Apr 27, 2015

Myanmar 1.0 - Episode 01 - In the flight & Airport at Yangon


Ini adalah episode pertama cerita perjalanan iolz ke bumi Myanmar. Iolz cuma ada 8 hari untuk menjelajah di situ dan mengambil keputusan untuk membuat route Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Yangon.
This is the first episode of my journey stories to Myanmar. I only had 8 days to explore here and decided to do the route of Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Yangon.

Tiket penerbangan ke Myanmar telah dibeli beberapa bulan lebih awal dengan menggunakan Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Harga return ticket adalah RM 399 dengan membeli daripada Expedia. Iolz tahu pasal promosi ini adalah secara kebetulan apabila sedang bermain dengan apps kegemaran iaitu Skyscanner. Harga jika dibeli secara terus di website MAI adalah lebih mahal daripada Expedia.
Flight ticket to Myanmar had been bought a few month earlier using Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Return price was RM 399 through Expedia. I know about the promotion accidentally when I was playing with my favorite apps which is Skyscanner. The price if you buy direct from MAI was quite expensive than Expedia.

Sewaktu check-in di kaunter, time tu nama iolz ada problem. Lama jugaklah di kaunter, lebih kurang 20 minit. Bila iolz tanya ada masalah ke, diorang cakap takde. Haiyooo.... nak je iolz jadi harimau, tapi nasib baik tahap iman tinggi lagi. Bersabar je sebab taknak mulakan dengan negative vibes, takut karma uolz.
During checked-in at the counter, my name got a problem. It was a while at the counter, around 20 minutes. When I asked was there any problem, they said NO. I want to get angry, but I decided not to. I do not want to start with the negative vibes, karma you know.

Rupa-rupanya, nama iolz tak boleh diconfirmkan sebab ada 2 nama dalam system. So kenalah diorang tunggu supervisor diorang mintak tunjuk ajar sebab yang kat kaunter tu budak-budak baru lagi. Lepas supervisor dier dtg, settle... impress jugak ngan supervisor. Ahaks..
Actually they can't confirmed my name as my name got 2 in the system. So they need to wait for their supervisor to guide them because they are still on training. After their supervisor came over, my problem settle immediately, impressed with the supervisor.

Homai... Lama dah iolz tak masuk KLIA International Departure nih sebab slalu pakai AirAsia je ataupun terbang dari Singapore... Di dalam flight, ada 5 orang stewardess, pakai uniform yang colourful, warna lain tetapi fashion yang sama. 
It had been a long time since I entered KLIA International Departure because I always using AirAsia nowadays or flying out from Singapore. In the flight, there were 5 stewardess, using uniform with different colour but with the same style.

Diorang greet iolz dengan bahasa Burmese. Haiyooo, tahulah iolz gelap macam Remy Ishak, takyahlah sindir uolz. Terus kawan dia tegur, he's Malaysian!. oh!. Penat iolz sengaja tunjuk-tunjuk passport ioz supaya tak disalah sangka. Tetapi, passport Myanmar pun warna sama uolz, warna Maroon. *terus pengsan*
One of them greet me in Burmese. I know my skin kind of dark :). Then her colleague told her, "He's Malaysian". Owh, eventhough I was showing my passport but  Burmese passport also had the same colour as Malaysian passport, maroon in colour.

Masuk dalam flight MAI, haiyo... macam tahun 90 an... basic jer uolz dalam tu. I rasa, I the only Malaysian. Haiyooo... matilaaaa feeling-feeling diva dalam flight. Mula-mula iolz rasa cabin crew dia sangat best, tetiba waktu dia jerit kat iolz time iolz ambik gambar time diorang buat demonstation, terus I turned off. Padahal salah iolz pun. Dia jerit kuat uolz, dalam Burmese yang Iolz tak tau pun dia cakap apa. Tapi I rasa dia suruh tutup camera iolz sebab nak take off. *padan muka*.
Inside the flight of MAI, its look like the 90s.. only basic. I think, I was the only Malaysian. At first, I love the cabin crew, but after they scolded me when I took their photo during the demonstration, I started to hate them. It was my fault actually. They scolded me loudly in Burmese which I do not understand. But I think they asked me to switch off my camera because the plane want to take off.

