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Like most little girls, I believed nothing less than a fairy could make my dreams come true. Plain and simple - enjoys Traveling, Shopping and Reading.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Malaysia: Kedah Darul Aman

Located in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Kedah Darul Aman (Abode of Peace) where its mainland is popular for growing rice."As I go through life, I want to learn to age gracefully and accumulate wisdom born from experience.

Alor Setar
Menara Alor Setar is actually a telecommunication tower in Alor Setar. (Traveled once to this city with Kenny, Ai Wah & Wei Shwu). We did not visit the observation deck. It is difficult to shoot the photo for the main tower however there is a mini tower for our photo shooting. We lingered around the Istana Kuning and headed to Nasi Lemak Ong at Jalan Putra. It’s a mixed twist of Nasi Kandar ala Nasi Lemak Chinese Style. My Love for Spicy Food! Just to be safe I am asking for a Less Spicy Curry Rice. Price: Medium range depending on the dishes you ordered. Taste: Good.

The Rice Plant Museum is worth a visit. There is a revolving platform equipped with cinema seats which allows visitors to admire a 360 degree panorama mural of the rice plantation across Kedah.  The air conditioned museum is a great way to escape the sun heat. We spent around 1 and a half hour in the museum photo snapping with the statues.

We continue driving around to Kuala Kedah’s Fort. The beautiful paddy field view caught my heart. The fishing boats, buffalo and the hot sun made photography outing day a fun one. Finally, we reach the Kuala Kedah’s Fort (known as Kota Kuala Kedah). The fort was once built with assistance from the Portuguese. What a beautiful architecture. Watching the sunsets with the local folks picnicking by the field, the feeling is a loved one as I am able to spend this moment with my best friends.
Before ending the journey for Alor Setar, we decided to drive back to the city’s heart. The colorful lighting captures our interest. What a simple journey.

Pulau Langkawi
Langkawi is the jewel of Kedah or better known as a duty free island. Upon landed, we rent a car and drove to Langkawi Eagle Square located at the southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi. It is a must to visit as besides offering beautiful views of Kuah Bay which also known as Dataran Lang, the square is also a good place to watch sunset and ferries in Langkawi. Along there, is a walking distance to the CHOGM Park and Taman Lagenda Dalam Langkawi.

The hotels in Langkawi boast spacious and well-appointed accommodations as well as top-notch facilities and services that are above industry standards. Be aware! The hotels recommend to stay in are Sunset Beach Resort Hotel and Berjaya Langkawi Resort. However there are a few bad hotels such as Paradise Inn Langkawi.

We had our diner at Orchid Intan Seafood Restaurant (Kuala Kuah instead of the tourist spot in Pantai Cenang). The price is still expensive. The taste is good though. Love the "salted vege toufu soup". We are able to get a lot of cheap beers in the island. We bought a few beers and choose to relax in our hotel’s balcony- drinking.
Upon waking up, we waste no time and headed to Langkawi Cable Car and Oriental Village. The cable car ride to the top of Mount Mat Chinchang indeed has breathtaking views. We had our lunch at Japanese Food in the Oriental Village – Mizumi Japanese Restaurant. Choices are less but the taste is good. Price is expensive compare to the fast food sushi franchises in Malaysia.  

We continue to drive around and visited Makam Mahsuri. Makam Mahsuri is a mausoleum of a woman whom is believed in causing the fall-and-rise of Langkawi. It is not worth to visit as it is not well maintained but a good spot to learn about the legend of the island.
We spent our last night walking around in Pantai Cenang. We found a small reggae pub and it is a cool place to hangout for some drinks- Babylon. Pantai Cenang is suppose to attract tourist like me for their handicraft souvenirs but I am more attracted to the foods varieties that we can choose along the road despite being pricey.
Before checking out from the island, we swim a little bit more and rest in our resort. Grab a quick lunch at the sea-view restaurant for my CheeseBurger in the resort. Langkawi is indeed a good place for relaxing. On the way to the airport we drop by the Telaga Harbour Park. We loved the slow pace lifestyle in the island.

Gunung Jerai
As the highest peak of the state, Gunung Jerai is located near Sungei Petani, not far from the island of Penang. A one day trip will be sufficient. There is nothing much in the mountain except a few newly-renovated chalets. We are unable to find a place to grab our lunch. We are thankful that we have our heavy breakfast at Sungai Petani before we drove up the hill. However the peaceful environment is worth the visit. A 4 hours visit is sufficient unless we intend to do so hiking and trekking.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Hong Kong -Yuen Long

23 January - 26 January 2013, 5 August - 31 October 2013

Shan Pui River (山貝河)

When it comes to shopping cities, I'll name Hong Kong as one of them as one of the best places to shop till you drop. The search continues for the must-have experience that what is being watch in TVB drama since I learn to watch soap operas. Never knew that Shan Pui River will be one of the impressive place that I'll remember from my Hong Kong's Trip.

