The Big Blog Exchange 2013

Have you ever heard about the students exchange? Right, this time I would like to share about the new thing, it’s world blogger exchange which celebrated by The Big Blog Exchange. This event is not only for exchanging your blog, but also exchanging your lives each other.

Either amateur or professional bloggers I think deserve to be followed by all the bloggers in the world. The program organized by Hostelling International, based in the United Kingdom is indeed combine existing concepts, although they are briefly applied a system of quality and ranking.

To direct the reader to any bloggers who have signed up, the committee provide voting facilities. So, all the people who have an e-mail can vote to anyone, and only one valid email to each person is allowed, then they have to confirm the vote through their email. For additional information, watch the video below.


Now, what are you waiting for? Do you have a blog? Don’t think too much about it. Join now at  http://www.bigblogexchange.org/register. I will be waiting for you there. In this case,  I would like to ask your help for kindly vote me in this event by simply click here. Thank you very much and hope this information is useful.

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Selangor, Now or Never

It’s an amazing time being in Selangor, Malaysia for 4 days and 5 nights. I spent a good time there. Living at comfortable hotel, meeting with friendly people, having fun together at amusement park, and enjoying nice view around there. You should come to visit Selangor now, or you will never.

We went to some places during there. My Selangor Story and some sponsors, such as Premiere Hotel, Sunway Lagoon, Vivatel Kuala Lumpur, Arenaa Star, Golden Palm Tree,and Astutexperience, have helped and supported our trip there.

I have written some reviews about some places that we went. Want to know where did we go and what did we do? Read the story each chapter.

1. My Selangor Story 2013 Begins

Simply click the link above then you will find photos and review. Here is where we started our trip. It was a “lucky” chance for me to be participated and selected at My Selangor Story 2013.

2. Visiting Klang Heritage and Sunway Lagoon

Yups, we visited some heritage of Klang. We saw and found a lot of new and ancient things. We went to some popular places in Selangor, such as Little India, Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz, Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple, and many more. Around 2 pm, we moved to Sunway Lagoon to get refreshing and enjoy the water park.

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3. Thaipusam and Golden Palm Tree

Yeah, this is one of the most wanted activity for our trip. Would like to visit and see Thaipusam annual celebration. A spiritual celebration that followed by most of Indian in Malaysia. It was located at Batu Cave. After experiencing this celebration, we move to Golden Palm Tree Resort. One of “heaven” in Malaysia. You guys should visit this resort.

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4. Exploring Kuala Selangor

Ahaa.. this is an awaiting time for me myself. I went to Malaysia 4 times already, and this is the first time for me to visit some of villages and see the rich of natural beauty here.We had cendol bakar, we went to Bukit Malawati, and the one that has been awaiting by everyone is to watch fireflies at Kampung Kuantan. It was totally great.

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5. Our Story Is Not Ending Here

This is our last day in Malaysia. All of our friendship, togetherness, and all our stories are not ending here. I thank to Tourism Selangor, and all sponsors that have helped and supported our 4D5N trip in Selangor.

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Below are all of sponsors that have kindly sponsored us. Once again, thank you very much.

premiere hotel

Hotel Premiere
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1/KS6
Jalan Langat 41200 Klang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan , Malaysia
603 3325 6868

sunway lagoon

Sunway Lagoon Sdn Bhd
3, Jalan PJS 11/11 Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya
Selagor Darul Ehsan Malaysia
(603) 5639 0000
www.sunwaylagoon.com

arenaa star

Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel
No.49-51, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur 50050, Malaysia

golden palm tree

Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa Sdn Bhd
Sepang Goldcoast, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, No. 67
Kg. Bagan Lalang 43950 Sungai Pelek,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
+603 3182 3600

vivatel hotel

Vivatel Hotel
85, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+603 9205 8888 / +603 9285 8210

astutexperience

Astutexperience
208 Block A, Mentari Business Park
Jalan PJS 8/5, Bandar Sunway
Petaling Jaya 46150
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Our Story Is Not Ending Here

It’s the last day of My Selangor Story 2013. I feel so sad to get separated with other bloggers. Early in the morning, it was at Vivatel Kuala Lumpur. We had a great breakfast in this hotel. Mmm.. the last day in Malaysia, was so sad absolutely.

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Healthy breakfast

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Which one do you want?

