Monday, 26 December 2011

Statistik Perkembangan Industri Pelancongan di Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur -antara destinasi tumpuan pelancong asing ke Malaysia
Dimana kedudukan negara kita Malaysia dalam Kedudukan International Tourist Arrivals ?

Sumber : World Tourism Organization

Statistik daripada World Tourism Organization menunjukkan angka yang sangat memberansangkan bagi sektor pelancongan Malaysia. Bagi rantau Asia & Pasific, Malaysia hanya berada di kedudukan kedua paling ramai menerima pelancong asing. 

Sumber : Tourism Malaysia
Melihat pada data di atas dari sumber website Tourism Malaysia, jelas menunjukkan peningkatan samada dari segi kedatangan pelancong asing mahu pun perbelanjaan pelancong.

Kepelbagaian Kaum & Budaya

Pada pendapat saya, pelancongan seluruh dunia makin berkembang secara keseluruhannya memandangkan kemudahan untuk melancong semakin mudah. Ini mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan di sektor perkhidmatan berkaitan pelancongan seperti pengangkutan (cth : kapal terbang, kapal pelayaran, taxi), penginapan, dan tempat rekreasi.

Terima kasih pihak Tourism Malaysia yang giat mempromosikan "Malaysia Truly Asia" melalui iklan TV, pameran luar negara dan sebagainya. Rasa bangga juga bila melihat iklan negara kita Malaysia di TV UK.

Selain itu, dengan Malaysia menjadi hub contohnya : Hub Halal, Hub Islamic Finance, Business Events Hub dan sebagainya membantu menaikkan nama Malaysia.

Kesimpulanya, kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia hendaklah memanfaatkan peluang yang ada. secara langsung atau tidak langsung, kita dapat manfaat daripada pelancongan yang sedang berkembang. Kemudahan kita sendiri untuk melancong juga sudah mudah.


' Senang Travel '

Gambar Kuala Lumpur & Kesenian adalah dari kerjasama dengan Tourism Unit @ Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Malaysia Airlines celebrates the spirit of 1Malaysia with 30% Discount on Fares to Europe

I have send an e-mail to Malaysia Airline and just received an e-mail from Media Relations, MAS today. :

Malaysia Airlines Celebrates the Spirit of 1Malaysia  
with 30% Discount on Fares to Europe

Subang (15 December 2011): Malaysians have an excellent opportunity to start 2012 with a bang by enjoying a 30% airfare discount for travel on Malaysia Airlines from KL International Airport (KLIA) to its five destinations in Europe namely London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Istanbul.

All they need to do is plan and travel together in groups of three, six or nine friends and they must be from at least three different Malaysian ethnic or cultural backgrounds to enjoy a fantastic European holiday, 1Malaysia style!

The national carrier is offering this discount on Business and Economy class fares for this promotion covering air travel from 1 January to 31 March 2012.  

To enjoy these offers, Malaysians have to produce valid Malaysian passports and blue Malaysian ICs of the ‘muhibbah’ group members at Malaysia Airlines’ ticket offices to purchase their air tickets.

Each 1Malaysia group must travel on the same class and flights throughout the journey using this special offer which is available now until 26 December 2011.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates twice daily flights to London, daily flights to Amsterdam and Paris, five-weekly services to Frankfurt and thrice weekly to Istanbul.

– Ends –

Issued by Media Relations Unit/Communications Division, Malaysia Airlines, Subang
For media enquiries, please contact:

Ismadi Yusuff
Tel       : +603 7840 3884
Mobile : +6019 3074466

Monday, 19 December 2011

MAS catat kerugian RM478 juta suku ketiga

KUALA LUMPUR 22 Nov. - Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS) merekodkan kerugian bersih sebanyak RM478 juta bagi suku ketiga berakhir 30 September 2011. Bagaimanapun, MAS telah mencatatkan peningkatan perolehan sebanyak lima peratus kepada RM3.56 bilion untuk tempoh yang sama.

Menurut kenyataan MAS, kerugian tersebut disebabkan peningkatan kos bahan api dan kerugian tukaran asing dari pinjaman dalam dolar Amerika Syarikat (AS). ''Secara terkumpul kerugian bersih MAS pada masa ini berada pada RM1.2 bilion.

Sementara itu, beberapa inisiatif Rangka kerja Kerjasama Komprehensif (CCF) antara MAS, AirAsia Bhd. dan AirAsia X, juga akan direalisasikan.

