1. When told to go to Putra PWTC to catch a bus to the Pehrentian Islands, it is important to retain the full name of the station and not just the word Putra. Looking at the metro map for Putra, I saw it at the tail end of the Kelana Jaya Light Rail line, an hour or so out of Kuala Lumpur proper. Upon exiting the station, I realized I was in the middle of nowhere. No bus station - no station at all, really. Turns out that Putra actually means terminus in Bahasa Malaysia, and I had taken the metro to the end of the line. The bus station? Back in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. With departure time rapidly approaching, I ended up taking a cab back to Kuala Lumpur's Putra PWTC (aka PWTC Station), which was within walking distance from my hotel. The cab driver called his friends to tell them how stupid tourists can be, and I laughed the whole way back to Kuala Lumpur. From now on, I will get the full name of where I need to go before I set off, backpack in tow. Lesson learned.

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