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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ☆ Family Trip

January 1, 2012


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!
明けましておめでとうございます!

I know, I’ve been slacking off. I need to do better this year with my blogging. How was your holiday season? We stayed home, our home in Jakarta, until Christmas day and then we went to Kuala Lumpur on Christmas Day for a quick 4-day trip as our end of the year family vacation.
ブログけっこうさぼり気味でした。ごめんなさい。今年はもっと定期的にアップする様に頑張ります。年末はいかがでしたか?私たちは、クリスマスまで家で過ごし、クリスマスの日の午後にクアラルンプールへ4日程、年末の家族旅行に出かけました。
We treated ourselves a Christmas dinner at a very nice Japanese Restaurant called Tatsu inside the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur where we stayed. It was pricy, but for the occasion, it was worth the money.
クリスマスの夜は、タツというインターコンチネンタルホテルの中にある和食レストランでクリスマスディナーをしました。お値段は張りましたが、クリスマスという特別な日であったこともあり、奮発しました。美味しかったですよ。
Kuala Lumpur has a very easy to understand subway system which I thought was even cleaner than the metro in Washington, D.C. area or New York. My husband and I were impressed because there is nothing like it in Jakarta (Only buses and no subway system in the city of Jakarta).
クアラルンプールにはとても分かりやすいメトロのシステムがあり、地下鉄の駅はワシントンDCやニューヨークの地下鉄より奇麗だと思いました。ジャカルタには全く存在しない交通手段に、夫も私もとても感動しました。(ジャカルタはバスしか無く、他の公共の交通手段がありません。)
There are many activities to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur and 3 full days to spend in Kuala Lumpur was not enough! We took our girls to a butterfly garden. They enjoyed seeing butterflies like in the story “Fancy Nancy” at the Butterfly Garden in Kuala Lumpur.
クアラルンプールには子供を連れて行うアクティビティーが豊富で、3日の滞在は足りなかったです。子供達の希望で、バタフライガーデンに連れて行きました。娘達は蝶と遊ぶのがとても楽しかった様です。
Aquaria KLCC in the Petronas Towers was very interesting and fun.
ペトロナスタワーズの下にあるアクエリアKLCCはとてもよくできていると思います。(沖縄の美ら海水族館には負けますが!)
This is the famous Petronas Towers.
これがあの有名なペトロナスタワーズ。

We took our girls to the playground in the Central Park in front of the KLCC Shopping Mall which is below the Petronas Towers. Coming from Jakarta where a public playground like this is non-existent, we all got very excited. The only thing to keep in mind is that the bathrooms at the playground are not great, so if you take your young kids to the playground, you might want to make sure that your child goes to the bathroom beforehand or carry an extra underwear just in case. The public bathroom has two stalls with an Asian style toilet, which my kids would not use, and one stall with sort of a western style toilet seat. My second child had an accident because she couldn’t use the toilet on time.
ペトロナスタワーズの下にあるショッピングモールKLCCの前に位置するセントラルパークの中にある遊び場に子供達を連れて行きました。ジャカルタにはこのような公共の公園が一つも無いので、子供達はとっても喜びました。小さい子供を連れて行く場合は、必ずお手洗いを済ませてから行くか、予備の下着を持って行った方が良いかもしれません。というのは、お手洗いが3つしか無く、しかも2つは和式のようなスクワット式で(私の娘達は怖がって使いません)、一つが洋式っぽい座るトイレです。混んでいたので、次女は待てず、下着を汚してしまいました。

We had South Indian Food for the first time at Sam’s Kitchen in Kuala Lumpur. It was ranked number 4 on tripadvisor. Great prices and yummy food!
クアラルンプールのサムズキッチンで、初めてインド南部のお料理を食べました!トリップアドバイザーというサイトでは第4位にランク付けされているのですが、安くて、しかも美味しかったですよ!

We also had a very nice Thai lunch at Ginger Restauant inside the Central Market.
セントラルマーケットへ行った時、中のジンジャーレストランでタイ料理をいただきました。そこも美味しかったです。

