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5 Relaxing Nature-Concept Getaways Less Than 2 Hours From KL

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These days, going out to the mall and shop during the weekend has been such an overrated activity to be done with family, friends, and also our beloved ones. Mainly during this Covid-19 Pandemic situation, the mall is one of the places that many people need to avoid as the mall is usually crowded and the rate of infection could get higher because of that. That is why nature can be the next option for family and friends to hang out together during the quick weekends.

These are 5 great ideas for the perfect nature getaways:

1) Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi

Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi is such an amazing place to go to because it is full of greenery place that is only located at the south-west of the city center. This particular place is highly popular among all the locals especially for who that is heading here for a spot of picnicking, barbecuing, and also camping. A lot of group activities can be done here together with your loved ones. Other than a fantastic scenery to bless your eyes and emotion with, there is also a pond here and that is such a great place for a quick dip in summery weather throughout here in Malaysia.

2) Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park is an astonishing place to visit and it is located just over an hour’s drive from KL. This particular place is actually a peaceful home to one of the largest firefly colonies in the whole wide world. Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park operates from 7.30 pm every evening. Here, all the visitors can have the opportunity to take a magical “sampan” ride along the way of winding the Selangor River. Throughout the mesmerizing journey, visitors could witness all the creatures illuminate the mangroves like a string of beautiful fairy lights. The entire “sampan” trip would take around 20 minutes in total.

3) Sekinchan

The town named Sekinchan that is located in Selangor is actually a place that is only a 1.5-hour drive from KL and it is also an underrated fishing village. Sekinchan is famously known for its emerald paddy fields. This particular place is also home to the Paddy Processing Factory & Gallery and that is the place where many people can learn a lot of knowledge and also information about rice planting and also harvesting. Other than that, people also could learn about the stock up on the humble grain. Delicious foods are also served there because there is also the existence of many restaurants that served up many traditional fresh kinds of seafood caught from the surrounding waters, such as squid and crab and the restaurant is known as the Teochew restaurants.

4) Klang Gates Quartz Ridge

Another amazing nature getaways that many people can explore during the weekend would be fascinating and also a beautiful place called Klang Gates Quartz Ridge and this place is just a 20-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. When you and your loved ones have decided to take on the 14-kilometer ridge that locals prefer to refer to as the “Dragon’s Backbone” is not like a leisure walk in the park. On the other hand, the place is very well-known for its narrow pathways, steep climbs, and also sharp rocks. This could only mean that you will surely need to be fit, prepared mentally and physically, and also you got to have the right shoes and equipment to make this trek safely.

5) Awanmulan

One of the most peaceful places for family and friends to spend some time together is an isolated place located up in the hills of Negeri Sembilan and this particular place also is definitely located so far from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur city. This amazing place is known as Awanmulan. Even though there is nothing much activities that can be done here in Awanmulan, all the visitors who come here could still enjoy the cool jungle air, spend quality time with family and friends under starlit skies and also laze by the pool. All of the activities mentioned here also are actually sounds like the perfect nature getaway for everyone.

Sources: Jetstar.

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There Are Actually Many Bridges Made In Malaysia And These 5 Are Some of Them

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In Malaysia, there are actually so many bridges that have been made in many places. Each of the bridges made has its own uniqueness and also specialties because they have their own uses towards the communities. From the earliest arch and beam bridges to the newest suspension and truss bridges, these are some examples of bridges in Malaysia.

We build bridges to span obstacles, be it a valley, waterway, or another road. A bridge’s function designates its design. A bridge can be temporary, or it can last for millennia. Many Roman bridges are still standing today. No surprise then that bridges often become iconic landmarks for their region.

These are 5 examples of bridges in Malaysia:

1) ASEAN Bridge

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The Batang Baram Bridge or ASEAN Bridge is the longest bridge in Miri Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The bridge is located along Miri-Baram Highway. The ASEAN Bridge is located approximately 2 km upstream of the New Miri Port Complex. The bridge and access road directly link Sarawak with Brunei across the Batang Baram via the existing Immigration Checkpoint at Sungai Tujuh. Construction of the ASEAN Bridge and access road commenced on 17 January 2001 and was completed in August 2003. The bridge is designed in accordance with the latest British Standard BS 5400. The bridge has 19 spans with a total of 1040 meters.

