2 Days 1 Night in Penang

One out of nowhere plan which bring me to one of my favourite City in Malaysia – Georgetown, Penang! Here are some stories of that trip..

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DAY 1

1.Penang Botanical Garden

I flew from different city from my group and we decided to meet up here. The garden wasn’t that stunning when we were there. It’s a big garden with monkeys. ( I think they are civil enough ) and numerous sections for different plants. In the end we just roamed around and moving into the next place. note – it’s free entrance with certain section only open at specific time.

2.Penang Hill

Second place that we visited during that day. From this place you could see the view of the city from the top. There is a train that will bring you up there but the queue was uber long. Not a good deal in a very hot weather. Once, you passed this stage…then… it’s another sunburn hot. LOL. However, you could enjoy a good view. It was a bit cloudy but it was nice too. 😉 we stopped by this place and enjoy our meal and rest before the next destination.

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3. Batu Ferringhi Beach

To end the day we went to the beach with the Idea of Enjoying sunset. Too bad..i didn’t pack any for water activities. T^T please don’t repeat my mistake and take some with you. There are numerous water sports that you could try.. *envy* But, hey the beach still nice to stay on. Since none of us ready for water activity we only enjoyed the breeze..another eating.. and waiting for the sunset before going back to the city. At night, there are street market open along the way. Who knows if you could find some over here. I found the famous Apam Balik which ease a bit of food-homesick for me – keep on missing Indonesian Martabak from time to time even when i am writing this.

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Later at night we went back to the City and took a bit of a stroll at night to nearby temple. Afterwards, Guys…this is not to be missed place. Nasi Kandar Beratur beside Masjid Kapitan Keling. It will open late at night during the day the shop is being used by another stall. Little did we know once it opens, the queue is supeeerrr Long. Btw, Beratur means queue in english. so, yep, get in line people! and i think this is why they give that name for the stall. long queue. If you ask me, The food itself was good. mild enough for somebody who can’t take strong curry flavour. It Stuffed us just right to end the long day.

DAY 2

Starting the day a bit late, we went out and searched for local type of breakfast. Google brought us over to a nearby local store which turned out to be one of the hot spot! i got bread with egg. tasty! complete it with cold milo and it’s just perfect combination of savoury and sweet with the thought of the aftermath to burn the calories. LOL.

1.Old Town

After the breakfast we went to roam around the Old town section with one objective. Finding the Wall Painting. First of all i think you should have this :

  1. Cap/Umbrella/Sun Glasses/tissue/towel/sunscreen spf 50 please. It’s super hot. You will be drenched in sweat.
  2. Water
  3. Comfortable Shoes as you will walk a lot
  4. Rent bicycle : There are a lot of bicycle types for you to use individually or in a group so don’t worry if you can’t cycle. Your friend could cycle for you. haha.

Now that you set and ready. You could start the journey. If you could stand the heat or going earlier in the morning..the city vibe is lovely. Searching for the classic painting feels like treasure hunt and that’s what excite me. It took us 2 hours until we finally called a quit and continue our journey.

2.Upside down museum

The famous upside down museum. Honestly, this was my first upside down museum and i am far from disappointed. The museum was small but well arranged and managed. Each room has a different team and there will be someone who assist you along the way. They will give you the idea for the pose and arrange people flow from one room to another. You won’t want someone else bombing your pics. Thumbs up for this museum!

3. 3D museum

Another recommended museum is the 3D museum. Well, for me it wasn’t as enjoyable as the upside down museum. though probably it was just because the un-artsy me popping out or simply sad cause this will be my last destination before i have to go and leave the city.

What about the food?

I am lovin’ it! :9 the vibrant food taste, colour, and varieties are enough to cope with quite range of taste palette. Oh, don’t forget to try the Penang Road Famous Chendul. It’s refreshing for a stop during the day.

How did we go around?

Public bus is out of the question as there is no clear schedule. For us we used the online taxi within this journey. Please note that the location within downtown is pretty near to each other. Some trips cost 4 of us only 3 MYR. You could walk on feet but the weather might melt you down.

Uh oh, Time for me to leave the city. Wish you were there too to spice up the journey. Cheers! 😉

10 Items Inside Travelling Pouch

Whoop.. here comes another story of preparing ourselves for a Flight! have you been on a plane,  you know that it could be a hassle in putting/getting our stuffs due to space limitation. You don’t want to obstruct people but at the same time you need sometime to get yourself organised. Opening up your cabin bag then tossing your stuffs to your seat before putting it inside the overhead compartment is a hassle.

