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Sunday, July 29, 2012

ATV Adventure Ride with Tourism Selangor

 This would be my third trip with Tourism Selangor and this time our destination is Kampung Kemensah for the fun ATV Adventure Offroad Ride. This ATV Adventure Park is the largest in Malaysia offering various jungle trails for all the outdoor enthusiasts. Kampung Kemensah is very easy to be found. It is just located behind Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur. We arrived there at 10.45am and it was already quite warm but it definitely didn't put us off from having fun.

 We had to park quite a distance away from the entrance as the car park was already full. Well, a little walk kick-started our metabolism.
 Spotted a beautiful 'graffiti' on a big rock and I already felt overwhelmed and excited.
 Upon riding the ATV Bikes, we were given some briefings on the dos and don'ts and also how to handle the big 'guys'. Looks simple but not exactly simple. Loads to remember... I was very impatient while waiting for the guide to finish explaining. I forgot to mention that we had to sign a letter of consent too.
 I wasn't expecting a big bike but there you go.. this is what we got.
 Bags have to be tied at the front of the bike. Bags are not allowed to be held onto as they might distract us from concentrating in riding the bikes. I was wondering... WHY couldn't I hold my bag?
 This is Calvin whom I just knew from travelling together. Our guide trying to give a hand riding up the steep trail.
 One of the jungle trails which might look very calming and easy. Trust me, this is not what it looks like. I don't know how the pictures turned out to be so kind but in fact, the jungle trails were very CRUEL to me.
 I went to Kampung Kemensah with a few other friends but were spilt due to the difficult climb. Never mind, I made 2 new friends. This one was taken 1/4 into our 2 hour route but I don't know where. A little flat land where we could take a picture.
 Another CRUEL trail.
Nigel , the official photographer for Tourism Selangor was enjoying his ride downhill.
After about one and a half hour ride uphill, we arrived at the Kelang Gate Dam. A beautiful 'lake'. I never forgot to snap a pic of myself there.
My friend Lam took a jumping photo. By looking at this photo, you know how excited he was to be on this trip.
After resting , time to leave. Have you ever seen traffic jam in the jungle? Not always...but I have!
Phew, late lunch at Breadties and been drinking water like a fish.
After lunch, as usual Fazly announced the 6 best photographs taken by the participants. Congratulations to all the winners!

There are 5 packages to choose from in this ATV ride:
A)  Half hour ride in the base training track                          RM50

B)  One and a half hour offroad ride to 7 tiers waterfall.             RM100

C)  Two hours offroad ride to Sofea Jane Waterfall.                    RM150

D)  About three hours ride uphill and downhill to Bukit Tabur
    and Kelang Gate Dam.                                               RM200

E)  A four hour offroad to Bukit Tabur, Dam, Liza river, Dataran Mas,
    Bukit Lalang.This is the ultimate amongst all the above and
    requires confidence and teamwork.                                  RM300

My remarks based on my experience:

I think it's advisable for those faint-hearted to take packages A and B only maybe C. Package D is quite intense and difficult for the first timer as the bike is quite heavy to handle with especially with the hours I had to hold onto the brakes. Not advisable to do it after a heavy downpour as the trails might be very slippery making it more difficult to control the bikes. Don't expect to take a lot of photos because you would be too busy concentrating not to fall down than to take photos.

What to bring :
 1) Mosquito repellent
 2) Cap
 3) Water
 4) Camera
 5) Extra clothing ( there is a bathroom there for showering )
 6) A pair of gloves for palm protection purposes
 7) Towel
 8) Wear trainers
 9) Sunblocks

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kuta Beach - Bali

 Before I went to Bali, I had always heard people saying how beautiful Kuta Beach was... and that one must go for a stroll there and to see the sunset! Apparently, beach resort is one of the main tourist attractions in Indonesia so despite the tiredness from the previous sightseeing, we came to the well known KUTA BEACH! One will not miss this place as it is a long spread sandy beach which extends beyond the airport into Jimbaran.
I think this is the main entrance of Kuta Beach. As you can see, there is a wall along built up to fence off the beach so one might have to walk a long way to get to the beach if you accidentally miss this one.
This is what welcoming you once you are at the beach! Loads of people selling shades, scarfs, tattoos and etc. I got a scarf for INR15000 and I believe the price could go lower. 
What can one do at Kuta Beach? Go board surfing as it is a famous sport there but beware of the big waves.
Sunbathing is another thing that you can do there. Asians don't like sunbathing as they love to be fair. I caught the sun by standing there for 2 hours. Those who love their skin, remember to slap loads of sunblock!
Beautiful wave!
I had always wondered why there are so many people saying that the sand there is beautiful and fine. Now, take a look at the pic I took. I have never seen such a beautiful concoction of sand before. 