 From the Movie Karma Rider (師父·明白了) which was broadcasted in Hong Kong during my stay, I am so curious about this bridge-ing scene where lovers say goodbye or as a place to fall in love as per the plot of the dramas.

We Found it! Remember this?

Horse Riding, China Emperor or Princesses being Kidnapped. Amazingly surprise the place was indeed a small place. TVB did a good job in the camera edit.

It's worth a visit. Take a stroll and Good Job TVB!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cambodia: Siam Reap and Phnom Penh

5-8 September 2012 I always felt more emotionally attached to Cambodia than I did to Vietnam.Pol Pot's killings, communism, it's a nightmare. Life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

 Angkor Wat - Everyone should walk across. I did it and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I've ever had. The view is breathtaking. Appropriate attire when visiting temples in Angkor Wat is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. I passed the test.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - Gives me all the bumps. Torture and extermination; I just want to leave the Museum even before stepping my foot in.

Royal Palace - A Fantastic paradox.

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”

Total Spent: MYR1452.61+

Friday, July 1, 2011

Indonesia: Denpasar, Bali.

26 - 30 June 2011

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress can be found in Bali.

Day 1 & 2: Touring the Culture and Nature
I stood on the ridge named Kintamani enjoying fresh mountain air and a scenic view of active Batur volcano. Great respect for this particular goddess. Proceed to Batubulan Village for Barong and Kris dance and Ubud Village a handicraft village. it takes both rain and sunshine to make me smile. Drop by Tampaksiring a holy spring temple and Bendulu Village for Elephant Cave.

Day 3: Touring the Southern Coast
Worship toward thy holy templeat Bukit Peninsula the holy temple Uluwatu. Amazing traditional and dance music; Kechak or Monkey dance of the Ramayana Story. My favourite, Jimbaran served good grill seafood dinner.

Day 4: Journey of the Northwest
Mengwi Village the Royal Family Temple. Journey continues to Bedugul. It's enduring fresh mountain air and scenic beauty of the Lake Beratan and it's Ulun Danu temple.
Last but not least, Tanah Lot

Day 5: Departing Bali

We're pretty boring. We get good sleep. Eat well. We don't really party at all, which is going to make our tour a peaceful one.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Malaysia: Kuching, Sarawak

22 - 25 April 2011

* Meow * Kuching, Sarawak. Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. Local Favorites; Mee Kolo: Above Satisfactory, Bihun Belacan: Nightmare, Sarawak Laksa: Good.

Day 1: Kuching City Tour:
Colourful shop-houses and trendy urban architecture. Tua Pek Kong temple, Astana, Sarawak River, Cat Museum, and proudly the one and only Chinese Museum. Jalan Carpenter a must go for shopaholic.

Day 2: Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation, Sarawak Cultural Village Tour & Annah Rais Longhouse:
We visited the Annah Rais Longhouse village, home to the Bidayuh that practice a traditional lifestyle. A simple life highly valued cultural heritage. The ‘Living Museum’ represented here through the Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Penan Hut, Orang Ulu Longhouse, Melanau Tall House, Malay House and Chinese Farm House. Amazing show from the ‘Land of the Hornbill’s’. Orang Utan; these tailless apes spend most of their time foraging for food, a fragile creature.

Day 3: Fairy & Wind Cave & Ma Zu Temple
This caves is a cool stream. Knocked out. Bats'poo! Slippery Senoirs and Senoritas. OMG! Torch Light; check! It was fun!! Entrance- the gates of the temple are amazing!

Day 4: Home Sweet Home.

Expenses: RM804

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vietnam: Vinh Long and Ho Chi Minh City

12-21 November 2010

The Simple Life is a dumb reality television series. However in Vietnam, it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. Paddy fields, no alarm clock at all, wild bunch of coconuts, proudly to announce i survived!

Vinh Long

Roaming through the jungle of "oohs" and "ahs," watch the river slipping slowly away beneath me; I felt peaceful. They call me 'The Anti-Pork Princess,' they don't know how much I enjoy it.

Ho Chi Minh City

Suffering from heavy traffic. A continual atmosphere of hectic passion - Lost. We have a problem in making our way as English is not widely spoken.

I am a lucky girl. This trip had made me realized that knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of happiness.

Expenses: RM939.50

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thailand: Songkla City and Hat Yai

4 and 5 September 2010

People have asked me what is the difference between Chinese food and Thai food. I tell them Chinese foods are more traditional like stir fry, but a lot of the Thai foods are hotter and spicier, cooked with curry. I was wrong. Thai Food can be explain by two words : HOT and SOUR.

The day started at 5.30am (Malaysian Time) with a shock at the Thai Immigration counter. The queue was sickening and yet we managed to get through it within 20 minutes. Reached Hat Yai City at 9.00 am (Thailand Time).

Songkla City - Sitting on a beach? Nope! We are standing under the rain!

Klonghae Floating Market - This very interesting attraction.

Hatyai nightlife features colorful and lively entertainment! I am loving it!

Expenses: min RM105