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A Rockin time at Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Took this opportunity on the cheap rooms rates offered to see what Hard Rock Hotel Penang was like. This time around we got the rooms at half the normal price. We arrived at around 2.30pm. Registered. Also, as the room was not ready, we went for our late lunch. At a decent cafe just walking distance from the hotel. Food there were decent and service was quick.

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Arriving back at the resort, our rooms were ready. I took 2 rooms as mum in law was also following. We booked the seaview room and it was worth it. The view was spectacular. Its nice to get up in the morning to a beautiful view of the ocean with no obstructions. It was worth the additional cash spent. We got the rooms on the fourth floor.

Room was modernly decorated, spacious and very clean. The rooms had all the typical amenities that a five star hotel would have. There’s also movie on demand with all the latest movies anytime you want. No need to follow a schedule. But we didnt spend much time in the room.

The children loved the pool as there were slides and little fountains at the children area. There are a lot of lifeguards around and as with all staff at Hard Rock Hotel Penang. They were friendly. There’s additionally two more adult pools side by side to the children’s pool. But we spend our time at the kids pool. The hotel is additionally on a nice beach. However we didn’t swim in the ocean because of the jellyfish. Fortunately a lifeguard was nice enough to caution us.

Apart from the pool there is a Gym, Kids Room with hourly activities for the younger kids without their parents. A Tween club with video games, snooker and foosball for the teenagers. There’s also a restaurant by the beach. A pizza place Pizza place.

The breakfast was awesome. There were so much choices to choose from. Even the cook that was doing the omelette, prepared perfectly. I haven’t seen a omelette prepared this way in such a long time. Thought those abilities a were gone with the more older chefs. Credit to the culinary team. On the last day of our stay, we needed to pack our morning meal as Malaysia was on lockdown. Here you could see the helpfulness of all the staff. They made the process so easy for everybody. Thanks guys.

One thing we noticed was that the bus service in Penang especially on the Ferringhi Beach was very frequent. So transportation wouldn’t be a problem.
My Verdict

A wonderful hotel and full of experience. Definitely will come again. Overall our stay has been pleasant one and staff were great The staff are an absolute asset. They were always ready to help and knew their stuff. Didn’t go the Hard Rock Cafe as we had little kids with us. To the team at Hard Rock Penang. YOU GUYS REALLY ROCK!!!! Will surely visit again.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Address: – Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia

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This Time Walking among Butterflies, Entopia Penang.

Fortunately we picked this spot as our first destination. Cause the following day. Malaysia was on lockdown and Entopia would have been closed. We didn’t get the opportunity to go to the Teddyville Museum cause they closed a day before the lockdown. I read in many websites on Penang that Entopia is the best spot to visit in Penang and I 100% concur with them. Although some may say the cost is somewhat steep, yet you should visit Entopia once in the course of your life.

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Entopia is a large enclosed park where butterflies are allowed to fly around. Parking is ample and staff is friendly. The place is very well organised. The owners have put great thought into this places as the paths are easily accessible. My family had a ton of fun admiring the wonderful butterflies flying around. Some even landed on us. So walk slowly and quietly and enjoy the moment.

Aside from the butterflies flying around, there is the Cocoon. Cocoon is a fun and educational discovery areas for the kids on insects. There are various segments with various themes. There is even one section on how it would like to be as small as an insect in their underground lair. You could walk around, among huge ants and larva. Extremely educational. The staff are extremely helpful. There is silk area where my children got an opportunity to spin silk treads out of a genuine silk worms. The spun strings were attached to little book markers.


My Verdict

If you visit Penang this is a must see place. We spend about 3 hours there and felt that it wasn’t enough. There beautiful butterflies flying everywhere. One even landed on my wife’s forehead. Which was really funny. And it was a few mile from our hotel at Batu Ferringhi. Do look out for different activities that you can experience like releasing the butterflies.  Which we missed as we were in the middle of the park when they announced it. But the kids managed to extract silk treads out of silk worms to make into a bookmarker string to bring home. Something I feel they wouldn’t have a chance anywhere else. Very Educational and interesting.

