Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Where to Travel for the Long Weekend?

In Singapore this year, we have some long weekends due to the holidays. Christmas is on Monday, which means we have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off as weekends. New Year is also on a Monday, which gives us the long Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend.

In 2018 we still have some long weekends due to holidays, such as the Chinese New Year (which falls on a Friday and Saturday), and Good Friday (on a Friday). These holidays provide the perfect opportunity for some exotic travel to either Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, our exciting and fun-filled neighboring countries. But then, you know you can only pick one since it is a three-day holiday. There are arguments about which is better, and, since have traveled to both places for the holidays, I can be considered an expert of sorts.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Food

While food is less expensive in Kuala Lumpur, if you are used to Malay cuisine, you won’t find anything new there. Food in Bangkok is much more exciting because of the many restaurants selling foreign cuisine. Also, the food is less spicy than Malayan food (unless you love spicy food, which I do).

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Shopping

Of course you would want to go shopping while you’re on holiday (I know I do). Kuala Lumpur has malls as big as those in Singapore, and so does Bangkok. Shopping is also cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. However, Bangkok has an edge over Kuala Lumpur because of the street markets. Bangkok is teeming with street markets that give you a variety of choices when shopping, and you can get great prices as well.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nightlife

Bangkok goes on long after most people’s bedtime. The city is also safe at night, so you don’t have to worry about staying out past midnight. Restaurants stay open late to cater to hungry people on any kind of budget. There are bars and night clubs for you to go and hangout and have fun, as well as a host of other entertainment choices for you and your family or friends.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Culture

Bangkok is rich in Thai culture and history that is quite undiluted, because it is the only country in South-East Asia that never got colonized by foreigners. The capital has a lot to offer for you to experience and enjoy, from the dances to the temples to the heritage. Malayan culture is a blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese, giving it a distinctive culture of its own. Kuala Lumpur displays Malaysian culture in all its splendor and beauty, but personally I prefer Thai culture in Bangkok.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nature

The beaches in Thailand are cluttered with civilization. You can go to the beach and see bus routes and food stands, with very little ‘nature’ next to the water. The national parks are no different. They are not secluded and quiet and free of man and his toys. You can enter a park hoping for peace and quiet, and you will see food stands, resorts, and hiking trails that are very easy and not far from civilization.

Malaysia is still untamed when it comes to nature. The beaches are still pristine and free of human intervention. The Borneo jungle is still alive, despite poaching and deforestation. The national parks are still nature-oriented, with very little presence of resorts and restaurants. Malaysia is still doing its best to establish oil palm plantations, displacing the wild life that exists in the country, but you can still enjoy nature better in Malaysia than in Thailand. However, if you aren’t so deep into nature, Thailand is the place for you.

Conclusion

Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have their pluses and minuses. Each has something different and unique to offer to visitors on your exotic travel. While I may prefer visiting Kuala Lumpur for the holidays, you may prefer going to Bangkok. With this list of what both cities have to offer, you can choose which city best fits your style and plan and exotic travel for your 3-day holiday. Or just askus@ladyredot.com!


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Activities to do in Iloilo, Philippines

A heart-shaped province located in Western Visayas, Iloilo is aptly called the “Heart of the Philippines.” It may only have a total land area of 5000 square km with a population of approximately 2 Million, but this province offers countless activities for the young and old!

Food Tour

When you’re in Iloilo, it’s kinda difficult to stay faithful to your strict diet. Why? For starters, mouth-watering dishes are Iloilo’s year round attractions. Find a true blue local to show you places where you can eat authentic Ilonggo cuisines: La Paz Batchoy, native “lechon manok” (roast chicken), talaba and sinamak (oysters and native vinegar), KBL (pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit), chicken binakol, Pancit Molo, and fresh seafood dishes (The Philippines is an archipelago, so you see fresh seafood almost everywhere).

