Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Surprise Langkawi Vacation (Part 3)

16 November 2009 @ Langkawi Island

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After lunch, we headed out again with our black horse! I realized our rented car was not featured in any of my previous posts. So here it is!! Ta-Da!


All I can say is... the car is drivable. Other than that... *ahem* the window gave me problem - can wind down but cannot wind up. The worst happened on the last day when the engine couldn't start and we were stuck in the rain.


Getting back to our trip, second day after lunch. Our first destination was Telaga Tujuh. It's quite a distance from where we stayed (Kuah town).

What I saw from the entrance to Telaga Tujuh was a steep slope upwards.
"Are we supposed to climb up these stairs?"

Fun facts: There are 638 concrete steps with 45º to 60º steepness all the way to the top. That's more than half of the total steps in Batu Caves!

see the drama king and drama queen..
haven't start climbing already pretend to pant

Believe it or not, we rested only once from the bottom to the top. At the top of the Telaga Tujuh waterfall. There are pools of water gently flowing from one to another. I suppose there are 7 pools of water there, thus the name Telaga Tujuh (Seven wells).

We were lucky there were not many people around to spoil our photos. Hahaha...

JooLi and I

little kid playing with water

We didn't get into the water coz we didn't bring extra clothes to change. We didn't bring extra clothes because we're going to the cable car next!

Not far from Telaga Tujuh, there's an Oriental Village, which sits the entrance to the cable car!! We planned to take the ride in the evening to catch the sunset. Ooooohh.... I was so excited!

Map of Oriental Village

Crossing a lake

Finally, the base station of Langkawi Cable Car. We got bad news... It's closed due to the strong wind and bad weather. Damnit! And it'll still be closed for the next 2 days for maintenance. Damnit x2!

Fun fact: Langkawi Cable Car is the Longest Free Span Single Rope Cable Car - 919.5m [Malaysian Book of Record]

We had no choice, we walked around and saw this deer and rabbit farm. I went in to take a look. Awh, these creatures are so adorable.

Little deer living harmoniously with wabbit.

I don't dare to go any closer

I saw someone selling deer and rabbit food for RM1. Without hesitation, I bought one to feed the rabbits. After I started feeding them, all the other visitors also went to buy food to feed the rabbits. Hmmph! Copycat.

But I was the first one to feed. All the rabbits love me. Hehehe.. See how they crowd at my feet. Nobody wants to be fed by other tourists. Neh Neneneh~

I fed almost everything to the rabbits and left only about 1/10 for the deers. Because the deers are smelly and aggresive. If they know you have food, you'll get a lot of attention from them.

There were nothing much in the Oriental Village, mostly shops selling souvenirs. Oh there's one thing that caught my attention though - Segway. Didn't rent it coz I reckon it won't be cheap.

Anyway, it started drizzling a bit when we left the place. We bypassed the Petronas Quay and decided to head down for a walk. Bought ice-cream and looking at the yatchs dreaming about my future yatch.

Me and my favourite yatch (among those that I can see)

We were heading back to the hotel already when I saw the signboard "Beras Terbakar" (Burnt Rice). I thought of giving this place a shot since the sky is not dark yet.

We followed the signboard and reached a place with lots of shops that were going to close already. We thought the beras terbakar place also closed lah, but I walked in to take a look.

There it was, still open, inside the compound of a beautifully architected Malay house. To my disappointment, it's just a small area that's fenced up. Nothing much to see.

There was also a small boxed up plate with some burnt rice and a piece of paper telling the legend of the rice. Read about the legend here.

So, that's about it. We went back to Kuah town for dinner and CHOCOLATES shopping spree!

our dinner

We bought lots and lots of chocolates from the duty free shop. Geeee, I love chocolates. Haha... It was a tiring day going around Langkawi. That's the end of my second day. Up next, my last day in Langkawi. Billy, out.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tooth Fairy Movie Review

All thanks to Nuffnang again, I get to watch Tooth Fairy for FREE!! The screening was on Monday night (25 Jan 2010) and I was really glad that my friend WoonLee won herself a pair of tickets too! So there were 4 of us.

