What are the top places in Kuala Lumpur? If you haven't booked a City Tour yet, then you can use some of these items below as a guide. Traveling in Kuala Lumpur and having your D-I-Y Tour is also quite a good adventure!
When in the City of Kuala Lumpur, you can have a City Tour. I booked a City Tour for convenience sake. Again, because I initially planned to have someone with me, and it was for her benefit (supposedly), that I preferred convenience. Again, however, I had to travel solo, and the booking is non-cancellable. So, I just go with the flow, and enjoyed the city tour.
I was picked up in my hotel at around 8:30 A.M. it was a seat in coach van tour so, it's very convenient. #1 The first stop was at the Palace of the King (see photo above). It's a grand place, the palace being at the top of the place. There are guards outside the gate. The traditional guard who doesn't move even if people takes photos with them.
Then the driver took us to their #2 Museum, it's where we were even more convinced that we really are like the Malay. We have almost the same traditional clothes, videos and photos in their museum somehow resembled ours.
Took some photos that I wanted to share. What's in the museum? Have a sneak peek below.
Looks like a traditional outfit in the Philippines. Our Maranao brothers/sisters would resemble some of these clothing designs.
I saw something like this in Sagada, Philippines! Although, in Sagada, it was a bit smaller because the dead were buried in a fetal position.
Next stop is a park is this cool place that signifies the patriotism of their country's heroes. #3 National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument.
It is the world's tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping. Every year on 31 July on Warriors' Day, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument.
The predecessor of the National Monument is an interwar-era cenotaph originally erected by the colonial British administration on a 10m flat grass-covered ground on a roundabout adjoining Victory Avenue (now part of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin) and Raja Road, close to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and Railway Administration Building. Originally intended to commemorate World War I (1914–1918) and honour its war dead, the cenotaph's inscription would later include fallen soldiers of World War II (1939–1945) after the conclusion of World War II and resumption of British rule. Names of the fallen are engraved on the plaques of the cenotaph as a token of tribute to their sacrifices.
In 1964, the cenotaph was moved from its original location to the site of the National Monument in Lake Gardens before a planned flyover connecting Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and the Parliament roundabout was constructed over the original site. Transfer of the cenotaph was made possible by dismantling the structure into catalogued parts, allowing the structure to be transported in pieces and reassembled in its original form at the National Monument. Following its move, inscriptions were added to include fallen soldiers from the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960) and an archaic Malay translation of "To Our Glorious Dead", "Untok Mengingati Jasa Pahlawan-pahlawan Yang Gugor" ("To Remember the Service of Warriors Who Have Fallen").
Next stop of the tour is #4 Royal Selangor the home of authentic Pewter! They have a ready tour guide inside the factory where we saw how the pewter and other items are being crafted. Everything made are handicraft. It's not being made out of a machine, they use manual crafting of each item. And I am glad to have visited the place. The perfect cup for your beer is Royal Selangor's Pewter!
I am sharing some of their authentic product designs!
After the Royal Selangor Tour, we had a tour at the City's stunning structures. The city holds several infrastructure designs that would capture its visitors. Our drivers told us that his indian visitors or tourists do not quite appreciate this, since they have these designs much in their place. 🙂
While in the City, witnessing the grand structural designs. We were lucky to see the army passing by, on top of their tanker!
Next was a visit in the #5 chocolate factory! I had some Tiramisu Chocolates. If you ever go on tour, please visit this store, they have FREE TASTEs for all variety of chocolates. Even if you don't intend to buy (for pasalubong), just go out of the van, and at least have a taste of their delicious chocolates.
Last stop, was a distance view of the #6 Petronas Tower, where you can take great pictures with the World's Tallest TWIN Tower as a background. Then, the driver took as to the spot of the TWIN Tower itself, for a closer look.
And that capped off my Kuala Lumpur City Tour! I gave the driver MYR20.00 as I got out of the van. He was a funny and cool driver/tour guide. He knows a lot about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He cracks jokes and even have a good english. So, it's a great City Tour!
One of the things I do when I travel, is visit a good place for FOOD! I found it when Pam brought me to Nando's. I agreed because it's not in the Philippines yet. I am sharing below the items on their menu.
