Monthly Archives: December 2013

Staying Energetic During Your Roadtrip

Team E.T.A hits the road for our fourth road trip in Dec 2013 and thus ends the year with a bang.

More often than not, we find it difficult to get proper meals while on the road, and therefore, we always make sure that we take a filling meal before starting our journey.

Here is what we had before our trip up North of Malaysia:

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Half boiled eggs set for our little A.

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Fishball noodles for Mr.T

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And vercimelli soup for Ms.E.

Overall the meal saves us from starving throughout the day during our trip up North. We were much more energetic throughout the day, and we spent less on food during our journey.

So yes, fellow travelers, if you are going for a roadtrip, remember to fill up your tummy first so that you will remain energetic and alert during your journey.

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Great Place to Stay and Experience Kampung Life: Banghuris Homestay

After attending the press conference in Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort,Team E.T.A were brought to Banghuris Homestay, Sepang.
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Almost like a kenduri

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Upon arrival, we were served some mee soup. 😀

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And fried Tempe; soya bean paste coated in light flour batter anddeep fried. Good on it’s own or taken as a condiment with the mee soup. Best taken with chilli sauce, I must say.

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A huge surprise to durian lovers. :) Our host made sure that we enjoy our kampung visit to the fullest by throwing us a durian feast.

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After satisfying ourselves with the durians and fabulous food that our generous host has prepares for us, Team E.T.A went and checked out the fishing pond. Fishing is part of the activities provided by the Banghuris Homestay that you shouldn’t miss.

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Our media friend showing us how to fish like a pro by just using bamboo fishing rod. It can be rather tricky. We didn’t get any fish. :( Better luck next time.

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Getting rather frustrated that we did not get any fishes, we took a walk and spotted loads of trees and plants. One of it is the lime tree. The trees was abundant with fruits. We plucked some and popped em into our mouth…but it was so sour.

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Walked further and ended up in a bamboo forest.

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Finally managed to get some honeyed bamboo shoots.

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Next stop is the mock rubber plantation for the rubber tapping activities. Yup. Rubber tapping is another activity provided by Banghuris Homestay. A must try for you city folks. A word of caution. Please wear proper attire or you’ll be donating lotsa blood to the mozzies.

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The rubber tree

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Not too shabby for TEAM E.T.A. Mr. T managed to make the tree bleed on his first attempt.

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Next stop is the rubber processing station

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Trying to process the rubber by using the machine.

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Flattened rubber by Mr. A

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All things rubbers, still raw and not fully processed.

 

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Because time limitation during this trip, we only managed to try a fraction of activities in Banghuris Homestay. If you feel that going rubber tapping and fishing is not your cuppa tea, there is plenty more activities in Banghuris Homestay that you can try. There’s traditional games, communal cooking, learn to dance traditional dance, small industry factory visits and many more.

Banghuris Homestay is offering RM250 for a 3days 2 night package that is inclusive of meals and planned activities. Great for kids during school holidays and for those who wants to experience a kampung life. Info on Banghuris Home stay, should you interested in staying there:

Banghuris Homestay

Jalan Tailong
Kg. Hulu Chuchoh
43950 SG.Pelek
Sepang Selangor

Phone: 03-31421019

Email: [email protected]

Written by Ms. E a.k.a Cleffairy. Originally published in Cleffairy.com

 

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Voluntourism Adoption Initiative

Last week, Team E.T.A was invited to join the media trip hosted by Sahabat Media CC1M in conjunction of Visit Malaysia 2014.

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Joining the media trip brought us to Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort and Banghuris Homestay, Sepang. (will be talking about that in the next post)

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Absolutely breathtaking place.

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Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to stay there for a night or two.

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The itinerary only includes a stop here for the launching of Voluntourism Program in conjunction of the Visit Malaysia 2014. So, what is exactly ‘voluntourism’? As the word suggest, it is a combination of volunteering and tourism that enable tourists and travelers to volunteer for a good cause while sightseeing or traveling.

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The goal of the program is to encourage a better tourism development in 2014 and allow people from all walks of life to be involved in Malaysian tourism. The program kicks off with 1Malaysia Green, 1Malaysia Clean where volunteers from all walks of life can help out with cleaning and beautifying initiative in Bagan Lalang Beach, Sepang.

The Voluntourism Adoption Initiative Program includes:

1Malaysia Green, 1Malaysia Clean– involves volunteering in beautifying tourism spots and keeping them green and clean.

1Malaysia Voluntutoring– involves tutoring in language,hospitality and all sort of skills by volunteers in Homestays and tourism spots.

1Malaysia Volunsharing– one that almost everyone can participate. :) Through volunsharing, volunteers may share their traveling experience on various social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc.

1Malaysia Event– involves volunteers participation in helping out with Malaysian tourism events.

1Malaysia Culture and Heritage– involves volunteering work in promoting cultural tourism spots and heritage conservation efforts.

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Mou signing ceremony between Malaysia Tourism Board and participating NGOs.

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Volunteers and media friends alike.
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Interested to participate in the voluntourism program and help make Malaysia a better tourism spot while you enjoy your travels and sightseeing? These scouts are some of the volunteers for the program. You can join too. Just hop over to http://voluntourism.motac.gov.my and sign up as a volunteer today.

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The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns to Putrajaya in 2014

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Next March, Putrajaya will once again host a fiesta like no other in the country. The thriving government capital will be converted to a major tourist and visitor attraction site over a four-day period from 27 – 30 March 2014. An event that is not to be missed, 2014’s fiesta is the sixth installment of the internationally recognized hot air balloon fiesta, featuring the attendance of more than 20 hot air balloons all over the world, including at least five special shaped hot air balloons.

