the first country that I’ve traveled solo and so, my heart was jumping in joy when I set my foot again for the third time. Specifically, Kuala Lumpur’s twin towers that captive my heart.
First Time Couchsurfing
Have you heard of it? If you haven’t, well, Ima give you a bit background about it. It is a platform where you can stay at a stranger’s house for free when you’re traveling, of course you have to be careful and choose your host wisely and be nice all the time.
Luckily, my host was a nice local person. It was actually great and fun more than what I had expected. Experiencing this chance to getting along with a stranger but also a fellow traveler was a bit doubtful for me at first but then I was in good hands all throughout. You may want to learn more about it here My first time couchsurfing experience
Trying out Local Cuisines
You may have not known but Kuala Lumpur has one of the sumptuous cuisines I’ve ever tasted and remarkably most restaurants come with buffet which is relatively cheap. Can you believe that the cheapest food you can find here is as low as .50c? This restaurant is called Restoran Sambal Hijau in Petaling Jaya. There are varieties of sweets and drinks too! Although, I’m bad at remembering the name of each foods I ate, I would still strongly suggest to you have a taste of the mouth watering dishes without hurting your pocket. Nazi Lemak is my best recommendation. It is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf.
The photo below is a just a snap of what it looks like at most restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. You’ll get really full and not even spending much bucks. Trust me!
Can you believe they have 100 varieties of #malay #foods here? Ohemgee! And take note, you can have a dish here for as low as $1! #superb! The price does not compromise the taste so you'll absolutely love it. Wwwooott! 😍😋🍴 if you ever make your way to #malaysia, please visit this #mouthwatering #local #restaurant at #petalingjaya #couchsurfing #escapesanddiaries✏️ in her #southeast #asian #trips 👣📍✅💋💋💋❤️
After getting stuffed with the delectable cuisine, my host Zikri took me a to a nice cafe shop where we some locals go to and find their quiet time. Do you know that Petaling Jaya has numerous of cafes too? And some of them served local coffee. Although this is quite far from the main city of Kuala Lumpur, you’d still feel the vibe and chill of the cafes that usually presence and can be found in the big cities.
I only stayed in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days, like what I’ve said, I’ve been here twice already and this time was my third. Unfortunately, on my last night, something unfortunate happened.
Experiencing Discrimination in the most unpleasant way
Zikri and were I supposed to have a drink and hang out at Reggae Mansions rooftop bar. At the reception area, there were 1 staff on the phone and 2 Bangladesh security guards ( Bangladesh according to my him). I smilingly and politely approached the security that we would love to go to the rooftop bar. He said no you can’t. I asked him why? He said because the rooftop bar is open for guests only. It got me a little upset and continued to ask him since when? He only said that depends on the management. I didn’t ask further but he was evidently not wanting us to enter. He was even grinning like a Manchester cat that’s a bit insulting. We left. As we stepped out of the door, we bumped into this group of white girls and guys.
Prior to that, we already bumped into them on the road while we were on our way, probably, they were also looking for a place to drink or hang out. As we went out, I wanted to inform them that they can’t go up to the rooftop bar because they’re not checked in guests which I didn’t. I was expecting them to be declined like we were but NO. As we walked our way back to where we parked our car, I looked back at them and click! THEY LET THEM IN. HOW COME?
I didn’t go back and confront the hostel staff about what happened because I didn’t want to make any scene. In my mind, maybe they’ve had just changed the regulation so that’s acceptable. Even so, I told my friend that I’m going to send their management an email or a direct message on Facebook to confirm if that was true. I hurriedly ran back to my room to check their website if there was any regulation stating to NON-GUEST AT the rooftop bar policy. I DIDN’T FIND ANY. I sent a direct msg and ONLY SEEN and an email, no response at all. RACIST, ISN’T IT?
I read from their website that they don’t accept locals to book via online, but they can somehow walk in but that still depends on the availability of the room. Was that because I was with a local that night and I look like a local because I’m Asian? STILL NO.
I was disheartened to be treated this way by their staff because I personally like this hostel and I had once stayed here before on my second time in Kuala Lumpur.
After that night of incident, I felt really bad because during the times that I have been traveling, I’ve never experienced such a disgraceful act especially from Asian like me. Anyhow, I thank Zikri for looking after me. We just dropped by to see the twin towers and then finally headed back to his flat to have our drink. I hope you won’t experience the same incident I had and if you ever did, I hope you fight back and get the justice you deserve.
That #moment when you have had a bad #time and the #only thing that can make you #smile is seeing the #twintowers even from far #distance. Doesn't matter. 🎈 I am back for the 3rd time around 😁 hello there! 😉😘 thanks to my #dear #friend who illegally parked his car just for me to have a #selfie with one of my most #favorite #towers in the #world. 😍🚩🅿 #escapesanddiaries #southeast #Asian #trips #kualalumpur #Malaysia #truly #Asia ✔
The next day, I took a bus to Singapore as my second destination. I didn’t let the last part of my journey here ruin my entire trip. This time, I had a better and amazing story. Thats gonna be on my next writing. Stay tuned!
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