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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Meritus Pelangi Resort Langkawi

Yahooooo!! After 3 days in Langkawi, we decided to move out from Holiday Villa and give another Resort a try for the sake of fun... Yup we move out and up to Meritus Pelangi Resort.. Let me tell you it was absolutely wonderful... haaaaaaa~~
The resort feel was much more open and exclusive. The lobby architectural was breathtaking.. aka jakun la kan skejap.. haha... bukan slalu dpt tido hotel mahal2 ni.. ;)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UKM To Undertake Scientific Research At Underwater World Langkawi

Story and Pix By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
LANGKAWI,  4 June 2012 - The National University of Malaysia (UKM) is to undertake scientific studies and research at the Underwater World Langkawi Sdn Bhd (UWL) theme park here.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing for this was signed by UKM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tan Sri Dato' Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and UWL Director, Puan Sri Fadzilah binti Md. Ariff here this morning. Chief Executive Officer of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Tan Sri Khalid Ramli was also a signatory.
UKM's Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (Lestari) had organised the event as part of Langkawi's overall development as a GeoPark, through the Langkawi Research Centre (PPL) which had been actively studying the natural resources of the island since 2003.
Underwater World Langkawi is located at Pantai Cenang, a popular beach in the south of the main Langkawi island off the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
It is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia. Since the start of its operation on 26 August 1995, it has become one of the must visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.
Puan Sri Fadzillah said it had attracted over 10 million visitors who came to see some 400 species of marine life since its founding.

Full story here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Why i Love Langkawi - by Angelo

I just need to share this..
Nice comment in Langkawi-updates Facebook :)

Thanks bro for being supportive.. Your comment are some of the reason why a lot of expratriate choose to settle down in Langkawi.. :) Hope you'll find your innerself & true meaning of life..

Nice to see this title for the site: Mystic… . The obvious reason for me liking Langkawi so much is that the people are the nicest people I have ever encountered in all my world travels including Thailand, India, USA, Canada, Eastern Europe and several south Pacific Islands i.e. Maui, Bora Bora and Tahiti. Not that there aren’t nice people there, as well, in those regions but here almost 99% of all the people in Langkawi are very nice. The warm hearted smiles exchanged simply from one human being to another crossing all boundaries of creed, race and skin color are really shocking. Most other areas of the world people are even afraid to make eye contact. What to speak of a beaming, smiling mouth and glittering eyes hellos from almost everyone I meet. Wow now that is really rare, believe me. I am thankful for having Langkawi finally revealed to me. Of course now, after my travels, I can compare and truly appreciate this wonder of Earth. 

For me this has been the magic in the mystical attraction of this location on Earth; the people. Then of course the location on the Earth planet situates us surrounded by almost unlimited opportunities for lying on a new white sand beach virtually every day. Tired of this white sand beach, then try that one, lol. There is enough adventure here for several lifetimes of exploration; even on this one island Langkawi. Never a dull moment indeed. So yes, what is this mystical magnetic island all about? Why do I want to live here the rest of my life? Why am I so peaceful here and happy to meet so many friendly local people. It’s not the fact that it is a “duty-free” island because I don’t drink or smoke and never shop. How can I be enjoying myself staying in a dormitory room? 
What about all that heat and hot weather doesn’t that get to me w/out ac? There has got to be something going on here that allows me to be content and not care about going anywhere else anymore. Maybe there is something here not seen that I am connecting with that fulfills my needs for pleasure? Could it be all the coconut trees, or all the wild jungles, or being surrounded by the Andaman Sea and a part of the archipelago of a hundred islands? Those things I can see but like I say could it be an unseen energy? I would like to know all the mystical things that happened here to try to uncover the “tractor-beam” of magnetic energy that holds me here like a bee stuck in honey.
Right now the strong all day breeze coming off the Cenang Beach is just like nectar to my lungs and skin. Warm enough to allow me to be in shorts yet cool enough to stave off any perspiration. These sea breezes are like eating a meal. And now the gentle sound of the call to prayer echoes up at the local mosque near the main street. And the cows bellow calling to each other in the distance as the coconut palms announce generous winds. These sounds of a natural world are certainly part of that unseen force that holds me on the island. 
But are there other unseen living beings here comforting my heart? 
 His comment here..

