#TSDayOut 2016: Race Your Heart Out, in The Wild and On Track

So, it was my birthday weekend and I decided to go a little bit wild and adventurous with my husband and son this year instead of the usual leisurely getaway. It’s a bit of a last minute ad-hoc decision.

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You see, Tourism Selangor announced that they will be hosting a yet another exciting outing and we decided to join in the fun. With the catchy hashtag #TSDayOut2016 for social media enthusiasts to use and share on their social media platforms throughout the program, Tourism Selangor promised to bring us on a full day of fun.

Interview with Tourism Selangor General Manager on TS Day Out Program

Not sure what TS DayOut is all about? Well, basically TS DayOut is a fun and interactive program initiated by Tourism Selangor to exclusively introduce interesting places in Selangor to the public and the members of the media. It is a long term effort to promote tourism events and attractions in Selangor. You may find out more about it in my interview video above with Puan Noorul Ashikin, the General Manager of Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd.

Our itinerary for #TSDayOut2016 was as follows:

*Photo hunt in Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil
* Experiencing 1000KM Endurance Race in Sepang F1 International Circuit
*Race your heart out at Sepang Go Kart Circuit

That’s just 3 items on the itinerary. Sounds boring and mediocre in comparison to my other trips? Wrong. It was fantastic. Here’s sharing with you what we did, in depth during #TSDayOut2016.

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First on our list; Photo hunt in Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil. Instead of following the transport provided by Tourism Selangor, we decided to drive for our own convenience to travel back home after the day is over.

Reaching Paya Indah Wetlands is not that tricky if you use Waze to navigate there. Basically, the place is
located about 15 minutes drive southwest of Putrajaya-Cyberjaya.

Paya Indah Wetlands is a man-made wetlands area built in 1998 on land which had been heavily degraded by tin mining and sand dredging activities. The excavations left by the mining works have been converted into lakes which is now a home to exotic creatures and beautiful plants.

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We met up with #TSDayOut2016 participants early in the morning at Paya Indah Wetlands and were briefed about the Photo Hunt and the mini competitions that we can participate during #TSDayOut2016.

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Participants were divided into groups. Our tasks was fairly simple. We just had to go on a bit of a treasure hunt where we have to snap pictures of certain landmarks and wildlife at Paya Indah Wetlands in the clues given. Basically the answers that we could figure out were just a lookout tower, crocodiles and hippos. So, we headed over to the Hippo Pond and snap some photos of them.

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Two hippos, originally from Botswana, live in the Hippo Pond enclosure.

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The best time to see them is feeding time 10am – 10:30am.

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They spend most of their time daily being semi-submerged in the lake to prevent their surprisingly sensitive skin from getting sunburnt.

Crocodile Feeding Time at Paya Indah Wetlands

After seeing the hippos eat their breakfast, we made way to the nearby crocodile lake just in time for the their feeding session.

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The crocodiles are fed at 11am – 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays.

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According to the Jabatan Perhilitan officer, the fierce-looking crocodiles were transported to Paya Indah from Langkawi.

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Being somewhat separated from our group as they were tasked finding other items on our photo hunt list, we had plenty of time to spare and headed over to the lookout tower. The tower provided us a 360 degree view of the whole area and we discovered that there’s much more to Paya Indah Wetlands than just the hippos and crocodiles. There’s horse’s stable where they houses some beautiful horses, a Laman Fauna where there’s porcupines and tortoise, and of course, the place where big and small birds lives.

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Stable housing some beautiful, healthy horses

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Horses in Paya Indah Wetlands

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Porcupine spotted.

Porcupine making an appearance in Paya Indah Wetlands

Porcupines are mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. They are actually huge and the ones living in Paya Wetlands are almost as big as a dog. The porcupines are nocturnal, and no, they are docile creatures and not dangerous. Contrary to the made up fiction and myths, they can’t shoot their quills at you.

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Tortoises

Tortoise spotted at Paya Indah Wetlands

Check out the video of the tortoise

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It is interesting to note that in Paya Indah Wetlands, the group of tortoises co-habited with the porcupines and heartwarming inter-species interaction between the tortoises and the porcupines can often be seen, where they often share feeding time and takes shelter together.

