Travel Diary: Malaysia 2017

Malaysia, truly asia. I grew up hearing this slogan almost everyday on the television but never really got a chance to visit even if the country is near to my home country which is the Philippines so last January me and Ralph were truly grateful that we had a chance to visit Malaysia in the middle of our Singapore trip. We actually just planned to stay in KL for 2 nights but we ended up staying for 4 nights! We seriously fell in love in Malaysia – and we’re planning to go back again soon!

Day 1

We left Singapore around 830am and it was just a 30minute plane ride going to Kuala Lumpur. How fast was that? Upon reaching the airport, we immediately went to the money changer (Malaysia’s currency is Ringgit) and ate breakfast. They have almost the same cuisines to Singapore so as usual, we ate Nasi Lemak again. Then we took the train from the airport to be able to transfer to the main train system of KL. Can I say that the train system of Malaysia is too complicated and confusing so better use Uber.

We went straight to our Airbnb at the Regalia Apartment near Putra Shopping Mall. It was very easy to locate and super close to the train station (was cozy too and they have a really cool infinity pool overlooking KL, they have the best view of Kuala Lumpur Skyline). We just relaxed on Day 1 –  meaning slept the whole day and just went shopping. We were basically too lazy to do anything else.

We really liked Secret Recipe by the way even though most of their staff don’t smile much. It’s a restaurant that is famous in Malaysia. Their Chicken Satay was really good.

Day 2

Since we’ve already got some good sleep and had freshened up,  we’ve decided that we’re gonna randomly visit some tourist spots. First is Batu Caves. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Malaysia. It’s pretty convenient to go here as well via train. The Batu Caves are also home to chickens, bats, and plenty of monkeys. We didn’t enter the main cave where there is a long staircase. Just the cave near the entrance. We really didn’t stay long here since it was pretty humid when we went and we felt that we’ve basically seen everything we needed to see. 1 and a half hour is good enough to appreciate the hindu shrines and take photos. Although our visit was quick, we were truly mesmerised with all the statues and the intricate details painted on them.

Next Up: The Petronas Towers

Who wouldn’t know these twin towers? They were actually the tallest building in the world from 1998 until 2004 before the Burj Khalifa in Dubai took over but still they remain the tallest ‘twin’ towers in the world. It was truly amazing and romantic to look at. I don’t think I will ever get tired of staring at it. Me and Ralph took so many photos of it.

After checking out the Petronas Towers, we got hungry. For dinner, after reading on tripadvisor, we found the busy streets of JALAN ALOR. It is the largest food street in Kuala Lumpur. I mean literally you can find all kinds of street food here! They are also open until midnight. Grilled frogs anyone?Mangosteen! yummmmDimsumsChicken feet

Their food was good! Unfortunately I had diarrhea the morning after haha! I have no regrets though.

Day 3

I had to buy Yakult for my digestion since my stomach acted up after eating all the street food form Jalan Alor last night. Anyhow, I was pretty excited for our third day in Malaysia.

Ralph got a chance to do graffiti since Street Art here is pretty big and they really really have the best artists. We noticed most of the streets in Malaysia were full of vibrant murals or street art. Malaysia’s art scene is just booming.After checking out some good graffiti spots around Kuala Lumpur we went back to Jalan Alor for dinner. As usual, we googled where the best place for dinner is before headin out and found this restaurant called EL CERDO. I know the name’s not very local but since we’re craving for pork we wanted to give it a try.  When we went inside, the place was pretty busy but all their staff were very welcoming and helpful.Their service was superb but unfortunately, these baby back ribs were super disappointing. As pork ribs connoisseurs (or so we say to ourselves), this is a 2 out of 10. It was quite expensive and so not worth it. I’ve heard they have the best suckling pig, I wish we’ve ordered that instead.It was really raining so hard that night and  I don’t know what’s on our mind that time that even if it’s raining, we’ve decided to walk from Jalan Alor which will take us roughly 30 minutes to reach our airbnb. We were soaking wet while walking but when we were about to reach our airbnb, we’ve spotted this cute black house along the street which seems like a cafe but we weren’t quite sure since they didnt have any signage outside so we decided to check it out. We found out that it is a cafe and a really cool one. We were still so full from our dinner and soaking wet so we couldn’t stay (even if we badly wanted to because the place is so cozy) but since we were already there we bought a dessert and from their takeaway bag we learned that the cafe is called VCR. The lemon cake that we bought was really good. Perfect with tea while listening to the sound of the rain while staring at the KL skyline. It was actually one of the best and most relaxed night I’ve had in years.

Day 4

For our last day in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve decided that we’re going to check VCR again and this time we’re gonna stay longer. So we woke up early for breakfast and quickly went to that cafe.

VCR is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur – Jalan Galloway. What i like about it is it’s not located on the busy streets of the city but instead it’s conveniently located in a quiet neighbourhood of Pudu. I love how rustic this cafe is. You can read more about our VCR experience here.

After breakfast, off we go to Chinatown. It’s actually almost the same as Singapore’s chinatown (although Singapore’s chinatown is cleaner and much more organised). You will also find all sorts of things here.They also have their own Sri Marriamman Temple.We quickly stopped over in this cafe called ETC for a quick coffee fix. They really have nice coffee.15 minutes walk from Chinatown thanks to our travel guide Google Maps, we’ve reached the Central Market. This is the best place to buy souvenirs in Malaysia.Somewhere along the ground floor we found this portraitists and street artists expressing their talents and giving a dose of old-time character along the long-obscured riverfront.We also found more cool street arts along chinatown.

I think I’ve lost 10 pounds during our stay in Malaysia because of the non stop walking for more than 8 hours. I keep on checking my fitness app and I think it was worth sharing that I made a 4 day streak of 20,000+ steps a day which is such an achievement for a person who doesn’t exercise. haha! But seriously, there is a lot to love about Kuala Lumpur. One of those is the fact that although it has its fair share of luxurious spots, it does not try to conceal its past and their culture. It’s not pretentious. Before visiting, people would tell us you won’t need 4 days to spend in Malaysia. 1 day is enough but I guess they haven’t seen what we’ve seen and experienced what we’ve experience. There’s just to much to do here and visit but to be honest we just enjoyed wandering around and going to random places. I can’t wait to visit other places in Malaysia aside from Kuala Lumpur.

Make sure to also read My Singapore Travel Diary and VCR Cafe Experience.

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