Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Muddy City!

My older son Ming, my hub and I arrived in Kuala Lumpur ("lumpur" means muddy) late on 10th Dec and met our my daughter at the airport as she arrived at the same from Shanghai. Can't tell you how happy we were! Wey arrived the next day, and the family was complete. Mandarin Oriental Hotel is 20 steps away from KLCC and we spent our first afternoon in the fantastic mall which was packed with Christmas shoppers. Thank you, RS, and thank God for all his favors.

The first night in KL, we hit Jalan Alor (we had wanted dinner at Fatty Crabs but the restaurant is in PJ, too fat away from the city center) and the atmosphere was just crazy, with cars passing within 1 foot of us as we sat on plastic chairs by the roadside. Used tissues were scattered everywwhere and especially under the tables, making me uneasy as I ate my fried cockles and Hokkien mee. The street was packed woth locals and tourists, all in a happy and fun mood. A couple of buskers stood in front of us singing my kids' songs (i.e. songs I don't sing to),  a white guy stood in the middle of the street taking photos with his new locals friends, somebody let out a burst of confetti into the air and cried
"Selamat Hari Raya!" making the diners laughed and clapped. Yi clasped her hands tightly and said "I love KL, it's as crazy as Shanghai!".

Yes, KL has its charm. It's chaotic, dirty, exciting--everything that Singapore is not. It's just funny how the two cities are so unlike. Singapore is like that aunty who comes to stay
and her hair is always coiffed and she drinks tea with her pinky pointing out while KL is like the aunty who laughs with her head thrown back (and sometimes falls off her chair) and maybe even toots a little when she laughs. Which aunty am I? Guess.

RS, true to the company's spirit of excellence and style, has put together a wonderful program. Yesterday, we were taken on a walking tour of KL. The weather cloudy, warm but not hot, and our guide Mr Lee Choo Sim was a walking Wikipedia who not only knew all about KL's history and architecture, but also food; where to eat and how to cook a good nyonya stew. We (except Wey, who as usual was uninteractive because he wanted to get back to his video game which Hub had confiscated) all enjoyed the tour and are so happy to have had the chance to see and learn all the interesting historic facts about KL.

OH dear, I wanted to upload photos but it's now 10:12 am and RS' car will arrive at 11 to pick us up for today's event at their factory and visitors' center. If you have time, do drop by. I think they wouldn't mind extra people there. Now I have to decide. Should I wear my jeans or that new shift dress. I wish there's a hair salon nearby.

12 comments:

Chowchow said...

Hi Terri. Glad that you are enjoying KL. I was very happy to finally met you. It was a pleasure to be on your team and my sincere apologies for rushing off. Have to pick my kids and send my older one to the orthodontist. Grace just sent me the photo of my jelly. It looked pretty good - the dragon fruit reminded me of the Halloween Longan eyeballs jelly which you made for the 30 day challenge.

If you have the time, just email me at chowchow138@gmail.com. I can take you out for a meal in kl. Talk soon and take care, Michelle

Michelle Chin said...

I think both cities has its appeal but I would prefer hk anytime. It has both :)

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

Glad you're having a good time. So nice to have all the kids with you. Don't forget the photos!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry,

Glad you are having a good time with your family in KL.

For a really good and memorable eat in KL (not too far from KLCC to boot) and no worries about tissues strewn on the floor try this place - Keong Kee Restaurant. Add: 53-1 Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, KL. It's business hours is 11.30 am - 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30 am - 9.00 pm for dinner. Go early as food can run out fast.

It's signature dish is Sang Har meen, Wat Tang Ngau Yoke Hor and a few other dishes you can get the son to recommend. The dad does the cooking and he is one of the original "heavenly cooks".

Neighbourhood may be somewhat grotty, but his place itself is super clean. Great food for locals in the know. Bring a bottle of white to enjoy! Hope you have time to savour :)

Irene

Anonymous said...

Oops forgot to tell you that they are closed on Sunday. Better still call the chef on 017 333 8138 to check ahead ;)

Irene

Blur Ting said...

Oh, such an apt description of the 2 aunties! I'm definitely not the one with the perfect hairdo. I'm in the wrong place!

Anonymous said...

You are the 'Singapore' aunty, the most refine one!

Cheers!

laubao said...

Hi Terri!
I can feel your excitement reading your post!!
I'm glad all your family is together in these days!
Many greetings to all of you!

Heather Sario-Mahi said...

OMG!!!! I just found out the news! Congrats aunty terri - no one deserves this more than you!!! :)) and i'm super thrilled for you that the 'kids' are there with you! My love to the Hong family!!!! HUGSSSS!!!!!

Zurin said...

Glad to have met up with you Terri. it was realy fun and thanks again for the stuff. :)your KL tour sounded like fun ....n hope the fotos turned out all right...soem were just badly taken by me....couldnt figure out the lighting..:(
But it was great to see you n your lovely family!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

How does one get in contact with Mr Chee Sim?

babe_kl said...

Hi Terri, congrats again. I was invited to attend the event but I had to work, hence can't meet you :( Anyway, enjoy your time in KL

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