Wednesday, 24 April 2019

[5D4N Itinerary] Krabi, Thailand Trip Part 1

Assalamualaikum and hi! It's been a while. I guess I'm gonna start to write again. 😊

So, for the past few years, I've been travelling from time to time actually. And I'm kinda loving it! Since my trip to Krabi is the most recent one, I'll start writing about this trip first. Then only, I will write about my previous travels. Okay?

Before you read on this post, feel free to watch my highlights on my first day in Krabi. 😁


My trip to Krabi, Thailand was from 14 to 18 April 2019 (Sunday - Thursday). I booked the return flight tickets for 2 persons including 5 days and 4 nights stay at Aonang Baansuan Resort via Expedia - AirAsiaGo for RM859.64 on the 7th of September 2018. Bear in mind that I'm from Merlimau, Melaka so my expenses might differ from those who are travelling from Kuala Lumpur or other states in Malaysia.

13 April 2019 (Saturday)

My husband drove us from Merlimau, Melaka to my parents' house in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The Proton Saga FLX 1.3CC was fed with full tank petrol which cost us around RM60 and the toll fare was RM15.70 from Ayer Keroh to Sg. Besi.

We stayed overnight at my parents' house and my dad sent us to KL Sentral the next day.

14 April 2019 (Sunday)

At around 10 in the morning, we arrived at KL Sentral and we straight away bought the SkyBus tickets to KLIA2. The price for 1 person per trip was RM12 over the counter but if you purchase return tickets right away via online, you could save up to RM4. Means, you just have to pay RM20 for the SkyBus return ticket per pax. I didn't purchase the tickets earlier so I was frustrated on my own. Haha! I recommend you to purchase the tickets via online because you can ride on any bus on the date you have purchased. The bus runs every half an hour so you don't have to worry about being late to the airport.

So, we hopped on the 10.30 a.m. bus and arrived at KLIA2 around 11.30 in the morning. Then, we went to Family Mart to have our lunch which cost us around RM40 (including 2 breads as a snack in the flight later). Haha! We just love to eat, ya know. After we had our lunch, we walked towards the international departure hall. Luckily, this time around our flight was not delayed like the last time my friends and I went to Boracay, Phillipines. Fuh!

Our flight departed around 1.30 p.m. and we arrived at Krabi International Airport around 2 in the afternoon. 30 minutes flight duration only? No! Thailand's time is 1 hour earlier than Malaysia. The flight duration is actually 1 hour and 20 minutes.

After we settled with the Thailand's immigration, which went smoothly, we straight away got our airport transfer to our hotel for 150 baht each. The transport provided was a chartered van. If you're a little adventurous, you could take the shuttle bus for the same price but maybe the journey could take up more of your time.

Tip : Book a hotel with free airport transfer and book a room with free breakfast to save up money on meals.

Regarding SIM card, I recommend you to not buy it at the airport unless it costs you 150 baht and below. Why? I'll explain later in the next post.

Along the way, we were curious to see people wearing colourful clothes but they were all wet-soaked. We saw people splashing water towards other people or vehicles on the road. The driver told us that on 13 April each year, they have this festival called Songkran Festival. Usually, it will prolong until 15 April.

Finally, around 3 in the afternoon, we checked-in to our hotel. After settling down, we decided to go to the Krabi Night Market. Krabi Night Market only opens every Friday to Sunday. So, we wouldn't want to miss it. We actually planned to rent a motorbike for 250 baht per day (24 hours) but due to the Songkran Festival, all motorbikes were unavailable. Luckily, Su, the receptionist, offered us a ride to Krabi town on her way back home as her shift was over. We paid her a token of 100 baht as our gratitude for her deeds.

Krabi Night Market was colourful but they weren't many halal stalls as compared to Aonang. But we managed to get Thai Banana Nutella Pancake (40 baht), grilled squid (100 baht), pad thai (40 baht) and mango sticky rice (50 baht). We also got souvenirs for our close ones there. Keychains, pouches and fridge magnets were priced at 200 baht (15 pieces). There were also those which were priced at 270 baht for 3 packets. Each packet has 4 to 6 pieces inside depending on the design. I recommend you to buy the souvenirs at Aonang Muslim Street. It is cheaper. Urgh! Haha!

Then, we decided to go back to the hotel and took a tuk tuk (60 baht each). But alas, the tuk tuk only take us to Aonang main road towards the beach and not to our hotel. Our hotel was actually on the other direction so we dropped off at the Aonang main road. We took the chance to survey tour packages for 3 days while it rained.

We found a tour info booth which was managed by a Muslim Siamese girl who could speak in Malay. Nurhusna (+66623522677) and her friend actually used to work in Malaysia for 2 years before this. They were pretty convincing and we booked a 3-day tour package with her for 6100 baht in total. It's actually a good value because with 6100 baht, we had 7 Island Sunset Tour, Phi Phi Island Tour and Mr. Jungle Tour. All of this included return transfers, tour guide and dinner / lunch besides bottomless mineral water / drinks as well as fresh fruits.

