Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015: Kuala Lumpur in Two Days

Upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 1 (KLIA), our tour guide was already waiting for us. While on board the tour bus going to our hotel, our ground handler briefed us with our itinerary while in the city, and oriented us with what to expect during our stay.

The bus ride from KLIA1 to the city was smooth. Thanks to the modern infrastructures and wide freeways. At midday, I knew that the temperature could be already be hot, which could be no different from our country. So, I would say that you are already used to that.

Two days wasn’t long enough to see most of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions but somehow we’ve managed to check out some of the best places to dine in, places to go to and a must see festival. Despite of the scheduled activities, here’s Kuala Lumpur in two days.

Checking in at the Corus Hotel. It’s a good place to stay if you’re in Kuala Lumpur because it is located near the malls, money changers, parks, restaurants and coffeeshops, and is accessible by public transportation. While it is already expected that in a hotel business that staff should be courteous at all times, I would say that the Corus Hotel staff is exceptionally polite and accommodating.

Our room has a cosy feel, and is perfect for that much needed rest from a long travel or the day’s itineraries.

Wake up to mornings and start your day with a coffee or tea right in your room.

Unwind  with a few bottles of beer, a shot of your favourite liquor or a glass of cocktail at the lobby bar while enjoying good music ranging from easy listening tracks, powerful ballads, retro, pop and dance tunes from a Filipino band Music Notes.

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Now that you’re in Kuala Lumpur, spare some of your ringgits and experience walking through the footbridge connecting the Petronas Twin Towers. That’s an amazing and could be a once in a lifetime experience while in the city.

And yes, don’t forget to see its magnificence at night when all the lights come alive.

As one of the tour sponsors, Felda Investments treated us to a one of a kind dining experience at the D’Saji. D’Saji – Titiwangsa is a perfect place for gatherings, banquets, wedding receptions, and seminars as it can accommodate a large number of guests. It offers a wide array of sumptuous menus from salads, soup, a barbecue buffet, and desserts. The main dishes include Malay, Indian, Chinese and Arabic cuisines. Enjoy their servings of local specialties like the tapioca, sweet potato and and steamed banana complimented by their special condiments and sauce.

While enjoying the good food, be entertained with the live music from a local band, and see the Malaysian culture unfold as groups cultural dancers take centre stage with their graceful performances. For more, visit

Our second day in Kuala Lumpur brought us to a mega fam press conference, lunch at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, where we received our Certificate of Appreciation, and a visit to Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC). The Malaysia Tourism Centre has practically what a tourist needs: currency changers, coffee shop, souvenir shop, and a 24-hour police assistance desk.

Site map of Malaysia Tourism Centre.

Tours can get you thirsty and hungry. And if you happen to be in the vicinity of MATIC, indulge in some local milk shake and fruit smoothies. You can try to haggle as well with some souvenir shirts and other items. There’s also a Cocoa Boutique. You may want to check out their locally made chocolates.

Food stalls and bazaars near MATIC.

The KL Tower as seen from MATIC. See Kuala Lumpur from the top of the world’s 7th tallest communications tower. The KL Tower features an Observation Deck and the Atmosphere 360°Revolving Restaurant.

Do you think that wasn’t much for two days? Hmmmm. I don’t think so. Because we were about to experience one the biggest festival in Malaysia as we capped our two days in Kuala Lumpur with a trip to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka, the site where independence from the colonial rule was declared. That’s how the place got its name.) for the annual Citrawarna Festival.

Citrwana is a grand festival showcasing Malaysia’s rich culture and traditions. Coming to the event gave me a new perspective on how a cultural event should be staged. The event featured approximately 600 performers and staff, and a 50 feet by 20 feet digital backdrop that retracts upwards. Multitudes of spectators, locals and tourists alike, came to event to watch the well-prepared performances of the best actors in the local entertainment industry.

