Travel & Trip
A revisit to FGS Dong Zen Temple in year 2014 has brought me many past memories all these years. I consistently visit this place especially during Chinese New Year. It has become a norm to drop by for exciting different theme every year.
Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zhen Temple
CNY Lantern & Floral Fest 2014
CNY festival would never be bored if you come to visit this temple. You can expect lots of floral decoration with some static animal as display, featured the surrounding very colorful. However, visitors turn-out this year was not big compare to previous years. It could be no strong broadcasting about this place in main stream media.
Return visitors were those frequent from past years or those get influenced in social media photo how nice this place was. Yes, social media like Facebook spread the photo very fast and many of us like to go Facebook to wish people during CNY gathering
The best time to come here would be around 6pm – 8pm. You’ll be able to witness two situation, day light and moon light. Of course, the moon light is referring to the night view with colorful light throughout this place. There were few mascots recycle but I notice most of it are new creation.
Well, FGS Dong Zen remains one of the most visited place during CNY no matter how.
Never underestimate hill & mountain by its name. Bukit Chenuang, a hill by name, as tough as typical mountain. Located in the area around Gunung Nuang and accessible via trail through Congkak Recreational Park.
13 April 2014 | Bukit Chenuang (Congkak Recreational Park)
‘Nuang’ is a name that many hikers terrified when heard about it. However, Bukit Chenuang should not be taken lightly as well. The jungle area is closely related to Gunung Nuang. Due to this, I decided to follow KL Hiking community to Bukit Chenuang when they planned for it. A small fee of RM1 for entrance and RM3 for carpark is compulsory.
The group started hike from Camp Zone 6. The rest of the hike was not easy Trail after the river crossing was tough, with very steep steps which spoil with fallen bamboos/rattan and thorny plant.
It took me total 2 hr 15 min to reach the peak. Descending took me 1 hr 50 min. Therefore, completed this only 4 hours, but for me I felt like 6 hours. Perhaps too long absent from hiking made the situation not favorable to me.
If you’re weekend warrior searching for a popular spot to spend your days under the blissful sun, then Port Dickson is a sure bet for you! Located about an hour drives away from Kuala Lumpur only.
PD Waterfront @ Port Dickson
PD Waterfront as it’s completely new development initiative that boosts PD into tourism spot again. I knew this place when I try to find McD in Port Dickson. The signboard brought and leads me here.
I went to Waterfront Boutique Hotel, the perfect place to take in the sights of sounds of Port Dickson. This hotel was having its promotion for online booking (group buying portal). My weekend package is 2D1N for only RM128.
This place got Kim’s Seafood Palace Restaurant, Matsu Japanese Restaurant and Double Q Restaurant. If you feel like exploring the local dining options, feel free to do so from among the many delicious eateries that are within walking distance.
Enjoy easy access to much convenience including the local McDonald‘s and TF Value Mart grocery store which are just a 3-minute walk away.
Some advertisement claimed that Malaysia’s first mainland-to-island 1 kilometer suspended cable car to Pulau Arang and the water theme park! But I don’t see any during my visit there.
To complete Bukit Saga hiking series, one must done for all the routes (A, B, C & D). Normally, many call it as completed via Route A (famous route). The rest are much tougher and challenging, but I determined to complete Route C this time.
Saga Hill (Bukit Saga) – Route C
It doesn’t take long to complete all routes, not even weekly or monthly but could be as short as 1 day. It depends on your stamina, but doing it weekly is recommended. All routes end-point will be at SAGA Hill peak.
Route C is accessible along the way of Route A, where the diversion happened (look around for direction) during flat trek. Route C will be diverted when you see the Chinese local deities OR small camp/rest area as shown in picture above.
CNY is just around the corner, exactly one month from today. Before year 2013 over, before I forgotten, FGS Dong Zen Temple, CNY Lantern & Floral Festival 2013 was held from 8-24 February 2013. It was my sixth visit and it’s still a favorite place during CNY.
Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zhen Temple
15 Feb 2013 | CNY Lantern & Floral Fest 2013
Opening hours are from 10.30am to 10.00pm. Admission and parking on officially designated areas are both FREE.
As usual, peoples flocked this place during CNY and make it very crowded. I’ve much difficulties in taking photo when people had blocked some nice view. Suggest to come during weekday to avoid super massive weekend crowd.
For me, the most suitable time is between 5.30pm to 8.30pm when I could have before & after the light was turned on, rather than going on day & night separately.
This year was rather different. There were 3D art displays near the side entrance. Also overall, it’s worth a visit due to not many get recycle at different location, if you know my meaning of recycling (reuse the same mascot in different place).