Hanifa for Chocolates and Petaling Street for Souvenir Items
- Hanifa’s address is 149 Jalan Masjid India, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can get there by bus, by train or by taxi. You can find many chocolates and other goods in a very affordable prices.
- If you plan to buy souvenir items like key chains, miniature buildings and a lot more, do not buy inside the malls. It can be a bit pricey. Petaling Street or often called Chinatown sells affordable souvenir items. You can also find shirts with Malaysia prints for only 5-10 RM.
Kuala Lumpur is relatively a very safe tourist destination. But there are some few things to avoid while staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Traffic Jam. Because Malaysia offers very affordable cars, many people can own one. That’s why traffic jam is one of the problems of KL during rush hour. Usually, traffic starts at 5:30 pm until around 7 pm during weekdays after work. So, if you are in KL, avoid traffic jam by taking the train, by walking if your place is nearby or by avoiding congested areas such as Jalan Tun Razak, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Raja Chulan and many other areas. Or you can install the app Waze because it can give you which congested areas to avoid real-time and can give you optional route to your destination.
- Taxi drivers who ask for a higher taxi fares. Taxi fares are supposedly measured by meter. If a taxi driver asks you to pay a certain amount and not using meter, it is better not to take that taxi because some may ask you double the exact fare. Taxis on stand by near KLCC except for the blue executive ones, since those are really expensive, taxis near Berjaya Time Square, Petaling Street and sometimes any where in KL will ask you for high fare. You’d better go a bit far away from those areas to take taxi. If you’re in KLCC, just cross the road across and wait for taxi near H&M. If you’re in Berjaya Time Square, also cross the road using the overpass, you’ll reach the bus stop near a sports wear shop and wait for a taxi that does not ask for a high fare. If you’re in Petaling Street or Chinatown, you also just have to cross the overpass, you will reach the taxi stand near the Kota Raya building and take the taxis there. But sometimes they ask higher fare, so, look for another one. They won’t bother if you don’t take them. Or better yet, install the application MyTeksi. This application will send a taxi to your place and drives you to your destination. You just to add 2RM for government tax. But they will use meter for the fare.
- Spicy food. If you are not into spicy food or you have never been a fan of chilli, then go easy on Malaysian food. Most of their dishes are filled with pepper. But you want to try some of their spicy dishes, make sure to order a milder one. And if you are already a spicy hot dishes fan, you can try these dishes.
- Petty Theft. Though there were very few cases of theft in KL, but it’s better to be careful. Cases like hand phone and hand bag snatching by someone riding in a motorcycle occurred in one of the dark places where not so many people are around.
If you are travelling abroad or to a local destination, make sure you are well-prepared and have all the things you need while you’re away from home. Some tips are provided for you to make your travel to either local destination or abroad stress free.
Travelling either abroad or locally can be at times stressful especially when some of the important things you needed are misplaced, lost, left at home or broken. So better be mindful of the necessary things you have to carry and the things you need to do in order to minimize stress and make the most out of your travel.
- Have a soft copy/scanned copy of your travel documents like passport, roundtrip ticket, booked accommodation and etc. aside from the hardcopies that you have on hand. Have it saved in a pendrive, in your tablet and also back it up in your email in case of a misplacement or loss of any your back-up.
- Before booking for a ticket of your destination or an accommodation, make sure to read some traveller reviews of the place and get some information of the local laws/ordinances to avoid trouble in the future. Also know your accommodation if it is safe and accessible to the place you are planning to visit. Or you can read some blogs to gain some important tips.
- As much as possible, have all your things checked in except for your passport, airticket, a pen (you need this when you are asked to fill out some travel forms), camera/phone, any gadget that you are going to use while in the plane, and a good book if you are a bookworm. You need these to bring along with you and put in a hadbag or a satchel. You don’t need to carry so many things with while inside the plane. It will cause you hassle from putting your things inside the bin to taking it out.
- Loose chargers and cables can tangle everything and make a mess inside your bag. So organize these using your glasses case.
- To avoid chargers from bending and breaking, you can use a spring from used ballpens and placed it on wire near the plug.
- Separate your jewelry and accessories using a pill container to keep them untangled and to avoid losing them.
- Use vacuum seal bags to reduce the bulk of your bag. This can save a generous amount of space in you luggage.
- Bring travel essentials like toothpaste, lotion, hand sanitizer, make-up, perfume and, shampoo and bath soap (not so necessary since you are provided with bath soap and shampoo in your hotel/accommodation) to a minimum amount. Prepare these and put inside small containers.
- Once your plane has landed, to avoid waiting long lines for airport bathrooms, you can use the next one and skip the long waits. You will be able to arrive the immigration area ahead of others and save time.
- Once you finished with the immigration requirements, you can now head to your accommodation. Do not snub the buses. It not only save you money but you can also be able to see views of the place.
There you go. You can now enjoy your tour.
