Traveling Tooshie: Malaysiaaaa, Truly Asiaaaa! (Part I)

By Karla Aguas - 8:54:00 PM

Hi Guys! Sorry it's taking me a whole month to update again- I have been crazyyyy busy these past few weeks (and kinda lazy) that I haven't even really gotten a chance to check my emails (HI LUCY I LOVE YOU I WILL CHECK SOON) but I decided it was about time to blog again and what better way to start blogging by sharing with you all my trip to:

MALAYSIAAAAAAA, Truly ASIAAAAAA

Okay sorry. I just can't get their tourism commercial tune out of my head every time I say their country. Zzzzz. #loserako

So anyway, here are some basics about our trip: My older sister Trina and I planned this trip around October of last year because she was able to find us a flight that was on a SEAT SALE. We ended up only paying a really small amount compared to what we would've had to pay if we booked it at a regular price.

TRAVEL TIP: Try to sign up for those seat sale and flight promo emails of your chosen airlines so you can stay ahead with whatever promos they have. You save a TON of money which can be used for your hotel, food or shopping money. Seat sales are your best friends!
It also really helped that our Dad lives in Malaysia. We were also very lucky that he was in town on the days of our trip (he travels A LOT and is actually never in one place for a long time so yay us and God's timing! Hehe). Also our friend Ira booked the same trip so we were able to hang out with her too! It was a great trip and the timing of everything was PERFECT. Such a blessing.
So Trina and I left on Thursday, July 4 in the evening. But before our flight at 8:55 PM, here was my schedule:

6:30 AM  to   12 NN        - Preschool Teacher in San Juan
1:00 PM   to   4:30 PM     - MYX Taping in ABS CBN
4:30 PM   to   5:00 PM     - Rushed home to San Juan to pick up Trina
6:30 PM                            - Airport

TADAHHH!!! I honestly don't know how I survived it but to make things even more exciting, our flight was delayed 30 minutes. So we ended up leaving at 9:45 PM and arrived in Malaysia a little after 1 AM.
Trina and I eating before our flight to Malaysia :)
Our Dad met us at the airport and drove us to our awesome hotel. We ended up staying at One World Hotel- probably one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was (despite being super sleepy and tired from the flight).

DAY 1

We woke up at 7:30 AM after sleeping at 3:00 AM (Bakit ang daming times sa entry noh? I'm so weird) cause our friend Ira was going to pick us up for breakfast. I was super excited since this was going to be my first official meal in Malaysia. I felt legit.

Kamusta naman belly button ko. Pabida. HAHA
We ate in this really cute and super low key restaurant called Penang Street and I finally got to try LEGIT Kaya toast and the famous Ipoh white coffee. I was so in love (if you've ever eaten in Toast Box then you would know what Kaya toast is) and guys, I died. It.Was.Too.Good. TOO GOOD. And it only cost 2.30 Ringgit (P31.28)! That's another thing I started to love about Malaysia- THE FOOD IS SUPER GOOD AND CHEAP!!! :)

Crazy girls = Good times :)
We then started to "explore" the country more by... visiting our first mall! Yup! Such tourists HAHA :)) We hit up Paradigm Mall- a smaller mall than the one by our hotel but it was just as fun to go around. I love visiting malls in other countries because I enjoy comparing the layouts to the ones here in Manila. Plus I love the fact that they have some stores that aren't here in Manila yet (HELLO H&M!). Suffice to say, on our first day in Malaysia, we already spent some of our money. :| #fail

I was so happy because I got to visit my favorite store (after TopShop) H&M! I really love shopping there because the clothes are nice, comfy and reasonably priced. It also helps that not a lot of people have the designs back home since you have to go abroad to buy them. (Although I hear someone is bringing H&M here, can anyone confirm this?) and I got to go to makeup Heaven, Sephora!


