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Jan
12

OUR FUN HOMAGE TO MALAYSIA’S MAGNIFICENCE

It was actually love at first sight. :D She’s so iconic; mesmerized me effortlessly and blew me away the first time I saw her from the foreground back in 2010.  She has an identical twin who’s equally gorgeous; they’re both breathtaking!

21 January 2012, Saturday : The view at EIGHTY SIXTH LEVEL is incredibly STUNNING!

I can’t help but fall in love with Petronas Twin Towers every time I see her. It’s my 4th time to be in Kuala Lumpur, Tina and Gabby’s second and my mom’s first (except she passed by the city with my dad en route to the airport last year). We grabbed the chance to revisit Malaysia’s capital city again to celebrate this year’s long Chinese New Year weekend (we’re on holiday until Tuesday, 24 January 2012) and to accompany my mom (who’s visiting us from UAE) in (re)exploring KL.

Believe it or not, Gabby’s Lola did our itinerary for this trip. My mom surfed the net for top 10 must-visit sites in KL, personally called contact persons of each destinations including our budget hotel concierge to inquire about the whereabouts, transportation and whatnot; after which, she spoke to me of what’s best to do to maximize our 3D2N break et voila! After casual deliberation, our priority’s to experience the Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge Visit. :D

It was around past 6 in the morning of Saturday, 21 January 2012 when our 5-hour-bus-ride from Butterworth, Penang reached Pudu Sentral (formerly Puduraya) at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Thank God we slept comfortably on the midnight trip so we headed directly to our budget hotel in Chinatown. Since regular schedule for check in is at 2PM and we arrived early at dawn (sunrise in Malaysia’s later than you expect), we just dropped off our luggage and bags and hurriedly trooped via taxi cab to KLCC-Petronas Twin Towers.

My mom was right. Tickets to the Skybridge Visit should be paid and claimed the earliest possible time, ideally in the morning of the day of your tour. We already saw groups of tourists heading to the basement of KLCC to queue for tickets; we followed suit. I went on queue and asked my family to freshen up at the tandas and grab something for breakfast from the nearby convenience store; we took turns in doing so.

Tandas or toilet at the basement of KLCC : simple and clean. I wish to see the same in NAIA 1 and all terminals in Manila.

The zigzag lines of people grew so fast!!! Look, at half hour past 6AM…

and just before the office opened at 8:30AM…

Despite the many tourists, there was no stampede, no loud noises, discipline was observed. Very good! :D

When the gate of the office opened and the line moved at a nice pace, photo-ops are limitless…

Team Docgelo ;-)

Finally, after almost 2 hours of waiting, we got our tickets for the 9:15AM visit!  I believe they’re making a census out of the number of citizens per country who came to appreciate Malaysia’s iconic towers. I smiled with pride when I saw the name of our country on our tickets!

As of present, the schedules for the Skybridge Visit are as follows : 9AM, 9:15AM (the one we availed), 10AM, 10:15AM, 11AM, 11:15AM, 12PM, 12:15PM, 1PM, 1:15PM, 2PM, 2:15PM, 3PM, 3:15PM, 4PM, 4:15PM, 5PM, 5:15PM, 6PM and 6:15PM.  So the visiting hours stretch from 9AM to 7PM every Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays. *Phone and advance bookings are not be entertained.

Entrance fees for Malaysian adults and kids are cheaper at RM 25 per pax (PhP 350) than for foreign tourists, RM 50 per adult (PhP 700) and 25 ringgit for kids like Gabby (7-12 y/o, ages younger are free!).

Before 9AM, we noticed the monitors displayed, "All tickets for today are SOLD OUT" a few minutes after we're done with the cashier. The people on queue probably will get tickets for the next day but I doubt, as per brochure, "advance and phone bookings are not allowed."

Soon after we got the tickets, we brought our feet to the Check In area where like any terminals and highly restricted places, all our bags and things were scanned on an X-ray machine; all visitors were subjected to body-check; everyone was provided a color-coded ID, stickers for kids, and those with bags were advised to leave them at the package counter except for valuables.

