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A Taste of Malaysia

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Last February 2012, I had a chance to fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had only a weekend to stay and I wanted to explore the “real” vibe of the city. Of course I had to see the Petronas Towers up close and visit Jimmy Choo and Vincci..but other than that, was there more to KL’s lights, shops and glitz?

I discovered this food escapade in Trip Advisor called “Food Tour Malaysia”. Lots of travelers raved about it and said that they apart from the good food, it was also interesting to see local culture and meet new people. So for RM160 (a bit pricey I think..), I decided to give it a shot. I also tagged along my friend Grace to join me in this food trip.

But before the food tour could start, I couldn’t help my craving anymore so we went out to satisfy our taste buds for some classic assam laksa. So spicy lah! Love it!

We finally met up with Charles, our food guru, along with another couple from Australia. According to Charles, there was only 1 rule in this trip – you can’t say the “F” word.

You can’t say you’re FULL!!! Hahaha.

We went to 5 or 6 places, and it was nice because we were the only “tourists” in the area..which means these are genuine hole-in-the-wall local spots. Cool!

Here are some of the food we tasted! From left to right: (1) Otak Otak or fish paste (2) Nasi lemak (3) Venison (4) Sting ray!! Tastes like fish actually.. (5) Fish in yellow curry (6) Curry puffs (7) Sweet apam, glutinous sweet rice and coconut (8) Roti and curry (9) Pork Bah kut-teh (10) Banana puffs (11) Chicken char kway teow (12) Fried tofu and pork filling

We also had some (non-alcoholic) drinks, the pink panther drink (rose syrup and milk), Chinese margarita, and teh tarik with ginger .

After almost 5 hours of good food and conversations, we decided to call it a night! Whew! The verdict: It was a great gastronomic treat! Definitely worth it. As they say, the best way to get to know the culture of a place is through it’s people and food. xoxo

Check out Food Tour Malaysia in Trip Advisor.

Singapore in less than $7

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Yeah, you read it right.

No kidding. I only spent $7 SGD for a day in Singapore. I had lunch, dinner and some sightseeing. Curious? Read on.

Last July 2008, on my way to the World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, I had a layover in Singapore. Instead of just bumming around and exploring the nice Changi airport, my WYD mates and I decided to take a peek at the city, even just for a few hours.

Turns out, there is a free shuttle from the airport to the city if you have a layover for at least 6 hours. Free transportation? Check!

On the way to the city, we also made some stopovers. My favorite was the newly built Singapore flyer. We were able to go down the shuttle and have a closer look. Yipeee!

When we reached the Suntec City Mall, we learned that it was the Food Festival Week so all tourists with layover get free meal samplers. I got some spicy noodles and shrimp. Tastes quite good!

We wanted to explore more, this time we had to pay for our train tickets. We went to Chijmes and hung out for a while there. Love the vibe of that place. Very chill and casual.

It even had good architectural design. I couldn’t resist and took some shots.

The view at night was even better!

By this time, I also bought water (we all need to be hydrated) and we had to meet one of my WYD mate’s friend for dinner so took the train again. I forgot where we had dinner..all I could remember was yummy roti bread and curry. I was a bit worried on how much we spent because we ate a lot, but surprisingly, their friend treated us to dinner!!! How lucky can we get?!?!

After that, we rode the free shuttle back to the airport and waited for a few more hours before our flight to Sydney. I remember we were so thrilled that we just spent so little exploring the city! Which led us to a Charles & Keith shopping spree haha. (Ok, that’s not counted in the official list of expenses..)

I’m glad I met these 2 girls – Tzie and Jo..although I can’t find them on FB and lost my contact with them, I had a great time traveling with them!

I still get a kick when I think of this trip because of how lucky and cool it was to be able to do those things without spending so much. Back then I didn’t really know the joys of backpacking, but I guess I had a feeling then that there are ways to enjoy and travel without splurging so much. You just have to be creative and resourceful enough. xoxo

My love affair with traveling

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The moment I boarded my first international flight (circa September 2007 MNL-HKG), I knew I was meant for this. Wondered why it took me so long to do this. Perhaps it was because of the circumstances I had growing up, but I’m grateful for that chance back then. After that short business trip, I knew it was the start to discovering the bigger things out there.

I love traveling…and I wish I had loads of money to go around the world. But that wouldn’t be fun if everything was handed to you on a silver platter. I get a certain high whenever I plan for a trip, more so during the time I’m traveling and discovering new places, meeting new people, and gaining new experiences.

So let me take it one step at a time.

One place at a time.

One country at a time.

I feel like I’m back where I started almost 5 years ago. I’m now living in Hong Kong, which was the first country I ever visited 5 years ago. And I was here before and here now because of work. Funny how that came about. Whether it is destiny or just coincidence, I’m happy where I am at this point.

And for now, I want to have something that I can look back years from now and reminisce at what kind of person I was back then. Because I certainly am no longer the person I was before because I fell in love with traveling. I learned that the more I discover about new things, the more I realize that I know so little.

This is why I’m starting this blog. I do hope I can keep it up! *fingers crossed*

Cheers to more discoveries and travels!!

Hang on guys, I’m gonna rock the world. xoxo