Monday, February 20, 2012

Back to Kuala Lumpur

Hey all - I am back from our friends wedding in Taranaki and we had such a great time! I will post some pictures soon, but I thought it was time for another photo update from my trip earlier this year.

Once I returned to Kuala Lumpur my friends Lisa and Aaris joined me from Taipei - yah! We met Lisa and Aaris whilst we were living in Taipei and they are are so much fun, I was so happy they could come over and meet me.

We decided to start out by visiting the National Mosque of Malaysia and the Islamic Arts Museum - here's a few shots of our walk to the mosque.

Along the way we saw the KL station and took a few photos, its a pretty amazing building - in fact its hard to believe its a train station at all.

We even had lunch at the train station - ice blended drinks (mine is kiwi fruit) and assorted roti full of awesome things - mine had milo in it!
Next up was the National Mosque of Malaysia - we all had to wear robes inside the building. All women have to wear them and cover their hair, turns out Aaris had to wear one too as his shorts weren't long enough.

It wouldn't have been so bad wearing the robes if they were made of cotton - but they were made from the most nasty scratchy polyester. But I was still smiling - I think the red sunnies add so much more to the look.
Below is the view from the mosque - it was really nice walking on the cool marble and tiles inside.

Below is the prayer hall, which as you can see is extremely beautiful. However as non-Muslims we weren't allowed to go inside, but it was still pretty cool that we could have a look at it from the outside.

After the mosque we went to have a look at the Islamic Arts Museum, which was amazing - so many beautiful things to look at. I honestly felt like I could have spent a whole week just at the museum. If you even visit Kuala Lumpur you have to go there!

Next we decided to stop for a cheesy tourist photo.
Then it was time for more exploring of KL - so many sights to see!

We finally found ourselves back in China town - Lisa and Aaris were staying in a hotel around here.We stumbled across another temple, I think it was maybe Buddist - but I'm really not sure, it could have been Taoist.

We stayed in Chinatown just a little bit longer and had a look around the most beautiful Hindu Temple - it was amazing. It was the first Hindu temple I've ever seen and the colours were so beautiful and the designs so intricate.

Then it was time for something completely different, we went to Times Square which is a big mall to check out a tattoo artist for Aaris. Finally we finished off our day with a "Fish Spa" which is exactly what it looks like - you put your feet in a tub with some fish and they eat away the dead skin. I did this a few times in Korea and over there it is called "Dr Fish". I have to say the Korean fish were much smaller than the type they use in Malaysia - you could really feel these guys eating away at your feet! That was the end of day one with Lisa & Aaris and as you can see - it was pretty epic! It was the most adventure filled day of all our days in Kuala Lumpur. I have more photos of my adventures with Lisa & Aaris to post soon.


Julia said...

Great photos!
The museum looks amazing.
We went to one of those fish spa's in Thailand - I wish we had one here, your feet feel incredibly smooth afterwards!!

Curtise said...

Wonderful photos. We have lots of those fish spa places in the UK (never been though.)
Looking forward to some wedding pics too! xxx

Vix said...

Gorgeous pictures, absolutely fabulous post. I really want to go back to KL, I loved it when I went.
Loving the Hindu temple and despite the burkhas being scratchy the colour was gorgeous. x

cb said...

WOW this adventure looks like soo much fun! the architecture looks so beautiful and the art is amazing! such attention to detail. ok so yo uhave to explain why you must wear the purple robes? at least everyone is wearing them but i do spy with my little eye one person that isn't. hmmmm

What Sadie Did said...

That was ONE day!? Wow, you were busy!! And that green kiwi drink looks like a zombie drink!!!

Gorgeous pics, you definitely made the most of your time :)

Sadie xx

alicia said...

the "fish spa" is my worst nightmare. i'm so afraid of fish that i can't even be in the same room with an aquarium without squirming! i would have been SCREAMING the entire time!

Krista said...

So much cool stuff in this post. I am loving the beautiful pictures from the mosque and what a trip to wear those robes. OMG I have never heard of these fish spas I can barely stand how sand crabs feel under the receding tide, but I would try it, why not!
Thanks for sharing always enjoy your blog!!!