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Hey guys! Sorry for the long few months of MIA. Well, I have been started working, doing some odd jobs and freelance and events, planning and going to Uni open houses and working on my new website!
So, now, I can officially announce that my new website is launched! In the future, you can check out my stuff here. It will be a little different from this blog. My new blog, Daydream Wallflower, is more of a travel and lifestyle blog. It consists of my travel stories, my design works and my thought on life and stuff, basically more varieties. I hope you will like it and continue to support me. I’ll see you on the flip side!
Singapore is a multiracial and culture nation. The main language is English. Other languages commonly spoken include Chinese, Malays, Tamil and dialects like Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka and others. But what really signifies Singapore is the language called Singlish. It is not technically a language. But rather, they are a bunch of words added behind a sentence to add emphasis which has no meaning. Here are some examples of speaking Singlish:
Ah: used for questions. E.g. Why late ah?
Got: means to have. E.g. Got the book already.
Lah: very commonly used to affirm a statement. E.g. Don’t be greedy lah!
Le: used to soften orders. E.g. Order le.
Liao: same meaning as already. E.g. Eat finish liao.
Lor: used for explanation. E.g. Just is lor.
Meh: commonly used in a question. E.g. Really meh?
One: added emphasis to end a sentence. E.g. That car so fast one.
Wah: used for expressing feeling or exclaiming something. E.g. Wah! Did you see the leopard? So fast one.
Eh: used when calling someone. E.g. Eh! Are you there?
So, if you are visiting Singapore, why not try to use Singlish to communicate with the locals. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, the locals will be glad to have tourist making an effort to speak in our own language.
Whenever we go travelling, we always try to pack light. In this post, I will be sharing 8 basic essentials outfit to bring along. When travelling, you want to be comfortable and explore with ease. You do not want to be wearing a tight outfit whole walking for long hours, exploring the country. It will only result in feeling uncomfortable, sticky and sweaty. For the following items that I am suggesting, they are loose, comfortable and fitting that are suitable for travelling in the summer. P.s. you can head to my Instagram to view the photos as there is a technical error
1. Plain white shirt/singlet
This is a must for all travels. Getting plain, solid colours make it easier to pair it with anything. Plus, it’s timeless and classic!
It is light and soft, compared to skinny or normal jeans and it goes with everything. Black would be the best options as it can mix and match with anything and makes your legs looks slimmer.
3. Short jeans
During the hot humid days, you want to avoid having your pants sticking to your legs which make them uncomfortable.
Sundress is easy slip on clothing and makes you looks good effortlessly during summer. It is also encouraged to bring a dress along as you want to dress sophisticated or chic during a night out in a city.
You can pair it with a sundress or wear it over a shirt when the weather gets a little chilly.
Bring a comfy sweater for long flights or when the weather gets colder.
7. Boho or yoga pants
This is my favourite and the most comfortable pants as it is so airy and light. It is easy and lightweight to bring during travels. There are many beautiful prints and patterns to choose from and simply just pair it with a plain or solid colour top.
It is best to wear sneakers or sports shoe when going for a walking tour or hiking as the shoes provide comfort and not suffer from blisters.
All the items are suitable for variable settings like at the beach, cities, temples and even hiking during the summer. If you travel for more days, you can wash the clothes you have worn and wear again. Hopefully it will allow you to pack light and pack smart.
Being a wanderluster, you are ready to travel the world! But are you really? Preparing to travel can be a stressful task but no worries. In this post, I will be sharing with you 10 steps to prepare yourself before travelling with ease.
1. Do research on where you are going
Read blogs, reviews, borrow guidebooks and dig up on resourceful information online. Familiarize with the places you are going. What kind of transport do you want to travel – by ferry, airplane, train, coach? Study maps. Check the weather forecast so you will know what to wear and bring. Also, check about the country’s political situation.
2. List all your must-dos and plan out a brief itinerary
Spread out your itinerary. Do not pack too many activities in a day. Not only will it exhaust you, it will be too rush, which resulted in having limited time for each location and might not get to see everything that you intend to.
Consult a doctor if you need any vaccination when travelling to the country. It is best to do that a few weeks before as it might need a few procedures.
4. Plan your expenses
Are you going on a budget or luxury travel to pamper yourself? Are you going to visit the attractions, sightseeing, or participate in activities? Note to include the expenses on accommodation, transport and flights too.
5. Check your passport for validity
The expiry date of a passport has to be not within six months to be allowed to leave the country.
6. Apply for visa
Research if the country you are travelling to require a visa.
7. Buy travel insurance
It is one of the essential things to prepare before travelling off. You will feel thankful if something goes wrong and you will not be at a disadvantage.
8. Write out your list of packing items
That way, if short of something, you can shop for supplies, appropriate clothing or gear equipments. However, remember not to overpack your luggage; instead, just buy the basics that can last you for a few days. You can always stock up supplies at the country’s convenient stores.
