Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
As usual, when it comes to school holiday, my daughter and I are happy to set our path to somewhere out of the state. Being a groupon-atic, offer to Maybank2u customers in was not to be missed by us last month. For only RM30.60 instead the usual RM45.00, we would have full access to Lost World of Tambun and I think that is the cheapest among them all . I decided to give a try on our ETS (Electronic Train Service) to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur. Initial plan was to get the earliest train at 8.00 a.m (nonstop journey) but we woke up a little bit late that day. By taking ERL from Putrajaya (almost took 15 minutes), and our ETS Train to Ipoh (2 and half hour), estimated time to reach the park should be before 4 pm.
The only thing that lacks in Ipoh Railway Station was the taxi drivers who charge people quite exorbitantly and there is no meter policy. Since no buses service like RAPID transit or any kind of them, we had no choice but to use the taxi service to reach Tambun within our time frame(the cab charge wasRM20) . Hopefully we could utilise the park to our satisfaction with less time left.
What was the first impression? The park is divided into many themes. The Water park is just so and so (still prefer Sunway Resort) and the ride park was lacking in term of number of attractions (of course Universal Studios and Genting are lot better!). The true gem of this Lost World is the Petting Zoo which reminds me a lot to Perth Zoo (birds and some other animal roam freely in one big caged area). The zoo keepers are friendly with many informative facts to keep us entertained. Somehow, the landscape around this Petting Zoo s marvelous, as it brings us to some other world with lime stone hill surrounding the zoo area.
The Tiger Cage
Reaching exactly at 6 p.m, there are not many choices for us to roam around. The only park that opens after the hour is Hot Spring Resort and of course I regretted not to come a little bit earlier. We missed the Water Park and Team Building Park (canoe, kayak, abseiling, flying fox etc etc), the cave Exploration and the Tin Mine area. Most importantly that what makes me still regret – the souvenir shop which closed exactly at 6 p.m and to compare to Universal Studios, some of us, the parents would love spending time checking items at the end hours. I do think that Management may actually consider the idea to extend its operating hour.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
In my search of cheapest route to Tashkent (i was sort like need some inspiration to see a friend, kawan mak ni sgt best kerana on his way back to his country, he ask me to visit him), kecian plak aku rasa utk menghampakan orang, i tried to see what is best for me, mungkin setelah bebrapa hari berdoa, yup, the path is getting clearer.
It seems Delhi gonna be another hub destination for me to move to some countries easily. Uzbek, Lahore, Nepal and Bhutan. Maknanya senang saya membuat lawatan balas kepada encik ali, encik farid, shree, chelian, nemi dan yang lain lain berpangkalan di rantau asia sebelah barat. Yup, got inspired to do jejak kawan style of trip after this woth cheaper option.
If you feels to check this cool portal due to user friendliness, please have a look at www.cleartrip.com. Memang saya x sangka dengan harga tambang murah yang berpatutan, Delhi menjadi point selepas ini. Round trip to taskent from delhi adalah sekitar RM1300 menggunakan uzbekistan air dan utk sampai ke delhi pula, Air Asia dengan promo yang ada, memungkinkan round trip keseluruhan menjadi kurang rm2,000. Sebenarnya dibandingkan dengan airlines yang lain (servis penuh), rasanya hub ini adalah yang terbaik. Korean Air pun dalam sekitar rm4,000-5,000.
Ya, website ini juga membantu sesiapa yang ingin merancang perjalanan menggunakan keretapi di India juga bagi backpackers tegar.
Masih membuat kira-kira sama ada saya boleh intai intai punjab atau lahore.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As planned earlier, both of us spent a quiet Syawal morning when takbir raya from nearby mosque can be heard faintly. That is our normal routine; despite other people is busy celebrating the festive mood with their loved ones.
My little one woke a bit earlier and we decided to have fun instead spending our time in front of TV. Sent some message to Zul for some freebies, he promised two tickets to theme park. I never think that Genting would be packed with so many people for first raya, but oh my, I was wrong. The crowd and the atmosphere reminded me that Malaysia has not enough cool spot for tourism, which people flock this place like ants. Somehow the commercialization of this place is crying for more organized development and infrastructure, where lack of decent toilet for people to conduct their nature’s call can be proved with smell of urine filling the air ( 5-6 people lining up for each cubicle)
The only thing that I enjoyed the most was the ride of Skyway. Big lush green trees at your feet, cool atmosphere and conversation with foreigners who shared the same coach made the journey a bit special. I will be visiting this place again when there are less people around.
Penang Trip – Discovering the old root
As promised, we took off to Penang on the third Raya, where the journey was too long for my little one. She kept on asking, why her father’s hometown is far away from ours. I said that is why we seldom or shall I say, never make any effort to visit each other. She clearly understood. Only when Moon, my best pal took us for a ferry’s ride, Fatiha seemed so thrill to spend her time looking at the dark turquoise colour water, the ship and breeze (“Bestnya, naik kapal”). That was her first time on a ferry.
