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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Instagram/ Photoshoot worthy places in Sekinchan, Malaysia

I've always been struggling on where to go around Selangor or Kl. Mama and Papa Ron suggested Sekinchan and I was like, "Okay, let's go!" It was so random and exciting! I quickly googled and instagramed what's there in Sekinchan and I got so excited that I only had 3 hours of sleep before the one day trip.

And so, here's a little info about Sekinchan. It is a small town located in Selangor, about one and the half hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur city. Sekinchan, known as Land of Plenty, with main economy activities of agriculture especially paddy (one of the highest rice production area in Malaysia) and fishery. So, you can expect a lot of greens and blues in that area. Feel so good to be away from the KL city sometimes.

*I'm not an expect in photography and also, I do not photoshop in my pictures (do not know how to). Just adjust the light and contrast here and there. And I'm just writing what I feel in my point of view. Hope to learn more from the experts.*

1. The beach - Pantai Redang

Pantai Redang is definitely our first destination once we reached Sekinchan because I have always loved the blues over greens. First thing I saw at the beach was a big banner with the words ‘ζˆ‘ <3 适耕庄’ which means I love Sekinchan. I must say that the beach is definitely not as amazing as other beaches in Malaysia as the sea isn't crystal clear but it is definitely a good place to take good photographs. The sky was so brilliant blue, painted through the horizon, with a few white, fluffy clouds floating across. And the wind was like nothing but calm breeze. The weather was so amazing I must say. We strolled along the beach and absorbed large amount of Vitamin D from the sun.

Attire that you wear is very important if you want to take good pictures. Put some effort to dress nicer especially for vacation. Flowing dress is perfect for beaches as it makes the photo more interesting when the wind blows. Always face against the direction of the wind so that it will not create a huge bulge anteriorly (look fat). Complete your look with some accessories such as large hat is also a good idea.

I personally like photos with good proportion of sky in it, especially when the sky is so blue.

2. Rocks by the beach

There are lots of rocks by the beach, which is also a good place to take good photos.

I really like my Mama Ron's pose. With the colourful sport shoes, it shines.

3. The Wishing Tree

Around that area, there's a large wishing tree where plenty red cloths with wishes are being hung on that magical tree. You can get the red cloth from the temple beside, write down your wishes and name, then throw it up on the tree. May your wishes come true.

4. A wooden house

This wooden house is situated just beside the wishing tree. 

I love how miniature we look in that picture. Mama Ron looked really cool at the back there. Papa Ron was supposed to take close up picture of us but I prefer it this way.
I love the huge tree beside this tiny hut. It's like a must to put this tree in the camera frame!

A must picture whenever there are windows.

I look like a person wrapping in sarong, waiting for husband to come home. And then him sitting at the bench, reading newspaper.Then I lean over the window, hug him from the back and ask how was his work at the farm today.
Lol... *daydreaming*

 Mama and Papa Ron still looking youthful though they are almost 60.

5. Jetty

Opposite that huge tree, there's a wooden jetty, which obviously is a perfect spot to take pictures too.

This is my personal favourite picture from the trip. I love the wind effect on my hair and this picture was actually candid when I was walking towards my mum.

Tried different angles 


6. Concrete jetty

I was literally strolling at the concrete jetty, doing my thing and Mama Ron took my photos from far. They were all candid. Sometimes, I really prefer candid pictures. They look so much more natural, not overdoing and able to blend together with the scenery. Of course, in order to do that, in fact in all photos, you need to feel good (good mood), confident, appreciate and blend into the surroundings and of course a patient photographer (especially those who give good comments while shooting. Totally uplift your mood). A lot of positive energy is required.

7. Souvenir shop

This souvenir shop is also situated in the same area. The decoration outside there is obviously for picture purpose. I was supposed to create a perfect photo of Papa Ron looking at Mama Ron with tender eyes and Mama Ron looking towards me but it didn't turn out to be as expected. Probably I will need to take a closer or zoomed in photo. But I really like the 2 Colas and love shape art up there. =(

8. Paddy field

Next, we went to the paddy field area, which was just a few minutes away from Pantai Redang. The scenery was just ordinary to be honest. But when you look through the camera, in that small screen, the view was amazing. The perfect blend of blues and greens make you feel peaceful tranquil.

I really like how they painted the building with such colours. This is one of my favourites too. The multiple tones of blue of the sky and building mixed with the green paddy are just so mesmerizing. Real art there.

 Added filter for this picture.
I like this candid shot too.

White always causing overexpose easily. 

Jumping shoots is a must in places like this. I personally like the picture with the umbrella a lot. Feeling a little magical. Broke free from the cage and finally I tasted freedom, will never be content to be a slave.

See how magical a simple gesture of holding an umbrella be in this photo. Making the photo lively! 
Standing still in photos are just way too boring. Be creative!

9. Paddy processing factory and gallery

That is the first thing you can see once you reach to this paddy processing factory (PLS Marketing). Really cute deco and I'm sure kids would love there.

Most people buy Pearl Rice from this factory. Pearl Rice is really popular in Sekinchan. This company also build a Paddy Museum in their factory whereby videos of processing the paddy with a mechanized planting method being explained to visitors.