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Admission is free so all are welcome to experience a fresh view of the skies by going on the tethered hot air balloon rides or coast the stunning Putrajaya skyline in a helicopter joy ride. For those who search for a bit of adventure, the Mountain Dew Extreme Zone boasts an array of outdoor fun including water zorbing and rock climbing. Food and beverage outlets aplenty, be sure to grab a meal at KFC outlets at the fiesta and remember to keep yourself hydrated.

Younger kids will not miss out on the fun in the sun as they wait for the hot air balloons to take flight – the kids’ play area is back this year and offers a variety of amusement rides, coloring contests, arts & crafts and many more.

To find out more information and enquiries on the event, call 03-7981 8712 or check out their website www.myballoonfiesta.com and follow their Facebook account Facebook.com/myballoonfiesta. This event is organized by AKA Balloon Sdn. Bhd, Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) and Malaysian Sports Aviation Federation (MSAF).

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One World Lodge, Bentong

Team E.T.A hits the road again. This time we had an impromptu visit to Bentong, a quiet, laidback town located in Pahang.

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We arrived late at night. Not much things to do and hotels around town are pretty much a tourist trap for desperate travelers. Except for One World Lodge.

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Located in the heart of Genting Town. Small coffee shops and eateries easily accessible from the hotel. You can’t miss this place. It’s just in front of Pasar Besar Bentong.

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The reception

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Deco at the lobby

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Sitting area at the lobby

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Common area in front of our room.

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Smokers would approve. Smoking area is provided.

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Our room. Was expecting something shoddy for rm66 per night.

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But the room was surprisingly spacious and clean.

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TV for entertainment purpose and free WiFi in the room for your convenience.

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Kettle is provided for you to make tea or coffee.

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The bathroom. Is clean and spacious.

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Hot water shower is available, so no worries about having to bathe with cold water.

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Toiletries is provided too. The hotel although is a budget range, is pretty much complete. Comfort for fraction of the price.

Highly recommend if you’re looking for accommodation in Bentong. For bookings and room reservation:

 

One World Lodging
No. 50-52
Jalan Ah Peng
28700 Bentong,
Pahang, Malaysia
Phone: 09-2221088

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Greenies in Bentong, Pahang

So, Team E.T.A hits the road and was off for a roadtrip again and before we knew it, we found ourselves in Bentong.

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There is not really much things to see in the old, quiwt town of Bentong, but unlike the concrete jungle in Kuala Lumpur, Bentong is abundant with greens. Here’s sharing with you some of the trees and greens we spotted.

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Papaya trees

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Greenies

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Bean plant

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Leafy greens

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Trees

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Fallen leaves

These are definitely a sight for sore eyes.

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People You Meet While Traveling

You’ll meet all sort of people while you are traveling. The good, the bad, the friendly, the rude…you name it.

Team E.T.A was recently invited to a media trip and discovered first hand that some travelers can be obnoxious and extremely rude and can be terribly proud of their social status while traveling.

We have encountered an unpleasant, grumpy lady who critisized almost everyone she comes across, and pretty much racist if you ask me. From critisizing people’s outfit, refusing to share photography spot and to being rude to those who doesn’t share her ethnicity, you name it. While the trip was fruitful, it does make an unpleasant experience for us.

Now, here is a piece of advice to fellow travelers out there. Traveling should be fun and like we always believe, it should be a good and memorable experience for all. So be nice to other fellow bloggers. Being rude or giving people a hard time just because you are PMS-ing or having a jet lag is a no-no. You’ll never know if you’ll offend someone who is capable of hurting you when they are unhappy or feel offended.

And for those who are on the receiving end of bad attitude from other fellow travelers, please don’t lower yourselves to their standards. They’re a result of poor upbringing, not you. :)

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Experiencing First World Hotel

So, Team E.T.A was invited for a media trip in Genting and our accommodation was the First World Hotel.

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We arrived pretty late, and the weather was cold and foggy in First World Hotel. First World Hotel is one of the world’s largest hotels and is adjoined to the First World Plaza which boasts 500,000 sq feet of indoor theme park, shopping centre and food galore. A lush, grand tropical rainforest greets guests at the main entrance of the First World Hotel, followed by a spacious Spanish courtyard lobby.

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The clock indicates local time for major cities in the world. Awesome thing. :)

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Lift lobby that will transport us to another world…I mean…lead us back to our room.

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This is where we stay for the night. Hung the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign for some privacy.

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TV was provided for guests’ viewing pleasure, but we decided that there are better things to do than just watch the idiot box.

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Toilet was squeaky clean. Thumbs up for cleanliness to First World Hotel.

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Shower booth was small, but great for intimacies if you know hows. 😀

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Vanity mirror strategically located outside of the shower booth and toilet.

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Toiletries was provided for guests, so no worries if you decided an impromptu trip or wants to travel light.

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The first thing we did upon arrival to the room was look for power points to charge our gadgets, and I’m happy to report that ample power sockets was available for usage. Definitely a gadget friendly room.
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Writing table and vanity mirror.

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Our Queen sized bed. Great for not only sleep, but various intimate activities. 😛

Overall, the room in First World Hotel is comfortable and clean. As far as I’m concerned, it’s decently priced too. So if you’re making a trip to Genting, First World Hotel can be places in your accommodation consideration list. All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern amenities.

Check out the video on First World Hotel Here.One notable service in First World Hotel is self service check in and check out. Pretty convenient, if you ask me. For room bookings and reservation, click HERE

Neway, we did not slack much in the room as the Stars on Strings was starting in half an hour, and we wouldn’t want to miss the interesting show, so after refreshing ourselves, we went to the lobby to meet the rest.

Originally published on our team member’s blog,cleffairy.com

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