Posts in Category: Travel

Mayor Hill Cycling

Bukit Tunku or fondly known by local cyclist as Mayor Hill is the destination to cycle in Kuala Lumpur. The 1.4km climb with around  10% gradient is a challenge that a cyclist should take.

The prize of conquering the climb is the beautiful view overseeing the Kuala Lumpur cityscape. Cycling around Bukit Tunku area also very pleasant under the cooling and serene jungle. There are also few more hills around this location that you can try to conquer.

Search for Bukit Tunku in RideWithGPS website if you wanna give a try.

Bangsaray, Pattaya

My recent visit to Bangsaray, Pattaya while attending World Paintball Championship 2019. Bangsaray is about 30 minutes or around 24km from Pattaya City. Bangsaray is like Teluk Cempedak or Cherating and Pattaya City is like Kuantan.

Bangsaray is a quiet place, the beach is the main attraction, as for Muslim, quite hard to find Halal food… the best place to get Halal food is at 7 Eleven.

I stayed at Costa Village Resort. The resort it self about 500 meter from the beach. To move around Bangsaray you can either rent a car, a bike, free bicycle offer by the hotel, taxi or just used Grab. Grab is easy and the waiting time is very short.. but the fare is expensive especially with our current exchange rate. Less than 2km the fare would be around RM28… and to go to Pattaya City the fare is a whopping RM95 one way… two way the price is nearly the price of my flight ticket to Pattaya.

I like to go again to Pattaya, but this time I want to stay at Pattaya City. 

All images were shot with Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Singapore by Samsung Galaxy S10e

Singapore sightseeing while attending Paintball event. All images captured with Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Around 5 to 6 hours sight seeing before our bus ride to KL. Within that period of time we managed to visit Pasir Ris National Park, Jewel Changi Airport, Garden by the Bays, shopping at Mustafa Center and pray at one of the oldest mosque in Singapore, Masjid Hajjah Fatimah.

[Video] Pekan Sari – Temerloh

Pekan Sari (Sehari) in Temerloh Pahang is a place where all kinds of goods and commodities can be found and sold at a reasonable price.

In fact this Pekan Sehari is said to be the longest and biggest in the whole of Pahang.

The sellers normally come by riverboat early in the morning, and take their place before the customers arrive about 7:00 in the morning.

Sunday mornings are busy when boats come and go ferrying passengers and goods to the Pekan Sehari.

Krabi 2017

This is my family 4 days & 3 nights vacation to Krabi, Thailand. We go there by air and there are a lot of Malaysian go to Krabi by road just 5 hours from Malaysia – Thailand border. The flight take around 1 hours from KLIA.

We stay at Krabi Heritage Hotel at Ao Nang. Ao Nang seem to be the main place of attraction because the Krabi town itself kinda have nothing special. 1st day we just sight seeing around Ao Nang town and the beach and we go to Gastropod Fosil Beach to buy some souvenir. The souvenir is a bit cheaper compare to Ao Nang town.

Second day we charter a boat and go kinda of Island hoping without exactly hoping to the Island because the conservation fees for each Island quite expensive. Stop at middle of the sea at Chicken Island for some snorkeling. Lunch and some swimming at Phra Nang beach, no conservation fees here.

 

3rd day we rent a car and go to Emerald Pool and Hot Stream pool. These place are about 60km from Ao Nang around 1 to 1 1/2 hrs journey.

The last day just a free and easy session and waiting for the delay flight at the airport.

Overall, a nice place to visit, place to stay are around Ao Nang town and beach, this is where the main attractions are. The hotel quite cheap during off season, it is even cheaper is just go there by walk in without prior booking. Foods are simply expensive not because of the exchange rate, it just expensive… Nasi Lemak Telur Mata is around RM10, most of the food are above RM10 where the same food we can buy in Malaysia 2 or 3 times cheaper.

All images captured with Panasonic Lumix GM1 + Panasonic 20/1.7 and 12-24mm lens

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

This is my first ever visit to Sabah. This is not a planned trip, found out that Air Asia got a cheap flight to Kota Kinabalu and I just booked it. Stayed for 4 days 3 nights. Stay at Sri Iskandar Hotel, recommend to book the place thru Agoda, I got the family room for RM84 per night (Actual price RM130). The hotel condition is great for the price and they just renovate the place, highly recommended to stay there. The hotel is just a walking distance to Filipino Market (700 meters) and the daily night market is just in front of the hotel.

