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A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

I really wanted to visit the Masjid Jemak as it is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur and I love history and architecture, but alas it was under construction and only open to worshippers. So I did the next best thing, I went to the National Mosque which is where the King of Malaysia prays on Fridays, I mean how amazing is that!

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

On my second day in Malaysia I hopped on the metro and headed to Merdeka Square. I had actually been planning on visiting a mosque near there, but unfortunately it was under construction and so I decided to wander about the square. I took the train to Masjid Jamek station, which is also the name of the mosque that precedes Merdeka Square.

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Review

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Review

This is probably one of the coolest looking book covers I have ever seen. A friend of mine has recently gone on a trip to India to study yoga and it inspired me to pick up a book to read a little more about this country. Sarah travelled to India in her twenties, decided she hated the country and never wanted to return. While waiting at the airport a fortune teller came up and told her that she would in…

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Zucchini Noodles and “Meat” Sauce | Sunday Kitchen

Zucchini Noodles and “Meat” Sauce | Sunday Kitchen

I’m not sure if it was the special Sunday night dinners on fancy plates with roast beef that we had growing up or just the leisurely, simple vibe of Sunday that existed in my house that inspires me to get creative in the kitchen. I like taking time on Sunday to try a new dish or bake some sweet treat as a snack for the week. Currently I am trying hard to meal prep and make my lunches for the…

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Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

  When planning my trip to Malaysia, I knew that one of the things I most wanted to see was the Cameron Highlands. It is pretty obvious within the first few minutes of knowing me that I drink a lot of tea and I really wanted to try some of the tea that is made on the plantations in this area of Malaysia.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

While in Malaysia I wanted to explore all the different aspects of Malaysian culture. I wanted to be sure to see and learn about each culture that blended to make the Malaysian culture so unique. This included visiting specific religious sites. As I was on my own I booked a few different tours to help me get to the places I wanted to go since this was sort of my first solo trip. One of the tours I booked was…

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Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

While I was in Israel, I booked a tour with Abraham Tours, a tour group associated with Abraham Hostels which was where I was staying while in Jerusalem. I booked several tours through them and had a great experience on each of them. This one was the 2 day Petra Tour to Jordan. Crossing the border into Jordan wasn’t intense (the way back however…), one thing to note is that you should ask the guard to stamp a piece of…

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