Saturday, December 21, 2019

City Of Recreation.

SINGAPORE is well-known as a rapidly developing country and adopts the latest technologies in offering tourism attractions.

Despite the small size of the country compared to Malaysia, Singapore has taken a technological approach to provide more attractive options for tourists.

Recently, a visit to the country across the Johor Causeway led the author to another unique tourist attraction, Gardens by the Bay, located on Marina Gardens Drive, near the iconic Marina Bay Sands building.

View before entering the Gardens by the Bay. PHOTO NSTP 

With a high cost of construction of around SG $ 1.035 billion (RM3.17 billion) and annual operating costs of SG $ 58 million (RM177.4 million), it has managed to record 50 million visitors so far.

At the beginning of its announcement in 2005, Gardens by the Bay was targeted for a premium city recreation and was adopted as a national icon.

During a recent visit to Singapore, the authors lined up two exhibits at Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

A 35-foot waterfall welcomes visitors to the Cloud Forest entrance. PHOTO NSTP

Flower Dome is a 1,300-square-foot space that can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors at a time.

It features plants from the Mediterranean and the subtropical countries, where the plants shown can change with the seasons and festivals.

To ensure that the plant remains protected, the required temperature is between 23oC and 25oC with a humidity of between 60 percent and 80 percent.

VENUS flytrap or name. PHOTO NSTP 

In this space, visitors will have the opportunity to see nine gardens decorated with exotic flowers and exotic plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid countries on five different continents.

Among the plants found in the Flower Dome are Adansonia grandidieri, Adansonia madagascariensis, Camellia japonica, Carnegiea gigantea and Ferocactus glaucescens.

There are also various types of cactus and succulents ranging from small coins to high coconut trees.

A mini PLACE located in Cloud Forest. PHOTO NSTP

In the Cloud Forest, visitors can enjoy a cozy and relaxing atmosphere where the temperature in the location is the same as in the tropical rainforest.

The 35-foot waterfall sounds inviting visitors to the main entrance to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see different themed spaces including The Lost World, The Cavern, The Waterfall View, The Crystal Mountain, The Cloud Forest Gallery, The Cloud Forest Theater and The Secret Garden lined with a variety of plants.

What's interesting is that in Cloud Forest, for the first time, the author has the opportunity to see plants that 'swallow' their prey.

ALL sizes and shapes decorate space. PHOTO NSTP 

Venus flytrap or its scientific name, Dionaea muscipula is a carnivorous plant and is commonly found in the eastern United States coastal area of ​​North Carolina and South Carolina.

It 'traps' its prey consisting of insects and spiders through leaves with fine hairs on its surface.

A warning was also placed in the exhibit area to prevent visitors from placing their fingers on the plant.

CANOPY Park, located at Jewel Changi Airport, offers a variety of flora. PHOTO NSTP 

Whether working as a landscape designer, horticulturist, garden management expert or just a fan of orchids, roses and cactuses, Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit destination.

Make sure your smartphone's battery is full before you get there as hundreds of pictures will surely be remembered as a visit here.

If you have a chance to Singapore but can't visit Gardens by the Bay, you can also try 'washing' at Jewel located at Changi Airport.

Make sure you have enough time before flight time as the journey to this location takes about 15 minutes by walking from the Terminal 3 airport.

There you can visit Canopy Park, which offers a variety of flora with an admission ticket of just SG $ 5 (RM15.30).

Visitors also have access to Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden and Topiary Walk with the same admission ticket.

View at Cloud Forest. PHOTO NSTP 

Also, don't miss the chance to see the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world's tallest waterfall in Jewel.

Open daily from 9am to 11:30pm, guests also have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long presentation of lights and sounds.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Pearl Of The South.

This past week, in my travels to Morocco I shared my experiences and activities in Casablanca and Merzouga. This time around, we were in Fes, Marrakesh and Taroudant.


Marrakesh's population is about 1.5 million people and the city is among the most popular tourist destinations. Like most cities and towns in North Africa, Marrakesh has two main sections: Old Medina and modern city.

