Catherine always has to have an ice cream!
(This is a continuation of our first day in Kuala Lumpur…)
When we arrived in KL, we immediately booked a city tour for the following day, but we didn’t want to waste that tour by starting it late in the afternoon, so we kept walking around for the remainder of the day. I couldn’t quite tell if Kuala Lumpur was clean, or just comparatively clean when considering that I live in a dusty, dirty little city of China.
The mix of old and new buildings in KL is quite interesting.
Money Exchange was super easy in KL.
(Yes, I’m that good, I can read the above sign) Ha!!
Central Market – established 1888
Equipped with our map, cameras and some refreshments, we made our way to the vibrant and colorful Central Market. This market is located at Jalan hang Kasturi, a few minutes from Petaling Street. It was originally used as a wet market (i.e, a fresh food market), however now it holds souvenirs, jewelry, and clothing. It is now classified as a Heritage Site and is a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.
Inside the Central Market is quite impressive – it was cool, clean and very well organized. Here we found a place which displayed Malaysia’s multi-ethnicity, and there were zones based on the features of each race. Visitors get an insights to the cultural differences of the various races found in this country.
Arabic writing is beautiful.
On the second floor, there is also a food court with a huge variety of foreign cuisines. Of course, I was craving Thai food – what’s new!? – so we sat down here for lunch. Being internet yuppies, we liked the idea of being able to access the wifi while we had lunch! Ha!
As we relaxed on the second floor of the market, we could watch all the little people going about their shopping downstairs. hehe.. I like to people watch. I had a good spot to do that from here.
Thai Corner – Catherine is happy!
We try to spend a little bit of time everyday discussing what we are enjoying/ not enjoying so that we are both having a good time. Even though we are both normally easy going, it’s good to touch base and see that both are happy. I do, however, have the best travel buddy ever, so he’ll happily humor me and look at silly girl things!
Seafood Tom Yum – It was not amazing, but it was okay.
C: “We should hurry up and get to Thailand, I want good Thai food!”
Just outside the Central Market we were cornered by a very talkative man, name Thumbee. As he explained: “You’ll never forget my name, it is easy – thumb plus bee – Thumbee”. Oh my goodness, this is something that I wish I could have gotten a recording of. His English was excellent, and he was very intelligent. At first we were absolutely interested in all the information he had to offer. He has some great tips for things to see, trains to take, and places that were easy to walk to in the city. The problem is that he didn’t stop talking!!! There were times where I found myself staring at him, and thinking about something completely different (like how to get away). I even had a moment of paranoia – I wondered if this was a distraction tactic, and we would be left pick-pocketed. So I made sure to adjust my body, and put my arm around Justin, so that I knew no one was behind us unloading our backpacks. Nope, there was nothing dodgy about him, he was just a very very very talkative man with no place better to be. He gave us some calendars, and a a couple other gifts, and when we could get a word in we managed to excuse ourselves. As we walked away, we both BURST OUT “Whhoooaw.. What just happened!!!” I don’t think I have ever heard so many words, at such a speed, from one single man! When we looked down at our watches, we realized that he had spoken, nonstop, for over 15 minutes (uninterrupted by us) – the only thing we could squeeze in was a head nod every now and again!!!
Justin and I still giggle about “Thumbee” sometimes!
(This is where Thumbee stopped us, haha)
Above is the Annex Central Market, located at the back of the main building. It houses art and craft galleries. This is one of the major art spaces in Kuala Lumpur. We were mesmerized by the art work that we saw on display here. Some of the artists were busy with their current pieces of work. Being a little artistically gifted myself, I could honestly stand and watch these TRULY gifted individuals for hours!! I watch them apply the paint to the canvas, and I get goosebumps as I see them blend the colors and create something beautiful with each stroke. Perhaps it is the artist inside my that appreciates what they are doing. A part of me knows I can do what some of them are doing – Oh, if only I had gone to Art School!
If you get a chance to go to Kuala Lumpur – Go and see these art displays. They are incredible!
Outside the Central Market is a narrow street filled with souvenir and food stalls.
We often walked for a long time at night, to get back to our hotel. Yes, we could take a cab, but where would be the fun in that!? Somehow Justin always seems to know exactly where we are going. If he doesn’t, he sure does a good job at making me feel like he knows where we are 🙂 There were some areas that made me nervous, but overall we felt safe.
Pretty Chinese lanterns.
After a long bus ride and a full day of sight seeing, we couldn’t wait to get into bed.