Review: De-stress With Cute Kitties @ Purradise Cat Cafe, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Kuala Lumpur

**I’ve tried to cut down the number of photos to a minimum, but there are still like 20+ because every single one is so cute I MUST put them up lmao. 

Having pets have been known to help with stress, but since I can’t keep any at home, pet cafes are the next best thing.

After a particularly stressful day, decided to check out Purradise Cat Cafe in Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL. It wasn’t too far from the workplace, but weekday traffic can be hellish and it still took me an hour to get there. All worries were forgotten once I stepped into the brightly lit, cosy space to be greeted by this sight:

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WHY HELLO THERE KITTIES 

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KITTIES EVERYWHERE 

Cat cafes were all the rage a couple of years ago, but many have closed down. Purradise opened in 2015 and is still surviving; although how I’m not quite sure. The place was empty the entire hour I was there – not that I’m complaining because that means MORE KITTIES FOR ME

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LMAO look at the kitty at the bottom he’s just like wtf charles 

There are more than 20 cats in the cafe, mostly strays and rescues. While the place itself is clean, you do get the sourish odour of cat pee in the air which can be unpleasant for some. I got used to it because the ex had five cats. And a little bit of smell is nothing when you can be around these cuties; am I right or am I right?

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Staff was accommodating and friendly. The manager welcomed me with a smile and a menu for drinks (they’ve got basic stuff like hot chocolate and tea, but no snacks/food), and a ‘menu’ of cats – basically pictures of the resident cats, as she explained which ones I should or shouldn’t touch (there are some that are a little feral). You pay RM18 for an hour + drink, whereafter it’s RM4 for every subsequent 15 minutes (billed after you’re done).

The space itself was bright and cherry, with colourful pouffes, wooden pallet tables, an ‘island’ with tall chairs and plenty of nooks, crannies and beams for the kitties to hop on.

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The cats were not friendly and didn’t like to be touched, but it might be because it was close to feeding time and they were all waiting for food. It was calming enough to just look at their antics though – how can you feel stressed looking at this face? :3

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Waiting for food. The cats are fed a diet of raw chicken and you can tell they’re well fed and healthy from the plumpness of their bodies and the shine of their coats.

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The chonky one is Olaf; at 7, he’s the oldest cat in the cafe. Don’t you just want to smoosh you face into that glorious belly

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WTF – Where’s The Food

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The black kitty couldn’t wait and decided to try going ninja

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The front section of the cafe, with a cosy swing and more pouffes. Catwalks are installed overhead so the cats can enjoy looking down on the humans

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The kitties seemed more relaxed after they were fed – some even obliged when I flicked the feather toy at them (although they still didn’t want to be touched).

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Mostly they just sat around lazing, like this handsome tuxedo cat Patches. Funny how graceful yet potato-like they can be; its effing adorable

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Got up for a while and this one called Bubbles with a small nose patch took over the pouffe like the Queen she is

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Olaff From Above: A Study In The Perfect Feline Form  

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This kitty embodies my inner feelings.

Even though I didn’t get to touch the cats much, to quote Marie Kondo, looking at them just ‘sparked joy’ – and I left feeling relaxed and happier. A return visit is warranted.

PURRADISE CAT CAFE

First Floor, 24, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri (2 – 9PM), Sat (2 – 10PM), Sun (11AM – 7PM)

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Chuckles Cafe, Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL

As any KL-ite will tell you, parking in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is a b**tch. TTDI is famous for hipster cafes where rich people hangout, but I rarely go there because a) not rich and b) really far from my house. But I had to go there for an interview today. Spent a good half hour looking for a spot – which almost made me late for my appointment even though technically, I arrived early. ._.

But I digress.

After my interview, I walked around the shops in search of food. Found a quiet place where I could chill – and by quiet I mean I was the only customer in there at 12pm – a cafe called Chuckles. 