Sewaktu diorang nak hidang makanan, Iolz bagitau Iolz dah request Halal food. Diorang cakap takda pun. Haiyoo... baru iolz teringat yang flight iolz ni dah ditukar. Iolz request Halal time original flight dulu. Tetiba cabin crew head tu bagitau:
When they want to serve the meal, I told them that I already requested for Muslim meal. They told me NO about the meal. Then, I remembered that actually my flight had been changed. I reuqested for Muslim meal for my original flight. Then, the cabin crew told me:

Sardesstew: Uolz, makanan ni dari Malaysia uolz, uolz jangan risau, mak konfiden ni HALAL
Iolz: Ok jahhh, *jeling diva*
Stewardess: All the foods are from Malaysia, do not worry, all are confidently HALAL
Iolz: Ok... *rolling eyes*

Malas nak fikir panjang, iolz ambik jerlah dan makan. Aku confiden sebab makanan dia memang sama macam makanan dalam MAS. Confirm Brahim yang supply nih. Untuk flight balik nanti, I need to email lagi sekali, sebab flight balik aku pun kena tukar.
I took the meal. I ate confidently because the meal look alike the meal MAS always serves which supplied by Brahim Food Catering. For the return flight, I need to email back, because my return flight also had been changed to the early flight.

Smooth flight, Iolz can say. Perjalanan mengambil masa 2 jam 40 minit, landing pun hokay. Alhamdulillah. Nak ambik majalah in flight, tapi hati cakap takyah lah, balik nanti ambik.. *matilaa berniat jahat*
Smooth flight I can say. The journey took about 2 hours 40 minutes, the landing also smooth. Alhamdulillah. I want to take the magazine, but my heart say no, when I return to KL then I take it with me. *bad intention detected*

Untuk immigration, iolz dah ready with my return flight itinerary, my e-visa yang dah di print-out, nama hotel (acah-acah in case dia tanya, pandai-pandai lah uolz cari kat agoda or bookingdotcom), terus passport di cop tanpa halangan. Lega. Walaupun iolz dah slalu travel, kat immigration counter iolz slalu nervous.
For immigration, I had ready with my return flight itinerary, my e-visa which been print-out, hotel name (fake hotel name in case they asked, just search in the agoda or bookingdotcom), then I get my passport chopped without problem. Eventhough I always travel around, but I always nervous when I get to immigration counter.

Sepanjang beratur, Iolz cari cari jugak mat-mat salleh backpackers. Sebab apa? Sebab iolz nak kongsi taxi. Iolz nak berjimat. Tapi seperti yang iolz cakap, flight iolz, iolz je rasanya orang luar, semuanya local.
When I queue up, I was looking around for another backpackers. Reason? Because I want to share taxi. I want to save my budget. Like I said before, my flight, I was the only one foreigner.

Tengah tunggu bagpack Iolz, tetiba iolz nampak ramai yang menuju ke immigration, tengok skrin corousel, flight THAI Airways dari Bangkok sampai. Lega sikit, sebab iolz confirm mesti ramai backpackers solo mcm Iolz sampai. Boleh la Iolz approach nanti.
While I was waiting for my backpacks, I saw many peoples coming to the immigrations, saw the screen at the corousel, flight THAI Airways from Bangkok. A little bit relief, because I know that many solo backpackers like me arrived in Yangon. So I can approach them.
 
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Intermission
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*Iolz ada baca beberapa tips dalam blog, jika mengembara di bumi Myanmar, you need to bring up your game. Mengambara di sini tidaklah seperti di negara jiran seperti Thailand, Cambodia, Laos ataupun Vietnam.
*Myanmar adalah salah satu negara yang mempunyai kos sara hidup yang tinggi. Kebanyakannya menggunakan USD. 
*Disebabkan kos sara hidup tinggi, dinasihatkan untuk mengembara sekurang-kurangnya berdua sehingga berempat untuk berkongsi seperti kemudahan teksi.
*1usd persamaan 1000kyat. Jika diikutkan pengiraan sebenar. 1000kyat tidak sampai pun 1usd. Jadi pembayaran dengan menggunakan kyat adalah lebih menguntungkan.
*Boleh mengapply Myanmar Visa secara online di evisa.moip.gov.mm/   dengan bayaran sebanyak 50usd (kredit card), pengesahan di dalam 1 hari bekerja. Sila sediakan photo berukuran segiempat tepat dengan background yang cerah. (Iolz guna gambar passport time I guna untuk US Visa iolz, background putih)
*I read a few tips in the blog, if you backpacking in Myanmar, you need to bring up your game. Traveling around here is not the same as the neighbor country such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam.
*Myanmar is one the high living cost country in the world. Most of them using USD.
*Because of the high living cost, it been advise for the traveler to travel at least travel as duo or with 4 peoples as to share the travel cost such as taxi fare.
*1 usd equal to 1000kyat. But if follow with the real calculation, 1000kyat is less than 1usd. So, more saving if you are paying in Kyat.
*Nowadays, you can apply Myanmar Visa through online at  evisa.moip.gov.mm/   with 50usd fee (credit card), confirmation in 1 working day. Please prepare passport photo with the square size with the bright background. (I was using the passport photo that I used for my US Visa application with the white background).
 