I like how they started with "Life is Sweet". Sets the tone before eating. Studies have shown that it's not good to eat when you're upset. So there, good job! Makes me realize even more that LIFE IS INDEED SWEET!
Even when life gets tough at times, we couldn't discount the fact that it's sweet, why? Because, we're alive! Glad we still have a chance to live it and make it sweeter!
And yes, it's also true, it's not good to be Hungry!
As we entered the premises we were properly greeted and welcomed by their crew. They ushered us into the table where we wanted to be seated. She handed us the menu, and we had our time to choose our meal.
This was the food that I ordered. The chicken was so tender and the taste was distinctly delicious. The fries, is like a normal fries. But you can put a twist on it, by playing with their sauces.
Have your way with sauces, depending on your taste, we tried the two below.
I enjoyed the Wild Herb Peri-Peri Sauce. I like how it has the sour taste and the texture is smooth, filled with spices/herbs. Weirdly tasty!
Of course, we couldn't let the moment pass without the evidence. Here's our photo as we dine.
The place is soooo cool! We had linda as our servers, she talks very fast, but she's very friendly!
In the paper bag that they used, I like how Nando has promised something! It's a good one!
"My father taught me that nothing is more important than keeping your promise. The Escudo is a symbol of my promise to give you excellent quality and flavor that you you can expect from Nando's."
Nando's is one of the places I had a decent meal in Kuala Lumpur! Haha because, most of the time, I just buy burgers, or street food, and it sustained me for couple of hours. The meal I had at Nando's was one blog-worthy experience!
To Linda, we were not able to say "thank you" so here goes my shout out for taking our orders well, and for welcoming us into Nando's place.
Review of the Experience:
Service: 4.5/5 quick service I'd say.
Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. Cool place to dine.
Price: 5/5 it's worth it! It's not expensive.
Food: 4.5/5 I enjoyed the taste. I'm a rice eater, and there's a little rice! HAHA but yeah, it's good! Must-try!
I woke up in the morning, and did my personal development session with Tony Robbins! Yep, the great Tony! But of course, I'm in my room, I am watching his Five Steps to Take Control of Your Life Now session. And I figured, I could also share this.
Below is the summary of what he said:
Capture - get it and put it in one place. Keep it out of your head. Write it down, put it in your iPhone, iPad, scribble it on your notebook or notepad.
Create an RPM Plan (Results-focused, Purpose-driven and Massive Action Plan)
What do I really want? (Result) Measure. What is the outcome?
Why do I want it? (Purpose) Why for me and why for the team? What is the BIG why? Activity without purpose is the drain to your life. Drain to your wealth. Drain to your lifestyle.
What do I need to do? (Massive Action Plan)
Resolve your musts. Which ones are the MUSTs?
Minimum/Maximum Times. Estimate the time you need to complete it. At a minimum time and maximum time to do it.
Leverage - different from delegation. Work WITH someone else.
Commit and Schedule - now that you got this outcomes of the day. People say they don't have time for that, because they think there's certain things more important things than the other certain things.
Complete and Achieve. complete by achieving what matters most.
Celebrate. Celebrate the magic moments of your week or day. It will give you the energy for more! Don't say "someday I'm gonna celebrate", because someday might never come! Make list of magic moments and accomplishments.
Life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. It's your responsibility to know how it happens to you.
I don't usually spend much for accommodation. I know how to live simply when I am away from home, I just need a place to rest and relax. But this was different, because I initially planned to be with someone, I booked an accommodation, not in a usual simple-low-cost-good-for-rest hotel. Instead, I booked a suite room in a 5-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Would have been ______. But, due to some turns of events. Some intervention of the universe. And maybe, just maybe, some "gestation" process, I have to travel solo.
I checked in at one of the 5-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, it's Pacific Regency Hotel Suites.
A photo of the hotel standing tall. I took the photo with my iPhone outside the hotel. Its grandeur is so cool!
