I was playing around with the pictures from my past trips. I stopped and started at this Red Ibis and decided, why not, let this be the Lazy Sunday Photo.
I clicked this picture at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, popularly known as KL Bird Park. I would love to see the Red Ibis in the wild too! Have a lazy Sunday folks. It was my last stop on my visit to Kuala Lumpur in 2012. Incidentally that was my first invitation abroad and what fun it was.
If you are visiting the KL Bird Park here are some tips for you.
Keep ample time, there are many areas ans anything less than a half day would be too little.
It goes without saying- do not disturb the birds.
There is a souvenir shop within the premises, I bought two t-shirts from there.
You get taxis right from the entrance of the park.
They have an official website, do check it out.
The aviary is high enough for the birds to move around, so you do got get bars in your pictures.
It is a photographer’s paradise.
I would die to see a few of these birds in the wild, they were so exotic.
Like everywhere else, you are asked not to feed the birds.
Be prepared for a bout of rain anytime. There are shelters in the park but bringing an umbrella is also a good idea.
But a few birds are in cages.
They are open on all public holidays.
They have a cafe, Hornbill but due to lack of time, I could not check it out.
Before I leave here is a video of the birds from the park.
If I ever head that way, I would visit the park again. I would make an effort to visit the butterfly park too, which I missed out on.
On my first trip to Malaysia I stayed at Seri Pacific Hotel, a truly comfortable place. It is a good choice for business travelers as the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) is adjacent to the hotel. PWTC was the venue of our conference and being right next door to Seri pacific, it made the task of attending the conference quite easy.
I arrived early in the morning at Kuala Lumpur (same Malaysia Airlines flight). As the check outs were still happening and though my hotel room was vacant, it was not clean. The lobby had wifi connection so I was on the net while waiting to get my room. This though was no fault of the hotel as I was there much before the check in time. When I finally got my room it was quite big and looked like this. And it was still much before the check in time.
And when I click the hotel rooms and at the most wide angle of my lens I can’t fit the entire room, a small voice in my head tell me “to hell with money and I should go and buy that wide angle lens”. But I have successfully ignored that voice till date.
Coming back to the hotel, I liked my room, it was quite spacious. It had an internet connection and a mini bar (which I do not use) and all other things that you expect. The bathroom was lavish with a bath tub and good accessories.
I had breakfast at the hotel and conference lunch was also at the hotel. The breakfast spread at Seri pacific is huge and even if I would try I would not be able to sample all the vegetarian dishes. I had a lot of choices between continental and Malaysian food. They would find me vegetarian food at the lunch too.
This was the view from my room early in the morning. The hotel is a high rise and I was on 19th floor I guess if not higher. There are Petronas Twin Towers view rooms as well but they obviously cost more. But it visible from the lift too. And when we saw the moon rising over Petronas Twin Towers, the hotel let us use their restaurant to click pictures.
Overall I had very comfortable stay, I wish I had more time to try out their swimming pool. I tried hard to think of something that could be improved but I really was a happy customer.
I am heading to Malaysia once again and as soon as early next week! And I can’t stop grinning. This time I am taking part in the first ever Tourism Hunt 2012 Event organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia.
I had a great time on my previous trip too. But I am excited about this one a lot. The first reason is that I get to visit an island- Redang and I drooling at the pictures I get to see of it when I search on the internet.
Some of the other places that I get to visit are- Putra Jaya (and this is the only place I have seen on my first trip as well), Sepang International Circuit (F1), Kuala Kubu Bharu, Fraser’s Hill (known for bird watching), Raub, Bukit Gambang, National Elephant Conservation Center, Gandah, Kuala Terengganu and as I said before Redang.
I am totally looking forward to it. Actually I knew of this for quite sometime but I was waiting to get the tickets in my hand before talking about it. I now have the tickets to Kuala Lumpur and back. I would be flying Malaysia Airlines and will do the check in before so that I get a window seat. Last time when I landed early morning in Kuala Lumpur I had the window seat but it was totally overcast. I hope for a window seat and better skies this time.
Up to now I would always ask the locals about the sun rise and sunset times. This time I am determined to use every opportunity to take pictures. I always try that but this time I am determined just a little more. I can easily search for the times on the net!
I hope to be able to connect from the places that will have wifi. And I am sure many will. I do not have a data packet for my phone, it was costing me a bomb.
I am so much looking forward to this trip! And many thanks to Tourism Malaysia for inviting me.
I did a brief trip to Malaysia in May 2012 and I have to say the country completely amazed me! It was a stop on a short notice so I had very little idea as to what to expect. I came back completely awed. The infrastructure was sound, the city clean and the people friendly.
The picture of the Petronas Twin Tower was clicked from my hotel itself. The hotel staff was really cooperative in switching off the lights of the area so that we would not get a reflection in the glass window we were shooting through.
I also had a great time looking at the vertically growing city from the Menara Kuala Lumpur. I must have spent more than an hour clicking pictures from the observation deck.
I was on a business trip to Kuala Lumpur so I had very little time. In spite of being jet lagged I ventured in the evening on the day I arrived to the China Town. The market comes alive at the night and if you love street food, this is the place to be. The shops are also full of curious so one could spend hours shopping for souvenirs.
Twenty five kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur is Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia. I have seen it at night and with its water bodies and lights it is a photographer’s delight, but a photographer who is carrying a tripod. I unfortunately was not and I managed with railings and ledges to take my pictures. It is host to many landmarks like the Prime Minister’s Office, The Hall of Justice, The Putra Mosque and many others.
There is only a bit of Malaysia I have seen. But there is a wish list too.
When I think of my short stay in Malaysia two things stand out, their hospitality and their love for food! I hope I will go back to the place once again and explore it more thoroughly.