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rough Sea in Langkawi

Picture by Hamzah Osman
For tourist & locals. Please be carefull during this month. Rough sea & high tide expected during this month. Avoid beach activity whenever asked to do so. Be aware of warnings & always ask respective hotels wether its safe or not.

TQ En. Hamzah Osman for the picture..

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Langkawi: For that once in a lifetime vacation

Why Langkawi?' repeats the girl incredulously. 'Mister, we couldn't have picked a better spot for our honeymoon. I don't know why you're going to Langkawi, but if you haven't heard, it's the most romantic place on the planet!' she says, with an adoring glance at her mate. He responds by clenching her hand tighter in implicit agreement.
This recently hitched pair, bound for Malaysia's famed isles of idyll, is hardly an exception. More honeymooning couples head for this archipelago for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, than anywhere else in South East Asia.
Let's get this out of the way right at the start: yes, Langkawi is better with your better half. But even if romance is not on top of the agenda, the islands abound with wildlife and tropical jungles; the waters are perfect for diving and water sports; and there are enough sites and sights to dazzle eyes not shaded by love's rose-tinted glasses.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 141 only takes about 45 minutes from the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur. You can tell you're in a vacation haven by the airport. The only other plane on the runway is an aging turbo-prop and you've got to walk across the tarmac to get to the lounge where your luggage appears on the only belt in the terminal. Gone are the businesssuited gentlemen and wi-fi zones. All you see are couples murmuring sweet endearments to each other, holding hands, looking decidedly in love. You know the kind, eyes only for each other, the ones who lean that extra inch into each other as they whisper and giggle, sharing what must be a very funny, private joke.

Full story here.. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Off-duty stars, natural wonders and blissful beaches in marvellous Malaysia

No one recognised Charlize Theron when she booked into the Langkawi Four Seasons hotel last year. It’s that kind of place.
Megastars go off-duty, recharge and escape. Langkawi, part of Malaysia, is an archipelago of steamy crags 20 miles west of the Malay peninsula in the Straits of Malacca, roughly where Malaysia joins Thailand.
Lazy days: Langkawi is an archipelago of exotic isles west of the Malay peninsula
A community of farmers and fishermen shares it with exotic fauna, fish and birdlife. Columns of limestone soar vertically from the sea. Wildlife gives Langkawi its name, which comes from the Malay word for eagle.
It’s home to southeast Asia’s first Unesco ‘geo-park’, an area of prehistoric rock formations and was where scenes from Anna And The King were shot.
The human side is devoted to padi fields and meadows grazed by mud-caked buffalo whose milk produces mozzarella.
Charlize Theron
Megastar territory: Charlize Theron has been to the Four Seasons in Langkawi to unwind
‘Langkawi is what Phuket and Bali were like 40 years ago before the concrete mixers moved in,’ one local told me (although Lafarge does have a cement factory here).
Protected by the Malay peninsula to the east and Sumatra to the west, the archipelago has a tropical climate that suits year-round tourism — about 30c by day and 28c by night.
An island-hopper’s tour of the region would take in Phuket in Thailand for all-night parties; Penang for exotic food and architecture; and Singapore for a throbbing metropolis.
These lie within a few hundred miles of Langkawi, yet it maintains an out-of-the-way feel and has been spared the great urban biomass.
‘Five cars is a traffic jam,’ one local told me. The Four Seasons gazes northwards across the Andaman Sea towards the Thai island of Ko Terutao.
Its 48-acre grounds are Langkawi’s answer to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: acre after acre of pool, lawn, incandescent flowerbed and an arboretum of palms, frangipani, tamarind and wild mango serve as playground and larder for squirrels, monkeys and fruit bats.
A pair of friendly monitor lizards and several cats take care of pest control, while 70 gardeners look after the rest. Ninety-one ‘unique accommodations’ — 68 private pavilions, 23 villas — are strung out along one mile of beach.
Unlike in the Caribbean, you never feel you’ve stumbled into a catwalk show or crashed a horrific cocktail party from Surrey.
It takes time to acclimatise to the beauty of the place — and with 400 staff, you will want for nothing. You could easily feed a family on the fresh fruit and nibbles that kept appearing in my villa.
However, even with the beach bar cocktails and the sublime Malaysian food, keeping in shape is not a problem: there is a gym and tennis court, and the grounds are so expansive and beautiful that you can keep fit and in shape simply by cycling around the tropical gardens.

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