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Well, woke up early next day as Goft was already at lobby waiting for all of us, which she mention to us that we are heading to one of a famous restaurant chain from New York for breakfast which is just directly across our hotel which is Dean & Deluca. To head here is pretty easy, just climb up to the SKY Train Station and just walk across which sandwich in between the 2 exits of the stairs.

One of the reason that Goft bring us here is because its famous restaurant chain from New York that have 16 outlets around in US and another 16 outlets out from US and here is one of the outlet that opens its door to public since mid of last year and according to her, its a must try outlet for us. Well, she also did told us that alot people hype about it, and leave the tasting to us to judge. 🙂

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Dean & Deluca is well situated in the heart of Silom under the Mahanakton Project whereby will be completed around 2014 that will marks tallest building in Bangkok. It will also share along with Ritz Carlton Residence, Bangkok in it. This area is known as one of a busy business district in Bangkok, so put this place nicely sandwich in between the exit of Chong Nonsi BTS SKY train service.

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So here we are early morning for our breakfast and it was only 9am which today is the day of their Queens Birthday. So you can do planking right in the middle of the road where no car will hit you.

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Once we open its door and set foot into this outlet, we know that our breakfast gonna cost us a bomb and it was already packed with people.

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With interior of high ceiling, concept following back the ambiance of busy cafe in Manhattan, a huge space filled with simple white chairs and tables, share along with minor part of departmental rack right at the corner for you to buy some of their snacks. This place looks like a typical western cafe that smack in high end area to attract those bosses or business people over for lunch or coffee.

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A huge board behind the order counter that design with huge slabs of marble and you place your order right at the moment.

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Was told that during weekend, they have pretty nice live jazz band that attract many people over to have their wine here and enjoy the music.

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Then we head to the order counter which we are already drool with saliva after seeing most of the display rack.

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of course the desert area kill us off but in such early morning, most of us do not have the appetite to eat one of this yet, if we are here during tea time, we will be crazy over it.

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We were pampered with huge selection of bread and pastries, that get to choose on the spot. Then the girls went crazy, keep pointing, I want this, I want that, please order ahh.. Remember..plz plz. . .

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 Even bagel were hanging like donuts.

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If those bread and deli do not attract your attention, then I believe the sample of main selection display right above on the rack will tempt you on.

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At such a nice cafe deli area, it would be wrong if not to order coffee for breakfast and I would say the coffee is well prepared that you would rarely see such a nice smooth froth on the top.

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Special brew coffee @ 70 bhat

Cuppucino @ 100 bhat

Mocha @ 110 bhat

Latte @ 150 Bhat

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Annie and her Latte @ 150 Bhat , as I would say the coffee taste is quite a let down for us, that the taste is a bit pale end with a bit bitter after taste. Although, did try out a few selections of coffee before, certainly this are not my preferred choice.

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Early morning, Tatt already order such a meal that makes his taste bud awake by ordering Lime Prawns @ 275 bhat, 2 prawns that served along with greens and shower with some of its gravy, not a bad choice, for sour and bit of spicy taste in the morning. Prawns are fresh too.

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My choice, I start off with plain Meat Panini @ 220 bhat. I find that its too heavy for me, as the serving is huge, good enough to share for 2-3 pax and its quite salty because many layers of hams and cheeze melted on it. The bread is quite dry as I believe its meant to be in this way, and I think its best to order something else.

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Next the girls order Double Egg and Sausage Sandwich each for  275 Bhat.

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They ordered 2 portion and they are shocked when see the servings of it which is pretty huge. Collen and Nancy were having fun time on playing with the bread as they keep saying, how to go into my mouth, so wide and huge, then Tatt give it a try. . .

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Even him also having hard time in biting and chewing as the bread is pretty dry that just smack 2 eggs and sausage along.

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Salmon Bagel @ 250 bhat

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This was the hit among all of us, with generous slices of salmon given along with bagel and the sour cream is nice, not too sour and creamy which is just perfect, well toast and prepared.

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This Bagel & Scott SMK @ 250Bhat, I do not really know how to enjoy this, I gave it a bite and pass but Steven enjoy every bite of this.

