Friday, January 17, 2020

World’s longest water slide | Escape Penang Water Park


Well, people who know me, KNOW ME.
I don’t like my trip to involve water as I have to pack extra – beach bag, swimsuit, towel, toiletries so on and so forth. The luggage will be heavier and I have to ensure I bring extra plastic bags to store them wet cloths. You get the drift right. Basically very very the leceh.

So, when I saw the itinerary… I do the usual ie googling each destination to understand what I will be covering and how to angle my writing etc.

‘Escape! Hemmmm…. OK’ I remember telling myself. I have to pack extra lah maknanya kan. Consoling myself ‘kena pack slipper and towel gak ni’ murmuring under my breath.

Credit : Escape

Reluctantly I pack. Whole trip was great… Enjoyed myself thoroughly – very informative, action pack activities, great travel buddies. Then the last day came, Escape! Told meself to at least play 1 ride #demisebuahcontent. I asked Miera is it scary? I googled, I watched video, I read reviews…. Everyone said it is slow, not scary at all. Just that the ride is 1.1km long… few mins till you reach the end.
Great! I shall do this. One content done!
We took our float and head to the chairlift (I ain’t gonna take he staircase, tinggi giler kot)…

Credit : Attractions Management

Every was ok… then it was our turn; Nisa and I. Both penakut and scared of height, salah pairing nih. I sit and as Nike’s motto ‘Just Do It’. And we splashed down… screaming and enjoying the ride. Half way I stop screaming ‘bila nak sampai bawah ni? Bosan giler’…. ‘Are we there yet?!?’.


Yeah, we arrived and has a photo as a proof. The ride was around 4 mins kot but the queue was like 20mins or so. Sejenis kegigihan kalau nak buat second round, memang tak lah kan. By then the adrenaline rush kicks-in for all of us, I was persuaded to try the face-down steep scary splash (tak lah scary tapi I kan penakut [eyes rolling]). And strangely I said ‘OK, jom!’. Mabuk kot masa tuh… Hahhahaha….

Credit : STAR

We did the ride, all 6 of us… we were competing. Yup! We came out with this idea (masalah bila queue lama, semua orang jadi came out with weird ideas), we shall compete WHO will reach the FURTHER POINT of the splash. Remembered someone said that the heaviest will win. I lah tuh lah… me admitting.


I was wrong, I couldn’t garner enough inertia and I was placed second (macamlah ada hadiah). Tetiba rasa best pulak… apa lagi nak main yek. I think my adrenaline when into turbo boost gear. Baru dok piker-pikir nak main apa, we were asked to pack, get ready as we need to head for lunch and then pecut balik KL.

BUUUUUUUUUUT I tak puas main lagi lah! Mana aci.
Jarang I enjoy water park ni tau.
Fine! Nanti kena dating lagi sekali.

Credit : Escape

#TravelTips
 MUST ride the longest slide in the world - 1.1km long!
 Spend 1 full day at each park (dry and wet)
 MUST also experience Banana Flip (water) and Splash
 Wear slippers, preferably the one with strap
 Bring own water as you easily get dehydrated
 Bring own TOWEL and toiletries
 Purchase tix online to avoid long queue
 Come early so you'll have more time to play and repeat.




Operating hours
Tuesday - Sunday (closes on Mondays)
10am - 6pm

ESCAPE
828 Jalan Teluk Bahang
11050 Penang, Malaysia





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Monday, January 13, 2020

Penang KOMTAR | Rainbow Skywalk and The Gravityz - World's Highest Rope Course Challenge



Cold feet. Chicken feet? Chicken out!!!!

Yup! That’s me alright.
Scared of height. Gayat.
Chickened.

I bet you will too if you take a look at Penang Komtar’s The Gravityz.
Basically there is NO safety net. And you will be hanging at 65th floor rope dependent.


KOMTAR stands for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s 2nd Prime Minister. KOMTAR Tower's is also Penang's tallest building was erected in 1974 and completed in 1986. 2015 marked the year revamping of KOMTAR took place, 3 additional storeys were added. This additional floor is where the Rainbow Skywalk and The Gravityz are located; world's highest rope course at the 65th floor.

KOMTAR houses multipurpose complex, comprising retail outlets, a transportation hub and administrative offices aside from Geodesic Dome, 7D Discovery Motion Theater, Magic Mirror Maze, Danceoki, 5D Ocean Explorer, Jurassic Research Center and many more. There is also a Gym in the Sky on the 66th floor.

