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倦極

a0032771_11523247.jpg午飯的時候有人在地鐵站外派發這個:“史雲生”satay火鍋湯

因為是免費的,所以有很多人排隊(典型香港人都是這樣吧)。同事們都去拿了,我也跟著嘗嘗排隊取贈品的滋味(因為大家都好高興似的)。有些老人家,連續排過好幾次,被工作人員認出來,落得被趕離隊伍的下場。又不是輪米,老人家吃那麼多的satay幹嗎呢,拿來送人也不用那麼賣力排好幾次啊!令人費解。我的姨喜歡吃辣,這個贈品正好拿來送給她。

晚上累得很,還是打開了電腦一會,整理旅行的照片,等不到resize和upload已經睡著了。
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by angelali | 2004-10-26 22:50 | 心情

Kuala Lumpur - 4th Day (Final)

Oct 24 - 4th Day (Final Day of the trip)

We are leaving KL in the evening.

After a nice buffet breakfast, we headed for the Lake Gardens. We got off the subway at Chinatown and called a taxi. The Lake Gardens are so big that it is actually "an area" rather than a garden. The Indian taxi driver was nice. He dropped us inside the garden so we did not have to walk a long way from the entrance. We started our morning exercise from the hibiscus and orchid gardens.

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These gardens are beautiful, with nice flowers and nice parks with galleries built for tourists. The gallery is supposed to be opened from 9am, but it was STILL closed when we were there. We thought of going to the lakes for photos but we couldn't manage to walk there cuz it's really a long way that would kill us.

a0032771_14284385.jpgWe walked down the slopes and saw the Bird Park in front of us. We walked near and found that an entrance fee of RM28 (approx. HK$56) is required. @_@ mmm... We could have a nice big meal with this budget! (We are not mean, and besides we have to keep the time for latter spots.) We looked at the Park from outside. It is a small jungle area with a HUGE net covered on top to prevent birds from leaving that area. (Actually very similar to the one at Hong Kong Park) We looked at each other, rest for a while, and left for the police and art museums.

a0032771_1429192.jpgOn the way, we passed by the Science & Technology museum. We didn't go inside, but we were attracted by the mini "Stonehenge"! I remembered I've seen the real, British one in books and on TV. But I doubt if this is related to astrology or something scientific.

a0032771_14301271.jpgLeaving the mini Stonehenge behind, we headed for the Islamic arts museum. I love the banners outside, which depicted traditional blue patterns of Islamic arts. We wanted to go inside, but again it was STILL closed. How come the places are not opening according to the business hours printed on the signs at the entrances?!



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The weather has been nice until we left the gardens and reached the old buildings where the Railway Office is. It suddenly rained! Although we had umbrellas, the mood was ruined already. Didn't know how long we've been walking by the highway near the old KL railway station (should be over 30 mins), we arrived at the National Museum. It's been raining outside, and we were so hot and tired, we paid RM2 to go inside to take a rest. Inside the museum, there were exhibition halls with human figures and scenes showing history and life of Malaysians in the past, ancient potteries, musical instruments, animals, etc. We finished looking at those almost in an hour. When it became sunny outside, we moved again. We took pictures with this museum building and the Malaysian traditional house model at the park and we moved to KL Sentral Station by taxi.

If u r familiar with the location, u might ask why we took the taxi cuz the station is just on the opposite side of the highway. ^^;; There was no pedestrian bridges or underground subways for people to go to the opposite side of the road. If we have to walk back, it takes an hour!! We don't understand how the local people come to visit this museum. It's highly accessible BY CAR ONLY!! We could do nothing but caught a taxi on the highway. The driver is a Malaysian Chinese. He talked too much -_-#, asking why we traveled by taxi to the station on the opposite side of the road. It took so much time for us to explain that there were no channels for people to cross the road in the middle of the busy highway. We tried asking if it would be better to drop us at the station in Chinatown, so he would only need to drive straight along the highway instead of looking for ways to U-turn. He was so stupid that he couldn't understand our meaning, although both the driver and us talked in fluent Cantonese. -_-#

My friend really likes KLCC. We had our last, big lunch at a Japanese restaurant in KLCC. After that, we picked up our luggages at the hotel and headed for KL Sentral Station for the airport express.

a0032771_14332258.jpgThe KL airport is GREAT and very similar to the HK international airport, except that the KL airport has Malaysian style roofs! We did some window shopping again before getting on the plane.
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P.S. We planned for a relaxing holiday but it ended up to be an exhausting journey, much exhausting than going to office everyday. Perhaps I should say, the trip is not relaxing enough, cuz we felt most relaxed when we enjoyed the food, or when taking pics at the spots. I felt totally relax when I was home doing facial masks. :P Oh no! I've to back to work the next morning!! X_X
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by angelali | 2004-10-25 23:58 | 縱橫四海