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The super star among all dish that ordered. French Toast with Bacon @ 250bhat, was gone in seconds when it was place on the table. Well toast and fried along that coated with layer of egg and a layer of honey tat make it a bit sweet salty, crispy on side then eat along with bacon is just perfect! – Recommended~

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New York Cheese Cake was served at the end with Tatt order it mysteriously at 145 Bhat. We left it quite a while to eat our mains first then it start to melt that the texture is a bit off, it was very rich in cheeze that we love it, with the crust is crispy just as the cheeze cake as we expected it, best to eat it while it had been served or out from the fridge.

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Goft trying to be cheky .. .

Well, the whole experience of New York choice of breakfast is the typical type of western breakfast I would say, with panini, and dry bread that can be expected, well ..  if there is a hype on it, I guess maybe you guys can give it a try on their mains that looks pretty good on the display rack, do expect that it will cost a bomb as this is one of the most expensive breakfast we had that cost us 2950 bhat for 6 pax.

It is one of a recommended place from me if you want to try classic western breakfast for the first time but be willing to be pay for the price of it, and the ambiance. On my second thought, I think you can spend the money else where for better breakfast at that kind of price.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, you can give it a try~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Dean & Deluca
MahaNakhon Project,
92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road
Silom, Bangrak,
(right infront of Chong Nonsi BTS Station)

Telephone: +662-234-1434

It was the 5th day on our trip (day 4 click here) and we had a slight change of plan in our schedule that we should visit this place, Window of China and all agree to visit this place which located at Taoyuan. Again we had been waking up early every day around 7.30 am to head for new destination and exploration. We took MRT  to Zhongli Railway Station, then you can continue by Hsinchu Bus (bound for Leofoo Village & Window on China Theme Park) to the park but we have opted pre-arrange cab to pick us up at the train station to Window on China with total journey around 1 n half hour from Taipei Main Station. Another option you can go is by taking a high speed rail bullet train from Taipei to Taoyuan station.

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The taxi guy is very very friendly, telling us all about Taiwan and what are other places of interest to go. After a few days here, I find that most of them are very friendly yet very informative. A good way for Taxi to promote their local destinations also.

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Not long after that, we reached Window on China Theme Park and there are alot of cars going in as the school holiday just started. Most of the family would want to bring their children here, as not only you get to see minature building most of northen Taiwan but also there are a theme park in it. In the Theme Park also have the tallest fume ride with 12th story high, Taiwan’s first 360 degree spinning “Rocking Boat,  and many more. (click here for details)

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For Entry it cost NT499 each which you can check it out more at this website Taiwan Themepark

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They are so cute that dress in Doraemon in the theme park world and if you do follow the comic. . .

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You can buy the mini helicopter hair band to fly around the park . .:D

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When we reach, a cultural dance is going on in Taiwanese Art Folk Center.

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Then we walked in to the world of Xiau Ren Guo which is the other meaning of Window on China.

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you can see how minature the building is. Most of them are all the historical building build around the world.

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#Window on China 1

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Before we head to the theme park, this caught us by surprise that we did not know there is another famous cartoon character, Doraemon World is in this park too. Let me bring you through the famous teleport door to a glimpse of the world..

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Say hi to Doraemon and Nobita.

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# Doraemon 1

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The famous hang out place in the cartoon character.

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The time travel machine.

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Then after that we head into the Theme Park that has many ride

Window on China Theme Park has the tallest water flume ride in Asia. It is 12 stories high, and it is very exciting and scary. In addition, there are many different rides in the amusement park such as “Thunder Rain”, “Nile beach”, Taiwan’s first 360 degree spinning “Rocking Boat, cute “Strawberry Ferry Wheel”, “Flying Planes”, “Jumping Stars”, etc. European Castle Amusement Park is a kids’ favorite. No matter rain or shine, kids can enjoy themselves there.

It has more than 20 rides such as kids’ favorite “Merry-Go-Around”, Taiwan’s only indoor roller coaster, crazy UFOs, Bumper Cars, and so on. There are many varied and interesting rides in the park. (source from Welcome to Taiwan)

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Nile Adventure . . .

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Wet world . . .

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Then we head back to the main Park again.

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That you will definately stop by at this Doraemon mini showcase area.

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Just wish I can fly with them..ehehe

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#Doraemon 1

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#Doraemon 13 with all the main character in the movie, from left (Shizuka, Nobita, Doraemon, Suneo and Takeshi)

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They are patoring in that world too. . .

