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Published: April 23rd 2018
Today's adventure started at the Batu Caves. A Hindu sacred temple set up some 200 plus steps in the middle of the cave. Too be honest I was dreading it. I'm not the most physically fit person and my sciatica was playing up and well stairs are definately not on my keys gets excited list. The weather was warm and by the end of the climb a shiny wet layer of sweat covered is from head to toe. I was surprised I made it, taking a break every 30 to 40 steps. Kym and Star beat me by like ages. But i did it. So I guess I felt somewhat accomplished. The cave itself was being upgraded/renovated so pictures inside probably weren't at the peak for selfies that they should be. Many Hindu people went into the actual temple and we saw a number of them coming out with their heads cleanly shaved with a white and yellow rub over it. Men, women and children. Apparently this was.
Back down the steps we stopped for vegetarian mee and nasi goreng.
Taking a Grab back we did the obligatory stop at Hard Rock Cafe (of course 🤘)
where Star enjoyed a mocktail and Kym had an overpriced beer (about the price of getting one at The Gov..)
Still feeling a bit hot and sweaty from the climb we decided to check out the family pool on level 5 and I wanted to do a bit of mermaiding. A guy who saw me off his balcony came down to ask about my tail and the kids in the pool kept staring. We saw a crack of lightning followed by thunder and thought to ourselves we should watch the thunderstorm from the top pool overlooking the city. Just before we got to the elevator to go up the heavens opened with a torrential downpour. Unfortunately we were not allowed to swim .. I guess it had something to do with all the lightning striking down in front of us. We thought we would wait it out, of the last 2 days were indicative of the weather patterns it would be over soon. Although we all sat under shelter, the rain had a tendency to come in sideways. Lighting flashed in what seemed like only 100 metres in front of us followed by bellowing claps of thunder. It was
pretty exciting as we sat, drank beer and watched. After 20 minutes It didn't look like it was clearing up so we went back inside. It cleared up about 3/4 hour later.
Petaling Street Markets were where we headed off to. The crazy Chinatown markets had lots of knock offs; bags, runners, watches, clothing, make up and although we bought a couple of things the markets were all the same. Haggling like Bali was what you did. I hate haggling and didn't even want to buy but found myself haggling anyway. Bags that they tried to sell me for 120 Ringgit came down to 60 ($20AUS) for like a medium sized 'Michael Kors' or 'Prada' bag without even trying. I didn't buy but I might later. I did get a cute pink bag from a shop where you didn't haggle.
Although I was hanging for a laksa we struggled to find a place in Chinatown that had them so settled on a run of the mill Chinese restaurant which tasted just like the ones in Chinatown Australia so we were a little dissapointed thinking it would be better, it was nice just not great.
End of Day
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