Exploring Kuala Lumpur

Apart from Batu Caves and Petronas tower, we managed to go to a few more attractions around KL. To most of the places we caught a Grab car and after visiting the attractions we also found really nice places to try Malaysian cuisine. I still can’t forget all the yummy food they serve especially the variety of fish and meats. I think vegetarians might have a bit of trouble finding options to their liking though.

King’s Place (Istana Negara)

Due to my own lack of research, when we decided to visit King’s palace I was bit disappointed to know that you can view the palace only from the outside. The only plus side was that it is close to other attractions like the National Museum and the National Mosque so you can do some more right after viewing the palace.

You can only see the front gate, a bit of the garden and the front of the palace. As you can’t go inside, all tourist can do is take photos in front of the gate and with the guards. As I have mentioned many time, it is really hot in KL and the poor guards are in full dress uniform.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

We didn’t go inside the Kulala Lumpur City Gallery as Chhori was sleepy and was in no mood for it. Instead we took some photos with the “I heart KL” sign and went to the nearby Merdeka Square to rest and have lunch.

As it is so close to other attractions, it is worth going to KL city Gallery to take photos outside even if you are not planning to go inside.

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is a historical ground In KL where they celebrate their Independence Day. It is surrounded by museums and historical houses.

It has a 100 meter flag pole proudly flying the Malaysian flag.

Victoria Fountain

The Victoria Fountain was a gift from England to the kingdom of Kuala Lumpur in the 1800’s. It has very beauty details and looks amazing.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in the 1800’s and is arguably the grandest display of Moghul architecture in KL with 41-meter high ‘Big Ben’ clock tower. It now houses the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Communication of KL.

Jamek Mosque

We walk past the Masjid Jamek and it is the biggest mosque that is also said to be the first brick mosque to be built in the city.

Petaling Street

We went to Petaling Street just to browse as we didn’t want to buy anything. They sell lots of imitation branded stuff like watches, perfumes, bags for quite cheap but the quality is suspect.

Overall we had a great time in Malaysia and I was so glad to be able to share this holiday with my parents. From KL, we caught a flight to Nepal to start our holiday with friends and family. I will write more about that in my next post.

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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On top of Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC

I believe KLCC Petronas Twin Towers is one of the must visit areas in Kuala Lumpur and I was excited to take the whole family there. On my last visit, we made a mistake of not buying the tickets ahead of time which meant we wasted a few hours waiting for our turn. This time I bought our tickets from Sydney for our preferred day and time and we didn’t have to wait to go to the top of the tower.

The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest towers in the world from 1998 until 2004, when Taipei 101 in Taiwan was built.

These towers are one of the main tourist attractions in Malaysia and tourists can visit organized tours to Sky Bridge and the Observation Deck.

I have to admit, the visit is very organised with many staff coordinating the tours so visitors can enjoy the views and take photos.

When we arrived a few minutes before our visit time, we were given lanyards to wear and wait for others in the queue to go up. We were given brief safety instruction and we were on our way to Sky Bridger on the 41st floor which was 170 meters above the ground.

 

The Sky Bridge connects the two towers together and is a double-decker structure with Level 41 being for visit operations and Level 42 being for private use by office tenants.

The sky-bridge is designed to not be physically attached to the two towers allowing for swaying of the buildings during high winds.

We were told we had 10 minutes to enjoy the views and take our photos. It was enough time for us to observe our surrounding and take photos. Chhori was having the time of her life running around and looking out the glass windows.

Once our time was up, we assembled again and were taken to another elevator which took us to the 86th floor to Observation Deck where we got 15 minutes.

While we enjoyed the view, one of their staffs came around and took a few photos from their cameras. He was nice enough to take some from our cameras too.

Chhori as usual was exploring every corner of the room. I am so glad kids can have so much fun no matter where they are.

As we finished on the Observation Deck, we went back to ground floor through souvenir shop where you could buy merchandise and also buy your photographs taken earlier by the staff.

Overall we have a great time going to the Petronas Twin Towers.

After the tower, we decided that we would do a quick shopping in the mall. It was close to Chinese New Year so we saw lots of decorations still hanging everywhere.

I went and bought a few shoes and went out to the KLCC Park where we managed to capture some nice photos with the towers in the background.

By then it was lunch time so we went out and had our lunch. I have always loved Malaysian cuisines and it was a treat to be able to choose from so many options. AS and my parents loved the food as well.

I will write more about our trip in my next post, till then take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

On my last visit to KL, one of the highlights was Batu Caves so it was on the top of the go to places for us. I was sure my parents and AS would like the place as well.

The Batu Caves is said to be 400 million years old but was only founded to be a site for Hindu worship in 1890 by K. Thamboosamy Pillai (the same founder of Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur).

