Last December 2011, I was invited by Nuffnang to attend the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Malaysia. There were about 500 people in attendance, including bloggers from Australia, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Philippines. It was my first time in Kuala Lumpur and I had so much fun despite our short stay. I wanted to go back to explore the city more, so when I saw an airline seat sale for Malaysia last year, I knew I had to book a flight right away. I love seat sales!
It was so good to be back in Malaysia! On our first day, my mom and I went to a couple of Malaysia’s significant national sites — the Istana Negara (National Palace) and Tugu Negara (National Monument). Istana Negara is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. Unfortunately, people were not allowed to get in and can only view the palace from afar. We didn’t stay long at the palace gates as we moved to the Tugu Negara. The park holds the two monuments that commemorates the heroic Malaysians who died fighting for freedom during the World War II. I like being at historical places because they take me back in time and I get to learn a lot!
Naturally, a trip to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without seeing the city’s Petronas Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world! After taking photos of the Petronas Towers, we headed to Suria KLCC mall, which was located at the base of the twin buildings. After several minutes of deciding where to eat, my mom and I opted to have our lunch at Café Vienna. The cafe/restaurant caught our attention due to its modern flair! The interior design was pretty impressive and it did have a little of the European feel. We had Black Truffle Fettuccine and Chicken Cheese Schnitzel which were very delicious!
We headed to the Merdeka (Indepence Square) and checked out the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, an interesting tourist information center with a collection of paintings and photos of KL’s history. Inside the gallery, I saw an illuminated miniature model of KL showing the past, present and future layout of the city. The real highlight though was the ARCH workshop where craftsmen make miniature mock ups of famous city landmarks, Malay costumes and other things out of thin wood veneers. It was great seeing something genuinely hand made with real skill!
We also went to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the National Textile Museum (I took so much photos inside the museum that’s why I’ve decided to cover it in a different post. You know me, I’m a textile enthusiast!) which were just right across the KL City Gallery. I spent quite a bit of time marveling at the architecture.
As someone who appreciates art and the hard work that comes with it, I enjoyed my time at the Jadi Batek Gallery. It’s such a great experience to witness first-hand the making of a batik fabric. I have this fixation for watching people do something they love. I saw it in the batik artists in Malaysia. It was so much more impressive because they were freehand waxing the designs straight out of their minds. They’re such a talented bunch of people!
For 3 nights and 4 days, we stayed at Hotel Capitol in Bukit Bintang, one of the most popular areas for tourists in KL. Although there’s no shortage of shopping opportunities anywhere in KL, there’s no doubt that Bukit Bintang is one of the top go-to places. My favorite malls in KL are all in Bukit Bintang – Sungei Wang Plaza, Pavilion, Lot 10 Shopping Mall, Starhill Gallery, and Berjaya Times Square, etc. Aside from shopping, I also have an infatuation with food! I can get my hands on just about any type of cuisine imaginable in Bukit Bintang (thanks to KL’s diversity). At night, you will be greeted by the glitzy lights and multitude of international restaurants and pubs; it’s an area where I can find pleasure in people watching! Seeing other people have fun and going about their daily activities is enjoyable for me. It’s hard not to stare at all the various characters passing by. People are fascinating, so this reason needs no more explanation.