Jan 02

It has been a tremendous year with many weddings, events, outings, holidays and outstation jobs for us here at FingerOnShutter. We would like to thank our various clients, couples, family and friends for believing in us and supporting us through the year.

Here’s to another wonderful year ahead!

Dec 29

Most of us have not recovered from the double catastrophe involving Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 followed by MH17 just few months later.

Last weekend, another airline tragedy hit us all right in our yet-to-be-healed bleeding hearts.

Although technically flight QZ8501 belongs to a company where majority stakes is held by our Indonesian counterparts, it still bears the AirAsia branding, a brand which we Malaysian hold dear to our hearts.

And yes, we do bash AirAsia every now and then on some of their pricing and services, but they are still the ones who brought the world closer to many of us.

Let us all continue to unite for the betterment of all, and pray for QZ8501.

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Nov 03

Our final and star event for the trip was the sunset cruise. It’s a cruise to nowhere, taking in the sight and calmness of being at sea, witnessing a gorgeous sunset before heading back to port.

We gathered at the lobby and of the hotel before heading to the port where we chilled for a bit while waiting for our host to brief us.

This was not Jason’s natural environment, so he was a bit reserved and cautious. I on the other hand, was very much at home and enjoying myself.

Actually, it’s a twin hull sail boat. Very stable. And with lots of space on boat. The photo above is taken on the upper deck.

There’s lots of space all around the boat. This is the front left of the boat..

And this is the front right of the boat.

This is the general view of the front of the boat. Jason seems to be more at ease being on the boat now. Probably after a drink or two.

Fun party boat it is I tell you.

There are others on board as well. Malaysians, Koreans, Japanese, English, French… a mix crowd. So bring out the chocolate in you!

Ok, now he’s really at ease..can strike a pose already.

Once you get on board, they serve you with drinks. Drinks are free flow once you are on board. This include beer and cocktail. Whatever you want, just ask.

The boat cruises slowly into the sunset…

And they fire up the grill, to prepare our dinner that night.

On the way, they let out the net to trail behind the boat. You can hang on to the net and relax while enjoying the relaxing massage of the water, or you can be like this guy, trailing behind in a life saver.

Or jump off the boat from the front. The boat is actually moving, so you jump off the front, and when you surface, you make your way to the rear of the boat, grab on to a rope and pull yourself up.

When I was about to jump, the guide came up to me to remind me about the procedure. But he added..

.. remember to grab the rope yes? But don’t worry if you miss the rope, we come back tomorrow same time..”

Cheeky fellow.

Jumping off the boat is rather fun! But if you are a bit timid, not to worry, this cheeky fellow (the same one above), who customers call ‘Pakcik Gila’, will hold your hand and jump in with you.

All the while, you are graced with such natural beauty!

And as the sun sets, we turn around and headed back to port. And they cranked up the music, brought out more drinks and the party’s on! By this time, we placed our cameras into it’s holster and continue partying and until we were back at port.

Indeed it was the highlight of the trip. I would recommend this sunset cruise. The organisers were fun, loves to mingle and we really had lots to eat, lots to drink and more importantly, lots of fun.

 

Oct 30

Continuing from our last blog post….

After a nice refreshing rest, we went on to dinner, and we were really hungry from all the activities earlier that day. Which probably is the reason why we did not manage much photos of the dinner experience.

Our sweet and sour fish. Fresh fish, squid, prawns and many more were laid out for you to choose, and specify how to cook them.

I normally do not crave prawns, but these are extremely fresh and tasty!!

The next day, a trip up to the hills!!

I has been many many years since I went on a cable car. Exciting indeed!

You get your tickets, then you are ushered to the ‘boarding’ place, where you wait for an empty cable car, and then you simply hop in one, while it’s still moving.

But do not take too much time to hop in. There’s a limit amount of “runway”

And then you get a spectacular view riding up the hill.

Afraid heights? Well, suck it in!!

Because there’s a view waiting for you at the top!

There’s a mid way viewing platform which we stopped. The photo above is taken from this mid way platform.

There’s a much more elaborate viewing platforms at the top, and walk ways connecting them. And the air up there is cool!

Too bad the iconic bridge was close. Real bummer!! I’ve always wanted to be on it.

Langkawi is also a haven for boaters, and it has quite a number of nice marinas dotting it’s coastlines. The above photo is one of them. Later that day we went to another marina for an exciting night!

