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Visiting a Tower

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After lunch, it was off to the 120 m Busan Tower which stands proudly at 69 m above sea level in Yongdusan park. I remember visiting Kuala Lumpur Tower in the late 90s. Busan Tower was built in 1973 while Kuala Lumpur Tower was built in 1995. The latter is taller, standing at 431 m but Busan Tower, which is modelled after Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju springs pleasant surprises. Taking an elevator up the tower, you'll be surprised to be presented with a video clip of a bird-eye view of the surrounding area. The ceiling of the elevator acts as the screen for the clip; so, the elevator operator will remind people in the elevator to look up . At one point of the trip up, you can opt to pose for photographs in an indoor studio. Then, you continue your journey up to the top to the observation deck. There is a little gift shop there but the main attraction of course is to see Busan from there. Look out for Busan Harbour, Olympic park and several other interesting landmarks…

Kota Bahru's Shopping Malls

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In the 90s, when I visited Kota Bahru, Kelantan, a shopping mall was unheard of. I remember visiting a very big wet market then, the Siti Khadijah Market Pasar besar Siti Khadijah, I suppose;  Moonlight beach Pantai Cahaya Bulan, formerly Beach of Passionate Love Pantai Cinta Beach and going out to Tumpat to visit a Buddhist temple among others; but never a shopping mall. KB shopping mall was only built in 2004 and it must  be over ten years later that I stepped on it; that was when my nephew and I went on our east coast trip. Touted as an award-winning shopping mall, the mall however wouldn't be able to hold a candle to the shopping malls in Penang or Kuala Lumpur. Nevertheless, it was fun taking a walk there, marvelling at the shops' Jawi signage, the food and the people and the fact that there was no movie theatre there or anywhere else in Kelantan. Aeon Shopping Mall which opened just then was a bigger, nicer place and as far as I remember, has the best art supplies shop I…

Off to Cambridge

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There was a talk of visiting Oxford the next day. Then, when night fell, it was decided that we'd visit Cambridge instead since it was nearer. So, the next day we went to London Liverpool  Street to catch a train. It was drizzling the morning we embarked on the journey. Armed with an umbrella each, we hustled our way through the crowd. Somewhere, a statue on the street  would attract our attention and we would try to pose for a picture or two; but our host would shooed us off, saying that we had a train to catch. He looked quite strict;  that Joe guy. Then, we were there at the station, buying tickets and getting into the train, trying to sign in to the free WiFi service and posing for photographs of course! 6






Ho Chi Minh Transformed

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Probably, you'd have heard from someone that visiting Saigon Sense Market is a must while in Ho Chi Minh. That's suppose to be an underground shopping centre and it's rather new; being built in 2017. After lunch or dinner at Asiana Food Center, you may just want to shop for clothes or souvenirs in an air conditioned bazaar-like atmosphere in Taka Plaza or just listen to live band performances at a little stadium there. Asiana Food Centre, Taka Mall; they are all there at Sense Market. They are like Siamese twins and probably, you can't talk about one without referring to the other or visit one without visiting the other. You'd be surprised perhaps to hear that this used to be a basement for keeping traffic-violating vehicles. Ho Chi Minh definitely has transformed rapidly since those days in the 70s! 3






Fairyland

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Having had enough of the Dinosaur's Park, my friend and I came out to join the others. They were themselves having a whale of a time and why not?  Danok's Asia Cultural Village covers a wide area and has much to offer. There is a mini zoo there but I think it is closed at night. There is also a place to shop but maybe, you'd like to skip that unless you are going to be there the whole day and is putting up a night in one of the containers. Otherwise, it suffices if you just take a stroll and enjoy the cool night air. Take a stroll, enjoy a chat with your friends and get connected as you take pictures in the lanscaped garden. You'll be delighted to know that the place lights up like a fairyland at night! 4