Taman Tasik Titiwangsa or the Titiwangsa Park – So Good to Hang Around

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa also known as Titiwangsa Park or Lake Titiwangsa is one of the most popular recreational parks in the northern part of Kuala Lumpur. Its main attraction is the large lake where one could take a marvelous photo of Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower and Istana Budaya (arts and culture gallery) reflecting to the calm and serene water.

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the big lake is the main attraction in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

Two days’ sojourn in Malaysia is not enough to explore the beautiful places in this country. But then I was thankful I was able to see Malaysia’s fascinating and famous tourist attraction, the Petronas Twin Towers. My hubby had frequented the country because of his company’s IT seminars usually held in Kuala Lumpur. As he attended another seminar this September, he enjoined me to spend a week-end getaway in Malaysia, to which I was so grateful to him.

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so nice to hang in here and watch the reflections of three stunning structures

We only had limited time in our last day in the country, so we just hang around to Titiwangsa Park, the nearest park in KL Central to where we stayed for the night. We asked the receptionist of the hotel how to get there. He gave us the instruction, though not clear, off we went with our adventure.

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the stations of KL Sentral

From KL Sentral, we rode in KL Monorail going to Titiwangsa, the last station (2.50 RM/head). We asked the cashier how to go to the park. Learning it was near to the station, we didn’t bother ride a taxi. We just walked and asked people in getting there. Walking is a good body work-out. I was glad that we were able to sweat out that morning.

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KLTower as seen from the MRT

Malaysians were good people, though some can’t speak straight in English they could tell us the direction. We passed by a small tunnel and kept walking until we reached the main highway. Knowing we were lost, we went back to the monorail station and took a taxi ride. 10RM was quite high so we use our haggling skills (the Pinoy way) to reduce it to 6RM. The driver nodded his head and he drove off. On our way, we discovered that the park was very near to where we lost the trail! Hahaha! Never mind that funny experience.

Titiwangsa Park relieved our foot aches as we saw its peaceful charm. What amazed me so much was the reflection of buildings and trees to the lake. The concrete walkway was filled with people who jogs, walks and some were just lazing around. The area where we stood was so clean and calm. Indeed, this park is an ideal week-end get away for the family.

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My playful hubby took out a smiley stone from his pocket, put it in a rock and looked for a beautiful angle where the three prominent buildings served as the backdrop. What a good smiley shot he did. hahaha!

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smiley smiles

There were also restaurants and children’s playground near the lake. We didn’t stay long for we will buy some important items before we go back to Manila this afternoon. We boarded a taxi going back to monorail station. Surprisingly, we paid 3.60 RM only. Then we rode at monorail station again (2.50 RM) and alighted at Bukit Bintang Station.

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at Sungei Wang

We explored Sungei Wang Plaza in search of the branded bag Long Champ, which my hubby’s boss urged him to buy. But there was no sort of that bag in that mall. It was almost twelve noon and I could hear the growling sound in my stomach. We proceeded to the 4th floor to eat our lunch at Restoran Sin Tai Kar Lok, Manila’s version of Food Court. We were given a plate of rice then we chose our preferred viands among the Malaysian cuisines lined up in front of the restaurant. We bought ice tea for our refreshments. My hubby told me that this is the usual style of restaurant here in Malaysia. Our meal costs 32.70 RM. Not bad.

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affordable meal

We took a monorail ride in going back to our hotel in KL Sentral. Our flight going back to Manila is 5:35 pm. From KL Sentral we rode in the KLIA transit, the express train going to KL Airport. Fare-35 RM/head. As we were on our way, we enjoyed watching the green scenery and beautiful buildings. I stayed awake in this trip because I want to savor my last glimpse of Malaysia. As I’ve said, two days are not enough to explore this country, but nonetheless, it’s all worth it. Not only that I saw the twin towers, I was able to see and mingled with the people (Indians, Muslims and Chinese) and the culture of this country.

