Kuala Lumpur

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  • Day22

    On August 3rd, we were up at 7 am with possibly the worlds worst hangover!!! And a major panic that Hope had lost her purse... don't worry Sue and Charles she found it :))))

    Luckily we got a couple hours more sleep before getting up at 10.30 to go to Finns Beach Club to meet Bron (Hope's friend from home) and her boyfriend Andy. We went back to the cafe at the end of the street for another fruit juice and quick breakfast, then got a bluebird to Finns (and ended up being late ... as per!).

    Finns Beach Club is AMAZING!!! It made Potato Head look terrible. It is much newer, and so everything is so modern. The staff are amazing, and were giving us towels etc before we even stepped in to the door. It's also a lot more quieter. Bronn had already reserved a bed so we had a huge double bed next to the beach for the whole day! The waiters and waitresses came round non-stop and could not be any more helpful if they tried. I had such a bad headache, but one of the waiters was back within 2 minutes with some paracetamol, and couldn't help enough.
    It was so much cheaper as well! Considering these are big beach huts, similar (but obviously nowhere near as good) as Ocean Beach - it is so cheap!!! In order to reserve a bed, there is just a minimum spend of 1.6 million (only approximately ...) which is only a fraction of the price of Ocean Beach, Ibiza.

    We stayed there from 12 until about 9.30 pm and had the most perfect day. Only downside was the cloudy weather. We had so many drinks, and had both lunch and dinner there. Hope had a burger which she said was the nicest burger she has ever had, and I had quesadillas which were so good. Then later on we shared nachos - which were easily the best nachos we have ever had!!! We ate so much that we had a nap.

    It was ladies day, so I got my nails painted for free. They had a DJ on all day, but at night time, as it was ladies day, they had some male dancers who were bringing females up on stage. Between 8-10 pm, it was happy hour so Hope and I had 4 cocktails for the price of 1 (which was only about 7 pounds) so very happy indeed!

    Another brilliant day! And it only came to around £40 each which is amazing considering the amount of food and alcohol we had. We were so tired by the end that we got a bluebird back (this is when the taxi driver told us off for not walking away from the taxi ranks and explained what they do in order to stop them from coming to certain areas).

    We had an early night as we had a 6 am alarm set to catch the fast boat to the Gili Islands.
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  • Day26

    Sunday morning we had to be up and out our room for 10 am as all of the dorms were booked up. However, Brendan (the Aussie man who owns the hostel) upgraded us to a queen sized double room for the same price - so we were super happy!

    We moved our stuff in next door. Then chilled out. We had a couple of hours before we had to make much movement for the boat party.

    At 12 ish, we knew that movement had to be done. Hope had a shower, and I went to the shop to buy some noodles and some smirn off ices (we had to start slow!). Then we had some of our vodka that was left over from the night before.

    We got ready, then Jess came over at 12.45 ish. We had a few drinks, and got prepped for the boat party. Seeing as Saturday, the queue was still so big at 1.45 (the boat party leaves at 2), we decided to take our time. So we drank more, and left at 1.25 ish to arrive at 1.40. However.... we got there and they had gone! It was so awkward. We just arrived there and it was empty besides one person (we knew at this point it must have been dead for the boat party to have left early). However, they called another boat to take us off (definitely knew it was dead), and a few more people also arrived.

    The boat party is usually full apparently (and saturdays was definitely full) however this only had about 60 people on. We weren't complaining though as we decided to use it as a chilled out few hours on a boat.

    They had a DJ and people were soon up dancing. We didn't buy many drinks as it was so expensive! We sat on the end and just enjoyed chilling. They had shots every now and again, and we stopped at a swim point a couple hours in where everyone was jumping off the deck which was fun!

    Jess was absolutely loving it - her dancing is hilarious! She was telling everyone that she only came to Bali for this boat party (which we later realised that this was true...?!??).

    We were just enjoying the sunset on the back, and watching everyone! It was a good day - but we were happy with a more chilled out afternoon rather than a heavy one like everyone else on the boat haha!

    After the boat, everyone was smashed, with some paralytic. However we were pretty sober, and just absolutely s t a r v I n g !!!! So we went to an Italian and both got a pizza.

