A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

Don’t kill me but today was such a lazy day. After all the commotion of Days 1 to 3, we decided to take it really slow. So slow, we didn’t go anywhere notable.

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We actually, went on a chocolate run. We received reports that chocolates are really cheap here in Malaysia. So, to source these chocolates, we made our way to MyDin near Pasar Seni station. Here, we found Cadburry bars for MYR 5.80. So, a PHP 120 bar of chocolate can be bought for just PHP 70, loosely converted.

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It was lunch time by then, so we made our way to Hakka Restaurant behind Pavillion Mall. Thank you, GoKL buses!

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Hakka Restaurant is listed as one of the best eats in Kuala Lumpur. Hakka Restaurant has been here since 1956.

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They have the sweetest honeydew drink which I really though will really just taste like water.

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This is our menu for today: spicy shrimp (but awfully delicious), kangkong sauteed in garlic, fried chicken, and Hakka style noodles. It was filling and very delicious. No wonder they stayed here for 61 years. And, there were a lot of Chinese customers – so it probably rings well as a Chinese restaurant.

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After a blissful lunch, we went back to the apartment, had our siesta, dipped into the pool, looked at the Merdaka Day celebrations, and drank to our hearts’ content.

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That was the 4th day.

 

 

 

 

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Others in this series:

A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

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A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

We woke up this morning knowing very well what to do. We rode the LRT and alighted at Pasar Seni station.

We were going to the Central Market!

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The Central Market is the center for arts and crafts that are truly Malaysian. It isn’t a big complex so you wouldn’t have a hard time going through all the stalls.

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Since we have somewhere to be by 1 PM, we decided to have an early lunch. The Central Market has a food court in its mezzanine.

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I ordered a Nasi Goreng Kampung which they translated to homemade fried rice for MYR 8.5. It was spicy but definitely feels like what my Ma would cook at home. Suddenly loving all of these Malaysian fried rice dishes.

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Then, we walked towards the Masjid Jamek LRT station.

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And made our way towards Bukit Jalil National Stadium where we watch some badminton finals matches at the Axiata Arena. This started at 1 PM.

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Then, before 5 PM, we transferred to the National Aquatic Center for diving finals.

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It was raining when we finished watching. Good thing, though, there’s a covered walkway towards Bukit Jalil station.

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We came back to Lot10 to try other shops. But, unfortunately, I went back to my comfort food – wonton noodles.

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Then we tried this mango and longan iced dessert which we bought for MYR 9.5. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the price. It’s just ice with mango juice and some pieces of longan.

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Then, it was back to apartment for another round of drinking. We have to finish 3 cans each and that’s (drink one can a day) probably the most I can do.

 

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A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

 

 

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

 

Good morning, KL!

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We’re going to tour the KL basics today. We’re making our way to KL Sentral.

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Upon arrival in KL Sentral, we bought tickets (more like tokens) to use the Komuter train that will bring us to Batu Caves. One way ticket costs MYR 2.1.

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A couple of minutes later, we found ourselves at the Batu Caves station. It is directly connected to the complex surrounding the caves.

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There is no entrance fee to the cave but there are sections that may require you to pay at least MYR 10. Those places, we didn’t explore.

Hello, monkeys!

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Batu Caves is a complex dedicated to the Hindu God of War and Victory – Murugan.

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The iconic statue of Lord Murugan.

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To reach the inside of the cave, you have to be prepared to go up at least 272 flights of stairs. Everyone is doing it, you can do it too!

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There’s another flight of stairs leading to the Dark Cave. It’s another section dedicated to wildlife endemic to the Dark Cave. There is a private tour for MYR 50 to see the inside of the cave. But, if you’re afraid of the dark or creepy crawlies, this tour may not be suitable for you.

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There’s the entrance to the cave.

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Let’s explore the inside!

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There are a lot of monkeys inside the main cave and I am worried about their health. Some tourists are feeding them chips that are outside of their natural diet. And, I am sad that these tourists are more focused on the entertainment brought by the monkeys than by the importance and significance of this structure to the Hindu world.