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Ducks spotted at Paya Indah Wetlands

Ducks swimming at Paya Indah Wetlands

Ducks swimming happily in the lake at Paya Indah Wetlands

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Pelicans.

Pelicans Swimming at Paya Indah Wetlands

The great white pelican is also known as the eastern white pelican, rosy pelican or white pelican is a bird in the pelican family and breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes.

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Apart from the wildlife inhabitants, other interesting thing about Paya Indah Wetlands is that they also provide bicycles for those who would like to cycle in the park.

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The bicycles can be rented for RM5 for 2 hours. Tricycles are provided for children under 6 years old at RM3 for 2 hours.

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Other notable facilities is Surau for the Muslims to pray.

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And not to mention there’s a playground for young children to play too.

The Department of Wildlife & National Parks (Jabatan Perhilitan) has done a good job over the years in regenerating an abandoned mining site into a family friendly eco-tourism attraction . There’s even accommodation offered at Paya Indah Wetlands.

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If you would like to spend a day or two back to nature in Paya Indah Wetlands, just check in for one of the park’s 29 Chalets. They offer double beds and are air conditioned for RM120 per night. Dormitories and a camp site are also available at RM 9 per person/site/night.

For more information on Paya Indah Wetlands, refer to their official website HERE.

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After spending some time playing Crocodile Hunter, we moved on to the second thing on our #TSDayOut2016 itinerary: Experience the1000KM Endurance Race in Sepang International Circuit.

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This is Sepang International Circuit. Here is where Adrenaline addiction and exhilaration began. I thought we would just be watching the 1000KM Endurance Race, but I was wrong. We were brought there to Sepang International Circuit to experience everything about Sepang like never before; up close and personal on track, watching Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race from various stands and of course, the behind the scenes things of what makes Sepang International Circuit ticks.

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Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race 2016 is a spin-off event from the hugely successful Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) , S1K pits production cars below 1900cc and has attracted international entries from as far as Australia and Japan.

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The 1000km race is about 181 laps and lasts about 12 hours non stop and the aim is not only to test the endurance of the car engines, but everyone involved as well.

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Racers needs to be physically and mentally fit to join the race.

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So does the pitstop crews,mechanics, engineers and medics.

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And of course, the grid girls needs to be able to literally stand the heat throughout the entire race as well

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Life on the fast track. Teabreak at Perdana Suite, Sepang International F1 Circuit. The place looks ordinary, no? Well, there’s more to it than just an ordinary building. This is where SIC hosts VVIPs, dignitaries, royalties during F1 racing and stuff. Strictly off limits to public without a pass.The view of the track from here is simply breathtaking and much better than the view at the Grand Stand.

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And now, we had the privileges to watch the 1000km race while having tea. Pretty much a blessed birthday weekend, I must say. I always love all the fast and furious thing.

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My view from Perdana Suite

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Race view from the Grand Stand

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Behind the scene at the Race Control Room

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Behind the scene at the Media Room

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The Media Room in Sepang International Circuit can accomodate more than 100 journalists at one time. Here is where breaking news on every single race held in Sepang International Circuit are made. This is, practically the news hub, connecting Sepang International Circuit and the rest of the world.

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Commentary room where live broadcasting of commentary is done for ongoing races.

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Behind the scene at the Pit Garage where the crews are hard at work, ensuring everything will be revving fine.

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Press conference room

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Podium. Yes, this is where racing champions are crowned and glorious national anthems are honoured.

Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race 2016 Highlights

Check out Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race Highlights by Adam Lau.

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After such an exhilarating time experiencing the 1000KM Endurance Race and going behind the scene at Sepang F1 International Circuit, it’s finally time to get our Adrenaline all pumped up and race our hearts out at Sepang International Kart Circuit. The Sepang International Kart Circuit is located within Sepang International Circuit. The track is 1.247km long and 10m wide with 11 challenging curves. The tarmac that is used is identical to the one on the main track to give the best racing experience for the go kart racers. Yes folks, #TSDayOut2016 brought us to experience Adrenaline rush on track; through Go Kart racing experience. And this time we’re not just witnessing the race but we get to go on track and literally race our hearts out with each other on the Go Karts. There’s prize involved for #TSDayOut2016 participants, of course, but we were mostly there not for the prize but just for the fun of it.

