Well, after so many months of planning and preparations, we’re finally back from our 5 day first international trip. 🙂 After learning that Airphilexpress had a seat sale of P899 for Singapore, I immediately booked online and was lucky enough to get Feb. 12-17 without any difficulties. Yes, we were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day abroad as well as my birthday that falls on the same day. 😉 As usual, pexers from pinoy exchange helped me a lot. Thanks to you guys! Most especially to honeybea and vanjs.
Singapore was the only destination that we planned to had but since the pexers shared different experiences of their own about crossing the border to Malaysia, I eventually changed our plan. That’s the time I started making research about our trip and asking for some advice to fellow pexers. All my questions were answered and tips were also given to me. Without their help, we won’t be able to have a successful DIY trip! 😉
Since we’ll be needing ringgit and sgd, I tried to find money changers here in Quezon City who have good rates. Actually, I found one at St. Francis in Ortigas, the BIG C Money Changer. They sell 1RM in P14.50 and 1SGD in P34.50. Not bad huh! But I didn’t have a chance to buy because they have no ringgit and sgd most of the time! Grrrr! Having not enough time to spare, I decided to buy at Bamboo Money Changer in Cubao even though 1RM is P14.90. Tsk tsk tsk… Just bought enough money that we can use for buying bus tickets, foods and train cards. I was decided to buy ringgit and sgd in Malaysia for it’s cheaper there. Promise!
After lots of hard work in downloading train route maps in KL and SG and researching places to visit, I was able to make an itinerary for our trip but failed to follow some of the things I listed. Here is what I prepared before we left: Click on each day to find out our travel adventures. 🙂
-Go to the airport at around 1pm for the 4pm flight.
-Buy EZ link card $12 and have an additional load of $10.
-Go to Queen St. via MRT to Bugis and take the Bus 170 in Johor Bahru Bus Terminal.
-Buy tickets for Kuala Lumpur at Larkins Bus Station. (need to get there before 12mn)
-Take the Bukit Jalil MRT to Comfort Inn Hotel in Bukit Bintang.
-Leave luggage at the hotel.
-Get tickets for Petronas Towers.
-KLLC Suria, Cold Storage, KL tower, mosques, museums and parks, Midvalley
-Chinatown, Bukit Bintang Walk, Sungei Wang, Lot10…
-Batu Cave, Genting Highlands, malls and groceries
-Go to Melaka and buy tickets at Bukit Jalil Bus terminal
-Check-in at Tang House
-See the temples, mosques, churches, Afamosa, museums.
-Go to Singapore and buy tickets at Melaka Sentral Bus Station.
-Check-in at Cozy Corner’s Guesthouse and leave baggage.
-Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth, Merlion, Esplanade, Marina Sands, Helix Bridge, The Flyer
-Kampong Glam, Bugis
-Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, MICA bldg, CHIJMES
-Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, Fort Canning Park, Little India
-Sentosa: Boardwalk, Skyline, Songs of the Sea
-Early check-out and leave baggage.
-Marina Sands Skypark
-Chinatown: hawker centers and temples
-Get baggage and go to the airport before 6pm
To tell you honestly, we were not able to follow this itinerary due to weather condition and lack of time. But we had fun for we were able to see and be in those places that really made our day! 😉