Exploring Malaysia: Day 1

Hello guys, finally got time to check my blog. It’s been ages since the last time I wrote here. Thanks God, it’s long weekend so I can get back to the thing that I like the most, which is writing.

And this time I’m going to write about my recent trip to the nearby country; MALAYSIA!

I told my friends in Malaysia that one day I would come and explore the country with them. And I couldn’t be happier than this. I went to explore the country with one Indonesian friend, she is my college friend. She trusted me to manage the airplane tickets, hotel booking, and stuff. This is like a challenge when you travel with only one friend, to a foreign country you never been to and decide to go with yourself without having the travel agent to help you manage the trips.

It was 5.30 am when I left my house and headed straight to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta. I love leaving the house early just to avoid the crazy traffic in Jakarta. And that’s true, it didn’t take much time to arrive there. I arrived at the aiport at around 6.15 am. And then waiting for my friend to arrive. She arrived at almost 7 am and then we decided to have breakfast at the aiport. Our luggages should be checked-in at 7.30 am and we should enter the boarding gate at 07.50 am.

Our flight was delayed for 30 minutes or so. We supposed to arrive at the aiport at 11.20 am but then due to the delay we arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) at 11.45 am. As soon as our airplane landed in Kuala Lumpur, I got super excited to explore the city. I was welcomed by one of my favourite songs which is a soundtrack of the Beauty and The Beast movie (lol). Oh, the beautiful feeling you get when you are seeing somewhere for the first time swelled all through me, and I welcomed it with open arms. And then we went to Immigration counter and had to wait the line for almost one hour to get all things done. My Arabian friend who currently studying in Malaysia was already in the airport waiting for me. He picked me up at the airport and then we booked Grab Car to my hotel which located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.

It took aound 45 minutes to one hour to reach Chinatown from KLIA 2. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we put our luggages in our room and went to meet my Arabian friend at the lobby and then we were ready to have lunch around my hotel. God, I made the right decision by choosing to stay in Chinatown as it is heaven for Malaysian culinary. I’ve been craving for Nasi Lemak and I was excited to try it. We had lunch at Indian restaurant which is so close to our hotel. We ordered 3 plates of nasi lemak and we had our own choice for drinks. It didn’t cost us much, only MYR 26 for three persons. How nice! This area is so busy and quite noisy. But I like to stay here as I could explore the city by walking. I want to enjoy the city, stopping by for a picture and then watching the local people doing their daily activities. The culture isn’t much different with my country, Indonesia. I must say that we are very similiar except the fact that there are a lot of Indian and Arabic people here in Malaysia.

After we had lunch we went to Batu Caves which is located in Gombak Districk, Selanggor, Malaysia. It is 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. My friend suggested me to visit Batu Cave on my second day in the morning so we can avoid the heat during the day , but I refused it as I already had plan for the second day. We took Grab Car again to go to Batu Cave which cost me around MYR 17.

I could already see the Lord Murugan Statue from afar, as it is so big and tall. I was welcomed by the sound of the birds whistling. I couldn’t resist not to take some pictures with them. It was quite tricky, cause I think they felt bothered by me (and other tourists, of course) when we approached to them to take pictures. Finally got some photos taken and we were ready to hiked the 272 stairs to reach the Main Temple. It was very tiring indeed, we had to stop few times before continue our walks up there. I admired the view along the way. The sound of the birds chirping, the monkeys running from one stair to another, swinging from one tree branch to another and also playing with each other. I could hear the splash of the waterfalls. I inhaled the fresh air as I got closer to the waterfalls. It brings so much peace in mind and positive energy. We finally arrived at the top of the cave. I heard the bells from the main temple which attracts people’s attention. I could see the beautiful and bustling city from up there. It’s so beautiful. And life is so beautiful at this moment, indeed. We also went to the Dark Cave but then decided not to go inside cause there must be some creepy animals inside the dark cave. TeeHee.

I then decided to go to KLCC before sunset. This time we took train. The train station isn’t far from Batu Cave, only 10 mins by foot. And we bought some mineral waters which the station operates. There is a machine inside the station which was so easy to operate, Just put your money on the machine and choose what drink you want and then you will get it. We rushed to buy the coins to go to KL Sentral. Less then an hour we finally reached Suriah KLCC. There were so many people in the KLCC Park spending their Friday night with their loved ones while admiring the view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Petronas Towers aka Petronas Twin Towers were deisgned by the Argentine Architect, Cesar Pelli. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The Petronas Towers is the landmark of the city along with the KL Tower which located not far from Petronas Towers.

Taking pictures with the Petronas Twin Towers is so tricky. Luckily we had my Arabic friend guiding us to the right spot to take the full lenght of the tower. We walked through the KLCC Park. I really love having random walks in a foreign country. I love listening to the people talking to each other with their native languages. I love the uniqueness of the strangers, the way they use their body languages to talk to others and also they way their langauges sound to my ears. Makes me want to learn more about them, about their languages and their country. Deep inside, I’m still wishing that one day I can get a chance to live in a foreign country.

So happy I got to see the Twin Towers before sunset and right after the sun sets. I love to see the under the perfect pinky skies and also whilst the lights lit up the Towers. Something that’s pleasant to my eyes. We were sitting in the park and waiting till the fountain show. We didn’t have to wait longer, as the fountain show started at 8 pm and we got to enjoy the moment for about 10 minutes. The songs by the famous singer from Malaysia were playing as the backsound of the show. That was a really perfect night.

After watching the fountain show, we headed to Bukit Bintang. It was raining, the roads were wet and quite slippery. We had to stop for few time cause I couldn’t resist to see the glamorous of the city at night. I could see Pavilion Mall, a beautiful fountain in the center of the area, and some famous and luxury brands in those shopping centers. We were stopping by for dinner at Nando’s. Yay, finally got to try their delicious foods. Been wanting to try this African restaurant. We passed by the other one in Suria KLCC but there were too many people in line and I could not imagine how long we should wait to get our meals ready! So we tried the Nando’s at Bukit Bintang. I fell in love with the atmosphere. It was around 10 pm when we finished our dinner. After all the walking we  had, we finally decided to end our day here. Oh, we spent MYR 100 here, which is still so normal for 3 persons.

We went to the station, I had to say bye to my friend as he had to head back to Putrajaya, a nearby city from KL. And my friend, Dina and took a train to Pasar Seni, only one stop away from KL Sentral.

Here’s some pictures I took on my first day in Malaysia.. P.s. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures. I took them with my iPhone camera and haven’t edited them yet. So, hope you can still enjoy them.

That’s all. It was a fantastic first day in Malaysia. I’m so ready to explore the other part of the country. But for now let’s catch some sleep.

Till then..