Heritage Sites Tour

There are several historical sites scattered all over Iloilo. Don’t forget to visit Calle Real, Plaza Libertad, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds, Cathedral, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit, Molo Church, and Bahay Camiña nga Bato, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Dumangas Church, Santa Barbara Church and Convent, Ermita Chapel, and Nazaria Lagos Monument. You will surely be in awe of the history, architecture, and culture of the people. This activity is not only fun but also very educational!

Take a dip in Iloilo’s pristine waters

No travel article about the Philippines has no section about how beautiful its beaches are. Don’t forget your swimming outfit, eco-friendly sunblock, and cameras (these beaches are soooo picturesque)! Head over to Islas de Gigantes, Concepcion, Ajuy, Sicogon, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton.

Climb, Trek, and Hike

Aside from crystal clear waters, Iloilo is also blessed with lush mountains. Get a trusted local tour guide to show you the roads less traveled: Bucari, Igbaras, Janiuay, Calinog, and Lambunao. Hike hidden trails and be surprised to see amazing waterfalls, overlooking views, and super clean surroundings! Your lungs, eyes, and heart will surely thank you!

Enjoy the city life

In most parts of the Philippines, it is still possible to enjoy the so-called “city life” without losing that laid-back ambience. Iloilo City has a number of lifestyle centers where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, spa day (alone or with your loved ones), dine at classy restaurants, and shop at malls. Don’t forget to check out Plazuela de Iloilo, Ayala Atria Iloilo, Smallville Complex, SM City Iloilo, Robinsons Place Iloilo, and Iloilo Business Park.

Or go on a city tour

Iloilo may be a province, but Iloilo City is actually a tourist hub. Aside from its numerous restaurants and shopping districts, it also has amazing museums, hotels, and lifestyle districts.  and nightlife in the province await.

Join a festival

Because the Philippines is hugely Catholic, it’s not difficult to find yourself in the middle of a religious festival while in a province. Iloilo hosts the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the fourth Sunday of January. Enjoy the tribal music, religious rituals, street dancing, colorful costumes, amazing food, and most of all, the warmth of the locals.

Not a sleepy old town, Iloilo has plenty to offer for the adventurous and young at heart. Reach out to us to help you to plan your next trip to Philippines @askus@ladyredot.com.


 Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

Celebrate 2017 in Singapore!

Singapore, a modern city island, is now a popular site for travellers during New Years. With its artsy restaurants, famous clubs and sandy beaches it should be a goal for all on their traveller’s bucket list.

Here are some of the best of Singapore during this festive.

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Wishing Spheres
This Annual tradition is one of Singapore’s New Year Eve’s highlights. Recently reaching national recognition, people from all around the world come to write their wishes and aspiring goals to float in the marina bay. In recent years, numbers as high as 25,000 light up spheres have been used. Once written on, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown crew anchor the spheres in detailed shapes. This task is no small one, with the total preparation taking up to 10,000 hours.

It’s a privilege to serve the community this way- to be a part of the team that brings so many people together to celebrate and usher in the New Year.

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1919 Water Boathouse
For those looking to get a front row seat of the spectacular wishing spheres and NYE fireworks, the 1919 Water Boathouse is the place. A relaxed restaurant with savoury seafood and hand-selected wines, the building is held in a historic colonial heritage site, known in the past as one of Singapore’s busiest ports. Along with the great food is a rooftop panoramic view of the light show light show.

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Sentosa
A smaller island located south of the city. This little chunk of land holds a big reputation. Each year over 12 million tourist visit and has it own Universal Studios. It also has a 2km beach, 14 hotels and 2 golf courses. During New Years, Sentosa comes alive with music, competitions, and lavish food. Head over to the beach for a 12-hour neon themed party. Or for a louder party come earlier in December for club Zouk’s crazed beach party. One of the biggest in Asia with tens of thousands of people.

