On Christmas Eve, we all jumped into a passenger van with a driver and headed to Kuala Lumpur. It was a long drive but thankfully hiring a driver was the right decision. We all were able to relax, nap and see the country from the window. Also, hiring a driver made going through customs at the border relatively painless.
Racked out. ~Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur at our airbnb house. It was a spacious house with a few unique ammenities. The bathroom was upstairs and outside on the porch. The shower and toilet were enclosed separately with accordion doors and the sink/mirror were open to the view of a little cafe next door and the alleyway. The kitchen (covered but open air) also had a bathroom with a shower over the toilet and a dip bath. A dip bath is where there is a large drum-like container full of water and a large ladle that you can dip into the water to pour over yourself. Needless to say, none of us used that.
Once we all settled in, we ventured out to find some dinner. This was Christmas eve, no traditional holiday foods for us though. We found a marketplace with tons of food options. Our dinner consisted of squid, venison, vegetables, rice, chicken, iced tea, and so much more!
Me outside our airbnb house. ~ Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
Living room. ~ Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
Kitchen. ~ Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
Walking the street looking for our Christmas Eve meal. ~ Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
After dinner, we walked what seemed like an eternity to get to a church that was having a Christmas Eve mass. Unfortunately, the website did not have correct times, when we finally arrived we realized that we were 3 hours early. So back to the house we went. On the walk home, I took a picture of the Kuala Lumpur tower.
We woke up on Christmas Morning in KL. The kids each had a small gift from Santa to open, and a note letting us know that Santa had left the rest of our gifts in our homes under our trees to open when we returned! The women that managed the house rental served us breakfast. WOW! It was so yummy. We had a traditional Malay breakfast of curry, eggs, roti (similar to naan), roti with sugar and butter, and fresh juice. I think Roti prata has become one of my new favorites.
Stephanie stayed at the house with her oldest daughter who picked up a nasty stomach bug while the rest of us headed out to Petronas Twin Towers to see the city from a different elevation. The towers are 452 Metres tall. Each tower weighs equivalent to 42,857 Elephants.
After that it was time to eat again! Do you see a trend?! I travel to eat. Kuala Lumpur is the perfect place for a meld of ethnic cuisines. My hubby’s favorite city so far! The great city offers authentic Indian, Thai, Malay, and Chinese foods. I’m in love. Stephanie and I both agree that the simple wonton soup that we had at a outdoor restaurant was by far the best we ever had. I am salivating as I think about it.
We look a little haggard from the heat and walking all day but it is nice to have photos of me and my man. ~Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
This is the delicious wonton soup. ~ Photo by Stephanie Monroe.
After dinner we were heading back to the house and cut through the back of the restaurant area. OH MY! The smell was atrocious. Sorry Stephanie for posting this but I swear it captures the way I felt exactly.
The next day we hired a driver and van to take us to Penang, Malaysia. On the way we stopped at the Batu Caves to see one of the most popular hindu shrines outside of India. To reach the main cave and shrine, visitors must climb up a steep 272 steps. It was a hike in the heat.