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Krabi Trip- Day 1

Reach Krabi on time..the first time we do was looking for a van then to tourist information counter for trip info. We get a van but the drive did not drive us to the hotel instead, the van stop by his office and the staff inform us that we need to get a boat to our hotel.. Omg we were speechless cos we really don’t know that hotel actually a resort and in the island here.

Seriously the weather is extremely hot as we reach to the jetty to get a boat, we have to wait for a few more people, the boat will fetch all of us together. The charges was not really expensive.

Is a 20 min drive to the island and we are staying at Railey Bay Resort & Spa, all I can say the island was beautiful with private beach as well.. is so peaceful and all you could hear is the waves.
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By the time we check in is almost evening, after everything do, the staff bring us to our private cottage, room no was 1105, with wifi, and jacuzzi. After resting for 2 hours, we have a walk to the beach and is so windy. The destine was quite far from the hotel to the beach or the restaurant. I like it here, seriously we don’t see many chinese or malay or indian people but most foreign, I mean a lot, they love it here because of sun bath, laying on the sand and relaxing even refreshing…

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Our private cottage

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We able to see the sunset in the evening and have early dinner at the restaurant here and the food was not bad, mostly seafood and Thai food.

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Love this – beautiful sunset
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our dinner

After dinner we heading for a massage for an hours with head, shoulder and foot massage and is cost 600 baht per person. When is done, back to cottage to have jacuzzi and drink and watching the star …the sky was beautiful that night. We had our late night and we call it a day…

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Penang Trip- Day 3

We wake up early today, have our breakfast at the hotel. We wanted go to Upside Down Museum, is an interactive museum on 45 Lebuh Kimberly. Walking through the museum is like going around an upside down house. Visitors can go from room to room, seeing the upside down living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and there is even cafes and shops that are upside down. The entrance fee for adult is RM27 and those who are MyKad holder the fees is RM16 per person. It open from 9am till 5pm everyday.

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Our second place was to go LOVE LANE also known as ‘lorong cinta’ is a lane within the inner city of George Town. Is a forms the boundary between the core and buffter zones of George Town World Heritage Site. It runs from Farquhar Street, through Murni Street to Chulia Street. I don’t really find a lot of street art, the building along the street is heritage but the condition is good. There have a lot of café or hotel along the lane, even you found a lot of foreign staying at the hotel. I saw a lot of handsome Mat Salleh too.. The love the place, if I ever go there again, I’m thinking for staying at the place there..

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We had our lunch at The Voice Café.. the weather today is sunny. We going in from the back door, The Voice Café also known as Big Bowl Ramen. This big bowl ramen had four flavours, the most famous is called Genki Kara Ramen Noodles spice, the 2nd is call Pork Mayo Ramen Noodles. We have try Genki Kara Ramen, we can choose the level of spiciness from 0-20. We go to Level 5..is quite spicy too, we order for 2 person and the price is RM35 per bowl.

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Beside that, there have western and Japanese food set.. but we must try the Big Bowl Ramen and some Japanese a-la carta. We did order Gyoza , the price was RM8.90 for 6 pieces.

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We reach to hotel at 1pm sharp, we getting ready to check out. After check out, we leave our luggage at the hotel before we walk to a shopping mall called I-Avenue, since our flight is at 6pm. The Christmas decoration was up and the x-mas song is in the air..  I love the Christmas spirit at this time of the year. We were there till 2.30pm, then we walking back to the hotel, fill up petrol and on the way to airport. Reaching at the airport at 3.30pm, returning the rent car at HERTZ, have some late lunch or dinner in KFC before check in our luggage. Our flight was a bit delay but we reach to KL airport at 7.30pm. So long Penang.. see you again …

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Penang Trip- Day 2

We had our breakfast at Lemongrass Restaurant at the 2nd floor of the hotel, since my cousin is going to the Marathon. Most of the guests who stay in the hotel was here for marathon as well…and mostly chinese, you can even see any handsome fellow around..haha!!!  The foods was not really good.

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After my cousin came back from her run, we going to Ayer Item – Jalan Pasar to have ‘Asam Laksa’,  famous food at the area, near Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill. The stall is right beside the small market place but it can accommodate groups of visitors and tourists arriving in bus loads visiting the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. A bowl of sourish sweet assam laksa with a dash of bunga kantan (ginger flower bud) and spicy hot chili will bring a great lip- smacking feeling. Every one love it !!!.

