Tuesday, March 31, 2015

150331 KL Hotel Transit

you know, this has got to be the worst day of the entire trip. it still pains me whenever i think of today.

the day started off badly enough, when we realised the agency didn't assign us a breakfast voucher. we got up at 8am and had to argue with the receptionist because breakfast was written in the itinerary sent to me, but not given when i received the room. the travel agency only opened at 9am and the staff here were all so inflexible and incompetent that nobody knows how to handle such things except wait and wait for the travel agency to clear.

we only got a final confirmation that our rooms didn't come with breakfast at 10+am (after i made several calls to demand them to be quicker in following up, since breakfast stops at 1030am). i had to speak with kkkl travel directly, and they explained that they forgot to notify that in exchange for the upgrade to the triple room, we had to forfeit our breakfast.

seriously, who asked for a triple room upgrade anyway?!?!?!?!

as an apology, the agency told us that we could get our own breakfast as long as we don't exceed sgd10 per person, which was a rather good way to end the whole episode. the buffet breakfast was almost cleared and not much food was left so we didn't pay the 28RM to go in in the end and ended up having KFC for breakfast. macdonald didn't accept credit card and i didn't want to make a loss with another currency exchange at genting, so we went with kfc. thankfully we could use credit card there, and we treated ourselves to almost 4 sets of breakfast (where the cashier seems to have miscounted all the food and we eventually paid less). the thing is, while i'm writing this, i realised i've lost my receipts and don't think i'll be able to claim for all these in the end. jeez. T_____T

that's not the end of our bad day. we were told to take the free shuttle bus to the bus depot where there's a straight bus to KL. however when we reached there the bus service is no longer available and we were told to take the cable cars to mushroom farm instead. desperate, i asked if the travel agencies could send us to KL and i guess i was lucky because there was a KKKL bus (the driver was the same guy who drove us here!) heading to KL at that time and he could drop us off at the KL mrt station at 10RM per person.

from there, we needed to take either the MRT or bus to our hotel at puduraya. tired, we wanted to ask if the taxis could take us there and they quoted 30RM (it's just 4 stations away, mind you). it was ridiculous and as i saw the bus coming, we hopped on the bus and paid just 2RM per person to get us to puduraya in the end. take that, you lousy cab!!!

even at puduraya i was a bit lost as we didn't have GPS to find our way to the hotel. ended up asking everyone including cab drivers, students, sales people on where we could find our hotel. luckily we managed to find it within 20mins of walking around. it was actually just 10mins away from pude sentral. phew!!

the next good thing that happened was the hotel. it was absolutely clean and they provided toothbrushes! i had dulcolax the day before and it was just nice i was able to use the toilet and flush out everything within me at the right time. yay!! but after that the toilet water was all the way yellowish even after multiple flushing. ewww.

the hotel at least got our bed requirements correct.

oh and water is provided too!! you know how important free water is. genting FWH provided no water. at least there was a pot for us to boil water but it was still a shitty place. it was around 143RM per night here or 65SGD, quite pricey but it was a good stay and breakfast was included.

so after we settled down, we got a map of the place and i chose to go over to KWC, since it looks like a big mall that i haven't been to. the thought of wholesale outlet equates to cheap clothings, so it's an attraction to me xD it's actually only 1 station away but we didn't want to walk 20mins over since it was really sunny out there. but hell, it's 1 station and i took the wrong direction and it ended up being 3 stations and a long roundabout walk for me =_= i even checked with the people around for the direction and they directed me wrongly. pfftttt.

when we got off, the alley that led to the mall was supposed to be a 5mins walk, but the streets looked so suspicious i thought we were heading the wrong way. there were cloth shops around and the streets looked abandoned and dirty. it looked like some sort of slums where you could be robbed or murdered easily without anyone noticing. at the end of the straight slummish road was the huge mall. ta-da! oh some people here don't even know there's such a mall behind their shops. or maybe they just didn't understand english.

so it's like a 16 floors worth of wholesale clothes and stuff, but the layout didn't look particularly appealing and the shops sort of repeat. we changed our $$ there at 2.67, yay! and we walked a few rounds but 00 got tired of the whole quiet and abandoned building (there was really almost no one around) as well as the suspicious streets that led up to here, so we took a taxi to berjaya times square instead. some taxi drivers quoted RM 10 to get there and refused to turn on their meter so i went with a cabbie who used the meter... but it ended up being RM13 instead due to the jam. jeez.

berjaya is a lot more interesting of course with the big shopping malls, more people and more variation in shops. we had aunt annie's pretzels and watched a funny live episode on these parents buying their lot of 4 children ice cream at baskin robbins (man, i would slap my kids if they cry for ice cream in public). then we went for a toilet break. and then things sort of took a downturn.

00 ended up losing his phone in the toilet, because some guys took it after he left it on the toilet cubicle ledge. it was too late to chase them back and i really didn't want to describe what happened afterwards. i don't know what went into him or me, but it blew up into a horrendous quarrel and night, which lasted past 10pm.

we eventually had dinner while walking along the night streets near berjaya at a french place. i'm surprised i was even selecting a place for dinner. hmph.

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