Monday, April 11, 2011

Swiflet Business: A shop in Kota Bharu Malaysia does it well

When I visited Kota Bharu recently, I came across a shop which manufactured swiflet saliva for health drink. They processed bird's saliva into many flavoured drink: longan, lycees, honey and rock sugar. This drink is sought after by many people. The price is not that cheap due to scarcity of the ingredient.

When I entered the shop the owner, Mr.Siong Hwa  greeted  me, briefed me on the products, showed me the mock-up bird nest and showed me how his workers cleaned the saliva and dried them. I was so impressed to know that the processed saliva or bird's nest can be sold as far as RM13,000 per kilogram.

The products.

The mock bird nest and house.

The drink slow cooker.

Cleaning the saliva by the workers using the water.

The drying area.

The dried processed bird's saliva.
If you happen to be in Kota Bharu, you can visit Tean Siong Trading, Sabrina Court (Tel 609-7416999), Jalan Padang Garong. It is next to the Pizza Hut  restaurant (It is located on first floor).

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur: Where the happenings

Bukit Bintang is a place in Kuala Lumpur where there are many hotels, shopping archades (up-markets), eating bazaars, massage services, electronic products etc. You can shop from the cheap items to thousands of dollars.

Enclave in Jalan Bukit Bintang and adjacents areas, this area is famous for many reasons. There are many shopping complexes here and they include Pavilion, Berjaya Times Square, Sungai Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Low Yat (computer and cameras) etc.

Jalan Bukit Bintang where they are many shops..

Bukit Bintang at night.

Bukit Bintang from the top.

Night market and eating place at Jalan Alor near Bukit Bintang.

Visit at night is more challenging since there any many touts to attract or lure you to their services. This area is serviced by bus, taxis and monorail. Monorail service ends by 11.00pm.

Happy exploring.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur where most shoppers do their shopping.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is a long one-way road (formerful known as Batu Road) in Kuala Lumpur. The area where most shoppers go is around Sogo, Pertama Complex, MARA and Maju Junction. Several hotels are found here.

Here most shops are old shops but were  refurbished and becomes textile shops. This road section, you can call textile road as most shops are selling textiles.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman at Sogo.

Textile is the trade of the day...

Many bookshops are here.
Shops selling fabrics and textile.

A big emporium formerly known as Globe Silk Store now as Sarah Hughes.
Sogo Supermarket located near here always sell at reasonable price. Occasionally, SOGO gives discount more than 50 percent especially during holiday seasons. I advise, if  there is a sale in SOGO, go and get it. It is cheaper.

To reach this area, you can get LRT (Bandaraya) or Masjid Jamek or buses.

Happy shopping.

Masjid India Kuala Lumpur: A Good Shopping Area

One of the shopping attractions for locals and foreigners in Kuala Lumpur  is around Masjid India. It is located next to Masjid India (mosque) and near the LRT Station Masjid Jamek. Here you can find many small souvenirs ( like bags, perfumes ), textile, accessories, goldsmiths, money changers, 2-3 star hotels, food court selling Malaysian food, supermarket (Mydin), banks, restaurants etc. Some of the products are sold  at a reasonable cost. Until you go and explore the area, you will not regret it.

Masjid India Shopping Area

Covered stalls offer many products price ranging from RM1.00 to over hundreds.

Bags were displayed for shoppers to choose

The famous 3-storey Masjid India, can accommodate many worshipper. Most Fridays, this mosque was packed with people even on the outside road.

The flats or mansions with shopping on the ground floor is unique at Jalan Masjid India.

For those who come from India, Pakistan and Middle East countries, you should visit this area. It is not only a shopping area, it is also a good eating area where you can find Malaysian traditional dish, and Indo- Pakistani dishes as well.

Masjid India Area is actually starts from the the junction of Jalan Melayu until you reach the end of the Masjid India road near Semua House. It is better to visit during the day as at night most shops are closed.

For those who like textile and garment, you can try shops at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, a street away from Jalan Masjid India. You may visit SOGO shopping complex nearby which offers reasonable price for clothes, electrical products, crockery, perfumes, jewelry, household goods, etc and there is a supermarket at the ground floor for those who need to replenish their food stock.Happy shopping.