Taman Tasik Perdana / Lake Gardens, KL

 

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A bunch of friends and I went to Lake Garden’s for a picnic and to check out the KL skyline at night last Wednesday. I’d been here before during my university days for design studio. I still remember having to draw parts of the park for class!

If you go on a bright and sunny day, you’d be able to catch a beautiful sunset here. Unfortunately, it was cloudy when I went due to the rainy season here in Malaysia. The view at night was beautiful though. I’d recommend it if you want to have a quiet evening and watch the sun go down with some friends.

Do bring mosquito repellent, a fan (the plus side of having a tech person in your group of friends is that they have fancy things like a xiao me fan which we were grateful for!).

It also gets very dark as there were few of no lighting along the walkways so you’d want to be careful about that. The pond wasn’t very well maintained so don’t go with high hopes of a beautiful lake. The night view was nice which we really enjoyed. 🙂

Nearby the park is the National Monument, The Islamic Arts Museum, The National Mosque and KL Butterfly Park. 

Get there by car / taxi / or you can get the KL Hop On Hop Off Bus

Don’t be shy to write in the comments below if you’ve been here and had a good time or if know of any other cool things nearby! I’d love to hear back from you!

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Taman Tasik Perdana / Lake Gardens, KL

Wild Sheep Chase Cafe, Taman Desa

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a cafe. Life has been busy but over the weekend I managed to visit this place with a friend. It started to rain when we reached and the place was packed out. We found a quiet spot beside the window and enjoyed watching the rain drops outside.

Interesting side note: I did not know that this cafe was named after the Murakami book until later on.

The waffle’s earl grey flavored whipped cream was really yummy. I prefer my waffles fluffy but this one was a little hard. It was not not nice, but it was different. I’d come back for the space which although was packed didn’t feel too busy.

We ordered a cappuccino and a flat white. Both of which was really good.

They’re closed on Mondays, however, I went on a Monday which was a public holiday and called before hand to check if they were open. So give them a ring to find out if they’re open if you plan to go on such a day!

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Address:6-1, Jalan 1/109E, Off Old Klang Road,Desa Business Park,
Taman Desa,58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Tue to Sun. 12pm- 8pm

Wild Sheep Chase Cafe, Taman Desa

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

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The name Japan is synonymous with many things and among them are Sakura’s or Cherry Blossoms.

Tourists from all over the world hope to see these beautiful flowers every year. I was fortunate enough to be in Japan on what happened to be the first day of the Kawazu Cherry Blossom festival.

The Sakura’s in Kawazu area bloom the earliest because of it’s location. Kawazu, located in the Izu Peninsular, is warmer than other parts of Japan in winter which contributes to the sakura’s here blooming a month early.

To be honest, I thought I would not be able to see any sakura’s as I was traveling to Japan in mid February and many friends had mentioned that Sakura’s bloom only in March. So when I reached Kawazu, I was estatic and blown away by this magical beauty. This may sound lame, but in my whole life, I had always wondered what was so special about these flowers, but… when I saw this entire street and river flanked with these Pink Cherry Blossoms trees…it was the most beautiful, magical, amazing sight I had ever seen in my life!

You should definitely catch take the tour to Kawazu if you have the chance! It’s about a 2.5hour bus ride out of Tokyo and the scenery along the way is also beautiful. A day trip would do if you have a tight schedule, but if you can spend the night if you have the time. Whichever you choose, make sure you have your camera’s and phones fully charged so as not to miss out on these beautiful memories!

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Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

A Little Vacation : Tokyo, Japan

It’s been awhile since my last blog post. A lot has changed over the past 6 months! The most memorable one was that I traveled to Japan for 2 weeks!

Japan was amazing.

Honestly, Japan was never ever on my bucket list of places to go (although strange enough Tadao Ando buildings are the buildings I’ve always dreamed of seeing.) so I went with mixed feelings.

When I reached though, it was a whole different world. Tokyo city was eye opening. I loved its density, the busy streets filled with people on their phones or with earphones walking to their next destination, the busy and packed subway stations with people doing pretty much the same thing, and warm and welcoming shopkeepers. I absolutely loved my time there. I would go back again. Here are some prelim photos of my first day in Tokyo.

Destination: Nishi Oii neighbourhood —> Ginza —> Asakusa

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Bicycles aren’t uncommon in Japan and they’re very neatly aligned everywhere! This was outside one of the houses around the home we were staying at.

 

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Now, isn’t that a sexy building? 😉

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Architecture Note : This is the Asakusa Cultural and Tourist Information Center. This building was designed by Japanese Architects Kengo Kuma and Associates. ❤
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Asakusa! Shop for souvenirs and try street food here!!!

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Everything is so neatly organized and displayed beautifully.

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Sweet Potato Ice Cream – It’s true that ice cream in Japan is yummy and really soft! This was my first sweet potato flavored ice cream and it was awesome!

