Friday, January 27, 2023

Underwater

For Underwater World like what I did for Skycab and SkyBridge Langkawi, I made booking via Shopee app and paid RM184. 


14 December was the day we planned for this, so from our motel, we walked for about 20 minutes or more to Underwater World Langkawi.  As it opened around 9.30am, we had time for a quick breakfast at nearby McDonald's outlet.  


By 9.30am, we walked to our destination and shown our online booking to obtain the tickets to the Underwater World. We were the first few visitors there before the place started to get crowded with visitors, mostly family with young children. We spent more than an hour covering the whole place before making our move to our next destination. 







Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Higher ground

Besides Petronas Twin Towers skybridge tour that I made online reservation and payment, I did 2 more online booking for our holiday in Langkawi. One was Underwater World Langkawi and the other was Skycab and SkyBridge packages. 

We paid RM225.50 for Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge through Shopee app. 4-in-1 Skycab packages that included cable car ride, 3D art gallery, SkyRex, and SkyDome. Unfortunately SkyRex was closed due to technical problem and we didn't go to SkyDome as we spent long time for the Langkawi SkyCab. 


Entrance to the Langkawi Skycar attraction. The hanging wooden bridge was Jamie's least favourite here as he was scared of the bounce when he walked over. Took him much courage and time to walk over the bridge, but not without his brother's jeer.

The place was clean and well maintained. Lovely lotus pond and the weather couldn't be any better, but windy. Not a good news for us who wanted to ride the cable car.


It took us more than 30 minutes to queue for the wrist bands eventhough we booked online. However, good news for us as you wouldn't believe the even longer queue for the walk-ins. Anyway, we were told that due to bad weather (wind) on middle and top stations, we were unable to ride the cable car at the assigned time.  So, we were told to come back to queue around 12noon.  


With more than an hour to spare, we went to 3D Art Langkawi first.  Everyone was also killing time at this place, since cable cars operation was suspended due to bad weather. 


The kids (and adults too) had a good time, posing and enjoying the 3D Art. We took quite a handful of photos there. 


Many sections in the 3D Art, from ocean, to beach, fantasy movie and well known tourist attaction in other countries. 

We took our lunch first before heading back to Skycab station.  We spent more than 2 hours in the queue.  Super warm and packed as everyone crowded the entrance.By the time we took our cable car ride, it was around 2.30pm!! Fortunately we had an early lunch otherwise I didn't think anyone could survive the queue in hunger state!!


Some gave up in the queue, too much and long wait for them.  Luckily we persevered although hubby and the youngest boy cannot stand the heat and crowd, and they almost gave up along the way.  But as we went along the queue and into the building and saw the cable cars, everyone started to feel alive and look forward to the adventure. 
 

Does it worth the long wait?? It does.  At least, for us. Maybe because of the school holidays, many families with children, as well as tourists, so it was understandable on the long wait.  And due to delay and bad weather, the early slots were pushed to later time.  


The view from the cable car was breath-taking, and the ride in the cable car was fun yet challenging.  Rocky ride as it was rather windy and at one point, our cable car was stopped for few seconds when we descended the Machinchang mountain. 

We stopped at two stations. First was the middle station where we enjoyed the view from the observation deck. Due to wind, it was rather chilling in both stations.  Luckily we stand by our jackets, otherwise I didn't think we could stand the cold longer.


Skybridge was at the top station, so we took the cable car again to ascend the mountain to the station. From the top station, you have 2 choice to go to skybridge. Either by tram or by foot through the jungle. 

We used the jungle trail to go up to the skybridge.  Not that far actually, but the steps were pretty steep so one needed to be careful when climbing up and down the steps. 




We did reached the skybridge in the end!!!  Beautiful view overlooking the mountain, and ocean!!  Super cool, right?

We spent quite long time on the skybridge before making our way to the skyGlide (a tram or cabin transportation that running on rail track), that took us to the top station. RM10 per adult and RM7 per child for the short ride. We didn't want to hike through the jungle trail again, so we paid for the SkyGlide service.  Then we descended all the way down to the the Skycab station before took a taxi back to our motel. 


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Simpler dinner

First of all, Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New Year to all!!

A pause to my holiday post, it is time to usher the Year of the Rabbit. It was simpler affair this year, unlike what we had for reunion dinner last year.

