Thursday, May 28, 2009

ATV Ride

Went for ATV ride at Kemensah Waterfall behind Zoo Negara.
We took the package - ATV 2 hours off-road ride to the awesome Ulu Kelang Dam for only RM150. Our instructor MAS train us how to operate and control the ATV outside their office. It was easy controlling it on a flat land.

6 of us went for this adventure. We always want to try something new. We have no problem going up the hill. You just got to go all the way up without pressing the break.
We reach one steep hill and one by one will go up. The instructor will wait for us on top of the hill.
So when comes to my turn, I lost control and hit on the side of the slope and was holding on to the ATV, waiting for my friends to rescue me. The instructor came running down and he told me, you love my ATV bike very much that you still holding on to it. My pose is like superman pose, both hands straight. I was lucky that i'm still alive that the ATV did not fall on me.

Since my friends and sister saw my situation, we decided to take a break.

So my instructor seek my guy friend help to drive the ATV down. He nearly lost control and lucky he able to make it. Else we see him flying to the ravine. We were standing there wathching and kept shouting his name. Too panic and frighten. Really dunno what to said.

Below is our instructor taking his break, he needs a cigarette badly after what he saw.Guess we gave him high blood and heart attack.

After long discussion with our instructor, we decided to give up and we are not even half way to the dam. Too scared to continue the journey.
We are lucky to be alive..ha!ha!
We are not suppose to take this package as we don't even know how to control the bike, this package is more for professional.
Is a life time experience and if you dare to take the challenge, you should try.
Just that we are not fit for this kind of adventure...ha!ha!
You can visit their web site at
Contact : MELIZA , 019-3407895

Travel Insurance

Finally we got our compensation from Air Asia, this is due to flight delay in Bandung which we waited for more than 7 hours. We got 500,000 rupiah which is equivalent RM170 e-voucher. We got to utilised the voucher by end August. Voucher only valid for 3 months. Do we still want to fly Air Asia? Just to utilised this voucher...gosh!!! Got to think twice. I rather pay more to travel MAS or SIA.

We bought travel insurance and according to the policy we can claim if the flight delay more than 7 hours onwards. Yeap, we can claim up to RM300 but the insurance company insisted that we get an email from Air Asia stating that the flight is delay even thou we got the Air Asia voucher. We been calling Air Asia Customer Service and email to their guest support services. Till now no reply from them. Some more Dato Tony Fernandes send enews stating Airasia has improved their customer service and it will provide excellence service. I doubt it.

So in future is better to buy Air Asia insurance directly to avoid the claim hassle. I don't know whether we will get our RM300. Anyway submitted all the documents and just wait for the good news.

Each time you travel, is best to buy travel insurance to cover your medical expenses.

Now credit cards do not provide any more claims for flight delay. sigh.....

Friday, May 15, 2009

What's next?

Shifted to new office in March. Everytime we shift office sure someone is sick. This time is the worst. One of my staff got chicken pox, one got high fever and another admitted to hospital twice. As for me, suppose to admit to hospital for stomach bacteria, need to go for injection and drip and ended up still surviving. I wonder how long can I last. Must pray really hard that all this will end soon. So that my department will be lively again. Now entire department is so quiet and everyone is so worry, who's next?

The staff that admitted to hospital got fever for 2 weeks, doctor suspected dengue and after blood test shows normal. Now two specialist is seeing her and the specialist said is more complicated than swine flu. Got to run thorough check on her e.g. mri scan, ct scan, x-ray, bladder, kidney and etc. Hope she is ok. Wonder what kind of virus is this that is so strong.

Today ,15th May 2009 announced first swine flu in Malaysia. The guy just came back from United States and staying at Sg Buloh Hospital.

Is it a cycle? First came JE, follow by SARS and now SWINE FLU. I wonder what's next.

Economy is already bad and with all this FLU it definetely affect the tourism industry.

Hopes all this will end ASAP. Let's start praying to GOD for good health. Also pray hard that all my staff have speedy recovery.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bandung, Indonesia

Took air asia to bandung and flight is almost 2 hours. Time difference in bandung is 1 hour. We stay at Aston Bandung Hotel and Residence. The room was ok. Staff very friendly.
We visited Musuem and spent most of the time shopping at Rumah Mode. According to our guide Lucy and Win Win, Bandung got 40 factory outlets and majority own by few owners. So certain places you will see the same things.

