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Photography, Travel

Wet Morning in Putrajaya

(Backdated post, day trip on 7th June 2008)

Putrajaya

As planned, we left for Putrajaya in the wee hours of that Saturday (if I remember correctly, we planned to leave at about 6.30am). It was around 7-ish am when we reached Putrajaya and the sky was overcast! There wasn’t any sunrise to be seen, so we didn’t bother to go right to the mosque (we did our research and find that sunrise looks heavenly at the mosque by the lake), but took our first shots at the Jambatan Seri Saujana.

Boating Club

This trip marks my second attempt at taking photos in manual function. It was really an eye opener as I can see obvious differences with each different settings (macam jakun aje *keke*). The weather only permitted us to make 3 stops before it started to drizzle quite heavily. We were pretty bummed, so Jazzmint (yeah, it’s her again *LOL*) drove around and we decided to have breakfast and see if the rain stops. As expected, the mamak we went to consist of all Malay customers except the two of us, until one nice Chinese lady came in and sat next to us.

Mosque

After breakfast and a brief chatting with that lady, we left and drove around until we found the mosque, which was just beside Jambatan Seri Perdana. It was right by a boating club, and by then, the weather has started to clear and the sky brightened to a clear blue. It was a pleasure taking pictures in the morning light. This is the place where I took the most pictures in this trip.

Jambatan Seri Wawasan

After the mosque, we drove around again and ended up at Jambatan Seri Wawasan. This bridge looks the best, IMHO. Like Jazz told me, at some angle, the bridge actually looks like a bird taking flight. This is also a good place to camwhore… poor bridge, kena at all angles *LOL*.

Detailed Designs on Mosque

Finally, we went back to the main road where all the office buildings are. I find that taking picture of buildings is really not my cup of tea. I’m not sure if it’s because I suck at it *haha* or just the bland looking outcome that doesn’t make the building outstanding. The buildings in Putrajaya are really impressive… huge office blocks with very nice architectural designs. After stopping multiple times on this stretch of road, it was already around 11-ish am and the sky got dark again. We kinda had enough pictures already anyway, so we decided to leave. By the time we reached Bangsar, I could hardly keep my eyes opened, what with the hot sun out again and all.

For more pictures, please go >>here<<.

Family, Photography, Travel

Port Dickson (Day 2)

(Backdated post, day trip on 3rd & 4th May 2008)

… continuation from here.

The next morning, I woke up quite early, about 6-ish am as I planned on catching the sunrise. So I took out the camera and stood at the balcony… waiting and waiting. Eh, how come no sunrise? When I finally gave up and decided to go downstairs and have a look at the water chalets, lo and behold, sunrise on the opposite side *keke*.

Sunrise @ PD

It was quite peaceful watching sunrise when it’s all hushed and quiet. I tried sms-ing my friend and Jazz to see if they’re awake, but no reply. So I went down and had a walk.

Sleeping Babes

When I went back upstairs, my mum was just waking up so we decided to go for breakfast, just the two of us. The rest of them can eat chicken rice which my mum is preparing in the pressure cooker (yeah, we brought some food to feed the children). After breakfast and feeding the kids, we went down for a dip in the pool. My friend Jenny went to Glory beach but found the sand to be yucky, kinda like mud they said. So the pool it is. By the way, the pool is small, and there were so many people there… *sighs*.

Splashing

With Jen & Marcus

Right after having fun in the pool, we headed back up to the room at 11 something, showered and finished up the food. All of us went home on our own, no point following cars which will only slow us down.

More photos can be viewed >>here<<.

Family, Photography, Travel

Port Dickson (Day 1)

(Backdated post, day trip on 3rd & 4th May 2008)

This is a really backdated post. We had a weekend away at Port Dickson on the Labour Day weekend. The trip was suggested by Jazzmint as Mr Hon was back from Vietnam. We had a total of 4 rooms - Jazz, Jazz’s friend, my friend and myself. We booked the Premium Tower Seaview at the Legends Water Chalets. The rooms were quite nice, it consist of a king size bed AND a queen size bed, and Jazz got special rate for it, so it was quite worth the price.

Our room

I was working that Saturday so I met up with the rest later in the evening. Jazz went along to the ostrich farm with her friends, which I skipped, as I’ve been there twice before. After reaching the hotel at around 4pm, we proceeded to the room which was already checked in by Jazz, and kinda did nothing and rested. We wanted to catch the sunset at the beach so we planned to leave the hotel at around 6pm.

