Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, Kuantan

Last night we ate out at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant. It is located just off Jalan Beserah, in Kuantan.

Front entrance to Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, Kuantan

Fidelia's former university classmate was here in Kuantan and invited us out for this meal. It was our first time at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, so we had no expectations over the food.

A view inside Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, Kuantan

Another view inside Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, Kuantan

We ordered butter prawns, lemon chicken, sweet and sour fish, and mixed vegetables . . .

This lady took our order at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant

Lauren, and Leah pictured here, were a handful!

The food at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant was delicious!

The gorgeous lemon chicken at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant

By the time the sun went down, Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant was packed full with customers. It's a very popular place to eat in Kuantan, with great food at reasonable prices.

Our good friend who treated us to this dinner at Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, Kuantan

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What do you like about my blog? - A Poll

Hi everyone, and welcome to Kuantan again!

It's still so hot here in this part of Malaysia. We're having small showers here and there, but no real signs of the imminent annual monsoon rains just yet.

We are also anxiously awaiting the operation of the brand new rapidkuantan public bus service, starting on Saturday 1st December, 2012. It's long overdue and a positive forward step for Kuantan!

Today I would like to invite each and every one of you who are on a PC or laptop to participate by voting in the poll just below this post. I want to know what you like about this blog. 

It just takes a click of your time!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First night photos with Canon EOS 650D

I'm really enjoying getting to know my Canon EOS 650D.

The other night I went out to take my first night shots with my new camera. I also decided to capture images using an 8-second shutter speed.

Jalan Dato Lim Hoe Lek, Kuantan

With the 8-second shutter speed I was able to capture the lights of moving cars as red and white streaks across the image. I will definitely find a busier road next time!

Jalan Dato Lim Hoe Lek, Kuantan

The following image was taken without the manual adjustment of shutter speed . . .

The Zenith Hotel and Menara Zenith are illuminated at night, as seen from Jalan Dato Lim Hoe Lek, Kuantan

In-built photo editing on the Canon EOS 650D allows you to select an area to be focused on, while blurring out the rest

Monday, November 26, 2012

Flying in the Kuantan skies

We often watch the aeroplanes flying by through the Kuantan skies. I figured they are coming from a north-west direction meaning they could be en route to KL or Singapore, probably from the Philippines, Hong Kong or China.

An aeroplane leaves a bright white trail as it flies over Kuantan skies

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Blog Tour featuring Julia Roberts, an old nature photo and the legend Roger Federer!

Can anyone believe it's the weekend again?! Today I'll tell you a little about what we've been doing this week and show you around  my blogs.

First up, we have been watching the movie "Mirror Mirror" starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, with our students in our English classes this week. It's a great movie. We prepared 20 questions to test our students listening and comprehension skills. To read about the importance of listening in English, click the link to go to my latest post.

Next is an old photo but still one of my favourite nature pictures. Check it out at my nature blog. I've also adjusted this blog to make it easier to browse all of my photos on the same page. Go and have a look around at the beauty in Kuantan right here.

The final installment for today is Roger Federer. I miss watching him play now that the tennis season is over. It's been a good year for him. At my Roger Federer Shrine I'm discussing more about this tennis legend and what makes him so great. You could also submit an answer on 3 ongoing polls on the page!

I hope you'll find a little something here to light up your Saturday. Thank you for taking the tour, and I look forward to sharing more photos from my Canon EOS 650D with you next week!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lauren and Leah are growing so fast!

We always say it about our children, but it appears to be true. Lauren and Leah are growing so fast! And they are getting used to the new, much bigger Canon EOS 650D DSLR camera.

Here are a few of the latest pictures of my two lovely children:

My good wife took this picture of Lauren and Leah

Lauren looks just like Fidelia, and Leah looks like me!

Lauren posing with her home-made princess crown!

Leah spotted this chair at a shop in East Coast Mall and had to sit in it for a while!

And because Leah did, Lauren had to sit in the chair too!

This is Leah's cute way of saying "peace"

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bidding you a warm Welcome!

While out using my new Canon EOS 650D, I came across this very warm welcome sign outside a lovely corner house:

A welcome sign in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

Welcome to all my bloggy friends coming here today! Welcome to those who may be here for the first time too! I hope you'll enjoy your visit to my blog today. Come in and make yourself comfortable. I'd love to get in to the house of this welcome sign some day :)

P.S. It's been great to read reviews about my blog from 17 friends. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. It's great to know what you think about my blog, especially from those who don't leave a comment as often as others.

If you haven't left a short review of my blog, I'd love to hear from you too. You can submit your review right here at 

Just scroll down the page and leave me some love. I'm also planning to do something in return for all those who write a little review!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Upgraded with a Canon EOS 650D

We recently purchased a Canon EOS 650D DSLR camera to replace our Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot model.

The Canon EOS 650D

We are very excited and have been enjoying experimenting with it and trying to learn all about these pro cameras.

The best feature of the Canon EOS 650D is this beautiful flexible touchscreen, the first of its kind on a DSLR camera

We took a few shots of the children (they are such apt and willing models), and I went for a walk this morning to test out the Canon EOS 650D with some nature landscapes.

Me and Lauren

Lauren posing for the new camera

Apartment blocks in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

Upper branches of a tree in a field in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

View of a field in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

It's also not too late to leave a little review of my blog at 

where I've been nominated for an expats blog award! Thanks for your support and help!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Could I ask for some help from my blogger/facebook friends?

Yes, I need just a little help from my friends on blogger and facebook.

Many of you have complimented me on my interesting articles, great photography, cute children, by saying so in a comment. Today I'd like you to write one more comment at the following link, if you enjoy coming to view my blog.

*Our home called Kuantan* has been nominated by for the Expats blog award 2012 - Top Blog.

Living in Malaysia

Here's the link:

You will just have to scroll down the page until you see this:

Your support will be gratefully received. Thank you once again to all who visit my blog and help to make it what it is!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monkeying around at Teluk Chempedak beach

On our last walk around Teluk Chempedak (TC) beach in Kuantan, we encountered the monkeys hogging the footbridge.

The monkeys at TC are a regular feature. Some love them, some are terrified of them. I stand somewhere in between!

Their favourite time to come out and play is lunchtime, so be careful not to carry food in your hands, or the monkeys will have it! have a look at these photos I dared to snap...

A monkey eats some food at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

A baby monkey follows closely behind its carer at Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan

A troop of monkeys walk along the foot bridge at Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan

Monkeying around at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

Look what this monkey found at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan!

Monkeys relaxing in the shade at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

These monkeys were spotted playing up in a tree at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

This monkey enjoys the view of Teluk Chempedak beach with me

The monkeys start raiding the rubbish bin for food at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

A monkey sits on a small rock at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

A monkey quietly reflects on life whilst sitting on a rock in the shade at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

Man feeds Monkey, at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

The monkeys gather on a small hill at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

The monkeys have some quiet individual moments in the shade at Teluk Chempedak beach, Kuantan

Hope you enjoyed those photos. I had great fun taking them!


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