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Archive for September, 2010

One Night Singapore

Author: michag09
09 6th, 2010

On August the 2nd week, I went to Singapore to accompany my mom for her throat check up and stayed for a day there. The exact location where I was staying was around the Orchard Road. Since it’s not holiday season, the streets wasn’t that full and busy but it doesn’t mean that it was empty. But anyway, for those of you who has never been to Singapore, you should go there at least once in a life time to check out exactly how clean and order a street look like, or other public facilities should be maintain since Singapore is close to Indonesia but everything is different if you compare. However, is it because I’m not used to the surrounding with tight laws going on there, so I’m kind of missing the crazy angkot drivers and crossing the street wherever I want part :) Ha ha…

Anyway, on the first day, I ate the lamb and spinach dish (Indian Food) in Food Republic. Well, my mom also bought me bapao and I tried a sip of her es cincau which was good and different from the ones I eat back home. After that, we went SHOPPING!!! A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. The funny thing about the malls there is that from one mall to another are basically connected from either above or underground walk.

By the way, there was one mall which is quite new since it wasn’t built yet the last time I visited Singapore. It’s called Ion. They had these colorful statues. I’ve heard that the recent flood which happened on Orchard Road was because of this mall since the underground levels went really deep but it is still my hypothesis, hehe…

In the evening, we went to the Esplanade which was a building that looks like a half cut durian to watch a Youth Ensemble Orchestra. The streets was filled with people because there was the Youth Olympic going on. Since the show time was starting around 7 or 8 o’clock, we checked around the view. It was awesome. We could see also see the three towers with the Boat on top of it. I don’t actually know what the building was called so I just tend to describe it :P During the show, we weren’t allowed to take pictures so we just sat and watch. There were different groups playing different songs, and instrument. Of all the groups, I really liked the second group which had 2 violin players, a viola player and a cello player. They were really professional for such young teenagers. Maybe because most songs were classical, I could spot a few people sleeping on their chairs which was hilarious. But by seeing them playing, I can see that the Singaporean Education Department are really doing their best in helping their citizen to improve. Maybe one day we can actually take an example of them.

After the show was done, we went to eat again. I just ate chicken and rice (Hainam) = yummy; because I was hungry.


Penang on the Road

Author: michag09
09 5th, 2010

Last July, my family went to Penang, Malaysia for a 5 day vacation. We stayed at a hotel called the Copthorn in a room with a wide sea view. Even though the beach seems to be a private beach, but the waves are so strong that when you put your feet inside the water, it pulls you really hard so you need to be extra careful. Besides, there’s also a warning sign for jelly fish so I don’t think it’s actually a good idea to swim at all.

Anyway, a brief description of Penang Island is that it’s clean, the streets are peaceful (no jam), nice landscape to the beach and hills, but to me it seems like they’re trying hard to make from an industrial place to a recreational area. Why is that so is that they have historical areas but its not as big and interesting from the advertisements or reviews. There was also a food festival in Fort Cornwallis which has old cannons and few bunkers on it where we expected that there would be a wide range of interesting and famous food to try native to Penang. But in the end, it was just food stalls organize by one of the culinary institute and turned out not to be exciting at all. The view from the top was nice to the beach but filled with cars parked around the fort. That was kind of disappointing.

In the end, of the inconvenience was covered up by the nice and delicious food court in Batu Ferringgi. The food there is totally lovely! The soft textured bapao, the rich flavored Indian curry lamb, or even Malysian, Japanese, and Chinese selection food. Yummy! Fresh juices which costs around 2 ringgits. By the way, they have a unique mechanism in paying for our drinks which is very efficient and effective. So the servant actually get, pay, and serve our drinks first then we pay them back. Anyway, they had this night market which was going on every night with many interesting things to see and buy. Even though there were many fake bags being sold but they had good handmade merchandise. I bought 2 ropes of colorful balls of light for 35 Ringgits (after a series of negotiations since it is very recommended) a few other things.

Another place which I really enjoyed was the Spice Garden. We went on a short tour around it with Jeff who was the tour guide. He really had an abundant of knowledge about the plants (envy him). He shared information about the spices there  such as the different types of gingers, cinnamon trees, the usage of different colored pepper corns, bamboos, and timbers. I wished someday there’s a place like this in Bogor  where people can see the different varieties of spices in Indonesia since it’s good for education and recreation.

So for my conclusion, Penang is a nice island to stay for a short vacation but not to live in. Most areas are still being developed where historical places are still being being maintain. The Spice Garden is one good concept for education and recreation as from the culinary point of view, food court is the right place to eat!!!

PS. This green yucky looking Indian dish is actually good and delicious!!!