I love this city!
19.04.2012 - 24.04.2012
So I have spent the last 6 days in the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur (KL). I’ve been staying in the nicest hostel I have ever been in! Proper 5 star hotel – we have a guard at the door who opens the door for us, a cinema, bar, courtyards the lots! Very posh indeed!! Even though the aircon seems to have given me a cold… it could be a lot worse I suppose!
So I arrived in the early evening of Thursday and met these two lovely girls from Birmingham/Wolverhampton called Laura and Rhiannon. They were kind enough to show me a good place for some food, and then we went to the rooftop bar of our hostel for a few drinks. I had my first glass of wine since I’ve been here, it was lush! The next day we went to Times Square, which is a huge shopping centre with its own theme park in it! There’s a rollercoaster there, how cool is that! We had a potter around and had a pedicure and foot scrub – my feet were in desperate need of some attention! When we went back to the hostel, we met another girl called Angie who used to live on the same street as Rhiannon and Laura! Small World! We went to the Sky Bar in the Trader hotel for a very expensive cocktail (mine was Lychee Rose… very nice!). The bar was gorgeous, with a big pool in the middle and a great view of the Petronas towers! We then tried to find somewhere to eat, but the taxi driver dropped us off in the wrong place. We found a yummy Indian place after a long walk, and then tried to find more bars but each person we asked gave us different directions! We ended up getting very lost and decided to go back to the hostel. We turned a corner and there the bars were! We had a bottle of wine; found directions to the hostel and after what seemed like a very hard night of walking finally made it back exhausted! The next day we didn’t really do much, just chilled at the hostel (it’s so nice it’s easy never to leave!) We went to the Chinese market in the evening where I bought 2 bags – a big Cath Kidston holdall (for all my purchases!) and another smaller one. And then I remembered I had sent another Cath Kidston Bag to Australia, so now I have 3! And a Cath Kidston purse! Maybe going a bit overboard there! Hehe.
After an early night me and Angie went to go meet Monserrat and Constanza, 2 girls I had met in Koh Tao when I did my PADI scuba diving course. We made our way to the Batu Caves. We had to climb 200 steps to them (!!!). The view from the top was awesome and the caves were huge! But there was loads of really cheap and tacky tourist stalls, even in the caves! That ruined it slightly. But there were also small temples inside and statues and LOADS of monkeys! One we saw even had a slice of marble cake! Yummy! After the caves, Angie and I went Merdeka Square, famous for when Malaysia became independent.. Or something like that! It was again quite strange because of the huge differences in styles of buildings there. There were huge skyscrapers, then old colonial buildings, and new build Islamic style and even mock Tudor! Bizarre! We had a walk around, found some lovely fountains, then a mosque that we decided to have a look around in… but we had to dress appropriately, so were given huge capes and scarves to cover ourselves! We were so hot and sweaty after only a couple of minutes, huge respect to the ladies that cover themselves all the time in this heat! We then headed to the Petronas towers, because you have to while you’re here! They were so big and so silver! That’s all I can really say about them, I don’t know how they keep them so clean! We then popped to the park opposite and soaked our feet in a public swimming area, where loads of kids were having a blast! Wish we had things like that back home, but I suppose we don’t have the weather for it! We then marched our way to the KL tower and went to the observation deck to soak in a 360degree view of the city, beautiful! We then got a free pony ride! Well, as it’s free! I was slightly disappointed when they only took us around the car park! One of the funniest and stupidest touristy things I have done on this trip! We then went back to the Petronas towers as there is a shopping centre underneath, but everything was way too expensive! They even had a Topshop and Marks & Spencer! But was more expensive than back home! Bummer
After a VERY long day we got back to the hostel and Laura and Rhiannon were there, so up to the hostel bar we go for some drinks. We were the only ones there most the night! Who knows where everyone had gone! But we got to choose the music from a very limited selection (I opted for Auld Lang Syne, but it was funny after the 5th play of it!)
So the next day we were all feeling pretty delicate, so again we didn’t do much! We ended up watching The Voice on You Tube, I’m obsessed! I have a slight soft spot of Will.i.am, Tom Jones is a legend, Danny doesn’t have a clue and Jessie J is slightly irritating, so you all know my opinion on the matter! We then felt like we had to leave the hostel once during the day, so we headed out to buy me a new iPod (mine got dropped in the sea!) and I bought a very cheap one! Score! We had a little something to eat then back to the hostel we went for an early night. This is the point when I realised my new cheap MP3 player was crap and didn’t work properly!
So first thing I did in the morning was return back to the same shop I bought my MP£ player to get it changes. No such luck. I tried looking for others everywhere and no such luck. I was also feeling pretty ill because the aircon seems to have given me a cold! Bad morning! Then went to Times Square again to do some shopping (not as much as I was hoping but got myself a jumper! I am heading into winter after all!) And now my iPod seems to be working… apart from the fact it keeps muting itself… so hopefully in a few more days it’ll be perfect! Fingers crossed everyone!
I’m heading to Melaka in the morning and the girls have decided to join me which is awesome. I’ve really enjoyed my time in KL. There is a lot more I wish I had got the chance to do, but it’s also been really nice to chill out, and not be busy all the time! I now only have a couple more days in Asia until I head of to Australia and I’m starting to feel a bit sad! In a week or so I’m going have to find a job! BOOHOO! But Il be in New Zealand, so that will be awesome!!!
Until the next time,