Friday, August 28, 2015

Seven Grains - The unique fusion food

Hello guys! It has been a while since I last updated my blog. Things has been busy and times really flies. I have been dragging my finger around the keyboard since forever but no post was made prevail.

The only reason I feel like writing again is because this new restaurant in town deserve a good review in details. Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city. Seven Grains is the new restaurant in town and they serve fusion food that will not disappoint you. 

Personally, I have been here twice and initially I was hesitate to try any of their food. However, after the first visit I was impressed how well done their food was. My first meal in Seven Grain was Miso Marinated Pork Cutlet (image not available here) and it's definitely one of the unique fusion food I've tried because the aroma and flavor of the miso is perfectly marinated into the pork. On top of that the chef was skillful enough to maintain the juiciness and tenderness of the pork cutlet by cooking it at the right time and right temperature. 

Best of all. The value for food is excellent. It's not too pricy and the portion is just right for guy with 6'1 foot and weight over 80kg like me. 

Despite having the first good impression. I wasn't moved to write about it. However after my second visit. My long buried writing passion was reingnited and not introducing this new restaurant will be a sin for me. 

*dramatic much 

So here are the two new dishes I tried from Seven Grains. 

Smoked Salmon Spaghetti - RM18.90

Golden Pork Patty (stuffed with cheese) - RM16.90

The Smoked Salmon Spaghetti was simple and well balance with rich flavor of salmon and bacons. The spaghetti was grilled with minimal oil and basically it didn't have much taste in it. However, when all are combine together, everything becomes great! It's nothing fancy but definitely worth the price that you're paying. 

Next the Golden Pork Patty stuff with mozeralla cheese was the bomb! Finger licking and lava melting cheese stuff in the pork patty is the best way to reward yourself after a good long day of hard work. Remember how certain good food could make your eye roll up with eye lid jittering? Well, this is one of them and you will feel like having the food linger longer in your mouth before you get it down. 

I'm not too certain how long they could hold their quality because KK restaurants always disappoint me after a year or two. But! One thing for sure, waste no time to come to visit this unique fusion serving restaurant at Gaya Street called Seven Grains. Lunch bento set is available at even more affordable price too! 

Location tips: same roll as Legend Cafe and opposite Gaya Reflexology.
Contact number: 088-312130
Opening hours: 
Monday to Friday - 11am to 11pm
Saturday to Sunday - 11am to 12am (last order at 11.30pm)
Payment method: Cash only. 

Ps: So now that I've start writing. I would like to say thank you to some of my friends that were concern over why am I not writing for an almost a year now. Well, things has been exciting for me and I'm doing great! I'm stabilizing down and will continue to write like how I used to back in those days. Maybe I would even share my experience on what I have been through. Until then, Cheers! 

Hayden Chan 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Carlsberg Diamond Idol KK 2014

Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014 happened on the 2nd November 2014 ended with a blast! A new bright star was born and crowned as the champion of Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014! A total of twelve finalists was chosen from the best of the best during area audition from Miri, Kuching, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. They were then flew to Kota Kinabalu and fight for champion title during Grand Finale at The B.E.D Club,Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu.

Carlsberg Diamond Idol kicked start with finalists performing CDI theme song with well synchronize  dance to welcome the audience and followed by the appearance and introduction of judges by the host of the night. The judges of the night were Z-chen, who has gained fame in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Marsha Milan Londoh, The third runner up of Akademi Fantasia Season 3, and lastly Jonathan Tse, the all time favorite singer/song writer.

Running it strong in it's fourth consecutive years, the singing talent competition organized by Carlsberg have attracted over 100 aspiring singers or music lovers during the auditions organized in Miri, Sandakan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. The selected finalist from respective area converged at Grand Finale with high hopes of claiming their cash prizes amounting total to RM30,000 which include RM12,000 for the champion.

In the past, Carlsberg Diamond Idol have created and debuted some of the most local talented singers; 
Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2011 – Chong Vun Jien, Miri
Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2012 – Esther Thian Eik Cher, Kuching 
Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2013 – Sylvester Lee, Kota Kinabalu

With the judges unanimous decision Carlsberg Diamond 2014 Champion goes to..... *Drum roll.. 

Tai Chun Leong from Kota Kinabalu! It was an awesome sensation for the champion after long night of battles. All his hardship and dedication have spelled victory for him and lead him to RM12,000 cash prizes. The first runner up went to Rachel Wesley Pai from Kota Kinabalu, second runner-up went to Vivan Wong from Miri. The third and fourth runner went to Esther Au from Sandakan and Christina Huang, Miri respectively. As for the rest of the finalists, you have done great coming this far in the competition.

 Tai Chun Leong - CDI 2014 Champ picture by Tom

Congratulation once again to Tai Chun Leong for his outstanding performance of the night and claim his place as the Grand Finale CDI champion 2014. Your victory will continue to inspire many more singers and your news will continue to echo in many seasons to come.

Teoh Nar Teik, regional Sales Manager of Carlsberg Malaysia mentioned about this year CDI showcase some of the most talented finalist he have seen for the past 4 years. He also compliment the finalists impressive and electrifying vocal, dance skills and overall performance. during the CDI Finale at The B.E.D, Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu 

For more information on Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014, visit 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bali Vacation 4D3N Under RM500 All In

One of the cheapest vacation I've ever made cost me under RM500, which inclusive the flight ticket, accommodation, local inbound tour, food, multiple temples entrance with performances fee and light shopping. All it takes is some proper financial planning/management and you're all set to go on your budget vacation in Bali too.

Bali Day 1
Taxi transfer from airport to hotel 140,000 IDR /3 (RM38/3)
Bakso at Joshua Warung, Kuta 20,000 IDR (RM5.50)
Nasi Campur Random Warung along Kuta Beach 25,000 IDR (RM6.50)
Coconut packet drink  Supermarket at Lippo Mall 4,580 IDR (RM1.20)

I was surprise with the huge amount of tourist lining up in the immigration station upon arriving at the airport. It took us more than 2 hours to go through everything. At the airport, they required certain nationality tourist to pay a small amount of "entrance fee" but one thing for sure Malaysian doesn't need to pay that and you can skip the long queue and go straight to the immigration queue.

Moving around in Kuta is very convenient because there are more taxi on the road than pedestrian tourist. One of the culture shock I experienced was the frequent honking by the taxi. They honk whenever they spot tourist walking beside the street. I had heart attack each time a taxi honk at me. Another thing about Kuta is there are more none local food store than local Balinese food. I believe it's mainly because they wish to cater the need for the foreign tourist. Having said that, I'm delighted to be able to try in one of the small warung (stall) outside my hotel.

Bakso at Joshua Warung

The alternative ways of moving around in Kuta would be the horse carriage. It probably wouldn't take you far but it is still quite convenient to move around in town. But! before you jump in, you have to negotiate and get a good price first because I think the price riding a horse carriage is even more expensive than the local taxi.

Kuta beach, the place where you can find surfboard rental and lesson, and not to forget the pretty chicks.

Bali's economy rice is one of the famous dish and it is similar to what we have in Malaysia, except for the types of side dish they serve. The most unique thing of their economy rice would probably be the fried mee. I'm not really sure if there is any other culture practice having rice and noodles together. Either way i love their economy rice because they are so much flavor and aroma to it.

P/s: The food may not be the weak stomach person.

Basically the first thing we walked around Kuta and chilled beside the sea. We also visited shopping malls, stalls and local stalls around. If you want to party, the night life would definitely be merrier over at Legian.