Wellness by Plaza Premium Lounge at KLIA2 International Departure

I searched Priority Pass website to see which lounges in KLIA2 accept the pass. The search gave me 4 results: all 4 of them are Plaza Premium Lounge in KLIA2. Wait, is there an error in the website? How is it possible that there are 4 Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA2 alone?

It was 2.30am in the morning when we arrived at KLIA2. We had just alighted from the bus which we took from Johor Bahru Larkin Terminal. I had a solid 4-hour of sleep on the bus (which is not enough to be considered a good night’s sleep). Earlier, I had estimated that we’d arrive at KLIA around 4.30 to 5.30, but it turned out that the traffic was extremely smooth and the bus didn’t have many passengers to pick up. So, we arrived much earlier than we thought we would.

Our flight from KLIA2 to my hometown, Medan, was scheduled at 8.40am. There were 6 hours to kill at this airport, what do we do now? That’s when I decided to search online for lounges that accept Priority Pass. That’s when I got overwhelmed when PP’s website showed me there are 4 Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA2. After patiently and meticulously reading each description, finally I saw the light. (more…)

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4D3N Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas: My First Time Cruising!

Why would someone pay money to go to a country by sea and spend 24 hours on the ship one-way, when you can just take a 1-hour flight to get there?

This question bothers me a lot when I was young and naive. Cruise vacation has never crossed my mind in my twenties. The young lady in me wanted to explore, explore, explore, and not sit still in a vehicle for days where there’s no network. But, as you get older, you get wiser, right? So, how did I end up on a Royal Caribbean vessel for 4 days 3 nights? Did I enjoy it? What are the highlights of this cruise? Having been to Penang often, what did I do at the port of call this time?

If you’re a cruise newbie who hasn’t taken a single cruise in your life, or you’re looking for snippets about Voyager of the Seas to justify whether it’s worth your hard-earned money, I will share my experience, written from a clueless newbie perspective. Mind you, I didn’t do a single research prior to the trip (I had long hours at work before the trip) thus I made plenty of mistakes that you should avoid! (more…)

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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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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 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. (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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