Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
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February 7th, 2014 >> Posts
Morning view from beach
Rise and shine! It was a tough one, if you were to crawl into bed around 3-4am and sleep less than 6 hours. I reckoned it would be wise to get up, eat, pack and nap (if at all possible). Along my solitary beach walk to breakfast venue, breeze and sounds of waves welcomed me with much enthusiasm. A bliss nonetheless.
This tiny bird stood so still that I thought it was lifeless. On and off, it flew away and came back while I scooped into my rather mediocre breakfast. I seated on the same table with my Toastmaster queen mother, Grace. She asked, "Hitomi, are you going to the town trip later?". I hesitated for few seconds and muttered, "What time are they heading out?"
Heading into Pangkor Town
I rushed back to my room to do some packing and grabbed my camera before hopping on to this pinkish van an hour later. It was a sunny day but bearable. No harm embracing the sun while I was on vacation.
Bushes after bushes, curves after curves, I had no clue how long would it take but little did I care as I stared into the distant. About 15 minutes or so, we turned into small alleys with houses stacking close to each other. I knew we were almost there.
View from Hai Seng Hing, satay fish factory
Our first stop was Hai Seng Hing, one of the satay fish factories in Pangkor Island. The smell and scenes of fishing villages, no doubt. My skin prompted an escape into the shelter and there I went into the air conditioned store to check out what were the goods on sale. Grabbed a few, of course!
Entrance of Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple (???)
Our second stop was this Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple. It was quite a busy day with plenty of walk-ins.
The beautiful architecture of Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple
Architecture has its own way of telling story and this was a glorious one. Even non-Chinese were paying this temple a visit too.
A random Malay girl
Handful of pink vans parked outside the temples and I caught a glimpse of this young Malay girl busy chewing her snacks in the van.
Ice Kacang - Chill to the spine
Right at the left side of temple's entrance, you could spot a small snack shop, which also sell ice kacang. Tell me, who could resist having one in this hot and sunny day? It was really huge and they were generous with condiments and toppings. I was stuffing myself until the last drop of this as the rest was hushed to the next destination.
Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort)
Our third stop was no other than this beautiful fort, almost alien-like. Motives could be seen on the ground from far. From the look of it, it could be recently refurbished.
View from the top of Dutch Fort
It was almost a sin for not indulge in this view from Dutch Fort. All you need to do is to take a few steps up.
Reminded me of Malacca
Fort, being fort, it reminded me of Malacca. Stacked bricks with holes for windows and seemingly little enclosure for hiding/prisoning purposes.
A quaint town
Last but not least, a detour to the town and grab some dried seafood goods. Traffic was minimal with some motorbikes and town men.
Bye, Pangkor Island!
This quaint town of Pangkor Island, I wish I could stay a little longer.
Having not been back for 2 years, I find myself rather touristy. and since Megumi came all the way to visit me here in Malaysia, my tourist mode boost to its max. and yeah, although I study in Korea, I seem to always mingle amongst Japanese people. well there are a few Americans, Canadians and.. Europeans too.
back to the topic. since Megumi came, I have been to many places I’ve never been nor was I interested in going. and surprisingly those pictures turned out pretty well. I guess it’s similar to how I’d always dissed my friends in Korea for not having been to Nami Island or Namdaemun when I’ve been there for over 10 times perhaps.
so here, the famous Merdeka Square.
KLCC/Petronas Twin Towers (and this is the popular spot for tourists haha there were so many tour buses)
Pavilion. not exactly touristy but we took over 30 pictures at the same spot. hahahha.
forget about Midvalley, KLCC and 1Utama. Pavilion’s decoration beat them by far.
dat ice cream.
while it was packed here and there, Zhang Toi was quiet during CNY dinner and the food’s great.
especially their specialty, the chocolate banana cake. yum.
love curry? love tom yam? well, this is a combination of them two. only available at Taman Midah’s Dim Sum restaurant! and their noodles are home made without any preservatives!
they also serve awesome chee cheong fun! <3. and… dim sum’s not bad too. but their curry tomyam is definitely the king.
took Megumi to Penang by ferry. her hair definitely had fun hahahaha.
and the street arts. we have more but it’s all in her phone =X. my battery died after this picture hurrr.
the best. I repeat. the BEST CHENDOL! Penang Road famous teochew chendul =3. even Jimmy Choo’s been here. and a lot more. they had the picture with Jimmy Choo framed nicely with a wooden frame while the others were just laminated hahahahaha.
TADA! I like mine with less read bean.
and they now got a store. and they sell Asam Laksa there. I went there when they were about to close (which means we got the bottom soup. the best part) and it was literally the best Penang styled Asam Laksa I’ve ever had. ever. D=.