After hanging out with Ira, Trina and I headed back to the hotel to rest (yes, shopping is a sport OKAY) before meeting up with our Dad for lunch at the mall right beside our Hotel- One Utama. I was so excited to see him since I hadn't seen him for quite awhile and I knew he was going to be able to give us lots of tips and show us around.


We ate in this yummy restaurant called Madam Kwan's and I was able to try one of Malaysia's signature dishes- Nasi Lemak! It consists of coconut rice (I'm not a rice lover but I could eat about 8 cups of this NO JOKE and no judging, please :( ), fried chicken/chicken, cucumber, dilis, spicy sauce, peanuts, egg and this powdery type thing. Take note, in order to super enjoy this dish, you are advised to get all these things in your mouth in one subo. #challengeaccepted! It was so yummy and spicy! I loved it.
Huli ka! Such Instagrammers Haha
With our Dad! :)

A little disappointed in their Victoria's Secret Store though... They didn't have a ton of stuff unlike the US!
Decided to treat Dad and Trina to some Baskin Robbins. I was so happy to see this again! :)
After exploring the mall a bit with our Dad (and some more shopping), we all headed back to the hotel to change for our little trip to... THE PETRONAS TOWERS!!! Ahhh!!!

Just to share, I actually have two bucketlists- One is for the things I need to do before I die (shave my head, dye it blonde, write a book, etc etc) and the second is for the places I need to visit before I die. And guys, the Petronas Towers was one of them!!! I was so happy and excited I decided to wear a dress to celebrate the occasion. (Career?)

After being stuck in traffic for a little over an hour (my Dad ended up passing the wrong way and we got caught in Malaysian traffic) we finally arrived just in time! It was great to be able to see the towers during the day and then looking out again at night! We were able to get two shots in! :)

By the awesome fountain show!

With Dad- I am proud to say I chose his outfit HAHA
Eeeep!!!! So kilig!!!
If you haven't visited Malaysia yet or are planning to visit, PLEASE do visit the Petronas Towers. I know a lot of movies, commercials and posters already show them but guys, in person, it's just so BREATHTAKING. I never thought that something so "urban" and man-made" could be so beautiful. I was literally in AWE. It just goes to show how far man has come with the skills that God has given. :)

Watching the cool water show! 
FACT: The water show only plays one song... MY HEART WILL GO ON. Cheesy songs used for artistic performances? ALWAYS.A.WINNER.

<3



After soaking up all we could of the Petronas we had a yummy dinner at this super cool restaurant called Ben's. We had to list ourselves and walk around for a bit since it was full and people were really lining up for tables. When we finally got our table I realized how nice the place was because it was so modern and yet it had this "home-y" feel to it- very New York/Gossip Girl as well. The food was delicious and we knew why we ended up having to wait for a table! Definitely worth it! :)



My order: Ben's Cheeseburger! SOOOO GOOD!!!!
DAY 2

Our second day in Malaysia was devoted more to shopping and exploring the malls. But before our mall trips, Trina and I decided to have breakfast in the McDonalds at our mall (1 Utama). I love being able to go the different McDonalds all over the world because each one always offers something unique to the country. And true enough, McDonalds Malaysia was different! I had the Egg McMuffin with Chicken Roll while Trina had the Chicken McMuffin. Since Malaysia has a pretty big Muslim population, I loved how McDonalds was able to adapt to their culture and make items on the menu chicken. It was so yummy!


I also went crazy because they had a condiments counter with GRAPE JAM!!! I stocked up and ate it with everything (Happy kuripot Karla). We were also so happy because we were able to get Minions! Since it was out of stock everywhere back in Manila, we thought we would never be able to get our hands on any of them... but we did! And in Malaysia pa! Oh diba? SOSYALLLL HAHAHA :))

FACT: Trina and I went to One Utama everyday that we were in KL and we still got lost. We got lost every single time. I loved bonding with her though! Haha :)) Anyway...

