I have moved

25 10 2011

After 2 years faithfully blogging with wordpress.com, I have decided to get my own domain. My new website is now called Food ‘n Frame. It has a different layout, mostly tailored to exhibit my photography work. But that’s not all…

Do check out my blog section for the latest updates on related to my work.

And for a limited time, if you click LIKE on Food ‘n Frame Facebook page, you will receive a FREE e-book on photography called Shooting Like a Pro.

I hope you will like my new website. Click here and head on down to Food ‘n Frame.

My Selangor Story 2011: Through My Lens

11 10 2011

Here is a video compilation of the pictures I took through the entire My Selangor Story 2011 event. It has truly been a wonderful journey and looking back at all the pictures evokes the feeling of happiness to be part of this fantastic campaign.

To read about my story on MSS 2011, please click on this link here. But for now, I hope you enjoy watching the video below 🙂

Note: Click on the 360p on the bottom right button on the Youtube player and select 1080p to watch the slideshow in high definition.

MSS 2011 Day 5: Chilling Out @ Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

9 10 2011

After a tiring day, we arrived at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie for some rest & relax time. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well after that and decided to rest, thus skipping the dinner at The Mix.

But kudos to Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie for providing me with a room that is so comfortable to stay in and allowed me to rest and recuperate throughout the night. Breakfast was also good with a wide selection of local and international buffet to choose from. Too bad I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures as told by one of the staff working there.

Nevertheless, I managed to took a few shots of this exquisite hotel here. One good thing I love about Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie is its location which is not too far from either KL or PJ. It is also situated in the traffic free area of Glenmarie thus ensuring that I won’t get caught up in the congestion when I left the hotel the next morning.

This concludes my story about My Selangor Story 2011. It was definitely a fun experience. More importantly, it had really opened up eyes to a new horizon through meeting fellow bloggers both from local and international countries. Despite our different backgrounds, cultures and origins, we actually shared more things in common than we realized. I have met new friends whom are now close to my heart. Although this is a competition, it has never felt like one from the first day. The spirit of cooperation, support and teamwork was evident right from the start and even till now, through our close discussion group in Facebook.

I have also learned that Selangor has so much to offer in terms of its rich tourism resources and we have barely scratch its surface. I am sure the next MSS will offer even greater depth in terms of the places and activities that new bloggers will be doing.

My heartfelt thanks to Horizon Communications for taking up such a tremendous tasks in organizing such an event. And to the sponsors, again your warm hospitality never failed to amaze me. Throughout my five days trip, I have never been happier and comfortable. Despite being really sick on the last few days, I have never felt like going home.

This is my story, my experience and my chronicle of My Selangor Story 2011. Although the journey has ended, I will always remember all the wonderful moments that we shared in this trip.

Note: Picture above was taken using Pentax RS 1000

Organizer: Horizon Communication

Official Tourism Board: Tourism Selangor

Official Airlines: Firefly

Official Hotel: Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Official Resort & Spa: Golden Palm Tree

Official Resort: Resort World Genting

Official Telco: The Cube

Official Restaurant: The Mix

Official Camera: Pentax

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
No. 1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8 Seksyen U1
40250 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 1800 801 881  

Website: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/kuala-lumpur/kulhi/hoteldetail

MSS 2011 Day 4: Action Adventure Day @ Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort Obstacle Course

9 10 2011

The next morning, we woke up at around 6 a.m. to get ourselves prepared for the MAJOR outdoor activity. Amelia Tan, who is the organizer of MSS 2011 has been hinting to all bloggers about it for the past few days and today is the day!

We walked towards a large field where Mr. Zul gave us a short briefing and a morning workout before proceeding for the run. The bloggers were all feeling enthusiastic on that day despite soaking under the hot sun.

First up, some exercise to loosen up the hips and getting the engine warm up! Apparently, bloggers have to run for about 1km before going through a series of obstacle courses.

The bloggers have to pass through several obstacles by getting themselves wet and muddy!

This is really the test of ‘survival of the fittest’.

It wasn’t an easy task to reach the final stretch but judging from the bloggers’ expressions I am sure they had a lot of fun.

Andi and Low even got up the stage and dance after finish the obstacle courses. Time for celebration!

Mr. Zul joined in the fun by doing the Macarena dance. He even remarked that MSS 2011 participants is the best team he ever came across! Kudos to all bloggers!

I must say that this is one of the best activity for the day. It was physically demanding but the end results were extremely gratifying. Thumbs up to Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort.

After freshening up, it was time to say goodbye to Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort. Though we miss your great hospitality, we will never forget the good times we had there. Hopefully we will be back soon, really soon!

Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
KM 13, Genting Highlands
69000 Genting Highlands
Pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: 03 – 6101 3015
Fax: 03 – 6101 3535

Website: www.awana.com.my

To find out more about Awana Genting Team Building Programs, Eco Sports Activities and Special Fun and Adventure Programmes, click on the link here.

