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Kuala Lumpur : Back to Jakarta by KLM

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8 May 2016. Today is our last day in KL. I woke up around 6 to solat subuh (please refer to this web for detail prayer times in KL). I got so exhausted at the time, and felt like to move any part of my body was an intense struggle 😦 Therefore, I slept again right after solat.

Then, Mba Hana and I woke up at 9, we took a shower, dressed, and headed to hotel restaurant for breakfast……………………. We returned to our room afterwards, so did Dea and Rani. Only Eta and Ndai were still able to stroll around at the time. They visited Berjaya Times Square after they had breakfast.

In the room, Mba Hana and I packed our belongings, took some photos in the room, laid on the bed (again), and finally we headed to hotel lobby for check-out at around 12.

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view in front of our (Mba Hana’s and my) bed | view on the left side of our bed (@ Maison Boutique Hotel)

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princess wall art

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mushroom forest (1) | the hot air balloons | mushroom forest (2) @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

After we checked out and got our deposit back at reception desk, we left the hotel and moved toward KL Sentral by GrabCar. We reached the station around 20 minutes later, and we headed directly to  the counter of Airport Coach @ KL Sentral basement. Coincidentally, there was a bus in imminent departure Alhamdulillah, so that we could get on the bus right after we paid RM10/person for the ticket.

1 hour later, we reached KLIA. After took some photos, we went in different directions, since Dea, Ndai, Rani, and Eta returned home with Malaysia Airlines, whereas Mba Hana and I used KLM. Moreover, we board KLM airplane in a separate building from Main Terminal Building. They called it : Satellite Building. We had to ride skytrain to reach such building.

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@ Main Terminal Building, KLIA (Mba Hana, Rani, Dea, Eta, Ndai, Sabi)

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KLIA skytrain (Main Terminal Building Satellite Building)

In Satellite Building, Mba Hana and I stopped by VS store, dasar yaaaa cewe ada aja yang dibeli padahal udah mau pulang haha *padahal di Jakarta juga ada VS kaaan*. After that, we headed to waiting room.

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l’avion bleu

The type of aircraft being used on our flight is Boeing 777, a long-range wide-body airplane yippieeee, it’s been a long time since…….. I was beyond happy! Our meals on board was TASTY-WARM-veggie-pastels my-CGK-KUL-flight cannot serve their passengers in the same way pfffft!

In addition to that, in-flight entertainment worked well, I watched Kung Fu Panda 3 during the flight. As a result, I could finish my movie. Also, I purchased promo fares Alhamdulillah. I love KLM so much!~

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on board (Mba Hana senyum nya bahagia banget duduk sebelahan sama kokoh ganteng wkwk)

We reached CGK safe and sound around maghrib time. When the immigration-and-baggage-carousel-things (yhaaa tau sendiri kan kalo di CGK nungguin bagasi lamanya kaya apa wkwk, yhaaa namanya juga di CGK) had finished, I headed home with my dad.

See you in the next vacation, gengs! 🙂

Kuala Lumpur : Colmar Tropicale, Japanese Village, Genting Highlands, Central Market, Sangkaya coconut ice cream, Pavilion

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7 May 2016. Mba Hana and I woke up late, we were supposed to come to hotel restaurant at 7 am, buuut we just woke up at 7 hehe (and it’s because we were woken up by Ndai) *as a consequence of we slept again after solat subuh*. Hurry when we were taking a shower, hurry when we were dressing, and eventually we met the others at hotel restaurant, fyuuuh~ Despite the fact we came late, I could still have plenty of food for my breakfast (big breakfast, a few slices of greasy toast, dessert, etc.), luckily our GrabCar arrived a bit late that morning, Alhamdulillah 😀

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my big breakfast @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Colmar Tropicale in Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi would be our first destination. Frankly speaking, prior to the trip, I have never heard about Bukit Tinggi in Malaysia. Hence, when Ndai suggested that we should visit it, and I googled about it afterwards, I felt really excited about the idea. It is situated in Bentong District in Pahang, after Genting Highlands (approximately 50 km away from KL), thus it took us around an hour to rode from KL.

