Bui Vien

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Otres Beach

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Bukit Bintang

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Big Lagoon

El Nido, Palawan

Bangui Windmills

Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Calle Crisologo

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Filipino-Chinese Pagoda

San Fernando, La Union

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Free Ride: GoKL CityBus

GoKL CityBus is one of the reasons why I want to stay in Malaysia for a longer time. It's a free city bus service within KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown. When I say free, it's free--you don't have to spend anything. You just have to wait at the designated bus stops and you can enjoy the free ride! This service is very convenient for budget travelers like us.

GoKL CityBus has 2 main routes: Purple & Green Line

The bus goes around the main tourist attractions which makes it easier for budget travelers to go sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. At first, it was confusing to transfer from Purple Line to Green Line (and vice versa), but on our last day, we got used to it (like a local).

Inside GoKL CityBus

One good thing about GoKL CityBus is that they have free-wifi! Here are the places we visited using GoKL CityBus:

Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang

Pavilion Mall

Petronas Towers & Suria KLCC

Central Market

Petaling Street

There's a lot more places that you can visit in Kuala Lumpur using GoKL CityBus. If we had longer time, we would have visited all tourist attractions. Haha! So, basically you don't have to spend a lot of money to travel. And if you're confused, you can always ask the bus driver for directions. Trust me, they're very friendly.

Click this link for more information about GoKL CityBus:

Monday, 24 March 2014

A Taste of Indian Food in Kuala Lumpur

I have always been fascinated with India's culture so when I traveled in Malaysia, I was glad to know that there's a lot of Indians as well as Indian-owned establishments. It was an opportunity for me to finally try Indian dishes.


On our first day in Malaysia, we went to Bistro Tomyam, an Indian Restaurant located in Jalan Pudu Lama, Kuala Lumpur. It was only a couple of blocks away from Casa Villa Hotel.

A variety of dishes at Bistro Tomyam.

Because I was unfamiliar with Indian food, I asked the server for some recommendation. I ordered a dish called "Nasi Goreng" (I forgot) and it was too spicy for me. Hahaha! Jm ordered something like a curry rice with shrimp and veggies and it was also spicy! Haha!

Nasi Goreng?

 Curry rice w/h shrimp & veggies

We then ordered Lychee Juice-- perfect for the dishes we had. Even though I'm not a big fan of spicy food, I felt very satisfied that I was able to taste "authentic" Indian food because in Philippines we don't really have the chance to experience eating at an Indian Restaurant. 

Lychee Juice

After eating our breakfast, we ordered Roti Canai- a typical Indian-influenced flat-bread served with two curries. Well, supposedly we should eat this before the main dish.

Roti Canai, simply delicious!

The Indian staff who served us were very friendly and I was amazed that one of them can speak "Tagalog". Hahaha! I wish I had taken some photos with them! 

Budget? A decent meal for 2 will cost about RM 20 (260 Pesos).

I highly recommend Tomyam Bistro in Jalan Pudu Lama if you want to try budget-friendly Indian cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Eating On A Budget: Jalan Alor's Food Stalls in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

It was our first night in Kuala Lumpur and we were lucky to stay in an Indian-owned hotel in Jalan Pudu Lama, just a few minutes away from Bukit Bintang

Jalan Alor

Prior to our Malaysia trip, I was busy researching about the inexpensive accommodation and restaurants because we were literally on a "tight" budget.

In this case, it doesn't really matter if you're sleepy!

Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang is a street where you can eat incredibly cheap local Chinese cuisine. You can buy a meal for budget of RM 6 to RM 15 (78 - 195 Pesos).

The experience.

What I like about Jalan Alor is that it reminds me of Sta. Mesa, Manila where street foods and stalls are everywhere. The only difference is, I guess it's more crowded in Jalan Alor-- definitely a tourist's food paradise. Haha!

I was surprised that most street foods are actually boiled then grilled (to perfection)! Haha! I like the way they make sure the food that they serve is clean, pretty safe for tourists, ha.

Mouth-watering! (RM 12)

Set Meal for RM  9!

I find it very interesting to eat foods that I have never eaten before -- talk about getting out of your comfort zone. I was like a little kid drooling on every street food that catches my attention! 

This is somewhat like a pudding we ate for dessert. RM 5!

There's only one catch though, I find the alcohol a little expensive! That's too sad for a frequent drinker like me! Next time I visit Malaysia, I'll make sure I have enough funds for drinking!