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PENANG (GEORGETOWN) DAY 2 (MALAYSIA DAY 8)

Clan Jetties, Khoo Kongsi Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Malaysian Police Celebrating, Fort Cornwallis, 3D street art gallery, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang Botanical Gardens and Red Garden food court.

We started the day by going to Clan Jetties. Which was a nice experience to make shopping above the sea! Yes, and cheap it was. You can buy souvenirs from there, and clothes for cheap prices but don’t forget to bargain.

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Then we continued walking in the streets and we stumbled by some nice street wall arts like this one:

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Then we went to the amazing Khoo Kongsi Temple, but we didn’t enter inside as it had an entry fees of RM10, and we were really on a law budget!

We continued walking and we stumbled by an amazing man doing paper-planes… You gotta have a look at this movie:

Kapitan Keling Mosque was our next station. It was really magnificent and you cannot miss it. The Architecture of the building from the outside is breathtaking:

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Well, yes. You are right! The weather was very hot and it was sunny! I couldn’t smile better than that! 😀

The place of Ablution of the mosque was really different than any I’ve ever seen before:

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That’s it!!! Well, I think it’s not very healthy and I don’t like the idea! However that was unique and worth documenting.

Then we continued walking… and we didn’t expect to be that lucky in that day! We had the chance to attend a Malaysian Police Celebration! Yes, it’s true! It was fascinating, and I edited the following video about it and I hope you will like it 🙂

They were all really very friendly with us, and as you can see they even allowed us to share the dance with them! Food and drink was offered by the end of the show. It’s was very simple, but for free and all of them were really simple and cooperative with each other from different ranks (soldiers andofficers). It was amazing how they could mingle with each others and with the citizens! I really liked the atmosphere!!!

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That was amazing!!!

Fort Cornwallis was next… Entry fees was really cheap! It was around RM2, and we didn’t know why except when we entered 😀 It is really a small one and there are nothing much to discover except very few, and I can tell all was worthless inside except the idea that you can read the history of the place. Another interesting thing is that you can have a very nice view of the ocean from there. Moreover, they were really creative to bring some statues and art sets for visitors to take photos with. I didn’t regret entering it, after all I paid RM2 only!

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And then we went to 3D street art gallery and had some amazing photos there:

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Beautiful! Aren’t they?!

Dharmikarama Burmese Temple was our next destination…

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It’s a really big Buddhist temple, and it’s intrinsic to visit it to know about the culture of those people!

I witnessed inside those two beautiful temples many prayers for different people. I gathered them all in this video and hope you will like it 🙂

Those are some of the teachings/ stories that were in the temple. It tells you much about Buddhism. Its interesting to have a look at them:

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And we had a chance to go through the temple, and take some photos from inside, including some of the praying rituals:

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And then we went for the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple which is just across the street. It is very similar to the other one but the architecture is really different! You can see for yourself:

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This is how the temple looks like from outside
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The temple is very famous of the reclining Buddha. It’s realaly huge!
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And yes! These are tombs!

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Street-nature is really magnificent here! We went for some after the two temples dose!

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And we felt like walking, so we kept walking on the city streets enjoying nature, and more nature. Later we stumbled by a very beautiful tomb:

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We are very thirsty by now! We drank all the water we have, kept looking for somewhere to buy a bottle, but no hope! Thanks God, we passed by a Buddhist society building for children (where children come to learn through activities.) We were very thirsty that we decided to go inside and ask for water! 😀 It was a bit embarrassing at the beginning, but the people there were very friendly and they gave us a full bottle of water, and we even played a little with the children 🙂 I am sorry I know it may seem unworthy incident, but I just thought this is worth mentioning!

Anyway, I believe we just arrived Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple now! It was really empty and isolated place! It’s ranked #7 on TripAdvisor, so we thought maybe today is a holiday or something, but once we climbed the very long way up there we realized why was that as they have visiting hours and we weren’t in any! We didn’t want to wait for the next visiting hour. This would result in not visiting another place we planned. So we just took some rest, toured around the place from outside, and of course took some photos:

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And the next photos shows how high you have to climb for that temple 😀

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And while descending, I saw some beautiful statues that I’d like to share with you hoping that you may like them:

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Yes, and then we decided to go for Penang Botanical Gardens. We were very tired, but it was really close by!

