Saturday, March 28, 2009

~HatYaI 09~

During my last week of holiday, I went to Hatyai, Thailand with Fu Yew's family. It was my first time setting my foot on another foreign land other than India. As usual, I was totally excited about it! Haha.

Fu Yew's parents are expert in Hatyai, I think they have went there numerous times. We drove there, together with Fu Yew's uncle and aunty. His dad can consider as the best tourist guide and his mom is the best shopping leader. Haha.

Day 1 (16.03.09, Monday)
Once we crossed the Thai border, it was already noon time. His dad brought us to this very nice restaurant near there - The Water View Restaurant. The surrounding was so relaxing and comforting. Definitely the perfect place to rest our feet after the long travel. The restaurant was built around a lake, and the restaurant was surrounded by beautiful plants and decoration.

Fu Yew's dad (left) and Fu Yew's uncle (right). They are wine lovers. Hee.

In the garden of Water View.

He's my man! Haha.

This is how they serve our food. Unique right? Haha.

They served the best tom yam ever! It's so sour and spicy! All thumbs up!!! Hehe.

A very special prawn dish. Yummylicious!

Actually, there were several other super nice dishes too, but my fingers were busy digging food into my mouth, so didn't have the chance to take photos. Haha.

After lunch, Uncle Sam (Fu Yew's dad) brought us to a street that's full of nurseries at the roadside. They have varieties of beautiful flowers and flower pots, and they are all very cheap compare to the price in Malaysia!
Orchid gazing. Hee.

Fu Yew refused to take picture with the flowers, he said it's very "pondan" doing so. Haha. So, I secretly snapped this photo of him. Wakakakaz. Sorry dear! Heee...

A very special heart-shaped plant.

Day 2 (17.03.09, Tuesday)
We woke up very early in the morning, because there was a very important agenda that day --- SHOPPING a.k.a. 血拼! Haha. Fu Yew's mom was our shopping guide. She's expert in this. But before we start our project, we have to recharge our energy first. No energy, how to shop?? We had our breakfast at a market nearby. Fu Yew brought us to eat this special "yao char kuai".

They were shorter than those found in Malaysia, and they were butterfly-shaped! So cute and tasty! It was best eaten when it's still hot and dip with "kaya". Yum yum. The stall was always fulled with customers.

After we got our energy, we headed straight to the bazaar. It was supposed to be a girls' day out, but since I was a first timer, so my beloved boyfriend sacrificed his sleeping time and became my walking troley. Teeeheee... Tell me, how can I not love him more? Hehe.
Our first prey ---> SHOES!!!

The place was so huge, we didn't even have the time to visit every stall.

Believe me, Hatyai was the best shopping place I've ever been to. The things there were so cheap and it's not outdated at all. Of course, the quality won't be that good. But who cares? It still worth each and every penny. At least I'm happy with it. Hee.
Eventually, we didn't have the energy to walk back to our hotel, so we took a tut-tut back. It's also my first time! Hee.

Harvest of the day! But not all are mine, half of them belong to Fu Yew's mom. Hee.

These are mine. Kawaii ne?

Of course, we didn't only shop for shoes, blouses and backpack were our target too!

Believe it or not, all these shopping didn't even cost me more than RM200!

After that, Uncle Sam brought us to a small hill in the Hatyai Municipal Park to have our lunch.

They served delicious Thai food too. No doubt, my stomach also enjoy to it's fullest during this trip. Burrppp!

After lunch, it's time to have a walk around the park. Our first stop, the "Four Faces Buddha". The golden elephants surrounding the statue shone so brightly under the sun, it blinded my eyes...

Here, a lot of people burned fireworks and tied the red ribbon on the wishing tree for good luck in whatever they pray for.

Hsien trying to hang his wish on the wishing tree. Let's wish him good luck in his PMR! Jia you!!! ^.^

Next, we moved higher up to visit the huge golden statue of Buddha.

It was very windy and the scenery was superb! I just like the feeling of hanging around there. So relaxing. So refreshing. So nice! Even Fu Yew who is camera shy also couldn't help himself from asking his bro to help us snap some pictures. Haha.
The windy style.

The squatting style.

The bollywood style. LOL.

Then, we visited the Kuan Yin Statue. It always amazed me to look at all these super huge and lifelike statues.

Fu Yew and Hsien walking into the dragon mouth!

No worries, it's just an entrance to a garden where the Smiling Buddha, Jade Emperor and 12 Zodiac animals were situated.
Introducing, Rabbit Nee!!! Haha.

Day 3 (18.03.09, Tuesday)
On the last day of our trip, before we cross the Thai border, Uncle Sam brought us to a dog farm. When we stepped inside, the barks were deafening! It must be at least hundreds of puppies inside there!
This is Fu Yew's favourite - the Golden Retriever.

This was one of my favourite, I don't know exactly what it's called. Looking at them made me want to hug them!! Don't you think their fur look very inviting?? Hee.

All of them looked hyperactive and they were all trying their best to jump out from the cage. Pity them... But we can only looked at them, as we were not allowed to bring any flora or fauna across the border. Huhu.
After that we went to a veteranian clinic or should I say vet hospital? It was huge and so well equipped, I think it's even more well-developed than some of our government health clinics. Sometimes, dogs' lives can be even better than human. Hee. We headed home after that.

