Petronas Towers and China Town

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
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Trip End Mar 04, 2011


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What a welcome back to KL. Halfway through our 4 hour journey from the Cameron Highlands back to KL it starts to rain...proper monsoon rain. Which not only made the bus freezing but also it meant that the traffic snarled up all the way up the highway. It was funny going past all the motorbike riders hiding under the bridges as we went past. Then we get into KL and the bus just stops in the middle of nowhere and says everyone out now. Great so we have no idea where we were and how to get to the hostel.
   So we have a walk then a ride on the train which was packed and it was only all that practice of getting onto the train first thing in the morning in London that got us in. It is always embaressing trying to get on public transport with backpacks ... never more so than in the middle of rush hour. And oh how I used to curse those travellers who take up all the space when I was getting the train and now I was one of them. :) Then we get to KL Sentral and it is a huge walk in the rain to the Monorail station before another packed commuter train and a walk. Welcome to KL Erik!
   The next day we ventured out across town to the post office to collect my parcels. It was a long and hot walk but surprisingly not as far as I expected. It certainly isn't as large as some of the other cities I have tried to get across. After that we were pretty exhausted so ended up getting a traditional Malaysian lunch (or at least I did Erik had a strange combination of massive toast, steamed custard buns and eggs). Then we went in search of a massage. Wow what heaven! It was 2 hours of bliss. Proceeding it however was a fish spa. I had seen these all over Thailand and KL but never ventured in. It was as wierd and tickly as you would expect. Basically you put your feet into a tank and a whole load of cleaner fish come rushing towards you to eat the dead skin off your feet. It took ages for me to get my feet in because it is so disconcerting when they all rush towards you. And they bloody tickle!
   Saturday the parents arrive late afternoon and it kind of feels like a countdown all day. Eventually I make the journey avec all belongings to the hotel. Wow what a change! I arrive with my backpack and they let me into the room with no questions and no deposit. I guess having the same name helped but I was still surprised. It was great to get a knock on the door to my amazing room and see two little faces so excited to see me. We chilled out in the hotel and had a truely terrible meal at the restaurant. It took forever and was disgusting.
    Next day we venture out to the twin towers but of course the tickets were sold out but we explored the boutique mall which makes London look cheap but then had more Designer shops than you could shake a stick at. Then Roxy and I had a girly day together shopping for her stuff and it was great to have some time alone with her. She is such a mini teenager. In the evening we headed to China town and found the largest Litchis I have ever seen. I managed to use my bargaining skills from Thailand to get a great price for my new Converse.
   The final day in KL dad leaves early to go get tickets for the Petronas towers but unfortunately they are too late for our flight. We chance it anyway but have the worse taxi driver ever who irritates the life out of us all and tiny car with no air con which we all squish into the back. Mum does a good job sweet talking us into an earlier tour. It was amazingly unscary for someone who hates heights as it was steel walkway and everything was so far away that it didn't bother me. It only lasted 10 minutes then we were away to Borneo via the Low Cost Carrier Airport which is just as it sounds...cheap and not that cheerful!
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