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In Johor, Everything Is Awesome!

2016 is almost over and if there’s ever a time to pack up and leave with your family, it’s now! Holidays were made for us to unplug and reconnect with the people we love, especially our family. It’s also a time where anyone of any age can relax and unwind. Once in a while, we need to take vacations because we can always make a living but we can’t always make memories.  And what better way to make memories than in Johor

To make it easier, let us help you plan the perfect weekend trip to Johor!

Saturday

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Lego® Kingdom

Legoland; the name itself can awaken our inner child. A land where all our imaginations have been put to life. Once you step into the Lego world, you can’t help but to feel young again. The architecture, the rides and even the food will leave you wanting more. It is safe to say that Legoland is the perfect location for a family trip, especially if you have young children.

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KLCC – Miniland

One of the places that you’ll find yourself revisiting would probably be the Miniland. A few minutes wouldn’t be enough because you’ll be mesmerized by all the intricate details of each model. There’s a total of 18 iconic places that you can find in Miniland, such as Cambodia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Johor, Myanmar, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur and many more.

Don’t forget to look out for the newly upgraded Miniland KL Cluster that features iconic architectures of the city such as Petaling Street, National Monument and Bukit Bintang. Over 3 million lego bricks are used to complete the upgraded KL cluster.

Don’t be afraid to zoom in because it’s even more amazing when you’re up-close.

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Lego® Ninjago™ World

End your day with a bang by getting a ride on Asia’s first 4D Indoor Ride! Ninjago is the newest edition to the Legoland rides and it certainly lives to its expectation. Many lined up to get a spot on their interactive ride and boy was it fun! You’ll have the chance to be heroes and defeat the “Great Devourer” (the main villain of the story-led experience) with your bare hands. Thanks to all new sensor technology, you’ll have full control of your actions, giving it a new meaning to indoor rides.

During the ride, you’ll be divided into teams of 4, each competing to see which team scores the highest. The rules of the ride are quite simple actually, you’ll only need to use your hands to guide the controls, aiming at the targets to engage. The ride takes about 3-5 minutes to complete but rest assured that every second you spend inside is going to be filled with fun.

Sunday

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Hello Kitty Town – Wishful Studio

Before leaving Johor, you should pay a visit to one of Legoland’s awesome neighbours.  Just 5 km away lies another attraction that your kids would definitely want to visit. Hello Kitty Town was built to put a smile on children’s faces. For girls especially, it’s practically a dream come true.

There’s a handful of fun activities to do inside, such as a taking a tour inside Hello Kitty’s house, watch performances on the “Purrfect Stage”, spin on their “Tea Cup Rides” and many more. The best of all is probably the “Wishful Studio”; where we get to create our own Hello Kitty themed souvenirs such as the Hello Kitty Handkerchiefs and Hello Kitty Cookies!

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Thomas Town

Hello Kitty town might not sound that appealing to the boys but thankfully there’s another famous town that is just upstairs! Thomas Town is located on the top floor of the building and they have more rides compared to Hello Kitty Town, such as the Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride, Colin Crane Drop ride, Bertie the Bus and many more. You’ll definitely have fun when experiencing the Bumping Buffers Steamies Diesels Ride aka bumper cars!

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Other Characters – Barney Live Show

The fun doesn’t stop there, there’s also other characters such as Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Bob The Builder and Barney. Throughout the day, there are live performances on every level so your little ones can meet all their favourite characters. Children have the chance to sing, dance and interact with characters that they usually see on TV. What a treat!

Since tickets for Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town + Other Characters are sold separately, we suggest that if you prefer more rides and other interactive activities, Thomas Town + Other Characters would be a more suitable choice. However, we recommended that you obtain the “All Park Access” so your children won’t miss out on any of their favourite characters.

Here are some friendly tips to make your trip easier:

1.Buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in line.

2. If possible, use your own transport so you’ll be in full control of your activities.

3. Arrive early.

4. Bring water bottles, snacks, hats and hand-fans.

5. Visit the souvenir stores as the last stop to avoid extra baggage.

6. Bring EXTRA clothes in Legoland because there’s going to be some water games.

Book your tickets now and get ready for the time of your life!

