After my rather luxurious 12-hour flight on business class (Malaysia Airlines) from Frankfurt airport, I landed in KL. Three days of just doing whatever I wish in Malaysia until the next flight back to Melbourne. The long haul is definitely a lot easier if you break it up into smaller trips with several days in between (I also couldn’t resist KL, which was my home for three years back in 2003 to 2005 where I finished off high school). The jet lag did seriously throw me off and so I apologize ahead of time that my documentation of KL this time round isn’t as rich in content as my previous transit on my way to Europe! I additionally wanted to avoid doubling up on places I have visited unless it was something new and worth talking about, haha (don’t think you need to see that I ate the same meal at the same place three months after I posted it again)!
The three days in KL went by very quickly. Was dead tired on the first day because of the lack of sleep I had on the plane. Went to the city centre the day after and met up with some friends on the last.
KLCC was one of my major stops around town this time, the mall beneath the Petronas Twin Towers (once the tallest twin towers in the world). My primary reason for coming to the city centre to relax is thanks to Kinokuniya Bookshop and their cafe at the top floor of the mall.
You get a great view of the park and the skyline from the top and can enjoy a good and cheap brewed coffee. Kinokuniya seems to have a richer collection of books to look at too (not to mention the Japanese section, which I spend quite a bit of time in as well).
Just next to KLCC Shopping Mall is the convention centre. The annual PC fair is held there. I also have fond memories of town centre as I carried out a field study for my undergraduate research in this area, investigating the local microclimate within the city centre with a thermal camera (yes I did my Bachelor degree in Melbourne, but was able to travel back to KL mid-year for a break and to provide my project with some “international flavour”).
Centre courts of all malls in KLCC (seems to be a common design element) always seem to have exhibitions taking place. This one was for Ralph Lauren. Freebies? I have no luggage space so I’ll pass!
The structural design of the roof just fascinates me, a number of truss structures (triangulated steel frames) were used to create this “sort-of” circular covering above the centre court.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for an afternoon snack, need to make good use of my coffee bean card! I get points for every purchase, which I can redeem at the cafe for more food.
One side of the twin towers, the Celcom Tower is next to it on the left, weather not looking so nice so I’ll go back in. What I find quite convenient about the mall is that public rail transport passes right beneath the building, so as long as you can make it to the station near your place without getting wet, you’ll be dry all the way!
It had rained once, but in Malaysia, you’ll never know when it will start again!
Twas a very wet day when I went downtown. Amcorp Mall, which is a small shopping centre in the Petaling Jaya district is near the station I usually go to (because it was semi-close to where I was going out for dinner).
If you want to eat seafood, here’s a good place to go! “Fresh Unique Seafood”, I know it’s definitely fresh, but unique?
I guess you could consider the restaurant unique because it is the only place in KL that I know displays this much seafood in tanks in the eating area. Might not appeal to some and others may think that you’d be more than happy to have someone else’s dinner observe you as you eat their friend. I think there’re about 72 tanks of seafood on display and you select your dish from these tanks. Definitely a lot of species to choose from, so don’t worry.
Freshly steamed prawns are still one of my favourite seafood dishes, served with chilli in soy sauce as a dip (or a nice Thai lemon chilli sauce)! Of course that wasn’t the only dish I had, but it became quite difficult to take pictures of the other dishes once I had started peeling the prawns with my bear hands!
These fish are not for sale and would probably not taste good if they ended up on your plate anyway!
Neither is the crab! But you’ll certainly be able to find the place if you look out for it.
Apart from seafood, I got a change to have some nice Japanese food on the day before I returned to Melbourne. Izakaya Ichiban, a “Restoran Jepun” or Japanese Restaurant in Plaza Damas near Sri Hartamas (quite a well-known district in KL).
Lots of sauces, toothpicks, seasonings, etc to choose from. You can’t go wrong here!
I think the Japanese interior design adds to the atmosphere and flavour of the food! Loving it.
Chose a Japanese box set as it offered the most of the cuisine in one meal. Fruit, egg custard, salad, miso soup and the tea, all before the the main course!
Sashimi, eel, stuffed tofu and tempura, though you’d normally consider serving them individually!
Went to the nearby café after the meal for a late night coffee. Cafe Le Passione.
…for a lasting memory, how appropriate to put a picture of Venice as I definitely will have lasting memories of my trip. It’s almost the same angle as one of my pictures too.
The way the coffee is served reminds me of cafés in Austria, where you’ll always find a glass of water
Certainly a lasting memory and a lot of things went through my mind about the past three months in Europe (including the jet lag) the day after when I was heading towards my gate at KLIA airport.