Day 1 and 2
As I said, I arrived before the ass crack of dawn, at about 2 am in Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t want to actually leave the airport (it’s not actually in the city), so I decided to kill time. At first I was just going to chill at the airport or just explore it, but after seeing the 24-hour Burger King, I decided that I was hungry…again. Anyway, I ate this big ass meal (a whopper junior) because I didn’t see that I could order just a hamburger (stupid I know). The airport internet was unstable at best so I walked around for 3 hours, yes 3 hours, round and round the airport. At about 6 am, I decided to head out to the actual city of Kuala Lumpur. 3 buses and about 3 hours later, I finally checked in and located my room. I guess I had adrenaline going on, because after unpacking and checking my email, I took the shuttle bus and then got on a the skylift to go to Genting Highlands for a bit. I called it a fairly early night about about 11pm…slept a healthy 12 hours. Saturday, after working out at the gym, was spent relaxing with my computer (blogging and facebook) and reading a book.
So the woman I met, mentioned in my previous blog, was awesome. We clicked really well, and had an awesome time. We went to Genting Highlands to shop, explore the outdoor amusement park, get our palms read, and eat. We went to China Town in KL for shopping, getting our feet eaten by fish (well the dead skin anyway), and exploring. We went to some local attractions around the resort–a GORGEOUS orchid farm (I took the most pictures there), a strawberry farm, a mushroom farm, and we took this walking detour where met some monkeys on a road. We hung out at the resort: went to the gym, the sauna, the swimming pool, and spent one night just chatting away eating strawberries and chocolate. (She also looked over my research paper and statement of purpose for my graduate school application.) The last day she was there (which was only about a half day because she had a plane to catch), we visited a Buddhist temple which was AWE-some. I think we’d both like to hang out with each other again, so hopefully I’ll meet up with her in Korea this next year.
My last day, already…insanity. I had accomplished what I had wanted to do and some extra reading to top it off. I checked out of my room at around noon, and then stayed in the lobby for a few hours (after all I had HOURS to kill). I had a little bit of money left over (because I got my security deposit back when I checked out), so I went to KL and bought a few things. (My best purchase is a book/collection of articles about Malaysian culture and complaints from a Malaysian op-ed contributor.) I ended up taking the train to the airport and, therefore, arrived HELLA early. I had to kill two hours before I could even check in…at least the wi-fi connection was better so I spent some time on my iPod, walked around, checked in and then waited another 3 hours to board my plane (this time I read).
Shanghai screwed me over with a 2-3 hour delay (so my 1 hour layover turned into 3). Anyway, after I arrived in Seoul, I met my friend and her husband for dinner at Outback Steakhouse and then headed home…it was a VERY long day. I got home barely before midnight.
I absolutely loved my vacation to Malaysia and took a lot of pics. I’m so glad I went, and I’m doubly glad I made a new friend while I was there. I think both of us were pleased at how well we clicked: we tended to want to do the same things at about the same time. Oh, on a side note, these older men from India saw us in the resort gym and decided to try their hand at the treadmill (one fell off!). Then later on, they spotted us in the lobby and insisted on taking multiple pictures of us. A glimpse into the paparazzi world?