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KL – Kuala Lumpur. Capital of Malaysia and home to what used to be the world’s tallest building – The Petronas Towers.

Looking up at the Petronas Towers

Looking up at the Petronas Towers

After having a great time in Penang, it was time to head to KL where we would catch separate flights to Bali (K) and Singapore(T). Spending an extra day in Penang meant we only had one full day in KL and for another place that is famous for food, that was a bit sad.

Also sad was that we stayed up until 3am having beers with some local people we had met in Penang and I was not in very good shape for the 4 hour bus ride. Luckily, we had paid about $2 extra to get the phattest (that’s FAT with a PH – for the old people, that means it is like awesome, or so all the kids tell me) bus possible to KL – The Konsortium Super VIP with Snoozer Seat ™. Only 18 seats on a 2 story bus and our own private entertainment system. In Thailand, I like the oridinary non-a/c bus. In Malaysia, I like this one. Check out all that room!

Tim in the Snoozer Seat

Tim in the Snoozer Seat

After a little sleep, a couple tylenol and some motion sickness medicine (something I’ve never taken before but my belly was NOT happy this morning), I was feeling pretty good and I really enjoyed the beautiful, lush and green jungle of Malaysia float by. It is a very pretty country, even from the (have I said this enough?) incredibly modern, flat and smooth freeway that I have come to love so much.

My Singaporean friends would later tell me that not all of Malaysia is like this but it is hard to think about that.

Upon arrival in KL, we hopped a taxi about 3 blocks. I’m not kidding. We didn’t really know where we were and we got in. He didn’t say anything – just took us the 3 blocks and 10 ringgas later – and dropped us near the hotel.

We spent the rest of the day wandering Chinatown and eating laksa and other foods and then headed indoors when the daily monsoons hit.

The next day we went to the Petronas Towers but arrived too late to get tickets to the skyview. Oh well. I went to a Coffee Bean (yes. the CA chain) and read the local paper (something I always enjoy doing) while Kelly shopped through the luxurious shopping mall complete with Prada and Tiffany stores. I ran across this awesome ad by Pizza Hut…

Wanted European food but could never afford it? Pizza Hut to the rescue.

Wanted European food but could never afford it? Pizza Hut to the rescue.

Strangely, all the above European food choices involve tomato sauces and other pizza ingredients. Hrm… I could say Panda Express in the US running something similar…

Between shopping, we ate in the mall food courts. Of course, Asian food courts are very different from their American counterparts – full of handmade food and an enormous selection at that. We ate claypot chicken, popiah, char kuey teow and bean sprout salad.Finally, we walked about 2 miles back to the hotel and just enjoyed the urban landscape.

And that was about it for KL. We didn’t venture very far or see that much but it was a nice urban retreat, complete with Kelly’s fav activity – shopping


One Response

  1. It was interesting to read your tales in KL. My son and family live there and work at the International School at KL….I am a friend of your parents here in Mesa. Enjoy your travels! Jeanne

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