Category Archives: Malaysia

Muslim woman with a red dress and an umbrella

Waiting for the Rain

Spotted in Kuala Lumpur, where it does rain A LOT.

Portrait of a Pig

Portrait of a Pig

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.

Butterfly and Flower

Butterflies at the Cameron Highlands

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

Cameron Highlands under the Rain

Cameron Highlands under the Rain

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

Muslim at school running, kuala lumpur

Muslim Kids at School

Still within the Masjid Negara.

Muslim school kid running at the Masjid Negara

Muslim School inside the National Mosque

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.

Shadow at Kuala Lumpur's Masjid Negara

Masjid Negara Lights and Shadows

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.

Masjid Negara Chador and Writings

Attack of the Clones

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 father and son walking

Kuala Lumpur’s Masjid Negara

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.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

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

Architecture in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Shots

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.

Bowling at the time square in Kuala Lumpur

Bowling at the Time Square Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

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.

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