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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Phuket: James Bond Island

We were lucky to be able to visit the lovely Phang-nga Bay National Park on my trip to Phuket.
The bus ride was about 1 1/2  -2 hours from Patong. Then we boarded a boat Definitely aht us there to view the famous James Bond Island as well.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mad Monkey Hostel Siem Reap

I was looking for a backpacker's hostel and this seemed like a cool and fun place to hang out... And it will be where I will be hanging out in Siem Reap...
Their description via their website: "The Mad Monkey Hostel is a relaxed and fun hostel with a swimming pool and poolside bar located close to the famous pub street in Siem Reap and close to the amazing temples of Angkor Wat.

Tuk tuk guide and driver service in Siem Reap

I am headed to Siem Reap in a few weeks time.
A friend recommended Safy to me. And I will be using Safy's services for the 2 days I am in Siem Reap.

KLIA 2 is opened...

Yaaaayy... KLIA2 is finally opened.. I can't wait to see it on the 25th of May...when I fly out for my backpacking trip to Siem Reap...

Watch my post.. I will surely be posting lots of pics then....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Life's journey...

Life is like a journey on a train...
with its stations..with changes of routes..and with accidents.

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children and even the love of our life.

Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasies, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers..requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way - love, forgive and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty..we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

Thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!

HAVE A PLEASANT JOURNEY AND DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY THE RIDE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mama Prima restaurant

I wanted to have Char Koay Teow at my favourite  restaurant but it was closed. 
So my daughter said she wanted to try out the new restaurant newly open about a month or two ago. 
It was quite cosy and air conditioned.  The menu wasn't too extensive but more simple.
I ordered a fruit punch with was actually a combination of red/rose syrup and sunquick orange cordial. My daughter had a glass of sun quick orange cordial .
Then she ordered a spaghetti bolognaise and my hubby,  a plate of fried mee.
The good was well presented and quite tasty.  And the bill was just RM22 which I think is quite affordable and reasonably priced.
So if you are in Prima Sri Gombak,  you might like to check it out....

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stonehenge in Malaysia...

The National Planetarium is quite a lovely place to visit. I brought the kids there once before. But it's been a while.

This short blog however is to share the sights I missed the last time, namely the replica of the Stonehenge which was a nice place to take pictures.

As well as a few other buildings from around the world supposedly for people to study stars, constellations and the movement of the sun or moon...

I will revisit the inside of the National Planetarium another day and share it here..

But for now enjoy these few pictures... Couldn't even see and take more pictures,as it started drizzling..

Tun Abdul Razak memorial

Tun Abdul Razak memorial was once the official residence of the late Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia's 2,and Prime Minister and father to our current Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib.

This house, which is named Sri Taman, was later occupied by the country's 3rd Prime Minister, Tun Hussein Onn.

Built in October 1961, the current Tun Abdul Razak Memorial had been the official residence of Malaysia's 2nd Prime Minister until his death in 1976.

The late Tun Abdul Razak was also known as the "father of development" .

Sri Taman was then converted into a memorial to honour the late Tun Abdul Razak's vast contributions to the development of the nation and its people in 1994

This lovely building holds a wide collection of the late Tun Abdul Razak's  personal items, documents and reading materials. The interior displays his private rooms with their original furniture and his private collection of walking sticks.

Guided tours are available by appointment. There are also souvenirs you can purchase here like button badges, fridge magnets, etc

Tun Abdul Razak memorial is located at the Lake Gardens (Tasik Perdana) in Kuala Lumpur between the  Planetarium and the Deer Park, and a very short walk from the Bird Park.

Admission: Free

KL Deer Park

Address: Jalan Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Office Number: +603 2693 6661
Opening Hours: 09:00am - 06:00pm (Daily)
Admission: Free

The KL Deer Park is a part of the Lake Gardens here in Kuala Lumpur. This 2 hectare park is the home of many types of deer. The Deer Park is very close to the world's largest free flight aviary, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

From the bird park, take a left turn and move towards the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial.

The Deer Park is in between the Memorial and the Orchid Garden. The Deer Park can also be accessible by walking down the steps behind the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial

The entrance of the Deer Park is a black gate, signage and some newly built attractive stone steps to some walkway and pavilions which overlooks the deer enclosure.

