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amazing race malaysia: day 4

Published May 2, 2014 by ladyemelye

march 8:

this is our last day in malaysia.  for this day, we rented a taxi to take us a tour around in putrajaya and then take us to the airport for our flight back to manila.

we had our breakfast courtesy of the hotel.  the buffet spread was almost the same as what was served in the first hotel that we stayed at.  again, i had the pink guava juice. 🙂

breakfast at ibis styles

breakfast at ibis styles

after breakfast, we headed again to the old town coffee shop at the ground floor of our hotel building to get coffee and tea which we brought back to manila.  we also ordered some drinks and kaya toast.

old town coffee

old town coffee

we then went back to our hotel room where we finished packing our things and got ready for the last leg of our malaysia trip.  at noon, we checked out of the hotel and we had our driver/tour guide waiting for us.  we then proceeded going to putrajaya.

from wikipedia:  putrajaya is a planned city located 25km south of kuala lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative center of malaysia.

we went around the city to take a look at the different structures, buildings and landmarks of the place.  it is really amazing how the city is well planned, including all the phases of construction and the offices that will be contained therein.  if you need to do transactions that involve the government, you just need to go to this place and be done with it.  there are also a lot of bridges and mosques which are inspired by modern art.

putra mosque

putra mosque

seri wawasan bridge

seri wawasan bridge

we decided to avail of the putrajaya cruise tour which will take us around the city aboard a boat.  while waiting for the schedule of the boat, we first got the little boy his cake since this day is the actual day of his birth. 🙂

the birthday boy and his cake

the birthday boy and his cake

we then boarded the boat which took us around the city.  the tour guide also offered some information and commentaries regarding the city’s history and also of the various structures that we passed by.  the trip was around 45 minutes.

cruise tasik putrajaya

cruise tasik putrajaya

aboard the cruise

aboard the cruise

after the tour, we then proceeded to the airport which is about 30 minutes away from putrajaya.  we did the check-in, drop-off of our luggages and then waited for our airplane at the boarding gate.

during the flight home, we got my son a little stuffed airplane as a “gift” for him.

little matteo and little ceb

little matteo and little ceb

that is the end of our malaysia trip.  we sure will be back to explore other parts of the country which we haven’t seen yet. 😀

amazing race malaysia: day 3

Published April 30, 2014 by ladyemelye

march 7:

we were travelling back to KL this day.  so after we had our breakfast, we packed our things and checked out of the hotel.  we then proceeded to senai airport for our flight back to KL via airasia.

when we arrived at the airport, the check in counters for our flight were still closed so we decided to wait and eat something at old town coffee.  hubby had the kaya toast + soft boiled eggs and iced white hazelnut coffee while i had a milk tea.

at old town coffee

at old town coffee

after we had eaten, we went back to the the counters.  we checked-in our flights and dropped our bags, then we proceeded at the boarding gate where we waited for our flight.

the flight was hassle-free, although we had some concerns with the seating arrangement that was generated by the system since one of us was assigned a seat location far from the first two.  so my hubby and son were seated together and i was separated from them.

there was some delay before we got our baggage so we were a little bit pressed for time since i have already purchased petronas twin towers.  after we got our baggage, we had take out food from mcdonald’s since we haven’t eaten lunch yet, and then proceeded to buy tickets for the bus ride/van transfer to our hotel.

bus ride going to the city

bus ride going to the city

travel time was around 1.5 hours.  we were able to nap a little.  arriving at the city, we were then transferred to a van which would take us to our hotel.

we stayed at ibis styles during the rest of our trip.  i availed of the hotel rates being offered by accor.  the room hotel was perfect for travelers who are on a budget.  it had a king sized bed, a day bed plus most of the hotel amenities that one would need.  again, we were allowed two devices to connect to the wifi network.  i liked the color scheme of the room plus the fact that it had an iPod dock. 🙂

the bed

the bed

colorful sink

colorful sink

shower area

shower area

after we have settled in the room and freshened up a little bit, we went down to get a taxi that will take us to klcc.  traffic was a little heavy at the city so we arrived just in the nick of time.  there was already a line for our time slot, so i had to claim our tickets and proceeded to queue.

the twin towers from afar

the twin towers from afar

when it was our group’s turn to go inside.  we were first given a sort of an overview regarding the tower.  it was kinda cool since the images were projected onto smoke.  no drinks, food, and bags are allowed in the tower and skybridge so we had to leave our things except for my son’s water.

we first went to the skybridge which connected the two towers, and then proceeded to the observation deck in one of the towers.  the engineering and other aspects of the towers were really great.  my hubby was able to appreciate this more since he is a civil engineer.

