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Malaysia, Truly Asia: A Travel Review Series (page 3)

Turn to Series I ! Turn to Series II & III Series IV. Cleanliness and Sanitation -- In my eyes, Malaysia was cleaner. Why? Because I came from the Philippines! But when I happened to spend some time here in Europe, I have realized it's not that clean after all. I have seen a big rat as big as a cat crossing the street down Jalan Pudu one rainy day. And just a few blocks from Pudu Raya bus station, there was a pile of stinking garbage let out in the open beside the street. When it comes to rivers, I have seen one near Jalan India and it was the same brown river I have seen in the Philippines. In short, not very clean. One thing I appreciate though: the rest rooms. Even though there was a RM0.20 fee to use the restroom, the restrooms have abundant supply of water and handwash inside those toilets. There is also at least one maintenance person inside each ceratin resroom who mops and cleans it. Ohhh.. and if you don't have any tissue/toilet paper with you, it's another RM0.20 or 0.30 for you to shell out.

Series V. The Tropics and the Petroleum Beaches -- Was it bad luck? Or was it a spell? I cannot think of any better explanation why the only beaches we were able to visit and the beaches that were supposed to be enjoying at in Malaysia are all having oil refineries in the vicinity. First, at the Straightview Lodge in Melaka that if we go at the shore, the Petronas refinery smiled and said hello to us! Another is in Port Dickson where the supposed to be white/cream colored sand that the Sunshine beach has, has oil residues in it making the sand instead grayish.

Bronze silky skin is your dream? I find it perfect to take it from Malaysian sun. I find the sun rays in the place perfect for those who want to get tanned. Yes, because my partner has still his forehead brown after six months! You can say it's incredible but I agree with you... the sun burned his forehead! What I mean is, if you plan to get tanned, it is best in Malaysia but with proper uniform exposure to the body. Don't let it burn only your nose or your forehead. This usually happens even without direct sun contact if one is outdoors and the temperature is high.

I too have my own fair share of having sun burns and tanned left body side. The right side remained fair when we walked our way to Port Dickson center and the sun was shining on the left side. I got my left shoulder burned and my left face and my left outer leg was also more brown than the other side.
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Malasysia, Truly Asia: A Travel Review Series (page 2)

|Turn to Series I, Security and Freedom in this Truly Asian Country | Turn to Series IV and Series IV, Cleanliness and Beaches in Malaysia| -- This series, I used to author it and submitted this review to a certain travel site. Since I posted it more than a year ago, I deem it is fair enough to post it here in y travel blog as well. This series is divided into 8 parts and one part is posted every two days from the first day of posting. Watch out and be guided when you plan to travel n Malaysia. Don't forget to enjoy as well.... Series II. Malaysian Food Choices ... Food..food and food! I am so glad to know that in this country, their priority in life is food. Of course food is important to all but in Malaysia, the Malaysians make it the most affordable of all the things that one can purchase around. I remebered eating a whole dish with RM1.20 which is equivalent to less than a dollar. We set aside the taste because this is relative and subjective but wherever we went, we found the food to be of abundance and to be of low price. It is aboundant and with a wide variety because Malaysia has become a meeting point for Arabs, Indians, Chinese and Malays. This means that in this country there are lots of food variations served by these various national/ethnic groups. We also tried all and on the same building as our hotel, we had an Indian food court named Maulana Food Court. It was in Jalan Pudu Malaysia. I remember to have eaten there at least 6 times because the food choices were so wide and the tastes were really great. A caution though, if you cannot handle very hot and spicy food you better ask before taking any food in an Indian restaurant.

Chinese restaurants were the ones we frequented the most. It is due to the fact that it is legal for Chinese to sell liquors and since my partner had a need for few beer cans each meal time we found Chinese restos to be of best choice. Muslims are supposed to be not alcoholic drinkers thus, they don't sell these drinks.

When it comes to fruit, they are very affordable as well. Or maybe we just happen to visit when fruits are in abundance but I have to say I bought some tropical fruit at $0.25 a kilo.

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Series III.Afraid of Getting Lost? Don't Worry, You Wont!

Anywhere in Malaysia that I have visited have their tourism promotional tools. Be it in a bus terminal in Seremban, an airport in Selangor, a hotel in Kuala Lumpur or in a mall in Melaka, they have something to offer to the tourists. The best of these facilities are the free phone booth with direct dials to all Melaka hotels and tourist destinations. This was in the Melaka bus terminal and there are two telephones available in the self-service booth, together with the names of the hotels/attractions and their descriptions and rates.

Most of the steets, if not all, in Malaysia are with very reliable signage and I have presumed that the word "jalan" means street. It's because they have the streets as Jalan Imbi, Jalan Ismael and Jalan Petaling among others. Even it's quite tricky in Kuala Lumpur for its streets, we learned fast because of the abundance of various kinds of free maps and tourism brochures available for free in hotels and bus terminals and of course, as I have mentioned, with the reliability of the street signages.

Malasysia, Truly Asia: A Travel Review Series (page 1)

| Turn to Series II & III, On Directions and Food Choices | Turn to Series IV and Series IV, On Cleanliness and Beaches|--This series, I used to author it and submitted this review to a certain travel site. Since I posted it more than a year ago, I deem it is fair enough to post it here in y travel blog as well. This series is divided into 8 parts and one part is posted every two days from the first day of posting. Watch out and be guided when you plan to travel n Malaysia. Don't forget to enjoy as well.... Series I. Security and Freedom in this Truly Asian Country ... "Malaysia, truly Asia." Does this phrase sound familiar to you? If your answer is yes, maybe you might have seen the tourism advertisement in some international TV channels as promoted and spoken by Michelle Yeoh. And if you have not heard of the phrase I was referring to, it's all right. At least now you know. When I was still in my home country, the Philippines, these advertisements on the television never really mattered to me, not until I came to see Malaysia. At first, when I arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal Airport, it seems to be all normal for me. People who looks like me, with my color, with my nose and with almost all like myself. It is because I am a Filipina and we are of the same Malay race. What really caught my attention is the freedom I witnessed. There are no security guards around with long and heavy guns and we could simply slip in and out of the door. The scenario was totally different from Philippine establishments full or door guards with large guns, not only in airports and banks but also to small establishments earning 20 euros a day!. Despite this situation, the place(the KL terminal) was so tranquil and safe, visible with the fact that passengers simply lye down anywhere in the terminal and take their nap while waiting for either threir flights or buses.

malaysia, malaysian tourism, visit malaysia, travel malaysia, asian travel, asian trip, asian cruiseThe Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur. I have been in this tower at least thrice to try my luck of enlisting myself to be one among those who could cross the twin towers' bridge but always with no luck!

Others who are not comfortable just sitting or lying around spend their time at the Asian Kitchen. Others at McDonalds and those who loves coffee go to Coffe Bean.

In the cities, I never saw anyone with a gun, even the policemen. One time, when we were at Kota Raya mall, a group of police officers were checking identification cards from a suspicious looking malaysian group of youngsters, but they never had a gun! I was really surprised because the presence of guns in the Philippines is pretty normal.