I’ve been travelling to Penang with different methods of transportation. Ferries, buses and planes. My favourite method? By planes.
There’s only 1 terminal at Penang International Airport, so you don’t need to worry about transfer or transit. Based on my own experience, these are the things that you might find useful before arriving in Penang and before flying out of Penang.
Arriving in Penang Airport
1. Free WiFi
Penang International Airport has a free WiFi that you can use without creating an account. You don’t even need to have a phone number to use the WiFi. The speed and quality are not bad. Read More
To take public transportation in Singapore, you need either cash or card.
Paying by cash is rather inconvenient because you need to give the exact amount, otherwise no change will be given. Majority people use cards, but which card is better?
There are 3 cards that travellers can use in Singapore: Singapore Tourist Pass, EZ Link and Standard Ticket. Each has its own pros and cons, and each is suited for different types of travellers. In this post, I write about the details of each card, followed by situations when a certain card is more favourable than the other. Read More
Those who say Singapore is an expensive country may be right or wrong, depending on their itineraries!
Travellers come in all pocket sizes. While it’s true that Singapore is a more expensive country compared to its neighbours, it’s also true that you can absolutely have a budget weekend in Singapore, even if it’s your first time visiting the country. But, how?
Here is my recommended itinerary for budget travellers visiting Singapore over the weekend. This itinerary cover MUST-VISIT places of interest/attractions that don’t burn a hole in your pocket. I’m assuming that you arrive in Singapore on Friday night and leave the country on Sunday night. Read More
On that fateful day, I guess we were lucky!
It was 50 days before Chinese New Year and we haven’t booked our flight tickets to my hometown Medan, Indonesia. Ideally, we’d book tickets 3 months in advance, but this time we couldn’t do it due to a lot of uncertainty in our lives. So, on that day, we finally sat down and decided on the travel date. We browsed AirAsia, Jetstar, Traveloka, Tiger and many more websites but couldn’t find any affordable flights from Kuala Lumpur to Medan.
And then, by fate, my eyes noticed that Malindo Air Business Class was cheaper than the Economy class! Read More
The best way to travel between cities in Malaysia? Forget the train. Either you drive, fly or take a bus.
It’s not a surprise that public buses blossom in Malaysia. I mean, just look at those highways, there are maybe tens or hundreds of thousands of them. In fact, the public bus network is so comprehensive, every city in Malaysia is connected by bus. Availability is abundant. Price is affordable. The intercity/long distance bus is probably the BEST way to get around the whole Malaysia.
However, despite being the best public transportation method in Malaysia, taking an intercity bus is challenging. There are so many things that foreigners, including me, don’t know when they book their first bus in Malaysia. So, I’m hoping that this post will be beneficial to people who are booking Malaysia intercity/long-distance buses. Read More
Woohoo I finally visited another theme park in Singapore.
This post is about Adventure Cove Waterpark in Sentosa. If you have never heard of the park, it’s understandable. It’s less popular than its sisters, Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium. But it’s totally different from USS or the aquarium. So, what is Adventure Cove again? Well, it’s a water theme park with slides, rides, and so many more exciting stuff. I can’t wait to write all about them! Let’s start! Read More
I can’t remember exactly how many times I’ve visited Penang. Maybe 6? Or more? But I remember vividly my first visit in 2003 as well as my latest visit to this city in 2017. During the 14-year gap, A LOT has changed. Including my feeling.
I had to admit, there were many times during that 14-year gap when I felt like Penang was overrated, extremely overrated. But I guess I’ve come full circle. During my latest visit to Penang, I asked myself, “Why do I only realise now that I like Penang so much?” If I’m a songwriter, I’d probably write a love song for Penang.
But since I like to write from my heart, I’ll wax poetic about why Penang is a special place for me.
Who can live and travel without data SIM card? I CAN’T. SIM card is my second priority when I arrive in a new country, after local currency. Having a local SIM card with data gives me confidence and assurance that I can survive in a new country even if I don’t speak the language. So, I always include tips about buying local SIM card in all of my airport guides.
When my family and friends visit me in Singapore, they’re always asking me to help them buy SIM cards. Choosing the best SIM card in Singapore is both easy and hard! Easy because there are only 3 phone operators in Singapore, namely Singtel, M1 and StarHub. It’s hard because every operator offers so many different SIM cards with different features and validity, it’s so hard to choose what’s the most suitable card for you.
I’ve been there, I’ve had my share of headache when choosing a SIM card. In this post, I’ll do comparison and breakdown of each SIM card, then provide you with my recommendations! Let’s dive in! Read More
Hey there! Happy birthday!
Congrats for finally turning 21! You’re in your fourth and final year in university now, getting ready to gear up for your final semester before entering the workforce. Isn’t it such a big milestone to turn 21? You finally get to call yourself an adult! You’ll be able to drink legally anywhere in the world.
Anyway, you surely danced yourself into 21 with grace, didn’t you? You just came back from Bali a few days ago with your best pals. There, you climbed the first mountain in your life, the Mount Batur. And today, your best friends celebrated your birthday in the university dorm. It was a perfect birthday.
I bet you’re excited about turning 21, yet scared of the future at the same time. I know, I’ve been there. That is why I’m writing a letter to you, to tell you 30 things that I learned over the past 9 years. Read More
If you are that last-minute guy/gal who always arrive at the airport just in time before the check-in counter closes, I recommend that you arrive much earlier if you’re flying out from Changi Airport. I’ll tell you why. There are SO many things to do, see and eat in Changi Airport! And don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget. The most awesome places in Changi Airport are free anyway!
Because I’m an ambitious traveller, I did what I should do. I spent a lot of time at the airport, trying to compile an enormous list of things to do in Changi Airport. The list is divided into 2 main categories: Free things to do and see, and things that require money. It also includes those places located at Transit Area (i.e. inside departure gate where only flying passengers are allowed to enter) and Public Area (i.e. area where everyone can access, regardless whether they’re flying or not). Read More