Reporting live from Kuala Lumpur – 1

I have always had this wish to write about a place right from the place as I am vacationing. You know what I mean? Like this.

Note: I did not post this because I hadn’t transferred photos. I wrote it like a diary account every night but just could not post it. So am posting it now with photos. But hey, I want to still call it live for happiness-inducing reasons, okay? Okay!

So if you read one of my previous posts announcing the grand news of us leaving for Kuala Lumpur, you’ll know why I am reporting live. Because I am HERE! I feel super super awesome just lazying and cozying up to K. The warm blankets, the coffee, the movies, the fantabulous breakfast (I can’t wait to see what’s for breakfast tomorrow) makes me feel on-top-of-the-world. I feel like this is how 4 days in a month should be. Atleast!

We loved the flight. We flew by Tiger airways and we were told that it would take us an hour to reach KL. A journey by bus would mean a few hours and we thought of just flying over. Typing that made me feel like some bird. Flying over indeed!

Apart from initial traffic, we loved the flight. No turbulence whatsoever. And we thought we had just taken off when there was an announcement that we were landing. I am not a big fan of long flights. I admit, I do get a bit scared. Everytime there is some turbulence, you can see me praying extra hard. And I look around to see if I am the only one getting scared or there are others as well. If I happen to find someone like me, either with an anxious face (that I am capable of presuming), I pray harder. So last night, when I was having a nice time re-reading their magazine, K told me that 80% of unpleasant events happen during take-off. I gave him the most loving look and started praying. I wish he’d let me be. But no. He said he had this funny feeling that the flight was in a slanted position. I, my dumb self, asked how and why was it so. I could have kicked myself for it for K’s answer was something like this – “The pilot seems to be a newbie. I have this feeling he is not sure what is happening” and yap yap and chappad chappad…. I wasn’t even paying attention for I started my share of praying with intense vigour.

Within a matter of minutes, we were landing. I gave K the most triumphant look of my life. He says that I am the most fun person he has travelled with. I decided to believe it (because it is true) and well, we were in KL!

Hilton had promised pick-up.  When we were waiting, I had an awesome time looking at people in the arrival hall waiting for their loved ones to come. I get a big kick by looking at people and inferring from their excited happy faces. It makes me think of how my parents wait for me at the airport and how Chintu walks about the length of the place as though the speed with which each step is covered signals an earlier arrival. It is so heart-warming to see people embrace each other. There are elderly parents, naughty siblings, chaddi-buddies, little kids, blushing wives who are repeatedly paying attention to the hair so that they look their beautiful best when their partner returns from a business trip or is home for vacation – it is a beautiful sight. And I totally love soaking it in.

We waited and waited. K suggested we call them. But, we had no coins to call and so decided to buy some OldTown Coffee. Trust me, they have amazing white coffee. I have had their coffee a couple of times in Malaysia (surprisingly, I haven’t had them in Singapore) and they seem to get better and better! I requested the cashier to pay the change in coins and he rummaged through his little draw and finally gave two 50 c coins.

We called them up and were told to come to the railway station anyways. I did not think much of it but K did feel a bit disappointed. I felt more let down because one of the things on my wish list has been that I want to see someone in the airport holding my name in big capital letters. Oh well, we always have a next time. We asked around and decided to take a bus. Turned out that we were the first to arrive for the bus in queue.  We had to wait for like 40 minutes for the bus to leave.

Finally, the passengers started trickling in and after about 40 minutes, we left. This airport is on the very outskirt of KL. It took us about 1 hour or so to reach KL SentralThe best part was that Hilton was right opposite KL Sentral. Yay Hilton!

On reaching the reception desk, we went through the formalities and K shared the pick-up hiccup. Result? Upgrading our room! Joys, I tell you.

I took our camera out and clicked every little corner of our room. I always do. It is a ritual for me; my way of capturing what will be our home away from home during our stay. And I love looking at these photos from time to time. This time, I thought of sharing them here.

Once we enter from the floor on the right, we are greeted by the tempting bed.

And when you get tired of lazying on the bed, you can hop over to the couch and nestle your head against the warm cushion and look out at the tall (really tall) buildings around. I especially loved the lamps. I love lamps with the lamp pull switch. I love pulling it on and off, on and off with every clink. It makes me feel like I am a character from one of the books or movies.

