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Pack Your Bags And Go

It's been years since I joined VT and it has been like my cyber home since then, posting up pictures, trip information and looking up for information on the places that I will be going, and it has been really good. Meeting new friends, bumping into someone I have known outside VT and seeing him here and another guy who is a a dad of my friend, I think..!!!

I have never thought I could just take my bags and travel in a country unknown to me, language, culture and food. People I met from VT
1) Sonia from Hangzhou
2) Joyce from Nanjing
3) Bella of Miri over Chinese New Year.
4) Luis from Lima

This has also given me the opportunity to meet people of different race, culture and religion to travel with German, Austrian, Canadian, Dutch, French, English, Isreali, Japanese, Peruvian, Brazillian, American, and Australian. Really hope that I cross path again sometime soon with them.

Amazing People

After three visit to China in the past 12 years, I would say the toilet is no longer a porblem. Remember 12 years ago in Beijing, I have to walk 100feet away from the toilet but now, I can proudly walk to any toilet so far I have been much easier, but taking a bus in China is something quite discusting, people smoking and spitting inside the bus...!!!!

Was in Japan during summer in '91, Cos-Play-Zoku these people was dress in different custumes under hot sun when I am sweating my arse off. They are just amazing...!!!

Then in Angkor Wat, it is amazing when you reach a place like Cambodia and talking to kids which are like 5 years old with fluent English.

Just For Food

One of the main reason I travel is to eat. One of the best experience was in Cannes as the cost of living there is so expensive even the japanese that we were living next door to was complaining, we actually cook in our apartments, we brought rice and seasoning there but bought sausages, salami, bacons and veg from the store downstairs, very much cheaper but made a mess out of the place.

Japan was quite expensive to eat as well, didn't spend much money on food, stayed alive with McDonald, Wendy's, Yoshinoya, 180yen Noodle Shop, Okonomiyaki along the streets and Ramen bars.

Had a great time in Thailand, expecially Sukhothai, 5 dishes with 4 bowls of rice for only 70baht, I still can beat this price anywhere not even China.

In China, my favourite was the BBQ Lamb along the street, something when I see I just can't resist. Another which is the Fried Dumpling in Tongli 5 for 1.50yuan..!!

Then in Laos, on the first day it was really nice eating the sticky rice but the next day after seeing how its being prepare... gosh, I will not eat it anymore but sitting by the Mekong enjoying a bottle of beer is something that I never forget.

South America was a whole new experience, lots of meat and I really enjoyed the parilla I had the first day I arrived in Colonia, it was still the best parilla I had so far, and in Brazil, don't ever missed the Chucasco, they are ohhh...lala... out of this world, spend some money and go to a nice restaurant to enjoy at least once and Uruguay, the roast chicken was juicy and yummy...!!!! And oysters are just too cheap to be true ....!!! Miss all the wonderful food I had in S.A.

Oh and Battambang, buying like 1USD worth of roast pork in a market next exotic animals, woosh, I wonder how did I manage to eat all of it.

Faourite Food,
1) Thailand - Fried Beef With Basil Leaf everywhere.
2) China - BBQ Lamb and Fried Dumpling in Tongli
3) Japan - Okonomiyaki at Harajuku
4) Australia - Vietnamese Beef Noodle
5) HK - Fried Roast Pig in Cheung Chau
6) Singapore - Fried Prawn Noodle
7) Laos - Sticky Rice in Luang Prabang
8) Argentina - Parilla in La Boca B.A.
9) Brazil - Oysters in Florianopolis
10) Paraguay - Roast Chicken in Ciudad Del Este
11) Uruguay - Sausages in Colonia
12) Vietnam - Pho Bo in Hanoi
13) Peru - Roast Chicken
14) Bolivia - Road Side Burger (less than USD1)
15) Spain - Fisherman Mussels (in Madrid)
16) Italy - Pizza (in Milan)
17) Austria - Steak (Steak and Wine House, Berg)
18) Hungary - Goulash (Szazaves Etterem, Budapest)
19) Romania - Caru cu Bere Mix Grill (Bucharest)

and I have to say the worst is
1) Vietnam - Fried Rice in Tay Ninh after visiting Cao Dai Temple
2) Peru - Guinea Pig (Aguas Calientes)
3) China - Fried Rice (near Kunming Train Station)

