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The City of Entertainment

The City of Entertainment

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Travel

  I was quite young when I first went up to Genting. In those days, there was so much to do. The outdoor theme park was terrific. I still remember a trip in my teens – the outdoor lake was great, and there were paddling boats to be rented. That was my last proper trip to Genting. My few trips to Genting as an adult were one or two days’ affairs – either for a work retreat, or a few hours’ for a show. Revisiting Genting Highlands after so long was a bit of a surprise – the place has changed so much. The earlier lake has mostly been drained away. In the place of the outdoor theme park, is the First World Plaza. Still, there are benefits – more shops, a cinema, and the upcoming Fox World theme park. And the weather’s great!...

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1 Utama’s “Secret” Garden

1 Utama’s “Secret” Garden

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Travel

With the introduction of GST in Malaysia, most people are desperately looking for a place to “hang out” free of charge. 1 Utama’s Secret Garden meets this demand admirably. A plaque at the entrance informed me that the garden was developed in secret for five years before it was opened for public viewing on 25th May 2009. It occupied 30,000 square feet and is home to 600 species of carefully nurtured, rare and tropical plants. Not being a plant expert, I did not bother to count them. The Secret Garden is open on weekends and public holidays for free, from 10am to 10pm. So how do you get up there? Take the elevator opposite HSBC Bank and press the button for the floor marked UR....

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Bali Expedition May 2014

Bali Expedition May 2014

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Travel

Last week was Grade 9’s expedition to Bali. This was my first expedition with the school, and it was a real eye-opener. Day 1 Our flight landed at Denpasar just after midnight on Tuesday. We got to the Swiss Belinn Hotel in Seminyak at around half past one in the morning. After a well-deserved rest, we adjourned for breakfast and left the hotel at 7:30am. The first stop was to a brahman’s place. It was a large compound, occupied by the priest, Bagus, and his extended family. The students were divided in four groups, where they immediately began to learn egg-painting, gamelan, the legong dance and the art of making offerings. Lunch was at a nice restaurant, with a view of the river. After lunch, the students were taken to a work site for community and service. They helped to carry stones and gravel in to build a bridge, and to help put up walls for chicken coops. The last stop before dinner was Tanah Lot, where we got to watch the sun setting. We also managed to get a glimpse of the Underwater Temple, and the Holy Snake Grove. As it had been a long, hot day, we were all glad to go to bed after a nice dinner. Day 2 The second day began with Goa Gajah. This was followed by a stop at the rice fields of Tegalalang. We did not manage to go into the rice terrace, as the road in was too narrow to accommodate our buses. But we did manage to get a nice view of the place! Lunch was at Batur Lakeside. It was nice and cooling, and we REALLY did not want to leave. After that, we visited the Holy Spring at Tampak Siring. Ubud’s Monkey Forest was next on the list. We did want to visit the Ubud Palace as...

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