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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang September 21st 2014

Sunday, 21st September 2014 With the clear blue skies that greeted me, I finally had a chance for an early morning swim at the hotel's beautiful pool today. This was followed by my favourite soya bean and porridge breakfast at the Pavilion Shopping Mall. When it was time for me to depart to the airport for my afternoon flight home, I decided to ride on the airport express train that would bring me to KLIA Terminal 2 in 33 minutes. This was a nice welcome change from the exorbitant taxi fares to the airport. I was impressed by the new terminal which came with a rather useful shopping mall. Since I was early for my flight, I had ample time to make use of the complimentary access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. This was rather useful ... read more
Happy Breakfast
At the Plaza Premium Lounge

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang September 20th 2014

Saturday, 20th September 2014 The great things that I discovered during my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur :- 1) It is very possible to walk the entire length from Bukit Bintang to KLCC via comfortable elevated & underground walkways. 2) Walking is also the best way from Puduraya Bus Station (aka Pudu Sentral) to Bukit Bintang where most of the hotels and shopping facilities in the city are found. 3) The Nu Sentral Shopping Mall is now opened for business – providing seamless connection for passengers transferring from the Monorail to KL Sentral Station. 4) The new KLIA Terminal 2 comes with a shopping precinct – providing a suburban (mid-range) shopping experience in an airport environment. After breakfast this morning, I made my 4-hour descend via the North-South Highway towards the city of Kuala Lumpur. The ... read more
Wanton Noodles, Jalan Alor
Japanese Dinner
Favourite dessert stall - Black sesame

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Brinchang September 19th 2014

Friday, 19th September 2014 I signed up for a day tour through my guesthouse to cover a couple of places around the Cameron countryside. As it was raining the night before, I was praying hard that the rains would not repeat itself as we drove towards the highest point on the highlands, the Gunung Brinchang (2,032m). Along the way, our rover paused for a photo-taking break at the Boh Tea Plantations where the guide gave a brief introduction of the tea harvesting processes. I loved tea plantations as it gave a peaceful outlook against the backdrop of rolling hills in the countryside. The scenary was featured again and again in the travel literature that I came across while researching for this trip. It was nice to picture myself within the wide green expanse against the clear ... read more
Nice Tea Break
From the top, at Gunung Brinchang
At dawn

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Brinchang September 19th 2014

Friday, 19th September 2014 My visit to the Time Tunnel Museum was part of the one day tour that I had signed up which also covered a few other places in the highlands. This was an excellent museum dedicated to our past located halfway between the town of Brinchang and the Boh Tea Plantations. The museum charged a modest admission of RM5 and there were no other charges on the use of photography equipment. This was money well-spent given its sheer display of exhibits and artefacts from yesteryears. My visit to the Time Tunnel was timely, as it evoked plenty of fond memories of my childhood that I was once familiar with. Artefacts such as the Dumex milk powder and the soft drinks that we drank as kids as well as the many hours we spent ... read more
The Time Tunnel Museum
Old school barber shop
The ping pong bowls

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata September 18th 2014

Thursday, 18th September 2014 Good morning Cameron Highlands! The time was 7am as I disembarked from my coach bus as it pulled into Tanah Rata Bus Station. I was welcomed by a cold gush of morning breeze as I made my way slowly to the guesthouse, located at the edge of the town. Still, the walk took no longer than 10 minutes as I soon reached the doorstep of url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g1497917-d4697044-r231340879-Arundina_Cameron_Highlands-Tanah_Rata_Cameron_Highlands_Pahang.htmlArundina, my home for 2 nights. As it was still too early for me to check-in, I left my luggage with them after a quick breakfast to commence my own exploration of the town. I was thankful that I managed to catch some wink on the bus the night before which gave me the energy to embark on the trail to Parit Falls. Starting from Century Pines ... read more
Parit Falls
Lord's Cafe
Arundina Guesthouse

