Thursday, July 30, 2009

If you've been reading this blog regularly for awhile, you know that I have quite a few Middle Eastern friends especially from Saudi Arabia and Iran. The last time we went to Langkawi together, we all had a great time there! One of the reasons was because of my Egyptian friend; Lili joined us for the trip too!

Lili used to invite us to her house for some Egyptian food (dishes were a cross between Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine) during her stay in Malaysia. There, she told us A LOT about her country and she was very proud of The Sphinx and of course the famous Pyramids, when the Great Pyramid was deemed one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

They admired the Pyramids by night with breathtaking shows. Here you can learn more about the magnificent story of the history of the Pyramids and glory of the Pharaohs through lyric, light and sound. Nothing beats a ride through the desert and then a stop on the hill to watch the sun set over the pyramids!

The Avenue of the Sphinx which leads to the temple of Luxor.

The winter months are a good time to visit Egypt when the temperatures lie comfortably in the twenties. The summer months can reach up to forty degrees in the cities and although it is a little cooler at the coast it remains very hot. According to her, the best time to pick up a bargain cheap Egypt holidays would be if you're looking to book in May, June, November or December.

Long gone are the days when the word Egypt conjured up images of camels and sand. Egypt is a country with incredible history and culture. The list of attractions is as long as the Nile itself!

It's not hard to imagine a luxury holiday in Egypt: *picture myself floating down the Nile with romantic lure of a Nile River cruise, enjoy the delights of a traditional Belly Dancer or relaxing at a swish Cairo hotel and I'm almost there!*

Ana Baheb Masr!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tucked away deep in a beautiful forest of pine trees, we are surrounded by spectacular mountain views giving us an invigorating and refreshing atmosphere!



All things green!


#4 "What a beautiful view!"





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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

As you all know, Mega TV was launched in 1996 by TV3 as the only cable tv service in our country. However, it faced stiff competition from the satellite television network Astro, and failed to expand its content. Because of this, it closed down in 2001, and was replaced by its competitor. But, Astro's direct-to-home offering via satellite transmission sometimes has a rain-fade issue that could be one of the factors people will switch IF CABLE TV comes to Malaysia.

Cable has been around longer and has the advantage of not losing the signal during storms or rains. On-demand movies are able to be viewed right away with just one click of your control, unlike satellite companies that make you wait for the beginning of the next round. Did you know that many cable companies in the United States not only offer high quality digital TV, but also have high speed Internet, and even phone service available? It's true, with Time Warner, Charter and Cox, you can bundle all three cable services together!

When you have high-speed Internet, you won't have to wait forever for a picture or site to download. All the information you could possibly need is right at your fingertips, and now you can access it in seconds. Besides that, digital voice phone service tops off their offerings of telecommunication services by providing tons of great features!

To make a great combination of services even better, all three of them are bundled together into a low monthly bill that will save you plenty of money while providing you with unprecedented connectivity. You will only have to write one check a month instead of three. What could be easier than that? You can't beat a bundle!

Oh well, we do not have cable companies which offer a package deal where they provide Cable TV, Internet and phone service in a "bundle" here. For crying out loud, we're now in the twenty-first century!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Last weekend, we went to Mid Valley Megamall, shopping for a pair of badminton shoes. Ralph started playing badminton again.

He tried on lots of shoes to find a pair that fits his feet. Finally, he bought the shoe that has a soft action leather upper with durable lightweight mesh for breath ability. However, when it comes to footwear, he doesn't own a pair of sandals. Seriously, it can be downright difficult to find a men's sandal that is both simple and stylish if you want something other than men's flip flops.

By the way, do your man wear flip-flops? For Ralph, he is very fussy about choosing his footwear. He always puts comfort and style as his main criteria when buying something especially the one which people can see. To have both combinations in one particular thing can be a bit difficult to find. Besides wearing shoes, Ralph prefers to wear open toes kind of footwear. He has been trying to get a pair of flip-flops for quite sometimes now. Sadly none really attracts him until he saw something really unique and special, with comfort and durability from Topsies. I could see the glare in his eyes. Ralph can be quite active and he hates ordinary flip-flops which sometimes really frustrate him when the strips broke or when he trips himself because of it. But, men's flip flops from Topsies are something really stylish and practical in terms of its designs and the materials used. Their mens flip flops are made of a unique natural fiber that is lightweight, breathable, and can fit securely to the foot. The idea of flip-flops falling off from the feet is no longer a problem because Topsies' flip-flops will never let that happen.

There are styles for women and kids as well! For women, it is good to show a lot of toe. Toe is hot in the summer. Just make sure your toes are pedicure.

How to wear Topsies:

It's time to pimp your feet!

Friday, July 24, 2009

1. Life without a boyfriend is not the end of the world.

2. Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I miss my good friend.

3. Marinated fresh raw shrimp tastes so good!

4. Sometimes, putting others first is a mistake.

5. The view of Mount Kinabalu is breathtaking, really.

6. Well, maybe there is a simple solution to catastrophic.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to blog hop, tomorrow my plans include buying groceries, doing laundry and Sunday, I want to watch Obsessed!

