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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 Kuching, Sarawak for the Rainforest Music Festival

The Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching is a yearly affair. Thousands of music and party lovers from around the world come to Kuching just for this festival.
Held in the heart of Borneo’s 100 year old Jungle, this event rocks! There are international artists from around the world performing various types of music that night.

With all the hype, we packed our backpacks, strapped our cameras and off we went to explore Kuching! Our first backpacking trip to the land of cats!

If you are flying with any budget airlines- make sure you check in 2hrs before (for international flights) and 1 hour before (for local flights/ within Malaysia)

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Latest check in is 45minutes! Unless there is a queue or there are many people still un attended for.

Make sure you are well rested or have some sleeping pills ready. The seats are really 90 degrees! You can still recline but maybe only another 5 degrees down.

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Haik! *SALUTE* 90 degree chairs!

Arriving at Kuching airport. In case you didnt know, Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia is only issued a 90 day stay visa. Means you can only stay in Borneo for 90 days. Foreigners are issued standard tourist visa.

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Malaysians from west Malaysia only has a 90 day visa entry to Borneo! What is this??!

We did our booking online so we wouldn’t be caught with our pants down @ Tracks Bed and Breakfast Kuching Most budget hotels will be fully booked because of the Rainforest World Music Festival. So make sure you make advance bookings. Tracks was small, but the people there were friendly. The place was ok. We didn’t quite like the creaky double bed and the noisy construction work they were doing up stairs. (They were renovating the top, to make more rooms).

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Checking into Tracks Bed and Breakfast Kuching


The florescent looking paint on the stairs leading to the room isn’t Predators blood. Its just us playing around with the lighting. We did leave our mark on the wall tho.

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Fried Koay Teow (Noodles) using a spatula! Reminds me of teppenyaki

Since we made our trip from Penang – which is famous for the Char Koay Teow (fried noodles) there. The only reason why we tried a plate of fried noodles here is because we found it unique that they were using spatulas to fry the noodles. It was a very slow way to fry the noodles. Taste was not bad. This shop is just opposite tracks bed and breakfast.

Obviously one plate of noodles between the 8 of us wasnt enough. We heard the Sarawak Laksa along Carpenter Street was good so we decided to take a walk there. A big sign “Madam Tang’s Famous Sarawak Laksa” stopped us. You know how they always say packaging is very important. The place was nicer than your average coffee shop. But sadly to say, the food wasn’t really good. The nasi lemak (rice with curry chicken) was alright. But the Sarawak Laksa was really disappointing. The bill for lunch was more than what we budgeted for.

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We tried all the specialties in Madam Tang's

We took a stroll along the Water front Kuching and its nearby shoplots and saw plenty of the same stuff sold here. A lot of wood carvings -wooden shields, darts, furniture and statues, shops selling “famous sarawak layered cake” which if you ask me, really looks like a cake dipped into layers of neon paint! There are also plenty of shops selling souvenirs and Sarawak’s famous black pepper.

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Painted walkways along Kuchings water front shop lots give it a unique look

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Loads of wooden carvings and art shops around Kuching waterfront

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Taking your leisure time and sip some fresh local brew as you watch the crowd go past the narrow street

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the famous tua pek kong chinese temple.

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Intricate carvings inside the temple

Apparently the craze in Sarawak is the special layered cake or kek lapis in malay. Some of these cakes have so many different layers with so many different colors. Honestly some of these colors where so bright, we were sure that our teeth would just turn rainbow by eating them! 😀
There are many stalls by the road side selling this.

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Famous layered cake with plenty of coloring

And off to Jong’s Crocodile Farm after that!

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These crocs are hugee!

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Meat hungry crocodiles jumping in action

On display at Jong’s Crocodile Farm Kuching, is the skull of Bujang Senang – “The happy Bachelor”. For more reading material, you can read this blog here. Story of Bujang Senang

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Meet the famous man killer of Sarawak - The infamous Bujang Senang

You might be interested in Jong’s Crocodile Farm after this. We did a whole blog about it. Check it out > Backpackies at Jong’s Crocodile Farm

What!!! Hungry again?! We must admit, all those crocodile snapping action with all that raw meat must have gotten us all hungry. We decided to try the famous Kon Lo Mee of Kuching. Apparently, in Kuching, the locals “must have” this dish for breakfast! – how true, we don’t know. So we decided to try it. This shop is along Carpenter street, just a few doors down from the Corner “Madam Tang’s” shop. (What we think of Madam Tang’s, we already blurted out above)

Waiting for our turn to eat was a night mare

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You can either have the soupy noodles or the soup and noodles separately

We then went to visit the iconic Cat Statues in Kuching. It was just within walking distance from Carpenter Street.

