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On our 2011 Singapore trip, Arnold, Grace and I also went to Malaysia for a day.

It was my second time going to Malaysia but I didn’t really get to go around much when my family and I first went there.

So we woke up early to catch the bus to Malaysia. Got dropped off at Kuala Lumpur with no ringgit, no map and no idea where to go first. We wanted to visit  the Petronas Towers but we didn’t exactly know how to get there.

We walked to a telecom museum to find a map. Hopefully there was a free map.

We took the bus and stopped by a mall to eat lunch. We ate at McDonald’s. For a change, I ordered the Grilled Chicken Burger. The chicken didn’t really taste like chicken and that day, they didn’t have any ketchup so we had to dip our fries in hot sauce. It’s definitely weird to dip your fries in hot sauce.

While we were sitting, a group of students suddenly chatted with us and asked if we were Filipino. After a while we learned that one of them was Filipino. Her name was Patricia and she was kind enough to call up her mother to ask for the directions we BADLY needed.

McDonald's Malaysia Grilled Chicken Burger

McDonald's Malaysia French Fries

McDonald's Malaysia GCB

So after eating and getting our SGD changed to Ringgit, we walked to the Menara Tower.

It was awesome, and we were able to try the F1 simulator.

We learned that Petronas was just a few blocks away so we decided to walk. So while we were walking, we passed by this Milkshake Factory.

Milkshake Factory

Milkshake Factory

Milkshake Factory Menu

Milkshake Factory Flavors

Milkshake Factory Flavors

And as the Kinder Bueno Lover that I am, say hello to Kinder Bueno Milkshake!

Kinder Bueno Milkshake

To me it tasted like heaven. I wish someone would open a Milkshake Factory here in the Philippines.

It started raining, so we had to take a cab instead of walking a few more blocks to Petronas. However, when we got there, we learned that it’s closed for renovation. The day we go to Malaysia to see Petronas was the same day they closed it until December 2011. Sucks right?

So we just went around the mall to buy some stuff and went back to the bus terminal via the train.

We got to the terminal and to our surprise, all the buses back to Singapore are full for the night.

We ate at a Kenny Roger’s restaurant in the terminal. I order my regular rice, mashed potato and coleslaw combo with the regular chicken. To me it tasted weird but in a good way. The rice was cold, the potato tasted like it came from a box and the coleslaw was a bit bitter but I thought it was still tolerable.

Kenny Roger's Malaysia

After a tragic search for bus tickets, we were able to buy tickets for tomorrow morning. We slept at a really small room at a really cheap rate we haggled for.

We woke up early the next day got on our bus, ready to go back to Singapore.

Our bus stopped somewhere so we asked what was the stop for, the driver said “lunch” or so we thought, because when we came back after a 2 minute restroom break, our bus was gone.

We panicked a bit while we went around looking for the bus’ office. We told them our bus left us with our stuff. To our surprise, the manager was mad at us saying why did we go down. We were so confused and a bit agitated.

While talking to the manager, the guy next to us seemed like he got left by our bus too. So I talked to him. His name was Gareth. He was Malaysian and he also got left by the bus.

After a long debate with the manager and his assistant, we were told that we can wait for our bus so we can get our stuff. It was taking so long and we started to feel that we might not get our stuff back. We asked for the driver’s number but he wasn’t picking up. Worried and a bit angry we decided to rest for a while and had lunch with Gareth while waiting for our bus.

Thankfully, our bus came back with our stuff, we bought new tickets and we were all able to get to Singapore in one piece.

Perhaps the best thing about getting left by the bus was we were able to meet Gareth because before we left Singapore, we had lunch with him and his girlfriend Canny. 🙂

I’ve been to Singapore 3 times already. But the 3rd time was with my friends Grace and Arnold and it was when I really got to see Singapore.

For a week, it was like we were on red bull even though we weren’t. We woke up early, well they woke me up, we went out early and we went back to our hotel late at night.

We walked miles, no, kilometers around Singapore’s tourist spots.

Other than the wonderful places we’ve been to, I’ve got a chance to eat my favorite Singapore dishes.

On our Universal Studios Trip, we first visited Raj, Grace’s friend, at his hotel to have breakfast before we leave for Universal.

We all had Kaya Toast, a side of soft-boiled eggs and hot milk tea.

