2014 Christmas Decorations In Klang Valley (Part 1)

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Published in

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It's the time of the year again! Yes, I am talking about Christmas!

Every year, without fail, shopping malls and hotels in the Klang Valley would put up Christmas decorations a few weeks before Christmas day. This year, I spotted a few really good ones so I guess I will start with the cream of the crop - Pavilion KL.

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There is a huge Santa Claus at Pavilion this year. But strangely, this is not the usual fat Santa we are accustomed to. No, this Santa is slim and looks more like Merlin the magician! LOL!

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There are still some recycled items from past years but that's to be expected.

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Look at the tall Santa in the middle!

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View from the back of Santa.

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OK, this one looks more like the Santa we are used to. Haha!

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There are many elves at Pavilion this year. And the interesting thing is, they move! Yes, they are not just standing there all static and unmoving.

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Like this elf in the box - he (or is it she?) keeps lifting up the lid and then closing it again.

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The theme for Pavilion this year is Christmas Magnificence. Lovely!

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The view of the tall Santa from below.

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Would you like to sit on that beautiful majestic chair? LOL!

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Cute snowmen playing musical instruments.

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I can't remember if they move and dance though.

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Beautiful white glistening reindeer.

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Nice reindeer - I wanna take it home!

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More elves!

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Is that a polar bear?

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A huge red ribbon at the top of the stairs leading down to the main concourse.

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View of the tall Santa and the surrounding decorations from the stairs.

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At the front entrance of Pavilion, there are more elves!

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Like this one, but someone told me she is a little scary, like Annabelle. Hahaha! OK, I can imagine her moving around inside the mall when it's closed for the night. Creepy.

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This is very cute! Elves dancing in a merry go round platform.

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I made a short recording of the elves moving in a merry go round and placed it on Instagram.

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You can watch the recording HERE.

The outside entrance of Pavilion facing the Bukit Bintang road.

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The view of the entrance from the inside.

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Do you like the Christmas decorations at Pavilion KL this year?

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For me, the decorations evoked a very Christmassy feeling, so I love it very, very much!

Guess what? I happened to stumble upon KL's most beautiful and creative Christmas tree this year! It's at Shangri-la Hotel KL!

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One look and you will notice that this is no ordinary Christmas tree.

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It is filled with toys and Christmas stuffs and that's not all. It also rotates!

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A close shot of the tree.

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The tree looks beautiful from a distance too.

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I went up one floor above to take another shot of the Christmas tree.

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Tin soldiers on top of the tree.

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I recorded the platforms on the tree rotating and put it up on Instagram. Watch it HERE. By the way, do join me on Instagram too, if you like.

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I really love this creative and beautiful rotating Christmas tree at Shangri-la KL! How I wish I can have it in my house!

If you travel to KL often, you will notice a very huge Christmas tree at the corner junction of Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Sultan Ismail near Menara Hap Seng.

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This has got to be my favourite Christmas tree of the year.

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It's too bad that the sky was quite dark and it was about to rain when I took this photo. Otherwise, the tree would certainly looked nicer.

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Oddly, this tree looked much better in the daytime than during the night. So I decided to take a picture of it during the day.

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Love the shimmering reflective ornaments on the tree!

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The best part of this tall Christmas tree is the view of KL Tower in the background. Beautiful!

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I will be sharing more Christmas decorations in the other parts of Klang Valley in Part 2, so stay tuned.

To be continued ...

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My Very First Halong Bay Cruise (Part 2)

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, December 15, 2014 | Published in

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Continued from Part 1

After my kayaking adventure was over, it was time to get back on the boat. Our tour guide told us that we would be heading towards Thien Cung Grotto.

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At one point during our journey on the cruise, the weather became very misty.

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I thought it would stay like that, but the mist soon cleared up.

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Apart from enjoying the beautiful scenery, this relaxing boat ride offered countless photo-taking opportunities.

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Soon, our boat reached Dao Go Island where Dong Thien Cung or Thien Cung Grotto is located. 

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There were many boats at the dock area.

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From the dock area, we needed to walk some distance to reach the cave.

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We reached an area with a number of informative signboards.

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A huge signboard with the words "Dong Thien Cung" welcomed us.

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Also known as Heavenly Cave, Dong Thien Cung is a famous tourist destination in Halong Bay. To reach the cave entrance, we needed to climb up the stairs. Yes, the entrance of the cave is located somewhere in the middle of a hill.

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It was not difficult to walk up these stairs, but if you have a problem with climbing stairs, you may find it quite troublesome.

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Once inside the cave, we could see many colored artificial lights shining on the various shapes and structures of the stalactites and stalagmites.

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Our tour guide was helpful in pointing out some of the shapes that resemble dragons, animals and even human's private parts!

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I was not actually interested in what our tour guide had to say, so I did not really bother to identify the shapes and take pictures of them.

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The cave was beautiful, but that's because of the effect of the coloured lightings. I was not particularly impressed as I have seen nicer and more beautiful caves.

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The floor of the cave was a little slippery so just be careful when you visit this cave and remember to wear a good pair of shoes.

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Coming out of the cave was quite a relief for me. To be honest, the panoramic view of Halong Bay that greeted us on our way out was way more exciting than the cave itself! LOL!

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Love the scenery from up here!

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That's our boat below - with the blue signboard - waiting for us!

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We had spent about an hour visiting Thien Cung Grotto. It was time to leave.

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Back on the boat, it was another hour of leisure ride before we reached the wharf, which marked the end of our Halong Bay trip. After that we got back on our tour bus and began the 4 hour journey back (with the customary stop at a souvenir shop as expected) to Hanoi.

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I had enjoyed my one-day Halong Bay cruise. I did not think it is necessary to stay in Halong Bay overnight or even for a few nights, but some people may disagree with me on this.

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It all depends on what you like to do. If you like to go kayaking, swimming and visiting lots of caves, then staying in Halong Bay for two or three days may be worth your while.

Otherwise, stick to the one-day tour of Halong Bay and you won't regret it.

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