Ok so someone has been commenting about my absolute lack of blog posts in the last few weeks, so I've found some time to update where I've been eating recently. Because it really is all about the food!
I've spent the last 4 nights in Kuala Lumpur. Now everyone I met in Penang said KL was awful, built up, busy and rubbish food, but I can only agree about the food! It is a massive city, but there is something about it I have fallen in love with. I'm not sure if it's because all the gigantic buildings make you feel tiny, if it's its western feel, or if it's that people still walk at the 2mph Malaysian pace.
It took a good few days to get to grips with the place, all the construction work means that the map is constantly changing and often a walkway suddenly turns in the wrong direction. Every day we've left the hostel early and returned exhausted in the evening.
The only gripe here is FOOD. I think I was spoilt in Penang, where eating 5 meals a day was a necessity, or I might miss out of one of the many delights there were to try. But here the westernness of the city means the place is full of chain restaurants, and the few small restaurants are twice the price of the chains. There are of course plenty of random Indians and Chinese's, but I'm not sure I can face chicken and rice again!
So how have we wasted 5 days here? I'm not entirely sure to be honest! We've been to the Islamic arts museum, which was beautiful and inspired me to try and find out more about the basis of the religion, something we're rarely taught about at home. We actually spent an hour in the museum, and an hour and a half trying to work out how the hell to get to it, that part of town has a new post office being built - we spent a lot of time climbing around that trying to find a way across the main road!
We brought art, and then spent most of a morning trying to fix it up to send home. Totally worth it tho.
We've watched the light show outside the petronas towers, a simple beauty watching the fountains and lights synced to all sorts of tunes. We went up to the sky bar to see the city at night, and promptly left after getting all the pictures we wanted!
Most of all ive shopped. KL is AMAZING for shopping. Although it would be better if I wasn't carrying around a belly full of Asian food, I'm an XXL here, and sometimes that doesn't fit...... But I found a good few UK shops to look around. The biggest shopping mall here is complete with indoor rollercoaster and theme park! The ride goes out across the centre of the mall and it also has bowling, cinema, laser quest and other rides. One way to get the blokes shopping!!!
My highlight has to be going up the Petronas towers, seeing the city from that height was amazing. It gives you a real appreciation for its massive size, but also the many pockets of green where parks have been kept. Worth the trip across town and the hassle of the website charging my card no less than 4 times!!
Today we discovered a supermarket with all UK foods in, cue swooning over marmite, vinegar, actual butter and squash!! So we got cheese, chorizo, bread and salad and had a picnic dinner back at the hostel. We also discovered today that there's a free bus going around the city, obvs we realised this on the last day when we have been walking 5-10k around it every day! And typically we even managed to get lost in it, ending up back where we got on 20 minutes later....
Tomorrow we head to Bali. Not sure about Bali, ive heard a lot of bad things, but going with an open mind. I'm amazed that we're heading into our last week in Asia, the time has gone so so quickly!!