Dig dig dig

When we reached the beach next to the Avillion, I was surprised at how clean and deserted that stretch was. The Legends had no beach and Glory beach next to it was yucky. The kids went straight to the sand and the sea. Initially, Izac didn’t want to touch the sand (like when we went to Koh Samui, he didn’t want to go to the beach the whole trip). After a while, seeing the other kids having so much fun, he finally gave in. All of them had fun digging and doing what kids do best… flinging sand…

Arggghhh!! Sand!!!

OK... I love it now...

I didn’t bring the tripod and the sun was setting, so most of my pictures turned out quite blurry. Jazz also didn’t bring her tripod but it didn’t matter as her battery was running low and she stopped taking pictures *LOL*.

Sunset @ PD

So when the sun finally went down a fiery red, we left the place and went back to the hotel to shower. My friend and I didn’t join Jazz and her group for dinner as my mum brought some food and we ate in the room. Some of the kids were too tired anyway.

To be continued…

Food, Photography, Travel

Hulu Langat Lookout Point

I guess the title says it all. This time, at the last minute (considered last minute lah, since we planned this outing only about a week ago) Jazz and myself decided to go to this much talked about place in Ampang, the Hulu Langat Lookout Point or Menara Tinjau. We planned to reach there by 6pm so that we could catch the sunset. At the last minute since Cheryl decided not to go and my kids were sleeping, we decided to leave at 5.30pm instead of 5pm as planned. Our entourage: Jasmine, Faythe, Vyktore, their kakak and myself.

We used MRR2 and exited at Pandan Indah, there was a little traffic congestion in that area and I missed the exit, so we had to do a U-turn. We nearly did a wrong turn again (we followed the instructions we got from the Internet OK) but managed to salvage it at the traffic light where we decided to head towards the mountains instead of the downtown route.

Turn left, turn right, turn left, turn left… we ended up having to do another U-turn as we missed to road which supposedly brings us up to the lookout point (there was no sign pointing to “Ulu Langat / Kajang” as stated on the directions). So finally we were on the right track and going up the winding hill, when we reached there the parking right at the top was full, so I had to park at the slope and risk my car sliding down the steep road *sweats*.

As we were undecided where to dine, and most of the seats right by the railing at the Look Out Point Restaurant & Cafe were occupied, we decided to just go and take some pictures then only decide. It turns out that if we do not dine at the Bread & Olives Cafe, we are not to take pictures from their spot too (and there were NO ONE sitting on their side). Jazz was given 5 minutes to shoot whatever she wanted by the waiter, so we decided to take the last available table near the side at Gasoline Cafe.

Sunset at Hulu Langat Lookout Point

The sunset was nothing to shout about, the sun went down just like that without lighting up the sky with a spectacular red. So we ordered food and ate… the food was so-so, not really worth it IMHO.

Night View of KL

However, the night view of Kuala Lumpur was breath taking. This was my first time using a tripod for pictures and also my first time using manual adjustment for pictures, a good apportunity for me to learn some stuff from Jazz (remember she took firework pics?). I’m so glad the pictures turned out OK but people shots were terrible *grimaces*. I really hate taking people pictures under low light conditions… I can’t wait to get my hands on the Canon 430EX Speedlite!!

On our way down after dinner and pictures, we decided to stop at another spot which overlooks the city as well. By then I was lazy to set up the tripod, thus end up taking this blurred picture. Hey, I was surprised it looked quite colorful and pretty too!

Blurred View of KL Skyline

For those of you who wish to go, here are the simple directions that we used, without even looking at the map.

1. Exit the MRR2 at Pandan Indah (NOT Pandan Jaya) Interchange, at the top of the bridge turn right.
2. Go straight until the T-Junction, turn right . Esso will be on your left.
3. Take an immediate left at the next traffic light.
4. Take another left at the traffic light beside Puteri Place Plaza.
5. Turn right at the traffic light junction to Ulu Langat/Kajang (remember I said the sign doesn’t say so, just turn right when you see a long and winding road to your right, I think it’s the 1st traffic light :P).
6. From this traffic light the road is winding for about 3 km.
7. Look out for the sign board “Menara Tinjau”.
8. Will come across a food court on the right with carpark. Drive up the hill to the restaurants (limited car park at the top).

