My Time in Kuala Lumpur


Hello! I am currently waiting for my flight to Kuching, Borneo which is part of Malaysia. I will be meeting up with my friend S and we will travel together for the remainder of Malaysia. 
My time in Kuala Lumpur was good yet I did struggle with jet lag. As it stands I am still waking up at odd times of the night. Despite that and the very humid climate I crammed in a fair bit in my full 2 days. My photos from Petaling St I haven’t uploaded yet but will add soon. Take a look:

All photos taken and owned by Wanders The World / Eeva Valiharju

My plane getting ready to take me away

Chinese New Year decorations

Using the trains to get around (& taxis)

Nasi Goreng & chicken. Yum!

Fish at the KL Butterfly Park

KL Butterfly Park

KL Butterfly Park

The birds just hanging out & walking about at KL Bird Park

Colourful parrots at the KL Bird Park

Hand-carved on Borneo, sold at Central Market

Dessert being prepped at Central Market

Wares for sale at the Central Maket

The Petronas Twin Towers

View of KL from the viewing level of the Twin Towers, taken at dusk

Colourful dancing fountains outside Syria KL Mall

The Petronas Twin Towers sparkling against the night sky

The incredibly beautiful Hindu statue at the foot of the Batu Caves

Monkey hanging out at Batu Caves

Old mixed with new

Chicken satay with peanut sauce for lunch. Yum!

Skybar with the Petronas Towers in the background

Oops – this goes at the top but I can’t seem to move it – Ms Brown and I are ready to go (sadly I forgot Ms Brown on the plane and she’s gone)

Sunday Special – Malaysia


If you haven’t figured out already, the weeks prior to a big trip are rather hectic for me. I work more (since I’m self-employed and don’t get vacation pay I make it up beforehand), do all the errands and basically stress out while being extremely excited. I leave for Malaysia very soon so I decided today’s post would be about why I chose this country as a destination.

First and foremost has to be that I want to see the Petronas Twin Towers. I have always thought they look amazing and want to see them up close and personal. Seeing them from the ground as well as the view from above is a draw for me. In fact, I have already booked my viewing from the Skybridge and observation deck for sunset on my second day in Kuala Lumpur. I’m stoked. The other reason to see Malaysia is because of the four letter “F” word. Yeah, that’s right – its about the FOOD! Of the Malaysian food I have tried here in Canada I can honestly say it is one of my favourites. I am hoping to try a vast number of different dishes so I can sample all the various influences and flavours. Those are the main factors that lead me to chose Malaysia as my next destination. While doing research to see what other things this Asian country has to offer I learned of history (Malaca), beach islands (Tioman, Langkawi), beautiful landscapes (Cameron Highlands, Borneo) and a variety of street art (Malaca, Penang). These are just a few of the things to choose from. I certainly am excited!!! Soon I will be posting my own photos for you to see!

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Petronas Twin Towers at night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – taken & owned by Shiva Kumal Khanal

By Shiva Kumar Khanal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Food in Georgetown, Penang – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – photo taken and owned by yeowatzup

By yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Food vendor in Georgetown, Penang – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – photo taken and owned by yeowatzup

By yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday Special – Batu Caves, Malaysia


Head out north of Kuala Lumpur for 13 km/8mi and you will come up to the Batu Caves. This area is not only known for its interesting series of limestone caves but for being a major Hindu shrine (honouring Lord Murugan, also known as Lord Subramanian). The main temple area consists of three main caves and several small ones in addition to a large statue of Lord Murugan. Batu Caves also  hosts the annual Thaipusam Festival, a Hindu pilgrimage attracting followers worldwide. In addition, these 400 million year old limestone caves have become popular with rock climbers in recent years. A spot that is immensely popular with tourists it is easy reached by public transit or taxi. There are tour groups offering day trips however its ease of getting there on your own is a viable option. Once there be vigilant of the local monkeys trying to steal your food.

 

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Lord Murugan statue, Batu Caves. Photo credit: Taken and owned by Bhadani at English Wikipedia – Wikimedia Commons

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Shrine at Batu Caves – Photo Credit: Taken and owned by Descon7 – Wikimedia Commons

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Temple at Batu Caves – Photo Credit: taken and owned by Agsrivaths – Wikimedia Commons

The Appeal of…Part IV


Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is a vast area to cover with much to see. So where in Asia am I drawn to? Where will I sojourn?

I am of the mind that there are certain places everyone should visit given the opportunity, whether there is an interest in it or not. These places I view as being like no other. Two of them are in Asia: India and Thailand. Now is this idea a valid one? Perhaps, perhaps not. There is only one way to confirm this in my mind. Yep, you know it – to go there and see for myself.






The Appeal Of:

India:

Oh where to begin? Descriptions that make their way to my ears conjure images like no other country does. Assorted religions, numerous languages, curious customs and life ripe with colours, smells and sounds both grab my attention and intimidate me simultaneously. Yet, amid this muddle of an image I have, I very much want to “get” India. 

Bhutan:

The allure of this destination is strong yet it is very unlikely that I will be able to visit during this RTW trip. I will get there, just perhaps not this time around. I am intrigued by this Himalayan country where “Gross National Happiness” is a mandate and modern technology is adopted slowly and warily.

Vietnam:
Everything. Pretty much everything I have heard or read about Vietnam incites me to hop on a plane and check it out. 

Cambodia:

Although I am not religious I do find much religious architecture beautiful and fascinating. The Hindu temple of Angkor Wat is no exception. It is the primary pull for me.

Indonesia:

An archipelago country of over 17,000 islands – you know you will have plenty to see and do. Jakarata, Borobudur Temple, the islands of Flores and Sulawesi, beaches and Komodo dragons (Komodo Island). I think I may just spend an obscene amount of time in this country.

Malaysia:

Truthfully, I aim to visit Malaysia for its food. It has been oft-repeated that food is the best in its country of origin. The Malay food I have tried in Vancouver is mouth-watering, savory and oh-so-heavenly. If it is better in Malaysia then chances are considerable that I may never return.

Thailand:

As I stated previously, Thailand is one of the places in the world that I think everyone should visit. And that is the only reason I will go. I may send shock waves to die hard Thai fans but I have no desire to visit Thailand. I do think it is a unique locale, however, I am just not feeling it. Though, that is the reason I will go. Perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised. Or not. I guess I will wait and see.

2 more continents left…onto Australia!!