Some extra information for you :

  1. Subways and metro : Each subway line has its own station, so take note of the lines you need to get on to. I learned this the hard way in Asakusa as I had got there on the JR Line but for my next destination, I had to change to a different line and was confused as to why I couldn’t find the right gate to get to. So, yes, take note!!! This site really walks you through the whole subway and metro thing so do check it out!

-Subway App : I used the Tokyo Rail Map app while I was in Tokyo and it was super helpful.

2) WIFI – I found it really difficult to find free Wifi spots in Japan, so I recommend to yes, do get that pocket wifi or “the egg”. You can “order” it to the place you’re going to stay and when you’re done with it, just drop it into the nearest post box! (It comes with the package for you to mail it back to them so you won’t need to search for packaging etc etc.) Everything in Japan is just so convenient! ❤

3) CLIMATE – It rained while I was there and a friend told me, in Tokyo, when it rains…it rains the whole day! I didn’t believe her, but, it did. ALL DAY. Everyone in Japan checks the weather prediction religiously and for good reason. It’s very accurate. So before you head out, check the weather for the day and if it’s going to rain, well get those umbrellas ready! (Or buy them for 500yen at the nearest convenience store!)

4) ARCHITECTURE – If you’re a student or in the architecture field, do your research on the famous architects because all their buildings will be in your path!!! You don’t want to regret not recognizing them when you walked past! Well, I wouldnt.

That’s all for now. If you’ve got any other tips to add to the list or on the ones already on the list, don’t be shy to write them in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

A Little Vacation : Tokyo, Japan

Day Trippin’ – Kuala Lumpur

Two friends of mine came down from Melbourne and Sydney over the weekend so we went on a day trip to KL.

I parked my car at the KTM station in Subang Jaya (Parking here is only RM5 for a whole day). Then we took the train down to the Kuala Lumpur station. I was excited about this because the KL station was one of the main railway stations from 1910 up til the construction of KL Sentral station in 2001. So there’s a lot of history there.

Besides that, arriving at this station always transports me back in time to the days of the British colonization. I love the old structure inside where you can really see how the emphasis was on getting as much natural lighting (as seen from the translucent sheets) into the space integrated with some landscaping too!

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Of course, the structural details – space frames and steel structures were impressive too. Imagine those days where there were no computers to calculate the loadings and machinery that we have today.

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Skylights and steel structure…

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Next, we walked outside to enjoy the exterior of the building built in the “Raj style”.

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I did not realize they used steel stairs in those days? I don’t know why but i was expecting concrete. Haha.

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Next up, was Central Market and Petaling street where they bought some souvenirs and enjoyed the fish spa! It was a funny experience. Do try if you go there!

For Lunch we went to the Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock cafe on Jalan Balai (walking distance from Central Market & Petaling Street). This cafe offers Malay, Indian and Chinese style food. The portions are big and the food is delicious. My guests loved the Nasi Lemak Ayam which was amazing. I had the Lontong and my friend had the Kung Fu Yee Mee. Everything tasted yummy.

IMG_4558 IMG_4559 IMG_4562KLCC was our last stop. I go to KL every few months but the KLCC never fails to take my breath away each time I go. Amazing structure. Always standing tall and elegant at any time of the day. Do stay for the light show every evening at 8.30pm. We walked to the Skybar in Traders Hotel from KLCC to enjoy the night view of KL.

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Look at that beautiful structure….

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Ever wondered if the bridge was purely aesthetic or whether it has a structural function? I did some research but had yet to gain the answer..

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The light show..

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Day Trippin’ – Kuala Lumpur

Learn to Live A Little

This is kind of a side note that I’ve been wanting to write. It’s about a group of people that I met while on holiday at Club Med recently. They were a group of 5 french people, probably in their 50s made up of 2 couples and 1 single woman.

What I really admired about this group was that they were there to have fun even though they may have been a little older. Everyday I would see them hanging out together, smoking, laughing, playing cards, sunbathing or whatever. They were always happy and just having fun. At night, they would be the ones on the dance floor, or if the MC for the night asked for volunteers, they would be the first to raise their hands and step up for the challenge no matter how ridiculous. Impressively some of the ladies even wore their 5 inch heels and danced all night on the dance floor! (I thought to myself, I would not even be able to dance or run in such high heels!!)

This just made me think that no matter how old we are, we should learn to let go and just have fun. Not being afraid of how we may look to others, or not doing something just because we worry about being judged. Why not, just live our life and party like we’re twenty even at 50 years old?!

The point is, learn to live life a little and do what makes you happy. Step out and do that crazy thing that you would never do on a normal day. Of course we should be mindful of where we decide to act crazy but yeah, why not do it in situations that allow us to?

Learn to Live A Little

Weekend getaway – Club Med Cherating

Club Med Cherating was a great luxurious holiday experience I had over the weekend! A friend of mine got complimentary vouchers and invited me along (for which I am extremely grateful for!)