There is really no reason for you not to come here. The paths in the park are excellently built and thought out with the visitors' convenience in mind.

Lush greenery surrounds inside and outside of the park; making it bearable for visitors to walk around in the park under the sun

There are several types of deer which visitors can view. The main attraction of the park would be the mousedeer. The mousedeer is the smallest hoofed animal in the world and is a renowned creature in the Indonesian and Malaysian folklore.

Other species of deer at the park supposedly include the fallow deer from Netherlands, the axis deer and the sambar deer but we did not walk too far in.

One setback was we saw one or two badly injured deer due to accidents or fights and these poor creatures were bleeding and had the wound exposed to flies and so on.  I just felt the keepers should have taken him to treat the wound and keep him in isolation or maybe they haven't noticed.

But it's a beautiful place to visit or bring the kids.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cornery gourmet popcorn

Love popcorn?
Recently, gourmet popcorn standalone shops are popping up all over the place.
I used to like Garrett's when I bought it in Singapore outside the Universal Studios, never mind that it was expensive. But along the way I found it a wee bit too sweet..  which is not very good for our health.

Ah Cheng Laksa

My daughter and I love to eat at Ah Cheng Laksa because they serve very nice Pan Mee. The Assam Laksa here is also good and so is the Curry Laksa/Mee.
The Assam Laksa and Curry Laksa comes on 2 sizes. Regular or Junior. Regular cost RM7.90 whilst Junior is RM5.90.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Titiwangsa Lake Garden/ Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

Titiwangsa Lake Garden, also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, is a popular park to visit among the locals of Kuala Lumpur because of its close proximity to the city centre.

If you want a photo with the Petronas Twin Towers and the Istana Budaya in the background, you really must pay a visit here.

There are a lot of things to do here from remote control car racing (there is a track for this!!!), horseback riding, horse carriage rides, kite flying, canoeing, boating, water polo, jogging and roller blading etc...etc.. The list is nearly endless...

Titiwangsa Lake Garden is also a favoured venue for garden weddings, bazaars, events and a popular spot for wedding photographers.

Located along the Jalan Tun Razak area, it is just walking distance from other tourist destinations such as the Istana Budaya (right behind here) and the National Art Gallery.

Sany Char Koay Teow

I love my koay teows (flat rice noodles fried with bean sprouts, cockles and prawns in a wet, eggy, mixture of garlic, chilli paste and soya sauce.

I can never resist a plate of char koay teow, be it the Chinese version or the local Malay version.

So when hubby decided to have dinner here.. I was excited.

Sany is quite well known among the KLites. The restaurant/stall is located right behind the Istana Budaya along Jalan Tun Razak and walking distance from the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens/ Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

I ordered a big plate of char koay teow  but it did not seem that big here. However, they gave me 2x the normal amount of prawns.

The price?
For a regular plate :RM4.50
A big plate cost :RM5.50
The special one cost :RM6.50

The taste? Yummy.. You should check it out and try it if you are around the area. I only paid RM18.50 for 3 plates of  char koay teow and drinks. Very reasonably priced I must say... Considering the location is in KL.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sneak peek...

.... At the gorgeous Premier Suite here at the Concorde Shah Alam...

Hi-Tea at Melting Pot Coffee House @ Concorde Shah Alam

Had a small family hi tea at the Melting Pot coffee house at the Concorde Shah Alam.

The food was quite good. You can have international fusion. The spread is pretty impressive and value for money since the Hi- Tea is just RM55.00++ per person.

As usual, yours truly here couldn't resist taking the opportunity to take photos of the food...

So if you like some great value for money spread in a great ambience, you should really check out the Melting Pot coffee house

Concorde Hotel Shah Slam
3, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah C9/C,
40100 Shah Alam,
Selangor

Email: shahalam.concordehotelsresorts.com

Tel: +603 5512 2200

Friday, April 4, 2014

More pictures from Lost World Tambun's Tiger Valley

Here are more pictures from my other camera from the Lost World of Tambun.

Fun with art at Artsphere @ The Atmosphere

Located near the Giant Supermarket, The Atmosphere is actually quite attractive and fascinating.

20 international and local artists were asked here to paint 80 assorted murals in this shoplots area!

Imagine eye-catching surprises everywhere you walk  because most of the artwork are interactive and some with pretty awesome 3D effect!

