8 Facts About Malaysia

1. Capital city

Kuala-Lumpur

The capital city of Malaysia would be Kuala Lumpur, also called KL by the local citizen. This beautiful metropolis is characterized by old buildings and on the opposite tall skyscrapers, which create an awesome view all around KL.

2. Time difference

Flying from Amsterdam to Malaysia takes about 12 hours. The time difference is 7 hours, in the summer this is actually 6 hours.   

3. Malaria

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Malaria hasn’t been detected for years now on the Island of Malaysia. However in some parts of Borneo it’s still possible to catch this mean disease. Always let you inform from the Area Health Authority (GGD) to understand the risks. Dengue is however still common so definitely bring some mosquito spray with DEET in it.   

4. Main citizens

Malaysia has three major citizen groups namely: Malay, Chinese and Indians. The minority groups consist of Orang Asli, sikhs and Eurasians. The country has over 30 million inhabitants whose most of them live in the Western peninsula.

5. Climate

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Malaysia doesn’t has seasons like most countries are used to. During the year the temperature almost don’t fluctuate. The temperatures vary from 20°C in the higher situated areas to 32°C in the rest of the country. The humidity is always very high because Malaysia has a tropical environment. Malaysia also has to endure rain season, which can cause some trouble travelling in certain parts of the country.

6. Internet

For some reason Western people believe they can’t buy Internet in Malaysia. Let me help to clear that situation. It is of course possible to get Internet in Malaysia. Just go to an Malaysian internet service provider and they will gladly help you. The connection will be the same as your home broadband internet, so don’t worry. I even got one month free broadband when I just got here.

7. Driving left

Malaysia was a former colony of England and you can still see the influences of the Englishman. A lot of Malaysian people can speak English very well. In fact they belong to the top English speaking countries around the world. The other thing is that they drive on the left side of the road, just like the English.   

8. Official language

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The official language in the county is called Bahasa Malaysia but most of the locals can speak English very well due to the English influences during the 19th century.

Reference Link: 
http://www.p1.com.my/forhome/

What You Should Do In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur also known as KL is the capital city of Malaysia. This metropolis has around 2,3 million people living within its city borders. The city is a melting pot of different cultures. The three main cultures are Malay, Chinese and Indian. This diversity can also be seen in the many delicious dishes this country has to offer.

Petronas Towers

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The most famous and impressive building in whole Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Towers. With its enormous height of 452 meter and impressive architecture the building definitely stands out. It’s a must see, especially at night when the towers light up and create a beautiful sight. I suggest taking a look when the night falls. During this time the fountain at the foot of the towers will give an impressive light show. It’s a wonderful place where tourists and local enjoy their evening.  

Chinatown Market

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Chinatown market, better known as Petaling Street, is a popular place with multiple temples worth visiting. Furthermore you can go there to buy cheap clothes, shoes and a whole lot of other stuff. Western people aren’t used to it but bargaining with the salesman is absolutely normal in Chinatown. Also check out the wet market where the locals but there food and try some Chinese dishes.

Shopping malls

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Malaysia has some of the most amazing shopping malls I have ever seen in my life. Having a great shopping experience in Malaysia will be secured. There are even malls with attraction park in it, consisting of roller coasters and ice skating rinks, how crazy is that? Definitely a must see.

Nightlife
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One of the most famous nightlife areas in Kuala Lumpur is located is an area called Changkat. You will not only find a huge amount of bar but also multiple clubs within walking distance from each other. It’s possible to party almost every given day in this street filled with locals, expats and tourists. There are some places open till 6AM so if you like to party, you should definitely check out Changkat. Maybe even grab a midnight snack at the dozens of food stands just around the corner. If clubbing is more the experience you are looking for, Zouk is the place to be. This newly opened club is already one of the biggest clubs in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Tip

People who stay longer than a couple of months in Kuala Lumpur should buy a Malaysian sim-card. This way you can get broadband to go and even a data plan. This allows you to use Internet everywhere in Kuala Lumpur, which could come in handy. Just don’t forget to compare the different broadband deals to make sure you get the best deal.

