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F.A.M.E


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Upper penang road

Upper penang road

Party time! Actually, right now it is way past party time, but I think the girls went to hard (not that I didn’t) last night and are still going to take a little while to wake up. Walking around the island alone is pretty boring so as I wait for them to wake up, I thought I might as well share our nightly adventure here on the island of Penang.

We wanted to go to a place where we would find more locals having fun than tourists, so following a little piece of advice from one of our front desk hosts in the hotel, they told us to go to Upper Penang road that is where all the entertainment happens. And so we did! Once we got there, it was somewhat overwhelming and at the same time really exciting! There were people all over the place, drinking, talking and dancing. There was also a huge variety of bars and clubs, all with vibrant music, neon lights, and chairs spilling out to the pavement with drinking sessions out in the open all of those things which made our decision of where to go even harder. We picked up some drinks and started to explore the road, talking to some locals and gathering some info of where to go.

We ended up going to a club named F.A.M.E, first of all because it looked really appealing, the music sounded great, and they also had a live band on the schedule which I particularly love! The club wasn’t huge, but it was just the size of our fun! We had a blast. We busted out all our western dance moves, and tried to copy the Malaysian ones, the drinks were at a great price, and everybody was having a great time without any preoccupations of fights or anything like that! Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to chat and get to know us, which made us feel even better. I totally tried to learn some local slang to impress the local females but they didn’t even care! All they wanted was to speak English to practice their English (I’m Brazilian for Christ sake!). At one point I thought I had lost the girls, or even that they ditched me to hang out with some Malaysian guys, but they were just outside getting some fresh air! To be really honest, I don’t remember how I got back to the hotel, but I am alive and I woke up just wearing my underwear, my shirt and still had my shoes on (go figure), and the girls were completely passed out. Hopefully (or not) there will be pictures so we can have at least some memories of that amazing night! I am actually surprised with how much I remember… Actually i just found the pictures, and will give you a little preview of how the club looks! Hope you enjoy!

L

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The Pearl of the Orient – Penang


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View Penang Hill

View Penang Hill

Location, Location, Location…..Just off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia is Penang which is also known as “Pearl of the Orient”. We went to the Ayer Itam Station so we could travel up to the PENANG HILL which is 2700ft above sea level and provides a spectacular panoramic view of Penang. The journey takes about 30minutes and there is a lot to see along the way…. Things like orchids, tropical plant life, and monkeys sitting by the rail or leaping tree to tree…..the furry creatures kind of freaked me out…. Needless to say, I didn’t sit next to the window and Luis was kind enough to point out some monkeys copulating or as I like to say “getting their freak on.” Thanks! Luis for that educational moment…Anywho, further up the hill we saw mansions with very well kept gardens. Andrea said when she wins the lotto, she is going to buy one…..looking forward to visiting her when that happens.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

We also visited the KEK LOK SI TEMPLE while in the area…. It is the largest and one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful Buddhist temples that sits on a hill in Ayer Itam. It was an amazing site to see… there were a number of praying halls and several statues of Buddha. The most impressive feature was the seven-storey pagoda. We gave a donation so we could go up to the top of the pagoda for the great view. After all that touring around, we worked up an appetite….and you know me, I am all about the food…. and the drink.

Keia Kpi Sin Hwa

Keia Kpi Sin Hwa

Anyway, we were told that Penang is famous for its CHAR KOAY TEOW (made with flat rice noodles stir fried with prawns/egg/chicken/sprouts and chives) so we went along GURNEY DRIVE area, well known for its hawkers stalls that assemble in a large outdoor food court, for a bite to eat. We stopped at a little coffee shop named Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa that is famous for its Char Koay Teow. I only had a couple prawns so I grabbed a couple from Luis when he wasn’t looking and I had to bribe Andrea with a prawn so she would keep her pie hole shut…it didn’t matter…. Luis noticed the missing prawns so he told me that I had to buy him a beer later to make up for the loss….I bought him two since he was such a good sport about sharing…. Last time I sneak some food from that guy.

Gourney drive

Gourney drive

Overall, it was a great day….looking forward to taking in some night life action….

E

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Barbie girl!


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Golden triangle

Golden triangle

Well, it’s early in the morning after our first day in Kuala Lumpur and that’s right we are still up!!! Here is why, after a full day of sightseeing we headed back to the hotel for some down time and to freshen up before experiencing Kuala Lumpur’s famous nightlife. Unfortunately this took us longer than expected. The draw to the computer seemed to be more than SOME of us could handle, but I finally managed to round up the crew and we headed out to one of the hotels restaurants for dinner.

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant

We choose the famous Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant which apparently has been named one of the best restaurants in Malaysia, famous for authentic Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. Some of the popular choices on the menu included Ma Po Toufu and Eight Treasure Seafood Soup. We weren’t quite that adventurous and opted for Chong Qing Diced Chicken with Spicy Chilli and Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles, both fantastic but very spicy. The experience was incredible; tea masters matched premium Chinese teas with our cuisine and displayed fabulous tea-pouring demonstrations form long-nosed bronze kettles. So Cool! I’m going to try and bring a kettle home as a souvenir.

