Fish&Co Ramadan Buffet 2015

Looking for some fresh and tasty catch fresh from the sea for breaking your fast during the upcoming Ramadan? Well, I have a few places in mind but there is one in particular that I would like to highlight: Fish&Co, a famous restaurant that serves their food not in plates but in a pan. Interesting concept. From the sea, straight to the frying pan.

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Launching of Fish&Co Ramadan 2015 Buffet. This year, Fish&Co will be collaborating with Dato Fazley Yaakob ( Masterchef Malaysia) who owns Suka Sucre to serve delectable desserts to those who patronize Fish&Co Pavilion (buffet spread promo) throughout Ramadan.

The buffet spread however, is only exclusively available in Fish&Co Pavilion.

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Apart from the buffet, Fish&Co also have this Ramadan set special for those small eaters or those who prefers to eat in moderation for iftar.

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Featuring this coming Ramadan are these lovely catch.

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Generous buffet spread ranging from almost everything on the menu, pasta, seafood pizza, spiced rice, assorted fishes, calamari etc.

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Desserts served is exclusively from Suka Sucre.

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Here is what my son and I had during the preview. A bit of everything and as usual, having sweet tooth and can never go without desserts, my son requested for extra dessert. Suka Sucre has outdone themselves in making desserts. The cakes, macarons and creampuffs are just divine. Not overly sweet or cloying.

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Here is what’s on my plate: East meet West. Some rice and pasta. The rice is mediocre in my opinion but the Marinara Spaghetti was exceptional. The fish and chips are a tad too greasy for me, but I guess it was still tolerable.

Overall, I approve Fish&Co for iftar. Apart from being spoiled for choices, staff are attentive too and refilling of the buffet was done in a timely manner.

The buffet at Fish&Co Pavilion KL is available from 22nd June 2015 to 17th July 2015.

Price:

Adults
RM52.95 nett/pax (early birds)
RM59.95 nett/pax (walk in)

Children
RM29.95 nett/pax

For booking and reservation please click HERE

To get more info on their current and ongoing promo, please go here: http://www.fish-co.com.my

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon Launch First Restaurant in Malaysia

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I have blogged about Hanamaru Udon restaurant, Mid Valley quite some time ago here during their media preview: Yoshinoya & Hanamaru Udon Midvalley, Kuala Lumpur – http://cleffairy.com/yoshinoya-hanamaru-udon-midvalley-kuala-lumpur/

Although they have opened their doors to hungry patrons, they have yet to launch officially. Malaysia welcomed the arrival of Japan’s renowned Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon at Mid Valley Megamall today.

The grand launch was officiated by Mr. Yasutaka Kawamura, President and CEO of Yoshinoya Holdings Co. Ltd, Mr. Tetsuya Naruse, CEO of Hanamaru Inc. and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Fumihiko Konishi, Executive Chairman of Texchem Resources Berhad. In true Malaysian fashion, the event was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the traditional Lion Dance that symbolises prosperity and luck for new businesses followed by the sampling of the menu.

The flagship store is located at the 3rd floor of Mid Valley Megamall. At 300 square meters, the self-service restaurant offers Yoshinoya on one side and Hanamaru Udon on the other, with Azuki Café in the middle, to quench thirst with drinks inspired by Japanese taste.

Wanna know what I think of the food there? Check out my blog post HERE.

The Legend of Nessie, Curry-fied Version

I intend to post this up earlier, but hey, things have been rather hectic and I could scarcely breathe. Here’s sharing with you my submission for the New Zealand Food Connection Chef Challenge; The Legend of Nessie, The Curry-fied Version.

Why the weird name for my dish? Well, let’s say it is a three generation’s masterpiece and somehow my son had a hand in plating the dish.

Not quite my own recipe, but it is something that I learned from my mother, so here’s sharing with you how to make The Legend of Nessie, The Curry-fied Version.

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Ingredients:

1 rack of Pure South Lamb Ribs, cut
2 potatoes, peeled and cut
Curry paste of your choice
3 tablespoon of Anchor Pure New Zealand butter
Garlic, ginger, shallots, pounded
Curry leaves
Tomatoes
3 cups of water
Salt to taste

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The main ingredient is this, Pure South Lamb Ribs.

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No trimming of fat is needed in this recipe.

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It is common to add in coconut milk or yoghurt into curries but this time I omitted those and used Anchor Pure New Zealand butter for the milky and rich taste instead.

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Melt 3 tablespoon of Anchor Pure New Zealand butter and sautee the mixture of pounded ginger, shallots and garlic as well as the curry leaves before adding in the curry paste. Simmer til fragrant.

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Add in Pure South Lamb Ribs and potatoes and salt to taste. Simmer about 20 minutes under slow fire til cooked.

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Take out from the pot and plate it. Best served piping hot with steamed rice, but if you wanna go all Western, just have it the way you’d do a lambchop. :P Food is subjective anyway. ;)

New Zealand Food Connection

Life have been wonderfully hectic for me. I’ve been going places, exploring beautiful destinations in Malaysia with my family and I can honestly say that despite all the jet lag and fatigue I’ve been getting, it was all still worth it. I had just came back from a yet another trip and was informed that there is some sort of food fair going on. New Zealand food, no less and I thought it is worth checking out.

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The food fair/exhibition was held in Intercontinental Hotel in conjunction of New Zealand week celebrations in Malaysia.

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Familiar brand like Pure South also made an appearance here in the New Zealand Food Connection event.

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Sweet, crunchy apples from New Zealand.

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Spotted some Anchor Pure butter here

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Starbucks addicts would most definitely recognize these Tandem pancakes.

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Kapiti ice cream for those who have sweet tooth.

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Plenty of food sampling session going on for the visitors’ gastronomic pleasure.

Apart from showcasing hot selling items and food produce from New Zealand, there is also food demonstration done by Masterchef New Zealand, the beautiful Chef Nadia Lim. Here’s the beautiful chef giving some cooking demo by using some of the ingredients found in the New Zealand Food Connection. Nadia was here at Food Connection to show off her cooking skill. Food Connection is one of a series of events being held this year in KL and around the region to celebrate the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s relationship with ASEAN. New Zealand’s trading relationship with the region is underpinned by a number of Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with ASEAN itself and a number of individual member states, including Malaysia.

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There is a New Zealand Food Connection Chef Challenge going on, and here is my loot for it. I’m no Masterchef but do stay tune to my next post to see if I could actually cook up something without destroying the kitchen. ;)

DressingPaula, Midvalley Kuala Lumpur

I’m always on the go, traveling here and there, and packing my outfits can be quite troublesome as I need something that is suitable for both work and leisure whenever I’m on the go. I’m always on a lookout for some versatile apparels; something that I can look smart in and at the same time, can be worn for casual affairs. Being very petite, it can be pretty challenging but I discovered that DressingPaula have some apparels that suits me.

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DressingPaula launched it’s new store in Midvalley Megamall with Spring/Summer 2015 Showcase today, and I have to say that I’m quite impressed.

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Here’s celebrities and models donning outfits from DressingPaula. Just the kind of apparels I’ve been looking for; smart enough for work but at the same time, chic enough for leisure. The apparels indeed lived up to their tagline ‘Women Before Clothes’ where the outfits accentuates the curves of the ladies who are wearing the clothes.

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Some of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection from DressingPaula.

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Got to love the floral themed dresses worn by the model here. Wishes I could get one but their XS size was out of stock when I enquired. It must be a hot selling item here in DressingPaula.

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Despite of not being able to get the dress that I have been eyeing for, I still managed to get myself two dresses and a blouse. ;)and yes…at the end of the day, I’m still a happy girl. Will be sharing more about the outfit that I bought soon. ;) Perhaps in my next trip write up. :p

DressingPaula is available in Avenue K, Pavilion KL, Mid Valley, Sunway Pyramid, Queensbay Mall and Gurney Paragon in Penang as well as Parkson 1 Utama, Parkson Imago Mall in Kota Kinabalu and Parkson Mahkota Parade in Malacca. 

For more information on DressingPaula, please visit :

Website: http://www.dressingpaula.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dressingpaula

Attractions in Putrajaya: Sky Rides Festivals Park

Did you have a favourite movie when you were a child? I have a few. Apart from Lois&Clark The New Adventures of Superman, the one that inspired me to be a writer today, I have a few more favourite movies that made quite an impression on me as a child. One of them is ‘The Chipmunks Adventure’. Basically the movie is about a bunch of chipmunks going around the world in a hot air balloon. I watched that movie over and over again as a child. Great movie. It showed the adventures of the chipmunks, where they go to different  places, different continents with the hot air balloon. Since then, I always dreamed of going around the world in one.

I’m all grown up now. Although going around the world in a hot air balloon seems like a rather farfetched dream, it became a reality to me last week. Well, almost. I may not be able fly around the world in a hot air balloon, but I now could ride in one.

There’s this new attraction in Putrajaya where you can ride a tethered helium balloon. It won’t exactly bring you to travel all around the world, but it will enable you to get a fantastic view of Putrajaya from above.

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Here’s introducing the Sky Rides Festivals Park.

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Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the theme park has been elevated to the country’s new top tourism destination for the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFEST) 2015 initiative.

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The park’s main attraction is the Skyrides Balloon, touted as Malaysia’s first and largest tethered balloon ride, which will lift visitors to a height of 120m, offering an unprecedented view of Putrajaya and its surrounding areas. As a new attraction in Malaysia, SkyRides Balloon is set to entice foreign tourists to visit Malaysia to experience the thrilling ride, which is built over water.

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My family and I managed to get a ride on it and the experience was absolutely breathtaking. Here is a picture of our balloon from below during takeoff. My son and I loves it so much and we would ride on it again in a heart beat if we were given another opportunity for it.

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Putrajaya at night from above. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

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This picture was taken while we were riding in the balloon. One of my favourite shot. :)

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Other interesting activities at the park include SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge. An obstacle course that is wonderful for team building activities.

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The place is also very children friendly. There is SkyKids area for little children to play indoors.

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And also outdoor, where there is plenty of inflatable playground awaits.

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SkyDemo, on the other hand is great for art and crafts enthusiast. Arts and crafts demo is done here daily and apart from learning how to make traditional crafts here, you can also buy souvenirs and bring all the memories home.

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Another thing that is worth mentioning in the park is the Sky Cruise, where you can ride on a boat and cruise along the Putrajaya lake. Here’s the gondola-like boat you can ride. This one is known as the ‘Dondang Sayang’ boat. Apart from the Dondang Sayang, there is also the Kelah. You may read about my experience aboard that one HERE.

The Sky Rides Festivals Park implemented quite an interesting concept where there is things to do by all three Land, Lake and Sky and there is something for everyone in the family. It is really a one of a kind fun filled theme park and do give it a visit soon if you are looking for some great bonding time with your loved ones.

The theme park is located at Presint 2, Putrajaya. The landmark for it is the Monument Alaf Baru.

Wings of KKB 2015 Gala Dinner at Awana Resort Hotel Genting

After a long day trekking and birdwatching, it’s time for a rather glamorous night. There was this Wings of KKB 2015 Gala dinner to celebrate all the bird racers and bird watchers who came for the event from all over the world. Naturally, as a member of the media, we were invited to enjoy the night too, and so after getting my son and husband out from the pool, we quickly took a bath and get dressed before heading over to Kenyalang Hall where the scrumptious buffet spread awaits us.

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After the welcoming speech from the emcee and representative from MDHS and Resort World Genting, there’s also the launching of a coffee table book that night. I did not have the opportunity to have a look at the book yet, though. Such misfortune. It looks pretty interesting with all the birds and attractions around Selangor in it.

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Apart from the generous buffet spread, there is performances from various artists throughout the night, hailing from Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. Here’s The Recycle Band performing their numbers. It is interesting to note that all their musical instruments are pretty much extraordinary. They are all 100% made from recycled materials.

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There was also traditional dance performance that night. The ‘Tari Piring’ (literally translated as the dance of the plates). It is a dramatic dance from Minangkabau where dancers used plates to perform their mesmerizing dance. The dance showcases an exceptional feature of placing porcelain or ceramic plates on both open palms of dancers as they perform fast and vibrant choreographies that involve the swaying of plates to every direction and even turning them upside down with their palms turned down.  Amazingly, whatever energetic moves the dancers make, the plates continue to stick as if glued to their palms.

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It was indeed an entertaining night. Here’s one for the album. Spot me in there? :P Special mention of gratitude for my sponsors: My outfit for the night was by H&M, shoes from XES, accessories by Chameleon and last but not least, my contact lenses was from Freshlook and make up was sponsored by L’oreal Paris Malaysia. Thanks for making me look fabulous and thanks to Resort World Genting for having us in Awana Resort Hotel that weekend for Wings of KKB 2015.
 

Awana Resort Hotel, Genting Highlands

Hunting for birds… I mean birdwatching is not easy, especially when the weather was pretty much scorching hot. I ended up drenched in my own sweat by evening, so I was glad when the day draws it’s curtain and it’s time for us us to retreat to Awana Resort Genting Highlands. It means I can finally take a bath and put my feet up for a rest. Awana Resorts Genting was the last checkpoint for the Wings of KKB 2015: Selangor Bird Race, and words has it that the area around Awana is a home to a lot of rare birds.

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We arrived at the lobby and the good folks from MDHS and Tourism Malaysia Selangor welcomes us and briefed us about the program that night, which was the gala dinner.

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Awana Resort Genting is the accommodation sponsor for Wings of KKB 2015: Selangor Bird Race. It is a family friendly hotel situated 4km before the peak of Genting Highlands at Gohtong Jaya, a short distance after the town roundabout. The resort provides accommodation in 413 family rooms, split between a pagoda tower and condominium blocks below that houses studio apartment units. The resort’s spacious land area provides for a wide range of recreational facilities that include an 18-hole golf course, team building circuit, swimming pools and sports courts. A grand ballroom and 16 function halls of various sizes provide space for events and conventions, while there are five food & beverage outlets. A free shuttle service is provided to the peak at scheduled times during the day.

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My family and I were given a suite with two Queen sized bed and a bathroom ensuite. As a family travel activist, we usually don’t fuss much on accommodations. I for one is fine with two single beds; where I usually share one with my husband. Ahem…I love to cuddle while sleeping and I kinda dont like big beds as I tend to get ‘lost’ in big beds. :P Our son on the other hand, sleeps on one bed on his own but we were really pleased nevertheless when we were given such a spacious room to stay for the night.

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Toilet was squeaky clean.

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Regular sized bathtub. Not big enough for some water play activities but it was good enough for us. Functional for families.

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Living room. With small section for coffee or some short chit chat.

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Unlike the First World Hotel Genting, where only ceiling fans are available in each rooms for air ventilation purposes, Awana Resorts provides both fan and air conditioner for guests’ pleasure. I suppose it got something to do with the altitude and temperature. The temperature is not that cold in Awana Resorts in comparison to First World Hotel or Genting Grand, hence air conditioner is needed for those sunny days.

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We were given smoker friendly room, by the way. Guests is allowed to smoke at the balcony. Something that pleases my smoker husband immensely, I reckon.

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It’s time for some for some R&R before the gala night, but we were terribly famished and before I could even finished watching movie, my boys decided to drag me from the bed and head over to the poolside cafe to get something to eat.

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Not wanting to spoil our appetite for dinner, we just shared this by the poolside cafe. A cuppa milk tea with Chocolate Cheese Brownie.

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Initially I find it rather ridiculous to have an outdoor swimming pool in highlands area such as Awana Resorts as it can be quite cold outside but I discovered that the outdoor swimming pool is one of the main attractions in the resorts apart from their birdwatching area and their golf course.

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The swimming pool is equipped with heaters. Which means the water is not cold at all and in fact, is warm to swim in even in cold temperature.

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My boys had a go at the pool.But despite being a swimmer, I wasn’t really interested in jumping in after such a busy day.

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I rather put my feet up and have a rest I instead.

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Apart from their heated outdoor swimming pool, they also have beautiful, serene gardens around where you can take a walk or just sit back and enjoy the sceneries. Or take a selfie or two as well.

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There is also fishponds around but you are not allowed to feed the fishes.

Overall, our stay in the hotel is a pleasant one and hopefully we would be able to stay there again some time soon in the future for our short weekend getaways. It is definitely much more refreshing and relaxing than First World Hotel and Genting Grand Hotel that accommodates more gamblers than eco-tourists and families who are getting some R&R.

For more information and room rates on this hotel, you may check out this link: http://www.gentinghighlands.info/awana-resort.htm

Wings of KKB 2015: Selangor Bird Race

Have you ever gone birdwatching before? Well, it is an embarrassing thing to admit but the closest thing to birdwatching I’ve ever done is probably watch my son playing the well-famed ‘Angry Birds’ game on the dastardly iPad. He is pretty good at the game. In fact, he cleared all the stages, unlike his mother who is terrible with the game. You see, I don’t really have much patience with such games and I usually give up after second or third stage.

Although most modern parents worship the tablets as the most powerful babysitter, I never did rely on it to keep my son occupied. In fact, he is only allowed to use it occasionally to browse the net and watch YouTube. I believe in raising my son the old fashion way and I believe exposures to outdoor activities is a great way to broaden his knowledge. And so, when my family and I was invited by Tourism Malaysia Selangor to cover for the Wings of KKB 2015: Selangor Birdrace event, I said yes and dragged the boy along.

It’s time for the boy to see some REAL angry birds, and non angry ones too, of course. No pun intended. :P

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All geared up for the long day ahead. T-shirt was courtesy of Tourism Malaysia back in 2013 while the cap was from Tourism Malaysia Selangor before departure. Quite a mismatch if you look at the colour but hey, there is no fashion police around and the swags protects me from the glaring sun! My son and husband had similar ones too. And oh, a special mention for my sponsor Alfio Raldo for the sunglasses and Happikiddo for wetwipes and sunscreen supplies for our family travel activities.

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These people are from Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS). They were responsible for media coordination that day, and upon arrival to Kuala Kubu Bharu, we were briefed on what the bird race is all about.

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The bird race was organised by MDHS in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2015 and supported by Tourism Malaysia, hoping to cultivate the appreciation of nature, especially among schoolchildren. The participants of this birdrace had to identify as many bird species native to the area as possible. This is probably the only birdrace in the country which requires the participants to move from one altitude to another altitude to identify different species of birds.

There are 10 checkpoints, starting from KKB town, past the Kalumpang hot springs and ending at the Genting Highlands Awana Resort.

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Tourists often mistaken Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) as a sleepy and a boring town in Selangor, but the town located 70 km from the capital of Kuala Lumpur reveals a history that is both enriching and charming and makes a very suitable destination for an educational R&R with your loved ones. Beautiful sight, isn’t it? There is a story behind the clock tower, but I’ll save it for next time. ;)

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Here’s us, moving from one checkpoint to another and trying to spot birds along the way. Trekking was by foot and was rather challenging for those who are usually couch potatoes. Fortunately, my son is a tough cookie and no complaints whatsoever was heard except for not being able to see birds easily. :P

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Participants from high school category, getting their papers validated at the first check point. It is quite a sight, to be able to observe the participants as the event progresses. Among the categories contested was Schools and Open category, but this year the two categories have been added to boost the program. These categories are universities / colleges and Photography and Mini Explorace for primary and secondary school students. The event also requires participants to identify the name of the birds, use leaves to make a flute to call and lure the birds, organize ‘puzzle’ where they have to find the pieces of the puzzle in the surrounding area in advance and more.

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It takes a lot of patience to spot birds, but we did managed to spot a few rare ones.

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Prize giving ceremony for the school category was done on the first day after the flag off for open category which started one the second day.

Being someone who cafehop and window shopping more than participate in such activities, I find the bird race was not only recreational but educational as well, and parents should consider allowing their children to participate in events such as this one instead of locking them up in tuition centres on weekends. I had fun during the bird race and my son enjoyed it very much too.

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There is something for everyone to be honest, and great for a family get together and bonding time. If you are not into trekking or not patient enough for birdwatching activities you may still want to be there as there is plenty of side events going on too such as colouring contest, bazaar and mini food fair. So yes, if you missed this fabulously educational event this year, do make sure you don’t miss it next year.

For more information on the Wings of KKB program, hop over to www.mdhs.gov.my, or http://wingsofkkb.blogspot.com.

Next up: A weekend getaway at Awana Resort Hotel, Genting.

Enjoy the Luxury of Traveling with The Entertainer’s Hot Summer Nights

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The Entertainer, a Dubai-based international company offering a portfolio of worldwide ‘buy one get one free’ incentives, has launched its annual ‘Hot Summer Nights’ hotel promotion, offering customers the opportunity to enjoy their holiday for longer with amazing hotel offers.

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