A Christmas Day Out

It’s officially December! With Christmas looming over us, it’s a great time of the year to spend time together as a family or get away from it all with a last minute break or holiday. December is the most awaited month of the year for me. I like the feel of freshly baked cookies in the house or listening to Christmas songs at the background while putting up the decorations.. everything about December is BE-AUTIFUL!

I promised my little brother I would take him to the city for the sake of delicious pancake and it will be an early Christmas shopping for him, I like planning my days ahead so by the last week of November, I planned our perfect day out to the city of lights – Kuala Lumpur (KL).

To make it even more interesting we decided to travel by the local train all the way to the City to re-live memories as it’s been ages since I last took the inter-city train. (just so you know I usually drive to the city).

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We started off our day at the Pancake Shop also known as The Wicked Pancake Parlour as it is the main highlight of our day! With so many social media hype over their food, I had to head down to the place to check it out on my own. It’s a family friendly environment, the ambiance of the place as it’s crafted with good quality of wooden palates as ceiling and wall decor and crates as their bar drinks counter.

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Drew Berry More Pancake

Truly this place is pancake heaven for pancake lovers! They have every imaginable yet interesting combination of pancake formula to make you wonder and excites you to try it. We sure had a tough time choosing our pancake, as they had too many choices! Among the names that I could remember is Peter Pandan…. Chocoholics Anonymous but the berry choice does win over always!

We went it for Drew Berry More pancake which is packed with loads of berries from raspberry to blueberry and I could say that it is delicious and light and fluffy pancakes that is like eating clouds with a touch of sourish berries that are macerated and to top it off with some sweet meringue that is truly a marriage of great taste! Well the whole plate was cleaned with no traces of the pancake or berries!

Next stop… Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia generally is all about tourism/seaside and food…more food together with big sky scraper buildings. Especially when there is celebration, the wall…streets and shopping mall are well decorated! Hands down, they look so beautiful.

Since the whole day highlight is my little brother’s wishes, we first went on and played arcade charity Christmas games that support the orphanage home’s wellbeing. So every proceeds from the games go to the betterment of the homes. I felt like I was back in my childhood times, playing the toss ring into the reindeer horn and even throwing the ball to stacks of the can to win some cute miniature bears. When life is so caught up with responsibilities I felt that we are never too old to do goofy stuff.

After our adrenaline was pumped up after the games we went ahead to get started with our shopping. My brother always loved the choice of clothes that are provided in H&M we went ahead to get major stuff done for this young man and teenagers’ choice of fashion is always a fun wear, ….

We ended our day with a much-relaxed environment having some tea and light meal before heading home!

It is always right to put the need of our loved ones before ourselves in this season of love to show that they are appreciated and worthy. I always learn something new when I am out with this fine young man and today I learned that my childhood may be over, but that doesn’t mean playtime is. The best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now.

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Finding Paradise – Phi Phi Island

This is the second series of my Thailand blog post! 

IMG_3208.JPGI went to Phuket recently and ever since I got back, I have been flooded with questions about my trip. Which are the best beaches in Phuket? How is the food in Phuket? Is it a good idea to plan a holiday in Phuket?

So I thought why not spread some good travel karma and share my Phuket travel while it’s still fresh in my mind. Here’s a recap of my trip including scenic attractions and restaurants with reviews, suggestions and most importantly, prices!!  I had a super time exploring Thailand, especially Phuket and it’s surrounding Island.

The cheapest and most reliable way to get from Phuket/Krabi to Phi Phi is by ferry. The journey takes about two hours from the place to Phi Phi Islands. There is specific schedule of timing of the ferries between Rassada Pier in Phuket and Tonsai Pier in Phi Phi, hence that varies. Therefore it is better to ask in the hotel you stay so they may help you with ferry schedule timing.

The main departure/arrival port in Phuket is the Rassada Pier, located in Phuket Town. The price is about 500 baht for a one-way ticket.

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Tonsai Pier at Phi Phi Island

Tonsai Pier, situated in the center of Tonsai Bay, north of of Phi Phi Don. It’s the island’s main pier and the busiest, with ferries arriving from Phuket, Krabi and Lanta. Solidly built and so scenic with its surrounding hilly landscape. On arrival, there’s a small 20 baht entry fee to the island (known as the island tax), and you’ll be met by a bunch of merchants holding up banners for tours and hotels.

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Tonsai Pier
The island was destroyed by Tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt and developed to an even greater extent than before.

For my first Thailand trip, especially as a woman traveler, I think it was a great decision that I stayed in Bayview Resort – Krabi Province. It was safe, the people were friendly and it is a mini town by the island.

