Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Holiday In The City Centre

The Saturday before Standard Chartered KL Marathon was held, Son had to attend a Saturday at his school.

Seeing that we need to send him to school and then collect our race kit at the Underground of Dataran Merdeka, I reserved a hotel room so that we could make it like a short vacation; even if its in right smack in Kuala Lumpur! It was pretty much a last minute decision, as I only made the booking on Friday night. Good thing there was still room available the Pacific Express Hotel.

I chose the hotel due to its close proximity to the start/finish line of Standard Chartered KL Marathon and paying RM150++ for a superior room with a view was good for me. A nice treat for the whole family too, as I feel it'd be tough for hubby to immediately drive home after finishing our full marathon on Sunday morning.
Setting off early Saturday morning. Gotta send Son to school first!
We then spent about two hours walking in Lake Garden and then we walked from Lake Garden to Dataran Merdeka to collect our race kit.
Had loads of fun at the REPC after collecting our race kit. Bumping into fellow runners and taking photos, won some free goodies and went on a bit of running related window shopping at the booths there.
Walking back to Lake Garden where we parked our car, we then picked up Son from school before heading off for lunch in Bangsar.

A curry lunch. Yummy! 

Then it was time to check-in.
Was pleased with our room at the Pacific Express. A Twin bed, a sofa, a table and complete amenities. Free wi-fi, of course. Hahaha

We lepaked in the room for a bit to relaxed (I napped for a while since I didn't have enough sleep as I was rushing for an assignment until 1.00am earlier) and got ready to head out at 5.00pm.

We then went on tourist mode, covering Central Market for a bit of souvenir shopping for our impending vacation in November. Wanna buy some nice Malaysian made souvenirs for friends we'll be meeting during our vacation, and we got them. Yeay!

Dinner was also at Central Market. At the food court.
Soup and Chicken rice. Simple and nothing too funky. Don't want an upset tummy running a full marathon the next morning, do we? ^^

The next morning, I woke up at 3.00am while hubby woke half an hour later. As we're so near to the starting line, we had a leisurely preparation and only left our room at 4.00am. The hotel had so kindly placed mineral water at the lobby for us and we each took one and headed to the start line of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

Later, after we finished our marathon, hubby headed back to the hotel first while I stayed behind with a group of my running buddies and only went back to our room at 11.30am. Sure nice to know that I could go to my room leisurely, shower and later after resting a bit, went back to our home instead of driving back all sweaty and smelly. ^^

I think I'd check-in to Pacific Express Hotel again next year if we're doing the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. The room was nice and comfy. Though I wish they let us check-out at 2.00pm. I did get a later check-out; instead of 12.00pm, we check-out at 1.00pm. But an hour extra would be nice for us to relax and rest our tired legs.

Anyways, it was a super fun short weekend getaway, even if its right in our own backyard! :)

22 comments:

  1. wow...that's a great pre-marathon treat!! So you guys stayed there in order to rest enough for the run as well as can come back here to shower after event , right?

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    1. Might as well make a trip out of it since we're already out of home for son's school & race kit collection. ;)

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  2. Whenever there's a night event..I too..usually book a hotel. And I think I've been to central market dueing my ini days.

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    1. I spent A LOT of times there during my college years, because of the secondhand bookshop there. ;)

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  3. Great idea Lina. I think many people are doing this type of getaway. Less stress. I should suggest to my darling hee..hee...

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    1. You should.

      A relaxing weekend minus the travel. ;)

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  4. it's actually a nice idea as you save time and can be more comfortable.. and saving time means saving money..

    sure the mommy and daddy like the idea, and definitely the son too as he has longed for a hotel stay?? hihihi ^^

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    1. Son is more excited about the 2-weeks long hotel stay so this one, OK onlylah to him. LOL

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  5. wah!! properly carbo loaded before the run huh?? adui the curry rice macam waving its hand to me and whispering "come and eat me" dei!!!

    and oh woot woot!! vacation next month to somewhere!! hehehe, finally!! and I'm so excited for you too!! ^^

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    1. Eating itu mesti! LOL

      Carboloading or otherwise. Hahaha

      Yeah, am excited too.

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  6. Good to have a shower before going back home ya, if not will feel uncomfortable...

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    1. A bit la... but nicer to relax in the hotel room anyway. Hahaha

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  7. All come to all, the free wifi is the most important fact, how's the speed of it?

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    1. Wouldn't dream of checking-in there if there's no free wi-fi. It was fast too. :)

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  8. I pun nak check in jugak lah next year hehehe...
    Ala I commented on your previous post earlier but somehow forgot to log in then it got lost.
    Soooo....next Malaysia marathon bila? :P

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    1. Jom jom jom

      Siang boleh spend the day kat REPC kacau orang. Hahaha

      Next one? If Bett sudi, yang Dec di maraton bandaraya berkembar tu ;)

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  9. What a nice plan! Looks like you had an enjoyable time! :)

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  10. May be I will try that out next year.
    Bring my whole family and get the kids in the to kids dash category :)

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    1. That'll be a great idea!

      See you and family in 2015! :)

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  11. You guys are so smart to stay there! So convenient and easy. If I ever run this event in future, I will definitely follow your trails and sleep in the next room! Hihihihi

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    1. You need to stay at somewhere more high class lah, like The Majestic Anay. :)

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