Dec 14, 2014

Bohol Part 2: Visit the City in 1 day

Untuk membaca bahagian pertama, sila klik disini Bohol Part 1 - Panglao Island
To read the part 1, click here Bohol Part 1 - Panglao Island

Chocolate Hills


Jika anda mempunyai masa kembara yang singkat, Bohol sebenarnya adalah satu tempat yang senang untuk perjalananan “Buat-Sendiri”. Ini adalah kerana setiap tempat yang menarik adalah satu arah untuk ke Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills adalah penghujung perjalanan dan paling jauh sekitar 2 jam.
If you have short travel time, Bohol is actually one place which is easy to do-it-yourself itinerary. This is because the attractions are along the way to the Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills is your end of journey and the most far around 2 hours journey.

Anda boleh mengambil 1 day city tour yang banyak ditawarkan oleh agensi tour. Semasa sampai di terminal jetty, aku juga adalah melihat kaunter untuk pendaftaran 1 day city tour ini. Tetapi aku memilih untuk menaiki “Tricycle” untuk ke Chocolate Hills dan tempat-tempat menarik yang lain. 
You can take 1 day city tour which available from the local tour agency. When arrived in jetty terminal, I saw a registration counter for 1 day city tour. But I chose to ride a “Tricycle” for Chocolate Hills and other attractions.

Jadi, ini aku senaraikan tempat-tempat yang anda boleh lawati sepanjang perjalanan ke Chocolate Hills
So here, I list out the attaractions you can visit along the way to the Chocolate Hills


1. Blood Compact

Ini adalah persinggahan pertama aku. Di sini terletak sebuah tugu yang menunjukkan 5 orang pemuda yang sedang menikmati minuman di sekeliling meja. Tugu ini kecil sahaja. Dan terletak di atas bukit dan menghadap lautan. Sangat cantik dan tenang. Sebenarnya tugu ini adalah sebuah upacara seperti ikat janji menggunakan darah dimana mereka minum darah antara satu sama lain simbolik menunjukkan  hubungan Barat dan Timur
This is my first stop. Here there is monument showing 5 men enjoying their drinks together around the table. This is small monument. And situated on the hills and facing the sea. Very beautiful and calm. Actually this monument is a ceremony like “tied-the-knot” using their bloods and they drank each other’s blood symbolic for the Western-Eastern relationship.

Blood Compact


2. Loboc River Cruise

Ini adalah persinggahan kedua aku. Disebabkan aku sampai di sini dalam tengahhari, tersangatlah sesuai kerana ini adalah Makan Tengahhari Buffet di atas kapal di sepanjang Sungai Loboc. Di atas cruise ini terdapat beberapa persembahan nyanyian. Aku sponsor driver tricycle aku untuk pergi makan tengahhari bersama sebab aku tak nak lah makan sorang-sorang. Boleh dikatakan pilihan makanan sangat banyak dan tidak Halal. Di penghujung perjalanan sebelum patah balik, kapal akan berhenti di satu pentas terapung yang berbumbung untuk menikmati persembahan nyanyian dan tarian traditional penduduk tempatan iaitu tarian buluh. Of course I try to dance sebab aku memang meminati tarian traditional.
This was my 2nd stop. Because I arrived here at noon, it was a perfect timing because this is Lunch Buffet Cruise along the Loboc River. There is some live singing performance. I sponsored my tricycle driver to have a lunch with me because I do not want to be alone. There are many choices of food and Non-Halal. At the end of journey before the cruise return back, the cruise will stop at the roof floating stage for the singing and traditional dance (bamboo dance) performance by the local. Of course I tried the dance as you know I love traditional dance.

Loboc River Cruise

Singing & Dancing Performance

Travel Video: Bamboo Dance at The Loboc River Cruise

3. Man-made forest

Sebelum sampai di Chocolate Hill, anda akan melalui satu kawasan yang diliputi pokok-pokok yang cantik. Kawasan ini di panggil Hutan Buatan Manusia. Driver tricycle aku sempat berhenti seketika di sini untuk aku mengambil gambar.
Before arriving Chocolate Hill, you will go through one area which covered by the nice trees. This place is call Man-Made Forest. My driver tricycle stopped here for a while for me took a photos.

Man Made Forest


4. Chocolate Hills Complex

Ini adalah tujuan utama untuk ke Bohol. Perjalanan ke Chocolate Hills lebih kurang dalam 2 jam sebab aku menggunakan Tricycle. Tricycle agak slow mungkin sebab aku sangat berat. Lebih-lebih lagi untuk sampai ke Chocolate Hills Complex, dimana driver Tricycle aku menggunakan semaksimum kapasity kuasa tricycle untuk membolehkan perjalanan lancar sampai ke puncak.
This is my main highlight and target for Bohol. Journey to the Chocolate Hills is around 2 hours because I am using a Tricycle. Tricycle is quite slow because of my weight. Plus, for arriving Chocolate Hills Complex, the Tricycle driver need to used tricycle maximum capacity for a smooth journey to the peak.