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 #Doraemon 14

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Dora world

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On the way heading out we were recommended on this brand of Taiwan Muarchi which is seriously good. Recommended if you do come here.

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Overall I find that, the only main attraction that attract me very much is the Doraemon World, I would recommend to go other places of interest if you do have the time as there is nothing much to see, or maybe I went to the Shenzen Window of China before which is much bigger and nicer that makes me think like that.

For more info of Window on China on Taiwan and public transport to come here, check this out

1) Taiwan Touch Your Heart

2) Taiwan Window on China

If you are looking for more ThemePark Attraction around Taiwan, this website certainly helps us to plan the trip, Themepark

After the tour, Ian’s girlfriend plan to visit back her town when she used to study at Taiwan, then we head to Taoyuan town for makan makan (food hunt), as we were inform by the auntie that there is a lot of nice food to offer there.

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Our very first stop of the place is this desert shop which is highly recommended by the auntie, Meet Fresh as when I first saw this shop it instantly link me to our local famous Taiwanese desert, Snowflakes is because both of them have very  similar concept.

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The concept started off with a old-fashioned sweets-filled upbringing on a farm in Taichung County’s Fengyuan, a pair of siblings decided to open up a candy shop to share their sweet talent with city dwellers. Johnson Fu and Ms. Fu, a brother-and-sister team, create nostalgic treats with fresh taro and other natural ingredients. All of their sweets are handmade without chemical additives and are cooked right in the store on a daily basis. Their creations include flavors like taro jelly, bean jelly, grass jelly, and several different teas (NT$30-50). The siblings recommend their grass jelly drink, which has a very smooth texture. –By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee (source from Taiwanfun)

This desert shop is so famous that now it had around 130 outlets just in Taiwan itself and become a legend of the Two Elders

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This place is a hit among many Taiwanese and they had a few branches around Taiwan Country and now had extended as far as Sydney which Grabyourfork blog about it..

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The price is definately reasonable with the portion of it and range is more than Snowflakes.

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For taste wise, the taste is abit mild compare to Snowflakes as they had edit according to our local taste bud. This is their famous signature desert with taro, red bean, grass jelly and finely shave ice at the bottom.

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Then the auntie went to tapau for us a famous fried chicken for us that is famous in the neighbourhood but I still find that on the first day what we eat is better. (click here)

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Taste not bad, crispy, as I love mine spicy and have to eat it while its hot.

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After our lunch, aunty brought us to her brother’s shop that operating Taiwan Bubble Tea which is few doors away.

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With a small booth like that can operate one good bubble tea stall.

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Their top 5 recommended drinks for the stall.

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Both that working in here are her cute niece.

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Of course we definately will go for their Original classic Milk Tea with Pearl and Winter Melon with Pearl. I would just say this is so far one of the best bubble tea that we have come accross so far. Very nice aromatic tea brewery and the best is the pearl, chewy- not too solid yet soft which as our liking. . .We just non stop sucking and chewing it.

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Under this hot weather, with this drink definately is satisfying.

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We head to next stall accross the street that sells this fried item.

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This is the shop number and if you can find this shop, you will be able to find the fried chicken also.


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This is where the Taiwan fried chicken stall is located, which I do not really know how to find in the map, I am very sorry for the location but I got scolded because of taking her stall as she do not want to be in any media.

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Police cars that look pretty Chinese.

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After all those, we were all very very very seriously full but the auntie still want us to eat by bringing us to this shop that serve good soup and fried dumpling.

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Sour and Hot soup  .. .

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With a choice of many taste you can mix and match with it.

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I love this fried dumpling with the skin is thin and fried on one side. The filling inside is solid with meat and a bit cripsy thing which is not water chestnut. . Dip with a bit vinegar and chili oil, taste awesome.

We took an hour bus back to the city, went back to hotel, load in more cash into our wallet as we are heading to warzone destination which I would say a shopping paradise for women.

*remark – Girls, if you do come here, please load yourself with cash! If not you will regret walking out from here and most of the girls came here, did kena a serious damage in purse.

Wufenpu is our next destination, know as a garment wholesale shopping paradise that all the seller here do sell in lose pack and if you would want to buy in bulk definately you will get cheaper price compare to all of us. For girls that love to shop, this place is definately a Big RECOMMENDED place to all of you. For guys, I am sad to say that its quite limited but we still can find something out of here as I feel that 70% for girls 30% for guys. For us as a guy, I did ended up with a few pieces of nice pants and t-shirts which is quite a bargain compare to Malaysia.

