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  • Bunk In At KL's Most Chic Hostels For As Low As $13!

    Kuala Lumpur is known to be one of the most visited city for backpackers. It is pretty easy and cheap to roam around the city of KL which makes it safe and affordable for a first solo trip. It is rich in culture, history, and there is a whole array of religious sites you can visit. KL has so much to offer! There are plenty of hostels available in KL, but not all of them are worth a stay. If you are doing a solo or getaway trip with your friends, you will need a place to impress. Cheap but stylish hostels? We definitely got you! If you are planning to backpack to KL but have not really decided where to stay, we have gathered..... drum roll via GIPHY 5 MOST CHIC HOSTELS TO BUNK IN KL for as low as S$13! 1. Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh | Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling Bunk & Bilik is a contemporary designed hostel located in both Jalan Ipoh and Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. This hostel accommodates bunk beds and private rooms (bilik in Bahasa Melayu). So, you can choose your room based on your budget or your privacy needs. Talking about price, Bunk & Bilik’s shared bunk bedroom type is priced at only SGD 14. Seriously, don’t believe me? Check out their website for more information lahh! Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling If you're new to hostels, the bunk beds are located in a shared room. Every shared room comes with its own shared bathroom. The most important thing is, you do not have to worry about being in the same room with the opposite gender. In Bunk & Bilik, you can choose to book a bed in a mixed-gender room or a female-only room. Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling The Bunk & Bilik at Sri Petaling has a dark and industrial, minimalist look while the Bunk & Bilik at Jalan Ipoh has a bright, vibrant look to it. You can expect well-maintained amenities, cozy lounge areas as well as bits and pieces of the Malaysian culture at every corner of the hostels. Don't miss the chance to grab a sit at their dining tables to experience communal dining the Malaysian way! And did we mention? Refreshments are free to flow guys! Price per night: Starting from SGD 13Address: 646, Sultan Azlan Shah Street, Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 9, Radin Bagus Street, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram (Jalan Ipoh) | Instagram (Sri Petaling) 2. Mingle @ Chinatown | Mingle @ High Street  Does sleeping in a 100-year-old building sounds fun to you? Then this one is perfect for you! To start off, Mingle has two hostels located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, one in Chinatown and the other in High Street. Mingle hostels provide shared rooms with bunk beds as well as private rooms. Both located just 5 minutes away from LRT stations, these hostels makes it super simple to get around Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Mingle Chinatown Credit: Mingle High Street Let's talk about Mingle Hostel at Chinatown. This building has been around for about A CENTURY! Although it has been occupied for so long, it is safe to bunk into this hostel as they have been perfectly restored. The interior (and exterior) of Mingle @ Chinatown gets us all excited because it truly takes you back to the 1900s. Imagine peeling walls and wooden rattan lounge chairs. Credit: Mingle Chinatown Credit: Mingle Chinatown Moving on to Mingle @ High Street, it isn't that different. However, Mingle @ High Street takes you to colonial times. The High Street hostel is a lot brighter as compared to the one in Chinatown. Somehow it gives off the olden days atas (high-end) vibe. To top it all off, Mingle @ High Street is also the first ever hostel in KL to have their very own swimming pool within the hostel. Credit: Mingle High Street Credit: Mingle High Street Price per night: Starting from SGD 20Address: 53, Sultan Street, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 22, Tun H S Lee Street, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. The Bed KLCC Credit: The Bed KLCC Strategically located in Kuala Lumpur's Golden triangle, The Bed KLCC is the best and cheapest place to stay if you are looking at staying in the city area. Though everything about this hostel is strategically designed to fit as many travelers, the brick walls and 'fireplace' still evokes some coziness within the hostel. This hostel is extremely close to major shopping malls such as Suria KLCC and the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Credit: The Bed KLCC Everything about this hostel is systematic, clean design and well-maintained. Built in 2017, this capsule hostel accommodates air-conditioned shared bunk beds and private rooms for single travelers. What we love most about this hostel is how there are weekly Friday movie nights for guests! Located just behind the building is a whole stretch of stalls serving local food. So if you're looking for some authentic Malaysia experience, grab a chair and dig into some Roti Canai for breakfast! Getting around KL gets even easier, knowing that there is a free GOKL shuttle bus stop right in front of the building. Price per night: Starting from S$18Address: VORTEX KLCC, 12, Sultan Ismail Street, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Paper Plane Hostel Credit: Paper Plane Hostel Located in the corner of Bukit Bintang, the Paper Plane Hostel is the best-rated hostel to stay in KL. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang, the Paper Plane Hostel is nestled in a calm and quiet environment. The building was once an old colonial house that was rebuilt into the hostel it is today. Credit: Paper Plane Hostel The walls of Paper Plane Hostel is carefully decorated with black decals that turn it into an artsy hostel. The Paper Plane Hostel a mix of double and triple bunk beds. If you're a solo traveler, you can also opt for a single bedroom. Once you step into the Paper Plane Hostel, you'll be greeted with a full glasshouse lobby. Did we mention that this hostel has its own rooftop garden? Oh yes, they do! Price per night: Starting from S$23Address: 15, Sin Chew Kee Street, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. BackHome KL Credit: BackHome Hostel Located in the bustling area of the financial and historical district in KL, BackHome is an interesting boutique hostel to stay. Restored from 6 colonial shop houses, BackHome offers you a spacious contemporary designed place to stay. Credit: BackHome Hostel Double and gender-based dorm rooms are accommodated in this hostel. There is a large light-field courtyard in the middle where you can hang around, meeting new people or have a good conversation with your friends. Credit: BackHome Hostel Very much well-designed as it has been awarded by Malaysian Architecture Association’s PAM Award for “Best Adaptive Re-use”, this place guarantees you the best backpacking experience you could ever get. Delivering to its name, BackHome motto is to make sure that you should receive home comforts while staying here. Price per night: Starting from S$15Address: 30, Tun H S Lee Street, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Discover KL In 3 Days Like A True Local With Fatin Days! Only The Best Places to Visit and Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur is unlike anywhere else in the world. It is a city where the three main ethnicities Malay, Chinese and Indian people proudly call home. A city where you can find mixed blood everywhere, everyone speaks more than three dialects and even make up our own slang by combining different words from other dialects together. And the local cuisine is a mouth-watering blend of all three cultures, Malaysia Truly Asia! Kuala Lumpur (KL) will completely exceed your expectations. Explore the multicultural city with different languages, cultures, religions, traditions and food mixed together and cohabitate peacefully, seamlessly and really create a diverse culture. Be fascinated by how in one place you can see plenty of mosques, you will also see South Indian Hindu Temples, Chinese temples and Catholic churches in the city that makes it one of the impressive multicultural cities on the planet. Whether you only have a few hours, or trying to explore Kuala Lumpur in 3 days, you can build an awesome itinerary and check out all the top things to do. Here’s everything you need to know for the best places to visit and eat in KL! DAY 1 In Kuala Lumpur: Start at the iconic landmark of KLCC #1 Admire Petronas Twin Towers You can’t visit KL without checking out the iconic Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC). Majestic by day and sparkling at night, Petronas Twin Towers is jaw-droppingly impressive. Soaring at a height of 451.9 meters, the 88-storey twin structure holds records such as the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remains the tallest twin towers in the world. If you are not up for reaching the top, you should at least see it from the ground. #2 See KL from Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) & Observation Deck at Level 86 For a perfect view of the KL city, come to the Skybridge and look from the tallest twin towers in the world. The tour will begin with interactive displays that showcase the KLCC journey, from idea to completion. Going up to 170 meters, the futuristic elevator will bring you to the Skybridge, connecting structure between the two towers. Ascend to the observation deck at level 86 in a high speed elevator. From the observation deck, the view of the city is really breathtaking. #3 Stroll the KLCC Park Located at the foot of the giant Petronas Towers, it is the place where you can relax by the lakeside pond, green lawns and admire the city’s skyline. Known as KL’s most popular park, the 50-acre (20-hectare) park is the city’s popular recreation destination for both locals and tourist. A perfect place for families as KLCC Park is child friendly with a well-equipped playground and large children’s pool which is perfect for cooling off on a hot day that will keep them busy while you relax. #4 Watch the KLCC Fountain Lake Light Show Get some selfies in front of KL’s beautiful fountains. The spectacular dancing water fountain is one of the main highlight of KLCC. Plan to visit these striking fountains at least twice to get the day time and night time view. Certainly the KLCC fountain show will be more magnificent and impressive at night when you can watch both towers are lit with lights and the water fountain in KLCC Park lights up in different colours and dances to the tones of the music. The KLCC fountain light show times are every night at 20:00, 21:00 and 21:45. Watch it as many times as you want. #5 Explore Aquaria KLCC Located within walking distance from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, it is home to over 150 species of marine life. 3 main highlights in Aquaria KLCC are the Oceanarium, live feeding session show and the interactive area known as Touch Pool. Marvel the sea creatures swimming around in one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia! Where to Eat in KLCC & Bukit Bintang? Lunch at Madam Kwan’s in KLCC for Malaysian Cuisine  Eat Dry Fried Sang Har Egg Noodles at Grandmama’s in Pavilion for Malaysian Cuisine Dinner at Umai-Ya in KLCC for Japanese Cuisine  Dinner at Isabel Restaurant and Bar in Bukit Bintang for Malaysian Cuisine #DAY 2 In Kuala Lumpur: Uncover KL’s Monumental Buildings #6 Visit the Old Colonial Center & Merdeka Square Area It was a love at first sight when you hit the Big Ben of Malaysia. The name of the orange building is Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, an Old Colonial Center. Right across the Malaysia’s Big Ben is the actual Merdeka Square. The famous Merdeka Square area is a charming district line with British old colonial buildings. Merdeka Square or Independence Square is an important landmark location in Kuala Lumpur. This is where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time on the 31st August 1957. From that moment, the Malaysian flag proudly flies here on one of the tallest flagpoles in the world at a height of 95 meters. #7 Visit Masjid Wilayah or Federal Mosque You don’t need to know any Muslim to visit the mosques. Non-Muslim visitors are welcome to visit the mosque with free tours from 10am to 6pm daily, except on Friday 12pm to 2.30pm. Come to Entrance B and there are volunteers excited to show you around mainly explaining about the architecture, Islamic teachings, Muslim way of life and to answer any questions you might have about the Islamic faith. The Majestic Wilayah Mosque is a blend of Turkish and Malay architectural styles, heavily influenced by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque can hold 17,000 people and the prayer room inside really beautiful. #8 Discover Thean Hou Temple This prominent temple is a huge and important Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. A massive six-tiered Chinese temple, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. The temple is a blend of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian elements can be seen from the temple’s traditional design featuring majestic pillars, spectacular roofs, carvings and embellishments. During Chinese New Year, tourists make their way to see the temple decked with festive lanterns and lights. #9 Explore Batu Caves Batu Caves is an important religious landmark by Hindus. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and it really does feel like you are stepping into Southern India. Don’t forget your hiking shoes to climb up the 272 steps to reach the main temple. Cathedral Cave is the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves which houses numerous Hindu shrines. The enormous standing guard at the front of Batu Caves is 42.7 meters tall statue of Lord Murugan. #10 Eat Best Durian in KL Spend some time to eat durian in KL. Durian will be cheaper if you visit Kuala Lumpur during the main durian season. If you can’t do that, these are the five places for all year round durian dining experience in Kuala Lumpur. Durian King, TTDIThis place is so popular among local. It is your neighborhood durian stall. Durian SS2  You can easily spot this durian stalls thanks to the multiple white tents by the roadside. Durianity, Puchong You can find cool durian-inspired dishes such as durian pizza, cheesy durian French fries and musang king durian ice cream on their menu. DurianBB Park, Imbi Serve durian platter, it’s a safe choice for beginners to durian and a perfect place for Instagrammers! City Durian Specialist, Jalan Alor Located at strategic location within Bukit Bintang, a place to hang out for locals and tourists. Where to Eat in Petaling Jaya? Eat Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, Ipoh Hor Fun Soup and Assam Laksa at Village Park  Lunch at Sambal Hijau TTDI for Malay Cuisine  Lunch at Crab Factory for Asian-Western Fusion Cuisine Dinner at Fatty Crab for Chinese Cuisine  Dinner at South Sea Seafood for Chinese Cuisine #DAY 3 In Kuala Lumpur: Pamper Yourself #11 Take Yoga / Pilates Class in KL Picture Credit: Hot Yo Studio Facebook Whether you are a yogi or trying yoga or Pilates for the first time, KL has one of the best yoga or Pilates class for everyone. Most of the yoga studios run by dedicated and professional have English speaking instructors. If you are shy, you can take ladies only class by Siu Lim. Currently she is an instructor at Urban Spring Pilates at Bangsar and Hot Yo Studio at Desa Sri Hartamas. #12 Relax at Massage Spa in KL If you love massage or spa as much as I do, deep tissue massage at Urban Retreat Spa is a must! Urban Retreat Spa has also been awarded 2018 Certificate of Excellence! I also had an amazing Moroccan Massage at Hammam Spa. Hammam Spa is one of the first Moroccan Spa in South East Asia! Every time I fly to Thailand, I never miss to have a massage session in Bangkok or Phuket. The good news is KL now has many selections of Thai massage places such as at HealthLand and at Thai Odyssey. #13 Get your Caffeine Fix at Coffee Shops Don’t be shocked by the amount of coffee shops in KL. Depending on where you are staying, there are some great options all over the city. I really treasure my casual coffee session in Bangsar. There’s PULP by Papa Palheta and APW Bangsar to name a few. However, it gets quite crowded during the weekends and a visit during weekdays is much more pleasant. #14 Shop at Pavilion Picture Credit: The Duck Group Facebook Finally, end your trip to do some shopping at Pavilion. I have a love hate relationship with Pavilion, particularly when the traffic gets crazy. It is walkable from KLCC or you can take a short Grab ride to get here. Go shopping at dUCk store, our popular home grown brand and choose dUCk KL Collection with KL city skyline on the scarf and on the tote bags for the perfect souvenir. Where to Eat in Bangsar? Lunch at Sri Nirwana Banana Leaf for Indian Cuisine Dinner at Pince & Pints for Asian-Western Fusion Cuisine Make sure to check out my recommended eating places and it could be your favourite eating place too! ...

  • Muslim Guide: Travel Hong Kong With Ease In This 21st Century

    Hong Kong is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, with wonderful attractions and intriguing historical places that are worth exploring to satisfy the traveler in you. But what about Muslim-friendly travel to Hong Kong? A question that Muslim travelers have on their mind when it comes to finding Halal food and prayer places during their stay. But don’t postpone your trip just yet! Hong Kong has become more Muslim friendly in the recent years with a significant increase in excellent Halal food places to satiate your appetite. Additionally, most mosques in Hong Kong and prayer places are conveniently located in active areas of the city. Find Halal Restaurants in Hong Kong 13 Best Halal Food Places near you in Hong Kong Finding Halal Food Places in Hong Kong There is no doubt that food is a great reason to travel to Hong Kong and the local flavours are something that you simply must experience during your travels. However, pork and pork lard are usually used in food preparation and are a big part of the cuisine. Alternatively, you can go vegan or vegetarian while traveling to Hong Kong or stick to seafood as well. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to find out if non-Halal products will be part of the meal you ordered. While you might need to go the extra mile to locate Halal restaurants, you will still find some amazing places that serve up some delicious Halal food. The best thing about Hong Kong is that there is a variety when it comes to cuisines, so do check the international spot as well. Halal Food Spots In Hong Kong To Check Out Hong Kong is best known for unique dishes with great flavor that you might not find anywhere else. Wondering where you can find Halal food restaurants near you in Hong Kong? While finding Halal friendly options can be a bit of a task, Muslim travelers will soon realise that there are more options for Halal food or vegetarian options that you really can’t go wrong with. Check out some of the popular spots to get a taste of the local delights! Wai Kee Duck Rice Picture Credit: Justin Larissa, www.justinlarissa.com Just as the name suggests, this popular restaurant is best known for their traditional, delicious duck and rice and their lamb curry. Not only is the food Halal, this spot remains a favourite among locals as well, and you can enjoy some excellent food in a casual setting. Cuisine: Asian, ChineseAddress: Shop 5, Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre, 1/F, Bowrington Road Market, 21 Bowrington Road, Wan ChaiOpening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pmPrice/Price Range: HKD 38 – HKD 50Reservation: -Contact: +852 2574 1131   Islamic Centre Canteen The canteen can be found in the Ammar Mosque and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, so you can easily drop by after prayers. The Islamic Centre Canteen is another gem where you can taste some excellent dim sum or sample traditional Cantonese dishes. No worries here on whether the food is Halal. Every meal here is worth your money! You might even want to pack some in your bag before you continue with your journey. Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Dim SumAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar And Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan ChaiOpening Hours: 10:00am to 3:00pm (for dim sum), 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Cantonese menu)Price/Price Range: HKD 25 – HKD 40Reservation: -Contact: +852 2834 8211Website: www.iuhk.org   Ma's Restaurant A simple, casual spot to enjoy some excellent food, Ma’s restaurant is especially well-known for their veal goulash patties, lamb rolls, and meat curries. Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, XinjiangAddress: 21 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11:30 am to 11:00 pmPrice/Price Range: HKD 50 – HKD 60Reservation: -Contact: +852 2787 6108   Prayer Places in Hong Kong Even though there are limited prayer spaces in public areas, Muslim travelers will be able to conveniently find mosques in Hong Kong near most of the main areas. As Hong Kong has become more Muslim-friendly combined with a growing Muslim population, it won’t be too hard to find prayer facilities. You can visit the following mosques or prayer spaces while you are on a visit to Hong Kong. Jamia Mosque Picture Credit: zolimacitymag.com, Christopher DeWolf The Jamia Mosque is the oldest mosque in Hong Kong and stands out with its unique architecture among the more modern buildings, and you really can’t miss it. Also known as the Lascar Temple, this mosque was first opened in 1890 and can be reached easily from popular spots such as the Hong Kong Park, the Cenotaph, and Lion’s Pavilion. Address: 30 Shelley Street, Central, Hong KongOpening Hours: -Contact: +852 2523 7743Website: www.islamictrusthk.org   Ammar Mosque and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre The Ammar Mosque is part of the Islamic Centre and has two separate prayer halls for men and women, while there is an ablution area located in the first floor. Address: 40 Oi Kwan Road, Morrison Hill, Hong KongOpening Hours: -Contact: +852 2575 2218Website: www.islamictrusthk.org   Mezquita Kowloon Picture Credit: sky100.com.hk You cannot miss this impressive mosque in Kowloon that is located right next to Kowloon Park, where you can visit after you go sight-seeing. Address: 105 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongOpening Hours: -Contact: +852 2724 0095Website: www.islamictrusthk.org Disneyland and Ocean Park If you are visiting some of the popular theme parks, you will be able to find convenient prayer places in Hong Kong especially in places such as Ocean Park and Disneyland Hong Kong. Disneyland Hong Kong Here, you'll be able to find Halal-certified meals at the Tahitian Terrace and the Explorer's Club Restaurant. While the meals at these restaurants may be costly, you might want to try the Halal-certified sides at the Main Street Market U.S.A. Muslim travelers will find a prayer room with a shared ablution area at Hong Kong Disneyland next to the Explorer’s Club Restaurant. Ocean Park Picture Credit: www.oceanpark.com.hk At Ocean Park, no need to worry about finding Halal-certified food because there are two restaurants that offer Halal food. The Club Panda serves savoury asian delights such as dim sum and barbecued dishes. Try their Halal Hainan Chicken Rice to fuel up after a long day! You can also find Halal food at Dive Into A Float at the Marine World.  Finally, there are prayer rooms with the marked Qibla direction in Ocean Park at the Guest Relations office as well.   Halal Food at Hong Kong International Airport Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits Picture Credit: www.eater.com If you are feeling a little hungry and still have some cash to spare, head down to Popeyes at the Terminal 1, Departure Level before boarding your flight back home! Address: Level 7, Departures Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport Restricted Area [Food Court after Departures (South)]Opening Hours: 6.30AM to 11.30PM (Everyday)Contact: +852 3171 1982 Old Town White Coffee Picture Credit: appetti.com Or if you really miss some good old Malaysian food, pop by Old Town White Coffee at the Terminal 1, Departure Level (L6). This outlet is the brand's first outlet in Hong Kong. Don't miss trying pout their Old Town Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun! Address: Level 6, Departure Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport Restricted Area (Food Court near gate 40-80)Opening Hours: 7AM to 9PM (Everyday)Contact: +852 2261 0750 You will be pleased to know that you can find non-denominational prayer rooms at the Hong Kong International Airport. There is an ablution area too, while the Qibla directions are marked in the rooms. In conclusion, Muslim-friendly travel to Hong Kong is possible when you know where to find what you need – so start planning your trip soon! List of Halal Certified Food Places in Hong Kong Shopping in Hong Kong - The Ultimate Guide for Muslims...

