Kuala Lumpur Again (Part V)

Wednesday – November 20, 2013

I woke up early and prepare for morning workout, but I’m late because I’m lost to find the Fitness First Club from the hotel. I walked around the curve and asking around, finally I’m there. All the people already there and they’re working out. My manager again stared at me, oh ow.. This time a little bit sharper. I joined the morning workout. We did Fitness First Exclusive Programme – HardCore Cardio, It’s very tiring~ Got a lot of Burpee and Mountain Climber.

We finished the workout. Exhausted! huff, My manager came and warned me to not LATE again in the meeting. OK!! Hahaha.. So I’m back to my hotel room, take a shower and have breakfast. Well now, I’m the FIRST! One by one came and having breakfast together, then after finish we’re going up to the meeting room. This time, we have 2 separate meeting. The Managers and the graphic designers. The graphic designers have half day meeting. After that we’re free or go back to our country.

626 GD TEAM

Half day is quick, after finish the meeting, we took group pictures together as one Fitness First Graphic Designer Team. I met my manager to let her know I’ll leave the hotel soon and stay at Kuala Lumpur for 3 more days. Saying good bye and will see her on Friday.

Now, I’m free.. Will stay at Andalucia again. Koko Mike will picked me up after work. Meanwhile, I went to walk around The Curve, exploring the mall, then I went to IKEA. So much to see here, love every corners of the room design. I always amazed how can they design so good and put everything so nice and neat in a very small space. That’s totally awesome.

627 WALK 628 I LOVE IKEA 629 CUTE BEAR

Finished exploring IKEA, I have to wait Koko Mike for few hours, so I went to Fitness First The Curve to rest there. Sipping the Nestle Lemon Tea and chill, quite nice. Koko Mike came at 7 pm. He picked me up and we’re going home after took the Pizza for dinner. Arrived at Andalucia, meet Abang and we have dinner together, PIZZA! Taste delicious except the lamb, haha.. smell weird, but Abang said it’s the BEST flavor. I just only eat one slice and made my tummy feels funny.

Thursday – November 21, 2013

I felt a little fit dizzy in the morning. Woke up a little bit late. Only me and Abang Osman again. Koko Mike is working and Abang is taking a day off. After I feel a little bit well. He took me to breakfast at Levain, boulangerie – patisserie. It’s been a while since the first time I came to Kuala Lumpur. My Favorite bread shop. We took a lot of bread. Tasty and delicious! I love the Apple Pie. Sherline also came along. I think she’s a little bit lost to find this place. Hahaha.. I love her Oneng side so much!

631 BREADS 632 ABANG LOVES BREAD

“PHOTOBOMB!”

633 BREAD AND FRIENDS

After finished the delicious sweet breakfast, we went to Mid Valley for a walk and shopping. Mid Valley is one of my favorite place in Kuala Lumpur. A big mall with a lot of things to see, such as the Pet shop on the top floor. Abang is planning to watch a movie tonight, We will watch The Hunger Games 2 – Catching Fire. So We went up to the cinema – Golden Screen Cinemas to buy the tickets. Sherline only has a little time to hang out around, she has another appointment to go. So this is the last day I meet her. Huwaa..

634 TRIO AT MID VALLEY

After she left. Abang took me to Delicious – Desserts shop. I’ve been here too.. This shop has very nice cakes and beverages. We ordered  Brownies with Melt Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream on top.. oh it’s so melting delicious! I ordered Tembikai Lychee for my drink, The Watermelon + Lychee Juice! My most favorite! so fresh!! I had a very wonderful time with Abang.

635 DELICIOUS

We went back home and take a rest, watching TV and waiting Koko Mike to came home. It’s about 6.00 pm and finally Koko Mike is home. After he finish change his clothes, we went to Mid Valley again. We’re having dinner at Madam Kwan ‘s Cafe. They said it’s famous. I ordered Nasi Lemak the most recommended menu. Taste nice, I like.

636 MADAM KWAN 637 DINNER

Finished dinner, let’s go to cinema! First time watch movie at another country, feel excited. The auditorium is biq and nice, kinda look the same like Indonesia Cinema. The movie is great, just a little bit surprise with the subtitle, haha.. It used Malay language, of course lar! haha.. Hello I’m not in Indonesia.. :p

638 MOVIE TIME

Had a very great night.

Friday- November 22, 2013

Nothing really special today, cause I have to go back to Jakarta. Abang has gone to work and Koko Mike brought me back to hotel. I met my manager and lucky I had another breakfast at the hotel. We waited for our driver to take us to the KLIA. Another good bye with Kuala Lumpur, Always have a lot of great memories with my brothers and friends.

THE END

Kuala Lumpur Again (Part IV)

I met my manager in the hotel and gave her some gifts that I bought at the shop near Daorae, She is happy. Her room is next to mine. She just came here today. Have to meet her so tomorrow will be on track.

Tuesday – November 19, 2013

This is the first day of Fitness First Asia Marketing Forum. I woke up and having breakfast.. while I’m enjoying my breakfast, my manager text me and ask me where am I ? Huh ? And then I checked my watch. Oh NO! I’m late. I ran into the meeting room and everybody’s already there. Oh no.. This is the first day and I’m late.. I sneaked in and sit beside my Manager, She stared at me..oh ow..

First time meet new people here. All managers and their graphic designer from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Phillippines. I’m kinda awkward with this situation. Mostly the meeting is about the general planning for Fitness First in the future. Some topic involved all the Graphic Designers to discuss.

