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June 12, 2017

Bali, Indonesia – Itinerary and planning (1 week)

I’ve always wanted to visit Bali all my life… and it was my destination for this year’s mid year break. I chose Bali and the first week of June to be there for some strategic reasons – it was the dry season, meaning, there will be little to no rain at all. Blue sky is my shit. Secondly, it was the week before the Indonesian school holidays start so, less chance of running into hyper screaming kids. Did the trip last week and everything fell spot on according to plan. Following would be the itinerary for those of you who is looking for an idea for Bali (after the disclaimer):

– Bali is a mountainous region and has unpredictable weather. This itinerary was planned in June to minimize the chance of seeing rainy days… and even that, we did encounter 1 rainy day. If you plan this in any other season, the weather may ruin your shit so, plan well.
– Bali has a relatively short daylight in June (or whole year long, I’ve no fucking idea). It starts to get dark at about 6pm and the sun starts to set between that time till 6.30pm before it gets completely dark. If you plan on a hike, might be a good idea to get a flashlight.
– This is an itinerary post, I’ll do a separate post for what I think about the places I’ve visited. (link)
– This was planned based on 3 pax – my wife, my 11-yo daughter, and myself. If you’re planning for a group of more than 4, this probably won’t work for you.
– The main objective is sightseeing, to visit temples and places of interest. To save myself a lot of extra planning and maximize my time there, I secured the service of a ‘supir’ (a driver cum guide) with my own itinerary. We did some discussion through emails prior coming up with the plan, and the plan is flexible across the days. Again, this won’t work for you if you have a small child in your group (that little shit is not going to be pleased visiting so many goddamn temples, believe me)
– If you have a heart problem or is goddamn old, this itinerary probably won’t work for you.
– If you have motion sickness, this itinerary is going to be your nightmare (long car rides, boat rides)
– If your religion prohibits you from visiting buildings or monuments of other religious faith, this won’t work for you too.
– If your vanity prohibits you from getting a lot of sun or if you’re sensitive to the sun, this won’t work for you.

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December 15, 2016

Taiwan – Taipei & Hualien

What do I think of that Taiwan trip? It was pretty good, I must say. Some hits and misses. The places that I planned came out as what I’ve expected to be, some even surprisingly better – especially that Taroko National Park at Hualien. Boy is that place fucking beautiful. Anyway, there’s still a list of places which I think you guys should fucking stay away like a plaque, and here are the shitholes to avoid:

Places to skip
[Taipei] Bopiliao Historical block 剝皮寮歷史街區: It’s just a group of buildings with red bricks and overhyped name. It’s as if someone has abandoned the building halfway and decided that it should look special. And you can tell that someone desperately tried really hard to make this place to be as hip as possible, but failed utterly. Everything here is drab and uninteresting, and has little cultural value. The day I traveled, they even put on a free movie in a hall, in hope to attract some tourists… but none of the chairs was occupied.

[Taipei] Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園: One of the shittiest zoo I’ve ever seen (only place worse was that Melaka’s A-Famose or something zoo). Place was poorly maintained with lots of empty cages (animals must’ve killed themselves out of sheer depression) and run down facilities. The place reeks of animal wastes, and a lot of the attractions are closed down. I was there for only a couple of hours, and half of the time was spent on cussing and getting disappointed.

[Taipei] Maokong 貓空: A boring cable car ride up to a hill of nothingness, and you have to spend a long time commuting here. The only thing to do here, is food and tea. There are no sights for you to marvel at (most of the Taipei city view was partially blocked by a couple of stupid hills), nor stuff for you to engrossed with. It’s just another area for food/tea with jacked up prices. Some people say it’s a place to relax. Fuck that. You can go relax at better places in the city with much cheaper price. If you would like to compare, even Penang Hill (the shithole) is a better place. Stay away.

[Near Taipei] Houtong Cat Village 猴硐貓村: The fucking place is a shithole. It’s an ex-mining town (with an abandoned mine) and lots of cats. So, as expected, all you get to see here is a bunch of rusted ruins from the mine and a fuckload of fat cats. Dumbass tourists would take pictures of cats like they’re special or something (but they aren’t. they’re just common cats) and giggle and shit. I bet if it were to be known as a Dick Village, the attention would just switch our dicks instead. It’s just so fucking dumb of a place.