Chocolate Hills Complex ini adalah satu tempat yang strategic untuk mendapat permandangan Chocolate Hills yang sangat unik, menarik dan indah. Chocolate Hills adalah salah satu tempat Kawasan Warisan UNESCO. Untuk ke tempat dek pemandangan, kena naik 214 anak tangga untuk ke puncak.
Chocolate Hills Complex is one of the most strategic place for a good view of Chocolate Hills which are very unique, interesting and beautiful. Chocolate Hills is one of the Unesco Heritage Site. For the viewing deck, you need to go up 214 stairs.

Chocolate Hills


Travel Video: Chocolate Hills

5. Mini Zoo

Dalam perjalanan balik, kami sempat singgah di kawasan seperti Mini Zoo tapi hanya ada beberapa sahaja haiwan. Kebanyakannya haiwan liar yang ditangkap dari hutan sekitarnya. Aku masih ingat lagi dimana ada dua ekor ular sawa yang sangat besar dimana seekor bernama Emilia. Disini tidak ada Tarsier.
On the way back, we stopped at the so-called Mini Zoo but only a few animals here. Most of them are wild animals which caught in the local forest. I still remember where there are 2 super big python and one of it named Emilia. Here do not have Tarsier.

Mini Zoo


Travel Video: Giant Python

6. Baclayon Church

Ini tempat persinggahan terakhir aku. Aku cuma mengambil gambar dari luar sahaja. Gereja ini adalah salah satu bangunan tertua yang diperbuat daripada batu yang dibuka oleh 2 orang paderi dari Sepanyol. Sewaktu aku sampai disini, terdapat upacara keagamaan yang membabitkan ramai orang. 
This is my last stop. I only took photos from outside. This church is the oldest building were built by stone which founded by 2 Spanish priest. When I arrived, there are religion ceremony which involving many peoples.

Anda juga boleh melawat kawasan seberang gereja ini. Seperti tebing sungai yang dikomesialkan. Ini adalah jetty untuk ke pulau-pulau sekitar ataupun untuk ke Dolphin Watching Tour.
You also can visit the area across the church. Seems like a commercialize waterfront. This actually a jetty for island nearby transit or for Dolphin Waching Tour

Baclayon Churc


7. Tarsier Visitors Centre

Sebenarnya aku tidak sampai ke sini. Tarsier adalah sejenis haiwan yang sangat misteri, kiut dan mempunyai mata yang besar. Tarsier adalah merupakan primate yang terkecil di dunia dan hampir pupus. Aku memang hendak melihat tarsier ini, tetapi dari yang aku baca, memang tidak digalakkan mengganggu tarsier di siang hari, kerana tarsier adalah pupus kerana disebabkan stress disebabkan diganggu oleh para pelancong pada siang hari, padahal siang hari dia nak tidur.
Actually I did not visiting here. Tarsier is a mystery, cute and having a big eyes animal. Tarsier is a smallest primate in the world and one of the endangered species. I really want to meet with Tarsier, but from what I read before, not recommended to disturb the Tarisier in a day, because Tarsier is endanger because of the stress being disturbed in a day by the tourist, in a day they should sleep.

A Tarsier. Source: bioexpedition.com

Dec 12, 2014

Bohol Part 1 - Panglao Island





Bohol Part 1 – Panglao Island

Decision hendak ke Bohol sebenarnya agak last minit. Boleh dikatakan trip aku kali ini agak kurang persediaan, cuma tiket-tiket flight yang dibeli awal. Mostly hotel-hotel adalah walk-in. Aku tidak menggalakkan sangat walk-in nak cari hotel, iainya sangat memenatkan, dengan kadang tawaran harga bilik pun mahal. Aku konfiden tak book awal-awal sebab masa ini bukan peak time untuk pelancong-pelancong. Kebanyakan bilik adalah kosong.
Actually, the decision want to go to Bohol was very last minute. My trips this time were less prepared, only the flights I bought early. Most of the hotel in Bohol I just walked in. I did not recommended to walk in because it is very tiring, and sometime the price the offered is expensive. I was confident not to book early because I know this is not the peak time for the tourist. Most of the rooms were empty.

Daripada fly dari Ilo-Ilo, ke Cebu City dengan menggunakan Cebu Pacific. Flight agak murah dalam RM35 all-in. Daripada airport Cebu, aku terus naek taxi ke terminal ferry. Aku actually dah survey awal untuk jadual ferry ke Tagbilaran (Bohol). So, aku decide ambik SuperCat ferry yang mana adalah ferry laju ke Bohol. Harga tiket dalam 550peso sahaja tapi untuk balik tiket aku dalam 750peso.
Fly from Ilo-Ilo City, to Cebu City using Cebu Pacific. The flight was cheap only RM35+ all-in. From Cebu airport, I straight went to the ferry terminal using taxi. Actually, I had surveyed earlier for the ferry schedule to the Tagbilaran (Bohol). So, I was decided to take SuperCat ferry which is superfast ferry to Bohol. The ticket price was only 550peso but for the return ticket, it was 750peso.

