Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Manila & Phnom Penh

As salam.

A fren just buzz me asking bout the Manila..well...well..nothing nice came to my memory..sorry to say.instead of the kindness of GRC & IFRC team at Manila office ,nothing good there.mcm aku citer previous entry,mcm tu lah citernya.

Manila is a developing country...

My new fren at Manila office -very nice & friendly ...

ni ada mkn2 ms tunggu head office

and mission masa on the way back adalah asik teringat kan brg2 yg kena 'rampas' the time touch down KLIA jek,terus kol the kind custom person whose helping me by keeping in her place..selamat duit i..thee.e..hhehe....aku beli la chocs kt dia,sbb dia baik sgt tlg aku..he..he..

Btw ,heard bout the PP regarding the stemped tu ,sgt sedey sbb i was there just a couple week ago. & been to the place.. i hope my fren at PP will be fine coz she just text me telling that her brother has been missing & still not find him..i pray for the best..

She helped me a lot when i was in PP & may everything goes well fren,.. goes on..

Monday, November 15, 2010

KLIA ,Manila & Levi's hunting

As salam.

After Cambodia,kena attend finance discussion with GRC team at Manila off. So,there my journey start .1st kt KLIA dh ada benda x best.I totally forgot bout the liquid ( they only allowed 100 ml ) & so stupid me ,for bringing 3 bottles of 200 ml ( for cleanser & toner )..i did'nt declare them & just before past the last gate ,semuanya kena rampas.Merayu rayu la kt situ ( owh,i just bought them & its cost me a lot )..

So,to happen,ada dis kakak( die yg bg custom clearance ) before msk gate tu suh pass kt dia tp yg custom tu dh pandang2 ckp xleh..aku mmg xgerak siap wat muka,berkat raya haji ( flight blk Msia adalah ms raya haji ),akhirnya the custom lady gave her no & i will claim my cellnique after i come back on Wed..fuh.lega beb..xpasal2..tobat pas ni xwat dah..

Then,dh smpi Manila,everything was fine until...........
The room was nice ( its suite ) too.Then, there's a drama again when i took taxi to the nearest mall..My colleaugue dh pesan yg kt sini byk giller 'prank' so kena careful amik meter taxi...nah,skali taxi  naik xde meter ( it was vios ok ) & die xnk psg..he started asking for 600 PHP ( approx RM50 ) just for 10 min drive..

Ada dua section kt bilik i duduk ni..nasib hotel nye menawan, xde la hati keciwa...
Bilik bersepah mcm kucing nk beranak...cost PHP 9000 approx RM700 for 3 days

tp,aku tipu die ckp dh selalu dtg sini then he started to reduce the to happen,xde duit kecik & kena la PHP 180 ( approx RM 15 ) which normal shud be PHP 50 (approx RM 3.50).Dah la ms nk msk taxi ,ada dis guy insisted for money just because he open the door for me..owh owh,terus dh serik & terus xde mood nk amik gambar mahupun was disaster...

After that mall ( SM Plaza ke nama nya kt Ermita ),smpt jugak tu pegi their biggest mall 'Robinson Mall' tp xsebest kita nya mall ni blkg hotel aku je.aku duk area 'Ermita' .
with no directory ,menapak la sana sini semata2 nk carik Levi's ( sbb katanya Levi's kt sini muah )..skali dh jumpa,hem...xde size & rega nya sama je ngan Msia..

Byk branded item here but quite,cuma jamu mata & beli souvenir from Manila just for a memory...uhuhuhhu,..trip yg sgt sedey...nk blk Msia !!!!!

Manila sgt sibuk.traffic jam tu standard,tp xde la ngan kita ni kan..
From my observation,org Manila leh ckp english,so sng to communicate,cuma drg agak kasar sket.kalu stranger nk jln srg2 tu not advisable la.kira sgt difference compared to Phnom Penh.

Soo malas nk kuar,so i ordered from the hotel cafe & luckily sedap...seafood spageti with mash potato

Nasib aku p 3 hari je,so ms kt opis lg pjg.balik opis,aku mmg curfew terus dlm bilik,xde mood lgsg nk kuar kot.

Anyway,its good to travel to other least kita tau la apa yg best & xbest..belajar adat resam org...
so,eventhough exp kali ni xbest, still lucky to be there..

