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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Metro City, Star Lake, Food Trucks and Winter Wonderland in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia - Day 07 - Ep 19 (Last)

Day 07 - Ep 19 (Last) - Genting Highlands has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor activities. In our last episode we explored the indoor activities and today we will going to visit the outdoors of Genting Highlands.

Metro City is free for all visitors and hosts a number of popular activities like:

Star Lake - an artificial lake with fountains and laser lights to perform the synchronized fountain show. It also has a large movie screen, where screenings are scheduled throughout the day.

Food Trucks - a variety of colorful food trucks with popular local and international cuisine offerings

Winter Wonderland - has very well crafted stalls and surroundings, giving a wonderful feeling of winterland snow all around. It also has an Ice Skating Rink and scheduled performances and shows.

GohTang Walk - Follow the footsteps of the founder Lim Goh Tong in a 12-stop story trail around the resort. Recall the days before Genting's inception to its rise in becoming Malaysia's top holiday destination today.

Apart from these, there are a number of other stalls all around metro city offering interesting activities, food and beverages.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Skytropolis - Indoor Theme Park in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia - Day 07 - Ep 18

Day 07 - Ep 18 - Skytropolis is one of the best indoor theme parks of Malaysia and is a featured attraction of Genting Highlands. It spans over 400,000 square feet and is a fun filled treat for everyone in your family!

Skytropolis indoor theme park is at Level 1 of First World Plaza and is opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm. There are a number of rides that both children and adults can enjoy:

Children rides - Jumping Spurs, Loop de Loop, Boo Boo Bump, Whirly Bugs, Ride'Em round
Family rides - Skyscraper, Tea Cups, Royal Carousel, Balloon Race, Copper Express, Space Cadets
Thrill rides - Music Express, Bumper Boss, Power Surge, Disco!, Sky Towers, Spin Crazy

You can either buy tickets for each individual rides as in Pay-per-ride or buy Preview Pass or Saver Combos.

Pay per ride:
 - RM 10 per ride on weekdays
 - RM 15 per ride on weekends & holidays

Preview pass:
 - from RM 60 for 1 day unlimited ride pass
 - from RM 78 for 2 days unlimited ride pass

Savor Combos:
 - Combo A : From RM 82 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), Sky VR (1 Game Play), SeniKome Péng Hēng (Arts & Cultural Centre)
 - Combo B : From RM 90 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), SnowWorld, SeniKome Péng Hēng (Arts & Cultural Centre)
 - Combo C : From RM 160 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), The VOID (Hyper-Reality Experience), SeniKome Péng Hēng (Arts & Cultural Centre)

SkySymphony - is a free-to-public performance showcasing an extraordinary orchestra of audio, visual and motion graphics programming. Get ready to immerse in spellbinding stories told through a dynamic transformation of 1,001 winch balls suspended from a four-storey high ceiling. Each performance is accompanied by larger-than-life cinematic visuals and original music mix. Showtimes : Every hour, 10am – midnight

That's not all :) there's more than enough to entertain you for many days:

Sky VR
Train to Busan Horror House
Ripley's Adventureland
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium
Jurasic Research Center
Zombie Outbreak
Jungle Gym
ARV Augmented Reality
Healing Touch
Kissing Fish Spa
4D Trick Art Museum
Toy World

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Mesmerizing Genting Highlands in Pahang, Malaysia - Day 07 - Ep 17

Day 07 - Ep 17 - This attraction was the highlight of our Malaysia tour and is definitely one of the top most places we recommend for you guys, who are planning to visit Malaysia. The climate of Malaysia is equatorial which means hot and humid and that too, throughout the year. But, Genting Highlands is a different story altogether.

