Friday, November 21, 2014

KL Hop-on Hop-Off


Assalamualaikum & Have a good day to all~

How's everyone feeling today? The weather are quite gloomy today with light rain thus I wanna took the time to write about my recent tour in Kuala Lumpur. Yup Kuala Lumpur, just 30km from my house in Shah Alam. Weird eh? Hehehe..

So, that day during Matta Fair my parents got a pair of free tickets for KL Hop-on Hop-off tour bus after booking a local package to Pulau Perhentian. The normal price to myKad holder is RM19 but I'm not sure for foreigners. However, you can get discount from Matta Fair as well, RM10 per ticket and also from for RM7 per ticket. Still quite cheap from the normal price, I think everyone should have a go. Although Kuala Lumpur is very near, but I still didn't know there are lots of interesting places to visit.

We started at the 6th station, Bukit Bintang.

This tour bus consist of a double-deckered bus and some of them have an open deck (depends on your luck maybe). However, we preferred to sit inside since the weather was flaming hot at that time. Hehehe. This bus stop at 23 attractions starting from MaTic and ends at KLCC. You can view the tour map here on the website. The bus operates from 9 am to 8 pm everyday and the ticket is valid for 24 hours. The frequency is every 20 to 30 minutes. Here are a few places that the bus stops at:

KL Tower
National Square (Dataran Merdeka)
National Palace, Jalan Duta
KL Sentral
National Museum
Bintang Walk
Central Market

For our tour, we only picked 2 stops. We started from Bintang Walk and the stopped at National Palace in Jalan Duta. The bus stopped here for about 5 to 10 minutes for us to take photos here. The palace is not open for public so we just took photos from the entrance only. The are a few horsed guards and also door guards here. I quickly alighted from the bus, walked in fast pace and snapped photos here and there. The palace is located quite far from the main gate but I could see from the distance the royal yellow-domed palace. Very beautiful and stunning.

Then we continued our journey to the next stop, Merdeka Square. I've been wanting to visit this place a long time ago thus this was the right time for me. Hehehe.. There are a few attractions here such as National Art Gallery, KL Library, Dataran Underground and also Sultan Abdul Samad building. We spent around 30 minutes here. I bought some postcards as well. The weather was nice today but blazing hot. A lot of foreigners here too, some in groups and some by themselves. Here, there are potraits for 6 Malaysia Prime Ministers; past and present. A few fountain here and there and the most important thing is the Malaysia flag on a very high metal pole. Surrounding the Malaysia flag are the flags from each states starting from Perlis to Sabah. However, the grass at the square wasn't very pretty as there a few patches of soils could be seen. I was hoping for all green compound. There is a miniature of Tugu Negara as well.

When we continued our tour, it started to rain after the bus reached KLCC. Thus, we ended our tour at Bintang Walk and planned to continue the tour tomorrow. For tomorrow, KL Tower here we come!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KL Tower | Kuala Lumpur

Alhamdulillah, after 25 years living in Malaysia (eh minus 1 year in Glasgow.. hehe nak jugak mention kan), I finally got the chance to visit Menara Kuala Lumpur or KL Tower. KL Tower is located at Bukit Nanas near Jalan Sultan Ismail. I recognised the road from Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur and also Concorde Hotel. The day before we already had a quick stop here when we were on bus tour. Thus the next day, we went there by car.

Since we came early in the morning, there were lots of parking space thankfully. The parking rate is RM3 for the first hour and RM3 for subsequent one hour. Other than the tower itself, there is several attractions here as well. There are aquarium, animal park, eco park, mini cultural village and F1 simulation. However, there are an additional fee if you want to visit these attractions except the mini cultural village since it's free entry. More info on KL Tower website, click here.

Me and the tower

My sister with hubby

Red parrot

Kekwat parrot

KL Tower Miniature

Cultural village

At the lobby, there are few shops and cafes. As usual, before going up the tower, I entered the souvenir shop and bought some postcards, magnets and pin badges. The postcards here are so pretty and I didn't think I could find it elsewhere thus I bought 15 pieces. One pretty magnet costs RM10 and the pins 3 for RM10. Quite okay la for exclusive place like this. There were few groups of school children as well. It's school holiday some more.

So we booked lunch buffet at the Revolving Restaurant Atmosphere 360 for three person. RM88 per pax including admission to Observation Deck. If you want to enter the Observation Deck only, it cost RM35. Open deck cost RM60+. Hi-tea buffet around RM50 if I'm not mistaken. Since we wanted the table beside the window, we were charged additional RM25 fee.

The lunch buffet starts at 11.30 am until 3 pm but there are two sessions. Ours was from 11.30am till 1pm only. The menu was awesome, a lot of variety and the taste were great! During my time, the menu were:

Plain rice
Tomato Rice
Fried beehoon
Chicken and mushroom pie
Beef medalion
Lamb curry
Ikan masak lemak
Pajeri nanas
Black pepper mussels
Tofu with crab meat
Smoked salmon
Pumpkin soup
Ikan bakar
Vegetarian sides (tempura veggies and fritters)
Chicken and mushroom clear soup
A wide variety of salad including kerabu betik
A wide variety of cakes and desserts

Hot tea/coffee
Air batu campur (shaved ice)

Drinks like juices or mineral water cost additional cost.

Splendid view although a bit hazy

Posing dulu before makan

Love the roasted chicken

Lots of mussels

Pumpkin soup. Sweet and yummy.

Sushi and sashimi


Stalker in the house.. beware~

Towers around the world for comparison

What a meal we had. Our stomachs were full. Alhamdulillah. I managed to grab which food I wanted and enjoyed them very much. Maybe next time I will come for hi-tea.

After finishing our lunch session, we headed down to the Observation Deck. Here lies a few souvenir shops and Nikon binoculars. Luckily the binoculars are free of charge. There are comparisons of tower across the world too. I was excited seeing Berlin Fernsehtum since I've been there before. Hehehe..

Okay, that's all for KL Tower update. Thanks you Along for belanjaing me. Hehe..


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