Oh, that title rhymes!… Never thought of that..
Petronas Towers At Day
I would’ve loved to see it glow at night but seeing it at daytime is as nice. Today, is packed with an amazing race-type of adventure because we’ll be visiting Kuala Lumpur and other nearby areas in just a day, 6 hours to be specific. So, let’s see how we’re going to squeeze in the places we’d like to see.
KLCC International Airport
Our flight today is at 8:10AM via Tiger Airways (from Changi Airport Terminal 2) and our ETA in LCCT (Low Cost Carrier terminal), Kuala Lumpur is at 9AM. Yes, it’s just less than an hour ride compared to the 4-5 hour bus ride that we first planned to do. We arrived just on time but riding Tiger Airways for the first time left me with a not so good memory. Why? Within the first 5 minutes of our flight, we almost fell off our seats because of “perhaps” ummmm, a turbulence. That’s what we want to believe, but after that 10-second “rocky” ride, we didn’t hear anything from the flight attendants, nor from the pilot. Ano yun, part of the journey? We haven’t felt that we were in the clouds yet because we can still see the sun’s rays, and then turbulence? Not a word of concern if we were alright, or if we’re still in the plane. Tsk!.
LCCT Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We still have to endure almost 40 mins inside to fall in line in the immigration. The line is really looooooooong so there’s no really other choice but to wait, and wait for your turn. After the stamp, off we go. Here’s our itinerary for the day, by the way:
1. Putrajaya Sentral (1RM Tour) – Yes, for only 1RM (13Php), we’ll be able to see the whole of Putrajaya through an organized tour.
2. Batu Caves
3. KLCC, Petronas Towers
We then proceeded to the booth where we can buy tickets to shuttle bus that will bring us to KLIA transit bound for Putrajaya. We went out of the airport at 9:50am, not aware that the shuttle bus to Putrajaya leaves at the same time. We were already 5 steps away from the bus when it left… Tsk! It left the terminal on time. The next bus to catch will arrive at 10:20am so we just took a light breakfast at Mary Brown, a fastfood chain just outside the airport.
(At this point, we still don’t have an idea that missing that 9:50am bus will actually screw up our plans for the day. Talk about the importance of a few seconds… :/)
Time check: 10:20am
Okay so we boarded the bus and endured a 20-minute ride to the train station. We waited for the train and endured another 10 mins of travel time.
Keluar = Exit
The speedy train of KLIA transit
Time check: 11:01am
We were aware of the 11am Putrajaya tour schedule but the unexpected happened. The bus left… again.. That 1 minute difference meant a lot. We just replanned our itinerary and decided to catch the next schedule at 2:30pm.
The train central hub
Going to Batu Caves is quite convenient by train though you have to alot at least an hour if coming from KL Sentral. KL Sentral is the central hub of all the train systems in Kuala Lumpur. We arrived at 12:00pm at KL Sentral and we lined up to buy our train tickets. BUT…. the train bound for Batu Caves is leaving in 4 minutes.. Yes, it has been becoming a series of unfortunate events. We were unable to catch it so we have to wait for another 20 minutes for the next train.
It left us again… and again..
Batu Caves… at last!
Batu Caves is a popular tourist attraction in Selangor, north of Kuala Lumpur. Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of both worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival known as Thaipusam. It has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. The most famous of which is the large statue of the Hindu God, beside a 272-step stairway.
Lord Hanuman – The Monkey God
There is no entrance fee and it is open to the public from 7AM until 7PM. Right across the gate is the huge statue of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God.
Standing at 42.7 meters (140.09 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is beside the 272-step stairway to the Batu Caves.
Phot-op with Lord Murugan
And I’m one with the floor.. lol
Because of the scorching heat of sun (and a limited time), we decided not to go up to see the caves. Besides, we still plan to take the 2:30 tour of Putrajaya.
Hindu Temple – No Shoes Allowed
- Take the train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves and it will be much more convenient (and cheaper) than taking the bus or taxi.
- Going up the caves may be a little hard for the elderly and the kids.
