Jul. 21st, 2006

gemfyre: (doe a deer)
For a day “just hanging around in KL” we did an awful lot.

First task of the day was to make our way to Petronas towers and get tickets to the skybridge. Tickets were free, which was good. Because they were free there was a huge queue, which was bad.

Admittedly the queue moved pretty quick and after about 45 minutes/1 hour we had our tickets for 12:15. This gave us enough time to wander through the KLCC park, which was on my agenda.

Ironic that the best birding day so far has come out of walking through central KL. Six new species today and about 13 species in all.

Wandered through some shops and had an ice cream before making our way back to the tower. We were shown a video and exhibit about the tower then through security and crammed into a lift to go up to the skybridge – which is only halfway up the towers. You get 10 minutes on the bridge.


Skybridge from below Skybridge from below

A view up in between the towers.



So, I can say I have been up Petronas Towers (along with thousands of others). I can also say it is not worth the rigmarole to get there. The towers are much nicer viewed from afar, a gleaming edifice among the grimy city (stainless steel ya’know? We even saw a few guys carrying out the unenviable job of cleaning it all). But hey, at least I’ve been there.

After a wander to try and find the monorail (along the way spotting a stunning Black-naped Oriole) we found a place that looked likely for lunch. Beautiful, we sat out on a verandah with fans on us. I had Wonton noodle soup which was very tasty. The place had various interesting herbs and spices growing in pots. Kaffir lime and lemongrass smell sooo good.

Then made our way to the Monorail to get off close to home. Couldn’t get the damn Simpson’s song out of my head. Like a cross between a bus and a train. Not massively exciting but just to say I’ve been on the KL monorail. Went through the shops on the way back to the hotel.

After a brief rest at the hotel and organising the elephant tour for tomorrow, we headed off once again on foot to Berjaya Times Square. I understand the smell in Asia that people talk about, like inside an Asian food store. But there is occasionally this sulphurous waft from the streets too, which is quite disgusting.

Berjaya houses Cosmo’s World, an indoor theme park. There is a triple inverting coaster there (in-line, loop and corkscrew). Coaster was awesome, rode it twice. Went on some of the kiddie rides with mum and dad and learned that dad is a rather malicious bumper car rider – lucky he was just my navigator.


Supersonic Oddysey

OMG my first proper inverting coaster. Look at that gorgeous loop!
Supersonic Oddysey



Dinner was Kaiten Sushi. Awesome stuff, had 2 unagis. :) About half the price of Aussie sushi and more variety. I wasn’t game to try the jellyfish however.

So then we returned to the “thrilling” part of the theme park. Went on a Matterhorn like ride with dad. Dad didn’t like it but I did. Poor dad got squashed because he was on the outside and the centrifugal force is pretty strong. I believe this is the ride Sprat warned me about. Then went on a ride with mum which consisted of 3 rings of seats which are raised upon a high tower and spun around. This one scared me. So high, and nothing beneath me. Other rides were a Ranger clone, a wussier Orbitor style ride (slower and not as vertical) and then, for some reason the Top Spin. I don’t know WHY I keep going on these damn rides, they are always painful. I can deal with going upside down for a second no problem, but rides that hold you there or repeatedly fling you around – no good.

Rode the coaster one last time, still awesome, but by this time my energy levels were plummeting. We had a half-hearted look at some of the shops at Times Square then walked home.

Another big day tomorrow – heffalumps!

More photos of Day 3 can be found here - http://pics.livejournal.com/gemfyre/gallery/0000hdq3?page=1
gemfyre: (doe a deer)
For a day “just hanging around in KL” we did an awful lot.

First task of the day was to make our way to Petronas towers and get tickets to the skybridge. Tickets were free, which was good. Because they were free there was a huge queue, which was bad.

Admittedly the queue moved pretty quick and after about 45 minutes/1 hour we had our tickets for 12:15. This gave us enough time to wander through the KLCC park, which was on my agenda.

Ironic that the best birding day so far has come out of walking through central KL. Six new species today and about 13 species in all.

Wandered through some shops and had an ice cream before making our way back to the tower. We were shown a video and exhibit about the tower then through security and crammed into a lift to go up to the skybridge – which is only halfway up the towers. You get 10 minutes on the bridge.


Skybridge from below Skybridge from below

A view up in between the towers.



So, I can say I have been up Petronas Towers (along with thousands of others). I can also say it is not worth the rigmarole to get there. The towers are much nicer viewed from afar, a gleaming edifice among the grimy city (stainless steel ya’know? We even saw a few guys carrying out the unenviable job of cleaning it all). But hey, at least I’ve been there.

After a wander to try and find the monorail (along the way spotting a stunning Black-naped Oriole) we found a place that looked likely for lunch. Beautiful, we sat out on a verandah with fans on us. I had Wonton noodle soup which was very tasty. The place had various interesting herbs and spices growing in pots. Kaffir lime and lemongrass smell sooo good.

Then made our way to the Monorail to get off close to home. Couldn’t get the damn Simpson’s song out of my head. Like a cross between a bus and a train. Not massively exciting but just to say I’ve been on the KL monorail. Went through the shops on the way back to the hotel.

After a brief rest at the hotel and organising the elephant tour for tomorrow, we headed off once again on foot to Berjaya Times Square. I understand the smell in Asia that people talk about, like inside an Asian food store. But there is occasionally this sulphurous waft from the streets too, which is quite disgusting.

Berjaya houses Cosmo’s World, an indoor theme park. There is a triple inverting coaster there (in-line, loop and corkscrew). Coaster was awesome, rode it twice. Went on some of the kiddie rides with mum and dad and learned that dad is a rather malicious bumper car rider – lucky he was just my navigator.


Supersonic Oddysey

OMG my first proper inverting coaster. Look at that gorgeous loop!
Supersonic Oddysey



Dinner was Kaiten Sushi. Awesome stuff, had 2 unagis. :) About half the price of Aussie sushi and more variety. I wasn’t game to try the jellyfish however.

So then we returned to the “thrilling” part of the theme park. Went on a Matterhorn like ride with dad. Dad didn’t like it but I did. Poor dad got squashed because he was on the outside and the centrifugal force is pretty strong. I believe this is the ride Sprat warned me about. Then went on a ride with mum which consisted of 3 rings of seats which are raised upon a high tower and spun around. This one scared me. So high, and nothing beneath me. Other rides were a Ranger clone, a wussier Orbitor style ride (slower and not as vertical) and then, for some reason the Top Spin. I don’t know WHY I keep going on these damn rides, they are always painful. I can deal with going upside down for a second no problem, but rides that hold you there or repeatedly fling you around – no good.

Rode the coaster one last time, still awesome, but by this time my energy levels were plummeting. We had a half-hearted look at some of the shops at Times Square then walked home.

Another big day tomorrow – heffalumps!

More photos of Day 3 can be found here - http://pics.livejournal.com/gemfyre/gallery/0000hdq3?page=1

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