For Part 1 of our KL adventure, click HERE.
We started our second day in KL at Puduraya station (another integrated terminal near the inn). We bought tickets to Genting highlands which is like Baguio here in the Philippines. Situated in the mountainous region of Malaysia, the temperature in Genting can get really, really low. Bringing a sweater or a jacket is a must. Genting is about an hour away from downtown KL.
We availed of the Go Genting Golden package which includes a return bus trip to Genting, cable car pass and a choice between a lunch buffet at Coffee Terrace or an unlimited ride pass at Genting outdoor theme park. For the ticket price of Php700+, it’s not a bargain, it’s a steal.
After we reached Genting bus terminal, it was now time for the cable car ride. The queues were a bit crowded since it was a weekend. We were also a bit worried because it was the first cable car ride for the most of us. The ride lasted around 30 minutes as the mini-city atop is a bit far.
After the cable car ride was over, we hurried into Coffee Terrace for the buffet lunch. We opted to choose the buffet instead of the outdoor theme park pass due to time constraints, although I would’ve liked to try out the rides in there. Some other time perhaps.
The buffet at Coffee Terrace was extensive. A wide array of cuisines is being served to patrons: Local Favorites (Malaysian), Chinese, Nyonya, Japanese, Asian and West Asian. There’s also a dessert station filled with cakes and other sweet stuff plus all the coffee you can drink, all for the price mentioned above. Needless to say, we ate our hearts out with all the food we could stuff. I made sure that I tried some of the food that isn’t common here in the Philippines especially the local favorites. However, I regretted getting that portion of lamb (I think it was in the West Asian food station). It tasted like grass.
After the sumptuous lunch, we strolled around for a while. The place was huge and even had an in-house video game arcade. The place is also surrounded by hotels and of course, the Genting theme park. It was extra cold that day as there was a small drizzle during the afternoon.
After sight-seeing around the place, we headed back to the bus terminal, which means another ride via the cable car. It was not as scary than the first time but still scary nonetheless.
We headed back at Swiss Inn at around 4pm for a quick rest. The other boys were in deep sleep after the tiresome trip, so Blanche, Kaye and I went on to KLCC and Petronas Towers. Feeling extra adventurous, we didn’t go the easy route of hailing a taxi to KLCC. We went back to Puduraya station instead and planned to use public transport. Good thing the information counter receptionist was able to give us valuable directions regarding the MRT stations to drop by before reaching KLCC station, although we had quite a small mishap wherein we went to the opposite direction of the correct destination. Tip: Some (or most) taxi drivers don’t use the meter and will insist on a fixed rate. Find drivers that use the meter or better yet, go with public transport If you are good with directions (Google maps can also help). Haggling with taxi drivers can be really stressful.
Finally, the Petronas Twin Towers! It really is mesmerizing, knowing your inches away from the current tallest twin towers in the world. The main reason why we chose to go there during the afternoon was the chance to see the twin towers during daylight and again at nighttime when the towers are “ignited”.
While waiting for the twin towers to be at full blast, we went inside Suria KLCC to kill some time. The mall is filled with designer boutiques and restaurants. There are also plenty of shops selling souvenirs (shirts, key chains, figurines, etc.) albeit with higher pricing compared to the goods sold in Chinatown or Central Market. At the other end of KLCC is an open park with benches and water fountains.
After the leisurely stroll inside Suria KLCC, it was time to go back outside to see the now illuminated Petronas Twin Towers. Lo and behold.
Feeling very hungry, we headed back near Jalan Sultan for dinner. We ate at a local McDonalds since I thought the menu would have a bit of Malaysian flavor, much like KFC. No such luck as the menu was pretty much standard.
The following morning was my last in KL as my flight back to the Philippines was scheduled at 9pm. Since I haven’t bought any souvenirs yet, Kaye and I went to the nearby Central Market to buy some native goodies.
While Chinatown may be the more popular choice for souvenir-hunting, I’d argue Central Market is the better place to shop. Not only does it have more stalls inside, it also has air-conditioning which means shopping convenience isn’t sacrificed. The stalls offer many varieties of souvenirs: key chains, sarongs, batik, twin tower replicas, plates, etc. You can also haggle with the stall owners if you have the talent. Some owners even know how to speak Tagalog!
We had our things checked out of the hotel by the end of the morning and headed to KL Sentral, where Kaye and her office mates were scheduled to board the train to Singapore later that evening. I could have joined them until Singapore but due to unfortunate circumstances (read: insufficient time and funds), it wasn’t meant to be. Left alone, I rode the bus from KL Sentral to LCCT and waited for my plane back to Manila. I was feeling very exhausted boarding the plane (obviously due to all the walking that took place in KL) that I managed to sleep through the whole duration of the flight. I only woke up after the flight crew announced that we were on our final descent.
I checked in for my next and final flight headed to Davao right after arriving at NAIA Terminal 3. Still feeling a bit groggy, I also managed to sleep during the whole duration of the MNL-DVO flight. From there, it’s home sweet home for me. A very fun and memorable learning experience indeed. -rod-