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Xuan Feng Ramen Restaurant | Krystal Point, Penang

If talk about my favourite Japanese food, ramen is one of them, especially tonkotsu ramen, tan tan ramen and many more. In Penang, there are not many restaurant selling this ramen, at least I can't recall any restaurant that selling it. If you know, I will be happy if you willing to share with me. Xuan Feng restaurant was opened on last year end. I was so excited when my colleague informed me they serve tonkotsu ramen. I get to know this ramen during my stay in Japan, the soup was cooked with pork bone (of course with other ingredients too) for long hours, hence you will get a very thick and sweet soup base. On last year, colleagues celebrated my birthday at Xuan Feng. I was satisfied with their tonkotsu ramen.

 

Homecook Big and Fresh Scallop | Japan

The picture shows the scallop I bought last week. I found it in the super market near my company (in Japan). It was a fresh scallop, 120yen each, but I get it for the price of 60yen (about RM2.20) after 50% of discount. After wash, I cooked it together with the shell directly above the gas, the shell acts as my cooking pan and the scallop was my main dish Wink . While it was about 80% cooked, I added soy sauce to the scallop and ate with rice after cooked.  

 

Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip

After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner. I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land. We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner. After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner. After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

 

Butter Cake Recipe (Egg Separation Method)

Butter cake is one of my family favourite cake, I used to bake it years ago with "Buttercup" or "Farmcow" butter. This few years, I found it hard to bake nice butter cake with this types of butter. I am not sure what's wrong with it, it was either my baking skill get worse? or the weather that makes the buttle melt easily? or the butter itself? I bought a 500g better quality butter to keep in fridge and plan to bake for butter cake. This time I get "SCS" butter. When I read through some bloggers' blog, I found one recipe that is famous among many bloggers, and this method using egg separation method. I decided to give it a try. With no regret, I am very happy with the result, I like this type of cake which gives a very fluffy texture and rich in buttery flavour. Thanks to wendyinkk for sharing Mrs NgSK's recipe. I really love it so much!!! Ingredients:230g salted butter, softened150g caster sugar4 egg yolks (grade B egg)200g self raising flour, sifted (I used 200g cake flour+3.5tsp baking powder)60ml fresh milk 4 egg whites (grade B egg)50g caster sugar Method:1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line bottom and sides of 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper. 2. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, scrape side and bottom of mixing bowl as necessary. Add egg yolk 1 at a time. Beat well after each addition. 3. Put half the sifted flour and mix on low speed until combined. Add milk in two additions and mix until well combined. Add in balance of flour. 4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk egg whites till soft peak. Gradually add in 50 g sugar, beat until egg whites form stiff peaks. 5. Put half the egg whites in butter mixture and mix on low speed, pour in balance of egg whites and fold with spatula. 6. Pour batter into baking pan and level.7. Bang baking pan on table top to remove big air bubbles.8. Bake at pre-heated oven for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted and come out clean. My cake has little crack on top when bake in oven for about 40 minutes, I don't really care about this as most importantly it was very delicious, look at the photo to see the cake's texture, lovely! Left: before baked, right: after baked
Low Sugar Coffee Chiffon Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 14:48
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CoffeeSpongeThis cake is specially dedicated to an OLD baby boy that was born on 67 years ago, exactly 33 years earlier than my OLD baby Camus. Now, the OLDer baby has diabetes and cannot consume much sugar. Everytime I bake a cake, he will complain that my cake is tooooooooo sweet. To cater for his needs, I change my chiffon cake recipe to low sugar version, I choose coffee flavour because... besides my mummy, the one that he cannot let go and cannot survive without is COFFEE...and yes, the "he" I mentioned here is my lovely daddy!

It has been long time I want to come out with low sugar version cake, pastry, and etc, and being lazy is my natural instinct. Dad's birthday is a good reason for me to start my low sugar recipe.

