發乎情之心澄*心情*深情隨筆


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Kuala Lumpur - 2nd Day

Oct 23:
This was the 2nd day of the trip.

In the morning, we took the subway to the North of KL, plus a 15-min ride taxi to the Batu Caves located at the countryside of KL. It's the sacred, religious place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. You need to climb 272 steps to the caves. Down the hill at the starting point, there is a small Indian Temple where you need to take off your shoes before entering. It was said that people celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves once a year, and this is where you can see guys piercing the skin, cheeks and tongue with various kinds of metal hooks. By doing this, people believe that they would have favors from their gods. @_@

272 steps are nothing if you "take it easy" as an exercise, stop and take pictures on the way. Apart from visitors, there were many monkeys running up and down the stairs. On the way, we saw a monkey taken away a child's "Qoo" bottle orange juice and was drinking up the whole bottle of juice in front of the child's family, while the child was crying!

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The cave is huge but dark, although there are several holes on the ceiling. The ceiling is 100m above! Inside the cave, figures of some Indian gods and goddesses are displayed. Each set of the displays is telling a different story, or legend, which reminds me the Tiger Balm Garden in Hong Kong. At the end of the caves, we saw the bright sky when we looked above, which again reminds me the scenes we saw on TV – the stories with people in ancient China.

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Besides this big cave, we also visited some small caves down the 272 steps. Those small caves are utilized as information centre, exhibition halls and galleries.

We were starving after the morning exercise. We back to the city at noon and sat down in a restaurant offering cheap+tasty pizza sets, and the garlic bread was really yummy! After that we wondered around at the Central Market (where lots of Malaysian crafts+food+souvenirs were sold, a “must go” spot) and the streets outside.
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At the end, I bought a set of VCDs of a Japanese drama 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ (highly recommended!!) for RM18.9 (approx. HK$38) only (!!) from a shop at the basement of a shopping mall opposite to the “entrance banner” of Petaling Street. Wow! So many Japanese guys gathering at that shop looking for new released J-dramas and movies. I’m not sure if those are pirate copies, cuz they r all having import labels and laser stickers. Anyway :P. (I enjoy watching them at home on weekends!)

We back to the hotel at 16:00 to “lift the loads”. It was hot outside. We were sweating a lot, and suddenly we came up with the idea of going to the pool. The pool is beautiful and big. Only 2-3 foreigners were there when we arrived. The outdoor temperature was high, but we nearly screamed when we jumped into the pool cuz the water was freezing!! We tried our best swimming for a while (otherwise it would be a waste). When it’s becoming dark, I set the camera for the pool’s night scene (making use of the small tables and benches around). The effect was quite good, huh?

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After that, we decided to have a nice dinner at KLCC (The Twin Towers). It took 10-15 mins to walk from our hotel to KLCC. On the way, we took many pics with the Twin Towers. The Twin Towers had been the 1st tallest buildings in Asia until “ Taiwan 101” opened in Taiwan. Anyway, they are still GREAT!!
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P.S. The subway network is easy, but it caused much inconvenience to passengers if they need to interchange to another line because the platforms are not located inside the same station.
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by angelali | 2004-10-23 23:41 | 縱橫四海