You should only shop at the following places and don't waste other time visiting other factory outlets.
a. Secret
b. Rumah Mode
c. Heritage
d. Renarati (opposite secret)

Grande, Espisode at Jln Dago nothing much. Hardly can get any stuff there.

Places to eat :-
a. The Valley - bistro cafe & Resort Hotel
Jln Lembah Pakar Timur 28 (Dago), Bandung
Tel : (022) 2511450
Please remember to make reservation first. Weekends always fully booked.
The Valley serve western food and price start from RM17 onwards. A beautiful night scene and can view entire bandung from the peak. Picture below is mix grill...yummy!!

b. Tomodachi
Jalan Sukajadi No. 193 Bandung 40162
Tel : (022) 2036755
Tomodachi served western food - must try their beef chowder and mix grill. Don't bother their teriyaki set. Western food is still the best.

c. Bebek Van Java Restaurant
Lombok 47, Bandung 40114
Tel : 022 76751777
Famous for bebek. Bebek means duck.

d. Rumah Stroberi
Jalan Cigugur Girang No.145
Parongpong Kabupaten Bandung
Tel: 022 91144272
Must try their strawberry juice. You can't find it in KL. Their grill fish is very nice compare to their fried chicken. At the same time you can visit the strawberry farm. Their entire concept is very nice. Highly recommend.

e. Kampung Daun Cafe @ Lembang
The food is quite nice, famous among tourist. Surround by nature and also man made waterfall. About 1 hour journey from city. The road are very bumpy. Food that you could try are :-
a. kampung daun special steam rice
b. grilled chicken with honey
c. mie tektek (we did not able to try this, according to the guide is very nice)
As for their dessert we try sekoteng, bandrek, bajigur and i still prefer their boji tea @ local tea. Others are too sweet or taste weird.

f. d'palm sundanese restaurant - sorry did not take their name card. The environment looks nice and did not try their food as i was having severe food poisoning.
Jalan Lombok No.45
Tel : 022-4261623

g. Kartika Sari - this is the place where you can buy snacks e.g. steam brownies, layer cakes, bagelan (bread with butter - very nice)

h. Duck King at Paris Van Java Mall
Since the branch in Jaya One is always pack, therefore we decided to try Duck King. Not as nice as i thought, too salty. The price is similar to KL price.

We visited Tangkuban Perahu and we enjoyed the scenic view of the crater. This volcano is still active. You can shop alot of things there. I bought a wooden craft cow...ha!ha! Make sure you negotiate. You can get fried tofu and tofu snacks on the way to Tangkuban Perahu. Refer to below map.

I got severe food poisoining and luckily our guide Win Win send me to hospital for injection. The hospital is a training ground for the medical student. Yes, i'm really shock and scared and luckily i know what injection i needed. They are helpful and friendly. It only cost me RM30 for doctor consultation fees and medication. Is really cheap. What a day?? The worst yet to come.

Our flight suppose to be at 3.25pm and we waited till 10.40pm bandung time only got flight. The flight from Singapore to =Bandung was cancel due to technical error. Therefore no air plane to bring us home. First annoucement came in at 6pm saying that delay until further notice and hopefully the rescue flight will be here at 10pm. Then 7.30pm, food is served. We got 1 packet of rice and 1 pcs of KFC chicken, indonesian style of eating KFC. I was sick therefore the airasia crew "Three" was very nice , he serve me milo and noodle soup. He is very patience with all of us. Finally 10pm is here, the flight is delay and will be here by 10.40pm. We waited and finally it came...All of us are glad to go home. The airport departure hall is too small and stuffy. The airconditioned is like not working.You can see people sleeping on the floor. Is like we are in the refugee camp. We reached LCCT, KL at 2.40am. Can you imagine how long we suffer in the airport?

I definitely would not fly AIR ASIA , i dont mind paying more to fly MAS or other reputable airlines. 7 hours for flight delay is too much.

If you planning to go bandung, you should spend more time on sightseeing rather on shopping. We were there for 4 days 3 nights and only spend 1 day on sight seeing. Too tiring to shop too many days.