I know it’s a little too late to update about my travel, but this post has been sitting in my draft for days waiting to be published, and because of work, I hardly have time to edit them. This will be about my one week in the big city of Kuala Lumpur. What I did from day one until the day I took the flight back to my place again. So here you go!
When I first arrived in KL, everything so surreal. I mean who would’ve thought, I’m finally in this big city alone after those long months of waiting. Honestly, what excites me the most was to taste KL food again. But the funny thing is, the first meal I had was a fried nian gao and some lotus sesame balls from I Love Yoo! It wasn’t enough for my tummy especially I remember being so hungry yet I wonder why I got them instead of getting a full meal. I guess at that moment, grab and eat is what I was aiming for.
But anyway, my first day mostly about searching and figuring how to reach the city in the cheapest way possible. So I decided to take the bus to KL Central and proceed with Grab to the beautiful The Bed Hostel KL.
This hostel is located in the middle of the city and it’s very convenient to walk between the KLCC and Pavillion Mall. What I love the most about this place is I can easily spot the Petronas Twin Tower within a few meters walk from the hostel. I’m might be too dramatic about everything, but seeing all the tall and big buildings made me feel a little bit emotional and even though I’ve been there many times, to think that I’m alone in the big city still unbelievable.
My first stop was to buy my favorite breakfast earl grey tea from Dal. Komm Coffee in Suria KLCC. My previous visit to KL early this year, I remember dropped by their cafe just to buy the exact drink too. It’s just a simple tea in a tea bag but I just can’t get enough of them. Even now I really miss the subtle taste and fresh fragrance of it.
For dinner, I went to their food court and ordered a spaghetti bolognese. Even though the portion was seriously loads, but the sauce wasn’t appetizing enough. I still finished them though since my tummy was seriously growling for food.
It’s the day to visit the Petronas Twin Tower and the Aquaria. Anyway, I wrote about them in my previous post. So if you want to read more about it, do check them out here. I’ve included a ton of photos too!
But since I highlighted a lot about the Petronas Twin Tower, here are some photos of the KL Tower. I zoomed them with my 16mm-55mm lens. It was a little blurred, but still happy with those shots though.
For dinner, I satisfied my craving by going to the Go Noodle House in Pavilion. Shoutout to them for producing one of the best mee hoon soup I’ve ever tasted! There is a lot of variety to choose from, but I always opt for their mee hoon soup meatball.
This day I also did some shopping and maybe splurge a little over my budget and went to Sephora and Zara. I bought a few clothes and my favorite Mario Badescu drying lotion. There are some photos that I didn’t manage to take, like my love for Auntie Anne’s caramel almond pretzel with extra caramel dipping sauce and the Kaze Kaze Vanilla from Beard Papa’s. But I’m sure some of you guys know about them.
It was my last day at the hostel, but sadly this is my first time to have their breakfast. The food was lovely and yummy! By the way, I ate more than this. From fried noodles, soup, and fruits. I tried everything that they offered.
After checked out, I headed to the Pavilion Mall and took a few hours detour there. I really enjoy walking around there and my favorite spot is the Tokyo Street. It was less with people but full of colors.
I even bought an earring for my sister at the Hanamori shop here! Everything was made in Korean and some will be a little bit pricier, but all of their design is so beautiful. Honestly, I’m not allowed to take a photo of them, but since I said I wanted to show my mom, so the boss was okay with it. (I can only get away with one photo though haha)
So for my dessert today, drumroll to my current ultra favorite shaved ice! The Kakiyuki! Previously this place called Kakigori, but just recently they changed their logo to Kakiyuki. But anyway, I had the Uji Matcha Brulee and it cost me RM19 for a mountain tall of shaved ice.
I will rate it 10/5. Overrated? I know hahaha. But this surpasses my expectations and amazingly delicious! No doubt I will come again for the next round. Psst…Please don’t ask about my messy eat and why there’s a red mark on the spoon. It’s too delicious that my lipstick decided to stick on it. Hahaha
Later that afternoon, I checked-in into the beautiful Airbnb at Ramada Suites. And isn’t it peaceful? This is the type of apartment I wish to have next time. A balcony for the strong wind to touch my face, a big window for the light to creep in and just a small space for my own gateway from outside noises hahaha.
Don’t you think the view is beautiful? I spend a lot of my time sitting at the balcony and enjoy the night atmosphere. (Shout out to my mini camera stand! I wanted to take photos of the view but I didn’t have a tripod, so I used that cigarette pan instead.)
As for dinner, I head back to the Pavilion Mall to look for food again but somehow I ended up in Lot10 instead. This place is indeed a famous list to go to KL for food hunting so I decided to check them out. But since my appetite was somehow uncertain, I only had a simple yet delicious beef noodle soup at Song Kee Beef Noodle.
