Monday, March 10, 2014

Pray for Flight MH 370

By muiz misri   Posted at  8:46 PM   Personal Thoughts No comments
Sudah tulis saya padam semula kemudian tulis balik padam semua dengan perasaan tidak pasti apa yang saya perlu tulis. Hakikat sebenarnya ingin update tentang backpacking saya ke Thailand dan Melaka. Tetapi mood rasa tiada hendak tulis apa-apa hanya mengikuti perkembangan semasa tentang MH370. Radio pun memutarkan lagu yang sentimental dan melo membuatkan perasaan sayu dan simpati apa yang sedang berlaku. Di harap jangan membuat spekulasi berita yang tidak sahih. Apa pun kita doakan yang terbaik dan mengharapkan perkara positive. Amin!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

What is your willpower?

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Monday, February 3, 2014

10 things how to enjoy a train ride

By muiz misri   Posted at  8:30 AM   10 Things To Do
After several post about my trip by train someone ask me how to enjoy a train ride because travel by train  take long hours. So how to enjoy a train ride? Actually depend what inside the train have and what type of coach you take 1st class , 2nd class or seater etc. Depends also on the regulation like maybe they are not allowed you to enter other coach. So different country maybe different regulation. Normally I like to explore new things so that I can plan to do something useful so that I can kill my free time. So this is 10 things I have done in a train .

1. Mingle with local people or with backpacker. Talking can do wonders to relieve boredom.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Backpacking In Bangkok : Wat Traimit The Golden Buddha Temple

By muiz misri   Posted at  9:00 AM   Thailand
During our 5 days train trip from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, we actually plan to visit
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha) or know as Grand Palace. We want to visit temple because my buddy Lim, want to make a wish. Do you want to know what his wish? He wish to have girlfriends and get married. From his face I now he pray so hard in the temple . But because time constrain we manage visit Golden Buddha Temple just near our hotel and also near to Hua Lampong Railway Station. I didn't know about this temple until i read some website said that 
The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon (Thai: พระพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร), is the world's largest solid gold statue
This temple become tourist spot either for local or foreigner. A little bit about Golden Buddha is the origins of this statue remain uncertain. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style, and is thought to have been made during the Sukhothai period in the 13th-14th centuries, though it could have been made after that time. The head of the statue is egg-shaped, which indicates its origin in the Sukothai period. Sukothai art had Indian influences.Metal figures of the Buddha made in India used to be taken to various countries for installation. So the Golden Buddha statue may have been cast in parts in India.

The shape of the statue's head dates it to the Sukothai periodLater, the statue was probably moved from Sukhothai to Ayutthaya, after the latter kingdom came to predominate. This move may have happened in 1403.

Some scholars believe the statue is mentioned in the somewhat controversial Ram Khamhaeng stele. In lines 23-27 of the first stone slab of the stele, "a gold Buddha image" is mentioned as being located "in the middle of Sukhothai City". So this is interpreted as being the reference to the Wat Traimit Golden Buddha.

At some point of time, the statue was completely plastered over to prevent it from being stolen. Thus, the statue was covered with a thick layer of stucco, which was later painted. The plaster was also inlaid with bits of coloured glass. It is believed that this plastering over took place before the destruction of Ayutthaya kingdom by Burmese invaders in 1767. The statue remained among the ruins of Ayutthaya without attracting much attention.

In 1801, Thai King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), after establishing Bangkok as a new capital city of the Kingdom, and after commissioning the construction of many temples in Bangkok, ordered that various old Buddha images should be brought to Bangkok from the ruined temples around the country. So this was the time that the Golden Buddha was probably brought from Ayutthaya to Bangkok.

At the time of King Rama III (1824-1851), the statue, still covered with stucco, was installed as the principal Buddha image in the main temple building of Wat Chotanaram in Bangkok.

