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Getting to know Malacca

Getting to know Malacca

Mar 13, 2017

Malaysia does not only offer accessibility and affordability to Singaporeans when every destination in Malaysia has its unique character and one particular upbeat destination would be Malacca. Getting to Malacca from Singapore is surprisingly easy when one can just make a booking online for the next 707 bus. Best known as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malacca is among the unique and fascinating destinations in Malaysia. What’s more, the city is easy to navigate and therefore you will not encounter any problems finding the popular tourist attractions. Malacca boasts of numerous narrow passageways, and thus the best and more convenient way of exploring the wonderful city is by walking. A Walk Down the History Lane  Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become the renowned trading port forming a vital link between the East and the West. Envy of many, the first of many foreign invasions took place when the Portuguese arrived and soon after falls on the hand of different nations. As rich as the history can be, the many historic events that took place in Malacca has successfully shaped Malacca into what it is today. Popular historical attractions in Melaka Fort A Famosa – Built by the Portuguese in 1511 which suffered severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion. John’s Fort – Remodelled by the Dutch in the third quarter of the 18th century. Peter’s Church– Constructed in 1710 under the Dutch administration, this church is the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia. Paul’s Church– Built by the Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho, this church was named “Our Lady of The Hill”, but was later revolved into a burial ground by the Dutch for their noble dead, and renamed “St. Paul’s Church”. Presently the church is part of the Malaccan Museums Complex. Christ Church– Constructed in 1753, the structure reflects original Dutch architecture. The building houses hand-crafted church benches, jointless ceiling skylights, a copper replica of the Bible, a headstone written in the Armenian language, and a replica of “The Last Supper”. Francis Xavier Church– This Gothic church was built to honour St. Francis Xavier who is also known as the “Apostle of the East”. Stadthuys – Built in 1650 as the residence...

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Jan 16, 2017

Conventionally speaking, most people dislike the idea of renting a house over ownership. For one, renting is just a temporary stop along the process of owning a home. Nothing is more secure than having a house to live. This is what every homeowner dreams of: having a place that they can call their own. Recent changes in the perspective of homemakers paved way to renting a house as a more viable option for many especially when the real estate scene in Malaysia is looking at an incredible difficult trend to own a house. Also, according to iMoney, younger generations do not consider settling down on a permanent place just yet. They are still open to possibilities of transferring job or relocating to another area making renting more favorable compared to owning a new house. Over the past years, people in rural areas flock to highly urbanized areas for livelihood. The massive transfer of people causes congestion to urban cities like Kaula Lumpur. Despite being a huge city, land spaces may not be enough to address the demands for new homes. Renting a house seems to be the best option to choose for now. How to Find a Perfect Place to Rent Finding a perfect place to rent is a tedious task that needs your time and effort. It is not easy to look everywhere for a place that is suitable regarding what you want. For hassle-free ‘house for rent’ hunting, simply consider the following steps: Know Your Budget Before heading out on the busy streets of the city, try asking yourself how much can you afford. Surf the web for the latest trends in pricing so that you will have an idea of what to expect. As a rule of thumb, you must not spend more than 30 percent of your income for rent. Do bear in mind that aside from the rent, you will also have to allot a portion of your income for utilities like water, electricity, cable, and the internet. By knowing how much you want to spend, you can narrow down your options and avoid squandering time. Decide on Key Features Since you are already spending for a house that...

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Apr 20, 2016

Wonderful sights, warm people and a relatively low-cost of living compared to Australia and Singapore makes Malaysia one of the best havens for retirees and expat families in the area looking to move. Whether for foreign or local buyers, though, properties across the country offer a lot of choices. And when it comes to price,the Global Property Guide says that one of the best qualities of Malaysia’s residential properties is the remarkable stability of its prices. Over the last few years, prices have either fallen by a few percent, or risen by 2 percent or 3 percent. The result? When the market booms or collapses, consumers aren’t in the least bit worried. They know the market will go right back up if it goes down. You can essentially take advantage of the same stable property market prices when you invest in a Malaysian home. Here are some essential tips you need to know as a homeowner: Property Types  Available housing options in the market include the following: Terraced Houses High-rise residential properties Detached houses Semi-detached houses  There’s also a difference between buying land property and a condominium unit. Landed property will cost you more, should you go with this option. However, while land property prices continue to appreciate, the value of apartments are dependent on local supply and demand changes in the market. Online Listings  If you’re looking for an apartment for sale, sites like PropertyGuru Malaysia provide a handy list of choices you can explore. This is going to help you tremendously since you no longer need to do an ocular inspection of an area’s potential homes before you can generate a list of all the prospective homes to check. Set Budget  When you’re buying a home, just like any other shopping experience out there, make sure you set a budget, says CNN Money—and stick to it. You really wouldn’t want to overspend at this point. A home comes with a ton of expenses. It doesn’t stop at your mortgage bill and down payment. You’ll have to sell out money for association dues, worry about insurance premiums, lose sleep over repair and remodeling costs, and more. Financing Options  There are also plenty of...

