I had one last road trip left before then year ends. We traveled to the temple of miracles, the Sri Maranthandavar temple near the town of Maran, in the east coast state of Pahang. (Marathandavar means God of the Tree; Maram means tree). The temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is located about 3 hours away from KL and has been one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centres in Malaysia. Entrance
This is one of the 2 sacred trees at the temple. The original miracle tree has died and the bark is preserved and embedded in the sanctum behind the statue of Lord Marathandavar.
(the link sourced from this blog shows the apparition of Lord Muruga and his wife Deivanai on the bark of the miracle tree)
Flight of freedom, again :)
The temple itself is built to the shape of an octagon.
The Sri Marathandavar temple has beautiful architecture to be admired.
[+] The story of the origin of the [Temple of miracles].
[+] Two very good guide blogs to many famous Hindu temples of Malaysia [Malaysian Hindu Tem…
We interrupt your regular Christmas programming to bring the Attack of the Killer Strawberries!!
Strawberries dipped in chocolate...heaven!
Fried prawns...served hot with chili sauce This is a non veg blog after all :p
Honey comb There are a few honey bee farms in the Highlands
We traveled to the coldest and coolest and highest night market in Malaysia, located at the Cameron Highlands. (Friday and Saturday, every week from early evening till midnight, Brinchang Town) Cameron Highlands is the biggest among the hill stations in Malaysia, situated in the state of Pahang on the Titiwangsa mountain range. It was developed during colonial times, the cool climate and ancient rain forests attract many local and foreign tourists throughout the year. It is very famous for its tea plantations, both Boh Tea and Barath Tea own huge tea plantations in the Highlands and famous tea stops among the hills. And of course, not forgetting strawberries, the ever famous Highland strawberries are grown there.…
thank you for 4 wonderful years in this electronic world and a lifetime of memories from the real world :)
this blog, and myself went through a lot in 2008 memories that i will never forget love and joy to cherish everyday regrets and pain that will never go away but i find myself waking up another day and many more tomorrows within them i find my answers i am still alive the world is still here bold and beautiful what matters is taking a step forward making someone happy changing something being the change and living your life may we have another wonderful year and many more lives to touch and not a dream lost love all
[+] Place: Tanjung Dawai beach, Kedah. Travelers; Kumar, Indran, Ghost. Shutter light tracer; Indran.
This is the second quiz this month, since I'm so in love with December.
(i) Guess which movie the following lines are from - title, actors. (ii) Name A very famous song from the movie - title, artist.
I would rather have had... one breath of her hair one kiss of her mouth one touch of her hand than an eternity without it. Should be very very easy if you're a movie buff. And definitely NO CLUE this time. :P Oh btw, its an English, Hollywood movie.
Remember BOTH questions must be answered.
The Prize will be: A DVD or Book of your choice mailed to you :)
[#] I'll moderate the comments for this post, Everyone who gives the correct answers will get the prize.
Contest closes exactly 24 hours from now (Malaysian time 3pm /GMT +8) - 19th December - Friday (wherever you are :)
[#] My immediate friends in Msia and the Chumma Travel gang is not eligible to participate. As well as the winner from the previo…
This was the price, finally. The planet can look small, and an adventure exciting. You can chart out detailed routes and plan to cover thousands of miles and many months. It can all seem so straightforward and plausible. But then you find yourself in one particular place at one particular time, and the world feels as vast as it is. You wait to find out whether you're going to die.
sometimes we wonder if buildings can indeed be the identity of cities or countries
and in another moment I would like to make a biased generalization saying that this would indeed be the only towers that represent a culture of modernity with a touch of familiarity giving a strong identity to the city and country the twins are tied so close to the hearts of the citizens that we cant sever it however way we look at it in whatever moments of humanity we see the struggles of a nation birthing a monument of splendor of excess beauty with nothing to compare with and among the mindless fractured modern cities around the world I see scrapers rise from sand and stone but none has the character or life or soul of this fantastic existence
and from a distance in time I see how the towers of 9-11 has become an identity of change and fear of hope and eternity how changes can happen as radically as any building could be smoldered to the ground and among the rubble's we find our voice to speak against tyranny among the dead…
And this is at The Gardens, the decor was really good...
and it was a huge huge cage!
yeh...now you know where I live! :D
this the season to scare your children silly ...at the Valley...tralalalalaa la la la... :D
[#] Xmas decors is a big craze at local malls. And since the tree at KLCC turned a dud this year, I think MidValley and The Gardens shopping mall did good for this season. Hope one day I get to see the Rockefeller Center tree :) [+] Travelers Velan and Ghost
This could be rated as one of the most pressing matters in the world today; Driving with your parents (and grandma). And its going to be a very long drive. I woke up this morning to find all my CDs missing from the car! No more Nusrat, no more Atif, Maroon 5, Bocelli, they even took away my Dalai Lama chants...oh come on. And there's a lot of CD's with no name...which I'm gonna presume are really really sad 70's and 80's Tamil songs...
I really dont mind the driving part, its a pleasure to take them along and knowing they would be happy to travel as much as I am, but music always puts me in a spot during these times. And I will do anything not to switch on the radio during drives with family. Because at moments you least expect there will be a bloody radio show about arrogant children who don't take care of their parents, or something about marriage, work, etc. And along with that will be some free advice from grandma about marriage, etc. We cant talk back. Prob…
[+] B32 and N32, Semenyih to Kuala Klawang, Selangor to Negeri Sembilan. Beautiful hills, reserve forests and beautiful waterfalls. The waterfalls are actually littered all along the route. Larger falls are deep in the jungles.
