The Petronas Twin Towers

Amazing to look at and curious how it feels on the double decker skybridge, thought to be the highest bridge in the world connecting both towers together. The view of Kuala Lumpur city is spectacular from this bridge. Though I am a height freak I somehow made it to the top. A few amazing views taken from the skybridge :

Georgetown, a UNESCO heritage city

Its a city with a mix of old colonial and cultural buildings and shophouses with the old original design and structure which are mostly attached to the Chinese communities in the area; it is also a modern city with modern buildings and big shopping malls. It was a hot sunny day when we arrived Georgetown and having never been here before, we wanted to cover the heritage side of the city as much as we can as well as to savor the local delicacies that was always talked about on the travel sites.

A mural – old zone of UNESCO Georgetown
The old shop houses re invented

We have not had lunch at this time and one of the hotel staff said that Sri Weld Hawkers center isn’t far away and not bad at all to try out. So we started walking out of The prestige Hotel where we are staying. We thought it was a nice walk and after seven minutes later, we reached the hawkers place. Truly, not bad at all as there’s a lot food varieties from each stall that was available there. We have even decided to go to the same place for breakfast the next morning before exploring further out. There was a long line on the front and we were wondering why there are so many people in line. It was the savory traditional ‘Nasi Lemak’ (fragrant rice, archives & Chili paste on a banana leaf which we did try and of course, it was delicious.

Nasi Lemak, a Malaysian delicacy
We thought this walkway was interesting behing shophouses

Really an old temple

Our amazing stay with The Prestige

Arrived Georgetown Penang on a short 3Days 2 Nights stay and had our accommodation booked at The Prestige Penang, constructed out of old shophouses and warehouses, to this amazing hotel. The hotel website features a detailed description that attracted us to stay here. When we arrived, our expectation was high. But gladly the hotel staff made us feel welcome the minute we stepped in. My first impression on whats around : seeing a small lobby area / shiny platinum checking in counter,the on site dining area right on the opposite side, the lounge area, & the arcade , they were all in a separate area of space unlike a traditional big hotels, making it uniquely prestigious!

A row of old shophouses and Godowns were converted and transformed into now The Prestige Hotel.
Dining patio

Tropical Water Lilies

These Water Lilies attracted my eyes, they are real and beautifully located right on the building entrance of the Art Science Museum building at Marina Bay.

Just a place to enjoy a little bit of nature for a moment to destress from work bustles!
“Like the water lily, I embrace my surroundings and bloom into being unique …”
~*aNu* ~

Super tree garden

The Gardens by the Bay is a huge nature park that expands about 250 acres and features the unique and exotic super Tree that is actually a garden planter with its large canopy for smaller plants such as orchids, ferns, creeping plants, lots of pretty flowering plants etc. Walking along the the Skyway that is absolutely ‘a must go’ giving you a whole wide view the lush green surrounding of the bay area. This skyway is attached between two super trees and is about 50m above the ground.
Various plants grown on the supertree
Pretty little plants on the Super tree

Admiring the fascinating supertrees from the base and thinking how tall and amazing each one of them is.

Malacca , a world heritage site

The Living Museum

So we have longed wanted to visit Malacca but never had enough time to spare each time when we are in the area. Its a 2 hour pleasant drive from Kuala Lumpur, though not on a cloudy and rainy day. Thanks to my college best friend, Flora, who made the arrangement and made this trip possible. We weren’t lucky enough to choose this day as it was raining intermittently all day through. Also thanks to Danny for guiding us on this trip. We had a wonderful lunch at Siew Tin’s Nyonya Kitchen to savor the Nyonya dishes. And here are some of the very colorful scenes I have ever taken in pictures.

Christ Church, an 18th century Anglican church located a few minutes to Jonker street.
Malacca Art Galery
St Paul’s church ruins, the structure was originally built in 1521 by a Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho . It is located on top of St Paul’s hill and you’ve git to climb up 100 steep staircase to reach this unroof ruin. Its has a interesting history.
Old landmark here for centuries
How colorful!
The start of the Jonker Walk
Jonker river walk
The colorful Becha ride
You can never miss this view of an old delightful picture painted building along the Jonker river walk
Jonker river walk
We are almost ending our historical walk

A morning stroll along the river

After many hours of sitting down during our flight to Singapore, we took a nice walk the very next morning at the Riverside Point, a nice walking path in the city along the Singapore river to relax and unwind. The place is common for cyclist, joggers and fun times watching Otters and Ducks swimming away. It was really quiet when we were there with lots of space for us to walk and be curious of whats around us! Shops weren’t open yet on a Saturday morning where people have probably been out boozing up themselves the night before.
But in no time we felt the heat as its typically hot and humid in Singapore. There were pleasantly cool shady areas to hide under for a while and surely was a refreshing experience here. In the evening this place is vibrant again when it comes to happy hour and dining experience, parties or just good times.

Back to the skies

From my window seat and traveling from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo on a perfect fine weather, the journey was awesome! Have not traveled since the discovery of Covid-19 and that was two years ago. What a relief! All restrictions was lifted with a personal choice to wear or not to wear a mask. However, due to the regulations of most Asian countries, wearing a mask is required indoors and can opt out when outside.
Nevertheless, I was still excited to come for a visit. It rained some days but this is a typical weather in the area and when it rains, its pouring rain most of the time. It is also typical for the rain to pour in the afternoon. It will be nice and clean after that though it will be kind of wet.

a perfect morning sun

An Ole’ Country road leading to my family homestead where tree branches dropped low to form the perfect sun shade, a one way country road just meant for a household. As John Denver’s hit song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” runs through the mind while driving here will be the best description of this picture. This country road cuts right through the family orchard with mighty views of fruit trees on both sides with some highlights of bamboo shrubs.