As I entered the room, I am quite satisfied with their suite room size. I am sharing below the photos of different areas in my suite room. It's good for two, but for someone who grew up with a big family. I guess my entire family can fit into this good-for-two room! Haha It's spacious enough for a family of 5 or 7. Had a video of my entrance to the room here.
There is a space for you to work. Work area. There's a sink. There's a microwave, refrigerator, storage cabinet. Just like when you're at home.
If you have guest in your room, you can have them occupy this part of your room. Sofa and a table. You can some drinks. How cool is that?
Below is the photo of the Restroom. It smells so good, I wanna take a bath as I entered.
They have as usual, cold and hot shower. And a cabinet for some of your things to settle in. Inside the cabinets, were the bath robes and of course the disposable slippers.
As I sat on the side of my bed, I saw this well placed item on the table beside my bed. It's where I could write something for them, and used this notepad, to scribble some of my thoughts on my solo travel to KL.
You can leave this card (I did) on your bed, so they don't need to change the linen. For environmental-friendly practices.
The menu were also placed in another table on the side of the suite room, where the available food in their restaurant, drinks in the bar and other services that the hotel is offering were presented in the menu book.
Like any other hotels, yes, they use hotelcard for their locks and electricity in the room. It's true, the one home where two worlds meet.
If you don't want to be disturbed, you can put this sign! Haha PRIVACY PLEASE! 😀
In their ad, their location is opposite the Twin Tower. I looked outside my room, and it's true. I can see the Petronas Tower from the view in my window.
Toiletries were all set in the lavatory.
Travel Tip: Five star hotels have these, so you don't need to bring them:
Clean face towels,
As curious as I am, I checked out some more amenities. I found out that they have a swimming pool and a bar at the roof deck. Cool place to stay and relax, have some drinks and enjoy the moment.
You can do some leisurely-working stuff beside the pool.
So, for the review summary of the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
Service: 5/5 very prompt, direct and convenient.
Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean.
Price: 5/5 it's worth every penny.
Room/Place: 5/5 I enjoyed the place. Spacious. Grand. Greatly maintained.
I guess, they were able to live up to their standards as a 5-star hotel! Thank you Pacific Regency Hotel Suites for the accommodation!
My Singapore trip was fantastic, but I am still bound to another adventure solo trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
I love how countries are just too close that you can travel from one country to another. In this short vacation/trip I was able to travel to three different countries, makes every penny I've spent worth it.
My next stop, Kuala Lumpur is one of the places that people in our country also visits. And it's been making some noise online with its attractions. I browsed the net about it, and here's what I found.
According to http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klhistory.htm
"Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is located within the heart of Selangor state. It is bordered by mountainous ranges on all sides except in the East, which is why Kuala Lumpur and its adjoining areas are called the 'Klang Valley'.
Its name literally means 'muddy capital' in Malay, because of its establishment in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It was previously part of Selangor until 1971, when it separated to form Malaysia's capital under the Federal Government."
I've been thinking about what to do in Malaysia. Of course, the Twin Tower was there, but what more? So, what's Kuala Lumpur like? I wondered in my mind as I travel to Kuala Lumpur on the night of the 29th.
On my flight to KL, I was privileged to have been assigned a seat nearest the window and on the second row of the aircraft! I feel like VIP! haha
So, as we depart from Singapore, I took a shot at the sky and the areal view of the country.
We boarded at 7:00 P.M. and that was a stunning view up in the sky looking at Singapore with the lights on. Just what I wanted. Just what I imagined to do.
Travel Tip #1: Try to be on the window side seat, so you can have an aerial view of the place you are visiting. It's gonna be awesome!
As we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I also had the privilege to take an aerial view photo of Kuala Lumpur at night.
It is again my first time in Kuala Lumpur, some not-so-good thoughts occurred in my mind which I immediately rebuked and refused to imagine. I looked for the immigration where I needed to present myself as a tourist and get my passport stamped. There is a lane for ASEAN member country's citizen, so I went to fall in line. I saw Filipino looking people but I was afraid to speak to them, as from my experience, we look like Cambodian, Thai or Malay.