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Dah dapat my backpack, iolz nampak ada beberapa money changer di dalam ruang menunggu luggage. So iolz approach sebab nak tukar sedikit. Sebab iolz taknak ganggu duit USD iolz, jadi iolz tukar sedikit SGD and EURO iolz. Hehhee.. Iolz ada banyak simpanan matawang asing yerrr.. jangan ko sentap.
After got my backpack, I saw a few money changer inside the luggage waiting area. I approach one of the money changer because I planned to change some money to Kyat. Because I do not want to use my USD, so I only changed my SGD and EURO. I got a lot of foreign currency.

Haiyo.. kat sini setiap nilai wang ada nilai-nilai tertentu. 100 usd paling tinggi tukaran kyat, then 50usd, kyat makin turun dan seterusya. Kat sini jugak ada 3 matawang sahaja yang diterima, USD, SGD & EURO.
Here, every notes have their own value. 100 usd is the highest value, then 50 usd, more little your notes, the values of kyat will be less. Oonly 3 currency accepted here, USD, SGD & EURO.

Dah tukar wang, kelibat backpackers lain tak nampak lagi. Iolz tak dapat nak tunggu lagi, so, iolz gigihkan keluar dari departure hall. Ramainya orang. Tapi mostly rasanya taxi driver yang tunggu. 
After changed money, there still no shadow of other backpackers. I can't wait anymore, I went out outside from the departure hall. There were so many people. Most of them were taxi drivers.

Time iolz dah kluar tu, ramailah taxi driver yang approach. Iolz buat muka diva tak nak layan. Iolz jalan jer sampailah kat pintu keluar. Ada sorang gigih follow iolz. Iolz tanye je, kalau pegi bandar berapa. Dia cakap 10usd. Kalau ke Bas Terminal Aung Mingalar dalam 8usd. Mahal nok. dahla iolz sorang. Tulah yang malas nak travel sorang-sorang nih.
When I went out, many taxi drivers approached me. But I just ignored them until I went outside the airport. There was 1 taxi driver followed me still offered me his service. I asked him how much to the city. He told me 10usd. If to the bus terminal Aung Mingalar, around 8usd. It just too expensive because I was solo.

Driver taxi tu dah tak sabar-sabar. Dia nak iolz ikut dia. Iolz cakap tunggu. Iolz tunggu kawan iolz (Padahal tak da pun)... Driver tu cakap, takda orang lagi lah...
It seem the driver waiting impatiently. He wanted me to follow him. But I told him to wait and I was waiting for the friend (Eventhough I was waiting no one).. but the driver told me there no one coming.

Taxi driver: Uolzzz, takde orang dah uolz... jom pegi taxi iolz, kat sana tu ha.. 10 usd jeee, tu pun nak berkira
Iolz: xpe nok, ada kawan mak lagi kat dalam.... tunggu lah kejap.. kalau uolz tak nak tunggu, uolz carilah orang lain (buat muka rosnah mat aris)
Taxi driver: Theres no body coming anymore, just go to my taxi over there. To the city only 10 usd, not that much
Iolz: Its ok, I still got my friends inside. Wait for the moment, if you do not want to wait, you just go.

Dalam beberapa minit.... tetiba ternampak kelibat dua minah matsalleh membawa backpack masing2...
In a few minutes, suddenly I saw 2 girls Caucasian bringing their own backpack.....

