Don’s Travelogue: Singapore

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Hi..I just came back from a family vacation in Singapore

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No doubt this Kiasu state is clean and vibrant.

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It has undisputedly transformed into a stunning methapor  of a diverse culture.

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Yeah..John Lennon was right and as for me Happiness is..

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.. enjoying cool ice nescafe while admiring the art of life in their unique perspective.

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I strolled along the Haji Lane in Arab Street which lead up to the Grand Sultan’s Mosque.

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Universal Studios is must thing to do while visiting Singapore.

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Situated on Sentosa Island, it has great rides based on movie themes.

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The Jurasic Park and Sci Fi areas are great fun.

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We ended up leaving the park at around 9pm feeling fulfilled and extremely tired!

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Till my next posting..here is a kiasu quote for you to ponder

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”-Mark Twain

Don’s Travelogue: Lenggong Valley

Life  is good today. Alhamdulillah.

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Last week  we were on a trip mission for rebranding Lenggong Valley  as a new tourist destination.

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This little  haven surounded by the Majestic  Titiwangsa Mountain Ranges was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

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It was a nostalgic trip to my hometown called Kampung Luat and my childhood memories  lingers ..

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as I captured  those moment frame by frame .

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I could still recalled  vividly  almost everything  I  encounter with my chilhood buddies.

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and those precious moments will forever be cherished in my heart.

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The scenic  Sungai Perak is always mesmerising and  full of sweet memories.. .

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Hey ! its good to be back home .

Don’s Travelogue: Riyadh-Jeddah-Mecca

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I was in Riyadh recently with Tourism Malaysia Jeddah for the Riyadh Travel Fair 2013.

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It was a memorable and successful four days event  in the blazing Saudi’s weather.

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Photo session with HE Prof. Datuk Syed Omar Al Saggaf, Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Mr ambassador treated us to the best restaurant in Riyadh, The Cabrito famous for it’s authentic grilled lamb Kabsa.

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We had a pleasant stay in Riyadh and the accommodation was avant-garde.

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But then..nothing compare to this breathtaking sight that I have been longing for..

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Labbaikallahumma Labbaik..

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Labbaika Laa Syarikalaka Labbaik..

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Innalhamda Wan Ni’mata..Laka Wal Mulk..Laa Syarikalak.

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Subhanallah Walhamdulillah Walailahaillallah Wallahu Akbar!

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Alhamdulillah, completed my umrah with mutawwif Hj.Abdul Ghani at Marwah after tahalul.

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Till my next posting insyaallah..syukran to Mr Shamshul Al Yafie, Mr Ahmad Al Jahsyi and Mr Zulhelmi of  Tourism Malaysia Jeddah for their kindness..may Allah blessed you guys always!

Don’s Travelogue: Hong Kong

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Neih hou ma? I was in Hong Kong recently  with Finas delegation..

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..attending the 17th Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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It was  a market event of the film and TV industry organized by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

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The objectives is to promote Hong Kong as the regional hub for distribution and production of film, TV programs and entertainment-related products in Asia pacific and also to promote cross-media and cross-businesses partnerships.

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Many major exhibits including, distribution, production and acquisition of film, TV programmes, animation,  digital entertainment and games, terrestrial TV ,cable TV , pay TV and satellite broadcasting companies.

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There were also seminars on Entertainment licensing, Co-production and shooting locations.

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It was a hectic four days event  but still theres time for sightseeing.

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Hong Kong has an excellent public transport network including Ferries,Trams, Subway MTR and  it’s very easy to get around.

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A journey to Hong Kong is not complete without experiencing Victoria Peak.

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From the Vantage Point on Sky Terrace, I experienced a spectacular cityscapes and the  evening panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath.

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I flew home with good feelings and potential business opportunities.

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Until my next posting, take it easy and enjoy my animation showreels DanDenDon and Apak  at  KLIA TV.

Don’s Travelogue: Istanbul

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Marhaba, I was in Istanbul for the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair

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Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.

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Through the city’s heart,the Bosphorus courses the waters of  the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.

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Istanbul or formerly known as Constantinople was the former capital of three successive empires,

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The Roman ,The Byzantine

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and The Ottoman

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and today Istanbul honors the legacy of its past.

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Indeed, it is Istanbul’s variety that fascinates its visitors.

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The Museums,Palaces, Great Mosques, Bazaars and Sights of natural beauty seem inexhaustible.

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As I reclined on the bank of Ortakoy overlooking the great Golden Horn at sunset ..

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.. with spectacular sight contemplating the red twilight reflected  from Straits Of Bosphorous.

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At times such as these,you feel that Istanbul is truly one of the most glorious cities in the world.

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The architecture and history are almost incredible and overwhelming as there is so much to see.

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The magnificient  Dolmabahce Palace situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus..

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… was the last residence of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, founder of the Modern Turkish Republic.

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Many of Istanbul’s historical gems, mostly consisting of Ottoman monuments are in Old City.

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Most are located a short walk away from,if not immediately on the edges of Sultanahmet Square.

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The supremely elegant Blue Mosque  was  the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul.

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lt was built in 1550 by Sinan, a renowned architect of the Ottoman golden age.

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Haghia Sophia which means “Divine Wisdom” is unquestionably  the finest buildings of all time.

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It was built by Constantine the Great .

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I couldn’t resist to touch the Byzantine mosaics and absorb the building’s majestic serenity.

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Nearby is Topkapi Palace which covers an area as large as Monaco.

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The Ottomans occupied this palace for over 400 years, later  Ataturk turned this into a museum.

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A must visit is The Grand Bazaar which has more than fifteen gates and it’s easy to get lost.

 

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Wait for my next posting from Praque and Riyadh insyaallah..till then got to leave a water mark.