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.

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Singapore Revisited.

I first sojourned the City of the Merlion in the year 2011 when I joined a marathon. Well, a lot of new things to cover and still, the Lion City still amazed me.

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The main plan for this out-of-the-country trip is to try to check out the unvisited parts of the city and taste more goodness that Singapore can offer. Flight was booked supposedly touching down Kuala Lumpur however the airline messed up last minute so the itinerary was changed at once.

Adventure starts as we arrive Changi International Airport late night and my first time to ride the taxi here heading to our home for that night. Another first time for me to try these cheap backpacker’s place but I really wont recommend these places to stay. It is still better to find good hotels to stay for privacy and security reasons.

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Day 1 officially started as we quick meet a friend residing in Hougang. The goal that day is to channel the busy center towns. Transportation system in this country is way efficient that places are well connected through it’s trains. Malls in the Orchard Road were the first target. The busy shopping capital of this country still never fails to offer a good shopping experience to all those shopaholics.

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Another agendum for the day is to book a bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur which is really a plan to visit. There is a terminal in Bugis however, all buses are full and so we were referred to another bus company which is near Nicholl Highway which we just reached by foot.

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Marina Bay Sands is one of the best landmarks in Singapore. With its renowned architecture surely a must see, though staying there costs you tons. The floating platform is new to my eye since when I first visited, it is still under construction. Another superb modern design captivating tourists to shot their cameras upon.

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A newly developed tourist attraction is the Gardens by the Bay. A combination of indoor and outdoor gardens is truly a must see.

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The evening part of the journey turned a bit of a frustration yet a hungered learning. They say getting lost is part of travels which we gain from it. Makansuntra Gluttons Bay offers an array of delicious yet not too pricey food. With quite some instruction problems, we crossed the bridge to the Merlion Park which the food shack is just beside the Esplanade. Unluckily, heavy rains paved way which stranded us. For that, we need to pick up a cab on a night rate, which cost us more, to bring us back to Esplanade and to our surprise we are brought on that spot.

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After a quick trip to Malaysia, Universal Studios Singapore was revisited. It still brings us back to the movies as well as our kid hearts. Sadly, the breathtaking Galactica is still under renovation. Sentosa Island has been intensely developed since I last came. Truly, a world class tourism was set by Singapore.

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Ending this tiring yet fulfilling day with a sumptuous dinner in Clarke Quay. Another first time for me here. This place can be considered a foreigner gathering hangout place with a good vibe.

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Trip to Singapore can never be complete without a picture with the famous Merlion and that is the focus of the last day. Pasalubong shopping is another docket. Chinatown is still the place to be. Affordable items are available here in a tiangge style. I must admit, I’m a sucker for this Garrett Popcorn in which I even get back to Orchard just for this.

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Singapore is still one of the tourist friendly countries. With its wide assemblage of attractions, it surely captivates the hearts of the travelers.

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