Monday, March 28

[Day 4] Shanghai: Thames Town & Water City of Zhou Zhuang

Hi all,

Wow it has been almost 2 weeks since my last blog post XD

Sorry ya~ was sick for couple of days. So, today, no matter what, I'll have to share my story of my recent trip to Shanghai.

So here's a recap of my stay:
Day 1: Exploring New City Song Jiang
Day 2: Training Officially Starts and Feast of Food
Day 3: Scenic Places of Thames Town & Night Scenery of The Bund

On Day 4, me and my room mate woke up at 6.30am again to ride on the battery tram car (provided by Hotel) for another round of tour. This time, the weather is fine (despite the coldness) and not misty like the previous days.


There's practically nobody in this town, so all sorts of poses can be shot without embarrassment :P


James Bond statue was found!


I love these row of houses. It looks very neat and i hope one day I can have a chance to enter one of the houses here.


Flowers of all sorts can be found. After 4 days, the temperature is rising and plants started to bloom.


One of the famous coffee outlet here, the Incomplete Coffee Shop. It closes at 10.30pm, and I've been here for the coffee. To be frank, the coffee is super expensive (but no choice it's the only kopitiam available). Taste wise, nescafe 3 in 1 tasted even better!


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Here's one of the building in Thames Town, I guess it's empty as well, but it looks great as a corporate building.


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Fountain


Statue of Harry Potter
Hmmm..is Voldermort nearby???


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After my sales meeting, a tour was arranged for us all to the Water City of ZhouZhuang.
Often labelled as Venice of China, this town is one of China's top tourist spot.


It is also said to be famous of silk products, such as blankets, shirts, dress, scarfs and handkerchiefs. Whether the products are authentic or not, it's another matter XD. For me, my principle is, NEVER buy unnecessary things in TOP TOURIST SPOTS.



Being a first timer in China, buildings with architecture like this, mesmerizes me.


Like I said, NEVER BUY UNNECESSARY THINGS is my no 1 principle, so, i cekup (steal) whatever people bought. LOL!!! Joking lahh.. Someone gave me a try on this candy. Love it!!!


Then some one bought me this!!! In Hong Kong drama series, we always see of this candy satay called "Ping Tang Hu Lu".


Inside, it looks like this~

I love eating the rock candy, but not the plum inside.. The plum is basically tasteless and have powdery texture.


Another one of the local specialty is the Pork Legs. Unlike Malaysia, pork can be served in public places without JAKIM chasing after them


Scenery wise, ZhouZhuang is indeed surrounded by waters and rivers. You can hire a boat for a slow ride along the rivers for a fee.


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Locals not only earn by cheating selling local food, handicrafts and souvenirs. Salted fish and vegetables are for sale here too!



One of the back alley...



The lanes are connected by a bridge. Another thing that never fails to amaze me is that there are so many bridges, some small and some big, but all the bridges have a beautiful arch shape and unique design.



One of the bigger bridges...


The garden


Haaaa...here's another thing that fascinates me. Guess what is he weaving?


Yupz~ Shoe!!!
Seriously, i regretted for not buying this. These are handmade items that I can hardly find in Malaysia... *tears of regret* Thus, sometimes, it's not good to stick to my principle of NOT BUYING UNNECESSARY ITEMS....


Air drying pork meat is legal here too! I'm kinda feeling disgusted by this...


Another thing that i regretted for not doing is to rent a princess/goddess costume!!!! I think it costs RMB 50 (RM25) for this. A little more expensive than other places but this is the only place that offers goddess costume.


Glass painting souvenirs...



Another scenic bridge



NEVER BUY UNNECESSARY THINGS...

So guess what i bought??

The most unnecessary thing that one would ever buy...
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*regret*

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I didn't only buy 1 hat, i bought 3 for RMB60 (RM30)



I would love to return to ZhouZhuang for more photography, and perhaps a nice calm boat ride. As an advice, don't bother buying any souvenirs here. The goods were super expensive. I bought a silk pyjama for RMB50 (RM25) after haggling from RMB120 (RM60). Then, when i visited another city, my eye nearly pop out when i saw the price tag of "5 for RMB100" for the same silk pyjama.

Okies, time for bed...happy reading and good night for now!

Sunday, March 13

Ripley's Believe It that Snow World is as fun as Haunted Adventure


From previous blog posts:

A Gastronomic Adventure @ First World Cafe, Genting Highlands

&

Relax. Refresh. Reenergize at Pedas Springs Spa, Genting Highlands

Here comes the 3rd installment of the Bloggers Day Out in Genting Highlands!

After lunch, we headed to the scariest place in First World Plaza, HAUNTED ADVENTURE!


The eerieness of the place can be felt, as "ghosts", "monsters" and "scary objects" are placed near the entrance of the Haunted Adventure (beside the Times Square stage).



You will be greeted by a cameraman, who is really spooky and scary as well. I don't know why, but this little guy here really scared me. The way he smiled, the way he talked, he is really like a ghost!