After Wat Chotanaram, located near Chinatown, fell into disrepair and was closed, the statue had been moved to its present location at the nearby Wat Traimit in 1935. At the time, Wat Traimit was a pagoda of minor relevance (like hundreds of other Buddhist temples that exist in Bangkok). Since the temple didn't have a building big enough to house the statue, it was kept for 20 years under a simple tin roof. Thus, it seems as though the true identity of this statue had been forgotten for almost 200 years. (source Wikipedia

2 things you need to know about this statue :
1.   The statue is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall and weighs 5.5 tonnes (5.4 long tons; 6.1 short tons). (According to another account, the statue measures 3.91 meters from base to top, and 3.10 meters across the lap from knee to knee.) It can be disassembled into nine pieces

2.   At US$1,400 per troy ounce, the gold in the statue (18 karat) is estimated to be worth 250 million dollars. The body of the statue is 40% pure, the volume from the chin to the forehead is 80% pure, and the hair and the topknot, weighing 45 kg, are 99% pure gold.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Backpacking In Bangkok : Madam Tussauds

By muiz misri   Posted at  6:14 PM   Thailand
Madam Tussauds  is a wax museum that originally started in London. I never been to wax museum before so  I don't have expect anything how the wax museum is all about. A little bit about the Madam Tussauds
Million and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds London since they first opened over 200 years ago. Madame Tussauds opened its doors in the heart of Times Square in New York City in the year of 2000.
There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old fashioned curiosity. Today visitors are sent on a unique journey through the realms of history, power and fame. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sports legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.

Once I enter,I  feel amazing with the wax statue because looks almost 100% look alike , the face , the physical even the eye also almost the same. The wax museum is divided into several section such as Influential Leader / Political Leader / Public Figure, Athletes, Singer dan Actor even Doremon also have wax statue. I really enjoy the wax museum even tough is wax statue there have 3D game and karaoke session rather take photo only. Don't easily touch any part of wax statue such ass or breast because you might suddenly touch the human one hahah just kidding.

Visitor Map : Your journey start here

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Backpacking By Train: From Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok

By muiz misri   Posted at  8:30 PM   Train
Hi guys, for this time our trip is just to meet our local friends and have a short visit around Bangkok city. I would like to share my intenary so that you guys can you as reference if one day plan to go to Bangkok by train

1st Day : Departure at Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station at 9.30 pm because we take night train . Before that let see my video about price of food in train restaurant from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth, Pulau Pinang. Sorry it is in Malaysia language.

2nd Day : Arrive early morning at Station Butterworth , Pulau Pinang. We take at ferry to mainland that breakfast overthere. Then we take a bus and walking around the city until 12 pm . After that going back again to Station Butterworth another train to continue our journey to Bangkok. Sharp at 2.30 pm the train start moving

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Backpacking In Bangkok : Hua Lamphong Train Station

By muiz misri   Posted at  10:39 AM   transportation
Hua Lamphong Railway Station one of oldest building in Bangkok city. It is well known among tourist and traveler as Bangkok Railway Station. It is main railway station in Bangkok city because  the station will connect to almost very part of city through MRT and also other part of Thailand. A little bit about history of Hua Lamphong Railway Station

The station was opened on June 25, 1916 after six years' construction. The site of the railway station was previously occupied by the national railway's maintenance centre, which moved to Makkasan in June 1910. At the nearby location of the previous railway station a pillar commemorates the inauguration of the Thai railway network in 1897.
The station was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance style, with decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows. The architecture is attributed to Turin-born Mario Tamagno, who with countryman Annibale Rigotti (1870–1968) was also responsible for the design of several other early 20th century public buildings in Bangkok. The pair designed Bang Khun Prom Palace (1906), Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the Royal Plaza (1907–15) and Suan Kularb Residential Hall and Throne Hall in Dusit Garden, among other buildings.
There are 14 platforms, 26 ticket booths and two electric display boards. Hua Lamphong serves over 130 trains and approximately 60,000 passengers each day. Since 2004 the station has been connected by an underground passage to the MRT subway system, which has a nearby station of the same name.
The station is also a terminus of the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train.

 But don't aspect the railway station like moden railway station like other develop country so prepared for the worst. Facilities that you maybe need is there have toilet plus bathroom and musollah for muslim to do their prayer. Other facilities like groceries shop, cafe and tourist information center.

MY ADVICE : Take taxi with meter and the fare cheaper than Tuk Tuk

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