Went for this very short trip, alone.
No, not another holiday trip, but to fulfill my moral obligation. That is to visit my relatives.
So there will not be any sight seeing. However, Kuala Lumpur (KL) has changed so much since I last visited about 6 to 7 years ago. New malls like Pavillion and Farenheit 88 really improve KL image as a shopping paradise, giving aged place like Berjaya Times Square a run for their money. I even felt that Sungei Wang has been renovated and the old shops seems to have gone.
I took a Jetstar flight in the early morning. I was so worried there will be delays and it did. Fortunately, it just got delayed about 20 to 30mins. I was also surprised that the flight is about 95% full! The seats were cramped and really feel uncomfortable. Well, I already knew that it is a budget airline so I should not complain.
The flight is uneventful and thankfully it is only a 40min flight. When the plane start its descent to KLIA, I could feel it took a dive momentarily and the plane might have encountered shear wind as the plane tilted when it is very near to the runway. Fortunately is landed safely. I did not buy any travel insurance for this trip!
One thing I dislike about KLIA is that they built the satellite terminal so far away from the main terminal. It is considered a long walk from the gate to the bus bay! When we are there, they monorail is under maintenance and we are taken to the main terminal by bus. The immigration is pretty fast, to me this is an irony to me when I remembered clearly about their efficiency when I was young.
After immigration, I found my way to the bus station and took a bus to KL Sentral. The ride took one hour and it cost me only RM$10. When I reach KL Sentral, I was lost on where to look for the monorail. I ask around and all pointed to the same directions. However, when I walk halfway, I saw nothing! Eventually, I continued my journey and found the monorail. I wonder why don’t they connect the monorail to the bus station? Do note that there isn’t any traffic junction in front of the monorail station. If you want to cross using a traffic junction, use the first traffic light when you are walking towards the monorail station. Else you will try to cross like everybody else which is dangerous.
One thing about KL monorail is that they do not seems to have a ticket vending machine. You buy the tickets from the counter. The monorail is just like our Sentosa monorail. I find it a bit under size cause the population of KL is about 5 million but the monorail look so small!
I alight at Imbi station and found my way to meetup with my relative. We then took a cab to a market where another of my aunt sell food. Till now, KL taxi drivers still do not like to use meter though legally they are supposed to. Having said that, I heard that the metered fare is quite low and no taxi driver can make a living if they will to use meter.
My aunt sell pig intestine (I call them spare parts) noodle and porridge. I do not eat them but have to eat a little to show some respect and appreciation but the noodle and soup is nice! My aunt has age a lot and I have not seen them for at least 5 years. That is why I made this trip by myself as the security of KL is always an issue for me. Everytime when I say I wanted to bring my kids into KL, my aunt would always say to wait till my kids are bigger.
After having a good chat with her, I left and they drop me off at my hotel which is Seasons View located in Jalan Alor. Jalan Alor is actually a food street. You will never go hungry here. Many good local food can be ordered here. Satay, Hokkien mee, Char Kway Teow….etc. Yummy. However, strangely, I did not have any food there!
The hotel is decent. I check into the single bedroom. Room is clean and decent. It has a small TV, a big bathroom (at least to me) but no Wi-Fi!!!
I spend my time wandering around Bukit Bintang area. I am not a shopping freak it is touch and go for most of the places. I am meeting my friend in Pavillion later for dinner at 1630hrs and I have no idea where is it! I still manage to find my way and I reach there at 1520hrs. I just hibernate myself there and enjoying the aircon as it is hot in KL!
It was a great meetup with a friend that I have not met up for 7 years.We chatted a lot and keep each other updated.
After we parted, it is loitering time for me. About 11pm, I went back to my hotel and turn in. At this time, Jalan ALor is busting with diners. I wonder when will they sleep.
I woke up early next morning to have breakfast, which is provided by the hotel. It is actually a breakfast coupon from OldTown.
I left for airport early the next day at 10am where my flight is 1420hrs.
It is a fruitful trip and will definitely make it a point to visit my relatives annually.