Alona Beach, the famous beach in Panglao

Supercat Ferry adalah sangat selesa. Tempat duduk bernombor dan menggunakan penghawa dingin. Ada televisyen jugak. Ada penjualan makanan tetapi kalau makanan yang berat adalah berbayar. Snek seperti kacang adalah percuma. Aku masih ingat lagi semasa aku di terminal ferry tersebut, aku terkena pemeriksaan dari polis  dengan menggunakan anjing yang sangat besar. Diorang pilih secara rawak, diorang suruh aku letak bag aku kat bawah, dan anjing yg sgt besar itu mula mencium bag aku kot-kot ada barang yang terlarang. Takut jugak manalah tahu kan. So, I clean dan dilepaskan….
SuperCat Ferry is so comfortable. The seats are numbered and very good air-conditioning system plus also got television. There are foods selling around. Most of the heavy meals you need to pay. Only light snacks such as peanuts are free. I still remember when I was at the ferry terminal, I had been stopped and checked by the police using very big dog. They chose randomly whoever they want to check. They asked me to put my bag down, and the dog start sniffed around my bag for searching illegal items especially drugs. A little bit nervous because you do not know anything can be happening. I am cleaned, so I had been released.

Beach front in Panglao

Perjalanan mengambil masa dalam  2 Jam. Setelah sampai di terminal di Tagbilaran, owh Tagbilaran adalah ibu bandar Bohol, aku pun dengan keadaan blur keluar dari terminal. Memang aku blur lagi sebab aku tak prepare sangat. Aku tengok kat luar ada banyak yang tour company. Kalau nak sign up for a day tour pun boleh. Tapi I decided nak pegi Panglao Island dulu. I always love Island… 
The ride took about 2 hours. After arrived at the Tagbilaran terminal (Tagbilaran is the main city of Bohol), I was still blurred went out to the terminal. Yes, I was blurred because not to prepared for this trip. I saw outside the terminal there were many tour company. You can sign up for the Bohol day tour if you want to. But I decided to go to the Panglao Island first, well, I always love island…..

Aku keluar dari terminal cari Tricycle. Aku bgtau nak pegi Panglao Island, haggle2 the price. Bila aku rasa price dia ok je, aku pun agree. Nak pegi Panglao ni rasanya jauh jugak. Entahlah, sebab aku naik tricycle kot, mcm agak slow. Tricycle ni actually macam tuk-tuk.
I went out from terminal and searching for the Tricycle. I told one of them that I want to go to Panglao Island, and haggle with the price. I was agreed after  I thought that the price they offered were OK. To go to Panglao, actually it quite far, but I was not really sure maybe my tricycle a little bit slow. The tricycle is same kind of tuk-tuk.

Fresh seafoods you can choose

Aku tanya kat driver tricycle tu, kalau dia tau hostel/hotel yang murah area Alona Beach. Oh, dia cakap tau, nanti aku cakap aku nak tengok dulu bilik dia camne dan harga, kalau OK, aku stay lah, kalau tak,  tak payah. Sebab kalau kita stay tempat yang dia bagi tu, diorang akan dapat komisyen. 
I asked my tricycle driver, whether he knows cheap hostel/hotel around Alona Beach. He said he knows, I told him I will see the room and the price first, if OK, I will stay, if not I will find another. This is because if we stay at where they recommended, they will get some commission.

Setelah sampai di area Alona Beach, dia pun terus bawak aku ke hotel, aku tanya harga, not bad, sebab ni private room. Wi-Fi pun ok. So aku agree untuk stay sini. Jalan dalam 5 nak ke pantai. Aku pun tak sure sangat sini ada dormitory hostel ke tidak. Aku prefer hostel sebab takla rasa lonely sgt. Boleh jumpa traveler yang lain mintak pendapat dan experience perjalanan diorang.
After arrived at Alona Beach area, he brought me to the hotel he suggested, I asked for the price, not bad, becausle it is private room with fast Wi-Fi. So, I was agreed to stay here. From this hotel, walking only less than 5 minutes to the beach. I am not really sure whether here got dormitory hostel or not. Actually I prefer hostel because staying in hostel, you will not feel lonely and can meet other traveler sharing their experiences or asking for some suggestions.

Most of the boats are for diving trip

Di Panglao aku decide tinggal semalam je. Sebab aku sampai dalam 2petang, aku pun terus explore Alona Beach area ni. Boleh dikatakan Alona Beach nie bukan peak season. Plus hari ni adalah bukan hujung minggu. Traveler pun kurang. Hotel-hotel yang luxury pun banyak.
In Panglao, I decided to stay only 1 night. Because I arrived here around 2pm, then I explorer Alona Beach for the rest of evening. I can say, this is not peak time season, hence, today is not weekend. There is less traveler. Many luxury hotels around here.

Untuk air pantai dia, sangat jernih tapi mcm byk lumut-lumut hijau seperti kat Sanur, Bali. Aku jalan hujung ke hujung dalam 20 minit sahaja. Actually banyak lagi pantai lain, tapi Alona Beach lah yang paling glemer.
For the beach, the water is very clear but got many algae exactly the same as Sanur, Bali. I walked from end to end only in 20 minutes. Actually there are many more other beaches, but Alona Beach is the most famous.

