Before we leave Kuala Lumpur behind, I do want to write a bit more about the Palace of the Golden Horses. The people who work there could not be nicer and more accommodating. The hotel is a bit run-down and no longer in its hay-day, which is pretty obvious. But they do have some nice amenities, such as the control panel next to the bed that operates all the lights and the air-con. Conversely, sometimes the lights would unexpectedly go off by themselves--not like a power outage, since just the bedside ones would poof out and the hall and desk lamp would stay on. The leak that came from the toilet the first 24-48 hours miraculously stopped for the rest of the week. A daily newspaper was delivered to our door and new toothbrushes, shaver, soaps and shampoo, sewing kits, and two bottles of water were replenished daily. I now have a suitcase full of throw-away toothbrushes if I need them. When in foreign countries, if the water isn't filtered and boiled, you cannot use it for brushing your teeth or even rinsing your brush. So they provide new ones so you can just dump it after using. It's truly a waste of resources, but a pet peeve of mine is having to drizzle bottled water over the brush and never having it cleaned off.
The hotel is working on refurbishing rooms on the upper floors and ours was already done, but it shows signs of wear and tear already and maybe shoddy work in the first place. It's really a shame because it's got great potential.
|Even the toiletries followed the theme|
Taufik picked us up right on schedule Friday morning and took us to Putrajaya to show us the new ministry buildings and the cool bridge and mosque. He's very obviously not impressed by any of this because he quoted two times exactly how much one street light cost, and it was expensive. All this was at the whim of the prime minister who created a new city for himself and his ministry, apparently and because he wanted to take a boat to work, he created a huge waterway or lake which then caused KL to have a water shortage.
|those are red beans on top, not cherries|
|This is a vegetable dish that is put into a lettuce leaf and wrapped. The dark dish on the right is chicken, which was in a sweet sauce. The meal has a mixture of sweet, sour, and spicy.|
|Chicken rendang on the right, which was spicy.|
|As we were chatting, one of the boys noticed this "flower"moving...it turned out to be some cool bug that looks just like one of the local flowers.|
|Don't be fooled....this was just a photo shoot. We were disappointed they weren't a real couple.|
|But then I got this great juxtaposition of the bride and groom dressed traditionally with the Muslim woman in full burka walking by. I missed the perfect shot by about a second.|
|View from Penang hill...took a funicular up to the top, then walked around. We had lunch there in a food court, then queued up for the ride down. And it really hauls ass coming down!|
|View from the bed during the day..at night it's a gauzy view.|