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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Padang - Bukit Tinggi Babymoon : Grand Zuri Hotel, Pantai Air Manis, Kelok 44, Danau Maninjau

We checked out from the hotel and started the journey back to Padang. I have briefed the main “supir” that we wanted to use the route called Kelok 44, heading down to Lake Maninjau a.k.a. Danau Maninjau, for some popular local consumption as well as outside market. There are called “pensi” (small mussel) and “palai rinuak” (small fish). 

Down the road, we saw familiar view, like what we used to see back in our country. Borderless paddy fields and hills. The weather was quite breezy when we approached the hill top of famous Kelok 44 (44 corners). The corners were pretty sharp and the winding road made all of us felt like in a rollercoaster. Even with an unborn baby in my belly, I still had fun. In fact, hubby and I both backed-up each other (we were sitting both left and right side of the car) in capturing all 44 corners. (Well, we missed one corner…dang!)
TIPS: If you want to capture all 44 signboards, please do not sleep. The numbers are descending. The challenges will be trees and lamp posts that cover the boards, and the boards are located either left or right side of the road. So it is recommended to have two cameras with auto mode on, or else, quickly slide to left and right at every corners. Haha!

When we were just about to reach the Lake Maninjau, I noticed one familiar house which exactly the same like the house that I found on Google during info gathering for my Trip Cookbook. That green Minangkabau rooftop was the most captured house at Lake Maninjau due to its location by the lake side.
We then stopped at one of the corners for quick “business”. To my surprise, they did have toilets or WC along the roadside and the water came directly from the hill. And the water was super cold! Don’t ask me where does it go but the toilet is build right on the drain. Oh and no charges to do your “business” ok! 
The two “supir” then parked the cars next to the green mosque where we had a very interesting experience. There were lots of local mini resto along the small road. These locals are ethnically Minangkabau who are mainly doing aquaculture using karamba floating net cages. These cages are used to harvest that notable small fish and mussel, which I mentioned earlier.
We went to one of the mini resto across the road and spent some time with two of the cooks and watch them cleaning the fish and fried them in different shapes with different ingredients. It was fun to watch but the kitchen area? Scary to those who are super hygienic. I mean, not that filthy, like “kampong” style la, but still…haha! Well, I had no issue with it.
So these fish crackers were sold in packets and they were really cheap (approximately RM3-RM5 each) and tasty! We almost cleared all on the shelves as the cook fried them right there and then.
TIPS : If you are really into local food, try these fish crackers. We ate and we survive, so don’t worry. Hehe!

We then walked towards the lake side and enjoyed the scenic view of Lake Maninjau (Maninjau means overlook or observation). This caldera lake located just 36km from Bukittingi and was formed by none other than volcanic eruption around 52,000 years ago. It is being approximately 16km long, 7km wide, and 105m depth (max depth is 165m), and being used to generate hydroelectric power for West Sumatera.
The lake looked so calm and serene. Saw few locals doing their daily routine, fishing, washing clothes, and such. We didn’t spend much time on this as we need to rush back to Padang, to visit another tourist spot that is Malin Kundang at Pantai Air Manis.
It was a long journey back to Padang via Pariaman but having a quite informative “supir” was kind of helpful. Like what we always did during travel, we exchanged info and talked about culture, politic, and what not. 
The beach was quite near and we didn’t take long time to reach it. But came to our surprise, we had to pay to enter the beach area! Like…it was an open beach, come onnnn… Well, when there’s a place to see, there’s a price to pay…only in Indonesia. Hehe! Well, that’s what locals are forced to do…to survive.
The beach was quite long so the two “supir” just drove our car on the beach sand towards where Malin Kundang is situated. We found it safe as other locals were doing the same with their vehicles. The shoreline was obviously vacant as the sea water was somehow, distance.
Ok, back to Malin Kundang. This legendary site is located almost at the end of the shore, right in front of few local “warung” and kiosks selling handicrafts made from coral. Malin Kundang was pretty much similar to our legend, Si Tanggang, who was cursed to stone by his mother, for his refusal to acknowledging her as his mother, after traveling to another region and becoming rich. See, never, ever, disobey your mom, or you’ll end up being like these two legends, ok! (I will definitely scare Ixora with this legend!)
So at this site, there were Malin Kundang in capsized position and several pieces of his equipment from his wrecked ship, which everything were also becoming stones. While screening all these stones, I strongly agree that these stones are untrue but only untrue. Haha! (Feel free to throw your view.)
Anyway, we did enjoy the visit and had fun photo-snapping with “him” before we proceed to walk around the beach, overlooking the big island called Pisang Besar Island and small island called Pisang Kecil Island.
TIPS : If you have much time to explore this island, you can rent a motor boat and visit Sikuai Island. Not sure whether you can walk there during low tide.
Later that evening, we checked in at Grand Zuri Hotel, sorted out our souvenirs, and had a night stay, where we flew back to Malaysia the next day. At Padang Airport, we were surprised with the locals who waited to wave their friends and family from outside the airport fence. 
Thank God, with Allah’s will, I had a very smooth and easy journey despite of heavily pregnant to my (NOW) almost 2 year’s baby girl, Ixora (not in the picture).