Next on the agenda was some nightlife. Our waiter from the restaurant recommended a Karaoke bar across the street called Club de Vegas. Both our hotel and the club are within the famous Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur; an area famous for shopping and entertaining. So we walked across the street hoping for some good drinks and local entertainment. Well we got both, but not quite in the way we had planned. Part of the culture here is ‘social escorts', sweet young girls that accompany bored male patrons at the club on a drinking spree. Yes we had to relocate tables a few times during the night to avoid this awkward encounter, but after a few beers we had some fun with it. The most popular drink here is bottled beer, who knew! Somehow after a few buckets we lost track of how many, we watched our party embarrass themselves with versions of I’m too sexy, I touch myself and Barbie girl. Yup was time to call it a night. But don’t worry I have pictures!

A

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Good Morning Kuala Lumpur!!!!

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Patronas twin towers

Patronas twin towers

After a restful sleep, we were up bright and early today so we could see what Malaysia’s capital city has to offer. While Andrea and I were getting ready this morning, we sent Luis to Starbucks across the road from the hotel. You know Andrea…. She needs her coffee before she can function properly. Today we visited the PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS Luis mentioned in our first blog entry. It is one of Kuala Lumpur’s impressive icons and it is FREE to visit!!! We took a shuttle bus from the hotel to the towers. We arrived around 7:00AM and got tickets at 9:30AM! It was like being in line to get in at Nashville North during Stampede! We went on a tour of the Skybridge that connects the two towers on the 41st floor which is the highest you can go. It was unbelievable to say the least. We found a great place to take a few pics when we toured the area below. Before leaving I picked up a pewter figurine of the twin towers as a souvenir; pewter is popular in Malaysia and was mined in the area.

Teppanyaki

Teppanyaki

After our tour of the PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, we were feeling a little peckish and warm so we headed to the well known PAVILION MALL. The size of the mall was incredible and the food court was a great place to eat some great food at a reasonable price. We tried some TEPPANYAKI from the Express Teppanyaki at the Food Republic in the mall and it was fantastic. It was fresh meat, vegetables, bean sprouts cooked right in front of us and it only cost RM15 which works out to be approximately $4.65 Canadian Dollars!!! What a great Deal! After checking out a few stores, we walked back to the hotel which was close to the mall.

National Mosque

National Mosque

After a quick rest at the hotel, we headed out to visit the ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM. We spent 2.5 hours there and it was incredible! It was filled with fascinating artifacts, décor, exhibits dedicated to Islamic culture. The displays of jewelry, fabrics and pottery were impressive to say the least. Close by was the NATIONAL MOSQUE so we took advantage of the great location and visited the other attraction before heading back to the hotel. The mosque is also known as MASJID NEGARA and according to the guides at the site, its architectural design – fan like roof- symbolizes the aspirations of an independent nation. Personally, I think it provides unique feature to the skyline and really stands out. I couldn’t help but take some more photos before leaving the site. It was once in a life time experience. Thank goodness for digital cameras… I would have run out of film by now….and it is only the First Day!!!

E

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Day 1


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And we finally arrived! After such a long trip we were welcomed by the amazing lights and aerial views of this amazing city of Kuala Lumpur, all of us looked like little 10 year old kids in a candy shop stuck on the windows amazed by everything. It wasn’t hard to spot the PETRONAS twin towers and the Kuala Lumpur tower from the plane. The airport is HUGE, and it looks so new and bright, it was actually built in 1998 and is the 13th busiest airport in the world, so you can imagine that there were a whole lot of people EVERYWHERE! The terminals could be a bit confusing but all the signs are also in English. It did take us quite a bit of time to find the taxi and limo counter because Ellen and Andrea had to stop in every single souvenir shop to check out the artifacts, and pictures and all the touristy stuff, even though they did not buy anything! I have to admit I was quite amazed with the exotic beauty of the Malaysian stewardesses and the girls had to keep calling me out and making me stop staring at them!

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Our cab driver was quite entertaining, he spoke a fair amount of English and was very happy to drive us and tell us all about the city. The ride to the hotel only cost us 70 RM (Malaysian Ringgit) which is approximately $22 CAD. Our hotel (Park Royal Kuala Lumpur) is a very nice 5 star hotel and is very well located in a central area of the city. It is very close to the Pavilion mall and surprisingly enough there is a Starbucks right across the road. Our room is in the 8th floor and has an amazing view of the city. Fortunately enough, the girls are sharing a bed, so I have a queen bed all for myself! We were all too full with airplane food so we have not had any local food yet, and as soon as we arrived in the room we only had time for a shower and we all hit the bed to charge our energies for our exciting first day in town! I also posted a picture with our first night view impressions of the city! Hopefully the girls won’t snore a lot and will allow me to have a good night of sleep (I can’t sleep in airplanes). This is all for tonight, I will hit my bed and get some sleep, see you all soon!

L

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