Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Me and my Dream Places

I am Beni . I like traveling. For me, traveling is an essential activity. It can recharge my energy when i am down, give me lessons to respect the difference, suggest me to be a grateful person, and it bring me things to remember. Talking about traveling, there are some places that i have been to that i always keep in my mind. First, i cannot forget the time when I saw the amazing Grand Canyon in Arizona. It was so huge and great. The canyon is the proof that Allah is the best creator in this world. The second is Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia. This group of small beautiful islands was the best tropical islands that i have ever seen. The last is my recent trip to Selangor.

Grand Canyon
Raja Ampat
Petronas Twin Tower

Visiting Malaysia was my long time dream. I really wanted to see the Twin Tower and feel the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur. Last year I planned to go to Malaysia in the new year's eve 2014. So, i started to save my money to get the ball rolling. I was so lucky of being informed by a close friend of mine named Hijrah Saputra about a free trip to Selangor, Malaysia. Thanks to My Selangor Story that has brought me to the country. I had so much fun in my 5 days and 4 nights stay.

Do you want to know more about my trip to Selangor? just click on the links below:

Day 1

Klang Takes Away My Exhaustion


Day 2

Klang Has it All


Day 3

Visit Kuala Lumpur for an unforgettable experience!


Day 4

Sepang is not only an F1 Circuit


Day 5

Selangor Has More



Friday, February 8, 2013

Selangor Has More

Ada satu perjalanan yang tak bisa lepas dari ingatanku. Perjalanan itu menempuh waktu yang cukup panjang karena dimulai dari Palm Tree Resort, Sepang. Kali ini, Selangor Tourism akan membawaku dan 19 peserta My Selangor Story lainnya untuk mengunjungi dua tempat yang eksotis yaitu Bukit Melawati di Kuala Selangor dan Kampung Kuantan. Ditengah perjalanan bus kami tiba-tiba berhenti di suatu tempat yang tidak ada di dalam list perjalanan. Tempat itu bukan Bukit Melawati pun Kampung Kuantan, melainkan sebuah kedai es cendol. Kedai es cendol ini tak begitu besar. Kecil saja. Tapi kumpulan roda empat yang parkir di sekelilingnya melebihi ukuran besar kedai itu sendiri. Ia bernama Cendol Bakar. Sebagai informasi, Cendol Bakar bukanlah cendol yang dibakar. Kata Bakar diambil dari nama belakang pendirinya yaitu Abu Bakar. 

Cendol ini free refill lho!
Cendol Bakar ini memiliki fasilitas Drive Thru yang, satu-satunya di Malaysia

Cendol Bakar rasa durian

Selepas menyantap Cendol Bakar kamipun melanjutkan perjalanan ke Bukit Melawati. Sesampai di bukit ini kami disuguhkan oleh pemandangan yang amat hijau yang memanjakan mata. Disini juga terdapat peniggalan sejarah masa lalu Selangor yang mana bukit yang menghadap langsung ke Selat Malaka ini dulunya adalah tempat kediaman Sultan Selangor yaitu Sultan Abdul Samad sebelum beliau pindah ke Bukit Jugra di Kuala Langat. Tak hanya itu, kami juga berkesempatan untuk bercengkrama dengan monyet-monyet jinak yang berkeliaran bebas di bukit itu. 

Peta Bukit Melawati
Abang Safrie sedang bercengkrama dengan seekor monyet. Bang Safrie berpendapat bahwa anak yang sedang digendong oleh monyet ini adalah hasil dari hubungan diluar nikah dikarenakan warna bulunya berbeda dengan induknya.

Kala matahari hendak terbenam, kami melanjutkan perjalanan ke Kampung Kuantan untuk menyaksikan sekumpulan binatang yang berkelap-kelip. Kumpulan binatang ini amat unik. Mereka berkelap-kelip dipinggiran Sungai Selangor sehingga pohon-pohon yang mereka hinggapi terlihat seperti pohon natal yang dipenuhi oleh lampu.


Perjalananku ke Bukit Melawati dan Kampung Kuantan merupakan salah satu perjalanan yang akan selalu ku kenang meskipun dua tempat ini hanyalah sebagian kecil dari pesona Selangor. Selangor has more!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sepang is not only an F1 Circuit

When I asked about Sepang before, I would definitely answer Sepang is a Formula 1 circuit. In short, Sepang has no other thing but only a circuit. Until last week when I joined My Selangor Story I was astounded that Sepang was not merely a circuit but it had more! It had a luxurious resort named Golden Palm Tree Resort, which this resort was located in a very startegic area, the Strait of Melacca. The villas of the resort were placed on the sea where I can see the water under my floor. 

Villas on the sea
In the front of the resort
the villas's reflection gives me a peacefulness
Sunrise seen from the villa
Delicious food in the resort

I had so much fun during my stay in the resort, from cycling to doing yoga. In the dinner time, i was entertained by various amusements like a drama and a dance performance as well as a refreshing music. Thanks to My Selangor Story to let me realize that Sepang is not all about a circuit but it has more.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Visit Kuala Lumpur for an unforgettable experience!

Who does not know Kuala Lumpur? I am convinced that almost everybody knows this green city. What about Petronas Twin Tower? I am confident that it is one of the iconic building in the universe. Well, Kuala Lumpur and the Twin Tower cannot be separated. They are like the soil and the grass that depend to one another. Unsurprisingly of course if there are a lot of people in the world are eager coming to Kuala Lumpur just to spend time in front of the Twin Tower. Looking at the tallest twin tower on the earth surely gives an endless pleasure.

the tower at night
The tower's entrance

Is Kuala Lumpur the only pleasure in Selangor? Eventhough Kuala Lumpur and the Twin Tower seem like to be the representatives of Malaysia, however one may consider other places that also much enjoyable nearby Kuala Lumpur. Sunway Lagoon and Batu Caves are just few examples. 

