En Route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Friday, May 17, 2013

Our Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia adventure started on April 7, 2013. It was a hot Sunday morning when we traveled by bus to Clark, Pampanga. The scheduled flight to Kuala Lumpur was at 11:05 AM, so we had to be at the airport by 9 AM. I was a bit nervous because it would be my first out of country travel.
via Air Asia
The flight duration from Clark to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 4 hours. It was my longest plane ride thus far. I dozzed off several times, but I was awaken because other passengers are so loud. When we landed, we immediately went to the immmigration. Good thing the immigration officer did not ask any questions. We went out of LCCT right away and boarded the Star Shuttle going to Puduraya Bus Station.

It took two hours to get to Puduraya from KLIA-LCCT. I did not mind the long journey because I was asleep the whole time. I woke up when we were already in KL Sentral. The excitement takes over my jaded brain. 'Yes, I am in Malaysia now' I muttered to myself.

Since we are all first timers in KL, we didn't know exactly where do we need to get off. What we know is the Mayview Glory Hotel, where we stayed for two days, is located in Jalan Pudu Lama near Puduraya. We got off Puduraya and we looked around for a moment.

view outside the hotel
Lo and behold,  I saw the hotel just beside Maybank. I'm glad it didn't take long to find the hotel. The location is just perfect! We were welcomed by a very nice receptionist. After we had our keys, we went to our room right away. We freshen up a bit and arranged our baggage. After an hour or two, we headed to our first destination, which is the Petronas Towers.
Petronas Twin towers
They say you haven't really been to Kuala Lumpur if you missed the Petronas Towers Towers. But it is unlikely because of its hugeness. The best time to go here is at night time so you could see the fancy lights. 

obligatory twin towers photo :)
After the obligatory twin tower snapshots, we headed to Jalan Alor for the much awaited gastronomic hunt.  I was expecting a street full of Malay cuisine, but to my surprise it was mostly chinese restaurants. There were so many food stalls, and it was no easy to choose among them. We ended up in a chinese noodle house.
Jalan Alor Gastronomic Hunt
I ordered a bowl of chicken noodles which tastes weird. I don't know if it's coming from the ginseng or from some weird spices I am not accustomed. I did not enjoy my meal, so I bought some grilled sea food across the street. The taste is great, but for me it is overpriced. A stick of grilled squid costs RM 2. (RM 1 = PHP 13)
lots of choices!
Full but exhausted, we went back to the hotel past midnight. I drifted off to sleep as soon as I reached the bed. Whew! It was certainly a long day.

Next post... Tha Batu Caves

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