Malaysia: Thean Hou Temple

My sister and I had an amazing race experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Why “amazing race?” Well, we didn’t have much time. We only had three days. I personally like the mode of transportation since there are free buses, and train stations everywhere. Tic-toc-tic-toc!

We had a hard time finding Thean Hou Temple. We had a race with the two Indians. My sister and I got lost first. We climbed a different hill. The couple got lost next. They went to a school instead of the temple. Anyway, a few minutes after my sister and I arrived at the temple, we also saw the couple finally reached the finish line. This imaginary race kept us from not giving up. Also, thanks to the Chinese whom we met along the way. They were very helpful.

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

We went to Thean hou temple. It was located in Robson Hill. We actually didn’t know where to find it. But, takes to Google and bloggers, we managed to get directions. We got there by train. The temple was being prepared for the Chinese New Year. You can see bird’s eye view of the city.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

It’s like an altar. Visitors also pray here.

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple

We passed by this temple on our way to Robson Hill. Based on my observation, this place is like the Chinatown of Malaysia since there are many Chinese temples, restaurants,  and schools located here.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Some of my pictures were kinda gloomy since it started to rain a little. Also, it was around 6 pm I think. Too bad we didn’t stay to see the night view. Well, maybe next time.

It’s MORE FUN in the Philippines: Madayaw! Davao!

Paradise Island, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort is in Samal Island. It’s a fifteen minute boat ride from Davao City. Although it does not have a wide shoreline, the water is clear and there are lots of activities to do. The price is also affordable, and the place has been popular with tourists.

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Blue Jazz Resort, Samal Island, Davao

Blue Jazz Resort, Samal Island, Davao

This is the front view of Blue Jazz Resort. It is just beside Paradise Resort.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

After the long drive from the port, it is really good to have a sumptuous meal while enjoying the view of the whole city. Jack’s Ridge offers delicious yet affordable meals. I personally enjoyed the “Bihod” or the eggs of the tuna.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

The designs are also very Filipino. It is really a must visit place in Davao.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

This is another view from the restaurant. I called it the “Mayan’s offering ground.” I don’t know what to call this, but I felt like I time traveled. 🙂

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

The long and winding road going to Eden Nature Park. I was really excited. I forgot that I didn’t have the chance to try zorbing (the zorb park closed last year 😦 ).

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

Instead of Zorb, I was ecstatic to try this. It’s called Skycycling. Just by its name, you know it’s worth a try.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

Eden is on the mountain top so it’s like little Baguio. There are lots of pine trees.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

This is across the activity zone. It’s an ideal place for relaxing.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

It’s a cozy dating site, too. 🙂

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

You can’t leave without taking a picture. Show some loving, i guess. There are many more to see, but some of my pictures are on my laptop, so these will do for now.

Madayaw! Davao! Enjoy!

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Mindanao Escapde

My mom, sister, aunt, cousin, and I went on a week long vacation. We traveled from Iloilo to Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte by plane. We rode on the bus for 12 hours to Davao City. We passed by Bukidnon and Cagayan De Oro. We then took another 4 hour bus ride to General Santos City in South Cotabato. After spending a night there, we headed to Lake Sebu. We stayed in Banga for another night. We passed by Koronadal and Suralah. We went back to GenSan and stayed there for two nights before going back to Iloiloi by plane. It was a week to remember. We were all backpackers. It was fun despite the heat of summer.

Maria Cristina

One of the Magagandang Tanawin in the Philippines. It generates electricity.

Maria Cristina falls

Maria Cristina falls (View from the top)

People are not allowed to go near the falls since it is dangerous. You can enjoy the view from the building next to it. Tourists are allowed to go up and take pictures.

Tinago falls, Lanao Del Norte

Tinago falls, Lanao Del Norte

Iligan, Lanao del Norte is a home of more than 20 water falls. From the name itself “ILIGAN” means “to go downstream.”There are a lot of swimming pools with spring water. And you can’t afford NOT going to Tinago Falls. Legend says that the water’s depth is infinite. Well, if you have the endurance to go down 420 steps or more, then you’re sweat will be worth it. A movie was once shot in this spot.

