Malaysia

Memories of Malaysia

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One of my goals this year is to travel alone. I didn’t see it coming too soon though. Few weeks ago I actually did it. Not sure if I already mentioned this on my previous posts but, aside from first time to travel solo, this is also my first time to travel outside my own country. I read a lot of articles, blogs, whatever writing just to prepare and convince myself that it’s really safe to travel alone in Malaysia. My verdict – YES! It was an awesome experience walking around a place that’s not familiar to you.

I have here a list of pros and cons of travelling solo:

PROS:

– you own your time; you don’t have to wait for someone and convince that person to go somewhere only you are interested

– you get to pay more attention to the people, the place, the culture and not worrying too much of taking pictures with you in it

– you will feel the need to talk to other people that will lead you to meeting new people and probably become friends with them (this has been my objective) – i met/talked to a lot of people, asking for directions, asking to take a picture of me, etc. But there are 2 people that really made my trip more interesting, two solo travellers (guy and gal) coming from different countries. And we talked for hours while doing the tour.

– you build up your courage and confidence – going to a place alone is scary, what more to a place where there’s nobody that you know

CONS:

– you don’t get to be in the picture most of the time (not a problem for me, i’m camera shy :P)

– you’ll eat alone (this was the hardest part for me – I find it sad when someone eats alone, but I’m glad I got it over with)

– you pay for the bills solo – the room hotel, the food

 

Some of the places I went to:

Petronas Twin Towers at almost 8pm
Early morning at Little India
Batu Caves
Penitence at Batu Caves
Merdeka Square

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Day 1

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Sharing my itinerary from my KL trip. Will add pictures soon..

Time Activities Expenses Notes
0630H

Going to Clark from Philtranco Pasay Terminal

P450.00
1105H

ETD from Clark-Diosdado Macalapagal International Airport

P1620.00 +600.00

Travel Tax & Other fee

1435H

Arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Ariport

1520H

KL Sentral Bus (Yellow): KLIA to KL Sentral

RM14.00 2-way ticket; RM8.00 if 1-way ticket only
1630H Check-in: My Hotel @ Sentral P3235.55 booked via Agoda.com
1700H Walk around KL Sentral station and got a ticket for HopOnHopOff tour RM38.00 valid for 24 hours
1730H Going to KLCC via KL Rapid train RM1.60
Walk around KLCC Suria mall
1830H Dinner: Little Penang, KLCC Suria mall RM16.25 I know, I know it’s a bit expensive. I had no choice I was so hungry ’cause my last meal was my breakfast before I left PH
Stayed outside the mall waiting for the sky to get dark; took pictures of Petronas Towers
Walked around the area, I was trying to go to KL Tower by walking, then I got tired and decided to go back to KL Sentral
2030H I asked a lady (she said she’s Chinese studying English in KL) if KL Sentral is just near, and she said yes it’s a 10-min walk and she’s also heading there
2100H I walked with her…walked some more…and more, I didn’t mind the long walk because I enjoy seeing the busy streets, until I noticed we’re already in Bukit Bintang area
I just thought that we probably didn’t understand each other well
She told me directions how I can go to Time Square, and then we parted ways
I was actually too tired that even if Time Square is very near, I decided to just go up the train station and back to hotel
2130H Train Bukit Bintang to KL Sentral via Monorail RM2.10
2145H Got back to the hotel but since internet connection is still not working I went out
Stayed and had coffee at Old Town White Coffee just beside the hotel RM4.35 Iced White Coffee
Went back to my room (not sure of the time) to charge my phone and camera, found out that my camera charger’s adater doesn’t fit
Went out again and was able to buy an adapter in a nearby retail store RM 3.80
2300H Back to my room; fixed my stuff then off to dream land

My Hotel @ Sentral

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve booked a 2-night stay in My Hotel @ Sentral for my Kuala Lumpur tour. And as promised, here’s a bit of information/review that I hope would be useful to those looking for a place to stay in KL.

Address: No.1, Jalan Tun Sambanhan 4, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 Landmarks:

  •           Situated very near  to KL Sentral Station (5 to 7-min walk) and Monorail Station (3-min walk)..I’m a fast walker btw 🙂
  •           Crossing the street from KL Sentral you’ll reach Public Bank, right next to it is My Hotel @ Sentral, and just beside it is the Old Town White Coffee
  •           Just across the street are YMCA, and 7/11 (which has limited stuff to offer); there’s a nearby reatail store which I think offers more goods than 7/11. It’s where I was able to buy adapter for my chargers
  •           Less than 15-minute walk to/from Little India

Hotel:

  •           It was actually a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) kind of impression comparing what I saw in the pictures from different websites, and what I got when I arrived at the hotel
  •           Room: I booked for My Twin Room with Window – my room was on the 2ndfloor (hotel has 5 floors) which was convenient since the elevator is not that fast. I could still see the KL Tower (even just a small view) from my room during night. Here are some more details about the room:
    • Two (2) single beds put together, with pillows and comforter – NO mites or bed bugs as far as I remember 🙂
    • Air-conditioned, Telephone, Wall-mounted LCD TV with cable (I think it only has 6 channels)
    • Cabinet, Table, Chair
    • Complementary bottled water/coffee/creamer/sugar good for two, which they replenish everyday ; water heater also available
    • Has its own toilet & shower (hot & cold) room that’s quite big –  towels and paper towels provided (i just find the smell of the towels weird, it’s not that bad though. good thing i brought my own)
    • Free Wi-Fi connection – on my first night they were troubleshooting some problem with the connection, as a result wifi is limited to the lobby area only and maximum of six users can connect simultaneously. Later that night (after walking around KLCC), the connection got restored and I was able to connect to the wifi from my room.

Overall, I’m satisfied and happy with my stay at this hotel. Very accessible coming from anywhere once you get off from KL Sentral. Friendly and very helpful staffs. This is my first time to travel and stay at a hotel alone – I was in a deep slumber. Never felt worried all through out my stay. 🙂 I won’t mind staying here if I go back to KL (but for the sake of having a comparison, I’d probably pick a different hotel). I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a hotel with a low budget. 🙂

Booked: My Hotel @ Sentral

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Finally got a hotel for my trip in KL. 🙂

I initially planned to stay at a hotel near Chinatown or on any bed & breakfast type of hostel since I will only stay there to sleep. But thought that it would be strategic if I’ll be near the MRT, and I’ll be more at ease since I’m travelling alone.

I was choosing between My Hotel @ Sentral and My Hotel @ Brickfield, both looked pretty decent to me. Actually both hotel My Hotel Group.

Hopefully I made a good choice. 🙂 Will post a review after my trip.

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