When I visited Malaysia for the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 my first stop was Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside. Before leaving someone who knows Malaysia asked me where was I staying and when I said Putrajaya they were suitably impressed. I now understand why. It is a really beautiful hotel and has an equally beautiful location.
True to my form I arrived at the hotel without sleeping a wink in the flight as I was watching back to back movies. After the check in I decided to crash, I wanted to sleep till lunch. When I entered the room I liked what I saw.
These days I click a hotel room as soon as I enter it, after all it is not going to look the same once I have put my signature over it! At the check in I was told that my room mate was from Taiwan and she would arrive later some time.
We used to eat at the buffet called B’s and they had a wide selection which always included vegetarian food. And their sweet dish table was lavish too.
The hotel looked pretty huge and when I was trying to find my room I was promptly lost! While walking clueless I found another couple who looked equally bewildered and I asked thme, “Are you lost too?” They laughed and said yes. At least I was not alone. Then came a hotel employee and he asked me if I was lost? When I said yes, he escorted me to my room, making sure I would no longer roam around in the corridors like a zombie!
If you walk behind B’s (but ask for directions to be sure, my direction giving capacity is like my sense of direction) you would reach the lakeside. And it is a beautiful spot.
I spent quite sometime walking around the lakeside. It is a popular spot with the locals too. On my return from other parts of Malaysia I stayed at Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside again. Only this time I was sharing a suit with another lady. The suit was out of this world! It had a Jacuzzi and view of the lakeside to admire! Overall Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside is a beautiful hotel and I had a very comfortable stay there.
PS. The last picture is much more heavily edited that my usual stuff. I could not get it right any other way!
In my two short visits to Malaysia I can vouch for one thing, they love to celebrate! I once heard their tourism minister Dato Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen declare that Malaysia is a land of warm climate, warm water, warm beaches and warm people. I fully agree with that! I would add that Malaysians also love their food and love to celebrate!
I did a short post for Travel Wire Asia on Festivals and Events in Malaysia. Do check it out.
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I got to see much more of Malaysia on my second trip. And Malaysia is the second country where I have been more than once. I have been to UK many times but it is because of my work. Come summer and I think Nepal will get added to this list as I plan to trek there again.
There was one particular day on the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 where I got to see Sungai Pasu, National Elephant Conservation Center at Kuala Gandah and the Bukit Gambang Resort City! I was so tired on that day I somehow only posted Sungai Pasu pictures. About time I posted the pictures from Kuala Gandah and Bukit Gambang too. I also taking this opportunity to post a few others that have not made to this blog till now.
Our trip was flagged off by Dato Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, the Minister of Tourism at Malaysia. In her speech she asked us if we had visited the art gallery in the ministry office and when we replied in the negative, she asked her officials how was that possible? So when her speech was over we got an opportunity to see the gallery and this shoe was on display there.
I cannot resist posting another picture of the Sepang International Circuit. This was taken from the VIP room and it shows part of the grand stand and the main track. The blue lines are part of the pit stop area.
This picture is from the National Elephant Conservation Center at Kuala Gandah. The center is devoted to rescuing elephants that get into clash with people in settlements and rehabilitating them. They show a very powerful documentary in the movie hall of the center. It highlights the work of the center in spite of their limited resources.
Our night halt on this day was at the Bukit Gambang Resort City. The hotel was grand but otherwise I was just too tired. One of the rare days when I was not clicking too much with my camera.
The final picture for today is of Kapten Jack Sparrow. He ferried us from one jetty in Redang to another. We knew we were in safe hands!
Guess what did we do after driving at the Sepang International Circuit? We went cycling at Putrajaya in Malaysia. It had been ages since I went cycling and I was wondering if I would be able to cycle again! But I did fine. Cycling is one activity that everyone can identify with, the bruises sustained while learning to ride, the kindly person who taught us how to cycle or the joys and the mobility it offered once we mastered it.
When I was growing up we didn’t had the cycles kids learn on these days. My daughter for example has a small cycle with two extra wheels so balancing is not a problem for her. I learned on a cycle with just two wheels. And it was a cousin (who used to stay with us) who taught me cycling. I didn’t fall while learning but I did get a few cuts and bruises after I learned. I also used to bicycle to school after 6th standard. I learned cycling when I was in 4th standard. The floodgate of memories one simple event can open! And in my days there was no concept of helmet while cycling, I suspect in my small town no one still wears a helmet while cycling.
I used to have a cycle even when I shifted to Gurgaon and sometimes I would go to market on it. In one of my jobs, I used to cycle to the bus stop and chain it to a tree. I remember coming back one day to find that I had just chained the tree and not the cycle but no one took it away. That was the last I had a cycle.
So coming back to cycling around Putrajaya I was not sure how I will fare. I even thought that I would not do it if there were more Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 participants and less number of cycles. But that was not the case at all. So I found myself in middle of a big bunch of cyclists. My cycle had gears, adjustable seat and I was wearing a helmet this time.
We were escorted by the police team till we were on the main roads but once we came on the cycling/walking track we could go as we liked.
The cycling/walking track was well maintained. It was largely flat and went just a little bit of uphill and downhill. I did change gears to go uphill. The path was largely empty with a few walkers sitting around and enjoying the view. There was one guy who was practicing complicated dance moves (like they do in street dancing sequences) and was all concentration.
Soon we would cycle less and click more pictures!
The local cyclists who were assisting us on this day took us through a few short cuts as well. The path goes around the lake with plenty of rest stops. I initially did not take my camera out. But after a while I decided that I can cycle with the camera around my neck.
There was a point on this trip where we could see a lot of birds. I could spot egrets and yellow billed storks quite easily. There was another group of large birds that looked familiar but I could not place it. I was told that they were purple herons and what graceful creatures they are. After this bird spotting point we headed back to the bus and our hotel at Putrajaya.
I don’t think I will ever spend a day again where I get to drive around a car at a F1 circuit and then cycle in the same day!