(Travel Post) Visit Japan UNESCO Sites with JR West Kansai – Hiroshima Area Rail Pass

Exploring West of Japan with JR West Rail Pass is a bliss!

The Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass is a rail pass available exclusively for foreign tourists, providing five consecutive days of unlimited rides on designated train and bus lines (including non-reserved seats on Shinkansen) in Kansai area, along the Sanyo Coast till Hiroshima. The pass also entitled holders to discounts with the participating merchants.

It is recommended to start your journey from Hiroshima and end with Kansai so that you can fully maximize your time and have more exploration.

The Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass can be purchased online from selected travel agencies outside of Japan, online on JR West website at (http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/) and at major railway stations in the covered areas.

Please note that if you purchase the rail pass outside of Japan or online, a voucher will be issued and you have to exchange for the actual pass when you arrive in Japan at the station in the covered area. Purchasing of the rail pass in Japan is slightly more expensive and limit to one purchase per person and stay.

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Day One

In Hiroshima, there are 2 iconic places of interest to check out. Itsukushima Shrine, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that we adored.

Best known for its “floating” Otorii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine was built to worship the mystical power of the island given by the goddesses that many Japanese had felt.

When you visit, remember to take plenty of pictures, play with the deers and help yourself to a delicious oysters that Hiroshima is famous for.

JR West Rail Pass entitled us to reach Itsukushima Shrine with free ferry ride from JR Miyajima Guchi Station after we alighted, a useful privilege for the pass holder.

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Another UNESCO Site to visit in Hiroshima is Atomic Bomb Dome. The ruin of the dome serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing to Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

Hiroshima Orizuru Tower (Origami Crane)(http://www.orizurutower.jp/en/) is built at the area to pray for good fortune to the Japanese as the crane symbolizes longevity and represents hope with strong belief that folding orizuru can be rewarded with health, happiness, and peace. This was said to be a tradition from Sadako Sasaki, who was a victim of the atomic bombing too.

The rail pass holder can get discount to the admission of Orizuru Tower, which can sight The Peace Memorial Park, The Atomic Bomb Dome, Mt. Misen of Miyajima and catch the beautiful sunset which the place is also famous for.

Proceed to Orizuru Square in the tower where you fold Orizuru & drop your ‘wishes’ into the transparent wall, a distinct feature of the tower that are filled with prayers from all around the world. 

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I stayed in Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, (http://www.hgh.co.jp/english/) which has direct connection from Hiroshima Station. The hotel is runs by the JR West Group and has a newly built area connecting the hotel to the station, making the stay at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima convenient no matter rain or shine. 

Their Japanese breakfast is very authentic and lovely with ingredients sourced fresh locally. Another highlight of the hotel is their May Flower Main Bar where the Handsome Top Bartender will impress you with his flair of art in cocktail. Must try his signature Grilled Apple Martini that tasted uniquely like an alcoholic apple pie to me. Refreshing.

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Day Two

Proceed to Okayama next day from Hiroshima and check out their super cute Hello Kitty Shinkansen (https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/en/) launched in Jun 18. With JR West Rail Pass, which is covering Shinkansen line between Shin – Osaka and Hakata for free at no extra charge.

The first 2 cabin of the Shinkansen are paraded with everything Hello Kitty and friends, in local specialities, delicacies, limited edition souvenirs and a photo booth which passengers can enjoy and buy. Kids area for simulated driving can be found in cabin 8! 

There will be around 10 mins stop at Fukuyama Station and you must take this opportunity to have photos taken with the famous Fukuyama Castle and exterior of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen.

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You can also stop at Kurashiki Station to check out the area which is also known as the Venice of Japan. A European style village constructed in the 19th century located by the Kurashiki River, the white painted houses with black tiles were actually warehouses in this district. Spam photo taking of the beautiful sceneries and shop at Kurashiki Denim Street for merchandises made with denim. This is also the birth place of the famous Edwin Jeans!

I like a sweet shop with name Kurashiki Momoko (http://www.kurashikimomoko.jp) that specializes in momo peach products and seasonal parfaits. I tried their seasonal ichigo parfait that came layered with creme brulee custard and strawberry ice cream that is really delicious, fresh and not cloying sweet.

There are many interesting spots in Kurashiki, and one of it is the Momotaro Karakuri Hakubutsukan Museum with fascinating trick eyes magic and mystical exhibits. JR West Rail Pass holder gets special discount for the admission to this museum!

