KL Bird Park: A Paradise for Bird Lovers

While we were in Kuala Lumpur, we spent a whopping 4 hours at KL Bird Park, which is known to be the largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the world. It is situated about 10 minutes away from the city center, within the peaceful and picturesque Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park is a beautifully laid-out park, well-kept and perfect for a stroll. It is divided into 4 zones: Zone 1 – The Parrots (Love Aviary), Zone 2 – The Storks and Egrets (Free-Flight Aviary), Zone 3 – The Hornbills Park (Oriental Bird Aviary), and Zone 4 – The Peafowls (Waterfall Aviary). It houses over 3,000 birds of various species from across the globe in the 21 acres of lush vegetation with natural streams, ponds, waterfalls, and a beautiful landscape. Most of the birds are free to roam around and gives good opportunity for photography.

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

While we were leisurely walking in the park, we saw lots of peacocks scattered everywhere. It was my first time interacting with so many of them. They were friendly. It was quite interesting and enjoyable to be so near with lots of peacocks.

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

Along the way, we also encountered other birds – doves, Victoria Crowned Pigeons, and some white birds roaming freely at the park. We were also fascinated to see some birds in cages such as parrots, eagles and even cassowaries (birds that look like a real dinosaur).

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

Certainly, birds are bestowed with untold beauty. I loved it there! We had plenty of opportunities to get close up photos shoots and have personal encounters with lots of birds. It looks like the birds are so accustomed to people that some of them have learnt to interact with you, walk with you, pose for you,  expect to be fed by you, peck at you, show off to you,  and demurely tweet at you.

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park

If you like birds, this is the place to go and it is well worth a visit!

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is open from 9AM to 6PM daily, including holidays.
  • The entrance fee is quite high (RM55), but if you love birds, it’s worth a visit. You can pay with credit card.
  • Bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.
  • The ostriches are fed daily. The bird food costs RM2 at the parrot area.
  • The bird show (mostly parrots and macaws) is at 12pm daily.
  • It is hard to access if you are disabled.
  • There are some indoor education building where you can learn more about birds

Have you been to the KL Bird Park? What did you like best there?

Taste of Home: Bulalo

Bulalo is one of the most popular Filipino beef soup. It is made out of beef leg bones with marrow. This dish originated in Taal, Tagaytay where they have a cooler temperature when compared to other parts of the Philippines.

Bulalo

I learned how to cook this dish from my dad. I like dad’s Bulalo’s recipe because it is simple yet it makes a delectable dish. One of the secrets to make a good Bulalo is to boil the meat for a long period of time so that the meat releases all of its flavors and becomes tender.

My family and I love to eat Bulalo because it’s tasty and nutritious. Another thing I enjoy about Bulalo is the bone marrow. I take out the marrow from the bone then I dip it in a sauce (soysauce with lime and chili) and eat it with plain rice. It is so delicious!

Have you tried Bulalo? What do you like about the dish? For those who would like to try Bulalo, here’s a simple recipe for you.

Bulalo

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of beef shank
  • 1 pc small cabbage, whole leaf individually detached
  • 1 small bundle pak choy
  • 3 pcs corn, each corn cut into 4 parts
  • 2 pcs large carrot, roughly cut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp whole pepper corn
  • 1 pc onion, roughly cut
  • 3 liters of water
  • 2 pcs beef broth

Method:

  1. Pour in water in a big cooking pot. Add the beef broth and bring it to a boil.
  2. Put-in the beef shank. Add whole pepper corn and onion. Boil for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  3. Add corn. Let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage and pak choy. Let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot, share and enjoy!

 

Relax by the rooftop Jacuzzi at Skyard in Balconitel Hotel

Sunday was finally there, and I was ready to enjoy time off with my loves – sipping cocktail while watching the stunning sunset in the breathtaking skyline view from the rooftop Jacuzzi in Skyard.

stunning sunset

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

Balconitel Hotel

Skyard is a hidden paradise and a little oasis in the chaotic city of Phnom Penh. As we entered the lobby of the hotel we were greeted by a beautiful tropical garden and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Skyard Lounge

at the lobby

Balconitel Hotel

We went there at around 5.30pm, just in time to watch the amazing sunset. When we arrived there were 2 couples, but after fifteen minutes we got the roof terrace all to ourselves, which was very lucky and nice.

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

We ordered our cocktails and got another glass for free. It was indeed a happy hour.

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

We had a very relaxing afternoon there. It was not crowded. Great service and good food. The staff was friendly and helpful. They welcomed us warmly and they were always smiling. Absolutely beautiful!

Skyard Lounge

Skyard Lounge

To me, the Skyard Lounge was a great place where to escape the city heat. If you are in Phnom Penh and if you love relaxing on a rooftop lounge, then Skyard is for you.

Skyard Lounge

Have you been to the Skyard? What did you like best there? What do you like about relaxing on the rooftop terrace?

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is located on Street 278, BKK1, behind Lucky Supermarket.
  • For a non-guest in the hotel, you’ll pay a very reasonable price for the use of the rooftop Jacuzzi if you do not want to order something. If you order food and drinks for $10 or more the use of rooftop Jacuzzi is free. If you are a guest in their hotel, the use of swimming pool and Jacuzzi is free.
  • The Skyard Lounge serves meals and cocktails until 11pm.

 

Cambodia: Caving in Phnom Chhngok Cave

One of the activities we enjoyed while we were in Kampot was the visit of Phnom Chhngok Cave.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Phnom Chhngok Cave is a massive limestone karst, which contains many hidden chambers and stalactites, formed by calcium carbonate deposits in water. It is a little bit off the beaten track, about 8 kms from Kampot, at the end of an unpaved road. We hired a tuktuk to go there from Kampot. We went through miles of rice paddies and small villages until we arrived at the cliff.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

From the bottom, we climbed about 300 steps up the hillside. We were greeted by stunning views when we reached the top before we descended into the cave.