At the immigration, I was asked nothing but "how long are you going to be here?" Which I quickly answered, I'd be here only until the 31st. And off she stamped my passport for 30 days stay as a tourist. Very quick and easy. No hassle. No further questions.
Now the next challenge is, where do I go? Unlike in Singapore, I've already researched where to go, I even had the map, thanks to Jackie for the map and railway guide. But this time, I felt so alone. After the immigration, I was lost! I didn't know which way to go.
Although, I know I should go to the hotel, I don't know where I could get a cab or even ride a railway, worst, I don't know if the hotel is within close vicinity of a train station. So, I opted to look for the bus or taxi stand.
From the immigration, take the exit, look for the sign which indicates down stairs, there's an escalator, as you descend you'll see booths in a side, and you'll see ticket booths for taxi. They'll give you a coupon as proof that you have paid and your destination is also indicated there. These are the legit taxi which are safer than the taxis outside the airport.
Travel Tip #2: It's convenient and safer, to get a taxi at the taxi ticket office at the ground floor of the airport in KL. They will ask you for the destination and you will pay the fix rate, although it's a bit pricey than the train (as usual).
Travel Tip #3: If you know the nearest train station to your hotel, you can take the train from KL Airport to KL Sentral, then ride another train to your destination. I didn't know this so I wasn't able to do this.
I took a cab, paid RM$70.00 from the airport to Pacific Regency Hotel. On the way, I was told by my indian driver that he might not be able to take me to the hotel, as there's a rally going on. He told me about the anomalies that their leader in Malaysia did. He was sharing it passionately. And asked me how inconceivable it was, how some people could do it. His english is quite good, and we had a good conversation, about how he came to Malaysia and left Singapore, and some other things he shared to me about Malaysia and his life as a driver.
I told my driver, I couldn't take the train if he'd drop me somewhere else. It's my first time, and I might get lost. It's already 10:00 P.M. and I can't afford to walk on the streets I haven't been to ever before. He called someone, I'm guessing, another driver and asked if the traffic situation in KL Sentral has improved, fortunately, after the call, he informed me that it has somehow subsided and he reckoned he can take me to the doors of my hotel.
As we drove, I saw this high rise building with the mark of one of the prominent business in KL, the Berjaya Times Square! Stood tall in the city that couldn't go unnoticed, and couldn't help but click some shots to capture this. I'm still inside the taxi as I took this photo.
Travel time from KL Airport to Pacific Regency Hotel is around an hour. Thankfully, when we arrived in the city, there was no traffic jams, no rallies. We found out, that the rally has already been called off. And in a few minutes, I was already at the doorsteps of my hotel.
It's a nice 5-star hotel. My first time to experience a 5-star hotel. And yes, only in Malaysia. Thanks to Agoda.com for the online booking. Way convenient and easy. I will be writing a review in another post. So keep posted. 🙂
Travel Tip #3: Bring extra cash or credit card for the deposit. Hotels usually have deposits, specially 5-star hotels like Pacific Regency Hotel. Deposit is RM$200.00 which will be given back to you as you check out. So, you should extra, even if the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay has already been paid.
It was a great time sleeping after a long day in Singapore and the travel from SG to KL, from KL Airport to the hotel. My body needed to reminder for rest. It simply fell into deep sleep after my entire body touched the linen on my hotel bed.
In the morning, I agreed to meet my beautiful, long-been-silent friend and classmate Pam, who I was surprised to know, been working in KL for quite some time. She generously agreed to take me to Batu Caves, since I didn't have a guide going there.
I asked from the hotel crew some directions to the train stations, and gladly discovered that the crew is a Filipino! He explained and directed me to the streets where I should go to reach the train station. Pacific Regency Hotel is near a train station. Couple of steps away. Then from the train station, I went to KL Sentral, I met Pam.
From KL Sentral you can also take a train to Batu Caves. As to how much, I didn't know. Thanks to the sponsorship and generosity of Pam! 😀
And here below I'll be sharing my photos at Batu Caves. It's an engineering icon and breakthrough. According to mmadventure.com "Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Murugan Statue at the entrance of Batu Caves."