Thanks to my mil, she helped me with the cooking. And hubby's niece who is staying with us for few nights; she helped with the reunion dinner yesterday. 




This year we had yee sang. We bought this prepacked yee sang and hubby did the preparation. 

The yee sang after he had done with it. Pretty nice and appetizing; we enjoyed it very much.
 
 

We bought one roasted chicken and 300g of roasted pork belly from Old Bank Cafe in the afternoon. 



My mil did most of the cooking with the help of our niece while I was busy cleaning with hubby and the kids. 

Her fish maw with 'tai ping'(peace) egg soup was very good and nostalgic as my late fil loved this dish. 


One of hubby's catch last year was used up for the reunion dinner. We can't finish the whole fish so cut it into half and steamed the head for the dinner.



Beef rendang cooked by my mil few days earlier; she heated it up for the dinner. 

Stir fried plum sauce prawns also made onto the table. 

Marinated chicken wings from previous dinner; my mil fried them up. 

This Pacific clam was cooked and gave by a friend of hubby.  Very spicy and I only took one bite. 

And that completed our reunion dinner. And as for this morning, a must to have chicken mee suah soup for breakfast. 


Wishing everyone good health, prosperity and joy in the Year of the Rabbit. 





Thursday, January 19, 2023

Cenang

From KLIA, we took MAS to Langkawi island. However due to bad weather (wind and rain), our pilot didn't immediately landed but instead made few rounds in the air.  Thanks to his expertise, he was able to maneuver the plane and landed safely on the laneway. 

Casa Idaman, Cenang

By the time we collected our luggage and called for car, it was pretty dark and the rain was still pouring down. We reached our accommodation, Casa Idaman motel in Cenang after 7pm. After checked in and kept our luggages in the room, we went out to Cenang Walk for dinner. 

Casa Idaman in the morning

The motel was right at the back of the starting point of Cenang Walk. Pretty strategic and quiet motel, away from the night life of Cenang Walk and just a minute walk away, and few more minutes (3 -4 minutes walk) to Cenang beach.


Wet and raining night in Cenang, and we were pretty hungry by then. Hubby saw good reviews on this restaurant so we decided to settle there for dinner. 

Full house but luckily we able to get a table. Most tables, we could see chilli crabs serving, but no, we didn't feel like it. 

We have this mushroom bread as starter. The kids especially Jay seemed to enjoy this bread. Probably he was ravenous so he was busy dipping the bread in the mushroom soup. 
RM25

Then the lamb satay came. 6 sticks so enough for everyone. 
RM15

Jamie wanted this nuggets and chips, so we're having it and shared around.

RM25

A plate of fried mee hoon to share among us. Taste-wise, it was nice. 

RM12

The fried rice on the other hand was spicy, so the kids didn't take much of it. Hubby and I finished the fried rice. 
RM12

Lastly, we ordered this soft beancurd dish. Pretty steep price for a tofu dish though. Taste-wise, it was alright. 
RM25

My personal opinion : Food in Putumayo Restaurant was just so-so. And the price was steep!! Overall, food in Cenang was over-rated and expensive!! Tourist spot, so the price is also "attractive". All halal food. 


After dinner, we took a walk along the Cenang Walk but only a short stretch due to rain, and everyone was pretty tired after a long day. The longest walk we did was from our motel all the way to McDonald's Underwater World twice, two days in a row. That would be a story for another day. 

This was hubby's usual drinking place in Cenang. He has been there for a couple of nights.  I got to accompany him once, no beer for me. Just a nice mojito, so I got a nice sleep after that. Lol. 

 
The sun was bright and shining for the most of the time we were there. The next day, we went hunting for breakfast place, unsure of what we could find.  



Now that we could see how Cenang Walk looked like during the day. Quiet and empty. Not many shops were opened during the morning. 

We passed through the Cenang Walk to the beach. What a lovely scene. Beautiful and clean beach. 

We spent few minutes admiring the beach before walked back to Cenang Walk for food. We did came back to the beach that evening as the boys wanted to swim and play on the beach. Other than that day, we didn't visit the beach again. Throughout our stay, other than the first night we arrived in Langkawi, we didn't encountered any rain. There was short drizzle and thunder on our last night in Langkawi which hubby and I abandoned our plan of having drinks and hangout in Cenang Walk.