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Almost yearly, we will make a short trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) during the Chinese New Year(CNY) holidays. It’s sort of ‘adopted hometown’. But why go every year ?, you may ask. Very simple. It’s very easy to plan. All I need is just to book advance the accommodation. I do not even have to pre-book the transportation part. On the actual day, just go to Larkin bus terminal to purchase tickets on the spot. One important factor is the cost. Though price is generally higher during this period, with the excellent SGD conversion rate at this time, it is still very affordable to make the trip.
We made a trip from Singapore to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to purchase the bus tickets to KL on third day of CNY. To my surprise, the immigration and customs on both sides were very smooth. Traffic was also very smooth. We bought the 8.30am ticket at RM45 per person. Price jacked up during festive period ! To our disappointment, we were being merry-go-around to fetch more passengers. I reckoned we only left for KL at 10am.
Around 2.30pm, we reached Puduraya bus terminal. This was ideal for us because I thought most long distance buses will stop at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan(TBS). As in the past, the first thing we did was to have lunch – as always at Restoran Maulana.
We love the Indian food here, a small eating place near Puduraya.
This time round, we booked Rainforest Bed and Breakfast guesthouse, about 6 minutes walk from Bukit Bintang. Last year, where we stayed at Orange Pekoe guesthouse (The Nest), we saw Rainforest by chance. Like it and here we were.
We stayed here for 3 nights in triple room with attached bathroom at SGD20.66 per person per night. Quite a nice place except few pubs were nearby which could be noisy.
Basically, we came to KL for the food and shopping. A very relaxed and carefree schedule. No timetable to follow.
A place we always visit is the Mid Valley Megamall, a short 15 minutes bus ride from KL. They do not call megamall for nothing. It is huge. I like it here because of the wide varieties of brands. We took the bus from Jalan Tun H.S.Lee at RM1. Just confirm with the driver that it is passing Mid Valley. Very easy. Coming back, we also took the bus. Just proceed to cross the the bridge where the train station. Instead of going down to the train platform, turn the other side and down to the bus stop.
Another place, we visited was 1 Utama. Another very huge shopping complex. We took Rapid KL bus U82 from KL Sentral at RM2.50 per head. About 45 minutes to an hour ride. However, if you miss the bus, it is going to be a very long wait.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the reasons we visit KL annually is the food. Yes, we just love the food. Especially the street food.
Without fail, we will have plain porridge with steamed chicken from a dilapidated coffee shop along Jalan Hang Lekir (Chinatown). The owner is a very thin man who seems to smoke quite heavily. His porridge is wonderful. The chicken is tender and delicious.
Nearby, where we just discovered by chance last year is Restoran Sin Kiew Yee. We made it a point to patronize the zhi char stall this year. The food is Cantonese stir-fried. We liked the seafood hor fun (plain white noodle).
At Mid Valley, we will have our porridge lunch with yu tiao at the basement. The porridge is very smooth. This stall is very popular.
Over at 1 Utama, there is no favourite here. This year, we had our Chinese New Year celebration lunch at Restoran Grand Imperial. We had dim sum, Ee Fu noodle, half roasted duck, claypot toufu and green veg. All at RM120.
Our last night at KL, we had our dinner at Lot 10 Hutong food court famous for its black sauce fried Hokkien noodle. Actually, it was a mistake to go there. It was so crowded that practically everyone was chasing for seat. You cannot eat in comfort and peace.