And the other side there are sliders that open up to the bath.

After clicking and freshening up, we felt so hungry. Though we had had one complete South Indian set meal at Ananda Bhavan at Changi airport, we felt so hungry. We pounced on the menu, fought over who gets to choose first (knowing very well that the fight will only delay everything) and then finally managed to share the menu. While K looked at the first half, I looked at the other and we finally managed to order something without eating each other off.

While we waited for the food to come, we watched some football game on TV. Watching football helps us work up our already ravenous appetite.

Ding. The food was here! The elderly gentleman who got the food for us was smiley faced. And laid the table out all the while exchanging little pleasantries. I love it when people do that!

I had ordered some pasta while K had a burger with some fries. They also gave us some biscotti and some awesome little buns to go with.

I am writing this after I finished the gorgeous pasta and stole some fries from K as well. My tummy says thank you. I feel a happy kind of sleepy feeling. K doesn’t seem to want to say bye to his football friends. It is 3 A.M. now. I better get some sleep. But not before bugging K.

Good night! 🙂

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34 comments

  1. Privy Trifles · October 14, 2012

    Wow!!!

    That was some LIVE reporting… it made me feel as if I am there holidaying with you ( Though I dont intend to disturb your privacy 😉

    Loved the pictures Toffee…you seemed to have had a great time dear…. I can make out the excitement in your words here….!!

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      hehehehe !
      Yeah, we did have a very lazy time there 🙂 It was fun. More parts coming up.

  2. My Era · October 14, 2012

    I love the very idea of live reporting.
    I remember trying to scribble in my diary on all my vacations just like you have in this post 🙂 A great way to capture the minutest of memories.

    KL airport is way too far from the city. But Hilton is Hilton 😀 😀
    Superb clicks and I am sure you guys had a superb vacation….waiting for more updates 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      It is so much fun to write from the place, no? I carry a small travel book too but can’t write too much, so resorted to blogging. 🙂
      Ya ME. The distance was huge but like you said, Hilton is Hilton! 🙂 More updates coming up!

  3. Destination Infinity · October 15, 2012

    I liked the lamps near the bed. They look good. The lighting above the LCD TV also looks good. I wonder why engineers don’t use that simple technique to make houses look better? So, where did you go in KL? Any post coming on that?

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      I loved the lamps too and the lighting above the TV. Am so glad you noticed it! 🙂

      Oh, we did not do a lot of sight seeing but yes, I will share the sheer laziness we indulged in, in subsequent posts.

  4. Jas · October 15, 2012

    Loved the LIVE reporting.. it seems more vivid because you are experiencing it as you are writing… the room seems very nice.

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      Thanks Jas! 🙂 what you say is so true!
      Room was cozy and nice 🙂

  5. greenboochi · October 15, 2012

    Lovely lovely lovely lovely!!! 😀 I enjoyed reading the post so much Kismi 🙂 There is one thing I can infer from this post, we have a lot more commonalities… 🙂 I too take every inch of the room we stay during a holiday and would love seeing it from time to time.. 🙂 I too loved the OldTown Coffee… when I was in Penang.. I had it with their coconut butter toast (not sure if I got the name right) but it was the best toast I had ever.

    Next time I go on a vacation, I would love to copy this idea of live recording 😀

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      thankee gbieeeeee! You too take snaps of your room? Same pinch. Looks like i will have bruises all over if we count the same pinches!
      OldTown coffee with kaya butter toast is it? kaya is that sweet coconut paste 🙂 I’d love to read your live reporting!
      Come off and we will devour kaya toasts! 😛

  6. Lifesong · October 15, 2012

    Loved your live reporting 🙂 I would love to do that too sometime 🙂
    I get scared during turbulence too during a flight and I have Cheebu sitting right next to me who wants to know every single time about plane crashes 🙄
    Nice room and that food looks yummy 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      Thanks LS 🙂 would love to read your live reporting!

      Oh God!!!!!!!!! Cheebu does that? sigh. I’d be super scared.

      Thanks 🙂

  7. Visha · October 15, 2012

    Live reporting!! Wah, kya idea hai 😀

    No taxi = room upgrade – > Double Yay

    The first thing I check going inside my hotel room is the bathroom and then the wardrobe and at last the bed, no idea how that sequence got wired in me 🙄

    Scared during flights..hehehe..you should be seated next to my mummy then..all the passengers will be terrified seeing you two 😆

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      hehehehe Thanks Visha!
      If I sit next to your mummy, I will end up trying to be brave but feel like the scarediest cat inside. Sigh. Turbulence.

