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First time to the Premium Outlet in Genting Highlands.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by vincentloy

The Genting Highlands Premium Outlet has opened its door for a month and yesterday is the first time I paid a visit to the outlet. With only about a month staying in Malaysia before flying back to Australia, I pick last weekend as the time for me to go up to Genting for at least once. I treat it as a short getaway to catch the colder air on the resort up on the hills.

The last time I went to Genting was in the past January. That was just 6 months ago. When I went up this time, I’m lost in direction. The whole First World Plaza is now closed and is replaced with the new Sky Avenue Mall. The mall is partially open when I visit in the last January. Some areas in the mall now are still empty and unfinished. The former casino in the First World Hotel’s building has also moved to a much more grand setting in the Sky Avenue Mall. It is now re-branded as ‘Sky Casino’.

That is the place where I lost RM500 on the roulette game on last Saturday’s evening. That was after a not-so-good meal in Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. The food served there are too sweet (the chef love to pour a lot of sugar into the dishes), the quantity are small and the price are unreasonable. Me and my parents moved to the other casino in the Genting Hotel on midnight to try our luck but we lost again. Another RM300 gone from my wallet. Hmm…I will take it as a charity donation to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to further develop the resort. View from the hotel room below:

So, we ended up not going into the casino anymore on Sunday on fear of losing more money. We instead had an awesome lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the quality of every aspects are magnificent. Everything is great. Highly recommended place to have a nice meal. After the lunch, we took the new Awana Skyway (RM8 for a person) cable car ride down to the Premium Outlet as mentioned earlier. From there, we get to see some amazing views of the surrounding (the resort, the Chin Swee Temple, Awana Resorts, Gohtong Jaya, the Premium Outlet, and the hills).

From the ride, we also noticed that the construction of the 20th Century Fox World Outdoor Theme Park is super slow. There are still a lot to be done and I think it is highly likely that the opening for the theme park will be delayed again to possibly end of 2018.  Okay…back to the premium outlet. It is the second outlet of its kind in Malaysia (first one is in Johor). It is just an outdoor mall with famous branded stores selling slightly cheaper stuff. There are a lot of people there because it is still new. I won’t go there often if I have been there once.

On our way back home, we stopped by at the Chin Swee Temple for a short visit. The last time I visited the temple was way back many years ago when I was still a teenager. There are many new stuff (new plaza with Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue, new sculptures depicting Chinese legends or beliefs, new vegetarian restaurant and observation tower building, etc) or things to visit and discover in the temple complex now. It also manages to attract a lot of foreign tourists. I’m tired during the visit and so I didn’t climb the pagoda tower. I always climb the tower every time I visit the temple in the past. Not this time.

That’s the end of our short trip up at Genting. Very ‘costly’ (due to gambling…haha) but rewarding in other sense that I got to visit new places this time. In the past, it is always the same for every corners in this mountain resort that has been here for like 50 years. It’s good news that the resort is now evolving to stay relevant and to continuously attract more visitors.

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Movie review for ‘Spectral’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2016 by vincentloy

This post would be my last movie reviews of the year. In the past week, I have watched three additional new films of which they are all released this year and I have some thoughts to write about each of them. So here it goes.

‘Spectral’ is a military science-fiction film by Netflix about a special-ops team that is dispatched to investigate strange killing of their troops and later found out what they are dealing with is supernatural beings, or is it? This movie is a bit under-rated and it’s a waste that such movie didn’t get a worldwide theatre release. It’s a great movie. It’s full of actions and suspense, and that’s enough for movie of this category. I’m not looking for any deep character development and just a thrilling action ride, and this movie delivered to the best. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Spectral’ a total of 7.8. I don’t even mind for sequels for this film since the story looks like it has a lot of potential to develop, especially on the scientific part of the creation of those ‘supernatural’ beings and the further sinister plots behind it.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is a must-watch movie for all Star Wars fans. I’m not a fans of this franchise but since it is so popular, I watched this ‘Rogue One’ which is actually a prequel to the earlier films. The story is about the Rebel Alliance which makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. It starred Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, etc. A very ‘international’ cast indeed. I’m surprised that the Chinese actors in this movie get to play more significant roles this time. Chinese cast are usually just taking very minor roles in big Hollywood productions just to attract Chinese market. The movie is fine. I’m actually feeling bored with the first half of the movie and the movie only got my attention in the last part when ‘Rogue One’ ship started its mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ a total of 6.7. This movie is going to earn a lot in box office as expected (I think will gross over US$ 1 billion in box office). And we are going to see more Star Wars films soon since this film franchise now returns to the big screen, since Hollywood knew how much profit they can make from this franchise.

