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Yiu Fai Guesthouse

Contributor: Melvin Corales

How to go to Yiufai

How to go to Yiufai

Located in the heart of Kowloon, along the hustle and bustle of Nathan Road, stands tall the Golden Crown Court where Yiu Fai Guesthouse is situated. Yiu Fai is simply our home away from home.

If you are looking for a guesthouse or hostel when you visit Hong Kong, I highly recommend Yiu Fai Guesthouse. First selling point? Yiu Fai is just a few minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Victoria Harbour, Canton Road, Shopping Centers and Bus stops. You can go to any point from Nathan Road which makes it great. Second, it is cheap. We paid 550HKD per night for a room for three. The room is not that big but enough for backpackers who spend most of their time outside. You also get an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower which is perfect for Hong Kong’s chilly weather, a TV, an air-conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a new towel every single day.

Hao's Inn/Yiufai (They have the same owner)

Hao’s Inn/Yiufai (They have the same owner)

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Banaue Rice Terraces and Sagada – Blast from the Past

May 2008

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Good Morning, Mountain Province!

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Banaue Rice Terraces after the rain

I really cannot remember what happened during my whole trip to Banaue and Sagada but I will try my best to share what I can. This trip was also with my college classmates so I really do not know how much the hotels/guesthouse and tours cost. I just paid Php3,500 inclusive of our transportation, the guesthouse stay and meals and Banaue and Sagada Tours.

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Day 4: Marina Bay Sands and Bugis Street

Backpacking Malaysia and Singapore

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur/Petronas Towers

Day 2: Batu Caves and KL Sentral

Day 3: Universal Studios Singapore and SG Flyer

Enjoying the serene MBS

Enjoying the serene MBS

My last day in Singapore was the one Ruby and I were so excited about. That was the day we visited the Harry Potter Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. The exhibition was brought only to selected countries and they chose Singapore as the destination in Asia. Other cities that the exhibition visited were New York and Australia. To read more about my experience at the exhibition, kindly visit my separate review.

Okay, so back to my story. We woke up late on our last day in SG since we were so tired from all the walking the other day. We shared the usual breakfast served at River CIty Inn. During our stay at River City, we paid 26SGD per person/night at the mixed dorm room. The rooms were very clean. I really liked the bathroom and the pleasant ambiance of the common area. We also rented lockers to store our valuables but everything else, we left in our beds. The tourists were nice and most of them return late at night. Aside from renting lockers, you can also rent towels. They also sell some beverage and noodles if you are so tired to go out. River City Inn is located at 33C Hong Kong Street Singapore 059672.

We asked one of the staff if we can leave our things after our check out time because we still plan to visit more places. The lady was kind enough to assist us with our bags. We told her that we will get our bags in the afternoon.

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River City Inn’s signage

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Day 3: Universal Studios Singapore and SG Flyer

Backpacking Malaysia and Singapore

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur/Petronas Towers

Day 2: Batu Caves and KL Sentral

July 29, 2012

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Day 3 of our Backpacking Malaysia and Singapore.

Our flight left Malaysia LCCT Terminal at 9:30PM and arrived at Singapore Changi Airport at 10:30PM. I was really excited to see Changi since it is one of the best international airports – one of the reasons why it is one of the main hubs in Asia.

After collecting our bags, we followed the crowd going to the immigration counter. Upon entering the airport, it already boasted its extravagance with the walkalator and carpeted floors. We were able so see a lot of shops. It was well lighted and the ambiance was relaxing.

When we reached the immigration counter, the officer asked for my immigration card. And I was like, what’s that? @_@ lagot na! Then the officer instructed me to return to the hallway and fill out the immigration cards there. Ayun naman pala eh. I saw the FA of Airasia handling a card to some passengers, I thought those were only for Singaporeans or with special requests. I did not experience that in Malaysia so I was completely unaware when we entered SG. Lesson learned. Good thing there were free fox candies at the counter. Pampalubag loob. Chos!

Singapore Arrival via Changi Terminal 1

Singapore Arrival via Changi Terminal 1

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Day 2: Batu Caves and KL Sentral

Backpacking Malaysia and Singapore

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur/Petronas Towers

July 28, 2012

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On our second day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I woke up at 6AM not knowing when the sun would shine. By the time it was 6:30AM, I was already prepared and ready to start my day. I went downstairs to join Rhan while she was watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. I was surprised to see that it was still very dark outside. Here in the Philippines, the sun is already up that time but in Malaysia, it is still dark.

Since most of the people in the guesthouse were still asleep and we can’t obviously roam around because most, if not all, shops were still closed. We just enjoyed the sofa, the Olympics and Chot’s company.

We were all ready for our breakfast by 9AM. We went to a nearby grocery store to buy some milk and juice. It was a very pleasant feeling to see a fellow Filipino buying at the store. We can even hear her speaking to her family back here. Then we decided to buy Roti, a flat bread that looks like crepe. We brought the roti with honey and bananas back to our guesthouse and we had breakfast, al fresco.

Anjung KL Guesthouse facade

Anjung KL Guesthouse facade

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Backpacking MY and SG: Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/Petronas Towers

July 27, 2012

Group shot at the Petronas Towers.

Group shot at the Petronas Towers.

The first time you set foot in another land, it will change you forever. This generally summed up what happened to me the first time I visited a foreign country. Little did I know that I will be bitten by the travel bug that early and that much.

I know I started late when it comes to traveling internationally. But I am so proud that I worked hard for my own pocket money. My first travel was with my college friends and all of us were first timers. I could not explain how much freedom, responsibility and maturity I felt taking care of myself away from everything familiar to me.

Excited first timers.

Excited first timers.

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