[Desaru, Johor (Jan 2012)] [Primula Beach Hotel, Terengganu] [Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, Johor] [Johor Premium Outlet, KulaiJaya Johor] [National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Kuala Lumpur] [National Warriors' Mausoleum (Makam Pahlawan), Kuala Lumpur] [Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF)] [Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung), Penang] [Toy Museum, Penang] [Noor Arfa Batik, Terengganu] [Run 2011, Kuala Lumpur] [Pangkor Island, Perak]


Desaru, Johor (Jan 2012)

Desaru is a beach and resort area in Johor and it is located near Bandar Penawar town. We took the new Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE) to reach Desaru. The SDE connects Desaru to Johor Bahru in 45 minutes, compared to the previous road which took two hours. On the way to Desaru, if suddenly feel tired or sleepy, there is Layang-layang R&R if you wanna rest a bit, having a meal or go to restroom.

This trip difference from the previous journey stated below bcoz this time I came with my parents, siblings and a kin (all previous journeys with my frenz). So of coz many things happened as our journey this time involves multiple ages from kids, teenage and elderly.

We booked an apartment with 3 rooms for 2days 1nite which cost us almost RM700. The best part this resort provides free shuttle from hotel to beach (5 minutes walk) and the worst was we have to pay if wanna use their wireless broadband. The resort is a bit pricey however guests still have to pay some more just to use their wireless!

At night, we have a barbeque dinner. We had to book and paid the fees for the BBQ site. The BBQ site included BBQ tools, sink, toilet, tables, chairs and it cost RM120 per site. As we brought our own BBQ tools, hence we only paid RM60.

Besides banana boat, canoe & jet ski, I wish if could try the parasailing sea sports, as I saw some one on it. Bcoz of time constraint, so maybe next time I will make it!

The next morning, my mum went to jog while my sis having the sun rising view. Afternoon, we all went back to our home sweet home.

Primula Beach Hotel, Terengganu (Nov 2011)
Bcoz of hectic and busy life in KL, my cousin and I decided to had a trip to a calm and relax place such as Terengganu. This wasn’t our first trip to Terengganu, hence we decided to stay at Primula Beach Hotel since we haven’t try this venue. Guest may choose if we wish for sea view room or garden view room without additional price*. The view as the photo taken below.
This hotel provides facilities such as 24 hours room service, covered car park, swimming pool, mini gymnasium, spa, limousine service and others. Besides those, hairdryers, save deposit box, iron & board are available in the room. Local tours can be arranged and to book the tours, guest need to inform the lobby counter a day before. The next day, we went to Pasar Payang by Primula van tours. Pasar Payang is a spot that serves both, wet market and a trade centre for local community and tourist.

[Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, Johor]
The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, with its amazing combination of Western neo-classical and Islamic architecture. This mosque can accommodate about 2,000 worshippers at any one time. The mosque is strategically located on top of a hill on Jalan Abu Bakar, overlooking the Straits of Tebrau. Sultan Abu Bakar mosque was named after the late Sultan Abu Bakar, the "Father of Modern Johor", who laid the foundation stone in 1892. Construction of the mosque was completed in 1900, a few years after his death. Today, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is listed as a protected heritage monument by the Department of Museums and Antiquities. [Source : ]

Unlike most mosques in the country, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque was built in the Victorian architectural style with an eclectic mix of other elements. You can see this from the four minarets of the mosque that look like British clock towers. In fact the architect is not British. He was Tuan Haji Mohamed Arif bin Punak, who worked under the supervision of the government engineer Dato' Yahya bin Awalluddin. [Source : ]

[Johor Premium Outlet, KulaiJaya Johor]
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[National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Kuala Lumpur]
National Mosque is the symbol of the greatness of Islam as the official religion in Malaysia. It can accommodate 15,000 pilgrims. The design of the building was done by the architects from Design and Research Division, Federal Public Works Department. Before starting the design work of this National Mosque, the main architect, Baharuddin Abu Kassim study of mosques in India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Republic and Spain. [Source : ]

From the Google Earth capture below, the central roof of the mosque appears to be first glance a partially unfolded umbrella and the unique minaret nearby is 73 meters high. The polygon in orange colour indicates the location of National Mosque, the black colour square shown the unique minaret positioned and the green circle is the National Warriors' Mausoleum. [You also can see the capture with Wikimapia]
National Mosque provides many activities to community such as Pameran Kesihatan Farmaseutikal that was held on last 1st Dec 2011, Solat Sunat Sempena Gerhana Bulan Penuh was on 10 Dec 2011,Kem Tahfiz Al-Quran on 19-23 Disember 2011 and many more.

For those who plan to walk, from Dayabumi Tower / Pos Malaysia HQ / Central Market go along the bridge until reach the parking lot. Then, use the underpass (underground tunnel) to cross the road. End of the underpass, will reach the National Mosque. It stated opposite of old KTM railway station.

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[National Warriors' Mausoleum (Makam Pahlawan), Kuala Lumpur]
National Warriors' Mausoleum is a burial ground of several Malaysian leaders and politicians including our 2nd and 3rd Prime Minister (Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn). This mausoleum was built special to the leaders and heroes who served for community and country throughout his entire life. The mausoleum has 7-pointed star concrete roofed structure and located nearby the National Mosque as shown in the capture above. It has covered walkways that link between National Mosque and the mausoleum to facilitate visitors to visit. May Allah bless all of them..Al-fatihah..Amin..

[Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF)]

In conjunction with the 52nd HUT TUDM, KDYMM Sultan of Pahang has launched a strategic logo Air Force Next Generation (AF-NG). AF-NG objective is to form RMAF as an air force which capable of full spectrum that can perform tasks and missions in all condition peace or war in an efficient way. The initiative to transform the AF-NG has been highlighted to boost up the RMAF to a higher level as a world-class air force. [Source : ]

[The below photo was taken at RMAF Open Day 2010 in Penang]

[Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung), Penang]
The mosque is located at the bay of Tanjung Bungah. The design of the mosque is combination between local architecture and the middle east concept. Despite the name, the mosque is not floating actually, but foothold and grip on undersea pilings and stilts that make it looks like the mosque is floating. The mosque can accommodate around 1000 worshippers and 500 more at the outside of the mosque. Plus, the parking lot can place up to 250 cars.
[Toy Museum, Penang]
Penang Toy Museum is one of popular tourist destinations in Tanjung Bungah area and it is asia’s first and largest museum comprising of more than 100,000 collectibles such as spiderman, toy story, aladdin and many more. It opens to public from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily and the fees are RM10 for adults and RM6 for kids. Below are some of those collectibles that we had captured the photo and it looks real beb.

[Noor Arfa Batik, Terengganu]
Noor Arfa has achieved the status and rare distinction of being the largest batik producing in the country, with distribution centre spread throughout the nation. The factory itself occupies a sprawling 2.5 acres site in the Cendering Industrial Area of Kuala Terengganu. It houses not only the manufacturing facility but also one of Malaysia's largest batik showroom at (Lot 1048-K, Chendering Industrial Area, 21080 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu Darul Iman, Malaysia). It is frequented daily by bus loads of tourist eager to see the best batik the idyllic state of Kuala Terengganu has to offer. The company has been manufacturing Batik for the global market for more than 30 years. [Source : ]. The photo below is our journey over there.
[Run 2011, Kuala Lumpur]
One of things that I wouldn’t do and not even think of is Running. Me? Running? SO NOT ME! However, who knows? People change rite.

My 1st Run was RTM Run 2011 which was held on 30 April 2011 at Angkasapuri Car Park (Opposite Wisma Radio). Surprisingly, I won the finisher's medal together with the certificate as I accomplished the finishing line within the time line and lucky I was one of first 50. Then, we relaxed our exhausting with pleasure tropicana orange juices, nasi lemak and together with mineral water which was provided by the organizer. The registration fees for this Run is RM10 and sadly no tshirt/jersey provided as normally for any Run Event will provides tshirt and sometimes, the organizer will provides goodie bags to participants.
My 2nd Run was McDonald Olympic Fun Run 2011 which was held on 17 July 2011 at Merdeka Square. More than *thousand people joined this event I guess. Though I didn’t get any medal for this Run, but I felt very happy bcoz I had an “unforgettable moment” where the traffic police instructed the vehicles / road user in highway to stop for a moment to give a pathway for the runners to cross the road (of coz one of the runners was Me). I felt so honor like a VVVIP. Perghhh, really best!! Thanks to the traffic police to be so helpful to accomplish this event and thanks also to road user coz waiting patiently.
My 3rd Run was TIBI Run 2011 was held on 10 December 2011 at Padang Merbok. My frenz and I achieved our finisher medal and cert as we accomplished the Run. After that we had a simple meal such as milo drink and gardenia wafer provided by TIBI Run organizer. Next, we did free blood and glucose test and also enjoying the free consultation about TIBI while alert with the lucky draw announcement. Huh, since already talked about TIBI, lets brief a bit about it !
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On April 2011, my frenzzz and I went to Pangkor Island. We drove a MPV from KL to Lumut Jetty. Bob is our best driver. While he was driving, we all enjoy sleeping. Arghhh..feel so good !! Thanks Bob!!!
We left from KL around 12.00 midnite, so we reach Lumut Jetty around dawn time. Bob parked the MPV at the nearby car park (even we not sure the car park was available or not). Then we walked along the road and went to Masjid nearby to perform our Subuh Prayers (forgot the Masjid name), but still can see the masjid from the car park. We also saw a bus station nearby, maybe it is Lumut Station Bus. Next, we had a breakfast and rest for a while. Some of the frenzzz enjoy photographing and sightseeing. The restroom cost 50cents per pax and RM 1 per pax if take a shower.
As agreed, we meet up with the package provider at 12.00noon. He brought us ferry ride to Pangkor Island. The ferry from Lumut Jetty will drop by Sungai Pinang Jetty before stop at Pangkor Jetty. For those who have a seasick, I suggest not to take a heavy meal before the ferry ride or else take a pill to prevent vomit or nausea feeling.
We checked in and had prayer at our chalet. We did Jamak Taqdim to facilitate the journey. Next we had hop on island and snorkeling, and the last activity before we went back to chalet was banana boat ride. It was not exciting as we had a calm banana boat ride bcoz the wave not so strong.
After Isya’ prayers, we had a barbeque and karaoke nite. We can choose the given song and sing those with our own style while others have to stand their ears / laughing / enjoying. The culinary makes the seafood taste so nice such as spicy crab, fresh squid, tasty fish and other grill seafood.
Next morning, while I’m sleeping, some of my frenz went sightseeing near the seashore. The fresh air and beautiful sunrise scenery really relax a mind and body. Amazingly, they also did capture Hornbill photo as we thought normally we may found that bird in Sarawak.
After we had our nice breakfast, we travel round island by tour van (pink colour). We drop by to some places including the most favourite anchovies which they called silver anchovies with blue eye. Next, we went to Dutch Fort and found the stone foundations and carvings on a large rock left by the soldiers that still remain till today. Then, we drop at Chinese Temple where can see clearly the replica of Great Wall of China.
Before went back to KL, we visited Teluk Batik to have a lunch and sightseeing.

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