Monday, October 29, 2018

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur (Part 3)

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

An architectural excellence.
Built in 1910, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Kedah is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses.

Built in between 1910 to 1930s, it was owned by the penghulu or village headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu, Kedah. The home was originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, Kedah and was rescued, relocated and restored between 1996-1997 by the Badan Warisan Malaysia.
I am proud to say that as an ongoing effort in preserving and conserving #Malaysia architectural heritage, Badan Warisan Malaysia or The Heritage of Malaysia Trust (an NGO body) has managed to disassemble and relocate Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman to Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur for public to learn and experience our heritage.

Badan Warisan Malaysia Background

Badan Warisan Malaysia or The Heritage of Malaysia Trust is a national heritage NGO that focuses on heritage conservation services for nearly 30 years. Their role is to create and raise awareness of heritage issues and to ensure the survival of our built heritage. It also helps to influence policy so as to create a conservation-friendly environment as well as promoting and educating the understanding of Malaysia heritage as an expression of our history and identity. Badan Warisan Malaysia also hosts monthly talks and lectures, to know more and participate in their activities, kindly follow @heritagemalaysia Instagram.
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (next to Badan WarisanMalaysia)
2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2144 9273
(15mins walk from the Bukit Bintang monorail station)

Operating Hours :
Tues - Sat : 10am – 4pm
Price Range : FREE. RM10 for guided tour

Badan Warisan Malaysia (next to Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman)
2, Jalan Stonor
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603-2144 9273
Email :
(15mins walk from the Bukit Bintang monorail station)

Opening Hours :
Mon- Sat : 10am-5pm (closed on Public Holidays)
Tours: 11am & 3pm

Selfie Museum KL

The latest craze just hit KL. Selfie Museum just across…… Pavilion, in Fahrenheit88 (2nd floor to be precise). Everything is a must selfie, nothing should be missed – all the 9 thematic rooms.

There’s “The Giant Cakes” Room by Pandora (people tend to have plenty of photos here, I mean, would you want a photo with a cupcake, unicorn and lollipops), the there’s the “Rainbow” Room (my suggestion is for you to wear white so that the background pops out *serious talk nih*), of course there “Splash Lab” Room by TeaLive & llaollao (yang ni I nak minum air jer hehhehhee) and a few more rooms lah.

For more tips (yup! On how many time to spend, what to wear, how to pose *kid you not*), click HERE.

Level 2, Fahrenheit88
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours : 10am - 10pm (daily)
Entrance Fee : RM45 (Adult), RM30 (Kids)

Museum Of Illusions

The first Museum Of Illusions in Asia and 7th in the world and it stated that ‘illusion which will trick your confidence in senses’ oh boy, it is so true. And my favourite are the puzzles (yeah! I am simple like that), but I can’t even solve one, felt like I should buy a few, memorize the steps and show of my ‘skill’.

I felt the Vortex Tunnel was fun and vomiting which makes my photo turns out ugly, but I enjoyed the enperience (kept challenging myself to walk straight and go against the ‘vortex’). There are also the Mirror Room and Infinity Room which need no explanation lah. The Hologram collections are pretty cool, was wondering whether I can purchase that Einstein posted, hemmm…..

There are few other illutions that you can wander and wonder (get it?!) such as the The Ames Room, The Anti-Gravity Room, The Chair Illusion, The Rotated Room,  The Bottomless Pit and many more. Allocate 2 hours or so here, it’ll be fun (and sense-stimulating).

Museum Of Illusions
Ansa Hotel 1st&2nd floor
101, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours : 9am - 11pm (daily)

Entrance Fee
Adult : RM35 (MyKad) / RM45 (Non-MyKad)
Kids : RM25 (MyKad) / RM35 (Non-MyKad)

Muzium Telekom

Built in 1928 to house the Central Battery Manual Telephone Exchange, this building is now home to Muzium Telekom. Located at the intersection of Jalan Gereja and Jalan Raja Chulan, this magnificent building is 82 years of age (1928-2010) and was declared a historic landmark by the National Archives of Malaysia Negara.

