My Time Capsule

9.8.17

Travel Updates: Malaysia & Singapore

July 2017




I gained 3 kgs in 10 days only! FML ๐Ÿ˜ข

I shall blame you, Penang food - for being too delicious! It was my first visit to Penang so naturally there's a long list of local delicacies I wanted to taste. Oh well, I guess 3 kgs is nothing compares to the unimaginable amount of food I had been nomming.


always window seat for me

Planned everything on last minute since Mom has been feeling unwell the previous weeks that we decided to take her for a health check up in Penang and Singapore. First destination was Penang then we did a road trip to Cameron Highlands via Ipoh then to Kuala Lumpur before heading to Singapore as the final leg. After all who needs an apple a day if you could travel everyday to keep the doctor away, right? Never mind, I created that one, lol ๐Ÿ˜œ



Western Road Christian Cemetary

I managed to do a little research before departing about must visit place in Penang. I instantly fell in love with the pictures of the Old Protestant Cemetery and the Western Road Christian Cemetery. Both are very old and have some artistically beautiful gravestones and statues. But there's one specific grave that I was looking for which has a dog sculpture on it. The story behind it made me tear up. It's the Malaysian version of Hachiko.


Legend has it that the dog kept coming back to this grave after his beloved hooman passed away, and continued to stay at the grave. After the dog had died, symphatisers erected a statue of the dog and placed it on the grave. A loyal furry friend of Andrew who died on 7 July 1931 at the age 43 years old ๐Ÿ˜ข



Reclining Buddha temple

Only a brief visit to both temple in Pulau Tikus which are Dhammikarama Burmese Temple and Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Temple famous for its large Reclining Buddha. Too bad I couldn't really explore both temples because it was nearly the closing time.



best place to eat like a local

Eat where the locals eat. I couldn't be happier to meet Mr. Kim, our new local friend in Penang. Upon finding out that my family are a huge fans of food, he steered his car to this eatery on a narrow street in the heart of Georgetown. I wouldn't be able to find this place myself! There's a group of stalls that serve some authentic Penang food such as Lam Mee, Wonton Mee, Char Kway Teoy, Sui Kow and else. It's good to mingle with the locals since I honestly think the people in Penang are generally more friendly than in KL. They would casually greet me and ask which nationality I am. Some of them were curious because I don't look Chinese nor Indonesian enough. One of them even thought that I'm an American. Whatttt! Perhaps it's my hair colour or my physique, lol!



Wonderfood Museum

If you are a food lover like me, the Wonderfood Museum is a must visit while in Penang. Not only there's numerous of gigantic-but-oh-look-so-real food replicas to take picture with, visitors can also learn the history of Malaysian food. It's fun and educational at the same time! In some parts of the museum, I was stunned and came to realise that our eating habits may have huge impact on the environment and wildlife. Such as the cruelty of shark hunting for the shark fin soup, etc.  



Penang delicacies, so sooo yummy!

Only few from tons of food I got to taste. And of course 3 days in Penang is not enough, I barely scratch the surface! There are more food I'd like to try but my tummy couldn't take it anymore, lol. I loved almost all the food I tasted specially Lam Mee, Prawn Mee, Wonton Mee, Ai Yu Bing Jelly dessert and the local Black Thorn durian. Oh! And the Chinese pastry in Ming Xiang Tai is soooo heavenly. I regret it now that I didn't buy more Trishaw Egg Tart and Ko-Cha Siew Pao before leaving Penang. Boohooo ๐Ÿ˜ข



heritage trishaw ride

I wanted to tell you that the 1 hour heritage trishaw ride was an awesome experience, unfortunately the heat was way too harsh for me. It was so soooo hot that it felt like I was being burnt alive (got some serious sunburn after). If you don't suffer heat intolerance like me, I'm pretty sure you would love the trishaw ride. The route passed by the heritage part of Penang including several stops at the famous Penang street arts, Chew Jetty and bakery shop.



St. Anne church


my super awesome new friend, Mr. Kim


Anyway special shout out to Mr. Kim who had been really helpful to accommodate our interests. He even took us to durian farm where we tasted probably the best durian in our life! He knows Penang so well, inside out and will give you some honest recommendation about which places are the best to visit and to avoid tourist traps. If you ever plan to visit Penang, do look for Mr. Kim and you may rest assured that you will love your trip so much. You can contact him through Penang Taxi Service. You're welcome! ๐Ÿ˜


durian farm


crossing the Penang bridge


Kek Lok Tong temple in Ipoh

On the way to Cameron Highlands, we had a lunch stop in Ipoh city for their famous Bean Sprout Chicken aka Taugeh Chicken. Also had some takeaway of Ipoh's Salt Baked Chicken which had a long queue in front of the vendor. Since we already visited the Kek Lok Si temple in Penang, Mr. Tan, our chauffeur suggested us to visit Kek Lok Tong temple in Ipoh. Didn't regret it at all because the limestone cave tempe is sooo pretty!



the Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands


Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur


solitaire class bus 

It's been ages since the last time I went for a road trip and border crossing between Malaysia and Singapore. Probably more than 15 years ago. Out of curiosity I thought I would give it another shot and see how it looks like nowadays. Booked Transtar First Class Solitaire, the Ultimate 18 individual seater double decker coach with the massage couch, tray table, tv and all. A bit dated but comfortable nonetheless. It was a pleasant trip until we arrive in Singapore border and had to face a crazy long immigration queues. Took us more than 2 hours to get through. So lucky the bus was still waiting for us. Phew!



front seat for me, yay!