The meeting  have several coffee break. While in coffee break time, we – the graphic designers try to introduce ourselves. Denise – the senior graphic designer and Lex Yong – graphic designer from Malaysia, Jon from Phillippines, Ice from Thailand and Grace from Singapore. They’re all very nice and seem great. Denise is very active and care about us. Grace is very gentle and feel like ‘sister’ for me, Jon is very active in asking question (very critical and smart), Ice is a very pretty girl, but so silent. I just hope we can be a good team for Fitness First.

The meeting from 9 am – 6 pm. We will have 1 more meeting tomorrow to discuss about design. After the meeting, we will have dinner together at Italiannies at The Curve. From its name, we can guess this restaurant is serving Pasta, Pizza and stuffs. The foods are great, the atmosphere is nice. We have a very nice and delicious dinner together.

616 NIGHT AT THE CURVE 617 ITALIANNIES 618 ASIA TEAM

After dinner, it’s free time. We can go shopping or rest in the hotel. Tonight is special, because tonight is Sherline’s Birthday. She asked me out but she can’t pick me up because She has a class to teach. But she invited Abang Osman and Koko Mike. Abang Osman will pick me up. We want to give her a surprise. Abang asked me to find a nice cake for her. I found Chocolate Opera Cake. Looks delicious!

Abang came and picked me up. We went to a place they called ‘KAYU’. I wonder what special about it. Sherline has mentioned it before. It’s like somewhere with a very Malaysian feel – Authentic. Haha, when I came there.. It’s like an ordinary restaurant, but the atmosphere feel is very local. And the food and beverages are very Malaysian. We meet new friends there. We ordered some food and drinks while waiting for Sherline.

619 NEW FRIENDS

After Sherline and all her friends including Tan and Joan came. We ordered more food and drinks, chat and gossip. Her friends are very funny and expressive. When Sherline went to the toilet, we’re start preparing the cake. We put on the table, light the candles and when she came in, We sang loudly HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU~ She fell on her knees and shy.. Her face turned red and she laughed a lot. She is happy. The best thing in this place is ALL THE PEOPLE are singing together without asking them. It feels wonderful!

620 HER BDAY SURPRISE

Make a wish ~

621 HAPPY BDAY GIRL 622 LOVE

Let’s Celebrate! She make a wish, blow the candles and cut the cakes. A very great night with great friends, foods and games. We played “GUESS THE NAME” game that used a paper/phone and write down a word (can be person, animal or any object), put the word on the head of your friend, and the other friends have to ‘ACT’ to describe the word on his/her head without speak the word out. This is funny and ridiculous, the best word is “LEONARDO DA VINCI”, Sherline’s friends are very creative to ACT, they posed the signature pose of Leonardo Da Vinci – Human Circle pose! They’re very good, and we’re laughing out loud.

625 HUMAN CIRCLE

The best food is Roti Tissue, I surprised with what I saw a food/snack that very tall/long looks like Unicorn’s horn. (Wikipedia – Roti tissueroti tisu, or tissue prata is one of the more-creative-looking Malaysian Mamak foods. It is also known as “roti helikopter” (helicopter bread). Roti tissue is a thinner version of the traditional roti canai, as thin as a piece of 40–50 cm round-shaped tissue. The finishing touches to the making of roti tissue require skill, and they depend on the creativity of the maker).

623 UNICORN HORN

Roti tissue is available at most local Mamak stalls in Malaysia and Singapore and may be coated with sweet substances such as sugar and kaya (jam) or eaten with condiments such as ice cream.

After finish, we’re going back. Abang Osman take me back to hotel. Tomorrow will have morning workout and another meeting. Let’s rest

Kuala Lumpur Again (Part III)

Monday – November 18, 2013

This day gonna be SPECIAL! because the theme for this day is City Tour with ONENG! Oops Sherline! It’s weekday, so Koko Mike and Abang Osman have to go to work! Sherline suggested to bring me along when they’re working. Thank you, Sherline! Koko Mike took me to Sherline Apartment. After meet her, Koko Mike went to work. First time visit Sherline apartment, I feel like visit a greek garden. Meet Joan here, playing with her PSP. I had breakfast special cooked by Chef (Inem) Sherline, It’s Indomie Goreng made in Malaysia. Same brand different production. Hahaha.. taste slightly different.

595 AT ONENG HOUSE

1 day with Onen*… ups Sherline. She planned to take me to the temples and asked me what I want to eat? It’s Pork! nguik nguik! She laughed! She took me to 2 temples. She’s driving and using her GPS. Sound cute and get ridiculous if the GPS lead her to the different direction, her panic face is so Oneng! (funny). The first temple we visited is Lim Chen Xiu (CMIIW), we cannot take picture, But I tried to take it. So we just prayed and donate. Too bad, actually this temple has a lot of spot to take a nice picture especially the Buddha journey.

596 FIRST TEMPLE

The other one is more bigger than the first one, and It has a very good design. Sherline said it’s a famous temple and a lot of people who wanna get married will pray here (CMIIW).

597 BIG TEMPLE

The temple has a big garden and statues – God and Goddess Statue, Chinese Zodiac Statues. It’s funny, We took pictures with our Chinese Zodiac statue. I’m Rat, Sherline is sheep/goat, Joan is Monkey.

598 CHINESE ZODIAC GARDEN

This is the interesting part in the temple, Ask for my fortune. And this is the result:

More Haste, Less Speed – Have foresight and be patient. if an opportunity slips by, don’t be jumpy and act recklessly. Consolidate and await better times. All will go well for you as you are protected by planet Venus. Guideline: Financial Pursuit: Not very fruitful, proceed in a slow and steady manner; Honour & Merits: Hopeful but progress is slow; Matrimony: Not very promising; Litigation: Private settlement preferred.

