Travel: Kuala Lumpur and Happy Birthday Dad

this isn’t my 1st time in kl. i’ve been here twice, both instances with the bf. i still have an existing backlog entry of my kl trip, but thank god for this opportunity and i can now share a more recent kl experience.

kuala lumpur

it’s father’s birthday tomorrow and every year, i let them visit me so they can have their annual vacation. since i already brought them to most of the sg attractions, this year’s highlight will be the kl trip.

we stayed at hotel lok ann, an old hotel at petaling street or chinatown district. old and nothing fancy, it’s similar to those i’ve seen in old hongkong movies…just enough for a place to sleep. the hotel itself is dim and no elevators, making difficult for us to climb the steep staircase. we were assigned at a 3rd floor room and i requested if we can transfer to a lower floor, since my parents are both oldies and it’s hard for them to climb up and down the stairs. so they gave us another room at 2nd floor, but i have to make an extra payment of rm20.

hotel lok ann @ petaling street (chinatown)

i can see chinatown street from the room window.

view from the room

for our first day, i brought them to menara tower. i pre-purchased the ticket at the hotel lobby for rm25, cheaper compared to when buying the ticket at the tower itself. we arrived early afternoon and waited until it gets dark, to see the night view of the city.

kl at daylight

kl at night

@ menara tower

after that, we went to the petronas towers for the mandatory photo shoot. petronas towers = kl, so we waited for 30mins for the rain to stop. i was silently praying for the weather to improve (sayang naman andun na) and thanks god um-OK.

family at the petronas towers

we had our dinner at suria klcc foodcourt.

suria klcc

we’re all very tired from the long walk that the mere sight of the hotel is now slowly transforming into a luxurious 5-star hotel. haha.

for the second day, i brought them to batu caves. unlike the 1st time wherein we rode the bus to reach the place, this time we rode the mrt so we can experience their railway system. the nearest mrt station from our hotel is pasar seni and from there, we alighted at the next station which is kl sentral. from kl sentral, we transferred to another line which is the ktm komuter, where the batu caves is.

pasar seni station

ktm komuter line

the train is clean and looks brand new to me. i’m not sure if it’s there way back 2007.

we didn’t climb the 200+ steps as my parents were no longer fit to do it.

batu caves

we just stayed at the grounds and fed the birds. we bought 1 pack of bird feeds for rm3.

feeding the birds

it was a striking hot afternoon, so we bought 2 ice kacang for dessert. father always tells me about the ice kacang he saw in a local tv show, so he’d like to try it. verdict, nothing beats our local halu-halo.

ice kacang on a hot day

happy birthday father! he can’t endure long walks unlike before (signs of aging). but i’m very thankful for this rare opportunity of bringing us all together. i’m wishing for good health and more trips for the family. 🙂

vacation 2012