After eating breakfast we had a hotel presentation. We were invited to see some special spaces in this hotel. It was beautiful and comfortable. You are recommended to stay in this hotel. The location is also strategic. You can enjoy Kuala Lumpur night view from your room. You can also see the twin tower directly from your room. Wow it’s amazing.

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Comfortable and excellent room concept

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What number one is your room?

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The swimming pool coming soon..

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Meeting room..

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Another meeting room

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Go Green theme room

After looking around and feel the harmony of Vivatel Kuala Lumpur, we left to Kenanga Wholesale City Fashion Mall. It’s located in Jalan Kenanga, very close to the Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. Invite your family to shopping your fashion needs.

Kenanga Wholesale City map

KWC Fashion Mall – Handbags

Your kids fashion needs are here

During in this mall, we have served by free coffee at Old Town white coffee and also Kopi O outlet. Get the latest and hottest fashion style at Kenanga Wholesale City Fashion Mall.

Kenanga Wholesale City Fashion Mall
8.01, Kompleks Kenanga Wholesale City, No.
Jalan Gelugor, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Website : www.kenangacity.com.my
Telp : 03-9221-8081
Opening Hour : 10am-8pm (Daily)

#4th Day – Exploring Kuala Selangor

It’s our 4th day of My Selangor Story 2013. I woke up early as usual. But this time in different spot, we were at Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa. Washed and had some breakfast. It was a good morning.

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Breakfast with tea and some breads

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Good morning from Golden Palm Tree

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Swimming pool with a romantic view

After eating breakfast, we went to the second floor for joining yoga activity. It was my first time doing yoga, and it was excellent. The trainer also a nice and friendly Malay guy.

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Posing before starting yoga, handsome isn’t it? haha

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Seriously doing yoga

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Full of concentration

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With the trainer..

Yeah, yoga activity ended. We continued our next activity. It was bicycling. We rode through some small road. I was with Intan on nice bike. As I promised to her before departing to Selangor to get on ride together because she can not ride the bicycle, haha.

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Yeah, this is Intan..

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After riding, take a rest for a moment..

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Yuhuu.. me with my bike haha

Soon after cycling activity, we prepared for check out. Back to the room for washing and prepare for our luggage. We checked out around 12.00 pm. Before leaving, we have served with the last lunch at Bila-Bila Restaurant at Golden Palm Tree.  Nasi ayam with coconut ice blended, and ice cream as the closing dessert nyam nyam..

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Nasi Ayam with Coconut ice blended

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Milk ice cream..

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Group photo before leaving Golden Palm Tree

Good stay, good view, good outdoor activities, all of those things i found in Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa. You guys should visit this place. Very wonderful. We left the resort around 1.oo pm and heading to Bukit Melawati. It took around 2 hours, so most of us felt asleep in the bus. But wait, before reached at Bukit Melawati, we stopped by for “killing” our swelter. We have stopped in the right place. It’s cendol bakar place. This place is located at Kampung Asam Jawa, Kuala Selangor. The unique is, this Cendol provided drive through service. Wow..

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Some tastes of Cendol Bakar

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Cendol Bakar Drive Through

The name and the price for each cendol is also different. Here they are :

– Cendol VIP –  RM2.00
– Cendol VVIP –  RM2.50
– Cendol Tapai – RM2.80
– Cendol Pulut Tapai –  RM3.20
– Cendol Durian – RM3.00
– Cendol Pulut Durian – RM3.50

Whuaa.. good beverage for today. We left by. The bus moved to Bukit Melawati. Only 20 minutes, we finally arrived there. We used tram to got the the top of Bukit Melawati, and it was free of charge. I saw many friendly monkeys and some ancient monuments.

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Cute monkey, isn’t it? haha

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The Museum of Kuala Selangor

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Light house was built by British hundred years ago

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The welcome tower

Yeay, it’s time to eat now. The stomach was shouted haha. After looking around at Bukit Melawati, we left to River View Seafood Restaurant for eating supper. We eat supper earlier because we will go to Kampung Kuantan for firefly watching. Anyway, we had a great supper there. Fish, crab, shrimp, squid, and many more. Nyam nyam nyam….

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Do not try this at home, haha..

