Caves n Coffees – KL

Have you seen this ???

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Of course many of you may have, but have you seen this???

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Buhahahhahaha,,
I bet you may have, but not captured it! No? 😛 🙂  that’s how he looks from behind! 😉 you welcome! 

Batu caves  in KL is one of the major tourist attractions. Smiling face of the god Aiyappa or Shanmugha standing calm on a high raised platform amid the beauty of caves behind, the view is amazing.  But what is not, is STORE no 10. I will come to that later.

It was late afternoon when we reached the place.  Our cab driver was very kind and determined  to write – in a reluctant , non- writing  pen- a map to the nearest train station that would help us get back to our hotel.  We thanked him and kept that small chit with  invisible map on it. In front of us was a great view , trees in dark green spread over huge solid hills in the background almost like a back drop and the ceiling was dark grey , the beauty was of the yellow gold idol of God Aiyappa standing tall and graceful.  

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 As you start to walk, there is an arch -as any other Indian temple- that invites you at the entrance; ahead of us were steep steps painted in red and white, the rails were in bright yellow that stood out from a distance. Half way through to the steps to the left lies ” Dark Caves” . I was all excited to know what might be inside the dark caves . We paid 30 ringgits (or so, I guess) each and we had to wait for the next batch to get in. There were 4 other people waiting just like us to get into the dark caves. We had a wait for about 10 min before a girl in  an yellow safety helmet and big black framed glasses that looked huge to her small white face – came to us . She handed each of us a small torch and a helmet.

After a brief introduction we finally walked into the caves. It was dark alright. But you don’t believe what we saw there!

COCKROACHS (rolling eyes) yeah, I know ! Some 2 kinds of spiders, bats- lot of bats actually , centipede, and a bat eating species of snake which she claimed exists there but cannot be spotted. Anyway, she also showed the pictures of all those animals, every now and then she would show huge lime structures accumulated over hundreds of years . In between all this when we were almost in the middle of the cave-it was pitch dark without our torch lights – we were standing on a small bridge when she asked all of us to switch off our torches. She  started to speak in the dark “this is what you paid for right? Dark caves. These  animals live here with no light, can you imagine being in a place like this for years? How is the darkness?” she repeatedly stressed on “this is what you paid for” a couple of times. Which made total sense to me when we walked out of the dark caves.
Batu Caves got the name from the lime formations , Batu means Lime in the local language – Malay/Bahasa.

Once you come out from the dark caves there is another fleet of steps waiting for you. I did not count how many, but definitely enough to burn your calories. There are a couple of temples out of which 2 are big ones . We sat there near the temple for some time and soon were hungry.

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We checked for a coffee shop, a guy from the souvenir shop told us we will get some coffee in store 10. There we were Store 10 ! Coffee looked like coffee, but I think they added coffee powder by mistake in a  sugar syrup. Trust me when I say- It was the worse coffee ever.
No no wait.. I think second worst! The one that topped was at a place called  “Pece LeLe LeLa”  on the way to Port Dickson.

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I don’t know what it means but it sounds very funny though. I’m not sure why they even had a shop in the first place. There was absolutely nothing but this most-pathetic-coffee-in-the-world and 2 fish items. Although the menu at the counter had at  least 30 items all were marked in red. That is the no.1 Worst coffee in KL.
Next time you are in KL you know where NOT to try coffee. I’ll tell you where to have instead.
The best one was from a Coffee shop called Coffee Bean only next to this other place called Harvest. I am not sure if I have written about it. If I have not already,I know what I am writing next! 🙂

You can find some of my other experiences in KL here.

These are some random pics from Batu Caves.

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I Witness it all !!

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I stand tall day and night
I witness the beauty of rain
I can feel the cloud touching me
Feel the burning sun
Feel the cool breeze on a full moon
I witness it all!

Chats, midnight walks
Whispers , giggles of lovers
Sometimes fight, sometimes romance
I know everyone’s secret
I keep it to myself
I witness it all !

