Top 10 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur (With Maps)

The Petronas Towers, one of Kuala Lumpur's must see attractions.
The Petronas Towers, one of Kuala Lumpur’s must see attractions.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will always hold a special place in my heart as the first city I ever visited in Asia.

Though it is not as famous as Bangkok or Bali, Kuala Lumpur still has plenty of attractions to offer travelers and tourists.

During my initial visit, I stayed in KL for 2.5 months. I learned how to hack the city – and spend under $75 in 2 weeks. I made some local friends there, which is when the city turned into something really special.

I lost a laptop and gained my partner, a fire-spinning Russian who goes by Chuncha.

Right now I’m back for a brief visit as I wait to get my Russian visa. Since I’ve had the opportunity to revisit so many of my favorite places, I figured it was time to share the top 10 things to do in KL – with maps so you can find ’em! Continue reading “Top 10 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur (With Maps)”

Extreme Travel Hacking: 2 Weeks in Kuala Lumpur for $75 (With Maps!)

The Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers

Last time on Extreme Travel Hacking we learned how to spend a week on the Spanish party island of Ibiza for a measly $75.

Today, we’ll take that same $75 for a 2-week ride in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

After the insanity-ride that the 1-week Ibiza scheme entailed, this one will be a piece of cake – ironic, as cake is one of the few foods you won’t find an abundance of with the confluence of Indian (Hindu), Malay (Muslim), and Chinese (Chinese) cultures. Continue reading “Extreme Travel Hacking: 2 Weeks in Kuala Lumpur for $75 (With Maps!)”

The Single, Best Personal Development Technique

ajwalton personal developmentI’ve liberally sampled from the smorgasbord of existing techniques when it comes to accelerating my growth as a human being:

Motivation, discipline, productivity hacking, goal setting, positive thinking…human growth hormone…all the best stuff modern science and hack advice bloggers have to offer.

I’ve read the popular literature – Dan Ariley’s “Predictably Irrational” has a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf – and the blogs, from the insanely popular to ZenHabits.

I’ve also been traveling the world to collect new, strange experiences and learn from the classroom of life itself, where the lectures take on such diverse topics as friends, festivals, and food poisoning.

From it all, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of good techniques that I can vouch for.

And outstripping them all by a wide margin is 1 technique literally nobody talks about: Dating my girlfriend. Continue reading “The Single, Best Personal Development Technique”

Overcoming Inertia: How To Crush Procrastination & Get Things Done

How can we overcome inertia?
How can we overcome inertia?

As I approached the water, its typical azure blue transformed into a mysterious black ink on this moonless night, I found myself faced with a question that humankind has wrestled with since time immemorial:

Do we immerse ourselves inch by inch, or plunge straight in to the frigid depths?

Everyone who has faced this dilemma knows that it’s much less painful to dive right in than it is to draw out our discomfort gradually, but in the moment – our brains seem determined to convince us otherwise – to convince us that, since dipping a single toe in is cold, a full-body immersion will result in suffering of Biblical proportions.

So I did both. Or neither. I waded in up to my waist, and then saved my spinal cord the agony of a gradual submersion by diving in. The mission was accomplished while the paradox remained unsolved.

This aquatic paradox mirrors a much more important one we face quite often in our lives. One that we encounter whenever we have a new goal, dream, or vision for our lives.

How is it that we can know what we want, how to get it (or how to find out), have sufficient time & energy to invest, and still not realize our vision.

Just like entering the water: We often know the quickest, easiest, and least-painful way to achieve our goal.

Or at the very least, we can see a workable solution that will get us the result we want, like when I compromised between wading and diving in.

And yet it seems like even having all our stars aligned may not be sufficient!

What gives? What prevents us from taking action regarding our important goals?

This, in my opinion, is a problem of inertia. Continue reading “Overcoming Inertia: How To Crush Procrastination & Get Things Done”