Will be heading to Zhangjiajie on February next year during the CNY holiday. Can’t wait for it!

My parents went to the MATTA Fair today. I couldn’t join them these two years as I am currently in Australia for my study. It’s a fair (held twice a year) where most travel and tour companies set up their booths in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) to promote their travel services and packages (usually comes with certain discounts too). That’s the time when my dad will usually choose which places to go for travel during the next Chinese New Year holiday every year and make reservation.

I will tag along normally for these annual Chinese New Year trips. My dad’s budget is very tight in these recent years as his business is not doing that well and that he spent huge sum of money on my current postgraduate education here in Australia. Hence, I couldn’t really voice out my dissatisfaction over the places he preferred to go. I understood that. But I’m very pleased that he still look out for my opinions. What a great dad he is! So, today he kept on updating me on the places he researched today during the fair through Whatsapp. There are not much choices since our budget is very low and every tour packages’ price shoot up a lot.

My dad’s first wish is Spain and Portugal. That is too far from reach as it costs more than 10k for a person. My wish is Egypt or Dubai but those places also costs around 6k for a person. We then narrowed it down to South East Asia and China region. We have covered some major parts of the South East Asia in the past and we don’t feel like visiting the remaining ones that we have not visited before such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Philippines (I think no tour for Laos and Brunei). So, … China. I have been to China several times too but China is huge. There are still many places worth exploring in China. The last time I went to China was in 2014 when we went to Yunnan. So, that would be a 4-years gap already when we visit the country again next year in 2018.

I would like to visit Shanghai but my dad visited it before. We like Xian (love to see the famous terracotta warriors) but there is no tour group going to Xian during the Chinese New Year holiday next year. Too bad. My dad saw this place called Shandong and Qingdao but after I did some quick research on that place, I’m not interested. We felt like going back to our motherland, Hainan Island but there’s not much to see over there and my dad complained that the package only gave us 4 days (too short). And then, we went to our final and confirmed selection; Zhangjiajie. Finally…after a long discussion this afternoon.

Have you heard of Zhangjiajie? It’s not as famous as Beijing or Shanghai but it is indeed a place known for its beautiful nature (especially its mountains and the recently popular glass bridges that made its news all over the world). It still costs over 3k for a person and the tour will be taking 8 days and 7 nights. I am still excited for this trip although this place is not top preferences as stated earlier. This trip will be my first planned trip after my graduation end of this year. My friends do plan for a vacation end of this year after we completed our study but till now, there isn’t any concrete planning on that yet. Zhangjiajie, see you in February 2018! It’s time for me to enjoy some breathtaking views of nature that Zhangjiajie offers! I did a quick research and the place is indeed very beautiful! I hope the scenery when I am there will be as picturesque as what I saw on the internet just now…and I can’t wait to walk on that scary glass-floor bridge!…it will be some wonderful opportunities for some great photography during this trip!

Countdown: 5 more months to go! Now, I have to get back to my thesis week although it is Sunday today (there’s no such thing as free weekend for architecture students!).

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)



Went to MATTA Fair today and chosen Jogjakarta for my next CNY trip.

It’s the time of the year again to visit the MATTA (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) Fair, a twice-in-a-year fair very much suitable for people wishing to travel within or outside Malaysia in the next couple of months where tour packages have already been formed. This fair gave you the opportunity to compare between each tour and travel companies from their cost, tour itineraries, gifts, services, things covered, etc and purchase trip at a lower cost than the other days. If you are unsure of where to go, just take a walk along the many booths by different travel companies or organizations and you would easily find packages that suit you and your budget.


(Image source: https://www.facebook.com/MattaFairKL)

This year’s MATTA Fair is held at the same place again, the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC). The fair runs from 5th to 7th September 2014. So, today is the last day. Entrance fee is RM4 for a person. Before going to this fair, me and my family already had an earlier discussion for our trip on the next Chinese New Year (2015) and decided to visit some place within Asia that would be not so costly and at the same time, takes up not many days during the Chinese New Year break. Earlier suggestions include Australia (Sydney + Melbourne) but we knew that the trip is going to costs easily almost RM 6000 per person. So, forget about it. My dad’s business this year isn’t been very well and we have to seriously consider our budget this time.

So for that reason, I recommended Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and after showing images of Borobudur temple to my family, everyone agreed to visit this one. So, our direction in MATTA Fair today is clear. There isn’t many travel companies offering trips to Jogjakarta. Usually, places in Indonesia that are favored by travel agencies are Jakarta, Bali (I have been to Bali twice this year), Lake Toba, Medan, Bandung, etc. Fortunately, one of our favourite travel companoes, GTT do offers trip package to Jogjakarta where the famous Borobudur Temple is and its price is reasonable. Without wasting further time, we picked that one. 4 days 3 nights trip and it costs RM1 888 for a person.

We were also introduced to other places like Athens (Greece), Xian (China), and even Sri Lanka. My father and I were also quite interested on Xian, China where all the famous terracotta warriors are. So, perhaps Xian is our destination for CNY 2016. CN 2015’s destination still remains to Jogjakarta. Hmm….so this coming trip to Jogjakarta (still five months away to February 2015) would be my third consecutive oversea trip to Indonesia after my two trips to Bali this year. Suddenly, we all loved Indonesia. Main reason; cheap.


(Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Borobudur-Nothwest-view.jpg)

Besides than the famous Borobudur Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Wonders of Asia and also the world’s largest Buddhist monument, there are also some other tourist destinations in Jogjakarta for us to visit in the four days three nights trip. But our main focus would still be the Borobudur Temple no matter what. So, if you are wishing to find and purchase trip scheduled in the next couple of months, better visit the MATTA Fair quick as today is already the last day of the fair. The fair is worth a visit.