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Zouk
Zouk is the French world for party and if anything that is what these people know. Originally established in 1991 it is decorated with awards. Such as Singapore’s Tourism Board’s Best Nightspot Experience which it has won 6 times. It is also ranked 6th best on DJ Mag top100 clubs in a global 2016 poll. Zouk has 3 different themed rooms: its club, with a large dance floor and state of the art sounds and lights; the Velvet Underground, a more relaxed lounge with house and soul music; and lastly, Phuture, an abstract futuristic bar with hip-hop and R&B. It is one of the oldest and most popular clubs and to some Singaporeans, it is seen as a right of passage for the younger crowd.

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Singapore Flyer
Escape the New Year’s Eve craze and head to the Singapore Flyer. This 165 meter Ferris wheel is the largest in Asia. It was the largest in the world until the High Roller in Las Vegas was made with a height of 167.7 meters. The observatory is located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay which allows for a grand viewing of the countdown fireworks and if you’re lucky of a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia on the horizon. The Flyer also serves food and champagne.


This photo of CE LA VI Club Lounge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

CÉ LA VI
Another French named club, CÉ LA VI translates to “This Is life”. This dancing heaven demands a more luxurious crowd. It is located 57 levels above the ground at 200 meters. With this view, attendees are at eye level to the stunning display of New Year’s fireworks. Along with the view, CÉ LA VI is known for its award-winning modern Asian Cuisine with culinary artist awaiting your every wish. Under their website, they brag of their “Globe-spanning culinary adventures in a spectacular setting. Cocktails that concoct magical spells – transforming surprising ingredients into unexpected treasures”.

Let us, the locals show you how to have an awesome time in Singapore to open your 2017 with a bang! Talk to us now at askus@ladyredot.com.


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

How To Celebrate New Year 2017 In Style In London

London is famous for several attractions. Aside from being historically rich, it also offers a lot of fun and remarkable activities, especially on New Year’s. If you haven’t experienced London’s amazing New Year’s celebration yet, we have listed some posh ideas for you to jumpstart 2017:

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Watch the NYE Fireworks Display
Celebrated along the area of the River Thames, people from different parts of the world gather to witness the mesmerising display of pyrotechnics. You can try to watch the show from somewhere else, but you get the best view if you buy tickets and gain access to the Southbank area. Only limited seats are offered so make sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid the hassle.

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
If you are unable to secure a ticket to the fireworks display, don’t fret. You can have a dazzling night with lavish food, drinks, music and a view of the fireworks display while on a cruise on River Thames.

Indulge yourself in world-class meals
London has more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Book a table at one of these restaurants and enjoy award-winning food prepared by celebrity chefs.

Dance your way to 2017
Celebrate in style by dancing with jitterbugs like you! The entire city will be buzzing with life and several clubs will open its doors to anybody who enjoys music and dancing. Look up clubs like Electric Brixton, Heaven, Studio 338, Cargo, and a whole lot more!

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Champagne Bars
You can simply relax in style and enjoy a glass of bubbly at one of London’s many champagne bars. Whether you want a quiet ambience or an alfresco mood, the city has so many bars to choose from!

See the lights under the ice
If you’re travelling with teens and/or kids, then partying at clubs may not be suitable. Luckily, the city of London has just about everything to offer so you can still welcome 2017 in style! You can spend your afternoon at Canary Wharf Ice Rink and marvel at the vibrant colours beneath the ice while you skate! If you want to go on a trip down the memory lane, try skating at Somerset House, Hampton Court or at the National Museum Ice Rink and enjoy skating with marvellous historical structures as your backdrop.

New Year’s Day Parade
Take your whole family to the streets of Central London and witness as 8,000 performers–dancers, marching bands, acrobats—congregate for a spectacular celebration. Your whole family will surely love the huge balloons, confetti, and festive music!

After-dark bus tour
On the first night of January 2017, enjoy a tour aboard on an open-top bus and be amazed at the panoramic view of London adorned with colourful Christmas lights. Sit back and relax for an hour and forty-five minutes and get to know London’s famous spots in a truly magical way.