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After buying some biscuits for family and friend, we drive to Penang Hill but the huge crowds  at the entrance at the ticket counter. We decided to drive off and the weather is cloudy and is started to rain all the way back. We round the town, we wanted to go Upside down museum , but the crowded too, we heading to 3D Art Museum instead . Even though the place was pack but we still be able to took a lot of photos. This museum house have 45 piece of artworks featuring 3S Trick Art, a technique that transforms 2 dimensional painting into 3 dimensional images. We were there almost 3 hours. Visitors make their way through the ground floor and then continue up the stairs to the first floor. The journey takes them through scenes in Penang, and then continue on to more fantastic and outlandish terrain. The entrance fees for adults was RM25 per person and those who was Mykad Holder was RM15 per person.

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Is still raining when we going back to hotel to rest before going for our dinner lately. My niece wanted to go “The Voice Café” but the wave could not bring us to the place that we wanted. We decide to drive to Gurney Plaza. Since is still raining we could go to those hawkers stalls along Gurney Drive. You can find a lot of delicious and famous foods around the area. We ending up to have our dinner at Kopitam…the foods is not as good as in the hawker stalls.

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Childhood memories
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Penang Trip-Day 1

Day 1

Our cab came about 6.45am to pick us up to the airport. We (me & my niece) reach airport almost 8am. After check in our luggage, we going to have our breakfast at Marry brown..don’t really like their morning breakfast. Our broading time at 9am and our flight at 9.40am (on time).

We reach Penang about 10.30am, walking around to look for the company to rent a car and we found the cheapest on at HERTZ- RM103.30 per day after discount. We rent it for 3 days about RM310.60 including tax and insurance. We rent Hyundai I10, is a very nice and small car, that we like and is easy to drive.

We wait for about 10 min , cos they need to wash the car before giving to the customers. We need to fill up the petrol when we return to car otherwise it will charge quite expensive (according to the customer service). Using wave or GPS to bring us to the NEO + Penang, where we staying (near town area). Is was surrounded by all the shopping malls and normally is all walking distance. We reach the hotel at 12.30pm, lucky we can check in early since we requested a Family Room. Our room no is 802 and is on the 8th floor…restaurant is on the 2nd floor while the swimming pool is on the 25th floor.. you can see nice view from there. Is hotel was newly open, the environment is very nice and clean. The staff was friendly too. (my review was post in trip advisor ).

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We took our crazy photo in our room before heading out for lunch. We don’t have any clue where we take our lunch, we just walk around the area and spot some hawker stalls where they selling delicious “char keow thau” and a few more delicious foods, even though is just a hawker stall but pack with people who enjoy every minutes of it.

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After our lunch we going to the shopping mall to get some drinking waters for a couple of days. Then we walk back to hotel before we going to Street Arts in Lebuh Armenian (Armenian Street). Is all about walking distance, you can see those art on the walls after a few block away from each street. Even some shop renting out bicycle to the tourists. The streets is the venue of the weekly Armenian Street Fair. Along the street you can found quite a lot of accommodation, restaurants and sights seeing. If you do walk to the end of Chew Jetty, you’ll see the remnants of Ernest Zacharevic’s Children in a boat mural on the side of Chew Jetty Vacation Home…but it’s gone.

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There still have a lot of street to walk around but due to distance we decided to heading back to our car since cloudy. When we reach, the rain started to rain heavily. Thank god!!!!

We had our dinner at Perangin Mall @ Saffron, is actually a steak house and the price is reasonable, we have free buffet after we had order 3 main courses. Before dinner my niece & my cousin going for a swim even thought is slightly rain. The night view is beautiful when all the lights is on. We didn’t walk much at the mall because is kinda of late, most of the shop was close for a day.

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Day 4 – Kota Kinabalu

This morning the weather is very cold and windy cos is raining. We actually wake up early to go Gaya market or Sunday Market is located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Busiess District has been the centre of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but there is where generations old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.

Breakfast
Breakfast

Every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the fair. Shop for anything shady trees and over sized umbrellas, like batik sarong, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, foot wear, antiques and souvenirs, cake even pets and herbs. This is the best place to experience the cross section of the local population when entire families enjoy Sunday outing. The Gaya Street Fair is on every Sunday from 6.30am to 1pm.

We didn’t walk the whole place because is wet after the rain. We had our breakfast there before we continue with our journeys. We left the place about 10.30am and heading back to our condo to take rest and bath before going to the airport at 1pm.

Meal in the plane
Meal in the plane

We had KFC for our lunch at the airport before boarding at 3.15pm and arrive back home at 6.15pm. By the time we reach home almost 8pm where my dad wait for us to have dinner to celebrate Father Day at Kensington, Era Walk.

That was my journey to Kota Kinabalu Sabah. Till then Penang is my next journey this coming November. Bangkok will be the next in line (still pending) But we had book air ticket to Krabi, Thailand in March 2016.

