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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

I Don't Win Free Car at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 0 Comments
(L-R)Suhaimi Bin Mahdar, Winner of the Toyota Avanza & Mohd Zafri Mohd Shariff, Winner of the Toyota Yaris

Last Christmas, I entered some contest organised by Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP KLIA) with hoping to start the Year 2020 with a brand new Toyota. isk isk usual. Lady luck is not on my side. Why??? hihihihi drama mode starts again.

Anyway, for those who won..Congratulations! (bitter mode congratulation) hahaha

For those who missed out on this contest. Please check out my first experience visit to MOP KLIA last year, HERE.

It was a pleasant first trip. I am not sure if you know this, MOP KLIA is a Japan's branded factory outlet shopping mall. The mall management organised the 'Spend and Win a Car' contest last Christmas, where shoppers to spend a minimum amount of RM300 in a maximum of two receipts to participate. Super generous prize offered to shoppers - such as Toyota Avanza and Yaris.

Like I said lady luck not on my side this year. But the winners must be smiling to ears, drove away with a brand new car. The winner Suhaimi Bin Mahdar, 52 drove away with Toyota Avanza and Mohd Zafri Mohd Shariff, 52 drove away with his Toyota Yaris.

One of the winner shop 3 times at MOP KLIA to enter the contest. Worth of his spending. The family must be happy.

Tossing of Yee Sang

The winners were announced during a Chap Goh Meh celebration organised by the mall. Tenant and Shoppers were entertained with the Chinese cultural performances such as Sichuan Face Changing Show, Lion Dance and the tossing of the Prosperity Yee Sang.

MOP KLIA hosts a variety of Malaysian festivities throughout the year by offering unique experiences and excitement for tourists and local visitors alike in line with Visit Malaysia Year.

Where is MOP KLIA?

MOP KLIA is strategically located just 8 minutes away from KLIA and KLIA2 and approximately 45 minutes from KL City Centre. The outlet mall is easily accessible through various highways such as ELITE, LDP, KESAS, MAJU Expressway, North-South Expressway Central Link, and NKVE.

Getting to MOP KLIA is also convenient as there are ample public transportation services available.

Check out MOP KLIA official website for more information on upcoming offers, promotion and happening.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin, China] Don't Miss Out West Street at Night in Yangshuo

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 13 Comments

After back from exploring Ancient Town, Xingping, I get some 30 minutes rest before head out to grab some dinner and explore West Street at night. I only have one night at Yangshuo before continuing my journey to Longsheng the next day.

For those who took a Li River Cruise day trip may have a chance to explore West Street at day time for around one hour. But I was told its more happening at night. That's the reason I booked a room to overnight here.

Pavillion opposite place I stayed. Can see the beautiful Li River view from here
West Street is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the place I stayed. Seriously, this place is super convenient. Check my earlier post if you want to book this place. But before I walked over to West Street for quick dinner, I took the opportunity to enjoy the view of Li River after sunset.

It's low tide during this time. So I manage to walk down and take a quick stroll along the river. Some local will find the river snails and fish during this time too.

The view is different from this level but still, I can see a row of karst mountain. Gorgeous view! They will light up the river bank beautifully after dark.

West Street in Yangshuo exist ever since 590 AD during the Sui Dynasty and I read it is more than 1,400 years old. This makes this place is the oldest street in Yangshuo. The street was named due to its location on the West of the County.

I discovered a variety of food from local to international here. I noticed not just in Yangshuo but in Guilin overall, the locals here love to eat charred Durian. I am not a big fan of durian but really amazed on how they grilled the durian in aluminium foiled and enjoy the charred durian as a snack food. I bet it tastes creamy and delicious! 

Why I said you should consider to overnight in Yangshuo for at least a night? The West Street kind of happening with beautiful lights up and the never-ending crowds make this place more vibrant. For those clubbing goers, this place is kind of perfect for you at night too. Their club kind of in a glass shop and outside people can see through on what is happening inside. I am not trying to support women exploitation but only at night people like me who never been into the club can see what is going on in there; I have the video which I upload in my Youtube Channel. You can also view from the link below.

I grab some garlic grilled oyster and steamed yam for my dinner that night. The food portion is kind of big. So, that's all I can eat for that night. You can check out my video in the link below this post for more bizarre and exotic food which discover at West Street Yangshuo.

I mentioned in my previous Guilin Travelogue, their speciality here is Gui Hua or Osmanthus flower and Monk Fruits. So you can find many osmanthus flower tea and osmanthus flower snacks here.

