Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Snorkeling between Similan Island No 9 and 8 @ Christmas Point / Namchai Bay in Phang Nga Province (Near Phuket) [Thailand]

It's time for another snorkeling session in Similan Islands and let's send off our hero for the day; Mr Alex Chiu, who has heroically rescued my dad from a near-drowning episode just a few hours ago! 

This round was supposed to take place at Island No 9 (Koh Ba Ngu) but the view in front of me is the main Island No 8 (Koh Similan); hence, my decision to indicate between 8 and 9 instead for better representation.

Dad had somewhat recovered from his shock and jumped into the water too! This time, he obediently donned a life jacket; just like i did.

The underwater world which appeared greenish and a tad boring with just small fishes surrounding the rocks and not much corals. So far, the best snorkeling i had was at Perhentian Islands although the most beautiful was in Maldives

Rocks are always great places to catch of glimpse of something interesting but you have to swim slowly so as not to miss out! Being impatient by nature, i think i am quite lucky sometimes.

Didn't expect a jellyfish though! Alex told me before that once you see a jellyfish, look around you as they could descend upon a spot within minutes and it can be dangerous! I did check out my surroundings and i guess it's a lonesome jellyfish. Well, better steer clear of its path as our family honestly doesn't need another "incident".

Other random photos taken while snorkeling.

Many sergeant major fishes which are the most common species i encounter in my snorkeling expeditions. Their population is so widespread; their conversation status is tagged as "least concern".

Climbed back to the boat a breather; right in front of the bow is Similan Island No 9 (Koh Ba Ngu); as you can see, it's pretty far from where the boat was. 

While many people were snorkeling, some were simply uninterested like the teenager in the above photo! I can understand why as i was a teen before (for obvious reasons) and one memorable trip stood out; my family vacation to Lake Toba when i was 15 years ago. Back then, the discman was my favourite companion! 

The more interesting fishes; including the last one which appeared like a knife without a handle and has cute, beady eyes. Sigh, maybe it's time for me to change my underwater camera. 

Am always envious of people who can dive down with ease! My weak stamina and tiny lungs doesn't allow me to do that since i would breathless in about 30 seconds or less.

Plastic bag in the water! With all the hooha surrounding the straw-less campaign, i think many people are now more aware of our excessive use of plastics in our everyday life. 

The landmark of Similan Islands; the Sail Rock! More on that in the next few days / weeks as my dad and i did climb for a closer look, like those little people you see next to the iconic rock. 

Alex was back from his snorkeling! Poor him was still slightly affected by what happened to my dad and throughout the trip; it's obvious he didn't enjoy it as much as he usually does.  


Purchase of Day Trip Package
The Similan Islands day trip package by Seastar Andaman was purchased from At Akarin tour counter near Swissotel Resort (Patong Beach) at a discounted pricing of 2,500 baht; pricing online was 3,800 baht! 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Naughty Nuri's - Possibly the Best Ribs in the World in Patong @ Phuket [Thailand]

Naughty Nuri's originated from Bali and i was aware of the rave reviews before i made my trip in 2017 but i didn't have time to check it out given that i was only on the Hindu island for 3 nights.

Nevertheless, i got my chance in Phuket as there's a branch in Patong; the area we stayed at! Even though it was still quite a walk away from Swissotel Resort (Patong Beach); i was adamant on having a piece of the "probably the best ribs in the world" on our last night in Phuket.

By the way, the ribs are pork ribs and the restaurant's iconic animal is none other than the pig! Hence, do note that it's not Halal food even though there were a few branches in Malaysia; a Muslim-majority country.

Don't you just love the message on the tee-shirt?! Pity there were only white tees available. Anyway, Naughty Nuri's ribs were hot on the popularity chart with only 2 million sold worldwide!

An adorable pig doing the traditional Thai "wai".

Those looking for air-conditioning should note that there wasn't any such option even though it wasn't as hot as expected given the tall ceiling and available fans. Most people were also in tee-shirts and bermudas; typical attire in Phuket actually.

Strange that we were having Balinese food in Phuket! Further, it's not that we were incredibly hungry too as we already had dinner at SeaStars Andaman as part of our package to Similan Islands; hence, i was surprised i ordered the following for just three persons!

Nuri's Punch - available in glass or jar, my recommendation is to order this immediately and get the jar as you might love it that much; you would order a second jar shortly, as we did.

The drink was refreshingly good; sweet, sour, minty with just a touch of saltiness! Anyway has the recipe to share?! If you prefer action (dancing by the staff to loud music right at your table), please consider the signature colada!

Balinese Golden Crispy Chicken Wings - it was crispy alright although the meat lacked the memorable marination and seasoning that often impressed upon diners. I might as well go with the much cheaper chicken wings at Star Hup Lee Nasi Lemak in Singapore instead.

Mee Goreng - at almost S$10 a plate, this is one expensive mee goreng since a good one in Indonesia usually doesn't cost beyond S$3.00. To be fair, it had a serving of roast pork and even the noodles were stir-fried with strips of pork belly. Sadly, it was a bit bland and i had to make use of the sweet dip from the signature spare ribs to enhance the flavour.

Wah Tusuk Babi - well, i know babi stands for pork and from the look of it, it was quite similar to pork satay; albeit of a more generous portion.

Taste wise, it didn't disappoint with the use of pork belly (reminded me of Kwong Satay in Geylang); smacked of desirable smoky flavour, it was fatty, juicy and featured a lightly charred surface!  Throw the stick in the sweet, spicy dip for that extra oomph!

Naughty Nuri's 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs - finally, the famous pork ribs that i heard so much about!

Its claim of being "probably the best ribs in the world" was frankly legit in my opinion as i don't even i ever had ribs so delicious and tender; to the extent i would love to lick the meat sauce off the bones! The meat easily slipped off the bones and the marinate wasn't cloyingly sweet with a fragrant aftertaste that proved to be addictive!

Food coma, literally, after the meal. I was so taken aback by the ribs that i took the effort to check out its branch in Johor Bahru in nearby Malaysia. Unfortunately, the standard wasn't comparable to this outlet in Phuket! Hm... now, i wonder if the one in Bali is even better... maybe i should revisit Bali soon.


122 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd,
Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu,
Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand


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Nuri's Punch (Jar) - 195 baht
Balinese Golden Crispy Chicken Wings - 250 baht
Mee Goreng - 230 baht
Wah Tusuk Babi - 200 baht
Naughty Nuri's 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs - 550 baht
(Subject to Service Charge and VAT)

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