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is an animated movie about a young boy named Kubo who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. It is a 3D stop-motion fantasy action-adventure film by Laika which is a famous studio specializing in producing stop-motion animated movies. Their past works are ‘Coraline’ (I love this movie), ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’. Their latest work, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ has a good and moving plot, beautiful visuals and styles, lovely and engaging main and supporting characters, thrilling adventures and hilarious moments. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ a total of 8.0. Another masterpiece by Laika. ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is so far the best animated movie of the year. I’m looking forward to more Laika animated films since I enjoyed watching stop-motion style in animation. It’s unique and interesting.

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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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3 movies in a week! ‘Under The Skin’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and lastly, ‘Birdman’

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2015 by vincentloy

It’s now less than 2 weeks before the Oscars and it’s the perfect time for me to watch some remaining Oscars-nominated films this year before the awards presentation which is scheduled to take place on 22nd February 2015. ‘Under The Skin’ is the first one I watched this week. Eventhough it is not nominated in the Academy Awards, but it gained largely positive reviews and was named one of the best films in 2014 by over 100 publications. So, I will give it a go.

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In the end, I am very annoyed. The movie had just wasted my time. The movie starred Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who preys on men in Scotland and with subsequent event that lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. Looking from this kind of plot, it should be exciting or intense at some points. But not at all. It is more of an artistic film that never suits me. It is very plain and boring. I’m not into this type of movie. The plot betrayed me. I am expecting that this may be a good or exciting science fiction thriller film, but it’s not. Things are creepily dull and silently ‘dead’ in this film. I can’t really appreciate the ‘values’ or the ‘meanings’ from this film. Out of 10 points, I can only rate it 6.0.

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Next, is ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. This film won Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical in Golden Globe Awards and received five awards from the British Academy Film Awards. It also secured 9 nominations in the upcoming Academy Awards, being the film with most nominations together with ‘Birdman’. Those achievements above encouraged me to try this one. And fortunately, I did. The film is strangely beautiful! It starred Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The storytelling is interesting and engaging. Ralph Fiennes’ performance in the film is also notably excellent. When I hear his voice, this would always come into my mind automatically; ‘Voldemort’ is back. Haha…The best thing of the film is from its wonderful and creative production designs. Extremely distinctive, fresh and the arts here worked for me. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ a total of 7.8.

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Lastly, it’s time for ‘Birdman’ or ‘The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’. The story tells on Riggan (Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. I watched this for the main purpose of checking out Michael Keaton’s performance here that won rave reviews and he is then considered a hot favourite to take home Best Actor in the coming Oscars. For me, I don’t think so. I still prefer Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Theory of Everything’ after seeing both of their performances. Michael Keaton is great in ‘Birdman’. This movie is there to propel Keaton into stardom again. This is his great comeback! But his role here is nothing that challenging compared to that Redmayne’s take on Stephen Hawking role.

Besides than Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone also delivered brilliantly in ‘Birdman’ as supporting casts. Now, everyone is saying that if JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette aren’t in the awards season this year, then it shall be Norton and Stone’s victories in best supporting actor and actress categories. And I agreed on that. Naomi Watts is also great in this movie. Another compliment to the film is on its technique of shooting that appears as a continuous long take throughout most of the whole movie. That is interesting as the director said ‘we live our lives with no editing’. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Birdman’ a total of 7.9. ‘Birdman’ isn’t only a film; there lies a lot of mystery or uncertain meanings behind the story that makes the movie exceptional.

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After ‘Annabelle’, there’s time for two more horror films this weekend to keep up the mood for the coming Halloween; ‘Wrong Turn 6’ and ‘Extraterrestrial’.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2014 by vincentloy

Since its release to cinemas worldwide, ‘Annabelle’, the supernatural horror film which is the spin-off or prequel to the successful ‘The Conjuring’ last year is a box office hit and gained extreme popularity despite not receiving very good feedbacks. I have watched this film last week and had written a movie review for it (can check out in my previous blog post). The film is not as good as ‘The Conjuring’, but still is above average for me. I’m sure that many would cosplay as the doll on this upcoming Halloween. Really scary enough. There is also a very interesting prank video on the terrifying ‘Annabelle’ doll circulating throughout the internet recently. I enjoyed the clip but of course, I would never enjoy being in the situation of being pranked like that.

In this weekend when I have no place to go, I spent most of the time at home. With nothing else to do, I’m going to watch two more horror films. Both are released this year too. Time to get myself into the scary mood as Halloween is just around the corner.

