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Desa Water Park at Taman Danau Desa, Malaysia

At 40 RM, one can enjoy the amenities offered by this water park.

You will surely get wet in this water park. Be sure to bring extra clothes and undies.  Here’s the list of the water rides and slides I have tried.

  1. Shock Wave. I really had fun here because it felt like I was floating in the sea with waves  pushing me through the shore.shock waveshock wave 2
  2. Super Tube.  This one was really awesome. I got to ride many times here. Though you have to rent a floater.super tube
  3. Tarzan in Town.  This one was quite difficult.  We had to  climb up to a series of floating logs which was anchored with a rope at the bottom of the pool.   We only had to hold on to a rope hanging above us. What was really challenging here was keeping our balance until we reached the other side of the pool.tarzan in town
  4. Thunder Bolt.  We had to wait  a specific time, around 2pm if my memory serves me right just to enjoy this fun ride.  It’s a ride you don’t really wanna miss.thunder bolt 2thunder bolt1
  5. Action River.  If you want a relaxing ride, try this one out.  Just wear your sunblock because it is really hot while floating around this flowing water going around.action river
  6. Water Factory. This one is great for kids.  Two water slides available here. Be sure to accompany your kids.water factory

I must have miss some rides since some were closed for renovation or were not functioning at that time.

Here’s the list.

  • Bubble Pool
  • Ripple Bay
  • Surf Shack
  • Baby Wave
  • Water Factory
  • Pink Slide
  • Clown-A-Round
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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.

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 etc.you 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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Essentials to Bring when Travelling / Backpacking

When travelling, be a minimalist.  Bring only the things you will really need.  Travel with you lightweight things.

  1. Luggage / Bag / Backpack and Sling Bag.  Bring a bag that you are comfortable with, which is right for your size and height
  2. Passport.  If travelling abroad, always bring with you everywhere you go.
  3. Money / ATM Card.  As much as possible, make sure you have money (in the currency of the country you are travelling) in your pocket.
  4. Footwear.  (flat shoes, slippers)
  5. Clothing.  (shirts, blouses, sarong / malong, under garments, swimwear)
  6. First Aid Kit / Meds.  (Band-aids, Advil, Biogesic)
  7. Toiletries.  Bring minimum amount sunscreen, toothpaste,lotion, shampoo w/ conditioner and tooth brush.
  8. Ballpen.  You need this in the air plane.
  9. Cellphone / Camera.  You need contact numbers
  10. Accessories.  You need earrings and necklace to match with your outfit when you are planning to party at the beach.  But do not bring the expensive jewellery.

Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia.  And because I am based here, I can give tourists who wish to visit KL ideas on where to go.

Here’s my list of places I recommend tourists to visit and I, myself, have visited.

  • Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC20140506_20164520140506_203256_LLS
  • Aquaria, KLCCP1000187IMG_20140510_110214
  • KL Towerkl tower kl tower2
  • King’s PalaceP1000331
  • Batu CavesP1000276
  • KL Bird ParkP1000435P1000393
  • Petaling Street (Chinatown in KL)ps1 ps
  • Zoo Negara or National Zoo in Malaysia
  • Bukit Bintang
  • Merdeka SquareP1000339
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia20140511_125830 20140511_125351
  • Berjaya Times Square20140507_192128_LLS
  • Sunway Lagoon
  • KLCC ParkP1000104
  • PutrajayaP1000197