Weekend Getaway at The Andaman, Langkawi Featuring Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7

The past few weeks have been hectic at work and there were tension between colleagues. With the year coming to an end, and so many bla bla bla work piling over and over, the upcoming year’s budgeting and forecasting, Tom and Jerry chasing game between departments and bosses. Oh! Not forgetting the impact that’s bound to hit us all, GST.

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They say the best solution for being Stressed is Desserts. Well, fair enough as Stressed is spelled as Desserts backwards. As for me, I prefer a quick getaway from work (stress). So, I was in Langkawi for the weekend sometime in November and I brought along Bubble Gump and my new Olympus Pen Lite EPL7. This is my current favourite everyday and every-now-and-then #eatfullnothingtodo #takepicha camera :3

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#Penfie onboard with Olympus PEN Lite EPL 7 & Fisheye body cap lens
#Penfie with a bottle of Strongbow and using Kit Lens
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Hello, Langkawi!

Langkawi, what more can I say about it. It is my favourite getaway island because of its beautiful beaches, lovely seafood (lobster sashimi ftw!), cheap chocolates and the place where beer is cheaper than fruit juice! Beer o’clock all day long, anywhere anytime. And having the Olympus Pen Lite EPL7 around my neck the entire trip, I manage to capture most of my Beer o’clock moment adventure on the island. This trip was more adventurous than the earlier trip in July.

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Checked-in to our room and chilled some drinks before hitting the beach.

Before this, I only had kit lens mount on my Olympus OMD EM-5. Now, I have the Olympus Pen Lite EPL7 which comes with a kit lens (M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm) and fisheye body cap lens. It is so much easier to take picture of the room without having to tip toe at one corner just to get a whole view of the room! I can even squat at one corner of the room and still able to catch a glimspe of the whole room without having to stretch a muscle! Power of wide lens. Here’s a good-to-know story about Olympus 9mm Fisheye Body Cap Lens:

 


Olympus 9mm f8 Fisheye Body Cap Lens is one of Olympus accessories lens which gives a very wide-angle images. It can also be used as a body cap lens which protects your camera’s sensor and other internal parts. The lens comes with a fixed aperture to F8.0 and there is no AF function. So, you have to go on manual focus and pumps up the ISO to increase the shutter speed, or with very steady hands to capture the images you desire. The lens comes with 3 lever which lets you switch between deep focusing and close-up shooting. You can go as close as 0.2m to the objects! Image stabilization is also effective when you set the focal length manually.

The Andaman Room

My home for 2 nights at The Andaman Resort, Teluk Datai Langkawi. Thanks to the fisheye lens, I am able to capture an overview of my room with just a few clicks. Love how the lighting is capture as it is at ISO 1600.

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Balcony view + Penfie

The Olympus Pen Lite EPL7 is lightweight and so easy to carry around. And not to mention, the flip screen which made selfie a whole lot easier and convenient. :3

WARNING: Lots of #Penfie (Selfie using Olympus Pen Lite EPL7) in this post.

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#PENfie #OOTD

I love taking OOTD #Penfie using the fisheye lens. Bringing selfie to a whole new level.

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Hammock by the beach

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I miss taking naps in the hammock. Not to mention, taking Penfie in it too :3

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Now I miss waking up to the sound of waves. Such a stress-free weekend.

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The Sun wasn’t on our side during this trip. However, it was a breeze to walk, jumping and climbing around the beach (don’t ask why I’m climbing by the beach) without having to worry about getting sunburn. Plus, I could even hangout by the beach at 2pm without having to squint an eye. #typicalasian

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Am so used to AF (auto focus) mode on cameras, I totally forgotten about the manual focus on the fisheye lens. Glad that the picture turned out sharp and I’m really amazed at the details captured.

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I really enjoy taking Penfie with the fisheye lens. No reasons to stay sane with it on the E-PL7. Just snapping away and goofing around and each picture turned out great, plus funny.

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Savanna Dark – Premium Cider @ RM4.50


The Cider we don’t find in KL. So, while I was enjoying my drink by the beach, I rested my hand on the arm rest. What happened next made me the center of attention for 5 seconds.

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A somewhat blessing in disguise to get haired by the caterpillar while chilling out by the beach. Caterpillar does not sting nor bite but their hair once in contact with your skin, that’s the ultimate gg.com experience for you. The itch! OMG!

Story goes like this, while I was being comfortable, I accidentally without any conscious touched the caterpillar which it was minding its own business finding a great spot for itself to chill. At first I thought why the arm rest has hairy stuffs on it………….ONLY TO REALISED THAT I HAVE TOUCHED THE CATERPILLAR #FML. I screamed and jumped out of the chair and was wiggling around because it felt so so so geli! Then, what was first an outcry later turned into an awe to capture this magnificent beautiful creature.

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Say, “Hi!” to the colorful and beautiful caterpillar

Post event thought: You know how Spiderman became Spiderman? So, after the haired incident, I had a thought. Will I turn into a butterfly? *hides in cocoon*

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#Penfie with kit lens

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Well, it rained almost everyday in Langkawi. But it’s fine for me because we’ve already stock up for the weekend and there’s no reason for us to leave the resort except to go to the airport. There are so many things to do in the resort. Just simply chill and relax, listen to the sound of waves. There are more to that. You can go for massage and spa, jungle walking (morning and night), spot monkeys and their mischievous acts, beach activities (swimming, sun bath, kayaking, yatching, etc etc), get haired by caterpillar, check out the coral nursery, eat, drink and sleep.

