New Year Celebration at KL (Part 2)

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Blog, Photobook, Travel
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New Year Celebration at KL (Part 2)
With a Day’s Trip to SG
ITLOG_No. 17
(29.12.2012-02.01.2013)

Being tired from the trip to SG the day before and returning back to KL at around midnight so we woke up late, we then went out and look for a place where we could eat breakfast, which was near Low Yat Plaza, where I got Nesi Lemak for breakfast, then walking to the doughnut store, carol got some Green Tea Doughnuts for dessert. After breakfast we started to walk around Low Yat Palza

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Low Yat Plaza or commonly referred to as PLY, is an established commercial shopping centre specializing in electronics and IT products in Malaysia. As an IT related product shopping centre, Plaza Low Yat, the most well known and most established among competitors and is to Kuala Lumpur what Sim Lim Square and Funan is to Singapore. In year 2009, Plaza Low Yat, has been accorded “Malaysia’s Largest IT Lifestyle Mall” by the Malaysia Book of Records.
Located at No.7, Jalan Bintang, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, PLY offers a great variety of single products with its collection of inter-chained stores. This is in contrast with streamlined arrangements in other electronics malls. Therefore, PLY allows the consumer to have greater buying power and freedom in selecting the products or electronic parts they wish to purchase. Most parts that are sold here are bargain prices and many stores also offer their services to assemble the parts tailor-made to the customers’ specifications.
Each floor within the complex has its own specialty, specializing in laptops, mobile phones, etc. Eateries and cafes can be found at most of the floors.

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We then transferred to BB Plaza, where we ate at Johnny’s Restaurant at around 1300hrs, which after our lunch we parted ways with the group and headed back to Low Yat Plaza again to look for stuffs, and then headed back to our hotel to rest our feet.

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At 1600hrs, we headed out again and took the GO KL City Bus which they say was meant to cut traffic jams and to boost spending by tourists (and I think it really does). We got down at KLCC and walk around and take photos of the Petronas Twin Towers at day time but there was a little bit of rain and decided to just go around Suria Mall where there were lots of sales going on around. Deciding to head back, passing through by a stall where they sell Durian fruit, and ate some, and walking around Jalan Alor to buy some souvenirs to bring back home. Buying some rice and with the food that we brought with us, we ate our dinner at the hotel, and took a nap after.

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Waking up at around 2200hrs, we then headed for Paradise Lodge to meet up with the group then started to walk going to KLCC, passing through the newly built walkway which was not there the last time we were in KL. Setting up in our spot along the park facing The Petronas Twin Towers, we waited for the countdown of the New Year, which was filling fast with people with loud horns blowing.

When the countdown started, the horns got louder and I waited for the fireworks to start, then it started, first, two sets of fireworks started shooting up, then another set started shooting up, then nothing… I had set-up the camera at the wrong place, the beautiful fireworks were bursting behind us and there were a bunch of trees covering them (sigh), anyway it was a thrilling site because the fireworks display was long and there were no other fireworks going off (unlike in the Philippines where the fireworks are all around and the smoke overwhelming), no bad smell of the smoke but your ears would really be ringing with the loud horns all around. This was a thrilling experience because it was different celebrating the New Year in a different country, with a different culture, and a different way of celebrating the New Year.

After the fireworks display was done, everyone started to leave and slowly filled the street going back to where they would be heading next, as for us, we headed back to our hotel and rested our tired bodies.

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We woke up around 0800hrs the next day and thought of trying something different for breakfast, so we ate at KFC, where we ordered a blueberry pancake platter, an egg sandwich and a blueberry tart with coffee and juice. Taking our sweet time to eat breakfast after which we then headed for Paradise Lodge to meet up with the group but decided not to tag along with them and instead to walk going to KLCC. Passing through the elevated walkway again and through the mall, we took photos of The Petronas Twin Towers from all possible angles that we could take, then riding the GO KL Bus back to Bukit Bintang to our hotel and wait for the meeting time at around 1800hrs for dinner at Al Amar Express, in front of Fahrenheit 88 Mall.

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At 1700hrs, we left the hotel and headed for Fahrenheit 88 Mall to meet up with the group and eat dinner, arriving earlier, we decided to go around the mall and see the shops there. By 1800hrs we met up with the group and ate dinner at Al Amar Express, where I ordered a Shawarma in a plate and tried to finish the food that the others ordered. We even got a complimentary dessert from the chef who was a Filipino from Cebu. After dinner the group decided to go around Bukit Bintang/Jalan Alor to buy some souvenirs, but I decided to go to the Petronas Tower to take my night shots. Bringing the kids back to Paradise Lodge riding the GO KL Bus, I then started walking to KLCC to catch the last light of day, but was not fortunate enough because when I got to KLCC the sun has set. Setting up the tripod at the bridge in the park, I started taking photos of The Petronas Twin Towers, then transferring to the other side and took another set of photos. Being contented with my shots, I took the GO KL bus back to Bukit Bintang and headed for our hotel, we then started to pack our bags so as not to be rushed the next day, then watching a movie on TV we fell asleep.

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The next day started at 0800hrs, preparing for the day we then checked out of our hotel and headed for Paradise Lodge to meet up with the group, where we were told that we would be eating lunch at KLCC. We all waited for the GO KL bus at the bus stop a bit longer than usual and when it arrived, we all piled in the bus and got down at KLCC. Looking for a Chinese restaurant, we were directed to the fourth level and ate lunch at Spring Garden Restaurant, where displayed on the entrance were awards for best restaurant from 2003. We ordered Prawns with Salted Eggs, Vegetable Noodles, Beef with vegetable and Yang Chow Fried Rice.

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After a good lunch, we walk back to the bus stop and we head back to Paradise Lodge to check out of their rooms and waited for the Van to bring us to the airport. When the van arrived, the others piled into the van while we waited for the other van to arrive, when it arrived, we then picked up another group and then was brought to the airport. Arriving at the airport, we then took a group photo then head inside to check in our bags, after passing through immigration, we got something to eat at Café Espresso, then walk around to the duty free shop to buy some souvenirs and spend our last Malaysian Money with us, I even saw a cognac worth almost Php200,000.00 (whew!). Lazing out if the lounge for our delayed flight, by 1930hrs, we were then told we could board the plane, we collected our things and headed out to the plane, settling in our seats. With another long flight back to Manila, I tried to have some shut-eyes but could not, so I just sat back and relaxed, arriving in Manila around 2330hrs, passing through immigration and collecting our bags, we then piled in the vehicle that would take us home and dropping off every one.

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Our trip to Malaysia this time was something different in experience, celebrating the New Year in a different country, seeing how others celebrate the New Year, experiencing a no firecracker New Year, and the thing that I like most, was how they take care of their tourism industry, where the government spend more for the free rides so the tourist could go around KL easily and would easily spend more.

Would we be going back to KL and Malaysia?

With the newly opened LEGO land, the other places that we have not yet seen, we would be excited again going back to Malaysia and experience more Truly Asia.

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Philippines License.

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