A layover in Malaysia Part 2

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Check out Part 1 here first before reading below.

Hello Putrajaya!

Source: Putrajaya, located south of Kuala Lumpur, serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The administrative capital was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur due to the overcrowding and congestion there. Nevertheless, Kuala Lumpur remains as Malaysia's national capital and also as the commercial and financial centre. In 2001, Putrajaya was made a Federal Territory, increasing the number of federal territories to three. Kuala Lumpur and Labuan are the other two.

I am thankful we found the tour. We had an awesome guide who has been a government employee for decades. He retired already from service but now works with the tourism department. 

If we DIY-ed our tour, we would have missed out on a lot of information and it would have cost more. Not to mention taken more time. One drawback of the tour though is we didn’t stop at all of the sites. There are some sites we passed by while our guide spoke. We also couldn’t stay that long since we were on a tight schedule.

The Ministry of Finance

I had on OMG moment when I saw the Putra Mosque from a far, gorgeous! Unfortunately we were there for 10 minutes and were unable to go inside or closer. 

The Prime Minister’s office

Putra Square is in front of the Prime Minister’s office. 

Confession, like in Siem Reap it was blazing hot. You can see how blue the sky was. There were some stops when I just took photos inside the bus to keep cool. Bad photographer I know.

We had a stopover at the Agriculture Heritage Park (similar to our Tiendesitas in terms of shopping and food). The Park has several Malaysian activates that visitors can check out. It has a mini shopping complex showcasing the various products of the country. Take your pick of Malaysian food or drink here.  

No building is alike and I loved seeing some of them.

Perbadanan Putrajaya

Besides just buildings, they have several parks and gardens also. Jealous!!!

Berenice, Danix and I all wanted to live there! Putrajaya is like an Ayala project but 10 times better. Haha Our tour guide was so thrilled to share that Putrajaya is a purely Malaysian project – backed and financed by their people. The engineers, architects and urban planners are all Malaysian. How awesome is that?

Danix and Pasto loving the view from Seri Gemilang Bridge. This bridge is exquisite. (Bridge Photo Source)

The Palace of Justice
There were newlyweds having their photo taken in front of the palace. The groom was in his formal navy uniform. It was adorable.

The Prime Minister’s Residence
Visitors don’t get to check out the PM’s digs. Unlucky us, the very next day was the first day the residence was being opened to the public. 

They have their own PICC – Putrajaya International Convention Centre. This is the view from that structure. Haha

Being in Putrajaya was inspiring. The infrastructure and development plan for the area is enviable. The government employees who have been relocated here have housing, health benefits for them and their families and education for their children. No wonder a lot of citizens like to work in their government.

This was another case of getting a remarkable tour guide (I’m trying to look for his calling card). Even though he wasn’t as young as us he was vibrant, intelligent and engaging. He would interact with us and created rapport. He showed concern for everyone part of the tour. When the baby was crying, he did his best to help the couple out. He would answer our inquiries effortlessly and he knew all the answers. It never felt like a lecture, it felt like we were conversing with a friend or a relative.

I want to go back to Putajaya and spend the whole day. The photos here don’t do justice to how stunning the place is. I want more time to shoot! Haha Oh and spend time one of the parks or gardens.

The tour finished close to 4:30 PM and it was too late to visit the Batu Caves. From Putrajaya, we proceeded to KL. It was Danix’s first time in Malaysia thus a trip to the Petronas Towers in mandatory. We hit 3 birds with 1 stone by heading to KLCC where we could view the towers, get some Lecka Lecka ice cream and shop at Vincci.

* Additional photos from Danix Labudahon.

Don't forget to check out the last part hereHere's where you can stay when you visit Malaysia.  

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