Body Massage is a must for people who want to relax and seek to pamper one’s self for being hard-working in day-to-day’s toil.
Yesterday, since it was Malaysia Day and a public holiday, that’s why I treated myself and my husband as well in a 3-hour massage in Ambrosia Sense in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. I got lucky to have found this promotion in Groupon for only 48RM. It was actually my first time in a spa package with many inclusions. The not-so-good thing about this spa is the location from KL. Our condo is located at the center of the city of KL and Ambrosia Sense is 30 minutes away if you use a car. We paid 32RM for the taxi fare going there. The taxi driver did not know the location of the spa, so, that added to the not-so-good list. I just asked him to talk to the receptionist of Ambrosia Sense and asked for directions. It could have been much better if they have another branch near KL.
By the time we arrived at the place, I gave the fine print of the voucher to the receptionist and we’re ready to get started and I was excited. But before that, we had our bags locked in a locker room. So no worries about misplacement and loss of personal belongings. We paid 10RM for lavender essential oil to be used for the body massage. You can also opt for other types or you can choose without essential oil. They have lavender and eucalyptus at that time. So I chose the former.
So after the encounter with the receptionist, we were asked to go upstairs to start. The stair design was nice. They decorated the both sides of the stairs with white stones and it really looked nice with the grey carpet. And then, we were asked to stay in one room. There were two massage beds. We changed our clothes and wore the Ambrosia Sense’s robes, and undies, which included a short for men, a bra or rather one that looks like a bra and a panty). But I did not use the panty. I brought my own undies because I already anticipated this one. I did not like the smell of the towels that they were letting us use. The employees were so nice and were mostly Indonesians.
After everything was ready, these were the things we did in chronological order:
- 10-minute Sea Salt Foot Soak. It was quite okay. It was effective since our feet were clean afterwards. The not-so-good thing about this was that the water that I placed my feet into was so hot and I switched with my husband’s.
- 60-minute Full Body Balinese Massage (including tummy and scalp massage) with 15-minute Hot Herbal Eye Pillow Treatment. At first, we faced down and then laid down on our back. From feet to shoulders, we experienced a 60-minute full body massage.
- 30-minute Herbal Detoxifying Steam Bath / Sauna. The spa was quite innovative in nature. Though they used a rice cooker to supply heat to an enclosed room which they called sauna, it was quite effective since sweat were flowing all over our face and body.
- 35-minute Full Body Detox / Charcoal Scrub with 15-minute Upper Back Body Charcoal Mask. We were asked to face down again and some kind of scrub was applied all over our body. It felt cold, rough and nice with a scent of lemon grass.
- 10-minute Full Body Wrapping Detoxifying Treatment. With the scrub and mask still on, we were wrapped with some of a plastic bag for 10 minutes.
Lastly, we took a shower and we’re done. Over all, the experience was quite okay. I am looking forward to writing another blog for another spa experience.
Malasysian dishes usually are spicy. The first time I tasted their dishes, it was like I was eating a whole bunch of pepper. But eventually, dishes became familiar to my taste and actually became delicious.
Here is the list of the dishes you can try when you travel in Malaysia. These dishes are very common here.
- Nasi Lemak – Malaysia’s national dish. It is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and “pandan” leaf. It is served with sambal (to die for), peanuts, small dried fish, sometimes with scambled egg and sliced cucumber. This dish is great during breakfast.
- Tom Yam Soup – originally from its neighboring country Thailand, but it is widely served in Malaysia. It is spicy, sour and is best served when hot. This is really tasty especially mixed with shrimp/prawn. But sometimes, chicken is mixed with this soup.
- Chicken / Beef Rendang – commonly served during the Malaysian Muslim’s Hari Raya. This dish is prepared for a long time and is slowly cooked in order for the spices to blend in. This dish is quite heavy and is delicious. But if you are a first timer for this
- Roti Canai – is a kind of bread, a flat bread which is Indian-influenced and is eaten with a sauce.
- Ayam Goreng Kunyit – a very simple fried turmeric chicken and goes very well with hot plain rice, soy sauce and chilli sauce.
- Satay – is a kind of dish where in the diced or sliced meat (chicken, beef, mutton) is seasoned, skewered and grilled.
- Asam Laksa – is a sour, fish-based soup with thick noodles or vermicelli. The main ingredients include shredded mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables (cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, “Vietnamese mint or laksa mint and pink torch ginger).
- Teh Tarik – is a milk tea served hot. It is prepared by repeatedly pouring the mixture from one mug to another.
- Ikan Bakar – is a dish which includes a burnt marinated fish and a dipping sauce. This dish is not perfect without the sauce. My tongue is actually salivating while thinking of this dish.
- Beef Noodle Soup in Secret Recipe – You can find Secret Recipe inside KLCC, Sungei Wang or any mall in KL. But this soup is quite pricey but it’s worth a try.