I'll just do a short review on this movie to repay back the generosity of Nuffnang. =)

Dwayne Johnson is “The Tooth Fairy,” also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s dreams, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, Derek “can’t handle the tooth” – bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers’ homes…doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.
Adapted from Nuffnang Blog Kit

So yeah, that synopsis basically sumarizes everything in that movie. A muscular hockey player turning into a cute little tooth fairy. I knew it's going to hilarious. But what I didn't know was... the hilariousity level was so intense that I almost roll off my seat!

It was a real struggle for this hunk to do all these yeeny weeny stuff to sneak into the kid's room and not getting caught. Geesh, you really need a lot of patience and cool gadgets to get you through the people, the cats and the dogs.

Tooth "The Rock" Fairy & his "manager", Tracy

Seems like my little "swapper machine" idea was not used in this movie. Haha.. What machine? Refer to the Nuffnang post's comment and look for my name (if you're that free). That comment won me these tickets!

the queen of tooth fairyland (Julie Andrews)

There's nothing much to say about this movie. Kinda ridiculously funny in overall. But there was a message that it's trying to convey to all its audience - always believe in your dreams and who knows, maybe one day you will achieve it. And... don't believe anything when an adult told you there's no tooth fairy or santa clause in this world. Haha.. Anyway, this movie be a good laugh after your long day at work/ study lah.

Now, I wish I have some amnesia powder... *poofs* You will forget what you read and read it again tomorrow and *poofs* ... and you will read again the next day and *poofs* ... and so on... *evil grins* Billy, out.

Monday, January 25, 2010

My Surprise Langkawi Vacation (Part 2)

16 November 2009 @ Langkawi Island

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Second day in Langkawi. We have booked a tour for island hopping and were told to wait at the aquarium.

Well, the driver was a little late to pick us. Nevertheless, we reached the little jetty at 9.30am. We waited some more...

package price list for island hopping tours

many boats were parked near the jetty

We handed RM70 (RM35 per person) to our guide and went down to get our boat. We shared a boat with 2 other couples and 2 ang moh ladies.

JooLi, Me and the driver

First stop: Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of Pregnant Maiden). The driver stopped right in the middle of the waters and mumbled "On your left, Pregnant Lady Island". That's it.

As I was sitting at the back of the boat, I can see the ang mohs looking left and right wondering what to see when the boat stops. I think a Malay guy told them to look over to see the shape of the pregnant lady.

See the body of pregnant lady lying down?

After seeing the shadow, of course we have to drop by the island lah. Nobody warn us about bringing plastic bags on this island, but we knew because JooLi went to this island before. Why can't we bring plastic bags? The answer is...

This blardy island is infested with MONKEYS! They are the Dayang-Buntingians! They stay there, they multiply there and they attack plastic bags! The 2 poor ang moh ladies were attacked because they brought plastic bags to this island (refer pic above). Yes, the blainless Dayang-Buntingians thought there were food inside.

I walked extremely slow and extremely careful and holding my pouch extremely tight because yours truly has Maimouphobia. Ah, those memories keep haunting me!! Ok, cut it!

There's a lake and a platform for people to sit, kick the water and jump into the water. We rented a solar paddle boat to go around the lake. Kinda fun and relaxing though, coz you can paddle yourself to go faster or depend on the solar to cruise slowly around the lake.

When we went back to the platform, we saw a bunch of people putting their feet into the water and fishes were wriggling all over their feet! Must be kinda geli for those who can't stand slimy stuff. Hahaha...

Last photo at Pulau Dayang Bunting

We headed back to the boat as were only allowed 1 hour there. But one of the couples were late for 20 minutes. Argh!! We were all losing our patience because the couple saw us waiting and still taking their own sweet time to the boat. Grrrr...

Our next destination: Eagle Feeding. It was quite a distance from the island to the feeding ground of eagles. Before we could reach the feeding grounds, rain started hitting on my face. I had to keep up my camera from getting wet. It was a painful journey to see the eagles... but it was worth it.

I really thought they would turn back to the jetty and cancel the tour coz the rain is really crazy. But the driver keep on going.

Though it was raining, the eagles were still very active hunting for food. This was my first time seeing a real eagle dive down to grab fish from the water with their talons. I must admit that these flying creatures have really good eye sight from the top and very good accuracy. (well, they do miss sometimes)

Last stop of island hopping: Pulau Beras Basah (Wet Rice Island?). More like Pulau Badan Basah... My whole body was soaking wet when we reach there. But nevermind lah, we'll jump into the water anyhow.

