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Pretty Good

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Profile image HalalTrip tried Beef Rendang at Restoran Garuda 3 years agoPhilippines

Pretty good Rendang here.

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Good Indonesian food here in Makati, Manila

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A decent place to try out a few Malay dishes at Killang Battery in Johor Bahru

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You know what you need right now? A break! - to Malaysia! :D

HalalTrip's Four Day Halal-Friendly Tour Package to Malaysia

Highlights include a city tour of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon and Snow World.

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    InShaaAllah :)

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Rejoice! A Halal Ramen Restaurant at the heart of Tokyo!!

Halal Ramen Restaurant at the Heart of Tokyo's Shibuya [Video]

Halal Ramen Honolu restaurant is a great place to experience authentic Halal Japanese cuisine during your visit to Japan.

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Nothing like a good Miso soup from your very own kitchen!!

Cook Halal Japanese Miso Soup with Inari-ku [Simple RECIPES]

Try out simple and easy Japanese recipes with Cook Halal! How to cook Miso Soup within few minutes? Check out now.

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Ramadan Kareem! Here is all you need to know for Ramadan 2017! Have a blessed one!

Ramadan Fasting Tips and Facts-Eid 2017 | HalalTrip

How to celebrate and stay productive throughout Ramazan? Here's your guide to the holy month. Explore what you need to know about Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Adha) and Ramadhan.

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  • Get Swensen's Earthquake In A Box For A Sweeter Ramadan

    You know what’s better than cake?    Cake AND ice cream.  via GIPHY Now that we are all safe at home, celebrating birthdays during this period of time may be a little different. On the bright side, we have multiple delivery services to have our food delivered at our doorstep. Thank you! We’re so happy to share with you that Swensen’s sundae ice cream, Earthquake In A Box and Jumbo Banana Split, is now available for takeaway at all 23 outlets and via delivery. A not so little twist to the Jumbo Banana Split is that this is the upsized version of the dine-in favorite.  The deliveries are now available on Deliveroo and from 23 April onwards, it will be available on Deliveroo, Grabfood and Foodpanda. Earthquake In A Box The Earthquake In A Box (S$25.47) comes with eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings. Customize your earthquake from an extensive selection of 24 ice cream flavors the classic Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Durian King, later additions like Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea and Dark Chocolate Truffle, and if you’re on a strict diet, you can opt for the low-sugar options! Spice up your ice cream with their eight toppings – hot fudge sauce, butterscotch sauce, strawberry sauce, pineapple sauce, blueberry sauce, marshmallow sauce, hot caramel sauce as well as cold fudge, along with almonds, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.   Chocoholic  Salted Gula Melaka  Coffee Fix  Sea Salt Caramel  Durian King  Sticky Chewy Chocolate  Chocolate Peanut Buttercup  Strawberry  Thin Mint  Tangy Lime Sherbet  Vanilla  Yammy Coconut  Macadamia Nut  Salted Butterscotch Crumble  Mango  Guilt-Free Chocolate  Cookies 'N' Cream  Guilt-Free Strawberry  Mocha Almond Fudge  Guilt-Free Vanilla  Nutty Hazel  Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea  Rocky Road  Dark Chocolate Truffle  Jumbo Banana Split Their upsized version of the hit Banana Split is also available for delivery. The Jumbo Banana Split (S$19.05) comes with three classic scoops of Strawberry, Chocoholic and Vanilla ice cream, sandwiched between fresh bananas, accompanied by a trio of gooey chocolate fudge, strawberry sauce, and pineapple sauce, and finally finished with chocolate sprinkles, almonds, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries on top. New to the ice cream team, Swensen’s has also introduced two brand new tasting flight sundaes, exclusively available for takeaway only at all outlets and delivery via Foodpanda and Grabfood from 1 April 2020! The Topless (S$17.98) is the way to go if you are not a fan of toppings.Take your pick and choose 15 sampling scoops of ice cream out of the 24 ice cream flavors. Just like its name, the limelight of this box is to mainly indulge on the ice cream so no toppings allowed! If you’re a chocolate lover, the Chocolate Fantasy (S$16.91) is your favorite thing on their menu. This creation sees three scoops each of five different types of Swensen’s chocolate ice cream flavours. The fifteen luxurious scoops of Chocoholic, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Rocky Road, Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Guilt-Free Chocolate ice cream are then finished with a separately packed side of almonds. Swensen’s has revealed an all new appearance for their famous pint tubs. There are seven popular flavours available for takeaways namely the Sticky Chewy Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Lower Sugar Chocolate, Mocha Almond Fudge, Rocky Road, Strawberry (S$11.80/ pint) and the Durian King (S$16.80/ pint). And the best news is from now till 30 April 2020, their two pints are going for S$19.80* (usual price S$23.60) exclusively via Grabfood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo!    *Additional $4 per pint for Durian King   So, get yourself the Swensen’s Earthquake In A Box and make staying home a little sweeter. Or! You might even want to order the box as a dessert treat this Ramadan with your family! May you have a blessed Ramadan Insya Allah!  ...