601 THE PRAYERS

600 DIVINE

602 HOLY

Love every details in the temple.

603 TEMPLE DETAILS 604 TEMPLE & GARDEN

This is really a great temple. Love the design, very oriental. They also have Turtle Garden. A lot of turtles here (also Mosquitoes, Sherline is freaking out). Chinese people believe that Turtle is a symbol of long live, so they wrote their name on the turtle shell.

605 TURTLE GARDEN

Cute Buddha Souvenirs to buy.

606 SOUVENIRS

After visiting the temple, we’re going to have lunch. I want pork – Ba Kut Teh. I heard Malaysia Ba Kut Teh is famous! So I wanna try. Sherline took a lot of time to find the place. The GPS always lead her to the wrong direction, she’s confused haha.. and then she called Tan. Tan lead her to the location, Yeah! We’re here. Tan said he will join us for lunch. He came after a few minutes then we’re order. We order the Ba Kut Teh and some other food. taste great! I love the soup! Very-very delicious!

607 BA KUT TEH

After finish, Tan has to go back for work. Sherline took me to Berjaya Square for shopping and desserts. This is also a big mall with a very nice Christmas decoration. Different with the Pavilion, Berjaya using the Red & Gold theme. Feel warm. I love the giant Christmas tree at the atrium, it surrounded by the hanging ornaments make it even look more magnificent.

608 BERJAYA XMAS TREE 609 RED & GOLD

We have Share Tea and Snowflakes here. Rest and gossip. Sherline was searching/survey costume for the event. A lot of stores to shop here.

610 DESSERTS TIME

Next, she took me to Fitness First Paradigm, she said this is the newest club. I think this is the best club in Kuala Lumpur, look so new and neat. Nice atmosphere.

612 FF PARADIGM

Just a short visit here, after that she took me to Tan house. She said Tan house is very authentic and very Malaysia feel. When I go inside the house, I remembered my Grandmother’s house. So classic and full of memory/history. A view of and old town. We meet Tan here. And he took us to eat Durian! Awww!! It’s great! Just nearby his house and he order the Durian. There are 3 grade of Durian in Kuala Lumpur. They are Kampung, Udang Merah and Musang King. Tan order them all. They’re all very good with their own quality, but Musang King is the BEST! Very Moist, a lot of meat, balance taste between sweet and biiter, and smeel really good! I drooled! This is so wonderful!

611 DURIAN YUMMY

It’s almost night, Sherline took me to the hotel. Fitness First has arrange a room for me at Royale Bintang Hotel near The Curve. I checked in and really surprise with my room. It’s big and nice and it’s only for me! I feel like a baby on the soft cotton cloud/marchmallow!! Sherline told me that I’m so lucky!

613 MY HOTEL ROOM

After done checked in and put my things, Sherline kidnapped me again and took me to dinner at Korean Grill Restaurant – Daorae. We met Tan and Joan there. They’re happy family 😀 . Love to see them, We really enjoy our time together. We grilled pork again. In this one day my menu is PORK! hahahahaha.. This is what I can do and eat if one day with Onen* … Sherline.. Thank you so much for your generous hospitality.

615 DINNER AT DAORAE

614 KOREAN FOOD

She took me back to hotel. I still feel so happy with my room.. *jump jump

Good Night! Tomorrow will start the Asia Marketing Forum..

Zzz

(Continue to part IV)

Kuala Lumpur Again (Part II)

Sunday – November 17, 2014

Breakfast! and guess what are we going to have? Especially when I go to Kuala Lumpur, even Sherline who voice noted to me last night asked me, “Where will you go for breakfast tomorow?” and she answered “It’s RAJU!” Haha.. 100 points for her! We’re having delicious breakfast there. We met Sherline there. She looks good. She can’t join us for too long cause she has an appointment with Ken to practise for Fitness First Big Event – Fight your right to Party feat. Rachel Newsham, The program director of Les Mills  BODYCOMBAT® & SH’BAM®.

586 BREAKFAST AT RAJU

After that, we’re going back home. Koko Mike is preparing to go to his family house, so only me and Abang again. And he asked me again to watch the Horror Movie. Err… Because it’s daylight.. so I just nod.. He is happy! We watched Korean Horror Movie that contain 4 different stories. I grabbed pillow and sometime hid my face behind it. And close my ears with my fingers. I think it’s about 1 and half hours horror movie and finally finished it with deep breath..

Special Gift from Abang for me and Anthony, BODYJAM® Afro Circus T-shirts.

587 GIFTS

Abang said he wanna join BODYJAM® Class at Fitness First Avenue K, the instructor is Uchop. He is also a BODYJAM® and SH’BAM® Presenter. I heard a lot him, a very good instructor. So we’re going there. Avenue K is close with KLCC Twin Tower, my favorite building in Kuala Lumpur. We’re going to have lunch here. It’s so crowded. We’re going to the food court and order burger by FUEL SHACK. It’s BIG and delicious. After that, take a little walk around the mall and back to Avenue K.

588 LUNCH - FUEL SHACK

I think this is the 3rd Fitness First club that I visited at Kuala Lumpur. The design is good and love the member lounge that can see the view of the street and the twin tower.

590 URBAN GYM

Now Uchop is here, it’s time for BODYJAM®! I feel happy he knew me. Ah so nice to dance as a member. He used BODYJAM® release 55 latin Salsa for the first block. And after that we got a surprise! He used the newest release that haven’t launch/workshop in Jakarta – It’s BODYJAM® Release 67, WOW!!!!! I’m so happy!!!!! He used it from the recovery track and the 2nd Block! Ahh It’s great!!! First time did this block before the actual workshop in Jakarta at Saturday, November 23, 2013. I feel so lucky!! Uchop really is a great instructor, we show the technique and feel perfectly! I feel crazy when I saw the way he touched his body when doing the liquid movement. That’s is perfect! Nailed it!

