Bandung – How does it begin

Bandung – the first time

Somewhere in January 2010.

Oh! Where should I go…I want to fly away. I searched for places in the ‘Air Asia’ website – a dynamic web owns by a cheeky company I would call. Clicking www.airasia.com . Scrolling the possible places to venture with no definite purpose. My eyes fixed at one place…hmm…”Bandung”.

Bandung…..why not ? I haven’t been there. All I know about Bandung is its fame as a shopping heaven.

How heaven is that ? “Go..Ema, a decent lace in Malaysia can cause up to RM30+ per metre. There, u can get for a dirt cheap! 60% off ! But you have to bargain lah”, say Kak Liza the frequent Bandung visitor told me several times, years ago when I was then planning for my wedding.

“The beautiful beaded kebaya, was just RM50. If you buy them here..sorry, you cant get that price lah!”, another friend, Sid, informed.

But, I dont really want to shop. Knowing myself and Jan as travellers, we seldom bought things when travelling..not even a fridge magnet! The things that I would normally buy would be 2 tshirts for Damia & Daris. They now, have a collection of “I love Sarawak, Cameron Highlands, Pangkor Island, etc” t-shirts.

“Jomlah Kak, we go to Bandung, they said…bla bla bla”, my sisters always fishing me to organize a trip. I just kept silence. Organizing a trip is exhausting, especially when it involves ticketing, lodging, guides, itineraries, etc. Not that I dont want to organize it, but I guess, Bandung trip must cost more than my trip to Kota Kinabalu that I went in 2009 – they had rejected KK proposals, for sure they would reject my ‘Bandung proposal’.

But I want to fly!

I stared blindly at the screen. Clicking at the ‘booking’ site, fingers dancing loosely on the keyboard figuring the price of the trip. Let’s say if I were to go on May, how much will it cost me. I talked to myself.

Erkk…RM425? To & fro ?

I called up my sisters..

“Wanna go or not ? RM425? I’ll try to get everything below RM700.”

“Hmm…okaylah, but get a cheaper one if you can”, said Eda. I understand that she is concerned with her husband, Nizam & kids – Ds.

“Yani follow je”, my youngest sis said. The easiest one.

I called up mama. “Mama want to go to Bandung or not?” , “Nak, but no money lah”, “Then, when do you think will we be rich? Jom, just go, okay”, “See first lah, we discuss at home”.

Four days to decide. Decision made half-heartedly…anonymous, “Ok, we go”.

Seven adults and 2 kids. A family is heading the life to Bandung !

Name and shame hotels which allows prostitution

Salam,

In any developing city, the rise of prostitution activity walk in tandem with the city’s economic growth. It does not exclude KL, the metropolitan which houses about 8 million dwellers. Now with half of them are immigrants from Indonesia, China, India, Africa, Vietnam, etc, it is difficult to differentiate the true Malaysian from them when based on the first glance, Indonesian looks like the Malays, Chinese from China looks like Malaysian Chinese, Indians from India looks like Malaysian Indians.

Malaysian government has to be realistic when promoting this country to boost its tourism industry. While the income generated from the industry can be lucrative, the side effects could be detrimental. Media report, police statistics showed that prostitution-related case is getting larger by day. While some of them are undeniably Malaysians, the involvement of immigrants is prominent – especially those from countries I mentioned above.

Thanks to the police who is doing their job preventing the prostitution activities, other department including NGOs, hoteliers, politicians and religious body should be criticized for doing too little to halt the activities. Hoteliers, especially, should be responsible in curbing prostitution activities being it done by influential figures or ‘normal’ people.

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MBHA) should do something to limit the immoral problem because it concerns reputation and branding. The budget hotels and ‘rumah tumpangan’ especially, are long known for allowing prostitutes entertaining their clients in their room hotels because the room rental is cheaper and for some, its location in the dark alleys is thought safer.

MAH and MBHA should start being proactive in curbing the prostitution activities by registering all budget hotels and ‘rumah tumpangan’ in their association. This should include all hotels that operate spa, massage centres, karaoke and other entertainment activities that look dubious. It makes sense as many Klang Valley spa & entertaining centre owners are now prosecuted for running prostitution activities at the same time.