  • Muslim Convert Story: How I Found Islam

    Hi I'm Paula! I was originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I moved to California in 2011. Image by David Mark from Pixabay I first heard about Islam back in 2001. Brazil has a huge telenovelas culture, and right after 9/11 we had a very successful show called "O clone" (this show was sold all over the world, including countries with majority Muslim population). This TV show was about a Muslim girl living in Rio who got into an arranged marriage and was later sent to Morroco.During that time, many Brazilians felt suspicious towards Muslims due the recent terrorist attacks. For me, however, that TV Show opened doors of curiosity as it intrigued me to learn more about Islam. What fascinated me the most was the "old school" family values, the respect for the elders, the way they portrayed the obligations between a man and a woman, and how God was presented in every single episode; being part of the daily life of the Muslim characters.I was only 16 at that time and now, I can see how thirsty I was for God in my life, alongside family values and morals.As much as I enjoyed listening to the advice of the wise uncle from the show, the presentation of Muslim culture and the sound of the Arabic language being spoken, my knowledge of Islam was limited to virtual reality. It was not until 10 years later when I finally met a Muslim in real life. Photo by Konevi from PexelsBack in 2011, I visited Canada for a month and had a chance to meet Muslims and gain a deeper insight into Islam. All the brothers and sisters I encountered were polite towards me, happy to share their faith and proud of being who they were. Truly, that was the first time I met people who had so much love for God. I was raised Catholic, but was never a churchgoer. I have always believed in God, celebrated the holidays, prayed when I needed. It was more like a cultural thing. I knew the power of God and I underwent situations where I could clearly perceive His influence. I just didn't know how to get closer to Him. Confessing to a priest seemed like a very absurd thing to me - why I would tell my sins to another human being like me, and how do I know that God chose this priest to save me? The bible was also a big question mark in my head. How can I trust a book that was written many years after Jesus' resurrection, based on stories passed on from past generations? Image by stempow from Pixabay I became even more curious about Islam after my Canada trip. I came back home with the lights on in my head and turned more to God. I started to go to the church more, my faith increased and I was always asking for guidance. In 2013, however, while I was in USA, I found myself feeling so lost. I knew the only way to find happiness and feel grounded was to feed my soul somehow. The dunya just wasn't satisfying me and so, like a good Catholic person, I prayed. I asked for direction, for relief, for love, for more understanding. I decided to recluse myself - No parties, friends, toxic music and TV shows. I heard that Ramadan was just around the corner and so, I decided to fast. I watched various Islamic videos, educated myself on the 5 pillars of Islam and gained knowledge about Ramadan, Prophet Muhammad and Islam's history. Image by StockSnap from Pixabay I spent about 3 months on this process of getting to know Islam and one day I heard the Azan. That was my call. Felt like my heart was full and everything that happened in my life was to take me to that moment. My soul was lighter, my heart tranquil. My knowledge about Islam still wasn't very deep, but it was enough for me to go ahead and take Shahada. It was the most logical thing to do and I reassured my family that I wasn't erasing Christianity from my life, I was "just" adding one more Prophet and correcting a few details about the past. Image by Musthaq Nazeer from Pixabay Very soon after, I met someone in a Coffee Shop who started a conversation with me saying, "Huh Brazil?", as he pointed to the Brazilian flag on my wallet. Later, we discovered that we shared something in common: We were both Muslims! I understood right away that God wanted me to get to know him better. And I was right because the the coffee shop guy is now my husband and the father of my 3 children! Image by: @maenaoemommy on Instagram (This is Paula & her family!) Almost 6 years later, I underwent many ups and downs, I learned that not all Muslims are as sincere as those kids I first met in Canada. I learned about stereotypes, prejudice and that converts aren't always welcome, but none of this matters as I genuinely believe that I am on the right path and that one day I will make it to Jannah insya'Allah.I am still learning and improving myself everyday. Even though I wasn't born Muslim, I chose to be one, and that will always be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life - Alhamdullilah.  By: Paula P Serageldin  ...

