An uncanny connection with Loka Made

I normally scroll through and skip the many unsolicited posts on my Facebook feed but something about the Merdeka-themed children’s art workshop with Loka Made, planned for a weekend in Johor Baru, made me open the post to read it.

A range of Loka Made pop-up cards in the Shophouses series
The post introduced me to the co-founders of Loka Made, Chong Fei Giap and Audrey Chew, the talents behind this Malaysian creative brand.

The beautiful illustrations with this post, struck a familiar chord and captivated me, not only with its nostalgic charm but also by the mix of new and old, all in such amazing detail.

I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I just felt a clear connection…

Their stuff certainly reflected its brand name, Loka Made, a cleverly coined word inspired by the word, “local.”

What they are doing seemed very similar to what I am doing with My Johor Stories, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet them while they were in JB.

Audrey Chew guiding a participant
at the start of the Merdeka-themed
handicraft workshop at Me Books Nooks
A quick check of my calendar showed that it was impossible to go to their Saturday event at CzipLee Johor, Mid Valley Southkey but I should be able to make it for their Sunday event held at Me Books Nooks over at Sunway Citrine Hub, Iskandar Puteri.

That Saturday was a particularly long day for me but it did not stop me from getting up early the next morning to head to Citrine Hub to meet with the Loka Made team.

At Me Books Nooks, I recognized them from a photograph I saw in that Facebook post, so I just approached them and introduced myself.

I could tell that they were pleasantly surprised at my interest and as I shared with them about My Johor Stories, we discovered a common thread in how we were pursuing our passion in preserving local culture and heritage.

I watched as Audrey guided the workshop participants in their handicraft project with pop-up cards and then she left them to express their own creativity.

While keeping an eye on them, she joined Fei Giap to share with me, a little more about Loka Made.

Holding kids’ workshops such as this, participating in bazaars, exhibitions and weekend fairs, were just some of the ways Loka Made was promoting the local creative industry in the community.

The completed pop-up card handicraft!
For instance, in this Merdeka-themed workshop, Loka Made would provide all the materials for the participants to assemble a pop-up card in designs of local shopfronts.

Using scissors or paper-cutters, the kids could cut out and assemble the given elements according to their own thought and imagination.

Audrey said younger children were often aided by a parent and this was an excellent opportunity for family bonding as the parents talked to the child about their own experiences and the lifestyle in past generations.

She explained that working on a creative project like this allowed the child to stretch his or her imagination and they often ended up with surprising results because children have their own rationale for how they chose to assemble their final picture.

“Let them tell their story,” said Audrey as she would let the kids have their own creative experience and explore their own imagination.

A fusion of the old and new portrayed in
this charming illustration by Fei Giap
She said sometimes, instead of a lantern, a child may place a cow on the roof because there were no restrictions in art expressions.

When asked to explain why, the child would be encouraged to share his story and rationale for doing so. This was what she dubbed, “The Moment!”

Before partnering with Audrey to form their first creative venture known as Running Snails Studio, Fei Giap worked as an illustrator for six years.

Among his successful projects were the co-creation of the concept art and poster for popular local movie, The Journey, and the National Day advertising poster for Petronas Malaysia in 2014.

[I remember taking my mum to watch this movie and how we marveled at the way the scriptwriter somehow included the Johor Chingay into the story to showcase a renowned annual tradition of the Johor Old Temple!]

Meanwhile Fei Giap also lectured on Digital Illustration at The One Academy on a part-time basis and there he met with Audrey, who was then in his class.

A collector's item in this, A Legacy of Glory set
to commemorate the nation's 62nd anniversary
Audrey told me about how they found much in common, particularly in being inspired by local culture and heritage, especially heritage buildings and local scenes.

Audrey (I was very happy to discover) is from Skudai in Johor while Fei Giap was from Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan, where his grandfather used to run a sundry shop at a village they fondly called, Tanjung.

After much deliberation, Audrey and Fei Giap decided to step out of their comfort zone to set up their own creative studio.

They operated this studio for more than two years and successfully met their clients’ requirements in drawing and illustration projects.

In 2015, they compiled a collection of their completed projects – studio work and corporate work – and published a Limited Edition book entitled, Loka Made Art Book.

This book literally launched the Loka Made image and this brand name was adopted since September 2015.

This attractive tote bag is among
this year's Merdeka merchandise items
Looking back, Fei Giap realised that he drew much of his inspiration from his childhood and would often see the world through the eyes of a child, vividly recalling the scenes of old cinemas, sundry shops, snack bars and familiar places he visited as a child.