Having my yummylicious Halo-Halo

Aku bgtau dgn aku sendiri, takpa, maybe aku boleh relax seharian sebab dah penat 2 minggu non stop. Duduk2 kat pantai tengok orang. Panglao sangat glemer dengan Ubi, yang warna ungu tu slalu jadi perisa untuk Halo-Halo. I love Halo-Halo!, tapi tak boleh nak dimakan selalu sebab terlampau manis.
I told myself it is OK, maybe I can relax for the whole day after my 2 weeks non-stop journey. Sitting alone at the beach, observing locals. Panglao is very popular for “Yam”, purple color, one of the ingredient in Halo-Halo. OMG, I love Halo-Halo! But you can’t eat it always as it is very sweet.

Petang tu aku tengok ada kumpulan penari tengah buat latihan tarian. Tarian menggunakan buluh. Ala-ala tarian Magunatip di Sabah. Aku lepak je tengok diorang sampai senja. Aku tak pegi mandi pantai pun, sebab perasaan malas melanda. Maybe aku dah puas kot berenang kat Boracay. Bila aku tengok pantai Alona ni, aku sedeh sikit sebab memang tak sama. Panglao ini hanya popular dengan diving activities.
That evening, I saw there were a dance troupe training their dance routine. The dance using the bamboo, similar with one of the dance in Sabah called Magunatip. I just hanging around watching the troupe until sunset. I did not swimming at the beach because I felt lazy. Maybe I had been to Boracay before, when I saw Alona beach, I was quite disappointed, it is not the same vibe like Boracay. Panglao only popular with diving activities.

Dance troupe training at the beach

Malam pulak, aku memang ingatkan sangat happening. Like Isaid, nie weekdays. Cuma ada satu restoran with live music. Aku pun lepak disitu ambik angin yang fresh, order air kelapa. Aku boleh kira berapa orang je kat restoran tu. Hahaha… Like seriously boring. Aku sgt kecewa coz aku expect ada party ke, kan selalu pulau happening kot.
At night, I really thought it will be more happening. Like I said before, this is weekdays. Only one restaurant with live music. I just hang out at that restaurant enjoyed the night fresh air with my coconut juice. Only a few of us at the restaurant. Like seriously boring, I expect there might be party somewhere because the island life always happening (based on my experience before).

At night, very dull but peacefull

So aku decide nak blah dari pulau ni as soon as possible, maybe early morning kot. Better aku stay kat city. Aku try to contact ngan my tricycle driver yang hantar I kat pulau ni, walaupun banyak tricycle kat sini, tapi saje je aku contact dier sbb aku selesa dgn dier. AKu tanya harga kalau nak bawak aku jalan2 tempat2 menarik including chocolate hills, then bila abis jalan-jalan, aku terus stay kat city. Dia cakap dalam 600 peso, aku setuju sebab nak pegi pulau ni dahla jauh dari bandar, plus nak ke Chocolate hill tu dalams sejam-dua jam jugak ok… gigih aku naik tricycle padahal ada je tour bus.
I decided to leave this island as soon as possible, maybe early in the morning. It is better for me to stay at the city. I try to contact my with my tricycle driver before, even there were many tricycle around here, I just want to contact him as I know he is a good guy. When I asked about the half-day city tour, he offered me  a good price, the half-day city tour including chocolate hills, then after completed visiting, then I checked in the hotel in the city. He asking for 600peso. From Panglao to Chocolate Hills is around one-two hours. Luckily I was survived in the long ride of tricycle.


So the next day my city tour pun bermula…. Bersambung
So the next day, my city tour begins…… to be continue…

Dec 7, 2014

Travel Video: 4 days In Puerto Princesa


Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Hey guys, before I posting my journey to Puerto Princesa, lets take a look at my sneak-peek travel video what had I experiences from my backpacking journey for 4 days.  

I really want to go to El Nido, because of time constrain plus unexpected company and event in Puerto Princesa, maybe next time I will be. I still not get enough with Palawan. It is super beautiful. Ohw, plus I unexpectedly encountered with Baragatan Festival.

Enjoy with my travel video, for the best quality, please view in in HD. FYI, I really love the background song. It really give me the "excited-traveler" feeling whenever I listened to this song.

Summary what happened in Puerto Princesa
-Firefly Watching
-Honda Bay Island Hopping
-Undergound River Subteraanian River - 7 New Wonder Nature of The World
-Sabang Zipline
-Baragatan Festival
-Of course nightlife at Tiki Bar


Dec 4, 2014

My 1st Cooking Class - Gili Cooking School

My first cooking class ever

Sebelum ini, selalu jer tengok pamphlet tentang cooking class especially dekat Thailand. Boleh dikatakan semua cooking class di Thailand sangat popular di kalangan traveler. Walaupun kadang-kadang menu itu kita boleh dapat di Malaysia, cooking class sebenarnya adalah satu aktiviti yang sangat seronok untuk meluang masa di sesebuah tempat dan mengenali lebih dekat budaya mereka.
Before this, always saw the pamphlet about the cooking class especially in Thailand. I can say that all the cooking classes in Thailand are popular among the traveler. Even though the menus we can get in Malaysia, actually cooking class is one of the fun activity to spend at the certain place and getting to know more about their culture.