Megumi took an ant bite. and choked. she hate durian. just like every other Japanese I know who’ve tried durian.
fried oysters. expensive, delicious and addictive.
Penang’s Char Kuey Teow? heavenly. they have this too in Gangnam’s Kitchen Nyonya. but it isn’t even 1/10 as good D=. and it costs.. x20 the price. at least they have great rendang there.
Penang Har Mee’s awesome too. and cheap.
and took her to the beach. not as pretty as Redang, but still a beach =D.
I’m such a giant T_T. that’s why she’d always wear heels while I wear flats pfft.
took her to Genting as well and since the theme park is under construction, we headed for the arcade like a kid hahaha.
CNY must eat : Yee Sang. miraculously, she ate two plates. it isn’t exactly the most delicious dish but I told her eating a lot of this brings prosperity HEHEHEH.
chilling at my cousin’s restaurant’s private room haha. everyone, please visit CWZJ. a table above 1.5k allows you to book a really pretty room. =3. with your own private bathroom. =D!!!
Nyonya Asam Laksa at Jonker 88, Malacca. such a long wait but it was pretty worth it. hate all the taufupok and foochok though T_T.
how sad. everything’s under construction T_T.
those carts. made my Japanese friend’s jaw drop. they even have a doraemon one.
because the walls were pretty. almost took one of my friends life to climb up here haha. good exercise though!
“paint me like one of your french girls”
Siu Yok Wan Tan Mee at Jalan Alor. the last shop. the best shop.
and they still serve the best chicken wings.
letting Megumi try otak-otak. surprisingly, she liked it! taufufa too!
and my favourite pan mee place.
spam. taken at the oldest hotel in Penang.
I have so much chocolate and cookies at home to last me for a year. but yet I am still buying more. =X. well, I wanna eat so much but I have too little time!
we spent 5 minutes shouting like a bimbo. it was ticklish. it really was.
and a ridiculously ugly picture of everyone looking ridiculously happy.
there are more pictures. but I’m tired. Malaysian weather make me feel sleepy *yawns* the day is too long here and too short over at Japan.
PS : dyed my hair burgundy and regretted it.
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January 31st, 2014 >> Posts
Journey to Lumut
I boarded our company's half-filled bus, heading towards Lumut jetty. It was a very short 2D1N company trip to Pangkor Island with a bunch of financial advisory team. Too short that only half of a bus was filled, despite the whole team could easily fit up to 3 buses.
Roti tuna, Bazaar Nanas Kampung Selabak
The bus pulled up to a rather isolated bazaar along the journey for us to have a quick breakfast. It was almost deserted, apart from the workers at the food stalls. I ordered a roti tuna; there was nothing to complain, just that I did not find myself liking the taste of tuna.
1 hour and 40 minutes later, we arrived at our destination. The jetty was pretty busy. I guess everybody wants a getaway on a Saturday, no?
Surprisingly, the ticketing counters weren't overwhelming. Nonetheless, our kind organiser had got ours sorted, hence we took our sweet time looking around and chilling.
Us at the open
Finally, we boarded the Mesra Feri but unfortunately, the crowd had beaten us to it. Hence, we had left with almost limited choice but the open area.
Blasting with full power air conditioning system, how I wish I was that lucky (or rather fast).
Sheltered open area
Even a shelter was better than none in a blazing hot sun.
Some were chilled enough to just enjoy the breeze and share some men-chats.
We have arrived!
After 30 minutes of ferry ride, we finally saw a village on an island and soon, the jetty came into scene. Everybody started to grab their luggages and prepare to dash for the exits. The sight of green sea was delightful.
The bridge leading from jetty
My roommate, Sarah, the cheeky one, was with me almost all the time, fearing that I would be missing if she wasn't looking. We had to board the trucks provided by our hotel, Pangkor Island Beach Resort, to get to the lobby for registration.
Pangkor Island Beach Resort's lobby view
Here we were at Pangkor Island Beach Resort's lobby, waiting for rooms to be assigned. The lobby oversees a wide stretch of beach. If you would like some private relaxing time, you could just sit and listen to the waves while look at this great view.
Resort view from beach
The surrounding of hotels were neat and well maintained. After we were done with our lunch, some took a stroll on the white sandy beach while some stayed in the shade.
The way the hotel is designed is pretty confusing. It has several blocks of rooms, where some of the blocks are connected (and some are not). Not only Sarah and me, others shared our predicament too. Most of us had to run up and down because we could not locate our rooms.
Beach view from our room
Our room was clean and spacious. The beach view from our room was a plus point. Better still, you can enjoy the view without the heat as the windows are well tinted.