Kuala Lumpur : 3rd Day

Oct 24 - 3rd day of the trip

After taking night scene pics with the KLCC towers the night before, we planned to visit the towers again for pics in daytime and do some shopping. The towers still looked GREAT in daytime. Some tourists were already there trying their best to take the pics with the towers by their small DCs. The front garden of the towers is not big. We saw many people laying on the ground (in various interesting postures) with their cameras trying to take a "whole" picture covering the 2 towers and their friends. Under such circumstances, I noticed particularly that I was lucky to have bought this DC with a wide angle (^^), and I set the camera in "self-taking" mode and took a pic with my friend in front of the towers.

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We didn’t go up to the mid-level bridge connecting the 2 towers, as we missed the first session (9 am) distribution of the free tickets. Never mind. We started window shopping from the highest floor where the Kinokuniya Book Store is located. I thought I could get myself some Japanese books here without going to Japan, but actually this Kinokuniya only offers English books only. There's a sign saying that the Japanese books are available inside another book store in ISETAN below. We didn't intend to buy anything at this mall, and things sold there aren't cheap though. (Frankly speaking I prefer shopping at "Festival Walk" in HK :P)

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After a nice lunch with delicious pastas, cakes and tea, we moved to explore the city from KL Sentral as the starting point. We planned to move around until we suddenly found a bus to Mid-Valley. Of course we took the bus (for experience). There's another large shopping mall at Mid-Valley. We were already tired of seeing malls. We stayed there for an hour, and we moved to Jalan Bukit Bintang by monorail.

a0032771_16485450.jpgJalan Bukit Bintang is an area (rather than a street) full of restaurants, bars, and different shopping centres: Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza (atmosphere like Amoy Plaza), etc. Stores are different and things offer there are cheaper then those we saw at KLCC. But still, no intention to purchase anything. Instead, we enjoyed tea in a coffee shop until the sky became dark and the streets lighted up.

a0032771_16492821.jpgWe walked along Bukit Bintang. It was raining… On the way, my friend bought some T-shirts at Body Gloove, which were sold far more cheaper than in HK. We turned into a street (J. Alur) where lots of food stalls were opened at the 2 sides of the road. The food smelled good!! Again we found that actually we were starving. We ordered a dish of fried tiny oysters pancake with eggs, which was yummy! For the others, they looked not special to us at all cuz we have those in HK and Taiwan. :P

We started walking again. It was still raining… Along a street with lots of hotels, we discovered a local Indian restaurant offering Indian pancakes, curry, etc. I didn't want to have hot and spicy meals any more, but my friend insisted on having Indian pancakes (with curry sauce). We carried the food back to the hotel and ate while enjoying TV. The Indian pancakes tasted good, but too hot for me. Ahh... I should have bought myself something from the convenience store -_-#. For the past 2 days, we had been having hot or spicy food in the meals. I said a hundred times I didn't want that, but now, I had curry Indian pancakes. X_X At that time, I thought this was the worst dinner I had ever had.

I lost mood, and finally lost my temper that night (towards my friend and the food) :P. I called home afterwards, asking my mum to prepare much Chinese herb tea the next day so that I could drink when I got back home to heal the “hot engine”.
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by angelali | 2004-10-24 23:50 | 縱橫四海

Kuala Lumpur - 2nd Day

Oct 23:
This was the 2nd day of the trip.

In the morning, we took the subway to the North of KL, plus a 15-min ride taxi to the Batu Caves located at the countryside of KL. It's the sacred, religious place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. You need to climb 272 steps to the caves. Down the hill at the starting point, there is a small Indian Temple where you need to take off your shoes before entering. It was said that people celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves once a year, and this is where you can see guys piercing the skin, cheeks and tongue with various kinds of metal hooks. By doing this, people believe that they would have favors from their gods. @_@

272 steps are nothing if you "take it easy" as an exercise, stop and take pictures on the way. Apart from visitors, there were many monkeys running up and down the stairs. On the way, we saw a monkey taken away a child's "Qoo" bottle orange juice and was drinking up the whole bottle of juice in front of the child's family, while the child was crying!

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The cave is huge but dark, although there are several holes on the ceiling. The ceiling is 100m above! Inside the cave, figures of some Indian gods and goddesses are displayed. Each set of the displays is telling a different story, or legend, which reminds me the Tiger Balm Garden in Hong Kong. At the end of the caves, we saw the bright sky when we looked above, which again reminds me the scenes we saw on TV – the stories with people in ancient China.

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Besides this big cave, we also visited some small caves down the 272 steps. Those small caves are utilized as information centre, exhibition halls and galleries.

