To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”
by Josh Billings
We started traveling abroad when MG turned 5 years old. I thought it was the perfect age to introduce her to things outside of home, outside of the country. She was at that age wherein she can remember things, especially things out of the ordinary and riding the plane was something that rarely happens. She has fond memories of her first plane ride. In Singapore, we did a lot of firsts together. First time to ride an MRT, first time to ride a bus, first time to visit Universal Studios. It was a memorable trip for both of us. It was her first and my first with her. We didn’t want it to end. And we had several trips abroad after that.
So last year we decided it was time to up the game and travel to several countries continuously for two weeks. We thought we were ready. We declared ourselves already “experts” in the field of travel. So what’s two weeks, right? It was final. Banana Pancake Trail it was. You can find our itinerary in full here. But first, Kuala Lumpur.
We spent the first 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a bus ride to Penang where we spent another two days before moving on to Bangkok. It was nice to revisit these two cities. We were traveling with a friend who had not been to Malaysia so we played tour guide, showing her common landmarks like the Petronas Twin Tower and Bukit Bintang. We rode the MRT, tried local cuisine, did a bit of shopping. There was nothing much to do in Kuala Lumpur so we only dedicated one full day to do touristy stuff.
Here’s a rundown of our Kuala Lumpur leg:
- We arrived in Malaysia via Air Asia late in the evening. We didn’t get a chance to have dinner as we were all so tired and just wanted to sleep. Besides, we already ate “airplane” food. But this airplane food we love. Air Asia’s Nasi Lemak is really good. Anyway, we checked in at Tune Hotel which is a short walk from the airport.
- The next day we had breakfast at Old Town White Coffee in KLIA2 before boarding the express train to KL. From KL Sentral Station, we took a taxi to Corus Hotel. Good thing we were able to check in immediately upon arrival. We then walked towards Suria KLCC to have our USD exchanged to the local currency.
- We rode the MRT to Dang Wai and had lunch at Restoran Yut Kee. I have never missed a meal here whenever we visit Kuala Lumpur. Must order are the Pork Chop, Roti Babi, thick coffee , kaya spread and the Marble Cake. This restaurant alone makes traveling to KL worth it.
- After that heavy lunch, MG and I were eager to go back to the hotel and rest a bit. But since we were with a friend and we only had that day to see KL, we then went back to the hotel and waited for the shuttle (free) to take us to Bukit Bintang.
- Bukit Bintang is over-rated. It’s just this one huge area in KL lined with big malls. If you’re into shopping, this would be heaven. But for us who don’t even frequent the malls in Manila, this was torture. We only go to Lot 10 for the food. And that we did. We just came from a hearty lunch and we found ourselves ordering Bak Kuh Teh. MG and I shared it. Friend had a taste and decided she didn’t like it.But you must know by now how much we love Bak Kuh Teh!
- We were early for the Ramley burger at Jalan Alor. It was that or we just couldn’t find it. So our next stop was Changkat Bukit Bintang which was one street lined with bars and pubs. A lot of expats frequent the bars here. We entered one that offered happy hour (couldn’t recall the name of the bar). I had Mango Daiquiri while MG had a mocktail and pretended she was an adult. Friend had a burger with fries. She went all the way to KL to have a burger. We joked about it.
- Back at the hotel after hopping from one train to the next, wet from sweat and rain, very tired obviously, it was time to rest and call it a day. But wait, friend hasn’t had her picture taken at the Petronas Twin Towers. So we got up, walked to Suria KLCC and took that damn photo. End of day.
- The next morning we were up early to catch the bus that would take us to Penang. First city down.
Follow along our Banana Pancake Trail adventure. Next installment next week.
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