Top Seven Android Travel Apps for Malaysian

There are some applications that may ease while travelling in local or oversea, hereby are seven free Android applications that i recommend for Malaysians:

i) AirAsia by Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd

  • Book a Flight – Book and pay for your flights via mobile
  • My Bookings – View your current bookings
  • My Account – Manage your AirAsia account
  • Mobile Check-in – Avoid the queues, check-in via mobile
  • Flight Info – View flight times
  • Flight Schedules – View flight timetables
  • Market:

    ii) Maybank2u Malaysia by Malayan Banking Berhad

  • Account Summary – Balance Inquiry, Recent Transactions
  • Funds Transfer – To Registered Interbank GIRO, Registered 3rd Party Accounts
  • Payments – Registered Bill Payment, Card Payment
  • Prepaid – Mobile Prepaid Instant Top Up
  • Others – View Forex Rates, Loan Calculator
  • Market:

    iii) Golden Screen Cinemas by Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd

  • GSC movie listings with real-time show times
  • Purchase movie tickets
  • Select seats
  • E-Payment facility (Maybank2U, PayPal or RHB)
  • Market:

    iv) Waze Social GPS & Live Traffic by Waze

  • Live community-contributed traffic information and road reports
  • Notification when approaching police traps, speed cams, heavy traffic or hazards on the road
  • Free traffic by-passing navigation featuring voice-guided, turn-by-turn guidance
  • Live map + real-time road monitoring & automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change
  • Create or join local driving groups, plus the option to link up with other drivers for carpooling
  • Foursquare, Twitter & Facebook integrations, plus fun, geo-gaming elements
  • Market:

    v) PLUS Toll Rate by Evozi

  • PLUS toll rate calculator
  • Latest PLUS expressways news and announcements
  • Live PLUS traffic updates
  • LiveE traffic camera
  • Share traffic status to social network
  • Market:

    vi) by smarter hotel booking

  • Book over 160,000 hotels worldwide
  • Click to find hotels near you, wherever you are
  • Use our filters to find the perfect hotel for your budget and style
  • Find your way back to the hotel with interactive maps
  • Market:

    vii) Unit Converter by Wopnersoft

  • Currency conversions for over 60 countries
  • The ability to save commonly used conversions to favorites list
  • Common units of measure, including Area, Distance, Volume, etc
  • Quick list view to see all converted values on a single screen
  • Intuitive menu options to easily swap to/from unit and copy result to the clipboard
  • Market:

    Guangzhou – just a day

    A side track to Guangzhou for a day. A little walk and a lot more food… ^_^

    Pearl River

    Food street Restaurant at China Hotel, a Marriott Hotel (中國大酒店食街)

    This is one of the traditional environment restaurant but it is in a hotel. I thought it would be expensive but not all food.
    122 Liuhua Road,China Hotel
    Their famous dishes are…

    Tengzai Porridge (荔湾艇仔粥)
    I thought this porridge would be dull and plain but it consists of a lot of ingredients such as fish maw, sotong, fish slices, peanuts, eggs, pork meat and a weird piece of things (below) that is also nice to eat. A big bowl of porridge for RMB35.

    This weird thing tastes like some underwater sea sponge. It has many small dots on it but it’s crispy and bland in nicely with the porridge.

    Prawn wanton noodles (鲜虾云吞面)
    This is a very big bowl of wanton noodles. The wanton is also rather big with quite nice.

    We also ordered…

    Roasted porks (烧肉,乳猪,叉烧)
    The siew yuk skin and yu ju skin are crispy and it’s delicious. The char siew is not the charcoal-roasted type but it has a slight burned smell that I like.

    Steamed minced pork (顺德蒸肉饼)
    This is a very different steamed minced pork that I have ever eaten. The pork is not very minced. It will be nice to eat with white rice or porridge. Otherwise, it will be too salty to be eaten on its own.

    Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant (莲香楼)
    This one of the famous restaurant which is more than 100 years old brand in Guangzhou for its dim sum and pastries.
    Night and Day

    Stir-fried vegetables in wooden basin (木盆炒粗斋)
    The glass noodle is very nice with the vegetables. If the dish would have more glass noodle, only this dish would be enough for my dinner.

    Roasted pigeon (红烧乳鸽皇)
    This pigeon is less salty and the meat is not dry. I love this dish more than roasted goose. I would have more if I’m not so full.

    Preserved meat claypot rice(腊味煲仔饭)
    It has been a very long time since I have eaten preserved meat. This is a very delicious nice. I will want to come back for this! Yummy~~!



    Glutinous rice 八宝糯米饭
    I expected it to be steamed glutinous chicken 糯米鸡 but it’s lotus leaf glutinous rice 荷叶饭. It contains ingredients such as salted egg yolk, pork, and lap cheong.
    Radish cake 家乡萝卜糕
    It’s a very soft radish cake with a little radish taste. I think it’s a little oily but actually all radish cakes are oily.
    Durian flaky pastry 泰国榴莲酥
     is a dish that you would like to eat it last. The flaky pastry is crispy and the durian taste is not very strong but it will still spoilt your taste bud. However, I think that there is a very light oily taste 一点点臭油味.

    Prawn dumpling 莲香虾饺皇
    Oh well, just normal.
    Salted bun 凤凰流沙包
    This is good! It melts but it dries off easily if you don’t eat it immediately. It has a stronger salted egg taste.
    Wren egg siew mai 鹩蛋蒸烧卖
    This is very special. It’s a totally different type of siew mai. It’s a nice try but not a dish that I will keep going back for.
    Four kinds vermicelli roll 四式蒸肠粉
    First time eating this. Four kinds would include beef, prawn, char siew and pork slices. The beef is not that nice with the roll. The char siew and pork slices is in one roll but it’s just so-so. The prawn roll taste the best among the rolls.
    Char siew tart 金牌叉烧挞

    Char siew is sweet and tart is salty and soft. A mixed is saltily sweet tart. Nice!

    Hong Kong – the food heaven

    My first trip of 2012 – Hong Kong. I have been here many times and each time is about food rather than visiting places. Here comes the year’s first food journey. ^_^

    Dimdim Sum Dim Sum Specialty Store (點點心點心專門店) 

    Voted as 2011 Best dim sum award (最佳點心飲食獎) by Time Out Magazine.

    G/F, 112 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok , Kowloon.


    Other branches: 

    G/F, Man Ying Street, Jordan, Kowloon 


    G/F, 7 Tin Lok Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong 



    We tried…


    Shrimp dumpling (晶瑩鮮蝦餃)
    This is a standard dumpling wrap with prawn and pork meat. The prawn was not as expectedly crunchy but the overall taste is good. 

    Chicken feet (鳳爪)
    Not too spicy for my taste with a little sweetness.
    Salted egg bun (流沙包)
    The salted egg is not as melted as I expected it to be and the salted egg taste is not strong enough but overall, still an ok item to order.
    Crispy rice rolls with shrimp (脆皮鮮蝦腸)
    This is rice roll wrap with some crispy fried butter-like flakes, chinese parsley and prawn. It was good with the crispy flakes but I personally don’t like the taste of chinese parsley.
    Siu mai (蟹子燒賣皇)
    I think this is normal Hong Kong standard siu mai.

    Pineapple buns (真係菠蘿包) 

    You can taste real pineapple in this bun. However, it is canned pineapple and not fresh pineapple. I personally don’t like that taste of canned pineapple, so it’s just so-so for me. 

    Deep fried dumpling with wasabi (芥末咸水角) 

    Oh-no! I would usually skip wasabi but I tried this as it’s a recommended. Pork with wasabi? The wasabi taste is not very strong, milder than wasabi you eat in sushi but still something that I would rather skip. If you’re a wasabi lover, you would like this. 