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Just chilling by the balcony
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V Integrated Wellness

The V Integrated Wellness @ The Andaman, Langkawi is a high quality whole person approach in Spa & Wellness, holistic therapies, beauty treatments, fitness classes, healthy cuisine, educational & lifestyle workshops and retreats for body and soul. V Integrated Wellness offers a wide range of holistic and integrated yoga practices to suit individual needs. 2 hours well spent and feeling relaxed after massage. Something to look forward to when in The Andaman.

LANGKAWI x OLYMPUS PEN LITE EPL7The Spa is surrounded with nature and you can spot monkeys, squirrels and sometimes hornbill (if you’re lucky).

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When the sun sets, we take a stroll by the beach to SEE the SEA.

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At first, when I looked out to the sea, I thought what is all these rocks emerging the surface during low tide. When I  walked out to the sea, I saw and touched corals up close. There were dem a lot of corals!! But I think they’re dead because they feel like rocks. I know how corals feel like because I learned a thing or two from The Andaman’s Coral Nursery.

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The Andaman Resort is believed to be first in Southeast Asia to have a coral nursery for the purpose of rehabilitation of damaged corals. Resort guests can participate in the unique and inspiring activity of growing new coral which, after 12 months of nurturing, will be returned to the sea at Datai Bay where they will bloom and blossom as part of a healthy new coral colony. I personally get to touch and learn so much more about them. It is a very interesting learning experience and I could hangout here all day long.

Pictures taken at the nursery are just kit lens on Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7. Love the quick auto focus.

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Y THE SAD FACE CORAL
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SEA CUCUMBER

Do you know that Sea Cucumber is very useful in the marine ecosystem? They recycle what they eat (eg. sand) into substances that can further degraded by backteria. To put it simple, they are like sand filter. Correct me if I’m wrong. Sea cucumber feels like FAT. It is soft and wiggly. While holding it, it actually peed………………… Here’s a video taken at the nursery while gossiping about the sea cucumber in front of it, so I guess that’s why it peed. To get back on us.

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Another interesting sea creature spotted is the Cushion Starfish. It looked like fruit cake in the water. When picked up, it feels like a rock with the surface moving!

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This is a snail! A very huge one!
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Hermit crab feeding on fish
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NEMO!

Was excited like a 3 years old kid when spotted clown fish. The marine intern explained that coral grows 1cm a year! So, there were at least 30-40 years old corals living in the nursery *gawk*

I get to touch some corals and they felt like jelly, even more delicate than jelly. Not all corals are fish friendly and only certain corals could host clown fish without eating them up. And some in particular are only for clown fish, other fish would be food to the corals. INTERESTING. AND, do you know that coral could move?? I always thought that they are like plant but they could actually move, but very slow. Here’s a short video showing the coral moving…..slightly.

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Do you know that Lobster changes skin as they grow? And even their eyes change skin too! When I saw the lobster shell, I thought the lobster climbed out from the water -________- but it’s actually the skin the marine interns picked up.

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It looked so real because the eyes were still attached..only upon up close, you will see that it’s actually the skin!

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 Another highlighted nature to spot in The Andaman is the Flying Lemur or also known as the Colugo. They sleep during the day and hunts for food during the night. They feed on fruits, so no vampire scenario here. They have their favourite bark of tree, so, it’s quite easy to spot them during the day time.

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In Langkawi, seafood is extremely fresh and you get to pick your seafood fresh from the aquarium. So, don’t just expect visiting Langkawi its beaches and duty free, go out and eat seafood! If your pocket feels fat, do go for the Lobster Sashimi. It is a good dining experience. It is an expensive dish but still find it cheaper than KL. Also, I prefer the Lobster sashimi at Fish Farm than the one at Orkid Ria. Price is cheaper at Fish Farm too. Tastewise, better. Presentation, better. Price, better.

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Lobster Sashimi

The Lobster is served into 2 dishes, sashimi and noodles. For sashimi, the lobster is sliced into small slices and served with wasabi and soy sauce. Personally, I enjoy eating it fresh as it is without dipping into the wasabi sauce.

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The shell, claws and legs are cooked with noodles and served after the sashimi. The sweetness of lobster can be tasted through the gravy.

A trip to Langkawi is not complete without some “high” – not the alcohol high, but fly high~

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Parasailing at Pantai Cenang! The actual price they charge per person is RM120 but got discount one (if you bargain hard enough), I got on for RM50. Took about 5 minutes a spin up high. Feels super high! Looking down from high above I saw many many many many coral reefs in the sea! A sea of cauliflowers.

Well, I was contemplating to carry the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 up with me because they said it’s ok one as long as the strap is around my neck. o.O!!! But, knowing what a klutz I am, I rather not risk it (in case the camera fells off and charity to the sea). Perhaps in the future when I have the adequate equipment to strap the camera around me. Heh. But really, this camera is light, easy to use and carry around. I can carry it all day around my neck without noticing it, the autofocus speed is very good, the flipping screen is really useful, quick sharing to my phone via wifi and the long lasting battery which survive my daily usage.

It is after all a good small camera to invest in and taking great pictures with it.

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