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Melaka for 2D1N

On one of the weekends, I drove to Melaka using my Mazda 2 for a short holiday. After clearing the Tuas Checkpoint and Malaysia's Customs, I went to Yong Peng to have breakfast at Kim Kee Fishball Restaurant. The restaurant had renovated and was more clean and spacious compared to the previous time when I was there. Thereafter, proceeded to The Pines Melaka where I stayed for one night. The hotel was relatively new and the room was very spacious, clean and nice!




This was the view from the room (with rain drops on the window):



There was a saltwater swimming pool as well!



Walked along the river beside the hotel and eventually reached the Jonker Street area. Had a filling lunch at Malacca Jonker Street Chicken Rice Ball:



Then went to Qian Lao Ice Cafe for durian cendol and ice honey drink:


The rest of the afternoon was spent randomly walking around the area. It was quite crowded with lots of tourists but I managed to get the following shots with little or no people in it:




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I wondered why would someone do such a thing, especially when there are rubbish bins nearby. 
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Notes on buying a car

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颁奖典礼后是个聊诗会。比赛的评审员聊了他们对那些得奖作品的感想,也给了些建议。听了这场聊诗会后,我才明白好诗该有什么。我也才明白诗其实可以带出很多观点。这些观点不只是局限于文学和艺术,而是能够让人反省和深思自己的生活,和未来。从而让自己更了解自己,和自己想要的是什么。然后付之于行动。
参加这次比赛和出席这场颁奖典礼和聊诗会,让我获益良多。

Mazda 2 Hatchback

About six months ago, I bought this car as my previous car was breaking down more and more frequently.

It was a Saturday morning when I called different car dealers to enquire on prices for a few models. In the afternoon I went to the showroom to take a look at a Mazda 2 hatchback as this seemed to be something within my budget and the dealer had ready stock. After the test drive, I think the car would meet my needs and I negotiated for some discount and a few free gifts. I then paid the $10,700 deposit and signed some documents to confirm that I'm buying and they will be bidding for the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) on my behalf.
The very next week was the COE bidding, and the car dealer successfully bidded one for me. I took a loan for 70% of the car price and settled the remainder that is above the $10,700 that I earlier paid as deposit. I then collected the car the following week, on a Wednesday if my memory didn't fail me. I'm happy with my purchase, and ple…

Moon Ski Helmet

I bought this Moon ski helmet on 5 May 2019 via Lazada at about $40 and received it on 18 May 2019. This is earlier than the delivery date promised by the seller, which is great!

These are views of the back and top of the helmet:





The liner inside the helmet can be removed and washed:

I'm pleasantly surprised that it came with a simple bag to carry the helmet in:

I'm happy with this purchase and looking forward to my trip to Hokkaido in December!

GoExplore Ski Helmet

My friend and I are going to make a second trip to Hokkaido in December this year to do skiing again! This time round we decided to buy our own ski helmet and this is what my friend purchased online via Lazada:

My friend bought the helmet on 6 May 2019 and it was received on 15 May 2019, earlier than what the seller promised. This helmet cost about $63, and this is cheaper than what we could find at Decathlon. Taking reference from our skiing experience last year at Niseko Northern Resort Annupuri, renting a helmet at the resort would cost about $30 for a day. As such, buying this GoExplore helmet is not a bad idea.
I bought a ski helmet too, and eagerly waiting for it to arrive!

Bintan

I just came back from a 2D1N trip to Bintan, Indonesia. It was a great getaway from the stress of a crowded city life and work!
I reached Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at around 6.30am, got my boarding pass for the ferry, cleared the immigration customs, and sailed off at around 8.10am. Clearing the customs at Bintan was done in less than 15 minutes and The Canopi Bintan staff was at the arrival hall to receive guests and usher us to the shuttle bus. The journey from the ferry terminal to The Canopi Bintan was less than 10 minutes, and the following awaited us!






I checked-in at the lobby but had to wait for the tent to be ready. I decided to do some activities in the meantime, and the resort ferried me to The Treasure Bay's Activities Centre using one of their buggies (less than 5 minutes' drive away along the lagoon). I signed up for a 60 minutes kayaking tour of the mangroves, and it was then a 5 minutes buggy ride to the jetty where a guide prepared a kayak for me, taught me how…

Be environmentally friendly

Saw the following two posters at ITE College Central, which prompted me to start consciously reduce my usage of plastic straws, plastic bags, and plastic take-away containers. Hope to play a part in making this world a better one.

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