 Reference Link:
http://www.p1.com.my.forhome-unlimited-broadband/

How NFL’s Greed Devours Young Athletes

We will have to perfect the helmet if we are to continue with football. We seem strangely committed to these hard plastic shells that seem to transmit trauma rather than damp it down. It is time we developed new materials that absorb the energy of a collision completely. This would mean eliminating head trauma and moving towards international education in Malaysia.

Our materials scientists have devised substances for space vehicles that can withstand the forces of reentry into the earth’s atmosphere. Surely controlling the energy of two 260 lb. bodies colliding at a speed of 20 MPH shouldn’t be too hard a challenge.

Unfortunately the thickest helmet in the world will not prevent concussions from occurring.

Any hit to any part part of the body that causes sudden deceleration (e.g. tackling, blocking or falling) will cause the brain (which is relatively mobile in cerebrospinal fluid) to forcefully hit the inside of the skull, causing coup-contracoup injury. This simple fact is why helmet design changes or “heads-up” tackling campaigns will never eliminate CTE.
The NFL is going to do what the NFL wants but how about trying right now to end high school and college football? Why can’t parents, students, faculty, alumni and others start the process of ending football as a student sport? Nobody 12 years old has the judgement or maturity to decide whether playing football is worth eventually dying of a brain injury – possibly at 27, as is commonsense among international schools Malaysia.

The injury to Muhammed Ali effectively took the pleasure out of the sport of boxing. But there are so many people – many of them children – now playing football that it may take forever to effect the same horrified response in the public. Better for those directly involved in the game – high schools and colleges – to lead the way on this by banning the game now. To those who will belligerently argue on behalf of football – are you willing to slam your head into a concrete wall every day for years for a large amount of money?

Reference Link:
https://www.gardenschool.edu.my/

Marini’s on 57 rooftop bar Kuala Lumpur

 soon as the words ‘rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur’ drop, Marini’s on 57 should be the first bar that comes to mind. With its numerous aspects you can tell why perfection is the only word to describe this bar. With its luxurious designs, elegant ambiance, and divine offerings, Marini’s on 57 is a bar you will not be able to forget easily.

They have managed to establish themselves as one of the hottest and most glamorous nightspot in the midst of Kuala Lumpur. They also claim the title for the ‘loftiest’ rooftop bar in Malaysia. Featuring a spectacular rooftop bar, a very modern Italian restaurant that serves gastronomic master pieces with fresh ingredients, and their luxurious Cigar lounge, Marini’s on 57 has managed to create an alluring combination of culinary and nocturnal experiences for a sophisticated clientele.

 

Marina's on 57 rooftop bar

Marina’s on 57 rooftop bar, Kuala Lumpur

It was only recently that Marini’s on 57 introduced a wide range of new cocktails, and the innovative skills from their award winning master of mixologists, Rizal Junior, are being showcased. And this week, it celebrated its 3th anniversary complete with guests, Mr. Marini himself, and a Dutch DJ, they could not have celebrated the beginning of their fourth year any better.
Whether it’s cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, name whatever you want and they will provide. You will find drinks in the menu you may have never even heard before. Added to that they have so-called ‘promotions’, and ‘packages’ when it comes to liquor. Which is ideal for the ones that want to experience a high-class, luxury bar but refuse to pay too much. If you want to know when these packages are applicable, definitely take a look on their website.

 

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Marini’s is open daily and they start serving at the lounge from 3:00 PM, the bar starts at 05:00 PM, and if you want to go for dinner, the restaurant opens at 7 PM. Because of the still increasing popularity of Marini’s on 57, and also because it is considered as a “must-see” for many tourists, booking a table in advance is strongly recommended. This counts for both the restaurant and the rooftop bar.
“There can’t be good living, when there is no good drinking” – Benjamin Franklin
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Marble 8

While it seems like a sincerely impossible task, Marble 8 has managed to create a site that brings a contemporary steakhouse with a heavenly dining flair, an extensive bar, and a posh lounge together in one single place.

