Friday, April 23, 2010

Mini Travel Log: Dubai, UAE (3)

Dubai loves me, unfortunately not the money. I went back to Dubai for the 3rd time in the space of 5 months. Initial plan was to visit the desert safari as I thought I've seen enough of the city. On second thought, I decided to hop onto sight-seeing bus instead. I discovered many more new places and interesting attractions. Burj Dubai, now known as Burj Khalifa is open to the public now. However at the price of 400 Dhs (USD 110) to go up to the tallest building is not really worth it. Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah is worth to check out. It has its own theme parks, water world and an interesting underwater aquarium resembling the lost world of the Atlantis. The old city district of Dubai is a gem by itself. You can find traditional markets selling crafts at bargain prices here. The stone age port at Dubai Creek where traditional means of loading/unloading of goods are located is not to be missed. Oh did I mention snow ski? Yup, you heard me right. You can actually snow ski in the middle of desert! Dubai has the best indoor snow ski park with the best snow; as been told by my friends who had experienced it.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Penang '10

Here are some pictures taken around Penang; particularly the "Tan" jetty which offers great panaromic view of ships in the distance and rustic look of wooden houses on stilts perched above the sea. Big thank you to jonsern for being the tour guide/driver/photographer for the weekend.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Mini Travel Log: Seoul, South Korea

The modern Seoul city is built on the old city itself. Therefore there are many historic sites like palaces, ancient gates and walls. However if you plan to visit the city right now, you'll be in for a huge disappointment. Many, if not almost all of these places are closed from the public for restoration work. I was all so eager to visit these places. But when I got to the place, it is nowhere to be found. Strange! A quick check on the map confirmed it is the right place. On closer look, I found most of it were hidden behind huge temporary shelter and some even behind fake background posters. No wonder all the tourist buses were idling without any tourists. Because there isn't anything left to sight-see. I was so sad to leave Seoul without having to see anything. Maybe just not my day. Next time then.

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