Thursday, August 31, 2006

Might or Might not...

hm...deepavali and hari raya is coming...almost 1 week of holidays...LOL...i might or might not go somewhere and that somewhere i will only tell after i come back from the somewhere... :P

Anyway, this is not good for a travel addict like me...

a report in a Chinese daily that the cost of a passport was expected to increase from RM300 to RM500 for a 32-page document and from RM600 to RM1,000 for a 64-page document after Budget 2007 is tabled.

sianz....till then...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Seen me on a bunny before?

well this video was shot 2 months ago.... :)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cambodia - Vietnam Trip Day 12 (26/06/06)

last day of the trip...all of us woked up late...by the time we woke up, its lunch time...so lunch here we come...







after lunch, we checked out and headed to the airport...


Damm...this is the most expensive airport tax i paid so far.... ><


inside the airport






this is something you will not see ever again...a gundam lover explaining gundam stuffs to a non-gundam lover...


goodbye Phom Peh International Airpot...


goodbye Cambodia...




MMU Cyberjaya...

Total money spent for my 12 days Cambodia - Vietnam Trip:

1. Flight Ticket = RM 150.00
2. Phom Peh Airport Tax = USD 25 = RM92
3. 12 days expenses = USD 265 = RM 975.20

Total = RM 1217.20

when i changed RM into USD before i go, it was USD 1 = RM 3.68

Well i really had fun....basically i covered almost all the major spots in South-East Asia...left Myanmar and Laos (not very interested to go though), Hanoi (i wonder), Indonesia and Filipines (maybe)....next destination, Europe... wish me luck yeah.... :)

Cambodia - Vietnam Trip Day 11 (25/06/06)

oh well...we had to take the day time bus...tat is the only bus from Saigon to Phom Peh..besides the border doesnt operate at night... :)


at the Vietnam border


that is the Vietnam border center name


heading to the Cambodia border

well we reached Phom Peh around 5pm like that...we went back to the guesthouse we first stayed when we came to Phom Peh.... :) After checking in and had our bath, we went out for a walk by the riverside....


it's sunday..there were so many people at the riverside...well those bunch of uncle were kicking a plastic shuttercock...


we have our last dinner in Cambodia here...doing charity last minute... :P


w00t..i had freshwater prawns + rice + mineral water for USD7



after dinner, we walked around the riverside again before heading back to the guesthouse.... :)

Cambodia - Vietnam Trip Day 10 (24/06/06)

Day 10...we took a tour to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi tunnel...the tour cost each USD5...

first stop is Cao Dai Temple...well i am not very sure whether you can rate them as a religion or not...thus i will not talk much about it here...you can find more information about it in the net...basically Caodaism worship: God as symbolized by the Divine Eye, Sakyamuni who represents Buddha, Lao Tse who represents Taoism, Jesus Christ who represents Christianity, Confucius who represents Confucianism and Khuong Thai Cong who represents Geniism..so it is a combo of 6 beliefs...




Male has to enter from the right tower...female has to enter from the left tower

inside the temple...




the ceiling1


the ceiling2











well that is all for the temple pictures...next Cu Chi tunnel, here i come....The Cu Chi Tunnels are located approximately 30 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in Cu Chi district. This district is known nationwide as the base where the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968.The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The tunnels are between 0.5 to 1 m wide, just enough space for a person to walk along by bending or dragging. However, parts of the tunnels have been modified to accommodate visitorsThe upper soil layer is between 3 to 4 m thick and can support the weight of a 50-ton tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms. FYI, the entrance fee is 70k Dong..it is about USD 4.30...first part of the tour is a short movie about the tunnel and the resistance against US..next part is the real shit...the tunnels...


the map basically showing the routes we gona take during the tour...basically we just see part of the tunnel system...the rest are offlimits to tourists...


getting into one of the secret tunnel passge 1


getting into one of the secret tunnel passge 2..let me tell you...the secret tunnel passage is small.... :P


getting into one of the secret tunnel passge 3


inside the "tourist" tunnel...the 100m long tunnel has been renovated...original size is 0.5m in width and 1m+ in height...they renovated it into 1m in width and about 1.7m in height so ang moh tourist also can walk...but then when i walk i also need to like semi-squat to walk coz the passage is not the same height all the time...at one part i need to crawl..LOL


our guide during the tour...yeah he is a soldier...his grandpa fought against the french...his father fought against the americans...and now he is a soldier, serving his country...


