It was like Metro Manila at first glance. The only difference is the people you’d see walking along the streets of Bukit Bintang. A variety of Chinese-Malay, Malays, Indians and a few expats and tourists. The population of Malaysia is roughly around 30 million, so you’d see that the city of KL is impressively organized and less crowded compared to Manila. Transportation is easier and more systematic with well maintained buses and clean and spacious bus stations.
Coming back from the island of Lang Tengah with a sun kissed tan and a contented smile on my face, I eagerly savored my solitude exploring the city. Although it didn’t last long because my good friend Venice followed me in KL wishing to catch up. I only had limited time to make the most of Malaysia so I told myself I should probably enjoy my remaining days till I go back home in the Philippines.
I booked a very nice place with infinity pool at D’ Majestic by Swiss Gardens through Airbnb. This listing is located at Bukit Bintang and t’s pretty much accessible to almost everything. Chinatown is just a few minutes ride via Grab or taxi.
An amazing infinity pool overlooking the city.
I’ve been relying on my selfie stick and timer from my phone just so I can survive this traveling-alone experience. It’s such a liberating feeling. Doing all these things by yourself like discovering places, asking directions from locals, trying out unfamiliar foods, bargaining from Chinese merchants and asking a stranger to take a photo of you.
Malaysia isn’t one of those countries I’m dying to see only because I feel like it’s easily accessible for Filipinos, like Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore. The weather is almost the same except their monsoon season, wherein it falls from November until March.
My experience with this city was a memorable one. Initially, the only thing I was looking forward in Malaysia was the time I’ll be spending at Summer Bay Resort in Lang Tengah, KT but little did I know that there’s more for me in KL too! I met some cool people at my friend Venice’s hostel. It’s very interesting to know that each of these individuals have their own share of stories as to why they love traveling. Some just wanted to forget from their past relationships, some travel because they wanted to widen their network because of their business, and for most they just wanted to experience different cultures. I guess I fall on this category.
Chang beer is the bomb!
Petaling street full of chekwa.
One thing that made me love Malaysia is their coffee! Iced cold bittersweet coffee after a meal seems to be a thing considered normal here in this place. Almost all locals are having this like desserts.
Coffee on a plastic bag like this looks unappealing but when you get to try it, you’ll disregard the ugly packaging because it really taste awesome.
I spotted a gift and souvenir shop that sell chocolates like Beryl. Cheap thing for a chocolate candy that taste like Hershey’s almost. But Snickers Malaysia version made my happy hormones dance with glee.
Indian babes fashion magazine
Cute owl tote bags!
Food is delicious but not all, especially the ones that I’ve tried here in Chinatown. I don’t like the taste of this honey chicken (i’m not sure what this one is called really). It taste half cooked and I don’t like the smell. Give me a bowl of Kimchi noodles and I’d prefer eating them even if it’s damn spicy.
Not really a fan of Chinese food. I’m just giving my honest opinion here.
A little Buddhist altar
Chinatown is mostly busy with tourists. I bought a few stuff like nutmeg oil, chocolates, bags of coffee, a few souvenirs, and some fish crackers from Kuala Terengganu.
Still thinking about where to go for my next travel. Schedule has been pretty tight lately. Maybe I’ll consider Bali Indonesia next.