Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Twin Towers


The 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. The Petronas Twin Tower is an architectural wonder; designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art. The notable landmark was the tallest buildings in the world for six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. However, the Petronas Towers still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The two towers are connected with a bridge aims at resembling the ‘M’ of Malaysia.

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Review: Holiday Villa Johor Bahru City Centre


Opened in 2016, Holiday Villa Johor Bahru City Centre is short drive from JB CIQ which makes it an ideal getaway among Singaporeans. The 26-storey hotel features 345 well-appointed rooms with contemporary design. It has 3 room categories; Superior, Deluxe and Premium Suite. Located close to KSL City, the hotel is a strategic stay for shopping, entertainment and dining.

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Review: Hotel Grandis, Kota Kinabalu


Since I have only a few days in Kota Kinabalu, I decided to stay within the city centre. The distance from the airport to the city is just 15 minutes away. Hotel Grandis is located next to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and within walking distance to many attractions such as Gaya Sunday Market, Filipino Market, Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill Observation Deck. If you are going for Island hopping, Jesselton Jetty is nearby the hotel too. Opened in 2013, this 13-storey hotel is one of the latest hotel near the city.

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This wall reflect the bygone days of the Straits Chinese settlement in Penang. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba Nyonya museum is housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang, Malaysia


Penang: Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill

Kek Lok si

Kek Lok Si or known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, located at Air Itam hilltop is a beautiful Buddhist temple in a rural setting. Founded in 1890s by an immigrant Chinese Buddhist, this temple is said to be the largest in Southeast Asia. This temple draws throngs of visitors during the Chinese New Year. I took the easy way by hiring a cab about RM60 to the Kek Lok Si and Penang Hill.

The giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The 30.2m bronze statue is one of the highlight. I was told the pavilion was recently built to shelter the statue.

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Penang: The Blue Mansion

Aside from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street, The Blue Mansion or known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a must visit when you are in Penang. Cheong Fatt Tze was a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement in the 19th century. The Mansion’s construction began before the end of the 19th Century, and it was said that Cheong Fatt Tze had hoped to house nine generations of his descendants. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in especially from China and building materials were imported from as far away as Scotland, who used their skills to fashion the mansion with 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows. The plot of land was chosen after heavy consultation with the era’s preeminent feng shui masters.

The distinctive blue colour mansion is easy to spot along Leith Street and was named one of the ‘ 10 Greatest Mansions in the World’ by Lonely Planet. The blue coat is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant.

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