Monday, March 27, 2017

Traveling with Traveloka!

When The Weekend Traveler (me) misses home in Kuala Lumpur (KL), home is just an hour’s flight away from Singapore where I am currently living in. I am truly blessed that it’s so easy to fly home and I usually fly during the weekend with either Firefly or Jetstar.

For my upcoming trip, I would like to try something different, and I am planning a relaxing staycation. I have in mind to book a hotel stay at the Best Western Petaling Jaya. The hotel seems to be a good choice because it’s close to home. It’s about 50 minutes’ and 30 minutes’ drive from the KLIA airport and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, respectively. It’s also close to the Mid Valley Megamall Kuala Lumpur and a few steps away from Jaya 33 Shopping Mall Petaling Jaya. In any case, getting around town is no longer a difficulty because I could always use either Uber or Grab to commute.

I will be trying to book a hotel with Traveloka Malaysia, a travel booking platform in Southeast Asia I recently discovered while researching hotel options for this trip. I am going to try something new! The website’s interface is easy to navigate, and I’ll be putting it to the test for my booking with Best Western.

With the logistics arrangements—or should I say impending experimentation—figured out, I can’t wait to be back in KL and play tourist. One of the things I missed most is hiking. I’d like to revisit FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia). FRIM is founded in 1929, surrounded by the Bukit Lagong forest reserve. It’s a highly popular public spot for outdoor recreation and nature education activities. My last hike there was almost a decade ago, so it’s time for me to return!

Source: The Star

Another place that I highly recommend visiting is the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Suria KLCC. When I was working at the Petronas Twin Towers 10 years ago, I made my daily rounds to Kinokuniya (I lovingly call it “Kino”). Now, every time I am back home, I WILL make it a point to go to Kino and buy a few books on my wish list, which are mostly language books. The selection and range at Kinokuniya is amazing! For those who wonder about this place, Kinokuniya is a renowned international bookshop chain from Japan. The first time I was exposed to Kino was when I was 18 years old—fresh out of high school—and my former Japanese boss offered to help me buy a dictionary at the KL Kinokuniya.


I must also admit I have a thing for street food and bazaars. I am not a shopaholic, but I love people-watching and indulging in some street photography at the must-see markets in Chinatown (Petaling Street) and Little India in Brickfields. If you enjoy bargaining, you would get plenty of satisfaction shopping at Petaling Street for whatever it is that you’re looking for (mostly knock-off brands). Oh yes, not forgetting the interesting food choices too.

Little India is located from Jalan Travers up to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, and is easily accessible by KTM Komuter, monorail station, or Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line; get off at the KL Sentral Station. I love the eateries there—don’t miss out on the authentic Indian banana leaf rice! As mentioned earlier, I am not big on shopping but if you are looking for Indian textiles (sari, anyone?), flower garlands, and spices, Little India is the place to be. As for me, I’ll be back for more photo opportunities.

Source: TrekEarth