Fantastic Four in Langkawi

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Langkawi is slowly becoming our annual family getaway. Alongside Krabi of course. In Langkawi, apart from the usual binge on Laksa, a visit to the Underwater World, Cable Car and Kompleks HIG  – we tried something new this year. The Langkawi Wildlife Park. I thought it was a fun place to bring the kids. Will blog in another entry.

We also stayed at a new hotel this year. Grand Continental Langkawi. Interesting experience on that. This also deserves another entry on its own. Senang skit nak search balik kang. 

Since it’s Baby Ninie’s 1st trip on the plane – we were a bit anxious. There were a lot of What If She Cried Blood and screamed Murder on the plane? thoughts but she was fine. A bit fussy but under control. We changed her diapers just before she board and fed her just about when we were to land. She did not like the infant seatbelts but she’s too little to wiggle out – so padan muka. HA ha ha.

We drove from Melaka at 8AM. Stopped for breakfast at the RnR. Even had time to have a stroll at Mitsui Premium Outlet near KLIA. We left our car at the overnight parking area at Salak Tinggi and took the KL Transit Train from there to KLIA2 to board AirAsia flight to Langkawi by 3PM. The charge for the parking at Salak Tinggi was only RM5/night.

The journey from Salak Tinggi to KLIA2 itself took us less than 30 mins.

Overall, it was a very light and easy trip. Only one activity a day as we do not want to exert the baby. Not that she’s walking. LOL.

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Krabi 2016 Safari Tour

PART 3

We’ve done the Island Tour before. Which includes the James Bond Island tour when we were in Phuket.  We’ve also been to the Emerald Pool and the Hot Spring. You can click on the links to read about them.

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So the few new things we did was the;

  • elephant show and trekking
  • lunch at Lung Khai Fruits Garden
  • Suwannakuha Temple

 

Elephant Show and Trekking

As interesting as it sounds and looked pretty on the brochure with regards to the activities involving elephants, I think even Ee agreed that it is not something that we would want to do again in the future.

The baby elephants may look cute performing their tricks. The bigger elephants may appear strong and sturdy as they carry us on their backs. All seemed grand and exotic until we noticed the chains at the legs. And that small tear of the skin at the ears. Even Ee seemed uncomfortable when he saw our young guide shouting at the elephant and using his sickle knife to scare the elephant and keep it in line.

Come to think of it, elephants belong to the wild. They are not meant to perform acrobatic stunts. Nor are they supposed to play the harmonica. In short, we felt a bit horrible after the activity.

Suwannakuha Temple

This is the famous temple which has the huge Buddha statue and monkeys in the area. Im not sure how big it is compared to the one we have in Kuching (the white standing Buddha). If you’ve never seen a monkey before – this is the time to get close. Since monkeys are a normal sighting in my housing area (they like to play near the cemetery), it was nothing new.

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A small donation of THB 20 is required upon entering the cave to see the Buddha statue. We didn’t go in because Ee was not in the mood. He enjoyed the monkeys (and chickens) more. Aiyo boy.. this is not a zoo. We spent roughly 30 mins at the area before proceeding to the next destination.

Lunch at Lung Khai Fruits Garden

First they gave us this cool, refreshing butterfly pea flower drink. Then it was a huge, generous spread of Thai food. Compared to Indonesian cuisine, I can stomach Thai delicacy on a daily basis. Like no problem. Loved every single bit of Thai food. Plus, they keep offering us stuff to eat. It’s always “more rice?” “more food?” pergh.. moga murah rezeki

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We also had a short stop at a waterfall. To be honest, I wasn’t really convinced if it was the particular special waterfall we were looking for. But since the guide said it s what it is, I take his word for it.

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A short trip this was but memorable all the same. We are aiming for a 3rd Krabi visit. 😛

Krabi 2016 The Itinerary

Part 1

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This is our 2nd time returning to Krabi for a family holiday and Thai hospitality is still at its very best. Mr Husband kept saying Krabi is his 2nd home.It used to be Langkawi – begitu cepat sepah dibuang.

We took advantage of the Air Asia FREE tickets promo and booked our hotel rooms through the AirAsiaGo.Com website. We settled on a 4D3N itinerary for 2 Adults and 1 child (hotel + return flight) at a price of RM 692.22 including tax.

This is our brief itinerary and estimated costs. We skipped on certain island tours as we have done them before.

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Other miscellaneous expenses include massage therapy, souvenirs etc. I personally did not go to any massage parlour because I was already exhausted at the end of the day. Mr Husband tried the coconut oil massage with a male masseuse (of course) and loved it. It was only THB 200 per session for 1 hour.

