January 3, 2013 in Category Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia,Scarlett Adventures...

Facing obstacles in Kuala Lumpur

After six weeks of escaping crocodiles and narrowly avoiding the throws of Davy Jones’ Locker in Australia, I landed in Malaysia for the first time, for 24 hours in Kuala Lumpur.

By that time I thought I could handle anything the city threw at me… after all, I was a big brave ‘traveller’ now. Little did I know, in Malaysia I am a jibbering wreck who can’t cope with anything (I blame the humidity). So here are a few of the obstacles I faced in Kuala Lumpur…

The Rash

Within the first few minutes of landing in Malaysia, I felt a sharp pain in my back – by the time I had reached the hotel this rash had come up. Without trying to sound dramatic, I genuinely believed I was going to die – to the point I was drowning my sorrows in the hotel bar and jotting down my will on a beer mat.

Of course, (just like the time I went to the doctor with a “brain hemorrhage  and they sent me away with some paracetamol) I was absolutely fine. It did, however, help me to realise that you never know what might happen while you’re away, so it’s important to sort your medical insurance out before you go anyway.

The Monorail

Although my hotel was within walking distance of the main shopping centre, I thought it would be fun to take the monorail there to see what it was like… at rush hour. Big mistake. As the monorail pulled up I peered in, wondering whether or not I would fit into the, already jam-packed, carriage. As it turns out, I did fit – along with what seemed like 100 people after me. As more and more people stormed poured in, squashing us into any available gap, I ended up spending ten minutes sat on the lap of an elderly Asian man. Never again.

The Naughty Monkeys

I’ve already talked about how much I loved the monkeys in the Batu Caves, but that’s not to say I wasn’t just a wee bit nervous as one was wrestling my flowers from around my neck. This little monkey might look all kinds of adorable, but let’s see if you feel the same after she’s just ripped chunks of your hair out.

Getting Lost

While everyone else was sleeping off their jet-lag, I decided I would go and explore the city a little on my own. Of course, within ten minutes I was completely lost. An hour and one hysterical phone call later, my Dad found me cowering in this corner. Talk about independent women!

Then there was the most dangerous of the lot….

Traders’ Sky Bar

The Sky Bar in Traders was, by far, one of the single coolest bars I’ve ever been to, and deserves a whole post to itself. But in short;  to combine a bar that sells one of the nicest Pinot’s I’ve ever tasted with a swimming pool in the centre is a pretty brave move, wouldn’t you say..?


15 comments… read them below or add one

CeCe January 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

I think your “rash” was shingles! Glad it went away! Usually occurs on back, one side of body, and PAINFUL!


Scarlett January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

Seriously? Oh god that’s pretty scary! I hope it wasn’t/isn’t x


CeCe January 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

If it comes back go to doctor and get some antivirals…. makes it go away a bit faster.

It usually never reactivates after getting it…usually stress or a weak immune system triggers it. You’ll be fine!


Scarlett January 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

How strange… it was there for weeks but I thought maybe it was suncream or heat rashes… thanks Cece! Xx


Hogga January 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Did you find out what the rash was from?


Scarlett January 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

No… but now I’m kinda terrified it was shingles! x


snowbird January 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Lol, I think swimming pools and drunks is a bit reckless! Glad they don’t do it in Liverpool!!!xxxxx


Scarlett January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

Very reckless… I’m surprised I didn’t go in! xx


WeezaFish January 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

Exciting!! Bit scary, but mainly exciting. I think. When you think of obstacles you could have met, flower nicking monkeys and elderly asian mens laps is about as bad as you want it to go. Did anyone go in the pool? It would be like a draw to me, tugging at me as I sat and sipped cocktails. Sudden burst of action and then “DIVE BOMB!!” in my frock and heels.


Scarlett January 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

No-one went int he pool while I was there, I was practically dragged out before I could cannonball in though! xx


abeerfortheshower January 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I went to Thailand for 2 months a few years back, and while I saw so much cool stuff… I never got to see a monkey. I feel kinda ripped off. I was promised monkeys by my host family, and I saw NONE. :(


Lesley Peterson January 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

The rash, monkeys and monorail sound dire, Scarlet. Hope the rest of the trip was better. The pool in the bar must invite some dolce vita moments!


Scarlett January 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Haha, Definitely some moments to remember I’m sure Lesley! x


Jess @UsedYorkCity January 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

What an amazing trip (minus the rash!) Would love to sip a glass of Pinot next to that pool…stunning! xx


Scarlett January 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The pinot by the pool was fabulous… even with the rash from hell! x


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