Valentine's Day in Kuala Lumpur

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The Petronas Towers

Most of us accept that Valentine's Day is just another fabricated excuse for rampant consumerism. For our part we try and shower each other with love every day but we can't help but want to make Valentine's day that extra bit special. We had heard you need to get in the queue for the free tickets up the Petronas Towers early or miss out. We arrived around 8.10 am and by the time they opened the ticket office there were well over a hundred people waiting. We got our tickets with no problem and to be totally honest if you were planning an afternoon trip up the towers you don't need to get there early at all, we suspect you could almost just turn up. The organisation of the trip up the towers was the usual friendly and efficient Malaysian service. We wonder how long it will be before the friendliness of Malaysians stops being a source of amazement to us.

Us on the skybridge of the Petronas Twin Towers
It's certainly not something we want to start taking for granted as it is such a rare and special national characteristic.

The towers themselves are the most beautiful modern buildings we've ever seen, the design is inspired by Islamic architechture and the amazing night view we saw yesterday evening was equalled by the daytime view as we approached the towers. The highest public access is the skybridge which joins the two towers and after an airport style security check (and the handing over of Adam's penknife) we were whisked up to the 41st floor in about the same number of seconds. The views were spectacular and you get to spend ten minutes on the bridge in fairly small groups at a time so you get to enjoy it without any pushing or shoving.

The view from the Petronas Towers skybridge
Best of all when we did it there were no annoying kids which have always been a problem in other towers we've gone up. The staff member was super obliging and took everyone's photos in turn without any hint of finding it tiresome which makes her a much better person than we are. We suspect we'd be lobbing the cameras off the roof after one or two groups. Having been whisked down we went outside and took some ground shots of the towers which have some really lovely gardens around them.

We then jumped on the metro system which was of course super clean, super fast, super easy to use, super efficient and staffed by super people. We headed to Lake Gardens which was a bit of a walk from the station and the guidebooks are right when they say ten minutes of walking will reduce you to a sweaty mess.

The Lake Gardens
Not very romantic for Valentine's but we did take some romantic photos so we figure it balances out. The sentiment was there at least. We went round the orchid garden which was beautiful some amazing flowers and great views. Lake gardens itself was full of monkeys which were as mischievous as you expect monkeys to be.

From the gardens we walked to the central market. We stopped to pick up a bottle of water for fluid replacement along the way and the amazing shopkeeper actually suggested a cheaper bottle to us than the one we'd grabbed out of the fridge which was yet another startlingly friendly moment. The market was full of all sorts of excellent souvenirs but with all the shopping we've done and having just posted a parcel home, we're reluctant to start filling up the backpacks again so soon.

Flowers at the Orchid Garden
We ate at a veggie restaurant in China town called Fat Yan's Vegetarian and the food was good but not spectacular if we're honest. Probably down to our choices so we'd still recommend the place to those veggies out there. It was only a short walk to the main bus station at Puduraya where we sorted out tickets to take us to the Cameron Highlands on a Super VIP bus so we'll wait and see how that works out. Got to be better than the Vietnamese and Cambodian experiences we've had!!

We went on a fruitless search for a bubble tea place mentioned in the Lonely Planet so I guess it's not just the Rough Guide that gets it wrong!! By this time we had nothing sorted as to what we were doing in the evening as most of the upmarket restaurants were totally out of our league budget wise.

Us at the Orchid Garden
It was starting to put a damper on the day when we found a restaurant called Relish. It's a gourmet burger joint which we'd never contemplate back home but on our travels we have generally tried to stay away from western foods so it actually seemed a bit of a treat. We made a booking then again rewarded our sweaty walking efforts with a jug of liquid gold at a nearby bar called Havana. It was definately in our all-time top ten beers, another Ice Cold In Alex moment!!

Having returned to the room and beautified ourselves we returned to Havana for a happy hour Mojito which set us up nicely for dinner. Relish was excellent and once again that was in no small part due to the exceptional friendliness of the staff. Our waiter, Vincent, was the best waiter we've ever encountered and helped make our Valentine's meal perfect.

Us enjoying our Valentine's Day night at Relish
He knew exactly when to be chatty and exactly when to leave us alone. He was so good that as we left we felt we had to say so to the manager who in his friendliness invited us back for a free drink tomorrow as a thank you for your thank you. This could go on forever. We pushed the boat out a little but chucked the cost on a credit card so it doesn't really count, does it?

We don't know how many times we can keep saying how friendly and helpful Malaysians are. It can't possibly be said enough to convey to you how much they are, so if you've found that we are gushing too much about them come here and see for yourselves. You won't have experienced anywhere as friendly and as well as this Valentine's fostering our love for each other we now have a new love relationship with Malaysia.

alanapril82 says:
Just a suggestion.. Next time if you are choosing a flight then try Malaysia Airline.. I'll bet it will be the best airline for both of you hopefully..
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
alanapril82 says:
Such a motivating comments.. Thanx for believing in Malaysia.. I hope you'll visit Malaysia again and experience the great fun to comes..
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
barrieandann says:
Sounds absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your interesting blog and photos. So pleased you are having wonderful time. Love you both very much.
Mum and Dad. xxxx
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008
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