This is the view from the other side of the photo earlier. Nice and tranquil ain’t it? But it was a little hot, weather wise.

Langkawi also have two other attractions, the bird park and it’s underwater world.

Our first stop was the bird park. Which houses quite a bit of species, including this colourful fella.

And this little fella.

There’s a kiosk located right after the entrance, where you can buy stuff to feed the birds.

Most of the birds are free roaming without cages. The only cage is the location itself which is enclosed. Once inside, you are with the birds.

Well, except for some.. there are also quite a number of other animals around, including this one, who was quite eager to come right up to you, awaiting treats.

Next up we went to the underwater world.

Which also houses other species such as this lizard/gecko.

Looks like a two-headed salamander, but it’s just two of them hanging out next to each other.

 

Like many underwater world, this one also has one of those ‘travellator’ tunnel where you glide through the huge aquarium.

No underwater world would be complete without sharks!

This is one of the more interesting sections, a nice walkway with glass ceiling for you to observe various fishes swimming about.

One of the more interesting attractions here is this one, the penguin section with a nice panoramic view.

 

And we were just in time for the feeding. Cute little buggers wriggling their way over to the handlers.

But not all were interested in the food. This fella seems to be standing guard, overlooking the feeding. Must be the appointed warrior guard or something like that.

I really like this photo. Seriously cute fella, seems to be posing for the camera.

And to top it up, the jelly fish….

Soothing to watch them float around in the tank. The multi-colored lights lend a mysterious hue to their dull white appearance.

There are many other displays at the bird park as well as the underwater world, which includes a section where you can touch the marine life like starfishes.

We retired back to the hotel after this, and took a quite rest before the highlight of the trip. Stay tuned for it next.

 

Oct 20

We were invited to be part of a media familiarisation trip to Langkawi, and we were very happy to oblige. It was in conjuction with Berjaya Air.

Part of the team posting next to our aircraft, the ATR-72.

A very good looking aircraft. And it looks like a slammed aircraft, riding so low with it’s underbelly almost to the ground. No need for special step ladders.

We were given earlier access to the aircraft to take some shots. The interior is a very typical interior, and comfortable.

It’s not everyday that you get to go up to the cockpit. And if you think you have limited space, wait till you check out the cockpit.

And soon, the plane was filled up..

And we were on our way to the land where beer is cheaper than coke.

Clear blue skies greeted us when we landed in Langkawi.

The first thing we did was to search for food. Our gracious host brought us to this restaurant which serves lots of varieties of dishes, all spread out along long tables. You just pick and choose the dishes you want. Much like ‘chap fan’ concept.

Next thing, logically would be to hit the duty free stores. And the first thing was…. non other than a refreshing bottle of chilled premium beer. Very much needed, considering the heat of the day!

No trip to Langkawi would be complete without a visit to this location.

Sorry, we could not help it.

We learnt a few things during our visit to Langkawi. The most important is that, it’s going to be very hot and humid over there. So make sure you drink lots of water. Water, not beer. Although consuming beer brings much relief from the heat, but water is still crucial.

The second important thing to remember is to rent a car with a nice powerful airconditioner. Our host has had enough experience to pre-order a rental car with powerful and very effective and efficient air conditioning system. A much welcomed feature.

Alright, next up, we headed to a nearby river launching jetty where we boarded a motorised boat and headed up a river.

Jason seems to be settling in quite well.

On the other hand, loves being on a boat.

This is the first stop of our boat trip. Bruce Wayne would be rather comfortable here.

Would be much better if we had red filters for our torches. Apparently red light does not affect much on nocturnal animals. The cave walk is just a short one, with a couple of low overhead where you need to crouch and basically duck-walk under them.

Next up is this nice little fish farm.

Jason getting much more comfortable on water. HAHA. And that’s our boat behind him.

A lot of different species of marine life is kept here.

Including this very friendly ray. Just put your hands near the surface and up it comes.

The blow fish?

They have sharks as well. And if you dare, you can touch them too. Of course, all the while with the keen eyes of the handler close by.

We went out all the way, until our phones actually registered itself on a Thai carrier.

This is one of the islands on the ‘outskirts’ of Langkawi waters. After a while, with rough open seas and hot weather, most of us were rather drained. And we have yet to checked in to our hotels.

So we headed back to the jetty, and checked into our hotel for a much needed air conditioning and a nice shower! .. and dinner later that night.

Check back soon for more interesting stuff we did in Langkawi.

 

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