Sunday, June 22, 2014

Backpacking Day 4: Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Where to go in Malaysia? Genting Highlands!! It surely is a must-visit if you wish to escape their humid climate.

We bought our Genting Highlands tickets thinking the place is just like our Tagaytay or Baguio but surprisingly, we were into something more. Never thought I'd laugh that hard in Malaysia and I never even thought I'd share that much laughter with a stranger. 

Buses in Malaysia
Here's Resort's World Genting Bus from Pudu Sentral

Round trip bus rides and round trip cable car rides cost 22 MYR. Go Genting, a booth in Pudu Sentral, also sells package deals. Now that I think of it, we should have bought the package. Anyway, they use to have a website but it was down weeks before our trip so the only way to know the packages and their prices is to go directly at a Go Genting booth. They have more branches in different places but I only know about the ones in Pudu Sentral, KL Sentral and Genting Highlands.

I lost track of time while we were in Genting but our bus left Pudu Sentral at 12:30 PM and our bus back to Pudu was scheduled at 6 PM. 
Genting Highlands Way
Zigzag road to Genting Highlands. 
I was asleep almost the whole travel time. I just took this picture and went back to sleep again.

Genting Highlands is located within Titiwangsa Mountain Range. It's not the highest point of Malaysia but it's roughly around 6,000 ft high. 
It's time for the cable car/gondola lift! I was excited because in my hands were my tickets to "a dream come true" but guess what? It was better than what I was hoping for.

Needless to say, I was also in shock when I realized how high the gondola will take us. I thought that the cable car was an attraction in Resort's World Genting but then, we found out that it is a mode of transportation to Resort's World Genting. Oh wells. :))))
The highlands is also accessible by car but the best and fastest way to get there is by riding Genting Skyway. It was said that it used to be the fastest Gondola lift in Southeast Asia. I wonder where the fastest is located. I'd love to ride that too!

I've ridden a cable car in Residence Inn at Tagaytay before but this was a lot different. Rather than a straight path, the cable car there takes the riders from the lower station in Gohtong Jaya to Resorts World Genting. Ang taas ha!
Cable Car with Trees View
Picturesque view while riding the lift. 
I am not afraid of heights.
 I'm actually into these things but my friends aren't. 

I laughed because I was having fun and because I was laughing at them. I was apologetic for bringing them in a place where they're scared but I wasn't able to control my laughter. At least they were able to face their fears, di ba? hahaha.

Seated beside me was an Indonesian national who've been there 2 times. And because he couldn't understand the reason of my laughter while my friends were close to tears (tearing na nga yata), he broke the ice:

Him: Are you Filipinas?

Me: Yes. Do we look like Filipinas?

Him: I just heard you talk and I know a little of your language.

Me: Oh is that so. A lot have mistaken us to be Malaysian nationals...
**continued talking**
Him: Why are you laughing...?
Me: This whole thing, I find it funny. They're acting like that 'cause they're blaming me for bringing them here... 
Him: Oh really? *laughs too and said something to his companions who were seated opposite us*
Me: Is this your first time here?
Him: No. Second. I just brought my friends. We're all from Indonesia.
Me: You're also tourists then. How long will this ride last?
Him: Around thirty minutes to an hour. Why are your friends worrying? It's just the highest point of Malaysia *laughs* (What he said was a joke meant to scare my friends more. It's not the highest point of Malaysia and the ride was definitely not that long.)

Turns out jokes (and sarcasm) cross boundaries and nationalities too.  Maybe laughter is that thing that bridges cultural differences and language gaps. hahahahahahaha. 

We reached the Highlands Safely after all our teary eyes. 

NOTE: If your companions (and you perhaps) are scared of heights and now that you know how high this is, don't continue. hahahaha. Buti hindi ako na-FO kasi kasama rin naman pala sa bucketlist nila 'yung ganito. Nabigla lang. WAHAHAHAHA.

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Every place in the Highlands is accessible by covered walkways and escalators so it was easy to go around. There are hotels, casinos, fast foods, restaurants and theme parks in the area. 
The outdoor theme park of Genting Highlands was closed down since 2013 and is undergoing construction for the rise of the Twentieth Century Fox World in 2016. This is the reason why, if not sooner, I should be able to return in Malaysia come 2016 or 2017. Feasible? It is! :D

We did not avail any ticket there so it's just us and our cameras everywhere we went. Hahaha. At least nanduuuuuuuuuun.
Inside Genting Indoor Theme Park are replicas of the World's Famous Tourist Spots such as the Eiffel Tower at my back. The other times I had my picture taken with a replica for my background... I was able to go to those places years later. :))

Some examples are Petronas Twin Towers link: here and here and Calle Crisologo at Ilocos link: here.