Batu Caves is free admission. Most merchants and traders you'll find here are the indians. You'll find them at the entrance selling just almost everything, souvenir items, key chains, ref magnets, decorations, religious articles, books, etc.
From the entrance, you'll be ushered to the view of the temple where the Hindu pray. Photo on the left below.
And of course, the icon is not the temple, it's the Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighboring Thailand. (Lifted from http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)
Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100 m-high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors. (Source http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)
I am not a Hindu, but I believe in spirituality. I checked out the temple. Took stunning pictures and noticed that there are also several Filipinos there, most of them are also on a holiday. It didn't take me long to explore the area as it's a temple, and it's meant to be respected for our Hindu brothers and sisters. After I get a glimpse of the entire area, I descended where Pam was patiently waiting for me.
As we head back to the City, I had the occasion to take a picture inside the new train we just hopped in for a trip back to KL Sentral! New, neat and clean train!
Travel Tip #4: Do not book for a tour to Batu Caves, it's just soooo easy to go there, explore it yourself. If you know how to read, you can go there, without a tour guide. Saves you a lot of money. Also, you get to explore the train stations! Just ask for directions. Humans are still willing to help. 🙂
Life is a great journey, some people will promise to walk with you through the end, but for some reasons, they may not be able to do so either, intentionally or unintentionally. However, you cannot give up. You will continue to pursue your dreams no matter the conflicts, disputes, arguments, quitting, and refusals.
I had it all planned, until some stars in heaven chose not to be aligned, and I was destined to travel solo. I've initially called it "traveling alone" but I stood corrected by a brother saying, "I wasn't alone" and it's true. I ain't alone, I was traveling solo, but the thoughts and love of my family and friends are with me.
I had doubts, I had my apprehensions, I even have my last minute second thoughts, my fears, but I have always been a fan of "facing fears" moments. So, I decided to push through with the planned short vacation.
Fist stop, Singapore!
I have been seeing pictures of Singapore, before I've actually visited her. She's been in my newsfeed in different social media sites and I got curious. So I have to check her out.
We haven't landed yet, but the excitement got to me, and I have to take a peek of her aerial view. I wasn't sure if it's already SG I am looking at from above, but I managed to take a picture!
I was told of her greatness, her beauty, and her "fine" features as a small yet progressive country. Standing in the midst of Asia, she stood small and powerful. Her economy and infrastructures are admired by many people of different nationalities.
At Changi Airport, I explored, what I did is window shop, I cherished seeing a clean place like an airport in Singapore! I've not felt so comfortable in an airport than that when I was in Changi. I saw different stores/boutiques of different items. I roamed around and saw some people drawing some things, and thought to myself, I should try 'em too! I got the colored pen and started brushing it against the paper I picked up at the side of the "Drawing Station" at the airport and was able to create this image right here.
I got lost in the vast, cozy and clean airport, until I realized I have to check out of the airport and present myself to the immigration. I haven't had my passport stamped yet. Yep, Changi Airport is quite big enough for you to get lost for shopping or site-seeing.
At the immigration, I was asked the usual question. "What are you doing here?" I replied, "I am here for a vacation, I will have a tour around Singapore!". He asked me again, "Are you here for the holiday?", I responded with a nod, was asked a return flight ticket, and was permitted to stay for 30 days as shown in the stamp of my passport.
TRAVEL TIP #1: Always bring with your your ball-pen. You would need to fill up forms as you disembark and present the same.
TRAVEL TIP #2: Keep your passport, return tickets, hotel bookings, within easy access from your bag or document purse (a handy container of docs) so as to present them easily if asked.
TRAVEL TIP#3: They don't use "tour" or "vacation" as a term for your visit as a tourist wanting to have the time of your life. Tell them you are there for the "holiday" and better if you can present "tour bookings", they'd easily stamp your passport as a tourist. Good for 30 days!
TRAVEL TIP #4: It's usually better to exchange your money in the country you are visiting. I tried currency exchange in the PH airport money changer, and I was given SGD1.00 = Php34.00 for buying rate, I changed some of my USD in SGD as I arrived in SG and I got as an equivalent SGD1.00 = Php32.00.
