Isn’t it interesting how in recent times, we have all these word alternatives to a vacation? There’s the Baecation, DayCation, StayCation and WorkCation!
Anyway, someone is away for work again – and if you’re a regular you know that a couple of posts have been inspired by his work trips. First was this post on making the most of being single. Next time, I shared tips on succeeding in long distance relationships. This third time, it’s nothing deep. I’m just wishing I tagged along on the trip! Plus we haven’t had a travel post in a while (the last one being Tayo’s amazing guest post on her Ghana trip) – so I’m sharing our very first Workcation with you. It’s been over a year though – hopefully some more will come our way.
Remember when I shared our Barbados experience and mentioned we actually ended up going on another trip before that? It was this one – to Malaysia!
So Tee had to go for work, and he was going to be away on our wedding anniversary date. It was our first anniversary, so – I was definitely tagging along if I could! Thankfully my leave days at work were approved and we got planning!
Travel Tip: If you can tag in on a parent’s, spouse or friend’s work trip, do it – and make it a Workcation! Especially if accommodation will be prepaid.
With our green passport, you need a visa for almost every country and Malaysia is no exception. But they make the process so easy and it’s literally a same day service for £10 – with the usual supporting documents. Bless them! – nothing like our Dubai visa hassles! As there’s a high speed train from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore we really wanted to use the opportunity to tick Singapore off the travel list. We decided on this move just a few days before and it seemed do-able because information online suggested that obtaining a Singapore visa was also a same day service. Apparently they had changed the rules that week and hadn’t updated the information online. So a two week period was now required for certain countries. Bleh!
Travel Tip: For visas and permits, give as much time as possible and call the embassy or consulate for verified information if neccessary.
We flew from Heathrow, London ensuring that we got to the airport in good time to grab some food, a cocktail and throw in a few selfies!
This was my first time trying a weave closure – didn’t like it!
It was our longest direct flight ever for both of us. 13 hours straight. Although as a matter of policy, the husband should have flown business class because it was a work trip, me coming (and ehm, being unable to upgrade to business) meant he downgraded to economy. I jokingly told him he could sit in upper class while I happily remained in economy – we’d still get to the same destination.
As he also had to work quite a bit on the trip, I spent a lot of time totally relaxing in the hotel – it was way too hot in the day to go out! Time difference also meant I was pretty jet lagged for the first few days. As it was our anniversary, we asked for and received a treat from the hotel! Always ask.
I recall taking this Selfie at 3am! – Thanks to time difference.
In general, here’s some interesting thoughts / overview:
KL looked a bit like London, as it was quite cosmopolitan, had a railway system similar to the London underground and also had a good number of malls, with a lot of high end designer shops. I’ll admit I window-shopped a lot, and that’s probably where I got attracted to designer handbags! If London had better weather, I feel it may be a bit more like KL – in trems of how vibrant and ‘happy’ the city was.
So, from the weather to the vegetation to the food, it was akin to Lagos. We totally felt like if Lagos was a bit more developed it’ll look like KL. We passed a few areas and if we’d simply been dropped there, we could have thought we were somewhere in Ikoyi, Lagos. I wish I had more photos or videos to share. There was also lots of street food that totally looked like Lagos bukas*.
Fun fact: There are loads of palm trees in Malaysia and I think it’s their largest export produce. It appears that the Malaysians actually took some palm fruit seeds from Ife in Nigeria in the 1970s and then cultivated these there. Amazing.
Couldn’t this just be Lagos?
Window shopping and craving this bag. Less than a year later, I got the same exact one. Time is everything really. No rush.
If you go to KL, you have to take a photo with the Petronas Towers. And that’s basically all we did as it was like a 5 minute walk from our hotel. They are twin towers and were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 – 2004. They still remain the tallest twin towers though!
Couldn’t resist trying out this pose!
The food was amazingly cheap, and not just the street food. Not sure if it was because the £ was strong at that point, but we couldn’t just get over how affordable it was. I remember buying pizzas and chicken wings for both of us and it was just about £7!. Totally loved their oxtail pepper soup which was very similar to the Nigerian one. In addition, one of Malay staple foods is rice and we had this quite a lot. To use the precise wording, we had ‘Nazi Goring Kampung’ which is their local fried rice. That said, we did eat in a lot of places. From street food to fast food (all the regular UK and US franchises are pretty available) to proper restaurants.
pS:Wearing my TwentySix dress
I genuinely have a million photos like this. I spend forever deciding on a meal!
Here we go again – Biting your nails to pick a meal?
Night life definitely popped in KL. Before our trip I had a chat with my colleague who lived in KL and she gave us all the inside info. We loved it and we did try a good number of the bars. We also stumbled on a live band in the city centre – and they were so good! Loved it.
This was such a hidden bar! Sort of hidden inside a wall. You’ll not have found it if you didn’t know.
We got given a set of playing cards – those kinds that ask you interesting and sometimes weird questions! Fun game
Sorry, I’d have have a Luxurious handbag!
What a rather fancy drink holder!
Are you actually studying the menu again!?
