Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 4 of 24 › view all entries
March 7th, 2008 – by: kickasstunner
After all the hassles of getting off at borders to get my passport stamped, I finally got to snatch a few hours of sleep until I got to Puduruya station and that's where I started leafing through my wikitravel printouts to check the address of my hostel. The directions to the hostel said that it's just an 8-minute walk from Puduraya bus terminal, it's located along Jalan Hang Lieku. Yes, as you know I don't have a travel diary at this moment yet so I rely mainly on my memory. :) And how could I forget the name of the street when the first cab driver I flagged down screamed at me when I couldn't pronounce it right and when I tried reading the directions to him? I slammed the door. How could I forget when I asked a group of Indian men how to get there and just stared at me like I was some dish ready to be devoured? Yaiks! I excused myself and sped up walking.
It took me a lot of effort to find that place and I even had to call the owner of the hostel to talk to the driver and direct him where to go, but that's fine. The friendliness of the owners made me forget about everything that happened earlier, but now I am remembering it vividly! hahaha! Anyway, they told me where I should go if I want to do this and that and even gave me tips. :) So since I was already starving, I decided to have dinner at KLCC so I could also take a night shot of the Petronas Tower. :) Then on my way home, I forgot that I wasn't supposed to take the taxi so I hailed one. And surprise! It was another psycho! Ahhh! So I got off totally pissed and went to the nearest MRT station - so that did it. Do I really smell like curry for these people to chase after me?! Hahaha! Anyway, I made it to my place in one piece at 10pm - thankfully! Congratulate me! :P
Then I jumped on my bed with the laptop, logged on to TB and chatted with my family 'til 1am.
Took a walk to Merdeka Square early Saturday morning and was glad that I came before a bunch of tourists filled the place. hahaha! But not long after taking a few pictures and circling around the place, heads started popping out and soon enough, I've got company besides the cat which quietly walks with me. haha :)
Then when I got a little tired, I saw this hop on hop off bus stop and stood under the sign hoping the bus would come pick me up soon. After about 15 mins of standing there and studying the map, I felt like it's pointless to just waste my time there so I decided to move on to the next destination: Bukit Bintang.
On my way to Bukit Bintang, an Australian guy (forgot the name, but he was cute.:P) stopped me and inquired about Merdeka Square. Well, I was thinking maybe he thought I was a Malaysian or whatnot and since I just came from there, I gave him the directions and told him what he would see there. Then before we parted ways, he asked where I was from. Philippines, I said, surprised that he even asked. Then he smiled, "Well, I knew you're not from here, you have the map." Hahahahaha! Yeah right, weirdo! So I thought I could pull the disguise! hahaha!
Anyway, when I got to Bukit Bintang, it was only some time past 9 and most of the shops are still closed. haha! So I just went food hunting and munched on this fish pattie of some sort I found along the street. I don't know what it was called though, but it was good.
Finally met Sue (also from TB) and hugged each other.She's lovely! Went to eat at KLCC's food center to eat of course. Okay, I don't know how many food centers are there (two, I think). But we went to the one on the 2nd level. Then we finally got to talk to the real Erna over the phone, because we got the wrong number at first and ended up wasting a few cents talking to a weirdo. hahaha!
After loitering around Aquaria (?), we walked to KL Tower which is apparently quite far from there and it's uphill. Sorry Sue for making your leg muscles ache.hahaha :) We waited for Erna there until after 3 then went back to KLCC to...eat again! :P Erna left earlier and Sue and I went to Pentaling St, Chinatown, etc.
Getting slightly bored at KLCC, we decided to hit the bars and wind up at Rum Jungle. :D Drank beers and talked for what seemed like an eternity and after telling her that I have developed a slight phobia with the Indian men there, she went for a quick trip to the toilet and when she came back, this dirty old Indian guy was already offering me drinks from buckets of beer, Chivas to Blue Label.hahahaa! As soon as she emmerged from the crowd, she already had this smile on her face and said, "Now I know what you're talking about Indian men.
It was Sunday and if there's any chance I could go to a church, I would. Luckily, St. Joseph Cathedral is just a 5-minute walk from my hostel and I got there on time for the 9am mass. :) Then I noticed that majority of the church goers there are Filipinos and even the vendors just right outside the gates are Filipinos selling a variety of pinoy food like pancit bihon, lechon kawali, kakanin and buko pandan jello. Yum! :) It was so nice to feel at home and yeah, it was bad that I couldn't resist the temptation. I ate loads of lechon kawali and even took some other eye candies with me.
Back at the hostel, I asked Sue thru text message if she could join me for late lunch or something before I fly to Bangkok at 6pm and she said why not? :) So we have like 2.5 more hours to kill before the taxi, which the hostel owners have arranged to pick me up, drive down to get me at 3pm. We went to eat at this elegant looking restaurant at the topmost level of Sungwei and we both ordered this Vietnamese food that was really good. Sue also got me an Ice Kaccang or ABC and when I couldn't take it all in anymore, she insisted on bringing it with me - so I obeyed. Hehe! Almost 14:30 now, we gotta go back to the hostel as I didn't want to keep the driver waiting and I still had to check out. So we got into a bus but we waited for another 15 minutes or so before the engine started up because apparently, no one seems to be in a hurry except for us! Wah! We waited until it got almost packed.
After checking in at the airport, I was getting bored to death so I sat down with Ronald Mcdonald and started bullying the kids playing around me, telling them that they couldn't make too much noise because Ronald's smile would turn into a frown and stuff like that.
Can't wait for Bangkok.. :)
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