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Check in to Hotel Granvia Okayama (https://translation2.j-server.com/LUCHGOKA/ns/tl.cgi/https://granvia-oka.co.jp/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XJSID=0) for their newly revamped comfort. This JR West Group Hotel Granvia Okayama  is beside Okayama Station, where the major shopping malls such as Takashimaya, Don Quijote, Aeon Mall and Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the top 3 garden listed to visit in Japan. 

I’ve enjoyed their really comfortable hotel room, sakura shochu cocktail, special gozen dinner & seasonal parfait to look out for, but the real highlights are definitely the special packages such as golfing, saké brewery tour, kimono / yukata experience, and etc for hotel staying guests.

In the day, take up their kimono experience package where you woke up to the wonderful buffet breakfast after a good night rest and get dressed in traditional kimono by the professional with optional makeup and hair styling service.

After which, you are free to have the kimono for a day and it is recommended to visit Okayama Castle & Korakuen Garden (one of Top 3 Japanese Garden in Japan) for sight seeing & photo taking with the magnificent landscapes. There are even a café and boat rental service for leisure activities.

Else, take a lovely night stroll and discover the other side of beauty of Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle where the place got illuminated with beautiful lights for a refreshing experience. There is a direct bus from the hotel to the garden at ¥100, available specially for the hotel guests.

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I had a special sushi lunch at Kido Airaku Sushi Restaurant when I was in Okayama. This is a popular sushi restaurant helmed by Sushi Master Chef Yasuo Namba with more than 40 years in operation. Other than delicious sushi, they have sushi workshop and no pork no lard menu because Okayama Health Tourism is enthusiastic in welcoming more muslims to visit Okayama. 

At Kido Airaku, I made my own nigiri sushi at the workshop and it was so much fun! Chef Yasuo is very patient despite being a clumsy student. He also taught me the correct way of eating sushi and gave certification for completing the workshop. Their tempura and steamed cheese are also recommended to have as they are delicious simply because of the fresh ingredients used.

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Day Three

Move on and travel to Shin – Osaka next! With the fastest and most frequent Shinkansen NOZOMI to UNESCO World Heritage site Himeji Castle that is located near to Himeji Station. There is a coin locker area at the station for storage of belongings, very convenient for travelers like us.

I really must emphasized that JR West Rail Pass (regional pass) is a discounted pass available to foreign tourists that brought me to many places of interest and taking NOZOMI shinkansen at no extra cost where Japan Rail Pass (nation wide pass) cannot. JR West Rail Pass is really useful and my time saver.

Check out the magnificent Himeji Castle for its elegance beauty, especially during events such as Himeji Castle Cherry Blossom Season in March.

Chanced upon these beautful light installations at TOKINOHiroba when I reached Osaka at Osaka Station. The light illuminations changed accordingly to the music and they are going to have a special for Valentine Day which i think will be romantic. I hope to see some other light illuminations if I’m back at Osaka Station next time.

Tsutaya Bookstore in its new fashionable outlook, a section that sells exclusive Hello Kitty Shinkansen merchandisesKuchuteien Observatory at Umeda Sky Building (10 mins from Osaka Station) for its famous sunset skyline are worth checking out. The JR West Rail Pass holder will get 10% off for admission to the building too.

For a unique experience, visit shopping space Takimi Koji Underground Eat Street where it mimicked scenes from the Taisho Edo Period, the place radiates old japan charm and every spots are highly Instagram worthy. There are many good restaurants at here and I bought lots of my favorite Banshodo warabi mochi at here. You can even check out LUCUA Osaka (connected to JR Osaka Station if you need more shopping!

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Do you know you can take a 1/2 hour Shinkansen ride and reach Kobe from Osaka? Besides enjoying Kobe Beef, Sweets and Fashion, explore Kobe Harborland (shopping entertainment district) and Meriken Park, a nice waterfront park in Kobe’s port area. The waterfront area is cool and spacious with iconic architectures such as Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum around. 

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Check in to Hotel Vischio Osaka or Hotel Granvia Osaka if you are in Osaka.

Hotel Vischio Osaka (https://www.hotelvischio-osaka.com/en) is a brand new trendy hotel from JR West Group that is simplistic and reasonably priced. It is conveniently located near to JR Osaka Station (5 min by foot) and surrounded by shopping malls, convenience stalls and Izakaya. JR West Rail Pass holder gets 10% discount on meals at Italian Kitchen Verde Cassa in the hotel, great one!

Hotel Vischio has a very cool buffet breakfast line features Osaka Favorites such as Takoyaki (octopus balls), Okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes), and Kushikatsu (fried skewers) in additional to its awesome Japanese + Western buffet spread! I got happily fueled up for more sight seeings and shopping after this.

