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KERETAPI SARONG 2023 – The Pinay Solo Backpacker Itinerary Weblog

Malaysia is one among my most explored international locations, I can’t even keep in mind what number of instances I traveled there. What I like about Malaysia is it’s oozing with sights, each pure and man-made, and it is without doubt one of the most culturally numerous international locations on this planet.

I lately returned to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend a celebration referred to as Keretapi Sarong, organized by LOCCO. This occasion was based in 2012 by an NGO referred to as Random Alphabet earlier than LOCCO took over in 2017.

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I flew by way of Air Asia from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, some of the dependable price range airways in South East Asia. Air Asia has each day flights between Manila and Kuala Lumpur. The airplane landed on Kuala Lumpur  Worldwide Airport 2 (KLIA 2). And as quickly as we handed immigration and picked up our baggage, we hurried to get on the KLIA Ekspres prepare to the town middle. It’s the quickest option to get to and from the airport in Kuala Lumpur, journey time is about half-hour. You possibly can ebook tickets upfront on-line or purchase on the prepare station.


The place to Eat in Kuala Lumpur


Upon arrival at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur, we took a taxi to a Halal Izakaya Fashion Restaurant named Kingu Kongu in Chow Equipment, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant serves actually good Japanese fashion meals and Muslim-friendly dishes. I’ve a choosy palate relating to Japanese meals, and this place didn’t disappoint There’s no alcohol right here although, despite the fact that it’s Izakaya fashion as a result of it’s a halal restaurant.

  • Kingu Kongu
  • Location: Chow Equipment
  • Open Hours: Sunday (Lunch) 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, (Dinner) 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday – Sunday 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Instagram: @kingukongu.my

kingu kongu KL
*It is advisable ebook a desk to dine right here by way of the hyperlink on their IG bio, as they’re fairly common now.

After dinner, we transferred to a different neighborhood – Dang Wangi close to Menara Kuala Lumpur to attempt the mamak. Chow Equipment and Dang Wangi are each native favorites for mamak, a timeless cultural scene in Malaysia that vacationers should expertise. Mamak is sort of a modest, native eatery the place you possibly can attempt Malaysian consolation meals  and drinks such because the traditional te tarik and roti chanai, mee goreng, maggi goreng, nasi candar, tandoori rooster, and many others.

One other place we went to for dinner throughout our keep in Kuala Lumpur is the Sky Lounge at Santa Grand Signature Kuala Lumpur. It is without doubt one of the 3 eating places on this Peranakan-inspired lodge, which is strategically positioned in Dang Wangi space close to Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower).


The Sky Lounge is located beside the rooftop pool of this luxurious lodge. What I like about this place is it has a scenic view of the town with 3 main towers of KL – Petronas Tower, Menara KL Tower, and Merdeka 118, the twond tallest constructing on this planet.

For dinner we had the next:

  • Starter: Prawns with lemon grass ginger flower on ngonya
  • Soup: Creamy mushroom soup with garlic croutons
  • Important Course: Braised deviled rooster roll grilled vegetable almond potatoes
  • Dessert: Crème brulee strawberry compote

Santa Grand Signature KL

Should you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur quickly, take a look at Sky Lounge at santa Grand Signature Kuala Lumpur. You possibly can ebook a romantic dinner right here or a non-public perform even when you’re stayin in a distinct lodge like us. However if you wish to take into account staying right here so you possibly can benefit from the pool and its scenic metropolis view, test the charges and ebook by means of the hyperlink under.



 The place to Keep in Kuala Lumpur

After a satisfying dinner, we headed to our lodge to check-in. For this occasion, I used to be booked at Momo’s Kuala Lumpur, a small however stylish boutique lodge in Chow Equipment.  Should you’ve learn my newest Kuala Lumpur Itinerary Information, I discussed Chow Equipment is one among my beneficial areas to remain within the metropolis. I simply realized that Chow Equipment was actually as soon as the industrial coronary heart of Kuala Lumpur, earlier than it was transferred to KLCC within the 1980’s.  As long as you will discover an lodging that’s strolling distance to a metro/prepare station, you’re good.

What I like about Chow Equipment space it’s oozing with road meals tradition that isn’t as touristy as Bukit Bintang.  Right here, you’ll discover some nice Tamil, Malay, Indian, and Chinese language dishes.

Momo’s Kuala Lumpur is near the Medan Tuanku MRT Station, so it’s a handy place to remain within the metropolis for solo vacationers, buddies or {couples} who’re on the lookout for a price range lodging that’s clear and stylish.

 Momo's Kuala Lumpur crashpad

Momo’s Kuala Lumpur has 3 room classes: Bunkies (bunkbed), Crash pad ( double mattress), and crash pad for 2 (twin mattress).  I stayed alone at a crash pad with a double mattress and my room has an excellent metropolis view. It really jogs my memory of some fashionable price range accommodations in Japan. The room is painted in white and appears  heat and clear, and it’s compact with good sufficient for me to maneuver round. The crash pad is supplied with TV and a secure, which I actually need to retailer my laptop computer, passport, and laborious drives. In addition they present hair dryer, bottled water, and loo has good-smelling bathe gel and shampoo.

 Momo's Kuala Lumpur bathroom

Should you’re fascinated with staying right here, you possibly can test the room charges and ebook a room by means of the hyperlink under.  In addition they have a bar and restaurant right here however since I by no means tried it, I can’t let you know a lot about it, besides that it’s an Instagrammable spot.




On our 2nd Day in Kuala Lumpur, we attended the massive occasion – Keretapi Sarong which occurred on the massive day itself – September 16, which is Malaysia Day or Hari Malaysia, the muse day of Malaysia.

Keretapi Sarong is an occasion the place Malaysians converge to rejoice Hari Malaysia of their conventional outfit or sarong.  This 12 months’s theme was “Empowering the Unity Although Malaysia’s Ethnicity” which is organized by Locco Malaysia in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Tradition (MOTAC).

 keretapi sarong event 2023

From our lodge, we took the MRT to KL Sentral the place the crowds assembled. Right here, Malaysians that joined the flash mob sported their timeless sarong garment or conventional costumes. I wore a garment that I purchased in Bali, Indonesia as a result of I don’t have a Philippine conventional apparel. I attempted purchasing for one on the mall however it was too costly. It was a novel expertise for me particularly the prepare journey.  It was jaw-dropping to witness a number of Malaysians, principally the youthful technology proudly put on their sarong and native costume in numerous kinds. I like amassing indigenous textiles every time I journey, so, becoming a member of this occasion actually made my coronary heart completely happy.

keretapi sarong 2023

Sarong or sarung is a standard textile sometimes tied across the waist.  It’s believed to have been utilized by men and women in Southeast Asia lengthy earlier than the invasion of the colonizers. It’s not only a mere style piece or outfit, but additionally a cultural factor shared by Malaysians and Southeast Asians.

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Actually, sarong has numerous names in Asia, similar to sarong or sarung in Malaysia and Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Singapore. It is named Tais Mane in Timor-Leste and Longyi in Myanmar. Whereas Thailand calls it nung loy chai. Right here within the Philippines, sarong is also called malong, patadyong, or tapis. Greater than only a textile, the sarong subsequently symbolizes unity and co-existence regardless of various tradition and traditions.

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Keretapi Sarong is really an efficient means of elevating consciousness on the significance of sustaining cultural heritage, preserving the sarong tradition, and welcoming the creativity and numerous creative and cultural expressions of Malaysians and different members becoming a member of the occasion.








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