at the skybridge

at the skybridge

one of the towers plus the kl menara tower

one of the towers plus the kl menara tower

each group was given only a certain amount of time in the skybridge and the observation deck, and then you will be asked to go down.  we bought some souvenirs at the shop like the towers replica, keychain and magnet.

we were already hungry by the time we finished with the twin towers, so we ate at nando’s inside the klcc mall.

peri-peri chicken

peri-peri chicken

we only ordered the “mild” chicken, but it was still a little bit spicy for my taste.  nevertheless, we finished our chicken and side dishes.  my son enjoyed the potato wedges that was included in our order.

after eating, we had a small photoshoot outside where the twin towers were all lighted up.  we were just on the “backside” of the tower and too lazy to go to the other side.

the twin towers at night

the twin towers at night

we took a taxi to central market where we shopped for pasalubong.  after we have gotten something for everyone, we then again took a taxi to our hotel.  upon arrival, we just cleaned up, sorted our things a little bit, and then hit the sack. 🙂

amazing race malaysia: day 2

Published April 30, 2014 by ladyemelye

march 6:

this is our legoland day. 😀 we already had the hotel arrange our tickets and transportation to the legoland park.  since we only had a day, we were not able to check out the water park.

we first had our breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant which is already included with the room accommodation price.  it was a buffet that served mostly malaysian food, but there was also a little bit of indian and western choices available.  i really liked the pink guava juice that was one of the choices for the drinks.

view from our room

view from our room

breakfast at the restaurant

breakfast at the restaurant

after breakfast, we lounged around the hotel lobby, took some pictures and then waited at the business lounge for our driver who will take us to legoland.

rawr!

rawr!

the ride to legoland was around 30 minutes.  we were dropped off at the mall of medini which has several shops and restaurants you can eat at if you do not want to eat inside legoland.  you will walk the stretch of the mall before you get to legoland’s main entrance.

which way to legoland?

which way to legoland?

welcome to legoland malaysia!

welcome to legoland malaysia!

at the left side of the picture is the legoland hotel which features themed rooms.  we hope that we can stay here the next time and try out the water park. 🙂

at the entrance and at several parts of the park, there are photographers who will take a photo of you with a great background (like the legoland entrance signage) or a computer generated one.  they will then give you a bracelet which has a barcode, and you can claim you pictures later on, if you like, at the shops.  they are also kind enough to take shots using your own camera just like what we have.

emmet and wyldstyle at the entrance

emmet and wyldstyle at the entrance

it was very hot in legoland.  the trees are still small and there are some area with shade, but mostly it was hot concrete.  make sure that you use sunblock and bring caps, umbrellas, sunglasses, fans and of course lots of water.

we went around the park and tried out several rides.  we did the junior driving school, boating school, and the legoland express.  my son also spent some time playing at the shipyard.  since we went on a weekday, there were just a few people and queues almost do not exist.

matteo driving the car

matteo driving the car

aboard the legoland express - this train goes around the legoland city section of the park

aboard the legoland express – this train goes around the legoland city section of the park

after this,we had our lunch at the market restaurant.  they have a “cafeteria” kind of service wherein you will choose the food set that you want, and then you pay for it and then bring it to your table.  hubby and i had the chicken meal, while matteo had chicken nuggets.  most of the meals come with a fruit cup and a drink.

chicken rice meal

chicken rice meal

fanta and ribena

fanta and ribena

papaya, honeydew and watermelon cups

papaya, honeydew and watermelon cups

photo with laval (legends of chima)

photo with laval (legends of chima)

we then went to the lego city airport.  too bad that the dino island ride was under maintenance that day so we were not able to try it out.  we spent sometime inside the duplo playtown where my son had a blast building things with the various bricks, running around, and playing with the slides.

in our airplane

in our airplane

duplo playtown

duplo playtown

to cool off from the heat, we watched two 4d shows at the lego studio — lego racers and clutch powers.  it was a fun experience for my son, especially when we were getting showers. 😉 we also tried out the observation tower which gives you a bird’s eyeview of the whole park.  from the top, you could see that there are still plenty of areas for development which could mean more areas to explore in the future.

with our 3d glasses

with our 3d glasses

inside the observation tower

inside the observation tower

hubby and son enjoyed building towers and cars which they could test at the build and test area. 😀

testing their building against earthquake

testing their building against earthquake

since there were only the three of us touring the park, hubby and i rode the rollercoaster — the dragon — separately.  it was kind of unique in a sense that you first go through a sort of story before being plunged into the excitement of the roller coaster.  the ride was kind of short that i had to go through it again.  good thing there were no lines. 🙂

enter the dragon :P

enter the dragon 😛

we had some snacks at the knight’s feast and then we proceeded in touring the world at miniland.  from the website:

See the world in an amazing new way in MINILAND, the centrepiece of every LEGOLAND®Park.  It took three years and more than 30 million LEGO® bricks to recreate some of Asia’s best known landmarks in detailed miniature.Stroll through famous scenes from 17 Asian countries, including the Petronas Twin Towers, the Merlion Statue and the Taj Mahal.The whole of MINILAND is animated, and guests – big and small – can bring the models to life at the touch of a button.

bolinao, pangasinan

bolinao, pangasinan

preview of the twin towers

preview of the twin towers

after this, we went to the big shop to get some shirts, magnets, keychains and a lego figure ice tray. 🙂

we were picked up by our driver at around 6:30 pm.  we went back to the hotel and just bought some take out food from the mall for our dinner.  that ends our tiring but super fun day at legoland.