  • Top 10 Ramadan Buffets for your Makan Feast in Singapore

    Once a year, the blessed month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims through the act of fasting from dawn to sunset. Iftar, or breaking fast begins with a couple of dates and water as per the sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). The act of having Iftar with friends and family is an affair to celebrate the communal spirit of Ramadan, sharing food together and spending time together. This year, we went down to try out some of the Ramadan buffets to give you the 10 Best Ramadan Buffets in Singapore. Spend this Ramadan with your family and friends at the ideal Ramadan Buffet that suits your own personal style! 1. Azur at Crowne Plaza Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Ribs: Never thought the traditional Malay cuisine could go perfectly with the all-raved about short ribs! Whole Salmon with Laksa Gravy: To us, this was The Star of the Night! It was so packed with fat and the smooth Laksa gravy goes perfectly well with the tender salmon. Sushi Time!: We thought Azur would focus on Malay and Western cuisines this year. Well, we thought wrong. If you are a Sushi lover like us, Azur definitely got you covered! Dessert Station: The cheesecakes, the puddings, the ice creams, Azur has everything. If you think you're already filled to the brim with the main dishes and thinking about skipping dessert, think twice! The desserts at Azur are so light you'll never get jelak (bored) of it! Azur is back once again this year with its Sedap-licious Ramadan buffet. The delectable spread includes seafood delights, and traditional cuisine with a Western twist such as the Lamb Slab Biryani, Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Rib, and Salmon with Laksa Gravy. If you love dessert, don’t leave before sampling the artisanal dessert inspired by local flavours - Teh Tarik Tiramisu, Chendol Panna Cotta, Durian Pengat or maybe even try out their Chilli Crab Ice Cream! With easy access on the second level of Terminal 3, this buffet is perfect for families that enjoy spending time at the Changi Airport. Azur will definitely not disappoint you with its wide spread of delicacies. Come in a group of 10 and claim the Ramadan special of 30%. Also, if you are a Gourmet Collection member or a Maybank credit card holder, enjoy a 25% discount! Address: 75, Airport Boulevard, #01-01, Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 2, Singapore 819664 Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: $68++ per adult | $34++ per child Opening Hours: 6pm to 10pm Contact: +65-6823-5354, Whatsapp: +65-9336-3125 or email azur.cpca@ihg.com Website: www.changiairport.crowneplaza.com Prayer Room: A dedicated prayer room with prayer rugs is available. 2. Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel, Farrer Park  Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/bluejasmine.sg/ We are absolutely in love with the ambience of Blue Jasmine! This traditional restaurant is beautiful inside and out! Panna Cotta: This is our ultimate favourite! We had 3 servings! The Coconut flavour is thick and the cranberries on top are simply a burst of fresh flavour! Roasted Duck and Steak: The perfectly glazed roasted duck makes all the calories worth it! Beef Noodles: The beef is absolutely tender and the glass noodles tie everything together perfectly! Kueh!: Blue Jasmine is the Queen of Traditional Desserts! Everything is so packed with flavour and they are all served in cute cups! We also LOVE the Ondeh-Ondeh, especially when the Gula Melaka oozes out. Mango & Blue Jasmine Sticky Rice: The iconic Mango Sticky Rice is an absolute MUST TRY! If you are a mango lover, never leave Blue Jasmine without giving this a shot! Take your time and dine at this casual-chic Thai restaurant, Blue Jasmine. Either choose to dine indoor to admire the award-winning design, or alfresco seating, overlooking the breathtaking skyline. The weekly rotating Thai and regional flavours menu of BBQ Seafood Night with a variety of grilled seafood, Pineapple and Crabmeat Fried Rice, Lobster Kao Soi – Northern Thai curry noodle. They also have the Thai Curry Night, highlighting the Singapore Style Crab Meat Laksa and curry station of Beef Rendang, Batang Fish Curry and Lamb Shank Assam Pedas. Meat lovers would love the Grill & Roast Night, serving Premium Duck, Lamb, Ribeye and Thai satay. Indulge in traditional Thai dishes on Herbs & Spices Night, highlighting the Tom Kar Gai, Deep Fried Seabass with Lemongrass and Peanut.  Your evening will not complete without savouring the iconic Durian Sticky Rice and Thai Coconut Ice-cream. Our personal favourite is the Panna Cotta dessert topped with cranberries and their mouth-watering Ondeh-Ondeh! Blue Jasmine is the ideal hang out place with your friends as you soak in the beautiful and chill ambience. Bonus! Enjoy a 20% discount when you quote 'HalalTrip'! Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Singapore 217564 Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 13th June 2018 Price: $58++ per person Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 10pm Contact: +65 6824 8851 Website: www.parkhotelgroup.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 14. Very close to Angullia mosque. 3. Iftar Buffet at Hilton Singapore  Hilton's Iftar Buffet is all about dining with a view. Can you spot the iconic Ramly Burger? The chefs would personally whip up the Ramly Burger just for you! Missing the old Bazaar Vibe? Hilton brings you back to the olden days where drinks scooped up from a whole big bucket! Seafood: If you are a fan of fresh raw seafood, Hilton got you covered with handpicked mussels, oysters and of course many more! Moroccan Food: The Hilton Iftar Buffet is one of the few buffets in Singapore that serves authentic Moroccan food. Don't forget to give this a try! The Iftar Buffet is filled with chefs that will serve you their gourmet dishes right before your eyes! Prayer Room Break your Ramadan fast overlooking the stunning sunset at Hilton’s rooftop newly renovated space in its pop-up restaurant to savour over 90 dishes and 6 live stations (including the crowd puller Ramly Burger) at the heart of Orchard Road. From old time local