  • Muslim Travel Etiquette: Halal Essentials To Pack In Your Luggage

    Throwback to last year when I had the opportunity to travel overseas with friends of different faith. We all had the same amount of baggage space but the moment our luggage were unzipped, some essentials were seemingly questionable in a good way.I have always thought that packing for travel is the same for everyone, but having to include halal essentials just makes the travel extra special. It was a conversation starter for some and an opportunity to share more about our beautiful religion, namely Islam.Therefore, I present to you a list of things that every Muslim should include in their luggage before traveling. Arranged in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to remember each and every one of them, may it benefit insyaAllah.   1) Beneficial Reads Credit: Myriam Zilles from PixabayOne of the things that we often overlook are the things to do during travel. Some travels are as quick as 45 minutes while some others may take up to 16 hours or more! Best is to have beneficial reads to accompany during the journey; it can be self-help books, general knowledge or even Islamic reads. The best times are those which are filled with efforts towards being a better person. It too is part of the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW, to be better than yesterday.   2) Cleansing Wet Wipes Credit: The Honest Company from UnsplashWipes are super convenient to cleanse most dirt especially for travels with outdoor adventures. With its light-weight properties as well as how it is manufactured into small packaging, this is definitely a must-have! Wipes too help cleanse the utilities especially when sharing accommodations with others. Point is, to keeping it clean in our own capacity as cleanliness is part of the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW. It is also a plus-point for parents traveling with babies, an essential to keeping the little ones clean.   3) Comfortable Coordinated Clothing Credit: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Deciding what to wear during a trip is the last on the list for most travelers because no time should be wasted amidst any trip. But it is inevitable that we want to still dress modestly even when we are in such on-the-go situations. Everyone feels the need to look good while staying comfortable and adhering to the guidelines of the religion. Now, coordinated clothing might just do the work. Pick a few complimentary shades of clothing for your trip. This way, no matter which clothing piece that you pick out of your luggage, it will still match and leave you with a presentable look in minutes.   4) Halal Snacks  Credit: Hari Panicker on UnsplashTraveling to huge countries may require domestic flights or even taking train rides from one city to another. And when that is the case, most times the options for convenient stores or stops for food are sparse. Thus, packing halal snacks in your travel luggage might just be the trick to fill the tummy until the next food place comes around. At the same time, you need not worry of looking for snack carts and go through the hassle of identifying those which are halal to consume or otherwise.   5) Mini Rice Cooker Credit: AmazonIf you do not know by now, rice cookers do wonders. From the basic of cooking rice to steaming food, boiling water, preparing a meal and most times it withstands the baking heat too. Thus, to have a mini rice cooker with you for your travel will definitely be a life saver. Especially for those who travel to countries with little halal food options, a trip to the grocer's and whipping up a simple meal every day is a solution to many hungry travelers. Knowing the simple omelette and rice recipe or any three-ingredient pasta dish should suffice.   6) Miswak Credit: AmazonTo have a miswak (also known as siwaak) and using it for teeth cleansing is part of the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW. It is a stick or twig used for such purposes. It is recorded in the book of Hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari, Aisha reported that Prophet Muhammad SAW said, "Siwaak cleanses the mouth and pleases the Lord". Mindfully practicing the acts of the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW will be the reason for a blessed travel.   7) Pitcher Credit: Amazon In times of emergency when nature calls, it is indeed a tricky situation. Upon cleansing yourself properly, if the accommodation does not provide any proper water pipe spray, having a pitcher along a trip is essential. Containers or travel jugs which have similar functions to pitchers should be fine too, so long as the water can be transported from one place to another.   8) Portable Charger Credit: Amazon Living in a modern era of advanced technology, there are so many things which are reachable at the tip of one's fingers. Although electronic devices are highly dependable, to have portable charges in hand is a must. This is such that we can access useful applications such as locating Qibla direction , checking of prayer times online, searching through the net for nearest praying spaces and halal restaurants. Especially when going out and about, instead of relying so much on charging ports, these devices can still be charged at any point and at any time during our travel.   9) Prayer Items Credit: AmazonAs much as we enjoy our time traveling, our prayers should still be at the top of our priority. And as with prayer, bringing along prayer items needs to be included too. Items such as our prayer garments to cover the aurah during prayer, a handy travel prayer mat to pray anytime anywhere and a non-alcoholic perfume to smell fresh and nice. Best if you can bring along a spare set of prayer items, in case your friends that are traveling with you might not have the necessary items in hand.   10) Spray Bottle Credit: AmazonAs much as the pitcher is of concern to help cleanse ourselves when water pipe sprays are absent, a small spray bottle is a need too. In cases where water is scarce or out of reach, the spray bottle will definitely be a life saver to perform ablution. This can come in handy when traveling from one city to another on a long bus ride, train ride or even when you are roaming around the country during your visit.   11) The Holy Quran Credit: Utsman Media on UnsplashAlongside all the other practical halal essentials, having The Holy Quran packed is a spiritual saviour indeed. It is to affirm the remembrance of Allah throughout any journey and to ensure that the voyage be a blessed one. It is most helpful, especially in times of difficulty, that the recitation of the words of Allah will surely bring ease to any worried heart. No trip is a smooth one at all times but peace is assured with The Holy Quran.   12) Wudhu-friendly Cosmetics Credit: AmazonWudhu-friendly cosmetics or some might be known as Halal Cosmetics, ranges from lipsticks to eye shadow palettes and even nail polish. This is most essential for our Muslim ladies in cases where praying-on-the-go is required. Such steps like make up removal might just be a bit too time consuming and uncomfortable. With wudhu-friendly cosmetics, both the application and the removal will be a breeze. The ladies need not worry anymore to find a suitable location to attend to such needs.   Time to take out your packing list and ensure that these halal essentials are packed nicely in your luggage. When that is done, off you go for your travel. Remember, every great travel is accompanied with a well-equipped luggage and a grounded intention for a blessed journey. Bismillah and bon voyage!...