Guilin is also famous for nougat and milk candies. I tried those roses nougat and it tastes seriously delicious. I thought it will be kind of you know the texture either hard and difficult to chew but I amazed the nougat here is crispy and kind of hook for more with only one bite. Most snacks come with really beautiful design packaging. Just like those in Japan. So, it really perfect souvenirs if you in Guilin.

I bought some flower tea to enjoy up in Longsheng. I read it's going to be a cold-weather up there tomorrow. So hot strawberry tarts tea can warm up my body.

For those who love chillies, here is the perfect place to shop for some those homemade chillies too. I love to wall around this place since most of those sellers not very pushy and they kind of creative when it comes to displaying their items and attracting the customers to walk into their shop. They even wear the tribes' costumes and sing the song with passion.

You can check out those in my video in the link below

This place gives me the vibes as if the night is not going to end. My leg feels really weak at this point but since my hotel kind of near, I don't really feel like going back to the room and rest. hahaha

I find one quiet corner to sit and enjoy the night and view in front of me.

The Starbuck here is really stunning too. I love the old building design. so this place kind of perfect for me too. There are many other local cafes here too. It's more worth to visit the local cafe here.

For those avid Instagrammer, you can find every corner here as a perfect backdrop. There is one basement Supermarket. I was thinking about exploring but I can't stand the smells of that place. So I made a 'U' turn and end up sit by the nearby bench to enjoy the live band.

I guess my limit has come to end. I made a move back to the Hotel and thinking about climbing up the staircase to my room really worried my knee a lot. hahaha

I will continue West Street Yangshuo exploration in the morning since my car will only come at 12 noon.

I recorded my happening Night exploration at West Street Yangshuo in below video. Check it out!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin, China] Lost at Xingping Ancient Town

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 18 Comments

Where to stay in Yangshuo?

Yangshuo River View Hotel.
Address: No. 25 Binjiang Road, Yangshuo County, China

I chose this place mainly because of the location. The location kind of away from the busy street. Just less 5 minutes walking distance from the Yangshuo Pier, its so convenient if you choose the route I took which is 4 hours Li River Cruise. Less 5 minutes to famous walking street, The West Street, Yangshuo. Li River just right opposite the hotel. Since I only have one night so the distance to all of this is very important. I don't want to waste my time and budget for transportation all the time.

I missed out the river view room. So, I got the mountain view instead of that. Anyway, I kind of love my room. So cosy and they even have a small verandah for me to enjoy 'Pu Er' tea and the complimentary fruit plate they gave me.

One complaint, no lift. My room on the 4th floor. I was like....more staircase?

The hotel in Guilin City has no lift too. Here too? OMG! Poor my bad knee. I kind of expected the consequences of this trip. I brave myself to go with the flow. I will take responsibility for myself. No complaint in the future!

Like I said, I booked car upon checked in to go to Xingping Ancient Town.

Why one shouldn't miss visiting Xingping Ancient Town if in Guilin?

This small ancient town only around 25km from Yangshuo. So expect around under one hour journey by car. 

Things To Do at Xingping

1. The Landscape of 20 RMB Note scene.

I saw this during my Li River Cruise. I am kind of not so fancy on all this. But its a beautiful karst mountain view. Most people find it is a remarkable view.

2. Bamboo Rafting

If you are adventure type, you can take the bamboo rafting from Yangdi to Xingping. It was early winter during my time. So rafting is not a good option. I am also being extra careful with my waist and knee problem too. Old traveller, like that lor....lhave to extra careful especially if in a foreign country.

3. Xingping Old Walking Street

Over here you can leisurely wander along the ancient streets, where all the ancient structure converts into cafe and souvenir shop. 

This one is less crowded compared to the one at West Street, Yangshuo. I was told this quiet ancient town has been more than 1,730 years. 

I just wandering around the Old Walking Street. I kind of tired after the long journey and I woke up very early that morning too. 

I told the driver to come back to the same spot she drops me after 2 hours. My WeChat apps not working so unable to communicate with her. That is why , I made the arrangement beforehand, for both parties convenient too.

I walked into this cafe. I made the right choice to heal my tired mind and body.

The place kind of quiet. Its a low season. Not many tourists. I gained peace here.

After getting my caffeine fix (hopefully can sleep tonight), I continue my exploration slowly, just like this town.

The locals love to dry the orange, pomelo and any citrus peels. I think they will use it for tea or food ingredients.

Guilin is famous with processed chillies, dried persimmons, rice wines and preserved vegetables and fruits. I tried the dried persimmons, is kind of sweet and soft taste. 

Cured goose, meat and bamboo rice is one of the must-try too.

For avid silver, collector this is something you can get here at a reasonable price.