Adult vistors s are provided with color-coded IDs, kids with stickers.

Then still few steps at the Check In area, the tour commenced with a brief hologram presentation of the history of the Petronas Twin Towers and some few reminders of what to expect and how to move  during the entire visit.

A guide led us to the lift en route to 41st floor where the Skybridge is located. It’s actually a double decked Skybridge–41st and 42nd levels connecting the two towers.

Taken at 7PM of the same day from the front foreground of Petronas Twin Towers

My heart silently pounded for extreme excitement. Like a kid of Gabby’s age or probably younger, I was quietly jumping for joy as we took steps to the Skybridge.

Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge 41st level : 170 meteres above street level

But upon hearing from the staffs that they ONLY allow 15 MINUTE-STAY per 20 visitors, PANIC ran through my veins, became too ANXIOUS in a heart beat; worried of how to capture the moments, the SPECTACULAR VIEW from the Skybridge on such limited time. Do you know how?  Like my mom, who more often than not is tensed with tons of things, I really had no “grace under pressure”, LOL! :D

I am no engineer nor architect, but my jaw dropped in amazement with such magnificent structure.

Can you spot the fountain at the park in front of the Twin Towers?

I just snapped my cam without a concrete plan in mind how to properly stretch the 15-minute Skybridge visit. I was caught by circumstance and drowned by awe but nonetheless, the moment was so surreal! Definitely one for the books!

The view and everything in sight was definitely spectacular! My photos cannot give justice to the exact beauty that we marvelled about.

The view of the garden at the back of Suria-KLCC Shopping Complex at 170  meters above street level…

While I was so excited taking photos, Tina’s busy capturing almost everything in video via her little gadget (from her dad). Then we meet at the moment to pause and smile for photo-ops, haha! :)

I love this shot!

One more shot before leaving Level 41 and take the lift to 86th floor…

The floor to the lift has photo-sticker of the image of the fountain and park in front of the towers.

Level 86th is the 2nd observation floor aside from the Skybridge. We were given 20 minutes to savor the amazing view.

“The design of each tower’s floor plan is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Architecturally, these forms reflect important Islamic principles of Unity within unity, Harmony, Stability and Rationality.”  -–Sourced via “Petronas Twin Towers A Vision Realised” visitors’ brochure.

"Pinnacles : House the aircraft warning lights and external building maintenance equipment. Features: each of the 2 pinnacles is made up of a spire ring ball, a 23 segmented mast and ring ball (14 rings of varying diameters)."-Sourced via "Petronas Twin Towers A Vision Realised" brochure.

A Masterpiece of Architectural Design : "The exteriors is made of multi-faceted walls, 33,000 pieces of stainless steel and 55,000 pieces of glass panels form the towers' wall cladding. The vision glass panels are laminated light green. To shade the interiors against strong sunlight, stainless steel sun visors shaped like teardrops line the vision glass." -Sourced via "Petronas Twin Towers A Vision Realised" visitors' brochure.

*Quick Facts :

  • Number of storeys -88,
  • Height of each tower -452 meters above street level
  • Length of Skybridge : 58.4 meters
  • Height of Skybridge (Level 41 from street level) : 170 meters
  • Lifts : 29 double-decker high speed passenger lifts in each tower
  • Escalators : 10 in each tower
  • Stairs : 765 flights
  • Car park : 5,400 parking bays on 5 levels of basement parking
  • Steel used : 36,910 tons
  • Weight per tower : 300,000 tons
  • Usable space : 213,750 sq meters per tower
  • Two annexes : 186,000 sq meters of space  *-Sourced via “Petronas Twin Towers A Vision Realised” visitors’ brochure.