Colmar Tropicale is a 4 star French-themed resort, it was officially opened in 2000. This resort is also opened to visitors who are not lodging, but they have to pay entrance fee RM13 / person (includes entry to Colmar Tropicale, Japanese Village, and Botanical Garden) at the front gate.

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the ticket

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the French-themed resort | in front of the resort, you will find a beautiful fountain and such building which resembles a castle

Colmar Tropicale itself resembles the buildings in Colmar, a town in the Alsace region of northeastern France, near the border with Germany. The old town of Colmar has cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. Although its location on the hills, Colmar Tropicale can be utterly hot during the day.

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a pond with black and white swans, around the entrance area | the clock tower as the entrance of Colmar Tropicale

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we are in front of the bridge | then we moved forward and here we are in front of the clock tower

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the bridge in front of the clock tower | inside the clock tower | the buildings behind the clock tower

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pedestrian street lined with medieval buildings

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with multi-colored buildings (restaurants, gift shops, and hotel rooms) which lined up on our left-and-right-sides

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colorful pinwheel + bubbles = ❤

At the end of the cobblestone streets, you can find a tower (the building with green roof in the picture above) where you are be able to enjoy 360° view. To reach the top of the tower, you could either climb the stairs or utilize the elevator.

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view from the top of the tower

After that, we headed to Japanese Village. Free tourist shuttle bus service, which connect Colmar Tropicale and Japanese Village, are provided to enable visitors to get around. We sat at the bus-stop (close to the fountain in front of the resort) waiting for a bus to take us, you can find the estimated time of arrival and departure there. Buuut, our bus departed earlier than their normal departure time, Alhamdulillah we don’t have to wait too long~

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bus schedule

Japanese Village is a highland garden surrounded by a tropical rainforest, which was designed by renowned Japanese architect (Kaio Ariizumi) and was built by a team of skilled craftsmen from Japan. This tranquil garden offers some great experiences, for instance: authentic Japanese tea ceremony (RM28/person, 4 sessions daily, you can see the detail of the schedule in the picture below), spa, kimono rental for a picture (RM20/person), etc.

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Japanese tea ceremony schedule at the bus-stop

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Japanese Village (1)

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Japanese Village (2)

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Japanese Village (3)

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surrounded by tall trees in the tropical rainforests | in front of the Japanese house

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one of the Japanese house @ Japanese Village

Then, we headed to Genting Highlands by GrabCar. It took an hour to get there from Japanese Village. When we arrived at Lower Genting Skyway Station, we went directly to the ticket counter, and pay RM13/person for the return ticket. And eventually, here we are…………….. rode the cable car 😀

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about to leave the lower station

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Genting Skyway ❤

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inside the gondola

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cable cars | Genting Highlands

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cable cars | about to arrive at Genting Highlands Station

A gondola can carry 8 passengers. The 3.5 km journey up the mountain peak took approximately 15 minutes. Frankly speaking, we planned a trip to Genting Highlands just because we wanted to have amazing cable car experiences haha. Buuut, it’s already mid-afternoon when we arrived at Genting, and we haven’t had lunch yet, hence we had lunch at Marrybrown *apapun makanannya, as long as gaada di Indonesia* 😀

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my kind of lunch :9

We were delightfully full afterwards, Alhamdulillah. Next, we returned to Lower Genting Skyway Station, and took taxi from the station to Central Market, KL. It was heavy rain outside, our taxi driver drove carefully (baca: sangat lambat sekali).

It’s still heavy rain outside when we reached Central Market. Fortunately, most of gift shops are situated inside the building, therefore heavy rain didn’t bother our activity that evening yiiihaaaa~ After fulfilled all the wishlist, the six of us moved to our next destination (Pavilion, Bukit Bintang) by GrabCar. While waiting for the GrabCar, I ordered Sangkaya coconut ice cream, it tasted utterly delicious, me love it!!! ❤

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my 4 scoops of coconut ice cream on a fresh coconut husk, topped with toasted coconut flakes and chocolate sauce :9

Eventually, our GrabCar was coming, and we headed to Pavilion. In Pavilion, I stopped by at Etude (karena harga Etude di KL murah bangeeeeet dibanding harga Etude di Jakarta), Starbucks (to buy KL tumbler), and Giordano (to buy I

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the Crystal Fountain, in front of Pavilion, Bukit Bintang

Sekian cerita jalan-jalan di hari ketiga kami di KL

amitié.

