Saturday, March 25, 2006

Botanical Garden Putrajaya

Located at the northern section of Precinct 1, Botanical Garden (Taman Botani) Putrajaya is a must place to visit. Among the many attractions available at the Botanical Garden is the Main Building, which consists of an interactive Exhibition, Restaurant and Gift Shop. The Botanical Garden provides facilities such as Explorer's Trail, which make the garden an ideal park to go for jogging or even conducting special events (for example, treasure hunt). Other popular trails in the Botanical Garden include the Heliconea Trail, Pandanus Walk and Canna Walk.
There are so many species of flowers available at the Botanical Garden. The flowers are grown in their specific area. For example, you can see the variety of orchid plants grown in the Sun Garden, while others are grown in the Floral Garden (African, Tropical African and Asia Pacific Collection, Bougainvillea, etc. Other famous features of the Botanical garden are the Canopy Bridge, Lakeside (Hibiscus Walk), Lakeside caf and Fern Garden.

The Botanical Garden is open to the public from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm daily, free of charge (F.O.C)… while the interactive exhibition in the main building of the Botanical Garden is open from Tuesdays to Sundays; 10.00 am - 6.30 pm with RM2.00 admission fee.

You can bring your family and friends for recreational activities and at the same time enjoy delicious meal at the seafood restaurant. Your children will also experience a great moment while exploring the interactive exhibition. So…what are you waiting for…let’s go to the Botanical Garden…there’s so much things to share…

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Kuala Perlis...taste the delicious "IKAN BAKAR"

Perlis, the smallest state in Malaysia, has so much attraction from its foods, cultural heritage and also places of interest. Locates in the north part of Malaysia, Perlis is popular as a transit point to Thailand (via Padang Besar) and Langkawi (via Kuala Perlis). Both transits have their own specialty. While Padang Besar is more popular as a “shopping centre” for the shopping lover, Kuala Perlis is famous for its Grilled Fish (Ikan Bakar).

In Perlis, particularly in Kuala Perlis, the Grilled fish (Ikan Bakar) is the most popular meals for both local and foreign visitors. This Ikan Bakar or grilled fish is normally served with special homemade sauce. Apart from the Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish), other seafood such as crab (ketam), squids (sotong) and prawn (udang) are available for add-on meals. What is so special about the seafood at Kuala Perlis? The specialty lies in the freshness of the seafood. For your information, the seafood served here are very fresh since the seafood are supplied directly from local fishermen nearby Kuala Perlis Jetty.

If we want to compare between the seafood which we normally have in Kuala Lumpur, or any other big town, to the one we have in Kuala Perlis, of course the seafood in Kuala Perlis is fresher than the one served in town. Since I live in Kuala Lumpur, I only had the opportunity to taste the delicious Ikan Bakar Kuala Perlis when I visit my family-in-laws there. I really appreciate that moment…Sometimes, I wait at the Kuala Perlis Jetty to buy fresh seafood direct from the fishermen there. The price of seafood at Kuala Perlis Jetty is cheaper as compared to the price at other market in town….So, you can eat more seafood here…because it’s cheaper…

Everytime I visit my family-in-laws, I’m sure to bring them to eat seafood at Kuala Perlis. There are several stalls to choose from….and you have to remember that these stalls are open at night only. No operation in day time….

Usually, before you make any order, you can choose the seafood that you want. What do you want to eat for dinner? Fish, prawn, squid, etc. question…how much do you want (measured by weight), and your chosen cooking style? Fried, grilled, sweet-sour style, etc. Emm..yummy…The cost of your dinner will depends on the weight of the seafood….But, don’t worry..because the price is reasonable…

So, whenever to go to Perlis, don’t forget to taste the delicious Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish) at Kuala Perlis…

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang…another hill resort next to Genting Highland.

Colmar Tropicale, located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, near the famous hill resort of Genting Highland, is a replica of a collection of buildings from a northeastern village in France dating back to the 16th Century. These buildings form a range of hotels, restaurants and cafe for the tourist to enjoy their trip here. At the centre of the buildings, there is a place (stage), where special events or show will be taken place. The Colmar Tropicale Village is surrounded by lush tropical forest land. The accommodation is an artful combination of old style decor in warm pastel colours matched with modern amenities designed for maximum comfort. There are eight choices of dining outlets serving various specialties. So, you can choose which one do you like...Apart from the restaurants and cafe, there are also several shop that sell souvenior and gift, clothes, accessories, and etc. I love the beautiful landscape scenery and the cool whether here.

