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
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 English 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.