January 26, 2018

Mosques in Tokyo

 Tokyo Camii or Tokyo Mosque is the largest mosque in Japan. The mosque can accommodate up to 1,200 worshipers. It is located just a short walk from Yoyogi-Uehara station (on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and the Odakyu Odawara Line) in Shibuya.

The mosque has an adjoining Turkish culture center so expect to see impressive Ottoman-inspired style. Its architecture is similar to the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

like the Blue Mosque!

main prayer hall

ladies' praying area on the upper floor

Turkish Culture Center.


dining hall

It was a Friday and my dad wanted to perform the Friday prayer so we went to Tokyo Camii. Zohor was around 11.40am at that time. We were already late so we were rushing to the mosque. Took taxi from our accommodation and it cost us close to 5000 yen (criessssss), which wasn't that fast compared to taking the train cos the driver misunderstood my weak Japanese so he drove us to Yoyogi station instead of Yoyogi-Uehara station.

We arrived past 11.40am but there weren't many people around. Confused. I thought the prayer had already finished. But how can it be so fast? We found out later that Friday prayer time is fixed at 12.45pm.

Check the mosque's website for the prayer time and other information.

Friday prayer

Tokyo Camii is open to public during the five daily prayers, and the Turkish Culture Center from 10am till 6pm everyday including Sundays and Holidays.

There are a few reminders to take note.
1. Women should cover their hair and any exposed skin before entering the mosque.
2. Men are not allowed to enter the mosque with short pants.
3. Take off your shoes before entering the prayer hall.
4. Do not take pictures at the prayer hall without permission (Urmmm... I'm sorry I took pictures for my blog).

There's another mosque nearby our place. Just a small one. Otsuka Mosque is located in the neighborhood of Otsuka, close to the happening Ikebukuro. It was built in 1999 from local and foreign donations. Major part of the foreign donations came from the prince of Saudi Arabia. 

neighborhood mosque

to the praying area

ablution area

We didn't have the chance to pray here though. I went in but there's a class going on so sorry no photos inside the mosque.

January 10, 2018

Hello PyeongChang

It's only one month away to PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games!

In conjunction with D-30 countdown to the Games, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia and Gangwon Province is organizing “Hello PyeongChang” from 11-13 January 2018 in Korea Plaza Kuala Lumpur (it is at Ground Floor of Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee)

There will be activities as below; 

Take a photograph with Soohorang & Bandabi
11 - 12 Jan : 12~12.30pm, 1~2pm

Soohorang and Bandabi are the mascots of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Soohorang is a white tiger, an animal closely related to Korean mythology, and is a symbol of trust, strength, and protection. Bandabi is an Asiatic black bear, symbolic of strong will and courage.

Wish for Successful Olympic and Malaysia Boleh @ PyeongChang
11 - 13 Jan : 11~3pm

Julian Yee Zhi-Jie is the first Malaysian skater qualified for Winter Olympic Games. This new rising figure skater had joined Dream Program in PyeongChang back in 2009. He was then inspired that PyeongChang is a potential Winter Olympic venue and got motivated to be back someday. As he wished, now he became the first Malaysian skater to qualify for Winter Olympics and is ready for it. Visitors can write a short note to wish him a successful Olympic and Malaysia Boleh at PyeongChang.

Hit! 20180209 and Win Soohorang & Bandabi
11 - 12 Jan : 12~1pm
13 Jan : 1~2pm

This spin slot game event entitled “Hit 20180209!” is for everyone to push the button to hit the opening date of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and win 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic mascot (Soohorang and Bandabi) plush sets.

Play Mini Ice hockey & Curling Game
11 - 13 Jan : 11~3pm

Ice hockey game and curling game to be held in Gangneung city are popular Olympic games. Visitors can play ice hockey game and kick the puck with hockey stick to win away limited prizes. Curling with the nickname of chess on ice is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circle. Visitors can make teams to play together.

Special GoGoSing Seminar 《Christmas in March》
12 Jan : 5~6.30pm
13 Jan : 11~12.30pm

Winter still goes on in March. The special seminar Christmas in March is for free and easy tourists who are planning to visit Korea and grab the last chance to feel the Winter vibe. It is the Hallyu & Ski Festival specially designed by Korea Tourism Organization and Gangwon province to commemorate PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games together. 

