Wednesday, October 27, 2010

my epic malaysian birthday.

To have a Malaysian birthday, you first have to check-in your luggage with an airline of your choice, flying to Malaysia.

Get a good travel buddy, in my case it's Patti.

And a bunch of friends to travel with... for this trip it was the following (in no particular order)
1. Karlo Anton A. Amora
2. Rachel Rosette E. Silva
3. Anna Patricia _. Serrano
4. Jaclyn _. Sarao
5. Katrina C? Kapunan
6. Jaime Antonio Rico M. Cuenco

Waiting to board the plane, was checking out Kim Chu on Patti's magazine, damn she's fine on this one.

12MN hit while we were thousands of feet above sea level, too bad i don't have any pictures of this.. thanks friends!

First thing we did in Malaysia was to hit Jalan Alor for some authentic street food. We met the nicest waitress ever, Sie.

Oyster Omelet, putsa panalo toh swear.

Chicken Wings.... oh.. solid.

White Chicken? uhm.. thought it was quite boring but the toge.. oh wow... Malaysia has some mean toge... wish ours was somewhat similar.

Fried rice... i can eat this alone, no need for ulam.
Food here was so damn good... we came back and had our last Malaysian supper at this spot.

These guys were singing songs from Bob Marley and Jason Mraz, they were awesome. It was cool hearing guys sing these songs with a different accent. Gave them I think 5RM, hope it was enough? hehe.

In the AM, we hit the trains (there's the Monorail which mostly goes around Bukit Bintang, KL Sentral, that kinda (city) area.. the Ampang Line, Sri Petaling Line, Kelana Jaya Line, which goes everywhere else.. I suggest get a map, it helps big time) with this itinerary in mind:
1.) Batu Caves
2.) Merdeka Square
3.) Shop
4.) My birthday dinner at Hakka. Why Hakka? Cause it's in the "Top 10 in KL" section in my trusty map. So I say screw it, we are hitting that joint.

It's so damn hard to cross the KL streets, cars so so fuckin' fast, pedestrian stoplights are on green for only a few seconds.. so you kinda gotta run.. I missed the toot toot toot toot toot of Hong Kong.

Came across some cool stuff on our pursuit of Bus No. 11, with the route that passes by the Batu Caves.

Tagging, Malay style.

Cool picture taken by Rachel.

Awesome architecture, I believe this is called "Transitional" of the 1880s.. These shop houses were built of brick. Usually accompanied by tiled roofs which replaced the timber and thatch hut. Why do I know this? My trusty map, it's on the "What influenced Kuala Lumpur Architecture" section. I repeat, you should get one..

For some reason, I just like taking photos of streets... I have one kick-ass night shot of some avenue with the Petronas towers as a view... it's on my facebook.

boom.. there it is.. that's one big statue? is that what you call it? and yeah.. we went up a million steps.. well it felt like a million.

Jaime Cuenco: Kwak Tolentino, you are the last one to arrive, I am sorry to tell you, you have been eliminated from the race.

Inside the Batu Caves, it was huge.. but.. I was not so overwhelmed.. I think our very own Callao Caves in Cagayan is much more astonishing.. see my previous blog on this.. it's down there somewhere.. fine here's the link -> click here

after Batu.. we hit Merdeka Square to get some Malaysian history up our asses... Architecture was amazing.. (as if I know a lot about it, but the buildings were just really nice, they seemed very well maintained)

then of course.. the series of the so called "jump shots" started.... there was a huge ass field in the center.. it was inevitable.

was never so happy to see a burger king, we had lunch at around 430pm. crazy.

then.... then....

kaboom! LX-5 bitches! haha... thanks to Patti :D what an awesome gift... best birthday gift EVER.. last year was a surprise party (see previous blog-> click here).. this year.. LX-5.. what about next year? :p

Her name is Lexi... I repeat -> I'm corny.. shut up.

We finally hit Hakka.. let's see what KL's Top Ten has to offer..

Had some killer roast duck.. I love duck.

Menu.. as I remember: (1) Roast Duck, (2) Birthday Noodles, (3) Fried Rice, (4) Beef with Broccoli, (5) Spareribs.... awesomeness..


Finally got to try Tiger beer.... eeeh... I'll grab a Stella Artois and/or a San Mig Light any day.

that's some view over dinner.

I'm a very happy birthday boy :)

we again hit the Monorail back to Bukit Bintang to experience some Malaysian night life.. we headed to Changkat Bukit Bintang and ended up at Healy Mac's on our pursuit for a private/steady place to drink.. we weren't up for some all night fist pumping action..

we were lucky and the staff were kind enough to give us a comfortable corner table.. just what we were looking for.

drinks up!

it was an epic birthday.. epic not in the sense that "epic" is a cool word to say nowadays.. but epic as surpassing the usual or ordinary.

Many thanks and love to the people who made this one... epic.

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