tI wanted to go to the beach, but all of a sudden I had this bright idea, you know what maybe I should explore Kuala Lumpur. as if that wasn't enough, I decided to travel by train! brilliant, very touristy of me indeed. On normal days, It wouldn't be an issue I guess, but it was raining, so I get to involuntarily play in the rain. Yay!
My friends and I met up in KL sentral at 1230, and embarked on our journey in our own city. From KL sentral we sat the KTM to Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. The station is beautiful, it gave me a Harry Potter feel, I would love to shoot something there one day. However, there's a construction site which ruined the view, but I believe it was a sight to behold before this. Our first destination was supposedly the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, we walked for about 20 minutes across the station and everything,it started raining heavily, so we had no choice but to turn back and head to Pasar Seni LRT, just beside the KTM station. It was disappointing. We sat the train from Pasar Seni - KLCC, in hopes to visit Petrosains (I had great memories there when I was a child, and I was so looking forward to it). After lunch about 3 we went and the queue was horrendously long, and the next time slot was at 1630, and we might even have to wait another hour after just to get in. I felt extremely dejected. After these setbacks, we decided to go back to the Bird Park since it stopped raining.
We went back to Pasar Seni LRT, walked across, and started walking uphill. Funny how the internet said it was an easy walk or you can sit the bus but somehow, it was a terrible walk and there was no RapidKLs up there. We walked bout 25 - 30 minutes, mind you uphill. We were on the verge of giving up, then this kind taxi picked us up for free and sent us there. THE ONLY WAY UP WAS BY TAXI, after asking the receptionist there, oh how the internet has lied to me, unless really you don't mind an intense work out. Finally we are at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The entrance fee for myKad holders is RM 27, and much more expensive for non-myKad holder, much much more expensive. Its nice because the birds run or fly freely, you get to see peacocks, hornbills and parrots uncaged, and roaming about. It was really pleasing to the eyes. I would say the amount was well spent.
We learnt our lesson, and wanted to sit the taxi to Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square), but the taxi was a premium taxi so it costed more, so we decided to Grab (about RM8) instead, it was more worth it. it was about 8 minutes, and we reached Dataran Merdeka and the Sultan Abdul Samad building. It started to drizzle when we arrived, but we didn't care that much about it. There was a Expo Negaraku 2017 going on that day, a lot of food stall, and none of them sold what I wanted from their menus, so naturally I got pissed, not to mention the rain came back again, and it was so heavy we decided to just end our trip there by Uber-ing back.
It took forever for our Uber to come, but as we were waiting the rain stopped again, so we decided to walk to a place where the traffic won't be as congested. We walked passed the River of Life, as we were walking we came into Chinatown, and the further we walked we came to Petaling Street. Its about an 8-minute walk I would say. Of course being Petaling Street, there was looks of food vendors and stalls selling fake branded items. We ate ApomBalik and drank Air Mata Kucing. It was the best part of the day I guess. I too had an awkward conversation with a friend whom I have not met for awhile.
Friend: Hi Joyce.
Friend: How are you?
Me: Good, you?
Me: okay, I gotta go. Bye.
In my defence, I was having a bad day, I look horrible because of the rain and I was eating hungrily.
We got hungry, so we decided to head to a cafe that if you browse the net for a good cafe, it'd be here: Merchant's Lane. The decor is beautifully done, no doubt, but the food, ahem, maybe it was an offday for them? I couldn't even finish my Cow's food, no literally the name of the dish was Cow's food, it was vegetarian pesto spaghetti, a very dry one, not to mention expensive.
After that we took a Grab to KL central, even when it was only a 5-minute walk to Pasar Seni MRT. We were just too tired. Back in KL sentral, I ate my comfort food, Llao Llao and we headed home to our own comfort zones. All in all, it wasn't a good day for us, because of the weather, and the extra walking, but nonetheless Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer maybe the timing was a little off for us.
What I had issues with was that public transportation wasn't really direct in a way, there was a lot of walking and the directions wasn't clear, signage wasn't really accurate. Public transport customer services wasn't the friendliest people i've met in Malaysia, so that's that, they were quite rude, and its a bit sad because we pride ourselves with our tourism and friendliness and to be mistreated by a fellow Malaysian is just disappointing.
An Aquarius actress seeking for the meaning of life: good food, good friends, good places, good music, basically everything that is good.