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On the other hand, Hotel Granvia Osaka (https://www.hotelgranviaosaka.jp/en/) is a sophisticated hotel that is directly connected to JR Osaka Station. This is extremely blissful, especially after a day of active sightseeing and shopping.

Hotel Granvia Osaka has spacious guest rooms with fine amenities that I love about. One of the newly added service is you can bring the inroom smartphone out to make phonecall, get internet, use apps and travel guide for free, awesomeness! JR West Rail Pass holder also gets 10% discount at selected restaurants in the hotel.

I’m madly missing the unlimited mentaiko, deep fried rice balls and baked salt pudding that I had at the breakfast. Breakfast in a hotel always tasted extra great right?

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Day Four

Visit tourists hotspot Nara next and make sure you alight at the Nara JR Station. This station has a shopping complex and when you exit from the East Exit, you can find a Tourist Information Center housed in an old station building, Their multilingual staffs are there to help us with the enquiries.

JR West Rail Pass holder can rent a bicycle and cycle around Nara for free! There are many shops to shop around, restaurants to visit and even an old toy museum to visit.

Todaiji one of Japan’s most historically temple and Nara Park (for those cute deers) are commonly visited by all tourists.

You must also check out UNESCO Site Heijo Palace as it showcased the historic intelligent reconstructions of the structures throughout the decades. These buildings were constructed withhout any nails!

Naramachi, a district in Nara has traditional residential buildings and warehouses (edo period) preserved and opened to the public. The shops, cafes, restaurants and a few museums located at there are worth visiting for their unique and exclusive outlooks.

Kappou Matsuki (http://www.kappou-matsuki.com) is also located at the picturesque Naramachi (about 15 min walk from JR Nara Station) is a classic Japanese restaurant that is quaint and private. Their food focuses on using Yamato vegetables (vegetables grown in Nara) and seasonal ingredients with very lovely natural flavors and great freshness. A 10 course omakase lunch cost around ¥5000, which is really reasonable for the standard. Dining at Kappou Matsuki is exclusively by reservation only.

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I’ve stayed at the huge Hotel Nikko Nara (https://www.okura-nikko.com/japan/nara/hotel-nikko-nara/) that is directly connected to JR Nara Station. This granted me quick and convenient access to the hotel which is easily reachable from the west exit of JR Nara Station, directly on the left of the ticket gate.

Hotel Nikko Nara provides many facilities exclusively for their guests such spa & massage and free access to a Japanesestyle bath house. The guest room is big by Japanese standard. Some of the rooms have bathrooms divided into different sections and you get to experience the Japanese way of bathing by sitting on a stool.

The food in the hotel is excellent as they focus on using seasonal and locally fresh produces. You will find many interesting dishes that you might not have tried, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Do not miss the opportunity to taste Nara with Hotel Nikko Nara if you are visiting!

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Day Five

Ending my trip with Kyoto, a highly sought region to visit by visitors around the world. In Kyoto, you must explore Fushimi Inari Taisha, the most familiar shrine to the Japanese which has about 1300 years of history. Each torii represents 30,000 of the headquarters in Japan and they believe that one can get good luck in life when they walked through those torii.

Fushimi Inari Shrine is located right outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line. The shrine is a joint effort from the merchants & manufacturers to worship the god of rice.

Foxes are often regraded as the messengers in the shrine because the Japanese believed they possess superior intelligence and magical powers. While I did not get to meet them in real, I got a soft toy at one of the shops at the shrine. The savory soy sauce grilled mochi at the shrine is very delicious too!

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Kyoto Railway Museum (http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/sp/en/) is the newest museum in Japan that exhibits the history of the railroad innovations. This new museum is an expansion from the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum which has many exhibits taken from the Modern Transportation Museum in Osaka (now closed).

JR West Rail Pass holder gets 10% discount on the admission.

Feel like you travel back in time to experience the steam and sound from the great steam locomotive ride at this museum. I also saw many families enjoying the railway bento boxes in the eatery located in one of the train cars at level 1. 

Kyoto Railway Museum is located at west of Kyoto Station and take around 20 mins walk from the north central exit of Kyoto Station. A new station “Umekouji Kyotonishi Station” has opened on 16 Mar 19 beside Kyoto Railway Museum.

The trip ended perfectly for me when I took the train to Kansai Station for Kansai International Airport and even stayed for a night at Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport (https://www.okura-nikko.com/japan/osaka/hotel-nikko-kansai-airport/). The whole journey is well connected with JR West Railway system and no time is wasted for unnecessary traveling.

