An Announcement Post: Notyourtypicaltourist is going to move from WordPress to notyourtyypicaltourist.com 

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Hi all, 

I decided to move to self-hosted site after discussion with my brother and SIL during last Saturday midnight ‘mamak‘ supper. It was a rather quick decision. And thinks progressed with lightning speed.

Voila, I got my own domain within 24 hours. My-IT-geek-brother is the best!!

Notyourtypicaltourist.wordpress.com is going to move to http://www.notyourtypicaltourist.com

I am going to move my current site over in the next two days. I hope I don’t mess up! 

I still have a lot of questions, such as if my post will be visible on WordPress reader, whether I’ll lose my 26 followers, but I’ll be brave (just like my travel), and get it done.

If you like what you read so far, do stay tuned at http://www.notyourtypicaltourist.com

 

Photo credit: Sharon Lau

 

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Thailand Tourist Scam: Foreign tourist given a 8,840 baht for a meal that included a 800 baht tip

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Photo credit: Bangkok Post


This story is making headline news in Thailand now. This is one of the best known scams in Thailand and yet, everyday dozens of tourists fall for it. The large tip of 800 baht was most likely commission for the taxi driver.

Read about the story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/563935/tourists-pay-8840-baht-for-a-meal

Travel scams are everywhere, can catch us off-guard and ruin our holidays. I normally read up beforehand for scams that I need to watch out for in my destination.

Thanks to pre-read, I managed to avoid the ‘friendship bracelet’ scam at Montmarte, Paris in 2008. Montmarte is a notorious hotspot for this scam. In the so-called ‘bracelet scam’, crooks tie string to a tourist’s finger or wrist and weave it into a friendship bracelet, and then order the tourist to hand over money in return.

Learn the tricks, cons and scams – and travel safely. 

#EatLikeALocal: The Battle of Soy Sauce vs Fish Sauce

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I was never any good at cooking until I relocate to Bangkok. I only started cooking there, with D’s encouragement and we now take turns to cook.

My mum cooked us meal after meal year after year after year … far more meals than I’ve ever cooked for her. I told myself to repay her efforts by cooking her (more) meals.

I managed to do so tonight. Yay! I cooked tonight, despite her protest that she has not cooked me dinner for a long time. 

In Bangkok, I have the option of using either fish sauce or light soy sauce, a ‘marriage’ of Thai ingredient and Chinese ingredient! Fish sauce is used in Thai cooking, like light soy sauce in Chinese cooking. 

Thai cooking relies on fish sauce heavily. Our bottle of fish sauce definitely finishes faster! I am already used to fish sauce’s taste from my short stint in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. In fact, I missed fish sauce soo much after I left Vietnam, so pretty happy with the ‘salty-licious reunion’.

But back home in KL, light soy sauce is my only option, being the most essential ingredient in Chinese cooking. Sometimes, we also add dark soy sauce to add colour and flavour. So, that simplifies cooking for me.  

We had three dishes and one soup (三菜一汤), a typical portion of a Chinese meal. 

Dark soy sauce used for pork, see darker colour vs. the vege dishes

#EatLikeALocal: Midnight ‘Mamak’ Supper, That’s What Malaysians Do

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12.10am, and I got invited to supper by my younger brother and his wife. No, I don’t usually eat supper. But since I am home and did not manage to catch up with them on my last trip, why not?  

Let’s go the mamak (stall) …. food is cheap, and you can even walk in with your pyjamas (I changed to t-shirt and short lah).

 

Source: Wikipedia

  

Line of cars …

  

Packed with supper crowd


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#EatLikeALocal: Chinese and Their ‘Fishy’ Meal

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I just had a Chinese dinner with my mum, brother and an uncle who is staying over for few nights after his eye cataract surgery. 

My brother drove us to Restaurant Ah Soon, at Desa Aman, Sungai Buloh. A neighbourhood that I never know of its existence until today. This restaurant is famous for its chinese-style steamed fish.

 

   
Chinese people in general love to eat “steamed whole fish”, with bones, head and tail. The ‘real’ Chinese-fish-expert eats the fish head, sucking out all the juices and meat from the nooks and cranny, including the eyeballs. I personally think that eating fish eyes is absolutely disgusting. 

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#EatLikeALocal: A date with Queen of Bee

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Queen of Bee (Photo credit: Her Majesty The Queen herself)


I am back in KL after spending a month in Bangkok. Since it was just a short time away, I don’t have my usual local food cravings.

Had a last-minute lunch date with Queen of Bee today. I took this opportunity to introduce some of my favourite food joints at Damansara Uptown (also known as Damansara Utama): Fat Spoon and Swich Cafe.

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#EatLikeALocal: Thai People Love Their Japanese Food

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This blog is not meant to be a foodie blog. The food-related post is meant to clear the general misconceptions that Thailand is about tomyum, pad thai or whatever that you read on a travel guidebook. If you are a frequent traveler here, do try other local favourites. And if you are a foreigner living in the kingdom, I hope the #EatLikeALocal series help you to venture away from farang (foreigner) restaurants, to local neighbourhood food joints.

Most local food blogs are in Thai, so I thought perhaps there is lack of information in English for foreigners. 

One thing for sure, cleanliness in these local neighbourhood food joints are not up to standard. Some fare better than the others. It might not give you food poisoning, but eat at your own risk lah.

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