Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I need to truly apologist to those who are reading my blog for the bad English. I guess I had left school for to long or you can said my spoken English have always being better than written one. I hope as time goes by it can be improved if not just admired my photo because that is still my passion. As long as peoples goes wi wow over my photo that would be enough for me.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For this posted I have decided to share my latest life enjoyment. This enjoyment are because of the fact that I work as a photographer (In the Star Publication). In the mist of the crazy MCA election last month, I thought I will surely had to covered that stupid event. However luck was really on my side. (wont be long because I will surely have to covered another stupid election "UMNO" next year, I guess that is where my bad luck start) I was pull out to the team, instead given an assignment to go to PD (Port Dickson) to covered an opening of AVI SPA resort. No one can imagine my excitement, (not for the PD assignment but for not having to covered MCA) I was really lucky right? Ok back to AVI SPA.
I am not going to write any introduction on the SPA because I am sure lots of people will know about it. Because its owned by very rich people, who can effort to advertised about it. Here I am just going to write about my thought on the place. Although if you ask me if I would spend money for a place like this, I might have second thought because I see this as rich men leisure. I am not rich just lucky that I got the opportunity to enjoy it because it is part of my work. If you are rich, you can tried the place out. If you are not than just admire my picture.
The beauty of AVI Spa purely lie with the architecture of the building. The building itself beautified a place like Port Dickson. All should know that PD have no beauty in term of an image of a beach. This is probably the last place I would go, I prefer to fly to places like Krabi because for one the water is not contaminant. (I would like to share some funny story with you. While I was there. Apart from local media there was lots of foreign media invited for the launch. After the launch, there was a beach party with non stop supply of alcohol. Late into the night, where I was getting tipsy. I headed back to the room, being a gentleman, one of the guy from the foreign press walk me back to my room. He told me his night had not yet ended because he would be going for a night deep in the sea. I told him to have fun, but deep down I was praying for him. With the status of water in PD god know what type of skin disease he will contract.)
Beauty lie in the most simplest form.
I can sit here for hours looking out to no where. This is like a scene for a beautiful romantic movie.
Here is like a lounge area where you can relax before or after having your SPA. The true is I really have no idea what is this part of the space for. The design is like the house in the Korean drama Full House. It had that beach house feel to it. This is like a dream house of mine.
I am not going to write about the Spa treatment. To me SPA itself is an enjoyment, it does not matter where I have it done. I m not going to act rich and said which Spa is better and which is not. To me the best kind of message is the one I had it done in Chiang Mia. Here the advantage is after the treatment you can go out to the balcony, sit and enjoy at least 15minute where it will feel like the time had stop. I truly belief that only when time stop can one be relieve of all headache and problem. that is the closes place where one get to feel like time had stop.
To end here. I would like to said that if I can slap the people in our tourism department, I would do it. Although I had said in the beginning that I would not go to a place like this on my own money, that is because I m Malaysian. However I do belief that this is the type of places that our stupid tourism department should promote to the foreigner, purely because this is the type of place that will beautified our country. Stop living in stone age by promoting only KLCC and Citawarna Malaysia. For god sake everyone on this earth know our beautiful culture and costume, there is no need for this type of street parade anymore on. Let the world see that there is such beauty in Malaysia itself. Being a Malaysia even I would not have believe that there was such beautiful place here in Malaysia if I had not see it with my own eye.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This is a teaser to what I am about to post next. I wanted to write this post first because I like to remind myself I do have a great life. Most of the time I do forget, what to do I am only being a human being with greed implanted inside of me. Whenever I meet up with my friend, They will constantly remind me what great life I have yet most of the time I will tell them that I have my own problem and they will never understand. Maybe I am the one who don't understand. If there is a time where I sit down to think about my life for a short second, I do realise that my life is as good as it get provided I don't live in greedy world. I being to place, eat food, meet people, that for some they might never ever imagine they will go, eat or meet.
Basically what I want to said here is that if there is a next lifetime I would choose to live my life the way it is now. Being a Photographer, this is the greatest gift I have found , hope I will be one for the rest of my life.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
' The entrance to heaven" Before arriving at the retreat the journey will take you through a small old town, an orange asli settlement and lots of rocking road that you feel that it goes no where. In the end you arrived to big surprise.
The glass house makes you feel like that you are living inside a forest. Its not really a glass glass house, more like a open concept house. you can enjoy it if you had being living in brick wall for most of your life. One thing does irritate the hell out of me is the noise of insect and river water running down the stream. It sounded peaceful and great most of the time except when you are trying to go to bed.
The little hole is actually the entrance to the living room, so another advice would be if you were to bring children along make sure you keep close eye on them.
The living room is connected to the barbecue spot. you can sit in or out. This is the best enjoyment for being away from the buzzing noise of traffic and actually enjoy a meal with friend. Most of the time when you go out and have meal with friend, you will be surrounded by people. Here you can actually sit together and hear each other voice loud and clear.
The greatest perk here is the pool. Here again, the best advice from me is to rent this place on weekday. That you have more chance of booking the place all by yourself and you can enjoy the place more. The water is as clear as it get, not sure where the water come from but we thought that it might come from mountain. Sia actually taste it and said that there was no chlorine put in it (pls don't fully take my word for this). When I told my friend who was going later that it was mountain water, he actually drink it and thank god he did not die. He said there was chlorine in it
I don't know how death I would be for posting this picture but I cant really resisted it. I was wondering how I would caption the second picture, the best I could come up with is Sia trying to do Yoga and Yoke Teng is trying to think of way to imitate but fail.