    Overall a chilled out day! We made a boat party into a nice chilled boat ride and enjoyed the sunset, but it was perfect as it was just what we wanted!
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  • Day152

    I arrived quite late in the hostel about 11 o’clock in the night cause it took a while to find how to get to “the explorers” my hostel in Chinatown KL.
    After checking my small room (just a bed, no window) I went out to the market near by and chilled eating a pizza in a reggae bar just next door.

    This day I woke up really late and during the breakfast around 11 in the morning I socialized with Sabine from Nürnberg a bit. A small woman in her 30s who worked as a teacher in a school for children educators. She talked a lot and we understand each other good. Later I need to by some adapter and a native Sim Card for my second cell phone at the Chinese market were the Asians sold everything so our ways got divided. Then I spent long time online to apply for a heavy Meditation Course (Vipassana) for 10 days and I got registered at waiting list…
    In the evening I walked around the centre with Sabine and we went on top of the huge city tower to enjoy the amazing view to the night lights of the skyline in KL!
    At a rooftop sky bar nearby we had an expensive drink, talked about heavy metal music and of course experienced the open air view to the famous twin towers!
    It got quite late and we had our difficulties to arrange a cap back to china town.
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  • Day157

    This morning I combined to try to accompany Emma and James on the bus ride to the cameron highlands. But first I got convinced by Tarek the guy working at the reception to get a police report just in case…
    So I searched a while for the police station. There it took some time to explain the circumstances of my story. The officers ordered a police car to bring me to the tourist police department where I wrote down the facts of my story to get my police report.
    After the police drove me back to my hostel where Emma and James already waited for me. I packed my stuff into my big bag as quick as possible and resolved the checkout at 12:10 o’clock.

    We reached the huge busstation of KL by Uber and had to wait standing in line at the ticket accounter long time and we knew we would miss the first bus. Suddenly a blind young man bumped several times into me and after we recognized that James disappeared from one moment to the other. We both thought that he went to toilet or something and Emma bought a ticket for the next bus for him as well. We waited and James did not appear or either respond Emma's calls. We became a bit worried cause he was a serious person and this kind of behavior did not fit with his image at all.
    Cause he looked tired and felt a bit uncomfortable Emma wanted to check the male toilets near by just in case he passed out there. (Remembering the monkey bite).
    I did not find him - no James - anywhere in the big crowded place there. We start to imagine what could have happened and thought even about that he could have been kidnaped with a knife in his back or something...1 . So we asked for help at the customer service and the police security to call out for him through the speakers and tried to force the for James through the speakers and to show a picture of James at the screens.
    Together with a friendly security man I checked all toilets on all floors of the station…
    We missed the second bus.

    After two hours Emma reached James with her phone and he told that he felt suddenly really sick and ran to the toilets and arranged a taxi straight away to take him to the hospital. He mentioned that he had no more credit on his phone so it was impossible for him to reach us. He wanted to fly back home to Australia the next day.

    Feeling exhausted and calming down again Emma and me we decided to by other bus tickets for the last one and drove in direction of the highlands. We sat together at the front seats and enjoyed each other's playlists.

    In the evening we met with Sabine again in Tana Ratan at a good Sri Lankan food store.
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  • Day26

    Über Hanoi lag heute morgen eine dichte Nebelschwade. Höchste Zeit für mich, Vietnam zu verlassen und meine Reise in Malaysia fortzusetzen.

    This is a tribute to Marvin - my friend :)
    ich weiß noch, wie du mir das erste mal stolz von deiner Heimat und deiner Schulzeit hier erzählt hast. Und als fest stand, dass ich dein Heimatland bereisen werde, hast du keine Sekunde gezögert, mir ein paar Tipps mit auf den Weg zu geben. Danke dir dafür 🙏🏻

    Dennoch kam ich (völlig unberechtigt!) etwas voreingenommen in diese Stadt, denn ich dachte, mich erwartet hier ein ähnliches Bild wie in Vietnam. Da lag ich ja mal völlig falsch !
    Kuala Lumpur hat das Potential meine neue Lieblingsstadt zu werden :) Kennt ihr das Gefühl, wenn man einen neuen Ort kennenlernt und einem alles bekannt vorkommt, sodass man sich auf Anhieb wohl fühlt? Das liegt in meinem Fall wahrscheinlich daran, dass der britische Einfluss hier deutlich zu spüren ist und es wesentlich leiser und ruhiger auf den Straßen zugeht als in den letzten Wochen (mehr Autos vs. Roller, weniger direkte Abgase). Und das, obwohl mein Hotel mitten in China Town ist.