Not only because of the splendid view, but also for their exquisite menu, Marble 8 is a top-notch steakhouse and lounge. The majestic Petronas Twin Towers can almost be touched, and there is an impressive view, when sitting near the glass walls or in the radiant garden. Their premium steaks and trendy cocktails contribute to an ultimate luxury dining experience.

Marble 8's premium cigar and sigle malt whiskey lounge

Marble 8’s premium cigar and sigle malt whiskey lounge

Commencing your culinary journey in Marble 8 starts at the bar, that breathes sophistication and style. With its timeless and innovative elixirs, you might discover your new all-time favourite while enjoying exclusively selected music that highlight the evening.

Besides their incredible popularity for its chic bar and lounge, it is bringing new depths and elegance to their steakhouse as well. A haven for steak-lovers, with its very own signature Marble 8 cuts, it is raising the gastronomic bar to an astonishing level.

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But the absolute crown piece of Marble 8 has to be its distinguished privé. Immerse yourself in an undisturbed and peaceful chamber, where the whisky is flowing and where a classy vibe prevails. Get indulged in the finest selection of whiskey and cigars. Being a supreme lounge bar in Kuala Lumpur requires a world class ambiance, and irresistible offerings brought to you in marvelous service.

A classy lounge where one can enjoy an extensive whiskey and cigar offering. The lounge absolutely has a gentlemen’s club feel to it with its luxury leather couches and smooth dark-toned decor. “This is what I imagined the whole place would look like and I’m more than glad it came out the way I intended it to,” says Marini.

Reference links:

http://www.marble-8.com/m8bar/about-m8-bar/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigar_bar

Jazzercise

dance and workout in one go!

Oh dancing, swirling your feet through a room full of mirrors, feeling like everything blurs in and out of focus with every breath and every beat of the music. Every step, every movement and every moment carries its own meaning and beauty. When you dance, time itself seems to slow down, even as the outside world rushes by. On a good day, dancing makes you feel beautiful as you flow with the music. “On a bad day, I still leave happier than I came in. When I dance, I know that there is nothing else I’d rather do, no other place I want to be”.

-Quote of a dancer-

Doesn’t it sound lovely?

 How do I dance?

It is not a question of how you do it, but rather what suits you best and where you do it. Because in dancing, you are allowed to be free, and every movement is a dance no matter how awkward it may seem at the beginning. There are a lot of different styles when it comes to dancing. One of the most popular is of course ballet, which falls into a different category than, say, hip-hop. Other than the very popular dances that are now considered as ‘mainstream’, there are also a plenty of less-known, underground styles going on. For instance, you probably have heard of Jazz, but have you heard of “Jazzercise”?

Jazzercise class

Jazzercise class

I’m sorry, what?

Yes, “Jazzercise”! It’s a combination of dancing and working out. I know, I know, you’re probably picturing a group of moms in leotards, neon cotton head bands and legwarmers back in the 80’s.

You’re half right. While this dance workout originated from the dance party workout, the founders of Jazzercise had the insight of revolutionizing this old school fitness program and came out with a combination of high intensity dance, cardio, Pilates, hip-hop, Yoga, kick-boxing and strength workouts that better suit the current era and demands.

There are many options of classes offered in Jazzercise at various Studios in Kuala Lumpur. The classes are Dance Mixx, Strike, Core, Fusion, Strength and an occasional special themed exercise to keep your workout fresh, fun and motivating.  You can burn up to 600 calories in one-hour session, and each session combines cardio and strength training, making it a total body workout.

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So, how does it work?

Jazzercise is choreographed to suit today’s hottest music and are influenced from Jazz, Tango, Hip-Hop, Kickboxing, yoga & Pilates. Jazzercise is a highly effective and fun total body workout as you work-out in a group. According to the people that have tried it out before, its benefits include an increase of weight loss, core strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, stress release and mood boosting endorphin rush. The fun factor is one of the reasons why Jazzercise dancers stick to this program. It’s suitable for all ages, body types, and health conditions since it is possible to choose between low and high impact option in the program.

