Monday, February 25, 2008

Leh,Ladakh,India: 21July2007

Relax ... Yummy Momo

We met Janet and Warrant for breakfast and we met Robert, a German, who Angela talked to in the other day. So all of us had breakfast together.
Angela and me then decided to check on rafting and trekking or home stay programme. Robert wanted to join us, then three of us just wandered around the main bazaar and Changspa Road, checking the costs. Trekking was expensive, so we decided to do rafting instead.
While we were just shopped around at the main bazaar, we saw the Japanese girl who we met at the Vipassana Centre at Dharamsala. She was holding intimately the hand of a white guy slightly older than her. She definitely looked like in love. So obviously she found her partner not soon after the retreat. I hope this would be a happy lasting relationship for her.
Traveling with Angela had made my life a lot easier. She is independant and easy to talk to. i didn't have to deal with a lot of things as she would made the decision and just asked me in most of the time. There were times that, i hope we could always do things together like when i was with Matt and Vivien, but sometimes, we just had to go separate way due to different in interest.
Then, we met Magaret, the German lady who stayed besides of me at Vasikht. She took a bus for two days to get to Leh. She said it wasn't that bad and then i decided that, i would take a bus to Srinagar. In terms of price, taking a bus and jeep will be almost the same but i think this would be a 'new' experience to me.

Leh is a very small town and the most popular area for us, tourists to eat and spend money is around Fort Road.

A big chanting wheel in the middle of town.

The local women selling fruits and vegetable by the road. Plastic begs are not allowed in Leh. So you either bring your own carrier or you just hold whatever stuff you bought with hands. If you are luckily, the stall owner might provide you with some thin paper begs.

Tibetan dishes. Vege mom, a kind of dumpling. Yummy!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Penang, Malaysia: 31Jan-3Feb08

I studied my University in Penang, the beautiful and peaceful island as big as Singapore at the North of Peninsular Malaysia.
The last time i went back was 2 years ago.

This time, the main purpose was to attend to Teong Yeong and Hui Jun's wedding banquet and also to meet my coursemate. Anything else was just bonus.
My special thanks to Dr. Wang Shir Li (oop! not now, but soon. :), for keeping me company for daysssss and been the free driver.

Batu Feringghi Beach.
(Thanks Teong Yeong for provided free accommodation to us.:)

The beautiful wet market at Georgetown. It doesn't smell good though. :P

The newly restored "Yap" temple.

This is how big a "roti tissue" can be. (Model: 3 Golds)

Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang.
An interesting place to visit with many spices, herbs, lovely cafe and museum.
Admission is RM 13 and do bring your own insect repellent.

National Park of Penang, Muka Head.
The trek is the coastal hill and along the sea shore.

Button Shell.
They are abundant at the coastline.
It is said that, no two shells are identical.

Part of the trek might not be easy thought: Climbing up and down.
(Model: Shir Li & Lek Keong)

From the entrance of National Park, it takes around 1.5 hours to reach Monkey Beach.

It takes another half and hour of staircase climbing to get to the lighthouse and enjoy this view.
The lighthouse open from 8am until 1pm (if i remember correctly).

If you are too tired to go back by the same trek, then you can take a boat from Monkey Beach to go back to the entrance of the national park. It costs around RM 50 one trip for a boat. But of course it all depends on your bargaining skill. ;)