Photography, Travel

Day Trip to Malacca

(Backdated post, day trip on 26th April 2008)

About a month ago, I went on a day trip with Jazzmint and Cheryl, just for the sake of taking pictures. This is my first real trip without the kids where I could snap away at ease. I seldom venture out by myself, without the kids, so when Jazz suggested the day trip on a day which I could escape, I jumped at the chance.

I’ve been to Malacca on a few different occasions, though it’s mostly to A Famosa Resort for the kids’ sake. This time we really made full use of our trip there with a full day of walking (well, almost!) and taking pictures. I was about 6 months pregnant when I went but was pleasantly surprised that I could keep up with them *winks*.

First stop at Mini Malaysia and Mini Asean, we were really put off by the price they were charging — 12 bucks person and 3 bucks for the camera. We decided to skip this venue and proceeded straight to Malacca town. One thing that I really loved about Malacca is all the vibrant colours they have there with the buildings and also crafts. It was a hot, hot day… by the time we reach the town was about 9-ish, and the sun was at us, full blast (which made me feel like it’s already 12pm).

Christ Church Melaka

So, we walked around snapping pictures at our own pace, then proceeded to have lunch at the Famosa Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant on Jonker Street. I guess this stop is a must for every traveller to Malacca, though for myself, I would prefer the chicken rice to the chicken rice ball anytime. The food in this restaurant was okay, but if you happen to stop there, do NOT order the assam fish. It wasn’t all they said it would be, not nice *keke*.

Chicken Rice Ball

After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll to Dataran Pahlawan, where we managed to cool down and leave the kids, and then the four of us (including Jazz’s colleague) trooped to the one and only A Famosa and St Paul’s Church. Up at the church it was a tad more cooling as there was a slight breeze. After the climb, all of us went to Nadeje Patisserie for Mille Crepe. I must say that this dessert really do taste so much better when you have it there. It was a nice little break from walking, and you should see little Vyktore wolfing down the crepe! He loves it!

Mille Crepe

After the treat, we went walking around (again!) and tried to look for a certain “buah keluak” which Jazz’s MIL wanted. This nut cannot be found anywhere! When we finally gave up, we headed to the night market at Jonker Street which just started to come alive. We had some local delicacies there like the “oh chien”, fruit sushi, otak otak and also assam laksa (the queue was damn long ok!). Also, something not to be missed are the pineapple tarts, Malacca style.

Pineapple Tarts

After Jonker Street, we were all sweaty and tired. About 9-ish (12 hours after setting foot in the city!), off we went to collect our cars and started heading home. Really surprised myself by taking over 160 pictures. It was a tiring trip, the tired-ness of it all started kicking in on the way home, it felt like after a marathon man! More pictures of the trip can be viewed >>here<<.

Family, Scrapbook, Travel

Pearl of the Orient

(Backdated post, trip on 22nd - 24th September)

So Engrossed

Remember the last post I mentioned about a wedding in Penang? Well, I figured that since I’m going to have to make a trip up north anyway, I’d make it a short trip there with my mom, my brother and his wife and the kids. It’s been a long time since we went there.

We managed to book two suites at The Northam under company rates with one of my colleague. The suite was really nice, with timber flooring which I absolutely love! It was really spacious and clean, the kids had a blast running to and fro between the 2 corner suites (one being occupied by my colleague and his girlfriend).

The first night (we reached Penang about 7pm) I left for the wedding with some colleagues while mom and brother arranged their own dinner. The wedding was a huge one in one of the multi purpose hall of a church. Serving the food was DIY (they just dump the dish on your table) as I think they had really limited waiters. It was quite an experience as weddings were done in a grand way in KL.

After the wedding dinner, we (my colleagues and I) adjourned to the infamous Gurney Drive for some supper (left the kids at the hotel). As I left, I could hear Izac bawling his heart out. Kids kinda have a 6th sense about their mommy going out without them as he was practically guarding me when I went back to the hotel to change into comfy clothes. Ivan on the other hand, was too busy playing with Has and Amat to care about mommy going out *LOL*.

I must say that Gurney Drive is a really nice place to hang out at night. They have drinks like Soy Bean, Lin Chee Kang and the likes which comes in huge cups, and cost a mere RM1 each. Other than that, we also had Assam Laksa (which is just so-so), Oh Chien, some mixed chicken innards and deep fried CHICKEN SKIN! Think of all the cholesterol we were consuming!

After a little bit of lepak-king, we went back to the hotel. The kids were already fast asleep and my brother was online (he brings his notebook EVERYWHERE!).