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A trip to Kuching is not complete until you have taken pictures with the pussies!!

After that you can walk to the Riverside, and take a boat ride. Initially we heard so much of the Sarawak River Cruise. When we got there, ok the boat was impressive. But the price was nonetheless also very impressive! RM 88 per person! for a 1.5 hour tour. Since we were backpacking and didnt want to break our budget, we saw some locals heading to the river side as well further up. We followed them and ended up taking a small motor powered, man steered sampan (mini boat) across for only Rm 0.50! 😀 No wonder the locals loved it!

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Taking a boat ride with the locals across Sungai Santubong for 50 cents!

It was quite an experience because the depth of the boat was very shallow. And the boat man kept allowing more and more people to board the boat. Of course the more people, the lower the boat got, till a point where it was like only 1 inch before the water got into the boat. Scarry! (We can swim, just that we didn’t want to stink of river water!)
He had to steer the boat with a wooden oar but used a small motor to ferry us across. Moving slowly across the river, we saw other boats cruising passed us, and a team of dragon boat racers practicing. “Hoo Haa Hoo Haa Hoo Haa ” -their shouts contributed to the whole fun atmosphere!

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The boat ride was a slow and relaxing one

You only have to pay the boat man after you arrive at the other side. You just drop it with the other collection near the front of the boat where he stands.
You should take the boat ride -at almost sunset. And this is the view you will get!!

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View of of the boat ride

After the cruise, just find a nice local coffee shop, sit down and order one of these! Teh Si Special or Teh Si Tiga Lapis (Three layer evaporated milk tea)! Great to chill after a whole day of activity.

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This is one drink you got to try! Its just simply awesome! Make sure the black layer is gula melaka !

We decided to have some dinner first. Friend suggested seafood at Top Spot Seafood Center. It was massive. The multi storey carpark is built solely for the seafood center!

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If our friend didn't take us here, we wouldn't know it was so popular!

The prices are pretty reasonable. Check out the fried oysters and the baby ferns! (Special of Kuching!)

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Round thin crispy chewy paste type with fried oysters on it

After a full tummy and about 6pm… Its show time! We wanted to give the local booze a chance and went looking around for the local TUAK- rice wine!
Damn, you would think that they made these in like oil drums and it would be easy to find. NOT A SINGLE STORE selling them?!
We had to revert to buying it at the guesthouse. They sold us a clear bottle like this for Rm 15 bucks. (No discount for guests) $@^%!%!!!

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overcharging us for booze!

Worse part was after drinking a whole bottle – we didn’t feel anything, the guesthouse owner told us, that it was a slow kicker. That we might get drunk drinking his home made tuak. What the toot**
Im going back there and kick his ass!

Off to the world Rainforest Music Festival.

The events formula of afternoon informative workshops, ethno-musical, lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening, performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with the, audience, who come from near and far.

The festival site also sets up a variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia,
Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists, all this contributing to a fun filled, wholesome festival experience. World Music plus a country fair atmosphere in the midst of lush greenery.

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Lighted up stage filled with party goers

For more information on the rainforest music festival – check out Rainforest Music Festival

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And from all of us at backpackies, have a wonderful traveling experience! 😀

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Air Asia – Surviving Long Hauls on a Budget Airlines

Welcoming The New Age of Budget Traveling. Now Everyone Can Fly!!! Go to www.airasia.com

Air Asia Free Seats

Nowadays there is a new ruling that you can't take pictures on the tarmac.

I was pretty excited and decided to *hand write* a letter to the captain, before take off.

My letter to the captain

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Is he big or are the seats space small? 90 degree seats! WOaaaahhh LOOK AT HOW CLOSE THE KNEE IS TO THE SEAT IN FRONT. I can't even fit my girlfriends leg in..if she wanted to! DAMN!

Few years back, we used to rush to the seats near the emergency exits which had huge amounts of leg room. But ever since they started issuing seat numbers, there’s no need for the rush. All the seats are the same, unless you pay more and get the hot seats which offer a little bit more leg room.

Hot Seats are marked red- comes with more leg room

To be comfortable, you can always purchase a comfort kit, if you didn’t bring your own pillow or eye mask along. Here is what you will get

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Comfort kit comes with a thin synthetic blanket, eye mask, and a neck pillow COSTS RM 35 (~10 USD), Please take it home after you arrive at your destination. If not i will take it for you.