I was told by my good friend, that my hotel/resort is in Tanah Merah, two train stations away from Changi Airport. However, I wanted to take an adventure with a taxi. So, I went out of the airport through the "taxi stand" and I was gladly ushered by the airport personnel to get a taxi.
As I rode the taxi, I tried to use some of my "broken english", long-saved english words, haha and yeah, I managed to exchange few words with the taxi driver. For the video, it's here.
The friendly taxi driver brought me to my booked resort hotel SAF YACHT CLUB. For the view of my room it's here. It was a cool place to stay, they have a pool and well, you can go swimming in a pool, or just sit in front of the sea with the Yachts within your sight's reach. They have friendly crew and very accommodating. I did have some challenges communicating with one of the crews who can't speak english, but I was able to order food for my lunch, and I was quite satisfied with the taste and generous serving size. For a video of the food tasting, I had it posted here.
I explored SG's train stations, I went to Vivo City, Sentosa, and nearby places solo! It's also fun to learn how things work in another country. Bought ticket, eat some food, and walked my way through Resorts World Sentosa!
TRAVEL TIP #5: Use your card up to 6 times for tap up, so you can save SGD0.10 for card charges.
TRAVEL TIP #6: If you have enough time to walk, then go out of Vivo City, go to SENTOSA on foot, don't take the train. You'd save money, and you'll be able to see the view.
I have agreed with my friends Sheila and Jack to have a meet up the day after my arrival so we could have some catching up sessions. They have gladly agreed and told me we could have dinner together, and party after dinner!
True enough, we met at Clark Quay, and ate at the famous SONG FA Bak Kut Teh Restaurant.
Thankful for the generous sponsors who had our tummies filled with tasty food at this sumptuous dinner!
TRAVEL TIP#7: If it's your first time in SG, try this out. Locals and tourists are lining up just to have a seat and dine in this famous food haven!
SG is not Bak Kut Teh, so after dinner I was blessed to have been guided by my four lovely ladies. They served as my tour guide, companions, buddies, photographers and co-models! LOL!
We roamed around Clark Quay, night life in SG usually happens in Clark Quay, several clubs, food areas and fun activities could be done here. I am thankful that these lovely ladies are amazingly generous in taking pictures of me (solo and with them) in different spots of Clark Quay and even in other parts of SG where we walked and make memories.
I was able to have my signature #dorojumpshot at Clark Quay! Thanks Jen for capturing this one!
My tour guides had me try the famous ice cream, took me to famous spots in Clark Quay and asked me to pose for the camera in different angles! Haha I feel like I have a bunch of PAs with me. LOL. Took a lot of obligatory selfies, posed with my friends in different spots and had great laugh every time I had to pose, you know, the camera man doesn't have an easy job to find the right angle if I'm the subject. LOL!
TRAVEL TIP#8: If you ever wanna have some good time in SG. Hire this ladies for a tour guide! You'd love it! It could be for a fee, or for a bucket of beer? LOL! Mine though was for free, charged to #friendship!
Allow me to share some fun shots we've had as we toured around SG! Credits to Jen, Jack, Shie and Jessa for the great photos captured!
We were trying to pose as if we're riding this one! Unfortunately, my friends aren't well informed of the supposed "act".
In almost all corners, views are blogworthy and picture-worthy.
Because pictures are everywhere, you just have to take 'em.
Nope, we're not in New York we're in SG!
The tourist with the lovely ladies!
He's serving ice cream with tricks!
Because we can't get enough poses! LOL
Of lights and structures!
Walk, pose, and smile!
When the camera flicks make sure to smile!
Obligatory pose with the Merlion!
For now, let's have it as a background. Next time, we're gonna climb up there and chill out!
Keep smiling, life is beautiful, you don't want to have frowning stolen shots!
Clark Quay is fun!
This is a spot where you can actually sit down and take a good photo of yourselves.
Victory pose! I did it!
Had to label this as a "reunion". For how many years we've not met, thanks SG for bringing us together! HAHA
My HS friends, now my tour guide! HAHA I am blessed to have you gorgeous ladies!
