Sunday, July 7, 2013

Parting of the Ways

It has nearly been three months since i graduated....yet everything seems so vaguely distance... To recall what I did for the past 2 and a half months were kinda difficult, but one of my friend has nicely phrase it :"this year, you spend 1 month sleeping in hotels~" Ha! i guess he was quite right, spend 3 weeks travelling and 1 week going for induction courses before starting work. Tonight, I start unpacking my belongings brought back from uni, throw away quite alot of useless stuffs, some brought about memories, stuffs I might have forgotten...a night of reminiscence with memories unfolding bits by bits.......

Will start work on monday, which according to many, a dreadful path ahead......Still, am determine not to make mistake, gone were the days of me trying to impress anyone~

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Group mates from induction course~

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Before the parting of ways, had 1 last lunch together with the most awesome blokes I have met during my university life~

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Morganfield in pavillion~

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A platter enough for 4, even 5 persons~

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I must say, the taste was simply awesome~

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The pork ribs was nicely grilled, fragrance and taste was just awesome......juicy~ Perhaps this would be our last meal together for a very very long time........

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To move on, you have always gotta leave behind something precious, something you cared so much, who gave you so much to remember...... But the memories will always stay, just like true friendship.

Oh ya, just realized I have alot of travelling pictures and info that has not been blogged. Given the current circumstances, the chances of me continue blogging are kinda slim. Perhaps this will be my last post. Still, haven't rule out future probability of restarting~ Just came back from SiChuan merely 2 weeks ago, great place, great view, great scenery......ahhh memories...they are just like fairy tales~

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hunan Cuisine (火宫殿)

Another long overdue entry~ We are quite done with our Hunan's journey, though I skip a rather whole lot of uninteresting spot~ Which means we are left with the most important part of a trip(besides sightseeing), food~

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If you google(or rather Baidu) for famous Hunan cuisine, this will surely pop up...The Fire Palace(火宫殿)
Fancy to try the most authentic Hunan cuisine?~ You are in the right place~

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It is located in Chang Sha Huang Xing Road Shopping Street(长沙黄兴路步行街)...this is actually their newer branch, not so sure where is their main outlet~

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There are trolleys of famous hunan cuisine for you to choose from~ Or simply just order anything that you find interesting on the menu~
This pancake was a bummer though~

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Very nice~crispy and fragrance...taste was not bad either~

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Cold dish~ Not too bad actually, perhaps abit too spicy~

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Their very own special type of tofu~ Very different than the conventional yellow bean tofu~ Theirs has more of a chewy texture~good~

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Some sort of yam thingy~ Not acceptable~

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Some glutinous rice with filling.....special and nice~

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Fried banana...thats what written in the menu~ Was wondering how different is it from our goreng pisang~ Turn out we were surprised yet again~ Instead of fried banana, it should be fried banana paste or dough~ Nevertheless, very nice!

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Walnut tarts~ Nice and crispy~ Slurp!

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Their durian tarts!!! Simply awesome! Lip Smacking good!

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Some sort of mix vege...just fair

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Another must try! Not so sure what is it anymore but totally fantastic! Few types of meat, vege and carbo/noodle structure thingy(The best I could describe).......40 bucks per plate..but totally worth it~ 

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It was finished in a jiffy~

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Egg wrap~ Always nice~

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Forgotten what it is~

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Steam good as it can be~

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Again, not sure what it is anymore~

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Fried dumplings~ of course its nice~

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Better off with their special spicy sauce~

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Towards the end of our meal, thought of wana have some local fried noodles, just to try~
So we ordered "炒面"(fried noodle).......the waiter seems unconvinced~ remind us that, this is not fried noodle, but fried flour!(炒面粉) Totally intrigued by what might be served, we decided to order one~
This was what presented ---- fried flour~ Tasted more like our sesame paste really(芝麻糊)~But more oily and stuffy~ 

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Very ordinary tofu~

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Finally, some dessert~

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Overall not a bad meal at all~

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Might be abit pricey though...the above meal might cost about 300 bucks~ About 150 ringgit~

Monday, May 27, 2013

An Ancient Town (凤凰古城)

A 5 hours journey from the city of Zhang Jia Jie lies a thousand years old small town, not entirely sure it worth all the trouble with the travelling, but the night view and allegedly the dawn was totally fascinating!