As you can see in the photo, our first daughter was not feeling well. In fact, she started running a fever from a day after we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It turned out that she had Strep Throat, but at the time we had no idea. We went to a local drug store just like Walgreens or CVS in the US called Watsons inside the KLCC Shopping Mall and bought her Children’s Panadol and gave it to her. It worked a magic for her when the medicine kicked in, but when it wore off, she felt sick again.
写真で分かる通り、長女の体調が優れませんでした。クアラルンプールに到着した次の日から、喉が痛く、しかも熱を出しました。その時は分からなかったのですが、ストレップスロートといって、日本語だと「溶連菌性咽頭炎」と言うらしいのですが、喉が痛くなり、熱が上がる細菌性の感染症で、子供達の間でよく流行る風邪に掛かっていました。KLCC内にあるワトソンズという薬局へいって、子供用の「Panadol(パナドール)」を購入し、飲ませました。熱を下げる目的や、痛み止めにとても効果的で、お勧めです。この薬を飲んで効いてくると、長女は元気になったのですが、薬の効果が消えるとまた熱が上がっていました。
We had a great time in Kuala Lumpur and it was such a pleasant trip with our little children. Coming from Jakarta, I was fascinated how different the city of Kuala Lumpur was compared to Jakarta. Kuala Lumpur is much more orderly and organized. The roads made sense and we hardly hit any traffic. The public transportation is clean and works well. Moreover, the city was walkable with pavements. As we often observe, former British colonies seem to have a better infrastructure than former Dutch, French or other colonies.
幼い子供達を連れてのクアラルンプール旅行は、とても楽で、楽しかったです。(ジャカルタから行ったということもあったかもしれません。)ジャカルタで生活する私にとって、ジャカルタとクアラルンプールの違いに目を見張るばかりでした。道路は整然としていて、渋滞も殆どなく(休みだったからかもしれませんね)、街はとてもよくできていて、ジャカルタに比べるととても効率よく物事が動いていた気がしました。公共の手段も外国人が使い安くしかも奇麗でしたし、何よりジャカルタと違って歩道がきちんとしているので歩きやすいという事でした。今まで見て来て感じるのですが、これが旧イギリス植民地とオランダやフランスまたは他の国の植民地の違いなのでしょうか。

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  1. January 1, 2012 8:47 am

    Excellent!! We will be in KL tomorrow till Thursday, last stop of our road trip in Malaysia… I’ve been before and I know the playground and the aquarium, both great! I hope your daughter is feeling better :-)

    • January 1, 2012 10:25 am

      Cool! You guys are having a road trip! Have fun! Our first is on medication, so now she’s feeling much better. Thanks for asking!!

  2. January 1, 2012 11:53 pm

    Yay, you went to my homeland! Hope you had great fun venturing KL city :) If you do travel back again, don’t forget to have a beach holiday (Redang island, Tioman island etc).

    • January 2, 2012 3:07 am

      I did!! I loved your homeland! We’d love to go back and also check out Redang Island and Tioman Island. Thanks!!

  3. Clayton permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:05 am

    Your review makes me want to visit KL. Thanks for sharing these recommendations and great photos!

    • January 3, 2012 1:40 am

      Thanks, Clayton! I loved it there. I think KL is a great place for foodies and I love to eat! It’s also very refreshing to go there from Jakarta. :)

  4. January 4, 2012 5:01 am

    Hi Kaho, I did not know you were in KL till I met Marie for lunch today. I wished I could be your host for a day if I knew you were at here. May be some other time :). And you looked good with your tailored made dress. Take care.

    • January 4, 2012 7:03 am

      Thanks, Fenny!! You had lunch with Marie! How cool!! Yes, I was. It was a very short trip and I LOVED the time we had there. My older daughter was sick, so it would’ve been hard to plan something, but next time!! Are you coming to Jakarta any time in the future….? :)

  5. eka permalink
    January 10, 2012 6:14 am

    It’s been a while since the last time I visited your blog. Congrats on your pregnancy! Where are you planning to deliver the baby?

    It’s interesting that we were actually at KL at the same time. We left Sri Lanka on Christmas day and stayed in KL for 2 long weeks. I’m getting anxious about our moving to JKT. I hope I’d meet you in person one day.

    Take care!

    • January 10, 2012 7:23 am

      Hi!! How funny! We left Jakarta on Christmas Day, too!!! We were there only for 3 full days. We left KL early morning at 7:00 AM of the 29th and got back in Jakarta at 8:00 AM. Since we used Air Asia and on the last several days of December, that was the only time available with Air Asia. The bright side of it was that we had a whole day back in Jakarta on the 29th.

      Good luck with the move! I hope to meet you, too!!

  6. January 18, 2012 2:59 am

    That Christmas tree looks familiar! Is Intercon the former Hotel Nikko? That is where we stayed as well when we went to KL! =) I totally love the trains in KL and enjoyed the convenience too.

    • January 18, 2012 6:36 am

      Good guess! Yes, Intercon is the former Hotel Nikko. I thought that it was the same place as you did because I remember reading about Hotel Nikko on your blog! I absolutely loved the convenience of the beautiful public transportation, too!!!

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