We checked in to this hotel, in the heart of Georgetown where famous Hotel Malaya soup and Chowrasta were easily accessible from our place. Made a call to my long-time friend, adik Farah who eagerly waited for us for a lunch at her house. It was such a heart-warming experience to see a young couple doing so well in their life. They got themselves married, a kid and already furnishing their small but tastefully done flat. Sort of like an accomplishment for people who I thought once never have a future together. But again, it takes two people to make a relationship to work, despite the hardship or what so ever, all I can say, “tabik la Kak Jay kat adik Farah.”
Not to miss the famous Kerang Bakar, Moon, Fatiha and I spent our night at Padang Kota. It was such a big surprise that the place has lost its charm to the new way of people conducting their business. More organized and cleaner place to eat but the people there was quite rude. Luckily the second time of having my burnt kerang and sotong bakar did make ourselves to love the place again. Even little Fatiha seemed so peaceful with the place, I love seeing her sitting on the rock wall, looking at the wide mild crashing sea with her faint smile on her face and the breeze gently touched her wavy hair. She was delighted.
Apart spending our time meeting old friends (we visited Muda at Gurney Hotel), we had abundant time shopping (Prangin Mall, Gurney, Island Plaza and of course, not to be missed Chowrasta for the jeruk and kain ela.)
Again, for the thousand times, my heart grew attached more to this island. I am longing back to stay and work here. For the first time in 4 years, I found some peace in my mind. The trees, the old building, the breeze and most importantly, the sea side are the elements that make me to crave for more. I have been living there for almost 7 years, but time flies and everything went so fast. It was like flipping back the old chapter of your life, only this time I am doing this with my loved ones.
The last place to go was of course my beloved alma mater which famously known for the scenes of Ali Setan, The Movie. Too bad that Keow Teow Teng and Auntie’s Epal Assam Stall at Desasiswa Bakti were not operating that day. We went back with smiles and satisfaction. It was well worth for a long waited journey.
More Penang Pictures (Kek Lok Si, Feringgi and Chow Rasta)
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Asal mahu ke Siam tetapi kerana Fatiha tidak mempunyai passport, tak bawak plak kesian, nak bawak plak beratur kat imigresen macam banyak songel, maka kami decide pegi tempat yang boleh layan pantai.
Banyak peristiwa best dan banyak juga yang tak best.
Yang Best :
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I have seen dead coral...
Everywhere on the sea bed and the enthusiasm sunk immediately.
Spending 4 days in a island where it was supposed to be best-kept secret and I think it has been exaggerated.
Perhaps it was 10 years ago, or 20, I think.
However, a good news from this diver was a big relief.
"today's murky water due to this coral sponing"
"Yeah, I have seen it only in National Geographic"
And the hope grew again for some reason. And for the same reason, I swam 100 meter from the shore, 7 feet deep, alone with my mask and snorkel equipment.
Just to see some new coral lying if it is there, growing.
As the temperature of the water was getting colder, I had no guts to go further.
A big round coral with yellowish color was just beneath me.
And another brownish sponge-y looking type was somewhere near.
It was like finding a life form on a barren Mars.
And thanks to Kerajaan Barisan National who built the big concrete jetty to the island, the future resort or the existing ones.
The destruction was a mass one.
I wonder, why a big jetty for 3 small chalet?
Another white elephant in the future?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Long before I got hit by the travel bug, my leisure thing would be:
1. trip to any nearby beach for relaxing, snorkel or just lepak hanging out.
2. any bike ride to hilly areas... mostly to Fraser (dekat rumah lama di Rawang, to escape to the hot weather)
Dunno why I found these activities fulfilling. Perhaps it was due to many people having good time together and every trip will be different experience though you may come to the same place all over. It is kind of escapism to be in total presence and many lesson learnt during convoying- team work, patience, respect and of course, safety precaution, sticking to the order/command ship - so many when you go travel with a bunch of friends, isn't it?
I have stopped doing this due to some back problem when it comes to long rides. Knowing my bike capacity is not allowing me to go further crossing the border, travelling by other mode is preferable for remote destination.
If you decide to have the experience of bike convoying, if you are not really a biker, I recommend you to at least give it a try.
Let's hit the core.
- First, get a machine, buy it or just simply borrow from someone. Of course some valid bike license to go with it (if you are the rider)
- Early prep to do is to ensure the bike’s physical condition to be A-OK! - Tyres, brakes, engine oil, the meter and of course the fuel capacity. Longer rides need more petrol.
- Other thing else are the insurance/road tax cover, your safety gear- helmet, boots, gloves or jacket
- Of course, prior to this prep you have to get to know the people whom you ride with (ride clubs, bike groups) – First time meet up like teh tarik session will give you ideas how your group members will help you or cooperate with you later.You don’t want to go with strangers, don’t you? Get to know them!
- Every ride member will have some sort of like forum or news board to update keen participant on coming trip or tour – the date, places to go, person in charge and so on.
- Be early on the RV point (In French, Rendezvous – place to meet) before the specific time
- Once everyone is there, listen to any briefing given by the leader. Some reminder or some checklist is given. Of course, based on the weather condition whether it is permissible for the ride or not, it should be fine then.
- So a ride begins until a stop made by any member. No one will be left behind even during any emergency, so please stay in a group.