Finally I've started packing, cleaning the apartment to move out. I will really miss this place, the quiet night hills and memories. I'm moving to somewhere a zillion time busier but who cares since its all relative anyway. Its a new dawn for me, with renewed spirit and I foresee a lot more travels in the future. I love this nomadic nature of life and I really want to travel.
Just like a few months back, I'm on a mission. It looked impossible in the beginning, but when I make it happen the world will seem a lot more easier to live. Making it happen is hard, but its almost done. I am proud with myself for starting it.
Alaipayuthey - Shabir [link back up! all hail free domains! :P]
[#] A very good Tamil song by Singaporean artist Shabir. The song is from his bestselling 2006 Album of the same name. Shabir has recently launched a new album called TraffiQ (urban Tamil compositions ?) which is airing strong on the local radio stations. [+] Shabir.Com.Sg
[#] Took a while for me to come to my senses, a thank you to Nachi and Milady for the fine reasoning (do read their comments). I've removed the cartoon. [#] This ed-cartoon has many meanings. What I see is a lawless country, where sanity is dead i.e. Pakistan. And from their fractures, its neighbors are paying a heavy price. [#] The terrorists want attention, and dirt. They cant have dirt, but attention they get everyday from the media. What we don't have to give them is any reason, logic or rationale for their actions. We can condemn them and their ideologies, we write about them and we never forget.
So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic.
[+] I think I jst found a stronger reason to return to India sooner. But am not sure if the world will always remain the same, will it always absorb the pain fast enough to make us forget the past atrocities...
For the question of whats next; the question of love and marriage, as much as I try to find the answers I really cant. What makes life put so much hope and desire in one person, I have no answers for that too. I pray that at this juncture in life I get to have it my way. Hopefully.
Why are you not doing anything yet India? I'm with Kavi on this, its time to get tough. No more negotiations, no more waiting and no more speculations. Just get them, and clean up the country. This is ridiculous, I've been watching the news since morning and no one has any idea of what the hell is happening there. Seriously, what is happening in Mumbai? One army officer says there is an hostage situation, another says everything is cleared. And then politicians offering lip service, bullshit. What's worst in this is, if a country like India is caught offguard (for the nth time!!!), what will happen if it happens in Malaysia? What are the intelligence service doing? Is CNN better than the intelligence services? Twitters and blog updates are faster than the army and commandos. Who do you want to trust your safety to now?
Meet Divya...my occasional rant friend. But of course she doesn't understand a word I say.
It'd Divya's birthday today :)
[#] Apparently I suck at taking human photos. :( I took me a lot of chocolates and another 4 people to coerce her to stand still for this photos...oh sigh. Why r they scared of me...like I'm a ghost or something... :( [+] Im seriously swamped with work...hope to be visiting all the blogs this weekend, sorryyyy...
- Seat belts saves life - Airbags should be made standard on all Malaysian cars - And, there still are dirt stupid idiots who make sudden stops and u-turns in the middle of busy traffic
[#] My cousin and his buddies went for a ride, and decided to do a Bond. They're all safe, with some stitches and minor bruises. Am really impressed with Perodua MyVi, the structural integrity is very good, but air bags would have been better, just that there are no laws for mandatory airbags here and well no rules against street stupidity. Oh and everyone thought I'm a reporter! :D
im back home in Malaysia now... and figuring how to answer when everyone asks which is 'better' India or Malaysia now how do you make a choice like that? i'm not going to answer them on that I've just been smiling for the whole day now... i think when the time comes
for us to live our dreams and others are left just a glimpse of it there is no room for justifications jst memories long lasting :)
[#] will be there soon...in ur writings, in ur dreams. Have a good weekend :)
As my journey comes to an end, and many of my dreams fulfilled, good and tiring days, traveling many cities in such a short duration, and that too while swamped with work really messed my schedules. Missed to meet many good friends along the way. But I always believed what is meant to happen, will happen and last Tuesday I met my long time blog traveler, and the person I admire the most in words and writing and in courage, my brother Jeevan.
I cant describe my happiness walking the long courtyard to his house; it was a bright and sunny Chennai morning. He was in the hall and that happy smile broke all the tiny awkwardness of meeting for the first time.
A quick chat with mom about his ailment brought me to understand more of his situation. Jeevan is diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. He is undergoing regular therapy and are trying new treatment methods which keeps his muscles active. It is infact right now an irrevirsible ailment and research are being conducted actively around the world…
Miladysa tagged me with the weird and random tag thingy, and here goes:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself - some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
1. There is one memory that I remember from childhood as my 'first ever memory'; waking up and seeing the sun rays through the window, not sure how old I was then btw. I cant remember anything else from that time, and my next good memory of my childhood is when I was 5 years old and in kindergarten.
2. Whenever I go out, for shopping or eating and I withdraw money from the atm, the bill will somehow come to the exact amount I withdraw. It happens 9 out of 10 times. Its freaky.
3. There was a time when I was in lower secondary, I only liked green toned shirts. Good God.
4. I get sudden flue which last…
snow covered peaks of the Himalayas, taken from the Jakhu temple, situated on the Jakhu hill in Shimla
Jhaku Temple, a Lord Hanuman temple, I cant describe the feelings and emotions at that moment being in the temple, seeing the Himalayas, the serenity of it all, and the sweet prasadam given, life changing...
I like this photo a lot :), Jakhu Temple
Daymoon, at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
snapped at the gardens of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
Today I trekked the hills of Naldhera, near the Mashorba Valley a short distance from Shimla and I saw the snow covered mountains of the Himalayas one of my dreams came true I want to thank Life for this :)
[#] Its so close yet so far, one day I must set foot in Nepal and god willing, climb the Everest :) [#] Btw, I think this picture turned awesome... [#] As usual, anyone wants hi-res images of above, please buzz me, TQ!