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Ingredients
5 egg yolks (about 85g)
10g sugar
75g hot water + 10g instant coffee (mix well)
1tbsp coffee paste
70g corn oil
120g cake flour

5 egg whites (about 200g)
45g sugar
1/2tsp cream of tartar

Method (step by step picture here)
1. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.
2. Add in corn oil, mix well.
3. Add in coffee water and coffee paste, mix well.
4. Sift in flour, stir until well combined. You will get a thick mixture now.
5. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer at low speed until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.
6. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is foamy and white in color now).
7. Slowly add in sugar in few badges, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.
8. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined. You will get a light mixture.
9. Change hand whisk to rubber spatula, fold in 1/2 of the remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).
10. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined (your mixture should be very light and volume now).
11. Pour batter into chiffon pan. Using satay stick / chopstick, run around baking pan side and then draw curly pattern all the way in the middle and bang pan on counter top to remove big bubbles. Level the surface and bake in preheated oven at 160C with fan forced for 45 minutes or until cooked.
12. When cooked, remove from oven and invert chiffon pan immediately to prevent shrinkage. The pan must remain inverted until fully cool.
13. To remove chiffon cake from pan, carefully run the pan outer, inner and bottom side with thin spatula or knife. Invert pan to remove cake on big serving plate.

At first I was afraid the cake will shrink after reduce half of the sugar quantity, but I am very happy to see the cake turn out very nice. For taste wise, my dad able to accept this sweetness level by finished 1~2 pieces of the cake. Even though the level of sweetness has reduce, but the coffee fragrance did brought me a "Yes, delicious!" comment from all the other family members.

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I am very happy to say that I had successfully make a low sugar birthday cake for dad this year, wish him happy birthday, healty and properous day ahead!

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Temptation Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 14:31
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ChocBananaI am back again to bake a birthday cake, a fresh cream birthday cake. This time I make chocolate banana cake for Camus's birthday. To me, I am lazy to make this type of cake as I will need to spend 3 hours and above (can up to 5~6 hours) to make a whole cake, from weighting ingredients to decorate the cake. Also, I will accumulate the left over ingredients like fresh cream, sponge cake mix and some others for months, or years...until they are expired...then throw them away. I really feel wasted to throw away those ingredients, and many times I also very lazy to make a move to stand in kitchen for whole afternoon on my weekend to make this type of cake. Of course, some time I "got form got ohm", I will do it happily just like this time, another chocolate banana cake was born in my kitchen, for an OLD baby that was born on 34 years ago.

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Let me share the recipe of this chocolate banana cake with photos I have taken.

Recipe
Ingredients
Chocolate Sponge Cake
260g sponge cake mix
260g eggs
70g hot water
1tbsp chocolate powder
80g melted butter

Chocolate Ganache
100g chocolate (cut to small pieces)
50g fresh milk

Filling
400g whipped fresh cream
150g chocolate ganache (you may add all or leave some for decoration)
3tbsp coffee kahlua (optional)
8~10pcs banana (I used pisang "awak" as we like the "compact and smooth" texture of this banana)

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Method
For chocolate sponge cake:
1. Mix chocolate powder and hot water.
2. Use mixer, beat sponge cake mix and eggs in high speed for 6 minutes.
3. Switch to medium speed and slowly pour in chocolate liquid from step 1 to sponge egg mixture and beat for another 2 minutes.
4. Lastly, combine melted butter with sponge mixture.
Hint: To prevent sponge mixture separated from melted butter, take a portion of mixture combine with melted butter first, then just combine with the rest of mixture.
5. Pour chocolate sponge mixture into baking pan, bake at preheated oven (160C) for 40 minutes or until cooked.
6. When the cake is cool, slice to 3 pieces in horizontal.

For chocolate Ganache:
1. Put chocolate and milk in a pot/bowl, double boil until chocolate is melted.

For filling:
1. Mix whipped cream and chocolate ganache until combine = chocolate cream.
2. Remove banana skin, slice half into horizontal.

To assemble cake:
1. Place a slice of chocolate sponge cake on cake board.
2. Evenly pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.
3. Spread a thin layer of chocolate cream with spatula on top of sponge cake.
4. Arrange banana on top of chocolate cream.
5. Spread another thin layer of chocolate cream to sandwich the banana.
6. Sandwich cream and banana with second slice of chocolate cake.
7. Repeat step 2~6 for second layer.
8. For last layer, pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.
9. Decorate accordingly.

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Before ending this post, I would like to wish Camus "Happy Birthday" and "Happy
Everyday"!

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Pandan Chiffon Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 October 2013 21:29
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PandanChif_8This is a long keep recipe that I baked few months ago. Baked it together with other chiffon cakes during my chiffon cake study. I get this recipe from Kitchen Tigress, I found her blog from youtube while I was searching for video on how to make chiffon cake.

