Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Club Med Cherating

I just had a holiday at Club Med Cherating with my family. Club Med Cherating is located in Kuantan which is about 3.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. This resort is fully self contained. The price that you paid during reservation includes all meals and drinks including beers and alcohols; though the more expensive liquors and cocktails are chargeable. It is full of energy and you can feel the warmth and friendly atmosphere the moment you set foot at the resort entrance. This is thanks to their energetic staff members (Gentil Organisateurs). During the day, the GOs have various duties ranging from reception to activity coordinators. You can always see their smiles as they make sure your stay is always above expectations. During the night, the GOs will even perform shows and other social activities. This resort is very child and family friendly. They have daycare and nurseries where you can put your kids and babies should you need some alone time. You can join all kinds of day activities for free ranging from archery, racquet sports, obstacle courses, jungle trekking and pool activities. Or, you can just laze around or get drunk by the pool/beach with their unlimited drinks. I must say the food at their restaurant is delicious with many varieties daily. During your meal, the GOs do come by to socialize, sometimes sharing your table if you don't mind for some pleasant conversations over a meal. Should you need more privacy, you can also take a train shuttle to the Zen pool for adults only relaxation pool overlooking the ocean. Here is also the place where you can have fine dining for dinner at the Rembulan restaurant. Rooms are a bit old but kept clean. Beware of monkeys so do make sure you lock your windows or refrain from leaving belongings unattended by the pool. Overall, my family and I had a wonderful time at Club Med Cherating. I do recommend this resort as a family holiday destination. Try book weekdays and avoid weekends as this resort is also popular among local companies to organize weekend getaways and team buildings for their staffs over the weekend.

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Mini Travel Log: London, UK (6)

I was looking around for cherry blossom trees (sakura) during spring time in London. It is not easy to find as this is not their native tree and they prefer their magnolias, camellias, daffodils and crocuses. Kew Gardens has the largest concentration of cherry blossom trees, both the pink and the white blossoms. However if you prefer somewhere in central London, then you can find a couple in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Regent's Park. I only walked around Kensington Gardens and could only find the white blossoms. If you want to see the pink blossoms, then you may try in Regent's Park the next season.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

HUDLY: Drive Like Pilots Fly

I bought myself a very cool birthday gift. The state-of-the-art heads up display by HUDLY. It displays vital information from your car and also mirrors your handphone screen in front of the windscreen. With less heads down and less distraction, it makes driving safer.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mini Travel Log: New York, USA (3)

When I strolled down Central Park in New York during summer, I promised myself to come back here during autumn. There were rows of trees planted neatly along The Mall and Literary Walk towards Bethesda fountain. I knew it would look awesome during autumn. I was right when I had the chance to come back here last month. The golden leaves here are just out of this world.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mini Travel Log: Frankfurt, Germany (3)

There is this park, Palmengarten that always intrigues me whenever I'm in Frankfurt. It requires an entrance fee of 7 euro which had turned me away everytime I was here. Few weeks ago, I arrived into Frankfurt during the golden autumn week. I would like to capture some golden autumn shots so I made the decision to visit this park. It was the best decision made and money well spent. The autumn color inside this park is really beautiful. I do recommend visitors to come here and see the golden leaves inside the park during autumn season.

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Mini Travel Log: Sydney, Australia (3)

When it is good weather in Sydney, it is really pleasant to walk around under the blue sunny skies. This is my second outing with my new Sony A6300 camera and I'm starting to get the hang of it. Seems like the trade off between camera size/weight to an unnoticeable downgrade of picture quality is worth it. I'll just keep my post short here and let the pictures do the talking.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mini Travel Log: Paris (Catacombs), France

This is my first outing with my brand new camera, Sony A6300. A huge downgrade for me from Canon 5D Mk2 full frame DSLR to mirrorless camera. But I do think the time is ripe now to transition to mirrorless cameras. Although I did lose some dynamic range in my pictures, the gain from being able to travel light weight and shoot movie in 4K is more than enough to compensate this slight setback.

While Paris is known as the romantic city on the surface, there is a dark side of it that lies underground. This trip, I took a detour to visit the dark side which is the Catacombs. Under Paris, there are actually various networks of abandoned mines and tunnels. Starting from year 1738, bones were transferred from overflowing cemeteries to these underground tunnels. Soon over time, it grew to house almost 6 million bodies of former inhabitants of this city. The city above Paris now has 12 million people. This shows the enormous amount of bones and skeletons stored underground.

Do take note visit to the Catacombs is not recommended for children or people with faint heart. It leaves a huge impression seeing bones and skulls stacked to the brim under creepy and dark environment. There is also no wheelchair access and the only way down is through hundreds of steps. Entrance to the Catacombs is located at Denfert-Rochereau. This place actually attracts many visitors so if you arrive here and see a queue that formed a circle around the roundabout, then be prepared to queue at least 2-3 hours. You are advised to come here and queue before it opens at 10am. Take note it is closed every Mondays.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Mini Travel Log: Seven Sisters, Sussex

Seven Sisters is situated between Seaford and Eastbourne in Sussex. It is a series of chalk cliffs and is a great place for hiking with its rolling hills and offers breathtaking pictures. There are no safety barriers and the cliffs can be as high as 20 over storeys. Children are not recommended at this place. Even adults have to take great care when standing at the very edge of the cliffs. The chalk composition of the cliffs is weathered over time and fragile. It can give way anytime without warning. There is also the element of strong winds. A moment of carelessness will result in a plunge to death.

If you are coming from London, you can take the train from Victoria Station to Eastbourne. A same day return ticket costs 31.60 pounds. You alight in Eastbourne. This town itself is beautiful and has nice beachfront. It is worth to spend half a day here if you can spare some time. Else you can go straight to the visitor's center not far from the train station and buy a day pass for bus. This day pass costs 4.50 pounds for unlimited rides on Brighton and Hove buses. What you are interested on is the 13X tourist trail bus from Eastbourne to Brighton. You can hop onto this bus near the visitor's center or you can hop from the first stop at the beachfront after your little sightseeing detour. Take note there are limited timings for this bus route on weekdays. Only during the weekends they have the hourly sessions. So I suggest you study the timings carefully here and download the correct timetable for weekdays or weekends.

I suggest you alight at Beachy Head so you can start your hiking. You'll be hiking along the cliffs through gentle rolling hills. A casual hike until Birling Gap probably takes around 1-2 hours depending on how long are your photo stops. Take some refreshments at the lodge at Birling Gap and after that you can head North following the road until Sheep Centre and East Dean village. That should wrap up your day and from East Dean, you can take the more regular buses plying on this main road either to Brighton or back to Eastbourne for your return train back to London.

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