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Genting Lost in Translation

Genting Lost in Translation

Get it? Lol! Seriously, though… we got lost at Genting Highlands!

The trip to Genting Highlands by cable car took us another 20 minutes but the trip was quite relaxing. Upon arriving at the cable car dock in Genting, we bought our souvenir photo with frame at MYR 50.00.

We looked for a map to the outdoor theme park and found a map of the entire building instead but it doesn’t show how we can get to the outdoor theme park. We decided to ask around and just like before, we were pointed to the wrong way several times before we finally reached the gates of the Genting Highlands Outdoor Theme Park at exactly 12 noon. Unlimited rides ticket cost MYR50.00 per adult. Although it didn’t cost much, we were worried about the weather that day – it was quite cloudy and a bit humid. The tickets were valid for one day and can be used on any rides in the theme park, however the theme park management will stop all rides when it’s raining. The cashier said that if the rides will be stopped today due to rain, we will not be able to use our tickets after today. Bummer. We still decided to gamble our MYR100.00, got two tickets and went in. The place was great. Something that you would imagine when you envision a theme park – rides, booths, and food carts.

First must-try tide is the Flying Coaster – get strapped-in while going up and down the rails on a prone lying position and get that Superman feel! Sunglasses, eyeglasses or anything that might fall off your body are not allowed in the ride. We had to get a locker that’s MYR 2.00 for two hours and stuffed our things in it. The ride lasted for about 5 minutes. Phew! We don’t know how many more head-first-plunge we can take.

Since the Flying Coaster was located at the far end of the theme park, we decided to get our stuff from the locker and loitered around the place.

Next must-try ride was the Space Shot. Again, we rented a locker but this one’s at MYR5.00 for two hours. The Space Shot ride might seem harmless – no loops, sharp turns, you won’t get turned upside-down… so where’s the thrill? This ride has four sides with three seats each side. After everyone’s securely strapped in, the shuttle takes everyone up to the top, suspends them in the air for a few seconds, and without warning, bam! Everybody gets dropped to a few feet above the ground. After about 5 seconds, the vehicle takes us to the top again, then plunges down, then up again and one final drop. Talk about gravity! I could feel the cold air climbing up my spine as we were dropped. We checked the Fuji Film booth for photos, luckily there was a camera at my side of the ride, Louie’s didn’t. No matter how silly I looked on the photo, we still bought the souvenir at MYR30.00 (one photo and cd with all my photos during the ride).

We wanted to try the Cork Screw ride but there was no line and it seemed that the ride wasn’t working, so we turned to Fun Kart only to see that there was a long endless line of people waiting to hop in the kart and race.

We each had a ticket for unlimited rides the entire day and we’ve only ridden a couple of them. We glanced at the sky, which seemed flat, before we decided to ride the Ferris Wheel. We knew that rain was coming and that the rides might be stopped so we picked the next ride that didn’t have a long line at all. After the third ride and a couple of hours in the theme park, we headed towards the theme park’s exit at 2:20 PM and were ready to stuff our stomachs.

We were looking up and down the street in search of a food place that’s either not full or serves food that we’re familiar with. We didn’t want to have bad stomachs for the rest of the day. We settled for Old Town Coffee. By looking at their menu, my mouth was watering. The dish they serve didn’t cost a lot. We got a plate of Barbecue Chicken Rice (MYR 11.30), a bowl of Minced Chicken Rice (MYR 12.50), one glass each of Lemon 7-UP (MYR 5.90) and Mirinda Strawberry(MYR 4.90). After gobbling the food, we still had room for dessert.   We tried their Vanilla Ice Cream Toast (MYR 6.30) and the ice cream sandwich satisfied the gluttons’ stomachs.

We headed straight back to cable car dock, hopped on board one of the cars that’ll take us back to Genting bus station and relaxed for the next 20 minutes.

5 Fun Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

5 Fun Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

Take the Petronas Twin Towers Tour

This might be the world’s sixth tallest building alright, but the tour’s not going to take the entire day. Not even an hour. This 45-minute tour gives you the chance to go up to the Petronas Tower Skybridge which connects Tower 1 and Tower 2 and lets you see the amazing view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. At the beginning of the tour, a hologram of a lady greets the visitors before the group is led by an actual person into an elevator going up to the floor where the Skybridge is. After 15 minutes in the Skybridge, the group moves up to the Observation Deck where tall windows allow you to get another good view of the city. The Observation Deck also has a mini museum that houses about three different models of the Petronas Towers.