9. Scan a copy of your important documents
Scan your passport, identification card and print out your flight, accommodation details and other important documents.
10. Change your foreign currency
Check different shops for the highest currency rate. Do not change hastily. It is better to change in shopping malls or local outlets than in the airport. Also, do take note to bring some of your own local currency with you. And separate the foreign currency with the local currency in different pouches.
After you have done all the steps above, you are all set to see the world!!!
There are many reasons you might get stuck in your hotel room. Weather are mostly the cause, if not, it’s the illness or others. No worries, I have come up some ways to help you get off the boredom.
1. Sleep. Catch some snooze and rest.
2. Watch TV
3. Exercise. Work out.
4. Explore your hotel. There might be swimming pools, gym and other entertainment facilities.
5. Organize your suitcase.
6. Pamper yourself and have a bubble bath.
7. Make use of wifi. Research on places or contact your friends and family.
8. Use the stationeries provided in your room to write down notes, doodle or leave notes for the next person staying at the room.
9. Look out the window. People-watch, observe them. It is interesting to see how people interact with each other and what they are doing. The best thing is they will not notice you. Wink*
10. Vlog or blog. If you brought along a camera or laptop, video yourself talking about the day or what activities you will be doing next. If not, you can go online and blog about your trip, or simply surf the net.
What will you do when you are stuck in a hotel? Comment down below and share with me!
Local fishing village
If you are following my previous two posts, you will know that I spent a day, roadtripping in Kuala Lumpur. In this post, I will continue my last adventure where I visited a fishing village in Tanjung Karang.
The fishing village consists of houses built with wooden stilts on river banks, a coffeeshop, and a temple shrine and own town hall. I have learnt that there was some development going on as some of the wooden boardwalks are replaces with concrete pathways. There are also the old traditional toilets that you just dump your toxins into the river directly.
It is relatively peaceful out there in the nature. Occasionally, you can hear the creaking of wooden boards underneath you, swishing and splashing of the fishes or mudskippers in the river, or the locals’ chit chatting and laughing in their houses. Fishing boats docked along the river. There are a lot of cats, dogs and puppies around the village. The river feels more like a swamp, it is pretty dirty, flooding with trash, spoiled fishing nets and what not. Depending on the tide, if low tide, you will be able to see mud holes by the crabs and mudskippers.
In some point of the village, you will come across a pile of mountains of shells. They are clam shells, where the locals retrieved the flesh inside and just dump the shells there. It slowly accumulates to mountains and mountains of empty shells. If you feel like quenching your thirst or have snack, there is a coffeshop.
The village is quite charming of its own and you will learn about the lifestyle of the locals. There is not much to do there, but it is great for photography as the village provides authentic and fantastic sights. You may also rent a village boat from the locals to head out to explore the surroundings and witness the process of fishing.
Bagan Tengorak, Tg.Karang
The land of fish and rice and seafood
In my previous post, I shared about my trip to Bukit Malawati Hill where one of the highlight there is the Silver Leaf Monkey. Moving on, for part 2 of my adventures in Kuala Lumpur, I will be sharing my trip to the town, Sekinchan. Sekinchan is named as “The land of fish and rice”. There are several fishing villages and rice paddy fields that provide the locals with plenty of harvest of fishes and rice.
Our first stop there is at Pantai Redang Beach. It is a hidden beach in a corner of Sekinchan with scorching sun and warm breeze brushing across your face. If you are intending to go there, make sure to put on sunscreen and bring an umbrella or wear a cap.
Pantai Redang is a beach with a few snacks stalls for you to relax, chill and enjoy beach activities. One of the highlight is also a tree filled with red ribbons. It is a wishing tree. After purchasing for the red ribbons, you are supposed to make a wish and throw the ribbons onto the tree. Beside the wishing tree, there are benches, hammocks and swings that are made up of chair and ropes tied to trees that allow visitors to rest.
On the left side of the beach, you are able to see a row of fishing boats along the river which is the fishing village wharf. You are able to see fishing boats coming back with their harvest. There are plenty of activities to do such as flying kite, seashells picking, photography etc. Watch for the sunrise or sunsets as the view will be mesmerising.
Pantai Redang Beach:
Jalan Pantai Redang, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
Next, we went to visit the rice paddy fields. Driving along, it was like an endless path of bright green paddies. If lucky, you can see the process of the grains being ground into a truck in the middle of the field.
There is a paddy processing factory and the paddy museum where you can visit and learn about the process of the life cycle of rice planting. Besides the museum, there is also a café and a souvenir shop where you can purchase packed rice grains or snacks products made out of healthy rice grains and others.
Entrance fee for the rice paddy museum is RM4.
