Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – We spent another Christmas away from home. Thanks to our friends and some relatives, it was still a festive and memorable holiday but, of course, nothing will beat ‘Paskong Pinoy’ back home. Hopefully this year we will be able to spend it at the Philippines! 🙂
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Our first impression of Kuala Lumpur is that it is among the bustling cities around the world. From towering skyscrapers to trendy fashion and geeky technology, KL proves that it can keep up with the nonstop evolution of the modern times. But aside from these fancy trends, KL does not forget about its culture. Places that prove this can be explored within the city, and among those is the Thean Hou Temple.
How to get there?
It was a shame that we have lived in KL for almost 3 years now but we just heard of this place. We rode the monorail from KL Sentral to Tun Sambathan, as we read that this is the nearest station to the temple.
We laughed and said jokes about how we should have just walked because it is only a station apart and the travel time does not even last 5 minutes. But, man! Yes, Tun Sambathan is the nearest station compared to other stations, but walking from there to the temple is still a hike! Normally, fatigue will start to sink in after a long walk but as we were nearing the entrance, we could not wait to get in.
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – All birthdays are special, but some are more special than others. Turning 25 is one of those! So to celebrate someone’s milestone age, we indulged ourselves in a sumptuous seafood buffet dinner at Lemon Garden Cafe in Shangri-La Hotel KL.
Read more about Putrajaya, Malaysia:
Putrajaya is a model township that has been constructed with detailed planning, innovative urban design and great respect for the environment. It is a city with a vision that also promises to keep the nation’s heritage for the country’s present and future generations. Its beautifully landscaped roads and parks as well as modern building are clearly reflected in the theme “City in a Garden.”www.ppj.gov.my
Putrajaya, Malaysia – We started our tour a little late after lunch to keep out of the harmful midday sun. The sun sets late in Malaysia (it stays light up until about 7pm) thus taking late afternoon tours are no problem.
Since we took the tour via car and it’s our first driving experience around the city, we brought a map (paper map) from Putrajaya Tourism Office, even if we have smartphones for GPS. We don’t want to be stranded in the middle of the highway (talk about slow connection to Google Maps). 🙂
Our first stop was the famous Seri Wawasan Bridge. This is one of the eight signature bridges connecting Putrajaya precincts, a must see at night as they are illuminated with changing colored lights. We arrived there in the afternoon so there are no lights yet so we weren’t able to appreciate its marvel to the fullest. Not to take anything away from it though, because it still looks amazing. From there you can see a view of the lake and the city. After a couple of pictures we continued driving.
Putrajaya, Malaysia – Art – based on things I’ve seen – involving politics mostly come off as subversive, if not satirical. There seems to be a thin line between its beauty and the government. A few, however, manage to make the best out of both worlds. Putrajaya is among those. We all know that traveling and doing crazy stuff goes hand in hand, but then again in this place, you’re right under the authority’s nose.
We started off with the idea of wanting to have a road trip in Malaysia. But since it’s our first time driving here, we chose a place that are not too far from the city. It came down between Malacca and Putrajaya but going to Putrajaya is much easier (traffic and stuff) so that finalized our decision.