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Top 10 Perth city experiences

So you’re in Perth, Australia and you’ve just figured out that this vibrant, energetic city has plenty to offer. But you’re wondering where to start.

Well, wonder no longer; here is a list of the top 10 city experiences:

1) Discover charming hidden laneway-bars, and eat, drink and explore!
There’s a selection for all tastes as new watering holes continue to open around the city, each with a unique offering. Join the hip crowds in bars down Howard Lane, Wolfe Lane and Queen Street.

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Kings Park Festival. © Christian Sprogoe Photography

2) Spend a lazy afternoon in Kings Park Botanic Garden.
Stretch your legs and walk from the city or hop on the city-sites tram. One of the largest inner city parks in the world, the views from Kings Park over-looking the Swan River and city skyline are superb. Pack a picnic, see a movie at the open air cinema during summer, or marvel at the colour of native wildflowers as they bloom in the spring. (For more:  www.bgpa.wa.gov.au)

3) Be entertained by a full line-up of music, sport, food, theatre and cultural events.
Check out the Hyundai Hopman Cup (January), Perth International Arts Festival (February), Sculpture by the Sea (March), Perth Fashion Festival (September), or Perth International (October) plus many more throughout the year. (For more:  www.westernaustralia.com/sg/Things_to_See_and_Do/Events/Pages/events.aspx)

4) Check-out Perth’s inner city precincts.
Easily accessible from the city, the high streets of Leederville, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Mount Hawthorn, South Perth, and Victoria Park all present their own unique flavour of restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping.

5) Visit the World’s oldest gold mint.
The Perth Mint is still operating from its original premises and is home to the World’s greatest collection of investment gold bars and Australia’s largest gold nugget collection. (For more: www.perthmint.com.au)

6) Indulge in a cultural feast at Perth’s Cultural Centre, home to the Art Gallery of WA (artgallery.wa.gov.au), the WA Museum (museum.wa.gov.au), State Library, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (pica.org.au) and the State Theatre (statetheatrewa.com.au).
This hub in Northbridge is the perfect place to spend the day awakening your cultural senses. All venues are just a gold coin donation and exhibitions change frequently.

7) Take a scenic flight for a birds-eye-view of the city
A view from above will make you realise just how spectacular Perth’s surrounds, including the Swan River and white coastline is.

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Mix with the locals on the ‘cappuccino-strip’ (South Terrace) in Fremantle.

8) Take a day trip.
There are plenty of destinations within easy reach of Perth city centre – perfect for day-tripping or spending the night. Take a ferry to Rottnest Island; tantalise your tastebuds in the Swan Valley wine region; enjoy the historic sights of York; explore the seaside city of Mandurah; or mix with the locals on the ‘cappuccino-strip’ (South Terrace) in Fremantle.

9) Shop local and international designer labels.
Fashionistas flock to King Street to pick-up the latest designer looks or trendy suburban precincts, while on William Street in Northbridge it’s all about vintage finds.

10) Sail down the Swan.
Named after the black Swans that call it home, the Swan River is truly the heart of Perth, and meets the Indian Ocean just a few kilometres west. A ferry from Barrack Street Jetty is one of the best ways to enjoy the Swan River as well as see some of Perth’s best real estate.

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Goddess of Mercy Temple, Georgetown Penang

It is a tradition here in Malaysia that on the eve of Chinese New Year, the Chinese will visit a temple for blessing and offerings. The oldest and most legendary temple in Penang is the Goddess of Mercy Temple which is situated in Georgetown, Penang. Each year, believers of the Taoism and Confucianism teachings will swarm the temple on the eve of Chinese New Year to pray to the Kuan Yin goddess so that their health and good luck can be maintained throughout the year.

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The Goddess of Mercy Temple, also known as Kuan Yin Teng, was first built in the 1800s by the Hokkiens and Cantonese residents who lived close by. Buddha and Kuan Yin have their respective followers with some even suggesting that Kuan Yin outshone Buddha in some ways as she showered her believers with much love and compassion.

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Like other religion, the Chinese are superstitious too. Some believe that men whose ages end with the number 9 should visit the Goddess of Mercy temple for ‘por oon’ (blessings) so that they would be bestowed protection by the god. The others will offer light or oil (thian ewe) to the Goddess of Mercy for better luck that year.

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Upon stepping into the temple, the scent of sandalwood incense greets you as each day, numerous joss stick are burnt by the devotees while offering prayers. Although a crowd could be present, a sense of peace and quiet can be felt once you set foot into the temple. The temple is busy throughout the year and not just on Chinese New Year because the locals tend to visit the temple on their birthdays too, praying for a better year ahead blessed with good health and luck. At other times, devotees will visit to seek calm or when extra spiritual protection is needed.