Rice paddy processing factory and museum:
Lot No.9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, Ban 2, Selangor, 45400 Sekinchan, Malaysia
If you are visiting Sekinchan, you can visit the fish village wharf. You are able to see how the fisherman works leaving the sea with their boats or coming back with plenty of rewards. Seafood is one of the reasons people are willing to travel to Sekinchan. There are several restaurants along the fishing jetties where they will serve fresh seafood dishes. And it is priced at a reasonable rate too. There are other activities nearby such as eagle feeding and fireflies’ tour at night or just walk around and explore the little town.
Recently, I’ve just visited KL. I had been to KL for several times, but this is the best trip out of the others. It was a fulfilling trip, filled with adventures and explorations in the off-beaten places in KL. I will be sharing my trip in three parts.
Silver Leaf Monkey
We started off our road trip to Bukit Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor where you can see Silver Leaf Monkeys. The monkeys seem pretty tame and harmless towards us. They are either sitting or roaming freely around the area. The monkeys mostly stay together as a group, leaving some to wander on their own. If lucky, you may even spot female monkeys carrying their baby. The baby is different from the fully grown Silver Leaf Monkey; the colour of their fur is golden brown while the fur of an adult monkey is black.
There is a cart selling bananas by the locals which the visitors can purchase and feed the monkeys. It can be a little scary as once you have the bananas, a group of monkeys will head towards you, tugging your shirt or even jumping to your shoulders to get a banana.
Apart from seeing the monkeys, there is a wide landscape view great for photography or simply just enjoys the coastline of Selangor view. There are a few cannon statues which were built by the Dutch who invaded during the 1700s. There is also the Kuala Selangor History Museum that displays monuments and items of the late 1700s. However, I did not manage to visit due to time limitation.
The travelling time from Kuala Lumpur is about an hour. Along the drive, you are able to enjoy the scenic view of local towns, villages and plantations. Entrance and parking is free for all. It is great for family bonding or a weekend getaway.
Bukit Malawati Hill:
45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Ipoh is known for their natural caves. Perfect for families and those who are looking for a peaceful and nature side of Ipoh. Perak is well known with its caves such as Perak Caves, Kek Lok Tong Cave, Sam Poh Cave and more.
During my trip to Ipoh, I managed to visit two caves. The caves really amaze me, from the scale to the architecture and structure. The first cave I went is in Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village, hidden in a part of Ipoh. For people who want to escape from the bustling city, this is the right place for you.
The village is surrounded by tall rock mountains, caves and a lake. It offers the beautiful vast mountain views and their displays are vintage/antique themed. Upon entering the entrance, there are several colourful houses. Qing Xin Ling provides accommodation for visitors to stay in. For the fee for accommodation, you have to as the front desk people.
If you believe in fortune telling, Qing Xin Ling provides this service for free. There are also vintage trishaws, carts and old school bicycles that the visitor can try their hands on with their family members on board. It is a good experience for all to try as pulling of the carts is used as transportation in the olden days. I have tried pulling myself. Boy, it was heavy!
Visitors can feed the fishes in the pond or just stroll and admire the beautiful nature. Around the area, you will spot ducks swimming in the lake or goats playing with each other. There are pavilions and shelters for you to just sit down and soak in the atmosphere. On certain rock walls, there are mural paintings which allow visitors to interact with and take photos.
Heading upwards of the mountain, there is a museum which displays antique household items. It will definitely bring back childhood memories for the locals and for others to learn about the. I did not manage to view the museum as it was pouring heavily. There are also hiking trails and other displays that allow you to take photos like it is in the 70’s.
The entrance fee is MYR4 and parking is free for all.
Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village:
22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Daily, 10.00 am – 5.30pm
The second cave I went was called Kek Lok Tong cave temple. It is a few minutes away from Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village. It is considered a tourist attraction as of today. Kek Lok Tong is used as a place of worship since 1920. The cave is salvaged from an old iron mine within one of Gunung Rapat’s many limestone hills.
Inside the cave, there are Buddhist statues which allow the visitors to pray. The people who work at the cave pointed out to me of some nature creations of rocks. The limestone that shaped of today is fascinating to watch.
At the other end of the cave, there is a huge garden which is great for strolling and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. There were not much people when I went to visit during the weekday. Strolling around the garden, you can hear the sound of nature. Different types of birds are chirping away, crickets sounds, it was simply beautiful and calm. If you are lucky, you might be able to spot monkeys around the area. There are lakes, flora and fauna for you to admire and one of the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh that is tiled with pebbles and rocks.
Entrance fee is free for all.
Kek Look Tong:
Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Daily, 7am – 6pm
For more information: visit www.keklooktong.org
Ipoh is one of the places where you can retreat from the fast-paced, city life. If you ever decide to travel to Ipoh, make some time aside to visit some of the caves. You will be able to experience true tranquillity and nature and be awed by the structure of the limestone within.