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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.

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.