OMG! I FINALLY FINISH THIS LONG-WAITED FINAL POST! I FEEL LIKE VOMIT BLOOD NOW! UWEKKKK! NO MORE PADANG-BUKITTINGGI STORY YEAYYYYY!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Travel Pictures Now Available at Instagram @biqquebikuchan

Sigh...it's been soooooooo long and I still have not completed the Padang-Bukittinggi entries. I was still pregnant that time, my goodness! Even worst, I almost forgot where have I been to during our Japan trip with Ixora last year. I honestly have no idea how to start writing about it. And to top the loads, I just came back from France-Holland trip, last week. Tell me, how and when should I write about it? Err...laterrrrr (perhaps). 

Well, I don't know where does my mojo go...I mean, blogging the whole thing like what I religiously been doing all this while. Sigh. BUT, but I do post in Instagram (at least), of the trip pictures with info/detail of the place. So, if you guys really wanna know what I was cooking or what I am cooking (live update) or what I'll be cooking, do follow my Instagram @biqquebikuchan via phone, or https://instagram.com/biqquebikuchan/ via desktop. Okies?

https://instagram.com/biqquebikuchan/

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Europe Trip (France and Holland) Cookbook

A mega trip to France and Holland. The furthest that I can go, the most that I can do, in this ridiculous currency exchange, in a very limited annual leave. Pray hard that everything gonna be awesome!

Front Cover

Back Cover

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PRIZES #TRAVELHOLICAWESOME PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA 2015

FINALLY! HARI YANG DI TUNGGU-TUNGGU OLEH PARA PEMENANG SEKALIAN. BUKAN SAJA PEMENANG YANG NAK TAU HADIAH, YANG LAIN PUN NAK TAU KAN? NAK TAU APA HADIAH-HADIAH YANG DIORANG DAPAT? HA, TENGOK SINI YE!

  
1ST : ONE RETURN FLIGHT TICKET TO BANGKOK, THAILAND
ISABELLE
(http://thesnowwybear.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/travelholicawesome-photo-challenge.html)

2ND : ONE NIGHT STAY AT CONTAINER GARDENSTAY @ BANGKOK VILLAGE, JOHOR BAHRU
(FOR 2 PERSON) 
NONA QIYAH
(http://nonasani.blogspot.com/2015/07/photo-challenge-balik-raya-2015-nona.html)

3RD : ONE FULL DAY PASS AT DISTRICT 21 APOCALYPSE THEMED ACTION ADVENTURE PARK @ 101 CITY MALL, SELANGOR
(FOR 2 PERSON)  
WANDERLUSTDJ

SAGUHATI : ONE UNIQLO WINDBREAKER FOR MEN
HAFIZ YUSOF


 
CONGRATULATION AGAIN! DO ENJOY YOUR PRIZE AND BLOG ABOUT IT, YA? WE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU FEEL, BEING AT THE PLACE OR WEAR WHAT YOU GET :)