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The birthday of the Goddess of Mercy falls on the 19th day of the 2nd lunar month, marking another time that the temple is packed with devotees eager to pay homage to their deity. Devotees will venture into the heart of the temple to congratulate the Goddess by making offerings and prayers to her. At times, opera and puppet shows will also be organized, providing devotees entertainment and creating an air of festiveness in the house of worship.

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Despite being a place for offering prayers, many tourists flock to this shrine for photography opportunities. The temple is simply too beautiful to pass up a chance for photos. The sight of morning rays basking in on devotees deep in prayer is a sight to behold, thus luring many visitors to this magnificence construction which houses the Goddess of Mercy.

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How to get to the Goddess of Mercy Temple

The Goddess of Mercy temple can be easily found within the center of Georgetown. Usually travelers are staying somewhere around Chulia Street; it is very near this popular backpackers area.

From Chulia Street, head right just past the Indian temple into Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. From here it is a 5 minute walk to the temple entrance. In the vicinity of the temple there are numerous nice attractions.

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Map of the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Georgetown

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Got any good tips to share with us? Do you know of any great things to do in Penang, or tips on the best places to eat? Let us know by leaving a reply below!

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Virtual Travel Fair 5: Travel at your fingertips

The Virtual Travel Fair 2013 by The Star Online’s allMalaysia.info is on! It offers discerning travellers a conveninent and afforable way to travel, with loads of packaged options.

With over 4,000 travel packages in a span of two weeks, the Virtual Travel Fair 2013 is back, promising travellers even better deals than ever.

What better way to shop for your holiday than from the comfort of your home and with the simplicity of a mouse click. It’ll save you the hassle of visiting a physical fair – i.e. the big crowds and parking woes.

This is the fifth edition of the fair, organised by The Star Online’s information and travel portal allMalaysia.info and powered by the Smart Online Travel Assistant (SOTA). It is held twice a year in March and September.

This installment runs from March 13 to 29 and visitors also get to participate in an e-auction segment to bid for their preferred getaway.

Aside from the amazing e-auction attraction, a major drawcard is the prizes that await – for every minimum transaction of RM100 at this virtual travel fair, you stand a chance of winning a 3D2N Macau Holiday package (includes flight, stay at a four-star hotel, daily breakfast, half-day city tour and a dinner for two persons)

There is also no shortage of travel variety judging by the amount of packages offered this time – suitable for holidaymakers across all age and income level.

According to SOTA, this Virtual Travel Fair stimulates the physical consumer travel fair where customers are offered travel packages from suppliers worldwide over a single website, round the clock.

While other websites do run online travel fairs, they are confined to an aggregation of travel packages offered by brick-and-mortar fairs.

The marked difference with this Virtual Travel Fair is that travel deals offered are available exclusively online from multiple operators, among the 1,400-plus travel agents and hotels worldwide that use this SOTA platform.

Navigation around the website is also user-friendly and easy with buttons that ensure all information is available. In fact the booking experience may well add to the fun of your holiday!

If you are concerned about the authenticity of online payments, worry not as it is made very safe with secure payment getaways like iPay88 and PayPal, both of which are systems used by Virtual Travel Fair since the start.

Account holders of Maybank2u and CIMB Clicks Online banking can also choose to pay for their travel packages via this option.

With environmental consciousness now the rage and pledge, make it more than just lip service by starting this small step of going green with online bookings.

It may seem insignificant in the larger frame of the planet but every contribution towards Mother Earth counts. If as many of us can help cut down on the need to drive to travel fairs or receive promotional paper materials about these deals, surely that’s helping to reduce petrol consumption and the cutting down of trees.

Even buntings, banners or plastic bags need not end up as unnecessary wastes in landfills. Mother Earth would certainly appreciate that!

There will also be lucky draw prizes to win and instant rebates that you get to enjoy.

To check out the best deals that Malaysia’s foremost online fair can offer, visit allmalaysia.info/virtualtravelfair

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Introducing Malindo Air: Not Just Low Cost

This month new LCC Malindo Air will commence their flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. The new airline is owned by the Malaysian government and with Indonesian LCC LionAir as minority share holder. Flights will depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and not from LCCT) with four daily flights.

Promotional prices are very competitive and are so far cheaper than similar flights with AirAsia; Malindo’s biggest competitor. Also, with Malindo you get free 15 kg of checked baggage (30kg for business class passengers). Besides that you can carry 7kg of hand luggage on board the plane. In addition; it seems that travelers are also allowed to carry along a golf set and other sports equipment free of charge. Contact their service staff to find out more about this.

