"Oompa Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur......."

Trip Start Nov 17, 2012
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Trip End May 25, 2013


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur.  Not a huge blog this time for the simple reason that not much really happened in Kuala Lumpur compared to some of our other adventures.

We arrived on 30 January after a 2 and a half hour flight from Yogyakarta-it was good to be back to a more "modern" place.  For some unknown reason the Malaysians decided to build their new airport about 1,000 miles from Kuala Lumpur so after a coach, a train, a monorail and a walk, we finally made it to our Guesthouse where we were greeted by a sign to remove our shoes -you had to be kidding me, something else to carry up 2 flights of stairs just to get to reception.  We were not impressed!
The Nest Guesthouse was lovely and run by a wannabe Buddhist Monk without the Orange outfit, much to James' disappointment!  The most chilled out man we've ever met!
We ventured out for street food that evening which tasted amazing and whilst seated we were given the opportunity to buy everyday items such as a laser pen, a wooden collapsible fruit basket, flowers and a wallet, whilst being serenaded by a woman singing with a portable microphone in a wheelchair, being wheeled down the street by a man with one leg!!! It shouldn't have been funny.........
The next day we took the train to a Hindu temple about 30 minutes away called Batu Caves where, you guessed it, there is also a huge cave! The temple itself isn't that great, but what makes the trip worthwhile are all the wild macaque monkeys running around.  We still haven't learnt not to do these things in the heat of the day, so at 12.30 we were huffing and puffing our way up 272 steps to the top!  The monkeys were really cool, we even saw one unscrew a water bottle to take a swig.  Another made James leap out of his skin when it crept up on him from behind and tugged at his bottle of water!! 
That evening we went and had dinner by the Petronas Towers and then sat and watched the lights in the towers slowly turn on as it got dark.  Might sound a bit weird watching 2 skyscrapers switch on their lights, but the towers are really beautiful and in a way look a bit like space ships ready to launch! They are huge, in fact they are the highest twin towers in the world so James keeps telling me - he is completely obsessed by them!!!
Our last day was unfortunately spent searching for a replacement camera as my one had broken :-(.  We decided to try and barter with the Sony shop to get the price down (it was 100 more in Kuala Lumpur than England).  Funnily enough they weren't having any of it and after a good attempt, we came away with a free backpack.......  Just what we needed!  James has however fallen in love with it and all its compartments!
Once we'd finally sorted the camera and a few other bits, the last couple of hours were spent at the KL Tower which is the 4th tallest observation tower in the world (Kuala Lumpur is a tall place and James loves his facts!!!).  We got some amazing views across the city from the observation deck and a chance to test out the new camera.
Next stop, the strange tiny oil rich country of Brunei on the island of Borneo-we'll see you there!
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