Reaching new heights in KL...........

Trip Start Aug 29, 2006
Trip End Mar 10, 2007

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

A trouble free bus journey from Penang to the capital (well it was late but that should be expected...) was followed by one of the great wild goose chases. We had done a bit of research on accomodation before heading to the capital and had read up on the internet about a cool little hostel (called Equator) near to where we would be dropped off. After a very frustrating hour trapsing around with the bags, we called it a day and booked into a hostel that was recomended in the "Bible" called the Green Hut which was pretty new and modern.

First impresions of Kuala Lumpur are that it is pretty clean and every building seems to soar into the sky (having the second tallest building in the world and fifth tallest tower helps matters).

We spent the remainder of the afternoon at the Times Square mall which not only had more shops and food outlets than you could shake a stick at but also an Imax Cinema and a theme park complete with a massive indoor rollercoaster! Clare and I finished off our afternoon with what we hoped would be a relaxing foot massage. My arse was it relaxing! Clare and I were sat next to each other with a guy working on my feet and a lady on Clares. It's probably my fault that it ended up being quite painful procedure but I kept laughing if it got painful (better than crying or asking him to stop I thought) and I think he may have thought that I was laughing at him which made him then work even harder causing me more pain in the process!! Despite the pain, we both felt very relaxed on our walk back to the hostel.

Our only full day in the capital was to be spent up in the sky. The Petronas Towers are super futeristic towers that are currently the second tallest building in the world at 452 meters (if you were wondering the tallest is in Taipei, Taiwan at 508m). There are only 800 free tickets being issued a day for the elevator ride to the skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floor so Clare and I made an early start to avoid any dissapointment. Lady luck was on our side and we not only got two tickets but also ones for a ride to the skybridge almost immediateley. The view from the skybridge was pretty cool as it was early morning with the sun rising up above Kuala Lumpur however it was to be the KL Communications Tower that we would visit next that would provide the full panoramic view of the city (at the moment I seem to be dealing pretty well with my fear of heights....)

The Petronas towers also housed a shopping mall (they are everywhere!) where Clare got homesick after seeing a Marks and Sparks and Topshop! The top floor of the mall was taken up by a Discovery centre (bit like a science museum) that had two areas, one area on petrol and energy and the other on speed! As we could only get a ticket to one area as it was quite late on in the day, you can guess which one we picked! To explain various concepts, the speed area had loads of cool scientific experiments that you could play around with such as measuring how fast you can throw a baseball (if you were wondering, I set the fastest speed for the day...) and a really cool reaction tester where Clare and I got whooped by a sixty year old man! Apparently Jenson Button holds the unofficial world record at 114 hits in a minute, we were only getting about 30 in 30 seconds!!!!

To complete our fairly western day out, we had a meal at Chili's restaurant (no Bud on tap!) whilst watching the dancing fountains in the grounds of the towers.

With our weekend over, it was back on the bus for the five hour journey back to Penang to catch our flight to Sumatra, Indonesia where (fingers crossed) we will spend a few days in the jungle and if all goes well see some wild Orangutans!

Ciao for now

Pete & Clare
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