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Steve seems to be enjoying his healthy breakfast.
I had a few touristy things on the list for today, but once again, we had trouble leaving the hotel (we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner there, dammit! The food was delicious and FREE in the Royal Club room, so what can I say). After breakfast we did the morning workout routine, then I spent the morning researching future destinations, and making enquiries on apartments, checking flights, etc. Then I was sooo sleepy and needed a little nap. Such a comfy bed...

Finally in the afternoon we did actually venture out in the heat for a visit to the Petronas Towers (world's tallest twin towers). When this building was constructed, it unseated Chicago's Sears Tower as the tallest building in the world. Some people (i.e. STEVE) would tell you it was damned unfair, as the Sears Tower had 22 more occupied floors, and Petronas gained its height with mere "decoration.
Fish at Aquaria. This shot was a total mistake, but I like the way it turned out.
" This was a hot topic for the day. Unfortunately, the skybridge tour was closed when we got there, so we didn't get to go up for the view.

From there, we were able to walk underground to the Aquaria. Happy to say, this place was nowhere near as packed as Osaka's aquarium, but some very loud and excited children gave me flashbacks nonetheless. Many of the exhibits were kind of small and sad... we watched a poor, hungry turtle in a tiny enclosure attempt the eat the same plastic weed five times. They did have a very cool "ride:" a conveyor system that transported us under the huge main aquarium. All around us we could see rays, sharks, and many strange species of fish, the likes of which I have never seen before. There was an audio track that basically softly urged Asians to stop eating sharks (we heard a similar track in the turtle area.
Man peeling jack fruit in China Town.
..I have seen "soft shelled turtle" on many menus), and told of some of the grim statistics behind shark fishing.

Next on our Tourist List was Petaling Street, or China Town. There are many vendors along this street selling bad knockoffs, kind of like it was in China, but without the phlegm-flinging men. We just came from China and did not feel the need to relive it here in KL, so we exited after a few blocks.

Last stop was Central Market, an indoor bazaar where one can buy locally made, crafty things. There were wood carvings, scarves, and trinkets, but no purchases were made.

Back at the hotel we made dinner reservations, which we cancelled when we found out the Royal Club had that really good free food. We have to come back to Malaysia again, for some true local food and to experience more of the Real World Out There. I guess next time we will have to book a crappier hotel so that we will be more inclined to leave it!

cmgervais says:
Hi Max - Steve has no recollection of this cabbie incident. Perhaps you are thinking of some other Chicago-based computer programmer?

Thanks for joining us! - C.
Posted on: May 01, 2008
maxrottersman says:
I'm not surprised you've been having cabbie problems throughout your trip, Steve has bad cabbie karma. I saw him chase a cabbie around his cab once in Chicago.

Look forward to keeping up with your trip now.

Max
Posted on: May 01, 2008
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Man peeling jack fruit in China T…
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Me at the buffet.
Me at the buffet.
Doing some research...
Doing some research...
adidas billboard.
adidas billboard.
Everyone who goes to KL takes this…
Everyone who goes to KL takes thi…
Petronas Towers.
Petronas Towers.
Petronas Tower from the inside.
Petronas Tower from the inside.
Petronas Towers skybridge - closed…
Petronas Towers skybridge - close…
Three girls at the fountain.
Three girls at the fountain.
Poor turtle, kept trying to eat th…
Poor turtle, kept trying to eat t…
Really long snake at Aquaria.
Really long snake at Aquaria.
Waiting for a fly to come by? Snak…
Waiting for a fly to come by? Sna…
Exhibit at Aquaria.
Exhibit at Aquaria.
One spider filled his whole enclos…
One spider filled his whole enclo…
Lion fish at Aquaria.
Lion fish at Aquaria.
Lion fish at Aquaria.
Lion fish at Aquaria.
Entrance to China Town. It was too…
Entrance to China Town. It was to…
China Town in Kuala Lumpur.
China Town in Kuala Lumpur.
What strange oddity is this? Some …
What strange oddity is this? Some…
Close up of the Strange Fruit.
Close up of the Strange Fruit.
KL sunset.
KL sunset.