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tourists can go near the falls. You just have to pay, and you can go there and enjoy a “fresh shower.”

Off to See the Pandas!

Meet Fu Wa

Meet Feng Yi

Since I was a child, I really wanted to see a panda. Just before I reach 25, I finally got to see TWO. I am completely in love with the,. Meet Fu Wa and Feng Yi. They are in Zoo Negara, Malaysia. Why? Aren’t pandas in China? Well, the Chinese government lent them for 10 years.

If you also love panda, you can still check them out. Here’s how to get there from Kuala Lumpur.

From KL Sentral, ride a train going to Wangsa Maju. It’s just about RM 2.00.

From Wangsa Maju train station, ride a taxi. It’s just RM 6.30.

If you are going back to Wangsa Maju, it is better to ride a taxi outside the zoo. The ones inside usually have a fixed price of at least RM 35. So, just walk and cross the street.

Meet Fu Wa

Meet Fu Wa

Goodluck!

P.S. There are penguins, too! yay!

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

Surviving the Immigration: For First Time Travelers like ME!

My travel buddy/sponsor was my sister. I booked our ticket during the Peso Fare promotion of Cebu Pacific on July 5, 2014. Our scheduled flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was on February 1, 2015 (8:50 PM-12:25 AM- February 2, 2015). I have read too many posts on how to survive the Bureau of Immigration (BOI). Most of them were really extremes, so I was also very worried because it was going to be my first time.

I found this blog useful and you can also check this out. It has simplified information and the author travels a lot.

My sister and I prepared the requirements from the blog and we were all set.

I am a student so here are the things I brought with me:

1. passport

2. valid school I.D

3. School Registration Form (Form 5)

4. Bank Certificate

5. round-trip travel tickets (Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo, Manila-KL-Manila)

6. itinerary

7. hotel booking

My sister served as my sponsor since I am unemployed. She used to be a nurse in Riyadh. Here are the things that she brought:

1. passport

2. employment contract and other work-related papers

3. bank certificate

4. round-trip travel tickets (Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo, Manila-KL-Manila)

5. itinerary

6. hotel booking

*We also brought our NSO to prove that we are indeed related.

During the actual encounter with the BOI representative, I did not talk or say anything. I just smiled and smiled until she was finished interviewing my sister.

Their conversation was like this:

*My sister gave our passports and tickets to the BOI representative.

BOI: Kaano-ano niyo po siya? (What’s your relationship with her?)
Sister: Kapatid ko po. (She’s my sister.)

BOI: Saan ka nagtratrabaho? (Where do you work?)

Sister: Sa Riyadh po. Kakauwi ko lang. (I worked in Riyadh. I just got home).

BOI: For tour?

Sister: Yes!

BOI: Meron ba kayong itinerary at hotel booking?

*My sister presented our itinerary and hotel booking.

Our passports and tickets were approved. We waited for our flight smiling. We couldn’t believe it was smooth and easy as compared to other posts. By the way, the representative wasn’t rude or authoritative. She was polite and young maybe from 25-28.

Tips:

1. Be confident

Don’t be anxious looking while answering the questions and be straight to the point.

2.  Avoid showing too many papers unless the representative asks you to do so

My sister had brought her employment contract and other related papers but she did not even use them. She only showed our itinerary and hotel booking when the representative asked for them. Just present your passport and ticket first as stated on the list of the “What-to-bring” items of the BOI.

3. Dress like a tourist

Be presentable. If you are going as tourists then dress like one. Don’t wear too flashy clothes or the opposite.

4. Pray

I prayed at the airport’s chapel in the morning to help us see the Pandas. (Yes! There are pandas in Malaysia).

After that, when we went to Mall of Asia, I saw some signs like a girl carrying a panda, socks with panda faces, an I Love KL shirt, and other things.We also got a lucky penny on the jeepney. Crazy! 🙂

Goodluck to you!