After couple of times, I realised that I kept on throwing out the same items. So, one day I asked myself, “why don’t I get a pouch for these items?” Then the journey began. It wasn’t that smooth at first but I got used to it..now, packing my things is easier as I just need to put this pouch in my cabin bag. Let’s Un-box it here.. 😀

Travell Pouch
1. Passport
It’s obvious that you need this. Bring it with you and don’t leave it behind. If you are an alien like me, don’t forget your ‘alien ID’ if you have one.

2. Pen
It comes handy especially when you need to fill in any arrival card or make some scratches regarding your travelling plan.

3. Data Cable
You will need it to charge your phone/power bank.

4. Power Bank
Imagine…When your flight doesn’t have a power charge. You will need it to ensure your phone has enough battery. Ensure that the capacity is within the allowable limit and written clearly on the body. Some countries are strict on this rule. You don’t wanna have it confiscated. Anyway, this item can’t go to your baggage you need to put it on your cabin bag.

5. Earphone
This is for your in-flight entertainment. Could be used for your own device or even the in-flight screen.

6. Pin / Needle like
Why on earth Triana? Well, It’s for opening my phone’s sim card tray. 😀 as you could see in the pic i have some local sim cards and I need this so that i could manage my cards especially when I come back to the home country. Other than that, it could also be used for emergency case such as wardrobe malfunction. Speaking of broken zipper..maybe. 😛 for me, i am wearing hijab so this could be my hidden stash.

7. Face Mask
The air is super dry up there. I found that by wearing this, it ease my dry-nose / sore throat case. Another plus side : it covers my mouth when I fall asleep and unable to control my face muscle. You know how unappealing we could be during our sleep. Nowadays i see more and more people wearing this during flight. You are not alone. I am with you.

8. Tissue
You could have either wet or dry. I just happened to have both during the time I captured the photo.

9. Plaster
For you who’s as clumsy as me. It’ll be great to have some first aid kit.

10. Small Padlock
Guilty as charge.  This is not for in flight. You may need this when you travel on a group or if you have additional baggage after your trip or.. if you stay in a hostel/dorm. They will provide you a cabinet to put your things. Some might come without a lock. It’s always good to have one for security measure. I put it inside my pouch ’cause i have the tendency to lose small items. Putting it inside the pouch eliminate that case.

Those are couple of items that i had with me on one of my recent flight.  I know that we are talking about things inside a pouch. However, I would like to credit the pouch itself. I have been with this baby for years and hoping for years to come too. If i may..i would like to recommend you to get the similar pouch as mine. It has 3 compartments with zipper and about the right size. Though it will be unusual for guys to bring this type. You could go with fancier small leather bag. maybe. 😀

Hope this writing could give you some ideas on what to pack for your journey! a bit of up close photo of my pouch below! Wish you were there so that someone could take a better pic of my ‘treasure’. i had too much time to kill. Cheers! 😉

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Becoming a Dreamcatcher

DREAMCATCHER ( NOUN) 

A small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by North American Indians. – Oxford dictionary

I was intrigued by this little thing called dreamcatcher after reading a novel. There was no google at that time  ( *gulp* now i feel old ) so i could only imagine how it looks like by reading or seeing some illustration from books..one after another.  Dreamcatcher was uncommon in a place where i come from. Hence, i could just seeing it from afar wanting to own it one day. LOL. Now, i sound too dramatic.

I finally  met my first dreamcatcher last year. It is a dreamcatcher necklace. I found it in a dream catcher shop in Thailand. a lil’ story for you, I had a chance to talk with the owner. He’s Japanese who is living in Thailand.  He told me a story that he couldn’t weave a dream catcher. All of the items in the shop was weaved by local. He just gave them the design. Aha! he’s the designer. Some of the following dream catcher in my pic are his. 😉

Cutting the long story short, ever since, it becomes a habit to bring one dream catcher along when i am travelling. I like the magical feeling when i have it in my hand. When i have it, it really feels as if i am catching and harnessing the dreams. At the very least, one of my dream to travel the worlds. As childish as it might sound, every time i look into the necklace i feel like i catch the dreams which made me feel like becoming a “Dream Catcher”.

For me, a dream catcher is not only a thing. It could be a person who is passionate in achieving their dream. i want to be one of them. It’s a symbolisation of how i think a life should be live in. Dare to dream and dare to make it comes true…and here i am wishing you were here and be part of my dream(s). Who knows when our way will criss cross  each other?

Cheers..! 😉

Comin’ up –  wait for the travel experiences!

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Bandung and the Hike!

