Thursday, July 21, 2016

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

It’s a bittersweet feeling every time I am in Kuala Lumpur.  More than a layover, it has been an intangible repository of memories spent with different set of friends.  It’s been a while since I last visited the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For the first quarter of this year and during summer, my ingress in the city have been frequent.  The shortest, being 12 hours and an overnight stay being the longest. It has served as a layover for the long trips that our group has scheduled in Southeast Asia.


JALAN ALOR FOOD STREET

Stalls aligned on both sides of the busy street of Jalan Alor was a charm.  The patrons have increased in number as the midnight approaches.  Twice had I went back to the said street after an evening flight from Manila, and the area gets livelier each time.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

Hawker stalls and seafood restaurants became an instant drinking spree during night time.  We came for dinner and ended up drinking.  But the same is expected anyway.

BATU CAVES

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

The midday sun was unforgiving.  Our group having been in Kuala Lumpur City for quite a number of times, we have run out of things to do and places to visit as part of our itinerary - of the unknown and less travelled.

MY travel buddies and I, then decided we go visit the world’s tallest Murugan statue in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.  The site is now easily accessible through a commuter train at Batu Caves commuter station unlike before where we were left with no choice but to ride a bus and walk towards the entrance gate.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

The vicinity is now commercialized.  There are a lot of vendors and patrons and the macaque monkeys remain a mainstay.  The limestone hill of Batu Caves providing a series of cave connections is an important religious landmark for Hindus.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR


THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR


I opted not to take the flight of stairs leading to the limestone hill and view the temples at the cave.  I decided to just lounge at the souvenir shops at the foot of the hill and people watch.

CENTRAL MARKET

The Central Market is always part of my itinerary whenever I visit Kuala Lumpur.  It has become a familiar place for me to buy cheap souvenirs and dark chocolates to be specific.

There are times that an event is held at the front of the Central Market and we are fortunate to have witnessed the same.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

PETRONAS TOWER, KL TOWER AND THE STREETS

It is an inevitable backdrop while wandering on the streets of Kuala Lumpur that the Petronas Tower or the KL Tower takes a peek. 

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

The imposing structure of Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004.  The vicinity that surrounds is a good place to lounge as well.  From the KLCC mall and the gardens that serve as picnic area and photo shoot stage, respectively, the visitors of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, even for just a few hours before heading to wherever destination will be, are definitely entertained.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

Street art is becoming common as well on the sidewalks of the city.  The bare walls and fenced gates before are now vibrant and colourful.  The city is evolving each time I visit.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

A layover in Kuala Lumpur even for just a few hours can be a revelation as well.  Instead of just being at the airport stuck for hours and waiting for the next flight, why not take the bus or train to the KL Central and do an instant exploration.

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

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