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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=, 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= 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= 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= 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

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 25th 2014

Friday, 25th July 2014 After a self-catered breakfast this morning, we hopped on to the somewhat reliable public bus services to begin our Darwin Museums' Quest. For AUD7, this gave us an unlimited number of rides on the public buses for the day. In expensive Darwin, this was probably one of the few value-for-money options available. All buses came with complimentary wifi services on board which allowed us to connect on the go. Unfortunately, no public announcements were made as the buses made its stops along the way - certainly not very user-friendly for visitors like us. Our bus passed through the Sky City Casino and the George Brown Botanic Gardens before stopping along the main road closest to the Museum and Art Gallery. Admission to this fine museum was free and it was opened on ... read more
The Cyclone Tracy Gallery @ the Museum
Aftermath in December 1974
The Waiting Game

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Mindil Beach July 24th 2014

Thursday, 24th July 2014 I wasn't expecting too much out of this visit to the Northern Territory but it turned out to be a relatively good experience. There were some sights that I was really keen to explore and it helped that H was very accommodating throughout this trip. As the days went by, I managed to check off those places from my wish list one by one. As soon as we cleared off the Australian Customs, we hailed a blue taxi which would bring us to the url= All Suite Hotel located within the mini CBD District. The time was 7.34am as we entered the near-empty Stuart Highway. About 15 minutes into the journey, we had arrived at our accommodation where we were warmly greeted by one of the nice ladies at th... read more
Our home in Darwin
Darwin's quiet CBD
First meal of the day

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 23rd 2014

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 Our journey to the city of Darwin started on the night of 23rd July 2014. It was 10 years back when I last visited Australia and I decided to give it another go given the long weekend ahead. For the first time of my life, I was a bit apprehensive with our flight journey given a slew of horrible air incidents that plague the travel industry recently. Before our flight, I had to assure my parents that everything was going to be alright. Of course, we were really quite comfortable with Jetstar given that this was a subsidiary of the Qantas Group which had maintained a good safety record since it started operations 10 years ago. So H and myself assembled at Changi Terminal 1 at 10.30pm tonight in preparation for our ... read more
Welcome to Darwin

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