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Asian Adventures part 2 : Discovering Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Shopping in Malaysian Malls.

I was told that shopping in Malaysia was a whole different experience than shopping in Europe. I have to admit that i did not believe it at first but definitely needed to try it.

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There are 2 types of shopping that you can consider in this case : Shopping in malls and Shopping in the local markets. I had heard that going to the mall was almost considered a cultural habit of KL’s families ;  a national sport that was practiced religiously as often as possible. Shopping in malls was in my opinion the most common thing people supposedly did the same everywhere in the modern world and i could not imagine how it could be different.

Malaysian malls are characterized by their huge size and gather a variety of international brands that are sometimes not even available in Europe. I would definitely say they have a broader variety of choices and sizes when it comes to clothing. Some of the designs i saw were very different from what we are used to see in Europe. Colors are very present in almost every shop and design , and even in European brands like Zara or H&M we could feel the local influence and taste . What is also very characteristic of Malaysian malls is that you can find luxurious brands next to mainstream ones.

I have visited 2 of the most important malls in Kuala Lumpur : Suria KLCC and Pavilion.

Both malls were located near the Petronas towers and surrounded by a beautiful landscape.Before entering Suria KLCC i had a tour around and took plenty of pictures.

 

I had heard that at night , a water show was held in the big fountain next to the mall and i was eager to see that.

My Shopping journey in KLCC started in the Jewellery where my eyes were directly directed to some wonderful natural Pearls. This pearls were so beautiful and quite cheap for the quality they had. If you ever go to Malaysia , i definitely advise buying some natural pearls.

Prices in general are quite affordable, not extremely cheap , but you can bargain the prices of jewellery and other accessories.

The rest of the visit was quite a discovery of the local taste and all the colors that were present around the stores.

Some of the outfits seemed very practical and original , others were pretty futuristic.

I was mostly impressed by the shoes, most of them were very colorful and glittery, holo or made of  plastic material. The more i looked , the more original designs i saw,  even flat comfortable looking shoes and sneakers looked special.

I ended up buying few articles that seemed very original but still could fit my usual clothing style and decided to head to Pavillon.

The easiest way was through a huge tunnel walkway connecting both malls.

It Was a long walk in the crowd , but definitely was worth it! Once at Pavillon , it was lunch time and i was starving.

Between our eyes , so many choices , from international to restaurants delivering fusion between western and local cuisine.

We finally decided to have a nice traditional malaysian lunch ,Nasi Lemak : Spicy coconut rice , Malaysia’s national dish , usually considered a breakfast. I really enjoyed the experience, the dish was very different from the type of food i was used to, quite sweet ,however it was delicious.


I had a Matcha flavour ice cream for dessert before starting the second mall’s exploration.

Once more the outdoor was wonderful and i could not resist taking pictures.

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The mall was very similar to KLCC in terms of stores, designs and presentation , however i had a chance to assist to a fashion show and have a closer look to the local fashion.

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I Also got to have a look at my favorite jeans brand : Forever 21 and  purchase 2 pairs of mom ripped jeans. Forever 21 is a pretty mainstream international clothe brand, however we do not have a store in Madrid so i was happy to find it in Malaysia.

After that we head back to KLCC and set next to the fountain to watch the water show.

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There the day was truly over and overall it was a great shopping and exploring experience 🙂

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Asian Adventures part 1 : Discovering Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; The Battu caves

Few months ago i had the opportunity to travel to Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia and discover the local culture.I had never been in Asia before and had no real expectations about what i was about to discover.

I had been told that 3 days was plenty of time to discover the city  and visit all the monuments and touristic sites nearby. I have to admit that was true, i  highly recommend not spending more than 2 or 3 days in kuala Lumpur, as there is a lot more to discover out of the capital. However do not miss it if you have the chance to travel to this beautiful country.

I Would like to start by presenting one of my favorite sites :The Battu Caves.

Battu caves is a limestone hill composed by several caves and Hindu temple caves dedicated to Lord Murugan.This caves are used as religious sites and welcome thousands of devotees and tourists every day.

During this visit, i was impressed by the multiple colors around me , the size of every stone , the immensity of the place and the perfect harmony between nature and man’s creation.

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Around the site, lots of small shops were selling local food and drinks, and given the hot weather i decided to try fresh coconut water before starting the exploration.

Battu caves are famous for their 272 stairs leading to the holy temple cave, i decided to follow this journey.

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While Climbing the 272 stairs up to the temple cave i had to take several little breaks in order to reach the top. While i stopped i was admiring what was happening around me. It was wonderful to see how tourists and devotees seem to mix up perfectly.

Hindu families were climbing , dressed up in their traditional clothes and seemed to pray every step of the way. I was much captivated by a young couple holding a Bamboo stick supporting a baby wrapped in some type of green leaves. The baby seemed to be asleep , his head and forehead were covered with a type of flour and he had a Bindi, traditional indian red dot,  at the center of his forehead.

On my way up , i also noticed the  little monkeys living  in their element between tourists and devotees. It was surprising to see how they moved around freely and were able to approach people without fear. Why would they fear ? They must have been used to them ,some were giving them food , others were taking pictures with them and others yet  did not even seem to notice their existence.  
This monkeys are peaceful unless you get too close, for instance , my brother got bitten for touching one of the monkeys while he was eating.

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The journey up was full of information, experiences and spirituality and it was really my favorite part of this exploration.

Almost at the end of the climb,  it was time to experience complete darkness in the dark cave , learning about the different animals living and surviving in there and about the cave formation.

Once i reached the top , i finally saw the temple cave , the spot every devotee wanted to reach and pray in.  Nature was once again present , stronger than ever: Vegetation on the rocks , monkeys and even some wild chickens running freely around prayers.

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In the middle, a beautiful temple where devotees were practicing their faith.

After taking some pictures , it was time to head back down and visit the museums on the lower part.

That day was intense in terms of cultural and spiritual learning , physical efforts and adventure.

I definitely recommend to everyone eager to explore the Malay culture to visit the Battu caves.

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Hello to whoever gets to read this 🙂

This is my first post on this blog and i would like to start by presenting myself.

I am R. a 22 years old multi-ethnic girl living in Madrid , Spain . I just finished my masters degree and i am  working in a cool advertising / tech company.

As per my physical aspect i am an average brunette with brown eyes and curly hair, just in case you wondered.

My passions are Theatre , Music , Cinema , Food , Dance, Games, Culture and Travels .

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