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The Phoenix Ancient Town

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All these old buildings had been improvised into bars and shops~~

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Together with the Tuo-River(沱江), the night view of the phoenix town gain its fame

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It used to be free of charge...but since early this year...a compulsory entrance fees of 148 yuan had been implemented~ Nothing goes free here~ 

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The night view was really breathtaking(I heard the dawn was even so)...but a 5 hours journey and an entrance fees of 148 bucks is perhaps alittle too much 

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Anyway, walking along the river did gave a very relaxing and tranquilized feeling~

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Personally likes this view very much~

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Look at how clear and serene the river is~~~

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One of the must do is of course cruising the river 

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Though the weather is abit coolly~ even reaching early summer

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The aborigines singing along the way~

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LOL~ No Japanese~~~

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Again..I think the place would be a great getaway without the crowd it presented~ Everywhere is packed~ What a waste~

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All sorts of local snacks and souvenirs can be bought here~ 
Their ginger sweet is one of the must try~~

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A make up artist disguise as a statue~ 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Heaven Gate (天门山)

We spend 3 days in the Zhang Jia Jie National Park, collectively known as the Wu-Ling-Yuan(武陵源), which is located about 30KM from Zhang Jia Jie city~~~ After that, we travel by bus to city centre for our next destination, The Heaven's Gate!!

As the name implies, this mountain I am about to introduce has a very peculiar appearance with a big hole in the middle of the mountain~ According to local record, the hole formed on its own accord out of a sudden.... amazing eh?~~ Anyway, the development of this place was tendered to a Korean company~~

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In order to reach the top of the mountain, you have to take a cable car within the city centre all the way to the top!

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Very high standard bio-metric ticket~~

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The cable car actually passed by the city centre with residence area below before getting to more remote area where the mountain is~ Don't know how these people stand all these cable car passing by their head everyday ~~owh~

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In fact, this is one of the longest cable service in the world stretches more than 7km and take more than 30minutes to reach the top~

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Kinda relaxing to enjoy the view, taking snacks, drinking yogurt drinks(awesome stuff) and chit-chatting~~~
Saw that hole in the middle of the mountain?~

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Look at the spiraling road around the mountain~~~ 

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First stop, the glass path!!!!

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Yeap...the whole pathway was made of glass~~~where you can have the underneath view bearing clearly under your feet!!!

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Very exciting as if you are actually stepping on air~~ready to drop any steps any moment

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Those with a weaker heart can choose to bypass the glass pathway through another path~ But what a waste~~~

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After that, we walk along the mountain and enjoy the scenery from the top of the world!!!!

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Imagine having all these encircling you and cool breeze patting you gently on the face~~~

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There is even a special platform for you to take a clear view picture of the encircling mountain~ Too many people queuing though~

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When passed by a valley, a suspension bridge was welcoming us there!!

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The view of the whole valley bear glaringly infront of you!

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With cool wind brushing your face~~

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Next, cable car to get back to the main cable car station~~~~

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But then.......

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It was very exciting in the beginning and I kept taking alot of pictures~~

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Have to be extra careful not to drop your camera into the deep valley below your feet~~~

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And then the initial aerophobia and whatever phobia slowly subsided by the extreme coldness.....brrrr~~

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Finally after some 10 of minutes....we reached our destination~~~

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Super cold and windy!!!

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After some dizzying journey around the spiraling road you saw just now, we are ready to conquer the "Heaven's Gate"

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To get to the top, you have to climb 999 super steep steps!!!

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There is no leveled area for you to rest in the middle~

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If you are too tired, can either sit on the stairs......

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Or just stand and gasp for air~~

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After some 20minutes of struggle!!!!

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Finally we reached the top!!! 

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I can see they are building a cable car to the top...maybe in near future, those that find it hard to reach the top can take the cable car there~~~

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A must try in Zhang Jia Jie~~~ Is a type of wild plants grind and made into tofu like structure~~ Very elastic and awesome texture~~ (魔芋豆腐 - Mo-Yu Tofu)