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My thoughts on the trip

To sum up and my final thoughts on JR West Kansai – Hiroshima Area Pass and the trip.

Pros

  1. Unlimited use of JR trains along the covered areas.
  2. Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen (including Nozomi & Mizuho) between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima.
  3. Unlimited use of JR ferry to Miyajima.
  4. Unlimited use of local JR buses around Hiroshima.
  5. Free use of rental bicycles at designated Ekirin Kun outlets within the covered area.
  6. The pass is very affordable as other transportations in Japan can be expensive.

Cons

  1. Reserved seats for the trains are not covered by this pass so will have to be paid separately.
  2. Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered with this pass.
  3. The pass is valid for five consecutive calendar days only (midnight to midnight) so you really need to plan your trip well.
  4. The pass can only be used by a single person and cannot be transferred between multiple persons. The pass holder has to carry his/her passport at all times. So make sure you key in the correct number and passport details when you make purchase of the rail pass.

Experience Malaysia Genting Highlands with a whole new perspective, 3D2N of FUN!

If you think Malaysia Genting Highlands is boring, time to visit and re-evaluate!

Many Singaporeans will plan to visit neighboring countries instead of Genting Highlands for a getaway. However, I begged to differ, especially when Genting is really accessible, lower in expenses because of the difference in our currencies, cooler than Singapore’s weather and the many brilliant attractions added to this leading entertainment hub.

To reach Genting Highlands, you can self drive, take a direct coach from Singapore, or fly to Kuala Lumpur and take a coach from there. In my opinion, the easiest route will definitely be taking the direct coach ride that is around 7 hours.

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Day One

Transtar Travel is a reputable transport provider and has several types of buses. The one I took is a 20 seaters SuperstarZ with plushy seats and good legroom. A one way trip normally starts from SGD$60, depending on the demand.

There are several pick up points for the ride where you will choose prior booking. Typically, the journey will starts from their headquarter at Golden Mile Tower and ends at First World or Genting Resort Hotel. This transfer usually includes Travel Personal Accident Insurance coverage of up to SGD25,000 that expires at the end of coach trip.

Each comfortable seat comes with a seat belt and Individual Personal Entertainment System. There will be onboard Cabin Crew to take care of you throughout the trip. I was given a fleece blanket to keep warm & bottled water to keep hydrate. The power point by the side of each seat is so useful to charge my gadgets for longer uses.

On yes! Delicious light meals and beverages will be served! The one I had was Nasi Lemak from Killney, super yummy! I love Nasi Lemak so so much. ❤️

There will be at least 2 pit stop throughout the journey for commuters to take toilet breaks or getting some drinks and bites. So relax and enjoy this lovely coach ride!

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The journey started around 6:45am and reached First World Hotel at 1:30pm via Tuas Checkpoint. All the hotels in Genting were fully booked, with some available ones at Theme Park Hotel and Awana Genting, super good business!

Theme Park Hotel is located at the doorsteps of Arena of Stars (where shows and concerts are held), with a some walking distance from the major attractions and eats at Genting Sky Avenue. The official check in time for the hotel is 3pm.

There are 4 room types with ‘King’ being good for 2 adults. This newly revamped hotel has rooms that resemble a boutique hotel’s, especially with its quirky and playful decors, kind of cute!

The room number is ‘written’ on the ground, outside each room. Totally quirky again!

The room stay at here does not come with breakfast option but not an issue since there are plenty of food choices in Genting Highlands (around 70 outlets). Eatopia, a selfserviced grabandgo outlet located at the lobby of Theme Park Hotel offers bakery items, nasi lemak, pasta, wraps, oats, hot and cold beverages.

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With the success of London’s Burger & Lobster in Genting, here came another promising one. Opened on 31 Jan 19, The Laughing Fish by Harry Ramsden is a new restaurant concept from the world famous icon for fish & chips. I’m going to try the food at here for lunch.

Located at Sky Avenue level 4, The Laughing Fish is alongside an alfresco World Famous Fish & Chips takeaway counter. The facade of the restaurant mimicked an old English Pub, very casual and lovely to dine in.

The Laughing Fish serves dishes mainly on seafood, with focus on Cod & Haddock, and some chicken or beef options. Desserts and alcohols such as beers, wines and cocktails are available too.

Their signature World Famous Fish & Chips comes with a huge and thick slab of fish, (cod or haddock) coated with fresh batter made from Harry’s secret recipe, deep fried, served with a side (gravy, mushy peas or curry sauce) and doublecooked chips.

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Available in 3 sizes with the largest Legendary in my pictures and video. Haddock is having higher number of votes for its flavorful and firmer texture, in comparison to the lighter & delicate Cod.

