Last meal in KL!

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Malaysia Day 11: KL – Doha – Philadelphia – Ottawa

I woke up feeling much better from a respiratory status point of view but emotionally, I felt like there was a dark cloud over my head the whole day. It is the last day of my Malaysian journey and I don’t want to leave. I’ve been constantly reminiscing over the last couple of days about the KK days but at least there were exciting things in KL to keep me busy. Today was a pretty slow-paced day. We decided to skip the hotel breakfast for some authentic roti canai with pulled tea one last time on this trip. It was super flaky and a super cheap meal. $9 CAD for 5 roti with curry sauces and 2 drinks! I enjoyed some local Chinese TV, which I’m all too familiar with growing up, bringing back nostalgic memories, while packing. We then did some last minute clothing, souvenir and snacks shopping and enjoyed some more delicious food at Lot 10. I opted for the curry laska, whereas Aaron choose to have the Penang style fried noodles. Of course we also had some tasty pastries to end off our meal. Time flies as it was time to head to the airport for our long journey home. It was definitely a long journey totalling greater than 24 hours as we fly from airport to airport. We booked ourselves a minute suite at the Philadelphia airport for a nice 3 hour nap and a chance to refresh ourselves, since we has a long layover before our final transfer home. It was also here where I completed all stages of grief regarding having to go home from vacation and have finally reached the acceptance stage.

As with my other travel blogs, I end with my reflections for this trip.

Culture

I can definitely distinguish the small city vs big city feel of KK vs KL during this trip. They both had their perks. The warmth, generosity and friendliness of Aaron’s family in KK will never been forgotten, whereas the liveliness and supersized malls in KL makes me want to come back for more.

Weather

It actually was not as hot as I imagined it to be, which was a nice surprise. What did surprise me was the sudden downpours, which made me wonder why I didn’t have an umbrella with me at all times given I am from the rainy capital of Canada (Vancouver).

Language

I actually didn’t need to speak too much other than in English during this trip as I largely relied on Aaron and his family and friends and since most people did understand English. As such, I unfortunately didn’t pick up too much Malay or even use Chinese that much for that matter. I do have the advantage (or disadvantage) of looking local so people always chose to speak with me in Malay first until I give them a puzzled look and say, “Sorry? I don’t understand”.

Top food picks

1. Beef noodles at Lot 10
2. Shaved ice at Lot 10
3. Satay at food stalls in KK
4. Curry laska at Aaron’s uncle’s restaurant¬†
5. Roti canai with fish head curry in KK

Top sights

1. Partying Kadazan style
2. Turquoise waters of the islands off KK
3. Sunset at the Nexus Resort
4. Twin towers in KL at night 
5. Streets of KL at night

Firsts

1. First long trip with Aaron 
2. First time with professional makeup and hair 3 times in one week
3. First time jet skiing
4. First time knowing how it feels to grow up in a huge family
5. First time using Malay 
6. First time partying Kadazan style 
7. First time at a 500+ guest wedding 
8. First time using wet washrooms

Malaysia Day 10: KL adventure

Woke up feeling really unwell and unsure whether I can endure another day of adventure. I managed to get myself and Aaron up to grab some breakfast at the Chinese restaurant in the hotel. Their service was amazing but it was not the authentic deliciousness we were looking for. We then boarded the shuttle bus to KLCC (KL City Centre) – home to the famous twin towers, another huge shopping mall and the aquarium. There we did some shopping, had some rotiboy (bun with coffee encrusted on top and a slab of butter in between), asam laska (a less delicious version of laska vs the curry laska I’m used to), nasi lemak (not as good as the one we had at the wedding), and a mango dessert (at my fave Hui Lau Shan – please refer to HK/China trip blog). I’m wasn’t sure if I was disappointed by the food because I was sick or if it truly wasn’t good.¬†

Next stop was the aquarium as requested by Aaron. His love for wildlife is evident as soon as he spots any animal. He becomes mesmerized by the behaviour and appearance of all the different fishes, other sea creatures and non-sea animals e.g tarantulas (not sure why they were cohabiting in an aquarium). 

We then decided to take the passenger-way back which is a long, air conditioned walkway built above the city from one mall to another spanning many many blocks. I can’t imagine how one would come up with this idea but I have that person to thank because we got back to our hotel in no time. With all the walking, I decided to relax in a bath while Aaron decided to work out. We then rested in the lounge, while enjoying some drinks and small snacks whole waiting for my poor friend to finish work so we can go out for dinner. Like my HK trip I realized the incredible work ethic of people in Asia where working till 3am everyday is the norm. I cannot imagine. I admire those able to do that.¬†

We headed to Lot 10 Hu Tong which was a food court of deliciousness just a few blocks away from the hotel. The owner of this food court decided to gather amazing food choices to create this culinary heaven. We chose a mishmash of noodles, pancakes, BBQ meat and began our feast. We ended our meal with some shaved ice, which is not the fruits and syrup on ice that I’m used to but actual flavoured ice so every bite had an explosion of flavours. This meal made me realize that it was not because I was sick that I couldn’t appreciate food previously, it was because I didn’t go to the right places. After we satisfied our tummy, we decided to check out the night life of KL. We wanted to go to Sky Bar at the top of Trader’s Hotel, which was a pool by day and bar by night. Interesting concept but I can imagine many intoxicated people falling in the pool at night. There apparently was a private function there so we were not able to get a seat. We did see the nice view of the city and the KLCC park while we were there. ¬†Our friendly locals decided bring us for a walk along the sleazy part of town, which was definitely an interesting sight. We ended the night just having some drinks and some more catching up.