Desaru 2016, a city-break

Hi all!

Following the end of my finals, the beginning of the month saw my family heading down to Desaru for a day trip. Known for its pristine beaches, we made a quick pitstop at the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort to take a look at the coastline that bordered the South China Sea. The waters were pretty clear but the high temperature that day forced us into a quick retreat into the shade. The sand was literally burning.

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From the beach, we drove down to the ostrich farm, where tickets were priced at 15 RM for an adult. Once we were through the gates, we were treated to an exhibition of “cracking” the ostrich egg. But really, it was more like hammering a small hole in with a nail. There was then a call for the audience to pay and try an ostrich omelette. Did you know, an ostrich egg could serve up to 7 omelettes? Interesting eh… Also, when their beaks are orange-red, the ostrich is a male, while female beaks are grey.

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After having the omelette and a cup of coffee (ah~), we went to Jade Garden resort for lunch. The restaurant was only a short 3 to 5 minutes drive down from the ostrich farm. I would highly recommend coming here for the fish! Haha, super fresh and well-priced. We had a grouper (slightly more than 1 kg) for only 80 RM! Lunch was super good and it was accompanied by the sudden downpour, which brought some reprieve from the heat (even though we were in an air-conditioned room, lol).

Despite the on-going light drizzle as we left the restaurant, we decided to head down to Desaru fruit farm, in hopes that the rain has not hit the area yet. Entrance fee to this place was 25 RM/adult pax. While there were some interesting plant varieties here, most were left out by the plantation guide in favour of more tropically known fruit plants like the banana or papaya plants, to better entertain the children within the tour group.

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The animal farm located within the fruit farm was definitely an unexpected surprise, although the rabbits there were pretty sad. Especially one which was released from its cage to “interact” with the tourists. But it was so scared that it was shivering non-stop. Sigh… Even seeing the lone monkey in its small little cage made me feel so sad and guilty. But maybe because I’m used to the cage-less concept in the Singapore Zoo, seeing animals in a caged enclosure just makes everything seemed so wrong.

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But till the next post, bye!

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Failed brunch attempt and National Stadium

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Last Saturday, just before Hari Raya, my family headed down to Kota Tinggi for some bak kut teh at Kiang Kee for brunch. I was expecting some queue since it was a long holiday that week. But horrors of all horrors, it was not only a long queue, but a super long queue. We started queuing at about 10 am and by 12 noon, we were still queuing. -.- The whole place was packed full of customers waiting to enjoy a piping hot bowl of clay pot bak kut teh cooked over charcoal on a cold, raining day. A style of cooking that is rarely seen nowadays with the invention of gas cookers.

By then, we overheard that customers have to wait about an hour for their order to arrive, we decided to leave the place and try our luck somewhere else to satisfy our hungry tummies. 😦 If we were to continue waiting, we would have to wait for another 3 hours (since we don’t even have a table) before we can get our food. Disappointed, we left the place with a nice view opposite the shop and stop at a random mall for lunch.

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Everything taste nice when you’re hungry and we gobbled up so many plates of different food. One thing I’ve to say, there’s a nostalgic taste to the tea, kopi and milo prepared in the roadside stalls in Malaysia compared to the kopitiam in Singapore. Maybe it’s the small cups they used which were more commonly used in olden Singapore. Somehow these drinks taste nicer over the causeway.

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We ended up doing some grocery shopping at GIANT before heading back home. And below is a random evening shot of the newly constructed National Stadium in Singapore. That’s all, bye!photo 1

A tourist slightly away from home, part 2

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So I went to Legoland in Malaysia last last Sunday with my aunts, cousin and my brother. It was my first time to Legoland so I was pretty pumped up for the trip. So after a few wrong turns here and there, we finally made it there. I remembered thinking if I was a lot younger and actually stayed overnight in the Legoland hotel, I’ll probably be the happiest child that day. I mean the hotel (which was located near the theme park) resembled a toy castle, what’s not to like?!

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So the rides at Legoland are pretty kiddish, I mean the place IS for kids. But it was still fun. The roller coasters are not the best but it’s definitely nice to sit it in and let the wind blow through your hair. The best part, there’s no or not much queue at each ride so you can pretty much play the same ride over and over again without queuing. And that’s a plus! I mean rides are fun but if I have to stand in a line waiting for 20 mins to an hour each time for a ride it just dampens my high. Meh, I’m the kind of person who gets bored really quickly if I have to keep on queuing for a looooong time.

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And it’s at the roller coaster ride in this castle that my brother “lost” his phone. He actually dropped it during the ride and if my aunt didn’t make him ask the employees there we would have gone home a phone less. -.-

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We then headed for lunch after a few more rides at Pizza Mania (which just behind this giraffe). The pizza was bleh, edible but it won’t make you go for a second slice.

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After lunch, we headed to Lego studio to watch the Legends of CHIMA in 4D. Honestly, it’s best not to watch this show after lunch since there’s not much 4D effects other than the occasional water spray. In fact, I almost fell asleep in the theatre, oops!

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Now this water ride was definitely fun. It’s not the most thrilling ride but we were splashing water at each other before we even went down the slope trying to get each other completely drench. In fact, after 3 times on the ride with my cousin and brother, I definitely look like I just stepped out of a shower with my clothes on. Even the dryer the park had didn’t help much in getting me dried. I pretty much went about my entire day in damp, dripping clothes and undergarments. Fun but not the most comfortable thing ever.

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Next, all three of us drenched chickens went for this firemen-ish kind of ride where we had to pump up and down to move the fire engine and extinguish the flames. With two boys pumping like mad, it’s no surprise we “won” the game. Lol.

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To end the day, we just walked about the lego mini land which I thought was pretty cool. It must have took quite some time (and a ton of patience) for the people to finish constructing the structures and buildings.

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To end off, Legoland would probably be enjoyable for pre-school kids. For adults, probably not that much though it’s a place that would be okay to go just for the experience. Btw, I’m watching waaaay too many youtube videos nowadays and I’m probably off to watch more, bye!