Sunway Lagoon
Sunway Lagoon is a multi-park destination that will give one never-ending satisfactions when feeling the atmosphere inside the park. It has the world's first Waterplexx 5D, Water Park, Amusement Park, Exreme Park, Malaysia's first Interactive Zoo, Asia's Longest Flying Fox Trail, the World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, and many more exitements. Please go here for more.

There are many options to have fun
Enjoying Sunway Lagoon Water Park

Batu Caves
Batu Caves is located in the district Gombak, which is about 13 km north of the capital city. This place is well-known with a sacred celebration for the Hindus named Thaipusam. Thaipusam is usually celebrated in the end of January every year. Thaipusam is celebrated on the full month of the Hindu lunar calendar or in 2013 it was held on january 27, 2013. Millions of Indian Tamils and tourists will gather in the Batu Caves in the celebration day to watch the fantastic show. Click here for more about Batu Caves, and here for more about Thaipusam.

in the crowded of Thaipusam Festival
A challenging Ritual

Where to Stay
If you have plan to visit Kuala Lumpur, do not worry about the place to stay. The city has lots of best hotels for every visitor. A recommended way to plan the hotel to stay is through Astutexperience membership as one can have many benefits from it. The Astutexperience allows its members to easily stay at his dream hotels worldwide such as Vivatel and Arenaa Star. Vivatel Hotel and Arenaa Star are among the best ones in the heart city of Kuala Lumpur that one may consider. 

Vivatel offers a boutique-style rooms for those who love fashion. The rooms are also decorated based on the mood of its visitors. If the visitors are in a bad mood, the fire rooms are not the best ones for them. They may choose the ice room where the room concept will coolen the emotion through its interior design. While Vivatel Hotel is decorated like a boutique, Arenaa Star offers rooms based on countries. Those who love Indonesian stuff and culture, they may go to the room of Indonesia. It is specially designed for those loving Indonesian beaches, sun, and interiors.

Arenaa Star Hotel

Vivatel Hotel

Planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur is always the right choice for those loving a fine city, beautiful places and parks as well as luxurious hotels. Come and visit Kuala Lumpur for more excitements as Selangor has more!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Klang Has it All

Besides you can do a heritage tour in Klang where you can see Klang heritage and culture,  you can also go to little India for shopping Indian stuff or just having tasty Indian food. In this spot, you will feel like in India because the majority of people here are Indian-Malaysian. There are two recommended places that you can consider for doing your shopping activity and one place for having yummy Indian food.

Gereja Our Lady Of Lourdes Klang
Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz

Madura Stores
In this store, you can find huge collections of indian accesories from bracelet to hena with a cheap price. 

Yes, why pay more if you can have the cheap ones?
A beautiful necklace
Indian bracelets
Gayathiri
Gayathiri could be the best place for Indian fashion lovers. In this beautiful-decorated store, you can find many high-quality Indian sarees in which the store is famous of.

Make sure you find this billboard when in Klang

Sarees

Archana Curry House
This house serves a very delicious Indian food, Nasi Daun Pisang or rice on banana leaf. The sensation of this food is astonishing where the curry will make you always remember the house. 

Let's come in!

Nasi Daun Pisang
You do not need to go to India just for doing shopping and testing Indian food as Klang has them all.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Klang Takes Away My Exhaustion

Selangor welcomes me with a heavy rain when I am heading to Klang from LCCT KLIA Sepang. The rain seems to give a message that Selangor does not want to let its guest to feel hot and the rain has successfully made my exhausted body a bit relax. I have been traveling a long journey from Jambi to Pekanbaru in Sumatra Island by car before sitting down in this bus. It took me 10 hours stuck in the car to get to Pekanbaru city. Once I got to the city, I felt so hungry and sleepy. But, I cannot sleep because I had to go to the airport in pekanbaru to continue my journey . While waiting for a friend to pick me up, I decided to put some rice into my mouth for tackling my hunger.

The rain pours in my bus till it gets wet. The cold air caused by the rain makes my eyes hard to remain opened, but I do not want to give up so early. I still want to enjoy the beautiful view of Selangor through the bus' window.


Now the day is getting darker and darker. The sun has set to its place and replaced by the moon. My eyes finally sets to its sleep mode automatically.

I wake up and look outside. I have no idea of how long I have fallen asleep. But the situation around me is different now. The rain has stopped and the darkness has turned to the lightness. From my seat I heard someone speaking, the voice seems to come from the front seats of the bus. I look to the front I find the sound source. It is my tour guide announcing that I and other passengers in the bus have reached Klang Premiere Hotel in Klang City. The Klang Premiere Hotel gives me a big expectation that I will have a wonderful night from its modern-looking appearance. I also hope that I will have delicious food before going to bed. The hotel stands so sturdily in the heart city of Klang. It looks like a perfect place to rest after a long journey.

 

Soon after I get into the hotel I obtain all I have expected. I have a very nice room and tasty food. What a good place!



Klang does not only spoil me with its superb Premiere Hotel, but also through a strategic restaurant, Medan Muara Ikan Bakar, a place where all the yummy food come from.


I have a very nice sleep in the lovely Premiere Hotel room after having the best food in Klang.