• Tasting one of the best restaurants in Asia

    I once made a reservation with gaggan in Bangkok, and was told the reservation has to be made via its website, which I did, then received no reply.  Called and was told needed 3 months advance notice.  We went to taste Michelin-starred dim sum, noodle etc instead in Hong Kong. So I tried to make reservation with Ministry of Crab, not as bad, but I was told my reservation was too early (3 months), which they normally handle 30 days in advance. Well, you know what, I decided not to make the reservation, and will just try our luck with the helpful service team of UGA Residences. Guess what, the…

  • If God Is Here, He Moves Time Slowly

    Our initial plans as shared with some friends, was to head to Oman for our vacation.  To cut the long story short, we decided to head to Colombo, Sri Lanka. After we got our flights sorted, we were looking for places to stay, for our first trip to Sri Lanka. Searched on online places, review site, we decided on UGA Residences, located at Park Street, Colombo 2. According to its website. Built in the 19th century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of colonial Ceylon society. It was formerly…

  • A walk in the park

    From Wikipedia. Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually.  It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka).  It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.  Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of…

  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

    Taken from Wikipedia. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship…

  • Life on the hills

    The driving uphill and then the next day to drive downhill, was something, I dislike, but since we are in the mode of traveling, we will go with the itinerary agreed with the traveling company, which thought it is best we allowed them to time us, instead of we go with our flow. While coming down the hill from Madukelle Eco & Lodge, I took the opportunity to photograph the people I could see.  I did not take many pictures, as the car was moving fast, so in between, when the car slowed down, I will take the pictures. Majority of the people I have photographed, knew that I was…

  • If God Is Here, He Moves The Beauty and Wonders

    We made a trip to Kandy, which is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, one of the major cities, besides Colombo.  Also the last city where the ancient king of Ceylon resided, which I will share more in the later entries. After the trips to Temple of the Tooth Relic (Buddha’s tooth) and Botanic Garden, we decided to head to the lodge which we have booked to stay for a night.  We reached the bottom of Madukelle Eco & Lodge hill about 6pm, and arrived at the lodge closer to 8:30pm.  The distance was only 19.5km.  Amazing right?  There is basically very narrow drive way for normal size…

  • Shadows

    I promise you… for all my life. I’ll be always by your side, In the shadow, in the light. I’ll follow you… wherever life goes. But I’ll always be aside, In the shadow, in the light. In The Shadows, In The Lights by Enigma Last few pictures I have taken while at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College during the Kaspersky Lab’s Malaysian Book of Records event held on Tuesday, were simply stunning with the sun ray shining of the students waiting for the transit bus. I missed the life as students, I remember the time I spent waiting in line for buses, or simply walked from places to places, so…

  • Welcome to Puchong, 2.0

    I started Welcome To Puchong Facebook page a few years ago, when I was doing it with a few others.  It did not last.  Mainly, I was generating and developing the content, as well as promoting the page, alone. Just kind of like another tech enthusiast group I started with others, after a while, it was me running it alone, with the help of Retna, as well as our twins. As you are probably figuring things out now, I prefer a family run kind of startup.  Maybe it is about commitment from others, which I think could have taken a toll on some. So I went quiet for a while,…