Things to Avoid in KL, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is relatively a very safe tourist destination.  But there are some few things to avoid while staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  1. 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.  trafficOr 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.waze
  2. 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.MyTeksi
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

10 Tips When Travelling By Plane

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Loose chargers and cables can tangle everything and make a mess inside your bag.  So organize these using your glasses case.
  5. To avoid chargers from bending and breaking, you can use a spring from used ballpens and placed it on wire near the plug.
  6. Separate your jewelry and accessories using a pill container to keep them untangled and to avoid losing them.
  7. Use vacuum seal bags to reduce the bulk of your bag. This can save a generous amount of space in you luggage.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Ambrosia Sense Seri Kembangan Experience – 3-hour Full Body Massage for 48RM

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

A Whole Lot of Swimming in Intosan Resort in Danao, Cebu for PhP100

If you are pool buddy and looking for a getaway, then this affordable resort is for you.

For a hundred pesos, you can now enjoy a day in the pool enjoying the cyan pool water. It’s located in Taboc, Danao City, Cebu. You can get there by jeepney, bus or V-hire.  Once you arrive at the Danao terminal, you can ask a tricycle driver to drive you to Intosan Resort. The fee for walk-in visitors is PhP100. They have children’s swimming pool, slides, lazy pool and adults’ pool.  This place can also be used for family gatherings and wedding reception. There are plants and flowers around.  There are tables and chairs so you can place your food and eat there.  There are rooms available for you to stay.

This is why this resort is perfect for family gatherings.

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10 Dishes/Drinks to Try in Malaysia

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.

  1. 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.n
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Roti Canai – is a kind of bread, a flat bread which is Indian-influenced and is eaten with a sauce.
  5. Ayam Goreng Kunyit – a very simple fried turmeric chicken and goes very well with hot plain rice, soy sauce  and chilli sauce.
  6. Satay – is a kind of dish where in the diced or sliced meat (chicken, beef, mutton) is seasoned, skewered and grilled.
  7. 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).
  8. Teh Tarik – is a milk tea served hot. It is prepared by repeatedly pouring the mixture from one mug to another.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Travel Quotes to Live By

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.  Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” ~Cesare Pavese

 “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ~Hans Christian Andersen

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go, I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” ~Moorish Proverb

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the tradewinds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.” ~Mark Twain

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ~Maya Angelou

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” ~Freya Stark

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~JRR Tolkien

“Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.” ~ Dalai Lama

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~Aldous Huxley

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.” ~Mohammed

“The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page” ~St. Augustine

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

“I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” ~Carl Sagan

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” ~Bill Bryson

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them” ~Mark Twain

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” ~Ernest Hemingway

“NOT I.  NOT ANYONE else can travel that road for you.  You must travel it for yourself.” ~Walt Whitman

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“It is better to travel than to arrive.” ~Buddha

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~Confucius

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” ~George A. Moore


Singapore, the Fine City

Singapore is just a 4-hour bus ride away from KL, Malaysia. Or if you want to save time and travel there by plane, it is just 45 minutes away from the airport not including the 45-minute drive from KL to the airport.  Bus fares ranges from 45RM-90RM depending on the kind of bus you will be choosing. Expensive buses have comfortable seats and have their own toilets. They also offer a free meal. They have their own television. One bus that offers these services is the Aerobus. You can get the ticket from Corus Hotel near KLCC.

By the time you will reach Johor Baru, Malaysia. You’ll be asked to get down the bus to show yourselves to the Malaysian immigration. But do not forget your passport. And after about 15-minute ride, you’ll present yourselves to the Singaporean immgration.

If you’ll go there by plane, it will take about 45 minutes before you will arrive at the Changi airport.

Singapore is such a nice and a clean place. It is a small country. Unlike in Malaysia, almost everyone there can speak English. You won’t have any difficulty communicating with them. However, taxi cabs are very expensive. Buses are likely the most recommended vehicles to take. It’s cheaper and you’ll be able to see the views outside. But I preferred walking the last time I visited Singapore.

Singapore is a fine city.  It means, there are many do’s and dont’s in this country.  Like, if you spit anywhere, smoke outside the smoking area, litter anywhere and need to pay a certain amount.

So much about that. Here are the list of the places I have visited in Singapore.

  • Merlion
  • Sentosa
  • Lucky Plaza
  • Orchard

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