After the class, he came and that’s the first time we talk directly, hopefully can be a good friend and team. We took picture. Awesome.

589 WITH UCHOPP

It’s a great experience here!! We’re going back home again and waiting for Koko Mike. Before I went to Kuala Lumpur, I’ve inform Abang, and he has planned to have a little gathering with his friends for dinner, and he invited me to join. We’ll have dinner at Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant. I’ve been here when the first time came to Kuala Lumpur. Koko Mike is home, after he finish preparing some stuff, let’s go for dinner. Not all of his friends can come. So just only Me, Abang Osman, Koko Mike, Sherline, Sherline Husband (Tan), Joan, and Ooi Hien (Abang Osman Godbrother). We’re eat and chat a lot. It’s wonderful to have this moment together.

591 MUHIBBAH DINNER 592 EAT THEM ALL

After dinner, we still want to chat and we search for some desserts. We’re going to the food court area, order some fruity desserts. Fresh, but too sweet!

593 KTZ DESSERTS

One great day and night in Kuala Lumpur! Good Night.. ^3^

594 SLEEP

(Continue to Part III)

Kuala Lumpur Again (Part I)

Finally I can write another story in my life after finishing the blog of Singapore Trip, too busy and no time to compile the photo etc. Hopefully this blog can be faster than before, a lot of story to write and share here.

I went to Kuala Lumpur again.. Actually it’s a business trip, my company, Fitness First has Asia Marketing Forum, all the marketing manager and the graphic designers from South East Asia are coming to Kuala Lumpur to have a big meeting. I’m so excited to go to Kuala Lumpur. I will meet my brothers again – Michael and Osman. The meeting actually on November 19 – 20,  and I have to go back at November 21, but I extend the date. I will go from November 16 to 22, almost a week. yay!

Saturday – November 16, 2013

Like always if I have to go (holiday), I want to finish all the jobs. Wake up early and went to office to finish last piece of work before going to airport. After finish, straight to the airport and check in then relax for a while sipping Toffenut Latte at Starbuck. I brought Red Velvet Brownies and Green Tea Brownies from Guilty Pleasure as a food souvenir for Koko Mike, Abang Osman and Sherline. Now it’s time to go..

573 SOETTA

573 STARBUCKING 574 TICKET & JOURNAL

Arrived at KLIA, first time here, usually landed at LCTT. KLIA is much better. Got confused with the baggage claim and ask around. Just knew if I have to take the train to another station to claim the baggages.

Now I have to leave the airport, usually use bus to go to KL Sentral, Now I’ll try to use KLIA Express. It’s like MRT/train. The ticket is only RM 35.00. This is my first time and it’s so convenient. Fast, not stuck in the traffic jam, also got wifi. Only about 28 minutes to reach the KL Sentral. It’s really good and helpful! Meet Koko Mike at the KL Sentral Gate, hugs! Then go outside and meet Abang Osman waiting in his new Red Mazda car. I’m so happy to see them.

575 FIRST TIME KLIA EXPRESS

I think it’s about 4 pm and we bought snacks on the way home, Andalucia. The snack is called Rojak. In Indonesia, Rojak or Rujak is the mix fruits with spicy sugar sauce, but in Malaysia it’s look like Batagor (Indonesia snack/food that contain fried tofu, meatball with peanut sauce). It’s quite good. We’re rest..

576 SNACK AT HOME

Koko Mike will have a wedding reception to attend, so Abang Osman said he will take me out tonight. We’re going to Pavilion Mall for a walk and having dinner. Usually we walked at Tokyo Street at the top floor and always bought Mochi Sweet, and we also try the fruit ice lollipop.

577 TOKYO STREET SHOPPING 578 ORIGAMI & SWEET

Pavilion Mall was decorated with Christmas theme and It’s super awesome! The theme is : CHRISTMAS WONDERS. The colors are mostly blue and white. The decoration is magnificent with a lot of lights, Christmas Trees, Carousel, Christmas Cart, Reindeers etc. Sparkling. We took a lot of pictures, I’m so happy and jump everywhere. Love the decoration so much!

579 SPARKLING CHRISTMAS 580 HAPPY BOY 581 CHRISTMAS WONDER 582 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS 583 REFLECTION

We have dinner at Sushi Tei, Abang Osman favorite Japanese restaurant. Order some sushi and bento with hot ocha tea. I ordered Chuka Iidako, and ask Abang Osman to try it, he seem scared but he ate one. Haha..

584 SUSHI TEI DINNER 585 HE SCARED

We’re going back home, Abang Osman asked me to watch DVD, he just bought some new DVD movie. One of them is horror movie.. His eyes look sparkle when he asked me to watch it together, I said ‘NO’. I’m scared. The we ended up watch ‘OBLIVION’ starring Tom Cruise. This movie is very loooonggg and boring, sometime Abang Osman fell asleep when watching the movie. After finish the movie, we’re going to sleep. Good Night..

(Continue to Part II)

A Boy in Singapore (Part XIV)

Wednesday – August 21, 2013

This is the last day in Singapore.. and the last chapter of this very long blog story I ever made.. part XIV!! There’s gonna be a lot of interesting picture upload because we’re going to Singapore Zoo! Yeay.

It’s gonna be our last itinerary, after checked out from hotel, carrying the baggages, photoshoot at my favorite MRT station for the last time and went to Junki place first to put all the baggages and having breakfast.

