I think I mentioned last time we were here that I didn't like Kuala Lumpur much.
And my opinion has not changed.
It's a silly place. There seem to be ridiculous rules that you are chased down and shot for if you flout them, the traffic is bad, the pavements are wonky, and their restaurants are stupid!
Ok, let's go over these points in a little bit more detail:
- The rules. Dan and I were stroliing through the local park with a couple of other guys last night, and decided to stop and have a sit down on some grass. Now, after the last three days I was pretty tired, so laid back for a moment to rest my weary head. Within seconds a man in uniform has come over and grumbled 'No sleeping' at me and made me sit up. I was not sleeping. I was lying. So from then on I was concerned at what incline I was allowed to reside, and elected instead to sit bolt upright so not to upset anybody. Not long after this we were told we had to leave because the park was closing. It's an open space. There is no fence or entrance. How do you close it? But they did, and they herded the remaining people out using whistles to guide their way, sounding like a troop of Nazi Clangers. Idiots.
- If you are using the roads, the majority of your time will be spent stationary. I was on the bus yesterday and could have walked from the airport quicker. All the roads are one way, but don't seem to go the same way, and so a gridlock eventually occurs and you can't get anywhere. People push and shove and honk their horns, but for some reason this doesn't seem to help. Idiots.
- For such an apparently civilised country, they do nothing to help the weary traveller on legs. Their pavements change height several times in any given stretch, causing some toe-stubbage or Rob-stumbalage. It's not great, and you have to be constantly alert or else you might fall over and die. Idiots.
- Probably one of the most anoying things was dinner last night. Firstly, the staff uniform consisted of a Chelsea football jersey. An otherwise pretty nice looking place was dragged down to the standard of a London Pub. Coupled with the constantly colour changing lights that disoreintated you with every mouthful, the experience was bizarre. More irritatingly perhaps, was the signage they used outside. You could buy a bucket of beers for 30 Ringitts - you could get single beers for 9 Ringitts. The sign outside said 4 + 2 Beers 45 Ringitts. That's 6 beers. Say 6 beers. I don't waant to do Maths whilst I decide where to eat, (admittedly pretty simple Maths, but that's not the point!). It was like we were trying to eat out on 'Sesame Street'. Idiots.
Their 1 saving grace perhaps is the pretty impressive Petronas Towers, the highest pair of twin towers in the world. The stand as a central beacon to the city, and at nighttime are so brightly lit up,when you are near them it could almost feel like day time. Surronding them is a fantastic fountain display, and a general communal area for the public. It was a good place to relax and forget thier inadequacies. Perhaps even worth a visit just to see them.
Dan doesnt echo my feelings on the place I dont' think, but you will have to ask him. I think though this may be because he has met ANOTHER girl, and in is unerring quest to 'bag' someone from every country, he is happy to stay here and work on that.
I should have stayed in Kuching a little longer!