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The first film is ‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort’. This gory horror film which is the sixth (latest) installment of this famous film franchise needs no further introduction especially to those who like films of this sort. People being chased down by a group of flesh-eating mutant mountain men. I enjoyed the first few films. It’s very gory, visually disturbing and bloody sickening. Really not for people who aren’t into this kind of horror genre.

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But the ‘Wrong Turn 6’, I’m very disappointed. It’s a very bad film. To be honest with you, the movie is showing more sex scenes than the gory killing or torturing scenes by the cannibals. I’m not there for the soft porn, man. The amount of killing and the gore had also significantly reduced while the film is focusing more onto its very boring plot. I understand the effort of putting in story to give the movie a bit of depth, but in this situation, it goes backfired. The storyline which is too emphasized is way too boring and that sacrificed the time to show us more gory stuff. The quality and quantity dropped immensely. This is the worst in its franchise that had already been here for over 10 years. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort’ a total of 6.0 only. Just bad.

The other horror film I watched is far better; ‘Extraterrestrial’. Well, the movie’s title is very much obvious already on describing what’s in the film. It’s about a group of friends spending their weekend in a cabin in the woods, of which they suddenly witnessed crash of a UFO ship nearby. That leads to….you would know what will happen next. I read from somewhere that this film is panned for utilizing too many familiar tropes and cliches of a sci-fi horror movies especially the ones involving aliens. I don’t agree fully to that. I think the film utilized those very well. Those are the essential formulas that make the film works. And once you did it right, then you got an engaging and exciting alien abduction movie to watch. And ‘Extraterrestrial’ hits that.

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I enjoyed the film very much. There are many intense and climax-reaching parts, and the quality of many elements in the film (visual effects, sound effects, casts and their acting performances, characters’ involvement, suspense-building) are good. Everything is evenly distributed for a perfect sci-fi adventure. I don’t understand the low rating the film has now, but at least I saw that it performed quite well in Rotten Tomatoes. I only find that its ending is going a bit too far. The twist is there but I would just be satisfied if everything still remains in small-scale and never goes to outer space for some reasons. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Extraterrestrial’ a total of 7.5. This film deserves more attention by now. Highly recommended. I enjoyed this film very much from the beginning till ‘before the end’. The ending like I said just now is a bit weird and going too much.

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2 days 1 night Malacca Trip + Visit to A Famosa Resort (Animal Safari and Cowboy Town)

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by vincentloy

Wednesday is the day I wrote a post which mentioned that I would be going for a short trip to Malacca the next day. Ohh, it’s Friday already, and that means the trip has ended so quickly. Anyway, it’s a short yet fun trip with my sisters, nephews and cousins that covers A Famosa Resort on Thursday and Malacca town on Friday.

We started to leave Kuala Lumpur on Thursday afternoon after several delay and a lunch. Our first destination is of course the A Famosa Resort which is located near the border of Malacca. It is a huge resort comprising of an animal safari, water theme park, villas and hotel, a cowboy town, and vast area for many outdoor and indoor games. I have been there once but I hardly remember much memory on my previous visit to the resort.

We reached the resort finally, but then we had a hard time finding our villa to check-in in such a huge area of the resort where many zones are undeveloped. We can also see very obviously that the maintenance is not carried out effectively throughout the resort, after spotting dilapidated condition of many of the villas, unattended growth of plants over habitable structures, signboards and advertisement boards that are fading off in colours, and some others. There are not much people visiting the resort too despite it is now school holiday.

We checked in to our villa which is only one-floor high and contains a small swimming pool. We immediately went to the Animal Safari to take a ride to watch some animals kept in the safari. It was seriously a very bumpy ride which left me off the seat quite often, as well as having dust all over my body. The animals in there are mostly lazy, and the only main attraction is the presence of many tigers in the safari.

Next, we watched a performance by the trained elephants. The acts they performed with the trainers are like carrying logs, carrying people to sit above them, grabbing hat from a person and puts it onto another’s head, as well as drawing. However, I don’t quite enjoyed the performance which is not really that awesome.

Next, we went for a walk-thru to an area where many other smaller animals are kept like goats, rabbits, chickens, peacocks, ponies, ducks, crocodiles, etc. It’s over the closing time, and so we went back as there are no more other visitors present from our sight. We then went back to villa and then, went in to the water; swimming pool! I don’t know how to swim, and so I just walked…haha…it’s fun being in the water anyway (and at the same time, cold too). It’s time to check out the interior of the villa we would be staying for the night. Quite comfortable in there, but the furnitures are a bit too old-fashioned.

