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Breakfasts around the world while backpacking- by backpackies

As you travel and backpack around the globe, you will soon learn that breakfast is not having it at a ‘FAST FOOD’ joint!
Rather it is more about being more adventurous and heading out to find and eat what the locals have for breakfast.
Here is a list of what some people in their country eat. 🙂

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Are you dreaming about the Mc Donalds breakfast in your sleep??

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A full English Breakfast – it must have beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. Of course, it should all be knocked back with a cup of tea, but black pudding is optional as far as I’m concerned.

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Breakfast in Iran – it usually features some sort of naan bread with butter and jam. When a light breakfast just isn’t going to hit the spot Iranians eat halim. Halim is a mixture of wheat, cinnamon, butter and sugar cooked with shredded meat in huge pots. You can eat it hot or cold. You can also see the Iranian version of an omelet here too.

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A Cuban wake up meal – usually consists of sweetened coffee with milk with a pinch of salt thrown in. The unique Cuban bread is toasted and buttered and cut into lengths to dunk in the coffee.

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Polish Breakfast – known locally as Jajecznica, a traditional Polish breakfast consists of scrambled eggs covered with slices of custom- made kielbasa and joined by two potato pancakes.

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 Quick Spanish breakfast – Pan a la Catalana, or Pan con Tomate, in Spain is simple but really delicious. Just rub some bread with fresh garlic and plenty of ripe tomato, then drizzle with olive oil and salt. Top with cheese, ham or sausage for an extra bit.

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A yummy Moroccan breakfast – usually consists of different breads with some chutney, jam, cheese or butter. They have a really delicious crumpet-style bread which they make in huge slabs for you to tear a bit off, and a semolina pancake bread called Baghir – both are really tasty.

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A healthy Hawaiian breakfast – I couldn’t imagine Hawaiians eating anything but fruit to be honest. Of course, there’s the bagel but I’m sure they’d burn the energy from that off in a few minutes on their surf board anyway.

Nope! Sweedish people do not eat Sweedish meatballs for breakfast!

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Swedish breakfast – often involves a Swedish pancake, known as a Pannkakor. It’s a thin flat cake made from batter and fried on both sides – much like a crepe. It’s usually served with a sweet, fruity filling.

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Icelandic breakfast cuisine – a hearty and hot breakfast to fight off the dark, icy mornings is what’s needed here. Hafragrautur, or oatmeal, is served with a sprinkle of brown sugar with a few raisins or nuts on top, perfect.

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Breakfast in Portugal – a delicious and simple affair with stuffed croissants and plenty of coffee served in the sun.

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Backpacking Langkawi Attractions – Temurun Waterfalls with backpackies

Backpacking Langkawi soon?
So what attractions are worth seeing on this beautiful but big ass island, you ask??
We don’t want you to be riding your moped the whole day and end up sunburned as red as a lobster chasing all those so called “Attractions” they label on the free Langkawi Tourist Map.
(Langkawi can be very hot or very wet – depending on which season you going)
Some of those attractions are just a waste of time.

On this blog, we will be visiting another waterfall.
The Air Terjun Temurun rivals the amazing Seven Falls (Telaga Tujuh). Unlike its monstrous cousin, Temurun Falls is further away from the main hotels and beaches and therefore quieter. So on low seasons, you practically have the entire waterfall to your selves.
Check it out
Just to show you that we were the only ones at this marvelous waterfall, we purposely parked our car at the NO PARKING sign. (Blame our NO GOOD driver for that).

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Parking our car the "right" way just to make a point

Welcome to Air Terjun Temurun or in english The Temurun Waterfalls!!

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temurun forest reserve

It is a mere 2 minute hike to the waterfalls.

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Informative sign on the waterfall.. It tells you what rock formations make out the different sections of the waterfall.

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Sign board showing the schematics of the waterfall

 

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trekking through tranquil and cooling greens

This clear pool is fantastic to swim in. People often have picnics here.

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clear waters in the dip pools

The waterfall is starts at a neck breaking height. Apparently there is a route up to hike up to the top point of the waterfall. The path looked like it hasn’t been used for ages. We were to chicken to try. During the rainy season, the water from the highest point will just vertically drop down to the middle tier.

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neck breaking heights

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the waterfall surrounded by green foliage

The waterfall drops to the clear pool and then flows to 3 more retaining pools. These pools will also get filled up with people during the holiday seasons.

