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Saturday, 10-Apr-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Week in Vientiene, Laos

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Visiting my good friend in Vientiane, Mr Bounsouane has always been a pleasure as he is always willing to spend some of his time to bring me around the city. After four years of trips to this city, I have added many friends, Benny the hotel owner and Kok Kee the golf course and casino owner! However the 40 degree celcius heat persuaded me to stay indoor during the daytime.

This time I had some time off to see the tourist attraction sites which according to my local friend, he also had not visited..poor guy.

Sunday, 21-Mar-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EMPA Conference in Tawau, Sabah

Tawau town
As seen from Hotel
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Tawau has a new hotel called the Promenede Hotel and the East Malaysia Planters Association (EMPA) Conference was held there. The conference brought together several key players in the timber plantation industry to share their experiences in commercial tree cultivation. There was nothing new though as speakers presented old research findings and refrained from promoting specific timber tree species for cultivation. Tawau itself remained a sleepy town with nothing much to offer..even the golf attractions have faded due to lack of maintenance.

Wednesday, 27-Jan-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bangkok, Thailand

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nice bike
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I went to Bangkok, Thailand in late January 2010 for a meeting with the Thai Industries Federation at the Queen Srikit Convention Centre. I prefered to stay at the Hotel Novotel on Siam Square due to its great location and reasonable price, about THB 350,000 with breakfast. The hotel is just 100 meter from Bangkok Hard Rock Cafe, 50 meter from Starbuck Cafe and lots of restaurants.

For shoppers the MBK was just 200 meters away and Siam Square fashion shops was just at the hotel doorsteps..so to speak! So many shopping malls now in Bangkok, Pavillion is just 10 minutes walk..Pratunam further away and Platinum Mall also there...mostly selling girl's stuff! Of course at MBK top floor they sell handphones but prices almost the same as Low Yat Plaza in KL.

Muslim meal a bit far..and need transport. Most of the time I eat at the shop near Masjid Darul Iman, nice Thai food at reasonable price. On the last day I went to a Muslim barbeque restaurant about 1 hour from hotel towards the Shuvanabhume airport and they served daging bakar and seafood for THB 110 per head!

I went sightseeing a little bit visiting tourist attractions near Patphong...and took some photos. enjoy it!

Friday, 22-Jan-2010 17:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Miri, Sarawak

Marriot Hotel
Me and Marriot
Nice pool
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Well..kena attend meeting kat Miri, Sarawak pulak. Naik pesawat Malaysian Airlines so tak lapar laa..nasib baik ada roti pelata! Sampai about 2 petang dan organizer dah sediakan transport ke hotel, this time venue kat Marriot Hotel and Spa. Memang nice hotel ni..kita dapat bilik macam chalet facing the sea...nyaman. Tapi hotel sibuk sikit sebab ada VVIP stay kat situ..YB TPM ada and of couse CM of Sarawak pun ada, ada function NKRA somewhere.

The last time I stayed at this hotel was during Ramadhan and I remembered the hotel served Makan Sahur by providing meal in bento set and sent to the room..how thoughtful of them even though Nasi Ayam je..

On 22 January 2010, full day meeting until 6 pm and after that I went to Miri town with friends to check out the shopping complex and food...nothing grabbed my attention.

Next day, went to visit a forest plantation area and to assess the performance, growth and yields of Acacia mangium, Acacia hybrids and Eucalyptus. The plantations were managed by the Samling Group in Sarawak.

Went back to KL on the late afternoon flight. Stopped by at son's house at Saujana Putra and have dinner at Giant's. Well..the house looked tidy enough for a bachelor..and went home at midnite.

Good nite...

Monday, 28-Dec-2009 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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LCCT counter
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A few friends from Dhaka and Chittagong asked me to visit them and see their business in Bangladesh, in particular to advise them on setting up furniture and timber products showroom in both cities. Having visited New Delhi, India sometime back..Bangladesh was definitely not on my wish list for travel. However, the fact that its population is almost 99% Muslim made my decision much easier and out of curiosity I decided to go...by AirAsia of course! The trip lasted 4 1/2 hours and felt almost forever because the earth geographical features 30,000 feet below looked really bored..

At the Dhaka airport, a handful of people already waiting with domestic tickets in hand and off we go on a small plane to Chittagong, the port city of Bangladesh. After a quick dinner at a classy restaurant, we checked in at the Peninsular Hotel...rest at last!!

My host, the CEO of Moulana Group brought me to his office for a short briefing and we have tea at his office. He has tea company that produced and sold them to China. Next we visited some furniture showrooms to view the products that were imported mainly from China and we wanted to replace that with Muslim furniture from Malaysia..God's willing!! During my 2 days stay in Chittagong, managed to visit the International Exhibition Centre and the proposed Malaysian furniture showroom that would be opened for business in April 2010!

I took a flight back to Dhaka the next day and was transferred to Razmoni Ishaka Hotel, my host in Dhaka. Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The owner was in Libya but the Manager took care of everything. I liked the plata for breakfast and the wonderful chicken curry they served.

In Dhaka I spent time to view several property development belonging to Skyview Group and MJ Associates, together they owned more than 20 buildings in Dhaka..I can't imagine how much rentals they collected every month...

The trip was definitely an eye opener for me..and appreciated the generosity of rich people in Bangladesh, out of 500+ mosques in Dhaka only 1 or 2 was built by their Government. It made me wonder how our Malaysian rich people spent their money...definitely not on mosques!

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