My Dad ended up taking us to Pavilion Mall which is this huge mall in the city. Across Pavilion Mall is also a HUGE Sephora and a HUGE H&M which we also hit. We were very happy too because a lot of the stores were on sale. YAY! :)

Days 1 and 2 :)
Before even heading to Malaysia, Trina did some research on good restaurants to try. It just so happens that she found this super good ramen place in Malaysia that was in Pavilion Mall! She treated us to a delicious lunch at Ippudo Ramen and we had so much fun because some of the waiters and waitresses in the restaurant were Filipino! It was nice to be able to talk to them and see how they were doing. They really appreciated being spoken to in Filipino as well so it was great to see the big smiles on their faces. :)




I am still dreaming about this Ramen and the Japanese Cucumber Appetizer <3<3<3
After a lot of walking around and shopping in H&M and Sephora, we headed back to Pavilion for some afternoon tea. I loved how there was a TWG in the mall too! :)




Our Dad then took us to the "Forbes Park" equivalent of KL and we were able to see where he cycles on the weekends. You see, my Dad is big on cycling and eve joins those races and stuff with his friends. It was great to be able to bond with him and see how his days are. We also got to stop by his suki for fruits! Yes, we were able to buy fruits in Malaysia... from a FRUIT TRUCK! What made this even more memorable was what happened while we were looking at the fruits. Let me explain...

So we're there, looking at the fruits. Trina is standing about 10 feet away from the truck since she HATES fruits. As in HATES them (you cannot even touch her if you've touched ANY fruit) and Dad and I were looking around. Then his suki looks at me and then turns to my Dad...

Suki: *something in Chinese*
Dad: *looks at me*
Me: *looks at Dad* What is she sayi-

WHACK!!!! Dad punches me in my left eye

Me: *in so much pain* OMG WHY DID YOU PUNCH ME IN THE FACE!!!
Dad: There was an H1N1 mosquito on your face!!! 
Me: So?? Did you need to punch me for it?? It's so painful!!!
Dad: I killed it. I saved your life.

Yeahp... it would only happen to me. So apparently my Dad, an IT genius is also an entomologist. :| Now back to the good times...

Check out the GIANT Taiwanese mango we bought! It was soo yummy too! :)
So that's basically it for our first two days in Malaysia. Stay tuned for the next entry on the other days featuring Legoland, Hello Kitty Town and so much more!

I'm happy I finally got to blog after so long. Hope you guys enjoyed Part 1 of this entry! :)

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28 comments

  1. Yey naman, thanksnto daddy nakauwi pa ng safe and healthy ang favorite VJ ko, wala na sana akong pipicturan sa tv ko para lang ma retweet ng idol ko. Hahaha!
    Sabi ni kuya nico dalhan mo raw sya(comment sa IG), dinalhan nyo po ba sya ng big mangos?
    IG:sharmainelqz
    TWITTER: sharmaine_lqz
    Check to see some of your photos �� big fan of you and kuya nico ��

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    1. Thank you Sharmaine! I love all the pictures you send to me and I really really REALLY appreciate that you watch MYX especially my shows. I can't believe how blessed I am to have people like you fill my life with nothing but love and support. Thank you sooo much!!! :)

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    2. I met ate trina last july 27th here in cebu, sayang talaga youre not with them, i even met your mom also.. It was so fun to go mall hopping just to meet your ate, and shes so mabaiiiit! Sheeven gave me her number incase i go there in manila, ill just text ger and see if she can lat me meet you.. She even followed me on IG, I LOVE YOU AND KUY nico and ate trina na talaga FOREVEEEER!
      IG: sharmainelqz
      TWITTER:sharmaine_lqz

      StudyBuddy, keep on entertaining me ha! Para d makatulog..

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  2. Waaaaah. Fun trip! Hihi. Nabitin ako, pero okay lang. :) may kasunod pa naman. Worth it yung paghihintay. Never talaga akong nabored sa blog/entry mo talaga. Hope to see you soon! =)) God bless.