    Die Anfahrt vom Flughafen war leider etwas unangenehm, von den kleinen beißenden Ameisen-Tierchen im Wagen mal ganz abgesehen... Denn Aman, mein Taxifahrer, wollte unbedingt auschecken, ob ich denn nun wirklich single und alleinreisend unterwegs bin ...hab ich natürlich nicht zugegeben! Mein neues Ego heißt übrigens Nina und ist 34 Jahre alt. Viel zu jung für seinen Harem also !...Future husband, sei doch bitte morgen früh pünktlich am Flughafen zur Weiterreise nach Borneo! Demnächst besorge ich mir nen fake Ehering 🙈
    Aman hat mir das wohl nicht abgenommen und auf Hälfte der 60km Strecke vom Flughafen in die Stadt links (ja hier ist Linksverkehr) an der Raststelle angehalten, weil er mich auf ein Getränk einladen wollte, obwohl er bereits 2 Ehefrauen, 2 Töchter und 2 Söhne hat !!
    Hab ich natürlich nicht gemacht und bin brav im Taxi sitzen geblieben während er sich die Nase gepudert hat...
    Und ja, er hat mir vorsichtshalber trotzdem seine Nummer aufgeschrieben und wird sich freuen, eines Tages Berlin, inklusive Harem zu besuchen 🙈
    Nun ja...

    Der kleine Zwischenfall war, im Hotel angekommen, schnell vergessen, denn mein Zimmer ist in der 14. Etage mit Blick auf die Skyline. Das erste was mir auffällt, sind Fallschirmspringer/ Paragleiter inmitten der Hochhäuser. Denn wer hier mutig ist, springt vom KL Tower in die Skyline in 16 Sekunden 😵 und das geht im Minutentakt bis zum Sonnenuntergang ! Echt verrückt und wagemutig !! Ein Basejump-Event einmal im Jahr, das ich zufällig miterleben darf:

    Vielleicht ist Kuala Lumpur das Manhattan von Malaysia ? Die Architektur erinnert mich an Boston/NY und es ist sehr angenehm, hier verträumt durch die Straßen zu laufen. Das Bild erfüllt mein Herz mit ausreichend grün. Entlang des Weges entdecke ich hier und da street art & grafitti im krassen Kontrast zu sonst herausgeputzten Glasfassaden.
    Die Petronas Tower erinnern äußerlich und innerlich (edle shopping mall) an das Rockefeller Center. Sie sind das Statussymbol des malaysischen Parade-Ölkonzerns Petronas. Die Herren der Schöpfung kennen Petronas vielleicht als Sponsor der F1? Für euch stehen hier einige F1-Wagen zum Probesitzen bereit.
    Meine lieben Shopping queens, hier schlägt euer Herz für Massimo Dutti, Versace, Gucci, Prada, Burberry etc. höher. Ich hab mir mal ein paar vernünftige Kopfhörer gegönnt (danke für die Empfehlung Jan), damit ich die lauten Asiaten im Flieger/Bus demnächst ausblenden kann.
    Bestandteil der Tower ist auch eine Galerie. Super spannend für mich, aus den Zukunftsbildern der Malaysier zu lesen. Die haben verewigt, wie sie sich ihr Land in 2050 vorstellen bzw. was sie sich bis dahin im Land wünschen.

    Den Tagesabschluss mache ich heute im Hard Rock Café. Seid mir nicht böse, dass ich diesmal keine Shirts mitbringen kann, der Backpack ist leider schon sehr voll und schwer und ich hab noch ein paar Wochen vor mir ;)
    Auf dem Rückweg zum Hotel bleibt mir noch ein kurzer Gang über den Nachtmarkt von China Town und die schöne Aussicht auf die funkelnde bunte Skyline vom Bett aus. Ein sehr schöner Kurzbesuch in der malaysischen Hauptstadt Kuala Lumpur :)
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  • Day138

    Wir sind zurück in Kuala Lumpur um uns hier mit Kevins Eltern zu treffen! 😊 Unser nächster Stop ist die Insel Tioman - hierfür müssen wir erst 5h mit dem Bus und dann nochmal 2h mit der Fähre fahren 🙈

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