The Always Evolving and Partially Unwritten Five-Year Plan

Tourist in Malaysia

Since we have been in Malaysia, we haven’t had a chance to tour around KL, so we took our 3 day weekend to see some of the sights in town. First, we went to see the famous Petronas Towers, or the Twin Towers as they are called here. We did some research and found out that they give free tickets away, but only a certain amount everyday, so you have to be in line, when they opened. Check. So, we got up and took a taxi downtown and were there about 9 am. Well, even though we had checked the website, the towers were closed for Hari Raya. So, just us and some Chinese tourists didn’t get the memo. Sad. We took some pictures outside the towers and moved on. Then we went to the KL Tower, which actually provides better views of the city as it is up on a hill. Take that Petronas Towers. You have to buy package tickets to enter the tower, and you can pick the “adventure” package or the “cultural” package.  Culture, smolture. Clearly, we went with the “adventure” package.  Luckily, the “adventure” package creme de la creme was a glorified petting zoo, but with no petting. I guess, beyond the fact that the animals were in tiny cages, there were no fences, bars, glass or anything to keep you from going up and touching a monkey, racoon, or turtle. So maybe it was meant to be a petting zoo, and we didn’t get the memo on that one either.

After our exciting “adventure” tour, we decided to make our way toward Chinatown, which has something for everyone. Dan needed soccer shoes and where else would you buy cheap soccer shoes?  But before we got there, there was a monkey on the side of the street that was jumping on people and stealing their stuff! I’m not sure where he lived, but it was pretty funny/scary to watch him do his little robber act for the tourists. We made our way through Little India and found ourselves in Chinatown where there are nike shoes, coach purses, polo shirts, fresh fruit, exotic flowers, yards and yards of fabric, people watching-all for a “SUPER LOW BEST PRICE!” Here are just a few of the shots I took.

We had lunch at the Central Market, where you can get all kinds of Malaysian souvenirs, and actually has some really good, cheap food. It is painted this pretty cotton candy blue color and is a art deco style that you might see in Miami, not KL. I really like it though.  It’s also air conditioned, which doesn’t hurt its standings either.

After Chinatown, we headed to Merdeka Square, which is kind of like Independence Hall would be to the U.S. It is where the Brits used to play cricket in the down time between setting up colonies, and now is just used for tourists to come, visit, and take pictures with the massive Malaysian flags. Check.

After that we were hot, tired, cranky (me) and pretty much done for the day. But wait! We were surprised to find that our cab on the way home was super pimped out with faux leopard skin everywhere. It was a pretty sweet surprise upgrade that we didn’t even know we had coming.  And those are the best kind. Thanks for being a tourist with us in Malaysia!



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4 responses

  1. Dennis

    Great pictures! Thanks.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:49 PM

  2. B

    I believe the correct verbage would be “culture shmulture”.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    • jgmcrew

      Noted. Thank you for the correction. 🙂

      September 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

  3. Jenny

    There are tons more, but I have to figure out how to connect them to picasa. It’s in the works, don’t worry!

    September 15, 2010 at 9:17 AM

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