Monday, March 24, 2014

Travel 2014: Kg.Salang @ Tioman Island


Returning to Kg Salang feels like coming home. This was the first village I visited when I first came to the infamous Tioman Island to take my diving course and I spent some memorable time of 5 days 4 nights here.

Here's a map of the Tioman Island to give you a rough idea of where Kg.Salang is:
It's one of the furthest stop and the ferry ride takes about 2 ~ 3 hours to reach this place, the delay is because the ferry usually stops at other villages before reaching the last one there. But as you can see from the map, Salang is also near to most diving spots, which is really nice if your aim is to dive only and you could spend lesser time on the boat travelling to the diving spots, especially when the wave is powerful and you are sitting on a small boat, you would wish that you spend lesser time on boat any ways.

Kg.Salang is just a simple village, without the luxurious accommodations that other villages offer nor the beautiful long beaches with fine white sand that some other settlements are blessed with.

It has its charms and if you are up for some minimalistic travel plan - a bed to sleep in and lazing around all the time then Salang is probably right for you. Time seems to move slightly slower here and that proves to be something amusing than a hassle. Before you even realise it, your body and soul have relaxed upon stepping into this village.

Diving centres or even snorkelling stops are abundance here, just pick the one you prefer, negotiate a good price and here we go out to the ocean to see what Malaysia could offer.

This return however, disappointed me much as I found the fishes are getting lesser than the previous time I was here, which was merely a year ago. There has been talk and rumours of illegal fishing with crude methods around the island, even though we paid for the marine park fees and no actions have been taken to stop people from destroying nature. It's no surprise, given how our country runs for so many years now; give them something nice and they can close an eye to whatever you want to do, legal or not.

I feel pain, ashamed and disappointed for my own country because we have so much to offer to the world on our lands and in our seas and we never bother to take care of them. In the end, it's always the foreign dive masters or instructors who always remind us not to touch the corals or picking up rubbish along the way floating around in the sea.

I love my country. Even if it's just a impractical fervent wish, I pray that one day, this country will see better years ahead.

Well, enough of my talking, let's just kick back, relax and enjoy some of the best photos my co-founder of this blog have taken and edited just for you. :)

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If you ask me what does Malaysia has?

The beauty of life.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

10 Reasons Why E-Readers are AWESOME!

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I have a Kobo Mini in my bag wherever I go these days. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you ought to check out this tiny little nifty gadget right here. I know you can't stop squealing now over its cuteness, so let me reassure you again that this adorable little thing is absolutely brilliant.

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Imagine having 1000 choices of different reading materials packed just inside a tiny, featherweight gadget. That sounds pretty real convenient to me! I don't have to think about which books to bring for my trips anymore!

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Yes I know, your tablets or smartphones can do the same! But try staring at those expensive LCD, LED, Retine display screen for at least 30 minutes and you get what I mean, your eyes will be strained. Most E-Readers use E-Ink technology for their screens which literally translate to NO GLARES, NO BEAM, NO FLARES and whatnot. NO MORE EYES STRAIN! YESH! Your eyes will love you for this!

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Sunlight? No problems, your screen is still as sharp it can be unlike those smartphone or tablets and their glares. Dark places? No problems, switch on the preinstalled LED light which many E-Readers come with these days.
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Did you know that E-Readers have Wifi capability? You can browse and purchase E-Books instantly whenever some random titles pique your interest. NOW, tell me that's not convenient at all.

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Yeap, your vocabulary may suck but now you don't have to worry anymore! Just click on the words you don't understand and voila, the word and its meaning will appear to you immediately.
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E-Readers are cheap, must cheaper than your meal at times. For RM250, I got myself a decent Kobo Mini which I could easily store 1000 books inside. And e-books aren't as expensive as you think, better than those books you got from the store that cost you an average RM30 for one. It's a good investment in the long run.

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The world needs more trees than those books you put away in your dusty cupboard after one read. And screw those arrogant notion like it feels better flipping a real book or the smell of the pages. The truth is, with each page you flip, another tree is going to meet its end to make instead of producing oxygen for the Earth and some innocent animals are losing their homes. Yea think about it, it's cruel reading a real book so it's time to switch!

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You don't have to worry about the battery for its power usage is really minimal unless you are constantly online with it. They are able to fully function for 1 month without charge, definitely good for people on the go without needing to worry about battery life.

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One thing about TREEBOOKS is that you can't freely adjust the sizes you like. If you want them bigger, the price of the book will be different, probably more expensive since they need more paper to print them. E-Readers however, give you the ability to control the font sizes, whether you like them big or small and you can even change the font type to whichever you are most comfortable with.

