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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Malaysia, Around Kuala Lumpur

 

After an enjoyable flight on Malaysia Airlines, our welcome to Malaysia by Immigration and Customs officials is a fast, efficient and friendly one.

 

Snapshot 5 (11-21-2015 1-53 AM)This warm welcome continues as we get to enjoy a friendly match of table tennis before picking up our rental car from Avis.

 

 

 

A check in at Sri Enstek Hotel for a three night stay and it is time for dinner before we venture off for one of the main reasons we are here. Like in South Korea we quickly discover that the Malaysians like their food “Hot & Spicy”.

 

Snapshot 7 (11-21-2015 1-54 AM)Thankfully it does not take too long to get another order of Malaysian Fried Rice which is really delicious minus the hot peppers.

 

 

 

As we leave Sri Enstek we are assured that the traffic conditions for our night time drive will be much more manageable than had we left a few hours earlier. With help from an offline GPS app, in about an hour we are standing beneath one of the most impressive sights in Malaysia if not the world.

Standing at 1483 feet, The Petronas Towers were once the tallest buildings on the planet. Even though they have now lost that prominence they are still an awesome sight to see especially at night.

 

 

IMG_0007Petronas Towers

 

 

A late morning start and we are on the road again this time headed for Kuala Selangor Nature Park. Our drive along numerous toll roads is rewarded with views of a lush green landscape covered with an abundance of palm trees.

A stop at a roadside venue for lunch and we get to eat like the locals. We are offered a Malaysian porridge that is served cold along with “Cucuk” which seemed to be a type of “jerky” that is grilled inside of palm leaves.

 

 

Snapshot 2 (11-21-2015 12-59 AM) A noodle soup, freshly fried chicken and a huge coconut as a beverage are also in the mix.

 

 

 

 

Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a bit of a disappointment but it has a natural beauty of it's own. This time of the year the park is filled with baby monkeys and we really enjoyed watching their playful curiosity.

 

 

IMG_0025On our walk through the park we also get to see salamanders maneuvering around an almost dried up muddy stream along with a brown eagle perched high up in a tree probably looking for its next meal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our next stop is a little more exciting but for completely different reasons. At Jalan Petaling we get to experience another “Chinatown Market”. Reasonable bargaining prices for all sorts of goods along with cheap prices for local foods and fresh fruits makes this a fun and exciting place for us.

 

 

Snapshot 8 (11-21-2015 2-06 AM)Just outside the boundary of Jalan Petaling we stumble across a beautiful Indian Temple where we are given another warm Malaysian welcome. We watch a ceremonial mass of sort take place then we are offered a meal which we enjoy on the outside of the temple.

 

 

A later return to Jalan Petaling and this time we stock up on pastries and fresh fruit before our last Chinatown culinary sampling of 'Street-side Kabobs”.

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