Exchange of feelings
Spilling of guts
I know their lives
The cries, laughs, kisses and hugs
Broken hearts, innocent smiles
Happy faces, wrinkled faces lost in thoughts
I witness it all!

Selfies, group-fies, posses
In all the pictures
It is just me who shines
It is the memories we share
They take away , I hold on
I witness it all!

People come, admire me, praise me
Click snaps, share moments
And they are gone!
But I am here for them
Morning, evening, night, midnight
Just all the time
I bathe in rain washing away the dust
As the sun rises
I feel the  rays as I get ready for the show
As the sun sets
I lit up and I am ready for another !
I am here and I Witness it all!

Here’s my version of thoughts!

Petronas – A concrete beauty!

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I never knew I could fall in love with a building. Yes, you read it right. A Non-living, non-movable, concrete Building! Not just  one, they are twins which makes it even better  😉
PETRONAS  the twin sky scraper in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. She’s the crown jewel of the town. I tell you, She is an absolute  BEAUTY!
Now, lemme give you an idea of her features  and looks ;). For starter she is known by different names  Twin Towers, KLCC Towers,  Petronas Towers, Menara Pertronas/ Menara Berkembar Petronas  in local tongue (Bahasa/Malay).
An American Architect designed her curves and edges in 1992 , planning went for an Year. It took 6 years from construction to Inauguration in 1999. you see, she was not easy  🙂
She is built with tons and tons of iron, mortar, sand and covered in glass that doubles the beauty reflecting the sky.
She stands 88 floors tall which is approx. 450 m that is 1482ft ( I very vaguely remember the numbers. But I am sure I am not too off 😛 )  with 5 level of basements . She has 78 lifts running through her. She has a sky bridge like extended arms, holding hands with an identical twin. She has a sort of ring like structure near her neck that looks beautiful. As you see higher up  there are edges like a star above the ring. When she’s fully lit in the night, she shines like a bright diamond, very majestic.

Sky Bridge :  The beauty of this sky  bridge is that, it is not attached to the Buildings on either side. There  is more than a 7 inch gap between where the bridge starts and the building. Mainly because the towers tend to lightly sway in different directions to the wind at high speed (I did not know this could happen)  and the bridge may break if it is attached to the buildings. There’s an inverted ‘V’ that connects from the center of the bridge to the buildings on either side.  This sky walk is a double decker. I mean ,it connects both 41 and 42 levels on both towers. Length of this bridge is 50 m that is 190ft long, weighs about 750 tons. An amazing fact about this bridge is that,  it was pulled to its place after both the towers were built , like this was a finishing touch.

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Pinnacles: Finally the pinnacles. Top of each tower has  a pinnacle which is 73.5m (241ft ) long. It doesn’t look like  it is that tall but it is. These stand on the head of each tower like a crown. There is an interesting fact about these as well, that is both these pinnacles are built in two different places. One was built in Japan, another in Korea. They look exactly same , at least from the pictures.

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It is open for public to go to the bridge, then they take you to level 80’s (m not sure, maybe it is 84). You can look out through glass windows on both these levels. You can also go to the last level (I think all the way to 86) but then there are no glass windows to see out. This level was kind of boring to me, with just a small shop selling souvenirs and there were some sofas to sit. I had been in  8.15 PM slot. Oh! I did not mention; you need to buy a ticket 40RM (ringgits) per head for adults.  You’ll have to pick your slot, book the tickets and they take you in a group of 20. There’s one big Lift that takes all 20 people till the sky walk . Then there are two smaller ones to go up higher.

One of the nights when I was in KL , I got this beautiful view from my hotel.  It was around 1 Am in the night, She was poorly lit, it was very calm and there was moonlight. There was a thin layer of could slowly passing by this beauty: The clouds were unbelievably low. Her lights looked faded through the thin cloud but still bright from the moonlight. It was a beautiful sight and it is etched in my eyes.
Many times I along with my friend would go for a walk , sit in front of these towers for long time. I was very surprised to see many many people come there in the late nights and spend time, share feelings, talk, hold hands,  walk together or just sit and breathe , may be find peace.
She’s an unforgettable beauty in my life and will remain special for me!