At first, I thought it would be like any other holiday – relax, chill by the beach & do whatever activities that were available but it turned out to be a life changing-eye-opening experience.

*Interesting fact almost every G.O. told me : Club Med Cherating is in the Guinness World Records as the longest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere! And *i heard* the structure was built in such a way to conserve all the natural trees that were existing on the landscape. Hence, the never ending corridors. 850m to be exact. *info here* 😉

What I loved:

1) Friendly & Enthusiastic G.O’s 

When we first arrived, we were greeted by enthusiastic and friendly G.O.’s.We were given welcome drinks and cold towels before being briefed about the in and outs of the resort. That was a beginning of one of many friendships! They are really dedicated to making each guest feel special and also dedicated to their jobs (even practicing for events late into the night!) with huge smiles throughout the day! By the end of our trip, we had made so many G.O friends we did not want to leave! Take time to talk to them and find out their life stories. 🙂

All the amazing full-of-energy G.O. team! I miss them lots!
All the amazing full-of-energy G.O. team during night performance! I miss them lots!
Beautiful reception area. Photo credit : Club Med Cherating
Beautiful reception area. Photo credit : Club Med Cherating

2) Our Room

We got the Superior Room facing an open green area. Absolutely loved the decoration and the view from our room!

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We even got a farewell present from the housekeeping department! <3
We even got a farewell present from the housekeeping department! ❤
Being a designer, I really loved being in this "Kampung" themed architectural village. Great experience!
Being a designer, I really loved being in this “Kampung” themed architectural village. Great experience!
It was refreshing to wake up to the green surrounding instead of the hazy sky and tall buildings in Kl!
It was refreshing to wake up to the green surrounding instead of the hazy sky and tall buildings in Kl!

3) Private Beach 

What’s better than chillin’ on the beach, a cocktail in hand, clear blue skies above you listening to the waves crash against the sea bank? It’s great here at club med where the sky is always blue & cocktails are free flow all day long!

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My favorite spot was on the rock climbing side! Bring your mats and sit on the sand and look out onto the beautiful blue sky in the afternoon/evening if you prefer being in the shade. If not, morning is great for sun-tanning!
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Walkway to the Zen pool, Rembulan Restaurant & the beautiful beach! You can invite your favorite G.O.’s to dinner at the Rembulan for a nice fancy fine dining dinner. Highly recommended experience. 😀

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4) Land & Water Activities

I absolutely loved the activities offered here:

i) The treetop challenge – It’s kind of like skytrex if you’ve ever tried that before. Not as intimidating as it looks to be honest. Flying fox experience is definitely the best part!

It's not as intimidating as it looks. Give it a go and you won't regret it!
It’s not as intimidating as it looks. Give it a go and you won’t regret it!

ii) Circus- Trapeze

THIS was challenging. First having to climb almost 7meters up to the top and then to hold on to the bar and jump off the platform was just the beginning! Having to try to lift myself onto the bar was the biggest challenge. I tried twice but failed. Falling into the net and getting off it was cool though.

Photo credit : Farah Zulkifli's blog

Photo credit : Farah Zulkifli

iii) Rock Climbing

i thought this was going to be a typical rock climbing structure where you climb the wall but it turned out to be an actual part of a cliff, which was even better. (LOL). Honestly, it was really tough for me as it was my first time. I had help from the trainers (both of which were pretty hot guys!) Coming down was fun once i got the hang of it!

Photo  Credit : Club Med Cherating
Photo Credit : Club Med Cherating

iv) Zen Pool

This is a quiet pool area as the name suggests and it offers a beautiful view of the south china sea, perfect for lying around and soaking up the sun! Oh, and only those aged 18 and above are allowed here! 😉

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Other activities here include Archery, sailing, kayaking, etc. You can also join the sunrise/sunset yoga and other fun activities scheduled at the gym! 🙂

5) Free flow of food, alcohol, snacks, wine, coffee etc

It’s a real treat to have snacks all day long, buffet spreads, wines, beers, juices etc! Can’t find your favorite cocktail on the menu? Ask the friendly bartenders to make it for you! 😀

The coffee at breakfast was bad though. The bitter coffee available was just unacceptable. Maybe it was a bad weekend for the restaurant but i hope they will upgrade it. :/  Otherwise, overall the buffet spread was yummy! Do try out the Rembulan Restaurant from some fancy romantic fine dining experience.

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Desserts were yummy. Try the macaroon & the house made ice cream! Peppermint was our favorite!
Desserts were yummy. Try the macaroon & the house made ice cream! Peppermint was our favorite!
Snack at the noodle bar if you're hungry in the afternoon!
Snack at the noodle bar if you’re hungry in the afternoon!

I wish words could describe the trip we had other than it was amazing, fantastic, and life changing experience which it truly was.

With some of the G.O.s
With some of the G.O.s

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We look forward to going back again and hopefully being able to visit other club med’s around the world! Maldives would be great!!! 😀

Weekend getaway – Club Med Cherating