[I could not help feeling a strong sense of solidarity with Loka Made because My Johor Stories* was also inspired by my own experiences and collection of “grandfather stories” to publish local stories like Old Markets and Bus Terminals, Escape to the Movies, Old Shops and even featured Johor Baru’s Coffee-shop King who opened the first snack bar here!]

They shared with me, the aims of Loka Made which is to create a fusion of nostalgia with new elements as a way to encourage local people to appreciate our local culture and to keep the creative culture alive, especially with the younger generation.

To this end, Loka Made created artwork that was more than just lifestyle products.

Starting with pop-up cards, these products shared the nation’s rich culture and heritage designed to evoke sentiments and encourage locals to rediscover the charm and beauty that we grew up in.

Three lucky patriotic people will get the
three preloaded Touch n' Go cards
The first series of pop-up cards were designed in the Shophouses theme, followed by the next two on Culture and Local Scenes.

From the kids’ workshop (that was still in progress), I saw that these pop-up cards were no ordinary greeting cards or postcards but designed with instructions (on the reverse side) on how to cut, fold and assemble the card into a “drama” reminiscent of local scenes in a bygone era.

After producing pop-up cards, Loka Made went on to create puzzles, postcards and books, all designed along the nostalgic theme of Malaysian culture and heritage.

Since 2015 Loka Made has celebrated National Day with commemorative items which they call, Merdeka merchandise, and this year, it is no different.

For National Day 2019, Loka Made has produced a Limited Edition set of commemorative items dubbed, A Legacy of Glory, a box set that includes one Touch ‘n Go card, one tote bag (made of fabric), three pocket “L” shape A5 folders, three enamel pins and five postcards in a range of designs.

Three enamel pins are included with A Legacy of Glory set
Since Aug 17, only 300 sets of A Legacy of Glory were distributed for sale throughout the nation and in JB, these are exclusively available from CzipLee Johor at Mid Valley Southkey and Me Books Nooks at Sunway Citrine Hub, Iskandar Puteri.

To add to the excitement, only three Touch n’ Go cards were preloaded with RM62 each and available for only three lucky patriotic people to get hold of them!

For more information or business enquiries, send email to:

Visit website: or drop by at the Loka Made Art Gallery located at USJ 9 in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

*My Johor Stories, the books. My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage and My Johor Stories 2: Interesting Places and Inspirational People, are available from MPH bookstores nationwide and online from www.mphonline.

The Art Journey of Pekan Nanas

Last year I met watercolours artist, Lee Chin Chian, when he made his project pitch to the Award Committee for the Iskandar Malaysia Beyond Boundaries Programme (IMB2P) at the offices of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

Guest-of-Honour, YB Sheikh Umar speaking at
the opening event for The Art Journey of Pekan Nanas
Lee, whose hometown is Pontian, had applied for a grant to conduct a Sketch Walk through the Pekan Nanas new village in the theme, Art Journey of Pekan Nanas.

This project would involve local and foreign artists who would sketch and paint live scenes and wall murals in Pekan Nanas new village while they experience the local culture and heritage.

I still remember the way Lee passionately described his proposal and how participants of the Sketch Walk could appreciate the on-location art experience along with the popular local food in this area.

I know that “new villages” have a significant role in our nation’s history because it was in fact, a counter insurgency technique employed by the British here in the mid-1950s during the Malayan Emergency.

Designs on wooden coasters, fridge magnets and key-chains
 inspired by window grille designs in new village homes
New villages were formed by the relocation of the population, mainly Chinese, into guarded camps in order to isolate them and prevent the army insurgents led by the Malayan Communist Party, from receiving their supply of food, material, information and in getting new recruits.

Since the nation’s independence in 1957, these villages have evolved into residential areas and most have been demolished for redevelopment.

The few that remain are precious pieces of history and I can understand why Lee aims to preserve the charm and beauty of the Pekan Nanas new village in his project.

Local art activist, Cha Ming Cheng and
the range of wooden handicrafts inspired by
Kampung Cina Pekan Nanas homes
The Pekan Nanas new village, fondly known as Kampung Cina Pekan Nanas, has some 70 years of history and is thriving, with many homes still occupied by third generation families.

Fast-forward to mid-2019 when IRDA awarded the shortlisted applicants with their IMB2P grants and the grantees went forward with their art and culture projects.

