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Sunway Lagoon

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 10, 2017

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

We’re laughing because our plane tickets were so cheap. That kid is jealous because he flew to KL on a non-discount airline.

On our trip, Mark and I fly with Air Asia. The tickets are ridiculously inexpensive especially because we have no check-in baggage, we don’t buy the meals on the plane, and we choose the cheapest days to fly.  Even after finding the cheapest ticket on the cheapest day, Mark runs that flight through google to look for discount codes or sites selling the very same tickets for slightly less. We also do the online self-check in which saves us some extra money because… reasons?

I have a sudden urge to go to Malaysia.

We saw the above ad on a flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi. Up to that point, I had only the vaguest notions about visiting Malaysia. But, this display got me to go to Kuala Lumpur.

Once in Vietnam, we did some research on Sunway Lagoon. We found that the cheapest day to go was on the silly named “Quack-tastic Tuesday” when the tickets are more than half off when purchased online.

Why is it called quack-tastic? I have no idea. Their fast pass, was called the Quack-Xpress. But there are no ducks or duck-like mascots. The whole thing is a bit weird.

There is about 1 of these Quack-tastic Tuesdays (I hate this name) each month. To get the discount you have to buy your tickets online. Once we picked the date, we saw that the fast pass for the QT was also heavily reduced. So we got that too. Buying our tickets online meant that we didn’t have to stand in the super long line at the entrance.

The ticket that is usually 170 ringgets ($40), we got for RM60. The fast past which is normally RM70, we got for RM40. We paid RM100 ($23) each for our tickets and fast pass. Which means that the people standing in line, most of whom paid full price at RM170, paid more than we did. And, we skipped them in line all day long.

Don’t try to sneak in food, they check your bags quite thoroughly.

The lines were long, but we fast-passed our way through all the rides we wanted. The fast pass has no limit; you can use it all day on almost all the rides. Even on some of the ride where there was no fast pass line, people just let us go by. The whole day I thought, “This must be what it’s like to be rich and privileged.”

As a fast passer, I get the first pick of seats before the non-fast-passers are let in.

Most of the time the fast pass holders didn’t even stand in the same area as the other people. Not only did we not have to stand in the line, at times we didn’t even see the line. Around noon I remarked about how the park was not crowded at all. I wondered if it was worth it to get the fast pass. Then I had to use the bathroom, a part of the park where my fast pass had no power. The park was in fact, very, very crowded.

Thinking about signing up for courses at Sunway University. Does the fast pass work there too?

My favorite part of the whole park was the huge pool. I could have stayed there all day. But Mark wanted to be entertained and ride all the rides. Mostly, I think, he wanted to invoke his fast pass powers. So I let him drag me out of the pool to go do things, like cross the scary, creaky bridge of foreboding. I drew the line at the Vuvuzela.


Malaysia

How to get there:

You can enter by plane, train, bus, boat, and even on foot (from Thailand only).

Most people can get there visas when they arrive for no charge or paperwork. The length of stay differs by the visitor’s nationality. Please check the IDM website.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police and Ambulance 999
    •  Fire 994

Website:

Downloads:

  • Travel Guides
  • Uber
    • If you don’t have an account already, get one before you go to Malaysia.

Videos:

Books:

Notes:


Sunway Lagoon

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 3.071727, 101.605237

Address:

  • 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 3-5639 0000

Websites:

Downloads:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Notes:

