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Published: October 6th 2005
Its been a month in Pattaya already so it was time to leave the country for the obligitary Visa run I had to visit the Thai embassy in another country so where better than K.L.
I was trying to get a extended visa that would stop me having to do Visa runs.
I invited Nicky who is as strange as this may sound my best friend out here in Pattaya spending nearly every day with someone sometimes for 15 hours a day makes you very close quickly. Nicky was unsure whether to come as she is about to sit her IDC exams but she was told the day before I left to stay out of the water so her decsion to come to K.L was made for her in the end.
As it happens her sister Gemma arrived the day before I left so she was invited and we were meeting on Friday in K.L with me leaving Thursday.
Air Asia are a very interesting company. It's a bus with wings, sit anywhere you want as it is a free seating policy. Nevertheless it was a quick and easy flight.
After arriving in K.L I was
met by Pat, Kevin, their baby boy Ayden and Joanne, first port of call
in K.L..........Nasi Ayam or Chicken Rice. Yummmy been two years since my last trip to Malaysia so this tasted so so good!
The next morning we went to meet Nicky and Gemma except we were a little late. Luckily Joanne had got there before us. She saw some lost looking girls so went to find out if they were Nicky and Gemma. Turns out they were and when we arrived the girls were safe in Jo's hands!
We spent the next few days in K.L doing all the usual tourist things... in the day we visited KL Tower, KLCC Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, Railway Station, Court House and of course China Town where a "Gucci" purse had to be bought!!!
I had never really been round K.L by myself as I had always been taken around by family so the few days I spent just walking around K.L with the girls was a huge change and I feel I know the place better in 3 days than I ever did before.
Another area we visited was the hot springs near
Selayang Baru these may not be known to too many tourists and if you dont know where they are ask a local when at Batu Caves as they are probably the closest and biggest landmark for tourists. I had visited these previously but never been in the hottest pool. Nicky showed us all and a lot of the locals how tough she was by pouring the second hottest pool of water all over her so after that, if a girl can do it we all can!
In the evenings we were not tourists, eating at local hawker stalls near Kevins home and going to places where sometimes we were the only westeners but I confuse people anyway!!!
Some of the food we ate was amazing as it always is. Bah Kuh Teh (Chinese Herbal Soup), Dim Sum for breakfast - not an evening meal people! Roti Canai (Bread like a Pancake) and Teh Tarik (Pull Tea), an Indian Breakfast. We also ate at home. Pat cooked some great meals so Thank You very much from us all for that Pat!
There are a lot of locals there but as it goes with anywhere in Malaysia they love
to see tourists at these places, there is no awkwardness or finger pointing you may expect.
We also vsited a Buddhist temple with Kevin where they were starting a nine day celebration of prayers and offerings to the gods. This was also a place where Nicky, Gemma and myself were in a sacred place that was occupied by only Chinese but again even inside the temple no awkwardness was felt.
The last night was spent in K.L itself , a backpackers lodge was the room for the night which was a new experience for me. We went out caught a film and some drinks at the Beach Club and the Rum Jungle it was a great evening.
Thank you so so much to Kevin, Pat and Ayden for letting us be in your house and invading your time.
Nicky and Gemma: Thanks so much la!!! We had such a wonderful time and we would have been lost as typical tourists if it hadn't been for your great hospitality and guidance... can't wait for the next long tea!!! x
Thank you also to Auntie A.Meng, Joanne, Andrew and Alyssa
Well I got my
Visa for 2 months so no Visa run until then but unsure of my destination... Singapore, Macau or Vietnam who knows?! I have a great base here to explore the Far East and I am certainly going to be doing so.
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