#tb series: Malaysia, the 1st day chronicles

Well, it’s been a long time coming and it’s been almost a year since this trip. Honestly, I still haven’t seen all of my shots from this vacation. Hahahaha The initial plan was, I’d get to see all of it once I edit them but, until this very day, I still haven’t had the time to edit everything. I guess, I’m on my 2nd day already. Hahaha Still a couple of days left. 😀

So anyway, this trip was in April 14 – April 19 of 2014. We were in Malaysia from the 14th until the 17th then hopped a bus to Singapore and stayed there from the 17th to 19th. This trip was actually an answered prayer. You see, I really planned to travel on or before my 25th birthday. I figured, I need to be exposed to another country, culture and environment to end my first quarter of existence. I really planned and started saving money but it turned out really difficult when one does not have a job. Haha Thanks to my aunt, uncle and parents, this trip was made possible. It was my first trip without my parents, and a first time far from the Philippine shores. We booked this trip Dec of 2013 so technically, it was before my birthday. Hehe This only shows that if one wants something hard enough, coupled with good intentions and prayers, the universe will do conspire to give you all that is that your heart desires. 🙂 Thank you, law of attraction and the Superior Being above for the blessings 🙂 Without further ado, here are the shots from our first day in Malaysia.

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The plane we were about to board. Can I just say how excited I am? 😀

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The amazing Morales family ❤ (L-R) Joy, Tita Eden, JC, JM

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My inner kid is squealing as the plane started along the runway as if a scary theme-park ride is about to start. And yes, I get to have the window seat. Hihi

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Bye, Philippines! See you in a few days’ time! :3

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Plane rides are one of the perfect venues for some book lovin’. The chosen read for this trip is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 🙂

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I’ve always loved the sky and look, today I get to be one with the clouds ❤

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Just looking at these pics just makes me smile and joy fills my heart. By far the best way to relax. :3

And we finally arriiiiiiiiiive!!! The 4-hour flight was woooorth it <3

And we finally arriiiiiiiiiive!!! The 4-hour flight was woooorth it ❤

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And of course, that obligatory selfie when the plane has just landed, and you're struggling to roll your luggage and hurrying at the same time cos your family has left you behind. Hahahaha

And of course, that obligatory selfie when the plane has just landed, and you’re struggling to roll your luggage and hurrying at the same time cos your family has left you behind. Hahahaha and please pardon my bare face. I honestly didn’t have enough time to fix myself in-between the packing and rushing to the airport. Haha

And of course here are a couple more of ’em random airport shots. Can you just feel how thrilling this was for me? Hahahaha

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Of course my feet gets to be on the spotlight too, ya know! 😀 Well, I do try to do this whenever I get to places I’ve been to. It’s not the most unique and it is indeed a pretty common practice, but I do like what it represents – as if I’m making my own mark on places I get to visit at my own timestamp.

I try to do this to every place I get to :)

Say hello to my Samsonite luggage, unmatched nail polish and travel-efficient wedges. 🙂

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Soooo, Malaysia has this amazing urban planning and their airport is away from the city (so much different from the Philippines) and although it’s a bit far and can only mean nothing but additional travel hours, I really like it. The city gets to be the city and center, while the country side remains to be the countryside. Not much traffic, and not to mention, the scenery is just amazing.

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I swear to try this the next time I visit. Yep, you definitely won’t be seeing the last of me, Malaysia truly Asia!

We rode a bus from LCCT (the airport) to KL Center where we’d be meeting up with our uncle and my cousins’ dad, Tito Cesar. And from there, we had to ride a taxi to our hotel which wasn’t far enough (which I’ll be telling more about on my upcoming posts). What struck me most upon landing was just how homey the country is – more like the Philippines (maybe because of the humidity), but I don’t know. I can’t quite grasp how similar and different it is at the same time. I actually admire Malaysia, its government and people. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country. I’d serve and die for it, but, while I was there, my eyes was actually opened to the truth that hey, this could have been a possibility for my country too – untouched rainforests, good urban planning, good public transport, affordable food, clean environment, preserved historical places, amazing malls and affordable goodies everywhere. Somehow, a stranger like me was able to feel that I can belong, I am welcome (sans the welcome party. Haha) and I can live there if I choose to. En route KL Center, I remember looking out the bus windows and just feeling great at all the greens we pass by. It was so serene and I ended up not minding the extra travel hours at all. I’m just glad Malaysia was the first ever country I get to visit abroad. 🙂

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