 447 LEAVING HOTEL

I still in love with the ripple effect on the wall. I wish to have this kind of thing in my future dream house/apartment (keep praying/wishing, want it so bad).

448 THE LAST JUMP

449 VISIT CHINATOWN AGAIN

Singapore zoo is far.. even Junki has too explore using her smartphone and keep looking at the GPS/map. We used MRT and bus for a long journey to the zoo. Singapore zoo has 3 zones: the zoo itself, night safari and river zoo. River zoo is new and still under construction, Junki said there will be Panda in river zoo and probably will operate next year. Next trip will plan to go to River Safari then continue to Night Safari.

Yeay, we’re arrived! Welcome to Singapore zoo. Click-click-snap then go to buy ticket and start adventure! We bought full package ticket so we can use Singapore Zoo transport car to bring us drive through the whole zoo. Just a quick zoo tour.

451 SO EXCITED 450 WELCOME TO THE ZOO

Singapopre Zoo quick tour! Very exciting!

455 ZOO TOUR

After a quick tour, now we’re on our feet and start to explore every corners of the zoo. The first section is the Frozen Tundra. This is one of the highlight in zoo. We can see a big aquarium with pool and cave. There’s a polar bear. Big and cute.. but so lonely.. just one polar bear in a big space. The water is so blue and clear.. It would be awesome if we can swim and play with the polar bear or dolphin.

453 POLAR BEAR

Another section in Frozen Tundra, we can see some animals too. There also the Polar bear board to measure its actual size if it’s standing. You can see Junki stand beside of the Polar bear board. It’s BIG! Another interesting thing is the IGLO! I feel like we’re in North pole. haha..

454 NORTH POLE

We’re walking through the path follow the map, the next is the Hippopotamus area.. in aquarium with fishes. The hippo species is pygmy hippo, a smaller hippo. They’re underwater ballerina of the river. Quite interesting to see them up close, and also the size of their teeth, scary! Big and Long! I stand beside of the Hippo Board, I’m so small.. I’ll be flat if they’re squashed me down!

549 HIPPO

Baby hippo is sleeping, the fishes is cleaning his skin, and Junki kissed him.

458 SLEEPING BABY HIPPO

Let’s continue to explore again, next is the highlight of the zoo, White Tiger. Only two white tigers, they’re cute but also fierce, love their charisma and attitude. In Singapore Zoo doesn’t has photobooth with tiger.. too bad.. I always want to hug them.

551 FABULOUS WHITE TIGER 552 WITH BIG CAT

Sungei buaya is the special area for Crocodiles (haha, Look the way I stepped on your head). I don’t like crocodiles. But we’re still going inside. Some species of crocodiles can be seen here.. small and big. The one that surprised me is the giant crocodile that sleeping in the water inside the aquarium. It really BIG and we’re so small. I think I can fit in inside its stomach.. eww.. nasty.. scary.. Looking at its jaw makes me scare.

550 CROCODILE

OK, let’s runaway from this area quick! Now we hopped into the Kangaroo Area! I think they’re friendly and want they’re hopping around the area. It’s hard to see them, they’re hiding.. try to find and take photo. They’re behind the fence, can’t take T^T. So just take it with the statue.

553 KANGOROO

I love this art! feel wild and earthy!

554 AFRICAN ART 555 EMU & WAKKA

Exploring the zoo and found a lot of good stuffs and area, such as the stone totem.. we had so much fun to take pictures here. We’re look ridiculous but fun. This area looks like a little village. Kinda interesting if see this in the zoo.

556 PLAY WITH TOTEMS

Let’s have fun at the forest, feels like Tarzan or Peterpan.

557 CRAZY JUMPS

Tunnel of wood! I like it so much.. feel like we’re in the area of fairy tale or medieval dwarf/elves place. The tunnel looks awesome!

558 WOOD TUNNEL

We’re arrived at Baboon area.. it’s large area with mountain trail design. A lot of baboons here. They’re fierce, they have a big red butt.. sometime looks scary because it seems like tumor on the butt. On the mountain trail, also has several mountain deers.

561 BABOON LEGACY 562 AT BABOON LAND\

Monkey See, Monkey Do! or reverse ? We also have big butt! slap slap!

559 ACT LIKE BABOON

Can you see the bear head?

560 ROCK OF BEAR

We’re keep moving and passing the lake side.. This is nice.. love the air. This is the edge of the Zoo. And this is area is Garden With A View. There’s an Orangutan bronze statue. We read it and found out the name is Ameng. Ameng is an orangutan and she is the brand ambassador of Singapore Zoo. She has passed away since 2008.  A lot of people seem to love her.

563 LAKE SIDE

564 AMENG

Strike a pose with Orangutan family.

566 CRAZY PRIMATES

In the wood, we feel, we hunt, we love..

567 FREE

Move to a more friendly reptile, It’s Giant Turtle/Tortoise. They’re big. They can be one of the eldest animal here, they can live more than 100 year. There also a bronze statue of the giant turtle. I think the zoo staffs know that we’re thinking to ride on the turtle shell, a lot of people like to take picture with it.

565 GIANT TURTLE

We’re most done. The next area is the Cat Country. I think we’re kinda hard to found this place. All about cat and big cat. We saw wild cat, lion, jaguar, and cheetah. I love cats, especially the wild cat (dunno what its name). The cheetahs are fierce and active. They’re keep walking around, we can see them through the glass. I came close to the glass wall, and the cheetah is right in front of me. I wanna take picture with it, just when I turned my head away, the glass wall shake, the cheetah is rushing on me and hit the glass wall. wah, I’m shock.. so fierce. Lucky the glass wall is not break. After the cheetah did it, it just laying on the floor and look around.