 

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clear waters at the bottom of the waterfalls

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from the waterfalls looking out

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one of the ponds below

Verdict: Amazing waterfall. Impressive even on a non rainy day. It’s a clean waterfall that is a great place for a picnic and a natural getaway.
Unlike the Seven Falls, it is less crowded.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, and only want to know about the seven falls, then click here >> Telaga Tujuh / Seven Falls.

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Backpacking Langkawi – Famous Chendol Pulut and Laksa Power by backpackies

Langkawi is only famous for a few things (Cheap booze, smokes, beaches and islands), but food is not one of them. So we had to really dig high and deep for the best food you can find in langkawi! Here is one of them we found hidden by the road side in the middle of nowhere.

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This small stall is on the corner of the bend coming from the airport heading towards Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach)

There is plenty of parking space around. Park anywhere you like.

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Hidden stalls along the road to the airport

“i want three bowls of chendol pulut for myself!!” – that’s how thirsty i was. The chendol pulut is best eaten with ice. If not it will be too warm and sweet.

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This place serves 3 types of food. Chendol Pulut, Laksa and Cucuk Udang (prawn fritters)

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Pick and choose your items. Served with special peanut chili sauce

They have fried mushrooms, eggs, prawn fritters, sausages and even burger patties!

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sitting in the shade by the roadside with the sea on your left is just fantastic

The place is very windy as it is next to the sea. In the afternoons, you can have an airplane fly above you while you slowly sip on your chendol pulut.

The chendol pulut is a great thirst quencher especially on a hot day.

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pulut is the white clump inside the bowl. It is glutinous rice.

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santan (coconut milk)is added in to the bowl and topped with ice

They should have used shaved ice instead of just plain ice cubes. Would have tasted so much better. Guess ill put in the suggestion to them. The ice cubes just get in the way of wanting to take a big scoop and just swallowing it down.ur ty

The laksa here is your typical malay laksa. Nice to give it a try! Sorry we don’t have pictures of it. It was eaten before we could snap any.

This is one of the few street food worth mentioning in Langkawi. We also highly recommend this seafood stall in Kuah. Read our blog on it. Teo Seafood Restaurant

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Teo Seafood Restaurant in Langkawi by backpackies

Backpacking in Langkawi on a budget?

Tired of being charged for ” YOU ARE A TOURIST” prices for beer and fresh seafood?
Go to TEO SEAFOOD RESTAURANT! (No, we don’t work here and we don’t even get a discount on the Peking duck for saying this)

Teo Seafood Restaurant serves the best local seafood in Kuah Town. We took 20 different friends here to just test our taste buds and see if they could prove us wrong. Because lets face it, there are a lot more seafood restaurants in Langkawi. The competition is HOT!. We have read all the food blogs and tried the restaurants that they recommended. Teo ‘s Seafood Restaurant still remains our favorite for taste. creativity and value! (At the end of the night, after paying our bill for the 8 course dinner, we still had enough taxi fare to go back to the hotel)

Teo’s Seafood Restaurant is in Kuah, just 25 minutes drive from Cenang Beach. If you are coming from Cenang Beach, Teo’s Seafood Restaurant is on the right hand side of the road.
You just gotto come here for very delicious fresh seafood that is reasonably priced.

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Teo Seafood Restaurant is one of the best in Langkawi

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Dining area is actually open air. Makes it feel like eating in a garden

The whole garden was well lighted up, airy and conducive to eat.


We were fighting for the sharks fin. Honestly there wasn’t enough sharks fin to go around. They replaced the whole dish with a lot of starch and pork skin or fish stomach. But for RM 6 for a big bowl, who can complain?

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Uncle the chef said the sharks fins soup was to "wash our mouths first"

The chubby man who i think is the former cook, is a good person to ask for recommendations.

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Adding vinegar to the soup makes it more flavorful

Seafood restaurant LangkawiThree flavor fish or called “sar bee hoo”. This fish is cooked in such a way that the sauces will give you three different flavors.

The duck is simply to die for! Just ask if it is freshly roasted. If they are, just order a small portion and enjoy. The skin just melts in your mouth! Damn im hungry now!

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Freshly roasted golden ducks

Ask if they have duck when you are there. Then ask when did they roast it. If they just roasted it, like NOW. You simply got to order it! You can always ask him to give you either a quarter or half a duck.