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Fish Soup

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Fried squid

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“crispy” crab

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Yummy clam

Whoaa guys, what a perfect dinner. The stomach was full. Now it’s time to move to another beautiful place. Yeeeaaayy.. this is the most awaiting place. Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan. Yeah, this is the place we we are gonna watch the fireflies. Can’t wait to see.

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Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan

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Visitors are ready to watch the fireflies

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About fireflies spot at Kampung Kuantan

We were not really lucky because could not get some pictures of the fireflies. The camera is allowed, but without using flash, oh my God. But no worries, the most important thing is I have already seen the fireflies, hehe. Here is the additional information for you.

Price: 1 boat – RM40 for 4 pax (RM10 per pax)
Operating hours: 7pm – 11pm
Tel: 603 3289 1439 / 603 3289 1549
Fax: 603 3289 1101 / 603 3289 3386.

All right, after watching the fireflies, we came back again to Kuala Lumpur, It took around 2 hours from Kuala Selangor. We went to Vivatel Hotel.  This 4 stars business hotel welcomed us as well. A nice hotel to stay. You should try living here.

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Vivatel Kuala Lumpur

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Nice design, isn’t it?

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Comfortable room to stay

Yeah the 4th day story ended here. Good night from Vivatel Kuala Lumpur.

Vivatel Kuala Lumpur

85, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T +6 03 9205 8888
T +6 03 9285 8210
F +6 03 9205 8889
E rsvn@vivatel.com.my

#3rd Day – Thaipusam and Golden Palm Tree

Our 3rd day of My Selangor Story 2013 started earlier than usual. It was because we wanted to see the Thai Poosam celebration in Batu Cave, and we had already known that the traffic to go the will be crazy, really crazy. Did you know, Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai ( usually in January or February).

We left Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel by 5.30 am to Batu Cave. On the way there, we stopped by in Warung Mamak for having our breakfast. I had some Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik, nyam nyam..

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Nasi Lemak

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Chapati

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Kavadi, Batu Cave 2013

After having a nice breakfast, we left to Batu Cave. The traffic around there begun crazy, crowded by people and vehicles. Soon when we arrived there, I was astonished with the situation. I remembered first time visiting Batu Cave on 2010, was not like this. Today is crazy. A lot of people, stuffs, vehicles, etc. Out side of Batu Cave arena, the Indians were preparing their needs.

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Thaipusam Preparation 2013, Batu Cave

It was awesome. They looked very serious in preparing anything.  I continued walking inside the arena, and i was really surprised again. I saw billions of people were gathering in this place. Some were sitting, walking, and some other were worshiping.

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People in front of Batu Cave gate

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An old guy was seriously worshiping

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He was “talking” to God

This annually celebration is followed by almost most of Indian in Malaysia. Not only Indian, few Chinese were also involved in this celebration. At first, I was with Helga, a handsome and friendly blogger from Jakarta. But because of the situation was very crowded, we have separated before finally met again. I was still busy with taking photo among billions of people.

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Seriously worshiping

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Some people were collecting the money from the visitors

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He was “trying” to clean his sins in front of the God

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Murugan Statue stands strongly among billion of people

Tired but amazing. I learned many new things here. Solidarity is number one for them. The kept respecting to the people, even they were worshiping. Most tourist took the photo, including me, but the Indians didn’t say “no pictures”. I think that they were proud because other origins came to their celebration.

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Beautiful celebration, isn’t it?

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Didn’t care anything while worshiping..

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Me and 2 Indian guys

Well, i was tired and decided to go back to our base camp. On the way there I met Wulan, then we walked together to the base camp. I saw some friendly people were sharing the mineral waters and oranges. Some also shared the food.

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Tourism Selangor at Thaipusam celebration

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The guys from Tourism Selangor shared waters and oranges

After all of us were there, we left and got on the bus. The rest of us were still in Thaipusam arena. We have to wait them in the bus. After at least 20 minutes, the rest of us came and the bus moved to Golden Palm Tree Resort in Sepang. On the way there, we stopped by in food court for having lunch. I remembered we ate at Kopi Tiam that time. The food and the beverage was nice.

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Kopi Tiam

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Food at Kopi Tiam

After eating lunch, we continued our journey to Golden Palm Tree. This “heaven” has waited for us. We can’t wait to get there too.  Drove by trees, building, finally arrived at this resort. We were welcome by the manager and some other staffs, we also welcomed by the dance performance. I was really happy being here again. I remembered first time have been in Golden Palm Tree Resort in 2011.

