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Showing posts with label malaysia. Show all posts

Earthquake on Mt. Kinabalu Kills 16 Climbers, Injures Dozens More

Last Friday, Malaysia's Mt. Kinabalu, a 4095 meter (13,435 ft) trekking peak on the island of Borneo, was struck with a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of at least 16 people, and left dozens of others injured and stranded on the mountain for a time. There are believed to be at least two others still missing, and the death toll could rise even further as search and rescue teams continue their efforts.

The earthquake inflicted damage along the island's west coast, destroying buildings and fracturing roads. It was also powerful enough to shatter one of the mountain's iconic landmark known as the "Donkey's Ears." One of the twin rock formations that make up that monument was broken off during the tremors.

Early search and rescue operations were stymied by rocks and boulders continuing to tumble down the mountain in the aftermath of the quake. Landslides blocked roads and made it difficult for SAR teams to climb up the mountain to search for injured trekkers to assist. Eventually things did calm down however, and by Saturday most of the hikers on Mt. Kinabalu had been successfully extracted from the mountain.

Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia, and is a popular mountain for trekkers, many of which come from all over the world to climb to its summit. It generally takes about two days to complete that climb, with no technical skills needed to reach the top. After the earthquake hit last week, the teams on the mountain abandoned their attempts to reach the summit, and retreated back down. Many had suffered injuries, including broken bones, and one trekker was reportedly in a coma.

Of the 16 climbers who perished on the mountain, reports indicate that seven of them were from Singapore, Six were Malay, with the additional causalities coming from the Philippines, China, and Japan.

Thankfully this earthquake did not have the far reaching destruction that one in Nepal had back in April. This one was much less powerful, and was further away from population centers. Still, this is a tragic event with travelers losing their lives in a place that is typically fairly safe to visit. My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who died in this disaster.

In a bit of an odd turn to this story, some superstitious locals are blaming a different group of tourists for actually causing the earthquake. Apparently, a group of trekkers stripped naked on the summit for some photos, which some of the islanders believed angered the mountain, causing the deadly quake. This belief is taken so seriously that some of the trekkers in question could actually face charges. While this story is a sad one for sure, these kinds of angles  are very disappointing in the 21st century. Hopefully this doesn't get too out hand.

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur : Food trip to Kuala Lumpur (Part 2)

#FoodHoppingKL - May 2014 (Part 2)

Continue from #FoodHoppingKL Part 1...

Tours Les Jours @ WOLO Hotel

Tours Les Jours is just one street away from our hotel. It is quite hard to miss as it is almost a whole building for this bakery shop. It is actually a French inspired Korean bakery! There is totally has no korean feel in this bakery shop lah..

What I love the most is their high ceiling and the full length windows which allows ample sunlight creating a comfortable ambiance for customers to just sit down and enjoy their freshly made bread anytime of the day. 

Tables and tables full of bread varieties. 

Everything looks so yummy lah!

I am not a bread person but this big spread of pastries was tingling my appetite! 

At night time...

Tours Les Jours Malaysia
Address: 126, 126A-C, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 
Tel : +603-4065 0088 
Opening Hours : 8am – 11pm (Daily)

K.T.Z Food 记得食

We took a cab from Bukit Bintang to SS2 which costed us about S$50. The cab was running as per meter so we were not sure if the driver took a longer route or we got chopped.

Anyway this restaurant goes a long way back from my first trip to KL with my bf's family. It was located near bukit bintang area but it was moved to SS2 where not very accessible without car. I love their honeydew loh and wasabi egg roll!

Watercress with honey. Very refreshing!

Chee cheong fun

Soft shell crab RM3.80. It looks like it is looking at you while you are eating it.

Wasabi egg roll. Misses!

Yeong chew fried rice RM7.80. Not bad~

Kiwi loh RM5.80

Honeydew loh RM5.80. My favorite dessert of the day!

They were just opened when we reached so there was not much crowd. The staffs there were very intrigued by me taking pictures of their food. Perhaps maybe I talked very loud too... lol

K.T.Z Food 记得食
#66 & 68, Jalan SS2/67, Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia 47300

WA Cafe

This was our last stop before we board the coach back to Singapore. We were wandering around Pavilion and we saw this japanese-like cafe. Bf was browsing through the menu and he saw his favorite sesame cheesecake on the menu. Unresistabily, we found ourselves sitting down already.

Mocha and green tea latte RM11 each

Sesame cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake

Herbal pudding with mango

This has concluded my food trip to KL. Till next time~

(Part 2) Malaysia - Penang 槟城 : Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion + Peranakan Mansion + Street art

Penang trip Jan 2013

Continue from (Part 1) Malaysia - Penang 槟城 : Penang Hill + Kek Lok Si Temple

We walked quite a far bit in this trip so please prepare a good walking shoes if you would like to experience the heritages places and houses. Also, spam alot of sunscreen on yourselves and bring along your sunglasses or umbrella. Hot hot hot weather.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is also known as Blue Mansion due to its exterior colour of the building. You may want to visit this mansion at specific timings (11am, 1.30pm and 3pm) when tour is provided to understand more about the history. This mansion has won many awards for its very well preserved architecture. One of the awards is UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award. If you are a person who loves cultural stuff, you should totally check this out!

Cheong Fatt Tze was a prominent Chinese figure (basically a very very rich man) who built this mansion to house nine generations of his descendants. Rich and very fortunate man. 

Though many furniture were destroyed during World War II, a group of Penang conservationists worked very hard with Artisans and master craftsmen to use original materials to rebuild the house to its former glory.  Many furniture were shipped from as far as Scotland.

Blue Mansion or Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Address: 14 Leith Street, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tour timings: 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Entrance Fee: RM 12

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

You must not missed this Peranakan Mansion in Penang.

Today, this mansion showcases the lavish lifestyle of the Peranakans (the Baba and the Nyonya), their cultures/traditions and even displaying many antiques and collectibles of this unique community.

You can guess how rich they were by looking at the material they used for on their doors. 


Did I also mention that this was the place for our very famous local drama - 小娘惹 Little Nyonya. 

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Address: 29, Church Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays from 9:30 am to 5 pm
Entrance fee: RM 10
Guided tours at 11.30 am and 3.30pm

Street art

Street art is one of the highlights in Penang! I love this part the most! Only managed to visit the below. When I go back to Penang again, I would want to see all the street arts!

Trishaw man

Kungfu girl 

Boy on chair

Kids on bicycle

For the street arts location, you may want to go to HERE to see all the pictures and locations before you plan your walking. 

When I googled about the street art designer, then I realised that Singapore has 2 street art done by him!
Check his web out HERE and see where in Singapore you can spot his work!

Then bf saw his favourite and asked me take a picture for him. If you look carefully, there is no back part of the bicycle. 

Perak is just a bridge away from Penang. Other than taking the bridge, cars can be shipped using ferry between Perak and Penang with passangers on it! So cool~ my grandma stays in Perak.

 This is another ferry fetching cars to Penang

 Our timing was so good to catch sunset

Good bye Penang~ 

Thanks Jovene and Eugene for your photo contribution..