Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Sunday, July 5, 2009

From hot Singapore we moved to REALLY hot Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We decided to stay at a Marriott for these 2 nights.  Yes, sometimes we cheat.  So we lucked out that our hotel was so close to the train and the area or neighborhood we were staying in was so nice.  From our hotel room we could see the Twin Towers (the World's Tall est buildings from 1998 to 2004) and still the world's tallest twin towers).  Needless to say, we had a great view.  We also had a great pool which was exactly what we needed after a day of walking around the city.  Now, if you've ever stayed at a Marriott you know they have their "Exclusive Club floors" that costs a lot more but has extra perks.  They serve breakfast and cocktails and all sorts of other good stuff throughout the day at no extra cost to those staying on the floor.  Brian and I were a little mad they didn't except Susan's rewards card, so when our elevator key gave us access to the Club Floor we decided to check it out.  Over the next 3 days, we spent a GOOD amount of time up there - mainly around 5-7pm when you could get all the wine and beer you wanted.  Purchasing a can of beer at this hotel costs $25 Malaysian Ringets - or about $8 US dollars.  Same with the wine.  With that being said, we were sure to be up there during that time for a drink or two.  Twice we had the servers ask us our room number, thinking they were going to kick us out, so to our surprise, no one blinked an eye.  We only did this because the Willbond's are great costumers to Marriott - I think we deserved it!  So, that really helped keep our costs down in KL.  We'd have big breakfast there and not eat again until cocktail hour and eat a ton of appetizers, filling us up for the night.

The second day here, we wondered downtown to the "real" city.  The one with 1,000s of motorbikes on every corner and people selling stuff on the street and no stoplights and no rules.  We had to go to the Central Market where you can buy almost anything.  The best thing we bought: 10 minutes each of little fish eating the dead skin off our feet!  We heard this laughter coming from one of the hallways - we followed it and found a little swimming pool with stools surrounding it.  About 5 people were laughing so hard as these little Doctor fish were nibbling at their feet.  I've heard about this in the US before we left but didn't know much about it.  After watching how fun it looked, we paid the lady and stuck our feet in.  Didn't realize how embarrassing it would be when 95% of the fish came swimming over to us - everyone else in the pool was like a little disappointed i think.  All i could say to them was that "we've been traveling for awhile".  Boy, did those fish get a good meal.  I have problems having professional pedicurist do my feet at home because I'm so ticklish.  It took everything I had not to scream and pull my feet out (although, I did hear a few people do this).  Our feet felt so much better afterwords, we were talking about how we should get some when we finally settle down somewhere - you don't even have to feed them, just stick our feet in for a few minutes everyday.

We got plenty of exercise in KL, that day alone, we must have walked about 10 miles.  We went to everything that was in walking distant in the city center, including the planetarium.  As always, it was closed.  This is the 3rd planetarium that has been shut down for months for renovation on this trip.  The ones that ARE running seem to always be closed for the day, or about to close when we arrive.  So from South America all the way to Malaysia, we have yet to really visit a planetarium. 

Besides that we visited the historic Independence Square and historic mosque among other things.  We also got to visit the Twin Towers a couple times.  These are the most unbelievable buildings - they are so unique, especially when lit up at night. We wanted to go to the look-out but you must arrive at 7am to get a ticket and return at a given time later in the day...only to go to the 41st floor.  Brian did go one morning to try and get tickets, but after waiting in line for 30 minutes and not moving he gave up.  I don't blame him, where did all these people come from?  Besides in our hotel, we saw very very few our travelers (Westerners) anywhere on the streets.

KL is a very beautiful city with lots of character and very helpful friendly people.  Some areas are squeaky-clean, and others are just forgotten about (just like every other city in the world).  We took the public transportation often and just like in Singapore, they have threatening signs about how you will be fined $100's if you eat, drink or litter on their trains.  It's a bit expensive, but not if you have Club Floor access!
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