Monday, 13 June 2016

Little Penang Kafe and Petronas Twin Tower

We went to Petronas Twin Tower for dinner at Little Penang Kafe. The words on the web is that they're good. Our verdict after trying is - as Singaporean or some Malay locals put it - okay lah!

Of course, if you haven't tried Malaysian cuisine and you're visiting Suria KLCC, this is a good place to start with.

Because of the words on the web, this place is quite busy. Don't think you can book.

Little Penang Kafe, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

3 dishes were too much for the 2 of us, but then how else would you be trying out as many dishes as possible?

Receipt, Little Penang Kafe, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia


Lorbak, Little Penang Kafe, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Lorbak (deep-fried minced pork). 7.5 / 10.
Haven't tried it before A little bit unique. Worth checking it out.

Prawn Mee, Little Penang Kafe, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Prawn Mee. 7.5 / 10.
The vermicelli and the soup is good, but the prawns are spongy.

Char Kway Teow, Little Penang Kafe, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Char Koay Teow (literally mean stir-fried rice noodles in Hokkien or Techew). 7.5 / 10.

I've been to Petronas Twin Tower before while on a cruise, but didn't get to stay here long enough to explore the place. We took this opportunity to see a little more of Suria KLCC, especially in the back where the lake in the park is located.

Lobby ceiling, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
An approx 140° pano of the ceiling of one of the lobby with 3 intricate, Islamic isnpired chandeliers.

Night sky, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia


A few quick trivia regarding the Petronas Twin Towers,

1.  It's the tallest building from 1998 to 2004 until it passed that trophy to Taipei 101.  6 years is an considerably long record to be held these days. Some records of the tallest buildings stood - no pun intended - for less than a year.
2.   It's build by Samsung C&T Corporation, which also built Burj Khalifa in Dubai; the tallest building in the world; a record that's held since 2009. Probably for a bit longer. It's because it's built for height at the expense of economy and practicality.
3.   It's the backdrop for the blockbuster action flick Entrapment (1999) with the famous, memorable and at the same time hilarious scene of Catherine Zeta Jones dancing and writhing around the complex webs of laser beams. Nothing can publicize / popularized a building / place quite like Hollywood. The best advertiser.
4.  The Twin Towers have 88 stories as '8' is a lucky number in Chinese numerology. It also completed in 1998. '9' is also an auspicious number. And when used in junction with '8', doubly goody.


Here are some interior shots of Suria KLCC Shopping centre.

Dome, Interior, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

Stairs, Interior, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Elevator, Interior, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Shopping arcade, Interior, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

Flight simulator, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Spectators gathering around to watch somebody playing a flight simulator

Here are some exterior shots of the Petronas Twin Towers below. The middle one is Public Bank facing off the Twin Towers.

Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Public Bank, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

Public Bank, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Public Bank, opposite Petronas Twin Towers

In the back is the KLCC park where there're regular fountain shows to attract tourists and local shoppers alike. At different time, a different fountain shows are put up.

This was what i saw that night. Look at them water danced the night away in dizzying disco lights.

Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Public Bank, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Fountain Light show, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia






I also came here the 2nd time to specifically see the mosque next to it. As far as i could see, it was fenced off.

Mosque, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia


That's ok, i just strolled around the park and took some after-the-rain snaps. It has its own mood and atmosphere. Wet and hopeful, and filled with dramatic cloudscape.

KLCC Park, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Lake Symphony in KLCC Park

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KLCC Park, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

KLCC Park, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

KLCC Park, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia

Sculptures, KLCC Park, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
At the far end of the lake is a shallow pool that has metal sculptures of a whale and dolphins installed


One day, after a dinner around Pavilion, i saw this dramatic mist formation from the distance, hanging around Petronas Twin Tower.

Shrouded in mist, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Smokey Petronas Twin Tower as seen from
BBKLCC Walkway at the Pavilion end

While i know this mist was created by the Petronas Twin Towers (or any office tower) isn't rare, but they're not everyday occurrence either. It's only happened after a light shower at just the right time in the day. If it rains in the day time, you won't see this mist. If the rain is heavy and prolonged, the mist won't develop either. If the rain starts much later in the night, the building would have sufficiently cooled down, and you won't get the mist either.

This mist is created much the same way that you get steam rising out of your skin when you stepped out of a hot shower (or jacuzzi) and into cooler air.

Another thing, i know this mist won't last long (i estimated to be 20 mins), and i didn't know how long this mist had been hanging around the Twin Towers. The walk from Pavilion to Petronas Twin Towers on the KLCC-Bukit Bintang (or BBKLCC) Walkway would take at least 15 mins. But when i saw that mist, i had no choice in the matter. It just drew me towards it like bee to honey (or human to skyporn).

As i was closer, i snapped a few of these photos while the mists were still whirling around the Twin Towers.

Shrouded in mist, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia Shrouded in mist, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia


While i was able to capture the nice misty smoky atmosphere, but it wasn't the best angle. So i walked - more like power walked - for another 5 mins. By the time i got to the perfect vantage point, all the mist had completely dispersed. The only mist/smoke were those from the sweat of my forehead or the angry fume from my nose (forgot to take a photo of that. But i radically enforce a strictly no-selfie policy).

Observation Bridge, Petronas Twin Tower, Suria KLCC, KL, Malaysia
Perfect clear night sky. Where's the mists, for heaven's sake ?!  What a mistery !

For the locals who want to capture such dramatic misty phenomenon, rush to the Twin Towers after a light shower in the early evening (between 7 to 8pm). Who know? You might be lucky.




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