Putrajaya Weekend Getaway

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

Went for a short weekend getaway and stayed at Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya. This would be my second time staying at this hotel. Reason for staying here? It is close to IOI City Mall, the room is spacious & comfortable (booked Orchid room), nice variety of breakfast buffet and there’s a pool for my son to swim in since he loveeessss to swim!

* Image taken from Agoda

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INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

When I was there I only went to IOI city mall or stayed at the hotel. However I will be listing down other interesting places for you to visit around Putrajaya

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  • Alamanda – Putrajaya’s original shopping center
  • Perdana Putra -a gargantuan complex of the Prime Minister’s Office
  • Putra Mosque – this mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers and its 116-meter minaret is the tallest in Southeast Asia
  • Seri Perdana – enormous official residence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Putrajaya Bridge
  • Putrajaya Lake – you can also go on a cruise
  • Taman Putra Perdana – hilltop park connecting the Shangri-La towards the Putra Perdana building, with some of the best views in town
  • Millennium Monument – 68-meter pillar in the shape of a hibiscus flower, with a walkway around it documenting the history of Malaysia
  • Botanical Gardens

#Throwback Port Dickson Getaway – Hotel Review

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

Went for a short ‘first wedding anniversary’ in 2015 (yes this is a ‘throwback’) to Port Dickson. Just me, my husband and of course our son who was 2 months old that time! Stayed at Lexis Port Dickson, booked via Agoda. There’s a choice between staying at the water chalet or the main building/tower sea view. Since our son was still so small and we’ve read that the buggy might be a bit slow and late (also the weather can be quite hot) we decided to book a room at the tower sea view. Room is spacious, with 1 king and 1 queen bed and the view was great! However if you would like to swim and relax on the beach, this hotel might not be the choice for you as you will need to drive out to the beach.

  • Image taken from Agoda

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Basically we didn’t really do much or go out much. Most of the time we were in our room, relaxing (and baby was sleeping most of the time and the weather was hot!) However we did stop by at the Upside Down House Gallery Port Dickson before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.

Hello again Melaka! – 2016

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My last post on Melaka (also known as Malacca) was in 2012 (You may read my post by clicking on this link: Melaka 2012). So let me update what are the new interesting places to visit when you are in Melaka.

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

Went to Melaka for a short getaway (3 days 2 nights) and stayed at Bayview Hotel Melaka. My comment? Spacious room (deluxe) with jacuzzi! Limited choices of food for breakfast though but acceptable. Nice location. Not sure the attraction is within walking distance since we drive there and also drive to the places we wanted to visit.

* Image taken from Agoda

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INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

Since my husband & I have visited the ‘usual’ attractions, example The Stadhuys, A Famosa or Porta de Santiago, etc. and this time we have a 14 months old infant with us, we decided not to go to those places (we will wait until our son is bigger and can understand better). This time around we only visited few places (to shop :p). If you would like to read on other attraction, visit my previous post as mentioned above.

  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – offers over 70 fashion, sport and accessories brands in some 180,000 sq.ft. The outlet is set in an open air mall featuring a lake, fountains, carousel and windmill with architecture loosely themed on Malacca’s Dutch heritage. Brands open at the centre include Nike, Cotton On, Esprit, Puma, G2000, Carlo Rino, Clarks and many more. Description and images are taken from their website http://www.freeportafamosa.com/

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  • The SHORE shopping gallery – a shopping complex with few other attraction especially for kids such as Oceanarium, 6D Motion Ride, Toy Museum. The Sky tower is also located here – http://skytower.theshoremelaka.com/

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  • Jonker Street – a place to be at night! Street market with interesting stores. Also don’t forget to buy some Nyonya pineapple tarts!

FOODS

The only special place we went to for dinner was Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant. The food was delicious and Halal so no worries to Muslims! Must try!

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We also went to search for the famous kuih keria & Klebang coconut shake but the queue was soooo loonngg!! Instead of waiting, we went back home

Philips Warehouse Sales December 2016

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Date: 2 – 3 December 2016

Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Location: Axis Business Campus, Lot 13A & Lot 13B, Jalan 225, Section 51A, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Airbnb – Welcome to the world of trips!

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BookXcess – where knowledge is priced less #readmoreforless

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Love reading but the price of books are way out of your budget? BookXcess is your solution! Selling books at 50% to 80% cheaper than normal retail price, you better head on to BookXcess now!

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BookXcess have a few stores located within Klang Valley – Amcorp Mall, Fahrenheit 88, SS15 Courtyard, Centro Mall, and latest in One Utama. If you are located outside of Klang Valley (or are too busy or lazy to go out) you have the option to visit and purchase through their online store: http://www.bookxcessonline.com

For more details, visit BookXcess website at http://www.bookxcess.com

By the way, this is not a paid post but I am sharing this because I LOVE LOVE LOVE BookXcess! And also sharing is caring and let’s support the culture of reading 🙂

Island Getaway 2016 – Bali, Indonesia

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ABOUT BALI

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Took Air Asia flight from KLIA2, Kuala Lumpur to Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport Bali. Once touched down, I was quite surprise to see the new look of the airport. Big and new! Another new update since the last time I was in Bali (2012) is that, there’s no more airport departure tax! Yeayyy for that! 🙂

GETTING AROUND

There are a few ways you can get around Bali. You can rent your own car or motorbike (you will need to have an International Driving Permit), walk (if within the city), take a taxi (use Blue Bird since it’s quite cheap & the the most reliable taxi company) or hire a driver (I did this for 3 days tour)

DRIVER SERVICE FOR BALI TOUR

My second time hiring Pak Bram as our supir (driver). He drove a Suzuki MPV, which can fit 7 people and the price is per car, not per head. Price includes car+petrol+driver. I fully recommend Pak Bram if you are looking for a driver in Bali. For the itinerary, you can have a look at mine (2012 trip Itinerary), or you can also ask Pak Bram for recommended itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION

Stayed at Odua Ozz Kuta Hotel. Good location, nice room with comfortable bed and friendly and helpful staff. If I were to go to Bali again, I will consider staying at this hotel one more time! 🙂

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INTERESTING PLACES

There are a lot of interesting places in Bali to visit. For this trip, I didn’t visit many places since it’s so hot and I bring along my 7 months old baby with me.

Here are some places that I went to this year. For more listing of interesting places, visit my previous post on Bali here – Bali 2012 Trip

  • Uluwatu – Pura by the cliff. Just be careful with the monkeys here. Keep your sunglasses in your bag because they might steal it
  • Jimbaran Bay – a nice & romantic place to enjoy dinner on the beach while watching sunset. This year I went there twice at tried 2 restaurants. I fully recommend to eat at Legong. Their food taste nicer and the staff are way more helpful and friendly
  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Bedugul
  • Pacung – enjoy lunch with rice terrace view
  • Coffee Plantation

SHOPPING

  • Ole-ole Hawaii Bali
  • Agong Bali
  • Krishna (went to 2 Krishna outlet, one is near Agong Bali and another one is near the airport)
  • Discovery Mall
  • Lippo Mall
  • Legian Street
  • Kuta Art Market

 

View my previous post on Bali: My FIRST SOLO Getaway – Bali, Indonesia