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#BeyondNormTravels to Miri!

On 19 August 2017, we finally traveled to Miri, East Malaysia for the first time! We had an exciting time exploring and discovering a new place.ย Watch the vlog to find out what we got up to. ๐Ÿ˜„ If your enjoyed it, don’t forget toย subscribe to our YouTube channel: Beyond Norm Blogย (it’ll really help us alot!) and turn on post notifications ๐Ÿ””ย so that you get notified every time we post! ๐Ÿ˜Š Advertisements

Food Review: NorthSea Genuinely Belgium @ Ipoh, Malaysia

Located right across the street from Excelsior hotel is the nautical-themed Belgium restaurant – NorthSea Genuinely Belgium. Originally owned and operated by a Belgian gentleman, it has since been sold to the current owners. With the interior decked out with beer bottles on wooden shelvings, the place had a pretty clean 1800s pirate ship vibe. We started off with their Soup of the Day (RM15.00) which was a Homemade Mushroom Soup with Truffle. The truffle oil that they used was very strong and fragrant and I instantly fell in love with the soup. They also had nicely toasted olive bread that complemented the soup so perfectly. Moving on to starters… We had their Belgian Styled Scallops (RM29.00). The scallops had a nice sear to it, giving it an extra layer of texture. The dish was served with a herb garlic sauce which had a strong intensity that went really well with the scallops. The combination blends really well in your mouth. The Ostend Shrimp Croquettes (RM25.00) had a thin breaded layer which gives it a …

Review: The Cat Cafe @ Bugis Village, Singapore

When I was in Singapore for the holidays, my friends Sam and Don brought me to the Cat Cafe. Located in the heart of the ever-busy Bugis, is thisย accessible cafe where you can chill and enjoy the company of the resident cats. To be honest, I was kind ofย reluctantย when Don suggested that we hang out here as I am a dog-person (and forever will be. I shall not be swayed!) But I figured it’ll be an interesting experience and so I braved on. The entry fee is $15 for unlimited minutes of cat time and a complimentary first drink. You can always have your meal there by ordering from their decent array of food items. ๐Ÿ™‚ What I really enjoyed about the Cat Cafe is the relaxed atmosphere; with the cats lazing about/sleeping and the pitter-patter of the rain outside, it was a purr-fect little escape from hustling and bustlingย Singapore. Unfortunately, we got there during the cats’ nap times, so most of them were sleeping there instead of walking around the cafe. Looking at them …