From eating halo-halo x palabok after our Friday class and casual slumber parties back in high school, once in a blue moon get-together during our college days, and Friday night-outs post-college, to finally living our dream of travelling abroad all together!
We’ve been planning this trip for the longest time. It was not pushing through mainly because 1) All of us are too lazy to look for a seat sale 2) We cannot decide which destination to go to 3) WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FINANCE OUR TRAVEL NEEDS (most of us only started working in 2014). Until one day, my friend Nikka surprised us that she is booking a trip already. Like, we only have less than a day to decide. It was our group’s unanimous decision to visit Kuala Lumpur and have a side trip to Singapore.
Fast forward to the day we arrived in Kuala Lumpur.
First thing's first: airport OOTD!
We arrived in time for lunch. Grabbed our food from Quizinn, a food court inside NU Sentral mall, located at KL Sentral Station. This is called Fried Kuay Teow.
Fried Kuay Teow is a flat rice noodles stir-fried with shrimp (but mine has nothing on it because I’m allergic to most of seafood with hard and/or soft shells), bloody cockles, Chinese lap cheong (sausage), eggs, bean sprouts, and chives in a mix of soy sauce. This dish is considered a national favourite in Malaysia and Singapore. You ordered the right food, Ralph.
HOTEL LOBBY SITUATION. We headed to our hotel after having lunch to drop our luggages. After resting for a while, we started touring the city on our own. My friends Ted and Nikka made our itinerary- no booked city tours and what not. Actual, physical city map and commoners were our friend during the entire trip.
Meet my high school squad! Ted, Nikka, Bernard, Karmina and me. (L-R) We ♥ KL!
Not sure what this establishment is called...
I just have a deep fascination on buildings with beautiful architecture.
According to the city's tourism site-- located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, a few minutes away from Petaling Street, Central Market is a famous landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.
Tourists flock to Central Market for its variety of handicrafts, art, kebaya, songket, batik and authentic Malaysian souvenirs. A Batik Emporium houses well-known designer labels, with the best Malaysian-made batik items ranging from clothes, shoes, bags to home furnishing.
I have two shirts with almost the same design as these. Print game too strong!
The Central Market Outdoor Stage is where visitors can catch colourful arts and cultural events. During the country’s main festivals, the area will be lit up in theme, reflecting the multiracial diversity of Malaysians.
When in a foreign country, eat all the local food! This one is their local version of our Puto and is made of bamboo.
Chinese school in vibrant red paint.
We cannot miss a photo with this graffiti wall. So much hipster element.
Worship place for the locals.
They sure know how to give attention to details.
China town! Binondo feels. One of the food vendors here easily recognized us to be Pinoys. There must've been a lot of Filipino tourists here.
Kuala Lumpur Tower. Too bad the lights weren't on yet the time we visited.
It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city. Too costly for us, though. LOL.
We ended the day by appreciating the beauty that is Petronas Twin Towers after having dinner inside KLCC mall.
No one has ever gone to Kuala Lumpur without going to Petronas Twin Towers. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)'s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
Went back to our hotel and prepared for our train ride going to Singapore. More of that on my next posts!