30 May 2009
29 May 2009
Photo of my cosy hotel room.
28 May 2009
Anyway, this time I’ll stay for two nights in Singapore first before crossing over the border again for another two night stay. I’ll be flying on Tiger Airways, which is a Singapore based low cost airlines. Return airfare between Kota Kinabalu and Singapore was 139 Ringgit. The plan this time is museum visits and some shopping, again.
27 May 2009
External view of the fine Ayala Museum. The museum has four floors of exhibits. Admission cost is 425 pesos for non-residents. I truly enjoyed my visit. Too bad, there just wasn't enough time. By the way, I didn't get to go the other museum that I wanted to visit. Next time, perhaps.
24 May 2009
My last day in Manila was not much to write about. Only managed to sample the night life here and did some shopping again. I don't know if I'll be back in the future. If the airfares are really cheap, maybe I will. Anyway, signing off from DMIA - the aircraft has just landed here and we should be boarding in 30 minutes or so.
23 May 2009
The plan for tomorrow, well, actually later today, is to visit two museums, the National Museum of the Filipino People and the Ayala Museum and maybe, do some shopping in between.
You can read more about the history of Manila here and general information on the city here.
20 May 2009
15 May 2009
NPI from the outside (this photo was taken a few days earlier using a digital camera)
Tables by the window - in the background, the Jesselton Point ticket sales counter and waiting area
Tables by the window - in the background, futsal arena and more food outlets
- Nasi Puteh (Steamed Rice) - 2 portions - RM1.50 x 2
- Dendeng Basah (Spicy Beef like Jerky) - 2 portions - RM7.00
- Perkedil Kentang (Mashed potatoes with meat and spices) - 2 portions/pieces - RM4.00
- Sayur Nangka Berlemak (Creamy Young Jackfruit) - 2 portions - RM4.00
- Ikan Tenggiri Gulai Kuning (Yellow Gravy Mackerel or Kingfish) - 2 portions - RM8.00
- Air Mineral (Spritzer 600ml) – RM2.00
- Kit Chai Sejuk (Iced Lime/Calamansi Juice with Dried Sour Plum) – RM3.00
(*) Except the rice which was in a large plates, each food was served in small plates, which I think can be eaten by two to three persons. Don't forget to add service charge of 10% to the bill.
Total bill for two persons was RM34.
14 May 2009
- Important Documents and Necessities
- Personal Items and Hygiene
- Clothing and Accessories
- Medications and Health
- On the Plane
- Your Additions
There is also another website called The Universal Packing List, which has been on the net since 1993. Wow, more than 15 years. Anyway, in this website you tick a few items such as dates, temperatures, gender, locations (domestic/international), types of activities, etc, and then the tool will generate a list for you. You can also have the generated list e-mailed to you.
Why not try these websites out for your next trip. Happy packing!
The Traveler IQ Challenge covers the world and the various regions. You can choose
- World Capitals
- North America
- Latin America
- UNESCO Sites
- Flags of the World
- Photos of the World
- USA Challenge
- Amazing Race
11 May 2009
Based on my last two visits, NPI is doing good business these days. The first time I went there, it occupied a small area but now it has expanded. To help you price the food at NPI, here’s the price list from my lunch. Do note that the food was served in larger plate with the rice rather than the traditional way, i.e. in small plates. Servings in the small plates are double the price and usually enough for two or three persons.
- Nasi Putih – RM1.50
- Ayam Panggang – RM4.50
- Ayam Goreng Sambal – RM4.00
- Rendang Daging Lembu / Usus / Paru Basah – RM4.00
- Dendeng Basah – RM3.50
- Sotong Gulai – RM4.50
- Perkedil Kentang / Sayur Nangka Berlemak / Sawi/Buncis Sambal – RM2.00
- Telur Dadar – RM2.00
- Sambal Merah – RM1.00
- Jus Apokat/Avokado – RM6.00 (Yes, that’s the price)
- Air Mineral (Spritzer 600ml) – RM2.00
- Soya Bean (Can) – RM2.50
- Kit Chai Sejuk – RM3.00
Sorry, no pictures of the food to share.
07 May 2009
BizWeek has been running a weekly series of 10 questions for corporate figures or celebrities. Last week’s figure was Azizi Ali, pilot, writer and millionaire. This was one of the questions and answers that caught my attention:
What sort of luxuries have you allowed yourself? Tina Adam
Not much. All I need is a good breakfast, a good book to read, a computer to write and time with my family. I have all that already.
My family lives in a nice house in a fabulous neighbourhood. We have a few items to make our lives more comfortable but nothing out of the ordinary. I think, the average Malaysian has more toys than me. As I wrote in one of my books, visitors often comment that my house is spacious. My house is spacious not because it is big but because it is sparsely decorated. I call it minimalist decor. We still have only one TV in the house and a 10-year-old mini-compo. I don’t have any branded goods and see no use for them.
I spend money on quality (not branded) goods. For example, my mattress costs some RM20,000. If you’re going to spend a major portion of your life (eight to ten hours a day) on a mattress, the only sensible thing to do is to buy the best mattress you can afford.
06 May 2009
The highlights for me were the Tanjung Simpang Mengayau trip, the Manukan Island trip and of course, the dinners at Gayang Seafood (yes, we went twice). The lowlights were not being able to join all the other activities due to my work commitment and the last dinner. Sorry friends, I didn’t think the food at TLC, Anjung Selera would be that bad. Hopefully the location made up for it.
All in all, I think my friends had a great time here. Now, where next guys?