With my short stay in SG, I was able to cross country. Yes, I was told by Jackie, that I could check out Indonesia, another country in Asia. I feared that I won't be able to manage getting there and go back to SG. But after thinking of the fears and considering the budget, I told myself, "You've made it hear, face another fear!"
On the second day of my SG Trip, I decided to go to Batam, Indonesia. Yes, it's just an hour away from Singapore. And yes, it's another country. You'll have another stamp on your passport. So, is it all about the passport getting stamped? No! It's about having to see another culture, another place, another country, another way of living. There's just so much to explore and discover!
There's a ferry terminal near Tanah Merah station and there's also a ferry terminal in Harbour Front. I went to Harbour Front since I had to meet Jackie first. Thanks to BatamFast for taking me to Indonesia!
When in Indonesia, I just tried an Indonesian food, checked out their mall, shopped for some ref magnets, and off I go, back to Singapore! It's a short trip but I had fun.
On my way to Indonesia, I met this trader from Indonesia who is transporting items from Indonesia to Singapore. He agreed to take a selfie, and he didn't even know where to look. Haha
He told me to go to Nagoya Mall where I can check out some things I might want to buy. He called a taxi for me, negotiated the price for me and yep, the taxi driver agreed. He assured me it's safe, since he knows the person and he talked to the taxi driver as if saying, "be good to this young good-looking guy right here, he's my friend!" Okay, delete the "good-looking" I know it's an understatement! LOL!
So I did go to Nagoya Mall, nope, it's not in Japan, it's in Indonesia! Haha as I entered the mall, it's as if I am in Metro Manila. Feels like Tutuban Mall. Very Filipin-ish style. Add the Filipino looking Indonesian, you'd feel like you're in a Philippine city mall.
Since, I'm one big fan of food, I figured, maybe it's time to have my second lunch. I had a bite back in SG but I felt hungry as I saw the "FOOD STREET" in the mall. So I checked out one Indonesian restaurant. I saw Warung Cobain to be fit for my taste. I didn't really know the menu nor what to order so I asked couple of questions before I was able to manage to order a duck.
Funny though that I was asking which is spicy or not, I pointed at something and asked "is this spicy?", the waiter laughed and answered, "No sir, it's plain rice!" LOL
It pays to ask though, so I'd know, I could have some rice. I missed it though, been having "no-rice" meals in Singapore, at least, I became "Pinoy" again, RICE! Haha so I ordered one cup of rice, along with my "Fanta" and the "Bebek" (duck).
As you can see the menu above does not have an English translation, obviously it's Indonesian Resto! Haha, so it's better to ask the waiter. But you have to ask for an "English-speaking" waiter for you to have an understanding of their menu. They are thankfully, able to provide an english speaking one, and I'm glad he's able to guide me through the menu.
I noticed that duck were popularly served in their restaurants in Nagoya Mall. I also discovered, my long lost, childhood favorite drink "Fanta" still exists! I saw it in the menu and ordered one for my drinks. Amazing! After how many decades, I saw Fanta being served again.
Before I walked into the restaurant though, I did find a nearby money changer, where I had to exchange my SGD to Indonesian Rupee. I felt like a millionaire! In Indonesia, I became a half-millionaire! I had 442,000 in my hands, for my disposal. Hahaha
For each SGD I will have 9,850 Rupee! Wow! So, I have almost have a million rupee for disposal. haha How does it feel? Feels normal. Because the items are in several thousands! Like the food that I ate cost me 45,000 Rupee! Wow!
The restaurant is a good place to dine though, spacious, nice and quiet.
After my meal, I decided to go back to Singapore. I asked my driver to wait for me outside the Nagoya Mall, as I won't take too much time roaming around it. When I went out of the mall, I saw him sitting at the side seat waiting for me. He got up and asked if I wanted to have some Indonesian Massage, I said "no" because I was afraid I might be late for my trip back to Singapore. I checked my watch it says, 3:30 P.M. my ticket for Batam Express trip is says 4:10 P.M. back to Singapore. So I told my driver to bring me back to the ferry terminal ASAP. And he did.