Like any festivals, there are also side events within Merdeka Square. There’s a Food Truck fest going on, there are booths selling souvenir items and a local acoustic band playing nearby. All these happening as the main shows rolled at the huge centre stage. Together with Sarah, Rochelle and Aziz, we took the opportunity to see some places of interest and check out what’s going on around the place.

The 41.2 metre clock tower at the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Merdeka Square.

Food Truck Fest was a crowd-drawer.

We tried a coconut milk shake from one of the food trucks. One can never go wrong with a well-blended coconut milk shake. Cheers! (In the photo: Jared, Sarah, Rochelle and Aziz from Brunei).

While the show was rolling onstage, I got the chance to have a photo with one of the performers backstage.

We got the best seat during the show! The 600+ performers during the finale.

The awesome fireworks display concluded the very festive show.

The cultural presentation was divided into three acts, which brought everyone to look at the history, the current, and the future of what Malaysia envisions it to be, that were depicted in various forms of performances. Aside from the cultural presentation, the show also featured local designers and their creations. And if there’s only one word to describe the whole event from the production side to the performances and the side events, it would overwhelming.

That sums up my two days in Kuala Lumpur. Watch for the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015 road trip!

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Malaysia Tourism Hunt: Getting Ready for the Road Trip

We took a hearty lunch at the Nusantara Ballroom of Sheraton Imperial Hotel while a group of local artists entertained us with an endless repertoire of Malaysian and some pop music. Another group of performers portrayed the rich and colourful culture of Malaysia in a form of a dance.

Standing right next to this beautiful baby – the black Proton car at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) car park. Behind me is the Petronas Towers.

All forty of us delegates of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt boarded the coach going to Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) located along Ampang Road for our itinerary orientation and to get to know our respective car. It was a short orientation and only lasted for less than an hour. To get us ready for the next day’s road trip, we got our car assignments (two bloggers in each car) and proceeded to the car park behind the MATIC office. Once at the car park, there were at least 20 Proton cars in different colours neatly parked side by side, all waiting to meet us. A view of the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower made that visit a lot more fascinating.

My “riding in tandem” partner Sarah of and I got this sleek black Proton car. Yes, it’s a right-hand driven car, spacious, with comfortable interiors just for ourselves in the next four days. Though I’m not so adept with cars, I knew right there that we’re driving a very nice car which will take us through Malaysia’s freeways from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, Port Dickson down to Malacca.

We’re Team #7. Werking it!

To identify us from the rest of the group and as part of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt program, each car was fixed with the Malaysia Tourism Hunt sticker, car number, and the flag of the country the bloggers are representing. We neatly put the stickers in each front door, the front hood and at the back of the car. Sarah and I are Team No. 7 (Philippines). The other pair Rochelle and Jude is Team No. 17 (Philippines). That makes a total of 20 pairs of bloggers in all 20 cars ready for the treasure hunt.

Since most of the delegates came from countries where left-hand driving is in place, some did a test drive around the car park just to familiarise themselves with the right-hand driving.

It was pretty humid at three in the afternoon, so we did our best to finish fixing the stickers to our assigned car as early as possible. In no time, we’re done fixing the stickers so we had some time to catch up with the other participants.

After we got back to the hotel, Sarah and I sneaked out to get some Philippine peso exchanged for Malaysian Ringgit at a money changer near Corus Hotel. This will help us with our personal expenses as there might be something we’d like to buy while on the road. Money changers have the exchange rate for the Philippine currency, so you don’t have to worry if you haven’t brought with you any Malaysian currency. It was already past four in the afternoon on a Saturday, so most banks and stand alone money changers at Wisma Central have closed for the day. We proceeded to the nearby Suria KLCC instead (that’s right next the Petronas Towers) as money changers in malls have longer operating hours. They have a competitive forex rate so I got a very good deal.

We’re done with our personal errands. And we’re ready for the road trip! We just need to get the engine started and let the road trip begin.

For now, it’s time to prep up for the night’s grand event – the Citrawarna @ KL 2015.

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