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5 days 4 nights trip to Bangkok & Hua Hin, Thailand for the Raya 2017 holiday

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2017 by vincentloy

I’m back. I have just returned to Malaysia last night from Thailand with my parents. Good time passed very quickly. My 5 days 4 nights vacation to Bangkok and Hua Hin in Thailand ended, and the Raya holiday as well (except for school children that gets to enjoy one-week long break and adults who took annual leave). It was a great experience and fun in this trip, especially in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. It was also very tiring at the same time as we need to walk a lot and the extremely scorching sun made it worst. We followed guided tour (in a tour group) and the tight schedule (like approximately only an hour for every destinations, up to 6 or 7 destinations a day) really made us (especially the elders) very exhausting.

24th June 2017 (Saturday)

We took a 2-hours morning flight to Don Mueung Airport, the old airport in Bangkok. Once there, we wasted a lot of time in the airport to complete the immigration and waiting for the others in our group to get ready. Also wasted a lot of time on the road to the hotel for checking in due to the unusual traffic congestion (well, Bangkok is famous for traffic jams). Hence, we don’t have much time to walk around on our own in the afternoon. We just walked to the streets near the hotel (Eastin Makkasan Hotel, 4-stars). We had a nice dinner in Chocolate Ville (don’t be confused by the name, there isn’t any chocolate here), a huge themed restaurant built to imitate the romantic Western streets and environment with Western-styled traditional buildings, bridges, lake, gazebo, lighthouse, etc. The atmosphere is beautiful with the lighting at night.

At night, we went to the Erawan Shrine, a Hindu shrine of Lord Brahma. The place becomes famous after the bombing incident in 2015 near the shrine that killed 20 people.

25th June 2017 (Sunday)

We went to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) in the morning. It is a Budhhist temple with its spires as distinctive feature (and colorful porcelain of its main spire/tower). It is one of the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and it is situated on the side of Chao Phraya River. The on-going renovation works to the main tower prevented us to take nice clean pictures of the temple.

Next, we went to Maeklong Railways Market. Not long ago, I have seen a video getting viral on social sites showing a market with stalls lining up along a railway and has to retract their stalls when the train passes. That is the place. Now, I’m there to witness it in my own eyes and it was unique and amazing. A lot of tourists crowded the place not to shop at the market but to check out this quick event.

Then, we leave Bangkok and go to Hua Hin. Our first destination there is Santorini Park, a themed attraction with an open mall concept that resembles the famous Santorini Island in Greece with its white buildings and brightly one-coloured windows (mostly blue). There are retail shops, and some activities or rides inside such as Haunted House, Ferris Wheel, Water Slide, Merry-Go-Round, etc.

After that, we went to Swiss Sheep Farm. I noticed that Hua Hin likes to create tourist destinations with foreign places as their themes. The town lacks its own identity in terms of its tourist destinations. This Swiss Sheep Farm is a farm (of course) for us to have the opportunity to feed the sheep (I skipped that) and to take pictures of the many decorations in that place such as a huge old windmill, some 3D painting, several miniatures of popular characters such as Transformers and the Avengers, etc.

In the evening, we head to the Hua Hin Night Market. Stalls selling local delicacies, souvenirs, bags, accessories, clothing, food, and offering Thai massage lined up the street. Then, we depart to Novotel for a two-nights stay in Hua Hin. It is a seaside resort with of course the amazing sea view.

26th June 2017 (Monday)

Hua Hin Royal Palace is the first destination of the day. It is a royal residence that serves as a seaside retreat for the past kings of Thailand. It is quite a modest complex with elevated timber structures. The lushness of its surrounding almost overwhelms the palace. Major parts of the complex is also currently under renovation and we are barred from entering those parts. Hence, we only stayed a short while here.

Then, we went to Hua Hin Railway Station, not to take any train but to view the beautiful train station (iconic for the structures with red and cream colours’ assembly) and an old steam locomotive for a short while.

Our next destination of the day is Pleanwarn Eco Vintage Village. It is Thailand’s first eco vintage village and is built to recapture the old classic charm of Hua Hin. It is an open lawn area with two-storeys buildings of retails and restaurants around. They are constructed of recycled or used items including its wonderful entrance of a void surrounded with huge cladding of reused wood and profiled metal sheets.

We then went to Wat Huay Mongkol. It is a Buddhist temple unique for a large statue of a legendary Thai monk on top of a huge podium.