Marrakesh, located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, has the nickname of the Pearl of the South, the Red Wall and the Stone Town as well as the fourth largest city after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. The word Marrakesh is derived from the Berber language which means the state of God and this ancient city has the largest Berber market or souk in Morocco, Jemaa el-Fnaa.


Jemaa el-Fnaa is a souvenir (souk) bazaar in Old Medina that sells a variety of everyday necessities for locals and foreign tourists such as leather goods, spices, home d├ęcor, kitchen appliances (especially Tajine containers), copperware, rugs, personal care items and many other items.

At Jemaa el-Fnaa you can start your adventure by trying a variety of fresh fruit juices that are not mixed with sugar, including strawberries, oranges, watermelons, avocado, pineapple, grapefruit and grapefruit. Cheap (around RM5 a glass), tasty and refreshing. After enjoying the freshness of the pomegranate juice, I explored the various shops available at the location. It seems like given the time to stop by each of the hundreds of shops in Old Medina, you need at least two days to complete the visit.


In Marrakesh too, you can visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in the city. This mosque, inspired by the architecture of the Giralda of Seville in Spain, is unique in that it is made of red brick.

Its construction is said to have taken place during the administration of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199). The uniqueness of the mosque capable of accommodating 25,000 pilgrims at one time stands at its tower of 77 meters. In ancient times, bilal would ride a horse over a mosque tower to shout the azan.


The architectural grandeur of the Ben Youssef Mosque and Medrasa is undoubtedly the green and white tile-dominated building of the pearl that became the oldest mosque in Marrakesh. Built in the 12th century during the Almoravid administration of Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf. Due to various factors especially the weather until some of the buildings collapsed, the size of the mosque is now only half of its original size.

In 1560, Saadian Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib made improvements to the mosque including building a library inside the mosque as well as a special room for various Islamic worship activities. In addition to Ben Youseff Mosque, you can also visit Kasbah Mosque, Mouassine Mosque, El Badi Palace, Bahia Palace, Royal Palace, Marrakesh Museum and many other destinations or tourist destinations in Marrakesh.

A variety of patterns are a main attraction for tourists visiting Old Medina di Marrakech.


For travelers who love exploring the secrets of local beauty, you will definitely want to see for yourself the farm and the process of making argan oil. After almost five days in Marrakesh, my travel companion and I rushed to another tourist spot to see for ourselves the Argan plant and the Argan oil plant in Essouira and Taroudant. Argan trees can only be found and grown commercially in Morocco.

Argan oil can also be consumed simply with bread or as a ingredient in Moroccan delicious dishes.


Among the privileges of traveling to Morocco is definitely the town of Fes. It's another must-visit for the traveler. In Fes you can see for yourself the process of colorful tile or ceramic decoration called Zellij.

Zellij is of Moroccan identity and is widely used as decoration on floors, walls, columns (living rooms, dining rooms, places of worship and bathrooms) and home appliances such as dining tables and sinks and decorative appliances. According to Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (Fes) University student Ahmad Irfan Mohd Yusob who was my tour guide in the city, Zellij's work was very complicated.


While in Fes, I had the opportunity to see for myself a leather company known as Tannery. The methods of processing the skins of goats, cows, camels and horses still use the conventional method of fully utilizing manpower. The process of soaking the raw skin of animals using pigeons can be seen in many places in Fes. Soaking animal skins in small ponds can take months.

After the process of soaking the skin perfectly, it will be colored using natural ingredients such as powders, bark, leaves and flowers. The skin is then dried and goes through several refining processes and cuts to various sizes before being made into handbags, purses, belts, jackets and so on. The price of a high quality leather bag is RM40 only. Don't forget to offer a variety of skin-based products in Fes as it is well worth it to give to your relatives and friends.


Al-Karaouine University or Al-Qarawiyyin (various versions of the university's names are Qarawiyin, Kairouyine, Kairaouine, Qairawiyin, Qaraouyine, Quaraouiyine, Quarawin and Qaraouiyn) are the oldest universities in the world. It was built in 859 and has been the center of education and spirituality in the Islamic world to this day. According to Al-Karaouine Mosque Imam Abdul Majid, the university not only serves as a center of higher education, but also as a center of Muslim worship.

