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Malaysia ….. Truly Asia …..

(hmmmm …. Still thinking if this is an apt description )

all seasons in one day 28 °C

TOUCHDOWN KL - Watched the most beautiful sunrise from the plane … :) And these Malaysian Airlines people know how to make you feel all warm and fuzzy …..Now don’t get me wrong … It might just have been the pilot for the day who was sooo eloquent… the reason being …..
As we were descending to Kualalampur , the pilot informs … “Ladies and Gentlemen … its sunrise over beautiful Malaysia … If you are visiting us then we welcome to our country …..and if you are Malaysian … THEN WELCOME HOME !!!! “….(I had tears in my eyes when I heard that) … I cant imagine the times when I have returned back to my homeland and nobody has bother telling us that … Nice touch don’t you think ??
Good Morning malaysia

Good Morning malaysia

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Beautiful airport …. We caught our transportation and were swiftly driven towards KL … (Trivia: .. The airport is 60 kilometers away from the city ) …

Now for everyone who pictures Malaysia in their head… KL in particular … All that comes to the mind are the Patronas Towers …. And yes … it dominates the city skyline …. But does not mean you get to see it from everyplace in KL…But we got a room with one of the most beautiful views of the Patronas Towers and the Minara ….. wowieeeeee!!!
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Now the fun part of my trip lasted 4 days …so will bifurcate it the same way …since I got see a bit of Malaysia in those 4 days …

Day 1:
First Stop: FOOD ….and we decided CHINATOWN was the destination to start off …. We did something very local … we hopped onto a bus … bought tickets for 1Malaysian Ringgit (RM) and got dropped at Chinatown …. Our stomach’s were collectively shouting their displeasure ….so we decided to pay heed and put their complaints to rest…. AND HOW ….
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Note to self - Always choose food on sticks …. Now they come at varying prices … The duck was 2.5RM … Chicken 2RM … OCTOPUS … 5RM… its served both barbequed or steamed… We chose Barbequed …. We loved it and went back for another round of food on toothpick (as I conveniently chose to call it ) ….Tried Claypot Rice … and I could have gone to heaven that instant ….. Love love loved it ….

And that the stomach was put to rest … WE KICKED OFF THE NEXT IMPORTANT ACTIVITY "SHOPPING"….. First stop …so BAGS …. Now I’ve seen imitation wallets, bags, satchels in Thailand …. But the quality of stuff in Malaysia is far superior…
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Found the coolest hoard of T-shirts ever n including stores that sell vintage T-shirts … Cash is the only accepted mode of payment and HAGGLING is the only way the game can be played …:D.... So guess what ..... We haggled our collective hearts out ..... imitation designer shoes, watches, bags, jewellery, belts and trendy clothes ….. Oh sooo much to buy and sooo little money ….. :(

DAY 2: GOOD FRIDAY …

Destination : GENTING HIGHLANDS ….
Its about an hour and a half drive from Kuala Lampur … The change in terrain, climate and skyline is drastic ….. The place is fabulous :)…. You can reach the place either of 2 ways … Cable Cars or by Winding Roads … We went up by Cable Cars … It was sooo cool to see mist covered hills and we were so high … truly breathtaking ….
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We stayed at the World’s Largest Hotel …First World… 6118 rooms … The waiting area has more than 50 counters to help you check in … But Be Warned … This is a tedious part for it takes anywhere between 2 to 4 hours to get you checked in … Which is why there is live entertainment at the waiting area … Clowns … Street dancers etc ….

The rooms are not impressive…. They are way too small… They do not even offer complimentary WATER !!! … We anyways dumped all of our stuff and ran to explore … The 8th floor of the hotel connects to the mall … and what a mall it is … Toy Trains, Shopping mall , Karaoke Bars , Ripleys Believe it or not museum , Haunted houses …everything packed into the mall … :D
AND BEFORE I MISS IT OUT ….. CASINOS TOO … The guys wanted to hit the slots immediately, but we girls went shopping 
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We went back, left our loot in the room and went to the Ripleys Museum… 2 of the MOST interesting hours I have ever spent ….EVER!!!