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Day 3 – Kota Kinabalu

Delicious laksa, different place different taste...
Delicious laksa, different place different taste…

We had laksa for breakfast this morning, is really tasty and of course is different from Seremban. We going to Mari Mari Culture Village, there had only 3 sessions available 10am, 2pm and 6pm and we going for 10am sessions , the entrance fees for adult is RM80 and children is RM70 included meal.

Upon arrival, as you assemble you will be briefed on the Village Rules…the Do’s and the Don’t. Our tour guide is a guy by the name of Cybil, he’s good and explain every detail as we get along together with a couple from the States.

Sunny day
Sunny day

As we enter through the suspension bridge, you will be fascinated with the sight of a river flowing. Visit each tribe’s traditional house and do some in house activities and stopover at demo, huts.

After the performance, you will be lead to the Dining Hall.. You may leisure around for about 15 mins to shop, take photos or surrounding.

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Each delectable traditional and fusion cuisines for lunch/ high tea /dinner before the end of the tour. Time to bid a farewell to the village.

As you traverse the village, you will find demonstration huts along the main house in which daily activities of old times come into life. For example, the making of blowpipe, starting a fire (from bamboo) tattoo-making (and its symbolisms) and etc.

Bamboo dance
Bamboo dance

By the end of your journey into the past, you have been given a setting for you to see, hear, taste and feel the uniqueness of what Sabah truly is. As unforgettable encounter of our Sabahan homeland…AS IT IS…AS IT WAS…

Group Pic
Group Pic

By the time we get back to our place, ask Kenny to drop us at Lobster King Restaurant for lunch, since we did not had a proper lunch at the Village. After lunch we walk back to the condo. Some of us are tired especially my mum, me and my nephew even my niece was not feeling well.

My two sister and cousin went out again after an hour to walk over to the mall to get Hard Rock Café Tee and walk around KK Waterfront to take some photo. They even ‘tau pau’ for us, this time we didn’t want to have seafood for dinner, we had fast food like McD and KFC just for few of us. The other went for their seafood again.

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Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu

This morning Kenny drive us for breakfast at Kedai Kopi Melanian3. We had Jumbo Meatball and Mix meat noodles…one bowl of noodle cost Rm7.50…quite expensive, lol

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Actually we wanted to go Signal Hills but according to Kenny, up the hill you only can see the whole of Kota Kinabalu. Nothing much to sight seeing in town, but we do pass by Atkinson Clock Tower. He drop us a Filipino Market where we get some dry food, souvenir and other stuff.. mostly batik. The weather was very hot. We going to Suria Sabah- is a shopping mall and is quite big..just like Midvalley but no as huge as Midvalley.

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We leave the mall at 12pm, ask Kenny to bring us for lunch at Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant. Mostly the place selling Fresh Fish Slice Soup Noodles (Fries) cost RM12.80 and Steam Fish Slice Soup Noodles cost RM13.80.

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After lunch, we don’t know where to go but Kenny suggest us to go Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. We there for 1 and ½ hrs.. Nothing much in that place, since mum couldn’t walk that far, I decided to company her to wait for the other in the entrance.  About the park is run by Sabah wildlife department under the Ministy of Tourism, Culture and Enviroment. The park covers about 280 acres of land including the Botanical Garden managed by the Sabah Forestry Department.

At the moment, the park has more than 100 species of animals which include mammals, reptiles and birds. One the Botanical side, there is a trail which leads to the Herbal and Ginger Garden. You may even catch a glimpse of the ever famous Pitcher paint. Some introduced dipterocarp trees can also be found in this area.

Coming attraction are (now in progress) the 1.4km forest walk, rafflesia garden and orchid garden. The entry fees for visitor 18 yrs and above RM10 and non Malaysian citizen RM20 and for visitor 3 until 17 yrs old is RM5.00 for Malaysian Citizen while the non Malaysian citizen RM10. Free entrance fees for senior citizen and handicapped.

We going off from there about 3pm and reach back to our place almost 4pm, and the weather is very hot. We rest for a little while then we going to KK waterfront, we actually walk back to the Filipino market but this time you can see lot of vegetable sellers and Bazaar Ramadan. We did get some food from there. Most the sell the same food, nothing special but of course you can see a lot of lobster, prawn and other seafood. We feel tired we drop by a café for a drink while waiting for take away from Lobster King Restaurant. Since my mum and nephew didn’t go out, we brought the food for dinner. We stay up to watch TV while I’m reading my book. My other sister and bro-in-law out again to look for food.

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My Trip to Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Trip

(18th June 2015 – 21st June 2015)

Day 1

Arriving at KK International airport about 4pm. The airport is not as good as it look and is kinda of small and hot. We ask someone to pick us up, the driver name is Kenny, recommend by my uncle friend. He send us to KK Marina Court Resort Vacation Condo. On our way to the Resort, he explain where we can go to have our dinner.

