3 countries in 24 hours.

So how do you go about having a time constraint planned itinerary? Embrace it.


We left Manila, Philippines at around 3:30pm due to a delayed flight and touched down Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at around 8:00pm. Travelled by taxi to our pre-booked accommodation in Mercu Serviced Apartments which is like 8 minute walk to Petronas Twin Towers. We had dinner at a fastfood-like place called Pepita’s and went straight to the mesmerizing twin towers. Home at close to 12:00am for a quick freshen up and nap, shall I say, for us to leave at 2:00am for a 6:00am flight to our next destination.

Almost an hour ride from the city to the airport, we flew to Singapore to experience Universal Studios for the third time. It still feels the same first time of being an excited kid riding the movies you’ve grown up with. Staying here quickly for just 27 hours but still managed to meet my friends and former workmates reminiscing the good old days.

Adventure continues as we cross back to Malaysia, this time in Johor Bahru where Legoland is located. Due to horrible lines in the immigration, our time were constrained. Checked in to their themed hotel with its amazingly amenities almost all made with lego. Worth every penny especially if you are tagging along children with you. Short with time though to explore the theme park, good thing long rides line was avoided since less people were in. 


Swiftly after the buffet breakfast, we rented cabs to bring us to Senai Airport for an 11:00am flight back to Kuala Lumpur for another flight back to Manila. I met Nando’s again after so long back when I was in Ireland few years back. This was also the time to catch up on our pasalubong shopping. Good thing their airports have malls to shop conveniently. 


Whew! That was a fast 96 hours journeying 3 countries with 8 airport encounters and 3 different hotels from different parts of Asia. Having 10 adults traveling, tagging along 3 kids was indeed a challenge but worth embracing every step of the way.

Sum up 2014.

“Life has so many detours because God cares more on the development of the dreamer than the fulfillment of the dream.”

 

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It was January when I revisited Singapore and cross over Malaysia. A lot of rediscovering while reminiscing my last visit when I first had my first marathon in 2011.

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A day tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia kept me insane channeling the impressive Petronas and the cultured Batu Caves. Another check again on my bucketlist.

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On the latter part of this month also traveled me back to the Amazing Bicol. Enriched with culture and great food, Mayon Volcano, as it’s top spot, mesmerized me with it’s alluring shape and site.

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A lot of new beginnings that year starting it with a bountiful 207-pound heavy. This brings me to submitting myself into a discipline of watching the food I eat, eradicating the rice on my diet.

February when I started a new journey shifting my career back to the corporate world. Meeting new friends and colleagues makes me feel relieved once again that I have a purpose and God leads me into something according to his own plan.

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March marks the birth of my new phone giving in to the apple bandwagon catalyzing my hard work and rewards.

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April opened the summer season of my revisit to Boracay, which starts to be an annual affair for the past 4 years. Checking my bucket list parasailing by the sea for the first time was such an amazing experience. Having a great time spending it with awesome friends surely made the adventure worthwhile.

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May continued the summer season with more beach travels and wake boards plus a wedding of friends to remember.

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Summer never ends in June flying to Cebu and Bohol with the epic friends. A birth of new friendship and travel bond. The encounter with the big creatures of the sea highlighted the said revisit.

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June marks a new discovery for me finding that spot in my heart enriching my strong faith with our creator. In this month, I joined CCF which made my relationship with our God intimately. I couldn’t ask for anything more having him in my life.

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July tested my faith once again taking another licensure exam. Fortunate enough, with God’s faithfulness, three letters were entailed again in my name. God is truly amazing!

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August is when I finally reached my target weight. From 207lbs. to 173lbs. with a normal BMI of 24.3 and an average body fat of 20.1%. It is worth every sweat and discipline.

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September brings back the boracay crew going up north to Baguio. Emotional enough yet an amazing experience to spend this vacation with awesome friends for keeps.

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This month finally removed my braces which I kept for almost 4 years. Indeed, a milestone to be regarded.

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October proves that summer is forever with a quick trip to Laiya, Batangas to beach up.