Selepas balik daripada sesi snorkeling sekeliling pulau Gili di Lombok dalam jam 3.30pm, aku signed up for cooking class dengan Gili Cooking School. Disini adalah satu-satunya kelas memasak yang ada di pulau ini. Dekat jer dengan hostel aku (Gili Hostel).
After I went back from the snorkeling session around Gili Island in Lombok around 3.30pm, I signed up for cooking class with Gili Cooking School. Here is the only one of cooking class on this island. Very near with my hostel (Gili Hostel).

My team from US, CANADA, UK & Malaysia!

Waktu aku tengah tengok course yang ditawarkan, seorang staf disitu pun datang dan aku pun tanya sedikit sebanyak info. Dia cakap boleh lagi kalau nak join untuk sesi jam 4ptg. Sebenarnya diorang memang ingat aku ni local warga Indonesia. Selepas aku cakap aku nak join, diorang pun tak percaya mula-mula ingat aku main-main. Sampai dia tanya aku “Serius ke nak ambik course ni?” Aku cakap memang, selepas aku cakap aku asal dari United Kingdom Malaysia baru dia gelak-gelak dan dia cakap datang jer before 4 sebab ada lagi kekosongan.
While I read the course they offered, one of the staff coming to me and I asked some info. He said I still can join the 4pm class. Actually they really thought I am local Indonesia. After I said that I would like join the class, they didn’t believe at first because I thought I’m bluffing. Until they asked me “Are you serious to join this course?”. I said yes, after I told them that I am from United Kindom Malaysia, then they laughed and told me that I just need to come before 4pm because still got vacancy.

Jam 4 aku datang, buat pendaftaran dan bayar yuran semua. Yurannya adalah 385k rupiah untuk 2.5hrs session. Selepas itu, dijemput aku untuk naek tingkat atas, iaitu tempat menunggu. Dia pun bagi topi chef ngan apron dengan aku. Sampai di tempat menunggu, aku lihat ada roommate aku 2 orang minah from UK, ada seorang couple from Canada and seorang perempuan middle age who are from US dan berkerja sebagai pramugari.
I came around 4pm, done the registration and paid the fees. The fees as 385k rupiah for 2.5hrs session. After that, I was invited to go upstairs which is waiting area. They gave me the chef hat and apron. Arrived at the waiting area, I saw my 2 roommates, who are the girls from the UK, a Canadian couple and a middle age lady who are from US and work as a stewardess.

The cooking class menu. Steam fish in banana leave, Chicken Taliwang, Kalepon, Fried noodles, Peanut Sauce and Basic Yellow Source. Photos credited to Gili Cooking School Website.

Coffee dihidangkan. So kami berkenalan . Kesemuanya ada 6 orang termasuk aku. Kelas memasak ini dijalankan secara berpasangan. Aku disuruh berpasangan dengan Lisa, pramugari dari US, sebab kami dua je yang solo.
Coffee had been served. We introduced ourselves. There were 6 of us. The class session done in paired. I paired with Lisa, the stewardess from US, because both of us were solo.

Instructor kami Fadia, sangat friendly dan seronok jugak bergurau dengan dia. Fadia dibantu oleh 2 orang pembantu yang hendak dilatih sebagai instructor. Aku pun dah lupa nama mamat 2 orang tu. Tapi dia cuba nak handle kelas, still lagi tak lancar sampai Fadia kena take over balik kelas.
Our instructor was Fadia, she is friendly and super fun to have a joke with her. Fadia been assisted by 2 assistant who been trained to become an instructor. I also forgot the name of the 2 guys. But when he tried to handle the class, still not really smooth until Fadia need to take over back the class.

Lisa & Fadia (My instructor) with our fried noodles

Sepanjang sesi kelas dijalankan aku sangat seronok. Maklumlah first time kelas memasak. Banyak jugak menu kena siapkan. Menu pertama kena buat kuih dulu. Sama je kuih dgn negara Malaysia. Yang kuih warna hijau tu, disalut dengan kelapa dan intinya adalah gula Melaka. Menu yang kedua adalah buat tempe goreng dengan sambal kacang. Sambal kacang ni ada yang buat kasar da nada kumpulan yang buat sambal yang ditumbuk halus. Aku suka yang halus lagi. Sedap. Selepas dari kelas ni, terus aku pandai makan tempe. Before nie memang aku tak pandai makan tempe pun.
During the class session, I was very excited. It my first cooking class by the way. There were a lot of menu we need to prepare. The first menu was a traditional cake. It is the same with Malaysian cake. Only different name, here called "Kelepon", in Malaysia called "Buah Melaka". The cake is green in color with coconut around it and inside is a palm sugar, or we called it Malacca Sugar. Second menu was Fried “tempeh” with peanut sauce. After this class, now I can eat “Tempeh” because before this I really can’t eat this thing because of its taste. 
*"Tempeh"=Fermented Soybean Cake

Menu yang ke-3 adalah ikan stim masak dalam daun, dikukus. Sedap jugaklah tapi pedas… tapi memang takda kelainan. Mungkin sangat unik untuk mereka yang berasal dari barat. Menu yang ke-4 adalah sangat istimewa sedikit sebab ini adalah makanan istimewa untuk Lombok. Ayam Taliwang. Seriously Ayam Taliwang sangat sedap ok. Menu yang terakhir adalah mee goreng.
The third menu was the steamed fish in the banana leaves. Really delicious but a little bit spicy but still no different with Malaysia. Maybe it is unique for westerner. The fourth menu was very special because this is the signature dish of Lombo. “Ayam Taliwang or “Taliwang” Chicken”. Seriously I can say that this menu is superb and really delicious. The last menu is friend noodles.

