Travelogue

Relaxation

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is very accessible from Kota Kinabalu city (Sabah).

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20 minutes boat ride from Jesselton Point to Manukan Island. Jump into water, and you will see coral fish.

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The water was not as clear as what we have seen at Pulau Redang last month. 5 minutes boat trip can transfer from Manukan to Sapi Island. You will be greeted by monitor lizard (often mistaken by tourist as the Komodo Dragon.

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is indeed a great getaway destination for tourists who visit Kota Kinabalu. It offers a dramatic contrast to scaling the highest peak in Malaysia (Mount Kinabalu) and diving/snorkling below sea level.

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Ulu Chepor

If you are near Chemor (Perak) and looking for a good picnic spot, Lata Ulu Chepor could be a good choice.

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The recreational park ahs been upgraded recently. Entrance fee is RM2 per car.

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If you are driving from Ipoh to Sungai Siput (Utara), turn left on the traffic light (Shell and Kin Shin Trading 建成酒行). Drive 4.7KM (passing Kuala Kluang), and turn in to Kampung Ulu Chepor (take note of an ESSO petrol station on your right, and you are near to the entrance). Drive another 1.2KM and you can see the ticket booth.

For more information, contact En. mohd Ariffin 019-435-2041 or En. Mohd Alias (012-593-5406. I extract these contacts printed on the entrance ticket in case you like to book a chalet.


The drying Taiping Lake Gardens

I tried my best to adjust the camera angles to present the better aspect of Taiping Lake Gardens.

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I would avoid those dried up lotus ponds, drains and lakes.

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Saving the century old rain trees @ Taiping Lake Gardens

Sometimes it is hard to understand what the authority was thinking. The local council planned to construct a RM3.6 million food kiosks and souvenir stores underneath the precious rain trees.

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You could see the blue fence with a construction signage on the left. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has expressed the concern that the construction might damage the root system of the iconic rain trees. After a huge public protest in August 2012, the local council finally decided to move the construction site to another part of the lake gardens.

Personally, I think people want a green park and not some tourist kiosks that often being abandoned (after spending millions).

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The most viewed waterfall in Malaysia–Lata Kinjang

Lata Kinjang may not be the tallest waterfall in Malaysia, but the cascading falls is still very high. Many references indicate the cascade measured up to 850m.

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Travellers driving from Kuala Lumpur towards Ipoh will not miss this waterfall next to the Plus Highway (on the right hand side, after Tapah toll). For this reason, it is really the most viewed waterfall in Malaysia.

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We made a stop over last weekend on the way to Ipoh. The waterfall and stream have many nice picnic spots. Excellent place for family outing.


Impressions of Santa Monica Part 2

I  have shown you the nice sunshine and bodies in Part 1 of Santa Monica post. Now let’s explore what else are the fun activities at the beach front.

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Impressions of Santa Monica Part 1

Santa Monica. The song with the same name by Savage Garden always rings in my ears when I hear the name of this sunshine beach.

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