I have to admit I was surprised at SATTE (at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi) in a very pleasant way! I was spending some time at the Malaysia Tourism stall when a gentleman called me and said hello and then added, you stayed at our resort at Bukit Gambang. I was completely floored. I have been there only once and I was part of a group of 100 people! I will also say that within the stall there were some other hotels where I stayed during Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 but no one else recognized me. And that doesn’t take away anything from their service but it makes Bukit Gambang very special for me.
It can sometimes happen that you get to interact with the people at the property but I did not not do so at all at Bukit Gambang. In fact when I stayed at the Arabian Bay resort at Bukit Gambang Resort City I was really tired and I retired early. So I did nothing that would distinguish me in a group of 100 to anybody. I didn’t even complain about anything. But then that is true for the entire trip.
And here was Mr. Shiva Segaram from Bukit Gambang at New Delhi telling me that I had stayed at his resort!
Bukit Gambang Resort City, Malaysia
So I had to ask how did he remember me? He said he had heard me at the 1 Malaysian International Tourism Bloggers Conference and Awards as well. Granted that I was an invited speaker there but even then to be able to spot me again in a group of 100 requires some effort. And at the cost of repeating myself more so when I did not ask for any special service at the hotel and stayed there just one night.
Thank you Mr. Shiva for making my day, you really made me feel special.
Call me challenged when it comes to crafts and arts. The only skill I have shown ever in a creative endeavor is with my camera and thank god for small mercies! So I had quite mixed feelings when I got to know that we were visiting the Noor Arfa Batik Complex at Kuala Terengganu.
The building itself is so impressive! Once inside we were given a tour of the complex where we saw skilled people displaying their crafts with a master’s touch. There was a lady who was painting and a gentleman who was working with glass. It was fascinating to watch their skillful demonstration.
Soon it was out turn to try out these crafts. Two people from my group tried the painting and I was given two piece of strings to make a decorative pattern (not relate to Batik I guess). I was very happy when I was not asked to paint. I had drawing as a subject till class 8th and don’t even get me started on what a torture it was. My teachers would not fail me because I was good at all the core subjects, I was good at sports but when it came to drawing something as simple as an apple it would look more like a mango when I was through with it! My teachers took pity on me and would give me the passing marks. So I was happy I was spared the experience again.
Coming back to these strings that were supposed to make a pattern, I thought they made perfect cat whiskers! But our hosts disagreed and wanted me to try it out. Try as I may I would not get the pattern according to which they had to be folded. Very soon others were getting a hang and I relied on the kind souls who got it to weave it out for me!
I of course bought Batik. I have given it to get a kurta stitched and the tailor is giving me a slip for a month now. She keeps saying come this day, come that day. So as soon as I finish this post I am going to call her and shout at her!
Have you ever wondered a month or so after a trip that your memories slightly alter? I usually rewind my trips through my pictures. But after a month or so some memories fade out. And at other times I wonder why I did not talk about certain other events in the first place! I stayed in some of the most beautiful hotels during my Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2012 visit. And yet I never talked about them.
I will start with the what I consider to be the most beautiful, The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort at Redang Island, Malaysia. When I entered my cottage (I think it was a garden facing one) my roommate and I really liked what we saw! I had a roommate from Taiwan. She didn’t speak much English but we got along well because we were considerate to each-other. I hope she also shares my feelings!
This was half of my room! There was more to the room which is not visible here in the picture, the most important thing for me, the tea arrangement. And let me show you the other half of the room too!
And I forgot to click the bathroom pictures, it was equally luxurious. Twin beds seem to be more readily available abroad than in some of the Indian cities. Also take a guess at the price of the room? At the moment a ringgit is equal to roughly 18 India rupees. This room cost for today is listed as 490 ringgit! So even if we multiply by 20 and make the price 500 it is 10000 rupees! I have seen much lesser rooms going for a much higher price in India!
The resort has a private beach and I went there for a short while at the night too even though it was raining! There was not a soul out there and sometimes I like those experiences. I had a long chat with the manager and I was told that the owner of the resort also owns an airline and Cardiff City Football club!
I will remember my stay at The Taaras for a long time!
Whenever I look at this picture I get mesmerized by the shades of blue! I tried counting them all but then I gave up! The place is Redang Island, in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia.
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