We just went there, and we just had one of the most amazing, unexpected and exhausting experiences in our lives!

Instead of enjoying the garden, we, unintentionally, played exercises! LOL! Yes, we even don’t know how we made it?! We are now in front of the garden’s gate sitting to have a little rest. We realized that lots of people go in a certain opening inside the woods! And we just decided to discover where they are going 😀 You got it now, right 😀

Yes, we’re dump to do that! but it just happened and I don’t regret it because it was really really amazing! I never climbed some place in which there are so much nature like that before! It was just exquisite!

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And that’s all what happened to us there:

When we climbed till the top, we were amazed to see a a small gym, drinks (tea, hot water,) and snacks. We were very thirsty and hoped to find cold water, but there wasn’t any. What we found there was just hot water. and we had no choice but to drink from it!!!

Then we climbed down heading to the hostel, of course, as we were in a desperate need for a shower!

After we had the shower, I thought it’s still early to end the day now and sleep, it was around 9 pm! My friend slept, but I went for a walk in the city streets. And I found a cool place called “The Red Garden”

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And this video will make you feel the atmopsphere of the place (The Red Garden):

It was like a food court, and at the same time they make a show for you. I stayed there for a while then continued touring through many shops, supremarkets, night clubs and restaurants. And I went back home by 12 to find our new dorm-mates. They were three girls from Indonesia (Fera, Fitri and Yuyun)

And my next post will be about our last day in Penang, in which we, the three Indonesian girls and other sister and brother from s. Korea shared the fun in it together… 

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Langkawi Day 3 (Malaysia Day 6)

 Cable Car, The Seven Wells Waterfall, The taxi driver, Lunch at the ferry Terminal, Langkawi Eagle

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And here we go for the last day at Langkawi…

Waking up a little late by 9am (we were planning to wake up by 7am) made us cancel going to Pentai Tengah Beach!

Scooter and Nature
Scooter and Nature

We rode the scooter and headed to Langkawi’s cable car… on the way nature was really breathtaking:

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We decided not to take the cable car, because we were really in a low budget. It’s cost was RM30. We went to a cafe there, to have a drink or something and take a break. Then we headed to

The Seven Wells Waterfall

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It happened that we found some locals enjoying their time there. It was Friday (weekend), so I guess that’s why we met lots of locals there…

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Locals enjoying seven wells waterfalls

We continued climbing, but it seemed that the climb doesn’t have a dead-end.

And a snake found us, which Walid tried to catch 😀 :

We reached a certain area after which we thought it would be really dangerous to proceed!

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This place could be only for the fit! You really climb a long way up!!!

We were sorry seeing that the time is now 11:30. We must go back now and pack our thing for the ferry at 2 pm.

We arrived at the hostel after returning the bike by 12:30. packed our bags and leaved by 1:00.

We took a taxi to the ferry terminal. The taxi driver was really a very interesting guy. We found in his car coins from almost all countries. I asked him whether he has the Egyptian Pound or not (I could have given it to him,) but he told me that he has it and showed it to me :D.

Then he started talking about the country and differences between Arab tourists and Europeans/Americans. It was common there that Arabs have lots of money and that they stay in the most expensive resorts, while Europeans/Americans are really very careful about spending their money that they almost don’t spend anything. We came across this subject because we saw a European backpacker walking from the ferry terminal to Pentai Cenang (around 40 KM) in a really hot weather and burning sun. He told us: “this guy was bargaining with me about the fare. He only wanted to pay RM15, while the fare is RM30. Most Europeans and Americans here wait at the ferry terminal for others to share the fare. They sometimes wait for long hours, and if they didn’t find any, they either walk or just pay the RM30.” He was really interesting and his English was very good unlike most locals.

We arrived at the ferry terminal by 1:15. We were hungry so we went to the ferry terminal food court to have something to eat:

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The place was really nice, and the food was not expensive, We took a good meal with a drink for RM8 each! But the taste was lacking the Asian touch. It was a bit Americanized!

It’s now 1:30. We still have 30 minutes and we didn’t take photos with Langkawi Eagle!!!

