LOADS TO DO IN KL
My family stayed 5 days in KL back in 2006. I booked our airfares on-line but booked the Dorsett Regency (WHICH IS SITUATED AT THE START OF THE BUKIT BINTANG WALK) with our travel agent as she could get us the best price (we needed 2 rooms). They are one of the cheaper hotels in a good location close to restaurants and shopping centres. I'd found out some other cheap hotels you see promoted weren't as good for location or were a little tired. The swimming pool is small & half in the shade but as I don't like my children getting sunburnt that's ok with me. Buffet breakfast was sufficient for our needs but did not vary day to day. Just outside the hotel is a taxi stand & fares aren't too bad in KL. Up the road is the KL monorail station which is a great way to get to china town, but also as it is elevated my children enjoyed the ride with a view. Just down the road is Berjaya Times Square a MASSIVE shopping complex with a theme park full of rides in the Roof no less (www.timessquarekl.com/themepark.html) All of the local shopping centres have food courts so you can enjoy malaysian while your child can have Kenny Rogers chicken or Domino's just ask for no chilli sauce as that may cause a burnt mouth. Mind you most restaurants have western food on the menu and my daughter really enjoys the rice and noodle dishes . You can go to the TWIN Towers but go early they start queuing before the 9am opening you can then select a time later that day. Next door is a wonderful park with a water fountain play pool about 12 inches deep so bring your child's bathers & towel & they can splash around while you wait. There is also a shopping centre with a good supermarket near the Towers too. From KL there are many day tours to take but we managed to fill 5 days just in KL itself. Enjoy KL we did & can't wait to go back. Sandra THE VIEW FROM THE TWIN TOWERS & MY HUSBAND ACCIDENTLY ORDERING THE TUNA PIZZA FROM DOMINOS THAT HAD CHILLI SAUCE ON THE BASE NOT TOMATO SAUCE. STEAM WAS COMING OUT OF HIS EARS.
go to the skybridge walk
Many tourist would love to get to the Petronas Sybridge - you have to get early and go get the tickets. It opens around 8-ish in the morning and they give the tickets for free..at the KLCC Petronas building - near the Philharmonic. There is sometimes great demand, but you will be given tickets for a couple of hours later. So do plan your ady ahead.
They allow 20 pax per car lift to get up, so you have to be there 15 minutes before your schedule visit up. You can take lots of pictures from above....
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime...
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that moves by Singapore to negotiate separate free-trade agreements were 'worrisome' and were a development that needed to be watched very carefully.
He cautioned that FTAs might provide a 'back-door entry' for countries outside the region into the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta). 'This is a worrisome thing because, you know, generally in the Afta, we accept that anything that has 40 per cent local content must be regarded as national,' he said at a press conference after opening the International Conference on Globalisation.
'That means they can enter the markets of other countries. It would be easy for other countries to bring in partly completed products and complete them in Singapore and regard them as Singapore products.
'We have to watch this very carefully because this can be a back-door entry into the Afta.' His comments mirror those of International Trade and Industry Minister
Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz in a recent interview with Australian trade magazine Asia Today.
She had said that Malaysia would not stand for any attempt by Australia or New Zealand to use closer economic ties with Singapore as a back door to the free-trade area.
Singapore has concluded an economic-partnership agreement with New Zealand and is pursuing similar agreements with several countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada and Mexico. Last week, it ended the first round of talks with Australia.
FTAs are binding agreements to remove trade barriers and restrictions. Malaysia had signalled its disapproval of FTAs between Singapore and other countries at the Asean informal summit in Singapore late last year, saying it would undermine the regional grouping. But Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has made the point that 'those who can run faster, should run faster' and 'should not be restrained by those
who don't want to run at all'.
He also noted that countries pursuing agreements with Singapore were signalling an interest in the region.
Singapore has also said the FTAs did not contravene the global trading system and were consistent with World Trade Organisation rules.
Dr Mahathir yesterday spoke in support of globalisation and said his past criticisms of the trend had been misinterpreted. 'I am also a believer in globalisation. You don't have to watch my lips. You don't have to examine the words I use. You merely have to look around you at the Malaysia that exists today,' he said.
Independent consultancy A.T. Kearney ranked Singapore as the most globalised economy and put Malaysia among its top 20 most globalised economies.
The Straits Times Singapore, Feb 27, 2001 By Brendan Pereira, Malaysia Correspondent
Rafidah dismisses FTAs:'We are not intrested'
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's trade minister said yesterday that her country has no intention of pursuing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with any nation.
Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said Malaysia is already committed to the free trade area being created by the 10-member Asean, to which Malaysia belongs.
'We are not interested in having bilateral FTAs with anybody,' said the International Trade and Industry Minister. 'We are already with Afta.' Afta refers to the Asean Free Trade Agreement.
Singapore, also an Asean member, has concluded an FTA with New Zealand and is pursuing similar pacts with the US, Australia, Mexico and Japan.
Asean also includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
I ran across this shrine in the middle of nowhere in KL and couldn't quite figure out its purpose. The Chinese fellow sitting inside was very friendly however and keen that I should take his photo. I obliged!
Boys beware of girls!
It's illegal, unless you are married, to show public displays of affection. If you are married, you must have your marriage license on your person in case you are approached by a police officer. You are also not allowed to be alone in a room (including an elevator) with a single, non-relative female.