Things donโ€™t always go to plan

I was planning on going to the gym this morning, I got changed and everything! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But N worked from home in the morning, and I made the decision to spend time with him at home, since he’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for karate for the next few days.

I tracked his flight in the afternoon, of course ๐Ÿ˜Š Not that there’s much tracking to do, since KL is so close! It’s basically like a flight from Sydney to Canberra: the plane takes off, and then as soon as they’ve reached the required altitude, the captain makes an announcement saying that it’s time to land ๐Ÿ˜‚ You blink and they’ve landed, it’s so damn fast ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ›ฌ

A friend is also heading up to KL, but he’s travelling by coach with his family. The coach departed at 10am this morning, but unfortunately they missed it! So now they’ve had to fork out some more money for flights – at last minute prices! ๐Ÿ˜” Poor guys. And they chose to travel by coach in the first place because they figured it would be easier, since they’re travelling with their 18-month old son and his wife is six months’ pregnant. Now they’re not even doing that AND they also now have an additional expense. All so unfortunate.

I spent more time on my trading again today, but luckily I still managed to get to the gym afterwards ๐Ÿ˜… So I got to spend time with N in the morning; worked more on my trading in the afternoon/evening and still got to the gym later at night.

Relationship โœ…

Career โœ…

Health & fitness โœ…

Three goals sorted today, woohoo! ๐Ÿ‘

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Kuala Lumpur long weekend – Sunday

We had a nice, relaxing end to our weekend getaway. We had breakfast in the hotel, and then just chillaxed in our hotel room until check-out at noon. I read more of Andre Agassi’s autobiography; he’s now with Steffi Graf. I’m nearing the end of the book, which is a little sad actually, coz I’m really enjoying the book and I don’t want it to end. He was a bit of a jerk at some of his tournaments, and he knows it, but he wrote about those incidents in a way that they have come across as amusing in the book more than anything else ๐Ÿ˜‚

We grabbed some lunch and then did a bit of shopping at 1 Utama Shooping Centre before making our way to the airport.

Flight was uneventful – which is not a bad thing! I read for most of the flight, and slept the rest of the time. We had to do a few circles in the air, as there was a bit of a back-up at Changi, apparently. My friend tracked my flight, and here is his screenshot of the loop-de-loop:

Yes, we’re trackers! ๐Ÿ˜‚

And then we finished the evening with a few more episodes of Game of Thrones. We’re nearing the end of season four!

Ahhh… Always nice to go away. Now, back to reality…

Kuala Lumpur long weekend – Saturday

We didn’t really do much in the morning but eat ๐Ÿ˜‚ We had a coffee at Brasserie Fritz, their coffee was actually quite nice. I’m always surprised when Asia makes a good coffee, since it’s not quite their specialty. Much like if an Italian makes a good wonton noodle, I’d be just as impressed ๐Ÿ˜‚

After our coffee, we went and had a two-part lunch: a yong tau foo of sorts, and then afterwards a stall renowned for its roast pork belly. Now for someone who is so far from a foodie it’s not funny, even I noticed the superior quality of the food at these two places.

Yap Hup Kee ๅถๅˆ่ฎฐ for the yong tau foo

Wong Mei Kee ็Ž‹็พŽ่ฎฐ for the roast pork belly

We then made our way to our second hotel in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. We did a bit of shopping in the afternoon before having dinner at Auntie Sim.

And then after dinner, we headed up to Stratosphere, a rooftop bar, for a quick drink, before heading back to our room and calling it quits for the day.