Yes, the room came with bath tub and a clothes drying rack (another plus point). Don't you feel the inconvenience when you have wet towel and possibly clothes which you intend to reuse but nowhere to hang?
Help yourself with towels, M'am
There were plenty of towels, i.e. bath towels, beach towels, floor towels, face towels. The two key essentials one to me were the bath towel and floor towel.
Clean basin, goodin!
Squeaky clean and well stocked with toiletries, I just couldn't find a thing to complain. Oh, the water pressure and temperature of shower was great too!
Boon Boon is enjoying himself
Seemed like my little hippo, Boon Boon, was enjoying his stay in Pangkor Island Beach Resort too!
Sarah and me
After settling down for an hour or two, a group of us went to check out the activities available.
Archery (RM10 per pax) and catamaran (RM30 per 30-min trip) were provided free of charge for us. Due to timing issue, we could only do archery.
Trying out archery for the first time
It was quite a fun experience to bow and see how others fare at this. You just have to be extra careful with your grip and release, else you will end up with a bleeding finger or scar on hands. We also got ourselves a volleyball and had a few friendly matches on the soft fine sand. Just watch out for hidden dry nuts from the trees.
Sarah and I managed to enjoy the sunset on the beach before proceeding to our dinner venue. It was relaxing to just lie down and listen to the waves. Dinner was mainly grilled meat and seafood. Nothing much to shout about, except the part where you could feel the breeze and hear the waves while you dine. Our organiser had even prepared few cartons of beer and bottles of liquor for the night. It was a fun and madness night, with plenty of laughters with bosses.
Bubuii from Boon Boon
Happy Chinese New Year 2014 everybody!
It is time for me and Boon Boon to sleep.
so upon exiting the garden, we found ourselves at the famous bamboo grove of Arashiyama!
this is another popular landmark of Kyoto other than Kinkakuji. Although I personally prefer Ginkakuji over Kinkakuji. I loved the bamboo grove though. and I felt it is really a must visit if you have at least 2 days in Kyoto. it isn’t number 1 on my list but it is more than just one-visit worthy.
somebody please tell me what they say hhahahaa.
super pretty =3. it felt really peaceful here. and after a while, the rain stopped. thank goodness.
and the gloomy skies got brighter.
had to take a picture here!
and those fairy tale like… moss? love it. except I don’t want to touch it.
I guess I am not so good of a photographer anyways. I’ve seen amazing pictures of the bamboo grove but no matter how I try it doesn’t look as spectacular as the real view. so you get what I mean right? it’s beautiful. and for this and the bridge, you should never take Arashiyama out of your list if you’re in Kyoto! well unless you only have one day.
there are a lot of these pretty carts but they costs so much =S. around 3000yen for a decent journey le sigh. but pretty amazing how these guys can run so far.
and another shrine! there are hundreds of shrines and temples in Kyoto I heard. and even if you stay in Kyoto for a year you might not finish going to all the shrines and temples I heard.
so you are supposed to shake the long rope, throw in a coin and pray =D. and those cute amulets are sold everywhere. except you are supposed to take it back to the same shrine a year later. hence I did not buy it. =S. not even sure if I can return in a year!
I guess this is a shrine for the lovebirds. #nothingtodohere.
while most Japanese people are atheist, they go to shrines. especially during new years. that’s what my friend told me. more than belief, it is more like a tradition he said.
to be honest, I am very tempted to write one too =(.
where’s the deer?! Bambi is supposed to pop out about.. now.
okay, I was pretending. but I am Buddhist. and I study in a Confusian University.
SH with his favourite chilled cucumber on a stick. not a big fan but he goes gaga over this stuff.
glorious bus rides of Kyoto. take the bus. I DARE YOU. ultimately complicating. but so cheap and fun to ride on =3.
some cafe where they have a clown to pass fliers around. oh-so-pretty.
if there’s no earthquake in Japan, I’d love to live in one of these houses when I retire. too young to think about retirement but oh well..
it is a little complicating to travel around Kyoto but it is definitely cheaper than many other cities as you can ride on the bus as much as you want for only 500yen.
note: the buses in Japan are quite different from Seoul and other places. you get on the bus from behind and pay in front. for the day pass, just get in front and tell the bus driver and make sure you prepare 500yen! I am not sure how to ride on it normally because apparently the fares are all different depending on where you’re riding. so if you’re riding for more than 2 bus rides or a far one, the day pass would be best. and later on you can just flash your card (showing the date) to the drivers and enjoy unlimited rides! will blog about that next time! and pay another 500yen and you can take unlimited subway/train as well! but we only opted for the bus as we don’t take the subway too much.
however, we took the train there!
the unique seating system in Japan. different in almost every line. amazing.