And I say, Malaysia, Truly Asia is a beautiful country to visit. Way back home Manila with another one good memory to cherish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel, Malaysia

My husband enjoined me go to Malaysia after his third IT seminar in Kuala Lumpur. I booked my flight at Cebu Pacific through on-line facility (8:55 pm flight) going there. My return flight was booked in Malaysian Airlines with him. I paid P1,600 for the travel tax to which was not included in an online booking and P750 for the boarding pass.

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Malaysia from the veranda

It was 12:30 am when I arrived at Kuala Lumpur domestic airport. I told my hubby not to fetch me at the airport so we can save money. He instructed me to ride in an airport taxi for it was the safest way in going to Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel (situated in Putrajaya) to where he stayed for the week. The regular rate going to the hotel was 64 ringgit. But since it was past midnight, 50% of the regular rate was added so I paid 96.30 ringgit all in all.

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It was my first time in Malaysia and it was in wee hours so I can’t help not to get scared. To fight this fear, I livened up the ride with a lively conversation with the driver. But I observed, he was a man to thrust so eventually, I felt comfortable with him. I was in awe as we enter the main entrance of what has been considered Malaysia’s first premier icon hotel. The Malay ethnic architectural design was brilliantly lighted. Thank God, I arrived safe and unharmed. The driver thanked me as I hopped out from the car. I smiled and thanked him too.

the entrance to Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel

I want to surprise my hubby so I didn’t call him to fetch me at the lobby. The officer in charge graciously accompanied me to our room. As expected my hubby was surprised when he opened the door. I was so delighted to see the elegant room which was big enough for two. And I was so thrilled seeing an open veranda.  But I was so sleepy and tired from a whole day work so after few minutes of conversation with my husband, I retired into sleep.

an elegant room with complete facilities

It was seven in the morning when we woke up. I leaped out of bed and open the glass door to smell and feel the morning breeze of Malaysia. I was expecting that it was as cold as Baguio for the hotel was beside the lake, but it’s not. From the veranda I saw a nice view of a huge lot which looked like a park. With our cam, we rushed ourselves for a morning walk in the lake side.

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the amphitheater

We passed by a towering big clock and saw stunning units in Malay, Chinese and Indian architectural designs.There were jet skis and other water sports equipment for an exciting activity. Most of the staff on the lake side were Bombay. I was expecting that they will greet us, like the Pinoy style of entertaining guests, but some just smiled and some just looked at us. We continue walking until we reached the bar area where no one is hanging around. We had the place all by ourselves. There we saw an amphitheater and the Putrajaya Convention Center.

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the towering clock

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nice units in ethnic architectural design

At 9 am, we headed to B’s, a chic All Day Dining outlet for our free delectable breakfast. It serves authentic Asian and Western food in a buffet and ‘a la carte” style. We met Bens, a fellow Pinay who was in a one-month stay in the hotel. We only had short conversation as she was sitting far from our table. Our stomachs were really heavy when we left B’s.

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the heavy breakfast

We checked out from the hotel at 11:30 am. We were thankful to Bens for reserving us two seats in the hotel’s shuttle van going to Putrajaya Sentral. It was a train terminal going to Kuala Lumpur. Bens was in a visit to KL that day. From Putrajaya Sentral station we paid 9.50 ringgit for our train fare going to KL Central. Bens parted when we reached this station.

leaving with a smile

Since it was hot (as hot in the Philippines) and our bags were heavy, we took Budget Hotel which was so near the monorail and Java Line. The rate was affordable for one night stay. We rested for two hours as we prepared our itchy foot to visit our main destination, the Petronas Twin Towers. Funny, my husband can’t catch a perfect timing to visit this famous tourist attraction in his recent stay in Malaysia. This time, he was really insistent to catch a glimpse of the reigning tallest twin towers in the world. And he wanted to go there with me.