Taken from the top of the hill.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

The cave is beautiful. Inside the cave, there is a 7th century red brick Hindu Temple dedicated to Shiva. Apparently, it was built before Angkor Wat. We also saw many amazing natural rock formations resembling an eagle, an elephant, a headless crocodile, a turtle, etc. Unfortunately, we didn’t have flashlights, so we didn’t do the submerged cave crawl out.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Certainly, it was such a bewitching experience – the view from the top, the walk to and from the temple and those gorgeous rock formations. Plus, it was a great way to see the countryside. If you are in the area, a visit to Phnom Chhngok Cave is a must.

Phnom Chhngok Cave

Have you been to Phnom Chhngok Cave? What did you like best there?

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • Bring a head torch if you wish to cave-crawl.
  • Wear good shoes.
  • Bring some mosquito repellent.
  • The entrance fee is $1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Luna D’Autunno Restaurant in Phnom Penh

For the finest of Italy in Phnom Penh, we always go to Luna D’Autunno Restaurant. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the city as it is a very soothing place and to us it is a little oasis from the bustle and hustle of the city.

We’ve been there several times (since 2011) and we’ve never been disappointed; hence, I decided to write a review.

Luna D’Autunno

Luna D’Autunno

We love its great romantic ambience – gorgeous fairy light lit spacious courtyard under large trees coupled with good music; friendly staff; and the polite and timely service.

@Luna D’Autunno

@Luna D’Autunno

It serves a really luscious food, all made with fresh ingredients and lots of cheese. We’ve always loved their good selection of wine, homemade pasta, and wood fired pizza.

Lasagna

yummy pizza!

Calzone

Tuna Salad

wood fired oven

Furthermore, the desserts especially the Trio of Creme Brulee, made our evening more special. It’s of outstanding quality and just so delicious.

Trio of Créme Brûlée

We also enjoy their complimentary eggplant antipasto and bread.

eggplant antipasto

fresh bread

sauce

Certainly, we will happily be returning there again since we are happy about the place and we always had relaxed and romantic evenings every time we went there.

Have you been to Luna D’Autunno? What did you like best there?

 

 

Amazing Sunsets on Occheuteal Beach

I enjoy each moment at the sea, but the ones I enjoy the most are the ones I spend at the end of the day. I love watching the sunset’s palette of colours and the majestic silhouettes to all those who wished to see the sunset while the sense of tranquility fills me. So, each time we have a trip to Sihanoukville, Cambodia we always go to Occheuteal Beach to watch its amazing sunsets.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Even though we did not spend time in the water on Occheuteal Beach, but the outstanding brilliance of the orange sun was just so perfect to enjoy the moment. Plus, the serenity of the moment was a balm to my soul.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Furthermore, I love the chilling factor on Occheuteal Beach especially when the dusk starts to fall – many people are coming to the beach, restaurants and bars are opening, drinking beer on the beach while watching the people enjoying the salty water, and enjoying watching people passing by while listening to the sound of waves. It is really very lively and fun there at night.

Occheuteal Beach

Occheuteal Beach

Occheuteal Beach

While we were in Sihanoukville, my family and I viewed a number of beach sunsets on Occheuteal Beach. The first sunset was we laid back on the chair and relaxed as we enjoyed Mother Nature’s beauty.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On another day, we watched the sun set on Occheuteal Beach after a day of beach time at Palm Beach Resort. Even though the sun was going down, people continued to enjoy the water.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On another evening, we watched the sun set while we played on the beach sand and swing. What a joy it was to see our son enjoying himself.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

On a beach trip, watching the sunset is certainly one of the best moments for me, no matter from what beach I view the ocean.

Amazing sunset on Occheuteal Beach

Little Lilly travel tip:

  1. Be mindful of your stuff because there are many people.
  2. There are many hawkers selling all kind of stuff.
  3. It is very busy during the weekends and during the holidays.

Cambodia: Queenco Palm Beach Resort

We love the beach – sun, sea, sand, and its calming effect on us! Just simply walk on the sand and watch the waves is already breathtaking and enjoyable. Plus, the amazing sunsets at the beach is just so perfect to savor the moment.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Last Christmas break, we took our son to the beaches in Cambodia. One of the beaches we had been to was the Queenco Palm Beach Resort located in Otres 1 in Sihanoukville.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

The beach was nice, tidy, quiet, and lovely! The water was warm, the staff was friendly, the service was good, the view was great and the whole place was just so soothing. There were also lots of comfortable sun loungers and sunbeds. The food was delicious and there was lots of food on offer.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

As soon as we entered the music of the waves welcomed us and, when we stepped on the beach, the slumbering sea in its blue robe greeted us with its buzzing dormant strength. As we lied-down on the sun loungers, we could hear the waves crawling gently to the shore. Later on that day, we took an amble on the beach, the sand that was floury underfoot and the feathery, sugar-white hue was just simply mesmerizing. When we looked around the secluded beach, we saw some tourists with Day-Glo tans and we didn’t see any chattering hawkers. It was just like we were being wrapped in a comforting plastic wrap of warm sounds and soft light.

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Saw this beautiful sunset on the way back to our hotel from the beach.:-)

Queenco Palm Beach Resort

Certainly, it was just another marvelous and relaxing day at the beach with my loves.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It takes about 15 minutes from the city centre (Golden Lion).
  • It’s 3 USD one-way by tuktuk.

Are you a beach bum like me? Have you been to Queenco Palm Beach Resort? What is your best experience at the beach?