  • 6 Hacks to Get The Best Out of Google Flights

    Have you ever wondered how people can travel so regularly? Air tickets can get really expensive sometimes. But you know what, there is always a way to land yourself on the plane, not cheap... but at a reasonable price. Today, you have your trusty Google Flights to filter only the best flight deals to your preferred destination. Besides being practical and fast, Google Flights has a variety of features that can help you to plan your travel at a price that fits your saving fund. So let's skip the talking a go straight to it!   1. Pick More Than One Destination If you're still thinking which destination to go to and budget is important to you, then you need to use this feature! Google Flights lets you choose more than one destination under one search session. For example, if you're wondering which is cheaper – Singapore to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Penang, you can now add two destinations as your arrival airport and Google Flights will then choose the best deals for you!    2. Use the Map View on Google Flights Similar to the map feature on hotel booking platforms, Google Flights gives you the ability to view the different air ticket costs as a whole on the map. This way you are able to compare destinations in a glance.   3. Read everything Google Flights has included the feature to notify you if the flight tickets shown are generally cheaper during your travel period. So keep a look out for these if you want to snag the best deals. Though, it also helps if you have flexible travel dates.   4. Your Travel Menu will provide information about upcoming trips and edit travel reservations offline. This feature called 'You Trips' helps you to review upcoming vacation schedules or what you have done, complete starting from booking tickets, hotels, and other schedules. All data collected is guaranteed safe, and Google claims only users can access all ordering data. However, users can still send order details to friends or family directly from the application.   5. Plan the Cost of The Trip You can also plan your trips according to your costs. The Google application will automatically provide an estimated price of the trip that matches the contents of the bag. In the Google application, just use voice search or type, for example, "Attractions in Lombok". Then select "Other popular places on Lombok Island", then there will be a row of options at the top that can be shifted and select "Plan a Trip". You can adjust options such as date of departure, length of stay, other details such as hotel class and transit information that can be changed according to holiday needs. After selecting the departure and return dates, you will see a list of "best flights" that show the best combination of comfort and price factors. If you are not ready to order a ticket, you can choose to monitor the price in order to receive notifications by email when the ticket price is expected to change or when the price has changed significantly.   6. Now, Google uses artificial intelligence technology that can detect if there is an aircraft delay. Powerful predictive technology AI (Artificial System) is being used in several applications. Starting from mobile messaging to smart diapers. And now AI is used to predict flight delays. Google Flights now presents a wealth of information on flight delays, including providing information on reasons for late travel, before the airline notifies delay information to prospective passengers. To find out, users only need to search for flight numbers or destination routes to find out information on flight delays from Google Flights. The machine learning system will use flight history status info to predict delays. This feature will also give a flag when there is at least 80 percent confidence that the prediction will come true. Google emphasizes that you must still come to the airport on time, but you will be better prepared when you get there.Overall, these are the 6 coolest features in Google Flights. Hopefully the article above can help you to make your trip. But to do this, you must first have a Google application or Google App that can be downloaded on the Play Store. Good luck!...