Yes, we headed there quickly! We RAN to it, took some photos:

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recorded a video:

and left Also RUNNING 😀 to the ferry which headed to Penang island just on time 🙂

 

And let’s call it a post :D… I will post about my our stay in Penang island/Georgetown in the next post inshaallah (God willing)…

Langkawi Day 2 (Malaysia Day 5)

The accident!, Mt. Raya, Perdana Gallery, Durian Perangin Waterfall, black sand beach, dinner at the family restaurant, The Mosque incident, Cenang street

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And that was a real day with real nature stuffed with lots of new encounters in an amazing kind of nature!

This is Langkawi… nature that rocks and revives your soul…

Let’s start the day together by waking up by 9 am. We previously knew that there is no transportation in Langkawi and that the only way we can get around in the island is by taxi (very expensive) or renting a scooter/car. Scooter rental average was RM40 and Cars retal average was RM100.

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We went to the renting shop by 10 am and we choose a nice scooter only for RM30 for a full day! And that was a very good price!!! we took the scooter and started our drive:

The paper map that I had in Langkawi
The paper map that I had in Langkawi

That’s the map we used as a guide throughout our drive. We also had another small booklet that gave us tips about roads not to miss and important sightseeing. Our place “Pentai Tengah” is located SW of the map! we started by taking the road to the NE. We drove about 30 minutes enjoying nature everywhere:

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And suddenly! The rear Tyre  boomed!!!

OMG!!! Slow down…

Oooooh!!! Are we going to die here?!

We slipped for at least 50 meters and the bike stopped!

And we discovered that the Tyre is very soft!

Ouh! That son of a ***** who rented us a bad bike that could have resulted to our death here!!!

OMG! What are we gonna do now?!

That was the scooter that wished to kill us!
That was the scooter that wished to kill us!

A resident of the city saw us and guided us to a nearby repairing shop. Thanks God that it was close by! We went the the shop and told him about what happened and he told us that the Tyre is not good for use and needs to be changed. I told him that I rented the bike and he requested that I call the company and give him the phone to talk to them and I did. They agreed to fix it for RM80. I will pay the money and take it back from the company with the receipt. That was fair enough and I did so. We waited around an hour for the bike to be repaired. Then we took the bike back to the renting agency!

OMG! I was just about to die!!!
OMG! I was just about to die!!!

 

Of course, I told him I don’t want any bikes from you, and give me my money back. He refused telling me that he will give me another bike: the one that I choose! I agreed on one condition: I get a bigger one as a compensation from the agency (RM40 rate) plus that he extends the time of rental 2 hours! Undoubtedly, we checked every part of the bike before taking in and it looked perfect.

And…

OMG! That was really near death!

Anyway we didn’t let that mare our day and we decided to head to “Mt. Raya,” which is the tallest peak in Langkawi. You can find it right in the middle of the map.

And in our way we stopped by many amazing nature to take some photos like these:

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And that was a really short video taken while riding… it shows beautiful nature:

The trip up to the mt. was very interesting. Really, that’s almost what we enjoyed most in Langkawi. At that time of the day the weather was really hot and moist, but the higher we climbed the cooler the air became! Nature was amazing on both sides along the way. We even met many animals like cows and monkeys! 😀

We kept climbing, until we reached the top and spend some really quality time up there:

 

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And we even videoed some of those wonderful moments:

It’s a bit of a crazy video, but I hope you like it!

On our way down we met some monkeys!

Then we drove enjoying nature everywhere till we reached Perdana Gallery. This is a collection of all the gifts that Mahatir Mohamed (former Prime minister) received. And they are all really beautiful showing different cultures from many places of the world. The Gallery also includes an exhibition of all the achievements of Mahatir Mohamed and his wife and of course it includes the history of the period he ruled in it, and a biography of his life. I remember a word I red for him which I replied to in a loud voice: he said: “I want everyone to respect Malaysia” and I replied to him: “now everyone respects Malaysia Mahatir” 🙂 . The entry fee is RM10 and it’s totally worth it. We didn’t have much time so we couldn’t take photos of everything fantastic there, but here is a bit of it!

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Then we ran to the amazing “Durian Perangin Waterfall” which was really a magnificent inter-counter with nature 🙂 The place is really well-maintained and nature cannot be better than that!!!