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tips for visit to Phnom Penh

As salam.

Ok,kt sini i jot down tips when u in Phnom Penh ,Cambodia.I really looking forward to go to Siem Reap & visit Angkor Wat one day . Here r several tips which can help u ,i hope...

1st - Book ur penting kan,.There's a lot of public holiday in Cambodia & if u like to see their culture ,u can plan to visit on the day.But,try to avoid as d roads will be super duper bz.& might pricey too...Eg :On Nov ,they r celebrating water festival.

MAS or Air Asia does'nt matter

2nd -Choose d hotels/guest house.There's a lot of guest house which offering good service & cheaper than hotel.If my colleaugue ,drg akan stay kt Holiday Inn ,but i can suggest u to try the guest house.I recommend  Mini Castello ( MC ) guest house .Very strategic at street 240 .There's lot of embassy at this street & Msia embassy located at the same street.Easy access to the '10 must sees ' places according to the travel guide.U can even walk to these places. The price started at USD 23 -25 ( if u take b/fast ).Free laundry & privacy ( they only have 6 big rooms ) .Sesuai tuk family or honeymoon.Free pick up jgk from airport & diskaun for long stay.Contact no : Sothea 012 757 246..good security as well.30 min from Phnom Penh airport depend on traffic.

The friendly guest house owner,Sothea & her hubby.
Ok,dh selamat landed pastu dh dpt gueshouse/hotel,kena la jln2 kan.Map PP ni sgt sng nk baca.Drg ada byk street,so,kalo krg ikut betul2 insya allah xsesat.'tuk tuk' pon byk & tambang start 3000 KRH ( approx less than 1 USD.)Kalo krg dok guest house/hotel ( ada Sunway hotel nearby & for sure mahal /.so depends on budget ) at this street ,so jalan kaki pon ok..sambil2 tgk PP.

Pepagi leh b/fast kt

Phnom Penh,small & bz town

10 must sees :

1 - Wat Phnom -next to Sunway hotel & near French embassy .From MC ,dlm 5-10 min jek naik tuk tuk.kt street 96 ,admission fee UDS 1.
According to legend ,the 1st pagoda was erected in 1373.I just pass by xamik gambar pon.Very nice & big wat.

2 - Toul Sleung mesuem -also known as S 21 was the former Toul Svay Prey high school.Khmer rouge set up this prison on 1976 to detain individual accused of opposing the Pol Pot regime.I did'nt have d chance to go bcoz of time constraint.10 min from MC & advisable to take tuk tuk unless ketiak basah & tak kisah..he..he...

3 -National Mesuem -Varied sculptures,relics & artifacts but main highlights from the Angkor area.So,before g Siem Riep & Angkor Wat ,elok la msk sini dulu coz its gives some ideas on d existence.Entrance fee USD 3 & extra charge for taking pic. 5 min walk from MC .

Mesuem die cun giller

4. Independence Monument -Built in 1958 to commemorate the country's independence from France in 1953.Serve as memorial to Cambodia's war dead & sometimes referred as Victory Monument.5 min walk from MC .dari jauh dh nampak.

Independence monument

5. Killing fields -The places where Pol Pot's regime slaughtered peole without mercy in their thousands & buried them in mass graves.7km south from the city .I xpegi jugak sbb xde geng.En boss don't have d courage to go & even some of local people did'nt go there due to same reason /maybe other reason.Tips : sila goggle & have enough info bout this regime era bcoz for local people its not easy for them to forget & might sensitive to discuss .mcm i yg unintentionally asking bout sensitive things to 1 of my local colleaugeu & really2 regret it.. :p..Appox 30-45 min with tuk tuk from MC.

6-Royal Palace .Dkt je ngan Mesuem.Jalan kaki je from MC dlm 5 min.Cam biasa mcm masuk istana.Canteks giller.

7-Phsar Thmei or Central Market -Currently undergoing extensive long-term upgrade.ada byk stalls jgk.had my hair cut nearby & ada big mall  'Surya supermarket'.Jalan kaki dlm 10 min .

8-Tonle Sap -Boleh naik bots kt sini.dkt ngan Royal Palace jugak.Sungai Mekong area .I xnaik bot tp sempat singgah sini amik pic's .Sgt best.Jalan kaki je from Royal Palace.

