Let me tell you about my experience in Malaysia starting with Kuala Lumpur short version KL. First of! The flight was horrible, this time we got sprayed in the airplane instead of the eye lacer treatment like in Hong Kong. Kuala Lumpur International airport is located in Sepang. The airport hotel in Sepang, where my husband and I stayed in for our first night, was worse than our flight and not to mention the airport shuttle…. Rollercoaster! In the end we made it to our hotel…. There was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
‘With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in Godʼs likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.’ James 3:9-10 NIV
This was just the beginning of what we were about to encounter.
The next day we have asked for a taxi from the hotel to KL, we were a little hesitant after the problems we had the day before, but the taxi driver was so friendly and we felt safe in his car. It was an Indian driver by the name David. As we were talking with him he expressed his love for Jesus. We were like WOW a fellow Christian! We spoke with him about Jesus and football “another common interest of ours” during the whole trip to KL. The trip to downtown takes about an hour from the airport, unless you take the KL express, then it only takes 30 minutes.
After our shock from our previous hotel we were anguish what to expect from our hotel in KL. Once in the hotel room everything was fine except there was no shower door (lol) and the shower was tiny too. While talking to my fellow sister in Christ about it she reminded me how thankful I should be, because I have a shower! She rebuked me with love and that is how it should be.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Look how God works from the coconut lifestyle to a “it’s a hard knot life for us” version. Which is really NOT a hard knot life at all. It is just the attitude we have, it is the flesh that talks instead of the spirit that wants to be joyful. I imagined that the topic of this part of the journey was being grateful. There was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
We decided to do some walkable exploration, I can say to you that KL r is NOT a pedestrian friendly city, put on your comfortable shoes and be prepared to run for your life. I almost got hit many times, either by a scooter, a car or just a random monkey “I am not joking”. KL is in one word CRAZY! You can laugh about it when you are save and well back in your hotel/ hostel. We had some adventures while being there. It’s hot, make sure you keep yourself cool by drinking lots of water. Try to avoid too much of sugary drinks it will not help you at all. Sometimes you can get a coconut, THAT does help ‘lol’. So we wandered around town to discover that KL, a city of 1,589 million people, is bigger than we thought. We have not seen the whole city, it’s crowed, dirty and sweaty. The best way to travel would be via the monorails or the metro. We wanted to burn off the calories from Phuket so we decided to walk everywhere… ‘OH jolly’. It felt like walking through the Sahara desert , sweating and getting into stores to get cooled off, but then we stumble upon the food paradise of Asia known by the name of ”Jalan Alor”……..
Omg KL is truly the capital of Asian food. As I am writing this I am getting hungry, I wrote about Hong Kong being the gateway to food heaven, well I don’t know how to call this amazing street in KL. The only thing that I could think of was, how will I survive this deliciousness?
The answer was; breakfast, lunch, dinner every day at another stand…. Joke… of course NOT, but my husband and I immediately became fans of this food attraction that was 10 minutes’ walk from our hotel.
After our stop at this deliciousness, we went to the Menara. It’s the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world (421 meters / 1,381 feet). You can get all the way to the top to see the city. We didn’t enter the building because we went to a similar thing in Hong Kong, but we took some beautiful pictures outside and as I have mentioned before I got almost hit by a monkey (lol). For the bungee jump lovers , twice a year it’s aloud to bungee jump from the tower.
It was time for some real business – visiting the Petronas twin towers – KLCC, it’s just stunning to see. Inside there were many high end stores and the place was festively decorated because of the Christmas season. We had a bite in Aquaria KLCC, which is by the way another fun activity to put on your list. In this aquarium you can dive with sharks. If you rather see them behind glass you can walk through the glass tunnel. We were tired of all the walking and went back to Jalan Alor for dinner. There was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
Yes Yes Yes…. It was time for some shopping, but first let’s get lost in KL. It is very easy to get lost in KL. It’s a major city, what can I say…. We went to my new favorite spot “Belaya times square”. As we enter my jaw dropped to the floor with amazement of how big this shopping center really is. It is by far the biggest shopping mall I have ever seen in my life and it’s for everybody’s wallet too!
11 floors packed with nothing but shopping stores and food joints as far as your eyes can see, including an amusement park in the mall…need I say more. You can easily spend a whole day there without stepping on foot outside. We decided to do some extreme shopping not in quantity but let me start from the beginning…. My husband always had a connection with the Arabic culture, so what does the mix family (Dutch/Surinamese/ American/ Italian) do? They buy a traditional Saudi Arabia clothing….(Yes, we were sane when we bought it) it was a totally different experience wearing these cloths outside not to mentioned the treatment you get (in a positive way).
Later on we went to the hotel and get our western cloths on. We visit China town, which was basically India town, nothing Chinese about it (giggle). It is fun to buy some stuffs there, I do have to warn you that the people there can be a little bit aggressive. They all want to sell you something. We almost got into a fight with one of the people there, because we didn’t want to buy a perfume. The man ran after us. It looked kind of hilarious, but he was dead serious.
After been cooled off from all the hectic in China town, we went to Central Market and got an amazing fruit shake. We looked around a bit and wandered through the streets were we end up seeing an beautiful mosque. Maybe if we still had the Arab cloths on we were allowed to go in, but it was all good anyways. I just loved the architecture. There was evening and not yet morning but exploring KL by night….
Then came the fifth day time to refresh in a much cleaner air… where? Taman Negara – National Park!
To be continued….
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