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The Settlement Hotel Melaka – Review

As most people are aware, there is no shortage of hotel accommodations in Melaka. Majority are clustered around the city’s touristy area, that is, Jonker Walk where the streets are lined with handicraft and antique shops, cafes and restaurants. On weekend nights, Jonker Walk is turned into a lively and vibrant night market, heaving with tourist crowds. If you are planning a trip to Melaka, would you prefer to stay at a hotel which is right in the touristy area, or a place that is close to the main sights but still away from the crowd to chill and relax?

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Planter’s Country Hotel, Cameron Highlands – Review

I have to admit, I am an Anglophile. I love the English countryside (hmm, not so much the rain), British films and their dry humour, and afternoon tea traditions of scones, jam and cream. Unfortunately, I live in South East Asia which means I do not get the opportunity to visit the UK as often as I like. Moreover, the exchange rates between Malaysian Ringgit and UK pounds are not exactly in my favour. However, just a month ago, my friend had invited me to his hometown, Cameron Highlands for the weekend and had arranged for me to stay at

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3 Walking Tours to Explore Kuala Lumpur

Please Note: As of 30th April 2018, the free walking tours organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall – Dataran Merdeka Heritage Guided Walk and Jalan-Jalan @ Kampung Baru Cultural Guided Walk have been discontinued. However, you may refer to my post below for your own self-guided walks around these areas in KL. I hope the history, heritage and cultural information that I share with you provide sufficient background knowledge of the city. Should you need further information about sightseeing activities in KL, please visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery at Dataran Merdeka.  ***** Exploring a city on your own can

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Dinner In The Sky Malaysia – Review

When I first heard about the launch of Dinner In The Sky (DITS) in Malaysia in 2015, I didn’t think much of it. To have a meal while being suspended high up in the air is not my cup of tea. If you have been following my blog, you would have known by now that I have fear of heights. My phobia is not to the extent of feeling dizzy or throwing up but I tend to just freeze and not move an inch for fear that I am going to fall. As a result, I was never interested in

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Jiwa Jawa Resort, Bromo – Review

As we were driven up the winding roads of Cemoro Lawang, the village near Mount Bromo, we could feel the air was getting cooler and fresher. Maybe a little nippy, slightly colder than what we were used to but we were excited to see rolling green hills and mist. Therefore, there was nothing like arriving at a warm and inviting hotel accommodation especially after an early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur and a three-hour journey on the road from Surabaya in East Java to Mount Bromo. *Related Post: Mount Bromo, Indonesia – A Weekend Getaway We stayed at Jiwa Jawa

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Avenue J Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Review

When it comes to choosing a hotel accommodation, I like to stay in the city centre mainly because I prefer to be close to amenities such as cafes/restaurants, shops, sights and public transportation, not having to worry about food or getting around in the city. I’m not a luxury traveller but a budget/mid-range traveller which means staying at a 3-star hotel in the city. 3-star hotels can be of a hit-or-miss experience – it’s either clean but not value for money, or reasonably cheap but not clean. However, staying at Avenue J Hotel was a hit experience on many accounts

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#AboutKL 2.0: Top Things To Do In Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Kung Hei Fatt Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! As of 28 January 2017, the world welcomed the Year of the Fire Rooster; the first day of the Lunar New Year which will last until 15 February 2018. Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival in China, and new year celebrations begin on the eve of the festival until the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month. Chinese New Year festivities are merry (and loud too haha): lots of eating and drinking, lion dance performances, and giving and receiving ang pow or lai see

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2016 Review: A Year of Travelling and Learning

2016 has been an amazing year of LEARNING. My trips are much reduced this year compared to a few years ago. I can assure you that my passion for travel has not diminished, not even an iota, but work circumstances have forced me to scale down the number of trips. As a result, I had to learn not to have FOMO on trips – Fear of Missing Out – but be selective in terms of when and where I wanted to go. During the times that I stayed put at home, I was busy learning…learning the ropes of blogging –

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How To Spend Two Days In Manila

Most people spend a day or, two days at the most, in Manila before moving on to the provinces or islands. Some say there isn’t much to do in this city. On the contrary, there are a couple of things one can do and see in Manila, given the notorious traffic in the city. There are interesting sights to visit, and places to eat and shop within two days; enough to let you have a feel of what the capital city can offer to a regular tourist and without losing your sanity with the crawling traffic conditions 🙂 Here are

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National Art Gallery, Manila

Never before have I experienced a good few hours appreciating profound visual statements in the form of art in South East Asia until I visited the National Art Gallery in Manila. The National Art Gallery is also called the National Museum of Fine Arts and is a branch of the National Museum. The other branches of National Museum are the Museum of the Filipino People and the Planetarium. All of these museum branches are located on the northeastern side of Rizal Park. Situated in a neoclassical building which was formerly the home of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives,

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