Night arrived, and we proceed to the Cowboy Town which I have missed in my previous visit to the resort. It’s actually a very small area with some built wooden houses that comprises of shops and restaurants.

The highlight is the animal musical parade which we did watched despite drizzling occurred at some moments. Well, the show must go on. Luckily, when it’s fireworks time, the rain stopped and so we can enjoy the spectacular but short fireworks display which is presented every night. After that, we watched a 4D show on underwater adventure. The 4D experience is very bad here. I don’t enjoy anything much from that. Boring end to the visit in the town. We went back to the villa and it’s time to play rummy. Yeah…and I won almost RM50 this time.

Ohh, the next day came, and after a buffet breakfast in the resort away from our villa, we checked out and proceed to Malacca town in the afternoon which is one hour away from the resort. There are so many traffic lights on our way to the heritage town and it’s so frustrating! We finally reached the town, which together with Georgetown in Penang are listed as world heritage cities by UNESCO few years ago. Time for a bit of photographing moment at the Stadhuys area, one of the icons of Malacca besides than the famous A Famosa Fort which we didn’t go to visit this time.

We then go for lunch, and the rice balls with chicken is our main choice. Many people queued for the food as though it is the one and only restaurant in the whole town. After around 30 minutes, we finally got to be seated. Yummy…so delicious; I like to eat rice balls but I would leave some space in my stomach for other tit-bits found along the famous Jonker Walk.

The dragon-exhibit for Chinese New Year decoration is still there, hovering above an entrance to the Jonker Street. Wow, that’s beautiful and huge! Then, we walked along the Jonker Walk which is flooded with people especially the tourists. The side path is quite narrow and so it is very hard for us to walk smoothly along that, while we have to squeezed in at the same time. We bought durian puff and it is so delicious…I love durian. We had cendol too, which is a perfect gift in such a hot atmosphere.

Other than that, we bought nothing. Our main objective to go to Malacca town this time is just for food only! Before we end the trip and return to Kuala Lumpur, we stopped by a while at Dataran Pahlawan Mall and bought the famous ‘thousand layer cake’ (mille crepe) from Nadeje Restaurant in the mall. I bought a Tiramisu and I tried it just now after reaching home, and I don’t really like the taste and the texture. It’s too sweet at the same time. We finally reached back home, and it’s already night! Time flies…and our short trip came to an end. We are tired, but we do enjoyed what we have been through in the trip despite the short amount of time.

A short trip to Ipoh for second time of the year…and it ends terribly!

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by vincentloy

I have to remain calm at this point where I would begin to mention a bit on my quick trip to Ipoh, Perak in 2 days 1 night. It is supposed to be an enjoyable and fun trip, not until…..haiz, I will mention it later. It was a short trip planned earlier with hotel rooms already purchased and several places planned for visit. But to be honest, there is nothing much interesting to see in Ipoh besides than those interesting limestone caves formation…and hence we only need a day for a basic trip over there.

It is only a mere two-hours drive continuously from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh through the North-South Expressway. Sitting in the car, without the need of driving is something pleasant and comfortable, while I manage to enjoy the views along the route. So, my views basically change from scene involving many tall buildings (in KL) and urban areas with huge amount of condominiums (Mont Kiara area) to nothing but forest views with short hills, before finally noticing limestone hills and caves that indicate our destination is fast approaching; Ipoh which is famous for that.

It is raining cats and dogs as soon as we reached the city in afternoon. The sky is dark, and I’m feeling not that good for the day. The first thing we do is to get a quick meal at the famous Onn Kee Restaurant, famous in selling the local delicacy; bean sprout chicken. It is a food must-try in Ipoh. The restaurant we went is very popular, as there have been several artists (especially from Hong Kong) have had eaten there and taken pictures. They are Raymond Lam, Bosco Wong, Nicholas Teo, etc. There are too many pictures and I can’t remember much.

After that, we proceed to drive around the suburban areas of Ipoh, where I have not been too that much in my previous trip to the city not long ago (two months ago in the same year). It is peaceful there, with less cars and people, and the roads there are very enjoying to drive on as there is no traffic jams! I didn’t spot any highrises there, and almost everything is flat with backdrop of beautiful hills. There are many open fields in middle of those housing areas, and those fields are comparatively much larger than those in KL. I think you can even place few airplanes on a single field there.