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View from the top
Another unique way to get a glimpse of London is to head for heights. Whether you’re in for a romantic night at a restaurant perched on a hill or for a fun night with friends on a rooftop bar, the city’s got you covered!

January Sale
Unleash the inner shopaholic in you and take advantage of the super low prices from different department stores in London. Get great deals on apparels and gadgets for the whole family!

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do your homework and do a little research first. Book tickets in advance to avoid trouble or contact us to help you arrange your tickets in advance. Have a chat with us at askus@ladyredot.com.


mish
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Free-ish Activities When in Phuket

Many think that tourism has spoiled Phuket and made it a little too ‘commercial’ for what it used to be a laid back little village. Despite the booming tourism in Phuket, there are still somewhat free-ish budget activities to do when you are in Phuket. Come and join me while I share my secrets with you.

Rent a Bike
Only about 100 baht (2 dollars) a day, renting a motorbike can end up being the best part of your trip. If you’ve always driven a car, riding a bike will make the landscape come alive. You’ll notice places you would have otherwise missed. Although be careful, Thai traffic can be hectic. If you’ve never ride one, ask the renter to teach you.

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Beach Hopping
Phuket has over 30 beaches. With crystal blue water and tropical weather, they have been ranked some of the best in the world. There’s the bustling Patong beach with jet skiing, surfing, and parasailing; or if you’re looking for something unique stop at a local restaurant and ask around. If you’re lucky you might end up getting the directions to a secret beach.

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Bang Wad Dam
This reservoir has a refreshing 6k loop. For those tired of beach hopping take a jog around Bang Wad to clear your head. The loop with a scenic opening then goes through the woods. It’s also a popular place for fishing and to hang out with friends at night.

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Promthep Cape
The cape is located at the southernmost point of Phuket, out looking the Andaman Sea. A popular tourist’s attraction, at the top of the Promthep viewpoint you can get an 180° scene of the adjacent island and sea. Go there during a sunset for a humbling picturesque experience.

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Big Buddha
There’s ‘big’ in the name but it’s hard to fully grasp the size of this Buddha statue unless you see it in person. At 45 meters tall and sitting on a hill, this site can be seen from all around the island. The view outlooks Chalong Bay, Phang Nga Bay, Kata Bay, Kata Noi Bay and others. It is a larger than life representation of the Buddhist values of moral happiness and peace on earth.

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Chalong Temple
The most visited temple on the island, Chalong Temple is like walking into an ancient museum. It has many smaller temple nearby all decorated with vibrant colours. Tourists are allowed inside but you must respect their traditions: people should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and pants. In each room, there are paintings and monk statues. At the top of the temple, you can get a view of each of the smaller temples in the area.

Walk Around Phuket Town
Most known for its artsy coffee shops and bars, Phuket Town also has some really historic sites. Dating back to the 19th century, the architecture is a site to see. This area is also a hotspot for some live music and local festivals.

Potong Clubs – People Watching
For all the nightlife people, Bangla road is the place for you. Clubs and bars have free entree but drinks are quite expensive. So don’t go into a bar but you can walk along as if you’re on a mission. After every five steps, a promoter or stripper will try to suck you into their bar so walk fast. And with the beach so close after a night of dancing, you can head towards for a swim in the sea.


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Why I love China so much

If you have been a long time reader of mine and been religiously following my articles around the blogosphere, you’ll notice that I treat China like my third home. First home shall always be where I can from – Singapore. Second home is where I am residing now – Malaysia. Read on and I’ll tell you why China fascinate me so much.

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People

Many have the wrong perception of the Chinese folks in China due to news reporting some Chinese kid vandalizing historical monument or the loud brash ways that the Chinese scream at each other when they are actually talking or Chinese defecating on the streets in broad daylight. It’s all true but those people are not even representing 1% of the whole China population! They are actually really nice and helpful. Slow to warm but full of culture, these folks really deserve you to take notice of them because you can learn so much from their cultures.