Get yourself a Cod Burger, plenty of fried calamari and a Baked English Brie to pimp your meal! The citrusy thirst quencher Laughing Fish Signature Lemonade can double up as a palate cleanser as it aids in reducing the oiliness we had from the food.

For a sharing dessert, try the indulgently huge Super Sundae that comes with plenty of vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, brownies chunks, strawberries sauce and whipped cream. Else go for the lighter Eton Mess, filled with strawberries, crushed meringue, whipped cream, shredded basil and lime. This is surprisingly light on the palate and I like it.

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After the sumptuous lunch, it is all about having fun! I’m very excited to try gaming in virtual reality, which is a relatively new experience to me.

The VOID is located at First World Plaza level 1, where the new Skytropolis Funland is. This new attraction offers a virtual gaming experience that is fully immersive, location-based and hyper-real! The VOID uses latest technology that will use all our 5 senses while gaming. Our imagination and reality got blended seamlessly into one, so surreal!

The VOID is similar to a laser tag game where we geared up and fought as a team, but with additional satisfaction since you will feel being in the game. There are 4 different games and the ones I had are the STAR WARSTM: Secrets of the Empire and Ghostbusters.

Imagining traveling to the molten planet of Mustafar as a Stormtrooper to blast giant lava monsters, or ghost busting at the New York apartment that was haunted by many creepy apparitions? These are the funnest games I have ever played! The other 2 games are Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment and Ralph Breaks VR.

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Right outside The VOID, is Skytropolis Funland (First World Plaza level 1), a newly built indoor theme park that housed fun rides for both adults and children.

The skyline is paved with LED ceiling that is ever changing. It can be a milky galaxy for a moment, and a blue skied forest next. So charming! This funland has more than 20 rides where you can pay as you ride or getting a pass for unlimited plays.

There are several food and beverage stalls across the funland with Think Pink (sweet delights that are pink and dainty) and Durian Delights (durian-flavored desserts for diehard fans) catching my attention.

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Spin Crazy 疯转轮 and Disco-i 飞旋陀螺 are two popular rides at the theme park. I watched and concluded that most people seek thrills for adrenaline rush when it comes to having fun in an amusement park.

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Dinner was at the award winning High Line Roof Top Market, located at the same stretch where The Laughing Fish is (Sky Avenue level 4 T2C-18-23). The space is trendy with designs using plenty of wood and art installations and having live band performances on weekends.

Enjoy the chillaxing vibe with the indoor seatings or the lovely alfresco dining where you breathe in plenty of chilled fresh air of the highlands.

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This outlet has 7 options consisting of High Line Fish Market (catch of the day, done your way), Burgers & Shots (artisan brioche burgers), Carnivore Corner (grilled meat, sandwiches and toasties), Jon Bing (savory crepes), Asian Heroes (asian inspired creations), Brooklyn Brewery (ale and lager), and Back in Time (cocktail bar). Mix and match your selections to enjoy with your family & friends, the communal way!

My favorite for the night is the Nasi Lemak with Rendang Lobster from Asian Heroes. 😋 The fluffy rice is coconutty fragrant, totally awesome with the sweet and spicy sambal. The grilled rendang lobster is very fresh and succulent too. I love Nasi Lemak done this way. Yum Yum! ❤️

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On my way back to Theme Park Hotel, I chanced upon this amazing store called Hilltop Grocer, (Sky Avenue level 1 T2-56) which is a paradise for snacks lovers! There are 3 sections in the store that includes a grocer shopping mart, a Food-To-Go counter and a dine-in Food Hall, catering to different needs.

Get freshly brewed beverages, gourmet sandwiches, pastas, sushi and flavourful local favorites at the FoodToGo counter. Select, pay and go, pretty simple and fuss free.

The Food Hall serves substantial hot meals in comfortable dine in setting. I even saw someone buying Mao Shan Wang Durians and ate them there. So cool!

The grocer shopping mart sells fresh produces, meats and wines, but my eyes are all on the many snacks! Malaysia’s traditional pastries, biscuits, chewy mochi, sweet chocolate and tasty salted egg fish skin! The list goes on and on. 🤣 The prices are considerably cheap and seriously my great place to shop!

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Day Two

Waking up to a new day, with many exciting activities ahead. I wasn’t feeling at my best because of the fever, bad coughing, sore throat and flu. It is a complete package that I got rewarded from CNY feasting, maybe? But the fun I had yesterday keeps me going and looking forward to more explorations in Genting Highlands.

