Malaysia seems real nice, but we might not leave the hotel.

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On my way to Kuala Lumpur.
All along I have been complaining about how the Beijing cabbies never bring us exactly where we want to go. Especially at the tourist sights, they just stop in the general area and send us on our way. This almost always leads to confused wanderings in three wrong directions before landing in the right place.

Today, in a final cabbie coup de grace, our driver dropped us at the wrong terminal (Terminal 3, not 2) -- not even in the neighborhood of where we need to be. There was no sign posted there for Malaysian Air, so I showed him my ticket jacket and tried to get him to find the right area. But he kept pointing at the terminal and wouldn’t move the car, so we got out. This situation took a shuttle bus ride and 30 minutes to rectify … luckily we were plenty early, so no harm done.
Beautiful skies around Kuala Lumpur.


The business class lounge area for Malaysian Air was promising – lots of good snacks and drinks. We didn’t spend much time there though, as it was soon time to get on the plane. We boarded, and were greeted by a fruity, wonderful smell ... I think it was the fresh juice they were squeezing. Steve ordered some tasty guava juice (pineapple and orange were other options). The business class section was only about 30% full, so we got much attention from the attendants.
 
The 6+ hour flight passed without incident, which is a good thing of course. We came in to Kuala Lumpur through puffy cumulous clouds towering over miles and miles of dark green palms. Green! Not brown! Everything looked lush and so healthy.
Our living room at Le Meridien.
We are definitely going the right direction here. I felt that odd twinge of regret I sometimes experience when traveling, not even settled and already longing for more time here, wishing it could never end.

De-boarding, immigrations, customs, and catching the train to our hotel all went way too smoothly…is it me or travel gotten easier over the years?  

When I was researching hotel options, I noticed the 5-star options in KL were lower than normal. There was some good deals to be had, for sure. So I decided to splurge a little, and booked a Club Suite at Le Meridien. What a treat! Our room has a large bedroom, living room with a desk area, and two bathrooms. A huge bay window faces a stunning view of the city and parks. We have access to the Club Lounge, with breakfast, plus free drinks and snacks all day.
Steve enjoys a tumbler of vodka in the Club Lounge.
There is a happy hour from 6 to 8, so of course we were there at about 6:05 to check things out.

Happy hour was happy indeed, and we basically made a full meal of the food served there. They had little open-faced sandwiches, wee salad bowls (I had three!), crab cakes, and little bowls with bite-size servings of truffle-mashed potatoes. Steve heated beef kebabs on small grill. He was very excited to see ice and vodka in the same place at the same time and poured himself a healthy dose, while I sipped on some very crisp, very good champagne. We are very lucky.

Tomorrow we will explore KL, assuming we can extricate ourselves from all this comfort and convenience!  

Jopin says:
I'm so jealous! The Le Meridien!! LOL!
Posted on: May 02, 2008
ironwork80 says:
looks really green there and the hotel looks nice looking forward to checking out Malaysia wouldn't mind seeing what a music store looks like there and the different instruments if you happen to see any
Posted on: Apr 29, 2008
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On my way to Kuala Lumpur.
On my way to Kuala Lumpur.
Beautiful skies around Kuala Lumpu…
Beautiful skies around Kuala Lump…
Our living room at Le Meridien.
Our living room at Le Meridien.
Steve enjoys a tumbler of vodka in…
Steve enjoys a tumbler of vodka i…
Crazy towering culumus clouds over…
Crazy towering culumus clouds ove…
Clouds above KL.
Clouds above KL.
Taken just before we disappeared i…
Taken just before we disappeared …
They had a tofu dish for me - yum.
They had a tofu dish for me - yum.
Kuala Lumpur airport -- huge and m…
Kuala Lumpur airport -- huge and …
Colorful women.
Colorful women.
View from our room.
View from our room.
View from our room.
View from our room.
Our room at Le Meridien.
Our room at Le Meridien.
Our bathroom at Le Meridien.
Our bathroom at Le Meridien.
Steve set up shop in our room at L…
Steve set up shop in our room at …
Club Lounge at Le Meridien.
Club Lounge at Le Meridien.
Salad and mashed potatoes for dinn…
Salad and mashed potatoes for din…
Cupcakes for dessert.
Cupcakes for dessert.