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A Night Out in Kuala Lumpur

Sometimes all you need is a good night out to get yourself right again, and Kuala Lumpur offers many places where you can grab some drinks, listen to good music and just kick it with good company. Of course, when you’re backpacking like I am, you don’t often have the right gear for clubbing, but you also don’t really care either.

Reena’s friend Adrian picked us up and took us to Sutra where we met Sri and a bunch of other people. I felt a bit under-dressed and overwhelmed by everything, but decided I’d fake it till I make it, as the saying goes. Sutra seemed like a pretty cool place. It was interesting to see how the club scene in KL worked. This place catered to a pretty diverse crowd, but I’d say it leaned more toward Indians and tourists. The DJ was pumping out some good hip hop songs, which was a complete relief and a return to normal after having survived the outrageous stuff that Kiwi clubs are playing in their rotation.

Reena’s friends already had a table reserved when we got there and the alcohol was flowing freely. I’m not much of a drinker, but how can you say no when the drinks are free and the boys never let you have an empty glass? It’s a good thing I have a pretty high tolerance and we weren’t taking it straight (although some of the guys were). Even mixed with Coke and ice, the liquor managed to get me a bit tipsy, which is something that doesn’t normally happen

Apparently not drunk enough, we headed over to a second place that was predominantly Indian from the clientage and music. It was my first Indian club, and honestly, I couldn’t do much more than stare. I dunno how they did it, but everyone at this place had rhythm that I could only dream of having!

The music was straight out of some Bollywood flick as far as I’m concerned as I couldn’t understand anything and didn’t even know how to dance to it. It was truly an eye-opening experience (or perhaps that was the alcohol finally kicking in?), and oddly, most of the people there were guys. We had more drinks here and chatted as much as we could despite the loud music.

Oddly enough, despite being absolutely pissed by this point in the night, Sri was gentlemanly enough to make sure us girls got to the toilets without being harassed by anyone. Whenever he noticed one of us was gone, he’d wander over to the loo and wait outside to make sure we got back safely.

I’ve never really experienced such overprotective behavior before (and don’t think I’ve been anywhere that called for it, even at this place), but it was really sweet of him. By the time it was last call, we couldn’t drink any more anyway. But, I’m happy to report that I was still walking a straight line – for the most part – and no puking occurred. Adrian, our non-drinking driver, took us home and Reena and I crashed till late in the day.

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Playing Tourist in Kuala Lumpur

What better to do in Kuala Lumpur than spend it with friends eating and shopping? Voon, Reena and I spent the day playing tourist at one of KL’s wonderful malls. We picked up a few things, even though I couldn’t really spare the room in my backpack. Then we spent ages wandering around the food court before figuring out what we wanted to eat.

Afterwards, we caught a cultural performance at the tourist center. There weren’t many people in the audience, which was such a shame as the dancers were quite amazing. Their colorful outfits and lively dances truly captured the spirit of all the people in Malaysia. Dances from the Malay, Chinese, Indian and Orang Asli (indigenous people) culture demonstrated how diverse Malaysia is and what wonders are found here.

I managed to capture most of it on video that I’ve broken into three separate sections:

Once the performance was over, we headed to get the touristy photos done with the Petronas Towers in the background. Loads of people gathered around this one spot so they could get the perfect photo, and we slid right in and joined the crazy people. However, I must admit that the buildings are definitely striking and beautiful when they’re lit up at night against the black sky. Once the obligatory shots were completed, we wrapped up the night with some frappuccinos and hot chips.

It’s days like this that I think about how lucky I am to be alive and living my traveling dreams. I’ve made so many amazing friends from all over this world and appreciate how unique and beautiful this experience is.

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National Elephant Conservation Centre

Reena and I headed out to visit Malaysia’s National Elephant Conservation Centre, an educational center that also works to move elephants that encroach upon and cause harm to human populations.

The Centre is located near the small town of Lanchang, so we took a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Lanchang and hired a taxi to take us the rest of the way. Even getting a bus was a bit of hassle as the KL taxi drivers insisted that there was no bus and strongly encouraged us to just hire them for the entire way.

Once we arrived in Lanchang, Reena and I had a small breakfast, which included some steamed buns and toast with butter and sugar. Afterwards, we arranged for a taxi and headed to the Centre.

When we arrived, we watched a video about the work the Centre does to move problem elephants in the wild. Due to constant human development, the elephants’ habitat declines each year. They’re forced to forage for food closer and closer to civilization, and sometimes begin to cause financial damage to farmers’ crops. When the elephants are deemed too dangerous to stay, the Centre relocates them to less populated habitats farther in the forest.

After the video, visitors hand-fed the elephants by purchasing bananas. The animals stayed behind a wooden fence, but their long trunks made snagging a treat a breeze. The trainers also showed us how they bathed the elephants in the river and demonstrated some of the skills the elephants learned in a short performance.

These resident elephants aren’t only on hand to entertain tourists. Relocation teams use the elephants to guide wild elephants to safety. Wild elephants are more trusting of the team if the resident elephants are around to calm them down. It makes the entire process run more smoothly and causes less stress on the animals.

Reena and I had an incredible day even if the heat and humidity made us feel a bit sluggish. When we returned to KL, we hit an air-conditioned mall and splurged for a meal at TGI Fridays.

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