8 Places To Visit in Kuala Lumpur

8 Places To Visit in Kuala Lumpur

Apr 24, 2015

Just like any other destination, there are those spots and places that you must visit when you visit Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Though it may seem like a small city, visitors often enjoy exploring this multicultural haven that features religious hotspots, famous iconic landmarks and even culturally enriching markets and temples along the streets. Some of the popular places you must consider visiting include: Petronas Twin Towers. These twin towers are considered the world’s largest twin tower buildings and are found in the city centre. These towers have earned a reputation and commonly hailed as the twin jewels of Kuala Lumpur. The towers are 88 storeys high with a sky bridge connecting them at the 41st and 42nd floors. Menara KL tower This tower stand atop the Bukit Nanas forest reserve and is 421 meters high. The tower has been recorded as the fifth tallest structure in the world. Though it has been outshone by the Petronas Towers, the Menara KL tower remains a very significant architectural marker of the city. It has a viewing deck that is about 100 meters higher than that of the twin towers. Chinatown Chinatown is a colorful bargain hunter’s paradise that is well known to never sleep. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction spots in Malaysia as it is deeply immersed in heritage, history as well as culture. This is the spot in Kuala Lumpur that you can find almost everything ranging from imitation goods to Chinese herbs. Sultan Abdul Samad building This is a distinguished city landmark that that represents one of the earliest Moorish- style buildings. The building was originally used by the colonial British administration but is currently the home to ministry of information, communications and culture offices.(Image by Bernard) Sunway Lagoon Theme Park This park is around 323,000sqm and the extensive area offers numerous fun activities such as water slides, surf beach, manmade river ride and pirate ship as well as wave pool. It is located in Petaling Jaya and comprises of five different zones. These are the scream park, amusement park, water park, Wildlife Park and the extreme park. Aquaria KLCC This is a 464,000sqm spot that is...

Tops Five Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

Tops Five Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

Jan 12, 2015

For all types of tourists visiting Malaysia for the first time, there are two main distinct experiences that the country offers. These are the peninsula and Borneo. The Malaysian Borneo features a wild jungle full of interesting places and sites such as granite peaks and orangutans while the peninsula offers a mix of Indian, Chinese as well as Malay flavors especially in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is also popular for luxury resorts and even beautiful islands. Some of the main tourists’ attractions in Malaysia include: Cameron highlands. These are extensive hill stations developed by the British and the highlands are inhabited by several ethnic groups among them Chinese, Indians and Malays. This region is popular with tourists who enjoy jungle walks as they explore the tranquil spots around the highlands. The Cameron highlands are also known for its waterfalls. Visitors also get to book tea factory tours as the highland also has tea plantations. Taman Negara In Malay, Taman Negara means national park and is known to be one of the oldest tropical rain forests on the planet. The forest features amazing waterfalls, jungle treks and even massive trees. It is also popular with its longest canopy walkways in the world. This national park is also a home to various endangered species such as tigers, rhinos and even Asian elephants. (Image by min lim) PulauTioman This is a small island that is located off the east coasts of the peninsula. This island has previously been selected by the Time Magazine as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Tourists visit the island to have a taste of the paradise that is surrounded by white coral reefs. The numerous reefs make the island a haven for several interesting activities such as scuba diving. The interior of the island is densely forested and is mainly visited between November and February. Mount Kinabalu This is the highest mountain in Borneo, with its summit reaching to a height of 4,095 meters. The mountain is popular with its tremendous biodiversity in botanical as well as biological species. These include numerous species of birds, ferns and even mammalian species. Tourists with proper physical conditions are also...

Top Islands in Malaysia for Travelers

Top Islands in Malaysia for Travelers

Dec 22, 2014

One of the main reasons that make Malaysia to stand out among other popular tourist attractions is due to its fascinating islands. The country boasts over 878 islands and many more geographical aspects such as ridges, sandy banks and rocks in the sea. The tropical rainforests and luscious beaches create a variety of options for the visitors including exploration, snorkeling and even diving. Visitors can also explore the astounding coral reefs with ease as the water is clear. Some of the most sought after islands in Malaysia include; Langkawi Langkawi Island is most popular for its beautiful beaches and it is also known to have the biggest collection of things to do and see. Reaching the tropical island is easy as it has its own international airport. Travelers hire a taxi or even bikes to explore the scenic island which features beaches, mangroves, rainforest and green mountains. You can also enjoy a variety of water sports especially due to the limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and silver sand. You can also visit several other attractions such as the Underwater World aquarium, oriental village, Eagle Square and even Laman Padi Rice garden. (image by : Jakub Michankow) Perhentian Islands These islands attract many international travelers and are divided into small Perhentian/ Perhentian Kecil and big Perhentian/ Perhentian Besar. These islands are popular for their great diving opportunities and mesmerizing beaches. There are also comfy accommodations in the islands. The islands are also famous for numerous species of sharks, sea turtles and even coral. Tiny paths connect the various beaches. Pulau Tioman Not all of the Malaysian islands are popular for their lush green forests and beaches. Others are also embellished with delightful temples, beautiful colonial villages and bustling resorts. The island of Pulau Tioman is a great place you can experience rich culture of villages such as Genting and Juara. It is also a good place for swimming under waterfalls and jungle trekking. Pulau Mabul At Pulau Mabul, you will also find traditional villages whose huts are thatched. The island is also known for its gorgeous beaches and coconut trees. The are many species of small marine animals found in the island such as scorpion fish,...