Monthly Archives: June 2013

A New Beginning…

Those who have been following my blog may have realized that for the past year or so, I haven’t been on a major trip. I’ve been recounting short trips to Europe and North America, as well as my RTW taken in 2011.  I’ve hinted in January that I was considering a large trip for early 2013, and now that it’s the middle of the year, I believe I should now elaborate.

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The travel bug is vicious. Once it bites, it takes hold and no amount of shaking usually gets rid of it. It seeps into your pores and forever rests in the back of your mind. I’ve been experiencing severe cases of wanderlust, to the point where I’m finding it hard to focus on the simple and mundane activities of everyday life. When you begin daydreaming while driving, something needs to be done!

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I’ve decided to start planning for another RTW trip, which will kick off in January 2013. This leaves me with approximately 6 months left to boost up my savings and set in things motion. This trip’s plan will be quite similar to that used in 2011, but since this is going to be a bigger trip, there’s much more to consider. I’ll be off to the doctor in a few days to speak to him concerning the various vaccinations needed, and the timeframes between different types of shots. Honestly can’t say I’m looking forward to that!

At this point in time, much of the trip is still uncertain. The length of trip as well as the itinerary is still very much in the air, but this makes me flexible. All i know is the first destination must be the Caribbean isle of Grenada, to visit a very close friend and to be present at her first child’s Christening. At least I have a starting point! With almost 200 countries in the world, even choosing where to begin was becoming stressful.

So, it’s time to plan. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m happy. The Countdown Begins!

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Colours at Cosmo’s World, Kuala Lumpur

The Berjaya Times Square is a mega shopping complex located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You could easily spend two entire days browsing through the stores in this mall (there are over a thousand stores in all). It is truly a shoppers paradise, but I didn’t visit the shopping plaza to max out my credit card. I was there for a whole different reason altogether.

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The biggest indoor theme park in Asia is located at Berjaya Times Square and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. The park was called Cosmo’s World and extended through three different levels of the mall. There was a wicked looking rollercoaster which almost touched the roof, and I was quite excited to give it a go! However, I actually needed to get inside, and there was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets at the gate.

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The ticket was bought for 30 Malaysian Ringgit, and gave you a day pass for all the rides and activities inside of the park. On entering, we were instructed to store all bags and small items in the lockers provided for a small charge. The fee you pay depends on the size of locker needed.

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There were many kinds of rides in the park, and I spent the entire afternoon riding every one. Security measures were constantly being taken, and the staff ensured that everyone was strapped in properly before the rides were started. I had on sandals, so I had to remove my shoes for a few of the rides, while those who wore sneakers didn’t have to bother. This was to prevent anyone’s shoes from falling off and injuring persons walking directly below.

The highlight of the park was the large and brightly coloured rollercoaster, which was named the Supersonic Odyssey. It was full of loops and turned us upside down a few times during the ride. It was very bizarre to be flipped over, only to see people sitting down and eating lunch at McDonalds two floors down below! The ride was so awesome, that I went twice in a row. 

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Apart from the thrill rides, there was a small area for children called the Fantasy Garden. The rides there were much slower and smaller, but large enough that parents could accompany their children.

If you became hungry or thirsty while in the theme park, and you’re reluctant to leave to get a bite to eat, there were several food stalls around. The price wasn’t the cheapest, but there was a pretty decent selection. The food options included hot dogs, popcorn and various sweet treats such as cotton candy.

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I managed to spend an entire afternoon in Cosmo’s World. The best part of being in an indoor park, is the chance to have lots of fun without worrying about the weather. If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur and the weather prevents you from touring the city, make a stop at Cosmo’s World. A great time is guaranteed.