I never ate lobster before, people says it is cheap in Sabah, so for the first day my mission is to eat the lobster. The seafood here at Todak Waterfront are very cheap and the price include the preparation of the dishes as well. We ate there while watching the sunset.

Day 2, we go for Island hopping, you can go probably up to 4 islands, but 3 islands are consider hectic enough. We just go for 2 islands, The Island of Sapi and The Island of Manukan. I prefer the Sapi, the clear sea and coral are more beautiful, great for snorkeling. Manukan are great if you want to have a family day, got better facilities and guest houses.

The cost for Island hopping is RM23 per person for an island, every extra island is RM10. RM3 per person for the conservation fees plus GST. Overall, for 2 islands we paid around RM40. For Island hoping you can go thru Jesselton Point or thru Sutera Habour jetty which is more expensive.

Day 3, we rent a car and drive to Kundasang about 95km (2 1/2 hours) from Kota Kinabalu to see the majestic Mount Kinabalu. First location is Desa Dairy Farm. This where most of the tourist come to take a picture with Mount Kinabalu at the background. Unfortunately, the weather that day not very nice and we unable to see the peak of the mountain.

Along the way down back to Kota Kinabalu we stop at couple of destination, The Kinabalu Park and the upside down house at Tamparuli.

We also made a short trip to Sutera Harbour. I always want to see the jetty and all the private yacht there.

The last day, we made a last minute shopping at Craft Market also know as the Filipino Market.

Our flight was scheduled at 3.30 pm, unfortunately it was delay for 4 hours!!!

Overall, we had blast in Kota Kinabalu. Social media app like Facebook (where I got the contact number for car rental service), ride hailing app like Grabcar and Waze made our trip a lot easier. 

All images captured with Panasonic GM1. Lenses used, Panasonic 20/1.7, 12-32mm and Olympus 45/1.8.

 

Broga Hill 2016

Been wanting to climb the hill for so many years… and after losing so much weight and my fitness level at my ever best, I decide to test my fitness by finally climbing the infamous Broga Hill.

Me and my friend start hiking at around 6.15am… and reach at the first clear scenic level after 28 minutes. Well the problem with hiking with photographers is, it takes an awfully long time to move and reach to another level… too many awesome sceneries. We reach at the target point (1150 ft above sea level) after 1 hour 46 minutes.

(Image credit: Wan Mad Photography)

The climb was smooth, however going down felt harder than climbing up… my quad is burning. The hiking pole was my savior, there are few times that I lost footing and that pole saved me.

(Image credit: Wan Mad Photography)

Bukit Broga, also known as ‘Bukit Lalang’ – after the local species of grass that grows abundantly here, is a hill in Semenyih, at 400 meters high and 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur on the trunk road to Broga. It can be reached a short distance later after University of Nottingham, where the entrance starts at left from an oil palm estate opposite a rabbit park. Famed for its incredibly panoramic views (especially at dawn) along with easy accessibility on foot, the hill is a popular tourist attraction among locals (http://www.naturemalaysia.com/broga-hill.htm)

All images shot with Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and Samsung Galaxy S6.

IKEA Cheras

Home decors exhibited at the newly open IKEA in Cheras.

All images captured with Samsung Galaxy S6.

Melaka – World Heritage City

On the weekend, got a couple of wedding to attend in Melaka, decided to spent a night there and do a little street and river photography.

All images shot with Panasonic GM-1 attached with a cheapo (last year was RM$80.00) Fujian 35/1.7 CCTV lens.

More about the lens: http://www.bobtahar.com/?p=1793

More about the camera: http://www.bobtahar.com/?p=1561

RMAF Museum | Muzium TUDM

This is the Royal Military Air Force (RMAF) Museum at Sungei Besi about 10 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Center.

The museum hold airplanes and jet fighters that was in service with RMAF. Some of the planes you can aboard and imagine how a fighter pilot feel flying these planes.

All images was shot with Panasonic Lumix GM1 attached with Lumix 12-32mm, 20mm/1.7 and Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8.