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Cosy, wooden tables and heavy steel chairs with minimalist designs. There was a large mural based on a scene in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle area, dominating one side of the wall.

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Some severed giraffe heads..

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And your typical hipster cafe motivational quotes and vintage posters.

The menu is a mix – quesadillas, appetisers like fried calamari and chicken tenders, pasta, and some local rice dishes like nasi lemak.

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A selfie while waiting for the food to arrive. I love my new owl shirt! 🙂

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Carrot juice – RM8. I don’t think they added any sugar or sweetener at all because it was bland, but it was freshly pressed.

Service was friendly and warm, but the time they took to serve was terrible. It took over half an hour to make my order, even though I was the ONLY customer there. Imagine if they had more customers, I’d hate to stick around lol.

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Was the beef quesadilla (RM13) worth the wait?

Cut into six slices, the quesadilla was warm and toasty when served, and absolutely packed with flavour. The cheese was melty, the skin was fluffy with a slight crisp, while the minced beef was spread evenly and had that savoury sweet flavour of sloppy joes. They were quite heavy handed with the seasoning because I felt very thirsty afterwards, but the flavour was actually good. The sour cream was not too sour and paired well with the quesadilla. The salad in the middle though, was just… sad. Served cold but with no vinaigrette, it tasted and felt like they had just been taken out of the fridge, roughly chopped up and tossed onto the plate for good measure.

Quesadilla = 1, salad = 0.

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Chuckles Café

135 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 016-4466526

Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm

River and Water Conservation @ Lembah Kiara, TTDI Kuala Lumpur

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8AM: a clear, beautiful Saturday morning at the Lembah Kiara Recreational Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL. It was my first time here and the park looked impressive. There were many joggers and families doing their morning exercises, or people strolling under the shady trees and admiring the big pond near the entrance.

Some construction stuff going on, but otherwise the park was nice and green. Groups of older people were doing taichi while some meditation music blasted in the background. Some families were also picnicking with mats on the grass.

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I was here to cover a CSR programme to educate primary and secondary school kids on river and water conservation. They do it once every two months and this time around it was with a group of Fifth Formers.

I think schoolkids these days are lucky because they get to join all these ‘holistic’ programmes. Back in my day (that makes me sound really old but yeah) ‘learning’ was mostly through text books because of our theory and exam-based Asian-style education.

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Part of Sungai Penchala flows through the park. The teens and their facilitators waded into the river and collected samples for testing. They also learnt about the river flora and fauna by catching river shrimps, dragonflies and other microorganisms.

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Good thing it was shady.

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The river was quite clean. You could see the base and there were tiny fish and spiders swimming about.

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The children were from an ‘eco-school’ – meaning that they adopted many green practices in their school projects. Their teacher said that they had recycled cooking oil projects which they sold to companies to be made into biodiesel. They also create compost from coffee beans collected from cafes, and make their own products such as candles to sell or as gifts at school functions.

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The samples were tested for things like dissolved oxygen content, phosphate and nitrate content, pH levels, etc to determine how ‘healthy’ the river was.

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A river shrimp.

The whole programme was pretty educational, and I suppose its more fun to wade about in rivers than just read about it in Science class. Even I learnt some stuff – like what sort of insects and organisms you’ll find in a very clean river (like stone flies) or a dirty river (maggots and the like).

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Someone meditating at the closed off waterfall feature.

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The park was huge. It took me a good 15 mins to walk from the entrance to the area where they were conducting the programme. And this was just a small part of the park.

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Lembah Kiara park is a good place to exercise at if you live in the neighbourhood. But if (ever) I can drag myself out of the bed on weekends, I don’t think a 40min drive there is worth it, especially with the crazy traffic.

Lembah Kiara Park @ Jalan Haji Openg

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

***I don’t think there are many buses servicing the route coz it’s like smack in the middle of housing and not within the city center. Best to take a Uber ?

*U82 from Bandar Utama is the closest but you’ll still have to walk about 650ms down the road.