9-Silver Pagoda -Korang jumpa patung buddha la..i xpegi tapi pass by hari2.pon 10 min jalan kaki.

10-Russian Market -Another shopping parade with plenty of branded goods on sale.Jgn tertipu with fake item.T-shirt cap  cambodia di jual dlm 2.5 USD.I bought the silk ( for skirt at USD 8 and full 4 metre at USD 18 ).Ada byk kedai cam Padang Besaq pon ada ( tp sgt sempit kt dlm tu ),beware of pick pockets.mcm i always put the sling bag with pasport inside clothes & cash always in my pockets.I suggest g this kedai .Girl ni nama Thida .& kedai die kena msk dlm sket .Best sbb xyah susah pening kepala,die akan bg idea & good price.I bought 7 silks, 6 t-shirts ,big table cloth with some small souvenirs at 110 USD .Rugi xamik pic's ngan die,kalo xleh tepek.I shopping kt sini smpi duduk ke lantai .Dlm 15 min naik tuk tuk..Tp,sbb i make new fren qith tokey guest house ,so free..he..he..sng lg nk bargain..

Tips/Idea :

-jln sgt  la sesak ngan tuk tuk &,nk cross jln kena cepat,kalo x,habis la kan..drg sini akan hon sentiasa,pening pala otak den..

- ada byk shopping mall ( Eg :Pencil,Savanna ,Lucky ,Paragon,Surya ,City Mall ) but all of them r selling fake handbags from HK & Korea/China.Krg siap bleh bargain lagi..Just wondering r they really have the authentic LV/Prada/ whatsoever. & also to be safe ,don't buy perfume here unless u sure its authentic.

-Ada 3 halal restaurant at street 106,107 & near the reverside.Naik tuk tuk dlm 5-10 min .Jln kaki pon boleh kalo xkebulur sgt kang nanti confuse sbb street nmpk sama.Suggest Bhopa ( near river side ) ,Bites ,Indian tandoori & i never had d chance to try any of this.Honestly i would wnat too but its very hard sbb u r d only muslim.So,mana2 kdi i pegi ,i akan mkn seafood & drg pon so far respect i .If ada meats i xmkn la.So,doa la

Japanese food pon ok..

-Tuk tuk is everywhere.So,nego la serendah 3000 KHR ( less than 1 USD ).Slalu kalo PP area tu ,dlm 4000-5000 USD je.Kalo early morning,jalan je & ptg2 dh nk balik titon baru la naik tuk tuk..kan ke save tu..lgpon,tmpt die xjauh sgt pon.

-Brg kt central mkt might be costly than russian mkt ,so g amik pic's dah la sbb design die lawa.Better g russian mkt je.Naik tuk tuk ye...

-Jgn minum with ice .A lot of chemical are put in order to maintain the cold.Air panas xpe..Kt sini most restaurant serve free chinese tea..Best to drink mineral water.& not advisable to drink plain water here .To be safe,minum je can drink/mineral water.Kang nanti sakit perut susah.

-Drg guna USD & kalo ada cents can be mixed with local notes ( KHR )..So,prepare la sket sbb drg xpki syiling ,so notes 500,1000 might be useable.

-Operation hours start at 8 am &close at 6 pm mcm historical places & market .Most  business will close at 8 pm latest .
-Airport tax is USD 25.So,before blah tu ,spare la USD for d tax.Msian is not required for visa.
-So,most important ,get the map & helps u a lot.Very few of them can speak English but they are very nice people & ready to help.

Till i come back !

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cambodia last day

As salam.

Finally,d day has come.Hari ni last day mission.Byk keje menanti kt opis..boring nya..Anyway ,happy to back home..rindu nk mkn daging..owh...tidakkkk...pas ni nak kena serang kedai ayam..

So,today nothing much interesting.After check out from guest house ( xsempat jumpa ngan Sothea & Nok ),so we pon mcm biasa g b/fast kt feberet cafe .I will miss this.. :( ...