Then, we went to theHua Hin Safari and Adventure Park. This is a place not recommended for anyone. The staff there are annoying and keep pushing us to purchase their packages (tiger show, cobra show, elephant ride, photos, etc). The prices are extremely high and it is just a small ordinary safari. We went there just to see their elephant show. The show is not bad (elephants performing like painting, playing some sports, etc) but I sympathized the suffering that those elephants have to endure to entertain us.

The last destination of the day before taking a dinner on a seaside restaurant is FN Outlet. It is a modern elevated mall with a forest containing pond, bridges and Dinosaurs sculptures on the ground level.

 

27th June 2017 (Tuesday)

Today, we went back to Bangkok (the original name for the city and still called by the Thais is Krung Thep). We visited the famous Damnersaduak Floating Market. The name is self-explanatory. There is a small river crowded with boats carrying tourists and boats with people selling stuff. We took a boat ride and view the lifestyle of the traditional floating houses on our way to the Floating Market. Once there, we just walked on the side of the market where there is also a huge place crowded with stalls selling the same things again. To buy from there or from any markets in Bangkok, you have to bargain up to 70% of the original price the sellers show to you.

Then, we were back to the city region and proceed to the Art in Paradise (3D Art Museum) in Esplanade Mall. There are a lot of cool arts inside that allow visitors to interact and take pictures with to get the realistic 3D feel. Even the elders in our tour group joined in the fun including my father. That was very unusual.

Next, we went to the Honey World, a place that promotes and sells honey products to the tourists. When you are going for a trip in a guided travel group, visiting these places is a norm. We are fortunate that we only get to visit one in this trip. The honey products on sale are being promoted with all the healthy benefits they offered, but in the end, my family end up buying nothing. We usually don’t get interested.

Our last destination of the day is Asiatique Riverfront. It is a new complex by the side of the Chao Phraya River. It’s a huge open-air mall with retails, restaurants, waterfront walk and rides. It is a very happening and vibrant area. Amazing atmosphere with clean environment. Thailand is exceptional in creating this kind of tourist attractions. It’s a huge success.

28th June 2017 (Wednesday)

There is no programme offered by our tour agency today and so we have free time in the morning before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur in late afternoon. We then go to the Grand Palace. It is considered to be the No.1 attraction in Bangkok and I couldn’t believe our tour agency didn’t cover it in their itinerary. Hence, we have to visit it on our own in the remaining time before flying back. It is a huge complex of palace that serves as the main official residence of the King of Thailand.

 

The former King. King Bhumibol who reigned for about 69 years and is very beloved by all Thais had passed away last year’s October. The country then observes one year of mourning for the late king and he will be cremated in this coming October. Many roads around the palace is blocked and heavy security is observed. Until now, there are still a lot of Thais dressed in full black visiting the palace to mourn for him. Their loyalty and love to the late king is unquestionable. Some areas in the palace are also blocked off from visitors due to the same reason but that doesn’t lower my excitement of seeing the palace. It was breathtaking with its towering structures and intricate details on the columns, walls, railings, ceilings and roofs. This place is certainly a must-see in Bangkok eventhough the entrance ticket is quite costly (500 Baht for a person). You also have to dress very decently to visit the palace (also applies to all temples and other palaces in Thailand).

Then, we walked to the nearby Wat Pho. It is a Budhhist temple known for a huge reclining Buddha’s sculpture and houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. The temple is quite huge with many areas within. If not for the hot weather, I would have spend a much longer time in both the Grand Palace and in Wat Pho.

And then, our trip ends. We went back to Don Mueung Airport to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur. It’s almost midnight by the time we arrived home. I bought a pair of shoes, some shirts and a short and a fridge magnet. We must buy a fridge magnet every time we visit a new place. It has becomes our family tradition. We had tom yam in almost every meals during the tour. I find that the food are very heavy in taste in Thailand (either too sweet, too spicy, or too sour). Generally, the trip is awesome and I had great time during the vacation. I particularly enjoy the days in Bangkok. Hua Hin is rather boring to me eventhough that place is more relaxing and has lesser tourists. On the other hand, I felt that the newer tourist attractions in Bangkok and Hua Hin (maybe applies to whole Thailand too) are too ‘artificial’. Most of them are constructed just to imitate foreign elements. I would rather visit the real places rather than see the imitations.

Bangkok’s city skyline pictures below. The tallest on the first picture below is Baiyoke Tower which is formerly the tallest building in Bangkok. The title is now taken by the new Mahanakhon Tower shown in the second picture.