Today is a Saturdate with me! This day will be one of the memorable things in my life as I first took the MRT from Bukit Bintang to Mutiara Damansara to stop at One Utama by myself. I was so nervous and excited at the same time, especially I’m setting up a challenge for my fear of trains. But I’m glad everything went smoothly and nothing bad happened.
Anyway, my breakfast for today was unexpectedly amazing! I had a jumbo set meal from Xiao Bar Wang restaurant. The meal included a bowl of mee shua, one Chinese tea leaf egg, a drink from the selected menu and some pieces of fried chicken which I didn’t manage to take a photo of. I love this yumminess too!
Next, I went to The Good Monster. First, the pinkish interior caught my attention and the reason I went in was that there’s caramel on the menu! So why not? (Here’s a fact, I’m a crazy caramel lover. Hahaha. So anything with caramel, I’m down for it! Woo!)
This small bowl of salted caramel banana cookie crumbs oats cost me Rm11. I wasn’t sure about liking it or not since I have mixed feelings when eating them. The texture was a little slimy yet pleasing and the only drawback was the caramel sauce wasn’t as thick as I imagined it would be. But overall it was interesting flavors.
This is the Shiratama Kinako Kuromistu from Ujicha. It was so chewy but so delicious! It worth every cent. But whenever I went to have dessert, they always offer me either two spoons or forks when I’m actually eating alone. (Somehow I felt so pitiful hahaha)
Before I go back to my place, I dropped by the Lavender Bakery and bought some pastries for my night snacks. One of them is this interesting looking ball called the bamboo charcoal mochi. And honestly, that was a bad decision to wait until nightfalls. I was seriously chewing and exercising my jaw to finished them. It was hard and flavorless. I’m sure if I eat right after getting them, everything will taste better and delicious.
Hands down to another ride with the train again and went to the IOI mall to have my late breakfast and lunch. This time it’s all about Japanese and Korean Cuisine. Isn’t it look delicious? I had my Tokyo Ramen at the Sukiya and this Kimchi Tofu Bibimbap and Fried Dumplings at the Kimchi Queen Restaurant.
I really went full blast for the food this time and had them both for lunch.
Later that day I had a sundate with my old friends from college! We talked and talked a lot about the college years. And just before I head back home, I got myself a collection of sushi from Empire Sushi for my night snacks. It cost me a total of RM10.80 ONLY with another two mochis. What a reasonable price!
This day I didn’t spend anything since my friend invited me to go out with them again. Sadly I didn’t take many photos here but it’s okay, I will tell you where I went instead. My first stop was at Petaling Street and we snacked off the must eat Madam Tang’s Muah Chee, the sweet and delicious Apam Balik, and Air Mata Kucing.
As for lunch, we went to one of the restaurants there. You need to try their oyster fried egg here, it will seriously remind you of the taste that felt like home. Even my friend agree with me on that.
The last stop was at the Berjaya Times Square and the first dessert I had was my favorite IIlao IIlao. I also can’t get enough of this, and this still remains on my top list with caramel flavor! Sometimes I asked for extra sauce and it makes me so happy to take every bite of it. They loved it too!
But of course, food does not end there. We went to Pat Kin Pat Sun Cafe to have more food! It was all about the happiness of the different food served on the table. I filled up my tummy more than I should. But it will be a waste to not eat them since everything is so delish!
For the last one, I bought this delicious snack from Sushi Empire again! I just can’t resist these small temptations of food.
It’s home time! But guess what, more food on the list.
I had Penang Laksa at the food court, Churros from Street Churros, Biscuit from Texas Chicken, and lastly, a delicious cheesy sausage topped with potato from Chun!At first, I wanted to share my photo diary, but I realize most of my photos are only associated with food. So instead of a photo diary, this should be a food diary instead isn’t it? And speaking of food, I rarely encounter with “bad” food while I was there. I remember my friend told me, “have you ever said any food not delicious?” Hahaha, I guess I’m a person who loves food a lot.
But honestly, stepping into the big city alone was indeed a new experience for me. Until now I still can reminisce everything freshly in my memories. When I first decided to embark on the journey, I wasn’t so sure whether I will end up making a regretful decision or a meaningful lesson. But more than the negative impact, aloneness taught me life is full of possibilities. Even now I yearn for more solo travel too. It’s weird to think that here I am writing about it when once I was so scared to face my unbeaten fears.
Being a tourist in my own country is really enjoyable. I hope to explore all the places in Malaysia next time too. But the only thing I regret the most is not taking more photos than what I had in my album stash.