A really big, fluffy, white cloud. ☁️ Don’t you think it looks amazingly delicious? Like something good to chew at.

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First challenge of the day: Eagle Landing Zipline by Ripley’s Adventureland at Sky Avenue level 4. When I know about this, I got shaken with hesitation to proceed.

Looking down from the 4th level, this activity looks shitty & dangerous. With my sickness, I perspired profusely despite of the cool weather in Genting. And with THIS, my sweat turned COLD! The guys in my group were also in hesitation! 🤣

This girl gave me courage. Her name is Elaine and she is also really afraid of this. But because we are here for a work purpose, we decided to give this a try while supporting one another.

Gearing up in progress and do note that wearing of skirt is NOT ALLOWED but because I’m on a mission….. so whahahaha. Anyway also nothing much to watch because I think I ‘kiaped’ tucked my skirt tightly with the harness and fat thighs. 🤣

Hooked on and walking to the ‘execution platform’.

I stood at the point before zipping, blaming myself for acting brave. I seriously feel like peeing in my skirt when I looked down from the edge of the platform. Helpppppppp!

There is no turning back. I can only say “god please help me” deep in my heart, with eyes shut tight. Amen. 🙏🏻

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And here we go, wheeeeeee!

To be frank, this zipline worth playing and not as scary as what I presumed. The thrill element is there but reduced a little since you must ‘sit’ to set the legs free, for the gaming assistant to give you a push simultaneously. I might be unable to complete this challenge if I need jump off this platform myself!

Okay lah, SMILE!

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If going to those scary Halloween Nights is your favorite thing to do, prep yourself for a simulation of zombie apocalypse at Zombie Outbreak (Sky Avenue level 4, T2C-B16, Big Box) alongside Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium (T2CB13), The Jurassic Research Centre (T2C-B15), and 4D Trick Art Museum (T2C-B08).

Funny not funny! The zombies are lurking in the deserted house. With the objective to freeze your blood, prepare to see all the scariest you could think of. I think the safest place will be outside the house because once you enter, “god please help me” 🙏🏻

We cannot run or hide but to struggle from room to room, in a seemed to be longer-than-usual kind of maze. The entire walk is in a dimly lit setting but don’t you worry, because you will definitely be pounced by the hungry zombies at many points, guaranteed.

The exteriors of the Zombie Outbreak wanted to scream danger but to many of us, it screams Instagram Worthy Spots. Have fun in photo taking before entering to an unforgettable and terrifying experience!

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium, as the name suggests, is all about wacky, weird and interesting facts around the world.

Whether you are feeling casual or seeking for fun explorations, Ripley’s might do the job well. Most of us would spend an hour or two on the range of exhibits, that are made from common objects but uncommon concepts! This interactive work of arts is informative, and exhibited invitingly in a spacious gallery setting.

Lawyer Maria Jose Christerna from Mexico is well known as The Vampire Woman. Inked from head to toes, she also has fangs, a forked tongue, tons of piercings and titanium implants to give her an appearance that is out-of-the-world. Believe it or not?!

Visit with an open heart and have fun discovering those facts!

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Take a step to 65 million years ago, where the land is ruled by the dinosaurs. This is an ultimate showcase at Jurassic Research Center.

A good educational place with fun interactions, get up close with the dinosaurs to feel their skin and hear them roar!

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Don’t be alarmed when you spot some moving ones and the gigantic Tyrannosaurus-rex around the corner!

Examine the dinosaurs’ fossils & skeletons, the precious remains packed with informative DNA. This is how we learn about them before destructions.

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Want to feel the Velociraptors thrashing you in a virtual laboratory? Visit one at here with experience that is quite sureal. Jurassic Research Center has really awesome information and artworks on everything dinosaurs, so check them out to feel the amazement!

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4D Trick Art Museum is an optical illusion gallery where we acted accordingly to the murals and getting photographs taken from designated perspectives for optical illusion effects.

The museum has murals artwork painted by artists where every pieces are Instagram worthy. Strike your best pose and create the fun memories to keep for lives.

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All of the mentioned attractions are located in Ripley’s Adventureland at Sky Avenue Big Box level 4.

There are many other entertainments & small games to keep you occupied all day long. Plenty of seats with tables are available for resting or refueling yourself before the next fun.

If you are keen to play at more attractions, please get their combo ticket as it saves you some money.

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Wellness spa Healing Touch is located at this area too and has services such as body massage, foot reflexology, fish spa, etc.

Part of their service menu where I find that the prices are really affordable.

I took up their special promotion package at RM258 for 90 mins of body massage with complimentary of 30 mins foot massage and 15 mins foot scrub. Eye pillow and heat pack treatment will also be added alongside body massage.

