One year in Malaysia: Farewell and reflections

Sometimes a year can be agonizingly slow, and sometimes it flies so fast you’ll hardly notice it come and go. My one-year stay in Malaysia felt like the latter. A year ago, I was still packing up my luggage, nervous but decided to make the best out of my stay in Malaysia. Here I am …

Dive, Snorkel, Repeat: Guide to Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

People weren’t kidding when they said that Perhentian Islands is a must-see in Malaysia. To be honest, I don’t have high expectations about Perhentian Islands because I’d seen the beaches in Malaysia and they aren’t really up my alley. Another blogger friend has also been here and she said it was “Just okay.” In my …

Perhentian Islands: My last hurrah in Malaysia

Sometimes I question my decisions in life. For instance, this trip to Perhentian Islands. I only have one last weekend before my flight back to the Philippines. Do I spend it relaxing and organizing my luggage or do I go ahead on this trip? I was leaning on the first, but I promised myself I’d …

A Quick Afternoon Trip to Melaka

This is one of those casual posts where I’ll simply be babbling about what I did on one weekend here in Malaysia — a month before I go back home to the Philippines! My officemates (two cool people named Mika and Hermes) and I decided to go on a day trip to Melaka. Melaka (also …

Mabuhay Laguna: Finally, a decent Filipino restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

A few weeks ago, my officemates and I went for dinner in Mabuhay Laguna Restaurant, a Filipino restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was really happy that, finally, we found something we can recommend to non-Filipino friends here! Looking for good Filipino restaurants abroad When I first came here in Kuala Lumpur, I thought there …

Living abroad in Kuala Lumpur: Expectations vs Reality

There’s no guide in the whole planet that can prepare you for what life is like living in another country. You can read about expat tips, what to expect in the culture and so on, but the actual experience is always subjective and personal. For my third-quarter stay here in Kuala Lumpur (time flies!), here’s …

Travel guide to Kapas Island: A Backpacker’s Paradise in Malaysia

Some say that Kapas Island (also called Pulau Kapas) is Malaysia’s most beautiful island or at least it’s best-kept secret. For those unfamiliar with this place, Kapas Island is a small island in Kuala Terengganu, in the east coast of Malaysia. As of this writing (May 2018), it’s one of the less popular attractions to …

Your Local Guide to Night Markets in Kuala Lumpur

In Malaysia, night markets are locally referred to as pasar malam. To explore pasar malams is to go into the heart of Malaysian culture itself. I’m not simply talking about Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang. Although Jalan Alor is a good night market in itself, it caters especially to tourists so it has lost that …