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 Awesomeness at Legoland Malaysia!

Johor, Malaysia – Imagination has always been the key to enjoying every little thing we do when we were kids. From playing with cars, to battling evil foes with our action figures, and even pretending to be on a swimming pool when we are only taking a dip in a pail of water.  It is rare to get in touch with our inner child when we step into the professional world. Or is it..? Not when there is this awesome place called Legoland! cue “Everything is Awesome” music!

Awesomeness begins here!
Awesomeness begins here!

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Georgetown, Penang: One of Malaysia’s Finest Cities

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia – Chinese New Year (CNY) is perhaps one of the biggest cultural events in the world and the best way to experience the festivities is to go where the festivities are held. Well, besides going to China (for obvious reasons), here in Malaysia, you have an option to go to Penang, Melaka or Kuala Lumpur‘s China Town as these places have large Chinese residents population. As for us, we chose the colurful city of Georgetown, Penang (also known as Pulau Pinang).

Chinese New Year lanterns at Kek Lok Si Temple
Chinese New Year lanterns at Kek Lok Si Temple

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Day Trip: Colmar Tropicale, Malaysia’s Little France

Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia – It was my birthday weekend and as part of our yearly tradition, I got to choose where we wanted to spend this day. Well, I always wanted to spend it in Paris, France — why? it’s every girls dream and always been my dream destination! But, since me and my genie (Raphael) can’t make it come true this year (maybe next year? 🙂 ), we just settle to something-French at the moment and hence, we went to Colmar Tropicale Resort.

Colmar Tropicale, French-themed resort of Malaysia
Colmar Tropicale, French-themed resort of Malaysia

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Putrajaya, the Federal Administrative Centre of Malaysia

Putrajaya, Malaysia – Art – based on things I’ve seen – involving politics mostly come off as subversive, if not satirical. There seems to be a thin line between its beauty and  the government. A few, however, manage to make the best out of both worlds. Putrajaya is among those. We all know that traveling and doing crazy stuff goes hand in hand, but then again in this place, you’re right under the authority’s nose.


We started off with the idea of wanting to have a road trip in Malaysia. But since it’s our first time driving here, we chose a place that are not too far from the city.  It came down between Malacca and Putrajaya but going to Putrajaya is much easier (traffic and stuff) so that finalized our decision.

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