YANG LAIN? TENGOK JE LA YE HUHUHUHU...
 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

RESULT #TRAVELHOLICAWESOME PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA 2015

SERIOUSLY, MEMANG OVERWHELMING SANGAT! SEMUA PESERTA DAPAT BUAT SEMUA CHALLENGE DENGAN TEPAT, ATAU HAMPIR TEPAT! KREATIF SANGAT SAMPAI JURI TERPAKSA MENGGUNAKAN KHIDMAT AUDITOR DALAMAN UNTUK KIRA UNDI! SENGIT SANGAT SAMPAI ADA PERCANGGAHAN PENDAPAT DI ANTARA JURI! HAHAHA! YANG PENTING, AKHIRNYA KEPUTUSAN DAH ADA!

WHETHER YOU READY OR NOT, 
HERE'S THE RESULT! 
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
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  READYYYYY...
  
1ST :
ISABELLE
NONA QIYAH
WANDERLUSTDJ

SAGUHATI :
HAFIZ YUSOF


CONGRATULATION! YAYYYYYY!

HAAAA KAN DAH CAKAP! HADIAH BERTAMBAHHHHHH! 
JURI BERMURAH HATI TAU, RUGI SAPA YANG TAK MASUK TUUUUUUU :)

OK, DEMI MENDAPATKAN HADIAH YANG VAVAVOM DAN MENARIK, HADIAH AKAN DIUMUMKAN NANTI YE :) HA JAGA-JAGA, ADA YANG DAPAT NAIK KAPAI TEROBANG OR TIDO HOTEL OR ADVENTURA LOMPAT BINTANG OR MAIN AIR OR TENGOK BINATANG :) HAHAHA!

TO ALL WINNERS, PLEASE DROP AN EMAIL TO biqque@gmail.com WITH SUBJECT "Saya Pemenang #TA PHOTO CHALLENGE No: (Letak kedudukan anda)" UNTUK URUSAN HADIAH.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

#TRAVELHOLICAWESOME PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA 2015


YEAHHHH! PHOTO CHALLENGE DATANG LAGIIIII! KALI NI THE WHOLE #TRAVELHOLICAWESOME SELAKU ORGANIZER! ARE YOU GUYS READYYYYYYYYYYYYY? LET'S DO THIS! 

3 SYARAT UTAMA YANG WAJIB ADA!
1.       Setiap gambar MESTI ada Blogger.
2.       Setiap gambar MESTI pegang/letak/lekat kertas A4 bertulis "#TRAVELHOLICAWESOME PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA 2015".
3.       Setiap gambar MESTI kena pakai baju raya. (Tak kisah baju melayu/baju kurung/kebaya/jubah/apa2 yg motif raya la)
Note : Kalau takde salah satu syarat diatas ni, masih bleh teruskan, tapi tolak markah je la kihkih!


10 CHALLENGES YANG PERLU DIBUAT!
1.       Blogger menimbang berat. Mesti nampak muka, patu kaki atas penimbang dan tunjuk berat badan korang. Di sebelah penimbang tersebut ada sampul duit raya.
(Jangan malu, bukan berat yg menjadi ukuran haha.)

2.       Blogger berdiri di tengah-tengah pasar ramadhan / pasar malam / pasar terbuka, berkain pelikat sambil pegang buluh lemang dan kaki kene angkat tinggi sebelah.
(Tak kira laki ke perempuan, tetap kena pakai kain pelikat ye.)

3.       Blogger melakukan aktiviti-aktiviti yang paling gila yang pernah blogger buat masa puasa / raya.
(Lagi pelik, lagi unik, lagi mencabar, lagi gile, lagi bagus. Risiko tanggung sendri tau hehe.)

4.       Blogger bergambar secara kreatif dengan kuih-kuih yang dibentuk menjadi perkataan “#TA RAYA”. Mesti kena guna minimum 7 jenis kuih yang berwarna-warni serta bercorak-corak.
(Lagi kreatif, lagi bagus.)