Bandung. i love this city to the bone and i miss this city so much at this very moment. Well, for you who has never been there, Bandung is the capital city of West Java Region in Indonesia. It sits at mountain area so skip it if you are wishing to see beach. However, visit it if you want to see mountain, crater, hill, a bit of chilling weather.. it’s getting hotter over the years.

This time, i would like to share my visit Couple of years ago. Why 2016 feel so far away? i spent some days there with my bestie Nabila As’ad. She had this idea to go to Tahura ( Taman Hutan Raya ) so there we went! I wasn’t ready for a Hike. LOL. i didn’t even have sport shoes with me. I wore my flip flop while wishing she wouldn’t given up on me along the way.

I had to admit that the nature was sooo nice.  the weather was cool and the air was fresh. They have already made a pathway so the hike was quite manageable. It’s not only forest and rough path. There are some spots for you to enjoy the moment and to lose yourself in the amazement of your surroundings. You could choose different path which will lead you to several places far away..but don’t forget to try getting into the cave. It will send a bit of shiver on your shoulder. We call it as Japanese – cave one of the historical place during Japan’s ruling in Indonesia.

Afterwards, you could go deeper into the forest or just like us. stop there and enjoy the local delicacies! who can resist the food after an exercise? We need some boost to go down anyway.

Wish you were there and enjoying the scenery with us! Cheers! 😉

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Planning How to Live a Life

Happy New Year! 😉  Here comes the time of the year where people usually start the “RESOLUTION” or a “LIFE PLAN” to become the better version of themselves. Here i am wanting to share with you the journey that i have with mine.

The Uptight Me

Have you every heard about plan your life goal for the next 20, 10, 5, 3, and 1 year? years back, I used to be a follower of this type of planning. I set up my Ultimate Life Goal and i cascaded them into two categories :

  1. Personal : Family, Friends, and Travelling
  2.  Professional : Skills and Career.

Then, believe it or not i took the plan and madee a financial planning too. That was how determined i was about all of these. *gulp* So, yep. if you have ever been in a job interview, questions like how do i see myself in the next 5 or 10 years didn’t freak me out. I used to feel i had the world on my hand. Oh dear.. young naive me.

The Little Less Uptight Version of me today..

Life doesn’t always give us lemon. I had to drank my bitter pills too and that has changed my life and me as a person. I threw the plan out of the window with only one goal : Self Recollection. I let life flows and hey, i found it’s not as bad as i thought it would be.  Afterwards, the goal transform into  Being Happy.  I become more carefree. I take a break, enjoy the moment, eat good food, getting a better sleep and exercise, do what i want to do instead just planning / wanting to do it.

Yet after, I realised that my  old 5 years plan still come true though i threw it halfway. It scares the hell out of me. It makes me think “do i still walk in the path unconsciously?”  – Maybe. I am grateful yet anxious but let’s make a truce with life. It was another moment of realisation for me that by  not having a plan i actually made myself unbalance. I concentrated too much on some items and losing grip for the rest.

So, for this year, this is what i would like to do :

  1. Starting my life plan and set up goals ( again ) for the next 5 – 10 years but not as tedious as i did years ago. Looking back, The amount of detail was scary. I will also put more personal goals related with my hobbies or whatever it is that i found makes me happy
  2. Adjust the GODDAMN PLAN! breathe and enjoy the moment. the world not going to end because of it. It’s fine not to achieve as much as being happy and healthy is equally important. Well, when you cross a wish list / achieve something but feeling unhappy you know that you need to change. be brave.
  3. Making a wishlist with bigger time frame e.g. before 50 or 70. Tight time frame made me stressed out.

In the end it’s a bout having a life balance for me. Once, i was a sprinter in life i forgot to take a look at my surroundings and it cost me a lot. Now, let’s pace it better with combination of walk, jog, run, sprint, and rest. I am getting older anyhow. xD

Wish you were here to help me getting through all of this. Cheers! 😉

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Playing Classics at The Movies

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Splendid will be one of the word that could describe this experience. It was one fine moment when you could take a look and say to yourself, “yes, life is worth living”. how couldn’t it be when everything not only looks gorgeous but also sounds beautiful.

Classics at the movies was a show by Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra which held in the famous Petronas Filharmonik Hall. Conducted by Naohisa Furusawa, this programme carried the ‘signature’ music from the movies. Honestly, i didn’t think twice to get the ticket when i saw Pirates of Caribbean. Count. Me.In. Yep, love that piece and… the Timpani/Percussion team. I also have to mention i like the touch of the triangle and the maracas. like that little odd something that stand out and make the whole piece comes together. Oh, it was lovely.  This show was ended with a good vibe too with Superman March and continued by Star Wars as the ending.

