Don’t Repeat These 5 Mistakes We Made When Visiting Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands has been on our radar for a few years. However, we kept putting it off because of its inaccessibility from Singapore.

The bus from Singapore to Cameron Highlands takes about 9 hours (FYI, here’s a list of buses you can take from Singapore to Cameron. Personally, I prefer The One Travel/Five Star Express). By flight, one needs to fly to Ipoh or Kuala Lumpur first, then take a bus to Cameron Highlands.

A few months ago, we decided to go for a week-long trip to various Malaysia cities, including Cameron Highlands, Ipoh and Penang. Since we wanted to visit multiple cities in a short frame of time, we dedicated one night in Cameron Highlands.

What supposed to be a dream trip turned into one that we regret the most. We didn’t do a diligent trip planning because it was an impromptu trip. So, we ended up making these 5 mistakes that ruined our trip to Cameron Highlands. (more…)

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Penang International Airport: 22 Things You Should Know

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.

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A Weekend Itinerary for Budget Travellers in Singapore

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. (more…)

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Malindo Air Business Class: OMG, We Flew Business Class for the First Time!

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! (more…)

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What You Should Take Note of Before Buying Malaysia Bus Ticket

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 one of the best way to get around the whole Malaysia.

When should you consider taking flight and when should you take bus? Here are some considerations.

  • If your origin city and destination city are less than 5 hours drive away, take the bus. For example: Ipoh to Penang, Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur, Penang to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru.
  • If your origin city and destination city are more than 5 hours drive away and both cities have airport, take the fight. For example: Johor Bahru to Penang, Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi.
  • If either your origin city or destination city doesn’t have airport, take the bus. For example: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highland

Even though buses are one of the best public transportation methods in Malaysia, taking an intercity bus is quite challenging for first-timers. 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. (more…)

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Why Penang Is A Special Place For Me

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.

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Turning 30, These Are 30 Things I Wish to Tell my 21-Year-Old Self

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. (more…)

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10 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Wild Wild Wet Waterpark Singapore

Hidden in the deep east, Wild Wild Wet may not be as famous as Adventure Cove in Sentosa. Wild Wild Wet is probably more well-known to locals rather than tourists.

I’ve visited Wild Wild Wet a couple of times before. My latest visit was during my staycation at D’Resort this year, and we were thrilled to find new slides! If you’re planning to visit Wild Wild Wet, here are 10 things you should know before visiting. (more…)

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Staycation at D’Resort @ Downtown East, Singapore

What do you do when you desperately need a change of scenery yet can only take 1 or 2 days off from work? Have a staycation!

To be honest, this is the first time I have a real staycation experience. For me, a real staycation is the one where I do not leave the hotel compound at all during my stay. Wouldn’t it be boring to spend all your time at the resort? Not really! I will share about how we spent time in D’Resort @ Downtown East during our 2-night stay. (more…)

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12 Must Do Things in Luang Prabang, Laos

One of the first things that came to our mind when planning for this trip was: what to see and do in Luang Prabang? With so many choices and options, I have narrowed them down to only 12 things you should do when you visit Luang Prabang. This list is compiled based on my personal experience and consists of places that I highly recommend visiting. (more…)

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