Room for Rent
Ali and I finally landed in Malaysia after quite possibly the longest layover in history. After a very long drive from the airport we checked in to the Ritz-Carlton, which is quite a bargain over here. Our first room was on the dirty/old side but when we requested a new room we were upgraded to the Ritz-Carlton Residences. There are no words to describe this gigantic place…a family of 10 could easily stay here without running out of space.
I’ll spare you more pictures of the hotel room but there is also a guest room and two more bathrooms. It’s like the hotel knew that even on vacation Ali and I can’t share a bathroom.
The service here is unparalleled. The staff is extraordinary and bend over backwards for your every need. I highly recommend staying here if you get a chance, just make sure that you request a room in the new tower otherwise you may be disappointed.
We took a very refreshing and successful swim yesterday, and by successful I mean I didn’t need to go to the ER for any ear issues.
Afterwards we set off to check out the city and hit a ton of attractions in the very short amount of time we had: Petronas Towers, Central Market, Chinatown, and Masjid Jamek which is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
We tried to locate the National Mosque but between some very wrong directions and the horrible heat, we gave up! The weather here is like Las Vegas in the summer but with 85% humidity so it is very tiring to walk around too much at once.
Since it was 3pm and we were both getting irritable from lack of food, we decided to forgo lunch and headed back to the hotel just in time for tea service.
Prior to our trip, many people told me that Malaysians love to shop and eat, and they weren’t kidding around. The malls are beautiful and I seriously think there are more restaurants here than in Los Angeles. You can get anything and everything you want….Malaysian food, Beard Papas cream puffs, Vietnamese food, Thai food, Indian food, KFC, you name it they have it. And no matter what cuisine you go with, the food is fantastic (although I’ll pass on the KFC thank you very much).
Malaysia reminds me a lot of India…there are some really, really nice areas, and then some really, really bad areas, but what I love about Kuala Lumpur is regardless of their financial status, people from dozens of different cultures work and live together with no obvious conflict. I see Arabs in burqa, Malaysian ladies in head scarves, Malaysian girls in mini-skirts, and tourists in all kinds of scarily disrespectful ensembles. But aside from a few leering looks everyone seems to cohabitate peacefully.
We are off to eat breakfast and then are headed to the airport for our flight to Singapore. I am sad that the vacation is almost over but I think Maya will be more disappointed than anyone. Soon it will be back to the Din Bootcamp for her spoiled little self!!