Lastly the sleeping place. Not so important because that would be the last thing you do in place like this. It will be waste to sleep. They provided mosquito net for the sleeping area but let me tell you that there is no such need. To my very surprise knowledge there was no mosquito. We were really well prepared for this ( Yoke Teng and I make sure of all the thing we must bring repellent). I don't know why there was no mosquito but I do have another theory, when we first reach there Yoke Teng being afraid of getting mosquito bite, she spray a whole can on her body maybe she had become our repellent.
We have excellent cook there namely Sia(person in yellow shirt), we didn't used the barbecue instead we made our own grill seafood and steamboat. Most of cooking utensil are available there but in case you might want to bring a knife because the knife they have there are useless.
Going to this place you will be leaving behind what one is used to in their everyday life, traffic, noise (except the one coming from the insect) and electronic item which is to me the biggest disturbance of our life (phone ringing non stop). The best thing to do is to drink the night away. Just another word of advice. When I said drink the night away it is an enjoyment but if you get drunk its a nightmare but still a great memory.
Taiwan was the reason why I started to blog, I being thinking how should or what should I write about after Taiwan. To write just on travel would be hard as I m not rich enough to travel so often. To write about food I m no critic, I only know how to eat. In the end I decide I would just write about what come to mind and interesting that I encounter. Don't expect too much, right now the most interesting that is happening is I finally found the beauty of shopping online. Let just said I have gotten a bit crazy with my friend YIP YOKE TENG.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This restaurant is called Full House located at 牛车水 NiuZeXui (NZX), Ara Damansara, This place is like an open courtyard shopping center, that is the best way to described it. This place is quite new, it had a number of food outlet but still a lot of empty shoplots. The biggest problem with this place NZX is the location, if you are not familiar with Ara Damansara, looking for this place is like looking for needle in an ocean. However my purpose is not to introduce this place but the cafe itself, I just hope the cafe would still be around after I posted this.
According to the owner these is a Korean concept cafe. There is 2 level bottom is a cafe and upper level is boutique. At the bottom level apart from being a cafe. They also sell lots of gift item from Korea. I don't know why the owner said this is a Korean concept cafe because to me the whole design of the cafe is like a English doll house with beautiful chandelier light.
Great detail effort have been put into the design of the cafe.
They sell a lot of little gift item and women clothing, The owner said the item are from Korean so you can imagine the price is not cheap.
Now come to the important stuff the food. All I can said is that the food look great but not of the best of taste. Don't come here expecting the best of food. Come with the mind of enjoying a nice cup of tea in this great environment. They have a variety serving for Malaysia and western taste bug. I order nasi lemak, nothing to ho ha about it is just nasi lemak. Thought the food is not the best (still good), the way they presented it, from the menu to the display of the desert is up to par with their design of the cafe.
The menu is like a story book. This is something new and cute to read through.
Like I said this is a place where you go for afternoon tea. The desert is pretty good. It look great huh.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
These is the train station, it feel like one of those in the movie right.
we were a bit worry to had to arrived in Luye late in the night but sitting in the station waiting for our pick up from the home stay, some how we just feel a sense of calmness and peacefulness. NO FEAR AT ALL.
There were more crazy stuff we did. These picture are just the started. The thing we did in Luye was probably something we would never imagine we would ever do. Earlier post in my blog where I posted photo of picture of the three of us together were all mostly taken in Luye.
It is not so much the placed that make me want to talk about Luye but the stuff we did there. We were really lucky as when we arrived in Luye we have a great guide to take us around. Her name was 小鱼(sorry I think that is how you write her name, my Chinese is pre school level). We didn't have to paid for her to take us around, she was working for the home stay we stay in. Here is the website http://www.lc550808.com.tw/house.htm (I not sure if they still provided the service but the place is beautiful to stay in).
The home stay we stay in is just a simple elegant design home with just 2 to 3 bed room. With 小鱼 taking care of us, everything that is simple to our normal everyday life seem to bring a unique experience. She brought us lychee to tried, the breakfast was a simple white porridge and bun but it had a warm feeling while we were eating it. Just before we left she let us tried the art of drinking Chinese tea and cookes the most tasty instant noodle. All this was great hospitality with no extra cost.
From the moment we arrived 小鱼 took just to a small road side stall for simple but delicious bean curd stew with white rice. After dinner we ask if there is any hot spring in Luye and she said we should tried hot spring dip at night. We each book a room with hot spring, it was only RM30. In the room there was a hots spring with small opening door where you can look up into the sky with infinity star and old melody music playing in the back ground. Gosh tell me that is not heaven I don't know what is (sorry too indulge to take picture).
After hot spring 小鱼 took us on ride on this road at night. She said at night this road is known as timeless tunnel. Because there is no street light driving at night it feel like you are traveling on a never ending road. 小鱼 said everyone who come to Luye should tried driving on these road and night and in the morning you can rent a bike. The feeling is amazing.
Another activity to do in Luye is Paragliding. We didn't get to do it because to wind was to great on that day but standing on the edge looking at the beautiful scenery. I can half imagined what it would feel to Para glide from there.
Luye give us memory where the three of us will treasure for the rest of our lifetime. It seem like its fate for me to choose Luye out of all the other place to go in Taiwan. I had no info or expectation when choosing Luye. I was looking at a pamphlet where it was introducing all the farm stay in Taiwan. I choose Luye because it was the cheapest. The result of the choice was amazing. I guess this fit the saying "expect the unexpected". I hope 小鱼 can read this because of her I get to have such beautiful memory of Luye.............