Wow, what a start to the day. Another scorcher kick started with a hike up 100m or more to see the Thean hou temple overlooking the city. No water (mistake on my part) and 32 degrees made for a hell of a hike and all the more relieved I was that there were cafes and kopitiams at the top the hill. Kopi and water later I was all set to begin exploring... Reminds me, I still need to try a milo and see what that is all about!
Having perspired enough already I went back to the cafe for some noodles and curry to sweat some more. Not quite atomic wings but plenty hot enough!
Looking around the temple, the smell of incense in the air, the panpipes in the background and the course chant of Buddhist prayer/worship? Not sure. This is picturesque, and the amount of detail that has gone into every part of this temple along with the colours is quite something. I bet this place looks something else at night.
Finished at the temple and on the way out bought a couple of souvenirs from the shop. The staff so grateful for my purchase I thought they were going to kiss me! Now the trek back to the station, this time armed with water and i think i spotted me a short cut....unfortunately not, a river in the way! Up next, Sri mahamariamman temple.
Another beautiful designed and detailed building, mpre modern than you may think. With the main temple at the Batu caves this is still quite something. Upon arrival there was clearly a ceremony being performed which made photography awkward. The ceremony was interesting to watch and as it ended I got to take in the rest of the temple. The detail was again extraordinary with loads of colours and small statues of animals. My stay was brief and I headed off in search of petaling street market.
The search did not take long. The market was good with loads of cheap knock off goods to barter for but a lot of pushy sales people as you would expect. Without realising I ended up back at central market where I had been the day before. A couple of curry puffs and some bargains from the market later I was good to head on back and ditch my stuff. Time to hit the shopping centre at Burjaya Times Square... This one has a roller coaster in apparently...
And so it did. Not that I was there to ride it but it was awesome to see it zipping about the foods hall. Couple more designer bargains later and I was hungry so back to my local jalan Alor for one last night feast...
Chicken satay skewers... Awesome
Roast pork and rice... Awesome
Honey and sesame chicken... Awesome
Beef noodles... Awesome
Large tiger beer....well..no need is there
As I sat down to eat, without warning the heavens opened... This is outdoor street food so you would think a disaster. no, massive umbrellas appear out of nowhere and the helpful waiters reorganise tables to ensure all are covered. And, loads of people selling umbrellas appear from nowhere. They have done this before. I sit back and enjoy my tiger, the smells of the food and the sounds of the rain lashing down. Good times for my last night in kl.
On a side note, I have not mentioned that onthe corner of my hotel there is a band that plays every night until 1am, there are also people that park up and sell watches but more on them shortly. Now I thought at first that there were multiple bands and they rotated but after 4 nights i realised that it is the same band with the same singer and she kills it, i mean really kills it. They do a rendition of the eagles hotel california and the original is long, but it felt like an eternity with her dulcet tones murdering it. I can only think they have different audience every night, or a very accepting one.
Now, on these watch salespeople. they pull up in their cars oen their boots and there is a ready made display cabinet full of all the designer knock-offs you can imagine. now i reckon it is these guys that sell the umbrellas when it rains cos trade in the rain not good for boot sales but umbrellas probably are.