164 Kms from Muar
Well that's exactly what happened when all my plans to go to Singapore materialized. I was going abroad for the very first time and that too ALL ALONE! The very thought of no parents and its 'JUST YOU' who is gonna be the ultimate decision maker really bought a list of some really crazy things I wanted to try and do.The 2 week long stay in this beautiful city country was just the best way to let your BRAND NEW PASSPORT go screaming with the unexplainable joy of having its first stamp on it.My packing for this trip started almost a month back, but at the last moment i literally threw a lot of stuff out of my suitcase because the 'typical Indian' style of thought hit me....that i need to bring back more stuff from overseas than to take things from home to the new place! (though I wasn't successful in doing that...but still I did shop like a maniac! :P )So, the flight from India to Singapore wasn't really long but something i really enjoyed and once I reached the airport I was really stunned at how amazing it was. And by the time I left the airport I felt extremely hungry and my search for food just made things a disaster when I realized that 'I'm gonna starve to death' for a fortnight because there was literally NO VEGETARIAN food available. But somehow I survived, thanks to the CUP NOODLES my mom dumped in my suitcase, inspite of my cries & endless arguments - " WHO TAKES CUP NOODLES TO SINGAPORE?" (in short MOM knows it all & you better listen to her) and also Thank goodness for the milo cans & tetra-packs that were available. I literally survived on milk, cup-noodles, bread & cheese. (Trust me these are the TRUE INGREDIENTS TO LOSE WEIGHT!!)The first day at Singapore I spent CRYING in my room, feeling home-sick. The next day onwards I felt a bit more better but was actually looking forward to go home and eat mom's food. But mom was right, after the first day I was pretty okay, and she constantly told me "go LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT and do everything you want". Meanwhile I managed to make some really good friends with people from different nationalities- Chinese, Pakistanis, Indonesians and of-course the other Indians who were there.Being in the company of other people was an experience which was out of the world. I got to learn more about their culture, country, the people over there and of-course how each country's Government works and all. Overall it was good and we had our own share of crazy outings and of course my all time favourite SHOPPING!!The first thing I did was to take the hop-on-hop off bus (Duck & Hippo tours) that gives a full city tour, it takes you around the city and shows all the iconic places in singapore.
142 Kms from Muar
Not too long ago, Johor Bahru was not exactly a "tourist" spot. It was a dusty, dirty town. But, it has changed quite drastically since then. Situated on Malaysia's border with Singapore, this little town has developed enough to attract the tourists and sustain their interest, albeit for a while. Johor Bahru is filled with amazing Hindu temples decorated with glass mosaics. The second-largest city in Malaysia, Johor Bahu has come a long way with opening up of various amusements parks and other commercial complexes.
137 Kms from Muar
You can see the Putrajaya Masjid off the main road at the bank of a river. We were fortunate enough to go there in the evening (as in the video) and we witnessed a beautiful sunset! Right next to the Masjid is also a tiny bird petting zoo. They charge a nominal amount somewhere around RM20 to hold between 1-2 different birds. If you're lucky the bird may even kiss you!
176 Kms from Muar
When we generally hear Malaysia, what we think of is beaches, city life and food, etc but I never imagined how it’s like to be in the hilly areas of Malaysia. This was in August when I went to Malaysia for the first time for 5 days and stayed in Hotel Awana- Genting Highlands, which is a hill resort. With this word hills we always make a picture of small lane, risky driving, but beautiful and serene views, but this perspective changed in Malaysia.Hills there are so organized that they have proper two way lanes with a divider in between and proper security on the edges which minimalize the chances of danger. Also, they have planted beautiful trees both sides which actually gives you the goose bumps cuz it’s same all the way long for 25-30 kms.Luckily I got my room on 26th floor which gave me pretty scenic and serene views. I guess we people are made like that when we see hills, we tend to relax and I did the same. I did not even think of going to the city for 4 days. It was quite a pleasant weather there.As there is a shuttle service in Genting Highlands which runs between the skyway station to Grand resort, it covers almost everything like strawberry farms, casinos, etc. So it was pretty easy for me to commute to the local areas. It all felt like home, going to the strawberry farms or cable car, to the casino and coming back to the hotel. It was all just very easy as the local people were really very helpful. Interacted with a lot of local people and they sounded so happy and satisfied with their lives.While I was in Genting resort, I saw a little girl, she seemed very beautiful but I was hesitant to go up to her and tell her the same. But meanwhile, she came to me and told me that “You look really beautiful”. That time I realized we are all beautiful in our own way, what matters the most is how we see the world and express our feelings.I guess that’s the travel all about, knowing new people and their stories as we say you never know we learn something new after meeting a stranger.I am a proud Indian and I love to carry our National Flag with me when I travel. And when I hoisted the Flag in a foreign land, it just felt so united and proud.So this was my story of the HILLS of MALAYSIA. I hope to cover other parts of Malaysia soon and write about them too. Till then stay tuned and keep travelling.