yes when i said everything, I itereally mean EVERYTHING such as Wifi, hair dryer, air conditioning, and a Panasonic Flat Screen LCD TV with 16 cable TV channels.( best thing in have food and movie a combo) 

Mansion Room for TWO

The bright red curtain truly uplift the living space

After checking in our room, we went to explore the hotel. There's a pool behind the yard while the large Chinese Gate Shiels are pretty obvious along the street. Some of you might notice it while driving along the Chulia Street. Oh yeah not forget to mention there's alot of street food you can find along Chulia street. It took us 5 mins walk to the hawker stall, and it was a charming walk across the heritage street where we bought our late supper!

Yeng Keng Cafe Bar @Old school Hainanese cafe

The balcony- Heaven

Like in most hotels, there's must be a dining restaurant or cafe. Yeng Keng cafe bar is one of the authentic old school Hainanese cafe and it's newly renovated. The cushion seats decked in red hue againts a deep blue wall which is soemething different that caught my attention. Indeed, the food is great and they offer variety choices of Hainanese Chicken Rice, Hainanese Chicken Chop, Curry chicken and many more. I will leave the rest for you to find out , haaa ! 

Thank you for making our stay wonderful! Are you keen? Grab now for early bird promo, you can enjoy 15% off from your bill. Use the code of "TwoFootsteps15" to enjoy your deal!

【Yeng Keng Hotel】
📪 Address: 326 & 366, Chulia Street, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang
☎️ Call: 04-2622177/ 012-6004288
📩 Email: 
🌐 FB: Yeng Keng Hotel 
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