Our second day in Malaysia began with my beloved M and I waking very early to get tickets for Petronas. We were told (not by a few people) to get to the ticket queue as early as possible (i.e., before 7 am) otherwise they would run out of tickets and we would miss one of the most famous attractions in the world.
Well we got very early to the ticket counter, which was located at the basement of the Petronas Tower, and found out that ticket sales wouldn’t commence until 8:30. Oh, well. My beloved M and I killed time by alternately sitting on the floor during queue, shuffling a few feet here and there as the guards adjusted the line to make room for more people arriving (who obviously were told to come early, too), and taking turns shooting pictures of ourselves and crowd (see gallery below).
We got our tickets (about RM 50 each) then headed back to the hotel for breakfast. We planned to go to Bukit Bintang (the mall area of the city I guess) after breakfast, by taking the shuttle from the hotel to the city proper. The ride was smooth and fun (at least for me, since the driver was very funny) and there wasn’t much traffic.
The whole afternoon was spent at Bukit Bintang, where we toured the different “malls.” There were first class malls, very much like our very own Shangri-la mall or Podium in EDSA; there were not so first class malls, like our uhm… can’t think of one at the moment. And of course, the “should have closed before they opened malls.” I won’t mention their names since they’re so terrible I blocked them totally from memory. My beloved M and I agreed that the best mall was the Pavillion Mall, the first one we went to.
Things I learned/appreciated/discovered:
- Kuala Lumpur taxis come in a variety of colors, and the warmer the colors, the cheaper the fare. Red taxis are the cheapest ones, while blue taxis are the most expensive (think airport taxis and special shuttle services which usually charge more). There’re signs on the taxi doors that say haggling is not allowed, but I think haggling happens anyway.
- While everybody says go early for the Petronas tickets, we found out that unless you’re really gunning for the earlier trips, you probably don’t need to get there as “early as possible.”
- Apropos above, tours are scheduled at 9:00 am and 9:15 am; 10:00 am and 10:15 am; 11:00 am and 11:15 am, and so forth. The last tour is 9:00 pm.
- Again, apropos above, my beloved M asked the ticket desk for the best time to tour the towers and the guy behind the desk said “7:00 pm is the bestseller because you get to see both daytime and nighttime views.” Guess we all forgot that it rained every afternoon. That plus the humidity fogged up the glass at the sky bridge, making it almost impossible to see anything for a while.
- Riding as a passenger on a right-hand drive vehicle takes some getting used to.
- I will probably never get fully used to KL food.
- KL is better in many ways than Manila, but nothing beats your own home.
Ciao, for now!