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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

“The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials…” – Chinese Proverb

(Christ the Redeemer at Rio De Janeiro)

We boarded the 12:35 flight JJ3186 to Rio de Janeiro. Arrived Rio de Janeiro at 14:30 and were met by our guide, Mr. Ricardo. Rio de Janeiro or 'River of January' is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast.

(Arriving at Rio de Janeiro Airport)
(Welcoming drinks at the hotel)

Rio is famous for its breath-taking landscape, laid back beach culture and annual carnival. The harbour of Rio de Janeiro is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear to be the mouth of a river. Additionally, the harbor is surrounded by spectacular geographic features including Sugar Loaf Mountain at 395 meter, Corcovado Peak at 704 meter, and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 meter. These features work together to collectively make the harbour, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

(Copacabana beach at sunset)
(A 4 km Copacabana Promenade)
(The skyline along the beautiful beach)
(Beach volleyball and dancing on the beach)
(One of the cafe along the promenade)

We checked in Americas Copacabana Hotel situated in the Copacabana beach area. After a short rest we had a leisurely strolled along the beach and watched the sunset over Rio skyline from the beach.

Day 12: Friday, 27 Oct 2017
Route: Rio de Janeiro Tour
Hotel: Rio de Janeiro Americas Copacabana Hotel, Brazil

(A quieter Ipanema Beach)
(The Tram to Corcovado Mountain)
(The map of Rio de Janeiro)
(The tram business hours)
(Colourful crystals of the Redeemer)
(Brazil Soccer collectibles)

This morning we visited Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30-meter tall, excluding its 8-meter pedestal. The arms stretch 28 meter wide.

(At the tram Station)
(A Malaysian flags among others)
(The tram tickets for two)
(On the tram to the peak)
(One of the Seven Wonders of the World)
(Christ the Redeemer)
(The view from the peak)
(A spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro)
(A full crowd at the viewpoint)

The statue weighs 635 metric tons, and is located at the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. From the top we enjoyed the spectacular panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.

(The famous Marius Restaurant)
(The lunch is worth every penny)
(A full house during lunch hour)
(A restaurant with unique deco)
(A must visit dining establishment)
(A kissing giraffe outside the restaurant)

After visiting Christ the Redeemer we had lunch at one of the famous restaurant, the Marius Degustare, an organic meat and seafood restaurant offering all you can eat. It is world renowned and a must visit dining established mentioned in Patricia Schultz’s book “1000 places to see before you die”. It is a place for an unforgettable gastronomic and sensory experience with unique décor of antique artifacts from Brazil’s farming past.

(A refreshing drink at the poolside cafe)
(The view from the hotel rooftop)

It was a free and easy afternoon and evening for a stroll at the beach or at the night market along the Copacabana beach. We overnight again in Rio de Janeiro Americas Copacabana Hotel.

Day 13: Saturday, 28 Oct 2017
Route: Rio de Janeiro Tour

(Getting ready to visit the Tijuca National Park)
(Riding the jeep to the urban rain forest)
(The Chinese viewpoint)
(Breathtaking view of Rio de janeiro)
(Taunay's Waterfall)
(Visiting the museum in the forest)

Early in the morning we boarded a 4x4 vehicle to visit Tijuca Forest, the World Largest Urban Rain Forest and visited Monkeys Waterfall, the Chinese Viewpoint, Mesa do Imperador and Taunay’s Waterfall.

(Mario Filho Football Stadium)
(Brazilian Football team caps for sale)
(Masjid El-Nur)

After visiting the urban jungle, we visited Mario Filho Stadium also known as Maracana Stadium mainly used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio. This stadium used to host the 1950 FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil was beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in front of the home spectators. 

(Painting on the wall)
(Local artists inspirations)
(Line-up of vibrant coloured parrots)
(The crowd at the Selaron steps)
(Quranic verses on the steps)
(Mosaics with Muslims writings)
(Beautiful mosaic staircase)
(Selarón’s unique and vivid mosaic steps)
(The world famous coloured steps)
(125 meters of steps covered in bright tiles)
(A long walk to the top of the stairs)
(Creative and funny cartoon mosaics)
(Add a place in the massive list)
(Another painting on the wall)

We also visited Masjid El Nur or Mesquita da Luz. After our prayers at the mosque, we visited Escadaria Selaron, a world famous colourful mosaic steps. Escadaria Selarón, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as his tribute to the Brazilian people. The steps are in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. There are also beautiful murals and paintings on the wall.

(The cable car ticket)
(A long ride to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain)
(A colourful painting)
(Mid-way to the Sugar Loaf Mountain)
(A view of the mountain and the bay)

Next we boarded the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain for a good view of Rio, Guanabara Bay and the beaches. Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 meter above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city. The mountain is one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. The mountain is protected by the Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill Natural Monument, created in 2006. This became part of a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 2012.

On the way back to the hotel we passed beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, famous official locations for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Day 14: Sunday, 29 Oct 2017
Route: Rio de Janeiro - Dubai - KL

(Rio de Janeiro International Airport)
(A lot of time to rest before our flight)

We checked out of the hotel around 23:30 and were transferred to the airport for our International 03:05 EK248 flight to Dubai then boarded the 03:50 EK346 flight to Kuala Lumpur.

We arrived safely at KLIA around 14:55.


(Souvenirs from Machu Pichu)
(Caps from Argentina, Peru and Brazil)

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