Lee was among the grantees who did not hesitate in embarking on his Art Journey of Pekan Nanas project in collaboration with several local art activists.

On June 15, the group of invited guests arrived in Pekan Nanas for a three-day-two-night art and heritage experience.

Cover design of the wooden trinket box that resembles
the typical facade of a new village home
They included 40 artists and 10 photographers, not only from Johor but also from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and China.

When I met Lee again, it was in Pekan Nanas at the opening ceremony of an exhibition to showcase The Art Journey of Pekan Nanas.

Lee introduced me to local art activist, Cha Ming Cheng of Batu 27 Creative, who proudly showed me the range of wooden handicrafts in classic designs that were inspired by the window grilles of new village homes.

Made from wood salvaged from wooden pallets, the handicrafts were designed as coasters, fridge magnets and keychains as well as a small trinket box, skilfully embossed with a range of window grille motifs using a laser cutter.

Watercolour paintings of window grilles by Jonas Lim
are converted into a series of picture postcards
As Cha discovered the interesting range of metal window grille designs in the new village homes, he wanted to preserve them for posterity.

After he had captured the designs in photographs, Jonas Lim, a young watercolour artist under Lee’s tutelage, was tasked with doing a series of painting.

A total of 12 paintings of window grille designs were painted by Lim and these pieces of artwork have been converted into picture postcards.

A closer look revealed that the cover of the wooden trinket box is designed to resemble the typical façade of a new village home: A door in the centre – guarded by collapsible gates – and two windows on either side of the door, open wide to display its metal grille designs.

Lee Chin Chian with a canvas created from
the fibers of pineapple leaves
He said all souvenir items may be sold separately but the box set should contain one coaster, one keychain, one fridge magnet and four postcards.

Cha was pleased that they have now produced the first of many souvenirs that would remind visitors of the uniqueness of Pekan Nanas.

I was pleased to learn that they already have plans to set up a one-stop Visitors Centre in Pekan Nanas town for visitors to pick up maps to the local attractions, arrange for guided tours and to buy souvenirs and local products.

I’m familiar with new villages and admired these paintings of authentic new village scenes, rendered in watercolours and oil paints, that captured the essence of a gated and guarded community from a bygone era.

There were no fences around the homes – simple structures built mainly in wood, originally topped by thatched or zinc roofs but now by tiles – and the shadows were cast by matured trees in the shared gardens.

It was significant that a section of the paintings on display were painted on sheets of canvas created from the fibers of pineapple leaves.

A section of the display with new village scenes painted
on canvas created from fibers of pineapple leaves
The Guests-of-Honour for the event were, YB Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali, the Paloh assemblyman with the portfolio for Information, Entrepreneurship Development, Cooperatives and Creative Economy and YB Yeo Tung Siong, state assemblyman for Pekan Nanas.

YB Yeo expressed his pleasure in how the charm of Pekan Nanas was successfully captured by the various pieces of artwork showcased at the exhibition and he hoped that such an event could become an annual one.

He was also pleased that in October, this exhibition on The Art Journey of Pekan Nanas, would be displayed at a venue in Johor Baru, for more people to appreciate what Pekan Nanas has to offer.

Happy recipients of uniquely Pekan Nanas souvenirs;
[Left to Right] YB Yeo Tung Siong,
YB Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali and Yours Truly!
YB Sheikh Umar said that Pekan Nanas was unlike other Johor destinations like JB, Kota Tinggi or Mersing, and even though it is a small town, it is big in talent.

He congratulated the organisers and commended them for their initiative to carry out this art and heritage project which goes a long way to bridge the local community and promote this small town to the rest of Johor and beyond.

He encouraged them to continue in their efforts to promote Pekan Nanas so that eventually, visitors who come to JB have a sole intention to visit Pekan Nanas.

He also hoped that while the visiting artists were in Pekan Nanas, there was a transfer of skills and education so that local people learned from them and are empowered to do something beneficial for themselves and the local community.

As a token of appreciation, Lee presented YB Sheikh Umar and YB Yeo with his sketch portraits of the two Guests-of-Honour.

They were also each presented with a souvenir of that wooden trinket box, complete with one coaster, one keychain, one fridge magnet and four postcards, within.

It was my pleasure to receive a similar souvenir wooden box too!

The Art Journey of Pekan Nanas exhibition is on now for a limited time until September 2, held at PTD 14270 Jalan Industri 8, Taman Perindustrian Pekan Nanas, Pekan Nanas, 81500 Pontian, Johor. 

