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Sunday 15 October 2023

SUNDAY Saunter (Corus Hotel • Avenue K • KL Sentral • Maya Mess)

Impromptu Walkabout!

Cat took a while to recover from her health issues, and we were somewhat sedentary the past couple of weekends. However a spur-of-the-moment decision saw us leaving our condo at noon today. 

Plus, we were itching to take our new toy, the Lumix GX9, out for a spin. We walked to the Munshi Abdullah bus stop, and after a short wait caught the RapidKL #300 bus to Corus Hotel.

We disembarked and made a beeline for the Aeroline ticket counter here, so be sure to catch our previous video for some important updates!

We then headed to Avenue K so that Cat could reload her Touch 'n Go card. We then took a stroll along the various food stalls at the lower ground floor, but nothing whetted our appetite. Another spur-of-the-moment decision saw us ride the LRT to KL Sentral.

Here we walked across Jalan Brickfields and headed to another one of our favourite Banana Leaf restaurant. Be sure to catch our previous video on Maya Mess!

With lunch sorted Cat asked that we return to KL Sentral, where we spent some time at the Bath & Body Works shop. Cat then headed over to the Monki store where she got several dresses for our upcoming trip to Kuching. Oops, did we let the cat out of the bag?

With our little shopping spree out of the way we headed out of KL Sentral and waited for the free GOKL Red Line bus. It arrived a short while later and after a ten-minute ride we soon reached the Menara DBKL bus stop along Jalan Raja Laut. 

From here it took another ten minutes for us to reach our condo.

Brendan will be attending his graduation ceremony at UNIMAS early next month, which is when we should be posting our next video, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

๐Ÿ“ Location:
KLCC LRT Station @ Avenue K - https://maps.app.goo.gl/nfMrxqY2NuGeTnP79
Maya Mess @ Brickfields
Go KL Bus KL Sentral Bus Stop (Red Line)

MAYA MESS Brickfields

Banana Leaf!

Since nothing at Avenue K whetted our appetites we made our way to Brickfield for our fix of banana leaf. We have been coming here for a while now, although this is the first time we are showcasing it on our channel. 

Maya Mess serves Chettinad cuisine originating from its namesake, a region in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu state in India. Chettinad cuisine is perhaps the most renowned fare in the Tamil Nadu repertoire.

By the time we arrived lunchtime was in full swing, and it took a while for us to be seated. Once seated the banana leaf was unfurled and the various delectable side dishes served. 

We added a serving of Chicken Varuval for good measure. It is a dry chicken curry dish from Southern India made with a combination of fennel, cumin, coriander seeds, and dried chillies to give its spicy flavour.

We hope that our time-lapse footage did justice to our awesome concoction of spices and herbs!

Our fiery meal came to RM54.20 (approximately USD/EUR11) which consisted of:

  • 2 servings of banana leaf rice for RM29.80
  • Chicken Varuval for RM9.90
  • 2 glasses of Masala Tea for RM7.00
  • 1 Iced Tea for RM3.00
  • 1 Iced Lemon Tea for RM4.50

The Masala Tea after lunch helped to wash down the fire in our bellies, and then took a walk back to KL Sentral for a short shopping spree. Be sure to watch our next video!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

๐Ÿ“ Location:

AEROLINE: Important Updates!

Aeroline!

As was the case last year, we will be spending this Christmas in Penang again. Our favourite way to travel is by bus, and our favourite bus service to Penang is Aeroline.

We made our way to Corus Hotel and bought our bus tickets, but not without several surprising twists to the tale! For those intending to travel with Aeroline to Penang here are some things that we learnt:

  • A one-way ticket that would normally cost RM60.00 (approximately USD13/EUR12) has been increased to RM65.00 (approximately USD14/EUR13)
  • If you plan travel on a Friday through Sunday the price is then RM72.00 one-way (approximately USD15/EUR14) 
  • Please use cash when paying at the counter to avoid an additional 3% admin charge
  • Debit cards are not accepted for some reason
  • Large sized baggage are no longer free; a fee will be imposed

We were not yet able to purchase our return tickets, since the date was not yet 'open' for purchase.

Truth be told the above 'inconveniences' has given us pause to consider alternative means. A very tempting alternative would be the ETS, since the *Platinum from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur is very similarly priced at RM73.00 (approximately USD15/EUR14).

*Electric Train Service (ETS) Platinum Class Trains are the quickest of all the ETS Services as they stop at only the main stations along the line and so are the quickest way to get from A to B on long distance trains. They also tend to operate at the most popular times of the day to travel.

It is a shame that Aeroline has decided to price themselves out of the game.

In the meantime, Brendan will be attending his graduation ceremony at UNIMAS early next month which is when we should be posting our next video, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

๐Ÿ“ Location:
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur - https://maps.app.goo.gl/HmdLK9ww6Z4kdGVz6
Aeroline (KL) - https://maps.app.goo.gl/ACS2P64z1vz2VMQ8A