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

Address:-830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia

Phone :- (604) 8888 111

Email:- info@entopia.com

Website :- Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

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My Bucket List after this Covid 19 Pandemic

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As I am stuck in my wife’s hometown of Kuala Kangsar due to the sudden Lockdown by the Malaysian Government. We were actually in Penang when the Lockdown was announced. But managed to reach Kuala Kangsar, on the day it was implemented. So we still could move back freely. However we couldn’t go back to Port Dickson. Due to the distance. So I am stuck here with a low internet coverage as my in law’s house is really deep in. But its a very nice place to relax. This is one of the reason I am not able to post about our recent trip to Penang. However with all the free time in my hand. I could really plan a bucket list of places to visit after this Pandemic clears. And it will. Thanks to the great people in our Health Ministry. THANKS ALOT GUYS.

To start with my bucket list. I was actually planning to go to Sekinchan in April cause its when they start planting the paddy. However that is on hold due to the Pandemic.

SEKINCHAN

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We have been to Kedah to show my kids about how rice is produced and where its grown. There is a very nice Muzium there, dedicated to everything about rice. Museum Padi was really educational for the kids and also us. However I have just found out that at Sekinchan there is activities of planting Paddy that families can get involved. This kind of experience is what I am always looking for. There’s is even activities of cycling around the paddy fields. A great activity for my ‘Budak Bandar’. I have also a little quaint homestay to stay here overlooking the paddy fields. Called the Padi Box. Hope its still open after the Lockdown.
Something about Sekinchan. Sekinchan is in the state of Selangor. It is one of the main producers of rice apart from Kedah. People go there for the green paddy fields. So its best to get more details about when the start planting and the best time to be there. What the people in Padi Box mentioned to me was the best time to be in Sekinchan is between April till July. Apart from the paddy fields and its activities, we plan can also go for the Sky Mirror Tour and also the Fishing Village Tour. That will be in another post for later days

TERENGGANU

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When I was working in Cherating. The Terengganu border was just 20 minutes away. But back then about 20 years ago it was still a bit backward. There were nothing much to see, only the beautiful beaches. I only managed to visit the Pasar Payang, in Kuala Terengganu. But back then it was shops with mainly selling brass ware. As we were there for work, we didn’t go anywhere else. Going through Instagram pics on places in Terengganu, I found nowadays there is alot of places to see. Like the Terengganu Drawbridge, Masjid Kristal, Pasar Payang (Central Market), Taman Tamadun Islam. 
While working in Terengganu, I read that there were this guy buying up old malay traditional houses and restoring them at his resort to its original state but with modern facilities. Some of the houses were as old as 100 years. A few of our hotel guest visited the resort and mentioned that the resort was beautiful. Didn’t get a chance to visit the area, as I was transfered out. Lately found back the resort on Instagram. Its called Terrapuri. It still have the old houses. Now there’s 29 houses. Plan to visit this place when I am in Terangganu.

GLAMPING

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When I was in the Scouts during school days. I loved to go camping. Loved the whole outdoor things like cooking over open fire, campfires, hiking and so on. But alas my kids are being brought in town with very protective parents . Thats us. Well I guess all parents nowadays are like that. Luckily my wife’s hometown in quite remote. So my kids get to try things like peel and grate coconuts, climb trees. 
I would love to bring them for camping. Luckily nowadays, there’s Glamping. Glamping is the short form for Glamorous Camping. Camping with some amenities of a resort. Like fans, nice comfortable beds. Some even comes with toilets attach. Most are large tents with this amenities inside.  I researched and found that Malaysia also have a few places like this. One is the Sunway Tambun in Ipoh. The Glamping site is located in the Lost World of Tambun. Next to a lake. There is even packages offering entry into their theme park which is just walking distance. And from the pictures in their website the room looks very cost. A little five star in the woods.
Apart from Sunway Tambun, there are lots more glamping sites in Penisular Malaysia. There is the Caravan Serai in Pahang, Tadom Hills in Selangor, Kanopi Villa in Bentong, Gopeng Glamping

PENANG a revisit

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I would love to revisit Penang. There were few places that I had plan to visit but couldn’t. One is time constrained. One more is due to the Covid lockdown. As I noticed Penang is only a 2 hour drive from Kuala Kangsar. If the Lockdown is lifted before the Hari Raya holidays. Might just take a drive there. We still like the beach at Batu Ferringhi, but will look somewhere else. I like to stay at different places. Maybe somewhere nearer to the night market. So we can just walk around.
Some of the places that I had planned for the last trip was the Teddy Bear Muzium. It was just a few minutes drive from the Hard Rock Hotel Penang. But alas it was closed one day before the Lockdown. Will visit again. Another few more places that I had planned was the Top at Komtar with its Rainbow Skwalk. There is also the Jurassic Research Centre, Penang State Gallery, Penang Boutique Aquarium and more. 