My daily b/fast with latte...sometimes with croissant

With the GRC team

then we go to office,final discussion & after lunch ,cam biasa amik gambar with them.Kul 2.30 pm ( local time ) we dah gerak g airport..skali smpi sgt terkujat tgk lautan manusia..upenya nk pegi haji .sbb kt msia dh settle so lupa plak.rsnya drg akan sama flight sbb tgk suma tag KUL.

Lautan manusia yg "menghantar" i ke airport..hek..hek..

then,dh check in suma ada  benda lak wat aku hangin..aku dh nmpk sign surau kt bwh,so, tnya la pak guard & die kata kt,ms kt kastam,pon tanya la mana die ..pastu mamat kastam sengal tu bgtau kt luar ( tp dgn penuh kereks),menyampah tul..aku mmg konfiden kt atas sbb nmpk sign tu,pastu die xbg plak msk dulu..

then, pusing,nmpk 1 lg guard ,so  tnya & boleh ke tetiba kt situ jdk kecoh hanya sbb aku tnya surau..pastu drg ckp bhs drg ,yg aku dgr dia asik ckp 'Malay muslim'...eiii.mentang2 la aku xpaham bhs ko,nk kutuk2 aku lak..

& akhirnya  jumpa jugak ( & mmg kt dlm ) & plg ntah hapa2 xde tmpt nk wuduk & kena carik toilet yg mmg xde hose..eiii..geli tul la..agak menguji keimanan i,tabah gak ulang alik bwk beg yg berat nk mampus ni.pastu rsnya benda tanah liat yg beli tu akan hancur berderai lagi sbb dh xlarat nk jaga die..lantak ko la situ..

Touch down KLIA..luv msia! ha..ha,,,

btw,being in phnom penh was such a good moment & i hope will come back 1 day for holiday..siem reap maybe...

End of Mission...

Cambodia Day 5 & 6

Owh,,,yesterday was no fun at all .I'm suffering the dizziness all day long & to be worst we went to 1 of the province & as usual d roads are bad. Macam pegi 4 WD ranger pon ada.pening2 lalat i.En boss lak xsabar2 tunggu bila i nak throw out.He is so mean..heh..cuak gak die tgk i xmkn.& at last i berjaya elakkan diri dari mkn kt gerai ( not even to taste the fish soup ) after i saw the big dog standing nicely at d kitchen ..oh la la..i nk minum can drink pon cam xsanggup .

Tp,sbb nk jaga hati my local colleaugeu ,i minum jgk soy drink made in malaysia.Tp,i bgtau en boss i dh xleh mkn food drg.Rasa nk puke je.owh,sound so bad,but that's d reality .How i miss Msia foods .I ni xfussy langsung psl mkn ni,but when comes to hygienic ,this is uncompromise.& i know en boss pon sama..

& 1strange things ,after je i mkn ( from my very 1st day ) i akan ke Mr 'J' tuk membuang & thats oso happen when i minum je,rasa nk g toilet immediately.that's really strange sbb i know my body & maybe it just show me a sign about the foods & drinks ( even i minum from mineral water bottle/can je) & my body just can't accept it..

So,what can i conclude bout day 5 was not soo good .i felt asleep at 8 pm & woke up at 6 am .& still dizzy .Dr Oleg told that i shud drink with salt ( xingat apa nama ubat tu ) cause this is a sign  of dehydration & diearrhea...owh,takutnya i...but,i ok je so far..

So,tonite we had Dr Oleg farewell at Japanese.Cam biasa en boss meroyan nk karaoke..giller ar die tu..& so funny  also to know that Dr Oleg & me were born on d same day, 12/11,with same year of chinese calendar ,Rooster & same time ,early in d morning.. .no wonder i can attached with him from the beginning..heh...

We had a long discussion during dinner .Again ,i'm facing difficulties in foods.So i ate rice with miso sup & prawn.and no no no,i dun want to think about what ingredients r they using /r they using d same oil to fry the 'things'..i cant think every single thing about that.

Ok,discussion wih Dr Oleg is always interesting.He was a surgeon & have lots & lots of experience .Rasa mcm tmpt yg die xpegi Israel jek.So now he might practising his expertise as surgeon in Haiti.He asked me about the Islam & i'm felt quite bad bcoz i did'nt have enough source to explain.i mean,its very complicated to xplain some thing unless we r very sure... :( ..

