Journal, Travel, Weekend

#RIUH #MalaysiaDay Artisan Market

#RIUH a government based company is created to support Malaysia’s local artisan market. Riuh is the first company that successfully attracted thousands of people who has the love for the arts.

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On past Malaysia day 16th & 17th September; they have collaborated with #GrabMalaysia to have an artisan market at 100 years old train deport #Sentuldeport. Sentul deport is owned by #YTLland who is also an official sponsor of this programme.

These two days programme got an overwhelming support from art lovers of Malaysia. I have seen riuh had done many art events however, this is my first time I have visited them.

The 100 years old buildings of Sentul deport is extremely beautiful. I hope #YTL will maintain this treasure by not overusing it.

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Many local artisans have showcased their products. It was super cool.

Aside, they also have life performance from local bands. Little did I know that #Malaysian have such talented singers and musicians. They super duper cool. I have truly enjoyed the performance so do the crowd.

Check out their performance here.

No doubt, this event is so successful.

 

tatta, (bubbye)

#tamaka

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Travel

[#tamakaTravelLogue] #SiemReap #Cambodia

Date: 02 Feb 2018 Days: 2 Days 1 Night Currency: USD

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It was a rare morning because I woke up early, 0630 to be exact. Usually that would be my sleeping time on my weekend. I was browsing my #Instagram on my laptop. Then, a notification from #AirAsia popped in my screen. It was great deal.

So, I buzzed my close friends (Vanitha & Tulasi) in Whatsapp group flooding dozens of messages. I want an immediate response. I gave damn on their sleeping time.

This is good deal and I can’t let this go. We were planning a vacation. We wanted to out from the country but we do not know where to go. It’s hard to fix a place when you are kept counting the expenses. “Hence, this is definitely a great deal”. I said to myself.

Yeah!! I got responses. My friends were messaging me. We had two choice #Phuket and #SiemReap. After exchanging nonstop opinions, we chose #SiemReap only because of #Angkorwat. We really wanted to visit this temple.

I can’t wait any longer. I purchased the tickets for three of us together with an accommodation where the total cost is MYR1478.70 (2 Days 1 Night). That’s approximately RM493 per person. After months of discussion, this was a quick and an unplanned decision. We were so happy about it. Then, we have totally forgotten the trip until few days before the departure. One of us has to remind us. Well, that’s surely Vanita. She is a perfect planner. Then, we rushed to exchange currency and packed our bags in a day or two. “Bags are packed. I’m ready to fly” we exchanged Whatsapp message. Within a day, we were at airport around 0400 hugging each other for meeting after months.

1| Where we stayed

We stayed at hotel Angkor Voyage Villa at Sok San Road. It’s a three star hotel because we do not want to spend so much of money into hotel. Even though we had little dissatisfaction especially when it’s failed to reflect the expectation as displayed by Air Asia on their page, we are ok with it. The hotel is located in the middle of Siem Reap town. So, most of the places are within reach of walking distance around 5 minutes and quite safe. The receptionist or the care taker of the hotel (Ms Sofia) is so friendly tho. We became good friends and exchanged facebook IDs. Should I come back to Siem Reap, I planned to stay here again.

Rating: 3/5

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2|First Day

We checked in then out to survey the nearby areas. This place is crowded with budget hotels, restaurants, food stalls, fish message, souvenirs shops, banks and tuk-tuks. There were uncountable alleys and the spaces are well used. Don’t be surprised if you found a hotel at aisle or ATM machine on the top of the drainage. The cables are overloaded and I’m not sure how they are maintaining it. It’s totally mesmerizing. WIFI is easily available at every restaurant. One thing is sure; this place is crammed by foreigners probably because a bottle of beer is just USD1. We visited the nearby museum and checked out the surroundings of the town.

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When we returned to hotel, we purchased two days tour package recommended by Ms Sofia. Then, we followed the package arrangement and headed to floating village. It took almost an hour journey to reach the floating village by a van then to a boat. Alternatively, you can take tuk-tuk (please skip this on dry season) or taxi. It’s so hazy due to dry season until the driver only has 30% visibility of the road. Along the tour, we were been briefed by our young and handsome tour guy. Since it’s a dry season therefore the village is not flooded. Yet, it’s an incredible experience too because we got to walk the village where the ground is usually covered by water. After the village visit, we went to crocodile farm (that how they call it but the reality is they kept few crocodiles in a big net). This is where you will get to experience the floating restaurant. You can choose to have dinner here (expensive though, normal meal is between USD7 to USD11) or a short trip with small boat to visit the deep of mangrove forest. They charge you USD20 per boat which can accommodate 4 people. Then, we head to middle of #TonleSap Lake to enjoy the sunset. I got to know that Tonle Sap is a lake even though it is feels like sea. It’s huge. We have been told that once upon a time, they were so many crocodiles on this lake where now is none because most of it had been captured by locals for money. Since our boat has top deck, we took the top deck to enjoy the view. It was incredible experience. When the sun is down, we head back to town and reached our hotel around 0200. It was exhausting yet a great day.