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And we talked about “Durian Perangin Waterfall”  here:

Then we had to run to catch the sunset by the “black sand beach”

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We stayed by the beach for some time enjoying sunset like never before! Of course we wanted to take more photos and videos but unfortunately the battery was dead. And by coincidence our batteries were also dead :D. We went to look for a place to eat in.

And while driving we came across a really wonderful restaurant. The place was on a highway and it was more of a house offering food rather than a restaurant! It as a house putting some tables in front of it for guests to sit and eat!

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And they were like a family. No, it was actually a family (husband, wife, son and daughter). The husband stayed inside and didn’t appear except when we failed to understand each other (me and the woman because she doesn’t speak English or Arabic). The wife was the cook and she was Thai, and of course she made amazing food. Best I ever had there! The daughter was about 16 years old and she acted like a waitress. The little boy was sitting there and eating. 😀

Then we continued driving in the city for a while, and we stumbled by a Masjid (mosque). And is was time for Ishaa prayer. We decided to go and pray. And a really funny situation happened! 😀

We parked the scooter inside the building area and suddenly a young man with underwear appeared for us out of the blue! 😀 He looked like a gangster and started talking Malayo (of course we didn’t understand a word). So he started shouting (seems like he was calling for somebody). And out of the building a whole family in underwears appeared.

OMG! That’s a house and not a mosque. The man (head of the family) understood English. We apologized and went to the mosque (the building right beside it)!

Note: street signs can be misleading!

OMG! That was super embarrassing!

Anyway, we went to pray in masjid. It was empty and we didn’t find except one person (who was very old). He offered us to wear Izar (a piece of cloth that you tie around your waist). In their believes, you should wear that in your prayers, if you were wearing a trousers. But we didn’t take it and prayed without it.

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Izar

It was really weird that they just prayed after Azan directly. In my country, Egypt, we usually wait for around 15 minutes.

We finished praying and started driving. It was around 9 pm. And we thought it’s really early to go home now! so we starting hitting new streets, but quickly we realized that:

  1. It’s very dark and we cannot see anything around us.
  2. Driving is not enjoyable in the city at night.
  3. Driving at night is really dangerous in Langkawi.

So we went to Cenang street. Stopped by Mac for a driving break. And we got Ice-cream for RM1 only!

It’s now about 11pm. We thought there is not much to enjoy or do, so we went back to the hostel and decided to wake up by 7 am (we have a ferry at 2pm and there are lots of things we still need to enjoy in Langkawi)!

 

About the third Day in Langkawi, will be my next post… I hope you enjoyed my posts so far… !!!

Kuala Lumpur Day 3 (Malaysia Day 3)

And that was really a remarkable day:
(KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, Thean Hou Temple, lunch and dinner at Chinese restaurants)
All with an amazing Filipino girl companion, Kaila Samson…  

I woke up by 9 am, had a shower and sat to have my breakfast and there I met our day companion Kaila from Philippine.

Me, Walid and Kaila waiting for the train to take us to the Petronas towers
Me, Walid and Kaila waiting for the train to take us to the Petronas towers

She was so hyper and funny. She didn’t have plans for the day and was ready to spend the day with us. Walid woke up by 9:30 and we went together to the Petronas towers (third highest building in the world).

We had to run to be able to catch our turn. We moved from the hostel by 9:35 am. we got to the train station and took the train to KLCC, got of the train and ran towards the towers!

The three of us inside the train
The three of us inside the train

We arrived there 9:58 thanks God as our ticket time was 10:00. Kaila had to wait for us down there. We made the booking over the internet 2 days beforehand!

 

Petronas Towers tocket
Petronas Towers ticket

Once we arrived at the ticket office, a guy took us and gave us a visitor ID each. Then we went to watch a short explanatory video on an air-screen. That was so nice and amazing!

