... TO KUALA LUMPUR!
I know it's nowhere fanciful. But to avoid the risk of having a bawling toddler a few thousands ft above the ground, we decided a short trip would be good.
We took the bus shuttle to KL Sentral (this is how Malaysia spelled it!) for RM9/pax. Cheap and the bus was spacious and clean. On the down side, with a toddler, luggage, diaper bag and stroller in tow, we should have opted for a cab straight to the hotel.
At Corus hotel lobby
I have over-estimated Malaysia's hotel ranking. A 4-star rating turned out to be the least that I expected. The baby cot was not prepared as requested. We waited for nearly 2 hours before it arrived only to see a shabby wooden "that looked like termite infested" cot rolled into our room.
No cot bumper, no quilt, no baby freebies, nothing that made us felt welcome as a family.
The room was average. The bathroom gave me the creeps. We had HAIR on the the bathtub.
It must be the travelling that got me exhausted. After changing and a late dinner, we went to bed early.
We went to the all raved shopping mega mall - Mid Valley. Upon looking at the audacious price tags in similar SGD value, despite the Malaysia sale, shopping became an agony.
Dylan and I only bought a few tops and bottoms from Zara & Padini.
Posing with a Xmas puppet
We spent the entire morning & afternoon only at Mid Valley. With all the baby stuff lugging around, it was a chore to move places.
Reindeers @ hotel lobbyAt night, we combed the streets of Chinatown only to be sorely disappointed at the cramped & dirty walking lanes. Of course, the shopping was nothing to exclaim about. Fake designer bags, shoes & clothes.
Before heading to the airport, we went to KLCC. Again, the shopping was a disappointment. So we decided to let the kid sit on all the rides instead.
Mummy, what if there were 2 of us? *mummy shudders*
I think Jayden was very pleased with all the rides that he slept yet AGAIN on the plane back.
Jayden was on hunger strike throughout the 3D2N trip. He wouldn't take his usual porridge or milk. He even said no to fried rice! Overall, it was a pleasant experience overseas as a family but we reckoned not to bring the kid if possible.
Maybe when you're older little one?