After getting welcome party from Golden Palm Tree staffs, we were invited to enjoy and see some beautiful places in this iconic resort and spa. How has these places? Here they are.

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Sunset Garden @ Golden Palm Tree

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Stimbot Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Stimbot Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree. Good for candlelight dinner

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Sunset Garden @ Golden Palm Tree

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Extreme Park, Golden Palm Tree

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Space for kids, Golden Palm Tree

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The view of the rooms from the lobby

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Room at Golden Palm Tree Resort

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Chinese Food Restaurant

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View from second floor

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Room’s view from the second floor

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Spa equipment

So what do you think after looking at these photos? Are you interested? If you are, let me help you for further info of Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn Bhd

Address : No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang,
Kg Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel • +603 3182 3600
Fax • +603 3182 3700
E-mail: info@goldenpalmtree.com

For reservation, simply click here.

#2nd Day – Visiting Klang Heritage and Sunway Lagoon

January, 26th 2013. It was about 7.30 am, we left from Premiere Hotel to visit Klang Heritage, some ancient places in Klang, Selangor. Sure, having a group photo before leaving one place is a must. We are exactly crazy and happy bloggers, haha.

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Group photo in front of Premiere Hotel

Soon after that, we left to some places of Klang heritage. The first place that we have visited is the railway station. This station was build long time ago, and now is still operated to take the passengers to some places in Selangor especially.

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Klang railway station

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Klang “clean” railway station

During in Klang railway station, we spent our time for taking photos and collecting some information, also asked related questing to some station staffs. After looking around, we decided to continue our journey. We have been to some ancient places. We walked through some old buildings.

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Some old buildings around Klang

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Gedung Raja Abdullah, Klang

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Gedong Raja Abdullah Heritage

Before, Gedong Raja Abdullah was used  as a place where the people saved their guns that time. Now this building is closed and was informed will make as a museum.

We continued walking and then we met one of Klang’s oldest fire station. This building was built in 1890s. Even the building renovated 3 years ago, but the concept of this building is still the same with the old style.

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Klang Fire Station

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The equipments at Klang fire station

Spending like 20 minutes in this fire station, then we move toSri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple. This is the richest and the oldest temple in Klang. Located at junction of Jalan Dato Hamzah and Jalan Bukit Jawa.

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Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

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The front view of Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

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The Indian Hindu is worshiping at Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

Hoaam… I feel little bit tired after visiting some of Klang heritage. We continued our journey to Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz which in located in Bangunan Sultan Sulaeman, 41000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Nice place, and I could find many unique things inside.

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Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz

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The equipment that wore by Raja

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The Royal Collection

During in this building, we visited and saw many things. The guide also explained us the story of each thing we saw. We also watched the documentary film. It was a good moment being there. I could get some knowledge about Selangor historical.

Spending like almost one hour there, the team then decided to move to another Klang heritage, this time we went to the Lady of Lourdes Church which is located in Jl.Tengku Kelana, Klang Selangor. Then we continued our journey and stopped in an unique bridge which is could be use for motorbike and cars. Down part is used for motorbike, and above part is used for cars only.

All right, not too long there, we continued to Persatuan Penyokong Rumah Berhala Kwan Imm, Klang. It’s a place where the Buddhism worship. When we were there, we saw most of Buddhism were seriously worshiping. I was not lucky that time because my camera battery was low, and no pictures captured, yeah there is, but only one 😦

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In front of the Kwan Imm temple

Collecting information, looking around and taking photos done. Now it’s time to move to Little India. When we arrived at Little India, firstly we had our lunch at Archana curry house which is located at Jl. Tengku Kelana No.62, Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, 41000 Malaysia. We have had a great lunch right there. Oh no pictures here, camera was charging 😦

No problem, let’s jump to another destination. After having a great lunch we walked through some building ans dropped by at Madura store. This store is selling the accessories. Each of us got free simple accessories from the owner of this store. Then we moved to Gayathiri store. A store which sales the Indian clothes. Again, each of us got free Kain Saree from the owner of this store.

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In one side of Gayathiri store

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The clothes at Gayathiri store

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Front view of Gayathiri store

All right, our journey to Klang heritage stopped here, and we moved to another beautiful place, it was Sunway Lagoon. Sunway Lagoon is an amusement park in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad on April 29, 1993. Our bus kept going through the buildings and good traffic that time, and finally touched down in Sunway Lagoon.