AFTER the camel, Moroccan people also use horses for transport


This madrasah (madrasa) was built in the 14th century during the Marinid dynasty which ruled Morocco from the 13th to 15th centuries. It was the best religious (Islamic) learning center in Fes for a long time. Its construction was directed by Sultan Abu Sa'id Uthman II from 1323-1325.

The meaning of the name of this madrasah is the fragrant madrasah, this is due to its popular location for the perfume and spice sales center.

The uniqueness of this madrasah architecture lies in Zellij's ornamentation and wood engraving as well as assimilation of ancient architecture. This madrasah was once popular to produce great Islamic scholars as it functioned as a center for Islamic learning and development which included prayer rooms, lecture halls and student dormitories. At present Madrasa Attarine is just a legacy of Islamic greatness that is a tourist attraction.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

World Of Panda

Known as a natural habitat for panda species and has a long history of over 3,000 years. It is also one of the three most popular cities in western China.

Chengdu, which is the capital of the Sichuan province, is well-known for its technology and economic research. From a regional economic perspective, Chengdu is placed in the 'Beta +' category by the World Urban Research and Globalization Network, which is defined as a promising economic development.

In terms of geography, Chengdu is very rich in stunning scenery and has a mild temperate climate and no wonder it is the ideal location for panda's natural habitat.

In fact, it is one of four locations in China that has four seasons and visitors need to plan whether to visit winter when the temperature reaches 5 degrees Celsius or to choose spring, autumn and summer.

A close-up view of the capital city of Chengdu shows the skyscraper in the nick of 'financial city'. 

The author had the opportunity to visit Chengdu while attending Huawei International Innovation Day and while stepping on the Chengdu International Airport, the cold weather and occasional breeze.

Tracing the exit from the airport to the city center, the author can see many skyscrapers to the left and right, in addition to matching Chengdu's other nickname, one of the most important 'financial cities' for China.

The main attraction in Chengdu is of course the Giant Panda Research Center and the author has to board a tour bus about 40 minutes from the location of the Waldorf Astoria International Hotel located in the Wuhou district.

The Giant Panda Research Center is a major attraction for foreign and local tourists. 

The research center was operational about 30 years ago and was opened to the public in 1993. At that time, the center had only six pandas rescued and expanded to 124 in 2008 and to date, the number has continued to increase.

Admission tickets cost only about RM35 or in Chinese currency around 58 Yuan and visitors can choose to ride the electric car around the center or walk.

However, the author chose to take a walk because at that time, the weather around Chengdu was cold and overcast, and wanted to enjoy the natural beauty of the center.

Natural LANDSCAP Giant Panda Research Center. 

The location features several adult pandas, a panda breeding location, a newborn monitoring center and a public viewing area for visitors who want to see the animals play in the park.

Visitors are expected to come to the center at 8am as the panda will start their bedtime around 11am and spend the rest of the day sleeping.

The time taken by the authors to visit each part of the research center is about three hours, but visitors with young children must spend a considerable amount of time and the recommended visit time is around five hours.

The DOOR enters the research center which is a mandatory location if visitors visit the capital of Chengdu. 

An interpreter audio set is also available for visitors who choose a tour package with the guide and will provide a description of each section of the research center and panda-related information.

When traveling to a country people will definitely want to buy a gift, souvenir or souvenir symbol. The most convenient location in Chengdu for all these items is to visit Jinli Ancient Street.

This location is unique in that the author can choose the souvenir of choice and approach ancient buildings decorated with ancient architecture.

The route stretches about 550 meters to the Marquis Temple with the structure of the building during the Qing Dynasty. It thus gives an impression of the ancient atmosphere to writers or visitors who wish to revisit the ancient dynasty.

Not to mention Chengdu is also known for its spicy cuisine and for Muslim visitors, there is a wide selection of foods from spicy noodles to fish or meat based foods.

The authors also feel that Chengdu is among the Muslim-friendly locations as there are various food options besides interesting places to visit.

The Children Are Encouraged To Take Plain Water.

Set a good example for your child by drinking plain water.

