Where're the beers, man???

Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog

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Seconds after arriving at the Social in Bangsar, Mark (mnico78) orders his beers AND manages to chat up a PYT while Sunnil (at left) and Siti wait their turn. :P

This meetup was initially planned for a few other TBs who thought they would make it to Kuala Lumpur in the last week of October. Alas, they ended up not coming, but it wasn't too bad of a turnout.

First stop was Dome Café, just at the entrance to the KLCC park from Suria KLCC, a swanky mall located at the foot of the KL Twin Towers. Siti (Trendy_Lady) from SG was the first to arrive. Kim (shuwei) and I were on our way when she called. I told her that we were five minutes away, as we were looking for parking space just next to the park. Looking a little underdressed, I had to change into something more presentable once we got there, and then met up with Siti.

"Half down, half to go!"
She was much tinier than I expected.

We decided then that we’ll get a drink while waiting for the rest to show up. It was almost 7.30pm by now, and the time frame given was between 7-7.30pm (and I thought Malaysians were the only ones always fashionably late!). A few minutes later, I get a call from Chris and tell him to meet us inside the café for drinks. Chris (TBK3355) drove up from SG and brought Mark (mnico78) with him. Mark just moved to SG for work, to set up his co’s operations there. Sophia (fineartistx) and Sunnil followed shortly after.

By the 7.45pm, our tummies growling, we headed to Madam Kwan’s for dinner, while I stayed back to wait for Kent (bcbusdriver) and his girlfriend who were on their way, but didn’t have a cellphone on him to call me.

Siti (Trendy_Lady) and Kim (shuwei).
His timing was perfect as he met us just as we were leaving Dome’s for dinner.

As expected, we had to wait for a table when we got to Madam Kwan’s, and five minutes later, luckily enough, got our table for nine. I wasn’t really keen on Madam Kwan’s, being that it was a restaurant where you paid for the ambience and mood, as well as for the local cuisine (you can find more deliciously cooked Malaysian food at a regular Malaysian restaurant for cheaper). However, it didn’t turn out too bad in the end as everyone enjoyed their meal (I’ve saved my comments for my review of Madam Kwan’s.)

From dinner, it was time to head out to the clubs to “partay”!! After much discussion, we thought we’d give Bangsar a whirl.

Bangsar is a suburban area, located aways from KL. There is a tiny location of stores that consist of clubs, bars, restaurants and two malls that were built just under five years ago. While it was once THE place to hang out with friends, and dance and drink the night away, but that died off slowly with patrons practically out of diapers who got into fights constantly when they couldn’t hold their liquor! It just kept people away, and it is now a shadow of its former self. But there are a couple of places that were still bringing the crowds, and The Social was one of them.

The restaurant/bar was noisy that night, on account of a live band. So we decided to stick around and have a couple of drinks (but not Mark, he was prepared to make camp, with a jug of beer to start with!!) before venturing out. Fellow TB and my personal friend, Joann (wildjazmyn) joined us in Bangsar after running errands as maid of honor for a friend’s wedding.

Chris (TBK3355), Benny (Kent's gf) and Kent (bcbusdriver).

Our conversations picked up where we left off at dinner, even though we had to scream into each other’s ears to talk. An hour later, as the crowd was thinning out, we thought we’d follow suit and look to end our night someplace else.

We walked up a block and made it to 11:15. No, it’s not the time, it’s a club! 11:15’s concept is based on seasonal themes. The first time I checked out the place, five years ago, it had a theme called Pharmacy, where the waitresses were dressed as nurses! This time it was supposed to be High School, but I’m guessing they got their cue from a public school in the rough neighborhoods of the US, as there were cage-like walls and fences inside that made up the décor. While it wasn’t really a place where we could talk (the music was even louder!), but there was a good crowd and we made the most of it.

SIti and Sunnil talk travel.
Kim and Siti didn’t stay long though, and were the first to leave, especially as Siti was already down with the flu. So they said their goodbyes and we pressed on.

All we needed were a few more drinks in our system, and we were partying like everyone else! Before we knew it, it was closing time and we bundled Chris, a staggering intoxicated Mark (“You’re all beautiful, man!!!”), Kent and his girlfriend into a cab and said goodnight.

While I wished we had found someplace a little more relaxed so we could enjoy each other’s company more, I hope at least that everyone that was there had a good time and you can be sure that I’ll be seeing you at the next meetup, wherever that may be!!

 

nolan says:
Looks like Bangsar is the still the place to party and drink! Haven't been there since 2001. Maybe I should plan a trip within the next couple of years.
Posted on: Dec 06, 2012
trendy_lady says:
HI Joanna,
My comments about the KL TB meetup come a little too late. I am sorry about that. I have been busy lately with things :P
Well... I agree with what Mike said, it is very well written indeed. It was nice to meet everyone. And I must say I am very thankful to Kim who let me stay at her place for the night :)
I learnt my lesson though "Never stay at guesthouse in Bukit Bintang" :)
Hope to meet in other meet ups.
cheers
PS and regards to your friend Joann.
Posted on: Nov 30, 2008
mnico78 says:
Very well written. All of it is very accurate, except for the part about me being drunk. I don't remember that happening...

Oh, and sorry, everyone, for dragging you into 11:15. But... you should have known better than to let a (presumably) drunk, immature, out-of-towner pick the place!! Anyway, It was nice meeting each and every one of you. I had a great time!!!
Posted on: Nov 22, 2008
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