Sunday, December 16, 2007

KL Trip Dec 2007 - Day 2 (city tour)

Sorry for the extreme lag in updating my KL trip. Blogger refuses to cooperate with my internet connection. What can I do? *shrug*

It's time to continue the next series of pictures. I hope it'll take me less than ten years this time.

We checked into the hotel quite late, about 11 or just slightly earlier. Got the rooms settled, gave the kids their room keys, and then did room checks once they were settled down. Sigh! They couldn't settle down! I guess it was the excitement of being in an unfamiliar place with friends. I get that kind of excitement too, but it's hell when you're a teacher and have to get them to settle in. I bet the kids hated me and my colleague hahaha!

We passed by this mosque, very big and beautiful, the Blue Mosque, I think? The hotel is right next to it, which is why our hotel is called The Grand BlueWave. Or at least I think that's why it's called Grand BlueWave. Sari was lamenting on the lack of view from our window. She said wistfully, "It'd be so nice if we could see the mosque..." Well, certain wishes do come true:

Pic 532: The view from our window as the sun is rising. This is the mosque! It's even more beautiful at night when it's lit up. I don't have a picture of it, though.

We set off pretty early, but the loading up was very slow cos everyone didn't do their P&P (Poo and Pee) before falling in. So after that, the instruments were loaded up, and off we went on a city tour of KL!

First stop, the national palace. Or at least, that's what I think it's called. I'm so terrible with the names!

Pic 533: Two of these guards on either side of the main gate. That is a Real Horse, k. Everyone was trying to take a picture with the guard and the horse. There was this yellow semi-circle drawn on the ground in front of the guard, probably to demarcate how close you can stand to the horse. But of course, none of the visitors gave the yellow line any respect. Haha.

Pic 534: Right next to the guards on horses, there was a pair of guards wearing a different uniform standing in the little guard houses flanking the main gate. They are closer to the main gate than the guards on horses.

The students took a group photo, and then suddenly we were told to clear the driveway, and the gates were opened. We were wondering what's going on, then the guide told us that probably there were some foreign dignitaries coming out, and that we're really lucky to see the main gate open.

Pic 535: Expectedly, people started crowding the driveway again to take pictures of the view of the palace up the long driveway.

Pic 536: The guards standing on the inside.

Pic 537: The people quickly dispersed as two police motorcycles came out first...

Pic 538: ...Followed by a long black limo containing some country's ambassador.

There was nothing much to see after that, so we went off to the next destination. Some war memorial place. I tell you, I'm really bad at remembering foreign places.

Pic 539: At the entrance of the place, the kids were all taking pictures of it for some reason, so I took also. Haha. I'm such a sheep.

Pic 540: A monument dedicated to the war dead. Was made by an angmoh.

Pic 541: We walked towards this structure to see a sculpture (also done by an angmoh) of seven men.

Pic 542: The back side of the seven men. Apparently each man means something, but I don't quite remember what.

Pic 543: The sculpture of seven men. There's an almost identical structure somewhere in USA, cos they are both sculpted by the same guy. Mahatir (I hope I got the right prime minister) liked it so much when he saw it overseas that he commissioned the sculptor to install one in KL. It arrived on Mahatir's birthday, so
he was very pleased.

Pic 544: Me and Sari in front of the sculpture. The sun was so hot, I got so tanned. Well, as tan as I can get, that is. I'm squinting at the camera actually, and I think I was probably muttering under my breath, "LIONEL CAN YOU QUICKLY TAKE THE PICTURE PLEASE."

After that we took a walk in this garden. I shan't bore you with pictures of flowers. However!

Pic 545: This is a information sheet describing what can be found in the garden. Yep, more sculptures. Wanted to take a picture of all the different ones representing the ASEAN countries, but kinda got bored after the third one cos they all looked the same.

Pic 546: I know, I said no scenery pics, but water lotuses are too pretty!

The next stop was the National Museum. We went to one, but it was closed for renovations, and the exhibits were moved somewhere else. So we hung around the compound for a bit before heading over.

Pic 547: The exterior of the closed musuem.

Pic 548: M'sians love fountains. There are SO MANY.

Pic 549: One of those rare shots. Can you see the aeroplane flying by, and the visible half-moon?

Pic 550: See! Another one of those things with water spouting out. This was seen on the way to the museum.

After the museum, we headed off to the chocolate factory before going for lunch.

Pic 551: An ornamental pineapple. It can fit nicely into the palm of your hand. Even if your hands are quite small. Cos this pineapple is really small. It's not meant for eating, but for display.

Pic 552: I shall end off with a picture of the National Library. For a book-lover like me, a library is always a must-go! But I think I won't be able to read most of the books, cos they would be in Malay. )=

Next up will be the band performance at 1utama and day 3. No pics on day 4 cos camera batt died!

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