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Will be away to Thailand for trip beginning tomorrow! And Selamat Hari Raya!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2017 by vincentloy

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri / Happy Eid to all Muslims across the world especially to my Malay friends in Malaysia! Have fun and enjoy in this festival after a month of dedicated fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan. Have a safe journey back home (balik kampung) and cherish the happy and festive moment with your family, relatives, friends, and neighbours. For the other Malaysians (me included) who are not celebrating, Happy Holiday!

I always envy this Hari Raya festival. It comes earlier every year because the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar the whole world is using now. For our Chinese New Year festival, we are fixed to the time from January to February annually because our Chinese calendar has the similar number of days with the Gregorian calendar. Soon after, Hari Raya will get past us one round and clash with the Chinese New Year.

So for this Hari Raya holiday, I will be joining my parents for a short trip at Bangkok and Hua Hin, Thailand. We took on a 5 days 4 nights group tour which will begin tomorrow and ends on next Wednesday. I have been to Thailand twice in the past but this will be only my first time visiting its capital city, Bangkok. I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping that I can see some great architecture over there like the traditional ones such as from its palaces and temples and the contemporary ones such as from its latest tallest building, Mahanakhon (designed by Ole Scheeren). You see, that’s the difference between a normal tourist and a people with an architecture background. You tend to search or look for different thing even when you are on a trip. I call it ‘architectural virus’ that has infected me for over a decade.

Besides than the bustling Bangkok, I am also anticipating for the visit to Hua Hin, a small beachside holiday town which is a few hours drive south from Bangkok. I think I need a time to get near to the nature and so this beachside attraction will be an ideal location. I have just returned from the airport few days ago, and tomorrow, I will be heading there again to catch the flight to Thailand. KLIA is now my frequent destination annually. If you want a tour in the airport, I think I can help on that without any problem. Haha…I have just unpacked my luggage few days ago, and now I have to pack it again for this trip. Will be back writing about this trip as soon as I’m back on next Wednesday!

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Back from bringing my parents for a trip in Perth during their early Raya holiday.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2016 by vincentloy

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ to all the Muslims around the world especially to my Malay friends and ex-colleagues in Malaysia. Have a wonderful celebration. For the other Malaysians not celebrating, have a happy holiday! This applied to my parents who were spending the break by travelling over to Perth to visit me and also to tour around the city. I have been here for about 5 months already and since Perth is a small city, I’m quite familiar with the places and navigation around here already. And hence, I can be a free tour guide for them.

They arrived here last Sunday and had already spent four days here. They departed to airport not long ago for their flight back to Kuala Lumpur and I have just returned home from staying in the hotel with them for the past three nights. We stayed in Seasons of Perth, a four-star hotel in CBD area. It looks only three-stars rating for me to the best. It is old with very outdated finishing, but it does have large room and the good things about this hotel are that it is cheap and it is located very near to tourist places in the CBD like the popular Hay and Murray Streets.

Once they arrived and checked into the hotel, I brought them to the Kings Park to view the State War Memorial and also to catch a glimpse of the beautiful city skyline from the park during the sunset hour. That view never gets old for me. Then, I brought them for dinner at a restaurant called Secret Garden Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown and I ate my favourite steamed cod fish (or some say tooth fish here).

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On the second day, I brought them to walk around in the city, viewing some famous places like the City of Perth Library, Perth Town Hall, London Court (unfortunately most of the alley in it is now under renovation), Hay Street and Murray Street (two popular pedestrian malls in the city). Then, I brought them to the Elizabeth Quay, a must-visit new place in Perth for the tourists for the Swan River’s view and also for all the interesting things over there like the twin-arches bridge, Spanda sculpture and the iconic Swan Bell Tower. Then, I brought them for early lunch by having dim sum at Northbridge in a restaurant that I have tried it before. The food there taste very good and my parents enjoyed it very much until we came back for the same place two days later (this morning) for lunch again. The restaurant is Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant.

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After the lunch, we took the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth that only took about 10 minutes for a ride. South Perth is just opposite the city and that is where the Perth Zoo is, the place that we will be visiting for the whole afternoon on our second day. The zoo is not huge but contains a lot of exhibits of animals. What’s disappointing are that the quantity of animals in the zoo is very little (it’s only one for each of almost all the species on exhibit) and that the paths are not continuous. With that kind of layout, it is easy to miss some exhibits.But overall, it is still a satisfying experience visiting this zoo which is so near to the city. We ended the day by having dinner at Theo and Co Pizzeria, a famous pizza restaurant at East Victoria Park.