I arrived there 3:10 Indonesian time. It's the only time I realized that I was 1 hour earlier than the schedule of my trip. The 4:10 P.M. time in my ticket is Indonesian time not Singaporean/PH Time. LOL! Another lesson learned. Thankfully, I was a bit early, because I was able to check out some ref magnet and other souvenir items from Indonesia. I bought some items.
There ferry terminal have duty free? Haha I took a picture of the boutique that says "BATAM DUTY FREE SHOP" wow! So, this is where imported items are bought? LOL Seems legit eh?
Some more things I took notice in their ferry terminal is that they have a fun place called "Kids Station"! Wow! I wish something like this exists in some ferry terminals in our country!
Their ferry terminal looks neat and clean. Plus they even have a prayer room!
And that was my quick trip to Indonesia, back in Singapore, the next day, I enjoyed my Universal Studio Singapore Experience!
The amazing things I've experienced in USS are not captured by my cameras but was surely saved to last in my memories.
Transformers ride, and the galactic "Human" roller coaster ride were amazing and fun! Worth the wait and queuing. Although, I hold no evidence to it, the memories of the experience are so real to be just a dream!
Obligatory selfie with the Universal Studio land mark!
TRAVEL TIP#9: As you put your things and valuables inside the lockers, secure at least SGD10.00 to SGD20.00 for the retrieval of your things after the ride, unless you're going to line up for the fast lane which has a 5minute waiting time.
TRAVEL TIP#10: Know what you really want to do. If you only have a limited time, what would you want to experience? Then go there first!
They locked their money inside their locker, they asked for help, I obliged. Hello Korean acquaintance!
In the streets of USS!
Meet my buddy, Vin Diesel! For now, let's have this, next time, it's gonna be you asking for a picture with me! LOL!
Some more shameless selfies!
And the cool dude in the streets of USS!
A more formal pose at the USS landmark.
He's not in the mood to have a selfie! Busy-buddy!
USS was the last destination of my SG itinerary, I needed to go back to my hotel, check out and head to Changi Airport for my KL Trip! Singapore is a great place to relax, spend the holidays, and enjoy a lot of fun activities, and yes, I am proud to have traveled solo! An experience that I couldn't forget. Thank you SG for being my first international solo travel!
This blog was just a brief summary, I cannot put them all into writing! I'm still in awe of the experience!
Top Things to Do in SG
1. Ride the bus, it's not the same in the Philippines. There's a second level. We do not have it here in the Phils yet. So hop in this bus when you have a chance!
2. Explore the train stations. Inside the train the lovely ladies readily posed for my camera phone. These beautiful ladies here are crazy as hell to make me laugh and enjoy the exploration of SG!
3. Eat at Bak Kut Teh. If you're going to ask me where to eat, it's gonna be in Bak Kut Teh. People are willing to wait on queue just to dine in this restaurant. And it's not that expensive but the food is "heaven"! Don't worry about what to order, order the soup thing "pork" I guess and some vegies, and you'll have a great meal! We ordered the simplest food we can find on the menu, and no regrets it turned out just deliciously fantastic!
4. Eat some street ice cream in Clark Quay. You can't miss this. It's an Ice Cream Sandwich! Haha see and taste for yourself! It's very popular in Clark Quay!
5. Visit the spot of the Merlion. Take crazy pictures with it. I did some jump shots (didn't work out fine in the pictures), then crazy things like this!
6. Visit Helix Bridge. You can take selfies and do some photo ops in a well lit and artistically designed bridge like this. You can't just pass by, you have to take some pictures. Below are our crazy photos, credits to Jen, Jack and Jes!
7. Visit Universal Studios, there are tons of things to do, and one day couldn't be enough, I just did some things I enjoy the most. The rides! (must ride Transformers and Galactic Roller Coaster) Both rides have a long queue, unless you're willing to pay extra SGDs. 🙂 For Express LANE! You don't believe me? See sample queue below. But the looooong wait is gonna be all worth it!
8. Walk from Vivo City Mall to Sentosa. Watch the sunset at harbour front.
10. Side Trip to INDONESIA.
11. Eat at their Food haven! I'm amazed Gerry's Grill is in SG!