Day Trip: Melaka on a Shoestring


Malacca, Malaysia – Located two hours  south of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca (‘Melaka’ in Malay) is a perfect weekend getaway. This UNESCO Heritage Site is a popular weekend destination for many because the city with its charming old buildings, wide range of food selections and shopping street can be explored without spending too much. It’s a great escape not only for visitors coming from Kuala Lumpur but for visitors from Singapore as well.

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Let’s go Melaka!

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Day Trip: Welcoming Year of the Goat at Thean Hou Temple


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Our first impression of Kuala Lumpur is that it is among the bustling cities around the world. From towering skyscrapers to trendy fashion and geeky technology, KL proves that it can keep up with the nonstop evolution of the modern times. But aside from these fancy trends, KL does not forget about its culture. Places that prove this can be explored within the city, and among those is the Thean Hou Temple.

KL's Thean Hou Temple
KL’s Thean Hou Temple

How to get there?

It was a shame that we have lived in KL for almost 3 years now but we just heard of this place. We rode the monorail from KL Sentral to Tun Sambathan, as we read that this is the nearest station to the temple.

We laughed and said jokes about how we should have just walked because it is only a station apart and the travel time does not even last 5 minutes. But, man! Yes, Tun Sambathan is the nearest station compared to other stations, but walking from there to the temple is still a hike! Normally, fatigue will start to sink in after a long walk but as we were nearing the entrance, we could not wait to get in.

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Day Trip: Date at the National Museum of Malaysia


Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – When planning a visit to a new country or a new place, make sure that ‘visit museum’ is part of the itinerary. We think one of the best way to learn about a place is by visiting its museum. Thus, a true traveler’s must-do list must not miss this one.

For expats, like us, it is important for us to know more about the history and culture of the country we’re living in. A visit to the museum will give us perspective about our host country that will help us also to adapt with our surroundings. Thus, off we went to Muzium Negara (National Museum) of Malaysia, our second home, for a Saturday date.

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Day Trip: Experience Batu Caves and Malaysia’s Indian Culture


Selangor, Malaysia – Located just minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, the iconic Batu Caves is a place you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Malaysia. Considered as one of the top tourist attractions in Malaysia, these limestone caves are 400 million years old and houses the world’s tallest Hindu statue, Lord Muruga Statue. Besides visiting KL’s Little India, this is a good place to see and experience the Indian-Malay culture.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves

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Malaysia Grand Prix: The F1 Experience


Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia – This is the first from our long-overdue-blog-post list. A lot of things have happened already. Thus, we’ll find time to do catch-up posts in the coming days. Let’s start with our very first F1 experience.

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2014 F1 Malaysia GP

Since I started driving, I’ve always dreamed of having my own sports car and join a motorsport. But, it’s too far out to actually come true. Thus, I crossed it out from the list (for now) and just stick to something more realistic – to experience Formula 1, Live!

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Travel Itinerary 3D/2N: Weekend in Penang


Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia – Since it was a long weekend we had 3 days and 2 nights to enjoy Penang. Actually, just 1 whole day, the others were half days because of travel to/from Kuala Lumpur but enough to see most of the must-visit places.

The doors of Georgetown, Penang
The doors of Georgetown, Penang

Getting Around

Getting around Penang is easy and convenient. Easy: Penang is a small island where all interesting places are accessible and well connected. Convenient: You can roam around yourself by bus or rent a car, trishaw, motorcycle or bicycle without getting lost.

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