Rating: 4/5

3| Second Day

As early as 0500, our tour guide picked us at our hotel entrance. Today is an exciting day because we are going to #Angkorwat. This is the main reason why we are here. We got to move as early as 0500 to witness the sunrise on the top of the Angkot. This is one of the MUST to do item if you visit Siem Reap. The entrance pass for four temple visit (#Angkorwat, #AngkorThom, #TaProhm, #BaYon) is USD20 p/person for a day. Keep you pass safely because if you lost it you have to repurchase it.

Around 0645 we are all ready waiting for the sunrise. Unfortunately, we couldn’t witness the rise because it’s too cloudy. Better luck next time. Once it’s bright, we started our tour covering the temples one after another with its history being briefed by our tour guy. I couldn’t imagine how they have built these amazing empires. This is too huge to digest. The entire history is surrounded within the conflict occurred between the #Hindu and the #Buddhist. Every time the temple is conquered by any of them the act of destroy and demolish the existence of the other took place. That’s make the history too deep even to dig. My favorite temple was #Angkorwat and #BaYon. I almost lost in #BaYon temple because it looks the same at every five entrance. The precision and perfection of architecture is mind blowing. We ended our tour with #LionGate and back to Siem Reap town around 0800. Then, we thank our tour guy and returned to our hotel to have an hour of good rest before exploring the night market.

The night market is just five minutes walking distance from our hotel. It’s UV light everywhere and so happening compared to day time. Every corner is flooded with goodies and foods. There were loud music with beers and vodka as it’s seems like heaven.

We have been told that the famous restaurant here is Kher Kitchen. You can check their menu here. Since it’s too crowded and people are queuing up for so long we opted to alternative. We were like walked almost every alleys looking for the best food. Finally, we settled down at this restaurant called D-town. You can check their menu, rating and comments here with some other recommended restaurants. We tasted the Siem Reap famous #Amok fish. It was so good that you can never get enough. Besides, we loved their mango salad. It was satisfying dinner.

Then, it’s a shopping time. In here, I guess night is the most suitable time to shop because it just a shopping heaven in here. There were so many goods and crafts. The cheapest is the V-neck cotton t-shirt that cost only USD1. No doubt, we bought plenty of t-shirts of all sizes. Besides, you can never get bored with their crafts and arts. I nearly lost on this world if precious #artworks. On that night, I have made a decision to come to explore all these amazing works. If you are fan if silk, this is the right heaven for you.

4| Fourth Day

I couldn’t believe that it’s time to pack up. We have decided to pack early so that we can spend the rest of the time to enjoy some nice foods before catching up our flight at 1400. We were so fascinated by the food so we took our lunch an hour right after the breakfast. We ordered plenty of dishes for our lunch at nearby restaurant. The plus point is every person who ate here had an hour of privilege of free fish massage. Since we have been too friendly to the restaurant owner we had an advantage of extra hours of the fish massage. How lucky we are.

Then, it’s time to head to airport. This time we decided to take tuk-tuk (USD9) just to experience it. It took us forty five minutes to reach the air port. After hours, we are back at our homeland #Malaysia around 1800.

It was a memorable journey to three of us. I personally made a decision to visit the place again because I’m not done yet. #SiemReap, you got me.

If you would like to read my other local travelling experiences, you can check it out here, here, here , here and here.

tatta, (bubbye)

#tamaka

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Journal, Personal, Travel

The Lonely Road (The Mom & Her Daughter)

(As it is) First time in #chitrapournami
Because I have promised to myself that I wanna bring my mom this time. So, I drove all the way to Batu Gajah and then drove again to #TelukIntan at evening. The only nearest way to get to Teluk Intan from my hometown is by going through the village “kampung” area. So, I have decided to find an alternative road on my way back. I moved around 2100 and somehow ended up at lonely isolated road leading to a dark jungle with total blackout vision with no lights. I looked at my waze, it shows another 21KM to reach my well known town Tanjung Tualang. But, the curves! That’s ok, I can managed this, said my mind. I looked at my watch, it’s 2230. I’m tired, I wants to go home. Shortcut its better. I said to myself. Suddenly, there is sound from my backseat…

Guess what, it’s my mom. Obviously, only two of us are in the car. She is so scared, shivering and almost screaming loud. She said ” P (my nick name) don’t take this road. This is not the right road. This is too dark. Probably, there’ll be many ghost here”. I hit the break & was like “WHAT”??

So, this is all about ghost and nothing else? Mom, you should be kidding me. Then, she goes like “P, please, please dont take this road”.