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A budget guide to travelling Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

Okay, if you’re coming to Malaysia to spend two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, you’re probably not going to do it on the cheap. But there’s also plenty of people who pass through Malaysia on their way north from Singapore en route to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

For these people, every dime is important and in a city like KL where extravagance is flashed in your face on every corner, finding things suited to your budget can be difficult. This also applies to travelling across Malaysia, with knowledge of how and when to travel, important to your attempts at saving money.

So let’s start with your arrival.

If, like most people, you arrive in Malaysia by air at either KLIA or KLIA2 terminals and have booked accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, you will have a few options of varying cost and duration to reach your destination. Often backpackers fly blind during this process and can waste money without even knowing it. The KLIA Express train is the fastest way to and from the KLIA airports from KL Sentral, but it is not the cheapest.

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The cheapest route to Kuala Lumpur is by bus with a one-way ticket for adults from KLIA or KLIA2 terminals to KL Sentral priced at 10 Ringgit. Peak hour traffic in Kuala Lumpur can cause lengthy delays, so if you are on a tight schedule and want to get to the city as soon as possible, KLIA Express train is the best option. It takes 28 minutes and is RM55. If you want to save five Ringgit make sure you pay with your credit card at the kiosk and not at the counter. It will be RM50.

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In terms of accommodation, there are two main places to stay for backpackers; Changkat in Bukit Bintang and Chinatown not far from Pasar Seni LRT station. There’s a host of backpacker accommodation in both areas with single rooms as cheap as RM40-50 and dorms beds priced at around 20 Ringgit. Of course, the quality of your hostel will vary with price. Changkat is closer to KL’s nightlife, KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers, but Chinatown is more conveniently located near the city’s main transportation hub — KL Sentral. Many coaches to Malacca, Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh now leave from TBS bus station, which is approximately 20 minutes from KL Sentral.

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Jalan Alor off Changkat is foodie-central with Chinese seafood restaurants and hawker stalls selling an array of local delicacies and international cuisines until the wee hours of the morning. Petaling Street in Chinatown is also famous for food with its night market chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and street food. Be aware, both of these areas are aimed at tourists and as such prices can be inflated.

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Most of KL’s main attractions are aimed at families, couples and those who are dazzled by the bright lights, so if you prefer a bit of adventure but want to stay within in the perimeters of the city I suggest you check out Petaling Jaya and in particular areas such as Subang where an urban youth culture has evolved. If you are able to make friends with locals, that’s even better and ask them to take you out of KL City. The food in areas such as Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang and Cheras is just as good (and cheaper) and is where most of the locals eat. Also keep an eye out for local night markets known as Pasar Malam. They offer amazing delicacies and fresh produce and are more authentic than the ones in the city. If you want a quiet night at the cinema, Wednesday is the cheapest evening with tickets as cheap as 10 to 12 Ringgit.

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Just a stones throw away from KL are a places such as Chilling Falls and Broga Hill. These are quite popular amongst locals and provide a nice respite from the concrete jungle of the city. They are free and relatively easy to get to by car. Check out the best places for hiking, camping and waterfalls in and around Kuala Lumpur here.

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The bus and train are the cheapest options for making your way around Peninsular Malaysia. For Ipoh, catch the rain as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. You will only save five Ringgit if you catch the bus. The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. If you want relax on Malaysia’s famed beaches like Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, the bus and ferry is the way to go.

shutterstock_115589299For those interested in checking out Borneo’s wildlife, make sure you book your flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in advance as flights to East Malaysia can be expensive.

Strangely, food prices also vary between Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia with Indian food slightly more pricier in Borneo. Popular music festivals such the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak and the Penang Jazz Festival on the mainland are relatively cheap compared to other international events, but again book in advance to save yourself some cash.

A great, inexpensive way to see Malaysia is to volunteer. Malaysia offers volunteering opportunities for every taste and interest: from wildlife projects in the untamed jungle of Borneo to teaching English to children in urban and rural environments. Most places provide free accommodation and sometimes food and you’ll have access to remote communities you probably never knew existed. Read more here.

When exiting Malaysia, consider the bus trip north to Hat Yai in Thailand. It is less than 60 Ringgit and you can split the journey up by stopping over in Penang for the night. Cheap flights from KL to popular tourist destinations in Asia such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines can be found via Air Asia, but any additional items such as luggage over 20 kilograms can increase the price.

In summary, Malaysia is a wonderful place to explore and the more adventurous you are, the better your experience will be. Doing it on the cheap is possible but having a friend to show you around or give you advice definitely helps with your budget.

