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Saturday, 18-Mar-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Taman Negara - Fitness and Beauty

Kuala Tahan
Taman Negara Jetty
The boat ride RM 1 per trip
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Me and my wife went to Taman Negara, we stayed at the Rainforest Resort just across the river. You can walk to the `Floating Restaurants' on the Tembeling River for your food, night and day. Food was good, roti canai and nasi lemak etc.

We went for canopy walk, rapid shooting..as they called it and visit the orang asli settlement near the river bank. I went to Bukit Terisek for a 2km uphill climbing adventure and of course 2km walking down and 1 km more to reach the TN headquarters. Well I saw a mountain range, thought to be Gunung Tahan. On the way down, took the canopy walk...a really swaying experience but wonderful to have sort of `bird eye view' down below.

Nowadays we can travel by car direct to Taman Negara, no need to take the long boat ride from Kuala Tembeling unless you want to experience the 3 hour boat ride.

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Friday, 3-Mar-2006 23:45 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Jakarta by KLM

At the airport
Plane dah sampai...
Dusit Hotel
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AIRASIA can give u really cheap air fare..if you get the zero fare flight you just pau RM 146 return, so in December 2005 I got 2 seats to Jakarta in March and 2 seats to Bandung for June 2006. BUt you can also use KLM, you know the Dutch Airline! The fare was much cheaper than MAS or AIRASIA and you can book online too...better still you go with Boeing 747 and full meal on board. The only thing that I consider unfortunate was that the KLM flight was in late afternoon and you arrive in Jakarta already dark, so you lose a day there! Return flight was also late afternoon.

When we arrived Jakarta, we still don't have any room reservation! But this is normal, at the airport you can buy Hotel Vouchers at the Hotel reservation Kiosk, the rates are much cheaper than walk-in rate and internet rate, try it. We got Dusit Mangga Dua for RM 200 per night.. the hotel had changed its name Le Grandeur or something like that. The hotel is located next to Mangga Dua Mall, ITC and Pasar Pagi...so for the ladies, lots of Hong Kong and Korean stuff and for men lots of handphones and laptops! For makan, eat at the hotel..clean and tasty. If you don't mind go to a Minang Restaurant about 50 meters from the hotel. In front of the hotel turn right and you see a Masjid, then the Kedai makan...

Opposite the hotel is a place where you can massage your leg and cost you IDR20,000 per 1 hour session, me n my wife went there 2 consecutive nights and enjoyed it...eventhough our legs were sore...they were strong!

We did not do much shopping in Jakarta as the goodies were also available in Kuala Lumpur at more or less the same price. We went to Pasar Baru, you can do custom made suit there and deliver to you in 3 days...cost about RM350 per suit. There was a shop that sell hand made leather shoe..no pair is the same. We also went to Blok M Plaza and Pasaraya Grande, very popular place and not crowded. We had lunch at the Grande food court...my favourite Ikan Patin Asam Pedas and Jus Apokat!

For really fun place to shop your kain pelikat, kain batik n kain langsir, go to Tanah Abang..the wholesale Center or Pasar Senen near Hotel Atrium. Now they also have the Pasar Jatinegara! Tapi hati..hati..these places were notorious and famous for MALING ..(Kes curi la..) , always a risky adventure!

Thursday, 23-Feb-2006 03:40 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Yangon 2006

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Once again I was in Yangon, February 2006. This time I stayed at the Parkview Hotel, good breakfast and the rate was USD30 per night. I did not play golf as the visit was short and not so free n easy, so to say...

I managed to see a bit of Yangon and see some of the interesting places. Enjoy the photos.

Monday, 30-Jan-2006 22:45 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Damai Laut - Golf n Deer Surprise

The aprtment
Another block of apartment
Golf course
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I was fortunate to get a room at Damai Laut during the Festive and Holiday seasons. We got a Studio Apartment at Damai Laut through the Last Minutes Booking services on the Internet. Very cosy and comfortable during our stay there.

The place was full of holiday makers from all over the country and the swimming pool was packed all day long, no surprise as the weather was also hot. On the first day I went to the Clubhouse to view the golf scenery and decided to play the next day. I was allowed to play alone (hardly any golfers at that time) with my wife driving the buggy..she enjoyed it! The course was very scenic and can be considered an easy course and friendly, maybe the club wants visitors n tourist to enjoy their golf more...and talked about birdies and pars over cold drinks at the Clubhouse instead of bogeys and lost balls! On the second 9, we were joined by two local golfers from Taiping and Ipoh. We have an interesting experience when a huge deer showed up ..it was really big with full grown horn, I have no idea where it came from...maybe an escapee from nearby deer farm. After the deer incidence came the scary part...goosebumps, although I didn't hear it but the 2 golfers and my wife heard like somebody was laughing when we tee off....from high up on the trees! My...my..ada ke?

We went out to eat at Pantai remis, Manjung and nearby foodstall just at the entrance to Damai Laut, about 3 km from the apartment. Of course you can choose to eat at the hotel..Swiss Damai Laut Resort. There was live entertainment too...but I am not a fan of hotel food, prefer the tomyam..and udang goreng garam kunyit, best....

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Friday, 2-Dec-2005 01:10 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Yangon Golf 2

3some at YGC
The clubhouse
At the T-Box
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I was in Yangon again last December and played golf at the Yangoon Golf and Country Club. The club usually hosted the Myanmar Open, an annual event of the Asian PGA Tour. The course was built in 1906, so already 100 years old. The Green fees for foreigner a bit high compared to locals, around USD 15 including caddie fees. Good layout and enjoyed the game.

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