MALAYSIA 2014, PART 1

Picking up after our Singapore trip is destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!!! πŸ˜€ My girls and I decided to stay there for 2 days since we talked to some people and they told us there wasn’t much to do there! But after staying there, I definitely think you could stay for a maximum of 4 days haha

So before I start babbling on about the first day, I want you guys to know, if you haven’t already, that majority of Malaysians are Muslim, so be sure you are wearing appropriate clothing! Such as covering you arms and your legs and not exposing too much skin because you might feel uncomfortable! Unless you don’t care. The first thing we noticed when we got off the plane and went into the airport was everyone staring at us (men and women) because we were wearing t-shirt and shorts haha it felt really uncomfortable and it was obvious we weren’t locals too. I find that if you are staying in the heart of KL there will be more tourists so you might feel more “at home” haha unlike us, who stayed a little further away and I’ll tell you why now!!

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One mistake that we made, was that we picked our hotel location in Chinatown which is near some of the very cheap markets you can shop at haha you can find it in Petaling Street (above picture) πŸ™‚ The reason why I say this was a mistake, was because we weren’t aware that Chinatown would be a scary place! the location didn’t feel very safe for tourists haha you see a few drug addicts on the street and I’ve seen a few who were over dosing and it was pretty sad because no one cared. Some of the locals I noticed were a little rude, and majority of them were men. They would stare at you and try to talk to you but make sure you just keep out of trouble! Don’t get me wrong, its safe in the day, but if you’re lurking at night without a large group it can be intimidating! Especially when it was my 2 girlfriends and 1 haha next time I made note to myself that we will get a hotel that is in the heart of the city where there are more tourist and English speaking locals πŸ™‚

With that being said, the markets in Petaling Street and other areas in KL is very good to shop at! They are cheap and you can haggle too if you are good at it πŸ™‚ There are heaps of counterfeit products if you are into those! One of my favourite stalls at the markets is the street food! You must try the fresh fruit cut up everyday and night such as mangoes, pineapples, papaya and your usual Asian snack stall stands πŸ™‚ and it only costs $1-2AUD!! We have eaten out of so many plastic bags during our Asia trip haha XD

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Malaysian satay sauce is the bomb!!!!!!!Β I also love the asian food stalls as well haha you can dip them into noodles or fish balls!! and they were $0.30AUD each stick!!!! I’ve never had problems when I eat street food in Asia I guess because my tummy is used to it πŸ™‚ But I know for others and foreigners may first get a little sick but it should be fine as long as you sanitise your hands, always bring tissues, wet wipes and check your food before you eat it!!

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Getting around in taxis or buses can be a little tricky as not many locals know how to speak fluent English, but if you could find police anywhere, they are helpful! The pollution in KL is also pretty bad so make sure you wear closed shoes so your feet won’t get dirty if you wear thongs! The temperature was pretty hot and humid when we were here in February so some loose clothing will help a lot πŸ™‚

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Since we only have 2 days to spend at KL, we didn’t waste any time and went straight to shopping haha!! You have to go to Bukit Bintang which is where all the shops are πŸ™‚ You can find street and high end brands here such as Sephora, Etude House, Nike etc πŸ™‚ We went during Chinese New Years so just like Singapore, in KL the shops are decorated beautifully! There are also a lot of mid-high end restaurants too πŸ™‚

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These fake flowers are so beautiful!!

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Inside the mall was decked out!!!! It was so amazing to look at πŸ™‚

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This is one of my favourite shots πŸ™‚ the red lanterns hanging above us was a sight to see haha and it attracted so many tourists and locals!

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There were also these cute Chinese Zodiac animals with their information πŸ™‚ I’m born in the year of the Monkey hehe and you can see my Sephora shopping bag of goodies which I will cover in a separate shopping post πŸ˜‰

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I wished Australia put in this much effort into Chinese New Year celebrations haha

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I had to take a picture of this!!!! It’s a Hello Kitty store for kids hehe it’s sooo cute πŸ˜€

An interesting place you have to check out is the Marvel store inside the mall!!! You can purchase Marvel merchandise here such as unisex clothing, collectables, sport items and shoes etc but most of all, check out these amazing figures from Batman and Superman movies! enjoy these next couple of pictures hehe πŸ™‚

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This was my favourite figurine of them all! I love Superwoman and Superman hehe

I also love the fountain outside the mall! It changes colour too!

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Bukit Bintang is a very busy area because it’s filled with tourists and locals πŸ™‚ and they open till late as well!Β We shopped from day to night and it was worth it πŸ™‚ I strongly recommend you to save your money and spend it in KL because I noticed a lot of things such as apparel and make up is very cheap here, cheaper than Singapore and similar to Thailand! but you will find way more genuine brands here than Thailand haha so go hard!! Now that I looked back I wished I bought more stuff here haha πŸ˜›

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We also made a visit to Zouk night club in KL! Since we went to the Singapore one, and we loved it so much, we had to check out the one here too πŸ™‚ The venue wasn’t as big as Singapore’s but it was still fun and enjoyable. Though I also preferred the music at the Singapore Zouk instead but I guess because there was a different DJ on that night. The entry was great because we got in free and alsoΒ got a voucher for 5 free drinks haha

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My next post will be on the food we devoured here in KL so keep an eye out! πŸ˜‰

– J

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