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Sunway Lagoon

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Sunway Lagoon water park

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Sunway Lagoon Extreme Park

We spent at least 2 hours and 30 minutes here. For the opening “water party”, we watched the Waterplexx 5D. It’s was amazing, more than real world. After watching, some of us did water activities, some went to extreme park, and some busy with taking photos.

Around 5.00 pm, we left to Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It took around one hour to get there from Sunway Lagoon because we have had a bad traffic jam. I felt asleep in the bus.. Huh really really tired. Finally we arrived at Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel.

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Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

We immediately went in to our room for washing and took rest. Around 7.30 pm, we came back again to the lobby and as usual, we got welcomed by the manager and some staffs of this hotel. The showed us and told us some important points of their hotel.

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Room at Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Right before having hotel presentation, we had another presentation from AstuteXperience. This is one of sponsored which gave us free card and some vouchers for enjoying holiday in Malaysia ( for member only ). To get the membership card, we have to pay around RM150, but we were lucky that time because we got this car for free. In this case, you guys should know that AstuteXperience  is the partner of Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel and Vivatel Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Without AstuteXperience, we would not able to enjoy and stay at these 2 hotels. Once again thanks a lot for AstuteXperience.

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Ms. Gomathi, the Managing Director of AstuteXperience

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Dining Room @ Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel

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What menu do you want?

It’s a very nice and comfortable hotel. You are recommended to stay in this hotel. You may enjoy the good view of Kuala Lumpur from your room. For further information, please visit Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel official website.

Additional for Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel :
Address: 49, Level 8, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2022 0962
Fax: 603 2022 0962
For reservation, go here.

My Selangor Story 2013 Begins

It was January, 25th 2013 around 2 pm of Malaysia local time. We are 7 selected bloggers from Aceh arrived in LCCT Kuala Lumpur. Ms. Chai, Ms. Alison from My Horizon Media and Bang Safri as tourist guide were waiting for us out there, exactly in front of Old Town White Coffee. After making short conversation and taking some photos, we went to LCCT food garden and had some foods.

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Nasi campur at Food Garden

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Food Garden, LCCT

We spent some hours there for eating, relaxing, taking photos and also waiting for the rest of bloggers from Indonesia, such as Pekanbaru, Surabaya, and Jakarta. They have arrived at 5 pm. After saying hallo to them, all of us got on the bus and left to Première Hotel in Klang. It was rain on the way to Klang, and the rain was like cat and dog. Without conscious, i felt asleep and zzz…

Around few hours later, we touched down to Klang, exactly at Première Hotel. We are welcomed by the Hotel manager and some other staffs. After having some drinks, we were invited to visit some special rooms to see the beautiful of it.

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Room at Premiere Hotel

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Executive Ball Room @ Premiere Hotel

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@ Executive Ball Room, Premiere Hotel

After looking around, we went to our room for preparation eating supper. 10 minutes later, we went down to the dinner room and had supper together. The food and beverage were good. I met a good chef, excellent service, and nice manager at Premiere Hotel.

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Mixed fried rice @ Premiere Hotel

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Good and friendly service

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Me, Helga, Intan and Mr. Ng Kien Ti, the manager of Premiere Hotel

It was a wonderful supper. Soon after finished eating, we left to Medan Muara Ikan Bakar which is located in Tanjung Harapan, Klang. We went there by bus which only took 30 minutes from the hotel. Nice place to eat ikan bakar with a romantic view in the back. As the proof, this place is crowded by many visitors that night.

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Medan Muara Ikan Bakar

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Visitors are enjoying their food

How to order? It’s so simple.
1. Pick a plastic tray,
2. Choose your seafood,
3. Queue at the counter and weigh your seafood,
4. Choose what kind of method of cooking, and
5. Go back to your seat and wait till your food is served.

All right, after spending at least 1 hour in Mutiara Medan Ikan Bakar, we went back to the Premiere Hotel for taking rest. And this is the end of the 1 st day of My Selangor Story 2013.

Additional information about Premiere Hotel.
Address  : Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1/KS6
Jalan Langat 41200 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Phone :+60 3 3325 6868
Fax : +60 3 3325 6869

For further information, you are recommended to visit Premiere Hotel official website. Thank you very much.