August 23rd, 2016
What an adventure!
For a little less than a week I have been travelling, and this time, the selected location was Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
Let me tell you – and show you – what I have been up to during this trip!
We landed on Thursday afternoon, and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that everybody speaks English here (being an English colony, it made sense). So getting around was really simple!
We got to the hotel, stayed up watching “W” (a K-drama) till 10.30pm and then fell asleep.
MY OUTFIT // Dress: LAZY OAF – Shoes: PULL&BEAR
Time to visit the city!
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt, which is very central, so reaching each location we were interested in seeing was just a short walk away.
And so we walked through the KLCC park, with its water shows and interesting sculptures.
Nearby, was the Aquaria aquarium, and of course, we popped in!
The otters were surely the cutest thing we saw in here. So adorable.
And Felix made a new friend.
After the aquarium, we wanted to check out a shopping mall: I had heard that on the 6th floor of the Pavilion there is a “Tokyo Street” – you know my obsession with Japan – and so we searched for it.
This giant Maneki Neko was there to greet us.
But then it was time to get ready for our romantic dinner; in fact, this day was the 19th, our anniversary.
I looked up if there was a restaurant in the KL Tower, and there was!
We booked for 6.30pm till 8.30pm, so we got to see the sun setting – it was gorgeous. Plus, the restaurant actually slowly moved around, so even if you are sitting down dining, you get a full view of the city.
The people working there recognised us, and brought us a lovely cake to celebrate! So sweet of them.
Another cool thing was to be able to see the tower lighting up and changing colour. It was so pretty!
We definitely had a lovely anniversary. And to finish it off, we went swimming at night, with the wonderful view over the Petronas towers.
We started off the day by visiting the National Museum of Malaysia. It was a bit hard to follow everything, but it was still interesting.
This only took us a few hours, so then we walked to the Bird Park.
This place was actually massive, and Felix and I kept joking about the fact that it felt as if we were in Jurassic Park.
It was so big we actually didn’t manage to visit the whole thing, mostly for two reasons:
- it was way too hot to walk around so much;
- we previously booked another attraction and we had to leave.
But we did see at least 3/4 of it, so it was fine. And this area, the exotic owl one, was my favourite.
As I mentioned, we had to leave early to go some place else: the previous day we bought tickets to walk the Sky Bridge between the Petronas twin towers.
MY OUTFIT // Top: LAZY OAF – Backpack: OLIVE CLOTHING
So here I am, in the middle of it, chilling.
And this is a close up of the stunning tower. The design is insane.
In the evening, we moved to Times Square, a huge department store. In the picture, you can see the multiple floors as well as the covered “Central Park”, in which plenty of tiny shops sell all kinds of things.
We dined here, but the main reason why we came, was the indoor amusement park.
I have never thought something like this could exists – I kept thinking it was something out of Rollercoaster Tycoon. haha
The final full-day in Kuala Lumpur. I kept the Batu Caves as our last thing to do because I knew they were going to be incredible.
You get to walk 272 steps, I believe, to get up into some stunning caves, enriched with hindu statues and temples.
It was a really hot and humid day, as every other day, but we made it. When I got up I was soaked, but it was worth it!
The pictures might not show how beautiful this place truly is, but it really was a fascinating experience.
The temple in the furthest cave.
Did I mention that there were monkeys? 🙂
And then when you leave, you get the most stunning view.
I think we can all agree this doesn’t even look real. So pretty!!
After going back to the hotel, Felix and I got ready for our last night in the city (or at least that’s what we thought), dined at the hotel and made our way to the cinema.
I know what you are thinking – “why would you waste your time going to the cinema?!” – well, well. I happened to noticed that “Sadako vs. Kayako” was out, which is not in Europe and I’m not even sure if it will be showed on the big screen here, so I had to take that chance.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Sadako is the girl from “The Ring”, and Kayako the one from “The Grudge”. Some genius decided to combine the two together and make a movie. Okay, it wasn’t super scary, but the effects were great and the movie was very amusing! Also, we were happy to know that the movie was played in Japanese, but with 3 different subtitles at the same time (English included) – how great is that?!
When we got home from the cinema, tho, a nightmare begun…
12am. I feel nauseous. I have emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, so any time I run to the toiler feeling extremely sick, my body would shut down and start panicking because of the incontrollable fear of what might happen.
I go on this way, in so much pain, till 2am. Then I call my parents, crying. They suggest I would call a doctor, and so I do.
3am. The doctor arrives, and I’m still feeling terrible. He gives me a needle shot in the lower back and pills to calm my panic attacks + prescribes me with about 6 different medicines to take in the following days. He said I had food poisoning.
Thankfully, the shot worked its way fast into my system and I fell asleep. I woke up 12 hours later, but went back to sleep till the evening, when it’s time to leave for the airport. I sleep all the way there.
We board into the plane at 11pm, but an hour later they warn us there is a problem with the wing. We wait till 3am, when they make us leave the plane and tell us they will put us in a hotel for the night + book us in for the latest plane the day after.
Having the dogs at home being taken care of till the end of the day only (back in UK time), we couldn’t possibly wait any longer, so we made the decision of booking with another airline and sleep in a bench a few hours.
All of this happening whilst I was suffering from food poisoning, still.
This is me, delirious, showing my mom and friends what my situation looked like.
But hey, we got new tickets for a flight at 10am. What else can go wrong, right?
Other than this guy farting next to us the entire time, after queueing up for our tickets and bag drops, they tell us that our tickets have been cancelled.
We rush to the counter to buy new ones: only 2 are left, but in business class. Let me tell you – this trip costed me way more than necessary, but at this point I just wanted to sit on a plane and make my way back home.
Luckily, we managed to get in on time, and arrived by the end of the day on Tuesday, so the pugs were still looked after.
Back in Brighton, happy to be home.
As I said, this trip really was an adventure. It had its ups and downs, but I’m sure what will stay is the memory of the wonderful things we have seen, and later on, we will just laugh at the unfortunate events we had to go through.