Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Purple & Red Restaurants (紫红冰饮室) | Tan Hiok Nee | Eat In Johor Bahru

We stumbled upon Purple & Red Restaurants (紫红冰饮室) while having a walk at the night market along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee on one evening. It was way past their closing time and the lady shared that she is closing for the day. 

Hence, we decided to revisited another day and this time she welcomed us warmly. 


Though the name of the shop is Purple & Red Restaurants, the shop space like it's menu is small. Interestingly, their cold drinks are serve in nicely tied plastic bags and the owners took effort to brew out every drink to their customers. Putting lots of mint, lemon to make their drinks more flavourful and refreshing.

I love the little details they put in on their menu and drinks. Like paying attention to the length of the string for easy carrying and drinking.

- Hand Crush Lemon Tea (手打。柠檬茶)

- Natural Hand Bubbing Aiyu Jelly (人工手洗爱玉冻)

- Mojito - non-alcoholic (薄荷。莫吉托)

- Bandung (玫瑰露)

Seating are available on the 2nd floor on the shop and there are hooks on the wall. It is not meant to hook your bags but rather your drinks, leaving more table space (especially helpful with the limited space). 

A nice place to rest our feet and have a cooling drink while reminiscing the times where we always have our drinks in plastic bags.

Purple & Red Restaurants (紫红冰饮室)
Address: 8 Jalan Pahang, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Daily: 9AM-6PM

Visited: Nov 2022

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sekinchan Family Travel - House of Ah Ma (阿嫲的家)

Unlike the city, Sekinchan is a small town and you don't find shopping malls within the vicinity. Hence, an interesting place where we can 'shop' for snacks was House of Ah Ma (阿嫲的家). Even though it is a small provision shop, there are a lot to offer once you step in.

A section of the wooden house is decorated with old wooden vintage furniture. The old appliances and household items brought us back to our childhood days back in the 70s. Our children have not seen most of the items and this is definitely an eye opener.

It is also a perfect spot to take photos against a vintage backdrop.

A nostalgic and old school shop where we found old-time snacks, tidbits and sweets - some that we seen before and some that were new to us.

All items are neatly displayed

Assorted colourful sweets in plastic bottles and tin cans.

Assorted local produce

Apart from local produce, we were delighted to spot that they also sell Kuih Kapit (love letters)! 2 ladies were making some during our visit and it has been a long time since we saw the round iron moulds! Egg batter will be poured onto the mould and placed over the charcoal. This is how traditional love letters are made and how we used to make them when we were younger.

I did not realised that Housse of Ah Ma is actually a bakery too! 

House of Ah Ma is a mini tourist spot in Sekinchan. Quiet and down to earth, you can spend about 20-30 minutes here to take some photos and check out the items in the shop. 

House of Ah Ma (阿嫲的家)

Address: Jalan Tali Air 5, Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Daily - 10am to 6pm


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Malaysia Family Trip - Day 2 (Kuala Lumpur - Sekinchan)

This is a pre-Covid trip that our family had in Dec 2019. Information may have changed but we will like to document our journey down for memories.


Day 2 (Kuala Lumpur - Sekinchan)

Grab Car (KL to Sekinchan) - Homestay (Padi Box) - Cycling - Eagle/Firefly/Blue Tears Tour

After a good night rest, we are so excited to pack for our next destination!

When I was planning for our trip to Sekinchan, I was pretty worried on how to travel there as it was quite far from where we were staying (~95km apart). I wasn't sure then if there are Grab willing to take us there and more importantly to Grab back. After checking in with Padibox, we managed to secure our car ride back to KL and went ahead with our tour plans..

8am - Check out from Homestay

We checked out early and went for breakfast at a prata place near The Robertson. 

930am - Grab ride to Sekinchan

We managed to book a grab from our homestay to Sekinchan for RM160. As it was a pretty long ride (1.5hour), make sure you clear your bowels before you hop onto the car! 

11am - Homestay in Sekinchan: Padibox

We finally arrived at Padibox and the long ride was WORTH IT! We were welcome with a pretty sight - colourful freight containers surrounded by paddy fields. I was pretty excited while our girl had reservations of the room because she was afraid of insects. Click for more information about Padibox 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Cafe in Johor Bahru - Dusk by Mok Mok (Taman Pelangi)

Dusk by Mok Mok is located in Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru. Hubby and I were waiting for the Pasar Malam (Night Market) which operates on every Tuesday afternoon to open, and we stumbled upon the Cafe by chance. The hammock and decor at the shop front attracted our attention which led us to a pleasant find.

Stepping into the Bohemian-style decorated cafe, we were captivated by the ambiance and furnishing. Every corner feels welcoming and comfortable. A wonderful place to chill and relax - plus good spot for photo taking.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Roast & Coffee - Retro Garden 1968's (Tan Hiok Nee) : Eat In Johor Bahru

Ever since the borders opened and we can start travelling into Johor Bahru, we are back to food hunting! We have passed by Roast & Coffee - Retro Garden a couple of times when we were at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and their other outlet at Eco Palladium. Finally got the opportunity to sit in for breakfast on our recent trip as we were either too early or it was too crowded.

Roast & Coffee started with a small noodle stall and now it is a modernized kopitiam serving a variety of Nanyang Cuisine and local delights. There are variety of interesting items on their menu and one of them is Coconut Ho Kar Sai - Rich cocoa blended with aroma of coffee and splash of coconut fragrance.