Feb 24, 2015

Phuket fun


Sometime last month my I friends and I discovered the popular island town Phuket in Thailand. It was definitely a memorable trip! Everyone was so ecstatic with our budget-friendly exploration to this crowded tourist destination. I brought my DSLR along, but unfortunately the battery charger was missing so I had to rely on the existing battery. My battery power died on me on the third day despite efforts to conserve. But I definitely managed to snap a few pics for the blog. 

First day of our outing: we arrived early in the morning in Phuket from KLIA2. After a not-so-short nap, we decided to explore places near our apartment, which was perched atop a hill - imagine the huffing and puffing every time we went out! We walked around the neighbourhood under the hot sun, managed to grab a meal and then headed to Patong Beach. Following that we made a turn to the infamous red light street Bangla Road (it was daytime so obviously no action to be seen). Basically we just walked the whole day whilst planning itinerary.
 
A busy street near our apartment.

We had our first meal at this Muslim restaurant. The food and staff were really nice - I have a special place for Thai food in my heart (or tummy).

The view of our apartment from the street below 

Bright red tuk tuks like this is everywhere in Phuket.

A mini cafe along the road.

Fruits stalls like this is common on the streets of Phuket. Look for the best fruit shake (definitely need to look around, as the better ones are richer in pulp with less sugar). I find the one in Bangkok is way better. 

Shops selling paintings also line the streets. Was looking for something unconventional but alas it was no where to be seen...

Looking at signages with Cyrillic translation puts a reminder of how Phuket is such a Russian destination. I'm seeing Russian each and every corner I turn to. Perhaps Phuket is a cheaper alternative to re-live the medical student moments?

Beach-related trinkets at a shop along Patong Beach

Russian tourists shopping

The beginning of the ever crammed Patong Beach strip is marked with this dolphin statues.

A mini shrine near the beach

Making our way across the street to Patong Beach. 

Street snacks hawker along the beach.

Motorcycles is the cheapest and quickest way to get in and around Phuket island. Unfortunately the non-adventurous me doesn't know how to ride one. We ended up paying a hefty amount of money riding tuk tuks and taxis instead!

Sunscreen shopping never gets any confusing with arrays of products like this.

Naturally seafood is a popular attraction for diners in the island. We went to Kusuma Seafood ( a popular Muslim owned joint) on our third day in Phuket. The food was so-so, with a slightly steep mark in pricing (though some of blogs claims it to be very cheap).

A day view of one of the pubs along Bangla Road, notorious for its tiger shows, ping pong (not really sure what that means though) etc.

Our journey also passed Patong Hospital. It's surprisingly not crowded considering that it looks like it's the only hospital in the island.


To be continued...

Words and images by Hafidzudin Zainal



Jan 8, 2015

Islamic Arts and VCR


What a nice way to ring in the new year with a visit to Kuala Lumpur, playing tourist! Our top options of sites to visit were something architecturally and photographically beautiful. So it was as a no-brainer to pick the National Mosque (photos of which are abundant on my Instagram) and the adjacent Islamic Arts Museum as our starting points...

Dec 31, 2014

Looking back at 2014


It seems like this year has been quite a dormant period for me blogging-wise. Of course, predictably I'd shove the blame of blogpost deficiency to the ever time-consuming work and studies. I plead guilty that all blogging effort has been 'replaced' by the quick and convenient nature of Instagram posts.

There was a moment when I was this close to stop blogging altogether. But looking at the blood, sweat and tears (almost) shed, and the experience Dunia Fashyon has brought me, I think it would be a pity to cease operation that easily. I'm grateful for the DF experience for all the enjoyable (and slightly awkward) moments as a blogger at fashion shows/presentations. Having said that, I wouldn't have another access to a different level of appreciation for photography, had I not met the super friendly budding photographer Filzah Athirah.

Dec 23, 2014

Quartet, Pickle and Fig


Although naturally I am not a coffee person (but I'm quite flexible though), I have been meaning to have a look at the hyped-about cafés around TTDI neighbourhood. Mostly because I love the usually quiet ambience of cafés (save for the contrived coffee chains with their dreadfully default decor, post-pubertal teens and super-sweetened roast). Luckily with a day off I recently I managed to go check out two independent cafés with coffee connoisseur Filzah in tow.

Dec 13, 2014

d'Next Artist Project at DPAC (season two)


I've been meaning to write a lengthy, well-cited post on artistic events like this one show that I've been to (courtesy of Filzah), but you know me too well not to don't you? Damansara Performing Arts Centre held its d'Next Artist Project (DNA) season one a while back, and judging from its rave reception, they prolonged the series into a second one (and the application for third and fourth seasons is already open).

Season two was a compendium of four new works by young Malaysian arts companies, showcasing fresh talents from the nascent world of Malaysian performing arts. New works are central to DNA’s second season on stage: the programmes included a multi-layered and visceral dance theatre experience by Lee Ren Xin's “B.E.D.”; In Three Minds Theatre was out there to question our moral conscience with “Jade”; Glowing Planet Production's “The Little Prince” was experimenting with the integration of live actors and visual projection; and a hip-hop/musical theatre on stage by the Perassath Servai Vedagiri's “Love Knows No Gender”.

Nov 18, 2014

BFM Life, Less fashion more Life



We had a great time at Business FM's fun and games session, with Shelah hosting. She's hilarious! It's my first time catching her show live. There were pop quizzes, and we (especially Helmi) were quite startstruck to meet the main presenters in person (Kam Raslam, Sharaad Kuttan, Ezra Zaid etc). I got to meet new friends, but of course had to come home quite early to recharge myself (forcing the extroversion is not an easy feat, my friend)...



Oct 31, 2014

Prints and sportswear: Adidas Originals x Mary Katrantzou


Mary Katrantzou, the Cyprus-born print queen has expanded her portfolio by collaborating with sportswear giant Adidas. Reminiscing her fledgling design days (dresses with chain prints) she has gone very far has her not?

It's just a but of a bummer that there is no menswear clothing in the collection (for the obvs reason, of course). But street footwear fanatics rejoice, as there are men's shoes included as well! Should I ditch my sparingly worn, floral print adorned Raf Simons?

Oct 17, 2014

The mighty medic and Brooke Roberts


Lately I've been rushing towards assignment deadlines (taking a Diplomain Family Medicine) and manning three programmes at the clinic, whilst trying my best not to practice the well-spread 'conveyor belt' medicine. On top of that, I have the audacity of joining a seemingly fast-track program for the elusive FRACGP (click here if you're keen to know what that stands for) - it's a program by MIGHTY MEDIC, hence the title, which is another pathway towards specialty in primary care besides the conventional Malaysian Masters program.

Oct 4, 2014

Coach fall/winter 2014, Kuala Lumpur


Coach isn't exactly under my usual artistic label focus but I am aware of its commercial success with practical and functional leather-ware. The mammoth brand's reputation has been attributed to its diverse range of handbags that fit casual and office settings (being a household name Coach bags are coveted by my sister, cousins and even my aunts). But what I can say is their previous offerings may be still not necessarily my stylistic cup of tea.

Sep 30, 2014

The Comyns Jazz Collection at Royal Selangor


I have never seen pewter / silverware in person so I was pretty excited to get invited by Royal Selangor, the world's leading pewter giant to their flagship store recently. It was for the showcase of their sterling silver brand Comyns, a previously British brand with a heritage spanning nearly 400 years!

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