We were starving after the morning exercise. We back to the city at noon and sat down in a restaurant offering cheap+tasty pizza sets, and the garlic bread was really yummy! After that we wondered around at the Central Market (where lots of Malaysian crafts+food+souvenirs were sold, a “must go” spot) and the streets outside.
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At the end, I bought a set of VCDs of a Japanese drama 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ (highly recommended!!) for RM18.9 (approx. HK$38) only (!!) from a shop at the basement of a shopping mall opposite to the “entrance banner” of Petaling Street. Wow! So many Japanese guys gathering at that shop looking for new released J-dramas and movies. I’m not sure if those are pirate copies, cuz they r all having import labels and laser stickers. Anyway :P. (I enjoy watching them at home on weekends!)

We back to the hotel at 16:00 to “lift the loads”. It was hot outside. We were sweating a lot, and suddenly we came up with the idea of going to the pool. The pool is beautiful and big. Only 2-3 foreigners were there when we arrived. The outdoor temperature was high, but we nearly screamed when we jumped into the pool cuz the water was freezing!! We tried our best swimming for a while (otherwise it would be a waste). When it’s becoming dark, I set the camera for the pool’s night scene (making use of the small tables and benches around). The effect was quite good, huh?

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After that, we decided to have a nice dinner at KLCC (The Twin Towers). It took 10-15 mins to walk from our hotel to KLCC. On the way, we took many pics with the Twin Towers. The Twin Towers had been the 1st tallest buildings in Asia until “ Taiwan 101” opened in Taiwan. Anyway, they are still GREAT!!
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P.S. The subway network is easy, but it caused much inconvenience to passengers if they need to interchange to another line because the platforms are not located inside the same station.
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by angelali | 2004-10-23 23:41 | 縱橫四海

Kuala Lumpur

Date: Oct 22-25

This is the first time I went to Kuala Lumpur (KL). Before that I had no idea what the city is like except the famous Twin Towers and the food.

I already turned down Kevin's offer of going to his friend's spa. In order not to be rude, I couldn't say "no" again when he offered to come to pick us up at the airport the night we arrived. So he came, but he was late. X_X Anyway. It was rainning cats and dogs on the way to the hotel. We were so worried about the weather in the next few days, but Kevin told us that actually it's now the rainny season in Malaysia. Weather is OK in daytime, but usually rains at night.

My 5060 was with me throughout the whole trip, with a small Olympus DC for emergency (but didn't bother to take it out cuz it's totally unnecessary). I didn't bring the tripod with me, cuz I didn't want to hand carry so much for a 3-4 days trip (otherwise would totally look stupid :P), and it proved that my decision was right. Over 250 pics were taken at this trip, which is average, plus extra shots taken at the same spot for exercise.

Oct 22:
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The KL airport is huge and nice, similar to HK's.
This night, Kevin drove us to a food court near Jalan Imbi and we tried satay chicken sticks and fried white noodles. Not special, but delicious. :D After meal, we went to check-in the hotel, and we had a drink at the hotel coffee shop. I tried the starfruit juice (Yummy!). I like starfruits but had never tried "drinking" it. Kevin introduced many places to us. We wondered if we could have enough time visiting all of the places. @_@
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by angelali | 2004-10-22 23:49 | 縱橫四海

旅行準備 - 2

今天Kevin又在msn裏向我發炮,說考慮週末帶我們去爬山,還半強逼我們去試試他朋友開的spa,他說那裏服務好,又便宜,說著說著,竟然告訴我已經替我們預訂了星期天做spa的時間,還說做完了spa帶我們去一家美味的餐廳吃晚餐。這個安排很好,但是否有點兒太過呢?有朋自遠方來,不亦樂乎!我欣賞他對朋友的熱情,但他也似乎忽略了我們的感受。我們沒有答應他什麼,他便主動給我們安排,這種半帶強逼性的舉動,坦白說我並不受落,況且他是個有家庭的人,我們都不好意思要他在週末家庭日拋下妻兒,最後還是謝絕了他的好意。(抹一把汗;;)

晚上檢查好所有電池和記憶卡,清潔相機,看到向朋友借來的三腳架,在煩惱要不要帶去(實際上只有3天的時間,還是免得提著,不帶的好?啊!怎麼辦。)X_X
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by angelali | 2004-10-18 18:30 | 心情

試菜 1

朋友從英國旅行回來,給我帶來了一盒earl grey茶葉做禮物。陣陣的茶香,使我想起武士用earl grey茶葉沖的奶茶。

武士以前當過bar tender,對調飲品很有一手,除了酒精類飲品外,我最喜歡他調的咖啡和奶茶,配上特製的多士,味道一流,只是身為傳人的女朋友比較遲鈍,老是搞不清楚茶與奶的比例,倒是烤多士盡得師傅真傳,還烤得比師傅的好吃。