Kuala Lumpur : Bukit Bintang City Center, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, KL City Gallery, Masjid Jamek, ABC Food Corner, Hanifah, i-City

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6 May 2016. Last night, I was up until like (almost) 3am. Why do you stay up so late?? You can read the complete story here. Alhamdulillah, I was already getting up at 6am to solat subuh (please refer to this web for detail prayer times in KL) and took a shower, so did Mba Hana. Thus, we could be ready and headed to the hotel restaurant by 7am, whilst others came a bit later than us. The hotel restaurant is situated next to the hotel lobby.

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restaurant interior design (1) @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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restaurant interior design (2)

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(some of) my first day’s breakfast menu : french toast, grilled potato and vegetables, boiled egg, chicken curry | omelette :9

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hotel lobby @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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we were in front of the hotel (before we left the hotel)

After breakfast, the six of us walked to Hang Tuah Station, because we wanted to visit Batu Caves yippiiiie~ On our way to the station, we passed Bukit Bintang City Centre. Fortuitously, there was YOKOSO exhibition there, hence we stopped by. Yokoso (ようこそ) has the same meaning as いらっしゃいませ (irasshaimase). Both of them means ‘welcome’. YOKOSO exhibition offers you the beautiful scenery of cherry blossom (sakura), which obviously will make you feel like in Japan ❤

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Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC)

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Tokyo Tower & cherry blossom make you feel like in Japan

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what a modern bathroom designs! 🙂

Next, we carried on our journey towards Batu Caves by monorail to KL Sentral and KTM Komuter to Batu caves Station. It took us around an hour to arrive there, probably because the long distance, moreover I thought that KTM Komuter is a pretty slow speed trains, compared to the monorail…. Isn’t it?

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@ KTM Komuter

Finally, we reached Batu Caves, Alhamdulillah. The nearest cave from the entrance gate is the Ramayana Cave. On our way to the cave, we could see a 15 m tall statue of green hanoman.

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in front of the Ramayana Cave

Then, we walked to the open square in front of the famous golden statue: Lord Murugan Statue. There are a lot of pigeons there, children love to feed them :3 Lord Murugan Statue itself has 42.7 m high, it is the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, also the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia, and second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world.

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Sabi and the pigeons *introducing my new band mate hihi* | in front of the Lord Murugan Statue *ignore the man in the blue shirt pleaaase~*

Batu Caves is limestone hills which have a series of caves and temples inside caves. Standing almost 100 m above the ground, Batu Caves complex consists of 3 main caves. To reach the biggest one, we should climb 272 steep steps. Only me, Eta, Ndai, and Mba Hana made it, while Rani and Dea already surrendered even before the battle started 😀

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we struggled climbing 272 steep steps to reach the cave

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finallyyyy, we made it! And here we were, in front of the temple which is situated inside the biggest cave

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the rocks inside the cave are captivating, aren’t they? (Mba Hana, Ndai, Eta, Sabi)

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descended the stairs (Mba Hana, Sabi, Ndai, Eta)

Our next destination was Merdeka Square, where Malayan flag hoisted for the first time on 31 August 1957. We used KTM Komuter (again) to reach it, and everybody (except me) slept in the train. We disembarked at Bank Negara Station, then we took a 10/15-minute-walk to Merdeka Square. Kuala Lumpur was extremely hot during the day! I bought a glass of cold and fresh lemon juice, and could finish it less than 3 minutes……

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in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which is located in front of the Merdeka Square. The building houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia.

Next, we headed to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, which is situated within a 5-minute walk from Merdeka Square.If you want to find out a bit more about Kuala Lumpur’s history, you should visit such gallery. The entrance fee of the gallery is RM5, but you can use the ticket as a RM5-voucher in the gift shop.