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands September 17th 2014

Wednesday, 17th September 2014 My journey to Cameron Highlands started at 10.30pm this evening when I boarded a comfortable Konsortium Bus from Golden Mile Tower. This was probably the longest coach journey ever undertaken up to this point of my life, a journey lasting 8.5 hours. Since I was never a coach person, I was certainly apprehensive about the whole experience. However, taking a direct coach from Singapore beats all other modes of transportation options available, avoiding the hassle of flying into Ipoh and figuring out how to make my way up the mountains from there. Cameron Highlands had been on my cards for a very long time. Lured by the prospects of cooler climate surrounded by tea and strawberry plantations, I was looking forward to uncover this piece of paradise closed to home. I was ... read more

Asia » Singapore September 6th 2014

Saturday, 6th September 2014 "She doesn't try very hard to become the next establishment overrun with tourists and visitors. What she does offer to her guests is a very comfortable environment with a friendly price tag and equally friendly staffs." My weekend staycation at the url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g294265-d2526267-r227454586-Village_Hotel_Katong_by_Far_East_Hospitality-Singapore.htmlVillage Hotel Katong was a pleasant one. Taking over the premises of the former Paramount Hotel, the Village Hotel was nicely refurbished under the Far East brand name. Even though the hotel is located at the heart of the charming (read: busy) Katong / Marine Parade neighbourhoods, it was never overwhelmed by crowds (read: peaceful). After a crazy week at work, short weekend breaks like this charged my batteries really well and it is the pe... read more
Where modernity meets comfort
Nice bathroom with powerful rainshowers
Katong Kitchen

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road August 4th 2014

Monday, 4th August 2014 As shared through one of my tripadvisor postings (with some edits) :- I was at the url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g294265-d302109-r219636846-Shangri_La_Hotel_Singapore-Singapore.htmlShangri-La Hotel Singapore on a two-day business seminar in August 2014. As soon as I entered the hotel premises, I was greeted by the spacious lobby and the view of the beautiful swimming pool. Even though I wasn't on a vacation, the peaceful oasis surrounded by plenty of greenery made me feel thoroughly relaxed. On both mornings, the staffs greeted me with plenty of smiles. It really helped to start my day well even though I was cooped up in the Orchid Room for most of the time. During tea breaks, the lady servers that I met were very thoughtful and showed great initiative to make us feel at home. Lunch at the Line Restau... read more
Spacious & welcoming lobby
And the spotless bathrooms


Sunday, 27th July 2014 "Most of the sites we visited were remarkable on their own. Together, they brought back great memories of this road trip since military and railway histories works well for me...." Military and Railway histories abound as we set off early this morning on our road trip into the Australian Outback. Today was our final day in Australia and today we would be spending some 700km on the road from Darwin to Katherine and from dawn to dusk. We made a couple of brief stops within the city limits to visit the George Brown Botanic Gardens, the East Point Military Precinct and the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre before continuing along National Highway # 1. The Eva's Botanical Gardens Café was a pleasant surprise as it served wholesome cuppas within a historical building. Se ... read more
But first, a cuppa @ Eva's Cafe, George Brown Botanic Gardens
At the Darwin Military Museum
Along the East Point Military Precinct

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 26th 2014

Saturday, 26th July 2014 On our third day, we shifted somewhere closer to the city centre where the url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g255066-d256363-r218196073-Mantra_on_the_Esplanade-Darwin_Top_End_Northern_Territory.htmlMantra On The Esplanade was located. This was a hit-and-miss affair even though our spacious bedroom came with a fine sea view overlooking the longish Bicentennial Park. Within the park grounds, there was a mini beach and an impressive Memorial dedicated to the USS Peary, the American warship that sunk off Darwin Harbour by the Japanese bombers in February 1942. We spent most of our day at Bicentennial trying very hard to catch the sea breeze that would start sending our kite to the skies. This was a relatively futile attempt even though we had some fun out of it. Since our new room no longer came with an attached kitch... read more
Nice room @ The Mantra On The Esplanade
Our Kite Flying Attempt




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