Ok, fine. I quickly make the U turn. Otherwise, my mom probably would have ended up with panic attack. I drove back. After a while, she said “P, please play some devotional song”. This time I scolded her. “Mom, can you stop your nonsense? Why I should be playing devotional song when I’m not scared. Btw, I don’t scared of ghost but humans. Humans can do worst things then ghost. I made that U turn because properly there would be some drug addicts or snatch thief or rapists waiting for victims. Not ghost. So, stop it”.

The next few minutes, we were in silent.

Then, I heard her deep breath, feeling relieved after seeing cars and lights hitting main road.

I smiled, my mom she is a legend.

tatta, (bubbye)

#tamaka

Inspiration, Travel, Weekend

[#tamakaTravelLogue] #RoadTrip 2018 #SimpangPertang #NegeriSembilan #Malaysia

Date: 01 Jan 2018                    Days: 2 Days One Night

It’s been a yearly routine for me to go on road trip on every New Year. So, far I have done it for pass three years. Hopefully, I can keep up to this annual routine.

This year I didn’t plan anything in advance until the last day of 2017. **Mind voice: it’s been like that every year. Initially, I planned to go to hometown but changed my mind. I knew I wanted to go to somewhere but I couldn’t fix any destination. Suddenly, the idea bulb popped out. Why don’t I visit my childhood places where I have been raised? It’s always been my lifetime goal and why don’t I take this as an opportunity? I had Renjok, Pahang & Simpang Pertang, Negeri Sembilan in my mind but I still couldn’t take that first step because the unknown fear of travelling alone conquered me.

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Finally, I made myself brave and picked #SimpangPertang. I left this place when I was 11 years old. I only stayed here for about two years yet the memories are so fresh in my mind. I witnessed some of my life’s best and worse here.

I learnt my cycling, fishing, cadet, bird feeding, rubber tapping, hardworking, braveness, kindness, jealousy, revenge, harassment, poverty, family conflicts & etc etc… all here.

Looking back, how years had passed and some of the things remains unchanged especially, the trees, roads, houses, buildings. I literally couldn’t believe that I’m walking the same road after decades. It’s a strange feeling.

I wonder why I took decades to visit this place when it’s just an hour and half from #KLCity? Well, I can only laugh at my stupidity.

***

I found a small hotel (Simpang Pertang INN) within the town. I braved myself to book a room with an attached bathroom that cost RM80 p/night. A room with sharing bathroom is only cost RM60. It’s a big room that can easily accommodate 4 people. Two big balconies are a plus. You are also allowed to use the big hall (downstairs) and hotel’s facilities for free. It is built in an isolated residential area surrounded with nature with quite environment. If you are looking for a calm and slow kind of lifestyle environment to relieve your city life stress, this is the best with rating 4/5.

Luckily, they were having a eve celebration for the New Year organized by #BarisanNational (BN). So, I had an opportunity to witness their firework which is lasted more than 5 minutes and I’m impressed.

I visited my (used to stay) house, walked the roads, rounded the residential area, greeted the trees and chatted with few uncles and aunties. They laughed at me for visiting the place after so many years yet praised my braveness to do so.

***

The next morning, I walked the small Chinese town called #LadangPertang which I used to cross by to go a felda for a rubber tapper plantation when I was 11 years old. I also studied at the school located inside an estate named #SRJK(T)LadangPertang. I couldn’t find that felda & school tho.

I instantly fall in love with this small #LadangPertang town . This is my kind of place which interprets how a real life should be. A perfect place to retire. Rubber tapping and cultivation are still the main source of their income. #Durians are mainly cultivated here and transported to #Segamat (JB).  So, if you are buying Durians at Segamat, it’s mostly cultivated here. If you are asking, of course I tasted the fresh Durian on early morning and its super delicious.

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After hours of rounding, I kissed good bye and left the place with big heart. My heart says “I should come back”. & I WILL.

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The Big Hall
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The Hotel Room
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The Queen size bed
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The of the fruit shop from the many unaccountable
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Taman Simpang Pertang, right under the big mountain
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The trees where I used to take school bus
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The shortcut hallway I used to take to another “Taman”
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Ladang Pertang Town
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Ladang Pertang village
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The Wild Cactus
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The backyard of the Village
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The Wild Cactus just by Roadside which almost blocked the school signboard
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The Creative Cultivation by Villagers at the their Frontyard
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The Cultivation
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The Tapping

tatta, (bubbye)

#tamaka

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Travel

[#tamakaTravelLogue] #TaipingLakeGarden #Kamunting #Perak

Date: 4 June 2017             Days: 1 days

I heard a lot of about Taiping Lake Gardens. So, this time I decided to pay a visit.

