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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Trip to Aquaria KLCC on CNY

My trip to Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur on 19 February 2007

This is my favorite.

I'm so lucky to snap this Tiger Shark.

Nemo's friend.

Aquaria KLCC This “ ocean of discovery ” is unveiled at the Aquaria KLCC right in the heart of the city. It is the first commercial aquarium in the Federal capital and a wonderful place to spend the school holidays with the family.

It's a RM60 million aquarium featuring some 5,000 aquatic and marine animal exhibits of over 150 different species from Malaysia and around the world – some caught, some sourced and some given. Boasting of an area spanning two levels and covering over 5,500 sq m, making it the largest in the world, the Aquaria has 19 tanks with various environments to keep and display fishes from various parts of the world.

Themed around two of the world ’ s major rainforests – Malaysia and the Amazon – Aquaria KLCC exhibits terrestrial, fresh water and marine creatures and it is also the first in Southeast Asia to exhibit the rare Sand Tiger Sharks from South Africa.

According to Aquaria KLCC public relations officer Amanda Chong, they have only been in business for two months and the response has been overwhelming. There will be at least 1,000 visitors per day and up to 5,000 visitors during public holidays.

The aquarium is also home to monkey-eating catfish from Endau Rompin, sharks from Singapore and the endangered fresh water tortoise called “ Chitra-chitra ” which were saved from the cooking pot.

A lot of visitors come here to learn more about the marine life and see what we have to offer, the feeding times are extremely popular with the crowd. Sometimes, there are divers get into the tanks to feed the fishes and marine life, and visitors crowding around the tanks during that times.

Chong says the aquarium also features interactive information and discovery kiosks, which are thematically linked to the aquarium.

Fully loaded with information on the existing exhibits at the aquarium, the information kiosks even provide real “ live ” video footage of some of the most fascinating exhibits.

- Open from 10am till 10pm with the last admission at 9pm
- Admission fee to the aquarium is RM38 for adults and RM26 for children aged three to 12.
- For MyKad holders, the admission fee is RM28 and RM22 for adults and children respectively. - Entrance for those aged two and below is free.

Details can be obtained by calling

Tel : 03-23331888
Fax : 03-23800069

Aquaria’s main entrance is at Jalan Pinang opposite UOA Building. The west entrance is through the underpass tunnel connecting from the concourse level of Suria KLCC (next to Tower Records) to the KL Convention Centre. There is also another west entrance via the KLCC Park leading to the KL Convention. Centre.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Batik - The Malaysian Handcraft

The term “Batik” is an Indonesian-Malay word (Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malay are the official languages of Indonesia and Malaysia and are linguistically similar). Batik has come to be used as a generic term which refers to the process of dyeing fabric by making use of a resist technique; covering areas of cloth with a dye-resistant substance to prevent them absorbing colors. The technique is thought to be over a thousand years old and historical evidence demonstrates that cloth decorated with this resist technique was in use in the early centuries AD in Africa, the Middle East and in several places in Asia. Although there is no sure explanation as to where batik first was “invented”, many observers believe that it was brought to Asia by travelers from the Indian subcontinent.

Despite the fact that batik may have originated elsewhere, most observers believe that batik has reached its highest artistic expression in Indonesia, particularly in Java. The art of Batik was later spread to the rest of the Indonesian archipelago and to the Malay Peninsula where the popularity of the cloth led to the establishment of many other production centers. Batik has become a very central means of artistic expression for many of the areas of Asia and a deeply integrated facet of Asian culture.

Much of the popularity of Batik can be tied to the fact that the batik technique offers immense possibilities for artistic freedom as patterns are applied by actual drawing rather than by weaving with thread. Another factor in its popularity is the fact that it is so durable. The colors in Batik are much more resistant to wear than those of painted or printed fabrics because the cloth is completely immersed in dye and the areas not protected by resist are allowed to absorb hues to the extent that the colors will not easily fade.

As we noted at the first, batik is now a generic term. Because of the popularity of batik designs, many batik patterns are used in a wide variety of fabrics. Many fabrics are called batik although they were not made in the resist method. Most purists believe that such cloth has a batik like design but is not true batik which is confined to fabrics made through the application of the originally conceived Javanese methods of resist dyeing. Modern designers in Indonesia, Malaysia and to a lesser extent Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere often use batik design elements and often the actual batik clothe in their clothing and accessories. Although most batik fabric is now decorated and tailored by machine, there still remains a considerable market for high-quality, hand-made batik.

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Photo shot at Kampung Beserah, Kuantan, Pahang.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sungai Buloh Overhead Bridge Restaurant

The Overhead Bridge Restaurants are one stop rest areas that provide a variety of facilities for users. Straddling the Expressway, this one stop convenient centre is the first of its kind in the country, enabling users to enjoy the facilities offered at each bound of the highway. OBRs also give the users a chance to enjoy their meals at one of the air-conditioned restaurants as they observe the traffic below.

Located at two major sites: Sg. Buloh and Ayer Keroh, these OBRS namely the Sungai Buloh OBR and the Ayer Keroh OBR are the preferred rest stop areas for many users of the NSE. The number of travellers has increased dramatically over the years due to the excellent facilities and variety of restaurants and eateries provided there.

Photos shot from Sungai Buloh Overhead Bridge Restaurants (aka Restoran Jejantas Sungai Buloh). You can see nice view from here. Only 15 minute from Kuala Lumpur.

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Marang The Fishing Village

Marang, Terengganu

Marang fishing village, located at the mouth of the Marang River,is a nice, relaxing spot for visitors and travellers, as described by some visitors of Marang, the village has a nice, tranquil feel to it. The residents of Marang village are nice and friendly. Also, inorder to get to Cotton Island(Pulau Kapas), then most visitors would have to stop by at Marang village, then hop onto a boat to the island.

Try to conjure up an image of a very peaceful village with beautiful wooden houses, children playing games such as hopscotch and marbles, cows grazing in the field, swaying coconut trees, a fresh, cool breeze and a spectacular curve of white, sandy beach.

However, Marang village is different now, as concrete buildings have now replaced the once traditional wooden houses, thus lost it's once tranquil feel to it. The villagers however, are trying to return everything as what it was once. There are still plenty of village activities for visitors to participate in. Marang has not lost it's touch just yet.
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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Lemang - Malaysian Traditional Food

Lemang Stall

Lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo)

Although lemang is available all year round, it is nonetheless an exceptionally special dish during Hari Raya open house. Although the preparation seems simple enough, cooking lemang requires an open area with plenty of ventilation - which is why people just prefer to buy lemang rather than attempt to make it themselves.

About two days or so before the end of Ramadhan (the fasting month), vendors can be seen cooking and selling lemang by roadsides. Lemang is usually 'bought by the bamboo' and should be left unopened until it is ready to serve.

To serve, break open the bamboo and remove the leaf-wrapped rice. Cut into 1 inch thick slices and serve at room temperature with beef rendang, beef floss (serunding) or thick curries.

Photo taken at Lemang Stall at Kijal, Terengganu (Near Awana Kijal Resort)
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