A Not So Well Planned Adventure In Malaysia

I selected the title above for this post because this was the tour that I engaged without so much preparation. I booked the flight just two days before the schedule which was made last December 22, 2012 Saturday and the flight schedule in Cebu Pacific was December 24, 2012 Monday (yes, it’s Christmas Eve for Catholics) and the great thing about it was, the flight fare was lesser because of the festive day. And that’s the main reason as well why I decided to travel at that time.

Why I selected Malaysia? My reason was, this is one of the South-East Asian countries that I never been really visited as a tourist. Yes, I first visited Malaysia last 2008, when I joined a mountaineering group and decided to climb Mount Kinabalu. I traveled Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. But after that, I never been to Malaysian Peninsula where the capital city which is Kuala Lumpur located.

Some Faces of Malaysia
Some Faces of Malaysia

I traveled with my younger sister. We left Manila without so much plan what to see and where to go in Malaysia, but I read some tips from locals and foreigners that already traveled in this country. At least I made a hotel booking, taxi booking and some information of public transportation.

This post will be somewhat summary of all the places that we visited in Malaysia. The tour in general took ten(10) days including the flight time which just need less than half a day to complete, we traveled 8 days to be exact and went around Malaysia.

Below were the itinerary that we had when we traveled Malaysia.
Day 1: Flight to KL
Day 2: KL – Day 1
Day 3: KL – Day 2
Day 4: KL – Day 3
Day 5: Selangor
Day 6: Putrajaya
Day 7: Pahang – Genting Highlands
Day 8: Johor Bahru – Legoland / Singapore
Day 9: Malacca
Day 10: Flight to Manila

My next post will be detailing more where we had been in Malaysia for at least eight (8) days. Until then.

Less Than A Day In Singapore (Shortest Trip in abroad so far…)

It seems that Singapore is just one ordinary place to me right now, maybe because I visited this country countless times that I can’t remember the exact number how many times that I went to this country. I thought the shortest trip that I ever made to Singapore was the time when I picked-up my clearance from the previous company I worked in since I’m going back to my homeland. This happened last November 29, 2010, stayed for almost a day and left November 30. By assessing it, I spent at least 24 hours in Singapore including arrival and departure time

But my recent visit in Singapore just lasted at least 13 hours. Wondering what had been happened? Did I tour around within those hours? The answer was no. My sister and I just visited Singapore to spend New Year eve together with my brother and his family. We arrived at Johor Bahru immigration around 7:45. PM December 31,2012 after we visited Legoland in Malaysia, then left Singapore around 9:15 AM January 1, 2013 going to Malacca Malaysia. What we did in this Merlion country? We had new year dinner at my brother’s home, slept for at least 6 hours, had breakfast and then left. Is it not cool, to have new year dinner abroad?

What were the things we experienced during the time were traveling to Singapore? The significant thing was at the time we were on our way to my brother’s place, since its New Year eve, there are lots of people outside, taking trains going to the places where there will be fireworks. In Singapore, there are few designated places for this event like Marina Bay and Harbourfront. And most people were on their way to Marina Bay. If you’re not in either of these places, New Year will most likely a quiet time for the family. Kind of unique experience right?

Reminiscing The First Glimpse of Singapore

As I recall when the first time I traveled abroad, everything I felt were all excitement. It was the first time I took a plane, first time that I will be in another land, being with people in different races. First time to be in a places where most of the things were unfamiliar. The feelings were mixed, somewhat nervous and a bit of scary feelings but most of all, the ecstatic feeling that I will be able to discover another world which different from the world I used to be. It was year 2005, almost 8 years ago, I was able to travel abroad because I was sent by my company for some quality assurance (QA) and testing related work. I was part of the computer integration manufacturing team (Information Technology team) in a semiconductor company.

My colleague and I stayed in Orchard Hotel Singapore which located in famous shopping road called Orchard Road.

The trip was less than a week. This means that I went around Singapore every night, only after work and a weekend before I went back in my country home.

The first place that I enjoyed was Orchard Road itself. For me, during those time, Orchard Road was perfect for me. My reasons were, it was the road where you can find a lot of shopping malls with signature products. It’s one of the busiest road in Singapore specially for the tourist like me. Since I only tour during night-time, I saw this road shines better at night. It has a lot of different building structure that fascinates me at that time.

It’s the first time I tasted different Asian food such as Indian, Vietnam, Malay and Chinese where the taste are different because of the spices and herbs that it contains.

My colleague and I also visited shopping areas at night which includes Chinatown, Little India and Bugis (Junction and Street Market). We visited Clarke Quay, Merlion Statue and the Esplanade Theatre as well.

When I am on my way to church in the morning that Sunday, I had a chance to see the Geylang area, which is the Red Light District of Singapore in a very different perspective since I saw the place in a very quiet time.

During the weekend that we stayed in Singapore, one of the tourist place that we visited was Jurong Bird Park. And here we discovered a man-made falls which made me amazed because it looks like natural falls.

All in all these were the things that I remembered happened last 2005, I will try to update this blog again if I still have some photos from this first visit in Singapore