Arashiyama Station! let’s get outta here shall we?
but but but the station is so pretty! very.. rustic and old school.
and chairs that look like wheel chairs wtf.
Hankyu Arashiyama Station. there are SO MANY LINES in Japan. I wonder why they can’t combine them all in one company. =S. but Hankyu is the more expensive one I think. a short trip would come up to a lot of money. I didn’t even want to count how much I’ve spent on transportation =(. but I am sure I spent over RM600 in the 2 weeks since I went to Nara and Kobe as well as a few times down Osaka. it is even more expensive than Tokyo as I’ve remembered. asked my friend and he said it is because there are more people in Tokyo so they can charge them cheaper. makes sense I guess.
and finally, Arashiyama!
had to take a picture with all these signs. but why did they make it so hard ro read pfft.
the view’s super pretty =3.
like super. I went there during Christmas but it still felt like Autumn. ah, just love Japan’s weather. it is so
it was so silly of me to ask my Japanese friend to take me to both Arashiyama and Togetsugyo Bridge because Togetsugyo IS in Arashiyama. and it is also on the way to the Bamboo Grove.
totally unrelated but it is so funny how Japanese people are friendly to pigeons while Koreans get so scared of them and freakout whenever a pigeon is near. I have always thought that Korean girls look very.. dumb when they gave such big reactions whenever a pigeon is near but apparently they believe that millions of bacteria magically spreads in the air whenever they spread their wings. =_________=. mmhmm.
anyways, back to Togetsugyo Bridge! super pretty bridge no? I normally prefer the modern looking ones but this one is simply breath taking. especially in real life.
the view from the bridge!
the mountains are so pretty U_U.
happy girl is pretty =D.
SH looked like some serial killer wtf. totally destroyed my picture!!!
the other side of the bridge!
the stretch of shops; very Kyoto-ful.
the shops here are really pretty. and expensive pfft.
and this building is very popular for their sweets and all.
don’t know what it is called but you can take the train to somewhere from here too!
pickle shop. I think. they are everywhere and that is probably the only Japanese food I hate. PICKLES. love Korean pickled food but hate hate hate Japanese ones T_T.
love Japanese souvenir shops. they are not particularly expensive but they are bloooooody blooody bloody cute.
and those rich green tea soft-to-keu-rim ice creams are heavenly!
there are other snacks as well and cafes above if I am not wrong. but definitely not cheap.
initially I thought these trains are just for show but they moved!!! I guess it doesn’t require any fee since they had no counters for it.
these… poles? are so pretty! =3.
DANGO! these expensive rice
some heavenly looking dango in 3 flavours. normal, black sesame and matcha! and that addictive gooey sweet sauce.
eyeing on it already hahahaha.
the expensive parfaits and desserts served in some very Kyoto-ful way.
and another thing which I was absolutely addicted to in Japan. Warabi Mochi. these are super duper soft Mochis which melts in your mouth upon every bite. =3.
and some sakura rice mochi thingy which wasn’t bad but it is just.. alright for me. not a fan of those leafy stuff.
okay lets go!
and so we continued walking.
and got hungry so I got another matcha ice cream ^^. every shop have their own taste but they are normally all very awesome!
I hope I can read Japanese Kanji or Chinese really. but my friend told me to stand there so I did. =D.
we then paid 500yen to get into this beautiful garden. except 500yen is a little too much of a price to pay.
it was really pretty but stupid weather! T_T. it rained like 2-3 days straight when I first went there. sigh. spoiled my trip. because of the rain I could only visit one place per day.
basically this is all. not recommended to visit this garden unless you have a lot of money hahaha.
the view was pretty good but I preferred Ginkakuji (the silver pavilion)
or maybe because they are still reconstructing one side of the garden hence it became much smaller.
part of the garden.
those Zen lines! spent 2000yen (RM60) for that umbrella. so tiny but very pretty. pfft.
because it was raining and I was so frustrated
look at those Kois! but other than that, look at the background. it felt like as if a deer would pop out from somewhere. absolutely pretty. so far I’ve only seen beautiful views like these in Kyoto. ahhh <3. Korea, Y U NO HAZ DIS.
and another picture. I was so engrossed with it I kept staring at it while resting at the benches in front the pond. =3.