Guilin is also famous with Osmanthus flowers and Loh Han Guo. I always love the smells of Osmanthus flowers. So for tea lovers, you can get authentic Osmanthus flower tea here. I bought the Osmanthus Rice cake to try instead of tea. I have the tea back home. Love the cakes. Not sweet and taste...super healthy taste to me. kekekeke... Loh Han Guo or Monk Fruit is famous as healthy sugar replacement just like stevia. Famous ingredient for those in the Keto diet too. 

What I did here at Xingping?

I walked, I eat and walk and eat again.

I stopped at a few stores to try their desserts such as tapioca and yam. I enjoy the beautiful view here and the surrounding so quaint and surreal since not many people. My kind of place.

The local love grilled sausage and steamed buns. I noticed this is a famous street snack for the local. I end my wandering around almost late evening. I was planning to roam the Night Market at West Street at Yangshuo later. So, I called off the day at Xingping and back to hotel for a rest about 30 minutes.  

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin,China] 4 Hours Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 26 Comments

On the 26th Dec 2019, I woke up as early as 6am, getting ready to check out from Riverside Inn Central Guilin. I booked a River Cruise to Yangshuo from the place I stayed in Guilin City which cost me 480 Yuan. The bus will be coming to pick me up 7:30am to Mopanshan Pier to board the 4 hours cruise. It was heavy rain that day. Like I said in my previous entry, the place I stayed at the small alley, so I have to walk out braving that heavy rain with one of the Hotel staff holding the umbrella for me. The weather was seriously colder than yesterday with this rain. Even my heat-tech inner piece which I bought from Uniqlo, seems not enough to warm me up!

Since my plan is to stay a night in Yangshuo and then from there I will head over to Longsheng, I chose to travel light. I am unable to carry a big backpack due to my bad waist pain. So, I packed lighter possible to fit in my small backpack which I brought with me. I wish could carry the bigger backpack but that will not be a good idea with my body condition.

It was around 1-hour bus ride to Mopanshan Pier. But of course, it's not a boring ride at all since the tour guide who will bring the group up to pier will hard sell all the optional packages and also some tea. Guilin speciality is Monk Fruit which is Luo Hon Ko. So there are many Luo Hon Ko Tea selling everywhere here. I was lucky for being a non-mandarin speaker. They don't really hard sell anything to me since I would just say...I don't understand! I don't understand! hahaha

You can buy some warm snacks at the pier here too. It will be a 4 hours journey, so you can eat them along the way.

By the way, the tour guide will just bring all the passenger on the bus and distribute the ticket to each in the group and then you are on your own in the cruise until Yangshuo. 480 Yuan paid inclusive of lunch box and a few hours bus ride back to Guilin. You will be given 2 - 3 hours to wander around Yangshuo before take the bus ride to Guilin City on the same day. 
By the way, you will need to show your passport to board the cruise. Your bag and body will be scanned thoroughly. Just like at the airport before you board the ship.

Option 1 - Day trip 4 hours Li River Cruise then wander around Yangshuo before taking the bus back to Guilin City. You will also be given choice to join the optional tour to the countryside and Shangri-La, Yangshuo with some cash add-in.

Option 2 - 4 hours Li River Cruise then overnight at Yangshuo and find your way back to the Guilin City on your own. You can buy a bus ticket at the nearby bus station or hire a driver back.

Like I said, I chose option 2 since my plan extended to Longsheng from Yangshou before head back to Guilin City after a few days.

Oh! by the way no cruise back to Guilin City. The only way is by bus, train or car.

You have the option to buy VIP Cruise ticket which the seating will be on the upper deck and quite exclusive. I bought the 3-star cruise ticket so the seating will be joining with a stranger and it will be at face to face 3 seater join-seat. Not that bad. There are 5 of us but one guy move to the behind seat to join his family members. So only 4 of us in that seat. A couple from Canada, a solo traveller from England and this 'kici meow traveller from Malaysia.

I was up on the upper deck braving the cold winter breeze to enjoy the view most of the time. 

I love the view despite the cold weather.

Throughout the cruise, the tour guide will highlight the most important scenic area along the Li River such as Crown Cave, Pushing Milestones Rock, Langshi Scenicspots, Nine Horses Hill, Reflections of Yellow Cloth, Xinping Village, Snail Hill, Dragon Head Hill before reach to Yangshuo.

Obviously, I don't understand Mandarin, and the English version is too hard for me to catch on what they are trying to say. So I don't know which of which. hahahaha Enjoy the view will do for me.

I just love to see all this Karst Mountain along the river.

