Last weekend, I spent the whole day playing tourist in my hometown. And since most of you (my readers) have not been to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’m sure you’ll love to relive my tour with me. Hopefully my trip will make you feel like visiting my country too! 🙂
My day started very early, eight in the morning. It was raining too, so it didn’t feel like a good day to be out and visiting KL. But for us – Angel, Sesat and myself – it was quite good actually because the whole day was quite cool. If it were a sunny day, it would’ve been sweltering hot and humid. (I was sweating at some points of the tour despite the coolness of the day because of my hyperhidrosis, so imagined if it didn’t rain…)
We got a ride to the LRT station from Sesat’s dad, and within half an hour we reached the KLCC station, which is right at Suria KLCC, the shopping mall under the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), otherwise known as the Petronas Twin Towers. Most shops only open at 10, but we had to be there early because tickets to the skybridge is free but limited. So even though we got to the counter around 9 something, our slot to visit the skybridge was at half past twelve. So while we waited until then, we had breakfast at Delifrance, which is a local cafe despite the Franco connotations. Then, we walked around the mall for a bit while waiting for the rain to stop. When it finally did, we went to KLCC Park for pictures.
Partial view of KLCC Park. The building in between the greenery is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and where the Aquaria is (housing lots of underwater species but is terribly pricey and not worth it, or so my friends tell me).
If you ever come to Kuala Lumpur you must visit KLCC and KLCC Park. I haven’t been to many parks, so this was the most amazing one to me. And since it was a cool morning, it really felt like I was in a different country altogether. I’d love to walk in this park one day, at seven in the morning, while it’s still cool and the sun just rising, hand-in-hand with a cute guy… 😉
The Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge Tour
The before and after of the visit to the skybridge was longer than the visit itself. We were only allowed up at the skybridge for 10 minutes! Still, it wasn’t as if there were much to do there besides enjoying the view and taking pictures. That said, it’s a wonderful experience, and since it’s free, all the more you should take advantage and make a visit up here. Before the visit, we had to wait for a bit, watch a presentation before getting our bags scanned and go up the super-quick elevator (1 floor per second – took us only 41 seconds to reach the 41st floor!). After the visit, there were some interactive games in a room, like brain teasers and stuff related to our visit to the skybridge. There was one where it measure your height when you step on the platform, then calculates how many times your height it takes to equate the height of the towers. I am apparently 1.52 metres, and it takes 295 times my height to equate the towers’ height! It also measures your height and equate it with other famous towers, like the Sears Tower and Eiffel Tower.
Eye On Malaysia
The Eye of Malaysia was a disappointing experience because the view was lousy, especially after having just been on the skybridge with its comparably better views. And for RM15 for a 15-minute ride on the Ferris wheel, it was definitely not worth it since the skybridge was free. Well, we only went for the experience, since it will be dismantled after 31st August this year. The wheel was built for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign, and it was a better experience then since there were laser shows and stuff going at night daily last year.
This was my first time to Central Market and it was better than I expected. Most of the stalls sold the same type of handicrafts – if it wasn’t batik, it’s hand-painted keychains or mugs (you can customise it then and there, put your name or a friend’s on the item) or t-shirts. The angklung performance made up for it though.
Phew, there you go! My tiring day as a tourist in my hometown. After Central Market, we went to Chinatown for a bit, but nothing to talk about because I didn’t take any pictures and it rained when we were there so it was a miserable affair. We took the train back home but stopped by the mall for dinner first.
We took taxis to the Eye On Malaysia and Central Market, and we were very lucky to find taxi drivers willing to use the meter. When we wanted to get to Eye on Malaysia from KLCC, the drivers who refused to use the meter quoted a fare of RM15, citing the traffic jam as a reason for the high fare. When we found one who was willing to use the meter, he estimated the fare to be around RM8 (almost less than half of those bloody touts!), but when we reached there, the meter only showed RM5.50 (so it’s really one-third of the fare the touts quoted, and even then there was a short jam on the way there!!). He was most friendly and chatted with us all the way there too. The taxi from Eye On Malaysia to Central Market was a bit more but that was according to the meter, so it was very fair. So remember, when you come down here, always insist on the drivers to use the meter before you sit in the taxi!
Writing this post, I know I’m not cut out to be a travel writer, but I hope the pictures are enough to make you want to visit my lovely country. This is just the city; the islands are like paradise on earth… Hopefully I will visit them one day soon and tell you about it. 🙂