During the cooking class

Apa yang menarik, sepanjang kelas, memang penjelasan sangat jelas senang difahami. Bagi aku bahan-bahannya adalah sama sahaja kecuali kebanyakan kuah di sini diorang wajib letak kacang MACADAMIA. Patutlah sedap. Macadamia adalah salah satu my fav jika aku beli chocolate kat Japan. Aku boleh macan chocolate Macadamia itu tanpa berhenti. Kebanyakkan kuah diorang akan letak satu Macadamia untuk bagi rasa lemak.
The interesting are, during the class, the instruction was very cleared and easy to understand. For me the ingredients are not ordinary but usually the sauce here they usually put the Macadamia. That is why it very delicious. Macadamia is one of my favorite when I bought chocolate in Japan. I can eat the Macadamia chocolate non-stop. They put Macadamia in the sauce to give the extra taste in the cooking.

This is what actually I cooked, different looks from what been advertised. LOL

Untuk kelapa parut, kamu kena parut sendiri ok. Aku tengok Lisa gigih giler memarut kelapa tu. Apa yang dapat aku tengok, Lisa ini pun bukan yang jenis suka memasak jugak. Kekok je dia memasak. Resepi-resepi yang kami masak ada di dalam website Gili Cooking School. So, time kelas memasak nie tak payah lah sibuk-sibuk nak salin resepi. Minuman-minuman di sini adalah free flow, minum je jika anda haus.
For the grated coconut, we need to grate the coconut by ourselves. I saw Lisa was really doing her thing to grate the coconut. What can I say that Lisa also not a cooking person. She cooked awkwardly. All the menu recipes we cooked today, are on the Gili Cooking School’s website. So, during the class, no need to busy copying the recipe. All the drinks here are free flow, just drinks whenever you thirsty.

Yummy, having a "Kelepon" or "Buah Melaka" with Lisa
Setelah habis memasak semua menu, makanan yang kami masak tadi dihidangkan di tingkat atas. Ala-ala candle light. Kami pun menikmati makanan yang kami masak tadi. Banyak giler. Memang tak habis. So hari tu, memang malam aku tak makan dah sebab perut pun penuh.  
After completed cooking the menu, all the foods had been served at the upstairs. They provided the candle light dinner. We all enjoyed the foods we just cooked. These were so many. We cannot finished it all. So on that day, at night I didn’t take my dinner as my stomach still full.

Selepas makan, Lisa pun ajak aku lepas kat restoran hostel aku sebab aku bagitau Lisa yang hostel aku sangat happening dan memang port tempat lepak2. Byk jugaklah benda yang kami borak2 time tu. Macam-macam gossip je. Aku ngan Lisa jadi rapat jugak. Apa-apapun aku sangat enjoy sepanjang kelas. Ini lah kelas memasak aku yang pertama sepanjang aku bergelar backpacker.
After eating, Lisa asked me to hang out at my hostel bar because I told Lisa that my hostel is so happening and one of the hang out spot in Gili. We chatted about a lot of things including all the gossips. Whatever it is, I enjoyed during the cooking class. And this was my first cooking class for me as a backpacker.

All you can eat! Yay!

Macam mana dengan anda? Pernah join kelas memasak sepanjang kembara anda? Saya cadangkan sila cuba, mungkin ini satu kelainan yang akan mewarnai perjalanan kembara anda.
How about you? Ever join the cooking class during your trip? I suggest you should try, it might be a different and wonderful experiences during your trip 

You can check Gili Cooking School
TripAdvisor: Here


Dec 1, 2014

Inspiration: Backpacking With My Parents

My father & my mother. Did you see the 2 backpacks for 2 weeks?
Baru-baru ini cerita backpacking aku ngan parents aku telah aku postkan di "Backpackers Buddies Malaysia" group di facebook. Tidak dijangka post ini telah mendapatkan sambutan hangat di kalangan backpackers dan telah mendapat hampir 1000 likes (the number masih lagi naik) kurang dari 24 jam aku post. 

Tidak lupa juga dengan komen-komen yang membina, dengan friend request yang banyak serta ramai juga yang PM saya dekat FB mintak advise dan ada juga yang ucap thanks sebab the inspiration. Seriously when I posted this thing, tak jangka pulak sambutan hangat macam nie. 

So di sini akan jugak dan berkongsi dengan para pembaca my blog, semoga memberi inspirasi kepada anda.

Currently, I had posted my backpacking with my parents story in "Backpackers Buddies Malaysia"'s group in Facebook. Unexpectedly, my post had been become "FRIED BANANA" among those backpackers in the group and gain almost 1000 likes (the number still increasing!) less than 24 hours after I posted... and I'm like what....?