We booked a car using the Grab app and it was an easy ride, around 30 minutes from our hotel to the caves. The car dropped us right outside the temple. After a few minutes’ walk we could see this huge statue of Lord Murugan, god of war right outside the entrance to the steps. The statue is 140 feet tall and we looked so small in front of it.

The caves are about 100 meters above the ground and the Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave which has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors we have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps.

The caves and the steps area are full of monkeys, small and big. I was OK with the steps but was very scared of the monkeys as they start to fight with each other anytime. It spooked Chhori sometimes but she still enjoyed watching the monkeys up close. There were so many and they weren’t afraid of people at all, some just ran so close to us.

While climbing the steps, we were resting after every 50 steps or so because it was hot and humid. But it was all worth it when we reached the top and when we stepped inside as it was cool with water dripping from the limestones.

   

There were shrines along with a couple of temples and the main temple of Lord Murugan was further inside where we had to climb more steps, may be 20+.

In the main temple, a priest was doing aarati when we got there and we went inside and lit an oil lamp.

We didn’t go to any other caves but heard they were very good to explore as well.

Climbing down was better but the day was very humid so we were still sweating. Once we reached down, we saw a vendor selling fresh coconut and we all went for it. Chhori really liked it as it was the first time she got to drink fresh coconut water.

We rested for a while and then we caught a car to go to our next destination.

I will write more about Malaysia in the next post, till then take care everyone. I am so glad I am blogging more often now  🙂

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Malaysia and The Face Suites

On our way to Nepal, we have stopped over in Malaysia. We only went to Kuala Lumpur as we had limited time. I have visited Malaysia before but it was the first time for my parents, AS and Chhori.

In KL, we booked a hotel called The Face Suites and I am so glad we did. Our stay at KL was made better because of this excellent apartment we were in. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment and the rooms were spacious and comfortable with a fully equipped kitchenette. The suite was superb, so tastefully decorated with everything you need and then some. From the master bedroom, we had a great view of the Petronas Towers and the city. The bathroom was huge and clean and they had free Wi-Fi too.

When we checked in, we were given a room on the 15th floors but it was not facing the Petronas Towers so we made a request to change the room and we were given a room facing the towers on the 43rd floor. We were very happy with the room we were given and I have to admit the duty manager was really helpful.

I booked this particular hotel after looking at the photo of their infinity pool on the internet and I was not disappointed at all when we got there. From the pool, there is a great view of the Petronas Towers and the city.

The view was amazing in the morning as well as the evening with the blue lights. We spent most of our spare time at the pool, relaxing or swimming or taking photos. Chhori also had a great time as they have a kids’ pool where she could run around.

For our sightseeing, we used a Grab app (similar to Uber) and it was cheap and convenient to go around. I highly recommend the service if you want to save money instead of booking tours. You do need to do a bit of homework and find out what you want to visit.

We managed to see the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu cave, King’s Place, Petaling Street, KLCC Park, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square, Jamek Mosque, and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. I will be posting in detail in another post soon.

Some of these attractions were just walking distance from each other so we could visit a few of them at the same time.

Over all we had a great time in Malaysia. We all found the beautiful country very diverse and at every turn it was a new experience.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Travelling with toddler

First of all sorry for disappearing for so long, I think I have never not blogged for this long since I started blogging.

We went on a holiday to Malaysia and Nepal and somehow I was so busy that even though I drafted a few posts, didn’t have time to publish them. But now that I am back, I will write all about our trip and Chhori’s special birthday celebration in Nepal.

But let me first share my experience in general about our travel with Chhori. As I have mentioned in my posts before, I was bit nervous about such a long flight with Chhori. Even though Chhori has been on a plane before, the longest she has travelled is around 4 hours and she was great on that but it is a different story when it came to travelling to Nepal. First of all, we had to be on two different planes with a total time of 14+ hours and on top of that as she was under 2 years old and we didn’t have a separate seat for her.

We flew from Sydney to Malaysia during the day and that 9 hour flight was the worst of the entire trip. As it was day time, Chhori slept for only an hour and the rest of the time we had to entertain her. We had a tablet full of movies and rhymes for her and also a lot of snacks but it was a very hard job. She was OK for the first few hours and then she started getting bored. She would move from my seat to AS’s and we had to try our best to make sure she was busy so she wouldn’t cry.

At one stage, she wanted the whole seat to herself so she evicted me from my seat and I ended up on the floor in from of the seat.

AS couldn’t stop laughing and luckily as we were allocated seats with good leg room I had room to sit on the floor.

Chhori also played peekaboo with a couple behind our seat. She would stand up and say “boo” and sit down again. I hope they were amused and not annoyed.