The ticket price inclusive of the lunch box. Since there is meat in this lunch box. I gave up mine to others who need to eat more.

I end up buying the small fish and shrimp at 30 Yuan each plate for my snack. Of course, I offered to the people who sit with me too. It will be impolite for me to dig in all of 2 plates. The Canadian couple bought the snails and offer to me in return. I dare not try since I read, they boiled this with pork. All these fish, shrimp, snails are from Li River itself. The Taro is another must eat here in Guilin.

The view of cruising along the Karst mountain is seriously magnificent. I feel like in the Lord of The Ring movie. hahahaha

I met a herd of water buffalo and ducks along the river too. I also manage to meet this fisherman in action. Fisherman in Guilin uses the bird to dive into the water to fish for them. You can view more of it in my videos below. It's really an awesome experience for me. Just like in the fairy tales. Watch my video and you know what I am talking about. Don't forget to give some of your precious LIKE to my video too.

The journey really not a boring one, since the lady from Canadian couple seems friendly and enjoy the photo-taking just like me. Both of us was up at the deck most of the time. We were talking about each other countries. Sort of sharing information on travelling too. This couple has been travelling for one month now. Lucky them.

The solo traveller from England kind of having this hobby to travel with his dalmatian toy. So cute, right. Apparently, this dalmatian has no name. There you go a photo of the England traveller with its beloved toy. I met many kinds of people on this trip. hahaha

The 4 hours cruise journey is coming to an end soon.

Taking my last photo from the cruise before get off at Yangshuo Pier.

You will be greeted with many street peddlers here. The tour guide in the bus did mention in English before we get off, to be extra careful with belonging. There are many pickpockets and also if you bargain for any items, you must buy or get shout and mental harrassed. The tour guide also mentioned one of the French ladies in her group lost all her passport and cash at Yangshuo. That happened only the week before Christmas.

Did you notice, the similarity of passion fruits and rambutan's leaves here? hahaha..if you read the rambutan seller scammer in my previous post on Elephant Trunk Hill here, you will understand what am I talking about. 

Seriously, I made a good choice. Most people dragged their big luggage into the cruise boat and seriously it's a  massive storage problem for that, especially when you reach Yangshuo and people are fighting over getting their luggage. You may have to wait for a bit longer since your luggage maybe at deep inside at the storage. The Canadian couple booked the same place as mine. But they reached a bit late since both have huge luggage with them and the road to the hotel are not that even to drag on the wheel. It was a rough walked for both of them. 

I walked out of my hotel at Yangshuo. The location is around less 500 meters from Yangshuo Pier. The hotel facing the river too. I just walked and reach there in less than 5 minutes. After checked in, I booked a car for 200Yuan from the hotel to bring me to Xingping Ancient Street. I can just get the Taxi outside but I would rather get the Hotel staff to arrange for me. At least to avoid any communication during dealing. It's the same price if you go out and deal with any cab driver outside though. I just need to pay an extra 40 Yuan to Hotel staff and within less 20 minutes after checking in, I was in the car on the way to Xingping. I don't need to talk and haggle so much.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin , China] Exploring Elephant Trunk Hill

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 15 Comments

Have you watched my video on Travelogue Guilin, China Ep 1, yet?
Check out the link HERE

Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area

Address: On Western Bank of the Li River, Guilin
If you take bus just make sure to get off at the stop of Xiang Shan Gong Yuan

25th Dec 2019, 2nd day in Guilin. Its Christmas day. I woke up with rain outside. No snow which I don't expect at all. So, I end up walking to Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) which located around 1km from the place I stayed. It was a great morning walk under light rain which eventually stop by the time I reached the scenic area.

Since Nov and Dec month considers the low season, I have gotten the price for a half-price which also entitled me to visit 3 other scenic areas via their free red tour bus.

I love the beautiful view here. The best is not that many tourists since it was during the low season. I just walked away from the crowd and have peaceful morning walk.

Elephant Trunk Hill is kind of a MUST VISIT attraction in Guilin , ever since the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). That old attraction.

Just like that photo above, the name said it all. The formation of karst rock resembling of Elephant Trunk sucking the Li River water.

As usual, this kind of place will come with Legend told from generation and the story is related to Elephant.

The Legend of Elephant Trunk Hill

Long-time ago, the Emperor of Heaven decided to conquer the Earth was riding on the back of his elephant. The elephant was a kind-hearted. It came down back to the earth and help the poor human in their labour. It falls sick. The Emperor got to know that the Elephant was helping the human. He was very upset and left the poor sick elephant on earth. The human help the sick elephant and nurse it back to good health. It continues to help the human with plowing the field and forget about the Emperor of Heaven. The Emperor of Heaven was so upset on the Elephant still continue helping the human. One day, while the Elephant was drinking water at Li River, the Emperor cursed the Elephant into stone.