 

 

 

Recipe

100g pandan leaves, use only soft and moist young leaves

70g freshly squeezed coconut milk, undiluted

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180g egg whites
½tsp cream of tartar
50g sugar

60g egg yolks
50g sugar
60g corn oil
¼tsp salt
100g cake flour (sifted with baking powder)
1tsp baking powder

Method

1. Blend pandan leaves with coconut milk and 1 tbsp water. Strain pandan leave and get green liquid. Set aside green liquid, which should weigh 95 g.

2. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.

3. Add in corn oil, mix well.

4. Add in green pandan coconut liquid, mix well.

5. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt, stir until well combined.

6. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.

7. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is white in colour now) .

8. Slowly add in sugar, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.

9. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined, you will get a light mixture.

10. Change hand whisk to spatula, fold in 1/2 of remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).

11. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined. I did in in this way: spatula cut mixture into center all the way to bottom bowl, scrap from bottom along bowl side toward you. Rotate bowl few degree and repeat this action until well combined. (your mixture should be very light and volumic now).

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12. Pour batter into 18cm chiffon cake pan, level the surface. Bang mixing bowl against worktop 2-3 times to remove air bubbles. Run a chopstick round side of tin to remove more air bubbles. Level and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven at 160C at lowest rack with fan forced for 40-45 minutes.

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13. Remove cake pan and invert pan immediately, cool completely before remove cake from pan.

Result

The cake should be evenly green but I saw some white spot, it was due to unbalance mix during step 11, meringue not mix properly with egg yolk batter.

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Compare with other recipe which I used 5 eggs, this recipe used only 4 eggs. It is shorter compare with 5 eggs chiffon cake on right (picture below). I prefer 5 eggs recipe.

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Left: 4 eggs recipe; Right: 5 eggs recipe

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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 6) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第六天) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:36
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Today is our last day in Chiang Mai, I hope it was our first day here. Our last destination was to Warorot Market. You can find all kind of stuff from this market, fresh flower, clothes, shoes, fabric, kitchen utensil, tower, food and many more. It is a local market where their local people will come here to buy their things.

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今天是清迈的最后一天了,实在是不舍得回啊!但计划中要去的地方都去了,只剩下Warorot Market。从网上得知这里是本地人逛的市场,东西比较便宜又应有尽有。我们乘搭双条抵达该处,也是20Baht一个人。在这儿,从鲜花,衣服,鞋子,布,厨房用具,毛巾,吃的用的都有。

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Warorot market location map

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We had our last shopping here before return back to hotel for final packing.

我们在这里买了几匹布,衣服,皮带,草席帽,猪皮等,就完成了清迈的血拚。回到酒店收拾好行李后,到附近吃午餐。

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We had the chance to taste their famous mango glutinous rice before we came back. It was really delicious. They also have durian glutinous rice which is very special and hard to get it from other place.

第一天来到这卖芒果糯米饭的摊口,看见他们已经收挡,还好最后一天还来得及吃上一碟芒果糯米饭及榴莲糯米饭,总算安心了。

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Mango glutinous rice, beef noodle and coconut drink location map

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Mango glutinous rice

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Mango glutinous rice in front of this hotel

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We went to get a cup of coconut drink just opposite mango glutinous rice stall. The coconut drink is only 10Baht per big cup, delicious.

吃后觉得还是不太饱,就走到对面卖水摊口,买了一杯椰水,这椰水啊,真的很香很甜,才10Baht一大杯。Camus喝的最开心。

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Coconut drink

Then we go to another shop sells beef noodle which located the same row as mango glutinous rice.

我们也去到芒果糯米饭同排的面店,也不知他们卖什么,随便叫了一碗米粉汤面,原来是牛腩米粉汤,真的非常好吃。

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Beef noodle

After meal, we took Song Theaw to airport at 50Baht per person and end our journey at Chiang Mai.

之后,我们乘搭双条(50Baht一个人)抵达清迈机场,乘搭飞机飞回我国。就这样,结束了我们的清迈之旅。

 

旅途感想:

这次的旅行,可是我们那么多次的旅途中,其中一次很令我们大开眼界,喜出望外,惊喜连连的旅途。很多事件实在是让我们刮目相看,所以给我们留下了很多难忘及美好的回忆。

虽然这次的旅程花费超出预计,但受益良多,实在是让我们增广见闻。我觉得嘛,人生就得享受,懂得赚的同时,必须懂得花,只要不过于奢侈就行嘛。当地的食物,风俗,人情,景点,都让我们难以忘怀,真的还想再去多几次。清迈,是我们非常推荐的一个旅游城市,您也不妨亲自到哪儿体会体会当地的人情世故吧!