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On the third day in the morning, we boarded train to head to Fremantle, a port city south of Perth. The train ride only took 30 minutes. Fremantle is a city full of many old and well preserved heritage buildings and streets. It also has beautiful beaches and the majestic view of the vast Indian Ocean. We walked around there and visited the Round House, the first permanent building in the city which is originally a gaol (a jail). I didn’t bring them to see Fremantle Prison because there is nothing spectacular on that prison actually and that we couldn’t spend longer time there. Then, we head to the nearby Bathers Beach and had fish and chips for our lunch at Kailis Fish Market and Restaurant at the harbourside. Before leaving Fremantle, we walked in the Esplanade Park and observed all the happenings there from the on-going Winter Festival. There are some activities especially for kids and family like the outdoor skating rink. It’s weekday and so the Fremantle Markets is closed. Too bad, my parents couldn’t visit it but it’s not a major issue.

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Then, I brought my parents to visit my Curtin University campus in Bentley. They said it’s a huge complex but for me, it’s large only because of all the parks, fields and trees. Then, I brought them to visit my on-campus accommodation and also the nearby Waterford Plaza as they wished to visit the supermarket here. For the evening, I brought them to Crown Perth, the casino resort not far from the city. This is also my first time visiting the casino. We tried our luck for a short while and we won a bit to our excitement. The hotel there looks great and very luxurious. There is also a convention centre over there. That’s it for the day.

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On the fourth (last) day of their trip, there is nothing I can do for them since they have to be at the airport by afternoon already. We just spent rest of the time walking in the CBD area again and had early lunch at Northbridge. Then, I bid farewell to my parents again as they left to the Perth International Airport for their flight back home. How I wish I can fly back with them since I have remaining three weeks of holiday before my next semester of study commences. It’s okay. I will be back to Malaysia by December!

They were here for four days but they were actually only visiting the city for two days technically since the first and the last day were spent mostly on the arriving and departing stuff that took up most of the time. They are sure to come back here again probably during next year’s any holiday season or during my graduation. If they are here longer, I can even bring them to Swan Valley (I have visited it and it’s quite nice over there especially with all three free tasting of chocolates, wines, cheese, nougats, nuts, honey, beer, cooking ingredients, fruits, etc), the Pinnacles, the Wave Rock, the Lobster Shack, and even a whale-watching tour (my dad is interested on it but it only runs from September to November…it has its own season). That’s all now reserved for their next trip here. My dad is also eager to return here for the casino since the minimum bet here is low and very much affordable. Okay…that’s it for my description of the trip of which everything went very well especially with the nice sunny weather every day during the trip. But it’s freezing cold especially when the wind blows at night in these few days. It’s the peak of winter season now in Australia and so there is nothing we can do besides than wearing more.

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First time to Hari Raya 2015 Prime Minister’s Open House at Putrajaya.

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2015 by vincentloy

As already explained in my previous post, we are very free and boring on this Raya holiday. We basically have nothing to do. My dad asked me if I would like to go anywhere. The first thing that came to my mind is ‘why not we go to Open House at Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya?’. It’s a great idea and everyone agreed. We have been to Raya open house before but never to the national-level ones. Since I roughly know the location and I’m quite familiar with Putrajaya, hence I’m the one driving. Once we reached there at about 11am+, the Seri Perdana Complex (official residence of Prime Minister) was already crowded with many people from all walks of life. Good to see that. It’s the One Malaysia spirit that I’m very happy of. No matter what races you are, you are welcomed…a very positive message behind the open house concept.

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We had to queue and waited for about half an hour before we get to enter the lobby of the huge mansion. The tents and few fans couldn’t save us from being ‘melted’ by the glaring Sun and ‘squeezed’ by hundreds of people at once. While we are queuing, there is one Chinese (not sure whether he is Malaysian or Singaporean) clad in ‘baju kurung’ and commented to his friend that this is not a queue. There are so many lines and people just push and try to squeeze through unlike in Singapore where there would be lines in order and also special access for the disabled and elderly in the event of an open house like this. Then, his friend replied that ‘This is Malaysian culture ma….!’. Haha…agree with that statement.

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Unfortunately, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor were not there when we were finally in the air-conditioned lobby. Where are they? I’m hoping that I could shake his wife’s hand so that maybe one of her rings drop off and I can get it unnoticed. Haha…joking…joking. Anyway, I still managed to shake hands with Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin. There also some other ministers in the lobby at that time but I don’t really know who they are and I don’t even care of their presence. We were not given much time in there as there are many people behind us. After that, we were handed a box of biscuits and a small glass container as souvenir respectively.