2) Iskandariah Bridge

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Iskandariah Bridge or Sultan Iskandar Bridge is one of four major bridges in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia with the other one being the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge. The 308-meter bridge crosses the Perak River near the town and is made out of steel. The bridge remains the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia. Traffic on the bridge, however, was greatly reduced when the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge a little further downstream was opened to traffic in 2003 in conjunction with the completion of the North-South Expressway.

3) Seri Bakti Bridge

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The Seri Bakti Bridge is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The bridge links the secondary road to Seri Satria, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Residence, connecting the Government Precinct in the north to Precinct 16 in the south. The concept design was developed from several shorter spans, with a precast pretension “Super-T” beam slab deck with spans up to 35 m (115 ft). The total structure length is 270 m (890 ft). There are dual two-lane carriageways, 2 m (6.6 ft) median, walkway, and cycle track.

4) Putra Bridge

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Putra Bridge is the main bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It is analogous to Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, Iran. With a span of 435 meters, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the Boulevard. It was constructed in 1997. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard. This huge three-deck bridge provides vehicle, monorail, and pedestrian access. Besides providing the link between Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 on the Core Island, it has been designed to be a special feature of Putrajaya. The piers also accommodate fine dining restaurants within its main pillar supports.

5) Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge

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Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge or Semantan Bridge is the longest highway bridge in the East Coast Expressway network. It bridges the Pahang River in Pahang, Malaysia. This 700-meter bridge was opened when the East Coast Expressway was built. It crosses the Pahang River, the longest river in west Malaysia. At the entrance of the bridge, there are 2 elephant trunks that symbolize Pahang. There also many colorful lights around this bridge. This bridge was opened by Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah on 22 April 2004. Near the bridge is the Temerloh Rest and Service Area.

Sources: Ranker

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This Filipino Man Has The Largest Collection of Fast Food Toys In The World

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We all have memories of going to fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC and get free toys buying their meals. A man from the Philippines has the largest collection of fast food toys in the world.

Percival Lugue, has been collecting toys from fast-food chains since he was five. Now, at 50, he holds the Guinness Record for the most fast food toys in the world with over 20,000 of them.

Although most of the 20,000 toys in Percival’s collection come from personal purchases, he admits that he did have some help from friends and family. Sometimes he would “guide” them toward helping him, by inviting them to have lunch at a fast-food restaurant, and would manage to complete a whole set of toys in one sitting.

Ever since he got his first toy, he always took care of them. “The toy is like a storyteller in itself. It gives me a glimpse of that particular period when I got it, the story of what’s going on, what are the incidents that are attached in the acquisition.”

Working as a graphic artist, he has a three-story house in Apalit, Pampanga Province to store his collection. He dreams of putting the toys on display and gives people a chance to ‘revisit their own childhood memories’.

Source: SCMP, Oddity Central

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Truly Unexpected! Cats Used To Deliver Mail In A City In Belgium

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Before email and modern transportations, carrier pigeons are used to deliver mail as well as horses, camels, dogs, and even reindeer in Alaska. However, did you know in Belgium, cats were used to deliver the news?

In 1876, members of the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat trained 37 domestic cats to deliver mail in the Liège. Waterproof bags with letters tied around the cats’ necks and they were driven out of the countryside. Once within five hours to destination, they make their way and found their way back in 24 hours.

This scheme however never got its full potential as it lacks inefficiency.

In 2007, Gretchen Lamont wrote The Mail-Carrier Cats of Liège a book about the whole affair. Because quite a few details about the origin are missing. Although, some say it is slightly fictional.

It is quite possible that the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat got its inspiration for the mail cats scheme from a practice called cat racing, which was supposedly popular in northern Europe around the 1860s.

In a book by Harrison Weir called Our Cats and All About Them,  the first cat to make its way home won a prize hamper of ham, sausages, cigars, and other goodies.

It is still practiced until recently at the annual Curruñao festival in San Luis. However,  in 2013 the festival was suspended for animal cruelty. Peruvian magistrate Maria Luyo was quoted as saying the event “caused grave social damage and damaged public health” in her ruling – good news for animal-lovers everywhere.

Source: The Culture Trip

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