Also not forget with the good comments, with many friends request and also many had PM me in the FB for my advises and saying thank you for the inspiration story. Seriously, when I posted this thing, I do not expect really good feedback.

So here I will share with my readers, hopefully will give you some inspiration.


  



All the comments after less than 24 hours I posted
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Setiap kali nak pegi berbackpack, pasti your parents bisingkan?, cakap bahayalah pegi sorang2. Betul tak? Setelah banyak kali berbackpack, I bawak sekali kedua2 parents I, my lovely ayah is 65yo, and my lovely emak is 60 yo. Dah 2 kali bawak diorang backpack.Seriously, diorang sgt best dan supporting time I bwk backpack first time, then later I bwk lagi for the next route yang lebih mencabar. So, sapa2 yang ingin bawak parents diorang berbackpack, maybe uolz bolehla ikut my route kot. Owh, all the places yang dipegi actually I dah pegi, so, kiranya I mcm guide diorang gaklah. So sekrang diorang tak bising sgt bila I ckp nak backpack2 ni, cuma bising bila nak kawen pulak …
*terkejut sebab diorang packing backpack diorang lebeh kecik dripd I.

Memang sebelum nie kami pun selalu travel sama, roadtrip more than 10 hours sama dan mostly jalan2 sekitar Malaysia, tapi ini special sikit sebab I want to tunjukkan kepada mereka what is Backpacking All About dan tak perlu nak buang duit banyak-banyak time travel dan ambik tour yang mahal-mahal yang janji ntah apa-apa

Everytime you want to go to backpack, of course your parents start to disagree with you right? They say it is dangerous to go alone. Am I right? After I been backpacked so many times before, I decided to bring my both parents, my lovely father who 65yo, and my lovely mother who 60 yo. I had brought them 2 times for backpacking adventure. Unexpected, they are the best and really cool when comes to backpack. When they succeed the first route, then I decided to bring them along for the 2nd route which were more adventurous. Actually, most the places we went, I had been there before, so that is mean I was like their guide. Now they never disagree with me when I tell them about my backpacking plan. Only they mumbling about when I want to get married... LOL
*Shocked because their backpacks smaller than my backpack.

Actually before this we always travel together such as roadtrip more than 10 hours and travel around MALAYSIA, but this is so special because I want to them that what is backpacking all about and we do not need to waste big amount of money for travelling like taking the expensive tour which we do not know what to happen.

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1st Backpacking Route (Termasuk flights, accom, supir, mkn – seorang dlm RM1000 – 2minggu )

Kch- KL-Surabaya- Jakarta-Bandung-Yogyakarta-Surabaya-KL-Melaka-KL-Kch
*Semua pakai train time kat Indonesia


1st Backpacking Route (Including flights, accomodation, driver, meal - RM1000 per person - 2weeks)
KCH-KL-Surabaya-Jakarta-Bandung-Yogyakarta-Surabaya-KL-Melaka-KL-KCH
*All using train during in Indonesia


2nd Backpacking Route (Termasuk flights, accom, tour, mkn – seorangdalam RM1300 – 3minggu)
Kch-KL-Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Bangkok-Phuket-Hat Yai-Penang-Kch
*Semuanya pakai bas kecuali dari Bangkok-Phuket pakai flight sebab flight murah & cepat dari tiket bas



2nd Backpacking Route ((Including flights, accomodation, driver, meal - RM1300 per person - 3weeks)
KCH-KL-Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Bangkok-Phuket-Hat Yai-Penang-KCH
*All using bus except from Bangkok-Phuket using a flight because a flight more cheaper and faster than a bus.


Budget lebih sikit sebab kami terbang daripada Kuching, Sarawak.
Budget slightly higher because we need to fly from Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo, Malaysia)

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Highlights & Tips


*Train dekat Indonesia sgt selesa, so mmg takda masalah. Boleh order barang makan untuk perjalanan yang jauh. Perjalanan train yang paling lama kami adalah 9jam. Dari Surabaya ke Jakarta
*Train ride in Indonesia is comfortable, so no problem occured. We can ordered the meals during long journey. Our longest train ride was 9hours. From Surabaya to Jakarta



* Untuk lebih jimat lagi, jgn beli return flight tiket dkt tempat yang sama, membazir duit untuk transportation, seperti route Indonesia, boleh pegi dari Surabaya, balik dari Jakarta. Seperti 2nd trip, we started from Ho Chi Minh, and returned from Penang.
*For for saving, do not buy return ticket at the same place, wasting money for transportaion, like the route in Indonesia, you can go from Surabaya, and back from Jakarta. Like our 2nd route, we started from Ho Chi Minh, and returned from Penang



*Berhati2 dengan kebun strawberry petik sendiri, my mom keracunan makanan setelah makan strawberry, make sure basuh dulu bersih2 sebelum makan.
*Careful with the strawbery farm self picking, my mom had food poisoning after ate the strawberry, make sure you wash the strawberry properly before you ate.