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Delicious roasted duck. reminded me of the Peking duck i had in Beijing

Everything you see here is recommended by the chef cum boss. He recommended the fried bread /”ewe jar kuih” stuffed with meat and dressed with salad dressing.

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"eew jar kuih" or deep fried bread stuffed with meat and dressed with salad dressing

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super chef in action. Flaming woks that produce "mmm it tastes so good" dishes

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Sizzling plate young lamb!!! in curry sauce

Teo’s Seafood Restaurant received triple thumbs up. If we had more fingers we would have given more. This place is simply awesome

Here is his information we got from his name card.

Teoh Thu Chai
H/P: 0124745520
Tel: 04 9665520
30, Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas
Kuah 07000 langkawi, Kedah.

After our dinner, the surprising thing was that the bill was very affordable. We payed around RM 128 for 3 people.

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Budget Hotels Langkawi – Melati Tanjung Motel Langkawi -backpacking Langkawi with backpackies

For our last backpacking trip to Langkawi, we decided to go a little something different from our last trip- staying in the dorms at Gecko Guest house. Don’t get us wrong, Gecko was excellent with their friendly backpacker atmosphere and all, but we decided to splurge a little and have ourselves a beach front chalet instead this time. The idea of waking up to the clear turquoise water and skies some how seemed so appealing after coming back from our trip from Koh Lipe. We didnt want to have “beautiful sea and beach” syndrome. You know after a week in heaven @ Koh Lipe. It makes you not want to leave Paradise.
So after reading all the reviews on the hotels along Cenang. (We still chose Cenang beach, due to the convenience of having plenty of shops and eateries till late at night). we decided to bunk in at Melati Tanjung Motel. Here are our pictures and comments

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Melati Tanjung Motel- Fantastic Hospitality with a great beach view


It was nice that the place was run by a very nice Malay family. They were most helpful.

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Front reception at Melati Tanjung Motel

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simple reception area, but you dont really hang out here because each room has its own porch

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Entering the room


The rooms were most importantly clean and new.
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Double bed thats really comfortable

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This is how the quad room looks like. (Take note, that the fan is not supposed to be there)

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The LCD TV only showed the local channels. Pity tho. It would have been lovely to kick back, with a pack of ice cool beers and watch the evening Match between Manchester United and Arsenal.

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Ensuite toilet and shower


The toilets were clean! And the water power was powerful enough ! 😀
(not like those cheap hotels where the water was worse than a person peeing)

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Frontage of the motel- the rooms are facing one of the nicest beaches in Langkawi


The beach view is fantastic! Fresh breeze and plenty of activity on the beach! The beach has plenty of water sports and is great for swims, dips, sun tanning and water sports.

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view from the seafront rooms


Just beside the motel is the best pub/bar in Langkawi- Babylon! Dont worry, they wont be too noisy. They only play reggae music! (it’s a great place to hang out at night)! Triple plus points for Melati Tanjung Motel!

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View from the rooms opposite the main road. These rooms are cheaper but not facing the beach

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Room on the opposite side of the main road

Room rates and contact numbers are as below

Melati Tanjung Motel
Tel: 04 955 1099
Address: Melati Tanjung, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman.
e mail: melatitanjungmotel@yahoo.com

Room and Rates:
Double room: RM 75 ( 2 persons), Air Cond, Television, Mini fridge (on building across the road)
Double room: RM 100 ( 2 persons), Air Cond, Television, Mini fridge and Hot Showers
Double room: RM 120 (2 persons, beach front), Air Cond, Television, Mini Fridge, and Hot Showers
Family room: RM 110 (3 persons), Air Cond, Television, Mini Fridge and Hot Showers
Family room: RM 180 (4 persons), Air Cond, Television, Mini Fridge and Hot Showers

Facilities includes
Unlimited wifi usage for RM 10.
Luggage storage just in case you want to have a wander before your flight.
There are also locker services at the reception to keep your valuables.

Have a great stay in Langkawi! And as usual, we wish you a wonderful holiday and stay happy!
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Baskin Robbins Hand Packed Ice Cream -31st of Every Month- Guide to Eating and Not Paying!

Disclaimer: Ok this is purely just one of my *cheeky* thoughts. I did not actually do it. (yet) Just thought one of you might, after reading this  😀

If you don’t already know, every 31st of any month, Baskin Robbins has 31% discounts off their hand packed ice creams.