568 CUTE CAT 569 CHEETAH

We’re so happy with this adventure. Let’s see the animals!

571 ADVENTURER 452 ANIMALS 1 452 ANIMALS 2 452 ANIMALS 3

Time to leave the zoo, the last section is the Singapore Zoo Store, which sell a lot of dolls and souvenirs of the zoo. Quite interesting to see all colorful animal plushie.

570 THE SHOP

FINISH! This is the end of my Singapore tour, so tight, rushy but so happy to be able to visit a lot of places. We’re going back to Chinatown, take my stuff then off to Changi Airport. Junki also follow me there, until I depart. Thank you for Junki, She’s a great tour guide and friend, also Jesse. We’re all share a beautiful memory here. hopefully we can travel again together.

572 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, CHANGI

THE END

A Boy In Singapore (Part XI)

There’s 2 domes in Garden by the Bay, Flower dome and Cloud Forest. The domes looks like a giant pupa/chrysalist. We will go to the flower dome first then the Cloud Forest.

Flower Dome
We love the logo of Garden by the bay, using dragonfly and looks very asia feel. Which one is the best taking picture with the logo? Ok, we gave out tickets to the staff and we’re going in. We entered a dark hallway with low colorful light from the screens. The screen shows beautiful flower and a video of the progression of their blooming moments in slow motion, that’s pretty. I love to see how they open their colorful petals. Very pretty. Feel like wonderland.

403 GARDEN BY THE BAY ENTRANCE

At the end of this room is the automatic door to enter the flower dome. Junki and Jesse has been there while I’m watching the video. Then I stepped in front of the automatic door, it’s open and there’s a cold breeze as I entered the dome. It’s Amazingggggggg! Big wide space, white, clean and clear, fresh air… It’s a heaven on Earth! I gasped and speechless to be here.

404 WE ARE HERE

First thing I see is the high ceiling and a beautiful flowers in the giant vase, I feel like inside the giant cage / glass house. The girls also amazed. We’re so happy. This place is so wonderful, so perfect for people who seek for calmness, beauty, cold and peaceful. Also it’s a nice place for pre-wed photo or even for the party. Love it so much.

405 IN HEAVEN

We’re going to the right side, a lot of cactus, bushes, pine trees, palms. The cactus are cute.. different types, colors and shapes.. they look cute and pretty. We saw a lot of new plants and amazed with their shapes such as the lotus shaped plants (very cute and round), the white leaves plants (looks like it’s frozen). The garden also has stone statues, It has been carved like an animal or surreal creature. Looks like an ancient/surrealism art.

411 THE STONE CREATURES

407 CACTUS GARDEN

A little drama at Cactus Garden, Junki acted like she’s the Sleeping Beauty princess that touched the golden spindle. Me and Jesse looks like fighting.. haha Dominating!! Poor girl..

406 DRAMA AT CACTUS GARDEN

Various Cactus Gallery, cute!

408 CACTUS PARADISE

409 BEAUTY OF CACTUS

This one looks like Crystal Castle at The Lord of the Rings movie (might be Elf’s Castle) .

410 CRYSTAL & CACTUS

Me and Jesse has reached the corner of the right wings of the garden, we were surprised at what we saw up here. We can see the whole garden from here. Wide vision across the horizon, 360 degree is all about beauty. This is so beautiful, flowers and trees.. sometime much more amazed to see plants than animals. Junki is busy taking pictures of the plants. When she came to us. I asked Jesse to cover her eyes before she see what we saw. I wanna see her expression when she saw the paradise. Jesse covered her eyes then took her there. She scared and curious – 1..2..3.. she’s speechless and cry.. I knew she will amazed and how she feels.. hehe.. so pretty..

412 WHEN SHE SAW HEAVEN

Flower Gallery! Colorfullll..

413 BLOSSOMS

414 FLEURS

416 THE FOREST

Still feel amazed and probably the best feeling for this day. We walked to the other sides passing the cactus garden again. As the walk along the way, we saw a lot of beautiful things and angle to stop us to take some pictures, mostly the flowers. The garden has a lot of plants and flowers in various countries.

Winter or Spring ?

424 WINTER & SPRING

We’re going down and there’s more things to see and photo. Sometime we found bench, take a rest and enjoy the view. After rest we keep walking and exploring, we found flower garden with various of roses, restaurant and big hall. I wish I can have a wedding party here..

418 GARDENERS

A nice chair with vine canopy, this is nice! I want to put it on my garden if I have a big haouse or mansion! This chair is so romantic, isn’t it? I think a lot  of people will sit and strike a pose, will be perfect if you do it with your lover.

421 ROMANTIC BENCH

The Love Tunnel ?

420 LEAF TUNNEL

419 3 GARDENERS

ROSES!!

422 ROSE GARDEN

415 FLOWERS

417 THE FLOWER GARDEN

Friendship can be colorful and lovely, hugs hugs!!

423 FLOWERY FRIENDSHIP

The Garden Queens with her thrones & Knight.

425 THE GARDEN THRONE

This place just simply amazing and I can stay here whole day. We have to rush to visit another dome. This is a MUST to go place if I visit Singapore again.

(Continue to Part XII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part XIII)

We’re so rushy at the domes because Jesse will go back to Jakarta tonight, her flight is one day earlier than me. I think we finished at 4 pm, then go back to Hotel. Jesse Final packing. I extended the hotel for 1 more night with Junki, just thinking that to move to another hotel is quite busy. The cost is expensive T^T. So we took Jesse to the MRT station, farewell with her. She seemed very sad and don’t wanna go home.. hahaha.. She’s quite brave and stubborn, I think she will cancel and extend her flight if we asked her to do it, but it’s not good, her family will worry about her. Safe flight little sister.