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And here’s us, getting ready to race our hearts out.

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Me, caught on track. I didn’t manage to get the best lap and win the race, but it was really a wonderful experience, to be able to feel how it’s like to race on track.

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#TSDayOut2016 participants who won the race against each other.

Wanna experience this? Well, gokart rental is pretty much reasonable, it’s as listed below:

1 Karts Series (RM 42.40/pax)
2 Karts Series (RM 106/pax)
3 Karts Series (RM159/pax)

For more information on GoKart racing in Sepang, you might wanna click HERE.

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One for the album before we call it a day.

#TSDayOut2016 was definitely a fun and interactive way to discover Selangor, but the best part is not that I get to go to interesting places that I’ve never been before, but I’ve also learned plenty of important things along the way and I’d join another one of the activities hosted by Tourism Selangor in a heartbeat.

Before I pen down, I’d like to say that Selangor have plenty of attractions that could win your heart over. Interesting places is just in our own backyard, so do come over and discover Selangor.

#TSDayOut2016: Go Kart Racing in Sepang International Kart Circuit

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Adrenaline junkie? A speed demon and is in need for speed? Well, get fast and furious in the Sepang International Kart Circuit. Located within Sepang International Circuit, the track is 1.247km long and 10m wide with 11 challenging curves. The tarmac that is used is identical to the one on the main track to give the best racing experience for the go kart racers.

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And here’s us, getting ready to race our hearts out.

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Me, caught on track. I didn’t manage to get the best lap and win the race, but it was really a wonderful experience, to be able to feel how it’s like to race on track.

Wanna experience this? Well, gokart rental is pretty much reasonable, it’s as listed below:

1 Karts Series (RM 42.40/pax)
2 Karts Series (RM 106/pax)
3 Karts Series (RM159/pax)

For more information on GoKart racing in Sepang, you might wanna click HERE.

#TSDayOut2016: Behind the Scene in Sepang International Circuit

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This is the Sepang International Circuit. Here is where Adrenaline addiction and exhilaration began. My virgin visit was with Tourism Selangor, during their #TSDayOut2016 program.

Initially I thought we would just be watching the 1000KM Endurance Race, but I was wrong. We were brought there to Sepang International Circuit to experience everything about Sepang like never before; up close and personal on track, watching Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race from various stands and of course, the behind the scenes things of what makes Sepang International Circuit ticks.

 photo IMG_7577_zps9lhrmetw.jpg

Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race 2016 is a spin-off event from the hugely successful Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) , S1K pits production cars below 1900cc and has attracted international entries from as far as Australia and Japan.

 photo IMG_7404_zpslhsxqzfh.jpg

The 1000km race is about 181 laps and lasts about 12 hours non stop and the aim is not only to test the endurance of the car engines, but everyone involved as well.

 photo IMG_1672_zpsxjwwy5ew.jpg

Racers needs to be physically and mentally fit to join the race.

 photo IMG_7454_zpskjivjhlz.jpg

So does the pitstop crews,mechanics, engineers and medics.

 photo IMG_7545_zpsrqsbutsf.jpg

And of course, the grid girls needs to be able to literally stand the heat throughout the entire race as well

 photo FB_IMG_1474285432653_zpsf9a38bxd.jpg

Life on the fast track. Teabreak at Perdana Suite, Sepang International F1 Circuit. The place looks ordinary, no? Well, there’s more to it than just an ordinary building. This is where SIC hosts VVIPs, dignitaries, royalties during F1 racing and stuff. Strictly off limits to public without a pass.The view of the track from here is simply breathtaking and much better than the view at the Grand Stand.

 photo FB_IMG_1474285436977_zpst1vktscw.jpg

And now, we had the privileges to watch the 1000km race while having tea. Pretty much a blessed birthday weekend, I must say. I always love all the fast and furious thing.