  • 6 Best Beaches to Visit in Krabi for Your Exciting Water Activities

    Krabi has recently gathered traction, being a better option for tourists who prefer a less crowded island. The easiest way to get to Krabi is by hopping on a flight that would take two to three hours from its neighbouring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. As a Muslim traveler, you won't have to worry about finding Halal food as there plenty stalls serving halal food cooked by local muslims. So let's move on and get you started!Upon arriving at the airport, you'll find rows of counters that offer transportation services such as buses, minivans and taxis. If you are opting for the taxi, be sure to book your ride at the airport rather than to flag one by the road. Generally, taxi drivers will refuse to use the meters and you will have to bargain the price before boarding.Krabi is embraced with two seasons, namely summer from November to April and the rainy season from May to October. Be sure to choose your travel dates wisely!   1. Ao Nang Beach Compared to Phuket, the beaches in Krabi are generally less busy. If you're looking for a peaceful and relaxed getaway, then Krabi is the best place to spend your holiday. A perfect getaway with beautiful views of the fishing village, fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and towering limestone hills with unique curves. This combination of beaches and limestone hills makes Krabi the ultimate destination for divers and rock climbers. You can expect exciting holiday activities such as snorkelling, chilling in the hot springs, or kayaking through the lush tropical forests. Don't miss the chance to explore the different islands while you're at it.  a) Masjid Ao Nang Al-Munawarah Credit: @Masjid Al-Munawarah on FacebookMasjid Ao Nang Al-Munawarah is the largest mosque in Ao Nang, catering to the large Thai Muslim Community. It is the main masjid in the area.Address: 420/14-15 4203, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailandb) Panan Krabi Resort Credit: @panankrabiresort.aonang on FacebookThis highly recommended place in Krabi is designed to provide guests with a clean and modern look. Staffs are very welcoming and friendly, even if you arrived early, the staff will encourage you to use the facilities while you wait for your room. Located just 600-700 meters from the Ao Nang Beach, you could simply walk to the beach.Just a little tip for you:  You might want to book a room that has a sea view  because the view is absolutely awesome!If you have rented a room at Panan, don’t worry about money exchange, Burger King, McDonald’s or Seven Eleven, they are right there; either beside or opposite the property.Address: 945 Ao-Nang, Mung, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180, ThailandKrabi Airport: 2 Mins awayPhuket International Airport: 36 Mins awayContact No.: +66 (0) 75 817 788Email: info@panankrabiresort.comWebsite | Facebook | Instagramc) Bombay Palace RestaurantCredit: @bombaypalacerestaurant on InstagramBombay Palace offers well priced Indian Cuisine, with some western meals as well. It is conveniently located in Ao Nang, and well priced.Address: Opposite Siam Commercial Bank 27/1 Aonang Beach Road Moo 2 Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, ThailandOpening Hours: 11AM to 11.30PM (Daily)Contact No.: +66 0 86 952 3829 | +66 0 80 551 4396 | +66 (0) 75 637 024Email: bombaypalace92@yahoo.comWebsite | Facebook   2. Railay Beach Railay Beach, which is no less popular, has a beautiful view with limestone hills along the coast, suitable for rock climbing activities. There are many rock climbing schools in this area that offer classes for beginners. The only what to get to Railay Beach is by a long tail boat. Equipped with several caves and lagoons, the beaches around the area look cleaner than the ones in Ao Nang or Nopparat Thara. Vehicles that can be used here are only bicycles and golf carts which are usually used as a means of transportation by highly-rated hotels.While you're there, don't forget to pop into the restaurants, second-hand bookstores, small kiosks, and shopping plaza.Part of the island hopping experience includes snorkelling by the beaches. It's not everyday that you get to witness the beauty within the Andaman sea. If you're into more fun, challenge yourself to scuba diving. Many operators provide services around Krabi, especially in the Ao Nang Beach area. Generally, the diving sites are around the Ao Nang Bay, King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point and Phi Phi Marine National Park area. If you love challenging yourself, you can also do cavern diving, in a cave in the Ko Ha Yai archipelago. a) Railay Bay Resort & Spa Credit: @railaybayresort on InstagramA good place to relax.You can rent a kayak from the hotel for 200 to 300 baht and explore the bay and see other beaches. It is a must to do. Also, you will have access to two swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Also, it is easy to arrange transfer to Krabi Airport. For about 1600 baht, you have a private transfer to airport by golf kart-boat and mini van.The food was good and you can enjoy the stunning view while eating at their main restaurant directly located by the beach. If you don’t want to eat at the hotel, you can walk 2 mins to a small street where there are plenty of small restaurants.Address: 145 Moo 2 Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi, 81180 ThailandKrabi Airport: 3 mins awayPhuket International Airport: 37 mins awayContact No.: +66 (0) 93 584 2643 | +66 (0) 75 819401 3Email: sales@krabi-railaybay.comWebsite | Facebook | Instagram b) Local Thai Food RestaurantCredit: Trip AdvisorAddress: Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, ThailandTel: +66 75 819 447 Located along the Railay walking street, Local Thai Food Restaurant serves an array of entrees and mains at great prices. We totally recommend the Penang Curry, Pad Thai and Spring Rolls.   