At the weekend, we decided to take a break from the bustling city life – and find a beach! So we took a coach to Penang – which was highly recommended. You could totally see the difference. While KL was bustling and everyone seemed to have a designer handbag on their shoulder, Penang was calm and very cultural. Apparently, it’s also referred to as the food paradise of Malaysia!
Fun Fact: Jimmy Choo (the iconic shoe maker was born in Penang). You never know when that will be your winning question on the “Who wants to be a millionaire” game
The one thing that was obvious in Penang was a line of shops inviting you for a reflexology sessions.
At the end, we gave in. Reflexology is apparently some kind of foot massage where they can tell by touching specific points and nerves on your foot, what’s wrong with other parts of your body. So at some point she tapped my foot and said “I had too much gas in my system” and also said my eyes weren’t perfect – and asked if I used glasses? She said the husband’s eye sight was perfect – which it is. It was a different experience but not quite sure I’ll be doing it again.
Right after the foot massage!
Other than that, we spent some time on the beach, went swimming (and I was learning to swim at that time, so I did pretty good) and played ping pong!. Also ate some more food, and as is becoming a tradition, Tee had the local beer!
I should totally do a hammock collage – this is probably my third hammock photo!
Street Food, too much sweat + local beer, Tiger
On our one year anniversary day!
So that brings the total number of Hard Rock Cafe’s I’ve been to to 2. Lagos was the 2nd.
Food + Reflexology spot. What else does one need in life?
I joined them in their dance performance! There’s a video on my Instagram if you’re curious.
Oh, here’s a better view of Tiger – the beer!
I totally enjoyed the time there, and travelling is a lifestyle change I’ve embraced. But like Barbados – after 7 days I was ready to leave. Although I’ll love to go back! – and this time, maybe successfully do Thailand and Singapore as well.
We loved you!
Have you been to Malaysia or the Far East? What’s the longest journey you’ve ever taken and where’s the farthest place from home you’ll love to go!?
pS: I do realise this was a lot of photos. And this was me restraining myself. Blame it on the Nostalgia! Maybe videos will be a better option. Will you watch?
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*buka – Nigerian lingua for road side restaurant
Brenda MobebiOctober 21, 2016 at 03:16
wow, wow, wooooooow…Lovely pictures i must say,Had to look at them again and again.The weave looks good on you and i think you should try it often.Girl, those meals just wet my appetite. so colorful to the eyes.. Th design of that plate with lots of portion is cool.Mixture of Lagos and London, i think i will like to experience the Lagos part there, lol… Nice pics.brendascouch.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:51
I think I’ll try to weave, but maybe stick to side pattern! Thank you so much Brenda!
TRAVEL WITH A PENOctober 21, 2016 at 06:16
Whoop!!.. love this post! Malaysia is definitely on my to-go list. When do you reckon is the best time to visit?My longest continuous flight was also 13 hours (Amsterdam to the US). I slept, woke up, slept again & woke up..lol…I would love to visit Australia! 24 hours flight, I bet! hehe
PreciousOctober 21, 2016 at 09:53
Kachee, I also take forever deciding on a meal! I almost always choose what I don’t like in the end. LolBeautiful pictures! Yes, do that hammock collage.I’m all for tagging along with a family member for a “workcation”.PreciousCore.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:52
This is so me! I pick something I don’t like and then start picking out of my husbands. Lol!
Olaa BobadeOctober 21, 2016 at 09:55
Kachee the World Traveller! 😛. We love the many pictures like that. The oxtail soup actually really looks like peppersoup. Was it as peppery? I’ve seen the video on your IG and you looked cool. Lol. The pictures of you studying the menu are hilarious. Love how there were things to learn from this post. We want Paris next 😤😤😤 Keeping My Nails + Interesting Facts http://Www.laitanbee.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:53
The soup was actually quite spicy ohhh!Hahahaha @Paris. We went to Paris in 2013 and barely took any photos. Maybe if we go again, I’ll find a way to share a post about it! Thanks Laitan!!
SkyOctober 21, 2016 at 10:21
Lucky you Kachee! Malaysia looks like a cool place to visit.. good good.MakeUp: Berry Lips, Soft Face
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:50
Thank you Sky!
AbbyOctober 21, 2016 at 11:05
Lovely pictures! Looks like y’all had the most fun!I swear you’re me. I spend forever looking through the menu especially if it’s my first time there. Farthest I’ve been from home is America.Have a great weekend Mama! Xx
Oyindamola AbbattyOctober 21, 2016 at 14:08
That oxtail soup looks like Nkwobi, lol. This doesn’t look like a workcation, more like a full vacation. You look like you had heaps of fun. Congrats on your anniversary. Will add Malaysia to places I’d like to visit someday.The YC blog || Bloglovin’5 Ways To Repel Your Interviewer
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:50
Thanks Oyin! We managed to squeeze in some time outside of work. Lol @nkwobi.
