Day one in Kuala Lumpur
After arriving in KL, I spent the rest of the day wandering around trying to get some bearings.
I had randomly booked a hotel 5 minutes away from KL Sentral, the train station you arrive at when you come from the airport. The Fajr prayer call just before 6 a.m. reminded me that Malaysia is a predominantly Islamic country. Oh well, it was a nice wake-up call.
I had found a food market inside KL Sentral on the day I arrived so I headed back there for breakfast. Curry rice at 9 a.m. - nice!
I went to the local Apple reseller to try and buy some Airpods but it seems all the shops are totally out of stock. The official online store has them in stock so I'll place an order for delivery when I manage to find somewhere long term. What's interesting is the cost. Apple products here are cheaper than the UK, so that's pretty cool. I'm also on the look out for some Bose QC35s but they seem even harder to find.
I figured I'd spent the morning heading towards the Petronas Twin Towers. I bought a single-use token for the train and headed towards KLCC. It's a nice system and I've heard getting a Touch 'n Go card is even cheaper so I'll probably grab one of them.
The Twin Towers are quite close to the train station and pretty spectacular. There was strong security around the base -- for good reason I guess.
The park in front of the towers contains (apparently) the only decent running track in KL. It's a nice surface but far away from where I'll probably end up staying so I'll have to find better alternatives.
A couple of friends had told me about a café called VCR. There was one close by, or so I thought. I tend to have this issue. Distances like 1 or 2km don't sound like far but in this heat and being in a city, it takes much longer than you anticipate. I finally got there and ended up staying until around 1800. The coffee was good and the WiFi was decent. It got kind of loud so I could really have done with those QC35s!
I ended up walking home and went back into KL Sentral again. I had chicken rice at The Chicken Rice Shop before getting a message from a client that there were some server issues they needed me to look at so I rushed home to take a look.
That was pretty much the entirety of my first full day here. I spent the night watching Al Jazeera and answering emails.