KL, Genting, and More!
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Taking the 11PM trip for a coach bus at Beach Road in Singapore, we were off to Kuala Lumpur. When I was in Singapore a few months back, we wanted to drive down to KL but was not able to do so because of time constraints. So this time, notwithstanding the fact that it would be a short visit, we still wanted to take a glimpse of Malaysia. It was a 5-hour trip, with very comfortable and roomy seats. Arriving at KL at around 4AM, we took a cab to our hotel at Bintang.
Hotel Agora, situated near Chinatown and the heart of Bintang was not really my best choice of a hotel. The faded carpet had seen better days, as well as the musty room and motel-like facilities. Oh well, for a 18-hour stay in KL, I could not complain.
I was relieved to wake up to a sunny day. Taking a look from our 4th floor room, we took in the hustle and bustle of downtown Bintang. We had breakfast at a nearby McDonalds and walked towards the KL Convention Center with the intent of checking out the Petronas Twin Towers.
We negotiated with a taxi driver to bring us to Genting Highlands. For 80RM, we arrived Genting after 45minutes and went straight to First World Hotel. My friend, Juancho wanted to try his luck at the tables and settled in to play baccarat. After gambling away his Php 8,000, I steered him away from the tables and brought him to the rides. We were not for extreme activities so we settled for a tour of the place, the Beryl's Chocolate Factory and some car racing experience which was just fine and relaxing. I loved the weather at Genting, chilly and cool which made the walk around the theme park pleasant. And oh yeah, we took the cable car! It was the longest I have taken so far and the scariest that is.
Back to KL, we explored the neighboring Chinatown and sampled the Yangchow rice, sauteed shrimps, sweet and sour pork and kangkong with chili bits. I loved bargaining with the vendors in the various shops and got away with 4 handwoven shawls from some Pakistani gentlemen, Petronas magnetic openers and some displays as souvenirs.
Finally, it was time to check out of the hotel and head to the airport to make it to our 1AM flight. Honestly, I was glad to get out of the hotel. I have never been so disoriented and unwanted in a place as that hotel. Negotiating with a taxi, we asked to be brought to the airport.
It was a stressful departure from KL. Lessons learned: know where the exact locations of the airport, and never never assume that it is the only one! Hahaha!