Malindo is aiming to expand to numerous destinations outside of Malaysia. Possible new routes are Manila, Bangkok, Hanoi and numerous destinations within Indonesia and China.

Malindo starts off great with their brand new 737-900ER’s. These are top of the bill Boeing air crafts that ensure a pleasant flight. This type of airplane is able to fly all routes within 5,5 hours.

Travelers can book their tickets now at MalindoAir.com. Make sure you act now as you’ll never know when the cheap tickets will expire.

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Yashiki Yakitori Bar @ Viva Home Shopping Mall

March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

After a surprisingly ‘refreshing’ Yee Sang with the gang, we started on our second dish for the day – the Soft Shell Crab Salad. Served with a Japanese dressing made from mayonnaise and sesame seed, it is this condiment that brings out the best of the salad and the soft shell crab. In fact, it was so delicious that this was the first time I’ve seen a plate of salad totally cleaned out! Parents may want to consider investing in a bottle to make vegetables more appealing to their children. I know for sure that Emily Tang enjoyed every single bite of her vegetables that day.

Soft Shell Crab Salad – healthy AND delicious!

Next dish up for tasting was the Tuna Tataki. Each delectable piece of tuna is covered in tangy citrus sauce and is garnished with a row of chilli spiced radish, spring onions and raw garlic. Though it may appear to be quite strong in taste, everything comes together perfectly at the end. We also tried the chef’s selection of 8 different types of Nigiri Sushi, which included raw items like salmon, tuna, sea urchin, fish roe and octopus sashimi.

Tuna Tataki

Sushi Deluxe comprises of the Chef’s selection of 8 different kinds of sushi, including squid, salmon and fish roe

Any trip to a Japanese restaurant is never complete without giving its Sashimi dishes a try. And so we sampled Yashiki’s Sashimi set. This set comes with four kinds of chef’s selection of raw fish together with a bowl of rice, 3 pieces of fried gyoza, a bowl of miso soup, slices of fruits and pickled Japanese radish. Its fresh sashimi pieces coupled with hot bowl of miso soup and rice is guaranteed to fill any growling stomach to the brim. Another must try when you are dining at Yashiki Yakitori Bar is the Shake Atama, which is salmon head that has been grilled to perfection. Its sweet tasting meat and the other succulent parts of the fish head is sure to bring fish head lovers to paradise. I know Evelyn Ang enjoyed every piece of her fish head.

The sashimi is fresh and comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup, fruits, Japanese pickles and 3 pieces of fried gyoza

Fish head lovers should definitely try out Yashiki Yakitori Bar’s Shake Atama

But my most favourite dish of all (other than the Yee Sang) was the Salmon Cheese Oshizushi. The lightly charred and melted cheese spread atop the fresh salmon gives each individual portion a smoky taste. Absolutely mouth-watering! We also tried the restaurant’s yakitori offerings (kind of impossible to give it a miss, since the outlet is quite well-known for their yakitori dishes) and chose about 8 different types. In my humble opinion, the yakitori sticks tasted quite normal. There were some sticks where the meat tasted a little bit dry.

Salmon Cheese Oshizushi

The assorted yakitori sticks (L – R) – Bacon with White Prawn, Negima, Beef with Enoki, Bacon with Asparagus, Pork Belly, Lamb with Asparagus, Bacon Enoki and Salmon Belly

The drinks bar of Yashiki Yakitori Bar

All in all, it was a truly enjoyable meal, made even more so with the company that was there. It is easy to just lose track of time when dining at Yashiki Yakitori Bar. The outlet has a cosy environment that makes it a wonderful venue for a long lunch or an intimate dinner session for two. Great place to head to the next time you want to enjoy great Japanese food with your friends or your loved ones.

This Dining With Moola experience is courtesy of Moola, the first-ever Cash-Back Lifestyle Programme specially designed for shoppers to enjoy free shopping, great savings and best deals in town. Moola is a mobile application that utilises QR code technology for all interactions; from member registration, Moola accumulation and redemption, to the actual shopping.

Moola Frenz who dine at Yashiki Yakitori Bar are entitled to a 10% cash back everytime! What’s more, you can also grab FreeMakan vouchers for even MORE savings here!

Moola is completely hassle-free; no administrative effort; no joining fee; no cards; and comes with even greater flexibility for shoppers to enjoy the variety of rewards for redemption. Visit www.moola.my for more information and download the Moola app today! Apple, Android and Blackberry phones supported.

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