I remembered vaguely the last time I was here... a couple of old phones and etc. It was so-so if my memory serves me right. Well, obviously, my memory failed me. BIG TIME! Ahaks.
This is what I've imagined (before visiting lah) - the telephony evolution. Basically just that, full stop. Period. But NOOOOOOO.... It also talks about communication evolution - from Batu Bersurat to Pasu Bersurat (yeah, first time hearing this!), and from morse code to the internet era. Not forgetting the beduk communication, they even showed us the beduk sound for emergency, azan and death. I was half expecting smoke signal will be showcased here too, but nahhhhhh... kenot main api depa kata, dangerous.

SO, if you guys are curious of the communication evolution, drop by  at the Muzium Telekom here in KL, it is near the Plaza Rakyat/China Town (a 10mins walk). You won’t regret it.
Muzium Telekom Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours
9am - 5pm (closed on public holiday)

Entrance Fee
Adult - RM6
Kid - RM3

#UnseenKL Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, #VisitKL and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Selfie Museum Kuala Lumpur

Selfie Museum
Go crazy guys!

Seriously guys. Amazing right. And you know what makes this even better? It is located a mere 2mins walk from Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, basically it is across the street. There is 2 other places that you can cover while you are within this area as it is located just next door to each other – Museum of Illusion KL (will blog about this in my next post) and the mural behind Lot 10.

You know what, this is my recommendation if you happened to be in Pavillion or Jalan Bukit Bintang area. Spend probably half a day or perhaps a full day (if you include shopping lah) and cover these places:

  • Selfie Museum KL
  • Museum of Illusion KL
  • Mural at Hutong (behind Lot10)
  • And nearby this area, where you can reach via grab or/and walk (a tad too far to walk though)
  • Jadi Batek Gallery at Jalan Inai
  • Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman at Jalan Stonor
  • And ends you trip at Jalan Alor for dinner (mostly non-halal) or Ain Arabia/Arab Street on Jalan Berangan, or perhaps you might prefer the malls’ eateries.

This is the part that I find it weird, like seriously weird. Well, you see… a bunch of us visited the Selfie Museum by Samsung Galaxy (like 20+ of us was there) and I hardly see anyone taking any selfies, most of us (me inclusive) asked our friends to snap a picture for us. No! No guys! We are not supposed to do that, its selfies (wefies pun ok lagi) … why lah no one took any selfies? But can I really blame them? After all, the rooms are really and truly amazing – vibrant, colourful, catchy and most importantly Instagrammable (penting tuh).

One must know that some of the 9 rooms are being sponsored by well known brands such as :

1. “The Giant Cakes” Room by Pandora
2. “Everything’s Sweet” Room by Benefit Cosmetics
3. “Fluffy Path” Room
4. “Ice-Cream World” Room by Baskin Robbins
5. “dUCkies CafĂ©” Room by dUCk Scarves

6. “Rainbow” Room
7. “Super Happiness” Room by Samsung Galaxy
8. “Splash Lab” Room by TeaLive & llaollao
9. “Do-Nut-Stop” Room by Hotlink

Yup! You guess it right, some of the rooms serves bite size food/icecream/drinks. And NO! You are not getting a dUCk scarves, I’ve asked *wink*.

General Tips from non-selfie-lover.
  • Plan your attire wisely, my suggestion is go for non-printed design and perhaps light/pastel colours
  • Browse thru the hashtags or their Instagram on poses so that you can recreate during your visit
  • No props are require, am sure you can make use of whatever available there (takut tak menang tangan jer nanti)
  • We were given less than 10mins per room (due to our large crowd), if it is the same for you guys – time well.
  • Solo visitor - most of the room looks better if the photos are being taken by another person (Seriously. Despite that it is called the Selfie Museum. Ahaks)
  • Allocate sufficient memory space on your mobile. Kid you not!
  • Come early. As you can adjourn to Museum of Illusion next door and mural photo session right after.
  • Remember to hashtag #SelfieMuseumKL when you post in the Instagram

You selfie lovers out there, what are you waiting for?

Selfie Museum KL
Level 2, Fahrenheit88
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours : 10am - 10pm (daily)
Entrance Fee : RM45 (Adult), RM30 (Kids)

#UnseenKL Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, #VisitKL and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cholo Cholo Hot Spring in Batang Kali

Hot Spring in Selangor?
In Batang Kali?

Well well well… This is new to me.

First and foremost, I just learnt that ‘cholo’ means ‘jenguk in Bahasa Malaysia or ‘to look around or over something by stretching or leaning’ in English. And ‘cholo’ is a Minangkabau dialect; originated from Sumatera in Indonesia.