-Petikan dari Akhbar Utusan Malaysia 23/11/2011-

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Wish Destination : Istanbul, Turkey

Wish Destination this week is Istanbul,Turkey. Istanbul is the only city stand between two Continental. At one side is Asia, and the other one is Europe.

Why is Istanbul being listed in My Wish Destination ? I wish have fasting in a ramadhan here. Hearing 5 time chant though out the city might be the most exciting experience everyday. Most importantly it is the only Islamic country in Europe with more than 99% is Muslim. The best of all transport I can say is Ferryboat. Because it only cost around £5 from Europe to Asia!
The best area to go in Istanbul is Sultanahmet District

There is several place you can go in Istanbul but this is the most popular place that i pick.

List of 6 Top Attraction ;

1. Blue Mosque
2. Hagia Sofia
3. Topkapi Palace
4. Grand Bazaar
5. Suleymaniye Mosque
6. Dolmabache Mosque

1. Blue Mosque :

Don't get confuse. Travellers call it Blue Mosque, but Turk call it SultanAhmet Mosque.

2. Hagia Sofia :

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia

-Hagia Sofia is among the world's greatest architectural achivement. First built as  church, the as mosque, and now serve as Turkish Museum.

3. Topkapi Palace :

-Built by Mehmet II as his main residence. Sultan Abdul Mecit abandoned Topkapi in favour of Dolmabahce.

4. Grand Bazar :

-Place to shopping for souvenir!

5. Suleymaniye Mosque :

Inside view of Suleymaniye Mosque
-This is most important mosque, both a tribute to its architect, the Great Sinan and to its founder Suleyman the Magnificient.
-Sinan, the imperial architect having built 131 mosque and 200 other building.

6. Dolmabache Mosque

Unique Things to Do ;

1. Cruise along Bhosporus Strait ;

2. Walking in Cicek Pisaji (wikipedia : can be described as a miniature version of the famous Galleria in MilanItaly );
Picture from google

3. Enjoy your self at Taksim Square. "Taksim Square is a major shopping, tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul "-wikipedia

4. Hang out at Galata Bridge

Picture from Wikipedia

5. Experience Turkish Bath known as Hamam

These service include massage. Picture from Web 
Hope to be here one day..

*All the picture with watermark belong to my friend's album. Thank you for the permission. Other than that, its taken from the source stated.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Tips to Avoid Jetlag

Its is a unfortunate problem you had jetlag for a long distance travellers.

Jetlagmedically referred to as desynchronosis, is a physiological condition which results from alterations to the body's circadian rhythms; it is classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Jet lag results from rapid long-distance transmeridian (east–west or west–east) travel, as on a jet plane.
-source : wikipedia-

Different time zone..

Avoiding jet lag

To avoid jet lag disturbing the first few days of your holiday as your body acclimatises to a new time zone, you may need need to think ahead and synchronise your body clock before you travel.
If you're travelling east, try going to bed earlier for a couple of nights. If you're travelling west, go to bed later.
The following suggestions can also help to reduce the effects of jet lag.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight to avoid dehydration.
  • Don't drink lots of alcohol or take unnecessary medication while in flight. For muslim, don't ever drink alcohol at all!
  • Sleep well before the flight and during long journeys if you can.
  • If you're travelling west over four or more time zones (to New York, for example) make sure you get bright natural light in the early evening. This will help you to adapt to the new time.
  • If you're going east back to the UK, try to return at around midday to get the brightest light of the day. Wear eyeshades on the plane and try to stay in the dark and quiet.
  • Exercise while on the plane. Don't just walk around the cabin - stretch in your chair as well. This will help your blood circulation and reduce swelling of the feet and legs.
  • A short episode of moderately intense exercise may help reset your body clock after arrival.
  • Try to fit in with the daily routine and activities of the new time zone as soon as possible – eat when they eat and sleep (or at least rest) when they sleep.
-source BBC Health, last review by Dr. Trisha Macnair on May 2010-

What I usually do, from what I've seen on TV program about jetlag is ;

1. drink lots of water.
2. sleep at local time when you arrive -kena tahan mata la kalau flight sampai pagi hari.
3. avoid eating too much food.

I have read about Light Therapy for jetlag. There is a TV program about this light therapy use for getting fresh in the morning especially to those who go to work early in the morning like tv presenter & so on..

