August 7-9, 2013
This trip was the first relaxed trip I’ve ever been to. Relaxed in a way that I didn’t have to plan ahead what to do on day 1 and so on. It was actually nice, albeit you have to be more open with your budget. Plus, there’s nothing much really to do and go to in Genting except to relax and chill. And not to mention, this was my first out-of-the-country trip with the bf. We were joined by friends from church and by my sister, who followed us the next day.
We availed of a package from Transtar Travel through Kevin’s mom, who holds membership and can avail some discounts. The package includes 2 way coach ride plus 2 nights accommodation in First World Hotel for 280SGD / couple. The journey to Genting was a smooth one, given that we went there on a holiday season (Hari Raya and SG National Day back-to-back) we were expecting to encounter traffic. Thankfully, there was no traffic at all, but maybe it was because we went a day early. My sister who followed us the following day (August 8) was the one who experienced traffic.
We left Singapore around 7:30 and reached Genting at around 1:30. After doing the check-in which was pretty easy since they set-up automatic check-in counters for those who have done online bookings, we went to our rooms to freshen up and leave our bags then scouted for a place to eat late lunch.
I have to mention, it was sooooo cold in Genting. You can literally see the fog surrounding the place. It’s quite nice although there was a time in the afternoon that it was drizzling, but other than that, it was a fine weather to walk around in. The rooms don’t have air-conditioning because there’s no need, it was so cold in the evenings you wouldn’t even bother with the fan.
Lotus Desaru Resort
November 12-13, 2012
Desaru is a coastal resort town located in Southeastern Johor, in Malaysia. It is about 45 minutes away from Johor Bahru via the Senai-Desaru Expressway, and about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Singapore (via car). There are travel agencies offering day trips/tour to this place. Malaysia is a lot similar to my country in a way that there are a lot of wonderful beach resorts that are just tucked around the corner. Desaru is a great place for family and friends to relax and just enjoy the beach and other many activities that you can choose from. (http://www.myoutdoor.com/desaru/)
On Deepavali holiday, we went to Desaru for an overnight stay. We stayed in Lotus Desaru Resort, which are among one of the luxurious resorts along the 22 km stretch of sand and beach this side of town. We stayed in a two bedroom suite, and just added an extra bed to accommodate 6 persons. The resort has a lot of amenities such as water theme park, pool, indoor activities such as table tennis, snooker, beach activities such as banana boat rides, parasailing and a variety of team building activities. Upon check-in, you are already greeted by warm and friendly staff that would accommodate your every need. What I love most about this place is the food, and the overly friendly staff (some of the staffs are my ‘kababayans’). The beach itself is great, although comparable to beaches in Batangas (I’m not trashing the place, this is just for the purpose of reference). The peak of staying in this place is staying in a very good resort, and Lotus Desaru Resort is a very good place to stay.
Christmas for me is usually celebrated with my family. Noche buena on christmas eve is a must, and sometimes I cook my sister’s favorite lasagna. On christmas day we have our annual family reunion with my relatives on my mother’s side. Growing up, this has been a tradition. So it was kinda new for me that last christmas 2011, I wasnt home to celebrate with my family and relatives.
Being abroad, aka an ofw, is really very hard. I always thought working abroad is good for the finances. Yes its nice but when it comes down to it, nothing beats spending time with your family. It’s kinda like the song says, “you won’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”.
Anyway, last christmas, I get to spend with friends. Close friends that helped me a lot during my “depression” so to speak. Christmas eve we made noche buena at home, and invited other friends to eat and celebrate with us. On christmas day, my friends and I went to Malacca, in Malaysia. So very early in the morning we were already on our way to MY. Malacca is the historical site of Malaysia, rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. If you’re into that stuff you’ll enjoy this place. And the food is goood! And cheap also, compared to food in SG. After 4 hours of traveling by bus, we arrived at Melaka Sentral and took a taxi to Makhota Parade, which is a mall near our hotel. After eating lunch, we checked in at our hotel to rest for a bit before going out. We went to the old churches, the most famous one is Christ Church in Melaka. There was a lot of walking, talking, sight-seeing and camwhoring ;).