It's definitely among some of Malaysia's awesome collection of 3D murals.
 
The Atmosphere is supposed to be an area for the arts, culture, nature, lifestyle and community, the shop lots here are ideal for specialty stores, showrooms, boutiques, bistros, cafes, restaurants and banks.

The wide boulevards, meanwhile, are great for flea markets/ bazaars and there are some ongoing during weekends at least for the time being...

It is a shame not many shops are taken up or open yet or it will be even more fascinating.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/artsphere208tyofficial for more information.

Address : 1-3, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 2, Taman Prima Tropika, 43300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GPS Coordinate : N 2° 58.952′ E 101° 39.767′

Website : http://theatmosphere.com.my

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Up close with tigers

Somewhere in Western Thailand, in the forests of Kanchanaburi near the border with Myanmar (Burma), there is a forest monastery,  Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, or more well known as the Tiger Temple. 

It is a temple that has grown from a simple place of worship by a few Buddhist monks who took in a single tiger in 1999, into an expansive “sanctuary” with around 100 tigers to date.

To get there you can follow a tour bus/van which might along take you to a few other choice spots in Kanchanaburi as well.

There is a fee before you can entered the temple. And you will be made to sign a disclaimer in case anything goes wrong, that you will not hold the temple to blame.

Inside the gates of the temple, you will be surprised to see a menagerie of animals from deers, water buffaloes, bulls and cows, wild boars and wild horses around. 

You have to walk towards to canyon/quarry depending on what time you are there but normally in the afternoons the sessions are at the canyon/ quarries. 

You have to leave your bags and any dangling items (necklaces, sunglasses etc) in a designated area before you are allowed to pay another fee to enable you to "meet and greet" the tigers and queue up.

For about half-hour, visitors have the option of being escorted around the quarry with two female volunteers so they can pet each tiger while they sleep. One volunteer keeps an eye on the tiger while the other takes charge of visitor's camera and snaps away as they touch the big cats.

When I stepped into the quarry area I was truly excited and nervous. It had been one of my dreams for a few months the since I learned of this place to visit and touch a real life adult tiger.

For an extra fee, visitors can have their picture taken with the largest tiger's head resting in their lap.

Despite its status as a sanctuary, the Tiger Temple has been dogged by controversy as it has grown as a tourist attraction.

The temple has been forced to continuously deny that its big cat residents are sedated to allow tourists to have their pictures taken with them.

They say the reason the tigers are so docile is because they have been hand-reared by the monks from an early age, which means their aggressive behaviour has been controlled and they do not see human contact as a threat.

However, a lot of people are kind of suspicious over why the cats are so calm and sleepy during the visiting sessions. But if you ask me, I think it is because they are used to humans, they are well fed and full and the photography session in the canyon is their afternoon siesta time anyway.

It is a great experience meeting these majestic  cats. And like most places, we should follow the rules and advices given when visiting to make our visit safe and memorable.




At the Terminal 21 shopping mall...

Named for its resemblance to an airport terminal and its location at Sukhumvit 21, Terminal 21 is right next to the busy Asoke intersection, connected with the BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit stations.

Each floor of this unique shopping mall has a different theme based on various cities around the world, so it's like traveling to a new shopping venue when you arrive at each different floor.  There are well-placed statues and icons of each city in their respective sections.

At the concourse level, there is a Caribbean-themed supermarket floor, has beach decor and a big lighthouse smack in the middle of the area.

When you enter the mall from the street or BTS skywalk, you will be in Rome and Paris, two floors dedicated to fashion brands.

The first time I entered the mall I was truly overwhelmed and fascinated.

It is the decor and concept that is unique. But nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to international brands. It's practically the same brands/stores that can be found in the other malls.

You will be travelling through Tokyo (and can touch the wrestling sumo's butt) , Istanbul, San Francisco, and so on as well....

All in all, you really cannot deny that Terminal 21 is indeed a feast for the senses to stroll though.

Terminal 21: Asoke-Sukhumvit Intersection
BTS: Asoke.
MRT: Sukhumvit.

Photographs with a baby leopard...

Here are some photographs I took with a baby leopard in Kanchanaburi near the Jeath War Museum/Bridge over the River Kwai....

He was just too adorable to ignore or resist. We paid the handler 200 Thai Bahts for the oppotunity to feed him milk and have photographs taken with him...