A Bit of KL

So, surely you’ve noticed my absence around here.(You did miss me, right?)  However, if you’ve been following along my Facebook page and Instagram, you’d know that the girls and I were vacationing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!  We flew half way around the world to visit my BFF/sister Iman.  Never in a million years did I think I’d have the chance to travel to this tropical Muslim country.  The opportunity arose and I knew it was now or never. Carpe diem!

15 hours to Hong Kong followed by 4 hours to Kuala Lumpur.  We made it!

15 hours to Hong Kong followed by 4 hours to Kuala Lumpur. We made it!

This post will highlight just a bit of our travels in KL.  With over 2,000 pictures taken, not including the ones my sisters took, I have quite a bit of images to sift through and edit.  I’ll go into detail with more images as I touch on each outing individually.

If there is anything you must know about Malaysia, it’s that it is h u m i d. All year round.  Malaysian women aren’t phased by this because their lovely traditional clothes, or baju kurung, are perfect for the tropical weather.  Light fabrics, loose fitting, and the long matching skirts provide much appreciated air circulation.  I took a cue and disregarded much of what I packed.  My new wardrobe for my trip consisted of knit palazzo pants, skirts and maxi dresses.  Keep your jeans at home.  Trust me.  While all indoor locations are well equipped with AC, many of my favorite Malaysian spots were outdoors.

A snack of cool, fresh fruit on the hot streets of KL.

A snack of cool, fresh fruit on the hot streets of KL.

We visited numerous mosques, each with breathtaking details that made me fall in love with Islamic architecture and design all over again.  I took the opportunity to pose with every wall, niche, panel, tile work, carpet that I could.  Even some of the shops in the malls were decked out in gorgeous details.  In true tourist fashion, I posed – and made the girls pose – in front of just about all of them.

Masjid Walaya

sisters british india wall

zellijwall

I, of course, was eager to dig in to Malaysian eats.  I was game for just about all of it. I downed gallons of addicting refreshing ice lemon tea.  Curry puffs, a popular deep-fried Malay street food, found a special place in my heart – and around my waistline.  This typical French Toast and pancakes kinda girl, ate trays of roti canai instead. A Indian paratha style bread served with spicy dipping sauces.  I just couldn’t leave KL without the eating the ever popular nasi lamek, or fat rice.  I even dared to take on the infamous pungent durian, king of the fruit! King? Not in my book.  All I managed was a tiny nibble of a freeze dried version before I realized I wasn’t as brave as I’d like to be.

world foodie

ice lemon tea

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Other activities included the popular Malaysian craft, Batik painting.  The girls and I really enjoyed the creative outlet in the midst of our vacation.   We did some hiking, swimming, and good old fashioned site seeing.  The girls loved an indoor child sized city called Kidzania. The highlight of the trip for me was the Islamic Arts Museum.  {sigh} So much beauty and history.

Batik painting

FRIM waterfall

kidzania cooking

Qur'an

Of all the things seen and of all the places we went, the best part of my entire trip was seeing my sister Iman.  My BFF! It’s been so hard the past year she’s been living in Malaysia.  Time differences made it hard to connect.  We finally had a chance to hang out and essentially catch up.  Our little sister Affnan also traveled with me to KL. (Amena was terribly missed! Next vaycay in Pali!) So many great memories made in a far away land.

sisters in kl

 

6 Comments

  • Abeer Parkar says:

    Salams 🙂 I’ve been following you on FB .. SubhanAllah, guess what. The week you returned from your trip, I left for KL. Husband got transferred and we’ve been loving it here! It’s horribly humid though 🙁 We visited the National Mosque and Islamic Arts Museum! Loved the Islamic Textiles & Clothing Gallery.

    • Amnah says:

      Wow, awesome! Congratulations on your husband’s new job. Lot’s of beautiful places to visit. Drink a lemon ice tea on my behalf! Good luck with your stay there 🙂

  • Mona says:

    Great pictures! I wish I could go one day. I love your striped skirt.

  • Oooh I went that same masjid when I went to KL. Can you tell me what it’s called? ‘Cause I seemed to have forgot. Also, I love your blog! Your children are so adorable, MashaAllah. I hope Allah blesses them with all things good in this life and in the next. 🙂

    • Amnah says:

      Masjid Wilayah 🙂 It’s hard to keep track of all the names of all the mosques in KL. Thank you for your kind comments and prayers (ameen)! Glad you enjoy my blog.

  • marian says:

    Mansha Allah, I found your blog by chance! I enjoyed reading your posts.
    Insha Allah, we are planning to take our daughters for 3 months to any Islamic country where they can focus on hafiz of the quran–as much as they are able to. They are now memorizing juz 1. My daughters are 10 and 7. Do you think KL could be a place we can accomplish this while getting a chance for us to experience life in a Islamic majority society. We live in the US.
    Jasakalah Khayr.

    • Amnah says:

      Salaams! So glad to have you here 🙂 MashaAllah, may Allah bless your daughters and make the memorization easy for them. If you’re considering KL, you can contact my sister and ask her about her experience with the Qur’an program. Her blog is 5faithfullyyours.blogspot.com. Good luck!

  • Simon Lee says:

    Hi Amnah,
    Wow, long journey for you and your family to reach Malaysia! I hope you liked our iconic food in Malaysia, Nasi Lemak:) Have you tried Roti Canai too? it is also one of the iconic foods in Malaysia.

    Hope to see you again in KL, or any other parts of Malaysia:)

    Simon Lee (from Malaysia)

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