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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

May 15-20 2013 in Malaysia

Listening to: Brave - Josh Groban
Feeling: Lazy
Well, my trip to Malaysia has passed and I've been back home for more than a week. I fell behind in blogging about my trip, so I'll catch up now.

From May 15-20, I spent my time on West Malaysia, where the capital, Kuala Lumpur, is located. It's a bigger city than Kota Kinabalu, where I stayed and I'm quite happy that I got a lot of shopping done. Everything is so inexpensive that I bought quite a number of clothing for myself and my sister.

Wednesday, May 15:
The flight from East Malaysia to West Malaysia was fairly short -only 2 hours. Spent the first day, getting a bus and riding to where we had booked our hotel, Chinatown Boutique Hotel. Like the name suggests, it was a fairly nice hotel conveniently located in the Plaza Rakyat region which had a chinatown. It was kind of light a night market, with a lot to look at and we bought mainly snacks and some clothing. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day, forcing us to go back to our room early.

Thursday, May 16:
The second day was a long one. Sadly, I was sick for most of that day, but we took a bus ride up to the gondola and rode over to Genting Highlands, where fancy hotels and casinos were located. There wasn't a lot to do there unless you were into gambling or branded shopping, but it was nice to check it out nevertheless. There was even a tourist attraction called Snow World, which is an enclosed area with an European village and man-made snow. The admissions were quite expensive, but I guess it's worth it if you've never seen snow. There was also a theme park, but I didn't get a chance to go in. 

On the way home, we stopped by the station, Bukit Bitang, and did some minor clothing shopping at Sungei Wang, a famous mall.

Friday, May 17:
That day was the big day full of shopping. I don't think I've ever shopped to the extent of what we did that day. We got onto the monorail train to the station, Imbi, and went to another really famous mall, Berjaya Times Square. It was there that I did most of my shopping, not only in KL, but during my time in Malaysia. I got pretty much everything that I had on my shopping list, which included accessories and souvenirs, so I was quite happy. 

Went to another mall called Pavilion, but we didn't do as much shopping there. However, there was a unique store called "Sticky" which was a hand-made candy store. The candies were really good, but I chose not to get any (regretting that decision now).

Saturday, May 18:
Not so much of a shopping day, but more of a traveling day. Went through several public transit transfers until we got to a mall called Sunway Pyramid. It is a large mall that sells mainly branded merchandise. Had lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Then we saw a promotion for a new TV comedy show. They wanted volunteers to be in it and in return, you'd get 10RM (equivalent to about $3.33 CAD). It was a little strange at first, but I volunteered for it. Free money is awesome.

Sunday, May 19:
Checked out of our hotel in Chinatown and went to another city called Merlaka. There, my aunt's cousin, who is a local, showed us around and helped us check into another hotel. Then we toured the area and visited the Formosa, which is a historic battle field. However, it was so hot that we didn't really feel like doing anything at all. So we went to the mall that had air-conditioning. Again, we didn't really buy too much, but I got a shirt for my sister. Also had chicken rice balls for lunch, which were really good.

Went to the local night market later in the evening, and there was a lot to look at. Sadly, I didn't quite get the chance to see everything I wanted to, but it was still a good time. Had the local shaved ice, Cendu.

Monday, May 20:
Didn't really do too much this day, but we checked out of our hotel and caught the flight back to Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia. After getting back to my aunt's house, we relaxed for a bit before going out to dinner at Beaufort 88, which was pretty yummy.

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