A Living, Growing Photography Exhibition On Malaysia

Choo Choo To Hat Yai

Create: 05/23/2017 - 10:06
MArina Zakaria at Padang Besar

Choo Choo To Hat Yai.

My lovely, beautiful and adventurous friend Marina Zakaria (@marinazakaria on IG) took a train (ETS) from KL Sentral to the northern border town of Padang Besar. It took about 5 hours, Marina (in own pic shown here) recommends the Platinum class which is RM 106 one way and faster with fewer stops. From Padang Besar, it is another one hour by taxi van ride to Hat Yai town. The electric trains no longer makes the choo choo sounds of olden days steam locomotives.

The Man On The Hill

Create: 05/23/2017 - 09:53

Another hotel-related story, this time about a man who has a town named after him - Gohtong Jaya.

I had many friends working on the hill resort at one time or another. One of the most fascinating anecdotes I heard, was that they feared getting sacked by the late billionaire owner, if they mistreated guests. The owner hated it when a staff member looked down on a illiterate country bumpkin or village people. They may not know how to press the confusing lift buttons to get to rooms in the world's largest hotel, at one time.

Lovely Tariker.

Create: 05/23/2017 - 09:44
Teh On The Run

Lovely Tariker.

Back at F&N Teh Tarik Mega 2017, members of the public and shoppers at Mydin USJ Mall were invited to play an obstacle challenge course, that included balancing some things on the head and to make tea the tarik way, while running. Photograph by Maria Bernadette.

#fn #fntehtarik #tehtarik #tea #milktea #fntehtarik #fnmilk #game #hangtarik

Son Of A Hotel Owner.

Create: 05/23/2017 - 09:39
Lok Ann Hotel. Chinatown

Son Of A Hotel Owner.

I had a childhood friend whose family operated a hotel with the grand sounding name of Hotel De Luxe.

When he went to London to study, his reputation as a hotel owner commanded a lot of respect. His uni mates thought it must be a legendary hotel like the ones in Hollywood or Rome, housed in an art deco building. He told them the hotel had a casino.

In reality, it was a 'rumah tumpangan' or a budget lodging house above the family's coffee shop or kopitiam. The casino was the mahjong table in a corner. Lol.

Got Discount Or Not Ah?

Create: 05/21/2017 - 20:17
Cities and hotels with discounts

Sometimes when I try to promote my hotel booking site to a friend, and the friend will ask "can I get discounts?" That's a very typical Malaysian response. Not just about value but friends must always give discounts, it seems.

I love to give you a discount but it is not within my control. I understand the sentiment and the desire to get maximum value as a Malaysian myself. That is why I recently launched the Hotel Deals Finder feature.

I Met The Teh Tarik Poster Boy Called Hang Tarik

Create: 05/21/2017 - 12:19
I Met The Teh Tarik Poster Boy Called Hang Tarik

I Met The Teh Tarik Poster Boy Called Hang Tarik.

F&N Beverages Marketing launched the F&N Teh Tarik Mega 2017 event at Mydin Hypermart USJ yesterday.

On hand was Radhi Khalid, aka Hang Tarik F&N. He demonstrated his skills in making the frothy or pulled tea while performing Malay martial arts or silat, and dancing to traditional Hari Raya tunes.

The tea is a unique Malaysian concoction where it is a popular drink at roadside tea stalls. A cultural icon in many ways.

Valuable Lessons Learned

Create: 05/21/2017 - 07:45
Valuable Lessons Learned

Valuable Lessons Learned.

Sharing my experience so others may learn or benefit when it happens. My Unifi Internet broadband connection went down with the landline since last night. Contacted a friend in TM but she couldn't help much. She did suggest something helpful. She said one surefire way to get their attention is to tweet @TMConnects.

Let's Go Kosovo

Create: 05/17/2017 - 20:29
Let's Go Kosovo

OK. I'll jump the gun a bit and reveal some happy news. I received a booking for a hotel in Pristina, the capital and largest city of Kosovo. Kosovo is a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008.

It became the Republic of Kosovo. War torn Kosovo's capital is Pristina and it has a strong Albanian community with a very rich historical and cultural heritage.