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Spectacular Fireworks!   Leave a comment

another wonderful trip to genting in malaysia to share with all. this was located in the state of pahang; the genting resort renowned for it’s casino and theme parks!

the trip was made on the day before malaysia national day on the 30th aug 2009. malaysia national day, or called hari merdeka (independence day) is on aug 31st.

this was the second consecutive year that the whole family had made the trip especially for the fireworks!!! we like the close proximity to where these fireworks were launched, literally the burning smell of these fireworks filled the hotel room. and for the best view, you have to book the world club room. we booked it at the peak season rate of rm600 per night for a suite. as with most festive peak seasons, room has to be booked early to avoid disappointment.

we like it too for the cool weather about 18 to 20 degree celsius up at this mountain top resort at 6000 feets above sea level. you will be treated to the spectacular view over the distanced city as night falls.

we’ll be back for sure!!!

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Posted November 28, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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hongcun (宏村) @ anhui, china   Leave a comment

the architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties are said to be among the best of their kinds in China.

together with xidi, it was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. hongcun was a location where the film crouching tiger, hidden dragon was shot.

宏村 - 月沼 Moon Pool, Hongcun
Moon Pool (月沼); there was the epic fighting scene made here from the film crouching tiger, hidden dragon…it’s only route to the outer cities got this village isolated from the various “wars” since the earlier dynasties to the civil wars so much so that its architectural heritages were able to preserve so well…

宏村“牛肠” Hongcun canal
宏村“牛肠” Hongcun water canal also called as “ox intestines”; every street has a water canal running along it, filling the village with the soothing sound of rushing water. they channel water to every building in the village and is finally directed into a small lake near the entrance to the village….marvellous works! can one imagine the “dirty” water is collected into a small lake next to the entrance to the village?!

宏村 敬修堂 Jing Xiu Hall, Hongcun
宏村 敬修堂 Jing Xiu Hall, Hongcun; a place for some quiet time….the vase “瓶” on the extreme right and the mirror “镜” on the extreme left draw from its sound-alike chinese characters “平静”, which means peaceful…..

Stone Carving, Hongcun
rich in its carving, this window screen was carved from a solid slab of stone. it was learnt that a foreigner offered an amount for this stone carving but fortunately it was turned down….

wooden carving, Hongcun
rich in wooden carving as well……it can be seen in almost every panel of doors and windows in the buildings……brilliant!!!

Hall, Hongcun
well you can guess it that this is the meeting hall whereby the family matters were discussed and resolved….the livings sit around the main hall…….

Jiang Zhe Ming, Hongcun
you got it! our friend was here earlier!!! written on the wall…..haha……

Posted October 10, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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bumi khayangan @ bandung, indonesia   Leave a comment

bumi khayangan, bandung, jakarta, indonesia                           bumi khayangan is located on the top of the hill of peaceful mountain manglayang, jatinangor region, bandung city, west java, indonesia. surrounded by beautiful forest, primitive kampoeng, presents one with a peaceful mind, fresh mountain air, panorama view, and a fantastic sunrise it takes 30min from bandung and about 150min from jakarta to get there. well we left from jakarta 0700hr in the morning under a rainy day along the way and reached “base camp” about 1130hr….270min!!!

a good place to have a personal or group retreat for all ages……we got sunny sky upon reaching camp site though….but again it pours in the late afternoon and that brings with it the night chills……and it was cold cold night up in the mountain!
bumi khayangan, bandung, jakarta, indonesia                                 fancy a romantic meal overlooking the peaceful mountain range….beautifully carved!  

bumi khayangan @ bandung, jakarta, indonesia                              long houses with multiple attached bathrooms within, water is cold and no heating facilities provided. water comes from within the mountain areas and is yellowish to greenish in colour…!

Bandung, Jakarta, Indonesia   interesting toilet signage….in a predominantly muslim city. you can guessed that the owner is a local chinese, and who doesn’t speak mandarin anymore. so does most of the local chinese indonesian….

Posted September 27, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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huangshan (yellow mountain): nature at it’s marvellous…   Leave a comment


the famous scrolls of chinese black and white paintings of high mountains, rocks, trees and sea of clouds come alive in huangshan mountains in the south anhui province. It is a marvelous mountain area, now on the UNESCO World cultural and natural heritage list. there is an old saying well known throughout the country “no need to see any other mountains after huangshan!”

huangshan has spectacular landscape with its four unique scenes: interesting shaped rocks, waterfalls, unique shaped pine trees growing out of rocks, and its sea of clouds. huangshan has it all, the steepness, the grace, the elegance, and so on…….

yellow mountain                                 “五岳归来不看山,黄山归来不看岳”

                                              return of the transformer @ yellow mountain?

                                       villa at a distance…..being tranquil!

more pictures to share here…

Posted September 17, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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bandung @ indonesia   Leave a comment

bandung, indonesia           lunch time!!! under the strawed-hut by the river stream……wonderful!

bandung, indonesia         meal is served……the typical javanese style with fried chicken (ayam goreng), deep fried small fishes (ikan goreng), vegetables with steam rice and lots of spicy chillies!!! yummy!!!

bandung, indonesia

lake by the tea plantation….river rafting was available by the stream that rushes down to the foot of the hilly tea plantations……

bangdung, indonesia            tea plantations

bandung, indonesia              nice landscaped plantation

bandung, indonesia           luxury living by the hills…..

Posted August 8, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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beijing, china   Leave a comment

Beijing, also known as Peking, is a metropolis in northern China, and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Governed as a municipality under direct administration of the central government, Beijing borders Hebei Province to the north, west, south, and for a small section in the east, and Tianjin Municipality to the southeast. Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.


Tiananmen, Beijing, China

On site Calligraphy
“On Site” Calligraphy…..

Beijing, China
Great Wall of China

Beijing, China
Temple of Heaven

Beijing, China    bird’s eye view on the forbidden city…

Beijing, China    stone carving of dragon, deemed to be an auspicious creature of the chinese belief…

Posted July 10, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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jiuzhaigou “valley of nine villages” @ north sichuan   Leave a comment

Jiuzhaigou National Park (九寨沟); literally “Valley of Nine Villages” is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, a province in south western China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

It lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. It is part of the Jiuzhaigou County (formerly Nanping County) in the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, near the Gansu border. Leg Joint Pain

Valley of Nine Villages

on the way from airport to the nine villages….weather was extremely cold as the ice capped surroundings were starting to melt away….making the groung slippery as well….

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Valley of Nine Villages

one of the waterfall site along the way…..


water is clean and clear to depth, wind is light, ice is melting and temperature is low….till minus 14 after sunset……


clear blue greenish water from these lakes…….


majestic waterfall within the park…….speedily melting away….

waterfall, Sichuan

looks like an ice sculpture…..from mother nature!!!


a village situated at the foot of a valley alongside the way to chengdu city.

Chengdu, Sichuan

local favourite hot and spicy noodle……


firecraking time………where every children and adults with a childish heart from singapore would love to get their hands on!

Posted June 10, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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