Singapore!


cute yet sinful pastries 

Spent my 2 days in Singapore mostly in the hospital but still managed to stuff myself silly with all those pretty and scrumptious patisserie from Tiong Bahru Bakery and Chateraise. I'm back home now and have to endure physical tortures from my personal trainer at gym to shed all those excess fat I gained. God, please have mercy on meeee! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ


PS: I'll be back soon and write more blog post when this soreness of muscle has subdued a bit. Tchusss!

24.6.17

Indonesia: Malang Night Paradise - Lampion & Dinosaurus Park

*This blog post is written both in Bahasa Indonesia and English



Newest attraction in my hometown Malang, East Java! Malang Night Paradise, the Lampion & Dinosaurs Park has just opened a few days ago. On 19th June 2017 to be exact. I was excited to be invited to explore it one day before the opening day. With only a few people there, I danced around happily while taking pictures (yeah! sometimes I don't even remember my age and behave like a 5 years old girl :p ). For you who's been following my Instagram might have watched tons of videos I shared live on Instastory at that night.

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Taman hiburan malam terbaru di kota kelahiran saya di Malang, Jawa Timur! Malang Night Paradise, Lampion & Dinosaurs Park baru saja dibuka beberapa hari lalu. Tepatnya pada tanggal 19 Juni 2017. Saya senang sekali saat diundang untuk bermain di taman ini sehari sebelum dibuka untuk publik. Hanya beberapa orang pengunjung saat itu, saya pun menari-nari kegirangan sambil memotret (iyah! kadang saya memang lupa umur dan bertingkah layaknya anak umur 5 tahun :p ). Bagi yang mengikuti akun Instagram saya mungkin sudah nonton, kan, video-video yang saya unggah langsung di Instastory malam itu. 


Welcome to the fantasy world!

plenty of beautiful photo spots!

colourful water fountain

The first thing I saw upon walking into the lampion park was the Dancing Fountain. The water splashing high and low then spinning like it was doing some kind of dance while the shades changing from blue to green to red continuously. Really pretty! The park is occupied with lampions in various designs and a million of LED flowers which are arranged beautifully. Personally I love the brightly illuminated peacock and swans that radiates vibrant colour. Other than that, there's also panda, mushroom, bunnies and many more. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them! Glad I brought an extra camera battery with me. There's abundant great photo spots.

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Saat pertama masuk taman ini, sebuah air mancur menyambut saya. Airnya tersembur tinggi dan rendah dan meliuk seperti sedang menari. Sedangkan warnanya berubah-ubah dari biru ke hijau lalu merah bergantian. Cantik sekali! Taman ini dipenuhi lampion dengan berbagai model dan sejuta bunga LED yang ditata secara apik. Secara pribadi saya sangat menyukai lampion burung merak dan angsa yang memancarkan warna cerah. Selain itu ada juga lampion panda, jamur, kelinci dan lain sebagainya. Kamera saya bekerja keras malam itu karena saya ingin memotret semuanya! Untungnya saya membawa sebuah baterai kamera cadangan karena banyak sekali spot foto yang menarik.


beautiful lampions

Malang Night Paradise

Panda family

Tunnel of Lights

Unfortunately the Smurf Village was undergoing a bit maintenance on the pre-opening night so I didn't get to see it. Fret not! The Smurfs are now ready to do some selfie with you. Move forward to my favourite part, shall we? It's the Disco Tunnel! That's how I call it even though the name is actually Tunnel of Lights. But I think disco tunnel suits it better because the row of lights dance in sync with the music and it made me want to move my body too. Yeah yeah yeah! Isn't it the coolest tunnel ever? Walking through this tunnel also felt like walking inside a time machine. Because as soon as I made it to the other end, I was suddenly surrounded by a jungle inhabited by dinosaurs! *dramatic back sound effect*

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Sayang sekali, lho, Desa Smurf malam itu masih dalam tahap penyelesaian jadi saya belum bisa melihatnya. Tapi jangan khawatir karena sekarang para Smurf itu sudah siap untuk menemani kalian berswafoto. Yuk, jalan lagi sampai ke bagian paling favorit saya di taman ini. Nama sebenarnya adalah Terowongan Lampu, sih. Tapi saya lebih suka memberi nama Terowongan Disko. Karena kelap kelip lampu yang seirama dengan irama musik yang mengalun. Saya pun jadi ingin ikut menari. Yeah yeah yeah! Keren sekali, kan? Berjalan di dalam terowongan ini juga terasa seperti melewati sebuah mesin waktu. Bagaimana tidak? Sesampai di ujungnya, tahu-tahu saya sudah berada di tengah hutan yang dihuni banyak dinosaurus!
*instrumen menegangkan mengalun*


 run for your life!

