On December 11, Justine and I went on our one-day getaway to um, KL. Also to attend the Asia Super Showcase In Malaysia featuring BtoB, EXO-M and main act Super Junior-M.
I was really glad to get away even though it was just for a day since I was pretty much still stuck in the whole holidaying mood after having gotten back from Bangkok the week before. Prior to this trip, I haven’t stepped into Malaysia since I was a kid – so I was definitely pretty curious on how it’s like now.
We didn’t know which hotels would be advisable since we didn’t want to spend a bulk of our time traveling from it to Kenanga Wholesale City, but we eventually decided on Geo Hotel after endless time spent on Google. It turned out to be the best decision ever because not only was it just one stop from KL Sentral Station (we had to take the KLIA Ekspres from the airport to KL Sentral), it was just a couple more to Hang Tuah Station (walking distance to Kenanga) and four stops to KLCC. A major plus point is that the room is totally affordable too – we paid about S$25 each for the one-night stay.
Flying off! Obligatory jet-setter shot.
The flight took about an hour, then we took an internal sky train to the departure hall before boarding the KLIA Ekspress. Tickets only have to be bought (and tapped out with) when you reach your destination. How strange!
Best ride of our trip. Plus free on-board 4G Wifi and a toilet haha. But honestly, the ride’s only a short 28 minutes so you can do without either. We paid RM 70 for a round trip, which we used the next day.
Bangkok uses these as a single trip token too!
The hotel was relatively easy to find, thanks to a rather bemused staff at Hang Tuah Station. We later found out that it was because the hotel was literally just at the foot of the station.
Someone is happy to be here.
We had a balcony too! Which we didn’t use. It rained that night. 😦
Reallyyyyyy had to resist the urge of ~resting~ for a while, but we dropped our backpacks and grabbed smaller ones and headed out again to Kenanga since we had no idea how the crowd would be. The showcase was slated to start at 8pm, but we didn’t know whether Malaysian fans would be at the venue hours (or days) before like Singaporean fans! Haha.
Old Town Cafe for lunch – which was tons cheaper than in Singapore.
So the verdict for the crowd? Honestly…very, very calm. There were quite a number of people hanging around, but not enough to rival Singaporeans at K-Pop events here. We spotted people queuing for entry (the showcase was held on level 15 of the mall) but they disappeared upstairs after we collected our tickets. And just like events held here, there were banner-distributing events by fan clubs outside the venue!
Our adorable Tao banner + fan-gifts which had sweets and a Tao sticker. Sooooo cute.
Justine with the SMTOWN Lay banner she lugged to KL.
We were dying of hunger after an hour flight. 😐
After lunch, we headed up to the concert venue! Since we were in the second cheapest category, it was pretty far from the stage. Not too much of a big deal though since the view was decent. And we still had plenty of space to move around in!
The showcase started slightly after 8pm. Some pictures:
I would offer more pictures but it was a daunting challenge to shoot as many good shots as possible due to the terrible lighting – always a case at concerts and especially bad there – and the fact that we were rather far from the main stage itself. Check out our official review + media pictures here.
Since most of my thoughts and Justine’s are in our review, I’ll just note my favourite bits of every group for the night:
– BtoB’s ah-ma-zing energy and Sungjae and Hyunsik‘s fan-service.
– EXO-M doing their songs live. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I love you Chen Chen. And Lu Han.
– Super Junior-M’s effortlessness at getting the crowd all revved up and going the extra mile to show off their affection for the crowd. Major plus points.
It was disappointing that EXO-M got the least stage time. But then again, how expected was that? EXO really needs to come back like now. Right. This. Moment. Looking at how they handle interviews, I know they’ve got a funny, laid-back side to them, so I can’t wait till they’re confident enough to unleash this at live events instead of holding back and being prim and proper all the time.
So everything wrapped up at around 11pm, and we made our way back to the hotel starving again. After showering we realised there was absolutely nothing we could buy around our area so we ended up at a miserable 7-11 with only a couple of cup noodles left. ;_; But lo and behold, our supper!
We had initially planned to watch King of Dramas but we ended up watching about 2/7 parts of Running Man and then went to sleep. So much for a happening night in KL.
Justine was supposed to wake up early to choose modules but it turned out to be on a different day, so we slept till um 12pm. Checked out at 1pm and made our way to KLCC for lunch and shopping. The mall’s pretty huuuge and likely KL’s Ion Orchard equivalent so there were a ton of luxury brands around. We still managed to shop though – at Kinokuniya (where we bought Little Miss Hoo‘s book) and ate at Chili‘s!!!
Since we didn’t spend a lot of money at all, we decided we would go all-out and order whatever we wanted…which was a crazy decision. One main was enough for three to share, and we got two – plus one large plate of chili, buffalo wings and mashed potatoes.
I had five super huge chicken-tender things on my plate and I only ate ONE. Justine had like four mini (huge) burgers. Everything was so filling!! We had to pack 3/4 of what we ate and finish it at the airport that night.
And before we took the KLIA Ekspress back to the airport, we each bought one of this!!!!
Isn’t it the most adorable thing ever? The plush is under a Japanese label called Craftholic that manufactures these almost life-sized animal plush toys. They’re quickly gaining popularity in Asia and there’s a stall outside Plaza Singapura that sells them too. I got this one at S$19 for my sister.
Will get my Bangkok posts up soon!
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Hang Tuah Station
No 7, Jalan Hang Kasturi
50050, Kuala Lumpur
Kenanga Wholesale City
8.01, Kompleks Kenanga Wholesale City
No. Jalan Gelugor Kuala Lumpur,
Suria Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
1 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre