My First Freediving Experience with Scuba Dobedo Divers

I have always wanted to try freediving, especially after I started scuba diving. I thought this diving discipline is really cool, as you can just go and enjoy the underwater world without having to worry much about equipments. But I keep putting it off trying out freediving…as you know, I was quite afraid of unknown. I’m not exactly comfortable in the water at depth without my scuba equipments on. What’s worst is that in freediving, it will challenge your physical endurance as it involves alot of breath holding.

The thoughts of not being able to breathe at depth was frightening, but I have recently started mermaiding, which is also a form of freediving, albeit a more freestyle and artful one at a shallower depth of 5 meters at most. While mermaiding, my feet are bounded together with a monofin that’s all wrapped up in a mermaid tail skin. I have to hold my breath while mermaiding as well, but of course, unlike freediving, mermaids don’t really challenge themselves to hold breath as long as they can, and when they feel like they can’t hold their breath, they’ll just come up for air. After a few months of mermaiding, swimming and diving without my scuba equipments on doesn’t seems so scary or traumatic anymore, and I decided that perhaps, it’s high time that I go and try freediving as well.
I was contemplating on which dive centre and which instructor I should go with, as to me, it’s really important to have an instructor that you are comfortable with and able to trust your life with, considering the nature of the sport.

And then, by chance or luck, Scuba Dobedo Divers organizes a freediving tryout session with Instructor Swen Becht. And I thought, this is just perfect. I’ve always been comfortable with Scuba Dobedo Divers and it’s crews. Even my first scuba fun dive after my certification was with them and they’re nothing but a bunch of professional people who not only put divers’ safety as a priority, but treats people with genuine warmth as well. A plus point that encourage me to sign up for the tryout is that I’ve seen Instructor Swen Becht in action with his students prior to the tryout announcement during my weekly lake dive clean up session at Bandar Saujana Putra Lake, and I was somewhat impressed on how he teaches and takes care of his students.

So yea, I signed up for the tryout. Here’s a picture of me with Instructor Swen and Bryan. They were the one who took care of us during the tryout.
I’ve already have half a mind to follow this through to the end, if I were to be honest with you. But of course, after all the nightmares of not knowing my instructor better during my Open Water Diver certification 3 years back, there’s still nagging doubts and I would like to get to know my future freediving instructor better before I made any commitments, and the tryout session was the perfect opportunity for me to do so.

So here’s yours truly, at the freediving tryout session organized by Scuba Dobedo Divers at Kelab Golf Negara Subang’s pool.

Yours truly and her mermaid buddy Kelly. Kelly has been kind enough to come to the tryout with me and keep me company. I am so grateful that she came with me the other day.

Pretty ladies who were there during tryout session as well.

Getting my fins on before the session starts. To be honest, I got a little nervous cuz I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

Happy excited faces during the tryout.

Class in session. We were split into two groups for the session. We were quickly briefed on what we should do, what we shouldn’t do and some short introduction on the freediving discipline that’s available. We were told that during the tryout, we would be doing a little duck dive and a dynamic swim of 25m underwater and static apnea. For those who are not familiar with the term, static apnea is where you hold your breath as long as you can without moving.

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Freediving tryout with Scuba Dobedo Divers

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And here’s a video of us in action during the tryout.

So how did I do? Was I happy? Did I think freediving was fun and it’s something I would like to pursue further? Well, I was practically sold. I didn’t change my mind after the session and I really wanted to go on with the full course. I was so happy as well because I finally managed a 25m dynamic swim during that session. I never did hit a 25m underwater swim in one breath before. And oh here’s sharing my first static apnea record:

Static- 1 min 20 sec
Static- 1 min 30 sec
Static- 1 min 38 sec

I wouldn’t wanna gloat but hey, I think I deserve a little pat on the back for this. I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold my breath pass 30 seconds.

And of course, apart from the personal achievement, I was also very happy that I got to spend time with my buddies from Scuba Dobedo Divers as well. Here’s Farah and Yin Chao. They’re Scuba Dobedo Divers in- house scuba instructors. They’re both my dive buddies.

This is my Laoshi (mentor), Tom Chan. People generally knows him as a scuba instructor or a PADI Course Director in Scuba Dobedo Divers, but he doesn’t teach me scuba diving. Instead, he teaches me Chinese martial arts, which is Qigong, Taichi and Taichi weapons. I got to know him by fate during lockdown as well.

Two years back I spent alot of time with some of these buddies online during lockdown, especially with my Laoshi . I was practically still sane because of them. Without them I would probably have gone cuckoo cuz of being locked up at home for so long. And here’s us spending some time offline together.

There is a saying that says; ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. But that saying is not applicable in real life situation at all, as sometimes, no one wants to accompany you at the beginning, so you will have to go alone on your own, or you’ll never go anywhere at all. This is especially true for me, as there are many things I want to do, and yet, most of the time, whenever I asked my friends to join me or to accompany me, they would refuse as the things that I would like to do is usually not their cup of tea. But you know something? Don’t worry about being alone. The right people will always appear along your journey as you start walking further.

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Mermaiding with X7 32G Bone Conduction Earphones

While I appreciate some quiet solitude, but total silence is deafening, and I hate that feeling, especially when I’m in the pool, practicing my mermaid moves. And so, I got myself a swimming earphone.

Alongside my diving mask and monofin is the X7 32G Bone Conduction Earphones. I bought it from Shopee and it’s a bluetooth wireless earphone with the rating of IPX8 waterproof.

The manufacturer claimed that it can be immersed in water at 10m for about 30 minutes without malfunctioning. So I thought it’s probably good enough for me to go mermaiding with.

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Mermaiding while having my waterproof swimming earphone on. Decided not to play by rules and just go freestyle mermaiding today. cambodian girl dating #iamssi #wearessi #ssimermaid #mermaid #mermaidtiktok

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Here’s a Tok video of yours truly mermaiding while using the X7 32G Bone Conduction Earphones. So how was it, was it a yay or a nay? Well, I have to say that for a swimming earphone under RM200, this is definitely impressive. I can duck dive and swim with it with no issues at all. I’ve dive down to a max of 4.9meters in the pool and it works great, where sound is concerned.While the earphone is a tad bigger for my head, it’s tight enough to be secured around my ears and no swimming cap is necessary to keep it in place. It also didn’t fall off when I performed back flips and whatnot, which is really great.

The sound can pretty much be on the lower volume side when you’re not underwater, but it’s super loud and clear when it’s immersed underwater, so if you ever bought this for watersports purpose, remember that sound travels 4 times faster and louder in the water, so keep the volume on low if you want a relaxing swim.

The disadvantages of this earphone is it’s vibration.The earphone’s vibration can be quite annoying but since it’s a bone conduction type, then it’s forgivable, I guess. The earphone’s default mode is bluetooth, which means you can just pair it with your phone, but bluetooth connection does not work underwater, so if you’re swimming, then simply switch it to the Mp3 memory mode. The buttons can be quite tricky to work with to switch between modes, but other than that, I have no complaints.

Function wise, the earphone is okay and easy to maintain. Battery life is pretty long too. I used it for a max 4 hours and the battery still does not deplete.

So, is this a yay or nay? Definitely a yay! Mermaiding can be quite lonely at times. Having music to listen to while practicing makes it more fun and less lonely. Highly recommended to swimmers, mermaids and yes, freedivers who are practicing in the pool.

Where to Buka Puasa in Kuala Lumpur 2023: BBQ Lamb Kemensah

Dear readers, say hi to Syafiera Yamin. She is my friend during my active blogging days-where I can be caught spending alot of my time being a social butterfly, attending events and mingling around.These days I don’t really do that much anymore, and therefore, I rarely meet up with my friends who belonged in the influencers/social media world, and Syafiera is included. I rarely get to see her since Covid happened, but I’m glad I did managed to spend some time with her last Saturday during our outing to BBQ Lamb Kemensah KL. She was the only person from the blogging world who actually bothered to check on my mental health throughout the lockdown period through video calls. She was also there for me last year when I was feeling awfully sick and being miserable on my own. If I were to die last year, she would probably be one of the first person to know that I’m dead. That’s how often she checked on me. I have to say that last year was pretty much traumatic for me in many ways, and I’m still trying to heal, but I am blessed to have people who helped me along the way. Of all the wrong things that I might have unwittingly did, I must have done something right somewhere to deserve them in my life. Anyway, enough lamenting about my sorry state of mental health. What I really want to share with all of you here is my outing to BBQ Lamb Kemensah with Syafiera; where we treated ourselves to some sumptuous pre-Ramadan iftar buffet. We were practically spoiled for choices when we were there. The buffet mainly highlights authentic Malay traditional dishes. Among the must try dishes are; rendang ayam, ayam masak merah, sup kambing, ikan masak tiga rasa, daging salai masak lemak cili padi, kari kepala ikan, sambal sotong and many more. A big forewarning, though. These are authentic, which means they’re not catered to be diluted in flavours. They are strongly flavoured, and yes, very spicy. Those who loves combustion of flavours on their palate will definitely find these an enjoyable treat. White rice and fragrantly flavoured rice is available for you to pair them with. Freshly picked ulams to go with your hot dishes can be spotted at the buffet table as well. Assorted traditional Malay sambal and dippings is also available. Pasta and salad counter feature is smaller than the traditional Malay dishes spread, but they’re not to be overlooked. The pasta selection is to die for, especially their carbonara spaghetti, and I’d recommend you to at least have a grab at some of their salad of the day. They’re wonderfully refreshing. Not to be missed is also their creamy mushroom soup. The mushroom soup is thick and rich with chunks of mushroom pulps. BBQ Lamb Kemensah is well known for their western food selection; mainly BBQ items, so yes, there’s action counter for BBQ during the buffet as well. Available for your enjoyment would be all their star items on their normal days meny, which is smoked chicken, smoked tenderloin, smoked lamb shoulder and of course, their smoke duck and some seafood. I’m a huge fan of their BBQ dishes, so I tried a bit of everything. My favourite would be their smoked lamb shoulder and smoked duck. If you’re ever there for the Ramadan buffet, try not to give their smoked duck a miss. They’re absolutely mouthwatering. Here are some of the food that I’ve tried the other day. They’re so delicious that I wished I had a lot of space in my stomach, but alas, I overindulged on the meat and had no space for desserts by the end of the meal. I know, it’s so silly, but I seriously can’t help myself as their meaty BBQ items was so good that I can’t help myself but to have them one plate after another. Their dessert and beverage stall offers ais kacang and cold laichi kang. Fresh tropical fruits can also be found at this stall. I didn’t manage to try the ais kacang, so I can’t speak for that, but I did tried the lai chi kang and it’s perfect to cool off with, especially after all the hot and spicy food that we had during the buffet. Here are some info on the BBQ Lamb Kemensah Iftar 2023 Buffet if you’re interested to break your fast with during the upcoming Ramadan:

The Iftar Buffets are only available on:

Before Ramadan starts 4th, 11th dan 18th March 2023.
Children 6-12yo/Senior citizens RM40/pax

Throughout Ramadan month 23th-31st March 2023.
Children 6-12yo/Senior citizens RM45/pax

1st -7th April 2023.
Children 6-12yo/Senior citizens RM45/pax

8th-18th April 2023.
Children 6-12yo/Senior citizens RM50/pax

For more information on BBQ Lamb Kemensah, please refer to the details below:

BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah Jalan Taman Zooview, Kampung Kemensah, 68000 Ampang, Selangor

For reservation or enquiries, you may whatapps or call: 012-211 4100


Malaysian Mermaid Gathering at Braveeer Mermaid Tail Exhibition

If you have been following my social media, you would know that it’s no secret that apart from scuba diving and Chinese martial arts, I’m now also into mermaiding. There are two main reasons why I started mermaiding. First it’s because despite being a scuba diver, I’m still scared of depth without my scuba equipments, and this must be fixed if I were to go divepro; which I fully intend to do. Secondly, many sad and traumatizing things happened last year, and once again I found myself battling with anxiety and depression. It’s been difficult, but I’m not going to elaborate on that, cuz I decide to take charge and give myself something new to focus on; something that I’ve never done before and that’s mermaiding.

Although this diving discipline itself is very challenging and requires alot of practice, I find it pretty amazing and healing. My life changes tremendously when I decided to start being a mermaid. I started getting to know more and more amazing people who practically vibrate on positive energy. Although I’m still not good at mermaiding, they’re always full of encouragements and supports, which helps alot in my healing journey. It’s nothing short of amazing.

Anyway, as I’ve said, I was blessed with wonderful people around me. I’ve befriended some via social media and recently I managed to meet some of them during the recent mermaid event; Braveeer Mermaid Tail Exhibition. It’s an event by Braveeer and supported by PADI.

The exhibition showcased beautiful silicone mermaid tails, and events attendees were allowed to try them on and swim in it. I didn’t try the silicone tail on during the event, but I’ve had the opportunity to try the tail prior to the event at Onshore Mermaid (this is where I learn mermaiding at) during my weekly practice, and it was nothing short of amazing. These mermaid tails are worth RM4000 and above, but during the event it was being sold at a discounted price of RM2799, which is quite a steal. I must say that I had half a mind to make a purchase in the near future, when I’m better at mermaiding and when financial permits, of course.

Here’s sharing with you some fun time in the sun with other mermaids at Braveeer Mermaid Tail Exhibition.

Spectacular scene where mermaids descending and swimming together.

Some mermaizing moments during the event.

Beautiful people I managed to catch up with at the Braveeer Mermaid Tail Exhibition; my mermaid buddy Kelly and my BSP lake dive buddy Darryl . Darryl is another one of those rare scuba diver who enjoys limited vis diving like me.

Who says you must wear sexily to be a mermaid? That’s an absolutely wrong assumption. You’re free to wear anything you want, including modest clothings as you go mermaiding. Say hi to the beautiful Muslimah PADI Mermaid Instructor Nur Fathiyah . Prior to the Braveeer Mermaid Tail Exhibition, we were only friends on Facebook. I’m grateful that I get to meet her in person and even go mermaiding together with her during the event.

Say hi to PADI Mermaid Trainer Ser Ling . Yes, people. It’s safe to go mermaiding even when you’re expecting, provided you have a pass from your doc and your energy level is high. This radiant mer-mama deserves all the respect she can get. Not many expecting ladies are blessed with abundance of stamina and up to doing sports during their pregnancy. I was one of those who were constantly low on energy throughout my pregnancy. I was cursed with morning sickness practically up to my third trimester and could only eat properly during the two final months before my due date. I wouldn’t dream of walking more than 100meters back then, what more go mermaiding.

For those who are curious; yes. It’s actually okay to swim, freedive or mermaiding when you are pregnant. However, please get your doctor’s clearance before doing these activities, ya? I’m all for fun and safe sports, so safety first, ladies.

With SSI Area Manager Vincent Lai and PADI Regional Manager Mark Hedger . Who says you can’t be friends with divers from different agencies? We’re not enemies or rivals. Both of these agencies are under WRSTC, and the aim is to produce safe and competent divers of all disclipline, and uphold the highest training standard. I know there are many bias against this agency and that agency, but don’t get me started on things like this. I took my Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver with PADI, but I decided to go for Rescue, Mermaid and hopefully divepro soon with SSI and therefore, I will always be friends with everyone. There’s nothing wrong with that. No matter where our diving certifications originates from, we are all still good friends.

I’m glad I get to meet Mark and Vincent today. They’re both inspirational people and vibrate on extremely positive energy.

Last but not least, yours truly with SSI Mermen and PADI merman. I know you people thinks mermaiding are for ladies and there are no male version of mermaids. Good grief. You are very wrong. Actually there are plenty of hot hunks in the mermaiding world and most of the mermen I know can swim way better than I do. You should see them in action. They’re mermaizing!

It’s been an amazing and healing journey so far. So many new friendship has been forged, and if anything, I’m grateful that I decided to pursue the mermaid pathway. Hopefully there’s more events like this in the future where I can meet like-minded people to exchange knowledge and have fun together.

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Things To Do In Kuala Selangor

Kuala Selangor is a charming destination that offers a variety of activities for nature enthusiasts and cultural explorers. From walking through nature parks and observing bioluminescent fireflies to tasting delicious local cuisine, there is something for everyone in Kuala Selangor. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this beautiful and diverse destination.

There is no doubt that Kuala Selangor has many hidden gems that even Selangor residents are unaware of. Filled with beautiful ‘instagrammable’ places to visit and a variety of activities to do, Kuala Selangor is the place for you!

Husin Fauzi Farm
Located in the heart of Kuala Selangor, Husin Fauzi Farm is a farm that has over 40 species of animals and offers a range of activities for children and families to enjoy. The farm has a petting zoo where visitors can interact with a variety of animals, including ponies, cows, goats, and rabbits. Children can also go horseback riding and participate in animal feeding. In addition to these activities, the farm also offers archery as a fun and exciting activity for visitors. Husin Fauzi Farm is a great destination for families who are looking for a fun and interactive experience with animals and farming.

Taman Alam Kuala Selangor
This nature park is home to a myriad of flora and fauna, including rare species of birds and butterflies. There are 156 species of birds of which 57 of them migrated from Siberia and Russia. The best time to visit would be around September to April, where this park will be the migration point for birds abroad so visitors can plan their visit around this time for bird watching activities. Some of the local bird species include stork, mangrove blue flycatcher, kingfisher, black eagle, while the migrated birds consist of purple heron, great eagle, tiger shrike, arctic shrike and more! Visitors are also recommended to bring binoculars for bird watching! Opens from 9 am till 6 pm everyday, visitors can take a leisure walk along the rainforest or mangrove trails and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan
This popular attraction is a must-visit for anyone interested in observing the fireflies that inhabit the mangroves of Kuala Selangor. The fireflies that inhabit this mangrove is the ‘pteroptyx tener’ species and they produce the lights simultaneously with three blinks per second. The boatmen will also use traditional boats and paddle to avoid noise pollution that will disturb the fireflies’ habitat. Opens from 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm every day, visitors can take a boat ride through the mangroves and marvel at the beautiful light display.

Laluan Seni Pekan Lama
Laluan Seni Pekan Lama is an arts and cultural trail located in Pekan Lama, which is a town in Kuala Selangor. The trail is filled with 15 heritage-based art and murals on the walls of older buildings in the town, complete with a colourful path. Some of the more prominent artwork there are named Bunga Artistik by artists; Izwan Rahimi, Fendi Rosli and Andi Syafie; and Lombong Bijih Timah by CO2 Mural. Several artists with diverse backgrounds, such as Fendigua, Husna Helmee and Loque, also contributed to the creation of the unique and beautiful murals. The trail is very instagrammable and great for OOTD pictures!

Masjid Raja Lumu
Masjid Raja Lumu is another landmark built in Kuala Selangor which was erected on the site of the former Kuala Selangor Old Mosque. This mosque was inaugurated by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj as the 9th royal mosque in Selangor. It is located at the foot of Melawati Hill and known for its beautiful modern architecture, copper domes, big archways and stained glass windows. The name of this Mosque was chosen in honour of the first Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salehuddin Shah. This mosque is conveniently located near Kelip-kelip Kg Kuantan and Melawati Hill, making it a great addition to your travel itinerary.

Sasaran Art Beach
Sasaran Art Beach is an art gallery located at a small fishing village in Kuala Selangor called Sasaran village that brings the local art community together through various art exhibitions and workshops whether internationally or locally such as the Sasaran International Ceramic Art Workshop 2019 and Sasaran Artist Residency 2019. It is organised by the Sasaran Art Association where they give opportunities for artists to display their talents, with the latest line up for the recent mural project involving Bibichun, Sliz, Ng Kim Heoh and Jason Teo Jia Hao.

After a day of touring the attractions and activities, there is nothing better than indulging in delicious and satisfying meals to replenish yourself. Kuala Selangor has a diverse range of local and international dishes, so be sure to sample various flavours from this selection of restaurants.

Kinnaree Thai
Kinnaree Thai Restaurant is a pork-free restaurant in Kuala Selangor that serves delicious Thai cuisine and is located near the beautiful Selangor River. It offers a range of dishes, including traditional Thai favourites, vegetarian options, and can accommodate special dietary needs. They also have an aquarium to keep their live catches fresh!

Warung Ibu Nasi Ambeng
Did you know that Nasi Ambeng is Selangor’s official heritage dish? If you’re looking for authenticity, you can find it here at Warung Ibu Nasi Ambeng. This restaurant specialises in serving nasi ambeng, a traditional Javanese cuisine. Nasi ambeng is a dish that consists of rice, chicken, fried noodles, stir-fried tempeh, and tofu, all made in different recipes for variations of side dishes. It is a popular and flavourful dish enjoyed by many people in Indonesia and Malaysia.

TK Coconut Farm Ville
Located at Tanjung Karang, this food-court-concept farm offers a variety of coconut-based food like coconut shakes, coconut jelly, and ice cream. They also have stalls serving hot food selections with heavy meals and light snacks for visitors. This farm is a great spot to replenish after visiting the tourist attractions of Kuala Selangor.

Warung Ketupat Kampung Permatang

This restaurant is a great breakfast spot that serves a delicious traditional Malay dish called Ketupat, which is usually eaten during Eid. The Ketupat is cooked in leaves and best enjoyed with rendang, kuah lodeh or peanut gravy! They also serve another ultimate local delicacy, satay! This restaurant will reminisce your Eid morning.

Auntie Foo Café
With a pork-free kopitiam menu that covers dishes like your classic kaya toast, egg sandwich and coffee, Auntie Foo Café is another good breakfast place. Additionally, the café also offers a variety of mementoes and gifts, including postcards. Customers can also learn about private trips available in and around Kuala Selangor.

Fulfil your trip in Kuala Selangor with unique accommodation options that cater to a range of budgets and preferences. The option is conveniently located near the amazing attractions listed above, so you can find the perfect place to rest and recharge during your visit.

Hotel Le Shore
With only a 15-minute walk to Sky Mirror, Hotel Le Shore is situated at a century-old fishing jetty on the Selangor River. Enjoy the beautiful sunset view as you sleep in their modern furnished bedrooms. Guests can also dine in on delicious freshly caught seafood at the hotel’s restaurant. Experience a rustic lifestyle at Pasir Penambang here.

If you are planning a trip to Kuala Selangor, be sure to add these amazing locations to your itinerary and experience all this charming town has to offer. For more travel inspiration to Selangor, visit Tourism Selangor’s official website,, or follow Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Tourism Selangor’s YouTube channel. #PusingSelangorDulu!

Explore Sabak Bernam, Selangor in 2 Days

Sabak Bernam is a district in Selangor that is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and rich agricultural heritage. It is a popular destination for domestic tourists looking to experience the local culture and beauty of Selangor. If you are planning a trip there, this travel guide will offer you a mix of cultural and natural attractions of the district, as well as opportunities to relax in unique accommodation and enjoy the local cuisines.

Attractions in Sabak Bernam

Sabak Bernam is home to many interesting locations that are waiting to be discovered, from picturesque paddy fields to outdoor activities and cultural experiences. It is a perfect destination for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure!

Paddy Gallery Sekinchan
Take a visit to the Paddy Gallery Sekinchan and learn about the history and culture of rice farming in the town. Celebrating the town’s rich agricultural heritage, this gallery features exhibits on rice farming process as well as interactive displays for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can also learn about the different types of rice, and see traditional rice-planting tools and equipment. The gallery itself has a great view of the paddy field and great spot for taking photos. At the end of the tour, visitors may purchase locally processed rice and snacks at their souvenir shop and try their brown rice cendol for a refreshing hit!

Ah Ma House, Sekinchan

Ah Ma House, also known as “grandma’s house” is a shop located on the outskirts of Sekinchan, offers a unique and nostalgic experience for visitors. The shop is fully decorated with vintage and traditional furniture and appliances which are actual artifacts since the 50s.

The shop offers authentic kuih kapit (egg waffle) along with other traditional Malaysian local snacks, biscuits and dessert. Ah Ma House places emphasis on the quality of their products by making and selling them fresh from the oven.

Kelip-Kelip Sungai Panjang, Sungai Besar

Sungai Panjang Firefly Conservation Centre is among the must-explore locations for those who want to enjoy the wonders of nature. Their large presence in the area makes Sungai Panjang one of the main firefly sanctuaries in Selangor and opens opportunities for locals to offer boat tours for visitors to sail the river and witness the light display. Opens from 8pm till 10pm every day, this sanctuary is a unique and magical experience for visitors of all ages.

Where To Eat in Sabak Bernam

Sabak Bernam offers a variety of local and international dishes to try after a day of sightseeing, including traditional delicacies. To truly replenish yourself after a long day, sampling the diverse range of flavours from the selection of restaurants in Sabak Bernam such as Restoran Lembah Bernam, Hay! Cafe and Dapo Puteh would be a perfect way to end the day!

Restoran Nam Tai, Sungai Besar

Located in Sungai Besar, Restoran Nam Tai is a legendary kopitiam that has operated for decades. This restaurant serves simple yet delicious breakfasts all day consisting of coffee, fried bread with kaya and a local favourite, Nasi Lemak. With the aesthetic of 50s Malaysian kopitiam, this place is a must-visit!

Warung Pisang Goreng Tebuk Pulai, Sungai Besar

This warung is a great place to stop by for some light snacks before you continue touring Sabak Bernam. They serve a variety of traditional kuih and small bites for you to truly experience the local culture. Some of the famous food served here include pisang goreng (banana fritters), kuih kemboja, and a Javanese specialty called punten nasi sambal bilis.

Yu Yu Ice, Pekan Sabak Bernam

Don’t forget to stop by Yu Yu Ice for a refreshing break as you enjoy their selection of finely blended ice of different flavours that you can mix and match! Located at Pekan Sabak Bernam, this stall has operated for over a decade and you can choose flavours like pineapple, asam boi, corn and red bean to cool down on a hot day.

Where To Stay in Sabak Bernam

Make the most of your two-day trip to Sabak Bernam by choosing from a variety of unique accommodation options offered in Sabak Bernam including Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay that fit different budgets and preferences. These options are conveniently situated near popular attractions, allowing you to easily find the ideal place to stay and relax during your trip.

Triangle Farm Cottage House, Sekinchan

The Triangle Farm Cottage House is a unique homestay located in the middle of a paddy field in Sekinchan. It offers an affordable one-night stay and is suitable for families, as it has amenities such as a giant inflatable pool, karaoke and gaming room and bicycles renting to explore the surrounding paddy fields.

Villa Chee Sekinchan

Villa Chee Sekinchan is a secluded resort nestled amidst picturesque paddy fields in the remote area of Sekinchan. They offer a range of room options to accommodate different group sizes and budgets, all of which are air-conditioned. Guests can also take advantage of the resort’s facilities, such as the swimming pool, jungle gym, and an on-site restaurant, Seafood D’Bendang which serves delicious fresh seafood. With its Instagram-worthy surroundings, Villa Chee Sekinchan is an ideal destination for a holiday getaway.

Nazbell Cottage, Sungai Besar

Nazbell Cottage, is a homestay located in Sungai Besar that offers guests a unique local experience. You can enjoy traditional local cuisine, take ATV rides and cycle through the paddy fields. Additionally, Sungai Panjang Agro Tourism offers guests the opportunity to participate in agricultural activities, such as vegetable picking at the farm, and visit small businesses to see product manufacturing processes.

When you plan your visit to Sabak Bernam, make sure to include these locations in your itinerary to fully experience the town’s agrotourism and local culture. For more travel inspiration to Selangor, visit Tourism Selangor’s official website,, or follow Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Tourism Selangor’s YouTube channel. #PusingSelangorDulu!

Himalaya Sports Candy, Refreshing Candies For Active& Sporty Individuals

If you’re following me on my social media accounts, eg: Facebook, Instagram or TikTok, you’d know that I’m quite an active person and I lead a very healthy lifestyle. I practice Qigong&Taichi and plays with cold weapons like sword, sabre and spear roo. Apart from practicing Chinese martial arts, I’m an active scuba diver as well. I dive almost every other weekend with my buddies.

You can say that I’m not a person that can stay still, and recently, I started taking interest in mermaiding. All of these things that I’m doing are energy demanding sports, and I’m somewhat prone to getting cramps, especially on my left leg. This rarely happens when I’m practicing Taichi, but it usually happens when I’m diving or mermaiding for long hours.

SSI Mermaid training -Duck dive& back flip

Uploaded by Elizabeth Toh on 2023-02-02.

If you haven’t heard what mermaiding is, here’s sharing with you one of my mermaiding videos.

Anyway, as I said, I’m prone to cramps. Luckily for me though, there’s somewhat a solution to prevent my leg cramps during these activities; which is Himalaya Sports Candy. It was recommended by a runner friend, who is also prone to cramps when she’s running.

Made with the natural Himalayan Salt, this sports candy comes in really handy should your body need some extra sodium before or after an intense workout. The candy is helpful in maintaining hydration in the body with natural salt and glucose. And the best part? It’s refreshing mint-like flavour is ideal for anyone who needs a minty fresh breath as well. And a bonus? It’s really good to sooth itchy or sore throat as well.

I’d usually take one Himalaya Sports Candy before any of these activities and one after I’m done with the activities, and I can assure you that it’s been quite helpful in preventing my leg cramps.

I rarely get any cramps when I take em candies prior to activities, in comparison to when I don’t consume them.

Himalaya Sports candy comes in two flavours – Lemon and Ginger Lemon. And the candy is also available in the new Himalaya Vajomba range which is available in two variants, Himalaya Vajomba Honey Lime Mints and Himalaya Vajomba Actiwhoosh Mints. My favourite is the Lemon flavour and the new Himalaya Vajomba Actiwhoosh Mints.

If you’re a gym goer, runner or someone who leads a sporty lifestyle like me and kinda prone to cramps, or simply need something to instantly perk you up after your activities you might wanna give this a try. I can assure you it’s really helpful. The candy is easily available in your neighborhood stores, convenient stores and yes, it’s also available in major pharmacies in Malaysia. Just look for them in candies and mints section.

The candy is certified Halal by JAKIM, , so no worries about it not being safe for consumption.

For more information on the Candie’s, visit:

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Best Places to Visit in Singapore and Malaysia

Singapore as well as Malaysia both are the beautiful and vibrant country with a lot to offer travelers. From its stunning architecture to its world-class attractions and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the city-state. From its colonial past to its modern, cosmopolitan present, Singapore has an incredible array of places to explore and experience. Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience, a night out on the town, or an outdoor adventure, there’s something for everyone in Singapore. One of the top places to visit in Singapore is the iconic Marina Bay Sands. This luxury resort features a stunning rooftop infinity pool with incredible views of the city skyline, as well as a variety of high-end boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and a casino. For a more cultural experience, the National Museum of Singapore is a must-see. This museum showcases the country’s history and culture through its art, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. Other top places to visit in Singapore include the Gardens by the Bay, which features an impressive variety of plants and flowers, as well as stunning modern architecture; Chinatown, where you can find unique shops and delicious cuisine; Little India, which offers a glimpse into the vibrant culture of India; and Universal Studios Singapore

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo is the largest wildlife park in Singapore and one of the most popular tourist attractions. It houses over 2,800 animals of over 300 species in their natural habitats. Visitors can see animals ranging from the majestic tigers and elephants, to rare species like the red panda and the white-bellied sea eagle. Singapore Zoo tickets are available for purchase online or at the ticketing counter. On arrival, visitors can purchase single-day tickets or multi-day passes that allow them to come and go as they please. Visitors can also opt for guided tours or special experiences such as the Night Safari or the River Safari. Singapore Zoo is renowned for its conservation efforts, and a portion of ticket sales go towards the conservation and protection of endangered species. Furthermore, the zoo works closely with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund to ensure that the animals get the best possible care. Visitors to the Singapore Zoo can expect to see a variety of wildlife, explore interactive exhibits, and enjoy educational programs. Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing or a unique adventure, the Singapore Zoo is a must-see destination.

Singapore Cable Car

The Singapore Cable Car is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city-state. This cable car system stretches across the city, allowing passengers to take in the amazing views of the cityscape and its iconic landmarks while they travel. With a total distance of 5.7km, the cable car system is the longest in the world, and provides visitors with an unforgettable experience. The Singapore Cable Car is a great way to explore the city from a unique perspective, and tickets are available for purchase online. Tickets can be purchased for single-ride or for multiple rides, and there are also packages available for those who want to ride the cable car multiple times. A single-ride ticket gives passengers access to the cable car for one journey, while a multi-ride ticket allows guests to take multiple trips. When purchasing Singapore Cable Car tickets, it is important to note that they are non-refundable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions. It is also important to take into account the fact that the cable car system is closed on certain days due to maintenance and safety reasons.

Aquaria KLCC Malaysia

Over 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals call the world-class oceanarium Aquaria KLCC in the center of Kuala Lumpur home. The aquarium, which offers a place for visitors to get up close and personal with hundreds of vividly coloured fish, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, and other unique sea creatures and it is rated as one of the top five aquariums in Asia.So book now Aquaria KLCC tickets and enjoy the ideal for a fun family day out or perhaps a romantic date location!. Aquaria KLCC is situated at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and may be reached by a short underground pedestrian tunnel walk in 5 to 10 minutes from Suria KLCC. If you’re driving, you can choose to park at Suria KLCC and then stroll across (find your way to the walkway by locating the Maybank located on the Concourse Level).

KL Tower

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, there is a communications tower called Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower). The Tower, a 421-meter-tall building with a 276-meter-long observation deck, offers one of the most impressive views in the city. The KL Tower skybox offers a unique perspective of the city from a panoramic vantage point that will help you understand the entire city at all times and give you a full 360-degree view experience. You can see Kuala Lumpur and all of its well-known sights from the KL Tower Skydeck as you ascend and enter it because of its breathtaking height above the ground. Menara Tower was constructed with the intention of representing humankind’s pursuit of perfection in life. With Arabic dialogues, Islamic tile work, and classic Islamic decorative and abstract forms, the tower’s architecture reflects Malaysia’s vibrant Islamic heritage.

Visit The Biggest Peranakan Lantern by Himalaya Sport at Jonker Walk, Melaka and Win Cool Prizes

Have you ever heard about Himalaya Sports candy? If you lead an active lifestyle, chances are, you’ve not only heard of it, but you’re a regular consumer as well. Made with the natural Himalayan Salt, this sports candy comes in really handy should your body need some extra sodium after an intense workout. The candy is helpful in maintaining hydration in the body with natural salt and glucose. And the best part?
It’s refreshing mint-like flavour is ideal for anyone who needs a minty fresh breath as well. And oh, it’s really good to sooth sore throat as well.

Just so you know, I lead a very active lifestyle. I practice Qigong and Taichi at least 6-8 hours per week, I scuba dive every other weekend, and recently, I started mermaiding too. All these sports requires alot of stamina, and the Himalayan Sports candy has been my lifesaver in many occasion. You see, I’m prone to cramps, especially while I’m scuba diving or mermaiding, and consuming little bit of sodium in the form of Himalaya Sports candy prior to performing these activities helps in the long way.

Himalaya Sports candy comes in two flavours – Lemon and Ginger Lemon. And the candy is also available in the new Himalaya Vajomba range which is available in two variants, Himalaya Vajomba Honey Lime Mints and Himalaya Vajomba Actiwhoosh Mints. The candy is certified Halal by JAKIM, by the way, so no worries about it not being safe for consumption.

Anyway, speaking of the Himalaya Sports candy, I have an exciting news to share with all of you people out there.

Recently, Himalaya Sports makes it into Malaysia Book of Records with its stunning 12-feet high Peranakan lanterns lighting up Jonker Walk throughout this coming Chinese New Year.

Visitors to the popular Jonker Walk can now add another insta-worthy stop at the country’s biggest Peranakan lanterns sponsored by Himalaya Sports candy. The giant lanterns boast a beautiful design which depicts the historic and legendary voyage by Admiral Zheng He to Malacca for diplomatic and trade purposes at the behest of the Ming dynasty’s emperor in the early 15th century, which would later develop into strong ties between the two kingdoms and led to our Peranakan culture. Isn’t that cool?

Standing tall at 12-feet high and 8-feet wide, the pair of lanterns is acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Biggest Peranakan Lantern” and the sugar confectionery company was awarded the recognition at the official launch of the lanterns recently, which was witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato Sri Tiong King Sing, and Melaka Jonker Walk Committee Chairman, Datuk Wira Gan Tian Loo.

The lanterns were unveiled ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations to illuminate Jonker Walk which will be bustling with locals visiting Chinatown as they prepare for the festivities as well as local and international tourists taking advantage to soak in the vibrant atmosphere during the holiday, and it will remained on display at the Jonker Walk Committee office until 30th June 2023.

The launch of the magnificent lanterns is part of Himalaya Sports branding initiative at this top tourist destination where it is also the official sponsor for the Walk’s entrance arches and 800 auspicious red lanterns dotting the skies at the historic Chinatown area.

Datuk Kenny Low, the founder and managing director of Nicko Jeep Manufacture Sdn. Bhd. which owns Himalaya Sports said, “It is a great opportunity for Himalaya Sports to return as a sponsor for the third year at Jonker Walk and this time with travel restrictions lifted, we wanted to mark the occasion with something extra special and memorable. The record-setting Peranakan lantern and its intricate design pays tribute to the tradition of Chinese lanterns, Melaka’s history with China, as well as the beginnings of the Baba Nyonya culture that form a unique part of Malaysia’s rich multicultural heritage today.”

Low added, “Through our partnership with the Jonker Walk Committee, we hope to play a small part in supporting our tourism industry to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic period. The Biggest Peranakan Lantern will be a new attraction to draw domestic and international tourists to Jonker Walk this year in addition to perennial favourites such as its weekend night market, antique shops and diving into the Baba Nyonya culture.”
A unique blend of Chinese and Malay customs, the Peranakan culture is evident in their language, dressing, cuisine, as well as the traditional art of lantern-making – a craft believed to be brought by the Chinese Admiral Zheng He’s skilled crew members to the Malay Peninsula during his voyage.

Traditionally made from bamboo which symbolizes strength and virtue, the lanterns are hung at the entrance of homes during joyful occasions and days of ancestral prayers by the Peranakan Chinese. It is also called surname lantern because the family name and clan are prominently painted on them in addition to vibrant drawings symbolizing aspects of Chinese culture, and is often passed down through generations.

Adding to the Chinese New Year cheer is Himalaya Sports ‘SPOT, SNAP & WIN’ contest. From now until 28th February, visitors can study the pair of Peranakan lanterns to spot the number of Himalaya Sports candy packs hidden within the intricate designs and win cash prizes worth RM19,888 for an auspicious start to the Year of the Rabbit. Now, that’s an abundance of money for you to bring back home.

Here’s the details for those who are interested in participating in the contest. All you need to do is just follow these steps:

1. Spot the Himalaya Sports lantern @ Jonker Walk Committee Office.

2. Find as many Himalaya Sports Candy Pack as you can printed on both lanterns.

3. Snap a selfie with the lanterns

4. Submit your selfie and answer in the Facebook comments

5. Like Himalaya Sports Malaysia Facebook Page

Prizes up for grab:

*Grand Prize – RM3,888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies

*3 x 1st Prize – RM1,888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies

*5 x 2nd Prize – RM888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies

*8 x 3rd Prize – RM388 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies

*21 x 4th Prize – RM88 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies

*12 x Consolation Prize – Himalaya Sports Goodies


So, what are you waiting for? Put on your running shoes and hop over to Jonker Walk and start counting candy wrappers on the lanterns, guys. Who knows you might be the winner and bring back some cash prizes or some goodies home? For more information, visit

SSI Try Mermaid Experience with Onshore Mermaid

Remember I shared a posting about me and my family attending Onshore Mermaid Carnival last year? Well, here’s a follow up update after that event; after seeing so many mermaids, it inspire me to go for the full SSI Try Mermaid course with Onshore Mermaid, and the experience is nothing short of amazing. I was too timid to go for this on my own, so I dragged my husband along with me for it.

Instructor Carmen and Merman Lee Kang Ee were assigned to us for our SSI Try Mermaid session. I was really happy that Carmen was assigned as our instructor again, as we’ve met before during the event and I was really comfortable learning from her. We opted for the enhanced version with our instructor, which is a 4 hours sessions instead of a 2 hours session and I must say, it’s really satisfying.

The SSI Try Mermaid session kicked off with a quick photography session with us students wearing the tail skin (commonly known as the mermaid tail). Here’s Ms. Amy, the Mermaid Instructor Trainer briefing my husband on how to wear the tail skin and how to move while wearing it.

We were shown how to insert the monofin into the tail and how to wear wear it properly.

Here’s sharing with you some pics during the photography session.

We were taught how to pose prettily while wearing the tail.

It’s not easy to do this pose as I still couldnt get used to wearing the tail while in the water.

My husband posing while wearing the tail.

Couple shot

More couple shot

Another couple shot in the pool.

Family pic. Our son joined in the fun too. After the photography session, we then proceed to the shallow pool with max depth of 2m for some training. We were taught how to do the mermaid style swimming- the dolphin kick, swimming on the back while doing dolphin kick and side swimming. First we did it with the regular -bi fin, and then after we got used to it, we used monofin to swim. We were also shown how to enter and exit the water correctly while wearing our equipment.

Training in progress with Carmen and Kang Ee.

Although I’m a scuba diver and I have no issues with being in the water, having my legs bind together in a monofin honestly scares me a little bit. This is totally a new experience for me. I discovered that it’s quite hard to swim with the monofin on and takes quite awhile for me to get used to it, but I’m glad that I have a very patient instructor, and she makes me feels safe and well taken care of throughout the session.

I don’t know what good things I’ve done to deserve such supportive and inspiring teachers in my life. I have my Qigong and Taichi Laoshi, my Reiki Grandmaster, my scuba instructor(s), and now I have a mermaid instructor. All of them are very kind, generous and patient with me. And oh…some of them likes to feed me too.

Anyway, I was happy and motivated enough to continue with the full SSI Mermaid course, so my husband and I signed up for it and hopefully one day, I’ll be good and qualified enough to continue my mermaiding journey in the ocean, or as a professional mermaid.

So here’s embarking on another crazy adventure with my hubs in 2023 onwards. Wish us luck, folks.

That said, I’m grateful for all the experience. Embracing the good, and accepting the bad as they are.

Hoping for an abundance of love, health, wealth, happiness and success in 2023. 🙏

Ps: Wanna try mermaiding? Contact Onshore Mermaid for more info on how to get started.