When the tour is over, there is a souvenir shop just outside the lobby and the skyscraper also has a shopping mall called Suria KLCC where expensive names such as Gucci can be bought.

The Petronas Twin Towers tour costs MYR 50.00 per person with ten different schedules from 09:00 AM until 06:15 PM, daily except Mondays and Holidays. After the first scheduled tour of the day, each tour time slot begins 15 minutes after the preceding one starts. Tickets to the tour are only limited to about 300 persons every day, and although ticket window opens at 8 AM, there’ll be a long line of people waiting to get tickets at 06:30 AM.

See the Batu Caves

Climbing the 272 steps up to the mouth of the Batu Caves is worth it once you see view from the top. Besides the gigantic, gold-painted statue of the Hindu Lord Murugan, monkeys never fail to greet the visitors outside the Batu Caves. The inside of the Batu Caves is well-lit and houses a Hindu temple that is still being used today, as well as a few stores that sell drinks, food, and souvenir items. Stalactites drape from the high ceiling of the Batu Caves as limestone covers the wall. Several statues of Hindu deities can be found inside the caves.

Race at the Singapore International Circuit

You can head to the Sepang International Circuit during the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix season and watch the race live. The Sepang International Circuit is about 45-minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur City Center by train and bus – you need to take both unless you ride a cab or private transpo.

Tickets to the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix are said to be the cheapest among all the other international Formula 1 races.

Besides the Formula 1 Grand Prix, other races like MotoGP anf the Sepang Drag Battle are held in the Circuit too.

Be Superman for Five Minutes in the Genting Highlands

Riding the Flying Coaster at the Outdoor Theme Park in Genting Highlands will give you that Superman-feeling as you go up and down the rails in a prone lying position. If that doesn’t sound thrilling enough for you, take the Space Shot ride. In this ride, get buckled up and wait to take the plunge. If you think getting suspended in the air isn’t your thing, try go –karting for some fun in the Genting Highland’s Outdoor Theme Park’s mini indoor racetrack.

The park also has classic rides like the merry-go-round and Ferris Wheel.

Shop at Petaling Street

This busy China Town street has some cool designer handbags and purses that anyone can afford. Yes, these are replicas of the original, but come on, not everyone will now it’s only a replica. The stalls also have shirts and shoes in all sizes. There are also stalls that sell Kuala Lumpu keychains and other souvenir items for a cheaper price compared to souvenir shops.

Besides these merchandise, food carts and food shops also occupy the sides of the Petaling Street, as well as a few hotels.

Petaling Street is most busy in the late afternoon and at night.

Step Up To The Batu Caves – The Unplanned Trip

Step Up To The Batu Caves – The Unplanned Trip

We didn’t have the Batu Caves or anything planned for the second day, except that we’re spending it in the Cititel MidValley Hotel where the MTG Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix was held, however things took a turn later that afternoon.

From the Cititel MidValley Hotel, we took a cab to the Gombak district in the north of Kuala Lumpur where the Batu Caves were. From a far, we can already see the head of the golden statue Lord Murugan. As the Batu Caves landscape came to full view, the statue seemed to shine even brighter.

We paid the cab driver MYR 22.00, the metered rate, and went closer to the statue and the bottom of the caves. Birds and monkeys were almost all over the place. The birds did not bother us at all, but we were really careful when a monkey was near. People should be cautious when a monkey is around-they move so quickly that they may snatch anything from you and get away with it pretty fast.

The monkeys are said to be one of the groups guarding the Batu Caves, and can be a little territorial. Caution is advised by the guards as some monkeys in the area can pose a biting a hazard.

We climbed up the 272 steps up to the mouth of the Batu Caves. Upon entering the first cave, the Temple Cave or the Cathedral Cave, we each bought a bottle of Gatorade at MYR4.00 per bottle. You can just imagine how exhausted we were when we reached the top and had to climb down a few steps before we could buy refreshment. Exhaustion was immediately wiped away when we saw the beautiful, massive cave with stalactites hanging all over the 100 m-high ceiling. We made our way towards the other side of the cave, just a few inches away from another set of steps where a Hindu ritual was being held. We observed the ritual for a few minutes before exploring the rest of the cave.



Inside Batu Caves - Temple Cave

We decided to make our down the 272 steps as grey clouds draw near. Back at the foot of the Batu Caves, we bought a couple of Selecta Magnum sticks at MYR 2.00 each, a bottle of Sprite for MYR 2.00 an umbrella for MYR 20.00, and rested before getting on a cab back to Petaling Street.

View more photos of the Batu Caves