Triceratop

I slowed down my steps as I walked through the dimly lighted jungle. The mysterious ambiance made me feel like I was one of the casts in Jurassic Park movie. As I reached a dark corner, suddenly I heard a loud deep growl above me. I looked up and saw as set of sharp teeth ready to rip my head. Thankfully it wasn't a real Spinosaurus, one of the largest meat eating dinosaur ever. I walked further down and meet around ten other dinosaur species such as T-rex, Triceratop, Brontosaurus, Raptors, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon with height from 6 metres to 13 metres. Each dinosaurs has realistic movement and sound. Pretty awesome replica I might say. I super love the adventure that I circled back to the entrance and did the route all over again :p

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Pelan-pelan saya berjalan menyusuri hutan minim cahaya itu. Suasana yang mencekam membuat saya merasa sebagai salah satu aktris dalam film Jurassic Park. Sampai di satu pojok yang gelap, tiba-tiba terdengar suara geraman berat dari arah atas. Saya pun mendongak dan kaget melihat deretan gigi setajam pisau yang siap mengoyak kepala saya. Untungnya, sih, bukan Spinosaurus yang asli. Itu kan salah satu dinosaurus pemakan daging terbesar. Hiiii, amit-amit! Melanjutkan rute hutan ini lebih jauh, saya bertemu sekitar sepuluh macam dinosaurus yang lain seperti T-rex, Triceratop, Brontosaurus, Raptors, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon. Dengan tinggi bervariasi dari 6 meter hingga 13 meter. Setiap dinosarus dapat bergerak dan bersuara hampir mirip dengan aslinya. Keren! Saya sangat menikmati petualangan itu sampai sampai memutar kembali ke pintu masuk dan mengulang dari awal lagi :p


Ankylosaurus

Raptors

Tyrannosaurus 

Paleontology workshop!

some tools to work with

kids excursion

At the end of the jungle route I saw some cargo containers with different kinds of tools arranged neatly. Turned out it's the kids activities area. I was told that there will be some excursion for the kids such as digging sites, Dino Science Centre and Dino rides. How fun! I want to join them too! There's also a food court area for visitors to take a rest or to nibble assorted of snacks. Praying room is also provided in this area.

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Di penghujung Taman Dinosaurus, saya melihat beberapa kontainer kargo yang berisi berbagai macam alat. Ternyata di area kegiatan anak tersebut terdapat beberapa aktifitas seperti lokasi penggalian fosil, Pusat Sains Dinosaurus, dan wahana menunggang dinosaurus. Seru sekali, ya! Saya juga ingin ikut, lho! Di area food court, pengunjung bisa rehat sejenak sambil mencicipi berbagai makanan yang merupakan hasil kerjasama dengan UKM. Tersedia juga sebuah mushola di area ini.


Mama Dino, please feed me!
I really don't know what I was doing there :))

Malang Night Paradise

Malang Night Paradise is a great new destination for your family and friends while visiting Malang. It's going to be listed on the hippest place in Malang and become a must visit holiday destination in Malang. The park can be most easily be enjoyed by any ages. Where's the location? It's actually a part of Hawai Water Park that I've reviewed before. Scroll down for the map. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and go now to have fun with your friends or family and be the first one to visit this wonderful park! If you need some info or recommendation in Malang, feel free to shoot a question or two . Cheers!

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Malang Night Paradise bisa menjadi tujuan baru bagi kamu beserta keluarga dan teman saat belibur di Malang. Yakin, deh, tempat ini akan menjadi salah satu tempat paling hits di Malang dan menjadi tempat wisata yang wajib dikunjungi. Semua umur dan kalangan bisa menikmatinya. Jadi lokasinya di mana, nih? Mudah ditemukan, kok! Karena berada di lokasi yang sama dengan Hawai Water Park yang sudah pernah saya ulas sebelumnya. Tunggu apa lagi, sih? Buruan berkemas dan ajak teman atau keluarga dan menjadi yang pengunjung pertama di taman yang keren ini! Kalau kamu perlu informasi atau rekomendasi tentang Malang, jangan sungkan bertanya, ya. Cheers!



Malang Night Paradise
Graha Kencana Raya, Banjararum, Malang
Opens everyday from 17.00 to 23.00
Ticket Rp 25.000 (weekdays) & Rp 35.000 (weekends and holidays)
Free admission for children with height under 85 cm.



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