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Month: May 2011

PENANG BOTANICAL GARDEN

My first exposure to the idea of horticulture was when I was in fifth grade after my teacher asked us to bring plants, small figurines (I brought a tiny bridge and a water well, both made of ceramic), pebbles, moss, soil and a glazed pot, he taught us to make a “dish garden”.  From then on,…

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OLD SCHOOL TOY

In the age of computer games, tech gadgets and applications, creativity in play and activity is still alive. Several weeks ago, Tina and I brought Gabby to a toy store in a mall.  After giving him the liberty to pick a new toy he fancies within our prescribed minimal budget (read: mura dapat sa hirap ng buhay ngayon!, haha!), he disregarded our toy-suggestions and…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : BUDDHIST TEMPLES

Being one of the towns bordering Malaysia and Thailand, Kelantan is obviously rich in culture and religion. It’s considered to be the cradle of Malay civilization and is predominantly a Muslim state but inevitably Buddhist temples sprung like mushrooms. More than being tourist spots, these temples are apparently sacred sanctuaries.  However, one could not help but admire its architecture, interiors and ambience. On our second day…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : BUFFET AT RENAISSANCE HOTEL

I completely understand that it’s essential to sample local cuisine from a place you’re visiting for the first time.  And I forgot  did not do that when we were in Kota Bharu. *epic failure!* Defensively, there are 3 reasons why we didn’t have the chance to taste Kelantanese food – firstly, we have limited time (lame excuse,…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : RENAISSANCE HOTEL

At almost an hour before 10PM, we’re already in Penang Sentral bus station in Butterworth; ready excited to enjoy the long weekend (last 30 April – 2 May 2011). It took a 5 1/2 hour bus ride for us to reach Kota Bharu in Kelantan, a quaint town in Northeastern Malaysia bordering Thailand. From the station in Kota…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : BATIK MAKING

Indubitably, Malaysian Batik is an art in itself. The process of making it has been part of the colorful culture of people from eastern states of Malaysia including Kelantan. What makes it different from batik from other countries is the absence of human and animal designs with the exception of butterflies because their religion forbids…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : SITI KHADIJAH MARKET

Either in black and white …. or in burst of colors… Siti Kadijah Market or the Central Market of Kota Bharu in Kelantan appears to be interesting to me and to those who have experienced it. Some say that you’ll learn a lot about a place when you explore its public market. I cannot agree more. From the fresh…

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AND THE WINNER IS…

Four years of blogging. 248,232 hits and counting. Comments I value. And more importantly, blogger-friends and readers whom I so appreciate unconditionally. These and more are the little perks of having my own virtual universe. Before you know the winner to my BLOG CONTEST 2011, allow me to share my own answers to my queries. …

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THINGS TO CELEBRATE

This blog is taking a short break from Kota Bharu, Kelantan Series to celebrate 2 wonderful events today. The world is incomplete without mothers. I love my own. and I love the mother of my son. Mabuhay ang mga nanay! Meanwhile, my universe is incomplete without my blog! It’s the 4th birthday of Beyond Toxicity,…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : WAYANG KULIT -THE SHADOW PUPPET PLAY

OK fine, I guess I must be having regression, haha! After satisfying my craving to see authentic Kelantanese WAU BULAN or MOON KITES, our second day in Kota Bharu was highlighted by our trip to the Kelantan Malay Traditional Shadow Play Gallery. The friendly Malay taxi cab driver, Mr. Kamel who toured us for 4…

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