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in front of the gallery

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the ticket

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inside the gallery

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a scaled model of greater KL (@ 2nd floor)

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an in-store workshop, where they make perfect souvenir, and place them at the gift shop, so that you can purchase them and remind your visit 🙂

We carried on our journey to Masjid Jamek for solat zuhur and ashar. Unfortunately, the masjid was in large construction projects, therefore I didn’t take any photos there. After solat, we took a rest for a while………….. and then we were hungry, thus we headed to ABC Foods Corner (halal Indian restaurant), which is located not far from Majid Jamek.

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sign-board of ABC Foods Corner

I ordered cheese prata, chicken tikka, and teh tarik. Ndai, Mba Hana, and Eta chose chicken biryani, Rani had veg noodles, while Dea also ordered chicken tikka just like me. Their dishes are utterly delicious….. On the other hand, the teh tarik tasted weird :p

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teh tarik | cheese prata

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chicken biryani | chicken tikka

We were delightfully full afterwards, Alhamdulillah. Next, we went to Hanifah, a kind of Mustafa-Little India, Singapore. We purchased various kinds of chocolateeeee~ and instant teh tarik there. I bought a lot of Cadburry (luckily, the variant of Cadburry in KL are not as many as Cadburry in Perth wkwk), Kinder (my love at the first sight), Kit-Kat green tea, Maltesers, etc. I love to eat Daim also, but their Daim is a bit pricey hiks. Oyaa fyi, Kit-Kat green tea in KL has already had halal certification, and the price is really affordable, when will we have it in Jakarta? 😀

Then, we moved to our last destination: i-City Shah Alam, by KTM Komuter (again) to Padang-Jawa Station (aku ada turunan Padang, kamu orang Jawa, cucok lah yaaa~ bismillah #eh). It took us around an hour to arrive there. From Padang-Jawa Station, we rode Uber to i-City.

I-City has a lot of attraction, you can check it out here! Buuuut, we just want to visit City of Digital Lights area. A lot of people on their blog said it’s free *free-stuff hunter were here hehe*. So that, we directly headed to City of Digital Lights area. Yet, it’s not free………… Hmmm, eventually we just took photos outside the gate, and still, we had the colorful trees in the background yeaaay~ 😀

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@ I-City Shah Alam

Not longer after that, we moved to KFC, while we waited for the Uber to picked us up. Only Dea had dinner @ KFC, while the others felt so tired and sleepy. As a result, the six of us slept in the train to KL Sentral 😉

Sekian cerita jalan-jalan hari kedua di KL.

À bientôt!

Kuala Lumpur : KLIA, KL Sentral, Maison Boutique Hotel, Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, Jalan Alor

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5 May 2016. It’s gonna be a long weekend yeaaay! Some of my friends in the office (Mba Hana, Dea, Ndai, Eta, Rani) and I went to KL. We stayed for 4 days (3 nights).

I left home to SHIA with my dad at 6 am. Apparently, there’s a bit of a traffic jam to the airport, though it’s still early in the morning heftz. Consequently, I got to the SHIA at around 7. I am the last person to arrive obviously 😀 When I arrived, Mba Hana, Dea, and Rani already had finished their breakfast @ HokBen, meanwhile I already had my breakfast at home. The four of us would be fly to KL with Malaysia Airlines, whereas Eta and Ndai flew with AirAsia from Bandung.

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we had froyo as a dessert, after breakfast (Sabi, Mba Hana, Rani, Dea)

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let’s go!

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Rani and Sabi were on board

What should I do to pass the time on this 2-hours-flight? Watch movie! I picked Brooklyn, an almost-2-hours-film, which has the shortest duration among other available movies. As a result, I didn’t get to finish my movie 😦 I feel a bit disappointed with Malaysia Airlines, because all passengers on the flight can access in-flight entertainment 30 minutes after took-off pffftt! Yekan gimana mau selesai nontonnya haha.

Moreover, their meals on board (tuna / chicken sandwich, I chose the tuna one) was tasteless in my opinion….. Well hey, we talk about an Asian airline, not European. Asian cuisine are renown for their spicy taste 😀 But, it’s just my luck, I purchased promo fares Alhamdulillah, jadi ga rugi-rugi banget yaaaaaaah. To sum up, Garuda Indonesia is much more better than Malaysia Airlines yeay!