Saturday night barbecue at Capri

Saturday nights are for chilling out with family and friends, and there’s no better way than to do so with a leisurely barbecue dining experience at Caprilicious, the all-day dining café in Capri by Fraser Johor Baru.

Caprilicious serves a Saturday night barbecue buffet
The hotel is just a short drive away and I arrive in plenty of time to see the entire buffet spread before any diners started on their meal.

[I remember my first experience in the hotel carpark so this time I keep my eyes peeled for the directional signs and I find my way out from the maze quite easily.

This is only because the hotel is linked to Tri Towers and there is a designated parking area for hotel guests. Then I should park here for easy access to the elevator lobby that conveniently leads into the hotel.]

The buffet line starts in the foyer outside of Caprilicious and my eyes are riveted to the whole roasted lamb, kept warm on a spit.

A whole roasted lamb to enjoy!
I cannot help a sudden flashback to the annual Ramadan buffets which often featured a whole roasted lamb for the breaking-of-fast meals.

I agree that it’s a good idea to include the whole roasted lamb in this barbecue buffet because diners can savour it again – in a more leisurely way – and probably enjoy it better when tasted outside of the Ramadan season!

Diners are invited to select their choice of items from the buffet and hand their plates over to the team members at the sizzling grill to grill the raw food or warm up the precooked items.

Take your pick of items from the buffet to be grilled
and served hot for you to savour - all night long!
Besides Beef steaks and Lamb chops topped with Black Pepper or Barbecue sauce, there are otak-otak and scallops still in their shells, and I also spy skewers of satay and condiments like slices of raw onions and cucumber along with complementing peanut sauce.

Buffets are designed for leisurely dining so I help myself to a small portion of each item for a first taste and if I wish to have a second helping, I know I can always return to the buffet again and again.

In addition to the barbecued items, the buffet spread continues in the café with sections for hot dishes – seafood and vegetables – as well as salads, drinks and desserts.

My portion of Prawn Carrot Rice with
a slice of Deep-fried White Pomfret
I’m looking out for something extraordinary and I’m not disappointed because I discover a dish of Deep-fried White Pomfret with fried onions and green chilli and a large platter of Prawn Carrot Rice.

To complement the meat dishes, a choice of fresh greens and salad sauces are provided for diners to pick their items to toss into a salad that matches with their own taste.

And to end the meal sweetly, there is a selection of cakes, jellies and puddings to enjoy with hot coffee or freshly brewed tea.

The Barbecue buffet on Saturday nights is served from 6.30pm to 10pm.

Diners being served their portion of the whole roasted lamb
Price at RM98+ per person with 50% off for kids (RM49+) aged between six and 12 years old.

Seniors aged 60 and above enjoy 30% off while one diner eats for Free with every three full-paying adults.

Capri by Fraser Johor Baru is situated next to Menara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, Kim Teng Park, 80300 Johor Baru, Johor.

Located in the heart of Johor Baru, there are two options for driving access: via Jalan Storey or via Jalan Jim Quee, close to Johor Baru Sentral.

For reservations, Tel: +607 277 0888 or email:

Doing our part to make a difference

…And the organisers of Youth Truth News, a Citizen Journalism training event, is doing just that.

Speakers at Youth Truth News - Basic Citizen Journalism
course Series Two, held at Iskandar Space
Held at Iskandar Space within Affiniti Medini, Iskandar Puteri, in a day-long event, this series of public training events, provided Free-of-Charge, was organized by The Iskandarian, the official newspapers of Iskandar Malaysia.

Starting from our little corner of the world in Johor, they are doing their part to make a difference in the world of writing and photography, one step at a time.

As in the Series One training event entitled, Youth Truth News – Basic Citizen Journalism Course held in June 2019, the Series Two event was organised with fellow speakers for modules on Writing, facilitated by Salamahafifi Yusnaieny, a journalist with The Iskandarian while Media Law was shared by Balbeer Singh, Head of Legal & Secretarial Services with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

A helpful sign at the entrance into the carpark
A session on the topic of Photography was facilitated by award-winning professional photographer and certified Master Photographer, Nicholas Vincent of NWorks Photography.

It’s my privilege to be part of the training team to share an Introduction to the World of Writing and Journalism, presented for the second time in Series Two of this Truth News Citizen Journalism training event.

This was a public event, targeted at youths to provide participants with the basic guidelines, tips and ethics in writing and posting words and photographs in print, so my presentation aims to inspire and motivate them with my own story.