2 unique attractions that I experience are the Rainbow Skywalk (Level 68), a semicircle glass floor bridge walkway. As for The Gravityz (Level 65) of which I ‘partially” tried, a rope obstacle course along the exterior of the 65th floor, including a zip-line challenge (scary as there is no safety net). Partially tried basically mean I tried but chicken out. OK OK OK! I did gear up and all but as I step out and look out. It is scary shit man! That was when I chicken out and retract myself. Ahaks


Rainbow Bridge

There’s 2 glass floor, one is on 68th floor (out door) and the other one is indoor on 65th floor. I did both (well, kinda). They persuaded me to did the full semicircle of the Rainbow Bridge, for a person that is scared if height this is really terrifying. But demi sebuah content, I took 1 big step on the bridge and got them to quickly crawl back to the building. Literally crawled back. Kid you not.


As for the indoor version of the glass floor. It wasn’t as scary (tetiba overconfident), having said that, I still dare not dance and walk everywhere like the rest of them. But no screaming and crying lah.


Rainbow Skywalk
Level 65 @ The Top
Menara Komtar
Georgetown
Penang Island

Operation Hours
Sunday to Thursday
11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday
11:00am to 11:00pm
(Selected Public Holiday and School Holiday from 10.00am to 10.00pm)

Do book online to avoid queues : https://thetop.com.my/buy-tickets/


The Gravityz

No. It’s a no for me. Despite the fact that I negotiated for a photo opp just outside the exit. Here’s the thing, I came out with this brilliant idea of having a photo just outside the exit (my bravest moment) but guess what?!?! I forgot to inform them to take a photo of me and they are nowhere in sight. So I have no prove of execution. Cis. 

The rest of them takde fear langsung, especially Miera. I rasa dia ni Avengers kot. By the way, The Gravityz's ropes course consist Confidence Path, High Bench, A Great Bridge, X-Point, Z-wire and G-Rocky.



The Gravityz
Level 65 @ The Top
Menara Komtar
Georgetown
Penang Island

Operation Hours
Monday to Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm
4:00pm - 7:00pm
(break at 3pm)

Public holiday & school holiday
11:00am - 7:00pm

Do book online to avoid queues : https://www.thegravityz.com/booking




The VM2020 Heritage and Family Fun 2019 Media Fam Trip is organized by Tourism Malaysia in partnership with all its sponsors.








Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Taiping secret : Dr. Sun Yet Sen, Chen Ciufen and Antong Coffee Mill



The house where Chen Ciufen and Dr. Sun Yet Sen stayed when they were in Taiping.


This was written at the gate of Antong Coffee Mill or Aun Tong as written in chinese 东.
Now I got slightly distracted AND curious.
Who is Chen Ciufen (we all KNOW who Dr. Sun Yet Sen is)
And who is Antong?
I need answer! (Nancy Drew mode ON, [hair flip])

Alexa, search Chen Ciufen!
(Unfortunately I don’t have Alexa to assist me (drama jer lebih), I therefore rely on the old and trusty Mr. Google)
EUREKA!
I found the link between Chen Ciufen, Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Antong Coffee Mill.


Background

Next to the Antong Coffee Mill is the Changchun Pu villa. There is a statue not far from the door, the  statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. It is said that Chen Ciufen travelled to Tanah Melayu in 1914 after she broke up with Dr. Sun Yet Sen and stayed at Changchun Pu villa for a few years.

And in 1940, Tiah Ee Mooi rented the land next to Changchun Pun and set up Aun Tong Coffee Mill. Tiah Ee Mooi bought over the property in 1942 and became the owner of Antong Coffee Mill.


You are welcome to visit the living room of Changchun Pu villa to look at the old photos, memorabilia or just walk around and feel the olden days vibe.


Present

Being Malaysia’s oldest coffee mill established in 1933, this halal certified coffee produce sources their bean from both local and internationally; from Johor, Sabah and Sarawak to Indonesia, Kenya and Brazil. Not only that, it also sells kopi luak or civet coffee, one of the best and most expensive.


It also has a guided tour at the mill on coffee production where it take your on a journey of how an Antong Coffee is being made/produce. What caught my eyes are their flavoured coffee. I am not a coffee drinker nor do I eat durian (yeah, I’m weird. I know)… they durian coffee and mint coffee. I bought the durian coffee for a friend who loves both durian and coffee. Am yet to find out how the mint coffee taste like.


Aside from that, it also houses a café if you just wanna lepak while sipping a cuppa.



Antong Coffee Mill
Kampung Asam Kumbang
Taiping
Perak

Email : info@antong.my
URL : www.antong.my

Office operating hours : 8.30am – 5.30pm daily
Mill operating hours : 8.30am – 12.30pm – closed on Sundays




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