It isn’t much comfort. If you have a jacket, you can roll it up and use it as a head pillow. Does the same job. Just be warned that it can get pretty cold in the plane on long journeys.

Of course, eating is also another way to ease your dis comfort. If you are sure of this method, then we suggest you pre book your meals when you purchase your flight tickets. It is 20% cheaper than buying it on the plane.

Nasi Lemak Pak Nassir is pretty good

The chicken lasagna was pretty awesome as well (if they still serve them) **** Recommended

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Yummy hot lasagna

After filling our tummies. We looked around…to see if there are any empty seats. After take off, you are allowed to shift seats. Look for any space with at least 2 empty seats. The hand rest can be lifted up, so that you can at least sit and stretch your body diagonally. Beats sitting 90 degrees vertical or even 70 degrees after incline.

Since the seats are so f**kin small, and had like 5 hours of flight time. We knew what we had to do.

KNOCK OUR SELVES OUT!

Chivas + Coke + Air Asia = Hallelujah

If you are going to do what we are doing, make sure your alcohol is stored in a ~ 100 ml bottle. Maybe a clear bottle with vodka or bicardi? And say its mouth wash 😀

Happy traveling. And if you do see a crazy guy with a straw hat drinking happily on any Air Asia flight, that isn’t me.

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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. 😀

DONT BE SELFISH, IF YOU GOT A EVIL THOUGHT OR PLAN LIKE MINE, PLEASE SHARE!

Happy Ice Cream Day!

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Jong’s Crocodile Farm – Backpackies goes backpacking in Kuching

After a disappointing visit to the Crocodile farm in Langkawi, Malaysia (where most of the crocodiles there looked like they haven’t eaten in weeks or had cancer or something) i wasn’t too enthusiastic about going to Jong’s Crocodile Farm in Kuching Sarawak. 

But when i heard that the famous Sarawakian man eater – Bujang Senang’s skull was on display at the park, and i had like few hours to kill, i thought, why the hell not?!
Entrance fee is now Adult RM 15, if you are Sarawakian (need id proof)is RM 10, if Child RM 8, and Sarawakian Child RM 5. 

Some pictures that i also dug up on Crocodiles 

30 ft. crocodile killed on Saipan Island in 1943 during WW2.

 

I kind of googled up the largest crocodiles online, as i was pretty amazed with how big these beasts were.
Some facts i dug up:
There are about 4-5 known crocs in the world that are 20 feet or bigger. 

  1. Gustave in Africa, 20 feet, over 2000lbs.
  2. Utan, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, 20 feet over 2000lbs.
  3. Crocosaurus in Parrot Island, Orlando, 20 feet over 2000lbs.
  4. Chai Yai, In Thailand, 20 feet, 2500lbs.
  5. The crocodile in Orissa, India crocodile farm that is supposedly 23 feet long

WHY THE HELL ISNT PAK INDON (the crocodile in Jong’s Crocodile Farm >INSIDE THIS LIST?!! PLEASE TELL ME WHY? HE WAS MONSTROUS! (Sorry we couldn’t get a clear shot of Pak Indon, because his cage was the most heavily guarded one of them all. Too many grills and bars!)
 

Steve Irwin with Chai Yai , the worlds largest captive crocodile in the world

 

OK and we are off to Jong’s Crocodile Farm.  

Its a bumpy road to - jong's crocodile farm Kuching

 

The farm is about 29Km from Kuching City Centre. You can get here by taxi, vans or by bus. The bus is the cheapest way there. But you need to walk quite a distance in, to reach the farm. Roughly about 1km.
The highlights of the farm is the “jumping crocodile show” where the show times are 11am and 3pm. 

Crocodile waiting to pounce on the bait @ the crocodile jumping show, Show times: 11am and 3pm.

 

You need to be patient, waiting for the crocs to align themselves, before they make the pounce.
 

The farm hands would dangle the pieces of meat on the wire, and then winch it down to the middle of the pond. Occasionally the meat would be bouncing up and down, just to attract the crocodiles attention. The farm hands also rang a bell before the feeding session. Amazingly, all the crocodiles came rushing to the feeding station. 

the final leap!

 

The crocodiles were really fast. I had to sit there ever ready – to capture this shot.
There are many feeding stations. If you miss one, then simply proceed to the next feeding station. 

These crocodiles somehow knows that its feeding time!