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Culture
Talking about cultures. Their history goes way back to centuries. As much as you love your kings, queens, princes and princesses, the China has a colorful history of Emperors and his accompanied royalties including eunuchs and concubines. Think China, you’ll think of Great Wall of China but the country is way more than that. There are the Terracottas in Xi’an, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the 3 Confucius Sites in Nanjing, Mogao caves in Gansu and I can go on and on and on..

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Places of Interest
Even you are not interested in history and prefer something newer, there are plenty to feast your eyes upon. From Shanghai’s The Bund, Hangzhou’s Westlake, Suzhou’s Gardens, Harbin’s Ice Sculptures, Chengdu’s Panda Camp and much more!

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Oh.. Food
One of my favorite topics is food. I come from a multiracial country where food is experimented with different kinds of spices to excite your tongue, bursting with different flavors. So trust me when I say China has really good food. I’m in love with their hotpot in the winter, Sichuan Sour Hot Noodles in the spring,  Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumpling) in the summer and Xiao Long Xia (Small Crayfish) in the autumn. Each province has their specialty, if you are there, be sure to ask a local on their specialty or ask us!

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Nightlife
Only in the bigger Tier 1 cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, they don’t lose to their Asian counterparts when it comes to their clubbing scene. You may think that the Chinese are a shy conservative bunch, wait til you immerse in their nightlife! From hot popular clubs like Vics in Beijing to members only exclusives cigar bars, to gay-friendly bars like Heaven in Shanghai, you will have your choice to pick and rotate every single night.

So tell me with such fascinating booming country with so much to offer, why not scoot off to China for a week?

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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Only the Hottest Clubs in Taipei

The Chinese in Taiwan really know how to dance and head bob their way around lonesome nights. Of all the clubbing places I have been in different Asia countries, I find that Taipei has one of the most happening clubs around. Of course, their competition is pretty fierce among the clubs, each of them with their own unique selling points from bringing big international acts, to having young and pretty mei meis (妹妹) erm hemm, female wait staff to competitive drink prices are enough to knock those which are not on par down the drain in a few months time.

Here are some of the hottest clubs in Taipei, not all of them I have to patronize but word of mouth do go round pretty fast and yes, they are that good to reach my ears in Kuala Lumpur!

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Elektro

They bring in some of the coolest international DJ around but most importantly, the locals says if you ever want to experience nightlife in Taipei, Elektro is the place to be. Situated on the 6th floor of Taipei’s clubbing mecca ATT4Fun in the bustling Xinyi district, Elektro pulls no punches when it comes to music. You will find sweet young early twenties deck in their mini dresses jiggling to the tunes. You probably have no chance to grab a seat as the place gets crowded even before 11pm.

Club Myst

One of the longest standing clubs to my knowledge, this club is definitely a competitor that gives Elektro a run for its money. Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest and you might expect to have to line up for a while outside if you arrive after midnight so try to get it early. Very spacious dance floor, probably one of the biggest on Taipei. They have an outdoor deck for you to go out and get away from the thumping music if it gets too much for you, and from there you can see the view of Taipei 101. The music choice is similar to that of Elektro’s but I think there are more hip-hop and R&B mixes whereas Elektro is most of the time solely EDM.

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OMNI Nightclub

A pretty newcomer to the scene in comparison to the two big brothers above. Here is where you get 70% foreigners and the rest are Taiwan mei meis probably trying to hook one up as their boyfriends. Surprisingly courteous staffs for a club and the prices were pretty reasonable. As for the music, it was good. A lot of EDM and hardcore music.

Halo

Another great club is Halo, located at Taipei’s clubbing mecca ATT4Fun. Everyone who has been there, came back to tell me they have an awesome experience there. The crowd was mostly foreign. Music is mostly American pop ranging from hip hop to Taylor swift. So your nightly ritual dance in the shower while belting out “Shake It Off” will come into good use now. The best thing about Halo is definitely their outdoor area. There are some seats and plenty of room for you to enjoy the spectacular view of Taipei 101. This is one club I can’t wait to go and sweat it out one day!

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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