  8. KP · October 15, 2012

    You seemed to have have missed nothing.Got the feel of the scary?air ride and the cool hotel room.The pics are very good.Thanks

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      hehe thanks a lot KP ! 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

  9. ashreyamom · October 15, 2012

    live-reporting.. what an idea.. so in all it looks like it was a great rip.. i also liked the idea of taking pics of all corners of room.. it just forms a part of memories na..

    • kismitoffeebar · October 15, 2012

      hehehehe thanks AM!
      It was a great trip – full of laziness. I will update our laziness in the subsequent part.

      Yea, I feel so too about memories! 🙂

  10. techie2mom · October 15, 2012

    Wow, loved this live account 🙂
    It really has the live feel to it…You guys had some fun, waiting for the next part eagerly.

    • kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2012

      Thanks so much techie2mom 🙂 Yes yes, will upload the next part in a couple of days 🙂

  11. Bikramjit Singh Mann · October 15, 2012

    so what you doing today then 🙂 having more fun i guess ..

    enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2012

      hehe Bikram, I had typed this last week during vacation. am sharing it now with the pics! To know what we did the next day, the next part will be soon up 🙂

  12. Titaxy · October 15, 2012

    lovely. what a cozy room that is!

  13. Amit · October 15, 2012

    That food took me back to my honeymoon. We had a in-room-dinner that looked strikingly similar. Enjoy your stay there. 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2012

      There is something about an in-room dinner, no? We have ordered pizzas and finger food at 2 AM and all that but a complete in-room dinner on all days is a first for us!
      We are back. Am sharing the live accounts a bit late 🙂

  14. anisnest · October 15, 2012

    wowww… awesome.. have more fun.. 🙂

  15. Roshni · October 15, 2012

    Loved your ‘live’ reporting! Glad you got the room upgrade after the pickup fiasco! Can’t wait to read the next part!

    • kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2012

      hehe ya we were so so happy with the upgrade! Next part will be up in a couple of days 🙂

  16. The Girl Next Door · October 16, 2012

    I love the idea of live reporting. Sounds like so much fun! 🙂

    Loved the post totally. It felt like I was there with you guys, I got a complete feel of the place. Looking forward to read the remaining instalments of the posts about your KL trip. That reminds me, I have a couple of posts yet to put up about my Kashmir trip!!

    White coffee?! I have never heard of it, leave alone have it! 😦

    That food looks gorgeous. Especially the pasta. 🙂

    I love the look of that room, too. And lamps with a cord?! LOVE.

    I love clicking photos of the hotel rooms we stay in, too. I want to save each and every little part of our holidays. 🙂

    I love watching people waiting for their loved ones on railway stations and airports, too. Sometimes even in malls. Just love it!

    I have always wanted someone to receive me at the airport with a placard with my name on it. It is a small, childish wish of mine that has never got fulfilled so far! 😦

    I sometimes do get the feeling, when I am flying, that the plane is in a slanted position. Honestly. I don’t know if other people have felt it, too, but I have for sure.

    And Hilton upgraded your room for the pick-up hassle?! How cool is that?! Lucky you!

    Do I have to say that I am super J after reading this post? 🙂

    PS: I had a dream the other day that I am visiting Singapore alone, and then, suddenly, the OH joins me. My first sight of Singapore is some pretty white flowers. 🙂

  17. kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2012

    I looooved your comment!
    Thankee TGND. White coffee is coffee, but with condensed milk – nothing very different in terms of other coffee we get here but there is something about the fragrance of the coffee and its taste – can’t describe that!
    Lamp with a cord – I know, right?
    Same pinch same pinch on all that! 😛 Am glad you said that about the plane being slanted. I really felt I am the weirdly aligned person to feel it.

    Wooooooow! You just come off okay. after all dreams as happy as those must be made to come true 🙂

  18. Nithvin · October 16, 2012

    Super liked your ‘live reporting’ post! and the pictures too..
    Waiting for the next parts 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · October 17, 2012

      Thanks so much Nithvin! Hope all is well 🙂
      Next part will be up this week 🙂

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