Day Trip: Melaka on a Shoestring


Malacca, Malaysia – Located two hours  south of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca (‘Melaka’ in Malay) is a perfect weekend getaway. This UNESCO Heritage Site is a popular weekend destination for many because the city with its charming old buildings, wide range of food selections and shopping street can be explored without spending too much. It’s a great escape not only for visitors coming from Kuala Lumpur but for visitors from Singapore as well.

Malacca | norestfortheweekends.com
Let’s go Melaka!

Continue reading “Day Trip: Melaka on a Shoestring”

Day Trip: Welcoming Year of the Goat at Thean Hou Temple


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Our first impression of Kuala Lumpur is that it is among the bustling cities around the world. From towering skyscrapers to trendy fashion and geeky technology, KL proves that it can keep up with the nonstop evolution of the modern times. But aside from these fancy trends, KL does not forget about its culture. Places that prove this can be explored within the city, and among those is the Thean Hou Temple.

KL's Thean Hou Temple
KL’s Thean Hou Temple

How to get there?

It was a shame that we have lived in KL for almost 3 years now but we just heard of this place. We rode the monorail from KL Sentral to Tun Sambathan, as we read that this is the nearest station to the temple.

We laughed and said jokes about how we should have just walked because it is only a station apart and the travel time does not even last 5 minutes. But, man! Yes, Tun Sambathan is the nearest station compared to other stations, but walking from there to the temple is still a hike! Normally, fatigue will start to sink in after a long walk but as we were nearing the entrance, we could not wait to get in.

Continue reading “Day Trip: Welcoming Year of the Goat at Thean Hou Temple”

Day Trip: Date at the National Museum of Malaysia


Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – When planning a visit to a new country or a new place, make sure that ‘visit museum’ is part of the itinerary. We think one of the best way to learn about a place is by visiting its museum. Thus, a true traveler’s must-do list must not miss this one.

For expats, like us, it is important for us to know more about the history and culture of the country we’re living in. A visit to the museum will give us perspective about our host country that will help us also to adapt with our surroundings. Thus, off we went to Muzium Negara (National Museum) of Malaysia, our second home, for a Saturday date.

Continue reading “Day Trip: Date at the National Museum of Malaysia”

The Best of Ilocos : Must-try Foods


Ilocos Region, Philippines – You haven’t been to Ilocos unless you’ve tried authentic Ilocano dishes.  Known for being thriftiest people in the Philippines, Ilocanos keep their food simple but impressive. Their cuisine only use the ingredients that are abundant in their surroundings but delivers distinct flavors! These flavors are brought by using bagoong (shrimp sauce) and Ilocano vinegar and garlic.

Continue reading “The Best of Ilocos : Must-try Foods”

Day Trip: Experience Awesomeness at Legoland Malaysia!


Johor, Malaysia – Imagination has always been the key to enjoying every little thing we do when we were kids. From playing with cars, to battling evil foes with our action figures, and even pretending to be on a swimming pool when we are only taking a dip in a pail of water.  It is rare to get in touch with our inner child when we step into the professional world. Or is it..? Not when there is this awesome place called Legoland! cue “Everything is Awesome” music!

Awesomeness begins here!
Awesomeness begins here!

Continue reading “Day Trip: Experience Awesomeness at Legoland Malaysia!”

Architectural Landmarks: Ilocos, Philippines


Read more about Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Phillipines

Sightseeing: Must-See Places of Vigan


Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines – From Pagudpud we traveled down south to cover the rest of our itinerary. This includes the areas near the boundary of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From old churches to ancestral houses, zoo, museum and cobble-stoned street – Vigan all have it, no wonder the city is dubbed as one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Continue reading “Sightseeing: Must-See Places of Vigan”