When you feel a drop or two of rain in Kuala Lumpur and you see the locals sprinting for cover en masse (like some sort of bad sci-fi flick where everyone is fleeing from impending doom), you follow suit. Like, right away.
Because within 30 seconds you will be caught in a torrential downpour – we’re talking monsoon rain, thunder and lightning strikes, and wind that could knock over a small child.
I’d like to say we had no idea this would happen. But truth be told we witnessed torrential downpours the previous two days at approximately the same time in the afternoon. We just didn’t happen to be outside when the skies opened up, so didn’t realize we had literally seconds to spare from sprinkle to downpour.
As we took cover under a park awning, along with several other stranded Malaysian families, we contemplated our options.
We had tickets to see the Petronas Towers in just over an hour and didn’t think they’d allow soggy wet rats up the elevators. But on a tight budget and having spent 240 MR (Malaysian ringgits) on the tix, we also didn’t want to miss our appointed time.
We waited… Surely the downpour would pass within 15 minutes or so… We waited some more… One family took their chances and left… Then another… Time was running out.
We did the only thing we could think of. We told the kids to take off their shirts and make a run for it. By the looks on the faces of the remaining castaways, this was a somewhat unorthodox move. They also found my makeshift paper umbrella quite amusing.
We arrived at the towers, wiped off as best as we could, put the kids’ shirts back on and continued on our merry way. Just another day in KL.
And now a few words from Cate about the Petronas Towers experience:
Yes, OK, although the storm was not the best way to start off the exciting time at the Petronas Twin Towers, I (and the rest of the family, I’ m sure) really enjoyed the fun we had at the Towers.
Walking along the huge double-decker skybridge, suspended 170 meters above street level, PLUS viewing the teeny-tiny little city of Kuala Lumpur from the observatory on the 86th floor, 370 meters above the street, was amazing. But, I will admit it, I was scared. And I got a headache, maybe from the transition between being on the street in Kuala Lumpur, and being on the 86th floor of one of the tallest buildings in the world?
Anyways, what I am trying to say is that experiencing the Petronas Twin Towers was awesome. Stunning. And it can make you really nervous.
🙂 It was a great day, despite the (awful) time we spent with Mr. Monsoon.
Till the next blog post!