Putrajaya Bridge at night
After my business trip to Langkawi, I went to KL for some rest, a little bit of shopping, and meeting some of our cool Malaysian travel buddies before heading home.
Night Tour to Putrajaya w/ Alanapril82 (March 26,08)- Azlan and I met at KL Sentral that afternoon I arrived from Langkawi. I went ahead earlier and waited for him at the entrance of KL Sentral at around 7:55 pm. In ten minutes, he came driving in his Lite Ace van and we hit the road to Selangor to the University Tenaga Nasional complex where we had nasi pataya for dinner at the Thai food stall at the hawker's.
Travbuddy Azlan (profile alanapril82), who toured me around Putrajaya
After dinner we went to Putrajaya, the Federal administrative center of Malaysia. We drove around the area as I marvelled at the rows and rows of huge administrative buildings in modern Arab architecture. My favorite spots are the mosque, the Putrajaya Bridge, and the lake area. I was not able to get much pictures as my camera does not have night vision mode, but am gonna be back next time to get photos. The place looks great with it's unique landscaping and buliding architecture. It was amazing how Azlan identified all the buildings in the area but I shouldn't be surprised because he works for the federal government. It was quite refreshing to walk around Putrajaya at night with it's night breeze cooler than in KL. We left the place past 11:00 pm.
w/ TB Erna (profile: ernabutterfly)
Azlan dropped me off at the nearest station where I took my train to Plaza Rakyat where I got off and walked to my hotel in Bukit Bintang. Azlan is a complete fun guy to travel with and I was really glad that I've met him in person. I hope he would have time off-work to be able to fulifill one of his plans to island hop in the Philippines.
Coffee w/ Ernabutterfly (March 27,08) - I really didn't have any plans to meet anyone that day as I was quite busy checking my office mails from time to time to give reports to our office online. I have Erna and Parwaiz's numbers though, so I decided to give them a call just to say Hi as I thought meeting them that day would not be possible as I know they are busy with work.
KL club/trav buddy Parwaiz(profile name Parwaiz)
I talked with Parwaiz first, then with Erna, and I suddenly became excited when Erna said we could meet for coffee that afternoon. She arrived late as she had to drive through the traffic all the way from her office in Selangor to Bukit Bintang. But it was no problem because I spent the time window shopping at Lot10 where we would meet, while waiting for her. She arrived at 3pm and we had food and drinks at the foodcourt, and chatted until 5 pm. I had fun meeting this sweet bubbly girl. We'll be meeting again, together with other TBs in Bangkok next month.
Club/trav Buddy Parwaiz (March 27,08) - Parwaiz had his hands full with work that day, but he said we could meet for drinks later in the evening. He dropped by my hotel at 10pm and we walked down Jalan Bukit to Pavillion, the new modern upper class shopping, restaurant, and bar area in KL.
Place is cool - similar to The Fort in Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines. We had a few drinks at the La Bodega Bar, then proceeded to my newfound club secret in KL- the Beach Club Cafe at Jalan Ramlee, walking distance from the Petronas Twin Towers. We mixed with the crowd, talked with some girls, enjoyed the band, while toasting to good old ice cold Carlsberg. I finally found my southeast Asian club buddy in Parwaiz! This energetic, go-getter business entrepreneur, is so far one of the coolest guys I've met on TB. And he backpacks too!
Airport Meet-up with Wayneollerenshaw (March 28,08) - I met Wayne at the airport in KLIA -LCC terminal and we boarded the same flight to Clark, Philippines that morning. He is on his final leg of his Asian tour before he goes home to England.
Air Asia flight AK32 landed at Clark Field at 12:30 pm, almost an hour late. From Clark, we took the shuttle bus to Manila which took two and a half hours travel time instead of the usual 1 hour, due to heavy traffic. After getting off at the terminal at Megamall, we took the taxi to my place in Makati to unload my luggage, then proceeded to Trinoma in Quezon City where a meet-up with Manila TBs is going to happen that afternoon. My car's still in the repair shop so I told Wayne that we needed to take the MRT from Makati to Quezon City to make our travel faster because if we take the taxi, it would take us forever to reach Quezon City with the horrendous Friday rush hour traffic. From Buendia, we rode the jeepney to the crowded MRT station, and reached the meet-up venue much earlier than the rest. While commuting through Manila traffic, I kept asking Wayne if he was okay because I was worried he might not survive the ordeal. But he did. A real backpacker indeed!