Bersambung.....
To be continue... 

Check in at the counter

Inside Myanmar Airways International

Demonstration before this cabin crew scold me to shut of the camera, hehehe

Arrival card

The meal, the said this one supplied from Malaysia, you can see the mineral water , SPRITZER then I believed

Apr 26, 2015

Kuching - Where To Eat? - The Barber, Riung Kuring, MK Classico Cafe


I just came back to Kuching, and I was shocked that so many new restaurants around here. So I tried a few restaurant and I reviewed it here. In this post, I will review 3 restaurants around Kuching. So, if you happened to visit Kuching, you can try one of the restaurant.

1. The Barber

Why this cafe called The Barber? Because this restaurant look like Barber shop. I like the idea. This restaurant is just next to The Junk. I think it is the same owner. When we there, their kitchen is still in renovation and all the foods you ordered, actually is from The Junk.

This cafe also served alcohol, so this restaurant might do not have Halal certification and only No Pork Served. That is why only my friends ordered the foods. I only drinks and this place is good for hang out.

The price is too much. Same like the Junk. 

The Barber, Kuching
Chicken Wings, RM 25, 6 pieces of chicken wing cut into half
The Barber decorations

The Barber decorations

The Barber decorations

The Barber decorations
The Barber decorations


2. Riung Kuring, The Sundanese Foods

Riung Kuring is set at the village area near Satok area. If you are from the Satok bridge to the Satok building, turn left when you see RHB, then you will meet 4 junction, turn right to Jalan Dagok. Arounf 50 meter, you will see Riung Kuring on your left.

During the weekend, it is quiet crowded. I managed to go here on weekdays when the people is less. Ordering and waiting for the foods is good. 

I ordered the Cheese Fried Banana which is nice, the "Nasi Ayam Bakar Madu" which is yummy, and my parents ordered Seafood Fried Rice which were delicious.

I know about this place from my friends, and I been told that this place served good food.

Nasi Ayam Bakar Madu
Seafood Fried Rice
Cheese Fried Banana
Business Card
Business Hour
The Menu


3. MK Classico Cafe

MK Classico Cafe is just a new cafe in town. It served more to Western menu, cakes, coffee, chocolate and their specialty is nutella drinks. Situated at Jalan Borneo. 

Own by Malay and the same owner of Raja Ayam Bakar & Raja Ayam Penyet, so not to worry about Halal, can eat with confidence. T

he decoration inside the cafe is killing you. Many vintage things for their decorations. The food price here I can say, its quiet pricy, some of it are worth it and some of it no. 

The burger here is not that good comparing the one the sold at Raja Ayam Bakar last time.
I love the cheese cake. So delicious. 

You might get the problem with the seating. It is limited. So, it is quiet crowded on the weekend. 

About the service, the queue up for the order takes time as only 1 counter open at a time. And some of the menu the write of the blackboard is not available. After you ordered, the waiting time for the food is reasonable.

MK Special, double layer burger

Cheese Cake, Yummy

Apr 25, 2015

Bintulu - Where to Eat? - MidValley Seafood

Midvalley Seafood, Bintulu, Sarawak


Mid Valley Seafood. This was my first time ever after been a few times in Bintulu. What is so special about this place? 

Mid Valley Seafood just got their HALAL certification. So, if you are muslim, you can eat here without hesitation. They provide fresh seafoods. 

The service was good. What I don't like was the price. The price is killing me. We are 5 peoples, 4 menus, mostly order menu for 3 persons. It was about RM 160. It was expensive than Kuching. I was shocked.

The taste here was OK and quite tasty.

It is situated just next to the Bank Islam near the Park City Mall.

One thing I really love was "Sotong Goreng Telur Asin" @ Salted Egg Fried Squid


Creamy Butter Prawn

Salted Fish Baby Kailan

Salted Egg Fried Squids

Fresh Crabs You Can Choose

Variety of Fresh Seafoods

Apr 8, 2015

Kuala Lumpur - Where To Eat ? - Dinner Buffet at Taman Sari Brasserie, Hotel Istana



"The aptly named Taman Sari (‘garden of flowers’ in Malay) Brasserie overlooks landscaped gardens and a crystal-clear swimming pool in the strategically located five-star Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. Folded napkins poised neatly on dining tables and buffet counters lined with an assortment of international and local dishes invite hungry patrons to satisfy their stomachs at the brightly lit restaurant, which rotates its menu daily to keep things interesting for its regular customers." - Taken from Groupon Malaysia

1. When you visited this restaurant?
February 2015

2. How do you know about this restaurant?
I know about this restaurant a long time ago as my universities always organizing functions at Hotel Istana. So, when I checked out Groupon Malaysia, I just bought the voucher because I think it is a good deal. For your info, Hotel Istana is one of the 5 stars hotel in the KL city.