Genting Highlands has a spring-like climate, with yearly temperatures no higher than 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely falling below 14 °C (57 °F) yearly. The lowest temperature of Genting Highlands is 8.4 °C (47.1 °F). [Reference: wikipedia]

Genting Highlands is actually on the top of mountain called Mount Ulu Kali and is around 1,800 meters high. You can reach Genting Highlands via road through private or public transport. Or, you can also use cable cars or Gandola to reach top station of Genting Highland. There are two cable car operators and you can use anyone of them to go back and forth. Older Genting Skyway and the newer Awana Skyway. However, our recommendation is to go via road, you will enjoy the best weather of Malaysia, with lush green forest, smooth metaled roads taking you right through the clouds.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

China Town or Petaling Street Market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Day 06 - Ep 15

Day 06 - Ep 15 - China Town or Petaling Street Market is fun to visit but not good for serious buying. Being a tourist it was a good experience to visit and experience different colors and flavors of the market. But if you are looking for a place to do some serious shopping with quality and expecting honest deals without any fraud, then this is for sure not the place.

Almost all products in the market are fake or copies and this is the reason why prices are that much low. But this is not why I don't recommend shopping from these markets or this one in particular. Like many others, I too knew that these markets sells fake or copies of original products and it was not a shock for me either. But the reason why I don't recommend serious buying from these markets is the prevailing dishonesty and increasing chances of fraud. Knowing what you are purchasing and paying for it is one thing and I have no issues with that. But people selling you stuff and doing fraud by selling defective or damaged items intentionally is what sucks.

I know, not all sellers are like that, we had wonderful experience enjoying fresh sugar cane juice, eating sweet honey dew melon slices from fresh fruit vendors. We got good bargain deals of women hand bags. But, I was short on device storage in my mobile and camera, so I already had a plan to get an SD Card from somewhere and I when I saw that stall in the market selling a huge number of gadgets and mobile/camera accessories, I went to purchase one from there. And, that turn out to be my mistake. Lesson learned: never ever purchase electronic items from these kind of markets. I played smartly though and checked the SD Card by installing it on my mobile phone before paying for it and verified that mobile shows the SD Card capacity to be 64GB. I thought that its all good, but it turns out that when you copy files SD Card won't complain or throw any error. But when you try to browse files in the SD Card you will find nothing. So, I end up wasting money, time and precious content.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

9 Days Road Trip to Malaysia by Car from Bangkok, Thailand - 19 Episodes

Road trips have always been close to my heart and I strongly believe that road trips on one's private conveyance is the best form among others (air, bus, train, etc.). And, if a road trip includes crossing into the border of neighboring countries and exploring the new landscapes for the first time, then the excitement level reaches to new heights :)

So, me and my wife, were planning to do such a trip for quite sometime. We do had experience of doing road trips within Thailand and we had been to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Chang, Trat, all by road from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. However this trip was one of a kind for us because we never did a road trip all the way to another country, which also means that we had to do a lot of legal preparations as well like visas, vehicle permits, license, insurance, etc.

The whole tour was a great learning experience for us and we believe its worth sharing for others as well, who can benefit from our learning, the unique facts and figures of the places we visit, some wonderful traveling tips and tricks that will help you in planning yours.

