I have this thing against going to the same place for a second time or a third time, when visiting other parts of the world is tempting. However, I could not say the same thing about Kuala Lumpur, a favorite city. I just love the food! And the shopping. Don’t forget its character and spirit. You’d get hungry at 3:30 a.m. and there’s decent food to be had. Unfortunately, its street scene is more alive than Manila too 🙁
Here are some pictures I took from our recent vacation:
When in KL, I always stay in the Bukit Bintang area. In fact, I’d advise my friends to get their hotel rooms here to optimize their stay. Everything’s just a walk away – the shops, the malls, the restos and the bars. Will save you from taking a taxi each time. It’s also amazing to note how accommodations are cheaper in Malaysia because guests are charged per room, and not per person 😀
Jalan Alor is the place to note when one wants authentic hawker food in the heart of KL. Most of the street-side restos are owned by the Chinese. Don’t forget to order local specialties like the grilled stingray, curry crabs, rojak, satay, barbecued chicken wings and sotong.
Jalan Alor is alive from 5 p.m. till the wee hours of the morning, but somehow I found this stall open for breakfast too. Fastfood restos like KFC and McDonald’s are open 24/7 as well.
Street curiosity: this refugee from Iraq sits outside a McDonald’s outlet , day and night. He’s trying to find his daughter who has either eloped or was abducted by a Pakistani man. The same spot he’s sitting was where they last saw her.
A street artist tries to make a living drawing portraits of people passing by. His sign reads: If not same no need pay money. 10 minutes drawing only.
This man, all clad in gold, was an eye-catcher. He also had a sign that read: Take photo with ‘The Gold Man.’ Is good luck for you. Price: As you wish.
Statue of the Golden Bull outside The Pavilion, my favorite mall in KL. So long Suria KLCC, looks like this mall had a bigger selection of good brands. Sign reads: We invite you to touch the Golden Bull’s face for good luck and prosperity this Lunar New Year.
A branch of Pepper Lunch at the Pavilion food court. But this is not where I ate, hehe.
Have you seen a whole theme park, with roller coaster and the works, in a mall? Okay, this was it. Cosmos World at Berjaya Times Square.
A man flipping Middle Eastern bread right outside our hotel which was also dotted with foot reflexology shops. Silly me had to get used to seeing a lot of Indians and Moslems in the area.
This sign explains it all. Unpleasant smells are simply prohibited, hehe.
A taxi driver kindly stopped by this place. King’s Palace KL or Istana Negara is the official residence of Malaysian royalty. It kinda reminded me of Buckingham Palace because a man in red British uniform was also standing (riding?) guard outside.