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment” ~ by Jane Austin

Centro Historico, Mexico

Some of the main attraction in Mexico City, ~ must see places!
Zocalo – Plaza de la Constitucion, a center for public gathering since the Aztec
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – the original church
The Hampton Inn & Suites, Mexico City 🏙

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – the new church

Mexico Centro Historical
National Palace, Mexico City

Teotihuacan ~ Pyramid of the Sun

The Aztec World

Climbing the narrow steep steps up to this Pyramid is an experience. Its scorching hot weather and with its high humidity, you will be sweating hard ahead of yourself!

After all the effort, you’ll be feeling on top of the world with spectacular view all around you. They say …. There used to be an altar on the top and was said to have built to honor a deity.

The Old Faithful

Old Faithful Spouts hot boiling geyser faithfully for years since 1870 with regular 90 minutes interval and erupts about 17 times a day
Geyser time ~ viewing deck
Social distancing is much better here at the back of the platform deck and its under the tree shades.

The area is huge but the area has thousands of visitors daily

The scenic drive

The beautiful and scenic drive from Mammoth hot springs and Old Faithful, inside the Yellowstone National Park.
Sometimes you will share the road with Bisons
I would think that this is an old Bison (old scaly skin visible) left behind and grazing all alone!
Beautiful Yellowstone river along the way
Not the right time to see wildlife at 2pm as most them are under shades

Scenic drive thru – the place to be
Hikers’ haven

Visitors are still flocking in

#Yellowstonenationalpark#day5#0601202

Assumption Abbey


This Benedictine Monastery is a home to about 30 monks and brothers. We met Fr James at the gift shop and sort of gave us some information on the history of the beautiful monastery. We walked the hallway with a really high traditional ceiling, very ancient and historical. It has all the dark wood wall which I thought was a very unique design yet very elegant! On both sides of the hallway were rooms with a very tall Cathedral style doors and again with a very distinct design. This place, though it was built in the 1800’s, still looks very clean and very well maintain
Already in our itinerary, visited this holy place, Assumption Abbey, after TR National Park in the afternoon. Read on their website that they have a gift shop selling items such as soaps, candles and lots of religious items made at the Monastery by the monks themselves. I was particularly wanted to look at some of the soaps and so bought a few.
The Abbey grounds, vast and beautiful, quite and peaceful, calm and free from disturbances with all beautiful surroundings. Such an enriching experience!
Had time to attend sunset mass at
St Mary’s as well in this 128 year old beautiful church.
Very well made soap, nicely wrapped and the smell was heavenly! They even have a mention what good the soap will do for your skin.

The Enchanted Highway

This is an eye catcher on the freeway, was curious what the sculpture was all about. Well this a kind of hobby to someone with a talent and a collection of scrap metals and the love of wildlife.

On the same highway stretch, I thought the drive was beyond beautiful to my mind as the sky was just as blue and white clouds in contrast.

#enchantedhighway#beyondbeautiful#Day2#05292021

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Driving through the park entrance. This park has an area of 110.1 sq miles in size. Visitors may drive many miles within the park area
The Painted Desert ~ The color isn’t quite seen like ‘painted’ but is probably best seen in the Fall with leaves of different color.

The tiny-teeny town of Medora is a gateway to this quiet and isolated park. This park is the least visited of all and is of course a tribute to the 26th President who was also a Conservationist. When we arrived and drove around Medora, we instantly felt “at leisure” as there was no traffc lights, cars were moving kinda slow. Looking around, we saw this ☑️ an amazing ride!

Medora

Its a Cowboy Hall of Fame too!

#TRNP#Day2#05292021

Billings ~ North Shore

Billings – not exactly our plan to be in the city after hours of driving but we were headed to our overnight accommodation.
Finally our cozy place! The grocery store is just next door. Simple and got ourselves some deli items and we’re good for Day 1 adventure.
Some features that made our evening simple and helped wrapped up today’s on the road adventure.

West Yellowstone

A small vibrant town, this place can sometimes be a hectic place to be with the cost of accommodation skyrockets from May to October. By its name, it is the gateway to the Yellowstone National Park and Mammoth Hot springs.

With our destination city still about 4 hours away, we decided to stop by for our picnic lunch at the city park here. Just after lunch, the weather changed, it drizzled with a cloudy sky but did not last long. We then continued our trip directly to Billings and that was nine hours drive total. Such a long and tiring day!

#westyellowstone#day1#05282021

Scenic Gallatin Valley

Chose to drive through scenic highway 191 on our way to Billings driving through the beautiful Gallatin country with Gallatin river visible all along for hours. Its an awesome ride with many miles of breathtaking views of the valley.

Lodgepole pines and Subalpine fir trees at Gallatin Gateway area

#Gallatin National Forest #Day1#05282021

Columbia Icefield

A visit to the Athabasca Glacier is a “must” when you are in the area of the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Located on on the opposite side of the Interpretative Center, they provide a standard tourist bus to the glacier start point and then board a special snow coach bus up the deep glacier and you will not regret it! Beautiful snow covered field all the way up . (May 2016)

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