Monthly Archives: November 2012

Malaysia | Petronas Twin Tower and Batu Caves, Two of Malaysia’s Tourism Jewel

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From Singapore, Malaysia is already very near that you can travel by bus, by train or by air. In my case, I opted to take the bus (StarMart Express) which departs from the Golden Mile Complex and stops exactly right in front of Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur City Center. From the complex, it would take 5 to 6 hours to reach the square.

Golden Mile Complex

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Berjaya Times Square

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Berjaya has food court on the lower ground floor called “Taste of Asia”. Before you buy anything, get your EZ-Link like card at the cashier right at the entrance of the food court. Your card must be preloaded with enough balance to buy something from the different stalls or tenants inside. They will not accept any cash for the food you want to eat. No card, no food in this part of the Berjaya Times Square. If you have a change, you’ll need to go back to the cashier and exchange your card for your change. By the way, this is a WiFi free area. Ask your password from the cashier when you get a card.

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Batu Caves is a limestone hill that is located north of Kuala Lumpur. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. Tourists are flocking to see this Hindu religious site yearly. From the foot of the hill, one needs to climb 272 steps to reach the mouth of the cave. It is a good physical workout. Keep your personal belongings safe as clever monkeys linger on the steps. They might grab your thing and gone forever.

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The caves can be easily reached via a Komuter train from KL Sentral to BatuCaves station.

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Petronas Twin Tower – known as Menara Petronas or Menara Berkembar Petronas in Malay, are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur.  It is the city’s landmark. It has a skybridge to serve as a viewing deck to a panoramic Kuala Lumpur. Currently, Petronas Tower is world’s tallest twin tower. By the way, going up the skybridge is not free.

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Suria KLCC is a high-end shopping mall below the tower. There’s a food court here at the upper floor and food is relatively cheap.

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KLCC Park – is a 6.9 hectares park just outside Suria KLCC with jogging and walking paths. It also features a fountain with incorporated music and light show, pools, and a children’s playground.

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery – located at the Merdeka Square.

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The Central Market offers a lot of souvenir items from Kuala Lumpur.

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A side trip to Johor, Malaysia, can lead you to various tourism destinations including the recently opened “Legoland Malaysia”. But unfortunately, I have not been there. I only went to “Johor Zoo”, yeah sounds boring, but my Johor trip happened when Legoland is still a construction in progress.

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There’s more in Malaysia, but as of the moment, these are just the sites I’ve been to.

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Singapore | Gardens By The Bay, Singapore’s biggest eco-friendly destination…

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Gardens by the Bay is a park as vast as 101 hectares located at the back of Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. The park is divided into Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and the Bay Central Garden. The garden is said to bring balance of flora in the city-state. Quickly after opening, it has become popular to tourists as well as event organizers.

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Bay Central Garden is the area fronting the Bayfront MRT Station and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

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Bay East Garden – fronting Singapore Flyer

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Bay South Garden – the biggest among the three.

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There are two conservatories in the East Garden, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. The conservatories are two structures where the temperature is being regulated.

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Supertress – these are artificial tress towering the gardens. It is home to various ferns, vines, orchids and other aerial plants. It actually mimics some function of a real tree. It acts as an environmental engine of the garden. It absorbs solar energy from the sun use to light itself and the whole garden, help collects rain water for various purposes, etc.  The tree during the night has a light and music show. There is also an elevated walkway, a connecting bridge between two of the larger trees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the garden and rest of the city’s skyline.

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Supertree Groove…

How to Go?

Bayfront (Circle Line) MRT Station beneath MBS is the nearest MRT to date for easier access in the garden. According to authorities, by 2021, Gardens By The Bay MRT Station will already be operational. But why wait for that? Bayfront is pretty much a walking distance to the gardens. A bus service is also available via Bus 400 of SBS Transit. It actually passes along the Marina Gardens Drive. Taking a cab is also an option, but cab in SG is expensive. Be alert, don’t just hop, you might be riding on a Chrysler 300C or Mercedes-Benz Vitos.

Check out the website below for more information…

http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

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