Kuala Lumpur

My sister and my brother in law decided to bring us around Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, to do some photo shoots. This was probably the only true vacation day Angelina and I had since we just got done with all of our wedding events. By the way, the word ‘Kuala Lumpur’ means ‘Muddy Confluence of Rivers’ and it is the capital of Malaysia.

We left early in the morning and reached the Petronas Twin Towers Building at about 8:30 AM. We were hoping to obtain the free tickets to visit the skybridge at the 41st floor. The “Entrapment movie by Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones was filmed here. There are only 1300 timed tickets per day and it is given out on a first come first served basis. To our surprise, the queue was rather long by the time we reached the ticket counter and it was packed with foreign tourists. Nevertheless, we queued up for half hour to get our free tickets and I had a lengthy chat with a Swedish tourist who happened to be visiting Malaysia after spending 3 days in Singapore. Since our tour began at 11:45 AM, we decided to grab some breakfast at Suria KLCC shopping mall, which is attached to the Petronas Twin Towers Building. We had KFC for breakfast… woooo… partly because I wanted to see if there is a difference between the Malaysian KFC and the American KFC. In the states, you can choose either original or crispy. Here, it is either original or spicy. Here, you can also find bottled chili sauce besides the bottled ketchup.

Meanwhile, Angelina met up with her friend at the shopping mall while I was busy photographing the Petronas Twin Towers Building outside the mall. At 1,483 feet tall, it used to be the tallest building in the world in 1998. It is currently the third tallest building in the world…. the current tallest building is Burj Dubai in UAE (2,313 feet, 2009) and the second tallest building is Taipei 101 in Taiwan (1,667 feet, 2004). However, I believe the Petronas building is currently the tallest twin towers in the world. The skybridge tour was rather short… the visitors were allowed to spend only 10 minutes at the 41st floor skybridge. That being said, I became snap happy and I fully maximized my 10 minutes up there.

We had sushi for lunch, but somehow I spent more time drinking hot tea than eating sushi because I was so darn thirsty. The nice thing with this sushi restaurant is every table has a hot water tap… so, sure enough, I drank like 8 glasses of hot tea… the hot tea tasted more like hot water on my last glass. After our lunch, we decided to head to KL Tower. However, most of the roads were closed due to the Tour de Langkawi 2009, an annual international cycling race. So, we headed to nearby parks, such as the National Monument and the Orchid park to take some photos. We had Thai food for dinner… hmmm, probably the best Thai food we have ever had.

We came back really tired, but I was very glad I got the shots that I wanted.

Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Twin Towers Building.
Malaysia National Monument.

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