There were a lot of other photos about the trip, you can click on my Facebook album to view it.

That's all about my trip to Hatyai. I really enjoyed it a lot! Thank you Uncle Sam for being such a good tour guide, thank you aunty for bringing me around to shop and of course, thank you my dear for being such a good companion! Thank you very very much everyone! ^.^

p/s: I'm looking forward to our next holiday trip, dear! Hee.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

~BaCk To MaNiPaL~

I'm back to Manipal for almost 3 days now. Many things happened over the past weeks. I've went to Hatyai with Fu Yew's family a week before I came back to India. Will blog about it later. Hee. 1 month vacation is so not enough. Now, I'm back here again, together with my brother this time. He's planning to go on a 33 days trip around India alone. *sweat*

I had my last dinner in Malaysia together with Fu Yew, his sis Joan and my bro Ben.

Actually, I had the same thing for my first dinner in Malaysia during this holiday -- steamboat!! Haha.

The next morning, we took off from LCCT and reach Trichy Airport 3.5 hours later. When I stepped out from the plane, my heart felt like as if it was filled with tonnes of stones. When I thought of my dear's face, a lump can be felt inside my throat.

I'm sick of being surrounded by all these tempes. I felt so easily irritated when I stand on this piece of land.

Even the food is hard to swallow...

This was worse than the first time I came back from vacation. My mind was filled with Fu Yew, my family and the upcoming unis. When Fu Yew called me, I couldn't fight back my tears anymore, they all rolled down my cheeks like beads of loose pearls. I missed him so much!!! It was so hard to pull myself out of the misery.

We had to spend one whole day in Trichy. Being first time in India, Ben was so curious and excited about his surrounding. As his temporary host, I have to get over my emotions as much as possible and accompany him to walk around. Luckily, with humourous Ben by my side, I seemed to relax a bit. We visited few tourist spots around the area, like...

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

It was the largest and most beautiful church I've ever been to.

When I was inside, I felt totally cut out from the world outside. I felt peace in my mind. Although I'm not a devoted Christian, but it always make me feel calm when I pray to God. When I'm fragile, He makes me feel stronger.

Isn't the church beautiful? You've to be there to feel it.

Then, we proceeded to the Rock Fort Temple, just opposite the road. As the name suggested, the temple is entirely built from rocks or maybe, built IN the rocks.

We have to climb don't know how many flights of stairs, bare-footed, to reach the small temple at the top. Luckily I was wearing thick socks, but Ben was not that lucky, his feet nearly cooked after walking on the hot stairs. Haha.

I think the temple is at the highest peak in Trichy. The view was superb.

The weather is so hot and dry. Take a good look at the photo below.

The desert looking piece of land is actually the river bed. Due to the hot weather, now there only left a small stream running. Just imagine...

After that, we visited another temple. But I can't really recall the name of the temple. To me, it's nothing special, we can find this kind of temple anywhere in Malaysia too.

Lonely Planet is our guide and it will be Ben's bible for the next 30 days.

We boarded our train at 5a.m. the next day. Thinking of going back soon to somewhere I'm familiar with, however, my mood lighten a bit. Maybe I just don't like being at a foreign place.

My bro stayed with me for almost 3 days in Manipal to finish his works and planned his trip. It feel nice to have him here. At least my room won't feel that empty anymore.

Ben in End Point Garden.

He left Manipal tonight to continue his journey to the North then turn East to reach Bangladesh. He'll be flying back to Malaysia from there. Pray hard that he'll have a happy and safe trip. Good luck brother! I know you can make it!!! ^.^

p/s: Wish my dear Happy Semester 7!!! I miss you always.

Friday, March 13, 2009

~BuTtErFLy FaRm~

Yesterday I accompanied my dad to visit his old workplace - The Penang Butterfly Farm. My dad wanted to meet his old boss and some of his old friends there. It used to be one of my favourite places when I was a little kid. My dad's colleagues used to treat me like a little VIP whenever I visited the place. To my surprise, all the old workers there still remember me! They all said that I look more like my dad now. Haha.

I had a free tour in the farm. Although I've visited the farm for at least a hundred times, but there're always something new to capture my interest. But this time, there were really a lot of changes. They even have an air-conditioned video room which plays a 15 minutes video about the insects of Malaysia now! As I strolled down the path, I took out my handphone and snapped few photos.

There are lots of butterflies flying everywhere around you! Don't ask me the species of the butterfly... Hee.

They got a pond in the middle of the farm. This time, the species of fish found in the pond were amazingly huge and rare (at least to me). I saw these 2 ancient looking giant fish.

The pitcher plant or known as 猪笼草 in chinese which means "pig cage grass". Haha. They actually got a small garden of it. I wondered were there any butterflies in the farm had become food of this carnivorous plant...

I noticed that different kinds of butterflies feeds on different kinds of flowers and fruits. Like this one, which feeds on the nectar of our national flower.

Can you spot the insect there? Great camouflage right?

Ya, they also display green iguana here.

This pool of giant millipedes has been here since I was a little kid. It still gives me a gross feeling when I look at it! Ewwww...

There are a lot of other things they exhibit in this farm, besides the butterflies, such as tortoises, ducks, snakes, antiques etc. If you are a MyKad holder, the entrance fee is only RM10. It was a fun trip. Don't know when I will visit this place again. ^.^