3. Four Krabi's Island It is a popular tour in Krabi with 4 islands, there are Phranang Beach, Tup Island, Chicken Island and Poda Island. You can go from your hotel around 8 am and were immediately escorted to the pier, where you gathered with other tourists to get on the waiting speed boat. a) Phranang Beach Credit: @gulliverstrip on InstagramAt Phranang Beach you will be given time to relax and explore Princess Cave, which contains beautifully formed stalactites and stalagmites adorning the cave. The atmosphere is different from the surrounding beaches because there is a cave on the left side of the beach. The water is clear and the iconic is the food seller on board. You can also go to this beach by kayak from the Railey West beach. One of them is the very famous James Bond Island. If you are one of snorkeling addict, the sports activities in the area are around the next two islands, namely Tup Island and Chicken Island. b) Chicken IslandCredit: @sarah.muehlbacher on InstagramChicken Island or Koh Kai, where the name is obtained because on one of the cliffs there is a limestone shaped like a chicken head. This island, which did have a not too deep seabed and beautiful scenery with various kinds of coral reefs and colorful fish. It's amazing, it can take a dip and snorkel in the sea side by side with towering limestone hills. When the sea is receding, the white sand plain will connect to this island with two other islands around it, namely Koh Mor and Tup Island. c) Tup Island The island is unique and beautiful because we can walk to the island next to it if the sea water recedes, but if the tide eats this island apart. Walking to the next island at low tide is fun. Feel's like it's own. Lonely and Beautiful. One of the islands that you could visit by having a service with having a dinner, campfire and fire dance performances provided by tour organizers. Beautiful island clusters and sunsets and clear sea water. Clean environment and the unique wave will be mesmerized you.d) Ban Sainai Resort Credit: @bansainairesort_aonang on InstagramIt is a quiet resort, nice pool, very well equipped rooms. If you want to enjoy the great moment, especially with the good breakfast, nice landscaping, frequent shuttle to the beach, spacious cottage, amazing porch, awesome spa bath and/or good massage therapist. Limestone rock view from the pool, so you will be swimming with a full view of the high cliffs looking down at you. The shuttle was also very handy, but do try to walk to the beach too. It's nice to see some of the not so seen shops. Ban Sainai Resort Resort is the answer. Address: 550, Soi Aonang 11/1, Moo 2, Tambon Aonang, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180 ThailandKrabi Airport: 2 mins awayPhuket International Airport: 36 mins awayContact No.: +66(0) 75 819 333 | +66(0) 84 295 1112Email: info@bansainairesort.comWebsite | Facebookf) Gecko Cabane RestaurantCredit: @GeckoCabaneRestaurant on FacebookVisiting Krabi town, you need to rest in this Gecko Cabane Restaurant. It is a hidden away down a little side road but well worth seeking out, it's a classy little restaurant and the food is wonderful. This is a must visit in Krabi town with a lovely little place with a really cozy and also nice atmosphere. Attentive staff and their service are amazing, the waitresses are very friendly and served very well. The menu has a great selection, mainly Thai and good variety. A recommended food is steak, curry chicken burger, red and green chicken and also massaman curry, and Thai fusion. Restaurant Information: 1/36-37 Soi Ruam Jit Muang Krabi Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, ThailandOpening Hours: 11AM to 2.30PM, 5PM to 11PM (Daily)Contact No.: +66 81 958 5945   4. Koh Phi Phi Island Credit: @kohphiphiisland on InstagramThe Phi Phi Islands are located 43km from Krabi Province on the mainland. Koh Phi Phi is the combined name for small islands in Krabi Province, which is only 45 minutes away by speed boat from Krabi. Known as the 'jewel of the Andaman Sea', there are six islands in Mu Koh Phi Phi-Nopparathara National Park: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Bamboo Island, Pulau Yung, Bida Nok, and Bida Nai. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited, the rest is not developed and protected with the status of their National Park and is often visited every day by visitors from Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi Don. Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island that has a number of beaches, featuring a variety of accommodation options and outdoor activities. The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is between November and April when the weather is warmer and when the rain rarely falls. Snorkeling and diving sites abound around these islands, and the laid-back atmosphere of Tonsai village on Phi Phi Don make them a must-visit place for anyone visiting Phuket or Krabi. a) Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Credit: @HolidayInnResort.PhiPhiIsland on Facebook Choose A Beach Side Villa for having the pristine beach in front of the villa. The location and scenery, like everything in Phi Phi and the surrounding islands, are stunningly beautiful. The beach also is stunning, very clean and the water have a nice turquoise color. The turquoise colored sea is really like a swimming pool with warm water and a beautiful white sandy beach. The pools and beach were clean and they have ample sun loungers throughout the day. On the quiet side of the island, so it is very relaxed, in the evening it is almost too quiet and everything shuts down before midnight. A recommended place for honeymoon or couple. You can use the activity center to borrow snorkeling equipment and swimming out to the reef. Or venture out walking the tsunami evacuation route to the neighboring village for drinks and a massage, and caught the ferry to the mainland to walk to the viewpoint which has the views a breathtaking and worth the hike in the heat. Address: 123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach A. Muang Ao Nang, 81, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180, ThailandGetting there: Krabi Airport: 27 min                         Phuket Intl Airport: 39 minTel: +66 75 810888b) Efe Cuisine Restaurant Credit: @eferestaurant on FacebookThe only restaurant that serves Halal food in Koh Phi Phi Island. If you want good food and are not looking for a flashy atmosphere, do yourself a favor and eat here. EFE, the owner, itself is a very cozy little place with great staff and countries flags and money bills from almost all over