Tip : Book a tour with lunch / dinner to save up money on meals.

After that, we went into a grocery store to buy bread, 2 large mineral bottles and 4 packets of instant noodles. All for 197 baht.

We then took a smaller version of tuk tuk to our hotel for 100 baht each person. There goes the money. Haha!

In conclusion, total spent on our first day in Krabi was 7717 baht (RM998.12).

Airport transfer : 150 baht x 2 pax = 300 baht
Token for Su = 100 baht
Thai Banana Nutella Pancake = 40 baht
Grilled squid = 100 baht
Pad thai = 40 baht
Mango sticky rice = 50 baht
Souvenirs = 470 baht
Tuk tuk (Krabi-Aonang) : 60 baht x 2 pax = 120 baht
3-day tour package = 6100 baht
Groceries = 197 baht
Tuk tuk (Aonang-Hotel) : 100 baht x 2 pax = 200 baht

Total including all Malaysian Ringgit expenses = RM1997.46.

Return flight + 5D4N stay for 2 pax = RM859.64
Full tank petrol = RM60
Toll fare Ayer Keroh-Sg. Besi = RM15.70
SkyBus one-way tickets for 2 pax = RM24
Lunch @ Family Mart = RM40
Thai baht expenses converted to MYR = RM998.12

I think it's time for me to stop. Will continue part 2 soon. 😃

P/S : Click here to download a PDF version of my 5D4N Krabi itinerary. 😙

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Biru dan Merah


Kebiasaannya.
Biru itu raja.
Merah itu permaisuri.

Kejanggalannya.

Raja itu merah.
Permaisuri itu biru.

Si merah.

Sentiasa ada.
Walau kadang roh cuma.

Si biru.

Sentiasa menempel.
Walau kadang jasad sahaja.

Yang merah.

Penyokong setia.
Menahan segala.

Yang biru.

Penjejak tegar.
Mengaut semua.

Bila tiada sang merah,

kus semangatnya.

Bila tiada sang biru,

longlai langkahnya.

Okay dah tak tahu nak bermadah.

The point is, gue rindu serindu rindunya by Spoon. Kbai.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Bila


Nukilan ketika emo.

Bila terbiasa dekat.
Bila terbiasa bersama.
Bila terbiasa dilayan.
Bila terbiasa dimanja.

Bila tersedar jauh.
Bila tersedar terpisah.
Bila tersedar keseorangan.
Bila tersedar sendiri.

Gundah. Gulana.
Sedih. Sayu.

Si pelahap Subway footlong pun boleh tak habis separuh 6 inch.
Si pelahap unta pun boleh jadi tiada selera.

Si workaholic pun boleh buat kerja tak menjadi.
Si enthusiastic pun boleh jadi lemah semangat.

:'(


Thursday, 11 September 2014

I'm A Cancer Survivor! :)



"Very good, Farah! All cleared. See you in 4 months just for regular check up."

This is how I feel.
Eventhough I still have check ups and precautions to take,
it's a huge relief for me for now.

I am thankful and grateful.
To Allah SWT,
lovely husband,
parents,
siblings,
families,
teachers/lecturers
and friends.

I love you all. ♥ :)

Monday, 8 September 2014

ShawlsToLove for La Kayena

Assalamualaikum.
I'm nervous and excited at the same time.
My first collaboration with La Kayena (www.lakayena.com)
by Maria Elena (peliks.blogspot.com).
I name it ShawlsToLove for La Kayena project.
Introducing the Safeeya Shawl collection.
So yeah, pray for us. :)


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka

Assalamualaikum dan selamat sejahtera. *sapu habuk jap* Maaf dah lama tak update due to workloads. Bila ada kesempatan ni, I really need to update at least one post sebab ada yang dah berbunyi tentang ketebalan sawang di muka blog ini. Hehe. :P

Well, I have lots to update actually tapi I would wanna share on me being a lecturer at Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka first. Why? Because I'm going through a new phase in life over there (coz I'm in KL right now) and the new experience is very different from what I did before. It's only 2 months and I enjoyed the journey for now. Well, some people have questions. They always ask the question of why. So, here's my answers to the FAQs. :)

1. Why do you change on what you do for a living?
Well, I don't change on what I'm doing for a living. The fashion and entrepreneurship industries are what I get involved into during my study years and I love involving in it so much even until to this very second. It's just that I was under a scholarship during my study years and I got called to serve the government as per the agreement contract.

2. What do you actually do now?
I'm a full time lecturer mainly teaching English subject. I do teach other subjects under the general studies unit too. I also like to da'wah in my own way. So, I guess this is Allah's way of giving me the opportunity for what I wanted to do before. Besides that, I always have my own mission to help the nation. Allah has the best plan for me. He sent me to a place where I can literally help our anak bangsa in lots of ways. May Allah ease my journey here. I wouldn't wanna elaborate more on this because I really don't know what will happen yet but if I ever get the outcome, I will actually reflect and share the beauty of it with you.