But enough talk, try it yourself! You can visit beautyguide.com.my or http://www.jazzercise.com/ for the nearest outlets to you!

 

Reference links:

http://beautyguide.com.my/list/dance

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dance_style_categories

 

Massage treatment

Best Balinese Massage Spa in Kuala Lumpur

Whether you want to treat yourself, need to loosen up the sore muscles, Mandara Spa is the definitely the place to be when it comes to getting a great Balinese massage!

A glance of the Mandara Spa in Kuala Lumpur

A glance of the Mandara Spa in Kuala Lumpur

Where can I find it?

With over 8 outlets scattered throughout Malaysia, you will be sure to find a Mandara Spa near you. Our favourite is the Mandara Spa in Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, the easy access is a bonus to add up to many of its fine accomplishments.

Massage is generally considered part of traditional and alternative medical approach. It is offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and symptoms. Studies show that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

Not only that, massages also helps against;

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paraesthesia and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, most people enjoy massage as it often soothe, comfort, and gives us a sense of tranquillity. Despite its benefits, massages are not meant to replace medical care, so when the situation arise, do visit a doctor for immediate treatment.

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What can I expect?

The aromas of exotic spices and pure essential oils will meet you as soon as you set foot in Mandara Spa at Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, luring you to a complete state of bliss. Immerse yourself in complete relaxation and enjoy the luxurious urban retreat. It even has two floors! Mandara Spa is located at the East Wing, on the same floor as the fitness centre and the swimming pool. It offers both facilities of a private room, or for the love birds among us, a double room. How romantic! And of course you have Deluxe Spa Suites with surrounding bath and steam showers to provide you with the ultimate spa journey.

What treatments do they offer?

The treatments that they offer vary from foot massages, Mani’s and Pedi’s to full body massages with enriching oils. The hand and foot related treatments can be found in a specially designated area. They also offer special facials for men, ranging from moisturizing to problematic skin healing. But of course, you most certainly need to try out the Madara Massage, their signature massage performed by two therapists that together bring you the true serenity and luxury massage by combining five different massage styles. Shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese are the varieties that are being performed.

To find a Mandara Spa near you, check out www.beautyguide.com.my and find out all their latest packages and offers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune Talk low-cost Mobile Prepaid Plans

Tune Talk: My 2015 Review On Their Own low-cost Mobile Prepaid Plans

Once I went with Tune Talk, it had been for a few reasons; the first being unlike most telecommunication provider in Malaysia, you simply won’t endure additional expenses or hidden costs!So other than the cost-transparency aspect, after I picked Tune Talk as my telecommunication provider I looked at speed, quota, stability and cost.

Mobile-Prepaid-Plan

Not top on my top priority list, but absolutely a deciding factor for all is price, but TuneTalk’s Tatata Plan start at RM25 for 1GB to RM68 for 5GB internet, that’s way cheaper than most out there.It’s very frustrating when you’re trying to surf the internet or social media and the connection gets very slow, however the chances of you experiencing this with Tune Talk is minimal, as you get to experience the fast 4G LTE network.

Although data plan and overall mobile prepaid plan price are a biggy to me, I cant do without an inexpensive call rate, because who doesn’t like direct and fast communication? And phone calls remain as one of the fastest communication channel, which leads to one other reason why I enjoy TuneTalk; their call rate is only 10 cents per minute! Local call rates aside, I take notice of the international call rates (IDD) too, and so far I’m happy about the international rates by TuneTalk; no surprises there though, they ARE known as the best prepaid plan to travellers in Malaysia. If you’re a frequent traveller yourself, you are able to go on an unlimited daily data roaming at RM38 daily in 9 countries in Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines.

So the above is barely my personal opinion and experiences, so don’t take my word for it, go and check out several other blogs and reviews to check out what they have to say.