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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin October 20th 2014

Monday, 20th October 2014 One of the major highlights of my trip was the 19-hour railway journey that I took from Butterworth (Penang) to Hua Hin (Thailand) covering the distance of 940 km. My journey started on the afternoon of 20th October 2014 where I caught a free ferry ride from Georgetown to Butterworth Railway Station. I had always enjoyed train travel and doing a railway trip across the Malaysian border to Thailand was some sort of a bucket list fulfilled. I wasn't daunted by the long hours spent on the road since the train cabin was relatively comfortable onboard the International Sleeper Express Antarabangsa Train # 36. This service is operated by the State Railway of Thailand. One month prior to the start of my journey, I went over to Johor Bahru Railway Station and ... read more
The beautiful Hua Hin Station
The waiting room for the Royal family
The International Express Train # 36

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town October 19th 2014

Sunday, 19th October 2014 I was probably up and about at around 7+ this morning. After a quick wash-up, I walked over to Sunway Hotel where we met for our morning swim. HP and KW were up early as well and it was nice that we had the empty pool to ourselves. The pool was really small and would only be good for the three of us. After the swim, HP decided to head back to the room to rest while KW and myself went ahead with the complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Later on, we had lunch at New Lane before we went separate ways as they had to return back to Singapore in the afternoon. With little difficulty, I took a public bus from Komtar to the bus stand at Penang Hill. Enroute, it ... read more
From the top
Postcards from Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town October 18th 2014

Saturday, 18th October 2014 The skies were rainy as my Jetstar flight made her second landing attempt at the Penang International Airport. It got me real nervous after failing on its first descend. Finally, at 5pm this afternoon, my flight landed safely at the Bayan Lepas Airport - signalling the start of my 8 days trip around Penang and Thailand. Catching the RM 2.70 public bus from the airport to downtown Penang was straight forward enough for me. After about 50 minutes on the road, the driver dropped us at the KOMTAR bus interchange where I made my way to the hotel on foot. I was staying at the url= Hotel along Jalan Burmah and it wasn't really fun walking under the rain while keeping a lookout on the signs that point... read more
Round One (part of it)

Asia » Singapore » National Stadium October 12th 2014

Sunday, 12th October 2014 A Brief Overview:- After months of anticipation, the Singapore Sports Museum finally opened its doors to the public at the Sports Hub on 9th October 2014. The Sports Museum first started life in 1983 at the West Entrance of the former National Stadium. After the stadium was demolished to make way for the new Sports Hub, I was waiting patiently for the museum to re-open its doors again.... So on Sunday, 12th October 2014, armed with plenty of curiosity and excitement, I happily made my way to the museum. Admission to this fine venue is free to all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a massive Hall of Fame which paid tribute to our local sporting legends like Mr Ang Peng Siong who was crowned the World's Fastest ... read more
The Old Guards march home.
The first Seap Games in Singapore held at the National Stadium in 1973
Malaysia Cup Memories

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru September 28th 2014

Sunday, 28th September 2014 Day # Two of our staycation. We decided to skip the breakfast option at the hotel altogether and headed straight to the Faculty of Caffeine about 7 minutes from where we stayed. A number of indie cafes had sprouted up in the Johor Bahru capital recently and Faculty of Caffeine is just one of the many cafes located near the customs complex. The café is really easy to access from JB City Square since it is just one street away from the mall. Occupying on one of the old shop houses along Jalan Trus, this rustic café was not huge but it had a laidback and cosy appeal. The décor was quintessentially industrial with the floors finished off with cement and sand screed. When we arrived on that Sunday morning, the café ... read more
My Generous Breakfast Set
H's Classic, Cheesy & Garlicky
A rustic setting

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru September 28th 2014

Saturday, 27th September 2014 After our gathering at NUS in the morning, it was time for me to make my way to Johor Bahru for the rest of the weekend. H would only arrive at the hotel around seven plus in the evening. So I did the check-in on his behalf while taking a quick rest at the url= Hotel. Located directly behind the newly opened Komtar JBCC, the hotel was an easy walk from the customs complex. Our room at the top level 17 came with a good view of the city's skyline. While this was just a basic, no-frills hotel, it had most of the things that ensured a comfortable stay - strong WIFI connection, cable TV, nice air-conditioning and clean bathroom. All these ... read more
Our home for the weekend
View of Johor Bahru city centre
Healthy dinner selections

Asia » Singapore September 27th 2014

Saturday, 27th September 2014 "Despite the individual challenges, we survived our 4 years relatively unscathed, along with some pleasant memories and friendships we forged as we graduated from there.... We took off to our alma mater, the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the last Saturday of September 2014. Having spent the final four years of our students' life on this campus, we haven't been back since we graduated some eight years ago. Three of us had been talking forever for some sort of reunion to reminisce our days as a student. Today, we were certainly thrilled to make this happened... On Saturday morning, I traced back on the very same route that I had taken during the time when I was still a student. I boarded the bus service 74 from my house before transferring ... read more
Our faculty
The School of Design and Environment
We had most of our classes here

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

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