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    1. Aww don't worry! Part 2 is coming very very soon- I have to wait lang kasi for my phone... it has so many pictures I wanna share eh HAHAHA :P Thank you so much Joyce for reading my blog! I'm glad you enjoyed the entry. God Bless sweetie! xx

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  3. this serves as a tip to all who want to vacay wooot bitin! haha looking forward for the Legoland and Hello Kitty Town! :) - jane :)

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    1. Hi Jane! Aww thank you- I promise to make part 2 when my phone arrives back from Malaysia. I have a ton of pictures I wanna share with all of you. Thanks for reading my blog always!!! :)

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  4. hi ate karla! you know what? I really have to make it kwento, first I really didnt mind my ate jane nung ikinukwento niya ko about your blog and tweets and always niya kong tinatanong about myx kasi nasa bahay lang naman ako, she always asking me "oh napanood mo na ung myx dtt?" "nakita mo na si karla?" "hui nagreply saken si karla" "karla accepted my request kachat ko siya" (OH DIBA? addict na LOL feelingera HAHA joke) then ako nope minsan nga dedma and whenever she gets a reply from you ayun parang ewan na shinishare samen. BUT! recently when we were in the hospital kasi kame on duty magbantay sa lola namen, there she is na naman making kwento about your trip to malaysia then siguro nairita na ko, ayun iniwan niya ung iphone niya nakita ko yung instagram posts mo, and the video and all dun ko lang narealize sabi ko UU nga ang ganda pala ni karla, at grabe makaENGLISH wagas.AHAHA and grabe in some angle you looks like anne curtis. THEN Im not a fan of reading books and blogs pa kaya? pero u know what? I asked her to barow her fon and i want to read your blog ayun tama nga naman talaga siya.. YOU REALLY INSPIRE OTHERS, you know what after reading each of the posts you will really learned a lesson or makakarelate ka talaga about it. So far hnd ko pa nabasa lahat2 but I'll promise Im going to finish reading it. And now I declare Im a fan of KARLA AGUAS. thanks also to my ate for sharing her thoughts about you :). (siguro you are wondering whos ate jane? siya yung always nagcocoment na may BONITA karla) and you know what? gumawa na ate ko ng blog ikaw daw yung inspiration niya oh diba? lakas mo talaga dun. HAHA kahit sinasabi niya shes not so good in english. kaloka diba? Im sorry for making it too long, Now Ill leave it to here na lang. - (michaela :* )

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    1. Hi Michaela! WOW. I am so touched, really. I cannot believe you took the time to write this down and tell me. And more importantly, that you took the time to visit this little blog of mine. Thank you for sharing your story and THANK YOU for enjoying my entries and my blog. I am so happy to know that I have, in some way, made you see a happier side to your life and a happier outlook on the world. I hope that you won't get bored with the other entries and I hope that you will visit this blog more. Thank you again! :):):)

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  5. Ang ganda ganda mo Karla, yun lang masasabi ko. I saw this girl 2 days ago in a mall and I was pretty shocked cause she really looks like you! but she's smaller and black yung hair. As in kakastar struck din sya, pano pa kaya pag ikaw nakita ko?? I wanna see you in person!!!!!

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    1. Hi there sweet stranger! Awww ang cute mo naman! I have a kalokalike?! YAY! Hehe I hope to meet you someday too :)

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  6. Awesome trip! Can't wait for part 2! Btw, how come Kara and Paolo were not able to come? Would have been a lot more fun if you guys were complete! :)

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    1. It was a trip that Trina and I planned together. I'm happy cause we got to bond more as sisters. :)

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  7. OMG. Really jealous. I wish I can go to Malaysia someday. teehee. I enjoyed your post! I stopped doing my homework for a while so that I can read it (oops, sorry teacher Karla. haha) I'm glad that your father can bond with both of you even though he has a HUGE responsibility. Your dad ROCKS! Taking you to Malaysia and stuff.. I can't wait for part 2! hahaha God BLess Karla! :))

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    1. Hi Krystyna! Thank you for taking a break from your HW (but I hope you finished it after ha! Haha) to read my entry. It means a lot to know that I have become a part of your day (uyy feeling?) Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the next entries to come! :)

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  8. Hey, sounds like you had an exciting trip. That's really a great way to spend a couple of days in Malaysia. The pictures are also great. Can't wait for the second post.

