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Revisting Kuala Lumpur

As I write this post from a hotel room in Surigao in the Philippines, the past few weeks have definitely been quite the rollercoaster ride.

The reason we’re currently on this week-long venture through Singapore and the Philippines was to visit my terminally ill grandmother while I still had the opportunity. Unfortunately she’s recently taken a turn for the worse and as a result she won’t be able to attend my parents wedding tomorrow. She’s heartbroken that she can’t attend and can’t spend extra time with us, but fortunately we have a few hours to stop over in Cebu on Sunday to visit her in hospital before we head back to Australia.

To add to the lows of the past month, I was rejected for my Canadian working visa just over a week ago and the realization that I can’t go to Canada this year is starting to settle in. But the fact that I’m on the road right now, meeting up with cool people who I’ve met through this website or on Twitter and enjoying my travels (minus the excessive amount of flying) are all big positives. Oh, and there’s also some very exciting news I have to share with you…

I won a holiday to Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

I get to see the spectacular Petronas Towers for a second time!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Travelscene American Express, I’ll be heading to Malaysia on April 14 with 4 other Facebook Fans. The highlights of our itinerary include return flights on Emirates (very exciting when you’ve been flying budget carriers for so long!),  3 nights at the Parkroyal hotel, a Malaysian Home Cooking Class and a KL night tour including cultural show and dinner.

We also have ample free time to explore Kuala Lumpur but as I’m currently on the road with limited internet access, I haven’t had too much opportunity to do my research and identify activities to fill the time. Since I arrive back in Melbourne less than 24 hours before the flight to Malaysia leaves, I may not have time to look at the possibilities at all! I know Batu Caves are a must, and I definitely want to check out Menara KL and spend some time on Bukit Bintang but apart from that the rest of my schedule is clear!

So please… help me out and tell me what I should do with my time in KL!

If you had a full day to yourself in Kuala Lumpur, what would you do? Share your suggestions in the comments and I’ll try to squeeze as many of them into my itinerary as possible!

10 Comments

  1. Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry to hear your grandmother is doing worse than you expected. It’s good that you are able to visit her though and spend time with your family. Congratulations on winning the trip! Lucky! Cheers!
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  2. Posted April 9, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    jealous… I should start entering more travel contests. Eventually I’ll win something.

  3. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m very sorry to hear about your grandmother’s health. I wish your family all the best moving forward.

  4. Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about your grandma. But congrats on winning the contest. How did you do it? Emirates is by far the best airline I’ve taken.
    Roy recently posted..A Tale Of Two Mexican Cities

  5. Posted April 10, 2011 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Sorry about your grandmother.

    Congrats on the KL contest. I just left there before coming to Singapore. Go to Batu Caves. If you’ve never ridden a Segway, the Segway tour around the Lake Gardens rocks. Hiking at FRIM was fun, lots of monkeys. The National Mosque is interesting but it was my first mosque. I went up KL tower but would probably pass on that if given another chance. However, walking through the forest below was cool.
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  6. Mei
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey there, Kieron,

    Congratulations to you, and I’m sorry to hear of your grandmother.

    I’m Mei, the Marketing Communications Manager of PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur where you’ll be staying throughout your trip in Kuala Lumpur. Can’t wait to welcome you, and will be seeing you and your friends for dinner on the 14th. Plenty of things to do in KL, shopping for bargains is a must!

  7. Posted April 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother, all the best wishes for you and your family.

    Congrats on winning the trip, that’s wonderful! I can’t believe you were rejected for the Canadian visa, that’s just crazy… they don’t know what they’ll be missing :)

    - Lily

  8. Posted April 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for everyone’s well wishes – apologies for the delay in responding, we’ve had little to no internet access over the past week.

    @Gillian – So happy we got to visit her, even if only for an hour or two!

    @Robyn – You definitely should start entering more contests! We’ve won quite a few this year already and entering them is usually very easy.

    @Matthew – Thanks so much.

    @Roy – It was as easy as filling out a form and putting a post on Travelscene’s Facebook wall. I recommend you check out http://www.freetravelcontests.com/

    @Mike – Thanks so much for the recommendations. The Caves are a must-do, I’ll see what the other guys want to do and hopefully we can squeeze a few in. And yep, we’re Segway enthusiasts haha, did a tour around San Francisco and had a fun ride at Sentosa on Monday.

    @Mei – Look forward to seeing you in around 24 hours! Shopping is definitely a must, especially since Amy will be expecting a gift on my return!

    @Lily – Yeah I still can’t believe it either… the saying usually goes “only in America”, but this one has gotta be “only in Canada”!

  9. Posted April 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Wheee, congratulations! Have a great time.

    Sorry to hear that your grandmother has taken a turn for the worse. At least you’re still getting the chance to see her and spend time with her. You may just have to take some of the wedding fun to her so she feels like she was part of it.
    Rebecca recently posted..Photo of the Week- Sunset kayaking in Port Moresby- Papua New Guinea

    • Posted April 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Having a great time as we speak! The adventure is all over in a few hours though but look forward to reliving it in the near future on here. :)

      It was good that we still got a chance to visit my grandmother and we did show her the photos, although this made her upset because she couldn’t be there. But I think she still very much appreciated it!

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