Back in Kuala Lumpur…

…you don’t know how lucky you are, boy – back in Kuala, back in Kuala, back in Kuala LumpUR-ur-ur! ♪

Sorry, just had the tune of ‘Back in the USSR’ stuck in my head.

We return on the last day of Chinese New Year and are welcomed with a thunderous cannonade of fireworks in town.

Back in ‘the Big Durian’, as we name it. Staying at the Rainforest bed and breakfast again.

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The Big Durian

We’re city people at heart. We like the cornucopia of food available here. We enjoy the drool-inducing shawarmas at Shawarma Al-siddiq and indulge in delicacies at the nearby Hakka restaurant.

We finally make it to the Petronas Towers.

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Peak oil company

What follows are mostly views from the tower.

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The Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre, from the skybridge
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Another view of KL, from the skybridge
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Maria looks down at garden designed by Brazilan landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx

Roberto Burle Marx also designed the famous walkways on Copacabana Beach in Rio (after originals in Lisbon.)

Photo By Allan Fraga
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View from the observation deck
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Yet another view from the observation deck
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And another from the observation deck
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Model visitors


Hey, there’s a full-scale model next door.
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Petronas Tower detail
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KL architecture

You can buy a 1,115 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit in these  condos for CAD$300,000.

Sight or Insight of the Day – Back in Kuala Lumpur

We visit the National Museum. A good background to Malaysian history, well presented, but we notice it really lambastes the British colonial period and soft-pedals the Japanese occupation, which was as brutal here as elsewhere. We suspect it’s a case of ‘the West bad, Asia good.’ So it goes.

That’s gratitude for you. Britain messily but successfully put down a communist insurgency from 1948 to 1958, thus sparing Malaysia from the dumpster fire of communist rule as in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. (Not to mention China.) And laying the groundwork for the peace and prosperity Malaysia enjoys today. At least until it declares itself an Islamic republic.

(I remember reading somewhere that the Americans were convinced they could overcome a communist urgency in Vietnam because the British had done so in Malaysia.)