Jumping off a plane from a height of 10000ft over the picturesque islands of langkawi, soaking in the sights of thailand over the horizon and landing softly on the Tanjung Rhu beach… What more can you expect. We booked our VIP package for two, got picked up from our hotel and had our security and jump briefing by 10am and we were up in the air soon after. A rickety small aircraft stripped off its seats gave me the chills.. As if it wasn’t enough, the plane did not have any doors on it. My wife got pushed in towards the tail and i was sitting closer to the “door”… With every few hundred feet of altitude gain, i could feel my heart pounding.. i was breaking a sweat even in the cold weather up in the clouds. As we approached the jump altitude, the instructors gave us one last briefing, checked our harness to make sure we are secure.. Feet out of the plane, eyes on the horizon, 1…2…3…… and JUMP !!!!
Hong Kong & Macau.. an action packed vacation on a tight schedule… One of the best destinations to visit.. After last year’s vacation to Bali, wifey had only one condition… we visit some place cold.. the weather was at its best all throughout the trip. We did a 4 nights & 5 day trip covering most of Hong Kong and Macau. Definitely not a budget trip and not for anyone who hopes for a relaxing holiday. Ours was a tight packed itinerary and something definitely not for the ones who are slow on their feet.
One of the last trips we did before we moved out of Bangalore was a trip to Nagarhole National Park which is around 250KM from the city. Quite a wonderful experience 🙂 . You can get all the information bout the park here. We stayed at the Kings Sanctuary resort which was just outside the park. You can read my tripadvisor review here. The park restricts vehicular movement between 18:00-06:00 each day. There is no entry fee to the park however one needs to register at the check post. The jungle safari however has a nominal fee. The safari is conducted twice a day.. Mornings from 6-9 and evenings from 3-5pm. Would recommend that you reach early atleast an hour before start to reserve seats. On our way back we visited Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a short detour on the Bangalore Mysore highway right after Srirangapattana town. One can cover the entire distance in bout 3 hours. Definitely recommend taking the boat ride. You can find more information bout the park here. Some of the pics that i clicked during the trip 🙂 .
After the previous post on the Putrajaya Night Cruise, I missed updating the pictures of Floria. At RM3 entry per person, the flower show was the first one of its kind that we attended after the usual ones which i have attended at Lalbagh at Namma Bengaluru.. The show allowed us to compare the standards of the event that’s held back home with what we saw here. The difference lies in the way the entire event was organised. The kind of involvement from the government and agencies taking part here is commendable. With a wide range of flora to view and under various weather conditions, It gave us a first hand experience of the tropical flora and fauna. Apart from the flower show, they also had several stalls showcasing different types of landscape gardens, alternate materials and techniques used in gardening, interior decorations, etc. They almost had activities for everyone.. kids had a petting zoo with plenty of rabbits running around, also a snake park but that was a pity.. just a couple of lazy pythons and one albino python lying around fully fed 🙂 They also had various performances by fire dancers, local drum beats, etc.. Quite a unique experience.
The annual flower show at Putrajaya – Floria 2014 was one of the nicest weekend trips we did in KL.. After the flower show, we visited the Magic of the Night show by the Putrajaya lake. We saw a number of decorated floats with glittering lights brought in from every state in Malaysia. The event showcased the aesthetics of flora and fauna as well as the identity of each participating state. It ended with a wonderful display of fireworks. I wish i could have taken a lot of pictures but the photographs taken at Floria filled up the storage. One can also take a cruise in the lake at RM25 per person. the cruise is definitely one of the must do activities in Putrajaya. I would recommend doing this after sunset as that’s when the city lights up in all its glory. Here’s a glimpse of the area around the cruise.
The kind of monsoons in Malaysia is something that i have never experienced before. I stayed around the western ghats in India for most part of my life and its crazy rainfall but the kind of monsoons that you experience here makes the ones in India seem like a trickle. I’ve rarely seen lightning strike when i was in Bangalore or it would seem like its struck at a very far distance. Here its the opposite. Its just loud thunder with flashes of light every few seconds. Its so frequent and scary that it delivers a shiver down your spine. The highways around the city are mostly elevated due to which you have a clear view of the horizon at a distance so its not very uncommon to see lightning strike every few seconds at a distance. Driving can be a nightmare.
I have always been fascinated with the photographs of the lightning strikes and wondered how does one capture it precisely at the right moment. Googled around and found quite a number of interesting articles. Unfortunately all of them require a tripod ( which i left back in India ) and a remote shutter release cable ( which i don’t have ). So i tried my hand at capturing one manually and Here’s the finished product 🙂 I am sure this one could have been better. It definitely is not as easy as the tutorials and definitely requires a lot of patience ( which i lack for sure 😉 ). Oh and before you start to wonder what i meant by Gudu Gudu Minchu…. It means Thunder & Lightning in Konkani (my native language).
One of the really active streets of KL when it comes to night life and awesome street food is Jalan Alor. Almost in the heart of the famous Bukit Bintang and close proximity to Changkat, Jalan Alor is a treat for sea food lovers. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants offering street side seating with awesome food to tickle all the senses and artists entertaining us with foot tapping music. I would recommend a good weekend at the famous pubs at Changkat and then a hearty meal at Jalan Alor. It will definitely be a lovely end to an awesome evening.