Here’s her version of thoughts! (With the poem here this would be very long.  So I had to keep it separate)

Some more of her pics! 

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Immense Immortal!!

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You are so Vast
So Deep yet so Still
You are so Blue
So Green yet so Colorful
You are so Menacing
So Blissful yet so Calm
You are so Powerful
So Serene yet so Fragile!

No one knows your heart, your deep  secrets
No one can measure your patience, describe your beauty
You are so marvelous , delight to the eyes
Such a kind ravishing beauty
Your Waves plays an un-composed music
That brings joy, happiness and peace!

I was in your lap
Riding the soft waves you would throw,
You played along, rocking me up and down
like a mother would do
I never could imagine the joy
The ecstasy I felt  in your arms
when you surrounded me !

I felt so powerful
Yet very negligible
I felt so peaceful
Yet very anxious!

Do you smile at us
when we claim you are ours?
Do you laugh out loud when
we claim to conquer you?
How silly of us mortals!

You are much more than just water
A Menacing Disguised killer
A Caring Protective Mother
The epitome of beauty
An immense immortal!

You can find more about my experience with this immortal beauty here. Drop by , your thoughts are always welcome  🙂 

10 sec in the middle of the Ocean! – KL

Port Dickson, or PD to locals, is a beach (okay, you can laugh! *rolling eyes* ) and holiday destination situated about 90 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the state of Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia. It takes just over an hour by car to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Port Dickson along the North-South Expressway. But, it took longer for me because of the unbelievable traffic that day.

I have seen a couple of beaches in India, but this one – called Pavilion- was a lot different in many ways.

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The color of the water changed from hues of Greenish – aqua to blue.  It started with a very light shade of greenish-aqua at the  shore and continued in the same shade for about a 100 – 150 m and then clearly differentiated to a darker shade of aqua that looked Blue. There were hardly any waves in there. Even at the shore the waves were small and gentle. They wouldn’t come to jump up high and slap the shore, these looked like a  thin line of  tiny ballet dancers in white,  gracefully dancing and moving in a same rhythm and just disappear as they finish the song.
These waves are nothing like the ones I saw in Marina beach (in Chennai, Tamilnadu state of India) that steals the sand beneath your feet making you go inches shorter in one blow, they are absolutely unpredictable and very dangerous. The depth of the shore as you go in to the ocean is not steady. The water could be your knee high and suddenly you may feel the water  level raise till your waist. I am not kidding guys, there have been many deaths reported and still reporting because of this disguised beauty. But, the waves in this beach weren’t anything like the harsh ones, these would tickle your feet and flatter themselves beneath you. The sand was white and gets a little slippery as you walk into the water. since the water was clear and not many waves, you can easily see where you are going till certain point. The depth gradually increases, no sudden surprises so you can actually walk into the water without fear.

And I was in for another one of my first-time-experiences. JET SKI. 😛 🙂
After a  lot of la- la conversations the guys at the beach agreed for a 40 min ride for 200RM (ringgits ) . After 20 min of being a pillion rider, it was my turn to ride the waves.
As I said, it was my first time.
P.S : I don’t know to swim  🙂  ha ha

So, I took the rider seat. The instructor came and showed me the power on- off, accelerate  controls, no breaks! This was fun.  My friend said ” just go slow for a min or two, till you get the hold of it. ”
I obeyed.  I picked up after sometime. It was so much fun  riding on the waves. It was like riding a  Bike just that I had a liquid surface to ride on.  And in the middle  of the ocean I cut the throttle (not exactly in the middle , well u get what I mean 🙂 )  I am a sucker for water . I loved how the big ocean stretched as far as my line of sight and pretend to meet the sky at the seam, Blue over Blue. <3<3

