Lately I have been running pretty religiously. In fact, I make a point to run at least 30 minutes everyday from Monday to Friday. Having said that, very little I knew about running shoes. On and off, my Significant Other will give me some lecture on how to protect our feet/legs and preventing from injuries by investing in a pair of good running shoes. Somehow, this advice just vanished in the air (since I had a relatively good pair) until recently, I found that the soles (of both sides) were actually stripped off (due to wear/tear or unreliable quality – I am not too sure!).
Our running mate suggested we tried Asics and this brand is also highly recommended when I was surfing online. Appearance or fashion is one thing but most importantly we have to take great care of our feet.
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Every time when one is about to travel, then the luggage or traveling baggage in the store room will have a chance to see the light again! Somehow after a few inspections, you or I may find, there is something wrong with the luggage carrier. At times, we were in hurry at the airport without releasing the roller was broken or the handle was damaged until we reached home. Otherwise, we could file a report at the respective airlines counter to claim for baggage compensation due to improper handling (for check-in luggage).
Nevertheless, if you are thinking of getting a brand new luggage bag, spare the thought of burning a hole in your pocket. Always consider how to reuse and recycle the existing carriers we have had to reduce our carbon print.
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One of the luxuries of residing on the isle of Penang is opportunity to enjoy the fresh and affordable seafood mainly crustaceans, molluscs and fish. Teluk Kumbar, Batu Maung and Teluk Bahang are among the most popular spots for Penangites to enjoy sumptuous seafood dinner. Last Saturday, we decided to dine by a sandy beach at the south of Penang – Teluk Kumbar Good Friend Seafood. In Mandarin, it is popularly known as ‘Hao Yu’ (好友) which literally translated as ‘Good Friend’.
It has been quite some time since we last been there but the restaurant and its set-up still looks the same. The satay corner is busy as usual, grilling, smoky and still stands strong next to it.
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On our second day in Kunming, we traveled 90km to the east. The highlight of today is none other than the Jiuxiang Cave.
What is the meaning of ‘Jiuxiang‘? There are two versions to its name. When pronounced in Mandarin, it could sound like ‘Nine Villages‘ or ‘Fragrance Wine‘ (whereby the local minority likes to drink rice wine).
Jiuxiang has over 100 caves in total, making it the biggest cave clusters in China. These cave clusters are listed as one of China’s national-level key scenic areas.
I was really excited because we have heard about the beauty of Jiuxiang and can’t wait to explore it. Our guide told us we would need to spend at least 3 hours as the whole place is actually very huge. However we would only be visiting Jiuxiang Diehong Bridge Scenic Site. There are four other sites, but these are yet to be developed, hence it is not open to public (as of May 2009).
The Diehongqiao (Overlapping Bridge) scenic spot is about 3.8 km long, so today our leg would be put on test again! Our plan was to cover following 10 major scenes below:
The Yincui Gorge, The Soul-Stirring Gorge, The Ancient River meandering through the cave, The Lion Hall, The Goddess Palace, The Twin Waterfalls, The Fairy’s Paddy Fields (Magic Fields), The Bat Cave, The Up-Side-Down Underground Stone Forest before descending via the Tourist Cableway. It is an open air chair lift that put me on adrenaline rush!
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The Goddess of Mercy Temple in Penang George Town or fondly known locally as ‘Kuan Yin Teng’ in Hokkien dialect. Being the one of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang, it was built in 1728 by Chinese settlers boasting Hokkien and Cantonese architecture.
Located at the juncture where China Street meets Jalan Kapitan Keling (formerly known as Pitt Street), The Goddess of Mercy Temple is always incredibly active throughout the opening hours from as early as 6 am and as late as 8 pm.
If you pick any Chinese (or even some other ethics) Penangites, I bet more than 9 out of 10 will know where about the ‘Kuan Yin Teng’ (unless one does not catch your pronunciation!). For Taoist devotees, The Goddess of Mercy Temple is the place of worship where they seek good fortune, good health, good academic result, good marriage and everything that one can thought of in their prayers. In fact, this is also the place where the devotees are looking for salvation. In Malaysia, Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin (Guan Yin in Mandarin) is often depicted as female and according to Mahayana doctrine, she is a bodhisattva. She has vowed to listen to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of difficulty and postpone her own Buddhahood (enlightenment) until she has assisted every being on Earth in attaining Nirvana.
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Kapitan Keling Mosque at Jalan Kapitan Keling is the oldest historic mosque in Penang. Founded by an Indian Muslim’s headman Caudeer Mohudeen (though some refer as Cauder Mydin Merican instead) in 19th century, hence the mosque was named after him. The land of 18-acres was approved in November 1801 by British East India Company and construction began immediately to prepare a worship place for Muslims when Indian Muslims community surged back then in Penang.
The original Kapitan Keling Mosque was a single storey building of triangle sloping roof. After the deceased of Cauder Mohudeen in 1834, the land ceased to be recognized as the original grant. Hence public roads and houses were built surrounding it and the mosque size was gradually reduced to only 8-acres in 1903.
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Weather has been extremely hot in Penang recently. So to escape into a cozy place, we picked Penang Times Square for lunch after our shooting trip in George Town last weekend. Firstly, this place has been heavily publicized as a hot spot for food galore.
Coming from KOMTAR, we noticed there are huge posters hugging the side wall of Birch House, there seems plenty of choices to pick from. However, some of these outlets we had tried before so we decided to bang on something new that day. The White House was what we picked. One does not have to travel to USA to visit White House. It is now coming to you as White House Restaurant – that was where we dated for lunch on our first visit to Penang Times Square!
The left corner of White Coffee’s facade is occupied with appealing shots of the food served. Hot and spicy Nyonya curry with prawns and ‘Perut Ikan’ are among that extreme temptation. I guess this trick work to attract more patrons like me whom went there when they were starving!
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If London has its Hyde Park, Sydney has its Royal Botanic Garden, then Kunming has its Cuihu (The Green Lake Park).
The road leading to Cuihu, although not as grand as The West Lake in Hangzhou, has its own character. There are a number of tea houses, exotic F&B outlets, shops and a few upscale hotels (Malaysia’s Shangri-la hotel used to be here, but it has been sold off). This place has among the highest priced property in the entire Kunming.
We stopped near Cuihu’s west entrance, exactly opposite the Military University.
If you ask any Kunmingites to rate ‘top place to be for leisure and recreation’, I bet 9 out of 10 will tell you it’s Cuihu. Yes, Cuihu definitely lives up to the name of an urban park. It is where the locals come for taici, line dancing, meet up and share their story (or latest gossips!). Some may just laze around or simply watch the ducks swim by, enjoying the greenish serene water amidst the gentle willow trees.
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