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10 Things I liked about Malaysia so far

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1. I liked the KLIA express trains (Airport Transfer)

While in Thailand with my friend, Alex, we managed to nip through to Malaysias capital for 2 days and 1 night to see none other than the Petronas Twin Towers. We flew from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Aiport and took the KLIA2, an express train that goes further than the Sentral Station. It took us right to the heart of the city.

2. I liked the warm hospitality

Because KLIA platform was on the first level and the lift was broken, we had to carry our luggage down a flight of steps to catch the metro train. You know how high the stairs can be. Theyre not just 10 steps but 30 or maybe 50! 18kg luggage plus 9kg backpack on a diminutive woman with kneecaps the size of a golf ball and one of them was soft, what a sight to behold! A girl in her early teens with long black shiny hair and a slim figure was behind me and because I was blocking the way, she went to the other side of the stairs. Looking at my predicament, she came back and without hesitation offered me a hand all the way downstairs. I couldnt thank her enough.

 4. I liked the hotel

Seri Pacific Superior Room

Photo Credit: seripacifichotel.com

We stayed at Seri Pacific Hotel which was strategically located across a shopping mall with a metro station right at their doorstep. Arriving at our hotel, Alex and I inspected our room, checked the sockets and were delighted to find a UK plug. (We stayed in a twin bedroom as shown in the photo but my the image I took is blurred so I borrowed one from the hotel website.)

The ambiance at the lobby exuded a Christmas spirit. A fine mesh cloth hung from the ceiling to the floor in an A shape fashion instead of a Christmas tree with glittering curly purple ribbons and balloons hanging in the air. To complete the spirit of Christmas, they played a Christmas hymn over the PA system. It made me feel at home.

Using the lifts from the middle section to the left, you get a view of the Petronas Twin Towers. Further right, you get the shopping mall across the road. As the lift descends  you get a birds eye view of the restaurant.

4. I liked the toilets

The washroom had a separate bathroom and shower room. The toilet flush had two functions one to wash the bum and two to flush it down. The toilet at the airport was the same. I love Malaysian toilets! 🙂

5. I liked the local food

Having known Malaysia as a foodie destination, thanks to friends and other travel bloggers, I was pretty sure we would find a street restaurant similar to that of Thailands. Just a stones throw away from the hotel was a riverside eatery with nothing but local food.

Being deprived of tropical fish while in the UK, I ordered fried mackerel wrapped in banana leaves, stir fried winged beans and long string beans, both were tropical vegetables or shall I say exotic? Theyre the kind of vegetables I grew up eating especially the winged beans. It brought so much nostalgia of my childhood.

6. I liked the fact that they speak English

With a multi-racial popuation and was under British rule, no wonder many of the
people speak English and they use the 20151216_122631.jpgEnglish alphabet. So even if its written in Malaysian, you can read it.

7. I liked the health drink

This health drink was from a juice stand called La Juiceria in the shopping mall across from the hotel. It sounded Italian but they call juice succo in Italy. Nonetheless, this particular mixture of fruits vegetables keeps your energy level up and is a No. 1 Seller, so I was told.

8. I liked the Orchid Garden

Next to the KL Bird Park is Perdana Botanical Garden, a home to a host of tropical plants and what nots. Because of limited time, we only went around the Orchid Garden which reminded me of my mothers orchid collection. I tried to name the ones that were familiar to me such as the Vandas, Dancing Ladies, Tiger,  Ground Orchids and Dendrobium. But my favourite of all, Purple Catleya, was not in bloom.

9. I liked the familiar sight of coconut and palm trees

Because it was my first time in Malaysia, I was observant to my surrounding. I noticed how the landscapes were similar to the Philippines making me feel at home. The tall coconut and the shorter palm trees along the way brought nostalgic memories of what my hometown used to look like.

10. I liked the warm tropical rain

During our 2-day stay in KL it rained about 3-4 times. It was the kind of rain that I would not have minded getting soaked in if I were not on a tour. Nevertheless, it was the kind of rain where me and my friends would run out and play back in my college days. Its a relief from the scorching heat of the sun.

There are many other things I wanted to see and do in Malaysia like the KL Bird Park, Langkawi, and the beaches. I also missed the pink and orange durians. Next time Im taking a long list with me.

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  • Samantha February 22, 2016, 1:56 pm

    I didnt spend anywhere near enough time in Malaysia as I wanted. The people are fantastic and the towers were something I had on my bucket list for years!

  • Marge Gavan February 10, 2016, 2:10 am

    Hi Jem,

    I am going to Malaysia in September but in Kota Kinabalu not in Kuala Lumpur. My friends have been telling me why didnt I book the KL instead. I told them theres always a next time. Its a good thing that the people there speak English and the food looks similar to ours. I think I wouldnt have such a hard time after all. I hope they have La Juiceria in KK so I can try it too.

    • Jemina Sentina February 13, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Hi Marge,

      KK is also a good destination. I think the Malaysian peak is there? They have really nice food and the street restaurants are open 24/7.

  • Michelle February 9, 2016, 11:40 am

    While all of these are definitely pros to loving a country, hospitality always seals the deal for me. My favorite countries have all been places where the people are kindhearted.

    • Jemina Sentina February 13, 2016, 7:07 pm

      That is so true. I always make sure I appreciate those kind-hearted soul when I encounter them. You will also meet hostile ones anywhere you go but then theyre not who I went to see so why should I bother? 🙂

  • Nancy February 1, 2016, 5:49 pm

    I liked ALL your likes! But the Orchid Garden really caught my attention, they are gorgeous. You had so many things to wonderful things to experience that I bet you LOVED your trip!

    • Jemina Sentina February 1, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Nancy. Im sure you would love that garden as much as I did. We only stayed for 2 days and 1 night so there are only so much things to have liked. But Im going back for sure.

  • Sumti Bhadani February 1, 2016, 5:10 pm

    Nice post..I like the way you described the things you liked 🙂

    • Jemina Sentina February 1, 2016, 5:48 pm

      Thanks, Sumti. 🙂

  • Carol Colborn February 1, 2016, 3:15 pm

    An the Petronas Twin Towers!!! Malaysia has outstanding beaches, too, outside of KL. There are really so much to love about Malaysia, just like other countries in South East Asia!

    • Jemina Sentina February 1, 2016, 5:42 pm

      Youre right, Carol. On my next trip I will go off the beaten track. I really wanna go back.

  • Alli February 1, 2016, 1:51 pm

    Warm hospitality goes such a long way! Especially when first entering a new country it can really make a difference with your first impressions. That health drink looks interesting!

    • Jemina Sentina February 1, 2016, 7:21 pm

      That is so true, Alli. I will never forget that kindness shown to me.

  • Natasha January 31, 2016, 12:48 am

    There are so many things to like about Malaysia. I specifically can agree with you on the local food. Another thing I really liked are their cinemas and going to a movie there. Its very cheap, and they have comfortable big seats with Western movies playing.

    • Jemina Sentina January 31, 2016, 9:44 am

      Thanks, Natasha. We only stayed for 2 days and 1 night so didnt have enough time to accumulate more likes. 😀

  • Jolanta | Casual Travelers January 30, 2016, 9:35 pm

    I bet I would love the orchid garden too! So pretty! Im not sure if well ever end up in Malaysia, but if we do, its good to know thats its a friendly and hospitable place.

    • Jemina Sentina January 31, 2016, 9:45 am

      You would also love the Bird Park next to the Botanical Garden. But because of time constrain I didnt manage to go.

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