Then, we stop by to try on delicious and crunchy ‘siu yuk’ (Chinese roasted pork) at a small hawker stall which is said to be selling fast due to high number of daily customers. Ahh…eat again! Must be gaining weight after the trip. It’s time to get back to hotel for a rest, and the hotel we are staying is called ‘Regalodge Hotel, Ipoh’ which is a small four-storeys building located at the old town area, which is quite strategic. The staff is friendly, and the facilities provided are very good, with all snacks and drinks in room free, free wifi (but very slow), free newspaper in the morning, and huge plasma TV with some Astro channels for me to watch. The room condition is very neat, clean and good, eventhough the view from my room isn’t that good. Ahh…and yes, I had my own room to stay in which is cool.

At around 11pm, then only we went out for dinner (nope, it’s supper) at a food court near the stadiums’ area. Try to guess what I ate? Haha…it’s Fried Prawn and Egg! The name seems to be very special, but it ends up being a plate of typical ‘char kuey teow mee’ (fried noodle). Funny, isn’t it? I’m tasting Penang food while I’m in Ipoh, searching for local delicacies. There is not much delicacies here, except than the bean sprout chicken  (eaten earlier), pomelos (I don’t like to eat) and biscuits. That’s the end of the day.

I woke up comfortably on my bed, greeting the Sunday’s morning with a look out of my window, and it’s still quite quiet out there. Then, we went to the busy streets at the old town area, for breakfast at the famous dim sum restaurant in the town, called Foh San. It is a huge two-floors restaurant…and we have to wait to be seated. I have been there before in my previous trip, and I knew the food there are nice, and the dim sum are in many varieties. I had a very full breakfast there…yummy!

It’s time to check out from hotel at 12pm, and it’s time to head to the famous Buddhist cave temples at Ipoh. We went straight to the place, where three temples are located just to each other, named ‘Ling Sen Temple’, ‘Nan Tien Tong’, and ‘Sam Poh Tong’. Ling Sen Temple is interesting on its appealing temple’s appearance with mainly the attractions are not in the cave, but rather at outside, easily visible as it is just located at the side of the main road, and its focus in 12-zodiacs Chinese signs. Nan Tien Tong is interesting on its temple-in cave structure and the steep and dark climb to the top. I had an exhausting time climbing the steps there, but I did it too. Sam Poh Tong is interesting on its landscaped garden which is very beautiful and scenic with lake, stones, flowers and shrubs.

Then, we proceed to the Kek Lok Tong Temple, quite far, in the Malay-populated area. Wao…it is a huge and a beautiful cave, with huge opening that draws visitors in. It is very windy inside and the lighting in the cave intensifies the mysterious limestone formation in the cave. The interesting rock formations caught our attention, with some even resembles something like tiger’s head based on our imagination. We had a comfortable moment there, enjoying the breeze and the calm atmosphere, not until my dad’s car alarm alerted.

We thought it is nothing wrong. Then, we went back to pick up the car, and only discovered that a window of the car is smashed and in pieces. Oh my god…my bag containing my clothes, my toiletries and especially my laptop are stolen! The whole bag is gone! Oh, shit! It is a moment of shock and sad for me, as I lost my precious laptop, containing all my precious files. Luckily, I had another copy of it in my external hard drive, but it is not updated. Shit! I totally felt very down….It is a moment of anger to my dad too, as he need to fix the car, and also buying a new laptop for me. What a tragic event that destroys all our mood, which we even intended to go to Perak Cave Temple after that. The plan is foiled and we quickly sent the car to be vacuumed (to remove all broken glass) and to be fix with new glass window installed in. It’s all done in the right time just before the downpour which would wet inside the car if that window is left empty with no glass.

(Last picture of the trip above…so terrible!) So you see…how bad the day turned out to be! We didn’t report to the police as we are rushing for the car to be repaired to avoid dealing with rain in such condition. Anyway, we had complained seriously to the management of the cave temple there, including the three useless old security guards there, and two policemen whom are responsible for the area and were coincidently at the place too. I had my fault too, as I shouldn’t left it on the rear seat. But then, nothing occurs previously at the three temples we have visited earlier. At Kek Lok Tong, there are even more people, and the alarm alerted no one. Huh…

What to do! It is lost. To the person who had steal it, you know what you did, and you will face the consequences soon…Now, I had to start thinking to purchase a new one before my semester begins next week….Sorry to my dad, whom have to buy me a new one. I take it as a time to replace the old one which had stay with me for around 3 years. Goodbye my previous laptop! Goodbye, Ipoh! (Here now, I’m back in my home at KL, facing the old desktop to write for my blog here).