Friday, March 28, 2014

Penang 2nd Bridge - Terrible Traffic Jam at the End.

The 2nd Penang Bridge was open to the Public since March 2014. The Bridge is longer than the 1st Bridge but it has 2 lanes for cars compared to 3 lanes on the 1st Bridge. The drive is not so easy as it is narrower with 2 lanes only. With Big Lorries using the bridge, only add to the difficult ride.Traffic coming from Kuala Lumpur can turn left before reaching the Juru Rest Area, and head towards the 2nd Bridge. The Drive is slow at 80 kph speed limit. You will end up in a traffic Jam if you head towards Bayan Lepas and Georgetown. Here the jam is caused by a few Traffic lights and 4 lanes moving into 2 lanes. The traffic is very bad, up to 30 mins or more. I do not advice using the 2nd bridge. Jam, Jam, Jam terrible Jam. Better to take the 1st Bridge. Alternatively, you can turn towards Batu Mauh and cut across the industrial area and use GPS set to Queensbay Mall. Wish you luck when using the 2nd Bridge. Note: The 2nd Bridge is mainly used by lorries going to the Factories located in Bayan Lepas Area.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ecotourism - Tanjung Sepat, Malaysia

Locally Manufactured Bird's Nest which are of Export Quality at Kwan Wellness Ecopark

Roasting of Coffee Beans
Famous Locally Roasted Coffee
Local Candy

Local Pineapples which are sugar sweet

Passion FruIt Orchard

Logan Orchard

Dragon Fruit Orchard

Seafood Lunch - Lover Bridge Restaurant and Bayview Restaurant are  recommended..

Lovers Bridge in Tanjung Sepat
Fishing Boats - Fresh Fish can be obtained in Tanjung Sepat
Tanjung Sepat is also Famous for Preserved Vegetable Pau, Mr Black Pau is recommended. Fish ball and marine produce are available at the stalls located nearby Lovers Bridge. Tapioca Chip Factory and Mushroom Farm can also be found in Tg Sepat.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thailand Tour to Chiangmai - Hmong Hill Tribe Village

The Hmong Hill Tribe people originated from Tibet, Siberia, Mongolia and then they move to the Hill region of the Yellow River in China. After which they move to the Golden Triangle Area of  Loas, Thailand, Cambodia and Burma. They were recruited by the French and US Forces to figh in the Vietnam War and Loatian Civil War. After the French and US defeats the Communist Government started to kill the Hmong tribe. As a result they fled to Thailand and settled down. Their main occupation are farming and livestock rearing. They also cultivate Poppy plants from which Opium is derived.

The cooling months are in November and December. The picture shows the mist in the daytime in the month of  November. The Wind is strong and cold. You really need a thick jacket.

Currently the Hmong Hill Village at Doi Pui is more of a Tourist area where the Hmong does handicrafts which are sold cheaply to tourist. This is a great place to buy clothings, bags, hat, shoes, shirts, handkerchief and other handicraft items for your friends. There are also coffee shops selling drinks and noodle soups. Strawberries are also on sale.

Some Hmong Tribe clothings are also on Sale.

Bags made by the Hmong Tribe

Opium Flowers. They come in other colours like red, yellow and white.

Doi Pui Waterfall

Stalls selling Handicrafts

Rest Area in the Doi Pui Village

Rows and Rows of shopping, to the Left and to the Right.

Handicraft items in the shape of Elephants. Cost about 100 Bath or  RM10.25 for 5 pieces.

Most  Items are sew by the Hmong tribe.

More Shopping and more Shopping...A Lady's Paradise.

A Shop selling some modern Handicrafts.

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