Back to it this week with another travel blogger spotlight, this time Allison Wong of Sassy Urbanite’s Diary, a Kuala Lumpur corporate banker with an appetite for the world. Having worked at a bank for three years, it is something I can completely understand! Like myself, international business trips were her gateway to getting out and exploring and a 2-year work assignment in China allowed her to go deep.
Allison is also an expert on the street food scene. I’ve only been to KL once in my life for a week-long business trip and I can tell you the food was memorable!
Let’s meet travel blogger Allison!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
Ever since I graduated and started earning my own money, I’ve been travelling whenever I can. My parents were not big on travel when I was young, but I think I caught the travel bug when I started watching all the travel shows on television and wanted to see all the places myself.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
Mid to luxury travel is my current travel style. I’ve never been a backpacker or solo traveller, and prefer to splurge a little here and there when travelling, just to enjoy some of the finer things in life. I’m also attracted to historical and cultural sites around the world. If I’d have to choose between city breaks or island getaway, I’d probably choose city breaks for those wonderful cities filled with history, culture, and food!
 What do you love most about traveling?
The never-ending opportunities to see and learn new things, meet new people, and of course all the wonderful local food only served best in their home city.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
The packing and unpacking. I do have the tendency to over-pack so that’s one area that needs improvement. As for the unpacking, usually, I’ll be so tired after a trip hence I might take days to slowly unpack all the stuff in my luggage.
 Why should people travel?
Rather than watching travel shows on television or reading travel articles on the internet, nothing beats the real experiences when you travel to see the world yourself.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Andrew Zimmern! I love his Bizarre Foods series and how he interacts with locals to bring out the best experience wherever he goes. I’d imagine a road trip with him around the US would be a great fun!
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
iPhone, Sony RX100M3 and Power Bank. iPhone is the utmost essential travel item for me as I have so many apps that make my travel experience better, such as Google Maps. Meanwhile, my Sony RX100M3 is the best travel camera in my opinion which is small and light, yet takes amazing pictures on the road. So, internet and technology do help to make our lives better especially when it comes to travel, but that also means that Power Bank is now a constant feature in my bag for all my power hungry gadgets!
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
My home city, Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur is well known as a food heaven, due to Malaysia’s unique blend of racial harmony among Malay, Chinese and Indian. If you want to try some famous Malaysian street food such as satay, chicken rice, curry noodle, oyster omelette, bbq chicken wings, and rojak, Jalan Alor (a.k.a. Alor Street) is the best place to go! Daily from 5pm until late night, Jalan Alor is buzzing with continuous food stalls along the road, you will be so spoilt with choices! My top pick in Jalan Alor is Wong Ah Wah Restaurant, as their bbq chicken wings are just absolutely yummy and addictive at the same time.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
Tibet. This mystical part of China and also nicknamed the “Roof of the World” would take quite a lot plannings to get to. I just want to explore and immerse in its deep and rich religion, cultural and historical sides of Tibet.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Write about what you love to do and you will never get tired of blogging. Also, a good network of support from other bloggers is crucial too, as we help to motivate one another.
Allison’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: Changi Airport, Singapore
Mode of Transportation: Car
City or Country: Japan
Travel Gear: iPhone
Travel snack: Snickers
Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Movie: Dances with Wolves
Song: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
How about you? What would you like to know about Allison?
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