Come to think of it, we didn’t do much at all today but eat and drink ๐Ÿ˜‚ But hey, we’re on a weekend holiday for some R&R, so we’re doing exactly as planned ๐Ÿ˜Š

Kuala Lumpur long weekend – Friday

I’ve been up since 6am. By 8am, I had my first cup of coffee and I was only just starting to feel normal. Sighhh… Mornings and night owls do not mix ๐Ÿ˜” We are flying with some friends, a husband and wife, and their baby, and we’re going by the baby’s schedule, hence the ridiculously early morning flight. Well, a 9am flight is ridiculously early for me ๐Ÿ˜†

The flight is just as long as a flight from Sydney to Canberra. And the plane required to travel such a distance is also domestic-size. I was just settling into my seat and enjoying my second cup of coffee for the day (I seriously need the caffeine if I have to be up so damn early!) when the second officer announces over the PA system that we will be landing shortly ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿคฃ We had pretty much just taken off and now we were landing already! It’s like the plane will only have time to make a triangle in the air ๐Ÿ›ซ ๐Ÿ”ผ ๐Ÿ›ฌ

After the very short plane ride, we then caught the train to KL Sentral, and from there, a cab to the hotel. The express train was pretty quick, actually, and quite a comfortable ride. The scenery out the window was basically palm trees galore. Very green.

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Our room wasn’t ready yet when we arrived at the hotel, so we made our way to Petronas Towers before checking in. That was a nice view up there. The Palace of Culture was one of my favourite architectural marvels that I could see from up there. This is the best shot I could take given the distance and the quality of my camera – ie from my phone!

Palace of Culture

I would’ve liked to have had more time up there, as somehow it got away from me. I just got to wander around and look at the different buildings all around KL, but I barely got to look at any of the displays on the viewing floor itself, or even muck around with the virtual reality display. I think each group is allotted 20-30 mins, but it felt like half that to me. Oh well. Nonetheless, it was fun while we were there.

Then we got to experience the joy of KL traffic on a Friday afternoon during peak hour, travelling back to our hotel. Still not as bad as Manila, but definitely not that great. It took us maybe close to 40mins to travel 1.5km. And that doesn’t even include the waiting time for the Grab car to reach us (probably an additional 20mins on top of that!). We could’ve walked that in less time! ๐Ÿ˜”

Once we settled in to our hotel rooms, we then headed down to Jalan Alor for dinner. It’s a street food night market, with a bajillion stalls to choose from. If you wanted to, I reckon you could spend weeks (months?!) here, trying out each and every stall.

My Hail Mary shot of Jalan Alor

The boys then went for a massage, while the girls had an early night. So here I am writing today’s post a littler earlier than usual ๐Ÿ˜Š

So our first day in KL:

  • We got to visit Petronas Towers;
  • We experienced KL peak hour traffic; and
  • We got to eat at Jalan Alor

Not bad ๐Ÿ‘

And despite the very early morning start, I am still somewhat ok at 10:30pm. I might read a bit more of Andre Agassi’s book tonight before bed ๐Ÿ˜Š

Getting ready

I ran a few errands today, getting ready for our weekend trip to Malaysia! The trip has completely snuck up on me, I can’t believe it’s almost here. But I guess we’ve had a few friends visit recently, keeping me distracted from this upcoming getaway. We’re going with a few friends, so I’m sorta just running with their itinerary, I haven’t really planned anything. I’m just seeing this as a weekend away with some friends to KL, having a bit of R&R (and good food!) along the way. I really should do some research, since it’ll be my (our) first time in the city. It’d be good to know a bit about the city before we fly in! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Although I do still find it weird that we can go on a one hour flight and be in a totally different country. It’s like flying from Sydney to Canberra, how can we be in a different country after only one hour?! I still find the proximity to SG of all the other Asian countries quite astounding. Coming from a country as large as Oz is, the fact that you can drive or be on a ferry for less than an hour and suddenly be in a totally different country is just amazing.

N got caught up at work, so we didn’t get to dancing today, unfortunately. And we probably won’t go tomorrow, and we’ll miss this weekend too ๐Ÿ˜” I must try and do stuff during the day then, even if it’s just stepping through things on the spot, or doing some visualisation, or Rumba walks. Or Jive kicks! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think a massage is on the itinerary in Malaysia. I’m not a fan of massages as the others are, so I may use that time to do some dancing instead ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’ll definitely post some photos of our weekend trip! ๐Ÿ˜Š