  • Go on the Quack-tastic Tuesday for the cheapest ticket price.
  • Get there early.
  • It’s best if you don’t use a locker, but that might not be very realistic since you have to wear a swimsuit in the pool and you can’t wear a wet swimsuit on the roller coasters.
    • There are 2 types of lockers.
      • Big lockers RM43 – Can only be opened twice; once to put stuff in and then to take them out.
      • Small lockers RM22 – Can be opened as many times as you like. It’s yours all day.
    • Most of the locker rooms are very crowded. It might even seem that some people go to the park just to hang out at the lockers.
    • Old men, who just don’t care anymore, will change in the locker rooms, which have no curtains and are not separated by gender.
      • You will see at least one naked old man every time you enter the locker area.
    • The lockers at the Nickelodeon section were the least crowded.
      • They they get into the park, everyone just heads to the lockers nearest to the entrances.
      • The Nick area is not near any of the entrances.
    • Wear your swimsuit under your clothes when you enter the park.
      • Ride the dry rides first.
      • Take off your clothes at the pool (since you have your swimsuit on already).
    • Change back into your dry clothes at least an hour before the 18:00 deadline or just go home in damp clothes.
      • You actually have until way past 19:oo to leave, but it’s very stressful as everyone is freaking out by that time.
      • All the bathrooms are at a stand-still with everyone and their moms taking showers, doing their hair and make-up, and getting all dolled up. (I’m not joking. All the ladies in the bathroom I saw looked like they had hot dates later that evening.)
  • Bring flip-flops or sandals to walk around in the water park.
    • The ground gets very hot during the day.
  • If you wear a skimpy bikini, you will stick out.
    • Most women wear tankinis and/ or boy shorts.
    • Some even wear rashgaurds and yoga pants.
    • The only people wearing teeny tiny swimsuits are old men. (The same old men from the locker rooms.)
  • If you have rented any floating tubes, be sure to return them before 18:00 to get your deposit back.
    • The returned money will be in cash, even if you paid the deposit with the cashless eLoad thing.
    • Keep an eye on any tube you have rented.
      • It has a unique number. Remember it.
      • Kids take them either because they think it’s for anyone, they think it’s theirs, or they’re just thieves.
      • You do not get your deposit back if you do not return your tube.
    • You don’t need a tube for any of the rides.
      • The rides provide their own tubes.
      • You only use the rented tube for the lazy river and the pool.
      • It’s more of a nuisance, really.
  • Make sure to get the money remaining on your cashless eLoad thing before 19:00.
    • This means you have to leave the park by 19:00.
    • You don’t have to use the eLoad, but it’s better than carrying around a wet wallet.
      • All the shops and restaurants take cash or eLoad.
  • You can’t bring your own food into the park, but don’t worry.
    • The food in the park is not crazy expensive, just mildly overpriced at worst.
    • The food is not too bad with many options from Subway, Burger King, and some none fast food places too.
    • Eat early or late after the rush is over.
    • You can bring in water. Bring as much water as you can, because the drinks are the most overpriced things.
  • Pay attention to the times and places of events and shows, such as Slime Time.
    • They are very punctual and they last for 15 minutes or less.

Map:

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KL: Shoppers’ Delight

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 25, 2017

Thursday, May 18th – 21st, 2017

Not only do I love KL, but I also love my rapper-designed quick-dry active shorts.

When I packed my bag at the start of this trip, I thought I had packed light. The long trail of discarded clothes, gadgets, and what-naughts from Hanoi to Cambodia left in my wake proved otherwise. I thought I was clever packing 2 pairs of reversible shorts that made it look like I had 4 shorts. But, they took forever to dry. And really, who cares that you might have 4 pairs of shorts when all you ever wear are damp shorts?

I was lucky to find not 1, but 2 pairs of quick-dry shorts that were so light and thin they literally could be folded up and placed in the pocket of one of the old shorts without much of a bulge. They were in the little town of Mui Ne, Vietnam and where designed by a rapper I had never heard of. The brand is called RBX and it’s marketed as “athletic apparel at an affordable price”. Along with affordability, I like that these shorts are active wear without the “active wear” look.

Travel clothes are expensive. They are light, dry quickly, and some don’t even need to be washed often. But travel clothes are also very expensive. It’s roughly $60 to $90  for a t-shirt. I’m talking US dollars here, not Laotian kip or anything for one measly shirt.

A more economical option is to buy sports clothes. These clothes are light and dry quickly. You probably have to wash them as often as you do your regular clothes, though. The problem with sports clothes is that they look like sports clothes. They are flashy and cause all eyes to be directed at you when you are in range. You will look like you got lost on the way to the gym and somehow ended up on a plane to Malaysia when you wear them.

So what I do, is go into stores like Sport’s Authority and search through rack after rack hoping to find the least athletic looking shirts, pants, and jackets. It’s a very hard task. Many times I come so close to finding something decent, only to have to choose between a boring black and a neon green shirt with orange trim.