Other than the music itself, another highlight for me is the music Hall. It was my first time to enter the hall. It’s beautiful but it’s out of my expectation because i was expecting something grandeur. It’s not as big as i thought or as it looked like in the picture. So, guys take my lesson, even the farthest seat is not as far as you think off. it’s fine and you will still be able to see the stage quite okay.

Some things to take note too is the rules within the show. It’s clear no food/drinks/talking/camera/phone. Please be considerate to the others because even the tiniest sounds matters and they also dimmed the light. Next, attire rules. Well, it depends on the show type. Some will ask you to dress formally or smart casual. Check your ticket as they may forbid you to enter if the attire is considered inappropriate for the show. The other important rule is : be punctual. The show will start sharply and you will only be able to get in during a break or even nothing at all if it’s a short duration.

if you have ever wanted to see the show that they play either from the MPO or any show in the filharmonic hall you could check on their website. It’s easy to understand though some improvements are needed for choosing the seat. It’s also quick to get all of your invoice and ticket. for me i Chose to print my own ticket to save the hassle to collect my ticket in the ticket box.

Wish to see you in the similar experience..these seats awaits us. Cheers! 😉

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Conditional If and Wishful Thinking

How many times in our life we wish things are different? We start to throw away “If.. If..If..” one after another but..Hang in There, Did you know that there are 3 different cases to complete that sentence correctly? there are three cases that we need to think of.

  1. Possible case in the present  >> If + present tense + Will + infinitive/present tense/imperative
  2. Imposible/improbable case in the present >> If + past tense + would + infinitive
  3. Imposible case in the past >> if + Past Perfect Tense + Would Have + Past Participle

When i learned about it about more than decade ago (*cry* it has been so long).  I found it confusing therefore i kept using type 1 for all case which was then jeopardize my english grammar. LOL.

Everything was blurry until i experienced things in life and starting to use or hear those sentences. Remember how you wish things have gone differently? you wish you have done things differently. The strongest impression for me was regarding death. “Had i known it sooner, i would have gone back earlier”. Can you feel the despair? even thinking about it sinks my heart now.  Since the very first time i heard it, i’ve made a mental notes that your loved one should come first in any circumstances. You could leave all those things and do it later but life and time won’t wait.

Over the time, i encounter lots of other experiences too where i could only give some suggestion by trying to put myself on other people’s shoes. This is where i meet “If i were you, i would…”. in fact,  i can’t be you. it’s impossible. I could only try to think as if i am in your position. This sentece hit me sometime ago and in general this if condition is something that i classified as regretful too. Imagine parents wish for their sick kid –  “if only i could, i would bear the pain for you”. 

Oh dear, thinking about cases and how to use the conditional if made me feel dejected. i will close it here with.. “If you were here, it would be more cheerful”

Notes : i don’t hold any degree in language and open to any correction.. well, i know i messed up a lot. :/

Triana

My One Two Cents – Using Credit Card As A Beginner

Moving to another country exposes me to a lot of new thing. One of it is the magical item named Credit Card. Well, it’s a common item but really i have never had one, not until i had to move.  It was because i was raised in an environment where we have been taught to pay everything in cash. in a sense that : we shouldn’t owe money to someone else and to live according to our income.  However, things change  and i will need one anyhow thanks to all On-Line transactions.

When i got here, this is where i realise things are different. On the early days,  I have my credit card but i still use my debit card. Then, i discover there is a PayWave method where you will only need to ‘wave’ your card on the reader and that’s it. It’s convenient but i am insecure. 😛 Hence, i started to use my credit card cause at least with that you can report fraud, etc.  Note that PayWave has its limit and it’s actually not much especially when you use it in Europe. Conversion to Euro makes the PayWave limit looks like…a grain of sand on the beach. Long story short, my credit card bill starts to pile up and here comes some learnings.

Paying minimum amount

Never ever done this. For a short period i was like black out and forgetting that paying minimum amount will result on penalties. In the end you will pay more. Geez! i regret it so much. You could get whole lot other things instead of paying the penalties.  My advise is that pay your transactions within 1 – 2 Days when it’s charged to the card. If it’s not possible choose 2 dates where you should pay the bills. The penalty will be imposed for transactions which is more than 30 Days. Thus, dividing the payment into 2 period will be a saver way in my opinion.