So,its end of the day ! No pic's ,just a memory ...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cambodia Day 5

Today ,bgn tdo dgn happy happy hour.Tgh dok kira2 nak memborong.Tp,xleh nk imagine nak apa. Hari ni i berjaya subuh on time .Kul 5 am dh bgn u nk subuh...then,golek2 atas katil ,tgk jam baru kul 7 am,ish xleh jdk ni nak kena bgn gak ni..pastu g feberet cafe beli croissant 3 ketui & latte .Barista yg wat ni won 1st place best barista in Cambodia..tetiba tingat coffee prince lak..

So happy dpt b/fast sedap & sungguh benar kata en boss ,croissant die sgt sedap.I mkn habis 2 bijik,dh la besar gedabak ..cuma 0.75 USD .Sambil berlaukkan tuna & latte & counting kul 10 nk g Russian mkt .

jeng..jeng..masa yg ditunggu sudah tiba .Agak ramai & sesat ngan umat .I xtour semua kedai sbb sempit & Sothea terus bwk g kedai yg die dh kenal ,so sgt sng.I cuma perlu duduk & tunjuk apa nak ,bdk kedai tu g amik..nak dkt 2 jam gak la proses mengadap & membelek..pastu kena jugak tgk duit.Lgpon ,kalo nk beli suma benkrupsi la,dh la USD.

So,i beli je apa yg patut & best gilller dpt sopink .Hasil tangkapan for 2day USD 110 for d silk & shirts & souvenir .I suggest g kedai this girl.. best giller .

Rupa bentuk dr pekan Rabu kt kedah..dlm sgt bz bee

Pastu pegi mkn kt Chinese restaurant & again ,seafood saje ye.We mkn soup,prawn ,vege & crab ..sebijik rasa cam chinese msia style .1 jek rasa agak xbest ,mana2 restaurant ,waiter/waitress akan dok berdiri near d table cam dok usya apa ko tgh mkn.mmg la drg nk help if u need anything,tp sungguh xbest .bkn srg dua,tp 3 /4 skaligus..sungguh VVIP.

Then we singgah umah Sothea lagi visit nenek die.Bila siang baru notice umah die sgtttttttttttt besar & luas tanah die..siap ada berpuluh2 pokok pisang ,kunyit.,serai,kelapa,siap ada pond besar yg amat &besar ,orkid garden,xlupa hanjing yg sibuk nak bermesra dgn i & bikin aksi jeritan i di tgh hari nan indah .& plg kagum drg ada 15 maid - driver ,cooker ,bodyguard ,farmer for them ,nk jaga hanjing & etc ..So,dpt kah krg imagine kekayaan drg .Kt sini gap between rich & poor people is like pyramid .sgt ketara .

Dah settle suma pas penat lari dari hanjing2 itu ,kali blk hotel kjp letak hasil tangkapan & pegi National Mesuem.kena charge USD 3 .Tapi,xde citer psl Pol Pot ,die kt tmpt lain,,ni psl Angkor jek...

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Eksen pki baju tradisi

I admire ada 1 lot ni sgt gile babas cantik .nama gallery tu ' Sophy & Sina ' ..i pon bgtau la Sothea.upenya besfren die..Gallery ni dok berdpn ngan guest hotel ni & ada 4 tingkat.Mmg meletop beb.Nikmati la sendiri pic's yg smpt di snap .

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Ada 4 floor & ni cuma part of them.Success designer by Cambodian people

Dh puas jamu mata ,p Paragon ,supermkt & cm biasa jual benda2 fake & byk from Thailand,HK & Korea .Ingat dh insaf xnak beli,tp xsedar lak bila i beli lagi blouse .kekdg i terlupa it is USD ,i dok ingat cam RM jek..

Pas Paragon ,p pulak Lucky supermkt & kali ni dpt menahan diri dari beli apa2.badan pon dh letih dr pagi kuar carik pasal,esok dh nak keje ,,bestnya kalo dpt lepak lagi..Esok drg cuti lagi since public holiday fall today ,sok ganti ,Drg plan nk p beach ,tp xdpt la i ikut sbb koje...

Hasil tangkapan di Cambodia

Mata pon dh berat sgt nih,pics plak sgt lembab..hope sok dpt keje dgn jayanya..

End of day 5.


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