Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Purrfect Cat Cafe Penang

Holidays are over and I spent my first day of 2017 visiting Penang as a transit spot before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. I didn't have much to do during my stopover as I arrived Penang around 630pm from Kota Kinabalu and stayed at a chic hostel called "Syiok Hostel" at Jalan Chulia. A highly recommended place to stay with private quarters for an all female dormitory and shared bathroom. Free breakfast is included with the cost and taken on the top floor. Clean and tidy. Have to use hostel's indoor slippers to go around and your shoes are left outside. I loved the concept. Memang syiok lah! Haha.

I must say that the transportation in Penang is very convenient! The Rapid Penang buses are cheap and you can get around easily with just RM2.70, which is also the cost from Georgetown to the airport. And then there's UBER!

So where did I go in such a short time?

I read about Purrfect Cat Cafe from a map of Penang gotten from the airport. It wasn't that far away from Chulia street and decided to head there before my bus to KL at 12:30pm.

When I reached there, the cafe was still close. The time shown on my phone was 9:55am. Most of the shops were still closed except the Camera Musuem next to it. There were cats there too so I went to play with them first.

The cafe eventually opened around 10am and after looking around the cats' merchandise downstairs, I paid RM13.00 to enter the cat section upstairs. Hands washed and shoes left downstairs, I immediately started to capture some decent cat photos using my Huawei P9 Plus.

He's trying to tell me that he's the boss!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Eight Hills of Bukit Bongol, Kota Belud Sabah

One fine day, as I was lounging at my parents house, watching a series of Tiny Houses on TV, my sister asked me if I wanted to go climb some hill nearby. I immediately said YES! Because for the many years I've lived in Kota Belud and the many times I came home for the holidays, I never did anything adventurous except stay home and watch TV. Hahaha. I presumably became a successful couch potato at this rate.

So there... we planned to hike on a Sunday morning, right after Subuh prayers with hopes to catch some sunrise. I was briefed that the climb would take 3 hours to and from for the extremely fit people. Since I was on hiatus mode from hiking for two months already (yeah, fasting month and raya month.. argh!), I wasn't sure of my current fitness level.

A friend came to pick my two sisters and I in the wee Sunday morning from our house. I didn't prepare much and wore only sandals while my sisters wore shoes. I didn't even brought a daypack to put in water supplies and food.

I was ill-prepared.

We were brought to the foot of the hill situated somewhere in Kpg. Pirasan, near a construction site. The beginning of the trail was a visibly dirt path heading upwards. I was the least fittest person in the group and was stopping almost every few hills. Haha. It was a wake-up call that I should resume my fitness regime as soon as I get back to Kuala Lumpur.

My sisters and I on top of Bukit Bongol, Kota Belud

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Buffet Ramadan RM20 - RM30 ++ Around Klang Valley

We are halfway through Ramadan and I've personally have dined in several Ramadan buffets around Klang Valley which consists of Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur. In terms of taste, I loved all of them. Haha! Here are the THREE places I've dined-in so far.

1. Shah Alam Convention Center - SACC : RM38

My friend has this habit of hunting good Ramadan Buffet deals online before the holy month itself. Prices per person could get as low as 50% from the normal price. We managed to grab this Groupon Deal for SACC Ramadan Buffet at only RM38 (normal price is RM88) !!!

More info on menu here

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hiking Mt Merapi via Selo - 2930 masl

"Hey Jard, can we climb Mt Merbabu and Mt. Merapi in three days and two nights?" a guy asked ne via private message on Facebook a few days back. I immediately answered, "YES!".

Me pictured on top of Mt. Merapi. 
For people who has a very tight schedule, you can actually compress these two mountains in just two days and one night. Both mountains can be climbed in a day if, of course you got the stamina to do it. AND.. you doing it via Selo. Hehe. But I highly recommend setting camp as it is quite peaceful beautiful sleeping under a sky full of stars. With luck, you'll get to see milky way! :)