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話說回來,這一晚,朋友建議到新太陽廣場地庫的一家中菜餐廳“悠悠”試菜。悠悠的格局裝修不錯,座位很舒適,店員服務也不錯,可是很抱歉我很有衝動想拷問菜館老闆這是怎麼回事,因為我們都以為自己誤進了“和民”!這家菜館的裝修格局可以說有8-9成似他們的鄰居“和民”,菜單folding與“和民”的一樣是3折,連菜單內的圖文排版(分小食,涼菜,海鮮,湯,菜,肉類,粉面飯,甜品和飲品),甚至送菜大小以至價錢都跟“和民”的相似,只是菜單內的全是中菜。跟風跟得這樣貼,很容易被消費者誤以為悠悠是和民旗下的餐廳。

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畢竟2個女孩的食量有限,我們點了4道菜:海鮮賽螃蟹,豆醬雞翼,客家腐皮卷,三文魚五穀湯飯,還有每人一杯banana shake。每道菜份量很少,4道菜當中以豆醬雞翼和三文魚五穀湯飯最好吃,banana shake味道也恰到好處。

中菜居食屋的意念不錯,食物和餐廳服務質素也算好,應該很有潛力成為受歡迎的餐廳,根本用不著“拷貝”別人餐廳的裝修設計(好東西當然有人學,不過不要抄得這樣沒風格!)

再去指數嘛,7-8成吧,我們沒有那麼小器(笑)

晚飯過後當然是逛街活動,最近上班用的包包殘廢了,在小b的店裏買了個新的,嘻!
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by angelali | 2004-10-16 23:00 | 為食貓

旅行準備

いよいよ還有一個星期就出發去吉隆玻,裝備都準備好了,還欠一塊512或1G的記憶卡和一塊相機後備電池。在猶豫買512還是1G,長遠計當然是1G的萬無一失,不過512又是否夠用呢。。。雖然已經有兩塊電池,但好像多帶一塊會比較安心。一塊電池連續能維持3小時的拍攝,兩塊可用6小時,外游時逗留在外的時間較長,還是湊夠9小時比較安全(是嗎?)

昨日Kevin來電(Kevin是馬來西亞華僑,是公司的business partner,老細的朋友),追問我什麼時候過去。我記得我沒有告訴他我一定會去,很驚訝他竟然記得我幾個月前問過他吉隆玻觀光點的問題,還關心我什麼時候去!難得2個女孩去享受假期,老實說,我不大願意有多一個異性在旁。熱帶地方的人比較熱情吧,他竟然問我的航班酒店資料(我試著推說不知道,但這大話似乎很勉強),還主動提出要來接機和做導遊,說得我感到不好意思。現在就是說先要跟朋友商量才可以給他答復,勉強跟他交換了電話號碼,才避過了他的連串追問(汗!)
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by angelali | 2004-10-15 12:40 | 心情
The whole family really loves visiting the Flower market and the Bird Park. This day, after we had morning tea, we visited the places again.

You will see lots of flower wholesaling shops at the flower market (which are actually streets surrounding 2-3 blocks of residential buildings). I like the sweet aroma of the flowers and the fresh smell of the green.

At the end of the street is the Bird Garden. This small, Chinese garden is built to house the bird shops in the shabby "Bird Street" which is now being demolished. Apart from the bird shops, you'll find bird lovers gathering there at weekends.

I love birds. I used to keep 4-5 birds at home, but now I only have 1, which belongs to my dad.

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P.S. The hand appears in the pics is my hand. :P You may also see the birds facing the camera (think they were curious about the strange stuff i was holding). However, the big, blue parrot is having great pride, cuz it refused to let me take a pic of his "front" appearance but used his back to face me. See how he turned round and "bear-" at me! ^o^ So "inch"!! I love the "queue" of the sleeping love bird babies ^o^!
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by angelali | 2004-10-12 22:20 | SnapShots

寒舍一角

Trackback to moria's essay on 6/10 星期三

a0032771_13443795.jpg前幾天答應了moria讓她也看看我在御膳房拍到的貝殼。

這是9月份某一天在我家御膳房發現的﹐當然當時這些物體全是活的﹐我媽說是用來做湯的材料。(喝後感﹕通常有螺肉做出來的湯味帶清甜﹐當然是好味道﹗)

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我家沒有露台﹐但室內經常像個花園(過年時更像是賣花的﹗)﹐間中更出現一些奇花異卉。看這個﹗(當然這也是上兩個星期開的﹐現在已經換過別的花了)
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by angelali | 2004-10-09 13:35 | 心情