MSS 2011 Day 3: Cultures Meets Nature @ Awana Longhouse & Pasar Ikan Bakar

9 10 2011

After having so much fun with abseiling, we were ushered to our accommodation. We were told that all of us will be staying at the Awana Longhouse which is reminiscent of a Sarawakian Traditional Longhouse. As Mr. Zul aptly said, “We don’t need to travel all the way to Sarawak to get a taste of staying in a longhouse.”

I must admit that after being pampered with 5 star resort treatment earlier, this is essentially a throwback to how it is like to stay in a jungle where accommodation facilities were stripped down right to the basics. There were no air-conds (not necessary a bad thing since it is cold at Awana Genting), no ceiling fans, no plush pillows nor thick bed mattresses and no tables or cupboards, attached bathrooms and toilets. Everything were intentionally scaled down to the bare essentials but the quaint part of it is that I find it really enjoyable to bunk up with 10 fellow bloggers in one large room and getting a good taste of spending the night closer to the nature.

As for dinner, it was a different story altogether. We were treated with a good selection of freshly grilled seafood, local delicacies, desserts and etc courtesy of Pasar Ikan Bakar which is just a stone throw away from the longhouse.

Pasar Ikan Bakar is far from being a market. Instead it is a cozy restaurant where guests can comfortably rest on Thai Triangle Pillows while enjoying their meal. I was really amazed with the elaborate set up and fantastic dining ambience.

Genting Awana was generous enough to even throw in a live band to keep us all entertained throughout the night.

Even our organiser, Amelia Tan was called on to the stage to given a rendition of a popular Malay song.

One of the specialty featured in Pasar Ikan Bakar is the Ikan Bakar Special. There are also other grilled seafood and meat to choose from.

Two thumbs up to Awana Genting for offering such great hospitality. Suffice to say, all of us had so much fun that night that we wish the night would never end.

Thankfully, we had another exciting event for the night called ‘Blind Trail’ where all bloggers were blind folded and had to rely on the sense of touch to guide themselves while walking towards the jungle by touching the rope along the path. I admit, it was rather terrifying to be blind folded. What caught me off guard was the surprise birthday cake waiting for me (it was my birthday) at the end of the trail as they sang the birthday song to me. Thanks bloggers!

Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
KM 13, Genting Highlands
69000 Genting Highlands
Pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: 03 – 6101 3015
Fax: 03 – 6101 3535

Website: www.awana.com.my

Awana Longhouse

For reservation or enquiries, call 03 – 6436 9000 ext 7619 / 853018 / 53020 or click here for more information.

Pasar Ikan Bakar

Operating Hours:
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

For bookings, please call 03 – 6101 3015 ext 53020 or 7605

MSS 2011 Day 3: Fun & Adventure @ Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort

9 10 2011

Right after our brefing, our Eco Challenge Chief, Mr. Zul led us to the forest for our first activity. We were told that we would be performing abseiling or rappelling where participants would need to decent down on a 45 degrees wooden platform using a rope. Cool!

Suddenly I feel like I am in an espionage role for one of those Mission Impossible movies. Though I had been involved in numerous team building activities in the past, it was the first time I tried abseiling. Hats off to Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort for introducing such a unique outdoor activity for the bloggers.

While it may look frightening at first, the team of marshals were there to brief us on the safety procedures and teaching us the proper technique to hold the rope and using our body weight to decent down the wooden platform.

The marshals were all very friendly and helpful. After trying the abseiling myself, I find it really fun. And best of all, it wasn’t difficult to walk down the platform with the safety harness attached to our body. After having our first go, we have to perform the same act but this time, our body was facing forward.

All in all, it was great fun and all the bloggers managed to complete the task.

Besides abseiling, Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort also offer other activities such as rock climbing, flying fox and eco trail.

Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
KM 13, Genting Highlands
69000 Genting Highlands
Pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: 03 – 6101 3015
Fax: 03 – 6101 3535

Website: www.awana.com.my

For reservation or enquiries on the Fun & Adventure activities, call 03 – 6436 9000 ext 7619 / 853018 / 53020

MSS 2011 Day 2: Grand Dinner at the Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom

9 10 2011

The dinner was again an eventful experience with a good selection of food ala buffet style held at the Grand Ballroom. For those who love grilled seafood, Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa offers fish, mussles, lala and etc to sink your teeth into.

I also enjoyed the numerous live performances by the team of talented resort staff. We were treated to dances like Rasa Sayang and Kadazan Magunatip Dance. It was really interesting as we get to see how diverse Malaysia culture is with a variety of performances.

The grand ballroom was certainly spacious, offering 840 square-metre and can accommodate up to 1,200 people. The best thing about the ballroom is that there are no pillars thus the stage is unobstructed at any angle.

The ballroom is also ideal for wedding and banquets. To find out more, contact Golden Palm Tree based on the information below.

It was certainly a fun night and we had a group picture on the stage before calling it a night.

Here are some of the other food pictures taken.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn. Bhd.
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang
Kg. Bagan Lalang
43950 Sungai Pelek
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 3182 3600
Fax: +603 3182 3700

website: www.goldenpalmtree.com

email: info@goldenpalmtree.com

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