Malaysia: My First Trip Abroad!

November 12, 2017 515 Views

So, apparently this “travel” blog post is solely dedicated to my first international flight to Malaysia way back November 2013. The trip was actually booked earlier that year and I was ecstatic when my sister asked me if I wanted to tag along with her and her friend, Shayne to fly to Malaysia. It was surreal that finally, one of my dreams was finally fulfilled. I am an inspiring globetrotter that is why I can’t help but giggle whenever I thought of traveling.

Luckily, when we dashed to Malaysia, there was an on-going YES (Year-End Sale) where you can buy lots of good deals at rock bottom prices. (Malaysia, take all my money!)

Unfortunately, we only have a few days to roam around the city and since we didn’t have that luxury of time, we just made the best out of our time there.

Pardon the “no sleep” face!

So while waiting in NAIA Terminal 3, I decided to unleash my vanity just so to kill some time. Our flight wasn’t delayed but we were transferred to another terminal gate, talk about walking with high heeled boots— at least I’ve learned a lesson there XD. And oh, did I mention that NAIA has a money changer? Goodbye Philippine peso, hello Malaysian Ringgit! FYI, P1=RM13. (Update: Please note that Airport is not the best place to exchange your money, it was our first time that’s why we don’t have any idea about it). Malaysian money comes in different lengths depending on its respective amount.

We arrived in Malaysia at the wee hour in the morning and was fetched by Rose Anne a.k.a. RA (my sister’s friend working in Malaysia) and Peakay, her Malaysian friend-slash-officemate. Before heading out to fill in our hungry tummies, we’ve initially noticed the left hand drive car of Peakay. Then, while on our way, we all sort of struck into a conversation and eventually got to know about his personal life. He’s a drummer in a band that’s kinda popular in Malaysia and he has a model girlfriend. He told us that Jericho Rosales is famous in Malaysia because of “Pangako Sa’Yo”? There are actually a few Filipino dramas shown at Malaysia which is why they know some of our local artists, however Peakay’s crush is Angel Locsin.

Anyhow, we had our “midnight snack” at Restoran Seri Rasa Alamanda in Cyberjaya, Selangor. I ate Nasi Goreng, a spicy meal with chicken, veggies and fried rice. On the other hand, they all ate Roti Canai and Roti Cheese, a type of Indian-influenced flatbread that is usually dip in different condiments like condensed milk, curry and among others, all at the same time. But hey, they all complement each other. Roti is usually flat and fluffy on the inside but crispy and flaky on the outside. Aside from that we all had Teh Tarik (milk tea), one of Malaysia’s national drink. Literally, it’s “pulled tea”. According to RA, it is derived from the pouring process of “pulling” (“tarik”) the drink during preparation. Meanwhile, my sister can’t finish her Roti that she wanted to “take out” the food. But when in Malaysia, you don’t say “take out” but instead, you say “take away”!

After our midnight snack, we went to RA’s crib at Cyberjaya to doze off. Did we really sleep, if you may ask? Hell no! HUHU D: Zombie mode, maybe we’re too anxious we can’t even shut off our eyes.

RA went on a half day from her work just to tour us in  KL. Day 1 is actually <insert exaggerated adjective here> shopping day in Kuala Lumpur! This was prolly the most tiring shopping experience for me. We actually rode a bus and the KLIA Transit to get to the city.

And yes, I COMMEND THEIR PUBLIC TRANSPO! It was by far, the most organized and the most convenient I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. How exagg is that, haha! I wish the Philippines could implement such.

First stop was in AK Avenue, well it was not part of the initial plan/itinerary, we just stumbled upon H&M and voilah

We all went “gaga” and started feasting our eyes on their lovely sartorial collection. H&M is not yet available in the Philippines and I got totes stoked to know that they have it there in Malaysia. On another note, we just noticed that for some strange reason, their malls are sort of connected or maybe it’s just us, wandering without knowing where we actually are. Talk about legit tourists. LOL!

Next stop was in Suria KLCC, one of the upscale shopping malls in KL that is situated underneath the famous Petronas towers.

Adjacent to it is Aquaria, by far one of the biggest in-shore aquarium in South East Asia. Sadly, we didn’t go there but I would love to maybe next time. Harking back, each floor in the mall is dedicated to a certain category. The ground floor is meant for the prestigious designer labels like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Bally, Escada, Cartier, Chanel’s along with Hermes, and among others.

OHAI thur, sister!

Shayne splurged over Charles and Keith bags that she almost bought everything! My sister and I have other priorities though. To exemplify, I got myself the japanese ViVi magazine on Mynews.com convenience store. It was the only place that sells it, other Mynews.com stores don’t have it. Lucky me, I spotted it!

What would a trip to Malaysia’s capital be without gawking at its 88-story Petronas Twin Towers? There are lots of tourists lying on the floor just to take a snap photo of them with the twin towers and yes we sorta jump on the bandwagon.

Next destination is the Berjaya Times Square, a giant shopping mall in Bukit Bintang with 10 floors, IMAX theatre, a huge bowling alley and a theme park with a roller coaster. AND OH, they have a SASA store there! I looked for Dolly Wink products, a Japanese cosmetics brand endorsed by the beautiful Japanese model Tsubasa Masuwaka. I’ve been wanting to have fake lashes, but oh no, it is too pricey for my life! D: Farewell my Gyaru dreams (LOL). I’ll prolly save money for it next time 🙂

We passed by the Cosmo’s World Theme Park located inside of it. It has a wide range of different rides but the most thrilling one would be the 800 meter long Supersonic Odyssey roller coaster.

The indoor rollercoaster.

Central Park at level 3 where you can splurge on affordable apparels.

The jazzed up Grand Musical Staircase, a flight of stairs lit with LED sound graphs that mimics the sounds of a classical piano keyboard. The lower ground floor’s landing area is actually fitted with liquid panels, creating ripples with each step to give the impression of walking on a sea of sparkly stars. My bad, I forgot to take a picture of it!

While on our way to our next stop, we stumbled upon Choc Boutique.

This place is the ultimate haven of chocolates, Alredo and Beryl’s. Their best seller is the Tiramisu chocolate that has almond inside.

After shopping, we chowed down some street food at Jalan Alor, the former Red light district of KL and their well-known gastronomic paradise.

It is a must-visit place to unwind with a cheap feed and a Tiger beer. This place is popular with tourists and locals alike. It is situated nearby the shopping haven of Bukit Bintang.

*wears nerdy glasses* FYI, Malaysians are “halal”, meaning they are not allowed to eat pork. it is also prohibited for them to drink alcohol, but in this place, it is an exemption!

Along the street, you can spot some exotic seafood including the sting ray. Yes, we ate it and it was inexplicably good although I don’t think I’ll eat ever it again for I pity the sea creature *o* And oh, mind you, they count your bill through the colors in the sticks. :p

We’re all but tired and jaded but we haven’t visited Pavillion and Lot 10. My sister convinced RA to go to Lot 10 since it’s already near our vicinity. So, yeah we went there and shopped till we drop at H&M (again).

Upon arrival at RA’s crib, we eventually submerged into deep sleep.

And oh, lemme share some of my midnight musings. Malaysia is a melting pot of culture where Malays, Indians and Chinese people mingle together. One thing you would notice when you’re there is that they are highly influenced by the Indians when it comes to food and religion. I never thought that Malaysia could be this wonderful and in this boundless world, it could pass as a home. 🙂

Find out more about our trip on the 2nd part of my Malaysia travel diary. 🙂

Saichi Montoya

Loves to share her escapades on food, travel, fashion, lifestyle and anything in between.

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