By the way: (Baskin Robbins is proud to boast that they have  31 different flavors )

So on this day, the ice cream might be cheaper than usual. This explains the exceptionally long queues at any Baskin Robbin outlets. *Of course, then the shop goes empty for the next 30 days (due to kiasu Asians, buying up all the ice cream with the excuse *ya…my ah ma also got eat ice cream one ma*.

My favorite ice cream from Baskin Robbins has gotta be anything chocolatey! Here are my two favorites.

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My favourites. Pity they don't have a picture of "Maui Brownie Madness"-- Yumsss just thinking about it *Low fat too* my gf tells me

31% discount for hand pack ice creams @ Baskin Robbins every 31st of the month

Long queue that uses a "paper number system" to track who's turn it is

Take your time to choose what you want. Here at Baskin Robbins, you can simply ask to try every single type of flavor and just leave after you are full, if you want too

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Extra staff hired to cope with the mass of hungry ice cream crowd

I noticed that the employer of this outlet used a very useful and effective tactic. He hired a lot of girls with big boobs. As you can see from the picture, these girls obviously, have plenty of ice cream on their bodies.(ALL OF THEM)!  I think it’s a seductive trick. No wonder the guys are all standing in front wanting to taste ice cream. *pretenders you know who you are*

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Pick your choose, which size you want?! Those who are ordering the biggest pack (called the VALUE CUT ) does not need to queue. Just go straight to the counter.

OK here is the game plan. To eat free ice cream.

  1. Remember its your right to taste any ice cream you want. Unfortunately they come in small pink scoops. So I guess you just need to taste more.
  2. Pay Attention: You need to look confident ok.
  • First you take your number and wait to be called.
  • Then you pretend to taste all the ice cream, and tell the girls what you want.
  • Then she will ask you to pay.
  • You pretend to talk to your friend or on your handphone, and go to the toilet.
  • Wait for about 10 minutes, and she will call you to collect your ice cream.
  • Collect it, and just walk out.

We havent tried this. But we are very sure it will work.Please let me know if my genius plan works. 😀

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Happy Ice Cream Day!

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AB Motel Langkawi- Tours and Water Sports

Our backpacking trip around Malaysia, saw us ending the stint…. sunbathing, boozing and mangrove trekking in Langkawi.

Langkawi islands are made up of 99 islands

Langkawi which is part of the Andaman islands is famous for its brilliantly crystal clear waters which are theming with fishes of all sorts.
Apart from taking our own leisure time, waking up at 11am, having a late breakfast, read a book while we sip duty free ice wine, we decided to go for some tours to fill in our time.
There are plenty of tour agents around. I guess, its really up to you guys, to see which is the best bargain. From what we noticed is that, the tour agents at the Jetty and Airport are definitely not the best on the island. Because they have the first hand advantage of, first approaching the “just arrived tourist”, therefore they can charge a premium because the tourist is not familiar with the prices of tours, hotels and car rental on the island.
If you haven’t booked anything yet, here the tours offered by AB motel is something for you to read about. They already have the “Cheapest Island Hopping Tours on the Island” =3 islands for RM 25 including hotel transfer. They can afford to lower the price because they are using their own tour boat, instead of renting it from the boat men. Hence the lower price.

Here are a few water sports we got from AB motel, where we were staying.

Jet Skiing on Langkawi's waters can be really tempting!Jet Ski - RM 120/ 30 mins

The Island Hopping tour was worth it, we were picked up from our hotel in the morning, and was whisked by speed boat to see how they feed the eagles. Then we were left for one hour on a deserted island for some RnR.  We then headed to the Pregnant Maidens Lake to dip. (Nope, we didn’t get pregnant). Legend has it that who ever dips in the lake will be enchanted and pregnant.

Mangrove tour and Island Hopping - RM 50 per person, Island Hopping you get to visit 3 different islands - Pulau Beras Basah, Pulau Pulau Singa and Pulau Dayang Bunting

Banana Boat - RM 20/ person

Pulau Payar/ Payar Island Snorkeling Package - RM 95 per person

Parasailing - RM 50 per round (3km)

Ab Motel also offers

Diving package @ Payar Island – RM 250/ person

Contact Asthar Travel and Tours SDN BHD
KPL/LN: 5969
Call : 0134884300 for more information or just drop over to the tour counter at AB motel.

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