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Thursday, January 09, 2014

KL Heritage Walk 2013: Old China Cafe @ Pasar Seni & Coliseum Cafe @Jalan TAR

Can't believe we have been doing this since 2010!
Glad that this girl never say no to me, whenever I ask her for a walk.
And when I say walk, I mean really long long walk.
Glad that we share the passion of appreciating KL's beauty and also taking photos along the way. Proud to say, it's the fourth year and fifth trip. Well sorry, I didn't post about our 4th trip which was in July 2013(will definitely post photos if possible, there are many pretty photos of TheanHou temple). But you can look back at our trips, under the Photography Label.

So, we were pretty much scratching our heads on where to go for this year's trip. Coz looking at KL's map, we pretty much went to all the tourist spot. I can really draw a map on the place we've been to.

That's not all....

Anyways, we've decided to take it easy this time. This trip may not be as adventurous as the previous ones, but I think it's also one of the best, coz we really just got lost, and what we found on the way was better than what we expected. and for the first time, our trip becomes a food trip haha

Started with breakfast and walk around Brickfields. Not many photos down here, but Brickfields is truly a place with rich and diverse culture. Within one km radius, we've passed by mosques, Hindu temple, Chinese temple and also churches. It's just amazing.

Pork Ball noodles :D

at the revamped Yit Seang Restaurant
@ Jalan Thambipillay

Some of the churches we passed by

And of course, the must visit Little India street!

 went into one of the Indian jewelry and apparel shop. Just be prepared to be amazed by all the colors that comes into sight. 

check out the vibrant colors mannn

 The beautiful fountain located at one of the ends of Little India

Tried out Indian Sweets!!
always wanted to do this, I doubt you can find this at other places.
Tried 2 types of milk candy, cashew flavored candy and coconut candy.

I think they are really nice hehe
but warning, it might be too sweet
I just love the the taste of coconut, milk, and light spices...
Get them at Jesal Sweet House
No. 84, Jalan Sambathan, 50470 Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
I bought five of them, it costs RM5.20, not cheap haha

Next, we took the train to the cultural center of KL, Pasar Seni.
well nothing new this time, but I always loved walking along the streets here, coz they just give off a very rich traditional and ancient aura. The bustling streets, the kopitiams, food stalls and markets. I hope the government will stop thinking of removing any buildings in this area anymore. 

So we had lunch at Old China Cafe
Food REvisit's my 3rd time here!
Still love this place so muchiee, we were there when the restaurant opens, but it's already crowded with tourist from all around the world. Got angmo, then ppl from China, HongKong and Korea. Haha, nice opportunity to act like a foreigner eyh? 

Never get sick of this place really, the vintage furnishing, nostalgic paintings and photos on the wall, dim lighting... You just can't stop scanning your surroundings and enjoy the ambience. 

lots of photos that showcased the history of KL

Nyonya Nasi Lemak -- RM10.90
Miu ordered this, and complaint that the curry chicken is cold.
Ironic that they took a long time to serve. 
But the last time I came to visit, I really loved this Nasi Lemak, the mildly spicy but rich coconut flavor curry and also the beautiful and well cooked rice. 

Nyonya Fried Rice -- RM10.90
I ordered this one for this visit, guess I prefer this more than Nasi lemak now, coz i love the spicyness and strong flavor of the nyonya paste. Probably with lots of lemon grass and asam. 

Iced White Coffee -- RM6.80
nothing special, but it was a great chilling drink after all the walking

I would still come back, to enjoy the cosy and vintage ambience.

