New Year In KL
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January 1st, 2010 – by: planisphere
Instead of sulking for this new year celebration, my friends who were also stranded here planned weeks before that we would be spending our new year's day long weekend in Kuala Lumpur and stay with a friend there who is also stranded there.
We received the new year in Singapore with a simple dinner in a Filipino resto, Bonifacio (named after the great Filipino proletariat). Then I stayed with my friends' place where we would be coming from there to the bus station the following morning for our more or less 6 hours bus ride to KL. The bus left Golden Mile in Beach Rd at 7 AM and with one stop, we reached KL at around 1 PM.
With no specific itinerary, we thought of just following where the KL Tower was. We walked for several minutes and the tower seemed to get closer and closer. We just stopped walking when all of us were sweaty and hungry and everyone was just cranky. There, we never got to KL Tower but we managed to take few photos of it. For me, it was nothing special, I have seen it several times yet I haven't been to the observation deck of this tower.
So after the very long walk of following the mirage of the tower, we then decided to go to Petronas for our lunch. We took a cad with an Indian driver who is married to a Filipina and was talking the whole time about his food stall that serves PInoy food in Kotaraya. We arrived in Petronas thirsty and hungry, we started looking for a place to eat. With three heads deciding were to eat, it took us about 30 minutes to finally settling to a Viet lunch. There was nothing special to the food yet it was pricey for Malaysian standard. Though I would say, everything tastes good when one is hungry. After eating, we explored the mall, with nothing that interested us, we decided to enjoy the beauty of Petronas from afar. It was a gloomy day so the building was not really reflecting much of a light.
Petronas Twin Towers still have a huge awe factor. Though sad to say, the wonder of Petronas has been made insignificant with the opening of Burj Khalifa of Dubai. I would still prefer Petronas over Taipei 101 but the one in Dubai shadows them all. Despite this, I still love Petronas and still my favorite building. Petronas is still the tallest twin tower and I think the bridge connector is still the highest in the world. This twin towers are the most remarkable and striking feature of KL cityscape. After spending few minutes there, and seeing some familiar faces from our yesteryears (which was a pleasant surprise), we then decided to go to our last stop, Merdeka Square. Taking a cab from there, it took about 10 minutes to reach Merdeka (Independence) Square.
I was a bit disappointed that the place is cluttered with people and stalls from the celebration of New Years Countdown the previous night. It would be impossible to enjoy the beautiful buildings and the vast square with all the people, the place was nothing but busy. Giving up on our chance of getting good photos there, we then contacted our friend and after few discussion, we decided to go to Cyberjaya by cab. I would like to try the bus or train but with all the bags and tired bodies, we decided for the most convenient way to go there. The cab asked for 50 RM. We were okay with that price. The cab driver spoke little English. Since he was not really familiar with Cyberjaya, he was in panic when we reached the exit to Putrajaya.
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