Malaysia 2019!

Hello everyone! 👋🏻

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve been back from my latest adventure, and I’d like to share it with you guys while my memory is still pretty fresh, lol. At the end of last month, from September 25-30, I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Abbey for work!

Day 0

For the first time, I’m starting a travel blog entry with Day 0, haha!

I went to Abbey’s house the day before our trip for work + last-minute packing and we headed for the airport later that evening to “camp out” until our 6AM flight. After hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop to work and kill time, we finally dropped our luggage off and headed for our gate.

Day 1

It was my first time to fly AirAsia, and I had a pleasant experience. Honestly, I don’t remember much of what happened during this flight exactly because I pretty much napped on and off until we landed.

View from my seat.

Once we landed at 10AM and got through the usual airport procedures, we had some time to kill (because our AirBnb check-in wasn’t until later that afternoon)—what better way to start the day off with breakfast? Our first official eat in Malaysia was at OldTown White Coffee. I ordered the iced lemon tea (yum!) and the French toast. The tea was excellent, but I found the French toast too buttery? (Still ate everything though, haha!)

First meal in KL!

After our meal, we booked a Grab and headed for our AirBnb. It took a while to find, but we made it. We dropped our stuff off and rested for a bit before heading for the nearby IKEA (insert choir singing here.) We each grabbed a shopping bag and slowly filled it with things as we walked through each section, finally reaching the end and paying for our things. The funny thing is that we both forgot to buy the things we needed to buy and had to go around once again (after dropping our things off in the lockers!) In the middle of our second round, we had a break at the IKEA Food Hall for dinner:

Dinner at IKEA’s food hall!

Abbey and I ordered the salmon fillet with lemon and dill sauce and vegetable medallions (and an add-on of two more pieces–these are my absolute favorite!) We also got a serving of soup and a cup of iced tea. For takeaway, I ordered some juice and bread for breakfast for the coming days.

Day 1 damage!

We booked a Grab back to the AirBnb and relaxed until it was time to sleep.

Our AirBnb! (The stairs are scary for me, but it was a great place!)

It’s barely been a day, and I’ve managed to fill up half of my suitcase already! (It amazes me how I was able to fit everything in my luggage.)

Day 2

The next day, we had a slow morning. After the long hours of travel and work yesterday, we slept in. After freshening up and having breakfast, we booked a Grab and headed for Bangsar. Our first stop was the post office to run some errands and buy some postal stamps for postcards.

(Credits to Abbey for this photo!)

After that, we walked around the area, heading for CzipLee Bangsar—the first of many stationery stops.

Photo taken moments before getting blinded by stationery, haha! (Credits to Abbey for this photo!)

Just look at all of these! (Credits to Abbey for this photo.)

After shopping, we headed for the nearby Kayu Nasi Kandar for lunch. Our Grab driver recommended this to us as we passed it by earlier before he dropped us off. He noted that this branch recently opened a few days prior.

A feast for the eyes! (Credits to Abbey for the photo.)

The food didn’t have any labels, prices, or descriptions, so we observed first how other people ordered then followed suit. I recognized lamb, so I ordered that. I’ll admit, I was shocked when the guy scooped it up and placed it on my plate! It was huge!

Just look at the size of this thing! Hands down, one of the best meals we’ve had.

The next surprise I got after reaching the end of the line was the cost of my meal—well, it is lamb! I ended up shelling out more than my original budget, but the meal was so delicious and filling, I didn’t mind. (I think it was because of the shock, haha!)

Just look at the size difference of our meals, haha!

After lunch, we explored the area. We headed back near CzipLee Bangsar and saw this little handmade chocolate shop beside it called Cocoraw Chocolates—the man behind the counter was kind enough to let us sample a few of the chocolates. The chocolate was so delicious, we ended up buying a set of 12 pcs. to share and eat for the next few days. I would definitely buy more if I ever return to that area in the future!

Yum.

There were so many cool places around the area. We went to a place called Snackfood where I bought a few postcards and an issue of Magazine F—it was about chocolate! (What a coincidence!)

Wall art on the Snackfood walls.

Afterward, we headed next door at Inside Scoop. I’ve read so much about this ice cream place, and boy, it didn’t disappoint!

Didn’t know that Abbey was taking a photo, haha!

We both got Coconut Ash (dairy-free!) from the recommendation of the salesperson, which turned out delicious; I’ve never tasted anything like it! I wish I could bottle it up and bring it back home.

Cute interior of the ice cream parlor.

With our stomachs filled and our bags full of stationery, we walked to the nearby Bangsar Village mall to hang around and go supermarket-shopping for supplies. After that, we headed back to the AirBnb to rest and sort our purchases of the day.

While Abbey was winding down from the day, I was charging my gadgets and freshening up because I’ve made plans to see my Malaysian friends, Bibi and Qiefa (whom I’ve met during my exchange program in Tokyo last 2016.) We decided to have dinner at Snitch by the Thieves (such a cool name) at the Gardens Mall.

I ordered the Omega (Norwegian Salmon Fillet)—which was pretty good.

It’s always so nice to see friends again!

We haven’t seen each other in years, so it was great having a mini-reunion with them after so long! (Until we meet again!)

Lol, I took this from the AirBnb! Bye, guys!

When I got back to the AirBnb, I kicked off my shoes and rested for the day.

Day 3

This day was dedicated to sightseeing/touristy things. We started off at Central Market to do some souvenir shopping.

Loving the bright color of the Central Market!

Look at these tiles! I love the colors.