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My mini checklist for Krabi 2016

Mr Husband exchanged RM 1000.oo for THB 8300.00 to fund our package trips there. I was to cover our dinner expenses and on anything personal I liked. Which amounted to less than RM 250 on my part 😛 I had to remind myself to get things for myself as well because I always seems to want to get stuff for other people first.

Anyway, my next blog posts will elaborate more on the hotel and the safari tours. I hope somebody will find it useful. He he..

Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Hazeeq stepping out of the plane like a child star

Hazeeq stepping out of the plane like a child star

I got back from my 4D3N trip from Pekanbaru some time ago and colleagues were asking,

How was Pekanbaru?

We were  small group of 5 people. Our little family of 3 including my parents in law. I have to be honest – not much to shout about unless one is planning for a trip to Bukit Tinggi. There were only 3 highlights of the trip

  • Amaris Hotel
  • Pitek Lanang
  • Masjid Besar

I sound like a miserable traveller already.

AMARIS HOTEL PEKANBARU

There couldn’t be a better hotel like Amaris. We were very grateful for the early check-in. And more thankful for the offer of a late check-out. Amaris seems busy this week – catering to meetings and small workshops. A lot of corporate clients appears really important walking through the front door.

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Our non smoking room has a comfortable King size bed, a small TV with only one particular channel we understand and enjoy which is HBO, complimentary drinking water, water dispenser (hot & cold) just outside our room at the corner of the stairs, cooling air conditioning and a decent view.

We don’t have a mini fridge – but it’s okay. Although we have a water dispenser, sometimes the water seems to run out. Thank God I brought a mini thermos so Hazeeq could still have his milk at a good temperature.

Breakfast selection was commendable – I loved the coffee and the fried rice a lot. Hazeeq on the other hand loved the keropok and juice.

PITEK LANANG

This was the restaurant situated just outside our hotel opposite the small road. We had our main meals there almost everyday. If not for lunch, then for dinner. They have both Western and Indonesian cuisine. I loved its pecel lele the most. ONce I got bored of having white rice, I ordered its nasi goreng. It did not taste like the ones we had in Malaysia. They were in fact very rempah-y.

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We did try the special Murtabak and Sate Padang at another warung – that too tasted weird. Edible and interesting but weird to the palate.

MASJID BESAR

Like I’ve mentioned earlier, there is not much to do at Pekanbaru. It’s good for elderly tourist because you get to walk slowly and soak in the experience of being in a foreign country without having to rush for its public transport and such. Shopping was biasa. We did went to the Ramayana store but was fooled into thinking that we could get a discount. It did not display properly that only those with store cards get discount on merchandise. Sgtlah sik transparent.

Despite that, going to it’s Masjid Besar was WOW.

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Perhaps I haven’t been to a big masjid for quite some time – I thought it was interesting to have a huge area within the masjid compound that allows the public to come by and exercise (riadah) in the evenings. In a way, people would not have the idea that masjid is only for praying. Instead, a place where human beings from all walks of life regardless muslim or not can gather at the area as a community and a family. That we learn to perform riadah in a respectable way yet still being able to achieve one’s goals of either burning calories or just keeping fit.

Although our daily schedule involved a lot of eating and lazing around, both my in-laws were happy. Eventhough they had to visit a miserable museum as well. Ha ha. Seeing them enjoying the short trip was enough to make us happy too. But perhaps we’ll choose a better destination next time. With also cheap tickets from Air Asia.

4 days in pekanbaru? too long.. he he

Revisiting Langkawi 2015 : The Food

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The above picture is an illustration of how much we enjoy our food.

Do look for;

  • Laksa – rice based noodles served in fish based sauce. Honorable mentions include Laksa Kaw Ikan Sekoq (Airport) & Laksa Power Rosabina (in front of Padang Matsirat School) near the night market.
  • Pasembor –  a Malaysian salad consisting of cucumber (shredded), potatoes, beancurd, turnip, bean sprouts, prawn fritters, spicy fried crab, fried octopus or other seafood and served with a sweet and spicy nut sauce. The dish is priced according to the bits of food you combine to make your salad.
  • Rojak Buah –  another form of Malaysian salad only now consists of fruits mainly pineapple and fritters. This is then drizzled with a sweet sour prawn based sauce topped with crunched peanuts.
  • Cendol –  a traditional sweet dessert
  • Pek Nga – coconut pancake fried in butter. We loved the ones by Warung Mat Su – also near the Padang Matsirat school. Its a stall mind you.

 

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… and you can never go wrong with seafood especially when you’ve tasted Ikan Tiga Rasa (fish with 3 flavours) and Sup Tulang (literally bone soup with little chunks of meat usually beef). Even Thai food is easily available here in Langkawi as you taste the authentic Tomyam or Mango Rice.

All in all, it was a ‘light and easy’ trip and we enjoyed it to the max.