 

There are shaded seats so you don’t have to stand waiting for the crocs to take the bait. 

the pavillion to watch the jumping crocodile show

 

There was a very interesting section in the farm 

crocodile breeding site- trying to look for the nest was a pain the ass

 

The mother Lying unsuspectingly protecting her eggs

 

After straining our eyes to look for the nest. We finally found it! We were standing on top of it! No wonder 

This is what a crocodile nest looks like.

 

There are plenty of containment areas filled with crocodiles of all sizes. IM sure they must be breeding it for some other use. 

we could have swore this farm sells crocodiles! Buy one home?

 

Smile for the camera! Threesome!:D

 

baby crocodiles look so cute!

 

Finally i managed to see Bujang Senang’s Skull. Wished they had the entire body for show too.
Im still wondering why the farm turned the display box into a money box? Collecting funds to buy Bujang some after life stuff during Cheng Beng (Chinese Ghost Festival)? 

the skull of the famous Bujang Senang of Sarawak

 

a clearer shot of the skull.

 

Towards the end of the tour, there is a wall showing pictures of the crocodiles and also their victims. Wow…it made my tummy churn. There was one shot of a boy being eaten and they had to cut the crocodiles stomach to get his mutilated body out. His body was already in pieces! 

photos of crocodiles and the victims

 

pictures showing the eggs, and also explaining the entire hatching and life cycle of the crocodiles

 

There are also other animals there at the park like the giant dragon fish, birds, rabbits, sun bears, otters! 😀
Great place to visit if you are in Kuching Sarawak. Have fun backpacking!
www.backpackies.com
 

You can find Jong’s Crocodile Farm at 

Address:
Jong’s Crocodile Farm
Siburan, 29Km Kuching-Serian Road
93250 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel:6082-24 2790
Fax:6082-25 4436 

 

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Backpacking Asia: Colorful thirst quenchers of Asia

Planning to travel South East Asia? Get familiar with this saying – “If you aint sweating, you aint eating”!!
We thought it would be cool to share and introduce you to some of the unique drinks in South East Asia. ** We did a big NO NO to drinks that just has a glamorous name but tastes like drain water** So check our list out!

With so much herbs, spices and chilli, Asian food is famous for being spicy!

You better watch out what your eating when in Asia, or your bums gonna be farting turbo gas “complete with flames” for the entire night.
Don’t be a HERO, and just ask them to TONE IT DOWN! ( it is not cool when you start panting hard, while you wave your hands to fan your flaming mouth)

So with all the hype about Asian food being spicy, we are gonna twist this blog and write about these thirst quenchers found here in Asia.
Each country of place has their own ingenious “bar tender wannabes” that often pick and mix drinks at home. Here are some of the successful ones that are already on or should be in Asian Drinks wall of fame!

the famous teh tarik =

side ways pull? This is what we call a teh tarik kao kao!! (pulled tea, to the maximum)

NEXT UP FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Halo Halo from the Philippines

Halo Halo ( which means “Mix-mix” in Tagalog – Local Filipino language) is a desert drink that is served with shaved ice, milk, and a whole lot of other colorful ingredients like sweet beans, fruits, jelly, sago, and all served in a tall glass! There is no specific list of ingredients here, so just feel creative! Order of color also is up to you!
Here is something to get you started! – Halo Halo Culture

Next we are slinging our way to Singapore!
Checking out the symbolic drink of Singapore – The Singapore Sling

Singaporean Sling @ Long Bar, Raffles Hotel

The Singapore Sling was developed by Ngiam Tong Boon a bartender at the Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel Singapore in 1915. The drinks recipe has long changed. This is one recipe we lurveeeee Singapore Sling by Drinks Mixer. There is even a video showing you how to mix it!
All Singapore Airlines flights serve Singapore Slings! You can either buy it from the inflight magazine, or check out the boutique @ Singapore Sling Shop

The original recipe used gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and most importantly, fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak pineapples which enhance the flavour and create a foamy top.

Talking about Sarawak! If you are in Malaysia again, and have already given the Teh Tarik a go. You must check out The “Teh Si Special” or”Teh Si Tiga Lapis”! It is tea made with evaporated milk.

teh si tiga lapis! the dark layer below is rich gula melaka which gives it a creamy fragrant sweet taste

You can get it at any local coffee shop in Kuching, Sarawak. Costs about RM 1.20 a glass. Yummy!

We hop off to Thailand – “The Land of Chicks with dicks:”
Thailand’s Signature drink must be – Siam Sunrays!

Siam Sunrays is refreshing and it manages to blend all the spices and ingredients that is found in Thailand

The recipe for this revitalizing cocktail drink was created by Surasakdi Pantaisong. He was the winner of the 2008 Bar Tender Championship hosted by the TAT and THA at Siam Paragon in September 2008.

