British Colonial Style for Home Decor: Budget Shopping

Hi people.

Allow me to dedicate this entry and the next few ones to my very first attempt at British colonial-styled home decor. These entries will showcase my progress as I work towards turning my apartment unit into a dream home – one that has a classy, vintage feel to it.

Colour has to be a combination of white, light brown, dark brown, and black.

I know the photo quality in this entry is horrible as I didn’t have my Panasonic Lumix with me when I took them. No more handphone-quality photos in the next posts I swear.

Anyway in this first post, I’m gonna blog about how much I spent on certain home decor items over the weekend.

The best buy went to…


It’s not just a photo frame, but a wooden key box! And I bought it not only because it’s white and fits my British colonial theme, but guess how much it cost?

Original price was RM25, and they sold it MUCH cheaper with the clock already gone missing, at only…



Is that not cheap?

The next item is a metal clothes hanger (the type that allows you to hook over the door top) at 50% off because of Hari Raya sales. I bought it at OU Mall at Puduraya together with the key box, among other things.


It cost only RM3.50.

Don’t know how to call the following item, but the piece of metal is supposed to give your lock extra “protection”.


Well I know it’s not supposed to be here in the list but since I bought it together on the same day I may as well include it.

RM18 for a “lock armor”.

A wooden dish mat, for only…


RM1.90. Cheap, protects against heat on your table, and also vintage (and therefore classy to me).

Galvanised plant pot (I bought two) from Ikea. Fits amazingly well with Hessian.


A rattan basket I bought from Daiso for RM5 (most Daiso items are sold at RM5 per piece). I have no idea what to do with the basket yet but I figure I could put some fruits inside.


Rusch clock from Ikea.


For only RM3.30. I bought it not only because it’s freaking cheap, but because it’s white, minimalistic, and fits my theme damn well.

In the photo below, I bought the tea mat at 100 Yen shop for RM5 and the block candle at OU Mall for only RM2. Hardly believable right?


I’m not a fan of block candles but it’s cheap so whatever. Using it to attack thieves is also a very reasonable side-use.

A mini bamboo blind I bought from 100 Yen shop at RM5.90.


It’s rather “Japanese” and thus I have now used it for another project, which I will blog about much later.

Three different variations of the jute strings and also a cotton string ball for my quart jars project. Bought them in various places including some old shops at Petaling Street and Daiso.


About RM20 in total for the string.

And last but definitely not least – a mini platform for plant. Put a plant on top and it has the tendency of making your home feel serene and close to nature.


Alright, more about my other projects in the next posts. Take care and remember to live life to the fullest.

Famous Auntie Koh Cendol in Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca is one of the states in Malaysia I don’t mind going over and over and over again.

I don’t even mind moving there, for good, or retiring there! Really.

The last time I visited Malacca, it was two Christmases ago and thinking back, it feels like just yesterday! Time is passing really OMFG fast!

(Had wanted to go again with Catea last Christmas but plan was crashed due to me busy moving house. Goddamnit.)


CK and friends came to visit me last weekend and spontaneously declared that WE ALL HAD TO GO TO MALACCA! #joy1

In the morning before heading to Malacca, we dropped by Seremban to try its legendary Hakka mee (a traditional noodle dish generously topped with minced pork, spring onions and a pork gravy). #doublejoy

The way the Hakka noodles is being served reminds me of the signature Kolo mee of Kuching, which I have not eaten for too long.

Kolo mee in the Peninsular all fail anyway.

Okay, back to Hakka mee. The one we went to was Tow Kee in Pasar Besar Seremban. There is another of its adik branch at Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong (behind Maybank).

I personally find the Jalan Kapitan one much more fantabulous though. But it is only opened from 12pm onwards.

I shall provide its GPS coordinates on my blog since it is worth the little promotion here hehehe!

GPS Coordinates: 2.729633, 101.93679

Too bad the below is the only old, awful photo of the Hakka noodles I have because sadly I was too caught up in its deliciousness that I had forgotten to snap a photo.

Now Malacca.

Now if I don’t blog this, I don’t think you will ever know how a good cendol tastes like! LOL.

Before Duddull (a friend whom I have to agree 100% with her nick – inside joke) introduced me to Auntie Koh’s cendol, I had actually tried Malaccan cendol in the town area on a few occasions.

Don’t know if I was unlucky to have visited mediocre stalls or what, but all failed wei! I have also tried cendol in KL and PJ and Kampar and Ipoh and they all flopped harder than Rebecca Black.

I was therefore convinced that Kuching had the best cendol – until Duddull proved me wrong with Aunty Koh’s.

(And therefore the title choice.)

For close to two freaking years after visiting Auntie Koh’s, I remember having harassed Duddull so many times to ask her to bring me back because I seriously missed the cendol!

I even asked her to tapau lor and she was like -_-.

At Aunty Koh’s place. Antie Koh operated her stall right in the front yard of her house and she had a damn lot of customers!

Auntie Koh Cendol Malacca

Must snap a picture with Auntie Koh’s stall because once I hopped down I immediately told her I wanted a BIG bowl of cendol (with kuazhang hand gesture somemore) because I had been craving it for almost two years already.

In the end not only did she give me a big bowl of Auntie Koh Cendol, but extra!

By the way she’s the one in the light brown shirt in the photo above and I heard she’s a Nyonya.

Renu, Aik Jin, Ay Ching, Laurence (not in photo below), and myself were all happy customers after the cendol session.

Auntie Koh Cendol Malacca

The cendol came with a generous amount of thick coconut milk and that was probably what made it so tasty and famous! Renu believed coconut water was also added.

Auntie Koh Cendol Malacca

The compound of Auntie Koh’s house, super spacious, clean, and comfortable:

Auntie Koh Cendol Malacca

Besides cendol, of course it is customary to try Malacca’s other delicacies once there.

We had duck noodles. Those ding dongs kept hyping up the duck noodles but I felt they were just okay.

Then we headed for Nadeje, a famous cafe chain specialised in all sorts of layered cakes.

Environment-wise, the one located at Dataran Pahlawan has its good and bad. Good because it was comfortable and a place for socialising. Bad because seats were limited and we had to wait like siao to secure a seat.

Just look at the queue:

Can’t they expand it or move elsewhere with bigger space?

By the way this was Nadeje’s interior design:

Laurence and Duddull insisted to take a photo inside:

This was dunno after how many takes. The first take had them reversed in position and that resulted in a bigger face for Duddull, so she demanded switching place.

Yes, ma’am!

Duddull and I shared a small cup of cappuccino due to me being full:

And the layered cakes we ordered:

Kuching is famous for its layered cakes too and when I told Duddull that years ago, she said Malacca also got (she was referring to Nadeje). But layered cakes in Nadeje are totally different.

The difference is that Nadeje’s layered cakes are more atas (high class) and Western-style. Kuching ones being more traditional and Malay-style.

Laurence disgustedly trying to lick our shared layered cake. Yucks.

Before we even left (Laurence was paying the bill), the waitress had already placed the mini chalkboard below on our table. So rude.

We proceeded to San Shu Kong before we left for home because Renu wanted to buy some local products.

Duddull asked Laurence, “Got any San Shu Kong” in PJ?”

And you know what that ding dong Laurence replied?

“San Shu Gong passed away already.”





(For those who don’t know, San Shu Gong means “uncle” in Chinese but it is also the name of a retail outlet chain).

I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.