- There are stalls offering souvenirs, food and other merchandise within the area so if you get thirsty and hungry, you have a place to go to.
Time Check: 2:10PM
After 30 minutes, we arrived in KL Sentral and hurriedly bought tickets bound for Putrajaya. We still have a few minutes and can still make it to the 2:30PM tour schedule. But wait, the LED screen says that the train for Putrajaya left at 2:03PM, say wut??? Well, scrap it out, we won’t be able to make it.. So instead, we went to KLCC to see the iconic Petronas Towers.
KLCC – PETRONAS TOWERS
Petronas Towers + Me
Thanks to Mhalu, we had a clear shot.. lol This was taken right across the street since there’s a huge stage in front of KLCC where a perfect shot of the twin towers can be taken. I planned to see it at night, for it seems more beautiful with its lights on but unfortunately, it would be much more comfortable to ride a plane instead of a bus. Travel time is of the essence, too.
Rotiboy + Milk tea
KLCC Shopping Mall
We had a quick snack in KLCC Shopping mall and rested for a while. This is where I bought the pencil souvenirs for my pamangkins. And yes, they call me JEFFE..
Going Back To Putrajaya
After having some time to rest, we proceeded back to KL Sentral and rode the train to Putrajaya. We missed the 1RM tour schedules so it left us with no choice but to do it our own way. DIY, baby!
Time Check: 4PM
Shuttle buses going in and out of Putrajaya
Putrajaya is a model township that has been built with detailed planning, innovative urban design and great respect for environment. It is a city with a vision that also promises to keep the nation’s heritage for the country’s present and future generations. Its beautifully landscaped roads and parks as well as modern buildings are clearly seen in the theme, “City in the Garden”
Taking the bus to Putrajaya
Beautifully landscaped indeed!
It’s my first time to see this massive city and I don’t have idea of what are the places to see. I’ve a map handy but I think exploring it by ourselves is not a such bad idea.
Ministry Of Finance
Now, talk about cleanliness!
Istana Kehakiman (Palace Of Justice)
The garden going to Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
The facade of the Mosque
Overlooking the Palace Of Justice
This is a very solemn area, respect for the people in silence is required.
No Shoes Zone
There are areas inside the Mosque where shoes are not allowed. For obvious reasons, respect should be shown.
There’s a big rectangular space at the center of the Mosque where people meditate and offer their prayers.
At this point, I didn’t notice that I’m the only foreigner inside. It seems that they didn’t mind me taking pictures. Food and drinks are not allowed inside.
There’s a pool area inside overlooking the Seri Saujana Bridge.
A perfect place to relax the soul
Seri Saujana Bridge
From the bridges alone, you can tell that this city was built to emphasize details – truly a work of art.
Seri Wawasan Bridge
The whole area is open to the public but just a little reminder to ladies, make sure that you wear the proper attire when entering this sacred place. Ladies won’t be allowed to enter if they’re wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts.
Engagement shoots ongoing
Aside from being a place of meditation and prayer, there are areas where engagement shoots are allowed.
Not sure though if it’s already a post-wedding because of their attire
Where shall we go?
We left the Putrajaya Corp Complex at 5:30PM because we need to get to the airport by 6:30PM. We walked to the main road and waited for the bus bound for Putrajaya Sentral. Little did we know that the bus we took will still roam around the city before it actually went out of Putrajaya. So it took us an hour before we reached Putrajaya Sentral when the travel time should’ve taken 20-30 minutes only. Misadventures on a roll..
Time Check: 6:45PM (And the sun is still up..)
We decided to ride a cab from Putrajaya Sentral to LCCT just to catch our 8:10PM flight. Taxi fare cost 62.50RM. Good thing there were no traffic jams on the road and we arrived at the airport at 7:15PM. We still have a few minutes to get our boarding pass. To make it short…
Takbo dito takbo riyan.. Takbo ulit dito, takbo duon.. Alas! In just 15 minutes, we’re just waiting for the gates to open. Whew!
And that my friends is the story of how our Day Tour In Kuala Lumpur ended. Tiring but so worth every single sweat!