*Ada hotel yang boleh tinggal 3 orang sebilik di double room tanpa bayaran extra. Kalau ada hotel yang mintak extra bayar, cakap je uolz taktinggal situ Cuma temankan jer. Like me, ada certain places my parents stay kat hotel and I stay kat hostel berhampiran sbb some hotel sgt strict. Ada jugak hotel yang kami book satu bilik double and 1 dorm bed, tapi diorang upgrade ke Triple room.
*Certain hotel we can stay 3 persons in double room without extra charges. If the hotel want extra charges, just say to them that you not staying together with them. Like me, at certain places my parents stay at the hotel and I stay at the nearest hostel because of the strict rule of the hotel. Also there was hotel, we booked for 1 double room and 1 dorm bed, but they upgraded to the Triple room without any charges

*Penggunaan supir di Indonesia adalah sangat efektif, murah & cepat untuk yang travel more than 3 person.
*The use of driver in Indonesia is very effective, cheap & fast if you travel more than 3 persons.



*Sebelum start the journey, I bagi briefing dulu what to expect and scam2 yang boleh wujud, jgn bercakap dgn sebarangan orang n everything serta nak bagitau ini bukan shopping trip.
*Before start the jouney, I gave the briefing to them what to expect and scam that we could encounter, do not talked with suspicious strangers and etc including inform them this is not shopping trip.


*Satu tempat tu just pilih satu main highlight and yang lain2 tu kalau dpt pegi is a bonus. 
*Every places, just choose 1 main highlight and other places if you can go is a bonus.


*Borobudur & some places in Angkor Wat mmg tak sesuai sgt untuk orang yang berumur. Example in Borobudur my mom just stay kat bawah je lagi pun dia still x sihat becoz of the strawberry in Bandung.
*Borobudur & some places in Angkor Wat are not really suitable with older person. Example in Borobudur, my mom just stayed at the park, plus she still not recovered from the food poisoning in Bandung.


*Kami tinggal di hotel yang mempunyai breakfast halal di Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Bangkok. Dah save budget untuk breakfast disitu. Ho Chi Minh, Phuket & Hat Yai mmg kedai restoran halal dibawah hotel ataupun just di sebelah je..mmg takda masalah.
*We stayed at the hotel with HALAL breakfast in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Bangkok. So you can save money for breakfast. Ho Chi Minh, Phuket & Hat Yai, the HALAL restaurant just downstair or next to our hotel. There is no problem.


*Do you know kan sekarang dah ada direct bus dari Siem Reap to Bangkok tanpa bertukar2 bas? Kami guna yang tu… around dalam USD28 per person, no hassle and very easy.
* Do you know now there are direct bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok without changing bus at the border? We using that bus, around USD28 per person, no hassle and very easy.


*Paling lucu perjalanan dari Phnom Penh ke Siem Reap apabila bus berhenti dekat semak-semak untuk sesiapa yang hendak buang air. Haha…
*The most funny moment was the bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap when the bus stopped at the bushes for whoever want to pee or ..... 



*Alhamdulillah dapat menahan diri daripada shopping2 di tempat yang HOT places seperti di Ho Chi Minh, Tanah Abang, PasarBaru, MBK Mall, Bangkok… hahaha

*Alhamdulillah we can prevent ourselves from shopping at the HOT places such as Ho Chi Minh, Tanah Abang, Pasar Baru, MBK Mall in Bangkok... hahaha


*Mostly my parents berkawan dgn staf2 hotel. Sampai boleh mintak2 resepi lagi… 
*Mostly my parents being friends with the hotel staff. Until they can asked for the food recipes.



*Planning kena proper sikit, even diorang ckp tak kisah sgt, tp byk yg kena consider, mcm tempat2 yg senang nak cari halal food or kalau hotel dekat dgn masjid atau surau lagi ok, senang nak dgr azan.
*Need a proper planning, even though they said they really don't mind, but many things need to consider, like the places easy to find halal food or if the hotel near the Mosque even better, easy to hear the AZAN (Prayer Call)



*Mostly2 temple2 tu actually my parents taknak pegi, tapi dah explain some of it wonder of the world and byk sejarah, so i ckp kena pegi, sbb diorang tak suka tgk patung2 yang scary.
*Most of temples, my parents do no want to go, but after explaining some of it Wonder of the World and many history and need to go, because they really do not like the scary statues.


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Lastly, sayangilah dan hargailah orang tua anda sementara yang masih ada ok... 
*At last, loves & appreciate your parents when we still have time ok...~ 



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Traditional Performances in Luang Prabang

The dancers during Nangkeo Ballet segment


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Venue: Luang Prabang, Laos.

If you like traditional dance, do not forget to visit here during your visit in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Royal Ballet Theatre at the Luang Prabang National Museum.

As I always love the traditional dances, of course I did not missed the chance to watched the show. But the Haruman legendary is the same everywhere I go, either in Indonesia, Thailand or in here, Laos.

There was a cute dancer which I think her age around 10-12 year old, the youngest and the smallest among the dancers.

Performance: Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday @ 1800hrs

Ticket: 150k/120k/100k kip

Last time I visited, they had performed:

1. Well Wishing dance
2. Golden deer and abduction of Princess Sida
3. Giants dance
4. Monkeys dance
5. Nangkeo ballet

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