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Malaysia: Petronas Twin Towers

Located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Petronas Twin Towers is the tallest building in Malaysia. It is also the most famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur. 

Also known as the Menara Berkembar Petronas or simply Petronas Towers, these twin skyscrapers once were the tallest structures in the world. It held on to this title from 1998 until 2004 when Taiwan 101 was completed. The Petronas Twin Towers were designed by Cesar Pelli, an Argentine architect. He chose a post modern design style which underwent and passed rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads. 

Now here goes the history of the Petronas Twin Towers and its love for the number 1... Excavation for its 98-feet deep base started on March 1, 1993. The construction of the mega structures then started on April 1, 1994. Its interiors were completed on January 1, 1996 while the spires of Tower 1 and 2 were completed on March 1, 1996. Petronas Twin Towers were officially opened by then Prime Minister Dr. Mahatir bin Mohamad on …

Malaysia: The FACE Suites Platinum

Located at 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The FACE Suites is an all-suite residential style dwelling place that is perfectly located near Kuala Lumpur's top tourist destinations. 

The FACE Suites Platinum consists of 200 suites with spacious and beautifully furnished rooms with sizes ranging from 83 sqm to 138 sqm. Each suite comes with a complimentary wireless internet access. The suites are also fully equipped with modern appliances that makes one feel truly at home. 

My family and I got the chance to stay in one of its suites during our 2017 Singapore- Malaysia Tour. I'm not sure how many of the suites are open for booking but we managed to book one thru an online hospitality service provider at a very affordable price. (Best deal ever!) For me, The FACE Suite is probably one of the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur. Aside from being a stone throw away from Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Tower, this place also has one of the best infinity pools in the…

Malaysia: The Bolehland

With a territory that measures 330,803 square kilometers more than half of which are forest lands that is home to numerous endemic species of plants and animals, Malaysia is one of the 17 megadiverse countries on Earth. 

Malaysia's territory consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. These federal territories consists of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Majority of its population are Malays, its minority consists of people with Chinese or Indian descent. There are also numerous indigenous people that live in the different  parts of the country. Regardless of these differences, its local inhabitants are collectively referred to as Malaysians.

The name Malaysia came from a combination of the Malay word "melayu" and Latin-Greek suffix "-sia". The word melayu in Malay was derived from the Tamil word malai which means mountain and ur which means city. 

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Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Singapore: Sentosa Island

Located in the Southern part of Singapore, Sentosa Island is a popular island resort of the country that is visited by millions of local and foreign tourists annually. 

The island was once known as Pulau Belakang Mati. The island was fortified by the British in the 1880s because of its strategic location in terms of protecting the passage into Keppel Harbour. By the 1930s, the island was already heavily fortified and was the base of the Royal Artillery. 

Despite heavy defenses, the island fell to the Japanese during the Second World War. It was then turned into a prisoner of war (POW) camp for the Australian and British POWs in 1942. The island was returned to the British rule after the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. It was then transformed into a military training ground for locally enlisted men from Singapore. 

The island was handed over to the newly independent Government of Singapore in 1967. It was used as the base for the Singapore Naval Volunteer Force. It was in the 1970s whe…

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