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2010 - First Trip to Kuala Lumpur


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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AT THE TIME OF WRITING THIS BLOG.... HUBBY AND I HAVE BEEN TO KL
6 TIMES AND HAVE PRETTY MUCH COVERED EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR
THE BATAU CAVES. THE THOUGHT OF WALKING TONS OF STAIRS TO
VIEW CAVES TO ME IS NAUSEATING :)

KUALA LUMPUR IS SUCH A VIBRANT AND COLOURFUL CITY FULL OF
LOVELY PEOPLE, GREAT SHOPPING, FANTASTIC FOOD AND REASONABLY
CHEAP DAY TRIPS TO INTERESTING DESTINATIONS.

IF YOU HAVE READ MY PREVIOUS BLOGS YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW THAT
I DO NOT CUT AND PASTE FACTS. ANYONE CAN GOOGLE THAT..... ;)
I WRITE HOW I FEEL ABOUT WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND DONE. MOST OF
THAT IS PRETTY EXCITING ;)

I ALSO LIKE TO THROW IN A FEW FUNNY STORIES TO KEEP BOTH YOU
AND I ENTERTAINED :)
HEY AT MY AGE..... EMBARRASSMENT DOESN'T EXIST LOL.

HOPEFULLY MY BLOGS ALONG WITH TIPS MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO YOU IF
YOU PLAN TO VISIT KL SOME DAY.

~~~oOo~~~

SO..... IN 2010 HUBBY AND I AND OUR 2 YOUNGEST CHILDREN -
JANINE AND JESSE TOOK A 5 1/2HR FLIGHT FROM PERTH TO KL TO
CHECK IT OUT. MY FRIEND PAULA ALSO TAGGED ALONG.

WE STAYED AT THE PARK ROYAL HOTEL IN BUKIT BINTANG WHICH IS
CLOSE TO THE MONORAIL AND ACROSS THE ROAD FROM A GREAT
SHOPPING CENTRE - SUNGEI WANG PLAZA.

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OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST PLACE WE HAD TO GO SEE WAS THE AWESOME
TWIN TOWERS. ABBEY, A LONG TIME FRIEND ON VIRTUALTOURIST.COM
HAD TEE'D UP TICKETS FOR US TO THE SKY BRIDGE. I WAS LOOKING
FORWARD TO FINALLY MEETING MY FRIEND ABBEY.

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AFTER WE HEADED DOWNSTAIRS TO THE FOOD COURT AND TRIED OUT
SOME NEW AND INTERESTING MALAYSIAN FOOD.
IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU ABBEY :)

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THE TWIN TOWERS ARE AN AMAZING STRUCTURE AND EVEN BETTER AT
NIGHT. NIGHT PHOTOS TO FOLLOW IN LATER BLOGS AS I DID NOT GET
MY DSLR CAMERA UNTIL 2012.

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BUTTERFLY PARK

WE LOVED THE BUTTERFLY PARK. SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES AND
COLOURS. SUCH A PEACEFULL OASIS COMPARED TO THE HIVE OF
ACTIVITY AND NOISE IN THE CITY.

FOR INFORMATION INCLUDING LOCATION AND PRICE,
PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

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This Little Fella Had an Escape Plan....  Didn't Work <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_wink.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=';)' title='' />

This Little Fella Had an Escape Plan.... Didn't Work ;)

ORCHID PARK

ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE BUTTERFLY PARK IS THE ORCHID PARK.
WE SAW OUR FIRST MALAYSIAN MONKEYS HERE.....
WE DID NOT KNOW THAT THERE WAS AN AMAZING MONKEY EXPERIENCE
FOR US TO COME....... MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

ANYWAY, THE LUSH GARDENS WERE A PLEASURE TO WALK THROUGH.
AND THE FLOWERS (NOT JUST ORCHIDS) .... SO PRETTY :)

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SHOPPING

THE CENTRAL MARKETS ARE WORTH A VISIT. BRUSH UP ON YOUR
BATERING. WE HADN'T DONE THAT SINCE OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE
IN VIETNAM IN 2006. I USUALLY START AT HALF THE PRICE OFFERED
THEN MAKE MY LAST OFFER ABOUT 75%. IF NOT.... WALK AWAY.
THAT USUALLY WORKS IN HAVING THE VENDOR ACCEPT YOUR
FINAL OFFER ;)

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I ENJOYED CHINATOWN MORE THAN LITTLE INDIA.... WHICH WAS
THE OPPOSITE TO WHEN WE VISITED SINGAPORE IN 2006.

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KL IS EASY TO GET AROUND. THE MONORAIL IS SO CHEAP. IT IS