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Time to head for free lunch served nearby. A huge tent sheltering a stage, rows of served food and beverages, and chairs with many smaller tents around to occupy as many people as possible. There are a variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian food served (nasi briyani, chickens, lambs, curry puff, cakes, fruits, fried noodle, roti canai, satay, putu ayam, ketupat rice cake, ice-cream), but I have no mood to eat a lot because it’s too hot and crowded in there. It’s even so hard to find a chair to sit. We saw some people came here prepared with plastic or paper bags to take away the served food. Isshh…Bad actions…Some Malaysians would turn uncivilized once there are free stuff. And rubbish are everywhere. Haizz…

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That’s the last picture of the day. Scenic view of the lake, Putra Mosque and Prime Minister’s Office Building. We left after spending about two hours in the complex. That is our first experience visiting the Hari Raya Open House by the Prime Minister at his official residence in Putrajaya. Too bad, couldn’t see him.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Have a blessed 2015 Raya holiday…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2015 by vincentloy

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely wish to all my Malay friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri!

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I’m actually quite jealous of this festival because it gets early every year. The reason is that the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, the normal calendar we used which has 365 days a year (366 for leap year). Based on Islamic calendar, there is only 355 days a year (10 days lesser). That’s why Muslim’s festivals are arriving quicker every time, including this Hari Raya, the most festive celebration for them.

It’s really worth celebrating for them since they have to go through one month of fasting in the Ramadhan month. I really admire the effort of not eating or drinking for a whole day before evening. And that has to go on for a month long. If I have to practice it, I think I’m going to be very exhausted and have no mood to do anything for the whole month. I’m going to faint easily too as I always have to eat and drink a lot to keep myself energized for daily tasks. Bravo to all fasting Muslims. You are great. Actually it’s nice to do fasting as it helps to save money from skipping the lunch.

But hey…a week ago, I saw few Malay kids eating at a stair near a lobby in a shopping mall during the fasting period. Isn’t that wrong? I guess they are literally too hungry and decided to eat, hoping not to get caught by anyone since they are doing so in a corner like hiding. But I saw them. Oppss…a bit awkward as I looked at them for about 10 seconds and they knew it. Fortunately, I’m not Malay, if not, they would be scolded for being against the religious practice.

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Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri once again! Wishing you to have a safe journey for ‘balik kampung’ (returning to hometown) for the celebration. As for the others whom are not celebrating, have a happy holiday! Enjoy the longer weekend break!

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4 days 3 nights trip to Bali.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by vincentloy

I have just returned home yesterday from a short four days three nights trip to Bali, Indonesia with my family. Time for relaxing and vacationing went off so quick that I certainly felt not enough. Luckily, I had two more extra days on holiday before getting back to work this Friday. In the trip, we stayed at the Harris Hotel Sunset Road. Nice comfortable room. The tour cost per person is RM2000+. As usual, I took quite a number of photographs from the trip, and will definitely share some beautiful shots here. Overall, it’s quite a nice enjoyable short trip!

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First time going to the newly opened KLIA2, world’s largest purposely-built low-cost carrier terminal. It’s very spacious, luxurious and finally it looked like a modern airport compared to the former LCCT. But at certain point, now it looks more like a shopping mall to me as there are a lot of retail spaces inside.

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Reached Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar) after three hours of AirAsia flight. First destination: Uluwatu Temple. Here, any shot of the cliff would be spectacular. Interesting part of this place is the monkeys; tourists tend to get their attention, and try to guess what’s their response? They can take off small belongings from you so quick that you didn’t notice. One of the monkeys even snatched a sunglasses, climbed up quick to a tree and tried to wear it but couldn’t since it’s big for them.

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Then, we went for a seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay, a perfect spot to watch the beautiful sunset and also the frequent sightings of airplanes landing since the place is near to the airport. A very wonderful atmosphere as you can dine on the beach with such a picturesque setting.

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27th July 2014 (Sunday)

Today’s tours were mostly on visiting those handicraft or product centres. First was the coffee station, where we were introduced on some information regarding coffee beans and also their famous Luwak coffee. Then, visit to the batik shop, and then to a centre selling silver and gold works. Also went to a shop selling wood carving and handicraft products, and then to a premium outlet selling the famous ‘Polo by Ralph Lauren’ apparel brand. Not interested in all these but forced to spend several hours for those was quite boring. Then, watched a cultural Barong performance and we were all bored and left the place earlier.