Someday, Eiffel Tower. <3 Kahit sight-seeing lang ulit! 
There was a free magic show when we were there.

Someday, Statue of Liberty. <3
This one's really interesting but obviously, we didn't go inside. You may be wondering how were we able to enjoy this trip 'cause it's rare that we went inside an attraction but... the mere fact that we were sight-seeing in foreign country is already so enjoyable and priceless.

Not closing my doors. Ripley's Believe it or Not Musuem, see you again in 2017! hehehe.
We saw a chocolate store and I found this inside. I bought a box which did not have the chance to reach the Philippine Islands. 
We were almost there. :)))) We were almost there to buy a ticket for the Snoworld but when we saw that cameras and cellphones aren't allowed inside. Kbye. 
There are a lot of things to do inside the indoor park but since we didn't avail any ticket, we just decided to go outside and feel the cold air in Genting for about an hour or more. 

There's this feeling of excitement whenever fog floats nearby and reduces the visibility of everything. Feel na feel mong nasa mataas ka na place.
Should you fear riding the skyway and have no private vehicle to bring you to the Highlands, you can hire a taxi from KL Sentral. But that is more fearsome for me though. Imagine driving uphill on a road with close to zero visibility. K thanks bye! Dami kong tawa pa naman sa Skyway. hahaha. 
It was time to go back! Hence, cable car once again.
It was more foggy on our returning ride but my friends were more relaxed that time. We were also able to take our pictures inside the gondola and they, thankfully, laughed with me already.

 It's not a goodbye Genting Highlands. I shall see you again soon!
Fog During Cable Car Ride
My ghad bet! Huhuhu. I want to ride a cable car on a winter day. Where? Money, where? :))

An instagram video of the Genting Skyway link: here.
Inside the lower station is this store which has food tasting. Here enters our taking advantage part. Since we didn't eat at the Highlands, we tried the samples here while waiting for the bus. We tasted everything that was available and bought only around 4 MYR of candies. hahahahahahaha.

When we got out of the building, we saw a shuttle to a Strawberry Field in a place called Cameron Highlands. When I searched that online, I found out that Malaysia also has a tea plantation there. If I'll be able to go back in Malaysia I surely won't miss going to Cameron Highlands. Sobrang bet!! Want me back, Malaysia? Of course you do. hahaha. 
Here's a logo of Go Genting booth.

Genting is pronounced with a G in "girl" not G in "genie". It's Ghen-ting and not Jhen-ting. 
Look how dark it was when we left the highlands... full of clouds and fogs kasi.
Overlooking sunset from road
And yet, it was only almost sunset when we reached Kuala Lumpur an hour later. This was taken around 7PM. 
From Pudu Sentral, we walked to Central Market to buy souvenirs and to eat our dinner. You may ride a taxi of course. We're just so "maangas". Swagger ganyan. haha.
Mirror selfie at the 5MYR restroom and my uncased cellphone.

When we went outside the airconditioned area of Central Market to find a fast food, we walked across a booth selling cellphone cases. I asked the guy if he has a casing for an Xperia ZR. I've been looking for a phone casing in the Philippines and the only thing I found was a leather case worth P 2,500 so I was hoping to find a cheaper one in Malaysia or in Singapore.

He has one (The last piece! So meant to be. The leather case and my phone) and was priced for 48 MYR. Upon asking him to price it lower, he gave it to me for 25 MYR. That was 50% off! Hehehe. P 350.00 for a leather case? Okay na okay na! I reached for my wallet and found out that I only have around 20 MYR left. When I asked the guy if there was a nearby money changer (Napa-face palm na siya niyan hahahaha. Yan kami. Lakas maka check in at lakas makahingi ng discount pero walang pambayad), he told me to try entering again and see if it's still open. It was and I changed P 500.00. Another thing, my phone has a wrist strap which he told me to remove. I removed the old wrist strap and tried putting the new one back. hahaha! Shems. Face palm ulit siya eh. Pinatanggal na nga kasi, Tin. Bakit mo ba binabalik. I akwardly laughed realizing what I was doing and handed him my phone again. Dapat ata hindi Magulang To The Bones Malaysia ang Day 4 kundi Face-Palm Malaysia eh. hahaha.

My phone has several scratches at the back cover for being naked for 6 months but it finally has "clothes" on. Imported pa ah! Ang shalaaa.
Bread and Chicken Meal in Malaysia
My last dinner at Malaysia!

KFC's two piece chicken, bread, mashed potato (It is called whipped potato there) and coleslaw salad. 
Here's the map of our "walkathon".

We passed by Chinatown night market again on our way home. We looked for a pad lock and found one but forgot to buy Malaysia souvenir shirts. OH EM.


Back in Grid9 where we spent our last night in Malaysia. So fast. Those 4 days. 

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