Light Therapy. credit to WebMD

happy reading :)

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 6-9 December 2011

Just to share this information. Today is the first day this exhibition open to public.

Picture taken from photobucket

Exhibition Venue at The Mahsuri Hall, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

A Career Day will also be scheduled on Friday 9 Dec 2011 and Saturday 10 Dec 2011.

For more info please visit

Related post about Langkawi : Best of Langkawi

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Journey to Seven Sisters, England, UK

Last weekend, while waiting for the next flight at London Gatwick Airport, I decided to take an opportunity traveled to Seven Sisters, East Sussex.

Postcard that i bought at Lewes

This is the only destination i wish to travel if I had a chance. I prefer not to go to central London because it has too many attraction and if I come to UK in future, I might not go East Sussex just for this purpose.

Its 10.00a.m. Saturday 27th November 2011 and I just had a wee nap because had I carried 2 bag with me. I leave heavy 1 bag at the airport bag's storage. It charge £8.00 per bag for 24H.

Train station located at South Terminal, Gatwick Airport. I'm confused when ticket officer said I need to take a train to Victoria Station, then take next train to Seven Sisters. "Why should I travel to north (Victoria Station), then take next train to Seven Sisters?" i ask the ticket officer. From what i have read before, I need to take train to Lewes's Station or Brighton's Station first. In doubt, i decided to bought ticket to Lewes.

Nice small town of Lewes
Some view at Lewes ;

Now I know why the ticket officer said I need to take a train to Victoria Station to Seven Sisters. Seven Sisters actually one of a train station in London.
Definitely not my wish destination! photo from wikipedia
Stopped at Lewes Station, then follow by the next train to Seaford Station.

From Gatwick to Lewes is about 33min, and from Lewes to Seaford is about 15min.

Scenery along the journey feel like its still in Autumn. I reached Seaford at 12.35pm. I wish to catch next train at 12.55pm. I just had a glance of Seven Sisters and headed back to Seaford Station. Unfortunately, I can see with my two eyes, I missed the train about 3 second!! The next train will be another half hour.

This is my shot, bear in mind that I only have lens 50mm 1.8II. Hopefully somebody will sponsor me another good lens!
The only Photo I take
I get nervous because my flight depart at 4.20pm. Thats mean, I have to be at the airport about 2.30pm. The fastest way is to Brighton Station is by taxi. Then by train from Brighton to Gatwick.

Photo at Saltdean :Taxi driver kindly agree to stop here, just to shot this.
Rottingdean Windmill -along the way to Brighton
a glance of attraction at Brighton Pier
Finally I arrived at Gatwick Aiport around 2.30pm. oh, what a journey!!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Press Release : Air Asia X Arrives at London Gatwick

Hi all,
When I at Gatwick Airport, one of Air Asia X's passenger ask me why Air Asia X moved from London Stansted to London Gatwick.

Where is London Gatwick Airport located ?
Gatwick Airport located between London and Brighton (south of England) 

I just receive an e-mail from Gatwick Airport Press Office regarding my query about Air Asia move from London Stansted to London Gatwick's Airport. Here is the answer from Gatwick Airport ;

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Surat Winter Terakhir 2011..

Sorry for those who can't read this in Malay Language, this is not important one.

Saya menaiki pesawat easyJet dari Glasgow International Airport ke London Gatwick. Bunyi enjin pesawat easyJet sangatlah kuat semacam kipas rosak sebelah. Bersyukur saya sebab tujuan utama datang sejak dulu sudah selesai. Pahit dan manis adat orang bertandang. 

Namun 'hajat kecil' saya kali ini tidak kesampaian. Walaupun sudah penghujung November, namun masih  juga tidak turun-turun salji berbanding tahu lepas. Tahun lepas, pertengahan November sudah turun salji. 25 Nov hari paling sejuk sepanjang 2 minggu. 5 darjah Celcius, sejuknya sehingga telinga terasa sakit.  

Melihat api-api dari atas awan

Dikesempatan ini saya mengucapkan Terima kasih kepada rakan-rakan dari kami mula datang sehingga penghujung. Dari datang berdua sehinga pulang nak masuk 2 orang anak. 

Ampun maaf salah & silap. Sehingga berjumpa lagi. 

