Shops, shops and oh yes more shops!

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Feb 28, 2008

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Well we went from the calm and quiet of the Cameron Highlands down to the frenzy of Kuala Lumpur! Theresa had been looking forward to hitting the big city as she had read about some of the malls in a magazine.

When we arrived we were taken to a guesthouse by one of the many people waiting for the buses to get in. We didnt like the look of the first place, or the second or the third or the fourth... but eventually we found the Red Dragon Backpackers hostel, which is quite a big place with internet and a tv area.

All we have really done in KL is shopping! On our first day we went to Times Square. This was as Theresa said a 'mega mall' which included an indoor theme park, cinema, 48 lane ten bowling centre, karaoke centre and a host of other things, as well as loads of shops! Being on a budget and not having room to carry much we didn't buy many things, but it was still fun to look. In the evening we went to the cinema there and saw 'Lions for Lambs' which is a good film if you havent seen it, but is definitely not the light hearted option we could have done with seeing! After we went to a different Mall, BB plaza and following that another mall Lot 10!

The following day we went to look at the history museum, but when we got there it was shut and we don't know why, as it should have been open. The history musuem is situated at Merdeka square, where the British headquarters was during colonial times, and where independence was celebrated and announced 50 years ago. Now its where government buildings are, so we had a bit of a walk round this and got some snaps.

Then we went shopping some more!! We went to KLCC Suria which is at the complex with the Petronas towers. This was again a 'mega mall' complete with cinema. We were able to get some good snaps of the Petronas towers (the twin towers), and in the park outside there were some amazing fountains.

The following day we started out with a bit more sight seeing (really to stop Mark getting to bored!) We ventured to the Telecom tower which is the fourth largest telecoms tower in the world. At the bottom we got the free shuttle bus up to the visitors entrance, where we paid 20rm each (just under 3 pounds) to ascend to the viewing platform. At the top we could walk right round the viewing platform, and were given audio guides that explained the views which you could see. It was really interesting.

We were wondering what to do after the tower, and then we realised that there were plenty of shopping malls which we hadn't yet seen!  We first went to KL Plaza, which was a little disappointing, so we moved on to Starhill Gallery. Starhill Gallery was a little out of our price range, with shops such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Porsche, however Theresa did think the toilets were nice!

After Starhill Gallery we hit 'The Pavilion' which according to Malaysia's Marie Claire (Theresa's new favourite magazine) is the newest hipest place to be seen in KL. We weren't disappointed, and we went from the top floor down. Finishing for tea in TGI Fridays. Its a good job these shops are open til 10pm!

Tomorrow we are going to Singapore, Theresa hopes for more shopping, Mark hopes for more sights! Even Mark enjoyed the shopping in KL though, he has got himself a new pair of jeans and a new top.

Love Theresa and Mark xxx
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