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Finally, we arrived @ KLIA! (Mba Hana, Sabi, Rani, Dea) | Sabi and Dea were @ immigration counter

When the immigration-and-baggage-carousel-things had finished (Alhamdulillah yaa gapake lama banget kaya di SHIA hihi), we headed to the counter of Airport Coach, a RM10-bus which will bring us to KL Sentral (city center). They said that Airport Coach bus have wifi on-board, but the truth was their wifi can work properly just a while. After a few minutes, wifi connection service was shut down :p

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my Airport Coach ticket

An hour later, we reached the counter of Airport Coach @ KL Sentral (NU Sentral) basement. Then, we went to ground floor, and headed to the counter of Maxis Hotlink, because we wanted to purchase Malaysian sim-card (RM10) and 7-days-internet-service (RM10).

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Maxis Hotlink (no nya ga diblur, karena sim card nya aja udah gatau ada dimana sekarang hehe)

We can use WhatsApp currently, yeay Alhamdulillah! Thus, we can contact Eta and Ndai, and met them 🙂 After that, we had lunch @ KL Sentral. I prefered Subway for my lunch, while the rest had lunch @ mcD hehe. Di Jakarta banyak yaaaa padahal 😀

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Subway ❤

We were delightfully full afterwards, Alhamdulillah. Next, we headed to our hotel (Maison Boutique Hotel) by train. We disembarked @ Hang Tuah Station (the nearest station to our hotel), then we walked around 15 minutes to the hotel, a bit distant hehe. In addition to that, we still had our luggage in our hand 😀 let’s burn calories and lose weight faster babyyyyyy~

When we got to the hotel, we checked-in at reception desk and they gave us the super fresh welcome drink sluuurp! We booked 3 superior rooms on December 2015. Unfortunately, all of the superrior rooms were full when we arrived at the hotel. Buuuuut, they gave us free upgrade as a consequence, yeaaay Alhamdulillah! We just had to put RM200 for deposit at reception desk (they returned it when we checked-out). All of our rooms are situated on the 4th floor, and these are our rooms……………………….. Totally cute! ❤

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This was my room. My roommate was Mba Hana. Our room has 2 stories, and this is our 1st floor: main bathroom and living room. It’s adorable, isn’t it?

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This is our 2nd floor : bedroom, tv, and toilet.

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our main bathroom

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Eta’s and Ndai’s 1st floor @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Eta’s and Ndai’s 2nd floor

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Dea’s and Rani’s 1st floor @ Maison Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Dea’s and Rani’s 2nd floor

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we’re on Gotham City :3

Had finished solat, taking a rest for a while, etc., we were off to Suria KLCC by GrabCar, because it was heavy rain outside……… And traffic jam is everywhere, very similar to Jakarta hehe. When we reached Suria KLCC, we went directly to Nando’s for dinner 😀

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my lovely peri-peri roast chicken ❤

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@ Nando’s

We were full afterwards, Alhamdulillah. Next, we headed to i-Setan Supermarket to buy chocolate obviously! Then, we stroll around Suria KLCC, because it still raining outside 😦 But after all this time, it seems that the rain is not going to stop in a while, therefore we compelled to take photos with Petronas Twin Towers in the background during the rain.

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@ Petronas Twin Towers

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If you want the towers looked even more beautiful, you can go across the road, it will make you easier to capture until the top of the towers 🙂

Next, we headed to our last destination for today : Jalan Alor, by GrabCar (again). But, we still felt full after dinner, hence we didn’t buy anything there. Oyaaa, I bought this appétissant coconut ice cream :9 (by the way, this is not that famous Sangkaya) my coconut ice cream tasted so so……

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Jalan Alor | coconut ice cream

It’s already after midnight, we headed back to the hotel by GrabCar. After I reached my room, I took a bath, solat, etc. And finally, I went to bed at 3 am -_- *zombie mode on*

Sekian cerita jalan-jalan hari pertama di KL.

xoxo