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My Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright lights, shopping malls, bustling nightlife and iconic Petronas Twin Towers showcasing an opulence craved by many tourists — as well as pristine island getaways such as Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But if you have ever had the chance to peer beyond its veneer, you will find a land of great beauty and a population eager to share it with you. This is where the real Malaysia lies and a world in which I’ve had the privilege to step into. You’ll enter one world and exit another taking with you snippets of many cultures that will not only shape your memories but also your relationships.

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The view from one of the more secluded areas at Genting Highlands

Much of my adventure here is owed to the great local friends I have made. They have afforded me an authentic experience not often chronicled in your local tour guides: Guest at an Indian wedding in Klang; life as a local at Orang Asli kampungs in the jungle near Gua Musang and Raub; a road trip to Pangkor; KL’s burgeoning comedy scene; a guided tour of the famed Kacang Putih industry in Ipoh; hiking around the intriguing Genting Highlands; celebrating Deepavali with Indian families in Klang; KL’s underground punk rock scene; teaching English in remote and rural communities; celebrating Christmas in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca; adventures to Peninsular Malaysia’s most stunning waterfalls and hikes including Chilling Falls and Gunang Tahan; picking rambutans and bananas at plantations in the jungle; witnessing Iban tribal ceremonies in Sarawak; staying on a boat house in the Royal Belum National Park as well as tasting local delicacies such as the best fish noodle soup in Petaling Jaya and homemade Indian curries in Brickfields and Klang.

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You can hire a boat house and enjoy the tranquil Royal Belum National Park
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That’s not to say Malaysia’s main attractions are unworthy of your presence — the tourist trail in Malaysia is reliable and growing stronger all the time. In the economic hub of Kuala Lumpur, flavours and colour of India, China and Malay locals float inconspicuously, adding great contrast and history to this modern megacity with landmarks such as Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang and KLCC ensuring thousands continue to flock there.

Venture north to George Town in Penang and Ipoh for a romantic cocktail of art, architecture and colonial influences with night markets, Chinese hawker stalls in Batu Ferringhi, the original Old Town White Coffee in Ipoh and the emergence of urban street art in both places giving reason for tourism to thrive.

The chance to live and look after Orangutans as well as the quest of climbing Malaysia’s highest peak — Mount Kinabalu — will always ensure people go to Sabah and the magic of the Rainforest World Music Festival is a beacon for Sarawak tourism each year. And of course if island hopping and diving is your thing, then you’ll fall in love with places such as Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Layang Layang and Lankayan.

Malaysia has no doubt won a special place in my heart and I urge other travellers, tourists and expatriates to immerse yourself in the culture and let Malaysia sweep you off your feet. You will never regret it.

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Better Shopping with a Visit Malaysia Visa Prepaid Card

If we adore selling though don’t like carrying around a lot of cash, a new Visit Malaysia Visa Prepaid Card is a viable secure remuneration solution.

The universe agrees: Malaysia is a good place to shop. From bonus sport in a internal markets, to lush selling in some of a world’s biggest malls, it’s a breakwater for shopaholics. Coupled with a 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnivals that widen for several months, it’s small consternation that Malaysia is crowned fourth best selling city in a world by CNN. Now, we too can emporium compartment we dump with a new Visit Malaysia Visa Prepaid Card, a cashless and secure remuneration resolution for tourists.

A cashless resolution for your convenience

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The Visa-enabled prepaid label is easy to use, and it’s welcomed during over 29 million Visa usurpation merchants worldwide. Just safeguard there is sufficient funds, and appropriate away. Funds can be installed during any CIMB Bank income deposition appurtenance or during any designated reload agent.

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• Online transaction confidence and change checking facilities
• Enjoy discounts and privileges during participating dining, sell and lifestyle merchants

The starter container can be purchased during RM40 from designated sales channels, and comes with RM500 value of bonus and remission vouchers.

Mega sale, mega bargains

The Visit Malaysia Visa Prepaid Card can be used during a ongoing 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. Catch some mega bargains during a megamalls such as 1Utama, Mid Valley, Sunway Pyramid, and a shopper’s bliss of Bukit Bintang and KLCC.

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Mystical Eve Interview: Pop Shuvit

December 23, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Two members of Pop Shuvit were speckled during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party press discussion recently. AJ and JD were kind adequate to answer a questions we lined adult for them. Enjoy!