In Malaysia, she was great as we went to different tourist spots every day and she enjoyed the new environment. She loved the fact that she didn’t have to sit on a baby seat in the car anymore and she enjoyed the freedom. Above all she enjoyed the fact that mummy and daddy were with her 24/7.

The flight from KL to Kathmandu was better as it was only 4 hours and she was OK most of the way. The worst part was when we landed and we had to wait for immigration and customs and the airport was bit chaotic.

Chhori is only 2 years old but I know for sure that she loved Nepal. In Kathmandu, we spent most of our time in AS’s home and she loved it there as she had her grandparents, uncles and aunt and cousin to play with her.

Every morning when she woke up, she wanted to go to the living area straight away because she knew there will be someone to play with her. She really enjoyed the company of her relatives and was really happy to play with her cousin.

We took Chhori to visit many of our relatives and she did really well. She was social and affectionate and very well behaved most of the time. She really made us very proud.

I am sure she would have been very happy to stay longer in Kathmandu but our holiday ended shortly after we celebrated her birthday and it was time for us to come back.

I was a bit worried about our flight back but luckily for us, it was better than the journey to Nepal.

On our flight from Kathmandu to Malaysia, we had an empty seat next to us so Chhori was happy to have her own seat. It did make our journey less stressful. From Malaysia to Sydney, we got a bassinet for her and she slept most of the flight even though she was a bit big for it. I was happy to have a peacefully sleeping baby which allowed me to rest and eat my meal without worrying too much.

I was so happy when we landed in Sydney because even though I loved our trip, the flight there and back was bit tough. I think if a child is over a year old and it is a long flight, it is a good idea to buy an extra seat for the child as it will be really helpful and gives you a bit more flexibility.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2016 WINNERS Announced

First of all, sorry for delay in the announcement of the blog award. As you all know, I was away on holiday and it was hard to blog with everything going around me.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the bloggers and voters who participated in NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2016. I am so happy to see so many of you voting and making this award bigger than ever.

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I am also thrilled by the way everyone came together to celebrate and support the talented individuals who spend so many hours behind the scenes creating the blogs we all love to read. I have to let the bloggers know that you have some amazing supporters who voted for you.

Without further delay, I am more than pleased to announce the winners of the NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2016. Good luck to everyone who has been nominated.

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Below are the award winners in each category of the NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2016.

Best Blog for 2016

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Best Photo Blog 2016

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Best Food Blog 2016

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Best Travel Blog 2016

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Best Fashion Blog 2016

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https://lifewithtisha.com/

Best Personal Blog 2016

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Most Diverse Blog 2016

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Best New Blog 2016

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http://enchantales.wordpress.com

A Big Congratulations to all the winners, please do not forget to leave your acceptance speech and thank you everyone.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Chhori’s first trip to Nepal

Chhori is going to Nepal for the very first time this weekend. We have planned this trip to celebrate her 2nd birthday in Nepal so we will be traveling to Nepal with my parents. We will be stopping over in Malaysia for a few days and then a big Nepal trip.

Nepali flag

Nepali flag

I am so excited and scared at the same time. Excited because Chhori will get to meet many of her relatives for the first time including her great grandmas, cousins that she sees often in Skype and many other uncles and aunties. I am sure she won’t remember much from this trip when she gets older but I will make sure that she has lots of photos to look back on.

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Also on 20 February, we will be celebrating her 2nd birthday. We plan to do a traditional ceremony with yomari and sagun as well as a small family celebration with party. I am hoping that it will be a great way for Chhori to start understanding our culture and tradition.

I also have plans to take her to the zoo in Nepal and also do other kids’ activities. I am sure we will also be busy with meeting many relatives and friends.

zoo

But this mum is very worried at the same time. In the past, traveling to Nepal was not such a big deal but this time going with a toddler could be difficult. We have done our best preparations. Both AS and I have got vaccinated according to the recommendation of our GP. Also Chhori got one injection as well. She was as calm as a millpond and didn’t cry this time either.

I have bought enough food/snacks for our plane journey as well have as some cartoon and peepa pig series for entertainment. I am not worried about our plane journey much but a bit more worried about our stay.

Malaysia should be fine as we are there for few days only but I am worried about Nepal. I am worried if she will get sick or hurt or anything like that. AS’s home in Kathmandu where we will be spending most of our time is not baby proofed like our home here so it gives me nightmares thinking what may go wrong. We have talked about how someone will always be watching Chhori to avoid any disaster but as you know with kids they are so unpredictable.

chhori

I and AS have had numerous talks about it and he always tells me to stop thinking too much and let’s take each day as it comes but being a thinker I am not as clam as he is. I know he is right as we don’t know what can happen there but I can’t stop worrying.

Please share tips and tricks to avoid any unwanted events happening when you are traveling with a toddler. Chhori is so active these days hence the worried mum.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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