 

Legoland Malaysia Resort

http://www.legoland.com.my/

amazing race malaysia: day 1

Published April 29, 2014 by ladyemelye

we decided to celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday via a trip to legoland in malaysia.  we were not able to secure sale tickets to singapore that is why we had to go via the kuala lumpur route.  i will be posting this trip via the days. 🙂

march 5:

our flight to KL was via cebu pacific.  the flight was uneventful, and there was just a delay in our arrival due to the air traffic at the LCCT.

in-flight entertainment

in-flight entertainment

because we will be taking another flight to johor bahru (where legoland is), after we have cleared immigration and claimed our baggages, we proceeded to the domestic departure area.  we checked in on our flight, processed our bags and then went to mcdonald’s for snack/dinner.

busy with their gadgets - at mcdonald's kl

busy with their gadgets – at mcdonald’s kl

we make it a point to eat at a mcdonald’s for every place that we go to.  here in kl, they have the usual burgers and chicken.  the fries and drinks that are included with a meal are large sized.  they also have shakes and frostees.

after we had eaten, we went around some of the stores at the terminal and then stayed at the boarding gate and waited for our flight.

while waiting

while waiting

the wifi signal at the terminal is very strong so it makes waiting for your flight bearable.  we were even able to do a clear skype call to my mom who is in philippines.

after some delay, we were able to board the air asia flight going to jb.  the flight was around 50 minutes.  when we arrived at senai airport (which is really nice and very clean as compared to lcct), we just waited a little bit for our bags, and then we were met by someone from our hotel since we arranged transportation going to the hotel.

we stayed at KSL resorts in JB.  we availed of a “facebook” promo wherein there is a certain discount given to those who likes their fb page.

beds

beds

bathroom

bathroom

wash area

wash area

the room was spacious, with a queen sized bed + a single bed.  the bathroom had a rainfall shower.  the basic amenities that one would need for their room are present.  we were allowed to connect two devices to the free wifi of the hotel.

the only thing we had difficulty with was with the power outlets.  we assumed that the hotel has generic sockets, but it turns out that we needed an adaptor so that we will be able to plug in and charge our devices.  good thing that there was a mall at the lower level of the hotel so we were able to get one the next day.

once we had checked in and settled in our room, we ordered for food as our dinner / midnight snack. 🙂  hubby had wanton noodles while i had congee.  the wanton noodles was good as it had the right flavors and the noodles were still springy and not overcooked.  the congee was ok too, it just needed a little getting used to since i am not a big fan of chinese congee wherein you need to put all the spices and condiments so that your congee will have its flavor.

we turned in for the night and readied ourselves for our adventure the next day.

 

KSL Resort Hotel

33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 
Johor Bahru 80250, Malaysia

Tel:  +607-2882999 / +607-2882666
Fax: +607-2882988

Email: info@kslresorts.com.my

http://kslresorts.com.my/welcome

disney junior asia birthday book

Published March 18, 2014 by ladyemelye

“today’s a big day, it comes once a year, it’s your birthday…”

if you’re a parent and you have the disney junior channel at your home, chances are you know this song.  this is the theme song of the birthday book segment wherein children who’s birthdays fall in that month are given a special greeting.  for your child to be included in this, you have to submit your details plus a picture to the disney junior website, 2 months before your child’s actual birthday.  here is the link to the site: http://www.disneyjunior-asia.com/birthday-book/

i was not able to do this for the past two years, so this year i was so prepared.  come, january 1, while everyone else was still busy with their post new year activities, i submitted our details. 😉

it is important to note that only the first 100 submissions are considered for the video.  beyond that, you will still have your greeting but you will just see it in their website.  so imagine my excitement when i received an email saying that my son was chosen and he will be included in the video.

when march started, we have been almost always glued to our tv sets.  we’ve managed to conclude that the birthday book is shown every 3 hours (9am, 12nn, 3pm, etc) but since there are 12 sets of greetings for a month, you really have to watch out.  we have only seen our son’s set one time.  but i have already got a copy from youtube. 😀

here is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4YCWhaGdOc&index=4

“happy disney junior birthday to you!!!”

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