3. So you totally quit your business?
I wouldn't say I quit because I'm actually working on a project right now. Even though the progress is rather slow but I will make sure to make it happen. What project? You'll see so stay tuned.

4. Is Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka a private college?
No, it's a government learning institution just as other IPTAs under the Ministry of Education Malaysia. You can even apply to community colleges through UPU. But most people are not aware of our existence yet. For your information, we have over 90 community colleges all over Malaysia. It has been over 10 years since the first one was built.

5. What courses are offered in community colleges?
It depends on the community colleges. As for Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka, we offer you 4 courses which are Sijil Multimedia Kreatif Pengiklanan, Sijil Sistem Komputer dan Sokongan, Sijil Pelukis Pelan Senibina dan Sijil Akauntasi. There are 3 semesters in 1 year and the courses offered requires the students to complete their courses within 4 semesters. Some community colleges even have Diploma courses.

6. Who can enter community colleges?
Any Malaysian citizen who passes SPM regardless of age, whether it's 18 or even 45. Occasionally, we also offer a special program for any Malaysian citizen who did not pass the SPM to undergo a 2-month course in order to enable them to further their study to the next level (certificate).

7. After the students have finished their study, where can they go?
They can always further their study to the next level. Diploma -> Degree -> Masters Degree -> PhD. Just as the others. Or they can even work. In community colleges, we focus more on skills rather than philosophical  or theoretical approach.

Okay, enough on the FAQs. As I go along my life with Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka, I will update you on what's happening now and then. I do update frequently via Instagram. So follow me if you feel this blogpost is not enough (perasan). Before I end this post, feel free to browse around the web of Kolej Komuniti Jasin Melaka (www.kkjs.edu.my). LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter. Thank you. :)

P/S : Ambassador sangat. :P


Anda lepasan SPM? Masih belum menyambung pengajian di mana-mana? Jangan risau, kami telah menyediakan peluang masa depan yang cerah khas buat anda.
Pra Persediaan Sijil Pengoperasian Perniagaan selama 3 bulan, satu inisiatif khas telah diwujudkan untuk merealisasikan impian masa depan anda. 
Kepada yang berminat boleh menghubungi terus Kolej ini melalui pegawai seperti yang tertera di paparan iklan yang disertakan. 
Jom daftar sekarang. Kehadiran anda amat dialu-alukan.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Perkampungan Ikan Bakar Terapung Umbai

Okay, ini cerita masa gue mula-mula dapat khabar berita kena laporkan diri di Kolej Komuniti Jasin, Melaka bulan lepas. Weekend sebelum kena lapor diri tu gue dan si dia pun pergi lah Melaka untuk mencari tempat berteduh dan kenal pasti abang atau kakak kawasan yang available. On the way to tempat kejadian, gue noticed banyak medan ikan bakar. Gue pun meleleh lah air liur lalu teringat member gue ada pernah sebut pasal Umbai. So, gue pergilah yang terapung punya tu. Masa pergi tu kawasan dia besar tapi yang buka kedai cuma 2 sahaja. Satu yang dekat entrance, satu lagi kat hujung belah sana. Disebabkan yang dekat entrance tu ramai, gue pun pergilah yang dekat belah hujung sana. Lapo lah katakan. Tak sabau, bak kata orang Melaka. Hehe.

Nama kedai yang gue pergi tu was Sempoi kot? Tak ingat dah. Gue pun order lah;
- Seekor ikan siakap bersaiz sederhana (separuh bakar berlada and separuh masak 3 rasa)
- Seekor sotong digoreng tepung
- Sebiji kelapa untuk diminum airnya
- Segelas fresh orange
- Sepinggan nasi putih
- Sebungkus nasi lemak

Masakannya sedap tapi tidaklah seperti yang dibayangkan. Sebab ramai bagi feedback macam terlalu sedap. Gue tak kecewa tapi gue anggap perkara ini seperti indah khabar dari rupa. Selepas sendawa kekenyangan, si dia pergi membayar hidangan yang telah dilahap. Semuanya RM53++. Untuk first timer macam gue time tu, agak okay lah kut? Tetapi setelah sebulan bermastautin di sini, baru gue tahu yang gue pergi salah tempat dan harga yang dibayar agak mahal berbanding experience gue makan di medan ikan bakar yang lain. Tidak mengapa. Salah seorang pelajar gue ada beritahu medan ikan bakar yang best di Alai. Seperti yang direkomen oleh makcik gue. Gue juga baru tahu tempat yang orang sebut best sangat di Umbai tu. Nanti gue pergi, gue review ye. Tapi harap maklumlah. Lauk gue sama je. Cuma dapat bandingkan servis, rasa dan harga je lah. Hehe. Okay lah, gue nak minta diri dulu. Bulan puasa buat food review ni agak mencabar iman. Heh. Enjoy the pictures. Sekian.

*ikan siakap masak 3 rasa*

*ikan siakap bakar berlada*

*sotong goreng tepung*

*air kelapa*