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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Published by under Travel on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Working in Singapore has opened the opportunity for me to travel and explore new places. The first in my bucket list is to visit its neighboring country, Malaysia. Eversince, my girlfriend and I were very fascinated with Petronas Twin Towers and we’ve been wanting to see it in person. 

Getting to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore is easy, you can either take a bus or a plane. According to some of my friends, it will take us 5 hours by bus so I decided to just book a plane ticket to save time because it’s only a 1-hour flight and the ticket is not so expensive (I got the ticket for S$198 for 2 persons, ain’t bad right?). We left Singapore on August 8th, 2013 at 11PM and we arrived in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at past midnight. What really surprised me is, how far-flung the airport is to the city! I just think that it shouldn’t be called KLIA because it’s not really located in KL, it’s in Sepang. Good thing, I’ve researched enough before going there. I have booked Concorde Inn near (not-so-near, actually) the airport for the night.

  

The next morning, we transferred to Hotel Maya in KLCC. This hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Petronas  Twin Towers and I can say that it made our stay in KL a wonderful one. The price(S$108) is just right for the great accommodation and a very nice, unblocked sight of the Twin Towers. (See the image gallery below for proof. Haha!) 

We only had one day to explore the city, so we headed to the famous Batu Caves first via LRT and KTM Komuter. The place is indeed an attraction because when we reached the Batu Caves station, we can already see the long queue of tourist waiting to board the train. We just spent like 2 hours climbing the stairs, exploring the caves, and taking some pictures in there. We were lucky enough to get a cab to bring us to our next stop, the Central Market. We bought some souvenirs and ate our late lunch in Secret Recipe. I can still remember the way they served our orders, we waited for like 40 minutes and of course it made me more hungry! After following up our orders, Voilà! Our orders served all at once (appetizer, main course and dessert)!  

We went back to the hotel and rested for a while. We waited for the Twin Towers to light up and then we went there to take more pictures. It’s just so magnificent! I can’t help but really admire how they’ve built it.

  

Our experience in Kuala Lumpur is unforgettable… How I wished we had more time to explore it. We will definitely comeback. 🙂

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Sentosa Island Adventure

Published by under Travel on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some five million people a year. Attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.

Sentosa can be reached from the Singapore mainland via a short causeway or Cable Car, which originates from Mount Faber and passes through HarbourFront en route to its final destination.

Have fun viewing our pics, guys! 😉

  

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Paying a Visit to the Grandest Manila Ocean Park!

Published by under Travel on Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 5:06 am

Last Saturday (August 2), Xai and I went to the 1ststate-of-the-art Oceanarium here in the Philippines. It is planned to consist open water marine habitat, boutique mall, restaurant row and function facilities all located in one complex at the back of the Quirino Grandstand. But right now, only the Oceanarium is available for the public. The first phase of the construction is on-going.

The Oceanarium journey begins with:

  1. Agos (Flow) – brings you to an artificial rainforest and water fall with 8 different water tanks displaying various flora and fauna.
  2. Bahura (The Reef) – shows you a series of 46 tanks that feature the very colorful Philippine underwater rainforest.
  3. Laot (Fishing Ground) – showcases four big distinct aquariums will display an assortment of fish in all sizes and colors.
  4. Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean) – lets you experience a breathtaking 25-meter walk along an underwater tunnel and experience how marine animals interact with each other in their natural habitat. This main feature of the Oceanarium provides an unmatched and truly awesome encounter with the rich underwater world.
  5. Kalaliman (The Deep) – showcases marine animals found in the deepest parts of Philippine waters.
  6. Overhang Tank – displays a variety of rays fly over while you’re under this unique Overhang Tank.
  7. Pating (Shark) – features several species of shark. Come fact-to-face with the wonderful, often misunderstood, predators of the sea.

Our Php 800 is really worth it. No regrets though we haven’t brought a good camera to take shots of the different species of marine animals. I’m yearning for those macro shots! Sigh! I’ll go back there someday when I have my Nikon D300 12MP DX Professional DSLR! I wish! Hahaha!

Anyway, what I can offer you right now is shots taken by my Nokia 6233 cell phone 2.0 M camera.

Click on the thumbnails to see our photos:

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Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City

Published by under Travel on Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

It was just 3 weeks ago when I was savoring the unequaled moments I had with my friends in Talisay. I’m back again to the perimeters of Taal Volcano. Oh no! But who will say NO when you’re going to stay in the luxurious and very expensive hotel, the Taal Vista Hotel!

All I can say when we were approaching the hotel’s lounge is WOW! I was amazed even more when I saw the backdrop of Lobby lounge and Café on the Ridge. It’s the enthralling view of the Taal volcano and lake. It was breath taking!

  

Coming there was not for leisure or anything, it was work-related so to say. Haha! I was with the Santa Rosa group for PATAS-BPLS seminar. We have to present to them the current status of the system and the future plans for the project. Luckily, we did a great job! Every effort we did was appreciated… I enjoyed every moment of it. From the glorious food we ate, spectacular scenery, fresh air and comfy room… I can’t ask for anything more!

Visit Taal Vista Hotel’s website here –> www.taalvistahotel.com

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Tropical Jungle Resort, Talisay, Batangas

Published by under Travel on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

I had the chance of seeing Lake Taal and the volcano up close when my high school friends and I went to visit our classmate in Talisay, Batangas. We haven’t seen Emelyn for almost 7 years and we really missed her so much. She was married and already had a 4-month-old son named Markus. Her husband is in Canada and she’s currently living with her in-laws while waiting for her own Visa. Her in-laws own a resort just at the back their house which is the Tropical Jungle Resort. It is frequently visited by the local and foreign tourist especially Koreans. You can do a lot of activities there. You can rent a motor boat, go to Taal Volcano and do horse-back riding going to the crater, go swimming in the pool, go fishing and catch fresh Tilapias or just stay in the cottage, take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful scenery up front. We stayed there for 2 days and I had the chance to unwind for a while. Sometimes, you really need a break when everything in your life seems to fall apart. Lol! Thanks for the good old friends…
Take a look at some of our photos:

 

 

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