Paula Olaitan BenedictOctober 21, 2016 at 14:16
Lovely pictures and interesting write up…Haven’t been to Malaysia before but that is like the farthest place I’m looking forward to going…For now, the farthest journey I’ve had was to Dallas Texas and that was because I used Emirates and had to go to Dubai first before starting the journey to Dallas. Was quite long, I don’t advice anyone going to America to go through same experience. Dubai is 7 hours then another 14 or 16 hours to Dallas… almost a day… meanwhile a direct flight to America is 14 or 16 hours…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 23, 2016 at 15:54
Thanks Olaitan! Oh wow, that sounds like a long trip. Never been to the US. Hopefully, soon!
NedouxOctober 21, 2016 at 22:38
Hi Kachee,So beautiful! I’ve seen quite a bit of South-East Asia including KL and Penang, I once lived in SG so it was quite easy to plan spontaneous Me-Cations. The experience always lingers, in a very good way. :-)The best part about traveling is the opportunity to experience something new.These photographs are truly lovely.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 21, 2016 at 23:11
Hahahah! Me-Cations! Love it. Awww that’s amazing! I want to ask a lot of questions about your time there, but I’ll just stalk you privately!Thank you! 😘
Bubu GreenOctober 22, 2016 at 00:33
Kachee, This is beautiful. Love the experience. I heard Singapore is just as cool too. Lol@ the Jimmy choo facts. It just might be a billion dollar question, my dear. http://www.bubusboulevard.c…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:50
So I heard re Singapore! And that it’s relatively small so you can experience it all in a short time!
GREAT LADYOctober 22, 2016 at 09:18
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE THIS. http://www.memoirsofagreatlady.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 22, 2016 at 16:49
Thank you so much!
kudoslivingblogOctober 23, 2016 at 22:42
Awww…beautiful Malaysia.I was in Indonesia for almost 2yrs but its a pity I couldn’t visit Malaysia which is 2hrsflight from indonesia..am working on a post about my stay in Indonesia tho!!www.kudoslivings.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 24, 2016 at 12:30
2 years! I will definitely be reading that post – wonder how your experience was.
DemiladeOctober 24, 2016 at 09:35
Ooh Kachee! I don’t like to use the word goals but you and your husband are goals. You make me want to take a vacation! I’ve never thought of Malaysia as a place I would like to visit but that has changed mehn, definitely adding it to my list after this post. The pictures are wonderful. xxcocobellablog.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 25, 2016 at 19:34
Awww Demi. That’s extremely flattering! Thank you so much! It’s def worth checking out if you can!
StephylatelyOctober 24, 2016 at 19:14
You two are perfect together. The struggle of having green passports is real. Sometimes it even puts me off travelling honestly. I love how you made the most of this trip. You have made me start thinking of wanting to visit Malaysia or Singapore.Stay Blessed,xwww.stephylately.com
EvitaOctober 24, 2016 at 21:23
I totally enjoyed looking at all the pictures. Would have loved to see a video too. The pictures just fueled my cravings for a vacation. You definitely had a great anniversary. It’s like I’ll add Malaysia to my ‘to go’ list. It really is a beautiful place to be.evitainprogress.blogspot.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 25, 2016 at 19:33
Thank you so much Evita! If i figure out how to, maybe I’ll share a video next time!
AmakamediaOctober 25, 2016 at 10:24
Wow! Interesting post. Beautiful pictures. It’s so obvious you had a refreshing time in Malaysia.amakamedia.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 25, 2016 at 19:32
Thank you Maks! I did.
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeOctober 26, 2016 at 04:22
I honestly have been yearning to go to KL again! I was there early last year for the elder brothers graduation but just for a couple of days sadly. Its so pretty there and I definitely agree with the Lagos vibe… I wouldn’t know if London though cause I’ve never been there but I’m accepting tickets as Christmas gifts haha. I checked out the twin tower also and a couple of other malls. Pops was with so didn’t get to see much of the night life 😑😑 except going out to eat in the middle of the night because foodie. I tried out one African resturant there and the food was so good ayee You definitely had more fun ahhwww.toyinwithfashion.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 26, 2016 at 06:56
Hahahhahahaha @ Christmas gifts. You crack me up! Loool @ Pops. Dulling your vibe. We didn’t check out any African resturant. Next time. And make plans to go back (or maybe just go somewhere new in that zones)
EdyeNicolesMakeupOctober 26, 2016 at 22:01
Malaysia looks amazing! How cool that they have a Red Lobster there?! :)Blessings,Edye | gracefulcoffee.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comNovember 10, 2016 at 19:00
I know right! It’s a pretty amazing place.
@ilolaOctober 27, 2016 at 13:59
Wow. i would really love to visit this place. The food looks so yummy. Thanks for informing us about the 1 day visa thing. Never knew.
Cynthia AbayomiOctober 27, 2016 at 20:02
Awwww..lovely totally enjoyed the pictures. I don’t think i would watch the videos. i really don’t know why. I geuss pictures seem faster. Oh, How i love to travel…… FX ain’t similing at all now. So am going to have to wait till it becomes affordable.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comNovember 10, 2016 at 18:59
I know right. Videos can be pretty long. Hopefully FX in relation to the Naira will be better soon.
NgumabiNovember 2, 2016 at 10:05
Interesting vacation and Lovely photos. Both of you are so cute!ngraffi.blogspot.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comNovember 2, 2016 at 20:50
Thank you Ngum!