The majority of what I bought from the Central Market were postcards and snacks. Somewhere inside the market, we saw a Famous Amos cookie shop. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for us to get distracted by cookies, haha! I’ve never tried Famous Amos, so I was excited to sample them.

So many options!

I prefer chewy cookies, but these crunchy cookies were so good! Would buy them again in the future, for sure.

Bag full of goodness!

After our little cookie break, we went outside the market to drop off our postcards for sending.

A little surprise for some of my friends back in Manila! Fingers crossed it makes it to them in one piece.

Seeing that we were done looking around, we decided to have lunch at OldTown White Coffee (this is quickly becoming one of our to-go places to eat!) I ordered the lemon tea again and had fried chicken (forgot what the actual dish is called.)

Mmmm.

After lunch, we rode a Grab to Suria KLCC for Kinokuniya and to see the Petronas Twin Towers!

Big fancy mall—ooh! I spy Kinokuniya!

When I lived in Tokyo, I made it a point to visit Kinokuniya almost every week to check out the books (and go home with a copy or two.) So I was happy to see a Kino in Malaysia (‘cuz we don’t have it in the Philippines!)

*insert angelic choir singing here*

I was able to snag a copy of the 20th Anniversary version The Prisoner of Azkaban (Ravenclaw, of course) and a Mossery watercolor notebook—yey! These are not available for purchase from Manila, and I’m happy to finally get my hands on these. After Kino, we headed outside the mall to see the Twin Towers:

Ta-da!

We hung around here for a while taking some nice photos and people-watching. There were plenty of tourists around, for sure.

Hello from both of us!

After that, we headed back to the AirBnb and ordered takeaway at Hometown Hainan Coffee (another one of our to-go places to eat, I noticed, hehe) for dinner.

Noodle dish for dinner!

We knew that the next day would be a busy day, so we rested up and called it a night.

Day 4

The next day, bright and early, we headed for Stickeriffic! Days before heading here, Abbey and I stalked their website, making a mental shopping list—but nothing prepared us for the actual thing:

Stationery haven!

Good-bye, self-control. (Credits to Abbey for the photo!)

Abbey contemplating whether or not this would be a good buy, haha! (Or was that me thinking out loud?)

Really cool postcards!

My wallet is shaking in fear.

Who could even resist?

Even the latest Hobonichi is here! Aaaah!

Gorgeous brushes.

Before I got carried away, Abbey and I set up the materials for the workshop (Abbey taught two workshops on this day!) Shortly after that, her students arrived and the workshop started.

Meanwhile, I was going around the store, eyeing all the products. The store is so cool—it makes me wish that we could have something like this in the Philippines!

There was a mailbox in the store, too, so I got to send more of the postcards I wrote!

After the first workshop, we took our lunch break at the STREAT Thai Restaurant nearby. I ordered a taro milk tea for starters—

One of the best Taro Milk Teas I’ve ever had!

—and got the Thai Style Steamed Chicken Rice for my meal. It was sooo good. The chicken was soft and tender, the rice was fragrant and flavorful without outshining the chicken, and the sauce complimented the entire meal perfectly—a little sour with a kick! And the soup was a nice touch to complete the dish.

Mmmmm. I want to eat this again!

After lunch, we walked back to Stickeriffic and proceeded with the next workshop. It was fun to meet new people and see how they were all passionate about art. I was so impressed by the workshop attendees!

Our damage for the day.

After checking out all our times and having dinner at a Japanese restaurant nearby (forgot to take a photo, whoops), we headed back to the AirBnb and called it a day.

Day 5

The next day, we headed back to Stickeriffic for the last set of workshops. This time, I didn’t go around anymore (it’s dangerous for my wallet!)—I brought my laptop and worked at the corner while the workshop was on-going. For lunch, we went back to the same Thai restaurant the other day (we liked it so much!) This time, I got Thai milk tea and the Thai Crispy Chicken Chop Rice:

So good. (Although, I must say I prefer the one I ate the day before!)

After lunch, we headed back and Abbey taught her last workshop for the trip! Feeling bittersweet after the workshop, we said goodbye to the people we’ve met and decided to eat big for our last dinner in Malaysia:

Yes, we had Korean BBQ at Apple Samgyupsal. What’s cool about their K-BBQ is that they incorporate apples in their dishes. We ordered the Apple Platter. Honestly, we were overwhelmed with all the food (but we finished it anyways, haha!)

I can still remember the taste of the meat just by looking at the photo—mmm.

Stomachs full and feeling like circles, we headed back to the AirBnb and packed up because we were flying back to Manila the next day!

Day 6

Our flight back to Manila was later in the evening, so we took it easy in the morning. After double-checking everything and checking out of our AirBnb, we headed to the airport. For lunch (for our last hurrah), we ate at Hometown Hainan Coffee again.

Until we eat again!

I ordered the Nasi Lemak + Rendang Fried Chicken Drumstick and Honey Milk for a drink. At first, I was worried because it looked spicy (which I don’t handle gracefully, I must say)—but it was delicious! There is a certain spiciness to it, but it was manageable.

Our last meal in Malaysia!

We hung out around the seats in the airport before it was officially time to board our plane.

This time, I was given the window seat—yey!

Ah, the cliché plane wing photo.

During the ride back, I finally got to watching Jumanji (the 1995 version) and worked on my laptop until landing.

Hello again, Manila.

That’s pretty much our entire trip! I had such a wonderful time in Malaysia, and I’m already looking forward to the day when I can visit again! Do you have any suggestions on where I can go next time I visit? If you do, please leave a comment below!

‘Till the next blog post,
Sophie 🙂

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