|Terima Kasih, Airphil Express and Tourism Malaysia! Photo by Antonio Carranza|
In conjunction with Airphil Express’ inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines’ fastest growing budget airline specially invited seven Filipino travel bloggers, including myself, on an all-expense paid trip for three days – from June 21 to 24 – to the Malaysian capital, which is the airlines’ third international route. This trip was made possible, in cooperation with Tourism Malaysia. I was really looking forward to this trip because it was my first time to be invited to a bloggers tour – and an international one at that!
What was really exciting was that there was no fixed itinerary for . As part of the Airphil Express Kuala Lumpur Blogger Adventure Contest, each participant was challenged to define which travel experiences to create in Malaysia, given the pocket money provided for. After the press conference for the maiden flight and the special tour of the Asia-Pacific assistance center of Travel Guard Chartis – the travel insurance provider of the airline, we were free to explore Malaysia on our own. We were also encouraged to share our experiences while traveling with our readers to showcase Airphil Express as the newest Philippine carrier flying to Kuala Lumpur; and to promote Malaysia as a fun, exciting and budget-friendly destination. While traveling, every blogger must have as many documented experiences and discoveries as possible in Kuala Lumpur and beyond.
|Dreamy cloud forests of Gunung Brinchang in Cameron Highlands|
At the casual awarding ceremony at the end of the trip, I was awarded Overall Winner of the contest for my live blog posts on Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Lojing Highlands, which I explored with fellow travel blogger, Micaela Rodriguez of www.senyorita.net. Here’s where our Malaysian adventure took us:
• Lojing Highlands: Jungle Trekking for Rafflesia, the World’s Biggest Flower
• Lojing Highlands: Blowing Darts at an Aboriginal Senoi Village
• Cameron Highlands, Pahang: Tea-riffic Time at BOH Tea Plantation & Factory
• Cameron Highlands: Dreamlike Mossy Forests of Gunung Brinchang
• Cameron Highlands: Strawberry Overload at Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm
• Cameron Highlands: Savoring Venison (Deer Meat) & Steamboat Hotpot at Rosette Café
• Kuala Lumpur: Snacking at Yut Kee Restaurant, An 84-Year-Old Kopitiam
For more photos from our wonderful trip, check out the Airphil Express Kuala Lumpur Blogger Adventure album on my Facebook fan page!
The Grand Prize includes round-trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur on Airphil Express; and a 3D/2N stay at the five-star Berjaya Times Square Hotel, courtesy of Tourism Malaysia. The other winners are Melo Villareal of www.outoftownblog.com for Best Photo and Most Number of Blog Posts; and Antonio Carranza of www.pusangkalye.net for Most Number of Tweets.
Again, I would like to extend a big MARAMING SALAMAT and TERIMA KASIH to Airphil Express and Tourism Malaysia. I’m certainly looking forward to my next adventure to Malaysia, Truly Asia!