Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : KLCC Park @ Petronas Twin Towers

KLCC Park is a public park located in the vicinity of Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The park has been designed to provide greenery to Petronas Twin Towers and the areas surrounding it.
The 50-acre tropical landscape in the heart of the KLCC development provides an urban sanctuary for all. The public park reflects the tropical greenery, vibrant colours and patterns of the country’s rich cultural heritage while its calm setting help dissipate the tensions of city living.
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The park is unique in its theme and concept. This verdant area accentuated with specially designed water features is a work of art.
It features various amenities such as a two-acre children’s playground, symphony fountain, wading pool, jogging track, shelters and benches, patterned foot-paths and sculptures.
            
Approximately 1,900 indigenous trees and palms representing 74 species are planted to encourage bio-diversities within the park areas. Out of this number, some 40 trees were preserved and transplanted from the former Selangor Turf Club.
Another striking feature of the park is the Lake Symphony which comprises two water fountains. Located at the esplanade outside Suria KLCC, the Lake Symphony is programmed to provide 150 magical dramatic animations. The total effect is a light hearted and gregarious atmosphere.
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Putrajaya F.T, Malaysia : Goverment City & Mosques

Putrajaya is one of 3 Federal Territories in Malaysia. It also where most of the government offices located including Prime Minister office. It is 45mins drive out of Kuala Lumpur. Most of the building architecture are amazing with the combination of modern and Islamic influence. Also in Putrajaya, there is amazing mosque known as the “Red Mosque”. Great architecture inside out. Very calming – that’s what my friend, Ken, an American-Korean said.

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The Putra Mosque, or Masjid Putra in Malay language, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. It is located next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake. In front of the mosque is a large square with flagpoles flying Malaysian states’ flags.

The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time. The basement wall of the mosque resembles that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

The mosque consists of three main functional areas – the prayer hall, the Sahn, or courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms. The prayer hall is simple and elegant, supported by 12 columns. The highest point below the dome is 250 feet above ground level.

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The Sahn, landscaped with several decorative water features and bordered by colonnades, provides a huge yet welcoming and beautiful prayer space.

Its impressive minaret is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. At 116m, it is one of the tallest minarets in the region and has five tiers, representing the Five Pillars of Islam.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : Metropolitan City With A Soul

Kuala Lumpur’s very own Petronas Twin Tower or known as KLCC with the locals is a significant trademark of Malaysia. RM64 (student price) – not complaining. Might sound pretty expensive but for the view and the experience to be on the sky bridge at 41st floor and the view point at 86th floor, it worth the price. I mean, come on, it is not you gonna go up there everyday unless you work there, right? Well, go, if you have a chance to go. A must-visit place if you come to Kuala Lumpur or your visit to Malaysia will be incomplete no matter how many pictures you take below/outside the twin towers.

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I stayed in Serendipity Backpackers that situated in the middle of Golden Triangle – Changkat Bukit Bintang – where all the bustling nightlife comes alive when sunset down. RM20 (without breakfast) in a 8-10 beds dormitory room. Pretty OK; with a/c, shared bathrooms/toilets with hot/cold shower. I like the common area where most of the backpackers who stays there hangout chit-chatting, online, watching movies and some just nap!
I also love Travel Hub Guesthouse situated in Chinatown @ Petaling Street. RM22 for a/c dorm, inclusive breakfast. Quite spacious compare to Serenity Backpackers. All beds comes with own power socket and reading lamp. The wifi much better here, too. The fact it is in Chinatown, it is pretty much easy excess to everywhere as the LRT and bus station is nearby.
Batu Caves is a must-visit place if you come to Kuala Lumpur. It is a sacred place for Indians/Hindus. It gonna take a little bit of hard work as you gotta climb up 272 stairs to reach the top.
The rest, ask me. Too many to write about Kuala Lumpur! It is a metropolitan city with soul!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : Graffiti & Street Art

If you are backpackers and your mode of transportation to around is LRT and you stay somewhere around Chinatown area, I am sure this creative graffiti is no alien to your eyes.

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Also, I  was walking down the street to Changkat Bukit Bintang (to go back to my hostel – Serenity Backpackers) and on the way there, I saw a very interesting wall art on side of the 2-storey building. The art of the famous faces like Audrey Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth (with cigar, LOL), Amy Winehouse, Cleopatra, Eric Cantona, etc. I was pretty awesome. I like it.

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Applaud to the city council to allowed creative soul to paint the pale grey walls along the river near the train station 🙂 and many other boring white-wall buildings around the city.

