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  1. jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World
    April 14, 2011

    Very interesting. Growing up in Indonesia and its mall culture I feel that new shopping malls try to outdo each other in terms of size, layout, and other gimmicks. The stores inside are almost identical though from one mall to another. Never been to Petronas but it looks pretty darn amazing from the outside.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      I agree about the inside of Malls all looking the same. Even the inside of Petronas looks the same as many other places. But, the difference is I can very easily find things there compared to other malls – as in located the shop.

      And yes, from the outside the whole building is pretty iconic

    • travelroach
      April 15, 2011

      I prefer the old school unorganized way of shopping…”mister mister how much you buy! cheap price for you!”

  2. ciki
    April 14, 2011

    huh? “There is a small sign saying no photos above 1st floor. But, no one seemed to care…” There is? I didn’t even see that ! what an observant traveler you are! Again great shots – and thanks for saying such nice things about one of my fav malls in KL! hehe :P (i won’t kill u just yet :P )

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      Yep, it’s just in front of the escalator that goes down to the lower floor! It’s true, this place is run like a small country, and done so very well. Regarding any negative things … well, I’m too busy right now, but as you may notice, I’ve not written about something tasty yet :)

  3. Anna’s World
    April 14, 2011

    Love the top pick! Is this the shopping mall inside? The roof? It looks so colorful.

    As always it’s so refreshing to read you take on things many people see everyday. You have a gift, and I enjoy reading it every week!

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      Yes, it’s the roof of the mall from the inside. Another spaceship like quality. Thanks for the kind words!

      • Anna’s World
        April 16, 2011

        You’re welcome. Am still looking at that photo!

  4. Jean Martier
    April 14, 2011

    Bravo on this photo, I love the color! So much better than the usual silver cones. I will have to copy this one day! – I joke!!

  5. iamthewitch
    April 14, 2011

    Amazing first picture! To be honest, I have only been to KLCC myself for about less than 5 times! It’s simply too stressful to go through the KL traffic and the parking fees are outrageous here (about RM3.50 per hour). But otherwise, KLCC does seem to be a really nice and organized mall (though it can be a little too crowded on weekends).

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      I hear you on the crowds, I can’t stand them. I’ve not experienced KL traffic as I’ve only been on public transport. But everyone who has a car seems to hate the traffic so I can understand wanting to avoid the stress!!

  6. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)
    April 14, 2011

    Looks like a well-organized mall. Would love to shop there! Haha, like your comment about being a typical male shopper :)

  7. Sabina
    April 15, 2011

    I like to get in and get out too, when I go to the mall! Wandering around with all those people is very annoying, me thinks. I like your comparison to running this mall to running a small country. Of course, I’ve never been to this mall because I didn’t bother to spend any time in KL when I was in Malaysia, but I trust your opinion on this.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      Hey Sabina. I’m with you on the get in and get out aspect of shopping malls. I will freely admit to getting a little freaked out when jammed into a crowded place, I just see no enjoyment in it.

      I wouldn’t specifically go to the towers just to go shopping either, I just wanted the challenge of being able to try and photograph a part of the iconic towers which no one else had. I think I managed :) That said, they also look nice in the evening, sans tourists! Malacca post next week, I’m a little apprehensive on what you’ll think about my impressions of it considering how long you stayed there.

      • Sabina
        April 15, 2011

        Please don’t fear about the Malacca post. I’m looking forward to reading it! It wasn’t my favorite place in SEA. I’ve only written one post about it myself. Have you already been to Malacca, or are you going there next week? If you haven’t been I have a guesthouse I can extremely highly recommend – Old Town Guesthouse. It is cheap and so comfortable and laid back it feels like home.

      • The Longest Way Home
        April 16, 2011

        Feeling better now :) Already left, am playing catch up a bit. Thanks for the tip about the Old Town Guesthouse, just read up on it; looks quite nice alright. I like Malaysia so keeping a look out for bases, this might come in handy!

  8. Dustin Main – Skinny Backpacker
    April 15, 2011

    I was only in the towers once and for maybe 10 minutes. I was put off a bit by the no photos sign, but evidently I should have just shot!

    Cool shot!

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      Thank Dustin. I play the dumb tourist quite often when it comes to taking in my camera. Failing that I usually show up the next day asking for the manager and flashing some ID :)

  9. Jason
    April 15, 2011

    The last of the big spenders is in town. One tube of toothpaste Dave, comon mate. In all seriosuness though, I do remeber this mall as I went for a walk through it before heading up the towers (with the other 500 sheep on that day).

    I’m hearing you in relation to surendering your bag. It absolutlety drives me nuts when I’m trying to go into a store somewhere to by something and I need to leave my bag somewhere. I just go somewhere else, as there’s no way I’m leaving my camera gear.

    I think I’ve mentioned before, that I am not one for shopping in malls and if the missus whats to go shopping, I just head straight for the Apple store and hang out there for an hour or two.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2011

      I really only did by some toothpaste there! Though I will admit the first reason was to visit the Sony service center there. Naturally enough they directed me to another Mid Vally Mall where the Sony Repair / service center is. The other reason was of course, to photograph the Petronas Towers in hopefully, a different way than the usual silver cones. Which I did too of course, but I like this internal shot.

      Don’t go to the Philippines if you hate have your bad searched. It’s the worst country in the world I’ve come across for this, the process completely useless!

  10. Malcom
    April 16, 2011

    Can ask in your experience, which is better for shopping Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 17, 2011

      It depends what you are looking for. For clothes, I would generally say Kuala Lumpur. For electronics, again Singapore is slightly cheaper on average, but they don’t seem to have a large a range as Kuala Lumpur. That said, they do have the latest gear.

  11. el buen samaratin
    April 17, 2011

    Well, “slightly different” view is Ok, I guess, as long you are not face-up, watching the tops of PT fade from view.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 17, 2011

      Ha, ha. Well, just for that Bob, I’ll put one of those shiny cone towers photos up for you soon!

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