MAH, MBHA, police, banks, financial institutions, local council should integrate to curb prostitution. MAH and MBHA need to put signs such as “No prostitution activities allowed” or “We do not cooperate with prostitutes” in the hotels’ term and conditions. MAH, MBHA, police, banks and financial institutions and local council can proactively name and shame the hotel operators, which include black listing the owners from operating another hotel-related business, black listing the owners from taking loans, and making public announcement through media. Religious bodies should work together as disseminating good works are not only limited in the mosque, temples or kuils parameters. The prostitution activities are condemned by all religion regardless of one’s faith.

Tourism Ministry has to consider this seriously as it involved the area where your children and mine live and walk. The minister may want to work together with the Immigration Department and police to raid the prostitution area to see by herself the heights of immigrants involvement in this case. 

Lastly I guess, the canning should not only be directed to Muslims but also to all human races, regardless of religion. Leave the politics aside, there is no reason for the prostitutes to deal with the activities tho the ‘demand’ is high as Malaysia is a country blessed with resources and plenty of moral jobs. Unless the prostitution activities is ‘covered’ by influential figures, Malaysia should already be a country safe for family activities, anywhere.

EMA ZULL

Website on Budget Hotel KL

http://www.itisnet.com/english/asia/malaysia/kulaka/e-h-kul.htm
http://www.citinhotels.com/special-offers.html
http://www.stayorange.com/
http://www.saranggalloway.com/
http://malaysiabudgethotel.com/include/hotel-result.asp
http://www.hotelreservation.com.my/
http://www.latestays.com/
I’ll be adding more from time to time

TOILET 101 – STIMULATING THE ‘MOOD’ IS IMPORTANT !

Salam ,

I can stand with anything, EXCEPT, DIRTY TOILETTTSSSSSSS !

Euwww…!  Wekhh ! Wekh !

Malaysia toilet is wet, everybody knows that. However, the quality has improved since we had many toilet attendants collected money from the users and clean it regularly. Compare today’s toilet cleanliness level from the 80s, we had now improved. 

Okay, wait, we are talking about public toilet in prominent cities here…not the outskirt ones.

Oh, if you are wondering why toilets in Malaysia are wet, its because we use water to clean our ‘toot’ – regardless of small or big ‘business’. Even our Malaysian-Chinese friend who is accustomed for using tissue paper uses water.  FRESHER, CLEANER ! That’s why you’ll never see toilet papers inside our loos. 

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Kota Bharu – Winning Wallet Sense at Wakaf Che Yeh

Salam all,

You really have to win your wallet sense when you go to Wakaf Che Yeh. My oh my, this place really RAWKK !

It is not easy to keep your wallet and purse closed when you decided to go to Wakaf Che’ Yeh. It is the biggest shopping place – pasar malam liken in Kelantan (perhaps, in the East Coast!). If you go there during holiday season, get ready to take a deep breath as the traffic jam can last for an hour long ! SERIOUS !

Wakaf Che Yeh (WCY) is just about 15 km from KB and open only at night. If you think Brisbane, Australia is a place you’ve never wanted to sleep…huh, try Wakaf Che Yeh ! It heals the soaring heart, it tames the wild agitation, you’ll leave the place smiling..he he he…(even when you’re broke).

The shopping area, that is, the open area could easily count for a Taman Perumahan (housing area). Saying this, please dont walk in your heals okay..get a comfort shoes…even pasar malam BUAYA (CROCS) will do (RM20/pair in WCY, RM30+ in KL& Seremban). Continue reading

Kota Bharu – Bargaining Batik at Kedai Halimah!

Salam,

Crazy ! Really Crazy ! This is all because of BATIK !

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ONE UTAMA Hotel

Salam,

Here is a bit of info on One Utama Hotel Besut/Jerteh.

Tel : 09-697 3188, Fax: 09-697 1388, E-mail: outama@streamyx.com

Alamat: Wisma Hajah Fatimah (betul2 di pekan)

Harga bilik dari RM60 – RM130

Jomlah !