ANOTHER ADVENTURE ENDS // Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

And at last, the end of the journey! It seems I finally reached the end of all my photos from my Asian holiday (and don’t worry, this wasn’t even all of them!). I have enjoyed going back through my photos and reliving my recent escapades, however I must apologise for the lack of detailed and coherent wording in these posts. I have often thrown them together as a side of procrastination to university work. Perhaps I will make it a future goal to develop some better prose for my pictures! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After returning back from Batu Caves and having a break away from the heat, Chris and I walked into the city centre to visit one of KL’s main attractions – the Petronas Twin Towers. We had been tossing up whether or not to go up them – it was a bit on the expensive side – however Chris came across a nearby bar that sounded like it was worth a shot. It turned out to be an absolute winner, as you can see from the views in the above photos! Located in the Traders Hotel, Skybar was perfect for getting a fantastic view of the towers and the surrounding parks. Plus, you could sit and have a beer while admiring your view. The only downside was that the hotels pool was located in the middle of the bar, so it was quite stuffy inside!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Once the humidity of being around an indoor pool became too much, we wandered down through the park and checked out the base of the Petronas Towers, which was yet another massive shopping centre! There was certainly no shortage of them. Below is another of the more famous one, Pavilion. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We had dim sum for dinner, with Chris’ Hong Kong knowledge to guide us, before walking through one of the main street food districts. It was lively and loud, but we enjoyed taking it all in and grabbing some coconut ice cream to share. And yes, that is sweet corn on it! We weren’t too sure about it either.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We had the whole of Sunday in KL, as our flight wasn’t until late at night. After packing up at our hostel we took to walking to some Chinese temples, before heading back to Chinatown to try out our bartering skills.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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My barterting skills proved dismal, but I did manage to score a watch for less than four dollars from a non-haggling shop. We found an indoor market, which was refreshing to walk around in away from the heat. Our explorations took us past one of those fish-eat-the-dead-skin-off-your-feet places, and seeing the cheap price we decided to try it out at a spur of the moment. It was so weird (and ticklish!) so Chris and I were a hilarious, laughing spectacle for the first five minutes. I, ah, guess our feet felt… rejuvinated? Violated? Naked?SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Lunch was another Malaysian affair, and I grabbed a quick shoulder massage before we went to our next destination – the town museum. Actually, I don’t think it was much of a museum, but more of an informative quick show about the history of KL which featured a to-scale model of the city. It was interesting to see nonetheless!

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We weren’t sure what to do next, but upon walking past the town hall we discovered that a long running musical about the history of KL – ‘Mud’ – was starting in 5 minutes. We ran in, and found ourselves one of 8 people in the audience. I would like to hope it gets busier on the weekends! The show was interesting and entertaining, up until the demanded we all got up and stage to sing and dance with them at the end. Chris and I just about exploded from awkwardness, and made a quick exit as soon as the show finished. Perhaps if there had been more people there it wouldn’t have been so bad!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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In the mood for some cheap shopping, we went back to the shopping centre near our hostel. Unfortunately we didn’t buy anything, but we did check out the theme park.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Yep. A theme park in the shopping centre.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDinner was local food (satay pictures above) back at the street food precinct, before we made the mission back out to the airport.

I am so grateful that I have been able to visit all these wonderful places in my travels. I think I can know testify that I have caught the ‘travel bug’. As lame as it sounds, it certainly it true! Even before I left Asia Chris and I were already trying to work out where we should travel next. I have certainly gained an appreciation for how wonderful our world and all the diverse cultures within it are.

– Reanna.

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A CHANGE OF PACE // Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur became a destination on my travels because of it’s convenience as a stop over when flying back to Melbourne. Plus, it was where Chris had organised a stop over too – despite all our planning we only ended up having two days together overseas! We would have loved to have stayed longer but the Winter holidays from university were only quite short, so unfortunately we had to return back to reality at home.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Chris arrived in KL the day before I did, plus he had visited the city seven years early on a secondary school trip. As a result, I was more than happy to follow his recommendations about what to do, considering how tired I was! I arrived early in the afternoon, so we still had a bit of time on my first day to walk around.

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Unknowingly we had organised our time in KL on the weekend marking the end of Ramadan! This meant there was a few less shops open on the street then normal, but for the most part it didn’t impact us.

Despite me having just spent nearly two weeks in China, one of our first destinations was Chinatown! However it was worth a visit, as it is quite well known for its bartering market.

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We had an early dinner before walking back to our hotel for one of the greatest nights sleep of my life.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The next day we caught the train out to Batu Caves, an iconic destination for Hinduism. I absolutely loved the colour and architecture of the place, plus the mix of nature. Before hiking up to the caves we had to stop to refuel with some local sweets. The bright colours caught our eye!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The steps weren’t as strenuous as I thought, the hardest part was having to dodge around people who stopped to take photos (of which I was also a serious offender) and people coming the opposite direction.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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You can’t really tell, but the rockface in the above photo is actually covered in monkeys. Chris stood around laughing at me while I lost my mind over all of them. The monkeys, however, turned out to be quite the pest, coming right down to the tourists and snatching rubbish and water bottles.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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There were a number of temples within the caves themselves.

Oh look, and elusive photo of Chris and I together!

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Of course we had to try a fresh coconut. The first photo I took of Chris with the coconut featured him death glaring me, but I managed to catch him off guard the second time around.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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A second cave closer to the station was filled with statues and carvings of various Hindu stories. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t very good so all my photos of it are awful!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere were plenty of restaurants nearby, so we indulged our food fantasies at a popular looking vegetarian place. It was full of locals, who skillfully managed to eat their meal – the same as ours – with their hands. Chris and I opted for forks in order to save our dignity!

Believe it or not these posts are finally coming to an end! Only one more day of KL and then I will finally be up to date with holiday photos. Just as well, as uni is getting back into full swing and this is proving to be a wonderful source of procrastination!

– Reanna.