Thursday, October 16, 2014

Memories of Malayasia - Day 6 Fly to Penang

It was our time to leave KL so we started the day with a swim at the apartment pool followed by a taxi pick up at 11.45am. Su-Yi travelled in on her lunch break to collect the apartment key and to say goodbye. Such a fantastic Air BnB host! The sun was in the boys' eyes so it was hard to get a good photo. This is in front of her apartment where there was a paved area, fountains and a security guard.

 Su-Yi booked the large taxi for us and it cost 160 rgt to the airport (about $50 Aus). The airport was about 40-60 minutes from our apartment. 

The LCCT (low cost carrier terminal) is not very fancy. Our flight was delayed by about 45 minutes so we filled in time with lunch at McDonalds and just sitting around. The flight itself took about 1 hour 10 minutes and cost $15 AUS each. It looked like there were lots of 'day commuters' and the flight was full.

I had pre-arranged a transfer from the airport to our next hotel, the Eastern and Oriental in Georgetown. We arrived and checked in just in time for drinks and snacks by the pool. Thanks to a recommendation from a friend about club lounges, I managed to find a good deal on AsiaRooms that included club lounge entry. That meant we enjoyed snacks and drinks (softdrink, wine, beer and basic spirits (gin and tonics for me)) for an hour or so in the early evening.

Our boys were the only children there but that didn't matter. We saw some other Australians and they commented on how well behaved the boys were. Our room was in the Victory Annexe which is the new section of the hotel. The building still ekked 'history' though. So timeless and classic. This was one of those 'once in a lifetime' experiences that I will never forget.  

E&O Lobby

Lobby bathroom (just so you can get a feel for the style)

Pool area


View from our room

Our room - it was very spacious. Mr J loved the telephone near the toilet. He may have called the front desk.

*If you can afford, go for a club room with access to the club lounge for evening snacks and drinks! We did not need to buy dinner on the nights we had club lounge access. Perhaps also because we didn't feel like venturing out after a couple of wines by the pool.

*Go the Eastern and Oriental. It is luxury so not cheap but I enjoyed every minute so I consider that to be 100% value for money!

Memories of Malaysia - Day 5 KL Bird Park, OMG, Lot 10

After a lie-in and swim, we headed off on the monorail back to KL Sentral and then a train to the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station.

It was a long, hot walk up the hill to the bird park. Once in, we headed to the bird show where we saw parrots doing tricks and hornbills flying through the air. The show was simple but the kids loved it.

 The parrots were very clever and drove the little cars.

 And worked out how to do a puzzle.
 The bird knew exactly where the ball was!
 Walking away from the bird show stadium, we saw lots of monkeys just lying around on top of the aviaries.

 We sat down for a while in front of a little waterfall.
There were lots of different types of birds, some types we hadn't seen before.

 Most of the birds were walking around inside the park.



Some birds we were familiar with.


 The heat made us a little crazy.

Mr J took control of the camera and was obsessed by bottoms.


At the fish pond, we purchased some food for the fish (and drinks for ourselves!). Mr J was a real celebrity with a visiting group of businessmen from Sri-Lanka. 

 I told J he should start charging a photo fee!

It was all good until J fell into the fish pond. He just leaned over a bit too far while he was feeding the fish! He was OK, it gave him a fright but we had no dry clothes for him. Fortunately his clothes dried out quickly in the humidity! (There is no photo as he was too distressed at the time.)

Despite K's hesitations, we had our photo taken with the birds. The attendants placed the birds one by one on us and instructed them to stay still for the photo. They were so well trained.  I'm glad we had the photo taken, it was such fun,despite the fact that I look like I am melting! Mr K is keeping a close eye on the bird.

Learning our lesson from getting there, we took a cab back to the city centre which was a set fee (18 rgt).

It was then time for some shopping in the Pavilion shopping centre. I found the prices to be about the same as Australia, except for the Body Shop which was on sale for about 1/3 of our prices.

We had a nitrogen ice cream as a treat then walked around a bit and went down to the Lot 10 basement food court.

This was a recommendation from our Air BnB host and it was a great place to experience hawker food for those who are hesitant.  The boys tried duck for the first time. There were loads of choices.


We had a very colourful dessert and then it was time to go back to the apartment after another busy day. 

*It was a long walk up the hill in the heat to the bird park, I would strongly suggest forking out for a cab fare! With the combination of monorail, train and walking from our apartment it would have been so much quicker just to get a cab.

*Take lots of water, although you can buy in the park.

*Make sure you arrive in time to see the bird show. 

*Fork out the 35 rgt for the bird photo. Give the assistants your camera and they will also take pictures for you. 

*The Lot 10 hawker foodcourt is great way to try hawker food - highly recommended.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Memories of Malaysia - Day 4 Part 2 Berjaya Times Square

After a rest and a swim we headed out for dinner at Berjaya Times Square. This shopping centre wasn't far from our apartment and we took the monorail (just one stop).

We checked out the indoor archery centre but our boys were too young to try.

We then went up to the top floor to look at the indoor roller coaster and amusement centre. Unfortunately you could only buy an all day pass for 130 rgt each so that was a bit disappointing. We had a look around the rest of the shopping centre but there was no inspiring shopping (mostly independent stores, a Borders and electronics) and we were all tired.

Dinner was at Subway and we grabbed some groceries including carrots from Australia! The best part of the evening was the Grand Musical Staircase. Apparently it cost $1.5m rm and took 13 weeks to build.  The landing area of the staircase had liquid panels that produced ripples with every footstep. That was pretty cool!