Tuesday, November 11, 2135

If this is the second time you are reading this post, you might realized that the text has been changed. The 'history book' feeling is now gone.

After some advice from a friend, I am writing about Kuala Lumpur as I see it, the bland fact can still be found at wikipedia though. So here it goes.

Went to KL (Kuala Lumpur) this evening, managed to snap a few photo and something to write in my blog. Places that I went to were Jalan Masjid India a.k.a India St. at Masjid Jamek, Bangunan Sultan Abd. Samad, Pasar Seni and Petaling St

Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

How to get there?

This building is facing the Merdeka Square, just a walking distance from Pasar Seni (Central Market) You can also take the PUTRA LRT and disembark at PASAR SENI or MASJID JAMEK station.

What it has to offer?

The building has long been a landmark for Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. Its predominantly Moorish appearance suitably reflects the cultural background of Malaysia. Located beside the Dataran Merdeka., it is a hot spot to hang out especially on weekends.. the building design is simply unique and brightly lit with colourful lights at night.

Why I was there?

Well like I said, it is situated in between Masjid Jamek (where India St is located) and Pasar Seni, so in order to go to Pasar Seni (from Indian St.) I have to walk pass by it to get there.. Duh!

Interesting fact.

In 1971, Kuala Lumpur suffered a huge flood after a heavy rainfall. Part of the building was not spared. In 1978, a massive renovation was undertaken. The renovation took six years to complete with a total cost of RM 17.2 million.

If you want the wikipedia version, click here.

Pasar Seni @ Pasar Budaya @ Central Market (CM)

How to get there?

Disembark at PASAR SENI station (gosh, can it be more clearer than this?) or walk from MASJID JAMEK LRT station.

What it has to offer?

The pasar @ market houses varieties of souvenirs and knick knacks from all over the worlds, it is a hot spot for tourist to find souvenirs to take back home. The price here is quite high though. My advice, shop around, be friendly and asked for a 'lil discount.

Some of the souvenirs available

Why I was there?

I have fond memory of this place; this is the place where I get supply of crazy and unique necklaces, dog tags and bangles during my University year (dare to be diff, one might say), but today I went to Pasar Seni to buy some Camior chocolates for my nieces and nephews.

The interior layout

Interesting Fact.

The walking mall parallel to the main building (facing the shop lots) is noted for housing street musicians or buskers. One of them which has been accepted into last season Akademi Nasyid (Islamic-oriented song reality search). Which one you might asked? Just come to Pasar Seni and find out for yourself.

If you want the wikipedia version, click here.

Jalan Petaling @ Petaling St.

How to get there?

Just like the rest of the places mentioned before, I walked.

What it has to offer?

Jalan Petaling a.k.a Petaling St. is a Malaysia Chinatown. Malaysian Chinese call it Chi-Cheong-Kai in Cantonese. It is infamous for pirated clothes and accessories along with bootleg DVDs and CDs. Here you must maintain a poker face because the DVD traders aren’t ashamed to approach you with the latest UNcensored XxX movie. My advice? Just a firm no or shook your head (like you really mean it guys) and they will leave you alone. Walk a few steps more and you will be approach again by a different person. Petaling Street however does not exclusively offer pirated products. The area has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. Traders here are mainly Chinese but there are also Indian, Malay, and Bangladeshi traders

Why I was there?

Cheap Adidas shoes, authentic looking watches, belts, x-rated CD, Superman Shirts and the list goes on.

Fantastic Fact.

Haggling or bargaining is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists.

If you want more fact, click here.

Ok. Time to go back, my feet were aching for walking all day long. Tomorrow I am going to Genting Highlands with Mom, so most probably, no updates for the whole three days.

Ohya, feel free to use any of the photos here provided you guys mentioned this blog. The pics are courtesy of my faithful 2-year old Sony Ericsson K800i. Cheerios..

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