This extremely short two-day-one-night getaway to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a couple of friends couldn’t have had come at a better time. Min, QY and I were to meet a friend who resides in KL but he had to go out of town at the last minute and couldn’t meet us. With our flight tickets and accommodation already booked, we just went ahead anyway!
KL – SIN. Choose To Fly!
It was our first time taking a plane to KL. I’ve always taken a coach and the last time I went to KL was probably about 5 years ago. When QY said his coach ride took TEN HOURS to return from KL to Singapore the previous time (coz the driver went up to Genting to pick up passengers), I immediately said “No, let’s fly”. TEN HOURS!! Seriously, I cannot imagine the agony being on a bus for 10 hours when we can pay a little more to reach KL in less than 3 hours.
When we were younger and had plenty of time to spare, a coach ride might have been manageable. But now that we’re all working adults (ah yes, I do work), time is money. And money spent on sitting in a coach is not worth it.
The plane ride was so fast we didn’t even get to warm our seats! Before we knew it, we heard “Cabin crew, prepare for landing”. It was so unsuspected we burst out laughing! We hadn’t even had time to engage in deep conversations yet! Lol!
Within 45 minutes we had flown from Changi Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport! WOWZA! If you ever need to go to KL from Singapore, and have about SGD100 to spare for a return trip, I recommend you fly.
It would save you the agony of sitting in a coach in an upright position for more than 6 hours, forcing yourself to watch videos on a small screen (if you’re lucky enough to have any in-coach entertainment at all), stopping every other hour for toilet break, breaking out in cold sweat if you missed one stop and have to wait another 2 excruciating hours for the next toilet stop. Imagine exchanging all these for more time in KL eating and shopping! 😀
After taking the Aerotrain to KLIA’s arrival hall and getting through customs, we bought a taxi coupon for RM74.30 for 3 people. They implemented this system to eradicate touting. I like that. The other option would be to take the KLIA Express to KL Sentral, with each ticket costing RM35.00. This option would be good for those who are traveling alone and/or want to go direct to KL Sentral. Just in case you might be interested!
Our taxi ride to Royale Bukit Bintang took an hour, during which we all took the opportunity to catch forty winks. Because we chose to fly really early in the morning (0550) to get a whole day ahead once we reach, it was obviously too early to check in when we arrived at the hotel at 0800. So we left our bags with the hotel and went to have breakfast! YAYYY!!!
The taxi ride to Jalan Petaling/Petaling Street cost us RM20. As with all our subsequent taxi rides, we don’t know if we got ripped or it was the normal rate coz Malaysian taxi drivers don’t go by meter, they look at you, then give a rate.
This was the first place we went to at Petaling Street – Jin Lian Ji, which is famous for their chee cheong fun and porridge.
Love the homely atmosphere of the restaurant. I don’t know whether ‘restaurant’ is apt, actually. Haha. It’s so old and run-down, yet in every corner breathed the memories of generations of families who have stepped foot in this place, where millions of breakfast talks had taken place, and where people had bonded over a simple plate of chee cheong fun.
Its bustling with life so early in the morning was what made this place so charmingly unique to us urbanites. I was mesmerized by the charcoal-burnt ceiling, the vintage flooring from the 60’s, crooked aluminum-wrapped pipes, customers sitting just behind the preparation station, customers talking to the owners like they’ve known them all their lives.
Left: Original chee cheong fun, lightly seasoned
Right: Sweet and spicy chee cheong fun
The chee cheong fun was SO GOOODDD!!! The noodles were silky smooth, very fine and not greasy. I cannot decide which I like better.