If you get Wufenpu by MRT (Kunyang Line) from Taipei Main Station – Get off at the Houshanpi Station (Exit 4) and walk about five minutes west along Yongji Street to the corner of Zhongpo N. Rd..

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Here’s a premium shopping trip for you: know that in Taipei “value for money” in clothing and accessories means the Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area . Located in the eastern part of Taipei City, here your tourist dollar travels far.

The literal translation of “Wufenpu” is “five parcels of open land,” indicating that in pioneering days the first Chinese settlers bought up a large plot here in modern Taipei’s Songshan District in a group of five. To today’s Taipei residents, however, the place name is synonymous with a renowned wholesalers’ district stuffed to the brim with quality inexpensive clothing and related adornments — and stuffed with happy bargain-hunters most every day. It is now rightfully gaining recognition on the tourist map as well. (source from Taiwan Touch your Heart)

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The place is quite huge and most of the girls here can spend just half day shopping in this place. So take your time and have fun burning your pocket.

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Me I am a happy shopper here at last that I manage to find my nice not so camera bag in this area which I totally like the quality and good bargain.

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By shopping half way, we did stop by to Farmosa Chang which is famous for Nu Rou Fan (mince pork rice) around the area for a satisfying dinner (click here) and continue shopping back after that.

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By walking too much in the wholesale area, makes us reach back our homestay around 12 am which we took the last MRT ride and feeling very hungry when reach back our place. Then head to our favourite 7-11 store which we hang out here every night to buy food and beer back. The orange juice taste so pure is like 90% blend fresh yet thick in flavour. Umph ah! then the instant noodle have mince pork cubes as the add in flavour turns to be one of our favourite supper now.

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This is my set which is super spicy and challenging and delicious.

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Looks plain, after a few bites  just prepare to get sweaty.

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My favourite drink before I go to bed, Big bottle of Taiwan Beer is so cheap that cost around NT32 for 1 bottle which is RM3.20 for 1. Love the lager taste of it and for a local beer, definately I am recommending it~

Its time to sleep early and will go to my Day 6 itenery soon which is Sun Moon Lake which mesmerise us of the scenic view!

For me, I would say I am a big fan of bubble tea. Still miss the time when I was studying in Melbourne and take bus back to my house will pass by this bubble tea located at Box Hill Train Station which will definitely walk pass by there. Me and my housemate got addicted till we had 4-5 cups a week till we know most of the people working in there and get to have special mix combination that not in the menu. Chatime had landed in Malaysia.


After so long, to get a very nice bubble tea in KL is very hard, not until recently I heard one of my friend mention that one of our friend opening a famous Bubble Tea from Taiwan very soon and asking me to watch out. It was not till I heard they are the master owner of this very famous brand for Malaysia market Chatime which located at hottest shopping location area, Level 4, Pavilion (in front of True Fitness). Not to mention I have recently came back from Taiwan and only realise that actual bubble tea is so much different compare to our local market that they have in the mall or pasar malam. They acutally have a very original taste of tea of the mixture rather than most of them are using powder.

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Chatime is quite a well know brand which spread its wings with more than 300 outlets across the globe. One of the drinks to look for is that they do not really use powder but nicely brew tea, mix and match of alot of flavours. Upon ordering we are able to choose less sugar or more sugar just like it is as I experience in Taiwan.

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They have long list of drinks available but this are so far their signature or recommended drink.

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For me the usual way to test the best out of the drink is always go for their original drink ‘Original Milk Tea with Pearls’. Aromatic of tea flavor and milk that doesn’t not taste too condense milky along with the ngam ngam mixed pearl is just good, would just easily beat any of the stalls out there.  RM5.90 – highly recommended

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Another recommendation by one of the staff is ‘Japanese Match Red Bean Smoothie’. If you are looking something cold, then this is an good option, strong green tea flavor that combines well with the red bean that make it solid in taste, and I just forgot to add pearl, it would have been more perfect. RM5.90

So far I like both Snowflakes and Chatime Bubble tea range, something that I would definitely want to have when I go to Pavilion.

For all parties that are interested in getting their Chatime Franchise, please contact them at : 03-77850580

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, Very Good ah~ Recommended~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Lvl 4, Pavilion
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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