Enjoy your weekend peeps!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Too many pictures were taken on the second day! So I'll break it up into multiple parts.

#1 The best way to splurge on Fraser's Hill is to rent a private bungalow or stay in this English Tudor-style house.

This hill station was also a place built where the British army sent their injured soldiers to convalesce for which the Red Cross set up a little rehabilitation centre here. The place is now converted into a hotel called Ye Olde Smokehouse. Instead of hospital bunks, the interior is now decorated with eclectic furniture and collectibles, some of which seems to be leaning a little toward bric-a-brac items.


#3 Like many buildings at Fraser's, it was erected in the early 1920s.


#5 Fireplace.


#7 Bar & Lounge with real wood fire and comfy old couches.


#9 Well-manicured English garden.


#11 English Tea and scones are served at the garden patio.

Ralph would love to enjoy the wonderful traditional English breakfast, tea in the garden with scones, cream and strawberry jam. Neither would I! But my question is how to enjoy English breakfast in the garden UNDER THE SUN???

#12 Still, we enjoyed the cool weather as the temperature is relatively cooler than the tropical lowland heat and humidity!


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

#1 Sitting pretty amidst the Pahang rain forest is the little hamlet of Fraser's Hill. Fraser's Hill was discovered by Louis James Fraser in the early 19th century, who himself mysteriously disappeared from the hill one day.

I think I've lost count now how many times I've been to Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. But our recent weekend getaway to Fraser's Hill, though, was our first time! Hence, it was a weekend getaway that I had been looking forward to for a while.

The climate in Fraser's Hill is cool and refreshing. Year round temperatures are between 18-23 degrees Celsius.

#2 To get to Fraser's Hill from the Gap, one must go up a narrow, winding, one-way road for 8 km. Traffic up and down is controlled by a gate system with uphill traffic limited to odd hours, and downhill traffic to even hours.

#3 When the Gap is the only option: Traffic control effective 7AM to 7PM.
Note: There's no control after 7.30pm and the gate remains open for both traffics.

When the new road is open: All downward traffic uses the new road, while the old Gap road is designated for upward traffic, with no time restrictions round the clock.

We arrived at the gate around 2.30pm and we have to wait for the next gate at 3pm.


#5 There's a little stall by the road just a short distance away from the Gap.

While waiting for the gate to open for us to drive up, suddenly, we heard someone calling Ralph's name! We turned around and I saw a Mat Salleh guy.

Ralph said excitedly, "Oh my gosh! Michael!"

#6 It was certainly a happy coincidence that Ralph met his friend, Michael from UK.

Upon arrival,

#7 we were greeted by this exceedingly British-looking little stone building covered with creeper vines. The town is relatively small, with much of the activity centered on a market square dominated by a little clock tower.


#9 This rustic stone-built bungalow is now the post office which dates back to 1923.

#10 Beside the post office is the police station which was built in 1919.


#12 Sports complex in the town centre.



#15 I was busy snapping away while Ralph was busy looking at the map / accommodations in Fraser's Hill. *LOL* Alright, we didn't book accommodation ahead of our arrival!

#16 We walked in to Jelai Highland Resort,

#17 but there was no one at the reception.
I looked around and I told Ralph I didn't really like this resort cos its kinda old and not that appealing, so we left.

#18 We would like to stay in Puncak Inn but it was closed for renovation.

The tourism board wants to preserve the English colonial concept which has been a main attraction at Fraser's Hill. A total of RM4.5 million has been spent to spruce up Puncak Inn and some bungalows.

#19 This looked inviting!

Fortunately, we met Mr. Nice Guy (I can't remember his name) here. He is the person in charge of all accommodations owned by PKBF and he suggested Fraser's Silverpark Resort.



#22 There are studio apartments, 2 Bedroom Suites and 3 bedroom suites, with kitchenettes and balconies to choose from.



#25 Things to do in Fraser's Silverpark Resort.


My eyes set upon when I entered the huge, recently refurbished, furnished studio apartment! It was clean, cozy and very comfortable.


#28 Kitchen with tea making facilities (without cooking facilities).




#32 Balcony overlooking the surrounding hills.




We finally checked in and we took a nap! We didn't want to get up, until Michael called us up to dinner. It was so sweet of him and his wife to invite us over for a BBQ dinner at their place. The funny part was we didn't know that they were staying at Fraser's Silverpark Resort as well! LOL! After freshening up, we drove out to town to get some drinks.

#36 The ONLY Mini-Market which supplies almost all daily wet and dry provisions opens from 9am to 10pm.


#38 He was a bit drunk. Ha ha..

#39 He is Michael's student, Mustafa from Yemen.

We all had a great time and enjoyed a wonderful dinner! And, I just realized that I didn't take pictures of the food. Urgh!

#40 Nightlife in Fraser's Hill is basically non-existent.

#41 Look at me! I was wearing a short jeans and sandals! It was FREEZING COLD at night and I nearly died! I hated being so forgetful. Oh well, serves me right.

Oh, by the way there is no petrol station up in Fraser's Hill, so remember to fill your tank before going uphill!

The next day,


Okay, I know you can't digest. Tell you about that in the next post! *grin*

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