    Fried stuffed eggplant with shrimp paste (燒汁釀茄子) 

    The eggplant is so big that you can’t eat the eggplant and shrimp paste together but even if it’s eaten separately, it’s nice. 

    Steamed spareribs with black bean sauce (豉汁蒸排骨) 

    The spareribs is not hard to chew which I like but the black bean sauce taste is not strong enough.

    Kam Wah Café (金華冰廳)
    A famous shop for Pineapple bun (菠蘿包 / 菠蘿油). We did not manage to eat-in as we weren’t hungry but just wanted to try the pineapple bun. The queue is long even for takeaways. The buns are best to be eaten hot.


    G/F 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon. 

    (Locatable at the cross-junction of Bute Street and Tung Choi Street) 

    Pineapple bun (菠蘿包) 

    The top crust is not so crispy but the bun is soft. It is nicer to eat if you don’t press the bun together. It will become hard bun instead of soft bun. Eating the whole bun on your own will feel a little dry and the bun does not have nice bread fragrant. 

    Flatten pineapple bun
    Pineapple bun with butter (菠蘿油) 

    The top crust is crispier than the normal pineapple bun. The soft bun absorbs the melting butter which makes it taste better and not dry after eating the whole bun. Still lacking the bread fragrant. 

    Shing Kee (盛記大排檔)
    This is a place where you can experience eating at back lanes with only streetlights.



    Opposite of 82, Stanley Street, Central

    The meal started with an old looking tea pot. When was the last time you have seen such a tea pot? There is no choice of what type of tea you want. I think it’s just a common Pu er tea. Other than drinking the tea, we use it to wash our cutleries.


    Our dinner is served…

    Chicken with black bean sauce (豆椒雞) 


    There isn’t much black bean you can eat only minced black dots. You would not want to think if those are real black beans :p . Just an alright taste.

    Stir-fried choy sum with garlic (菜心蒜茸) 
    Yes, the presentation is horrible but it tastes good. The branch is crunchy with a little bit overcooked. I think it can be much more crunchy.

    Fried pork ribs in sweet and sour sauce (生炒排骨)
    If you expected the thick sweet and sour sauce, you won’t get it from this dish but the overall is nice.

    Eggplants and minced pork in spicy sauce stew in pot (魚香茄子煲)
    My favourite dish from this stall for the night. You can just eat the eggplants, minced pork with sauce on rice. They give you big fat eggplants and it’s not overcooked. The minced pork is also cooked with dried salted fish and dried shrimps (maybe). Love it! 🙂

    Stir-fried clams in black bean and chili sauce (豉椒炒蜆)
    This dish would taste better if it’s less salty but the taste is nice.

    Sam Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose (深井陳記燒鵝)
    One of the oldest and famous roasted goose shop from Sam Tseng.

    G/F, 427-427A Reclamation Street, Mongkok.
    (near to Langham Place)

    They have many other branches.

    I personally don’t know how to appreciate how a good goose should taste like. As long as the goose dance on my tongue, it’s good. We didn’t know how to order as we didn’t have the menu. So we let the waitress auntie to order for us which didn’t know what they actually were until they came.

    We were hungry that I forgot to take a photo of the roasted goose before we splited it. The goose is nice with a fragrant skin and nice chewy taste of the meat.

    The roast goose was added on the plate ourselves
    The roasted goose is the 2 pieces on the below right

    Chicken rice (油雞飯)
    The chicken is nice. I don’t know what the small slices meat is called. It’s a little cold but it’s nice to eat.

    Roasted pork rice (叉腩飯)
    Roasted honey char siew and pork belly. The char siew is not the Malaysia type (burned) and it’s a little hard. The pork belly is nicer.

    The goose is still nice after a day if you plan to order takeaway.