F&B in Kuala Lumpur : Table 23

I never heard of Table 23 until the day I walked around with Tim to get a good coffee around Changkat Bukit Bintang area. Also not sure how on earth I could missed Table 23 since once in a while I will walked pass by in order for me to go to Feeka or now-closed Palate Palette. But oh well, now I found it and I am more than happy to share my foodie experience at Table 23 with all.

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Another reasons for me to fall in love with Table 23 is the minimal decorations, also some art works hanging on the wall and the old vespa perfectly placed under the wooden stairs. Nothing extravaganza but I guess the lighting just bring everything come to “live”. The ambiance is just too chill and I could sit there more than an hour whenever I pay a visit, regardless day or night.

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Pssst! Even the rest room is very spacious and more importantly is very clean. Haha! Anyway, since they also have outside sitting, I would like to recommend Table 23 to invest on the mobile awning because I was there with 2 of my friends last night and suddenly raining and although I already moved bit further towards inside but still… wet, just a bit. But nah, I am easy with that.
In term of the price, yeah it is a bit pricey but I’ve been to lots of other places that way more pricier than Table 23 charged for the same thing and sometimes not even the same par of quality! Maybe it is not fair for me to say that all their food are good since I have yet to taste all but so far, based from my experience, I am pretty delighted.
Well, just for information – they are not only serves coffee and western food, but they also serves tea, soft drinks, cocktails, beers and local foods as well. Now, I’ve been patronising Table 23 quite regularly for its Illy’s coffee, nachos (the tomato salsa and guacamole is the killer) and cottage pie.
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Nachos RM8.00
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Cottage Pie with Salads RM20.00
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Lamb Kebab RM15.00
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Iced Coffee Latte RM10.00
All F&B prices are subjected to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.Diners and drinkers may pay cash but Visa and MasterCard are also acceptable. Since they only serves lunch and dinner, they are only open from 11:30am to 1:00am every Monday to Friday and 12:00noon to 1:00am every Saturday.
For more information, you may want to visit their Facebook’s Page by clicking here or their direct website by clicking here
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Me, Andy & Christ @ Table 23

Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur : Orange Pekoe Guesthouse

Kuala Lumpur is not a cheapest city in Southeast Asia but definitely not the most expensive one if compare to Singapore. Sometimes, you could get something cheaper than Hanoi or Bangkok or Jakarta. You just need to wander around!
Introducing you guys a very nice guesthouse in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s CDB (Central Business District)/Golden Triangle area – Orange Pekoe Guesthouse (formerly known as The Nest Guesthouse).
Situated at No. 1 Level 1 Jalan Angsoka, Off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur F.T, Orange Pekoe Guesthouse is easy to reach by public transportation – taxi, monorail & bus and you have to walk just a bit.
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Some people said, this guesthouse look a bit grim from the outside which I guess because many immigrants (from Bangladesh & India) around this area but this place is considered very OK because many businesses nearby and the fact it is close to clubs/bars street (Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang) make the street pretty safe. That’s outside.
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But once you get inside of this guesthouse, trust me, you’ll feel immediately at home. The living room decorated with few sofas and cushions, also there’s a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, 2 computers and loads of books and magazines.
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You can make your own coffee/tea/milo for free 24/7 in the cosy and spacious pantry. This pantry also where guests come down and have their simple breakfast every morning from 8am to 11am. They serves toasts (white bread/wholemeal bread), butter/blueberry jam/strawberry jam/coconut jam (kaya spread), cereals – coco crunch & cornflakes, fruits.
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They have different type of rooms:-
Superior Single x 1 room
Budget Double x 2 rooms
Standard Double (Private Bathroom/Toilet outside) x 2 rooms
Standard Double (En-suite Bathroom/Toilet) x 2 rooms
Superior Double x 3 rooms
Deluxe Double x 4 rooms
Family Room (4 pax) x 2 rooms
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All the room are tastefully furnished with comfy bed(s) and pillows with soft duvet. Towel(s) provided as well. Some of the room comes with safety box. All room have a/c and also hot/cold shower. Iron, ironing board, hair dryer available upon request.
You are not allowed to smoking in the room but worry not! They have a small yet very cosy smoking area at the same level with the living room – the balcony.
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If you decided to come to Kuala Lumpur and stay in Orange Pekoe Guesthouse, once you are there, talk to their very friendly, informative, helpful staffs. They’re more than happy to help you. Without you asking for it, once they know that it is your first time in Kuala Lumpur, they’ll open the city map and show you the direction to go around. You’ll love them!
For the price, booking and more info, you may wanna check the website or you may also check from various booking websites like Hostelworld or Hostelbookers or Agoda or Booking.com
Enjoy!!!