Fish Tales and Towers
Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
84Trip End Mar 24, 2011
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I've done a survey of the city on the hop on/hop off bus tour which gave me a chance to see bustling Chinatown, colourful Little India, the historic and beautiful mosques and buildings around Merdeka Square, the gorgeous city park that houses the KL Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Park, Bird Park and Orchid garden and of course the Golden Triangle shopping mecca.
Over and above these things though are the amazing KL Tower and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Yesterday I took a tour of the KL Tower which has an amazing view of the city and the twin towers
I bought a ticket yesteday to go up the Petronas Towers today (there are only a certain allotment of tickets available each day and are given out on a first come, first serve basis). The wait was worth it though - you go as a group to the skybridge first which connects the two towers on the 41st floor I believe. Nice views from here but then you get to go to the 88th floor for even more spectacular panoramic views. Very cool!
One of the best parts of the Petronas Towers tour was meeting a couple of fellow travellers from Australia - it was great to have a coffee, travel chat and a laugh with David and Hudson - hope to see you both 'Down Under' in a couple of months :)
I have done my level best to pay homage over the past couple of days to the flourishing consumer culture apparent in the incredible malls surrounding me
The malls have some heavy-hitting luxury designer shops as well as your typical clothes, shoes and accessory stores. I inched my way through a massive mall called "Times Square" yesterday where apparently it was a national holiday and every teenager in Malaysia was in this one place texting, giggling and laying down some cold hard Ringgits. Luckily I took refuge on the 8th floor at (get ready for it Susan......) the Foot Master Fish Spa. This was one of the strangest and tickliest things I've ever done and I did it all for you, my devoted readers - so that I could share what this Aqua-Spa experience was all about. This "painless and toothless" spa treatment involves submerging your feet in a fish tank full of Turkish minnows for at least a half hour. As soon as you dunk your toes in, a hundred little fish glom onto your feet and lower legs and nibble away at your skin, apparently abrading the dead skin and releasing some sort of heatlhy chemical which has healing properties. I gotta tell ya, the first 5 minutes were EXCRUCIATING!!! Have you seen the movie "Piranha"???? It was like that - a veritable foot feeding frenzy that felt like having your feet and legs bitten, licked and sucked on at the same time - it makes you laugh hysterically (um, well, maybe it was just me being hysterical). After a few minutes, the fish get down to business and take turns chewing on you and after about 20 minutes, my fish seemed lethargic and incredibly bored, then all of a sudden, out of the blue, they went 'piranha' on me again. You are supposed to feel relaxed and massaged and more energetic after this treatment, but I kind of felt a bit weirded out
KL has been a blast - the people I've met in stores, spas and restaurants have been incredibly friendly and love to talk about Canada, which apparently is best known over here for Vancouver, grizzly bears and Celine Dion (and not necessarily in that order). I look forward to coming back some day and doing it all over again (without seafood eating me alive).