Yesterday we ventured out through the very humid day in search of the Menara Kuala Lumpur Towers. After wondering from our apartment and following the monorail we eventually made it at the bottom of the KL Tower. By this point Chloe was in her jeans for some reason walking for the past forty minutes she was definitely frustrated and did not even want to walk up monstrous hill and just wanted to head back home. Luckily there was a free shuttle, which took us up that was also air-conditioned.
Upon reaching the top we decided not to trek up to the summit of the tower as the amount of Malaysian Ringgits we have were not sufficient, in fact I think we only had $30 RM which was about $10 AUD. Satisfied by only having just being inside the tower and taking some tourist-like photos we caught the shuttle bus back down and prepared for our forty minute walk back home. Whilst walking back and waiting for the traffic lights we saw a bus, which loops around the city like the ones we have in Brisbane except, they weren’t free. We only figured this out when we were sitting up on the top level of the bus in air conditioning and out of the 30+ degree heat and having the assistant climb upstairs and ask us for the $72 RM. We smiled and said that we didn’t have enough money and she acknowledged that there was a misunderstanding and said we could get off at the next stop… only for the next stop to be back at the top of the hill right in front of the KL Tower. By this stage Chloe had nothing to do but laugh in aggravation and complained as we lined up to get into the shuttle again and when it reached this stage I couldn’t help but just laugh and make fun as I was in shorts and loving the heat.
We finished shopping at the pavilion and decided to try some different foods. There was a store that just sold different types of jerky. There was everything; beef jerky, chicken jerky, lamb jerky, pork jerky, duck jerky etc. with a price of about $8 RM per 100grams I had nothing to lose! I love beef jerky so I decided to get some pork jerky but only decided to get 50grams in case the jerky involved diarrhoea. Turns out it was one of the tastiest and greasiest things I’ve ever eaten. If a vegetarian saw what I was eating they probably would have been disgusted at me for even buying it.
Today was our last day in Malaysia so we decided to head into town and check out the different shops and food there. We made way to a shopping ‘place’ called the Bukit Bintang Plaza. Now this place was somewhere I wanted to shop initially whilst in Malaysia as on the ground level there was just things spread all over tables, the floor and the walls. You could buy everything from counterfeit sunglasses to discount pharmaceutical items. Everyone second shop was an electronic shop and they either sold phones that didn’t look quite legit or they sold a whole range of electronics such as playstations, dvd players, remote control helicopters. The shops even jailbroke your playstations and installed a whole range of games for you!
Thirty minutes of shopping through this complex we finally had enough and wanted some fresh air, except we forgot how to get out. It took us another good ten minutes retracing our steps and working out there were more than one set of escalators, which lead you from floor to floor.
Heading back to our apartment I saw a set of fake Rayban Wayfarers that looked decent on some street stall on a street corner. I further inquired and asked him how much.
He responded, “Just for you, 75 ringgits”.
I said to Chloe, “That’s a bit expensive, Thank you.“ and proceeded to walk away.
He jumped in front of me and said, “Okay, okay. How much do you want to pay?”
Me: “I don’t know? 20 ringgits?”
Him: “25 and we have a deal.”
Me: “Nah, 20 sounds good.”
Him: “Okay, 20.”
The woman that was also working with him commented, “That’s very cheap, you’re very lucky!”
I proceeded to look through my little travel wallet to get the $20 RM but could only find $18 in notes. I told him, “This is all I have sorry, I can’t afford it”.
Him: “How much do you have there?”
Me: “18 Ringgits.”
Him: “Okay, deal.”
I smiled as I put on my new $6 AUD sunglasses and tucked the other 250 ringgits away neatly into my wallet.
Only two photos this time:
A durian store which sold nothing that didn’t include durian and me eating some pork jerky.
I’m currently at the Malaysian international airport waiting for my flight to Japan. The cable to transfer photos from my camera to my laptop is in my bag which is checked in, so I will add more photos when I can.