Although first 6 episodes/videos are in Urdu language but it has sufficient English captions of all important information and tips. All other episodes/videos are in English language. Please do not forget to provide your feedback and comments. If you have any questions please feel free to ask and we will be glad to provide answers. Also please subscribe to this blog and our YouTube channel and click Bell Icon as well to get latest updates.
  1. Day 01 & 02 - Ep 01 - Traveling by Car from Bangkok, Thailand to Malaysia via Padang Besar Border
  2. Day 02 - Ep 02 - Ferry to Kuah, Langkawi from Kuala, Perlis jetty
  3. Day 02 - Ep 03 - Padang Matsirat Sunday Night Market in Langkawi
  4. Day 03 - Ep 04 - Dataran Lang, Geo Park and Jetty Point, Kuah in Langkawi
  5. Day 03 - Ep 05 - Tanjung Rhu Beach - The Best Beach of Langkawi
  6. Day 03 - Ep 06 - Oriental Village in Langkawi
  7. Day 03 - Ep 07 - SkyCab, SkyBridge, SkyGlide and SkyBistro in Langkawi
  8. Day 04 - Ep 08 - Penang Bridge and Upside Down Museum in Penang
  9. Day 04 - Ep 09 - World's Largest Toy Museum in Penang
  10. Day 04 - Ep 10 - Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera and Char Koey Teow
  11. Day 05 - Ep 11 - Exploring Cameron Highlands in Pahang
  12. Day 06 - Ep 12 - Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  13. Day 06 - Ep 13 - Trying Malaysian Cuisine at Signatures Food Court of Suri KLCC in Kuala Lumpur
  14. Day 06 - Ep 14 - Dataran Mardeka, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur
  15. Day 06 - Ep 15 - China Town or Petaling Street Market in Kuala Lumpur
  16. Day 07 - Ep 16 - Trying Malaysian Cuisine Breakfast - Roti Cenai, Tosai and Teh Tarik at Kuala Lumpur
  17. Day 07 - Ep 17 - The Mesmerizing Genting Highlands
  18. Day 07 - Ep 18 - Skytropolis - Indoor Theme Park in Genting Highlands
  19. Day 07 - Ep 19 - Metro City, Star Lake, Food Trucks and Winter Wonderland in Genting Highlands
  20. Day 08 - From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Padang Besar, Perlis, Malaysia
  21. Day 09 - From Padang Besar, Perlis, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand. End of Tour.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Trying Malaysian Cuisine Breakfast - Roti Cenai, Tosai and Teh Tarik at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Day 07 - Ep 16

Day 07 - Ep 16 - At 6 o'clock in the morning - we are out to spot a cool restaurant where we can try the local Malaysian cuisine breakfast. Yes, we are here at Ampang Point, a downtown area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Today we are going to experience first hand the Malaysian cuisine breakfast, and we are hoping to try one of the most recommended local Malaysian breakfast dish called Roti Cenai.

That's not all :) we are going to try Tosai as well, along with Teh Tarik, which literally means "Pulling Tea". So come on, ride along with us and let us enjoy the local Malaysian cuisine breakfast together!

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Dataran Merdeka, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Day 06 - Ep 14

Day 06 - Ep 14 - Guys today we are going to visit three famous attractions of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are:

Dataran Merdeka or Independence Monument of Malaysia
Sultan Abdul Samad Building (of historical importance)
Masjid Negara or National Mosque of Malaysia

The good thing about visiting all these attractions is that they are close by each other and are actually around a famous Merdeka Square Park. Two of the attractions are right there, around the park and the third one is at the walk of 13 minutes (5 minutes by car) from the park. So you can easily cover all the three in small amount of time.

The best place to park is on the designated parking spaces along the park boundary and parking is free of charge. It is a big park and on one end is a 95 meters long, one of the tallest in the world, flag pole with Malaysian flag. On the other end of the park is Dataran Merdeka or the Independence monument of Malaysia. It also has a beautiful fountain that adds to the beauty of the monument.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is right across the road and spans across almost the whole length of the park. You can easily and safely enjoys the beautiful historical building view and architecture from the park. At night, it looks more beautiful because of aesthetically projected lights on the building.

Both the Dataran Merdeka and Sultan Abdul Samad Building have strong historical value in Malaysian history and we recommend reading about it on wikipedia and/or official Malaysian websites.

Third attraction is Masjid Negara, the beautiful blue colored mosque and also referred as National Mosque of Malaysia. If you want to walk towards this mosque from the park, it is about 13 minutes of walk. On a vehicle, total commute is about 5 minutes.

"It has a capacity for 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres (53,000 m2) of gardens. [...]. Its key features are a 73-metre-high (240 ft) minaret and a 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously – the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minaret's cap a folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof are a creative solution to achieving the larger spans required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound". [Source: wikipedia]

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