436 JESSE'S GOING BACK

OK, just me and Junki now, Singapore Night city tour with Junki. First she took me to the BUGIS street again, the area where we ate ARIRANG. We’re back again. Now she took me to the night market part. It’s a big market, it sells a lot of stuffs. There’s also sex shops, waw! haha… nice.. We bought fruit juice and 1 dollar ice cream. I like the 1 dollar ice cream, it’s an ice cream block and we can choose the flavours, then choose bread or wafers. We chose wafer.. I think I chose mango flavour that time, it’s delicious and cheap. I bought Durian fruit juice, taste awful! Durian better to be eaten. Durian juice.. eww! or make it into Durian Pancake or ice cream.

437 YUMMY TORI Q

438 BUGIS NIGHT MARKET

I’m not really into shopping, so BUGIS Street kinda just a passing section. beside the currency also high so better save money for something better. But it quite interesting to see a lot of people and capture the slice of life pictures here.

The next night city tour is Singapore Chinatown. This is also a crowded place with more chinese influence at the street and buildings. A lot of restaurants and stores. The building looks like classic building/ old town at Shanghai (Never been to Shanghai but see a lot in the movie and books). Usually if there’s Quarterly workshop in Singapore, the instructors usually will stay here. It’s really good for photo hunting.

439 CHINATOWN NIGHT

The last destination is Clarke Quay. I’m kinda hard to spell this name, it sounds “Klar Ki”.. But I called it Ca Kwe (A bread name), it makes Junki laugh.. well that’s a good thing can make her laugh.. so I always say Ca kwe to describe Clarke Quay. We reached there and this is a very beautiful place in the city, because a lot of lights, river, building and cafes. I think I ever been here before when I was small. This place is near Junki’s college. A lot of people hang out and chit chat here. Well… no wonder becauce this place really nice. We’re crossing the bridge, take picture and arrived in front of Clarke Quay Main Area. It has a lot of nice cafes, restaurants, stores, beerhouse etc. This place feel kinda Elite. Really good design and lighting, very inviting and tempting to sit and hang out with friends and spend the night with gossip and drinks. I feel so urban here. Mostly every angles look good. I really love the lights and atmosphere. The people also look very good.

440 CLARKE QUAY

441 HAPPY BOY

A very nice view.. Love this area so much, nice lighting and atmosphere.

442 RIVERSIDE

444 BEAUTIFUL PLACE

443 HANGOUT PLACES

Another side of Clarke Quay, there’s unique illuminate bridge. We can see it far away, cause it’s so eye catching. The bridge’s shining – red, white, blue, pink.. very pretty.. How can Singapore has a lot things to see and enjoy ya! I love it. We are the explorer, adventurer! We went there, amaze with the bridge and took pictures. Maybe this is the most beautiful night view I see in Singapore. I just feel amazing to see this glowing city.

446 ON THE BRIDGE OF LIGHT

I love this beautiful night view.

445 LUMINESSENCE

We’re back to the hotel. Tomorrow  is the last day, but we have a big agenda to do. We will go to Singapore Zoo! Yeay!! NOw… rest first.. good night!

(Continue to Part XIII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part XII)

After visited the paradise of flower, it’s time for a little adventure..

Cloud Forest

The 2nd dome beside of the Flower Dome – Cloud Forest. I think this dome is slightly smaller than the Flower Dome but maybe higher. We have our tickets to the staff, going in and we can hear the sound of waterfall and feel the cold misty breeze.

426 CLOUD FOREST

Wow! First thing we saw already amazed us. It’s waterfall! Not natural, it was made, but it looks great! It’s like a highland/cliff/tower waterfall. I think the cliff was made from fences, made it high and big then put the decorative rocks, the plants are real, mostly bushes, wild orchids, and other tropical and borneo plants. Its height about 20 – 30 meter. Around the cliff also has some stone totems. We’re so happy as you can see at the photo.. we shout happily like gonna conquer the world. I love water!

 427 THE FALLS

Run!! Wet and slippery! The girls look happy. 🙂

428 WET RUN

Like Peter Pan in Neverland. We’re flying (jumping)! Beautiful natural green plants background. Looks ridiculous!

429 WE LOVE TO JUMP     

We can take some nice pictures here, will get wet if too close to the waterfall. This dome is more adventurous than the flower dome. The cliff is actually a tower building and we can going up. We used lift to go to the top floor, then need to walked/climbed a little bit to reach the peak. It’s called The Lost World, remind me of Jurrasic Park movie. It’s a garden, looks like borneo garden/meadow. It also has a lucky pond, throw coins and make a wish. Haha.. I wish I can come back again.

430 LOST WORLD

The Lost World Natural Garden – The peak of Cloud Forest.

431 LOST WORLD NATURE

This is the peak of the cliff, so high.. we can see the people at the bottom and the Skywalk route. We saw a couple doing pre-wed photoshoot here, it’s a good idea and I’m they capture a nice pictures here. The girls also try to do the beauty pose of the bride. They can be a supermodel! Haha..

434 STRIKE A POSE

We’re start to going down. The Skywalk is like ‘Branches’ of the cliff. It came out and connected to another section or floor, bring us to another angles to see the waterfall and cliff.

432 HIGH AND TALL

This place is so EARTHY! Elemental – Earth + Wood + Water + Wind. Haha, I like magic stuff. Love it. The next room we visit is the Crystal Room. There’s exhibition of Crystal here, the shape is still natural, like stalagmite/stalactite and rocks, not like a polished crystal we used to saw. I’m not really focus about this area. Too afraid to spend a lot of time. So just took some pictures and leave.