Children often think of their parents as an example and the best example to follow, so it's no wonder they often imitate their parents' actions and habits.

For example, parents are addicted to coffee, so their children tend to enjoy coffee and that habit may continue into adulthood.

Therefore, it is good for parents to set a good example in front of their children and one of them is the habit of drinking empty water.

This is because it is important for us to drink between six and eight glasses of water daily for physiological functions in the body, regulating body temperature and the process of excretion.

In fact, plain water also protects organs and tissues in the human body.

Set an example for your child by bringing water bottles to work.

Adequate intake of water can prevent children from dehydration that can cause disruption to the cognitive system, impair cardiovascular function, reduce the ability to perform daily activities and disrupt the body's temperature control system as well as disrupt the balance of fluid or water in the body.

Often your child is prone to sweating as a result of activities such as playing and running.

Therefore, adequate water content in the body is necessary to help the excretion system effectively remove waste from the body.

If your child suffers from water shortage, his or her kidneys may have to work harder to filter out toxic substances and may eventually cause kidney damage.

The following is a guide to increasing the daily intake of empty water for your child:

1. Prepare a watering table and give it to your child so that they do not forget to drink empty water.

2. Control your child from consuming sugary and carbonated drinks to avoid unnecessary calories.

3. Encourage your child to drink plenty of plain water.

4. Make sure plain water is always available and easy to take home.

5. Supply empty water to school.

6. Children should be reminded to drink empty water without feeling thirsty.

Tanzania Is Still Trading.

The watch is stunning but beware of slippers or your shoes can easily be 'ghosted' for a moment.

The author encountered a prayer at the dawn prayer at Mtoro Mosque, Mahiwa Street, located in the heart of Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, Africa.

The writer, who spent 11 days in the country, was startled when he discovered that almost all pilgrims attending any mosque would put shoes or slippers in plastic upon arriving at the mosque's stairs.

The parcel containing the slippers will then be cut down and placed in the corner or pillar of the mosque located not far from where they are praying.

It was a bit overwhelming when some of them put the parcel in the foreground near the priest's stand.

TODAY Dar es Salaam surrounds Mtoro Mosque for the Saturn prayers.

However, the question was answered when the authors found that slippers were placed on a special shelf provided near the place where the 'leech' was taken after completing the tazkirah.

Unfortunately, the incident took place and the author had to return to his hotel 50 meters from the mosque.

Omar Hasaan, a mosque congressman, said the activities of stealing slippers or shoes at mosques in Tanzania were no stranger but were more serious and linked to street beggars, used shoe dealers and 'foxes' disguised as mosque pilgrims.

Unfortunately this issue may be resolved if the mosque installs a closed-circuit camera (CCTV) like most mosque management in Malaysia.

The authors of the humanitarian program and the Victim Worship Mission in collaboration with the Muslim Care Malaysia Society (Muslim Care) and Sinar Victim Services in Tanzania, have recently found that the capital of Dar es Salaam is slightly more developed than other African cities such as N'Djamena, Chad; Khartoum, Sudan; Niamey, Niger or Lilongwe, Malawi.

Beautiful view of the Azam Marine Ferry jetty.

Its population reached 50 million people, making it a densely populated city.

The weather is very similar to that of Malaysia except for its location on the coast overlooking the Indian Ocean, which makes the author comfortable to move even in the sun.

No need to worry about being chased by street beggars as the author finds his situation far different from Jakarta, Indonesia; Jaipur, India or Cairo, Egypt has never been visited before.

While there are skeptical views of Africans who are considered harsh and aggressive, the actual situation is different here.

The people of Tanzania do not look strange or look down on 'outsiders' but they are easily approached to start a conversation.

A view of Dar es Salaam's capital city filled with business premises and hawkers.

It may be that the diverse population of Arabs, Oman and Chinese besides the country is a tourist attraction among the factors they are familiar with and the presence of foreigners.

It's a good idea to learn a little bit of the local Swahili language as this language is easy to remember and they are very friendly when they know 'outsiders' trying to use their daily language.