For more info,

Address : Lot No. 9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, Ban 2, Selangor, 45400 Sekinchan, Malaysia
Phone    : 603-32436558
Hours    : 0900-1800

10. Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay

There are a lot of cheap yet beautiful homestays in Sekinchan. This is one of them! Definitely recommend this. I saw pictures of this homestay from my friend's instagram and I think it's amazing! On the day I went, they are some Malay bridal photography going on up there.


Below are some amazing interior of the homestay, taken from their own website itself. 

Trampoline? Yes it is. Amazing isn't it?

Definitely will choose to stay here.
For more info,

Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay
Lot 11304, Kampung Site B Tambahan
Jalan Tepi Sawah, Sekinchan
45400 Sekinchan, Selangor

Contact : 017-2068666

11. N. 16 (Bus restaurant)

It's pretty hype how this bus restaurant is situated by the paddy fields. You can have your meal while enjoying the natural beauty over the bus window. Amazing!

 Photo credit by N.16

For more info,

Hours : Thurs- Fri, Sun - 11.00am - 8.00pm ,   Sat - 11.00am - 9.00pm (closed on Mon-                      Wed)
Address: Jalan Tali Air 4, Tanjung Karang, Kuala Selangor
Tel : 010-2546268

One thing I really regretted is that I forgot to put on my sunscreen. Within an hour, my skin around my chest and arms got so burning red. It's the 4th day post Sekinchan and my skin is still so red and pricking pain. Do not ever ever forget the sunscreen! Sun is the number 1 cause of skin conditions like pigmentation, freckles and cancer.

From the picture, you can see how red my chest and arms became... I don't really mind getting tan only if it is even. =(  And my Mama Ron is originally fair too... =(

That's all for now, bye!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A day trip to Singapore - Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Orchard Road

Singapore, here I come!

Finally I'm done with my degree in MBBS and now, it's time to travel while waiting for placement in Government hospital. It will be a long wait, 6months? 8 months? or maybe more. 1month ago, I visited Korea for the second time, but this time, with my bff and new friends. It was one of the best trips I ever had! Took hundreds of pictures but I'm so lazy to edit and post them right now. =(

And few days ago, JQ and I had a day trip to Singapore. Initially we didn't plan to go on that particular day due to bad weather forecast. But we got to know that the weather was awesome from Sherminn (in Singapore) at 12pm. Though it was really late, we didn't want to miss that opportunity due to unpredictable weather in Singapore.

At about 1pm, we took Grab service to the Custom and Immigration Quarantine Complex (CIQ) in downtown Johor right near the causeway to Singapore. After passport clearance, we walked towards bus service at Woodlands Station. We took CW2 bus to Queens Street. Then we walked to the Bugis MRT station which is just about 3minutes away from the bus station and took MRT to Outram Park. From there, we transferred train to Harbourfront. Then we took cab to USS because we didn't want to wait for the bus interchange to USS. By the time we reached to USS, we had only like 2 and the half hours to walk RUN around. USS closes at 6pm, fyi.

USS was really an eye opener to me. I haven't been to other universal studios but I really enjoyed myself there! Here are some of the pictures.
JQ actually bend down on the ground to take this picture.

This castle is magnificent! 
I can't help it but to do this pose after seeing someone else did somersault

I'm so tiny here. Lol...

So many good places for OOTD

Childhood dream


JQ, my buddy... He is such a patient photographer =)

My cutie pie

Here, I attach a vlog that I made on USS =)

                                    Watch using HD. Feel free to leave some comments =)

At 7.30pm, we rushed to the Gardens by the Bay by cab. It cost us $16 (RM50) for a 15 minute drive. OMG... No wonder people prefer taking Uber or Grab nowadays. To take MRT from Harbourfront to Bayfront, it takes about 30minutes and another 10minutes walk to reach to the Gardens. Thus, it is advisable to grab an Uber or Grab.

This is known as the Supertree Groove. It has achieved top 5 landmarks in Singapore by Tripadvisor 2016. The view was beyond words. The trees are measuring between 25 to 50m tall. These iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night.

(this image was taken from the Gardens by the Bay website)
There's also a stroll along the OCBC Skyway, which height of 22m and 128m long, surrounded by the panoramic view of the Gardens and Marina Bay Skyline

Marina Bay sands view. This hotel is crowned as the world's largest rooftop infinity pool. It has over 60 restaurants and bars, 170 premium brand stores, museum exhibitions and theater shows. 

Lastly, our last place to visit is Orchard Road! A place to shop till you drop! MRT from Marina Bay is 5 stations away from Orchard (towards Jurong East)

We were too exhausted to shop here. Thus, we just look around and went back at 10.30pm. It is important to note that the last bus from Singapore to JB is about 11.30pm. Do not miss it!

So, this summarizes my one day trip in Singapore. Be sure to start your journey as early as 8am from Johor so that you can really enjoy every single game, theater and street shows in USS. And to be on the safe side, you may download any Singapore MRT and LRT app from Android or Apple store before going to Singapore. It will be really convenient and can save a lot of time and money!