Backpacking Southeast Asia: Kuala Lumpur

Saying goodbye to Malacca was no easy feat. On the day of our departure, I wanted to dig in my heels and spend more time exploring the terracotta “museum city” whose streets were jam-packed with tourists, noisy trishaws, and vendors. Our hotel was also quite hard to leave behind after the warmth and comfort it had so easily given.

Although Malacca was a breather from the sprawling urban maze and tech hub that was Singapore, it did not quite dampen the buzz of Kuala Lumpur when we stepped off the train in KL Sentral.

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Backpacking Southeast Asia: Malacca

Nestled conveniently between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the historical city of Malacca is a stop that’s worth at least 4-6 days. There are so many museums, galleries, and ruins within walking distance of the famous Dutch Square, and our 2 and a half day stay was too short.

When I made our itinerary, I thought that it would be enough to cover most of the important sights and museums. However, our hotel room was too cozy to leave first thing in the morning, and the rather sleepy feel of the city (excluding Dutch Square, Jonker Street, and the nearby malls) tempted us to dawdle. Continue reading “Backpacking Southeast Asia: Malacca”

Backpacking Southeast Asia: Singapore

Back in 2014, I stayed in Singapore for 8 days. Our itinerary then revolved around sustainable urban development, history, culture, the environment, some shopping, and a bit of fun here and there. This time around, I had to put together an itinerary that didn’t include the Land Transportation Office and Housing & Development Board. Continue reading “Backpacking Southeast Asia: Singapore”

Backpacking Southeast Asia: Planning and Budgeting

Before, during, and after the trip, I got a lot of questions that went along the lines of how I planned everything. The easier-said-than-done answer: research and an attempt at foresight. So much of the two that there were times when I wanted to call everything off because it was too exhausting.

It started as nothing more but a mad idea that emerged during my internship. Traveling from Cebu to Lapu-Lapu (and vice versa) every day gave me a lot of idle time on my hands, and it was in one of my many v-hire rides that I came across AirAsia’s ASEAN Pass. Ever the wanderluster, I went into extensive research about traveling around Southeast Asia, its plausibility, affordability, and where the Pass would come in handy. After a couple of days, I decided the Pass wasn’t something I wanted to use. International borders could be crossed by land, and the Pass had limits that would drive me crazy. Continue reading “Backpacking Southeast Asia: Planning and Budgeting”

Around the Calamianes Group of Islands

If you’re eyeing Palawan as an end-of-summer destination, the first week of June is the perfect time to go. The beach goers are gearing up for another year in school, so competition is slim, and there’s just a bit of rain to counter the scorching sun. And if you’ve crossed Puerto Princesa and El Nido off your bucket list, it’s time to head to CORON. Here’s a 5D4N itinerary to help you make the most out of your vacation. This is a short version of the itinerary my friends and I used when we went to Coron in 2013. Continue reading “Around the Calamianes Group of Islands”