10.06.2011 - 10.06.2011 32 °C
Nerdia did her bit for her Global Corporate Challenge team yesterday, when we walked over 25,000 steps during our KL Shopping Odyssey. (She's having trouble logging onto the GCC website at the moment so the totals may not show up for a while - sorry folks!)
After a vast and yummy hotel breakfast (Nerdia especially liked the flat spiral pastry thingies), we returned to Times Square for a thorough exploration of the upper floors we hadn't reached the day before. The top few are still being fitted out but there are many, many weird and wonderful beauty parlours - most of which seem to cater for Pricilla, Queen of the Desert fans. Very strange indeed.
Lots of bizarre clothing stores, shoes, handbags, items available only to a select, discreet adult clientele in Perth... and magic shops. Magic is apparently very popular in KL, as are breast enhancement, hair replacement and tattoos. Everywhere you go you can hear the buzz of needles.
After a brief pitstop it was off to check out the other nearby malls - which turned out to be surprisingly nearby, right next door in fact. We spent hours at Sungei Wang Plaza - 'for all kinds of everything' as the brochure suggests. Including T-Bowl, a toilet-themed restaurant Nerdia is keen to try. Everyone sits on bogs with those tacky decorative resin seats containing dolphins, seashells etc - choice. For those of you who've been to Bangkok: quite like MBK. Lunch was at a super little Taiwanese restaurant there - fresh strawberry juice drinks and yummo salted chicken for about $15 all up, yay! Plane Boy made his first significant purchase: a RC model helicopter, much larger and less fragile than his old one. Judging by the way the storeholders were throwing around their demo model, it's practically indestructible. Plane Boy is seriously thinking about mounting a small video camera on it... watch out, Charlotte!
Following JT's map (thanks JT!) we made it to Low Yat Plaza, electronic wonderland. Nerdia was mesmerised by all the nifty new mobile 'phones, notebooks and mp3 players. We goggled at the incredibly expensive top of the range audio equipment on offer, such as the A$8,300 turntable. Pass.
Suddenly it was 5pm! Back to the hotel for beers and cocktails, then JT's advice proved invaluable once again as we made it to the Petaling Street night markets by monorail and train. Pah, who needs taxis? Long straight streets like the Chiang Mai night markets, but even more cramped and crowded than Chatuchak. Merchandise was not outstanding, and frankly it was far too crowded to stop and haggle, so we didn't buy anything. The outdoor restaurants at the far proved much more enticing, and we enjoyed our (fairly standard) Chinese meal while downing plenty of Tiger beer and watching the passing parade.