3D2N Snorkeling Trip at Gilligan’s Pulau Aur, Johor – Apr 2019

I just left Pulau Aur, Mersing, Johor after a 3D2N snorkeling trip. Before I reach home and see how burned I am, let me just say that it was a very nice trip 😍. The coral was beautiful. The snorkeling activity was comfortable. The view was amazing. The resort and beach was private. The host was very nice. The package was worth it as well.

Actually I can’t recall if I’ve been to any snorkeling trip since high school, which is at least a decade ago, so I don’t have much to benchmark against. I don’t usually go for beach or island holiday where I actually get into water as well so read this review with a pinch of salt. Hahaha.

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First Time Bathing Naked in a Japanese Onsen at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Tokyo)

If there’s one thing that I want to remember in detail from my trip to Tokyo last month, it’d be the Oedo-Onsen Monogatari experience. Translation: naked hot spring amusement park 😂.

Actually when I first came across the hot spring, I didn’t know we’d have to be naked. I got attracted by the word “amusement park”. The video showed girls wearing yukata, walking around in a Japanese village — eating, playing, taking photos.

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Best of Tokyo Travel Oct 2018

It’s been a week since my week-long trip to Tokyo, Japan! I think it’s a good time now to recall what I think is the best of Tokyo from my travel there recently. It was my first trip to Japan and you can bet many things were new and interesting, even though I was the one who planned the itinerary.

#1 Trying (Naked) Hot Spring at Oedo Onsen Monogatari (with a Friend)
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Weekend Staycation at Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh – June 2018

Two weeks after my weekend trip to Ipoh with my high school band girl friends, our stay at Sekeping Kong Heng remained the top highlight of the trip. We were in awe. We were in the moment.

This impromptu weekend trip started when one of us announced a job move to Singapore. It happened exactly a year back too but it took us months to organize that trip. This one took us just two weeks! #progress

But to be fair, we didn’t have much time to contemplate and ended up going in a smaller group.

Anyway, the free-and-easy trip incidentally started with discovery of Sekeping Kong Heng. “Incidentally” because we decided to eat lunch at House of Mirrors. But when we arrived, we realized our hotel was nearby. We later discovered our hotel was next door of House of Mirror 😅.

Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh is located at the upper floors of old shoplots of Kong Heng Square. I’d say it’s kinda secluded because there’s no big signage or whatnot to mark the entrance. We only managed to find the reception counter after reading blogs and referring to photos.

Imagine this. GPS kept telling us we have arrived when we reached a kopitiam. Little did we notice that the kopitiam was named Kong Heng too.

But fret not. It’s the right location. The reception counter of Sekeping Kong Heng is located in the midst of Kong Heng Square Artisan Market; you’d have to walk through the alley between Kong Heng Kopitiam and Kong Heng Square. Then if you’re not distracted by all the pretty artisan stalls, you’d notice a counter behind a wall, opposite a few stalls next to the entrance of Plan B.

They checked us in very seamlessly. Then the receptionist walked us to the entrance to our room at another alley. Honestly, I didn’t expect the entrance to our room block to be some random black caged staircase in an alley 😅.

But behold. The staircase led us to a sanctuary. The quiet lush architecture of Sekeping Kong Heng immediately presented a stark difference to the busy artisan market on the streets below us. Seriously, who would have thought you can have a totally secluded staycation above one of the top attractions in Ipoh?

We were absolutely thrilled to take photos at every corner of the room and complex.

For the record, we also ate around and shopped around. My new favorites in Ipoh would be having tau fu fah with toppings at Big Mom Beancurd and tearing off salted chicken with gloves in the room for supper.

All in all, it was a good weekend stay with friends. It was relaxing. We fed ourselves with yummy food within easy reach. We enjoyed having real conversations and silly chats. The accommodation was refreshing. And we kept the entire trip at about RM200 per pax. That’s great bargain for a good trip I’d say!

To Solo or Not to Solo – by First Time Solo Female Traveller

This time last year, I decided to be YOLO and attempted my first solo trip. Not a trip to the market. But a 6D5N trip to Taiwan alone. As a 26-year-old Malaysian female (in 2016), I was travelling overseas solo for the first time in my life. 😲😲😲

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Why KL-ites Should Do Staycation in KL

Staycation. I never felt relatable to this word until RK made it my birthday present in 2016 when I was going through chemotherapy. That year, we checked in to a “studio apartment” at Oasia Suites KL right after going to the hospital to remove my chemotherapy drug and needle. I was sleeping most of the time (like how I usually do after chemo) and RK was working a lot because of work crisis. Staycation was definitely the perfect holiday for both of us that time! Continue reading Why KL-ites Should Do Staycation in KL

Trekking Cat Cat Village, Sapa in Winter (Jan 2018) – Part 2

Are you ready for Part 2 after the lengthy Part 1 about our 7-hour hike through 3 villages in Winter? I was so ready to rent the boots again but our tour guide told us it was not necessary for Day 2 of trekking. Turned out that our second trek was mostly to visit Cat Cat Village, which is a tourism village that charges an entrance fee.

I’m one of those tourists who like to visit tourist attractions (as long as it’s not too commercialized aka $$$ everywhere) because they tend to be tourist-friendly; convenient to walk and see, with local food that may not be too local (aka suit my tourist palate). Spoiler: Cat Cat Village is my kind of tourist spot.

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Trekking Sapa, Vietnam in Winter (Jan 2018) – Part 1

Sapa. Honestly, I’ve never heard of the place until my friends suggested to travel there so I really don’t know much about the place. But many of my other friends seem to know and want to visit Sapa so I thought it’d be good to have one post about my 2-day trekking at Sapa. Especially because there’s not much info about trekking Sapa in winter on blogs.

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Best of Hanoi, Vietnam Trip Jan 2018

Vietnam again! The last time I flew, I visited Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. This round, I visited Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam. Definitely thinking about a trip to Central Vietnam but let’s list the best of my Hanoi trip first.

Experiencing Winter in Southeast Asia

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Cycling By Paddy Fields at Sekinchan

On Christmas Day this year, RK and I went for a day trip to Sekinchan with 9 of his nephews and nieces. Yes, 9 aged 1 to 11 years old. I don’t think I’ve travelled with this many kids before so I didn’t know what to expect. Definitely didn’t expect to go cycling because I wore a dress! Didn’t really come to my mind that cycling at Sekinchan by paddy fields was a thing in our tropical weather.

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