This is the first public garden established during the British rule in Malaysia on 1880 by Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker.  Later, a tin mine ground was donated by Chung Thye Phin which were planted with grasses, flowers, and trees to turned into green on 1884. . I’m truly amazed with the trees here; they can be easily 100 years old. I’m glad this located in Perak.

I have no regret, a day well spent. I wish I can own a house here to spend the rest of my life.

tatta, (bubbye)

#tamaka

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Travel, Weekend

[#tamakaTravelLogue] #Pangkor the Beach #Lumut

Date: 22 April 2017 Days: 2 days

Being a “Perakian”, I have never been to Pangkor until April this year.

It was a sudden plan by my mom. She is approached by her friend who is also our neighbour. This is the first time she had asked me to bring her to a trip. So, I agreed to her request without a second thought.

This is my first time visit to Pangkor. Although, it was a simple getaway, Pangkor impressed me. It’s such a beautiful heaven indeed.

We had rented a chalet typed room with only MYR100 at Teluk Nipah. To our surprise, the room can be easily accommodate by 4/5 people. It also comes with an extra bed. That means the average cost per person is only MYR20. The owner of the chalet is a cool guy. He didn’t even bother how many of us are staying in a room. *Mind voice: I should have brought my entire family. The bathroom is slightly narrow where it’s purposely design such a way to allocate more space for the bed. Who want the bathroom when the beautiful beach is just five minutes away by walking distance?

On our first day, we visited the famous Pangkor Kaaliyaman temple. The temple is still under renovation and to be completed very soon.

Then, we rented a van with MYR80 p/day to tour the Island. The driver also carries tour guy role. He is an Indian. After a long chat, we found out the guy is our long distance relation. The world is getting smaller by the day.

We started with Pangkor Muzium tour (obviously, this is not my mom’s kind of stuff). After that, a Chinese temple, a jetti, the dok, the famous handmade mee company, the low priced seafood shop, the Pangkor helipad, the best snorkelling areas, the beaches and good value hotels.

Then, we settled in our rooms to enjoy our home cooked lunch. Right after the lunch, we decided not to waste time. We changed our dress and headed to beach. It seems like we couldn’t be bothered by 4pm.

The beach is just a five minutes away from our stay. A well kept beach with crystal clear water is home for living corals. There are few small islands located few distance away from main beach which is good for coral visit. This beach view is too overwhelming for eyes. I didn’t know Pangkor beaches can be this entertaining and stress relieve beauty.

It seems like my mom couldn’t resist the very eye catching beach, so she decided to jump into waves to enjoy the sea water. She also enjoyed the little swing with her own singing talent. I rarely see a smile in her face. Witnessing her joy is the best thing happened to me in this trip. I videotaped of her swing happiness to keep it unto my memory.

There are also many water motorsport activities available with reasonable price to boost enjoyment. This time I have decided to skip them and will try them in my next visit.

For dinner, we enjoyed wet kuew tiew and fresh shellfish. Since the seafood is so fresh here, so I have decided to try the shellfish after so many years and it didn’t disappoint me.

On late night, we had a walk and bought some souvenirs. To my surprise my mom bought me a ke chain for my car. This is the first time she is buying a souvenir for me and I’m so impressed. I want her to do the selection for me so I have decided to keep my choices to myself. This is one of the precious gifts I ever received. Thanks mom.

The next morning, I woke up early and decided to take a walk to the beach. These crazy people love the beach so much until they have decided to get wet as early as 7pm. Crazzzy.

The morning scenery is way more beautiful. I think I sat on those rocks for more than an hour until I couldn’t realise the tide and I lost my shoes to the sea.(maybe she had an eye on my shoes I guess)

Then, we did nothing much but get wet all day long until we get tired and decided to go home around 3pm.

I’m planning for second visit to this place on coming August with my whole family.

Till then, wait for my Pangkor II post.

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tatta, (Bubbye)

#tamaka

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Travel

[#tamakaTravelLogue] A day in Kuala Kubu Bahru #Selangor

Date: 1 January 2017 Days: 2 days

This is my second year of lonely short road trip I did on New Year. This time I picked Kuala Kubu Bahru located at outskirt of Selangor. I always fascinated by this small town that carries a lot of unique things on its own.

This calm village style place is famous for its people, food, dam, river, waterfall, water sports and for its greenery. This is definitely a perfect place for a road trip. I wish I would have had a buddy to boost the energy of this road trip.

Yet, I would say I had enjoyed this road trip to the max. I met two strangers whom on their 50’s and followed them to their relative’s house. This was the highlight of the trip where I’m not sure of what I was doing but I had my most memorable moments at this stranger’s house. We stuck here for an hour due to heavy rain. But it was a perfect timing to enjoy the environment.

I hope I can continue my road trip adventure on every New Year.

Here are some of the snaps that I took along this road trip.

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