IPO Kuching, the food that all Malaysians Love

January 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Best Kuching Eateries

IPO ? What IPO? When I first heard of the word IPO, the first thought that conjure in my mind was that some company is going to be Public Listed soon? Initial Public Offering?

Then I saw this restaurant that opened right across from City One Mall. I passed it a few times and I was thinking, another restaurant is here. Hope they will last long. Lately, seems many restaurants have mushroomed up and close soon enough.

Interior of the restaurant

Interior of the restaurant


So finally I visited the eatery over the weekend. I am a true blue Malaysian who loves all Malaysian food, esp. Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Laksa and so much more.  When I flipped the menu, I saw all my favourites listed there, esp, the nasi lemak.  There were several variety of nasi lemaks here.

Front page of the menu

Front page of the menu


When my nasi lemak arrived, it was served on a dimsum tray. I was surprised because nasi lemak is supposed to be associated with Malay food, not Chinese meal but still, it looks fairly presentable. How delicious a nasi lemak is depends on the sambal , and here I give thumbs up to the sambal because it is salty, spicy and soury due to the tamarind juice in it. Some nasi lemak sambal is too salty because they added in too much of belacan but here I give thumbs up to the nasi lemak. I usually eat half bowl of rice but this meal today, I ate the whole lot of rice in the plate and all because of the sambal.

Nasi Lemak served on a dimsum tray

Nasi Lemak served on a dimsum tray

Mouth-watering nasi lemak

Mouth-watering nasi lemak


My friend ordered Penang Fried Kuey teow (noodles). Seriously, everyone claims to serve Penang Fried Kuey teow in town but we would say it ain’t the real thing unless the cook is from Penang or you have it in Penang. Well, here this afternoon, the meal is served in a half wrapped brown paper laid out on a plate with a sheet of banana leaf underneath. There were 3 prawns in it, clams and beansprout, with sliced scallion and fried shallots sprinkled on top. The kuey teow was fried to perfect brown colour and it taste quite delicious.

Penang Char Kuey Teow served at IPO

Penang Char Kuey Teow served at IPO


The kuey teow was served with chillies in soy sauce and lime. The chillies were quite spicy for Sarawakian’s taste buds, but it was a nice addition to the kuey teow if you prefer it spicier.

It was so delicious that she gave 9 out of 10, minus 1 from full mark because she never tasted the original Penang Fried Kuey Tiaw for comparison. She ate every single bit of her kuey teow though. Since she didn’t unwrapped the brown paper, as the staff already took the trouble to present the dish nicely, her plate was clean. It can be passed as a new plate if not for the wrapper.

The names of other dishes are quite amusing. Who would’ve thought of naming a dish Apa Pun Ada Nasi Lemak? Only at IPO.

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Capsule Hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) fulfills the needs of transit passengers

January 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Other Cities

This blog has mostly been about Sarawak but today, we are going to venture outside Sarawak and I am going to share with you the very new concept, Sleeping in a capsule right in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2). This is especially for those who had a few hours transit time in KLIA2 or KLIA and do not want to go down to the city.

Lobby area at Capsule

Lobby area at Capsule

I had a 5:35pm flight back to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur. I reached the airport at 2pm. I was very tired and was looking for a place to relax and perhaps take 40 winks. I asked the KLIA2 customer service counter  if there is a place where I could rent for a few hours where I could sleep and perhaps take a shower. Initially, she introduced me to Plaza Premium Lounge  which is over RM100+ for a few hours. I pressed her further if there is any place nearby that would be cheaper. Then she introduced me to Capsule Hotel. She gave me the directions to there. It is located at the basement ( same floor as the arrival hall) right at the end.

Capsule Bar & lounge area

Capsule Bar & lounge area

Upon reaching the hotel, I was greeted with a Capsule Bar. I registered here for my capsule room. I was given a card key. I paid RM50 for 3 hours usage of the capsule where I was given an amenity bag filled with a towel.  Locker is available for free if you are staying here. I then went to my room or capsule. The bed is rather comfortable with 2 pillows . Its Orthorest. I was tired and the bed was a welcome respite for me despite the small space, though for 1 person, and if you are of Asian size,  its still reasonable. I crawled into my capsule and just taking in the whole environment. There is a foldable table at the right side of the wall for you to do work on your computer, but I found the height too tall, as when you sit down on the bed, the height should be lower when it is opened up.

Beds & amenities at Capsule by Container Hotel

Beds & amenities at Capsule by Container Hotel

There is a thin screen to close the capsule when you want to sleep. You just pull it down and switch off the light. Just make sure you put your belongings beside you near your headrest but I doubt it anyone would steal your things.

It seemed that each of us when we checked in, we would be given a pair of slippers to walk around in the hotel, but the receptionist did not even give it to me. Not to mention that I was not even given a receipt which she should, as all she gave me was a deposit slip of RM50 that will be returnable to me when I checked out. So I basically walked barefoot in the vicinity.

Toilet entrance

Toilet entrance

The space was very comfortable but I had trouble sleeping as my bedtime was over. I decided to take a shower. It was a communal shower room for ladies. The men section is partitioned off from the women section. There were many shower room in there with several basins and long horizontal mirror. They even had a small space at the end of the basin row for us ladies to put our makeup items on the table.

Bathroom at Capsule by Container Hotel

Bathroom at Capsule by Container Hotel

At the far end of the hotel , there is an area for us travellers to chill out, read a book or magazines, hooked on the net with their free Wifi or just to look at passengers alighting from the shuttle bus just outside.

When I was ready to leave, I just returned my room key or access card to the reception counter, and they refunded to me my RM50. The black amenity bag was free for me to keep as souvenir.

Comfortable seats and unique bookshelf

Comfortable seats and unique bookshelf

My overall experience was 9/10. If you are on transit in KLIA2, and don’t want to spend too much money during this few hours, you can just stay for that few hours here or take a quick shower to freshen up for RM15, where towel and shower gel are also provided. They call it Shower on the Go.

If you are catching an overseas flight that is scheduled in another few hours, you can leave your luggages there safely. Locker can be rented from the reception at RM15 for 6 hours, RM25 for 12 hours and RM35 for 24 hours. It is much cheaper than leaving it at the Locker for Rental office at the airport which charges according to the size of your luggages.  The larger the size, the higher the costs.

I was seriously surprised that there is this gem of a hotel right smack in KLIA2, for the convenience of us travellers. Go on, do give it a try but do note that each capsule is only for 1 person. Male in one section and female in another section.Capsule Hotel is the “Where to stay for transit passengers in KLIA2” .

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