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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 5) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第五天) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 20:41
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Breakfast in Baan Hanibah hotel.

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Baan Hanibah 酒店的早餐。

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Today we joined one day trip to elephant show, 1400Baht each person, driver picked us in front of hotel. The package includes bamboo riding, elephant show, visit to long neck village, lunch, ride on oxford and elephant, visit to orchid and butterfly farm.

今天我们参与大象营一日游,一个人是1400Baht,有司机到酒店接我们。这一日游行程包括乘坐竹筒船,看大象表演,参观长颈村,免费午餐,乘坐牛车,骑大象,参观花园及蝴蝶公园。

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Bamboo riding

Every activity was very attractive to us except for visit to orchid and butterfly farm. We truly respect the elephants' trainers as their elephants are all very well trained. You will experience how elephant drawing with their long nose.

除了参观花园及蝴蝶公园,每项都是很特别的。大象表演简直是让人大开眼界,真不能不佩服工作人员们平日的训练,看上去大象们即聪明又很能听指令。

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Long neck village is one of the famous spot in Chiang Mai.

长颈村也是我期待的一个景点,觉得这种族很特别,拍上照片肯定有特色,所以就非去不可。

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After visit to long neck village, we had our lunch. It was buffet style lunch with fried chicken, rice, drink, fruit, etc.

参观完长颈村后,我们就吃午餐。午餐是自由式的,有不同的简单肉菜,白饭,水果,茶水等等。

 

After lunch, we ride on oxford and elephant. It was a very scary experience, I was really afraid that the oxford and elephant will do something to me, or I will fall down from elephant. Scary...

吃饱后我们乘坐牛车和骑大象。前者已让我觉得心慌慌,担心牛车会翻车。后者更加让我不放心,想象自己坐在高处,慢慢的在"空中"荡漾,真的很恐怖,又担心大象突然发癫,把我们甩下。还记得有一幕,当大象正从陆地下水的时候,大象前脚突然下去有深度的河,镇了一大下,吓得半条命,喊了好大声,一直期盼快点完成这路程。想想,真的很恐怖,要是有畏高的人,肯定比我还害怕。

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Oxford ride

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We returned to hotel and end our one day tour after visited to orchid and butterfly farm.

再来就参观花园及蝴蝶公园,之后就会酒店去。

 

We have our dinner nearby Chiang Mai town, famous pork leg rice.

我们在酒店附近的小贩享用凤飞飞猪脚饭。

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Pork leg rice(凤飞飞猪脚饭)location map

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Famous pork leg rice

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Sunset colour egg york

After rest in hotel, we went to Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market with Song Thaew. The journey cost 20Baht per person.

休息了片刻,我们乘搭双条到Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market。不会太近的路程,双条费用只需20Baht一个人。

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Kalare night bazaar and food center location map

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Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market

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The things sell in Kalare night bazaar are more expensive compare to Saturday and Sunday market. We had our dinner at food court before back to hotel.

我们觉得Kalare night bazaar的价钱比夜市场的还要贵,吃的用的也比较贵,所以就走马看花而已。走了好久,都不见好吃的,直到要回前,来到美食中心,所以就在这儿吃饱后才回酒店。

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Food court at Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market

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Food court opposite this building

Tuk tuk, a "mini" taxi in Chiang Mai, with one driver and up to 2 passengers at the back. Like combination of motorbike and trishaw, is my favorite transport in Chiang Mai. I fall in love with this vehicle after my first ride on it. It costs 60Baht for two of us from night bazaar back to our hotel in Chiang Mai city. Best to take it at night with your love one, windy windy feel... "feng" left "feng" right...romantic...I have a simple wish, you know? I just wish I can own a tuk tuk, drive here and there, or sometime hire somebody to fetch me and dear Camus "feng" here "feng" there. Too bad, the distance from night bazaar to our hotel is too short, I don't really fully enjoy and we had already arrived at the destination. Now, can someone tell me how much does one tuk tuk cost in Chiang Mai?

我们选择tuk tuk车回酒店,60Baht一辆,挺便宜的。我一坐就喜欢上了这tuktuk车,机车感觉轻轻的在路上奔驰,夜里凉风吹来,好舒服,司机走的路线和双条不同,都是走小巷,所以很快就抵达酒店。tuk tuk车,我真是爱死你了。

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