Monday, March 28, 2011

Paradise Island - Pangkor Sandy Beach

Pangkor is an island located off the coast of Perak
in north-west penisula Malaysia.

I want to stay at a hotel that was not over the top
but pleasant and clean, and
most of all with nice beaches.
Pangkor Sandy Beach just met all my needs.

A brand new gem in Pangkor ...

There are chalets, deluxe and standard room at an affordable rate. I have the benefit to go during weekday so that I could avoid all the weekend crowds; this also allowed me to enjoy lower room rate.

It took about 3 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut, a coastal town of Perak State. Then we took a 30 minutes ferry to the island jetty; from there one could take a 5 minutes taxi ride or rent a car and one could explore the other part of the island. No one could get lost in this island!

The Sandy Beach Resort was rather pleasantly quiet on weekday during low season. The room is comfortable, the breakfast that come together with the room rate, offered sufficient varietes from western to local food that stimulated one's appetide.
Having breakast ....
basking under the morning sun and that view!

The owner, Mr Raja Ram, who also lived in the resort. I met him early the next day at the swimming pool; he was picking some flowers for his morning prayer. He was very friendly and gave us some tales of the island. When he knew I was an interior designer who had years of experiences in the Caribbean resorts, he quickly asked for some instant opinions to improve his resort. If I would stay a little longer, we might have the possibility of working together!

I had a pleasant stay and I do highly recommended
Sandy Beach Resort
+605 685 3027 Fax: +605 685 3028

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Taking a Road Trip

March 27th to April 2nd

From Kuala Lumpur to Teluk Anson,
Pangkor Island

Batu Gajah

Cameron Highland


then crossing East-West Hightway to Kelantan

From Kelantan to Gua Musang,
then Raub to Lipis
then back to Kuala Lumpur


Monday, March 14, 2011

A Private Club in Singapore

A new lifestyle in Singapore!

I met a wealthy couple; the lovely and wealthy husband
gave a private club to his wife who love karaoke.
Only for family and invited guests.

This club is fully equipped with DJ tools and accessories;
sound system, lighting effect
and a fog machine.

A billiard table for those who want to play a game of pool.

And most of all,
a great selection of wines and a full bar!
Drink whatever you want!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Singapore Architecture - Marina Bay Sands

Looking at the Marina Bay Sands of Singapore
from afar and in front of it
I can't help thinking of Stonehedge of England

interior structure

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby
I can see it comprised of
"Ying" and "Yang"
"Curvilinear" and "Rectilinear"
Marina Bay Sands Casino
spectacular night scene

Stonehedge of England


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Singapore Nyonya Breakfast

Mung Bean Congee
with doughnut

Mung Bean
Chinese believe that heat can cause all sorts of health problems. Mung beans are one of the best food to cure /prevent heat in the body. Mung beans are "Ying" or cool food.
Staying with Alex in Singapore, he has introduced me to some nyonya food he learned from his grandmother. This morning the maid served sweet mung bean congee with chinese doughnut. I was glad to get a cup of nyonya coffee as well!
* Nyonya - a term used for descendants of late 15th - 16th century Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region dusing Colonial era.

Chinese Doughnut

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Singapore Interior Design - Oriental Flavor

I was drawn to this wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling
wood carving screen mounted on the wall.
an oriental garden scene with peacock and
all sorts of birds

It is spectacular. Very Oriental. Very imperial!

I thought of dowager in the summer palace!

Dining room looking into living room
divided by dark wood doors with beveled edge glass

Nyonya round dining table and chairs
simple and functional

* Nyanya - earlier Chinese immigrants
to South East Asia in the 16th century
and have developed a style of their own!
Master Bedroom with modern clean line woodwork;
Art work on wall:
A BeiJing Opera - hand embroided.

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