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Hello Singapore, hi Malaysia

Colorful colonial era shop houses in Singapore

Airphil Express and Star Cruises invited us bloggers for a familiarization cruise tour from Singapore to Malaysia aboard the latter’s Super Star Virgo, a full service cruise ship. It was a lot different experience, another different way of traveling. And it was good. In a few days, I’m off to two other international destinations within Southeast Asia: Singapore and Malaysia. This is just after two weeks after visiting Hong Kong for five days!

Going down at Singapore's Changi Airport. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Whew! And it doesn’t get better if it’s unscheduled as all these trips are all upon the invitation of AirPhil Express, the country’s newest budget airline.

It’s been three years that I’ve visited Singapore where I was selected as one of the participants in the Southeast Asian Photography Workshop. The island state is also known as a tourism hub, according to Wikipedia.

But we won’t be lingering long there. In the itinerary given by AirPhil, we will be on a cruise to Port Klang in Malaysia aboard the Superstar Virgo. Now before you think that this is all leisure, nope, its all work for me as a travel blogger. Period.

A night at the Esplanade

Almost a decade since I’ve visited Malaysia, the last and only one was while in transit from Bangkok (training at Nokia Thailand) to Singapore with a few days stop over at Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Memories of that trip? The vintage taxis of Ipoh, char kway teow, birdwing butterflies (Trogonoptera brookiana) that I was able to collect, Petronas Towers and being duped by a taxi driver in KL. And of course, D24 durian that had me craving for more in one of the fruit stands in Kuala Lumpur.

But on hindsight, I’ve been raring to go on longer trips, not just for a few days but multi-country visits that span for weeks or months. If only visas are no problem, I would have visited Europe long ago with a sidetrip to the UK and Ireland with its expansive and beautiful landscapes aboard one of mobile caravans via caravan insurance platform. This is surely a different way of traveling that is not present here in the Philippines.

Well I guess, that has to wait for a few years. For now, Singapore and Malaysia will suffice.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

4 Comments

  1. Chris
    August 19, 2011 @ 11:34

    Sounds like an exciting trip. I’m very jealous. Have a blast!

  2. zniht
    August 20, 2011 @ 8:22

    Very exiting trip!

  3. Karl
    August 25, 2011 @ 6:43

    good luck with the visa thingy. i, myself, figured in such a difficult position, but that’s life. there’s no point being stuck in a place, you can always move around where you are, right?

  4. estan
    August 25, 2011 @ 7:57

    @chris, zniht, it was my first cruise! rather exciting!

    @karl, well, there will always be other countries that require no visa and equally interesting

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