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My view from Perdana Suite

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Race view from the Grand Stand

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Behind the scene at the Race Control Room

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Behind the scene at the Media Room

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The Media Room in Sepang International Circuit can accomodate more than 100 journalists at one time. Here is where breaking news on every single race held in Sepang International Circuit are made. This is, practically the news hub, connecting Sepang International Circuit and the rest of the world.

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Commentary room where live broadcasting of commentary is done for ongoing races.

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Behind the scene at the Pit Garage where the crews are hard at work, ensuring everything will be revving fine.

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Press conference room

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Podium. Yes, this is where racing champions are crowned and glorious national anthems are honoured.

Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race 2016 Highlights

Check out Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race Highlights by Adam Lau.

TS DayOut 2016: Paya Indah Wetlands

There’s plenty of family friendly eco-attractions in Selangor, and here’s one that I think you would enjoy if you want to spend time with your family without blowing up your pocket.

Paya Indah Wetlands, located in between of Cyberjaya offers fascinating wonder to all nature lovers around.Paya Indah Wetlands is a man-made wetlands area built in 1998 on land which had been heavily degraded by tin mining and sand dredging activities. The excavations left by the mining works have been converted into lakes which is now a home to exotic creatures and beautiful plants.

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Reaching Paya Indah Wetlands is not that tricky if you use Waze to navigate there. The place is
located about 15 minutes drive southwest of Putrajaya-Cyberjaya.

The main attractions here is of course, the wildlife inhabitants. Divided into a few sections, Paya Indah Wetlands houses animals like hippo, crocodiles and many more in safe enclosure for breeding and documentary purposes.

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Two hippos, originally from Botswana, live in the Hippo Pond enclosure.

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The best time to see them is feeding time 10am – 10:30am.

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They spend most of their time daily being semi-submerged in the lake to prevent their surprisingly sensitive skin from getting sunburnt.

Crocodile Feeding Time at Paya Indah Wetlands

Crococodiles in their lake, during their feeding session.

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The crocodiles are fed at 11am – 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays.

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According to the Jabatan Perhilitan officer, the fierce-looking crocodiles were transported to Paya Indah from Langkawi.

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If you want to catch a magnificent foresty view, just head over to the Paya Indah Wetlands Observatory Tower. During my previous visit with Tourism Selangor for #TSDayOut2016, the tower provided a 360′ degree view of the whole area and we discovered that there’s much more to Paya Indah Wetlands than just the hippos and crocodiles. There’s horse’s stable where they houses some beautiful horses, a Laman Fauna where there’s porcupines and tortoises, and of course, the place where big and small birds lives.

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Stable housing some beautiful, healthy horses

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Horses in Paya Indah Wetlands

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Porcupine spotted.

Porcupine making an appearance in Paya Indah Wetlands

Porcupines are mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. They are actually huge and the ones living in Paya Wetlands are almost as big as a dog. The porcupines are nocturnal, and no, they are docile creatures and not dangerous. Contrary to the made up fiction and myths, they can’t shoot their quills at you.

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Tortoises

Tortoise spotted at Paya Indah Wetlands

Check out the video of the tortoise

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It is interesting to note that in Paya Indah Wetlands, the group of tortoises co-habited with the porcupines and heartwarming inter-species interaction between the tortoises and the porcupines can often be seen, where they often share feeding time and takes shelter together.

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Ducks spotted at Paya Indah Wetlands

Ducks swimming at Paya Indah Wetlands

Ducks swimming happily in the lake at Paya Indah Wetlands

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Pelicans

Pelicans Swimming at Paya Indah Wetlands

The great white pelican is also known as the eastern white pelican, rosy pelican or white pelican is a bird in the pelican family and breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes.

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Apart from the wildlife inhabitants, other interesting thing about Paya Indah Wetlands is that they also provide bicycles for those who would like to cycle in the park.