WORTH YOUR WHILE FAMILIARISING YOURSELF RATHER THAN
SPENDING MORE ON TAXIS WHICH OFTEN DON'T USE THEIR
METERS ON PURPOSE TO RIP OFF UNSUSPECTING TOURISTS.

YOU SELECT YOUR DESTINATION.... PUT YOUR NOTES IN AND
RECEIVE A TOKEN THAT YOU SCAN TO WALK THROUGH AND AT
YOUR DESTINATION, SLOT YOUR TOKEN IN. GREAT SYSTEM.

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THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER THAN THE LOCAL BUS THAT
WE CAUGHT FIRST TO TAKE US TO THE TWIN TOWERS.
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DO NOT KNOW..... THE TRAFFIC IN
KL IS QUITE HORRENDOUS AT TIMES ;)
BETTER OFF CATCHING THE MONORAIL IF YOU CAN.

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SPEAKING OF TRANSPORT.... KUALA LUMPUR HAS A FANTASTIC
HIGH SPEED TRAIN FROM THE AIRPORTS - KLIA 1 AND KLIA 2
DIRECT TO SENTRAL STATION. YOU WILL SEE MANY SIGNS ON
WHERE TO GET THE TRAIN AND TICKETS ARE SOLD RIGHT THERE...
SO YOU CAN BUY BEFORE YOU WALK THROUGH THE TURNSTYLES
TO GET THE TRAIN. THE JOURNEY ONLY TAKES 30 MINUTES
AND IS REASONABLY CHEAP..... UNLESS YOU HAVE MORE THAN
2 PEOPLE.

IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 2 PEOPLE.... THEN CATCH A TAXI.
BTW.... TAXI'S FROM THE AIRPORT ARE NOW REGULATED
MEANING THAT YOU WILL NOT BE RIPPED OFF.
YOU PAY BEFORE YOU GET THE TAXI.

WARNINGS

THE ONE THING I HATED ABOUT KL WAS THE BEGGERS AT
NIGHT. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS AND QUITE
FRANKLY TRAUMATISED. I WOULD AVOID SOME STREETS
IN BUKIT BINTANG AT NIGHT. IT WAS HORRIBLE.

ALSO.... EVEN THOUGH I HAVE FELT VERY SAFE IN KL
COMPAIRED TO OTHER CITIES WE HAVE BEEN TO....
RECENTLY, THEY HAVE HAD BAG SNATCHERS FROM
PEOPLE ON MOTOR BIKES. SO IT IS ADVISED TO KEEP
YOUR HAND BAG CLOSE TO YOU AND JUST BE AWARE.

VT MEET

WE MET A FEW FRIENDS FROM VIRTUALTOURIST.COM AT
THE FEDERAL HOTEL. THEY HAVE A FANTASTIC BUFFET
WHICH HAD FOOD FROM QUITE A FEW COUNTRIES.

THANKS TO CHIA FOR ORGANISING AND ZUE AND HARRY
FOR COMING TOO. HUBBY AND I MET ZUE AND HARRY
IN PERTH WHEN THEY VISITED :)

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ALTHOUGH KUALA LUMPUR IS A VIBRANT CITY....
YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO EXPLORE
THAN THE TOWERS AND BATU CAVES THAT EVERYONE CHECKS OUT.

WE HAVE BEEN HERE 6 TIMES AND EVERY TIME WE HAVE DISCOVERED
SOMETHING NEW.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DO NOT KNOW.... HUBBY AND I LOVE
EXPLORING OFF THE BEATEN PATH PLACES AND MIXING WITH
THE LOCALS. IF YOU ARE INTO THE SAME STUFF.... THEN I
ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ MORE OF MY KL BLOGS HERE AS I
TAKE YOU TO SOME POPULAR PLACES OUTSIDE OF KL AND
ALSO SOME PLACES THAT IF YOU DON'T USE OUR FRIEND AND
RESIDENT PRIVATE DRIVER PATRICK.... YOU MAY JUST GET LOST ;)

SPEAKING OF PATRICK.... WE ASKED THE PARKROYAL IF WE
COULD HIRE A DRIVER FOR THE DAY TO TAKE US SOMEWHERE
INTERESTING. THAT IS WHEN WE ME PATRICK.

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PATRICK IS NOW A GREAT FRIEND.
WE HAVE MET HIS LOVELY WIFE NOW AS WELL.
WE CATCH UP WITH PATRICK EVERY TIME WE VISIT KL AND
HAVE HIM TAKE US SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT. WE HAVE NO
HESITATION IN PAYING PATRICK WELL FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE.

ANYWAY..... PARKROYAL RECOMMENDED PATRICK TO TAKE US TO
SEE THE FIREFLIES IN SELANGOR. COOL! :)

FIRST STOP - SILK FACTORY.

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WE BOUGHT THE OBLIGITARY SILK SCARFS AND HUBBY LASHED
OUT AND BOUGHT A SILK SHIRT.
NEXT TRIP..... PATRICK REALISED THAT WE WERE NOT JUST TOURISTS.....
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER ;)

NEXT STOP...... MONKEYS!

WHO DOESN'T LOVE MONKEYS ;) ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE
NOT WHAT YOU SEE EVERY DAY BACK AT HOME :)

CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS!!

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Janine and Monkey were popular with the paparazzi ;)