well i am speechless...i strongly feel the american government should be responsible....effects of agent orange...


a group photo with both Andrew and Nigel coz me, Kah Sing and Jin are going back to Phom Peh by bus the next day morning...


my last dinner in Saigon... rice + BBQ pork + veges for less than USD2.... :)

Cambodia - Vietnam Trip Day 9 (23/06/06)

morning arrives...the first thing to do is to have our breakfast...so me, Kah Sing, Jin, Andrew and Nigel walked around the streets to find something to eat...we decided to have noodle mee..


beef noodle soup for RM2 coming right up !!!

after breakfast we did a tour around Saigon City...we followed a 7km route suggested in the Looney Planet guidebook...basically the walk will bring us to all the intersting places in the city area...so our walk begins...1st stop would be the central market...hehe...there is a lot of stuffs inside...baju shops, souvenier shops, cafeteria, etc...





2nd stop is the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum...


This museum was established in September 1987. This building was built in the Asian Europe style by French architecs in the early of the 20th century. On the first and second floors, there are exhibits of works by Vietnamese and foreign artists. On the third floor are rooms with displays of works from between the 7th and early 20th century, including Champa and Oc Eo art work, Vietnamese antiques (ceramics, red-lacquered and gilded products, mother-of-pearl inlaid wood, etc.), traditional handicrafts of the Vietnamese ethnic groups and Western art....Bty the entrance fee is USD2...

next stop would be like the "pasar pagi" of the city...hehe



hm i found an interesting potrait during our walk...



next stop...a theatre




one of the pillars...i will do that to my home one day...LOL


inside the theatre...apparently there are people doing rehearsel...stop there for a while to watch them... :)


Hi Chi Minh...Independence Father of Vietnam...



after the theatre we continue our walk...you see we passed by this French building and we dont know what the heck is it...it has this weird signboard next to it... :P



damm..it is lunch time...so lunch here we come....so we walked around and once again we have noodle soup...coz it is the cheapest u see... :P


the beef noodle is great...i forgot it costs how much but i am sure it is less than USD1..the drink i am having is grean bean drink..once cup for RM0.50..w00t

after lunch we went to the War Museum...there bascially we can see all the shits happened from the war with French -> US..the entrance fee is USD1...


The museum is located in a 2 HA square area. Built in 1885, the building was designed by the frech architec Foulhoux. At first the building was built for a commercial museum. when was completed, it became the cochinchina governor's place. after the august revolution ( 25/8/1945 ), it was as the provisional administrative committee HQ. Since 23/9/1945 it was used for the French High Commissioners's Residence office. Then it became the Southern Cogernor Palace, the Gia long Palace of Ngo Dinh Diem. During the Nguyen Van Thieu regime, it was the supreme court. On 12/8/1978, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City launched decision to use the bulding as Revolution Museum. Now the Ho Chi Minh City Museum with over 1200 display space, exhibition themes such as nature, archaeeology, etchic groups, etc...

next stop...the Reunification Palace...entrance fee USD1


The palace occupies the site of a colonial mansion erected in 1871 to house the governor-general of Indochina. With the French departure in 1954, Ngo Dinh Diem commandeered this extravagant monument as his presidential palace, but after the February 1962 assassination attempt, the place had to be pulled down. The present building was labelled the Independence Palace in 1966, only to be re-titled the Reunification Hall when the South fell in 1975. Spookily unchanged from its working days, much of the building's interior is a veritable time-capsule of 1960s and 1970s kitsch: pacing its airy rooms, it's as if you've strayed into the arch-criminal's lair in a James Bond movie. Most interesting is the third floor with its presidential library, projection room and entertainment lounge complete. The basement served as the former command centre and displays archaic radio equipment and vast wall maps.


from the top floor...

last stop...a church....it is an old roman catholic church :)















after a long walk, we headed back to our guesthouse by foot as well...

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