This is the main worship area.

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After the morning exercise, we go back to central Kuala Lumpur. We alighted at the Kuala Lumpur station of the Komuter line.

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Then, we walked towards the Museum of Islamic Arts. I know, it was a kind of a religious type of day. The entrance fee to which is MYR 14.

But, I seriously learned a lot from the display in the museum. There were items on the architecture, interior design, textiles, sciences, and clothing from the Islamic world.

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Here is a manuscript written wholly in one sheet of paper.

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There were so many beautiful designs!

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It was way past lunch time when we finished. Then, we decided to have lunch at Bukit Bintang and look for a supermarket where we can buy food souvenir.

Thankful for GoKL buses, we had a free ride to Bukit Bintang’s Lot10. I found this Penang food stall in Lot10’s very massive food court.

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I tried the fried chee cheong fun but requested to remove the spice. But, to be honest, without the spice, the dish seemed to lack personality.

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After the meal, we went to Sungei Wang Plaza to visit Giant Supermarket and buy our food stuff. In the course of the shopping, we also decided to buy alcohol, hang out by the pool, and drink. We didn’t have anything else to do.

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Upon arriving at our place, we just rested for a bit and went to the 33rd floor for some late afternoon swim.

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This place has a good view of the KL Tower and the surrounding structures. Here is the view at various points of the sunset.

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We continued drinking in our room which didn’t take long because I was groggy from that one can of Carlsberg.

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But, we were a bit hungry so we decided to visit the food stalls outside the apartment, most of which are handled by people of Indian heritage.

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We tried the chicken fried rice for MYR 8, including the can of coke. The rice was extremely spicy for me but it was so tasty that I finished my plate. This serving is also very big, I was initially overwhelmed.

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Others in this series:

A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

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We had a 7:30 AM flight via PAL. We didn’t wait long but there was a 15 minute delay with our flight. Not complaining though.

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I love the leg room. Thanks, PAL!

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Here’s our first look of Malaysia!

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Landing at KLIA!

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KLIA is also big so you have to take the Aerotrain to the main terminal.

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Upon claiming our baggage, we went to the bus terminal, on the building in front of the airport, for buses bound for KL Sentral. The bus costs MYR 10.

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Upon arrival in KL Sentral, we booked a Grab car (RM 5) going to our accommodations. It would be a hassle to go through the subway with our luggage.

The Petronas Towers is just nearby! Say, hello!

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After checking in, we went to the nearby Suria KLCC for some lunch. Found this claypot stall at the 4th floor and ordered a chicken and mushroom claypot rice for RM 9.50.

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After lunch, we went to MITEC, the venue of the SEA Games volleyball. Unfortunately, due to the number of Thai fans, we weren’t able to go inside the venue. We tried looking for events to watch but, to no avail, there weren’t any.

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So, we decided to go back to our apartment.

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At around the very late sunset, we decided to go to KLCC Park and ogle at the beautiful Petronas Towers.

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We wanted to eat dinner but a lot of the establishments around our area are drinking spots. So, we decided to go to Bukit Bintang for dinner. We rode their monorail. One ride was MYR 0.90.

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But, instead of just Bukit Bintang, we found ourselves wandering around Jalan Alor.

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What initially caught my eye are these dimsum buffets! I love dimsum. And the rate of 9 pieces for MYR 10 is a great buy. These are big dimsum and very filling.

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We settled in this restaurant at the end of the street. Then, we realized that our food budget wouldn’t be enough. And we needed to revise our budget.  I ordered fried rice and salted egg squid for RM 30. But, the squid could feed two more people so you can split the cost.

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And, look, they’re barbecuing lamb (which they call kambing) on the street. Coincidentally, we also call lamb, kambing which makes me believe that we got it from them.

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Others in this series:

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

 

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Taken at: Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We actually booked tickets to Kuala Lumpur because of the 2017 SEA Games. However, we came in a little too late and most of the events are already done. But, we were fortunate enough to witness badminton final matches and some championships for diving!

Maybe I will volunteer when SEA Games returns to the Philippines.