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    1. Thanks Garry! I did, it was a blast. I'll be posting Part 2 when I get my phone back as I want to include a lot of pictures. Thank you for reading this entry! :)

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  9. Looks like Malaysia is going to be my must-have trip. I can see that they have really good malls and restaurants. Thanks Karla for sharing this to us. :) I'm very excited with your next post since it is going to be HELLO KITTY TOWN. I love hello kitty. xD

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    1. Hi Ricka! Yes, Malaysia is a pretty awesome country if you ask me. I loved every minute I spent there and I can't wait to go back for the FOOD!!! :P Thanks for reading sweets!

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  10. Hello, Karla! Okay, this is not really about your post. Haha! Just wanna say that I am a fan girl of yours. I like that you are just being yourself every time you appear on tv though you're looking kinda cray cray. Hahaha! (No offend) =)) I love you and your imperfections! Nico is a lucky dude to have you. :) Hope to see you soon! My friend Eliza and I are planning to send a gift for you. Mag iipon muna kami. Haha. :D I hope you reach all your dreams because I know you know that dreams do really come true! LOVE YOU!!! :)

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    1. Hi Bea! Awww thank you so much for your sweet words! My heart is so happy and fat right now, I love it! :) No need for gifts!!! Your sweetness is a gift in itself (there's like that) thank you for being a ray of sunshine on this gloomy night! (there's like that rin) Hehe :P

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  11. Waaah! Hope I can go there, too :( I love you ate Karla! Kahit sa blog mo lang, natatawa na ako sa mga sinasabi mo. I don't know :) Seems so funny :D

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    1. Thank you Bianca! I'm sure you'll be able to go to Malaysia sooner than you think! :)

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  12. I missed reading your blog posts ate karla. I've been busy these past few days (prelims) huhu but anyway im here now 'cause we're suspended. :) I just want to say that im so happy for you because you got to bond with your dad which is really busy and staying out of the country and your sister too. I love seeing you smile ate karls. Hope to see you again. God bless. :) (wanting to see your myx episodes. we dont have tv in our condo :( mom wants pure studies huhu)

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  13. I met ate trina last july 27th here in cebu, sayang talaga youre not with them, i even met your mom also.. It was so fun to go mall hopping just to meet your ate, and shes so mabaiiiit! Sheeven gave me her number incase i go there in manila, ill just text ger and see if she can lat me meet you.. She even followed me on IG, I LOVE YOU AND KUY nico and ate trina na talaga FOREVEEEER!
    IG: sharmainelqz
    TWITTER:sharmaine_lqz

    StudyBuddy, keep on entertaining me ha! Para d makatulog..
    Im so proud to tell u that im ur 8th official reader on imotiv!

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  14. Bru, let us start hunting for Thai/Vietnam trips for next year. Game na ko! And so sweet! I just saw this now, you mentioned me pala. Life had been so busy for us. Btw, please save my number! I was trying to call you earlier!

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  15. OH-EM-GEEEE!!!!!!!! :) (I know that this is sooo late reaction. HAHA) Ms. Karla! You definitely had a fantastic vacation in Malaysia. I read your blog about it and saw all the wonderful pictures of you, your sister and your Dad. I can truly say that Malaysia is indeed a wonderful place to go to! :) And guess what? (Feeling close?. Hehe) I'll be leaving next month and will be working there. Any idea about their employment? :) My aunt said that there are a lot of job opportunities there so I undoubtedly grab the opportunity to work there. :) -ELLEN

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  16. Hey, Karla. You said 'our mall' when you referred to 1Utama. You own it?

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Thanks for reading my entry! I hope you enjoyed it. :)