Joel and Sonia feed the fish!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Monday, January 17, 2011

The bus ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia was mostly uneventful.  Even though Singapore used to be a part of Malaysia, it is of course its own country now so we had to have our passports stamped and go through customs to enter Malaysia.   During the five hour bus ride I (Joel) worked on some of the blog entries and watched movies (Constantine) in English but with Malaysian subtitles. 

Our hotel, the Swiss Inn, was located in the Chinatown section of KL.   It actually won best budget hotel in all of Malaysia.   The rooms are sort of cramped, but it was safe, friendly and a very nice breakfast.  Given its location, we were able to wander through the Chinese market.  There are lots of knockoff items of dubious quality.  If you want anything, bargain hard!   We found a small hawker stand in the market and ordered dinner.   By the way, Malaysia, being a mostly Muslim country, is fairly dry.   You can get beer, but there are serious tariffs on it and its priced at US levels....

The next day, we had the morning and afternoon to wander around the city before having to head to the airport.   We wandered down to the Central Market (really a bunch of souvenier shops) to kill some time.   Rounding one corner I saw something which I've tried to get Sonia to do before, but was never successful.

Some time back you may have read an article about a new thing called "fish treatment/pedicure for feet".   There are these small fish which like to feed on dead skin.  You put your feet in a pool of these fish and they swarm to them like it's a buffet (and I guess for them it is).   You need not worry, the fish have no teeth.   At the end, you are supposed to have *extremely* smooth feet.   There was a place that did this in Alexandria (VA) but I could never convince Sonia to go; after all, it wasn't *my* feet going into that swarm of fish.  Also, in the States, some of the places that do this don't clean the water after the fish have fed so they were getting bad reviews for sanitation.  Being in KL, I'm not sure this particular fish place was that much cleaner, but it sure did look interesting. 

We had found these fish, and it was only $3 US for ten minutes.  Feed the fish!  But I had to agree to do it as well.   So, off went the shoes and socks, I rolled up the pants and stuck the feet in.


It's a crazy sensation at first -- I've never felt anything quite like it.   Both of us must have had tons of dead skin because our fish literally disappeared under a frenzy of feeding fish.   If you can manage to keep your feet underwater for more than a few seconds (we both jerked them out several times at first) you get the benefit these fish provide.  After a few minutes we could both keep our feet underwater.   It is a very strange sensation.

In fact, we drew quite a crowd to watch us b/c we were laughing and making a huge scene.  One woman asked if it hurt and I replied "No it tickles!"

She was soon getting a spot to feed the fish.  We probably attracted another 10-15 customers to this particular fish feeding stand.  I'm glad our feet were the first ones in that pool of water. 

But the results?   I've got to admit, our feet (and lower legs!) feel much smoother and rather invigorated.   When I go back to KL, I might try this again.  For those of you reading this, if there is a place nearby offering this kind of pedicure, consider feeding the fish! 

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Zerubabel on

Joel, were those wool socks you were wearing that day?

Joel Patterson on

Think we were wearing the sandals that day. Either way, can't see how that could be very appetizing to the fish!

Zerubabel on

My feet could use some fish right about now.

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