"Kita datang ini hanya sebagai tetamu senja
Bila cukup detik kembalilah kita kepadaNya
Kita datang ini kosong tangan kosong dada
Bila pulang nanti bawa dosa bawa pahala"
-Nukilan A. Samad Said 

*Post ini tiada kaitan dengan penglibatan A. Samad Said dalam politik. Sekian terima kasih.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Cara Memaksimumkan Tukaran Matawang

Apa yang saya catat disini adalah cara saya. Saya telah uji teorinya dan mungkin juga tak sesuai untuk anda yang membaca. Kalau buat tukaran yang kecil mungkin tak berbaloi guna cara ini.

Biasanya 'businessman' atau pelajar yang melanjutkan pengajian ke luar negara akan membuat tukaran yang banyak dalam satu-satu masa.

Pengalaman saya buat tukaran GBP (Pounds) ke MYR (Ringgit),

Sedia maklum, jika kita buat tukaran matawang di bank, jumlah yang kita dapat kurang sedikit berbanding "Pengurup Wang Berlesen (Licensed Money Changer)".

Melihat pada papan di "Pengurup Wang Berlesen" sahaja tidak memadai. Nilai yang dipaparkan tidak sama antara satu tempat dengan tempat yang lain.

Kadang-kadang saya lihat tukaran di KLCC lebih baik berbanding di sekitar Shah Alam/ Subang Jaya. Tapi kena fikirkan tol, parking dan sebagainya.

Untuk mendapat nilai yang maksimum, perlu mengambil kira kos lain juga seperti ;

1. Bayaran tol pergi balik
2. Bayaran parking jika di shopping complex.
3. Lain-lain -cth: makan, telefon.

-> rate setiap berbeza-beza. Ambil peluang bila tiba 'rate' yang baik.

Cara saya ;

1. Dapatkan kadar biasa yang boleh dilihat di internet atau sambil jalan-jalan di shopping complex boleh
    singgah lihat 'rate' di Licensed Money Changer.
    Bagi yang nak semak di internet, Website Bank Negara Malaysia ; Sila klik di Sini

2. Hubungi Pengurup Wang Berlesen. Call beberapa Money Changer yang berdekatan dengan tempat tinggal  untuk buat perbandingan.

3. Pastikan ambil nama dengan siapa kita bercakap dan tanya 'best rate' yang boleh dapat. Bahagian ni agak 'tricky' sedikit sebab bila dah sampai untuk buat tukaran, orang yang dikaunter akan sebut 'rate' yang biasa boleh bagi sehinggalah saya beritahu dengan siapa saya dapatkan 'best rate'.

Nilai tukaran Pounds ke Ringgit 3-4 minggu lepas

Saya boleh cadangkan jika yang tinggal sekitar KL, 'rate' yang baik ialah di Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman atau di Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Saya harap idea saya berguna dan boleh disebarkan. Jika ada idea lain, boleh e-mail saya.

Sekian, terima kasih.

New 7 Wonder of Nature -11.11.11

Betapa indah nya dunia kita! Baru-baru ini Yayasan New 7 Wonders of Nature telah mengumumkan keputusan undian 7 Keajaiban Semulajadi Dunia yang terbaru pada tarikh 11.11.11.

Senarai ini adalah sementara sehingga dimumkan pada awal tahun 2012. Berkemungkinan senarai ini berubah atau tetap pada 2012 nanti.

 Recently, New 7 Wonders has announce provisional New 7 Wonders of Nature 

Keputusannya adalah seperti berikut :                                The result as below ; 
(tidak mengikut kedudukan)                                                      (not in any ranking)

                              * Teluk Hualong -Vietnam                    
                                                                                               [Hualong Bay, Vietnam]

                               *Hutan Hujan Amazon -Brazil      
                                                                                   [The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil]

                               *Air Terjun Iguazu -Sempadan Argentina-Brazil                   
                                                                                    [Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil]

                               *Pulau Jeju -Korea Selatan                                                   
                                                                                           [Jeju Island, South Korea]

                               *Taman Negara Komodo -Indonesia                              
                                                                            [Komodo National Park, Indonesia]

                               *Sungai Bawah Tanah Puerto Princesa  -Filipina                    
                                                              [Puerto Princesa Underground River, Filipina]

                               *Table Mountain -Afrika Selatan                                         
                                                                                    [Table Mountain, South Africa]

Senarai untuk 'New 7 Wonders Cities' masih berjalan undiannya sehingga  31 Disember 2011 . Silakan lah mengundi bandar pilihan anda. Klik disini untuk mengundi.