I stayed in Ko Phi Phi, or it’s rather known as Phi Phi Island. It is one of the most talked about places in Southeast Asia, with its natural beauty and reputation for good times putting it firmly on the tourist trail. The beauty of the island is unparalleled, even in a region of the world renowned for its stunning destinations. Limestone cliffs (as you can see in the picture I snapped!), turquoise waters, white sand beaches and miles of trackless forest make Phi Phi a perfect tropical island.

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Lime Stone Rocks by the sea
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The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 PA ++++

The sun in Phi Phi is very strong and so you’ll need to constantly apply sunscreen (at least SPF 50 PA++++) if you don’t want your skin to burn. I used my ever trusty friend, The Body Shop skin defence multi protection essence.

From the resort where I lived, the resort had many activities to offer some includes rock climbing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, island hopping and cliff jumping. As for me, I choose to do island hoping because I wanted to see the places that was once a brutal victim of the Tsunami back in 2004. I was overwhelmed by the work of God and the work of nature. How much the Island had reconstructed from that on fateful day.

The great journey
The moment you step out of your comfort zone, you’ll experience the unseen beauty of life.

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My one weeks on Koh Phi Phi Island were incredibly relaxing and enjoyable but more importantly, I managed to get a lot of experience.

Thailand, I love your sights!  Phi Phi was definitely the right decision.


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Phuket Airport Hotel Experience – A Thailand Blog

I recently traveled to Thailand and in one word the country was BREATH-TAKING! The trip was so inspiring, and I didn’t want it to end.  I’m still reflecting on the trip and had such a fun time understanding the culture, people and Islands. Today I’m gonna share with you my experience staying at the Phuket Airport Hotel. 

I took the plane early afternoon from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Malaysia to Phuket Airport. I had been planning on this trip with my boyfriend for over a month now and it is a much deserving holiday. Especially when you are in a long distance relationship, a simple gateway like this is perfect to bond. 

Let me show you a couple of pictures stored in my gallery for you. An overview of Phuket from my plane and off course my mandatory selfie.

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Mandatory plane selfies
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Phuket looks heavenly from above
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In-flight reading material, thanks MAS Airlines!

Day 1 in Phuket City

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Thailand memories with all of you and hope that it makes you feel like you were traveling right along with me. Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. When travelers to Thailand talk about sea, sun, and sand, Phuket is often the first place that comes to mind. But, let’s have a look at Phuket Town first.

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Here’s the first impressions look of old painted buildings
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Sunset busy evenings in the small Phuket city

Discovering Phuket

Phuket Town is, at first sight, is an unappealing rag-tag collection of modern and semi-modern architecture, Sino-colonial houses and shops and shopping centers. But in its back roads (Thalang, Dibuk, Krabi) you’ll find an eclectic bunch of refurbished restaurants, bars and Chinese houses dating back to Phuket’s tin-mining ‘golden age’ that are well worth exploring and ‘discovering’. I loved it!

Where Did I Stay?

I stayed in Phuket Airport Hotel that was nearby Phuket Airport. On the first day of arrival, I wanted to explore the small town before leaving for my island tour. The place is very comfortable, it is rated as a 3-star hotel (but for me it’s 5 stars!) and it’s one of the closest hotels near Phuket Airport. Even though it is closer to the airport, the hotel gives you a peaceful haven-like feeling to rest your mind & feet. The hotel is perfect for transit passengers, layovers or a short stay in Phuket. The worker is super friendly! They are helpful and defo easy to communicate with.

Below is the swimming pool rest and go area. There are benches around the pool so you may sit and relax or even read a book. The place has structured in a manner that as you walk into the hotel, the swimming pool is right in the middle of the entrance, surrounding the room. So, imagine waking up with a pool right in front of you.

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You will be welcomed by a stone-made elephant statue (which is adorable) at the entrance of the hotel.
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Room front swimming pool
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Clean, comfortable and neat sheets
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Healthy breakfast provided!

Is breakfast provided at Phuket Airport Hotel?

Yes, a big breakfast indeed. The folks who worked in the Phuket Airport Hotel are warm and welcome you with open arms. They are friendly, trust me. I speak based on experience – If you are planning to visit Phuket, this is your place. Not only are they friendly but the rooms are reasonable. Also, the hotel provides complimentary of 24 hours free fresh bean coffee, tea and fruit juices refreshment! A good catch eh.

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Standing by the beautiful decors!
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Sawadee-ka from Thailand!

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here at the Phuket Airport Hotel. The best thing about this hotel trip was learning how kind and helpful the Thai people are. They smile at you, they bow down doing Namastey (saa-waa-dee-ka meaning hello) and they go out of their way to help tourists. This is something that I loved the most.

Thank you for your love Phuket Airport hotel, till next time. Get your hotel booked in booking.com.

Next, let’s unravel the Islands of Thailand.