Old China Cafe
No. 11, Jalan Balai Polis, 
Kuala Lumpur, 50000
Phone:+60 3-2072 5915

So after our lunch, we pretty much just kept ourselves busy, by just walking along the streets, checking out some of the wholesale shops along Pasar Seni: Jewelry and Accessories, Plush Toy, Bags, Souvenir. The variety is amazing, well though we can't buy them at Wholesaler price, but the variety that they offer here, will definitely make you buy something home haha. (we weren't allowed to take photos inside the shops)

After some exploration at Pasar seni, we decided to head towards the Coliseum Cafe at Jalan TAR. Got a map from the Central market counter, but thanks to my suckish sense of direction, we took extra miles haha...but at least we still found it. But also thanks to my lousy built-in GPS haha, we got to explore more ancient streets in KL that we totally missed in the previous trips...

This is the ancient Sin Sze Si Ya Temple @ Jalan Tun HS Lee

The bridge that crosses the meeting point of Gombak River and Klang River
Right opposite of the Masjid Jamek

Well I'm sorry that I dont have much photos on our LOST track haha
coz we were basically just appreciating the surroundings, and totally turned crazy and started singing all the songs from FROZEN lol Really had fun singing with this girl haha....awesome way to de-stress.

@Jalan Ampang

Jalan Dang Wangi

It wasn't until we found the famous Yut Kee, that we realized we walked so much further than we should.

Passed by SOGO, and the beautiful and bustling street of Jalan TAR. Lots of clothing and textile shops, and I swear I never really seen so much people walking back and forth on a street with shoplots. Nowadays, you only get crowded streets at Bukit Bintang, but Jalan TAR seems to be another shopping paradise for locals, especially our Malay friends.   Almost at the other end of the road, we found the iconic Coliseum Cinema and Coliseum Cafe!!

prepare to have your jaw drop when you see them, they look super super ancient.

Coliseum Cafe
since 1921. Yes it's still at the same location, same shoplot. One of the most famous steakhouse back in my dad's generation. Dad says they really have a long history and was ran by Hainanese(nt sure about the current owner), who are the pioneers of coffee shop business in KL. Known for serving delicious coffee and chicken chop since colonial era. I must say I love the cafe from inside to outside. This place looks and feels vintage. And it's the genuine kind of vintage, not like those coffee shops who tried to artificially create a vintage environment. Everything inside the restaurant just have the aged and nostalgic mood. Some people might just label it as OLD though. 

Turkey Omelette with Fries -- RM10.90
quite nice, with fresh salad and fries
and the portion is quite big...

Cheese Garlic Bread -- RM3.90/pc
crunchy with strong aroma of garlic
but abit pricey..

Iced Hainanese Coffee -- RM3.20
Thumbs up for this, awesome! coz they always have the strong Kopi O taste and mild aroma of milk that balance off the bitterness.

here's the vintage looking Smoking Area.
The brown and maroon tones, leather chairs, yellow walls. 

The cafe serves a wide range of western cuisine, steaks are their specialty
but abit pricey
will come back when I have the money haha

Coliseum Cafe
98 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 
50100 Kuala Lumpur,

they have a branch at Plaza33
Lot PG-02, Plaza 33
1 Jalan Semangat, Sec 13
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Finally, our year-end must do. Snap around Pavillion's Christmas Decoration.
I think this year's decoration is quite a fresh idea, coz pavillion has been going with Red and Gold tones for the past few years, it's good to see how they made a Winter Wonderland this year. Snowflakes everywhere, blue fairylights, polar bears and a white Christmas Tree.

Here's some shots :

stupid selca of me LOL

really love this beautiful doll

with the buddy.

Big thanks to my KL buddy MiuYinn
thanks for walking all the streets with me
including the extra miles due to my often failing GPS system haha..
and of course, always taking time to make this trip happen every year.
See how we witness the change in Pavillion's deco for four years babe!!
anyways, the rather unglam photo at the center....haha
was certainly one of the most memorable one, where we were soaked due to the heavy rain, feeling helpless coz there's no where to go. But at least there's you hehe...the trip was still full of laughter despite feeling exhausted.

Okay, another year passed. KL is still as lovely, but of course, I wish for improvement for our beloved city. Hope I'll be seeing something different and fun next year. :D

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