Jogging @ Bukit Jalil Recreational Park, Kuala Lumpur

In a city of asphalt, concrete and steel, it’s always nice to have a green respite.

Lucky for us in the Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, we have a number of nice parks to exercise in – like the Bukit Jalil Recreational Park. Located some 20km from the city centre, the 80-hectare park is nicely landscaped, with jogging paths, equipment for exercising, picnic spots and ponds filled with catfish amidst lush greenery. If you’re lucky, you might even run into the small local wildlife, such as monkeys, cranes and monitor lizards!

The Boy and I had been eating like pigs since he arrived in Malaysia, so I thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk at the park one weekend. It was a long holiday so the place was less crowded. The park is huge so there are three different entrances – we parked at the one near the Cavalry Church and Convention Centre.

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There hasn’t been anything new added, although the facilities are still pretty well maintained. Note to first timers – the park is huge and will give you a good work out! Just going up and down the slopes to explore different sections is better than any treadmill lol.

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Pond with some cranes chillin’. The pond is also stocked with catfish, which you can feed with scraps of bread and watch them swarm in a slippery mass ew

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Not to be missed is the Wonders Of The World section, which features mini structures built to look like different parts of the world, such as Holland, UK, Thailand, Iran, China and Japan, to name a few.

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By mid-morning the weather was getting warm so we started our walk back to the car.

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Nice shady avenue of trees. On busier weekends, you can see people playing badminton or practicing sports here.

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Saw some macaques on the bridge while on our way out. Visitors were feeding them, but I wouldn’t recommend this because monkeys are known to be aggressive when they get used to it (Batu Caves is a good example). Also this huge monitor lizard that I almost missed because it was camouflaging well against the dried leaves and branches.

It’s nice that we have such parks to visit and work out in, and it’s free to boot. I should probably come more often 😛

BUKIT JALIL RECREATION PARK 

Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open during daylight hours: 7am-8pm

BONUS

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Regained all the calories we burnt by stuffing our faces at the nearby New Chapter by Owl’s Cafe (previous review here). 😀

 

 

Bukit Jalil Recreation Park, Kuala Lumpur

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. 😛

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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.

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Even if you’re not jogging, still a nice place for a stroll.

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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

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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.

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Greece/Rome or some European-inspired place.

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Mini Holland, complete with wooden windmill.

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The Japanese garden with bamboo plants.

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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.

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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 ._.

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The section for Thailand has a golden gazebo with a pointy roof.

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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

New Chapter by The Owls Cafe, Bukit Jalil

An owl-themed cafe sounds as hipster as it gets; and the funny thing is that it was my mum who told me about the place (I thought I was the hip one around here!). Tucked inside the spacious Calvary Convention Center in Bukit Jalil, New Chapter by The Owls Cafe is actually their second cafe – and is wildly popular by the looks of the crowd there on a Sunday afternoon.

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With clear glass windows to allow for lots of natural light, the place seemed modern but cosy, with wooden counters, chairs and tables that were paired off with clean white walls and ceiling lights. True to their owl theme, loads of owlish paraphernalia sat on the shelves and decorated plates and cups.

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Even the door handles are a pair of owls!

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Pillows at the waiting area with colourful owl designs.

There was a long waiting list, so took more photos while waiting for a seat.

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Packed coffee beans, for you coffee lovers out there who’d like to take the blends home.

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Once seated, a waiter took our orders and keyed them in through a smartphone system.

PS: If you’re looking for a quiet place to chill with your laptop/read, New Chapter is not for you. The place was really crowded and so noisy I was almost shouting just to speak to my parents at the same table lol.

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Moo and Pi had Lemongrass/Ginger tea and Peppermint tea (RM8 each). The cups were adorable! Moo really liked her tea, which was refillable. You can also opt for a pot for two (RM12).

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We ordered the Morning Daisy (RM18) : 180C oven-baked buttery flavoured Crispy Croissant with scrambled egg, salad and crinkle-cut fries.

Our eyes nearly popped out when the dish came to our table. It. Was. Hugeee. There was a mountain of soft and fluffy scrambled egg, and a generous serving of crispy, deep-fried crinkle-cut fries. I liked that they served this instead of regular fries, as you can taste that smokey flavour from having the skin left on! 🙂 The salad was also crunchy, fresh and tossed in a creamy sesame + vinegar dressing.

The best way to eat is to stuff the buttery croissant with some egg and salad, then munch on it like a sandwich; or spread the egg on the crispy fries for a beautiful blend of textures. Egg was slightly bland, but otherwise I’d give this a 9/10. Very yummy and value for money – we shared it among the three of us.

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Ending the meal on a sweet note, we had the Classic (RM10) – a flower-shaped waffle served with a fat dollop of butter and syrup, dusted over with sugar. Although simple, it was fluffy, light and perfectly done. The butter was creamy and rich, while the syrup was not overly sweet. No wonder the place is famous for their waffles! They also have items like Rebecca (which comes with strawberries, blueberries, etc) and David (bananas, peanut butter, vanilla ice cream).

Overall, I was impressed with the food quality at New Chapters. Service was okay; pretty fast and efficient considering that there was a constant line.  Ambience-wise, it’s not a cafe where you can chill and hang out for hours due to the high volume of customers, and the acoustics are bad because it gets so noisy you feel like you’re in a club. But I’d come back for the food! 🙂

NEW CHAPTER by the OWLS CAFE

Calvary Convention Centre
1 Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1
Taman Teknologi Malaysia
57000 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: 03-89991516

Opening hours: Mon-Sat (10am – 7pm), Sun (11am – 7pm)