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Ending this month with a big decision of resigning from my previous job believing in God’s amazing plan.

November started with a big switch to a new company for new beginnings. I truly trust God on his plan for me on my journey.

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Who will ever forget about my birthday month? November has been good to me realizing every blessing and appreciating what life has to offer. Truly, I am grateful at 27 beyond bliss.

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December has been a busy month. Opening it with a roller coaster travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam never failed me to their food cravings. It was such a great experience to visit  one of the world’s greatest wonders, the Angkor Wat.

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Attending one of my closest friend’s wedding this month is one of reasons why I continue believe in love. A testimony that love is a choice and a part of every happiness.

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Jam packed 2014 deserves a cheers of great blessings and lessons learned. Focusing now on new beginnings this 2015 with grateful hearts to what God plans for us.

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Thank you 2014. Cheers to 2015!

 

 

Malaysia… Truly Asia.

I was continuously astonished with the advertisement of Malaysian tourism describing beauty of their country relating to the vibrancy of the continent Asia as a whole. With their tag-line and jingle running on my mind, the best curiosity came along bringing them on my bucket list to visit.

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Original plan was to touch down Kuala Lumpur as a quick trip before heading to Singapore, however airline messed up so itinerary went into a new one. Buses from Singapore to some cities in Malaysia are available either in Bugis or the Nicholl Highway driving roughly 6 hours to Kuala Lumpur. And so an 11:30pm bus was booked.

It gave me a surprise about the immigration setting separating the two countries by a body of water connected by a bridge. The thought of exiting the land of Singapore picking you up on the other side after the passport stamped. Few minutes after, same is through as you enter the Malaysian perimeter with your luggage checked and stamped entry to the land.

Touching down one of the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur near the Berjaya Times Square, which is the loading and unloading area for the passengers. It was pass 4 in the morning, so we decided to look for a cheap hotel around just to check in our bags before our adventure starts.

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As the sun started to shine, we started our journey. Lego land was supposedly a destination however; it is in Johor Batu, which is quite a distant to Kuala Lumpur so we decided to explore the capital city. We then head to the World’s second highest next to Taipei 101 to date, the majestic Petronas Twin Towers. There is pink bus around the city bringing tourists to this spot. A bus stop near Bukit Bintang is suggested to all tourists starting their voyage.

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The heat of the sun is quite terrible so we then had brunch in a nearby hawker kind of place. Food was ok. Then we went to check the H&M items in a mall across the tower and as we go down further, a train station named KLCC was found. This brought us to the central station, which will lead us to the famous Hindu Batu Caves.

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A 1ringgit train ride will convey you to this cave, which is the last station of this train. Be careful to check the seats designated for ladies for guards or the ‘polis’ will let you get off these seats. The scorching heat of the sun did not hinder us from climbing the stairs to reach the lovely cave where hindu’s faith is being flourished.  With the monkeys lingering will really entertain you. True enough the 287 steps paved way to a well-preserved body of nature providing the hindu religious culture. Truly amazing!

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Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower is another landmark of the city with an outstanding top view of the urban jungle of the land. It cost RM49 to climb the view deck.  Adding just a few amounts of riggits, you can access the revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, which offers an array of food in a buffet style; Price range depends on the mealtime you arrive. Reservation is also suggested to get a good seat picturing the view.

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Since we are quite early for our ride back to Singapore, we tried to experience the shopping sites of the metropolis. Kuala Lumpur City Center is one of the targets. Another one is the active street of Bukit Bintang with an array of sites to check upon.

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Petronas Twin Towers did not fail us when we revisited them at night. The splendid lighting that shines the building highlights the magnificence of the architecture of design. It is truly worth every shot of the camera.

Malaysia’s culture is rich seeing a range of ethnicities around showcasing the abundance of what the continent Asia can offer. Environment is more likely like the Philippines though in an improved way. Traveling around Kuala Lumpur in a day is quite enough to explore this side of Malaysia. However, I guess this conurbation can offer more. I am still open to exploring this country and hopefully check on the other cities of the country.