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The bicycles can be rented for RM5 for 2 hours. Tricycles are provided for children under 6 years old at RM3 for 2 hours.

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Other notable facilities is Surau for the Muslims to pray.

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And not to mention there’s a playground for young children to play too.

The Department of Wildlife & National Parks (Jabatan Perhilitan) has done a good job over the years in regenerating an abandoned mining site into a family friendly eco-tourism attraction . There’s even accommodation offered at Paya Indah Wetlands.

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If you would like to spend a day or two back to nature in Paya Indah Wetlands, just check in for one of the park’s 29 Chalets. They offer double beds and are air conditioned for RM120 per night. Dormitories and a camp site are also available at RM 9 per person/site/night.

For more information on Paya Indah Wetlands, refer to their official website HERE.

Must Visit Attractions in Melaka in 1 Day

Melaka is a state in Malaysia and located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and Johor to the south.

Located about 148 kilometres south east of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, 235 kilometres north west of Johor’s largest city Johor Bahru, and 95 km north west of Johor’s second largest city, Batu Pahat, Melaka historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008 and have plenty of must visit attractions for tourists and travelers to explore.

One day is simply not enough if you would like to visit all the historical places in Melaka but if you just have one day to spare and would like to just do the touristy things in Melaka, here’s some brief, must visit recommendations of where to go in Melaka in just one day.

1. Freeport A’Famosa Outlet, Ayer Keroh, Melaka

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If you are a shopper, you’d appreciate this newly opened mall.

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Freeport A’Famosa is located near the A’Famosa Resort and offers great deals whole year through. The mall have live sized boardgames for you to play and these are scattered around it’s property, making it not only a nice place to shop, but a fun and interactive place to visit with your family and friends.

Bonus? This mall also have splendid instagram-worthy architecture for your photo taking pleasure.

2. Melaka Nyonya Village

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This restaurant is not just your ordinary restaurant serving Baba&Nyonya Delicacies, but it also serves as a hub for culture lovers.

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Their waiter and waitresses doubles as performers and if you love watching live cultural performance while you dine, this is the place to go.

3. Dissendium Theatre

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Dissendium Theatre is located just beside Nyonya Culture Village,

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Dissendium Theatre offers you a whole hour of fascination and wonder through its international magic and illusion performance by both local and international illusionists. For more info on this attraction, click HERE

4. 5D Art Gallery

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3D are the things of the past.

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Visit 5D Art Gallery and indulge yourself in all your photography needs with the props and illusions provided by 5D Art Gallery. For more info on this attraction, click HERE

5. Mamee House, Jonker Street

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A huge fan of snacks? Visit Mamee House in Jonker Street and learn all about Mamee Snacks. There’s Mamee Gallery where you will shown the history of Mamee.

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Mamee House, Jonker Street also offers interactive workshops where you can learn how to make your own Mamee Snacks or instant noodles. Walk in for these workshops is welcomed but advance booking is recommended as availability for the workshops is limited. You may buy your souvenirs from the merchandise section of the Mamee House, Jonker Street and you may also keep your tummy filled at the Cafe section of the Mamee House, Jonker Street. For more info on this attraction, click HERE.

6. The Shore Oceanarium

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Located at second floor of The Shore mall, Oceanarium is one of the newest must visit attractions in Melaka.

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The Oceanarium is a walk in aquarium where you can get up close and personal with oceanic creatures. For more info on this attraction, click HERE.

7. The Sky Tower, The Shore

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The Sky Tower at The Shore offers a fantastic aerial view of Melaka. You can see sunset and it is indeed a romantic place.The sky box, however is not for the faint hearted or for those who have height phobia. For more info on this attraction, click HERE

8. The Pirates Adventures

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Located just nearby the Dataran Pahlawan and the iconic Porta de Santiago and A’Famosa, the Pirates Adventures offers an up close and personal encounters with real life pirates.

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Board the ship and embark on your own adventures to seek for treasures hidden in the ship.

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A forewarning; not for the scaredycats as the pirates will come and scare you away for trying to find the hidden treasure. For more info on this attraction, click HERE.

