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Published: June 25th 2010
I spent the afternoon planning out my stay in Malaysia, luckily Vijay and Viv who I’d spent the day with in Chengdu emailed with some pointers for things to see and do, they also suggested visiting both of Vijay’s brothers. I spent the evening wondering around the PETRONAS towers and KLCC mall. The towers were designed around Malaysian and Muslim principles with concentric circles. The shape of the towers is like the towers of the Angkor temples and given that they are the heart of a petrochemical giant they are probably worshipped by many in the same respect. The building is impressive in daylight with its ribbons of steel at every floor and double decker sky bridge 40 floors (100m high) but it is even more impressive at night when it is bathed in light and seen for a mile around.
Once again I grudgingly paid for the wifi code, something that hostels throughout Japan, china; Vietnam and Cambodia give guests free. My route finalised I booked my flight with air Asia where you pay extra for absolutely everything. My tickets came to £144 which thankfully included a return ticket, my 20kg luggage each way and a meal onboard, had I left it one day later the price would have been £200. I would fly from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu where I would make my way to Semporna to do some diving in the world’s best dive sites, unfortunately as I couldn’t book a month in advance I wouldn’t be able to dive Sipidan, one of the world’s best dive sites. Spend some time in Sabah hopefully meeting VJs elder brother, Sarawak where I could go spelunking and other outdoorsy things. In the evening I took advice from Vijay and took the train out to Kampung Baru A shanty town in the centre, 10 mins from PETRONAS and financial towers, the reason the village is still intact and not the site of a multinational bank or similar organisation is due to missing land titles. This is why it’s vital to file away important documents in a safe place, not so safe they never see daylight again. after some fantastic street food I went back to Chinatown to buy a new daypack, my reasons were twofold, the one I bought in Hanoi was causing problems, one of the buckles broke 10 days earlier and the knot id tied was causing my shoulder no end of discomfort and I knew my bag was too heavy for the air Asia so I wanted to get as much as I could to save me a fortune in fines. I also enquired in camera shops as to repair costs since my camera lens had fogged up meaning that my pictures of the towers were crap. I decided sleep on it as I was considering buying a replacement.
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