Friday, May 25, 2007

Things You don't find in Malaysia


I decided to try something heavenly and decadent that can't be found in Malaysia.

The one on the left is New York Cheesecake and the other one is the Original Glazed.

The doughnuts are actually very "light" feeling and not the heavy dough types that are normally sold at food stalls here. I preferred the Original Glazed compared to the cheesecake variety. It isn't overtly sweet, just nice.

On the last night, I pop into the place again and bought another 2! Maybe it was almost closing time, the staff offered everyone a piece of complimentary warm doughnut

The one closer to the camera is Glazed Chocolate Cake and the other one is Chocolate Iced Glazed. Both were perfect. Now if only they have a chain in Malaysia, the fitness centers would have booming business.

Back in Manila, Late April 07

I had been flying over to Manila for a few times since 2005 and this place have always been special to me. However, this would probably be the last for a long time to come. I will miss the contradictory nature of this place.

From a prosperous nation in the 60s and 70s, plain mismanagement and politics had dragged the country down.

Despite the wide disparity between the haves and have-nots, you could see Filipinos at all levels full of determination in moving forward with a smile and a song.

Abject poverty doesn't seem to put them off from eking a living by running simple enterprises.

Of course there are other reasons why I would always remember Manila...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Visit to A-Famosa Animal World Safari, Malacca - 10th September 2002

This post is actually taken from one of my old websites. I did not actually manage to finish the write up at that time but here are the pictures anyway.

I had decided to check out the A-Famosa Animal World Safari before recommending my friends to visit it. Conveniently located off the Alor Gajah exit on the PLUS north-south highway, it is about 1.5 hours away from KL or 15 minutes from Malacca. Upon exiting from the toll plaza, turn left at the roundabout. At time of my visit, there were no advertisement sign near the roundabout except for the road signs located in the middle of the roundabout. Bad idea - since there was a big sign put up for the national day celebrations that blocks the view.
The A-famosa resort is a big family oriented resort with hotel, holiday banglows, water theme park, riding and lots of other recreational facilities. Upon driving into the area, I felt very relaxed. The landscape has been well laid out with wide roads and big shady trees along the way.
The Animal World Safari is located quite a distance away from the entrance but the road signs are adequate. Upon reaching, I was surprised that each car would be charged RM2 for parking fees. I glossed over this minor issue (but more would be on the way), paid the fees and parked my car.
Tickets are RM32 for Malaysian adults. Foreigners have to pay slightly more for entrance.

The entrance to the Animal World

There's an hatchery for kids who don't know where KFC comes from.

The bird show.




The Elephant Show.

The Malayan Sun Bear

The trip to Monkey Island

There's also a cowboy show....what has it got to do with the Animal theme..?? But it was fun.

Mind if I took a sip?

Mind if I took a dip?

The multi-animal show