[Near Taipei] Jinguashi 金瓜石 / Golden Waterfall 黃金瀑布 / Yin Yang sea 陰陽海: Who in their right mind would turn an irreversible environmental damage place to a tourist attraction? The Taiwanese. Here in this region, the place used to be a gold mine or something, and the mining industry had caused one of the rivers to be discolored, toxic and smells rotten. Sure enough, the view is one of a kind, but the thought that men had done this to the environment really makes it a sad case, and is not my kind of shit (I don’t know about you).

[Hualien] Nanbin Park 太平洋公園: Hualien city itself has nothing, so naturally, people tend to flock to the sea side in their desperate bid to find something to do. Unlike Cixingtan 七星潭, Nanbin Park at Hualien is a shithole, and looks abandoned. There’s an incomplete (or was it abandoned?) walkway there that is a sore to the eyes. I was expecting the park to be teeming with recreational activities or at least a bike rental stall like what we have in Penang, but instead, I see emptiness. What a fucking waste of space and time.

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December 11, 2016

Taipei & Hualien, Taiwan – Itinerary and planning (5 days, 7 nights)

Found a really good flight deal for Taipei on the first week of December when I came back from Germany back in June, and I booked it immediately. And I finally did the trip last week. Here’s the itinerary. As usual, read the disclaimer before proceed…

– Taiwan is known to have very unpredictable weather (especially at Taroko Gorge). It is known to rain at least expected times, has earthquakes and shit. If you’re doing your own planning, please make it as dynamic and as flexible as possible. The length of 5 days and 7 nights was a risky gamble for me, but luckily for us, it paid off (we did not encounter a single rainy day despite the inclement weather forecast). I wouldn’t recommend to do it this short.
– In December, Taiwan has a relatively short daylight. It starts to get dark at about 5pm (fuck me). So, plan your itinerary well.
– This is an itinerary post, I’ll do a separate post for what I think about the places I’ve visited. (link)
– This was planned based on 3 pax – my wife, my 10-yo daughter, and myself. If you’re planning for a group of more than 4, this probably won’t work for you.
– The main objective is to hunt food at Taipei, and to experience Taroko Gorge (Hualien) in its glory. Ergo, it has a lot of walking (Taipei) and hiking (Taroko). With the exception of one day excursion to the Taipei Zoo, there are no other kid themed visits. This won’t be for you if you have a small child in your group.
– If you have a fear of heights, doing Taroko Gorge is probably a fucking bad idea.
– If you have a fear of crowds, Taipei is probably not for you too. That place is just mad with people.

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June 12, 2016

Bavaria, Germany 2016 – Itinerary and planning (11 days)

Went to Germany recently and was requested by some friends to share the itinerary… and I thought, why the hell not make this a thing in my blog? So here it is. But before you proceed, read the disclaimer…

– This is a summer trip, made for June 2016. It won’t work for winter.
– This was planned based on 3 pax – my wife, my then-9-yo daughter, and myself. If you’re planning for a of group more than 4, this probably won’t work for you.
– This trip has a lot of hiking at mainly these 3 areas: Fellhorn-Kanzelwand (2 peaks), Nebelhorn and Neuner köpfle. No theme parks, no zoos, no sunny beaches. This won’t be for you if you have a small child in your group.
– The trip requires one to be reasonably fit to do it (as I’ve learnt the hard way…) and requires some special gears (tough hiking shoes, outdoor jacket, hiking poles)
– There will be some side trips at Munich, Schwangau, Lindau and Frankfurt areas as well. You’d see them below.
– You’ve gotta know how to fucking read a map. My wife for example, isn’t good with maps. If she’s going alone, it’d be the last time I see her. I use both maps and GPS (sometimes unreliable) to get my bearings right. Despite the advent of cellphones, I sometimes find paper maps more convenient.
– Hiking trip and a lot of walking. Prep yourself to be outdoor. Raincoats/jackets, travel umrellas, hiking shoes/gears, etc.
– A lot of train and bus rides as well. If you have motion sickness (like me), you’ll be in for a tough time.

(expect a long post after the jump)
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October 27, 2015

Port Dickson

Made a trip to Port Dickson with my wife and kid last month. Reason: We needed to unwind and we’ve never been to Port Dickson so… it became our short getaway trip.

The Plan:
– drive to Ipoh (start damn early in the morning)
– have an awesome dim sum breakfast at Ipoh.
– visit a limestone cave at Ipoh.
– drive to Port Dickson and just in time for lunch.
– have an awesome lunch at Port Dickson.
– grab some groceries and beer.
– check in to the hotel. drink beer. soak in pool. relax.
– by the time I’m done pooling, it should be just in time for dinner.
– have an awesome dinner at Port Dickson.
– back to hotel, more pool time.
– sleep. pool. leave.
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