Siam Sunrays — Thailand’s new signature drink, is based on the very Thai ingredients that have made Tom Yam soup world renowned:

  1. A splash of Vodka
  2. Freshly-picked lemon grasses – aromatic touch and represents fresh and vibrant Thailand.
  3. Kaffir lime leaves – accompanies the lemon grass very well.
  4. Thai lime and Thai bird chili (phrik kee nuu) – Slight hint of hot chilies contras the ice cooling effect of the drink.
  5. Young ginger meanwhile warms the spirit.
  6. Soothing flavor of coconut is smooth and gentle on the palate, and brings some tropical balance to the mix.

To try this at home: check out the recipe, we haven’t tried it yet. If you do, please share with us your formula!

Siam Sunrays is now only available at hotels and resorts in key tourist destinations around Thailand. Wish they sold the Siam Sunrays in a takeaway bottle @ 7-11!
Vietnam
Heading up north, ok who hasn’t heard of the the Vietnamese drip coffee. You can get vietnamese drip coffee in almost any country in Asia. (at the vietnamese food stalls). What is refreshing is, and has a beautifying effect is the Tea with Longan and Lotus Seed.

Tea with longan and lotus seeds - The ultimate beauty health drink from Vietnam! Now you know why vietnamese girls are so pretty!

LAO
Laos coffee is very famous. If you are buying some, the famous brand is Lao Mountain Coffee.

But against the Beer Lao it stands in a different category. The front page of their website reminds us of some porn site XXXX, yikes! Beer Lao

beer lao - to enter or not to enter

Tasty and light Beerlao, is made with Laotian jasmine rice and one of the few Lao exports.It maintains an almost mythical status amongst travellers and world beer afficionados. The yellow logo with its tiger-head silhouette can be seen everywhere, and a large 640 ml bottle shouldn’t cost more than 12,000 to 15,000 kip in restaurants. It’s available in three versions: original (5% alcohol ), Dark (6.5% alcohol) and Light (2.9% alcohol).
Indonesia, you just got to try Sosro – Teh Botol– Sweetened Jasmine Bottled Tea.

Just ask any Indonesian. They will tell you that the Teh Botol is good.

The teh botol is just great to quench your palate after a fiery “nasi pedas” attack on your tongue. Check out what to eat in Indonesia!

So no matter where you are backpacking in Asia, look out for these life savers!
Although mineral water would also just do fine! 😀
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Backpacking Kuching @ Rainforest World Music Festival 2010

Lets do the crazy dance @ Rainforest World Music Festival 2010

This July 9th to the 11th 2010 we @ backpackies.com are heading to the Island of Borneo -specifically Kuching Sarawak to check out the Sights and Sounds of the Much to talk about annual World Music Festival!

What to expect from it this year? We just don’t know. Some say it is affected by the World Cup playing in Africa. Maybe there will be less people going for this festival? You will be the first to know, as we sacrifice our beloved sport : spelled F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L for this exclusive coverage of the World Music Festival 2010 (psst, ok maybe we can still watch the finals after the festival, if we aren’t too drunk yet)

Get ready for some rumble in the jungle!

Lets take a look at scenes from last years event!
Starting off slow…..

Noreummachi (Korea) beating the drums in trance

Mesmarizing the crowd with a santa gig!

Red Chamber (Canadachina)

Heating things with the combined instruments …

Sekaa Jaya Jenggala (Indonesia)

Going naked and shouting crazy?!!!

Moana and The Tribe (New Zealand)

The crowd just grows into a frenzy especially when the artists are more energetic! YEAH WE LOVED IT!

sea of people at the festival, there is no reserved seats. make sure you find one quick! so be there early!

it is a jungle! There is no dress code! So i repeat, leave those high heels and skirts at home, for its SAMBA TIME!

Of course they dont go all the way fast…..organizers tend to want to slow things down so the end is a blast…..

Inti-Illimani (Chile)

free dancing at the end of the show. Well you are always welcome to shake your booty if the tunes are right for you. But we certainly recommend doing it at the end! 😀

partying in the jungle, on the jungle ground. Public isnt allowed on the stage! No worries! We had just as much fun down there!

Going crazy with fun

We werent kidding when we said, attire was freestyle!

We hope the event is better or just as good as last years! Will keep you updated!

Dont worry we have our cameras peeled on those sexy hunks and chicks…to keep you entertained!

Have fun! More infomation for this years Rainforest World Music Festival click on it.

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