Badminton and flowers in KL
Trip Start Sep 13, 2006
178Trip End May 08, 2008
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So the badminton kept me busy most of the days and in between i had plenty of time to check out the times square mall which has a couple of good roller coasters inside it. I also went to the Islamic museum which i found really interesting although i wont be converting anytime soon.
I had gotten to know some of the staff in the hostel quite well at this stage and when i came in one nite they asked me if i would help them out and walk in a parade repersenting their hotel organisation the next day.. i agreed even though i didnt really know what i had agreed to . Anyway turns out i was to walk 3km in a florathon parade.. now what the fuck is that? There were 4 of us walking jim and elle from england and rachelle from australia and we were each given a t-shirt with a letter on it which spelt out MBHA..Malaysian Budget Hotels Association
Turns out there was 1000 people walking in the 3km parade most dressed up in flowers and a waiter competition too. Some of the costumes were amazing and clearly a lot more effort was spent than throwing on a hat and t-shirt. We seemed to be the only tourists walking and joined in and had great craic along the way.. looked like complete twits but then again who didnt. When we got to the finish line we were surrounded by photographers for about 40 minutes, arranging us for photos and taking details etc it was crazy. This year is marketed as visit malaysia year and they are celebrating 50 years of independence from the british. So having tourists at anything like this looks good for them. At one stage there were at least 12 photographers in front of us taking our photo, so i took out my camera and took a photo of them doing this.. they thought this was great cos seemingly nobody takes their photos. I also ended up doing 2 televison interviews..
Denis the owner of the hostels was delighted with all the attention we were geting.. lol good advertising for him. Our photos ended up going into 2 chinese newspapers and the interviews went out on some news channels.(have attached the Star news interview and parade clip) There were also prizes going for the parade... and there was a tourist section and seen as we were the only tourists there we wound up winning about 600 US dollars between us.. Well we split half with the hostel and we got the rest.. also got a medal for winning and a bag load of free malaysia goodies so not a bad days work...lol. We were then taken out for lunch which was well nice. Off then to the badminton finals for the afternoon and that pretty much completed my 2nd visit to KL.