I met mister Pig in Vietnam, but his "portrait" reminded me of Mister Turtle's one, so I thought I could put him here alongside his Malaysian little friend.
Monthly Archives: September 2010
I met mister Turtle in the Cameron Highlands. As he isn't very tall, it was quite difficult to take a shot "facing" him, so I had to do a "blind" shooting, taking many shots and only looking at them afterwards.
The Cameron Highlands are located 4 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, and according to guide books a must see in Malaysia. We spent a few days there and probably the most remarkable thing we saw there were those butterflies
People say the Cameron Highlands are the "switzerland of Malaysia", and it is somehow true. It actually looks like a run down 60s version of a swiss resort, only with a slightly more "tropical" twist
Still within the Masjid Negara.
This school is located right inside the National Mosque. The kids there were all having a blast, running everywhere, chased by teachers, looking super cool with their Egyptian type outfit.
The mosque was a very interesting place to explore, the architects that planned it made it so that every different hall had a different atmosphere created by the juxtaposing of geometric elements giving a special play on the lights.
One of the coolest things at the Masjid Negara is that to enter, you must be fully dressed (no short sleeve shirts), and if you don't they provide you with a purple traditional-futuristic chador, which actually greatly resembles a Jedi outfit.
Masjid Negara litteraly means "National Mosque", it is one of the must see attractions of KL. The architectural style is very original, blending traditional Muslim origins with a modern twist. The construction of the mosque is actually fairly recent, as it was erected in the 60s. It is much more angular than older mosques, and the predominant color used is blue, reminding somehow of Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque.
Stesen Keretapi Kuala Lumpur was built in 1910, and is known to be a classic example of eastern and western architecture blending together. To be completely honest it is a bit disapointing, though as it is located only a few blocs from the Masjid Negara, you might as well check it out while you're on this side of the city
So KL is an amazing city, very different from any other capital I know. It is a unique blend of Muslim, western, Indian, and Asian culture and architecture, chaotic, gigantic, a bit overwhelming at first but in only a few days you get used to it, and we actually felt much more at home there than in Hong Kong or Bangkok. If you ever go there, do not miss lunch at the De Lucca restaurant, as it is insanely good, cheap, and copious.
The Time Square Shopping mall used to be the most grandiose mall in KL. It featured 10 floors of stores, an IMAX cinema, a bowling alley and.... a full on amusement park, including a roller coaster! (see. pictures). Though as we witnessed in all major Asian capitals, Malls rise and fall, and there can only be one, or at the very most two, that are shinning brightly at any given moment in time. Today those shiny stars are the Pavilion and the Suria in KL, the Element in Hong Kong, and the Paragon in Bangkok.