Thursday, October 30, 2014

Adventure Cycling in Kathmandu

We had 6 bravest Malaya cyclists who took part cycled in world famous Himalaya Mountain.

Day 1 – fun ride within city
We have visited only temple and water spring within Kathmandu city. We have to wear mask in order to avoid inhale dust.

Day 2 – hard ride with big climbing up to 1,989mtr of Nagarkot National Forest
Some 69km distance covered from hotel up to the peak of Nagarkot and back to hotel. Nagarkot is located 32km east of Kathmandu and we can capture photos of few peak Himalaya mountain. This is the place tourist enjoy the sunrise view snow peak of Himalaya.

Day 3 – country side ride at Nagarjun
Cool and windy ascending with small portion single trail. On the way back to hotel we rode on paddy field with gravel terrain.

Day 4 – white water rafting at Tsiruli river
Going north using local bus and very tiring trip 4 hours from Kathmandu and back like 5 hours due to bad traffic towards city. The rafting was awesome experience although we are all beginners and never had such experience before. 17km total distance of rafting downstream and rapids here graded 3 suitable for beginners.

Day 5 – hard ride again with climbing up to 1,700mtr at Kakani National Forest
Some 45 km distance covered and 23 km to the peak from hotel with single trail downhill. Rewards climbing paid off when everyone took photos with snow mountain background from a far know as Langtang and Annapurna.

Thanks to tour agent Mr. Thapaliya Bashu whom had planned routes when we were in Kathmandu, feel free to view his company website at; they were very helpful and really reliable agent.

Alhamdulillah supplement products Proucell did help us eliminate cramp while climbing those big mountain.

halfway climbing at Nagarkot
almost at peak of Nagarkot with another Malaya cyclist Adi Harriman and Saiful Azman
short single trail at Nagarzon

travelling to Tsiruli white water rafting on local bus, sitting with the driver for 4 hours
ready for water rafting together with new friend from Egypt Mr. Abd Halim and Algiers Mr. Amro
my 26er still relevant for mountain biking and already considered oldskool mtb now days
somewhere at peak of Kakani with background snow mountain
last photos with tourist guide Sanjeev at lobby hotel before depart to airport ( L-R : Rohizam, Mat Noq, Man, Sanjeev, Adi, Pudin and me )

Monday, October 27, 2014

Looking East to Korea and Japan

I was on official trip with government officers to Korea and Japan on 28th Sept 2014 until 6th Oct 2014.

Follow such event not many places can visit due to tight schedule with seminars and business meeting. Managed to extend last destination in Osaka and had planned something to visit historical places in Kyoto and Universal Studio Japan in Osaka.

28th – 30th Sept 2014 Seoul

Landed at Incheon International airport around 8am and went straight to hotel in Seoul. Traffic was as bad as in KL. Check in at Lotte Hotel for seminar on 29th Sept 2014 and proceed for seminar on the same day. Had opportunities to walk along Nadaemum street for souvenirs. Departed from low cost airport name Gimpo to Haneda in Tokyo.

1st - 2nd Oct 2014 Tokyo

Check in Imperial Hotel in Tokyo for seminar and had opportunities to take cab went to Roppongi Hills (similar like Bukit Bintang in KL) and Shibuya junction (famous scene in Fast and Furious). Also went to mega shopping complex in Ginza a walking distance from hotel.

3rd – 6th Oct 2014 Osaka

Check in Imperial Hotel in Osaka for seminar and took cab early in the morning visited Osaka Castle and came back before lunch for seminar. All seminars in Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka were scheduled after lunch so we had time to visit interesting places before seminar.
Changed the hotel from Imperial to New Hankyu Hotel on 4th Oct which is nearest to Osaka Train Station for easy movement in Osaka and returning home via Kansai Int Airport.

On 4th Oct went to Kyoto as suggested by new friend found during seminar and even suggested to use student as a tourist guide. At very same time found Malaysian student had diner in the same restaurant and he recommended one of his junior to assist us to go to Kyoto. After wassap with his junior student and he agreed to assist us, the student name Azhan. We paid him JY 1,000 per hour (same rate as tourist agent paid him before) and all onboard inclusive of meals and train ticket. We got a lesson from him how to use subway train in Osaka.

The next day we went to Universal Studios Japan and amazed how Japanese appreciate and enjoy visiting USJ the way their dress customised to their favorite comics icon.

Ladies are above average beautiful in Seoul

at junction of Shibuya, famous intersection with giant LED screen on the building
Ride on Shinkansen (bullet train) on its 50th anniversary
Osaka Castle
Golden Castle in Kyoto
with Malaysian student as tourist guide
Universal Studios Japan with Harry Potter attraction
behind is Hogwarts, school of Witchcraft is a latest attraction here in USJ