Today we paid to have fish to nibble on our feet.
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 46 of 251 › view all entries
April 29th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
After our workouts, Steve had some business to attend to, so I decided to check out the large park near the hotel, the Lake Gardens. Soon I was crossing a freeway (yes, the pedestrian route took me over a freeway and then an exit ramp to a freeway!), armed with a map and directions. About 10 minutes into my outing, I was soaked. No, it wasn’t raining -- it was hot, and really, really humid.
The park was difficult to navigate, as it is situated on very hilly terrain and covered by trees everywhere. I could only see that which was in front of me (foliage, trees, road) -- here were no vistas or landmarks to speak of. My map sucked and was no help at all.
My destination was the Deer Park, but I found myself in the Orchid Garden. It was nice enough but they didn’t have AC, so I moved on. I passed a fountain on my way out -- if there hadn’t been people there I think I would have jumped in. Did I mention it was really, really hot and humid out?
I passed the Bird Park on my right, an enormous valley covered with netting. We had seen the nets from our hotel room and wondered why they were there -- it’s so the birds don’t fly away.
Along the way I came across some monkeys. Just like that, playing on the walkway. I was wary, as years ago I was bitten by a monkey in Vietnam. But they had no interest in anything other than the garbage can they were tearing into. Every so often a monkey would get a real prize -- a large wrapper or box -- and run away with it to a tree, screaming all the way. The bigger ones chased the little ones away, so they ate berries nearby. I watched their antics for a while but felt myself melting, so I moved on.
I have no qualms about asking for directions, but I passed very few people. The park was so quiet. I finally came to an entrance gate where three men were talking.
After the Deer Park I tried to find the lake. Turns out it was gone. Just disappeared. Really. No, this was no map error on my part, they have drained the lake. In its place is a big brown puddle occupied by some confused herons. There were many construction workers around the area, rebuilding walkways and doing renovations. They always nodded to me and smiled in greeting, and some said “Hello” in English. I tried to find out what happened to the lake, but had no luck. The workers I consulted smiled and shook their heads -- no English.
At this point I was completely drained, too. Did I mention how hot it was? I could see the hotel towering in the distance and walked directly towards it. I was rerouted by dead-end paths a couple times, and thought the last hill would kill me.
I found Steve at work on his computer in the Business Center. The AC felt great, and the couches sure looked tempting. A nap would have be great…
But we only have two days here so we needed to get going. I voted for an INDOORS activity, so we decided to take the monorail to the Golden Triangle (shopping area), where we could escape the heat in a air-conditioned mall. The monorail didn’t work out for us. We successfully bought a ticket, and found the platform. We even boarded the train, along with a lot of other damp looking people. Then the conductor made an announcement, and everyone got off. We followed them. Then we waited on the platform and sweated, but a new train did not reappear, so we threw in the towel and decided to find a taxi.
Soon enough we were in the Mid-Valley Mall, near our hotel. It was very much like a mall at home, and most of the signage was even in English. Many of the stores and restaurants were familiar but different, such as the Dominoes Pizza restaurant (at home they only do take out and delivery). There was a familiar looking store selling sexy undergarments called “Woman’s Secret.” I bought two more travel guides, because I really need a couple more pounds of books to carry around.
I also continued the quest for bronzing/self-tanning lotion that I had undertaken without success in China. The department stores have all the usual brands I know from home: Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Channel. But they don’t sell their tanner lines here…instead they have whiteners! The pharmacy had the same story, with an entire aisle dedicated to skin lighteners.
Earlier, we had read about a “fish spa” where you put your feet into a tank to have little fish nibble away at calluses and dry spots. It sounded too bizarre to miss. Turns out the spa had an outlet in that very mall! Another of those happy coincidences that seem to follow up around. I decided to try the 5-minute “intro” session, while Steve went all out and signed up for 30 minutes. He jokingly called it the “full meal deal” but the receptionist didn’t get it. I thought it was pretty funny though.
The spa area was a series of circular fish tanks surrounded by decking.
After our visit with the fish, it was definitely time to go home. I had been tired all day from that 2-hour walk in the park and felt I could doze off any old place. We briefly debated going out for dinner, but in the end took the lazy way out and just ate the free happy hour food in the club room. We supplemented it by an order of “real food,” (a cheeseburger for Steve, green salad and Palek Paneer for me). Then we went back to the room where I did some more research on Bali (I bought a new guide at the mall) and dropped off to sleep at 10:00. So tired. Did I mention how hot it is here?
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