The invitation to explore Malaysia beyond Kuala Lumpur was a welcome opportunity. The offer just came in time since the travel period was immediately after our academic finals week. Moreover, I am excited to be part of Zest Air‘s historic Airbus A320 aircraft maiden flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Even with a crazy schedule among other things, I was able to find time to allot October 22 to 25 for this trip. Good thing it happily coincided with the semestral break.
The Blogger Challenge
I would be joined by 10 other bloggers including my girlfriend Marjorie. The catch is, we are not exactly all travelling together as Tourism Malaysia is hosting a blog contest with the objective of sharing our experiences incorporated into this activity.
We are to spread equally among 7 different highlight states of Malaysia namely: Kedah, Perak, Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Negeri Sembilan. Their objective was to show the world that there is more to Malaysia than Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka, and other usual tourist destinations in Malaysia. I hope we can have similar programs in the Philippines for travel bloggers.
Let's Go Sago in Malaysia
Negeri Sembilan Here We come
I got the slot for the state of Negeri Sembilan, and fortunately, so did Marjorie. However, we will be exploring our own different itineraries, but I expect to bump into her from time to time.
Kota Kinabalu Backpacker Challenge with Joba Botana from the Manila Standard
Shooting arrows using some tribal wooden tubules
Eleveated abaca platform as tribal Trampoline
This would be interesting as I haven’t been to Negeri Sembilan. Incidentally, I was just in Kuala Lumpur last month for the Legoland Malaysia opening in Johor. In contrast to that ‘fun‘ theme-park experience, I am expecting a more culturally-inspired and nature-trek exploration for Malaysia’s west coast. Stay tuned in the following days for Let’s Go Sago updates on this adventure.
Right now, I am finishing all my deliverable and work-related task for the whole of next week. By tonight, I expect to finish my usual light-packing and travel essentials, since we have to be at the airport by 11:30am. Our Zest AirAirbus A320 maiden flight to Kuala Lumpur will be about 2:25pm and we expect to be in Kuala Lumpur International Airport past 6:05pm.
I myself am not yet familiar with the whole Kuala Lumpur so when I was researching my possible route last night with the help of Google Maps, I got this interesting route.
From KLIA to KL Sentral Station to Negeri Sembilan
The route I charted appears inefficient and impractical because I am going in the opposite direction of the Negeri Sembilan state. However, all participating bloggers would have to be back at the KL Sentral Sattion either at the evening of the 24th or before lunch of the 25th.
I would like to familiarize myself with the backward route so I think the extra time spent would be worth it. The KL Sentral Sattion is like the starting point where Phil Keoghan gives the go signal if this was the Amazing Race.
Travel Essentials: Malaysian Ringgit, Passport, & Local Phone Sim Card
Hopefully, my gadgets cooperate and I get a decent internet connection where I’d be staying in Negeri Sembilan. If all goes well, follow my Twitter @LetsGoSago & @JonelUywith #ZestAirMalaysia hashtag. Check out my Facebook pages Lets Go Sago and JonelUy ; and of course this blog.