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A Visit to Tropical Fruit Farm Melaka

Minus the fruits

 
As always I was searching for something unique and educational to bring my ‘budak bandar’ kids this weekend. Some place close to Port Dickson. So we don’t spend time on the road. I’ve heard that there’s a fruit farm somewhere in Melaka. With loads of fruit trees to see. Its called the Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm in Sungai Udang. I will put the map at the end of this post.
 
 
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As we had a wedding to go to in Port Dickson, we reach there around 4pm. Do take note the place closes at 5pm. As we were so fascinated with the place we forgot about time. The caretaker were kind enough to wait for us until 5.30pm. The charges is very cheap. RM8 for grown-ups and RM6 for kids. After you pay the entrance fee, you will be given a pack of dried corn to feed the ostrich or the deers. There were very little people there. Everyone feared the Covid 19 virus. Or everybody realized that there were no fruits available. Cause there were not a single fruit on the trees.
 
 
 
You start at the Rabbit house. The kids got really excited carrying little bunnies and playing with them. The larger rabbits are kept in a cages. The best thing about this place is you can drive around in your own car. There is a tar road around the farm. After the Rabbit house, we took a drive to the Quail house passing by bamboo plantation and fruit trees minus the fruits. Very sad.
 

There were nothing much to see in the Quail House. The staff at entrance mentioned. They are in the midst of replacing the quail with something else.
 

Then we moved to the animal enclosure which had cows, ostrich and deer. You could feed the ostrich and deer with the corn they provided at the entrance. But we fed the deer. My kids enjoyed feeding the deer.
 
 
 
After that we drove looking at different fruit trees. I even found out how a durian flower looks like. LOL.
 
In the middle of the park there’s a lake with little chalets that you can rent. Also a camp ground. There were a bunch of school kids camping there.
 
 

My verdict

 
It is a decent spot to visit, as the large is large and you can feed of bigger animals like deers, ostriches and cows. As per the staff there the best time to visit is June to Sept. They said you can pick and taste the fruits when it is in season. Be that as it may, durian is chargeable. The good thing is that you can move inside the comfort of your own vehicle, rather than strolling in the sun. Best of all, my ‘budak bandar ‘ kids got to feed the deers. They were not keen about feeding the ostrich. They had a ton of fun. Everybody dozed off on the way back.

 
Entrance Fee :- RM8 Adults
                              RM6 Children
 
Address :-  Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm
                    Pusat latihan Sungai Udang  

                    Sungai Udang Village, Melaka, Malaysia
 
Telephone :– 06-351 6916
 

 

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A New Chapter in Travel at Malaysia.com – Vanlife

When I was studying in Kuala Lumpur, some 30 years ago. I came across a Volkswagen Kombi that have been converted into a campervan complete with a kitchen and a stove. I was so intrigued. The idea of having a campervan to travel was nice.
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Until now I still have this idea of buying a Volkswagen Kombi and converting into a campervan. But with present day commitments and kids. It was not practical to buy a Kombi. So I settled for an Alza. But I still watch videos and read articles on setting up Campervans. Thats where I came across this Youtube Channel “24traveller”. Here I saw people converting ordinary cars to campervans and travelling around.
So I planned what items I needed to make my Alza as comfortable for my family of five to travel. We might not sleep in it overnight but it will be nice to just park anywhere and rest comfortably before our next journey.

Well below are the things that I purchased, mainly online to make my mini campervan.
  1. USB Extender – to add length to my usb wire. 2 nos
  2. Magnetic Led Rechargeable Lights 3 nos – incase we stay out late
  3. Picnic Table with benches – For Dining
  4. Camper Shower Bag – for showering and washing up
  5. Fan – 3nos- to cool us
  6. Changing Tent – for changing and showering
  7. Beach Tent – for shaded resting during the day
  8. Mini Solar panels – for electricity
  9. Inflatable beds 2 nos – for sleeping
  10. Car Cooler Bag – for storing cool drinks
  11. A foldable picnic chair
  12. Some plastic plates and cup
Our first camp picnic was at the Pantai Cahaya Negeri in Port Dickson. This place is normally full on weekends with families camping. The place is well lit at night and have toilet facilities until quite late. We didn’t camp overnight but spend the day just on the beach. All in all it was a fruitfull first camp/picnic trip.

So do come back for more of my Travel At Malaysia escapes.
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