Tour of KL

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
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Trip End Dec 15, 2011


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Sunday, October 23, 2011

We set off at full steam with a tour of KL...we saw...

The Royal Palace Istana Negara with their very own gate guards, and the usual selection of tourists vying for a photo, and some people not having any photo queueing etiquette and muscling in so I protested and managed to shame them into moving about 2 cm further away.
 
A gorgeous Chinese temple Thean Hou on top of a hill overlooking the city. 
  
Little india, which was very little actually but quite brightly decorated.
 
The National Mosque, the first Mosque I've ever been in, and we had to wear big purple robes which were quite hot. The mosque was quite pretty but then we met a few people who had leaflets with 'The Truth About Jesus' written on it. I felt it was possibly a bit cheeky to start preaching about 'a truth' that isn't everyone's truth, I'm definatly more in the live and let live boat. But they were explaining how Muslims and Christians are basically believing in the same god, and they accept Jesus as a prophet, and also that god made Mary pregnant...but not that Jesus was the son of God...I'd have thought by definition - if God made mary pregnant then he must be the son of God? (I'm not religious, I really don't care, but that's kinda just logic isn't it??) Anyway, I'm not going to get into religion and politics, who know's what sort of row I may start! I mean you no harm! I love you all! Just be nice to one another, God knows we need a little more love and a little less hate (I can talk, I can name at least 5-10 people I now hate....grrr!!!! But I love more people than I hate so that's ok)
 
Where was I....oh yes, I was rambling again, pouring my wandering thoughts into my fingers as usual....Next we went to the National War monument, this was a fairly standard looking War memorial with names on remebering the First World War, the Second World War and.....The Emergency. The Emergency was the time they were fighting Communists...I find it quite amusing that that 'war' was called The Emergency however. Anyway, there was the stone block style monument the Brits built, but there is also a huge bronze statue of some soldiers holding up a flag, with a big fountain in front. It was really quite striking actually.
 
Then we had Lunch in a buffet style place with all the locals who all eat with their hands here - something I haven't quite got the hang of, and anyway, the bright red and yellow spices in the food really stain your skin. 

After lunch and a top up of energy, we went to Batu caves where there is another huge statue, 300 steps (noooo!!!!) and you are rewarded with one of the biggest caves I've ever been in. There was also lots of monkeys around for everyone to ooh and ahh and have things stolen from them!

The whole tour lasted from 10-4pm in all. On our return we got dropped off at the bus station and bought bus tickets to the Cameron Highlands for the next morning and then went back for showers.


18:01 After the lengthy day trip we met some of the others who were also on the trip, and then walked to KL tower for sunset. We chose this rather than the skybridge of Petronas towers as the view is much higher up. This is the 3rd communications tower I've been up this year, Japan and Macau being the other 2, but I'm not sure which is highest.
We arrived in good time to see the 360 view in daylight, and they're very good because not only do you get given a little audio guide of landmarks you can see from each window along with a brief history, but also each window has a photo with arrows and text telling you the buildings you can seen as well.

I also saw Barry on the stairs who completely blanked me and also discovered he'd removed me as a Facebook friend. I'm actually furious with his childish and unnecessary behaviour and feel I deserve an apology. Clearly it won't come and he's made a total fool of himself as far as I'm concerned. He kept saying how he thought that just because we have about 20-25 days holiday in the UK, and a similar amount, even more, in Europe, that we have a poor work ethic. What?? I think it just proves that we actually appreciate some sort of work/home/life balance, a good or bad work ethic is entirely separate. I want to take plenty of holiday for health reasons and that there is actually a world out there I want to see, but when I go to work I work hard and have a high standard, and I'd say I have a pretty good work ethic in fact. I just know how to appreciate life too. So that was another thing that annoyed me about Barry - his ludicrous assumptions, and in fact why he should defend such a poor way of working and looking after people. People NEED time off to be able to work effectively, it just seems like people are treated like slaves - so why defend it??. Sadly, too many of the Americans I HAVE met have lived up to the stereotype of being pretty selfish, attention seeking and arrogant with a "we're better than everyone", "we can do whatever we want" complex. I find this attitude highly irritating and sadly they just go down in my estimation more and more to the point that I'll probably just avoid them, while nearly all the other nationalities I've met on my trip, and there have been A LOT, have surprised and delighted me and really gone up in my estimation. I find this really disappointing as I quite like America as a place and I'm SURE not everyone is like this, in fact I remember there being some really lovely ones when I went 14 years ago. Maybe I've been really unlucky, but stereotypes aren't for nothing I suppose, I just hope I don't come across as having a stick up my behind as the Brits are tended to be stereotyped! Hopefully not as I'm pretty easy going really (except when it comes to lack of queue etiquette, ahem, no pointing fingers at the Chinese then! Bless them!) I'm probably more frustrated than anything - I am always so optimistic about people, looking for the good in them, and I've just been a bit let down. 

Best; fantastic productive day out seeing lots of things
Worst: BARRY the idiot
Beautiful: Views from KL Tower
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Comments

Mandy on

I guess thats what interesting about different cultures. The chinese don't queue and its not considered rude to push in at all...it wouldn't even register for them...but for us its highly inappropriate....and I went to high school in america....we were actually shown a video explaining that everyone should look in the mirror every morning and say to themselves 'I love myself, I love myself, I love myself' - alot of them do have inflated egos....but they are a very insular country and don't have different cultures on their doorstep like we do....and hates a strong word zo....its not good to hate anyone I don't think....its toxic....more love yes....but also more understanding of others is good

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