Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TAIPEI 101 - SEEING TAIPEI FROM HIGH UP IN THE SKY


4TH JUNE 2016 ~ One of the itineraries that you could have when in Taipei is definitely going up the fifth tallest building in the world. There is a dress code for you to observe or you will be denied entry.


Even before you reach the viewing floor, you are already part of a world record when you are moving up in an elevator which was once the fifth fastest in the universe.








I was there at about 6:30 p.m. so I could observe the transition of a bright daylight to dark night.








This object is called a wind damper, located at the middle of the building. The function is something to do with the speed of the wind. During a strong earthquake or typhoon, the building will move [SCARY!] and the wind damper will sway to avoid any damage being done to the structure of the building. Correct me if I am wrong. 








On the 91st floor, visitors were allowed to go out of the building and enjoyed the panorama in the open. At that height, I was literally standing among the clouds. The viewing deck was heavily fenced to avoid people from jumping off. Well, you would never know things people are capable of doing.
















There was an exhibition hall which visitors were "forced" to walk through before leaving Taipei 101. Thank god they did not force us to buy anything.




I am glad that I was there as I do not whether I would have the opportunity to see Taipei 101 again.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

OF MEETINGS AND 40-DAY MUTTON CURRY


Finally, I managed to set foot into this famous restaurant: Kari Kambing 40 Hari [translate: 40-day mutton curry]. It is located at Yong Peng, Batu Pahat and I was having a meeting at a school nearby. A few friends decided to skip lunch provided after the meeting and came here instead. Luckily there were not many people so we did not have to queue for seats.




Here, people could also choose the rice to be served in trays and they could even sit on the floor while enjoying the food - the traditional way.




MY VERDICT: The rice was super light and soft and the mutton was very tender and very delicious. But that mutton did not have any curry taste at all so that could not be mutton curry. It was "nasi arab" [translate: Arab Rice?] with mutton briyani,I think. Or perhaps I did not actually order the mutton curry but decided to have the same food my other friends were eating. However, the food was DELICIOUS and I would highly recommend this place. Do not come on weekends unless you want to wait in queue for your food.

Anyway, I find the reviews written by some people in Tripadvisor were not justified. I think those people were either too fussy or having very high expectation.






I must say everybody went back home with a happy tummy. I am already thinking of making a comeback for its "roti canai".

I sound more excited of the gastronomic discovery rather than the meeting, so here is the report in brief:



The meeting was held at SMK Dato Seth, Yong Peng, Batu Pahat. Believe it or not, this was our seventh meeting and we got tired of them already. People did not take many photos anymore. And there is one more coming on Thursday.


This time I met an old friend from 4th College UPM who used to be my senior, Mr. Kamaruzali Warman. He is now holding the post of the Senior Assistant of that school. Too bad we cannot sit too long to chit chat but I really hope to be able to meet him again some other time. I just cannot believe the fact that I am so much bigger than him now. *sigh*

Monday, August 22, 2016

TAIPEI 101 - OUTSIDE AND INSIDE THE MALL


4th JUNE 2016 ~ When in Taipei, you have to be here at one of the most prominent landmarks in the world. Taipei 101 is the fifth tallest building in the world.


If you have been to Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, you will get to see almost the same thing here. There is a luxurious shopping mall complementing the attraction with shops which names I did not even know how to pronounce.

































The best thing before going up into the clouds would be to strike as many poses as possible inside and outside the mall. That was not an easy task as I would always have to stop strangers to take the photos for me. I should start honing my selfie skills.