It was a long holiday in Singapore because of the Chinese New Year celebration. Instead of staying at home, my friends and I decided to spend a three-day vacation in Kuala Lumpur. Our challenge was to limit our expenses to $100 SGD (~RM 250).

Here’s how we blasted our CNY  holiday with a shoestring budget:

1. Round trip bus ride from Larkin to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ($27SGD)

Yes, it is alot cheaper to travel from Johor Bahru than from Singapore. My other friends who took the Singapore – KL bus spent almost $98 while we spent only $27.

You should book your bus from easibook.com. Look for the buses departing from Larkin terminal and going to TBS terminal. From Singapore, you can take  SBS Transit bus 170 to Larkin–of course you still have to alight at the Immigration checkpoints.

We chose the Transnasional bus for the entire trip…and we made the  wrong choice–either that or someone in the group is jinxed.  🙂 Going from Larkin to TBS, the bus broke down. We had to wait for almost an hour in the Transnasional warehouse. Luckily, Tania brought her macbook  laptop so we managed to entertain ourselves with the hilarious effects of photobooth (Anna, don’t forget the Alien effect!). Along the highway, there were three accidents, which caused traffic jams. Our driver became too cautious that is why he started driving at 40kph (when the maximum speed limit is 110kph!). Well at least, it was a safe journey. 😛

The bus going to KL

The bus going to KL

The trip back to Singapore was smooth sailing but inside the bus we were all sweating. The aircon started malfunctioning 1 hour after we left KL. I guess the bus wanted to tell us, “You need to burn those fats you gained while eating at Jalan Alor!”

The bus going to Larkin

The bus going to Larkin

2. Dinner at Jalan Alor (RM22 ~ $9SGD)

Although this area is already considered “touristy”, the price of the food is still cheaper than in Singapore. There were 8 of us in the group and each person spent only $9SGD for the delightful foods.

Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor

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The hanging Chinese lanterns added to the drama!

3. Wacky night photoshoot around Petronas Tower ($FREE)

After having dinner in Jalan Alor, we saved money (and burned some calories) by walking to KLCC. It took us only 20 minutes (with #selfie shots along the way) to go there. Make sure you have your creative poses ready. If you don’t have any idea yet, ask our friend Mace for the Tummy ache or the Toothache pose.

Mace's Tummy Ache Pose

Mace’s Tummy Ache Pose

The best time to go there is night time and the best spot to strut your awkward shot is that place where there’s a signboard: “Bahaya!”– I’m dead serious.

"Bahaya"

“Bahaya”

4. KL Ekspres Train to Putrajaya (RM9.50 ~ $4.75SGD)

It was exciting to ride this train. It feels like you’re in a plane except that it’s wider  and you don’t have to wear seatbelts and switch your phone in Flight mode. Although I do wish that the Yes 4G network is working.

KL Ekspres Train

5. Tour around Putrajaya ($0.50SGD)

Yeah, for RM 1, you can visit the Best of Putrajaya. Click this link to find out more. Just make sure that you arrive early because the slots get filled up easily.

Putrajaya

Putrajaya

Registration at I-Centre Putra Square & Putrajaya Sentral.

Pick up at:
Putrajaya Sentral at 11.00 am & 2.30 pm
Putra Square at 11.30 am &3.00 pm
Ticket RM 1.00 only.

For further information, please call:
019-236 1796 or 03-8887 7690
from 9.00 am – 8.00 pm daily

6. Marriott Hotel Dim Sum Buffet ($FREE-$23SGD)

Ok, this is a cheat. We had a lunch date with a friend who is staying nearby and she foot the bill. Otherwise, we will be paying RM68++ per person. But, the buffet is definitely worth the price! Lunch starts from 11:00 AM till 2:30 PM.

Dim Sum Buffet in Marriott Hotel

Dim Sum Buffet in Marriott Hotel

7. 15-minute body massage (RM1 ~ $0.50 SGD)

After a tiring tour around Putrajaya, don’t miss out the body-massage chair near the train station. For only RM 1, you will get 15 minutes of relaxing and soothing massage.

8. Somtam Seafood Thai Restaurant (RM21 ~ $8.4SGD)

For those who can’t take the wrath of a Thai spice make sure that you ask the staff for a “non-spicy” version. We asked for “less-spicy”, but our tummies were still left burning. If you are brave enough to take the challenge, make sure you are drinking soya milk. It helps relieve the scorching sensation from the chili oil.

Green Curry Thai Food

Green Curry Thai Food

9. Jalan jalan at Jalan Bukit Bintang ($FREE)

Watch how this street transforms from its day-time job to its night-time allures.

10. Pub Crawl (RM 70 ~ $25 SGD)

It’s a little bit expensive, but for this price, you’ll get to go to 5 pubs and get a free drink in each bar. The free drinks in the three bars weren’t so good. The games were fun though and you get to meet people from different countries who are in different level of drunkenness–isn’t that the most entertaining part? 🙂

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I managed to meet a friend I met in Bagan, Swiss Stefan–and he brought his long-lost brother, German Stefan (yeah I thought they were just joking, but they do have the same name). We were both members of the now-defunct Bagan-trooper-drink-while-you-last-since-it’s-Christmas-eve-and-we’re-in-Myanmar. You can read more of my Myanmar trip in this page.

If you’re wondering how much we spent in our accommodation, we got it for free! Thanks Carlo letting us crash in your homey pad. Thanks to MJ and Jon for the photos.

The Gang of 8

The Gang of 8