5.       Blogger bergambar dengan orang yg ambik zakat fitrah kat kaunter (amil), sambil hulurkan biskut raya (tak kira sekeping atau sebalang) sebagai tanda terima kasih.
(Siapa amil tu tak kisah. Kalau orang lain yang tgh bayar zakat pun takpe.)

6.       Blogger bermain bunga api dengan penjual bunga api.
(Siapa penjual bunga api tu, tak kisah.)

7.       Blogger bergambar di petrol station sambil memegang 10 jenis sampul duit raya yg berlainan design. Mesti kena pegang sampul 5 kanan 5 kiri sambil gaya mengipas.
(Walau mengipas, sampul kena nampak ye. Lagi kelakar, lagi bagus.)

8.       Blogger pegang kalendar 2015 yg tunjuk tarikh hari raya 1 Syawal, kat depan rumah tol / RNR.
(Kalau dpt bergambar dgn pekerja tol yg buat muka menangis lagi bagus.)

9.       Blogger susun kasut raya kat rumah orang yg korang pegi beraya, secara bertingkat.
(Lagi tinggi, lagi macam-macam bentuk kasut, lagi bagus.)

10.    Blogger bersalaman dengan orang yang paling tua masa raya / buka posa. Orang tua tu kena pegang kertas tulis photo challenge tu dan diselit pula sampul duit raya.
(Sapa orang tua tu tak kisah. Lagi tua, lagi bagus. Hahaha!)

PERINGATAN!
- Ingat! 10 challenges diatas, mesti kena ada 3 syarat utama tu dalam setiap gambar. Jangan lupa tau! If tanak lupa, sila PRINT post ni sebelum balik raya :D
- Tarikh tutup ialah Ahad (26 July 2015). Blogger kena publish post kat blog pada Isnin (27 July 2015). Jangan lewat tau!
- Post kat blog mesti bertajuk “PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA 2015 – Nama korang”. Patu letak 10 challenges berserta gambar bukti, ikut sususan. (Copy paste je kat atas tu.)
- Dah post, sila tinggalkan link post korang tu kat ruangan comment bawah ni. Senang kitorang nak view nanti. Kat sini je tau! Jangan comment tempat lain plak hehe.
- Keputusan para pemenang akan diumumkan pada Isnin (3 Aug 2015). Again, jangan lewat yeeee :)
- Segala keputusan akan dijuri oleh ahli #TravelholivAwesome dan segala keputusan adalah muktamad. Takde rayu-rayu dah. Titik! Hehehe!

THE BEST PART IS, OF COURSE LA HADIAH-HADIAH NYER!

FIRST PRIZE :

TIKET FLIGHT



SECOND PRIZE :

VOUCHER HOTEL



THIRD PRIZE :

VOUCHER TAMAN TEMA

Notes:
*Tiket/voucher adalah tertakluk pada harga, tempat dan ehsan pihak penganjur. 
*Tiket/voucher mungkin akan ditambah mengikut tahap sambutan dan ke-excited-an pihak penganjur.

APA LAGI? CEPAT BAGITAU SEMUA! SEMUA ORANG BOLEH MASUK, JANJI POST KAT BLOG JE. APA? TAKDE BLOG? CEPAT BUAT SATU HANYA UNTUK PHOTO CHALLENGE BALIK RAYA NI! INGAT! PIKIRKAN CAMNE NAK DAPATKAN SEMUA GAMBAR-GAMBAR NI YE. NAMPAK JE SUSAH TAPI ACTUALLY SENANG GILE KALAUUUUU KORANG TAU BERFIKIR SECARA KREATIF. KALO TAK TAU, JANGAN RISAU! KORANG IMPROVISEEEEEE :D OK?

P/S: Nak tengok macamana peserta tahun-tahun lepas buat dengan jayanya? Klik link kat bawah ni.
·         Contoh perserta 2012
·         Contoh perserta 2011
·         Contoh perserta 2010

P/S: Nak tengok hadiah menarik tahun-tahun lepas? Klik link kat bawah ni.
·         Hadiah tahun 2012
·         Hadiah tahun 2011
·         Hadiah tahun 2010
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