Those of you who have read my KD Boardgames tip might find the decor of Meeples familiar. In fact KD used to be another branch of Meeples before it went alone (and even has the same menu and pricing scheme).
Meeples, then, was the first board games cafe in Malaysia and seems to be outlasting its competitors. It claims to have 1500 games - though I reckon closer to 400 - and it costs RM6 to play per hour or RM15 for all night. It opens longer than most of these places, from 11am to 1am every day. There is a range of small snacks and drinks, with tea for about RM5 and beers for RM13 local, RM19 import. It was packed when we went, without any free tables. It's a shame Subang is a little far out, but you could make a day of it by visiting Sunway Lagoon or Pyramid and then come here to end the visit.
Petrosains temporary exhibitions
Attached to Petrosains is a small hall which houses temporary exhibitions. I'll try to visit them and update this tip.
Currently on is Illusion, a collection of great optical illusions and visual art. I don't want to spoil any of the tricks, but there is a display of water defying gravity, a cool 'mirror' which uses social media to create the image and a few games with staff to demonstrate.
It's open Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30 to 5.30 (6.30 at weekends and public holidays), and opens on Mondays during public and school holidays. Admission for Malaysians is RM5.30 for children, RM10.60 for youths (age 13-17), RM15.90 for adults, RM8.50 for senior citizens. Admission for non-Malaysian is RM15.90 for children, RM21.20 for youths, RM26.50 for adults, RM19.10 for senior citizens. There is a discount if you get the combo package with Petrosains entry which works out at about RM2.Related to:
- Museum Visits
First, please forgive the ropey photo. I couldn't find the flash on my iPad.
If you're in KL and fancy watching a film, then just about every mall has a cinema, usually operated by one of the big two (TGV or GSC). Prices range from RM14-20 in my experience, and some cinemas have a row of couples' seats at the back which are nice.
However, and I'm reluctant to share this in case everyone in KL finds out and ruins it for me, the best cinema I have found is the TGV at AU2 Mall. Compared with Suria KLCC it is cheaper (RM15 vs 20), less busy, and has actual leg room. The pic is of the distance between the seats. So much more comfortable. The only problem is that you have to drive there (well, it is walkable from Setiawangsa LRT but it would be a sweaty 45 mins).
The Dark Cave
The Dark Cave is next to the Batu Caves shrines, and it offers an educational tour of 45 minutes length about every 30 minutes. Inside you will see loads of trapdoor spiders, bats and even a couple of snakes. Our guide Juliana was excellent, having a huge range of facts and jokes ready for us. It gets quite cool in the caves, so dress accordingly; also I'd advise wearing closed shoes rather than flip flops. It's RM35 for adults, RM25 for kids. They'll give you a head torch for the duration. I enjoyed this visit a lot.
Same advice applies to the monkeys here as for Batu Caves - don't feed them and watch out for them stealing from your bags.Related to:
Spartan Games Arena
Spartan Games Arena is a board game cafe in Wangsa Maju. It's above Hailam Kopitiam, behind Wangsa Walk Mall. The staff are very friendly, and happy - keen, even - to play the games with you! Arif is particular is very enthusiastic about everything. Inside there are several landscapes for playing things like Warhammer (I guess, that's not really something I know about, but it looks like Games Workshop used to), and a medium range of games to play or buy. The best bit about this place is the price: 5RM per person for one game, 10RM per person for more than one, for as long as you like! Drinks appear to be cheap too. We only had water, but that's 1RM per bottle. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
Also, when you ring them they say 'This is Sparta'!Related to:
- Budget Travel
This review is in the right place, in my opinion, as the reason to come isn't the food and drink, it's tabletop gaming. Kd Boardgames has about 200 games to play, at a guess, and about 100 on sale. Players pay 6RM per hour or 15RM for all night (opening hours are 6pm to 1am). You can buy drinks - beers are 13RM to 19RM, with soft drinks quite a bit cheaper. Bar snack type food such as nachos and sausages are available too. If you like playing new board games - particularly Euro-style ones - then you should make the trip, though you will have to drive.
Traditional Malay Home
Malay houses are traditional dwellings, originating before the arrival of foreign or modern influences, and constructed by the indigenous ethnic Malay of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
Malay homes have tropically-suited roofs and harmonious proportions with decorative elements are considered by traditionalists to still have relevance. They warrant a lot of maintenance to preserve wooden materials from the decaying effect of tropical weather as well as termite problems. They are made of renewable natural timber and bamboo, built without metal nails. They have pre-cut holes and grooves are used to fit the timber elements into one another, effectively making it a 'prefabricated house'.
Traditional timber houses incorporated design principals relevant in contemporary architecture such as shading and ventilation, qualities present in the basic house features. Although Malay houses have diversity of styles according to each states, provinces, and sub-ethnics, there are common style and similarities shared among them: built on stilts, have stairs, partitioned rooms, a vernacular roof and they are adorned with decorationRelated to:
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