This are just a brief guide on where you can go in Melaka in just one day. To find out more about these places, click the links to find out more.

It’s Party Time with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

When life gives you a reason to celebrate, look no further than The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  for a selection of 15 different party packs to suit every occasion.

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A gracious host is always anxious to create a suitable, stress-free environment so guests can enjoy themselves. With the new CB&TL Party Packs, planning a party becomes a breeze. Simply view, select and pre-order online. The new and re-imagined Party Packs from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® are carefully curated and designed to help anyone organise a classy party experience, without the stress of choosing from a long list of menu items. With this peace of mind, you can concentrate on your guests and have a good time yourselves.

You can choose from sweet selections such as Chocolate Delight, Citrus Carnival and Tart Attack, or savoury selections such as Quiche Delish, Puffs n’ Pies and Cali Sliders.

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Say Cheese selection

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Cute Baby Bear Cupcakes

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Bagel Mania

This is an extension of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s continuous efforts to provide an environment where great conversations are shared and good memories are created. For more information on the party pack, click HERE

Raikan Tetamu Anda Dengan The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Setiap tuan rumah pastinya meinginkan suasana selesa dan menyenangkan ketika melayan tetamu; dengan Pek Parti CB&TL baharu, segalanya menjadi lebih mudah untuk mengadakan parti. Anda  hanya perlu lihat, pilih dan pra-tempah di laman web sahaja.

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Kini, perancangan parti lebih mudah dan menyeronokkan dengan tiga kategori pilihan iaitu Party Classics, Party Signature atau Party Premium. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CB&TL) menjadi menawarkan15 pek parti berbeza untuk setiap majlis. Pek Parti baharu dengan sentuhan berbeza daripada The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CB&TL) ini direka khas untuk memudahkan lagi sesiapa sahaja yang ingin mengadakan parti dengan penuh gaya, tanpa perlu runsing untuk memilih makanan daripada menu yang panjang. Dengan pek parti yang ditawarkan oleh The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, anda boleh melayan tetamu dengan mesra tanpa perlu risau tentang makanan. Majlis anda pasti  akan menjadi lebih meriah.

Anda boleh memilih sama parti pek daripada pilihan manis seperti Chocolate Delight, Citrus Carnival dan Tart Attack; atau pilihan lain seperti Quiche Delish, Puffs n’ Pies dan Cali Sliders.

Untuk menambah lagi keterujaan dalam Pek Parti ini, CB&TL juga mempersembahkan dua teh ‘whole leaf oolong’ baharu yang diperoleh dari Pergunungan Nantou County  di Taiwan – Osmanthus Oolong merupakan campuran separuh penuh dengan aroma dan rasa bungaan, sementara Tung Ting Oolong Edisi Terhad menyeriakan deria anda dengan rasa pic dan aroma bungaan yang separa manis. Proses pembuatan Osmanthus Oolong memerlukan ketetapan masa bersesuaian dan melibatkan proses berperingkat seperti yang dilakukan generasi terdahulu; ini termasuklah memetik bunga Osmanthus setahun sekali pada waktu bersesuaian ketika ia masih segar dan proses menggelek sebanyak empat kali untuk meningkatkan rasa daun teh. Daun teh Tung Ting Oolong perlu melalui proses eksklusif sebanyak 14 peringkat, bermula dengan memetik dua daun paling segar dan putik bunganya.

Antara pilihan yang menarik dari The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf:

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Say Cheese

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Cupcakes Baby Bear yang comel

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Bagel Mania

Terokai lebih lagi tentang teh-teh ini dan kesemua pilihan 15 Pek Parti dan ketahui lebih lanjut tentang tawaran terbaharu CB&TL, berita dan promosi di www.coffeebean.com.my atau ikuti CB&TL di laman Facebook  www.facebook.com/CBTLMalaysiaPage atau akaun instagram CB&TL di @coffeebeanMY.

