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Kuala Lumpar

Kuala Lumpur – First Impressions

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Following a short transit through a decidedly chilly Holland and Belgium (see If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium), we were ready to take a flight to warmer climes. Our KLM flight went non-stop from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, departing at 20:50 in the evening and arriving at 15:45 the following afternoon.

The flight was comfortable enough, and cost just €521 for a return ticket.

While still inside the airport, we booked a taxi coupon from one of the booths (RM89), then boarded our taxi. We were headed for the Hotel V Garden in the Jalan Cheras area of the city. It wasn’t easy to find, but with some backtracking our driver finally managed to locate it.

It was already getting dark, and we were keen to wash and get something spicy to eat after the long flight.

Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
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Kuala Lumpur Jalan Cheras District

The hotel itself was unbeatable value for money, and ticked all the boxes for us (€28 for a double, including breakfast). There were excellent helpful staff, a good room with a really comfortable bed, and a good breakfast.

Great for a short stay in Kuala Lumpur.

The hotel is not central, but just up the same road we found 5 or 6 great local street restaurants with tasty food. Our evening meal for two cost us RM15 (about €3).

Kuala Lumpur

Street market in the Jalan Cheras District

The non-central location of the hotel wasn’t an issue for us, since we were heading off early the next morning to catch a coach. We were going to save Kuala Lumpur until the end of our trip, when we were planning to spend 2 more nights there in a more central location.

Our next stops would be on the other side of the Malaysian peninsula, starting with Cherating and then on to Mersing, Tioman and Kuantan.


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Bland Filipino Food

Bland Filipino Food

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Before we started this trip, from our research we gathered that there was no distinctive Filipino cuisine. From our actual experiences in the Philippines, this appears to be true. On the menus everywhere you find pork and chicken, most often barbecued in a sweet and sticky marinade. This bland Filipino food is usually accompanied by heaps of plain boiled white rice.

Rarely if ever is the food spicy. Fish is available, but is always surprisingly expensive (I can’t get my head around this – the sea is close by almost everywhere in the Philippines). The food is often so bland we had to add lashings of hot tabasco sauce to give it some flavour (if any sauce was available).

Bland Filipino Food

Bland Filipino food: Lechon – with a sickly-sweet marinade

Eating bland Filipino food piles on the pounds

Of course you can eat local versions of foreign food, but why come to the Philippines to do that?

Usually, after a 4-week trip around South East Asia, we could expect to lose 2 or 3 kilos. After this trip around the Philippines, we managed to put on around 3 kilos each, despite the long walks we took each day.

Bland Filipino Food

Bland Filipino food – More calories, anyone… ?

Stick to the Fruit…

As a consolation, we were able to indulge in an abundance of delicious tropical fruit. The mangoes we ate in Moalboal were just about the best we’ve ever tasted. We were also able to get our hands on Soursop from supermarkets and food stalls in many places.

By far, the best food we had was prepared by Julian (a Brit) at the Seaside Boutique Hotel in Panglao. Using locally-sourced ingredients, he produced some delicious 3-course meals for us during our stay there.

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