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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.

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XOXO

 

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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  🙂

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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XOXO

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And then she (Chhori) cried…

I wrote recently how Chhori has started childcare and how she was been great. It is sad to see that, she no longer runs to the toys or forgets about us as soon as we go inside the childcare.

I think slowly she has started to realise that, she needs to go to the childcare regularly and her reaction started changing.

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Normally AS goes to drop her off so I can start work early and I pick her up a bit early.

In the last few weeks, Chhori’s reaction to childcare has slowly changed from no tears to lots of tears.

The first few days, she refused to let go of AS when they got inside the childcare. Then she started to cry once inside the childcare and now she refuses to eat her breakfast and starts crying as soon as she is in front of childcare.

I was really happy when we had no tears initially but that period is over now. It really breaks my heart that she has to go through this.

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I know it is a natural stage of development and every parent has to go through this journey but this makes me feel so guilty and question our decision to do it in the first place. She is not even 2 years old and doesn’t communicate that well which makes it even harder.

I am glad I am not the one who has to drop her off regularly because I would have cried with her every time there is a drop off. Just checking with AS every day and knowing that she cried makes feel me so sad.

I feel so helpless; don’t know what to do to make it easier for Chhori. All the parents out there who have been through this please give me some advice/suggestions.

Take care everyone.

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XOXO

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Christmas road trip : Katoomba – Oberon – Jenolan Caves

As mentioned before in my post, we went for a road trip during Christmas with my parents and my brother’s family. It has been a hot summer this year, so it was a perfect escape from the heat to the mountains where the temperature is cooler than Sydney.

Katoomba

Our first stop was Blue Mountains in Katoomba. I have written about our previous trip here.

As it was a public holiday, there were lots of people there and families enjoying the long weekend. We were there for a while, took a few photos and decided to have lunch.

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Being Christmas Day most of the restaurants were closed. We had researched and found out that there would be an Indian restaurant open nearby so we stopped there before heading on ahead.

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Lunch was quick and OK. Then we headed back to road for another 100 km toward our next stop.

Oberon

Oberon is a small town around 180km from Sydney. The drive was pleasant with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The drive remained us our New Zealand trip as the landscape was so similar with small hillocks and lots of farms.

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It was our first time in Oberon and we liked the tiny town.

Our hotel was clean and quiet and had a big garden at the front where the kids could run around.

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After we reached the hotel, we rested for a while and went for a drive around the town. We went to a nearby park and to the Oberon damn. As it was summer, there were lots of flies at the damn but the park was fun with lots of flowers, a pond with ducks in it and a kid’s play area.

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After a while we headed back to the hotel so we could have some rest for our trip the next day.

Jenolan Caves

Our destination for this trip was Jenolan Caves, “the most spectacular and most famous cave in Australia”.

Jenolan Caves is considered the world’s oldest known open cave system (aprox. 340 million years) the cave system counts more than 40 km of passages, and is still being explored. For now, 11 caves are open to visitors to enjoy the magnificent limestone formations of astonishing beauty.

The road from Oberon is very challenging with many unsighted tight, steep chicanes.

We booked the Imperial Cave tour (the easiest one as we had kids and elderly) for 11 am.

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We wandered around until it was time for the tour. Our guide met us at the entrance of the cave and gave us some rules to follow while inside the cave. We were all excited including the kids.

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The group contained many kids and very elderly people as well so we knew we would be alright.

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The cave was cool but was perfect for summer. The entire path inside the caved was properly done so, we felt safe walking inside the cave. There were many stairs but they had a railing on the side for support.

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It was a fun experience as the knowledgeable guide gave us the history and geography about the cave. It was so much interesting to see the entire natural formed limestone and their very interesting patterns.

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The cave features include ‘The Sinkhole’, ‘Ridleys Shortcut’ (with a story on how it got its name), ‘Lot’s Wife’, the ‘Alabaster Column’ and the dramatic’ Crystal Cities’ which looks like an ancient fortress. And as its name suggests, the ‘Shawl Cave’ is filled with delightful cave shawls.

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Halfway through the trip, Chhhori fell asleep. Not her fault as it was her nap time but I had to carry her for rest of the tour.

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When the floor of the Imperial Cave was excavated in 1975, bones were discovered. The bones of a Tasmanian Devil (long extinct on the mainland) and a Wallaby are on display. As you walk through the cave, you can also see marine fossils embedded in the limestone roof and walls.

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We felt that an hour was not so long when you were enjoying every minute and it was the end of our tour.

We had lunch at the cave café after the tour and we headed back home.

Take care everyone.

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XOXO

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