Merry Malaysia: Genting Highlands

More than casinos and world-class hotels, play all day at the famous hill resort nested in Pahang, Malaysia.
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Perched at the chilly mountains of Titiwangsa, Resorts World Genting attracts visitors with their entertaining theme park. After our wonderment in the marvelous Petronas Twin Towers, we managed to visit the nearest church in the bus station before hopping on a bus bounded to the Genting Skyway cable car.


ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL
I always make it a point to include visiting a Catholic church (or better yet attending mass) whenever I travel to express gratitude for the safe trip. And it’s my birthday as well so giving thanks to another year of my life is also mandatory. JustΒ  like what I did in my Singapore escapade. πŸ™‚

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St. John’s Cathedral is somewhat similar to St. Theresa’s, when it comes to structure except the facade was painted cream. Inside, it comprises a small golden cross at the altar with stained glass windows as backdrop. A lot of Filipinos were also selling home-cooked Pinoy food along the streets, just outside the church.Β  A tinge of nostalgia suddenly bit me.

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Getting there:
Taxi
(Brings you to the doorstep of the cathedral as you enter Jalan Bukit Nanas)

Putra LRT- Masjid Jamek Station
(The station is a five-minutes walk to the Cathedral)

Rapid KL bus- Route 102: Titiwangsa – Bukit Bintang
(Bus routes using Jalan Bukit Bintang will stop at Jalan Raja Chulan opposite theTelecoms Museum which is beside the Cathedral)

Metro Bus
Buses from other parts of town stop at Lebuh Ampang, a three-minute walk to the Cathedral

Directions are courtesy of St. John’s Cathedral’s website.

Since it’s peak season, we waited for almost 2 hours waiting for the next trip. I didn’t anticipate the sudden flock of visitors and the long queue since according to the website, the buses leaves every hour. To make use of the time, we had an early lunch and bought some snacks for the 1 hour bus trip.

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When we disembarked, we took a panoramic, and a little bit scary ride to Genting via cable car. Pretty much like in Ocean Park Hong Kong, only bigger, since it can hold as much as 6 people per car. As we climbed higher in an elevated slope, the air slowly became damp and cold. We don’t have any jackets with us, our scarves were the only protection that we have from the freezing air.

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We arrived safely, passed by the Genting Hotel and had a peeked on their Greek-inspired architecture. Everything was golden and crafted perfectly.

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Look! There’s Santa Claus! A rare arrangement ever since we step in Malaysia. Got to have a photo-op as a souvenir πŸ˜‰

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The theme park consists of two sections: Outdoor and Indoor Theme Park. One of the main attractions here is the Snow World in which you have to pay the entrance separately.

Outdoor Theme Park
Just like any other major theme parks which consists of thrilling rides, broad choices of what to eat and addictive arcade, Resorts World Genting has everything under its belt. They also have a walkway which is way convenient especially during the monsoon season.

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We tried the Flying Coaster, a hang-gliding ride which will really take you in a Superman position. Get ready to swoop, twist and drop as this fast ride lets you experience what it feels like to fly. We kept on screaming the whole time but it’s a pleasant experience too because of the crisp wind fondling our bodies. A must-try!

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My favorite ride of all time. Feels like flying but in a more carefree vibe.
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Before delving into the Indoor Theme Park, we tried their famous fast food restaurant, Marrybrown.
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We ordered their chicken meal which comprises of fried chicken, coconut-flavored rice, spicy zucchini side dish, nuts, crackers and a chili sauce. I ate everything except for the side dish. Joy doesn’t like the the coconut rice so I ordered her a cheeseburger meal instead.
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In a matter of minutes, we’re full and we’re ready to do some strolling.

Indoor Theme Park
Discover the series of video games, shopping complex and array of restaurants in the First World Plaza Indoor Theme Park. The park has a quirky, dim-lit atmosphere, in which, a little bizarre considering there are lot of children rides planted in every corner.
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When it comes to gaming and excitement, Casino de Genting is the place to be. Not up to any arcade games? Pray for luck instead as you place your bet to those numbers.

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There are also replicas of famous landmarks in the world like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben, to name a few.
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There are some stores selling local products from tea to coffee to chocolates. Bag some of these precious delights before going back to the city.
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When you visit Malaysia, spare some chilly time to visit this theme park, as the resort implies, the fun never stops at this City of Entertainment. πŸ™‚
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Getting there:
Express Bus
For a fast, convenient and economical journey to Genting, travellers can use the Genting Express Bus Service, available from Pudu Sentral, KL Sentral Station, Terminal Putra LRT Gombak, One Utama Petaling Jaya, and Kajang.

Genting Skyway cable car
Operating Hours: 7.30am – 12.00midnight daily

Luxury Coach
Our air-conditioned Luxury Coach service leaves from many destinations, getting you to Genting in total comfort.

Limousine
Their chauffer-driven Limousine Service will pick you up anywhere nationwide, including to and from Singapore. This service is door-to-door, 24 hours a day. And can even be booked from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Cruise to Genting in the luxury of a Mercedes, Toyota Alphard, Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.

Bus
Complimentary shuttle service is available at Resorts World Genting to transport visitors to and from hotels and cable car stations.

Car
Cars can be hired from local Car Rental agencies with or without chauffeurs. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach Genting if you start your journey from Kuala Lumpur.

Taxi
Taxi service is also available from Kuala Lumpur to Genting. Taxi stands are located at the Puduraya Bus Terminal in the centre of the Kuala Lumpur city.

Directions courtesy of Resorts World Genting’s website.

Note: This Malaysia trip was held last December 2012

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