I am chicken … I get easily spooked… No appetite for anything scary … So it was no surprise that I HATED the haunted house experience … burst into tears half way through …. Yaaayaaaaa everyone had a good laugh :(

Next stop : CASINOS.
It was the first time I ever entered a casino …. I think I finally understand the draw that gambling holds…. At the Roulette table I put in a 100RM… Made 180 and then lost it all …:( (I know I didn't take a sky high risk…but even with that limited exposure I saw how reckless one can become)… One of my colleagues gambled more that 1200RM away …. We decided to try the casinos at the other hotel …We had to take a shuttle to that hotel that runs every half hour between the hotels ..

Went back to our rooms real late in the night..by 2PM … The food scene in Genting is bad … We talked the night away drinking and making merry … (Trivia : Alcohol is extremely expensive in Malaysia .. A 650ml bottle of Carlsberg costs 20RM.. almost 3 times its original price, so we bought alcohol at duty free shops and kept it with us through the duration of the trip…. )

Anyways … we were sooo engrossed in having a ball of a time we realized that it was 6:15 AM… we decided to go down for breakfast ….
AND THE SIGHT WE SAW WAS SOMETHING THAT TOOK OUR BREATH AWAY
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DAY 3: (didn't even realize the transition between days)
Theme Park in the facility
I've been to Disney so I'll not compare. But its quite nice.

We had our van waiting …. We drove back to KL … Almost felt like we were KL natives who had gone to Genting on vacation ….. already felt like KL was growing on us ….

We got back to KL and had the most lovely Indian dinner at the Grand Seasons …. There’s a lovely Indian restaurant at the hotel …. and by this time we were dying to shop …. So we went shopping … Chinatown again …. Came back to the hotel and as usual spent the evening huddled in one room …
Day 4:

EASTER ….. We knew we had to go see the Patronas Towers atleast on this day …
But first we had to do one last bit of shopping ….. Anna our lovely Malaysian friend took us to the Central Mall and we girls shopped to our hearts content … brooches, clips, chinese fans…. Ooh soo much lovely stuff…. :D ... This market has been in existence since 1888 ...

We then met the guys (who were raving mad with hunger by this time), the always resourceful women(ahem which includes me) found a 7/11 store and prepared cup noodles for everyone …which we ate sitting at a roadside stall …. The reason being that Chinatown closes by 3PM on Sundays and we didn't have a clue about that…. Our transport arrived and we went to the Minara Tower which has the observation deck built to see the Patronas towers … the observation deck is at a height of 286 meters….

WHAT A VIEW ….. this is truly a beautiful city ….
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But we never did one thing that we all had wanted to do …. Take pictures in front of the Patronas Towers … With only 5 hours left to take-off, we had to leave for the airport …

I’ve been a life long fan of graffiti …. So when Abhay saw a wall full of graffiti at an open car park we stopped the van and jumped out to make pictures ….. and guess what we saw to our left as we were sprinting towards the graffiti filled wall …………………………………………….

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THE PATRONAS TOWERS …….. It was a coincidence like no other .... So we did get to take pictures in front of the Towers ...

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was elated....

Then we did take pictures with the grafitti walls ..... What fun ... everyone was captured in various stages of flight.

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Finally we set out again …. It started to rain …. We got to the airport …… and started …..WHAT ELSE …. Shopping at the HARRODS duty free shop … :D

We were toooo excited even after we boarded …. Marell and me watched a movie …..while the boys down 5 whiskeys each …. We spent the remaining flight walking to each others seats and having an unusually mad time …….. Will never forget A reminding J to check if the parachute was where it was supposed to be ….. and repeating the Oxygen mask instructions to him…… Oh what fun it was ….. :D

We landed in India ….. and I held my breath when the captian started announcing the descent ... AND NO …….. Our pilot never said anything remotely sounding like “Welcome Home” :(

Till I get another stamping on my passport … C ya :)

Posted by Ceej 20.04.2012 07:24 Archived in Malaysia

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