Sunday, 21 December 2014

Early Christmas Gathering

 "Dine in the Dark" experience
 Sardine with Sicilian Sauce
 Cream of Mushroom Soup
 Grilled Salmon
 Lamb Shank
 Chocolate Almond Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
 Orange Zest Caramel Pannacotta
This year, our  Christmas Gathering with the PWM fraternity was held on 20th December 2014 at a cosy restaurant in Kiulap, in a private room complete with X'mas decor. The starter was "Sardine with Sicilian Sauce", followed by "Cream of Mushroom Soup". The main course was either the "Lamb Shank" or "Grilled Salmon" and the majority of us opted for the "Grilled Salmon". The dessert was either the "Chocolate Almond Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream" or "Orange Zest Caramel Pannacotta". Sammy, the organizer also arranged a "Dine in the Dark" experience but we didn't get to eat in the dark as we waited too long for the starter and everyone were hungry! There were also restaurant vouchers for the "best dressed" male and female guests and several guests also got restaurant vouchers which were placed under the table by the restaurant staff beforehand. The last item on the programme was the exchange of gifts as Christmas is the season for giving! Everyone of us (there were 17 of us) enjoyed this fantastic evening in the company of awesome friends! 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Renaissance Hotel Kota Bharu

 They don't serve liquor here
 We had dinner here (Kow Lun Restaurant in Chinatown)
Renaissance Hotel Kota Bharu is one of the better hotels (or best) in Kota Bharu and I stayed there on a whirlwind trip on 10 December 2014. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. I hardly had any time to do any sightseeing or shopping though there is a shopping mall (Kota Seri Mutiara Complex) next to the hotel! I booked through and the rate was B$145.88 nett per night. Liquor is not served in this hotel.
That night, we had to go to Chinatown (just a row of shophouses) for dinner and some beer. Ironically, Thai music was played here instead of Chinese music and I can feel the Thai influence here due to its proximity to Thailand (Sergei Golok, a Thai border town is 40 minutes away by car).