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Batu Caves, Malaysia

I know most you have already made plans for the summer but just in case you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I know just the place you can go to if you like temples/religious historical site.
When my daughter and I found ourselves in KL last month, I made sure that we got to visit the popular Batu Caves which is located just north of the city. It is a good 30-45 minutes ride from our hotel, The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
It is a limestone hill which is made up of a series of caves. It got its name from the Sungai or Batu River which flows past it. It is one of the most popular  Hindu shrines outside India and is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Murugan.  It is also the focal point of  the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam  which happens during the months of January/February.
The world’s tallest statue of Murugan, who was a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves. This imposing statue is said to have cost 24 million rupees.
Batu Caves rises 100 meters above the ground and is composed of 3 main caves and a few smaller ones. Visitors must climb the 272 steps to reach the top.  My daughter and I were deadset on reaching the summit despite our fear of the macaque monkeys who happened to be everywhere as it is believed that the Gods grant the prayers of those who pay respect at the Hindu shrines on top.
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There is not that much to see aside from the golden statue or the hindu shrines on top so at the most you can see everything here in an hour. The place is relatively well kept.  I suggest that if you plan to  visit Batu Caves do it in the early morning like 8 or 9 am as it tends get really hot by mid morning to noon. It is a captivating site but like I said monkeys are everywhere so make sure not to carry plastics with you and keep away your sunglasses as they are said to be well trained to snatch these away.
Batu Caves can be easily reached by commuter bus available at KL Central Station.
 
 

Twin Towers

I just got back from my dreamy Kuala Lumpur trip last night and I am still reeling from all the excitement and happiness of the last three days. As you know this trip was a pleasant surprise, a wonderful blessing, an unexpected windfall. The fact that it was a trip that my husband and I dreamed of a couple of years back, a trip that I thought would never happen made it all the more special (click here to know the story).
Yes the Petronas. My husband once promised me that he will bring me there, and pleaser as he is, even in death, he still made it happen. I never really did understand though why it has to happen when he’s all gone, when we can’t see it together. Many times during the trip, I wished that he was there with me. The Petronas followed us wherever we went around the city, like how my husband was when he was still alive, yes it is that tall. The mere sight of it brought tears to my eyes.
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But then as my daughter and I stood in front of the Petronas in awe, as we drank in its majestic sight, as we let its sheer beauty work its magic on us,  a thought suddenly hits me.  I realized that my husband made it possible for me to go there because he wants to tell me something and that is,  I wasn’t really meant to see it with him. I was meant to see it with my daughter, Bianca. He wanted me to know that WE, Bianca and I, are his twin towers and that no matter what will happen, we’ll always have each other. That night, as my daughter and I stood in front of the Petronas together, everything made perfect sense, everything made perfect sense.
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So to my wonderful husband Nan, thank you for keeping your promise. Thank you for this wonderful trip.  We remembered you while we were looking in awe at the Petronas, while we were walking the busy streets of KL. We know that you were with us when we climbed the steps of Batu Caves and when we kneeled down to whisper a prayer at the Chinese temple. We felt your presence as the cold wind touched our faces at Genting Highlands and as we lay by the hotel poolside dreaming of great possibilities. And deep in my heart I know that you were there cheering with the crowd as I took my first brave walk in the runaway the other night. We miss you everyday, first trip without you was bittersweet. Know that you’ll always be in our hearts and that we love you to heaven and back. Yours forever, your twin towers–Blancs and Biancs

Miracles Do Happen and Love Never Ends

I am almost sad to see this week end. It was a week full of surprises, promises fulfilled, overflowing blessings, and divine providence. But then, I can’t wait for next week to come also. Here’s why…
About two years ago, my husband and I found ourselves at the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands, our dream destination at that time. And so this is how our conversation went:
Nan: Be, san mo pa gusto pumunta? (Be, where else do you want to go?)
Me: Sa Paris, gusto ko makita Eiffel Tower (Paris cause I want to see the Eiffel Tower)
Nan: Ahahaha, di ata kita kaya dalin sa Paris, wala ba mas malapit dito yung mala Eiffel Tower? (I don’t think I can afford to bring you to Paris, is there any place close to here that is almost like the Eiffel Tower?)
Me: (while pointing at the whole Singapore Skyline) Dun, nakikita mo dun sa banda dun, sa Kuala Lumpur me Petronas, dun na lang. (There see that, there’s the Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, you can bring me there instead)
Nan: (habang nakatingin sa kawalan) Petronas, kaya kita dalin don. Pupunta tayo don. (Petronas, I can bring you there. We will go there.)
We never made it to Petronas together but it looks like I will be seeing it with my daughter, just like he promised.
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Somehow I ended up a runner up in a writing contest sponsored by Fitflop Philippines and since one of the grand prize winner couldn’t make it, based on the rules of the contest, the runner up will take her place instead. And the prize? An all expense paid trip for two to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with pocket money and other freebies. Never in my wildest dream did I ever imagine myself being the recipient of such blessings. Stroke of good luck, divine intervention, happy coincidence? Maybe yes but I do know and I do feel in my hearts of hearts that my husband had a hand in all this. Call me crazy but I would like to think that yes, miracles do happen, promises can still be fulfilled even after death and love never ends. 🙂
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