Feel free to come to the event and enjoy the activities.

December 22, 2017

JJCM : Eid Halal Korean Food @ Bangi

My new discovery : there's a halal Korean restaurant in Bangi! I have a new place to satisfy my cravings. Yassss!

This restaurant is owned by Korean Muslim. They have a restaurant in Itaewon and they came here to open a branch!

It's a small restaurant but very cosy. I went after lunch time so there weren't many people around. But there was a water disruption so that's why you'll see everything was served on paper plate :D

 They serve complimentary side dishes - salad, fishcake and kimchi. Semua sedap and it's refillable.

We ordered Kimchi Jjigae, Tteok Kkochi and Tteokbokki.

Kimchi Jjigae (kimchi stew)

Kimchi jjigae is my wajib order dish whenever I have a meal in a Korean restaurant. You can choose whether you want chicken, tuna or sausage. I chose tuna and it was really delicious!

Tteok Kkochi (rice cake skewers)

Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes)

These spicy, slightly sweet and chewy rice cakes are simply addictive.

The menu.

Eid Halal Korean Food
Address: Jalan Medan Pusat Bandar 7, Seksyen 9, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi
Contact: +60 17 310 3227
Opening hours: 11am ~ 11pm (closed on Monday)

December 18, 2017

JJCM: Kungfu Ramen @ Taman Melawati

One of my favorite eating places in the neighborhood.

They have a wide selection on the menu but all the times there, I only ordered this haha.

Kungfu Ramen's braised beef noodle or Mee Tarik is soo good! The noodle is soft and chewy, made fresh upon order. Their chilli paste is also amazing which adds the oomph to the noodle soup.

I heard the other menus are good too so no wonder the restaurant is always packed during lunch and dinner time. One time I was there at 8pm and I was surprised people needed to wait to get a table.

I've tasted a few mee tarik places but I like Kungfu Ramens's mee tarik the most. If you're looking for a taste of Xinjiang Silk Road - Northwest Chinese Muslim Cuisine, this place is indeed a must try!

Address: 8A, Lorong Selangor, Taman Melawati (facing Melawati Corporate Centre)
Opening hours: 11am ~ 10pm daily

December 15, 2017

How to Apply Chinese Visa for Malaysian

If you are thinking of going to China for year end holiday, remember to apply for your Chinese Visa. Malaysians are REQUIRED to have visa to travel in Mainland China (Hong Kong and Macau is excluded).

If you don't have time or want the easy way, just ask your Travel Agent to apply on your behalf. But I think the steps are really simple just DIY la.

Here's what you need to do to apply for China Tourist Visa.

# 1. Complete the Online Visa Application Form here. Print it out and put your signature.

# 2. Bring along;
  i. Original passport with at least Six Months of remaining validity and with at least Two Blank Pages.
 ii. A photocopy of the passport’s info page.
iii. 2 China Visa Passport Photo (color photo with forehead shown, white background, size 48mm x 33mm).
iv. Flight Ticket Copy (supporting document)
For more detailed info, you can refer here.

# 3. Head to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.
It is located at Level 5 & 6, Hampshire Place Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Like I said earlier, the process is really simple. Just head to visa submission center at Level 5. The receptionist will check your documents and provide you a waiting number. I went around 9ish and waited about 5~10 minutes. But if you come during peak hours, the waiting time can be 30 minutes to an hour. Once your number is called, submit the relevant documents and they will give you a pickup form.

Individual application @ Level 5

# 4. The visa will be ready in 4 working days (regular application) after submitting your passport. 
If you need the visa urgently, they also have Express application (3 days) or Rush application (2 days) but of course you need to pay more.

# 5. Bring the pickup form on the day of collection (mentioned on pickup form) and proceed to Level 6. Produce your form to the receptionist to get your waiting number. Once your number is called, go to the payment counter. 
Refer the Schedule of Fees for the visa application fees. Cash and credit card accepted. 

 Payment & Collection @ Level 6

# 6. Your passport is ready to be collected once payment is made.