In Malaysia
1) Penang - Char Koay Teaw / Curry Mee
2) Ipoh - Pork Satay (Old Town)
3) Kuching - Kolok Mee with Char Siew oil
4) Sibu - Choo Char
5) Kota Kinabalu - Bak Kut Teh and Oxtail Assam Pedas
6) Melaka - Cendol
7) Miri - Mee Sapi or Beef Noodles
8) Seremban - Beef Noodle (market)

Train Maniac

I have always like travelling on Train, this is maybe I didn't had much chance to go on trains even I live almost next to the train tracks.

On my first trains experience myself was the Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth overnight express, then I went a little more Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai which was great, never did travel across a country by train. Then I thought, why not do the Hatyai to Bangkok by train which was a torture, the journey took almost 24 hours.

Then in 2001, I finally got the chance to go on the bullet train or Shinkansen.

Been reading much about this Magnetic Levitation train operating now in Pudong Shanghai and finally I went on it on Jan 2004. It was so fast that it took only 8mins to travel from Longyang Station to Pudong International Airport which is about 20miles away with a speed of 430km/h. It was a real experience.

My ultimate challenge will be going on the trans-siberian train crossing 2 continents from St. Peterburgs to Beijing. Crossing my fingers and hope to do it real soon.

Trains Rides,
1) Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth
2) Kuala Lumpur - Singapore (v.v.)
3) Tanah Merah - Kajang
4) Kuala Lumpur - Hatyai (v.v.)
5) Hatyai - Bangkok (v.v.)
6) Shinkansen - ?? - ??
7) Nanjing - Luoyang
8) Xi'an - Shanghai
9) Kanchanaburi - Nam Tok
10) Cusco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
11) Bagan - Yangon
12) Cannes - Monte Carlo
13) Monte Carlo - Milan
14) Milan - Lugano (v.v.)
15) Madrid - Barcelona (AVE)
16) Kunming - Lijiang
17) Monte Carlo > Ventimiglia > Diano Marina (bus) Albenga - Milan > Venice
18) Venice - Vienna (Overnight train)
19) Vienna - Budapest
20) Budapest - Bucharest (Overnight Train)

My Favourite
Technology - Longyang to Pudong on the Meglev
Scenery - Cannes to Monte Carlo

My Worst Train Ride
Bagan - Yangon
Monte Carlo > Ventimiglia > Diano Marina (bus) Albenga - Milan > Venice (total 12hours - station to station - due to landslide)

World Heritage

The 1972 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, was created in response to this growing concern about the state of our world’s cultural and natural heritage. The World Heritage Convention is a unique international treaty by which countries recognise that the sites located on their national territory, and which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, without prejudice to national sovereignty or ownership, constitute a world heritage "for whose protection it is the duty of the international community as a whole to co-operate". From the Pyramids of Egypt to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and from the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, the World Heritage Convention recognises that the wealth and diversity of World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. As of December 2000, 690 cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value are inscribed on the World Heritage List. And the following are some of the places which I have visited,

1) The Great Wall, China
2) Imperial Palace, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
3) Mausoleum Of The First Qin Emperor, Xian, China
4) Suzhou Classical Gardens
5) Temple Of Heaven, Beijing, China
6) Summer Palace, Imperial Garden, Beijing, China
7) Longmen Grottoes, Louyang, China
8) Monument Of Ancient Kyoto, Japan
9) Luang Prabang, Laos
10) Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia
11) Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
12) San Agustin Church, Manila (One of the four Baroque Churches in The Philippines)
13) Sukhothai, Thailand
14) Ayutthaya, Thailand
15) Angkor, Cambodia
16) Tower of London, London
17) Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
18) Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Parana, Brasil
19) Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
20) Historic Centre of Macao, China
21) Historic Centre of Lima, Peru
22) Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru
23) City of Cuzco, Peru
24) Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca, Malaysia
25) Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Last Supper), Milan
26) Works Of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalonia
27) Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, China - Tiger Leaping Gorge
28) South China Karst - Shilin Stone Forest, Yunnan, China
29) Venice and Lagoon, Italy
30) Hallstatt, Austria
31) Salzburg, Austria
32) Vienna, Austria
33) Budapest, Hungary (Buda Castle / Andrassy Av. / Heroes Square)
34) Historic Area of Istanbul, Turkey