the world under the table glasses. There is air con in the restaurant, but if you have an issue with it, there is also a couple of tables available outside. The owner and the waiter are friendly. All of the food is delicious, and at the end of the meal, the owner will give Turkish tea on the house. Especially to those who do not like spicy Thai food and they are looking for something in European style. Recommended food are Kebab, Kaboobs or lambs and eggplant, Baklava, and Turkish PizzaRestaurant Information: 125/22 Moo 7 Soi Babai | 125/22, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, ThailandTel.: +66 95 150 4434   5. Klong Muang Beach Credit: @sarah.muehlbacher on InstagramThe beach itself is clean and much less crowd than Ao Nang beach. You can just park the var in the woods next to the Klong Muang beach sign, very convenient. A nice beach with soft white sands and tropical blue sea. A good aspect with views to the islands and enticing clean, a beautiful shoreline, and clear water for a swim. It has a long beach and the location is not crowded, you can swim at the beach or just walk at the beach. It is a pretty safe beach with no monkeys and a lot of private spots. The Dusit Thani (the hotel above) is on this beach and it will be a great pick. The sunset not that amazing but it is very lovely, very calm. There are many restaurants along the beach and there are many beachfront hotels. Those who are looking for nightlife, this is not the place but those who want some relaxing and quiet moment, need some peace, soul-searching while soaking in the sun, this is the right beach. Recommended Hotel & Halal Hotel in Khlong Muang Beach: a) Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort Credit: @DusitKrabi on FacebookDusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort had a lanai with a beautiful view of grounds and great plantings. The grounds and garden are beautifully maintained and the walks past the lakes and water lilies are simply divine. Two infinity pools with poolside bars including one swim-up bar. The lunches by the pool are good and there are lots of shady sunbeds under the palms. On the right beach, which is raked every day and smooth, sandy, some fine white gravel. Many shells. Swimming zone was roped off with buoys and line to ensure no intrusion by boats. Water was a pleasant temperature and no jellyfish. The hotel staff was courteous and helpful. Rooms were in separate buildings and they did have “golf cart” shuttles to transport guests if desired around the resort. Lots of areas to sunbathe, pools, lawn area and the beach which was vast and clean. The main breakfast area - Mangosteens is a bit of a free for all though, too many people, not clearing tables quickly enough. Would recommend the Malati which is the overflow breakfast area - much more pleasant, quieter and you and can sit outside, relax and admire the views.Address: 155 Moo 2, Nong Thale, Krabi Town 81180Getting there: Krabi Airport: 4 min                        Phuket Intl Airport: 31 minTel: +66 75 628 000 b) Asama Halal Thai Food Credit: @AsamaHalalThaiFood on FacebookThey have free WiFi. The portion of the food is decently large. This place is not only for the night out, but it is best for the take away to your hotel. The staff is friendly and nice. This halal traditional Thailand food will make your tummy feel happy.Restaurant Information: 203, Moo 3 | Klong Muang, Nong Thale, Krabi Town 81000, ThailandTel: +66861217319   6. Long Beach, Ko Lanta The beach was beautiful with nice views and amazing sunsets. This beach is a place to chill and rest. The sea is warm and quiet most of the time.The water in the whole area has ‘sea lice’ which are jellyfish larvae which sting a little in the water. An early morning routine walks to get some exercise and it is perfect for this. If you want something a bit more relaxed, it is great for sunbathing on and you can often use the beach chairs of the local restaurants free of charge if you have something to eat and drink. And on the evening, you can have long peaceful walks along the palm-fringed shores of a gently lapping sea while the sun sets over the horizon. The area is also quite touristy as it appears that is the only industry. It is not too busy and there are really nice bars and restaurants along the beach. Recommended time: please reconsider if you want to travel to this island during low season because a lot of island hopping trips are closed due to the rough sea and bad weather. a) Crown Lanta Resort & Spa Credit: @crownlanta on FacebookWonderful place to stay. This place is all the hotel rooms and restaurants are built in a 22-hectare area. So, they have mostly hidden through the trees greenery. Very nice - not a concrete jungle like a lot of other hotels. In fact, if you stand on the Klong Dao beach and look up - you can’t see any buildings. Excellent! The backyard exit to the beach is nice, easier to walk down. The staff was fantastic, just so attentive. They are very polite, and the room service is very fast. A recommend for others, to ask for a room on the ground floor at the pool on top of the mountain since this pool is nice and sunny and the ground floor rooms practically have pool access.Address: 315 Tambon Sala Dan, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Chang Wat Krabi, ThailandGetting there: Krabi Airport: 30 min                       Trang Airport: 42 min b) Kunda Vegan Vegetarian Lanta Credit: @kunda.vegan.vegetarian.lanta on InstagramThis place is a hidden gem. Friendly staff, brilliant food. All of the ingredients are fresh and so good for you. The Portion sizes are generous. You will enjoy it so much that you want to come back there again. Simply a magic place, extraordinary atmosphere. The restaurant has a lovely vibe to it, really cozy and generally pleasant to chill in. And they serve free drinking water. Even this place is not the Halal restaurant, but it is gluten-free guaranteed and vegetarian. That is the recommendation 6 best beaches in Krabi with the place to stay and halal food restaurant. Hopefully, it can be useful guide for you who have a plan on vacation to Krabi Island, Thailand. Restaurant Information: 372 Trairat Rd, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, ThailandTel: +66 (0) 82 8866 301  ...

