• Malaysia,  Travel Tips

    KL’s Hop-On Hop-Off Experience

    Some hard core travellers would tell you that hopping on a tourist bus is a waste of time and money. By ‘hard core’ I mean backpackers on their thirdorfourth round-the-world trip who consider such things as expensive tourist traps. Why not just go around the city on your own? they would say. Why spend money on something you can do for so much less? To some extent, this is true. But riding tourist buses has its own merits, too. For one, it allows a traveller to see major tourist attractions for the least amount of time. This is perfect for business or transit travellers. Aside from this, riding a tourist…

  • Hotels and Lodging,  Malaysia

    Hotels: The Chinatown Boutique Hotel, KL

    This is where H and I stayed during our KL visit. It’s clean, it’s safe and it’s right in the center of Chinatown. Very accessible via taxis and buses. The LRT is just a couple of blocks away. It’s also a short walking distance  from the Central Market. Highly recommended! Oh, and it’s affordable, too.  A DeLuxe Double Room will cost you RM110 or roughly Php1,500/night. If you’re sharing the room with a friend, that’s Php750/night! Not bad at all!         From their website: Chinatown Boutique Hotel is prominently located in the heart of Chinatown (also known as a Petaling Street), Kuala Lumpur which is a bustling…

  • Asia,  Malaysia

    Malaysia: KL Sentral

      One of the things that really impressed me about Malaysia was the amazing transport system.  It’s so efficient that there’s  hardly any reason to be late to your appointment or get lost along the way.  Everything is accessible and affordable, even the cabs.   One particular place that I love is KL Sentral, Malaysia’s biggest transit hub. It integrates all the rail transportation lines (all 6 of them) and the bus lines.  It basically operates like an airport and looks like one as well.   KL Sentral is also  directly linked to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)  and the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) which is so convenient for…

  • Asia,  Food, Entertainment and Culture,  Malaysia

    Eating Malaysia Part 1

    Since half of our to-do list was comprised of what we wanted to eat (on a budget),  I will begin my Malaysia report with a round-up of our gastronomical adventures during our visit a couple of weeks ago.  Not in not in any particular order, the following is just a list of the food that H and I truly enjoyed. Before I continue, there’s one thing you need to know… A lifetime ago, I worked as a TV director for Astro, the biggest satelite TV network in Malaysia at the time. So this trip was really a sort of homecoming for me, too. Having said that, it didn’t diminish my…

  • Asia,  Malaysia

    Malaysia Here We Come!

    If you have been following this blog for a while, then you must have read about my e-passport (mis)adventures. The truth is, I was panicking for good reason. Last February, I was able to book 2 roundtrip tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a measly Php9,000 (about $195) via Cebu Pacific. It was a deal too good to be ignored so I quickly snapped up the tickets, fully aware that I needed to renew my passport. Well, you can read what happened next here. To make the long story short, I got my passport just in time for the trip. Hubby and I made a list of things that we…