That was the air-screen in which we watched the explanatory video about the Petronas Towers
That was the air-screen in which we watched the explanatory video about the Petronas Towers

And you can watch the video from here:

After the video ended they took us to the skybridge which connects the twin towers together on the 41st floor at the height of 170 m above street level and of course we took some photos there:

Me backrounded by the skybridge ;)
Me backrounded by the skybridge 😉
That's an amazing civilization! I love you Malaysia!!!
That’s an amazing civilization! I love you Malaysia!!!
What are you looking a Walid?! :D
What are you looking a Walid?! 😀

 

Then we went to the observation desk which is 370 m above street level and took many many photos, and those are some of them:

OMG! So high :D
OMG! So high 😀
WoW!!!
WoW!!!

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And we also recorded a video from the 3rd highest building in the world!

And this is... Kuala Lumpur :D
And this is… Kuala Lumpur 😀
Oh! Yeaaaaaaaaaaah :D
Oh! Yeaaaaaaaaaaah 😀
That's Burj Khalifa The highest building ever n the world!
That’s Burj Khalifa The highest building in the world!
And These are the highest skyscrapers in the world. The Petronas are the third highest!
And These are the highest skyscrapers in the world. The Petronas are the third highest!

OMG! That was really amazing experience. It was quite expensive as t costed us RM80, but it was totally worth it!

Before we leave the building I just need to show you the speed of the elevator, watch this video:

Another thing which I noticed and was really really fascinated about how civilized these people are is shown in the following picture:

As you can see: "Use less paper, save more trees" and "use water wisely, our choices decide our future" I want to live in such a civilized country. period
As you can see: “Use less paper, save more trees” and “use water wisely, our choices decide our future” I want to live in such a civilized country. period

 

We met Kaila after we finished our tour inside the amazing towers.

Walid and Kaila at the Petronas Towers
Walid and Kaila at the Petronas Towers

 

Then we decided to for the biggest Chinese temple in KL which is named “Thean Hou Temple” We took the bus to the closest station near the temple, and then we had to walk about half an hour to reach there.

While we were going to Thean Hou Temple we stumbled by a Chinese school. I recorded a video for them as I liked it so much 🙂

You can watch the video from here:

Then we continued walking reaching the big temple:

While walking to the THean HOu Temple
While walking to the Thean Hou Temple

After we arrived we took some amazing photos:

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The whole temple behind us
The whole temple behind us
Me and Kaila in front of the main hall
Me and Kaila in front of the main hall
Inside the main hall of the temple
Inside the main hall of the temple
This is how the view is from the higher lever of the temple
This is how the view is from the higher lever of the temple

Later on, we stumbled by a Chinese restaurant, while walking to the bus station and decided to have lunch together, and I believe we ordered noodles with chicken and shrimps. I remember it was very delicious 🙂

While eating at the Chinese restaurant
While eating at the Chinese restaurant

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Then we continued walking. Reaching the bus station, we took the bus heading towards the Botanical gardens which was really really marvelous place. You can find out about that place from these photos:

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hehehe…
WoW!
WoW!
Is that a real dino?!
Is that a real dino?!
So nice!
So nice!
The tree house :D
The tree house 😀

I have a story to tell about this so-called tree-house! When I saw it, I decided to get closer to it and maybe get inside it. But once I apprached it I heared a roaring sound coming from it!!! I was really terrified and I ran away from it. Later I me tWalid and Kalia and told them about it and Walid decided to try his luck, and he heard the same sound! But we discovered that there was a man sleeping inside and that voice was his… !!! OMG! 😀

 

So nice plants!
So nice plants!

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OOOOOOHH!!!
OOOOOOHH!!!

We finished our tour in the garden, got some rest and then went back to the bus station. We jumped into the bus leaving to China Towen (where our hostel is). We arrived by 7 pm. And our (me and Walid) to Alor Star (from where we will get the ferry to Langkawi) was at 9:45 pm. We thought we have sometime for a quick last dinner together.

We got inside a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown; Kaila bought pork pie while walid had a drink and I had…

I ordered chicken claypot, and that's exactly what I got... and ate! :D
I ordered chicken claypot, and that’s exactly what I got… and ate! 😀

Then we went back to the hostel to finalize everything and bid Kaila goodbye:

A souvineer form Kaila (the little crazy Filipino girl)
A souvineer form Kaila (the little crazy Filipino girl)

Kaila was so ice to give us some Piso (Philippine currency) and  I gave her also some Egyptian pounds.

And we went to the train station, looking for much more fun at Langkawi…