3. Is it easy to go here?
Its depends, Hotel Istana is situated at Jalan Raja Chulan, you can take a taxi. Or the nearest monorail station is Raja Chulan. Last time I went here after I visited KL Tower, just nearby.

4. How about their service?
It is 5 star hotel. What do you expect. I had been greeted when I entered the hotel door. They guide me to the restaurant. The restaurant counter who recognized me as I call them earlier about my voucher.

5. How about the surrounding & vibe?
The surrounding is quite comfortable. When I was there, there was a birthday party dinner but not many peoples and still controllable. There are quite few food stations and the BBQ station is at outside.

6. What is/are special about this place?
I am do not know what is the special about his place. Might be the BBQ station as there unlimited of seafood. Plus here there was an "Malaysian Ice-Cream".

7. How about the menu?
I was not really like the main menu. It was quite boring for me. But I was satisfied with BBQ station, deserts station and noodles station.

8. How about the price?
I got 50% discount from Groupon Malaysia for having dinner at 5 star hotel. I only pay for RM55. I think it was a good deal. I am happy with the price.

9. Any bad things to say so they can improve?
Nothing much to say. If not the hotel is 5 star, I think the price groupon offers was very suitable with the food. If I am paying for the full price, I think it is not worth it. The main dish station was dull and nothing spectacular.

10. Last thing, the most important, the WIFI?
Their Wifi is good! Just ask the waiter for the password.












 

     


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Apr 6, 2015

Turkish Hamman Bath - Once In A Lifetime and FAQs


Selcuk Hamami Turkish Bath, 45TL for full package


Jika kita bercakap tentang negara Turki, mesti sesetengah korang akan terlintas dengan Hammam Bath. Hamman Bath adalah salah satu tradisi masyarakat Turki yang telah di amalkan sejak dahulu kala. Kata orang, jika datang ke Turki, jangan lupa mencuba Hamman Bath. Di sekitar Istanbul, rumah mandi hamman menawarkan caj sekitar 100TL, boleh dianggap agak mahal sebab itulah aku tidak mencubanya di situ. Ini mungkin kerana terlalu ramai pelancong di Istanbul sebab kawan aku beritahu beberapa tahun lepas, harga hammam bath cumalah sekitar 15TL.
If we are talking about Turkey, must some of you will think about Hamman Bath. Hamman Bath is one of the Turkish culture which had been done a long time ago. People said, if you are going to Turkey, do not forget to try Hamman Bath. Around Istanbul, Hamman Bath House will charge you around 100TL, I can say it is quite expensive and that is why I did not try it in Istanbul. It must be too many tourist in Istanbul because my friends told me that a few years back, the hamman bath price only around 15TL.

Selcuk Hamami Turkish Bath situated just next to the Selcuk Police Station

Sebenarnya, aku memang ingin mencuba hamman bath ini. Salah satu sebab adalah ia pengalaman sekali seumur hidup, keduanya adalah untuk cacatan blog ini dan catatan perjalanan aku di Facebook. Membaca tentang Hamman Bath di internet, aku masih tidak dapat membayangkan bagaimana proses hamman bath ini dilakukan sehinggalah aku mengalaminya sendiri.
Actually, I really want to experience the hamman bath. One of the reason is because it is once in the lifetime experience, and second thing is for my blog post and my journey diary in my Facebook. Reading about Hamman Bath online, I still can't imagine how the process of the Hamman Bath until I experience it by myself.

Ini adalah berdasarkan catatan aku di Facebook. Aku mengambil keputusan untuk mencuba Hamman Bath di Selcuk, pada jam 8.30malam setelah seharian menerokai Ephesus.
This is based on my journey diary on my Facebook. I decided to try the Hamman Bath at Selcuk around 8.30pm after exploring the Ephesus.