    Sen-ryo Japanese Restaurant (千両壽司)

    This is just a random Japanese restaurant that we entered. Just want to try Hong Kong’s Japanese restaurant.

    Shop B06B, Basement, The Sun Arcade,
    28 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

    They have many other branches. Visit their website for more information at

    We requested for ice cube and got ourselves an ice sphere. Interesting ~~~

    Tuna and salmon belly sashimi
    The salmon belly is fresh and nice but the tuna is not fresh enough. Yet, still edible taste.

    Prime fatty tuna (top) and tuna (bottom)
    Prime fatty tuna is the shop’s recommended sushi and it’s good. You would not want to eat the normal tuna after eating the prime fatty tuna. As for the normal tuna, it is weird that the tuna used on the sushi tasted better than the sashimi earlier. Nice!

    Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記)
    This is one of the famous roast goose place known among tourists. It’s expensive but it’s still crowded. If you plan to go at peak hours, remember to make reservation.

    32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

    We ordered…

    Preserved eggs and pickled ginger (特製皮蛋酸薑)
    This is 1 serving. This is one of the speciality of this restaurant. It’s the softness of the yolk that makes it special.


    Stir-fried kai lan (芥藍菜)
    Eating vegetables in Hong Kong usually focuses on whether the branch is crunchy and it’s another successful story.

    Ma po toufu (麻婆豆腐)
    It’s a little spicy and a little starchy. It’s a nice dish to eat with rice but I would think that there’s better cook out there for this dish.

    Baked chicken in rock salt (正宗鹽焗雞)
    This is quite a nice dish although it’s baked in rock salt but it’s not too salty. It can be eaten on it’s own but not many at time. They also sprinkle on a little cube chilis and onion as decorations.

    Chicken marinated in dark soya sauce and barbecue pork(桶子油雞,密汁叉燒)
    The soya chicken is nicer than the char siew. This is not a good char siew for my taste.

    Roasted goose (金牌燒鵝)
    OK, being famous for roasted goose is no joke. The skin is fragrant and the meat is just the right chew taste.

    Leaf dessert(玉葉粉麵甜品)
    This shop is famous for the wanton noodle and desserts but we only have enough space for desserts.

    2 Elgin Street, SOHO Central, Hong Kong


    The famous ones and others…

    The famous ones:
    East 東 – Cold green bean (香草綠豆沙)
    I don’t usually like green bean dessert but I love this one! It’s refreshing and fragrant!

    South 南 – Rice ball with sugar coconut sesame (糖不甩)
    Seriously good! The rice ball is cooked in ginger soup while coated with sugar, coconut and sesame as the name states it. I can have a plate on my own.

    The others:
    West 西 – Hot red bean (紅豆沙)
    This red bean dessert has a very strong almond taste which I don’t like. If you love almond dessert, you may like this.

    North 北 – Cold sago with coconut (椰汁西米露)
    It’s coconut soup with sago. Just a normal sago dessert.

    Hong Lin Restaurant (康年餐廳)
    This is my favourite cha chan teng 茶餐廳 spot in Hong Kong so far.

    143-145 Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward.

    I love to come here for their pineapple bun with butter 菠蘿油. I think it’s better than Kam Wah Cafe because it has a very nice bread fragrant. The top crust is most crispy when it’s fresh out from the oven. If you want to takeaway, the bun’s fragrant remains but of course the top crust would no longer be crispy. If you love bread, you will love this.

    We then continued with the breakfast set…

    Tortigloni with botsch (蘿宋湯蘿絲粉)
    served with sausage & fried egg with butter bun
    The botsch soup is very appetising with alot of vegetables and tortigloni pasta. I became so full that I could not finish the butter bun. Whole set for HKD28.

    Satay beef with instant noodles (沙爹牛肉公仔麵)served with ham & egg sandwich
    The instant noodle is nice but the satay beef is just so-so. One good thing about the satay beef is the beef is not hard to chew. The sandwich is a healthy one.