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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur September 8th 2022

After 3 long years the day finally arrived – we're finally off overseas again!! We arrived in Kuala Lumpur via Singapore late in the evening. After we worked out how to catch the airport express train, we made it to our hotel centrally located in the shopping district of Bukit Bintang. The next day we ventured on foot to the Petronas Towers to take photos and to pay for tickets that I had booked online. Kuala Lumpur reminds me of any Asian capital city – but I couldn’t help but compare it to Bangkok. A slightly condensed Bangkok with less traffic but equally as cosmopolitan. We explored the grounds of the Petronas and took photos, and later walked around the Pavilion shopping mall that is near our hotel and treated ourselves to pints of European beer. ... read more
Nasi Ambeng
Sri Shivan temple Batu Caves
Lord Murugan at the base of the Batu Caves

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 14th 2021

From CNBC: Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab is going public via a record-setting SPAC merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., valued at nearly $40 billion.Grab will receive about $4.5 billion in cash, which includes $4 billion in a private investment in public equity arrangeme... read more
Love the Grab boxes
And the exciting moto rides!

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 1st 2021

Singapore is famous for its street food and Unesco has decreed that its hawkers centers have special cultural significance and are now on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. According to Unesco, community dining and culinary practices in a multicultural urban context is present throughout Singapore. Hawkers prepare a variety of food for people who dine and mingle at the centers, which serve as ‘community dining rooms’ where people from diverse backgrounds gather and share the experience of dining over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Activities such as chess-playing, busking and art-jamming also take place. While Singapore is not one of my favorite places in SE Asia, the hawker stalls are a great experience. It can be a little overwhelming on the first visit. Too many choices, too many pe... read more
Love the hawkers
A typical kopitiam

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur March 6th 2020

What a surprise! I never expected such a modern city filled with skyscrapers and air conditioned mega malls! Thankfully it is juxtaposed against the narrow winding streets populated with little shops, tiny houses and street food markets everywhere. It has a big city feel with wonderful modern and old architecture sitting side by side, with many featuring viewpoints of the city from the higher levels of the towers. The Menara Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Towers being 2 of the most famous and iconic. The subway is very modern and extensive. Easy to navigate and connecting with some of the older train lines and destinations. A highlight for us was taking the subway from the Petronas towers (we were staying nearby in a lovely high rise apartment building that only took us 3 hours to check ... read more
Girl with greedy monkey
Monkey King with Ron
Sky Bar Lounge

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur March 1st 2020

After the two-week Borneo trip with Mizzi, I wanted to make a stopover in Kuala Lumpur to see my former colleague Sharma and to see what had changed in the city since the time I had worked there, in 2014 and 2015. Our flight departed from Kota Kinabalu perfectly on time, and we landed in Kuala Lumpur 15 minutes early. Half an hour after landing we left the terminal and caught the fast and efficient Express Train to KL Sentral. Only 30 minutes later we were there. I checked into my hotel, the Aloft very close to the train station. I had stayed there quite often when coming over from Singapore for work, and had really liked it. Mizzi and I took a walk of Brickfields, the old Indian quarter. The name is based on the ... read more
Petronas Towers II
Petronas Towers III
Kampong Bharu

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur February 28th 2020

The Aloft Hotel, which we’d stayed at before, is super convenient for KL Sentral as you can access it from inside the shopping centre. Go up the escalators and look for the little sign pointing to the right and follow the walkway round. Reception is on the ground floor but this way you arrive on the first. We could have our room straight away and it was on the 26th floor with a view over Brickfields, the Indian area. The last time the rooftop infinity pool had been full of Aussie schoolgirls with all their hand luggage and clothing so we couldn’t get near it. This time we had it to ourselves for a while and the views are so nice from up there. We relaxed for a while and had some overpriced coffees. Our reason ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 21st 2020

It was another amazing 3 hours flight over beautiful Indonesia. We spotted Mount Agung on Bali, the crater lake of Mount Ijen and Mount Merapi on Java. There were no clouds, no wind just sunshine when we touched down in Kuala Lumpur at 10 am. It was the 6th (or 7th - we lost the overview) time touching down in our favourite city in Asia - but never before it was that smooth. Normally due to weather conditions, rains and thunderstorms touching down in Kuala Lumpur has a bit of a rollercoaster feeling. But this time: perfectly calm. We could exchange our remaining indonesia rupiahs in malaysian ringits, bought some fresh fruits for breakfast at a little store and went down on the ground floor to catch the bus to KL Sentral. It is by far ... read more
Sri Ranganath Temple in Kajang - attending evening prayers
in front of Lord Murugan in the Batu Caves
delicious indian paper dosa

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 12th 2020

December 14, 2019. Moving on from George Town, we had one last delicious breakfast of French Toast and ice cream before heading to the airport for our short and cheap Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur. The airport is about 55km from the city center and it was significantly cheaper to get a GRAB taxi rather than take the train. Plus we got delivered right to door of the Verdant Hill Hotel in the Bukit Bintang district. The weather gods had finally deserted us. The further south we travel in Malaysia, the worse the weather forecasts seem to be with thunderstorms and heavy rain predicted for every afternoon. So far we have mostly experienced (only) short lived monsoonal downpours, but today the rain appears ready to stay a while. One of the reasons we chose the ... read more
Jalan Alor - food street
street food
Merdeka Square

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 7th 2020

My one day transit in KL was never better. I love this city so much, the food, the awesome people and lingo that I can understand a bit, oh KL...I wish to live together with you someday despite your resident permit complications. My late arrival from Delhi was not at all an issue because everything at KL airport is arrangeable including late-night authentic Malaysian street foods to uncomplicated Uber drivers. I am glad that my trip ran smoothly all the way to my hotel. Well.. there was a wee bit of hiccup finding the hotel. The hotel has two locations in KL, and my driver took the wrong one for which he apologised endlessly. Nasi lemak and all the fun stuff to do is all I had in my head. I got up the next day ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur December 19th 2019

After 3 years finally we were on the way to our absolutely favourite city in Asia: Kuala Lumpur. For those of you who follow us since quite a while, it is nothing new that we really like Malaysia, its people, nature and: Kuala Lumpur. It was already our 4th visit to this town. But let's start from the beginning. From Istanbul we flew Fly Dubai to Dubai - if you can avoid to fly with this airline - avoid it! You will get nothing but water on this 5 hour flight and it is more than cramped and unpleasant. So it was such an amazing surprise when we entered the A380 of Emirates. The flight was completely booked but we were lucky enough to get the ermergency seats. So, lots of leg space and no neighbours, ... read more
Markus having a superbe dental treatment at Dentalpro
the view at night when we arrived
our amazing appartment in Bangsar




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