  • 11 Old-School Street Food at Singapore's Pasar Malam Bazaars

    Once again, we are blessed with the month of Ramadhan! Alhamdulillah. And of course, this Ramadan 2017, the biggest annual bazaar – Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar 2017 – is filled with stalls featuring flavoursome Halal street food in Singapore, bedazzling accessories, colourful clothes and many more.   We don’t know about you, but as huge foodies, we're always enthralled by the food stalls. The number of trendy stalls selling hipster-ish foods such as Colorful Galaxy Milkshake and Rainbow Bagels have amplified at the Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai. Although they are Instagram-worthy, we would steer more towards old-school street foods to relive a taste of nostalgia.   Here’s a list of tantalizing old-school street foods that will revive memories during the simpler times of Geylang Ramadhan Pasar Malam!   1) Ramly Burger Picture Credit - www.ramly.com.my   Let’s start with the basic of all basics! Ramly Burger, one of the popular old-school snacks in Singapore's Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, or any other Pasar Malam. You can choose between beef or chicken patty, which is wrapped in egg and complemented with rich sauces like black pepper, mayonnaise and cheese. If you have a big appetite, go for a "Ramly Special" with consists of two patties, egg, onions, vegetables and 3 different sauces! Doesn’t that sound like a Halal party in your mouth?   2) Roti John   Picture Credit - www.flickr.com   Another popular local food in Ramadan bazaar would be Roti John, which is said to originate from food hawkers in Singapore way back in 1960s. It’s made of a crusty baguette topped with egg, onion and minced meat, and slathered with mouth-watering chilli or red sauce and mayonnaise. It is one of the best foods in Geylang Bazaar, yum!   3) Mee Goreng   If you’re famished, an excellent choice to include in your list of things to eat at Geylang Serai bazaar would be Mee Goreng, also known as Fried Noodles. Springy noodles, deliciously stir-fried with soya sauce, chillies, onions, eggs and more! Although a breakfast staple among the Malays, it is often eaten for lunch, dinner or even supper as well. But be careful not to have too much, or else you will not have space for other yummy goodness at the bazaar.   4) Vadai   Vadai – doughnut fritters originating from India – is another Halal street food in Singapore, often eaten as breakfast or mid-day snack. Another old-school snack in Singapore's Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, Vadai can be made from numerous types of pulses including chickpea and pigeon pea, seasoned with onions, green chillies, curry leaves and more. Have it while it’s fresh and warm, its strong spices are sure to get your taste buds tingling!   5) Kebab   Originating from Turkey, you can easily find Kebab at the Geylang Bazaar 2017. Kebab – a flavourful flatbread wrap filled with succulent meat that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie, vegetables including lettuce and onion, cheese and various sauces to your liking – is another Geylang bazaar food not to be missed. Sedaaaaap!   6) Dendeng   Thinly sliced meat marinated in various spices, Dendeng is another one of the best foods in Geylang Bazaar. Often eaten on its own, you can also have it in Malay cuisines such as fried rice. An interesting fact – it was first created by the Minangkabau people in Indonesia for them to snack on while travelling long distances.   7) Otah   Otah – a style of minced meat (usually fish) flavoured with a mixture of spices like chilli, turmeric and lemon grass, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoal to a yummy perfection – is one of the delicious Halal snacks to savour during Ramadan. A traditional snack in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia cuisines, you can also have it with rice for a more filling meal. You can easily smell your way to this food item from afar due to its distinct earthy scent.   8) Takoyaki   If you’re craving for a Japanese snack, you can find takoyaki at the Geylang Bazaar 2017 as it has become quite a staple street food in Singapore and one of the best foods in Geylang Bazaar. They are savoury flour-based balls cooked in a special moulded pan, brushed with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise, and served with dried bonito. Traditionally filled with diced octopus (also known as Tako, hence the name), it is also offered in other fillings such as shrimp, squid and more.   9) Apam Balik Picture Credit - www.seasaltwithfood.com   Too stuffed from savoury goodness? Don’t give up, you still have desserts! Warm fluffy pancakes, filled with a mixture of crunchy peanuts and sugar. Sounds delicious? Another must-get Halal street food in Singapore is Apam Balik - a traditional Malay dessert that has been around for years, and is popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. You can also have this heavenly delicious dessert at the Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai in different fillings – corn, banana-chocolate or even cheese.   10) Kuih Muih   At the Geylang Ramadhan Bazaar, you can please your eyes (and your palate) with a variety of traditional Malay kuih – old-school sweets and snacks in Singapore. Some of the top favourites are pineapple tarts (buttery biscuits topped with pineapple jam) and kuih makmur (leaf-shaped biscuits filled with a peanut and sugar mixture). They are sinfully addictive but give yourself a treat with one of the old-school snacks in Singapore's Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, it’s the festive season!   11) Air Katira Picture Credit - www.lakako.com   Last but not least, what better way to beat the heat at Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar 2017 than with an ice-cold Air Katira? Made with evaporated milk, katira (tragacanth gum), biji selasih (basil seeds) and buah kembang semangkuk (malva nuts), you might find the combination weird at first, but I’m sure you’ll grow to like it! It also has health benefits such as curing a sore throat and counteracting toxicity in our body.   So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar to enjoy these delicious old-school street foods before the month of Ramadhan ends! ...