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February 2015 Blogs

Singapore on a Shoe String traveling

Singapore on a Shoe String

(Feb 20, 2015) Having explored Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia on my way south, the only country remaining is Singapore - reputed to be the most expensive city in Southeast Asia and the 4th in the world (Forbes). Backpacker forums summarize Singapore this way: Don't even think about it! This sent chills up my spine, specially with my dwindling cash with nothing on the horizon. I had to think many times. Do I cave in and go back to Thailand for $1 meals and $5 dorm beds? I had to remind myself that the worst thing that can happen in life is to be haunted by the specter of 'should have done it' and 'what if'. With extreme trepidation, I braced myself for whatever happens to me in Singapore....more »»

The Kuala Lumpur Experience traveling
The Kuala Lumpur Experience
(Jan 21 - Feb 20, 2015) Even though my near-perfect 30-day stay in Kuala Lumpur was marred by a failed police-extortion attempt, everything else was wonderful. I was impressed by their urban infrastructure, I was amazed by their multi-culturalist, I was at ease with their command of English, and overall, I really felt the hard work the tourism people put into their jobs....more »»

Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 17, 2015) I was walking along the dark section of Lorong Bandar 22 near Jalan Sultan in Chinatown at around 8:30pm when 5 men surrounded me and told me they were the police and demanded that I give them my passport....more »»

Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur traveling
Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 18, 2015) Batu Caves is a majestic limestone outcropping just north of Kuala Lumpur and the pilgrimage site by the Hindus who celebrate the annual festival of Thaipusam. The caves have a cathedral-like expanse with monuments of Hindu deities big enough to match it....more »»

Walking Tour of China Town traveling
Walking Tour of China Town
(Feb 5, 2015) Kuala Lumpur's China Town is one of the city's bustling districts with frenzied activities all day long - good cheap eats, China wares shopping, hotels, backpacker lodges, tourists, etc. Staying in this area for 16 days gave me a unique glimpse of this vibrant place....more »»

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

Lora Frances Lorente Yoga Teacher Middle Eastern Cuisine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lora Frances Lorente
Yoga Teacher
8:30pm Wednesdays
Hippie Hub
Mid Valley

Hoi An Hotels

An Hoi Hotel, Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam, swimming pool, balcony, restaurant

An Hoi Hotel
Hoi An Ancient Town

SuBi3 Beauty Salon and Spa, Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam, facial treatment, scrubs and wraps, hair cutting, waxing, nail treatment, threading, massage therapy

Su Bi 3 Beauty Salon & Spa
Hoi An Ancient Town

Hue Hotels

Canary Hotel, Hue, Vietnam
Canary Hotel
Hue, Vietnam

Da Nang Hotels

Sanouva Danang Hotel, Vietnam
Sanouva Danang Hotel
Da Nang, Vietnam

La Oliva Bistro & Bar, Danang, Vietnam
La Oliva
Bistro & Bar
Da Nang, Vietnam

In Balance Spa, Danang, Vietnam
In Balance Spa
Da Nang, Vietnam