Contemplated a while before I decided not to put my sexy photos at the beach here. Too sexy I scared some people will suffer nose bleed after seeing those pics. See, I do care about my readers! *grins*

Had quite some fun playing with the waves in the sea. Saw a jelly-ish coral or something floated to the beach. Didn't take any photos coz my body was dripping wet.

I think we stayed there for another 1 hour or so. Cleaned up with well water and changed into dry-er clothes and head back to town.

The driver brought us back to the Aquarium to get our car. We were so hungry we couldn't resist the cucur and pisang goreng sold near the place. Yumzz!!

Head back to hotel, bathed, had lunch and we were out again. And that will be in my next post. Billy, out.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Surprise Langkawi Vacation (Part 1)

15 November 2009 @ Langkawi Island

It all happened on the 13 November 2009. I went to Coffee Bean with JooLi and the BIG SURPRISE was revealed. She gave me the last piece of the puzzle-card and told me that we will be taking off to Langkawi in 36 hours time!! GOSH!!

She knew that I've never been to Langkawi and I really wanted to go there someday. It was my early surprise birthday gift from my dear JooLi. I couldn't think straight at that moment. Had a few moments when I feel like pinching myself asking, "is this real?".

Finally I managed to calm myself down, went home and packed. It was my firsts time having to pack in such short notice and I almost had a heart attack.

JooLi and I @LCCT

So we had a morning flight from LCCT to Langkawi. As usual, Air Asia was delayed but who cares, I'm damn excited. My first time going to Langkawi!! Yay!!

We were lucky to reach the Langkawi airport terminal safely before the rain started pouring. We rented a car and head towards Kuah Town for our hotel. We stayed at Grand Continental Hotel, which is not grand at all.

It was getting late, so we quickly checked in and hunt for food. Well, Langkawi isn't really famous for their food I guess, we just went for the fastest, easiest and nearest choice - KFC.

We saw that the sky is getting dark and it's going to rain soon again. But we took our chances and drove to Kota Mahsuri.

Kota Mahsuri tells you all about the legend of Mahsuri, a beautiful girl that was accused of cheating on her husband and was killed. She knew that she was innocent and thus she put a curse on Langkawi island for 7 generations of bad luck before she grasp her last breath. Read more at Wikipedia.

The museum had all those artifacts of potteries, weapons, money etc etc. We were there at the right time as the movie about Mahsuri was about to start. So we grabbed a seat and watch the short clip.

It's interesting... Now I know the whole story of Mahsuri. Honestly, I don't know a shit about this girl. All I knew was she was killed and there were some white blood or something. Hahaha...

So there lays the body of Mahsuri - Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Tomb)

We then went on walking around the Kota. There were a few types of animals reared in cages, interesting animals... and I don't even know what kind of animals are those, except eagle and peacocks.

Burung Helang yang gagah~

Traditional Malay House

Pulling the pail of water up from the Telaga Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Well)

There was nothing much to see in the Kota actually. All of a sudden, I spotted HER!! It's Mahsuri!! I peeped through the window to see the legendary beauty...

... on a painting!

Our next destination is supposed to get to the cable car, but we saw dark clouds all over the direction of cable car. We went to Dataran Lang instead. The instance that we got down the car, it RAINED! Aren't we lucky that we can just hop back into the car or unlucky that it's raining again?

So we drove to the nearby duty free shopping mall and walked around till the rain stops. Then we went to Dataran Lang again.

a must have photo with the eagle in Langkawi

Apparently, Langkawi is derieved from the word Lang (Eagle) and Kawi (Reddish brown). So, Langkawi means Reddish brown eagle.

Flying without wings

We stayed there for a while till the sun was setting...

At night, we drove to Cenang beach area to look for food. There were quite a number of shops in that area and it was tough finding one to dine in.

We tried our luck at Lucky Restaurant and it wasn't that bad at all. Just slightly pricey but affordable.

Sipping our refreshing coconut drink

What's a holiday in Langkawi without alcohol right? Before we went back to the hotel, we walked around the Cenang row of shops and dropped by a mini mart to buy drinks and snack for supper.

I was not feeling very well that night, especially after the drink. I think it was the sudden change of weather that was causing my headache. I had to rest early and the next day will be a long day for both of us. Billy, out.

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