I shared from my personal journey and experience, to show participants how an ordinary Johor Baru girl made her way to becoming a published author – and how my stories and books are now connecting people to Johor.

A section of participants in the smaller event hall
Prior to the event, I had discussed with the organisers about the venue and how I preferred a smaller hall so that I don’t have to use a microphone.

As the first speaker in the day’s event, I was at the venue ahead of time to set up my presentation along with a bunch of supporting visuals.

From our experience in the Series One event, the organisers and speakers were aware that participants who registered and (finally) turned up at this Free-of-Charge training on a Saturday morning, are those who truly wanted to be there to benefit from the training.

So even if the number of participants was not large, I knew that all who were present wanted to be there for their own reasons – whether it was to improve their writing or photography skills – but they would certainly benefit because their presence proved that they have the passion and commitment in their chosen field!

While professionals were involved in conducting the training, the atmosphere remained casual and friendly.

In fact, participants were encouraged to interact with the speakers, to ask questions and to get as much information as they needed from the experience.

While the speakers were making their presentations, participants were welcome to raise their hands and interrupt the talks to ask any burning questions, and the replies not only satisfied the one who asked but also benefited all participants.

Salamahafifi, better known as Fifi, discussed the Do’s and Don’ts in Citizen Journalism particularly in being responsible to check our sources of information to ascertain if it was genuine and to share relevant information, lest we caused readers to jump to the wrong conclusion.

I was the first speaker to share an Introduction to
the world of Writing and Journalism
She used examples of how we need to have background knowledge or provide it as necessary, along with the photographs before sharing articles or photographs on social media, in order to avoid creating confusion and division in our multi-cultural community.

The message was clear: While there are advantages in being a Citizen Journalist, it also comes with the responsibility in sharing news professionally on social media.

In the current age of mobile phones and social media postings, the Media Law guidelines went a long way to help participants understand how they should be responsible and ethical in their postings or risk being penalized by the law.

Balbeer Singh shared an eye-opening presentation on
the various Print and Multimedia laws in the nation
Besides providing some cases as examples, Balbeer cited the nation’s ancient but relevant laws for print media and the recent Multimedia laws to explain how these laws apply to social media users, including Facebook posts and WhatsApp chats.

This was an eye-opening revelation and by asking many questions, the participants clearly wanted to know more, and Balbeer graciously explained how the law works.

During the Photography session, I liked how Vincent shared tips and tricks about Photo Journalism and then invited the participants to go out with their mobile phones to snap “a photo which tells a story.”

Their enthusiasm for this exercise was proof that everyone fancies themselves as somewhat of “a photographer.”

Nicholas Vincent sharing tips on Photo Journalism
And when they returned to the event hall for the review session, Vincent invited each participant to show him – and the entire group – his/her mobile phone with that photograph for his comments.

From these photos, I was sure Vincent could identify the photographers who know how to apply the basic guidelines to compose “a picture that tells a thousand words” and likewise, I was sure his encouraging comments meant a great deal to each participant.

Using this range of photographs as examples, Vincent talked about composition, perspective and pointed out which photos fell into the category for Photo Journalism and which ones were Photographer’s shots.

I don’t know about the others, but this training event was a humbling experience for me because there is still so much more to see and learn from each other.

Speakers and participants at the Citizen Journalism course, Series Two
At the close of the event, the organisers encouraged the participants to put their newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice by contributing articles to Truth News, a Citizen Journalism portal at:

This is an excellent avenue to challenge the participants to step out of their comfort zone and try their hand at being a citizen journalist!

The participants also provided their Feedback to that will help the organisers in planning future training events. These are some of the encouraging comments received:

“The speakers were friendly and interactive.”

“Very good content, especially the ethics in being a journalist and in posting.”

“Great event for those who are new in this field.”

“Gained a lot of insight as I’m new in this field.”

“Happy and grateful that I learnt a lot in this training.”

“Very good event, thank you so much and please have more!”

Meanwhile, a date is being arranged for Series Three of this training event, to be held in about two months’ time, so look out for the announcement in Truth News.

This September, go Nyonya at Pulai Springs

Pulai Springs Resort pays tribute to the Straits-Born or Peranakan culture by presenting a buffet in the theme, Nyonya Pergi Makan that features traditional family recipes garnered from two true-blue Peranakan chefs.

