Simon has gone off early this morning to get tickets for the Petronas Towers skybridge and I wake the kids around 8.30.
While I was in the bathroom this morning I noticed a large creepy cockroach lying on its back wriggling its feelers. There is no way I’m touching it so I get Ali and we trap it under a glass. After a few minutes it lies quite still and we wonder if it’s ill. Eventually Ali decides to get it out and put it out of the window but once it’s out we realise the windows don’t open. We settle for shoving it down the neck of an empty beer bottle and when I check on it 10 minutes later it’s crawling around and looking quite lively.
Our good deed for the day.
Following an hour of science work we catch the LRT train to the Thai embassy and collect our passports and visa’s. Simon has arranged for us to visit the skybridge at 6pm so we head off to The National Museum. This is a great place to visit and has several galleries with life size waxwork figures which display Malaysia’s history, arts and crafts. They also explain many aspects of Malay culture and at around 40 pence admission and kids free it is a really entertaining and worthwhile hour.
Suddenly I feel really ill and have to run to the toilet and be sick (my own fault, I took my malaria tablet 3 hours after breakfast). We decide to stop for some lunch but I can’t face anything other than multi coloured cake and Simon and the kids don’t look too enthusiastic about what’s on offer either.
Next we visit the National Planetarium. The last time we went to one of these was in London and I seem to remember it cost loads but at 1 ringitt per person (just over 10 pence) this is a bargain attraction and we have a great time there. The exhibits are all good and it’s both interesting for us and very educational for Ali and Maisie. We have to cover “Space” as one of their science topics and this whets their appetites for it.
The best thing about the planetarium was the space ball, which enabled us to experience weightlessness, a room with a black hole and a gravity simulator.
We walk from the planetarium to Taman Orkid and Taman Bunga Raya. These are beautiful orchid and hibiscus gardens and as I love flowers I really want to visit them. The kids aren’t however quite as enthused and as it is now 35 degrees I quickly lose my motivation for them myself. Simon is also quite ambivalent and after 15 minutes wandering through the gardens we make our way back to KLCC to get a bit of air con.
At 6pm we make our way to the Petronas Towers skybridge experience. After watching a short film about the construction of the towers we get in the express elevator to the 41st floor. Ali says it goes so fast it makes his ears pop. The view from the skybridge is excellent and we all enjoy ourselves loads.
We return to the mall and after dinner at the food court decide to head back to our hotel. We are all tired again and I think we will get up a bit later tomorrow. Walking around in the heat and humidity is absolutely exhausting and we have done a lot today.
We are trying to decide whether to go and spend some time in the jungle over the next few days. It sounds good but is fairly remote and I actually seriously feel scared about going. I guess I’ll sleep on it and decide tomorrow.