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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 ) ….. We had breakfast at a lovely Indian restaurant on the way by the lake ……. Made a few calls back home … and continued on towards our hotel …
We stayed at the Grand Seasons ….(FABULOUS HOTEL… courteous hotel staff ….and overall fabulous hotel) …. :)

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: Marel and me sorted through our stuff ….. took pictures …. Closed the blinds… it felt like it was nighttime … answered our Indian Standard Time cravings ….and got to sleep right away …
Woke up with enormous difficulty by 4PM… and ran to the guys room to wake them up …. We went there with the intention of staying there for a minute , waking them up and going back to our floor (they were on the 19th floor) …… But we ended up staying with them for an hour whiling our time away …. Ran back to our rooms ….showered..changed ….and bolted out of the hotel …..

First Stop: FOOD ….and we decided CHINATOWN as the destination to be …. We did do something very Malaysian … hopped onto a bus … Took tickets for 1Malaysian Ringgit (RM) and got dropped at Chinatown …. Our stomach’s were collectively shouting their displeasure ….so we decided to put the complaints to rest…. AND HOW ….
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Chose 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 of toothpick(as Marella chooses to call it ) ….

Tried Claypot Rice … and I could have gone to heaven that instant ….. Love love loved it ….

And now that we were ready … WE STARTED THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION ….. First stop …(I’m a girl … so BAGS) …. Now I’ve seen imitation wallets, bags, satchels in Thailand …. But the quality of stuff in Malaysia is something else …
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Found the coolest hoard of T-shirts ever …. Found a shop that sells 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 hearts out ..... imitations of designer shoes, watches, bags, jewelry, belts and trendy clothes ….. Oh sooo much to buy and sooo little money ….. :(
We got back to the hotel to check our loot …. The guys decided to go out …. We girls had a whale of a time by ourselves… We were almost completely sloshed by the time the guys got back ..
And then we drank some more and chatted till about 4 ...they got us chicken from an all women staff run KFC… We had some girls talk after that …. TILL 6AM … and then decided to catch up on some sleep … :D

DAY 2: GOOD FRIDAY …
Woke Marel at 8 … Told her it was Good Friday and promptly passed out again … Woke up at 10 and then realized that breakfast at the hotel is till 10:30 only … Rushed downstairs to see our cab waiting for us … We hurried through breakfast …ran upstairs …. Showered ….changed … Took some more pictures(hey it was a girls room afterall…. We had to mug for pictures ….hehehe) and rushed to our cab…

We were originally supposed to leave at 9:30 … we finally left at 11… Next Stop : GENTING HIGHLANDS ….
Its about an hour and a half drive from Kualalampur … 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 … 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 … Sooper cool …

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 …. Yaya everyone had a good laugh :(

We went gambling after this …. 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 50RM… Made 120 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 collegues 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)
We had breakfast …. Went back to our room and passed out ………….. Our original plan for the day was that we would go to the Theme Park in the facility …. Hmm that did not happen …. We were in dire need of some shut eye… :D
We got awoken by our travel agent asking us to check out of the room by 3PM …. HE CALLED AT 2:40 AND WE WERE STILL ASLEEP ….. Ooooh the mad rush after that ….. ufff!!!

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 …
Called and wished Mihir… couldn’t have missed wishing the bday boy …. Called it a night by 3 …. Was exhausted ….

Day 4:
EASTER ….. Wished Marell and then ran down for breakfast …. 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 close to Chinatown and we girls shopped to our hearts content … brooches, clips, chinese fans…. Ooh soo many lovely stuff…. :D ... This market has been in existence since 1888 ...

We then met the guys … raving mad with hunger by this time … the women as usual ran to a 7/11 store and prepared cup noodles for everyone … had it sitting at a roadside stall …. We realized that Chinatown closes by 3PM on Sundays…. 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 …. Had to take pictures ….. and guess what we saw to our left as we were sprinting towards the graffiti 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 .... Abhay, Jay, Marell and Me were captured in various stages of flight (except J...who was sticking to his dude image all trip)

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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 duty free shops … :D

Had a angry look / silent war with some people ….. we all got chessed of biiiig time … (the guys were continuing the argument and the fight in their respective imaginations ….. would like to know how that turned out in their imagination….. hahaha)

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 Abhay reminding Jayanath to recheck 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 we were back home ….

AND NO …….. Our pilot never said anything about “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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