But, the shorts inspired me. If I could find two pairs of plain, ordinary looking shorts that happen to be light and quick-drying, then there must be hope for some shirts too. I searched online for recommendations. One travel blogger talked about Uniqlo’s Airism collection. These were cool (as in temperature) clothes for the summer.

Uniqlo, if you don’t know, is like Japan’s Gap or Old Navy. The clothes are affordable and not too flashy. This is rare; Japan is mostly 80% flash where clothes are concerned. The problem with Uniqlo in Japan, is that they mostly have smaller sizes. They do sell clothes that fit me, but they usually sell out before I get to the store.

But Kuala Lumpur is a more international city. The Uniqlo there would have more bigger sizes in stock. And best of all, the prices at Uniqlo are about the same world-wide. If a shirt costs 20USD in L.A. it will cost about 2000JYN in Tokyo, 15GBP in London, and 85RM in Kuala Lumpur.

Mark and I went shopping in KL. I bought a few shirts that cost about 18USD each. But, Mark went full-on Uniqlo. He took this opportunity to dump all of his clothes. He bought 3 shirts and 2 pairs of shorts. They were all athletic quick-dry clothes that didn’t look sporty.

He didn’t buy it all at once though. He got one shirt, liked it, then came back for more. Then he bought a pair of shorts, liked them, and bought another. In the course of 3 days he had a whole new backpacking wardrobe. “If only I could get a new quick-dry wife, my life would be complete,” he joked.


Malaysia

How to get there:

You can enter by plane, train, bus, boat, and even on foot (from Thailand only).

Most people can get their visas when they arrive for no charge or paperwork. The length of stay differs by the visitor’s nationality. Please check the IDM website.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police and Ambulance 999
    •  Fire 994

Website:

Downloads:

  • Travel Guides
  • Uber
    • If you don’t have an account already, get one before you go to Malaysia.

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • Be careful when taking taxis.
  • HSBC ATMs do not charge ATM fees.
    • Use ATMs responsibly. Use the ones indoors where you are least likely to get robbed.
  • Kuala Lumpur had a free bus service. Check the route out before getting a cab or bus ticket.

Central Market 

How to get there:

Address:

  • Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 1-300-22-8688

Websites:

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 21:30

Notes:

  • The food stalls around the market seem to be a better choice than the restaurants at the food court.

KL Tower

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 3.152813, 101.703655

Address:

  • Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 3-2020 5444

Websites:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 22:00

Notes:

  • There is a free shuttle near the base of the hill the tower sits on.
  • This tower has short lines, but is a little overpriced.
  • The Petronas Towers are more expensive and there is a loooooong line for the tickets.

Petronas Towers

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 3.157916, 101.711620

Address:

  • Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 3-2331 8080

Websites:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 21:00

Notes:

  • They are named after a Malaysian oil and gas company and nothing Potter related.
  • Tickets can only be bought on the day starting at 8:30am until they run out.
    • People start lining up at 7:00am or earlier.
  • There is a mall near the tower. If you cannot go up, you can at least go in.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 3°08’30.7″N 101°41’23.4″E

Address:

  • Jalan Lembah Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Wilayah Persekutuan, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 3-2092 7070

Websites:

e-mail:

Cost:

  • 14RM

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Batu Caves

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 3.237939, 101.684015

Address:

  • Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone:

  • +60 1-300-88-5050

Websites:

Cost:

  • Some areas are free others cost 5-15RM.

Hours:

  • 7:00 – 20:00

Notes:

  • If you’re taking the train from  KL Sentral, be careful not to get on the train heading to Butterworth.
  • Monkeys will rob you.
    • Don’t bring food to the caves.
    • Keep your pockets empty.
    • Keep your things zipped up in your bag.
    • Don’t let the monkeys get too close.
    • Monkeys will take food, glasses, cameras, phones, anything!
  • The caves are:
    • Temple Cave – Stays open the latest
    • Dark Cave – closes the earliest and is sometimes closed for reasons.
    • Cave Villa – lots of lights
    • Ramayana Cave – tells part of a Hindu epic
  • Dress modestly. No shorts, tank tops, or low cut shirts.
  • There are lots of nice vegan and vegetarian restaurants right outside the caves.

Map:

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