Saturday, July 9, 2016

Disney On Ice 2016-Penang

We always wanted to bring Sarah to Disney On Ice show, given that she has missed out previously; and after five years of yearning, it finally retuned to Malaysia.

Although the event was held at Penang but we know we must go, before (we reckon) Sarah could outgrow the show.

I’ve never been to Penang, so it’s kinda “kill two birds with one stone” for me; it took few hours of travelling and we were amazed when finally our car crossing through the iconic Penang Bridge. We stayed at heart of this beautiful island – the George Town, where most of the sightseeing attractions were close by.

Penang Hill was our first stop, where riding up in the tram through the peak was just breathtaking!

The next attraction is the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. The grandeur architecture of this temple was simply amazing, amid the picturesque hilly surrounding. Alas, due to planning error we arrived at the closing hour, so we just had a brief stop before heading back to hotel. We ordered room service for dinner and the meal turned out surprisingly good.

The first itinerary on the next day is the reason why we are here – the Disney On Ice show!

I must say it is truly a magical and awesome performance all-round; it’s packed with world-class skaters with amazing sets, costumes and stories.

Sarah was totally immersed into the shows, and relives all the classical moments through the songs and dances. We were so glad we made the trip.

After that we visited the Snake Temple. What a letdown, nothing much to see here and the arrogant restaurant owner across the street made us walked off in huff.

Just before sunset we drove to the famous Clan Jetties to see how their ancestors lived in the old time. The place is unique as the plank walkway extended to the sea; it worth spending time to absorb and relax in these special atmosphere. It’s an eye-opening for Sarah.

As usual, on the last day after breakfast she will always wanted to take a dip into the hotel pool; the roof top pool is well maintained and it has great view of the George Town skyline too.

We spent some good time swimming before checked out. Mission accomplished.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016


At the end of last year, we finally made our first visit to Legoland at Nusajaya; Sarah really yearns for it ever since she came back from Hello Kitty Town. She seemed to know so much about the place (from YouTube), and gave us plenty of ideas to explore the theme park.

It was sunny when we reached Legoland; we went straight to the water park to get ourselves cool down. This is the fantastic wet land for kids, filled with splashing thrills; saying that, it was fun for adults too.

The Wave Pool and Lazy River were our next stop before lunch.

And we made our way to theme park at noon time. It was just amazing to see all the renowned miniatures in the Miniland, mind-boggling! Unfortunately due to the scorching sun we only able to have a brief stop there.

We tried rides like Technic Twister and Boating School; it was not easy to maneuver the boat, but we had loads of laughter. Sarah and her cousin were keen for another attraction - the Driving School…I must say both of them were pretty good driver as they followed the rules and road signs very well.

Sarah and daddy detoured to Imagination Corner; she gets to build and play with the Lego bricks. While me and my nephew went to a thrilling roller coaster ride, the Project X. I was screaming all the way up and down! Before ending our day and heading back to hotel, the kids managed to get themselves a small souvenir.

It was an awesome fun day for sure, but a bit rush to enjoy both parks in a single day; we still miss out lots of rides, shows and places at the end. Perhaps we were too ambitious, as we should buy the two-day ticket instead.


Monday, April 18, 2016

No. 160

My father was a carpenter; therefore, I basically grew up in a small wooden house cum workshop. The house number is 160.

For all these years that I lived in that house, the sound of machine and the hammering, with the smell of wood dust was essentially still inside part of me; it is a life-long memory.

So much of my life has happened there; and my heart aches whenever I think about to never being in the house again. After today, this old house is getting a new ownership.

The place just holds so many feelings. Every time my parents and siblings talked about No. 160, it has evoked all kind of nostalgia and reminiscent in our heart; it is a wonderful place we called home.

Goodbye 160. I bid you farewell.

Barbeque gathering, the one last hurrah for our old house.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Amazing Bangkok 2015

During the year end holiday of 2015, we brought Sarah to a short trip to Bangkok. Unlike Singapore, there is no theme park and no “bestie” this time, yet she’s going to find out why our neighbor up north is still one of the most culture-rich and exciting place to go.

The flight was pleasant, and Sarah had her first in-flight meal. By noon, we’ve landed safe and sound in our hotel room.

After a good rest we headed straight to the famous, crazy shopping district - Pratunam Market; it’s just a short ride away from our hotel and we’ve bought most of the souvenirs there.

At night we settled down for dinner at the nearby Baiyoke Sky Hotel; the restaurant which located at 78th floor offers decent buffet spread and the panoramic view of Bangkok skyline. One drawback is the building looked aged and the entrance is a bit…jaded.

The second day at Bangkok was the highlight of our trip. We’ve booked a join tour to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the elephant village.

It took about two hours ride from Bangkok. We stopped at a local pier and embarked on a long-tailed boat to have a glimpse of the local life on the way to the place.

And before long, we’ve reach the traditional floating market. It is just like the scene coming out from postcard, unmistakable; it is so amazing and breathtaking to see…I love the rustic and unique feel as we were browsing around the little stores on a rowing boat.

But yes, the marketplace is now influx with tourist; and yes, their coconut ice cream is still fantastic.

We proceeded to the elephant village before noon. At first we thought it was fun to ride an elephant, until we saw their face, it looked sad; after the ride, we were consumed by guilt, and we know it will be our first and last ride on this animal.

At evening, we treated ourselves with a best attraction at Asiatique Riverfront – the Calypso Cabaret show!

Mesmerizing. Extravaganza. The show lasts 80 minutes and it essentially consists of costume changes and some outrageous dance move; it might not be the most polished show, but all the Ladyboy did stand out.

Watching it together with Sarah, we feel like she has grown up overnight (LOL).

We flown back on the third day; and before that, (for Sarah) what is hotel stay without dipping into their pool?

Our short getaway to Bangkok is, well, too short; we even miss out the Grand Palace and all the wonderful temples. On the other hand, it might just give us a perfect excuse to come back in the future.

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