Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Malaysia, Truly Asia

The weekend was spent visiting our friendly neighbor, specifically, the capital of Kuala Lumpur. The quartet of us boarded the coach on a Friday afternoon, confined within its premises for a good five hours with only Pocky and Ribena Pastilles for our rations.

When we get really bored, we had to resort to playing card games and doing forfeits as silly as forging Pocky moustaches....

..or putting mascara on the boys.

After enduring the horrendous jams in the city, we finally checked into our hotel and hailed a cab to sniff out the prominent KL's Claypot Bak Kut Teh of which its exquisite fragrance and impeccable taste still haunt me from years ago.

So, the cabbies in the capital do not like to be paid by the meter. Instead, they quoted prices and made sarcastic remarks like "Enjoy Walking!" when we turned away from their quotes. Duh. Anyway, being trapped in the traffic jams can be quite a bore, thus explicating our attempt at ridiculous faces.

Alas, we couldn't find the Bak Kut Teh I was sniffing out for and ended up eating Zi Char from a roadside stall. 'Twas not too bad. To a hungry man, there is no bad bread.

Next up was a visit to Zouk KL. The moment the cabby heard the destination, he astutely quipped,"You are from Singapore, eh?" Apparently, the locals do not favor Zouk very much. Ironically, the patrons of Zouk KL are mostly visiting Singaporeans. Ha ha!

Yeap, so it was a very sparse crowd at the club. There is a Terrace Bar, Zouk and Velvet just like Singapore. Oh, and the Loft where we spent the beginning of the night. 25 Ringgit for a jug of margarita, 80 ringgit for 2 jugs of Long Island Tea. Pretty cheap eh? Besides, we get plush plush seats to rest in.

Flaming Lambourghinis were pretty cheap too.

The music isn't too fantastic at Velvet though. But with great company, it was not too much of a problem, I guess.

The next day, we woke up at nearly noon to sniff out the elusive Bak Kut Teh once more. In midst of the search, Lloyd and Kevin became Trishaw Riders.

We finally ended up at a very commercialized joint of Bak Kut Teh where photos of celebrities were pasted on the walls. There were even electronic buttons you can press to call for service. However, the service was really bad. The Lady Boss left halfway while we were taking orders, a waitress directed us to another table and we got reprimanded for changing tables, etc. Hello! Your people asked us to move to a smaller table so you all can milk all the big tables to your maximum utility. Gees! I should upload the photo and forewarn people from visiting that place ever. It is not as if the Bak Kut Teh was soooo fantastic. My mum's one tasted much better. Bleah.

After that forgettable meal, we cabbed down for some shopping in the city center. What is there more to do in KL anyway?

Hours of shopping made us a tad hungry so we stopped (ironically) at a Hong Kong Cafe called Kim Gary Cafe which was strangely crowded. Sandy and I shared a cheesy load of chicken wing baked rice. I had a Ribena Ice Blended. Mmm. Not too bad.

Dinner (yes, dinner, you read it right) was spent at Genki Sushi. Bleah. Genku Sushi service staff kept forgetting our orders and the cha soba was of questionable quality. Blah.

We cabbed down to Bangsar, a rather quiet Holland Village looking area, sauntered around for a good 15 minutes before cabbing back to the city center once more. We visited the more popular clubs among the locals but it was seemingly brimmed with caucasians and SPGs (or rather MPGs). One of the supremely overcrowded dancefloor was open air with no airconditioning. Very warped.

Anyway, by this time, my camera battery has died. Don't ask me why. I just charged it fully before I left for the trip. I am just jinxed this way.

Oh right, at the Temptations cafe below the hotel were selling delectable pastries and cakes at half price after 7 o'clock in the evening. Each of them averaged at about 7RM. Half price=3.50RM. Effectively, they cost about SGD1! Slurp.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to sample some authentic bak kut teh, you gotta go to Klang (claypot or not, wet or dry). The bak kut teh in KL is pretty mediocre compared to the ones found in Klang.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Jacey said...

my hometown *sob* How I wish I was in KL so that I can meet you in person!!! Previously in California, and now, KL :(

btw, you look fantabulous ;)

6:54 PM  
Blogger jellybeano said...

Oh? Really? I am not sure where is Klang though....Hmm.

Oh Jacey you are from KL? Haa, what a waste. You should be home to bring me around! Tsk tsk. :D

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Klang is about 45 mins drive from KL (towards south west) if traffic isn't too horrendous. Apart from being known for its authentic bak kut teh, you can also find cheap and good seafood as it's pretty close to the coast. You'll be spoilt for choice coz there are many bak kut teh shops in Klang. Nevertheless it pays to know which are the better ones. ;)

10:52 AM  
Anonymous lloyd said...

Those were my eyelashes being massacred !!!!!!

I demand compensation for the emotional trauma inflicted on me.. :~(

2:28 PM  

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