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1. Ada satu jer in Selçuk (Read TripAdvisor - Selcuk Hamman), just situated sebelah balai polis. Decided to try because its cheaper if compare to Istanbul. 45TL for full package katanyaaaa
1. The only one Hamman Bath in Selcuk (Read TripAdvisor - Selcuk Hamman), situated next to the police station. Decided to try here because its cheaper compares to Istanbul. 45TL for full package.

2. Owner dia sangat friendly, even aku rasa nervous, tapi lepas dia greet bagai macam rasa welcoming, aku jadi relax sikit. First, dier bukak laci kecik, n suruh kita letak brg2 berharga...pastu kunci kita pegang (bentuk gelang)

2. The owner is friendly, I felt nervous at first, but after they proper greet me and then I felt very welcoming, I became more relax. First, they open the small drawer and asked you to put all the valuable things, and then he locked the drawer, gave us the key (bracelet shape)

3. Lepas tu dier bagi kain, mcm sarung tapi keras mcm kain kat dapur bila dah kering. Proceed to changing room. Changing room dier besar and ada sofa & meja, so if ada nember tunggu, boleh tunggu dalam changing room nie. Baju sangkut n pakai sarung yg dier bagi. Tak payah pakai pakaian dalam kecuali korang ada bawak yang lain. Lepas itu, korang kluar dari changing room dalam keadaan separuh bogel, dan diperkenalkan dengan orang yang akan incharge hamman bath uolz. Orang tua berbadan gempal!

3. Then, he gave the loin cloth, it looks like sarung but its hard like kitchen cloth when its dry. Proceed to changing room. The changing room is big and got a sofa & table, so if you have friends waiting for you, they can wait inside this changing room. Put your cloths on the hanger and use the loin cloth they gave to you just now. You no need to wear underwear unless you have bring some spare underwear. Later, you got out from the changing room half naked, dengan they will introduce to you they one who in charge with your hamman bath. The old and fat turkish man.

4. Then proceed to bath room. Bath room ni kat tgh2 ada mcm meja marmar yg besar untuk baring. Actually meja ni panas mcm sauna. Sekeliling pulak ada bilik air. Pastu kat depan ada space for hamam bath.

4. Then proceed to the bath soon. At the middle of the bathroom, there is large round marble slab for laying down. Actually, this marble slab is hot like sauna. Around the room is shower room and toilet. At front, have small rectangular marble small for the hamman bath took place.

Large marble slab at the center of the bath house. Image source: captivatingcappadocia.com


5. Dia suruh kita mandi dulu. Tapi dia tunjuk bilik yang ada shower sejuk. Aku try mandi, sejuk giler. Anyway, nak bagitau yang Turkey sekarang ni still dalam musim sejuk, peralihan ke musim bunga. Aku dah habis mandi, aku tunggu orang tu tak datang-datang, so aku baring je kat meja marmar besar kat tgh2 tu. Best nya, panas dia suam-suam!
5. He asked me to take shower first. But he showed me the shower room only with cold shower. I try to take shower, it is too cold. Anywat, for your indo, currently Turkey still in winter season, changing to spring season. After I finished shower, I waited for the guys of incharge of me but he did not showed up, so I decided to lay on the mable slab in the middle of the room. Feeling nice, because this slab is moderately hot.

6. Dalam 10 minit, pakcik tu datang. Panggil aku suruh baring kat meja panjang kat depan. Pastu, bermulalah hamam bath. 

6. After 10 minutes, the uncle come back. He asked me to lay down at the front marble table. Then, the hamman bath begins.
 
 7. Sesi pertama, badan kene gosok dgn berus seperti scothbright hijau itew.... Ngeri OK... Nak tergelak pun ada sebab dier gosok seluruh badan. Semua daki2 memang akan luntur walaupun anda mandi setiap hari. Posisi adalah meniarap, mengiring hadapan n dudok. So nie mmg bagus untuk yg x suka mandi.
7. First session, you body will be scrub using loofer and feel like they using the green scothbright brush. Worst feeling ever. I really want to laugh that time when he started to scrub around my body. All the dead skins will come out even you took bath everyday. 3 position will took place, lay down, lay up and sit position. So, this session is good for the one who hate to take proper bath at home.

