Travel Diary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My feet are heavy, my body demanded the bed but I was too high to entertain the pleas for rest. I want to take everything in: the sight, the sound, the experience. It was my first time ever to I get to travel abroad; I was 22.

We arrived in Singapore from the Philippines two nights ago. Thankfully, my former team leader opened their modern, immaculately clean home to us; we were able to save money on our first night instead of staying on a hostel or backpackers.

The next day, we hurried to all the tourist spots we could fit into our 3-day Singapore-Malaysia itinerary and sleep on the bus from Singapore to Genting Highlands, Malaysia for 6 hours and a half. 

We spent the entire morning at a theme park in Resorts World Genting. Check out Things to Do in Genting Highlands here. And at noon, we took the cable car down to where the coaches are waiting to bring us to Kuala Lumpur. The trip took an hour. 

Phew! Isn't it amazing what adrenaline could do to juvenile bodies?

That's how we find ourselves at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, taking a hundred photos of the same subject matter. Until our sweaty bodies pressed us to step inside the building and shop for small trophies bearing the name of the city we've raced in. 

How many souvenirs do I need? I counted using my hands, assigning a name per finger as if I'm solving a difficult math problem. Well, it's impossible not to brag where I spent my weekend but I had to do it tacitly.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary

Our next stop is at Bery'ls Chocolate Kingdom. I tasted every flavor my naive tongue could nosh that I couldn't remember the chocolate variations I've pushed inside my mouth, save for, the spicy flavor.

How could I? My stomach churned; it was stabbing that I had to lean forward and rest my head on the upholstered chair in front of me until we reached the next bus stop.

The point is, don't shove untested foods in your mouth, even if they're free when you're traveling. Avoid emergency situations! This should be common sense, right? Ha, look how carefree I acted. It's not like you get to have free chocolates every day after all.

Hurray, we reached the stop! (Note: Sorry, if you find this icky). When I opened the toilet stall door, I had the surprise of my life to find that I had to squat all the way down to the floor because the toilet is ground level. Oh, this is new!

Have you been to Malaysia before? If yes, were you able to use a public squat toilet?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary

At the Malaysian Embassy, the officer processing my documents held me up for a few minutes insisting I spill the truth. I swore I'm telling the absolute certitude, "I'm not an actress." This experience tickles my pride a little; he thought I was someone famous. I won't deny it though, it's nice if it's indeed fact. Haha.

We reached Singapore at twilight. As much as I'd like to retire the night at my former team leader's HDB flat, we opt to stay in a hotel. I don't want to be pushy or brazen; one night at her house is more than enough. I'm forever grateful.

Tomorrow is our last day. We have to recharge to cross out all the tourist spots listed on our 3-day Singapore Malaysia itinerary. Geez, I wish I'm richer so we could stay longer.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Diary

Do you think you could tour Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a few hours? How many days would you allot in your itinerary to check out the major tourist spots in the city?