Using Installment

This one probably still on 50:50 basis either to do or not to do. For me, i will avoid this as much as possible. I did it once and only by then i realised it consume the credit limit. It was troublesome for the subsequent purchase. In the end i ask the bank to charge in lump. LOL. I was a novice user.  Now, what i do is pay everything then if i need to make it on installment basis i manage it manually on my end when i seperate the expenses on my own note.

Credit Card Points and Other Special Offer

This is a plus side of having a credit card. You collect points along the way which you could redeem for other items. Other than that credit card has its own merit when come to special offer in participating merchants. check it when you make your payment.

All in all, i think using credit card is not bad as long as you pay your bill on time and you don’t overspend. It’s convenient and when you travel a lot it will ease lots of things although sometimes i want to cry a river when i pay the bills –> isn’t it a part of growing up that we detest?

Wish you have a better experience than i am. Cheers! 😉

The Science Behind Ordering Tea in Malaysia

Sipping my cuppa in these past few days has flown me back to my early days living in Malaysia. For those who wonder : Indonesia and Malaysia are located very near to each other.  somehow,  seeing the physical appearance and knowing the culture, you will think that these two countries are very similar with each other. But hey, how it was wrong! One of the example is about the “tea” we call it “teh” in the local language.

In Indonesia, when you order a tea, you will be served with a black tea + sugar and that’s what i expect when i got here. I ordered tea then… TADA…! What i had was Milk Tea that was super sweet. >_<  Day after, i asked my colleagues and these are what they have told me :

  1. Teh = Tea + Milk ( condensed Milk )
  2. Teh C = Tea + Milk ( evaporated Milk )
  3. Teh O = Tea + Sugar
  4. Teh O Kosong = black tea with neither sugar nor milk
  5. Teh tarik = Pull tea? haha.. they will pull the tea in between of two cups to mix and cool it down. personally, the taste of Teh and Teh Tarik are very different for my palate. I like Teh tarik better than Teh. It’ll be slightly foamy and i love foamy texture! :9
  6. Ais = Cold
  7. Suam = Lukewarm
  8. Kurang Manis = Less Sugar.

When i head them i was like.. What? On the other hand they ask me, “You don’t have it?”. I shooked my head. Tea tradition in Indonesia is quite simple or is it me who doesn’t know? most probably the 2nd. 😛

in general, Indonesian don’t really drink tea + milk which then bring me to the other side of the story when my friend visited Indonesia for the first time last year. They didn’t understand why :

  1. Most of the tea that they ordered came in Jasmine Flavour
  2. When they ask for tea they have been given “Teh O”
  3. When they ask for Milk Tea which is equal to ( teh susu)  they have been given 1 glass of Tea ( teh ) and  1 glass of Milk (susu). This story like smack me on my forehead!LOL.  =)))) Don’t get us wrong. My friend ordered it at the small stall. in a middle or high end restaurant/caffee they will know.

Seeing these two sides was interesting for me. Over the time when my Indonesian friend visited Malaysia they will shared with me in surprise. “You know what i ordered TEA and they served me a MILK TEA?!” I can’t help myself but chuckling. Been there done that.

Isn’t it amazing? how similar and how different we are? I am kind of enjoying any difference that i found over the time in any country that i visit.  Keep your mind open and hopefully you are able to get your desired type of tea!

Wish you were here so that we could talk over a cuppa. Cheers! 😉

The Glimmering Lights of ICT Shah Alam

“Have you ever lost in thought at night while looking at the glimmering night lights? Have you ever feel at ease by doing nothing?”

It was on one fine night when we drove away to the other state near to kuala lumpur. Our goal is to sit and just to enjoy the sceneries at ICT Malaysia or should i say i-City? It is a place where they put lights, bulbs, lamps, you name it at the buildings, trees, and most of the items within the park.  So, yep. You should come at night since it won’t be as beautiful during the day.

When you enter the premise, there is a chance that you might not be able to see the lights directly. It’s because they have several entrance. For mine, i had to go through some attraction first before i finally able to see the garden. From afar you could see how they lit the place inclusive of the ferris wheel.

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Getting nearer to the inside of the park you will see how they put all the lights on the trees. It is somehow brings a tranquility atmosphere for me. What i would suggest is that grab your Cotton Candy and then sit and just enjoy the view! Yummy!:9 I can’t get rid of my hobby to sit and do nothing which then conclude my visit. LOL. i really spent hours doing so.

 

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other than the garden, there are some attractions like haunted house, some sort of Ice Castle?, a little theme park, wax house, and a small amphitheatre. It’s a good place for a family because you could find something for everyone. Well, in the end wish you were there so that we could make a wish to come back under the wishing tree. Cheers! 😉