8. Lepas habis gosok ng berus (kecuali muka & tempat sulit(, dia suruh mandi, hilangkan daki2 tadi. Dah bersih. Pegi balik kat dier.

8. After complete he scrub the whole body (except the face & private area), he asked us to take shower again, to remove all the dead skin. After completed, back to the front marble slab.

9. Ini pulak sesi ke2. Tiga posisi biasa. Tapi kali ini adalah sesi buih. Dia rendam kain dalam baldi buih, pastu dia letak kain buih atas badan. Omaigad, banyak giler buih.

9. This is the second session. 3 normal position. But this session involving bubble, a lot of bubble. He put sort of cloth in the pile of soap, then he out the cloth on our body, producing a lot of bubble....

10. Sambil dia sapu buih seperti menyabun badan kita, dia buat massage skali gus. Ko bygkan slalu massage pkai minyak ni plak pakai buih... Hahaha... Time dier letak buih kat kepala, mmg aku nak tergelak besar. If member aku kat situ jugak, confirm kami dah guling2 gelak sbb sgt lucu OK.

10. While they put the the bubble like a soap on our body, he also do the massage. You can imagine, before this always massaging using the old, but now using bubbles. Hahaha. LoL. When he want to put the bubble on my head, I really want to laugh out loud. If I go with my friends, confirms we are laughing out on the floor because this moment is so funny ok.!

The bubble session. Image Source: thekatzes.com
 11. Pas abis main buih, dia simbah dgn air panas plak.. Panas dowww... Hahahhaa
11. After finished playing with bubble, they shower us with hot water. I mean really hot water. Hahaha

12. Then, abis tu, dia suruh shower balik untuk kali ke-3

12. After that, he asked me to shower again for the 3rd time.

13. After shower, tamatlah sesi hamman bath, n kita boleh relax kat meja panas sauna yg besar tgh2 ni sampai korang puas.. Mmg best. So sini, depends korang nak relax sampai bila (sampai tutup pun boleh)

13. After shower, now the hamman bath completed. Now we can relax on the big marble slab in the middle of the room as long as you want (or until it close). Really nice. 

14. Once dah puas, dia suruh shower lagi (kali ke-4), then tukar ngan sarong kering.

14. Once you satisfied, he asked you to shower again (4th Time) and change with the dry loin cloth.

15. Dah pakai sarung kering, kluar kat lobby, ada orang bagi towel n balut terus kat badan. Then bagi lagi towel kecik terus dia ikat sanggul kat kepala kita

15. Using the dry loin cloth, go out to the looby, outside they will gave you towel and he wrapped around your body, then another small towel they wrapped around your head.

16. Dia bagi minum teh. Lepak2 tgk TV sambil tunggu badan kering.

16. They gave me hot tea (cay). Hang out here watching Turkish TV until your body dry.

17. Once ready, pegi changing room n get ready utk balik

17. Once ready, back to changing room and get ready to go back home (hostel).
 
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FAQ ABOUT TURKISH HAMMAN BATH

1. Should I took the Hamman Bath Package or Walk In?
Answer: Walk-In should be ok. If you happened found some hamman house near to your hotel, just walk-in. Walk-in is cheaper than you took tour package from your hotel because they want some commision. But, when you sign up the tour from your hotel, there will be pick-up service.

2. I only visited Istanbul, should I try even it expensive?
Answer: If you only visited Istanbul, I suggest you to look around and asking some locals. Because there a some bath house only popular among tourist, and there are some bath house are popular among the locals. I heard somewhere in Fethiye got 1 cheap bathhouse, but I am not sure where. Careful when you want to walk-in the bathhouse in Taksim, 1 of it is for gay hamman bath house.

3. How about hamman for the women/girl?
Answer: Nowadays, there a lot of the hamman bath house offers the bath for women/girl. They have their own women section. And the one who gave you the hamman bath also a women. So, no need to worry.

4. Was it worth to try?
Answer: For me yes, I never experience this kind of thing before. I am not hate it and love it. Just neutral feeling, At least I experience it now.

5. I heard peoples are naked in there?
Answer: No, naked publicly is never allowed in Turkey including in the  Hamman Bath House. Make sure to keep your loin cloth all the time in the Hamman Bath. 
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