The overall experience is pretty good. From the pre soaking and cleaning of feet, to the therapeutic foot and body massage, and the hot red dates longan tea I had after the session. My tired self got rejuvenated and this is great for self pampering. The spa opens daily from 10am to 12am and you are encouraged to call them at +601 2233 7525 in advance for appointment.

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Genting Highlands is not only about posh and famous restaurants. They have plenty of varieties including food court.

My lunch was at Medan Selera (Sky Avenue level G), a halal dining place. You can get a variety of the favorites, all at affordable prices. The food court is spacious and well equipped with plenty of seats.

There are five stalls and a self service station for salad, fruits and drinks. Everything will be ordered at the stall but pay at the cashier counter, before entering to the dining area.

The diverse selection of rice dishes, noodles and snacks are inspired by the Western, Asian and MiddleEastern cooking.

Crispy curry puffs and assortment of delicious kuih (traditional cakes) are great to pick up as on-the-go eats.

Medan Selera has valueformoney Breakfast Sets and starts operating from 9am daily. Popular options include Nasi Lemak, Fried Noodles, Roti John, Tandoori Chicken Curry and more.

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There are many local and international brands at Genting Highlands to shop but you should really check out the latest Genting Highlands Premium Outlets too. This huge complex is 10 mins away from Sky Avenue Resort World Genting via Awana Skyway, which is located at Sky Avenue level 4.

Taking a gondola give us opportunity to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the surroundings. For a unique and spectacular experience, go for the glassflooring ones (only 10 of it, exclusively).

It costs double in price than the standard gondola, but definitely worthy as you get to enjoy a more breathtaking view of the beautiful rain forest and breathe crisps mountain air along the way.

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There are 3 stations in total, namely Sky Avenue, Chin Swee and Awana. Disembark at Chin Swee station to explore the scenic surroundings around Chin Swee Caves Temple. Ride on and you will reach Awana Station, where the Premium Outlets are.
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Every gondola has USB ports for charging of our electronic devices. The specially designed windows and louvers cleverly allow more air into the gondolas for better ventilation. You can have a cabinsized luggage along so that taking the gondola after the shopping spree will not be a problem.

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Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is the second Premium Outlet in Malaysia, after the one in Johor, which opened in 2017. This shoppers’ heaven features 150 designer and local brands, including Adidas, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sembonia, Coach and more.

There is also a food street with outlets such as Chicken Rice Shop, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Baskin Robbins and more. Genting Highlands Premium Outlets (10am to 10pm daily) is a great place to venture especially when you are into quality high fashion with good shopping deals and promotions.

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Authentic Neapolitan pizzas at Motorino (Sky Avenue level 1) can gives satisfaction and is quite a popular family restaurant. This pizza place is hailed as the best authentic Neapolitan Italian pizza in New York by New York Times food writers.

Owned and operated by Belgian-Italian born Chef Mathieu Palombino, Motorino has multiple outlets in New York, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, and in Genting Malaysia. The decor of Motorino Genting oozes charm of old American grocer, very pretty.

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Take a whiff at the freshly baked pizza by the skillful chefs! Using wood-fired oven imported from Italy does make a difference. The style of Neapolitan pizza is to have fresh basic dough, simple toppings, more sauce than cheese, and no ingredients should overwhelm one another.

The chicken meatballs in tomato sauce is an appetizing antipasti starter. Pastas are great but paler in comparison to the pizzas. The pizza crust is tender, chewy, with good smokiness, and goes tastily with savory beef pepperoni, cheeses, tomato sauce and fresh chilies. I also like to drizzle chili oil & flakes over the slices to give them spicier punch.

Check out Motorino if you need pizza when you are in Genting Highlands!

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Let’s go for a movie! Bona Cinemas is a retro-cum-urban theatre located at Sky Avenue level 1 Lot T2-03A with six halls in total. All the halls screen latest movies and are equipped with Dolby Atmos sound system for maximum cinematic immersion.

Enjoy the enhanced movie experience with IMAX (gold standard in image resolution and motion picture immersion) or Gold Class with DBox seats, that is the first in Malaysia!

I went for the Gold Class with DBOX seats, watching Alita in the hall that sits up to 48 audiences.

The luxurious Gold Class VIP seats got ultra dynamic with the DBOX technology! Each seat is equipped with D-BOX patented motion system (four levels of intensity control) that could swivels and tilts to bring us into the thick of actions, truly immersive!

I highly recommending you to give DBOX a try if you love watching movies and have time to catch an afternoon matinee or midnight show.