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Appoint arriving at the resort, someone had to bring us to Unit B to make registration and collect the key to our condo in Unit C. Our unit is quite new and our unit no        , I like it so much.. it was a deluxe 3 bedroom apartment facing city view.. that what we requested for.

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Opposite the condo, is surrounded by lot of shopping mall, KK Waterfront and Promehade Hotel. After reaching our place, first thing we do is looking for food, cos we really hungry lol. We walk opposite our condo, we found a seafood restaurant called Welcome Seafood Restaurant. We had order a lot of food like, crab, fish, vegetable, fried squirm, and a few more and is cost about Rm311.50.

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After dinner me, mum and Keith didn’t go out again, just stay in to watch tv and rest, while my sister, nephew, cousin went out to walk around the area to check what can we find there.

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Langkawi- Day 3

This morning we wake up late because we had only had one place to want to go is the Underwater world. We had our breakfast and check out bout 9.30am. We thought the underwater world open at 9.30am..but it open at 10am. Underwater world features the island’s rich treasure trove of marine life. Located at the popular Cenang Beach, this aquarium features more than 5,000 types of aquatic life, exhibited in more than 100 tanks of different sizes. The highlight is a giant tank housing large marine species such as sharks, stingray, moray eels and green turtles, with a 15 metre tunnel for visitors to walk through. At the new wing, visitors have the chance to view the latest additions to the underwater world- penguins and seals ! The penguins include Sub Antarctic Rockhoppers and Black footed species from Africa. The former is fed at 11.30 am and 3.30pm, while later at 9.30am and 2.30pm. the harbor seals are fed at 11am and 3pm daily. Drop by these hours for a delightful experience ! This new facility also has a three dimensional (3D) theatre that airs informative documentaries on the island’s marine life.
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We had lunch, than we heading to the airport, our flights was 2.15pm, but it was delay for another 15 min. Well…that all our 3D 2N stay at Langkawi – The Jewel of Kedah.

Me and my cousin
Me and my cousin

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Langkawi – Day 2

After breakfast, we continue our journey to Kuah Town, supposed to be our first stop, since we staying in Cenang Town, we decided to go on our second day. Kuah is located on the southeastern tip of Langkawi and is the island’s main town with Kuah Jetty being the take-off point to the neighbouring islands. The name Kuah is a Malay word meaning ‘gravy’, referring to an ancient folklore of two battling giants who over turned a gigantic pot of curry at the sport where the town now stands.

Once a rustic town with a few streets, present day Kuah is a thriving centre of hotels and shopping cum business complexes, fortunately without the din of modern day cities. Kuah offers a wide variety of duty-free goods such as tobacco, liquor, cosmetics and electrical items at highly- attractive prices.

Kota Mahsuri, is our 1st destination. This place with its fabled and historical past is a significant site on the island that has been preserved for posterity. Located about 12 km from Kuah, this memorial is erected in honour of Mahsuri, a fair maiden who had been unjustly accused of adultery. According to legend, she had bled white blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island, declaring that it would remain barren for seven generations. Fact or fiction, seven generation has since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing tourist destination. There is also a museum here where tourists can view a recorded interpretation of the Mahsuri legend.
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Inside Mahsuri House
Inside Mahsuri House

The weather is extremely hot as well, we heading to Eagle Square or Dataran Lang is Langkawi’s most prominent landmark for visitors arriving via the sea. Situated near the Kuah Jetty, the main attraction of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically poised for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or helang. In old Malay, kawi denoted reddish brown, hence Langkawi means ‘reddish brown eagle’.

The square is beautiful landscaped and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks. The square is beautifully illuminated at night and presents a dramatic scene as you approach the island from the sea.
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Taman lagenda or Legends Park is a scenic park with beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees. The 50 acre park has been designed and landscaped with exhibits detailing the myths and legends of the island. It houses 17 monuments, each with an intriguing story to tell.
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We had our lunch after a long walk. Then shopping…yea…getting some chocolate and things we can’t found in here in my place or state. After all the shopping, we heading back to Cenang town, to continue shopping for chocolate and wine, before the shopping mall closed at 6pm. We drop by Cenang beach- it was idyllic beaches, perfect for carefree sun filled days and quiet evening strolls. A wild range of exciting water sports provide fun and thrills for the energetic. Restaurant outlets in the hotels and outdoors serve a variety of appetizing cuisine with live music and an explosive atmosphere. We were there for a while since the weather is hot, hot and hot before going back to hotel to rest.
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We out again in the evening for dinner at Japanese restaurant In the same mall that we been there yesterday. We had an early night today.
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