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Hotel-Istana Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

After a 4 hour drive zipping down the north south highway from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur we arrived to the 5 star Istana Hotel.   Originally we booked a deluxe room at only 100 Singapore dollars per night, considering it was a 5 star hotel right in the middle of the city (6 min walk to the Petronas Towers and 3 min walk to Pavillion /Bukit Bintang area) it was a bargain!!!

But there was more!  Watch the video below to find out what happened…Christmas came early with this nice little surprise… =)

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Malaysia, Truly Asia!

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You like it? Is time to plan for a trip to Malaysia, there are a lot of amazing and enjoyable experiences awaiting for your arrival!

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Sentosa Island Beach Station

Sentosa Island is a well known landmark and tourism spot in Singapore, it offers huge variety of attractions and activities that you won’t want to miss, could spend a few days exploring the interesting place!

 I had allocated a full day to visit Sentosa Express’s Beach Station area, starts with Underwater World & Dolphin Lagoon, follow by Skyline Luge ride, plate spinning and diabolo, and end the day trip with Song of the Sea.

 Are you READY?  Then click on the chapter selection below to read on for the day trip!

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Hotel Sea Lion

 Hotel Sea Lion is one of the most famous hotels in Pulau Ketam which located right in front of ferry jetty with less than 3mins walking distance, the big white banner hanging on top of the building makes it impossible for tourists to miss it. You can contact them at +6012 2648052 (Mr. Cha Keng Lee) or +6013 6723614 (Ms. Lim Boy Chu).

 There were a total of 60 rooms in the hotel, big enough to host up to 190 people. The hotel has a very convenient location, it was surrounded by seafood restaurant and mini stores. The island’s centre was just 5mins away from the hotel, that area was full of shops and restaurants, you can also find morning market there.

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local residential along riversides

Pulau Ketam means “crab island” in Malay, a small fishing island located off the coast of Klang, Malaysia, which able to provide you a chance to experience and explore the unique local lifestyle of fishermen. The fascinating scenery, relaxing environment and those special “floating houses” are just too attractive to be resisted. Definitely worth spending a day or two wandering around in this little charming island, to free your mind and recharge yourself, especially for those who are like me that have been living in city for years.

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pulau ketam

Visitors need to take boat at Port Klang to Pulau Ketam, there are 2 common ways getting to Port Klang, either by KTM (commuter train) or take your own drive.

If you prefer KTM, remember to take the Port Klang Line. You can take the service at KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur, with the train stopping at every station along the way, it will takes around an hour to reach Port Klang. The ticket costs you RM4.30 for adult and RM2.10 for kid, do checkout their website for their most updated fees and services, you can also find their timetable here.

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how is chinese new year celebrated

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!  We are now ushering a new year, the year of the dragon, and we are going to start things off with a bang!  One of the most important holidays for the Chinese is the Chinese New Years.   There are many variations on how is Chinese New Year celebrated around the world.

Being from Canada, typically we would have a warm family dinner on a cold winter’s day, and that would be pretty much it, since in North America, Chinese New Year’s is not a public holiday.  However, over here in Asia, in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, Chinese New Year’s is a massive public holiday!  How is Chinese New Year Celebrated for my wife and I?  Here’s how I celebrated it in Malaysia with my wife’s family!       Read Full Article →

One of the most interesting Chinese temples I visited in Malaysia is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka, Malaysia.  It is considered the oldest Chinese temple in all of Malaysia.   Built in the 1600’s, to serve the religious needs of the Chinese community, it still remains a influential place of worship today.  Here you will find a mixture of traditions from Buddism, Taoism, and Confucianism.  The temple is also preserved under the UNESCO world heritage recognition in which Melaka had earned back in 2008.     Read Full Article →

Malaysia is a vast country but a young country.  It may not have the long historical past of its neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, but it is a country that is a melting pot of rich cultures.   It also showcases a diverse natural landscape filled with diverse plantation and wild life.   Chances are you will not have enough time to see all of Malaysia.  Nevertheless, even if you cannot experience it all, there are a few things I feel that you must at least try to experience, else you would not have really experienced Malaysia at all. 
Here is my top 10 recommended list of  things to do in Malaysia:

 1.  Trek up to the summit of Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu Summit (4095m) © by Stephane Enten

 Situated in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, Mount Kinabalu is the world’s 20th tallest mountain.  The height at its summit is 4095m (13,435 ft) above sea level.  It is a relatively straight forward trek up to the summit without any special climbing gear needed.  Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding area is a protected nature reserve.   Read Full Article →

One of the main landmarks in Melaka, Malaysia is the cluster of red buildings at the Dutch Square.  The focal centre of the Dutch Square is the Stadhuys (once the Dutch adminstration centre), and the Christ Church.   The following article has some great details of the history of the Dutch Square in Melaka, Malaysia.  Once again please do leave a comment and share your experiences!

Melaka Travels – Stadhuys and Christ Church in Dutch Square

Melaka a small state in Malaysia is famous for its historical landmarks and it is also awarded with UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dutch Square area is one of Melaka most famous historical landmark. One simple indicator that you have reach is to see the surrounding buildings all painted in red.

There are a few historical landmark which you can find in the Dutch Square area:

Stadhuys : This building was built in the year 1650 as the center of Dutch administration and residence of the Dutch Governor and their officers. The structure truly reflects Dutch architecture in that time and is believed to the the oldest Dutch building in the East. Now, it is known as “Museum of History and Ethnography” which exhibits traditional wedding clothes and artifacts of historical Melaka.

Christ Church: Built in the year 1753 by the Dutch and it is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Inside the Christ Church you can find jointless wooden ceiling beam(each cut from a single tree trunk), a brass Bible inscribed with the first verse of St. John in Dutch, a tombstones written in the Portuguese language and a tiled artwork replica of ” The Last Supper”. It also still contains the original hand crafted pews (church long bench seat) and window dated back 200 years old. Later, during British occupation in the year 1795, the church was consecrated as an Anglican Church.

Both Stadhuys and Christ Church is opened daily for tourists from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Dutch Square is situated in Melaka town and is one of the few places that you should not miss when travelling in Melaka.

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