There are fountains and park benches in the square for relaxation after a hard day's work browsing in the 17 theme shops, or should one wish to take a breather from participating in the various activities. The drawbridge reminiscent of ancient castles, clock tower with an original cuckoo bird clock, and the viewing tower complements the ambience.

Around that area can visit the wonderful Japanese Tea Garden, the largest Japanese Tea garden in the world, if I’m not mistaken, Rabbit Park and a golf resort. You can take a walk around the garden, it's a good exercise...while exploring the garden...You can taste the great Japanese tea served by beautiful lady with kimono in the Japanese tea house...
Continue your journey around the garden...till down the will reach a beautiful garden...full of flowers and plants...the plants here is not only for exhibition...but also for sale...Get your favourite plants and flowers here...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Cameron Highlands… the largest and most famous hill resort in Malaysia.

Cameron Highlands is a land of breathtaking scenery with cool lush mountains peaks, waterfalls, tea plantations, terraces of vegetable, fruit and flower gardens. The famous resort is located in the north-western corner of Pahang. Although it is in Pahang, its two main exits go to Tapah and Ipoh, Perak. It used to be very cold up the hill, but nowadays you can make do with just a light sweater. Discovered by a British surveyor, William Cameron in 1885, this highland paradise still retains much of the charm of an English village.

Cameron Highland is made up of several townships, namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampong Raja. Each of these townhip has its own specialties. For example, Ringlet is one of the agricultural hub, producing vegetables and flowers in Cameron Highland, while Tanah Rata is the place where most chalets and backpackers' accommodation is located.

I think among all the townships, Brinchang and Kea Farm are more popular as compared to the others. This is because most of attractions are located in Brinchang and Kea Farm. These are the places where you can see and buy flowers, other plants and vegetables.

Among the famous attractions here is the tea plantation. After 3 hours driving from Kuala Lumpur, I stopped at Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation. This is the place where you can have a break...taste the various flavour of Cameron Bharat tea with cakes and sandwiches...and you can also buy tea and other souvieniur as gift to your friends and families. Then, you can take a walk around the tea plantation. If you are lucky, you can watch workers pick the tea leaves at the plantation. And it is quite amazing to see how the works of picking tea leaves along the steep hill. It's look like simple, but actually... it is not that simple. The steeper the hill...the harder the work of picking tea leaves...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Langkawi ...there's so much things to explore...

Langkawi is a very popular place to visit. There are so many things you can explore while you spend your holiday at Langkawi. You can choose from shopping, relaxing, island hoping, sunbathing…etc.

To reach Langkawi, you have 2 choices; traveling by ferry from Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah or Penang, or by flight from your respective places. If you choose to travel by ferry, your first destination will be the Kuah Jetty at Kuah Town. But, if you choose to travel by flight, you will land at Padang Matsirat, nearby Pantai Chenang.

Once you reach Kuah, you can have your meals at several restaurants there. One of them is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), or “mamak” restaurants…but I forgot the restaurant’s name…sorry… Since the jetty is linked with Jetty Point, the shopping paradise in the legendary island, you can also do your shopping here…There’s a lot to shop…especially… CHOCOLATE… yum…yum…I like to buy chocolate here because the price is cheaper than Kuala Lumpur…or any other places in Malaysia…So…don’t hurry to buy your stock of chocolate here…erm…I think perfume is also cheap here…Check it out! But, please….don’t over-budget…hehehe…

After finished shopping and dining, walk to front of Jetty Point building, and you will see a giant eagle’s replica. That is EAGLE SQUARE (Dataran Lang), as shown in the above photo. Langkawi offers visitors with so much excitement from its places to its food.

Let this blog entry become an introduction to Langkawi Island. If I want to explain all places of attraction in one entry….hehehe…I’m afraid you will get tired reading a long…long… story about Langkawi. It is better for me stop here…I’ll continue to write more about the treasure island soon. So, please be patient friends…I’ll update you about other places of attraction in Langkawi Island such as Underwater World, Langkawi Cable Car (as shown in the photo below), Legendary Heritage…and more…from time to time….