I actually have no idea what this walk is called but it is situated at the highest part of Kyoto Station and it is BEAUTIFUL. I am pretty sure it looks just as beautiful in the day but tad bit more romantic at night ^^.
such amazing steel and glass architecture =3. alongside with the shooting stars which I guess are only available around Christmas. the sky walk is from the ramen floor and the whole right side of the walk has ramen exhibitions showing the many many many kinds of amazing ramen. but my favourite is still ABURA SOBA!!!
but it is pretty scary standing so high up and over-looking the tiny people below. but the view was sooooo pretty!
and the view from the sky walk is simply amazing. again, super romantic!
hence, I had to have a picture here! even though it was dark pfft.
OOTD. How do you like my Hello Kitty canvas bag? ^^
first day in Kyoto was amazing because I went to so many places in just a few hours. basically the famous few hang out places are pretty cramped up in the middle of Kyoto and they are either of walking distance or just a bus ride away.
above’s Shijo. there are like rows of shops and I can say.. it’s awesome. I loved it there. and at the end of the street there’s my favourite Sabazushi shop as well. there are loads of shopping and also.. OPA!!! though the name is weird but there are plenty of pretty shops in there!!!
have always seen pictures of this shop. not like it can represent Gion but taking pictures of this shop can be quite stressful because the waiters will pressure you to eat there hahaha.
and not far from Gion’s the Kamogawa river!
the famous Opera house! where all the traditional shows are!
an Okashi shop. okashi means biscuits and sweets! basically food that aren’t considered a meal!
at Kamogawa river!
the opera house!
more Okashi shops. really love Japan U_U. everything’s so neat and tidy there. and so pretty!
and at Hanamikoji. also walking distance from Shijo. apparently this is one of the Geisha spotting sites.
and there are a lot of Kyoto-feel shops here but their price is pretty “nice” as well T_T.
the inner valleys~
Hanamikoji’s main street!
Hanamikoji’s mainstreet again!
Kyoto station’s illuminating steps! it was breath taking. very.. romantic actually.
I went at the right day it seems. the next time I went to Kyoto station the Chrismas tree was taken down.
Chasen’s desserts! it definitely isn’t cheap there but so good. located at the ramen floor (take the escalator up through the illuminating steps) with the widest range of ramen shops. 11th floor if I’m not wrong.
but after your ramen, remember to come here for your Matcha dessert! I am a big matcha fan so…
the biscuit was a little out of the place but the super soft mochi called the warabi mochi was phenomenal. the green tea ice cream too. so rich. I want more T_T.
all worn our but absolutely enjoyed the dessert!
the Kyoto Tower view. there’s a Salvatore Coumo restaurant here so make sure to check it out! it’s my favourite Japan based Italian restaurant back in Seoul!
I thought I was in a fairy tale.
you can basically walk through this really romantic bridge over-looking the Kyoto tower and you’ll end up on this side of the station.
and my really sweet Japanese friend gave me SK-II as a christmas present. U_U. ? ?????? ????! I kept saying it is too expensive as a gift and he said it isn’t pfft. anyway I am really thankful!
so on Christmas Day, we went on a campus tour! to Doshisha University! SH’s Uni. it’s really…….. pretty!
very European style. well it is a Christian university.
and their cafeteria is also super pretty! and huge.
can you even believe it is Japan? D=.
a memorial for a famous Korean… novelist/poet or something and there is a guestbook filled with Korean words and dedications in Korean. seems more like a tourist attraction for Koreans D=. pretty amazing.
must take picture with this beautiful school! =3. it is prettier than Korean schools. really. overall.
and my first meal in Japan.. RAMEN! not really ramen because what we ate is called soba but this is a ramen shop =D. and ramen shops in Japan are pretty darn cool. they have everything. from vinegar to many types of sauces to garlic and onions to 2 kinds of chilli pepper powder. amaaaazing. but what shocks me the most is…
RUBBER BANDS!!! for girls to tie their hair. pretty amazing no?
and… ABURA SOBA!!! literally the best soba I’ve ever eaten in my life. it felt more like ramen. a type of ramen in my opinion because it tastes nothing like soba. =S. but it is so darn good. the yolk is pretty damn amazing. when I broke it it looked super incredulous.
baskets can be found at every restaurants for you to put your bags! always space for you to put your stuff!
abura soba ready to eat!
shows how good it was. I went there again after new years and it is off the menu T_T, maybe because it is not a warm dish it is removed for the winter T_T. le sigh. I WILL BE BACK!
I was happy. very happy.
and my favourite place for snacks. ALL THE CONVENIENCE STORES!!! well the marts are cheaper for sashimi. it was only like 3USD for salmon sashimi! super cheap. even (malt) beer was cheap around 1USD per can. I can literally be drunk every night with sashimi to go with it there without getting broke. but I didn’t have time for that every night but I still ate a lot every single day T_T. I am pretty sure I gained weight. D=.