Fraser’s Hill

I recently featured the highlands hill resort of Cameron Highlands as a destination for your family and kids for the upcoming school holidays. An alternative highlands vacation spot is the nearer Fraser’s Hill.

I have been getting conflicting information about the one way traffic system going uphill or down hill based on alternate hours. It was implemented during the colonial days because the road was too narrow and winding. Recently, an old road going down hill was opened up again, making it two way using two separate roads. This was confirmed by Donald GH Tan, a friend, regular bird watcher and nature lover who used to go uphill.

I was kind of sad to hear about the changes as the one way road and waiting system brought back cherished memories as a child. Arriving at the foothill with the wrong timing meant waiting at The Gap and listening to the exciting and lush jungle sounds. It was something special.

The Gap Rest House is now abandoned and derelict according to Donald. There are still many bungalows and chalets on the hill, many with Tudor style design and charming colonial era designs. Some are abandoned as the Hainanese caretakers grew old and retired. Take your family there before more changes affect the forgotten hill resort.

Surprised that two of the resorts, I stayed as a kid, are still there: Puncak Inn and Merlin (now Shahzan Inn Fraser’s Hill).
Find and book a hotel here;

http://www.mycen.my/frasers-hill-hotel-deals-finder/

Picture of a colonial day bungalow by my friend Sharon Teo (https://www.facebook.com/seaDevilyn)

#fraser #highlands #hillresort #raub #pahang #bukitfraser #kkb #colonial #nature #hill

Regent Street, London

Situated in the heart of London’s West End, Regent Street is one of the capital’s most famous thoroughfares. Home to more than 75 international flagship stores; Regent Street was described by Visit London dot com as London’s ultimate shopping and lifestyle destination.

This was another pic shared by Malaysian friend 陈雪玲 Shirlyn Tan who lives and works in London. Photographed by her when the street was dressed up for Christmas. I remember walking from here to Piccadilly Circus and loving the longish old curved buildings.

This pic by Shirlyn was featured in the hotel deals finder page for London at:

http://www.mycen.my/london-hotel-deals-finder/

#london #unitedkindom #uk #england #oxfordstreet #festive #regentstreet #mycenhotels #landmark

London, The Malaysian Magnet.

London attracts Malaysians for Christmas shopping just like how Singapore and Orchard Road draw Malaysian shoppers. The number of Malaysians one can bump into in London is legendary and a running joke among the well heeled. The historical ties of the former Commonwealth colony lives on.

I am proud to have London pics supplied by a fellow Malaysian working in London. Pictures of Regent Street and Oxford Street during Christmas festive shopping captured by Malaysian friend Shrlyn Tan. One can see some traces of the the famous Oxford Street fake snow in the air in this pic.

Shirlyn noted it will be tough finding hotels as many in the area are either super 6 star or brothel type. For the purpose of this listing, I’ll let it cover the entire city, big as it is. You can refine the area by searching with the name of the area or street.

http://www.mycen.my/london-hotel-deals-finder/

#london #unitedkindom #uk #england #oxfordstreet #festive #regentstreet #mycenhotels

Kyoto

Kyoto.

I featured a pic of my beautiful friend Naoko Shintani from Kyoto, Japan when she was at the Tottori Sand Dunes not too long ago. (http://www.tvsmith.my/travel/mauloa-nao-tottori-sand-dunes). She is a long time friend of mine from Instagram (@mauloa_nao) and @wajxaqibmanik on Twitter.

Am happy to kick off MyCen Hotel’s feature of its first Japanese city with a picture of Kinkaku-ji (or Golden Pavilion), a famous golden stupa; or monument honouring Buddha’s relics.

Captured by Nao in her home city of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, castles, gardens, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.

No coincidence that Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one place. A total of 17. If time is limited, you need to do your own research and decide which to visit in advance.

Hotels are a plenty and in various price range:
http://www.mycen.my/kyoto-hotel-deals-finder/

#japan #kyoto #honshu #landmark #mycenhotels #unesco

Gurdwara Sahib Tampin

At its entrance, I noticed two lifesize stone sculptures of Sikh warriors on horseback. One was a woman warrior (right). I hope a person familiar with the background can fill me in on the history.

The first Sikhs arrived in Tampin around the late 1920’s. Most of them were employed as policemen, railway workers, bus and lorry drivers, cattle owners or rubber estate workers. Since border town Tampin straddles two states, their religious and prayer needs were taken care of by the neighbouring Gurdwaras of Malacca and Seremban.

It was only on 12th July 1967 that the present site of the Gurdwara Sahib Tampin was obtained. I thought I lost the original album for good and am glad to have found it. Feeling blessed.

Mr Gurdev Singh and his dog Rajoo, from the earlier story, can be seen sitting on the steps. There are reports coming in, stating he is hale and hearty.

Find a hotel in Tampin and Alor Gajah here: http://www.mycen.my/tampin-hotel-deals-finder/

#sikh #punjabi #sikhtemple #gurdwara #dog #tampin #temple #malaysia #genderequality