Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Green Potted Plants

It has been a trend and craze nowadays to see many displays of fake potted plants at the shops and restaurants. They look cool and nice to liven up any dull corners to look chic & trendy. It got me interested as my wife had a recent makeover at home to inject some new life at home. I think she threw away 1 ton of rubbish and old books. My only part was to think of adding potted plants to brighten up the place. I do not want to worry about watering plants when we go on travels.




I have been shopping for fake plants over the last 2 weeks. Honestly, I had a terrible fright to see the prices of nice plants at SSF and IKEA where they easily cost over RM50 per stalk!! Good things don't come cheap! I being a Penang born kiam-siap clan sure had to find innovative ways. This TOMEI shop is located at Jalan Masjid India in KL! Yes, I was there on Sunday with all the crowded Banglas, Indons and foreign workers jostling and rubbing each other's sweaty bodies! Wakakaka It was fun dei.




Take a peek at my green potted plants lining on the top of my wife's book shelves. 





I found that that the cheapest porcelain pots in town are definitely from DAISO which costs only RM5.90 each. They come in several pastel colours too. Other places are selling from RM9.90 up to RM18.00 which sounds like robbery to me!



 

I went to SSF, Daiso, IKEA and a "2 Ringgit Shop"! The above are from SSF (RM9.90 Eucalyptus) Tomei (RM6.90 Lavender) and Two Ringgit Shop (RM2.12 each stalk /Unnamed plants)





Dua Ringgit Shop  (Daiso Pot RM5.90 & Dua Ringgit Plant RM2.12 )
Ikea (Ikea Pot RM9.90 & Ikea Plant RM14.90)
These 2 pots are inside my bathroom now.




Sui boh? Cantek boh? Give me your vote please!


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hutan Lipur Rainforest @ Terengganu

HUTAN LIPUR LATA TEMBAKAH




I made a trip to this famous rainforest & waterfalls at
Hulu Besut in Terengganu. It is about 60 km from Kota Bharu
which took less than 2 hours drive through
kampung & winding roads.




Look! That was the first Petai Tree I had seen.
It is so mighty tall and steady with a monkey sitting
up there while few guys sat below.




Monkey See, Monkey Do.
That was amazing how the master talked to
his pet monkey like a father and guided the
monkey to pluck petai from branch to branch.
Monkey was so obedient & not tied up.
It could nod its head saying Yes & No!




A bountiful harvest of Petai stalks.



The monkey gave us free Petai.
Yours truly loves to eat Sambal Petai Prawns!
When our urine smells, that means the petai has cleaned
up the walls of our dirty bladder. Our bladder smells
stinky and not the green petai.




I started my trekking into the thick forest with my driver
who became my trekking guide.




Jom! Follow me into the Hutan Simpanan Kekal
Negeri Terengganu.




The trees are old and very tall with fresh smelling plants.




This place is famous for its 5 tiers of waterfalls.




The rapids of clean water was crystal clear & chilly.




Bridge to heavens!




The water would swell and flood during rain season.




The scary notice board gave out warning that
33 persons have drowned & died in the water.




They have several neat chalets with private balconies
& air conditions.



The price is cheap and you can sleep with all the snakes,
wild boars, squirrels and tigers roaming at night.
 



My faithful guide is my friend now.
I learnt so much about the lifestyle
of East Coasts in 2 days.




  He is a GRAB driver, My Guide and My Friend now....

Call Him Today: +6-019-4756308
(Mr. Rosaifuddin)


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Pantai Cahaya Bulan & Roti Titab @ Kelantan

This is the most famous short stretch of beach in Kelantan as it is ideally located by its capital Kota Bahru.




This PCB beach was formerly known as Pantai Cinta Beach and had to change its
name to Pantai Cahaya Bulan after some issues with the local folks.
A favourite getaway for family & freinds on weekends
when it's impossible to take photos by yourself!
No space!






 I was lucky to visit on a weekday! The whole beach for myself.
The wind was so strong like typhoon lashing its force to the waves.
Look at the coconut trees!




  
 Look at my hair!
All messy!
I cry!




They have many small restaurants lining the street with
everything you want to eat! Seafood, Western, , Kelantanese, Siam, Chinese
you just name it.



 The colourful kites blowing like our daily lives!
Sometimes it's calm and sometimes kencang!
So sabar lah.



When you don't like someone.
Ask him GO FLY KITE!




 How nice if we can become kids again.
How would I want to live my life?
I would have remained in US and not
listen to my brother to return home.



She just farted loudly!




My tour guide and driver is the BEST IN KELANTAN!
You must know by now how patient he is.


Call Him Today: +6-019-4756308
(Mr. Rosaifuddin)



 He took me to eat all the famous food in Kelantan.
This is Kedai Kopi Khuan Heong Yan
which is located along Jalan Che Su.
(Opposite Hotel Crystal)



Everyday this shop is packed with local folks and 
hordes of tourists like me.



We were welcomed by this friendly kakak who wore
a full bridal make up even at the kedai kopi!
She was so hilarious to tease us for sharing 
a set of toasted bread! She didn't know that
we had just eaten the best Nasi Soup Ayam Bakar
on the next street. I was greedy and had to
try their famous Roti Titab.



We ordered their thick and aromatic Kopi-O and Kopi Peng
with half boiled eggs and kaya bread.



 I couldn't believe my eyes! The eggs were so huge
that I had to ask whether it was dinosaur or
ostrich eggs??



Kakak insisted that we had to try this steamed bread.
I didn't order the real Roti Titab that would place the half
boiled eggs on top as I was sharing with my guide.



 This is the charcoal toasted bread that was so
fragrant and nice.


  
Look at the fillings of thick butter and homemade kaya!
This is heavens!




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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wat Mai Suwankiri @ Tumpat in Kelantan

I visited this impressive Wat Mai Suwankiri which has many temple complexes in the same compound. This place is famous for its most unique Dragon Boat Temple and the tallest standing statue of Lord Buddha. I spent almost 2 hours walking alone the whole place while my tour guide waited patiently inside his car. My memories flooded back to my growing up years in Songkhla where my late grandfather's house still sits next to a huge Thai temple along Laemsai Road which is by the biggest lake in Thailand. The temple designs are so identical with the Thai motifs and carvings. I really missed my childhood days there.




The tallest statue stands prominently above the Wat Mai Suwankiri.






The view beside the many huge pillars with impressive carvings of the dragons.




The adjacent temple from the main building of Wat Mai Suwankiri.




 Yours truly, pretending to look cool on a very hot & scorching sunny day at 35C.




 The many impressive pillars with gold carvings inside the main prayer hall.





 The statue of Lord Buddha at the main prayer hall.




  
The prayer altar for the late King of Thailand -
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was cremated
last week.
(If you wish to pronounce the correct way of the King's name -
Phoomi-phon A-yoon-det)





 The very realistic looking wax statue of a late monk
encased inside. He was so alive looking & I had goosebumps.




The magnificent looking Dragon Boat Temple inside the
compound of Wat Mai Suwankiri.




 The front view of the Dragon Boat Temple.




 The side view showing the long dragon coiling around the canal.




There is a water canal around the Dragon Boat temple.



  
The boat carries 2 beautiful parasols decked with ornaments.




 The prayer hall inside the Dragon Boat Temple.




There is a small building hidden far behind some trees.
I was surprised that it is a cremation place for coffins
during funerals.



  
The cremation site still uses the traditional charcoal furnace
which is very popular all over Thailand.




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Green Potted Plants

It has been a trend and craze nowadays to see many displays of fake potted plants at the shops and restaurants. They look cool and nice to ...