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They will be in the market for a long time and they have adapted to the fast moving world. They are able to sync with your other available gadgets so that you could still read your E-Books from where you stop on your reader on any other gadgets with you, as long as you have the Reader app and an account signed in.



With all that said, I am seriously loving my E-Reader right now. I know TREE BOOKS won't disappear but this is definitely a good change as my fellow friends who are avid readers could testify so, it's much easier to read from the E-Readers than the hardcover books when you can finish them real quick and in the long run you will find yourselves save more than you expect.

Come on, don't be a snob and ignorantly claim that hardcover books are always better, that's just because you haven't enjoyed all the good things that come together with an E-Reader. =)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Travel 2014: Tanjung Sepat's Attractions

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Located near Banting, Tanjung Sepat is a small fishing village which is only about 1.5 hour drive away from the city centre.

To make it easy for everyone, here I have gathered all the available maps and list of attractions for everybody! Enjoy!

How to go Tanjung Sepat




Tanjung Sepat Maps





What to Eat at Tanjung Sepat

Hai Yew Heng Pao海友兴手工海南包
Address: 405, Jalan Pasar, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, Selangor.
Phone: 012-272 9009 / 03-3197 4144
Remarks: Must try生肉包、梅菜包
Operation Hours: 1pm-6pm (Weekday), 10am-6pm (Weekend)

Mr. Black Handmade Pau小黑手工包专卖店
Address: No.542, Lorong 2, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, Selangor.
Phone: 012-286 7289 / 013-363 2542
Remarks: 黄酒鸡包

Ocean Seafood Restaurant 海洋海鲜餐馆
Address: Lot 109, Jalan Laut, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, Selangor
Phone: 019-333 8589 / 03-3197 4443

Restaurant Asam Batu Laut亚三峇都港海鲜饭店
Address 1: Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kuala Langat, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.
Address 2: 5, Batu Laut, 42700 Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: 019-384 4362
Remarks: Resort出来,转右直去到看到右边有招牌就是了 (~7 mins). Along the way to Kuan Wellness Ecopark.
Operation Hours: 11am - 10pm(Monday to Saturday)

Restoran Senandung Malam
Address: Gerai PLB No.1, Pantai Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Sepang, Selangor.
Phone: 013-384 9368
Remarks: Before 6pm reach.

Restaurant Yikee Seafood Bak Kut Teh 裕记海鲜肉骨茶
Address: No 247B, Jalan Besar, Kg. Baru, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 019-351 8448 / 03-3197 4907
Operation Hours: 6am-11am

亞福海縣肉骨茶 Ah Hock Seafood Restaurant
Address: Lot 2260, Lorong 7, Jalan Besar, 45300, Tanjong Sepat Selangor.
Phone: 019-6066288 / 03-31974696
Operation Hours: 6.30am-12.30pm

Where to Visit at Tanjung Sepat

Arowana Malayan Food Industries Sdn Bhd 金龙食品有限公司(木薯厂)
Address: No. 2926, Jln Kampung Tanjong Sepat, Kampung Tanjong Sepat Darat, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3197 2888 / 03-3197 3888 / 019-345 5777 / 019-278 3889 (涂明文Toh Min Boon)
Operation Hours: 8am-6.30pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Yek Loong Enterprise 裕隆鱼丸企业
Address: No. 30, Jalan Bawal 1, 42800, Tanjong Sepat, Selangor 42800‎, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3197 2728
Operation Hours: 8am-6.30pm (Closed on Thursdays)

官燕苑自然生态园 Kuan Wellness Eco Park
Address: Lot 408, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Kg Tanjung Layang, Mukim Batu, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3148 1126

裕发咖啡贸易 Joo Fa Trading
Address: No. 356, Lorong 5, Jalan Besar, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 012-972 2886 / 03-3197 4862

Address: Lot 236,Batu 33,Tanjung Layang.
Phone: 03-3148 1018 / 019-239 2369
Operation Hours: Weekend only

Wan Tee Longan Farm 旺地本地龙眼果园
Address: 2, Jalan 30, Taman Sri Sungai Pelek, 43950 Sepang Selangor.
Phone: 012-385 2728 / 012-359 5462

Multi-Rich Pitaya Sdn Bhd日热红仙蜜果园
Address: No. 126, Kampung Baru, 43900, Sepang, Selangor
Phone: 03-3142 2062

Where to Stay at Tanjung Sepat

Hock House
Address: T-7, Jalan Gelama, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3197 5757

宝芝林度假屋 Ganofarm Homestay
Address: Lot 700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3197 3919

Gold Coast Morib
Address : PT 294 Kawasan Kanchong Laut, Mukim Morib ,Morib, 42700
Phone: 03-3198 1028

Golden Palm Tree
Address : No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kg Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor.
Phone: 03-3182 3600
Website: http://
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