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What is a leading entertainment hub without thriving nightlife scenes? Everything got so vibrant at Sky Avenue level G with the addition of Zouk Genting!

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At level G, you will find 5 fun loving concepts:

Redtail Karaoke (T109) – Sing & unleash your inner diva at this private and beautiful Karaoke lounge. The rooms are uniquely themed and could fit groups of up to 20 people. Opens daily from 5pm to 3am.

Redtail by Zouk (T1-10) Play at Social gaming lounge with engaging beer pong, retro arcade games, Xbox games, Jenga, air hockey and more. Opens daily from 5pm to 3am.

Zouk Club (T1-08A) – Dance & party the night away at this trendy club featuring top music performances from around the world. Opens only on Fri & Sat, from 11pm to 3am.

Empire (T1-08B) – Sway to Hip Hop beats at this urban lifestyle boutique nightclub. Opens on Wed to Sat, from 11pm to 3am.

FUHU (T1-07)Eat at “Zouk vibe” concept restaurant. FuHu is newly opened and I have not try on this. Will be checking this out if I’m back to Genting Highlands.

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Day Three

Coach ride to Singapore is scheduled at 2:30pm, and so the best way to spend time before heading home is to have more shopping and eating! 😋

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Chanced upon the first Pikachu Parade in Malaysia when I was at Sky Avenue. This is a special arrangement made in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. Although the parade ended on 28 Feb 19, Genting Highlands will have more exciting lineups all year round. Make sure you can check out their Facebook, Instagram and website for updates prior to your stay.

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Sky Symphony is a hourly, free-to-public performance taking stage at the main atrium of Sky Avenue.

This vibrant, extraordinary orchestra showcases audio, visual and motion graphics programming being used amazingly and have liven up the atmosphere instantaneously. Kids and adults are loving this!

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Breakfast was at 云海 Wanhoi Yamcha with friends. It is located at (Sky Avenue level 1, T2-7&8&9) along the stretch that leads to Burger and Lobster.

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Instagram worthy food will get businesses most of the time. 🤣

Their food tasted alright, with deep fried mee sua vermicelli kueh and spicy wanton dumplings as my favorites. Their dim sum pastries are definitely adorable with flavors such as 奶油包 (milk custard filling bun, shaped as a caterpillar), 凤凰酥 (lotus paste butter pastry with salted egg yolk, shaped as a bird) and 老鼠爱大米 (glutinous rice balls with pandan filling, shaped as a mouse). The have many other selections including rice, noodles and a la carte dishes such as sweet sour pork. Service standard at here is of average and definitely can be improved.

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My mandatory eat in Genting Highlands is Gindaco (diagonally opposite to Wanhoi Yamcha, Sky Avenue level 1 T2-18) which sells Japanese ball-shaped snack Takoyaki.

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Takoyaki is made from wheat flour batter encasing octopus chunks, preserved ginger, and accompanied with topping such as bonito flakes (original), japanese leek (negi), prawns (ebimayo), egg (teritama), and cheese and fish roes (cheese mentaiko).

You can have the balls hot at the standing dine-in area or have them as takeaway.

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Aside from the shoppings, my last stop for the trip is for sweets and coffee at Tokyo Secret.

Tokyo Secret has a café (Sky Avenue level 2 T2A-39) that sells cheese tarts, waffles, pancakes, cakes, hot menu items along with beverages. With this, they have closed the kiosk at level 1 which focused on selling their cheese tarts.

Yummy treats! 😋

The crepe cake slices are light and tasty, but my favorite goes to the ‘Tiffany Dream’ mousse cake. This is a cake slice with pretty pastel layers and in tantalizing asian flavors such as sweet potato, yam, pandan and coconut. Highly recommended!

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My buys from Muse by Watsons (Sky Avenue level 3, T2B27). 🤣 I’m pretty sick prior to the trip and needed all these dearly when my medications ran out. Genting Highlands is a wonderful place and I have no regrets to make my way here and have fun!

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What do I like about Roses Only

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From then on, they pay full attentions to all details with dedications. With such quality control and continuous search for the very finest roses, Roses Only grew in reputation, popularity  and the branding is defined as one of the best around.
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Based in Australia, they now serve customers from Singapore, US wide, London and Hong Kong too. They even got featured in the Ellen Show, which is a wonderful milestone for the brand.
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Do you know the meaning behind each color of the roses? Read on for some interesting explanations!

Red - romantic, passionate, the idyllic visual representation of love. Best to give this to express your love.

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Pink - admiration or joy. It can also be used to say thank you and congratulation.

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