classic, Bubur Lambok and Ayam Masak Merah, to newly introduced dishes such as the Kerabu and Grilled Otah, you will appreciate this hotel’s team of chefs who have combined their expertise and treasured family recipes. The International spread also features Indian dishes (kurma, aloo gobi), Moroccan cuisines (various tagine), Japanese (various sushi) and Chinese (dim sum). Round out the evening with an assortment of dessert such as must have Hilton popular cheesecake or opt for soothing Pengat Pisang. Come in a group of 6 to 15 and save 20%! The Pop-up Ramadan Buffet is Halal-certified by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS). Address: 581, Orchard Road, Hilton Singapore, Level 24 (Panorama Venue), Singapore 238883 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Mon -Thu: $68++ per adult | $34++ per child           Fri - Sun: $78++ per adult | $39++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Contact: +65 6737 2233 or email sinhi.f&b@hilton.com Website: www3.hilton.com Prayer Room: Prayer rooms available on the Left side of Level 6, Al Falah is the closest mosque. 4. Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel  This Indonesian restaurant not only located opposite Singapore’s largest shopping mall, Vivocity – it prides itself on serving herbs from their own garden. Highlights of the Ramadan buffet line are Lemak Gudeg (young jackfruit in spicy coconut broth), Ayam Woku Belanga, (Manado styled chicken - the cuisine of North Sulawesi Indonesia), and Bebek Cabai Ijo (braised duck in green chilli sauce). The live stations from Sunday to Thursday showcase Laksa Asam and Roti John. Look out for BBQ live stations if you visit on Friday and Saturday for marinated squid, fresh tiger prawn, and assorted satay. Be tempted over a variety of dessert such as mung beans porridge or simply enjoy a healthy selection of tropical fruits. You can also drop by for Suhoor – thanks to its early Ramadan morning hours. We also love the set Iftar takeaway option (Lemak Gudeg, Ayam Woku Belanga, Pedas Kakap, Rawon Sapi, rice and mixed fruit platter) at $80 nett for 4 people and $40 nett for 2 – subject to an order by 2.30PM on the same day. We think that Rumah Rasa is the perfect place to dine at if you are looking forward to a staycation at Bay Hotel during the month of Ramadan! Address: 50, Telok Blangah Road, Level 1, Singapore 098828 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Sun -Thu: $35++ per adult | $20++ per child           Fri - Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: $42++ per adult | $25++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30PM to 9.30PM. Breakfast Buffet from 4:45am. Contact: +65 6818 6681 or email dining@bayhotelsingapore.com Website: www.bayhotelsingapore.com Prayer Room: Very close to Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim mosque. 5. Straits Cafe at Hotel Rendezvous Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/StraitsCafeSG Straits Café invites Muslims customers to its first Iftar Ramadan buffet situated within Hotel Rendezvous in the most artistic district in Singapore. With few accolades under the belt such as The Asian Food Award’s Excellent Service Award and SPRING Singapore’s Excellent Service Award, this establishment is the newly Halal certified restaurant where you can try various cuisines from around the Straits such as Ipoh Chicken Rice, Curry Fish Cheek, Penang Fried Carrot Cake, Durian Pengat and Durian Crepe – available on rotational basis. Especially for this Ramadan buffet, you can enjoy Gado Gado (salad mix made up of fried tempeh, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts - served in peanut sauce), Chicken Tikka Pitta Pockets (tender and tangy chicken in flatbread) and Ayam Percik (roasted chicken marinated in flavourful spices). For sweet tooth fan, you will not disappoint with Ondeh-Ondeh Cake, Bandung and Lychee Cake, Semolina Pudding, and Assorted Nonya Kueh. Check out the Dine 4 Pay 3 deal if you pay with Mastercard (from Monday to Thursday only). Address: 9, Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559 Buffet Period: 14 May 2018 to 15 June 2018 Price: Mon -Thu: $52++ per adult | $26++ per child Fri - Sun, Eve of and On Public Holidays: $60++ per adult | $30++ per child Opening Hours: 6:30pm to 10pm Contact: +65- 6708 7745 or email straitscafe@kitchenlanguage.com.sg Website: www.facebook.com/StraitsCafeSG/ Prayer Room: Separate prayer rooms for all female and male Muslim diners are available. Very close to Bencoolen mosque. 6. The Halia and The Villa at Singapore Botanic Garden The Halia Restaurant Picture Credit: thehalia.com The Villa  Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/thevillasbg/ For gastronomical Iftar in a tranquil setting this Ramadan, visit The Halia which nestled in Singapore Botanic Garden. Its International menu for Ramadan Buffet and Communal Feast are simply irresistible. For the buffet, some of the highlights are Shaved Wagyu Beef, Chilli Crab Spaghettini, Spiced Wagyu Beef Ragout, and Australian Grain-fed Beef Ribeye. Wash down well with The Halia Calamansi Quencher or the classic Bandung drink. Don’t rush to leave without sampling the sumptuous dessert, such as Lemon Botanics Meringue Tartlet and Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Ganache. As for the Communal Feast, savour delightful quality dishes such as Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Wagyu Masala Beef, Pan-fried Barramundi, and Roast Rangers Valley Wagyu. Finish off with Sticky Date Pudding and Die Die Must Have Chocolate. Depending on which gate you access from, it’s surely a wonderful pre and post-Iftar stroll (do check the website). Do note that the Ramadan buffet is held at The Villa while the Ramadan Communal Feast is held at The Halia Restaurant. Address: 1, Cluny Road, via Tyersall Avenue, Ginger Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 259569 Singapore Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Ramadan Buffet (The Villa) – Fri to Sun: $50++ (Adults) |$20++ (Children) Ramadan Communal Feast: $220++ for 4 people Opening Hours: 7:00pm - 10.00pm Contact: +65- 8444 1148 Website:  www.thehalia.com Prayer Room: A prayer room is available to use 7. Royal Plaza on Scotts (Carousel) Picture Credit: carouselbuffet.com.sg This sought after Carousel is a local favourite – voted the Best Buffet Restaurant in Singapore at AsiaOne People's Choice Awards for the 7th consecutive year and the only restaurant that received Hall of Fame award. The Ramadan buffet serves International fare including special highlights such as Turkish spread, Steamboat Corner, BBQ main courses (Mexican Barbeque Chicken, Moussaka, Oven Baked Beef Dumpling with Couscous and Yogurt Dip, Braised Lamb with Eggplant Puree), Shawarma Station, Catch Of The Day, and Tandoori Oven. Delight your evening with the sweetness of Turkish inspired desserts such as semolina cake, saffron rice cake, and pistachio puff. Various major credit card promotion available – do check website accordingly. The Suhoor menu is worth mentioning here if you fancy some local delights, Asian inspired menu and noodle live station. Do check out their special discounts for selected cardholders! Address: 25, Scotts Road, Level 1, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore 22822 Buffet Period: 17 May 2018 to 14 June 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $78++ per adult | $46++ per child Fri - Sat, and Eve of Public Holiday: $83++ per adult | $49++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30 - 9.30pm for Iftar, 4am to 5:30am for Suhoor Contact: +65 6589 7799, book online or email carousel@royalplaza.com.sg Website: www.carouselbuffet.com.sg Prayer Room: Prayer facilities are available at the hotel. Al Falah is the closest mosque 8. Days Hotel (21 on Rajah) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/21onRajah This modern restaurant is located in the heart of foodie haven, Balestier. For its Ramadan Special Iftar and Special Supper, 21 On Rajah offers Lauk Padang alongside the in-house fusion of Mediterranean and Asian signature dishes. Seafood lovers can relish on the seafood on ice. Feast on the old-time favourite Slow-Roasted New Zealand Beef Rib-Eye with Asian Spice-Rub, Ayam Bakar Berempah (Roasted Chicken), Slow-Baked Salted Salmon with Tamarind Glazed Sauce and more. You can’t be wrong dining at this comfortable and nicely decorated restaurant with fresh ambiance. Enjoy further discounts when you book in advance via their website! Address: 1, Jalan Rajah, 329133, Singapore Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Mon - Thur: $46++ per adult | $22.50++ per child           Fri - Sat (BBQ): $59++ per adult | $29.50++ per child           Fri – Sat (Supper): $39++ per adult | $19.50++ per child           Sun: $56++ per adult | $27.50++ per child Opening Hours: 6:30pm to 9:30pm for Iftar, 9:30pm to 11:30pm for Supper Contact: +65 6808 6847 or email 21@dayshotelsingapore.com Website: www.21onrajah.com Prayer Room: Closest mosque is Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau, but prayer rooms are available at the hotel too. 9. Fairmont Singapore (Asian Market Cafe) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/pg/Asian-Market-Cafe Fairmont Singapore has been awarded the 5-star Crescent Rating as a Halal-friendly hotel. Asian Market Café offers Halal-certified authentic pan-Asian cuisine. Choices of Medjool, Ajwa or Safawi dates are provided for breaking the fast. The delicious buffet features local favourites and contemporary regional delicacies (from the state of Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca) alongside Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian favourites. The Middle Eastern live station showcases Whole Lamb Quozi, Mediterranean Baked Whole Fish, and Turkish Roast Beef Brisket. Here you will discover a wide array of dishes to choose from old Asian corner (Hong Kong Chilli Crab, Thai Style Fried Seafood) to Modern Asian corner (Baked Seafood Biryani, Penang Style Sweet & Spicy Mutton). The final fitting of mouthwatering dessert proves to be hard to choose from Arabian delights of Umm Ali and Rose Scented Baklava to local specialities Fairmont signature’s Egg Tart and Durian Pudding. Address: 80, Bras Basah Road, Level 2, Singapore 189560 Buffet Period: 15th May 2018 to 1st July 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $73++ per adult | $37++ per child Fri - Sat (1st seating): $75++ per adult | $38++ per child Fri – Sat (2nd seating): $68++ per adult | $36++ per child Opening Hours: 6pm to 8.15pm. 2nd seating Friday and Saturday 8.30pm to 10.30pm Contact: +65 6431 6156 or email dining.singapore@fairmont.com Website:  www.fairmont.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 2, at the left side of the corridor passage outside of the Asian Market Café. Or a short walk to Bencoolen mosque. 10. Marina Mandarin (AquaMarine) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/marinamandarinsg Nestled in the heart of the city, Aquamarine celebrates the diversity of food from around the world. Book yourself for Ramadan Dinner buffet and stand a chance to win a trip to Bali or Belitung – thanks to the collaboration with Garuda Indonesia. Enjoy Iftar over delicious spread which includes dishes like succulent Kampung-style Slow Braised Leg of Lamb, tangy Oven-baked Fish with Assam Curry and mouth-watering Ayam Penyet. If you fancy succulent Middle Eastern Roasted Baby Lamb, drop by on Friday or Saturday – where you will enjoy the tender meat with mint yogurt, spicy tomato salsa, and chilli dip. Also, from 17th to 30th May 2018, every child aged 12 and below dines for free with every paying adult. Address: 6, Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, Singapore 039594 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $72++ per adult | $36++ per child           Fri – Sat, Eve of Public Holiday: $82++ per adult | $41++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30pm - 10.00pm Contact: +65 6845 1111 or email aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com Website:  www.meritushotels.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 4, just behind Aquamarine If you and your loved ones are looking for somewhere fancy to make your dining experience worth every penny, simply whip out this list and dine at one of these buffets that will suit your own personal preference! Make this Ramadan a memorable one as you strengthen the bond as a family over a feast....