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walking around while waiting for the shuttle van

 Next stop, Petronas Twin Towers

 

 

 

 

 

Petronas Twin Towers: Stunning Glow at Night

Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest buildings in the world for seven years after it was completed in 1997. However it was surpassed by Taipei 101 in 2004. The 88-floor building was inspired by Islamic art and influence as Muslim is the official religion of Malaysia. Burj Khalifa now reigns as the tallest building when it was officially opened in 2010. Petronas Twin Towers remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

this podium is facing the lagoon with beautiful reflections of towering buildings

My hubby had IT seminar again in Kuala Lumpur. He enjoined me to go there so I could visit the country. Fortunately he had passed the exam within five week days so we could explore Malaysia’s interesting sites to visit on week-end. Coming from our stay in Pullman Putrajaya Hotel in Putrajaya we were able to find a very affordable hotel near KL Sentral.

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It was 2 pm when we headed to Petronas Twin Towers. It could be reached either by taxi, bus or the metro link (Kelana Jaya Line). We chose the latter for it was the fastest way and costs only 1.60 ringgit/head.From KL Central, we passed four stations and stopped at KLCC station. From there we proceeded to Suria KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), it was a podium at the feet of Twin Towers.

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this could only be seen outside Suria

For the trivia, Suria, came from Sanskrit word which means sunshine.  Most of the stores were of foreign luxury goods. We strolled around and were happy to see fellow Pinoys inside the mall. We can’t wait anymore to come close to the Twin Towers so went outside the mall  to see it personally. What greeted us were fine tall buildings reflecting in a man-made lagoon, a nice walkway, wading pool, fountain and children’s playground.

From where we stood we craned our neck in our backs and there we saw the enormous buildings. Finally! Hahaha! It was huge and awesome!

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we approached someone to have us the full structure be our backdrop

We weren’t satisfied because we can’t see the full structure of the towers. We went back to the main entrance of the mall then we turned left. Just a few minutes’ walk, there we saw the amazing full view of Twin Towers. It was so great! The engineering feat behind these towers was really awesome. It was so high that we find it hard to capture the full structure. We didn’t leave until we had a better photo.

We were so upset when the security guard informed us that the Skybridge was closed for the tourist that day. Whew! We missed the opportunity to walk in the connecting bridge on the 41st and 42nd floor of the towers.

We will go back at night for another photo session. For the meantime, we went to Chinatown to buy souvenir items which was noted for affordable prices compared to those items found in malls.

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We took a train ride through Kelana Jaya Line (at 1.60 ringgit/head) and stopped at Penang Sari station. We had two plastic bags of souvenir items mostly the twin towers, key chains and shirts. We ate snacks, chicken noodles with garlic rice (heavy as it was!) in an eatery besides 7-11 convenience store.

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going inside the China Town where we bought souvenir items in affordable prices

Nowhere to go, we walked around until we reached Kasturi Walk which was another shopping sidewalk. A traditional metal kite which signifies the Malaysian culture and tradition could be seen atop the entrance. As we walked along the stretch, we saw wooden kiosks with coconut leaves as roof. Varieties of small selling items were displayed in each kiosk. There were foods, toys, stickers, woven crafts and the twin towers souvenir items.We met two pinays who sells stickers and small toy items. We went inside the Central Market and saw lots of items being sold like food, dress and well-crafted Malay traditional souvenirs.

entrance at Katsuri Walk

Twin Towers at Night

Twin Towers were much stunning at night because of its beaming lights.There were more people in the area that time compared in the afternoon. We rested on concrete steps fronting the lagoon. Little kids were having a good time in children’s playground. At 9 pm, there was a fountain show. After viewing it, we walked at the other side of the lagoon and took pictures of the twin towers. It was radiantly beautiful. We ended our day buying food and pasalubong in supermarket.

gleaming at night

I’m so lucky that I had visited the two tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101 and the Petronas Twin Towers. It would be exciting if I could also visit BurjKhalifa before another structure could surpass it.  Hmmm… when would that be?

Good Points:

It’s easy and so convenient visiting the twin towers. There are affordable hotels to stay at Kuala Lumpur, affordable restaurants and food chains like McDonalds and KFC. Transportation is accessible. And the weather is always good.

Next stop, Titiwangsa Park (TaminTitiwangsa)