M.com: How does it feel to be invited to perform during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party?
JD: Definitely excited. we am unequivocally vehement given we have never played here before in a new environment. Usually, New Year’s eve parties are always hold during a common places, so this year it is going to be opposite and better!

AJ: It is also going to be a 11th year personification together as a group. I’m happy that we are still being invited to play for New Year’s eve after so long!

Pop Shuvit, a good Malaysian indie rope is set to perform during Mystical Eve during ENCORP Strand

M.com: What are your New Year’s resolutions?
JD: The million dollar question…
AJ: For Pop Shuvit, it would substantially to get a Grammy, as we have always been aiming for one. We aim big, so each year we try to get closer and closer to that.
JD: So we substantially set one outrageous and impractical goal, though along a approach we substantially set smaller goals. So each year we set those small goals that brings us closer to a large idea of winning a Grammy.

M.com: Do we have any personal goals or any personal resolutions?
JD: *Jokes* we wish to be a solo singer-writer like Reza Salleh! Or maybe we wish to do a K-Pop manuscript and sell millions! *laughs during his comment*

M.com: Or maybe we do not trust in resolutions?
AJ: Personally we don’t, though it is good to have something like that. Like in my case, me and my mother are awaiting a baby in 3 months’ time, so we wish to be a good daddy and yield for him as many as we can.

M.com: Based on your experience, has any of your New Year’s resolutions came loyal in a past?

JD: Hmm… routinely by Jan 31st we will be like, ‘What did we put as my resolutions this year?’. *laughs*

M.com: Any skeleton in store for a entrance year? As a organisation Pop Shuvit?
JD: Despite all personal stuff, for a organisation we devise to take a song and enhance it internationally. Our code new manuscript is out, it’s called Cherry Blossom Love Affair, so we will try to foster and get it distributed by some of a informal factories in Indonesia and a Philippines. We also wish to secure a lot some-more tours in United States and Europe as well.


M.com: If Pop Shuvit fans in Malaysia would like to get their hands on your latest album, where can they go to get it?

JD: The manuscript is now being sole in any vital record stores like Rock Corner or Speedy Video. It is retailing for RM29 during a impulse and there are 12 songs in a album.

M.com: Before your Pop Shuvit days, how did we spend your New Year’s eve? And are we guys customarily bustling behaving during New Year’s eve?
JD: For a past 10 years during least, we have been bustling doing a uncover roughly each New Year’s eve. That is fundamentally a memory of New Year’s eve, behaving on theatre and doing a countdown with a rope mates, who are like a family.
AJ: At slightest they turn a ‘brothers’ on a 31st of Dec each year… *laughs*

M.com: You mentioned that we did a lot of performances during a New Year’s eve. What would be your many noted New Year’s eve performance?
AJ: Our initial opening actually…
JD: Where was it? Was that a initial New Year’s eve performance? we don’t remember…

M.com: Tell us about a one that we remember a most…
AJ: we remember one time, during one of a progressing performances and it was hold during Bukit Bintang. There was this HUGE throng from a front of Starhill where we were personification right adult to a finish of Jalan Alor! It felt so cold to finally play for such a large crowd, for all a Malaysian fans.

M.com: Was that a biggest audience that we guys have played to so far?
AJ: There were bigger crowds after that, though that was a one that left a biggest impression. We stopped Bukit Bintang from handling their normal business hours.

M.com: How has a year been for Pop Shuvit?
JD: This year has been unequivocally unequivocally good. We had a smashing initial half of a year given we started recording a manuscript given center of final year and we managed to finish it in a initial entertain of 2011. The manuscript was expelled in center of this year. Running adult to that, we also had a unequivocally large uncover this year that was a MTV World Stage that was hold during I-City in Shah Alam. That was a large uncover where we got a full on set and played with large names like Thirty Seconds to Mars, Neon Trees and Beast. The biggest thing was that a opening was that it was promote to about 60 million households. It was unequivocally outrageous broadside for a group. So that done 2011 a good year for us.
AJ: And that also kind of put Malaysian song on a universe map.

M.com: We agree. Pop Shuvit has contributed a lot to a Malaysian indie song stage over a years…
JD: We are substantially one of a initial eccentric groups to done it.
AJ: We took it and did it ourselves and done a name.
JD: Before there was an Indie blast in a Malaysia song industry…
AJ: Yeah, before Indie song became cool!

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