Cruise Day 2

Posted: March 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Main activity on board is sleep, eat and play (boardgame). However highlight for day 2 is excursion to Phuket. 

We were transported to the island via a boat which departed at 12.30pm


In Phuket, we bought sim card (1st priority to catch Pokemon there in hope of Lapras sighting. However the most rare species that we caught was wobbuffet and had several sightings of skarmory. 

We went to hard rock cafe and starbucks for some shopping and strolled all the way from one end to the other in Patong Beach. We stayed until 2100 for the teturn transfer to StarCruise. 


After supper, we had another session of 4 player Colt Express and ended the day at 0200. 

Cruise Day 1

Posted: March 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Despite sleeping at 0130 am, i managed to wale up again at 0630 at continued hunting at 0700. Finally, i got what i wished for, an amazing Party-Pika. 


We went out for breakfast, and wandered around penang. Apparently, its car free day and a lot is happening on the designated streets. 


1130 we went back to the hotel to recharge and pack for our next destination. We went to the jetty for our cruise at 1300 and boarded. I thought it was the bigger ship, but they were two ships on swettenham pier. The smaller one was starcruise Libra. 

On the ship was a 9 storey gargantuan that has multiple facilities including, show area, ktv, restos, swimming pool, basketball court and gambling facilities by one world resort. We had lunch onboard. 


At 1600 we started our journey and 1645 had our safety drill. We were team A1 and our safety boats were number 4,3 and 10. 


After the drill, we were welcomed by a party performance and bbq dinner. 

Internet was an extra charge of rm115.00 for 72 hours for usage of three devices. 

A tour briefing was conducted at 2030 showcasing places of interest in Phuket and Krabi. Plan for dropoff need to be informed to the crew. First out is at 12pm and last to return is at 11.30pm to phuket. 

2115-2200 is a show called Flash Dance which is free. Lol. Very chinese show. They shouldve made it more international. 

We played colt express in  our room and ended our day with two wins of 3. 

KCH – Pen 04032017

Posted: March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

After a 5 hour drive from Sri Aman to Kuching (with PoGo detours), watching Professor X and Logan die in GSC and farming pokeballs in waterfront yesterday, I am currently on board the flight to Penang (0930-1130). Tomorrow would be our 4 days 3 nights cruise to celebrate a friend’s birthday. How Lucky and Posh πŸŽ‰. 

We reached the airport, Ubered to the hotel and started our pokemon hunt whilst waiting for 2 more for lunch. We had lunch at Deen’s Nasi Kandar. 


After lunch, we went to buy jeruk and subsequently queued up again for cendol. 


We went home after that and waited for another 2 friends to come and went for dinner/supper. 


Then we went on to hunt and i hatched my 500th egg πŸŽ‰

Ziarah Wida in Madinah 04022017

Posted: February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

Today is our last day in Madinah al Mukarramah. The last day to obtain 1000 times more than the good deeds in other places. (Mekah would be 100,000 times, and masjidil aqsa would be 500 times.)

I fear God. I was tested a great deal other than my cracked lips and soles. We started our day as usual with subuh, then dhuha. We had breakfast and head out again To say farewell to our Beloved Prophet in Rhaudhah. 

Rhaudhah

Bab Us Salam. The door to Rhaudhah. 

I walked to Al-baik from Rhaudhah for a second take-out meal requested by dad. Unfortunately it was slightly burnt and dry, unlike the first time. 


After lunch, we prepared to pack and head to the airport. 

Our hotel for the past few days… Hotel Mawaddah Al Waha. It is Andalusia’s own hotel. Not bad. Just that when overcrowded, the dining hall would be crammed. However the food is awesome! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

We reached airport at 1640 after 30 minutes bus ride and performed Asr. After sorting out luggage and boarding passes, we went through immigration which was surprisingly efficient unlike its counterpart in Jeddah. 

We were given boxed dinner of chicken briyani to eat at the airport. Our flight then took off at 2055. We reached at 1045 Malaysia time and yet our luggage and air zam-zam settled after noon. 

Kuala Lumpur to Kuching at 1700. Its gonna be a tiring day…

Onlookers,

1. It is a fine balance between keeping our body well hydrated and not going to the toilet hourly (especially when it is a single digit temperature). 

2. Always wear socks (except during ihram) to prevent cracked heels, which are excruciatingly painful. 

3. Bring chilli sauce (+/- soysauce)

4. Shoe bag to bring everywhere. 

5. International adapter/extension board/power bank for those who needs to be constantly online. Mekah has good wifi coverage but Madinah needs phone data. 2G for me is sufficient for 2 weeks (unless u stream videos)

03022017 Friday in Madinah

Posted: February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

As usual the day started early by 0500 but this time after Subuh, there was no rush. We got back for breakfast and i went out again by 0930 for friday prayers. The Mutowwif reminded us to go as early as 1000 in view of potential congestion, but i went earlier to try my luck in Raudhah. There were lots of people and therefore i cancelled my plan. However i managed to scout the mosque as well as view the rooftop. 


The lunch was promised to have camel meat which we didnt manage to find the previous night. And voila. Allah granted our wish. 


However i might have put my expectations a bit high. In my opinion, camel meat has the mutton-like taste that made it less extraordinary. I dont think it is too extreme for me to say that it is an overpriced lamb shank. 

But im happy to have eaten it though. Any new experience is good for me ☺️. Then it was Asr, and soon Maghrib and Isya. Time really flies here. Especially in between prayers. Partly because the recital was extra long. 

Then we continued shopping. We bought more sejadah, perfumes, more digital beads, and abayas. There was one miniature of masjidil haram thay caught my eyes. It was stated to be SR220. Solidly made. 


I dont have that much cash after the shopping frenzy in the dates farm. I think, id see what it cost in ebay and compare. Lol. 

We ended our day by buying starbucks mug and headed home. 

Madinah (Outer Rim) 02022017

Posted: February 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Onlookers,

It was 11 degree celsius. Subuh was freezing cold outside but within the confines of the mosque was warmer. 

We had a quick breakfast and headed for the bus to complete our outer rim visit to Quba, Uhud, Qiblatain and date farm/factory. The journey began at 2000. 

Masjid Quba is the 4th divine mosque after masjidil haram, masjid nabawi, and masjidil aqsa. 


Then we went shopping at the date farm

Masjid Qiblatain is where qiblat was changed from masjidil aqsa to masjidil haram. 2 rakaat was towards Aqsa and the rest to Haram. 

Bukit Uhud was next. And there was a market selling miscellaneous goods. We bought buah zuriat there as well as ice cream. 


And pasar kurma was our next stop. Nothing much there. 


After lunch, zuhur and Asr, we had a briefing and tahlil recital. We were told to bring down our bags at 2.30pm Saturday and subsequently leave an hour later and perform Asr in Madinah Airport. 

After maghrib and isya, we went shopping and the day ended with a cup of instant noodles and shawarma.