Malaysia: Travel Expenses and Kwentos

June 24, 2014 Tsina 0 Comments

I decided to travel alone in Malaysia. Technically, this was my first time to travel out of the country alone. Still, I managed to see my friends at Legoland in Johor Bahru, and even stayed with Karen for two nights in Kuala Lumpur. I went to Genting for my ME time too. Feel free to go over my kwentos, alright?

The adventure started at the Batu Caves, and this was the day before the Thaipusam festival. Do not be dismayed by the 272 steps, just go for it. 

I went to Genting, and had my first cable car ride. Bring a sweater, because it could be cold. Try going to the Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms, you could have better luck than me. :P

I flew to Johor Bahru from KL, and stayed at the Warm Blanket Hostel. My Singapore-based college friends managed to meet me at Legoland, and we spent the day in the theme park, and outlet shopping. 

I went back to Kuala Lumpur, and spent my remaining days going around the city. What is Kuala Lumpur without the Petronas Tower?

For someone who travelled alone in Malaysia, I find the place relatively cheap. But of course, I was able to save two nights of stay in the hostel; thanks to Karen. But I listed my expenses below that can be used as reference, food and pasalubongs not included. :P 

** 1RM = 13.57 PhP


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Sydney Opera House

June 22, 2014 Tsina 0 Comments

And months after my Sydney trip, I am going to blog about my favourite place in Sydney, the Sydney Opera House! Hehe. I booked a guided opera house tour online, and paid AUD 37 for it. I chose a morning tour, but they offer guided tours from 9am-5pm daily. I walked to the opera house from the serviced apartment. I immediately went to the meet-up point, and they provided us a pair of headset. This is important so one can hear the tour guide. 
The tour guide told us a lot of stories about the Sydney Opera House. One of the things I find interesting is the design of the opera house. In the 1950s, they opened an international design competition, one of the designs submitted was from Jorn Utzon. The design, however, was one of the rejected designs, until the last of the four judges arrived and looked over the rejected designs. He selected Utzon's design. Jorn Utzon had never seen the site of the opera house prior to the contest. 
We went through several of the theatres, but was only allowed to take pictures at the Studio. The Studio is designed for any type of event, such as film screenings and circus. Yes, circus.
Next, we went to the Drama Theatre; and the the Playhouse. We were not allowed to take photos on those two. We also watched a short video clip about the opera house.
We also took more photos of the interiors. This area of the glass wall facing the harbour bridge provides an amazing view.

My favourite theatre is the Concert Hall, but we were not allowed to take photos too. The impressive acoustics is derived from the high-vaulted ceilings and wooden paneling.
grabbed from Sydney Expert website
I just couldn't missed my chance on watching a play, or a concert, in the Sydney Opera House. I planned to watch the play, Romeo and Juliet on that same day but decided to watch it on another day. The ticket was pretty expensive on that day. I went back on a Wednesday night, and bought the ticket online for AUD 55. I don't usually watch play, but I found the actors good. They used a rotating cube to transition from one scene to another; the first, on my experience. However, there were times that I find them difficult to understand because they also used Shakespearean lines.  
the Romeo and Juliet night :)


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June 16, 2014 Tsina 0 Comments

There is something right now that scares me. Funny, but this is the first time that I'm scared of forgetting someone. I'm scared to forget you. I'm scared of not remembering how you used to smile. I want to remember how my heart flutters with the mention of your name. I want to keep looking for you in a crowded place. I want to still look forward on the off chances of meeting you. I want to keep on wanting you. 

You are the person who keep me from falling apart. When I wanted to forget him, I used to look at you and your smile, and reminded myself not to go back on the broken things. Without realizing it, I couldn't remember the last time I wanted to go back on him. This, however, is one crazy thing. We haven't even met yet.

I want to keep on wanting you. Because wanting you makes me want to succeed in my life. Because wanting you makes me want to do whatever I want, and enjoy them. Because wanting you reminds me of my worth as a woman. But you are slowly becoming a blur. 

There is something right now that scares me. Funny, because forgetting you scares me a lot. 


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My 29th

June 12, 2014 Tsina 0 Comments

Heyaaa! I turned 29 last Sunday. Err, yeah, 29. I celebrated my birthday in Hong Kong, and this was the first time I celebrated it outside the country. I received numerous SMS, wall posts, and private messages. My friends remembered. Good. :P 

We decided to visit Ocean Park on this day, instead of Disneyland. I wouldn't want to imagine the number of people at Disneyland on a Sunday, so we opted to go in the Ocean Park instead. It was fun still. Wait for my blog posts on my birthday trip, alright? :P

Jelai, my college friend, surprised me with a birthday cake on this day. Yey, I love surprises, remember? :P I bought the Hong Kong Starbucks tumbler too, I forced Tatang to gift that to me. Hehe. I still accept gifts, Pandora charms preferably. :P

I couldn't think of any birthday wish, and posted this on Facebook. Hehe.
This, despite the birthday blues. :P


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June 01, 2014 Tsina 0 Comments

I created a blog entry years back on the #26ThingsAboutMe. But it has been almost 3 years and a lot of things have changed. Now that it is already June, and almost my birthday.. let me create another list. :P

1. I love the long hours at the bus. I used this time to think. But I dislike the morning rush hour.

2. I'm scared of failure. But I'm not scared of making mistakes. When we make mistake, we could still make things work on our favour  But failure, failure is the end of our goal; and we have to try again.

3. I dislike rejection.  

4. I love conversations. I love to talk to people who I'm comfortable with.

5. Actions speak louder than words. But word is more definite. 

6. I love dark chocolates and Blue Bunny's Mint Chocolate Ice Cream.

7. I would love to go back in Sydney. 

8. I love the sun, sand and the beach. But I can't swim.

9. I don't mind getting dark after a trip. 

10. I love walking barefoot at the office. 

11. I dislike the situations that I couldn't control.

12. When I'm comfortable on someone, I let my guards down.

13. I dislike profanity. But I curse when I'm mad.

14. I need coffee every morning. When I don't have time for breakfast, I buy hot mocha at Starbucks. I bring instant coffee at the office too. Kopiko is good. 

15. I am not confrontational.

16. I re-read books when I only want to relax. I favour Harry Potter books and Mary Higgins Clark books.

17. I still buy books at the book sales despite having my Kindle for years.

18. I love surprises.

19. It takes a lot for me to let go of someone close to me. This applies to friends. 

20. Patience is not my strength.

21. I love to travel.

22. I want a partner who will go to the off-beaten road with me.

23. I have a thing on people who know me well. This applies to friends too.

24. I keep small circle of friends. 

25. I don't compete with anyone. I compete with myself.

26. I love to eat. But I can't cook. 

27. I'm easy to please. But I don't please people.

28. I hate bullying. Jokes are meant to be fun.

29. I work hard for the things I get, and it's normal to feel proud of our achievements.

The #29ThingsAboutMe, people. I would have listed the 29 things I would want to receive on my birthday though. Hehe. But greet me on my birthday, okay? :P


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