433 EARTHY

Other room is the science section, there’s video presentation about the Earth, Natural material etc. Also has a conservation room and I heard from my friend, they can show us how to make cloud. Ahh I missed it! Wer’e leaving so soon.

435 DOWN TO THE EARTH

We walked out and back to the garden field again. Adventures is over. Ahh so little time, so much to see.. I’m really not satisfied. Haha.

(Continue to Part XIII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part X)

Tuesday – August 20th, 2013

Officially this is my Birthday, our breakfast is the Birthday cake. What’s plan for today? We will go to Garden By The Bay, the key priority for today trip. We’re preparing now, I wore the birthday present – Black shirt, Jesse wore a colorful flowery legging pants and Junki looks like a fashion designer/editor.

We went out and took MRT to Orchard area. We have brunch at food court in the one of the malls at Orchard (Can’t remember the name). We have rice and pork set, it’s expensive.. but lucky the taste was good. After finished the brunch, we’re going up to the street of Orchard.

386 BREAKFAST

I don’t know much about Orchard. But they said it’s one of the main area of Singapore especially for Shopping Malls. Orchard has a big road and big pedestrian street. Side by side are the big buildings, shops and malls. The famous one is NGE ANN CITY, but people always called it Takashimaya. Too bad we’re short of time, cannot hang out inside the mall, chilling in cafe, window shopping etc. We must go to Garden soon. The malls seem very inviting and tempting to visit. I love walking and feel amazing if I’ll be able to be here at night or christmas season, for a night walk, enjoy the urban life.

387 ORCHARD

389 URBAN

Fountain in front of NGE ANN CITY, Junki said it’s iconic and tourist always take pictures here.. Haha.. just do it! JUMP!

388 SNAPSHOT OF ME AT ORCHARD

We took MRT and reached Marina Bay. We have to walked along the hallway. I love this hallway, wide, big, long… and it has a lot of mirrors and flower backdrop. They’re pretty, various flower and colors. We chose our favorite flower backdrop and took picture.. I love it!

390 FLOWER PASSAGE

Remember I mentioned about Jesse flowery legging pants? There’s a flower backdrop that look alike her pants pattern and color. So when she stood there, she camouflaged like a chameleon. Haha…

391 JESSE THE CHAMELLEONA

We walked to the Garden By The Bay. This place was recommended by my Joseph and Hans, they’re friend of mine and also Fitness First Instructors. They said this place is very beautiful especially The Dome attraction. It is a MUST to go. I amazed with their story so I asked Junki to take me there. It’s also the first time for her and Jesse, so we’re very curious and excited about it.

392 FRIENDSHIP LOVE

From far away, we can see the Tree Branch Tower that looks like fairytale trees.. it called SUPERTREE GROVE, very iconic and unique. It’s really a nice place, right behind us is the massive giant building. Woahhh! There’s also a lake, they called it Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, I wonder if we allowed to fishing here, haha..

394 OUTSIDE THE GARDEN

I knew Singapore has that iconic building.. saw it on TV, poster, flyer,friends photos etc.. now here I am, Marina Bay Sands! So Big and Magnificent!!  We’re so close. Ahh why the time so short! Can’t even go inside the building. Well, just take the photo at the outside..

“I FEEL GREATTTTTTT!!!!” “MAGNIFICICENT!!”

393 MARINA BAY SANDS

395 ON THE BRIDGE

Garden by the Bay has a lot ot attractions – Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, Bay East Garden, World of Plants, Far East Organization and Children’s Garden.  And I’m sure there also have research facility and science, laboratory. We might not be able to visit all the attraction 😦 , So little time so much to enjoy. After crossing the bridge, the first attraction is Heritage Gardens.

402 BLOSSOMS

Heritage Garden is free and open for public, people can visit and look at the flowers and plants. Rest and relax, enjoy the beautiful scene. The Heritage Gardens is a collection of four themed gardens that will take us through the history and culture of Singapore’s three main ethnic groups and colonial past. The first part we visit is the Malay Garden, the garden’s plants are from Malaysia Signature plants and flowers, such as Red Hibiscus. There also has a kampong house. The flowers are beautiful and colorful.

396 COLOR BLOSSOMS

The next heritage garden is very oriental feel, YES! It is CHINESE GARDEN. Very authentic garden design with its big rock, red blossoms, round shaped gate & windows, bamboo trees. Then I just feel like doing Kung Fu! The girls are acting and posing like classic chinese sisters.

397 KUNG FU IN GARDEN

398 CIE MEI

The next Heritage garden is INDIAN GARDEN, there’s a big tree in the center of the garden, instantly remind me of the Holy Tree of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. I think the garden inspired of the real Lumbini Garden. Feel sacred. We also did some yoga pose to match the Indian garden. It looks funny. This garden actually has a lot detail of Indian art too, mostly at the floor tile, fence and wall.

400 UNDER THE TREE

“SMILING BUDDHA” – As we leaving the Chinese and Indian Gardens, We found Bodhisatva or Buddha Maitreya (Ru Lai) statue (cmiiw) at the side of the pathway,sitting under a Sacred Tree. I kneel down and prayed. For the blessings.

399 THE PRAYER

Another part ahead is an open space with rocks.. we’re just do some drama photo here. Try to make some creative photo. Maybe you can put some caption in my photo.. My Fav is Jesse the hobbit is on the rock.

401 HOBBIT IN ROCK GARDEN

Now, we’re at the ticket booth. We will buy 2 attraction tickets – for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. What’s inside will be very excited.. I’m sure it has beautiful things to see and remember..

Ok, let’s go!

(Continue to Part XI)