It was 10 seconds of silence. The rocking waves beneath the Water bike, shallow breaths , ever so brightly burning ball of fire over the sky (damn! I did get tanned :@) and an immensely vast blue stretched as far as I could see. It was peaceful and very soothing. (It was more than that, I'm failing to express that in words)

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I am not sure what I was thinking in that moment. Maybe nothing! I wanted to take in all the positive energy the nature was offering, closing my eyes I felt the rays warming my eyelids. I took a deep breathe in, and it was soon time to return to the shore and to the chaos of the mortal world!
The inevitable!  But, more than the experience of riding the ocean waves, I will cherish that silence of 10 secs!

I have made an effort to put my thoughts in a Poem.
Lemme know what you think 🙂

Beauty of Rains in capital ! ! -Kuala lumpur

Hop-on Hop off buses in KL are the double decker busses with half open roof at the second level. These busses takes you through the entire City stopping at 23 places in the trip. One trip Costs you 45 ringgits. You get these buses every 20-30 min. Starts at 10am n ends at 8 pm. You can choose to get down at any place look around, spend time, talk, walk, click pictures and wait at the same stop to hop on another one of these double deckers! 

One of these days Myself and my friend had hopped on to one of these busses.  We didn’t actually plan the trip , we just got down wherever we felt like and spent some time. There was a moment when we were enjoying the  weather,  it started to drizzle. All others who were on the open roof with us went inside the bus. I had all the intentions to drench 🙂 I told my friend, ” let’s not go in”  and we were team- to be called crazy 😉

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The sky was dark grey against the light white sky high buildings. The wind started to blow faster, speeding up the tempo of droplets.  I lifted my face to the sky. I love to do that when it rains, but this time the drops were so big and heavy,  it almost started to feel like  they were slapping my face. There by messing up the liner and kohl on my eyes,  making me look like a zombie.  Not that i could do much about it, But I guess that didn’t matter!

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Rains in KL are so beautiful. They are unexpected and takes you by surprise. Not that the people aren’t prepared.  They all are very used to this surprise and are always ready with their jackets or pretty umbrellas! The bridges are well planned in the city, where they have good support of cement blocks like the pavements made beneath the bridge to support the elevation, so the soil erosion doesn’t make it weak. They also have little narrow channels running down from elevated places. These look very beautiful when they have rain water coming down amid the green plants around.  Amongst many things I loved about this city, rains are definitely the best.  The plants and trees get showered in rain, and they look amazingly beautiful in the morning when the first rays of the sun falls on them.  Every leaf looks glazing, shiney, as if they have the most beautiful flawless texture of skin with the best moisturiser on that makes them look fragile and soft. The Green in them appear darker and fresh. It’s an amazing experience to watch them glistening in the warm sun.

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We were entirely showered in the rain, looking like idiots to the people on the roads. Also our fellow passengers might have thought- we lost it. But we couldn’t care less.  When it almost became too much to handle we went back inside the bus, looking like two drenched cats.
Obviously we couldn’t continue the ride. We planned to hop off  near by our hotel.
There ends our little tour !
And  here’s my effort to depict rains! in a poem  🙂

Rhythm of rain!!

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When it rains, my soul celebrates,
As if drops from the skies
Washing away my worries
Just along with my make up!

As if the pure droplets
Are making me pure
Wounds finding their cure!

My soul dances within,
Uniting in the celebration,
As the grey sky veils the earth,
Soothing her down,  calming her wrath!!

For happiness of pure bliss sinks in,
My eyes close on their own,
Lips curving at the corners,
As I smile from within,
Surrendering myself to the bliss
The child in me resurrects!!

Losing myself,  forgetting everything else,
I feel like the wind,  lighter in all sense,
I go back to my younger self,
To hell with the world,
To hell with worries,
To hell with all judging eyes!

This is my moment of love
Love with nature,
And I embrace it with open arms
Marveled at nature’s charms,
My soul dances again
To the rhythm of rain! !