They have these signs all over the place in the heavily touristed areas of Kuala Lumpur.
It’s commonly referred to as Chinatown. Forget the upscale shopping and the world class malls. This is where it’s at if you need a knock-off for someone special back home. Chinatown is famous in Kuala Lumpur as an experience, if nothing else. I go there for the fresh fruit and to observe the strange people that work and shop in the area. There’s street after street of strangeness plus lots of great street food.
It’s the Dang Wangi subway station in KL. It’s where I get off to go to the KL Tower and other hot spots. I don’t know why, but I’m real partial to the term Dang Wangi. It has a nice ring to it. Notice how it’s nice and clean and new. KL has good public transportation. It only costs me a couple of dollars to go to the Petronis Towers and back to my hotel.
It’s the 7-11 that’s next to the hotel where I’m staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s in a busy part of town, n the edge of Chinatown. They have beer in this 7-11, but it sells for a minimum of $2 a can up. I can’t wait to get back to the states where I can get good beer for half-a-dollar a can. No wonder we have so many alcoholics in America.
It was my first dinner in Kuala Lumpur for 2011. It happened at the Central Market. It’s a simple meal of sugar cane juice, rice and some curry sauce. It set me back $1.
This is the current view of the structure they are building across the street from my hotel in Kuala Lumpur. They were working on it at the same time last year. This year they are several floors higher and it appears that it won’t be the parking garage I thought it was going to be last year.
It’s my old friend KL Sentral. It’s the central transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here is where you can catch a train or the subway or a bus or a shuttle to the airport. I’m headed one stop north to Pasar Seni, the Cental Market where I like to stay in a cheap hotel full of backpackers. Unfortunately, my friend Mr. Lee sold the hotel this year. I wish him luck in his new endeavors.
This is the plane I took from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur. How many times have I flown into and out of Kuala Lumpur? After this trip a couple of dozen times. I even know which toilets flush well and which don’t.
This is the Starbucks that I went to on the mornings when the guesthouse where I was staying had no internet connection, which was quite often. Not that I really minded. I’m always looking for a chance to spend $2.50 on a latte in one of the world’s less developed countries. Especially when I can get a really, really good cup of coffee at Pudarayah, the insanely crowded bus station across the street from the Starbucks. Unfortunately, the don’t have any wi-fi at the bus station.
This is the ice cream store that inspired me to go to one of the world’s 10 largest malls, Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. I’d just finished lunch and I didn’t have a lot going on and I just decided it would be nice to go to the mall and get some ice cream. I had lunch in the central market and there weren’t a lot of ice cream stores there. I spent about three hours in the mall after I got my ice cream. It seems they had a lot of stuff there. Not that I need more stuff, I just like to look at and gloat about how good it feels to have stopped buying so much of it. Significance? The majority of the 10 largest malls in the world are in Asia. What does that say? It says that Asia has a lot of people and that consumerism is alive and well all over the world. I would say that Asians will be the next great wave of consumers, surpassing even the United States in their ability to purchase worthless, needless junk to fill their homes.