It was starting of winter. I have to wear a face mask from the cold winter breeze.

Elephant Trunk Hill is not the only thing you could see. There is a park which is a must-visit attraction too. You could visit the Moon over the Water Cave (Shuiyue cave), Elephant Eye cave, Puxian Pagoda, Love Island and Yunfeng Temple.

You can find this kind of lovey dovey statue at Love Island.

You can get some elephant trunk hill and Guilin souvenir at this so-called post office. You can write a postcard and send one to yourself or friends.

I was sitting on the bench below this hill. Watching people climbing up this hill makes me envy them. People climb the hill to get another amazing cityscape view of Guilin.

I can't overwork my leg here in the city since I have 8 more days to explore Guilin. I was planning to hike else-where. 

This is the view from Elephant Eye cave.

Just walk to another side of the Elephant Hill and you will be adventuring on the back of the hill. The view from this side is beautiful with good panorama.

Fubo Hill

Address: 2 kilometres away from the Elephant Trunk Hill

I took the tourist red bus from the entrance of Elephant Trunk Hill since it came with the package I bought. The bus is very punctual as written on the signage at the bus stop.

Fubo Hill is another must-see attraction in Guilin. I love this place since it has a beautiful park and a 
big banyan tree in the middle.

There is a temple on this hill built during Tang Dynasty for General Fubo who succeed a fierce battle in Jiaozhi.

What you can see here at Fubo Hill

The natural scenery of rocks and stalactites. I have a chance to visit the Pearl Returning Cave, the Thousand Buddha caves and the Sword Testing Rock.
If you walk to the second terrace of Fubo Hill, you will find a giant cloister. Just walk past the beautiful garden and climb up some small steps. You will find a 300-year-old iron boiler which can boil enough food for a thousand people.

Guilin is famous with Osmanthus and Monk Fruits. But it's not a season for Osmanthus flower during my time. The street and garden will full of nice sweet fragrance smell of osmanthus if you visit during its season.

The Rambutan Seller 

One thing, I notice the fruit seller in Guilin tends to present the fruit by putting the fresh leaves. At first, I thought, the rambutan leaves in Guilin is different from other parts of the world. Seriously, I thought it was from different species. But then, this Rambutan seller, pluck the street plant leaves and place it on his rambutan basket. I was like.... hurl! Rambutan leaves is the same in every country. hahahaha.... not different!

Those aunties on the photo end up don't buy the fruits from this seller. It seems they don't agree with something and I saw the seller push away his bicycle with anger. 

All this happened while I was waiting for the red tourist bus to the next scenic area.

Diecai Hill Scenic Area

Address: North of Fubo Hill and the west bank of Lijiang River

I kind of love the beautiful scenery here. Diecai Hill is the name given during Tang Dynasty which means folded colours hill.

The view from this hill is really fantastic. Just climb the stairs up and you will be greeted by a magnificent view.

You can shop for some souvenirs here too. But I am not a souvenir person. hahaha... I just walk pass by them.

Tea Seller Act

Right before the souvenir place, there is this dried tea seller who put up an act. I don't speak Chinese but the act was so obvious and I almost laugh at both of them when the act repeated with the same line when I was leaving the place. The act was, one guy, pretended to inquire about the tea and the seller diligently hard sell the tea. I was like kekekeke... laughing while looking at both of them. You think you can fool me ..ahhhhhh? I can't understand Chinese but it sounds like the same scripted line you acted when I just entered this place earlier. huhuhuh

Lots of hill climbing... huhuhuh

Nice cave and the grottoes.

The beautiful layered colour hills.

Spectacular view from the top.

Apparently, I can slide down from the top but I didn't do it! Why? I was alone up there. I doubt and fear for my safety though!

Time to grab some lunch and dinner. It was late afternoon by the time I came down from the hill. I don't go to the famous Red Fleet Cave, which is another landmark of Guilin.

I ate lamb Jiaozhi and bell pepper stir-fried. I noticed the vegetables here in Guilin taste really fresh and sweet.

I still have a bit of strength to walk around before called off the day. I need to catch the bus at 7am to catch a 4 hours Li River Cruise to Yangshuo.

I bought warm Taro Coconut Milk drink as my dessert. 

Don't forget to watch my MOST BORING video Travelogue Guilin, China Ep 2 Elephant Trunk Hill at my YouTube Channel HERE. My video can put you to sleep since I recorded A.S.M.R in this video too. :)