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Muddy Estuary

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture. A new tourist magnet which is situated right in the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) and houses many attractions in the form of prints, photos and miniatures. Located in a 114 year-old building, this landmark is a must visit for anyone who wants to know all about Kuala Lumpur! – well luckily, we did. =)

Reference: http://www.klcitygallery.com/

Did you know that Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy estuary’? It was founded at the confluence of the Gombak River and Klang River =) But before I forget, the entrance is free! and they are open from 0830AM to 0630PM daily.

Look closely on how they make all of the artifacts displayed in the gallery.  With full concentration and that attention to details, I wonder if these guys are somewhat obsessive compulsive… haha. After the tour, there is a shop inside the gallery that offers souvenir items at very reasonable prices!!! (well, as compared with the mainstream).

How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.3 bound to Masjid Jamek, which is 2 stations away. It is a 7-minute walk to the gallery from the LRT Station,  just ask someone for the direction to the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery or to the Sultan Abdul Samad.  This is the exact address in case you get lost: No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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272 Steps of Piety (Batu Caves – Selangor Expedition)

Do you ever wonder who this golden statue is? The shrine itself was constructed in honor of Lord Murugan, who is the Hindu God of war and victory. Lord Murugan is one of the important deities being worshiped by Tamil people here in Malaysia.

Visiting Batu Cave demands no payment; no entrance fees and the like. You just have to be there and be fit to climb the 272 steps to reach the cave; but no worries as it is not that steep as it seems (still manageable). You’ll encounter a lot of long tailed-macaque monkeys as you head up; on one note, you can actually buy foods for them at the base of the hill, don’t know the price though.

Annually, they celebrate the Thaipusam festival (January/ February) wherein devotees practice their religious rites. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman – – – an occasion which I am not really familiar with =) Anyways, Batu Cave is a network of limestones that was formed due to the fact that it is situated near the Batu River. Let the pictures speak for itself. =)

How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter train (red line*) that leads directly to Batu Caves. It will cost you RM2 (roughly PhP27) one way and it will take around 30 minutes before you reach the end of the trail. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go there via public transport. The exact address of Batu Caves in case you’ll go there via private vehicle/ cab is Jalan Batu Caves, MRR2, Selayang, Selangor.

* Railways in Malaysia are colour-coordinated depending on your desired destination.

External Links:
http://www.mycen.com.my/directions/batu_caves.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaipusam
http://www.malaysiasite.nl/batucaveseng.htm

 

Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Dark Cave which is just few steps away from the top.  We even bought raincoats for RM5 a piece because of the non-stop rain – – – hours well spent with the girl who is fond of lights.

Wake Up Call (Avilon Zoo and Wawa Dam Expedition)

Expressing my gratitude to Busadre family for another field trip =) The day after the trek and I am on the road again. I wonder if it is Kyle who wants to go here or just the girl who is fond of lights. Hmmmm…Anyways, most of my photos for Avilon were deleted! Don’t know what’s wrong with Inoki these past few days. The only picture left and I am still wondering what creature this is:

Just joking Mami! =) It is recommended that you pay for a tour guide to really appreciate the habitat and behaviour of each animal. Visit this site for the zoo hours and entrance rates: http://avilonzoo.ph/

15 minutes away from the zoo is the gravity dam or commonly known as ‘Wawa Dam’. This used to be the only source of water in Metro Manila up until Angat Dam was built. There is an entrance fee of P2 per pax and additional P20 fee for parking. Do not worry as this will only take 5-10 minutes’ walk from the drop-off point.

I am either running in circles or rummaging the brink of infinity. Both ways lead to nowhere, but still decided to stay. One must begin before somebody blames the end. We are given countless chances yet we always let it pass. Waiting for the right time or hanging on for the right moment, oh common, that is poorly justified. Do not live as if you are dead. I guess you just have to wake up…