Remember, swimming is prohibited in this area. 
Tips :
1)  Apply loads of sunblock before leaving the hotel.
2)  Bring a hat along.
3)  Remember to get the price down to 75% if you decide to buy any of the stuff at the beach.
4)  Do not wear trainers to walk around the beach.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bali Wood Carvings

Bali is very famous for its wood carving so on the very first day, we were taken to the wood carving factory as our first destination! Apparently, this factory is the biggest in Bali and many tourists ; tour buses were there already when we got there. It was a beautiful day but hot! It's advisable to bring a hat along.
The entrance of the factory. The first thing that came into my mind was... it would be very no tour guides would bother bringing tourists to a cheap attractions without commossion to earn.
A lady selling 'sarongs' outside the factory.
The interior of the shop cum factory.
No many people get the chance to see this type of carvings. While walking around the shop , spotted an ajar door so we sneaked through it and saw the worker carving a dog! I do not know if we were allowed to enter but we did anyway. The animals there were so lively  and how I wish I could carve. A dog would take roughly 2 months to complete so the pricetag  ... (you guess)
Another beautifully carved ornament.

I am in loved with a DEER!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Review : Pore Refining MDS-C Therapy by CELLNIQUEReview : Pore Refining MDS-C Therapy by CELLNIQUE

I always like being pampered and I was so happy to be  contacted by CELLNIQUE to do a review for their facial treatment.  At first , I was a bit worried af having to travel all the way to KL for the facial but was surprised to find out that quite a number of beauty centres have CELLNIQUE products. I quickly jumped at the offer and chose to go to Kluang  Musou Beauty Centre for it. This beauty centre is conveniently situated in the city centre and easy to find too. I was greeted warmly by the beauticians and the room environment was very relaxing with soothing music too.

CELLNIQUE paramedical products.
Lynn was my beautician and I was asked a few questions before the pampering session started. She had been very careful with my oily skin condition. So let me tell you more about CELLNIQUE  paramedical beforehand. It is driven by a passion to pursue  flawless and perfect solution,  not only with regard to  provide the most professional and  result-driven skin care products but also aim to set new benchmarks in skincare salon industry, and promote a vibrant, confident and healthy lifestyle for both our channel partners and users. Founded in 1997 by Chew Wai Ming, Cellnique Paramedical emerges to revolutionize the skincare industry.

My review facial treament was  using Pore Refining MDS-C Therapy to minimize dilated pores and rebuild damaged collagen on my skin.
It supposingly is an indispensable large pore refining regime using 12% MDS-C Complex,
may reinforce skin elasticity & rebuild damaged collagen to tighten the pores,
provide immediate and lasting soothing, tightening and lifting effects and can also stimulate cell renewal for a fairer & smoother texture.

After cleansing my face and applied seaweed gel,collagen activator was smoothened on my face. It was then left for ten minutes.
During that ten minutes, Lynn massaged my shoulder using an aromatic oil. It was really relaxing and I was actually enjoying the massage that I nearly fall asleep. Extraction followed. After the extraction, Lynn applied a soothing lotion onto my face as toner. A repair mask followed. Later as ampur, I had Vit C concentrate being 'ultrasounded' into my face....I felt fresh instantly. It wasn't painful so not to worry. I especially love the soothing mask which was very 'cold'. To finish off with the treatment, I had repair emulsion and also SPF 30 sunblock applied.

Can you see a lot of red dots on the top picture? It is because my oil glands were very active and produced a lot of oil (that's why I have oily skin condition). After the treatment, the red dots had disappeared a lot. My face looks a lot fairer too and smooth as silk. Thanks CELLNIQUE

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