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In the afternoon, we went to the Kintamani Batur Lake and Volcano. Along the journey past Ubud, we saw the Tegallalang Rice Terrace. We are at over thousand metres above sea level now, and so the place is cold and windy. This is the first time I’m seeing an active volcanic mountain. There is a huge caldera lake besides the mountain.

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Last tour of the day was the Tampak Siring Temple (Holy Spring Water Temple). The place is best known for the mythical water emerging out from the land of which the locals treat it as holy water. Hence, now, the place is a tourist attraction and many went there to shower with the water. Didn’t do that but at least I rinsed my face and I felt a bit refreshed.

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28th July 2014 (Monday)

Today we went for a boat ride to the Turtle Island Farm. On the boat, we fed the fishes with bread and we got to see them through the glass at the floor of the boat. Interesting colourful small little fishes. At the turtle farms, we got to take pictures with turtles (of course), eagles, bats, hornbills, snakes, etc. But that’s a very small place and the excitement ended quick. Back to the beach, and we felt jealous seeing the others playing the water sports while we couldn’t.

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Then, we went to the iconic Beratan Temple. A lake within mountains, and a temple within the lake. A beautiful and cold environment there. The temple is also featured at the back of Indonesian note of 50 000 rupiah.

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Then, we went to Taman Ayun Temple. A small temple with a lot of pagodas and surrounded by river. Took a group photo here along with all my other tour members.

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Lastly, we visited the must-see place in Bali; Tanah Lot. A temple perched on a rocky outcrop in the sea. During low tide, the temple is accessible and joined to the land. During high tide, the temple appears to sit on an island away from the land. At the time we went there, it’s low tide. We also managed to get there before the sunset. There were a lot of tourists there.

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29th July 2014 (Tuesday)

Today we went to a shop selling the famous kek lapis (layered cake) but we didn’t buy any since we find nothing special of it and Malaysia do have it too. Then, we purchased some souvenirs from the huge ‘oleh-oleh’ (souvenir) centre before going to Kuta Beach. Reached the beach and stayed there for a while under the hot sun while watching people surfing, swimming, building sand castles, sun bathing, picnicking, etc. Then, we walked to the nearby Hard Rock Cafe and to Beachwalk, a popular indoor-outdoor shopping centre that turned out to be the latest modern attraction in Bali.

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And finally, time to go to airport and board the flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

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Hate it when the flight is delayed for over an hour and so, we reached KL very late at night. The stress of walking for almost 30 minutes from the arrival gate to the baggage claim area is already burdening, and then we were told there is no more taxi service provided since many were still on Raya holiday. No taxi service for such a huge airport. Crazy…So, no choice…had to take KLIA transit to Bandar Tasik Selatan and then my sister brought us home. What an end to the trip.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by vincentloy

Fireworks heard everywhere in my neighbourhood from days or even weeks before the Hari Raya celebration. It may be disturbing when some fireworks were set off on the late-night hours when most have already been sleeping, but it’s okay since their major festival is approaching and that it is normal to play fireworks to build up the festive mood. But isn’t fireworks are illegal in Malaysia? People still can buy it and play. Who cares….! If no fireworks, things would be too quite, and there wouldn’t be Raya atmosphere around.

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The time has come. The Ramadhan month is over and the Muslims have successfully finished their fasting over this one-month period. I do really admire their faith and wisdom on Islam for being able to not consuming any food or drink in a lengthy period of time everyday for the past month. For me, I think I couldn’t stand the hunger and the thirst, as well as the lack of energy. Fasting is a good practice, and it somehow helps Muslims to save money too (skipping lunch everyday).

Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends particularly in Malaysia a very wonderful and joyous Raya celebration! Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf, Zahir dan Batin. By this time, I believed many have already went back to their hometown (sudah balik kampung) safely. Time to gather, chill and celebrate together with your family, relatives, neighbours and friends on this wonderful festival! In the meantime, I’m sure KL would be quite empty except than seeing Chinese or Indians, and mostly foreigners wondering the streets nowadays. I’m currently on a short family vacation at Bali, Indonesia. Will be updating my blog with highlights from my Bali trip once I returned to Malaysia.

On the other hand, for other Malaysians who are not celebrating this festival, a big Happy Holiday greeting to you too! This week offers perfect opportunity for trip (like me), outings or simply rest at home after spending over half of the year working, working and working! Enjoy la….Many must be taking additional leaves up till the end of this week too. So, you would have over a week of break! Awesome!

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Last but not least, I would like to sincerely wish every Malays once again ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!’.

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