Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates lately – I’ve been busy with real life. Blogging is like a drug to me, so I was legit getting withdrawal symptoms, thinking of all the posts waiting to be written lol.
But I digress.
So last weekend, in a fit of gungho-ness, C and I woke up early and got our asses to the Bukit Jalil Recreation Park for a morning jog. I haven’t been back here for a long time – I think since my college days – but was pleasantly surprised to find that the place is still popular with the local crowd. Guess Malaysians aren’t that lazy after all, even if we are the fattest in Southeast Asia. 😛
Headsup: the park is huge with slope-y terrain, so you’ll definitely get a good workout. It is also divided into several sections and has gym equipment, although not all these are well-maintained. There are loads of shady trees and the pathways are paved, but the ‘lake’, with its pool of stagnant water, needs to be cleaned.
Even if you’re not jogging, still a nice place for a stroll.
C doing the pushups. Power woo.
PS I never used to be able to do pushups from the floor. Now I can. Like, five. #stillachievement #sowow
Back then, one of my favourite sections in the park is the ‘Wonders of the World’, which has small enclaves made to look like structures from different parts of the world. Stuff isn’t as well-kept now but it’s still a nice place to take photos in between your jogging session.
Greece/Rome or some European-inspired place.
Mini Holland, complete with wooden windmill.
The Japanese garden with bamboo plants.
Chinese garden, with a wall made to look like the traditional types you find in periodical dramas, a gazebo with pointy roof edges. They also have a couple of Fu-dog statues in there.
A garden in ‘Iran’. The tiles are pretty but need a good scrubbing, and the pool seriously needs to be cleaned coz the water in it was black ._.
The section for Thailand has a golden gazebo with a pointy roof.
Last but not least, the ‘Peru’ garden, made to look like an ancient temple structure. I distinctly remember this because as a child, when the park was first opened, my brother and I liked to climb up to the very top and pretend we were explorers. ha !
All in all, Bukit Jalil Recreation Park is a nice place for families and those looking for a good safe spot to jog, since there are many joggers around (but not to the point that it gets crowded). Parking can be quite difficult if you come late though so come early to get the best spot.
BUKIT JALIL RECREATION PARK
Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open during daylight hours: 7am-8pm