Located in Hulu Tamu in Hulu Selangor and founded by En. Othman Omar in 2008, Ontok Ontok is now managed by his son; En. Lokman Hakim and his wife Pn. Emas Zaherra. The area consist of a restaurant, chalet and camp site called Ontok-Ontok as well as Cholo Cholo Hot Spring. 

Air Panas Hulu Tamu or hot spring are found by accident through a villager while looking for a buffalo calf who is jumping with surprised that the water it was drinking is too hot. During the Japanese invasion in Malaya during the World War II Japanese soldiers found Hulu Tamu hot spring as a healing site for those who were injured. Hot water from the spring can accelerate the healing process and is believed to cure ailments and rheumatism.

Ontok Ontok Enterprise decided to build the Cholo Cholo Hot Spring approximately 30-50m from the main chalet area. The hot spring consist of a few pools that is categorized by the degree of heat, once this is ready, a nominal fee will be imposed as it will come with proper changing area and washrooms. Not only that, this whole area will be fit for small scale team building - a great total experience for attendees.

Ontok Ontok Enterprise
Lot 2107, Kolam Air Panas Hulu Tamu
Batang Kali, Selangor

7-Regale, Eat Travel Write Selangor 2018 Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri (UPEN) Selangor and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dari tummy ke hati – #DiscoverSelangor

To win a man’s heart is through his tummy.
Malaysia is food heaven.
Makan ngan Malaysian berpisah tiada.

So here I am, thinking on how to write the great food we enjoyed during our Eat. Travel. Write. Regale 7; I can’t possibly be writing 2-5 food entries right? Despite I feel that each of them deserve a full fledge write-up, but I just can’t. Hence, combining it all into one would be the best way to go, I guess. Oh well, here goes.

Bamboo Nasi Briyani - Amma's Signatures in Batang Kali, Selangor

First and foremost, you need to know how many types of briyani is there in their menu - Chicken Briyani, Fish Briyani, Mutton Briyani, Vegetarian Briyanis and... jeng jeng jeng... Lobster Briyani and Prawn Briyani (udang galah hokkay). The bamboo elevates the aroma and taste of the biryani.

But of course, if you wish to dine in or even tapau, best is to call them a day in advance lah (sebab nak kena masuk hutan 'nak cari kayu, nak cari kayu... nak cari kayu' - I mean gi order and beli bamboo). We had chicken bamboo briyani at RM21.90

Amma's Signatures
35B, Jalan Meranti 2B
Bandar Baru Ligamas
Batang Kali, Selangor
Phone : +60103618279

Kaya Puff - Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

I have absolutely no idea what is it called in Mandarin (or Cantonese for that matter) but I simply love this Kaya Puff. It used to cost RM0.20 p/piece at the school canteen, I would buy 1 to be eaten during recess, and if I have extra pocket money, I will get 2 kaya puffs where I will enjoy after my mengaji class. Bliss.

And guess what, I have been 'reunited' with my childhood recess snack recently. I grabbed one before it was being offered (that excited and gelojoh I was). This family bakery business started way back in 1979 in Kuala Kubu Bharu with just wedding cakes, and now, it has evolved to butter sponge cake, kaya roll, wedding biscuits and of course, tasty durian cake.

It is a place where one will drop by enroute to Fraser Hill, a long bike ride to KKB, or a quick simple breakfast before heading for white water rafting activities nearby. A roadtrip food I would say *wink*.

Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery
15, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar
Pekan Kuala Kubu Bharu
Kuala Kubu Baru

Kunya Kunya in Tanjung Karang
I think they should named it Nyum Nyum instead, or perhaps Nom Nom.

I just found the place where I can get my favourite kerepek bawang, sumpah sedap. Their bahulu gulong with pineapple jam is yummeh too. That white chips made from kacang hijau pun sedap. You know what, I think it is better that you guys sample the kerepek/chips yourself. Confirm beli selori nanti.

Did I buy any? Yes, many. And my colleagues simply love it. Some even requested for me to  buy more. Ahaks…. The detail is as below. Gi beli sendiri yea rakan-rakan.

Kunya Kunya
225-2, Jalan Tanjung Karang
Batu 5 1/2, Kampung Sg. Gulang-Gulang
Tanjung Karang

7-Regale, Eat Travel Write Selangor 2018 Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri (UPEN) Selangor and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.


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