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Ultraman Live in Genting 2016: Ultraman Returns-Revenge of the Baltans

Are you an Ultraman fan? I’m definitely a fangirl. I grew up with Ultraman Tiga in my youth and I still look him up on Youtube occasionally whenever I’m in need of some heroic inspiration. Remember last year I wrote about my  experience watching Ultraman Live in Genting 2015? Well, the show is back. Ultraman Live in Genting 2016 is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level with a heroic show unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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Ultraman Live in Genting 2016 being revealed in a press conference in Pavillion KL.

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According to Mr.Kevin Tann
VP of Events, Promotions and Entertainment of Resorts World Genting and Mr. Tanaka of Tsuburaya in the press conference, the Ultra Fighters are back with more actions this year.

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The show’s producers,Tsuburaya Productions, have crafted the show with more high-tech stagecraft and thrilling action scenes. Performed by a full crew from Japan, the show features popular characters like Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Ginga S, Ultraman Tiga, Ultra Seven, Ultraman, Ultraman Leo, Father of Ultra, Mother of Ultra, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X. Ultraman Returns: Revenge of the Baltans also promises.

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Here’s sharing a synopsis of Ultraman Live in Genting 2016  case you are wondering what it will be about:

A year after the Ultra Fighters defeated the Alien Baltans, humans no longer regard the Ultra Fighters as the Warriors of Light that they once was in awe of. The Ultra Fighters are seen wrecking havoc on the city. Something is terribly wrong.Soon enough it was discovered that they are the Dark Warriors, instructed by the Alien Baltans to seek revenge upon Earth. The battle for earth continues, the Ultra Fighters returns to find a way to defeat the Alien Baltans once and for all.

Ultraman Live in Genting will be staged at Genting International Showroom (GISR) from 5th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017, so what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now before it is sold out.

Ultraman Returns: Revenge of the Baltans
Date: 5 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017 (daily)
Venue: Genting International Showroom (GISR)
Time: 4pm* & 8pm

There will be roadshows and whatnot in Pavillion KL to welcome the heroes. Updates on their appearances can be found on Resorts World Genting Facebook Page.

For more information on Ultraman Live in Genting 2016, please call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Colours of Malaysia Performance by Orkestra Traditional Malaysia

I was on my way to MaTic in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur to watch the Colours of Malaysia Performance by Orkestra Traditional Malaysia when I met a Japanese and Korean tourist on the GoKL bus. They were heading to MaTic to watch the performance like me too. Intending to be a good host, I introduced myself to them and we exchanged contacts with each other.

The Japanese tourist, whose name is Miyako was all excited about the cultural performance that we will be watching that night. Apparently she is a huge fan of all things cultural and wishes to learn more about the cultural diversity in Malaysia. But she made a couple of statements that rendered me speechless. One of it is that she thinks that it is a shame that Islamization in Malaysia has somewhat restricted culture and heritage preservation. I wanted to tell her that it is not true, but I zipped up my mouth as there are truth in her words.

Islamization has indeed somewhat stopped some of the Malay culture from being passed down to the younger generation. For example, plays and dances with ritualistic elements like “Mak Yong”, “Main Puteri”, and “Ulek Mayang”, is somewhat prohibited by the religious authorities and we don’t see such dance and plays so openly anymore.

Like what Miyako say, Islamization in Malaysia has also changed the way Malay-Muslims in Malaysia dressed. Clothing that’s similar to Arabian robes are much more prefered during festive seasons in comparison to the traditional Malay clothing that the elder generations used to wear.

I have nothing to say to defend against Miyako’s words, sadly. And I will refrain from making any sensitive statements as while I can see that there are truth in her words, I would like to believe that efforts are being made by various bodies and authorities in Malaysia to preserves the unique cultures in Malaysia.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture and JKKN have been aggresively campaigning to introduce and also reintroduce traditional Malaysian culture to not only the people of Malaysia, but to tourists as well.

One of their efforts, I believe is the Colours of Malaysia Performance by Orkestra Traditional Malaysia that we had the privilege to watch that night in MaTic. The entry to the performance was free of charge and all is welcome to watch.

Colours of Malaysia Performance by Orkestra Traditional Malaysia was led by the lively and talented conductor, Mr. Yazid Zakaria.

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Mr. Yazid Zakaria introducing the orchestra members.

Orkestra Traditional Malaysia: Colours of Malaysia- Canggung

One of the traditional song being played. This one is ‘Canggung’, originating from Perlis.

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A traditional song from Sarawak

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Joget Pahang

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Dancers in beautiful costumes dancing to the tune of the instruments.

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Beautifully choreographed dance

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Dancers dancing to the song ‘Boria’ originating from the Pearl of The Orient, Penang.

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Pretty ladies dancing ‘Joget’

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And what’s a Joget without a partner?

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Graceful dancing by the ladies

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The musical instrument ‘Er Hu’ being played.

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A member of Orkestra Traditional Malaysia playing the Seruling.

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The performances that night was nothing short of fantastic. Audiences were not only entertained by beautiful music but Conductor Yazid Zakaria made sure everyone had fun too. There’s plenty of interactive gimmicks. Audiences were also invited to dance on stage too. Yes, yes. I danced on stage with my son too. No. They did not pull us up there. I volunteered and drag my son along. I thought, why not? It was a good and clean fun.

Colours of Malaysia Performance by Orkestra Traditional Malaysia was indeed a wonderful experience and I thought that it is a good way to showcase the cultural diversity in Malaysia to the world. I’m definitely looking forward for more and hope this will be a continuos effort.

Get Noticed. Be Outstanding. Speak with Confidence

Public speaking is one of the scariest thing for most people. I’m quite a talkative person in nature. But this is only true when you get to know me better. I usually don’t like to talk to people whom I just made acquaintance with. It feels just so weird and awkward and I always have the nagging feeling that people is scrutinizing me as I speak, in my opinion. I also have fear of speaking in public, and while I have someone overcame my fear for the camera through loads of selfie sessions with my smartphone, I have yet to overcome my stage fright. I don’t know why I’ve become a person with no confidence. I used to be such a bold and daring person but I suspect adulthood has something to do with it as people mercilessly scrutinize me all the time and I suspect, are waiting for me to make a mistake and rub it to my face.

Yes, speaking publicly is terrifying and more often than not, when I’m placed in such predicament, I would stammer. But I don’t intend to let this go on. Being in the media line, I’m required to verbally communicate in public a lot and I surely hope I can speak in an outstanding manner and impress people while I’m at it.

I was looking for some sort of consultant to groom me and help me boost my confidence when an old friend, Josh Lim approached me and told me that he provides such service.

I have yet to try it out due to time constraint, but here’s sharing his service, just in case you have confidence issues too and would like to rectify that.

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This program is designed to help people introduce & talk about themselves in more interesting ways & have better conversations and  reduce their accents, avoid common mistakes & speak more clearly (non-native English speakers). Trust me, reducing ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ will make a huge difference in your life. Well even if it doesn’t, it will still at least make you stand out above the rest.

The starter package of RM150 includes:

➡️  One-on-one meetup or video call with Josh Lim to assess and improve your current speaking capabilities (1 hour)
➡️  Josh will work together with you to produce a 1-2 paragraph biography/introduction of you in professional/casual English as you prefer, which you can use in social media or publications
➡️  A before and after training video of you introducing yourself that you can keep for reference
➡️  Identify key areas you can improve as well as identify your common verbal mistakes (eg ums & ahs)
➡️  Advise you based on your current social network & friends, on how you can plan activities and make the right environment so that your speaking and confidence can continually grow.
➡️  A 30 minute follow up session over Whatsapp, one week later to recap progress and improvement

Do watch the videos on this product page if you’d like to get an idea of his speaking capabilities as well as how he help to train people with their speech.
http://likes.love/SpeakBetterPP

Follow up and advanced training will be billed between RM100-RM250 per hour, depending on client requirements & your targets. If you wish to have a free 15 minute consultation, fill in this form (click & press Sign Up):
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Or you may contact Josh Lim at:  +60123995674 for further details.

I for one would like to make a breakthrough in boosting my confidence and get over the fear of speaking in public. Now, who’s with me?