No cameras are allowed through our ghostly haunted adventure. I can describe the whole experience as


"Dark, with monstrous laughter, and evil souls lurking around every unexpected corners"

You can put on the 3D glasses for extra intensity.

It was so dark and you cannot see the steps, and cannot really see the ghost.
I suggest Haunted Adventure to add some reflector on the edge of the stairs steps, and add more lights so that we can see the silhoutte of the ghosts better. The audio should be changed from "HAHAHAHAHAHA" and shrieks all the time. Really, that's not spooky.

Spooky audio should be like dead silence, then with occassional whispers, sound of footsteps running, furniture moving, and old lady coughing.



Next, is the Ripley's Believe It Or NOT!


This time the highlight of the place is the fertility statue. It was said to have helped more then 2000 women to conceive despite doctors had told them that they cannot. Even 13 members of Ripley's Entertainment staff got pregnant after touching the statue!

I don't know how it works, perhaps you gotta touch everywhere and both male and female statue to make it work!



The Ripley's Believe It Or Not was really a fun place to be in! I could spend all day reading his comics and see the artifacts displayed.

If any of you here have incredible talents and artifacts, you can submit "dry preserved" specimens to Ripley's Genting Highlands. It is a recommended place for family and definitely an educational and eye opening experience for kids.
(view ticket prices here)

Some other special place in First World Plaza?

The Glow In the Dark Genting Bowl


Indoor Theme Park filled with fun, leisure and extreme rides!


Genting Snow World


We wanted to enter the snow world but the time slot is full... I guess I have to come some other time!


Looks really fantastic from the outside!


So, have you been to the places I mentioned above? How was your experience?

Till then,

XOXO
MsXeRoZ

Sunday, March 6

A Gastronomic Adventure @ First World Cafe, Genting Highlands


After a wonderful 2 hours at the Pedas Springs Spa, me and my blogger friends, head for lunch. Everytime I think about food in Genting Highlands, a reminiscent of a 15-min buffet will flash across my mind!

Yes, 15mins for buffet at Coffee Terrace! Coffee Terrace serves one of the most variety of local and international cuisine. It was my first invite by Resorts World Genting for Glitz, and due to the heavy downpour and jam, we arrived just 15mins before the show starts! It was one exciting experience given 15mins to dine, and hundreds of dishes to choose from!!!

During my recent trip, me and my blogger mates were brought to First World Cafe!
This time, I can chomp all the food as long as I want!!! *Evil grin*


Though it may be exaggerating if i say this cafe is capable to seat 2800 people at once, it is true!

Since it was just after the Chinese New Year season, special dishes like Yee Sang, Roasted Chicken, Kam Heong (Spicy Fragrant) Crab and many more.

Me, being a crap crab lover immediately rushed to the Kam Heong Crab station. The aroma of the Kam Heong is very mouthwatering!


All the food are arrange in the center of the cafe. The unique part of this cafe is that every month, the dishes served will be of different themes. It may be Thai, Indonesian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Hong Kong food. So, no matter how many times you come, you will not be bored with the choices of food there!

Hmmm... i wonder whether there's any Shanghai-themed food? I kinda miss the sweet lotus root, and the vinegar shrimp that i ate in Shanghai~!!!


Another thing that impressed me is that fruits are abundance! You know sometimes i doubt that restaurants keep prepared fruits in bulk in the refrigerator and served them to customers. You'll never know whether it is fresh or not!

But in First World Cafe, you can see the fruits are cut and served fresh!


Time to eat!




A kaleidoscopic variety of desserts are served too! You can choose from pastry, cakes, pudings or red bean soup and sea coconut longan drink.

And ya! I haven't introduce my blogger friends:


They have their stories to tell about Genting Highlands too! Check out their blogs for a different perspective!

If you ask me how would I rate First World Cafe?
Ambience: A
Cleanlines: A
Taste: B
Friendliness of staff: A

There's still room for improvement in the taste division! But, it is my first time here so i had to go a couple times more before passing any judgement!

3rd Floor, First World Plaza

Buffet Breakfast (Daily)
6.00am - 10.30am
Price:
RM27.00++ (Adult)
RM13.50++ (Child)

Buffet Lunch (Daily)

12.00 noon - 2.30pm
Price:
RM 41.00++ (Adult)
RM 20.50++ (Child)


Buffet Dinner (Daily)
5.30pm - 9.30pm
Price:
RM 48.00++ (Adult)
RM 24.00++ (Child)

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Senior Citizen Promotion

Buffet Lunch (Daily)
12.00 noon - 2.30pm
Price:
RM 20.50++ / 50% discount off the FIT rate

Buffet Dinner (Daily)
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Price:
RM 24.00++ / 50% discount off the FIT rate

Buffet Dinner (Daily)
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Price:
RM 38.40++ / 20% discount off the FIT rate

If you are a vegan, fret not! The First World Cafe has a section for vegetarians too!