For more information on World Heritage list,

Airlines Which I Flew On

One day I was just laying down and was thinking about the airlines I flew before and thought it would be nice to list them down. I will always try to avoid flying since I prefer train more than flying.

1) China Airline (KUL - HKG - KUL)
2) Thai Airways (KUL - PEK - BKK - KUL / KUL - LHR - KUL)
3) Malaysia Airlines
4) Singapore Airlines (KUL - KIX - KUL / KUL - MEL - KUL)
5) Philippines Airlines (with a complimentary upgrade) (KUL - PVG - MNL - KUL)
6) Vietnam Airlines (KUL - HAN - SGN - KUL)
7) Lao Aviation (now Lao Airlines) (VTE - LPQ)
8) Air Asia
9) Nok Air (BKK - HDY)
10) Air Bagan (RGN - MDL)
11) Air Mandalay (MDL - NYU)
12) Gulf Air (KUL - BKK)
13) British Midlands Airlines (LHR - NCE)
14) LAN Airlines (EZE - LIM)
15) Star Peru (LIM - CUS)
16) AeroSur (LPB - VVI)
17) Aerolineas Argentinas (VVI - EZE - GIG - EZE)
18) Emirates Airlines (KUL - NCE - MXP - KUL)
19) Qatar Airways (KUL - NCE - BCN - KUL) / (KUL - CDG - IST - KUL)
20) EasyJet (MXP - MAD)
21) Ethiopian Airlines (KUL - BKK)
22) Tiger Airways (KUL - SIN - JKT)
23) Malindo Air (JKT - KUL)
24) KLM (KUL - JKT - KUL)
25) Pegasus Airlines (OTP - SAW)
26) Garuda (GTO via UPG - CGK)

Best Service - Malaysia Airlines (JNB - KUL sector)
Best Plane - Emirates Airlines (A380)
Worst Plane - Lao Aviation (Y-12)
Best Food - Ethiopian Airlines
Most Relax Crew - Thai Airways
Best Value - EasyJet (MXP - MAD at EUR42.00 all in)
Best IFE - Emirates Airlines
Longest Transit - Dubai Airport (10 hours)
Shortest Transit - Doha Airport (55mins)
Best Airport - Singapore Airport
Worst Airport - Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Ngurah Rai (Bali)
Best No-Frill Airline - Malindo Air
Lowest Airport Tax - Gorontalo - IDR11,000 (approx USD1.00 - Nov 2014)

Plane which I would love to fly
1) Concorde (only in my dreams now)
2) Boeing 787

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    Jul 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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    Jul 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Happy Birthday from the mountains of Central Pennsylvania, USA! I hope your special day brings you much pleasure. I've enjoyed reading your profile page today. :-)

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    Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Happy Birthday ! I hope you enjoy your special day.

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    Jul 15, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Happy Birthday Chow Loen ! Wish you many happy returns.

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    Jul 15, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    A warm happy birthday greet from Malaysian VT friend. Keep travelling and keep your sharing. Cheers.

    • yeikloen's Profile Photo
      Sep 14, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Thank you mate! I don't log in here too often anymore! Cheers

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    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Happy Birthday from sunny California! Here's to many more wonderful years!

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    Mar 11, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Hi!!!How are you?? Hope you can find the Diddle Doodle, they are really tasty!!! =) Sof

  • coceng's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Hi Loen, I'm okay...planning to central Asia this year ! Wish me well...:)

  • tracyskf's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Hi fellow Kajang-ian, thanks for dropping me a note! Seem you also have great passion for travelling, hope you enjoy your coming trip in April. =)

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 11:21 PM

    Happy belated birthday..I know it's 5 months late but happy birthday anyway.

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