Among the most popular are 'Assante' which means thank you, Habare (hello), good morning (jumbo) and Na Kula Nani (what's your name?).

During this time in the city, the authors found that the landscape of Tanzania's capital is filled with apartments and buildings in addition to the narrow streets.

Inadequate infrastructure causes most roads to be poorly paved with dusty ambient factors.

In fact, this can be a major source of traffic congestion especially during peak hours. Even in the event of an accident, the vehicle is here, not moving at all.

Everywhere you can see a salesperson or a peddler selling lime, nuts, coconuts, cigarettes to shoes, car steering wheel and fire extinguishers.

To be sure, they do not require you to buy items for sale and you can easily take pictures or take pictures anywhere.

Halal food is not a problem as there are many restaurants offering glazed rice dishes or treats like in Malaysia.

The author himself was surprised to find that the words rice and ginger were also used in this country, proving that the dish was universal.

It is usually served in a tray of chicken or meat before being eaten in public exactly as the Middle Eastern people often practice.

The author also took the opportunity to visit the famous 'Kivukoni Fish Market' fish market which is considered a must-visit for outside tourists.

LIVING homes and business premises around the city of Dar es Salaam.

The uniqueness of this fish market has been the location of fishermen's newly caught fishery.

These fresh fish will try to be offered by the public including traders at the best price. The authors note that the average marine life sold is still fresh without being put on ice. There are no foul smells here, but there are various 'luxurious' seafoods on sale including shrimp, curds and red grouper.

The view of the fisherman bringing down the sea from the row of boats on the coast near the fish market is amazing.

Even if you are lucky, you will find traders selling strange marine life such as sea snakes, eels, hawks, shark fins and more.

Another must also visit the Kariakoo Market in the center of this capital. This broader market than the Chow Kit area offers a range of everyday items including African fabrics, handicrafts, food and more.

Although the industry sector and the country's economic capabilities are not as great as Malaysia's, one thing to be thankful for is that it is difficult to find writers or beggars in the capital.

With this in mind, it comes to mind that the Tanzanian people are a hardworking and passionate business people.

They are not a group of people who expect or sympathize with many people. This is in stark contrast to the hundreds of beggars and homeless people the writers encounter on the sidewalks of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Chow Kit every night.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Get To Know The Footwear Adhesive.

Foot adhesive is a product used to attach the product to the sole of the foot for health purposes.

Footwear containing substances such as bamboo, wood vinegar, crystals, pyroligenous acids and chitosan are often said to be effective in removing toxins from the body, losing weight and so on.

The effectiveness of this product is often highlighted by the color change on the foot adhesive after it has been applied overnight.

However, experts believe the change is due to the presence of dead skin cells and impurities in the soles of the feet.

It is also thought to be caused by the interaction of the body's sweat and the adhesive content of the footwear.

Footsteps fall into three categories:

1. Medical device

It is classified as a medical device intended to absorb unwanted toxins from the body.

Based on the purpose or indication of the foot adhesive can be classified as a Class 1 medical device and is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) by the Therapeutic Good Administration, Australia.

Allowed health claims must be in line with the intended purpose / indication.

These include foot adhesive products that function physically or as a protective layer for users.

2. Traditional

Foot adhesive is classified as a traditional product when it has herbal ingredients in it such as plant extracts, Chitosan loquat leaves and more.

Allowed indications are traditionally used for general health, promoting blood circulation or relieving fatigue.

Any health claim or indication other than the above should be supported by a clinical study document.

3. Not a prescription

Footwear products are classified as non-prescription products when they have pharmaceutical ingredients for example vitamin C at a level that is beyond what is allowed as a side-effect or efficacy in traditional products.

Among the active ingredients of footwear include:

1. Bamboo or vinegar, piroligenous acid

Has a sterile, detergent effect and has the ability to absorb well.

2. Tourmaline, crystals

Electromagnetic waves emit and anions are released. If tourmaline is placed under pressure or temperature change, it will generate an electric charge.

These minerals are known as the only minerals to emit infrared heat and negative ions.

3. Chitosan

As an antioxidant and has antimutagenic properties.

4. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

To promote healing of burns and inflammation of the skin.