Then we went to Universal via Cable Car.

We were so pumped up to try all the rides! Well, at least Grace and I were very excited!

Our first ride was the Cylon roller coaster ride which was the best ride at the park!

After going on other rides such as the Mummy indoor roller coaster and the Jurassic Park ride, we decided to eat lunch.

I had Hainanese Chicken Rice at the Universal Studios Jurassic Park Cafe.

And a side of soy pudding and soy milk.

The chicken rice was moist. The vegetable sidings was slightly sour but tasted perfectly with the chicken. 11/10!!!

Hainanese Chicken Rice, Soy Pudding Cup and Soy Milk

After a tiring but super fun day at Universal Studios Singapore, we we’re starving and went straight to Vivo City’s food court to eat up.

I had my favorite  Prata cheese.

Prata Place at Vivo City

Prata and Milk Tea @ Vivo City

I also had a hot stone beef and vegetable bowl which was damn good. (Sorry for the language, but it really was)

Hot stone

We went home still psyched from all the great rides (my favorite is the CYLON roller coaster) and my tummy was full and happy.

On a different but no less than exciting day, we had dinner at Hawker’s Singapore with Grace’s colleagues from Citibank.

I had another Prata, which wasn’t as good a the one in Vivo City but was still good nonetheless.

Prata at Hawker's Singapore

For dessert, I had my favorite Ice Kachang.

Ice Kachang

During one of our strolls at the nearby mall from our hotel, I got a chance to grab a couple of Japanese Sponge Cakes. Cute and sweet!

Japanese Sponge Cake

Strawberry and Chocolate Sponge Cakes

Our 1 week Singapore-Malaysia Trip was definitely filled with crazy experiences like getting lost, being left by the bus and Arnold losing his passport. 🙂

I don’t know much about clothes, make-up or anything related to fashion for that matter.

My Mom buys MOST of my clothes. (Perhaps the only thing I’ve bought for myself in my closet are my the Flash and Batman t-shirts)

So when we were required to attend our Legal Management Congress and Ball at SMX Convention Center, a formal event – dress code was long gown, I panicked.

I had such a hard time choosing a dress. I don’t know what dress style should I wear, what color looks best on me, what accessories, make-up, or shoes that would match the dress I would buy.

A day before the ball and I still didn’t have a dress.

I’ve tried on dresses but I couldn’t choose for myself.

I’ve sent pictures of myself in some dresses and asked my parents what should I buy.

I called up my Dad. This was how our conversation went:

Me: “Yung blue dress bagay ba sakin?” *clueless* (Does the blue dress look good on me?)

Dad: “Oo”. (Yes)

Me: “Eh kung yun bibilin ko, ano naman dapat yung shoes na susuotin ko?” (If I buy the blue dress, what shoes should I wear?)
Dad: *long pause* “Aba ewan ko, di naman ako nagsusuot ng ganun pano ko malalaman. Tanong mo si Mom mo.” (I don’t know. I don’t wear (high-heeled) shoes, how should I know. Ask your Mom.)

I forgot I was talking to my Dad. Hahaha 😀

P.S. I ended up buying a red dress. Hahaha

How about you? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve asked your Dad?

Me eating a crepe

Me eating a shawarma

Me cleaning up the shawarma sauce that I accidentally spilled on my dress

Kat and I. (I'm trying to show my muscles)

Kat, Khey, Pat and I

‘Nuff said.

Besides Thousand Teas, I also often visit Fruit Magic for some healthy fruit drinks, flavored soy milk or even a plate of pasta.

I’ve tried the beef stroganoff and the beefy tomato pasta which were both really tasty but not enough to fill my stomach.

So I tried the Roast Beef Wrap. It was awful. The roast beef was too hard. It felt like I was swallowing pieces of dried cement. The wrap was cold and difficult to bite into and the onion made my mouth smell too much. Then there’s the soy chips on the side. It was interesting but it didn’t help make the dish better at all.

Perhaps it could have been better if the wrap was freshly baked and the roast beef wasn’t difficult to eat.

My Melon Shake was fantastic though. 🙂

One thing is for sure though, it’s a healthy dish – HEALTHY, not for the hungry.

Roast Beef Wrap with a side of Soy Chips