Category Archives: Travel & Places

Back Country

Started off at eight,  a cool morning ride towards the picturesque highway 55 with a number of quaint small towns along the way.  The road is winding uphill and downhill and repeatedly uphill and downhill drive until we reached our destination, Cottonwood.   You can, without doubt,  pull over to a scenic overlook or viewpoint to take photographs. The famous highway 55 is a gateway to the state’s popularly remote and beautiful back country.  Summer travel season is pretty much over and so the roads aren't too busy. 
River of no return, Riggins ID

Georgetown, a UNESCO heritage city

Its a city with a mix of old colonial and cultural buildings and shophouses with the old original design and structure which are mostly attached to the Chinese communities in the area; it is also a modern city with modern buildings and big shopping malls. It was a hot sunny day when we arrived Georgetown and having never been here before, we wanted to cover the heritage side of the city as much as we can as well as to savor the local delicacies that was always talked about on the travel sites.

A mural – old zone of UNESCO Georgetown
The old shop houses re invented

We have not had lunch at this time and one of the hotel staff said that Sri Weld Hawkers center isn’t far away and not bad at all to try out. So we started walking out of The prestige Hotel where we are staying. We thought it was a nice walk and after seven minutes later, we reached the hawkers place. Truly, not bad at all as there’s a lot food varieties from each stall that was available there. We have even decided to go to the same place for breakfast the next morning before exploring further out. There was a long line on the front and we were wondering why there are so many people in line. It was the savory traditional ‘Nasi Lemak’ (fragrant rice, archives & Chili paste on a banana leaf which we did try and of course, it was delicious.

Nasi Lemak, a Malaysian delicacy
We thought this walkway was interesting behing shophouses

Really an old temple

Our amazing stay with The Prestige

Arrived Georgetown Penang on a short 3Days 2 Nights stay and had our accommodation booked at The Prestige Penang, constructed out of old shophouses and warehouses, to this amazing hotel. The hotel website features a detailed description that attracted us to stay here. When we arrived, our expectation was high. But gladly the hotel staff made us feel welcome the minute we stepped in. My first impression on whats around : seeing a small lobby area / shiny platinum checking in counter,the on site dining area right on the opposite side, the lounge area, & the arcade , they were all in a separate area of space unlike a traditional big hotels, making it uniquely prestigious!

A row of old shophouses and Godowns were converted and transformed into now The Prestige Hotel.
Dining patio

Tropical Water Lilies

These Water Lilies attracted my eyes, they are real and beautifully located right on the building entrance of the Art Science Museum building at Marina Bay.

Just a place to enjoy a little bit of nature for a moment to destress from work bustles!
“Like the water lily, I embrace my surroundings and bloom into being unique …”
~*aNu* ~

Super tree garden

The Gardens by the Bay is a huge nature park that expands about 250 acres and features the unique and exotic super Tree that is actually a garden planter with its large canopy for smaller plants such as orchids, ferns, creeping plants, lots of pretty flowering plants etc. Walking along the the Skyway that is absolutely ‘a must go’ giving you a whole wide view the lush green surrounding of the bay area. This skyway is attached between two super trees and is about 50m above the ground.
Various plants grown on the supertree
Pretty little plants on the Super tree

Admiring the fascinating supertrees from the base and thinking how tall and amazing each one of them is.

Malacca , a world heritage site

The Living Museum

So we have longed wanted to visit Malacca but never had enough time to spare each time when we are in the area. Its a 2 hour pleasant drive from Kuala Lumpur, though not on a cloudy and rainy day. Thanks to my college best friend, Flora, who made the arrangement and made this trip possible. We weren’t lucky enough to choose this day as it was raining intermittently all day through. Also thanks to Danny for guiding us on this trip. We had a wonderful lunch at Siew Tin’s Nyonya Kitchen to savor the Nyonya dishes. And here are some of the very colorful scenes I have ever taken in pictures.

Christ Church, an 18th century Anglican church located a few minutes to Jonker street.
Malacca Art Galery
St Paul’s church ruins, the structure was originally built in 1521 by a Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho . It is located on top of St Paul’s hill and you’ve git to climb up 100 steep staircase to reach this unroof ruin. Its has a interesting history.
Old landmark here for centuries
How colorful!
The start of the Jonker Walk
Jonker river walk
The colorful Becha ride
You can never miss this view of an old delightful picture painted building along the Jonker river walk
Jonker river walk
We are almost ending our historical walk