The first job for today was to get our tickets for the twin tower visit which is totally free but you have to book a spot in advance. We arrived just a after opening time and were given an allocation for an 11 am visit which worked out great. We had an hour or so to waste so went had breakfast in the KLCC mall then returned for the tour.
The tour consisted of a brain washing video in which you soon learn that Petronas (Malaysian oil and gas company) is the best company in Malaysia if not the world. The video was complete with hypnotic glasses and 15 minutes of self praise, I suppose its worth watching to save paying as you do at the Eiffel Tower!
The view was nice from on top of the "Sky bridge" which is about two-thirds the way up the towers. It didn't really feel high like you would at the Eiffel tower as it was totally sealed and air-conditioned, the photos were good but we've been discussing for weeks now we need a new camera (which leads us onto the next point).
We have been considering a new camera since we broke the LCD on the current one so we thought we'd have a look at what we can get for our money. A semi-professional was what we decided, as this was within the budget although ideally we'd buy an SLR as we'd spoken about for years (literally).
We looked around the mall and decided to head to the biggest mall in South-east Asia (how cool is that) Mid Valley Mall, partly because it'd have camera shops and secondly because it has a huge Carrefour!
We walked around for a while, the mall was far cheaper than KLCC and looked at a few cameras but they were all overpriced compared to what is available at home, could really do with finding one second hand. We then bought some cheap clothing ready for expensive Australia from Carrefour, a bunch of T-shirts each, a dress and a book.
We then went to a further shopping mall to look for cameras. We had a look around a few shops and started to lose track of where we'd been and what we'd seen. We stumbled upon a shop with a guy who was really helpful for a change. In an earlier shop (this is no exaggeration) the shop keeper had taken offence to Tom speaking to Rachael about the camera instead of him (must have been a sexist thing) and then commenced to make the most ridiculous noises (squealing etc) until we left, the guy spoke fluent English, really odd, but I suppose that's how it goes! Anyway he lost a customer. Back to the helpful guy, we gave him our budget and he said we were probably better getting an SLR, bottom of the range were within our price but a second-hand might be better. He produced a pretty worn Canon camera about £60 below the price we gave then commenced to fill up the £60 with extras, charger, card, strap, bag, etc. We walked away to contemplate on the deal and the long and short of it was after walking away and deciding we didn't want everything he'd bundled up he wasn't going to give us anything else, so that was that!
By now we've caught the bug a little and have decided to look further into getting a second-hand camera. It's a tricky businesses though as a foreigner as they're likely to rip you off, we wouldn't have risked it in any only our previous countries but Malaysians seem pretty genuine.