*Milestones of the construction of Petronas Twin Towers :

  • June 1992 ………………..start of project planning
  • Mar 1993………………….start of foundation works
  • Apr 1994………………….construction of the superstructure
  • Jul 1995…………………..lifting of skybridge
  • Jan 1996………………….fitting out of the interiors complete with furniture
  • Mar 1996…………………jacking of the spires of Tower 1 and Tower 2
  • Jan 1997…………………moving in of the first batch of Petronas’ personnel
  • Aug 31, 1999……………official opening by YAB Dato Seri Dr Mahatir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia -*-Sourced via “Petronas Twin Towers A Vision Realised” visitors’ brochure.

The 86th level observation area is kid-friendly.  See how Gabby played his ticket lifting the hologram structure of the twin towers. Aliw ang bata!  The other foreigner-visitors waited for Gabby to finish for them to use the monitor to play too! :D

Our almost half an hour spent at the 86th level of Petronas Twin Towers was definitely unforgettable! It gave us uniquely beautiful kind of high!

High na high!

I would not mind paying the two towers a visit again in the future. And again. and again. Because I love them so. :D

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*This is a part of a blog series on our 3-day-Chinese New Year holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of this posting, the family & docgelo have returned to Penang.

 

 


28 Responses to “OUR FUN HOMAGE TO MALAYSIA’S MAGNIFICENCE”


  1. January 24, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Magnificent indeed! My Malaysian friend told me that the nation is a hub of great and creative artists. With those architectural masterpieces captured in your creative lens, I am more than conviced of what my friend said.

  2. January 24, 2012 at 6:28 am

    What can be more exciting than visiting the magnificent twin towers with your loved ones – your Mom, your wife and your son and of course…….your OGK (only God knows) LOL. Seriously, don’t you think it is stupendously wonderful when people know how to line up and take their turn…walang singitan at tulakan.

  3. January 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Very impressive talaga architecture nyan. The design is also appealing. Nalula ako in one of your shots.

    Happy Chinese New Year.

    • January 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

      thanks, maria! it’s true that each time i see the twin towers, i am in awe. and last weekend’s experience was even more fantastic for i got to share the fun with my family.

      siguro nalula ka sa blurry shot ko ng park and fountain in front of the towers.

  4. January 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    you’ve captured Petronas Tower in different angles and perspective nice one. next naman food post hehehe excited na ako :D

  5. 9 KG
    January 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

    when we went there, di na kami nakaakyat. but at that time, libre pa ang entrance. :)

    oh yeah…the petronas is amazing, especially at night. ang ganda ganda! ;)

  6. January 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Tall buildings have become status symbols I think for many countries – it’s like the race to the moon :) However, unlike you, I’m not so fond going up higher buildings, in my case at least at the Empire State Building (NYC’s tallest at the moment) – I was only ‘forced to visit its viewing deck because my parents wanted to be up there. I sort of got this anxious feeling, remembering about 9/11 and how those unfortunate people have to leap to their deaths. My anxiety even got worse when I heard an airplane flying nearby!!!

  7. January 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    breathtaking talaga sya at sana makita ko din sya :D

  8. 15 PM
    January 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    ang ganda! skywalk pa lang ang alam ko eh sa cebu nyahaha pero malay natin masilayan ko din ang malaysia pagdating ng araw :) doc nadengue si my man pero nakalabas na, lintek na dengue yan haha

  9. January 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

    You capture the arts, culture and architectural masterpiece of Malaysia thru your lenses…thank you for sharing such amazing and beautiful pictures:)

  10. January 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

    nice post! it makes me want to go back to kl!

  11. 19 Tessie
    February 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Great, wonderful, amazing experiences, I love it all. Thanks a lot son.

  12. March 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    wow i didn’t know they already charge for the skybridge. i went there in 2008 with my friends and it was still for free. the twin towers are so magnificent especially at night, i am lucky to be staying in kl and it never ceases to amaze me. next time you might wanna check out the skybar at trader’s hotel, it will give you a great view of the towers at night. make sure to reserve a week or two before your visit so you can get seats with the view of the towers.


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