  • 10 Things to Know Before your Trip to Malaysia

    Malaysia is a magical destination unlike any other. A melting pot of cultures and religions, the country is home to some architectural marvels, breathtaking natural landscapes, fantastic shopping venues, and its rich culture and cuisine, amongst a number of other things. It's also fast becoming a must-visit destination for Muslims across the globe due to its Muslim-friendliness, combined with all the exciting things it has to offer. via GIPHY From must-try dishes to the top sightseeing spots in the country, to things not to do in Malaysia, here’s our list of 9 things to keep in mind while traveling to Malaysia, for the most memorable trip of a lifetime! (Psst! You Need A Break! Check Out These 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!) 1. Eating Halal Will Be A Breeze Malaysia topped the Mastercard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index for the year 2019, which means that based on certain criteria, it was declared the most Muslim-friendly destination across the world! Although you will find a number of religions being practiced here - from Buddhism to Christianity to Islam, Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country. This means that Halal food can be found, no matter where you go! You best believe Malaysia is home to hundreds of cuisines with most of them Halal Certified. These restaurants range from the local street food stalls to independent restaurants and even fine-dining restaurants. When in Malaysia, you cannot miss trying out the nasi lemak with sambal, roti canai, satay, and kaya - a jam made from coconut milk, sugar, and eggs. Follow up your meal with other local specialities like a warm teh tarik or cold ais kacang, or a Milo Dinosaur! Be sure to hit the streets and sample a variety of snacks being sold off food carts, and pay a visit to the night markets for a culinary experience that will likely make Malaysia your favorite destination of all time! Street food in Malaysia is all Halal unless stated otherwise, so eat away! *If pork is being served at an outlet, you will see a banner or sign board stating this clearly. (TRY EVERYTHING! 5 Must-Try Spots In Kuala Lumpur For Malaysian Street Food) 2. Exploring Won’t Break The Bank via GIPHY Thanks to budget airlines like Air Asia and Malindo Air, exploring the country is not only easy but affordable too! These airlines offer a number of domestic flights to destinations across the nation, so you could be taking a selfie with the iconic Petronas Towers in the background in Kuala Lumpur one day, and then swimming in the turquoise waters of Langkawi the next! If flying is not your thing, you could even take an affordable train ride to destinations like Ipoh, or hop on a bus and head to Singapore! 3. You Won’t Get Lost In Translation via GIPHY Malaysia is very culturally and linguistically diverse. Home to Malays, Chinese, Indians, and expats, you will find that although Bahasa Malaysia is the country’s official language, English is widely spoken and understood in all major cities. If you’re, however, visiting towns that are slightly off the beaten track, you may have a bit of a language barrier issue, otherwise, you don’t have to worry about being misunderstood, or not understood at all! 4. Taxis Are Known To Be The Worst via GIPHY Here’s one thing not to do in Malaysia - hailing a regular taxi on the road unless you really have to, is a no-no. Shrewd Malaysian taxi drivers know exactly who to take advantage of. Just a whiff of you being a tourist, and they double or triple your fare! Although most cabs state that they are ‘metered’, once you’re in, most drivers won’t switch the meter on, or many will say they’re broken and will refuse to bargain. Avoid putting yourself in such a situation by instead, downloading a taxi booking app beforehand. Apps like Uber, MyCar and Grab are widely used in Malaysia and are very dependable, except during peak hours. If you find yourself at a mall with no cabs showing up on your app, your best bet to finding a taxi would be for you to head to the taxi generally found at most major malls. 5. Always Have Enough Cash Even though Malaysia is a developed country, not all stalls in Malaysia accept cashless payment. Be sure to always have cash ready in your wallet just in case cashless payments are not applicable. You would also want to prepare enough cash for the numerous night markets in this country! But don't worry! We're pretty sure you can still use your cards in the malls. 5. Malaysia Is All About Nature and Wildlife Nature and wildlife lovers are flocking to Malaysia, and we’re not surprised! The country is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on earth, and with lush-green rainforests found everywhere, Malaysia is absolutely beautiful! From the Taman Negara National Park and the Penang National Park to the Kinabalu Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Cameron Highlands, and the Kilim Geoforest Park, Malaysia offers so much flora and fauna to be discovered! 6. Shop to your Heart's Content without Hurting your Wallet Home to countless large shopping malls that feature stores by well-known brands, and markets selling bits and bobs and anything you can think of, Malaysia is a shopper’s paradise! Malaysia’s shopping scene is definitely on point. From clothes and shoes to electronics, souvenirs, and food items, you'll be able to find it all! If you’re on the lookout for the latest in luxury items, Kuala Lumpur’s Pavilion Mall and Suria KLCC are go-tos! Other malls like Berjaya Times Square, Sunway Pyramid and Mid Valley Mega Mall house a variety of stores, those that are high-end as well as more affordable ones. When in Malaysia it's also a must to explore as many markets as you can because you never know what you will find! You may need to bargain a bit here, but the gems you discover will be worth it. (Hey! We LOVE making your lives easy so here are the Top 5 Places To Shop In Kuala Lumpur) 7. There are World Heritage Sites to Discover Did you know that Malaysia is home to a number of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites? Here, we highly recommend paying the Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, the Lenggong Valley, and the historic cities of Malacca and George Town a visit! How cool would it be to go back home and tell your friends you visited a World Heritage Site? So cool! 8. You won’t miss your prayers If you’re wondering if you'll be able to find Mosques and prayer facilities in Malaysia, the answer is a big fat Y-E-S! No matter where you go, you will be able to find a mosque, or at the least a small prayer room (musollah) with all the facilities, you require to offer your prayers, including prayer garbs and an area for ablution. You can find them in the malls, R&Rs and many more! This means that you won't have to compromise at all on your religious beliefs while having fun! 9. Always be prepared for changes in the weather As with most tropical countries, the weather in Malaysia is mostly warm and humid throughout the year, with unexpected downpours even during the ‘dry season’. While it depends on where in Malaysia you are planning on visiting, it's always best to avoid planning hikes and other outdoor activities during the hot season, and carrying around a water bottle to stay hydrated at all times is an absolute must. The rainy season is generally between April and October, so if you are visiting Malaysia during this period, it's best to come prepared with an umbrella and some indoor plans too! So come on guys! If you haven't been to Malaysia, time to pack your bags and planning your itinerary! Have fun in Malaysia!...



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