Make a weekend date to enjoy Nyonya cuisine at the
Nyonya Pergi Makan buffet held at the Cinta Terrace
At the resort, I meet with two Babas*: the resort’s Executive Chef Kenny Lim, a Peranakan who partnered with guest chef, Chef Barnitus Ang, another Peranakan from Melaka, and pooled their resources to prepare a range of menus for good old-fashioned Nyonya cuisine.

*Kindly note that members of the Peranakan community in Malaysia address themselves as Baba Nyonya, and Nyonya is the term for women while Baba is for the men. The word Nyonya is often generally used to mean Peranakan.

The Peranakan culture here was mainly derived from inter-marriages centuries ago between the Chinese and Malay communities to create a unique cross-cultural blend, not only in its language, traditions, crockery and costumes but also in its cuisine.

A section of the buffet for hot dishes
In the former Malay Peninsular the main centers of Peranakan culture started in Melaka, Penang and Singapore.

The traditional Nyonya cuisine to be featured in this Nyonya Pergi Makan buffet, will be served only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the first two weekends in September.

Much effort is being put into arranging dishes in this theme, served in sections for appetizers, soups, main course, desserts and the live-cooking stalls.

Chef Kenny tells me that fresh ingredients like buah keluak that go into preparing traditional Peranakan dish, Ayam Buah Keluak (chicken), have to be sourced from a supplier in Melaka.

Note: Buah Keluak is the seed from the Kepayang tree. The black powder dug out from within the seed is a delicacy, an acquired taste and an essential ingredient in Peranakan cuisine.

Chef Kenny is also pleased to share with me, two of his family recipes which are served with pride in this spread.

Kerabu Telur Goreng is made from a family recipe
Sup Ayam Kentang (chicken and potato soup) is a family favourite which is fondly known as Sup Ayam-O (as in kopi-O), which speaks of the purity of this soup.

The main ingredients are just chicken and potatoes brewed with ginger, onions, garlic and tauchu, a preserved soya-bean paste.

Another family favourite is in the appetizer section. Chef Kenny points to the Kerabu Telur Goreng or fried egg salad, a simple but satisfying family recipe that he often serves at home.

There are also local salads and appetizers like fruit Rojak, Nyonya Acar (pickled vegetables), Glass Noodles Kerabu, Otak-Otak, fresh greens and Ulam-Ulam local greens to savour with a range of pungent dip sauces like Sambal Belacan.

Nyonya Asam Pedas with sea bass served hot from here!
The combined effort of Chef Kenny and Chef Barnitus has created a menu of hot items like Nyonya Nasi Ulam (rice), Ayam Pongteh (chicken), Sambal Udang Petai (prawns), Sotong Masak Lemak Cili Api (squid), Terung Sambal Udang Kering (eggplant/brinjals), Telur Cincaluk (egg omelet) and Nyonya Chap Chai (mixed vegetables).

I’m familiar with the Asam Pedas (tangy and spicy) fish served here during the Ramadan month so I’m ready for a fresh taste of Nyonya Asam Pedas, prepared with Ikan Siakap or Sea Bass fish, in a distinctly Nyonya flavour.

Nyonya Curry Laksa served hot for this live-station
As in the Nyonya Asam Pedas where bowls, filled with chunks of fresh fish, slices of ladies fingers and brinjals are served piping hot from a live-cooking station, the Nyonya Curry Laksa – noodles in light curry gravy – are also prepared and served on the spot.

Another popular live-station in this buffet spread is where refreshing tumblers of Coconut Shake are prepared and served.

In addition to jellies, puddings, cakes and fruit cocktail, the buffet also serves a menu of popular Nyonya kuih (cakes) like Ondeh-Ondeh, Seri Muka, Kuih Talam, Kuih Chendol among others and desserts like Sago Gula Melaka and warm broths like Bubur Cha Cha.

Tasty tender chicken in a serving of Ayam Pongteh
The Nyonya Pergi Makan buffet promotion is presented at the Cinta Terrace restaurant located on Level One of the Cinta Ayu Suites in Pulai Springs Resort, for lunch (12pm to 2.30pm) and/or dinner (6.30pm to 9.30pm) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in early September 2019.

[Please refer to poster above for dates and details!]

This themed buffet is affordably priced at only RM35 net per adult and RM17.50 nett per child aged 4 to 12 years. For every five (5) paying adults, one dines for Free. 

For more info and reservations, Tel: +607 – 521 2121, WhatsApp Tel: +6016 733 2918 or email:

Pulai Springs Resort is located at 20km Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Pulai, Johor.