Exploring Kuala Lumpur
We just got back from another weekend trip. This time, we visited Kuala Lumpur (often referred to simply as “KL”), which is the capital city of Malaysia. It is a big city – with plenty of things to see and to do. On our long weekend there, we barely scratched the surface of what the area has to offer.
On Saturday, we drove north of the city a bit to Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a large 4 million year old limestone hill with caves that has been turned into a series of Hindu cave temples that are dedicated to Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan is the very tall gentleman in this picture, covered in gold.
There is a climb of 272 steps (broken down into groups of 17… yes – I was counting) to get to the top cave and temple. The climb is a feat unto itself – but manageable if you go during a fairly cool time of day and take your time.
What makes the climb an “adventure” though are the monkeys. Macaque monkeys to be more precise. On our walk up, we stopped briefly at the “Dark Cave” and both Marcus and Artie had a run in with this monkey… Artie came close to losing one of his shoes, and for a few moments – Marcus very literally had a monkey on his back(pack). I can’t say that living in Malaysia has left me with an affinity for Macaque monkeys…
Once you get to the top of steps though, the temple and the cave at summit are rather breathtaking. It is humbling to look up at the light and greenery seeping in – and around and realize that walls surrounding you are older than our concept of recorded history and time. It took my breath away.
The intricate detail in the sculptures and painting of the temple are breathtaking as well.
On the walk back down, you are rewarded with a beautiful view of Kuala Lumpur.
The Bird Park
We managed to get about an hour in at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park before we were rained out. The Bird Park is the “world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary” (how is that for a mouth full?). We only got through about 1/3 of the park, but absolutely loved what we did see.
There are dozens and dozens of brightly coloured peafowel throughout the park. In trees – on pathways – and often the males are displaying their fabulous plumage.
The aviary has a large flamingo pond as well.
To say that we were disappointed at getting rained out and not being able to view the full park would be an understatement. We bought some rain jackets at the gift shop, but the torrential downpour (and thunder and lightening) had us declare defeat.
After getting rained out at the Bird Park, we took a short ride over to the Central Market. Kuala Lumpur has a large market, where the focus is on showcasing Malaysian arts and handicrafts. At the Central Market you can find scarves – clothes – jewelry – bags – paintings… and of course Batik Painting.
We tried our hands again at Batik Painting while we were at the market. We loved it just as much this time as we did in Penang. I’m just blown away by the creations that Morgan and Artie come up with.
KidZania is something that both Morgan and Artie have wanted to do for quite some time. KidZania is essentially a small scale town, where kids get to try on various roles and jobs (i.e. pilots, fire fighters, etc.)that either earn or cost them money. Then, they can spend the money that they earn.
I love the concept. But the execution… well… no one enjoyed this experience. It was loud. It was chaotic. My nerves were vibrating from the moment we passed through “Homeland Security” (yes… they actually call it that…). I was relegated to the “Parent’s Lounge” for the afternoon, and Marcus waited with the kids in line after line… after line.
This is not a place I would recommend for any child who does not have patience to stand quietly in a line. Nor is it a place for anyone who is sensitive to noise and chaos.
Dip n Dip
After KidZania, we hunted down a chocolate dessert place called Dip n Dip. This place was NOT cheap – but it was pure bliss. We all had our own individual little pots of chocolate and we dipped marshmallows, strawberries, bananas and pineapple to our hearts content.
And then, we ordered more…
And then – we ordered a triple chocolate crepe.
And finally… the trauma of KidZania faded into a chocolate and sugar induced coma… and we declared it a good day.
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Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.