Friday, July 13, 2012

Malaysia Day 6

We did not have much planned for today, except Manny had said he will call for us late afternoon. We took ourselves off to the shops after breakfast.

We wondered what was the at the other end of the monorail line. Here is some signage. It goes to a place called, Titiwanker Titiwangsa. It took about the same amount of time to go to the end and back as it did the other direction to KL Sentral return. It was an interesting enough trip. We passed many large Western hotels.

We then took a light lunch at U Cafe.

There were a lot of these rather gaudy tourist buses around.

Manny collected us late afternoon and took us to his office to show us around and he made us excellent cups of coffee.

It was then up KL Tower. It sits atop a the delightfully named Pineapple Hill and was built primarily for communication purposes. Completion was in 1996 and the tower dominated the skyline until the even more impressive Petronas Towers was built. The lift took us up to a 360 degree viewing area. There is also a revolving restaurant above.

The views were stunning of course, in spite of the perpetually hazy sky, blamed on the Indonesian. It became a running joke for us. How is the weather this morning? Ok, except the Indonesians are burning again. (This is a serious problem) (This photo might be from our hotel room. I am not sure)

There are the twin towers. We are going there now.

Here we are, right at the foot of the Petronas twin towers. I was a bit blasé about them before I saw them. It is a stunning piece of architecture.

It is still daylight and we are in a rooftop bar of nearby building with the yuppies of KL drinking Asahis. Oh, here comes the owner of Cafe Marina to chat to Manny. Oh, here comes the chef to chat to Manny. We are coming to realise Manny is somewhat of a VIP.

Slowly the haze colours as the sun sets in KL.

We were so close to the towers. It was mind blowing to see them light up.

We stepped out onto the terrace. What a pity we aren't dining here. Manny had plans for us. After taking some outside ground level night time photos of the towers, he took us to a triangle in the middle of a large intersection for even more photos.

Then we were off to Prime at Le Meridien for some fine dining on steak. Ok, it was not cheap, but given how much hawker food we had been eating, food was costing us little and it was time splurge in an air con restaurant with excellent waiter service. Unfortunately I had caught a cold and it was at its worse that very night. No beer Manny. Get a bottle of wine, and a fine bottle of Chilean red he selected.


  1. I didn't realise those towers look like (huge) Cambodian temples when lit up at night.

  2. I can see why you would think that Victor.

  3. Those towers were *almost* finished when we were there and I feel rather sorry for them that Dubai (?) swiftly overtook the 'biggest in the world' label.

    I think you were very lucky to have a VIP taking you on a tour of his country, despite those pesky, air-ruining Indonesians he had no control over. :)

  4. Kath, life experience has taught me that everyone always wants a bigger one. But bigger is not always better. PT would be among my favourite tall buildings in the world and certainly high on the my modern list, pehaps only exceeded by London's Gherkin.

    Yes, he was fantastic. We left owing him money because he kept saying later, when we asked to pay our share. When he comes here in August, he will be happy to get some Aussie dollars from us.

  5. You're right. The Petronas Twins are a stunning examole of architecture at its best. Angles and curves in delightful symmetry. I love the photo of them through the glass roof.
    Such a shame that you had a cold on the night you got to eat a steak instead of noodles.

  6. River, a Malaysian workmate said the towers were boring. I don't think so.

    Don't worry, I enjoyed my non noodle dinner very much, in spite of my cold.