Hostel description, Masjid Jamek, Central Market, Batu Caves, Sri Mahamariamman (Indian Temple)
The hostel we stayed in at KL was so nice and good value for money. We had a rate of RM28 for a double room per night including breakfast. The place was air-conditioned (the main hall) and there was a fan in each room.
The hostel receptionist was so helpful and friendly. He was Muslim and his name was Hassan, and I believe he was from Kazakhstan. There was another woman that might be his wife. She was taking care of cleaning issues and she also played receptionist while Hassan is having some sleep.
The hostel was not so big: it has two big rooms (6 bed dorms) one mixed and the other for female only. There were also something like 10 other private rooms. Moreover it included two bathrooms, two toilets and a sink outside! The place also is pretty much well-maintained!
Our room was pretty small with two beds above each other and a small table! I liked it so much…
Well, now we woke up at 9 am getting ready for our first day. We had breakfast, surfed the internet for a while. and got out by 12 pm. We went walking in the nearby places taking some photos.
We continued walking and had lots of photos in different places:
After walking around for sometime we went to visit Batu Caves by train:
Before getting into the train, I have a story to tell at the platform… let’s watch instead!!!
At Batu caves, we had an amazing experience with nature! You never feel the feeling we had except if you were in a high deep cave in the middle of nature!
And drinking Coconut 😀
And that’s a video of my first coconut glass! 😀 :
There was a small Indian temple in the very beginning of the Batu Caves area. We had to visit and get to know what is going on inside there! You must take off your shoes before you can get inside.
And of course we took some pictures inside:
We then continued climbing, and in our way we met an amazingly funny monkey, watch the video:
Read about Batu caves from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves
And In our way back we had one of the ultimate watching enjoyment watching such creatures playing 🙂 Watch the video:
ِAfter that, we went back to KL Sentral (the main train station in KL)
Then we decided to go to Masjid Jamek. Read More about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masjid_Jamek
And we prayed Al Asr there, and we enjoyed it so much 🙂 However, we found there strange things like: Imam was a very young man, although this is supposed to be a very big, old and famous mosque there! Another thing is that they don’t wait some 15 minutes after Azan for Iqama. No, they just have Azan and then Allahu Akbar and pray! That was somehow strange for us!
Anyway, we prayed and enjoyed Al Asr prayer there and we hope Allah would accept our prayers on that spot of the world.
After praying I kept searching for a power-point to recharge my mobile, and I found one, but unfortunately couldn’t recharge it! I couldn’t plug in my re-charger. A man volunteered to help me and put one hand of his glasses into the third opening of the power-point enabling my re-charger to get inside. This man became our friend and we spend around one hours together speaking about lots of things related to Muslims, Malaysia, Arabs, work conditions and life in Malaysia and Egypt. He was very friendly and open with us to the extend that made us feel afraid from him! However he insisted that we go and have lunch together. We refused, but he insisted on that. We helplessly accepted and went to a nearby restaurant that he seemed knowing everyone in it! We are much more afraid now! However we ate what he brought for us! The food wasn’t so good. No it wasn’t good at all! Actually the worst we’ve ever had in Malaysia! And it was the first time to eat local food in Malaysia and we didn’t expect it to be like that! we had rice which was mixed with something that tastes horrible and a piece of chicken which was extremely spicy!!! Then we drank watermelon juice! We ended the meeting and bid our Malaysian friend goodbye after exchanging mobile numbers.
Before the sun sets, we decided to go back to Central Market and grap some snack and it was:
And this is the video:
It’s 7pm now, and we decided to go back to the hostel to get some one hour rest and we did it! But Walid was so tired that he continued sleeping till 9pm. I got off the hostel by 8pm and went for a small trip to a nearby Indian temple called Sri Mahamariamman. Read more about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Mahamariamman_Temple,_Kuala_Lumpur
And that’a a witnessed prayer video:
Watch the whole video of this family while praying from here:
I finished my small trip and went back to the hostel to wake Walid up and spend the night together! We left the hostel by 9pm not knowing where exactly are we going. We kept walking around for around 4 hours resting sometimes at a restaurant to get some food. Or a supermarket to get an ice cream or something and check what products are sold in this city. We tried and get inside a night club even to check what’s going on inside there and we found it so normal (some girls dancing, some guys drinking).
While walking by night, we recorded a crazy video:D :
What we noticed about the city at night is that it was very quite except in places which are famous for night life! One more thing is that cockroaches are very active after midnight (you can find them in lots of places in the streets) but I never found any before that time all the day long! And I wonder what is the reason for that?! We also witnessed some cleaning people who were sweeping platforms after putting water on it! Traffic works were also very active at night (road maintenance). I enjoyed my long walk especially that the weather was excellent… but something happened which we didn’t plan for!!!
When we tried to get back home we didn’t find any mean of transportation and that was because the time was around 1 am and all public transportation closes by 12am !!! That was a big problem and we were not so close from home. I remember the GPS gave me 1 hour and 30 minutes walking distance!!! And we had to do it!
We started the walk, but another thing happened which we didn’t imagine would happen…
OMG! The Malaysian food started working in our stomachs! hehehe 😀 And we booth felt terrible stomach-aches and needed the bathroom like never before!!! 😀 😀 😀
And of course we couldn’t find any public one and everything is closed… lets ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!! 😀
We reached the hostel by 2:30am…
Next post will be about the second day in KL… stay tuned!