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WHAT FUN!! THOSE MONKEYS NEVER CEASE TO ENTERTIAN
US EVERY TIME WE VISIT. BELIEVE ME.... IT'S THE MONKEYS HERE
THAT WE PREFER TO SEE NOW RATHER THAN THE MAIN ATTRACTION
WHICH IS THE FIREFLIES.

IT IS PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO GET PICTURES OF THE FIREFLIES.
MAYBE I MIGHT PROVE THAT THEORY WRONG AT ANOTHER TRIP
THAT I HAVE PLANNED DRIVING AROUND MALAYSIA......

SELANGOR.

BUT FOR NOW... OUR FIRST VISIT BEGAN AT A SPECIAL SEAFOOD
DINNER RIGHT ON THE RIVER AT SELANGOR.
PATRICK HAD ARRANGED FOR US TO HAVE A TABLE RIGHT WITH A
SUNSET VIEW!! AMAZING!! :)

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FIREFLIES.

THE FIREFLIES WERE PHONOMENAL! BUT AS MUCH AS I TRIED....
I COULDN'T GET A GOOD PHOTO NOR VIDEO.. WELL THE VIDEOS
I TOOK ARE FUNNY..... WITH GLITTER LIGHTS (FIREFLIES) AND
OCCASIONALLY A SHOOTING STAR (A FLYING FIREFLY). :)

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WE ENJOYED OUR TRIP WITH PATRICK TO SEE THE MONKEYS
AND FIREFLIES SO MUCH THAT WE ASKED PATRICK TO TAKE US
SOMEWHERE ELSE TOMORROW.

MELAKA. :)

MELAKA IS ABOUT 2 1/2 HRS SOUTH OF KL.

FROM THE MOMENT WE ARRIVED, HUBBY AND I JUST LOVED THIS
PLACE! SO MUCH SO, THAT WE HAVE VISITED NOW 3 TIMES :)

BEING OUR FIRST TIME, WE DID THE OBLIGITARY WALK UP THE
HILL FROM DUTCH SQUARE TO ST PAULS LOOKOUT.

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MELAKA CRUISING

WE ALSO TOOK A CRUISE AROUND THE SMALL CANALS WHICH I
HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

IF YOU HAVE VIEWED SOME OF MY OTHER BLOGS YOU WILL
ALREADY KNOW THAT I LOVE ALL SORTS OF CRUISING.....
IN FACT WE OWN A BOAT AND MY PRIME POSITION IS SITTING
IN THE FONT..... FEET UP WITH A GLASS OF WINE ;)

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Traditional Portuguese House Campung Morten

Traditional Portuguese House Campung Morten

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Water Monitor

Water Monitor

STREETS OF MELAKA

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BABA NYONYA FOOD

I LOVE BABA NYONYA FOOD - ALSO KNOWN AS PERANAKAN.
IT IS A MIXURE OF MALAYSIAN AND CHINESE.... BUT THERE IS A
DEFINATE INDIAN INFUSION DUE TO THE SPICE TRADE MANY YEARS AGO.

WE FOUND A RESTAURANT THAT SADLY.... NOW IS CLOSED.
IT WAS CALLED RESTAURANT PERANAKAN.
WE HAVE EATEN THERE 2 TIMES NOW AND JUST LOVE THE FOOD!
GOOD THING..... IS THAT THERE IS A RESTAURANT ACROSS THE ROAD
THAT SERVES EQUALLY GREAT BABA NYONYA AT PROBABLY LESS
THAN THE PRICE WE PAID AT THE PERANAKAN. THAT IS PROBABLY
DUE TO THE FACT THAT THIS NEW RESTAURANT DOES NOT HAVE THE
LAVISH DECOR AND TRIMMINGS THAT THE PERANANKAN RESTAURANT
HAD.

ANYWAY..... HERE ARE A FEW PIX OF OUR EXPERIENCE AT
RESTAURANT PERANAKAN.

I WOULD DESCRIBE THE FOOD AS AN INFUSION OF SPICES WITH
LOVELY JUICE SAUCES.

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WE FINISHED OFF OUR DAY AT A LOVELY PUB CALLED THE
GEOGRAPHER CAFE.

THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE A COLD BEER AND PEOPLE WATCH.
EVERY TIME WE COME TO MELAKA WE END UP HERE.

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AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO END THE DAY THAN BEING DRIVEN
IN COMFORT ALONG WITH A COUPLE OF ROADIES ;)

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NEXT - MY FIRST DIVE EXPERIENCE FOR MY 50TH BIRTHDAY...

Posted by aussirose 15:39 Archived in Malaysia Tagged monkeys travellerspoint park kuala malaysia lumpur butterfly private driver melaka twin_towers 2010 patrick fireflies aussirose

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Hi Ann, Great coverage of KL & Malacca. Looks like your family know how to enjoy a holiday!

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by Mikebb

Ann, you're putting me to shame with all the blogs you're managing to put up here. I haven't even started.

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